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Sunday, August 18, 2019

(CHAPTERS 12 AND 13) The Adventures of Matthew Jeremiah in Europe (A Novel / Word from God)






 The Adventures of
Matthew Jeremiah
in Europe:

The Sister of Babylon

Chapters 12 and 13

(For Chapter 1, click Here.)
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(Europe Shall Face Hardship)

Click Here for the TABLE of CONTENTS

{Links to the Story Chapters are found in the Table of Contents Page.}
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This is a word from God written in the format of a story.
The characters are fictional,
but what shall happen in Europe and America's future is not fictional.
Please seek God about this story / document and about the
messages that are presented in it. God will reveal the truth to you.
America and Europe will both soon experience
 very challenging times in the years ahead.




Chapter 12










Tel Aviv. Israel. 2038 A.D. {Francois Israel}


Francois Israel, a French-born Jew, relaxed in a sofa with a French soda near an air conditioning unit in a living room. The living room window of his Tel Aviv apartment gave a great view of the city skyline and the numerous lights in skyscrapers and other tall buildings. He and his dad, Judah Joseph Israel, had finished dinner an hour ago, and his dad had gone back to his own bedroom to seek God.

Now, sitting on one of the two couches in the living room, Francois opened his Bible and talked with his Heavenly Father. The city lights stared at him through the living room window, but he ignored them as he closed his eyes and relaxed.

(CHAPTERS 10 AND 11) The Adventures of Matthew Jeremiah in Europe (A Novel / Word from God)





 The Adventures of
Matthew Jeremiah
in Europe:

The Sister of Babylon

Chapters 10 and 11

(For Chapter 1, click Here.)
__________________________________

(Europe Shall Face Hardship)

Click Here for the TABLE of CONTENTS

{Links to the Story Chapters are found in the Table of Contents Page.}
________________________________________________________________________________



This is a word from God written in the format of a story.
The characters are fictional,
but what shall happen in Europe and America's future is not fictional.
Please seek God about this story / document and about the
messages that are presented in it. God will reveal the truth to you.
America and Europe will both soon experience
 very challenging times in the years ahead.



Chapter 10










The Mediterranean Sea. North of Egypt. 2038 A.D. {Francois Israel}


“Raise your hands!” a man shouted from behind Judah Joseph Israel and his son Francois.

The Jewish father and son were standing in the bridge near the navigation instruments and computer monitors. The place had been trashed by the pirates one and a half hours earlier, and driving the ship anywhere would be out of the question until the navigation equipment had been repaired or replaced. Broken glass and plastic appeared on the floor near dead computer screens.

Raising their hands with rapidly-beating hearts, Judah and Francois slowly turned to see an Israeli marine armed with a bullpup machine gun trained at their chests. He had entered the bridge from stairway. A second marine with bright, blue eyes walked over and searched the father and son for weapons.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

(CHAPTERS 8 AND 9) The Adventures of Matthew Jeremiah in Europe (A Novel / Word from God)






 The Adventures of
Matthew Jeremiah
in Europe:

The Sister of Babylon

Chapters 8 and 9

(For Chapter 1, click Here.)
__________________________________

(Europe Shall Face Hardship)

Click Here for the TABLE of CONTENTS

{Links to the Story Chapters are found in the Table of Contents Page.}
________________________________________________________________________________



This is a word from God written in the format of a story.
The characters are fictional,
but what shall happen in Europe and America's future is not fictional.
Please seek God about this story / document and about the
messages that are presented in it. God will reveal the truth to you.
America and Europe will both soon experience
 very challenging times in the years ahead.



Chapter 8











Frankfurt, “Germany.” 2038 A.D. {Daniel Shultz}


It was a cool night. Stars sparkled in the black sky, providing the city of Frankfurt with evidence of God’s loving care and wisdom. Under the distant, glowing balls of fire, a man walked down some alleys, trying to stay in the shadows as much as possible. He was dressed in navy-blue trousers and a dark-green, hooded jacket. His blond hair was concealed by the jacket hood, and his steps were quick, but careful.

Alleys had passed by as the man did his best to avoid being seen by security cameras. Like he had done many times that night, Daniel Shultz came to a street and stopped in the shadows of the alley he was passing through. He was getting used to his nightly walks, but they always kept him on his toes, so to speak.

As he had done many times before, he followed a procedure for crossing a street from an alley. He remove his jacket hood, slipped on a baseball cap, and put on a pair of large, dark sunglasses. A fake, brown beard concealed his lower face.

Once all these items were in place, he waited until no cars were to be seen on the road. Then, he quickly walked across the street and reached a sidewalk on the other side. Another alley presented itself to him, and he walked into its shadowy shelter. Two concrete and steel buildings rose up on either side of him. Windows appeared on the 5th floor of each, but no windows existed in the alley below that floor.

A manhole cover drew his attention as he was halfway through the long alley. It was just where he needed it to be. And, conveniently lying beside it was a crowbar. He removed his disguise and put it into pockets in his jacket. Then, using the crowbar and putting some muscles to work, Daniel removed the manhole cover and set it down near a wide, circular opening in the alley. He drew out an LED flashlight from a big pocket in his trousers and turned it on. In its bluish circle of light, he could see metal rungs fastened to one side of the shaft.

Using these, he descended until he was partway below the ground. Then, he pulled the manhole cover back into place. It scraped across the asphalt and thumped shut. Now, using his flashlight, Daniel awkwardly descended the rungs while holding onto the flashlight with one hand. In a short time, he had reached the bottom rung and had stepped onto a wide concrete walkway in the city sewer. The smell was awful, but he preferred using the Frankfurt sewer if it meant he was less likely to be noticed.

His flashlight beam swept down the walkway and onto flowing sewage. Then, the bluish beam traveled along a walkway on the opposite side of the sewage stream. He saw, to his dismay, a man sitting in a plastic, folding chair. He was hunched over, sleeping, and wearing a gas mask over his face.

