My flight had just landed in Strasbourg, France, when I was informed of the bombings in Madrid. I was about to begin a week’s meetings and teaching seminars.
Who did it? Who was behind the Madrid blast? Was there any connection with previous horrendous atrocities? What was happening?
As we were praying, it was revealed to one of the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ that there were 911 intervening days since New York’s Twin Towers fell. Could this be true? I checked. It was accurate.
A shiver ran down my spine and this has happened on three occasions that week when I mentioned that fact. This is when true reliable outstanding leadership is going to be required. Make no mistake about that.
The al-Qaeda link, between 9/11 and 3/11, with 911 intervening days, became very clear to us as we continued to seek the face of God in prayer.
Jesus Christ spoke clearly about forthcoming “fearful events”. He taught about violence increasing, along with various other visible signs, as the end of this present age drew nearer.
As these events start to take place, Jesus warns His disciples not to allow themselves to be deceived and He cautions them not to be afraid. Such incidents must not cause believers to wring our hands in bewilderment.
It is certainly not a time for compromise, wondering, doubting or turning back. These are days when men and women of God are to stand up and lift up their heads and know exactly what is going on as attacks come from every angle. Jesus Christ teaches those who want to be taught. Stay calm. Keep your poise. Do not be taken in by surprise.
It pays to give heed and attention to the prophetic words of Jesus.
They might just be coming more and more relevant as violent wickedness spreads and increases. When situations explode do not be frightened or confused.
Now let me mention another very significant link. Request prophetic word There will be people reading this article who may not be aware of the serious and severe persecution which many thousands around the world are experiencing as a consequence of their faith in Jesus Christ.
A few years ago this nation fought against ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, where today religious freedom is virtually non existent. Church buildings, monasteries and ‘Christian graveyards’ have been subjected to sustained and organised attacks.
A gravestone is overturned in Nairn Cemetery, and it is rightly reported. In nine villages in Kosovo not a single tombstone remains undestroyed.
“Kill all the clergy” was a command recently issued in southern Sudan. “Priests and missionaries must be killed, and nuns beaten black and blue. Boys are forced to become soldiers, and girls compelled to become ‘sex slaves’. Hack off the ears, noses and lips of anyone who opposes.”
Last year in Nairn, an elder told us, in a quiet but powerful manner, of his secret meetings with disciples of Jesus Christ in Vietnam. What was prophesied in the Scriptures is happening in various nations.
Will this become worse? Probably.
In many places it is exceedingly costly to believe in Jesus Christ, possess a Bible, and attend worship services or prayer meetings. Much is being done to relieve something of the very real pain, but what those suffering for their faith in Jesus request most of all, is that we pray for them.
Prayer is not preparation for the battle. Prayer is the battle. Prayer is hard work. Is that why so few are involved?
From the birth of the church of Jesus Christ, God has taught His people to prepare for many hardships.
Why is there not severe persecution in this country? One observer remarked that there was nothing to persecute! Fear not. It is a-coming. Be balanced, discerning and disciplined.
Sandy Shaw is Pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship, Chaplain at Inverness Prison, and Nairn Academy, and serves on The Children’s Panel in Scotland, and has travelled extensively over these past years teaching, speaking, in America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, making 12 visits to Israel conducting Tours and Pilgrimages, and most recently in Uganda and Kenya, ministering at Pastors and Leaders Seminars, in the poor areas surrounding Kampala, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.