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■ Steven’s Amazing Adventures, and the Future of the World ■ (PART 39) - ◼ “Alexei's Apartment and the Surprise Visit” // ◼ "Encounter with a Threat" - (A STORY about the END TIMES, with Messages from God) (PART 39)

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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.

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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.)

Miracles will abound and awesome sights will astonish people in these last days.

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ART 39: ◼ “Alexei's Apartment and the Surprise Visit” // 
◼ "Encounter with a Threat"


“Alexei’s Apartment and the Surprise Visit”

- Novosibirsk, Russia -

(Novosibirsk, Russia. Click for source.)
“So, your friend, Konstantine, has been preparing a place for us?” Steve said to Alexei as they sat around the red-bearded Russian’s table in his apartment in Novosibirsk, Russia.

“That is correct,” Alexei said. “I feel that we will have to leave this place very soon, and I will have to put in my two-week’s notice with my delivery job tomorrow.”

“Why do you feel you need to quit your job so soon?” Sarah asked from across the table.

“I have been seeking God about my job for a few weeks, wondering what He would have me do. You see, I’ve conducted secret Bible and Gospel tract distributions by way of my delivery job. A brother in Christ would leave a package under a bush in a city park, and I would retrieve it while on my delivery route. Often, he would leave for me small boxes filled with New Testaments and tracts. I had already been given verbal instructions to take the packages to certain places in Novosibirsk along my route. I would drop them off at certain homes where fellow Christians would be able to use them for covert evangelism.

“Since I am a deliveryman, it wouldn’t be suspicious for me to deliver the packages along my route. And, since the packages aren’t in the system or on the records, they are almost impossible for the authorities to trace or detect. You see, every package in the system is opened and briefly inspected to see if it contains banned materials, including Bibles and tracts. So, by having me covertly retrieve the packages in various locations for later delivery, we are able to go past the scrutinizing eyes of the system.” 

“Can’t Christians just drop the packages off using their own automobiles?” Sarah asked.

“That does happen, but it is risky,” Alexei said, “because if a brother goes often to his brother’s house to deliver packages, the neighbors may report it to the police as suspicious activity. But, if a deliveryman drops off a package every week, the neighbors are less suspicious. They might think I am merely delivering someone’s favorite candy bars or something like that.”

“And, if the police got suspicious of the car coming by every week with a package, they might interrogate the Christians, right?” Sarah said.

“That is correct. So, here in the new Russia, we have to be careful and wise, looking to God for help and guidance,” Alexei said as he looked from Sarah to Steve, and then to Jason.

Suddenly, a series of quick knocks -- Rap, Rap, Rap -- came from the door of Alexei’s apartment. He rose to answer it but hesitated before the door. He had no idea who it could be, since he didn’t have a spy hole to peer through.

“Father God, should I open it?” Alexei asked silently, with his heart pounding a little faster.

“Go ahead and open it, My son,” God’s gentle voice said.

Trusting the voice, Alexei unlocked the door and eased it open. Outside his door in the hallway stood a clean-shaven Russian wearing a blue collared shirt; carpenter jeans; and black, thick-frame glasses. He appeared to be in his mid-forties, but Alexei recognized him at once.

“Hello, brother, may I come in?” the man said.

“Sure, Boris,” Alexei said, stepping aside so Boris could enter.

The man entered with a look of fear and concern on his face.

Once the door was shut, Alexei said, “Boris, what is it? What is the matter? You looked troubled.”

“Are these people with you?” Boris asked, nervously, making a furtive glance at those seated at the table.

“They are brothers, and a sister, in Christ. You can trust them,” Alexei said.

Swallowing, Boris said, “I’ve heard rumors that the secret police are suspicious of illegal activities occurring within your apartment building. And, you know that some of those rumors are true because just two months ago, a group of Christians was arrested in Moscow while having a Bible study in their home. And, some of the members, days before the arrest, had said that the secret police might be closely watching them.”

“What kind of illegal activities are you talking about?” Steven asked, curious.

