If we believe the Bible to be true and it's words to be literal prophecies of present and future events, then we have to know that at some point in time Christians will be faced with a time of great persecution. I know some say we have already seen persecution and that the disciples themselves were killed and martyred for the name of Christ. So many believe that those times were what Christ was referring to. But I'd like to just point out something. Christ said that His coming would not happen until "All things which are written may be fulfilled." So I don't believe the Disciples were the only ones who would face extreme persecution. The Word of God is never understood by using one verse or chapter. A scripture can only be understood when it is put into place along side the scriptures around it, and the entire Word of God. "Line upon line, and precept upon precept."
Christ, Paul and others give details of a future time where great tribulation and times of trouble will come for believers as well as the wrath of God being poured out against the wicked. I know some believe that believers will not be here for those times, but i have to ask this question: If we will not be here for those times, why does the Word of God tell us to watch and be aware of the signs of this time? For example, in Mathew 24 Christ says:
"So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."
In Luke 21 He gives a similar warning.
"And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by...... For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled...... And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."

If we are absent from these events, why do we need to be mindful of them? Why was it so important to be forewarned these times would come? Remember, these words were not written to the unbeliever, and do not deal with those who are not of God. These words are directed specifically to those who bare the testimony of Christ, and none other.

Over half of the New Testament deals directly with end times events, or "The end of the Age" and on that note, a huge part of the Old Testament is prophetically written about end times as well. So why is it we don't want to talk about it? Why is it we don't feel it to be significant enough to be a part of our studies and teachings? Why would we not want to be prepared for what we have been told is coming? Especially when it is such a significant part of the Word of God. We do not live in the world of our youths, we live in a world where prophecy is being revealed almost daily. But it seems like no one wants to acknowledge this to be true.

How often does the Word of God teach us to live in the past? Never. We are taught to live in the future. We are taught to live in the promises of God right? The Devil is who teaches us to live in our pasts. He tries to keep us there so that we are not focused on the promises and knowledge of our future's with God through Jesus Christ. I believe this is our enemies greatest weapon against us. While the Word of God continues to reveal Christ and His Word to be true even to this moment, we seem to be stuck in the past and are afraid of the changes taking place right before our eyes. This makes us very vulnerable, and we seem to be doing the same old things we have always done as we don't seem to recognize the present or the future. I myself am guilty of being naive of the changes taking place outside my own little world and community. Somehow, even though I have been shown and told in the Word of God these things were going to happen, I find myself surprised and shocked almost everyday. In reality, I shouldn't be surprised at all. The Lord told me in His Word the day would come.

We are standing at the end of the age, and the signs given in the Word of God tell us this very clearly. I have been taught all my life the Lord could come any day, and I guess He could as no one knows the day or the hour. But it does say we would know the season. I believe that if we are standing in and on the Word of God, we are standing in a place where we can see what lies ahead. A servant is not greater than his Master, and if Christ had to endure His beating before the Cross, why would it not be the same for us? Christ was prepared to withstand the persecution before the reward, and I believe that through His Word, we can be prepared as well.
 


