Authors: D. Brian Shafer
|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.
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:
|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|
|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|
|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
|Zichri||a Pharisee determined to discredit Jesus|
|Shallah||a Pharisee and an aide to Zichri|
|Achish||envoy of Herod Antipas|
|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|
|Caiaphas||his high priest|
|Malchius||servant to Caiaphas|
|Pontius Pilate||Roman governor in Palestine|
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
Simon the Zealot
Thomas Judas Iscariot
James the elder
|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|
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.