Alexei turned to Steve and blinked twice. “Oh, I forgot that you aren’t from this country. Bible studies, tract distributions, witnessing, and all such activities are strictly forbidden in this new Russian government. Anyone who breaks those new rules is to be thrown in prison, or in concentration camps, or, at the very least, be heavily fined. I’ve occasionally had Bible studies at my apartment and I have discretely left tracts in places not too far from my apartment building.”

“Brother Alexei, you need to be careful,” Boris said fearfully with deep concern showing on his face. “I would recommend that you leave your apartment and stay with someone for a while. You can stay with me if you want.”

“Thank you, Boris, but I need to seek God about what to do,” Alexei said.

“I don’t want to spend too much time here,” Boris said nervously as he walked toward the door. “I better be going now.”

“Okay. I will get in touch with you after I have heard from God about this matter,” Alexei said.

“Be careful, Alexei. Not everyone is trustworthy,” Boris said, briefly glancing at Steve and his friends, before he unlocked the door and pulled it open. 

The door shut tight, punctuating Boris’s sentence.

Now that Boris was gone, Sarah looked up at Alexei and said, “Why is your friend so nervous?”

“Boris has seen a lot of persecution and tends to be worried about getting caught for Christian activities, but we can pray for him,” Alexei said.

“Could secret police be spying on us now?” Sarah said, thinking out loud. “Or, could they have bugged your apartment while you were gone?”

“I don’t think they have bugged my apartment,” Alexei said, “because the Russian government has the ability to tap into cell phones and turn the microphones on, so that they can easily hear any conversations I might be having when my cell phone is present. Also, they can record all my phone calls and listen to them if need be. If they wanted to listen to me, they could have tapped into my phone long ago, and heard all that was going on. If they had, I wouldn’t be here right now. I’d be in a prison somewhere because the Christian work I do is illegal in this new world in which we live. But, the fact that they are closing in on this building bothers me.”

“God is protecting you, brother,” Jason Harper said, looking at the bearded Russian with a new sense of respect. He realized that living under the watchful eye of a communistic government was not easy.

“I need to seek God. So, please excuse me,” Alexei told the group before he slipped off back toward the spare bedroom, where he had sought God earlier.

Once he had entered the spare bedroom and the door was shut tight behind him, Alexei dropped to his knees, feeling burdened with concern that the secret police or their civilian informants might find him dropping off packages filled with tracts. He said, “Father God, I am concerned about my friends and about this rumor Boris just told us. Is it true? Are the secret police close to locating me, a distributor of Gospel literature and Bibles? If so, what should I do?”

“My son, I am the Lord your God and Abba Father,” God’s gentle voice spoke to Alexei’s soul and spirit. “Don’t be troubled. Just cast your cares on Me, and I will guide you in what to do. It is true that the Russians are watching your building and are aware of religious activity, but I am keeping you safe. I will have you quit your job and leave to go to the village on your map. You will go to the village of Sikorsky* where you will meet your friend Konstantine. There, I will prepare you and your friends for My next plan for your lives. And, I the Lord your God and Abba Father have spoken.”

[* Note: Sikorsky is a fictional village in Siberia.]

“Thank you, Abba Father God,” Alexei said. “I just want to know when I should leave to go to Sikorsky.”

“Prepare to go two days from now. And, I the Lord your God have spoken.”

Alexei breathed deeply and stood to his feet, feeling peace begin to reach into his soul again. “Thank you for again showing me what to do. Thank you, dear Father God.”

“You are welcome,” Abba God said. “Now, you may go back to your friends and tell them what I have told you.”

Alexei returned to the kitchen table where the group was seated at and explained to them what God had just told him.

“Okay, well, I look forward to seeing a new town,” Steve said.

“What is Sikorsky like?” Jason asked.

“It is a small logging town in the middle of a forest,” Alexei said. “About 2,000 people call it home. There is not much to the town except for a general store, a post office, a couple restaurants, and a small police station. The residents have to do their shopping online or drive for three hours to reach the largest city in their region for more options. Just half an hour’s drive from Sikorsky is the smaller town of Gryaznov, another logging town. I think there are only 800 people in Gryaznov.”


