Chapter 41 edited for audio

The Book of Quantism

by Darren Cleave

Chapter 41


Moses

1

God Favours Moses

Moses is a good man; liked not only by the Egyptians but by the Hebrews too. More importantly, though unbeknown to Moses himself, he is also liked by the Angels and the UCC, who have been waiting for a leader they can rely on to remind the Hebrews of their significance and purpose. 

His adopted mother, Bithiah, has been good to him and brought him up well, while his real mother has subtly ensured he remains aware of his heritage. For many years, even though he holds an influential position within Egyptian society, he has remained quietly protective towards the Hebrew population. 

Eventually however, when he sees a Hebrew slave being beaten by his Egyptian master, and his loyalties are stretched too far. In his attempt to save the slave, he kills the Egyptian. The action places him out of favour with the Egyptian hierarchy. He is forced to flee Egypt, and for a while he indulges in a detached life of solitude. 

While Moses is alone in the mountains, he is visited by the Angel Gabriel, whose inexplicable, technologically enabled arrival Moses later describes as like a burning bush. Gabriel gives Moses instruction: he must return to Egypt because his people are in danger and in need of his leadership.

Moses is not confident he will be able to influence them, but Gabriel assures him that he will not be alone, for although the wait has been long, now is the time for God to fulfil his promise to the Hebrews. God will provide Moses with guidance and his people will at last be furnished with the promised land of milk and honey; a nation of their own in the Canaan territory. Gabriel also instructs Moses to assure the Hebrews that when they leave Egypt, they will do so with great wealth and many possessions.

Moses agrees; he will return and persuade the Hebrews to leave Egypt and flee into the mountains, where they can at last reconnect with God. 

2

The Egyptians Refuse to Release the Hebrews

Moses does as Gabriel requests. He returns to Egypt and explains to the Hebrews that they are in danger, and that the life they are leading is not the one that God wants them to have. Their bloodlines have been broken and the faith contaminated, with many families adopting the pagan ideology, meaning it is time to move on and restore their own values. 

Unfortunately, the king refuses to let the Hebrew slaves leave, retaining them under the threat of death. He is Humon, faithful to the Demons, and very much aware of who the Hebrews are and what they represent. The Angels don’t want to frighten their own people, but it is clear they will have to use intimidation to coerce the King into compliance.

As a warning of their wrath, the Angels instigate a variety of plagues: Insects and illness; the water is contaminated; a vicious viral illness is released and extreme weather inflicted, but all to little avail. The King is aware of Angel tactics and feels confident they will not take any radical measures. He has been assured by his masters that the Angels are passive and unlikely to do anything extreme enough to antagonise the Demons. They are wrong. The Angels are determined, and they are running out of patience. 

An order is put out; the Egyptians are to be given a severe lesson. Tiny autonomic search and destroy drones will be deployed. They will penetrate the population in complete stealth, and their purpose will be to locate and kill the firstborn of every family. It is an extreme action, but a convincing demonstration of God’s wrath is long overdue. The Egyptians have always feared their Demonic demigods, who have been quick to issue brutal punishment; now they will be reminded that the one, true God of Judaism has an even greater capacity to inflict cruel and merciless punishment when he so desires. 

It will be the first direct confrontation between the Angels and the Demons; the first strike of a war they both know is inevitable.

3

Significant Event

Moses is warned, the event will be significant. It will mark a new beginning, so a new calendar must be started. On the fifteenth day of that new calendar, the people must feast on their best lamb. It must be slaughtered on that day, and the fresh blood smeared on the doorway of the house. The blood will act as a crude but effective way of indicating to the sensitive drones, which houses they must pass over

The Hebrews do as they are told. The fresh blood ensures their families are spared during the lethal assault of tiny but vicious attack drones.

The following morning, the King is devastated, himself losing his son in the attack. Hundreds have been found dead, and the silent, deadly, and unstoppable power of God has been affirmed.

The King commands every Hebrew to leave Egypt immediately. They can take anything they can carry but they must leave at once. So, they do. Even the bread is taken unleavened. 

The traumatised and devastated Egyptians watch on as Moses leads his people into uncertain freedom in the desolate wilderness of the desert.

4

Parting of The Sea

Once the Hebrews have departed, the King’s grief quickly turns to anger. Within hours he is beginning to regret his decision. He realises that when the Demons discover he has allowed the Hebrews to escape, they will be furious. He will be punished, possibly even killed.

The king realises he has weakened in the face of adversity. He has allowed the very people he was supposed to keep repressed and contained, to walk away in broad daylight. He has submitted to the whim of a cowardly god, who has silently attacked his people under the cover of night, as they were sleeping in their beds.

Having a change of heart, the King decides he is not going to let them get away with it. He hurriedly summons his army and leads them in pursuit of the fleeing Hebrews. 

The Angels can see what is happening. A thousand soldiers on horseback, in carriages, and on foot, are now in rapid pursuit of the heavily laden Hebrew families: men, women, children, the elderly, and their livestock. It will only be a matter of time until they are caught and slaughtered.

God has instructed Moses to go to Mount Sinai, taking the desert route, towards the Red Sea. It isn’t the easiest route, but the intention has been to avoid confrontation with the Philistines. Now, the Red Sea is going to act as a barrier, leaving the Hebrews vulnerable to the pursuing army. 

It is a desperate predicament, but the UCC forms a plan. It will require enormous effort, but it will hopefully save the stranded Hebrews. 

There is a section of the Red Sea that is relatively shallow, no more than two metres deep. The UCC will use its influence to affect the behaviour of localised weather. It will need to create a strong and constant Easterly wind. For over twelve hours the wind must blow without relent, and at a rate in excess of 65 knots. 

The plan works, and the wind drives the sea back into the lake Tanis and the river Nile, effectively parting the sea and leaving a dry channel, two miles wide. The channel allows the Hebrews to safely cross the sea.

5

Imminent Confrontation

By now the King’s army is almost upon the Hebrews, no more than two hours behind. But the army of chariots, weapons, and heavy armour is suffering enormous difficulty in making passage over the soft, wet seabed, especially in the relentlessly intense wind. 

When the wind suddenly abates, the King and his army are initially relieved, but the relief isn’t to last. The moment the wind stops displacing the sea, it begins to rush back into the void with increasing ferocity. 

The army are stranded midway between the two shores, and by the time they realise their predicament, it is too late for them to escape. The rapidly rising and fast-moving water is simply too much for tired men, with heavy armour and weapons, to resist. Even the strongest swimmers simply can’t survive the ferocious flood. Every person and every animal perish; drowned and lost in the sea. 

The terrified Hebrews watch the unfolding events. They had been staring death in the face in the form of an approaching army, now they are once again witnessing the power of God. He has parted and then reinstated the sea, destroying the Egyptian army without hesitation or remorse. 

The Angels had wanted to impress their power upon the population, and now the people are in no doubt of that power.

End of Chapter 41

The book of quantism

by Darren Cleave

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