A while later a floating river of terrified crowed went over him. A horrible agony was filling his whole body. It was the last thing he remembered. While he was thinking he would die, something strange happened.
It was lovely Monday morning. Mark Novak lazily got up and made his way to the kitchen. He opened the fridge and picked sandwiches which his mum had left for him. “It is a big day for me,” he thought, “For the first time in my life I am going to see my favourite singer Justin in a concert.”
Justine was on his European tour. On that Monday in the afternoon, he was giving a concert in Warsaw, on the temporary stage which had been especially made on the grass of the National Stadium for his performance.
Two hours before the concert, the stadium was filled with youngsters from all over the world. They were all united in one thing – love for the songs of their idol. Finally the time to start arrived and Justin appeared on the stage. He was wearing a neat designer suit which made him look like a teenage cherub. He was holding a microphone in his right hand. Then he said “hello” to the mike and all his fans started shouting and screaming, but at that very moment all the gathered people heard a strange, whistling noise coming from the sky. They all looked up and saw a small racket approaching towards the stadium. Before they realised what was happening, it hit the grass of the football pitch and went off. Soon, instead of excitement you could hear desperate cries for help coming out of thousands of throats, and your eyes could see were all the gathered people pressing onto the entrances tramping each other.
Fortunately Mark was near the way out, so he was among the first ones in doors. Then suddenly he felt someone pushed him, so he fell down the stairs and landed on the pavement at the bottom. A while later a floating river of terrified crowed went over him. A horrible agony was filling his whole body. It was the last thing he remembered. While he was thinking he would die, something strange happened. The pain occupying his body went away and the terrified people disappeared. Mark opened his eyes and got up from the ground. There was no stadium any longer, nor was he wearing his casual clothes or trainers any longer. He looked at himself puzzlingly. He was wearing exactly the same clothing and shoes as Justin.
Mark looked around and saw that he was in a strange, gardenlike forest. Tall trees, blossoming flowers, nice paths, lions playing with a little baby in among the bushes, this was the whole scene which spread around him. First he thought it was a mirage, but music of chirping birds coming to his ears and filling his mind assured him that it was reality.
“Where am I?” he thought, “What happened?” He had no idea where he was and how he had got there. Wondering for a while through the paths he saw an exciting manor, which rather looked like a royal palace than a manor. In front of it there was a young couple working together and three kids playing.
Mark went to the couple and wanted to say “excuse me,” but the very moment the man saw him, he started crying. Then he gave him a long hug and said: “Hello Mark! I am so glad to see you again.”
“Who are you?” replied Mark and added with trembling voice “I don’t know you.”
“Oh, no!” the man exclaimed, “You do know me. You shared the room with me. I am your younger brother James. And this is my wife Jasmine and our children: Amber – who is nine – the oldest, Jasper – who is seven, and Amy – who is five.”
A while later the kids embraced Mark and said: “We are happy to know you, uncle Mark”. Then Jasmine welcomed Mark.
Mark was absolutely amazed. “But what is this place? Where are we? Why I do not remember anything?” he asked.
“We will explain everything to you, but first let us know our parents that you are back,” said James.
“So .. so, are they here as well?” questioned Mark.
“Our whole family is here. After you ….” here James suddenly stopped.
“After what?” curiously asked Mark.
“I will let you know then,” replied James.
Soon all of them sat in a vehicle that looked like boat on wheels. It had
a relatively short, triangle, white wing which powered the ‘boat car’, but instead of a helm it had a medium size car steering wheel. Mark got surprised when he found out that they were moving with a speed of 100 miles per hour without any engine. The car was fully ecological.
Half an hour later they got on the top of a quite high hill where had been erected a Spanish type, three storey villa facing the sea on its east side. In front of the building façade was sprawling an extremely enormous rose garden. The flowers were grouped, creating different shapes like bridges, pergolas, lamp posts and
a variety of others. Each flower was different colour, and all of them seemed like painted with many hues of full rainbow palette.
The garden beds were apart with paths and alleys curving here and there, and making words which Mark could not read. In the garden there were two people working together, a man and a woman. They were both eerily good looking. The woman was average tall and slim. She was wearing a well fitted white blouse and a sheer, calf long, flowery skirt with a wide, pale pink belt around her waist. Her long, curly, blond hair was going slackly down her back, pinned on the top of her head with a gold, butterfly shape hair-slide. The man was a sort of a macho type. He was tall, as tall as a pine tree and well build. His face was oval and well shaved. His hair was short, brown and curly. He was wearing no top and blue dungarees. It was sure they couldn’t have been older than thirty.
Mark, James, Jasmine and their cheerful kids were walking down the rose alley when the couple got glimpse of them. First they stood motionless and mute for a while, then started running towards the visitors as fast as cheetahs wiping jealously all the way. As soon as they reached the visitors, both of them were embracing Mark and smacking on his cheeks.
“Who are you?!” – exclaimed Mark and then added blandly that he hadn’t seen them before. They both started gaily laughing.
“Mummy,” said the man “our son has never seen us, ha, ha, ha…”
Mark froze up, hardly bearing the joy which was filling his whole body. Huge tears were going down his cheeks like a stream of water down the hill. In a while he stammered “ Mu…u…u…m! Da…a…ad! How is it that you are so young?! Where are we?! I am dying to know, please!”
“Please, be patient son. Not long you’ll acknowledge that,” replied his father and added “Now let us go to grandma and grandpa to have dinner.”
“Oh, please, please. Be merciful, stop ragging and pulling my leg,” begged Mark. “It cannot be true! Hadn’t they died long before I was born, so how is that all possible?!”
