Exposing the False Teachers of the 21st Century (Titus 1:10) (Hyper Grace)

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

■ Steven’s Amazing Adventures, and the Future of the World ■ (PART 8) - "Vasily's Escape" - (A STORY about the END TIMES, with Messages from God) (PART 8)


Steven’s Amazing Adventures,
and the Future of the World

(A Story about the End Times 
with Messages from God)

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(This story chronicles the adventures of Steven O'Neill, his wife Sarah, and their friends during the End Times. Judgment has already struck the U.S., and Steve and his friends have reached the vast continent of Asia. Witness the amazing things God will reveal about the coming kingdom of the Beast (or the Antichrist), the Mark of the Beast, and the Tribulation period. This story should keep you fascinated, as a realistic account of the future unfolds in the form of a fictional story.

But, this story is not just a story. It contains messages from God and prophecies that actually shall happen. It is written as fiction with fictional characters, but the message of the story is very real, and the cataclysmic events, touched on in this story, will actually impact this earth as God’s Holy Bible and its prophecies unfold. The world will soon enter a time much like that portrayed in this story. I encourage you to seek God about this to see what He will show you.)


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Chapter Eight


PART 8: Vasily's Escape


Chunk. The shovel cut partway into the hard, cold dirt and Vasily Volvakov groaned as he tossed a small scoop of dirt onto a slowly growing pile of earth, which rested atop some snow. Chunk. The shovel again dug into the hard ground, slowly enlarging the ditch. Other men worked hard, digging several feet apart from each other. But, since the ground was cold, their efforts brought little results. As they worked, their breath came out in small clouds of water vapor.

Vasily had been recently processed into the prison system of the new Russian Federation. The new Russian Federation was being upgraded and modernized throughout its expansive territory, ever since the new oligarchy was established under Vladimir Putin. The T-14 Armata tank was being mass produced and sent out to Europe to safeguard Russian military bases throughout the continent. (See "Footnote").

Vasily thought about Russia’s massive expansion as he begrudgingly dug the ditch, which someone had told him would have to be filled in during the next week.

■ Steven’s Amazing Adventures, and the Future of the World ■ (PART 7) - "The Reunion and the Surprise" - (A STORY about the END TIMES, with Messages from God) (PART 7)


Steven’s Amazing Adventures,
and the Future of the World

(A Story about the End Times 
with Messages from God)

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(This story chronicles the adventures of Steven O'Neill, his wife Sarah, and their friends during the End Times. Judgment has already struck the U.S., and Steve and his friends have reached the vast continent of Asia. Witness the amazing things God will reveal about the coming kingdom of the Beast (or the Antichrist), the Mark of the Beast, and the Tribulation period. This story should keep you fascinated, as a realistic account of the future unfolds in the form of a fictional story.

But, this story is not just a story. It contains messages from God and prophecies that actually shall happen. It is written as fiction with fictional characters, but the message of the story is very real, and the cataclysmic events, touched on in this story, will actually impact this earth as God’s Holy Bible and its prophecies unfold. The world will soon enter a time much like that portrayed in this story. I encourage you to seek God about this to see what He will show you.)


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Chapter Seven


PART 7: The Reunion and the Surprise



Sergey found himself in a forest. Wind was blowing through the trees, sending clouds of snowflakes fluttering through the air. A rushing sound of a rapidly flowing river came from some distance behind him. Just moments ago he had been translated, or quickly moved, by invisible angels from his Russian izba cabin in the town of Medvedski.

Men and women dressed in warm winter clothing stood on either side of him in the forest. Many wore ushankas with the ear flaps down. Some children had cried out in surprise and adults gasped, shocked by what had just happened to them. One minute they were asleep in bed, and the next second, they were wearing warm clothing and boots, standing in a snow-covered forest somewhere in the northern hemisphere. They had been somehow woken from sleep during their translation. Now, blinking, they gazed at their completely new surroundings, wondering if they were dreaming.

Several men and women pinched themselves and shook their heads, baffled.

“Sergey,” Ivan said from behind.

