Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.
The risk of being a Christian, in the midst of persecution, is not limited to strangers. We must take care of even the members of our own family. In Matthew 10:21, the Lord warns us: Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. Nothing of what is written in the Bible is a joke. This is not a heavy joke of the Lord, we must be alert and not astonished that, when the final persecution is openly unleashed, it is our own relatives who deliver us to death.
Traditions throw such strong roots in societies that sometimes outweigh blood ties. In countries like Pakistan it is very common what has come to be known as a crime of honor. This type of crime is mostly perpetrated with the women of the families. When a daughter departs from the guidelines of the Muslim faith, either by marrying for love, wearing western clothes or becoming a Christian, her brothers, and even her father and mother kill them with their own hands. Generally justice does not sanction them on the grounds that it is for honor.
For those of us who have lived in America, what happens in the East may seem wild and inhuman. But that is nothing compared to what is going to happen when the man of sin, the son of doom takes over the reins of the planet. It is very likely that in future, in our own countries we will see the new version of honor crimes. And that this type of behavior is a standard of world character, which is seen as something reasonable that happens for the well-being of the family.
It is written in Revelation 13:15-17: He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or[a] the name of the beast, or the number of his name. A true Christian will neither worship the image of the beast nor let it be marked.
But most likely there is no unanimity in the faith among the family of Christians. Therefore, some brother, father or son will prefer to adjust to the swings of the world so as not to have problems. If worshiping the beast’s image maintains his physical integrity, many will deny their faith in Jesus Christ. And that member of the family who remains faithful to the Lord is going to be denounced by his relative, who is going to prefer death to his son, brother or father rather than himself.
It sounds cruel, but that will happen without any doubt. And now some of you could be bothered by conscience. However, when the days of the ultimate manifestation of evil on earth come, such things will be interpreted as legal and politically correct. Are you afraid that that time comes? Would you join the rest to not die? Would you deny your faith or accept to be a martyr? The Lord said that he who loves his life will lose it and whoever loses it for His cause will preserve it for eternal life. You decide which life to love more, this or the eternal. God bless you.