Probably they would have exchanged words for hours, but James disturbed: “Let’s go to Marcia and Thomas. They don’t like us being late for dinner. After that they entered inside the villa and went to the roof. Behind the house there was a funicular leading to a house on another hill, about 7 miles away. They got inside the wagon and sat on the seats provided there. Then Mark’s dad Adrian captured the handle of big wheel fixed to a square pillar placed in the middle of the car, and started steadily turning it. The wagon gracefully left the platform moving with a speed of 40 miles per hour towards the top of the hill. The journey ended in ten minutes.
When they left the wagon, on the platform they met a seriously looking lady dressed in a new, but a bit old fashioned blue and black, sequined dress. The woman was accompanied by a tall, serious guy, who was wearing a black tailored tuxedo. Mark looked at them puzzlingly. “How is it, that they all look so young,” he thought, and greeted his grandparents with words: “Hello Gran Marcia and Grandpa Tom.”
“Hello Mark,” they both replied at the same time, together. And Marcia interjected “It seems that you already know our names Mark. Good.” After that they all went into a huge patio decorated with beautiful reliefs and sculptures where, in the middle, stood a round table with dinner sets for about fifty people. Some of them had already been there. Mark was anxiously looking at them. “Who are they?” he wondered.
Shortly Mark’s curiosity was satisfied. All the people were his close and extended family relatives. Some of them, like uncle Darius and aunt Christine, were known to him. Others were shortly introduced as well as he was made known to them. While introducing him, grandpa Tom said, that Mark had just been raised. That word ‘raised’ intrigued Mark deeply.
“What can that mean?” he thought to himself with anxiety.
That common dinner fiesta was started in a new, strange way to Mark. First Grandpa asked everybody to keep silence. Then he raised his hands up, bowed down his head and started a prayer thanking God for his wonderful provision and thanking Him for newly awoke. These words intrigued Mark still more. It was the most beautiful prayer he had ever heard. The priest in church had never prayed like that. When grandpa finished the whole family members said loud ‘Amen’ as one. Mark was anxiously looking around and noticed that his parents, grandparents, and brother had huge drops of tears going down their faces. He immediately knew that they were crying. However these were not tears of sorrow, but of a great joy. Mark could not understand that.
The dinner was absolutely delicious. There, on the table, were all kind of exclusive cuisine dishes from all over the world. It was really impossible to try each of them. Mark decided to have some oriental vegetables and fruit he could not even name, which towered like enormous poplars in spacious baskets placed on the dinner table. After the agony which Mark had felt before his transformation, he felt very happy. He had a desire to stay there forever.
FIRST RAY OF A MISTERY REVEALED
After dinner they all went along a pebble path winding among vine tress to
a beautiful valley, which was rather a hollow. There, on a meadow covered in thick grass, were feeding lamas, sheep, robust and powerful rams, swift cheetahs, leopards and powerful lions which frightened Mark seriously. He thought that they shortly would be attacked and torn into pieces by those wild, untamed animals. However, to his surprise, they seemed not to even notice their arrival, feeding themselves steadily on the juicy grassland.
“What is happening?” Mark wondered, “Why are they not attacking us? Why do the wild, vicious animals eat grass? What is this gardenlike place? Where are we? How it happened, that all my family members are here? Why do I not remember anything?! Is it Shangri-La the city I have only seen in a film?”
The place really looked like Shangrei-La or even better than that. Completely engrossed in thoughts Mark did not take any attention that a young lion was about to jump on him. Before he had realised what was going on, he was lying on the path and the lion was licking his face. Mark was amazed with such a strange behaviour of an untamed animal.
“Don’t worry!’ exclaimed his father and added “Willy always does it to newcomers.”
“But why did it not bite or harm me? What is this place?!” enquired Mark.
“Willy did not bite, because now people and animal live in peace. We do not hurt each other in any way. And this place is a ‘paradise’ or restored ‘Garden of Eden’” continued dad. “And you have just been resurrected.”
Hearing that Mark gave a long hauling noise ‘wo..w!’ After that he asked, “Have scientists at last brought it to humankind?”
“Scientists? Ha, ha, ha …,” laughed dad and replied “No, they didn’t.”
“So, how did it appear? Who made it possible? And what have you meant saying that I was resurrected?” Mark continued his investigation.
“Step by step sonny. Not everything at once,” answered dad.
That very moment an ass came and started dabbing Mark’s stomach with its muzzle.
“What do you want?” asked Mark gently.
“He wants you to sit on him and travel to that top up there. He takes all newly resurrected there, to introduce them to the surrounding,” explained Mark’s dad and added handling his son a blanket, “put this on its back.”
Mark obediently followed his father’s advice. He put the blanket on the back of the ass, set down on it and set off towards the highest top. The way up was slightly narrow and sharp, but the animal was patiently climbing the path up with the same speed breathing heavily with each step. They reached the top in half an hour. There Mark got off the creature and looked at the surrounding. In the north side he could see a vast ocean of water. In the east there was a gentle slope leading to an endless plain full of colourful flowers and trees, over which were flying all kinds of birds and insect. The area to the south was rather hilly and filled with stunted spruces. Among them were jumping mountain goats with their kids. Mark was looking in amazement. He could not calm the desire of his eyes.
Then he turned to the west and saw a beautiful rainbow arched over the sea just behind his parents’ house. Mark probably would have stayed in amazement for a while longer, but Hospitable, the ass knocked him with its nose and went to the apple tree growing nearby.
“You want some reward for taking me here,” said Mark smiling to it. Then he stretched his hand and ripped some ripe, red apples and gave them to the animal. Hospitable ate them willingly. The apples looked so encouragingly that Mark decided to have one. So he reached an average size, red and yellow fruit and bit a bite of it. What a taste it was! It felt like honey from a comb in his mouth, but as juicy as a watermelon. The boy felt delighted again and exclaimed “What
a wonderful place it is!”. Then he climbed on the back of the animal again and started his journey down.
AFTER THE BLAST
The way down seemed a bit shorter than the way up. Mark’s brain was storming with unnumbered thoughts, but the most important was where he had been before being raised and who raised him. How? Being engrossed in his disquieting thoughts, he soon reached his grandparents’ house. There his closest family members were sitting in the sort of conference room, at a large ebony table on which there were lying photo albums and covered with soft black skin books. Mark noticed that those were the Bibles.
Mark’s dad, Adrian, asked him to sit down, then opened one of the photo albums and enquired, “Do you recognize Mark?”
“Yes, that’s Justine on the arrival day to Warsaw,” he replied and asked “Why am I wearing his clothes?”
“Do you remember the concert you went to?” asked James.
“Yes, there was a bomb or a rocket blast at the stadium and I was the first one at the entrance. When I was at the top of the stairs someone must have pushed me and I fell down the stairs, and then I felt a terrible agony. It started the very moment a few people trampled my back, and after that I woke up here. Puzzling?” said Mark.
“Truly, you were trampled to death by those frightened teens. There were hundreds of others trampled with you,” remarked Elisabeth, his mum.
“So, so … how is it that I am alive and in one piece?” questioned the boy.
“Well, step by step,” added his brother James and continued “Uncounted number of families were put in mourning after the blast. It had happened, because the aeroplane computer got fixed and accidentally dropped the rocket which hit the stadium. Nobody suffered of the blast, but lots of people suffered of the panic which followed it.”
“When me and mum came to the hospital ossuary to recognise your corps,” said Adrian we “could not believe our eyes. Your face was badly damaged. Your back and limbs were smashed. That scene caused that mum got stroke and was hospitalized. Then one of the reporters of the Voice of Warsaw, who associated us with the recognition, wrote a heart moving article which was translated into English. When Justine read it he immediately visited us to comfort us, but unsuccessfully. We were both death and blind. The best American plastic surgeon offered us his help to restore your head and limbs. Justine gave his brand new clothes and shoes to dress you for the funeral,” said Adrian with a breaking voice. Mark could see that he was about to cry when recalling memories.
“So, daddy how is it that I am in one piece now, absolutely healthy? Is that heaven where we are now?” asked Mark.
“No, dear,” laughed Adrian.
“You have just been resurrected. It doesn’t make sense to resurrect anybody in poor state, that is sick,” replied James.
Then Adrian added, “We are not in heaven now. We are on the earth. However, before I let you know how it happened, let me finish your story. Well, on your funeral there were about ten thousand people. Me, mum and James were walking behind the coffin, associated by the girl Monica whom you liked so much.”
“The one who was Jehovah’s witness?” disturbed Mark.
“Yes, the same one.” continued dad, “She went with us to the tomb, but refused to take part in a solemn ceremony. We did not mind that. The same day in the evening she visited us, gave both of us a long hug. After that she said that she knew where you were and that if we want to, we can see you alive again. Hearing those words we started crying and explained that it was not nice to make fun of us on such a sad day. To that she replied with tears in her eyes that she was not joking at all. Then opened her Bible and quoted Gospel of John chapter 5 verses 25 through 29, which contained Jesus’ words.”
Here Mark’s dad stopped, grabbed the Bible which was lying on the table, opened it on the mentioned scriptures and read, “Most truly I say to YOU, The hour is coming, and it is now, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who have given heed will live. For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted also to the Son to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to do judging, because Son of man he is. Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.”
That very moment he stopped reading the scriptures, because someone knocked the door. Mark’s mum said, “Come in.” When the door opened Mark saw at the door an average tall, slim girl. She had shoulder length, curly, blond hair and absolutely gorgeous blue eyes. She looked strongly familiar to him. When she caught Mark’s sight she slowly came to him, embraced him, gave him a hug and said, “Welcome back Mark. It is so nice to see you again. I’ve been looking to it for a long time. Thank you Jehovah that You have just satisfied my desire.”
Mark stood mute. His heart was beating faster and faster in his chest. ‘Who is she?’ he thought to himself. ‘Such nice, good looking girl. How is it that she knows me?’
“Don’t you recognize me?” inquired the girl, and asked, “Look for a while into my eyes.”
Mark looked deep into her wonderful, extremely gorgeous eyes, which were as light blue as the sky on a very sunny day and whispered, “Monica, is that you?”
The girl nodded her head. Mark could not say a word, only stood absolutely motionless and was weeping with joy. After a few minutes when they overran their emotions, Monica sat at the table.
“I have just quoted the scriptures you read to us after Mark’s funeral,” said
Adrian and asked if she would like to continue. Monica agreed.
She said, “On that very evening we talked till midnight. I told to your parents about examples of resurrection done by God’s prophets and those of Jesus Christ. They immediately grasped the meaning of it for them and …”
“…and we accepted a home Bible study,” interrupted Elisabeth and then continued, “the following Sunday we went with her to the meeting and since then on we have never stooped. James attended with us and he studied the Bible as well. Soon he became a very exemplary youth. When he was 25 years old he met Jasmine – a girl devoted to God from a neighboring congregation – then
a year later they got married. They had the same goals so when he was 27 they both attended Gilead School of Jehovah’s Witnesses.”
Mark was listening so attentively not to lose a word of all which had been said. Then shyly asked, “What is The Gilead School? And what does the name Jehovah stay for?”
