Cindy Jacobs prophesied about a spirit of violence let loose in the earth a few years ago. Now, we're seeing the spirit of hate rise up.
Church shootings are nothing new, but the rising spirit of hate seemed to motivate the latest incident.
Churchgoers at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California, conquered and hog-tied a shooter named David Chou who fatally shot one member and wounded five others.
Chou was booked on murder and attempted murder charges in what Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes on Monday called a "politically motivated hate incident," according to USA Today.
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According to Lifeway Research, there were three fatal church shootings in 2017 and one in 2019. So far this year, we've witnessed two fatal church shootings.
All told, there have been 21 fatal church shootings since 1999. The deadliest was at First Baptist Sutherland Springs in Texas, with 26 deaths including an unborn child, according to Lifeway.
So, what's going on here?
This is beyond the spirit of violence. At the root, this is the spirit of hate we're dealing with. Jesus said the one who hates is a murderer, tying the spirit of hate directly to murder. (See 1 John 3:15.)
The spirit of hate rose up against Jesus and is poised to rise up in an unprecedented way against His followers. Jesus said, "If the world hates you, know that it hated Me before it hated you" (John 15:18, AMPC). Jesus also said, "You will be hated by all for My name's sake" (Matt. 10:22, AMPC).
We have to understand what's going on in the spirit realm in the end times. I want you to listen in to this insightful teaching from Darris McNeely, a pastor and TV host at Beyond Today.
McNeely nailed it. Principalities and powers are pulling people's strings like puppets.
FBI hate crime statistics show that incidents in churches, synagogues, temples and mosques increased 34.8% between 2014 and 2018, the last year for which FBI data is available.
And as of 2018, church security expert Carl Chinn identified 623 people having been killed in deadly force incidents since 1999 at faith-based properties, including churches.
The reality is, this is the new normal. Hatred is driving violence, and it's not just in the world but in the church. Prophetically speaking, we can expect more church violence.
Principalities and powers are driving an end-times drama that's unfolding right before our eyes, and the spirit of hate is tag-teaming with the spirit of violence. It's gotten worse. It's getting worse. And it will grow worse the deeper we move into the end times.
We don't need to be afraid. But we need not be ignorant of the devil's devices.
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Jennifer LeClaire is senior leader of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, founder of the Ignite Network and founder of the Awakening Blaze prayer movement. She is author of over 25 books. Find her online at jenniferleclaire.org or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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