In the future, a group of scientists plan to time-travel to Eden to prevent the fall of man, and thus put an end to all evil and disease in the world. At first, they can only go back about 200 years at once. They visit the California Gold Rush and Colonial America. They are pulled forward unexpectedly to their future and forced to fight in a senseless war. They break free and take off, finding a stowaway with a device for traveling further back. Thus, they meet Leonardo Da Vinci and discuss humanism. But, by mistake, they take off without the stowaway and his device. The lever jams, bringing them to Martin Luther and an argument over faith. By adding alcohol to the fuel, they manage to arrive at Camelot and finally, ancient Jerusalem, where they at last realize the real answer—the true end and goal of their mission.
NOTE: This book has recently been translated into both Spanish and German by the publisher. I don't have digital copies to put here but you can find the translations on the web.
I, was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on June 8, 1943 to a Christian family and accepted Jesus at an early age. In Jr. High School, I became interested in writing and drama. I wrote poems, articles and a few short stories, and plays. In college, I won second prize in a contest with a Biblical short story, which now forms part of my first novel, “Of Such Is The Kingdom, A novel of the Christ and the Roman Empire,” published in 2003.
In 2010, I wrote the sequel, “Of Such Is the Kingdom, Part III,
Power and Persecution, A Novel of the early Church and the Roman Empire.”
I also wrote a Sci-fi novel, “Impossible Journey, A Tale of Times and Truth” and a non-fiction book, “Principles of the Kingdom."
I graduated from Clearwater Christian College in 1970 with a B.A. degree in Bible-Literature, and from Biblical School of Theology in 1974 with a M. Div. Ordained in November, 1974, I served as assistant pastor/Bible teacher in several churches. I also served in a foreign-student ministry, where I met my wife, Berenice Carett from Venezuela.
In 2014 I wrote an American historical novel, called "The Christmas Victory."
In this interesting excerpt, you can see somewhat of my purpose for including this chapter (in addition to the fun) . King arthur tried to change the world through his system of "Migh for right" and failed. Here the time-travelers decide to make Camelot a sort-of test case for Eden, But, passion and diacontent proves too strong. Yet, in the end, their failure fails to convince them of the futility of their mission.
Impossible Journey, A Tale of Times and Truth
Tired from the trip and the repairs, they decide to stay the night, and Arthur obligingly puts them up in one of the lavish spare rooms of the huge castle. “Now, this is what I call living,” observes Walt. "How long are we going to stay here?” Kerry asks the following morning. "Don’t you think it’s time we left?" "Just a little while longer. I want to see if there is anything we can do here. Besides it’s really a lovely place, is it not? Why don’t we go for a walk in the woods?" "Well, all right." As they walk along, enjoying the beauty of the woods, listening to the sound of the brook babbling and the birds singing, they suddenly hear voices. "Yeah, it sure is getting rather dull around here. Who needs all this goodness?" "And Arthur is getting too pushy, right?" "Sometimes, yeah." "You can say that again!" "So what d’ y’ think about tryin’ t' uh-overthrow 'im?" "It’d never work. He’s too powerful." "But, I’ve got a perfect plan." Peering into the clump of trees to their left, they can see the speakers, most of them knights. But the one who had mentioned the plan was the man in black they had run into earlier, namely Mordred. "So he’s already forming his own band to overthrow Arthur." "What can we do?" "Nothing yet. Let’s just keep walking." They walk further into the forest. Suddenly, their thoughts are interrupted by a sound of a different kind--the sound of heavy kissing followed by soft breathless conversation: "Oh, my darling, I love you so much!" "And I love you. But how much longer can we go on like this? Somehow they're bound to find out, and then what?" "Nah! Nobody suspects anything. Anyway, what can we do?" "Now's our chance!" whispers Walt, and our three friends emerge from behind the trees to the great surprise of the lovers. "Give up this ill-fated love affair!" "What th'--. Oh, my God!” screams Guinevere. “You startled us!" "Well, if it isn’t the king's