THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
LIVING IN THE END TIMES - 3
There will always be persecution of Christians in the world.
Why? Because a world under the dominion of the evil one is
antagonistic to true Christians. “You will be hated
by all because of my name” (Lk 21:17). At times it will
be severe. The diabolical powers-that-be “will seize
and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues
and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and
governors because of my name.” (Lk 21:12). And sadly,
even those closest to us will participate in the persecution.
“You will even be handed over by parents, brothers,
relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death.”
(Lk 21:16). Our Christian lifestyle and choices are an indictment
on those who live worldly lives, and they will not tolerate
such a dire scenario, we need to be encouraged to persevere.
This is why God gave John a vision of heaven. “Then
I saw in heaven another sign, great and awe-inspiring”
(Rv 15:1a). We see that God’s fury and punishment will
be upon the sinners (Rv 15:1b). We would not want to be one
among them. But more importantly and positively, we see the
victory of the elect. We see “something like a sea of
glass mingled with fire” (Rv 15:2a). The fire symbolizes
the holiness involved in facing God, reflected in the trials
that have prepared these victorious Christians. “On
the sea of glass were standing those who had won the victory
over the beast” (Rv 15:2b). We hope to be one among
Now persecution is not all bad, because it is an opportunity
to witness. “It will lead to your giving testimony.”
(Lk 21:13). We will have to explain why we do what we do and
say what we say. As such, we will end up proclaiming Christ
and his salvation.
is our work of evangelization. This is our proclamation of
the good news of salvation in Jesus to the ends of the earth.
What do we aspire to in trying to do massive work? We want
the gospel to be proclaimed to everyone. “All the ends
of the earth have seen the victory of our God.” (Ps
98:3b). Then we look to their response: “All the nations
will come and worship before you” (Rv 15:4c).
Because Jesus sends us, because we do the work of the Kingdom,
the Holy Spirit will provide. He will give us “wisdom
in speaking” (Lk 21:15). He sends us into battle but
has already provided the victory. “His right hand and
holy arm have won the victory.” (Ps 98:1b). He will
accompany us, so that “not a hair on your head will
be destroyed.” (Lk 21:18). And even if we were to have
to give up our lives for the cause of Christ, that actually
would be our way to heaven. With our eyes fixed on Jesus,
we remain steadfast in our faith and endure the suffering.
“By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”
great joy then is there in this work of evangelization! Such
is the joy of the gospel (Evangelii Gaudium). And we want
more and more people, in fact the whole world, to share in
that joy. “Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth”
(Ps 98:4a). So what are you waiting for? Go and evangelize,
and so “break into song; sing praise. Sing praise to
the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and melodious song.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn shout with joy to
the King, the Lord.” (Ps 98:4b-6).
We are in the end times. We need to do the necessary work
of evangelization, “before the Lord who comes, who comes
to govern the earth” (Ps 98:9a).
are you among those who are “holding God’s harps”