Several years ago I had an intense epic dream which I've mentioned here and was partly the inspiration for the song I wrote "Transhuman Psychotronic". Briefly, I will mention a scene in the dream where, what seemed to be semi-human (cloned super soldiers?) suddenly came out of secreted holes in the ground from underground bases and marched through neighborhoods rounding people up. We were taken to a modern styled church building, put in a cue--a line of folks--where we were to receive a "chip tattoo". This is done with a high-tech hand held "gun" of sort which stamped a tattoo on peoples' arms where the "ink" was a nano-tech device which installed a "mark" . . . a "chip" in/on everyone. Immediately upon receiving the "mark" . . . the person's consciousness changed and everyone went into a kind of dreamlike, trance state. As in, the "tattoo" wasn't just a "mark" for tracking, ie., but also had properties which affected a person's state of being, of thinking and feeling etc. It put you into a psychological/spiritual "fog" . . . .
Anyway, I can't remember when it was, but it seems like a couple of years ago . . . during an interview with Zeph I talked about this dream and, extrapolating from it, asserted that CHURCHES would be on the front line of delivering the "mark of the beast"! What kind of churches would do this? Fake churches . . . "modern" churches . . . compromised and in cahoots with the government.
For some reason I can't now recall, I remembering suggesting to Zeph that I suspected just such a church was going to be built at the bottom of the mountain we live on. There was a big plot of empty land there, abutting the residential area . . . where grading and a foundation got started last fall . . . though no one was sure exactly what was going to be built there . . . .
Until a couple months ago when it all came together . . . a beautiful, modern and sleek large building appeared and just recently, a large cross stood at the entrance.
Fast forward to last Saturday . . . . There was an "open house" for the brand new, multimillion dollar facility--indeed, a new church--at the bottom of the hill . . . which Isaac and I decided to go to . . . go check out . . . .
Now, I'm not saying that this church WILL for sure do such a thing . . . . The dream may have been metaphorical . . . but, having now experienced "the church at the bottom of the hill" . . . uhhh . . . I wouldn't be surprised . . . .
The place was . . . well . . . shocking . . . . Because we live in the Mecca of Mormonism, most of my experience with churches has been with the L.D.S. churches, or "wards" . . . which are almost all designed identically. Very practical, no frills, plain, functional . . . and one on nearly every corner. (Somewhat ironically, in fact, a "ward" is being built at the bottom of our street at this time as well!)
But as far as I know . . . we have not really had anything like a "mega" church here in Salt Lake and most of the protestant churches around these parts are old, traditional . . . and modest.
This thing, however . . . wow! Big "wow" factor. Which . . . was one of the first things that struck me. Should the first impressions in my mind, checking out a new Christian church be "WOW! What an incredible facility! Look at the nouveau design! The designer colors . . . mint, olive . . . chartreuse . . . . Check out the faux-industrial track lighting . . . . Holy mocha-latte, there's an espresso bar in the foyer! . . . a micro-bookstore . . . a cafe!"
Then, I noticed that giant print of the Beatles iconic "Abbey Road" photo of them crossing the street . . . hanging above the greeting desk and two other giant prints of a phrase "Taking Your Next Step" . . . .
Also there was a glass walled cubicle . . . staffed (there were staff everywhere) with a person and various brochures and pamphlets on the walls. It looked a cellphone kiosk . . . or . . . a travel agent kiosk . . . or something like that.
Well, the whole immediate impression was of being in . . . like a tourist destination--Epcot Center or a modern airport lobby . . . or new art museum . . . or a ride at Universal Studios . . . . To the right, there were cartoonish murals of mountains, sky, clouds and . . . staff . . . dressed in khaki, multi-pouched explorer vests as if a kids safari ride was around the corner (that was the children's wing of the facility.)
As it happened, a new "tour" was just getting underway . . . and so, Isaac and I slipped in with that group . . . and . . . the fun was only just beginning . . . .
[This will have to be part 1 . . . . I will describe further the adventure, my impressions . . . the sad, disappointing crescendo of the investigation . . . contrasted with our experience at bible study the following day at a rented hall at the University of Utah . . . .
Quick note: thank you for your prayers, fellowship, giftings and comments....This labor of love takes anywhere from 1-3 hours each day I do it, involving prayer, research and exposure to the tightening noose of totalitarian controls . . . and humbly appointed as it is, has been and continues to be, one of the most cherished activities of my life and--please pardon the triteness of expression: a real, tangible blessing to be a part of! God bless you!
Oh, and another quick note to the question about the KTL (The Kraals of Thunder And Lightning) .... As it's turning out . . . the plan is . . . the book I'm writing now will be the first in an epic series . . . which will follow a main character (approximately 2000-2500 years ago) . . . for a trilogy's worth, then proceed down his generations--a sort of family saga through the ages . . . and then will end up in the KTL series taking place in modern times and the future . . . . I expect to have the first draft done in June sometime, then go into rewrite and editing . . . and yes, books on writing are a great help. In high school, when I was at a new school in California and had no friends . . . I use to spend all my free time in the library reading "The Writer" and "Writer's Digest" and researching for books and stories I was writing then. This current batch of books on writing I got from the library--a great, often forgotten resource now with the internet . . . . And if you are into writing fiction . . . maybe some of those themes you mentioned . . . indeed, get some books simply on the craft of writing. Good writing involves a lot of basic, mechanical tricks and methods . . . which are easy to be ignorant of . . . beginners' mistakes . . . which can be avoided . . . and simple techniques of plot and character and setting . . . which . . . can be learned, so that . . . if you have a good idea . . . and are even moderately creative . . . using the tried and tested basic rules and methods.... you can come up with something decent and highly satisfying :)]