The Near Future of the True Church

Posted on April 18, 2019

6


By David Ettinger

A Preview
Often, to get a preview of what will soon occur here in the West, we need only to look at what is currently trending elsewhere.

So, where is the true Church – those who have given their lives to Christ – heading in the near future as the world’s hatred for God’s people continues to increase?

In examining the evidence, keep in mind these few warnings from the Lord Jesus:

  • “You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved” (Matthew 10:22).
  • “Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name” (Matthew 24:9).
  • “Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man” (Luke 6:22)
  • “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you” (John 15:18).
  • “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you” (John 15:19).

The Evidence
What is the evidence that the above verses are coming more and more to fruition? Nothing deep or earth-shattering, just a smattering of headlines:

  • “Chinese Police Beat 60 Christians, Close Church and then Bury Bibles”
  • “Food Deprivation, Beatings and Jail as Christians Suffer in Jharkhand, India”
  • “Imam in Eastern Uganda Faces Wrath of Muslims after Putting Faith in Christ”
  • “Chinese City Pays Citizens $1,500 to Be a ‘Mini Judas’ and Turn in Christians”
  • “Shattered Statues and Satanic Symbols Mark Rise in Attacks on French Church”
  • “After Terrifying Attack in Uttar Pradesh, India, Host of House Church in Hiding”
  • “Every month, on average: 345 Christians are killed for faith-related reasons; 105 Churches and Christian buildings are burned or attacked; 219 Christians are detained without trial, arrested, sentenced and imprisoned”
  • “China cracks down on Christians – a new era of religious persecution has arrived”
  • “Christian persecution set to rise ‘sharply’ in 2019, group warns”
  • “Report Shows Increased Hostility toward Christians across Europe”
  • “Jewish Author: Christians Face Danger in America”

Heading West
I ended my list the way I did to show how impending Christian persecution in the West will be: Even a non-Christian, Jewish author can see it coming. As we draw nearer to Christ’s return, no believer should be surprised by this. I offer two more verses to take to heart:

  • “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12).
  • “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation” (1 Peter 4:12-14).

May God give His people courage, strength, and fortitude in the fiery days ahead!