This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.
Excerpt from Part 11
Officer Stevens quieted the crowd. He looked at Claire. "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.”
The judge set Claire’s bail at $20,000. She only needed to pay ten-per-cent and she was home free. She reached into her purse and pulled out twenty one-hundred-dollar bills.
“Who carries twenty one-hundred-dollar bills in their purse?” Officer Stevens was careful as he took the money to the lab for fingerprinting. The only fingerprints on any of the bills belonged to Claire. Serial numbers were checked. It was discovered each bill had been stolen from an Oregon bank.
Claire was taken back before the judge. “Ms. Oliver, are you aware of where this money came from?”
“Oh, yes. Marisol gave it to me.”
“And tell me. Who is this Marisol?”
Claire recognized immediately what she did. Marisol was top-secret material. She couldn’t explain. Even if she did, who would believe her?
The door opened in the back of the room. A staggering Jeff made his way to the front and handed the judge a note.
“Ms. Oliver,” the judge looked again at the note, “It would seem you have some friends in high places. The president of the United States himself, President Aaron Dickinson, has ordered your release. I have no choice but to dismiss you. You may go.”
Both Claire and Jeff were bewildered as they headed for the car. Claire shook her head. “Jeff, how could you leave without me?”
“You weren’t to leave the vehicle. Why didn’t you stay there? If you didn’t leave, this never would have happened.”
“And if you . . . " Jeff slapped her hard across the mouth.”
“Shut up! Just shut up!”
Blood trickled from Claire’s swollen lips. Jeff fought to gain control of himself. “Claire, I’m sorry. Before we go back to Washington, I need to tell you something. I’ll probably regret this later, but you should know. Someone was getting too close to exposing Marisol. She ordered me to kill him. I did. I’d rather answer to the police than to Marisol. She’s one ruthless lady.
“Three years ago, my son and I parted ways under some very stressful circumstances. I haven’t seen him since. I didn’t know where he lived. I had no idea what was happening in his life!”
Claire’s motherly instinct kicked in. “Oh, you poor thing. That must have been hard for you. How can I help?”
“You can’t. It happened so fast. I didn’t realize what happened until after the fact.”
“And the fact is?”
“I murdered my son. It was my son Marisol wanted to be removed. Stay with me at all times. If there is one more mess-up like today, someone will be gunning us down.
Claire called Kinsley to tell her she wouldn't back until Friday afternoon. Kinsley decided to take advantage of the time to catch up on her reading. She read for a half-hour when the thought hit her. This was a good time to study the Bible passages her father marked. She grabbed the Bible and settled in.
She stumbled upon Genesis 12:3 - And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
At first glance, she didn’t understand the meaning. This would call for serious study. As she dug in, she discovered that this was a promise and a prophecy. Israel was blessed by God, and those nations who would bless Israel would also receive the blessing.
Those nations who interrupted the peace of Israel would find themselves in the middle of God’s curse. Although this would hold true for all times, Kinsley came to realize that the final world judgment would take place during a special seven-year period known as The Tribulation or The Apocalypse.
She read through the Book of Revelation in one sitting. It outlined the entire seven years. The world would attack the small nation of Israel. Russia from the north, China from the east. The countries from the south would rise against her. The world has hated and will hate Israel for no reason, a nation no larger than the state of Massachusetts and with a population barely that of Philadelphia. And God will bring His judgment against a world of pure evil. T
Kinsley wondered why a nation as great as America was not mentioned in the Bible - or was it?
She turned to the book of Jeremiah to read chapters 50 and 51 quickly. She found that it gave a prophecy against Babylon, a prophecy of doom. She looked closer and saw that several of the descriptions didn’t apply to Babylon of old.
Continuing to read, she saw that parts of the prophecy were directed at the daughter of Babylon. Jeremiah 40:42 told her so - They shall hold the bow and the lance: they are cruel, and will not shew mercy: their voice shall roar like the sea, and they shall ride upon horses, every one put in array, like a man to the battle, against thee, O daughter of Babylon.
So who was Babylon’s daughter? She scoured the Scriptures for answers but didn’t like what she was finding. Verse 12 declared, Your mother shall be sore confounded; she that bare you shall be ashamed: behold, the hindermost of the nations shall be a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert.
That told her two things. Babylon’s daughter was birthed from another nation - a mother country. It didn’t take long for her to think America was birthed from her Mother England.
This Babylon was a young nation, the hindermost. Ancient Babylon was anything but a young nation. Its history could be traced back thousands of years. America wasn’t even three hundred years old.
The prophecy went on in verse 16. . . . for fear of the oppressing sword they shall turn every one to his people, and they shall flee every one to his own land. Babylon was a land of many peoples from around the world, America - the melting pot of nations.
Verse 26 gave Kinsley this insight. Come against her from the utmost border, open her storehouses: cast her up as heaps, and destroy her utterly: let nothing of her be left.
They would attack her most northern border and her many riches would be taken. Kinsley couldn’t help but think Of America’s north, Alaska. Alaska held the wealth of the nations with its oil, rich gold and zinc deposits, natural woods and so much more.
Sadness covered her as she read verses 30-32, Therefore shall her young men fall in the streets, and all her men of war shall be cut off in that day, saith the LORD. Behold, I am against thee, O thou most proud, saith the Lord GOD of hosts: for thy day is come, the time that I will visit thee. And the most proud shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up: and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him. Her heart broke as she thought about the destruction to come. She continued on.
Chapter 51:7 gave her more to think about. Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’S hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.“ God used this Babylon to bless the people of the earth, but it became a stumbling-block as materialism took over and she was lifted up with pride.
This was not Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon. But it did fit America. The nation once sent missionaries throughout the world. Bible publishing was very important. God raised up great preachers for the times. Now it lost all that. Other nations were sending missionaries to America.
Jeremiah 51:13 and 14 told more of the prophecy. O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness. The LORD of hosts hath sworn by himself, saying, Surely I will fill thee with men, as with caterpillers; and they shall lift up a shout against thee.
Historic Babylon was not surrounded by water, but America. America, to the east, the Atlantic Ocean, to the west, the Pacific. The Gulf of Mexico washed the beaches of the south, and in the north, the Great Lakes bordered many states. The great system of waterways in America added more meaning to the verses.
Living within the nation’s borders was the enemy. Drug traffickers from Mexico. Gangs taking up residence in the cities. Illegal aliens, all with their own agendas seeped in everywhere. No doubt a common hatred would ignite among the many groups and the once-great nation, America would suffer from within as well as without.
Kinsley turned on the TV. Marisol and the media were presenting more false news. President Dickinson fell for it. He spoke calmly, yet meaningfully.
Israel has broken the peace treaty. Serious attacks have exploded in The Middle East. We, as Americans. have stood by Israel for many years. We have given them support and strengthened them when we could, but that no longer can be the case. Israel has violated our trust, and we will not allow that. Troops are on the way to Israel as we speak. They must be eliminated.
Kinsley’s heart sank. She knew the truth. If America would only continue to back Israel, it might save America, at least a little longer. A curse would come to those who cursed Israel. She wasn’t sure what to do next.
© 2020 William Kovacic