The author is recalling a near-death experience he encountered. We all have preconceived notions of how our afterlife is going to play out just as this author did. When he finds himself in Egypt he is confused because this does not line up with what he has been taught all his life. He thought he would be in Jerusalem. This reminds me of the scripture in Isaiah 55:8; "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD." A heavenly companion meets him and teaches him, through the use of scripture, why he is in Egypt. This companion is to escort him to Jerusalem where he has an appointment. Along their journey they meet a few newly departed people who also must be escorted to Jerusalem; first is a Roman Catholic who is in Assyria, and then a little later, a practicing Jew in Edom. They are also in the state of confusion and do not know why they were planted in these places. The heavenly companion also teaches them why they were supplanted in their respective areas. He also explains the areas of Moab and Ammon and why the people there have no roads leading to Jerusalem. The last person they meet is a former pastor who was planted in the area of Tyre and Sidon. As the others, he is confused until the companion explains why. This book was thought provoking and made me realize that I need to dig deeper into the scriptures. I need to get out of the comfort zone of known stories and parables and learn background and the true meaning why particular scriptures were included in the Bible. The scriptures are not just for story-telling but they have applicable meaning to our everyday life. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for deeper meaning to scripture.
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