Sheepdog 105: the Case of Martyrdom
I’ve briskly covered a lot of ground during this series. Now I think its best to cover the nature of spiritual Smyrna, and the War of the Saints; and to link these to NATO War and ISIS War. This will also conclude with a short treatise on Revelation, since that’s an important book for the non-Christian and new Christian. I aim for and focus on stories that have case-making value for my evangelism.
Smyrna is identified as the “persecuted church” in Revelation 2, when Jesus is communicating by letter to the 7 churches of Revelation. In 90 AD, spiritual Smyrna would’ve been a large geographic location including Rome and Asia. Today, we see this conflict playing out and Christians being martyred for their faith (spiritual Smyrna) in countries such as India, China, Nigeria, Assyria, and the Greater Middle East and North Africa. Unfortunately, America is likely to join this club of autocratic, Christian-killing nations in the near future. Their leaders and their authoritarian followers are “out and proud” and they can be fairly labeled as Christianophobic.
The passage is this:
8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
The War of the Saints, then, is a Christianophobic war. It could be defined in terms of Christianophobia vs. Christianity. It’s an ancient conflict that has been enacted and reenacted for many centuries. In fact, this martyrdom and slaying of saints is a major catalyst for God’s wrath being unleashed during the Last Days. The good news that we can highlight about this War of the Saints is a few-fold. One, the largest growth of Christian population has always followed after events of public persecution vs. the devout.
Christianity was a shadow culture that prospered and changed the Roman nation, representing about 1 in 3 people. Those Roman Christians were like ex-patriates (Christians) living in occupied territory (Rome). A similar notion could be said for American Christians. Speaking for myself, it does feel like we are increasingly living as if ex-patriates living in a strange land of people who aren’t sure what to think of us (that’s a euphemistic phrasing).
Also, many of the criticisms that God makes of ancient Israel are very applicable to modern America. God is of His word. He gives many opportunities for repenting and turning away from evil. Consider this verse talking about national debt, and conquest by foreign nations.
Habakkuk 2:7-8 (ESV)
7 Will not your debtors suddenly arise, and those awake who will make you tremble? Then you will be spoil for them.
8 Because you have plundered many nations, all the remnant of the peoples shall plunder you, for the blood of man and violence to the earth, to cities and all who dwell in them.
The destruction of ancient Israel (conquest by Assyria, and Babylon) and the deportation (and flight) of its people, this prophecy has been fulfilled. However, it’s also a vivid foreshadowing of the American crises going on with $18 trillion debt and these many reckless wars. American empire has become overextended, we are going bankrupt, and we are increasingly vulnerable to a preemptive strike by China-Russia. It’s almost as if the leaders of US-NATO War have gone totally insane.
First, it’s plain to see that NATO War is being extremely aggressive way too close to Russian territory (Ukraine, Azerbaijan) and Chinese territory. US is saber-rattling and bidding for predominance in the South China Sea. At the same time, though, the American worker has been crushed. The very idea of us being a nation seems to have been erased along with the border. Part of this is a psy-op and Illuminati media blitz against common folk, but too many Americans have enabled this conquest and chosen sedation over activism.
When I was a Democrat, I couldn’t understand the essential truth and reality of how conservatives mean when they say, leftists really do despise America, American people, and American values. The leftists want us to be self-loathing and be more like Stalin’s Russia and EU’s Germany, literally robbing our own people so we can give all the money to multinational corporations and the flood of illegal immigrants that they caused. I get it now, I actually see it. Leftists hate Americans, and in order to please then you have to reject and denounce your country, your whiteness (if that applies to you), and worship at the altar of secular man and governmental man, and then you can be a leftist. But even then, no matter what you do, it will never be good enough to receive friendship or love from leftists or leftist systems; because they don’t have it and they aren’t capable of giving it.
This harsh truth is what I learned from the sum of 26.6 years of living like that in those cultures and systems. I’m much happier now as a Christian.
NATO War, then, refers to the multi-theater conflicts of the NATO alliance to conquer most of Eurasia and the Middle East, and then to be in a stronger, safe position to supplant rival superpowers China and Russia. ISIS War exists within the larger theater of the Greater Middle East and North Africa War. The name ISIS is an inside joke that roughly translates into “Islamic Secret Intelligence Service,” as in SIS which is UK’s M16 (think James Bond). ISIS is a protected asset and paramilitary army that is protected, bankrolled, equipped, and valued greatly by the Western intelligence agencies, shadow government, and secret-industrial complex. ISIS exists to kill the enemies of Wall Street for profit maximization, which happens to include Christians in the Middle East. That ISIS War happens to exist within the fabric of both NATO War and War of the Saints, and I wonder how much longer until the Middle East conflict boils over and ignites. The short answer is soon. It could happen tomorrow, or during September Surprise. Concluded, and to be continued.
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