The Near Future of the Church

Posted on May 19, 2022

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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:

  • “Muslim Villagers Destroy Church Building and Pastor’s House”
  • “Christians Left Without Homes After Easter Attack in India”
  • “Christian Student in Sokoto, Nigeria, Stone to Death”
  • “Two Christians Killed in Church Burning in Uganda”
  • “Children Among 29 Christians Killed in Plateau State, Nigeria”
  • “Christian Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Running House Church in Iran”
  • “Nearly Half of All People Live in Countries Where Religious Freedom is Violated”
  • “At Least 8 Slain in Attack of Christian Area of Borno State, Nigeria”
  • “18 Christians in India Jailed, Fight False Charge of 5 Years Ago”
  • “Christian Couple in Sudan Faces Possible Flogging for ‘Adultery’”
  • “Attacked Pastor in Sudan Sentenced to Month in Jail”
  • “Jewish Author: Christians Face Danger in America”
  • (All headlines from Voice of the Martyrs)

Heading West
That last headline is there to show just 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!