Why did John the Baptist deny being Elijah?

What role did Sejanus play in Pilate's desire to acquit Jesus of treason?

Why was demon possession so rampant during Jesus' ministry?

What sparked the corruption of the once-devout Pharisees?

No other life of Christ book digs into Jewish history to unravel the answers to these and many other questions. Written by Christian apologist and historian, JC Lamont, this novel features a 14,000+ word appendix. Source materials, other than the Bible, include Josephus, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Targum (a first or second century BC Aramaic commentary on the Old Testament read in the synagogues in Jesus' day), and works by first century AD Roman historians such as Cassius Dio, Suetonius, and Tacitus.

Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness meets Anne Rice’s Christ: Out of Egypt. From birth to baptism, this supernatural thriller portrays Jesus’ childhood through the eyes of his ethereal guardian, the archangel, Michael.

Drawn out of hiding by a census, hunted from birth by a murderous king, trapped in a burning temple amidst slaughtered worshipers, left behind in a city known for its riots and civil wars, and caught in a political massacre by a fledgling roman prefect…these are but a few of the actual historical events plaguing the life of Jesus as he grew to manhood in first century Israel. And that doesn’t include the demonic forces seeking to destroy him before he can fulfill his mission. Thus, the guardian of Israel, Michael the archangel, forsakes his position as commander of the angelic army to protect the young messiah from Lucifer and his minions, who at every turn seek his death.

The hour of darkness is coming...

Jeshua hauled the cart full of chopped logs up to the workshop, and the angelic warriors who invisibly guarded him while he felled trees now surrounded the house. Relieved the demons had not sprung another attack, Michael settled in a corner of the workshop, his hand never far from his sword. Heaving slightly, Jeshua had barely sat down for a moment's rest when Mary came up to him holding a basin of water.

“Omar called on you earlier,” she said rather excitedly. “I told him you’d come by before supper.” 

Jeshua thanked her for the basin, brought it to his lips, and drank heavily. “What does he want?” he said, when finished.

“That was to wash your hands in,” Mary said flatly.

“Oh,” Jeshua said, sheepishly. “Sorry.”

“You can’t go calling on a man all grungy-looking.” she said, retrieving the pitcher of water and refilling the basin.

“Did he say why he wants to see me?” Jeshua asked again.

“Does a man tell a woman his business affairs?” Mary asked, as Jeshua plunged his arms into the basin, scrubbing them up to the elbows.

Michael followed his Captain to the very outskirts of the village where he found the wheat farmer, Omar, staring at his fields in frustration.

“What’s wrong?” Jeshua asked.

“Look at that,” Omar said with a wave. “There’s darnel growin’ all amongst my wheat.”

“Oh, would you like help pulling it up?” Jeshua asked quizzically.

“Naw, it’s real hard to tell the difference till harvest,” Omar said. “See, darnel doesn’t grow heads, and it’ll make ya sick as anythin’ if you eat it. I’ll have to wait for harvest, and then separate it. But it’s gonna be lots more work. Somebody must ’ave come in the middle of the night back during plantin’ season and threw darnel seeds all across my fields.”

“Who would do such a thing?” Jeshua asked.

Omar sighed. “Probably old Zeke. He ain’t gotta ‘nuff to pay his taxes. Romans probably gonna take his land, lease it out to strangers. He was probably hopin’ this would set me back some, and people would have to buy barley instead.”

Jeshua stared at him in surprise, evidently impressed by Omar’s calm demeanor and forgiving attitude. “Most would be furious, regardless of the saboteur’s hardship.”

“A man is more important than wheat,” Omar said with a shrug. “Zeke doesn’t want his children sold into slavery to pay his debt. It was the wrong thing to do, but a man gets desperate when it comes to protecting his family.”

“You’re a good man, Omar.”

The farmer chuckled. “I hope God thinks so.”

Jeshua smiled. “Of that, I have no doubt.”

-- This was an excerpt from the novel, Guardian of God: The Young Messiah, available now!

“You, Jew,” a voice called. “Carry my pack!”

Michael turned to see the daemoni warlord, Bel’og, standing beside two mounted Roman soldiers, one of whom looked particularly crass.

 “Pardon?” Jeshua asked.

 “My horse tires,” the crass soldier said, removing a large pack from his saddle and tossing it at Jeshua.

Bel’og grinned at Michael. “Roman law states he’ll have to walk it a mile.” Ignoring the demon, Michael drew his sword, and positioned himself between Jeshua and the two soldiers. The boy heaved the soldier’s pack onto his back, as Bel’og sauntered away, and the soldiers gave a flick of the reins.

