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■ Steven’s Amazing Adventures, and the Future of the World ■ (PART 48) - ➤ "The Break In" // ➤ "Installation 9" - (A STORY about the END TIMES, with Messages from God) (PART 48)

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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-Eight

ART 48: 
➤ "Break In" // ➤ "Installation 9"


“Break In”

- Russia -

In an underground bunker, beneath a forest in southern Siberia, a group of Christians was meeting secretly, knowing that communist police and soldiers were likely looking for them in the logging town of Sikorsky, Russia and in the nearby forest, which surrounded that community.

One member of the group, named Alexander Rostov, had left them, with anger and resentment in his heart. He had admitted to them that he was living with a girlfriend. And, when he had been confronted by the group with Bible verses, he had flared up in anger and had tried to defend his position. 

Angry and frustrated, Alexander had left them in a hurry, and had determined he would make them “pay” for telling him that he was living a lifestyle against God’s Word, the Bible.

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“The Problem”

(An underground bunker.)
“I wonder why Alexander would be so defiant about his immoral lifestyle. He wouldn’t listen to us,” Sarah said, disgusted and surprised. A few minutes had passed since the man had left the base.

“It really is sad,” Kostya said. “He was a faithful steward in God’s Kingdom, but his new lifestyle is contrary to God and His Word, the Holy Scriptures. I am very concerned about our friend Alexander.”

“I pray that Alexander sees how hardened he is to God and His Word,” Evgeny Yugov said with a grave expression on his face. “I could see signs of his resistance to God in little ways over the last several months. He would sometimes ridicule Christians we both knew, and would make fun of them. He said they were ‘legalistic’ or ‘pharisaical’ if they didn’t let their children watch TV, or play video games, or use virtual-reality visors.”

A pause lasted a few seconds before Evgeny continued, saying, “I would tell him that parents who do not allow their children to watch TV shows or play video games are wise because most TV programs and video games available today are harmful to children and to their spiritual wellbeing. They often contain violence and gore or occult and witchcraft throughout. He would scoff at what I said, and claim that keeping children from video games and TV would make them be ‘unfit’ to live in the ‘real world.’ But, if children know God personally, they will be able to overcome temptations and live victorious lives now and when they are grown up.”

“And, why did the Bible tell us that we must not have any fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness?” Nadia said, rhetorically, as she looked about the others. “There’s a reason why we should come out from the world and be separate from its ungodly ways.”

“Where is that scripture about not having fellowship with the works of darkness located in the Bible?” Jason said, leaning forward as he held a spoonful of soup.

Ephesians 5:11,” Evgeny said. “It says: ‘[11] And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

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“Installation 9”

(A row of supercomputers. Pixabay. Free images.)
A military facility some miles from the capital of the New Soviet Empire, surrounded by high, electrified fences, surveillance cameras, and powerful sound-detection equipment, was a nearly impregnable fortress. Housed within large underground chambers, thousands of supercomputers crunched and processed data coming in from millions of computers, smart devices, smart refrigerators, smart appliances, phones, and driverless vehicles. The name of this base, translated into English, was “Installation 9.”*

[* Note: This installation is fictional but such facilities likely exist.]

Sometime before Steve O’Neill and the rest of his group descended metal rungs into Kostya’s underground base, in a forest outside of Sikorsky, data from their smartphones was fed into a network of power supercomputers. Some of them were located in Installation 9. Unknown to Steve, Jason, Sarah, and the others, the speakers in their smartphones were always on, gathering sound information. Every time Steve (or any of the others) spoke near his smartphone, his voice was recorded and sent to the super computer network.

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“The Problem”

“And,” Kostya said, “I remember that Proverbs 4:23 says: '[23] Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.’ Also, Proverbs 4:27 says: ‘[27] Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

(A nuclear bunker. Pixabay. Free images.)
The sound of his words echoed in the room as the group around the dining room table thought about the scripture passages just quoted.

Steve began to fear that Alexander was fulfilling the scripture in Romans 6:16, which states: ‘[16] Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?’ As that scripture came to his mind, he remembered the famous verse in Romans 6:23, which is: ‘[23] For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.’ It was clear to Steve that Alexander, even though he had likely been a born-again believer in the past, could not enter Heaven if he continued to serve sin in willful rebellion against God.

