by | Jun 23, 2019 | Christianity Today | 10 comments

I believe God is yanking the devil’s chain. Something is going on! The deranged comments we now hear from the Left on a daily basis prove that Satan is grossly overplaying his hand.

It absolutely makes no sense. Take CNN for an example. I truly believe they have lost their minds. They no longer care about ratings. They no longer care about accuracy, and have thrown all caution to the wind. They fanatically appeal to their dwindling base. They are given over to the need to rant and rave, and to run their own network into the ground.

Take California for another example. The over-the-top effort to exile Christians is rapidly becoming offensive to the general population. The anti-Christian and anti-Semitic rhetoric is turning people off.

Even Bill Maher has been screaming: warning the Left that they are losing support.

Bill is patently liberal, but regularly warns liberals that the radical Progressives are destroying Liberalism and alienating America.

Way back, when I first detected this spike in persecution, I began praying against it.  I experienced colliding emotions of dread and excitement. I knew then that things were going to get really bad, but that they would then get really good.

Persecution would thin the herd and marginal believers would be offended and leave the church. But, God also made it clear that this would touch off a towering flow of miracles and healings.

Something is shifting. The people on street used to sit back and just let the attacks on Christians happen…but now something has shifted. I believe God is appealing to the innate sense of fairness in most Americans.

They see the censorship. They see the violence. They see how we are labeled as ‘violent,’ while the real religion of violence is given a pass. The smoke screen is beginning to dissipate.

The general public is beginning to see that the very people who claim they are fighting hatred, injustice, bigotry, and racism—the so called ‘secular progressives,’ and ‘social justice warriors’—are actually the ones who are fomenting all of these things.

Their voices have become shrill and annoying. Their boycotts and rants are tedious and boring, and there is nothing compelling or noble about them.

On the other hand, God has been lovingly warning the American Church.  He has repeatedly ordered the church to stand as one, against immorality. And, well, you know how that went…she has flatly refused.  God has now begun to use persecution to wake up the church and spare the nation.

This is happening right now!

There is much good news, but only for a certain group.  The core of Christians who refuse to side with the compromised church, and who are seeking Jesus, will be protected and used mightily.  Persecution will backfire!

The boomerang effect is seen in ancient Israel.  Exodus 1:12 says, “But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites.”

A moment similar to the persecution we are seeing is recorded in the Book of Acts:

1 “Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. 2 Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also.” – Acts 12:1-3

Just as is happening now, Herod was deranged by the devil to increase the attack on the church. However, after Herod arrested Peter, an angel appeared and brought him out of prison.  This miracle ignited the church.  I am telling you what the Holy Spirit has told me:  Every vessel that seeks God right now, will receive greater power and greater miracles.

Call it imagination, call me crazy, but I know that this wave of persecution is backfiring.  We can turn it all around.  We can regain lost ground.  Those who disobey God cannot escape this misery, and those who obey God will be granted special grace and increased supernatural power.

Paul wrote to a worried Philippian church to tell them about the shocking outcome of his imprisonment.  It serves as a promise to us of what is about to happen as a result of persecution in America.

Philippians 1:12 “And I want you to know this, dear brothers: Everything that has happened to me here has been a great boost in getting out the Good News concerning Christ. 13 For everyone around here, including all the soldiers over at the barracks, knows that I am in chains simply because I am a Christian. 14 And because of my imprisonment, many of the Christians here seem to have lost their fear of chains! Somehow my patience has encouraged them, and they have become more and more bold in telling others about Christ.”

Writing about the Church described in the book of Acts, Matthew Henry said this:  “The persecution that was designed to extirpate the church was, by the overruling providence of God, made an occasion of the enlargement of it. Christ had said, “I am come to send fire on the earth;” and they thought, by scattering those who were kindled with that fire, to have put it out, but instead of this they did but help to spread it.”  Your choice is clear: persecution can silence you or launch you to untold boldness to spread the Word of God.




