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Silver Skies 1996 Version: A Religious Epic Fantasy Romance

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I try to write this work-in-progress only when I’VE BECOME THE CHARACTERS and THE WORLD AROUND ME IS DEAD, except for my dreams.

I’m having the hardest time deciding what genre my Silver Skies 1996 Version is. I think the closest would be religious epic fantasy romance. I’m not sure that is a viable category, though. But when I publish the book I have to put it into a category, so I will put it into epic fantasy romance I guess. It’s definitely an original book, a lover’s perspective on the 7-year tribulation period and I will try to portray that period true to Bible prophecy. My main character is MALE.

I have two male point of view characters and one female point of view character and the female is the superhero character. I don’t think anybody has written a book quite like the one I’m writing. It is definitely original. Why am I, as a woman, writing in male point of view? Because I want to show the world how a sexy man thinks! They say most of lovemaking is in the brain. My novel proves it. Brent Spiner was my inspiration for the male lead and Brent is a super sensitive, deep and macho guy and that is super sexy.

To get my point across, I even have his physical appearance destroyed in the first half of the book. It’s ironic that Steven Spielberg chose Matthew McConaughey to play the lead. But, I will admit, my main character gets a lot of his looks back by the middle of the book. But his main attraction is how he thinks. You might say, why in the world would women want to read your book? Well, the lead is sexy.

The way his mind works is pretty fascinating. It restores women’s faith in men. I really think most women don’t want to feel that all men are animals in bed, who go at sex like it’s just a way to release hormones or are so married to their jobs that once they put the ring on your finger, it’s back to business as usual.

I’m hearing brain to brain that Donald Trump has somehow been able to read my work in progress and he couldn’t put it down. This, from a man, who hates to read! That shows you how good a writer I can be. It also means my male leads are believable. My male lead gets persecuted pretty bad by some politicians (i.e., the Antichrist and his forces), so that’s something Donald can relate to. I mean it becomes life and death for him and for his heart. My lead has a big problem about respecting himself as a man and his lover’s faith in his manliness becomes life or death to him. He’s had a lot of bad breaks in life, including being married to a sociopath.The villain probably reminds Donald of Melania (before we took her out). She was a psychopath. Fortunately, the Melania Trump automaton appears to be a good wife to Donald now.

Those automatons are pretty good. You can’t tell they are an automaton until you get real close to them. Barack Obama is an automaton. The real Barack was murdered in 2012. An automaton is like an android, like Data was in Star Trek: The Next Generation. My novel has automatons and clones in it, but I don’t introduce them till the finale, because one of the ways the Antichrist gains power is by using clones to deceive people, so he won’t allow the world to know that human cloning technology exists, or even that automaton technology exists.

So because my characters are not aware of the existence of clones till the very end, it gives the villain some real advantages over them and makes possible my darkest moment in the novel. I classify the book as a fantasy, because I have clones, automatons and time travel in it.

But, to be honest with you, I think these technologies really do exist, and I am able to give the science behind them, so it has the voice of a saga more than the voice of an epic fantasy. But because I have some scenes in heaven and in the future millennium, this novel is a fantasy. But all the speculative scenes are based on real science and real Bible prophecy (based on a literal interpretation of the books of Revelation and Daniel). I have put years of study into the Bible prophecy aspects of the story, making this a fascinating read to those who believe in the Bible. But, unlike lots of sorry Christian novels I read, I don’t let all the research turn the plot into a boring Bible study. All the Bible stuff is an integral part of the plot, or I don’t include it. Showing off Bible knowledge in a NOVEL is a big mistake. The Bible prophecy stuff must be a SPICE, not the main plot or you ruin the novel. I make the Bible prophecy stuff personal to the character. Like I may have a scene where all goes dark, when the sun and the stars lose their light in the tribulation and I might use this as symbolism for what is happening in the main character’s life at the time. But I don’t think it’s wise to include every single main tribulation event, just to show off Bible knowledge. If the event can’t be made personal to the characters, it’s best to leave it out. However, Bible prophecy is very important to the plot and the reader will learn a lot about the book of Revelation by reading this novel.

A writer can become so in love with the world they create, they forget that all that research is what the writer needs to know. The reader only experiences the tip of the iceberg, in terms of what the writer knows about the researched topic. Your job as a writer is to show just enough to make the scene powerful and believable. Tolkien sometimes forgot this and some of his scenes go too heavy into showing his story world. That’s a real problem when you lose yourself in research and forget that unless your character has good reason to care about it, it shouldn’t be included just to add more unnecessary detail to describe the setting. Telling detail is so important in description. Say just enough to make the scene live, and then MOVE ON.

