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Matthew 24, hate iniquity, love, LAst Days, wars, wicked, Congress, Supreme Court,

Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.  And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.   And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.   And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.   But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Matthew 24:9-13

Previously in this series, The Last Days Are Here, we find there are many coming in the name of Jesus Christ claiming they are “special ministers of God.”  They’re everywhere, you know – just turn a dial or clink a link.  There are also the sorrows of wars, rumours of wars, nation against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; famines, pestilences, and earthquakes.  But none of those things are affecting you, you say.  Well, just stick around and hang around and your turn will come.

By the way, these wars and the repercussions of wars are Satan’s rebellion against God.  He enjoys it!  He and his brood cause chaos which adversely affects billions, and their wars are like the American Civil War, where both sides read the same Bible, prayed to the same God, and each invoked God’s aid against the other.  (A paraphrase of a line in Abe Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.)  Probably both sides in the Civil War had it coming to them, though: the South practicing slavery and the North putting up with it.  And even though the beast likes to war against God by facilitating wars, the Almighty is just using the devil and his boys to do some dirty housework for him, as it is written in Proverbs,  “The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.” Think of what it will take to clean up forty years of legalized abortion’s fifty million dead babies in America at the hand of Presidents, Congress, the Supreme Court, and the American Medical Association, to name some of the perpetrators.

Also, the unbelievers are becoming increasingly anxious about their expiration dates fast approaching when they will meet up with God.  No wonder they dislike the Christians who are the sons of God; and consequently, Christians are hated by all nations, peoples, and betrayed by the worldly bunch, and aided by false prophets and unbelieving relatives.  Like the Lord Jesus Christ said “And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”

Listen: When the Lord says “he that endures to the end shall be saved” he is warning that this life is to be met with unique trials for the believers. For instance, Satan’s pack of jackals will hound you in the spiritual realm, but the Holy Spirit muzzle is, “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” And while you endure those blessed mind boggling battles, the son of perdition’s human soldiers may also personally stick it to you; but the Son of God parries, “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

So, brother, like it says in the Book of Hebrews, keep “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  If you endure, you are secure!

And so, until we meet again… Remember God loves you.  Read your Bible.



The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen