Chapter 12 – Exodus

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When I Woke Up This Morning Chapter 12 – Exodus

 Chapter 12 – Exodus. George and his brothers are in charge of the convoy, transportation, and the safety of John and Maria. He is an unlikely hero, rescued from a life of soul ties and demon possessions spanning the last twenty years.

George and Kris discuss the Church they must visit on the way back to Minneapolis.

When I Woke Up This Morning Chapter 12 - Exodus
When I Woke Up This Morning Chapter 12 – Exodus

“I’m afraid of the spirits,” George said. “They’ve cost me so much of my life; I don’t want ever to be lost like that again.”

“You won’t be George, I promise. We have protection now,” Kris said. “No matter what happens to us in this life, we’re going to live on at the resurrection.”

“I know, I was hoping to tell my kids I was sorry for everything.”

“I think you’ll still get that chance, George,” Kris said. “Get John and Maria where they need to go, and the rest will take care of itself. It isn’t the end, George; it’s the beginning.”

Chapter 12 – Exodus – Aaron, Daniel, and Isaac were celebrating George’s return to the faith and the family. George was the prodigal son of the family. No one expected him to come back to the flock, or to live to old age. Until recently, his brothers have been praying for him to be arrested or anything that might help him. It seemed jail was the only hope John had in reclaiming his life.

George liked to drink his alcohol. Raspberry vodka in the morning sort of drinking. His life was a train wreck; his ex-wife was a police officer who both enabled George and afforded him professional courtesy he was not due.

Rear-ending a family on the way home from the bar was the latest venture George walked away from scot-free. While being discharged from the hospital, the emergency room doctor tried desperately to get the police to arrest him. A blood alcohol rate more than two times the legal limit wasn’t enough to touch George that night. It appeared he was above the law.

The policeman who freed George had never seen anyone walk away from an accident like that. A police jacket in the back seat was his get out of jail free card. Like countless times before, justice would not catch up with George.

Having George come back to the faith, free from alcohol, was all his family needed to see to know it was a miracle. George had a reputation, not one earned from a lifetime of helping people. It would seem Heaven needed someone blunt for the job. God has a history of picking people to help Him that humans would never consider. Sometimes we’re kept on the sidelines to fool the enemy.

Chapter 12 – Exodus – The snowmobiles lined up single file; there were six sleds total with the last two pulling supplies for the journey. Tim and Brent guarded the front of the cave while Aaron topped them off with gas. The hovering ship dimly lit the area. There was an absolute comfort in its presence. Daniel and Isaac finished securing the new supplies from the cave, and then took point securing the perimeter.

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John and Maria joined the group as the prep work finished. George and Kris walked to the cave entrance to talk with them. “Be careful not to dress too warm,” George said. “All you need is a snowsuit for this ride.”

“We have a stop along the way; the Church that Gabriel told us about is just a few minutes from here. Then we have a four hour ride time to Minneapolis.”

“I thought Minneapolis was a five-hour drive from here in good weather,” Maria said?

“That’s about right, Maria,” George said. These snowmobiles travel easily over a hundred miles an hour. With the ship leading the way, we’ll be able to make a good time on our trip. We made it up here in about four hours.

“Are you guy’s ready to go,” George said?

“I think so,” John said. “These are the last of our things, George.”

The ship above them came out of hibernation and raised into the sky; the colored light dancing in unison as the ship prepared for the journey.

“How are you coordinating with the ship George,” Maria asked?

“Gabriel and I are talking,” George said. “You can’t hear him?”

Chapter 12 – Exodus – Maria shook her head, no. Aaron grabbed John and Maria’s bags and secured them on the last two snowmobiles. Once the ship had reached cruising altitude, the ozone permeated the air again.

“That smell, the ozone smell, what causes that,” John said?

“Air that is passing through an electrically charged field; I believe,” Maria said.

George rounded everyone up for a pre-ride checklist. “John, can you drive a snowmobile,” Tim said?