soothsayers." observes Lancelot. “What a surprise!" "We came to warn you that you must abandon this love affair before it’s too late." "B-but that’s impossible--we’re in love!" "Are you sure it's really love you feel and not just lust?” asks Daniel. "You know, of course," adds Walt, "that what you are doing is a terrible sin. How could you, Lancelot, a man who has always prided himself on his virtue, allow yourself to fall into this sinful lifestyle?" "But, since we really love each other, it can’t be that bad." Lancelot’s words are echoed by Guinevere. "Yes, love is really all that matters, isn’t it?" "But what of the love you once had for Arthur, your husband?" "I don’t know. It’s grown cold, somehow." "Well," sighs Walt, I can see there’s no use talking. There’s no hope for you, or for the world, if you persist in this; for, your so-called love will certainly destroy Camelot." "Well," replies Lancelot, hesitantly, "Thanks for the warning. Perhaps we’ll think about it. And now, if you wouldn’t mind leaving us alone--" "As you wish. But remember, there is great danger. We shall try to warn you again when it is nearest. For now, goodbye." ************ "I feel so frustrated. We couldn’t get anywhere with them.” "I wonder if it will be that way in Eden." "Nah, they’re already set in their sinful ways. In Eden, it’ll be the first time, so we should have an easier time of it." "I hope you’re right. Say, let’s go back and try to contact home base again. Maybe they found the dat or at least a good idea of what it might be." "Good idea." ************ “Yeah, we found it alight!" John's voice comes droning over the communicator. "Of course, there are different viewpoints, but the predominant theory is that fall of Camelot began the night of August 16, 875 A.D.” "That’s tonight!” observes Kerry. "It all started,“ continues John, “when the queen, Guinevere, was captured in her room in the act of adultery with Lancelot, who escaped, only to try to rescue her, causing the final war." "Oh, my goodness!” exclaims Walt. “We’d better go and try to warn them." "I’m afraid it’s too late," observes Kerry. "What do you mean?" "Just take a look out that window." Looking out, they see a group of knights in battle array, surrounding the capsule. "Oh no! It must be a contingent of Mordred's men, sent to prevent us from interfering." "Shucks! What can we do now?" "We could try to blast them, but It’s probably too late anyway. I’ll bet at this very moment, another contingent of Mordred's men is arresting the Queen for unfaithfulness." "Then, this is the beginning of the end of Camelot, eh?" "Sure as shootin'!" "Well, we might as well be on our way. I’ll break out the new envelope of fuel. Kerry, bring the water and the brandy over here, and the measuring cup too. Daniel, stand by at the controls." ************ Meanwhile, the soldiers surrounding them are talking also: "Wow! What kind of device is that?" "Beats me. All I know is we’re suppose t' keep 'em surrounded. Fortunately, they didn’t hear us followin' 'em." "Fortunately, we saw 'em leave the castle.” "Well, now what do we do?" "Just stand here and wait, like we were told, dummy!" "Well, how long we gonna have t' wait here?" "I don’t know--till we hear somethin' from Mordred." "Sure was lucky runnin' into him, eh? I mean things were gettin’ t’ be real dull around here." "Y' c'n say that again." "Things were gettin' t' be real--hey, what th'--?!" "Fer th' love o' Murd, would y' look at that!" "I can’t believe it! It’s just hangin' there, goin' round and round in the' middle o' th'-- well, bless my soul, it’s disappeared. Did you see that?” "Yeah! It was goin' round 'nd round and then it up and disappeared, all of a sudden like!" "Well, either we’re all crazy, or that’s th' most special kind o' magic I ever saw." "We’d better not say anything t’ anybody." "But how are we gonna explain t’ Mordred?" "Maybe we won’t have to. If he succeeds in what he’s tryin' t' do, he’ll be so happy, he’ll forget about us." "I sure hope you’re right." "Well, let’s go. Nothin' else t’ do here." ************ And, inside the capsule: "What a take-off!" "Wow! I bet they were surprised!" "But do you think their presence here means--I mean, maybe it isn't possible to change history." "Nah! That was just a stroke of bad luck." "Say, old King Arthur came pretty close to eliminating evil in the world, didn’t he?" "Yes, but he failed to deal with evil at its source--sin in the heart of man." "And that’s what we’re going to prevent." "We’re sure going to try."