An adaptation of one of my favorite quotes, No Weapon Forged Against Me Shall Prevail, this is a protection sigil designed to stop both physical and mental weapons. Useful for both people and wards (it was originally meant to be a sigil ward)
Apocalypse: from Greek apokalupsis, from apokaluptein ‘uncover, reveal’, from apo- ‘un-’ + kaluptein ‘to cover’. Literally meaning “an uncovering” is a disclosure of knowledge or revelation.
Antichrist: one who will rise to usher humanity into a time of peace, he is against religion but for humanity. He will unite the whole world as one.
In other words, the Apocalypse is the revealing of truth, a time of enlightenment, and of peace and unity for humanity thereafter. The Antichrist is someone whose side you’ll be on if you’re a supporter of peace and happiness, and against if you want religious war and widespread hate. So basically, bring on the Apocalypse.
There might be a few years of Hell on Earth to endure first though.
“Honestly, Scully it fits!” Mulder exclaims as he follows a disgruntled and very pregnant Scully into the kitchen. He’s holding up a computer printout like its the Holy Bible of pregnancy facts and starts rattling off symptoms in his familiar slide-show monotone.
“Stomach pain, back pain, indigestion, changes in appetite, weight gain, diarrhea, constipation, headache, cravings, nausea, breast augmentation, insomnia. Also, stiffening of the glutes, generalised aches and pains…”
“Mulder, for the last time, you do not have Couvade Syndrome! It’s not a real medical syndrome and it is psychosomatic at best; which by the way,” she looks at him, her eyebrow quirked, “is your area of expertise.”
She huffs somewhat indignantly as she reaches for the camomile tea and turns to glare at him as she waits for the water to boil. She is no longer going to the basement office, but she starts rattling off the facts to disprove his theory as if his breast growth was their most current X-file.
“First of all, you’ve always been a insomniac. And concerning your digestive system? Your stomach pain, indigestion, weight gain and changes in….regularity, Mulder you’ve been eating all of my food, which is high in fibre because pregnant women tend towards constipation. I’m not changing my cooking to best suit your bowels.”
She scowls at him accusingly, “Also, you’ve been eating all of my chocolate. If binge-eating my snacks and then getting indigestion is sympathy pregnancy then, dammit, you’ve had Couvade’s since 1993.”
He grins at her and shrugs, the point conceded, but not without a last attempt of winning her over.
“But Scully, that’s happened because I’ve had changes in appetite,” he whines, if somewhat jokingly. He steps forward to cup her rounded ass and gives it a slight squeeze.
“I’ve been getting all sorts of cravings,” he murmurs into her ear.
She shakes her head and rolls her eyes but not without a smile tugging at the corner of her lips. She returns the favour, lovingly squeezing his left asscheek and remarks with a smirk,
“Ahh…and here’s the mystery of your stiffening glute…” she laughs as his butt muscles twitch under her touch. “It’s been…stimulated,” she discloses softly with a chuckle. “Same goes for your pectorals, which explains the nipple sensitivity.”
He beams at the memory of her hands and teeth all over him and stiffens against her. She licks her lips and misses the way her breasts would press against his chest when her belly wasn’t in the way. She sighs as she cups his face and pulls him down for a soft kiss.
“All I’m saying Mulder is that you can’t just have sympathy pregnancy and get to do only the fun things. It’s not fair. I’m swallowing horse pills, I’m nauseous, and I’m rubbing oil on my perineum to prevent tearing for when I’m in labour.”
She expects him to grimace or shudder at the thought, but he just strokes her waist where she swells into what she thinks is planet-sized proportions. He stares at his hands tracing the growing contours of her body, fascinated by the person they’ve managed to create together, inside her.
“And all I’M saying Scully is that I sometimes think I can feel the baby inside me too, somehow.”
She softens and watches his fascinated study of her, and can’t hold back a giggle when his curious fingers sneak up and cover her breasts, a cup and a half bigger than when she had first met him.
“Scully, you would be shocked and surprised to know what kind of stroking my perineum is familiar with.”
He breathes into her ear and whispers deeply, “But I’ve never used oil. How very kinky of you. I like it.”
The water has boiled but she makes no move to make her tea, enthralled by the brush of his breath against her skin.
“And Scully?” he murmurs and she angles her face so that he can press his lips against her neck as he speaks to her.
“Mmm Mulder?” she asks and relaxes against the cupboard as his thumbs trace over her hardening nipples.
“I’ve seen you swallow much larger things than those horse pills.”
He presses his erection against her with a little more force. “And if I remember correctly, pregnant or not, you have never, ever had a problem with your gag reflex.”
She can hardly believe it when she feels her mouth water at the thought of him inside her mouth, her lips sliding up and down the length of him.
She reaches for his belt. “Get ready, G-man,” she purrs as she slips her hand into his front pocket and strokes his thigh. He closes his eyes and groans slightly.
She pulls out his wallet and taps it gently against his forehead while he blinks his eyes open with disappointed confusion.
The “Rapture” is not in the Bible. Despite being believed by a large number of protestants (many of whom also believe that only that which is in the Bible can be true) it was actually invented in the 1600s by one Cotton Mather – otherwise famous for murdering women by strangling them to death (by hanging) in the Salem witch trials. The term in the Bible commonly mistranslated to the word “rapture” actually comes from the Greek ἁρπάζω (harpazo) which actually means “caught up” or “taken away” and it refers to one person only (Philip).
