Birth Of An Ageby James Beauseigneur
The year is 2019 and a second nuclear holocaust has killed a half billion people in China, India, and Pakistan. Yet the worst is far from over. See more details below
The year is 2019 and a second nuclear holocaust has killed a half billion people in China, India, and Pakistan. Yet the worst is far from over.
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Birth of an Age
By James BeauSeigneur
Warner BooksCopyright © 2003 James BeauSeigneur
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Chapter OneBirth Pains New York, New York
THE CHINA-INDIA-PAKISTAN WAR lasted only a day but the dead numbered in the hundreds of millions. Millions more would die from radiation poisoning, disease, and starvation. Nature, too, demanded her toll as wild animals, driven from their natural habitats, attacked weakened human survivors fleeing the holocaust. At the UN, the ensuing days were filled with endless meetings working to provide relief to the war's survivors. Because providing food was a major priority, Christopher's experience with the Food and Agriculture Organization put him at the center of much discussion and he showed himself to possess both skill and untiring drive. There was no mourning for Albert Faure as there had been for Secretary-General Hansen and Ambassador Lee. Even if there had been time, there would be no tears for one who had caused so much misery. France quickly named a new ambassador and an election for a successor to Faure on the Security Council was scheduled for the following week.
The return of former Assistant Secretary-General Robert Milner was celebrated with great excitement at a reception held by the Lucius Trust, which was attended by several hundred members and supporters, including many UN delegates. Milner took advantage of the opportunity to express his sincere approval of Ms. Gaia Love as Alice Bernley's successor as director, and he encouraged the members to be diligent in advancing the work of the Trust. He concluded his address to thunderous applause by confirming the rumor circulating among the Trust's supporters that his return from Israel was evidence that the "time" was very near.
Decker Hawthorne spent the next three days responding to a deluge of requests for information on the war and its consequences; the meetings of the Security Council; the investigation of Albert Faure's records; and, as Decker was pleased to see, a growing number of requests for information about Christopher. It was four days later before Decker, Christopher, and Milner were once again able to meet together in Christopher's office. The three men sat in comfortable high-backed leather chairs around a low table as coffee was served. "Do you have the article you told me about?" Christopher asked. Decker nodded and reached into his briefcase to retrieve a copy of The New York Times. "I think you should hear this, Mr. Secretary," Christopher told Milner. "This is from yesterday's paper," Decker began, "page 16, dateline Jerusalem."
While the attention of most of the world focuses on the still unfolding tragedy in the East, two men in Israel, one claiming to be the 2,000-year-old Apostle John, the other to be "one who comes in the spirit and power of the prophet Elijah," are predicting far worse tragedy to come. The men, leaders of a large and very active cult in Israel called the Koum Damah Patar (KDP), say that the earth is about to undergo such cataclysmic events as fire falling from the sky, the collision of a large meteor or asteroid with the earth, poisoning of one-third of the earth's fresh water, and the blacking out of one-third of the sun and stars.
While most Israelis consider the two men simply an annoyance, there are some who take them very seriously and claim that they are responsible for causing the drought that has stricken Israel and the rest of the Middle East for the past 17 months. Their followers believe that one of the men, whom they call Rabbi Yochanan-the Hebrew equivalent of John-is actually the Apostle John of the Christian New Testament and that even though he appears to be in his late fifties, he is actually more than 2,000 years old. The other man, who says he comes as did John the Baptist before him, "in the spirit and power of Elijah," is a former Hasidic rabbi named Saul Cohen. Like Israel's High Priest Chaim Levin, Cohen was originally a follower of New York Rabbi Menachem Schneerson. Cohen was disowned by the rest of Judaism nearly twenty years ago when he began to teach that Jesus was the Jewish Messiah.
Dressed in robes made of burlap or sackcloth, John and Cohen walk through the streets of Jewish towns and cities proclaiming their message of God's wrath on the earth. Adding to their general unkempt appearance, reportedly the two men seldom bathe and cover the tops of their heads with ashes and soot in accordance with ancient religious traditions for those in mourning. They refuse to be interviewed by members of the press, preferring the endless recitation of their warnings.
