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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: End Times (02/27/14)

TITLE: . . . 997 KA
By Beth LaBuff
03/05/14


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Like detonations of a blast, staccato footfalls echoed louder with their approach. If I had the capability of an adrenaline rush, it would have exploded full force about now. I hastened my steps, turned down a labyrinthine marble passageway that exited into a scene from Eden; I slumped onto a bench half shrouded by dangling clusters of wisteria. It was all for naught; my pursuer swooped down upon me. I could no longer contain myself as laughter burst from my mouth.

“Adelphos,” he wheezed, “why didn’t you wait? I need to talk to you.”

Perhaps, in the previous age I would have continued this game of chase. I grabbed his hand, “Jezreel! It’s good to see. . .” His troubled face halted my words. “Why so downcast?”

Before me stood a youth with sable hair, dusky skin, and woeful eyes. He had turned 102 the previous month. We lived in the Kingdom Age. Before Christ’s return, it was referred to as the Millennium. That three-score-and-ten lifespan was extended to centuries in the kingdom age; a person of a hundred was considered young.

Jezreel confessed; he was being punished for theft. “I probably would have returned the coins shortly.” Probably would have. I didn’t think that was his original intent. Justice, swiftly meted out, was another difference between this age and the previous one.

Nearby, a lamb hobbled over and tucked its wobbly legs underneath as it settled down next to a slumbering wolf. The wolf blinked, then its eyes sealed shut as together they reposed on a plush malachite-green lawn. On the horizon I saw a small murky puff of smoke with tendrils that churned as if seeking a victim. The thousand year reign was almost over. The year was 997 KA—Kingdom Age.

“You know justice is swift, Jezreel. What were you thinking; to steal, then expect to get away with it?” I attempted to draw him out.

“Yeah, I’m to make four-fold restitution.” Then his face brightened somewhat. “Tell me, what was it like in the age you lived, before Christ returned?”

Knowledge shall increase. It wasn’t just technological knowledge, but spiritual knowledge, also, increased. It was all about the Feasts of the Lord, His appointed times. We didn’t understand them until a few years before His return. How, in all those years of Bible study, had we missed that? The Lord’s Feasts from the rarely-read Old Testament book, Leviticus, declared God’s plan for the ages. When we realized His first advent fulfilled the prophecies from the Spring Feasts, we ravenously began studying the Fall Feasts in anticipation of His return. Like the two on the road to Emmaus, our hearts burned within us. In those end times, that “glass darkly” that we saw through—brightened just a bit.

I kept those thoughts to myself as I answered, “Earthquakes, there was an increasing number of earthquakes.”

Bewilderment spread across Jezreel’s face, “What, pray tell, is an ‘earthquake’? Did something frighten the earth to cause it to quake?“ He jested, but perhaps there was a bit of truth in his statement. In anticipation of the destruction that would soon transpire, perhaps the earth did shudder.

Woeful eyes metamorphosed as they teased, “You have your glorified body that allows you to do things that a human can’t, so tell me, what is Saturn like?”

Now it was my turn for levity. With my brow knit, I chewed on my finger in mock contemplation. “Saturn can best be viewed from the moons of Jupiter.” Jezreel gave my shoulder a brotherly jab as he strode away.

My gaze was again captured by the ever-shifting shadow on the horizon. A hint of sulfur wafted then mingled with wisteria. I remembered what the end of this age held. The Evil One would be released from the abyss and he would gather an army to fight against the King. I shook my head. As had happened in every age of man, so too, this age would not be immune. Many would be deceived by The Evil One. This time, it was not the earth, but it was I who shuddered for what must soon come to pass.

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-Inspiration from-
Leviticus 23; I Corinthians 13:12; Isaiah 11:6-8; Isaiah 65:20; Isaiah 51:3; Revelation 19:15;
Revelation 20:7-10; Matthew 24:3-11; Daniel 12:4; Philippians 3:20-21; Luke 24:27, 32



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Verna Cole Mitchell 03/06/14
I loved this wonderfully creative story of the millennium,inspired by Scripture. The characterization and setting are both excellent. The descriptive details drew me in--the lion and the lamb together, the hint of sulfur in the air. The Scriptures listed below make for a great Bible study.
CD (Camille) Swanson 03/11/14
Well done! Excellent job with powerful scriptural references.
I loved how you emphasized that 'many will be fooled' by the evil one. Jesus warned us many times of his coming.

God bless~
Noel Mitaxa 03/12/14
Vividly descriptive - without going over the top. Your biblical research is obvious, as is the clear tone of the warning. Excellent work.
Margaret Kearley 03/13/14
How thought-provoking this is? Amazing descriptive writing, that encourages thinking on 'times yet to be'. Wonderful to list the Scriptural references too - for thoughtful contemplation! Great writing that gives both hope and warning.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/14/14
Congratulations on ranking 9th in your level and 12 overall! Happy Dance!
Kon Michailidis03/15/14
This was so interesting.First I thought the title was a radio station frequency. I used to listen to a KA station in Adelaide.You have added a new term to my vocab. There is BC, BCE,CE,AD and now KA. What a great twist on the topic;the end of the middle of the end, before the ultimate end! I especially appreciated the thoughts about the Spring and Fall Feasts. There is a new awareness of these. The end (the first end) is near! He is coming! Thanks for your contribution.