Turning to his new friend, Sergey said, “What is it, Ivan?”

Ivan appeared baffled. “Where are we? Are we dreaming?”

Sergey smiled and laughed. “God told me He would do this. I had no idea what it would be like, but here we are.”

“What did He tell you, Sergey?” Ivan said.

“God had not actually said He was going to take us instantly away,” Sergey said, “but He sent me some guests before you arrived. They had told me about how God had instantly transported them from one place to another. They said it was called translation.

“They reminded me of the account in the book of Acts, chapter 8, about Philip being instantly caught away from the Ethiopian eunuch, who was in the desert. Philip, the Bible says, was found near the town of Azotus, in Israel. God had told me to leave the details of our travel to Him. I did and now God had done a miracle of Biblical proportions. Praise His awesome Name!”

Ivan left Sergey and began excitedly speaking loudly about how God had translated them and quickly moved them from the izba cabin to this forest. Eyes opened wide at hearing him speak.

Then, a lady said to Ivan, “So, where are we now?”

He shrugged his shoulders and said, “I have no clue. Only God knows.”

Suddenly, an orange light came from the forest. Everyone turned toward its direction. Then, flames could be seen through the trees.

“Is that a camp fire?” a man asked.

The light source drew closer, passing through the trees, casting long shadows in all directions from its bright center. As it drew closer, Sergey and the other men, women, and children realized they were seeing a supernatural fire. It was a pillar of fire rotating around and around, but slowly. It was moving toward them, lighting up the forest for fifty feet in all directions. Owls roosting in high branches took off and flew from the light, quietly beating the air with their wings.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

■ Steven’s Amazing Adventures, and the Future of the World ■ (PART 6) - "The Chase" - (A STORY about the END TIMES, with Messages from God) (PART 6)


Steven’s Amazing Adventures,
and the Future of the World

(A Story about the End Times 
with Messages from God)

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But, this story is not just a story. It contains messages from God and prophecies that actually shall happen. It is written as fiction with fictional characters, but the message of the story is very real, and the cataclysmic events, touched on in this story, will actually impact this earth as God’s Holy Bible and its prophecies unfold. The world will soon enter a time much like that portrayed in this story. I encourage you to seek God about this to see what He will show you.)


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Chapter Six


PART 6: The Chase


Wind blew through the trees, sending clouds of snowflakes rushing through the trees and sparkling through the air before the snowflakes vaporized in mid-flight. A group of Christians walked behind the pillar of fire, which resembled a small tornado of spinning flames. The thick snow coating the ground melted directly below the column of fire, in a wide swath, leaving green grass and rocks behind.

The forest was well lit up for many yards in all directions by the awesome spectacle. The Chinese and Asian Christians spoke with each other, laughing, and talking excitedly as they gazed at the miracle before them.

In a few minutes, the forest floor began to get steep, descending toward a narrow canyon. God’s pillar of fire moved down the slope, back and forth, in slow switchbacks and a gradual incline to make the going easier for the people following the spinning flames down the slope.

Burbling and rushing sounds came from the bottom of the canyon. In moments, Steve saw its source. A swift river flowed in cold, eddying torrents, frothing as it splashed around rocks and logs. Steve felt some fear tug at his heart. How were they to get across this freezing river in the middle of winter?

But, the pillar of fire moved on ahead.

“My son,” Abba God said to Steve, “I am with you. I love you very much. You see an obstacle that seems impossible to safely cross, but watch what I will do.”

The pillar of fire came to a stop before the edge of the water and rested, spiraling around and around. Before long, the front part of the group reached the rocky bank and stopped. People in the back of the line stopped chatting with each other and stood still, looking down into what appeared to be a huge, cold obstacle below.

“What are we going to do, Steve?” Sarah said, worried. She stood behind him a few paces.

“Go ahead, My son, and speak,” Abba God’s gentle voice spoke to Steve’s spirit. “I will give you the words to tell this group.”

“Yes, Father God,” Steve said.

“Steve?” Sarah said.

