Fanning the Flames of the Last Days Persecution By Charles Pretlow 01/24/2020
“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:34-36).
Whatever you may think of President Trump, the fruit of his administration has demonstrated a dramatic slowdown of the radical socialistic takeover in government. Trump is taking a tough stand against terrorism, rogue countries like Iran and North Korea, illegal immigration, and the loss of American freedoms, especially religious.
Trump’s economic policies and tax overhaul have produced record breaking numbers; creating a robust economy, balanced fair-trade agreements, energy freedom, and a huge jump in employment to name just a few of his administration’s accomplishments.
However, his colorful digs at corruption, his unpolished confrontational style and his often-defiling rebukes of his political enemies, along with his bold, obnoxious, and ill-mannered use of his media accounts, infuriates left leaning voters and acts like acid thrown in the face of his liberal political opponents.
Trump policies, mannerisms and determination resonates with the middle-class, common person, the unsophisticated patriot, and people who want to keep America’s laws, constitution and cultural norms from being transformed into a globalized partner in a corrupt one-world government. With all this there is a vast portion of Evangelical Christianity firmly behind him with solid support.
President Obama in 2008, during his campaign for office referred to these Americans as problematic Bible and gun clinging people who are in the way of the Democrat’s socialistic agenda.
Trump has turned back the rushing tide of making America a haven for the world’s criminals, drug traffickers, third world social misfits, and free loaders who want only to live off the overburdened American tax paying citizen. Boldly, Trump is building a wall to stop the flow of drugs, gang members, human and child-sex trafficking, and to curb the flood of illegal alien slackers wanting to live in a welfare state. (Whereas the left’s political agenda prefers bulging immigration numbers as votes for holding on to power.)
America’s Prosperity has Roared Back
President Trump’s success in addressing these issues and his fight against the “deep state” corruption in American politics has made him a hero of the conservative masses and much of Christianity.
A Booming Economy: Some pundits are declaring that America is in a Prosperity Explosion, where the lower rung middle class and the marginalized low-income population across America are beginning to experience increase wages and a large increase in employment opportunities.
People who value America’s freedoms and less government control upon those freedoms, especially the conservative Evangelical Christian, have rallied behind Trump. To them Trump appears to be a God sent answer to their prayers to preserve America; to turn the USA back from its apocalyptic self-destructive course.
Trump’s theme, “Make America Great Again” has sensationally meshed with the Christian prosperity message; a message of wealth and prosperity that has gained deep influence upon the Christian mindset and the Christian world view—where God’s people, Christ’s Church will usher in wealth, world peace and righteousness.
God has seemed to answer the cries, the bemoans, and prayers of the American Evangelical, Charismatic, Pentecostal Christian, but not in a way that most think.
Prayer movements began in earnest and increased intensely over the last thirty years. Some started by notable leaders, such as Dr. Billy Graham when he preached on Oct. 14, 1993, a sermon entitled, “Can Revival Come?” Billy Graham proclaimed, “An awakening can bring about evangelization of the world in our generation.” Dozens upon dozens of calls for prayer, prayer movements, concerts of prayers, fasting and praying on a national basis have come and gone—they all started up and sputtered out along the way.
Billy Graham’s son, Franklin, among many others, continue their attempt to ignite a national prayer movement that would usher in a true move of God. A move of the Holy Spirit that would produce an awakening that would revive the Church and convert multitudes of lost people to Christ, especially in America, which would facilitate the restoration of godliness and righteous justice. All in the hope of turning America and the world back from its fall into humanism, socialism, communism, paganism and lawlessness.
No Dice on Restoring America Through a Move of God: Instead the American culture and the world is following the course that Christ prophetically laid out concerning the last days. Where wickedness, sexual perversion, national and international stresses, crisis after crisis, war after war, natural calamities upon calamities would come in greater intensity and frequency. These troubles would include frequent earthquakes and eruptions occurring in diverse (varied) places. To top off these signs, America and the world is threatened with economic uncertainty, political and racial chaos and a rampant increase in lawlessness.
