A Brewing Pot of Christian Persecution (Chapter 10)
by Carl Parnell
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Escaping Christian Persecution in America
If an American Holocaust does take place, how can Bible-believing Christians escape the reality of an American Holocaust? Actually, the solution is very easy. They must permit Jesus Christ to become the Lord and Protector of their life. They must permit Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit to lead them through the valley of the shadow of death. Christians must draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to them. It will take a side by side walk with their Heavenly Father in order for Christians to make it through the impending American Holocaust, not just attending church on Sunday morning.
When Jesus Christ walked on the earth, He promised to be with His Children at all times. In fact, He promised that He would never leave His Children or forsake them. In other words, the Spirit of Christ would be with His Children twenty-four hours each day and three hundred sixty-five days each year. This fulfills what was stated in His Holy Word, the Bible. According to the Bible, God is not slack toward His promises. He sees all and knows all, even Satan’s plot to bring harm to God’s faithful servants.
In Psalm 91, God’s plan for His Children’s protection is made extremely clear. This protection includes all attacks of Satan, even an American Holocaust or any other End Time activities that could happen some time in the very near future. There are just too many signs and happenings in the world today that point to such an event. This is the reason that God had His servant King David pen the Ninety-first Psalm many, many years ago. As penned by King David in the Bible, Psalms 91: 1-16 states,
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
Therefore, since Psalms 91 is part of God’s protection plan for His people, how does it operate? First, it gives some very forceful names for God. They are Most High, Almighty, Lord, and God. According to Gordon Churchyard of Free Bible Commentary,
“Most High” means that God is more important than anyone else.
“Almighty” means that God is more powerful than anyone else.
“LORD” means that he will never die.
“God” means that he decides what will happen. (1)
Secondly, God is compared to a castle. Since a castle is a heavily, fortified building, it offers protection from the enemies of the land. When a person puts his trust in God, it is like living behind the protective walls of a castle. While behind the walls, the outside evil forces cannot harm the inhabitants. Also, all personal needs are met on a daily basis. This is the same method used by God in the figurative sense to take care of all the problems that His Children encounter throughout their life. (1)
Thirdly, God offers protection by using different types of shields. However, these shields only represent a picture of God’s loyalty and faithfulness to His Children. God’s loyalty and faithfulness to His Children is everlasting. As stated earlier, He will never leave or forsake His Children. He will be near His Children to help them in the time of fear and trouble. He will protect His Children while they are in the midst of turmoil and terror. God’s angels will act as personal bodyguards to all His Children continually around the clock. (1)
Fourthly, God promises to protect His Children from dangers, arrows, illnesses, bad things, and fighting. Today, these problems would relate to plagues and evil spirits. According to Gordon Churchyard, “A plague is an illness that people catch from each other. If one person becomes ill, many other people that live near become ill also.” (1) Also, he states, “An evil spirit is a servant of God’s enemy Satan. We cannot see them, but we can see what they do. They make people ill in their minds and their bodies.” (1) Since God is on the side of His Children, they do not have to be afraid of the illnesses and evil spirits that they encounter. As written in Psalms 57:1, “Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.”
Fifthly, the Most High God is compared to man’s home. In that respect, God’s Children can go to Him any time day or night. He hears the prayers and supplications of His Children at the very moment they make them. He gives them the assurance in the heart that everything is going to be alright. Whether His Children live or die, they are still in His almighty hands. No harm will overshadow their life until God gives the permission for His Children to come to their Heavenly Home. When that day comes, it just means that God’s protection has become an eternal protection in Heaven. But, until that day, God’s angels will protect His Children. He will not allow any harm to come to them. His Children will be sheltered in the arms of God. This is where God’s Children feel the peace and safety of their Heavenly Father. This is where God’s Children finally receive the complete salvation of God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! (1)
What must be done by humans to obtain the complete salvation of God? First, they must accept that there is only one way to obtain salvation. Since mankind is born into a sinful world, he must find an escape goat for his sins. Jesus Christ became this escape goat when He died on the cross of Calvary. Even though many people claim that Christians are self-centered and insensitive in their religious beliefs, they fail to see that, according to the Bible, Jesus Christ is the only begotten son of God. Therefore, He is the only way! Sinners must ask God through Jesus Christ to become the propitiation for their sins. This will insure that God’s undivided attention will be given to them in any crisis situation.
