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When Persecution Arrives

I want to point out the “white elephant” in the room. That is the fact that it is very obvious that persecution is coming to this nation. I am compelled to state bluntly that individuals believing in political fantasy (MAGA) or religious escapism (avoiding persecution via rapture) are in grave jeopardy. It is without a doubt denial, which indicates a serious misunderstanding of eschatology.

When those professing Christians realize that one is under a diabolical attack, many of them will distance themselves from him or her. They observe them going through one battle after another and recognize that they are targets in Satan’s crosshairs. They are afraid that association will cause them to become targets as well.

Many of these Individuals have spent their entire Christian lives avoiding conflict with the Devil. Thus, they fantasize they are special, elite children of God that will not suffer as the rest of Christianity around the world is suffering. They plead by their actions, choices, and demeanor, “Lord, let me build a house like the wicked and live in it as your child.”

That is impossible. Whatever you are inside as a genuine Christian must shine outwardly and expose the darkness. However, like an old preacher friend once said, “People are like plastic bottles—whatever is inside will come out under pressure.” For your “house” you should “put on the Lord Jesus and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts.” (Romans 13:14) It is not how well you perform in peacetime that defines you, but your performance under the pressure of demonic attacks. Whenever you are “squeezed” by affliction, you should shine brightly.

The obvious truth is that American Christians are in the early stages of harsh persecution. One catastrophic event in politics could trigger it. Democrats are publicly erupting the total repository of their wickedness. They are gambling that acceptance of wickedness in our nation is at a sufficient degree to put them back in control. If their speculations are correct, liberty for genuine Christians will vanish January 20, 2021. As of today, we’ve got less than 628 days to prepare.

In my opinion, and I will state that I honestly believe it, God is preparing His people for the persecution. Thus, we are enduring one trial after another and sometimes several trials at once. It is to make us strong witnesses for the day when the dark storm descends. We shall do great exploits! (Daniel 11:32)

Does anyone really believe that powerful people will awaken out of apathy and stand against brutally wicked people? And we should not make the mistake of thinking that brutal persecution cannot occur in America.

Let me point out the fact that such brutality now exists and the enemies of God are gleefully and manically promoting it. Some of those individuals are obviously demon-possessed.

They will use cruel instruments to coldly and brutally remove the body parts of a baby in the womb. And we think they will not brutally persecute Christians?

Then with the heart and mind of brute beasts, they kill the baby. And we think they will not brutally persecute Christians?

If a baby manages to exit the birth canal, they will coldly stand by oblivious to his or her screaming and allow the precious tortured one to die. And we think they will not brutally persecute Christians?

Alabama state representative Democrat John Rogers remarked, “Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or you kill them later.”

And we think they will not brutally persecute Christians?

They will operate on children to change their gender, forever destroying their lives by consigning them to a living hell. And we think they will not brutally persecute Christians?

They attack Christians whenever and however they can. They so despise genuine Christians that they have used the Supreme Court to legislate into law what they could not get by due process—bias and oppression against true Christianity. They are pushing for the legalization of pedophilia. And we think they will not brutally persecute Christians?

That a nation will not protect infants in and out of the womb and protect children, is indicative of the dominance Satan has in society. Wickedness now pushes the envelope to revive Nimrod’s spirit of total licentiousness, antinomianism, and corporate sociopathy.

Aligning oneself with apostate Christianity as a means of sneaking by under the radar when persecution arrives is a fatal mistake. Apostate Christianity is rife with pornographers, child molesters, adulterers, fornicators, liars, flagrant heretics, homosexuals, hirelings, false prophets, and billions of apostates, that are racing toward ecumenism to become the one-world church of the False Prophet.

It is past time to identify the “spots” in our “feasts of charity.” Individuals who show no empathy in the suffering of genuine Christians have no depth of commitment to God. They are skillfully avoiding this preparatory period by focusing on self-gratification, materialism, and the entertainment offerings of the world system.

The time will come when they will look upon us with pity while the maniacal enemies of godliness expel their rage and brutality. They will fold their hands, feign pity, and remark something to the effect, “They should not be so stubborn to resist the inevitable.”

Even now they regard such writing as this to be ranting by a religious fanatic with an overactive imagination.

