A world war unprecedented in history broke out. Another unprecedented
event occurred. The film, THE PHOTO DRAMA OF CREATION premiered;
making 1914 a year that will never be forgotten!
As the twentieth century dawned many new social and religious
changes were being proclaimed. Modernism and humanism were gaining
control of theological thinking. The tendency of the newer thoughts
was to question the authenticity of the Scriptures which put
many on a fast-moving track toward higher criticism and infidelity.
In this day when faith in the Bible was being severely challenged
and the world was entering the earth-shaking events of the First
World War; THE PHOTO-DRAMA OF CREATION, offered the most remarkable
religious exhibitions the world had yet seen.
Imagine the historic scene: on this day in January 1914, during
the era of silent movies, an audience gathered at The Temple,
a building on West 63rd Street, in New York City. Before the
audience was a large motion-picture screen. As they watched
and listened, something truly amazing happened. A distinguished
white haired man in his early 60’s suddenly appeared on
the screen. His lips began to move, and his words could be heard!
The 5,000 spectators sat spellbound, as they viewed the premiere
of THE PHOTO-DRAMA OF CREATION!
This awe inspiring production has the distinction of being the
first major screenplay which incorporated synchronized sound,
moving film, and color slides. This striking presentation took
the audience from earth’s creation, down through 49,000
years of human history, to the climax of God’s purpose
for the earth and mankind, at the end of Christ’s Millennial
Reign. Never before had sound and color been incorporated into
an “epic length” production, such as this; a production
that not only broke all records in technology but also in attendance,
which was consistently astronomical. By the end of 1914, the
“Photo-Drama” had been presented before over 9,000,000
people in North America, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia.
THE PHOTO-DRAMA OF CREATION was shown in four parts. It included
everything appertaining to the creation of earth--animals, man,
and the experiences of mankind for the past six thousand years
and the work of the thousand years of Messiah's Kingdom. The
original Photo Drama was made up of pictures from all parts
of the world and was presented as slides and moving pictures,
synchronized with narration from audio records. It ran eight
hours in length, shown in four parts of two hours each.
Part one carries us from star nebula to the creation of the
world and down to the Deluge--down to Abraham's time. Part two
reaches from Israel's deliverance from Egypt, wilderness experiences,
etc., down through the period of the Kings to the time of Elisha,
the Prophet. Part three continues the story from Daniel's time
down to the time when the Logos was made flesh at the birth
of Jesus, His boyhood, manhood, baptism, ministry, miracles,
crucifixion, death, resurrection. Part four begins at Pentecost
and traces the experiences of the Church, during the past nineteen
centuries to our day and beyond for a thousand years to the
It was one hundred years ago, that this grand production treated
CREATION from the broad, general standpoint of the Bible and
the Divine intention which it presents. When God made man in
His own image and placed him in Paradise, which was not the
end of the Divine intention, but merely the beginning of it.
The CREATION there begun will be completed only when the earth
shall have been filled with a population as perfect as was Adam
before he sinned; and when Paradise shall have been extended
to the utmost bounds of the earth.
This fullness of the CREATION purpose of God He expressed to
Adam, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth
and subdue it." (Gen. 1:28) Had Adam and his children remained
perfect, gradually, as needed, they would have subdued the earth,
extending the boundaries of Eden until the whole earth would
have been a paradise like Eden and fully populated. Then the
Divine CREATION would have been completed.
The interruption of this Divine Program by sin, the Lord foreknew.
From the very beginning His wisdom arranged a plan whereby man
would be permitted to have six days (of a thousand years each)
of labor, sweat of face and failure, so far as extricating himself
from sin and death is concerned. But God had purposed from the
beginning that He would provide a Savior and Great One, who,
as the Messiah, during the seventh day (a thousand years) would
restore and uplift the willing and obedient of humanity from
sin and death conditions to perfection-- meantime also extending
the boundaries of Eden worldwide.
In a word, sin has not caused the Almighty to change His original
purpose one bit. He has merely adapted His Plan to the conditions.
The permission of sin indeed will constitute a great, everlasting
lesson for men and for angels, illustrating, as it does, the
downward course of sin and the Justice and Love and Power of
the Creator. When all those preferring sin shall have been destroyed
in the Second Death, at the close of the Millennium, the creation
of the world will be complete, perfected --man will again be
in the image of God.
This comprehensive Biblical explanation of history which records
God’s loving and wise plan for his CREATION, has been
preserved in a book by the same name, and was also published
in 1914. The Photo Drama of Creation contains representative
slide images with a page of accompanying text to explain the
chronological progression of God's plan from the creation of
the earth through to the end of the 1,000 year reign of Jesus
This book is a historic reprint of the original scenario book
issued for distribution at the Photo Drama showings that toured
the US and Canada in 1914. The original book was printed in
magenta ink with half tone pictures. It was originally published
in both hardcover and paperback. This paperback reprint is a
careful reproduction with some important differences. The cover
was carefully re-drawn tracing the original artwork from the
printed cover. The pictures have been created by scanning and
carefully retouching the original glass slides from the production.
These glass slides had been hand painted and tinted for the
original production. The original colors and details have been
carefully preserved when possible, with scratches and cracks
being electronically removed. With the exception of seven glass
slides which could not be located, all pictures in the book
are reproductions of the genuine, original glass slides from
the 1914 production. The type has been re-set for readability,
but not edited.
This is a fascinating book, not just for its historical interest
but for the sweeping explanation of God's Plan as set forth
in the Scriptures. It starts with the Creation narrative in
the book of Genesis and goes through to Revelation, explaining
history as it sets forth the Plan of God.
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