The Marriage Supper Parable - A Cartoon with Sound Effects, Music, and Scripture - A Teaching of Jesus in Matthew 22

(See the PDF file here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-l2aOUz80mv-LIyzzPpySegRgZDMaDLT/view?usp=sharing .) The Marriage...

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

What Catholics Don’t Want You to Know About Purgatory



What Catholics Don’t Want You to Know About Purgatory

Mark Hart, the Executive Vice President of Life Teen, a Catholic youth outreach program, wrote this statement on his website:

"… Catholics still very much believe in Purgatory (Catholics who follow the Church, that is and not “their own” set of beliefs). Purgatory is a temporary state of purification where imperfect saints have the effects of their sin purged.”   [End quote] (Hart).

Scott P. Richert, a Catholic author and editor, wrote:

“Through penitential practices, prayer, works of charity, and the patient endurance of suffering, we can work through the temporal punishment for our sins in this life. But if any temporal punishment has been left unsatisfied at the end of our life, we must endure that punishment in Purgatory before entering Heaven.” [End quote] (Richert). (Posted on Sept. 6, 2018).

The above quotes are verbatim. Catholics believe in Purgatory, which is said to take place after a Catholic dies. According to Catholic teaching, purgatory is a place of torment and suffering. Augustine of Hippo, one of the founders of Catholicism, said:

"That there should be some fire even after this life is not incredible, and it can be inquired into and either be discovered or left hidden whether some of the faithful may be saved, some more slowly and some more quickly in the greater or lesser degree in which they loved the good things that perish, through a certain purgatorial fire." [End quote]. ("Handbook on Faith, Hope, and Charity" c. 421 A.D.) (The quote was taken from: "Purgatory: What …”).

 According to Catholic “church fathers,” purgatory is a place of suffering which supposedly cleanses deceased Catholics of the “stains” of their sins which they did on earth.

To support their belief in purgatory, Catholic websites refer to extra-Biblical writings, such as the Second Book of Maccabees and the writings of “church fathers.” They also take a few random verses from the Bible, here and there (out of context). But, take a look at what Colossians chapter 2 says.

What the New Testament Says

The Apostle Paul wrote:

[Colossians 2:8-15]

"8. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

10. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11. In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12. Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

13. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14. Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15. And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it." [End quote].

In Acts chapter 20, the Apostle Paul wrote:

Monday, October 1, 2018

THE TRUTH ABOUT HEAVEN THAT THE DEVIL DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW (from God's Word)



THE TRUTH ABOUT HEAVEN THAT THE DEVIL DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

Topics covered in this article:

1. Introduction
2. Why Heaven Is Only For Certain People
3. Who Can Be in Heaven
4. How Heaven Is Beautiful, and How You Can Enjoy That Beauty Here on Earth Too
5. Who Will Not Be in Heaven
6. What Heaven Is, and What Heaven Is Not
7. Conclusion

[ Read this article in a PDF format here at this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/134kUsn1nydRWtwUPHGexFgy48zDajqIv/view?usp=sharing ]
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1. Introduction

There are some important things that the devil (Satan), who is your enemy, doesn’t want you to know about Heaven (or the third Heaven, the paradise of God). Many people have listened to the devil’s lies instead of God’s Holy Word (the Bible). The Holy Bible describes the beauty of Heaven and tells us who can enter Heaven, and who cannot. The Word of God reveals to us truth that gives us the ability to experience a taste of Heaven while still living here on earth.

In this article, we will see who can live in Heaven, and who cannot. We will see what Heaven is like, and what it is not like. One thing we know for sure, Heaven is not like earth. It is perfect, sinless, holy, and perfectly beautiful. (See Isaiah 35:10, Revelation 21:4, and Rev. 21:27 ). There is no sickness, disease, sorrow, pain, or death in Heaven. All is peace, joy, happiness, and rest. Pain is gone. Misery is gone. Boredom is gone. All that is of the earth is gone. Only the basic personality of a believer remains essentially the same, but the believer has been transformed to look like an angel of God (See Luke 20:34-36).

