John followed Mike outside into the storm. Mike slowly tapped a pack of cigarettes when John walked up. Mike opened the pack of smokes and offered one to John. “No thanks,” John said,” I finally got that habit whipped, I thought you did too. How long has it been Mike?”
“It’s been a couple of years; I don’t think it matters much anymore John.”
The rhythmic sound gradually reached a climax. “What is that sound John?”
“I don’t know Mike; it doesn’t sound like anything I’ve ever heard before. If I were to guess, I’d say it’s some sort of engine. But what it’s powering I have no clue.
“What do you think is going to happen tomorrow John”?
“I expect somehow we’ll make it to Church, and get out the message out to the world; and then I don’t know. I can usually see things pretty well laid out in front of me. That’s not the case here. I don’t see anything past tomorrow.”
Mike lit his cigarette and inhaled the smoke deeply. The look on his face and clumsiness indicated his brain had just rewarded him by releasing a large amount of dopamine into his bloodstream. Mike grabbed on to John briefly to steady himself.
“Are you OK Mike?”
“Yeah John; I’m great. That’s fantastic; one of the few cigarettes that actually taste good is that first one after you’ve quit.
Mike took a couple of drags from his smoke, staring at the sky. “I don’t think I’m going to make it out of here alive Johnny.”
“Mike, what about Gabriel? He said he would be back for us? Surely you believe that?”
“I haven’t lost my faith if that is what you’re asking my friend. I have this feeling, right in the pit of my stomach that I’m going out like Andrea. You have to promise me something John. If anything happens to me swear to me you’ll take care of Maria. Don’t let anything happen to her.”
“I swear Mike; I don’t share your doom scenario my friend, but I don’t think tomorrow is going to be a bed of roses either. I expect when I get God’s message out that I’ll be shown the left foot of fellowship that Maria was speaking of. I’ll officially be ex-communicated from the church. My parents will stop talking to me for a long time, and I’ll lose Emily.
“You may not lose Emily, although I’m not really sure that matters anymore, do you John?”
“I’m sorry Mike; I really feel like I have betrayed your trust.” “Don’t give it a second thought John. It was obviously in the cards for you and Maria. And you proved that when you became a portal for Michael. It was another prophecy that came true.”
“I understand that brother, but that doesn’t mean I don’t feel like shit about it. I’ve already betrayed you and Emily’s by kissing Maria and things will never be the same.”
Mike put his arm around John. Don’t ever feel that way brother; you have to promise me that OK? Everything works out for a reason, and I know God has a plan.”
“What are you going to do about Matthew? When he finds out what you’re doing; he’s going to shut you down. “
”He already knows what I’m going to do Mike; Matthew isn’t a Satanist, he’s a Fallen Angel, and his daughter Emily is a Nephilim who was planted in my life to keep me in line.”
“John, where did you get that information”, Maria said. Maria and Kris had walked up behind John and Mike, and were listening in on their conversation.”
“That small silent voice,” John said.
“What is that pounding noise,” Kris said.
“It’s an engine of some sort Kris, Mike said.
Maria handed John a pair of binoculars. John could see the craft in the distant sky. The craft is a triangle shape, but not perfect.
A different color light is on each point of the triangle, Search lights shine down from the craft, following something on the ground that is moving across the terrain. “That’s moving way too slow for an airplane Mike said.”
The closer the craft got to the group; the calmer the storm became. The temperature started to rise. John could see the colorful lights dancing on the front, but wasn’t scared. There was something familiar about this, like something from a dream. The ship was clearly visible to the naked eye, heading directly towards the camp.
The smell of ozone permeated the air, like after a spring rain or a walk on the beach.
The craft continued approaching, getting larger in the sky. John noticed the craft was distorting the view of everything underneath it; you could see the air moving in waves underneath the craft. An array of colorful lights flashed in front of the ship, while search lights lit up the woods below.
“What in the Hell is that,” Mike said.
“I don’t know,” Maria said, “But whatever you do, don’t shoot at it. It might be our ride out of here.”
“What do you mean by that Maria?” Mike said.
“Mike, think back to Exodus, the pillar of fire by night, and the cloud by day that shadowed and protected the Israelites during their trip through the desert. When Moses wrote that do you believe he was literally writing about a flying pillar of fire? Or do you think he wrote about what he was seeing? A non-terrestrial space ship fits that description pretty well for the times he lived in.
“So, you’re saying a space ship of some sort is what protected the Israelites in the desert?”
