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   CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE AND CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION



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Published On : May 27, 1998

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Civil Disobedience, Obeying The Powers That Be, Seeing God's
Hand In All Things, Chastisement Of America, The Message Of
Jeremiah, American Militia Groups And Civil War, Christian
Persecution - An Inevitability, A Man's Foes, Joyful In Our
Persecutions, Our Victory And Reward, Trust The Lord, Run
The Race, The Ultimate Sacrifice, Flee!, Spiritual Warfare,
Submit To Your Captors, Miraculous Intervention, Exception
To The Rule, The Apple Of His Eye, Recognizing The Lord's
Opportunities, Satan's Lying Condemnation, You Are His!




Recently I was involved in a conversation with an American
white supremacist in which we discussed the topic of civil
disobedience. As I clearly point out in some of my other
politically-oriented articles, based upon my personal
understanding of the Scriptures, I do not believe for a
moment that we are to physically resist, through the bearing
of arms, the powers that be. As the Apostle Paul wrote in
the thirteenth chapter of his Epistles to the Romans:

"Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there
is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of
God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the
ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to
themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good
works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the
power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of
the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good.
But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth
not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a
revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but
also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay ye tribute
also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually
upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues:
tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear
to whom fear; honour to whom honour. Owe no man any thing,
but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath
fulfilled the law." (Romans 13:1-8)

Based in part on these verses, it is my view that any
American citizen who takes up arms in order to fight against
the Government of the United States, is in essence fighting
against God Himself; because all things are ordained of Him;
and all things truly do work together for the good of we
Christians, precisely as Paul stated only five chapters
earlier when he wrote:

"And we know that all things work together for good to them
that love God, to them who are the called according to his
purpose." (Romans 8:28)

If the Lord wanted to stop the evil corruption which has
infiltrated the American Government, then He most certainly
would; however, I don't believe that He is going to do this.
If the American Government does indeed become as cruel and
as oppressive as some conspiracy theorists, radicals and
anti-government elements theorize, then in my view, it is
because the Lord has allowed this to happen. Based upon the
Scriptural examples, I can only conclude that the Lord would
be using the corrupt government as His rod of chastisement
in order to punish the proud, stubborn, rebellious people in
America who hypocritically call themselves Christians by
using such fanciful slogans as 'One nation under God', and
'In God we trust', while at the same time they support,
promote and encourage such things as abortion rights,
homosexuality and lesbianism, the banning of school prayer,
the restriction of Christian witnessing in public places,
the oppression of the poor through political and economic
means, etc. I am again reminded of what Jesus said to the
unbelieving Jews of His day when He quoted from the Prophet
Isaiah:

"This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and
honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from
me." (Matthew 15:8)

As I point out in 'Oh Israel, Why Will Ye Die?', the Prophet
Jeremiah was hated and persecuted for preaching the very
same kind of message to the leadership of Israel. He was
accused of being a traitor, and of conspiring with the
foreign enemy. Exactly what was Jeremiah's crime? Quite
simply, he spoke God's truth; he was not afraid to deliver
the full counsel of the Lord, despite the fact that it
placed him at odds with his own people. Jeremiah's message
was not only one of judgment and destruction, but it was
also one of protection for those who would not resist the
invasion, but rather accept it as the Lord's loving
chastisement. Consider the Prophet's message to Zedekiah,
the final king of Judah just prior to the third Babylonian
invasion:

"And it shall come to pass, that the nation and kingdom
which will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar the king of
Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of
the king of Babylon, that nation will I punish, saith the
LORD, with the sword, and with the famine, and with the
pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand.
Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your
diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor
to your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall
not serve the king of Babylon: For they prophesy a lie unto
you, to remove you far from your land; and that I should
drive you out, and ye should perish. But the nations that
bring their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and
serve him, those will I let remain still in their own land,
saith the LORD; and they shall till it, and dwell therein. I
spake also to Zedekiah king of Judah according to all these
words, saying, Bring your necks under the yoke of the king
of Babylon, and serve him and his people, and live. Why will
ye die, thou and thy people, by the sword, by the famine,
and by the pestilence, as the LORD hath spoken against the
nation that will not serve the king of Babylon?"
(Jeremiah 27:8-13)