“Encounter with a Threat”

- Vietnam -

─ What Happened Earlier 

Sheng, a Christian, who had just left the PLA,* had been walking through a Vietnamese jungle with his friends, Hu, Cheng Yuan, and Quang. They had discovered an entrance into an underground base, which had been dug out by the Vietcong years before. [Read about this in Chapter 38.]

(Sterling Hill Mine Tunnel. Click for source.)
After traveling through underground tunnels, they had arrived at a cavern. A narrow, winding tunnel through rock connected the cavern to a second cavern, which was larger than the first. In this larger cavern resided a sizeable group of Christians dwelling in tents.

The encampment was only meant to be a temporary stopping place for Christians journeying to the Biblical cities of refuge provided as places of safety for the Church. These were needed during the period of great persecution that was engulfing the world in preparation for the prophetic seven-year tribulation period, which the books of Daniel and Revelation speak of.

Feeling claustrophobic in the tunnels and desiring fresh air, Sheng had excused himself, telling his friends that he would go outside to get some fresh air and sunlight. He had passed back through the tunnels they had traveled through earlier and had reentered the jungle through a square hole in the ground. After walking down a trail for some distance, Sheng had begun to lose track of the time. He had forgotten how far he had walked as his mind had taken in the tranquil sights of the jungle and its wildlife. Then, while he had taken a new trail, a suddenly movement in the jungle undergrowth had caught his attention.

[* PLA is an acronym for the People’s Liberation Army. It is China’s land forces.]


(A jungle. Pixabay. Free images.)
Without warning, some bushes rustled and a man burst out of them. He was wearing a camouflage combat uniform, a helmet, and a rucksack. Sheng felt his heartbeat quicken. The soldier was aiming a Type 95 bullpup machine gun at Sheng’s chest.

“Raise your hands now!” the soldier said gruffly.

Sheng remembered seeing practice targets rip to pieces as sprays of bullets from Type 95 machine guns tore through them. He didn’t want to receive any bullet wounds or die, so he quickly raised his hands.

“Where are your friends, traitor?” the soldier snapped, seeing that Sheng wore the jacket and trousers of his PLA army uniform with no helmet or gear.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about. What friends?” Sheng lied as he felt fear grip his chest.

(PLA soldiers. Click for source.)
The soldier aimed his gun at the ground near Sheng’s feet and fired off a brief burst. Rat-tat-tat! The loud shots echoed through the jungle and caused Sheng to flinch.

“Don’t lie to me! Tell me where you’re friends are,” the soldier snapped.

“I can’t tell you,” Sheng said with anxiety.

“Why not?” the soldier said coldly.

Sheng remained silent.

“Speak or I will shoot you in the leg,” the soldier barked.

“I…,” Sheng began to say before he paused to swallow, feeling his legs tremble with fear. He continued: “I will not give them up to you.” He knew he couldn’t betray his friends.

Another soldier emerged from the jungle and approached Sheng. As he came to within a few feet of the Christian, the soldier slapped Sheng across the face. And Sheng instinctively turned his head with the blow. His cheek stung.

“You will answer his question, traitor!” the second soldier said harshly.

“Tell us where your Christian friends are and we may let you go,” the first soldier said.

“Never,” Sheng said defiantly. He didn’t want to see his friends suffer.

“Then,” the first soldier said, “you will come with us and we will put you in a concentration camp, where you will be sure to tell us their whereabouts and to rethink your religious beliefs.”

The second soldier removed handcuffs from his belt and had Sheng place his hands behind his back. Then, the cold restraints snapped around Sheng’s wrists. He knew that he had made a terrible mistake in leaving the base without his friends and without seeking God’s will. As the soldiers led him away, more soldiers emerged from the jungle and escorted him along the trail.

As he walked under escort, Sheng asked God to forgive him for lying to the soldiers because he knew that lying was wrong. And, Sheng asked God to work a miracle to deliver him. He did not want to leave his friends and he did not want to be tortured in a concentration camp. He had heard that many political prisoners did not survive more than a year in the internment camps. They were often worked to death and deprived of food and sleep.

“Dear Father God,” Sheng said, “I made a big mistake. Please rescue me from these soldiers and bring me back to my Christian friends. I shouldn’t have gone away from them like I did. But, I choose to trust you. I choose to believe in your love and power. In Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.”

