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April 15, 2023

The Isaiah Factor

Of all the 66 books that make up the Bible, I have been coming to the conclusion that if you can take just one of these books out and place it at a higher importance than the others, that book may very well have to be the book of Isaiah the Prophet. Now, to be clear, I do not believe we can take any book or any portion of Scripture out of the whole of the Word of God and label it more important, not even the Gospel texts that depict the life and ministry of Yeshua Himself. After all, it is stated that all Scripture is profitable to us (see 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

With the unity, harmony and equality of all Scripture considered, however, I believe that through this study you will see facts surrounding the book of Isaiah that demonstrate the high level of importance of this book holds today. This is not to exalt or elevate the text above others, but to show the importance of all Scripture by showing the validity of this individual portion of Scripture, if these opening statements make sense. Hopefully by the time you finish reading this you will understanding where I am going here.

The Great Isaiah Scroll

Initially discovered in caves near Qumran between November of 1946 and February of 1947 by a couple of Bedouin shepherds, the Dead Sea Scrolls are regarded as one of the most important archaeological discoveries ever made pertaining to the history of Jewish and Christian faith. Fragments of every book in the “Old Testament” were found among them, with the one exception being the Book of Esther. There was, however, one scroll among those discovered in the caves that stands out above the rest.

This one exhibit out of the many texts discovered in the caves near Qumran is known as “The Great Isaiah Scroll”. It is the most complete writing found in the discovery as it is almost 100% complete and contains all 66 chapters of the prophet’s book.

The scroll dates to around 335 b.c. to 324 b.c., which is approximately 350 years after the original text was written sometime between 701 b.c. and 681 b.c. The Isaiah Scroll is among the oldest Bible texts discovered, and, since Isaiah is one of the later “Old Testament” books written, the Isaiah Scroll is closer to the original than just about any other text discovered.

The Debt Note in Prophecy

Chapter 2
Who is Israel?

The parables of Isaiah 5 and Matthew 21 show us that God is a farmer who wants to produce good fruit, generally referred to as “grapes.” We know, however, that this is symbolic, rather than literal. The Old Testament knows it as the fruits of the Kingdom, because God’s vineyard was the Kingdom of God. Isaiah 27:6 says,

In the days to come, Jacob will take root; Israel will blossom and sprout; and they will fill the whole world with fruit.

That is the promise, and those who believe the Bible do not question this fact. But many differ on HOW this will be accomplished, and through whom. Who will actually bring forth the fruits of the Kingdom that God desires?

When Israel failed to bring forth these fruits in the Old Testament, it was because they worshipped false gods and cast aside His law. The prophets speak of this constantly. So God judged them by casting them out of the land and stripping them of the birthright name, “Israel.” He raised up the Assyrians from 745-721 B.C. to conquer Israel and deport the Israelites to Halah, Habor, by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes” (2 Kings 17:6). This was the area around the southern half of the Caspian Sea.

Israel became “Not My People” (Hosea 1:9). God divorced them (Jer. 3:8; Hosea 2:1). He even said He would call His servants by “another name” (Isaiah 65:15), which, for many centuries, made it difficult to identify the “lost tribes of Israel.” The Jewish Encyclopedia makes no attempt to tell us that these lost Israelites are to be found in today’s Jews.

The Epistles of Paul - Romans Part 9: The Two Natures of Adamic Man

In Romans chapter 1 Paul explained that the sinful state of man was due to a departure from Yahweh their God and the corruption of society which that departure had summoned. In Romans chapter 2 Paul credited the Romans with building a society founded on the rule of law, and contrasted those who had the law of God but did not keep it with those who did not have it and yet maintained the morality found in the precepts which the law represented. Yet Paul explained in Romans chapter 3 that all men sinned, and therefore the righteousness of Yahweh was mercy towards men even in their state of sin. So while men were not judged by God according to the law, it was nevertheless necessary for men to uphold the law.

Paul explained in Romans chapter 4 that the promises of the faith in Christ represented the ongoing fulfillment of the promises which Yahweh had made to Abraham. Paul also explained that the Romans, being descended from Abraham, were a part of that fulfillment. In that chapter Paul further explained that those promises made to Abraham transcended the Levitical law, that they were apart from and were not reliant upon the law. In Romans chapter 5 Paul asserted that eternal life was the promise of the entire Adamic race, which was also apart from the law. With this he explained that sin existed outside of the law, but that sin was not imputed because the law had not been given.

Cooking on the Sabbath?