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07/09/2014 9:19am

Dear Jason, Hello dear brother, I'd like to comment on these themes you raise. First of all, just to say how I personally feel a strong identification and agreement with you, in where you're coming from in general, in spirit, so to speak. And the essence of that is: that to be in Christ and with Christ, MUST be (according to His Word) also to SUFFER with Him, to suffer persecution and rejection in this world, whose god is the devil himself, but by His Grace to persevere and overcome the world, as He has done, through faith, love and obedience to Him. Therefore, that a true "faith" in Christ, is and MUST be, rooted in THAT kind of a faith, in that kind of a knowledge and expectation and hope...and that this is what ALL of the prophecies and scriptures about the end of the age are really all about preparing us for...
But then secondly, the troubling question arises, as you say: "SO WHY IS IT WE DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT?" Why indeed?! The most imperative, important and unavoidable theme of scripture in our days, and yet hardly ANYONE from the pulpits of all the Evangelical and other denomination churches today seems to be at all interested and motivated, soberly inspired by the Holy Spirit to tackle these very real problems and themes...even though they are literally life and death, the most important themes we ever could have to tackle... Something is profoundly wrong within the very heart and core of most of our Protestant (and Catholic) denominations teachings and understanding. Somewhere and somehow we have been collectively robbed...of the very core Biblical understanding of the times and what it means for us today and in the near future...
It isn't enough just to put it down to human fear and the natural preference of the flesh towards comfort and security, rather than suffering and persecution. And it isn't enough just to put it down to the widespread influence of the so-called "prosperity gospel" which has won so many hearts and minds within the church AWAY from the true essence of the gospel, away from the unworldliness and selfless sacrificial spirituality of the true gospel...and instead towards a totally inflated sense of self-importance and self-service all in the guise of "prosperity" and "Word of faith" teachings, which simply tapped into the already existing modern tendencies to desire more the things of this world than those of the next. Natural human fear, as well as the widespread acceptance of the prosperity gospel have indeed done great damage to the mentality of many churches and church-goers in these times...but still I say, it is not enough to put it all down to that. Looking deeper still, I find still more rotten seeds and fruits, still more false teachings which have been foisted upon (and within) the churches at the very deepest level in recent decades; and it is the effects of THESE false teachings which I believe have (intentionally) combined to distort and corrupt the spiritual heart and understanding of most Christians today, (especially in America but also in Europe/the UK where I am from), to the extent that most do not even know that they are far away from the full truth of the gospel that they so proudly and happily worship and think that they believe in. Indeed, after reading and hearing the testimonies of certain ex-Illuminati Freemason agents who managed to escape from the inner circles of "the craft" and share with the world what they knew and experienced, I now understand that this epidemic of popular false teachings has been seeded right into the very heart of the seminaries and Bible colleges, ever since the 1960's especially, in a grand plan hatched by satan long ago to steadily deceive and dilute the churches in their innermost spirit and teachings, so that by the time of the very last days themselves, the maximum number of Christians might be hopelessly lost and unable to resist the tide of deception and Apostasy which the devil has laid in store, in order to test the world and to destroy the old (present) order of the world...to be able to replace it with a "New World Order" and with a "One World Church" which will claim to embrace ALL religions and none (Atheism), INCLUDING Christianity, into one all-embracing Universal Church of Man. This is his secret plan, and already it is in the highly advanced final stages, and nearing it's completion. [In particular the testimonies which I am thinking about right now are those of Brice Taylor, ex mind-controlled sex-slave and information robot for Henry Kissinger, Bush and the NWO elite...and also John Todd, ex-Illuminati Wizard from the Council of 13, whose powerful and true testimonies are both available for free at Youtube and elsewhere. I REALLY recommend them to you, to anyone who really wants to know what's really going on...]
Anyway, further to the point: Why is it that hardly anyone in the church is actually TALKING about the end of the Age, from a secure, Biblical, realistic, sober a

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Bro Rob
07/09/2014 9:25am

Oh man... You mean that this thing just cuts you off after you write a certain limit of words?! Darn it... I wrote SO MUCH after that, which has now just been scrubbed out. A really precious article actually, just for you...going into some great rich depth... And now I find it has all mostly been just deleted, just like that, never sent. Oh man...sometimes the online world it just kills me... I have some PRECIOUS pearls of truths to share with you bro, about these themes... please drop me a line and give me an address (if you want) to which I can send a proper article. I believe you may find it worthwhile... Cheers, God bless! (smiling again... ;)

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H. Jason Lewis
07/20/2014 10:47am

I think you are right on Bro Rob. I personally think this subject is the fulfillment of what Paul wrote. He said in the last days men would have a form of Godliness, but lack the power thereof. The Word of God is THE power of God according to scripture. I believe that is exactly what we have. We a many religions, denying the entirety of the WHOLE Gospel. Therefore it lacks the power of the Truth of God's Word. Thanks for the commentary, and for visiting. I truly am thankful and praise God that there are people out there truly seeking after the Truth of God's Word in the end of this age we are in. God bless brother.

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