Now, ‘Age of Grace’ … that is quickly coming to a close;
Psalm 25:19. Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.
Psalm 38:19. But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.
Psalm 41:7. All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt.
Psalm 69:4. They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.
Psalm 69:14. Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.
Matthew 10:22. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Mark 13:13. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Luke 6:22. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
Luke 21:17. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.
John 7:7. The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
John 15:18. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
John 15:23. He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come” (Matt. 24:9-14).
During the coming seven (7) year tribulation;
Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Revelation 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Revelation 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
Revelation 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
Revelation 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
Increasing Christian Persecution and Martyrdom as ‘the Age of Grace comes to a close’; Modi Takes Another Alarming Step Towards a ‘Hindu India.’ No Christians (or other religions) wanted.
When Narendra Modi inaugurated a Hindu temple in Ayodhya recently, it marked a moment of weighty, if not alarming, transformation for both India and Hinduism: Year Zero of a new nationalist ‘Hindu epoch’
Mohamed Zeeshan Haaretz August 27, 2020
When Indian prime minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a Hindu temple to Lord Ram in the holy town of Ayodhya two weeks ago, he marked a moment of weighty, if not alarming, transformation for both India and Hinduism.
The site of the temple had been the subject of a decades-long communal dispute in India: While many Hindus consider it to be the birthplace of Lord Ram – one of Hinduism’s most revered deities – the site had previously hosted a mosque built during the Mughal Empire. The mosque had been vandalized and demolished in 1991 by Hindu nationalist activists, who contended that it had been built on the ruins of a temple.
After years of quibbling in courts and bloodshed on the streets, India’s Supreme Court decided last year to allow the construction of a temple to Lord Ram on the disputed site, while ordering the allotment of an alternative plot elsewhere to rebuild the old mosque.
The court’s verdict was welcomed by many when it came – including even Muslim religious leaders, who hoped that it would end India’s most iconic, bitter and deadly historic dispute. Many Muslims, in fact, saw the dispute as a key driving force behind the rise of Hindu nationalism, as it allowed majoritarian parties to unite a very diverse Hindu vote bank by painting Muslims as the common enemy. Its conclusion, therefore, was a great relief.
Yet, as communal tensions exploded in the months that followed, concerns began to mount, among India’s Muslims and more generally Indians committed to the country’s founding secular principles and constitution, regarding the politics surrounding the temple and its construction.
The temple is now being portrayed by Hindu nationalist politicians as a mere milestone in their quest to transform India from a multicultural and secular republic to a ‘Hindu nation.’ On the day of its inauguration, for instance, Tejasvi Surya, a Member of Parliament from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) argued that “control of state power by Hindus is absolutely essential.”
Modi’s own inauguration speech did not serve to dilute that agenda in any way. The prime minister said that the temple will be a “symbol of [India’s] nationalism” – and he even went so far as to compare the date of its inauguration to August 15, the date of India’s independence in 1947.
While Modi also appealed to India’s long-held ideal of “unity in diversity,” his use of a Hindu god to define India’s national culture and identity is unprecedented. This is the single most significant departure by a prime minister from the secular national identity forged by Mahatma Gandhi and the founding fathers of the republic.
By comparing August 5, the date of the temple’s inauguration, to August 15, Modi all but seemed to indicate the beginning of a new Hindu epoch. In the days that followed, Hindu nationalist politicians began to tout the temple as India’s new pre-eminent national monument.
This is a narrative that could have profound consequences along several dimensions.
Take, for example, religious tourism. As the birthplace of many religions and the confluence of several foreign religions over centuries, India’s religious tourism has long been multicultural in nature. The country receives pilgrims of various faiths to a diverse range of sites, including Bodh Gaya (where the Buddha is said to have attained Enlightenment), the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar, and the Muslim Sufi shrine in Ajmer.
Yet, as Hinduism takes preponderance over other religions and traditions – with the Ram temple as the new symbol of India itself – India could begin marketing its faith-based tourism in a more monocultural light.
Already, there are significant political consequences underway. During the temple’s inauguration, Modi broke political convention: He publicly assumed Hindu religious duties for the first time. Taken along with the elevation of Lord Ram to a national symbol and the temple to a national monument, this could be the harbinger of a new trend for India’s politics.
Much like the King of Saudi Arabia, who styles himself as the “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques,” the Indian prime minister now appears to have adopted, unofficially at least, the title of “Custodian of the Hindu Rashtra,” or Hindu nationalist polity.
India has only had one non-Hindu prime minister in its history so far: Manmohan Singh, who was a Sikh. But if the Indian prime minister is now politically expected to double up as a Hindu ritual leader, Singh may well be the last.
Indeed, some Hindu nationalist politicians now brand their rivals as “impure Hindus” and “traitors” for speaking up against religious nationalism. This was clearly demonstrated, explicitly, on national television, when BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra called his counterpart from the opposition Congress party “traitor” earlier this month, and questioned the authenticity of his Hindu credentials, saying he didn’t deserve to wear a tikka on his forehead.
Throughout its history, India has escaped multiple attempts to homogenize its diversity, in large part owing to Hinduism’s own diversity and its multitude of deities, monuments and traditions. The syncretic nature of Hinduism facilitated India’s syncretic national identity, allowing equal space for all religions, not least the country’s 182 million Muslims.
Hindu nationalists now seek to flatten this diversity, so as to create a tight, coherent Hindu identity from which non-Hindu identities can be separated. The elevation of Lord Ram to a national symbol – and the construction of a temple in his name to serve as a national monument – strike many analysts as a key step in that effort to homogenize Hinduism – and exclude Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians and others.
India could soon become a different nation. If it isn’t already.
Mohamed Zeeshan is editor-in-chief of Freedom Gazette and a writer for The Diplomat. He has previously served as an adviser to the Indian delegation to the United Nations in New York and worked as a consultant to governments in the Middle East.
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Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!
Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:
The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)
A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.
. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).
B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.
. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.
. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).
. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).
. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).
. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).
. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).
. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).
. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).
True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:
Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
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