Twilight of Eternity: The Boundaries of Christian Fiction Have Been Redefined!

Book Review by Josh Peck – Author of “Disclosure”

Doug Hamp has transcended the limits of fantasy in “Twilight of Eternity”. The reader is taken on an exciting adventure through a images (3)prophetic future. In this world yet to come, our hero Ben must make a choice that will determine his destiny. In order to make this choice, he must set out on a daring quest for truth and discovery that proves to be most treacherous.

Based on meticulous scriptural study and research, “Twilight of Eternity” is a book that proves to be rewarding for believers and nonbelievers alike. Believers will gain a fantastic witnessing tool as well as new insight into the rarely-discussed Millennial Kingdom. Nonbelievers will be provided with a gripping fantasy full of action that sets out to uncover mysteries and reveal secrets. From the first page to the last, this book certainly is for everybody.

In the field of Biblical research, where nonfiction literature is the norm, “Twilight of Eternity” breaks the mold. Doug Hamp has done the impossible by creating a masterful work of fiction that conveys scriptural truths while remaining relatable in our modern era. This truly is an entertaining fantasy of intrigue based on a very real and upcoming future.

   Josh Peck, Author of “Disclosure” http://joshpeckdisclosure.wordpress.com/

He is Risen, Lessons from the Edge of Eternity

The following snippet is from my upcoming book “Edge of Eternity.”

“No one took my life from me,” Aryeh said joyously. “I laid it down of my own free will; I had the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it back again!” (John 10:18) Enosh looked at those around him amazed at his proclamation for there was saying there among the dead, “what valiant man can live and not see death? Who can deliver himself from the power of Sheol?” (Ps 89:48) Enosh rejoiced at the thought that the place had no power over him and that death would have no power over him. (John 11:25; Rom 14:8; 2 Cor 5:14; Rev 1:18)

“Now I shall depart,” he said resolutely. Elyón is not leaving my soul in Sheol and is not allowing me to experience corruption. (Ps 16:10) The keys of Sheol and the keys of Death are now mine.” (Rev 1:18) Then he was gone. The virtuous dead cheered for it was the first time that anyone had ever left the Bor of his own accord!

 Yet still Enosh remained.

“It has now been thirty seven days since Aryeh left Sheol and yet here we remain,” Enosh said to Hava and the millions who were standing near them. “He promised he will deliver us from the depths of Sheol because his kindness for us great. (Ps 86:13) Hava said reassuringly. Elyón will truly redeem us from the power of Sheol. He will surely receive us! (Ps 49:15) Suddenly they felt themselves lifting up out of Sheol.

“At last,” Enosh called out joyfully. “We are finally, at the appointed time, escaping the place of our banishment. What a gift has given to us!” (Eph 4:8) They were quickly up over the Earth, though no living mortal could see them. They looked over and saw Aryeh also ascending from the Earth to a cloud which hid him from the living standing on the Earth below (Acts 1:9; Rev 12:5) as a door in the veil opened. (Acts 7:55, 56)

Enosh considered the days before there was a veil and how Elyón had simply wanted live with him and his sons and daughters without any separation between them. (Ezek 37:28, 43:9; 2Cor 6:16; Rev 7:15; 21:3) He had wanted to make his home with them and share his heart –  (John 14:23) all cut short cut short by the slander of Rakhíl. (I John 3:8) Consequently, Elyón’s compassion forced him to put a wall of separation (Eph 2:14) between himself and Earth to destroy it. (Isa 30:33) The veil had shielded the earth and its inhabitants from Elyón’s fiery lightning presence which was too powerful the degenerative and decaying Earth (Exod 19:18; Ps 97:5, 104:32) Only at the time at the restoration of all things, (Acts 3:21) when Enosh and sons (Rom 8:19-21) clothed with yeshuáh ((Proverbs 13:9, 20:20, 24:20; Job 18:5, 21:17; Isa 61:10; Dan 12:3; Mat 13:43; Rev 19:8) could the veil come down. (Isa 25:6-7, 34:4; 2Pet 3:10)

Rakhíl stood looking at Enosh and Hava and their sons and daughters passing by him through the second realm of heaven into the third, the domain of Elyón. He was utterly stunned by the expense that Elyón went to rescue the sons of Enosh. He was speechless for a time because he had calculated so cunningly and precisely that Enosh and his sons would never be free and would be slaves in Sheol forevermore. His authority over the planet was broken. He knew that Elyón could have squashed him at any moment if it were merely a matter of power. However, Elyón had given the earth to Enosh and he had foolishly forfeited it to Rakhíl which gave him authority over Enosh and his kin and the very planet itself; that was why he was able to take Aryeh and show him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory could give Aryeh all those things if he would just fall down and worship him. (Mat 4:8)

