Adele’s Skyfall and The Book of Revelation

One of my favorite music artists is Adele. She wrote the song Skyfall which is the theme song for the 2012 James Bond movie of the same name. From the first time I heard this song I found it to be apocalyptic. The song can be divided into three sections. Fist, we have the anticipation of disaster coming and having to brace one self. Second, the disaster is happening. Lastly, there is hope and security in a defender. Here are the lyrics:

This is the end
Hold your breath and count to ten
Feel the earth move and then
Hear my heart burst again

For this is the end
I’ve drowned and dreamt this moment
So overdue I owe them
Swept away, I’m stolen

Let the sky fall
When it crumbles
We will stand tall
Face it all together

Skyfall is where we start
A thousand miles and poles apart
Where worlds collide and days are dark
You may have my number, you can take my name
But you’ll never have my heart

Where you go I go
What you see I see
I know I’d never be me
Without the security
Of your loving arms
Keeping me from harm
Put your hand in my hand
And we’ll stand

The title of this song is what caught my eye at first and made me think of this passage: “and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale.” Revelation 6:13. I am going to break the song down and elaborate on the lines that I believe were influenced by the apocalyptic idea.

“This is the endthe sky is falling
Hold your breath and count to ten
Feel the earth move and then
Hear my heart burst again

For this is the end
I’ve drowned and dreamt this moment
So overdue I owe them
Swept away, I’m stolen”

The line “this is the end” at the very beginning marks the end of the world as we know it. This is a vital characteristic in the book of Revelation. In the end the earth is moving as it is destroyed. A person’s emotion is a heart bursting as this event is witnessed. The fact that the second verse starts with the same line reiterates its importance. We have the anticipation that something bad is about to happen and it’s an overwhelming feeling. It’s such a feeling that there are dreams about it. I imagine the Christians of the time, and even some now, being obsessed with the idea of the end of the world as they believe it is expressed in Revelation and looking for every sign that may tell them that the end is near.

“Let the sky fallDestroy
When it crumbles
We will stand tall
Face it all together

Skyfall is where we start
A thousand miles and poles apart
Where worlds collide and days are dark
You may have my number, you can take my name
But you’ll never have my heart”

This part of the song is an allusion to the destruction mentioned in Chapter 8 of Revelation:

* “There were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake” (verse 5).

* “And there followed hail and fire, mixed with blood, and these were thrown upon the earth. And a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up” (verse 7).

* “A great mountain, burning with fire, was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood. A third of the living creatures in the sea died” (verse 8).

The details of the devastation are not specific in the song but we get the idea. In the midst of all of the destruction, she encourages the listener to stand tall since they will face it all together. In the book of Revelation, one can see the expectancy of hope in the middle of the chaos. A believer would see the book of Revelation as a painful disaster with a victorious end since the good will destroy the bad. It is known that this chaos is the beginning of something great; a new beginning.

“Where you go I goGods Love
What you see I see
I know I’d never be me
Without the security
Of your loving arms
Keeping me from harm
Put your hand in my hand
And we’ll stand”

The song ends with the a total surrender to the one who one trusts. A defender who will keep one safe. A believer will have total trust that God or Jesus upon his second coming, will take care of the believers. We can see that from this passage: “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. (7:17) Just as this person finds security, the believers find security in the promise of the New Jerusalem and that God will “wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (21:4).

In conclusion, Skyfall seems inspired by Revelation due to its apocalyptic theme. I honestly see more allusions to the book of Revelation than the James Bond movie itself. This song could be seen as written by a believer who is expecting the end of the world as we know it followed by the second coming of Christ. Whether someone believes that they will be here during the tribulation or not, he/she knows things can only get worse. The hope is that good will always overcome evil. If one is on the side of good, there is only hope in the end.

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