“Let us pray for Alexander,” Kostya said. “But, first, I must get my Bible.”

He stood up, left the table, and passed into the kitchen.

Steve remembered that Paul, in Romans 6, was warning believers not to use God’s grace as an excuse to sin because following sin brought about eternal separation from God and eternal damnation. ‘Judas loved money more than he loved Jesus,’ Steve thought. ‘That is why he betrayed his Lord. And, unlike Simon Peter, Judas never repented. Instead, he committed suicide rather than face his guilty conscience.’

In a few moments, Kostya returned with a worn, leather Bible. He sat down and flipped it open to a certain place before he cleared his throat, and said, “Jesus told His followers these profound words in Matthew 10:21: ‘[21] And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.’”

“Brothers and sisters,” Kostya said with concern as he looked at the faces around the table, “I was seeking God in the kitchen. That is why it took me a little longer to return to you. He was showing me that we must pack up at once and leave. There is no need to bring a lot of stuff with us. Just gather your personal items and place them in a bag. Then, we will go. If you don’t have any personal belongings to bring, just bring yourselves. We must hurry, for I believe God is showing me that a Judas has left on a mission.”

“Brother Kostya,” Evgeny said, “where are we heading?”

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“Installation 9”

(IBM supercomputers. Pixabay. Free images.)
The supercomputers at Installation 9 stored and processed the data they received, and ran powerful programs, known as “artificial intelligence” software, to sort through the data and to locate people who were saying things or doing things out of the ordinary. These people were placed on a list to be more carefully monitored. It just so happened that Steve, his wife Sarah, and all their friends in Russia were on that list. When Alexander Rostov had given them special cell phone covers to “protect” them from being spied upon, he had known full well that the covers did nothing to protect them from being monitored.

It was only because of God’s supernatural intervention that Steve and his friends hadn’t earlier been placed on a different list: a wanted list. But now, that had changed. Alexander had alerted ONI* that he knew of the exact location of some Christians hiding out in a forest near Sikorsky. But, the network of supercomputers, thanks to God’s divine intervention, still had no knowledge of the exact location of Steve’s smartphone, or of his friend’s smartphones. 

[The Office of National Intelligence (ONI) is a fictional Russian agency, which is the modern equivalent of the KGB.]

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“The Problem”

“We will go through the woods,” Kostya said as he stood up from the table in his small, underground dining room. “The sun is going to set soon, and night will be our cover. But, most of all, we have the protection of Abba God and His angels to keep us.”

“I’ve heard that the communist government has high-definition night vision equipment. They will be able to see us in the dark almost as clearly as if it were day,” Alexei said, with some fear in his voice.

“Peace be to you, brother Alexei,” Kostya said as he approached Alexei and placed a hand on his shoulder. “There is no need to be concerned. Did not God’s Word promise us God shall deliver us from the snare of the fowler? I’ll read it to you, just a few verses. Then, we can go.”

The middle-aged Russian was still holding his Bible and be began flipping through it. Once he reached Psalm 91, Kostya said, “Psalm 91:1-6 says: ‘[1] He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 
[2] I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 

'[3] Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. [4] He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. [5] Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; [6] Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.’”

“Some time earlier, the regular police were chasing me down,” Alexei said with trembling hands as he stood from the table. “By God’s grace, I reached the safety of the woods, but we are not up against ordinary police, Kostya. We will be hunted down by elite members of the ONI secret police. I think we should just stay put and seal the hatches. They are armored, aren’t they? And, this is a nuclear bunker, isn’t it?”

“Yes, this is a nuclear fallout shelter and the hatches are armored and strong, but God is calling us to leave this place, Alexei,” Kostya said with calmness in his voice. “After all, if God gave you the grace to reach safety, don’t you think He will protect us out in the woods? Besides, don’t forget what I just read in Psalm 91. That is God’s Holy Word. It shall indeed come to pass if we will seek God’s will and follow God’s direction.”

