It was March of 2017 and a new president had been elected and sworn in. It was amazing how quickly he got Congress to pass his proposed legislation. He had literally shredded the Constitution and the citizens were in shock. Although the House and Senate still met, they now had little power. With the retirement of Justices Ginsberg and Kennedy, the new appointees guaranteed the new president would rarely face open controversy.
The citizens of Mentone, AL, a small town near Lookout Mountain, stood in a solemn, quiet line in Christ’s Word Church, the largest building in the area. All were required to register and be assigned to a community worker’s group. The new president believed in community participation and required each citizen to participate. Of course, the leader of each community group would be keeping very specific records as to the “voluntary” work and the comings and goings of each family under his “care.” On preliminary review, the reason seemed logical: research indicated when a family was about to or in the process of facing a crisis and this scrutiny would help the government to put the appropriate agency or assistance in place.
There were soldiers present were menacing with their stoic faces and blue helmets.
The Chief Community Leader stepped up to the microphone at the pulpit. “In the interest of community spirit and cooperation, we ask that every individual cooperate: first, whoever has any, turn in illegal or restricted books, tapes, or other reading material. This includes Bibles, in writing or on tape, movies or stories using the Bible, or other books, movies, or tapes trying to foist the lie of the Bible over the public.
Second, turn in any weapons and ammunition you may have in your home. Again, this is for your own safety.
Third, allow us to implant an ID in your wrist it is far safer if your social security number is implanted into you. President Saunders believes this will cut down on the problem of identity theft and preserve more of your rights.
Finally, select the styles of the state provided outfits you like. You can always purchase more for a nominal fee. The colors will identify your place in our community such profession, religious belief, ethnicity, etc. We promise to get you in and out as quickly as possible.
“If you do not cooperate with these directives, troops will enter your home to recover the contraband and you will be sent to a re-education facility,” reminded Mill Sikes, Mentone’s appointed leader.
Sally, whose parents had owned the local café, leaned over to Mayor Mike Calloway, “Mayor,” we can’t do all this, what are we going to do?”
“Pass the word, quietly, be careful who you tell; ‘Meeting in the cave in two hours.’”
Sally nodded and moved away.
Two hours later, Mayor Calloway was facing about 20 men and women.
“Okay everyone, they expect us to register and follow their rules. I say no. You signed a resolution about this place. Now are you ready to make a resolution to God? One that means we will be true to him no matter what the cost?
“I resolve!” was heard from one end of the cave to the other.
“Pastor Roberts, does this mean it has started?” called Ben.
Pastor looking up and gave the answer everyone was dreading. Yes, Ben, that is why so many people are missing. This is the beginning of the Tribulation. There was a collective sigh and without any direction, everyone decided to talk to God. “Lord God, stumbled Mayor Mike, I ask you to protect these brave men and women. Even though they erred, their repentance is genuine. Please protect them and keep them save in your loving arms. The people turned quietly and left to go get what they needed to prepare for a long stay to hide from the oppressors, the government.
Calloway turned to Paul Roberts, the pastor. “Well, Paul, I think it is time for that closet you talked about.” Both men turned and walked deeper into the house Thessalonians 1:11-12English Standard Version (ESV)
11 To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”