Each piece I post I try to focus on that which is inspirational first and foremost. However, this piece is more toward the informational I consider of times and seasons I am no longer able to ignore.
I have been seeking and researching the experiences, stories, and survival of the twentieth century’s persecuted underground church into the new twenty-first century. I have been learning such things as personal experiences of how they coped and stayed true to their following commitment to Christ.
It is inspiring to hear of how Christ helped them, and sometimes surprising in instances He didn’t always intervene in the immediate circumstances. At those times, how did their faith sustain them – or fail them.
Sometimes my findings are very raw – and not always inspiring in a way we would like to think. Of course, it is nothing like we could imagine raised in a free church. But if an underground church is in some of our futures, it would be necessary to make the needed adjustments entirely foreign for any prior experience.
My opinion for dedicated Christ-followers is that being forced to seek out an underground church is becoming more than just possible; It is likely. There is no way to prepare one’s self for such hardship. However, hearing others tell some of their stories says making the necessary adjustments day-by-day is possible.
I’m tempted here to use military-style analogies but will refrain at this time because the purpose is far different.
I am not a prophecy preacher, neither have I been particularly interested in bible prophecy as a primary focus. However, I am an observer of local and world events as I watch them develop and the direction of their likely trend.
As I write on this subject in the near future I will strive to keep my words subdued so as not to allow them to become sensationalistic. By my observation the majority of the world is seeing what I see and is chewing their fingernails with foreboding. I will strive to approach these subjects with a tincture of reasoning discussion concerning those of us whose lives are dedicated to Christ. I do understand that fear and panic is our worst enemy going forward. ~”For I have determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2
21 “And then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it.
24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
25 See, I have told you beforehand.” These are the Lord’s words according to the twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew, verses 21-25. NKJV