Christian Persecution in the Last Days
"Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake." ~ Matthew 24:9
The Bible speaks much about the coming persecution. Daniel 9 clearly indicates that the church in the end times will face persecution, it's not just Israel.
As we get closer to the Lord's return, there will be an increase of wickedness. The fallen world will become increasingly intolerant of Christians and Christian values. Those of us who hold fast to the Lord and to His word will be sidelined, ostracized and hated. The erosion of our rights as Christians has already begun. Soon we will no longer be able to preach the Gospel and some will even be imprisoned for it. In fact, recently in London a street preacher was thrown in jail for simply speaking the truth that God considers homosexual acts to be an abomination.
Today both governments and secular societies are making it increasingly uncomfortable to be a Christian. Demonizing and marginalizing Christians is becoming a national pastime.
It has gotten to the point that Christians are not fit to raise children, just because they are Christian.
Romans 1 tells us that God, in a form of judgment, will eventually give people over to a reprobate mind and they will loose their ability to reason. Today, the simple biological fact that there are only two genders, and that gender is determined at conception and cannot be changed is being ignored. Feelings now trump reality and you are whatever you "feel" you are at the moment no matter how delusional it is. Anyone who opposes gay "marriage" on the basis of scripture are not simply dissenters holding to God's word, but ugly bigots who deserve to be marginalized for their discriminatory views. "Live and let live" has become "you will be forced to participate and approve," Bakers, florists, property owners, and adoption agencies are now finding themselves to be the targets of gay activists who show a shocking ruthlessness in their enthusiasm for prosecuting supposed thought crimes.
In his commentary 'Hating Jesus': Liberals Declare Spiritual Warfare , J. Matt Barber says:
"The secular left doesn’t merely have a disagreement with Christianity. These are not people with whom one may reason, compromise or even disagree. They are dedicated to evil. They demand nothing less than the abolition of the biblical worldview and the destruction of Christ’s followers right along with it."
We know that the conflicts ahead will be a proving ground for the faithful. There are many who call themselves Christian now but who will fall away when the conflicts come. When it becomes costly to follow what Jesus says about sexual immorality, some people will deny Jesus' word in order to avoid the conflict. And that denial will not lead them to Jesus but away from Him. The settled conviction to deny Christ’s word is what the Bible calls apostasy. "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;" ~ 1 Timothy 4:1
Their going out from us to join the opposition will show what they are.
"They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, in order that it might be shown that they all are not of us." ~ 1 John 2:19
Bill Muehlenberg wrote an excellent article on this subject titled The End of Comfortable Christianity in which he said:
"The increasingly anti-Christian culture that we live in does serve one invaluable purpose: it is separating the men from the boys, or Biblically speaking, the sheep from the goats. As things get more difficult for believers, the real disciples will rise to the surface while the frauds, fakes and cultural Christians will fall by the wayside."
One of the most clear examples we see today of "cultural Christians" falling by the wayside is regard to same-sex "marriage". Even many mainline denominations are ordaining homosexuals and performing same-sex weddings in their churches. In the Bible God makes His views on sexuality and marriage very clear, yet many churches today are willing to compromise Biblical truths and sound doctrine in the name of "political correctness", or worse "loving kindness and acceptance". The Bible clearly says; "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God." ~ 1 Corinthians 9-10 NKJV
It's not loving or kind to guide someone into hell.
Consider which Christians are being targeted for persecution. Those of us who are standing firm on sound doctrine, or those who are caving and conforming to the world in order to be accepted. Satan only attacks those who he doesn't already have.
"Remember what I told you: 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also." ~ John 15:20
In his article titled The disappearing "middle ground" and the coming conflict, Denny Burk says:
"Those pushing for LGBT "rights" do not mean to offer any accommodation whatsoever to those of us who dissent from the moral revolution overtaking the West. All dissent must be eliminated, and those who continue to defy the revolution must be marginalized as morally retrograde bigots. There will be no hiding. No compromises. Everyone will eventually be smoked-out. And those who resist will be crushed."
The simple truth is, you cannot be a true Christian and at the same time support or participate in any way with abominations such as abortion or same sex "marriage". Bakers and florists being sued out of business for refusing to participate in same-sex "marriages" are only the beginning. It's going to get worse. Much worse. For 2000 years Christians in the middle-east have been imprisoned, tortured and murdered for their faith. Now it is starting to come to Europe, and eventually, to America.
"Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake." ~ Luke 21:10-12
Ultimately it is God who will give us the grace to stand, but Christians need to prepare their hearts and minds for what is to come. Otherwise they will fall away under the persecution.
We need to look up, we need to start drawing closer to God. Never before in history have we needed to draw closer to God. Because none of us are going to be able to stand on our own strength.
YouTube Video: David Nathan: The Coming Persecution
God's Plan of Salvation
To those of us who are watching, world events are falling into alignment with Biblical end times prophecy like never before in history, and the pace is accelerating.
In His love and mercy, God has provided a way by which you can escape the judgment He is about to bring upon the world, if you choose too...
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Concerning the teaching on this or any other website, I encourage you to search the scriptures for yourself and not just take my word for it. This will help better prepare you to navigate the flood of false teaching that Satan is unleashing upon the world and that will only get worse as we get closer to the end.
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