Out of Control Massive Problems: All this is adding up to a perfect storm, resulting in, (as Jesus describes): “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken” (Luke 21:25-26).
In Reality—God has Answered Prayers for More Time for His Children to Wake Up and Get Ready
Few Christian realize that President Trump’s administration policies and successes were granted by God to give God’s people more time to get ready. To wake up and be prepared for the terrible and very distressful times that have already started. A time of persecution, extreme judgments, corruption, chaos, and the-end-of-this-age lawlessness leading into worldwide one government takeover by the antichrist.
Instead most Christians think Trump is God’s answer to their prayers in turning back America and the world from its nightmarish rush towards a global apocalypse.
The Trump Trap is Set
Christians, especially in America are asleep at the darkest hour: Unfortunately, few Christians and Conservatives in America see the handwriting on the wall. Most ignore Christ’s warnings of last day’s global instability; nature convulsing with extreme weather, earthquakes, and the roaring of the waves of the sea. Few recognize that the nations are increasingly in turmoil with lawlessness and nations (races) increasingly hating each other. Most importantly, the world’s populace is quickly hating Israel and Conservative Evangelical Christianity.
The headline of a recent news article on Fox News reads: Christians see ‘alarming’ trend worldwide as China builds ‘blueprint of persecution’, with the lead-in paragraph stating:
“‘The Chinese government has now placed severe restrictions and policies on the house churches asking neighbors to spy on one another, pressuring school teachers and college professors to betray and sign a statement to denounce their own faith as well to do the same to students,’ says Pastor Jian Zhu. The article goes on to state: ‘Zhu described the Chinese government’s alarming actions as Christian persecution has continued to spread around the world.’” By Caleb Parke | Fox News January 16, 2020
Christ warned about all these chaotic things. He called them birth pangs preceding the physical coming of the Kingdom of Heaven. He warned Christians to look for the start of these things, in order to be ready: “Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28).
Christ’s Perfect Storm Predictions: These signs started some time ago, and they are increasing with intensity and frequency and they will soon reach a perfect storm peak, creating fear and panic throughout the world (including America). Jesus warns that the signs would become so intense, causing people to faint, “with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world” (Luke 21:26).
No leader of any nation will have answers when these events reach a perfect storm level, including President Trump if he is still in office. Most likely, a sudden turn of events upon this country will make people think Trump is or was responsible.
Indeed, a bad or critical state of affairs is forming: With all these signs occurring simultaneously, as described by Jesus and the Apostles concerning the end-of-this-age, you would think God’s people would be aroused and desire to pray for spiritual strength to endure to the end. Yet most are asleep like a drunk driver behind the wheel, drunk and mesmerized by the cares of this life. (Just as Christ warned; “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life.”)
A Shock Wave of Persecution is Coming Towards Christians in America
As the far-left liberal’s hatred towards Trump, the Conservative Christian, and the nation of Israel gains steam, more moderate Democrats and independent voters will be drawn into the persecution madness that is now foaming and forming. Soon, this wave of persecution will turn into violent hatred towards Trump and his Christian base.
Through a sudden turn of disastrous events, the fickle populace and many Christians will turn against whoever is in the White House, as the fires of persecution explode. Thus, the Trump factor has fanned the embers of growing persecution into flames. “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another.”
Satan is about to Sift God’s People in America!
Since most of God’s people shun the true prophets who have been warning, and as they continue to ignore Christ’s clear description of the chaotic condition the world is in right now, Christ will allow Satan to sift his last days Church. To wake her up and clean her up. Just as Christ allowed Satan to sift Peter to break his denial of his doubleminded condition.
Satan has set a trap and has demanded to sift the Christian who is out cold, drugged by the lust for prosperity, the cares of this life and the love of this world (America). The trap of lethargy, passivity, prosperity and a lukewarm relationship with Christ will suddenly spring, leaving no way to escape. (Jesus allowed Satan to sift Peter to a point, to break his denial. So, likewise God is allowing extreme persecution to come upon God’s people who are lukewarm and in denial of their precarious relationship with Christ—at risk of being spewed out of Christ’s mouth.)