“It is not safe out there. What about vicious wolf packs? What about bounty hunters that would love to make 400 thousand rubles* for every underground Christian they capture?” Alexei said. 

[* In this story 30 rubles would approximately equal one U.S. dollar from the year 2018. So, 400,000 rubles would be roughly 13,333 U.S. dollars.]

“God cares about these things,” Kostya said graciously, “and He will deliver us from all who seek us harm, but we must dwell in the secret place of the most High. In John 15:10, Jesus said: ‘[10] If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.’ By resting in God and obeying God and His leading, we will be blessed by God and guided in the right way to go. He is our Shepherd, after all.”

“I can’t risk going into the woods,” Alexei said, feeling fear pass through his body like a wave. “I was a logger and I know how terrifying it is to meet an aggressive wolf pack. I and my coworkers were ambushed by a large wolf pack one day as the sun began to set. We had to scare them off with chainsaws. If I didn’t have a chainsaw on hand, I might not be alive today.”

“Please, come with us,” Kostya pleaded, looking at his new friend. “God will take care of us.”

“You go. I will stay here. Once you are gone, I will shut off the power to the base so that the hatch can’t be opened from the outside,” Alexei said. “I noticed a power switch in a metal control box you used earlier. And, I will make sure to open the hatch if you knock with a stone and call out my name.”

“You won’t be able to hear us call out your name,” Kostya said. “Plus, it will be very dark in here with the power out. Please come with us.”

“Knock two times on the hatch with a stone, wait three seconds and knock two more times. And, I will open for you,” Alexei said.

“We need to get ready to leave, Alexei,” Kostya said. “Please join us.”

“I will remain here,” Alexei said firmly, shaking his head from side to side.

Seeing it was useless to continue, Kostya turned to the others, “We must hurry, friends, and get ready to leave.”

(A shaft with rungs in an underground base. Pixabay. Free images.)
Nodding their heads in agreement, Steve, Sarah, Jason, and their new friends set about to prepare themselves for a long trip in the woods. Steve and Jason borrowed warm jackets from Kostya and Evgeny, while Sarah borrowed from Nadia. Kostya opened a door in the right side of the kitchen and revealed a living room area which doubled as a storage room. A couple chesterfield couches rested on either side of a wood coffee table near the entrance of the room. Beneath them lay an ornate rug, which covered up the concrete floor. Beyond the couches, a metal frame with four shelves rested up against a wall. The shelves were laden with hiking gear and rucksacks.

Once Kostya and his Russian guests, Evgeny and Nadia, had thrown some items into four backpacks, he ushered the team into the kitchen. Inside, Steve noticed a closed door in the left wall. Following Kostya through, they entered a small room were metal rungs, attached to one wall, led up to a hatch in the ceiling.

The room was empty except for three shovels and a pickaxe leaning against a wall near one corner. Ignoring these, Kostya stepped up to a metal box in a wall, snapped a little door open, and flipped a switch. In moments, a whirring sound filled the air, and the hatch above opened, letting in the dim light of a setting sun. Before it had finished opening, Kostya began climbing the rungs mounted in the concrete wall.

(A pine forest at sunset. Pixabay. Free images.)
The others followed him up and found themselves once more in the evergreen forest. Fresh air filled their lunges as they looked about their surroundings. Wearing a warm, dark-green, wool jacket; thin gloves; and a watch cap, Steve was prepared for the cool autumn nights in southern Siberia. His wife was dressed in baggy women’s trousers, a wool jacket she borrowed from Nadia, and a watch cap. The others were dressed in similar clothing as Steve and Sarah.

Kostya stooped down to pick up a coconut-sized rock resting on a flat stone near the open hatch and flipped it over to reveal a group of 10 numbered buttons which occupied a depression in the rock. He typed in the same code Alexander had used to get the group into the underground bunker earlier. Then, he flipped the stone back over, set it down, and waited for the hatch to shut. It did slowly with a quiet hum.

