ALREADY, THE SPROUTS OF TRIBULATION ARE GROWING TALL
“Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.”
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
FOR PUBLIC SAFETY: PART II — In a recent article, it was postulated and explained that the COVID-19 Pandemic Hysteria and the lock-down and “Safer at home” edicts by local governments are just the beginnings of persecution towards the Church. We are seeing this manner of treatment from the government towards churches as the Easter Season and Holiday has arrived. Is this something that will increase and intensify, or will life for Christians and church-goers fall back to normal upon the die-down of the Coronavirus Panic? Will there be a return to normalcy, or will there be a “new normal”?
WHOSOEVER KILLETH YOU WILL THINK THAT HE DOETH GOD A SERVICE. The Words of the LORD come heavily to home: we are already seeing governors and government leaders already threatening churchgoers, church leaders, and law enforcement officials having “meetings” with pastors…
“Gov. Bill Lee: Churches that continue to gather amid COVID-19 crisis are ‘risking people’s lives’”
“Mississippi church sues police after congregants ticketed during drive-in service”
“No in-person church services held Sunday, says Dawson Springs Mayor”
“KY Gov. To Quarantine Christians ‘BY FORCE’ — If They Attend Church…”
“9 Police Officers Shut Down Church Service of 10 people”
“Kentucky Tyrant Governor Nero Bershear Persecutes God’s People…”
“Las Vegas’ Seaman, local pastors call ban on drive-thru church services ‘overreach’”
“10 Person Baptist Church Again Meets For Services Surrounded By 12 Police Officers”
“The Coming Demonization of Churches…”
“NoVa Churchgoers Warned To Self-Quarantine Over Coronavirus”
“Mississippi churchgoers fined $500 while attending drive-in service”
We are also seeing THESE Headlines…
“Man PULLED off bus by Philadelphia police”
“Cities and counties in Texas that require people to wear a mask in public”
“In this Texas county, not wearing a face mask during coronavirus pandemic could cost you $1,000: reports”
“Texas Town Fines Residents for Not Wearing Masks in Public Amid COVID-19 Outbreak”
“Uruguayan woman argues with police when stopped for not wearing mask”
“COVID-19: 80 booked for not wearing masks in Chandigarh”
And yet, we also see public officials and state governors engaging in the following…
“Kentucky plans to release more than 900 prisoners because of the COVID-19 outbreak”
“US starts to release inmates due to coronavirus outbreak: At least four states in the U.S. have started to release inmates from their jails to protect vulnerable inmates as coronavirus infections have begun to appear from within.
“New York City will be releasing ‘vulnerable’ inmates who have underlying health conditions, including those who were arrested for minor crimes, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday.
“His decision comes as an inmate at Rikers Island in the city tested positive for the virus and eight others are showing symptoms.”
“California to release 3,500 inmates early as coronavirus spreads inside prisons: California is granting early release to 3,500 inmates in an effort to reduce crowding as coronavirus infections begin spreading through the state prison system.
“Lawyers for Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday told a panel of federal judges the state is taking ‘extraordinary and unprecedented protective measures’ to slow the spread of the virus and protect those who live and work within California’s 35 prisons. The accelerated prison discharges — affecting inmates due to be released over the next 60 days — come in the face of pressure to do much more.”
“Jails release thousands of inmates to curb coronavirus spread: The number of people 55 or older in state and federal prisons reached 164,400 in 2016, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts“Thousands of inmates in at least 16 states are being released in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in crowded jails and prisons.
“California, New York, Ohio and Texas are among the states where officials are sending low-level offenders and elderly or sickly inmates home early, the Wall Street Journal reports.”
“Coronavirus in NJ: Up to 1,000 inmates to be released from jails: New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner late Sunday signed an order calling for the temporary release of up to 1,000 inmates serving sentences in county jails, to mitigate the risk of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
“The court order formalizes an agreement among the New Jersey Public Defender’s Office, state Attorney General’s Office, County Prosecutors Association and American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.
“It calls for the release no later than 6 a.m. Tuesday of inmates who are serving county jail terms as a condition of probation or as a result of municipal court convictions.”
Can we not see the tragic irony of these stories and headlines? On the one hand, we see Christians being ticketed, and also pastors arrested; people threatened with penalties and fines, and dragged off of buses for not wearing masks. On the other, we see state governors and local officials ordering prisoners released out of fear of the Coronavirus. Is this not happening what we see here…?
“Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope: That say, ‘Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it!’ Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!”
“For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause. For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer. And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.”
Friends, we are seeing what happened in 1930s Germany, when the National Socialist German Workers’ Party came into power. We are seeing churches persecuted, people dragged off of public transportation and, later, houses by storm-troopers and law enforcement officials, and criminals released. Similarly took place in Revolutionary Russia and China, and other Socialist dominated nations in the past. What we saw then, we are seeing again right now in the United States of America. And it’s all thanks to the fear of a virus from China.
THE LAUGHING LOST — A Recent Story casts a very unflattering light on one of the pastors arrested for holding services on Sunday, despite a “Safer at Home” order…
“‘If they die…they die.’
