Writing fiction generally begins with nagging “what if” questions. For this series, it started with Revelation 10:4. “And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.”
This verse in the Bible bothers me. Except for Daniel 12:4, there is nowhere else in the Bible where information is clearly stated as being withheld from the reader. My inner child stamps her foot over such things: Why don’t we get to know what the seven thunders are saying?! Knowing God has a purpose for everything He does, this question really got my creative juices flowing. It reminded me of how Paul describes the mystery of The Church Age. One of the reasons God hid the Church Age from Old Testament prophets was to keep it a secret from Lucifer who, as illustrated in Matthew 4: 5-6, knows the Tanakh (the Old Testament) well. What if… my writer’s brain extrapolated, God isn’t hiding this bit of information about the seven thunders from us. What if, as in Daniel 12:4, God is hiding this information from Lucifer?
Which brings me to another Biblical tenet that has always bothered me… If God is all-knowing (and He is) and if it’s written in the Bible that God wins in the end (and He does), why does Lucifer fight so hard to maintain his kingship of the earth during the Tribulation? If Lucifer knows the Bible so well, doesn’t he know he’s already lost?
Which led me to more “what if” questions: What if Lucifer actually believes he can win? What if he thinks he has a secret weapon?
These questions led me to Genesis 6:9 where the “sons of God” take wives from the “daughters of men.” A convincing theory for these verses is that they describe the fallen angels inter- breeding with human females—an attempt by Lucifer and his followers to taint human DNA so that the Son of God could not be born fully human. (This idea is further developed in the extra- canonical Book Of Enoch.)
Scholars theorize that the great flood was sent to wipe out the Nephilim and their progeny (“mighty men of renown”) who had filled the earth with nothing but evil. But, the Bible tells us, Noah was “perfect in his generations” (Gen 6:9). Could this mean that Noah’s ancestry did not contain Angel DNA? Some scholars believe it does. But what about the other passengers on the Ark? What about Noah’s wife? What about the wives of Noah’s sons? Could it be that someone on that ark carried a dormant Nephilim gene that has now been carried down from generation to generation within the human race?
My writer’s brain ran with this intriguing idea.
What if a geneticist in the modern age, in an attempt to cure his son of dwarfism caused by achondroplasia, accidentally discovered a dormant so-called “junk gene” that, when activated, stimulated incredible growth and strength? And what if that geneticist’s research was stolen by a powerful military leader during the Tribulation? I don’t want to give too much of the story away, so I’ll stop right there. Suffice it to say, the plot continued to grow in my head until I started developing characters to give it life.
With this series, I’ve set out to write a story of the Tribulation like nothing you’ve ever read before. Using intricate Biblical prophecies as its backdrop, The Goliath Code series is a fictionalized story of the end of days as seen through the eyes of an unbelieving young woman who unwittingly becomes front and center in a pivotal battle between good and evil. The challenge of writing this series has been to combine the truth of Bible prophecy with the fictional element of dormant angel DNA in a way that’s respectful to the Word of God and compelling for the reader. It’s been a fun but challenging journey so far, and I’m really excited that you’ve decided to join me on this epic ride.