Many have pondered the question as to whether or not we can cook food on the Sabbath. Today, I’d like to examine some evidence that may shed light on this topic. Be it known that my desire is for the truth alone and not to bolster any fleshly desire. (Sirach 4:28) While studying for our Jubilees livestream on 8-23-19, I came across this verse:

Jubilees 2:29

“Declare and say to the children of Israel the law of this day both that they should keep Sabbath thereon, and that they should not forsake it in the error of their hearts; (and) that it is not lawful to do any work thereon which is unseemly, to do thereon their own pleasure, and that they should not prepare thereon anything to be eaten or drunk, and (that it is not lawful) to draw water, or bring in or take out thereon through their gates any burden, which they had not prepared for themselves on the sixth day in their dwellings.”

Reading this re-ignited my desire to search this out. On the surface, reading this verse seems compelling that we are not to cook on the Sabbath, but I wanted to keep looking. It wasn’t until a few days later, someone had shared this verse from Jubilees 50, that seemed to unlock what was really being said above:

Jubilees 50:9

“Ye shall do no work whatever on the Sabbath day save what ye have prepared for yourselves on the sixth day, so as to eat, and drink, and rest, and keep Sabbath from all work on that day, and to bless Yahuah your Elohim, who has given you a day of festival and a holy day: and a day of the holy kingdom for all Israel is this day among their days for ever.”

What Is The Outer Darkness That Jesus Talked About?

No one enjoys discussing eternal punishment. Even those who believe it’s biblical would rather avoid the topic, focusing instead on Jesus’ love, servant leadership, sacrifice, and resurrection. While Jesus was truly meek and humble of heart, it may surprise you that Jesus spoke about the topic of hell more often than any other biblical figure. This article will examine the concept of “outer darkness.” Jesus told three parables, recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, in which He referred to the “outer darkness.” In these stories, it’s clear the outer darkness isn’t a pleasant place. Jesus described a situation in which we wouldn’t want to find ourselves. Is it hell? Is it a “suburb” of Heaven? Why are people sent there? Why is it dark? Matthew records Jesus referring to the outer darkness in Matthew 8:12, Matthew 22:13, and Matthew 25:30. Each verse mentions the activity of people sent there as “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” That’s not something people do unless they are in great inner or outer torment. The verses are very straightforward…

Why Is Satan Depicted As A Goat In Scripture?

For those of us familiar with images of the occult, we often know that they will use a goat, especially those in Satanism circles. So why does the creature of a goat represent the devil? Didn’t he appear as a serpent in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3)? In this article, we’ll explore the symbolism of goats in Scripture, what Scripture has to say about goats versus sheep, and why Satan is ultimately a goat. Goats represent a number of things in Scripture, but to go to the source, we need to explore one of the most famous Jewish Holidays: Yom Kippur, otherwise known as The Day of Atonement. During this holiday, two goats would be used (Leviticus 16). One, the azazel goat, would have all the sins symbolically placed on it when the high priest laid hands on it. Once the sins “were placed” they would drive the goat out into the desert, thus driving out Israel’s sins into the desert. For more information on the two goats used during Yom Kippur, check out this article here. The goat here, the azazel goat, represented Satan, or evil. No wonder Jesus found Satan out in the…

Paths of Old – Ancient Paths

Jeremiah 6:16; 18:15; Acts 15:21

“Thus said יהוה (Yahweh), “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and find rest for yourselves….” (Jeremiah 6:16)

“But My people have forgotten Me, they have burned incense to what is false, and they have stumbled from their ways, from the ancient paths, to walk in bypaths and not on a highway.” (Jeremiah 18:15)

Regular public reading of the Torah was introduced by Ezra the Scribe after the return of the Jewish people from their Babylonian captivity (c. 537 BCE), as described in the Book of Nehemiah 8. In the modern era, adherents of Orthodox Judaism practice Torah reading according to a set procedure they believe has remained unchanged in the two thousand years since the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem (70 CE).

“For from ancient generations Mosheh has, in every city, those proclaiming him – being read in the congregations every Sabbath.” (Acts 15:21)

Bible readings for April 15, 2023. In the 4th solar month of the Hebrew 1st month of Nisan (March/April).

Shemini
שְּׁמִינִי
Eighth

1 Samuel 18:1—19:24If you are interested in downloading the annual Torah reading schedule with projected new moon sightings, Feast Days, click HERE.

