May 22, 2013 What you would do if you were faced with dire persecution?

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JOHN 3:16

JOHN 3:16

Daniel 3:1–30

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego survived a close encounter with martyrdom. Because they defied the ruling authority, they were scheduled to be thrown into a furnace. But trusting God to honor their faithfulness, they vowed fidelity—even if it cost them their lives. While we know the end of the story (they lived), they had no certainty that they would survive the raging blaze of Nebuchadnezzar’s furnace when they stood up for God. And though they were certain of God’s power and willingness to protect them, they didn’t demand that he save them.

Now consider this story that occurred centuries later: A judge summoned Perpetua, age 26, and commanded her to deny God or face certain death. Perpetua, with a newborn infant, faced a dilemma. North African Christians under Roman rule in A.D. 200 ran the risk of being put to death for openly acknowledging their faith. As her father looked on, urging her to save herself for her child cradled in his arms, still she would not do as she was commanded and sacrifice to idols.

Perpetua held fast in her conviction and faith in the living God. When the wild bull that was released to attack her and another believer failed to kill them, the Romans sent in the gladiators. A terrified young man approached her and made several ineffectual stabs. In a final act of mercy, she steered his sword into the lethal blow and died.

Many Christians face persecution today. At some point many more may have to make the choice to denounce God or risk everything they hold dear, including their lives. And many face such choices now, though with less threatening consequences: We may be ostracized from our families or passed over for promotions. We may be treated unjustly or misunderstood.

Have you ever thought about what you would do if you were faced with dire persecution? Are you willing to risk everything because you are convinced that loving God is worth whatever sacrifices you face? When faced with the choice to remain faithful or cave in to fear, think of the three young men in Babylon and Perpetua in North Africa who counted their own lives as nothing compared to the grace they had been given.


  1. What kind of persecution do you face for being a Christian? How do you deal with it?
  2. What would it be like to face dire persecution like so many people around the world today?
  3. What lessons have you learned from Perpetua and Daniel’s three friends?

Daniel 3:17–18
“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.

Related Readings

Psalm 124:1–8Isaiah 43:1–13Matthew 5:11, 44;Luke 21:12–19


Hebrews 5Jesus Our Priest Forever

Hebrews 5
Jesus Our Priest Forever

Proverbs 18:24           King James Version (KJV)
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.


“He hath said.”
Hebrews 13:5

If we can only grasp these words by faith, we have an all-conquering weapon in our hand. What doubt will not be slain by this two-edged sword? What fear is there which shall not fall smitten with a deadly wound before this arrow from the bow of God’s covenant? Will not the distresses of life and the pangs of death; will not the corruptions within, and the snares without; will not the trials from above, and the temptations from beneath, all seem but light afflictions, when we can hide ourselves beneath the bulwark of “He hath said”? Yes; whether for delight in our quietude, or for strength in our conflict, “He hath said” must be our daily resort. And this may teach us the extreme value of searching the Scriptures. There may be a promise in the Word which would exactly fit your case, but you may not know of it, and therefore you miss its comfort. You are like prisoners in a dungeon, and there may be one key in the bunch which would unlock the door, and you might be free; but if you will not look for it, you may remain a prisoner still, though liberty is so near at hand. There may be a potent medicine in the great pharmacopoeia of Scripture, and you may yet continue sick unless you will examine and search the Scriptures to discover what “He hath said.” Should you not, besides reading the Bible, store your memories richly with the promises of God? You can recollect the sayings of great men; you treasure up the verses of renowned poets; ought you not to be profound in your knowledge of the words of God, so that you may be able to quote them readily when you would solve a difficulty, or overthrow a doubt? Since “He hath said” is the source of all wisdom, and the fountain of all comfort, let it dwell in you richly, as “A well of water, springing up unto everlasting life.” So shall you grow healthy, strong, and happy in the divine life.


“Understandest thou what thou readest?”
Acts 8:30

We should be abler teachers of others, and less liable to be carried about by every wind of doctrine, if we sought to have a more intelligent understanding of the Word of God. As the Holy Ghost, the Author of the Scriptures is he who alone can enlighten us rightly to understand them, we should constantly ask his teaching, and his guidance into all truth. When the prophet Daniel would interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, what did he do? He set himself to earnest prayer that God would open up the vision. The apostle John, in his vision at Patmos, saw a book sealed with seven seals which none was found worthy to open, or so much as to look upon. The book was afterwards opened by the Lion of the tribe of Judah, who had prevailed to open it; but it is written first–“I wept much.” The tears of John, which were his liquid prayers, were, so far as he was concerned, the sacred keys by which the folded book was opened. Therefore, if, for your own and others’ profiting, you desire to be “filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding,” remember that prayer is your best means of study: like Daniel, you shall understand the dream, and the interpretation thereof, when you have sought unto God; and like John you shall see the seven seals of precious truth unloosed, after you have wept much. Stones are not broken, except by an earnest use of the hammer; and the stone-breaker must go down on his knees. Use the hammer of diligence, and let the knee of prayer be exercised, and there is not a stony doctrine in revelation which is useful for you to understand, which will not fly into shivers under the exercise of prayer and faith. You may force your way through anything with the leverage of prayer. Thoughts and reasonings are like the steel wedges which give a hold upon truth; but prayer is the lever, the prise which forces open the iron chest of sacred mystery, that we may get the treasure hidden within.

