Christians in the Lion's Den

Written by Jeff Carlson on .

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It is the most underreported story of 2015. The story I am talking about is the persecution of Christians around the world... and closer to home. More Christians are being marginalized, persecuted, attacked, and killed than at any time in history.  

Sadly, most of these stories are being buried by the media and our leaders in government to promote their own political agendas. Even President Obama, a professing Christian, has remained virtually silent on the subject.  No one wants to talk about it.

The persecution of Christians is hardly something new for the Church or for the saints in the Bible. It is found throughout the Old and New Testaments and regularly in Church history. The Lord Jesus said it would be part of the Christian life in John 15:18-21 and our Lord’s prophetic words are coming to pass before our eyes.

These persecutions are growing right now and are a great prophetic sign of the future events surrounding the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to establish His Kingdom on Earth. What we are actually witnessing now is an early picture of a future, great persecution under the reign of the antichrist that will continue to the Second Coming. 

If you go back to the Lord’s Resurrection, the persecution of the early Church started right away. Even the Apostle Paul joined in before his conversion as we see with the martyrdom of Stephen in Acts 7. Eventually the persecution moved into the Roman Empire under Roman emperors such as Nero (54-68 A.D.) and Domitian (81-96 A.D.) Many Christians were martyred and tortured, and some were even sent to the lions to provide sport and entertainment.

The main reason the early Church was persecuted by the Roman Empire was because Christians said “Jesus is Lord” as opposed to “Caesar is Lord.”  Christians began to be seen as enemies of the State because they increasingly rejected the Roman way of living, from every day morality to their understanding of accepted religious pluralism in the Greco-Roman pantheon of supposed “tolerance.”

Almost 2000 years later, we are now “back to the future.” With the recent passage of same sex marriage legislation in America on June 26 by the Supreme Court, Christians are once again at odds with the State. Many Christian leaders have already publicly said they will not support the law... no matter the cost. The old Roman Empire has resurrected in America and Europe, just the Bible predicted in Daniel 2:40-44. We are now living in the times of the new Caesars who will use their power to persecute the Church for not bowing to their will. How this will happen is not clear, but it is coming. Even dissenting justices on the Supreme Court, John Roberts and Antonin Scalia, see this period ahead. It is a certainty that businesses, colleges, churches, and individuals will be coerced and forced to violate their religious consciences and obey the State under penalty of taxation, elimination of access to student loans, courtroom financial judgments for discrimination, and/or outright imprisonment. This future is certain and you can see it coming NOW.

Christians are about to be thrown into the Lion’s Den... again. But if you remember the great story of “Daniel and the Lion’s Den” from Daniel 6, Daniel survived the lions... he resurrected. That story, of course, was ultimately about the Lord Jesus Christ and His resurrection from the lion’s den of death itself. Hardship and persecution is ahead, but the Lord’s people have been here before. The Lord is NOT surprised. May that glorious truth equip us for the battle ahead.