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Christ, Family and Persecution
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.
He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
(Mat 10:34-42)

These are one of those 'hard sayings' of Christ that many do not want to hear. They really don't. They do not understand that there are some deep spiritual issues that transpire when a man is (actually and truly)  born into the Kingdom of God and that just about every relationship a true child of God has is going to change radically once they really begin to be guided by the Holy Spirit. Your greatest enemy could very well be members of your own family who hate Christianity and Christians. The devil will often  use family members to attack you in ways many of you never thought possible. In Islamic nations, it could mean that your parents will disown you or even beat and kill you for your faith in Christ. It could mean that your alcoholic parent disowns you here in the west or your Wiccan mother puts you out of the house for your faith. It could mean that family members and friends start to badger and humiliate you in public for your faith in Christ. Brothers, you have a new father and your brothers and sisters are those of the household of faith now  (Mat_12:50; Mar_3:35). While we cannot wholly disown our natural family (nor should we) often its just better to socially and physically disengage from them when they attack your faith, mock your beliefs - or having once believed in Christ, turn away from the faith and try and drag you down "Apostate Street' with them.

Brothers, I now many of you are having a very hard time with family members. Kids who won't act right, or parents or siblings who have turned against you for your faith in Christ. Grown kids returning home who don't and won't live right. Be thankful you are not in Pakistan, Iran or Saudi Arabia, where the law gives those who kill Christians a lot of leeway to get away with it. Keep in mind that when Islamic nations say apostasy we Christians call it 'conversion'. In many places conversion is punishable by death. In America, if a person converts from what I like to call 'Secular Hedonism' there is no official punishment but as our Lord makes clear your life and relationships are going to be turned upside down for as long as you faithfully serve God. Stop trying to kid yourself about it. Just make up your mind who your first love is.

Don't try and strike back at family members who attack you, just know that it is often not them that is speaking or even acting but that the devil is just using them against you. Internalize this - Their father is the devil if they have not been born again, your father is the God of all things and your Lord is Jesus Christ - the two spiritual bloodlines are diametrically opposed to one another, sooner or later it will manifest itself. If there aren't any major issues so far in your relationships with them, count yourself very fortunate and prepare yourself for them if they crop up later. They probably will when the hue and cry against we Christians gets to a feverish pitch... and it will.

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.
(Mar 13:12-13)

In closing, I think one of the things Christ is relaying to us in this (above) verse is that we must make up our minds who is more important and to not be swayed outside of Christ's Salvation by holding those fleshly ties above your spiritual parentage.

Why am I saying these things now? I think over the next few years things could be real hot for us Western Christians. I talk about why in today's 'Random Thoughts' section.

Don't take any of their attacks on you personally, just know who your real enemy is and know that Christ is not asking you to  be doormat for the wickedly intolerant, the ignorantly opinionated or the devilishly hateful. When their words and attitude gets too rank, treat their wicked words, evil opinions and open blasphemy like a foul smelling odor-  get out of the general area so you don't have to take it in. Don't hate them, but don't sit and be a target for their hatred of you or God either.  I don't want to sound too harsh but as one buddy of mine used to put it, "what do you expect from a pig but a grunt?" A lost soul sometimes is just going to have a disdain or even a real hatred for Christ that they themselves may not fully understand (demonic influence). You may find this spirit more prevalent in those who dabble in the occult, or overindulge in drugs, alcohol or are apostate. Again, don't take it personal, but don't sit and be a target either, other dangers may be lurking. If they can't show you some respect move on, move out and don't come back until charged by God to do so.  Let me put it this way, if they are going to sit around and watch porn, you shouldn't stick around and watch it with them, if they are going to sit and cast a horoscope or call up familiar spirits, you should get on up out of there and if they are going to mock God and your faith, you should not stick around to hear it. DON"T CONSORT WITH OR LEAVE A DOOR OPEN TO THE DEVIL!!!

And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
(2Co 6:15-17)

Brothers,  Rejoice that you have endured persecution for your faith, shake the dust off of your feet, pray for your persecutors and...

...press on what is likely to continue is the...

The Assault On Christ's Church
In the above link, an Orthodox Priest lays out some of the problems out there in our world today. These attacks are real, they are concerted and they are for the most part specifically directed at Christ and his Church.

What we are witnessing is the antichrist system rising up in all of it's satanic 'majesty'. I give all of my reader solemn warning- things will probably go downhill from here on out. It will culminate in a system of open blasphemy and publicly uttered hatred for God. I did not say disbelief or atheism, but publicly acknowledged and uttered hatred for God. They will know he is there, acknowledge his existence and blaspheme him.

And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 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 all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear.
(Rev 13:4-9)

The entire coming system will be based on a hatred of God and Christians.

Do you remember how the entire Nazi State apparatus was based primarily on a hatred of Jews? The devil knows that a hatred for God (or anything really) is a powerful glue to hold any state together - fascism requires a binding principle to hold it together in Hitlers Germany it was anti-antisemitism. It worked in Nazi Germany and it will work again in the Antichrist's kingdom. We Christians are going to be the target of an enormous propaganda campaign and state sponsored hate. All the modern tools of propaganda will be used against us. God is my witness here - those methods are extremely effective. They have used them time and time again here in the US and ninety-non out of a hundred Americans never knew how it worked. Let me give you a 'theoretical' example.

