As the believers run for the hills and go underground and achieve some success in hiding, a weapon in the Antichrist’s arsenal will be the people who know them, turning them in.
Daniel 11:32 states: Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.
The word for flattery in the Hebrew means fine promises, which indicates that the Antichrist will offer some kind of a reward. We see in the verses below that family members betray family members to death. Daniel 11:30 states…So he shall return and show regard for those who forsake the holy covenant.”
Mark 13:12 tells us:
Now brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.
Matthew 10:21 states:
Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.
Luke 12:53 adds:
Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
Matthew 24:9-13 describes:
Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
Jesus points to the sinful climate of the times with, “And because lawlessness will abound the love of many will grow cold.” Which aligns with the brutality and lawlessness of the end times described in 2 Timothy 3:1-6, which we are already seeing.
It is not uncommon to hear in the radical Islamic world of a father killing his daughter, and brothers killing their sister and even turning against their mothers. In poor countries in South America mothers sell their daughters to sex slavery to pay off debt and here in America, mothers give their daughters over to drug dealers to be used sexually for drugs and give them over to their stepfathers for abuse. All of these are symptoms of the end times in which we live and are beginning to mirror the mass betrayals that Jesus describes, only at that time, sin will be at its height and the betrayals more numerous and shocking than today.
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