If the American Holocaust does happen before the Rapture of the True Church, God’s Children will see His strong arm at work. Of course, God has already provided many true Old Testament Bible stories that show the strong arm of God in action during crisis situations. One such story is recorded in I Kings 17:1-24. As seen in these scriptures, God pronounced a curse on the people of Gilead because of the sins of their ruler Ahab. During the time of this draught, Elijah, a prophet of God, had to live in the rainless area, too. However, God sustained His servant during this time. God led Elijah to a stream where ravens actually fed the man of God. Yes, ravens! Since God is the Creator of all things, He has the power and ability to use the animal kingdom to provide for His Children. Then, when Elijah’s water supply ran dry, God sent him to a widow woman’s house to receive further sustenance until the draught and famine was over.
The story of the widow woman and how God used her to sustain Elijah, her son, and herself is amazing, too. When Elijah met the widow woman, he asked her to make him some bread to eat. However, she told him that she had just enough flour and oil to prepare one final meal for herself and her son. Then they would wait for death to take their life. But, Elijah told her to feed him first and God would sustain her and her son during the draught and famine. He promised the widow lady that the flour and oil would not run out until the rain returned after the three and one half years that God had alredy declared. Since the widow lady did as the prophet of God asked, God provided food for her, her son, and Elijah. Also, God spared her son’s life when he became deathly ill. When Elijah prayed, God heard his prayer and healed the widow’s only son.
Therefore, as can be seen by reading I Kings17:1-24, God took care of His Children during severe crisis situations, just as He had promised. This is the only way that Christians will be able to survive the coming attacks against their faith. God’s supernatural interventions must be used for the deliverance of His Children. As seen in the life of Elijah the Prophet, God can sustain His Children in the most supernatural ways.
Of course, another noted example of how God sustained His Children who were in a serious predicament occurred in Daniel 3:10-28. As stated in these scriptures, Chaldean King Nebuchadnezzar made a ninety-foot high and 9-foot wide image made of gold that was to be worshipped. Basically, Daniel 3:10-28 deals with what happened to the three Hebrew boys who refused to bow and pay homage to the Chaldean idol. When they did not worship the idol, charges were brought against them. The charges were three-fold:
They showed disregard for the king’s authority.
They did not serve his gods.
They would not bow down to the image. (2)
However, since King Nebuchadnezzar valued the services of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, he gave them several chances. When they ultimately failed to bow down and worship the idol, King Nebuchadnezzar mandated that Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego be thrown into a fiery furnace. In fact, he declared that it should be made seven times hotter than it was. (2) However, the three Hebrew boys were definitely not afraid, since they had ABSOLUTE FAITH in their God. The end result was that the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego spared their lives from burning to death in a fiery furnace, just as they had predicted. When the American Holocaust or any other type of terror confronts God’s Children, He will provide protection for His Chosen Few. This is the reason that Christians must have an extremely close relationship to their God at all times. Then He will react in a positive manner to their prayers, petitions, and supplications. God will be their only source to overcome the battles of life that Satan launches at them. Therefore, the FATHER, the SON, and the HOLY GHOST will become the mighty military that fights for Christians in America and around the world. But, the main thing that must be remembered is that the Holy Trinity will be VICTORIOUS!
1. Churchyard, Gordon. “Psalms 91” Free Bible Commentary. 22 September 2006
2. Deffinbaugh, Bob. “Faith and the Furnace” Bible.Org. 25 September 2006
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