Here in America, “church” and the “concept” of church has become just like a “social club”, where finely-dressed people file into a building to show other people how “godly” and “righteous” they are, and where hymns are sung for a good 40 minutes or so of the service, usually. And then there’s the talk about church budgets, tithing, etc.
Jesus Christ and the need for forgiveness of sins/salvation is hardly EVER preached (if at all!) The message of the bible has become far, far watered down. People go to church to attend “social events” or on “Christmas” or “Easter” but they hardly EVER walk away from a church sermon having truly learned something or feeling edified in their faith in God/Jesus Christ! There is little to any PHYSICAL persecution here in America for those that are Christian, other than the occasional “scuffle” between Pro-choicers vs. Pro-Lifers and social/popular media ridicule and occasional removing of prayer from schools, etc.
But in the middle East and parts of Asia and Africa, people are being MURDERED and losing THEIR VERY LIVES for their faith in Jesus Christ! Plus bibles (throughout many parts) and churches (even small “house churches”) are BANNED! Imagine if every single breath you took was living in FEAR of being killed or beheaded for your faith and there was no true rest for you and your family, day and night. That is the total physical/emotional/spiritual/psychological TURMOIL these poor folks in Christian-minority countries are having!
But the Middle East isn’t the ONLY place where Christians and Jews are being rounded up, harassed and sometimes killed. Anti-semitism is ON THE RISE all around the globe. In fact, they’ve already had Pro-Palestinian/Anti-Israel/Anti-Jew protests in France, (possibly Germany) and New York. And next is gonna come Anti-Christian rallies, you can bet on that. It’s not really a matter of IF as it is a matter of WHEN.
But Christians here in America, for the most part, just seem to have their heads in the sand! “Oh, that could NEVER happen here!”, they all say in unison. Yeah well, that’s also what the Jews thought as well during the time of Hitler and WWII. The closing of Jewish owned shops and stores was just the very beginning. But even then, many Jews didn’t read the writing on the wall and still remained in Germany. Well now, some of the Atheists/Satanists/Anti-Christian/LGBT activists are starting to purposely target “Christian businesses” and are trying to put them out of business by “filing complaints” against them, etc. Could this be the very beginning? However, UNLIKE the time right before WWII, Christians here in America don’t really have another country to flee to. It’s pretty much the same all over the globe.
Over in the Middle East, men, women and children are being CRUCIFIED and/or BEHEADED for their Christian faith! While some of them have the options of leaving, paying a heavy tax, converting to Islam or dying, some of them aren’t so lucky. Christian homes are being “marked” by Qur’an-obeying Muslims. Christians in the Middle East, I’m told, don’t even sleep in their own homes anymore, they sleep out in the fields or in refugee camps. This is a sad, sad time in the name of humanity, INDEED! ;(
While American Christians are deciding what to wear on a Sun-day service for a watered down gospel, Christians in the Middle East are losing their very LIVES and livelihoods for the gospel! If they’re caught with a bible or with bible in hand, they’ve pretty much already signed their death certificates, as far as Qur’an-obeying-Muslims are concerned. And the bodies of the dead Christians are often left behind as a “reminder” for the Middle Easterners not to stray from Islam. And unlike the CNN news reports, Islam is NOT a religion of peace, it’s a religion of DEATH and DESTRUCTION! The Quran calls for the DEATH of the “infidel”. And the “infidel” is Jews and Christians. And the Quran calls for “beheading” of the “infidel”, which is WHY there’s so many beheadings now of Christians in the Middle East.
But I ask you THIS: where is YOUR focus? And where is your faith in Jesus Christ at, right now? Would you be ready and willing to DIE for your faith, if necessary and if threatened with death? If you don’t have the TYPE of faith in Jesus Christ, where, if you were threatened with death and/or torchure today, my personal prayer is that you would cry and call out to the Lord Jesus now to GET that type of faith. Because ya NEVER know when the next “bomb” will go off, when the next “riot” will be, when the next “crazy gunman” will come and start shooting up the place you’re at. Ya never know. So if you’re not ready to die today for your faith in Jesus Christ, then you need to GET READY! And again, I don’t say that to scare you but to prepare you!
I once saw this very good message on Godtube where a person portraying Jesus Christ asked a Christian the following critical question: “how can you DIE for me when you can’t even LIVE FOR ME?” In other words, the message was, if we’re not effective witnesses for Christ (by our words, by how we live for Christ by following the 10 commandments, helping those in need, treating people with patience, kindness, humility, etc.), then we’re not going to be effective martyrs for Christ. And if our lives “for” Jesus are in vain, then any purported death “for” Jesus will ALSO be in vain. Do you get what I’m saying, here?
The Book of Revelation in the New Testament (believe it or not) says in Revelation 20:4 “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years”.
