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How Can You Endure Persecutions? Part I

Updated on April 3, 2016

Persecution is one of the hot topics in the Christian community demanding a Bible-based guidance to endure until the last day of life. Most of the Bible-reading believers must be aware of the persecutions that would take place DURING and UNTIL the days of Antichrist or the GREAT TRIBULATION. However, a matter of concern is for those people who would probably give up or believe in the deceptions of the Antichrist if they are ignorant of the word of God. It is, therefore, very important to understand the guidelines to endure persecutions.

Our Father wants us to endure persecutions to fulfill His purpose for our lives, which he cannot achieve in our lives once we as a spirit being leave our physical body from our planet earth. Our Father will never allow anything that we will not be for our eternal benefit. He loves His children more than we love Him and think about Him.

Daniel

When Prophet Daniel was in captivity in a foreign land, the king of the foreign land appointed him, even though he was a Hebrew, to be a very high governmental official in that land. Some officials of that land who were not appointed became angry and jealous and wanted to destroy Prophet Daniel.

They observed him and searched for any errors or faults that they could complain to the king. But Daniel was found blameless and upright.

Daniel 6:5 says, “Then said these men. We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of God.”

They knew that Daniel kept God’s laws and king’s laws faithfully. So, they planned to bring a law that was against the law of God, knowing well that Daniel would be faithful to keep God’s law and by keeping God’s law would automatically break the King’s law.

This is the plan of Satan to those who are faithful in keeping the earthly law as well as God’s law. You know the earthly laws are an extension to our Father’s eternal or heavenly law.

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God’s throne established on authority

Many of us may not know but God’s authority manages every physical law, not only of the earth, but of the whole universe. The throne of God is established on His authority, and His acts are issued from His throne. As the highest authority, all the authorities of the earth are instituted by Him and He alone is the authority in all things.

Romans 13:1 says, “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.”

1 Peter 2:13 says, “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;”

1 Peter 2:14 says, “Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, & for the praise of them that do well.”

God is the source of all authorities in the universe. All governing authorities are instituted and delegated by Him. Though many rulers of the nations do not believe in God and many are under the dominion of Satan, the principle of authority remains unchanged.

When our Lord was on earth he was subject to the governing authorities as well as to the authority of the high priest. He paid taxes and taught men to render unto Caesar the things that are Caesars (Matthew 22:21).

God has set up these rulers and delegated authorities and laws and the basic principle of all God’s laws is to punish the evil and reward the good.

1 Peter 2:14 says, “Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, & for the praise of them that do well.”

For the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those doing good. They are sent to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do good.

The law is not a terror to good conduct, but to bad conduct. The laws of governments are established to protect the good and punish the evil that the good may be approved and the bad disciplined.

In general

Up to the present, all powers are still following – at least in principle – the rule of rewarding the good and punishing the bad. Though, during the times of many Antichrists that we are living, some powers do exalt evil and suppress the good, but they are not done openly by declaring that the evil person is exalted because of his wickedness while the good one is chastised because of his goodness. But the day shall come when the “Lawless One” shall be in power, he then will distort the entire system of the law and openly label the good as bad and vice versa. Then the good shall be killed and the evil shall be exalted.

2 Thessalonians 2:8 says, “And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth & destroy by the splendor of his coming.”

2 Thessalonians 2:9 says, "The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, & lying wonders."

The Effects of Praise

Who is the lawless one?

The lawless one is Antichrist, the man of sin, the son of perdition, the one who belongs to hell (2 Thessalonians 2:3). He will be the man of lawlessness, casting down the truth to the ground, changing laws, destroying and corrupting many to an extraordinary degree, blaspheming God, and deceiving men. Hence, the Lord will utterly destroy him, and he will become the son of destruction.

How is he going to do that?

That is what we studied taking Daniel of the Old Testament. They had a plan, Satan’s plan to enforce law in the government which would be against God’s law. Anyone who would break this law would be persecuted, but anyone who keeps that will automatically break God’s law.

What was the law?

The leaders and the king’s officials came up to the king with a scheme forbidding any person in the realm to ask anything of God or man, except of Darius the king, for the space of thirty days. This was not based on free will that if they wanted they could obey and if they did not want they need not obey. If it was that way, they knew Daniel would keep our Father’s law. So, they told the king to make it as a law and the violation of this decree should be punished by casting the offender into a den of lions. This type of thing was not a onetime happening. When this age of our Father's grace is over, there is something that will happen during the Great Tribulation that has a basic similarity to what happened to Prophet Daniel.

What will happen?

This will happen during the time of the great Tribulation, during the time of Antichrist: He is going to make an image and make an irrevocable law that anyone who refuses to worship the idol of the beast was to be put to death (Revelation 13:13-18).

Secondly, an identification mark would be given. In future the world ruler, Antichrist, will put into effect a law that states if people are to buy and sell, then people will have to receive a mark of identification either on their foreheads or right hands. The requirement will be that for a person to get the marks of identification the person will have to worship Antichrist as though he is our Father. This will identify that you belong to Satan.

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