Sunday, March 1, 2015

Martyrs

It Is Written, Revelation 20:4, and I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus, and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands.
Note. Scholars believe these are tribulation martyrs, and the 1000 years is the millennial reign of Jesus.
A Martyr is a person who is killed because of their religious beliefs.
I cannot imagine there is any place on earth, except maybe a jungle, where people have not heard about Christians being slaughtered because they believe in Jesus and will not renounce Him.
Those who are doing the killing are fulfilling prophecy, written in the very Bible that they hate. satan really has them in his grasp. He has them doing his work, while the people they are killing, are doing Almighty God's work.
Our Lord Jesus came to earth to redeem us because He loved us. He spent His brief time on Earth teaching and living love. He commands us to love one another and to help one another. Compassion and mercy are an important part of what love means.
These modern-day mass murderers claim they are killing in the name of their faith, and their God. They believe they will be rewarded for these atrocities. They have a god that does not believe in love, if you look at their faith the way they do. They believe their god wants them to kill, in order to advance the faith.
The argument has been brought up that Christians did the same thing to non-Christians hundreds of years ago. That is true. However you must look at all the facts. Then as well as now, the vast majority of believers are not like that. They do not pervert their faith for personal reasons, or as an excuse that they are serving their god.
When we look at the whole situation today, the normal human response is, to kill every one of these murderers. The big problem is that our God,who is God, tells us to love and forgive. "Vengeance is mine saith the Lord". God will settle this issue in His time.
 I am suggesting something that a lot of people will moan and groan about, or even get angry about. We have the ultimate weapon over evil of every kind. What is that weapon you may ask? Prayer. Only God can straighten out this satan ruled world.
Pray for those being persecuted to remain faithful to Jesus. Pray for the killers to have visions of what really awaits them, if they don't stop killing. Pray for the Holy Spirit to protect the righteous in Jesus.
Our God is a loving God, and has a plan for each person. Even a killer can turn to God. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and keep trusting. God is the only answer. Praise the Lord!
Remember Jesus Loves You
Prayer of Salvation
Lord Jesus, I thank you for what you did on the cross for me. Your blood washed away all my sins, by your stripes I was healed, your death and resurrection brought me salvation. Please forgive my sins, and come into my heart as my personal Savior.
Thank You
Amen