“God has shown me something, Sarah,” Steve told his wife.

Then, he called out to the whole group in a loud voice. “We have come to a huge obstacle that is humanly impossible to safely pass over, but Our Father God has spoken to me and shown me to watch what He will do.”

Suddenly, rustling sounds came from the bushes higher up the canyon and bright flashlights shined through the forest. The beams swept over the trees until they rested on the group of Christians below. Several Christian women covered their mouths to prevent themselves from screaming. Others gasped.

“Soldiers! We’re trapped!” a man near Steve exclaimed, daring to speak above a whisper.

■ Steven’s Amazing Adventures, and the Future of the World ■ (PART 5) - "The Concern" / “Break In” - (A STORY about the END TIMES, with Messages from God) (PART 5)


Steven’s Amazing Adventures,
and the Future of the World

(A Story about the End Times 
with Messages from God)

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(This story chronicles the adventures of Steven O'Neill, his wife Sarah, and their friends during the End Times. Judgment has already struck the U.S., and Steve and his friends have reached the vast continent of Asia. Witness the amazing things God will reveal about the coming kingdom of the Beast (or the Antichrist), the Mark of the Beast, and the Tribulation period. This story should keep you fascinated, as a realistic account of the future unfolds in the form of a fictional story.

But, this story is not just a story. It contains messages from God and prophecies that actually shall happen. It is written as fiction with fictional characters, but the message of the story is very real, and the cataclysmic events, touched on in this story, will actually impact this earth as God’s Holy Bible and its prophecies unfold. The world will soon enter a time much like that portrayed in this story. I encourage you to seek God about this to see what He will show you.)


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Chapter Five

PART 5: The Concern


While the huge piles of snow and blizzard conditions lasted, Sergey began teaching the people in his home from the Bible. He gave a Bible to each adult and to each child who was old enough to read. As some days passed, several more people committed their lives to Jesus and trusted in Him only for salvation. While he taught them, Sergey noticed that Vasily remained in his bedroom and never wanted to hear the Bible being read. He had told Sergey that he wasn’t feeling well, but when Sergey offered to pray for his physical healing, Vasily muttered, “I don’t need your prayers. I will improve in time.”

After four days had passed since the group of fifteen had arrived at his izba cabin, most of the guests had trusted in Jesus for salvation. Sergey was amazed at the results of his teaching and prayers. He thanked God every time he thought about the new believers.

One night, after a group Bible study time, and after the families had retired for the night, a man came down the stairs and approached Sergey, who was sitting on the side of his bed. The man had short, dark hair and appeared to be in his thirties.

“Sergey,” the man said.

“Yes, Ivan?”

“I want to talk to you about something,” Ivan said quietly.

Friday, August 25, 2017

■ Steven’s Amazing Adventures, and the Future of the World ■ (PART 4) - "Blizzard" - (A STORY about the END TIMES, with Messages from God) (PART 4)


Steven’s Amazing Adventures,
and the Future of the World

(A Story about the End Times 
with Messages from God)

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(This story chronicles the adventures of Steven O'Neill, his wife Sarah, and their friends during the End Times. Judgment has already struck the U.S., and Steve and his friends have reached the vast continent of Asia. Witness the amazing things God will reveal about the coming kingdom of the Beast (or the Antichrist), the Mark of the Beast, and the Tribulation period. This story should keep you fascinated, as a realistic account of the future unfolds in the form of a fictional story.

But, this story is not just a story. It contains messages from God and prophecies that actually shall happen. It is written as fiction with fictional characters, but the message of the story is very real, and the cataclysmic events, touched on in this story, will actually impact this earth as God’s Holy Bible and its prophecies unfold. The world will soon enter a time much like that portrayed in this story. I encourage you to seek God about this to see what He will show you.)


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Chapter Four

PART 4: “Blizzard”


Snow flurries swirled around the man as he trudged through the thick powder. He could barely see twenty yards in front of him. His breath came out in small clouds as he walked, one foot in front of the other. The temperature was dropping and the snow was getting deeper, centimeter by centimeter. In a short time, it would be several inches deeper than it was when he first started off on his trek. He needed to find a place to stay and to warm himself up at, but he seemed to be a long way from any village. His feet felt numb, which was a bad sign. Frostbite might set in if he didn’t get his feet warmed soon.