As can be seen, the Prophet Jeremiah's message was in direct
contradiction to the deceptive message being delivered by
the many false prophets which promised wellbeing for Israel;
just like the many American Christian false prophets today
who patriotically wave their American flags and continue to
sing 'God Bless America', while God's pending judgments loom
ever closer. Therefore now, hear the words of the Lord, oh
rebellious nation of America!:

"Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon this
place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the words
of the book which the king of Judah hath read: Because they
have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods,
that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of
their hands; therefore my wrath shall be kindled against
this place, and shall not be quenched." (2 Kings 22:16-17)

Thus spoke the Prophetess Huldah when King Josiah sent
Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan and Asahiah to
hear the Word of the Lord. The Lord promised Josiah that
because he had humbled himself before the Lord, that He
would allow the king to go to his grave in peace without
seeing the evil which would befall Judah in the days of his
descendants. This evil was hastened by the very fact that
the next three kings, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin and Zedekiah,
all rebelled against the king of Babylon. In like manner,
the evil which is to befall the American people, is simply
God's bitter pill of chastisement. It is because of the very
fact that some people refuse to swallow this pill and accept
this coming Divine Chastisement, such as the American white
separatist and supremacist groups like the KKK, White Pride,
the Phinehas Priesthood, Aryan Nation, and various other
militia groups, that they fight against it and organize
themselves for what they apparently view as a coming
prolonged civil war against the government of the United
States of America. There are now so many hand guns, rifles,
semi-automatic and automatic assault weapons, grenades,
bombs and other weapons of destruction in the hands of
private citizens, that it is truly going to be one bloody
mess if and when it does occur!

Regardless of whether the Lord's chastisement comes upon the
American nation by way of widespread civil disobedience and
war, or through an invasion by a foreign power or coalition
of powers, it will still most likely come suddenly for those
who have not discerned the signs of the times. Just as
Jeremiah prophesied for forty years prior to the destruction
of Jerusalem in about 587 B.C., so too did Jesus prophesy
the second destruction of Jerusalem some forty years before
it occurred in 70 A.D. at the hands of the Roman General
Titus. As with the ancient leadership of Jeremiah's day, the
rulers of Israel in the First Century likewise were blinded
to the signs which were all around them. It is for this
reason that Jesus said to them:

"...When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for
the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather
to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye
can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the
signs of the times?" (Matthew 16:2b-3)

In all seriousness, the American people must ask themselves
today, have they also become blinded to the anger of an
Almighty God who will soon let His hot displeasure be known
in a way in which they have never felt before? Time will
certainly tell. But let us turn now to those in America who
have not turned their backs on the Lord. What about those
God-fearing men, women and children who are trying to please
the Lord with an honest sincere heart? How should they react
to those things which may shortly come upon them? How should
they respond to the antichrist forces which may soon
attempt to further restrict their right to practice their
Christian faith as they see fit? This time is clearly
drawing near; not only on a national level, but on an
international level as well. In fact, in some non-Christian
nations, this kind of persecution has been going on for
years. This is all in fulfillment of verses such as the
following which clearly show that God's true children have
always been persecuted by their own people, as well as by
foreign nations:

"I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and
prevailed against them;...And he shall speak great words
against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the
most High, and think to change times and laws: and they
shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the
dividing of time." (Daniel 7:21, 25)

"And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the
transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce
countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand
up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power:
and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and
practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people."
(Daniel 8:23-24)

"And they that understand among the people shall instruct
many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by
captivity, and by spoil, many days. Now when they shall
fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many
shall cleave to them with flatteries. And some of them of
understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to
make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is
yet for a time appointed." (Daniel 11:33-35)

"And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he
that endureth to the end shall be saved." (Matthew 10:22)

"Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall
kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's
sake." (Matthew 24:9)

"But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you,
and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and
into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my
name's sake." (Luke 21:12)

"If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it
hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his
own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen
you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not
greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will
also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will
keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you
for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me."
(John 15:18-21)

"They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time
cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth
God service." (John 16:2)

"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall
suffer persecution." (2 Timothy 3:12)

"And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the
altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God,
and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a
loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost
thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on
the earth? "And white robes were given unto every one of
them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet
for a little season, until their fellowservants also and
their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should
be fulfilled." (Revelation 6:9-11)

