"And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them.....and he had power to give life unto the image of the Beast, that the image of the Beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the Beast should be killed." (Revelation 13: 7, 15)
During the McCarthy era, people were accused of "un-American activity"; in the new era, those of us who will not worship the image shall be accused of "intolerant and unloving activity" perhaps! The fallout from that is, to save their own necks, people will be naming you & me as enemies of global harmony and peace. According to Jesus Christ Himself:
"Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another." Matthew 24: 9-10
"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 13:12
"And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death." Luke 21: 16
This is a message so vital that it was included in all three synoptic Gospels, yet how many are preaching this?
How much easier (and more lucrative) to simply tell Christians we're all going to a big party in Heaven before the junk hits the fan? And it don't get no better, guys, for David says:
"...it was not an enemy that reproached me: then I could have born it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him;
But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.
We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company." Psalm 55: 12-14
OUCH! People from your own church will backstab you!? The Prophet Micah adds, (7:5-6)
"Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide; keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house."
It is a grim picture, and tough times to be living in. Here's the takeaway: 1) do not be bitter against those who do this- they'll be under a lot of pressure to do so. 2) don't you do this to others! Pray for the strength to keep your mouth shut and not give away anyone else! I know this one was tough, but the warnings of Jesus don't get any easier from here.
I remind you, brethren, Jesus didn't say these things for no reason. He wants to prepare us for what is coming our way, so we won't be caught off-guard when it happens. Remember the "Ebola scare"? One person died. They are false prophets, but Jesus is the Faithful and True Witness! Of Whom the Father says, "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him."
Th-th-th-that's all, folks!
Peace to the brethren. Fight the good fight. God save the faithful.