The moon shone through the pine trees and provided some light to his path in the mostly dark woods. It felt like he had been walking through the forest for days, but it had really only been three hours since his car got stuck in the deep snow. His cell phone battery had died and he had no way to charge it. He knew that waiting in the car was not an option because his gas tank was very low on fuel. To make matters worse, a dead tree had fallen over the road, in front of the car, blocking his way. He had not come prepared for a snow storm.

After a few more minutes of walking, the man suddenly plunged up to the waist in snow. He must have reached the ditch at the edge of the road. There was so much snow that he couldn’t tell where the road ended and the forest began. The man had just stepped into a deep patch of snow that had filled up a depression in the ground. He cursed himself for leaving his car and he cursed God, blaming Him for the snow storm. Now, he had to struggle just to pull himself out of the deep snow, but he was starting to feel exhausted from the long walk through deepening snow.

Crawling and kicking, he finally pulled himself out of the hole, but found he was too exhausted to keep walking. Lying on the ground, he cursed his “misfortune” again and slowly breathed. If he stayed out too long in the cold, without moving, he knew he would freeze to death. But, tiredness was starting to overcome him.

Suddenly, a loud, throaty buzzing sound came from the forest road. A light appeared in the distance, casting shadows through the trees dozens of yards away. Then, a green object appeared, racing across the snow. It was a snowmobile. The man picked himself up and, with every ounce of strength he could muster, he waved frantically and shouted.

■ Steven’s Amazing Adventures, and the Future of the World ■ (PART 3) - "The Miracle" - (A STORY about the END TIMES, with Messages from God) (PART 3)


Steven’s Amazing Adventures,
and the Future of the World

(A Story about the End Times 
with Messages from God)

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(This story chronicles the adventures of Steven O'Neill, his wife Sarah, and their friends during the End Times. Judgment has already struck the U.S., and Steve and his friends have reached the vast continent of Asia. Witness the amazing things God will reveal about the coming kingdom of the Beast (or the Antichrist), the Mark of the Beast, and the Tribulation period. This story should keep you fascinated, as a realistic account of the future unfolds in the form of a fictional story.

But, this story is not just a story. It contains messages from God and prophecies that actually shall happen. It is written as fiction with fictional characters, but the message of the story is very real, and the cataclysmic events, touched on in this story, will actually impact this earth as God’s Holy Bible and its prophecies unfold. The world will soon enter a time much like that portrayed in this story. I encourage you to seek God about this to see what He will show you.)


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Chapter Three


PART 3: “The Miracle”

The campfire flames danced and wavered over the logs, sending up wispy smoke that rose above the tree tops and dispersed. Flickering shadows fell on the grass from the twenty-plus people and their belongings. Steve stood near the crackling fire and spoke to the group which faced him, huddled by three other campfires. The quivering flames reflected in the glasses of several men and women as they listened to Steve’s teaching.

Steve spoke, scanning over the faces, as he held an open Bible in one hand. A large backpack lay a few feet from Steve with an unzipped pouch, where he had stored his Bible. It had been translated to him by an invisible angel just minutes ago.

“When God said, ‘Let there be light’, He was not only speaking of the visible light that you and I can see,” Steve said. “Our Abba Father God was speaking of His spiritual power to reveal Himself to His creation through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. When Adam, our ancestor, came into existence, he was given a spiritual knowledge about God that Adam had not had to search long and hard to get.

“It was part of the information God had downloaded into Adam’s soul and spirit. So, likewise, we all have knowledge of God that God had created us with. We are not born in total darkness. God gives us light. That is why Jesus Christ is said to be the Light of the world, and why the Gospel of John records, in the first chapter, that Jesus Christ said… Let me read it to you.”

