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■ Steven’s Amazing Adventures, and the Future of the World ■ (PART 12) - "Faith" - (A STORY about the END TIMES, with Messages from God) (PART 12)

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.)


Chapter Twelve

PART 12: Doctrine of Faith

Under the leafy branches of maples, angelica trees, and oriental beech trees, a group of young Asians was gathered. They sat on folding chairs in a peaceful park that contained brooks, ponds, and manicured gardens. Sergey sat down on a bench nearby and listened to Guang Yan, an elderly Chinese man, teaching from the Bible. Sergey was glad, for the time being, to be in the The Mountain of Peace Village, a city of refuge provided by God for the blessing of His children during the last days.

“When God calls you to do a ministry,” Guang said to his audience, “He equips you for it. It is not something you have the power in yourself to do. It is something that God does through you, as you look to Him to guide you. We are not able to do anything of ourselves, for God is the One who gives us the power to do all things that need to be done. In Philippians 4:13, Paul wrote: ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.’ 

"He did not write that he could only do some things by God’s power. No, Paul wrote that he could do all things through Christ who strengthens him. God is calling us to do what is humanly impossible for us to do. But, it is possible for us to do it through Jesus Christ our Savior, Lord, and God.
He is calling us to do what is possible only through Him. When we step out in obedience to God and His Word, we will see God, who is the faithful God, come through and do the miraculous. Let’s turn to Deuteronomy chapter 7.”

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Guang paused so the young people could turned in their Bibles to the chapter. Pages rustled as they were flipped. In the trees above, finches, olive-backed pipits, and Asian emerald cuckoos chirped cheerfully and hopped through the leafy network of branches and twigs. The group below had prayed for several concerns including those mentioned by Sergey earlier. He was glad to have fellow believers on the same page. But, he felt a desire to take what he was learning and bring it back to Russia, where he had come from.

Once the pages stopped turning, Guang said: “In Deuteronomy 7:9, Moses said: ‘Know therefore that the LORD thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations;’*. When Moses speaks of keeping Father God’s commandments, he is saying that when we obey God’s Word and God’s guidance, we will always see that our faithful, loving Father God will keep His Word, and will bless us. He will never fail us, nor forsake us. A scripture verse that many have heard of is Joshua chapter 1, verse 9, which declares that God is with us wherever we go. But, let’s look at Joshua 1:8, the verse above it.” [* Note: ‘His’ has been capitalized, when referring to God in all scripture verses.]

Pages started turning. Sergey, sitting on the bench, wished he had brought a Bible.

Once they had stopped, Guang said, “Joshua 1:8 says, ‘This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.When we meditate on God’s Word and obey it, we will prosper and have good success. That is the key to success that the world overlooks, I am sad to say. When people refuse to repent, and refuse to seek God, and have no interest in His Word, they become very hardened against God.”

“Then, what they have sown, they begin to reap,” Guang said, with sadness in his eyes as he scanned the small crowd. “Rebellion against God and His ways is the reason America was destroyed a few years ago.* It is the reason for wars, poverty, famine, pestilence, and suffering. Because many people do not seek God or desire to meditate on His Word and obey His Word, they are suffering from the results of their bad choices, I am grieved to say." 


[* Note: Because America has sinned greatly against God, God has shown many people that He will have to destroy America. He has been calling out to it, warning it repeatedly, but few want to truly repent from sin, and trust in Jesus, and put God first in their lives. Many have become brazen in their sins and have not wanted God’s will in their lives. That is why America shall be judged in the near future.]

“But,” Guang continued, “when people delight in God’s Word, and meditate on it, and obey it, they will have great success and will prosper. A 19th century German pastor, George Müller, chose to trust in God and His Word in a way that most Christians then and now don’t choose to do. He chose to trust what Jesus said in Matthew 6:33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.’* George Müller trusted that if he brought his every concern before his faithful Father God, and did God’s will, God would be faithful to His Word, and would provide for all of Müller’s needs. And, he believed God would provide for all his ministry with orphans and other outreaches.”

[* Note: ‘His’ has been capitalized, when referring to God in all scripture verses.]

All eyes were fixed on Guang as he used some hand motions to highlight key points in his message. Many of the young people took notes with pencils on paper while they keenly listened.

Guang continued, saying, “To be certain he was trusting only in God for his needs, George Müller did not tell anyone about his requests, except for those who worked in his ministry, who also followed Müller’s example. They did not share their needs with others, so that they could see God miraculously provide for all their needs. God always came through for them to provide so that all the children had the food, clothing, and materials they needed.

