The lone thoughts of a seven-year-old boy who, only minutes ago, believed life to be full of promise and opportunity. Now, as the Vicedonian army poured into his peaceful village, he saw that opportunity burn away into ashes as flames consumed the world around him. Pain shot up his back, shoulders, and head as he finally skidded to a halt. Confused and dazed, the spinning world slowly came back into focus. His eyes centered on a shadow off in the distance. He appeared to be watching the attack from above, hesitant to join in. Was it doubt that held him back? Raden found him strange and out of place, but the sound of a burning house collapsing to the ground nearby refocused his priorities.
He shot back up to his feet, ignoring the fresh cuts and bruises, and ran home. He turned the last corner to his house and made a beeline to his family. Thankfully, his house was still untouched. He raced up the front stairs and burst open the door. She clutched him tightly to her bosom, Raden grasping her in kind. Quickly, we have to get out of here before the soldiers find us.
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He exited through the back door, his family following close behind him. The view from their home was unimaginable; fires blazed across the entire village, the Grand Temple of the One peeling apart piece by piece. Vicedonian soldiers flooded the streets, killing indiscriminately. Follow me, now! As the army ravaged the village, swords unsheathed within the blink of an eye, transforming from polished virgin steel to maroon soaked instruments of final release. They cleaved through the villagers, from men to women to even children.
As the remaining forces reached the bottom, villagers escaped out the entrances of their homes, hoping to find liberation from this sudden nightmare, but were instead greeted by the sting of unexpected arrows. The grass stood seven feet tall and easily concealed them as they headed westwards. We have to make it to the next village and warn them. Stay low and quiet. Follow me. They made their way close to the outer edge of the village, the sound of the River Fate flowing nearby, guiding them step by step. Suddenly, the sound of footsteps halted their advance.
I thought I saw something move over there, an unfamiliar voice spoke nearby. He was on the verge of crying when his father covered his mouth. They remained completely still and silent for what seemed like an eternity. Octavius looked on as the scene he had brought into existence unfolded. He could see villagers fall, every shriek of pain as distinct as notes on a piano. Catapults continued their bombardment. The booming explosions were deafening as wood and tile debris shot up into the sky and rained back down.
Far worse than the sight of it all was the smell—charred wood had combined with burning flesh and the saturated blood of the villagers to create a stench so foul that Octavius needed to cover his mouth. All in all, the assault had taken little time to complete. Nothing remained. The river that snaked through the center had been transformed from a clear surface of reflection into a clouded fog of burgundy. The army settled into their victory and began their search for riches; Octavius left them to their own devices.
He called for his second in command. We have soldiers patrolling the edges of the River Fate for any escapees. Every possible route is blocked off. No one is making it out of this place. They could see the river flowing peacefully downstream. All they needed to do now was stay close to the shoreline and head south to the next village.
There, they could find help. The voices they had heard earlier were now gone. Only the sounds of nature filled the air. Deliver us unto paradise, drowning the darkness away with the light of your glory; reunite us in our lives and in our dreams. Save us and keep us until the end. Raden found himself mouthing the prayer instinctively, too. They followed the river as it bent to the left and saw no movement ahead of them.
A brief sigh of relief released from their bodies, the tightness in their muscles finding respite in the growing success of their escape. It was then that circumstances betrayed their fervent prayers. Who goes there? The sound of grass brushing aside grew louder as the voice drew nearer. The family remained still.
How he wished he could take back that thought. A soldier appeared out of nowhere, grabbing ahold of his father. Somehow, Raden managed to pick her up.
He was about to hand Kimi to his mom when another soldier appeared out of the high grass, knocking her to the ground. Run, Raden! Escape into the river! Save Kimi! His love for his family pulled him back. He turned around, hoping he would somehow see his parents unharmed, that this was all a bad nightmare. He sat up, crossed his legs, and buried his face into his hands, trying to calm his heartbeat from the panic that refused to subside.
He breathed in a deep, long breath, and exhaled slowly. His perspiration thickened the air around him, giving the darkened room an energy that was heavy with grief and remorse. It had been ten years since the massacre at Carhay. From that day on, Raden had been unable to truly ever be at peace.
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He knew what he had done, and why, and that in and of itself was justification enough. The all-too-vivid reenactment of the massacre played over and over in his dreams. The nightmare always ended the same way: his mother staring back at him, telling him to flee as Raden jumped into the river with Kimi. The cessation of air, the involuntary swallowing, the darkness closing in on him induced an uncontrollable terror.
The sensation of drowning freed him from the nightmare, finally forcing him awake. He stared out the window, watching the branches of a willow tree flowing softly against the cool, early-morning breeze. Raden allowed the moment to calm his nerves—but then the visions began to reveal themselves once again.
Strange glowing markings, flowing throughout the willow tree, outlining it in a mysterious aura. Not again , thought Raden. He closed his eyes, blinked tightly, and slowly counted to five. When he reopened them, the markings had faded away, and the willow tree was untouched as it had been only moments before.
Ever since the massacre at Carhay, Raden had begun to see these mysterious markings, sometimes in the grooves of a tree trunk, in the ripples of a lake, or in the face of a mountainside. Raden could make out the strange angular patterns of the glowing markings, outlining them with his fingertips.
He knew not what they meant, but they were captivating. He stared and studied them for as long as he could before they faded away. The markings glowed warmly, capturing his full attention. For more information about T. Prophecy Rock by T. Sae-Low Series: Prophecy Rock. Words: 31, Language: English. Published: August 13, Pilgrim of Fate Captain Bram Paxus has kept vigilant watch over the small outpost village of Kyrus for the past eighteen years.