Rakhíl was obviously not willing to relinquish his authority freely which is why Elyón did not send Aryeh immediately after the Downfall but now Aryeh had completely disarmed him and his malakhim through his selfless and humiliating act on the tree and had made a public spectacle of them. (Col 2:15) Aryeh fixed his eyes which were like flames of fire on Rakhíl as he victoriously marched past with the captives declaring, “You have been judged (John 16:11) because from the power of Sheol I am rescuing them, from death I am redeeming them. Death, where are your plagues?!” Aryeh mocked. “Sheol, where is your destruction?!” He said laughing joyfully. “My eyes will remain closed to your pleas for compassion.”(Hos 13:14)

Enosh smiled jestingly at Rakhíl, the prince of the power of the air and at his principalities, his powers, his rulers of darkness of that age, and past the spiritual hosts of wickedness in those heavenly places behind the veil (Eph 6:12) as they traveled triumphantly past who all looked on with contorted, exasperated and confounded faces at those who were formerly slaves without any apparent hope. (Col 2:15) Aryeh led his entourage to his throne which was at the right hand of Elyón; all of the rebellious malakhim, authorities, and powers had been made subject to Him. (1Pet 3:22)

Aryeh saved them from the power of darkness and brought them into his kingdom (Col 1:13) because he overcame Rakhíl. They had been slaves under the basic principles of the world, yet when the appropriate time had come, Elyón sent Aryeh, born of a woman under the law of sin and death (Gal 4:4; Rom 8:2) in order to redeem those who were under the law and adopt them as sons of Elyón with the spirit of Aryeh in their hearts they would cry out “Abba!” (Gal 4:5-6) They actually became new creations and were born not of the earth but of the immaterial, created directly by Elyón (2 Cor 5:17; Gal 6:15)

We thank you, Aryeh,” Enosh said, “for you are far above every ruler, authority, power, dominion, and every name that can be named, not only in in this age, but also in the age to come!”  (Eph 4:10, 1:21)

The above snippet is from my upcoming book “Edge of Eternity.”

The Death of the Promised One, Lessons from New Book, “the Edge of Eternity”

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My new book, Edge of Eternity is centered on the time of the millennium and to fully explain the details of the millennium many foundational issues must be considered. The following snippet details Jesus (Aryeh) descending to the grave (Sheol).

Suddenly the earth began to quake (Mat 27:54) and Aryeh, son of Elyón, the King, the Promised One stood before them. “How glorious he is!” Enosh said rejoicing to those around him. “But why is he here in Sheol?” he said confused. Aryeh seemed even more beautiful than when he had first beheld his face at his creation and yet, somehow, he was different; his face was marred (Isa 52:14) and he appeared as a lamb that had been slain. (Isa 53:7; Rev 5:6) “Has he truly died?” He asked those around him in disbelief that Aryeh, son of Elyón could ever look like that. “How can his death free us from the power of Sheol?” The moment he said that it struck him in his very core; Aryeh had been willing to be beaten, mocked, and die a shameful and cruel death on account of his treachery! (Isa 53) He, the Promised One, Enosh realized, the glorious King himself, suffered for my sedition once for all, an innocent person, for me, the guilty! (1Pet 3:18) Enosh could say nothing and lowered his head in shame. “Enosh!” Aryeh said looking over at him with the same sparkle and joy in his eye when he had first created him. “I did it for the joy that is now mine. (Heb 12:2) Now I can take you, and all here who have waited for me, to Siyon, my City.”

He walked over to the great chasm which was separating those who were waiting for him and those who were not. He looked deep into the darkness of the chasm, to the lowest rung of the Bor to the imprisoned rebellious malakhim, who had revolted along with Rakhíl, and who disobeyed long ago in the days of Noakh (1Pet 3:20) and were locked up for the judgment of the great Day (Jude 1:6-7) They were the ones who did not keep within their proper domain but crossed the boundary and abandoned their own non-terrestrial bodies[i] when they took the daughters of Enosh for wives, indulging in sexual immorality and pursuing unnatural desire by mingling with the seed of men (Dan 2:43) fathering the fallen ones, the Nephilim. (Gen 6:1-4; Dan 2:43; 2 Pet 2:4; Jude 1:6-7)

“It…is…done!” He triumphantly thundered (John 19:30) at them. They attempted to lift their necks to look at their conqueror yet their unbreakable, eternal chains bound them so tightly they could even move. (Jude 1:6-7) They also remained speechless daring not open their mouths at the sight of him. (Isa 52:15)

 “Your stronghold is broken!” Aryeh chuckled happily. “Rakhíl, the ruler of the cosmos is judged and shall be cast out. (John 12:31) The power of death which Rakhíl used to keep the sons of Enosh in bondage and fear of death all their lives (Heb 2:14, 15) I have taken from him. (John 14:30) Both he and you are finally judged after so many years.” (John 16:11)



