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What is Jacob’s Ladder in the Bible?
In the movie Jacob’s ladder is the name of the drug testing on American soldiers in the Vietnam war. The biblical reference to Jacob’s ladder is the story of Jacob son of Isaac fleeing from his brother Esue who was furious with him as Jacob had stolen Esue’s birthright to inheritance and blessing. ‘On his way to his relative’s house at Haran, Jacob lay down for the night near Luz. As he was dreaming, he had a vision of a ladder, or stairway, between heaven and earth. God’s angels were on it, ascending and descending.’ This article goes on to explain in more detail the story and interesting points from the story; http://christianity.about.com/od/biblestorysummaries/a/Jacobs-Ladder.htm
This is William Blake’s painting 1805 named ‘Jacob’s Dream’. Jacob lies at the the bottom of the staircase as angels ascend and descend from heaven.
This video that rose shared with us explains religious themes as well as others such as in Ancient Greece it was tradition to to put coins on a dead persons eyes so that they could pay the ferry man, and in every scene connected with death in the movie there is coins, ‘even coins feel magical drawn to people who are about to die.’
Jacob is a religious prophet in the Bible, the son of Isaac, this link tells the story of Jacob and how he obtained Esue’s original birthright in return for a bowl of food and later the story of his dream previously mentioned; http://biblehub.com/library/marshall/the_wonder_book_of_bible_stories/the_story_of_jacob.htm
Sarah and Sons
Jacob’s ex-wife and sons all have names from the bible
Jed meaning Jedidiah http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/jedidiah/
Of course Gabe who plays a large role in the movie as Jacob feels guilty for his death is of reference to the angel Gabriel who is God’s messenger http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06330a.htm
Jezebel- Meaning -‘This heartless woman with a bloody history belied the name she bore, for Jezebel means, “chaste, free from carnal connection”; but by nature she was a most licentious woman. She was a voluptuary, with all the tawdry arts of a wanton woman. Thus no name could have been more inappropriate for such a despised female.’ Jezebel is a woman who made her husband abandon his God to worship false gods. This link further explains the story of Jezebel; https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/all-women-bible/Jezebel-No-1
Jezebel represents something pulling Jacob back down to earth and his sinful side of life, she is a sexual character which he gives in to. Jezebel appears as a demon at one point in the movie which would allude to her being in with the demons. Despite these factors I feel myself feeling sorry for Jezebel as in the movie she would only appear to have as many flaws as any other person and does seem to deeply car for Jacob. From a biblical perspective the plays the part of Jezebel a worshiper of false God’s but to me she seems of no more harm than any other living person maybe besides when she burns his photographs which could be construed as jealousy.
Michael who tells Jacob of his involvement in the creation of the BZ drug also has religious affiliation, it derives from the archangel Michael who is symbolic fro defying and defeating Satan. Michael enlightens Jacob to the truth and in a deleted scene of the movie offers Jacob the symbolic antidote to the effects of the ladder, the chemical agent that makes him see the demonic hallucinations. This information is all in the video previously linked.
I took a brief look at this article on demons as in the movie when Jezze becomes one of Jacob’s demonic hallucinations her eyes go completely black, I researched this and found black eyes in reference to demonology, black eyes would appear to be those of demon henchmen or soldiers. http://www.supernaturalwiki.com/index.php?title=Demonology
Jacob’s chiropractor louis would appear as a guardian angel in the movie, Jacob himself refers to him as an angel. Louis removes Jacobs spinal pain and helps him in other situations which may stray from Jacob’s intended path. Louis provides Jacob with advice, on quote which stands out in the movie is this one;
‘The only thing that burns in Hell is the part of you that won’t let go of life, your memories, your attachments. They burn them all away. But they’re not punishing you, he said. They’re freeing your soul. So the way he sees it, if you’re frightened of dying and… and you’re holding on, you’ll see devils tearing your life away. But if you’ve made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the earth. It’s just a matter of how you look at it, that’s all. So don’t worry, okay? Okay?’
This quote was apparently was based off something which Christian mystic Meister Eckhart said