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When Persecution Comes Part 1

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October 15, 2020
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In the stirring message; “When Persecution Comes;” as part of the bold series “Twilight’s Last Gleaming;” Dr. Robert Jeffress shares three words that are essential to understand in preparation for the coming persecution of Christians.

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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPIT
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  • OF THE FIRST BAPTISTCHURCH OF DALLAS, TEXAS,
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  • THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORYWITH DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS,
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TOPATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • TO MANY CHRISTIANS,
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  • PERSECUTION IS SOMETHING THATHAPPENS IN A FAR-OFF PLACE,
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  • LIKE ASIA OR IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
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  • BUT IN REALITY,
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  • PERSECUTION IS ALREADYTAKING PLACE IN AMERICA.
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  • POLITICIANS AND LOBBYISTSARE WORKING HARD
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  • TO SILENCE THE VOICE OFCHRISTIANS IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE.
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  • NEW LAWS AND LEGISLATION ARELIMITING OUR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM,
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  • AND THE BIBLE TEACHES THATHOSTILITY TOWARD CHRISTIANS
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  • IS BOUND TO GET WORSE.
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  • TODAY, I'M GOING TO OFFERTHREE ESSENTIAL WORDS
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  • TO HELP YOU PREPARE FORTHE PERSECUTION AHEAD.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED,"WHEN PERSECUTION COMES"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OFPATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • AMERICA IS IN THE MIDST OFCRITICAL EVENTS THE LIKES
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  • OF WHICH WE'VE NEVER SEENBEFORE. IN THESE INCREASINGLY
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  • DIVIDED TIMES LEADING UPTO THE 2020 ELECTION,
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  • NOW MORE THANEVER WE NEED TO JOIN
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  • TOGETHER AND PRAY FORAMERICA. FROM BEST-SELLING
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  • AUTHOR, DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS,COMES "PRAYING FOR AMERICA,"
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  • A COLLECTION OF 40INSPIRATIONAL STORIES
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  • AND 40 INTENTIONAL PRAYERSFOR OUR GREAT NATION.
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  • REQUEST "PRAYING FOR AMERICA"BY DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE AGENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT
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  • THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAYTO VICTORY TODAY.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • ANY CHRISTIAN WHO SERIOUSLYTAKES GOD'S COMMAND
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  • TO BE LIGHT AND SALT INTHIS DARK AND DECAYING WORLD
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  • NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND
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  • YOU MAY NOT AND WILL NOTALWAYS RECEIVE JUSTICE,
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  • BUT YOU ALWAYS CAN BE GUARANTEEDTO RECEIVE PERSECUTION.
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  • JESUS SAID IN JOHN 16:33,
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  • "IN THIS WORLD, YOUWILL HAVE TRIBULATION,
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  • "BUT BE OF GOOD COURAGE; IHAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD."
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  • THE APOSTLE PAUL, WHOBEFORE HIS CONVERSION,
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  • HAD BEEN AN INSTRUMENT OFPERSECUTION AGAINST CHRISTIANS,
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  • ALMOST OVERNIGHT BECAMEA TARGET OF PERSECUTION.
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  • IN 2 CORINTHIANS 11,
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  • HE DETAILS SOME OF THE SUFFERING
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  • THAT HE EXPERIENCEDAS A CHRISTIAN.
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  • HE SAID IN2 CORINTHIANS 11:24-27,
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  • "FIVE TIME I RECEIVEDFROM THE JEWS 39 LASHES.
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  • "THREE TIMES I WASBEATEN WITH RODS.
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  • "ONCE I WAS STONED, THREETIMES I WAS SHIPWRECKED;
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  • "A NIGHT AND A DAY IHAVE SPENT IN THE DEEP.
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  • "I'VE BEEN ON FREQUENT JOURNEYS,IN DANGERS FROM RIVERS,
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  • "DANGERS FROM ROBBERS,DANGERS FROM MY COUNTRYMEN,
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  • "DANGERS FROM THE GENTILES,DANGERS IN THE CITIES,
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  • "DANGERS IN THE WILDERNESS,DANGERS ON THE SEA,
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  • "DANGERS AMONG FALSE BRETHREN;
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  • "I'VE BEEN INLABOR AND HARDSHIP,
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  • "THROUGH MANY SLEEPLESSNIGHTS, IN HUNGER AND THIRST,
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  • "OFTEN WITHOUT FOOD,IN COLD AND EXPOSURE."
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  • THAT WAS PAUL'S EXPERIENCE.
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  • OR LISTEN TO THE EXPERIENCE
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  • OF THE FIRST-CENTURYCHRISTIANS THAT FOLLOWED PAUL.
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  • AS THE WRITER OF HEBREWS NOTES,"BELIEVERS WERE TORTURED,
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  • "NOT ACCEPTING THEIR RELEASE,
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  • "IN ORDER THAT THEY MIGHTOBTAIN A BETTER RESURRECTION;
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  • "AND OTHERSEXPERIENCED SCOURGINGS,
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  • "YES, CHAINS AND IMPRISONMENT.
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  • "THEY WERE STONED,THEY WERE SAWN IN TWO,
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  • "THEY WERE TEMPTED, THEY WEREPUT TO DEATH WITH THE SWORD,
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  • "THEY WENT ABOUT INSHEEPSKINS, IN GOATSKINS,
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  • "BEING DESTITUTE,AFFLICTED, ILL-TREATED,
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  • "MEN OF WHOM THEWORLD WAS NOT WORTHY,
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  • "WANDERING IN DESERTSAND MOUNTAINS AND CAVES
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  • "AND HOLES IN THE GROUND."
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  • NOW, WHEN WE READ PASSAGESLIKE THAT, LET'S BE HONEST,
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  • WE TRY TO ASSURE OURSELVES THATWE WON'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH
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  • THAT KIND OF SUFFERING,
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  • BECAUSE AFTER ALL, WE LIVE INA DIFFERENT TIME IN HISTORY.
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  • AND YET, IT'S POINTEDOUT THAT MORE CHRISTIANS
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  • DIED AS MARTYRS INTHE 20TH CENTURY
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  • THAN ALL THE OTHERCENTURIES COMBINED,
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  • CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD.
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  • THE REASON WE IN THE WEST,IN AMERICA SPECIFICALLY,
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  • FEEL IMMUNE FROM THISKIND OF SUFFERING IS,
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  • WE LIVE IN A SELF-MADE BUBBLE.
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  • WE'RE NOT AWARE OF WHATIS HAPPENING TO CHRISTIANS
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  • AROUND THE WORLD TODAY.
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  • FOR EXAMPLE, SINCE2003, IRAQI CHRISTIANS
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  • HAVE BEEN FREQUENT TARGETSBY ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS.
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  • IN IRAN, AUTHORITIESARRESTED 70 CHRISTIANS
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  • OVER A SIX-WEEK PERIOD OF TIME,
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  • IN AN EFFORT TO TARGETGRASSROOTS CHRISTIAN GROUPS.
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  • IN JANUARY OF 2011, AJUDGE IN AFGHANISTAN
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  • TOLD SHOAIB ASSADULLAH THATIF HE DID NOT RENOUNCE CHRIST
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  • WITHIN ONE WEEK, HE WOULDFACE UP TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON
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  • OR EVEN BE SENTENCED TO DEATH.
