Told from the Perspective of Rachel: A Warrior Bride’s Memoirs

Rachel: Will you put me back into the fight, Lord?
WE SIT AND SIP ON SOME TEA TOGETHER.
Jesus: Yes of course, eventually! Know that I am always with you as you fight!
Rachel: I know, Lord!
HE LOOKS INTO MY EYES, WITH A LOOK OF GENTLENESS. AFTER SPENDING A LOT OF TIME TOGETHER, EVENTUALLY WE HEAD TOWARDS THE EXIT OF HIS CRAFT. HE HELPS ME REATTATCH MY BATTLE ARMOR, IN ALL ITS GLORY! HE KISSES ME ONE LAST TIME AND PUSHES THE “DROP” BUTTON.
[PS72:6]
FROM THIS DROP I SEE AN INCREDIBLE SIGHT – ALL THE GROUND, ACTIVE IN BATTLE AND ABOVE GROUND, LIT UP AS IF IN FIREWORKS. IT IS QUITE DARK OTHERWISE. I SEE THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHO ARE GOOD AND EVIL, AND THE MANIFESTATIONS OF BOTH OF THESE.
They are not just people, but they are lands!
I SEE THE NATURE OF WHAT HAS BEEN BUILT UP IN THEIR LIVES IN SPIRIT. SOME IS BEAUTIFUL, ‘THE KINGDOM OF GOD WITHIN YOU – ‘ SPARKLING, AND GLISTENING TOWERS AMIDST THE DARKNESS – ALL RUN DOWN AND DISEASED. I NEVER IMAGINED IT LIKE THIS!
Jesus: Their works do follow them. As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.
I ENTER THE FRAY, SETTING MY FEAT ON THE GROUND SILENTLY. THIS MAY BE THE FIRST TIME I’VE DONE THIS ALONE, LUCID! IT IS REMARKABLE HOW MUCH THE SPIRIT WORLD BOTH RESEMBLES AND IS DIFFERENT FROM ITS FLESHLY CARNAL COUNTERPART. A LOT LOOKS FAMILIAR, BUT MUCH IS COMPLETELY ALIEN. I PRESENTLY STAND ON TEH BORDERLINE – THE FRONTLINE AS IT IS SOMETIMES CALLED.   KAREN’S OUTPOST IS PRETTY BIG, WITH HEAVEN’S FINEST VANGUARD HOLDING UP THE LINES ON EACH BORDER PLUS THE AIRSPACE ABOVE. BUT ON ALL SIDES THE ENEMY’S KINGDOM SWARMS. WITHIN THOSE DARK LANDS CAN BE SEEN MANY BEACONS AND CHILDREN OF LIGHT SCATTERED ALL AROUND, SURVIVING ON THEIR OWN.
I DECIDE TO GO FOR A NICE WALK! BEING A LIVING WEAPON ENSURES MY SAFETY, ESPECIALLY WITH THIS EXTRA ARMORED ENHANCEMENT. THE BASE IS FUN, TOO – BUT I ENJOY THE FEELING OF PROGRESS AND GETTING SOMEWHERE IN SPIRIT! SO ON I WALK, INTO THE DARKNESS, MY MIND UNSURE OF WHAT TO EXPECT BUT MY SPIRITUAL INSTINCTS FULLY AWARE AND CONFIDENT
DEFINITELY A WOMAN IN TEH WILDERNESS! –I REALISE, AND I HEAR ON MY COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT THE CONSTANT CHANNEL – BURSTINGS OF THOSE WHO HAVE ENGAGED THE ENEMY AND WHO IS INCOMING TO THE BASE, WHO IS LEAVING, ETC. THE ARMOR I HAVE ON DEFINITELY SHOWCASES SOME OF THIS MORE FEMININE ‘EQUIPMENT’ AND I HAVE TO FOCUS ON TEH MISSION, NOT GIVING HEED TO THE LEWD COMMENTS OF THE DARK BEINGS AROUND ME. THEY TRY TO STAY CONCEALED, NOT WANTING TO ENGAGE ME, BUT THEY YELL OUT FROM THEIR SUBTERRANEAN HIDING PLACES. THE STREETS ARE A MESS, AND EVERYTHING IS DESOLATE LOOKING. SUCH A CONTRAST FROM THE HAPPY FEELING OF BEING AMONGST THE COMRADES OF KAREN’S BASE. THERE, YOU ALWAYS HAVE THE SIGHT OF YOUR FRIENDS AROUND, BUSY DEFENDING THIS NEW CAPITOL AND ENGAGING IN MILITARY STRATEGIC PREPERATIONS FOR ATTTACKING THE ENEMY. I HAVE DONE A BIT OF JANITORIAL WORK IN THE BASE BUT NOT ANYTHING ABOVE THIS. JESUS HAS ME COME VISIT HIM IN ONE OF HIS VESSELS THAT COME AND GO OFTEN. . . . I INDESCRETELY TOOK A RIDE TO HIS QUARTERS MANY TIMES!