“Excuse me, sir?” Daniel said.

The man in the folding chair didn’t stir. So, Daniel ran and jumped across the stream. With a thump, he safely landed on the other side. Hearing the sudden thump, the stranger stirred and then sat up straight. He shook his head and then masked face turned toward Daniel.

“Who are you? What are you doing here? Are you the police?” the man said through his gas mask as he stood up.

“I am not the police,” Daniel said. “I am just traveling through the sewer.”

“Why are you down here?” the man asked with deep suspicion. “Are you a spy? Do you want to arrest me for illegally staying in the sewer? I’m homeless, if you’re wondering. So, leave me alone.”

“I’m not a spy,” Daniel said calmly, holding up a hand.

“If you’re not a spy, why are you down here?” the stranger said coldly through his gas mask. His voice was somewhat muffled.

“You said you’re homeless?” Daniel said, walking slowly toward the stranger.

“Stay back from me. Don’t come any closer,” the man said with some fear in his voice. “Who are you?”

“Do you realize that what you are doing is illegal?” Daniel asked. “Why do you want to live down here? I won’t harm you at all, sir. I have good intentions.”

“I guess I might as well talk,” the man said, “since there is no one else to talk to down here except for some other homeless people, who are very territorial.”

The man cleared his throat and looked at Daniel. “I lost my job three years ago,” the man said. “I learned that the government up there was planning on sending all homeless people to training centers to prepare them for working in communist warehouses, factories, shops, and businesses.”

“Really?” Daniel said, frowning. He hadn’t paid much attention to the news regarding the homeless. But, he had noticed almost no homeless people were to be found anywhere in Europe or Austria, his home country.

“They expected us to give up our right to free thought and free speech,” the homeless man said. “We can’t express our personal opinions unless those opinions perfectly line up with the communist government up there. So, freedom is dead in Europe. There is no more freedom or true democracy. All our rights as human beings are being stolen from us little by little until we all become slaves in a mind-less society of sycophants.”

“What is a sycophant?” Daniel said boldly. “I’ve never heard that word before.”

“A sycophant is someone who follows and serves a powerful person regardless of how corrupt they are,” the man said, “as long as some kind of benefit is received by the sycophant.”

“That’s what all those people are up there,” the homeless man said before he started uttering profanities.

“Sir, would you please stop taking in vain the Name of God?” Daniel said with kindness.

The homeless man, full of bitterness, uttered a few more profanities. Then, he said, “Why does God’s Name matter so much to you?”

“I’m a follower of Jesus Christ,” Daniel said calmly. “And, I want to help you.”

“I don’t need your help,” the man said before uttering unclean and corrupt speech.


[Note: The following quotes attributed to God are actually words from God. Seek God about this if you wonder.]


“My son,” God’s kind voice spoke to Daniel’s spirit.

“Yes, Abba Father?” Daniel said silently.

“This man,” God said gently, “will not listen to you because he is very bitter at society and at certain people. He wants to be a hermit and live off of food he finds in dumpsters. He has no desire to turn to Me at this time. But, you may go on your way and pray for him. And, I the LORD your God and Abba Father have spoken.”

“Okay, my Father,” Daniel said, “I’ll do that.”

Daniel left the bitter homeless man behind and walked along the sewer walkway for some distance. After two minutes of walking, he came to a rusty, steel door in the left side of the sewer tunnel. He tried the handle and found that it opened, but it squeaked due to rusty hinges.

Through the door he saw a 50 meter long tunnel made of concrete. Graffiti appeared in various places of the tunnel, and broken bottles were strewn here and there.

Daniel spoke with God, and the Heavenly Father told him to go down the tunnel. So, he did. His footfalls echoed off the concrete walls, but the air was still a little foul smelling in the tunnel. However, it was more musty than odorous. When he reached the end of the tunnel, Daniel found a second decaying, steel door. He pushed it and the door gave a little squeak.

Passing through the door, he found himself in a large, concrete tunnel that contained rusty pipes, old ventilation systems, and scraps of reddish, oxidizing barb wire. The floor of the tunnel was covered with dust, but the air was much fresher here than in the corridor he had just traveled through.

As Daniel shined his flashlight around the big tunnel, he suspected it might have been built by the Nazis during World War Two. Suddenly, his flashlight beam lit up an open concrete doorway in the right side of the tunnel. No door hung from its rusty hinges. The 1.95-meter-high opening drew his interest. He walked over and shined his flashlight in. In his beam, a ladder appeared which ascended up to a square, metal hatch in the ceiling of the opening.

He stepped onto the ladder and pushed open the hatch with a little effort. Poking his head through the hatch, Daniel shined his flashlight around and saw a rectangular room containing homeless people. They were all men. Some had plastic camping tents. Others had sleeping pads. Some slept on piles of old shirts.

None of the men stirred as Daniel quietly passed through the hatch and stepped into their room. He could see a hatch in the concrete ceiling. A metal ladder led up to the hatch. He carefully walked through the group of sleeping homeless men and stepped onto the lowest run of the ladder.

“Abba Father God, this really is sad,” Daniel Shultz whispered, “that so many people are homeless and that these people would prefer living like this rather than living in government housing and going to work in a factory.”


[Note: The following quotes attributed to God are actually words from God. Seek God about this if you wonder.]


“My son,” God’s loving voice said suddenly.

“Yes, Father?” Daniel said.

God said: “The reason so many people are homeless like this, and living in such poor conditions -- such as under bridges, or temporarily in steam tunnels, or sewers, or under trees in city parks -- is that they are not wanting to serve the government of France, or Italy, or any other country. They want to be able to freely think and freely express themselves. They are not used to communist doctrines and thought, and they have no desire to become communists.