To that Adrian replied, “The Gilead School was a school ran by Jehovah’s Witnesses to educate missionaries who then used to be sent to lands and countries where the good news about Jehovah’s Kingdom had not been preached yet. If it comes to the name Jehovah – it is the personal name of the Almighty God.”
That very moment Adrian opened the Bible on the book of Psalms and cited Psalm 83, verse 19 which says, “That people may know that you, whose name is Jehovah, You alone are the Most High over all the earth.” After reading the scripture, Adrian continued, “It is thank to Jehovah that have these wonderful condition around us and that people come back to life by means of resurrection.”
Mark eyes produced a torrent which was flowing down his cheeks, a torrent which was the visual condition of the unuttered happiness of his heart. Thoughts in his brain were moving to and through like waves of the disquiet sea, from one question to another. “How long will it last? What should I do to live here? How long had it been since I died to my resurrection?” he thought to himself. After a while he turned to Monica and said with undertone, “Will it be tackles if I ask how old you are, Monica?”
“No, it won’t.” – she answered and said, “I am only 353 years old.” And then trying to overcome his question she said “and if you want to ask whether I am married, I am glad to inform you that I am not.”
Mark started laughing and exclaimed, “How did you know!?”
“It wasn’t very difficult Mark. I could see that spark in your eyes, when you saw me.” – she said.
“But can I ask you why?” Mark continued his investigation.
“Because the one whom I had fallen in love with, died tragically.” – she replied.
“Do you mean you loved me?!” he enquired loudly.
“Yeah, I did.” she nodded.
Hearing these words another torrent of tears went down Mark’s cheeks. It was much more than he could bear. “What a love!” – he thought to himself, “what a lucky man I am! Let thanks be to you, oh Jehovah for all the good things I have already experienced!”
Soon evening came and they all went to bed. The first day of Mark’s life in paradise was over.
In the morning they all set at the table to have breakfast. However, it was not usual breakfast. Instead of dishes, there were Bibles and booklets “Examining Scriptures Daily” placed on the table. After they all have greeted each other, Adrian asked everybody to open their booklets on the date ‘July 15th’. When it was done, he read the scripture opening the book of Fulfillment (the book which was added to the Bible after Armageddon) which said: “Thanks let be to You oh Jehovah! Great and wonderful are your works, Jehovah God, the Almighty. Righteous and true are your ways, King of eternity. Who will not really fear you, Jehovah, and glorify your name, because you alone are loyal? For all the nations came and worship before you, because your righteous decrees have been made manifest. Everything You have said is being fulfilled due to all the utterances You gave to your prophets. ”
Mark noticed that these were paraphrased words of the book of Revelation, chapter 15, verses 3 and 4.
Then Adrian asked his wife, Elisabeth to read the commentary. It said, “It has passed nearly one third of a millennium since God’s Kingdom took visible power over all the Earth. All loyal Jehovah’s servants who died during 6000 years of Satan’s rule has already been raised. The last of them who has been resurrected is Abel. And the resurrection of the other people, who died in oblivion, has already started. However, all those living now have a threefold task. First they have to take care of their personal spiritual needs, then take care of spiritual needs of the newly resurrected and finally prepare places of accommodation for them. Taking care of spiritual needs is of primary importance that we all might be prepared for the final test, when Satan will be freed from the abyss. After the final test he will be thrown to the lake of fire, that means destroyed forever.”
After having that commentary read Adrian asked a question, “what trifold job do all people have now?” Then for about fifteen minutes all family members discussed that commentary. Finally Adrian turned to God with prayer thanking for the material and spiritual provision and asking for blessings. After that the proper meal was brought and placed on the table.
Mark looked carefully at the provided food and noticed that there was no meat at all. However, there was something which looked like a smoked ham, but it wasn’t. He helped himself with some of it. It was certainly made of soya beans, but tasted like the most delicious finest pork ham. After the abundant nutritious meal Mark was taken to a neighboring hill where stood a nice two storey house with a garage attached to it. It was obvious that the building had been newly erected.
When they came to the entrance of the house, Adrian press the handle and opened the door. Then they all went inside. To Mark’s surprise the building was fully furnished, but the furniture was covered in white covers signifying that nobody lived there. Then Elisabeth said to Mark, “welcome to your home sonny!”
Mark wide-eyed looked puzzlingly at her and said, “I don’t understand.”
Then Elisabeth continued, “this is your house Mark. We built it for you. You can either live here or stay with us if you like. It is up to you.”
Mark felt so moved with that gift, that he began loudly weeping. Then staggering said to them, “tha…ank you.” After that he embraced both of his parents at the same time and froze motionless. After a while when Mark calmed down his feelings they went around the house.
The house was built exactly the way Mark dreamt about. Downstairs was a spacious hall which further was turning into an enormous living room leading to a roomy patio. Upstairs there were three bedrooms attached to each other. Opposite them was situated a tailed bathroom with the wall size mirror, which face was covering shelves for towels and soap. On the ceiling, there were situated ingenious lamps, but Mark could not see any switches for them. While he was carefully searching for them Adrian clapped his hands twice and the lights went on. That again put Mark in amazement. Being deeply taken aback with such fine technological solution, he asked his dad where the electricity wires were hidden. To his surprise he acknowledged that there were no wires at all.
“How is that?” he asked.
Then, with a soft majestic voice, Adrian explained that the whole globe was powered with electrical energy from the stratosphere, which was distributed wirelessly to all electrical items on the planet. Even cars did not need batteries, thank to discoveries of Nicolas Tesla. Although those inventions had existed before Jehovah stopped Satan’s rule, they had not been used. And everything for the reason that greedy commercial system did not allow for it. These pieces of information made Mark fell deeper in thoughts.
