Chapter 6 – Michael

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When I Woke Up This Morning Chapter 6 – Michael

Chapter 6 – Michael – John held the woman he loved. He’s been in love with her as long as he can remember. “I love you, John,” the beautiful woman says. She is holding hands with a little girl; “who is the girl,” John said. “Is that your daughter?”

When I Woke Up This Morning - Chapter 6 - Michael
When I Woke Up This Morning – Chapter 6 – Michael

They are standing in a common wooded play area. John has been here before and met this amazing woman several times but doesn’t know her name. But he has never been happier than at this moment, nothing compares.

While the little girl plays, John embraces his love and kisses her. “I love you too,” John said.

A distraction causes John to look away. He glances back, and they are gone. John awakens to the real world, another dream; a solitary tear runs down his face. John’s loss only lasts a moment; the transition from the dream world to the real world now complete.

Chapter 6 – Michael – John woke up this morning, a different man. Armed with a purpose in life, He was no longer a spectator or the occasional leader: He is a badass demon-exorcizing Christian, just like the seventy that Jesus sent on the great commission.

John doesn’t know his calling yet, but that’s why he’s here, at this time and place. “I know Maria is the intercessor that Mike was talking about,” John said.

Chapter 6 – Michael – John begins his day on his knees, praying. He used to pray for things he wanted in life, how selfish in retrospect. John’s prayers are not one way anymore; the Holy Spirit is indwelling him and guiding him.

John prays for the lost, for the Kingdom, and for Gods’ will to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. His prayers are actively lead, a discussion with the Creator of the universe.

After prayer, John dresses for the cold day ahead. John sees Mike from the window, splitting logs and building a campfire. He steps out to join him.

It’s cold this morning on the Canadian border. Heavy snow is falling on the campsite; a feeling of awe surrounds everything here. You can hear Woodpeckers and Owls nearby.

The snow blankets the camp in white. You can hear the snowflakes landing all around you.

“Good morning John,” Mike said. “Join me by the fire and warm yourself up.”

“Thank you Mike, how about a cup of that coffee?”

Mike grabbed the percolator from the fire; and poured John a cup of coffee the way he likes it, black with sugar. John and Mike often enjoy nature without saying a word. The next few minutes were reflecting and enjoying great coffee.

John’s memory of his dream was fading fast, as thoughts do. He interrupted the silence before it fleeted forever.

“I had the dream again last night, Mike.”

“Which dream, the dream of the two girls?”

“Yes”

“I wonder what’s changing.”

“What do you mean, changing Mike”?

“You usually tell me about these dreams when things are changing in your life. Besides the obvious, what’s changed?”

“I have no fear anymore, Mike; I wonder how people would feel if they could face the rest of their life with no fear? I still worry, I worry that Emily won’t love me anymore, that my parents won’t talk to me anymore, or that I won’t have a job paying money. But in the end, none of that matters.”

Maria opened the cabin door. “Good morning, boys; breakfast is ready in five minutes. I trust you slept well, John?”

“Yes, Maria, I fell asleep fast; something is calming about your retreat.”

“That’s the protection that this place enjoys right now, John. We take great steps to ensure that nothing evil is permitted anywhere around this property; we’re safe here. I’ll show you what I mean later after we talk. I’ll see you in a few.”

Chapter 6 – Michael – Maria closed the cabin door, and John returned to his seat by the fire; Mike refilled John’s coffee. “Keep an open mind with Maria, she can seem a bit unconventional, but I assure you, she’s genuine, and has the backing of the Kingdom as you’re about to find out. These are fascinating times John, exciting times indeed.”

“You look at peace for someone who has gone through everything that you have in the last twenty-four hours. You’re not harboring any regrets about the new path you’re life has taken,” Mike said?

“No Mike; I had a one on one talk with the Creator of the universe through the Holy Spirit this morning. I don’t know how to juxtapose a few personal issues that are unfolding in my life right now to something this grand.”

“And while a happy ending would be fantastic, it’s not realistic, and somehow I’m OK with that right now. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t know what’s going to happen yet; or what exactly my next steps are going to be, honestly I’m still sorting all of this out, and looking for guidance.”

“I think that’s a great way to feel about it,” Mike said. It comes from inner strength, and it’s who you are. I’ll tell you this, John; God has us all together for a reason, and if that reason is to fight evil, I’m in it to the end with your brother, and I think you already know that.”

“I do, Mike, and I know you understand this goes both ways. Mainly I’m worried for the people caught in the middle, my parents, Emily, and I’m concerned about being guilty concerning Christians who might fall away because of what’s happening.”

