In the Last Days, the Bible says that Israel will be surrounded by her enemies on all sides (Luke 19:43, Zechariah 12:3, Luke 21:20). We’ve all seen this play out in the news every day. Israel is indeed surrounded by her enemies, and we can be sure that without God’s divine hand upon her and His covenant that He established long ago with her, she would have little chance of survival in such a hostile environment.
When the agenda by your neighbors is to “wipe you off the map,” there is little peace or time for carelessness. Indeed, Israel is ‘on guard’ every hour of every day. She has a solidarity among her people that is based in survival. They know that they must stand together in unity and they have united together under Prime Minister Netanyahu to speak with one voice.
Lately, in our world, all of Christianity has felt the same encircling by the enemies of Christ. The antichrist spirit is at work in our nation and in our world. Christians are coming under persecution by a world system that is moving rapidly towards not just a secular mindset, but a full-fledged antichrist agenda. What is the antichrist agenda? It is to rid the world of Christ and to eradicate all Christians.
Of course, this is not going to happen, but as the Last Days play out, Christians will feel more and more surrounded by their enemies and we will need each other to make it through the offensive this is mounting. It’s even more important to remember that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against powers and principalities, and rulers of high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)
You would think that it would be easy for Christians to know their enemies, and to know the spirit of the antichrist by which they operate, but it’s not all that clear-cut. Sometimes, it’s the enemy within that challenges the plan of God for His Church and His People in the Last Days. Have you noticed that instead of a great coming together in the End Times against a common enemy (like Israel has done), Christians today are fighting each other with a fierceness that is very disturbing?
I’m convinced that a major strategy of the devil in the Last Days is to ‘divide and conquer’ God’s Church. There’s no better way to do that than to convince each group or individual that they alone are the holders of the entirety of God’s truth, and that the rest of the Christians who hold differing viewpoints are all enemies.
In a paraphrase of a famous line: “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”