Grace in the Arts: The Alpha Stratagem An Annotated Work of Fiction Part 2 -- By: Frank D. Carmical

Journal: Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society
Volume: JOTGES 08:1 (Spring 1995)
Article: Grace in the Arts: The Alpha Stratagem An Annotated Work of Fiction Part 2
Author: Frank D. Carmical


Grace in the Arts:
The Alpha Stratagem
An Annotated Work of Fiction
Part 2

Frank D. Carmical

Evangelist
Harvester Ministries, Inc.
Plano, Texas

Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver and gold …

But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world …1

1 Peter 1:18–20

Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.

Ephesians 1:4

And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was … Father, I desire that they also whom You gave me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold my glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world …

John 17:5, 24

Prologue

Having read the biblical passages above, meditate on the phrase before the foundation of the world. Let your imagination take flight back to that time before time.

Imagine what it could have been like after God created the Universe of starry galaxies when all the angelic sons of God sang for joy, but during that fearful day when Lucifer, the anointed cherub, began to lead a rebellion against the Most High. What ingredients went into that fateful decision faced by every angelic being—to choose loyalty to the Creator or disloyalty, forever heading down the path of eternal doom?

Think back to that same era of pre-history when the incarnation of the Son of God and His work on the cross were events in the distant future. Conceive of a time when salvation by grace was only a prophecy, pre-written in Heaven. What awesome preparations were made for our redemption, not only before we were born, but before the Earth itself was born?

Fasten your seatbelts. You are about to embark on a fictional journey down the corridor of time, across the ages of history, and back to eternity past.

Synopsis of Part 1

Lucifer, leader of the angelic rebellion, began his temptation of the angels who guard and rule the planets of earth’s solar system [given here with their Roman or popular names in parenthesis]: Apollo,...

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