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The Gates of Hell

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. - Matthew 24:14
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. – Psalm 2:2,3

When Jesus’ disciples asked Him what would be the signs of His coming and the end of the age, He said one of those signs would be that the gospel would be preached ‘in all the world.’

Some interpret this to mean that every individual in all the nations would have to hear the gospel in order for the Lord to return. But, in my opinion, that’s not what the Lord is saying. At this moment of time in the world’s history with the advent of modern technology, the gospel has been made known in all the world. Every world leader in every country has heard of Jesus and the Christian faith. In response many of them have actively fought against the gospel and have forbidden its declaration to the citizens of their nations. This fulfills David’s prophecy in Psalm 2.- “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed,…”

Many government leaders are united in their efforts to eliminate Christianity off the face of the earth and establish a one world government, whose head will be the antichrist as prophesied in Daniel 11 and Revelation 13.

Christians need to be aware of this movement and understand the reasons why there has been such an increase in persecution against the Christian faith, and why so little is being done to try and stop it. But God promises that while we will suffer persecution because we are bearers of His truth, the “gates of hell” will not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18). The only time that there will be no genuine Christians upon the planet will be when Jesus sends His angels to gather His church just before He pours out His wrath down upon the nations that have rejected Him (Matthew 24:29-31).

The devil’s kingdom will be destroyed and replaced by the kingdom of God (Revelation 19). And those who have received Jesus as their Messiah will have a triumphant entrance into that kingdom.

For His anger endures but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:50).

Evil must be allowed to come into its fullness before God destroys it, which is a Biblical principle (Genesis 15:16). When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed forever: (Psalm 92:7). Rebellious Nimrod was only permitted to construct the symbol of his rebellion, the tower of Babylon, only so far before God tumbled it into ruins (Genesis 10:8-10, 11:1-9). And those foolish nations who have chosen to establish the devil’s kingdom of sand and false illusions of wealth and power, are doomed to dissolve into the ashes of eternal damnation by the One True God of Israel they have rejected.

There is always hope for those who can humble themselves to repent, whether they are a world leader or a slave. This present world is spinning to its conclusion. The gospel has been declared in all the world. For those who have chosen the Truth, look up, your redemption is drawing near.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.
He that believes on Him is not condemned: but he that does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be corrected.
But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made known, that they are founded in God (John 3:16-21).

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