 “So, Jew,” the other soldier said. “What’s with the belief in only one god?”

 “Yea, I hear he doesn’t have any consorts,” the crass one said. “What’s wrong with him? He impotent?”

Jeshua ignored them and kept walking. “I’m talking to you, Jew.”

 Michael stiffened as the crass soldier leaned down and smacked Jeshua on the back of the legs with his horse whip. The young Messiah tripped, and both soldiers laughed. Ignoring his bloody shins, Jeshua stood back up and continued walking.

“You know,” the crass guard said in Latin. “He’s pretty strong. He’d fetch a fair price at the slave market.” He grinned. “And we could have some fun before we sold him.”

Michael tensed with rage. “You touch him, and you’ll be a eunuch.”

“You and your love of Greek ways,” his comrade said. “Give me one woman over ten boys any day.”

“Don’t know what you’re missing,” the soldier said with a laugh.

“Even so, is he gonna ride with you?” the other asked. “Because we have to be in Syria by tomorrow.”

The crass soldier cursed, evidently forced to dismiss the idea of selling the Messiah at a Syrian slave market. To make up for his loss, he resumed speaking Greek, and taunted Jeshua by mocking various Jewish rituals, until at last, “All right, Jew, that’s a mile.”

Michael’s relief was cut short when Jeshua looked up at the man. “May I take it another mile for you, sir?”

“Are you mad?” Michael demanded.

The soldier stared at him. “You mocking me, Jew?” “No, sir.” The soldier looked uneasy, then grinned. “Sure. Walk it another mile.”

They started off again, but this time the soldiers remained silent.

 At the end of the second mile, Jeshua handed the soldier his pack. “May Jehovah bless you on the rest of your journey.”

-- This was an excerpt from the novel, Guardian of God: The Young Messiah, available now!

Guardian of God: The Young Messiah  

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The hour of darkness is coming....

Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness meets Anne Rice’s Christ: Out of Egypt.  From birth to baptism, this supernatural thriller portrays Jesus’ childhood through the eyes of his ethereal guardian, Michael the archangel.

Drawn out of hiding by a census, hunted from birth by a murderous king, trapped in a burning temple amidst slaughtered worshipers, left behind in a city known for its riots and civil wars, and caught in a political massacre by a fledgling roman prefect…these are but a few of the actual historical events plaguing the life of Jesus as he grew to manhood in first century Israel. And that doesn’t include the demonic forces seeking to destroy him before he can fulfill his mission. Thus, the guardian of Israel, Michael the archangel, forsakes his position as commander of the angelic army to protect the young messiah from Lucifer and his minions, who at every turn seek his death.

It was love at first sight when I first watched the preview for the upcoming movie, The Young Messiah. Sandwiched perfectly between The Nativity Story and Son of God, it will make my favorite drama of all time a cinematic trilogy. But I must admit, I always pictured Sean Bean playing the warrior angel Gabriel, not a Roman centurion. You see, for the last 12 years, I’ve been writing a historical fantasy series called The Chronicles of Time which offers an angelic and demonic take on a host of major world events from Creatioin through the Apocalypse.

The first volume in the series, Prophecy of the Heir ends around the time of Jesus’ birth, and for the last several years, I’ve been working on the second volume, Covenant of Blood, which included researching world events (Roman, Persian, and Jewish) that occurred during the childhood years of the boy Jesus. So when I saw the trailer for the movie, The Young Messiah, based on Anne Rice’s novel Christ: Out of Egypt, it inspired me to put together this stand-alone special edition of my version of Christ’s childhood. Thus, Guardian of God is an amalgam of events covered in Vol I: Prophecy of the Heir with events from the first half of Vol II: Covenant of Blood that combine to paint a vivid, and oftentimes violent, picture of Roman intrigues, conspiracies, and assassinations amidst rural life in first century Israel.

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The Young Messiah—Heresy or Homage?  

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The Young Messiah is an upcoming American biblical drama set to hit theaters in March 2016. The movie portrays a seven-year-old Jesus returning from Egypt to His hometown of Nazareth, and along the way discovers the truth about who He is. In a press release, Director Chis Nowrasteh stated, “[The] film seeks to present a realistic portrait of Jesus as a child both grounded in faith and consistent with the adult Jesus revealed in the Bible.” [1]

Reactions to the movie trailer [2] amongst Christians have been diverse, from those praising the production of another well-made Biblical film, to those criticizing the use of Caucasian actors and British accents, and those condemning the movie as outright heretical and blasphemous for suggesting Jesus had to be told of His divinity and who He was, which they claim He knew from birth.

