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Not Forsake Meeting Together

Not Forsake Meeting Together

Christians in Ukraine Praying in the Snow 

I love this picture of Christians in Ukraine, bowing in the snow, praying for their nation, not forsaking meeting together, but encouraging one another; and all the more as they see the day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:25)

Not only are we seeing wars and rumors of wars increase but also a growing undercurrent of religious persecution against those who try to share and obey the teachings of the Bible. The birth pangs of war against us seems to be increasing under our feet.

Beginning March 1, 2022, China is banning the Bible and any faith conversations from all social media platforms. But that’s to be expected in China, right?

Yet even in Canada and the U.S. we’ve seen authorities shutting down churches and issuing exorbitant fines for holding worship services while casinos remained open. I would really like to think this was somehow an effort to reduce the spread of a pandemic rather than seizing the opportunity to subjugate the masses, suppress Biblical teaching, and prevent the worship of God.

But unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case. We’ve seen churchgoers fined for attending a drive-in worship service in their cars in a church parking lot. This month, Jan Markell, a popular Bible prophecy radio host in Minnesota, was banned from YouTube until mid-May from teaching about current events in Bible prophecy.

I also wonder if the FCC may soon use terminology such as “misinformation” and “Public Interest Doctrine” to suppress the teaching of Biblical doctrine which opposes the government ideology on humanity, from the sanctity of life to the sanctity of pronouns. But that remains to be seen.

Yet it's clear that we have evolved from the concept of "discussing opposing views is healthy" to the notion that "views that oppose the government ideology" is offensive and misinformation.

So the question is, does this seemingly increasing religious persecution have anything to do with Bible prophecy?

According to Revelation 13 in the middle of the 7-year Tribulation, the Antichrist will not only be controlling the world through a One World Government, he will also require everyone to worship him as god. At this time, he will make war with anyone who refuses to worship and obey him and his ideology which will be in direct contrast to God and His Word.

Revelation 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven.

So then if we are drawing close to the end of the church age, we should expect to see a world-wide push to follow an ideology that is in direct contrast with God’s Word and increasing restrictions on any teachings of the Bible that opposes this new ideology. None of this should surprise us if we are studying Bible prophecy.

But no matter what war immerges on the horizon, are we willing to come together, bow in the snow, pray for our nation, and not forsake meeting together, but encouraging one another; and all the more as we see the day drawing near? We need to encourage each other to keep looking upon the cross, remembering why we are here, and what our purpose is each day that God gives us.

By: Jan Weihl, Living Word Ministries, 02.17.2022


  1. Joel C. Rosenberg, “On March 1, China will ban all citizens from discussing Jesus and the Bible on the Internet, even as it commits genocide against Muslim Uyghurs – why, then, is the world hosting the Olympics there?”, 02.07.2022

  2. Bill Hallowell, “She made a Terrifying Escape from North Korea,”, 02.09.2022

  3. Staff, “Headlines,” Olive Tree Ministries, 02.15.2022

  4. Staff, “The SPIRITUAL Understanding of the Canadian Trucker Protest,”, 02.15.2022

  5. Dan Heart, “Biden FCC Nominee Presents Grave Danger To Christian/Conservative Media,”, 02.14.2022

  6. Michael Foust, “Christian Doctor Fired for Not Using Transgender Pronouns Files Appeal: ‘My Case Affects Everyone,’” 02.14.2022

  7. Mike Suriani, "Mississippi churchgoer drive-in service,", 04.10.2020

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