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End Time Persecution Is Here: Russia Just Banned Evangelism And China Has Torn Down 1000s Of Crosses

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We always knew that this was coming. For years, the horrifying persecution of Christians in the Middle East has made headlines all over the globe, but now we are seeing very disturbing examples of government-sanctioned persecution literally all over the planet. As you will read about below, Russia just banned virtually all types of evangelism outside of a church or religious site. And China has been tearing down thousands of crosses and has been demolishing dozens of churches in a renewed crackdown on the growth of Christianity in that nation. Overall, there are 53 countries that now have laws that restrict the Christian faith according to one recent report. When are we going to wake up and realize what is happening?

 

When I heard about the new law that was just passed in Russia, I was absolutely stunned. I was in Moscow just a few years after the Berlin Wall fell, and the people were very eager to hear about the Christian faith which had been brutally repressed under the Soviet regime for decades.

Sadly, Russia has now decided to revert back to the old Soviet ways. This new law, which Vladimir Putin wanted, represents almost a complete and total ban on sharing the gospel

The law, which will come into force on July 20, will prohibit evangelism anywhere outside a church or religious site – including private homes and online – and those in breach of it will be fined. Only named members of religious organisations will be able to share their faith, and even informal witnessing between individuals is forbidden.

According to the New York Times, this ban also includes “preaching and praying” that is done outside the boundaries of “officially recognized” religious institutions.

In recent years, I have defended Russia in many of my articles. But there is no defending this.

This new law is the single worst thing that Russia has done since the collapse of the Soviet Union, and they should be utterly ashamed of themselves.

Meanwhile, government officials in China have launched a renewed crackdown on Christians as the underground church continues to grow like wildfire.

According to some reports, the government has torn down more than 2,000 crosses in Zhejiang Province alone in recent months…

More than two thousand crosses have now been forcefully removed from churches as part of a government campaign to regulate “excessive religious sites”.

The nation’s leadership launched the crusade to eradicate Christianity in the coastal province of Zhejiang almost two years ago.

Several members of the public have since been arrested for attempting to halt the government’s crude attempt to suppress the Christian faith.

But sometimes government officials don’t stop there and decide to tear down an entire church. In fact, since the beginning of this year at least 49 churches have been destroyed in Zhejiang Province. Just recently, one group of believers defied the government and returned to their destroyed church to hold a worship service…

Christian worshipers gather to worship among the ruins of their demolished church, defying the Communist Chinese government anti-Christian drive. These congregants in China’ Wenzhou, Zhejiang province conducted a prayer service despite their church building demolished by the government officials.

Zhuyang Church, which was a government-sanctioned church, was routed as a part of an unprecedented church demolition drive. On May 20, the church was demolished by about 100 government officers took down the church building authorized despite the fact that it had the government authorization to operate.

The church member said that the only reason the official could provide for church’ demolition was that the church was “transforming the villages in the city.”

But even the churches that have been left standing in Zhejiang Province are also feeling the pain of the crackdown. According to China Aid, there is a new law that is forcing many churches “to turn over all of their tithes and donations to state authorities“…

The communist government of China’s Zhejiang Province is enforcing a new law that demands numerous churches to turn over all of their tithes and donations to state authorities.

According to a nonprofit Christian organization dedicated to serving the persecuted Church in China, the officials of Pingyang County in Wenzhou are compelling members to give all of their churches’ income to state authorities.

“The government officials will interfere with church affairs, managing our donations and some large-scale projects,” a source told China Aid.

For so long, most Americans have considered the Chinese government to be our friend. But that is not true at all. The communist Chinese are a corrupt, wicked regime that has always been deeply anti-Christian. Anyone that believes otherwise has simply been deluded.

Meanwhile, the persecution of Christians continues to intensify in many parts of Africa. Just recently, a mother of seven children was “hacked to death” by Islamic radicals in Nigeria for openly preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ…

A Christian mother of seven was hacked to death by suspected Muslim radicals in Nigeria and her mutilated body was discovered in a pool of blood along with a Bible and megaphone she used to preach every morning.

According to local reports, 41-year-old Eunice Olawale, a pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of Nigeria and an evangelist, was murdered in the early morning hours on Saturday while she was out evangelizing near Nigeria’s capital of Abuja.