So what exactly does the Bible say about this?

Jesus’ divinity is clearly portrayed in scripture, both before His incarnation (John 1) and after (John 10:30-33). And during His ministry (ages 30-33), Jesus was well aware of His divine pre-existence (John 8:58).

So the question of whether or not He was divine is not the issue here. That is a given. The question is when did the human Jesus realize He was the divine Son of God?

As far as Jesus’ childhood, all we know is that by the age of 12, Jesus understood His Divine Sonship – that God was His Father (Luke 2:49). What he knew prior to His temple visit/age 12, we don’t know.

We do know that from Phillipians 2:7 that the pre-incarnate Christ veiled His divinity and took on human form. Ever since the First Council of Ephesus in AD 431, Christians have defined Jesus’ nature as 100% divine and 100% human (called the Hypostatic Union). So what is a human infant aware of? How much knowledge can a human infant brain contain?

In “Research in Brain Function and Learning” [3], a study published by The American Psychological Association, Dr. Margaret Semrud-Clikeman notes that “a newborn infant has enough motor control to feed and to move away from painful or other unpleasant stimuli. Although visual and auditory systems are present at birth, they continue to develop in the first few months of life as the brain reacts to the environment (Carlson, 2014).” She goes on to explain that the motor and sensory systems as well as auditory and visual skills improve during the toddle and preschool years and that “brain development after birth is influenced by inputs from the environment.” She then expounds on the early elementary years, where children develop “motor skills, visual-motor coordination, reasoning, language, social understanding and memory. As learning is consolidated into neural networks, concepts combine into meaningful units that are available for later use. An ability to generalize and abstract begins at this stage and continues into adulthood. Also during this time, the child learns about perspective-taking and social interaction. The ability to understand one's social place is crucial for the development of appropriate relationships with other people. These skills are closely tied to development of the tracts of the right hemisphere as well as in the areas of the brain that are tied to emotional processing.” (Emphasis mine.)

In other words, a human infant is aware of only a few basic needs, particularly the need for nourishment. As a baby grows, its brain also grows. And as the child grows physically, his brain develops, thus he also grows mentally. This is precisely what we find in scripture. In Luke 2:40, prior to the temple visit at age 12, Jesus “grew and became strong (physically), and increased in wisdom (mentally). And in Luke 2:52, after Jesus’ visit to the temple, Jesus increased in wisdom (mentally) and stature (physically). In order to grow and increase in wisdom, one cannot begin with 100% wisdom. Wisdom was evidently part of what Jesus “emptied himself” of or veiled when He took on human form.

Speculation is not the same as heresy. There is nothing inherently wrong with speculation. Revelation 22:18-19 has often been misused to "prove" all Biblical speculation is forbidden, but 1) John specifically says "anyone who adds or takes away from THIS book of prophecy;" he makes it quite clear that he is referring to the book of Revelation and not the gospels or the epistles or the entire Bible, and 2) when applying this verse correctly to Revelation, and considering the myriad of Christian novels and films that speculate on end-time events, we see that speculation is not considered by most Christians as "adding" or "taking away." Many scripturally sound biblical movies and books speculate on a myriad of topics surrounding Jesus. For instance, when did He meet Lazarus, whom He must have known quite well as he was referred to as simply “the one whom You love” (John 11:3)? Who gave Him the gift of a seamless tunic (John 19:23)? The loom on which a seamless tunic could be weaved was invented in His day, thus it was not common, and garments made on it would have been quite expensive. Incorporating a fictional scene where Jesus meets Lazarus or is given a seamless cloak in a novel or movie about Christ is by no means forbidden.

So how much did Jesus know and understand as an infant? A toddler? A child? A teenager? All we know from scripture is a little more every year…just like any other human being. Did this wisdom come directly from God? Did Mary and Joseph tell Him?  Did He learn in school from His Rabbi where He memorized large portions of scripture? We can’t know for sure, but it was likely a combination of the above factors.

One thing we do know for sure: it is not heretical or blasphemous for a film to portray Jesus growing and increasing in wisdom. Is it unusual to have a film based on one verse? Sure. But that’s a reason to celebrate. Jesus is once again reaching the masses through a medium that has overtaken our nation. We can use the film to reach non-believing friends, families, and co-workers. And for personal edification, we can watch a movie that uplifts and inspires us to see a Savior who would deign Himself to become a human being and grow up in a cursed and fallen world in order to redeem us.

