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Dispatches Across Eternity. A novelist looks at Earth's Final Kingdom.

Is Winter Coming Early...

Trees against winter sky. Is Winter Coming Early For America?

For America?

by Craige McMillan
I think it is, especially for America.

Where I live in the high desert, early morning temperatures are approaching freezing. Yet the days still touch the eighty degree mark. Winter drops its calling cards as it slips through the area late at night. The animals grow heavier coats, they eat more, and people are out cutting firewood.

I like the four seasons, but we haven't had fall yet. Winter, except perhaps for skiers, is viewed as a season of hardship. Bundle up when you go outside. Feed the furnace. And help fellow motorists who have slid off the road, because no one else may come by for another twenty-four hours.

Winter is also viewed as the end of the seasonal cycle. Or the end of the cycle for which it is a metaphor. Jesus made reference to the seasons on several occasions in the New Testament. As the pressure on him from the religious experts increased, he began to speak in parables, or stories, to the crowds who followed him. After these teachings, when they were alone together, his disciples would often ask, "What does it mean?"

Among these men he felt he could speak plainly. One such instance is recorded in Matthew, chapter 24. Jesus was describing the end times (the end of time, actually), and his disciples understandably wanted more information.

Jesus tells them what it will be like. As to "when question," he says this:

"Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. (32-34).

The seasons take place with well-established regularity. Jesus describes for his disciples what the world will look like just prior to his return. And with the regularity of the seasons in mind, he tells those closest to him that final winter will happen. The generation that sees this begin, will see it all end.

Who is it? It's us, baby.

The secular world believes it has preempted the supernatural with technology; that the supernatural and technology are one and the same. They think that eternity is one's consciousness poured into a Google account. They think the "singularity" marks the beginning of human-controlled eternity.

The magnitude of the disruption that takes place as the natural and supernatural worlds collide is impossible for secularists to imagine. But some of you will understand.

Reconnaissance, volume one of Armageddon Story, will introduce you to the people who have been chosen to play a part in this drama. Are you there, tucked away in its pages?

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