Interview With A Zombie

(GPNews-Jerusalem) Having established a recent discovery based upon rather sketchy and unprecedented events, one of our key analysts and top column reporters was able to garner an interview with one of the so-called Ezekiel Zombies. Presented here, in its entirety, is the word-for-word interview that Uri Freidhof conducted with Manny Zussman, the only member of the massive group of walking dead that has accepted an invitation to interview.

(Uri Friedhof – 6/10/18(BC)) I was recently afforded the opportunity to experience what most would call a fabricated vision at best. Truth be told, I personally would have never believed it to be true. But I stand nearly convinced by the individual I came to know as Manny Zussman. As many others, I had heard the stories surrounding the Prophet Ezekiel’s visions and purpatories. After much research and hunting for facts and sorting the various bits of information from the ridiculous urban legends and stories, I was able to meet with the sole volunteer that has come forward to tell his story. One that might seem beyond reality. Here is how our conversation went:

Freidhof: Where are you from?

Zussman: Israel. A small village outside of Jerusalem.

Freidhof: What did you do for a living?

Zussman: I was an Israeli soldier. A patriot. Actually, I’m still a soldier since I died as one. I love my country! GO IDF!

Freidhof: You died as a soldier?

Zussman: Yeah. Weird, huh?

Freidhof: But you are standing here before me (snicker).

Zussman: Yeah, I can’t really explain it. It just happened. I thought I was done.

Freidhof: There is a rumor going around that you and all those who are part of this are actually just zombies. Any truth to that?

Zussman: What’s a zombie?

Freidhof: Umm. The undead?

Zussman: Okay. Then yes. But then, you’re undead as well. I mean, wouldn’t that mean…

Freidhof: Moving on. Can you explain what happened?

Zussman: You mean in the valley of dry bones?

Freidhof: Well, it is the purpose of this interview.

Zussman: Right. Okay. Well, you see, we were dead.

Freidhof: We?

Zussman: Well, yeah. I wasn’t alone. There were hundreds of us. Maybe even thousands. We were dead.

Freidhof: What was that like?

Zussman: Being dead? Well, kind of… You know, I can’t really remember. Since I was dead. Your senses kind of stop working. I know it started out as quite painful.

Freidhof: Really? What was painful about it?

Zussman: Well, the sword.

Freidhof: The sword? What sword?

Zussman: THE sword.

Freidhof: Okay. Can you elaborate on THE sword and why it was painful?

Zussman: Well, yeah. It was inside me. That’s how I died. Wow, it hurt. A lot.

Freidhof: I see. Well, can we focus on the part that you were dead?

Zussman: Yeah, sure. So I was dead. I really don’t remember much about it. But it happened some time back. I mean, I’ve heard stories. And the guy that is king wasn’t king last I remember.

Freidhof: Can you explain more about the “stories”?

Zussman: Yeah, they called that place the “Valley of the Dry Bones.” I’m guessing because it was full of the dry bones.

Freidhof: What dry bones?

Zussman: OUR dry bones. My bones. My fellow soldier’s bones. We were dead. Remember?

Freidhof: Right. And what came next?

Zussman: Well, a couple hundred years of being dead. I mean, I’m guessing the whole buzzards picking us clean thing and all that.

Freidhof: Do you feel you have been mistreated by the vulture community?

Zussman: Did you just say that?

Freidhof: Never mind. Let’s move on. So you have been dead for many years. Maybe even a hundred or more. Yet you are standing here talking to me. How should I react to that?

Zussman: Hey, you were the one that wanted to talk about this, not I.

Freidhof: Me.

Zussman: What?

Freidhof: Me.

Zussman: What about you?

Freidhof: The proper term would be “me.” “You were the one that wanted to talk about this, not me.”

Zussman: Huh?

Freidhof: Okay, never mind.

Zussman: Sorry, not picking up on you there. Been dead for a while and still trying to get my senses back.

Freidhof: Right. Okay, you’re telling your story. Can you elaborate on how this all came about? How did it start?

Zussman: Yeah. Started out when I was about 16. King David sent out men to recruit soldiers. I love king David. What a warrior. I was honored to serve. So I lied about my age and…

Freidhof: I meant how this whole thing with becoming a zombie and everything.