“But, to avoid being sent to a concentration camp or re-education center, they will try to hide out in abandoned buildings, in empty warehouses, in abandoned projects, in factories, in sewers, in subway tunnels, and so forth.

“These people want to live like how they lived before Russia conquered Europe and turned it into a police state. But, I am calling out to them. I want them to know Me intimately, and forsake their own will, and forsake communist and socialist lies, and doctrines, and teachings. I want them to know Me intimately. I want them to grow in fellowship with Me through Jesus Christ. I don’t want them to have to suffer, but I am calling out to them. I certainly am.

“I want them to be whole and well. You see, as you know, when Europe fell, it was turned into a dictatorship under Vladimir Putin and his cronies. They want to run this continent under a new soviet empire. They want all of Europe to submit to them. They were tired of the West oppressing the Russian people for not complying with the West’s mandates and desires, which would not help Russia out at all.

“Putin wanted to build up Russia and not tear it down. So, I allowed him to strengthen it, build it up, and then invade Europe after it was attacked. When Russia was struck by a nuclear bomb attack, it retaliated against NATO and the United States of America. The military leadership behind the attack suffered greatly as Russia swept in to devour and destroy like a bird of prey.

“So, Russia now has become a mighty empire. It is one of the ten kings mentioned in Revelation and the book of Daniel. It is a mighty empire and it will give its power to the Beast, which is the Antichrist of Revelation. So, this mighty power will seek to devour the Church and tear it to pieces with lies, deception, and brainwashing. But, as I said in My Word, the gates of Hell shall not prevail against My Church.

“My power shall call out to the Church to prepare it for the tribulation period spoken of in the book of Daniel and in the book of Revelation. The tribulation shall last 7 years. Then, I shall judge the Beast, who is the Antichrist, and I shall destroy his evil world system, which is made out of ten mighty kingdoms that spread across parts of the world. I shall bring fire down upon the armies that seek to devour the nation of Israel, the Jewish people in their homeland. Those evil nations that seek to kill My people shall be burned up with fire and brimstone.

But, all who call upon Me shall be safe. Now, I will show you that in a matter of a few years from now, the Antichrist shall come to bring a great deception upon the earth, using ‘alien invasion’ deception and ‘extra-terrestrial’ trickery. He shall cause all the world to believe that he is a benevolent being who only wants to bless the earth and its people, but he is a liar, for he is controlled by Apollyon, a chief principality serving in Satan’s evil kingdom.

“Apollyon will seek to have the Beast hunt down the Church and destroy it, if he can. But, I shall not let that happen. However, if a Christian is going outside My best will and is unwilling to change and follow My leading and guidance, and wants to do things his or her own way, that person shall be allowed to be persecuted in concentration camps. I don’t want that to happen, but when the devil has enough ground in a person’s life to do that, that can happen. I don’t want a Christian to be strongly persecuted like that, but I know that that persecution will bring the Christian close to Me and away from his carnal mind.

Such persecution is not necessary if a Christian wants to know Me intimately; delight in Me; rest in Me; and seek to follow My Spirit, who will guide him in what to do, as Romans chapter 8 and other parts of the Bible say. Such a Christian will not be captured and placed in a concentration camp. I will call out to all people equally, just as I already am doing, and I will prepare them for the future. Those who seek to know Me now will escape strong persecution. And, those who don’t want Me to be the very center of their lives may have to go through strong persecution, to some degree, depending on their heart.

“But, as they seek Me and get to know Me closely through their trials, I will bring them either to Heaven or to a city of refuge, where they will be totally safe and well taken care of. Now, I will show you that the cites of refuge are meant to be places of rest for the Church, and places from which they can be translated to other towns where they can minister the Gospel to other people.

“The cities of refuge are not meant to be places of entertainment or escape from trials. For, the cities of refuge will have trials in the form of disappointments, work that involves some physical labor, and some difficulties, but nothing like what people experience around the world. Compared to the rest of the world, the cities of refuge are places of comparative rest and comfort.

“However, they are not filled with the conveniences of modern day life, except for a few things. They have what people need for living, but some aspects of these cities involve work that most people in the western world are not familiar with, such as cleaning out a chicken coop, milking a cow, cleaning a barn, chopping wood, or lighting a lantern with a match. These are tasks your ancestors did more than a hundred years ago. But, your parents didn’t have to do this, and some of your grandparents didn’t have to do this.

“So, here is what I will now show you. The cities of refuge are beautiful places of escape from extreme persecution and wickedness that will happen all over the world. But, they also have things to keep people from falling into laziness and idleness. There are orchards, gardens, cows, chickens, the chopping of firewood, occupations which will be part time, and other things to keep people out of laziness and sloth. But, nonetheless, there will be plenty of time for seeking Me, getting to know Me better, and reading the Bible.

“Of course, such things do not appeal to many people until they are experiencing trials to call out to them. Then, they will seek Me. But, I am very gracious. I want people to seek Me from their hearts, and not from their minds in a congregational way. I want them to personally have a relationship with Me, and not just go through the motions of Christianity. So, I will call out to My people and allow trials to get them close to Me.

“Some Christians genuinely love Me and want to serve Me, but their focus is off, a little. They want to witness and further the Kingdom of God, but they don’t want to really know Me in a personal, deep way. If they go on like that, witnessing, giving out tracts, praying, and reading the Bible, but seeking to build their kingdom on earth through these things, their focus is then not placed on Me, but on themselves, and on what they can do for Me, supposedly. This turns quickly into pride, self-righteousness, and glorying in the flesh. Paul, My apostle to the Roman world, wrote against the works of the flesh in Galatians, Romans, Ephesians, Philippians, and elsewhere.