“Yes, I can,” John said.

“John, you and Maria take the second snowmobile,” George said. “Kris and I will take the first one. Brent and Tim will be on the third. Aaron will ride point on the fourth snowmobile, with Isaac and David bringing up the rear pulling the sleighs.”

Everyone started their snowmobile to warm them up; the sound was part lawnmower and part chainsaw. As the sleds warmed, everyone put on their gear: all secured Helmets, boots, and gloves. The idling sleds headlights seemed rather dim. John held the brake and revved his sled; the bright lights were shining far into the woods.

John nodded to George; he was ready to go. Aaron waited for the ship to move; after a moment, it slowly flew towards the property line. First, Aaron, then George, then John, followed by Brent, David, and Isaac hit their accelerators and started down the path. The snow was kicking up behind them.

Now at the road, the first snowmobile guns it and takes off down the ice-covered roadway. Everyone follows in a single file, riding in the center of the way. The first mile took less than a minute to travel with everyone getting the hang of their ride.

Maria held on tight to John, keeping her body close against his. The ship veered to the left and Aaron, and George turned left, following the craft.

The ship not only kept them safe; it protected them from most of the elements. The craft picked up speed, and the riders did their best keeping up with the leaders. “Riding on a snowmobile is amazing,” Maria said. “It feels like you are going twice as fast because of your proximity to the ground.”

The engines revved as the snowmobiles sped through the hills. John could hear Maria giggling on the back. After a few minutes, everyone fell into a cadence behind Aaron, who was leading the way.

Chapter 12 – ExodusThe blizzard was still in full force around them, but barely – noticeable. With the winds and snow blocked, and the heat rising from the snowmobiles, it was a fun ride.

Up ahead, the ship slowed, and the searchlights began illuminating the Church. Aaron stopped short of the Church and waited for the rest of the group to pull up and park their snowmobiles. He turned off his sled, and everyone followed suit.

The ship lights were illuminating the Church steeple. Not far above the towering steeple, a dark cloud circled counterclockwise. Bursts of light, the sound of screams, and thunder permeated the night.

George raised his face shield to talk. “John, Gabriel wants you and Maria and the two pastors inside. The congregation is there, praying for deliverance. When you get inside, move to the front of the sanctuary and wait for the prayer to finish. Something unusual is going to happen.”

Everyone started their sleds and pulled up close to the Church, dismounting their snowmobiles John, Maria, Tim, and Brent removed their gear. Outside, you could hear the prayers of the faithful. This congregation was under attack from the forces of evil.

John and Maria removed their helmets; Brent, Tim, and Kris were next. George and his brothers took charge; they secured the perimeter of the Church.

The old Baptist Church was at least a hundred years old. The Church nestled in the hills along the old dirt road. The smell of burning firewood was everywhere. Most people that live in this rural area heat with outdoor wood furnaces and fireplaces.

The ship hovered above the building; it was silent and had taken a position just under the cloud line, above the Church. The sound of prayer and singing echo around the property. The Church has a graveyard on the north side of the property, where the bodies of previous members lay.

“What’s up with the cemetery,” Kris said?

“It’s a graveyard,” Tim said. “Graveyards are normally right next to a Church; like this one, while cemeteries are not.”

“Today I learned,” Kris said.

“When I was young, my parents were missionaries in Guatemala,” Maria said. “One thing I find very bizarre about the United States is that you bury your dead people right in the middle of town. In Guatemala, cemeteries are on the edges of towns. You won’t find anyone building homes next to them that’s for sure.”

Twenty cars in the parking lot looked frozen in time. Victims of the blizzard and an indication of how long the siege at the Church had been underway. A few four by four trucks and jeeps were cleaned off and ready for travel. Several snowmobiles were on-site as well.

“I’d like for everyone to say a prayer before we go in,” John said. Everyone joined hands and bowed their heads and talked silently with God, the way the Bible tells us to pray.

“Let’s go,” John said. “Maria, holster your weapon. With all of the Church shootings, the last thing we need is to be mistaken for intruders.”

