Persecution of the Saints

Genesis 37:23-28      AND IT CAME TO PASS, WHEN JOSEPH CAME TO HIS BRETHREN, THAT THEY STRIPPED JOSEPH OF HIS MULTICOLOURED COAT THAT WAS UPON HIM.
    AND THEY TOOK HIM AND CAST HIM INTO THE PIT; AND THE PIT WAS EMPTY, IT HAD NOT WATER.
    AND THEY SAT DOWN TO EAT BREAD; AND HAVING LIFTED UP THEIR EYES THEY BEHELD, AND LO, ISHMAELITE TRAVELERS CAME FROM GILEAD, AND THEIR CAMELS WERE HEAVILY LOADED WITH SPICES, AND RESIN, AND MYRRH; AND THEY WENT TO BRING THEM TO EGYPT.
    AND JUDAH SAID TO HIS BRETHREN, “WHAT PROFIT IS IT IF WE SLAY OUR BROTHER, AND CONCEAL HIS BLOOD?
    COME, LET US SELL HIM TO THESE ISHMAELITES, BUT LET NOT OUR HANDS BE UPON HIM, BECAUSE HE IS OUR BROTHER AND OUR FLESH.” AND HIS BRETHREN OBEYED.
    AND THE MEN, THE MERCHANTS OF MADIAN, WENT BY, AND THEY DREW AND LIFTED JOSEPH OUT OF THE PIT, AND SOLD JOSEPH TO THE ISHMAELITES FOR TWENTY PIECES OF GOLD; AND THEY BROUGHT JOSEPH DOWN INTO EGYPT.

Genesis 39:7-21      AND IT CAME TO PASS AFTER THESE THINGS, THAT HIS MASTER'S WO-MAN CAST HER EYES UPON JOSEPH, AND SAID, “LIE WITH ME.”
    BUT HE WOULD NOT; BUT SAID TO HIS MASTER'S WO-MAN, “IF BECAUSE OF ME MY MASTER KNOWS NOTHING IN HIS HOUSE, AND HAS GIVEN INTO MY HANDS ALL THINGS THAT BELONG TO HIM:
    AND IN THIS HOUSE THERE IS NOTHING ABOVE ME, NOR HAS ANYTHING BEEN KEPT BACK FROM ME, BUT YOU, BECAUSE YOU ARE HIS WO-MAN. HOW THEN SHALL I DO THIS WICKED THING, AND SIN AGAINST THE THEOS (Alpha & Omega)?”
    AND IT CAME TO PASS THAT SHE TALKED WITH JOSEPH DAY BY DAY, AND HE DID NOT OBEY HER TO SLEEP WITH HER, SO AS TO BE WITH HER,
    IT CAME TO PASS ON A CERTAIN DAY, THAT JOSEPH WENT INTO THE HOUSE TO DO HIS BUSINESS, AND THERE WAS NO ONE OF THE HOUSEHOLD WITHIN.
    AND SHE CAUGHT HOLD OF HIM BY HIS CLOTHES, AND SAID, “LIE WITH ME.” AND HAVING LEFT HIS CLOTHES IN HER HANDS, HE FLED, AND WENT FORTH.
    AND IT CAME TO PASS, WHEN SHE SAW THAT HE HAD LEFT HIS CLOTHES IN HER HANDS, AND FLED, AND GONE FORTH,
    THAT SHE CALLED THOSE THAT WERE IN THE HOUSE, AND SPOKE TO THEM, SAYING, “SEE, HE HAS BROUGHT IN TO US A HEBREW SERVANT TO MOCK US. HE CAME IN TO ME, SAYING, LIE WITH ME, AND I CRIED WITH A LOUD VOICE.
    AND WHEN HE HEARD THAT I LIFTED UP MY VOICE AND CRIED, HAVING LEFT HIS CLOTHES WITH ME, HE FLED, AND WENT FORTH OUT.”
    SO SHE LEFT THE CLOTHES BY HER, UNTIL THE MASTER CAME TO HIS HOUSE.
    AND SHE SPOKE TO HIM ACCORDING TO THESE WORDS, SAYING, “THE HEBREW SERVANT, WHOM YOU BROUGHT IN TO US, CAME IN TO ME TO MOCK ME, AND SAID TO ME, I WILL LIE WITH YOU.
    AND WHEN HE HEARD THAT I LIFTED UP MY VOICE AND CRIED, HAVING LEFT HIS CLOTHES WITH ME, HE FLED AND DEPARTED FORTH.”
    AND IT CAME TO PASS, WHEN HIS MASTER HEARD ALL THE WORDS OF HIS WO-MAN, THAT SHE SPOKE TO HIM, SAYING, “THUS DID YOUR SERVANT TO ME”, THAT HE WAS VERY ANGRY.
    AND HIS MASTER TOOK JOSEPH, AND CAST HIM INTO THE PRISON, INTO THE PLACE WHERE THE KING'S PRISONERS ARE KEPT, THERE IN THE PRISON.
    AND THE LORD WAS WITH JOSEPH, AND POURED DOWN MERCY UPON HIM; AND HE GAVE HIM FAVOUR IN THE SIGHT OF THE CHIEF KEEPER OF THE PRISON.

