I guess I’m just wondering out loud, as I do quite often these days.
I was watching the republican presidential debate the other night and some of their comments got me to mulling over a few ideas in my head.
Mainly, can the NSA stop end time prophecies from happening?
The NSA (National Security Agency) is pretty much responsible for monitoring all electronic communications, coded and cryptic messages, etc; anything and everything that could pose a threat to our national security.
I’d say they have their hands full.
But why the question?
Scripture teaches that in the end time evil men (and women) will grow worse and worse (2 Timothy 3:13).
“Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:12-13 ESV)
Deception breeds deception. Evil begets evil. Bad people do bad things, and evil folks do even worse.
And so it will be in the end time, which I believe is right at our doorstep.
Good will be persecuted by evil to such a degree evil will believe it has won. “Deceiving and being deceived” spells it out pretty clear.
Mark it down, we haven’t seen anything yet!
Mild tremors of persecution are beginning to rumble throughout the earth, though in some nations the persecution of the righteous is in full force.
The evil one has a taste in his mouth for the blood of the righteous and won’t stop until he’s had his fill, or until he’s forced to.
Deceiving and being deceived. He actually thinks he’s going to win!
I don’t know how persecution of the righteous will come to the United States, but I believe it is coming.
And no, being told to remove a nativity scene, take down the Ten Commandments, or not being allowed to mention God at a High School graduation ceremony is NOT persecution.
Nor is it when a certain coffee shop doesn’t use the word “Christmas” on their cups.
But real, hard felt persecution is coming to those who won’t compromise their righteous walk with God.
And I don’t believe the NSA can stop it.
No matter how many phones are tapped, or how closely they monitor the millions of emails sent each and every day; the end time prophecies are going to happen.
They can fly thousands of drones over our cities, each equipped with the latest spy cameras and ultra sensitive microphones, yet nothing will alter the end time persecution of the righteous.
I’m not saying it’s going to be ISIS, or any other particular terrorist group. But mark my word, it will be a group of people who are deceiving and being deceived.
It COULD even be our own government!
Isn’t that something to look forward to?
Can I offer you a little bit of advice?
Don’t worry about it. Plan on doing the right thing, regardless. Determine to walk with God whether you are in the fiery furnace or the lion’s den. Make up your mind whether the government loves you or not, you’re going to walk with God.
Even if your presidential candidate isn’t elected, make it your aim to please God in all you do.
Paul said his “light affliction” (that’s what he called it) did something more than just make life hard. What light affliction was he referring to?
Nothing more than beatings, shipwrecks, nakedness, a stoning or four; you know, light afflictions.
“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18 ESV)
Persecution and hard times aren’t what anyone really wants to think about.
But you’d better think about it, and prepare for it.
Prepare by walking with the Lord Jesus NOW; no matter how many people think you’re nuts.
Yes, the NSA will do their best to keep this nation as safe and secure as they possibly can. But that WON’T keep persecution away from those who have decided that, come hell or high water, they ARE the righteous ones in Christ and they’re going to live as such.
Go for it!
And I’ll see you on the other side!