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by Art Sadlier   
August 1st, 2008

I can remember as a boy many years ago, hearing the stories of believers who suffered horrible persecutions in bygone centuries. I also heard of the persecutions that await the tribulation saints. The stories caused my young heart to tremble. I took comfort in the fact that there was no sign of such things about to happen in the day in which I was living.

A lot has changed in the last decade or so. Today the persecution of believers has mushroomed; the stage seems to be being set for the slaughter of the tribulation saints.

We read about those martyrs in Rev. 7: 9, 13 and 14. “A great multitude which no man could number...”

Let me give you a few headlines with a brief comment on each.

“Academia to high schools: no God allowed” – State rejects Christian education as valid for university admissions

The university of California has refused to admit students who have been educated in high schools that have used books that include a Christian perspective.

“UN scheme to make Christians criminals” – Sharia-following Islamic nations demanding anti-‘defamation’ law

Dozens of nations dominated by Islam are pressuring the UN to adopt an anti-‘defamation’ plan that would make Christians criminals under international law.

“McDonald’s: Christian boycotters ‘hate’ homosexuals”

Those who oppose homosexuality for religious reasons are participating in “hate”, according to an official for McDonald’s. “Hatred has no place in our culture,” spokesman Bill Whitman said.

He is saying that a Christian’s biblical convictions have no place in society.

“Award winning author Mark Steyn has been summoned to appear before two Canadian Human Rights Commissions”

His crime; vague allegations of “subjecting Canadian Muslims to hatred and contempt” for comments in his book, “America Alone.”

“Christians warned: offend a homosexual…get 5 years prison”

Teachers and Pastors facing jail in Brazil if the Senate passes a bill that was approved unanimously by House of Representatives.

The stage is being set, it is later than you might think.

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