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Chapter 6 – Michael – The Bible explicitly says that a large falling away must occur before the Kingdom can come, and it’s happening right now. Those people will be believers, even the very elect as the Bible says. It’s a sad but inevitable fact of being in a spiritual war; there will be casualties. When you pray later you should ask about it, John; you never know, it could bring you some more peace and clarity,” Mike said.

“John, let me share something with you that I have arrived at after much careful thought and prayer. I used to spend a lot of cycles worrying about agnostics, and atheists in particular, that I was failing them, failing to help them see what was so crystal clear for me.”

“But the harsh truth is; if there were no Agnostics or Atheists, our Bibles would be lying to us. Most believers are currently on the broad path to destruction for one reason or another along with the rest of the world.”

“It’s time for breakfast; let’s clean off our boots up and head into the cabin. Knowing Maria, she probably has prepared a feast for us, and I don’t want to keep her waiting.”

Mike and John left the warm fire, the snow crunching under their boots. “This place is peaceful, Mike; I can see how you fell in love with it.”

“Maria picked it out,” Mike said. “Late last summer, Maria was moved to find this place, and she convinced me to move us here. It wasn’t too hard to convince me. I’ve always loved the outdoors, and there is something extraordinary about this place. I think you’ll see that after breakfast. Come on; let’s go inside.”

Chapter 6 – Michael – Mike opened the door, and they stepped inside. The warm cabin quickly fogged John’s glasses. “Here you go, John,” Maria brought John a soft cloth to clean his glasses.

“Please hang your gear over by the door and have a seat at the table, John.”

“What a spread, Maria, it looks spectacular.” A breakfast of farm fresh eggs, biscuits and gravy, and fried potatoes waited for them.

“Maria, would you lead us in prayer,” Mike said? “I’m not a big fan of praying out loud, but we have protection here.”

Everyone joined hands and bowed their heads.

“Dear God, thank you for bringing us all together. Whatever plans that you have for us; we ask that you make those clear. There is no room for misunderstandings; we want to do Your will. While we fill our stomachs, please fill our souls, and fill our lives with you will. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.”

“This breakfast looks fantastic, Maria, thank you very much,” John said. “As a bachelor, I don’t eat like this very much.”

“Me either,” Mike said, bringing an uncomfortable laugh to the table and a strange look from Maria. “Just kidding, honey,” Mike said, desperately trying to dodge that bullet.”

“Tell me about you, John; I’ve heard some stories from Mike, but I would like to hear them from you as well. You must be RH- negative John, so we won’t have to start there.” Maria said.

“How would you know that,” John said? Everyone working at this level in the spiritual world does John. In short, it’s what allows God’s Angels to access our bodies, for the Kingdom.”

“That’s interesting,” John said, “as Mike probably told you my adoptive parents started the Crystal Cathedral Church many years ago in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. I grew up most of my life there; until I went to college in South Carolina and met Mike.”

“I had three real supernatural experiences before the age of eighteen Maria; those experiences cemented my faith. I followed in my adoptive Father’s footsteps wanting to be a preacher someday myself. That is a dream that just came true, and my life has changed so much since then. After college, I moved back home to Minnesota and went to work at my Dad’s Church. An assistant Pastor position, created just for me, which allowed me just to be myself. It never really challenged me. I’ve been stagnating for some time now,” John said.

“About a month ago, my Dad got pretty sick with the flu, and that turned into a bad case of pneumonia. After being admitted to the hospital, The leadership approached me to step into my Father’s shoes and lead the Church while he was out. The results were in yesterday; viewership went up half a million people two weeks after I took over.”

“Very interesting, John,” Maria said.

“Don’t forget, Brent,” Mike said.

“Oh yes, on my first day as Senior Pastor, I interviewed our Outreach Pastor Brent. He admitted to having an affair with a new eighteen-year-old convert. She moved out of her apartment the next day and called Matthew. I gave Brent the benefit of the doubt, at Mike’s request and did not fire him, I placed him on a paid sabbatical, and in fact, he’s hanging out at my apartment now trying to get his life back together.”

“On the way here last night, Mike and I found my lead elder walking backward around our Church. Lightning blasted everywhere, and thundersnow broke out. And something appeared over the Church.”

“A spiral,” Mike said.

“John, it sounds like you have a very active infiltration going on around the TV Show,” Maria said.

“Oh, I almost forgot, John received a two hundred dollar survival knife from Matthew, the creepy Elder guy left it in his car as a gift,” Mike said.

“No, he didn’t, Maria said while looking scornfully at Mike.”

Maria stood up and threw her hands in the air; “with everything that’s going on, you forgot that,” Maria said?

“Honey, John exorcized his second demon last night. Excuse me if things are getting a little blurry here.”

