The campfires (we could now discern there was more than one) held to their position. At my order we kept a slow pace throughout the night.
Our plan was to arrive in daylight. It wouldn’t do to have some strangers suddenly appear out of the darkness to stumble upon a more than likely armed host.
And Elijah insisted upon an additional precaution, he went in alone, while we kept out of sight.
After a brief separation Elijah returned to collect us, and to introduce us to our new friends.
They are indeed from that huge army. A whole platoon of deserters. Minus their leaders.
And to Elijah’s delight (and our surprise) new followers of Yeshua Hamashiach.
They trailed Elijah everywhere.