[i] In 2 Cor 5:2 we read of putting off the earthly habitation (the physical body) and putting on a heavenly habitation (spiritual body). The word oiketerion (οἰκητήριον) (habitation) is the same word used in 2 Pet 2:4. For we know that if our earthly house, [this] tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in [this] tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. (2 Cor 5:1-4 NKJV)

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Love and Servanthood: Lessons from the Edge of Eternity

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The writing of my next book, Edge of Eternity, has taught me a great deal about the character of God which I believe is at the heart of why Satan rebelled; thoughhe was externally very similar to God (his appearance) he refused to demonstrate love through laying down his rights, and becoming a servant to others.

The following summary is woven into a story in the final product. Please pray for the publication of the book, its being made into a movie, and financial support along the way. Thanks!

 

All the things God made and gave to his sons were very good! (Gen 1:31). He was so powerful that there was nothing he could not do yet despite all of his limitless power, his glorious appearance, and his knowledge of all things, he was not able to inherently impart the one quality that stood out from the rest which was his compassion, his affection, his love. (I John 4:8; Exod 34:6-7; Ps 86:5; Ps 86:15; 2 Cor 13:11; Eph 2:4) The quality of love had to be reciprocal for it to be real and it had to also be gratuitous and uncompelled.

Thus even though he could easily give anything and everything to the angels and Adam, if they were to reciprocate, then they had to be afforded the opportunity to reject not only his gifts, but even the fellowship with him. This is why God created them with the capacity of self-determination; that is, the potential to choose something that God he did not delight in (Isa 45:7, 66:4) would never choose evil.[i] (Isa 66:4) He afforded them a chance to be like him through choosing something pleasing to him or something displeasing to him. (Isa 45:7) Only if the chance for rejection were real, could the opportunity for love be real.

Yet, if they could truly express love as he did, (which required serving and giving), then there could be an authentic, worthwhile and meaningful relationship between God and his creatures. Unlike human kings throughout our history that have lorded their authority and power over others demanding submission and obedience, (Matt 20:25-28) God, has not forced anyone because love simply never demands its own way. (1Cor 13:5) It is this quality, that Satan rejected.

God stated that whoever desired to be first among his peers, needed to be the slave – something that God proved he himself was willing to do. He proved it by washing the feet of others (John 13:14-15) and for the rebellious sons of Adam, he emptied himself, making himself of no reputation and gave his life-force in exchange for many. (Matt 20:25-28; John 3:16; Rom 5:8; Phil 2:7)

Thus the angels including Satan, whom God had created greater in strength than Adam, were free to choose[ii] their own path by conforming themselves to God’s great characteristic of love They could choose to cherish like he did by humbling themselves through serving Adam who was weaker than themselves or they could choose pride and self-exaltation. In either case, exercising a choice proved that they were like their creator, something he desired. (Gen 3:22) However, only an alignment with his will and rejecting the choice he did not desire evil could they enjoy pleasures at his right hand forever (Ps 16:11).

Through the life of Adam, the angels were also provided an opportunity to show love by serving someone lesser and weaker than themselves. Their role was to be helpers to those who were at the point of inheriting salvation. (Heb 1:14) Adam and Eve had need of taking of the tree of life (Gen 3:22) in order to live forever. Once they had taken of tree of life then they would be as strong as the angels (Luke 20:35-36) and yet greater because they were created body and soul and infused with God’s Spirit. (Mat 10:28; Gen 2:7; John 20:22)

Thus, the angels’ role was to watch over them (Dan 4:17) and guide and serve them in that endeavor or in any way needed. (Ps 91:11, 103:20; Dan 6:22; Mat 4:11) God had provided everything for Adam to make a choice that he might cherish in return and he afforded the angels with the opportunity to show love by serving one who was both weaker and younger than themselves and thus fulfill God’s fundamental, deep-seated character and constitution that there is no greater happiness than to give than to receive. (Acts 20:35) All of his sons could now be truly like him and a worthwhile relationship could develop between an almighty, all knowing, all powerful King and his finite sons made in his image.


[i] Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology defines evil in the following manner: “what is right was what was ordained by God, and what is wrong was what was proscribed by him, deviation from this paradigm constitutes what is ra.” Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology (1996): Ra. The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament (TWOT) notes the noun “ra, evil” is defined as “being that condition or action which in his (God’s) sight is unacceptable (Jer 52:2; Mal 2:17; cf. Neh 9:28),” (TWOT רָ֔ע ra).

[ii] For ‘Adam the choice would come through the agent of eating or refusing a certain fruit on a tree.