I have ministered on this at times, it was never well received, lots of troll, comments and mail why? Many are post modern, it shows and speaks loudly, we are in a day and age that few want to even hear the name of Jesus-out loud.
It reminds me of Deacon Stephen, the first martyr. He preached a hard truth, the whole truth , the results were amazing, they gashed their teeth, screamed , covered their ears, but the word of truth still cut like a knife. One day many will be called on for the confession of Christ, unto blood.
When I say,'Many Different suffers' I mean, many different problems, illness, money, uncertain job out look, no job on and on, this causes suffering, this is the simple fact, many of us at times suffer for different circumstances, all ordained and allowed by God, will, in time, produce in us more fruit, and more fruit is a need for today and the days ahead.
The main message, is simple. I mean simply grade school theology, it is what will cause us to be persecuted, on line, off line, life....The simple truth that will soon be outlawed is -Jesus is the ONLY way to the Father, AND THE ONLY WAY to eternal life.
That simple, radical, truth, will be called extremist, as it has been all through history, during the persecutions. Preaching of the cross, is having, and will have, a dramatic increase soon, of persecution of the true saints
Terrorists are not all labeled Muslims, but a lot of you are, for being a constitutional lovers, who is not?If you believe in prepping, or the NWO. WE do not fight the NWO, that is all Gods Judgment, I still personally believe that the tribulation will start a while from now, most disagree, a fall of a nation, arise out of the ashes, maybe 100 years after the stuff hits, the one world system, less population, and at this time I feel many will see the Antichrist and no doubt, this leader cuts a 7 year literally treaty with Israel, this has not happened, they know not what they are talking about in eschatology, study of bible prophecy, and illumination , revelations...when many say we are in the 7 year tribulation.
For many reasons, being a Christian is at the top of the list. The devil has always tried to take out the Church Of Christ around the world, the remnant bride, there will always be a remnant, always, this will never change unto the second coming.
We are called to be careful we are not fighting the will of God, is this a Judgment, or an event? It matters not, our lord controls all out comes, they are all in his hands.
Paul did not know, in our text, if he would die on this given journey, but history shows he did not, notice the words , all I know is every city I go, whippings and persecution, bondage.
In the West its not hard today, it will be a much more harder, we must pray for more power, more grace.
Bold faith and a more humbly bold resolve, in actions, words and dead's.
Act 20:22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:
Act 20:23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
Act 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Act 20:25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.
Act 20:26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.
Act 20:27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
Act 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
Not knowing the things that shall befall me there; that is, the particular things he should suffer there, nor how they would issue with respect to life or death; and if the latter, whether he should suffer death, there or elsewhere; these things were not as yet revealed to him; he only in general knew, that bonds and afflictions would be his lot and portion, and which therefore he excepts in the next verse: after this it was revealed to him by Agabus a prophet, in the name, and under the influence of the Holy Ghost, that he should be apprehended at Jerusalem, and should be bound and delivered to the Gentiles; which was signified by the prophet's taking his girdle and binding his hands and feet with it, but still he knew not whether he should die there or not, though he was ready for it, Act_21:10 afterwards when he was come to Jerusalem, and had been bound, and was in prison, the Lord himself appeared to him, and told him that he must bear witness at Rome, as he had testified of him at Jerusalem, Act_23:11 so that he was not to suffer death there, only bonds and imprisonment.
All we know is we are to face what ever comes with the mind of Christ, the Grace of the lord, or we can do nothing, co- operation with, not against the Holy Spirit. This is a call, an exhortation, and some things we will soon see.
Unto Death- do we Never Part - Amen.