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April 5th, 2019

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Preparing for Persecution

According to global statistics, over 200 million followers of Yeshua are undergoing high levels of persecution today–primarily in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. But, I believe the Scriptures teach that the time is coming when such persecution will be the norm in every country of the earth.

As a new believer in my early twenties, a leader in my life once spoke prophetically over me: “Cody, go deep in God’s word NOW because there will be a time in the future where it will be taken away from you, probably because you will be put in prison for your faith.” What an encouraging word for a new believer right?!!! Actually, I took that word seriously and have continued to devote much time to meditating in God’s word almost daily for the past decade.

Heart Training

As I study the end times one of the themes that continues to catch my attention is that of persecution. More and more in my quiet times I have been picturing myself being arrested, beaten, put in prison and even martyred for my faith. I am training my heart now to walk in love for Yeshua and stand up for my faith when those times of extreme pressure come.

My sense is that this heart posture is almost nonexistent in most of the Western Church today. Even If you and I don’t end up facing high levels of persecution, I believe it is wise to prepare our hearts, and the next generation, for what is coming.

What is Coming?

So, what should we be preparing for? Here are some scriptures I have been meditating on:

  • “But before all these things (read verses before – false Messiah’s, wars, great earthquakes, famines, pestilences, fearful sights…), they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons…” Luke 21:12 If you think you will get raptured out before persecution and trouble come, you will be in for a BIG shock.
  • Luke 21:16 warns us that biological and spiritual family and friends will betray us and put some to death.
  • “You will be hated by all for My name’s sake.” Luke 21:17 Consider this word – All. Atheists, people of other religions and humanistic, secular society may tolerate us at some level today, but this tolerance won’t last forever. Are you ready to be hated by all? 
  • “They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think he offers God service.” John 16:2 The deception will be so deep that people will think they are doing God’s will by killing us.
  • Before Yeshua returns, new laws will be passed against believers, making us to be the criminals in the eyes of the world. Calling the nations to turn from their sins and not budging on Yeshua being the only way to God, will be seen as major obstacles to global peace. Because lawlessness will abound and the love of many will grow cold, we should not expect human help or mercy when attacked, but instead the plundering of our possessions, major lies and attacks through media, lawsuits, fines, imprisonments… (Is 24:5-6; Matt 24:12; Heb 10:34)
  • The antichrist will be granted to make war with the saints and overcome. (Dan 8:23-25; Rev 13:7) I believe prophetic patterns in scripture like in Esther 3 and Daniel 3 where laws were passed forcing people into false worship and the destruction of the Jewish people, will emerge again before Yeshua returns.
  • As it was in the days of Noah and Lot, so it will be also be in the days of the Son of Man. (Luke 17:26-30) The wickedness, violence and sexual perversion seen in the days of Noah and Lots are rampant again today, and will continue to be directed against believers in an ever-increasing way (Gen 6; 19). 

In conclusion, Jews and Christians will be the most hated people on the earth. But do not despair about the future, there is good news! The greatest outpouring of the Holy Spirit and harvest of souls will be happening simultaneously with this global persecution (Acts 2:17). There will be a remnant of faithful believers in every nation who will obey God over man (Acts 5:29), and not love their lives unto death (Rev 12:11).

Lord help us to apply Yeshua’s exhortation to watch and pray always that we would be strengthened to resist compromise, sin and fear (Luke 21:36).

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By | 2019-04-08T01:52:13+00:00 April 5th, 2019|18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Marion Conway Nunn April 4, 2019 at 7:34 am - Reply

    A good book on this topic: Unto Death Martyrdom, Missions, and the Maturity of the Church by Dalton Thomas

  2. Bol Yoal April 5, 2019 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Thanks Cody, this article has touched my heart. We must prepare for that, we are the end game each of us must know. Bol Yoal From Ahavat Yeshua Congregation Gambeall Ethiopia

    • Cody Archer April 8, 2019 at 10:28 am - Reply

      Thank you Bol Yoal for your feedback. Blessings to you in Ethiopia!! The congregation I am apart of in Jerusalem is called – Ahavat Yeshua!