Members of the KDP, which reportedly number exactly 144,000, have been a constant irritant to their fellow Israelis and tourists alike and have been blamed for a major drop in the already flagging tourist business in Israel. KDP members approach their unsuspecting targets and accuse them of acts or thoughts that the cult considers immoral, and then threaten eternal damnation to any who do not repent. Even High Priest Levin has been assaulted by their verbal harangue.
Membership in the KDP is apparently limited to single Jewish males, though the group also has a large number of additional followers. Actual KDP members are easily identified by the blood-red Hebrew lettering that each bears on his forehead. Many in Israel believe the KDP possess psychic abilities, and most say that the KDP who have approached them had very detailed personal information about their lives. KDP members were generally uncooperative when questioned, choosing instead to demonstrate these apparent psychic talents on this reporter. It was learned from KDP supporters, however, that the group believes that defamed United Nations Ambassador Albert Faure and Gen. Charles Brooks are spiritual portrayals of the first and second "horsemen of the Apocalypse" spoken of in the New Testament book of Revelation. The famine, which has resulted in the deaths of millions, is said to represent the third horseman, while the fourth horseman is believed to be the prophetic representation of the 17 months of war, which ultimately led to the devastating nuclear exchange.
According to the proclamations of the two KDP leaders, the events they prophesy will befall the people of earth because mankind has "refused to follow God's laws and to accept God's mercy." They say the reason that the prophesied punishment will come from the heavens is because instead of worshiping the "true God," men have instead worshiped the sun, moon and stars-an apparent reference to astrology.
Should their prophecies of a collision between the earth and an asteroid prove true, it would not be the first time such an event has occurred. Many scientists believe that it was just such a collision with an asteroid that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous Period. According to Dr. Jean Spring of the Palomar Planet-Crossing Asteroid Survey at Mt. Palomar Observatory in the U.S., there are several thousand asteroids whose orbits intersect the earth's orbit, approximately 950 of which are one kilometer (.6 mile) or more in diameter. She is quick to add, however, that the chances are extremely small of a large asteroid colliding with the earth anytime in the next 2 million years.
When KDP members first began appearing in Israel, police arrested hundreds on charges of disturbing the peace. Very soon, however, it became impossible to find sufficient jail space. According to sources inside the Israeli government, police have attempted to arrest the cult's two leaders, but despite help from Israel's intelligence service, they have found it impossible to infiltrate KDP ranks. Even though the two men have now come out into the open, police have been unable to arrest them because of their uncanny ability to quickly slip away whenever police, even undercover police, come near.
As Decker read the last paragraph of the article, Christopher rose from his chair and went to one of his bookshelves. "Listen to this," Christopher said, as he walked back from the bookshelf with a leather-bound book open in his hands. It was a Bible.
The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down upon the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up. The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water-the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.
The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night.
"That sounds frighteningly similar to what John and Cohen are predicting," Christopher concluded, as he flipped to another page.
"You mean that stuff is in the Bible?" Decker asked. "Yes, in the book of Revelation," Christopher said. "But there's more."
And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.
"So everything they're predicting will happen?" Decker asked, his voice filled with concern. "I believe they may have the power to make it happen," Milner answered. "This is what I told you about that morning in the hotel lobby in Jerusalem."
Decker looked at Christopher and suddenly a sick look came over Christopher's face. "What's the matter?" Decker asked. "According to what I just read," Christopher said, "John and Cohen-if they are the 'two witnesses' referred to-they're prophets. They're servants of God." "Yeah, but wasn't it John who wrote Revelation?" Decker responded.
"That's right!" Christopher agreed, the realization apparently occurring to him only an instant after it had to Decker. "Is it possible," Christopher asked, turning to Milner, "that what John wrote in Revelation, he's now attempting to carry out?"
"It would certainly appear so," answered Milner. "And as I said, I think that he and Cohen may have the power to make these things happen. Whether this is what John had in mind all those years ago when he wrote the Book of Revelation is highly unlikely. His psychic and telekinetic abilities have only recently grown to the magnitude that they are now. And I doubt that two thousand years ago he had any idea they'd ever grow to this point. It's more likely that now, finding himself possessed of such powers, he's chosen to use what he wrote then as a blueprint. It wouldn't be the first time Bible prophecy was used in a similar manner. Cult leader Charles Manson did much the same thing back in the 1970s, combining the words of Revelation and lyrics by the Beatles. But Manson's crimes will pale in comparison to what John and Cohen have planned."