Exodus 1:6-22      AND JOSEPH DIED, AND ALL HIS BRETHREN, AND ALL THAT GENERATION.
    AND THE CHILDREN OF JESRAEL INCREASED AND MULTIPLIED, AND BECAME NUMEROUS AND GREW EXCEEDINGLY STRONG, AND THE LAND WAS MULTIPLIED WITH THEM.
    AND THERE AROSE UP ANOTHER KING OVER EGYPT, WHO DID NOT KNOW JOSEPH.
    AND HE SAID TO HIS NATION, “BEHOLD, THE RACE OF THE CHILDREN OF JESRAEL IS A GREAT MULTITUDE, AND IS STRONGER THAN WE:
    COME THEN, LET US DEAL CRAFTILY WITH THEM, LEST AT ANY TIME THEY BE INCREASED, AND WHENSOEVER WAR SHALL HAPPEN TO US, THESE ALSO SHALL BE ADDED TO OUR ENEMIES, AND HAVING PREVAILED AGAINST US IN WAR, THEY WILL DEPART OUT OF THE LAND.”
    AND HE SET OVER THEM TASK-MASTERS, WHO SHOULD AFFLICT THEM IN THEIR WORKS; AND THEY BUILT STRONG CITIES FOR PHARAOH, BOTH PITHO, AND RAMESSES, AND ON, WHICH IS HELIOPOLIS.
    BUT AS THEY HUMBLED THEM, BY SO MUCH THEY MULTIPLIED, AND GREW EXCEEDINGLY STRONG; AND THE EGYPTIANS GREATLY ABHORRED THE CHILDREN OF JESRAEL.
    AND THE EGYPTIANS TYRANNIZED OVER THE CHILDREN OF JESRAEL BY FORCE.
    AND THEY MADE THEIR LIVES BITTER BY HARD LABOURS, IN THE CLAY AND IN BRICK-MAKING, AND ALL THE WORKS IN THE PLAINS, ACCORDING TO ALL THE WORKS, IN WHICH THEY CAUSED THEM TO SERVE BY FORCE. (They continued to multiply and increase greatly,) AND EGYPT WAS IN DREAD BECAUSE OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL.
    AND THE KING OF THE EGYPTIANS SPOKE TO THE MIDWIVES OF THE HEBREWS; THE NAME OF THE ONE WAS, SEPPHORA; AND THE NAME OF THE SECOND, PHUA.
    AND HE SAID, “WHEN YOU DO THE OFFICE OF MIDWIVES TO THE HEBREW WOMEN, AND THEY ARE ABOUT TO BE DELIVERED, IF IT BE A MALE, MURDER IT; BUT IF A FEMALE, SAVE IT.”
    BUT THE MIDWIVES FEARED THEOS (Alpha & Omega), AND DID NOT AS THE KING OF EGYPT APPOINTED THEM; AND THEY SAVED THE MALE CHILDREN ALIVE.
    AND THE KING OF EGYPT CALLED THE MIDWIVES, AND SAID TO THEM, “WHY IS IT THAT YOU HAVE DONE THIS THING, AND SAVED THE MALE CHILDREN ALIVE?”
    AND THE MIDWIVES SAID TO PHARAOH, “THE HEBREW WOMEN ARE NOT AS THE WOMEN OF EGYPT, FOR THEY ARE DELIVERED BEFORE THE MIDWIVES GO IN TO THEM. SO THEY BORE CHILDREN.”
    AND THEOS DID WELL TO THE MIDWIVES, AND THE PEOPLE MULTIPLIED, AND GREW VERY STRONG.
    AND AS THE MIDWIVES FEARED THEOS, THEY ESTABLISHED FOR THEMSELVES FAMILIES.
    AND PHARAOH CHARGED ALL HIS PEOPLE, SAYING, “WHATEVER MALE CHILD SHALL BE BORN TO THE HEBREWS, CAST INTO THE RIVER; AND EVERY FEMALE, SAVE IT ALIVE.”