“The Ju-da-i-zers -- or Jewish people claiming to be Christians, who sought to bring the Church back to the sacrificial system instituted in Exodus -- were setting up a system of false works. Today, that system is gone, for the most part, but false teachers either teach that you are saved by Jesus and by your own works, or they teach that you can live in sin and still be saved. Following sin and not wanting to repent from it results in great hardness of heart. Such as person has chosen to serve Baal rather than Me, their God.

You cannot serve both God and Mammon, which is the god of everything that is opposed to Me. So, you must serve who is the true and only Living God, and that is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who is the God of Israel. That is what I want you to do, My son. I want you to serve Me, who is the LORD your God and Abba Father. Seek to know Me better and I will reveal more to you about these things. Rest in Me, trust only in the blood of Jesus Christ to save you from your sin, and don’t trust in your own works to pray, to read the Bible, to witness to lost souls, or to minister in any capacity. Trust that I Myself in Jesus Christ meet all your needs for free.

Romans chapter 8 says that I, who delivered up Jesus Christ, My Only Begotten Son, to save you, shall also freely give you all things, which you need for living a godly life, for having fullness of joy. And, most of all, I Myself am fullness of joy. I am joy, for that comes forth from Me. It doesn’t come from another. I give joy freely. You receive it by surrendering yourself to Me, laying down your own plans and goals at My feet, and seeking to know Me intimately.

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{ Romans 14:17 says: “[17] For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink ; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”

Romans 15:13 says: “[13] Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”

In John 15:7-12, Jesus said:

“[7] If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye
will, and it shall be done unto you.
[8] Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit ; so shall ye be
my disciples.
[9] As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you : continue ye in my
love.
[10] If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love ; even as I
have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
[11] These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in
you, and that your joy might be full.
[12] This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have
loved you.” [End quote] }


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God continued, saying:

I want you to express to Me how you feel, wait on Me, and follow what I lead you to do. It is a relationship and a friendship. I am the Friend of Abraham and the God of Abraham. I also want to know you in a deeper friendship than ever before, for I love you very much.

My love never changes, for I never change. I remain the same forever. As you seek to know Me better, you will begin to hear My voice better, and will receive more of a witness in your spirit that it is My voice indeed. My voice always leads you to the truth in the Bible. The enemy’s voice leads you into self-righteousness, doubt, fear, pride, unbelief, and sin. So, look to Me, rest in Me, and I will bless you, My son. And, I the LORD your God and Abba Father have spoken.”

“Thank you for that message, Abba Father,” Daniel Shultz said.

“You’re welcome, My son,” God said lovingly.



The Mediterranean Sea. North of Egypt. 2038 A.D. {Francois Israel}



“It looks like we have trouble, Captain Auxiette,” a helmsman said from his padded seat before an array of computer screens, control panels, and communications equipment in the Rossignol’s pilot house.

Captain Bernard approached the crewman and gazed out the bridge windows toward the 2 o’clock position from the starboard side (i.e. the right side of the ship as seen from the helm). He frowned and then his face grew pale. A 30.5-meter-long purse seiner was racing toward Bernard’s 57-meter-long ship. The smaller craft was clearly modified for speed. It was going faster than most fishing boats normally could travel.

“Is that what I think it is?” the helmsman said, trembling.

“Pirates,” the captain said, spitting. “We will soon face a boarding party. But, these pirates are not like the 18th century buccaneers. They are most likely human traffickers, ship thieves, and possibly terrorists. But, I have made some preparation for this.”

He grabbed an intercom microphone and pressed the talk button. “Attention crew, this is your captain. We have pirates approaching us from the southeast. I know some of you have training in how to use a firearm. Stop what you are doing, unless it is crucial and meet me in the lounge right away.”

Captain Bernard walked over toward a stairway running down through the bridge floor. He descended the steps quickly until he reached a short hallway. He passed down the hallway and opened a janitorial closet in its left wall. Then, he opened a secret compartment and removed some semi-automatic east-European rifles from the Cold War era. Under French law, they were illegal, but the captain was a smuggler and had obtained the weapons through the black market.

He loaded the weapons into a mop bucket along with some ammunition. Then, he awkwardly headed down the hall and passed through a door that opened into the lounge. Inside the large room, he saw 4 sailors and his 2 passengers. The helmsman was still up in the pilothouse to steer the ship with a toggle control. And, two sailors were likely stationed in the engine room to make sure it ran properly.

“Men,” Captain Bernard said firmly, “we are facing pirates. They will be armed with machine guns. But, I have some semi-automatic rifles here. Find hiding places for cover and fight for your lives. If they capture us, they will likely sell us into a trafficking ring. Or, they just might kills us. Now, go and grab a weapon.”

As the sailors approached the captain to grab a gun, he said to Judah and Francois, “You two, take a weapon as well. We need all the help we can get.”

“God does not want us to kill human beings,” Judah said. “Jesus taught us in the Gospel accounts that those who live by the sword will die by the sword.”

Bernard glared at the two Christian Jews and the captain’s mood changed suddenly. His blood was “boiling” with rage. Then, he roared in anger at them, spewing forth a string of profanities.

“Captain,” a sailor shouted as he entered the lounge, “we’re being boarded!”

Bernard swiveled around and locked his angry eyes on the sailor. Then, his anger turned to fear. He grabbed a gun, and slammed a clip of ammunition into it, and drew back the bolt. Now that it was ready to fire, he ran for a hiding place.

Meanwhile, Francois and Judah passed through the door that led into the short hallway where the stairs to the bridge were located.

“Where do we hide?” Judah said.

“Look dad,” Francois said, pointing toward an ajar door down the hallway. It was the door to the janitorial closet.

They hustled over to it and slipped inside, closing the door behind them. An LED ceiling light kept the closet well lit up, so Judah flicked it off. In the dark now, the father and son sought God like never before. Through the thin closet door, they heard gunfire. Rat-tat-tat! Blam! Blam! Blam! Rat-tat-tat! A vicious gunfight was breaking out in the lounge. Rat-tat-tat!


