You Thought It Would Never Happen Here

By: Woody Godbey

Our verse for today is one Jesus so accurately stated,

…they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.
— Luke 21:12

We have seen this persecution from the first century and every century since. We will see it escalated in the last days and especially during the Great Tribulation. The liberals deny it but persecution of Bible Christianity is now well rooted here in America. There is no doubt in my mind that we are living in the last of the last days. I think the Phil Robertson's comments and backlash from the liberals and homosexuals really make a statement about how close we are. I will share some of my thoughts on how homosexuality ties into the last days and other prophecies we see revving up their engines.

I preached a message back in 2003 that has stirred my heart because of what I said back then has come true today. Bible prophecy is amazing. Back in 2003 a prophetic event occurred that started slowly but is about to wreak havoc across America and throughout Christendom. That prophetic event happened in Canada when they passed a Bill that allowed the lifestyle of Homosexuality or Transexual to be a protected position in today’s society. I want to make one thing very clear before I go any further, everyone should be protected from hate crimes. I would never do anything that would make a homosexual feel threatened but I would give them the gospel and show them the love of Christ. Back to the topic. The law that passed in Canada back in 2003 allows the homosexual that feels threatened by the Bible toting Christian, a legal avenue that will make some Christians think twice about sharing Jesus with them. They can now be arrested for using a Bible! If convicted, the Christian that is doing as God calls all of us to do, can be thrown behind bars for up to five years!

You're probably thinking, that can never happen here in America. Oh my goodness, how can anyone think that with all the liberal courts and judges including the Supreme Court! Our Supreme Court told us when they explained their ruling legalizing Sodomy that they based their decision at least partly upon international law from nations who allow homosexuality. We now have every reason to fear that the Supreme Court may change our law in an instant, in a brief moment of time to conform to Canadian Law. Only the special enlightened can make these decisions because we the people don't know what's good for us. And since the Supreme Court is ruled tightly by the special enlightened, we may yet see the time when Bible preachers, teachers, and ministries will be arrested for "Hate Crimes". Some of you have heard me and others preach this for years.

The New World Order is coming at a high rate of speed folks! Are you ready? Once you understand what this New World Order really is, and how it is being gradually implemented, you will be able to see it progressing in your daily news! I see it happening on a daily basis.
There will be some major changes during the time of the Tribulation Period. But I do not believe they will come over night, but these changes are gradually happening right now, right before our eyes. The way for the Antichrist is being prepared. John the Baptist prepared the way for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ through preaching repentance and baptism for the remission of sins. He created a favorable environment for Jesus to enter and operate in. The same principal is true on the other side of the coin with the Antichrist.
 

I believe the culture is being prepared for the Antichrist at a high rate of speed. I mentioned Phil Robertson and here is where he fits in. There is a very good chance that the Antichrist will be homosexual and there is no doubt that during the Tribulation the Bible will be banned, burned, and people who get saved will be mightily persecuted.

The reason I think the Antichrist will be homosexual is a verse in Daniel. One verse in Daniel tell us:"Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women..." [Dan 11:37]
Notice, "Nor the desire of women." Some scholars believe this refers to the Catholic church who forbids their priest to marry but I have never bought that. There are other interpretations but I believe that this verse could mean that the Antichrist will be gay. I believe that is another reason he will be so popular with the whole world. Remember, the church will be taken out in the rapture so there is no holding back, sin will be rampant.

There is a whole lot more going on here than just homosexuality. Who would have ever thought that Christianity would be attacked as brutally as it is today in America? President Obama has allowed this attack in private, public and military places. Has it ever occurred to you that God set him up in order to bring us to a place of repentance? Maybe!!! We must face the fact that Christianity is a minority in this world and probably in America.
A lot of people have a problem with Matthew 7:13-14: "Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."

The problem they have with that verse is the words, Many and Few. The reason there are only a few that find eternal life is because the gate is strait and the way is narrow. The life that leads to destruction has many because anything and everything goes! Now the question, how few are there who find it? I don't  know but you can believe God's Word. There are seven
billion people in the world and only a few out of that 7 billion will find eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. In the days of Noah there was a very populated world
but only a few, eight, were saved (I Peter 3:20).

Why want people believe the Bible? Jesus knew why His doctrine and methods did not work, because men hate the truth (John 8:45). They also hate the light. Jesus is the light of the world and we are His reflectors. Guess what? The culture hates the Light and
His reflectors. They prefer darkness over the Light!Churches, even whole denominations have accepted homosexuality as a lifestyle blessed of God and gay priest in the Episcopal and Anglican churches.

The Scriptures say there will be a GREAT falling away in the last days, many departing from the faith (II Thess 2:3; I Tim 4:1-3). Not so much as falling away from church but from True Biblical Faith, Salvation and Teaching. There will also be perilous compromising of Christianity
that will force withdrawal and separation (II Timothy 3:1-5).False teachers and silly women would be ever learning but never able to find the truth (II Tim 3:6-7).Living godly lives in a God hating, God denying culture would bring persecution (II Ti 3:12).

Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived (II Timothy 3:13). This downgrade would include rejection of sound doctrine for fables and entertainment (II Ti 4:3-4). We are in living in this prophesied compromise of Bible  Christianity, with the evidence all around.

I'm closing so don't quit on me now. You will have to do some study on your own but searching the Scriptures will be good for you. God made it very plain, there were to be no sodomites in Israel so let’s see what happened. In the days of Rehoboam, Solomon's son, we read this: "And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel" (1 Kings 14:24). In Deuteronomy God said that there must not be any sodomite among the sons of Israel (Deut. 23:17). In the days of Rehoboam there were sodomites among the sons of Israel. It was a time of great spiritual decline: "And Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked Him to jealousy with their sins which they had committed, above all that their fathers had done" (1 Kings 14:22). America should take heed!

Later, there were 3 different godly kings in Judah who rectified this problem at different times during their individual reign as King. Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord (1 Kings 15:11), and the first recorded right act that he did was to banish the sodomites from the land (1 Kings 15:12).

Later this abominable practice again took root but in the days of Jehoshaphat the sodomites were again banished from the land (1 Kings 22:46). In the days of Josiah these sodomites had brought their tents or huts or ritual booths right into the courtyard of God's temple, but godly king Josiah got rid of them (2 Kings 23:7).

We are in the World but not of the World. Let’s not be surprised at what happens and what goes on in this godless culture. They are blinded by Satan, the god of this world. We are not to love the world but we are to love the people in the world just like God who gave His only begotten son for all. Time is short and the world is in a downward spiral to the torments of hell. Let’s not get too caught up in the politics of the world but the preaching to the world. Phil stood firm and took the heat and so should every Christian. God Bless!