Without saying a word to anyone, Kostya walked toward a dense cluster of bushes beneath some tall pine trees, and the rest of the group followed him. Reaching the dense undergrowth, he removed his fiddler’s cap and clutched it in one hand as he pushed his way into a labyrinth of scratchy branches and disorienting foliage. The others did the same and removed their watch caps lest the thicket snag their headgear.


“Alexei’s Concern”

Below the surface of the forest, Alexei paced nervously about the work room where Kostya stored some of his tools. It was the same room Steve and his friends had first entered after having descended through the hatch sometime earlier. The room was pitch black and had been for a few minutes ever since Alexei had shut off the power by flipping a switch in a metal control box. The hatch above him was securely shut, and no light could get through from the forest above. 

More minutes passed as Alexei’s feet carried him to one end of the room, and back to the other. He was unhappy with the darkness and loneliness he suddenly found himself in. But, he did not want to leave the bunker and try to grope through a forest after dark. He was afraid of wolves and bounty hunters. As fear tightened around his chest, Alexei could not picture God delivering him from a hungry wolf pack. He hoped his friends would be able to escape any danger they might experience, but fears attacked him along with thoughts that they might be killed.

The words of Psalm 91 came back to him again and again, but he couldn’t come to believe them as fears were gnawing at his mind and oppressing his soul. He did not want to step out on what he thought of as a limb. He did not want to take any more ‘risks.’ 

After half an hour had passed, Alexei could stand the darkness no longer. He groped his way over to the control box and flipped a switch. Nothing happened. He tried another switch, and the lights came on. As they did, the hatch began to hinge open with a whirr. He flipped the switch again, and it stopped still. Then, the hatch reversed direction and lowered shut, making a quiet thump as it sealed tightly into place.

He didn’t want that to happen. If someone was watching, they might see the hatch start to open. Ten minutes passed. Then, he heard what he had hoped never to hear. The hatch was opening again. He felt petrified with fear. Someone on the outside had activated the hatch! Then, shocked that he had been so foolish to turn on the power, Alexei sprang into action and ran toward the control panel, but as he did, a round object tumbled through the air and bounced down the rungs of the ladder, having passed through the widening opening. 

All the while, it sprayed a white gas into the air. Bouncing as it struck the floor, a metal canister rolled toward a wall and filled the air with white fumes of tear gas. Another canister thumped to the ground, filling the rest of the space with the choking, nauseating gas.

Alexei felt his lungs burning. He vomited and coughed, and his eyes stung from the fumes. Coughing, he stumbled out of the room and into the hallway, which connected to the dining room to the left. And down the hall, toward the right, was a sharp bend. He tried the right end of the hallway and rand down it for a short distance before he came to the bend, which turned to the left. Reaching the bend, he pumped his legs fast as he sprinted down the new passageway for some distance. His heart was beating in his ears as he ran.

Alexei hoped to find some kind of weapon to defend himself with. He noticed two varnished, wooden doors on the right hand side of the passageway and wondered what lay behind them. Another door drew his attention at the end of the passageway. He pushed it open and found himself in a rectangular, concrete room. Just after passing through, Alexei shut the door behind himself and inhaled deep gulps of air.

He turned around to take in his new surroundings. He was in a concrete room illuminated by a florescent shop light in a ceiling fixture. To the right of the room entrance was a door leading into a bathroom, which had a white, tile floor. And, to his left was a doorway revealing a hallway.

“Alexei, My son,” a quiet, gentle voice spoke to him. Alexei knew that he had heard God’s voice, but Alexei ignored the voice. He didn’t want to stop right then and talk with God. ‘After all,’ Alexei thought, ‘someone is certainly looking for me. I must defend myself or hide.’

He decided to take the hallway to the left. Running down its length, beneath the glare of overhead shop lights, Alexei quickly reached a large room filled with tall shelves, which were lined with cardboard boxes. The boxes had words, in Russian, inked onto them, saying such things as ‘food,’ ‘medical supplies,’ ‘toilet paper,’ and ‘utensils.’ Alexei looked up at the light bulbs in the ceiling, hoping to see a trap door hatch or some place to hide. He squinted before lowering his gaze and blinked several times, trying to remove the afterimage of the bright light bulbs. As he blinked, he heard footsteps quietly approaching from behind.