So in other words, the book of Revelation is possibly suggesting some sort of Islamic warfare against true Christians during the Tribulation as Islam calls for its faithful followers to “behead the infidels” (in this case, the “infidels” being Jews and Christians and all those who refuse to convert to Islam, I suppose) and, as Revelation 20:4 states, many true witnesses of Jesus Christ were BEHEADED for their testimony of/faith in Jesus Christ and his holy divine words in the bible! And during the Tribulation, many Christians will be deceived into thinking that Allah and the God of the bible are the same God but alas, they are NOT, MARK MY WORDS!
Don’t be deceived! For when they say “Allah al-Akbar”, they are saying “Allah is greater”. And remember in the Old Testament when Satan said “I will be greater than the Most High. I will ascend my throne above the stars of God?” Put two and two together and what do you get? Allah is Satan, repackaged, I’m sorry to say. And it grieves my very soul very much to even have to be writing this, even. Because I’m sure many Muslims out there (who were born and raised in the Muslim faith) truly have NO IDEA who “Allah” really is and whom the God of the bible really is (Jesus Christ Almighty!) Jesus Christ is MORE than just a prophet, he’s the TRUE SON OF GOD, as well as God Incarnate! There is much, much archaeological evidence that proves the Holy Bible (and none to date that I know of that support anything in the Qu’ran). Plus there are SEVERAL non-Christian eyewitness accounts that prove Jesus’s crucifixion, resurrection and consequent ascension to heaven:
And although it is argued WHO gave him the poisoned meat (his wife Aisha, a Jewish woman servant, etc.), Muhammad died from eating poisoned meat. He knew it was poisoned AFTER he started eating it but not before. Jesus Christ, on the other hand, knew everything that was gonna happen, YEARS before it happened. Notice the difference, here?
But anyways, my point is THIS: Jesus Christ is the one and ONLY true living God in the flesh and we need to put all our faith, trust, love and obedience in HIM and him, ALONE! While all other religions offer a “maybe/not 100% way” to get to “eternal paradise”, Jesus Christ Almighty provides a 100% ASSURED way to get to “Eternal Paradise”, someday. While all other religions promise a way out of “the fires of hell/condemnation”, Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to receive forgiveness of sins/eternal life/escape from eternal condemnation.
While all other religions promise “enlightenment”, Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to set a person’s soul free! While all other religions proclaim “healing”, Jesus Christ Almighty is the ONLY one that can truly heal people & perform miracles in one’s life! (Note: when a seeming “miracle” happens by something/someone other than Jesus Christ himself, a COUNTERFEIT MIRACLE has occurred and the “miracle” did NOT happen by God/Jesus Christ, so please be forewarned!)
But the bottom line is, WHERE IS YOUR FOCUS? If you were to die tonight or tomorrow in your sleep or by some other means, would you have 100% assurance of going to eternal paradise someday? How do you know for sure? To put your faith, trust, love and obedience into ANYTHING other than Jesus Christ is vanity, pure vanity. Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to receive forgiveness of sins, the ONLY way to have everlasting life/entrance into Eternal Paradise someday, and the ONLY way to truly be set free from all the sin and spiritual “darkness” gripping today’s world!
So won’t you come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, TODAY? Because tomorrow is not certain or guaranteed. We never know when we’re going to die. And when we die, (as in, COMPLETELY die, not partially die during an N.D.E.), it’s too late, there’s NO 2nd chances. So instead of putting your faith, trust, love and obedience into a FALSE god that CAN’T guarantee you Eternal Paradise and forgiveness of sins, put your faith, trust, love and obedience into an all-knowing, all-powerful, all-loving God (Jesus Christ Almighty) that CAN guarantee you Eternal Paradise and Forgiveness of Sins!
And be prepared to hold ONTO to that faith if it takes the death of you! Because remember that Christians in Asia and the Middle East die for their faith every single day! And the Lord no doubt counts those folks as more than worthy/honorable, in his site! Is he going to count YOU worthy? Because remember: a faith worth living for is ALSO a faith worth dying for and a faith worth dying for is ALSO a faith worth living for.
“Lord Jesus, I pray for all the Muslims out there today that haven’t yet come to a saving knowledge OF and faith IN you. I pray that you open up their minds, hearts, bodies and spirits to receive your eternal truth in the bible. And please protect them from all the non-Christian sources that would attempt to persecute/threaten them and their families. And please give them the type of faith in you that’s SO strong, that they would proudly die for it, if they had to. Instead of them dying for a false god (Allah), instead allow them to die for the one and only TRUE God (Jesus Christ Almighty). Please love them and sustain them from any and all persecution they might endure as a result of coming to faith in YOU, Lord.
And for all the Christians here in America, please give them a RENEWED faith in you that’s SO strong, that nothing or no-one will be able to stand in the way of their faith in YOU, Lord. Please give them the courage to suffer severe persecution and/or to die for their faith, if they have to. Please give them the strength and the courage to “go against the system” and to NOT take the mark of the beast, when the time comes. Also please renew their focus and make their focus be on YOU, Lord and nothing/no-one else. Please help their faith not to falter, NO MATTER WHAT, in these here End Times. And please bless them and keep them for all eternity. Amen”.