Exodus 1:8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. 9 And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: 11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses. 12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel. The new king of Egypt was taking inventory of the nation and found that the large and growing. That caused a fear that they might become a force against them in the event of an attack so he began to oppress them to gain control of them so as to prevent such an event. I am hearing that the number of Christians in China is in the neighborhood of 100 million. I don’t know if that number is right but if it is, then 1/14 of China is Christian and that number would scare any ruler who did not control them. It scared Pharaoh and probably also scares the rulers of China. Because they fear the people, they try to instill fear in the people in order to control them. They do not understand that God was the one who put them into power, not the people, and God can remove them at His will. If they want to secure their place as ruler then they should be pleasing God rather than attacking His people. Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
The Lord is sovereign and sets up rulers and establishes kingdoms, even to the extent of the boundaries of the nations. Acts 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;. God alone ordains the rulers of the nations. Daniel 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? Their security is not in might but in their righteousness. It was not the Hebrews who destroyed Egypt but Egypt was destroyed by God. If they only knew that they are working on their own destruction by persecuting the Christians.
Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Furthermore, there is a blessing to them that work with and are a blessing to God’s people. Contrary wise there is a curse to them that oppose and persecute God’s people. Its kinda like drilling holes in the bottom of a boat to let the water out. The problem is that the water comes in those holes instead of out so in fact you are working against yourself.
While I was in China I noticed a large number of banner signage that I was told the government had posted and referred to Christians as the darkness. Just the opposite is true. Jesus said in John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. He stated further that Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. and further it is stated in 1Thessolians 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. To arbitrarily name Christians as the darkness is just the opposite of what is actually true.
I believe that the persecution is because of fear and lack of knowledge of the truth. If they really knew what they are doing I doubt that they would continue on their present course. They already have a great nation and a great people but they are pursuing a course that the Egyptians and the Romans traveled. History records that rather than break the people down, they were in turn broken and destroyed by self inflicted wounds.