Steve flipped the pages of the Bible to a bookmark in John chapter 1. Then, he said, “John 1: 4 through 5 says: ‘[4] In him was life; and the life was the light of men. [5] And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.’ So, Jesus Christ is the One who gives us life and light. But, the devil and his minions do not comprehend this Light. Speaking of Jesus, John wrote in the Gospel of John 1:9: ‘That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.’ So, Jesus gives light to every person who exists. This light shows us that we are sinners, and that only God can provide the way of eternal life, and only God can cleanse away our sin. He did this by Jesus Christ, our Savior and God.”

“Excuse me,” a man said from just a short distance away.

“Yes,” Steve said.

“My name is Shing. I am an Oroqen born in the Chinese province of Inner Mongolia. I have a question for you,” Shing said. “Why is it that you say God gives light to everyone who comes into this world? Where I came from, the government leaders were sending soldiers into the homes of Christians to confiscate their belongings and to take any Bibles they had. They also stole our property, even though I am not a Christian.

“My brother is a Christian, but they treated both of us roughly and with cruelty because we shared the same house. They beat my brother with clubs because he refused to renounce his faith. But, they stole my valuables, even though I told them I never was a Christian and did not care about Jesus. How could those soldiers have also been given light from Jesus if they behave like they have no conscience and no knowledge of God?”

“Well, Shing,” Steve said, “they have been given the light of Jesus since He created all people and all things, but they had chosen to reject Jesus and to harden their hearts against their own consciences and against God’s Spirit. I have heard of stories of communist soldiers getting saved. We all have a sin nature, as you and I know, but God the Father provided Jesus, God the Son, to take all our sins upon Himself, and to die in our place. It is only by His precious blood that we can be saved from sin.”

“Okay,” Shing said, “I guess that makes sense. It just seems so hard to grasp how people can be so cruel to each other. I have always tried to help people because if I help them, they will help me when I’m in need.”

Suddenly, some loud cracking sounds broke the relative stillness of the night. The sound of branches being snapped came from the woods beyond the light of the fires.



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

■ Steven’s Amazing Adventures, and the Future of the World ■ (PART 2) - "Angelic Visitation" - (A STORY about the END TIMES, with Messages from God) (PART 2)


Steven’s Amazing Adventures,
and the Future of the World

(A Story about the End Times 
with Messages from God)

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(This story chronicles the adventures of Steven O'Neill, his wife Sarah, and their friends during the End Times. Judgment has already struck the U.S., and Steve and his friends have reached the vast continent of Asia. Witness the amazing things God will reveal about the coming kingdom of the Beast (or the Antichrist), the Mark of the Beast, and the Tribulation period. This story should keep you fascinated, as a realistic account of the future unfolds in the form of a fictional story.

But, this story is not just a story. It contains messages from God and prophecies that actually shall happen. It is written as fiction with fictional characters, but the message of the story is very real, and the cataclysmic eventstouched on in this story, will actually impact this earth as God’s Holy Bible and its prophecies unfold. The world will soon enter a time much like that portrayed in this story. I encourage you to seek God about this to see what He will show you.)

Chapter Two

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PART 2: Angelic Visitation


Steven, Sarah (his wife), Alexei, and Jason walked down a footpath through a snow-covered, deciduous forest. Leaves and snow crunched under their boots while a light breeze swayed the upper branches and twigs of the ancient, towering trees, sending myriads of snowflakes down through the winter air. The moon’s solemn face peered through the bare branches. Dark shapes of hunting owls swept across the night sky, flapping their wings noiselessly. A throaty hooting sound echoed through the forest from some distance away as an owl, perched on a branch, warned other owls not to come into its territory. But, despite the cold around them and the dark forest, the group was fairly cheerful.

“I hope Sergey is okay,” Jason said. “We left him shortly after a knock came to his door.”

Just fifteen minutes ago, they had vanished from the second story of Sergey's home only to find themselves in the forest. Invisible angels had picked the four up and taken them, in the blink of an eye, to a forest somewhere in the northern Asia. Philip had been translated, or quickly moved, from the Ethiopian eunuch by the same method in the book of Acts. God had spoken to Alexei and told him that they were going to meet some people that they were to stay with for a short time.

