© 5 April 2019 Revive Israel Ministries
Preparing for Persecution
According to global statistics, over 200 million followers of Yeshua are undergoing high levels of persecution today--primarily in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. But I believe the Scriptures teach that the time is coming when such persecution will be the norm in every country of the earth.
As a new believer in my early twenties, a leader in my
life once spoke prophetically over me: "Cody, go deep in God's word NOW because
there will be a time in the future where it will be taken away from you, probably
because you will be put in prison for your faith." What an encouraging
word for a new believer right?!!! Actually, I took that word seriously and
have continued to devote much time to meditating in God's word almost daily
for the past decade.
As I study the end times one of the themes that continues to catch my attention is that of persecution. More and more in my quiet times I have been picturing myself being arrested, beaten, put in prison and even martyred for my faith. I am training my heart now to walk in love for Yeshua and stand up for my faith when those times of extreme pressure come.
My sense is that this heart posture is almost nonexistent in most
of the Western Church today. Even If you and I don’t end up facing high levels
of persecution, I believe it is wise to prepare our hearts, and the next generation,
for what is coming.
So, what should we be preparing for? Here are some scriptures I have been meditating on:
In conclusion, Jews and Christians will be the most hated people on the earth. But do not despair about the future, there is good news! The greatest outpouring of the Holy Spirit and harvest of souls will be happening simultaneously with this global persecution (Acts 2:17). There will be a remnant of faithful believers in every nation who will obey God over man (Acts 5:29), and not love their lives unto death (Rev 12:11).
Lord help us to apply Yeshua's exhortation to watch and pray always that we would be strengthened to resist compromise, sin and fear (Luke 21:36).
Israel, the Church, and the Coming Revival
Asher Intrater talks about the last prophecy in the Old Covenant, in Malachi 4, and speaks of how it is being fulfilled in our time, in the nation of Israel and in the global church.