“Well; the Bible has flying scrolls, flying rolls, and other things that are difficult to explain. Why not Mike; do we have to be stuck with the classic idea that angels only fly around with wings?”
“It started raining from the bottom of the craft. The warm water melted some of the snow, turning most of the snow to ice as it re-froze. Dead grass was showing through in a few places where the snow melted.
The smell of ozone became stronger as the ship passed over the camp. The smell was over powering.
Mike was the first to notice the six different sets of headlights coming for us at breakneck speeds. They were coming from all directions, following in the wake of the craft as it cruised directly overhead.
Mike chambered a round in his shotgun and pointed it towards the approaching vehicles. How could anyone even get around in this weather, I don’t like this one bit Maria.
“Put the shotgun down Mike,” Maria said, Mike raised the shotgun and pointed it at the approaching lights. Maria put her hand on the end of the barrel and pushed it to the ground. “No Mike,” Maria said. “I have a bad feeling about firing on the ship or whatever it is, it’s not a danger to us. “
Meanwhile, six snowmobiles raced down the old country road where the camp was located. Three were coming from the east, and another three were coming from the west.
“I think this is the ride you folks have been waiting for,” Kris said. Maria and John both breathed a sigh of relief. No one noticed Mike get in the prone position and take aim towards the property line. Everyone was watching the craft as it rained on the camp site that was still ablaze. The fires left from the cabin explosion were put out as the craft circled the camp.
Mike was targeting the snowmobiles heading towards them. Mike had already chambered a round in the barrel, a slug. And he had many more to load. Mike was about ten feet in front of the others when the craft fired a light beam at Mike. He appeared to freeze at first and then completely disappeared as the light went away.
Mike, Maria and John screamed. Kris fell to the ground; seemingly unaware of what was happening. She bowed her head for a moment, then stood, transforming into the Archangel Gabriel. The intimidation factor of a five foot five inch girl, transforming into a seven foot tall Archangel, is very high, it’s amazing.
“Do not fear; put your weapons away,” Gabriel said. Your ride awaits John. “What happened to Mike,” John said.
“I’m afraid we couldn’t allow Mike to travel with you any farther. He’s too much of a warrior.
“Are you ready to change the world John,” Gabriel said?
“As ready as I’ll ever be,” John said.
“We have a stop we must make on the way,” Gabriel said. “A local church is plagued by evil spirits and satanic infiltrators. Some of the members are possessed by disembodied spirits. I have word that humans working for the forces of darkness are astral traveling, spiritually attacking the congregation.” The believers are praying for deliverance; and they’re going to get it.
“The attack against this camp were launched from that very church, you’re going to help us deliverer that church John. The incoming lights you see are friends both new and old. Snowmobiles are the only effective human transportation at this time for your trip back to Minneapolis. A new friend is leading the rescue; old friends are with him.”
“I cannot interfere any more right now; I need to return to the ship. I will help you when you get to the church, Yahweh is with us all, and be strong John. Show no fear in the face of the Fallen Angels when you see them. You have to let God take care of the fallen ones; do not rebuke them, you don’t have the right, and it’s not your place. You will be victorious, just follow your heart, and let Michael take care of things when that time has come. Listen to that small silent voice that guides you.”
Gabriel kneeled and transformed back into Kris. “I know why you’re with us now Kris,” Maria said. Kris stood back on her feet, feeling energized from the experience. “Where was I,” Kris said.
You just transformed into the Archangel Gabriel,” John said. “I’m still amazed every time I see it happen.” John said. “The lights headed our way are snowmobiles; they’re our ride back to town Gabriel told us.”
“Where was I, where did I go when Gabriel took over,” Kris said.
I’m not sure,” John said.
I believe it’s another dimension,” Maria said. “But I don’t know for sure. Do you remember anything of your time there Kris.”
“It’s hard to explain,” Kris said. “It feels like home, a small cabin somewhere on the water; it feels very familiar. There is an ocean or a river; it’s hard to be sure. But there is a boat dock and a pool; I’ve been there before in my dreams.”
We’ve all been there before Kris,” Maria said. “It always feels familiar to me too, I’m never scared there, and I’ve seen John there before, just for a moment. I’ve dreamed of the cabin before too.”
“I’ve wondered if that was real or an illusion. It was like a daydream,” John said. I remember running after you Maria, unable to find you.
The ship took position directly over the cave entrance, silently standing guard. The roar of the snowmobile engines grew louder. The headlights danced through the woods as they wound through the various trails in the camp towards the cave, they followed the ship to find Mike, Maria, and Kris.
