What causes me concern in these days in which we live, and it should concern you as well if you are a Jesus follower, is that truth no longer means anything in this world.
When truth is told to the world, it is ridiculed, it is rejected. It is spun. It is twisted. It is “fact checked” by liars. It is relegated to the garbage pile.
This is not a new thing in our world, but it is a rising tide that is sweeping over a country which once was a light to a world in need of light. Light demands truth as its fuel, and when it’s source of fuel is cut off darkness pervades.
Jesus sent by God is the Spiritual light source of all mankind, when He no longer matters, men lose their way. When the Holy Spirit of God begins to withdraw Himself from a person who rejects His wisdom and truth that person is overtaken by all manner of evil. When the world rejects His wisdom and He begins to withdraw restraint from it, then the world is overtaken with evil in its laws and in its actions. When the light of Christ is rejected by the world and it is driven underground as it now is in China and other spiritually darkened countries, who are impacted with dictators, including Communist Socialism; then evil reigns. Lies become “truth” and TRUTH is either hidden or evil men will destroy the truth teller.
Jesus said I am the truth and the life. He is the Word of God. The word is the sword of the Spirit.
In that day when men who live by this sword of the Spirit, who use it to pronounce Spiritual death for the wicked, are rejected; persecuted and killed for wielding this sword of truth, pronouncing spiritual death for the wicked; then you will know that Jesus is about to come in wrath.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Ephesians 6:17 AMP
Revelation 13:10 If anyone [is destined] for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must be killed. Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints. (NASB1995)
We are called to wield not a weapon or sword of the world, but the weapons of Spiritual warfare. That sword (the Word of God) has often led to martyrdom when it has been wielded against the evils of this world. That certainly will be the case during the Great Tribulation. Therefore we are called to perseverance and faith. Abide in Him brethren, persevere, walk in the light of the truth.