“Now I say to you, everyone who confesses Me before people, the Son of Man will also confess him before the angels of God; but the one who denies Me before people will be denied before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him. Now when they bring you before the synagogues and the officials and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense, or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” Luke 12:4-12 NASB
"And He was also saying to the crowds, “Whenever you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, ‘A shower is coming,’ and so it turns out. And whenever you feel a south wind blowing, you say, ‘It will be a hot day,’ and it turns out that way. You hypocrites! You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but how is it that you do not know how to analyze this present time? Luke 12:54-56 NASB
"These things I have spoken to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in this same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you." Matthew 5:11-12 NASB
In the last 90 days I have seen more of this first hand on, shall we say, one of the most widely used social media platforms.
I have been targeted by them for supposedly spreading false information. Proof that you do not need to go anywhere to see persecution for speaking what God tells you to speak.
Our world easily fits what we read from Jesus on knowing how to discern the appearance of the Earth and sky but are not looking at the Spiritual signs all around us.
You and I are going to face stiffer opposition to God's revealed truth.
People don't want to believe what's right in front of them.
They will believe an elected official about things that they certainly are no expert on or in, but will not believe what the Spirit shows them about where this world is headed.
Persecution isn't only in war torn countries. It isn't in big cities under the guise of social reforms. It's right in your own home without you going anywhere.
You speak what God says to regardless.
It's a constant source of irritation to me to see people quote Luke 12:4 as something of substance on this major social media platform of which I speak as if it were something that the Bible was speaking about 2,000 years ago.
We will face persecution in these last days. We will indeed see tribulations because that's what Jesus said we would face. We were not promised a utopian future on Earth under human leadership. After the 7 year Tribulation HE will usher in 1,000 years of HIS reigning as King over all the Earth.
We aren't promised peaceful days. We may indeed be blessed in receiving them but are not promised them.
Right now I am in awe that regardless of this particular platform's attack on my religious freedom God's still getting what He's telling me to say out there for people to read.
These things are only the beginnings. Other things are soon coming. God's Word says it and God's Word always comes about. Satan's tried since Genesis 1:1 to thwart God's Will. Never will happen.
You and I are to take comfort in these persecutions because of it putting us with those in days gone by who have endured it. That God's glorified by our obedience.
We cannot afford to be silent about this great gift of salvation through Jesus.
We cannot afford to not warn others of this judgment that is coming.
Millions, perhaps a billion or so might leave when the Rapture happens. Billions more will be dying in that 7 years of Judgments. Regardless of the view point, life is precious to God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit. He isn't being slow in keeping His promised return. He isn't willing that any should perish but that all would come to repentance and be saved.
Likely there's soon coming a day when I won't be able to speak on this particular platform. My blog www.ascribeonthewall.com might also be claimed to be in violation of some made up global order. Until then I must continue in what God's told me to do.
You too must decide whether or not to live out your Christian life in the open where the Spirit wants it to be. As Scripture also clearly says we are the light of the world, it should not be hidden under a basket.
You and I will give an account of what we did in the body for Christ Jesus. Will there be nothing to show for you?
Will your silence speak volumes in that day before Him with whom we have to do?
I have always believed that it would be in my lifetime that Jesus would return. My body isn't what it used to be. It's got its own troubles and I cannot be silent while there's still breathe in me.
Jesus is coming and when He does after the Church is removed, Judgment is coming. Not peace on Earth. Not until the 7 years of judgments comes to an end. Then for a thousand years mankind will know a peaceful existence. Yet at the end of that they will still rebel against God.
No believer is safe. Satan is fully aware of where you are and knows more about you than you do. We may indeed have a guardian angel, but we also likely get assigned a demon from birth to try to keep us from knowing God's truth. To steal the Word of God before it takes root. To bring out the worst of our sin nature.
Pray without ceasing. Set your mind on things above. We are in good company with the Saints of old when we face persecution for standing up for God's truth.
Regardless of what the world might try, as the Bible says, My God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly beyond all that I can ask or think.
I will press on until absolutely silenced.
God is always a way maker.