“Well John, Matthew wants to control you, that’s why he gave you the knife. It always starts with an expensive gift, and then a friendship. The gift allows Matthew to consume more and more of your time until you are unable to do the things you need to for the Kingdom.”

“Make no mistake, John; you are the target, not Brent. That knife was probably used to sacrifice a child or an abductee to Satan. If you had accepted that knife, it would have opened a soul hook between you and Matthew.”

“Speaking of abductees John, did you know that anywhere between eight or nine million children go missing in the world every year? Some children run away; some change lives, but many people disappear without a trace every year. That’s almost three people a second, John. In the United States alone, there are probably around one hundred thousand open missing person cases at any time.”

“Is this something new, Maria,” John said?

“No, John, it’s not a new phenomenon; it’s been going on since the beginning of time. In nineteen thirty-seven, an entire Japanese division of three thousand troops vanished in China. They found empty trenches, no corpses, and no signs of military action. In one hundred and eight BC the Roman IX Legion comprised of six thousand troops suddenly vanished. Rome was never able to contact them, and no signs of them ever turned up. They vanished without a trace.”

“Tell me about your girlfriend John,” Maria said.

“I’ve been in love with Emily for almost two years now.” Matthew is her Father. He gave his permission to ask for her hand in marriage yesterday. And it was yesterday, Mike, and I caught Matthew doing the devils walk around the Church.”

“Matthew also gave me the knife; I’m less than optimistic about how this is going to turn out in relation with Emily, I don’t want to lose her, things have changed so fast I’m not sure what I want anymore.”

“Hold that thought for right now, John. If you think things are bad now, wait. That’s a promise,” Maria said.

“Something deep inside told John that Maria was right and that he could expect things to get eerier before he ever sees normal again.”

Chapter 6 – Michael – After breakfast, everyone crowded in the small kitchen area to help clean up the dishes and put things back into order. John noticed a few looks from Maria with a smile that caught his attention. There is something familiar about Maria, but John can’t quite place it.

Mike excused himself after we finished, he put on his gear and headed back outside for a moment. Maria invited John over to the couch; she carefully stoked the fire after adding more wood.

John was nervous; he had no reason to be, but he was. The fire was warm, the radiated heat was comforting, and the small pops from the fire were mesmerizing.

Things were quiet for a moment, as I looked over at Maria. She smiled at me. She told me not to be afraid. She bowed her head as if to pray, gently bending her torso, closing her eyes, and folding her hands.

Chapter 6 – Michael – When her eyes opened, something was different; they looked like someone else’s eyes, which quickly scanned the room. As Maria stood up and raised her head, a warrior stood right up out of her body. She morphed directly into a seven-foot-tall male warrior, with a sword, long hair, and a very commanding voice.

He looked right through John.

“I will not allow you to hurt this woman.”

“Who are you,” John said?

The warrior pointed his sword to the ceiling and knelt, “I am a Warrior for the highest God Yahweh, and I protect this woman. I am Michael,” the angel said. “If you ever tell anyone who Maria is, I will kill you. Do you understand?”

“I won’t,” John said. “I understand.”

“Praise Yahweh,” Michael said as he sheathed his sword.

The angel bowed his head like Maria did, and morphed back into Maria as she raised her head from prayer. John was scared. He was nervous. And he needed to get away from Maria; John was sure the angel was going to come back and kill him, and Maria could see it in his eyes.

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Maria grabbed John by both hands and pulled him close; “don’t be scared, John,” Maria said. “Michael is protective of me at first with new people; it’s his standard welcome message. The fact that you are alive at all is a testament to who you are and what you are here to do John. Don’t tell Mike any of this do you understand John”?

Yes, Maria, I understand John said. Catching John by surprise, She threw her arms around John and embraced him in a long passionate kiss, sending shock waves running through his body.

The kiss paralyzed John. It was the same kiss he dreamed about this morning and all of his life.

John was mesmerized by Maria. Maria’s kiss started a tingling sensation that traveled up and down John’s spine in a wild tryst of emotions. “The chemistry between us John is the fulfilling of a prophecy given to me many years ago.”

“I know you can feel the chemistry John, I can feel your heartbeat, and your breath. I have never felt anything like this before either,” Maria said. “What does this mean,” John said? “Michael, the Archangel appearing was a sign from the Kingdom John. You’re the right person for a long-overdue task.”

“You will force the world to reconsider the way it views the Church. I believe we were destined for this time together. Mike was instructed to share with you that I used to be a satanist. How does that make you feel about me, John? I’m like Saul, who was persecuting Christians, and then with direct intervention by Jesus; I came home.”

