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■ Steven’s Amazing Adventures, and the Future of the World ■ (PART 43) - ➤ “Meeting the PLA Soldier” // ➤ “Threat to the Underground Cavern” - (A STORY about the END TIMES, with Messages from God) (PART 43)

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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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Chapter Forty-Three

ART 43: 
➤ “Meeting the PLA Soldier” // 

➤ “Threat to the Underground Cavern”


“Meeting the PLA Soldier”

- Vietnam -

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Sheng, a former PLA soldier, had traveled with his friends through a jungle in Vietnam. They had found an entrance to an underground base, which was connected to a cavern system. But, Sheng had felt claustrophobic and was tired of being underground. He had excused himself and had hurried back through underground tunnels and up stairways until he had reached the surface of the jungle.

Enjoying the fresh air, he had gone on a walk through the trees down some faint trails until he had run into a group of PLA soldiers. The soldiers had quickly arrested him, seeing he was not wearing the gear a PLA soldier was supposed to wear. Sheng had discarded it shortly after trusting only in Jesus to save him.

But, since Sheng had made the mistake of going away from God’s best will, he had been captured by the PLA. By a miracle of God, the PLA soldiers had released Sheng and other Christian prisoners they had captured in Vietnam. The soldiers had left the former captives and retreated down a jungle trail, disappearing into the jungle. We will pick up the story where Sheng is on the trail with his new Christian friends. A short while after all the PLA soldiers had left, a single Chinese soldier had suddenly come running down the trail toward the Christians, armed with a Type 95 machine gun.


Sheng found his heart beating fast. Part of him wanted to run into the dense jungle foliage and hide, but something seemed to be telling him to stay. He watched as a communist PLA soldier, armed with grenades and a bullpup Type 95 machine gun, ran down the path through the jungle, with his face directed toward Sheng and the six other Christian men with him.

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Two of the six former prisoners darted off into the jungle as they saw the soldier rapidly approaching. But, four remained behind and prayed silently. When the soldier was twenty feet from them, he slowed to a gentle jog, and breathed somewhat deeply. To Sheng’s surprise, the soldier’s gun was not aimed his way. The soldier lowered it toward the ground, and then hesitated briefly before he tossed it into the bushes twenty feet from the trail.

He reached for his grenades and began tossing them into the bushes, one by one. They wouldn’t explode unless the safety pins had been ripped out first. Then, the soldier removed his helmet and threw it away.

As the soldier rid himself of his weapons, the two men, who had fled, slowly walked back onto the trail, pushing branches out of their way. They cautiously observed the scene that followed, not sure if this was a trap or not.

“What are you doing?” Sheng asked.

“You were a soldier, weren’t you?” the soldier asked Sheng, who also wore the jacket, trousers, and boots of his combat uniform.

“I was,” Sheng said, wondering what this man wanted.

“I want to be a follower of Jesus, like you,” the soldier said, stepping forward slowly now. “Jesus clearly protected you from my comrades. I read a Gospel tract that was lying on the ground near my barracks five months ago. But, I didn’t take it seriously until I saw you and your friends use God’s power to overcome your enemies. So, I want to join you. I want to be a Christian too.”

“That is wonderful news,” Sommat said as he stepped toward the soldier with a bright smile creasing his cheeks. “I am Sommat, a pastor from Laos.” Sommat bowed slighty toward the younger man, in a customary East-Asian greeting.

“I’m Wu,” the soldier said, bowing slightly toward Sommat, in return. “How do I get saved through Jesus?

“Salvation cannot be by our own works,” Sommat said. “It is only by God’s grace, but sin cannot be in God’s holy temple, which is Heaven. So, repenting from sin is important for walking with God.”

“Isn’t that works?” Wu asked.

“Repenting is not works,” Sommat said graciously. “It is just receiving God’s grace and choosing to follow Jesus. Repentance is choosing to obey God rather than the flesh, which is the nature that wants to sin.”

“How do you obey God instead of the nature that wants to sin? I want to know this God you serve.” Wu said, genuinely curious.

“It happens by trusting only in the blood of Jesus Christ to save you; and by choosing to follow the leading of God’s conviction, which comes from the God’s Spirit; and by obedience to the Holy Scriptures,” Sommat said, looking at the younger man with fatherly love.

“What do I do to be saved? I want God’s Spirit,” Wu said.

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ with all your heart, and that only His blood can wash away your sins, and that only Jesus Christ Himself can give you eternal life,” Sommat said, stepping closer to the former soldier.

“How do I do that, exactly?” Wu said, raising both hands, with his palms up.

Sommat said: “For salvation, [1] just ask Jesus Christ to be your Savior and Lord; [2] confess that only Jesus Christ’s blood can wash away your sins, and that Jesus died and rose from the dead for our sins; [3] and follow the Holy Spirit’s conviction. Romans 10:8-10 says: ‘[8.] But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.’”

