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The Persecuted Church


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The curse principle of Genesis

The first one to be cursed was the creature that Satan used in temptation.

Gen 3:13-14 So the LORD God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life.”

Gen 3:17-19 'You shall not eat of it': “Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.”

This is universal to all born of flesh.

Cain: Gen 4:10-12 And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground. “So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand. “When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth.”

Generations later: Gen 5:29 And he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD has cursed.”

A new family of man had begun through Noah, resolving what took place with man being corrupt and the increase of violence (which began with Cain, Gen. 6:11.13).

Then God made a people, a nation from Abraham, they would be given His laws and the true way to worship. They were the worlds only theocracy.

Genesis 12:2-3 “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

If God does not keep His promise to Israel and the Jews what guarantee do Gentiles, the church have?

The Jewish people have been persecuted for thousands of years and are still here. No other people group has kept their identity and survived this long. Do you see any Babylonians, Caananites or Assyrians? If one looks through history that have to wonder why the Jews are always the object of persecution.

Israel was to testify of God, and through them He eventually brought the Messiah and Saviour into the world.

God takes the protection over the nation he made from Abraham's seed personally. He further developed covenants with Israel as promised that his descendants would become a great nation (Gen. 12:2). This was significant because Abraham and his wife had not been able to have children. Moreover he promised that the descendants of Abraham would possess a land (12:7; 13:14-15; 15:18-19). That through Abraham all of the peoples of the earth would be blessed (12:3). These individual and national promises were confirmed as an eternal unconditional promise. God entered into a blood covenant with Abraham, promising to do all that He had revealed (15:9-21).

Why Israel cannot be cursed or removed in Gods eyes (i.e. especially by a religion that claims is of God).

Jer. 31:35-37 Thus says the LORD, who gives the sun for a light by day, the ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, who disturbs the sea, and its waves roar (The LORD of hosts is His name):

“If those ordinances depart from before Me, says the LORD, then the seed of Israel shall also cease from being a nation before Me forever.” Thus says the LORD: “If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, says the LORD.”

Since God holds all things together and is in control it is impossible for these ordinances to be removed.

But one must remove these ordinances for the nation of Israel to vanish. With all the talk of elimination of Israel from her enemies these days they forget it was not long ago when Saddam Hussein repeated this hatred by using scud missiles on Israel and he learned the lesson of the covenant.

Robert Ley: Hitler's 'Labor Leader', committed suicide in Allied captivity 1945. A statement by this Nazi doctor known for his bitterness toward Jews was published in Nuremberg, Germany. Admitting the tragedy of his own involvement in the attempted destruction of the Jews, he wrote:

We have forsaken God and therefore were forsaken by God. Anti-Semitism distorted our outlook and we made grave errors. It is hard to admit these mistakes but the whole existence of our people is in question. We Nazis must have the courage to rid ourselves of Anti-Semitism. We have to declare to our youth that it was a mistake. The youth will not believe our opponents. We have to meet the Jews with open hearts. German people, reconcile yourselves with the Jew. Invite him into your home with you. We cannot stop the excited sea at once but must let her calm down gradually, otherwise terrible repercussions would result. A complete reconciliation with the Jews has priority over economic or cultural reconstruction….”

We see in the time of Esther Israel is captive yet God is there to protect them and turns table on Haman who made the gallows for the Jews. God is till active behind the scene and keeps His promises.

All those who fight against Israel fight against God. Occupied territories are used as leverage by a people who are occupiers. God promised this land to His people under a covenant. Those who oppose Israels possession are in rebellion against God and come under the curse provision of Gen.12. Those who believe the Bible should agree that the “promised” land to Abraham belong to his descendants. To pray for their peace of Jerusalem certainly has the Abrahamic covenant in mind.

After Jesus speaks of how they treated his brethren through the Tribulation period they satnd before him as he separates sheep from goats “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: (Matthew 25:40-41 KJV) Jesus decision is related to the Abrahamic covenant.

Jesus will repair the damage done throughout the Tribulation. At that time the curse of Genesis will be lifted from the earth; world peace will be implemented under the Messiahs reign as he sits on the throne of David in Israel. Animals will be gentle and will no longer have a vicious nature, the ground will yield its fruit, man will treat each other with more respect than we have seen throughout our history, there will be no more bigotry or prejudice.

The new covenant was made through Israel for all people (Gen.12). To have a relationship with God a gentile must be grafted into the covenant. If God does not keep the covenant with Israel than He will not keep the covenant with the church. This is something that some people need to think a bit more seriously on.

Support of Israel as a country (or government) is not the same as support for the Jews as a people and a nation not just in Israel but everywhere. This would include Jewish missionaries to their own people (Rom.10:1). Therein lies the difference of the general support and actual biblical support.

How they hate thee, let us count the ways.

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me” (Matthew 24:9). Followers of Jesus will be persecuted and put to death, because the world hated him first. A Jewish believer in Jesus has a double target on him.

As nations become Islamic, or allow their religion to exist among others, we will watch everything become worse for Christians and Jews, the people of the book.

Islam promises to eliminate all so that only Islam exists, beginning with the Jews then the Christians.

Christianity in Middle East feels the pressure of Muslim persecution which media and politicians ignore for fear of “racism” charges.

“Christianity 'close to extinction' in Middle East,” by Edward Malnick in the Telegraph, Dec. 23, 2012 (thanks to Pamela Geller):

Christianity faces being wiped out of the “biblical heartlands” in the Middle East because of mounting persecution of worshippers, according to a new report.

The study warns that Christians suffer greater hostility across the world than any other religious group.

And it claims politicians have been “blind” to the extent of violence faced by Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The most common threat to Christians abroad is militant Islam, it says, claiming that oppression in Muslim countries is often ignored because of a fear that criticism will be seen as “racism”.

It warns that converts from Islam face being killed in Saudi Arabia, Mauritania and Iran and risk severe legal penalties in other countries across the Middle East. This sentiment is growing in light of the Islamic revolution.

It cites estimates that 200 million Christians, or 10 per cent of Christians worldwide, are “socially disadvantaged, harassed or actively oppressed for their beliefs.”

“There is now a serious risk that Christianity will disappear from its biblical heartlands,” it claims.The report shows that “Muslim-majority” states make up 12 of the 20 countries judged to be “unfree” on the grounds of religious tolerance by Freedom House, the human rights think tank.

They catalogue hundreds of attacks on Christians by religious fanatics over recent years, focusing on seven countries: Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, Nigeria, India, Burma and China.

The 2003 invasion of Iraq left Iraqi Christians “more vulnerable than ever”, highlighted by the 2006 beheading of a kidnapped Orthodox priest, Fr Boulos Iskander, and the kidnapping of 17 further priests and two bishops between 2006 and 2010.

“In most cases, those responsible declared that they wanted all Christians to be expelled from the country,” the report says.

1400 years of Islamic persecution of Christians (and others) by obedience to their Quran is coming to its zenith as we are on the cusp of the Tribulation…

One must decide whom they are for, good or evil. To side with either Israel or their opposers. The popularity is that the church has replaced Israel, (insinuating directly or subtly that God is no longer involved with them) we have an anti Israel view being promoted. Churches that side with a rebellious people, the Palestinians, that oppose a peaceful co existence with Israel, will experience God’s promise in Gen.12


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