Zussman: Zombie. You use that word again. I don’t think it means what you think it means.

Freidhof: Really? You just quoted…

Zussman: I’m not a zombie.

Freidhof: But it means undead. I thought that was established.

Zussman: Right. Forgot that. I guess we’re all sort of zombies then.

Freidhof: Well, I don’t consider myself a zombie.

Zussman: Then you’re not undead. Which, I think, means you’re dead. You should have that looked at. Might be terminal (snicker).

Freidhof: Yes, well. Once again, moving on.

Zussman: Okay.

Freidhof: So, you were killed in battle?

Zussman: Correct.

Freidhof: Which one?

Zussman: The one I died in.

Freidhof: Yeah. Which one?

Zussman: The one I died in.

Freidhof: Which battle was it?

Zussman: The one I died in?

Freidhof: Yes.

Zussman: Not sure. I imagine it took place in the Valley of Dry Bones. I can’t imagine them moving us all to that place to let us rot in the sun. Probably somewhere nearby.

Freidhof: Can you explain what happened the day you were… Resurrected?

Zussman: The details are foggy.

Freidhof: Foggy?

Zussman: Yeah. Not clear. Foggy.

Freidhof: Okay, just tells us what you know.

Zussman: I opened my eyes and could see. Which I knew right away something was different because I was a skeleton and we have no eyes.

Freidhof: You had no eyes?

Zussman: Yeah, skeletons can’t see anything. They have no eyes. Surely you knew that, right?

Freidhof: Of course. I just never thought about it.

Zussman: Yeah, well, granted I had a few years to contemplate it.

Freidhof: So, you can suddenly see?

Zussman: Yeah. I felt whole. Above us was a bright light.

Freidhof: Us?

Zussman: Oh yeah. Every single one in the valley stood upright.

Freidhof: The bones?

Zussman: All gone. Nothing but whole people. Flesh and muscles and all that stuff in place. Pretty crazy.

Freidhof: And what did that feel like?

Zussman: Well, at first, it was amazing. Then I realized I was quite chilly.

Freidhof: It was cold?

Zussman: Not really. It’s just that when Ezekiel called us back to life, he gave us tendons, muscles, organ, EYEBALLS, flesh, and so on. But he forgot to call back our clothes. I was embarrassed. But only for a moment. Turned out none of us had a stitch on.

Freidhof: What did you do?

Zussman: Well, we emptied Wal-Mart in a matter of minutes.

Freidhof: So, you took all the clothes?

Zussman: No. I mean we emptied it. A thousand naked guys running into the store. Scares people. They all ran out. Emptied the place. Including the greeter. It was a sight to see. Now that we had eyes.

Freidhof: Can we get back to the experience of being re-born?

Zussman: Re-born? That’s a great way to put it. Yeah. Quite an experience.

I felt like something had changed though. Not just re-born, but like there was something new inside of me. That the breath that was in my lungs was stronger than before. Greater. More powerful.

Freidhof: So, in a way, re-born better than before?

Zussman: Yes. With greater purpose. To do something I could never do before. Like the Great Power that had given us new life had a plan for us that was beyond what any mortal could do.

Freidhof: How do you feel now?

Zussman: Like I wish everyone could experience what I have experienced.

Freidhof: Well that would require us all to die.

Zussman: I know. I mean, that is truly how it is. Call me a zombie, the undead, the living, the whatever! But in my life, before all of this, I have never felt so alive. So excited. So powerful. So blessed.

Freidhof: What do you attribute for that feeling.

Zussman: Haha. Not a “what”, but a “Who.”

Freidhof: Who?

Zussman: When Ezekiel pronounced breath in us, we came alive. It was God’s breath. I have God’s breath in me. Do you have any idea how that feels?

Freidhof: No. I can’t say I do.

Zussman: Well then, I guess there’s something to be said about being a zombie after all!

 

At that point Mr. Zussman walked away, laughing and dancing. An odd encounter to be sure.

Uri Freidhof

 

The thief has come to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.  John 10:10

*Based very roughly upon Ezekiel 37
**Photo courtesy of Z3News.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On This Day

– We are free to do as we please in America because soldiers died to give that to us. We are free inside to truly live because Jesus died to give that to us. –

Oddly enough, through notifications that stream into my phone on a regular basis, and despite not having much going on here, the number of people connected to my blog has sharply increased. I am grateful that there are a regular new members, but, in all honesty, I feel slightly suspicious. Still, welcome aboard. I pray God’s grace will find your heart receptive and that something said here will draw you closer to Him.

