Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Day We Learned about our Mission to Afghanistan

Here’s a selected section from my book that haunts me still.

The indicator stopped for a few seconds, then started moving again, “A-R-E Y-O-U R-E-A-D-Y T-O L-E-A-R-N A-B-O-U-T Y-O-U-R M-I-S-S-I-O-N”
“We’re going to be missionaries, right?” I asked, a little disappointed it was up for discussion.
The indicator moved slowly to NO.
“What?” Daddy asked.
“Y-O-U W-I-L-L B-U-I-L-D T-H-E T-E-M-P-L-E F-O-R M-Y S-O-N”
Mother and Father knew what it said before I could read it back. They looked at each other and then at the board.
“But the temple is going to be rebuilt in Jerusalem.” Mother said.
The indicator went to NO.
“But, everyone believes—,”
“T-H-E-Y A-R-E W-R-O-N-G”
“How can all these people be wrong?” Father asked.
“P-R-O-P-H-E-T-S S-O-M-E-T-I-M-E-S M-I-S-I-N-T-E-R-P-R-E-T”
“When will your son come back to earth?” Mother interrupted.
“O-N-L-Y I K-N-O-W”
“Will you tell us?” Mother pushed.
The indicator moved swiftly to NO. “M-Y T-I-M-E I-S N-O-T S-A-M-E A-S Y-O-U-R-S”
No one said a word as Ouija continued, “R-E-A-D M-A-L-A-C-H-I 4 5”
Aubrey turned quickly to the chapter and verse. He read, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.”
“I S-E-N-T E-L-I-J-A-H T-O Y-O-U”
The great and dreadful day of the Lord was about Armageddon and the millennium rule of Christ. How could we be a part of it? This was not possible. We were going to build a temple?
“You’re talking about Armageddon.” Mike said tentatively.
The indicator moved ominously to YES.
Except for Mother’s gasp, the room was silent.
Mike finally asked, “When will it start?”
“I-T S-T-A-R-T-E-D I-N 1-9-4-8”
“What do you mean?” Mother asked.
“I-S-R-A-E-L R-E-T-U-R-N-E-D H-O-M-E”
“That’s the year Israel became a country,” Mike was annoyed that Mother didn’t know that.
“I-S-A-I-A-H 1-1 1-1 TO 1-2”
Aubrey read, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.”
“E-Z-E-K-I-A-L 3-6 2-4”
Aubrey quickly turned to Ezekial and read, “For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land,” and then Aubrey added his own comment, “God is talking about the Israelites.”
Ouija encouraged Aubrey to read on, “C-H-A-P-T-E-R 3-7”
Aubrey continued reading and stopped at verse 21. He emphasized each word, “And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the Children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations….” When he finished reading Chapter 38, Mother put her hands back on the indicator, and it moved quickly from letter to letter.
“1 T-H-E-S-S-E-L-O-N-I-A-N-S 4 1-6 T-O 1-7”
Aubrey read, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” As soon as he finished reading, the indicator moved again.
“1 CO-R-I-N-T-H-I-A-N-S 1-5 5-2”
Aubrey turned to the passage, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
“That’s the rapture, where Christians are taken,” Mother said matter-of-factly. “It comes first.”
“A-L-L O-F M-A-T-T-H-E-W 2-4”
Aubrey read the first two verses silently, and then he unconsciously started reading aloud, “… and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that ye be not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places. All these are the beginning of sorrows….” Aubrey’s voice trailed off.
‘R-E-A-D A-L-L” and Aubrey read the next 42 verses out loud.
As soon as he stopped reading, Ouija said, “R-E-V-E-L-A-T-I-O-N-S 1-3”
Aubrey read the entire chapter and concluded with, “here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man, and his number is six hundred threescore and six.” Aubrey calculated the number in his head and finished, “that’s 666.”
“What does that mean?” Mike asked Ouija.
“P-E-O-P-L-E W-I-L-L H-A-V-E I-N-V-I-S-I-B-L-E N-U-M-B-E-R-S F-R-O-M B-I-R-T-H”
“What do the numbers mean?” Aubrey asked.
“6-6-6 I-S O-N-L-Y P-A-R-T O-F N-U-M-B-E-R”
Mike couldn’t stop himself, “Is 666 for the Soviet Union?”
The indicator moved slowly to NO.
“But the Soviets are our enemy.” Mike yelled. “It has to be for the Soviet Union.”
“S-O-V-I-E-T U-N-I-O-N W-I-L-L N-O-T S-T-A-N-D”
“Then which country is it?” Mike asked.
“C-A-N-T S-A-Y”
Aubrey read farther into the Book of Revelations. He read about the seven years of tribulation; plagues that kill three-quarters of the world’s population; the battle of Armageddon, where the beast and the false prophet were cast into the lake of fire; about Satan being bound for a thousand years; and about those who do not take the mark of the beast who will live and reign with Christ for a thousand years.
Then Satan will be loosed and go out to deceive the nations in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them to do battle. Fire will come down from God and devour Satan and his followers and they will be cast into the lake of fire and then, Judgment Day, followed by a new heaven and a new earth.
“I-T W-I-L-L S-T-A-R-T A-N-D E-N-D I-N A-F-G-H-A-N-I-S-T-A-N”
“What are we supposed to do?” Father asked meekly.
“B-U-I-L-D T-H-E T-E-M-P-L-E”



Before I knew any details of the story, and just learning that there was an extraordinary story to tell, I was intrigued that Afghanistan was the destination of the instructions of the oracle. Afghanistan is an ancient, fascinating country sitting at the crossroads of major civilizations. Afghanistan plays an important role in history, ancient and modern, but not in the Bible . The Ouija oracle specifically referred to numerous Biblical passages as authenticating its directive. Why would Afghanistan show up in an oracle of 1969? Afghanistan would move to the world stage more prominently in the 80s when the Soviets attempted to conquer (Gorbachev was said to be the Antichrist then), and then since the rise of the Taliban in the late 90s, and most strikingly, since Sept 11 2001, when it became the target of war because of Osama bin Laden’s activities there. Thinking of Afghanistan as playing a role in The End Times has a history that leads up to the present day - and US military protection of ally Israel is part of our current wars - to understand the phenomenon in your book it is most important to start by trying to understand what Afghanistan meant in 1968 to the major players in your story. Let’s start there. This is a very important detail.

Picture of Laurie Walz Comment by Laurie Walz
on 10/29/10 at 10:59 PM

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