The 23rd Psalm, A journey to high ground

Preface

The premise to this science fiction novel is that each line in the 23rd Psalm describes what the Christian and Jewish survivors will do to stay alive after a comet destroys most of the Earth. I was researching several books on Jewish and Christian Messiahs when the idea of this book came to my mind. What if a comet hit the Earth, and only a handful of survivors on mountaintops survived the disaster. How would these two religious groups learn to work together to survive? What if one person in the two groups began to have visions about the future that came true? What if after many struggles the Jewish temple group and the Protestant group chose a Messiah, the man who was having the spiritual visions that came true, again, and again?

 

This is a story about survival and the determination of two small groups to find higher ground and eventual safety from the Earth flooding to 6,000 ft. above sea level. This is a story about the year 3550 when world corporations sought to make religions illegal.

 

 

 

Index

Introduction………………………………………………………..….page 4

Chapter 1- “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”…………………….…page 5

Chapter 2- “He makes me lie down in green pastures”…………………………page 11

Chapter 3-“He leads me beside still waters”………………………………….…page

Chapter 4-“He restores my soul”…………………………………………………page 29

Chapter 5- “He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his namesake”……page

Chapter 6- “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death”…page 56

Chapter 7- “I fear no evil, for thou art with me,”……………………………….page

Chapter 8- “thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.”………………………….page

Chapter 9-“Thou prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies”..page

Chapter 10- “Thou annointest my head with oil, “…………………………….page

Chapter 11-“My cup overflowed”………………………………………………..page

Chapter 12-“ Surely goodness, and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life”..page

Chapter 13- “..and I shall dwell in the house of the lord forever.”……………page

 

 

 

Introduction

In the year 5530 the Earth was almost destroyed after a comet the size of the moon collided with Earth. The impact was so severe that it caused the Earth to move out of its normal orbit around the sun. The Earth was million miles closer to the sun after the impact of the comet. The explosion was so great that when the comet hit the southern part of the Pacific Ocean, off of South America, the south polar cap melted down almost immediately.  The ocean surge covered South America completely leaving only the Andes Mountains showing as islands above the waters. In a week Europe, and North America, were under water, and the north polar cap began to melt. The Asian continents suffered the same fate, except the Himalayan

mountain range that stuck out as islands in a vast new ocean. All of the mountain ranges around the world became islands jutting out the ocean that rose above 7,000 feet, survived the initial flooding. The highest mountains in the Sierras, Appalachian mountain chain, and Mount Reiner in Washington State, all became islands above the 7,000 feet above sea level point. All of the plants and native animals around the world drown under leagues of seawater. The only surviving animals are those that lived at high elevations to begin with such as mountain goats, Yaks, deer, some varieties of birds. The freshwater fish in all the lakes and rivers all died when the salt water filled all the lakes and rivers around the world. The sea marine life did survive, however, despite the temperature rise. The entire population

of penguins eventually were washed away toward the mountains of the Andes thousands of miles away. Few of the penguins survived.

 

As for the human race, those that survived were those that ran to the high ground or happened to be living on high ground to begin with. The floods came so quick that all of California, and the west coast were covered in salt water in less than a week. The same fate became the East coast of the North American continent, and it flooded across all the states until it reached the high peaks of the Adirondacks Mountains.

 

The only humans known to survive in the western part of North America were a group of Old World Christians on a religious retreat at Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Mountains and a group of Old World Jewish Community Members who were vacationing in the Sierras. Neither religious community knew that the other had survived until months after the disaster. 

 

In the year 3550 religions had changed to a new order of spiritual life. The World Corporate Order discouraged religions to be practiced and declared them illegal. The emphasis was on giving everything to the controlling Corporations of the World, and old world religions got in the way.  Many religions centuries old had begun to die out from the persecution, and threat of arrest by the World Corporate Order.  The original Christian movement that survived 56 thousand years was now called the Old World Christian

 

movement.  Likewise, the various Jewish sects were called the Old World Jewish religion.  The World Corporate Order also declared practicing Judaism of any kind illegal.

 

The World Corporate Order had replaced all of the old world religions.  Nationalism in each continent such as North America, Europe, South America, Middle East, Asian, Far Asia, and Africa had formed over the past few centuries (22th century to 30th century AD).  Old World Buddhism, Old World Muslims, Old World Hindu, and many other religions suffered the same fate as the Old World Christians and the Old World Jewish sects, and were reduced in size and popularity and considered illegal to practice in public.  They had all become secret religions that were not approved by the World Corporate Order of the 31th Century.  The World Corporate Order frowned on the free worship of any religion in the year 3550. The old world religions met in secret, and kept their membership closed, and in secret fear of corporate punishment by the World Corporate Order that controlled all the continents on Earth.

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