5 Christmas Facts! Some things you may have missed from the Bible
1. Joseph and Mary were related, both of the royal line (also see Luke 1:32-33). While Israel was officially without a king because of the Romans, the remnants of the royal house tried to maintain the authority thereof. This was why the marriage was arranged (espousal was a complex business process for arranged marriage) between the couple. Joseph was the rightful - if disposed - King of Israel, and Mary was a noblewoman, the highest of aristocrats, worthy to be queen. Most of Joseph’s work would have been as a builder in the areas surrounding Galilee, which were experiencing a massive boom, and where he would have brushed shoulders with politicians, clergymen, merchants, and the very wealthy. Part of his royal descendancy was maintaining a small area of family land in Bethlehem in the royal city. When the census came up Mary and Joseph needed to go to Bethlehem so that as the secret king and queen of Israel they would be counted in their capital city.
2. There was no tax that required people to go to their city of birth. This like many other places in the Bible, is a mistranslation from the Greek (proper translation would be enrolled, registered, or counted). It was a census, which was why it was so important that the secret king and queen of Israel be counted at their capital. (see especially Luke 2:4)
3. X-mas originated because early Christians considered the name of Christ so sacred that it wasn’t appropriate to write it down where anyone could see and repeat it in any circumstance, except when absolutely necessary. So there you are Fox News, nice job of being a Christian voice. (On a historical note, this is why people signed their name with an X or +. Baptism was a legal birth certificate and a sign that one took upon themselves the name of Christ. Therefore signing with a cross meant one was a legal person, able to be married, get legal representation, and have a will.)
4. The birth of Christ is in April. The celebrations at the end of December were already legal holidays and part of tradition. So we have Christmas on the 25th because of efforts to convert pagans, and also avoiding paperwork. Never underestimate what people will do to avoid paperwork.
5. Speaking of mistranslations, Jesus is the Greek version of Joshua, which means deliverer. It’s a reminder that a lot of what we know about Jesus and God has been under the filter of men who have not always had the best intentions.
This Christmas season I’d like to give the gift of encouraging people to learn about the Christ, not made of paint and plaster, but of love and light and word. We all have the power to act and not be acted upon, use that power to discover the truth of things, not just religiously, but in everything.
Did you know that the bible is full of amazing stories of God using incredibly broken people for unbelievable things? I bet not all of you know that girl power is a foundation of the lineage of Jesus. Think i’m kidding? Well, lets have a look at Tamar, the daughter in law of Judah and an ancestor of Jesus that the bible goes out of it’s way to include and accept despite the rejection and abandonment she faced.
Tamar was a young girl in an arranged marriage to a pretty awful dude. In fact the bible describes Er as ‘evil in the sight of the Lord’. He however died, leaving Tamar childless and a very young widow. The custom of the time was because Tamar had no children to look after her later in life, she would then marry the next brother and fulfil her duty to her first husband. Judah, the father of the family said to his second born son Onan, the one who would marry Tamar next, ‘perform your duty as a brother-in-law; be her husband and raise children for the name of your brother’. Yet Onan was a deceptive man and did everything he could to not let Tamar conceive. In the end, Onan died too leaving Tamar feeling like a failure to their family, and left Judah, his wife and last remaining son believing that Tamar had a curse over her causing the death of the two brothers. She was then shipped back of to her fathers house to live until the last son Shelah had grown up enough to be married to her. The truth was, Judah and his wife were deceiving Tamar and did not plan to let her marry their last son though it was her right.
Tamar had been poorly treated, a widow twice, rejected, abandoned and had her right of marriage and having children away from her, all before she was 20 years old. Judah had thrown her away as worthless and not worthy of being his last son’s wife.
Yet the challenges she faced did not restrict her God given purpose which was to be a direct ancestral link to Jesus.
Tamar persevered through her hardship and trials and long story short, was used by God to teach Judah a lesson in trusting Him, a lesson in letting go and a lesson in recognising the righteousness in Tamar and his own wrongness. Tamar bore Judah twin boys while dressed in a disguise during a moment of weakness by Judah who did not recognise her. Instead he gave her his staff and signet ring as payment and went about his day. When Judah had heard that Tamar had been dressed in a disguise and seen with a man, he ordered her to be burned to death for her actions. Tamar presented his staff and ring to him and he fell to the ground in shame and saw righteousness in her that he knew he lacked because of his deception and withholding of his last son from her. It was from one of the twin boys, Perez, that the line to Jesus would continue.
Tamar had been shunned, but God accepted her.
Tamar had been rejected, but God included her.
Tamar had been deemed unworthy, but God placed her in the lineage of Jesus.
The fact is, Tamar sets an example of God’s big plan to send His son so we could all be accepted, so that we could all be included. It all ties in very well to the true meaning behind Christmas. The coming of Jesus of was the fulfilment of acceptance for all. Everyone is able to be accepted by God. Everyone, no matter how broken, how many trials and challenges you face, no matter what you have done or what others have done to you. You can take one look at Tamar, a two time widow, a rejected daughter in law and an one off prostitute, and realise that if God can take all that brokenness and pain and still use her life to hold immense purpose, such purpose to the point where her life played a part in the coming of Jesus, then my goodness can he use us for His glory.
Now if God can use brokenness like Tamar, and Judah for that matter and create something as wonderful and world changing as Jesus, then what is holding us back from realising that the unexpected challenges that we face today will not restrict us from the purpose and plan that God has for us.
God created a lineage of grace out of brokenness, and He can take our brokenness and turn it into something beautiful and purposeful too.
To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. - Isaiah 61v3
(This is a five part series, keep an eye out for the next Lineage of Grace blog post about Rahab. Also check out Francine Rivers book ‘A Lineage of Grace’ for the full stories in novel form)