Joel 2:2-8 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.
Whatever inquisition and torture the early Christians had to go through, whatever persecution and unfairness we Christians have to endure, we know that the truth will continue to march on!
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
It is in God’s nature that the truth and His words shall be preserved and passed down. Despite all the world’s effort to shut down our channels to spread God’s words, there is always a silver lining that allows the light to pass through, to get people out of the darkness.
Everything that is in the world will one day fade away. Everything that is a heretic and what society tries to trick us to believe in, will eventually vanish and die off. Yet, we know and believe that God’s kingdom continues to live on, and for those of us who inherit God’s kingdom, we know it is for eternity. That is the truth and His promise to us as confirmed in the Bible.
As we open our eyes, we can clearly see and distinguish what the world is trying to tell us. Often they contradict God’s words and His truth. We know there are millions of people who are deceived and lost, which is why God prolongs the rapture because there are still so many souls that need to be saved, including our family and friends.
Not only God despises those who pervert His truth, but He loves His children who seek to spread the truth to the world. For those of us who are being persecuted for Christ’s sake, rest assured that our Heavenly Father will avenge on our behalf.
Romans 12:19-21 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Relative to this point, we also know that God’s truth becomes more real when the lies of the world increase tremendously. Spreading God’s truth can be hurtful sometimes, especially to our loved ones and people that we care about, because often we’re being perceived as giving hate speech, or messages that displease their flesh. Nevertheless, we should bear in mind that our fear for God should far exceed our fear of the world or fear of losing our friends. It is better to love our friends by giving them the truth that is convicting than to give them lies that is pleasing to their flesh.
Nonetheless, being God’s children, we have to accept these struggles that God puts us through so that we can learn how to put our trust in Him.
If God always provides us with quick fixes and easy solutions, then we will not internalize the truth. It is easy to say that believe in Him and His truth, but only through struggles that they can truly test our beliefs, and if we are worthy of His blessings and rewards.
2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Basically being God’s children, and to live in His truth, we have to believe that some parts may require a lot of persistence, endurance, and determination.
It won’t be a smooth ride all the time, but if we choose to reject the truth, and always hoping that God will ease our pain or to our fleshy level of comfort, God will eventually remove His blessings, or worse, blind us with delusions.
Lastly, let us be reminded that God wants his truth to march on because He is gracious and simply wants us to repent. No matter how much we have sinned against God, how much we cling to our own version of truth, God seeks to find a way to expose us to His ultimate truth, but it is up to our free will to choose to accept or reject His truth.