Week’s news + Christ’s words regarding “resisting” our enemies
IT’S NEWS TO ME
SETTING OUR MINDS ON THINGS ABOVE
ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT
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Lately, many of us have been quoting “Last Days” verses to explain what’s happening in our world. We see the signs, but recent conversations have shown that we have done little if anything to prepare ourselves for what’s about to be thrust upon us. Entire movements have swept over us so pervasively and quickly that we have had to come up with new words and terms like “woke” and “cancel culture” to describe them. We are clearly at war as never before and the enemy smells blood in the water.
I have known for some time that persecution is coming to America, but I didn’t think it would come so quickly. I believe that all hell is going to break out after the November election regardless of who wins. All those on the left will band together as never before, either to celebrate or to get revenge. Islamists, Communists, Socialists and anarchists have already become strange bedfellows. Each will turn against the others when they reach their goals, but for now the enemies of America and God Himself will form temporary alliances as they attempt to take down America.
For the most part, they will engage in asymmetric warfare, resembling the Muslim Brotherhood’s “Civilization Jihad” that seeks to change America from the inside out by gaining power through the system and then using ideas, not guns (at least in the beginning). We are not far from the day when anything said or implied against the gay community will land you in jail. The days of public preaching of the Word of God are numbered. It’s time to prepare ourselves for the promised persecution (John 15:20). As I was thinking about our proper response to all this, I came across this passage:
And He said to them, “When I sent you out without money belt and bag and sandals, you did not lack anything, did you?” They said, “No, nothing.” And He said to them, “But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one. For I tell you that this which is written must be fulfilled in Me, ‘And He was numbered with transgressors’; for that which refers to Me has its fulfillment.” They said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.” And He said to them, “It is enough” (Luke 2:35-38).
As I meditated on what Jesus was saying, I realized that His message, when understood, would shock many Christians. Initially, Jesus had sent the disciples exclusively to the lost sheep of Israel. They went with a specific message to a select group, and were told to travel light. This time, things were different. Jesus was about to die and be taken from them. Now, they were to take a different message to a different audience-the world. Jesus’ previous words of non-resistance (in Matthew’s account of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount) applied to Israel under the Law, both then and in the Millennial Kingdom when their Messiah would be King. Perhaps we should heed the words of Oliver Cromwell to his troops as they were preparing to invade Ireland: “Trust God and keep your powder dry.”
Today’s passage from Luke applies to us today and it’s all about being prepared to resist the evil that surrounds us. Jesus’ plain words are to prepare for the coming battle, and this includes arming ourselves. We don’t have to turn our homes into armed fortresses, but for those trained in firearms, I believe that you can protect your family with the knowledge that you have Christ’s blessing.
Next week we’ll look at the three most important things to do to be prepared for what’s coming.
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