"Okay, hold it a minute," Decker said. "Perhaps I'm a little slow," he began self-effacingly, "but obviously there are a few things here that I'm not catching. Would somebody please explain to me why these guys have all this power and why they want to cause all this destruction?"
"I'm sorry, Decker," Milner responded. "All of this has been happening pretty fast. I'll try to explain. As I told you at the hotel in Israel, humankind is about to enter the final phase in its evolutionary process. At the completion of this final phase-which we call the New Age-humans will have evolved as far beyond what we are now, as we now are above the insects. The KDP are the first to enter that phase.
"Decker, haven't you ever wondered what it is about the Jewish people that allowed them to survive for nearly nineteen hundred years without a country? They survived dispersion and literally dozens of attempts by kings, governments, and bigots to wipe them from the face of the earth. They have flourished despite the cruelest discrimination, and most amazing of all, they have avoided assimilation into the civilizations around them. No other nationality in history has ever done that. Decker, they really are different from non-Jews. Now, I know that may sound like a racist statement, but what I'm saying is that they are actually slightly farther along on the evolutionary scale. The difference is so small it's not measurable by any known standard, but it explains why the first concrete manifestations of the New Age are being seen among the Jews. The KDP are the spearhead of the evolutionary changes to come. Soon the changes will spread throughout the world, to people of every nation and race."
"So how do John and Cohen fit in?" asked Decker. "Like the biblical Jewish prophets before them," Milner answered, "both John and Cohen were born with certain psychic abilities. I suspect that Jesus recognized that ability in John and that is why he chose John to be among his disciples, even though John was much younger than the other apostles." Decker looked over at Christopher, thinking that perhaps Milner's supposition would spur a memory from his former life. Christopher shrugged to indicate he had no recollection of the matter.
"Thousands of years ago, men like John and Cohen would have been acclaimed as major prophets. A few years ago, they would have been just two among hundreds of moderately successful psychics. Now, as the New Age approaches, they have been catapulted beyond anything the world has previously known. And yet the power they have now will soon seem like nothing at all. I cannot begin to tell you the magnitude of what lies ahead for humankind. As the potential of the human mind is revealed, we will begin to see our fellow humans not only through our physical eyes but also through the mind's eye. We will begin, as the members of the KDP already have, to see the innermost part of those around us: their needs and desires; their hopes and their fears; their pain and their joy; their true selves! We will all be stripped bare of the facade that makes some of us seem beautiful and some of us ugly, some of us seem charming and others dull, some of us attractive and others repulsive. "When we can truly see those around us, when we are forced to see not just their outward appearance but into their very souls, then we will begin to truly understand each other. Certainly, all that we see will not be pleasant; indeed, much will be dark and corrupted.
Excerpted from Birth of an Age by James BeauSeigneur Copyright © 2003 by James BeauSeigneur
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Brilliant new view on the end times. I was a huge left behind fan, but realized how incoherent those books actually were after reading the Christ Clone Trilogy. He puts it in a much more realistic 21st Century way while still giving you goosebumps and excitement for the next page.
In 2019, China, India, and Pakistan finally break into the war that everyone has been expecting for decades. The death toll in the one-day debacle will probably reach billions once the aftermath of radiation and feral animals occurs. In Jerusalem, John the Apostle born during the First coming leads over one hundred thousand Messianic Jews with extraordinary super powers. He joins forces with powerful Hassidic Rabbi Saul Cohen and their followers soon cause asteroids to crash into the already damaged planet as John plans the beginning of the apocalypse. Locust, plagues, and famine are becoming the order of the day, as the end of time seems imminent for those left behind. Humanity¿s only hope is in God¿s son, Christopher Goodman, but is he really the second coming since he was actually scientifically cloned from cells found on the Shroud of Turin (see IN HIS IMAGE). However, after consulting with his father and studying the bible, Christopher must do the impossible and remain patient for the right moment to intercede though many die and most suffer. The second novel in the ¿Christ Clone¿ trilogy is an exciting, extremely complex tale that continues the theme from the first tale of blending science with the End of Days predictions of Revelations. The story is very complicated, but it will help the audience to understand this book better if the first novel is read before this enthralling tale. Though some Christian readers will object to elements in the series, most of the Left Behind crowd and those readers who enjoy apocalypse tales like The Prophet series will appreciate James Beauseigneur¿s novels and look forward to the conclusion. Harriet Klausner
I agree with the first person who wrote a review concerning this book. The author sees a human as becoming a lord of the universe, and this is a very humanistic view. In its utterly depraved and imperfect state, how can humanity be lord(notice no caps in front of lord) of anything.