“He will be fine,” Alexei said, grinning. “God is taking care of him.”

A cracking sound came from the forest suddenly, arresting their attention. ‘Is it an animal?’ Steve wondered. ‘Or, could it be a soldier?’

He felt some fear strike his chest at that thought, but he quickly told his Heavenly Father about it, and left the concern with Abba God. God had promised to protect them.

Some more snapping sounds came, and a dark figure emerged from the trees, but was concealed by shadows.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

■ Steven’s Amazing Adventures, and the Future of the World ■ (PART 1) - "Russian Winter" - (A STORY about the END TIMES, with Messages from God) (PART 1)



Steven’s Amazing Adventures,
and the Future of the World

(A Story about the End Times 
with Messages from God)

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(This story chronicles the adventures of Steven O'Neill, his wife Sarah, and their friends during the End Times. Judgment has already struck the U.S., and Steve and his friends have reached the vast continent of Asia. Witness the amazing things God will reveal about the coming kingdom of the Beast (or the Antichrist), the Mark of the Beast, and the Tribulation period. This story should keep you fascinated, as a realistic account of the future unfolds in the form of a fictional story.

But, this story is not just a story. It contains messages from God and prophecies that actually shall happen. It is written as fiction with fictional characters, but the message of the story is very real, and the cataclysmic eventstouched on in this story, will actually impact this earth as God’s Holy Bible and its prophecies unfold. The world will soon enter a time much like that 
portrayed in this story. I encourage you to seek God about this to see what He will show you.)


PART 1: Russian Winter


Four people hiked down the icy path through the snow. Tall pines rose up on either side, like green fingers poking through a white sea. The northern wind whispered through the trees and ruffled woolen and leather parkas. Crunch. Crunch. Crunch. The sound of their footsteps would seem strange to a dweller in the tropics. This thought sometimes flashed across the bearded man’s mind as he crunched through the packed snow slightly ahead of the others.

“Steven,” a woman’s voice came from behind him. “Wait up, please.”

The bearded man stopped and turned to see his wife’s pale face poking out from her hood. She looked beautiful to him with the snow falling around her and her breath coming out in small clouds of vapor.

“Sarah, honey,” Steven said, “how are you doing?”

“I’m feeling a little tired,” Sarah admitted.

“How are we doing?” a man with brown hair and a clean-shaven face asked. He wore a warm, green parka and black boots. Beside him stood a man with a red beard and a leather parka. “Just a little tired, Jason,” Sarah said.

“Honey,” Steve said, “remember how Father God gave you strength to stay up all night and still hike during the next day?”

“Yes,” Sarah said, nodding, “I do. I get it, Steve. I should ask God for strength.”

“Yes,” Steve said. “He will give you what you need. Remember what Paul wrote in Philippians 4:13? He said: ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.’

“You’re right,” Sarah chuckled. “I sometimes forget.” Turning to where she sensed Jesus to be standing, Sarah said, “Dear Jesus, will you give me the strength to keep walking. You know I’ve struggled to believe you sometimes, but I choose to trust you to strengthen me even though you know I’m tired.”

“My daughter,” Jesus said to her spirit and soul, “I am with you and I will never leave you, nor forsake you. Rest in Me. I will give you the strength you need to reach the village. It is only a couple miles from here. I will take good care of you. Rest in Me.”

“Yes Lord Jesus,” Sarah said, “I choose to trust you. Thank you that you will help me.”

The group continued walking and Sarah soon started to walk faster.

“Sarah, you’re picking up speed,” Steve said, excitedly. “Praise God! He’s answered your prayer.”

“Amen. He sure has,” Sarah said, smiling.

Less than forty minutes later, a small village appeared at the base of a mountain. Wispy smoke rose up into the late-evening air from chimneys in small izba cottages. Simple wood buildings formed the majority of the town’s structures while graveled streets divided the village up into a rough grid layout. In the distance, standing like massive, limbless trees, three tall smoke stacks rose up out of the forest from a mostly concealed, rundown factory complex. The forest had started to grow up around the complex over the decades since it was closed. The woods were starting to eat up the land that had once belonged to derelict, soviet-era collective farms near the edge of the town.

