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Final Confrontation

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Contents
Chapter 1
“It was in Eden that the Seed was first mentioned.”
Chapter 2
“How can this be? I am a virgin!”
Chapter 3
“My soul magnifies the Lord.”
Chapter 4
“Herod has been quite useful to us.”
Chapter 5
“I baptize only with water.”
Chapter 6
“The Lord has zeal for His Father’s house.”
Chapter 7
“I am Herod Antipas. I am king now!”
Chapter 8
“Jesus intends to do what the prophets could never accomplish.”
Chapter 9
“He has just raised a dead boy at Nain.”
Chapter 10
“A farmer went out to sow his seed…”
Chapter 11
“I want the head of John the Baptizer.”
Chapter 12
“Get behind me, Satan!”
Chapter 13
“I am the Light of the world.”
Chapter 14
“I saw Satan fall from heaven.”
Chapter 15
“Lazarus, come forth!”
Chapter 16
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
Chapter 17
“How goes the matter with Judas?”
Chapter 18
“We need to settle this before the Passover.”
Chapter 19
“Is this how you betray your Master?”
Chapter 20
“Crucify Him!”
Chapter 21
“The stone is moving!”
Study Notes
 

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In the Beginning was the Word,

And the Word was with God,

And the Word was God.

Dedication

It is with gratitude in my heart that I dedicate this book to the three women and one little man of God in my life who make it complete:

Lori, who puts up with my late nights at the computer and my early morning runs to Starbucks; Kiersten, who has been after me to bid on something on eBay and has the gift of giving and daddy’s wallet to try and make it happen; Breelin; my Little Bit who always makes me laugh and who will knock the fashion world over one day with her designs; and to my as yet unborn but here when this book comes out son Ethan—Your name means “strong” in Hebrew—may you be a warrior for the Kingdom! I love you all!

P.S. OK girls, now let’s REALLY get that Monopoly game out!

“Some Thoughts From the Author About Book Four”

This last book of this series has been both a challenge and a joy. I have loved receiving emails from people all over the country who have enjoyed reading Chronicles of the Host. I hope it has been both a blessing and a fun read. I look forward to starting my next book. But first, some housecleaning issues for Book Four:

I recognize there has been an adjustment made in the calendar then and now, and that according to our calendar Jesus was probably born around 4 B.C. That could be confusing when reconciling Jesus’ death to a likely time of 33 A.D. as corroborated by other historical references, Pilate’s time as governor, Herod Antipas’ rule in Galilee and Matthias’ authority in the priesthood. So this book uses a year one to year 33 chronology in order to simplify matters. Check it out sometime and you’ll find what I mean.

I also chose to use the traditional names for the wise men rather than make them up. And even though the Bible doesn’t number the wise men, again I stuck with tradition for the sake of clarity and readability. Besides—they’re great names!

In the transformation of Simon Peter, I have used the name Peter immediately after Jesus’ first meeting with him. Hopefully this will alleviate confusion of too many Simons, as Simon the Zealot becomes involved later on. By the way, any scriptural usage and/or reference is from the NIV version.

Again, I have to repeat this is biblical fiction. It is an attempt to blend the Bible story with fictional accounts of angelic activity. I know in some cases you will find things that are “not in the Bible,” but the truth is I wrote this entire series with a Bible in front of me as a guide. Yes, you’ll find places where I make up names and events—but I think you will also find that the truth of the Bible is never intentionally violated in as much as I know. Have a great read!

Finally, I have included study notes at the end of the book. There is so much rich teaching and Bible information implied as well as stated in the series that I decided to include some thought-provoking questions.

Check out the Chronicles of the Host Web site for more study notes and information at:
www.chronhost.com

Final Confrontation
Cast of Characters:

Holy Angels

Michael
an archangel
Gabriel
an archangel and Chief Messenger
Crispin
a wisdom angel
Millas
a wisdom angel
Alamar
an aide to Michael
Serus
an aide to Michael
Bakka
an angel assigned to Serus
Rufus
a wisdom angel

Unholy Angels

Lucifer
chief of the fallen angels
Kara, Pellecus, and Rugio
Lucifer’s three chief angels
Lucifer’s Council
Vel, Nathan, Prian, Fineo, Drachon, Sar, Rega, Tinius, Lenaes
Berenius
aide to Kara
Demas
spirit assigned to Herod the Great
Rhedi
one of Kara’s spys
Jerob
an aide to Rugio
Achsan
one of Kara’s angels, assigned to Galilee
Lucien
an angel over the city of Gadara
Korah
a demon in possession of the Gadarene man
Drachus
a demon of infirmity
Brusial
a demon of infirmity assigned to Lazarus

Humans

Caspar
a wise man
Melchior
a wise man
Balthasar
a wise man
Zacharias
a priest and father of John the Baptist
Elizabeth
mother of John
Eli
a priest and friend to Zacharias
Mary and Joseph
mother and father to Jesus
John
the forerunner of the Christ

Priests, Sanhedrin, Sadducees and Herodians

Zairus
a Sanhedrin
Nicodemus
a Pharisee
Zichri
a Pharisee determined to discredit Jesus
Shallah
a Pharisee and an aide to Zichri
Zeruiah
a priest
Zereth
a Sadducee
Ethan
a priest
Achish
envoy of Herod Antipas

Rulers

Herod the Great
king of Judea at time of Jesus’ birth
Matthias
his high priest
Zereth
Herod’s chief assassin
Herod Antipas
Herod the Great’s son—ruler of Judea during Jesus’ ministry
Herodias
his wife
Caiaphas
his high priest
Malchius
servant to Caiaphas
Pontius Pilate
Roman governor in Palestine
Claudia
his wife
Lucius
aide to Pilate
Augustus
Roman emperor at time of Jesus’ birth
Tiberius
Roman emperor at time of Jesus’ death
Sejanus
Tiberias’ chief aide

Disciples of Jesus

Andrew

Peter

Philip

Bartholomew

Simon the Zealot

Thomas Judas Iscariot

James

Nathaniel

James the elder

Matthew

Thaddeus

Others

Gehazi
a disciple of John the Baptist
Jadok
a disciple of John the Baptist
Justus
a man baptized by Jesus
Lazarus
a friend to Jesus
Mary and Martha
sisters to Lazarus
Mary Magdalene
a woman delivered by Jesus of evil spirits
Barabbas
a convicted man
C
HAPTER 1
“It was in Eden that the Seed was first mentioned.”
2 A.D.

The sky seemed a little brighter than usual, the stars shimmering like sharply focused dots dancing on an inky black canvas. The moon, too, was glorious, ever showing its gray face to the earth in solemn and solitary dignity. Of all the lights in Heaven, the greatest was the new star that had only recently appeared and hung suspended over the city itself. It was a perfect night for traveling; it was an even better night for completing a journey.

Three figures on camels followed the little road leading to the city. Dusty, tired, and happy to see the lights of Jerusalem flickering in the distance, the men did not speak as their camels plodded down the highway. Not far behind them came the rest of the group—servants atop camels weighed down with the trappings of a long sojourn.

The caravan halted on a rise in the road. The three men looked at each other and then at the bright star hanging low on the horizon. The star was set above the city, as if its light alone ruled the evening sky.

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