The church must prepare for the coming persecution that is prophesied in Revelation. We must keep on loving–that is expressing and delivering love in tangible actions.
The church, the body of Christ exists as the entire believing community that belong to Christ. Here in our local congregation, the church building is distinguished from the church body, you all who believe and belong to the body of Christ. You are the church. You come here to learn how to be the church and to strengthen the church, and to express the church.
Persecution comes in different forms. Current events in the news shows us that political activists are demanding legitimate businesses to be boycotted or suppressed because they disagree with their views. We must recognize the unfolding of current events through the eyes of prophecy, as in Revelation.
Revelation 13:15-17 King James Version (KJV)
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Persecution of the church will enter the political and business arena according to Revelation 13. We must not be complacent as we see these events unfold, but must remain ever vigilant to the signs of the times.