Let's say you want to further push sodomy out into America and want a 'debate' about it in the media. You don't put it on News people don't watch the news. Instead, you do a media campaign., How is this done? You pay a 'Christian' leader to make a controversial statement about homosexuality and tell him to play along in a pre-arranged media debate, he is basically told what to say, when to say it and how, by those paying for the campaign (the gay community)... for money. Then you have a set group of people (often paid in advance) to spit hate at the comments that the 'Christian' made. Then you get gay groups and others to come forward to make strong statements of support against the Christian to maybe have his show or ministry canceled. If a gay friendly company owns the show, they are inclined to do so again, probably pre-arranged.  Then you get Christian groups to line up (without any need for monetary renumeration) against the gay's. Once boycott is threatened, the show is returned to the airwaves (no need for the gay lobby to start losing money).

Don't kid yourself, this is how the media is used over and over and over and over again. Today, it is used carefully not to stir up violence, but in the future it will not be so. Most of the stories you read in the media are there because someone paid them to be there. In short, there is a propaganda reason for its presence. They are using the media to mold opinion YOUR opinion and it works most effectively and most never understand why we are 17 trillion in debt, gays can now marry even though most Americans are not wild about the idea., not even in traditionally democrat states. Over and over again, people voted it down yet despite lying (propaganda) polls that tell us there is a tidal wave of support for it. Again, its all about molding opinions and attitudes.

This is why I saw the latest attack on the Catholics by the UN as being a stage managed ploy almost certainly managed out of the Obama administration to push this agenda, using America's enormous diplomatic clout at the UN to launch its demonic assault on God's standards of morality. I think Hollywood (and perhaps men like Katnzenburg, Spielberg) who gave a ton of money to Obama, may be looking to use their power against Christianity and look to do it by stealth. Let's keep something in mind - both of these men are Jews and many Jews don't have much love at all for the Catholic Church, given the long history of persecution that Jews suffered under the Church.

Because of their mass markets and need for Christian money to fill their coffers, they would not want people to know who is really behind many of the attacks on Christians. So such men could arrange for media games (as described above) and diplomatic activities that most folks pay no attention to. Again, it's all about opinion - Obama does not want Black Church folks to know just how much he hates their religion, so he does it by stealth. I don't think he has to worry much, from the way so many Black Christians act, they apparently hate their religion too.... and I think for many, as long as the President is Black, they will hate it as long and as hard asthe President wants them to. For most, they don't know it, but they have chosen their god. Brothers, all of my TRUE Christian readers, do click on that link and pray on it - understand what you are dealing with and how the devil is able to get millions of nominal Christians to break faith with God and line up politically with the devil.

The devil is planning a re-run  for the whole globe.

I am relaying these things to each of you so that you are ready for it. Ready to deal with all of this wickedness and deceit that will arise and know how it will culminate, with our martyrdom and deaths. I relay these things to you so that you understand that the devil is a master deceiver and if he has one virtues, it is patience and determination. He knows these two things get him much more effective results. He knows how to use all the ways to get to you. He will get to you with Media, Sports (how many sports figures have 'come out'?) entertainment, he will come at you at your work, your paycheck (health insurance - contraception mandate) - he is going to use your (false) friends and pastors who are in league with the beast system as well as the hardest to deal with-  your wives and family and kids against you. All will be used to fight against you and your faith.

This is a fight to the death, physical and spiritual.

Don't give up your faith - if it weren't so very important, the devil would not spend so much time trying to destroy it.

And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 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.
(Rev 13:13-15)

You will find that the Antichrist kingdom is far more intolerant than anything the world has ever seen. You will worship at the devils altar or you will die.

The current attacks on Christians are just the beginning.

I exhort all of you in the name of Jesus Christ to set your face towards Jesus Christ, cast aside all weights and hindrances to your walk, re-examine all of your relationships and begin to remove individuals from your close circle of confidants who do not know or refuse to walk close with Christ. Don't give the devil an 'in'. Stand firm in your faith in these times, don't waiver and understand that to be a real Christian in these times is to be an anachronism and it will increasingly mean  being unpopular. But I ask you, do you really want to be popular in the Antichrist's kingdom? Do you really want the devils imps as your best buddies? Also, for many I say this as well,  be emotionally and psychologically prepared for treachery in your closest relationships. Don't think it cannot happen to you - if you walk sincerly with Christ and are here during that 42 moth time frame, you can be assured it will.

Count the cost brothers, COUNT THE COST.

Watch and be ready!!

