How will you live after the Rapture? Assuming you're not one of those who gets lifted up, you'll need to learn some survival skills for dealing with the Mark of the Beast and all the tribulations.
Luckily, there are a host of instructional films that teach the ins and outs of post-Rapture survival. Here are our absolute favorites.
A Distant Thunder (1978)
This is actually the second film in the tetralogy that begins with A Thief in the Night (1972) and continues with Image of the Beast (1980) and The Prodigal Planet (1983). But this is the film that shows life directly after the Rapture, which happens in the first film. There's drought, flood, famine and fire — and the united world government goes around killing anyone who won't accept the Mark of the Beast.
Image of the Beast (1980)
This is one of the greatest — the Antichrist is brought to life using computers, and the Rapture is blamed on UFOs taking all the devout Christians away. This clip features a great scene where the Christians attempt to recruit an undercover agent who secretly works with computers, so he can help deal with the "Big Brother" computer created by Satan. Here's the scene where the computerized Antichrist appears on a golden throne and talks about how God hates us:
There's also a great beheading scene, where someone refuses to accept the Mark of the Beast:
Years of the Beast (1981)
The "Prince of the World" comes and takes power, and he abolishes money. Instead, if you want to be able to buy anything, you have to pledge allegiance and accept his "economic mark" on your hand. The Prince's followers wear absolutely pimpin chains and have amazing beards. And about a minute in is the scene where the "economic mark" is explained to everybody by a dude in a cowboy hat.
The Rapture (1991)
Weirdly, there seems to be a huge gap between Christian movies about the Rapture, with the big boom of late 1970s-early 1980s Rapture films ending until the late 1990s. But Hollywood filled the gap, with this absolutely insane movie in which the Rapture happens and a woman (Mimi Rogers) finds herself left behind. There are a lot of really memorable scenes in this film, including Rogers' casual hookups in airport hotel bars (which she later repents.) But the most memorable is probably the end, where God offers her one last chance to repent and go to Heaven, and she says no.
And then we have the first film in the "millions of people vanish, chaos ensues" genre. This one really emphasizes the amount of mayhem caused by having tons of people disappear all at once — which just shows how sadistic God can be. Why not have people disappear in a few waves, so that nobody is taken while they're driving a car or flying a plane? Wouldn't that make more sense?
The Omega Code (1999)
One of the all-time greats. Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) is a Tom Cruise-esque motivational speaker, who discovers that the Bible is a holographic computer program that predicts all world events. Michael York plays the Antichrist, who's a Nobel Prize-winning leader who wants to use the Bible Code to take over everything.
Left Behind (2001)
This was really the first movie that combined the "taut thriller" thing with the Biblical Rapture. Based on the book series of the same name, Left Behind adds the awesome power of Kirk Cameron, and a whole set piece where a bunch of people disappear off an airplane, which looks sort of like an alien abduction movie.
Starring Corbin Bernsen! And featuring Mr. T — he pities the fool who sides with the Antichrist on Judgment Day! Check out the amazing scene, in the trailer above, where someone uses his telekinetic handlebar mustache power to make a pitcher of water slide across a table and land in a woman's lap. Because Satan commanded it. In this film, a lawyer decides to put God on trial. Trial lawyers are always pulling crap like that.
Megiddo: Omega Code II
The sequel to Omega Code stars Kyle Reese himself, Michael Biehn, as a guy who becomes Vice President of the United States just as the Antichrist is forming a world government. And Kyle Reese goes along with this craziness at first, until he realizes the truth — but by then, the United Nations is killing anyone who gets in Satan's way. It all leads up to an incredible CG-filled battle between American soldiers and U.N. troops, until God comes and destroys the United Nations and sends Satan back to Hell. Oh, and Udo Kier gets impaled by two giant lightning needles. Just check it out.
Six: The Mark Unleashed (2004)
The only post-Rapture movie to star Jeffrey Dean Morgan — The Comedian plays a lone wolf who doesn't agree with all this "Mark of the Beast" stuff, but also isn't quite sure if he wants to convert to Christianity and become a persecuted true believer. The Comedian stands up to the fascist minions of the Antichrist and gets tortured by their sadistic enforcers, until he agrees to infiltrate the underground Christians. Watch more clips here, including a great opening scene where members of this new post-Rapture society are indoctrinated into compulsory free love and homosexuality.
The Moment After 2: The Awakening
It's a post-Rapture world, and the Mark of the Beast is a hand implant that serves as credit card and ID, via RFID readers. It's illegal to worship God, and men in tight pants and black berets will come and scream at you if you show any signs of religious feeling. In the end, the head black beret guy transmogrifies into Satan, and kicks the main character in the head a whole lot. Watch another awesome clip from The Moment After 2 here.