The Iron Giant movie presents us with a remarkable series of lessons about the workings of pharmakeia, the Greek word in Revelation 18:23 translated sorcery, sorceries, magic spell or drug spells. In recent posts I presented how a particular lie was introduced with pharmakeia. Dean had told nine year old Hogarth the following while he was overstimulated with espresso: "You are who you choose to be." I've explained the lie and how it was carefully packaged and delivered. Now, consider what role it plays in the movie and whether it's worthy of the special packaging and special delivery.
Adding some necessary back-story here, the iron giant robot's programming was damaged somewhat during an incident at a power station, where Hogarth found him and "saved his life." One facet of his programming was reset so the robot appears in kind of a child-like state where he can learn and be reprogrammed. His self-defense response remains, which betrays his purpose. The fact that the iron giant had been designed and programmed as a robotic weapon eventually becomes rather obvious to Dean and Hogarth.
When the government agent is finally able to convince the military that the robot is real and a legitimate threat that needs to be destroyed, the ensuing battle brings the movie to a climax. The military, influenced by the deranged agent, is bent on destroying the iron giant, whose self-defense program and superior weapons technology is making the ultimate outcome of the battle obvious. If it were to continue, the threatening military forces would surely be destroyed, resulting in enormous collateral damage. This doesn't appeal to Hogarth. When the military finally decides to escalate and use their weapon of last resort, a nuclear (assumed) missile is launched, targeting the iron giant's location. Hogarth and everyone else in the area appear to be doomed. The giant could easily escape and leave everyone to die while he destroys the forces of the aggressor. However, he has integrated Dean's aphorism into his programming. He had been made as a weapon to destroy mankind. He chooses to become something else. "I am not a gun!" is his testimony! So, evaluating the situation, he flies up into the heavens and intercepts the missile, saving everyone. He is blown to bits, thus sacrificing himself to save mankind.
The iron giant's sacrifice is very noble, an admirable deed associated with great love. This is an allegory pointing to the sacrifice of the only begotten Son of God. The iron giant is indeed like Christ but as a substitute; antichrist.
Y'shua, "when he suffered, he threatened not" (1 Peter 2:23) but, in stark contrast, the iron giant's self-defense program was definitely in play.
Y'shua made a key decision before his sacrifice. "Not my will but thine be done," he said as he prayed in Gethsemane. He had options and the ability to choose. The iron giant modeled this. Operating on the premise of, "You are who you choose to be," he decided, "I am not a gun." While Y'shua chose to fulfill the purpose to which he was appointed, the iron giant chose to rebel against the purpose to which he was appointed, which must have been, as "a gun," to destroy (or, perhaps, since this is never declared in the movie, through the threat of destruction merely bring mankind into subjection). The true savior of man did and does save, achieved through obedience and the subjection his own will. The false savior of man presumes to do so through disobedience, exerting his own will.
There is another angle here, looking forward instead of back in time, and this is the threat that justifies the special packaging and delivery effort that was facilitated by pharmakeia. When Y'shua returns, he'll come as "a gun," destroying the work of the enemy. When He does, he will NOT choose to not be "a gun." When he comes, the iron giant and those who side with him will suffer wrath.
19) And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
20) And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
21) And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
The rider on the horse will come as "a gun" and will not repent of executing the sentence of judgment.
Those the Beast deceives, who take the mark, perhaps based on the premise that they can later change their minds and choose to un-mark themselves, will have taken the bait and surely swallowed and set the hook. When the line is reeled in, they'll side with the "iron giant" Beast in the campaign against the true Messiah and his forces. Will they suppose, in their delusional state, that the Messiah will show mercy in that day that is appointed for wrath?
You see, the iron giant version is a lie. It presents a false savior and a false hope of the kind that leads to destruction. Instead of promoting obedience to our Creator's "programming," which leads us to get to know Him and love Him and follow Y'shua's example of submission even unto the death of this body of flesh, it promotes the opposite. Instead of the spirit of Christ it promotes the spirit of antichrist.
If you know people who might yet be persuaded to repent of their rebellion and turn from the ways of the great city Babylon, such as this movie may be a useful example. But, all that is really necessary is the Lord's word in your mouth. Pray and do as the Lord leads. I pray that the Lord will bring forth laborers into His harvest field. Time is short. Our opportunities will soon look very different, my friend.