If there is one thing I will take from the world and apply it to my Christian life…actually any Christian life..is that it’s not always a doom and gloom future that we face. So many Christians are actually either looking forward to, or actually fearing the appearance of the anti-christ. Now, I don’t know about anyone else, but I am not one of those Christians. And there is a simple reason:
As a Christian I have nothing to fear that comes or is coming from the anti-Christ. ¬†Since the Lord first called me, before I was even born again.. I’ve meant my fair share of people working for the anti-Christ.¬† Evil people who will do anything to steer you wrong, or hurt you, etc. ¬†I’ve had experiences coming from subtle demonic forces that have nothing to do with people at all. Yes, I was freaked out by them, but they never made me denounce my faith in Jesus. In fact, I believe that such testing comes from God Himself. To both weaken us, and strengthen us.
And that’s exactly why I don’t fear the news of Doom and Gloom. What goes on in the world…the prophesied earthquakes, the government takeovers, the ¬†FEMA camps, wars, etc.
And no, I don’t fear any “chip.” I don’t fear The Mark.
Unlike many Christians, who are prepared, or preparing to “Bug Out” I find myself in the unique position of not having the capabilities, or the finances to do so. Nor do I see a way that we can actually escape persecution..just as non-believers can’t escape the coming wrath of God.
So I don’t see any reason to fear what is coming, nor concerns. Of course, that doesn’t mean that if something drastic happens (like God splitting the heavens) that I won’t fear. I think that most of us including the weak and strongest Christian among us would. I just don’t fear what man is capable of doing, nor do I fear what man will do. Now I don’t know if, during any possible physical/mental torture I would actually be praising God. But I do know that I would be calling out to Him. By the way, for any uninformed Christian…Jesus does say that some, not all, will be put in prison, but only for ten days. Who knows what happens after ten days? Persecution doesn’t always mean we will be put to death. Perhaps we will be stripped of something dear to us: a limb, maybe a memory, or even our faith, but it will not be for eternity.
Man can only get away with evil for so long. Even satan has eternally limited powers. If the anti-christ/satan were to actually torture a Christian, there is actually a limited amount of damage he can do before God takes over.
The finishing point is that we shouldn’t be freaked out by the current, or future events that man/anti-christ has in store for us. But we should be freaked out by what and who is waiting for us at the end of these events. He is worth being freaked out over!
Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.