The Apostle Peter wrote:

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” – 1 Peter 4:12-13

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” – 1 Peter 5:8-9

Although I do not invite or wish them to come, I take comfort from the Lord God in afflictions. The reason is because of the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings. That idea is foreign to casual professing Christians. It is evident that the prosperity, perfect health and comfort heresy has wormed its way into the depth of Christianity. In my opinion, it is one of the main reasons for the apostasy. If one cannot suffer for God and Christ, he or she cannot resist end times apostasy.

It is past time to be identified as children of the Light. We must do so knowing that we will become targets if we are not already thus.

While some individuals may take issue with my next few paragraphs, I will state without wavering that I believe God still speaks to His people.

Some years ago after praying, I fell asleep. I dreamed that I was high in the night sky above the United States. I could barely see the outline as if I was looking at a map. The entire nation was completely black except for some scattered pinpoints of light. Most of the lights were in the center of the nation. The East and West coasts were near completely dark.

I wondered what it meant. Immediately the words came into my mind, “Those lights are my people.”

I was greatly discouraged that there were so few points of light. It appeared that the darkness on the East and West coasts was moving toward the middle like giant tidal waves. Some of the lights were going out. Words again came into my mind that Believers were dying faster than they could be replaced by new converts.

We must not allow our lights to dim because of affliction. We must not compromise or avoid identity by any means. To do so is to become numbered with the transgressors. Instead, we must be willing to boldly lose our lives for Christ’s sake—whatever that entails—that we may find our lives in Him.

“He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” – Matthew 10:39

“For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” – Colossians 3:3-4


  1. Karen Kimball

    May 3, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Wow. So much truth. Thank you.

  2. Yes!
    This is part of the problem with the false easy believism conversion. Back in the days of the early church, and in other parts of the world now, most already know that when they become Christian converts, they are laying their lives on the altar. They decided to carry their cross daily no matter what. They chose to count the cost of following Jesus. They committed their lives to Him as Lord and Savior as true disciples. They share their faith. Family members leave. Their livelihoods are put in jeopardy. They face physical persecution daily, as well as martyrdom, torture, and other troubles. Yet they are sustained through it all. They are even filled with joy. When pressured to deny Jesus under great pains of persecution, most of them don’t. But compare that to today’s Christians! No one told them about the cost of discipleship when they prayed the ‘sinner’s prayer.’ No one taught them these things prior to baptism. No one brought it up at any church meetings either. And then, when the storm arrives, they are not ready and it all hits them like a deer in the headlights. All the false teachings they have been spoon fed for years comes to them, assuaging them that they need not worry about suffering because they have been exempted from that. Somehow, they missed all those Bible verses to the contrary. That lesson got lost somewhere between all those books about ‘bless-me Kristianity’.

    Exactly. Persecution is already here. And the devil more than anyone does not want Christians to succeed in it. In this case, success is defined as being willing to lose your life for Jesus. (Revelation 12; 11… what is an ‘overcomer’??? It is not worldly success.) That definition of success they have never been taught. The storm will take many forms. The first is to make war with the saints to weaken them, wary them, and water them down. They will grow tired. They will grow desperate to keep their livelihoods intact. The carnal ones will already have been seduced by apostasy, sin, and the circus and carnival amusements of this world. By the time the real gulag begins, most will not have graduated to that level. I have been watching this for years now and see it. One recent example is a Christian foster home agency in a state (I forgot which) that was pressured (I don’t say ‘forced,’ because no one can force you, it is always a choice) to cave to the lgbt agenda and allow placement of children in sodomite homes. Well, they caved. And it was that easy. Like a deck of cards, or dominoes in a row, most will fall. Oh sure, they will have excuses a plenty! But justified they are not. Jesus made all of that very clear. Most will choose mammon. So many Christians already are falling away, in the apostasy of heresy, false religions, and embracing sin. The lights are going out. I don’t say ‘Christians,’ but Christians, because it is true Christians who are falling away. OSAS is a lie of the devil. That’s how serious it is. The battle is real. Your very soul is in jeopardy. While the battle for souls rages on, most are asleep watching sports and entertainment. But they loved their lives on earth more than their lives in heaven and just like Esau, they sold it right out from under themselves for a few more years of comfort. So many are deceived into the sinner’s prayer conversion, and then anything goes, you are still carried around in the arms of Jesus in that baby blanket forever, no commitment, no loyalty, no self denial necessary so they think.

