Jesus “See that you are not frightened, for these things must take place, before the end. For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so it will be when I return. “Matthew 24
During this week’s tidbit on the end times, we will consider the question of what will happen to Christians as Christ’s return nears. According to Him, Christians will increasingly lose their lives throughout the world because of their faith. Looking up statistics on how this plays out today, I was shocked to read that over 100,000 Christians are murdered every year. Of course the majority of these killings take place overseas in mostly Islamic countries. In America, and other countries like us, there are none being killed for their faith. Because of this, these statistics seem unreal, yet they are true to fact.
Nevertheless, as the end nears, whether you want to believe it or not, Christians in America will likely suffer greater and greater persecution. We may not be put to death, because God still needs us to perpetuate the Gospel in the world during the last days, but it won’t be easy to stay a Christian.
If we are truly in this last generation that Jesus talks about in Matthew 24 and 25, then over the next few years there will be increased discrimination, harassment, and provocation toward all Christians, even in America. As time winds down to Christ’s return all of us, whether protected in America or not, will be forced to either alter our beliefs or suffer the consequences from those in control. Hard to believe isn’t it, yet this is what Christ said would happen.
Next week? How will the world view of Christianity change as the end nears, and what will happen within the Christian ranks in America as these end times approach? You may be surprised what Christ says on this subject.
On a side note there are over 100 passages of Scripture and the entire book of Revelation dedicated to the end times. I am using Christ’s words as a core outline for my end time’s tidbits. Matthew 24 and 25 include most of His words.