  3. LUISA April 5, 2019 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    I feel so blessed by your teachings and tender heart. It´s so easy to see a heart for the Lord.
    This was one of our main prayers during my pregnancies: “for our children to have a tender heart for the Lord”
    The Lord is speaking so much to me, in several ways, about this matter, and your teaching is such a confirmation.
    In ywam we teach about many things, and an important one is about “how to deal with our caracter”. Our caracter being deeply touch and modeled by the Holy Spirit.
    We say: ¨caracter goes before our ministry¨(sorry for my english)
    We have to get ready to confront persecution and I´m sure the Holy Spirit is going to lead us. I have no fear.
    He is so faithful with those that are faithful with Him.
    I keep praying for my beloved Israel and for your ministry.
    Lots of blessings to you all.
    Luisa
    YWAM – CHILE

    • Cody Archer April 8, 2019 at 10:29 am - Reply

      Luisa I am so glad to get your feedback. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts with me! I spent 4.5 years serving with YWAM before I moved to Israel. Bless you in your work in Chile!
      Cody

  4. ANGELA MARRA April 5, 2019 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    Yes Cody you have hit the nail on the head. LORD help us to be ready

    • Cody Archer April 8, 2019 at 10:30 am - Reply

      Thank you Angela for your encouragement! Cody

  5. Lonnie Lane April 6, 2019 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Thanks for ‘braving’ the stating of this, Cody. A much needed exhortation of its reality.

    • Cody Archer April 8, 2019 at 10:31 am - Reply

      Lonnie Lane thanks for your comment. I did have to ask the Lord to give me courage to write this article because I know its content is not popular today, but yet needs to be shared. Blessings to you!
      Cody

  6. Sonja Barnard April 8, 2019 at 4:40 am - Reply

    The Lord has been talking to me about this since 1993 when He placed Israel , China and the Jews all over the world in my heart. Most say they will be out of here before this. I have read and reread this same scriptures over and over.
    I don’t share with most unless Holy Spirit directs. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Tracey April 9, 2019 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    I am a believer of almost 40 years and THIS is my prayer for my Church family. Repent and seek His face.

  8. Mat Taos April 10, 2019 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    Do you know who “trump” is?

  9. Howard April 14, 2019 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Thanks Cody for your post – many will wonder and ask, “Why me, why us?” Daniel 11:32 KJV states, _Those who know their God, will be strong and do exploits.” Knowing our God, says one author, is to “see and perceive”. This very day, let’s hear and respond as the Holy Spirit warns and calls to us to keep to the Narrow Path watching, praying – each
    of us doing what we are called to do in the harvest…

  10. Njunji Hinga May 5, 2019 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    A good reminder of something the church in my part of the world (Kenya)
    is not so vocal on.

  11. Ann Neufeld May 9, 2019 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    Thanks for your reminder that we need to be prepared for challenging times ahead. Timing is so important and it is no coincidence that you would alert believers to what is ahead and how we can prepare. In the l950’s we heard messages about the Second Coming, the coming Antichrist and the Great Tribulation, about the reality of heaven and hell.. This morning I was visiting with my cousin, Arlene, daughter of Anna and Virgil Snyder. Anna Snyder has written a most interesting history of our family heritage, of the Christian faith, dating back to the Reformation Period where
    suffering martyrdom for their faith is our heritage from our ancestors. Your part in these times is crucial and our prayers are with you.for anointing, wisdom and protection. Joshua 1:5..

  12. Ian Norton August 15, 2019 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Thank you Cody… An encouraging and needed article…

    I recall it was about one week after asking Yeshua into my life i was still begging on Ben-Yehuda street in Jerusalem with a ‘Hungry and Homeless’ sign. So anyway, as i sat begging on the pavement behind that sign a commotion started… First shouting, then spitting on me and shoving… and I remember thinking as these Hassidic surrounded me.. “wow, yes, it must be true… Yeshua is the Truth”

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