[Note: The following quotes attributed to God are actually words from God. Seek God about this if you wonder.]


Father God, keep us safe from these pirates,” Judah said pleadingly. “Don’t let them find us, and please don’t let anyone die. Spare them from death, we pray, dear Heavenly Father.”

“My son,” God’s kind voice said to Judah.

But, Judah kept pleading and praying, ignoring God’s loving voice.

Meanwhile, the gunfire continued. Blam! Blam! Rat-tat-tat!

After a minute, Judah stopped himself and went quiet. Then, he silently said, “Father God, did you speak to me?”

“My son, I did,” God’s kind voice said. “I will protect you from those bullets. And, I heard your prayers regarding the sailors and the captain. What I will tell you is this. The pirates will kill or capture the ship’s crew, but they will leave this ship alone. I will make sure they don’t commandeer this vessel, for your sakes. The crew is very ungodly and is involved in much sin and rebellion against Me. They traffick evil things across the Mediterranean Sea and across the Atlantic Ocean.

“So, I will allow them to go through a hard trial. But, I will spare you. This ship will be abandoned, and the pirates will remove all valuables from it that they can find. But, they will not look in this closet. So, trust Me and stay here for about an hour. I will protect you, and I the LORD your God and Abba Father have spoken.”

“Thank you, Heavenly Father,” Judah said. “Thank you. I trust you.”

“You are welcome, My son,” God said with great kindness in His voice.

For the next hour, Judah and Francois waited in the closet. The sound of men noisily rummaging through the ship came through the walls and floor. And, a few times they heard the sound of feet walking past their closet door. But, no one opened the closet or looked inside it.

But, before the hour was up, the sounds of footfalls and men’s voices ceased. Francois and Judah waited for 25 more minutes. Then, Francois asked God if he should leave the closet.

“You may go, My son,” God told him.

So, Francois left the closet, and walked down the hall, and passed through the door into the lounge. The leather couches, TV sets, and all the items of interest to black market dealers were gone. Banana peels, candy wrappers, empty bullet cartridges, crumpled papers, broken glass, and other garbage was strewn all over the empty, rifled room.

Blood stained the carpet indicating where the violent fight was taking place. And, Francois could clearly see many bullet holes pock marking the walls and floor all around. He walked over to the shattered windows in the lounge and gazed out at the sea. The fishing ship used for piracy was 90 meters from the starboard side of Rossignol and was receding quickly as it plowed through the rolling seawater.

Francois was joined by his dad a minute later.

“What a mess,” Judah said as he gazed at the room.

“The pirates are leaving us,” Francois said.

“God told me they would leave us after capturing or killing members of the crew,” Judah said. “Just as God had said, we are unharmed. Glory to His Holy Name!”

“It would be a good idea to pray, for the fishermen,” Francois suggested.

“You’re right, son,” Judah said as his eyes locked onto his son’s.

They offered up some prayers to God on behalf of the crew of the Rossignol and Captain Bernard. Then, Judah said, “Well, Francois, we are the only ones here. And, I have no idea how to operate a ship.”

“I don’t either,” Francois said, with some concern.

“If we try to radio a distress signal, the crew of a communist vessel might board this ship and capture us,” Judah said.

“Why don’t we pray about this?” Francois said.

“Good idea,” Judah replied.
  













Chapter 9








Frankfurt, “Germany.” 2038 A.D. {Scorpion}


A blond-haired man wearing black tactical trousers and a light, black jacket cocked a silenced pistol and slipped it into a holster under his left armpit. He flipped down two night-vision optics over his light-blue eyes from his new, bullet-proof helmet. Then, he motioned to three men dressed in similar equipment to follow him.

The men walked quickly and quietly down an alley in Frankfurt, preparing themselves for following their mission for that night. Their team leader was nicknamed “Scorpion” because he was know to attack suddenly and without much warning. He was very effective at arresting or killing underground Christians.

‘Those radical Christians will pay for their foolishness,’ Scorpion thought to himself as he walked. ‘Cobra has said he will make sure all of them are caught this time. This time, not even one will escape the noose we’re setting.’


Frankfurt, “Germany.” 2038 A.D. {Daniel Shultz}


Daniel Shultz descend back through the hatch in the floor of the rectangular room (where the homeless men were sleeping) and hurried down the metal ladder. He passed through the 1.95-meter-high doorway and reentered the large, WW2-era, underground tunnel.

“Where should I go, Abba Father?” he said to God as he shined his flashlight around the wide, concrete passageway.

Rusty pipes, some litter, and a few rusty tools appeared in his bluish beam.

“My son,” God said kindly, “just keep walking down the tunnel for a ways and you will come to a room on your right. Enter that room and you will find a stairwell. Take the stairs up to the top and you will see a hatch. Pass through the hatch and you will find yourself not far from a Baptist Church building. It is closed down. There, you will see a surprise.”

“Thank you, Father God,” Daniel Shultz said as he started walking forward down the tunnel.

He followed God’s instructions and walked down the tunnel for 152 meters before he saw a door in the right side of the tunnel, just as God had told him. He pushed open the rusty door and saw a concrete stairwell with steel-reinforced concrete steps leading up. Wasting no time, Daniel climbed the stairs up to a square hatch. The metal hatch squeaked slightly as he pushed up on it. With curiosity, he poked his head out the hatch, and gazed up at some tall bushes and a building outside. He didn’t want to run into a police patrol or a gang, so he prayed.

“Abba Father, is it safe to step out of this hatch?” Daniel said.

“Yes, My son,” God said, “you may go now. It is safe.”