“What Bible verse says that I should follow the Holy Spirit’s conviction?” Wu asked.

Sommat said, “Romans 8:14 says: ‘For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.’ And, Galatians 5:18 says: ‘But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.’”

“Does that mean when you are not under the law that you don’t need to repent from sin?” Wu asked, scratching his chin.

“No, we do have to repent from sin,” Sommat said. “Repenting from sin is forsaking it. Galatians 5:19-21 says: ‘[19.] Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20. Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21. Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.’

“That’s sobering,” Sheng said quietly as he listened in on the conversation between Wu and Sommat.

“The people who willfully and stubbornly refuse to forsake any sin cannot enter Heaven,” Sommat said. “Sadly, their destination would be Hell, if they are unwilling to turn from a sin God is showing them to turn from.”

“Wait, Sommat, are you teaching salvation by works?” Long, one of the three Vietnamese men in the group, piped up. He was frowning as he studied the face of Sommat, his new friend.

Turning to Long, Sommat said gently, “Not at all. Repentance from sin is not works. It is walking with Jesus. Jesus does not walk in willful rebellion against His Father (God), and we cannot walk in willful rebellion against Jesus, if we are His sheep. For, Jesus said, in John 10:4-5, these words about Himself as a Shepherd: ‘[4.] And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 5. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.’"

“So, what if a person doesn’t know what Jesus is telling them or don’t feel His conviction?” Long said, still frowning.

“Have you gone through trials or hardships which made you want to turn to God?” Sommat asked Long.

“Yes,” Long said.

“Did you seek God during those times?” Sommat said.

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“Sommat, I think you are not doing right,” Long said with a slightly louder tone in his voice. His eyebrows knitted in frustration. “You are telling this young man that being saved is by following the conviction of the Holy Spirit, which I feel is just a deceptive way of preaching salvation by works, instead of by grace.”

“Salvation is by grace. That is true,” Sommat said. “But, Jesus never taught that Christians can continue living in a state of willful sin, or willfully choosing to pursue sin, and enter Heaven. In the book of Revelation, chapter 3, verse 5 says: ‘[5.] He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.’ [Revelation 3:5]

“Yes, Jesus won’t blot out our names from the book of life,” Long said tensely.

“Who does Jesus not blot out of the book of life?” Sommat said.

“Christians,” Long said.

“What does the verse say?” Sommat said.

“It says he who overcomes won’t be blotted out,” Sheng piped up as he entered the conversation.

“Well, that’s just a name for Christians,” Long said, glancing at Sheng and folding his arms across his chest.

“Why would Jesus need to mention about the overcomer’s name not being blotted out of the book of life? If names could not be blotted out of the book of life at all, why did Jesus only say that the overcomer’s name would not be blotted out?” Sommat said to Long.

After that, a silence lasted for a few moments, before Wu spoke. “It sounds like Christians can leave their faith and no longer be signed up for Heaven.”

“That is right, Wu,” Sommat said. “But, I wasn’t the one who said it. God said it through His Holy Scriptures, the Bible. Would you like to receive Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord, now?”

“Yes,” Wu said, nodding. “I think I understand how to pray now.”

With that, Wu looked up toward the sky and said, “Dear Jesus Christ, I want you to be my Savior and Lord. I want to follow you wherever you send me, and I trust only in your blood to save me and cleanse me from sin. I believe that no one but you can save me from sin and can give me eternal life, now and in Heaven. I believe that you died and rose from the dead, like the Bible says, and that you are my God and Savior. I ask you to be the Lord of my life. In your Name, Jesus Christ’s Name, amen.”

Silence followed and all eyes were looking at the young Chinese soldier as he began to smile. Wu felt peace descend upon him. It was a slight amount of peace, but it was noticeable. Then, Wu opened his mouth and prayed:

“I want to know you, God. I want to know your power and Presence. There is no one like you, who has the power to keep wicked men from harming your people, who trust you. And, there is no one like you who created everything by speaking it into existence. I want to know you personally and deeply. Thank you for Jesus Christ and for his death and resurrection. I love you because you first loved me. In the name of Jesus. Amen.”

“Have you prayed before?” Minh, one of the three Vietnamese men present, said.

“I’ve prayed one time that if God were real, that He would reveal Himself to me,” Wu said with some excitement in his voice. “I didn’t actually believe that He would, but He certainly did just a few minutes ago. I saw the miracle of your handcuffs falling off and the soldiers leaving you behind as they walked down the trail. I thought it was weird at first, but then, I realized that it was an act of God to deliver you and to show me that He is real.”

“Amen, brother,” Bounkong, a Laotian, said as he walked toward the young Chinese soldier and patted him on the back. “It is good to have another brother in Christ. Praise be to God that you received His free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ! This brings great joy to my heart. It says in the Bible that when someone is saved, there is great joy in Heaven. God is rejoicing over you.”

