Final Fantasy VII (FFVII) for Sony’s PlayStation (released in 1997; remake coming in March of 2020: https://time.com/5690490/final-fantasy-vii-remake/) for most needs no introduction. It is considered one of the best video games ever made. The story told in FFVII certainly tries to be something deep, complex, grand. But as usual with video games (and other pop culture media today), there is more going on than simply providing consumers with engaging gameplay, pretty graphics, etc. Messages, beliefs, predictions - some subtle, some overt - are imposed upon the player as he makes his way through FFVII. What follows are some of the main ones.
The Planet Is Alive
Throughout FFVII, the planet is presented as a sentient being. Here we run into some Hindu elements (https://www.huffpost.com/entry/10-hindu-environmental-te_b_846245): Every living thing (people, trees, birds, etc.) is composed of spirit energy, which returns to the planet and then becomes another living being (reincarnation). The Shin-Ra Corporation is forcibly extracting the spirit energy from the planet and using it as a power source in their projects, which is killing the planet. A group of eco-terrorists called Avalanche are bombing the Mako reactors to try to save the planet from dying (Mako is the name given to spirit energy that has been sucked out of the planet). Certain beings called Cetra or Ancients, who came to the planet from another world, can hear the voice of the planet. And at the end of the game, as the White Magic spell Holy is set to be used, which will wipe out all threats to the planet, it is said that the planet will decide which living creatures survive the ‘cleansing’.
In the giant corporation Shin-Ra, we are given a glimpse of how the world works today. The mayor of the city of Midgar is despondent that he has no real governing power; all of his actions are directed by Shin-Ra. So it is with us: Governors, presidents, representatives, etc., are supposedly servants of ‘the people’, but in reality they are slaves of corporations (Monsanto, GE, Boeing, Chase Bank, etc.). Shin-Ra controls all parts of life: energy, space travel, news reports. As an ensample of the last, they perform a false-flag operation - bombing a support tower in one of the districts of Midgar that kills a host of people and placing the blame on Avalanche through the media outlets in order to discredit them amongst the population. We cannot say for certain, but coming just four years before the 9/11 attacks, it is likely this was an attempt at foreshadowing what was to come: a deliberate attack directed by a shadowy cartel of corporate and deep state actors that was then blamed on ‘Muslim terrorists’ by the politicians and media they control.
The theme of Shin-Ra killing the planet is reflected in the actions of corporations in our world like DuPont, Verizon, and others, as they pollute all parts of the earth with chemicals, cellphone radiation, and the like.
Avalanche, the reaction to Shin-Ra’s abuse of the planet, has its analogue in groups like the Earth Liberation Front and Extinction Rebellion.
The alarmism of trained actors and actresses like Greta Thunberg, along with the hyperventilating of Pope Francis, Patriarch Bartholomew, et al., will only stoke the fires of eco-terrorism. Again, FFVII seems to have been forecasting what we will have to live through.
Beings from Outer Space
The Cetra arrived on the planet in the ancient past and ‘devolved’ into the ordinary human beings that populate the world (which is very similar to the story of the Ancients in the Stargate TV series: https://stargate.fandom.com/wiki/Ancient). The idea of offworld beings is not new to popular media; this is simply reinforcing a theme that has been around since the theory of evolution gained credence (i.e., other beings evolved on other worlds just like we supposedly did here on earth). But as St Seraphim Rose of Platina, Cal., has thankfully shone us, this is simply preparing mankind to accept demons as friendly, helpful beings when they arrive ‘from the sky’. And they are manifesting themselves more and more frequently lately:
Threats from Meteors
Following along this same line, the biggest threat in FFVII comes from a meteor making its way towards the planet, summoned by Sephiroth, the main enemy in the game. Meteor threats have been in popular media a great deal lately:
-The early story arc of Netflix’s Travelers revolved around stopping a meteor impact;
-Salvation on NBC is centered on it;
-Armageddon with Bruce Willis likewise;
-An episode of Stargate SG-1, too (‘Fail Safe’).
This last is intriguing since the asteroid is intentionally sent toward the Earth by a space enemy, the Goa’uld, to destroy human life on Earth. It dovetails strangely with something Dr Joseph Farrell noticed in a very recent post by NASA about past meteor collisions with the Earth:
250 million years ago something unknown wiped out most life on our planet. Now scientists are finding buried clues to the mystery inside tiny capsules of cosmic gas.
The case has gone unsolved for years -- 250 million years, that is.
But now the pieces are starting to come together, thanks to a team of NASA-funded sleuths who have found the "fingerprints" of the villain, or at least of one of the accomplices
. . .
Was the "crime" then merely an accident? Perhaps so. Nevertheless, it's wise to identify the suspects -- an ongoing process -- before it happens again.
. . .
Some perpetrator -- or perpetrators -- committed murder on a scale unequaled in the history of the world. They left few clues to their identity, and they buried all the evidence under layers and layers of earth.
As Dr Farrell says, that is awfully strange rhetoric for NASA scientists to be using. Rather than just being tongue-in-cheek humor, it looks more like an attempt to plant an idea in the mind of the public: Evil beings have used meteors to attack the Earth in the past, and could do so again in the future. The storyline of FFVII is right in line with that meme.