Yesterday was Memorial Day. I had intended to write something before, but life is often simply too full. And my priorities are God and family. Then somewhere in the mix, writing.

Yesterday was a covering of magnificent blue skies, happy sounds, delicious smells, wonderful conversations, and grateful hearts. We barbecued, mixed salads, held hands, hugged, picked up rocks, fed goats, wondered around the farm, and just generally enjoyed the day.

My grand kids arrived. Richelle, Beca, Cassi and Kellyn. All quite mobile and ready for the span of the farm. Shortly thereafter, Rowan arrived. My youngest grand daughter. Oh and they brought their parents with them, too! The family came. With just a few key personnel missing. And missed they were!

The food was great, everyone had plenty. We have a new mother in the herd and she and her twins were a lot of fun. The kids swung on the tree swings. They played in the playhouse. They squirted one another with squirt guns. They played in the grass. We sat and laughed as they did their thing.

We discussed meat cooking ideas and recipes. We planned the BBQ on the 4th of July. We talked about God’s wonder. How blue the sky was and how beautiful the land was. A day that will remain upon my memory, likely, until I reach that next place.

The kids played without worry. We spoke as we pleased. We ate as much as we wanted. We enjoyed being able to enjoy.

Memorial Day is set in place for that very thing. We might spend the entire day having fun and completely forget what the holiday is about. We shouldn’t, of course. But we can.

I imagine in my mind the tall fields around us. The acres of grass and trees. In the distance, unseen by the mortal eye, stand soldiers. Men, women, young, old. Olive drab, khaki, green camo, desert camo, class A, B – dress blues and civvies. All decorated up and some with nothing more than bare collars. Weapons varying from flintlocks to full auto M-16s. Some with swords and some with just a survival knife in their hands. They look over at the kids at play. They smile. Then they look up at the parents gathered around the table with their feast before them. “Keep at it. We have your back. Enjoy this day, it’s what we intended it to be.”

We must never forget. But there’s a grace that is leveled at us for that. There is nothing wrong with completely enjoying the time we have together. Just remember why we can.

Long before our brave soldiers fought for our freedom, Someone paid that very same price. And that freedom He brought that day trickled down to and infilled a Nation of Freedom Lovers. We are free to do as we please in America because soldiers died to give that to us. We are free inside to truly live because Jesus died to give that to us.

It’s yet another beautiful day. That has been given to us. Enjoy!

Matt

Updates & Blessings

We love for ulterior motives. Sometimes those motive are good. But every relationship starts out, in some fashion, for selfish reasons.

Bless You!!!

It has been sometime since I wrote anything in here. I appreciate those of you who have stuck around to see what’s next. So, this blog will be mostly an update and then I will polish it off with a short word that I think we all need to hear.

God has been doing many, many things. Saturday will be 5 weeks that Nancy and I have been married. I still have no idea how I managed to catch such an amazing woman. God. That’s the only answer to that question. He has been pouring out on us so much lately that I have almost no words to describe it! He is indeed a good God!

Books:

As you know Crazy Amazing Love: 31 Pieces of Love is out there and can be purchased for $8.35 on Amazon. Why the odd price? Because that is what Amazon charges. I do not charge anything. This book and the entire series will always be at cost. In fact if a person asks me directly, I will send them a copy for free. Signed (for whatever that is worth). Click here for more info and here to go directly to the book on Amazon.

My first novel, Ketchwood: Curse of the Everstone, is a story of a man and his children who find themselves in a world trapped in the middle ages. He learns the value of his kids, his friends, and what it takes to be a dad. Sometimes, we fight dragons to prove our love. In his case, literally. Click here to get more information on Ketchwood. It is also on Amazon here.

There are currently several books that are in the works. The next to be published is called “Hutch.” A detective of the Los Angeles Police Department ends up dumped in the mountains of Alaska. He fights off everything from wolves to a rather desperate rabbit to survive.

Then the first “sequel” to Crazy Amazing Love comes out. 31 Pieces of Joy. Like the first, this will be available on Amazon and at the least cost possible.