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Praise be the Thee Father for this glorious day that resounds of your beauty and love.

Lord, Jesus praise your Holy name that is above every name this and every day.

Holy Spirit thank you for being our guarantee in the covenant of marriage to the Lamb of God.




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“He shall see of the travail of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge shall My
righteous Servant justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities.”
Isaiah 53:11.


THE PAST – Events that are already fulfilled

  1. Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah) is Born in Bethlehem circa. 6 B.C.E.
  2. The Finished Work Accomplished – Sacrifice of Messiah circa 30 C.E. (A.D.)
  3. Destruction of the Temple (70 A.D.) Predicted by Messiah in Matthew 24:2
  4. Jewish Dispersion: Deuteronomy 28:15-29 , Ezekiel 36:2-8 , Zechariah 10:9
  5. Church Age – Mystery form of the Kingdom Matthew 13 , Ephesians :2
    The Church Age is characterized by the seven churches in the Book of Revelation. The writer is speaking of seven actual first century churches, and all churches throughout the ages. There is a pattern between these churches and periods of church history.
Church Meaning of Name Historical Church Age Time Period
Ephesus Desired Apostolic Church 30-100 A.D.
Smyrna Myrrh (death) Roman Persecution 100-313
Pergamum Thoroughly Married Roman Church State 313-600
Thyatira Perpetual Sacrifice Dark Ages 600-1517
Sardis Those Escaping Reformation 1517-1648
Philadelphia Brotherly Love Missionary Movement 1648-1900
Laodicea People Ruling Apostasy 1900-present


Ephesus (30-100 A.D.) Apostolic Age of the Church Revelation 2:1
Smyrna (100-313 A.D.) Roman Persecution of the Church Revelation 2:8
Pergamum (313-600 A.D.) Age of Constantine Revelation 2:12
Thyatira (600-1517 A.D.) Dark Ages Revelation 2:18
Sardis (1517-1648 A.D.) Reformation of the Church Revelation 3:1
Philadelphia (1648-1900 A.D.) “Great Awakening” Missionary Movement Revelation 3:7
Laodicea (1900-present day) Apostasy and Lukewarm Church Revelation 3:14

6. Islam – 622 AD Arab hatred toward Israel. Islam is the ultimate replacement theology. Islam teaches a new form of legalism that is a reaction against the Sonship of the Messiah and a replacement of the promises of Israel to the Arab peoples. Ezekiel 35:1-15 ,Ezekiel 36:2 , Jeremiah 50:7,11

7. The Age will be characterized by general local wars, famine, earthquakes, and false messiahs.

Matthew 24:6-7 “And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but the end is not yet.”

End Times also called The Last Days, The Beginning of Sorrows

  1. Nation against Nation, Kingdom against Kingdom -Major world wide conflict that begin the End Times or Last Days: World War I & II (1914 ,1939) Matthew 24:7
  2. Both World Wars had major Jewish implications, The Holocaust, & Zionist Movement
  3. State of Israel is established in 1948. Israel is established as a secular nation in unbelief for a future judgment known as a Time of Jacob’s Trouble, The Bibles speaks of a great gathering of Gentile Armies against Jerusalem. If this is true then the return of Israel in 1948 is a significant fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Ezekiel 20:33-35 , Ezekiel 22:17 , Zephaniah 2:1
  4. Jerusalem the capitol of Israel is under Jewish control (1967) Daniel 9:27 , Matthew 24:15 2 Thessalonians 2:3 , Revelation 11:2


Israel negotiates peace with Arab neighbors -(This sets the stage for the Non-Arab invasion of Ezekiel 38 , where Arab nations will not be involved in this conflict because of the peace treaty.) Non Arab nations will come against Israel.