Like the angels, a Christian in Heaven will live forever, will never die, and will be able to worship and praise God in His glory and beauty. A Christian in Heaven will see God’s face and enjoy God’s intimate fellowship in a deeper way than he or she can on planet earth. But, even on planet earth, we can experience deep fellowship, and friendship, and closeness with Abba Father God through Jesus Christ. And, that is what Abba Father God desires, as scripture verses such as Deuteronomy 33:3, Jeremiah 31:3, Psalm 16:11, 1 Corinthians 1:9, 1 John 1:3-7, John 17, John 14, John 15, and so on declare.

1 CORINTHIANS 1:9

“9. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” [emphasis added] [end quote]

LUKE 20:34-36

“34. And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage : 35. but they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage : 36. neither can they die any more : for they are equal unto the angels ; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.” [emphasis added] [end quote]

Learn more about salvation through Jesus Christ here at this link: https://exploringchristianity1.blogspot.com/p/salvation-through-jesus-christ_10.html .


2. Why Heaven Is Only For Certain People

Heaven is a beautiful place located in a different dimension far from the earth. It is full of joy, peace, harmony, and happiness far beyond anything most people experience on this earth, in this dimension in which we live. There is no sickness, pain, suffering, or sadness in Heaven because Heaven is perfect and without any sin or imperfection.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

THE TRUTH ABOUT HELL THAT THE DEVIL DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW (Heaven and Hell) (an 11-page article with 9 brief sections)




THE TRUTH ABOUT HELL THAT THE DEVIL DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

(Read the PDF version here.)


Topics covered in this article:

1. Introduction
2. The Lake of Fire
3. The Bottomless Pit
4. The Suffering of Souls in Hell
5. Why Must Hell Exist
6. Worms in Hell
7. Fire in Hell and Tormentors
8. Why Hell Is Eternal
9. Conclusion

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1. Introduction

Hell is a real place that exists in a different dimension than the realm we experience on a day to day basis. It is a place filled with darkness, fire, terror, and endless torment. The Lord Jesus warned us about it quite frequently in the Gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. King David wrote about it in the Psalms. The apostle Paul wrote about it in his epistles to the New Testament Churches. God had prophets write about it in places such as the book of Ezekiel, chapters 31 and 32.

It is an abode of Satan’s demonic hordes and a place of extreme heat. JOB 28:5 says: “[5.] As for the earth, out of it cometh bread : and under it is turned up as it were fire.” [end quote].

The Holy Spirit, using the apostle Paul, wrote this truth in Galatians 6:7-8: "7. Be not deceived ; God is not mocked : for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption ; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." [end quote] Those who sow to the flesh will end up without life everlasting. They will only receive corruption in Hell.

But, those who sow to God’s Spirit will have life everlasting. Sowing means to walk according to. If we walk according to the flesh, and don’t turn to the loving and holy Abba God, we will reap corruption in Hell. But, if we walk according to Abba Father God’s Spirit, and repent from sin (forsake it) when we are convicted of it, we will be forgiven.

Fellowship and intimacy (close friendship and harmony) with Abba God is the key to overcome sin and to have meaning, purpose, and happiness in life. Sin is not fellowship with Abba God, but rebellion against Him. So, we must turn to Abba Father God, rest in what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross, and obey what our loving Abba God is directing us to do.

If you have not made Jesus Christ your Savior and Lord, we urge you to do so now. Confess that you are a sinner, be willing to turn from sin (looking to God for help), and believe on the Name of the Only Begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ. Jesus is God the Son. Only Jesus Christ, by His blood that He shed on the cross, can save you from sin and can give you eternal life, healing, and cleansing from sin, and righteousness (completeness). Turn to Jesus today. You never know how long you may live. (Read more about salvation at this link: https://exploringchristianity1.blogspot.com/p/salvation-through-jesus-christ_10.html )

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2. The Lake of Fire

There is a place in Hell called the Lake of Fire in the book of Revelation, chapter 20, verse 14. It is a place of eternal torment which will contain all the souls who do not have their names written down in the Lamb’s book of life, in Heaven.

Monday, September 24, 2018

THE TRUTH ABOUT HELL THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW -- A Video with Music, Artwork, and Truth






THE TRUTH ABOUT HELL THEY 
DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW 
-- A Video with Music, Artwork, and Truth

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[ See the PDF file of images from the video here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wt7ZB1sGPbGEPL-_B2ixK2GAdyF2DD56/view?usp=sharing ]




THE TRUTH ABOUT HELL THAT THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

There is a place near the center of the earth, in the second heaven (or a different dimension), where lost souls go when they die.

