THE COMING PERSECUTION AND THE COMING POWER
By Mario Murillo
As I prayed, I experienced colliding emotions of dread and excitement. The Holy Spirit made it clear that persecution against Christians is going to spike in the United States in the next few months. He also made it clear that this would touch off a towering flow of miracles of healing.
I was led to a specific moment recorded in the Book of Acts: Acts 12:1-3, “Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. 2 Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also.”
That mood, the one that pleases people when Christians are harassed and blamed, is upon us. I am warning you that it will start within weeks, and the mindless ferocity of it will surprise you.
Satan wants America destroyed. It is the grand prize. With America gone, the devil can unleash worldwide devastation. But the global tyranny that he craves cannot happen until the American firewall is removed.
He also knows that he can only destroy America from within. Somehow, he must pit us against each other.
The only deterrent to civil war at this point is Christianity. Notice that I do not say the church, I say Christianity. The church is sidelined by equal parts division and denial. The Christianity that seeps out despite religion is the only thing protecting us.
The only reason there was no rioting, looting, or arson in Charleston was Christians. Individual believers, under the impulse of faith and forgiveness, won the day.
The devil’s weapon of choice is hate. He must foment hate. Today, that hate is coming from secular progressives who seek social justice. The things that were once loving, moral and trustworthy, including marriage, manhood, military service, freedom of speech, witnessing, the Bible and, yes, freedom itself, are now hateful.
Don’t let them fool you with the term “new normal.” Their new normal is nothing but the old abnormal.
Hitler fueled a frenzy of hatred by blaming anything and everything bad on the Jews. He created a new form of right and wrong that made it your duty to hate Jews.
Today, as it was in Nazi Germany, only one side of the story is allowed in the media. Only one narrative is legal. That narrative redefines every element of our daily lives. Even Tylenol has a commercial meant to brainwash you about gay marriage.
Why on earth would Tylenol feel the need to weigh in on gay marriage? The answer is chilling: it is economics. This is an early version of the mark of the beast. The beast will bankrupt any business that stands against gay marriage. You are not allowed an opinion on this or any other pet peeve of the social justice movement.
My great heartache is in the fact that God has lovingly been warning the American Church. He has repeatedly ordered the church to stand as one against immorality, but she has flatly refused. God reserves the right to allow persecution if it will wake up the church and spare the nation.
Look at these verses: Isaiah 8:5-8, “The Lord also spoke to me again, saying: 6 “Inasmuch as these people refused the waters of Shiloah that flow softly, and rejoice in Rezin and in Remaliah’s son; 7 Now therefore, behold, the Lord brings up over them the waters of the River, strong and mighty—The king of Assyria and all his glory; He will go up over all his channels and go over all his banks. 8 He will pass through Judah, He will overflow and pass over, He will reach up to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings will fill the breadth of Your land, O Immanuel.” Why would God side with Israel’s enemy? They had rejected the countless gentle tugs and warnings.
Is there any good news in this? There is much good news, but only for a certain group. A core of Christians who refuse to side with the compromised church, and who are seeking Jesus, will be protected and used mightily.
After this, Herod arrested Peter, but an angel appeared and brought him out. This miracle ignited the church. I am telling you what the Holy Spirit has told me. Every vessel that seeks God right now will receive greater power and greater miracles.
Call it legend, call me crazy, but I know that this wave of persecution is here. We can turn it all around. We can regain lost ground. Those who disobey God cannot escape this misery and those who obey God will not be denied special grace and increased supernatural power.