Our Time Is Coming

Our time is comingBenjamin Watson is a professional football player for the New Orleans Saints. More importantly he is a follower of Jesus Christ. In this message from a recent post on Facebook I believe Benjamin expresses what many of us are beginning to see. The Scripture he quotes should be a source of comfort as we face these troubled times. My hope is that we would prepare for these times that are coming.

The images keep flooding our timelines and news feeds. Men being burned alive or beheaded by masked assassins. Stories of families on the run, fleeing their homes while they are pillaged and burned. Their testimonies hold a familiar chord. “Convert, Pay or Die!”

The persecution of Christians is not a new concept. As early as the first century we read about the Spirit filled boldness of Christians like Stephen and Paul who proclaimed the gospel through beatings and imprisonment, torture and death. We remember Christ’s disciples, most of whom were killed just like their master. Roman emperors like Nero, executed Christians in the most ghastly ways, using them as torches to light the evening sky.

In spite of all this adversity, Christianity continued to spread because men and woman, empowered by the Holy Spirit stood strong in the face of certain death; some being delivered and others falling. As I sit here in a 21st century United States, I can’t help but wonder when we too will face martyrdom for our faith. On this very day nearly 50 countries have laws that restrict or outlaw Christianity, leading to the harassment, imprisonment and death of those who follow Christ. On this day, in countries like North Korea and China, Christians gather for church underground to avoid being arrested by police. On this day, in Nigeria thousands mourn the deaths of their loved ones killed by Boko Haram in their quest to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state. On this day, in Cuba, Christian ministries continue to risk their freedom as the countries continues to feel the effects of Communist rule.

BUT, on this day, Jesus words in Luke still ring true,

“And I say to you, everyone who confesses Me before men, the Son of Man will confess him also before the angels of God; but he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.” Luke 12:8

I tremble with fear at the thought of facing such incredible atrocities for the sake of Christ. How could I stand firm, staring down the barrel of a gun, the life of my family in the balance? I shudder, thinking of that day. I feel so inadequate. Rest assured, fellow Americans, if it hasn’t already, our day WILL COME.

Jesus goes on, providing us comfort and hope for this day. He says,

“When they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense, or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” Luke 12:11,12

My only hope in such trying times is the power of the Holy Spirit. He is the X factor. He will give us the strength, words, and vision when our backs are against the wall. Jesus promised the believer many things. Eternal life, abundant life, peace, purpose and forgiveness to name a few. He also promises that they, like him, WILL be betrayed, hated and persecuted, even to death. (Luke 21:12-19)

The Internet has brought close what used to be foreign. Shocking, disturbing worldwide news is available in the palm of our hands. As we see these videos and images we must remember in prayer our brothers and sisters who are suffering for Christ. We must support them in any way we can for they are being witnesses to their oppressors.

Secondly, we must WAKE UP from our slumber, be on guard and stand firm. A house divided against itself cannot stand. Spiritual unity in the body will help us weather the coming storms. We must REMEMBER that as terrible as things are and will become, they are simply signs pointing to one thing; His Imminent Return.

“When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21:28

Lord be with us

Thank you Benjamin!

You can find Benjamin on Facebook at Benjamin Watson

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3 thoughts on “Our Time Is Coming

  1. Great message and so very true. What I sometimes struggle with is how many non-Christians do not see or how they deny the atrocities that are happening now. It is as if they are blind and deaf. I could understand how they do not know the truth because the Spirit has not been revealed to them since they do not have Christ, but it seems so easy for us to see and for them to not see. We must pray even harder for our loved ones who don’t know Christ. They have no idea of what lays ahead.

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    1. As Christ said would happen comparing it to Noah’s day, people have no idea what is coming. Matthew 24:39 The enemy has gradually desensitized people and fostered a hatred for the church. If you notice the causes many identify with and support are found in false religion and social issues like same sex marriage, LGBT rights, attacking the rule of law and authority figures (police), reproductive rights (abortion) and the list goes on. It is very subtle attack by the enemy to undermine the authority of God Himself to marginalize followers of Christ and the message of the Gospel. Our president believes and I have read his statement in an interview in 2005 that there are many paths to God. This is a mantra that even many like Rob Bell and other so called Christian leaders are beginning to embrace Sound familiar? The false prophets and teachers are among us.
      You are right we as believers we must first clean up our own lives, get rid of the sin and weight it talks about in Hebrews 12 and cry out before God for our loved ones and the people of this nation. We cannot change the eventual outcome but we can be part of saving as many as will be saved. It is always good to hear from you Stacy. Pray all is well with you and your family.

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