The Rev. Billy Graham has issued a written warning to America’s churches: “Prepare for persecution.”
The renowned preacher and founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association penned a commentary that was posted on his website last week and is slated to appear in the November edition of Decision magazine.
In the magazine, Graham notes that the American church has been largely unfamiliar with persecution, writing that this “immunity to persecution that Christians in our country have experienced in the past two or three centuries is unusual.”
“As a whole, our nation does not know what privation is. We do not know what sacrifice is. We do not know what suffering is. Suppose persecution were to come to the church in America, as it has come in other countries,” wrote Graham.
“Since we have experienced little religious persecution in this country, it is likely that under pressure many would deny Christ. Those who shout the loudest about their faith may surrender soonest.”
———– End Times Note ———-
Persecution of the “saints” comes in the end of this era of time on earth. This is clearly noted in Scripture. Reverend Graham is attempting to wake up a sleeping public. The US has spent more time recently being PC (politically correct) and as a result there are those claiming rights, as in civil rights, for issues that are not merely civil, but sinful. Scripture tells us we will arrive at a time when “right is wrong and wrong is right” … a lawless state will creep across the globe … it’s already happening and you are probably sleeping in the face of reality.
Like ISIS beheading ‘infidels’ or oppressing peoples in the Middle East of the imposition of religious law (Shiria law) on those who have otherwise lived at peace and with morality unifying their communities (e.g., Iraq, Syria, elsewhere) … persecution in the extreme will plow all that under into darkness … why would that only happen “over there” and not here … persecution creeps and spreads its tendrils … slowly and over time … persecution comes.
If you want to read exactly what appears in Decision Magazine, you can download an electronic copy here.
Take a look at this NBC clip about life, prayer, faith and God … and consider your belief or lack thereof as the case may be. This clip reflects so much of what the media tell us today, but is this solid information or just a reflection of deeper issues and limited understanding?
One this is clear to people who are aware of what the Bible has to say is that humanity is rounding the historical bend to something daunting and perhaps with consequences that are eteranl. Should you care?
BUT WHAT ARE WE? WHERE DO YOU STAND IN AN AGE OF RELATIVISM?
So … where do you fit in?
If you are like one of the millions who have never really read the Bible, or bothered to study the informative substance there, then you are left with no basis to consider the Hebrew and Greek scriptures are indeed relevant. Any assumption that material life and nature is all there is, all that explains all, is equally dangerous. Being of an opinion of any sort minus solid information is a real problem.
Do you accept the Koran as Devine inspiration without seeking an understanding as to how that written work came into existence? What are the facts? (Some thoughts can be found on a companion page) Mormons are little aware that the Book of Mormon was written in the US in the 1800s as theistic fiction (See the 1909 text by Dr. McNiece [PDF of McNiece’s Chapter 10] or [PDF download of original complete volume from another website, therein see Chapter Ten]). Followers of the Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW) read their translation of the Bible tinkered with by Russell and Rutherford, but history tells neither man knew the original biblical languages. Misconceptions of the Bible abound. Meet a JW and they will tell you there are many gods, that they are one of the 144,000 canvassing the globe in the latter days. But look at what the Bible says of the 144,000 … the fact is each member of this massive 144K evangelical movement is both Jewish and a virgin. Look at the JW in front of you and ask: “Are you Jewish? Are you a virgin?” Well?
What does this all say? Knowing the reality of the reliable nature of information is key. Many of the moderns today forget the Bible stated the universe had a beginning. Science only confirmed this fact in the Twentieth Century, thousands of years after the biblical record. For centuries biblical scholars wondered if there really was a King David! Now, near the Temple mount in Jerusalem, in recent decades the digging reveals the City of David is fact and not fiction. And the Bible tells us at the end of the latter days, the nations will turn against Israel. See any trends out there now? That couldn’t have happened until after World War II when Israel became a reality in a modern sense. And the trend of recent events seems only to ramp up to the very events that biblical prophecy states will come. Are you observant and willing to study how factual and truthful Scripture is?
The NBC piece comes with some statistics, like 26% of those polled said being close to God was most important in their life. What does that tell you of the remaining 74%? The next most important priority was family, a close second at 14%. What is important out side this top 40% devoted to God and family? Think about it, 60% of the rest of us have other priorities in life … and not all are moral or selfless!
When 68% say God exists, are they saying “God of Israel” or “a god of some kind?” Historically, humans have believed in wooden and metal figurines they called god, but as Abraham noted, no such figurine ever responds to anyone … those gods are dead and of no hope or help in life, then and now!
There is confusion as to what God or god is! A force (54%), a man (27%), a human form not clearly man or woman (12%), other than human (6%) and 2% say woman … but the Bible clearly states God is spirit and we are made in His image. Why then are there so many impressions and opinions? You might surmise that assumptions prevail in the absence of close scrutiny, study, or a look at the validity of the Bible and the information therein … the fact of the matter is not considered by the masses. Are you a mere lemming running into the sea of relativism and mere opinion?
What is truly awesome is that there is a Bible and a Jewish people spoken of in the ancient parts of the text AND that they and Israel exist today. Moreover the very trends and the nature of what the Bible tells us is alive in right there on the news each and every day … and yet so many are blind to the implications.
What we discover time and again is that the popular media do so much to confuse the real issue of what is the factual basis to believe and faith. Science digs up facts, but so too faith must rely on fact or it too is mere fiction. Study how the Bible was written and preserved over time. Note the connections throughout the text and how this book is alive with connections to our lives in this very moment of history!
Don’t be assured by polls and statistics that put off the urgency of knowing what is really at the heart of our existence. Your life is in reality an opportunity to make a vital decision about why you are here! The Bible cuts to the chase in so many ways to reveal its relevance … but until you start to explore, you are just another opinion and part of a percentage point. Beyond mere opinions there is an opportunity … choose life! Be alive, look and learn for yourself!
For your further consideration, the WindowView website looks at key scenarios that provide perspectives on who we are, how we got here, and what the future holds.
At first blush one might mistake this post as a criticism of Islam. Hardly. The Book of Revelation starts with a series of letters to the churches. Each letter characterizes a type of church. Further the series of letters are taken to characterize the church ages over periods of time from the First Century to the last and present church age. The last church age is labeled the Apostate Church Age.
To practicing Christians nothing can be more a sign of the apostate condition than any kind of allowance or practice the goes against biblical teaching. Same sex marriage goes against Scripture (e.g. Leviticus 20:13) and hosting worship by persons who do not regard Yeshua (i.e. Jesus) as Messiah and thus Devine being, is clearly counter to Bible principles. Yet, the National Cathedral in Washington allows both. Our point is simple, this is merely a sign that we are indeed in an apostate era.
The following image from the Watch.org web page on November 15 shows both the Muslim worshippers, but the accompanying text makes points reflected here. As for the Muslim faithful, it might be worth note they have prostrate the,selves in the House of the Lord a place built (we trust) by the US to honor the God of Israel and the Messiah who died and was resurrected that we may live eternally with the God of Israel. To think otherwise is apostasy in its own right. We hope they might investigate the significance of this point.
Watch.org November 15
Perhaps the sad conclusion is that many people rationalize such things are permissible in the eyes of God. If it were so the Bible would not include the ‘teachings,’ also known as Torah. Many believe the Torah is obsolete, but for those who search Scripture there is no such justification. We live in an age of human compromises and rationalizations in the name of political correctness. A holy and righteous God has left us instruction that says otherwise. Discerning what His will is becomes the cutting edge of what applies and how we are to approach the days beyond this age.