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An end-times pilgrim counts the cost of discipleship
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It was only the slightest instant, but everything had changed. Seth was out of the plane now, and it was as if time was standing still. He looked around, and then he was certain of it. There was something new about how it felt, just being there in that presence. It was Jesus and there was no question. There was thrill and joy and not-believing-but-believing-it all at the same time. And there was a feeling that this moment should never stop, that it was meant to always be.

Yet not everything was right. From somewhere within him came a murmur of dissent. Seth was torn with emotions, but a conviction was rising inside him, making itself more clear.

He wasn't sure what to do with it.

There were others there too. But he saw only Jesus now, and he knew this would have to be faced.

Then he was there with him.

In the silence between them, Seth sensed that everything was transparent. This was not a place for secrets.

"You would stay behind?" Jesus asked him.

"Yes, Lord," Seth admitted.

Silence again. Then Jesus said, "What is coming is a great rebellion. Many will fall under the spell of this magic. It will be difficult not to be deceived. This is a trial. My enemy will have power to make war and to conquer. He always seeks to destroy, and now his anger is aroused. You will not be exempt."

The gravity of this sunk into Seth's mind. He felt himself sweating, realizing that everything hung on this next moment. He didn't want to go back. But something inside kept driving him to go back.

Finally he spoke. "Will there be a chance to tell people about you?"

"Yes, those in pain and confusion will seek answers."

"So there will be new Christians?"

"Yes, many."

"Will they suffer?"

"Yes, much."

"But you will be with them yourself, won't you? You are always ...

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