“Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say: Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me.” Psalm 129:1-2 (KJV)
For millennium’s many have tried to eradicate the people of Israel. Nations have tried and failed. God has always had a remnant of them somewhere, and time, and they have mostly been persecuted, tortured, killed, and hated. That appears to be so in 2015, and apparently growing in intensity. God forbid that we hate the nation of Israel, and/or plot against them.
This is also true of the Church of Jesus Christ. The above verses fit for us too. Though the Body of Christ has been a world influence for nearly two thousand years, that is waning. We are growing weak due to sinful influences. Rather than the Church going into the world; the world is coming into the Church; by loss of love for Christ Jesus, His Word, the cross, the truth of Scripture.
Yet, we have the promise of Jesus,
“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18
When we are afflicted remember the promise of Jesus. If you are being afflicted now; remember the promise of Jesus. He is coming soon.