In the Beginning…

In the Beginning…

Writing The Black Angel of the Lord has proved to be a kaleidoscope of thoughts, images, emotions, and words. I was more than skeptical when Norman walked through the door one Friday night three years ago, and said “We are going to write a book.” I had a physical reaction also. My heart beat faster and it seemed to swell within my chest. Wow! What did he mean? We were not writers. We were employed in work we enjoyed; we loved time with family, travelling, and our hobbies.  By that time in our relationship I knew Norman did not make such an announcement lightly; he was serious, and I was near speechless. Then the work started. He visited the libraries of various colleges and universities in Chicago and in the West Michigan area. He spent hours surfing the internet for information, gathering material to support the book. Our printer ran out of ink multiple times and I tried to keep up with him, reading the many pages that flowed out of our hp printer daily. Well past the normally accepted time for retirement, Norman finally opted for it when his employment ended. He filled his days with research for the book and filling up pages of the yellow legal-sized tablets with the first thoughts of The Black Angel of the Lord. I held on to my part-time job and my outside-the-home regular activities, and occupied all other available time with getting the yellow sheets into MSword. The following three years of life were filled with the usual routines plus a number of happenings that might require another book, should we go there. Do not hold your breath. What we celebrate today is similar to the birth of a child. After the many difficult days of writing concurrently with living our lives, we now have our book, The Black Angel of the Lord, in our hands, ready to pass it on to all who chose to read this astonishing story about an event that absolutely changed the history of our world. We hope you enjoy it. We welcome all your...

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Lush fertile acreage becomes Desert Wasteland

Lush fertile acreage becomes Desert Wasteland

Over 6,000 years ago, nearly all of the territory now known as the Sahara Desert teemed with fruitful green vegetation, forests, wild life, and lakes filled with many fish. Today the question is: What caused such a large area to experience climate changes severe enough to generate the great Sahara Desert over time? With technology and scientific information, we can determine what our planet was like six-thousand years in the past. Studies of the North African region reveal evidence of an ongoing drought and we can calculate back to its beginning by measuring the desert’s rate of succession. Astronomically, we can rewind the bodies in the heavens to find out what events, if any, occurred at the time. One explanation for the drought involves the earth’s spin on its axis as it travels around the sun. Today the earth’s tilt is 23 degrees from zero. A minute and constant change in that angle causes very slow changes in climate on the surface of the earth. Unfortunately, North Africa sets in a location where this change is most obvious. You might say the movement of the earth causes the draught in North Africa which, in turn, slowly increases the Sahara Desert. An alternative theory of what triggered the slow climate transformation of North Africa comes from the heavens. Some astronomers believe an asteroid, one and a quarter miles wide, created a huge fireball as it entered the earth’s atmosphere with a tail hundreds of miles long. As it passed over the Austrian Alps, it burst with a tremendous explosion several hundred feet high over Northern Europe and caused sudden changes in the earth’s weather patterns in several areas of the globe, including North Africa. Whatever caused much of North Africa to transform from a lush fertile area into the desert wasteland as we know it today, the people and their cultures also changed through the centuries. One character in The Black Angel of the Lord, Ramtouses, was born into an African culture that slowly changed over time with the...

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We Search for Explanations

We Search for Explanations

Humankind continuously searches for explanations of the unknown. Many people accept the literal translation of the Holy Bible while others think of it as myth. A third group of people including some scientists say, “Wait a minute. Maybe these phenomena can be proven scientifically.” Through tedious research, they developed plausible explanations for many of the stories accepted as miracles through the centuries. Their work established some validity to the miracles in ways people who lived before the twentieth century could never have constructed. Take the story we tell in The Black Angel of the Lord. It may not have the scientific support that is given to some of the Biblical miracles (such as the parting of the Red Sea, or the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah) but yet, there is a great deal of evidence vindicating its possibility. Our story revolves around what happened at the Assyrian siege of Jerusalem in 701 B. C. E. The evidence reveals a developing drought in North Africa which certainly caused the migration of many people through the centuries and changed the future of that world. The evidence also promotes discussion regarding the proof or disproof of the Assyrian siege on Jerusalem and the Assyrian domination of the Mediterranean world. Considering the fact that Jerusalem was not destroyed by the Assyrians, what explanation can account for the demise of one-hundred eighty-five thousand Assyrians? Did an angel actually fly from heaven at God’s command, or did God use some other means to wipe out the entire Assyrian army? Is the account related in II Kings 19 given as a parable of the event? We can accept the Bible literally and believe an angel slew the Assyrian army overnight, or we can theorize using God’s gift of scientific discovery. Both choices can glorify God as long as we do not limit the Almighty’s power nor forget that our Creator controls...

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