Passing through the streets, the small group came to an izba, or cabin house, just two blocks from the edge of the village. It was somewhat larger than nearby homes. The red-bearded man stepped from behind Steve and approached the front door of the izba. He knocked three times. There was no answer. He placed his mouth close to the door and spoke somewhat loudly in Russian, “Sergey, it’s me, Alexei. I have some people with me who love the Lord. You can trust them. If you are not sure, seek God.”

“I will,” a man’s muffled voice came weakly through the door.

Half a minute passed. The door was still locked shut. Wind blew along the ground, stirring up powder and sent snow flurries sprinkling against their thick coats. Steve was glad for the coat, but he remembered what Abba Father God had told him regarding staying warm. It was God who ultimately would make sure Steve was safely warm. Still, Steve wondered if the door would remain closed. The temperature was dropping to probably below -10 degrees Fahrenheit. Later that night it would drop even more.

A minute later, a scraping sound came from behind the cabin door. Could it be a gun? The thought flashed in Steve’s mind, but he rejected it. God also promised to protect him from guns and from weapons. Strong angels always maintained a watchful guard around all Christians, and had the power to supernaturally protect believers.

The door swung open and a burly man with a brown, medium-length beard peered out at the bundled up people in the snow. He wore a brown, wooly vest, a green flannel shirt, and tan wool trousers.

“Come in,” he said in Russian, “but make sure you don’t attract attention.”

The group filed into his cabin quickly and the Russian quietly closed and bolted his door. A small fire crackled and popped in a green, pot belly stove and caused a tea kettle to simmer on the stove top. An old couch, with quilts hung over it, rested up against one wall, below a small window. The red-bearded Alexei plopped down into the couch cushions, followed by Jason. A rocking chair occupied a corner of the living room space on which rested a sleepy, brown cat. The cat eyed the strangers with some curiosity before it closed its eyes and rested its head to nap.

“Now,” the Russian host said in Russian, “God showed me that you are His children and that I should trust you. So, I will. You are welcome here as long as you like.”

“Thank you for your hospitality, Mr. ...?” Steve said.

“Oh, forgive me, Steve,” Alexei said. “This is Sergey Ivanov. He is a rural blacksmith. He once was the mayor of this town some years ago.”

“And, this is Steven O’Neill and his wife Sarah.” Alexei motioned toward the couple. Motioning toward the clean-shaven man, he said, “And, this is Jason Harper.”

“It’s a pleasure to meet you,” Sergey said as he shook hands with the married couple, and then the two other men.

“And, of course you know I’m Alexei Khlebov,” Alexei added, grinning.

Sergey chuckled. “Yes, my friend, I’ve known you for some time.”

Motioning toward the steaming kettle, Sergey said, “Does anyone want some tea? I was hoping to hear your reasons for coming to Medvedski.”

Even though Steve never learned the Russian language from anyone, he spoke it fluently and understood it when people spoke Russian to him. Sometimes, however, he didn’t understand signs in Russian. But, understanding and speaking Russian was a supernatural gift that God had given Steve, Sarah, and Jason, and the people in the book of Acts.

“We have come to warn the people of this village about the judgment that God will have to bring down on Russia, due to its sins against Him,” Steven said. (See "Footnote.")

“What might that judgment be?” Sergey asked, curious.

“There will be great shakings in Russia that will strike its finances and economy,” Steve said. “But, this will also strike the economies of all countries in the entire world. Russia will suffer greatly through the shaking, but it will hold together, but just by a thread.

“Life will be very hard for all who do not call upon Jesus during the difficult times ahead. God has sent us to warn Russians in the rural areas to seek God and make Jesus their personal Lord and Savior. We are a type of missionary that God is calling in these last days.”

“May I ask a question, Sergey?” Sarah asked.