Topics and Sessions

Mysteries Beyond the Shadows

The Serpentine Prophecy:
The story you weren’t supposed to hear . . .

There is an ancient lie—a disturbing thread that ties our present to the distant past. What are the whispers that emerge from age-old tombs, speaking of things that move beyond the shadows? Are there dark influences and unspoken forces that have been quietly driving humanity from the very dawn of civilization . . . and if there are, where are they trying to take us?  

Join hundreds of churches throughout North America in hosting The Serpentine Prophecy, which debuts on April 21, 2022. The sessions build on each other, giving your guests greater biblical understanding while simultaneously whetting their appetite for even more study.

Here’s a little about what is presented at each of the four sessions.

The Secret of Room 217

Opening Session

The Stanley Hotel is one of the most haunted places in the world: tourists regularly report strange happenings all over the property. But perhaps the most haunted spot of all is the notorious Room 217, where a famous author once spent a fitful night and came away with the plot for one of Hollywood’s most successful horror films. What, exactly, is happening behind that door? Your audience will discover that the story begins not in the twentieth century when the hotel was built, but thousands of years earlier, when mysterious, shadowy figures began to concoct a tale that has survived for millennia.

Whisper of the Serpent

Session 2

The Greeks are commonly credited with developing the philosophy that continues to undergird a huge swath of modern civilization. Famous names like Plato continue to dominate college classrooms . . . but where, exactly, did Plato get his ideas about human nature? It comes as a surprise to many people that he openly admitted he got them somewhere else. We’ll also rip the veil off popular pagan myths to discover what the great thinkers of the past actually thought they meant.

Your audience will also be surprised to learn what’s really happening in the famous story of the witch of Endor—and why the pagan philosophers would have instantly spotted it.

Hidden Knowledge

Session 3

Every so often, someone will claim that the four gospels found in the New Testament are not the only authentic versions of Jesus’ life and ministry. There are other hidden accounts, like the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Judas. Where did these alternate stories come from? And why do they bear such a striking resemblance to the ancient mystery schools of Egypt? How much of these stories actually made it into mainline western Christian thought?

We’ll be tracking ancient pagan esoteric thought through the city of Alexandria and following it all the way down to the nineteenth century, when it suddenly set the stage for one of the worst atrocities in human history: the death camps of World War II.

The Serpentine Prophecy

Session 4

Thomas Edison invented something that few people ever talk about. Is it the key to unlocking the secrets of America’s most haunted room?

In this final session, we return to Room 217 at the Stanley Hotel . . . and we spend the night inside. It’s one of the most haunted spots on the planet, and we’ll be taking the audience through a Bible study to show the key differences between ancient pagan thought and the biblical worldview. What’s really going bump in the night? The program will be captivating, but gentle. Your audience will suddenly be able to see that much of what they’ve been told their whole lives cannot actually be found in Scripture.

Event Schedule

Check out our recommended session schedule below. Experience has shown us that hosting a bridge event session during a Sabbath morning church service gives community members the best opportunity to build friendships with your church, as they will be introduced to people that they wouldn’t meet otherwise. But if a Sabbath morning session isn’t tenable for your congregation, we’ve outlined an alternate schedule you can follow instead.

This fall, The Serpentine Prophecy will be hosted at hundreds of churches across North America. Participate in the continent-wide campaign of the series by hosting at your local church beginning October 27, 2022.

Schedule Options

Recommended Schedule

Session 1: Thursday evening
Session 2: Friday evening
Session 3: Sabbath morning church service
Session 4: Sabbath evening

Alternate Schedule

Session 1: Thursday evening
Session 2: Friday evening
Session 3: Sabbath evening
Session 4: Sunday evening

Program Flow

Each session will follow the same basic schedule, with minor variations in timing. (This is true even for a Sabbath morning meeting, so you’ll need to adjust your typical morning program to match the look, feel, and flow of the evening meetings.) Here is a breakdown of specific program sections, using a start time of 7:00 p.m. as an example:

7:00 p.m.Welcome, announcements, and opening prayer (for in-person hosting).
7:05 p.m.Video experience: Pastor Boonstra shares the message for the session (approximately 30 minutes).
7:35 p.m.Local Bible study: Your local moderator leads your audience through the guided Bible study (approximately 30 minutes).
8:05 p.m.Promotion of the next session (or invitation to follow-up programs) and closing prayer.
8:10 p.m.Refreshments and casual conversation (for in-person hosting).

This series presents a critically important truth that people in your community deserve to hear. Your church has the answers they’re looking for.

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