Just like the title says,
I get to give you a
SNEAK PEEK of my book.
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. . . He said, “It is finished!”
Then bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
I couldn’t believe this was happening. I mean, I knew in my mind that it was going to happen, but watching Mary bury her head into John’s shoulder, and hearing her heart-wrenching sobs for her Son impacted my emotions in a way that I was not prepared for. Her sobbing was uncontrollable and watching her caused my throat to constrict. A tear streaked down my cheek that I could not hold back. And I was angry, really angry.
Thankfully I saw John hold Mary tight, and close. As I watched Mary release her emotions, I wished I could too, but I was one angel amongst the twelve legions of angels on call. We were literally on the most important call of our four-thousand-year-old lives.
Every sinew of my nine-foot-tall body burned. I had been on full alert for the previous twenty-four hours, awaiting the call from our mutual Creator’s lips. My focus of operation is that of a Guardian Angel, but I felt more and more like an angel who only looked on and did no guarding. Anger wasn’t the only emotion I was now dealing with. I was experiencing frustration.
We numbered more than eighty-thousand angels and represented every department in the Realm. While every single one of us were poised and ready to move, we just stood there. We had been watching the self-righteous Pharisees judge Jesus in their kangaroo court proceedings. We then stood by and watched the political leaders who were more interested in building relationships than making hard decisions.
Watching this I had one overarching thought, “Give me the word so that I can race to my position.”
The call I wanted to hear never came. Instead, Nesah, my immediate supervisor, an Undersecretary to Michael the Archangel gave the order, “Hael, stand down.”
I wouldn’t be allowed to do a single thing. All I could do was watch. And I did, I watched as the lifeless body of my Creator hung there, limply, on the cross.
Outside of the Earthly Realm there is the Heavenly Realm which includes the Angelic Kingdom and the Demonic Kingdom. Technically the demons are angels too, but this nomenclature has worked best for us since the rebellion.
As a result of the two kingdoms being in the same Realm we can hear everything going on in both Kingdoms, which comes in handy because of the Winged Rotating Oversight Committee (WeROC), which is located here in Heaven.
But at Golgotha today, I would have preferred to not hear them. They acted like they were watching a stadium sporting event. They sat back as if on bleachers, cursing and laughing boisterously. Their celebration seemed to know no bounds. It was nearly more than I could handle. But it was their cheering that especially unnerved me.
I had put up with it all day and the previous night.
It began when Jesus, in the garden sweating drops of blood, returned to Peter, James and John who were asleep.
“Simon are you sleeping?” Asked Jesus. When the agony in his voice became palpable to all, the demons cheered.
When Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss and Jesus was then arrested, the demons cheered.
During the physical abuse in the company of Annas, then Caiaphas, the demons cheered.
At Peter’s denials the demons mocked the big fisherman, but when they noticed Jesus turn and look directly at Peter, the demons cheered.
In Pilate’s courtyard, Jesus and Barabbas were offered to the crowd. When they rejected Jesus, the demons cheered.
Pilate’s Roman soldiers mocked Jesus in the Praetorium, shoving a crown of thorns into his scalp. They stripped Him and led him out to be crucified, and again, the demons cheered.
At the sight of the weakened Christ stumbling, falling and dropping his cross, the demons cheered.
When the soldiers put the mocking title on the cross, above Jesus’ head, the demons cheered.
Not only did their boisterous arrogance and cheering infuriate me, I was surprised how many of these demons I saw arrayed around Golgotha.
Not since the rebellion that lucifeR perpetrated in heaven, shortly after the creation of Adam and Eve, had I seen the entire horde all in one place. Back then, when the demons chose to follow sataN, a full one third of the original angelic host were huddled together, for they had just lost their positions of authority and rank, and were all leaving heaven, humiliated.
Today, they were anything but humiliated.
But some time during the three hours of darkness which engulfed the entire land, I saw my first gleam of light.
I believe that since this darkness was something that came from the Lord, and they knew that they could not control it, I saw fear in the demons.
When the curtain in the sanctuary was ripped in two, I saw fear in the demons.
During the earthquake that hit Jerusalem, I saw fear in the demons.
When dead bodies of the saints were raised, I saw fear in the demons.
And then when they realized that the hardened centurions were moved by this Nazarene Carpenter’s death, I saw fear in the demons.
I tried to imagine what they were thinking. Surely, they knew that they had just suffered an incalculable loss. And while they had been arrogant, all day long, the reality of their condition had to have finally hit them.
But the next day, the strong tool of deception showed itself. These created beings, initially perfect, were now just like their father, the devil. They spoke only lies, for there was not, nor is not, any truth in them.
There was another noteworthy thing that happened on that fateful day. I will never forget that when Jesus gave up His spirit, I saw lucifeR edge away from his demons, for he knew something they did not yet fully know.
The day that he dreaded had arrived.
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