In The Cross Hairs

Friday, September 25, 2020

It’s an end-time prophetic truth that true Christians are increasingly hated by the majority of people, namely by the wicked spirits within them. It’s time for the body of Christ to realize what we’re up against! The world has put us in its cross hairs of destruction. Evil spirits of the ancient Nephilim and fallen angels have been held at bay for millennia by God, the One who has been “restraining” (2 Thess. 2:6) their wicked desires.  But in these last days, the evil entities of the underworld are being unrestrained and loosed “as it was in the days of Noah” (Luke 17:26).

These rising evil spirits are evidenced in the creation of COVID-19, national lockdowns, social distancing and mask-wearing – we see them in urban riots – we see them in lawless government officials who inspire and approve looting, burning, thefts and lawlessness – and we see them in the destruction of the family – and in their attacks on churches. But Jesus warned, “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you…[and] because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:18–19).

Please note that just before Jesus went to the cross of Calvary, even his own followers turned against Him, not for wanting to but from an absence of the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, because the Spirit had not yet come, and wouldn’t until Pentecost after His resurrection. Today, true Christians have the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, by which to endure to the end.

The ungodly want true Christians dead by whatever means. We oppose their utopian world of God-haters and New Age spiritual gurus. The radical Democrats, socialists, communists, and specifically the scientists who teach us that humanity crawled out of some prehistoric swamp as a one-celled ameba, and then evolved over tens of billions of years into complex humans, are the same people who deny the existence of God! Having been seduced by that ancient Serpent who said that “You will not surely die” (Gen. 3:4), they’ve made themselves their own god, and in their unmitigated pride only their blunted imaginations have any merit! All others must die.

But God rebukes God-haters in their pride: “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools” (Rom. 1:20–22). Indeed, they are all fools who deny God, and without true repentant faith in Christ they will spend eternity in outer darkness, gnashing their teeth in the fires of hell and brimstone, a place created for Satan and his fallen angels.

The global purge of true Christians has begun in earnest, which will reach its apex at the middle of the tribulation, “when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (Matt. 24:15). This will bring in “the mark of the beast” (Rev. 13:17). And for Christians, who, through unbelief of Jesus’ post-tribulation rapture, do not find God’s safety and provision for the last 1,260 days of great tribulation, Rev. 12:6, 14, nor are “counted worthy to escape all these things” (Luke 21:36), the Spirit said “the dragon [Satan] was enraged with the woman, [those who escaped] and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 12:17).

Make no mistake, the true Church is sharply aware of the signs of the times, and has prepared, certainly spiritually, and as much as possible, physically, to endure to the end. The true Church has spent quality time at the foot of the cross of Christ, and ensured that she is “the freewoman” (Gal. 4:21–31), prepared to take the high holy road of testimony for the Lord Jesus, and she will as a result find God’s safety and provision for the absolute worst time in the history of the world that Jesus called the “great tribulation” (Matt. 24:21). Biblically, it’s God’s character to provide a way of escape for those who believe Him, and He will do it again for those who believe His Son.

But if professing Christians in the organized church are not spiritually prepared, nor discerning of the signs of the end-times, they will reap what they’ve sown. If familial or pastoral leadership defends the ungodly; if repentance is not real; if discernment is not by the Holy Spirit, then in soon-coming days of increasing persecution, “many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another” (Matt. 24:10), which will lead the very sudden and dreadful “falling away” (2 Thess. 2:3). Guard yourselves, dear saints, don’t give the enemy a foothold.

Not only are Christians in the cross hairs of destruction by globalists, all of humanity is in the crosshairs of destruction by the spirits of, and the coming Antichrist. Many recognize the year 2020 as a catastrophic turning point in the history of the world. This headline states the obvious: “COVID, hurricanes, wildfires, politics: 2020 is an American nightmare that’s wearing us out”. Beyond these catastrophes, I have strongly advised people to NOT take the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. If you need further encouragement to that end, I hope this article helps solidify your decision to reject it. Please also watch the Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. video. And take special note here that globalists have indeed begun trying to destroy Christian churches from gathering, Pastor John MacArthur’s church being exhibit A! Note the insane and unconstitutional requirements mandated by the state in order for church members to meet!

And as if the above weren’t enough, a new survey finds many professing Christians training the cross hairs of destruction on themselves! From The Christian Post, this headline: “US Christians increasingly departing from core truths of Christian worldview”. The article opens with “A new survey shows that the majority of Americans no longer believe that Jesus is the path to salvation and instead believe that being a good person is sufficient.” Listen, “good works” saves NO ONE! Christ made it very clear that He is “the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Salvation unto eternal life is ONLY through true faith in Christ Jesus and His redeeming work at the cross of Calvary. In regard to this new survey, it’s apparent “the falling away” has already begun, but the worst and sudden departure is yet to come.

Speaking of Jesus Christ: “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Dear fellow believers, I ask you to help get the truth to unbelievers that there is ONLY one way to salvation unto eternal life. And that one way is by new-birth faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection and ascension to God the Father – and inseparable from that is the testimony of the Son of God, the true Messiah. May the love, peace, mercy, and grace of God abide with you now and always!

Marlin J. Yoder

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I'm a non-denominational ordained minister, and have written TheFridayLetter.com for many years and teach the truths of Jesus Christ in whatever venues the Lord provides. With an emphasis on the end-times, I am available to teach in small group or home settings that people would know the truths of Christ instead of the traditions of men.

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