[1] Chattaway, Peter T. (September 1, 2015). "First look: The Young Messiah, based on Anne Rice’s Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt. (And yes, the film has a new title.)". patheos.com.

[2] The Young Messiah Movie Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVfmdLO2Ui8

[3] The American Psychological Association: "Research in Brain Function and Learning." Margaret Semrud-Clikeman PhD, LP, ABPdN, University of Minnesota Medical School. http://www.apa.org/education/k12/brain-function.aspx

Annihilation, Eternal Torment, or Universalism: What Does the Bible Really Teach?  

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Entire books on this subject have been written, as well as innumerable articles, with both sides claiming Bible verses to support their interpretation. And while this topic will likely be debated until Jesus returns, it is one that I feel I cannot be silent on as the very character of God is at stake. Please note that my goal was to succinctly expound on the history of the doctrines, and how the developed, thus I have not covered every bit of evidence that exists, nor addressed every verse in the Bible that touches on this sensitive subject.

A: Judaism has always held to annihilation for the wicked (kiluy neshama). 

 #1 – Old Testament

God: The soul that sins, it shall die. If a man is righteous and does what is just and right, he shall surely live. If he has a son who is violent (list of other evil deeds), he shall not live. But if a wicked person turns away from his sins, and does what is just and right, he shall surely live (Ezekiel 18).

Obviously, this is not talking about the physical death of the body, as everyone, including the righteous, die physically.

#2 – The Talmud (commentary on Judasim written by Orthodox Jews)

Rosh Hashanah 17a: The bodies of those liable to [the penalty of] being "cut off" cease to exist. That is, the body's strength or animal power ceases, and "their souls are burnt up."

#3 – New Testament

Jesus (a Jew): For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him, will not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16). Jesus states that immortality (eternal life) is conditional on believing in Himself. According to Strong’s Concordance, the definition of perish is: "destroy, put an end to, kill."

Jesus: Do not fear those who can kill the body, but fear Him who can destroy both body and soul in Gehenna (Matthew 10:28). If the Jews were wrong about believing in annihilation, then Jesus did a horrible job of trying to get them to see the error of their ways.

Paul (a Jew): Seek for glory and honour and immortality. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life. (Rom 2:7 and 1 Timothy 6:12). Paul, a Jew, held to conditional immortality. If we are inherently immortal, there is no reason to seek it, or lay hold of it.

Paul also believed the wicked would be destroyed: those who disobey God “shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord.” (2 Thessalonians 1:9) According to Strong’s Concordance, the definition of destruction is: "ruin, destroy, death."

B. The Greeks believed in the inherent imperishability of the soul and eternal punishment. 

#1 – Greek Philosophy:  One of the main themes in the the Greek play, Phaedo (also known as Plato's On The Soul), is the idea that the soul is imperishable. This play was written to combat another Grecian theory, that of naturalism (belief that the soul dies with the body).

#2 – Greek Religion: Hades, god of the underworld, tortured the souls of the wicked in fiery chambers. (This blend of the Greek religion with Gentile Christianity is where the false notion arises of Satan ruling from hell/Gehenna, when in fact, Gehenna was created for Satan, and you don’t give the key to the jail to the highest maximum security prisoner).

C: Lost in translation: The Greek "anionios" translated to the English "eternal."

The problem we see today lies in the modern definition/understanding of “eternal / everlasting / forever” which is: without beginning or end. But the original Hebrew and Greek definition of “eternal / everlasting / forever” is “without ceasing until the end.” There is much proof of this:

#1 – Many Ancient Greek scrolls contain numerous examples of Roman emperors being described as aionios, the Greek word translated “eternal” in English Bibles. But all that is meant is that they held their office for life -- not that the emperor was immortal, or that his reign never ended.

#2 – Dead Sea Scrolls: the wicked will suffer “unending dread and shame without end, and of disgrace of destruction by fire of the region of darkness. And all their time from age to age are in most sorrowful chagrin and bitterest misfortune, in calamities of darkness till they are destroyed with none of them surviving or escaping” (1QS 4.11-14). Note that this is saying punishment in Gehenna is without end UNTIL they are destroyed. The Dead Sea Scrolls prove the historic definition of words such as perish, die, and destroy as well as eternal, everlasting, and forever and validate the Bible's use of them without ANY contradition. Only when one forces a modern definition onto the words does the Bible seem to contradict itself and/or force the reader to choose a symbolic definition for certain words (i.e. perish means eternal life in an unhappy place).

It should be noted that Jesus' use of the words kill, perish, and destroy, and Paul’s use of the word destruction (as well as both of their stressing conditional immortality) demonstrates that the Greco-Roman belief in the inherent immortality/imperisahbility of the soul was the inaccurate view, not the Jewish belief in conditional immortality and annihilism.

D: Combating Universalism.

So how did the early church, which believed in conditional immortality and annihilation, turn into a church that held to inherent immortality and eternal torture? What influenced the change to the ancient defintions of the above mentioned words?

The early church was plagued with Gnosticism for centuries (John’s gospel and his three epistles were written against Gnosticism). Gnostics denied the resurrection, and many held to universalism (the belief that everyone eventually goes to heaven). As universalism started to spread (and even adopted by some Church fathers such as Origen), other church fathers started writing against this heresy, and accurately stressed that the punishment does not end (it is final, there is no coming back; you go into Gehenna, you do not come out; there is no end to the punishment in the sense that God does not eventually let everyone go to heaven).

But...since the Church Fathers (and all the newly-converted Gentile Christians) came from a Greco-Roman background, both philosophically (in that they believed in the inherent immortality of the soul) and religiously (they believed the souls of the wicked were tortured), it is quite easy to see how the Jewish concepts of conditional immortality and annihilism came to be lost in ony a few centuries. And by the time Universalism was finally condemned several centuries later, eternal torment was the predominant belief of the church.

The Bible's use of “eternal / everlasting / forever” denotes the finality of the punishment of sin, not the duration. The duration will likely be based on the particular individual as Jesus said the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah will fare better than Capernaum (Matthew 10:15), and elsewhere that some would receive few “blows” and others “many” blows (Luke 12:48). And regardless of how long it takes the fires of Gehenna to burn one's soul into nothing, there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

The Bible’s stress on the finality aspect of this punishment clearly denies the validity of universalism, and for good reason. Universalism is probably the most dangerous doctrine that could ever be purported, and if it had prevailed in the early church, it would have been the death of true Christianity. But the doctrine of eternal torment, originating in paganism, also poses a threat to Christianity as it slanders the very character of God, and makes Him into a moral monster.

The epic battle between angels and demons begins....  

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I am pleased to announce that Dawn of Shadows is now available for FREE on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Kobo, GoolePlay (and iBooks within a week or so). I would also like to offer my gratitude for the awesome new cover by the very talented digital painter, Caleb Havertape!

The Fall of Lucifer  

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Violent shrieks swelled around Lucifer as he fell. Down, down he plunged through a chasm of endless depth. The choking odor of sulfur and brimstone constricted his chest. Far below, a cauldron of crimson light summoned his spirit, a dark inferno seeking to engulf him in flame.

Shooting forth red tendrils that snapped in the air, the fire crackled and hissed, reaching for him, calling him. Screams scorched his throat. His body pitched and contorted as he continued to fall. Ethereal skin caught fire, and layers of light peeled away, exposing the blackened vapors of his spirit within.

It seemed he would fall for eternity, in darkness and flame, when suddenly he crashed against hard ground…and knew nothing.

Light streamed from a sphere of plasma suspended in the sky. Lucifer blinked, disoriented. How much time had passed since he’d fallen, he knew not, but his ethereal body had evidently regenerated from whatever damage had been inflicted when he’d crashed into the sub-natural world.

He pulled himself up from the ground, vehement fury coursing through him. “Curse you!” he shouted at the sky. “Curse you, Elyon, and your throne!”

He forced his rage under control, realizing the eyes of his troops were upon him as they rose to their feet. Their expressions of terror confirmed they too had seen the vision of their supposed fate as they’d fallen through Time. Lucifer shook off the memory of the abyss, and turned to address them.

“Hear me,” he shouted. “That shall not be our destiny!”

“Your plan failed,” Vafar said. “And now we are banished.”

Lucifer stared into the Centaur’s haughty face. “A mere complication,” he said calmly. “I will rule Shamayim.”

“You’re a fool,” Vafar spat at Lucifer’s feet. “I warned you to relinquish him!”

Ignoring him, Lucifer turned to the host. A plan had begun to formulate, one that would tilt the advantage back in his favor. Revenge would be meticulous, cold. Elyon would regret the day he refused to surrender Shamayim.

“This situation is but a momentary setback,” he said. “We will retrieve Vafar and the others. We will defeat Elyon. And Shamayim will be ours.”