He was wondering, ”What else may await me here? How can I repay Jehovah God and my parents for all these wonderful things that have become my share?! What profession should I choose?”
Mark’s daydreaming became suddenly interrupted by Elisabeth’s voice, who said “You may be wondering what you should do to repay for that?”
To that Mark nodded his head in agreement.
“Well,” said Adrian “With some other newly resurrected you will take a part in weekly Bible course called ‘Get to Know Jehovah and His Wonderful Provision.’ As your family we will associate you serving with our knowledge and practical skills like preparing meals, cleaning, doing laundry and a lot more. After the course you will take part in further preparations to build houses for others who are about to be resurrected. That job is made only for half a day, that is four hours. The other four hours are designed to accomplish our house works, next two for Bible reading and meditating on it. Every other evening we meet with other families like us at the local amphitheater where we discuss the Bible together, sharing thoughts. Those meetings are run by men of different families who are called brothers. They are all princes of The New Earth.
MEN IN WHITE ROBES
The very same day in the evening the local amphitheater, which was situated on the hill slope, was filled with about two hundred people. The families were sitting together with their children. They were all very neatly dressed like for
a reception. Mark observed them all very attentively. Soon he noticed that on the stage, called the platform, were about twenty men dressed in long, white robes. However, the whiteness was very strange, because it was as bright as snow. Among them was Adrian. Mark asked Elisabeth who they were. She kindly explained to him that those were men who had survived Armageddon, that meant they had never tried death since the day of their birth. Then Jehovah gave a commandment regarding them, that they were all dressed in white robes to be recognized by everybody as those whom Jehovah designated for a very specific purpose. After that brief explanation Elisabeth opened the Bible on the book of Revelation and asked Mark to read for himself verses 9 through 17 of chapter 7. Mark looked at the scriptures and read with undertone, “After these things I saw, and, look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes; and there were palm branches in their hands. And they keep on crying with a loud voice, saying: ‘Salvation [we owe] to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.’
And all the angels were standing around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell upon their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: ‘Amen! The blessing and the glory and the wisdom and the thanksgiving and the honor and the power and the strength [be] to our God forever and ever. Amen.’
And in response one of the elders said to me: ‘These who are dressed in the white robes, who are they and where did they come from?’
So right away I said to him: ‘My lord, you are the one that knows.’
And he said to me: ‘These are the ones that come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. That is why they are before the throne of God; and they are rendering him sacred service day and night in his temple; and the One seated on the throne will spread his tent over them. They will hunger no more nor thirst anymore, neither will the sun beat down upon them nor any scorching heat, because the Lamb, who is in the midst of the throne, will shepherd them, and will guide them to fountains of waters of life. And God will wipe out every tear from their eyes’.”
After Mark read it, he asked if Adrian survived Armageddon. Elisabeth nodded and said that she hadn’t been so lucky. These caused that Mark asked how old she had been when she died. She told to him that she had died at the age of nighty-five. Hearing that he looked at her with curiosity and asked, ”So, why is it that you are so young?”
She replied, “I accepted the truth about Jehovah’s Kingdom before Armageddon. Then, when the resurrection of the righteous ones started,
I appeared among the first ones who were raised. Then a new low was revealed that all those who had been happy with their marriage mates before Armageddon can again get married if they want to, but this time forever. Although it seemed take some time before I return to my youth, we both did not hesitate to remarry again, as we loved each other very much and of course had stayed next to each other in the most difficult times of our lives, death of our older son Mark. But guess what, Jehovah made a miracle. The very next day I woke up completely young again. We both couldn’t stop crying from joy. ” Here she stopped looked at Mark with affection and smiled. Mark immediately answered for it with his smile, but down his cheeks were flowing two huge drops of tears.
A few minutes later one of the men in white robes stood up, came to the front of the platform and said with a loud voice: “Welcome dear brother and sisters on our New Earth Thursday Worship Meeting.” That all the gathered ones raised a warm applause. Then he said: “My beloved brothers and sisters let stand up and turn to our heavenly father Jehovah in prayer.”
After that all the gathered ones stood up, then they raised their hands up, and the speaker started his prayer in behalf of them. He said: “Jehovah, our heavenly Father and Lord, how happy we are to be here among the association of our brothers and sisters to worship You, give You praise and be instructed by You. Let thank be to you Father, that you again have blessed us so bountifully and rejoiced our hearts by means of resurrection of our family members who had died not knowing you. Please Father open their hearts and minds and fill them with Your holly spirit, Your active force, that they like us might accept your provision, gain exact knowledge about You and press forward to Christian maturity. Jehovah God, thank You for Your beloved son Jesus Christ who You had sent in far ages to become the offering of atonement for sins of the whole humankind. We beg You Jehovah, fill us with your holly spirit that during this meeting we would take your instructions into our hears and continue preparation of our hearts for the final test, when Your arch enemy Satan the Devil and his demons will be freed from their imprisonment to mislead the entire inhabited earth, but then them and their supports be thrown to the lake of fire, from where they will never return. Amen”
When he finished his prayer, all the gathered said loud ‘Amen’ as one. After that one of the man dressed in white robes got up and said, “Dear brothers and sisters and all newly resurrected ones I am very happy to welcome you on our meeting. I would like to introduce myself for all those who are seeing me for the first time. My name is Joseph Jackson. This evening it is my greatest privilege to open this meeting. In Announcement I am glad to inform you that after Sabbath on Sunday will start the first class of the course ‘Get to Know Jehovah and His Wonderful Provision.’ In our settlement 70 newly resurrected will take part in it.” Then names of all seventy members were read aloud. Mark felt very proud and incredibly glad that his name was among them. Joseph also explained that the course would be held there at the Amphitheater. After having read other vital information he added, “now all members of the course will be given special robes and are asked to wear them through the length of the course.”
