Saint John on Patmos by Gaspar de Crayer

Saint John on Patmos by Gaspar de Crayer

Those who desire to follow Christ as a true biblical disciple will find that the world will not appreciate your efforts, no not in the least. I think of the recent Christian martyrs in the Middle East and elsewhere. It seems that the spirit of antichrist is gaining more power and influence to destroy the witness of Christ.

Some of those martyred may not belong to the same church group that I do, but nonetheless, if they had faith in Christ, His sacrifice on the cross for their sin, and faith in the power of His resurrection, then they are just as much a Christian as I am.

Now, that does not mean that I subscribe to the ecumenism of the Roman church, other mainline denominations, or any denomination for that matter. The religious systems that most of them espouse these days are mostly anti-biblical, but that does not diminish the plain and simple faith of those who have discovered true saving faith in the power of the gospel apart from religious acts and rituals of the flesh .

To be clear, I believe in the simplicity of the Christian faith. Jesus never meant that to be saved from the power of sin required great devotion to a church system, eating a communion wafer, climbing a 1,000 steps on ones bloody knees to kiss the feet of a crumbling, decaying statue of a long dead saint, or other works including baptism. Baptism itself does not save, nor does it turn a sinner into a saint. At that point all you have is a wet sinner with a false sense of salvation.

The Bible is clear that to be saved from sin requires only faith in the gospel which is this:  Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;   And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures…(1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

That is the gospel of Christ, and salvation begins with simple faith that Christ obtained that salvation when He was on the cross–He took the wrath of God that I deserved. Jesus is our sin-bearer, He became that sin before God the Father and the Father poured out His wrath in so much power that Jesus lost the sense of His Fathers presence.

My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? Matthew 27:46

What more could I add to that? Truthfully, there is nothing I can add and that is why religious systems and works of the flesh will never produce salvation; because those things are an attempt to work around the simplicity of the gospel. If works could produce eternal salvation then Christ would not have faced the cross. At that point the cross would be a worthless act. But the cross is far from worthless–it is actually the power of salvation:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16).

So we are back to the simplicity of the cross. The gospel of Christ is the power of salvation. Not works, not baptism, not the cup of wine or the communion wafer, or the blessing of a preacher or a priest–the GOSPEL and ONLY THE GOSPEL.

“For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. Not of works lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Faith and only faith in the gospel produces the power of God leading to the salvation of a sinner–“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith (Romans 1:17).

Paul said that the word of faith for salvation is in your heart and in your mouth–“But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach” (Romans 10:8).

And that faith, that simple faith, is able to produce salvation because it believes the simple gospel message:

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:9-10, 13).
Coptic Egyptian Christians moments before they are beheaded by ISIS militants in Libya.

Coptic Egyptian Christians moments before they are beheaded by ISIS militants in Libya.

When I saw the video a few months ago of the Egyptian Coptic Christians being beheaded for their faith in Christ by ISIS several of the men said, “Yeah, Lord Jesus Christ.” Think of that for a moment–“Yeah, Lord Jesus Christ.”FOR WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED! Its that simple, yet it is also that profound.

Why I have I called this post Embracing the Beast? Its simple. The world and the world system that lies in the lap of the evil one refuses to bow the knee to the only one who can save from the power of sin. Instead they embrace the philosophy and religion of the Beast, which is a Dragon, that Serpent of old, the Devil, who refused the God of heaven and in turn he became a Beast.

The world system hates the simplicity of the gospel of Christ, and so those who choose the Beast act like the Beast, who was a murderer from the beginning.

God sent John the Baptist as a prophet, the last of the Old Covenant prophets, and he was beheaded by a beast named Herod (Mark 6:16).

Herod is just a prophetic picture of the Beast, and the Beast system called Babylon the Great. At the end of days a Beast will rise from the depths of the abyss and bring ruin and destruction to humanity. But before that there is one thing this Beast will do: He will compel his followers to join the Beast system and receive an image in their mind, and a mark on their flesh (Revelation 13: 15-17).

Those who follow the Beast will be branded in their soul, and in their flesh, just like common cattle; and they will become beasts. In that way, those who follow the Beast will fully embrace their godless master: and become marked beasts themselves.

What of those who simply believe the saving gospel of Christ? They will not embrace the Beast and so they will be beheaded–just like the Coptic Christians who simply by faith called upon the name of the Lord–“Yeah, Lord Jesus Christ.”

Revelation 20:4:
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Will you by faith believe the simple gospel of Christ, or will you embrace the system of the Beast?

Choose life, choose Christ. But be warned: those who refuse the Beast system will face the fires of persecution. Once the Holy Spirit releases His restraining power this world system will degenerate into Babylon the Great. And the Beast system will begin the work of its evil master, who is the epitome of what it means to be a Beast.

