“Believers who know what it means to suffer for their faith help us recognize and understand the Enemy’s tactics and his ultimate goal. Satan at his worst, evil at its core, and persecution in its essence does not overtly seek to starve, beat, imprison, torture, or kill followers of Jesus. The strategy of Satan is simpler and more diabolical than that. What is Satan’s paramount intent? Quite simply, it is this: denying the world access to Jesus? Satan’s greatest desire is for the people of this planet to leave Jesus alone. Satan desires that we turn away from Jesus—-or that we never find Him in the first place. If Satan cannot be successful at that, he desires to keep believers quiet, to diminish or silence our witness, and to stop us from bringing others to Christ. It is that simple. Once we understand the nature of this spiritual battle and the strategy of the Enemy, we see clearly the role that believers have been called to play. We also see the importance of our choices regarding witness and faithfulness and obedience. At the beginning of every day, we choose. It is simply a matter of identification. Will we identify with believers in persecution—or will we identify with their persecutors? We make that choice as we decide whether we will share Jesus with others or keep Him to ourselves. We identify ourselves as believers by taking a stand with, and following the example of, those in persecution. Or we identify with their persecutors by not giving witness of Jesus to our family, our friends, and our enemies. Those who number themselves among the followers of Jesus—but don’t witness for Him—are actually siding with the Taliban, the brutal regime that rules North Korea, the secret police in communist China, and the Somalilands and Saudi Arabias of the world. Believers who do not share their faith aid and abet Satan’s ultimate goal of denying others access to Jesus. Our silence make us accomplices. When Ruth and I speak and teach and share with western churches, we are often asked if we believe that persecution is coming to America. My response is often rather pointed, I say, quite sincerely, “Why would Satan want to wake us up when he has already shut us up?” Why would Satan bother with us when we are already accomplishing his goal? He will likely conclude that it is better to let us sleep…..It is a simple matter of obedience. If He is our Lord, then we will obey Him. If we do not obey Him, then He is not our Lord.” Ripkin, Nik. The Insanity of God, page. 309-311. One of the most amazing interviews that Jesus Christ will have at the Great White Throne Judgment is this one.
Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Who in the world are these fine folks, who are still in their sins and bound for hell? It is obvious that they are familiar with Jesus Christ of the Bible; it is also obvious that they are very sincere in their worship of him; it is also obvious that they have a great amount of emphasis and track record of works or deeds. Now, who in our society would fit that description? It sure sounds like one of the world’s major religions. It sure sounds like a major religion that has great wealth and great power and great prophesying or preaching around the world. Whoever this group is, they will not be in heaven. Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.