Chapter 5 – Portal

Portal

 

John and Mike walked outside into a good snowfall. A half an inch of snow had fell since they went inside and it was accumulating on top of the snow. The low hanging clouds suffocated the fading light. The snowflakes were very large; in the distance a particular dark cloud hung ominously. Mike pointed to the cloud in the distance. “What is over in that direction”, Mike asked.

“That’s over by the Church Mike.”

“I want to drive by there on the way out of town” Mike said.

“Mike thanks for helping Pastor Brent”

“I am hoping that he is in there right now making his peace with God.”

“Me too brother, man it is great to finally see you.”

“We have a lot of catching up to do; when do you need to be back home Mike?

“Sometime Saturday evening Mike, I have worship service early Sunday.”

“So, where are we going Mike?”

“I bought a retreat property that borders Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota. It’s a small place on the Canadian border with the most amazing backyard. Maria and I have a good sized cabin and a nice travel trailer for guests”

Mike started the Jeep; “I’m hoping we can outrun this weather; which way to your Church John.”

“It’s on the way to I-35, just get back to the highway and get on 394 and drive to northwest Minneapolis.”

“So when did all of this start John

“After Dad got sick I started preaching full time; I was having a great time with it because I was just filling in, I didn’t have much skin in the game at that point. And now, the day after my promotion all hell breaks loose.”

“John, what if I told you all of this was happening because of your promotion?”

“You’d have to prove it. As a matter of fact Mike, I have five dollars with your name on it, if my promotion caused all of this mess.”

“Get your money handy Johnny.” As Mike and John got closer to the Church, they noticed that the storm seemed to center directly over it. “Where can we get a look at the Church without being noticed?”

“Pull off at this exit and drive behind the shopping mall, it faces the rear of the church.” The sun was setting; it was almost five o’ clock when Mike pulled behind the Church.

“Grab your binoculars Johnny and let’s go.” Mike knew right where his binoculars were, John had to fumble for his after getting out of the Jeep. The snow was picking up fast. The trees were bare; the weight of the frozen ice weighing on them. Some of the limbs were ready to break.

Mike ran for the closest pine tree grove and took cover. John was right behind him. A flash of light turned the sky red and shook the ground with an explosion; it was thunder snow. If you’ve never seen thunder snow it looks like the end of the world. The sky is blood red every time the lightning strikes.

Mike and John were lying prone by the trees. “What is that at two o’ clock John, over close by the Church”?

“That looks like Matthew”. “Take a good look John, what do you think he is doing?

“It looks like Matthew is walking backwards around the Church; reading something, what in the hell is he doing.

A cluster of lighting struck all around the Church. The thunder was as loud as bombs going off, the ground shook, and John and Mike felt like they were taking enemy fire in a war movie. That’s when it happened; three lightning strikes came together in one point over the Church for almost 10 seconds. A strange spiral was now visible over the Church, turning slowly. You could tell by the look on Mike’s face he was scared.

“What the Hell indeed John, I’ve heard stories about this.

“What’s going on Mike?”

“Matthew is walking backwards around the Church, saying the Lord’s Prayer in reverse John.”

“What the hell is that round thing spiraling above the Church?”

“I’m not sure Mike; I think it’s a portal of some kind.

And then it dawned on John. ”Matthew’s the enemy isn’t he?”

“I’m afraid so John, he gave you the knife; I’ll bet he set up Brent too, but I don’t know why.”

“What were you praying for when you felt Gods’ presence John?”

“When I felt Gods presence, I prayed for wisdom.

“Congratulations John, you got it, let’s get out of here Mike shouted.”

John stood up and ran back to his Jeep. John couldn’t believe it; he stayed and watched as Matthew walked backwards around the Church three times. Matthew stopped and stared in John’s direction; John did his best to stay hidden. Lightning hit the row of trees John was hiding under. “Well, that escalated quickly; time to get the hell out of here.” John ran back to the waiting Jeep.

Mike backed up the Jeep and turned it around. “What are you going to do with all this new understanding John?”

“I don’t know Mike; I will tell you when I figure it out.” Mike floored the accelerator and squealed out of the parking lot and back on to the highway.

Mike has spent the last two years piecing together the greatest deception ever brought against mankind. Mike and John both sat quietly as the Jeep sped back onto the highway. Mike wasn’t driving safe, and John didn’t seem to mind. Whatever would put some distance between themselves and the Church.