Turning, he saw a man dressed in dark-green tactical gear. He wore an armored vest, an armored mask, and a bullet-proof helmet, and trained an intimidating weapon on Alexei’s chest: a Vityaz-SN submachine gun.

“Raise your hands!” the man said firmly.

Feeling his heart sink, Alexei slowly raised his hands. Another soldier followed the first, and ordered Alexei to stand still while he fastened handcuffs around his wrists, behind his back. Once Alexei was secured, the soldiers gruffly shoved Alexei forward and into a room beyond the storage room. It was a small bedroom with some simple pieces a furniture: a small writing desk, a dresser, a bed, and a bedside table.

A door in one end of the bedroom was already open, and it led into the kitchen where Evgeny and Nadia had cooked the recent dinner. In the right wall of the kitchen, from his position, was an entrance to a small, mostly-empty room where an open surface hatch was located. Once he was inside the room with the hatch, soldiers above ground lowered a rope through the open hatch. The soldiers inside fastened the rope under Alexei’s arms and tied a secure knot. Once this operation was complete, the soldiers above ground hoisted him up.

Once he was standing on solid earth, and feeling the fresh forest air enter his lungs, Alexei’s eyes scanned over the Russian special-forces soldiers, which stood around him. Standing back a ways from the rest of the men was a man in civilian clothing. It was Alexander! Alexei realized that he should have known that Alexander knew the code to open the hatch to the underground bunker.

It was somewhat surprising to him that Alexander had betrayed him and his friends because the conversation below ground had not quite convinced Alexei that Alexander was a true traitor. Alexei had thought of Alexander as a being a struggling Christian, who needed time to seek God about his relationship with a woman he wrongfully lived with.

But, seeing Alexander standing beside the soldiers was enough to convince Alexei that the others had been right about Alexander being a traitor much like Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of Jesus.

As Alexei thought about these things, Alexander faced him and boldly approached him with a smug smile on his face. When he was within four feet, Alexander said, “Alexei, what happened to your friends?”

“I will not tell you,” Alexei said coldly. He didn’t feel any love in his heart for this new enemy.

Slap! A hand struck Alexei’s cheek. A nearby communist soldier said firmly, “You will answer his question, Christian!”

The soldier was tall and had a strong-looking face with cold, mistrustful eyes.

“They are gone,” Alexei said simply, trying to hold back the anger that was rising inside of him as he faced Alexander.

“I get it,” Alexander said with a crooked smile on his face. “Your friends thought I would betray them. They left to go through the woods to another safe house. Do you know where they went?”

“I honestly have no idea,” Alexei said, frowning.

“You are lying to us,” the tall soldier said with a scowl on his face. “Tell us where they went.”

“I have no idea where they went,” Alexei said, still feeling anger rising inside of him.

The scowling soldier suddenly slammed the rear end of his gun stock into Alexei’s stomach, causing him to double over in pain. He felt pain shoot through his stomach and into his chest. As Alexei slowly stood up straight, clutching his stomach, the soldier yelled into his face, saying, “Tell us where they went; now!”

“I don’t know,” Alexei said, feeling fear beginning to overtake his anger.

The tall soldier glared at Alexei for a few seconds before he began to relax a little. Then, he said, “This fool won’t listen to me, so we will just have to send him to the interrogation room.”

Hearing those words triggered a wave of fear in Alexei’s soul. He knew that now, without God’s deliverance, he would surely be tortured in a secret prison or placed in a concentration camp. ‘Once I’m in a concentration camp or prison, there would be little hope that I could escape, except by death,’ Alexei grimly thought.

He began to cry out to God, in his soul, and wished he had listened to Kostya and the others. Alexei now realized he had been foolish to follow his fear and his own mind instead of God’s guidance. And, unknown to Alexei, the gears were turning in ONI, and the communist intelligence agency was getting close to locating many Christians in southern Siberia, who had no cell phones or internet access. For, although ONI heavily depended on internet and cell phone technology to locate non-conformists, it also used a new kind of technology to identify non-conformist Christians: drones with facial-recognition capabilities.


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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.]

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