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  • TODAY, MORE CHRISTIANSARE IMPRISONED IN CHINA
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  • THAN IN ANY OTHERCOUNTRY IN THE WORLD.
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  • HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDSOF BELIEVERS
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  • ARE DETAINED INWORK CAMPS EACH YEAR
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  • WITHOUT EVEN A COURT ORDERSO THAT THEY CAN PARTICIPATE
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  • IN, "A RE-EDUCATIONTHROUGH LABOR PROGRAM"
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  • AS THE CHINESE LIKE TO CALL IT.
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  • THE ONLY LEGAL CHURCHES ALLOWEDBY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT
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  • ARE THOSE CONTROLLEDBY THE GOVERNMENT.
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  • THOSE WHO MEET IN HOUSECHURCHES NOT SANCTIONED
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  • BY THE GOVERNMENT RISK TORTURE,IMPRISONMENT, AND DEATH.
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  • PHILIP YANCEY DESCRIBES A VISIT
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  • WITH PASTOR ALLEN YUAN,
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  • WHO HELPED TO FOUND THE HOUSECHURCH MOVEMENT IN CHINA
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  • DURING THE JAPANESE OCCUPATION.
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  • PASTOR YUAN WAS 90 YEARS OLDAT THE TIME OF HIS INTERVIEW.
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  • HE HAD SPENT 22 YEARS IN PRISON,
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  • HE HAD BEEN TORTURED
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  • AND SPENT MONTHS INSOLITARY CONFINEMENT
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  • IN A WINDOWLESS CELL.
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  • LISTEN TO WHAT HESAID TO PHILIP YANCEY.
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  • HE SAID, "I PULLED BLANKETSOVER MY HEAD AND PRAYED.
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  • "FOR 10 YEARS NO LETTERSFROM MY FAMILY GOT THROUGH.
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  • "I HAD NO BIBLE,BUT A FEW PASSAGES
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  • "AND PSALMS STAYED WITH ME."
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  • YUAN SPENT 13YEARS OF A SENTENCE
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  • IN CHINA'S MOSTNORTHERN PROVINCE.
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  • HE SAID, "IT WAS A MIRACLE.
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  • "I HAD ONLY A LIGHTJACKET AND IN THE FREEZING
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  • "WINTER WEATHER I NEVERCAUGHT A COLD OR THE FLU,
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  • NOT SICK A SINGLE DAY".
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  • PASTOR YUAN IS CONVINCED THATPERSECUTION FOR CHRISTIANS
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  • IS NOT ONLY AN EVITABLE, BUTPROFITABLE FOR BELIEVERS.
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  • LISTEN TO WHAT THIS PASTOR SAID.
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  • HE SAID, "WE LIVE IN ATIME LIKE THE APOSTLES.
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  • "CHRISTIANS ARE PERSECUTED,YES, BUT LOOK AT THE HONG KONG
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  • "AND TAIWAN CHURCH,THEY HAVE PROSPERITY,
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  • "BUT THEY DON'T SEEK GOD.
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  • "I TELL YOU, I CAMEOUT OF THAT PRISON
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  • "WITH FAITH STRONGERTHAN I WENT IN.
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  • "LIKE JOSEPH, WE DON'T KNOWWHY WE GO THROUGH HARD TIMES
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  • "UNTIL LATER LOOKING BACK.
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  • "THINK OF IT, WE IN CHINAMAY SOON HAVE THE LARGEST
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  • "CHRISTIAN COMMUNITYIN THE WORLD,
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  • "AND IN AN ATHEISTIC STATETHAT TRIED TO STAMP US OUT."
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  • CHRISTIANS EXPERIENCEDINTENSE SUFFERINGS
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  • IN THE FIRST CENTURY.
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  • THEY ARE NOW EXPERIENCINGSUFFERING AROUND THE WORLD.
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  • THE BIBLE ALSO PREDICTSTHAT IN THE FINAL YEARS
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  • BEFORE CHRIST'S RETURN,
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  • CHRISTIANS WILL ALSO EXPERIENCEUNPRECEDENTED HARDSHIP.
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  • THE APOSTLE JOHN DESCRIBESA LARGE GROUP OF BELIEVERS
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  • WHO WOULD BE SLAINDURING THE TRIBULATION.
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  • IN REVELATION 6:9, HE SAYS,
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  • "AND WHEN HE BROKETHE FIFTH SEAL,
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  • "I SAW UNDERNEATH THE ALTAR,
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  • "THE SOULS OF THOSEWHO HAD BEEN SLAIN
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  • "BECAUSE OF THE WORD OF GOD,
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  • "AND BECAUSE OF THE TESTIMONYTHAT THEY HAD MAINTAINED."
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  • OF COURSE THE INSTIGATOROF THIS PERSECUTION
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  • WILL BE THE ANTICHRIST.
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  • IN REVELATION 13:7 JOHN SAYS,
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  • "AND IT WAS GIVEN TOHIM, THE ANTICHRIST,
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  • "TO MAKE WAR WITH THESAINTS AND OVERCOME THEM,
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  • "AND AUTHORITY OVER EVERYTRIBE AND PEOPLE AND TONGUE
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  • "AND NATION WAS GIVEN TO HIM."
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  • THE SPECIAL TARGET OFANTICHRIST PERSECUTION
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  • WILL BE CHRISTIANS.
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  • WHAT WAY WILL ANTICHRISTMAKE WAR WITH GOD'S PEOPLE?
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  • ONE WAY HE WILL DOSO, IS BY RESTRICTING
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  • THE PURCHASE OF NECESSARYGOODS AND SERVICES
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  • FOR SURVIVAL TO THOSEWHO AGREE TO WORSHIP HIM.
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  • YOU KNOW, FROM OURSTUDY IN THE REVELATION
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  • THAT ANTICHRIST WILLHAVE A LIEUTENANT,
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  • A RIGHT HAND MAN KNOWNAS THE FALSE PROPHET,
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  • WHO WILL ENFORCETHIS GLOBAL MANDATE
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  • TO WORSHIP THE ANTICHRIST.
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  • THIS FALSE PROPHET WILLMANDATE THAT EVERYONE
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  • HAS TO RECEIVE A MARK OF SOMEKIND THAT WILL DEMONSTRATE
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  • HIS ALLEGIANCE TO ANTICHRIST
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  • IF HE WANTS TO PURCHASEANY GOOD OR ANY SERVICE.
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  • THINK OF COMMODITIES LIKE FOOD,
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  • THINK OF SERVICESLIKE HEALTH CARE.
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  • IN REVELATION14:16-18, JOHN SAYS,
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  • "AND HE CAUSES ALL, THESMALL AND THE GREAT,
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  • "AND THE RICH AND THE POOR,AND THE FREEMEN AND THE SLAVES,
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  • "TO BE GIVEN A MARKON THEIR RIGHT HAND
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  • "OR ON THEIR FOREHEAD, ANDHE PROVIDES THAT NO ONE
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  • "SHOULD BE ABLE TO BUY OR SELL
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  • "EXCEPT THE ONE WHO HAS THE MARK
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  • "EITHER THE NAME OF THE BEASTOR THE NUMBER OF HIS NAME.
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  • "HERE IS WISDOM.
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  • "LET HIM WHO HAS UNDERSTANDING
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  • CALCULATE THENUMBER OF THE BEAST,
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  • FOR THAT NUMBER IS THAT OF AMAN; AND HIS NUMBER IS 666."