"And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are
these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came
they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to
me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and
have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of
the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and
serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth
on the throne shall dwell among them." (Revelation 7:13-15)

"And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come
salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the
power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast
down, which accused them before our God day and night. And
they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word
of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the
death...And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to
make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the
commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus
Christ." (Revelation 12:10-11, 17)

"And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and
to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds,
and tongues, and nations...And he had power to give life
unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast
should both speak, and cause that as many as would not
worship the image of the beast should be killed."
(Revelation 13:7, 15)

One thing we all need to realize is that persecution does
not always originate with an invading foreign power, or with
one's own oppressive antichrist government, or even with
scornful friends at work; persecution can begin right within
our very own homes. I can personally testify to this fact
because I have been aliented from my family for twenty-seven
years now. The primary reason for this is because they
refuse to embrace my Bible-based beliefs, even though some
of them claim to be Christians. The Gospels clearly reveal
that when Jesus spoke the Word, it divided people; it
separated the sheep from the goats; it had a definite effect
on everyone who heard it; it separated the believers from
the non-believers; and it should be doing the very same
thing today. If it isn't, then something is terribly wrong
somewhere; and it probably has to do with compromise in the
life of the message bearer. Consider the following verses
which clearly support these ideas:

"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not
to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at
variance against his father, and the daughter against her
mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that
loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me:
and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not
worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and
followeth after me, is not worthy of me."
(Matthew 10:34-38)

"Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the
father the son; and children shall rise up against their
parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. And ye
shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that
shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."
(Mark 13:12-13)

"Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell
you, Nay; but rather division:" (Luke 12:51)

"If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother,
and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and
his own life also, he cannot be my disciple." (Luke 14:26)

"So there was a division among the people because of him."
(John 7:43)

"Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of
God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said,
How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there
was a division among them." (John 9:16)

When it does come time for some of us to be persecuted,
imprisoned or even killed for our faith in Jesus Christ,
exactly what should be our attitude? The following verses
clearly tell us that we should consider it to be an honour,
a privilege and a blessing to be counted worthy of suffering
for the Lord's sake; in other words, we should all do it
joyfully. The last thing that we want to do is to be ashamed
of our faith and of the Lord in whom we have believed; for
if we are ashamed of Him, He will also be ashamed of us at
His Coming; thus, let us boldly face our persecutions
knowing that all things come from the Hand of our Father:

"Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute
you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely,
for my sake...Ye are the light of the world. A city that is
set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle,
and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it
giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light
so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and
glorify your Father which is in heaven."
(Matthew 5:11, 14-16)

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might
have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be
of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

"And they departed from the presence of the council,
rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for
his name." (Acts 5:41)

"But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's
sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may
be glad also with exceeding joy." (1 Peter 4:13)

"But he that received the seed into stony places, the same
is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for
when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word,
by and by he is offended." (Matthew 13:20-21)

"Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words
in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall
the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of
his Father with the holy angels." (Mark 8:38)

Because of the nature of our work, we should only expect
that the number of our casualties will increase; especially
as the cloud of evil continues to overshadow a rebellious
world, and persecution against Christians augments. As I
mentioned earlier, in some countries where Christianity is
not an acceptable religion by the foreign government, this
has already been happening for years. In other places, the
persecution is more subtle; and Christians are greatly
restricted in their evangelical activities by local laws.
During times of persecution and imprisonment, we must always
remember to keep our eyes upon Jesus, the Author and the
Finisher of our faith; knowing that in due time, we will
reap a great victory and Eternal Rewards if we faint not.
Consider the following inspiring verses:

"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of
the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:2)

"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are
not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be
revealed in us." (Romans 8:18)

"But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through
our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 15:57)

"For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and
this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our
faith." (1 John 5:4)

"Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold,
the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be
tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou
faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life."
(Revelation 2:10)

"His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful
servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will
make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of
thy lord." (Matthew 25:21)

It is a historical fact that most of the original Apostles
suffered martyr's deaths, as did Stephen, Paul and others.
None of us truly knows what the Lord has in store for us in
the days and years ahead. Perhaps it is better that we don't
know, as it might be a source of un necessary worry which
the Lord clearly taught us that we are not to do. In fact,
He even told us not to worry about what we will say to our
persecutors once we are finally apprehended. Consider the
following:

"Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow
shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto
the day is the evil thereof." (Matthew 6:34)

"But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what
ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour
what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the
Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you."
(Matthew 10:19-20)

If the day should come in which some of us are called to
give our lives as a final witness of our faith in the Lord,
then as the previous verses indicate, we should do it
gladly. Just as we currently give our lives in daily
sacrifice to the Lord's service, we should be willing to
present our bodies one final time through our martyrdom,
knowing that our reward is great in the Kingdom of Heaven;
after all, our bodies belong to the Lord, and we are bought
with a price:

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."
(Romans 12:1)

"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy
Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not
your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify
God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

"Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am
more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in
prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times
received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with
rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a
night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings
often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils
by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils
in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the
sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and
painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in
fastings often, in cold and nakedness."
(2 Corinthians 11:23-27)

These words should not really seem so strange to our ears.
This truth should not shock anyone who truly knows the Lord
and His Word; because this is precisely what the Lord
Himself taught; in fact, He led the way by His own Example:

"I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life
for the sheep." (John 10:11)

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his
life for his friends." (John 15:13)

"Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his
life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the
brethren." (1 John 3:16)

If we are already currently yielded to the Lord in humble
submission to His Will, then our future exit from this world
will come much easier. In fact, while we we are not to
purposely hasten our Graduation through our own foolishness,
we should anticipate it with gladness, knowing that just
like the Apostle Paul, we too have run with patience the
race which has been set before us. As King David wrote, the
Lord cherishes the death of every single one of His
children. In fact, the Book of Acts tells us that the Lord
actually rose from His Throne when Stephen was martyred by
his Law-bound pharisaical persecutors:

"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great
a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the
sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with
patience the race that is set before us," (Hebrews 12:1)

"...What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am
ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for
the name of the Lord Jesus." (Acts 21:13)

"For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my
departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have
finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there
is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord,
the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to
me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."
(2 Timothy 4:6-8)

"But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly
into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on
the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens
opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of
God." (Acts 7:55-56)

"Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his
saints." (Psalms 116:15)

In light of all of the preceding Scriptural evidence, does
this mean that we are simply to allow ourselves to fall into
the hands of our antichrist enemies, whether it be our own
government, or our own family, or else a foreign enemy? Most
definitely not! Naturally, we are to try to maintain our
freedom as long as possible, unless the Lord specifically
shows us to do otherwise. Such was the case with the Apostle
Paul. As I state in 'Biblical Cafeteria Or The Whole
Course?: Part One', the Lord clearly revealed to Paul that
he was going to pay a great price for his faith; and that he
would be bound and taken as a prisoner to Rome, in order to
be a witness in the courts of Emperor Nero:

"And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem,
not knowing the things that shall befall me there: Save that
the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds
and afflictions abide me. But none of these things move me,
neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might
finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have
received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the
grace of God. And now, behold, I know that ye all, among
whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my
face no more." (Acts 20:22-25)

"And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be
of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in
Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome."
(Acts 23:11)

It should be pointed out that the Apostle Paul was an
exception to the rule. Not all of us are destined to appear
before the presidents and prime ministers of the world. Most
of us have a more humble ministry of reaching the common
people; many of which are much more receptive than the rich
pompous rulers of the governments of man. Regardless of the
level of our particular calling and ministry, we all may
face serious persecution in the days ahead. If and when this
occurs, exactly what kind of resistance are we supposed to
offer to our enemies? Are we supposed to take up arms and
defend ourselves like these so-called Christian militia
groups have chosen to do? As I have already shown in this
and other articles, I believe that the answer is 'No!'. I
believe that such people do not have a clear understanding
of the Scriptures, and thus they do greatly err. Following
is the advice offered by the Lord Himself:

"But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into
another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have
gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be
come." (Matthew 10:23)

"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation,
spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place,
(whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be
in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the
housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
Neither let him which is in the field return back to take
his clothes." (Matthew 24:15-18)

In accordance with the Lord's teachings, in the Book of
Revelation, the Apostle John also tells us that the woman
fled from the face of her persecutors:

