No one in the mainline churches today believes that persecution will touch them. They have been taught that they will be raptured before the GREAT TRIBULA-TION! They will not be persecuted and possibly martyred is what they are told.
The professing Christians in Russia and China take exception to this teaching of the rapture before the great tribulation. The Chinese Christians told American missionaries who taught them this teaching that they would not believe them anymore. Why? They saw their friends and relations marched off in purges by the Communist Party and executed.
Jesus’ words are always THE truth, no matter what any minister teaches that may conflict with His words. Jesus said: “These things have I spoken unto you, that you should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues [churches]: yes, the time will come that whosoever kills you will think that he does God service. And these things will they DO unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. But these things have I told you, that when the time comes, YOU may remember that I told you of them. …” (John 16: 1-4).
Make sure you understand – Jesus did not promise every Christian protection from problems, especially the coming persecution. We know that International Communism has persecuted and killed Christians in every nation they have overthrown. Ever since Islam was founded, it has warred against professing Christians. For 1,400 years, the struggle for superiority between Islam and professing Christianity has been waged.
Do we comprehend that Christians in the Darfar region of Sudan, Africa, are being slaughtered wholesale by Islamics. The west does nothing to stop the killing. Graves with thousands of bodies have been found. This is the case in every country where Islam becomes the majority.
The Iranian leading religious leader told the Pope of Rome and all Western Christians to convert to Islam or die. This was reported on the national news. The most committed wins. Islam has shown their determination to bring the United States, Great Britain, and France down. Acts of terrorism against our institutions and our military in Iraq and Afghanistan rage.
A former Israeli prime minister on the CNN’s Glenn Beck show stated that Iran is supporting with funds and military equipment terrorists in Lebanon and Iraq. He stated they were sitting on the largest oil deposits in the world, so why do they need nuclear power plants? He revealed that Iran was financing and supplying terrorists who come into the United States through the Southern border with Mexico. He stated that if Iran continued and not stopped quickly there would be a bloodbath in American streets. This bloodbath would spread to England and the remainder of Europe. Revelation 6: 7-8 reads: “And when he had opened the fourth seal, … I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell [the grave] followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to KILL with the sword [war], and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”
“Pale” in the previous verses is #5514-15 of the Strong’s Concordance of the Greek Language. It means: greenish, green. What is the color of Islam? GREEN!!!
Islam is extending its borders to every nation on earth. They take their religion with them wherever they go. This becomes a danger to the host country. Following on the heels of this war waged by Islam covering one-quarter of the earth is the fifth seal.
Revelation 6: 9-11 reads: “And when He had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held [that Jesus is the only Savior – not Allah]: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, do You not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; And it was said unto them, that they should rest yet a little season, UNTIL their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.”
Jesus told us to count the cost before following Him. Are we willing to pay the price for the rewards He has for us – even if it means martyrdom? He said in I Corinthians 10: 13 that He would never allow a problem to become more than we can bear without providing a way out. Would you flee from the church at the smallest whisper of persecution? Could Satan use others to whisper lies to you just to see whether you are in the faith in good times as well as bad times?
Jesus did say that protection could be available in the last days. He gave His Olivet discourse of end time signs of His return. He described counterfeit saviors, world wars, famines, and earthquakes, but He also described in general terms asteroids and comets pounding the earth. There will be tribulation both from political intrigues and nature. Jesus said: “Watch you therefore, and pray always that you may be accounted worthy TO ESCAPE ALL these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21: 36).
Referring to God: “He is my refuge … in Him will I trust. … He shall deliver you … You shall not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flies by day [war]; … A thousand shall fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you behold and see the reward of the wicked. BECAUSE you have made the Lord, my refuge, the most High, your habitation; There shall no evil befall you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling. For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways” (Psalm 91: 1-11).