Three Year Bible Reading Schedule

Genesis to Revelation

Exodus 1:1—2:22 | 1 Samuel 18:1—19:24 | Psalm 52:1-9 | Isaiah 54:1—55:13 | Mark 14:27-72

If you are interested in downloading the complete 3 year Bible reading schedule, click HERE. You can break up your Bible reading into 5 days of your choosing or combine the above readings of your choice.

Potential New Moon Sighting

This month (April), we have two Conjunctions (Dark Moons). The first one falls on April 19th and the second one falls on April 20th. The first Conjunction (Dark Moon) is always designated as the New Moon according to the U.S. Naval Observatory. The Percent of Full illumination for the Conjunction (Dark Moons) on April 19th and 20th are 0% (not visible).

At sunset on Friday, April 21, 2023 the Percent of Full illumination is calculated to be at 2% (visible). So, barring any cloud cover, rain, etc., the New Moon should be sighted.

The last New Moon was sighted in Israel was on March 23, 2023. Counting forward 29 days, we come to April 21, 2023. A Hebrew month cannot be more than 30 days.

 

RELIGION NEWS

PART 16: THINGS COULD GET SO BAD BEFORE THE MYSTICAL HEBREW YEAR 5785 (THE FOCUS OF DR. THOMAS HORN’S UPCOMING NEW BOOK “WE ARE LEGION, FOR WE ARE MANY” [DUE THIS FALL]” THAT YOU NEED TO PREPARE NOW: America and the Coming Day of the Lord

PART 17: THINGS COULD GET SO BAD BEFORE THE MYSTICAL HEBREW YEAR 5785 (THE FOCUS OF DR. THOMAS HORN’S UPCOMING NEW BOOK “WE ARE LEGION, FOR WE ARE MANY” [DUE THIS FALL]” THAT YOU NEED TO PREPARE NOW: The Coming Reign Of Antichrist (And Yes, We Name Who He Is)

PART 18: THINGS COULD GET SO BAD BEFORE THE MYSTICAL HEBREW YEAR 5785 (THE FOCUS OF DR. THOMAS HORN’S UPCOMING NEW BOOK “WE ARE LEGION, FOR WE ARE MANY” [DUE THIS FALL]” THAT YOU NEED TO PREPARE NOW: Some Helpful Advice If You Should Choose To Go Off Grid and Survive Self Sufficiently

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PART 17: ENOCH, THE WATCHERS, AND THE FORGOTTEN MISSION OF JESUS CHRIST—Gog, the Rephaim-Titans, and Typhon

Thus far, we’ve not seen a specific connection between Gog and the Watchers or the giants. There is certainly data that will connect Gog to Bashan/Hermon and the Satan figure, Baal, but these other elements are wanting. What’s needed is an evil, Satan-like figure who is also a Titan-giant in Second Temple Jewish thinking that can also readily be connected to crucial Antichrist passages like Daniel 7–12. Amazingly, such a figure is well known from ancient texts: Typhon.

Typhon is almost entirely unknown among Bible students. The description from the Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible contains elements that should be familiar to readers from the previous chapter of this study, where we discussed the relationship of the Titans, Watchers, and giants:

Typhon appears in Greek myths as the opponent of Zeus or even of all gods. He is the youngest son of Tartaros and Gaia.… The name resembles Zaphon and there seem to have been connections between Typhon and Baal-zaphon. According to Apollodorus, Bib. 1.41, Typhon flees to Mount Kasios, the mountain of Baal-zaphon…. Hesiod describes the struggle between Zeus and Typhon for the rule over gods and men after the defeat of the Titans. Zeus eliminates Typhon with his lightning and throws him into the Tartaros (Theog. 820–868)…. Gradually Typhon became associated with the Giants (Hyginus, Fab. 151; cf. Pindar, Pyth. 8.17–18). From the sixth or fifth century bce onwards Typhon is identified with the Egyptian god→Seth (possibly already Pherecydes according to Origen, Contra Cels. 6.42; Herodotus 2.144; 156; 3.5; Diodorus Siculus, Bibl. hist. 1.21–22; 88; passim in Plutarch, De Iside)…. Although Typhon is not mentioned in Dan[iel] 7–12 or Revelation it is quite possible that the typhonic type which was taken from Greek and Egyptian mythology was incorporated into passages of these apocalyptic writings in order to emphasize the appearance of foreign rulers as the tyrannical eschatological adversary. The vision in Dan[iel] 7 shows not only correspondences with Canaanite mythology, but also with texts on Seth-Typhon (especially concerning the eleventh horn). The battle against heaven and the stars in Dan[iel] 8:10–12 and Rev[elation] 12:4; 7–9; 13:6 of the little horn, the dragon and the first beast corresponds with the role of Typhon, who according to Apollodorus, Bib. 1.39–40, touches the stars with his head and attacks heaven.[i]

It is crucial to realize what this short citation means. Scholars have established secure textual and conceptual links between Typhon, Daniel 7–12, a central section of the Old Testament for Antichrist typology, and Antiochus IV, whom all scholars of biblical eschatology recognize as the prototype for the Antichrist.