When Mark received his garment, he unfolded it and looked at it carefully. It was all light blue color with a white sash. While he was wondering what it meant, another speaker called Andrew Sims appeared on the platform and satisfied his curiosity saying that the sash marks sons and daughters of those who survived Armageddon. Mark wondered why it was so important.
In the further part of the meeting they all discussed some important parts of the Book of Fulfilment, but at the final part of it, a quite tall and well-built brother appeared on the stage. He had short, spiky, blond hair and very tall forehead. He was dressed in a white shirt, a tailored creamy suit and a golden tie. To his boutonnière was attached a sort of flat, oval shape stone. Mark was looking at him for quite a while. Then he heard the brother saying, “My name is Michael. Today I would like to tell you my story from before Armageddon.”
Mark was sure that he must have met him before, only when? He could not grasp that. However Michael continued. “I was a very young boy, still at the secondary school when I decided to devote my life to Jehovah, and then soon after that I became a full time evangelizer or pioneer as they were called in those times. I was blessed with many home Bible studies with people in my territory. All of them liked me and knew me. Then I met a nice sister whom I was about to marry when my body got stricken with cancer which was mercilessly consuming my body. I went through all kind of medical treatment, but without any positive results. Shortly then I lost my hair and a lot of weight, however kept positive attitude until my death. Last words which I had uttered before dying was calling upon Jehovah’s name three times. And guess what! Then I opened my eyes here in paradise which is being created. For me it was like transformation. I am sure many of you newly resurrected ones felt the same way.”
As soon as he finished Mark reminded himself where he had met him. They used to live in the same block of flats, but Michael was a bit older than him. Michael often preached to him while they were playing together. Than he died at the age of 22 and Mark was present at his funeral. This was more than he could stand. With tears pouring down his cheeks like a heavy rain, Mark stood up and started running down to the platform, then jump like monkey on it, got to Michael, embraced him and asked if he knew him. Michael denied. To that Mark explained who he was, and Michael immediately called back memories and exclaimed: “Mark little question!” Mark nodded. Then for about a minute they were embracing each other crying of joy while the audience stood up clapping their hands. That very meeting became known then as the wettest meeting in restored paradise history, as everybody in the audience cried as well.
Three days later, on Sunday the course “Get to Know Jehovah and His Wonderful Provision,” for 70 newly resurrected ones, started. All students dressed in their robes were present. At the begging of the of educational session each participant received a lather briefcase with a set of books, among which was The Bible covered with golden soft skin. Mark looked at it attentively and noticed that it was titled New World Translation of The Holy Scriptures. Underneath of it there was a note written with smaller letters, saying: Rendered From the Original Languages by THE NEW WORLD TRANSLATION COMMITTEE, Revised Final Paradisiac Edition. There was no year given. Then Mark searched carefully other contents of his briefcase. Besides the books and booklets there was a copybook size tablet to put down the notes of the course and the seven day program of the course.
When time arrived, Adrian got on the platform and offered a prayer in behalf of all those gathered. As soon as he finished it, something strange happened. First, gentle breeze started blowing around the amphitheater and then, over the whole surface of the stage, in the air, appeared absolutely three dimensional film showing some acts of Jehovah’s creation of the universe. All viewers were gasping in amazement. At its beginning thick darkness filled the space over the platform and from it there was beautiful, majestic voice coming out, saying: “מילים(Son – in Hebrew). Let us fill the darkness with al sort of bodies both big and small.” Then appeared a tiny light object in the middle of darkness which after a while started spreading, being pushed by an extreme unseen power. That power was called Jehovah’s Holly Spirit. Then letters were displayed in the air screen creating a sentence: “That power was discovered at the twenty-first century by physicists and named ‘dark energy,’ though everything was pointing at the invisible Creator who had been using it since long ago. Scientist asked question what it was, and its role in the appearance and creation of the universe. It was described as an unknown form of energy that radiated from deep space, and behaved in the opposite manner to gravity. Although all visible heavenly bodies had tendency to pulling each other by means of gravity, ‘dark energy’ was the only known one which pushed galaxies apart rather than pulling them.”
Then that darkness was filled with unnumbered rays of colorful light coming out from the point in the middle in all directions. After some time appeared something, that looked in the likeness of a cloud of thick smoke, which soon filled all the capacity of the screen. In that smoke, there were seen lightening and heard rumblings of a magnetic storm. Shortly after that, some unknown force was thinning it and to the eyes of the viewers appeared trillions of small particles, each about an inch long, which started joining with each other creating sort of rocks rotating around their axes, and around the biggest of them, shortening the distance between themselves, and the one making a sort of the core. When the distance among them was short enough, they began pulling each other with an incredible speed making larger bodies that started shining brightly after some time. Everybody could recognize, that these huge heavenly bodies were newly created stars or suns.
That very moment another caption appeared: “Those inch long particles scientists called ‘planetesimals,’ and it was believed that they were amalgamated small bits of dust which then, in nebulas (clouds of gases), were stuck together to create planets. As you can see on the screen, first they were joined to create stars.”
When the brief development of the universe creation was over, on the screen appeared the Milky Way Galaxy, where in one of its edges was a tiny shining point which started slowly growing to the very moment when all the viewers could see clearly our solar system with all its planets. Then the picture focused on the third planet from the sun, which filled with its size the very center of the screen, and then the picture froze motionless, and to ears of the gathered ones was streaming an incredibly nice, soft voice explaining the beginning of the earth. It said:
”In [the] beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth proved to be formless and waste and there was darkness upon the surface of [the] watery deep; and God’s active force was moving to and fro over the surface of the waters.”