Embrace Jesus Christ and by faith believe the gospel. Yes, true Christians will suffer persecution, but for those who are saved a glorious future is waiting, because “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

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Jeff Wingo

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800px-The_Denial_of_Saint_Peter-Caravaggio_(1610)The Denial of Saint Peter by Caravaggio, 1610.


There are many signs of the end of days in the Bible. Jesus and the prophets and apostles gave numerous signs that we can see today revealing the truth that we are indeed living near the time of the return of Christ. Wars and rumors of war, pestilence and disease, economic chaos, earthquakes, strange weather, signs in the heavens, etc.

But have you ever considered the sign of the offense of Christian persecution?

Jesus told us that Christian persecution will increase in the last days, and as we have seen over the past year, it seems that in the Muslim world it is open season on Christians. Jesus said because of persecution many in the church will be offended; in other words, because of persecution many Christians may fall away because the sight of persecution has placed a stumbling block or impediment in their way, and the sight of persecution causes them to stumble in their faith. To quote Thayer’s comments regarding the word offend (Greek skandalizō), he says, that it means “to cause a person to begin to distrust or desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.”

Jesus said, “These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me” (John 16:1-3).

Could worldwide persecution cause millions of 21st century Christians to become offended at Christ and abandon the faith?

What if the time came for the persecutors to put you out of your church because you believe the Bible, and you hold to Christ alone by faith? Would you be offended at Christ because of that?

Paul told us that “all that live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Tim. 3:12), and Jesus said, “and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake, and then shall many be offended, and shall betray on another, and shall hate one another” (Matt. 24: 9-10). Jesus also added, “the servant is not greater than his Lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you” (John 15:20).

And we all know how the spirit of antichrist persecuted Jesus.

Jesus said there are some people whose heart is like a stony place. When the Word of God is sown in their heart they receive it with joy. But, that person has no root in himself, but has a superficial experience with Divine truth and does not permit it to make its way to the innermost recesses of his soul. (Thayer).

Jesus said, for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended” (Matthew 13:21).


Right before Jesus was crucified he said that His death would be an offense–to His followers.

Then saith Jesus unto them, “All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.  But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.  Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.  Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice” (Matt. 26:31-34).

Don’t allow the offense of Christian persecution to cast a stumbling block in your heart.  It is easy to walk away from Christian persecution in the United States because we have so many other things to occupy our minds with. We don’t have to pay any attention to it–and a great part of the church in America does ignore Christian persecution overseas–BECAUSE THEY ARE OFFENDED BY IT.


But never forget: those who are dying right now are martyrs for the faith of Jesus. They are in the line of fire by a powerful manifestation of the spirit of  antichrist. And it is not going to end anytime soon. As a matter of fact it will probably get much worse before the return of Jesus.

Revelation 6: 9-11: And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?  And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

Revelation 12:11:  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Revelation 13:7:  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

Daniel 7:21:  I beheld, and the same horn (Little Horn–the Antichrist) made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;

Revelation 17:6: And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus…

Revelation 20:4:  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Please don’t ever be offended by Christian persecution. Pray for Christians to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and pray for grace and strength for their moment of trial. This life is so fleeting when compared to eternity and the Glories of life in the New Jerusalem where God Himself will wipe away every tear shed by His persecuted saints.

Revelation 21: 4: And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Thanks for visiting.

Jeff Wingo

“Christ on the Cross”, by Carl Heinrich Bloch, 1869.

The Christian Martyrs’ Last Prayer, by Jean-Léon Gerome (1883).


Christians are suffering horribly under the tyranny of the Islamic beast. According to an article by the BBC, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) was formed out of al-Qaeda in Iraq in April 2013. {1}  It has since then spread to Syria and is now one of the most powerful jihadist groups in the Middle East. Its reign of terror continues to advance against the governments of both Syria and Iraq every day.

ISIS has targeted Christians and other minority groups and given them three choices:  convert to Islam, pay a religious tax (jizya), or death.  According to one spokesman for ISIS, “if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword.” {2}  And as we have seen, nothing but terror, brutality, and death come from this satanically energized group.

As ISIS continues its reign of terror, Christians are brutally butchered, crucified, raped, and systematically destroyed. Centuries old Christian culture is ravaged and annihilated and Christians are forced to flee as the monstrous beast continues its reign of terror in the region.

Please pray for the persecuted church in Iraq and Syria. They need our prayers to sustain them in this brutal trial. Men, women, and children are suffering and many are dying a martyr’s death as the West waffles and plays political games, especially here in the United States.


Our only hope in the world is the return of the King. At the Second Coming Jesus will destroy evil and Satan will be consigned to the abyss; then the Millennial reign of Christ will begin. The Great Physician will bring healing and peace to our weary planet, and He will bring justice as the government of the world rest on His shoulders.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6).

 The Kingdom of God is not of this world

Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence (John 18:36).
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee (Titus 2:11-15).
Thanks for visiting.
Jeff Wingo



1. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-24179084.

2.  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/18/isis-islamic-state-issue-ultimatum-to-Iraq-Christians.

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