The major study of this material is that of van Henten, who writes:

In the Greek mythology from early authors such as Hesiod and Pindar up to and including Nonnus of Panopolis, who wrote in the fifth century A.D., Typhon figures as an appalling giant raving at gods and men…. In many texts of this group the struggle between Typhon and Zeus constitutes the central theme. In his hubris Typhon launches an attack on the Olympic gods whose uncontested leader is Zeus…. The literary character of Daniel 7 is vastly different from the mythological texts of this group. All the more striking, therefore, are the similarities to be found between the characterisation of Typhon… and the typification of the eleventh horn and its actions in Daniel 7.[ii]

Van Henten goes on to introduce and illustrate numerous points of comparison, among them:

  • Typhon’s insolent words against Zeus and the little horn’s against God (Daniel 11:36–37);
  • Typhon’s war against the entourage of Zeus for supremacy of heaven and the little horn’s assault on God and His holy ones (Daniel 7:21–27; 11:36–37);
  • The mutual contempt for existing laws (Daniel 7:25);
  • The fact that Typhon, like the eleventh horn, has both human and animal features (Daniel 7:8, 20–21; 8:5–9, 21)

The point of all this is that, for Second Temple Jews, the notion that the great end-times enemy would be either the personification or the manifestation of supernatural evil associated with Bashan/Hermon and the giant offspring of the Watchers would not have sounded strange. Second Temple Period Jews would have recognized that the nature of the end-times enemy of the Messiah derived from a complex set of ideas that included these elements. Consequently, the defeat of the Antichrist signaled the final victory over the Watchers and their spawn.

PART 18: ENOCH, THE WATCHERS, AND THE FORGOTTEN MISSION OF JESUS CHRIST—Early Christian Writings and Writers

Did the Lord’s disciples and early church fathers consider the Book of Enoch to be sacred scripture? Let us review a bit of the evidence.

The Epistle of Barnabas

This ancient epistle is perhaps the earliest Christian source that cites material from 1 Enoch as Scripture. Nickelsburg writes:

Writing ca. 135–38 c.e., probably in Egypt, the author of the Epistle of Barnabas paraphrases 1 Enoch 89:56, 60, 66–67 with reference to the destruction of the temple, introducing his source with the formula, “For Scripture says” (λέγει γὰρ ἡ γραφή, 16:5). To support the notion of a new temple, he quotes loosely 1 Enoch 91:13, again introducing it as Scripture (“For it is written,” γέγραπται γάρ, 16:6).[i]

Justin Martyr

Justin Martyr’s Second Apology, written between A.D. 148–161, presumes the Watchers story—that they cohabited with human women and taught humankind forbidden knowledge. Justin therefore holds them responsible for the proliferation of wickedness among humanity. Justin “recognizes the parallel between the story of the watchers and Greek myths about the amours of the gods.”[ii] This is of interest because Justin clearly considers the Jewish version (i.e., 1 Enoch) to be superior in its truthfulness. The opinion suggests that Justin considered 1 Enoch inspired, but we cannot be certain since it is not cited as Scripture in his work.

Irenaeus

Irenaeus was the bishop of Lyon. He lived ca. A.D. 130–200. His writings make it quite evident that he knew 1 Enoch in some detail and accepted the accuracy of the Watcher story. Of interest is what he says in the tenth chapter of Irenaeus Against Heresies (sec. 1):

The Church, though dispersed throughout the whole world, even to the ends of the earth, has received from the apostles and their disciples this faith: [She believes] in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are in them; and in one Christ Jesus, the Son of God, who became incarnate for our salvation; and in the Holy Spirit, who proclaimed through the prophets the dispensations of God, and the advents, and the birth from a virgin, and the passion, and the resurrection from the dead, and the ascension into heaven in the flesh of the beloved Christ Jesus, our Lord, and His [future] manifestation from heaven in the glory of the Father “to gather all things in one,” and to raise up anew all flesh of the whole human race, in order that to Christ Jesus, our Lord, and God, and Saviour, and King, according to the will of the invisible Father, “every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess”8 to Him, and that He should execute just judgment towards all; that He may send “spiritual wickednesses,” and the angels who transgressed and became apostates, together with the ungodly, and unrighteous, and wicked, and profane among men, into everlasting fire; but may, in the exercise of His grace, confer immortality on the righteous, and holy, and those who have kept His commandments, and have persevered in His love, some from the beginning [of their Christian course], and others from [the date of] their repentance, and may surround them with everlasting glory.[iii]

