Concerning His Second Coming, Jesus said, “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another” (Matt. 24:9-10).
He said, “And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; andsome of you shall they cause to be put to death” (Luke 21:16).
This has never set well with me. Everyone wants to be respected, to be thought well of and to hear a kind word from time to time. No one wants to be hated, mistreated, frowned upon or betrayed. No one wants to be arrested and killed.
But the severity of what Jesus is saying is even worse than that. The severity of one’s persecution will reach down into that person’s family. Parents will turn against their children and vice versa. People will be betrayed by their closest friends. Some will die because of the animosity that will exist between what used to be close friends and relatives.
What could cause this? What could cause family members to so thoroughly turn against each other that they would turn their loved ones over to the authorities to be put to death?
I don’t know, but I have seen two articles lately that make me think it could be coming on the scene.
I cited the first article about a month ago in one of my previous articles titled, “Scary Things” in which I discuss John W. Whitehead’s eye-opening article: “Things Are Getting Scary: Global Police, Precrime and the War on Domestic ‘Extremists.’’ (www.rutherford.org)
It concerns the fact that the Obama Administration wants a global police force to deal with domestic terrorists. And the Obama Administration’s list of domestic terrorists includes ordinary citizens that own guns, oppose abortion, oppose same-sex marriage, oppose world government, want a balanced budget, have conservative political views, etc.
You see, Pres. Obama doesn’t want to target ordinary people for crimes they have committed. No, he wants to target ordinary people for crimes he thinks they will commit. Their crimes will include who their friends and relatives are, what they believe, what they say, what they own, where they go, what organizations they belong to, what they are for, what they are against, etc. He wants to prosecute people that he thinks might oppose him.
The second article, “Economic Totalitarianism: The First Step Is Getting Rid of Cash” by Kade Hawkins (prophecynewswatch.com) concerns the fact that China is developing a system of “citizen scores.”
As I understand it, information is being gleaned about people from the social media (Google, Facebook, websites, etc.) and this information is being turned over or sold to others. This information includes facts such as who people are related to, what they are for, what they are against, what organizations they belong to, etc.
China is using this information to compile a soon to be mandatory “citizen score.” And a person’s “citizen score” can go up or down according to what their family, friends and others say, do, etc. A high “citizen score” means a person is more valuable to the government and eligible for certain benefits (grants, loans, etc.). A low “citizen score” means a person is less valuable to the government and not eligible for certain benefits.
This will force people to strive for a high “citizen score” to find favor with the government. But what if the views of their family and friends is holding their “citizen score” down and costing them benefits?
What if a person can’t get a certain job because someone they are related to or someone they know is not complying with the government’s views and that is holding their “citizen score” down?
What if a person is in trouble with the government not because of what they are doing, but because of what someone else is doing? Family members and friends will betray each other to get their “citizen score” up.
Don’t say this would never come to the U.S. because America is about to lose its sovereignty and all nations will soon be brought under a one-world government. Is it possible that taking a certain name, number or mark will increase a person’s “citizen score” and make them more valuable to the government; but refusing to take it will decrease person’s “citizen score” to the point that they are of no value to the government? What then?
“Now when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28).
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