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  • AUTHOR GRANT JEFFREYCLAIMS THAT THE TECHNOLOGY
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  • TO ESSENTIALLYBARCODE HUMAN BEINGS
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  • LIKE YOU DO A BOTTLE OFTOOTHPASTE OR A BOOK,
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  • IS ALREADY AVAILABLE THROUGH
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  • RADIO-FREQUENCYIDENTIFICATION CHIPS.
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  • GRANT JEFFREY WRITES, "USINGTHE EXISTING TECHNOLOGY,
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  • "THE MARK OR NUMBER 666 CANBE IMPLANTED UNDER THE SKIN
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  • "OF EVERY PERSON USINGAN RFID MICROCHIP.
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  • "A POWERFUL ELECTRONIC SCANNER
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  • "COULD DETECT THECHIP FROM A DISTANCE
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  • "AND REVEAL ALL OF YOURPERSONAL INFORMATION
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  • "FAR MORE THAN YOUR NAME,ADDRESS, AGE AND MARITAL STATUS.
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  • "WHILE THE IMPLANTEDMICROCHIP AND ITS INFORMATION
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  • "WOULD BE READABLE BY ARADIO FREQUENCY SCANNER,
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  • "A PERSON WOULD NOTKNOW WHEN OR WHERE
  • 00:10:16.172 --> 00:10:19.008
  • "HIS PRIVATE INFORMATIONWAS BEING ACCESSED,
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  • "OR WHO WAS ACCESSINGTHE INFORMATION."
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  • DAVID JEREMIAH ENVISIONSTHE POSSIBILITY
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  • OF LONG LINES OF CHRISTIANSWAITING IN THE SUPERMARKET
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  • TO PURCHASE FOOD ANDPRAYING FOR A MIRACLE
  • 00:10:35.624 --> 00:10:38.494
  • THAT THAT SCANNER WILLSOMEHOW NOT NOTICE
  • 00:10:38.527 --> 00:10:41.464
  • THAT THEY DO NOT POSSESSTHE REQUIRED IDENTIFICATION.
  • 00:10:41.497 --> 00:10:47.470
  • NOW SUCH A THOUGHT IS NOTJUST FANCIFUL IMAGINATION.
  • 00:10:47.503 --> 00:10:51.774
  • IT IS GUARANTEED REALITYIF YOU TAKE SERIOUSLY
  • 00:10:51.807 --> 00:10:55.544
  • THE REVELATION FROM JOHN.
  • 00:10:55.578 --> 00:10:57.580
  • IF WE KNOW THATCHRISTIANS IN PAST AGES
  • 00:10:57.613 --> 00:11:00.483
  • HAVE SUFFERED PERSECUTION,
  • 00:11:00.516 --> 00:11:02.551
  • IF WE KNOW THAT CHRISTIANSAROUND THE WORLD
  • 00:11:02.585 --> 00:11:04.787
  • ARE NOW SUFFERING PERSECUTION,
  • 00:11:04.820 --> 00:11:07.123
  • IF WE KNOW THERE IS ATIME COMING IN THE FUTURE
  • 00:11:07.156 --> 00:11:09.725
  • WHEN EVERY BELIEVERWILL SUFFER PERSECUTION,
  • 00:11:09.759 --> 00:11:13.095
  • DOESN'T IT MAKE SENSE THATWE WHO LIVE IN AMERICA
  • 00:11:13.129 --> 00:11:16.599
  • ARE ALSO GOING TO FACE ATIME OF PERSECUTION AS WELL?
  • 00:11:16.632 --> 00:11:20.402
  • WE KNOW THAT THE LAST SEVENYEARS OF EARTH'S HISTORY
  • 00:11:20.436 --> 00:11:23.372
  • WILL BE INTENSE PERSECUTION FOREVERY BELIEVER IN THE WORLD.
  • 00:11:23.405 --> 00:11:27.376
  • LISTEN TO JESUS' WORDSIN MATTHEW 24:36,
  • 00:11:27.409 --> 00:11:31.247
  • JESUS SAID, TALKINGABOUT HIS RETURN,
  • 00:11:31.280 --> 00:11:33.949
  • "BUT OF THAT DAY OR HOUR NOONE KNOWS NOT EVEN THE ANGELS
  • 00:11:33.983 --> 00:11:40.256
  • NOR THE SUN NOR HAROLDCAMPING, BUT THE FATHER ALONE."
  • 00:11:40.289 --> 00:11:43.626
  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHING)
  • 00:11:43.659 --> 00:11:44.927
  • SEEING IF YOU ARE AWAKE.
  • 00:11:44.960 --> 00:11:48.097
  • NOBODY KNOWS WHENCHRIST IS COMING BACK.
  • 00:11:48.130 --> 00:11:50.666
  • THAT PREACHER OUT IN CALIFORNIA,
  • 00:11:50.699 --> 00:11:52.401
  • NOW HE'S BEENWRONG A THIRD TIME.
  • 00:11:52.434 --> 00:11:54.603
  • HE SAID THE RAPTURE ISGOING TO HAPPEN OCTOBER 21ST.
  • 00:11:54.637 --> 00:11:57.339
  • BOY, HE IS SO LUCKYHE DOESN'T LIVE
  • 00:11:57.373 --> 00:11:59.275
  • IN THE OLD TESTAMENT TIMES.
  • 00:11:59.308 --> 00:12:00.876
  • YOU KNOW, DEUTERONOMY 18SAYS, "IF YOU MAKE ONE FALSE
  • 00:12:00.910 --> 00:12:04.313
  • PROPHECY YOU'RE TOBE STONED TO DEATH.
  • 00:12:04.346 --> 00:12:06.882
  • HE'S MADE THREE AT LEAST.
  • 00:12:06.916 --> 00:12:08.584
  • SOMEBODY OUGHT TOMUZZLE THAT GUY,
  • 00:12:08.617 --> 00:12:10.252
  • IF THEY DON'T STONE HIMANYWAY, TELL HIM TO BE QUIET.
  • 00:12:10.286 --> 00:12:13.556
  • NOBODY KNOWS, NOBODY KNOWS.
  • 00:12:13.589 --> 00:12:16.392
  • BUT I WANT YOU TONOTICE SOMETHING,
  • 00:12:16.425 --> 00:12:18.227
  • WHAT THIS TEXT SAYS, NO ONEKNOWS THE DAY OR THE HOUR,
  • 00:12:18.260 --> 00:12:21.230
  • BUT GOD KNOWS THEDAY AND THE HOUR,
  • 00:12:21.263 --> 00:12:23.933
  • WHICH MEANS THEREIS A DAY AND AN HOUR
  • 00:12:23.966 --> 00:12:28.571
  • FIXED ON GOD'S CALENDAR WHENTHE LORD IS GOING TO RETURN.
  • 00:12:28.604 --> 00:12:33.108
  • AND THAT MEANS THAT EVERYSECOND THAT PASSES MEANS
  • 00:12:33.142 --> 00:12:36.645
  • WE ARE MOVING TOWARD THATGREAT CLIMACTIC EVENT.
  • 00:12:36.679 --> 00:12:40.516
  • AND THAT MEANS EVERYSECOND THAT PASSES,
  • 00:12:40.549 --> 00:12:42.885
  • WE ARE MOVING TOWARD THISTIME OF GREAT TRIBULATION
  • 00:12:42.918 --> 00:12:46.355
  • AND PERSECUTION AGAINSTBELIEVERS ON THE EARTH.
