Yesterday September 30, 2020 at 4:01 PM as I was about to end the home school sessions for our son, the Lord showed me a vision.
I saw a white American male. He was very vocal in pronouncing his faith. He boldly declared Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior on the streets; in the ears of passers-by and whoever listened. As I continued to look I saw laws being passed to restrict his right to speak openly about Jesus. He was not pleased. He became furious and went home for his gun. He was ready to raise arm to defend his right to speak. If necessary he was willing to die for that freedom.
This is what the Lord is saying regarding the vision.
There will be some saints who feel justified to take up arms to defend their right to religious freedom. That is not my spirit. I am the Prince of peace. In this dispensation I have made wars to cease.
You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, Do not resist the evil man [who injures you]; but if anyone strikes you on the right jaw or cheek, turn to him the other one too. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your undershirt (tunic), let him have your coat also.
Your battle is not against flesh and blood. It is a spiritual warfare. Learn to fight on your knees. (See Ephesians 6:12-20)
Speak out. Go out and peacefully protest. Do not resort to violence. That is not my way. Search the scriptures. You will see that I did not authorize the saints to make war with the Roman empire or the Jewish leaders who put me to death. I told Peter to put back his sword. In the moment of my arrest, he felt justified to raise his hand against his brother. What greater cause is there than to defend my honor. Yet I did not applaud Peter. I corrected him. He was told to put down the Sword. (see John 18:10-11)
The Apostles were killed. They were flagged and subjected to very harsh treatments. Yet they did not raise their hand in conflict against their brothers. They were imprisoned, stoned, reviled and subjected to great indignities. Yet they blessed. (see 1 Corinthians 4:9-14). Saints sang as they died in the Roman Colosseums. Never once did they mobilize to violently defend themselves.
Those who are of my spirit will not raise their hand against their brother. You are of my Son. Your path is peace. It is not the way of the Devil. Cain was of the evil one and He raised his hand to strike down his brother (Genesis 4:1-16; 1 John 3:12). Will you do the same?
Forgive. Do all you can to peacefully resist the dark overthrow of the democratic process. However, do not take up arms to slaughter. You will not do it in My name.
Blessed are the peacemakers. They shall inherit the earth. Does violence make you a peacemakers? (see Matthew 5:9)
Saul killed to defend his beliefs. He was willing to kill anyone what tried to alter his way of worship. Will you do the same? Will you kill your brother? I met him and changed him. He became Paul. A man of peace. A man who endured much for the cross.
2 Corinthians 11:25-30, The Passion Translation
Three times I experienced being beaten with rods. Once they stoned me. Three times I’ve been shipwrecked; for an entire night and a day I was adrift in the open sea. In my difficult travels I’ve faced many dangerous situations: perilous rivers, robbers, foreigners, and even my own people. I’ve survived deadly peril in the city, in the wilderness, with storms at sea, and with spies posing as believers. I’ve toiled to the point of exhaustion and gone through many sleepless nights. I’ve frequently been deprived of food and water, left hungry and shivering out in the cold, lacking proper clothing. And besides these painful circumstances, I have the daily pressure of my responsibility for all the churches, with a deep concern weighing heavily on my heart for their welfare. I am not aloof, for who is desperate and weak and I do not feel their weakness? Who is led astray into sin and I do not burn with zeal to restore him? If boasting is necessary, I will boast about examples of my weakness.
Do not think that you will escape the hour of persecution that is about to come upon the earth? You have been comfortable and lazy in your worship. You worship with your lips. Yet your heart is far from Me. If you were close you would not have been moved to act in violence. You would have known my ways. You would have known the path of peace.
Love would have compelled you to turn the other cheek.
Fear nothing that you are about to suffer. [Dismiss your dread and your fears!] Behold, the devil is indeed about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested and proved and critically appraised, and for ten days you will have affliction. Be loyally faithful unto death [even if you must die for it], and I will give you the crown of life.
By this shall all [men] know that you are My disciples, if you love one another [if you keep on showing love among yourselves].
1 John 3:14
We know that we have passed over out of death into Life by the fact that we love the brethren (our fellow Christians). He who does not love abides (remains, is held and kept continually) in [spiritual] death.
1 John 4:20
If anyone says, I love God, and hates (detests, abominates) his brother [in Christ], he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, Whom he has not seen.
2 John 1:5
And now I beg you, lady (Cyria), not as if I were issuing a new charge (injunction or command), but [simply recalling to your mind] the one we have had from the beginning, that we love one another.