The book of Ezekiel speaks of the place of the unsaved dead being in the "nether parts" of the earth.

Ezekiel chapter 31 (verse 2) addresses a pharaoh of Egypt. 

In verse 14, the Bible says, in part: [14] "... : for they are all delivered unto death, to the nether parts of the earth, in the midst of the children of men, with them that go down to the pit." [end quote].


THE NATURE OF HELL

David and Goliath - Story with Pictures and Scripture Verses

Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Marriage Supper Parable - A Cartoon with Sound Effects, Music, and Scripture - A Teaching of Jesus in Matthew 22






The Marriage Supper Parable, a spiritual story told by the Lord Jesus Christ, was intended to show His audience the truth about the choices we make and their eternal consequences, either good or bad. The Lord Jesus revealed powerful truths that need to be held to firmly. This video combines sound effects, music, digitally-created images, and Scripture to present this parable and make it dramatic. 

How to be saved through Jesus Christ here at this link: https://exploringchristianity1.blogspot.com/p/salvation-through-jesus-christ_10.html

(A note on position 3:00...

Revelation 19:8 says: "[8] And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints." (KJV)

The wedding garment symbolizes the righteousness a believer in Jesus has by trusting in Jesus Christ alone for his or her salvation and eternal life.)

🌍 ➠ If you would like to know Abba God the Father and Jesus Christ (God the Son), and be saved from sin, click here to read more.











Friday, September 21, 2018

The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 6 - Not Worrying - With Illustrations and Music

The Gospel of Matthew Chapter 6 - Not Worrying 
- With Illustrations and Music

Have you ever worried? Have you ever wondered who is going to take care of you? This video should help you find the truth God wants you to know. It consists of a passage of scripture from the Holy Bible along with pictures to illustrate it and cheerful hymn music made using a keyboard. I hope you enjoy and find hope as you read.

Below are pictures from this video.



A Important Message from Jesus to His Church Today - Revelation 3 - with Illustrations and Music


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What is happening in the Church today? Why are people suffering from hardships, fear, anxiety, and stress? Why is the Church content with its relationship with Father God? Why is sin so prevalent in the Church? 

To answer this, we need to show you a section from the 3rd chapter of the book of Revelation. Here, in Revelation 3, is found a message from the Lord Jesus Christ to His Church. What Jesus has to say is very profound and applicable for today. This video has artistic illustrations and Christian music.

How to be saved through Jesus Christ here at this link: https://exploringchristianity1.blogspot.com/p/salvation-through-jesus-christ_10.html

The music in this video was made using a keyboard. Pictures were made using a paint software.








The Book of Revelation - THE TRUMPET JUDGMENTS - In Pictures with Scripture




The book of Revelation is a book of prophecy which shall indeed come to pass in our lifetime. It is a book full of symbolism and literal descriptions of events which God sees happening in our future. Since these things shall happen in our future, wouldn't we want to know and understand this book of prophecy? 

This video has artwork combined with scripture passages and hymn music. I hope you enjoy it. 

Revelation 1:1-3 says that we will be blessed for reading and holding fast to the book of Revelation (and also the rest of God's Holy Word).


Revelation 1:1-3

[1] "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: [2] Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. [3] Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand."

How to be saved through Jesus:
https://exploringchristianity1.blogspot.com/p/salvation-through-jesus-christ_10.html








An IMPORTANT Message from Jesus Christ to the Church - Revelation Chapter 2 - Last Days - End Times



 An IMPORTANT Message from Jesus Christ to the Church - Revelation Chapter 2 - Last Days - End Times



What is happening in the Church today? Why are people suffering from hardships, stress, anxiety, and fear? Why is sin so prevalent in the Church? Why is the Church content with its relationship with Father God? 

To answer this, we need to show you a section from the second chapter of the book of Revelation. Here is found a message from the Lord Jesus Christ to His Church. What Jesus has to say is very profound and applicable for today. This video has artistic illustrations and Christian music.

How to be saved through Jesus Christ here at this link: http://exploringchristianity1.blogspot.com/p/salvation-through-jesus-christ_10.html

The music in this video was made using a keyboard. Pictures were made using a paint software.