  • 00:12:46.388 --> 00:12:50.159
  • NOW, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANTTO DEFINE TERMS HERE.
  • 00:12:50.192 --> 00:12:53.062
  • WHAT DO WE MEAN BY PERSECUTION?
  • 00:12:53.095 --> 00:12:55.831
  • BY PERSECUTION, I'M TALKINGABOUT ANY NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES
  • 00:12:55.865 --> 00:12:59.168
  • YOU EXPERIENCE FOR BEING SALT,THAT IS RESTRAINING EVIL,
  • 00:12:59.201 --> 00:13:03.572
  • OR BY BEING LIGHTAND TRYING TO SHARE
  • 00:13:03.606 --> 00:13:06.041
  • THE GOSPEL WITH OTHER PEOPLE.
  • 00:13:06.075 --> 00:13:07.676
  • NOW, OBVIOUSLY, THERE ISA SPECTRUM OF PERSECUTION
  • 00:13:07.710 --> 00:13:11.480
  • THAT PEOPLE EXPERIENCE.
  • 00:13:11.513 --> 00:13:13.549
  • THAT SPECTRUM CAN RANGEFROM NOT BEING INVITED
  • 00:13:13.582 --> 00:13:16.652
  • TO A DINNER PARTY BECAUSEYOU'RE TOO OPINIONATED,
  • 00:13:16.685 --> 00:13:19.688
  • ALL THE WAY TO BEINGTORTURED AND EVEN EXECUTED
  • 00:13:19.722 --> 00:13:22.958
  • BECAUSE YOU DON'TRECANT YOUR FAITH.
  • 00:13:22.992 --> 00:13:25.127
  • THERE IS A SPECTRUMOF PERSECUTION.
  • 00:13:25.160 --> 00:13:27.463
  • AND I WANT TO SUGGEST TO YOUTONIGHT THAT THE DEGREE
  • 00:13:27.496 --> 00:13:29.999
  • TO WHICH YOU AS A CHRISTIANWILL EXPERIENCE PERSECUTION
  • 00:13:30.032 --> 00:13:34.570
  • IS DEPENDENT UPON TWO FACTORS.
  • 00:13:34.603 --> 00:13:37.573
  • FIRST OF ALL, THE INTENSITYOF YOUR CONVICTION
  • 00:13:37.606 --> 00:13:41.844
  • WILL DETERMINE THE INTENSITYOF THE PERSECUTION YOU FACE.
  • 00:13:41.877 --> 00:13:45.247
  • LET ME SAY IT AGAIN, THEINTENSITY OF YOUR CONVICTION
  • 00:13:45.281 --> 00:13:49.218
  • WILL DETERMINE THE INTENSITYOF THE PERSECUTION YOU FACE.
  • 00:13:49.251 --> 00:13:52.588
  • THE PASTOR WHO NEVER PREACHESAGAINST HOMOSEXUALITY
  • 00:13:52.621 --> 00:13:55.724
  • OR ABORTION OR TALKS ABOUTTHE EXCLUSIVITY OF THE GOSPEL
  • 00:13:55.758 --> 00:13:59.762
  • WILL NEVER FACERIDICULE FROM THE MEDIA.
  • 00:13:59.795 --> 00:14:02.364
  • THE CHRISTIAN STUDENTWHO REFUSES TO CHALLENGE
  • 00:14:02.398 --> 00:14:04.967
  • HIS NON-CHRISTIAN PROFESSOR'SERRONEOUS TEACHING
  • 00:14:05.000 --> 00:14:08.070
  • WILL NEVER HAVE TO WORRYABOUT A LOWER GRADE.
  • 00:14:08.103 --> 00:14:11.173
  • A BELIEVER WHODECIDES NOT TO OFFEND
  • 00:14:11.206 --> 00:14:13.442
  • HIS NON-CHRISTIAN PARENTS, BYSHARING THE GOSPEL WITH THEM,
  • 00:14:13.475 --> 00:14:16.979
  • WILL NEVER RISK EXPERIENCINGTHEIR DISAPPROVAL.
  • 00:14:17.012 --> 00:14:21.083
  • THE INTENSITY OF YOURCONVICTION WILL DETERMINE
  • 00:14:21.116 --> 00:14:24.420
  • THE INTENSITY OF THEPERSECUTION YOU EXPERIENCE.
  • 00:14:24.453 --> 00:14:27.556
  • SECONDLY, THE EXTENT OFTHE PERSECUTION YOU FACE
  • 00:14:27.589 --> 00:14:32.294
  • IS DETERMINED BY THESPIRITUAL CLIMATE
  • 00:14:32.328 --> 00:14:34.630
  • OF THE CULTURE INWHICH YOU LIVE.
  • 00:14:34.663 --> 00:14:36.699
  • THE EXTENT OF THEPERSECUTION YOU FACE
  • 00:14:36.732 --> 00:14:39.068
  • IS ALSO DETERMINED BYTHE SPIRITUAL CLIMATE
  • 00:14:39.101 --> 00:14:41.337
  • OF THE CULTURE INWHICH YOU LIVE.
  • 00:14:41.370 --> 00:14:44.006
  • THURSDAY NIGHT, WE HADANOTHER ONE OF OUR DINNERS
  • 00:14:44.039 --> 00:14:45.841
  • WITH THE PASTORATEAND 200 FOLKS THERE,
  • 00:14:45.874 --> 00:14:47.843
  • HALF OF THEM WEREPROSPECTORS, GREAT EVENING.
  • 00:14:47.876 --> 00:14:50.045
  • BUT DURING THE QUESTIONAND ANSWER TIME
  • 00:14:50.079 --> 00:14:51.847
  • SOMEBODY ASKED ME THEQUESTION, HE SAID,
  • 00:14:51.880 --> 00:14:53.349
  • "PASTOR, DO YOU THINK THISWORLD IS GETTING WORSE?"
  • 00:14:53.382 --> 00:14:58.053
  • I SAID, "WELL, WORSE THAN WHAT?"
  • 00:14:58.087 --> 00:15:00.789
  • I MEAN, IS OURCULTURE MORE DECADENT,
  • 00:15:00.823 --> 00:15:04.326
  • MORE UNGODLY THAN THATOF THE FIRST CENTURY
  • 00:15:04.360 --> 00:15:07.463
  • DURING THE ROMAN EMPIRE?
  • 00:15:07.496 --> 00:15:09.064
  • WELL, NO.
  • 00:15:09.098 --> 00:15:10.699
  • BUT AS OUR CULTURE,ESPECIALLY IN AMERICA
  • 00:15:10.733 --> 00:15:13.168
  • MORE UNGODLY THAN IT WAS40 OR 50 OR 100 YEARS AGO,
  • 00:15:13.202 --> 00:15:17.806
  • THE ANSWER WOULD BE YES.
  • 00:15:17.840 --> 00:15:20.009
  • IN FACT, IF YOU DON'TBELIEVE THAT THE CULTURE
  • 00:15:20.042 --> 00:15:22.978
  • IN WHICH WE ARE LIVINGRIGHT NOW IN AMERICA
  • 00:15:23.012 --> 00:15:25.080
  • IS MORE UNGODLY THAN ITHAS BEEN IN THE PAST,
  • 00:15:25.114 --> 00:15:28.183
  • I WANT YOU TO ASK YOURSELF,HOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE,
  • 00:15:28.217 --> 00:15:31.520
  • ESPECIALLY THEMEDIA, WOULD RESPOND,
  • 00:15:31.553 --> 00:15:35.391
  • IF THE PRESIDENT OFTHE UNITED STATES
  • 00:15:35.424 --> 00:15:37.126
  • MADE THESE REMARKSDURING A TELEVISED SPEECH
  • 00:15:37.159 --> 00:15:39.428
  • FROM THE OVAL OFFICE.
  • 00:15:39.461 --> 00:15:40.863
  • QUOTE, "THE GENERALPRINCIPLES ON WHICH
  • 00:15:40.896 --> 00:15:43.665
  • "THE FATHERSACHIEVED INDEPENDENCE
  • 00:15:43.699 --> 00:15:45.601
  • "WERE THE GENERALPRINCIPLES OF CHRISTIANITY.
  • 00:15:45.634 --> 00:15:48.937
  • "I WILL AVOW THAT I DIDN'TBELIEVE AND NOW BELIEVE
  • 00:15:48.971 --> 00:15:51.507
  • "THAT THOSE GENERALPRINCIPLES OF CHRISTIANITY
  • 00:15:51.540 --> 00:15:54.009
  • "ARE ETERNAL ANDIMMUTABLE AS THE EXISTENCE
  • 00:15:54.043 --> 00:15:57.112
  • "AND ATTRIBUTES OF GOD,
  • 00:15:57.146 --> 00:15:58.447
  • "AND THAT THOSEPRINCIPLES OF LIBERTY
  • 00:15:58.480 --> 00:16:00.516
  • "ARE UNALTERABLEAS HUMAN NATURE."
  • 00:16:00.549 --> 00:16:03.986
  • CAN YOU IMAGINE HOWPEOPLE WOULD RESPOND
  • 00:16:04.019 --> 00:16:06.422
  • IF THE PRESIDENT SAID,
  • 00:16:06.455 --> 00:16:07.956
  • "THIS COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED ONCHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES," WHY?
  • 00:16:07.990 --> 00:16:11.060
  • THERE WOULD BE HOWLS ANDCRIES AND CALLS OF IMPEACHMENT
  • 00:16:11.093 --> 00:16:14.663
  • ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY.
  • 00:16:14.696 --> 00:16:16.665
  • AND YET, THOSE ARE THEWORDS THAT WERE SPOKEN
  • 00:16:16.698 --> 00:16:18.834
  • BY THE SECOND PRESIDENT OFTHE UNITED STATES, JOHN ADAMS.
  • 00:16:18.867 --> 00:16:23.172
  • WE HAVE BECOMEINCREASINGLY HOSTILE
  • 00:16:23.205 --> 00:16:26.442
  • TOWARD CHRISTIANITYIN OUR COUNTRY.
  • 00:16:26.475 --> 00:16:28.577
  • NOW, SECULARISTS WOULDATTRIBUTE THAT CHANGE
  • 00:16:28.610 --> 00:16:31.547
  • TO OUR NATION'S COLLECTIVEOPEN MINDEDNESS AND TOLERANCE.
  • 00:16:31.580 --> 00:16:37.986
  • THEY WOULD SAY WE NOW AREMUCH MORE SOPHISTICATED
  • 00:16:38.020 --> 00:16:40.355
  • THAN EARLIER GENERATIONS.
  • 00:16:40.389 --> 00:16:42.057
  • WE RECOGNIZE THAT THEREARE MULTIPLE PATHS TO GOD
  • 00:16:42.091 --> 00:16:44.960
  • AND NO ONE RELIGIONCAN CLAIM EXCLUSIVITY.
  • 00:16:44.993 --> 00:16:48.864
  • BIBLICISTS WOULD SAY NO, IT ISROMANS1 IN ACTION.
  • 00:16:48.897 --> 00:16:52.234
  • BECAUSE OUR NATION HASREJECTED THE TRUTH OF GOD,
  • 00:16:52.267 --> 00:16:55.104
  • WE HAVE FALLEN INTO A TIME
  • 00:16:55.137 --> 00:16:56.805
  • OF DARKENING INOUR UNDERSTANDING.
  • 00:16:56.839 --> 00:16:59.308
  • BUT REGARDLESS OF THE REASON,
  • 00:16:59.341 --> 00:17:00.676
  • I THINK EVEN THE MOSTCASUAL OBSERVER REALIZES
  • 00:17:00.709 --> 00:17:03.812
  • THAT OUR CULTURE IS MOREHOSTILE TOWARD CHRISTIANITY
  • 00:17:03.846 --> 00:17:07.149
  • THAN AT ANY OTHER TIMEIN OUR NATION'S HISTORY.
  • 00:17:07.182 --> 00:17:09.852
  • AND REALIZING THAT THATNEGATIVITY AND HOSTILITY
  • 00:17:09.885 --> 00:17:12.888
  • IS MORE LIKELY TO INCREASETHAN IT IS TO SUBSIDE,
  • 00:17:12.921 --> 00:17:17.159
  • MEANS WE OUGHT TO GETREADY FOR PERSECUTION.
  • 00:17:17.192 --> 00:17:20.896
  • HOW SHOULD WE RESPONDTO THE ESCALATING
  • 00:17:20.929 --> 00:17:23.532
  • ATTACKS AGAINST CHRISTIANS?
  • 00:17:23.565 --> 00:17:25.200
  • HOW DO WE GET READYFOR PERSECUTION?
  • 00:17:25.234 --> 00:17:28.203
  • IN HEBREWS 10:25,THE WRITER SAYS,
  • 00:17:28.237 --> 00:17:31.306
  • "WE OUGHT TOENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER;
  • 00:17:31.340 --> 00:17:33.809
  • "AND ALL THE MORE AS WESEE THE DAY DRAWING NEAR."
  • 00:17:33.842 --> 00:17:40.215
  • NOW, ONE WAY WE CAN ENCOURAGEONE ANOTHER AS CHRISTIANS
  • 00:17:40.249 --> 00:17:44.286
  • IS TO HELP PREPARE ONE ANOTHER
  • 00:17:44.319 --> 00:17:46.188
  • FOR THIS INEVITABLETIME OF PERSECUTION.
  • 00:17:46.221 --> 00:17:49.324
  • AND THAT'S WHAT I WANT TODO IN THESE MOMENTS TONIGHT.
  • 00:17:49.358 --> 00:17:53.128
  • TONIGHT I WANT TO SHAREWITH YOU THREE WORDS
  • 00:17:53.162 --> 00:17:55.697
  • THAT I BELIEVE ARE ESSENTIALIN STRENGTHENING YOURSELF
  • 00:17:55.731 --> 00:17:59.701
  • AND PREPARING FOR THECOMING PERSECUTION
  • 00:17:59.735 --> 00:18:02.504
  • THAT EVERY GENUINE FOLLOWEROF CHRIST WILL EXPERIENCE.
  • 00:18:02.538 --> 00:18:08.944
  • THE FIRST WORD AND WRITE ITDOWN, IS THE WORD CERTAIN.
  • 00:18:08.977 --> 00:18:11.680
  • SUFFERING IS CERTAIN.
  • 00:18:11.713 --> 00:18:15.250
  • THE FIRST RECORDEDCASE OF PERSECUTION
  • 00:18:15.284 --> 00:18:17.719
  • AGAINST CHRISTIANS AS A WHOLE,
  • 00:18:17.753 --> 00:18:19.555
  • OCCURRED UNDER EMPERORNERO IN 64 A.D.
  • 00:18:19.588 --> 00:18:23.058
  • ON THE NIGHT OF JUNE 18TH,A GREAT FIRE ERUPTED IN ROME
  • 00:18:23.091 --> 00:18:26.929
  • DESTROYING 10 OF THE 14SECTIONS OF THE CITY.
  • 00:18:26.962 --> 00:18:29.898
  • MANY BELIEVE THAT NEROHIMSELF SET THE FIRES.
  • 00:18:29.932 --> 00:18:32.935
  • BUT TO DEFLECT BLAME FROMHIMSELF, HE BLAMED CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:18:32.968 --> 00:18:36.805
  • AND HE WAS ABLE TODEVISE THE MOST HEINOUS
  • 00:18:36.838 --> 00:18:39.141
  • TORTURES IMAGINABLEFOR BELIEVERS.
  • 00:18:39.174 --> 00:18:41.610
  • ONE THING HE WOULD DO,
  • 00:18:41.643 --> 00:18:43.045
  • WOULD BE TO TAKE CHRISTIANSWHILE THEY WERE ALIVE,
  • 00:18:43.078 --> 00:18:45.247
  • IMMERSE THEM IN WAX ANDTHEN SET THEM ON FIRE
  • 00:18:45.280 --> 00:18:48.584
  • TO SERVE AS HUMAN TORCHESTO ILLUMINATE HIS GARDENS.
  • 00:18:48.617 --> 00:18:54.923
  • HOWEVER, AS IN OUR CULTURE,
  • 00:18:54.957 --> 00:18:57.292
  • THIS AWFUL PERSECUTIONAGAINST CHRISTIANS
  • 00:18:57.326 --> 00:18:59.595
  • DIDN'T HAPPEN SUDDENLY.
  • 00:18:59.628 --> 00:19:02.231
  • INSTEAD, IT HAPPENEDPROGRESSIVELY.
  • 00:19:02.264 --> 00:19:04.766
  • NERO WAS ALLOWEDBY THE POPULATION
  • 00:19:04.800 --> 00:19:07.236
  • TO COMMIT THESE ATROCITIESAGAINST CHRISTIANS,
  • 00:19:07.269 --> 00:19:10.439
  • BECAUSE AS THEHISTORIAN, TACITUS NOTES,
  • 00:19:10.472 --> 00:19:13.308
  • "CHRISTIANS WEREALREADY A CLASS HATED
  • 00:19:13.342 --> 00:19:17.613
  • "FOR THE ABOMINATIONSBY THE POPULACE."
  • 00:19:17.646 --> 00:19:21.750
  • THERE WAS A GROWINGHATRED TOWARD CHRISTIANS
  • 00:19:21.783 --> 00:19:25.187
  • THAT FINALLY ALLOWEDNERO TO COMMIT
  • 00:19:25.220 --> 00:19:28.056
  • THESE HEINOUS CRIMESAGAINST BELIEVERS.
  • 00:19:28.090 --> 00:19:30.525
  • AND YOU KNOW, IBELIEVE IN OUR CULTURE,
  • 00:19:30.559 --> 00:19:32.261
  • YOU SEE THIS GROWINGHATRED TOWARD CHRISTIANS
  • 00:19:32.294 --> 00:19:35.897
  • THAT IS FESTERING AND ISBEING FUELED BY THE MEDIA
  • 00:19:35.931 --> 00:19:39.635
  • BY USING THE STEREOTYPESOF WHAT CHRISTIANS ARE.
  • 00:19:39.668 --> 00:19:43.605
  • JUST WATCH THE MEDIA.
  • 00:19:43.639 --> 00:19:45.007
  • NOTICE IT HOW ANY EVANGELICALCHRISTIAN IN A SITCOM
  • 00:19:45.040 --> 00:19:48.410
  • OR A MOVIE IS PORTRAYED.
  • 00:19:48.443 --> 00:19:50.445
  • AND IT IS THIS GROWINGANIMOSITY TOWARD BELIEVERS
  • 00:19:50.479 --> 00:19:53.815
  • THAT IS GOING TO PAVE THEWAY FOR A GENERAL ACCEPTANCE
  • 00:19:53.849 --> 00:19:56.618
  • IN OUR CULTURE OF THEPERSECUTION AGAINST CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:19:56.652 --> 00:20:00.055
  • MOST SCHOLARS AGREE THAT THEAPOSTLE PETER WROTE HIS LETTER
  • 00:20:00.088 --> 00:20:03.091
  • ONE YEAR BEFORE NEROBEGAN HIS EMPIRE WIDE
  • 00:20:03.125 --> 00:20:06.194
  • PERSECUTION OF BELIEVERS.
  • 00:20:06.228 --> 00:20:07.663
  • BUT LISTEN TO WHAT PETERSAID IN 1 PETER 4:12-13.
  • 00:20:07.696 --> 00:20:11.733
  • HE SAID, "BELOVED,DO NOT BE SURPRISED
  • 00:20:11.767 --> 00:20:15.137
  • "AT THE FIERY ORDEAL AMONG YOU,
  • 00:20:15.170 --> 00:20:17.572
  • "WHICH COMES UPONYOU FOR YOUR TESTING,
  • 00:20:17.606 --> 00:20:20.075
  • "AS THOUGH SOME STRANGETHING WE'RE HAPPENING TO YOU.
  • 00:20:20.108 --> 00:20:24.346
  • "BUT TO THE DEGREE THAT YOUSHARE THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST,
  • 00:20:24.379 --> 00:20:27.182
  • "KEEP ON REJOICING, SO THAT ATTHE REVELATION OF HIS GLORY,
  • 00:20:27.215 --> 00:20:31.787
  • "YOU MAY REJOICEWITH EXULTATION."
  • 00:20:31.820 --> 00:20:35.524
  • "DO NOT BE SURPRISED,"PETER SAYS.
  • 00:20:35.557 --> 00:20:38.694
  • NOW, I HAVE TO CONFESS TO YOU,
  • 00:20:38.727 --> 00:20:40.228
  • THOSE WORDS HIT ME BETWEEN THEEYES EVERY TIME I READ THEM.
  • 00:20:40.262 --> 00:20:43.899
  • DO NOT BE SURPRISED.
  • 00:20:43.932 --> 00:20:45.801
  • BECAUSE QUITE FRANKLY,WHEN I BEGIN TO SUFFER,
  • 00:20:45.834 --> 00:20:49.471
  • ESPECIALLY SUFFER ANYCONSEQUENCES BECAUSE OF
  • 00:20:49.504 --> 00:20:53.275
  • OBEDIENCE TO GOD, I'M SURPRISED.
  • 00:20:53.308 --> 00:20:55.977
  • I MEAN, IT KIND OFKNOCKS ME FOR A LOOP.
  • 00:20:56.011 --> 00:20:58.513
  • WHEN I START TO SUFFER NEGATIVECONSEQUENCES FOR MY FAITH,
  • 00:20:58.547 --> 00:21:01.483
  • I MEAN, MY FIRST REACTIONIS GOD, WHAT'S WRONG?
