I don't want to make my "thing" your "thing" . . . . But sometimes we find ourselves at similar places in the Walk and can shout through the din to one another, sharing notes . . . .
It is not hard to see with the eyes of the Spirit . . . that we are now running full speed into blatant blasphemous, immoral, God-hating societal rebellion. Some say the sexual perversions now masquerading as practically a new "saintly" religion are not so much going to lead to judgment but are in fact ALREADY judgment . . . . "And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper--" Rom. 1:28
Anyway, it is also now not too hard to see that a total surveillance police state--as predicted by we who've been paying attention--is rapidly coming together. Does anyone not see the converging of biometric technology, "national I.D." and the current political climate . . . into what is likely to be the "mark of the beast"? Plus, add to this, the now state-sponsored and socially encouraged aggression, bigotry, overall civil and media assaults on all things "Jesus" and "Christian" . . . nationally and worldwide . . . and the signs of the times . . . are apparently drawing into clear focus . . . .
How do you, dear Christian, who have been living in the relative lap of luxury, comfortable, warm, safe, unperturbed, going about your own business . . . expect to stand strong . . . in the face . . . of withering attack? How many, put to the test, will buckle under the initial wave of persecution? Elsewhere, Christians are already suffering and dying for their faith, putting everything on the line for Jesus, Lord. But many of them never had much to lose in the first place, besides their miserable lives.
We, in the "west" . . . however, have had it easy--very easy, comparatively, for a long time, and know little of the kind of social, political, physical torment . . . that is commonly meted out . . . on the Body. Just as the body of Christ suffered, so too is the Body of Christ slated . . . to suffer . . . .
A great sifting will go on at the time. Also, paradoxically, many of the elect will come to faith, witnessing the persecution, as has always been the case; if you cut down one, ten more spring in his or her place . . . .
Not to make my "thing" your "thing" . . . but just to offer a possibly helpful technique, "weapon" or "tool" . . . to use . . . to help stay true, loyal, firm, steadfast, and . . . continue to REFUSE to conform to the image of the Beast . . . is . . . indeed . . . to remember the teachings on Hell.
"Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." Rev. 3:10
"And every spirit which does not acknowledge and confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh but would annul, destroy, sever, disunite Him is not of God, does not proceed from Him. This nonconfession is the spirit of the antichrist." 1 John 4:3
"And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image." Rev. 16:1-2
"And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone." Rev. 19:20
"And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years." Rev 20:4
This life is a vapor, a poof, a quick, rough test of mettle. If ever I should find myself in grave danger or under serious threat of any kind . . . and if getting shaky . . . what I will do, among other things, is recall the words of God regarding . . . his punishment for those who refuse Him. Eternal, conscious torment . . . for those who chose anything BUT God . . . versus . . . living and reigning and living with Christ . . . .
As difficult and challenging as the persecution may come to be . . . for Believers . . . as the anti-Christ spirit continues to consolidate its grip on the social and political structures of the world . . . the temporary pain or discomfort . . . is nothing . . . NOTHING to be compared to existing throughout an eternity . . . in unending Hell. I'm just gonna think on that . . . if need be and the temptation comes to entice me to betray my Lord or His people . . . .
In this case, appreciating the seriousness of sin and the terrifying ultimatum of Hell . . . is not morbid or negative . . . but simply helpful and realistic and buttressing . . . to recall the eternal gravity . . . of the situation--the dire consequences involved, for sure, as His Word says . . . .
Here is a great and useful thing to remember . . . when the knees get wobbly and the mind starts hemming and hawing . . . . RECALL the consequences . . . !