The host mumbled amongst themselves, and Lucifer sensed he was losing their confidence.

“As proof of my power,” he continued. “I shall claim lordship of this world, at which time, I expect your full allegiance.”

"Elyon gave lordship of this world to the earth-kind. What makes you believe you can steal it from them?”

A smile flitted across Lucifer’s face. “So little faith,” he said. “I am not going to steal it. They will give it to me.”

-- excerpt from Prophecy of the Heir, Volume I of The Chronicles of Time series.

Lucifer Plans the Revolt  

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Vafar’s voice broke through Lucifer's thoughts. “We must make haste.”

Lucifer entered the alcove. Rich veins of amethyst branched out in various directions along the luminescent walls. “Are you sure this cave is vacant?” he asked, staring down the serpentine tunnel that led to underground springs of liquid jewels. Ophanim could often be found harvesting the crystallized foam that bubbled along the edges.

Vafar nodded. “The next time Elyon goes to Ayden, we must make our move.”

“No,” Lucifer said. “Michael is not yet ready.”

“He will never be ready,” Vafar said. “The khimari know they are being tamed for ill-intent, and they sense in your lieutenant a reluctance to break them. He is weak.”

“To the contrary, he is the best I have,” Lucifer said calmly as he inspected one of the amethyst veins. “Groblik tells me these jewels possess a power he has not yet learned how to tap into. He suspects each jewel offers a different―”

“Mardikel is almost as skilled with a blade as Michael is, and he can ride a khimara,” Vafar said. “That makes him superior.”

“Michael just needs a little more time.”

“When you reveal your plan, he will not so easily turn as the others.”

“Michael is loyal to me.”

Vafar snorted. “Your regard of him blinds you to the truth. He needs to be relinquished.”

Lucifer whirled. “No. It is my decision, and mine alone.”

“Without fare, my herd will grow weak!” Vafar snapped. “And I notice that you too can no longer eat from the fruit of Shamayim. You will need strength to wield the Ko’akh if it should come to that. We cannot wait any longer.”

Lucifer drew in a deep breath, loath to admit Vafar was right. He’d been keeping track of the rotations of the sub-natural world, which marked King Elyon’s visits to Ayden, and timing them to synchronize with the sparring sessions. “Not this session, but next,” he relented. “Elyon would call it ‘the morrow’ by Time’s standards. We will strike then.”

-- excerpt from Prophecy of the Heir, Volume I of The Chronicles of Time series.

Lucifer Unrestrained  

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“What are you waiting for?” Vafar asked.

Without replying, Lucifer stepped off the terrace. He fell through the sea, feeling the water compressing against him as it propelled him downward. Just as he felt the suffocating pressure would be his end, he found himself standing in the garden beside the gold tree.

He glanced up to ensure the presence of the Sea of Glass, and was relieved to see a watery window hovering above him. Turning back to the tree, hesitating only for a moment, his breath quelling with expectancy, he reached for a piece of fruit.

The touch sent a tingle through his fingertips and down his arm. Anticipation mounting, he pressed the fruit against his lips, and the tingling sensation spread across his face.

With trembling hands, he took a bite.

A euphoric rush of energy surged through him, coursing through his ether. Every fibre of his being felt aflame, akin to his awakening, when he’d walked through the flames that had forged his ethereal body.

He glanced about, searching for something to test his power on, then strode to the riverbank. He stared at the rushing waters. “Arise,” he ordered. A column of water rose from the midst of the river, and Lucifer’s eyes widened in fascination and awe. “Take form,” he commanded.

The column took on the likeness of the Shekinah as a dove, separating from the rest of the water as it spread its liquid wings and soared. “No, one of those colossal lizards called dragon,” Lucifer said, his ecstasy echoing in his voice.

At once the dove changed shape, its body transforming into a great beast with scales and claws. Its liquid nostrils flared and its bulbous, unseeing eyes stared at him, as though awaiting his next command.

“Be as you were,” Lucifer said.

The water crashed back into the river as though it had never risen.

Shaking with excitement, Lucifer strode back to the gold tree, then vaulted upwards through the glass sea window. Once more standing on the terrace, he smiled in triumph at the others. “Now that you have witnessed the power of an inferior tree, imagine what the original possesses,” he said. “So I ask you again, are you with me or not?”

-- excerpt from Prophecy of the Heir, Volume I of The Chronicles of Time series. Based on Revelation 12:15 which demonstrates Lucifer's power over the elements when unrestrained. This excerpt takes place before the fall, before Lucifer is restrained and thrown out of heaven.