  • 00:21:01.516 --> 00:21:03.485
  • ARE YOU ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL?
  • 00:21:03.518 --> 00:21:04.820
  • DON'T YOU SEE WHAT'SHAPPENING TO ME?
  • 00:21:04.853 --> 00:21:07.389
  • OH GOD, I THINK YOU'REMAKING A TREMENDOUS MISTAKE.
  • 00:21:07.422 --> 00:21:09.858
  • I'M SUPPOSED TO BE REWARDED,
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  • NOT PERSECUTED FORWHAT I'M DOING.
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  • OH GOD, IF THIS IS HOW YOU'REGOING TO TREAT YOUR FRIENDS,
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  • NO WONDER YOU'REHAVING SUCH A HARD TIME
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  • GETTING A FOLLOWING THESE DAYS.
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  • AND I'M NOT THE ONLYONE WHO FEELS THAT WAY.
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  • YOU KNOW, WHEN HITWITH HARDSHIPS,
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  • MANY CHRISTIANS APPEARDAZED AND CONFUSED.
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  • THEY WALK AROUND INA SPIRITUAL STUPOR,
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  • WONDERING WHAT'S WRONG?
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  • WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME?
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  • THEY ARE SHOCKEDTHAT OBEYING CHRIST
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  • HAS RESULTED IN ANALIENATION FROM FRIENDS
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  • OR THE LOSS OF A JOB OR EVENTHE BREAKUP OF A MARRIAGE.
  • 00:21:42.090 --> 00:21:48.130
  • THE TRUTH IS, WE OUGHTTO BE MORE SURPRISED
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  • IF WE'RE NOT SUFFERINGFOR OUR FAITH.
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  • SEE, PETER SAYSPERSECUTION IS THE RULE
  • 00:21:53.468 --> 00:21:56.338
  • RATHER THAN THE EXCEPTION
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  • FOR THOSE WHO HAVECHOSEN TO FOLLOW CHRIST.
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  • BEYOND BEING SURPRISED, MANYCHRISTIANS GET DISILLUSIONED
  • 00:22:01.243 --> 00:22:03.912
  • WITH A GOD WHO WOULDALLOW THEM TO SUFFER
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  • FOR DOING NOT THE WRONG THING,
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  • BUT FOR DOING THE RIGHT THING.
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  • AFTER ALL, IN PSALM 3, WESING THIS SONG, YOU KNOW,
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  • "GOD IS MY SHIELD, MY SHIELD,MY DEFENDER, MY PROTECTOR,
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  • "HE'S GOING TO KEEP BADTHINGS FROM HAPPENING."
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  • AND YET, WHEN THEYDO HAPPEN TO US,
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  • WE THINK, MAN, GOD, YOU NEEDA BIGGER SHIELD OR SOMETHING.
  • 00:22:21.663 --> 00:22:24.900
  • THIS ISN'T RIGHT.
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  • GOD, IF YOU'REREALLY PROTECTING ME,
  • 00:22:26.568 --> 00:22:28.270
  • WHY WOULD YOU ALLOWTHIS TO HAPPEN TO ME?
  • 00:22:28.303 --> 00:22:30.338
  • AND YET, ALL YOU HAVETO DO IS LOOK AT HOW GOD
  • 00:22:30.372 --> 00:22:33.475
  • DEALT WITH HIS OWNSON, HIS BELOVED SON,
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  • TO GET A DIFFERENTPERSPECTIVE ON PERSECUTION.
  • 00:22:36.912 --> 00:22:39.881
  • YOU SEE, SUFFERING ISNOT AN UNEXPECTED DETOUR
  • 00:22:39.915 --> 00:22:43.351
  • IN GOD'S PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:22:43.385 --> 00:22:45.086
  • IT IS ACTUALLY A PART OFGOD'S CALLING FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:22:45.120 --> 00:22:49.224
  • THAT'S A CALLING MOST OFUS WOULD LIKE TO IGNORE.
  • 00:22:49.257 --> 00:22:52.461
  • OR FORWARD TO SOMEBODYELSE TO RECEIVE.
  • 00:22:52.494 --> 00:22:55.363
  • BUT IF SUFFERING WAS PART OFGOD'S PLAN FOR HIS OWN SON,
  • 00:22:55.397 --> 00:22:59.935
  • WHY ARE WE SURPRISED WHENGOD PLANS IT FOR US AS WELL?
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • I'VE ONLY HAD TIME TO SHARE
  • 00:23:10.145 --> 00:23:11.379
  • THE FIRST OF THREE KEYWORDS WITH YOU TODAY.
  • 00:23:11.413 --> 00:23:14.950
  • SO LET ME URGE YOU TOJOIN US AGAIN TOMORROW
  • 00:23:14.983 --> 00:23:17.085
  • WHEN WE'LL CONTINUETHIS IMPORTANT STUDY
  • 00:23:17.118 --> 00:23:19.654
  • ON WHAT TO DO, "WHENPERSECUTION COMES."
  • 00:23:19.688 --> 00:23:23.492
  • NOW, STAY RIGHT THERE,
  • 00:23:23.525 --> 00:23:24.860
  • I'LL BE BACK WITHMORE IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:23:27.662 --> 00:23:28.897
  • WHEN WE BOLDLY APPEAL TOGOD FOR HIS HELP, AND WHEN
  • 00:23:28.930 --> 00:23:32.167
  • WE PRAY ABOUT ISSUES THATAFFECT OUR LIVES,
  • 00:23:32.200 --> 00:23:35.036
  • WE DIRECTLY INFLUENCE OURFAMILIES, OUR CHURCHES,
  • 00:23:35.070 --> 00:23:38.373
  • AND OUR NATION. IT HAS HAPPENEDBEFORE, AND IT CAN HAPPEN AGAIN.
  • 00:23:38.406 --> 00:23:42.344
  • IN HIS BEST-SELLING BOOK,"PRAYING FOR AMERICA,"
  • 00:23:42.377 --> 00:23:44.946
  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESSRECOUNTS 40 FASCINATING
  • 00:23:44.980 --> 00:23:47.816
  • REAL-LIFE STORIES OFFAITH AND COURAGE
  • 00:23:47.849 --> 00:23:49.985
  • FROM AMERICAN HISTORYALONG WITH 40 PRAYERS
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  • TO HELP YOU PRAY INTENTIONALLYFOR THE COUNTRY WE LOVE.
  • 00:23:52.854 --> 00:23:56.358
  • TRAGICALLY MILLIONSOF AMERICANS
  • 00:23:56.391 --> 00:23:58.493
  • HAVE BECOME ADVERSARIALTOWARD GOD.
  • 00:23:58.527 --> 00:24:00.929
  • OTHERS BELIEVE THAT GOD ISTURNING HIS BACK ON OUR COUNTRY.
  • 00:24:00.962 --> 00:24:03.999
  • I WROTE MY BOOK, "PRAYINGFOR AMERICA," TO HELP YOU
  • 00:24:04.032 --> 00:24:06.835
  • PRAY AND TO SERVEAS A CATALYST FOR CALLING
  • 00:24:06.868 --> 00:24:09.404
  • ON GOD FOR HIS MERCYAND HIS GRACE.