Genetic Engineering of Super Soldiers
Sephiroth, as we have said, is the main enemy in the game. He is the creation of genetic engineering: As an unborn baby, he was exposed to cells/genes from another ET visitor named Jenova, who killed many of the Ancients in the past. The experiment resulted in his becoming a super soldier. Shin-Ra would go on to replicate the experiment by injecting others with Jenova cells and exposing them to Mako:
Approximately 30 years before the beginning of Final Fantasy VII, the Jenova Project was initiated to produce a human-Cetra hybrid using the cells from Jenova (mistaken to be a Cetra) and Mako Energy from the Planet. The result was Sephiroth, who, although not having the powers of a Cetra as originally intended, was a child with exceptional abilities. Shinra recognized his potential and a method was planned to mass produce more fighters of his type.
Using similar processes, Shinra exposed promising warriors to raw Mako giving their eyes the unique "glow". Although eclipsed by Sephiroth, the new warriors, called SOLDIER, gained powers surpassing those of a normal combatant. They were sent on the more dangerous or important missions, had access to more equipment and information, and were higher ranked than other members of the army and would be used to great effectiveness during the Wutai War.
Final Fantasy VI dealt with this theme as well, the story there dealing with an empire’s attempts to fuse espers and humans to create ‘supermen’:
For the next sixteen years the captured espers were being held in the Magitek Research Facility in the Imperial capital of Vector, and were the subject of experiments conducted by Cid Del Norte Marquez who extracted their magic power and infused it into humans using the process of Magitek, creating the Magitek Knights. His first experiment was done on a man named Kefka Palazzo. The experiment was deemed a failure as Kefka lost his mind. A more refined process was invented and used on Celes Chere, whom Cid raised as his daughter. The refined process no longer harmed the subject's mental faculties, and soldiers and machines began to regularly be infused with magic.
This is another instance of pulling the curtain back, as DARPA and others have been busily working on genetic editing to create super soldiers:
Genetic Engineering and Antichrist
‘Sephiroth’ is a Kaballistic term (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sefirot), and, truly, the stated goal of Sephiroth in FFVII, to wound the planet with a meteor and enter into the giant stream of spirit energy that would gush out to heal itself and thereby become a ‘new man’, is also Kaballistic, a reference to his becoming Adam Kadmon, the ‘Supreme Man’ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Kadmon), which is another way of saying ‘Antichrist’ (thanks to Dr Matthew Johnson for pointing that out). This, combined with the foregoing about Sephiroth’s origins, is seemingly quite a clear sign that he is intended to be understood as representative of Antichrist. Some of what Dr Vladimir Moss has written simply has too much in common with the story of Sephiroth:
Moreover, according to the Harvard Professor of Psychiatry, John Mack, there is now well established evidence that men and women have been abducted onto UFOs, where their alien “hosts”, i.e. demons, have performed sexual experiments upon them. There have been reported cases of matings between demons and human beings on board these craft. But still more sinister, sperm has been taken from men, and ova from women. “Fertilized eggs, which may have been genetically altered, are implanted, and later there is the eventual removal of the pregnancy. In subsequent abductions, experiencers are shown hybrid offspring and may even be asked to hold or nurture them.”
These ideas indicate how Genesis 6.1-5, modern experiments on human sexuality and reproduction (by both humans and demons) and the doctrine of the Antichrist, may come together in a fantastic, nightmarish scenario that nevertheless has the stamp of reality. Moved by envy, lust and jealousy, the devil, the enemy of mankind, has from primordial times tried to interfere with, corrupt, abuse and radically subvert human nature. And just as Christ recreated human nature in the image and likeness of God by becoming incarnate of the Virgin Mother of God, so the devil wishes to recreate it in his image and likeness by becoming incarnate of a pseudo-virgin, the mother of the Antichrist.
However, real demonic incarnation, the creation of a true demon-man, is impossible because of the bounds between species and kinds of rational beings created by God. So Satan resorts to as close an imitation as possible: through the demonic possession of human seed even before conception, and its genetic manipulation to accentuate the worst qualities in fallen human nature, he plans to create, if not a true demon-man, at any rate the demonic man par excellence. But since, unlike God, he cannot create out of nothing or at once, he requires time and experimentation, in order gradually, by trial and error, to “work out” his perverted masterpiece. For, as Fr. Justin Popovich writes: “The Antichrist will be, as it were, an incarnation of the devil, for Christ is the incarnation of God…”
The hope of the world in FFVII rests in the hands of Aerith, the half-Cetra mentioned above who is a sort of Gnostic world-soul figure in the game (as Sephiroth is a sort of demiurge figure). Her prayer to the planet to release Holy and eradicate all threats to it carried a risk as Bugenhagen stated: Humans might be wiped out if the planet considered them a threat. And what do we find in the final scene of the game 500 years after Holy has been released? A trio of beasts runs up to the edge of a cliff that looks down on a valley where the city of Midgar used to lie. All that remains are ruins of Midgar that have been overgrown with greenery. No sign of human life is seen anywhere. The message? Exactly what the eco-extremists have been telling us: Mankind is a scourge whose numbers must be drastically reduced to save the planet, meaning that the promotion of abortion, euthanasia, veganism, etc. is a high virtue.
Thus, we end where we began, with sinister plots involving the creation. Final Fantasy VII may be presented as an immersive work of fiction, but it is much more than that, something that can tell us a lot about the world we live in and what certain Elite people want to do with it.
Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!
Anathema to the Union!