The Book of Revelation - The Seal Judgments - In Pictures with Scripture


The Book of Revelation - The Seal Judgments - In Pictures with Scripture 

















Matthew 5 - The Beattitudes with Illustrations and a Video

The Sermon on the Mount by Jesus (Matthew Chapter 5) - The Beattitudes with Illustrations and Music

Jesus spoke a number of profound statements during his sermon on the mount.  This video illustrates them with artwork.The video consists of a passage of scripture from the Holy Bible along with pictures to illustrate it and cheerful hymn music made using a keyboard. I hope you enjoy and find a blessing as you read.

Below are pictures from the video.



Jonah and the "Whale" (or Jonah and the Big Fish) - Illustrated (PART 2)




Jonah and the "Whale" (or Jonah and the Big Fish) - Illustrated (PART 2)


(See the PDF file here: 

This is the story of Jonah and the big fish, as told with cartoon pictures, sound effects, and hymn music. Jonah was called by God to warn the people of Nineveh that if they didn't repent from their sins, idolatry, and wickedness that God would have to judge them. God had already been calling out to them before He called Jonah to go. But, they were not listening to Him. So, God spoke to Jonah and told him to go to Nineveh to plead with the people to repent and to turn to the true and living God. 


But, Jonah had a problem. He had a grudge against the Assyrian people. Nineveh was the capital of Assyria and it was his enemy. The Assyrians had oppressed the people of Israel, and Jonah wanted nothing to do with God's will to plead with them and warn them. So, Jonah decided he would do his own thing and go the very opposite direction. He was heading for Tarshish in what is now modern-day Spain. Back then, it was a Phoenician coastal city.

The ruins of Nineveh are located at modern-day Mosul, Iraq. In ancient times, Nineveh was densely populated and prosperous. But, Jonah didn't want to see God reach the hearts of Jonah's enemies, so he found a ship headed for Tarshish and got aboard. While they were sailing in the Mediterranean, a great storm arose and threatened the safety of the people aboard the cargo ship. 

But, Jonah didn't care. He was fast asleep until someone awoke him. Watch the video to see what happened next.

The text for this video can be read here at this link: https://biblehub.com/kjv/jonah/1.htm .

To learn HOW TO BE SAVED through Jesus Christ, click here: https://exploringchristianity1.blogspot.com/p/salvation-through-jesus-christ_10.html .


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Jonah and the "Whale" (or Jonah and the Big Fish) - Illustrated (PART 1)




Jonah and the "Whale" (or Jonah and the Big Fish) - Illustrated (PART 1)


(See the PDF file here: 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1U_KgSKuhABiBXmy5vRgC_4ug5cg2583u/view?usp=sharing)

This is the story of Jonah and the big fish, as told with cartoon pictures, sound effects, and hymn music. Jonah was called by God to warn the people of Nineveh that if they didn't repent from their sins, idolatry, and wickedness that God would have to judge them. God had already been calling out to them before He called Jonah to go. But, they were not listening to Him. So, God spoke to Jonah and told him to go to Nineveh to plead with the people to repent and to turn to the true and living God. 


But, Jonah had a problem. He had a grudge against the Assyrian people. Nineveh was the capital of Assyria and it was his enemy. The Assyrians had oppressed the people of Israel, and Jonah wanted nothing to do with God's will to plead with them and warn them. So, Jonah decided he would do his own thing and go the very opposite direction. He was heading for Tarshish in what is now modern-day Spain. Back then, it was a Phoenician coastal city.

The ruins of Nineveh are located at modern-day Mosul, Iraq. In ancient times, Nineveh was densely populated and prosperous. But, Jonah didn't want to see God reach the hearts of Jonah's enemies, so he found a ship headed for Tarshish and got aboard. While they were sailing in the Mediterranean, a great storm arose and threatened the safety of the people aboard the cargo ship. 

But, Jonah didn't care. He was fast asleep until someone awoke him. Watch the video to see what happened next.

The text for this video can be read here at this link: https://biblehub.com/kjv/jonah/1.htm .

To learn HOW TO BE SAVED through Jesus Christ, click here: https://exploringchristianity1.blogspot.com/p/salvation-through-jesus-christ_10.html .





Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Fire From Heaven - The Priests of Baal Versus Elijah, a Prophet of God - Animated Bible Adventure (Video)

Fire From Heaven - The Priests of Baal Versus Elijah, a Prophet of God - Animated Bible Adventure (Video)
(Frames from the movie are posted below.)


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Fire From Heaven - The Priests of Baal Versus Elijah, a Prophet of God - Animated Bible Adventure

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(This is a semi-animated / illustrated video about the prophet Elijah calling fire down from Heaven. It contains scripture verses, artwork, and hymn music.) -- Fire came down from Heaven and consumed stones, water, and an animal sacrifice when Elijah, a prophet of God, asked God to demonstrate His power to show the backward people of ancient Israel who the real God is. For years they were serving Baal and many other idols. Then, famine and drought struck the land for about 3 years. Near the end of the famine, Elijah, the man who King Ahab had sought to capture, appeared and wished to speak with the king. 

He told King Ahab to get the children of Israel together to conduct an experiment to see who the true God really is: Baal or JEHOVAH. The real God would answer his worshipers with fire from heaven. Elijah let the Baal worshipers go first. Then, the priests of Baal began to conduct pagan rituals to call upon Baal to send fire from heaven. But, nothing happened. This went on for many hours. 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

MATTHEW CHAPTER 6 - Laying up Treasure in Heaven - (With Footnotes)




MATTHEW CHAPTER 6 

- Laying up Treasure in Heaven - (With Footnotes)


🌎 [Matthew 6:1-8]

1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

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Notes:

  (See Matt. 6:7-8)… We don’t perform for God because God provides all our needs for free. (See Matthew 7:7-11 and Romans 8:32.
Romans 8:32 says: “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”)

  Performing for God is doubt and pride, and it is glorying in the flesh. It is having confidence in the flesh (or oneself). (See Galatians 6:11-14 and Philippians 3:3-10.)

  Philippians 3:3 says: “For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.”

Sunday, June 17, 2018

A NOVEL ─ THE ADVENTURES OF KEVIN KRAMER IN COMMUNIST EUROPE ─ A Novel about the End Times ─ Chapter 16 ─ "The Chase Underground” (Last Chapter)



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The Adventures of Kevin Krämer in Communist Europe

- The Escape from Communist Europe -

 (A Novel about the End Times)

By: Justin Brown (a pen name)




Recommended reading for ages 14 and older.
This is a novel for teens and adults.

This novel contains some violence (such as gunshots and fights); intense chase scenes;
clean romantic elements (i.e. clean conversations between a guy and his girlfriend);
 and themes appropriate for teenagers and adults.
You will not find any profanity, immorality, or gore in this novel.
It is written to edify the reader, and not to provoke sinful thoughts.

This story is free to be copied, printed, and distributed, but it must remain unaltered.

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Synopsis

Europe has been invaded, the superpower across the sea is no more, and the country of "Baltania" is controlling Europe through communistic puppet governments. Under the oppressive cloud of communism, a small group of underground Christians faces a powerful crime organization bent on their capture and destruction. 

(The entire story is in a complete PDF file
which can be read at this link on Google Drive.
I make no money from this story. It is entirely free.)
Under this heavy, oppressive cloak, Kevin Kramer, a 30-year-old, and Maritza, his attractive, 27-year-old girlfriend, must decide who they will serve as they fall in love with each other, start a romantic relationship, and try to evade the unrelenting and dangerous members of a criminal organization, which seeks to kidnap underground Christians to sell to the secret police.

Together with some friends, Kevin and Maritza must do their best to avoid being captured as they learn to trust God and follow His guiding hand in these last days just before the rise of the Antichrist. This fast-paced story is designed to be fascinating. But, don't just take our word for it... 

[Note: Baltania is a fictional country within the Eurasian landmass. At one time, it had a communistic past. During a third world war, communism revived in this country as its armies conquered Europe. Since we do not want to point fingers at any particular country, we will not name this country or coalition of countries.]

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Chapter 16

"The Chase Underground”


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The Crate Room

Wolf, Stingray, and Jackal were standing at the bottom of the staircase, inside the concrete room. Against two of the four walls, crates and boxes were stacked. The fluorescent ceiling lights were still on, proving that someone had been down there not long ago. Where the Christians had vanished to was still a mystery to Wolf. It seemed that the only way out of that room was by the stairwell he had just descended.