Christian Persecution Update

Continuing with the ‘High Watch’ Period; Nearly 550 (5) Protestant Venues Shut Down in Jiangsu Province. Five (5) the number of Satanic influence or power over man’kind. During a six (6)-month crackdown last year, authorities merged and repurposed places of worship using threats, intimidations, and other deceitful methods. Increasing Christian Persecution and Martyrdom in ‘diverse places’ and ‘increasing like labor pains.’

Now, as the ‘Age of Grace’ comes 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).

Future, during the coming seven (7) year tribulation and great 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.

Continuing with the ‘High Watch’ Period; Nearly 550 (5) Protestant Venues Shut Down in Jiangsu Province. Five (5) the number of Satanic influence or power over man’kind. During a six (6)-month crackdown last year, authorities merged and repurposed places of worship using threats, intimidations, and other deceitful methods. Increasing Christian Persecution and Martyrdom in ‘diverse places’ and ‘increasing like labor pains.’

09/21/2020 Bitter Winter

During a six-month crackdown last year, authorities merged and repurposed places of worship using threats, intimidations, and other deceitful methods.

by Lu An

On direct orders from President Xi Jinping, a six-month-long crackdown campaign against Protestant churches was launched last year in China’s eastern province of Jiangsu, targeting the largest Christian populations. According to the new data, the previously reported number of nearly 200 closed-down venues has more than doubled. Five-hundred-forty-nine sites run by both state-run Three-Self and unregistered house churches were shut in four prefecture-level cities: 241 in Huai’an, 142 in Lianyungang, 121 in Yancheng, and 45 in Suqian in the second half of 2019.

On October 30 and 31, eight venues in Lianyungang-administered Donghai county were shut down for “being unlicensed or dilapidated.” Officials threatened to impose 200,000 RMB (about $ 29,600) fines on house church congregations if they continued gatherings.

In the case of Three-Self churches, officials ordered numerous venues to merge—a go-to measure used throughout China to reduce the number of religious sites. According to an employee in Lianyungang’s Guannan county, only one-third of the state-run Protestant venues in the area were allowed to remain as they were, the rest were merged in June last year.

The government of Guanyun county’s Sankou town ordered to reduce the number of official Protestant churches from 26 to 6. The spared venues could not be close to national highways, township government or village committee buildings, schools, and residential communities.

In Shuyang, a northern county under direct provincial administration, the Religious Affairs Bureau ordered directors of the more than 20 official churches to hand in their account books and legal documents. Only eight were allowed to continue functioning.

“Officials ordered church directors to sign merger agreements,” a church director from Shuyang said. “Many large churches have been merged with small ones, and now they cannot accommodate all believers.”

“There are three churches in our village, and Christians outnumber just over a dozen CCP members. That is what the central government fears and why they order to reduce the number of believers,” a village official in Lianyungang said. “They first rectify churches, before gradually shutting them all down.”

Authorities often use force while forcing venues to merge. In December last year, over 30 Guannan county government personnel came to the Lu’nan Three-Self Church to shut it down. They informed the congregation that the venue had been merged with another church. As believers started expressing their dissatisfaction with the order, five of the visiting personnel carried a septuagenarian church member outside and threw him on the ground. The elderly man started vomiting and then fainted. When a fellow believer protested against such brutal behavior, he was pushed and shoved around until he suffered a heart attack. Another believer’s wheelchair was nearly overturned, stopped in time by other congregation members. When a churchgoer started filming the scene, government personnel seized his phone, threatening to arrest the man.

Officials use other devious methods to close down religious venues. In August last year, a Three-Self Church venue director in Shuyang county was ordered to bring the venue’s certificates and other documentation to the local Religious Affairs Bureau to be renewed. Two months later, not only new documents were not issued, but the venue was shut down. Officials explained that “only one church is allowed in one sub-district.” Twenty-three other churches in the area were closed as “illegal venues” after their documents were confiscated.  The sites were repurposed, sold, or even demolished to prevent congregations from gathering.

A Three-Self church deacon from Guannan told Bitter Winter that directors of all state-run churches in the county were convened for a meeting and ordered to rent or sell their venues, or “the government would destroy them with excavators.”

The county’s Younan Three-Self Church, with 400 congregation members, was forced to merge with a smaller church in June last year. The government ordered to rent the church within three days; otherwise it would be demolished.

In His Service,

Night Watchman

Paul Rolland

Night Watchman Ministries

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 12:19Dearly 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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