On October 1, 2015, at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, a Christian-hating killer asked, “Are you a Christian? If you are a Christian stand up. You are about to see God in about one second.” Then, out of hatred, he shot the professing Christians in the head. (Nine people died that day, but not all professed to be Christian.)
Christians, the essence of Rev. 12:11 can become reality for YOU at any time, if you’re rightly and courageously following Jesus unashamedly and holding to your Christian testimony for your own salvation’s sake to the end (Mt. 10:22; Heb. 3:14; Rev. 2:10,11). You must hold to your profession of faith of being a Christian! God’s truth is clear on how to overcome:
They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. (Rev 12:11)
It takes COURAGE to follow Jesus (to do the will of God), to be an overcomer:
But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast. (Heb 3:6)
The servants of the devil (who teach you can disown Jesus and he won’t disown you in contrast to Jesus) are not only calling Jesus a “liar,” but setting a lethal snare for their own faithful followers and supporters! Jesus taught his followers that they would be hated and cited this warning of spiritual death:
But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. (Mat 10:33)
Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (Mat 10:37-39)
They Shifted The Focus From Hating Christians
The central focus of the Oregon massacre has been shifted away from hating and killing Christians. IF the cold-blooded murderer had focused on Muslims or homosexuals and shot them in the head for their beliefs and practices, the public uproar would be much greater! Christians remain hated and despised by the world. It has always been this way for 2,000 years and will remain this way until the end. Why are Christians so hated? Because the Lord Jesus and his precious life-giving truths are hated and we represent and cherish them. IF you are a real Christian, remember Jesus’ words:
I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. (Rev 3:11)
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Mat 10:28)
Hate Crimes In Columbine and Umpqua – Who Will Be Next?
A “hate crime” in our day is defined as: “A crime motivated by racial, RELIGIOUS, gender, sexual orientation, or other prejudice.” Without question the recent massacre at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon was a HATE CRIME against Christians, but it isn’t being reported as a hate crime! Have you observed that?