WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO READ IS THE RECOUNTING OF AN ACTUAL EVENT.
One evening, in the summer of 1982, my wife and I had some friends over for a meal after church services. After dinner we were sitting in the livingroom talking. Two of the men were fellow members of the Spokesman Club, a speech club of the Worldwide Church of God, of which I myself happened to be Vice President that particular year.
At one point I decided to walk to the kitchen to start a fresh pot of coffee. As I walked across the room, I noticed what looked like the light of a fire coming through the window over our entry way. I paused to get a better look since it was in the vacinity of my parent's field.
It looked red, but it didn't look quite like a fire, so I changed directions and went down the steps that led to the landing in the entry. I opened our front door and stepped out onto the front porch to get an unobstructed view.
It was INCREDIBLE! A pillar of red light was standing upright across the road about two hundred yards away.
Immediately I started to walk toward it to see what on earth it was when I remembered the others in the house. Stepping back, I yelled in the door, "Hey, you guys, come here and see this!"
I waited for them in the driveway. There was six of us altogether. We were standing there trying to figure out what it was when I decided to walk to it to find out.
The rest of them followed me across the road into my parent's drive way. As we passed by my parent's house, I decided to call it to the attention of my parents for surely it would be a short-lived sight.
At my beckoning, my mother came out on her back porch and witnessed the spectacle with us. Her first words were, "What is it?"
"I don't know, mom", I replied, "but I'm going to find out." I took off walking up the hill toward it. One of the men caught up with me and began walking toward it too. We got within two hundred feet of it when it began moving. We stopped to see what it was going to do.
The best way I can describe it is it was a pillar of red light. Imagine if you can, a pillar of fog about thirty feet in diameter and about 300 feet high standing in the middle of a field on an otherwise perfectly clear, but moonless night. Visibility was excellent in every direction. The sky was ink black with myriads of shimmering, sparkling stars.
Imagine a pillar of swirling fog like that, with a red flood light placed at the center of its base, and shinning straight up through it. If you can imagine how that might look you have a good idea of what we saw.
We watched as it began to move away from us slowly upthe hill. I started to follow it, at which time my friend took a couple steps then decided to turn back to the others.
I followed it up to a plateau where the hill levels out for about eighty yards. As I reached the plateau I could see our tractor road making the uphill turn at the far end under the big Poplar tree. The Pillar of light was standing next to the tree. It had stopped travelling across the ground and was once again staying one place.
I stopped, and studied it being afarid it would move again if I tried to get closer. I knew I was witnessing some kind of phenomena right while I was looking at it. I appreciated the situation. I could see the red light on the grass of the field and the red cast on the leaves of the Poplar tree next to it.
Finally, I decided to see if I could walk up to it. I looked back toward the others. I couldn't see them any longer since I had walked beyond the crest of the plateau. I turned back around and began walking toward the light. I got within a hundred feet before it began to move up hill off the plateau.
The field to the top of the hill was much larger with an old barn standing on the top.
"Where is this thing going," I wondered. But, I followed, speeding up my steps, thinking it wouldn't last much longer. It began out-distancing me, so I make the decision to break out in a full speed ahead run.
By this time it was half way up through the bigger field with me about two hundred feet away from it when I noticed it was changing its motion.
I stopped to watch it. The base of it began dancing back and forth at it became pointed on the bottom. It was changing shape to that of a beautiful, small red tornado. However, there was absolutely no wind associated with it at all.
As I watched, the bottom lifted off the ground, hesitated there for a second or two, swaying back and forth, they shot straight up to the top. The whole thing then shot straight up into the night sky and disappeared. Gone!
There I was, standing out in the field by myself staring up into dark. There was nothing to do but return to the others.
I told them that tried to catch up to it, but it would move everytime I got within a hundred feet of it.None of us had ever seen anything like it before. It could only be described as a pillar of red light. It was beautiful. Like the UFO experience, I believe this too was part of my calling to research the Bible. These two events are just two of several that convinced my agnostic nature that man might stand atop the "food chain" on planet earth, but there exists an Intelligence so incredible in nature, scope, and power that most of us cannot start ot conceive of it. And, that the Bible contains much information concerning this Intelligence. The Bible itself is a phenomena. The information it contains is vastly larger than the sum of the respective parts. It is "living." It has served every generation with a level of understanding and knowledge, pertinent and appropriate, for that respective generation, as it boldly announced that certain knowledge was locked-up and "sealed" until the time of the end!
Obviously then, end-time knowledge would seem foreign, and therefore it would be rejected, by those standing on the wrong side of the paradigm........even if it was only days or hours into the past.
HABAKKUK 1:5 --"Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days which ye will not believe, though it be told you."
ISAIAH 29:11-13 --" And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:
" And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.
" Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:"
DANIEL 12:8-10 -- "And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
" And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
"Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand."
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