|Table 19 – The persecution of the Christians in the Last Days.||(LANDSCAPE)|
T H E B E G I N N I N G O F B I R T H P A N G S
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Mt 10,16 "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.
10,17 "But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues;
10,18 and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.
10,19 "But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say.
10,20 "For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
10,21 "Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.
10,22 "You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.
10,23 "But whenever they persecute you in one city, flee to the next; for truly I say to you, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel until the Son of Man comes.
1Tim 4,1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,
4,2 by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron,
4,3 men who forbid marriage (Catholics) and advocate abstaining from foods (Jews, Islam) which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth.
Mt 24,3 As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?"
24,4 And Jesus answered and said to them, "See to it that no one misleads you.
24,5 "For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many.
24,6 "You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.
24,7 "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.
24,8 "But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.
24,9 "Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.
24,10 "At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.
24,11 "Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.
24,12 "Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.
24,13 "But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.
24,14 "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
Rev 2,9 I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.
(See also Discourse 1132: "The true end-time prophecies of the Bible.")
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2The 2,1 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him,
2,2 that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.
2,3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for that day will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,
2,4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.
2,5 Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things?
2,6 And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed.
2,7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.
2,8 Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming;
2,9 that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders,
2,10 and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.
Rev 6,2 I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.
6,3 When He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, "Come."
6,4 And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.
6,5 When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, "Come." I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand.
6,6 And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, "A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine."
6,7 When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, "Come."
6,8 I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with dead and by the wild beasts of the earth.
(See also Discourse 101: "Does the Bible say that the Antichrist will be a Jew?")
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Dan 11,31 "Forces from him will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of desolation.
11,32 "By smooth words he will turn to godlessness those who act wickedly toward the covenant, but the people who know their God will display strength and take action.
Dan 12,1 "Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued.
12,2 "Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.
12,3 "Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.
12,4 "But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase."
12,5 Then I, Daniel, looked and behold, two others were standing, one on this bank of the river and the other on that bank of the river.
12,6 And one said to the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, "How long will it be until the end of these wonders?"
Mt 24,15 "Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),
24,16 then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains.
24,17 "Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house.
24,18 "Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak.
24,19 "But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!
24,20 "But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath.
24,21 "For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.
24,22 "Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.
24,23 "Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe him.
24,24 "For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.
24,25 "Behold, I have told you in advance.
24,26 "So if they say to you, ‘Behold, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or, ‘Behold, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe them.
24,27 "For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.
24,28 "Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.
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Dan 12,7 I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, as he raised his right hand and his left toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish shattering the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed.
12,8 As for me, I heard but could not understand; so I said, "My lord, what will be the outcome of these events?"
12,9 He said, "Go your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time.
12,10 "Many will be purged, purified and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand.
12,11 "From the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days.
12,12 "How blessed is he who keeps waiting and attains to the 1,335 days!
12,13 "But as for you, go your way to the end; then you will enter into rest and rise again for your allotted portion at the end of the age."
1Cor 15,51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed,
15,52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
15,53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.
Mt 24,29 "But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
24,30 "And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.
24,31 "And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.
See also Table 17: "The Chronology of the End-Time