Research is very important to ensure the story seems real to the reader, but the writer must never forget that he/she is a storyteller first and foremost as a novelist; and a researcher only to make the story come alive for the reader. We don’t need to show off all we’ve researched in a novel. We pick and choose the details to present and these details need to help with setting the tone or voice, establishing character or moving the plot forward. If they don’t do any of these, LEAVE IT OUT. that’s why it’s important to choose details that matter to the story. They call this TELLING DETAIL. Sometimes a powerful metaphor or simile using precise, descriptive terms is all you need in a paragraph. And this metaphor can be created based on the research you’ve done and WHO YOUR CHARACTER IS.

In fact, it’s possible that this novel may turn out to be prophetic for that reason; if, by chance, my interpretations are RIGHT ON. Jesus Christ is a character in the book, too! But I have very few scenes where he shows up in person. He’s more like a behind-the-scenes mentor. This novel is not about Jesus really. It’s about a character who feels lost and lonely in his search for his identity, making it a Buddy Love story first and foremost, because he needs his lover to find himself. If I made Jesus a main character in this book, it would ruin the voice and take out some of the mystery. So he has to be very behind-the-scenes. I think it would be extremely challenging to write a novel with Jesus as the main character. In fact it’s so challenging, that I don’t believe anyone’s ever done it well. I have no interest in making Jesus a main character. He’s too perfect. No one can relate to him.

If anyone wrote a novel about Jesus. it would have to be how lonely it is to be superman. But then that begs the question, is Jesus lonely? I don’t think he is. He has great fellowship with God the Father and he gets to listen to all our prayers. So he’s too perfect. You can’t write a compelling book about Jesus UNLESS YOU TAKE AWAY HIS DIVINITY, and I don’t want to do that. Far more compelling would be a human’s attempt to be like Jesus and to learn that he is not at all what we thought he was and there is a lot of that in Silver Skies. Every good book is filled with surprises. The problem with making Jesus a main character is he won’t be interesting unless you make him too human. Then you destroy his superhuman status and he becomes ordinary. Far better to explore his superhuman status from the outside as I do in Silver Skies and make the story about learning what it really means to love like Jesus loves.

Many Christian writers have tackled this topic of loving like Jesus loves, but I think I may be the first who explores it from a sexual angle. Sex seems to be a taboo topic in Western culture, especially Christian culture. And it’s a shame because it’s so important and such a part of life. So I’ve written a novel that tackles the theme of true love mated with sex, and what it’s really like to love truly mated with sex, with all the veneers removed and an Antichrist who glorifies sex for sex alone (minus the love), actually making true love a crime. Hey folks. You may not know this, but I think the Antichrist will really be like this! I think the Antichrist could win the sexiest man alive contest. I will be making him super hot, and that’s why the whole world goes after him. But by the end of the book, he won’t seem so hot anymore and the sexiest man alive will be Jesus Christ. Ha! You say, how you gonna pull that off without committing a sacrilege? You gotta read my book!

By the way, it’s not a sin to be hot.

Basically, the theme of the book is to make love like Jesus makes love to his bride, the church. You might say, how do you write about THAT? Well, it’s an extremely complex topic. Whoever said Jesus’ mind is simple! That’s why I needed to write an epic. You might say, I thought this was a romance between a man and a woman. It IS, but how Jesus makes love factors into the equation. It’s a story in contrasts, contrasting true love (like how Jesus loves) versus pure lust. A lot of romances, like Gone With the Wind (in my opinion), glorify lust and don’t seem to have the foggiest about what true love is. I’m not a fan of Gone With the Wind, though I admire it as a historical novel, NOT as a love story. As a story about the death of the South in American history, Gone With the Wind is BRILLIANT. But as a love story, it SUCKS.

I know it’s supposed to be about Scarlett O’Hara’s resilience and courage and all that, but Scarlett reminds me too much of Satan and the Antichrist (who never gives up and tramples on everyone’s heart in the process), so I can’t get into Gone With the Wind. Now if Margaret Mitchel made Melanie the heroine and gave her a bit more spunk, Gone With the Wind would be GREAT. The male lead would need to be a blend between Ashley and Rhett Butler, too, for the book to be interesting to me. The characters aren’t deep enough for me, or they’re too perfect or weak, on the other extreme. I just can’t into Gone With the Wind‘s characters.

