4. Youth; They want to mislead you!

Youth Part 4.pdf

An explanation of topics for a dialogue with young people; topics where young people have to deal with in their lives, with support of Scripture.

Young Christian, are you only interested in your smart-phone and iPad?
Or are you aware of how young people are misled in this world?
Do you see through those, with their smoothed out face, who ‘say’ they care for young people? Today’s young people are promising, but certainly need Christian attention.

NKJV (Proverbs 14:15) 15 The simple believes every word, But the prudent considers well his steps.

Can you distinguish word-artists with their word-games?

Some are adept at inventing contemptuous words for others whose thoughts and behavior they do not like, or whose ideas do not fit with their policies.
Especially (young) people who ponder, who critically follow the results of others, are not respected and are put away as conspiracy thinkers.
Christians have already been given the ‘label’ doom thinkers.
People who think traditionally are also called ‘populists’, a word that intentionally has been given a negative charge.
Populism – from the Latin word populus ‘people’ – is really nothing else, but opting for the interests of ‘the people’.

Jesus also suffered from such word-artists.
On a certain occasion they called him Beelzebub, or possessed by Beelzebub (= Satan):

NKJV (Matthew 12: 22-26) 22 Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. 23 And all the multitudes were amazed and said, “Could this be the Son of David?” 24 Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.” 25 But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?

The theme of this article is how young people can protect themselves against deception, by structural practicing of Christian principles.

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end time 10. The rebellion

The rebellion, an important marker:
The last days will come in an acceleration, when Christians apostate en masse, when they no longer consider the Christian way of life as the center of their lives.
Maybe in some parts of the world, such as Africa, there is still limited Christian growth, but this important marker of the Christian rebellion is, according to us, already passed. First in Europe and then in the rest of the world:

ASV (2 Thessalonians 2:3-9) 3 let no man beguile you in any wise: for it will not be, except the rebellion come first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, 4 he that opposeth and exalteth himself against all that is called God or that is worshipped; so that he sitteth in the temple of God, setting himself forth as God. 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know that which restraineth, to the end that he may be revealed in his own season. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness doth already work: only there is one that restraineth now, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall be revealed the lawless one, whom the Lord Jesus shall slay with the breath of his mouth, and bring to nought by the manifestation of his coming; 9 even he, whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

In verse 4 Paul speaks of a false prophet, the opponent, one who exalts himself against all that is called God or that is worshipped. In verse 6 Paul says, that they – the Christians of his time – now know what restrains him. First the rebellion has to come according to verse 3. The solid faith of the Christian communities, from the first disciples of Jesus until the appointed time, is the reason what restrains this false prophet. Who restrains him in verse 7, until ‘he’ be taken out of the way, that is not written. It is clear that the Christian communities throughout the centuries benefit divine protection:

WEB (Matthew 28:18-20) 18 Jesus came to them and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore go, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 teaching them to observe all things that I commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”Amen.
WEB (1 Corinthians 10:13) 13 No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but will with the temptation also make the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

God will not allow His people to be tempted beyond what they can bear. Jesus also watches over the Christian communities.
Because the period of ‘restraining him’ spans nearly 2000 years, it is likely that Christians are protected (for this false prophet) by an angel, until the time has come of the massive rebellion.
Then, this angel will be relieved from his task.

How can Christians distinguish this unique marker:
To understand how this new ‘wicked’ world will distinguish itself, we must first have clear what the properties of Christians are, because these properties will be the opposite of the properties of the apostate godless world.
Two of the most important are love and no greed.
Jesus gave us the command; Love your Father in heaven and your neighbor as yourself:

WEB (Matthew 22:37-39) 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 A second likewise is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
WEB (Matthew 19:19) 19 ‘Honor your father and mother.’ And, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Christians may not be greedy or have love of money:

WEB (Luke 12:15) 15 He said to them, “Beware! Keep yourselves from covetousness, for a man’s life doesn’t consist of the abundance of the things which he possesses.”
WEB (2 Peter 2:14) 14 having eyes full of adultery, and who can’t cease from sin; enticing unsettled souls; having a heart trained in greed;…
WEB (Hebrews 13:5) 5 Be free from the love of money, content with such things as you have, for he has said, “I will in no way leave you, neither will I in any way forsake you.”
WEB (2 Timothy 3:1-2) 1 But know this, that in the last days, grievous times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money,…..

Instead of true Christian behavior, such Christians have of form of godliness:

WEB (2 Timothy 3:5) 5 holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power thereof. Turn away from these, also.

