Isaiah 9:7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace
Matthew 16:18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
Think about that for a second.
Sons, daughters, friends, extended family, parents, celebrities, politicians, rich, poor, one heart and life at a time the kingdom of God continues to increase forever. These have been prayed for, heard the gospel, convicted by God’s Holy Spirit, and yielded to Him. “There will be no end to the increase of His government,” Isaiah prophesied. It will never stop.
Jesus declared that although hell will work to stop the work of the Holy Spirit and growth of His church, it will not be able to overpower (prevail). Even in my life time we have seen hell bring its force against the church with the goal of destruction. Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong, all were used by hell to annihilate His church. During Chairman Mao’s rule of China, and especially during the cultural revolution, Christians were arrested and killed in masses. But today 67 million Christians worship Jesus Christ in China, mostly from underground churches.
Stalin the murderer staved, imprisoned, slaughtered millions in the Ukraine. Today there is a church in Kiev with over 20,000 led by a man from Africa! The church of Jesus Christ is alive and well in Russia. Hell can not stop it.
At the beginning of the 20th century Africa was about 5% Christian. Today it is 50%! I have been on a street in Kenya where a person came to address me (the only non black around) and introduced himself, told me he was a Christian, and thank me for sending missionaries to Kenya. I was amazed. Later I spoke in a church with 10,000 memebers in attendance and found the happiest people I had ever met (all while unemployment was 40-50%). Hell will not stop it.
Jesus is today building his church. One heart, one family, at a time. The Holy Spirit is at work in the world, and we play a part in it.