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“For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now – and never to be equaled again.” .. Matthew 24:21 ……

We are ever so close to the fulfillment of what Jesus Christ prophesied to be a time of ‘great tribulation’ – when world conditions will become unbearable for the vast majority of all mankind. .. We are seeing signs of these ‘conditions’ on most all levels – increasing famine & record-shattering climate events, wars & rumors of wars, civil unrest in a rapidly increasing number of nations, including here at home in the U.S.,  moral decline the likes we have never seen, skyrocketing Christian & Jewish persecution … the list goes on & on. .. Simply, these are the ‘birth pains’ Jesus prophesied in Matthew 24:8 … Because it would require a novel-length dissertation when considering addressing all of the aforementioned, today I want to focus primarily on just the subject of persecution. ..

One would have to be deaf, dumb & blind not to notice the rapidly increasing persecution of both Jews & Christians on a worldwide level. .. For example, Jews are fleeing their current home countries in record levels. .. Just this past week we saw headlines that highlighted this fact …

*Mirror.UK – “British Jews in Fear of Hate Crime Surge – Begin Fleeing”

*Breaking Israel News – “Barcelona Rabbi to Followers:  ‘Get Out, Jewish Life Here is Doomed’ ”

There is no question anti-semetism is on the rise worldwide. .. Even here in America, we are seeing more & more indications of this. .. In Oregon this past week, we saw this headline .. “Oregon Highway Overpasses Eclipsed by Anti-Semetic Banners” .. Simply, these few headlines are just the tip of the iceberg concerning the prophesied Jewish persecution of these last days. …

As for Christians, its no better. .. In fact, they are being exterminated in the Middle East, let alone other places like Egypt, The Sudan, Nigeria & most all the rest of Africa, North Korea, China, Russia …. you name it .. it is not the ‘in’ thing to be a Christian these days! …

And here in America, what once was considered a Christian nation is no more! .. Persecution is on a rampant path, the obvious goal being to remove Christianity totally & evolve into the now desired secular  social mindset. .. Just take a look at these few stories from just the past few days alone …

*Christian News – “The new Public Enemy #1 in America Today – White, Straight, Conservative Christian Men” ..

*PNW – “YouTube Begins Purging ‘Alternative’ Media, Including ‘Prophecy News Watch” ”

*PJ Media – “Google Working With Liberal Groups to Snuff Out ‘Conservative’ Websites”  (Guess who) ..

*Fox News – “Court Rules High School Coach Cannot Pray on the Field” ..

*Daily Caller – “Atheist Group Calls Bible ‘Hate-Filled Book,’ says God Worse Than White Supremacist Thugs”

*WND – “Washington Post Column Cheers Satan, Jeers Christians” ..

*Breaking Israel News – “Blacklist of Hate Groups Lump Christians/Evangelicals with KKKJ, Neo-Nazis” ..

*The Federalist – “Pro Sports to Christian Players & Fans:  ‘We Don’t Want Your Kind Around here’ ” ..

…………………………. And these few headlines are from just the past few days! ……

For those of us who follow the teachings of the Holy Bible. we knew these times would come upon us. .. Many of the prophets, including Jesus Christ Himself, said that the enemy would come & deceive the masses in these last days. .. 2 Corinthians 4:4 says,  “The god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” .. Revelation 12:9 says,  “The great dragon was hurled down — that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.  He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.” ..  And this is exactly what we are seeing rapidly increasing as we draw ever closer … The enemy, that is Satan, is the very temporary ‘god of this world’ .. for now. ..

Even on a personal level, we are seeing many of our fellow brothers & sisters in Christ coming under personal attack … illnesses, injuries, financial .. you name it, we are getting hit with it! .. But then again, we knew that this would be the temporary price many of us would have to pay to follow our Lord & Savior. .. Remember this in your times of trial .. the enemy doesn’t mess with the unbeliever because they are absolutely no threat to his perceived kingdom … but we followers are! .. Hence, the attacks. .. The apostle Paul said to ‘count it all as joy’ to face the persecutions thrown at us. .. I know it ain’t easy, but if we can remember the coming joy & rewards of our endurance, it will relieve the current anxieties of these days. …

Contrary to some of the false teachings of today (Dominion Theology, etc) that say times will get better before the Lord returns? .., It won’t. .. In fact, as the prophesies of Jesus Himself tells us, it is only going to get worse & worse before it gets better (birth pains). .. Christ tells us in Matthew 24:21 .. “For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now – and never to be equaled again.” .. And then in verse 22 He says,  “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.” .. Hallelujah! ..

So what are we supposed to do to survive these times, both personally & spiritually? .. Ephesians 6:10-17 says it clearly & perfectly …  “Finally, be strong in the Lord and His mighty power.  11) Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  12) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  13) Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  14) Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  15) and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  16) In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  17) Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” … I absolutely love this passage of scripture as it has gotten me through some very difficult times in the past. .. I would strongly encourage you to become very, very familiar with it as it, too, will, help you in these increasingly difficult days ahead. …

OK .. so it’s on! .. We ARE going to pray for each other right now! .. Let’s face it. .. No matter how strong we think we are, not one of us can survive all the onslaught of sin that is coming our way by ourselves! .. Even for us ‘independent’ sorts, we need each other. .. I promise each of you now, I will do my best to support each of you in prayer as we go forward from this moment until the trumpet blows. .. I pray you will do the same for me. …

Finally, I will leave you with another one of my favorite verses (there’s so many. like all of them!) ..  “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” … Luke 21:28 … Hallelujah!!!  … Blessings to each of you & I will be praying for you, & God knows exactly who you are! …

Until next time,

Red

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