""He is no fool who parts with that which he cannot keep, when he is sure to be recompensed with that which he cannot lose". Rev Matthew Henry

Random Thoughts
These are some very interesting times. More so as many people don't understand what is happening and often just don't care. Sure, they know about Justin Beiber and who won the Super Bowl; they know when the next season of their favorite TV show comes on, but  beyond that, they may indeed have some pretty 'hard line' opinions, but they are usually based on little real information. This is not so much a a slam as it is just an observation. People are very busy and when they get done with their jobs they don't have time to wade through a lot of info to formulate coherent, lucid and consistent idea's in our extremely complex times. Let me say this - Opinions matter because we all base our life decisions on our opinions. Your opinion may not matter much to me, but they could to you. What do I mean? If you have firm opinion that you can drive with a blindfold on, drunk then you are headed for trouble. If you have an opinion you can sleep with multiple hookers and not one day get some kind of STD again, you are headed for trouble. If you have an 'opinion' that your bank is solvent when it isn't, then again, you are going to be "hurtin for certain" if the bank fails... especially with the new Regs on FDIC insurance they are trying to bring into being. You haven't heard about that? You weren't supposed to, at least not until AFTER your bank failed. Again, our elite work hard to mold your opinions, not to your benefit but to theirs.

What I try and do here is help those who understand that they are being lied to, to get as close to and as much truth as can be had out here on the internet. I try and pass on information and perspective that you are not going to hear in too many places. Truth be told there are about maybe 30 sites out there that really have a clue and have kept true to the basic tenets of the faith. I am being generous, because, I have not found that many, but know that one day, I will probably stumble on a few more I have never heard of. One of the most potent weapons against critical thinking is the plague of political correctness. I call it a plague because in an open and free society that is what it is. It stifles real debate about key issues and narrows/closes the mind along pre-defined lines that the powerful media magnates  and corporations can mold opinion with the enforcement of their rules of political debate.

What has become politically incorrect is Biblical Christianity and the discussion of the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. No one is really allowed to talk about these things, even most Christian sites won't deal with it. They will deal with political issues they can 'spin' (propaganda) politically that carefully lines up with the money that comes from the coffers of a political party or rich individual who pay the bills, but to really look at God's word, his prophecies and line it up with Christ's coming - it has become a topic that most Christian sites simply will not talk about. Yet that is the blessed hope of all real Christians; to leave this present age, this 'Prison Planet' and get into the Kingdom of God.

How can you tell a real minister of the Gospel from one who is just faking it? The real minister is not perfect and will never claim to be,  but he is honest, he is not putting on a religious front but, does walk humbly with God. He is almost never politically correct and is not afraid to step on some toes when those toes run contrary to God. Which prophet in the Old Testament did not step on a whole lot of toes, sacred cows and systems of religious and political hypocrisy? They all did it to greater and lesser degree's depending on the times and their specific calling.

Brothers, the alarm is sounding. In today's news section in the 'antichrist news' portion you will see just a few stories of some serious persecution transpiring out there in our world. Yet in only a few places in America and the western Churches are the alarm bells going off. Many Churches won't talk about it and many Christians sites may make passing note of it, but then move on to other issues. I can remember a couple of years ago when Christians were under attack in Sudan and one member of the House of Representatives said in an official hearing questioning the silence of the American Church, "Where are the pastors, where are the Christians?" I am paraphrasing but that was the gist of what he was asking at the end of the hearing about some of the testimony before his committee. Is this not one of the clear signs of Christ's coming, many Christians being killed for their faith? See the fifth seal in the book of Revelation (Rev 6:9-11). It's right there in black and white in your Bibles. Another thing you want to keep in mind is that in many places, severe persecution transpires and never gets onto any newswires. Some Islamic group will take out a Christian or a pastor and kill him in the Jungle or Desert and no one ever reports on it. This happens quite a bit, especially in lands where law and order are not widespread.

But you know what is troubling? All the signs of impending persecution are quietly showing up in America. This weekend I got the latest Newsletter from International Christian Concern (persecution.org) and they spent a lot of time talking about the troubling trends in America. On the cover you see a huge 'air raid' type of siren with the headline 'The Storm Approaches'. Inside it are interviews with Congressman as well as some very well written articles on trends right here in the US. Legal trends, Media bias and a growing propaganda blitzkrieg against us believers. You can order it for FREE here and get their newsletter which covers issues of persecution from all over the world.

Things are lining up just like the scriptures said they would but not exactly like many prophecy 'experts' predicted. The alarm bells should be going off and God's people should be making themselves ready both for the coming storm and the coming of our Lord, but many are sleeping in the arms of enemy, comfortable in Babylon and self-satisfied in Satan's labyrinth of lies.

Brothers, let those of us who know out God protect our minds and our souls. Let us get our priorities right and let us not be deceived in these times, for I see that (as did Christ and Paul) as one of the paramount dangers to Christians in these times, deceit.

The devil knows how to get you whipped up into a frenzy of hate or worship. I say it again, if you don't think you can be fooled then you already have been and don't even know it. Don't give the devil an 'in'. Keep constant in prayer, watchful in outlook, humble in walk, honorable in all of your dealings, truthful in your words, diligent in your work and most of all, Give honor and praise to Jesus Christ.

 Mark S. Watson
Early February, 2014