Day 4 The End-Time Persecution
This is day four of a seven day series. To go back to the beginning, at day one then please click here.
Yesterday we described the responsibility of the Church to enter into intense praise and intercession, that we might be a light shining brightly in the coming darkness.
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The end-time period of tribulation will feature intense persecution and martyrdom. I must emphasise that not for one moment would I want to trivialise or glamorise martyrdom.
I appreciate that martyrdom is not a popular subject for Sunday morning sermons, over here in the West. As I write these notes, it is a glorious sunny morning and the threat of persecution and martyrdom seems far away. but yet I have to remind myself that it is a reality of Christian life in many parts of the world.
Revelation 6:9 ‘When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar, the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained.
Christ Jesus has made us a solemn promise though:
Revelation 2:10a ‘Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.’
Martyrs will be ushered into the very presence of God during this time and will have to wait for just a brief moment for Christ Jesus to conclude his victory against the enemy.
Revelation 6:11 ‘Then each one of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow-servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed.
Revelation 12:11 continues addressing martyrdom.
Revelation 12:11 ‘They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
The martyrs will be literally walking in Christ’s footsteps.
1 Peter 2:21 ‘To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you’ leaving you an example that you should follow in his steps.’
The martyrdom of the righteous during the tribulation will be intense and the enemy will believe that he has scored a great victory. However, just as the death of Christ on the cross meant defeat for the powers of darkness, so this end-time martyrdom will bring defeat to the enemy and will cause and bring about his demise.
We have seen a ‘thinning of the gap’’ between heaven and earth during revivals and intense prayer and worship gatherings. During the tribulation, the presence of God will be so glorious, that many will willingly surrender their lives in martyrdom without a second thought, for they will already be well secure, nestled in the arms of God.
Tomorrow we explore how God will draw very near to those who are walking faithfully in the darkness. To go to this post please click here.
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