He left his employment to lecture on end time events  and the lead up to the new world order. While in Western Samoahe met May a young Samoan woman who was to become his wife. Smith was highly concerned about the New World OrderOne World Government and the Mark of the Beastwhich he believed would be achieved through some form of modern technology such as barcode tattoos, or a subcutaneous chip used to replace money, such as those currently being sold by VeriChip.
What is most notable about this otherwise plain and unassuming man, however, is that he is now suddenly and inexplicably wearing a black veil that hangs from his forehead and covers his eyes and nose.
All that can be seen is his mouth and the veil moves eerily as his breath disturbs it. The people of the town cannot hide their shock and many of them are immediately frightened.
His listeners pay him rapt attention and feel as though the veil lends a sanctity and foreboding that his normal appearance did not invoke. After the service, everyone stares at him and rumors begin to fly, especially since his sermon had to do with the notion of secret sin.
After the service, Reverend Hooper is called upon to officiate over the funeral of a young woman. Later in the same evening, Reverend Hooper marries two popular and good-looking people from the town but his appearance is so disquieting that even the joyous occasion is marked with tension.
Some of the onlookers associate the beautiful bride with the corpse from earlier in the day and no one feels comfortable allowing the veiled minister to officiate over such an occasion.
Reverend Hooper even startles himself when he lifts the wine glass and sees his frightful reflection.
This causes him to leave the wedding and dash away from the church. After the events of this Sunday, the townspeople become more disturbed by the veil and resolve to confront Reverend Hooper about it.
Strangely, even though he has always been easy to talk to, no one is able to go up and ask him about it personally. A small group is formed to go to him but it is dissolved when they find they cannot face him while his face is covered.
Although she seems accepting of her husband-to-be, she worries about some of the rumors and wishes to make sure Hooper is mentally stable. She tries to find out what is behind the sudden appearance of the veil but his answer does not satisfy her.
She does not understand his reasoning and pleads with him to change his mind.
Finally, however, she says that she cannot live a life with him, especially since he will not make this sacrifice and be honest with her. After this time, the Reverend is completely alone.
He is a pariah in his own community although people still call upon his services as a clergyman. His position in the community does not change, even throughout his long life. The reader is aware that a great deal of time has passed and soon he is at his deathbed.
Just before Hooper expires, Clark asks him why he does not finally remove the veil and allow himself to be seen. Without a definite answer from Hooper, the minister goes to remove the veil but suddenly Father Hooper grabs the veil and tenaciously clings to it, pulling it back over his face.
With what horrible crime upon your soul are you now passing to the judgment?
He tells them they should not have trembled at him but at each other. With this, he dies and they allow him to be buried with the veil covering his face.Dear Friends of ExP, We have written about Kyle Idleman and posted information about him at our Wiki-Heresies Page. We are grateful that our friend, Jim F has written an excellent review of Idleman's book, "Not A Fan" at his web site.
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