Olawale’s husband, Olawale Elisha, told local media that his wife had left their home around 5 a.m. Saturday morning to preach in the neighborhood but she never returned home.

Ever since the first century, Christians have been martyred for publicly preaching the gospel, and we were warned that this kind of terrible persecution was coming in the last days.

Of course Christians in the Middle East don’t exactly need to hear about “the coming persecution” because they have been living it for many years. Christians are being tortured, beheaded and crucified by radical terror groups such as ISIS, and in other areas of the Middle East the persecution is being imposed on a national level by the government. For instance, just check out what is happening right now in Pakistan

The government of Pakistan has announced plans to force Islam on young people by making Quranic study compulsory for all school and college students, which is contrary to the country’s constitution and the Islamic precept that there should be no compulsion in religion. This is the latest escalation of the country’s bias against Christians, other minority faiths and non-believers,” said Peter Tatchell, Director of the human rights organisation, the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

“Pakistani Christians, including children, are at risk of kidnapping, forced marriage and forced religious conversion to Islam. Some are also victims of blasphemy charges, which carry the death penalty. There are regular violent assaults on Christian families, homes, shops and churches.

The persecution of the end times is here.

All over the planet, the Christian faith is under assault. In the western world we may not have to face much violent persecution just yet, but our faith is relentlessly mocked, ridiculed and demonized on television, in the movies and on the Internet. Laws that are anti-Christian in tone and substance are regularly being passed, and many of our top politicians are not even pretending to be fair to us any longer.

Just like in much of the rest of the world, we are starting to discover that there is a great price to be paid for following Jesus Christ.

In Matthew 16, Jesus told us that if anyone would choose to follow Him, that individual should “deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

Are you ready to take up your cross?

The persecution of Christians is only going to get worse in the years ahead, and in order to make it through what is coming we need to be ready to give up everything for Him.

*About the author: Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and End Of The American Dream. Michael’s controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled “The Rapture Verdict” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.*

  • Don_in_Odessa

    China has banned Christianity for years. Russia did too until after the Soviet Union broke up. That Putin is trying to push Russia back to the “god old days,” is nothing really new either. “End times?” Maybe, but in the minds of men, we have been here for 2000 years. It’s all relative. By that I mean, a man’s life span is a short time. Regardless, what evil manifests in the world, a man does well to prepare, based on that fact alone.

  • Dan Jones

    Yet America Churches still thing they will escape this because of the “rapture”… WRONG…. soon the real Church of Jesus will have no buildings to meet in for the only churches that will be open are those who teach love and tolerance…

    Always be a light that is .shininginthedark.c

  • rentslave

    Red China will build Confederate Flag factories in places where horse tracks and farms once were if sports betting -which will support the tracks and farms-doesn’t become legal in the USA.Colts Neck,NJ is going to love all of Obama’s Dreamers working in their town.

  • wtnss4Jesus

    Christ our Example

    “Let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy He knew would be His afterward. Now He is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in Heaven. Think about all He endured when sinful people did such terrible things to Him, so that you don’t become weary and give up.” (Hebrews 12:1-4)

    Other Great Examples of Faith

    “What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see. God gave His approval to people in the days of old because of their faith. . . It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to Heaven without dying – suddenly He
    disappeared because God took him. But before he was taken up, he was approved as pleasing to God. So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith”. . . (Abel, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, the people of Israel, Job, Rahab, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah,
    David, Samuel, and all the prophets). . .”By faith these people. . . shut the mouths of lions (David;
    Daniel), quenched the flames of fire (Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego), and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. Women received their loved ones back again from death. But others trusted in God and were tortured (the apostles), preferring to die rather than turn from God and be free. They placed their hope in the resurrection to a better life. Some were mocked, and their backs were cut open with whips (Jesus Christ). Others were chained in dungeons (John the Baptist; Jeremiah; Joseph). Some died by stoning (Stephen), and some were sawed in half (Isaiah); others were killed with the sword. Some went about in skins of sheep and goats, hungry and oppressed and mistreated (Paul). They were too good for this world. They wandered over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground (Elijah fleeing Jezebel). All of these people we
    have mentioned received God’s approval because of their faith, yet none of them receive all that God had promised. For God had far better things in mind for us that would also benefit them, for they can’t receive the prize at the end of the race until we finish the race.” (Hebrews 11: 1-39)

