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The Morning Star Rising on the First Day

The Morning Star Rising on the First Day

This experience occurred prior to the time that I started grade school. My sister Kathy and I were playing in our front yard. Not far away, a number of older neighborhood boys were just hanging out on our next door neighbor’s lawn. I guess the boys became bored and decided to have some fun with us by taking advantage of our youth and inexperience. They achieved this by telling us scary stories about the bogeyman. I did not buy into any of their stories and defiantly told them that there was no such thing as a bogeyman.

They countered with personal assurances that they were witnesses to each of the stories they told. When that proved to be unconvincing, they provided more stories that were even scarier than the first ones. I continued my defiance by simply restating my assertion that there was no such thing as a bogeyman. Seemingly unimpressed, these boys called my bluff. They told me that the bogeyman was hiding between two of the houses near the end of the block. They assured me that if I had the courage to go down and take a look for myself, I would find the bogeyman waiting there for me. I was very scared; after all, perhaps they were right. I resisted their challenge at first, but after they taunted me with words like, chicken and fraidy cat, and used a few other words I did not understand at the time, I decided to go and look for myself.

Being quite frightened, I took precautionary tactics. I thought that if there was a bogeyman between the houses that he must be hiding so that he could capture me if I got close enough. So, I formulated a plan in my head where I would run across the street on a diagonal in order to get a view from a safe distance on the other side of the street. I knew that I had to start immediately so that the bogeyman, if it existed, would not have any time to prepare for my arrival and capture me. So, without any hesitation I bolted out into the street running with my head down as fast as I could. Much to my surprise, I could hear my sister running right behind me. When I got to the targeted position where I could see between the houses from across the street, I stopped and quickly turned for a look. To my horror there it was, right where the neighbor boys said. It was hiding between the houses, hunched over because it was taller than the peaks of the roofs. It was waiting for unsuspecting kids like my sister and I to come by so that it could pounce and devour them. Its general shape was very much like the dinosaur, Tyrannosaurus Rex. It just stood there stooped over between the building looking at me in obvious anger and disgust. It was apparently unwilling to come out from between the houses to get us.

I lost all control and started screaming in horror. I was flailing my arms in the air and running back across the street as fast as my legs would carry me. I could hear my sister screaming as she followed behind me. Since I ran with reckless abandon, keeping my head down, I was shocked at what I found when we finally arrived back to our starting point. The boys who induced us into this adventure were literally lying on their backs on the ground as they were laughing so hard that they could no longer stand. There they lay, holding their aching stomachs in pain due to the extended laughter.

My first reaction was that they believed their deception had worked. But, I also thought that they did not know what I knew—that there was a devil just down the block and that it was waiting for innocent kids like me. What they had projected in apparent jest, turned out to be the truth.

I did not tell this story to anyone for almost fifty years. How could I? People would think that I was nuts. In fact, it never would have been told if it was an isolated event, but it was not an isolated event, as you will soon find out. Rather, it was a warning of the truth that the devil is real and is out to destroy us and the purpose for which God created us.

This experience turned out to be a warning from God. A warning that there was an evil monster out there that sought my life. A warning that spiritual warfare was coming my way weather I was ready or not. In retrospect, I should have heeded this warning but I did not, and had to suffer the horrifying consequences.  I will tell you about each of these experiences in subsequent postings.

However, please do not make the same mistake I did by believing the evil reality of the devil’s existence is simply a myth. Be careful of what you believe, and be cautious about the choices that you make because your life hangs in the balance. Seek God and follow his guiding.

May God’s blessings be upon you!


The Morning Star Rising on the First Day

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CONFRONTING SATAN IN HELL

In my previous postings I have told you of my severe medical condition that sent me to the intensive care dying. There, I left my body and traveled through space and time and enter the Lake of Fire, the place of the second death. It was there that I swam in the Lake and experienced all of the horror there. From there I travel to Hell Itself where I am confronted by the devil. Here is the story:

I knew that there was no way for anyone to escape from the lake of fire and brimstone, but by some power, I had been removed and transported to another place. It was as if in the blink of an eye, I faded out of the lake and into a different place.

I found myself in what appeared to be a large cave. It was unusual since it was extremely hot. Its rock walls glowed red. The throbbing cracks of the outer crust opened and closed to release pressure from underneath. They were like molten lava in this respect. The glowing red walls appeared to be carved out of a gigantic rock formation. Huge flames frequently shot up along the walls from the floor. Scalding steam shot up through openings in the cave and produced a repugnant, sulfuric odor. I thought that this place must be like what I imagined the center of the earth to be like. Then again, perhaps it was hell.

I turned around and looked in every direction and saw no other living creature. I started walking down a passageway to my left. I was searching for a way out while the flames were shooting up all around me.

THE BEAST

All of a sudden, there was an enormous creature standing just five or six feet in front of me. It seemingly appeared from out of nowhere. It was an abominable looking animal. While it had the general physique of a man, it was unlike a man in that it was approximately ten feet tall and four feet wide. Being as close as it was, it towered over me like a monster. It appeared to be extremely strong because its arm and leg muscles bulged like a world-class weightlifter after a work out. In addition, its limbs were as big around as my torso.

Its body was dark brown with shades of black in some areas. Its skin was like dried leather that had been hardened in the fire of this place. This hardened skin was completely covered with extremely sharp thorns like those found on a rose bush. The thorns were of all different sizes, and interestingly, the larger ones had numerous small thorns on them as well. I remember thinking that these thorns would be an extremely good defense against any attacker. Surely anyone who dared to challenge this beast would be shred into pieces. Then it occurred to me that these thorns could be a very effective offensive weapon as well.

As I gazed up toward the face of the beast I saw that its red eyes glared at me with apparent hatred. It head was more like the head of a giant reptile than a man. It seemed to be similar to the head of the dinosaur Tyrannosaurus Rex. It was then that I somehow knew that this beast was the master of this place and that there was no way for me to overcome it; at least not here where it rules.

Amazingly, we stood there looking at each other. The beast glared at me with great disgust, anger and hatred that I could feel reverberate throughout my being. I was feeling these emotions flow through me like electricity. I therefore knew that It hated me with hatred that I had never before imagined—a perfect hatred. This monster found me revolting, disgusting, and repulsive. There are no words that can adequately convey the depth and completeness of this hatred.

I knew that I was in serious trouble and so I tried to run but amazingly, I found that my feet were stuck to the ground. It was as if they had been glued to the rock where I was standing. Then I saw the beast make a series of great thrashing efforts in an effort to move toward me and potentially attack me. But even more amazingly, he also found that his feet were held fast to the ground and that he could not move either.

He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support. (Psalm 18:16 – 18)

I knew that if the beast was not restrained, it would rule over me in the halls of hell. I knew that it was my enemy. I also knew that one way or another the beast would be my torturer:

To deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. (1 Corinthians 5:5)

if released, that it would find sadistic pleasure in my suffering and that my torture would be pure evil.9

Just as they have chosen their own ways, And their soul delights in their abominations, So will I choose their delusions, And bring their fears on them; Because, when I called, no one answered, When I spoke they did not hear; But they did evil before My eyes, And chose that in which I do not delight. (Isaiah 66:3 – 4)

All of these things I somehow knew as if someone had inserted them directly into my mind. I felt them with a very strong emotion. But, the beast was being held in place. Although it continued to strain, it could not get to me. Clearly the Lord was protecting me while at the same time showing me the truth. The devil is real and it hates me with extreme passion. Further it seeks to destroy my life and my purpose.

Next, I am taken to the Judgment Day. I will tell you all about this experience in my next posting.


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