"And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a
place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a
thousand two hundred and threescore days."
(Revelation 12:6)

Thus we see that if it is at all possible for us to escape
persecution, then we should by all means do so. The longer
we can maintain our freedom, the better; for in this way,
the Lord may be able to use us to reach more of His lost
hungry sheep in these Last Days. As the old saying goes, 'He
who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day'; and
we are indeed involved in a serious warfare, albeit a
spiritual one, as the following verses make perfectly clear:

"(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty
through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)"
(2 Corinthians 10:4)

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high
places." (Ephesians 6:12)

"Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life,
whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good
profession before many witnesses." (1 Timothy 6:12)

However, despite our best efforts, eventually, due to their
advanced technology and the tight grip they already have on
our lives, our enemies are going to catch up with some of
us. The previous verses make perfectly clear that the Beast
will make war against, and wear out, the Saints of the Most
High. Eventually, we are going to get tired of running; and
some of us are going to get caught. Exactly what do the
Scriptures advise us to do if and when this happens? The
following verse provides us with the Perfect Example:

"He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened
not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth
not his mouth." (Isaiah 53:7)

As I point out in my other political articles, Jesus did not
resist arrest once they caught up with Him. He knew that the
time had come for His betrayal and Crucifixion. When Peter
did offer resistance by cutting off the ear of Malchus, the
servant of the high priest, what did Jesus do? He healed him
as one of His final acts of love and forgiveness. At the
same time, He used the incident to teach a valuable lesson
to Peter; and that is that we are to fight a spiritual
battle and NOT a physical one:

"And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched
out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of
the high priest's, and smote off his ear. Then said Jesus
unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all
they that take the sword shall perish with the sword."
(Matthew 26:51-52)

"Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high
priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's
name was Malchus. Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy
sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given
me, shall I not drink it?" (John 18:10-11)

If you are one who adheres to the political philosophy of
civil disobedience, allow me to ask you, where in the Bible
do we find even one of the Lord's Prophets, Apostles or
Disciples resisting arrest, or taking up arms in order to
fight against the powers that be? From the Prophets of the
Old Testament, to the Disciples of the Book of Acts, to the
aged Apostle John exiled on the isle of Patmos, we see that
they had such great faith in the Word and Power of God, that
they accepted all things as coming from His Hand; exactly as
Paul stated in his Epistle to the Romans:

"And we know that all things work together for good to them
that love God, to them who are the called according to his
purpose." (Romans 8:28)

These brave men of faith knew that no matter what happened
to them, and no matter where they were sent, that God was with
them; and that He would deliver them if He so desired. Just
look at the examples in the Book of Acts. The Lord's
children are so important to Him, that if they haven't yet
finished the job that He has given them to do, He will find
some way to deliver them; even if it has to be through
miraculous Angelic Intervention, as in the case of Peter and
the other Apostles in Acts chapter five:

"Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with
him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled
with indignation, And laid their hands on the apostles, and
put them in the common prison. But the angel of the Lord by
night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and
said, Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all
the words of this life. And when they heard that, they
entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught.
But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and
called the council together, and all the senate of the
children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them
brought. But when the officers came, and found them not in
the prison, they returned, and told, Saying, The prison
truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers
standing without before the doors: but when we had opened,
we found no man within. Now when the high priest and the
captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these
things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow. Then
came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put
in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the
people. Then went the captain with the officers, and brought
them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they
should have been stoned. And when they had brought them,
they set them before the council: and the high priest asked
them, Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should
not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled
Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's
blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered
and said, We ought to obey God rather than men."
(Acts 5:17-29)

Notice Peter's bold words in the final verse above: 'We
ought to obey God rather than men'. It may interest you to
know that this is the only Scriptural example that we find
in the entire New Testament where a Christian is permitted
to resist the powers that be; that is, when they try to
prevent us from witnessing our faith to others. However, one
should only do this if he personally has the faith to endure
the consequences which may result from his taking such a
bold stand of faith. If you personally are not prepared to
suffer possible police brutality, or be locked up unfairly
in a jail cell with drunks or other questionable or even
dangerous characters, then it is probably in your best
interest to simply obey that antichrist school principal,
or that hard-hearted shopping mall manager, or whoever it is
that is telling you to peddle your pamphlets elsewhere.