But when the local blacksmith is mysteriously murdered, peace is shattered and the village thrown into disarray. To catch the killer, Bram unexpectedly finds himself teaming up with a youthful monk named Hydas to solve the grizzly crime. Few would suppose that Genesis chapter 49 has much to say to the Christian of the 20th century. The prophecies contained in this text are related to the destiny of the descendants of Jacob. There are, of course, messianic prophecies here, and that we find of interest.
But in addition to these we are given insight into the purpose of all prophecy as we consider the purpose which these prophecies had for the sons of Jacob and their descendants. Why, then, did God predict events which were beyond their lifetime? We may be able to grant that these prophecies had meaning to those who first read them from the pen of Moses.
After all, these were the descendants of Jacob, who would begin to realize the prophecies of their forefather. But of what value were the words of Jacob to Rueben, Simeon, Levi, and the rest? I would like to suggest that they were of profit to them in precisely the same way that prophecy yet unfulfilled is important to us. Let us first learn from the sons of Jacob, and then consider the implications for ourselves.
You may not agree with the answers which I find in this text, but I am convinced that none of us will understand the passage without answering a few key questions. Before we give our attention to some of the details of the prophecies of this passage, it would benefit us to look at the passage as a whole. Several characteristics can be identified. First of all, these are the last words of Jacob. The prophecy is literally the final word of Jacob, spoken with his dying breath.
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When Jacob finished charging his sons, he drew his feet into the bed and breathed his last, and was gathered to his people Genesis The dying words of any man should not be taken lightly, much less those spoken by a patriarch and recorded under the superintendence of the Spirit of God. Second, this is poetry. A look at this passage in the NASV reveals that we are dealing with Hebrew poetry, for the form is noticeably different from the preceding pages.
There are numerous indications that these final words of Jacob were thought out carefully in advance. Third, this is more than poetry, it is prophecy. While the form is poetry, the substance is prophecy. As a rule, the prophecy is general.
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The future which is foretold is the future of the nation as manifested in the twelve tribes cf. Normally the prophecy will not speak of a particular place, nor of a certain person, nor of a specific point in time, but of the character and disposition of the various tribes throughout their history.
This forewarns us that we must be careful to look for fulfillment which is too specific. All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them. He blessed them, every one with the blessing appropriate to him Genesis All the sons of Jacob were blessed in that they were to be a part of the nation Israel. All would enter into the land of Canaan and have an inheritance there. Some would certainly receive a greater blessing than others. Even those who were rebuked by Jacob and whose future was portrayed as dismal were blessed, as we shall point out later.
Fifth, the future which is foretold is not independent of the past, but an extension of it. As we think our way through these blessings of Jacob we find that each of them was related to the past. The blessings of Reuben, Simeon, and Levi, were based upon the sins which they had committed in the past. Joseph, on the other hand, had been bitterly attacked, but had remained faithful verses Others found their blessings related to the name they had been given at their birth.
Prophecy, then, is not detached from history, but an extension of it into the future. Reuben, by virtue of his position as the first-born of Jacob, should have had pre-eminence over his brothers and the double portion of the inheritance which was given to Joseph cf. But these were taken from Reuben because of his instability:. Reuben, you are my first-born; My might and the beginning of my strength, Preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power. Reuben, like Satan, was not content with his exalted position and wanted more power, more pre-eminence cf.
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To possess the harem of the ruler was to usurp the authority of the ruler cf. I Kings f. He who would rule must surely first rule himself. Like Reuben, Simeon and Levi had demonstrated character that was not befitting to godliness:. Simeon and Levi are brothers; Their swords are implements of violence. Let my soul not enter into their council; Let not my glory be united with their assembly; Because in their anger they slew men, And in their self-will they lamed oxen. Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; And their wrath, for it is cruel. I will disperse them in Jacob, And scatter them in Israel Genesis These two brothers of Dinah were greatly angered by the violation of her purity at the hand of Shechem, but it was not righteous indignation.
By their submitting to circumcision they had deceived the men of Shechem, letting them believe that a treaty was being ratified. And in their anger they slew the men of the city. The hamstringing of the oxen was a further evidence of their uncontrolled anger, a detail not mentioned in the account of Genesis Horses were hamstrung because of their military use, pulling chariots cf. Joshua , but oxen were used for peaceful purposes. The hamstringing of these oxen evidenced wanton violence and senseless destruction.
The alliance of Simeon and Levi was an unholy one, and thus, like those at Babel who joined together in disobedience Genesis ll:lff. He couches, he lies down as a lion, And as a lion, who dares rouse him up? His eyes are dull from wine. And his teeth white from milk Genesis The pre-eminence which was taken from Reuben is clearly transferred to his younger brother, Judah cf. He would not only rule over his brothers in the days to come, but he would also prevail over his enemies verse 8.
His military might is compared to the strength of a lion verse 9. It is either a reference to a place, as it is elsewhere in the Old Testament e. Joshua ,8,9; 19;51; I Samuel , etc. The prosperity of the tribe of Judah is depicted in verses 11 and He will be so blessed in the vineyard that his vines will be strong enough to hold fast a young donkey, and the produce of the vine will be so abundant that he could, so to speak, wash his garments in its wine.
In other words, wine will be as abundant as water. The cattle will prosper such that milk will also be readily available verse The first six sons referred to are the offspring of Jacob and Leah. The next four are the sons of the concubines of Rachel and Leah. The last two sons are the children of Jacob and Rachel, the wife of his preference. Zebulun shall dwell at the seashore; And he shall be a haven for ships, And his flank shall be toward Sidon Genesis