“My son, Sheng,” Abba God’s voice spoke to his soul and spirit, “I love you very much. I allowed these soldiers to capture you to test your faith and to see if you will trust Me to deliver you, for I shall deliver you. Now, rest in Me. And, I the LORD your God and Abba Father have spoken.”

[Note: The Chinese are not the enemy, neither are the Russians. Both are people just like you and me. But, God will use Russia and China to judge wicked nations, which will not repent from their rebellion against Him. And, the devil will seek to stir up men to persecute the Church. But, God will deliver all who seek Him and trust in Him.]


“Driving to Gryaznov”

- Siberia, Russia -

(A road through a forest. Pixabay. Free images.)
Pine trees rushed past the windows on either side of the grey LADA Largus Cross as it wound through a scenic Siberian forest on a remote wilderness road. The car was owned by Alexei Klebov who sat at the wheel in the left front seat. In the back of the car, behind the passenger seats, Steve, Jason, Sarah, and Alexei’s rucksacks were stuffed along with some boxes of food and Bibles.

Jason sat in the right front seat while Sarah and Steve enjoyed having the back seats which had more space, since there were only four people in the five-passenger car.

Steve and Sarah O’Neill had spent a couple days in Novosibirsk getting acquainted with the city. While Jason Harper had stayed in Alexei’s spare bedroom, Steve and his wife Sarah had gotten an affordable hotel room. They had sought God in prayer and in fasting, seeking His divine protection for their journey to Gryaznov, which was a considerable distance from Novosibirsk.

(A LADA Largus CrossClick for source.)
After talking about it with Alexei, and doing some internet research, Steve had realized that reaching the small logging community would require a long drive through winding forest roads (some of which were primitive and full of potholes) and into Siberian wilderness where possible dangers lurked.

Some of the possible dangers included the threat that criminals might want to steal their friend’s car; secret police or communist soldiers could discover they were carrying Bibles, and arrest them; and vicious wolves could suddenly attack them from the forest. There had been a number of wolf attacks throughout Siberia, and the danger made the group a little nervous, but Alexei had told them the attacks could be avoided if they stayed together as a group and trusted in God’s power to protect them.

[Guns will be very hard to come by in the new communist Russia, but God’s power, when relied upon, will overcome any obstacle.]

As they drove through the forest along the winding road, Steve watched the densely packed pine trees and undergrowth passing by and fearful thoughts began to fill his mind. He thought of vicious wolf packs infesting the woods, and bloodthirsty men armed with knives and machine guns seeking his life.

But, Steve began to be reminded of Genesis 1:26-28, and of Luke 10:19, John 16:17-18, and Psalm 91. Those verses had brought comfort to him while he was staying at a hotel in Novosibirsk. He thought about the power of Jesus Christ’s Name and remembered from the Holy Scriptures how Christians have been given the position in Christ to release God’s power, for God’s glory, in their behalf. Steve remembered how Jesus had said in Luke 10:18-19: “[18] And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. [19] Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

He also remembered Psalm 91. The scripture had also come back to him while he had been in the hotel room thinking about their approaching journey in Siberia. While at the hotel, he had quickly turned to Psalm 91 in his Bible, and his eyes had landed on verses 7 through 10. The scripture said: ‘[7] A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. [8] Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. [9] Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; [10] There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.’ (Psalm 91:7-10).

“What are you thinking about, Steve? You seem to be deep in thought,” Sarah said, looking at her husband’s face with curiosity mingled with concern.

“Oh,” Steve said as he turned away from the window and looked at his wife. “I was just thinking of our trip and how God has promised in His Word that He will divinely protect us from all harm and danger.”

“I believe it,” Sarah said. “He already protected us from those gangsters in Cincinnati, so He will certainly protect us from harm in Russia.”

“You’re right,” Steve said. “He did protect me.”

Steve’s memory brought back to him the time when three men from a gang had knocked at his door. The leader had told him to pack up and leave his house or suffer the consequences. Remembering Luke 10:19, Steven had spoken with supernatural boldness and had told the gangster that the man must leave his property. Enraged, the gangster had pulled out a gun and had fired it at Steve from just inches away. Miraculously, not a single bullet had hit him, and the muzzle exhaust from the gun had not touched him. The loud gunshots had not even harmed Steve’s hearing. Shocked at the miracle, the gangster and his henchmen had left.