Then it was explained that at its initiation the earth was covered with a cloud of gases and dust and its surface neither could be seen from outside, nor the light of the sun could be seen on its surface. So Jehovah God caused that the light of the sun could break through thick conglomerate of dust and gas.
And God proceeded to say: “Let light come to be.” Then there came to be light. After that God saw that the light was good, and God brought about a division between the light and the darkness. And God began calling the light Day, but the darkness he called Night. And there came to be evening and there came to be morning, a first day.
Then the movie briefly presented the other five days of preparation the earth for humans to live on it. All viewers could see and read the Bible verses about creation, which were contained in chapter one of the Bible book of Genesis.
They said: “Then God said: ‘Let there be an expanse between the waters, and let there be a division between the waters and the waters.’Then God went on to make the expanse and divided the waters beneath the expanse from the waters above the expanse. And it was so. God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.”
The very moment all amazed viewers could see the cross-section of the earth. In the middle of it there was something in the likeness of a burning core floating in the sort liquid which was called magma. A bit higher over the liquid, there was a hard shell fully covered all over with water. Then something strange happened.
Soon the eyes of viewers were focused on something reminding a strong wind. It was blowing in the middle of the waters covering the earth. Then happened something Mark, as well as the others, had seen for the first time in their lives. Unseen, incredibly powerful force raised all the waters over the wind up from the earth, and put them in motion around the globe. In the space between the waters, called then the atmosphere, was spreading a thin, white clear curtain of vapor. Further, closer to the water whirling around the earth, it was turning into clouds, deeper into water, and finally into ice. The scene was so brilliantly beautiful, that the viewers gave a long howling sound “wo…w” as one. Shortly after that, the same force which raised the water up caused that the waters on the earth gathered in one place, and on the screen was seen the below caption:
“Then God said: ‘Let the waters under the heavens be collected together into one place, and let the dry land appear.’ And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, but the collecting of the waters, he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said: ‘Let the earth cause grass to sprout, seed-bearing plants and fruit trees according to their kinds, yielding fruit along with seed on the earth.’ And it was so. And the earth began to produce grass, seed-bearing plants and trees yielding fruit along with seed, according to their kinds. Then God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning,
a third day.”
Now on the screen was seen dry land which started being covered in thick grass, tall trees and all sort of flora.
“Then God said: “Let there be luminaries in the expanse of the heavens to make a division between the day and the night, and they will serve as signs for seasons and for days and years. They will serve as luminaries in the expanse of the heavens to shine upon the earth.” And it was so. And God went on to make the two great luminaries, the greater luminary for dominating the day and the lesser luminary for dominating the night, and also the stars. Thus God put them in the expanse of the heavens to shine upon the earth and to dominate by day and by night and to make a division between the light and the darkness. Then God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning,
a fourth day,” said the caption.
The following picture on the screen presented the view of the expanse over the atmosphere, presenting various luminaries seen on it, making a breath taking view. However, they were not like the celestial lights the viewers could see every evening in their sky, as they were a bit cloudy like being covered with
a vail. Then, another frame enclosed further Bible scriptures of the book of Genesis.
“Then God said: “Let the waters swarm with living creatures, and let flying creatures fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” And God created the great sea creatures and all living creatures that move and swarm in the waters according to their kinds and every winged flying creature according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. With that God blessed them, saying: “Be fruitful and become many and fill the waters of the sea, and let the flying creatures become many in the earth.” And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.”
When the frame started disappearing, the film started showing appearance of sea animals. All watchers were surprised seeing that waters had not small fish they knew, but enormous sea. Then, they could see as those huge animals gave beginning to all sort of other sea animals.
From the sea the picture quickly moved in to the atmosphere showing appearance of any sort of flying creatures or dinosaurs in the shape of pterodactyls. All viewers were engrossed in thoughts observing as these flying monsters gave beginning to all other birds. The movie also presented the beginning of all insects. The film showed a pair of huge, half dragonfly and half mosquito insects, which gave beginning to all other of its kind.
Then God said: “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds, domestic animals and creeping animals and wild animals of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. And God went on to make the wild animals of the earth according to their kinds and the domestic animals according to their kinds and all the creeping animals of the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
After these colorful presentation of animal creation, all viewers saw an incredibly beautiful, neat garden where in the middle was situated a meadow with shortly cut grass. Then they heard God’s voice saying:
“Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness, and let them have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and the domestic animals and all the earth and every creeping animal that is moving on the earth.”
As soon as JehovahGod stopped speaking, on the screen appeared two transparent characters in the shape of men, whose faces were not clear. One of them was holding a papyrus scroll on which were drawings and instructions written in Hebrew. That very moment all viewers noticed that all the captions were written in Hebrew and that all of them could understand and read it without learning it. Then they heard a voice coming out of the speakers, saying: ‘You have just exercised a miracle as Jehovah our heavenly Father restored to you natural language of human kind, the language which God inculcated in people and which then, just after the flood was mixed.’ Mark and a great numbers on other participants of the course were so moved that they started crying again.
When the voice in the speakers silenced they looked at the scroll on the screen again and understood, that there were drawings and instructions how to make a man. The other person or character was looking at the scroll from time to time being very engaged in creating the first man. Those making the human body were associated with a strong wind. Viewers recognised that these were Jehovah and one of His angelic Sons. After that, a caption appeared on the screen saying:
“And God went on to create the man in his image, in God’s image he created him; male and female he created them.”
