A great wave of persecution.

Scripture:
A great wave of persecution began that day, sweeping over the church in Jerusalem; and all the believers except the apostles were scattered through the regions of Judea and Samaria. – Acts 8:1

Observation:
Saul and a group of religious elites murdered Stephen in the name of God, thinking they were doing God a favor because their view of the Word of God appeared to be in jeopardy based on the movement of Jesus and his followers. The Jewish religious leaders began to exterminate any and all of these new Christians they could locate. Saul (later Paul) spearheaded the movement. Because of his actions, many Christians went into seclusion or left Jerusalem to other locations and spread the Good News wherever they went. The believers of Jesus were persecuted and paid a hefty price for their faith.

Application:
Mark these words! There is fast approaching a great wave of persecution for Christians in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The government has slowly but surely begun to erode away your First Amendment right to freedom of religion and freedom of assembly. The day is coming soon when if you mention the name of Jesus or state that he is the only way to God the Father and heaven, you WILL be arrested and thrown in jail IF NOT executed. The Bible foretold of the day when the Age of Grace would end. Jesus, Paul, and Peter all taught that TRUE believers of Jesus would suffer for the cause of the kingdom and his name. Thus, I have to points to make. One, are you prepared to suffer for the sake of Jesus? Two, are you willing to suffer for the cause of Christ? Many are there who say they are Christians but really are Churchians. They play church but are not true disciples of Jesus. Those that are not grounded and rooted in the Solid Rock of Jesus WILL FALL AWAY as Paul and Peter both said they would.

Prayer:
Father, you’ve shown me a piece of the future and the imminent chaos that is about to engulf this nation. Most Christians are not prepared to stand up for their faith and lay down their lives if necessary. They have no root and not anchor in you. They try to earn their way to eternal life rather than accept the gift you offered through Jesus. I pray that I may be used of you as a tool of righteousness to declare the message, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” May many come to a place of humility before you and be prepared to face the gigantic tidal wave of persecution coming to this nation that will swallow most believers. I am prepared to give it all up including my life if need be. I will not bow to satan or turn against you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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