Devotional

The Coming Religious Persecution

Michael Beck

“That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon … How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!” (Isaiah 14:4,12)

Scripture equates vain kings of the earth to vain angels. Nebuchadnezzar was self-enamored. Likewise, the angel Lucifer was gorgeous, and he knew it. “… Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.” (Ezek. 28:12)

As Satan, Lucifer wants to be worshipped, but he also wants to universalize his religion of self-worship. He would flatter us, and instill in us an addiction to self-flattery. After all, why lust after others, when you can lust after yourself? Why wait for others to adore you, when you can adore yourself?

Paul foresaw that the last days religion would be the luciferic religion of self-idolatry. “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves …” (2 Tim. 3:1,2) Narcissism is nothing new. But what began in the heart of one vain angel is now taking the earth by storm. And the more we bow to and serve ourselves, the greater our rage when others will not give us the honor we believe we deserve. “… We will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury …” (Daniel 3:18,19)

The wrath of man is spiraling out of control in these narcissistic times. Fiery furnaces are being prepared for those who will not bow to the image of man. Every person is being encouraged to fashion a self-pleasing image of themselves that is worthy of the affirmation and celebration of all.

Would you survive the religious persecution that is coming? Then you must begin to accept the luciferic religion in which each person is their own god – to be worshipped and adored. Are you in any danger of falling away from the worship of the one, true God? Perhaps, if you are becoming addicted to your mirror.


Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.