    Jesus is separating the wheat from the chaff, right here in the good old US of A.
    I read on one blog about another strong believer who like us, has these dreams. Her dream was that she was at home with family or friends. She walked into the living room and they were all on the couch, watching trivial TV at best, eating junk food. They were lazy. They were slothful. They were flabby. They were slouching all over. It was not a pretty sight. Then this believer heard a noise and went outside. She was suddenly in the midst of the storm. She was not afraid. In fact, she said it was exhilarating because there was all this electricity around and it was like Jesus was there (like with Daniel’s 3 friends). She was excited to be there. Yet her friends were panicking because they were not ready. They were wailing and trying to dash under the beds. Not ready. Yup, that pretty much sums it up.

    And so it begins. Not only that, but it has already begun. It will accelerate. If some are unprepared now, it’s pretty dire. Most have caved to the agendas of sin on a fair weather day. What will they do then the storm is in full swing? Bank accounts of conservatives are being frozen or closed. Social media pages are being banned in like manner. Christian businesses are being successfully sued for their Biblical stand. Christians are being fired from their jobs for not caving to sin, or simply not hired. College campuses are filled with leftist rhetoric. Rioting and looting as well. People are calling for Christians to be imprisoned. Biblical views are deemed ‘hate speech.’ This is all from various news sources that monitor these things, I shared the list earlier in a comment. They are removing children from homes for not complying with what is deemed politically correct thought in some parts of the West. Soon we will lose our lives as well. That to me is the easy part. I thank God that I have no minor children.

    They are all hanging their hopes on an election victory or a rapture escapism like you said. They forget that the Bible says we will all be hated for His namesake. The whole world will hate Christians. It’s almost there. We not only can suffer, but should expect to suffer, and should even rejoice in it. All of this is nothing new to the Biblically literate.

    The early church triumphantly faced persecution and martyrdom in places like the Coliseum. They faced the lions and many scary things. They died. They were the victors, the finalists in this race called life. The heat was on and the cream rose to the top. They received the victorious martyr’s crown as they were glorified in heaven. “Well done, good, faithful, and loyal servant!” and many phrases like that I am sure they were met with by Jesus. THAT, folks, is the finish line. Don’t let the devil fool you!

    I recall about 7 years ago or so running into an article by some ‘professor’ at some fancy university who had written a book trying to dismiss the fact that there were Christian martyrs. Her false premise was that they were not ‘true’ martyrs because they could have gotten out of it by denying their faith for five minutes. A lie straight out of hell! There is no such thing. If you deny Jesus, you are no longer a Christian. The persecution will stop, because so does the Christianity. The point is that they were persecuted for being Christians!!! You cannot deny your faith to ‘get out of it.’ Jesus said so in Matthew 10; 32-33. That goes for bad days too, not only good days! And He’s the boss. If you are a Christian, you are His witness!!! So YES, they were true Christian martyrs! The word martyr actually means ‘witness.’ (If you make this error of denying your faith, you must repent and commit to never deny Jesus again, no matter what.) Are you one of His disciples too? The answer does not depend on who is asking. Anyway, I share that because that is just how badly the devil wants to trick Christians into denying their faith to take the easy way out. But there is no escape. You either belong to Jesus and are willing to lay down your life as a martyr for Him and stand up for His righteous ways and live by them, or you don’t. It’s a package deal.

    When the heat gets turned up, make the right choice. Don’t get cheated out. Take a stand for Jesus no matter the cost. Be one of the lights shining in the darkness. You will never regret it, but you’ll be sorry if you don’t. There are blessings hidden in it as well and you have nothing to fear.

    I don’t know about anyone else, but the Bible says to run the race to win. And not only that, but I’m going for the gold. And the finish line is in sight!

    To end on a jest I once heard, I may have shared this already so forgive me….

    There was an underground meeting of Christians in communist Russia. Suddenly, a KGB officer broke in the door. He asked if there were any Christians present at the meeting. Many Christians went scrambling out any way they could to get away. After most of them had escaped, there were only about ten left. So, he sat down, took out his Bible, and said; “Well? Let’s get started! I just wanted to know who the real Christians were!”

    We must be ready every day in any possible way the question is posed to say; “YES! I am HIS disciple!” It’s either that, or the flesh wins as you warm yourself by the enemy’s fire and swear that you never knew Him.

    (P.S. Peter had to be reinstated as a disciple. That is an interesting study. Three denials and three affirmations.)
    (P.P.S. I did see that reply, thank you!)
    ; )

  3. I had received this message after seeing this message from some brothers and sisters in Christ from west Africa and your words tied into it seamlessly! May we have this kind of Faith!!

