Prophecy Sign #16:  Martyrdom of the Church and the Jews

Sign #16

Martyrdom of the Church and Jews

Revelation 12:17 (NIV)
17 Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring--those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.

What it looks like

Throughout history, Satan, the Red Dragon, has abused mankind, and specifically the Woman, the nation Israel, in an attempt to kill the Messiah. During the End Times, this persecution will intensify, and Satan will become laser-focused in his final persecution of the Woman and her final offspring, the Church. These verses clearly teach the Church will endure the Great Tribulation. Why does God allow this attack upon His Bride? As He has throughout the history of the Church, God allows persecution and suffering in our lives in order to purify believers and make the Church stronger.

The Church and Israel will have a difficult time during the reign of terror of the Antichrist and the False Prophet. All out spiritual war commences when Satan will be cast out of heaven to this earth. We will be called to remain patient during this 3 ½ year period, which is a relatively short time. We are called to be faithful, keep his commandments and some will have the high privilege of being martyrs as they hold to their testimony of Jesus during the Great Tribulation.

Current Status



See Prophecy Sign #17

The persecution of the church by Antichrist was clearly the position of the early church fathers.  Roman Catholicism under Augustine moved away from the literal interpretation of end-times events and allegorized prophetic scriptures.








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