But lust does not mean a lack of sexual passion, either. So, it’s complicated. I needed to write an epic. True love, like how Jesus loves, deserves an epic. I end the book with a quote from Song of Solomon, which is all about Christ loving his bride, the church. I had to end it with my lovers in the millennium, cuz as Bible scholars know, the 1000 year reign of Christ (future) is considered Christ’s honeymoon with his bride, the church. I’ve almost ruined the book for you, but not quite, cuz I haven’t let you know if they get together yet, I only tell you that CHRIST GETS TOGETHER WITH HIS BRIDE IN THE MILLENNIUM and that’s part of the ending. You might say, but it’s a love story, so we know they get together. Yeah, but HOW do they get together? Do they get to have sex in the millennium in their resurrection bodies or is this considered taboo as loving like Jesus loves? You know, this really matters to the main character and I WON’T TELL YOU THE ENDING. His whole life he dreams of making love to Brianna and it’s the ONE THING THE ANTICHRIST WON’T LET HIM DO. I can hear the female readers. Oh great, another pornographic novel. And the male readers, who are perverts, are saying. “Yeah, we like reading about orgasms and all that.”

It will only seem pornographic, if you are a lust-obsessed demon. To those who have a inkling of true love in their hearts, they will love reading about true love in all its passionate, deep and mesmerizing glory. Maybe that’s why Trump couldn’t put the book down.

You might say, well we know Trump is a pervert, so you must have written a pervert novel. No, I’ve written a truthful story about what it means to truly love when you live in a world where true love is banned. I guess Trump cares about love. I can assure you that his enemy Loree McBride doesn’t care about love. She meets with Satan quite often. Satan thinks those who espouse true love should be destroyed. He believes true love is a fairy tale that hinders mankind’s evolution to godhood, where he is worshipped as the supreme god.

You might say, “Hurry up and finish the book! I want to read it.”

Sorry, but I’m taking my stinking time on this. I don’t want to mess it up like I’ve already done so many, many times. I never wrote it for money and it shows. It is my shrine to honor true love. Such a shrine must be built meticulously, carefully and truthfully. This is a topic that Satan has destroyed and misrepresented, and my novel will try to undo the damage that evil devil has done.
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How I Improve on Tolkien’s Omniscient POV (Golden Fleece) in Lord of the Rings for Silver Skies

Though Silver Skies 1996 Version is primarily a Buddy Love (see Save the Cat) story, it has a very strong Golden Fleece subplot, which is epic and heroic like The Lord of the Rings. The story world in The Lord of the Rings is much more fantasy and made up than the story world in Silver Skies 1996 Version, which may explain why Tolkien had to resort to omniscient POV to tell his story because his world was so complex, any other point of view would have taken up too much story time to let the reader understand the story world.

I personally think that if Tolkien had used my technique of using third-person limited, only veering into omniscient when absolutely necessary, he could have told a more powerful tale. I am using a technique that helps me use the brevity of omniscient POV without losing the strong identification with the POV character that you get with third-person limited. I guess you’d call it using a form of stream of consciousness in third-person limited POV. Here’s a sample from my novel. If you’ll notice, I very subtly get out of Brianna’s head in bits and pieces, but I keep inserting Brianna’s POV to keep the reader identified with her. I don’t know what you call this technique, but it works well for my novel. I think it would have worked well in The Lord of the Rings, too, especially in scenes where he went on rants in omniscient POV describing his (to me) boring story world:

Mary dropped her off at her cabin. It was very cozy inside. Brianna unpacked, then walked around outside. Nearby was a sprawling river. She could hear it trickling over rocks in its bed. Birds chirped and flew from evergreen to evergreen. The air was fresh and brisk and the temperature perfect. Evergreens formed a ragged outline on the nearby mountain which sloped gently higher. Stones crunched in the sandy dirt as she walked. She could be perfectly happy here except that he wasn’t here. Her eyes closed, she imagined his hand in hers and both of them walking together surrounded by this. The mountains and trees laughed at her as if to say, “What are you afraid of? Why isn’t he here with you?” She wanted to scream back, “I’m not a coward! I’ll bring him here someday.” The answer she got was the river bravely following its course, cascading down waterfalls, daring her to be brave, to overcome her fear of the heights. “Those who are afraid of the falls never experience the ecstasy of flying,” the river said. Something clicked in her brain. She would never know the ecstasy of loving him if fear of the falls stopped her. How could she do this to herself? To him? Why did she let fear control her? Didn’t God say, “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin?” She knelt and asked God to forgive her because her life was guided by fear and not faith. When she arose and looked at the mountain, its strength infused her. She danced and flung her arms into the air. She was a deer springing toward freedom, a mountain lion pouncing to attack. The New World Order no longer was the sky, it was the rocky ground which she stomped on. If she kept stomping she would find a way to Dor.