‘Manifesting’ Trend Is Opening Demonic Doors In America

The occult is permeating American society in ways that have never occurred in the past. Across social media, entire generations are being deceived by practices such as “manifesting” and remain unaware of the spiritual doors they are opening. According to the outlet Oxygen, manifesting is “A once-niche, New Age movement, it had been swiftly swept up by the mainstream. As of now, the hashtag ‘manifesting’ has almost 15 billion views on TikTok, while YouTube channels based on the subject regularly incur an audience of millions.” For those not raised in the social media era, the term “manifesting” is not unheard of, but this new practice and trend has completely flown under the radar of many Christians…

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Analysis: Top 10 Churches That Participated in Hillsong Family’s ‘Celebrity Preacher’s Scam’

Hillsong Church operated a lucrative speaker’s circuit, or “celebrity preacher’s scam,” that netted as much as a million dollars in extra income for high-profile preachers, according to whistleblower documents recently made public. As previously reported, some of those involved in this “scam,” like Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer, were friends of Hillsong founder Brian Houston and Australian evangelist Christine Caine—the two who allegedly invented the “scam.” But other preachers had to “buy their way into this exclusive, reciprocal speaker’s circuit” by using their church’s money (3% of tithes and offerings) to become members of the Hillsong Family, the whistleblower documents state.

Thanks to these documents, we now know which churches and pastors belonged to the Hillsong Family and participated in this alleged scheme. And we have compiled a list of the Top-10 Hillsong Family Donors below.

In return for their hefty donations, these pastors would reportedly get several perks, the documents state. These included invitations to speak at Hillsong events, garnering large honorariums and profits from merchandise sales the pastors could pocket themselves. Hillsong Family pastors would also be invited to join Brian and Bobbie Houston at “luxurious” Hillsong Family retreats “a couple times a year,” the documents state.

Egypt Discovers 30 Foot Long By 6 Feet Wide Secret Chamber Inside Great Pyramid

Egypt unveiled the discovery of long corridor inside the Great Pyramid of Giza on Thursday, the first to be found on the structure’s north side. The corridor, which measures 9 meters (nearly 30 feet) by 2 meters (more than 6 feet), is perched above the famous structure’s main entrance and was detected using a scan, authorities said. The function of the chamber is currently unknown, although such corridors often lead to further archaeological discoveries…

Stone Giant Unearthed Among God Heads At Aizanoi

Researchers digging in the ancient city of Aizanoi have announced the discovery of many new artifacts and works. But the discovery of an “almost intact” statue of a giant man with one foot takes the archaeological biscuit. The ancient city of Aizanoi was founded as a  Phrygian city on the western end of the  Phrygia kingdom, in the present-day Çavdarhisar district of the western Anatolian province of Kütahya in Turkey. Aizanoi was home to the Aizanitisians, Phrygians,  Greeks, Romans and Byzantines and the site was rediscovered by European travelers in 1824.  The German Archaeological Institute  began excavating in 1926 and works resumed in 1970, with them having accelerated significantly over the last two years. At this site, that’s listed on the  UNESCO World Heritage  Tentative List , over the years archaeologists have unearthed ancient stone heads and bodies depicting Greek gods and goddesses such as  Eros, Dionysus, Aphrodite and the demigod  Herakles. This season, archaeologists greatly added to their expanding haul from this site and they have announced the discovery of…

PART 1: LIES OF MEN AND GODS—SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES

The year was 1998. I (Allie Henson) had made the short drive to a rural location to attend the meeting all townspeople had been made aware of. The small, makeshift room was filled with people who gazed curiously at the displays on the snap-together plywood walls. Folding metal chairs made up several rows in the middle of the room, where those gathered for the informational meeting were soon to be seated. Charts and laboratory photographs lined the walls of this temporary, portable building. It had the feel of a traveling carnival’s funhouse: room corners, held together by folding hinges, could be spotted by the careful observer, and one could somewhat effectively track where the collapsible structure’s joints would fold flat once the assembly was over and it was time to take the nomadic production to the next town. But, unlike any carnival that’s anticipated and voluntarily attended, this was a mandatory meeting for all registered residents of the tiny town. The government had sent out notice that all citizens were to be here to witness the unveiling of the military’s new, revolutionary super-weapon…

A bald, thin man wearing glasses and a lab coat called attention to those who were milling about the room; as he did, people agreeably sat down, expectant smiles across their faces. A modest team of qualified, professional-looking people then began to introduce the groundbreaking technology that had been genetically designed in a laboratory to guarantee victory against all enemies in what would likely be all future warfare.

