Storm Clouds of Persecution and Opposition: Matthew 24:9
““9) Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.” Matthew‬ ‭24‬:‭9‬ ‭
The next sign Jesus pointed to was tribulation, persecution and martyrdom. Christians would die for their faith in unparalleled numbers.
Though martyrdom has accompanied nearly every generation of Christianity, it has greatly accelerated since WWII. More Christians have died for their faith in the past 80 years than all of church history combined.
This can primarily be charged to communism, Islam and the new intolerance of Hinduism. Persecution is mounting world wide from these three rivals. But something new is happening; liberal secularism has turned Christianity into its new target.
Because biblical Christianity is socially conservative, we have become the target of woke bullying and scorn. As antiChrist continues to embrace the world with his one world policies, Christianity will be viewed with more intolerance and hatred. Christians will be blamed for every perceived injustice in the world. Hatred needs an innocent victim.
By their very nature, the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness are in opposition to one another. While Jesus calls His own to love and serve their enemies, Satan makes those who oppose him a target for public scorn, ridicule, imprisonment and death. In the end times. every department of secular state will be weaponized against Christianity.
The unique characteristic of recent times is that these tendencies are being unleashed in Western culture. Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States are launching a new wave of open hate and public scorn against Christianity. The goal of this new social experiment is to remove all remnant influence of what is viewed as obsolete conservative Christianity from modern culture.
This push is intensifying. A new wave of scorn and hatred of Christianity is being birthed in Hollywood and propagated in secular media. Modernism is at war with traditional conservative Christian values. A tsunami of persecution is mounting against Christianity. Brace yourself, it is already pounding the shores of western culture. What has been considered as safe and sacred ground for Christianity is quickly loosing its innocence. Storm clouds are gathering.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global