Every true believer in Mashiach[i] will experience some form of persecution. Presently in the West we are not experiencing torture as other believers do in other countries. It is not a secret that horrible persecution and torture is happening even now to believers in Yeshua[ii] in many parts of the world.
It is commonly known that Satan hates Yehovah[iii] and His only Son, Yeshua. Satan is angry because he wants to be worshiped. He desires this so intensely that he even tempted Yeshua Himself, but failed. He tempted Him with three temptations. The last temptation was the following.
Mattithyahu[iv]4:8-10 Again the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Yeshua said to him, “Awai with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship Yehovah your Elohim[v], and Him only you shall serve.’”
Satan is still enticing men and women to serve him and to bow down to him, and when they refuse he strikes them with persecution. Yeshua has warned us that it would happen, and He calls us blessed when we endure persecution.
Mattithyahu 6:10 “Blessed are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven, 11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
The persecution begins mildly or even greatly when a person makes a commitment to serve Yeshua. Before that time people may have attended church, but were not committed to serve the Creator. During those years Satan did not bother them because they were not a treat to his kingdom. I am talking about those people living in the USA.
However, in the moment a person has crossed over into a deeper relationship with Yehovah by believing the gospel, and believing that Yeshua died for their sin; received Him as their Creator, Master, Savior, Healer, Deliverer, and Provider, and then suddenly things dramatically change. That person becomes a new person and begins to testify about the change taken place in their lives.
A true believer in Yeshua stops doing the things he or she did before; such as drinking and smoking, and doing all kinds of other things that were contrary to Yehovah’s Commandments. In that moment that person becomes a target to the enemy of their soul who is Satan himself. He assigns demons to try to make that person deny their faith by falling back into sin. However, they will testify of their new life in the Spirit.
The testimony of a new believer is..
“I have been crucified with Mashiach; it is no longer I who live, but Mashiach lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of Elohim, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatiyim[vi] 2:20
Satan does not want to lose the sinner.
Your salvation makes the devil very upset and he will steer agitation in your habitation and among all your friends who still are living the worldly lifestyle.
I know many such people who have had a life changing experience and have been persecuted by their own families. Personally I also have had such experience, and it is not pretty. When your own family thinks you are crazy, and even wants you to be signed into the mental institute, which of course, is very painful. They speak evil of you behind your back; call you a liar, hypocrite and much more.
Satan uses your loved ones to hurt you because he knows that is what makes you upset. He uses those weak spots in you to hurt you. Then if you get upset and you answer them, they will call you hypocrite because you do not take it quietly.
They do not know Yehovah will deal with them until they will know the truth and live by the Truth of His Word.
Yochanan[vii] 14:6 Yeshua said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one to the Father except through Me.”
Anyone may treat you badly and lie about you, but when the lies come from your close family the hurt is much more painful, however we need to rejoice in it for great shall our reward in heaven.
Your family and friends do not want to accept the fact that you have a wonderful future, and have left the world behind you, and they may be jealous of your victory you experience in the Mashiach. Some of them may also desire to be free, but they refuse to repent of their sin.
Sin blinds the mind
Qorin’tiyim[viii] 2, 3:14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the veil remains in the reading of the Old Testament . For until this day the veil remains in the reading of the Old Testament because the veil is taken away in Mashiach.
Qorin’tiyim 2, 4:3-4 But even if your gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Messiah, who is the image of Elohim, should shine on them.
This is true for Jews and Gentiles. Spiritual blindness prevents men to see truth and to obey it.
Sin blinds people and prevents them, getting to know the true Elohim. A religious spirit may also prevent them to surrender their lives to their Creator. Those people who are in sin they rather choose living in darkness, and do not care about their future life. They prefer living their lustful unclean lifestyle without making any effort to change. And they may not want to stop their habits of smoking, drinking, taking drugs, and submitting to the Rules of the Kingdom of Yehovah, which would lead them to life eternal.
Such people prefer living their life their own way, and refuse to believe there is life after death. Unbelief is the reason a person chooses to not read the Scriptures that teach us the ways of Yehovah. Sadly they have been brainwashed many times at home, school, and the media and by everyone who has an antichrist or anti-Messiah spirit.
Is man a god?
Man thinks he is god, and some say this openly. The Scriptures mentioned this word, but it is not the way man believes it. Man cannot create. Man is not simple matter. Man has a body, soul, and a spirit which Yehovah created from the dust of the earth. However, He placed His Ruach[ix] in him (Bereshith[x] 2:7)
Through the spirit man can communicate with his Creator. Communism denies this, and simply proclaims man to be matter, and therefore they torture those who refuse to submit to them. However, if anyone wounds them, immediately they know that they are not matter, for matter does not feel pain. Man is created in the image of Elohim. Yehovah breathed on man, and man became a living being.
Bereshith 2:7 And Yehovah[xi] formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”
Persecution is real, but Yeshua commands us to rejoice and be glad when they persecute us. He also tells us to love our enemies.
Love you neighbor
Mattithyahu 5:43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.”
People is saying to hate the enemy, however the word teaches to hate evil, but love our neighbor as ourselves.
Tehillim/Psalm 97:10 “You shall love Yehovah and hate evil.”
Love our enemies
Mattithyahu 5:44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your father in heaven, for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren only , what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
I have finished reading two books written by a pastor who was tortured for fourteen years in Rumania. He loved his persecutors, and had no hate in his heart. He chose to love all mankind, no matter what they did to him. He was a true soul winner. He understood that each person is lost and blind until he finds the Light of the world.
Yeshua is the Light of the world
Yochanan[xii] 8:12 Then Yeshua spoke to them again saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
Although this Rumanian Pastor was brutalized in such perverted ways that I cannot speak on this page, and his family lost everything they owned, he continued to preach salvation to the lost in prison, and love His Savior. He loved His enemies.
We cannot hate our enemies simply because they may insult us. We must love them, because Yeshua died for them. If we hate our enemies, we will be lost for eternity. Satan tries to tempt us to hold resentment in our hearts. But we must walk in the love of Yehovah, or be lost for eternity.
Love cannot be lost while we are hurting. Our love will shine the light of Messiah through us, the most horrible sinner can be won for Messiah.
“For Yehovah so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life.” Yochanan 3:16
[i] Mashiach is Messiah or the Anointed One of Yehovah.
[ii] Yeshua is called Jesus in English. However Jesus is not His Hebrew name. Yeshua was Jewish and had a Hebrew name, which means Yehovah saves. The full name would Joshua in English or Yehoshua in Hebrew..
[iii] Yehovah is translated as the LORD in English. But it is not the correct transliteration of the Hebrew language. The Lord is only a title. Yehovah is the self existing Elohim. His Name is 6828 times in the Hebrew Scriptures. We must call Him by His Name, and not by a common title. He deserves to be honored.
[iv] Mattithayu is Matthew in English.
[v] Elohim is translated God in English.
[vii] Yochanan -John
[viii]Qorin’tiyim = Corinthians in English
[xii] Yochanan -John