The book I am currently somewhere around half-way through is called “Blaqwatch.” Two 12 year old boys happen upon a car accident and discover the only occupant has a few last words. Of which lead these two into the adventure of their life. One that might be responsible for saving hundreds of thousands of lives.

And then there are three on the “billet.” Next to be written after Blaqwatch is “My King.” Then we’ll be working on “Crazy Amazing Love: 31 Pieces of Faith.” And last on the “current” list is “The Solomon Files.” Lots to be written. Now you know why I have such a hard time getting a blog done!

Blessings

It is without a doubt that God loves me. The Word of God says it repeatedly. In fact, it says that God is Love. It is His nature to love us.

We love for ulterior motives. Sometimes those motive are good. But every relationship starts out, in some fashion, for selfish reasons. Something we can gain from it. You might not agree, but have you ever began a relationship with someone simply for their benefit? In some way, we benefit. Even if it is knowing we have done something good. That relationship might turn into something that benefits the other entirely. But it’s hard to honestly say any of my relationships ever began with that other person in mind 100%.

Unless you are Jesus.

He really does reach out to us solely for our benefit. He doesn’t work any other way. That love comes across in many ways. And contrary to some who think we are meant to always be impoverished, He blesses us in the flesh and with physical “things.” It’s not the focus, of course, but it is true that He does do that.

I have found that as I “count my blessings”, I find that He is really there for me. I’m not rolling in the dough, but much has been given to me. Not because I have earned it, but because He loves to bless.

I think one of the biggest keys to living in God’s blessings is to acknowledge those blessings. Before you close your day, stop and think of three things you are thankful for. Acknowledge them. There are many blessings we are unaware of because we experience them and then forget them. Make sure that when you are blessed to remember and give a thank You for it.

In a passage where Paul reminds us to be wise, he concludes with these words:

“Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20

Sounds like thankfulness is part of wisdom. And who wants to be dumb?

-Matt

The Kingdom of God I

The written word has many, many uses. On this blog, we mostly focus on the Love of God. That particular subject comes in many forms. One of them being teaching. Now I do not propose to be any kind of great teacher, and, usually, if I am teaching anything it is because God is teaching me something and I am simply passing it along. That, ultimately, is what the Crazy Amazing Love Books are based upon. It is also one of the reasons I do not charge for the books. Which, incidentally, the first manuscript for 31 Pieces of Joy is almost completed.

One of the great subjects of Christianity is the “Kingdom of God.” I felt led to explore this subject and realized it would likely take a number of blogs to do so. This is not he beginning of a book, so the coverage will be kind of brief. At least that is the plan for now.

The first place in scripture (NKJV) where we find the exact phrase “Kingdom of God” is in Matthew 6:33:

“But seek the Kingdom of God first and all these things will be added to you.”

The New Testament is the only Testament it is used as such. There are Old Testament references that we will likely get to eventually.

The concept of a “kingdom”, however, did not show up suddenly. In the Old Testament (OT), a kingdom was a very prevalent thing. Very common. It was not too much different than what we see as a kingdom now. Of course, the Children of Israel had one themselves. The people told the Judge/Prophet Samuel they wanted to be like other countries and have a king. So, God granted their request by placing Saul as their first king. Something they eventually regretted.

But we are trying to focus here on what the Kingdom of God is. A kingdom consists of many people in leadership. The proverbial buck stopping at the throne. The Kingdom of God is no different. God/Jesus sits upon the Throne and many layers of authority fall out from there. Yes, we are all the same in God’s eyes. But He does indeed place people in authority over us within the Kingdom. And we are foolish to assume otherwise.

As we go into this vast subject, we will explore a lot of areas. We’ll discuss how the Kingdom is, and has been around for a long time. How that it was declared to exist during the time of Christ and how it is even more so here now, and how we are and are not, a part of it.

The Kingdom has principles, methods, ways, mentalities, and structures. Kingdom members think differently. The King reigns supreme. Yet, He personally knows all of His subjects. Of course, that’s not what He calls us!

While we will explore many of the parallels to a physical kingdom, we will also gain understanding of the parts of God’s Kingdom that is not like the kingdoms here on Earth.