Long glanced at Wu and shook his head slowly before he turned away to look at some butterflies lighting on a bush nearby. No one noticed the look on his face, but if they had, they would have seen his face tightened up, expressing disgust. He felt disgusted that Sommat was teaching the need for repentance.

Deep in his heart, Long didn’t want to truly give God the bitterness he felt for his father, who had verbally abused and hit him, and had beat up Long’s mother in drunken fits of rage. Long didn’t think that he needed to forgive his father, but the bitterness he held onto was slowly eating away at him like a deadly parasite.

“Wow,” Wu said. “That is awesome. I wish my sister and parents in China could be here to see the power of God. I really wish that they would make Jesus their Savior too.”

“That would be wonderful. But, there is a great revival happening in China, I’ve heard,” Bounkong said, with a twinkle in his eyes. “Many thousands are getting saved each day. The Chinese government cannot stop the Gospel, for God is greater than they and greater than all the evil spirits who seek to enslave men.”

Just as Bounkong was finishing his statement, Sheng heard God’s loving, quiet voice speak to him, saying, “My son.”

“Yes, Abba Father God,” Sheng said.

“I want you to have the group hurry as quickly as you can, and get back to the base,” Abba God said. “I will guide you how to get there. You need to hurry, for Chinese soldiers are in hot pursuit, and they will stop at nothing to get a hold of you and lock you up, for you have humiliated them, and they are very angry. Do not fear, but go, My son, and I will be with you.”

Sheng thanked the Lord, and then turned to his new friends, and explained the situation.

“God told you that the PLA soldiers are seeking to lock us up?” Wu said, amazed.

“Yes, and we need to hurry,” Sheng said with some concern in his voice.

“My son, do not fear,” Abba God said. “I am with you. I will guide you in what to do, but you need to have your friends follow you down the trail, and I will guide you where to go. And, I the Lord your God and Abba Father have spoken.”

“Yes, Father God,” Sheng said.

“Brothers,” Sheng said, “we need to hurry. God doesn’t want us to fear, but He does want us to hurry. Follow me. God has shown me the way back to the underground base I came from.”

“You came from an underground base?” Wu said, surprised.

“Yes. I’ll tell you more about it later. Come,” Sheng said as he started walking quickly down the path.

The others followed, increasing their pace to keep up. Then, Sheng started jogging at a slow jogging pace, and the others increased their speed.

As they headed down the jungle trail, some bushes rustled quietly, and a Vietnamese man peered through the dense foliage at the group which had just passed by him. The man worked as a civilian scout or jungle guide to the imperial PLA soldiers. He observed the Christians with intense concentration, like a tiger studying its prey. His goal was to follow them and report their whereabouts to the PLA so they could close in for the “kill.” And, he would be paid well for doing so.


“Threat to the Underground Cavern”

- Vietnam -

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A campfire crackled and popped as it vaporized wood with its hot flames. Seated in folding chairs around it were several Asian men and women. Guang Yan, an elderly Chinese Christian leader, was reading from his Chinese Bible, and others were following along in their Bibles. Hu Zheng, Cheng Yuan, and Quang listened as the Guang Yan read, but each thought about their friend Sheng, and wondered how he was doing.

“Is everyone at Daniel chapter 3?” Guang Yan asked the small group, as he scanned to see if they were on the same page. He wore a long changshan tunic and grew a long, white beard, which came down to his chest, and made him look somewhat like a Biblical patriarch. And, while his beard was long, the hair on his head was about two inches in length.

“Yes,” Quang, a Vietnamese man, said.

They had been praying for his protection, but now they had felt it was time to focus on what God’s Word had to say. Some men and women from the encampment in the voluminous cavern joined them as they had a Bible study. Teeth-like stalactites descended from the cavern ceiling toward corresponding stalagmites on the rocky floor. A miraculous light from God illuminated the limestone walls and features, and provided good reading light for the people.

Guang Yan cleared his throat and said: “Daniel chapter 3 says, starting in verse 12:

[12.] There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

13. Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king. 14. Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?

15. Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?’”

The giant cavern, which was connected to an old, underground, Vietcong base, seemed safe from the watchful eyes of the imperial Chinese government, but the obscurity of this base was going to be tested as the PLA now secretly tracked Sheng and his friends as they were hurrying toward the underground base.


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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.]

... a police car with flashing lights, but no siren, pulled into the gas station from Suvorova Street and drove past the gas pumps and toward the convenience store. It was headed straight toward Alexei. Fear struck him like a hammer. What should he do? Should he run? Where could he possibly run to? He had no car and no way of escape. Running on foot would be unwise wise, but Alexei knew he had to do something.

The car pulled to a stop in front of the building and the left door flew open. Just as it did, Alexei bolted, dashing across the parking lot. The first officer out the door cupped his hands over his mouth and shouted, “Stop, you Christian!”

Adrenaline coursed through his veins and ... (Read all of Part 44.)

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