  • 00:24:09.437 --> 00:24:12.741
  • THE ONLY HOPE FOR CHANGING THECOURSE OF AMERICA'S FUTURE IS TO
  • 00:24:12.774 --> 00:24:15.944
  • PRAY FOR OUR GREAT NATION.REQUEST YOUR COPY OF
  • 00:24:15.977 --> 00:24:19.247
  • "PRAYING FOR AMERICA" WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:24:19.281 --> 00:24:21.750
  • TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY. ANDWHEN YOUR GIFT IS $100 OR MORE,
  • 00:24:21.783 --> 00:24:25.620
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE"AMERICA AND THE BIBLE"
  • 00:24:25.654 --> 00:24:28.723
  • TEACHING SERIESON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:24:28.757 --> 00:24:31.793
  • THE FIRST AMENDMENT ABSOLUTELYHAS NOTHING TO SAY ABOUT
  • 00:24:31.826 --> 00:24:35.530
  • NATIVITY SCENES. ORPRAYERS AT GRADUATIONS.
  • 00:24:35.564 --> 00:24:39.000
  • OR TEN COMMANDMENT DISPLAYS.IT HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO SAY
  • 00:24:39.034 --> 00:24:43.038
  • ABOUT THAT. OUR COUNTRY WASFOUNDED AS A CHRISTIAN NATION.
  • 00:24:43.071 --> 00:24:47.475
  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY IS BRINGINGTHE TRANSFORMING HOPE
  • 00:24:47.509 --> 00:24:50.378
  • AND POWER OF GOD'SWORD TO YOUR HOME,
  • 00:24:50.412 --> 00:24:52.647
  • YOUR CITY, ANDTHROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.
  • 00:24:52.681 --> 00:24:54.716
  • THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTINGPATHWAY TO VICTORY TODAY.
  • 00:24:54.749 --> 00:24:58.053
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:24:58.086 --> 00:25:01.122
  • IN AMERICA, PERSECUTION FEELSLIKE A DISTANT POSSIBILITY.
  • 00:25:01.156 --> 00:25:06.027
  • BUT THE FACT IS, MORECHRISTIANS DIED AS MARTYRS
  • 00:25:06.061 --> 00:25:09.931
  • IN THE 20TH CENTURY, THAN ALLTHE OTHER CENTURIES COMBINED.
  • 00:25:09.965 --> 00:25:14.202
  • AND THE 21ST CENTURYIS LOOKING LIKE
  • 00:25:14.235 --> 00:25:16.771
  • IT'S GOING TO HAVEEVEN MORE MARTYRS.
  • 00:25:16.805 --> 00:25:19.407
  • THE BIBLE PROMISES THATONE DAY ALL CHRISTIANS
  • 00:25:19.441 --> 00:25:22.811
  • AROUND THE WORLD WILL EXPERIENCE
  • 00:25:22.844 --> 00:25:24.980
  • A DRASTIC INCREASEIN PERSECUTION
  • 00:25:25.013 --> 00:25:27.849
  • WHEN THE ANTICHRIST TAKES POWER.
  • 00:25:27.882 --> 00:25:30.452
  • MAKE PLANS TO JOINUS AGAIN NEXT TIME
  • 00:25:30.485 --> 00:25:33.521
  • WHEN I SHARE WITH YOU TWOMORE WORDS TO ENCOURAGE YOU
  • 00:25:33.555 --> 00:25:36.992
  • IN TIMES OF SUFFERING.
  • 00:25:37.025 --> 00:25:38.793
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OFWHAT'S COMING UP NEXT TIME
  • 00:25:38.827 --> 00:25:41.796
  • ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:41.830 --> 00:25:43.698
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:25:43.732 --> 00:25:44.966
  • [ANNOUNCER] TODAY, WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:25:45.000 --> 00:25:46.668
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:25:46.701 --> 00:25:49.037
  • YOU'RE INVITED TO REQUESTA COPY OF DR. JEFFRESS'
  • 00:25:49.070 --> 00:25:52.240
  • BRAND NEW BOOK,"PRAYING FOR AMERICA,"
  • 00:25:52.273 --> 00:25:55.010
  • PLUS, THREE COMPLIMENTARYISSUES OF "PATHWAY MAGAZINE"
  • 00:25:55.043 --> 00:25:58.279
  • ARE OUR GIFT TO YOU SIMPLYFOR CONTACTING US TODAY
  • 00:25:58.313 --> 00:26:01.549
  • AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:01.583 --> 00:26:03.351
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $100 OR MORE,
  • 00:26:03.385 --> 00:26:06.187
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THECOMPLETE "AMERICA AND THE BIBLE"
  • 00:26:06.221 --> 00:26:09.324
  • TEACHING SERIES ONBOTH CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:09.357 --> 00:26:13.128
  • THESE PROGRAMS AREMADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:26:13.161 --> 00:26:14.763
  • BECAUSE OF YOURGENEROUS SUPPORT.
  • 00:26:14.796 --> 00:26:16.498
  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING, WRITING
  • 00:26:16.531 --> 00:26:18.099
  • OR GOING ONLINE TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:26:18.133 --> 00:26:20.268
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIMEON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:20.301 --> 00:26:24.139
  • YOU SEE SUFFERING, LIKE TIME,IS A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:26:24.172 --> 00:26:29.444
  • WE HOPE WE NEVER HAVETO MAKE THE CHOICE
  • 00:26:29.477 --> 00:26:32.414
  • BETWEEN FAITHFULNESS TO CHRISTAND PAINFUL PERSECUTION.
  • 00:26:32.447 --> 00:26:36.851
  • BUT THE STORIES OFCHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD
  • 00:26:36.885 --> 00:26:38.953
  • AND IN HISTORY TELL US THATWE ARE NOT GOING TO BE EXEMPT.
  • 00:26:38.987 --> 00:26:44.259
  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DVRAND JOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:26:44.292 --> 00:26:46.661
  • FOR PART TWO OF THE MESSAGE,"WHEN PERSECUTION COMES"
  • 00:26:46.695 --> 00:26:50.031
  • HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:50.065 --> 00:26:52.133
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:26:52.167 --> 00:26:59.741
  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS,BIBLE TEACHER ON
  • 00:26:59.774 --> 00:27:02.110
  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY, ANDI'M STANDING HERE AT
  • 00:27:02.143 --> 00:27:04.946
  • CAESAREA BY THE SEA. THIS IS THEPLACE WHERE PONTIUS PILATE
  • 00:27:04.979 --> 00:27:08.817
  • RESIDED, AND IT'S ALSO THEPLACE WHERE PAUL WAS
  • 00:27:08.850 --> 00:27:11.252
  • IMPRISONED FOR SEVERALYEARS. AND IT'S JUST ONE
  • 00:27:11.286 --> 00:27:13.288
  • OF THE PLACES THAT WE'REGOING TO SEE ON OUR TOUR
  • 00:27:13.321 --> 00:27:16.291
  • OF ISRAEL. WE'LL VISITARMAGEDDON, WE'LL STAND ON
  • 00:27:16.324 --> 00:27:19.828
  • THE MOUNT OF OLIVES, WE'LLVISIT HIS EMPTY TOMB.
  • 00:27:19.861 --> 00:27:23.064
  • JOIN US FOR THEPATHWAY TO VICTORY
  • 00:27:23.098 --> 00:27:25.266
  • BIBLE PROPHECY TOUR, MARCH 2021.
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