The Gospel is a martyr’s gospel. As the song goes, it bids us come and die that we may have true life.
Growing up, my view of the End Times was that we, the Church, would either (a) not be here for it, or else (b) we would hide out and just make it through. My revelation of the end-time events has certainly changed since then and that’s why the reality of the Gospel’s native environment makes even more sense to me now.
The whole center of the Good News is that Christ became a man and died in our stead. He was the ultimate intercessor and mediator. Through his death He brought men and God together for a glorious new covenant.
A few months later one of the greatest revivals in history broke out in that very same town. It was a revival led by weak disciples who had abandoned Jesus in His hour of “need”. But through the death of Jesus they found a new strength. These same men almost all went on to be martyrs. The apostolic call nearly always also a call to martyrdom. Even in the midst of persecution by the Romans and the Jewish leaders, the Gospel could not be stopped.
The truth of Jesus Christ and salvation through His death springs up all the more when evil men try to snuff it out.
In China there is intense persecution against the Christian Church. But the Chinese Church is growing at an unparalleled rate. They are seeing thousands of genuine soul conversions every single day.
In Egypt, men and women are having visions of Jesus, and are giving their lives to Him with the kind of wholehearted abandon we often only hear about here in America.
In the days of old, whenever Jerusalem would stray from the Lord during times of blessing, He would bring them back by sending judgment.
Trials and tribulations always force us to choose, and the right choice is to repent and return to the Lord. James 4:12 – “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also e glad with exceeding joy.”
Other than reminding myself of the Holy Call to lay down my life to be a partaker of the Divine Nature, I suppose the point of this post is somewhat two-fold:
1. We will be here for the end-time events, and there will be a great harvest in the midst of the global trouble that will be happening.
2. God will not allow the Church in America to stay settled in complacency. If we do not turn, He will get our attention through judgment. And when He does we have to be prepared to repent and to turn, rather than to be offended at His leadership. He desires a pure and spotless Bride that loves Him with all her heart, soul, mind and strength.
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