Tyce Greyson is drawn ever deeper into intrigues first begun when an eerie accident in the Isle of Patmos cave changes his life forever…
From chapter 4 of REVELATIONS by Terry James…
The schedule was set. They would fly out of JFK at 12:45 p.m. the next day. But first he would do the news broadcast, preceded by and followed by promotion of the upcoming documentary series: Patmos Apocalypse.
He watched the laptop’s screen as the computer pulled up the document.
Israel, the Sign
The tentative title given the manuscript ran through his mind, whispered by the voice of the Jewish man in the religious garb. It was as if the little man in the religious get-up had dictated the title. Greyson could think of none better.
Bressnick had promised him time and funding for pursuing research on the book. He would do the research in Jerusalem and other places in Israel. He could do so between times of filming the documentary, which he would narrate for the most part. –Telling his story and going over the dramatic prophecies he had uttered since the bite by the viper.
The remembered words of the short, rotund, television preacher he had become fond of watching on Sundays thundered in his head now, while the text scrolled on the laptop’s screen.
“Have you noticed how Israel is condemned by practically every nation in the U.N? Have you noticed that even though Israel does nothing through aggressive actions toward the Palestinians,…and the PLO and other Islamic-Arab actors in the area murder Israeli Jews,…it is the Jews, it is Israel who is called the aggressors…the occupiers…the murderers?”
The questions burned into his reporter’s curiosity. It was always the Arab states, the Islamists, that declared they would completely eradicate the Jewish state. –That vowed to push every last Jew into the Mediterranean.
The Arab coalition had indeed attempted to do just that on the historically notable occasions in1948 at Israel’s rebirth into modernity. The Arab forces, under Nasser then Sadat had tried to destroy Israel in 1956, 1967 and 1973. They continued their blood-vow to erase Israel from being a nation.
Despite these rants, the rest of the world –with few exceptions– continued to declare Israel the problem. Israel must give in to the Palestinian demands that declared they wanted Israeli territory in exchange for peace. Yet the Arab enemies would never even recognize Israel as a legitimate state.
The Texas preacher’s words echoed again in his mind’s ear.
“The world hates Israel because that is the people out of whom the savior of the world…Jesus Christ…came into the world to seek and to save lost humanity. The Old Testament prophet, Zechariah, said it all in giving the end times declaration…”
The preacher had held up the big Bible, then placed it on the pulpit.
“Zechariah the prophet foretold the following,” the preacher had said before reading from the scripture.
“The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.”
Tyce remembered the hours spent at the United Nations building. The constant diatribe against Israel. The delegations that got up from their seats when Benjamin Netanyahu or other Israeli spoke before the assembly. –How the vote against Israel was overwhelming in most every case when the Jewish state was at the center of controversy.
The Zechariah prophecy could already be considered to have come true, he pondered, looking again to the laptop’s screen.
His own life was now being drawn irresistibly into the end of days drama, or whatsoever one might call it. Why and how had it happened? he had always considered such as in the same category as UFOs, ghost stories, and other matters. Things better suited to the fiction writers’ pursuits than to journalists in pursuit of truth.
The Bible… he respected the Bible, having been raised a Catholic. But, as a journalist –a realist– the Bible was to be looked at as a great literary work –not as the very Word of God, as the Texas television preacher would have it.
Yet it was happening to him… Why him?… The Patmos visions, or whatsoever they were… The sudden celebrity from the…prophecies?
They had come true, those predictions… predictions he didn’t even remember making during those news casts.
And the next newscast was now less than an hour and a half away. –The final newscast before heading to Patmos and to Israel and Jerusalem in pursuit of… His Trying to find out what might be his own part in all of this strangeness…
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