Christian Persecution Update

The Beast’s More Tolerant, Liberal Islam: Not What It Seems. MBS’ anti-religious extremism campaign is connected far less to the glorification of liberal values and a tolerant Islam than to the deeper embedding of autocratic power and the distancing of democracy. MBS’s liberalization strategy is laser-focused on strengthening his own grip on power. ‘Why the BEAST will BEHEAD those who don’t worship him or his image.’ “Dissenter” now usefully signifies ANY perceived ENEMY of the state or the Beast’s authority. (Christians and Jews who will NOT worship him included.)

The Beast’s More Tolerant, Liberal Islam: Not What It Seems. MBS’ anti-religious extremism campaign is connected far less to the glorification of liberal values and a tolerant Islam than to the deeper embedding of autocratic power and the distancing of democracy. MBS’s liberalization strategy is laser-focused on strengthening his own grip on power. ‘Why the BEAST will BEHEAD those who don’t worship him or his image.’ “Dissenter” now usefully signifies any perceived enemy of the state.

The end of oil, the Abraham Accords and Turkey are forcing Gulf states to renegotiate the role of religion in their societies.

Haaretz, December 13, 2020 Sebastian Castelier

It wasn’t long ago that Gulf states were actively promoting ultra-conservative interpretations of Islam, and didn’t shy away from cultivating political Islam either. The U.S. National Intelligence Assessment from April 1970 judged Riyadh as “likely to support conservative non-governmental groups in the Arab world, such as the Muslim Brotherhood.”

But times are changing. Gulf states are being forced into a comprehensive rethink of their religious, political and economic systems, triggered by, most immediately, the prospect of drastically declining oil revenues as global demand shifts away from dependence on hydrocarbons.

As Gulf states face the need to diversify their economies, they face questions about whether economic liberalization will be mirrored by religious liberalization, and whether political pluralism is part of the package, too. 

Often pushed by younger powerful royals, many Gulf states are now keen to show that a tolerant, liberalized “Islam is compatible with [contemporary] life,” in the words of Sarah Elzeini, the Arab American CEO of a DC-based strategic advisory and lobbying firm, and with a globalizing world: “the 21st century ushered in the global community to be our neighborhood.” 

Simultaneously, Gulf states face the question of changing regional political alliances: the accelerating integration of Israeli businesses since the signing of the Abraham Accords, and wider global reconfigurations within the Muslim world and beyond. As Elzeini puts it, the state-level “shift we see in Islamic orientations” comes as a result of “developing geopolitical shifts.” 

As questions about the role of religion in Gulf societies gain momentum, the regional picture is far from homogenous. Each Gulf state, not least the custodian of the founding sites of Islam, Saudi Arabia, has a different starting point and is aiming for different objectives. Their varying stances towards the Muslim Brotherhood is one such issue. But a single key intention is apparent: the ruling families do not intend for these changes to weaken their own autocratic grip on power; they just have different ideas about how best to ensure it. 

The United Arab Emirates is the noisiest of the Gulf states in rebranding itself as an open, tolerant, liberal society. Indeed, the UAE self-identifies as “the most open and tolerant society in the Middle East…[with] shared interests and values with the U.S.” 

In the spirit of never letting a good crisis go to waste, the federation of seven emirates capitalized on the COVID-19 crisis to pushing its framing as a forward-thinking global player open to talents, investors and tourists by doubling down on what seems to be an ongoing and drastic shift towards secularity.

After it welcomed Pope Francis in 2019 for the first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula and normalized relations with Israel, Abu Dhabi announced in October a major overhaul of the country’s Islamic personal laws. It allowed unmarried couples to live together, which has long been a crime in the UAE, loosening restrictions on alcoholic beverages and permitting foreigners to avoid Islamic Shariah courts on familial issues such as marriage and divorce.

The shift also reflects the aspirations of the vast majority of young Emiratis. A mere 8 percent of Emiratis aged 18-24 view religion as central to their identity, the Arab Youth Survey 2020 found, in stark contrast to Egypt (69 percent) and Saudi Arabia (60 percent).