  1. A Peace treaty with the Arab states will lead into non-Arab conflict involving an invasion of Israel Ezekiel 38 (Rosh-Russia) (Cush-Ethiopia) (Meshech-Moscow) (Libya-Put) (Tubal-Tubalsk,Siberia) (Gomer-Germany) (Persia-Iran) (Togarmah-Armenia)
  2. The One World Government will be established- (One Horn) Daniel 7:23
  3. One world government divides into ten kingdoms (Ten Horn) Daniel 7:24a  (Note: The European Union is one of the Ten Toes)
  4. The Rise of Anti-Christ, (Anti-Messiah who opposes the real Messiah) is different from the other nations that ruled the earth. Some believe the Anti-Messiah will serve as a false Messiah for the Jewish People. This is not the case. He is the one world leader who takes over the Jewish Temple and claims himself as God. The Anti-Christ is of Roman origin, the prince of the people who destroyed the city. Daniel 7:24b
  5. Period of peace and false security 3 1/2 year period of false peace for Israel. Turmoil for the rest of the world. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3
  6. *Blackout Joel 2:31
  7. *Return of Eliyahu HaNavi (Elijah the Prophet) the forerunner of the Messiah. Malachi 4:5-6 , Malachi 3:1 , Isaiah 40:3
  8. *The Third Temple will be restored and sacrifices will be reinstituted at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Daniel 9:27 , Isaiah 66:1

*The order of these events are not confirmed until the events work their way out in the future.



New Testament Saints – All believers in the Messiah, after the cross. The Church is composed of Believing Jews and Gentiles beginning at Acts Chapter 2 until the Rapture. The fact is that the Messiah can come at any time to gather the New Testament Saints. There are no preconditions for the “catching away of believers”. If Messiah comes in the middle of the tribulation or the end then we would know exactly when he is coming and then we would get ready. The scriptures teach that the Messiah will come secretly before the wrath. The Second Coming is exactly seven years after the signing of the covenant with the Anti-Christ, but the rapture could happen at any moment.

  1. The Rapture can come at any moment, Matthew 24:42,44 , Luke 12:35
  2. Mansions are being prepared for believers John 14:1-3
  3. Believers will meet the Messiah in the air (dead ones will rise first) 1Thessalonians 4:13-18
  4. Believers receive glorified bodies 1 Corinthians 15:50-58
  5. Believers are delivered from the wrath to come 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10
  6. Yeshua will come secretly before the wrath Luke 21:36 , 1 Thessalonians 5:1-10
  7. Shofar (Trumpet) of Righteousness blown 1 Corinthians 15:52
  8. There are normal conditions on the earth Matthew 24:38-44

(Note that the Church is not mentioned at anytime during the Wrath in the book of Revelations, The church is heavily mentioned during the first three chapters, and not again until Revelation. 19:11-16. Tribulation Saints are all believer who accept the Messiah Yeshua after the church is raptured.) There are believers present during the entire tribulation. In fact the purpose of the tribulation is to bring people to faith by means of God’s wrath, and cause them to cry out the Messiah. The Church is not mentioned in any tribulation passage. The elect, believers, tribulation saints who come to Messiah after the rapture exist, but the Church is not mentioned in any passage.


Believers will be judged. Not for their sins, because our sins were judged on the cross. We are judged for our works done in the body. See The Seven Significant Judgments for details about the judgments of God. Our works will be judged at the Bema. The Bema is the term for the Judgment Seat. In the synagogue the Bema is the raised platform in the center of the synagogue where the Torah is read. Messiah will be at the Bema to judge our works.

  1. An accounting of our works will be given Romans 14:10-12
  2. Basis of this judgment 2 Corinthians 5:10
  3. Bad works are burned 1 Corinthians 3:10-15
  4. Five types of crowns will be given to those who are faithful:
  1. Incorruptible Crown 1 Corinthians 9:24-25
  2. Crown of Rejoicing 1 Thessalonians 2:19
  3. Crown of Righteousness 2 Timothy 4:7-8
  4. Crown of Life James 1:12 , Revelation 2:10
  5. Crown of Glory 1 Peter 5:2-4


DANIEL’S 70th Seven    


Signing of the Seven Year covenant with the Anti-Messiah Daniel 9:27 – See Seventy Sevens

A. First Quarter – Seven Seal Judgments Revelation 6

  1. Anti-Messiah conquest (White horse) Daniel 11:36-38 , Revelation 6:12
  2. World War I of the Tribulation (Red horse) Revelation 6:4
  3. Famine (Black horse) Revelation 6:5
  4. One quarter of Earth destroyed (Pale horse) Revelation 6:8
  5. Persecution of Tribulation Saints, the elect believers after the Rapture Revelation 6:9
  6. General Natural Convulsions, Black Out II Revelation 6:12
  7. 144,000 Jewish Male Evangelists Chosen from the twelve tribes Revelation 7:1-8
  8. World Wide Revival from all Nations Revelation 7:9-17
  9. Silence for half an hour Revelation 8:1
  10. Two Jewish Witnesses in Jerusalem Zechariah 4:11-14 , Revelation 11:3-6
  11. Religious System: Ecclesiastical Babylon Revelation 17:1-6

