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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Cyber Communication (email, IM’s, etc) (11/04/10)

TITLE: Stalker’s Battle
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11/09/10


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“Hey Stalker, you online?”

“Yeah, but I’m on invisible mode. What’s up?”

“Stalker, there’s been a sudden increase of 40 new followers on Mandy Graces’ blog.”

“That’s nothing. I have over 200, and that’s only since I got back from the chaos I caused in Iraq.”

“I hav€ mor€ than 1000 follow€r€s...but I’ve never seen it... € € Stalk€r”

“Trojan, I’m getting weird symbols in the middle of your messages. Do we have an interceptor?”

“I doubt it; I’ve been around long €nuff not to be hacked.”

“Ha, that’s how we met. Remember?”

“Oh yeah, but that’s different. We’re on the same side.”

“Trojan, what’s so important about this enemy Mandy?”

“Oh sorry, Stalker. The enemy posted a new entry on her blog. She has made a confession that ‘Jesus Christ is her Lord’. Now that Mandy has these new followers there have been heaps of emails in her in-box. There’s something else, Stalker. An aircrew of the divine variety has been assigned for security.”

“That is unusual, Trojan. The boss won’t like this.”

“Why don’t we play some of your war games on this one, Stalker? We can use the search-engines and hyper-links using my new ultra-sonic modem.”

“Nah, I think we need to attack this one independently. Keep me updated here on our Abyss IM, and track the enemy with caution. I’m curious to why the enemy has divine messengers guarding emails on such a trivial blog.”

“Okay, Stalker. Later.”


There was no way Stalker was going to work with Trojan on this mission. Stalker had another battle to fight; a personal battle with Michael. Michael was his enemy. Michael worked for the enemy. Michael was God’s goody two-shoes. If Trojan happened to get in the way, then so be it. Trojan can look after Trojan. He’s made his way back into Cyberspace on more than one occasion. However, Stalker also knew that IM prayer meetings have often caused disaster for his colleagues.

Stalker cringed when he checked the hit counter and the follows on Mandy’s blog. He didn’t like the speed that the Gospel was being beamed around the world from a few simple posts on an insignificant blog. Trojan would have joined her contact list before the confession announcement—and before the security team arrived. Stalker continued his analyzing aloud. “Trojan must have used his cyber name, Rimmon, to make contact. These humans are so accepting of anyone on the internet.” Stalker chuckled as he plunged through web-nets at the speed of light.

Stopping abruptly within a few cyber-seconds of Michael, Stalker spat his contempt into the cybernetic realm. “We have a score to settle, Saint Michael”.

Using Stalker’s real name, Michael stepped forward. “I’m ready when you are, Zepar, demon soldier.”

The angels that hovered with Michael tightened security around the blog.

Michael and Zepar drew their swords and the battle began.


Rimmon was busy leaving his trademark on the blog wherever possible. He was about to hack into the main computer of the enemy when he caught sight of the battle just outside the divine protective sphere. He was captivated by the strength of the archangel and began to hiss profanity. It was the biggest mistake Rimmon had made in two thousand years. He was unexpectedly overcome with an assault on his ears. The name of Jesus was chanted in unison by a heavenly army of angels. The mantra increased in volume. Rimmon placed his hands over his ears to try and block out the name.

“JESUS, JESUS, JESUS.”

The situation had turned into a spiritual battle in the World Wide Web. Rimmon gave an enormous yelp as he was flung through the personal firewall and into the clutches of the waiting angels. He squealed hideously as he was hurled with authoritative force into the pit of hell where he was renamed Xaphan, meaning disgraced fallen angel and fanner of the flames.

Zepar was only momentarily stunned by the speed at which Rimmon rocketed passed him, but it was all the time Michael needed to swing his sword and sever his opponent's left leg. Zepar cried out in agony.

Michael shouted his victory. “You will no longer be recognized as Stalker. For all eternity you will be known as Shax, which means—The Stork.” The archangel thrust out his hand and sent his one-legged challenger spiraling helplessly through cyberspace and into the eternal pit of death far beyond the World Wide Web.

The battle was won, and the Lord's name was praised.


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Demon names and meanings:
Rimmon - aka Damas, an ambassador from hell.
Zepar - Grand Duke who appears as a soldier, commanding 26 legions.
Xaphan - Second order demon, disgraced and reduced to the primary job of fanning the flames.
Shax - Assigned to lower duties and appears as a ‘stork’.

Archangel Michael – Meaning:
Michael is an archangel who strengthens the spirit during difficult times or dangerous situations. His name means "he who is like God" and he is the chief over the dominion order of virtues, angel of repentance, righteousness, ruler of the fourth heaven and conqueror of Satan. He inspires truth, patience and love in the human heart. In some traditions, Michael is considered to be the patron angel of policemen and security guards, guiding and guarding them as they protect us. http://whisperingworlds.com/angel/angelnames_m.php)


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Jesus Puppy 11/11/10
Way cool take on the topic. Shows that even in cyber space the Heavenly battle is being waged, and we have our protectors as well all that which comes against us. Very well done.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/13/10
This was an interesting and fresh take on the topic. I really enjoyed it and have a feeling it's much more realistic than many might think. Great job.
Philip Barrington11/14/10
Being interested in computers myself and sharing encouragement all over the Web. It is a great encouragement to know that our Lord is still in control.

Also wanting to climb the ladder my self, I find it interesting to read some of the advance writings. I am going to try and do this more often.

Signing off now.
Nick name James.
Gregory Kane11/14/10
Some clever touches here - like the € sign - to give it an extra veneer of authenticity. Your story has an important message underpinning it. My only quibble is that the ending was quite predictible. It might have been more interesting, for example, to have given Trojan a more effective if insidious role.
Brenda Rice 11/15/10
I think this is the most creative take on the topic I've read so far. Really good writing.
Catrina Bradley 11/15/10
I love the action in this story! You left my heart pounding. Excellent work, and perfectly on-topic. :)
Rachel Phelps11/16/10
Quite a thrilling story. I agree with Gregory - the ending was predictable, but I definitely enjoyed the rest.
Barbara Lynn Culler11/17/10
Fascinating! Never thought of the web as spiritual battle grounds, but it sure can be.
Caitlyn Meissner11/17/10
What a fun idea with a great message. I enjoyed reading this. Good job!
Melanie Kerr 11/17/10
I enjoyed the story - it reminded me of "This Present Darkness". I loved all the meanings of the names at the end.
Loren T. Lowery11/17/10
I really enjoyed this - and more importantly I learned from it. I am in no way PC literate (I don't even own a PC) and the way you told this story made the dangers of the cyber world so easy to understand. What struck me, too, is that the evil of millennium back is still as alive and real as ever. Yet, the good new is...Good overcomes evil - always!
Amanda Brogan11/17/10
Yikes! I certainly hope their are no demons trying to hack their way into my computer. But how cool it would be to have angels protecting your blog! God certainly can use internet blogs for His glory, I have no doubt. We may never know until eternity just how much a seemingly "insignificant" blog can do. :)
Susan Montaperto11/17/10
What a very creative story. It reminded me of C.S. Lewis' Screwtapes' Letters. It's always good to be reminded that God is in control, and that good will triumph over evil. God bless your writing.

Edmond Ng 11/18/10
A creative way of putting this story and message across! I like the way you juxtaposed the battle in the spiritual realm with the world wide web. Excellent work!
Noel Mitaxa 11/18/10
Creative, energetic and realistic portrayal of the forces we contend with, with a happy ending. i know because I've read the last chapter of Revelation too...
Well done