Chapter 12 – Exodus – John opened the door and held it for the others to walk in; the foyer was dark. The noises coming from the sanctuary signaled that the members were out of their comfort zone. John walked up the stairs that led around a corner and into the worship area. The preacher’s name was David, David stood up front, and his loud voice and fire and brimstone style were perfect for selling you a get out of Hell free card. The Church was under attack.

David kept shaking his head no whenever he mentioned that God would save them. David also used the ‘El Diablo’ frequently; he formed this sign by extending his index and little fingers while holding the middle and ring fingers down with his thumb. It’s also known as ‘Devil Horns.’

At the front of the Church were two people sitting on the floor in front of the pulpit. A woman was barking like a dog while a man slithered around the floor, cursing at David.

John was enraged that the members were OK, having possessed people hanging out.

About forty devout Christians filled the pews of the Church, most sitting in the front rows. They prayed for deliverance from evil, their hands stretching towards the heavens.

John returned to the group. “We have at least two possessed people sitting in the front and a satanic Infiltrator for a preacher. He may have an evil spirit, too; I can’t tell yet.”

“Don’t forget about the astral travelers,” Kris said. “They will be taken care of with some help. You need to be ready to deal with the humans behind them when delivered here.”

Maria looked legitimately, confused. “It’s my understanding that people who astral travel leave their bodies behind somewhere safe,” Maria said? “They do Maria, as far as I know anyway,” Kris said. “I think we’re in for a miracle tonight.”

“OK,” John said. “That’s wonderful news. Tim and Maria, walk up the left side of the pews. Brent and Kris, walk up the right side. Take a position in an empty row behind the members. When everyone has been seated, I will move in.”

Tim extended his arm to Maria; she smiled, grabbing Tim’s arm; they walked into the Church together. Brent and Kris followed suit, and John waited until everyone was seated and ready to go. None of the members noticed the latecomers to Church; everyone was in a trance state.

John strolled into the worship area and stopped at the end of the aisle. Then he closed his eyes. John was a little scared but knew it wasn’t him doing the work. John asked God to guide him and protect him.

Chapter 12 – Exodus – He started moving up the aisle slowly; the two possessed people stood up from the floor and pointed at John. The assembly turned to see John; some recognized him as the Pastor from television. John moved quickly up the aisle, while the two possessed people ran towards him.

John didn’t waste a moment; in a loud voice, he commanded the spirits to come out of them in Jesus’ name. The man and woman immediately stopped in their tracks. The man fell to the floor; the woman started to shake violently. Both let out horrific screams as the spirits came out of them.

John continued his way up the aisle. Tim and Maria, Brent, and Kris made their way to the inside of aisle. The newcomers outnumbered the preacher, so he decided to play along.

“Who are you, the preacher asked? “My name is John, and you are,” John said? “My name is David; I’m the preacher here.” How did you do that, John? Our denomination teaches that the gift to exorcize evil spirits vanished with the apostles’ thousands of years ago, are you working for Satan?”

“No, David, I sure don’t, “John said. “I work for Yahweh, you know him as God. I suspect you are the infiltrator here, David. You’re probably responsible for the assault against our camp and being the point man for Satan on the ground here, in this offensive.”

“Do not believe this demon named John,” David said. He announced it as a command to the members of his Church.

John walked up to the pulpit where David was standing. “I noticed you shaking your head no when talking about the good news of the Gospel, you know, the parts where God saves people. I also noticed you giving the demon horns David. Can you explain that to these nice people here?”

“Do not believe this traitor,” David said.

John looked David over and smiled. “Come out of this man in Jesus’ name,” John said. David’s wife rushed forward from the pew to grab him when he started to fall. She couldn’t support his weight, and they fell to the ground together. David collapsed on his wife.

Chapter 12 – Exodus – David had many dis-embodied spirits in him. When the screams started, there were at least seven different pitches, seven different voices that were distinguishable. The congregation became emotionally moved; they started clapping and shouting.