What did Gabriel mean by Astral Traveling,” John said.
Astral Traveling is an OBE, an out of body experience. They leave their body behind, projecting it into the astral plane, it’s like projecting yourself into another dimension,” Maria said. “Good and Evil spirits travel through this plane. Those who travel with evil intentions leave their bodies in a well-guarded place.”
“Does that mean they can fly Maria,” Kris said.”
“Yes it does Kris; they can move almost anywhere in the world, like a disembodied spirit, they can cause a lot of grief for believers. They can’t possess them, but they can plague an entire congregation of people. Gabriel said there was a church not far from here where the congregation is praying for deliverance, and they’re going to get it.”
The snowmobiles entered the property and traveled single file for that last several hundred yards. They stopped at the cave entrance; pulling up in front of Mike, Maria and Kris. Their lights were blinding, Maria and Kris both covered their eyes. Their sleds went silent, their riders dismounting. A few of the sleds had trailers in tow, with what looked like supplies.
The first person to take off their helmet was George, the gentleman from the truck stop who John cast the spirit from. “I told you I’d see you on Sunday preacher,” George said. “I brought my brothers and a few friends of yours. You friend Gabriel visited me, he told me to get everyone together and follow their ship. We’re here to take you back to Minneapolis, and make sure you get their safely.”
“John I’d like you to meet my brothers Aaron, Daniel, and Isaac,” George said. They stepped forward after removing their helmets to shake John’s hand.
“Hi everyone, we’re very glad you could make it. I’d like you to meet Maria and Kris,” John said. “Who else do you have with you.”
“Friends of yours; Gabriel led us to them, they were at your apartment” George said.
John was elated to see Brent and Tim removing their helmets. “Great to see you guys,” John said. “Come into the cave everyone; warm up and have something to eat before we head out. Brushing off the weather, everyone followed John, Maria, and Kris into the cave.
“We’ve been riding for hours John; the heat feels wonderful,” Isaac said. “My brothers and I want to thank you for returning George to us, and to the faith John. When George came for our help, we knew right away it was very important. Gabriel explained everything we needed to know, that God’s going to shake things up, and I personally think it’s time. Then Gabriel told us to go by your apartment and pick up Tim and Brent.”
“Thanks for bringing them Isaac,” John said.
“It’s my pleasure John. When we stopped to pick them up, some sort of fight was underway. A woman became frightened and ran away when we pulled up.”
“What happened at the apartment Brent,” John asked.
“John, I’m afraid I have bad news,” Brent said. “Kara came around soon after you left; she lied about her name John. I called Tim for help, I was scared; when he arrived he found Emily outside your apartment. I knew her as Kara. I’ve never met Emily, I’m sorry John, I’m so sorry, Brent said.”
“John hugged Brent, it’s going to be OK Brent” John said. “Emily obviously never had the right intentions Brent. I’d like you to meet Maria; the love of my life.”
“Hi Maria,” Brent said.
“God is certainly smiling on you Johnny,” Tim said.
Approaching Maria, Tim tipped his hat. “It’s very nice to meet you my dear. Please take good care of Johnny; he’s very special to me.
“He’s very special to me too Reverend, will you help me gather some food for the group before we head out please?”
“I certainly can my dear.”
“George and his family came by the apartment to pick us up,” Brent said. “How they got there I don’t know, the roads are solid ice. We slid down every road on the way to George’s farm. Everyone gathered there, we prepped the sleds and then the most amazing thing happened. Gabriel visited us, and pretty soon after that the UFO showed up, Gabriel told us to follow the ship to find you. So, here we are; what’s next?”
“We’re heading back to the Minneapolis to expose the truth about the Church. Tim wrote a bulletin many years ago called “Free to be a Christian”. Kris turned the bulletin into a web site to get the message out. The dark side is trying to stop us though. Mike’s and Maria’s retreat has been destroyed, and we’ve lost some people.”
“Where’s Mike,” Tim said.
“He’s gone Tim; the craft took him because he was getting ready to fire at you guys. Gabriel said he was too much of a warrior, and his time had come.”
“I’m sorry John,” Tim said.
“I’m sorry too Tim.”
“What’s did Gabriel tell you John,” Brent said.
“Gabriel told us there’s a church a couple of miles from here that is under demonic attack. There are Infiltrators, disembodied spirits and astral travelers waging war against them. The dark side has been using that church to launch attacks on us here. We’ve been asked to clean house there on the way back to Minneapolis.”
