feeling strange and knew something was different about this day.
I was very comfortable without an ache or a pain. Even the old
war wounds seemed to have disappeared. As I opened my eyes and
glanced around the room, I could see that this certainly was not
my palace. I decided I must speak to my servants for bringing
me here without my permission…. Where was I and how did
I get here?
“If Christ rules the
world, why would he want me in it?’’ Diocletian asked,
full of distrust. “You know that I persecuted Christ’s
followers without pity or compassion. I was determined to end
this insolent religion that denounced the great gods of the Roman
Empire. I fear if what you say is true, I am going to be in terrible
straits. Surely, if I have been returned to life, it must be to
inflict torment on me for what I did to his followers. This is
a horrible state of affairs!”
Nero tried to escape, but
Julian was faster and reached both hands out grabbing his throat
to strangle him, only to find his arms paralyzed and soon hanging
limply by his side.
Nero, seeing his assailant’s predicament, took the opportunity
to swing at him with all his strength, hoping to floor him with
one blow, only to have his own arm paralyzed also.
Both men stood there helplessly, staring at one another in shock.
Lev sat there peacefully. “Are you both ready to listen
to reason? Violence is not permitted. You have both been punished
by a spiritual police force. I hope you learned your lesson. Now,
be seated while I talk to you.”
“Do you suppose that
what you did was wrong? How many men would poison their own mother?”
“You don’t know my mother. If she were your mother,
you might have poisoned her, too.”
“No, Annas, all that
I found was your poor broken and bloodied body that they threw
on your doorstep. I did not nurse you back to health. I buried
you. No one could have survived the treatment you received. You
“What kind of talk is this? I am very much alive. Please
do not add to my confusion. I have awakened and everything is
“You did die and I did bury you. Jesus Christ has raised
you from the dead this very morning.”
Uriah stood up trembling
with rage. “I have nothing against you. I do not wish to
hurt you, but you are going to tell me who betrayed me.”
Lev remained calm, sitting relaxed in his chair anticipating what
was to take place.
As Uriah lunged to grab Lev’s throat, his arms fell helplessly
at his side. His anger instantly turned to shocked distress.
Suddenly Eve saw three men.
They looked liked Cain, Abel, and Seth, but that could not be.
She knew Abel was dead; she and Adam had buried him.
No one answered Adam. Miriam
knocked on the door, keeping her father in front of the door while
everyone waited for the door to open.
They could hear voices within, and soon Eve opened the door, exclaiming
with surprised delight, “Adam!” Adam recognized her
immediately and opened his arms to receive his beloved Eve. They
stood there in a loving embrace, crying for joy along with all
“I have said I was
sorry to those who claim to be my victims. However, if they want
me to grovel, they are just going to have to wait.”
“Well, you don’t have forever. Your hour glass is
running very low.”
When Lev arose in the morning,
Klaus was not up. He decided to knock on his door. There was no
answer. That was strange, for Klaus was always an early riser.
After another loud knock, Lev opened the door to find Klaus lying
cold and still. Examining him, he knew he had died painlessly
in the night. Klaus must have known the end was near from his
comments last evening. This was a shock. There had been no death
in one hundred years. People all returned to life, but no one