“Yes, a now-infamous Louisiana pastor got all ‘Rocky IV’ on us…saying, if any of his church members die from the virus, they’ll have done so in the name of God and freedom.
“Tony Spell, leader of Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge, tells TMZ…he thinks true Christians do not mind dying from COVID-19. He insists that what they fear instead is living in fear. As he puts it, ‘People that can prefer tyranny over freedom do not deserve freedom.’
“He’s also not flinching at medical experts suggesting most of the nation will eventually contract the virus, even if only mildly. Spell’s reaction is, ‘Let’s get on with life.’
“As you’ve probably heard…Spell’s been defiant of Louisiana’s shelter-at-home order. He opened his church last week for Palm Sunday where over 1,000 members attended. He had previously been arrested and charged for violating the state mandate.
“Watch the video, Spell is sticking to his guns for Easter Sunday too. He was totally unswayed by our producer suggesting a different approach.“As we’ve seen, he’s not the only pastor who thinks he’s above science.”
The ridicule towards Pastor Spell in this article is palpable…
“This guy is a complete moron.”
“You first, Tony.”
“I think that if these idiots that actually go to his church and get or give the virus are in need of medical assistance, they should be turned away. They have already proven their disqualifying pre-existing condition of gross stupidity and callous disregard for public safety.”
“Did he not understand the science involved in this highly contagious disease?”
“Let’s be real, [his] answer said it all ‘why do/did ppl spend billions on building churches’ this Pastor needs that bread basket filled, he needs money for his gas tank”
“Why should this shock anyone? False prophets have been misleading people for years. Jim Jones and so many others…Jesus said by their works you will identify them. This one is a no brainer. All of you false religouse haters are right on…Thats why when judgement comes it will start with those professing to represent him”
“Yes! Yes, Pastor! Keep going! Let’s thin out your ignorant herd of sheep!…Thoughts and prayers buddy! Maybe he should go to hospitals to lay his healing hands on some sick patients…Quarantine them all inside the church! Let them heal each other or die. They seem good with it! So they can keep it to themselves. Don’t let them back out into the public!”
“People like him are legit evil and should be prosecuted for murder.”
“These people are pandemic deniers, they are insane.”
“Idiot. Ever heard of brains and free will? God gave us these for a reason! I think the guys just worried he can’t pass around the collection plate.”
Friends, this ridicule and hatred for a pastor, simply wanting to hold services on one of the most important Sundays out of the year is simply the tip of the iceberg. We are seeing pastors receiving cease-and-desist orders, funeral services at churches broken up by police, and GOD’s protection being mocked by Mainstream Media outlets. Here is what the Bible has to say about such attitudes…
“Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
“A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies. A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth. Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge. The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit. Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.”
There is a dire, dire warning from the LORD concerning the attitudes of the scorners and mockers as listed above…
“How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.”
Friends, the attitude of the Lost towards pastors simply wanting to open their doors to people was predicted long ago…
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.”
THE BOTTOM LINE: THE SEEDS OF PERSECUTION HAVE SPROUTED AND ARE GROWING TALL! Friends, we are already seeing these verses coming to pass, right before our very eyes…
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.”
Friends, this is taking place as this article is being written. Church leaders and pastors are siding with the government, despite the unconstitutional of executive orders and lock-down laws, against those who want to keep having services at their houses of worship. While there is no move to arrest the many dozens and hundreds that gather at local stores, the exact opposite is happening to Christian Leaders. How much longer before said will be jailed…?
CONCLUSION: HEAVIER PERSECUTION IS COMING…EVEN TO THE USA! Friends, we’re already seeing this persecution coming to fruition. Heavier is coming, as has been promised…
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”
But let us remember the very Words of Jesus the Messiah…
“…and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, as we see the seeds of persecution sprouting and coming to fruition, would you help us and be with us? Would you walk with us? We pray for our President and for our leadership, and we pray all of these things, in the Name of Jesus Christ our LORD, Amen!
THE LAST WORD: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John xvi. 33)
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” (Joshua i. 9)
NOTES — 1. All Scripture is taken from The Authorized King James Version of the English Bible. London, England, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK). First publication 1611AD.
2. Author’s Note: We see the result of these woes and evil actions in the following verses: “Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.”
3. Author’s Note: Again, the passage of sentence against this is seen VERY swiftly: “Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand. When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin. Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow. Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places. Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour. Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children. Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out. Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out. Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth. Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart. As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him. As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones. Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually. Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul.”
4. Author’s Note: TMZ’s reporters and editors are basically placing their spin on what Pastor Spell said in the video: “Louisiana Pastor Says if Parishioners Die from COVID-19 It’s Sacrifice for God | TMZ — That’s essentially what a Louisiana pastor is saying if any of his church members die from the virus…adding they’ll at least have done so in the name of God and freedom.” Yet, Pastor Spell never once uttered the phrase TMZ accuses him of stating. What he does say is, “Let’s get on with life!” in the face of the Coronavirus hysteria. What TMZ’s reporters and editors are doing here is not only disingenuous, but also blatantly dishonest. Shame TMZ for publishing and passing off as true a false statement and narrative!
5. Author’s Note: If only the lost would read further in this chapter of 2nd Corinthians: “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.”
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