“My late teen years and early adult life I don’t talk about anymore. The unspeakable things I have done to Christians haunts me. But that’s my past. Tell me about your childhood, John? I have my suspicions, but I would prefer to hear it from you.”

“My childhood was rocky for the first few years, Maria. I was sick the entire first year of my life with a terrible infection. I was near death for the first year of my life, with my biological Mother and Grandmother by my side, praying for me every day.”

“After a year, I got better after my real Mom met a Doctor who prescribed a miracle antibiotic. I remember she called him a Saint, and she told me I was better in just a few days. My Mom and I were on our own soon after my biological Father left us. Drinking and gambling took a toll on him. There wasn’t food in the house for anyone. My Mom had to leave him, but things would only get worse.”

“She met an abusive man named Jack who she married. Jack loves to administer discipline, and I used to believe I was flying before I was old enough to know that I was being held against the wall, close to the ceiling, by my throat. The beatings were daily, and would often happen while Mom was away at work. I would be locked in the basement all day. I don’t have any memories of that, only the nightmares.”

“The nightmares began every evening; they started with an attempt at escaping from the basement; only I never made it out. What happened to me in the basement. I don’t know.”

“When I started elementary school, the apparent abuse finally got investigated, and they pulled me out of my home, away from my biological Mom, and placed me with this great older couple.”

“I grew in the Church after that, and I wanted to be like my new Dad, I wanted to become a preacher as well. After they adopted me my childhood problems were a thing of the past. Five years of terror had now turned into a memory that was fading, and the nightmares stopped.”

“Wow, John, so it’s safe to say that for your first four years of life, that someone or something was constantly trying to end your life?”

“I never thought of it like that Maria, but it sounds legitimate, John said.”

“John, I believe there is a special reason why you’ve had all of these supernatural experiences, so that you never waiver at the task at hand, in your walk with God.”

“That’s not all, John,” Maria said. “Twenty years ago, I received a vision, a prophecy of our meeting today. God wanted me to know that I was in the right place, at the right time, for a reason. And that is why I kissed you; I’ve been in love with you since then, Maria whispered, holding John’s hands. It’s our destiny John to be in this together.”

“What about Mike and Emily,” John said?

“Don’t let this cloud your judgment, John; I did what I did because it’s true for me. I don’t expect you to reciprocate right away; for me, this has been culminating for twenty years. I can wait a little while longer.”

“What next Maria,” John said?

“John, we’ve been brought together for a reason, through time and space no less, be patient, I don’t think it will take very long for that reason to become apparent. We’ve been preparing for this our entire lives, through our experiences. It’s the war, the war between good and evil that has been raging in this universe since creation began. It’s culminating now, in these latter days.”

“You and me, everyone that has tried to influence you, one way or another, are all in this battle together. It all revolves around your TV show and something the Kingdom wants you to do with it, a message for humanity perhaps?”

Chapter 6 – Michael – Mike came in, hauling a big load of firewood, unaware of anything that had transpired in the cabin, and fully trusting in everything that Maria was doing. Mike is committed to God as well, and to whatever happens here, everyone views this as their destiny, through the lenses of their individual lives.

“How’s it going in here,” Mike said? He filled the firewood bin. “Well,” Maria said, “I’m just getting to know John. Come join us here when you’ve finished, Mike.”

“Sure thing,” Mike said, “I’m just finishing up now.” Mike cleaned up the area and hauled out the trash.

Chapter 6 – Michael – After stowing his gear, Mike came back over and sat down with Maria and John. Maria extended a hand to each of Mike and John, and they each held her hand. “Don’t be scared, Mike,” Maria said. “John has already seen this, so take your cues from him.”

Mike turned to John and gave him a confused look. John tried to shrug his shoulders, but Mike could tell he was frightened. “If Michael is coming back, I’m scared,” John thought.

Chapter 6 – Michael – Maria bowed her head as if she was going to pray, and she again morphed into the Archangel Michael as she sat back up. Michael immediately drew his sword and said: “I will not allow you to harm this woman.” Mike’s eyes were huge; he was scared. “It’s OK, Mike,” John said. “From what I understand, if he didn’t like us, we’d be dead already, that’s his modus operandi.”

“Who are you,” Mike asked? I am a warrior for Yahweh; the Archangel Michael said while raising his sword to the Heavens and kneeling on one knee. “Angels travel this way sometimes,” John said, “with people who are RH – negative. I believe this is why the Bible tells us that sometimes we entertain Angels without knowing it.”

“I’ve prepared the way for the Archangel Gabriel; he has a message from Yahweh. It has taken us a while to get here. The war is heating up in the Heavens, and its effect will be felt on Earth very soon. We are entering a critical battle in the war, and you have been preparing for this your entire lives. Come in, Gabriel,” Michael said.