The snow started to slow as they moved away from town. Mike broke the silence. “John, let’s talk about the book of Enoch. Enoch was not just denied canonization John, it was destroyed by the Catholic Church around 300 A.D. and any surviving copies were buried deep beneath the Vatican. But, God provided a way for these books to be discovered again.”

“The book of Enoch survived foremost through the Ethiopian Church. They were probably carried back with the Queen of Sheba when she left Solomon’s Palace; the Bible tells us that Solomon gave Sheba everything she asked for. I will go into this more in detail later, but there is a book called the Kebra Nagast, that tells the story.”

“So the book of Enoch talks about the origins of the fallen Angels.”

Yes John, there are several other books that mysteriously disappeared from our Bible as well, the book of Jashar, and the book of Jubilees. Jubilees and Jashar both tell about the fallen Angels coming to earth to be with earth women.

“Their offspring; the giants were the real cause of the flood John, not men. The book of Jubilees is also in the Ethiopian canon right after Enoch. And Enoch is placed directly after Deuteronomy and before Joshua. That is how important these books are to the world.”

“The Dead Sea Scrolls was the second major find. And John, it’s not like they found a couple copies. They found twenty five copies of Enoch compared to twenty four of Genesis. The notes I found on the subject are very clear; the books of Enoch and Jubilees were very important, we know this by the way they were stored. There were twenty one copies of Jubilees found compare to eighteen copies of Exodus.”

“You’ll need to read these books for yourself to get the full understanding. If I were going to sum it up in a sentence it would be, God has a DNA problem. Once the Angels fell they taught witchcraft and all sorts of things to their women.”

”John, I believe the reason that God caused the great flood was to wipe the Nephilim Giants from this planet. Some texts show that these giants were cannibals. After they exhausted all of the resources on the planet, they started eating people John. God saw his creation being wiped out and he brought the flood to stop it. In Genesis 6:4 right after the giants are mentioned, God decides to destroy the world.”

“God was saving his lineage John; that he would soon use to bring Jesus Christ into this world. He had to do something about it.”

“Do you remember what Jesus said the last days would be like John?”

“Yes, He said they would be like the days of Noah.”

“Are you telling me they’re coming back”, Mike said.

“They’re already here my friend; welcome to the last days.”

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That was quite a revelation John thought, that the end times would be just like the days of Noah. Things were quiet for a while on the drive while hundreds of thoughts came and went. It all makes sense too; I finally have an answer for some of the toughest Bible questions ever asked. I just have a funny feeling that no one is going to believe it, not the believers, nor the Agnostics, nor Atheists.

“Mike this makes a lot of sense to me; I have a feeling that no one else on the planet will believe it.”

“Welcome to the grand delusion Johnny.” The Bible says that something will cause a great falling away, and that’s just the believers John. They won’t want to believe it, and as sad as it is going to be, they will abandon the faith.”

“Mike, there is a truck stop ahead, can you pull over for a moment?”

Mike pulled off the highway at the next exit and parked at the truck stop.

“I need to use the facilities; I’ll be back in a few minutes.” Mike stayed behind to fill the Jeep up with gas. John walked into the truck stop and Mike had a moment to reflect. Mike turned on the radio. The national weather service was warning blizzard like conditions for Minneapolis and the surrounding areas. The forecast for the camp was about the same. They didn’t have the freezing rain on the border, but a good base of snow was accumulating.

John walked through the restaurant on his way to the bathroom. All eyes were on him as he made his way to the back. An old jukebox was playing George Jones, rose colored glasses. People were milling around the service desk area. John walked into the bathroom; a strong mold and mildew smell penetrated the air. Graffiti lined the walls; the cleanest part of the bathroom was the condom machine.

John finished up and was washing his hands when a shadow in the mirror startled him. In the mirror John could see the stranger looking at him in anger, although he wasn’t saying anything. John dried his hands and turned around to leave. Hi, my name’s George the stranger said.

George did not look good; he hadn’t bathed in a while, his hair and beard were in serious disarray. “You look familiar to me” George said while extending John an unwashed hand. John swallowed his pride and shook his hand anyway, not wanting to offend George, “I can always wash it again later”. John thought.

“I know you from TV don’t I?”

“Yes sir, I’m the Pastor at the Glass Cathedral church in Minneapolis, perhaps you have seen our TV show? George started hurling profanities at John, mocking God as well. George continued his tirade, shouting that God wasn’t real, and that John was one the worst kind of human beings to ever be born.” John didn’t know what to do, his instinct kicked in “in Jesus’ name shut up, John said.” George was terrified; He turned around without saying another word and walked out.