  1. Evang Roger Culwell

    I Read where one running for president on the far left, pretty much gave the word to attack the right, and shed blood on the streets, what ever it takes to stop the right, they tried to even pass HC as being called to preach after she lost the election, because she had screamed the church had to change to there form of Christianity, and had a few words to say about that on fb, and that died, but there doing all they can to stop the real christans, the true people of God changing the bible to take there sins out, taking out the verses that tell you this kind cometh out not, but by prayer and fasting, taking out Jesus name and putting the word [ him] so not to offened any one, taking out the mention of the blood, the cross, Why there goes the power, because they already put the fire out in most places, and told the Holy Spirit to go, they had there form of the holy spirit who don’t convict of sin but allows it, leaving a fimiliar spirit and self in charge of the church, there fore disempowering the church completely, and leaving Gods people helpless and hopeless, sick and deranged, beaten by sin and addictions, depression, oppression, programmed by a speaker who preaches the sweets of the word, prophets who propalie, here is what Eze.13 says about them Then this message came to me from the LORD:

    Eze 13:2
    “Son of man, prophesy against the false prophets of Israel who are inventing their own prophecies. Say to them, ‘Listen to the word of the LORD.

    Eze 13:3
    This is what the Sovereign LORD says: What sorrow awaits the false prophets who are following their own imaginations and have seen nothing at all!’

    Eze 13:4

    “O people of Israel, these prophets of yours are like jackals digging in the ruins.

    Eze 13:5
    They have done nothing to repair the breaks in the walls around the nation. They have not helped it to stand firm in battle on the day of the LORD.

    Eze 13:6
    Instead, they have told lies and made false predictions. They say, ‘This message is from the LORD,’ even though the LORD never sent them. And yet they expect him to fulfill their prophecies!

    Eze 13:7
    Can your visions be anything but false if you claim, ‘This message is from the LORD,’ when I have not even spoken to you?

    Eze 13:8

    “Therefore, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because what you say is false and your visions are a lie, I will stand against you, says the Sovereign LORD.

    Eze 13:9
    I will raise my fist against all the prophets who see false visions and make lying predictions, and they will be banished from the community of Israel. I will blot their names from Israel’s record books, and they will never again set foot in their own land. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.

    Eze 13:10

    “This will happen because these evil prophets deceive my people by saying, ‘All is peaceful’ when there is no peace at all! It’s as if the people have built a flimsy wall, and these prophets are trying to reinforce it by covering it with whitewash!

    Eze 13:11
    Tell these whitewashers that their wall will soon fall down. A heavy rainstorm will undermine it; great hailstones and mighty winds will knock it down.

    Eze 13:12
    And when the wall falls, the people will cry out, ‘What happened to your whitewash?’

    Eze 13:13

    “Therefore, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will sweep away your whitewashed wall with a storm of indignation, with a great flood of anger, and with hailstones of fury.

    Eze 13:14
    I will break down your wall right to its foundation, and when it falls, it will crush you. Then you will know that I am the LORD.

    Eze 13:15
    At last my anger against the wall and those who covered it with whitewash will be satisfied. Then I will say to you: ‘The wall and those who whitewashed it are both gone.

    Eze 13:16
    They were lying prophets who claimed peace would come to Jerusalem when there was no peace. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!’

    Judgment against False Women Prophets

    Eze 13:17

    “Now, son of man, speak out against the women who prophesy from their own imaginations.

    Eze 13:18
    This is what the Sovereign LORD says: What sorrow awaits you women who are ensnaring the souls of my people, young and old alike. You tie magic charms on their wrists and furnish them with magic veils. Do you think you can trap others without bringing destruction on yourselves?

    Eze 13:19
    You bring shame on me among my people for a few handfuls of barley or a piece of bread. By lying to my people who love to listen to lies, you kill those who should not die, and you promise life to those who should not live.

    Eze 13:20

    “This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against all your magic charms, which you use to ensnare my people like birds. I will tear them from your arms, setting my people free like birds set free from a cage.

