Attacks on Christianity Increasing

Posted on January 22, 2020


By David Ettinger

No Surprise
The headline on Christian Post is sad but not shocking: “Anti-Christian violence, attacks on churches in Europe at all-time high in 2019.”[1]

The report went on to give the grim details, and you can read the story at the link below. The point of this brief post, however, is to demonstrate that this is a pattern of satanic behavior that will not abate until Christ’s return.

Despite the number of my Facebook friends who enthusiastically swallow the rosy oracles of modern “prophets,” a great worldwide Christian revival is not coming. The sinful governments of the western world are not about to declare a new era of God-centered politics.

Rather, the world is moving nearer a crushing time of Christian (and Jewish) persecution which will culminate during the final seven years of this era of human history, known as “The 70th Week of the Book of Daniel.” (Some incorrectly refer to this time as “The Tribulation.”)

What Jesus Taught
Increasing Christian persecution in these end times is in fulfillment of what Jesus taught:

  • “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me” (Matthew 5:11).
  • “You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved” (Matthew 10:22).
  • “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me” (Matthew 24:9).
  • “Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man” (Luke 6:22).
  • “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first” (John 15:18).
  • “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you” (John 15:19).
  • “They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me” (John 15:21).

The apostles added:

  • “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12).
  • “They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you” (1 Peter 4:4).
  • “Brothers and sisters, don’t be surprised if the world hates you” (1 John 3:13).

As for Christian martyrdom in the Great Tribulation (the last 3½ years of this era of human history):

  • “As I watched, this horn [the Antichrist] was waging war against the holy people [Christians and Jews] and defeating them …” (Daniel 7:21).
  • “It [the Antichrist] was given power to wage war against God’s holy people [Christians and Jews] and to conquer them” (Revelation 13:7).

Does this sound like a great Christian revival is coming to the West?

My Apologies
Sorry to be such a bearer of bad news, but this is what Scripture says – and the headlines endorse it daily as Christian persecution and anti-Semitism are drastically rising. Expect many more such headlines in the days, months, and years ahead – and don’t listen to the modern-day “prophets” who are dispensing the voices they hear in their own heads.

But do keep this one glorious fact in mind: “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. … coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30).

That day is coming; we only need hold on a little longer!