Here is my rewrite of the opening to The Lord of the Rings, using my technique, trying to inject Baggins’ voice to make it come from his mind:

Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced he’d shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday. Yes! A party of special significance. It was the talk of the town in Hobbiton.

Bilbo, very rich and very peculiar, and the wonder of the Shire for sixty years, ever since his remarkable disappearance and unexpected return. He’d brought back riches from his travels and was now the local legend. Everyone believed, despite the talk of the old folks, that the Hill at Bag End was filled with tunnels, stuffed with treasure. And if that was not enough to be famous, his prolonged vigour was such a marvel. Time wore on, and Mr. Baggins remained unchanged. At ninety, he looked like fifty. At ninety-nine, calling him well-preserved they did. But unchanged, would have been nearer the mark. Some shook their head, thinking this too much of a good thing. How unfair that anyone should possess (apparently) perpetual youth and unending wealth.

Here is what Tolkien wrote:

When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.

Bilbo was very rich and very peculiar, and had been the wonder of the Shire for sixty years, ever since his remarkable disappearance and unexpected return. The riches he had brought back from his travels had now become a local legend, and it was popularly believed, whatever the old folk might say, that the Hill at Bag End was full of tunnels stuffed with treasure. And if that was not enough for fame, there was also his prolonged vigour to marvel at. Time wore on, but it seems to have little effect on Mr. Baggins. At ninety he was much the same as at fifty. At ninety-nine they began to call him well-preserved; but unchanged would have been nearer the mark. There were some that shook their heads and thought this was too much of a good thing; it seemed unfair that anyone should possess (apparently) perpetual youth as well as (reputedly) inexhaustible wealth.

These changes may seem minor, but they add up over time. Tolkien uses omniscient in a manner that partly drowns out the voice of the character. Perhaps, this is because what I like best about the story is its themes and characters, and I’m not too enamored by his story world, which bores me in sections. In other words, I’m awed by Tolkien’s story and characters and am less impressed by how he writes. His characters and story are so brilliant, we are willing to forgive him for being boring in describing his story world. But, I, personally, think his novel would have been far more engrossing if he explored his story world more through the head and heart of his POV characters. The exception to this would be scenes where it’s important to know the viewpoint of several POV characters at once, like very important climax scenes, or a scene where the novel is at the point of no return. Even then, he could have focused more on one POV character per paragraph at least.

When I want to pull back and give the reader a broader panorama, I remain in third person limited but go into deep stream of consciousness with my POV character, maintaining the powerful character voice as he or she describes things from ON HIGH. I don’t consider that omniscient POV and that’s debatable. Perhaps it is a type of omniscient, but I do that after I’m firmly into the POV character’s voice for the scene. For this to work, the character needs to have a strong and unique voice, so that the reader feels like they are experiencing it as the character experiences it. This technique works brilliantly when you have thoughtful, deep POV characters as I do. I’m not sure you could use this technique with a shallow character. But the point is, the reader still feels a deep identification with the character’s feelings even when you venture into omniscient territory. It is especially important to go into character depths when you have a Golden Fleece story, which consists of:

A ROAD: spanning oceans, miles, time, or even across the street, so long as it demarcates growth and tracks the progress of your story in some way. It often includes a road apple that stops the journey in its tracks. The road in Silver Skies is time, starting with pre-tribulation earth and ending with the Final Battle between Christ and the Antichrist.

A TEAM (OR BUDDY): to guide the hero along the way. Usually, it’s those who represent the things the hero lacks: skill, experience, or attitude. In the case of a Solo Fleece, the team usually consists of various helpers along the way. My main POV character is Dor Ben Habakkuk (a marvelous name for a Golden Fleece, right?) and his buddy is Brianna (also his love interest). Another buddy is Brianna’s father Franz Wilhelm (who has a team assisting him, especially in the last third of the book).

A PRIZE: something primal that’s sought after — getting home, securing a treasure, freedom, reaching an important destination, or gaining a birthright. The prize in Silver Skies is pretty primal, it’s the freedom to love truly in a world where true love is condemned and outlawed and this freedom can only be obtained when Dor gives his life for his Jewish people (so says Christ to him in a dream). In a Golden Fleece, the hero doesn’t even have to get the prize for this to work, because that’s not what the story is about. And up until the very end, it seems he never succeeded in his goal to give his life for his people. But by the end, it doesn’t matter, because the story is about honoring true love, even if you’re the only one who does, in order to bring light to the universe. One of the most resonating moments of this genre is when your hero and (readers) realizes the treasure they’re after pales in comparison to the real treasure they’ve gained along the way: love, friendship, teamwork, or whatever your theme/B Story might be. In Silver Skies the love is the A story, but the love still resonates strongly with the Golden Fleece B story.