    Eze 13:21
    I will tear off the magic veils and save my people from your grasp. They will no longer be your victims. Then you will know that I am the LORD.

    Eze 13:22
    You have discouraged the righteous with your lies, but I didn’t want them to be sad. And you have encouraged the wicked by promising them life, even though they continue in their sins.

    Eze 13:23
    Because of all this, you will no longer talk of seeing visions that you never saw, nor will you make predictions. For I will rescue my people from your grasp. Then you will know that I am the LORD.” this is what we have in so much of the so called leadership of the church today, [the lord gave me this I didn’t pick it out, he said this is whats going on] and it renders us powerless there against the Holy Spirit and fire, there mission to put the fire out, but some of us refuse to have our fire put out, and will give our lives to keep this from happening, some are under heavy persecution right now, even have people and spirits trying to kill them, but Patrick Henry said give me liberty or give me death, Nathan Hawkins said my only regret is I have but one life to give for my country, and I say this for the word of God the Holy Spirit and fire, and for this nation, my only regret is I have but one life to give, for this gospel of Christ the true Gospel is the most valueable thing on this earth, along with our freedom, and I will give my life if need be for both, I don’t run I don’t back down and I for sure don’t compromise, but if the Lord says stop for awhile he has a reason, and I don’t question it I just obey, but some have a dission to make, and they have to pray and fast and clean house, these prophets are in so deep, and only the Holy Spirit filled church can clean them out, this are not tares, there pure devils, who want the church totally powerless and disarmed and will stop at nothing to finish there agenda, there polished, there trained, they teach you don’t fight, you can go on sinning all you want God is love, yeah and they will use there found decietfulness to lead you right into hell, Love correct’s and sin don’t enter heaven, God and the Holy Spirit and fire, and with the help of president Trump and the fervent prayers of the people of the living God, and taking a stand against these evil people, is all that will save America and the church. if we do our job God will turn this nation and the church around, but we must do our part! Be Blessed

    • Surfcourier

      My what a stirring response to Mario’s post, Brother Roger! My heart was moved and bears witness.

      • Evang Roger Culwell

        Thank you. be blessed

  2. mackeysback

    Yes it has and will always be persecutions, trials and tribulation that will either send us away from our Fathers will as with Demas who still was to affectionate with the World in his soul as his flesh could not part with that deceiving spirit as others were in actuality “Entering” Gods Kingdom as it was abundantly being supplied to them as they could See that Glorious “DAY” as the Morning STAR of GREAT Internal Eternal Light was getting brighter Within their very own Souls as they were drawing ever so neigh Amen

  3. Tim Price

    Brother I believe you’re correct. Americans in general want fairness, even most who are not Christians. They don’t want to see anyone ran over and marginalized. They are seeing the left for what they are. Praise a God for you and your ministry!

  4. Carolina

    Mario good article!… & Bloggers,
    I’ve also seen CNN is staggeringly off-base! No matter what the national or global crisis or how horrid or hot the immediate tragedy that bona fide News agency should cover, they don’t. Yet just click on CNN and you’ll hear the latest false narrative of Trump derangement syndrome being broadcast instead.
    Crazy Nero also fiddled while Rome burned.

  5. Kay

    I choose to be ignited. thanking you for all your encouragement through this blogs

  6. apriljulianne

    Thank you God for giving America a get of out of jail free card.

  7. kingskid48

    Thank you, Pastor Mario. I too have seen posts by some people who are not Believers, saying that things are getting too crazy, going to far, the destruction by the Left of all of our traditions and Christian symbols in public places;the persecution of Christian groups and students, along with attempts to ostracize them and shame them for failing to bow to the insanity of gender-confusion-all of it. One grandmother said at her granddaughter’s school, they are teaching that there are 80 genders and two young girls are going to change their gender with the help of the school. All of this is from satan himself, his last-days attempt to destroy God’s greatest creation-mankind. To any unbelievers out there who may be following Pastor Mario’s blog and are speaking out against this insanity-your words in support of sanity and decency are appreciated.



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