Okay? No guarantees on when these lesson/blogs will post. But this will be fun and enlightening!

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I Want More?

The world is dying to hear from someone who is saying, “I want more.”

There is much on my mind tonight and I am literally compelled to write. This is not how I usually blog, but I have been feeling a strong tug from God to say a few things that don’t necessarily fit into my regular pattern. This is from a heart that yearns for something more than just church.

There is more. The world is a mess. Some of that is because we became satisfied.

God made us in His image. The Bible does not fully explain that, but keeping in mind what the “image” of God is like, we can draw some pretty clear conclusions. He. Is. Supernatural (among His many attributes). So, that implies (strongly) that we are as well.

Tell a supernatural being that they are to be satisfied with 3 hymns, the offering, and a 30 minute sermon on how to live a life of fluff, and they will become board and uninterested very quickly.

We are not meant to have a boring service. We are supernatural creatures.

It is why when we get plugged into a little bit of “real” God we get zapped. We suddenly discover we like what we are feeling. Then we go about just surviving spiritually. We get depressed and find that religion has no real attraction for us. Then we find more satisfaction in a second rate TV show that no one in their right mind would watch. Our minds become slaves to the rhetoric, and, suddenly, that is the highlight of our Sunday. God simply sits in the corner trying to tell us that He has more. Much more.

We must surround ourselves with Him. If you are not hungry, then you need to seek Him. Unlike the needs of our flesh, the spiritual needs are the more you eat, the hungrier you get.

This cannot be a thing that we tell ourselves we need more input from church. True, church should be something that impacts us like nothing else, but we aren’t there 24/7. This must be a conscious choice. “I want more.”

The world is dying to hear from someone who is saying, “I want more.”

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Dr. Billy Graham

“I don’t need a successor, only willing hands to accept the torch for a new generation.” Maybe we just need to grab that torch with a nod and take off?

There are few people in our modern times that has impacted the world like this man did. That’s sad, but true. I mean, we are so concerned with the Hawkings, the Lucas’, the Spielbergs, the politicians, the athletes. And anyone that does not tell us we have to change. Pastor Graham was straight forward. Always.

He was profiled many years ago by Time Magazine. Back then they weren’t so driven bytime an “expose” and were straight up trying to get a sense of who he was. This was at least 20 years back. He was on their cover four times: October 25, 1954, November 15, 1993, May 13, 1996, and August 9, 2007. And, likely, here again soon. But he was asked by them, I believe, in the 1993 story, “What keeps you from having a scandal like so many other televangelists?” His response was amazing. He said, “I ask God every day, “Take me from this earth before I taint you reputation.””

He was legitimate. He was just a man. Flesh and blood head to toe. But, he was legitimate in his love for God and his love for his fellow human being. A the time of that interview, he had a salary of $35,000 per year. While being the head of an organization that dealt in millions. He wasn’t interested in becoming profitable. Except for the Kingdom.

It’s great to quote a man of such enormous accomplishments. He has rubbed elbows with some most famous people in history. Presidents. Musicians. Actors. And more. He also rubbed elbows with the common. Although, he never saw them as common. He saw them as God does. Important enough to give His Son for.

His pastor was a man of non-descript. No one has heard of him. It’s okay, it may not seem that important to us. After all, he’s not Billy Graham. But a ministry that led hundreds of thousands (maybe more, no one really knows) to God was started by the unknown man that led Billy to Jesus.

Dr. Bill Graham spoke in person to over 2.5 million people in his life. Countless millions more over TV and radio. And more as his messages are repeated daily in all kinds of formats. And in all countries. His impact is great and beyond a total, real calculation. The greatest loss for America (indeed, the world) in the last decade. Maybe the last century. Would he agree? He said this: “Someday, you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.” He was planning and waiting for this day.

I don’t believe he was anything less than gracious and loving. To anyone who came his way. From here we will hear story after story of how he impacted people. He was indeed a general in God’s Army. But he came up through the ranks. For certain.

Of all the great things the man did for God and for the Kingdom- And for mankind-His desire to pass what he had along was the greatest. He had the good news. He loved God and the rest got in line from there.

I leave you with this that Billy said: “I don’t need a successor, only willing hands to accept the torch for a new generation.” Maybe we just need to grab that torch with a nod and take off?

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