Sohail Nakhooda, an expert in Islamic Studies at the theological think tank Kalam Research and Media, based in Jordan and the UAE, posits a crossover between the “pluralistic” workplace characteristic of the UAE (where 8 million of its 9.1 million population are foreign workers) and its “vision of how religion fits into society.” Nakhooda suggests that the UAE could “serve as a progressive model for the region.” 

Despite the liberal use of the word “liberal” by the UAE, it denotes a far from an exact equivalent to how the word is used in the West.

Apart from stringent laws against blasphemy, the ban on churches displaying crosses on external walls, and the criminalization of  consensual same-sex sexual relations (in common with every GCC state except Bahrain) the UAE is rated “not free” in Freedom House’s rankings: hereditary monarchies hold power, political parties are banned, civil liberties restricted and the Internet is subject to significant censorship and surveillance. 

The gas-rich emirate of Qatar offers both a comparison and a contrast. Like UAE, Doha likes the language of tolerance and openness, and wants to be part of a globalizing cultural events like the FIFA World Cup, which it is hosting in 2022, but it is holding tighter on its Islamic heritage – and has refused to excommunicate groups associated with political Islam, instead  maintaining its consistent support and sanctuary for them. Qatar was not part of the first wave of Gulf state normalizations with Israel, either.

Doha prides itself on its autonomous foreign policy, notable for both keen cooperation with Islamists, from Hamas to Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and for performative acts of Muslim global solidarity. 

This year, at the same time as Saudis and Emiratis adopted an informal commercial boycott of Turkey over Ankara’s support for Islamist political groups, Qatar’s flagship supermarket removed French products from its shelves in protest at  French President Emmanuel Macron’s free speech defense of the right to caricature the prophet Muhammad. The supermarket stated it was acting “in a way that serves our country and our faith, and meets the aspirations of our customers.”

Doha’s openness to more illiberal Muslim movements is not a stance tolerated by some other Gulf states, who have punished Qatar with a boycott, closed borders and invective accusing it of embracing reactionary social and religious norms.

That’s agitprop, according to Gerd Nonneman, a Professor of International Relations and Gulf Studies at Georgetown University’s campus in Qatar.

“The idea that Qatar is backwards-looking is comical to anybody who has actually visited the country,” he told me. “Modernism is being pushed, with at the same time some concern for keeping the more conservative parts of the society on board.”

Qatar’s constitution states that sharia, the Islamic legal code, shall be “a main source” of legislation. Though public worship for non-Islamic faiths is restricted, Christianity and Judaism are also protected from defamation, non-Muslims migrant workers, who make up nearly 88 percent of the population, are allowed to worship freely, as long as they worship in premises belonging to denominations registered by the state. That constrained freedom of worship is still illegal in Saudi Arabia.

Tied to the ultra-conservative Wahhabi religious establishment by a historic pact, the Saudi monarchy has long tolerated radical interpretations of Islam, and exported the ultraconservative Wahhabi doctrine abroad.

In the wake  of 9/11, where 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens, calls from inside and outside the kingdom to rein in radicals have grown louder, as the threat they posed to the West and to the incumbent regime became ever more apparent. The calls to squash religious dissent in the name of liberalization now have a champion in the highest echelons of the royal palace. (MbS quote “those who give my religion a bad name.” Islam; those who worship the dragon and SOON the BEAST.’)

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has portrayed himself as a reformist pledged to crack down on radical preachers and reign over the Wahhabi clerical establishment. “We will not waste 30 years of our lives in dealing with extremist ideas, we will destroy them today,” the kingdom’s de-facto ruler said in Riyadh in October 2017. 

Saudi Arabia’s starting point, as the Guardian of the two holy sites of Mecca and Medina, is far less “secular” than the UAE, even for the younger generation: six young Saudis out of ten say religion is central to their identity. MBS’ keenness for carefully selected “liberalizing” steps faces more pushback, despite what appears to be an appetite for a less austere culture and opposition to the sometimes violent enforcement of Islamic norms.

