“In the two thousand years of the Christian faith, about 70 million believers have been killed for their faith, of whom 45.5 million or 65% were in the twentieth century according to “The New Persecuted.” Wikipedia
More than 40 nations around the world are experiencing some sort of Christian persecution and that number grows yearly.
According to the Bible all Christians are guarantied some form of persecution in their lives. God never promised it would an easy ride, but rather a ride of suffering and pain.
“If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you…. If they persecuted Me they will persecute you… for they do not know the One who sent Me.” John 15:19-21
“These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues [churches]; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them.” John 16: 1-4
Just because we do not live in a country with a hostile environment, like Syria, does not mean that we should be blind to the fact that these events are occurring. As people with religious freedoms it is hard to grasp the concept of what is happening to our brothers and sisters abroad. But I assure you that one day here in America we will experience persecution on a much broader scale. It’s not a question of if, but a question of when. Executive orders have been signed by our President,labor camps have been setup, our government has stockpiled guns and ammo, Christians have been put on the terrorist list, and the Bible tells us that all Christians in last days we be persecuted…
“They will lay hands on you and persecute you. They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name.” Luke 21:12
We may or may not have to go through tribulation, but we must remember to put our faith, hope, and trust in the Lord when these times do arrive. We must be willing to give up everything for an undeniable God whose reality has been relevant since the beginning of time and whose existence we can’t deny. Be ready! Be ready! Be ready! For extreme persecution is coming to America! It’s already arrived in Syria. And please pray for your Syrian brothers and sisters under attack today.
(Also blogged on www.vineoflifenews.com)