John must have washed his hands at least three times before he left that bathroom. Mike came into the truck stop as I was walking out. “Are you OK John?” John explained the incident with George and Mike became concerned. “Let’s get out of here John.”

The manager approached Mike and John; “what happened?” “I’m not sure”, John said. “We don’t want no trouble here, you need to be on your way.”

“We didn’t do anything. George cornered me in the bathroom and went insane on me. We’ll be on our way.” Mike noticed the truckers standing up and following us outside.

George was wandering around aimlessly in the parking lot. A small crowd of people gathered around. George saw us and the obscenities resumed as he headed our way. “John, you’re going to have to cast the evil spirit out of that man.”

George was known for being a loudmouth and tough guy at the truck stop. Mike kept the crowd calm as John approached George. “What do you want from us”, George asked? “Leave us alone, it’s not the appointed time. “Oh yes it is, in the name of Jesus Christ come out of this man.”

Every exorcism is a little different; George was thrown to the ground by an unseen force. He was tossed back and forth as screams penetrated the night air. George was possessed by many spirits; the screams sounded like a combination of a tea kettle, an espresso machine, and rusty chains in the wind.

The crowd looked on in amazement as John helped George up from the ground. There was no more foul mouth lunatic, just a child of God.

“Where am I”, George said.

“You’re at the truck stop George”.

“What just happened? Did I pass out; did I get in a fight? What happened?”

I cast several evil spirits out of you after you went crazy on me in the restroom; I hope you’ll be OK George.

“You’re the Pastor from TV aren’t you?”

“Yes George, my name is John.”

“I’ll see you on Sunday morning” George is a big guy; it caught John off guard when he hugged him. “Thank you, thank you for giving me my life back.”

“You’re welcome George”

“I have to go, but I mean it, I’ll see you Sunday.”

Applause broke out from the small crowd, which made John feel awkward. “Let’s go Mike.”

Mike and John walked back to the Jeep. Mike revved the engine and squealed the tires, pulling out of the truck stop. Mike broke the silence.

“We may not have as much time as I originally thought.”

“Enough time for what?”

“John, I need to tell you something and I need you to keep an open mind. Do you know what an intercessor is?”

“Yes, that is someone who God talks to in a dream or vision and they have a message to share with you right”?

“I had an intercessor tell me that it was my duty to share with you everything that I had learned. They believe that you will share it with the world. In my opinion it couldn’t happen at a better time because the world is becoming an entirely weird place.”

“For whatever reason John, we are now a direct threat to them. And they will do their best to throw us off track, or try to kill us. But we have God on our side.

“I knew there was something wrong about the truck stop. It felt like there were hundreds of eyes all focused on me at once.”

“So you felt it, the evil that was in that place?”

“Yes, it felt cold and the hair stood up on my arms when George was staring at me.”

“Good, your spirit of discernment is working quite nicely. Now that you know what to look for, always be on the lookout when you feel that again.

* * *
 

John was thinking about Emily, and how she would react to the news of all of this? Will Emily still love John after he explains the giants that walked the Earth? How is Emily going to react to the news that our church is most likely infiltrated by Satanists, and her Dad being one? I don’t even understand the alien and UFO link yet but John is certain she will think he’s gone mad.

“I’m going to lose Emily over this “John said.

“Not if she is a Christian with the spirit of discernment. Once you understand the events behind these sacred texts being lost, it becomes apparent that the truth was buried.”

“Emily is a smart girl, don’t give up on her yet John. Give her a chance to come around to the truth; she will either believe you based on the merits of the sacred texts alone, or she won’t. Either way you owe her the truth John.

”We are fighting a race against time John. The truth needs to get out before the forces of evil get out their version and deceive the very elect, just like the Bible says.”

“What is the real story Mike?”

Mike paused for a second. “You have no idea what the forces of evil are planning to do John. We have been tricked by the media, the internet, and even the government to some extent, that UFO’s are real. Even though disclosure hasn’t happened yet, the list of people that have gone on the record saying UFO’s are real is amazing. There are sightings everywhere, and Hollywood continues to condition us to accept these as normal with movies.”

“I believe in UFO’s,” John said. When I was a small child; one of my first memories is a visitation that happened in my bedroom. I went to bed one evening and my bedroom door quietly swung open. A small ship the size of a Frisbee flew in and landed on the end of my bed. These tiny gray alien creatures; no taller than six inches tall got out and inspected me”

“That’s very interesting John. An open mind makes this much easier. John, I have some good news and bad news Mike said, which do you want first?”