“The state-led approach is meant to promote a different understanding of religion more compatible with the leadership’s social reforms,” says Eman Alhussein, a Saudi fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. “Some citizens” see aspects of those social reforms “as contrary to their religious views.” 

However, human rights defenders claim Mohammed bin Salman has effectively hijacked the religious and cultural liberalization demands pushed by a generation of young Saudis, who are increasingly open to opportunities offered by the global economy and 21st century realities.

They claim MBS’ anti-religious extremism campaign is connected far less to the glorification of liberal values and a tolerant Islam than to the deeper embedding of autocratic power and the distancing of democracy. They charge that MBS’s liberalization strategy is laser-focused on strengthening his own grip on power.

When, in mid-2018, Saudi Arabia ended the world’s last ban on female drivers, state media breathlessly branded the Crown Prince as a feminist reformer breaking years of religion-inspired prejudice. But, simultaneously, he had more than a dozen female activists who had campaigned for the right to drive arrested

At least three of them allegedly faced electric shocks, sexual assault and flogging in detention. “Their only crime was wanting women to drive before Mohammed bin Salman” wanted them to do so, Human Rights Watch’s former Middle East director declared. One of the detained women, Lujain al-Hathloul, appeared in court recently, only for her case to be transferred to the Terrorism Court’s jurisdiction.  

The “non-extremist” Islam that Saudi powers are pushing is punitively circumscribed. The kingdom is engaged in an ongoing crackdown targeting free-spirited religious leaders, whether conservative or reformist, who are labelled as an ideological competitor to the authority of the hereditary leadership. (House of Saud, ‘bottomless pit’)

“Any political Islam tendencies putting forward ideas of how societies might be organized are seen as an intolerably independent set of views,” says Georgetown University’s Nonneman.

At the same time, the kingdom’s ‘reformist’ leaders like to exploit the idea that the Saudi grassroots are disposed towards radicalism. A Saudi activist who spoke on condition of anonymity told me the Saudi monarchy has long portrayed its own citizens as “backward and sympathetic to extremist ideas” to promote to the West the idea that “the only way to liberalize Saudis is to allow an autocratic regime.” He added: “The truth is the Saudi leadership needs extremists to legitimize itself.” 

It’s not a new thesis for the Saudi ruling elite. Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who served as Saudi ambassador to the United States from 1983 to 2005, and has emerged more recently as a flayer of traditional Saudi support for the Palestinians, often told American officials that a Taliban-style theocracy would be the likely alternative to the current regime if democratic elections were to take place in the kingdom. It was both an excuse, a threat and a justification.

Parallel to a state-led push for a shift towards “moderate” Islam, the kingdom’s leadership is moving fast to promote nationalism and national belonging to share space with religion as a core component of Saudi identity. New school textbooks were introduced last year which “emphasize the importance of “moderate Islam” as well as national identity,” commented Alhussein. The same dynamic is clear in the Gulf-wide strengthening of the personality cult of ruling monarchs, from roadside portraits to online hagiography fed by state-sponsored trolls.

An inherently transnational political Islam thus poses a threat both to the state-sanctioned “moderate Islam” and to the nationalization of identity in the Gulf. Gulf monarchies remember all too well that ten years ago, the Arab Spring shook several of the entrenched regimes across the wider Middle East and in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate won the presidential election in 2012. 

That anathema is part of the hostility expressed by the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt towards Qatar; one of their 13 demands in order to lift the blockade on Doha is the severing of ties with the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood is classified as a terrorist group in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain.

Other Gulf countries consider Qatar’s cultivation of Islamist groups as hypocritical: “Qatar in its own country does not want this model of political Islam, but it is something it exports everywhere else,” comments Nakhooda.

Following Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 U.S. elections, Riyadh launched a new campaign to denounce the Islamist political movement, claiming the Muslim Brotherhood calls for disobedience against the Saudi leadership. The kingdom’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh slammed the Brotherhood as a “deviant group” that “had no links to Islam whatsoever.” 