So, Daniel slipped out of the hatch and shut it carefully. He found himself standing near some tall, dense, arborvitae bushes, which completely surrounded the hatch. The back end of a big, white building appeared through some openings in the tall bushes. He then noticed a steeple rising up near the front of the building some distance away, on the other side of the structure.

Looking left and right, Daniel observed that no one was around. So, he slowly squeezed through the dense bushes to make sure they didn’t rustle too much and make noticeable sounds. Then, he cautiously approached the church building, walking softly through tall, unkempt grass. It appeared, as he went, that the building had fallen into disrepair. The grass was overgrown, and paint was peeling off the side of the wooden structure. Graffiti appeared on portions of the walls, defiling what had once been a house of worship.

“My son, go to the basement door. I will guide you,” God said kindly.

“Okay, I’ll see what’s there,” Daniel Shultz said as he walked toward the right side of the building.

Soon, he saw a wooden door which had been recently painted white. The paint appeared somewhat fresh. ‘I wonder who would have painted this door, seeing that the building is in disrepair?’ Daniel thought to himself. He placed his hand on a brass knob and turned it, and the door opened. His heart beat faster. ‘I wonder if someone is inside his building?’

He drew out his flashlight, turned it on, and shined the light into a basement antechamber which had a door at the far end. Cardboard boxes, bits of litter, and dust appeared in the bluish flashlight beam. He passed through the opposite door and found himself in a spacious dining hall which was filled with more cardboard boxes and more dust, and four old, wooden pews.

Outdated florescent lights appeared in the ceiling, but many appeared to be broken or missing from their fixtures. The place seemed to be abandoned, but the presence of cardboard boxes drew Daniel’s curiosity. He walked over to one of the boxes in the dining hall which rested in the middle of the room near a wooden pew.

The box was taped shut with shipping tape, so he cut it with a pocket knife and opened the box flaps. Inside, Daniel saw German Sunday school booklets for children, which were coated with some fine dust. He tried another box and found Gospel tracts. Unlike the Sunday school booklets, these Gospel tracts were in new condition. He selected a tract and felt its laminated surface. It felt new as if it had been printed recently. 

“You are a brother, I take it?” a voice suddenly said with a strange mixture of fear and boldness.

Daniel turned to his right and saw four men who were dressed in sweaters and dark trousers. All four were fairly tall and strong-looking.

“Who are you?” Daniel said, feeling his heart beating fast. ‘What are they doing here?’ he thought to himself. ‘And, why did he ask me that strange question?’

“We are followers of the Light,” another man said. “We don’t mean to alarm you, but we want to know if you follow the Light too.”

“What is this Light you speak of?” Daniel said, confused.

“He who gave us the promise,” one man said.

“What promise is this?” Daniel said, still confused. ‘These are strange words,’ he thought.

“I am Markus Plӧtz,” the first man to speak said. “And, you are a believer in Jesus, I take it?”

“I am a Christian and a follower of Jesus,” Daniel said, trusting that God was not going to let harm come.

“So are we,” Markus said. “We love and follow the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Light of the world and the Giver of life.”

“I am Daniel Shultz,” Daniel said.

Markus stretched out his hand and walked up to Daniel, smiling. His face had changed soon after Daniel had mentioned his faith. They shook hands, and Daniel, in turn, shook all the men’s hands.

“This is Conrad Hofer, and Hans Schmidt, and Alfred Freistetter,” Markus said, motioning toward his friends.

“We are underground Christians who serve God as He leads us by His Spirit,” Markus said. “He led us to come to this building in preparation for meeting you. He even told us that you were a man and that you were coming at this time of night.”   

“Praise the Lord Jesus,” Daniel said. “I didn’t expect God to have other underground believers here.”

There was a pause. Then, Daniel said, “Do any of you know escape routes out of communist Europe?”

The men shook their heads. But, Markus frowned as he thought about Daniel’s question. Then, he said, “The only way to escape communist Europe is by God’s help. God can use smugglers, but He often prefers to work supernaturally.”

“Why haven’t you folks escaped yet?” Daniel said, curious why they were risking their lives to meet him and talk to him.

“God has called us to minister in the underground Church for a few years,” Markus said. “We live in secret locations and work in covert ways. The government cannot learn about our every move since we are supernaturally protected by God, who is always with us, guiding us. Of course, we do make mistakes and we do sin, but we repent and turn back to God.”

The anteroom door suddenly opened, startling all the men, and they turned to face the door. Standing in the entrance was a man who appeared to be breathing hard. He was in his late 20s and had a short, black beard. He was dressed in dark clothing and had a hood. Removing the hood, he walked toward the group.

“Heinrich,” Markus said with concern, “what is going on? Why are you breathless?”

“I hurried to get over here as soon as possible, as the Lord Jesus led me,” Heinrich said, breathing hard. “The underground print shop has been breached. The secret police have just begun to raid it. I escaped through a secret hatch outside the building, but I think some of our brothers have been caught.”

 Markus frowned and nervously bit his lower lip. “Let us pray, brethren,” he said, “God is still with us, and He never has left us, and he never will.”

“Amen,” said Hans, a brown-haired man in his later 20s.

“I had left the print shop on …” Daniel said, giving the general location of the building he had been staying at for the past week and a half. “That’s where God had me staying recently.”

“That is the place,” Hans said, nodding. “Sadly, it is likely going to be turned into a communist print shop.”

“Let’s pray, shall we,” Markus said, glancing at the two men before he bowed his head.



Frankfurt, “Germany.” 2038 A.D. {Scorpion}



Scorpion and his team were now in position to strike. He was waiting on team 3 to give him a report of their position. Once team 3 was in place, Cobra would surely order the teams to move in for the “kill.”

Scorpion (a muscular, blond-haired man with a scar on his right temple) was stationed in an alley behind the printing building that Daniel Shultz had been staying at. It was the same building where Daniel had fled to in order to escape the police. Now, the communist regime in control of Frankfurt was certain that underground Christians were conducting “illegal” operations out of this building.