“I’ll choose the good news.”

“The good news is aliens are real; the bad news is that they are really disembodied spirits working for Satan. Their plan is to bring the end game that will catch many Christians unaware. Have you ever wondered what the strong delusion might be that spoken of in second Thessalonians?”

Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

“This audience of that message is Christians according to the text. Let me ask you this John. What would cause a Christian to abandon the faith? Would Islam cause a Christian to lose faith in Jesus or God? Are we deceived by Judaism? How about Hinduism or Buddhism? What else could cause a Christian to abandon everything they believe in? I’ll tell you what, Alien ships hovering over every major city, with a possible landing in DC and an official disclosure.”

“Maybe they will tell us they are the gods that history tells us about? Or that they seeded the universe and are here to help us reach our next level of ascension. Most Pastors, Preachers, or whatever it is that we call you folks these days are not going to have an answer for their flock. There are some great Pastors out there that know the truth and are trying to wake people up. But they are far and few between.”

“Is any of this starting to make sense John”?

“Yes it is, I’m sorry I’m so quiet right now Mike. I’m trying to take all of this in, and it’s a bit much”.

“I totally understand John, why don’t you take some time to reflect for the rest of the ride. I’m here if you want to talk. “Classic Rock, Mike said. “That sounds great Mike.” Mike turned on the stereo which immediately put John at ease.”

John thought back on his childhood. John had memories from the age of three forward. His step father beat him and locked him in the basement constantly. John’s first memory was being choked; stop it he tried to yell, but he couldn’t. He was being held against the wall, seven feet off of the floor by his neck alone.

John recalled the UFO visit; he wasn’t afraid, the visitors actually made John feel calm. John was beat so often that he thought it was normal. He never remembered being locked in the basement all day; he just remembered the nightmares.

Mike and John exited off of the highway and drove another ten miles before the dirt roads began. You couldn’t even see the entrance to his Mike’s property, it was very well hidden. The driveway was a thousand feet long. Mike put the Jeep into four wheel drive for the driveway. About half way down Mike stopped the Jeep and turned on the off road lighting. There was a gate hidden in the hill. Mike got out and unlocked the gate and then pulled the Jeep onto the property.

At the bottom of the hill the road ends, nothing else in sight. Everything was well hidden from prying eyes. “Welcome to the retreat,” Mike said.

Mike and John opened the back of the vehicle and grabbed the bags. “Follow me John,” Mike said. Mike led John down a narrow path where Mike’s cabin and travel trailer were located, nestled deep in the woods.

As they approached the cabin the door opened; the most beautiful woman John had ever seen stepped out to welcome John. “You must be John,” Maria said.

“I am, and you must be Maria,” John replied.

“Welcome to our home John; I trust you guys had a safe trip?”

“A weird trip is more like it, I got to exorcise my second spirit this week,” John said.

“Oh really, welcome to the club John”, Maria said.

“Indeed, welcome my friend”, Mike said. We’re very glad you’re here”.

“The travel trailer is yours for the next few days John”, Maria said. “Please make yourself at home; unpack and relax a little if you like. Mike will be starting a campfire shortly; we can relax a bit and get to know each other better with a drink.”

“Thanks Maria” John said. “I do need to relax a little, what time will you get started with the fire. In about an hour John, Mike said.

John thanked Maria and Mike and went to his trailer. John lay down on the bed and tried to relax. His mind was racing with everything that had happened today. Mike was right; John was already starting to view the world differently. It is not the innocent place I remember last week, it’s a spiritual battlefield.

John took a moment to pray. He asked God for protection from evil. John asked God to reveal the truth to him and give him the wisdom to understand it. John must have fallen asleep because the next thing he knew a knock came to the door. “Wake up John,” Mike said. “Come outside and join us.”

Mike wrapped up and went outside; Mike and Maria were waiting by the fire. Maria made spiked hot chocolate and before you know it Mike and John were reminiscing about the old days. Maria told Mike and John about her life growing up as a missionary’s daughter. It was apparent to John that Maria was very smart and a great Christian who walked a very special walk with her Creator.

Maria didn’t go to church anymore; but she knew more about the scriptures than John did. Her belief and faith were absolutely contagious.

Everyone laughed and talked until the early morning. Finally the need for sleep overcame John. John excused himself to go and lie down for the evening. Back in the trailer John changed into warm pajamas and slipped into his warm sleeping bag. It was really great to get back to nature, it all made John feel very close to God.