Suicide bombers have killed at least 65 people and injured more than 300 more in an attack aimed at Christians in a park in Pakistan.
The blast happened in the parking area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore, a few metres away from children’s swings, and most of the victims are believed to be women and children.
Authorities have so far confirmed the deaths of 65 people at the park, where Christians had been celebrating Easter, but they expect the death toll to rise.
How could someone do that?
How could someone strap on a bomb and dive into a crowd of women and children at a park?
Incredibly, many mainstream news reports in the United States do not even mention that Christians were the target of this attack. Just check out this CNN article where there are no mentions of Christians at all. The political correctness of our mainstream media continues to extend to ridiculous new extremes.
The same thing could also be said of our politicians. During his weekend radio address, Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to bring in 100,000 new refugees this year despite the recent suicide bombings…
In a brief Easter weekend radio address, President Obama vowed to decimate the self-proclaimed Islamic State, but he said the United States will do so by offering an example of freedom, tolerance and open society.
“Our openness to refugees fleeing ISIL’s violence; our determination to win the battle against ISIL’s hateful and violent propaganda — a distorted view of Islam that aims to radicalize young Muslims to their cause,” are paramount in the fight, Obama told Americans during his weekly radio address.
Admitting entry to Syrian and Iraqi refugees has become a divisive issue in the U.S. as well as Europe, but Obama made clear he has no plan to back off his promise to admit 100,000 to the U.S. this year.
And as I have written about previously, Obama’s refugee program appears to be specifically targeting small towns in the most conservative parts of America.
When will people wake up?
All over the world, violence against Christians is rising.
Could what we have seen so far be the leading edge of a wave of persecution that will reach a crescendo during the coming Great Tribulation?
Unfortunately, the vast majority of Christians in the western world have not been prepared for the persecution that is coming because they have been taught that they won’t be around to face it.
I have just released my brand new book entitled “The Rapture Verdict” which addresses this controversy. It is 37 chapters long, and it comprehensively demonstrates that the rapture comes immediately after the coming seven year Tribulation period (Matthew 24, Mark 13 etc.) and so Christians are going to be here to face the Antichrist, the Mark of the Beast and the horrifying persecution of believers described in the book of Revelation.
Of course believers in the Middle East, Africa, North Korea, China, India and elsewhere around the globe are already enduring immense persecution. If you tried to tell them that they were going to get out of here before anything bad happened to them they would just laugh at you.
For the first 1800 years of church history, the overwhelmingly dominant viewpoint was that Christians were going to have to go through the entire seven year Tribulation period and that Jesus would come back when it was over. But in the western world today, most Christians are completely and totally unprepared to face the persecution that is coming, and most of them have made absolutely no preparations for the difficult years to come because they have put all of their chips on the idea of a pre-Tribulation rapture.
Once upon a time I believed in a pre-Tribulation rapture too. I have been immersed in the world of Bible prophecy all of my life, and as I was growing up I just trusted what “the experts” had to say. I read their books, I bought their DVD, I watched their television shows and I went to their conferences.
But whenever the Bible speaks about the timing of the rapture, it always says that it comes after the Tribulation is over. In my book, I break this down in excruciating detail, and I go over the most common arguments used by those that believe in a pre-Trib or mid-Trib rapture.
I certainly do not intend to upset my brothers and sisters that are pre-Trib or mid-Trib. I love all of my brothers and sisters in Christ, and learning to love one another is far more important than “winning a debate” about these matters. In the end, we shouldn’t just blindly trust what any of “the experts” are saying. We all need to be good Bereans and look into the Scriptures for ourselves to see if these things are true.
Without a doubt, the second coming of Jesus is something that God wanted us to understand. It is mentioned approximately 300 times in the New Testament alone, which breaks down to about once every 25 verses. If we weren’t supposed to focus on this, there wouldn’t be such a vast amount of material in the Bible about it.
In Matthew 24:21, Jesus warns us that just prior to His return we would experience a time that would be more horrible than anything the world has ever seen before or will ever see again.
But for the moment, Christians in the western world have it quite easy. In fact, the only violence on Easter in the western world this year came during an Easter egg hunt…
An Easter egg hunt descended into chaos on Saturday after parents in Orange, Connecticut, stormed the field.
Children as young as four were trampled by adults in a rampage to steal buckets and grab as many of the 9,000 hidden eggs as possible from the third annual free event at the PEZ headquarters.
One four-year-old son was left ‘bloody’ on the sports field and a two-year-old girl was shoved into the mud, witnesses claimed.
A horrified parent described the scene as ‘an angry mob of chaos’ with ‘not one toddler hunting for eggs’ among the crowds of adults.
We should enjoy this time of relative stability while we can, because things are most definitely going to be changing.
Hatred for Christians is rapidly rising all over the planet, and eventually deciding whether to be a Christian or not will be a life or death matter.
When that times comes, which side of the fence will you be on?