When Christians will massively decide, that the faith in Christ has no more a central place in their lives and they will surrender to heartlessness and greed, this period will be immediately followed by the coming of the son of destruction.
This surrender to greed has become common in the world.
If we just look at the last few years and see to what extent the salary and bonuses of managers of businesses and the financial world have increased and it never seems enough.
Also, according to several economists there is a massive tax evasion by the use of offshore tax havens. By moving capital global, no or very minimal taxes are paid by wealthy individuals and corporations. These constructions are possible by a (wrong) use of global tax rules by accountants.
The downside of this is that the taxes for public services have to be paid by others.
The coming of the lawless man is supported by Satan and is accompanied by great display of power and false signs and wonders. In Revelation is spoken of a beast resembling a lamb, as the Messiah, which was speaking lies as a dragon, as Satan: (see also end time 6. Revelation; the false prophet)

WEB (Revelation 13:11) 11 I saw another beast coming up out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke like a dragon.

This false prophet will perform powerful miracles:

WEB (Revelation 13:13) 13 He performs great signs, even making fire come down out of the sky to the earth in the sight of people.

This will be how the false prophet can be identified, he will appear as a benefactor but speaks with devious lies and he will do great signs like fire from heaven.

Read more at: end time 11. The main themes

end time 3. Revelation; the 7 seals

Revelation 1
The apostle John receives from Jesus (through an angel) a vision of things which must shortly take place:

WEB (Revelation 1:1) 1 This is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things which must happen soon, which he sent and made known by his angel to his servant, John,

Revelation 2,3
Inspection by Jesus of the 7 assemblies: Éfeze, Smyrna, Pérgamum, Thyatíra, Sardes, Filadélfia en Laodicéa.

Revelation 4
After the inspection of the 7 assemblies, John is asked to ascend to heaven so that further heavenly vision can be shown to him:

WEB (Revelation 4:1-2) 1 After these things I looked and saw a door opened in heaven, and the first voice that I heard, like a trumpet speaking with me, was one saying, “Come up here, and I will show you the things which must happen after this.” 2 Immediately I was in the Spirit. Behold, there was a throne set in heaven, and one sitting on the throne

John sees God on his throne and around the throne 24 older persons:

WEB (Revelation 4:4) 4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones. On the thrones were twenty-four elders sitting, dressed in white garments, with crowns of gold on their heads.

The prophets are already sitting like 24 kings around the throne. They are also anointed and are also among the first fruits and will receive a heavenly resurrection before the 144,000 saints.

Revelation 5
He who sits on the throne, the heavenly Father, has a sealed scroll in his right hand, which can only be opened by the Lamb:

WEB (Revelation 5:1,9) 1 I saw, in the right hand of him who sat on the throne, a book written inside and outside, sealed shut with seven seals. 9 They sang a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, And to open its seals: For you were killed, And bought us for God with your blood, Out of every tribe, language, people, and nation,

John will get to see what is written in the scroll with the seven seals, a fulfillment of a prophecy of “kings and priests”:

WEB (Daniel 7:27) 27 The kingdom and the dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole the sky, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High: his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

The scroll is thus a vision within a vision and describes the purification and sealing of the 144,000, with as spectators; God, the Lamb, the 24 prophets, the four living creatures, the angels and the great multitude.

The Lamb opens the scroll with the seven seals;

Revelation 6:1-17
When the Lamb opens the first seal of the scroll, the person on the white horse is given a crown, and he goes forth to complete his victory.
This person on the white horse is logically an image of Jesus, who had to wait a long time as King, before the crown is given to him as a sign of received Kingdom power:

WEB (Hebrews 10:12-13) 12 but he, when he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13 from that time waiting until his enemies are made the footstool of his feet.

With the opening of the second seal, the peace of the earth will be removed, resulting in wars. (Rev.6:3,4)
The opening of the third seal means famines. (Rev.6:5,6)
The fourth seal means the death of the 4th part of the earthlings, by wars, food shortages, diseases and by wild beasts. (Rev.6:7,8)
During the fifth seal, there is a persecution of Christians and the number of the 144,000 saints must still be filled. (Rev.6:9-11)
When the sixth seal is opened, we arrive at the end of the great tribulation, the great day of wrath or anger. It starts with a great earthquake, the sun will be darkened, the moon will be as blood and the stars fall from the sky, and every mountain and [every] island is removed from its place (Rev.6:12-17). And the people will be desperately of fear:

WEB (Luke 21:25-26) 25 There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars; and on the earth anxiety of nations, in perplexity for the roaring of the sea and the waves; 26 men fainting for fear, and for expectation of the things which are coming on the world: for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

Revelation 7
In Revelation 7 is described that the number of 144,000 saints is completed from the twelve tribes of Israel, and that there also can be found a great multitude around the throne.

Revelation 8:1-13
After the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven:

WEB (Revelation 8:1) 1 When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

Now, all seals of the scroll with the seven seals are opened by the Lamb.
After this silence an angel throws some altar fire to the earth, and from the throne come lightnings, thunderings, and an earthquake. (Rev.8:5)

Read more at: end time 4. Revelation; the 7 trumpets