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Thoughts on the Coming Persecution, God’s Discipline, and Ultimate Judgment

by | Mar 8, 2022

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I don’t know the details. What I do know is this. It is undeniable and Crystal clear from Genesis to Revelation that when God’s covenant people upon who he has put his name push him far enough, he will crush them back into submission by any means necessary.

And I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and their daughters, and everyone shall eat the flesh of his neighbor in the siege and in the distress, with which their enemies and those who seek their life afflict them. —Jeremiah 19:9

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When I read this, I’m pretty sure nothing is off the table as far as God’s discipline and judgment being poured out even on those who claim His name. It’s easy to point the finger at everybody else too. Of course, God is furious about people calling themselves Christians while supporting child sacrifice and the perversion of his ancient covenant of marriage and sexuality.

In Hebrews 12 we are told and no uncertain terms that God brings discipline and chastisement to his own people, the word, scourging, is used, the same word as to when Jesus was scourged. He says that he does this so that we may be partakers of His holiness—personal holiness. He says that it is painful during the time of discipline but the end thereof is the peaceable fruit of righteousness.

God is not only furious at obvious heretics and false converts, He is just as furious at orthodox professing believers who are pickled in the love of the world and the things they’re involved in as he is at the abortion-promoting perversion-promoting heretics. Maybe even more so, because they have less excuse. It’s not just supporters of abortion and homosexuality that I’m talking about. Those are the easy ones. I’m talking about the Brett McCrackens and Jeff Overstreets of the world—those who push that morally decomposing Hell-hole in Hollywood as a healthy Christian Liberty. And the people who are more concerned about their 401K than they are about his glory.

I don’t know if this is the great apostasy from biblical prophecy, but it definitely is an apostasy, and a very great one indeed.

The Church is called the bride of Christ for a reason. In Ephesians 5, we read that glorious description of the covenant marriage relationship and Paul sums it up by saying that the whole thing is an illustration of Christ’s relationship with His Church. His bride is a whore-mongering spiritual slut, and the entire book of Hosea is an object lesson in how God views that.

To be clear, I’m talking about His bride today in America, or his visible bride, I should say—the professing church. Those who profess to be Christians. He will not allow HIs true bride and His name, by extension, to continue to forever be profaned and dishonored like it is today in a nation that founded itself explicitly on self-proclaimed biblical principles.

He will do what he always does. He will bring crushing persecution and pain to purge the goats from the sheep, to burn off the dross from the silver. The whole of biblical Revelation tells us that God is concerned most of all with his name and his glory. Not our happiness and contentment.

Remember when Elijah was whining about Jezebel chasing him after he had just witnessed the power of God destroy the prophets of Baal? He says “people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away.” God told him “Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

The best scholarship puts Israel’s population between 1 and 1.5 million during that time. God says in the midst of those who are supposed to be His, a small fraction actually are. We see it everywhere in scripture: a huge body of people and a small number that He actually claims as His own—even amongst those who outwardly profess His name.

What we are doing today in the name of Jesus in this country is at least as bad as anything Israel ever did. Again, the pro-choice, pro-perversion liberals are the easy target. I believe God will purge out the people who are not truly His, and will also personally purge the sin from those people who are. Both a numerical purge and a personal purge wherein He will drive those who actually are His elect into His arms and into that holiness spoken of so clearly in Hebrews 12.

You don’t have to be a Bible prophet to see this, you just have to read the Bible and believe what it actually says. To recognize how God deals with those who profess His name. He told Israel that He would cause them to eat their own children and each other, and in the book of Lamentations, we find Jeremiah watching his beloved Jerusalem burn as he sees His people actually eating their own children out of deranged starvation.

If God is willing to do that in order to bring about the result in his covenant people that he requires, it shouldn’t be far-fetched to expect Him to carry out this kind of discipline on His bride through persecution.

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