'We are scared, but we have Jesus': China and its war on Christianity

Prophecy Sign:  Christian Persecution

The Last Days Church;  What will it look like when Jesus returns to snatch away the Bride of Christ?  We have noted in past blog entries that a good portion of this Last Days Church will have succumbed to apostasy and will be following its own teachings that appeal to a narcissistic generation that demands entitlement at every juncture of life.

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 2 Timothy 4:3 NIV

But this certainly is not the entirety of what the church will look like at Christ's return.  Much of the church will be in the throws of persecution;  Both in nature of actual persecution, (arrests, detainment, prison, death), and in marginalization, (court rulings against biblical doctrine, media/entertainment hatred of biblical Christianity, removal of Christian emblems from the public sphere).  This persecution will become ever more pronounced and vitriol as the day of Christ's return approaches.

In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 2 Timothy 3:12-13 NIV

But although much of the church will either by abandoning the narrow path for the broad path to destruction, or undergoing great persecution, the church will also be growing.  Jesus Christ himself said that the gates of Hell would not be able to prevail against it and that the gospel would spread throughout the world right up the end.

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. Matthew 16:18 NIV

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14 NIV

The Book of Revelation in chapters two and three, describe the conditions of seven different churches that existed at the time of John's penning of Revelation.  Some prophecy scholars have studied these churches and equated them to the last 2,000 of church history.  From the persecuted beginnings of the church to the last church whose condition is very apostate in nature, (Laodicean).  While it very much appears to match church history in the Western World, it falls off when compared to the church growth in both Asia and Africa.  This generalization of church history can't be applied across the globe in our present day.  Rather when looking at the seven churches described, one can see each of these condition existing simultaneously in various parts of world, and in fact likely right in your very own community. 

When Jesus Christ returns to snatch away the church, (Harpazo, Rapture), prior to the Tribulation, he will take the remnant of true followers of Christ which will come from all the various churches in various conditions.  Some churches will obviously be much more in tune as followers of Christ than most others, so those churches will see most of their flock taken by Jesus to spend eternity with him.  Many other churches will unfortunately see most if not all, of their attendees left behind. 

Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' Matthew 7:22-23 NIV

So be certain of your standing with Jesus Christ.  Be certain that you will be one of the remnant that will be snatched away at the Last Trumpet call.  Your eternity depends on it.

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:10-11 NIV

Until next week.  God Bless and Maranatha

Persecuted Church: 

'We are scared, but we have Jesus': China and its war on Christianity

China rips out crosses from churches to replace Jesus with Jinping in major crackdown

China Forbids Children From Churches as Religious Rights Diminish

Marginalized Church:

Christians Will Become 'Enemies of the People' Over Opposition to LGBT Movement, English Preacher Warns

Alberta’s NDP says Christian school cannot state that God’s authority supersedes human authority

Alberta Government demands that independent schools renounce their religious policies

Freedom From Religion Foundation Seeks Removal of ‘Our Daily Bread’ Sign in Elementary School Cafeteria

Prayer Banned at Graduations, School Events After Nation's Largest Atheist Group Complains

Over 300 (Canadian) Pastors Stand up to Radical Gender Confusion Curriculum - Here's What They Did

While others look no different than the perverse society we now live in: 

Rob Bell's 'Love Wins' Revealed 'Startling' Multitudes of People Backing Universalism: Professor

A lot of hate and bigotry around': Church terminates sign contract over refusal to post gay-positive message

Other news from the past week:

Rumors of War:

Israel’s war with Iran is inevitable

World War 3: US warn Russia and Iran of ‘major mistake’ as they vow to take on troops

World War 3: Fears of Iraq war chaos as Iran torments US amid soaring Middle East tensions

Now this is transparency! NATO to deploy 45,000 troops near Russian border, calls it 'defensive'

Cashless Society:

America moves closer to being a cashless society

Increase in earthquake and volcanic activity:

California supervolcano Eruption: Yellowstone is not the real danger - This volcano is

Roaring and Tossing Seas - Anomalous Weather Patterns 

Weather oddity: First time on record that two Cat 5 storms exist simultaneously in the NE Pacific and NW Pacific

Two monster tropical cyclones are raging in the Pacific Ocean

Super Typhoon Kong-rey poses danger to Japan as it intensifies to over 150 mph winds

Tropical Storm Leslie's Path, Forecast: Predicted to Become Hurricane, Where is it Headed?

Pestilence, Plagues and Disease:

Plane plague could be weaponised by terrorists 'very quickly': 'It's the Holy Grail'

Bioweapon? Scientists Sound Alarm Over DARPA Plans To Spread Viruses Using Insects 

Officials fear Ebola epidemic may be spinning beyond their control, threatening regional spread

Exponential growth in Knowledge, (Genetics, Robotics, A.I):

The First 1,000-Year-Old Person Could Already Be Alive, Thanks to A.I.

Large Hadron Collier could create Black Hole and Destroy Earth, top astronomer claims

Perilous Events:

U.S. Urged to Rapidly Prepare for Electromagnetic Pulse Attack

Societal Collapse, Increasing Depravity and Godlessness:

No Kidding: Political Divide in America the Worst it’s Ever Been

Georgetown Professor Says White Republicans Should Be Castrated, Fed To Swine


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