Chapter 7

"And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things..." Act 3:20-21

Elijah pulled a pillow over his head. The early morning sunbeams found the perfect path through the narrow slit in the curtains and right onto his eyelids. Still half asleep and unwilling to move just yet, Elijah thought about the "Young Prophet's Society" web site. Despite being groggy, he was anxious to return and see what was new since last night.

He imagined what the other members must be like. NoVoice was rather easy as he had posted a picture under his profile and wrote a little about himself. Some had also posted pictures and descriptions, others funny avatars or sayings. It was going to be a blast getting to know everyone.

His thoughts next turned to Anonymous_Angel. Would he ever know much about him? Other than the U.S. having troops in the Middle East, Elijah knew little about the area. It was unfathomable to him that there were still places in the world that would kill or throw a person in prison for their beliefs.

As his mind continued to wander, Elijah could hear his father's voice from downstairs. From the sound of his voice it was obvious that Dad was angry. Unable to hear what was going on, he got out of bed and walked to his bedroom door. He quietly turned the knob pulled the door inward as slowly as he could to avoid the creaking.

"This is ridiculous," Dad's voice boomed up the stairs. "You have no reason to keep my son from school another day! He's done nothing wrong!" There was a pause while the person on the other end of the phone replied. "You better believe I want to come in and discuss it with you." Another pause. "One o'clock. Fine, I'll be there."

Elijah heard the phone forcefully returned to the charging base. "Well, looks like I've got another free day to spend time on the 'Young Prophets' web site," he chuckled to himself. He threw on a t-shirt and sat down in front of his computer. He had left the Forums page up before going to bed. He clicked on the screen refresh to find that NoVoice had made an addition.

"Due to the overwhelming influx of questions to the forum in such a short time, I have added a new section. I'm full of bright ideas:) The other forums will remain, but new area will have one question each week. It should give us a chance to focus on some of the bigger topics. Think about what questions you would like to discuss and email them to me. Please no 'How many angels can fit on the head of a pin?' or other questions that do not pertain to the visions. I'll start the first one. 'WHY NOW?' Peace - NoVoice"

"Why now?" That's a good question. Elijah had wondered why him, but he hadn't really thought about why now. Talk of Christ's return has been rapidly increasing since the start of the new millennium. Is this a sign that the time is here?

As Elijah sat back and pondered NoVoice's question, the scent of bacon and eggs had climbed the stairs, snuck into his room, and tapped him on the nose. Without warning, his stomach let out a large gurgle and he decided that he would think a lot better on a full stomach. He stood up and let his nose back track the smell to its source.

He could hear Dad's still elevated voice as he descended the stairway. He was still complaining about the school. Elijah entered the kitchen to find his father was at the stove and Gram and Becca were sitting at the table.

"Oh, if I knew Dad was making breakfast I would have stayed in bed," Elijah said smiling at Gram.

"Watch it, buster, or you'll be having bread and water for breakfast," Dad answered sharply, but with a broad smile.

"Must be nice to get to like sleep in and everything. Some of us have to go back to school today," murmured Becca. "But don't worry; I'll be more than happy to pick up your homework."

"Gee thanks," Elijah shot back at her. "Actually, I was on the Internet looking at a great website I found for kids who have had visions."

"Please tell me you weren't up all night on that computer of yours?" Gram tilted her head and crossed her arms. "I thought you said you were going to bed!"

"I did! I did! I checked it again before I came downstairs," Elijah quickly answered. "It's like a meeting place for people who had visions to discuss what's happening. They even have a 'question of the week' section where you can submit questions about the visions. This week's question is why did God give all of these visions now?'"

Dad turned away from the stove. "That is a good question. I've been so worried about what's been going on I haven't stopped to think about why it's going on."

"Me too," said Elijah. "Why is God talking to people now, after all this time?"

"You know the most about this kind of stuff. What do you think, mom?" Tom asked turning to Gram.

"I have been wondering about it. I was looking through the Bible last night for a passage in Acts. Let me grab my Bible, I'll never remember it all." Gram got up and left the room returning shortly, Bible in hand.

"Here it is in Acts chapter 3. 'Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.'"

"So, Jesus won't come back until this time of restitution?" asked Becca. "Does this mean He's like coming soon?"

There was a moment of silence as everyone in the room caught the full meaning of what Becca had said.

"Well, I don't know, but it sure seems like He's preparing for something," answered Gram.

"But, I am totally not ready for the end of world yet! There's still tons of things I want to do in this life first," said Becca with a worried look.

Elijah felt a tingle run down his spine. Could Jesus be coming? He wasn't sure he was ready to meet the Savior in person yet either. He had never been really bad, but he felt that he definitely could have been better.

"Don't get yourself all bent out of shape already. There are still plenty of signs that have to be fulfilled before He comes. Your brother's vision shows that. Besides, our plans for this life may seem important now, but when we see the good Lord's eternal plans for us, I don't think we'll mind giving up our plans for His," Gram replied.

"I sure don't feel ready yet either, honey," Dad assured her. "That's why I'm going to stay here and try to help us all get ready. Going back to work doesn't seem like it's all that important right now. We have some money set aside now and I think we can finally afford for me to take a local job."

"Now Thomas, it could be years before any of this happens. You don't have too much time left on this contract, so don't go jeopardizing your ability to consult just yet. If you leave your current site high and dry, you'll lose a valuable reference," Gram warned.

"I suppose you're right. If I work extra hours I can probably finish up in about a month and then look for something closer to home. I need some time to think about it," Dad said putting down a plate of burnt eggs and bacon in front of Elijah. "Sorry buddy, I got distracted with the conversation. Come on Becca. I'll drop you off at school and then I have to run a few errands before I have a talk with your principal."

"Gee, thanks Dad," said Elijah poking the eggs with a fork. "Maybe I'll just have a bowl of cereal."

Elijah got himself some cereal as Dad and Becca left the house. As the door closed, Becca could be heard asking Dad to take Gram's car in hopes that they wouldn't make it out of the driveway. He sat down at the kitchen table, where Gram was still finishing her breakfast. He continued to think about the question, "Why now?" It made sense that if Jesus was coming back He would want to give everyone a chance to get ready. This brought a new question to Elijah's mind.

"Gram, I'm curious," said Elijah. "If this is the time of restitution and God is speaking to people again, why did He stop talking to us in the first place?"

"Well, I'm not totally sure. Maybe man stopped listening. Jesus apparently knew there was going to be some kind of problems or there wouldn't be a need for a restitution. Perhaps your computer friends might be able to answer that one," suggested Gram.

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