All this illustrates the elasticity of the phrase “Islamic liberalization”: Both women pushing for the relaxation of religion-based discrimination and Islamists are considered so threatening to the controlled pace and scope of opening up Gulf societies that they are classed as terrorists. “Dissenter” now usefully signifies any perceived enemy of the state.

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 tomake war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

Frustratingly for Riyadh, its much-vaunted but selective “liberalization” still hasn’t won it the plaudits in the West that the UAE often commands, even from Riyadh-friendly governments. This week, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo designated Saudi Arabia, among other countries like China, North Korea and Iran, as “countries of concern,” according to the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act, for “engaging in systematic, ongoing, egregious religious freedom violations.” 

The reconfiguration of power between mosque, monarchy and economy in Saudi Arabia may well have wider consequences regarding the kingdom’s jealously guarded role as leader of the Sunni Muslim world. 

As Riyadh reduces its religionspeak, the pretender to that leadership role, Turkey’s President Erdoğan, is burnishing his Islamist credentials and reigniting a centuries-old Ottoman-Wahhabi/ al-Saud rivalry. And while the UAE and other Gulf states talk openness, even multiculturalism, Erdogan is converting historic churches into mosques

“What is happening in Turkey is the reversal of what is happening in the UAE,” says Nakhooda; in Turkey, Islam is “now intruding into government and public space.” For the Emirati ambassador to Washington, Yousef Al Otaiba, it’s not just Erdogan: a reactionary trio of Turkey, Iran and Qatar “inject religion into every debate” whereas the UAE, he contends, along with Bahrain, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, are “thinking about their future, not their past.

The “Islam debate” in the Gulf is about money and dynastic power as much as it is about faith, culture and ritual. If in the past Gulf monarchies still deferred to semi-autonomous religious authorities, assuming they would help perpetuate the “right” power hierarchies, now the monarchies have decided to fully tame religion and its representatives, becoming sole arbiters of the body politic and everyday life, the undisputed lords of the land. 

The real divide between Gulf states and ambitious Muslim-majority rivals is based less on a liberal/conservative religious fault line than on a power and governance line: in the analysis of Georgetown’s Nonneman, flexible, image-conscious yet autocratic types of leadership are now pitted against a “dramatically more authoritarian” approach that systematically represses critical voices. 

The next few years will reveal whether Gulf states’ bold decision to use economic change to justify reinventing the role of religion, thus consolidating their autocratic regimes, is actually sustainable – and who will buy and benefit from their “liberalizing” narrative.

Night Watchman Note; ‘THE GRAND DADDY SIGN’. ‘THAT WICKED’. That is what ‘watchmen or women’ do. Jesus made clear that when He actually does come for His disciples, His wise and faithful servants would be aware of the time because they would be watching. They would know the season of the times by WATCHING those things ‘coming to pass or occurring’ as Jesus said they would. The ‘BENCHMARK SIGN(s)’ always point towards Israel / Jacob. God’s prophetic timepiece. The FALSE PEACE COVENANT confirmed by the Prince/Beast among MENA (the many) is the ‘key sign’ of the times or the season of the times. Yes, we are in that period. The Prince/Beast will likely confirm and enhance the current ‘normalization’ agreement with Jacob to be a ‘peace’ agreement, to be extended to 7 years from the current 5 years, to include some agreement permitting the rebuilding of the third temple in exchange for ‘some portion of Jerusalem.’ The current ‘investment’ period for the Palestinians stands at five (5) years. This will likely occur AFTER the Bride, Disciples or True Church is removed from the earth via the Rapture / Harpazo / Redemption / ‘Twinkling’.

Confirmation for Seven (7) Years

Daniel 9:26-27 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

‘Current Plan’ (Satan’s Plan = Five (5) years financial investment period for 180 (6+6+6) ‘infrastructure projects’ costing $50 (5) Billion to cut poverty by 50% (5)).