    After worship on Sunday, April 28, 2019, 12 armed men who are affiliated to al-Qaeda on motorcycles came to the courtyard of the church and surrounded them. They regrouped them, took their bibles and wanted to convert them to Islam.
    In their refusal, the old pastor Pierre Ouedraogo, who has been an Assemblies of God minister for nearly 40 years, his son Ouedraogo Wend-Kuni, a deacon Zoeyande Sawadogo, brothers Sayouba Sawadogo, Arouna Sawadogo and Ele Boena, were killed in the name of their faith in Christ. The 7th victim, Adam Sawadogo was seriously injured and is admitted at Kongoussi Hospital. The Church was burned.

    The longtime pastor had sensed danger, but told family members “he prefers to die for his faith rather than leave the village where he has served for nearly 40 years” said his son-in-law according to the General Superintendent of Assemblies of God Burkina Faso Rev Michel Ouedraogo.

    This happened in the small town of Silgadji near Djibo, the capital of Soum province around 12:00 local time (12:00 GMT).

    Pray for the bereaved families, the church and pray for the injured for speedy recovery.


  4. James Brumbaugh

    May 4, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Wow, Cedric well said. As Christians we are not a protected class in society. We see the persecution in China and other countries and think how awful, truly American Christians have been sheltered but our time is upon us, study God’s Word and pray always, are we filled with compassion and love for the lost? Are we praying for the true bride of Christ? More then ever those in the true body of Christ must be on our knees in prayer because that persecution which is to come is going to be emmence.

  5. I just wanted to say that I do agree with that view. The true Christian church is ‘God’s people.’ There is nothing ‘anti-semitic’ about believing that. Yes, God will deal with Israel again and yes, that is why they are back in the land. But like Jesus said, unless we believe that He is who He says He is, we will die in our sins. And that goes to the Jew as well as the Gentile. The Bible says over and over that the Gospel is ‘to the Jew first and also to the Greek’, etc. All must come to Jesus to be saved, Jew and Gentile alike. There is no special or separate covenant for Israel regarding salvation. There is the New Covenant, and that is it.

    I do look at Lighthouse Trails for various news items. But it has come to the point that now, if I refer anyone there, I must give the disclaimer that they can also be deceived at that site. The reason? One of the main ones has been the mounting idolatry of Israel. It seems now that if one does not place Israel on a pedestal and bow down to all things ‘Jewish,’ one is not a ‘true spiritual Christian’ and even ‘anti-semitic.’ The latest article up there about all those who ‘hate the Jews’ is the tip of the iceberg. I made a comment there and it got blocked, and my access to commenting banned. I made another comment on their facebook page, which is probably gone by now and is probably the last one posted there by me. It is just as well. I have said my peace.
    There is rising anti-semitism all over the world and of course that is bad. Just like the persecution of Christians that is rising, it is all part of the end times events. I keep an eye on that as well. But what they have is a false dichotomy of idolatry or anti-semitism. I don’t need a big lecture about how the Jews are entitled to the land of Israel. I already know that. But that doesn’t mean that we need to bow down to them in order to be blessed spiritually in our Christian growth. The article makes it look like the Jewish people are the source of our growth and the fruits of the Holy Spirit, rather than the Lord. We bear fruit by abiding in Him, not by being in homage to Israel and the Jews as a people. Sure, we can still ‘love’ them. But what they are endorsing goes way beyond that, and the comments they allow and don’t allow reflect that as well. It’s really getting bad out there when it comes to deception! One must be on guard even where one least expects. If you read it all carefully you will see what I mean.
    P.S. You don’t have to reply, and you can feel free to edit that PS in the last comment if you don’t want that to show about the answered question but would like to post the comment. I understand that you may want to keep things discreet on this issue. You did post the question and I do appreciate that. I do use various names to keep things discreet for the same reasons. It’s not the name that matters but the message and the truth.

  6. I’ve wondered lately – if one gives testimony to a king… ruler (vs9) … has the Gospel then been spread to that nation or organization (vs 10)? Is not the leader responsible for their nation or group? Is this one way the Gospel will be spread among all nations? If so, attempting to “bow out” would be attempting to “bow out” of giving testimony… spreading the Gospel.

    8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows. 9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. 10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations. 11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. 12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. Mark 13

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