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Persecuted

Good news! On January 16, 2016 Pastor Saeed Abedini was finally released from an Iranian prison. Here are two links. Link 1 Link 2 While this is very good news, him as well as the others who were released, still needs prayers as they recover from physical and mental abuse.

The sad news is that there are so many more people who are or have been persecuted. And there will be more persecution, even here in North America. Even in the United States. There are also more people being lead astray. Why?

I read that there Christians who believes that Jesus was not Jewish. Why? Either people don’t read their Bible, or someone sucked their brains out. Jesus was born from a very long line of Jewish people. Every year Jesus and his family would go to Jerusalem for the Passover festival which is a very Jewish thing to do. When Jesus healed the man with leprosy, He told him to go to the priest and take along an offering as required by the law of Moses. Clearly Jesus is a Jew. Even Pilate acknowledged Him as King of the Jews. Why would a Christian who reads their Bible say that Jesus is not Jewish, is beyond understanding. Unless they don’t read.

Another time, many years ago someone told me they were a Christian. I was a little suspicious so I asked if he believes in Jesus. That He died on the cross and rose again physically three days later. He said “No, I don’t believe you have to believe in Jesus to be a Christian.”

How does that work? How can you be a Christ-ian and not follow Christ? When the time comes, these people will escape most if not all persecution that may be coming. Me, my wife, many of my friends and family as well as many of you, will be persecuted. Some of us may be murdered. If you believe and admit that Jesus is Lord, Son of God, and that He has risen physically from the dead, if you say Jesus is the only way to have eternal life; you’re in trouble.

Things are going to get worse. I believe, in the United States there will be more persecution towards Christians. More mocking, getting fired, more bigotry. Families will be divided and friendships broken. Our rights of free speech will be taken away while those who oppose us will keep theirs. For an example: it’s getting where if you speak bad about Jesus people will believe it’s OK. But if you say the same thing about Mohammad, then people will get upset and call you a hateful bigot. A few may try to kill you or at least punish you somehow.

In the past I have been lied about and mocked and other things, only because I’m a Christian.

As bad as things may get, please keep this in mind. Matthew 5:10-12
God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.

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2016

A new year is here. What will it be like? Well I am going to make a prediction, that I’m sure will come true. Every morning the sun will come up, and every evening the sun will go down. How’s that for a prediction? Pretty good, ah?

Seriously, I don’t know what will happen any more than you do. But I do know one thing. God’s prophesy is true and it will happen.

Acts 2:20
The sun will become dark,
and the moon will turn blood red
before that great and glorious day of the Lord arrives.

When the moon turned red this last September and nothing happened in the United States, many people here mocked Christians because of it. I don’t know whether or not anything happened in other countries.

In the United States the news often comes out from the east coast. Mainly New York City. So our national news is mainly about the eastern part and the mid-western part of the US. Once in a while we would get news about the west coast, and when we do it’s most likely about California. Rarely do they talk about Oregon or Washington State, where I live. Alaska and Hawaii is almost never talked about.

Here’s an example. When New York gets a storm and 40,000 people loose their electricity, it makes national news for several days. However when 100,000 or more people in Washington State loose power, and it does happens, it may not ever get mentioned. The point is, not hearing anything about what may or may not have happened after the blood moon, means nothing.

So did anything happen after the blood moon in September? I don’t know. But I’m sure that when Acts 2:20 talks about the moon turning red, does not mean the day of the LORD will arrive the very next day.

I can say that the airplane was invented first, then man went into space, and it will be a true statement. However did we go into space the day after the first airplane left the ground? Of course not. The airplane was invented in 1903, but it wasn’t until 1961 the Soviet Union sent the first man into space. The same thing applies to Bible prophesy. Sometimes it takes years for something to happen.

Not long ago someone told someone else that I wrote about Revelation. And to that I said that I believe that I understand about 5% of it. I feel like I maybe bragging about this. Please do not think I’m putting myself down. I’m not. I may be wrong but I believe it’s possible that the best theologian may only understand 20% of Bible prophesy.

I base this on the fact that while two or three good experts will fully agree on many things they will also disagree on a few. Also the good ones will also say they believe this or that after studying and praying. They will also say why they believe what they believe. But no matter how smart they may seem, they’re still human. So please remember to check out everything they say. Please also check out everything I say. 1 Thessalonians 5:20-22

This reminds me of what I wrote in my post Revelation 22.
So much of prophecy is a mystery because we’ve never seen it. I have read in commentaries at times that Israel and Jerusalem must be a spiritual place or an idea. They thought this because for over 2000 years there was no Israel. But there is now.

Now back to the business of the red moon. This is what Revelation 6:12 says, I watched as the Lamb broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake. The sun became as dark as black cloth, and the moon became as red as blood. As you see, there will be a great earthquake.

I wrote about my thoughts about this in the post Revelation 6: Opening 6 Of The 7 Seals.

So what will 2016 be like? I don’t know. So with that, I’ll wish you a Happy New Year.

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