“One time the orphanage didn’t have any food left for the children. Müller didn’t tell the children about it. He simply told them to pray and thank God for the food He would provide. Once they had finished praying, a knock came at the door. They opened to see a baker who came in with many loaves of bread, saying that he couldn’t sleep that night, and felt God show him to bake bread for the orphans because he felt that they didn’t have bread for breakfast.”

Sergey leaned forward, thinking, ‘This is interesting.’ He hadn’t heard about George Müller before. 

“Another knock came at the door,” Guang continued. “It was a milkman. His cart had broken down outside the orphanage. Seeing that the milk would spoil, he offered it to the orphanage for free. I personally think they already had condiments for the bread, such as jam or honey. The point is that God will do the same for us as we trust and obey His Word. No matter what time period one lives in, if he or she trusts only in God and His Word, he or she will see it fulfilled on a daily or moment-by-moment basis.”


“The Farm”

The dark blue Nissan 2017 NV Passenger van pulled up before a white, two-story house which sat 154 yards from a white metal barn. Newer Landini tractors and Deutz-Fahr combines were parked under an open-air shed about 50 yards from the nice farm house, which had blue trim and gabled windows in the second story. Lying below the equator, this South African farm was experiencing the summer heat during the month of January. The wheat harvest would be ready in another month.

The van doors opened and the family disembarked. Mark Mzembi blinked to adjust his eyes to the daylight outside the van and took in his new surroundings. The five children headed toward the house while their parents spoke with each other and gazed at the fields of green wheat which was starting to look more and more yellow.

Having lost a motorcycle and most of his belongings to a group of thieves, who rode around in a newer Nissan pickup, Mark was glad to have a place to stay and a Christian family to give him room and board.

The head of the family, Sizwe Mahlangu, had offered him a place to live and to pay Mark to work with him on the tractors and in other aspects of farming. Though he had never farmed before, Mark had worked in his mother’s garden, in Zimbabwe. He knew a little of about growing crops, but not much. The idea of farming was a little out of his comfort zone, Mark admitted to himself, but he wanted to try something new. And, he had nowhere else to go.

“Mark,” Sizwe said, patting him on the back, “would you like to see how to drive a tractor and practice plowing a field?”

“That would be fun,” Mark said, trying to be positive. But, deep inside, he still worried a little about his mom since Zimbabwe had begun to experience chaos after a dictator, Joseph Dashimba,* rose to power. [* Note: The last name is fictional.]

Sizwe chuckled and started walking with Mark toward a blue Landini 7-215 tractor resting under the metal, open-air shed.

“You’re going to have a lot of fun with this creature,” Sizwe said, motioning toward the shiny machine.

Once they reached the vehicle, Sizwe mounted a step and opened the door, presenting the cab to Mark. He described some of its functions and pointed out the controls for manipulating various hydraulic actions. The Landini tractor had a large, air-conditioned cab, containing a steering wheel and foot pedals, a joystick, control levers, and a “roboshift” transmission. Buttons activated various gear ratios for different purposes.

Once he was through with the introduction, Sizwe said, “So, what do you think? Want to take it for a ride?”

Mark nodded, impressed by the controls.

Sizwe turned on a two-way radio and clipped it to his belt. Then, he told Mark how to power up the rig. The diesel engine roared to life as Mark turned the key. He followed Sizwe’s instructions, and the machine moved forward, crunching over gravel as it pulled out of the shed. Soon, it was rolling down a gravel road toward a white barn with a blue, metal roof. A short distance from the barn, to the right, sat a large, white metal building.

“What is that building beside the barn?” Mark asked his host.

“It is a repair shed,” Sizwe said. “That way, I don’t have to work outdoors in bad weather when I do routine repairs or maintenance, such as oil changes.”

“Do you have to repair your tractors often?” Mark asked.

“From time to time they act up or need to be serviced,” Sizwe said. “I can do a lot of the repairs myself, but I find that these computerized systems are beyond my training. I have to hire a specially trained mechanic to work on the equipment.”

As they approached the barn, Sizwe pointed to it and said, “You’re going to go past the barn and you will see a vacant field.”

Mark brought the Landini tractor around the barn and into a dirt field, which was surrounded by a dense wood consisting of Apple-ring acacia trees and other deciduous trees and bushes. Sizwe had Mark pull into the field and stop. Then, he took control of the tractor and Mark left the rig so Sizwe could pull it up before a large tractor plow at the edge of the field. After a few minutes of connecting the plow to the tractor and securing it, they returned to the rig, and Sizwe guided Mark in tilling the soil.