“God is our refuge and strength, like Psalm 46 says,” Steve said as he turned toward Sarah. “There is no one like Him.”

Sarah said: “Doesn’t it go something like: ‘[1] God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. [2] Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;’

“That was Psalm 46, verses 1 and 2. I memorized it during the trials we went through when our friends began to turn on us and accuse us of wrongdoing. All we did was seek God’s will and follow His Spirit and His Word, the Bible. I don’t understand why they rejected us.”

“I think they rejected us, honey, because we were desiring to know God better and do what is right, but they were becoming more self-centered and worldly. And, Jesus spoke of such things in Matthew 10, you know. He said in Matthew 10:36: ‘And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.’ In Matthew 10:22, Jesus said: ‘And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.’”

“We’ve had that happen to us, for sure. But, God is our comfort and joy,” Sarah said, breaking into a smile as she thought of how God had taken care of her and her husband during their trials and hardships.

She said, “After all, Psalm 16:11 says this about God: ‘Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.’

“And,” Sarah added, “Psalm 16:8 says how David (and we too) had set God before him and that God was at his right hand. Therefore, the pleasures of God are with us now and forever. And, Jesus had told us, in John chapter 14, how the Holy Spirit, God’s Presence, dwells with a believer right now. This means that we have God’s Presence with us now, and we have fullness of joy right now while we are on earth.”

“I couldn’t help overhearing you,” Jason said from the right front seat. He had turned around to face the couple sitting behind him. “I have sometimes wondered why God’s Presence can feel far away even though I know He isn’t far away. God dwells with us, like Jesus said in John 14, but sometimes I don’t feel God that close to me.”

“God is our best Friend,” Sarah said, “but we don’t always feel that way because of doubts, and fears, and other lies that creep into our hearts.”

“I want to get rid of those lies,” Jason said. “I tell them to God, but sometimes I don’t feel much of a change.”

“Focusing on the truth from God’s Word, and praising Him for it often helps,” Steve said. “Another thing I have learned to do, that some pastors have spoken of, is to personalize scripture verses.”

“Personalize a verse?” Jason said, thinking deeply about what Steve and Sarah were saying. “I mean… How do you personalize a verse?”

“I sometimes quote the Aaronic blessing in Numbers chapter 6, verses 24 through 27,” Sarah said, jumping back into the conversation. “Then, I say them again, but paraphrase them so they apply to me directly. I might say something like, ‘The LORD is blessing me and keeping me today. He is preserving me, protecting me, and providing for me.’ That is based on verse 24. I also do something similar for the other verses.”

“Wow,” Jason said. “I guess I should do that. It really helps to personalize verses, then, does it?”

“I feel peace return when I think about the scripture and personalize it,” Sarah said. “But, talking to God and listening to Him is just as important for our walk with God.”

Suddenly, the sound of screeching tires cut through the air and Sarah screamed as she turned her face to look out the front window.


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[Footnote: The Chinese are not the enemy, neither are the Russians. Both are people just like you and me. But, God will use Russia and China to judge wicked nations, which will not repent from their rebellion against Him. And, the devil will seek to stir up men to persecute the Church. But, God will deliver all who seek Him and trust in Him.]

EXCERPT from Part 40 (◼ “A Communist Police Encounter” 
// ◼ "Sheng Is in Trouble"):

... Now, the car was trapped. There would be no way that hot-wiring the ignition would get the group to safety.

Four doors swung open and four police officers emerged. They all drew their service pistols and aimed at the grey car.

Then, the first officer to stop stepped out of his car and spoke over his radio to his comrades. He then approached the front door and drew his pistol, training it on Alexei. ... (Read all of Part 40.)

[Footnote: The Chinese are not the enemy, neither are the Russians. Both are people just like you and me. But, God will use Russia and China to judge wicked nations, which will not repent from their rebellion against Him. And, the devil will seek to stir up men to persecute the Church. But, God will deliver all who seek Him and trust in Him.]

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