B.  Second Quarter – Seven Trumpet Judgments

  1. 1/3 Dry Earth destroyed Revelation 8:7
  2. 1/3 Salt water destroyed Revelation 8:8
  3. 1/3 Fresh water destroyed Revelation 8:10
  4. 1/3 Heavens destroyed Revelation 8:13
  5. Blackout III- First invasion of Demons Revelation 9:2
  6. Release of the 4 bound fallen angels of Euphrates Revelation 3:14
  7. 1/3 of humanity is destroyed Revelation 9:15
  8. Messiah will inherit the Kingdom Revelation 11:15
  9. Temple will be rebuilt and sacrifices reinstated. (They are preparing today!)

Middle of the Tribulation (3 1/2 Years 42 Months 1260 Days)

C. Events during the Middle of the Tribulation

  1. World War II of the Tribulation Daniel 11:40-45
  2. Anti-Messiah is killed Revelation 13:3
  3. Satan cast down to the Earth Revelation 12:7-12
  4. Anti-Messiah raised by Satan Revelation 13:3
  5. 3 kings killed, 7 kings submit Daniel 7:24, Revelation 17:12-13
  6. Ecclesiastical Babylon Destroyed Revelation 17:16
  7. Two witnesses Killed and resurrected on the third day. This is in keeping with Yeshua’s words of witness to Israel. No sign will be given except the sign of Jonah, a three day resurrection. Zechariah 4:11-14 , Revelation 11:3-13
  8. Seven year covenant broken after 3 1/2 years Isaiah 28:14-22
  9. The Abomination of Desolation Matthew 24:15 , Daniel 9:27
  10. The False Prophet Revelation 13:11-15
  11. Mark of the Beast: The number of his name is “666” and the worship of the Anti-Messiah (Anti-Christ) Revelation 13:16-18
  12. Persecution of the Jews begins Revelation 12:1-17 , Matthew 24:15-18

D. Events during the second Half of the Tribulation Six Bowl judgments

  1. Sores on those with the Mark of the Beast Revelation 16:2
  2. Salt Water is destroyed Revelation 16:3
  3. Fresh water is destroyed Revelation 16:4
  4. Heat of the Sun is increased Revelation 16:8
  5. Blackout IV Revelation 16:10
  6. Euphrates dried up Revelation 16:12
  7. 2/3 of all Jews do not survive the tribulation Zechariah 13:8-9
  8. Marriage of the Lamb Rev 19:6-9

Marriage Ceremony of the Lamb 

The Bride is the Church and the Messiah is the Groom

Revelation 19:7-9  Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.� 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. 9 Then he said to me, �Write: �Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!�

  1. War of the Great Day of God the Almighty World War III of the Tribulation
  1. Armageddon
  2. Destruction of Babylon in Iraq Zechariah 5:5-11 , Isaiah 13:1-5
  3. Fall of Jerusalem Zechariah 12:1-19 , Zechariah 14:1-2
  4. 1/2 Jewish people remain (not cut off from Jerusalem) Zechariah 14:1-2
  5. 1/2 Flee to Bozrah, the mountainous rock fortress Matthew 24:16 , Isaiah 33:16
  6. Gathering of the Jews in Petra also called Bozrah (sheep fold) located in Southern Jordan Micah 2:12-13 , Jeremiah 49:13-14

Zechariah 14 :1 Behold, a day is coming for the Lord when the spoil taken from you will be divided among you. 2 For I will gather all the nationsagainst Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished, and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle. 4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south. 5 And you will flee by the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azel; yes, you will flee just as you fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord, my God, will come, and all the holy ones with Him!

(No where in scripture is there an indication of a “Battle of Armageddon” only a gathering of Gentile nations for the purpose of conflict with Israel, the Battle begins in Petra or Bozrah in the southern region of Jordan)

F. National Regeneration of Israel – All Surviving Israel will be Saved!

  1. Confession of Israel’s National sin Leviticus 26:40-42 , Jeremiah 3:11-18 , Hosea 5:15
  2. Israel will announce the Messiah’s Return Matthew 23:37-39 , Joel 2:28-32
  3. All Israel (the 1/3 that survive the Tribulation ) will be saved by NEW COVENANT. Romans 11:25-27 , Jeremiah 31:31-34

Jeremiah 31:31 “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah,32 not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the Lord.33 “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them, and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.34 “And they shall not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, `Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”