Scorpion and all those in the five “strike teams” were almost ready to go into action. In a few seconds, some teams would get orders to breach the building while others kept security outside. The units of special secret police had been waiting for such a time as this. Now was their hour to get “revenge” on God’s people.



Frankfurt, “Germany.” 2038 A.D. {Daniel Shultz}



“Dear Heavenly Father,” Markus said, “we are living in hard times. The communists want to capture us, torture us, and imprison us, or convert us to their ideology. But, they don’t want you, Lord Jesus. We ask that you would powerfully destroy the devil’s plans for these communist police, spies, loyalists, and leaders. We ask that they would turn to you for salvation, dear Lord Jesus Christ. We ask that these people would see the truth about who you really are, and will want to know you personally, and intimately, and to follow you.”

He continued to pray. Then, other men joined in with their own prayers.


[Note: The following quotes attributed to God are actually words from God. Seek God about this if you wonder.]


“My son, Markus,” God’s kind voice said to him after he had finished praying and while someone else was interceding for the Church.

Markus Plӧtz walked away from the group a little distance and said, “Yes, Abba Father?”

God said this to Markus’s spirit:

“My son, I will tell you this. I want you to realize that I allowed the printing office and printing company to be raided and seized by the government not because I was against the good that they were doing, but because I was allowing this as a trial to call out to them. You see, that company has done much good for My Kingdom, but now I will be working in a more powerful way than before. I will send the two witnesses spoken of in Revelation chapter 11, verses 3 through 13.

“These witnesses shall show signs, and wonders, and miracles to the earth, and all people shall hear about these witnesses, if those people have access to the internet or the TV. For, the witnesses will release mighty signs and wonders in the Name of Jesus Christ, and will show that Jesus died and rose from the dead in order to save all who will receive Him as their personal Savior, and Lord, and God.

“These witnesses shall do mighty things to call out to all the world and show them that there is no other Name under Heaven given to mankind for the salvation from sins and for eternal life, and that Name is Jesus Christ, My Only Begotten Son.”


[Revelation 11:3-5 says:
“[3] And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
[4] These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
[5] And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies : and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.”]



Frankfurt, “Germany.” 2038 A.D. {Scorpion}


“Team 1, go,” the orders came for Scorpion and his men to breach the building.

Hearing Cobra’s commanding voice over his two-way radio headset, Scorpion moved into action. He hurried across the alley toward a door in the side of the brick building. This door led into the basement, which is where he wanted to start his operation.

Two men followed him, carrying a heavy, cylindrical tube, which was filled with concrete. He stood guard while they began slamming the heavy tube into the door. Bang. Thump. Crash. On the third try, they had succeeded in smashing open the thick door. It splintered under the momentum of the breaching device.

Then, one at a time, the men slipped through the door with automatic weapons ready to fire.



Frankfurt, “Germany.” 2038 A.D. {Daniel Shultz}



[Note: The following quotes attributed to God are actually words from God. Seek God about this if you wonder.]

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God continued speaking to Markus Plӧtz, and God said:

“By trusting in Jesus Christ for salvation, a person is saved, born-again, and given the promise of eternal life. So, printing shops, tract distribution, and other things will be shut down by the devil’s agents, but My Kingdom shall advance through all the earth, and millions of people shall be saved as they see My mighty hand stretched out to demonstrate My power to all the world.

“My hand shall bring light to the darkness of the world, to show the people who sit in darkness the Great Light of Christ and to show them that there is no way that they can be saved by their own works or by their own plans. Only can they be saved by trusting in My Son, Jesus Christ.

“So, I will show you that your time ministering in Germany is soon to end. I will translate your family and you to a city of refuge -- a type of Noah’s ark -- so that you can be safe from the flood of evil that will pour over Europe and over the world. For, the gates of Hell shall unleash darkness upon the face of the earth like never before. Sin shall abound. Darkness and wickedness shall reign for a season, but I will call out to all people and plead with them to repent and turn to Me for salvation through Jesus Christ the Lord.

“Soon, the Antichrist, which is also called the Beast, shall arrive on planet earth. You have heard about aliens being seen by people. These aliens are part of Satan’s deception. They are a cunning trickery to fool millions of people into accepting the appearance of fallen angels on the planet. I tell you that people will worship these aliens and call them ‘brothers of mankind’ and ‘healers of the human race.’ But, these aliens are none other than clever deceptions, evil spirits, and fallen angels, in disguise.

“They will not heal the human race. Rather, they will seek to destroy, deceive, and devour the earth, and fill it with wickedness. They will deny the Bible and deny the God of the Bible. They will promote false religions and cult worship followings of their ‘species.’ Satan will appear as an angel of light, as My Word says he will, and Satan will deceive billions of people into worshiping him and worshiping the Antichrist or Beast.

“There will be millions and millions of people who fall prey to the devil’s trickery and deceptions. And, billions will fall into Hell because they refused to listen to the miracles of God, the Word of God, and the conviction of the Holy Ghost, My Spirit who speaks to all people and warns all people of judgment to come.

“There will be false prophets, and false pastors, and false teachers, and workers of false signs and lying wonders. They will deceive many people. And, millions will be prepared for receiving the Antichrist through their lies and deceptions. When the Antichrist comes, he will come to lead people away from all worship of what is called ‘God.’

“Instead, he will claim to be a ‘god,’ and he will say that ‘God’ is in everyone. He will teach new age lies, which are not new. And, he will promote the occult and eastern mysticism. He will promote the worship of the self and the worship of himself. The Antichrist will also seek to unite all religions into one -- that is the worship of Satan and the self. He will promote the ‘brotherhood of man’ and promote that all people are ‘gods’ with supernatural power that they can tap into through occult and eastern practices.