“Folks can you gather around and listen to me for a moment,” John said? “We should look to Jesus as our example; can anyone here name a time when Jesus prayed in public? An odd silence fell on the congregation. Many confused members looked at each other for answers. There is a reason Jesus prayed the way he did. He didn’t want his prayers intercepted by the enemy.”

“There are evil spirits here, and they are feeding off of your prayers. Jesus told us to pray to ourselves. He was always heading to a mountain, to the desert, or somewhere else private to pray. Your words have power. We are all made in the image of God, who spoke this world into existence with just His words. Your words are powerful.”

“Please pray to yourself; pray to God to give you the deliverance that you’ve been pleading Him to provide you. And he will give it to you, I promise,” John said.

A few members looked at each other in disbelief, but they just witnessed three possessed people become liberated. They were open to suggestions. They closed their eyes, and many held hands. Their prayers were ascending to Heaven.

The rest of John’s group came forward to help. Wind on the inside of the Church kicked up and blew most of the candles out. “Don’t be afraid,” John said. “It’s working; keep praying for deliverance.”

The people were older in years. Most of them raised as believers. They prayed with everything they had.

Screams in the distance caught John’s attention. “Come up front, everyone,” John said. I’m going to need all of your help in a minute.” Everyone circled the group of five. Kris knelt and transformed into the Archangel Gabriel. “They’re coming to us, John; be prepared,” Gabriel said. “Be prepared to catch them and hold them.”

As soon as Gabriel finished that sentence, all could hear the screams of two souls somewhere in the astral plane. There was a spiritual fight going on, but no one could tell what was happening.

Chapter 12 – ExodusGabriel motioned for Mike and Maria to kneel and hold out their arms. Just then, two spirits came straight down through the roof of the Church, each holding a body and dropped one in John’s arms and one in M – aria’s arms.

Jerry appeared in John’s arms, and John’s Emily fell into Maria’s arms. The believers knew what to do; they moved forward and laid hands on each of them, praying, this time to themselves.

The look in Emily’s eyes was one of great fear. “How in the hell did my body get here,” Emily said? “This is impossible, help me, John, and get this lady off of me.”

Jerry had become saved for real this time. He could finally see that God was much greater than Satan. Emily cursed in Latin at the believers who had laid hands on her; they backed away.

“You can’t save me, John, I’m a Nephilim, my Dad is a fallen angel, there is no salvation for me.”

“That’s not true,” Maria said. “Think about the battle of Jericho. The woman who hid Joshua’s spies, Rahab, the prostitute, was not only forgiven; she made the Hebrews Chapter Eleven’ Faith Hall of Fame’. She pleaded for her life and the lives of her family members.”

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“If there is no salvation to be found for you, I’ll put you out of your misery myself, I promise,” Maria said. Maria grabbed a knife out of her boot and held it at Emily’s neck.

“What’s it going to be Emily,” Gabriel said? “Maria speaks the truth.”

“I choose salvation, I didn’t know I had the option,” Emily said. Maria stowed her knife and smiled at Emily.

“We’re going to need help with your father, Emily,” Gabriel said. “That’s fine,” Emily said. “You can work miracles; my body is here as a testament to that. How you did that, I’ll never know.”

Chapter 12 – ExodusThe believers made their way to Emily again and laid their  – hands on her, so did John and Maria. “I’m more proud of you, John than I have ever been. You were just a mark to me before, but you saved me today. I’ll never forget that John,” Emily said.

Tim and Brent helped Emily up. Emily looked at Brent; “I’m sorry, Brent,” Emily said. “I’m sorry for messing up your life.”

“You need to talk to my wife and set things straight, Emily,” Brent said. Maria reached for Emily’s hand and grabbed it tightly. I’ll be right there with you,” Maria said.

When Emily helped Jerry stand up, everyone applauded. Both of them saved by grace. Many miracles happened today.