“Let’s help those Christians Johnny. Please excuse Maria and I for a few minutes Johnny. We’re going for supplies,” Tim said.
Tim and Maria walked back to the cave’s storage area and gathered water and food bars for everyone. “Why did you call me a Reverend back there Maria,” Tim said.
“The Holy Spirit told me you were a Reverend,” Maria said.
“Interesting, I don’t have a degree, and I’ve been a missionary for most of my life. At heart I’m just a believer.”
“Well, the Holy Spirit thinks you are, that’s good enough for me,” Maria said.
“Please take good care of Johnny, Maria. I’ve known him most of his life. The Holy Spirit has been grooming him for this role his entire life. He deserves a great woman like you Maria.”
“I haven’t always been a great woman Maria said, I’ve done some of the most terrible things you can imagine Tim, I used to work for the other side.
“So did the Apostle Paul,” Tim said. “We’re living in very interesting times Maria.
“Tim, will you marry John and I, right here and right now if John agrees?”
“It would be my honor Maria, let me go and get Johnny, I’ll take the supplies to the group and ask Johnny to come back here for a minute.”
Tim walked back to the main area of the cave where everyone was talking. Tim handed each person a bottle of water and a protein bar.
“Where’s Maria,” John asked.
“She’s waiting for you in the back Johnny. Go see her right away, she said it was important.”
Tim winked at John as he walked by him, on the way to see Maria. Rounding the corner John noticed Maria using a moist towel to wipe away the dirt from her face. “Maria, you are so beautiful. I know the timing couldn’t be worse; I’ve fallen head over heels in love with you this weekend. I don’t ever want to be without you.”
“Marry me John; right here, right now. I don’t want to live without you. If anything happens to either of us, I’ll never forgive myself if I didn’t ask. I’ve waited my entire life for you; you’re my soul mate John.”
I love you so much Maria. Yes, yes I’ll marry you,” John said with a tear running down his face. “I’ve always loved you too.”
“Oh John, come here.”
Maria threw her arms around her love and pulled him close. John placed his arms around Maria. “I’ve never felt like this before,” John said. He placed both of his hands on her face and pulled Maria close for a slow romantic kiss. Maria caressed John, pulling his body tight against hers.
“You’re mine forever John,” Maria said.
“Not so fast you two,” Tim said. “Please excuse the interruption; we have some business to attend to first. I’ve fed everyone and we’re ready to pack up the sleds when you’re ready to go.
Maria did you ask,” Tim said.
“I did Tim, he said yes! As you can see we were caught off guard celebrating that decision,” Maria said.
“That’s fantastic Maria,” Tim said. “John, I know your parents would be so proud of you right now if they understood what was going on; your parents as well Maria.”
Tim opened his Bible. John and Maria faced each other and held hands. “Most of the traditional wedding ceremonies we know come from man. Really you two don’t even need me for this; just choosing to spend your lives together, glorifying God along the way is enough to seal the deal.”
“John, do you take Maria for your lawful wedded wife, to live in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love, honor, comfort, and cherish her from this day forward, forsaking all others, keeping only unto her for as long as you both shall live?”
“I do,” John said.
Maria, do you take John for your lawful wedded husband, to live in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love, honor, comfort, and cherish him from this day forward, forsaking all others, keeping only unto him for as long as you both shall live?
“I do,” Maria said.
“By the authority vested in me by God himself; I pronounce you man and wife. You may kiss the bride John.
John and Maria kissed passionately while Tim applauded.
“Tim,” Maria said. “We need a few minutes to ourselves.” John turned red pulling his new bride close for another kiss.
“I’ll go and help George get everything together for our trip Maria. We’ll be waiting outside the cave for you two. We’ll be ready to go when you are.”
Tim returned to the main cave area. “George, step outside with me for a moment if you would sir.” Tim and George grabbed their coats and walked out of the cave together into the cold. The ship hovered silently above them.
“What’s going on Tim,” George asked.
“I just married John and Maria; they’re going to need a few minutes in private before we head out.
“That’s fantastic Tim; let’s get everyone suited up and all of the gear stowed and ready to go.
George and Tim walked back into the cave. Its go time boys and girls. Let’s get the sleds packed and ready for the trip. “What about John and Maria,” Brent said.
“Come outside Brent and I’ll fill you in,” Tim said.
John and Maria made love passionately. They both knew they might never see each other again. For a brief time; only their love existed. And it was enough to last a lifetime.