“So, the Antichrist will revive the new age movement’s old lies and will combine it with the worship of the devil and of himself. The devil will also deny the existence of Hell and will say that that is a ‘myth’ from ancient times. But, the devil is a liar. And, his lies will be exposed, for portals -- or giant holes that connect the supernatural realm to the natural realm -- will open up and evil creatures will come out, as the book of Revelation says.”

[Continued below]

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{ [The Fifth Trumpet]

Revelation 9:1-3

“[1] And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth : and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
[2] And he opened the bottomless pit ; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace ; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
[3] And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth : and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.[End quote] [Emphasis added.]

Revelation 9:4-10

“[4] And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree ; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
[5] And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months : and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
[6] And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it ; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
[7] And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle ; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.
[8] And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.
[9] And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron ; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.
[10] And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails : and their power was to hurt men five months.” [End quote] [Emphasis added.]  


[The Sixth Trumpet]


Revelation 9:15-19

“[15] And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour,
and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of
men.
[16] And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred
thousand thousand : and I heard the number of them.
[17] And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them,
having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone : and the
heads of the horses were as the heads of lions ; and out of their
mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.
[18] By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by
the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
[19] For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails : for their tails
were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do
hurt.” [End quote] [Emphasis added.] }

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[A Message from God, continued.]

[Note: The following quotes attributed to God are actually words from God. Seek God about this if you wonder.]

God continued speaking to Markus Plӧtz in the basement of the closed Baptist Church building in Frankfurt, and God said:

“These evil creatures will come forth from Hell and will swarm over the whole earth. They will oppress and kill men, women, and older children who are hardened against Me. They will not touch young children or infants since they are not hardened against Me. But, these evil beings will oppress the hardened people who don’t want to repent from their sins and trust only in Jesus Christ for salvation.

“Satan will marshal the whole world of people who despise Me to come and worship him and bow before his throne, so to speak. He will rule over the world for a period of 7 years with his ‘son,’ so called, who is the Antichrist or the Beast. During this time, many people will have to decide if they will serve this intruder into earth’s environment or serve Me, their Creator and God.

“But, the wicked will serve the devil and will not turn to Me. However, even among those who are ungodly, I will work powerfully. And, some will turn to Me for salvation and for forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the Roman cross 2000 years ago. I will bring millions to Me through My power and by My working in their hearts. But, millions more of other people will reject My calling out to them, and will not let Me work to bring them to Me.

“That is why I allow such hard trials and times of great tribulation to come upon the human race. That is why I allow famines, pestilences, diseases, and so forth to strike the people on earth. I don’t want it to happen, but I allow the devil to do those things as a wake up call to people that perhaps they would humble themselves and seek Me. And, they will find Me if they seek Me with a desire to know Me. If they reject Me, I will have to call out to them stronger. But, I know exactly what needs to be done to call out to people around the world.

“Thus, when the harsh judgments strike the earth during the tribulation period, which lasts only 7 years, millions of hard-hearted souls will be convicted of their sins and turn to Me. But, millions more will continue to harden their hearts against Me, but I will continue to call out to them that they would repent and be saved through Jesus Christ, the Lord.

“If they don’t repent, then I will continue to plead with them that they will repent. However, sadly, most will not choose to repent from their sins. So, they will receive the mark of the Beast, and will be damned to Hell because they refused to repent from their sins. The word ‘damn’ refers to being sent to Hell as punishment for rejecting Jesus Christ, and for being very wicked and ungodly. Such souls cannot be saved because I see their hearts are so hardened that they never will repent.

“Now, I will also show you that when you seek Me more, I will reveal more things to you. But, I will prepare you for receiving them. Of course, nothing I say will contradict My Word, the Bible. I only agree with My own Word. But, the devil, the deceiver wants to lead My Church away from the truth of Scripture and into falsehoods, false doctrines, and lies.

“So, to avoid being sucked up into the devil’s deception, you need to seek to know Me intimately. Look only to Me for all you need, and I will provide for you all that you ever will need. And, obey what I lead you to do. I will bless you for this. This is all of Me, and I the LORD your God and Abba Father have spoken.”

“Thank you for what you revealed to me,” Markus Plӧtz said, grateful that the Father God, the eternal God, had spoken to him about such events.

“You’re welcome, My son,” God replied with a kind tone in His voice.

“You’ve been pretty quiet, Markus,” Hans said as he approached the brown-haired 44-year-old.

“I was hearing a message from God,” Markus said, facing his friend.

“What did He say?” Hans said, curious.

“A lot of things,” Markus said. “I believe I should tell the group what God has shown me.”

“That would be a good idea,” Hans said, nodding. “I’m sure they’d like to hear it.”



Frankfurt, “Germany.” 2038 A.D. {Scorpion}


With guns ready to fire, Scorpion’s team 1 moved through the basement, room by room. They strategically searched through the entire basement while team 2 searched the main floor, and team 3 searched the second floor. Teams 4 and 5 stayed outside and conducted surveillance of the building, making sure no “criminals” escaped.

As Scorpion’s team entered a large room on the left side of the hall they were passing through, they spotted two men at work. The men had just been packing up Bibles into unmarked, cardboard boxes, which were arranged on a long bench.

“Police! Don’t move!” Scorpion said firmly and loudly as he entered.

The men froze, feeling their hearts pounding in their chests. They were caught doing something both knew their communist government was completely against. It was illegal to print and distribute non-approved Bibles in all countries of communist Europe. The approved Bibles were corrupted versions that omitted anything the communists didn’t like, and they contained highly modified verses that perverted God’s Holy Word.

So, the underground Church had been printing Bibles translated from the King James Version into German or French, or other European languages. But, these were highly illegal. And, the communist authorities had wanted to find and arrest all printers and distributors of these banned Bibles.



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