In the Spring of 1999 the St. Julie Bible Study groups subject was Revelation. Near the end of this study our moderator asked us to write a contemporary story of church using the style of Revelation. This is my story.
As I was meditating while
reclining on my patio, I thanked God for the Beauty of the day and the Gifts of
my life. The warmth of the sun and the gentle breeze soon lulled me into a deep
In my sleep, a messenger in
glowing robes took me by the hand and raised me up through the clouds. A voice
said to me: “There are things about My Church that no longer please Me! Write
down what I show you and report what you see and hear!”
I found myself in a room with a
low, wood beamed ceiling, plain walls and a wood floor. There was a rough wooden
table around which nine men had gathered. There was a knock and three more men
entered through an unlocked door.
After warm greetings were
exchanged and a prayer of thanks was said, they began to argue quietly about
what was necessary for a person to be a follower of Jesus. One of the men, who
was otherwise indistinguishable in dress, seemed to moderate the discussion.
After a time there was a glow in the room and flame-like wisps gently descended
on each of the men. They did not seem to notice these things. Their discussion
turned to common agreement and the one who moderated the group said, “Through
the Grace of God, we agree that the Love and Message of Jesus is paramount.
Cultural practices are secondary and if they do not conflict with the teaching
of the Master, they are to be permitted.”
As he said a blessing, the
ceiling became transparent to me. Above it, were two man-like beings in glorious
robes and a pure white dove. One of the beings had a beard. The other held a
staff. The bearded one, speaking to the other two, said, “You have taught and
guided them well. I am pleased.” The other two said, “Yes, we also are
pleased.” And then there were a multitude of Angels and Saints, all singing
and glorifying God.
came a time of darkness and afterward I found myself in a grand room with a
golden dome. There were beautiful paintings on the walls and glorious designs on
the marble floor. A man in a beautiful golden robe and holding a golden staff
sat on a golden throne. Seated before him were several men in red robes. There
was a beautifully carved door. It was locked and someone could be heard knocking
One of the men in the red
robes, said “The members who are not of the selected want to be heard.”
Another in red said, “They want to change our church.” Still another said,
“They should realize that only we know how, and in what words, Jesus’
message can be given to the people.” The one dressed in gold said, “Keep the
door locked! God has given the right to make decisions only to me and you, my
As he said this, the dome
became transparent to me. Above it, were the two man-like beings in glorious
robes and the pure white dove. The bearded one, speaking to the other two, said,
“What has happened? They started so well. Do you not still guide them as you
promised them?” The Dove said, “Yes, I am with each of your children, but
their leaders will not listen to them.” The being with the staff said, “The
leaders have come to believe that the Spirit is only with them.” Then the
bearded on said, “They are reverting to the time of rigid, petty rules that
have nothing to do with love and forgiveness. I am saddened.”
Then there were dark clouds in the distance behind
the three beings. I saw lightning flashes and heard thunder rumbling in the
distance. A being with two horns and a forked tail appeared through the clouds.
He carried a three-pronged staff … and through the sound of thunder I heard
ã Copyright 1999
Donald J Plefka
May be copied only with permission of the author.