… HE REMINDED ME OF HIS DESIRE TO BE MY SOLE PROTECTOR AND CAPTAIN, EVEN THOUGH IW AS WELL EQUIPPED FOR BATTLE.
I FIND SOME PEOPLE CARRYING BIG BAGS OF STUFF, ROTTEN LEAKY JUICE DRIPPING FROM THE BAGS AS THEY MAKE THEIR WAY ACROSS THE STREETS. THESE ARE THEIR HOUSES, I REALISE. THEY TRY AND PRETEND NOT TO SEE ME. I WALK ON.
Jesus: I have allowed you this day to venture forth in Spirit and see some of the demented lands. Keep your eyes open for friends! I have always souls for you to rescue, and people I want you to encourage.
Rachel: I love You, Lord! Don’t let me out of Your sight!
Jesus: I am your strength, and shepherd. I love it when you come to Me for fullness of life! Do not mind the Enemy, but trust in My Wisdom to fight through you and overcome them.
I WALK INTO A DENSE FOREST, BUT NOT THE NICE HEAVENLY KIND. IT’S A WONDER, THOUGH. OLD FALLEN BUILDINGS AND THE MESS OF A BURNED CITY HAS BEEN REPLACED BY THESE HUGE TREES AND OVERGROWTH, COVERING ALMOST ALL THE TWISTED METAL AND CONCRETE. I FEEL THE TREES EMOTIONS AS I PASS THROUGH HERE, WONDERING WHO I AM, AND UPON REALISATION (when i laid a palm on one) IT SHOOK WITH EXCITEMENT. OR IT COULD HAVE BEEN A BREEZE, BUT I THINK THESE TREES BRIGHTENED A BIT. THERE WERE ANIMALS HERE, AND THEN I NOTICED SOME DARK SHADDOWS APPROACHING. THEY SEEMED TO SLITHER, AND OUT OF THESE SLITHERING SHADOWS EMERGED A FACE. “I am the lord of this place! What makes you think they want YOU to lord it instead of me?”
THE FACE BELONGED TO THE DARKNESS, AND ITS SKIN WAS SMOOTH METAL, LIKE A MASK THAT COULD MOVE. IT’S BODY WAS IN THE SHADOWS.
Rachel:Oh, who are you?
THE FACE WRETCHED AS THOUGH TRYING TO RESIST A COUGH. THE COUGHT CAME, THOUGH,
“I am. . . Belthazar! And YOU have trespassed into my regions! Well, one of them, anyway. Do you seek to remove this from me?”
Rachel: Belthazar show me your true form. I don’t have time to chit chat with you. Let’s fight this one out instead!
THE MASK IS WITHDRAWN TO SHOW A FACE THAT IS TORTURED WITH FEAR AND HATRED. AN ARCH-DEMON?
Jesus:  You will need Me for this one, Honey! Watch Me fight elthazar to the ground using your own sword!
AS I CHARGE FORWARD, MY ARMOR EXTENDING FORWARD MANY SWORDS BELTHAZAR STANDS UP, REVEALING ITS GIANT STATURE. I CLASP THE HANDLE OF ONE OF THE ENERGY SWORDS, AND SWING IT AT ITS NECK. IT RETRACTS WITH A DINOSOAR-LIKE GROWL, BUT A LOOK OF SURPRISE AND WIDE-EYED TERROR.
“My haunt! It will devour you!” IT RAGES
Jesus: Don’t listen to him. I will fight for you.
INDEED HE DOES.   WE LAND BEFORE BELTHAZAR’S KNEE, AND CUT DEEP INTO IT, SENDING BELTHAZAR REELING BACKWARDS, TRYING TO KEEP THE FOOT ATTATCHED AS BLOOD GROTESQUELY POURS OUT ALL OVER THE PLACE.
THE GROUND AROUND ME SHIFTS AND SKELETONS AND OVERGROWN INSECTS EMERGE, CLICKING AND HISSING AND BONES RATTLING.   WITHOUT HESITATION I LEAP UP INTO THE BRANCHES OF TEH OLD TREES ALL AROUND, TO AVOID THIS NEW LITTLE ARMY THAT’S JUST EMERGED. BELTHAZAR IS TRYING TO FIX HIS LEG WHILE ORDERING THE BUGS UP THE TREE AFTER ME. I SEE TEH SKULLS WITH A DIM GLIMMER OF A DARK LIGHT IN THEIR GAPING SOCKETS LOOKING UP AT ME, WAITING FOR ME TO FALL. I CHARGE MY SWORD FULL OF THE PUREST ENERGY OF THE KEYS OF PRAISE AND LAUNCH THIS AT BELTHAZAR’S ARM, SEEING MORE DEMONIC BLOOD SPLATTER AS HE NOW IS ARMLESS. HE CRIES OUT IN ANGER BUT AT THE SAME TIME I SEE HE IS RETREATING. THE SKELETONS AND BUGS ARE A DISTRACTION! BEFORE THEY CAN REACH ME I MAKE A LUNGE TO ANOTHER BRANCH, AND THEN SWEEP DOWN, SLICING OFF A MAJOR PART OF HIS FACE, LEAVING HIM WITH NOTHING BUT HALF AN EYE AND PART OF HIS BRAIN. THE REST OF HIM SLIDES TO THE GROUND, WHERE HIS OWN MINIONS GATHER TO EAT THIS ROASTING FLESH (IT’S STEAMING).
HIS RIGHT ARM NOW HOLDING HIS WOUNDED LEG, AND FACE NOTHING BUT A OOZING SLAB OF MEAT, NO LONGER COULD BELSHAZAR ENFORCE HIS LITTLE MINIONS. THEY QUICKLY DEVOURED HIS FALLEN FACE, AND THEN TURNED ON HIM. HIS LEFT ARM ALSO EATEN, ONLY HIS SWORD WAS LEFT THERE.
 
Jesus:  Retrieve the sword, Rachel! And it’s up to you to continue or go back with the sword!
Rachel: Have someone retrieve it, Lord! I want to continue.
THE DARK FORMS ALL RETREATED INTO SOME CAVE DEEPER IN THE FOREST.
(my sense tells me – actually I can see a map fo the entire vast area now, as the wicked curse over it seems to be dissipating.)
Jesus: Very well! I have sent for reinforcements to root out the rest of the evil in this land. THe Land itself rejoices, for originally Belthazar was one of the Magi, but some wicked forces sought to corrupt this name. No force can withstand My Word!
Rachel: COOL! PRAISE YOU LORD!
THE SUN WAS PEAKING BETWEEN THE THICK CLOUDS ABOVEV, AND THE TREES AND PLANTS GREW STRONGER BEFORE MY VERY EYES. AS THE DROP SHIPS ARRIVED, I LEFT ON MY WAY, PASSING BY THE SWORD. IT WAS JEWEL-STUDDED AND ACTUALLY A GOOD SWORD. THE LIGHT SEEMED TO SHOW UNDERNEATH. [UNDERNEATH} THE SLIME WAS INSCRIBED HEROIC THINGS.
SOME OF THE LOCALS CAME OUT TO CHEER US WHEN THE SWORD WAS WIPED CLEAN BY ONE ANGEL AND LIFTED UP, HIGH – ITS INNER VIRTUE HAVING BEEN RESTORED AND THE WHOLE FOREST’S OWNERSHIP HAVING BEEN TRANSFERRED. I WAS AMAZED HOW FAST THE TRANSFORMATION TOOK PLACE, THE ENTIRE PLACE FILLING WITH LIFE AND COMMUNION OF PEOPLE!
 

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