Easter Suicide Bombing A Preview Of The Persecution Christians Will Face During The Tribulation?

By Michael Snyder, on March 27th, 2016

 

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At least 65 people were killed and at least 300 were injured when an Islamic suicide bomber targeted a group of Christians that were celebrating Easter in a park in Lahore, Pakistan on Sunday.  Photographs and videos from the scene show bodies that are absolutely covered in blood and that are mangled beyond description.  To be honest, many of them are so graphic that I would not feel comfortable sharing them with my readers.  This brutal attack comes right on the heels of the horrific terror bombings in Brussels, Belgium, and it appears that we have entered a period of time when there will be a feeding frenzy of Islamic terrorism.  According to Wikipedia, there have been 96 such terror attacks since the start of 2016 alone, and this is already shaping up to be a record setting year for Islamic terror.  But of course this is just the beginning.  What we will see in the months and years to come will be far worse.  In fact, attacks like the one that we witnessed on Easter are just a very small preview of the persecution that Christians will experience during the coming Tribulation period.

This suicide bombing in Lahore was particularly reprehensible because it targeted women and children.  In fact, the Daily Mail is reporting that “most of the victims are believed to be women and children”…

Suicide bombers have killed at least 65 people and injured more than 300 more in an attack aimed at Christians in a park in Pakistan.

The blast happened in the parking area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore, a few metres away from children’s swings, and most of the victims are believed to be women and children.

Authorities have so far confirmed the deaths of 65 people at the park, where Christians had been celebrating Easter, but they expect the death toll to rise.

How could someone do that?

How could someone strap on a bomb and dive into a crowd of women and children at a park?

Incredibly, many mainstream news reports in the United States do not even mention that Christians were the target of this attack.  Just check out this CNN article where there are no mentions of Christians at all.  The political correctness of our mainstream media continues to extend to ridiculous new extremes.

The same thing could also be said of our politicians.  During his weekend radio address, Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to bring in 100,000 new refugees this year despite the recent suicide bombings…

In a brief Easter weekend radio address, President Obama vowed to decimate the self-proclaimed Islamic State, but he said the United States will do so by offering an example of freedom, tolerance and open society.

“Our openness to refugees fleeing ISIL’s violence; our determination to win the battle against ISIL’s hateful and violent propaganda — a distorted view of Islam that aims to radicalize young Muslims to their cause,” are paramount in the fight, Obama told Americans during his weekly radio address.

Admitting entry to Syrian and Iraqi refugees has become a divisive issue in the U.S. as well as Europe, but Obama made clear he has no plan to back off his promise to admit 100,000 to the U.S. this year.

And as I have written about previously, Obama’s refugee program appears to be specifically targeting small towns in the most conservative parts of America.

When will people wake up?

All over the world, violence against Christians is rising.

Could what we have seen so far be the leading edge of a wave of persecution that will reach a crescendo during the coming Great Tribulation?

Unfortunately, the vast majority of Christians in the western world have not been prepared for the persecution that is coming because they have been taught that they won’t be around to face it.

I have just released my brand new book entitled “The Rapture Verdict” which addresses this controversy.  It is 37 chapters long, and it comprehensively demonstrates that the rapture comes immediately after the coming seven year Tribulation period (Matthew 24, Mark 13 etc.) and so Christians are going to be here to face the Antichrist, the Mark of the Beast and the horrifying persecution of believers described in the book of Revelation.

Of course believers in the Middle East, Africa, North Korea, China, India and elsewhere around the globe are already enduring immense persecution.  If you tried to tell them that they were going to get out of here before anything bad happened to them they would just laugh at you.

For the first 1800 years of church history, the overwhelmingly dominant viewpoint was that Christians were going to have to go through the entire seven year Tribulation period and that Jesus would come back when it was over.  But in the western world today, most Christians are completely and totally unprepared to face the persecution that is coming, and most of them have made absolutely no preparations for the difficult years to come because they have put all of their chips on the idea of a pre-Tribulation rapture.

Once upon a time I believed in a pre-Tribulation rapture too.  I have been immersed in the world of Bible prophecy all of my life, and as I was growing up I just trusted what “the experts” had to say.  I read their books, I bought their DVD, I watched their television shows and I went to their conferences.

But whenever the Bible speaks about the timing of the rapture, it always says that it comes after the Tribulation is over.  In my book, I break this down in excruciating detail, and I go over the most common arguments used by those that believe in a pre-Trib or mid-Trib rapture.

I certainly do not intend to upset my brothers and sisters that are pre-Trib or mid-Trib.  I love all of my brothers and sisters in Christ, and learning to love one another is far more important than “winning a debate” about these matters.  In the end, we shouldn’t just blindly trust what any of “the experts” are saying.  We all need to be good Bereans and look into the Scriptures for ourselves to see if these things are true.