More on the Trump Factor: I am not anti-USA, I served five years in the Marine Corps during the Viet Nam war. My father was a WWII Navy veteran, who put Marines on the beach and removed the wounded during the battle of Peleliu—continuously for 72 hours. All his brothers (my uncles) served in the military during WWII. (One uncle was stationed on the battleship USS Tennessee, moored in Battleship Row when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Another drove truck for the Army on the Burma Road.)
All my sons served their country and community; one seven years in the Coast Guard, another a fire fighter, and one is serving in Afghanistan.
As a citizen of the U.S. I am glad to see President Trump succeed. Unfortunately, all these successes are temporary, they are only slowing-up of the inevitable, to give the discerning Christian time to get ready. The sincere Christian must wake up now and realize that a Christian’s true citizenship is in the soon to come Kingdom of Heaven. And if one does not wake up in time and become ready, they may very well be locked out of that Kingdom when Christ comes to reign on Earth for 1,000 years.
The Trump factor appears to be turning the tide to save and make America great again. This notion is a trap for those who believe this. Trump’s success is to give the discerning saint time to prepare but will also set the lukewarm Christian in a terrible trap. In the Trump Factor aka the Trump trap, God will give the unprepared Christian over to the idol of their hearts—the love of this world, passions and desires of the flesh, and the world’s comfort and pleasures.
The Trump Prosperity Explosion is the trap! By using Trump’s successes, and his in-your-face exposé of corrupt politics within the Democrats and many Republicans in Washington D.C., all victories appear to be a turnaround for America.
If Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 election, there would have been an acceleration of the Democratic ideology and agenda to the dismantling and restructuring of American laws, freedoms, and culture. Hillary’s administration would have catapulted America and Christians into premature end-of-this-age judgments. Fortunately, God has answered our prayer from more time to get ready.
But these last days blessings that are giving us more time to wake up and get ready have become a double-edged sword wielding a terrible trap.
The Trap is Set, and the Prosperity of Trump’s Success is the Bait
To emphasize again, Satan has set a trap for the foolish Christian who is convinced President Trump has turned the corner in halting America from going over the cliff. The Trump factor is God turning His people over to the cares of this life that is in direct opposition to one of Christ’s most important last days admonishments and warnings: “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:34-36).
Trump is a catalyst that will fan the embers of persecution into roaring flames. Again, a sudden turn of events will swing the fickle US populace away from supporting Trump. And many Christians will turn away from trying to save America and bow out of the battle for the soul of America because of the fierce hateful backlash. Many will stop endorsing Trump or any conservative that comes after him.
Already we are witnessing more separation with Evangelical Christianity. Recently the editor and president of Christianity Today, both declaring Trump to be immoral and should be removed from office. Christians are about to take it on the chin and be blamed for a soon to come crisis that no President can solve. Many will fall away, hate and betray one another.
The Trump Factor—is also a lightning rod that is fueling the start of a persecution madness toward Christians. Most of God’s people in America stubbornly reject Christ’s warnings not to be in the love with this world. Rather, they put their trust in a politician and choose to stay lukewarm. The American church has become sidetracked from serving and obeying the true living Christ and walking as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven. Instead they are trying save the soul of America, instead of perfecting their relationship with Christ to be used by Him to save lost souls and backslidden believers.
God is allowing everything to be shaken to wake his children up, that they straighten up and lift their heads, and learn to abide in the Kingdom of Heaven before its physical coming: “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:28-29).
A historical example of the coming persecution can be taken from Israel. They rejected Christ and his words and shut him up, resulting in the continuation of Roman rule and more loss of their freedoms. Then arose the Zealots to oppose Roman rule. (The Zealots were a Jewish political movement in 1st-century Second Temple Judaism, which sought to incite the people in the Judea Province to rebel against the Roman Empire and expel it from the Holy Land by force of arms, most notably during the First Jewish–Roman War 66–70.) The result of the Zealot revolt was the destruction of Jerusalem, the destruction of the Second Temple, and the disbursement of the Jews throughout other nations.
You will soon see how Trump’s Christian base will be viciously attacked by the rise of the far-left politics, like the Obama presidency, but much worse.
The Great Falling Away is about to Begin that will Clean God’s House
The purging of Christ’s church is about to start when the flames of persecution explode into a fiery inferno. The carnal-on-fire believer, the lukewarm Christian and the apostate denominations will all make a deal with the newly emplaced liberal administration and these fallen Christians will turn viciously against the true Christian who believes in the true Christ and His soon return. The nation of Israel will be under intense pressure as well and will no longer have America as her guardian.
Those who endure this coming persecution madness to the end, will comprise the bride of Christ. A people made pure, without spot or wrinkle. “But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:13-14).
This is God’s Army; the true bride of Christ who will be used of God in the final harvest. It is these true believers who will be standing when the smoke clears, having been made tribulation proof and rapture ready by the hand of God!
God’s last days army will bring the only good news to the lost and to the wayward Christian who has not yet made shipwreck their faith. They will proclaim to all the nations the good news of the Kingdom, which is the soon arrival of the Kingdom of God on earth when Christ’s sets his feet down on Earth and saves Israel from annihilation.
This army will be a weapon in God’s hand, not to save the soul of America, but rather carry the testimony of the coming kingdom of God, drawing a multitude of lost souls into that soon to come kingdom. “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 7:14).
The Midnight Cry Awakening and the Final Harvest
All these future events are at our doorstep. We must give up the love of this world (including idolizing America), turn and walk away from the cares of this life within our hearts and don’t look back. (Remember Lot’s Wife.)
The wicked will gain temporary control of America, so let each believer become tribulation strong and rapture ready, to be rescued by Christ when He appears. Just as God parted the Red Sea and saved Israel from the Pharaoh and his army, so to, the sky will open like a scroll and all will see Christ as the coming King of kings, and Lord of lords. And the rapture ready saint will be rescued from the wrath of God.
The whole world will see this fantastic event simultaneously, including the nation of Israel. It is then, when Christ appears, and the rapture occurs that Israel as a nation converts to Jesus Christ as their Messiah.
Most theologians interpret Scripture concerning the Great Tribulation period as lasting seven years during the antichrist rule. However, Jesus declared: “And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short” (Matthew 24:22).
At the end of those days Christ sends out his angels to gather and rescue the true Christian, then the wrath of God falls upon those remaining on Earth. The genuine Christian is not destined for the wrath of God. However, Christians will have to endure Satan’s wrath when he is cast down to earth and sets up his one world government.
War on the Saints
The persecution madness that is about to cut loose, the midnight cry awakening of God’s true Church and its purging is just around the corner, and the final harvest during the Great Tribulation will be the true saint’s finest hour.
Yes, Satan will be cast down to earth in great wrath: “Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!” (Revelation 12:12). This coming hour is a “Call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus” (Revelation 14:12).
As for the true Christian who becomes purified and made ready, he or she will enter the wedding feast. Some will be slain for Jesus, but all will be hated, maligned, and ridiculed. Settle it now, which gate and road will you choose? The right one will prepare you, so you will have extra oil for your lamp to see in the coming end time gross darkness, the other leads to destruction.
Time is running out to become ready, to have extra oil in our lamps to navigate clearly while waiting for Christ’s appearance at the end-of-this-age—at its darkest hour. (The extra oil is Christlike character created by the discipline of God. Many mimic Christ by developing a Christian personality to their own liking—it these Christians who will hear: “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness” (Matthew 7:23). Or – “Truly, I say to you, I do not know you” (Matthew 25:12).
Do you know and obey the true Christ, or are you following a facsimile developed by your favorite false leader and false teachings? Now is the time to give God permission to do what ever it takes to have the true Christ formed within you. So that you may have strength of Christlike character and genuine faith to escape what is now coming rapidly upon the whole world, and to stand before Christ when he appears.
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