A small door on the left side of the room opened, revealing a sign indicating that all attendees were to line up, single file, and prepare to walk through to the other side. As it swung open, the man in the lab coat announced proudly, “Ladies and gentlemen, I give you…the Splicer.”

A hush fell over the audience members as they craned their necks to try to see what was in the next room. When I got through the door, I realized that the makeshift nature of the presentation seemed to have elevated. This wasn’t just one portable room, but rather was one of many connected into a small labyrinth of cheap plywood walls posing as a transportable government office. I began to get the feeling that we were somehow being toyed with, but the wowed expressions on faces around me told me I was alone in my suspicion. We were then ushered into little circus-like cars, much like the kind a carnival ride would sport, which then took us on a “moving display”: We were taken through a series of rooms filled with photographs, posters, and charts—and there was even an audio file that played the voice of a man narrating various facts about the Splicer’s development. As we sat in these mini cars, we were carried from room to room, and in each one, we were given another portion of the Splicer’s story to cover its conception, its visionary scientists, and the series of pioneering methods by which the weapon had been designed.

PART 2: LIES OF MEN AND GODS—A GLIMPSE OF THE CHURCH’S DISCERNMENT

I (Donna Howell) was sitting on the edge of a hospital bed. My friend, David, was receiving treatment for a longstanding medical condition. Nita Horn was with me, though she stood a little farther off in the corner of the room. All three of us were afraid.

“Something isn’t right,” David said, shaking his head with worry and clutching at his bedcovers. “This facility. My treatment. Something is wrong here, and I mean spiritually.”

We had little to go on, save for a feeling. “Something” was a vague word, but it was strangely accurate in describing a common enemy around us that threatened our very lives while smiling nurses and doctors looked straight past it. The color scheme wasn’t typical of a hospital’s usual stark-white, “sanitary hues” decor. The cupboards that lined the walls all the way around the room were stained dark, more like what would be found in a funeral parlor than in a cheerful recovery room. The walls were muddy-brown wood paneling characteristic of the 1970s, and the carpet was a sickening, burnt-urine yellow. Even the cream-colored phone on the wall looked aged and dingy, sun-bleached of its vitality in some spots and stained in other spots from the oil residue left after years of fingertips pressing on and around the numbered buttons. These environs made the fresh, snow-colored pillows on David’s bed look bombarding and out of place, as if they would be infected with disease by mere exposure to the atmosphere.

Yet, the eerie ring of danger that pulsed and throbbed in the room with every heartbeat warned of a kind of attack that has nothing to do with exposure to viruses or sickness. David was right about that. Something was pure evil here, and we needed to get out immediately.

Suddenly, I saw six orbs of light appear down the hallway in front of me. Their flight path was erratic and nervous, like hummingbirds: zoom, hover, dip, stop; zoom hover, dip, stop… I pointed in excitement and shouted “Angels!” as the lights jerked their way around to the bed.

PART 3: LIES OF MEN AND GODS—Something Wicked Is This Way Unleashed

The dream about angels I (again, Donna Howell) had wasn’t the first time the Lord has rattled me lately. Another moment was equally radical, but it happened so fast—and while I was wide awake. It was unlike anything I had previously experienced, and it couldn’t be chalked up to a dream or any kind of “imaginings” because of the speed at which it occurred and the multiple tiers of revelation it immediately brought.

It was about 7 o’clock in the evening. My husband, James, was talking about mowing the lawn. I was engaged in the conversation, which, for my part, involved trying to figure out who was going to watch the kids during work hours the next day so James could tend to our too-tall grass.

Without any warning whatsoever, from nowhere at all, absolutely right in the middle of a sentence about grass and childcare, my mind’s eye was taken to the floor of a dark, murky, underwater place. Some kind of arm—I’m not sure if it was biological or mechanical—reached out and swept away a giant layer of mud from the surface of an enormous, transparent container. Within it, the face of a being was looking off to the left, eyes wide open and alert. The instant the muck was brushed aside, the being inside the container sensed the movement and snapped its attention forward, focusing its intense gaze upon me.

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