The big machine pulled forward, tearing up the soil with its massive plow attachment. Chunks tumbled to the sides of the plow as dirt was displaced in long, tumbled lines. After they made several trips back and forth along the field, Sizwe’s two-way radio crackled to life.

“Sizwe are you there? Over,” his wife’s voice said from his two-way radio, which was clipped to his belt.

Putting the radio to his mouth, Sizwe pressed the talk button. “Yes, Martha? What is happening in your corner? Over.”

“You need to come and see the news,” Martha said. “Come soon, if you can. Over.”

“What news? Over,” Sizwe said.

“You just have to see it. Over,” she replied.


“The Attack”

Mark and Sizwe stood beside a large, flat screen computer monitor in the Mahlangu’s living room. Martha Mahlangu was seated before the computer in a corner of the large room, a short distance from some couches and a fireplace.

“You have to see this video. It is shocking,” she said before clicking on a news website video.

A South African news anchor faced the camera from behind a shiny news desk in a state-of-the-art TV studio. The three listened closely as he related that several deadly terrorist attacks had simultaneously struck Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, and East London. The destruction was great throughout each South African city.

Mark let out a low whistle as he watched video footage of the aftermath. Sizwe just shook his head.

Entire buildings were reduced to rubble by powerful explosives secretly placed in them earlier. One of the buildings was a hospital, where hundreds of people likely met their deaths. Another was a food processing plant. The plant collapsed in on itself in an implosion, and hundreds of workers likely died. Rescue workers were just beginning to shifting through the piles of rubble in search for possible survivors.

In Johannesburg, thirty masked men blocked all entrances to a crowded shopping mall and drew machine gun pistols and Uzis from some vans. Ten others lurked on nearby rooftops to shoot at police, swat teams, or escaping shoppers. Coordinating their moves, they began gunning down crowds of people in the Johannesburg Central Mall,* which was very busy at the time. 

[* Note: This particular mall is fictional. But, an attack like this could happen in the near future if terrorists decide to strike South Africa.]

The assailants tossed many grenades into the crowds, killing 173 and severely wounding 205 shoppers. At least 324 people were reported dead and 650 were severely wounded. The South African agencies responsible for preventing terrorist attacks were searching for the perpetrators of the highly lethal attacks and were baffled how they had not detected the terror threats beforehand.

“Let’s pray and intercede for these people,” Sizwe said after the video clip ended. “Our country is facing some very devastating events. I feel that it will only get stronger as South Africans come to the place where they either decide for or against Jesus Christ. Will they obey Jesus Christ, trust only in Him to save them, and forsake doing their own will? Or will they reject Jesus, and have nothing to do with His actual will?”

With his hands trembling slightly in fear, Mark nodded and said, “We are seeing unusual times for Africa. It reminds me of the troubles America faced before it collapsed.”

“I pray that my relatives go where the Lord sends them,” Martha said with concern in her voice. “They live in Johannesburg.”

“That is where my dad lives,” Mark said, feeling more fear attack him. He hoped his dad was safe.

“Let’s pray then,” Sizwe said, closing his eyes and looking up.

Sizwe began by interceding for the nation of South Africa and for the African continent. He requested that terrorists’ eyes be opened to receive the Gospel and Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. He prayed for Martha’s relatives and for Mark’s dad, for their protection and for Abba Father God to bring them close to Him as they look to God.

Then, Martha prayed, saying similar things and adding prayers for the people suffering under the control of the Muslim Caliphate group, which controlled several African countries. Then, Mark prayed for his dad, his mom, and for his relatives in Zimbabwe and South Africa. After finishing, Sizwe and Martha looked up and praised God for how He would answer their prayers. Sizwe began singing the first stanza of the hymn “It’s Just Like His Great Love”. He finished with the chorus. [Note: Read the lyrics here at this link.]

“Praise God!” Martha said. “I trust He will take care of and keep my relatives safe, and Mark’s dad safe too.”

But, Mark felt fearful that his dad might have been one of the ones killed or injured. He needed to make a phone call soon, he decided. And, he realized, he needed to give the fear to God. After all, the loving Heavenly Father cared about Mark’s family.


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EXCERPT from Part 13:

... A snapping sound came from the forest some distance away, causing Hu to turn to the left quickly. ‘What is that?’ he wondered, gazing into the dense undergrowth, but the jungle was too dense to see through. The bushes a stone’s throw from him began to rustle, but Hu couldn’t see what was causing the stir. Then, a branch snapped loudly and fear shot through his body. Hu felt he needed to find a place to hide, but if the thing causing the snapping was an animal, like a tiger, it would likely detect him if he were to move now.

Hu froze for a few seconds before he decided ...

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