    Promise of Protection
    ·
    ‘But consider the joy of those corrected by God! Do not despise the chastening of the Almighty when you sin. For though He wounds, He also bandages. He strikes but His hands also heal. He will rescue you again and again so that no evil can touch you. He will save you from death in
    time of famine, from the power of the sword in time of war. You will be safe from slander and will have no fear of destruction when it comes. You will laugh at the destruction and famine; wild animals will not terrify you. You will be at peace with the stones of the field, and its wild animals will be at peace with you. You will know that your home is kept safe. When you visit your pastures, nothing will be missing. Your children will be many; your descendants will be as plentiful as grass!”
    (Job 5: 8-25 NLT)

    Comments

    The great persecution (Luke 21:12) along with the 4 Horses (Rev 6:1-8) will be for the testing (1 Peter 1:7); chastening (Ezek 14:12-23; Jer 30:6-24); and possibly the sealing (Rev 7:1-4) of God’s people before the angels release the four winds of destruction that “harm the earth and the sea”. This will serve to separate the sheep from the goats and make us worthy of the Kingdom for which we are suffering. (2Thess 1:5) The number 4 in the Scriptures means a time of testing and God’s
    presence with His people, which is why there are only 4 Horses during the breaking of the seals.

    In addition to the sealing by Holy Spirit, which all of Jehovah God’s obedient people have right now, 144,000 anointed descendants of Abraham (Rev 7:4-8; Rom 11) will also receive a special seal of God (which is the name of Jesus and the name of His Father) in their foreheads (Rev 7:4; Rev 14:1) letting them know that they are the ones who will rule with Christ as the Kingdom of God. (Rev 5:9, 10; Rev 20:4-6) The rest of God’s people (the great crowd; Rev 7:9) will maintain their
    seal by the Holy Spirit as long as they maintain their faith in Jesus, which identifies them as His own, guaranteeing that they will be saved on the day of redemption.” (Ephesians 4:30) Anyone who is not sealed by God will not be protected by Jesus Christ. (Rev 9:4) So it is important that we pass this critical test of faith, even in the face of death. We must prove that we are true children of God like Jesus is with strong faith and ‘self-sacrificing’ love for both God and neighbor, just as He proved, which is why these are the two most important commandments in the law of God. (Matt 22:36-40)

    No one is exempt. Jesus said, “A servant is not greater than His master. If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.” (John 15:20) Review Jesus’ life and ministry while He was on earth in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts) and you will know exactly what to expect, from the time of His baptism and arrest to the time of His resurrection and return to Heaven. We’re going to
    absolutely go through the same thing! Although we will not all die (1 Cor 15:51; Rev 7:9-17; Zech 13:8, 9) we will all face death and if we are faithful in sharing in the sufferings of Christ we will also share in His glory. (Rom 8:17)

    Don’t let anyone deceive you into believing that you can ride out the tribulation in a bunker, prep your way to survival or that you’ll be raptured. (The so-called ‘rapture’ won’t occur until the tribulation is over at the final trumpet blast according to Matt 24:31; 1Cor 15:51, 52). Instead, pray to Jehovah God to prepare you by making His love perfect in your heart, empowering you with Holy Spirit, and making your faith as fire resistant as gold (Rev 3:18; 1Pet1:7) like Jesus’ was so that you can endure this fire storm (Zech 13:9) through your faith in Jesus. Our Savior, Jesus (the greater Moses) will perform mighty miracles as He leads God’s people into the Promised Land. So do not be afraid of the giants! (Numbers 13:33; 32:1-13) Instead, trust in Jesus’s mighty power! He will never leave our side and He will give us everything we need from God both spiritually and
    physically because “God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear, but along with the temptation He will also make the way out in order for you to be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NWT) “Overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” (Rom 8:35-39) “But thanks be to God, for He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor 15:57)

  • gypsearose

    This is not Christian persecution,it bans all religions from proselytizing outside of the church to inhibit terrorism .And in case no one has noticed Putin is a practicing Russian Orthodox.