The Battle Lines That Christians Face

9 “Then they will hand you over to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. 10 And at that time many will fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will rise up and mislead many people.

-Matthew 24:9-11, NASB 2020

Christians are under extreme attack in today’s world. We see two line formations that have been formed against the Christian community. One of the lines is formed in the front, and the second line is formed behind.

The Line Formation In The Front

The first line formation is seen in verse 9. Tribulation (difficult times), which for some will cost them their lives for Jesus. These murderers are motivated by hatred of Jesus Christ all over the world. To name a few groups that are participating in this line formation (the front lines): One of them is Islam, who are killing Christians in countries like the Middle East, Africa, and in Asia, it is the communist party. The other groups who are hating believers in Christ are the LGBT, the Atheists, the socialists, the globalists, and those who might identify themselves with any of these groups but support them (the groups I mentioned) from afar.

The Line Formation In The Back

The line that is formed behind us [Christians] are false prophets (verse 11). They preach a different Jesus, Gospel, and a different Holy Spirit.

For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, this you tolerate very well!

-2 Corinthians 11:4, NASB 2020

False Christian converts are falling away (committing apostasy) in the back by the false prophets, who are deceiving them through a false gospel (Ecumenism), and on the front lines, the Christians are physically attacked.

What these attacks are accomplishing is shaking off like a fruit tree in the wind that drops the fruits that are not secure. These tribulations are shaking off of Jesus those who don’t love Him, showing who they are, not having genuine faith. Jesus only wants true believers, having the Holy Spirit living in their hearts. Those with the Holy Spirit living inside of them are the ones made into the image of Christ Jesus. The fake ones are not changed and reflect the world, not Christ, those are the ones He shakes off.

The good news is that we will endure because of the strength of the Lord. Jesus in John 17:15 prayed for us, “I am not asking You to take them out of the world, but to keep them away from the evil one.”

As Christians, we must hold the lines, both in the front and in the back, don’t allow them to break through. Hold the lines! Remember, we are fighting in the strength of the Lord, not in ours. David was a young man when he took down a giant named Goliath. He did so through the power of the LORD. We have this power, which comes from the Lord Jesus Christ, who lives in us.

Jobless With No Rent Money And Deeper In Debt

Have you found yourself, empty, without money for rent or food? Is your mind flooded with worry and despair? Let’s dive into the Scriptures and see why God allows times like these in our lives.

[1 Kings 17: 8-9] 8 Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, 9 “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and stay there; behold, I have commanded a widow there to provide food for you.”

The LORD tells Elijah who ran out of food due to the fact that there was no more rain to go to a widow for shelter and food. It is interesting that this widow ran out of food herself and was about to starve to death. But God had a plan.

[1 Kings 17:10] 10 So he arose and went to Zarephath, and when he came to the entrance of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks; and he called to her and said, “Please get me a little water in a cup, so that I may drink.”

Elijah just got to the widow’s place at her last meal. God’s provision comes when all hope is lost so that His hand will be very evident when He provides for you through a miracle. Blessing a believer in Jesus Christ with what they need is like doing it to the Lord Himself. See Matthew 25:34-40.

[1 Kings 17: 11-12] 11 As she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a piece of bread in your hand.” 12 But she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I have no food, only a handful of flour in the bowl and a little oil in the jar; and behold, I am gathering a few sticks so that I may go in and prepare it for me and my son, so that we may eat it and die.”

The prophet, Elijah asked the widow to bring him a meal even though whatever she had was just enough for her and her son. The woman knew that that day was her last meal, knowing that death was knocking at her door, asking for their souls. With the severe famine in the land, there was no hope for food for her and her family.

Some of us are just like this widow, without hope. We have no more money, rent is due and we are in serious debt. What to do? The Lord at times strips us of all resources that we rely on so that we may see the hand of the Lord in our lives to build up our faith.

[1 Kings 17:13-14] 13 However, Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go, do as you have said. Just make me a little bread loaf from it first and bring it out to me, and afterward you may make one for yourself and for your son. 14 For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel says: ‘The bowl of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil become empty, until the day that the LORD provides rain on the face of the earth.’”

The widow is told not to fear, which is to say, trust in the LORD. The LORD told the widow through His prophet, Elijah, to feed His servant first. By giving to Elijah first, showed strong faith in her part, trusting that somehow God was going to cause a miracle in her life because she put the LORD first, believing in God’s Word spoken to her that He was going to make the impossible happen.

[1 Kings 17:15-16] 15 So she went and did everything in accordance with the word of Elijah, and she and he and her household ate for many days. 16 The bowl of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil become empty, in accordance with the word of the LORD which He spoke through Elijah.

The woman put her faith into action and listened to the Word of God spoken through Elijah. By obeying, the LORD blessed her and her household exceedingly. The hardest time to have faith is when we see no hope at all. That is when we need to trust in Christ the most. How can we tell others to trust in Jesus Christ when we falter in that area and how can our faith grow without having to go through hard times as the widow?

[James 1:2-4] 2 Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

How Well Are You Protected From Deception?

But false prophets also appeared among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.

-Peter 2:1, NASB 2020

If you have a computer, you will need to install an antivirus to catch them before it corrupts your computer and will make it unusable. We are like a computer, having a system that is designed by God to function correctly for His use. Satan is like a hacker who tries to inject his viruses to interrupt your ability, as a Christian, to do God’s will by bringing others to Christ.

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

-1 John 4:1, NASB 2020

Your antivirus has to be updated daily to be prepared to defend your computer from all types of killer viruses. As believers, the way we update our minds to defeat false doctrine – viruses, is by reading the Scriptures every day. It will put your mind at its optimal level with knowing the Scriptures, being well versed to combat deception, the twisting of the Scriptures.

But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his trickery, your minds will be led astray from sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

-2 Corinthians 11:3, NASB 2020

The purpose of the disruption of the virus that the devil injects is to disconnect your WiFi. Your WiFi represents your connection with the Lord through prayer. If deception takes place, your prayer life will be affected. You won’t be able to connect with the Lord as you will be praying to the wrong Jesus.

20 Timothy, protect what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly, empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge”— 21 which some have professed and thereby have gone astray from the faith.

-1 Timothy 6:20-21, NASB 2020

What’s coming to the earth will be something that we have never experienced before, testing our faith to its limit. Update daily your knowledge of God’s Word, which feeds your faith. Keep praying for direction and protection. Spreading the gospel to save as many as possible before the rapture. Everything that is happening in the world is pointing to what is coming, the antichrist.

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