Without a doubt, the second coming of Jesus is something that God wanted us to understand.  It is mentioned approximately 300 times in the New Testament alone, which breaks down to about once every 25 verses.  If we weren’t supposed to focus on this, there wouldn’t be such a vast amount of material in the Bible about it.

In Matthew 24:21, Jesus warns us that just prior to His return we would experience a time that would be more horrible than anything the world has ever seen before or will ever see again.

But for the moment, Christians in the western world have it quite easy.  In fact, the only violence on Easter in the western world this year came during an Easter egg hunt

An Easter egg hunt descended into chaos on Saturday after parents in Orange, Connecticut, stormed the field.

Children as young as four were trampled by adults in a rampage to steal buckets and grab as many of the 9,000 hidden eggs as possible from the third annual free event at the PEZ headquarters.

One four-year-old son was left ‘bloody’ on the sports field and a two-year-old girl was shoved into the mud, witnesses claimed.

A horrified parent described the scene as ‘an angry mob of chaos’ with ‘not one toddler hunting for eggs’ among the crowds of adults.

We should enjoy this time of relative stability while we can, because things are most definitely going to be changing.

Hatred for Christians is rapidly rising all over the planet, and eventually deciding whether to be a Christian or not will be a life or death matter.

When that times comes, which side of the fence will you be on?

 

Source: http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/easter-suicide-bombing-a-preview-of-the-persecution-christians-will-face-during-the-tribulation

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4 Responses to “Easter Suicide Bombing A Preview Of The Persecution Christians Will Face During The Tribulation?”

  1. Mark says:

    Following a tweet last night about Jim Baker’s what-dos and up pops Michael Snyder who I’ve read – appreciate – over the years. Awake and Church – “what have we here?” (Now this/post). Well, no-change, the church isn’t publicly awake anywhere much, at all. Not Jim, Tam. Nowhere? There be the always school of shtum prophets. I write this sad, not smug.

    A number of reasons come to mind. I’m written-up on Tap sufficient (some of) these. Here though, almost feeling, I should let a God-post pass… but… – for me – at least this post has decent tone and much sense. I don’t hold to tomorrow-mapped-exact views but better to ‘face persecution’ than pretend to be whisked away. As for ‘the first 1800 years’ of eschatology, while correct regarding ‘raptures new’. Saints of old wouldn’t hold, in the main, Michael and co’s futurist view. Capital P protestant historicism, argues there’s – with much justification – another view. (‘Much justification’ – as happens, the eventual ‘reformers’ bravely held revelation).

    On all things global and what the bible might have written about, the evangelical church has battered its self down, this and thus, over it. I commend Michael’s writings read/up to now, (if mine to even offer such) but here’s my somewhat provocative but supportive comment. Something the non-b’s might consider: ‘Unfortunately, the vast majority of Christians in the western world have not been prepared for the persecution that is coming because they have been taught that they won’t be around to face it’.

    Is this; face/accept, or resist/overcome. I know the reply would be ‘…and…’ But it’s a bit like the ‘if evil…’ line. Does God want us to resist, if God is saying, this coming? I understand the paradox and it works. I might hear and be charged by Michael fighting writing. Achh… a more ‘why’ and I think connected: why do Charismatics sound more resigned than resilient? Hunker down, more than hold up and at least, push-back evil enterprises as fast and far as possible?

    And I read a shift in awake-land to calling all so full-on ‘Islamic terror’. Not, Islamacist even, and some recognition that it isn’t wholesale and there’s no monolithic Islam… and this all and all, not into terror. I know this isn’t explicitly stated but what do the wider Muslim public hear? What do we want best for, and from, them? It’s like calling terrorists (?) ‘radical’? Well I suppose if you believe roots, and therefore branches, top to bottom, is all murderous if followed to its heart – you’d at least have to agree, there’s whole lotta heretics?

    And at least some evangelical recognition of the extremely non-Islamic strings-pullers.

    This, a base-line to being ‘awake’. I’ll keep looking and praying. Sure there are Christians knowing and hollaring for help and action. But awake local churches or para-church? They barely register. Not online. Not public. And my view, is missing…

  2. RabbiT says:

    Thanks Gordon for an article which has some spiritual relevance rather than the NWO New Age deception agenda which I am concerned is given too much airtime and is otherwise not questioned as to its validity.

    Genuine Christianity is founded on love, tolerance and peace and indeed we are seeing its followers increasingly persecuted. I have found myself persecuted since entering adulthood but such is God’s plan.

    The persecution to come however appears largely from beheading whether this be by FEMA style guillotine or sharia style law; time will tell:

    “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” Revelation 20.4

    Personally I consider the whole rapture issue to be a myth seemingly brought to us by Jesuits in the 16C.

    It is a convenient belief that helps keep the Laodicean church complacent, asleep and otherwise ignorant of both the spiritual – as well as the temporal plans of the enemy.

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