As can be seen, while we are not supposed to purposely go
out of our way to antagonize our God-hating enemies, in this
day and age when the forces of antichrist are becoming more
widespread, this is quickly becoming an impossibility. As
Peter said, sooner or later we have to draw the line; after
all, we owe our allegiance and our obedience first of all to
the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords. While the human
governments of the world may accuse us of breaking their
laws, the fact of the matter is, that by persecuting us, and
preventing us from doing our job as witnesses for the Lord,
THEY are the ones who are breaking His Laws; and they better
watch out! Here's why:

"...Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm."
(Psalms 105:15)

"Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow
of thy wings," (Psalms 17:8)

"For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he
sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that
toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye."
(Zechariah 2:8)

In the previous verses, the word 'apple' is derived from the
Hebrew words 'babah', pronounced baw-baw', and 'iyshown',
which is pronounced ee-shone'. Both of these words actually
refer to the pupil of one's eye. In other words, when the
people and the governments of the world purposely persecute
and harm the children of the Lord, it is just like poking
their finger in God's very own Eye! We have all had this
happen to us at one time or another, and it is definitely
not a pleasant experience. It is our natural reaction to
protect our eyes, either by blinking, or else by putting up
our arm or hand in order to block the approaching danger. In
like manner, it is the Lord's natural reaction to swat down
those who would dare to harm His children. Sometimes, He may
allow them to carry out their plans against us, for whatever
His reasons, but eventually He will also punish the
evildoers.

Another wonderful example of the Lord's Miraculous
Deliverance can be found in Acts chapter twelve where, after
beheading James, the brother of John, evil King Herod has
Peter thrown into prison; obviously with the intent to also
behead him in order to please the antichrist Jewish Elders.
As in the previous incident, the Lord again sends one of His
Special Celestial Agents to confound the rulers of Israel:

"Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his
hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the
brother of John with the sword. And because he saw it
pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also.
(Then were the days of unleavened bread.) And when he had
apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to
four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after
Easter to bring him forth to the people. Peter therefore was
kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the
church unto God for him. And when Herod would have brought
him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two
soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the
door kept the prison. And, behold, the angel of the Lord
came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he
smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up
quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. And the
angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals.
And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about
thee, and follow me. And he went out, and followed him; and
wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but
thought he saw a vision. When they were past the first and
the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth
unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and
they went out, and passed on through one street; and
forthwith the angel departed from him. And when Peter was
come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the
Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the
hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of
the Jews." (Acts 12:1-11)

In the previous verses, the word 'quaternion' is derived
from the Greek word 'tetradion', which is pronounced
tet-rad'-ee-on. To fully comprehend what precautions were
taken to make sure that Peter did not escape as in his
earlier encarcelation, consider what the Greek lexicon
states regarding this word:

----- Begin Quote -----

"A guard consisting of four soldiers (for among the Romans
this was the usual number of the guard to which the custody
of captives and prisoners was intrusted; two soldiers were
confined with the prisoner and two kept guard outside).
Four quaternions of soldiers would be used to guard one all
night, one for each of the four night watches."

----- End Of Quote -----

Whether or not Herod had actually heard of Peter's earlier
escape from the common prison of the Jews, we really do not
know; however, the fact that he had Peter placed in chains
and properly guarded by sixteen soldiers during the course
of the night shift, does seem to indicate that he wasn't
about to take any chances. Despite his ridiculous human
precautions, the Lord still fulfilled His Word as spoken by
King David some one thousand years before:

"The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear
him, and delivereth them." (Psalms 34:7)

Perhaps Peter was pondering this very verse when he said
'Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel,
and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod.' One final
excellent example of the Lord's Deliverance of His children
can be found in Acts chapter sixteen, where after causing a
public disturbance through their preaching of the Gospel in
Philippi of Macedonia, Paul and Silas were thrown into
prison. To make sure that they did not escape, we are told
that they were also placed in the stocks. The futility of
this action was realized by the prison guard when the Lord
caused a great earthquake in order to free not only Paul and
Silas, but all of the other prisoners as well:

"And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast
them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:
Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the
inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. And at
midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God:
and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great
earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were
shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every
one's bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison
awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open,
he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself,
supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried
with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are
all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and
came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And
brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be
saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and
thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him
the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And
he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their
stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And
when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before
them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.
(Acts 16:23-34)

As can be seen, from a human perspective, although it may
have at first appeared to have been a setback for the Lord's
servants, in the end, we see that it turned into a wonderful
witnessing experience, as all of the prisoners heard the
Disciples singing their praises to the Lord; and then the
jailer and his entire family received the Lord. This account
emphasizes a very important lesson; and that is that we
should never doubt for a moment that God has a reason and a
purpose for everything which occurs in our lives; even if we
don't understand it at the time. Even when we make foolish
mistakes, if we are in tune to His Spirit, we will learn
important lessons from them. Remember again the words of the
Prophet Isaiah:

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your
ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher
than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and
my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9)

If God delivers you into the hands of ungodly men so that
you are cast into prison, and then He doesn't deliver you,
then the Lord must have you there for some specific reason.
It is up to you to determine what that reason is. Perhaps He
has some special sheep there that He wants you to reach.
Perhaps, like the Prophet Jeremiah, He is putting you there
for your own safety while certain events happen in the
outside world. If you are encarcelated for no other reason
than the fact that you preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ,
then you should not feel condemned by any means. Instead, as
we saw earlier in this article, you should count it a
blessing for having been found worthy to suffer for the name
of the Lord Jesus Christ. In times like these, remember what
the Apostle Paul wrote in his Epistle to the Romans:

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in
Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the
Spirit." (Romans 8:1)

One of the devil's favorite tactics is to condemn us, to
criticize us, and to lie to us by telling us that God no
longer loves us; or that He has abandoned us, or that He is
thoroughly upset with us because of something which we have
done which has been displeasing in His sight. While the Lord
does indeed chastise His wayward children, precisely as I
explain in such articles as 'Love, Mercy, Forgiveness And
Chastisement' and 'Are Personal Tragedies Due To Sin?', this
is not always the reason why things go wrong in our lives.
Allow me to emphasize again, that unjustified persecution is
the mark of a true Christian who is getting the job done. As
I have stated in other articles, it is only when the soldier
sticks his head out of the trench, that the enemy begins to
fire. It is when we go on the attack by invading the
enemy's territory through agressively witnessing to the
Lord's lost sheep, that Satan cowers in fear. It is at this
time that he will pull out his biggest guns, or his biggest
tricks, or his biggest lies, in the hope that he can scare
you into retreat. However, the Lord Himself tells us, that
Satan is no match for the Children of the Lord! His truth
goes marching on!:

"And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon
this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell
shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18)

So again, we are in a spiritual warfare; and because of it,
we may indeed suffer some casualties. In fact, you may very
well be one of them; but even if you are, well praise God!
As the Apostle Paul wrote:

"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."
(Philippians 1:21)

So what are you even worried about? No matter how you look
at it, in the end, you are on the Winning Team, and they,
the antichrist forces of the world, are the losers. While
they may destroy your physical body, there is absolutely
nothing that they can do to the real you; and that is all
that we should worry about, for as Jesus said:

"And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to
kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy
both soul and body in hell." (Matthew 10:28)

They may even cause some of us to deny our Lord with our
tongue through physical torture and persecution; but just
like the Apostle Peter, the Lord knows our hearts; and He
will never leave us nor forsake us, no matter what:

"...I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
(Hebrews 13:5b)

"If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny
himself...Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure,
having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And,
Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from
iniquity." (2 Timothy 2:13, 19)

If so-called Christian militia groups, or white racist hate
groups want to war against the corrupt American Government,
or against the minorities in America, all for the sake of
holding on to their physical Earthly nation, let them! What
does it matter to us? We don't care! As Christians, we have
our eyes set on something much much better; and it is
something which no one will ever be able to take away from
us, because they can't even touch it!:

"These all died in faith, not having received the promises,
but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them,
and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers
and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things
declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they
had been mindful of that country from whence they came out,
they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now
they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly:
wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he
hath prepared for them a city." (Hebrews 11:13-16)

With these inspiring thoughts, I am going to bring another
article to a close. I truly hope that this article will
strengthen your faith and be an encouragement and a blessing
in your life.

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