That very moment a voice coming out of the speakers explained that the Master Worker building up human body is Jesus in his prehumen being. When the man’s body was ready something strange happened. The one holding the scroll, that is Jehovah, blew into the man’s face and he started breathing and then got up or rather raced his corps and sat. On the screen appeared another scripture:
“And Jehovah God went on to form the man out of dust from the ground and to blow into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living person.”
After examining his own body carefully, the newly created man heard Jehovah’s voice explaining to him that he would be called Adam as he was made of the dust (Hebrew – adamah – meaning ‘ground’) and had red carnation (Hebrew – Adamah – red). Next Adam acknowledged that Jehovah was his father. After making a lot of things clear to Adam, Jehovah gave him a job to name all the plants and animals. Adam had been performing that task for nearly 30 years before he accomplished it. In the meantime he had learned a lot of things and got to know habits of all the animals. After finishing his task Adam’s heart grew sick. He observed that all animals had their mates, but for Adam there was no mate. There was not anybody similar to him, so he walked around longing. So his Father said to the Master Worker:
“It is not good for the man to continue to be alone. I am going to make a helper for him, as a complement of him.”
Now – on the screen – the course participants saw the same spiritual characters as before. This time They were busy making a woman’s body, but the scenario did not repeat, as on Jehovah’s order the Master Worker took out one of Adam’s rib bones and from it He made a woman’s body. It was like the woman would be growing up of that rib bone. Certainly she was a feminine clone of Adam’s. At the bottom of the screen a caption appeared: ‘Jehovah God built the rib that he had taken from the man into a woman, and he brought her to the man.’
When Adam caught out sight of her , he shouted: “This is at last bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. This one will be called woman, because from man she was taken.” That very moment Adam’s heart got extremely rejoiced. After that Jehovah told Adam to teach the woman everything he had learned, and what was more important, to make her acquainted with Father’s instructions. To both of them Jehovah gave another, very important and responsible task to perform. It was mentioned on the screen in the cited scripture:
“Further, God blessed them, and God said to them: “Be fruitful and become many, fill the earth and subdue it, and have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and every living creature that is moving on the earth.”
After reading that caption one of the course participants said aloud: “So it is not true that the first sin was a sexual relation between man and the woman. Our priest used to say that it was!”
Finally the film showed as Jehovah told the first human couple what there were allowed to eat. And another caption appeared:
“’Then God said: “Here I have given to you every seed-bearing plant that is on the entire earth and every tree with seed-bearing fruit. Let them serve as food for you. And to every wild animal of the earth and to every flying creature of the heavens and to everything moving on the earth in which there is life, I have given all green vegetation for food.’ And it was so.
After that God saw everything he had made, and look! it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.”
When the film ended, Adrian appeared on the platform and thanked all the participants for their attention. He also said that the following day of the course would be still more exciting and that they would have a chance to meet two unusual guests. Finally he raised his hands up and thanked Jehovah for that wonderful course. When he finished all said ‘Amen’ as one.
Although nearly everybody left Mark still sat for a while thinking about everything what happened on that day. A question was intriguing his mind. Why people had been likened to God who had a spiritual body, and humans had material?
Then, in his heart he warmly thanked Father Jehovah for everything he had already experienced. The first day of the course was over.
The next day of the course started the way Mark had already known, but this time on the stage appeared a new brother whom Mark hadn’t seen before. He was average tall or even rather short. He had thick, wavy, red hair and was well built. He was wearing a long purple and white robe. His chest was girded with a golden sash which was going down from his right shoulder across to the left of his belt. He stood in the middle of the platform and said: “Welcome all my brothers and sisters, participants of the second day course ‘Get to Know Jehovah and His Wonderful Provision.’This day will certainly exert unforgettable impression on all of you, but first let me introduce myself. My name is David the son of Jesse of the tribe of Judah, and I used to be a king in Israel.
That very moment all the auditorium gave a loud sound ‘wow,’ but David raised his hands up to still them and added: ‘My dear brothers and sisters I do not deserve anything as I am a sinful man like you who was resurrected some time ago. Whole credit belongs to Jehovah, because it is Him who prepared all these things. Let Him be the praise forever and ever.’ As he finished the audience raised still much louder applause. After that David raised his hands up towards heaven and thanked Jehovah for Order in Council of resurrection. Next he asked for Jehovah’s spirit to be operative upon all the participants, speakers and the whole association of brothers and sisters. When he concluded the prayer with a loud ‘amen’ the proper program started.
First the platform was filled with a hologram film presenting the exodus of Israelites through the Red Sea. As they all went through it as the last person went Moses. When he got on other seashore, he stretched his hand and water of the sea got back to its usual position burying the proud Egyptian king and his army forever. That very moment the screen disappeared, but … but Moses left on the platform. Then he turned around and said with extremely soft, delicate and majestic voice ‘Shalom my dear brothers and sisters, newly resurrected whom Jehovah had shown mercy by raising you up from the dead.’
Moses was a tall, robust man with long, dark, wavy hair and serious, but kind appearance. He was wearing a long, robe like undergarment, and a knee-long, sleeveless coat with rainbow color stripes along it. On his feet had a pair of leather sandals with slings. In his right hand he held an acacia crook. While everybody was looking in amazement at him, he straightened himself, smiled to the audience and exclaimed with a thundery voice ‘Thank You Father Jehovah, that due to the arrangement of Your will all this people are present here alive!’ Now this strong and powerful human could not control his emotions any longer and let his tears stream down his face. Nevertheless, these were tears of great, unspoken joy which was heating his heart. It was obvious that Moses loved people.
Mark was searchingly looking at him and attentively listening to his public discourse entitled “A Prophet Like You Jehovah Will Raise From Among Your People.”