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Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.  Ecclesiastes 12:1  

Question and Answer Corner

Posted on January 4, 2017

Question:  The Bible says that there will be false Christs in the last days. How can we tell what is the real coming and what is a false Christ? It says “if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect,” and I don’t want to be deceived!

AnswerThe last days are days when the “Father of lies” the devil, increases his work of deception. This is why when asked about last day events Jesus first words were, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” Jesus continued to speak about false christs. “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” (Matt. 24:4, 5)

It is evident to one that reads the 24th chapter of Matthew that deception will be a major player in the final events. Yet God does not leave his people without a key to avoid being deceived.

Matthew 24:23-27  “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

“Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

Revelation 1:7  Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”

Matthew 26:64  “Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven."

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17  “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

Acts 1:9 -11 “ And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven."

The verses in the Bible are very plain in describing the Second Coming of Christ. Here are some characteristics of the REAL coming of Christ that the Bible points out.

1. It will not be secret. Every eye will see it at the exact same time.

2. He will come in the clouds.  He will come in the same manner as he was taken up.

3. He will not need to touch the ground, since the righteous dead and living will meet him in the air.

4. The righteous dead will be resurrected.

5. Those that crucified Christ will be resurrected to see him coming.

Here are a few more points to keep in mind. The fact that Christ’s coming will not be secret is plain. But the devil may try to counterfeit a visible coming by leading people to believe that everyone seeing it on TV or the Internet will fulfil the “every eye will see him” simultaneously.  There is a flaw in this reasoning. To think that the Creator of the universe would trust such an important mission to media which is known for deceiving the people, is rather foolish. Even today, what you receive over TV or internet cannot be trusted. Fake news stories are published every day on satire sites (and sometimes even on real news sites). Even e-mails from friends and family cannot be trusted, because in a world of hackers, an e-mail purporting to be from a friend may actually be from an enemy. If we cannot trust the TV and internet today, do you think God would expect us to trust it later?

Additionally, when the devil personates Christ (there are other false christs preceding this, but this will be the capstone of the deception), he will come as people would expect Jesus to come.  The devil has read all the descriptions of Christ in the Bible and he will most likely try to mimic them. He will walk among earth as Jesus walked, “healing” the sick, pretending to raise the dead, and helping the poor.

To the casual observer the counterfeit coming may seem to have all of the true characteristics, but it will be missing at least one of the true characteristics.  We can be sure that the one true characteristic the devil’s counterfeit will be missing is exaltation of the Bible and Law of God as infallible and un-changing. Instead of exalting the Word of God, and the Law of God, he will try to convince men that it has been changed.  He will use this to get his own agenda across. The Scriptures will be the only discerner of the true versus the false.  If we do not want to be deceived, we must study the Bible and follow everything it directs us to do.  If we do our part and strive to do what is right, God will not allow an honest- in- heart person to be deceived.


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Are you trying to quit watching Hollywood Television? Can you not find anything interesting to watch? 

Youth Corner is excited to announce that we have begun to produce short video clips, that have a point but are also interesting to watch. 

We hope to continue to add to our collection. So check back periodically for more clips.


       Sabbath  Afternoon Activities  

   Bible Memory Verse Bee- Like the old fashioned spelling bee only everyone has to repeat a memory verse and the text until some people can’t think of any more. Variation: See if you can repeat verses that start with each letter of the alphabet..            

  

Music Video - Treasures of the Messiah 

Youth's Last Written Message 

Trenton, the teen pictured at the top, that put together Treasures of the Messiah wrote the following. This was his last written message to the world and to his fellow youth, before he died at the age of 14, on June 9, 2013. Remember as you read it that the Pony Express' motto was, "the mail must go through."


                  The Mail Must Go Through

"I, ......, do hereby swear, before the Great and Living God, that during my engagement, and while I am an employee of Russell, Majors and Waddell, I will, under no circumstances, use profane language, that I will drink no intoxicating liquors, that I will not quarrel or fight with any other employee of the firm, and that in every respect I will conduct myself honestly, be faithful to my duties, and so direct all my acts as to win the confidence of my employers, so help me God."  

As Jack Keetley swore this oath he didn’t know that he would make history by making the longest ride on the Pony Express. Jack usually rode 40 miles from Marysville, Kansas to Big Sandy, Nebraska but one day when he got to Big Sandy the next rider was unable to take the mail to the next station so Jack took it on, when he finally stopped at Seneca, Kansas, he had ridden over 335 miles in thirty-one hours without stopping except to change horses.

We are in a similar situation to Jack Keetley. We have mail, a message straight from heaven and we don’t even have to carry it 335 miles, we may just have to carry it down the street, and yet we are sitting at home on the couch watching TV, having parties, and listening to music not even fit to listen to. What are we doing for God? Why is the mail pouch that’s worth much more than the Pony Express’s $3, 500 mail pouch, sitting on the shelf collecting dust? The time is now to carry the mail from heaven through wind, rain, sleet, and snow because, “The mail must get through.”


If you would like to read more about Trenton visit the Leukemia Lessons page.

Family Night Activities 

 The Rhyming Game 

In this game someone says a word (for example, the word clock), and the other players in order, must come up with words that rhyme, (like dock, mock, sock, shock, knock, rock, etc.). When someone can no longer think of a word, they drop out until no one can think of another word. Then the last one that was left can chose the next word and start another round. 


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