Daniel handed Shira back to me, awakening her. I stroked her head reassuringly. When she saw the soldiers, she turned from them. Her fear pierced my heart.
“Shira, go back to sleep,” I whispered. “Jesus is here.”
The guards eyed Shira inquisitively and lowered their guns, moved by her sobs. What harm could we be carrying a small child?
Daniel and the uniformed men conversed in Hebrew. Because they spoke rapidly with heavy accents, I wasn’t sharp enough to catch most of it.
The taller man motioned for us to follow. He punched a code into the keypad of the heavy steel door. After a few anxious seconds, the door opened.
The small vestibule we entered appeared the same as before, though darker. The ominous shadows that flickered over the walls from the emergency lighting felt cold and calculating—walls that I knew were an illusion. I expected bright floodlights to illuminate our surroundings, and we’d see the impressive command center humming with computers and TV screens.
Cameras set up in strategic locations around Jerusalem monitored hotspots and beamed back photographs and video. But no one was here.
The uniformed officer pushed open a hidden door on the opposite wall. As we entered, a cool breeze poured in, probably from an air conditioning vent. I gulped in the fresh air, hoping it would calm my fears. The guard said nothing, and I found the silence unnerving. We followed him through a narrow hallway. My anxiety increased. I’d never remember how to get out if something went wrong. I reached for Daniel’s arm. He shot me a reassuring glance.
The guard flipped a light switch as we entered through an unmarked door. “Jacob will be here shortly,” he said. Then he dismissed himself.
Once the door was shut, I tried to relax.
“The guards are all business,” Daniel said. “They have their orders. Even when they know we are one of them, they won’t deviate.”
I held Shira close to me. “Is everything all right?”
“What did the guard say? You talked so fast.”
“When you told Shira Jesus would take care of her, their demeanor changed. Up until then, I don’t think they believed I was Jacob’s brother. They thought we were spies.”
“Oh.” I glanced around the room. A black leather sofa filled up one wall with matching chairs on each side. Three photographs above the sofa highlighted historical Jewish landmarks—the temple mount, Masada, and a third location I didn’t recognize. I pointed to it. “Where is that?”
Daniel eased closer to the photo. “That’s Petra, in Jordan.”
I’d heard of Petra, but had never seen a jpeg of it. I edged over. Off to the side of the room was a small kitchenette and bathroom. On the kitchen counter was a well-used tea kettle stained from previous use. White plastic cups and an assortment of herbal teas filled a straw container. A small refrigerator took up the rest of the counter.
What was this room used for?
I noticed an open bible on the coffee table. I started to walk over to see what page someone had been reading, but Daniel picked it up.
“Someone underlined this passage in red. Ezekiel 38:14-16: ‘In that day, when my people Israel dwell safely, will you not take notice of it? You will come from your place out of the far north, you and many nations with you, all of them riding horses, a great horde, a mighty army. You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.’”
“Must be a prayer room,” Daniel added.
I stepped back from the table and sat on the sofa. Shira readjusted herself in my lap, clutching at my shirt. “Whoever was in here must have believed Israel was facing the Ezekiel 38-39 war.”
Daniel sat beside me on the chair.
“Is your brother coming?”
“I hope.” Daniel leaned back, nodding off.
He had to be as tired as I was. Shira had closed her eyes again. Suddenly, a crazy thought swirled in my head. “Daniel, what if we went back to the seventh dimension?”
I hope you are are enjoying these excerpts to the upcoming book "The Prescience," which will be available by the end of the summer.