“May Yahweh always bless you,” Gabriel said. Then he knelt and transformed back into Kris. The congregation was amazed.

The ship hovering outside woke up from sleep mode. You could hear the odd banging noise for miles as the ship raised into the night sky. The higher the craft went, the more snow that reached the ground.

Kris stood up from the transformation and extended a hand to David. David had collapsed on Diane, his wife of thirty years, when the spirits left his body. David had a new gleam in his eye today; he had a second chance at life. “Diane, are you OK,” David said? Diane smiled at David; he had that same gleam in his eye when they first met. “I think I’m going to be just fine, David,” Diane said.

Chapter 12 – Exodus – That moment came, the one Emily had feared. She came face to face with John. He wasn’t mad, and he wasn’t hurt, he was a hero. Emily was proud of John. He stepped in to do the will of the Kingdom, for doing what was right regardless of the personal cost. Emily thought about what might have been for a second, and then she smiled.

She looked over to find Maria smiling at her. Emily was saved today, against all the odds. She thought she was unstoppable, a hybrid, part supernatural, and part human. God’s grace reached through space and time, finding the right moment to open His arms to welcome Emily to the family.

Chapter 12 – Exodus – George and his brothers holstered their weapons when the congregation came outside to meet them. George went inside to find John; he was upfront talking with David, Emily, and Jerry. The siege on the old Baptist Church was over.

David insisted on traveling with John and the others to Minneapolis. Once the veil lifted for David, he understood what John was doing. “So, can I come with you,” David said?

“Yes, David,” John said. You should be ready to take the same steps I’m planning to take in the morning. If you’re going to walk the walk, now is as good of a time as any, I’ll back you up.” John said.

David looked around and saw Paul, one of the Church elders walking up the aisle after George. “Paul, could you gather everyone who is still here out front, I have a message for everyone before I go. “Will do David,” Paul said.

A motley crew of Christians walked out of that Church together. John and Maria, Tim, Brent, David and Diane, George, Emily, and Jerry all headed out of the sanctuary, past the foyer, and into the storm.

Chapter 12 – Exodus Most of the Church members stepped outside when the ship lifted off. Many people are filled with relief when the supernatural world lifts its veil to show its proof. Some fall into a state of disbelief; some go numb inside for a time.

The ship held back most of the weather for those on the ground. David said goodbye to Diane while the congregation gathered under the lights. Diane was going to stay behind and keep the building open for everyone.

David approached the people who looked up to him, some of them for their entire lives. “I’d like everyone to meet John,” David said. “Most of you know him from the ‘Hour of Grace’ TV show, and one of the largest congregations in the midwest, located right in our very own state.”

“John is fighting his way back to his Church so he can announce to his congregation what I’m going to tell you this evening. The fact is you don’t need us. Access to the Kingdom is available to everyone who believes. You don’t need mediators like us anymore. We have the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ, which gives us access to the very throne room of God in this life, and when you pass to the next life. God lives in your hearts; he doesn’t live in buildings made by human hands.”

“I’m going to Minneapolis to help John close this chapter of his life, and begin a new chapter for all of humanity. I’m not leaving this place. As long as we can agree that the definition of a Church is the people who believe, having a building is OK. Also, I think that worshiping together is OK, as long as the point is praise, and to love God. No agenda, not anymore; Jesus came to earth to end the religion of his day, not to start another one. He wants us to love Him, his Father, and our neighbors as ourselves; the rest will come. Naturally, I believe.

“The rest of you can stay here, Diane is going to keep the building warm and help keep the food keep coming. Help each other the best that you can. And I’ll be back soon to join you. I can’t wait.”

When David Chapter 12 – Exodus – kissed Diane goodbye, he didn’t seem the same. The religious fundamentalist was gone. And a man who once again gave her hope stood in front of her. “I love you, David,” Diane said. “You do whatever you need to do, then hurry home.”

Everyone cheered and clapped. It was a great speech that David delivered, and one of the best common sense sermons in a thousand years.