Prophesy is fulfilled as more governments look at the impact of war on the streets of their countries.
Europe has seem part of the middle east battle field move to the major cities and has no real solution.
This morning there have been calls for all suspected or associated persons to be interned for the safety of the majority.
Hard line commentators express the view that this is the only way to achieve the safety of citizens. Liberals express the view that you can’t punish people for what they might do, also it is a denial of the fundamental human right to freedom of thought and religion.
So if and I say IF you were to promote the incarceration of thousands of people where would you begin.
Two countries spring to mind immediately The Russian Federation and Eritrea. Anyone who fails to acknowledge that the state has the right to dictate everything that is believed, that the state itself is the most important organisation is an extremist.
For example 3 individuals have been held in custody in Eritrea with out a trial for over 20 years; the crime? They obey God before the government. What this meant in practice was they accepted the civil rules but clearly stated they lived for Gods Government. The state declared them non-citizens, interned them and has left them there without a trail for more than 20 years.
The Russian Federation has identified the non-combative stance of a religious group as extremism because again the way of worship requires they obey the civil authority but promote Gods Government.
Germany, Italy, Canada, the UK and so many other countries adopted this view during the 20th Century.
Jesus of Nazareth
The bible clearly identifies him as the son of God. Yet with all his power to heal, feed and calm the state decided he was too dangerous. Why? because his Kingdom was not from “this (human) source”.
An apostle of Jesus clearly told followers “Christians” of his day to pay tax, to obey the law but also to advocate Jesus Kingdom.
Many times the Lords pray is recited during times of extreme trouble Matthew 6: 9 through 14. We pray for Gods Kingdom to come and his will to be done. We are praying for the end of the human style of rulership.
Psalm 2 helps us to appreciate how the rulers of this world view Gods Kingdom, they take their stand against it. Although like the ant on the track trying to stop the approaching train they are powerless.
Daniel chapter 2
Having described an immense image Daniel then says (Daniel 2:44, 45) 44 “In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed. And this kingdom will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it alone will stand forever, 45 just as you saw that out of the mountain a stone was cut not by hands, and that it crushed the iron, the copper, the clay, the silver, and the gold. The Grand God has made known to the king what will happen in the future. The dream is true, and its interpretation is trustworthy.”
Society reflects the previous verse (Daniel 2:43) 43 Just as you saw iron mixed with soft clay, they will be mixed with the people; but they will not stick together, one to the other, just as iron does not mix with clay.
This is reflected in the prophesy at (Luke 21:26-28) . . .People will become faint out of fear and expectation of the things coming upon the inhabited earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 But as these things start to occur, stand up straight and lift up your heads, because your deliverance is getting near.”
The leaders have no answers to a fractured or broken/polarised society. Outrage after outrage is raising the levels of fear in government, the Response of the Russian Federation and Eritrea indicates that governments are going to begin the process of dismantling religion in the pursuit peace. The state becomes more restrictive.
Fearful of what happens next?
Christians can not be fearful because when the Governments of the World take a stand against extremism or non-conforming belief this is a sign that we are approaching the point of divine intervention.
This is the time to recognise the sign, to acknowledge Christs ruler ship and that we are looking at the biggest change in human history.
The fight against Christianity has already started, it will be replicated in a way that appears to promote peace and tolerance because Christianity is easier to break than Islam. Take out the one and then clear the way to remove the rest.
We live in a time of real tension but like waiting for the Bridegroom and Bride on the wedding day we are in expectation of it. Therefore Keep On the Watch!