So let’s study in more detail how Tolkien got across his theme brilliantly, which he did, despite using omniscient POV (which, I think, was the main weakness in The Lord of the Rings). Tolkien loved his story world too much, so he used Lord of the Rings to describe it all, bordering on boredom to those who cared more about the theme and characters than his story world. If he described the story world, using third-person limited POV through a powerful stream of consciousness voice, to get across his theme (Buddy love was the B story in Lord of the Rings), he would have wowed even those readers who are not into fantasy novels, especially ones with complex story worlds.

 

I do have some time travel in Silver Skies, so I can also learn from Interstellar and other sources.

Is time travel possible? https://gabriellechana.blog/2019/04/11/time-travel-research-for-silver-skies-novels/

 

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Silver Skies Research: Book of Revelation (Ron Rhodes, Chuck Missler)

It may seem strange to have The Lord of the Rings music on this page, but I’m writing an epic with a very involved story world, like The Lord of the Rings. Silver Skies 1996 Version is its own beast however, and I think I’ve come up with a combo novel, a blend between The Thornbirds, Exodus, the book of Revelation in the Bible and The Lord of the Rings. It is definitely an epic, because it will be around 250,000 words when finished.

Silver Skies Research: Millennial Jerusalem

 

https://www.bible-knowledge.com/1000-year-millennium-kingdom/

http://www.jewishawareness.org/israel-in-the-millennium/

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Jerusalem in the Millennium

Every biblical paradise shares certain unique features that mark it out as a place of extreme blessing, first and foremost of which is the physical presence of God Himself for the purpose of fellowship (rather than judgment). Just as in the garden of Eden, our first parents Adam and Eve enjoyed sweet fellowship with our Lord when He habitually visited them “in the cool of the day” (Gen.3:8), so the millennial Jerusalem will be blessed with the permanent presence of our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and all of the millennial blessings which mankind will enjoy on that great day will be a result of and will flow from His presence (as is always the case since all blessing originates with God: Jas.1:17).

(2) The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow. (3) You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. (4) No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah (i.e., “I delight in her”), and your land Beulah (i.e., “married”); for the Lord will take delight in you, and your land will be married. (5) As a young man marries a maiden, so will your sons marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. (6) I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, (7) and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.
Isaiah 62:2-7 NIV (cf. Jer.3:14)

Though devastated by the events of the Tribulation, the beast’s Armageddon campaign in particular, Jerusalem will be swiftly rebuilt in a supernatural way by the Lord Himself, to become the most impressive place on earth (cf. Is.11:10; 44:24-28; 51:3; 52:1-2; Mic.4:8), now to rest ever safe and secure under His protecting wings (cf. Jer.31:38-40; Is.54:14-15).

(1) He has set his foundation on the holy mountain; (2) the Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. (3) Glorious things are said of you, O city of God: Selah (4) “I will record Rahab and Babylon among those who acknowledge me—Philistia too, and Tyre, along with Cush— and will say, ‘This one was born in Zion.’ ” (5) Indeed, of Zion it will be said, “This one and that one were born in her, and the Most High himself will establish her.” (6) The Lord will write in the register of the peoples: “This one was born in Zion.” Selah (7) As they make music they will sing, “All my fountains are in you.”
Psalm 87:1-7 NIV

And the Lord will create over Mount Zion and over all her assemblies a cloud – one of smoke by day, and of a shining flame of fire by night. For there will be a canopy above the glory [of His presence, covering it] entirely. It will be a shelter from the heat by day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.
Isaiah 4:5-6

But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy.
Isaiah 65:18 NIV

In addition to the ultimate blessing, the actual presence of God Himself in the Person of the Messiah, the Son of God, millennial Jerusalem will share other features in common with the most well-known Eden (and with all of the other biblical paradises as well):

a) An Exalted Location: Millennial Jerusalem will be a city of greatly expanded dimensions (Ezek.48:30-35), and will literally be raised up in elevation to an exceedingly great height (cf. Ps.68:15-16; Ezek.17:22):

At the end of days, the mountain of the temple of the Lord will be established as the chief of all mountains, and it will be raised higher than all [other] hills, and all the nations will flow to it.
Isaiah 2:2 (cf. Micah 4:1)

In visions of God he took me to the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain, on whose south side were some buildings that looked like a city.
Ezekiel 40:2 NIV

(10) The whole land, from Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem, will become like the Arabah. But Jerusalem will be raised up and remain in its place, from the Benjamin Gate to the site of the First Gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the royal winepresses. (11) It will be inhabited; never again will it be destroyed. Jerusalem will be secure.
Zechariah 14:10-11 NIV

b) The Living Waters and the Tree of Life:

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.
Psalm 46:4 NIV

Proceeding forth from the millennial temple in Jerusalem will be a stream of “living water”, a supernatural source of refreshment akin to the streams that watered the garden of Eden. The stream will grow in breadth and depth as it runs eastward and descends to the plain of the Arabah (while another branch flows west to the Mediterranean: Zech.14:8), finally emptying into the Dead Sea. Along the banks of this stream, “trees of life” will spring up, comparable to the tree of life of Genesis 2:9, and to the “tree(s) of life” in the final New Jerusalem (Rev.22:2). These trees will share the same purpose as the one which preceded and those which will follow, namely, to impart spiritual as well as physical blessing (cf. Is.41:19; 55:12-13; Ezek.34:27; 36:8; 47:7; Rev.22:2):

And on the bank of the river gorge on both sides will spring up every sort of food-producing tree. Their foliage will not wither, nor their produce fail, but every month they will yield a new crop, for they will be irrigated by the waters flowing from the sanctuary; their produce will serve as food and their foliage as medicine.
Ezekiel 47:12

The river on whose banks the trees described above will flourish will share important qualities with the rivers of Genesis chapter two and with the “river of the water of life” of Revelation chapter twenty-two:

1) It originates from a central source: Just as water flowed out of the garden of Eden, so the millennial river of living water will rise from a fountainhead at the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem (Ezek.47:1-12; Joel 3:18; Zech.14:8), a very similar situation to that of “the river of the water of life” which we find in the New Jerusalem (Rev.22:1-2).

2) It produces a miraculously fertile effect: The river is associated with agricultural fecundity and abundant fisheries in Ezekiel 47:1-12, while Joel 3:18 connects the fountain with the blossoming of the land in general (cf. a similar, symbolic reference in Is.66:12: “I will extend peace to her like a river and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream”).

3) It has a life-giving influence: The river is one of “living water” in Zechariah 14:8, a title which, in light of Revelation 22:17, suggests the spiritual blessings it will confer (see also Jer.2:13; Is.55:1).

Just as the Messiah’s Kingdom is likened to a life-giving tree (Matt.13:31-32; Mk.4:30-32; Lk.13:18-19; cf. Dan.4:10-27; Ezek.17:3-24; 31:1-18), so we find in the millennial kingdom literal trees of life flourishing on the banks of the river of living water for the first time since our original parents rejected the first tree of life for the tree of knowing good and evil. It is well to remember that none of these blessing could be possible but for the fact that our Lord Jesus bore all the cursing which was rightfully ours on that “other tree”, for it is thus that we are eternally healed:

He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, in order that we might die to sins and live to righteousness. By His wound you are healed.
1st Peter 2:24

c) Unique Prosperity: The wondrous nature of millennial Jerusalem will be so exceptional to such an extraordinary degree that it surpasses our present ability to adequately imagine:

(11) “O afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted, I will build you with stones of turquoise, your foundations with sapphires. (12) I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious stones.
Isaiah 54:11-12 NIV

Your gates will be open always, day and night they will not be closed, so that the wealth of the nations may be brought to you, and their kings led before you.
Isaiah 60:11

(15) “Although you have been forsaken and hated, with no one traveling through, I will make you the everlasting pride and the joy of all generations. (16) You will drink the milk of nations and be nursed at royal breasts. Then you will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob. (17) Instead of bronze I will bring you gold, and silver in place of iron. Instead of wood I will bring you bronze, and iron in place of stones. I will make peace your governor and righteousness your ruler. (18) No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise. (19) The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. (20) Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end.
Isaiah 60:15-20 NIV

You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
Isaiah 62:3

I am about to extend prosperity to her like a river, and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing torrent.
Isaiah 66:12

Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it.
Jeremiah 33:9 NIV

(26) I will bless them and the places surrounding my hill. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing. (27) The trees of the field will yield their fruit and the ground will yield its crops; the people will be secure in their land.
Ezekiel 34:26-27 NIV

2) Eden-like conditions as seen from the millennial Israel: The paradise-like conditions of the millennial Jerusalem will be duplicated to a great degree within boundaries of the entire expanded millennial state of Israel as well (and apparently to an only marginally lesser degree to the earth as a whole). The Millennium under the perfect rule of Jesus Christ will be a time of agricultural bounty without scarcity, of flourishing environmental conditions without the hardships and disasters of previous eras, and of general prosperity and blessing beyond anything now remotely imagined – and it will begin with Israel:

(29b) “I will call for the grain and make it plentiful and will not bring famine upon you. (30) I will increase the fruit of the trees and the crops of the field, so that you will no longer suffer disgrace among the nations because of famine. (31) Then you will remember your evil ways and wicked deeds, and you will loathe yourselves for your sins and detestable practices. (32) I want you to know that I am not doing this for your sake, declares the Sovereign Lord. Be ashamed and disgraced for your conduct, O house of Israel!” (33) This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt. (34) The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it. (35) They will say, “This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited.” (36) Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the Lord have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.”
Ezekiel 36:29b-36 NIV

(21) “In that day I will respond,” declares the Lord— “I will respond to the skies, and they will respond to the earth; (22) and the earth will respond to the grain, the new wine and oil, and they will respond to Jezreel. (23) I will plant her for myself in the land; I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one’. ‘I will say to those called ‘Not my people’, ‘You are my people’; and they will say, ‘You are my God.'”
Hosea 2:21-23 NIV

(16) The Lord their God will deliver them on that day (for His people are to Him as a precious flock, like jewels in a crown set prominently in His land). (17) For how fair and beautiful they will be. Grain will make the young men flourish and new wine the young women.
Zechariah 9:16-17

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Thus saith the Lord; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain. (Zechariah 8:3)

This prophecy looks to the future. It has not been fulfilled since then, and it’s not being fulfilled today. God makes it clear that He will return to Zion, and He makes it clear that He is going to dwell in the midst of Jerusalem.

“And Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth.” Today it is a city where there are more religions than you can imagine! Every Christian organization has built something there, and there are all kinds of cults and isms there. It is not the city of truth today.

“And the mountain of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain.” I have never seen anything there that I thought you could call holy. It’s just not holy today, my friend. It will be holy when He gets back there, but He is not back there yet. This prophecy looks to the future.

“Thus saith the Lord; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth.” Earlier, Isaiah had made it very clear that Jerusalem is to become the capital of the earth. In the second chapter of his prophecy, we read, “The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it” (Isaiah 2:1,2). Zechariah is here looking on toward the last days and is encouraging the people. They have returned to the land, and God has blessed them to a certain degree, but this is a miniature of what is going to come in the future.

There is a glorious day in the future which does not depend upon a ritual or a liturgy or a ceremony or jumping through some little hoop and thinking that will please God. God says that it is the heart which will have to be changed, and He says that He is going to change these people’s hearts. The Word of God will go forth from Jerusalem, and it will be called a city of truth.

Isaiah goes on to say in his prophecy, “And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Isaiah 2:3,4). But we have not come to that day yet. Yet there is coming a day when “Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain [or, kingdom] of the Lord of hosts the holy mountain.” In other words, Zechariah is speaking of the establishment of the millennial Kingdom, which is yet in the future.
—From Edited Messages on Zechariah by J. Vernon McGee

Silver Skies Research: Shiite/Sunni Islam Differences

https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/arts-letters/articles/nazi-romance-with-islam

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/mideast/what-are-differences-between-sunni-shiite-muslims-n489951

https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/world-history/medieval-times/islam-intro/v/sunni-and-shia-islam-part-2

Need to understand these differences to create a climax that will be believable in terms of characterization and plotting in my work in progress, Silver Skies 1996 Version.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Skies Research: Israeli & Jordanian Culture

https://www.travelingisrael.com/

https://www.encyclopedia.com/social-sciences-and-law/anthropology-and-archaeology/people/bedouin

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/15/ghosts-replace-crowds-as-covid-19-rattles-jordans-ancient-city-of-petra

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/asia/jordan/petra-unesco-world-heritage-bedouin/

https://livinginjordanasexpat.com/2019/04/30/petra-with-grandma-and-kids/

https://www.theculturemap.com/perks-living-cave-petra/

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g318895-i8977-k4198721-Sleeping_in_a_cave_in_Petra-Petra_Wadi_Musa_Ma_an_Governorate.html

 

Silver Skies Research: Feast of Pentecost (Rapture), Lucifer & Ancient Earth

Perfect for my novel Silver Skies 1996 Version where I have the rapture in May 2030. This is AMAZING. It’s like Jesus is writing my novel for me. This is like a gift sent down from heaven for my novel. This novel is going to be GREAT. Everything’s coming together in the plot. Knowing there’s a rapture in the plot won’t ruin the book for you, because the story question revolves around whether the lovers can get together safely and happily. The rapture and tribulation events are part of the B story or subplot.

Though I love Andy Woods, he’s so obsessed with being theologically correct that he leaves no room for the imagination and I’m forced to go to some other sources for Silver Skies 1996 research. I am trying to be theologically correct in my novel, but leave some room for the imagination to give the novel emotional resonance. This is a novel, not non-fiction, and I’m allowed to have some creativity to enhance the feeling of completion I want this novel to have for the readers.

Here is Jack Langford’s website: http://separationtruth.com/DispensationalTruth.html

Here is the Jewish calendar for 2034, a significant year in my novel. https://www.hebcal.com/hebcal/?year=2034



Jack Langford: Will the Rapture Happen on a Jewish Feast Day? from Prophecy Watchers on Vimeo.

Jack Langford: A Picture of the Rapture from Prophecy Watchers on Vimeo.

Jack Langford: Lucifer and the Ancient Earth from Prophecy Watchers on Vimeo.

Chuck Missler & John Walvoord on Revelation & Fruchtenbaum Charts

 

Fruchtenbaum: Some GREAT REVELATION CHARTS

John Walvoord:

https://moodyaudio.com/products/events-follow-rapture-1

https://moodyaudio.com/products/events-second-coming

https://moodyaudio.com/products/prophetic-preview

https://moodyaudio.com/products/coming-crisis-middle-east

https://moodyaudio.com/products/rapture-book-revelation

https://moodyaudio.com/products/coming-world-crisis

https://moodyaudio.com/person/john-walvoord

 

 

JOHN WALVOORD
Revelation Exposition

See Dr Walvoord’s excellent summary on interpretation of prophecy

Rosscup – Written by one of the foremost modern-day articulators of premillennial dispensationalism, this book is a lucid exposition of the Revelation which combines textual exposition with theological orientation. Walvoord shows awareness of wide reading, gives various views, is fair, and deals with problems as they arise. It is the best broad dispensational work to appear in recent years, and Robert Thomas has the best detailed technical work so far. (Commentaries For Biblical Expositors- Dr. Jim Rosscup)

Brent Spiner vs. His Clone (Acting Range Differences)

Though I am not an actor, I have studied a bit of acting, which has some uncanny similarities to creative writing (and creating characters and dialogue for a screenplay or a novel). As a writer, I have a wide range, too. I can write all sorts of characters believably.

The Brent Spiner clone is trying very hard to make it as an actor, and it doesn’t hurt him that Loree McBride is the Jesuit leader (giving her clout in Hollywood) and can give him roles in Hollywood, even though he has a sorry acting range. I will admit he’s pretty convincing in his limited range (black comedy, dumbfounded joy, idiocy).

Loree McBride has the audacity to put her clones into acting, though they all have very limited ranges and don’t have the range of the actors they impersonate. So, starting around 2017, you don’t know if it’s the real Matthew McConaughey, the real Hugh Jackman, the real Brent Spiner, the real Gerard Butler, etc. doing the acting anymore. But, there is ONE way to tell. Ask yourself what range are they acting in? I can guarantee you that Jesuit clones are incapable of any range that requires sensitivity, depth, thoughtfulness and true moral convictions and courage. That’s how you can tell if it’s the clone or the real person. In fact, if the only roles you see the actor doing are in the area of black comedy, idiocy, dumbfounded joy, toughness, audacity, you can be pretty sure the real actor has been replaced with his clone in Hollywood. Jesuit clones are incapable of deep, mesmerizing, thoughtful, courageous performances.

I know the Brent Spiner clone can’t do anything outside of his limited range. Check out what the Brent Spiner clone can do and, I will say, he seems to think because he’s mastered his limited range, it means he can totally impersonate the very talented actor, Brent Spiner. Check out the clone’s acting in the video just below. I guarantee you this clone is only capable of this limited range. Though, I will admit he’s got his limited range down good.


He can never act like the real Brent Spiner did in this scene (see video below) from “The Measure of a Man” (Star Trek: The Next Generation). The range in this scene from “The Measure of a Man” is deep, thoughtful, and contemplative, even courageous. THIS, the clone cannot do, because he doesn’t have enough inner depth or convictions in himself to bring that into any character. The real Brent Spiner acted this scene out magnificently, digging into his inner depths and courage, to bring this into the character. Because the Brent Spiner clone has no true inner depths or convictions and is not a thoughtful and contemplative person (the REAL Brent Spiner is an INFJ Myers-Briggs), the clone is incapable of roles that require depth, courage and contemplation. This episode, by the way, is considered to be possibly the very best Star Trek: The Next Generation episode ever made and is one of my favorites from the show.

The real Brent’s range here in the episode “Lal” (see video below) is a bit different. It is protective, sensitive and caring. This is also a range the clone is incapable of performing. This is another of my favorite episodes from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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