U.S. President Donald Trump’s “Peace to Prosperity” plan, which he unveiled at the White House on Jan. 28, 2020, calls for Israel to retain 30 percent of the West Bank (territory that the parties to the conflict had already agreed would remain under Israeli control, in accordance with the 1995 Oslo Accords), with the remaining 70 percent reserved for an eventual Palestinian state. The plan states that there would be a freeze on Israeli settlement-building in that area for four years—and land swaps to provide the Palestinian state with land comparable in size to the territory of pre-1967 West Bank and Gaza, and a capital in eastern Jerusalem.

It includes a $50 billion investment fund for 179 infrastructure and business projects in that state, designed to create more than one million jobs, cut the poverty rate by 50 percent and reduce unemployment from 31 percent to a single digit.

US President Donald Trump has predicted that Saudi Arabia will be among up to 10 further countries preparing to ‘normalize’ their relations with Israel.

The meaning was obvious: The country [Saudi Arabia] is tired of waiting for Palestinians to make peace and is preparing to move on. The message to foreign capitals, perhaps to Washington in particular, is equally clear: The time is coming when a deal may be done.

Prophetic Discernment: Two ‘Scenarios’. I am not ‘dogmatic’ about either one. Other scenarios could come into play. THE POINT … is how close we are!

Trump may still yet get the Beast to agree for ‘MENA’ the ‘CURRENT’ plan, SHORTLY, in the few remaining days left in the ‘Last Trump’ or ‘Last Trumpence’ Presidency. Saudis may be ‘nervous’ about the Biden election and want to get the ‘deal done and finished’ while Trump is in the twilight of his presidency.

The Rapture

The following would take place AFTER the Rapture: Biden/Harris may work to ‘ENHANCE’ the plan by the literal splitting of Jerusalem along the 1967 lines. An ‘exchange’ of sovereignty to get a temple for the Jews and to give the Beast custodianship of al-Aqsa … that which he covets. The plan will be ‘ENHANCED’ (investment wise for the Palestinians) for Seven (7) years. Perhaps the investment amount will also be increased.

Or

Rapture

Then the following: Beast ‘ENHANCES’ the plan under Biden, by splitting Jerusalem along 1967 lines. In a ‘Give up Sovereignty, Get a Temple’ scenario. The plan finally gets ‘CONFIRMED’ or approved shortly, under Biden/Harris (Deceiver-in-Chief and Jezebel-in-Chief).

Either way, the Rapture / Harpazo / Redemption / ‘Twinkling’ is imminent.

Prophecy has a ‘window.’ That window is closing shortly and quickly. As is the door in the ‘Age of Grace’ for the world.

Pay ‘Eagle-Eye’ attention to the world geo-political news feeds to see if any type of ‘confirmation’ is forthcoming or made by the Prince / Beast/ 8th King / Son of Perdition / Future Antichrist / Man of Lawlessness. Also MbS, Man-by-Satan and the Confirmer and he that causeth the Abomination of Desolation in April 2024. Trump may surprise the world and suddenly proclaim that a deal has been reach or agreed upon by Saudi Arabia and at least nine (3×3) other Arab/Muslim countries from MENA. If nothing happens over the next 10 days, it is possible the entire covenant could be ‘strengthened and confirmed’ AFTER the rapture. This is a very real possibility. Be warned and hopeful.

Seven (7) References to ‘BE WATCHING or WATCHFUL.’

Matthew 24:42; Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

Matthew 25:13; Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Mark 13:35; Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning.

Luke 21:36; Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man

Luke 12:37-39; Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.

1 Thessalonians 5:2-4; For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. (Be Watching).

John 13:19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.

John 14:29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.

Luke 21:31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.

Mark 13:29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.

Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

‘Increasing Like Labor Pains.’ ‘Fearful Sights.’ ‘Perilous Times.’ ‘Men’s hearts failing with fear.’ Great Convergence of Signs.’ REDEMPTION IMMINENT.

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 12:19. 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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