Not much to this...it fundamentally copies Blood of the Lamb, which was written in 1992 - more than 10 years before this - and he didn't stretch it out into 3 books. Interesting at first, but gets more unbelievable as it progresses.
This writer is good with politics and technology, and he reveals the choice we must all make: to either put our trust in God or ourselves. But that's not enough! He does not fathom what spiritual progress is. When one makes his choice, he is only beginning the spiritual journey -- he has not arrived. Also, his vision of heaven is much like that promised by the antichrist -- people are lords of the universe, still given to marriage and sex, and still having children even! Jesus offers you a personal resurrection and says He'll always be nearby, but then off you go to be a star-child -- having more children and only visiting heaven if you feel so inclined. After endless pages of politics and plagues this worldly and unbiblical next life cannot convince or satisfy a spiritual Christian! And this Bible lawyer knows he's contradicting the Bible with this worldly view of the next life and even tries unsuccessfully to squirm out of it in one of his footnotes. But what can you expect from someone who insists on a version of the rapture that contradicts even that single Bible quote that theoretically refers to the rapture?!? If you want to read a Christian novel that truly looks at the spiritual battle in a futuristic setting, check out Thy Kingdom Come by Vincent Malzahn.
Birth of an Age opens an entire spectrum of thinking when it comes to the science of Cloning. This novel is well written especially the end, where tension grows with every new page turned. I loved the story not for its scientific projections, but by the entertaining plots that it offers throughout the book.
This second installment of The Christ Clone Trilogy, 'Birth of an Age,' by James BeauSeigneur, begins with an already changing world on the brink of a New Age. And to put it succinctly, this book -- the story as well as the presentation -- is, in a word, brilliant. BeauSeigneur takes you down his path with such precision that it makes the incredible seem altogether credible and believable, and considering the subject matter, it is quite a feat, indeed. ------- In the prologue (which is actually the final chapter of the first book of the trilogy, 'In His Image'), BeauSeigneur brings you up to speed on the story, as the significant elements of that first book are touched upon here. He also acquaints you with the protagonists, former journalist Decker Hawthorne, now a press secretary for the U.N., Robert Milner, a former Ambassador to the U.N.; and Ambassador Christopher Goodman, the man cloned some thirty years earlier from the dermal cells of Jesus, taken from the Shroud of Turin by scientists during an expedition in 1978. ------- What makes this such an engrossing read (and it is -- thoroughly), is the detail, precision and logic with which BeauSeigneur presents his story. Approximately the first one-third of the book is a detailed account of the cataclysms which befall the Earth and it's inhabitants, and the devastating effects thereof. It begins with the discovery of three asteroids whose trajectory may bring them into contact with the Earth, which threatens the very existence of the planet; but there are also plagues and widespread madness called down upon the people of the Earth, many believe, by two religious fanatics-- one of whom claims to be the Apostle, John. ------- It soon becomes clear that if life on Earth is to survive, if there is ever to be a New Age at all, it must be through the intervention of someone or something which can prevail against the forces of the devastation currently ravaging the planet. And it just may be that Christopher Goodman, the clone of Jesus Christ, could be the one; it could, perhaps, be the reason for which he was born. ------- And once BeauSeigneur has laid the groundwork, which he does with exceptional acuity, the novel picks up steam until finally, after about two-thirds of the way through, it becomes impossible to put the book down. The last thirty pages or so are absolutely spellbinding; it is inspired writing through which the images presented spring vividly to life and veritably awaken the senses. And you experience the sights and sounds, colors and scents as if you were actually there, right up to the somewhat shocking, breathtaking finale. ------- Realizing the full impact of all that happens, of course, is contingent upon having read the first book of the series. 'Birth of an Age,' however, stands well enough on it's own, especially in light of the astounding ending. But be prepared; once you have finished this one, you won't be able to get to the final installment, 'Acts of God,' quickly enough. Have it on hand and ready to read, because -- believe me -- you're going to have to know what happens next. And you are not going to want to wait.