Exodus 2:11-15      AND IT CAME TO PASS IN THE LENGTH OF TIME, THAT MOSES HAVING GROWN, WENT OUT TO HIS BRETHREN THE SONS OF JESRAEL: AND HAVING NOTICED THEIR DISTRESS, HE SAW AN EGYPTIAN STRIKING A CERTAIN HEBREW OF HIS BRETHREN THE CHILDREN OF JESRAEL.
    AND HAVING LOOKED ROUND THIS WAY AND THAT WAY, HE SAW NO ONE; AND HE STRUCK THE EGYPTIAN, AND HID HIM IN THE SAND.
    AND HAVING GONE OUT THE SECOND DAY HE SAW TWO HEBREW MEN FIGHTING; AND HE SAID TO THE OFFENDING one, “WHY STRIKE YOU YOUR NEIGHBOUR?”
    AND HE SAID, “WHO MADE YOU A RULER AND A JUDGE OVER US? WILL YOU SLAY ME AS YOU YESTERDAY KILLED THE EGYPTIAN?” THEN MOSES WAS ALARMED, AND SAID, “IF IT BE THUS, THIS MATTER HAS BECOME KNOWN.”
    AND PHARAOH HEARD THIS MATTER, AND SOUGHT TO BANISH/KILL MOSES; AND MOSES DEPARTED FROM THE PRESENCE OF PHARAOH, AND DWELT IN THE LAND OF MADIAM (Midian); AND HAVING COME INTO THE LAND OF MADIAM, HE SAT ON THE WELL.

Judges 16:24-31      AND THE PEOPLE SAW HIM, AND SANG PRAISES TO THEIR GOD: “FOR OUR GOD,” THEY SAID, “HAS DELIVERED INTO OUR HAND OUR ENEMY, WHO WASTED OUR LAND, AND WHO MULTIPLIED OUR SLAIN.”
    AND WHEN THEIR HEART WAS MERRY, THEN THEY SAID, “CALL SAMSON OUT OF THE PRISON-HOUSE, AND LET HIM SPORT BEFORE US”: AND THEY CALLED SAMSON OUT OF THE PRISON-HOUSE, AND THEY POKED FUN UPON HIM; AND THEY STRUCK HIM WITH THE PALMS OF THEIR HANDS, AND SET HIM BETWEEN THE PILLARS.
    AND SAMSON SAID TO THE YOUNG MAN THAT HELD HIS HAND, “ALLOW ME TO FEEL THE PILLARS ON WHICH THE HOUSE RESTS, AND I WILL SUPPORT MYSELF UPON THEM.”
    AND THE HOUSE WAS FULL OF MEN AND WOMAN, AND THERE WERE ALL THE CHIEFS OF THE PHILISTINES, AND ON THE ROOF WERE ABOUT THREE THOUSAND MEN AND WOMAN LOOKING AT THE SPORTS OF SAMSON.
    AND SAMSON CRIED BEFORE JESUS, AND SAID, “O LORD JESUS, REMEMBER ME, I PRAY YOU, AND STRENGTHEN ME, O THEOS (The Alpha & Omega), YET THIS ONCE, AND I WILL RETURN ONE REPAY TO THE PHILISTINES FOR MY TWO EYES.”
    AND SAMSON TOOK HOLD OF THE TWO PILLARS OF THE HOUSE ON WHICH THE HOUSE STOOD, AND LEANED ON THEM, AND LAID HOLD OF ONE WITH HIS RIGHT HAND, AND THE OTHER WITH HIS LEFT.
    AND SAMSON SAID, “LET MY LIFE PERISH WITH THE PHILISTINES.” AND HE BOWED HIMSELF MIGHTILY; AND THE HOUSE FELL UPON THE PRINCES, AND UPON ALL THE PEOPLE THAT WERE IN IT. AND THE DEAD WHOM SAMSON KILLED IN HIS DEATH WERE MORE THAN THOSE WHOM HE KILLED IN HIS LIFE.
    AND HIS BRETHREN AND HIS FATHER'S HOUSE CAME DOWN AND THEY TOOK HIM; AND THEY WENT UP AND BURIED HIM BETWEEN SARAA AND ESTHAOL IN THE TOMB OF HIS FATHER MANOE; AND HE JUDGED JESRAEL TWENTY YEARS.

2 Samuel 16:5-8      AND KING DAVID CAME TO BAURIM; AND, BEHOLD, THERE CAME OUT FROM THERE A MAN OF THE FAMILY OF THE HOUSE OF SAUL, AND HIS NAME WAS SEMEI THE SON OF GERA. HE CAME FORTH AND CURSED AS HE WENT,
    AND CAST STONES AT DAVID, AND AT ALL THE SERVANTS OF KING DAVID: AND ALL THE PEOPLE AND ALL THE MIGHTY MEN WERE ON THE RIGHT AND LEFT HAND OF THE KING.
    AND THUS SEMEI SAID WHEN HE CURSED HIM, “GO OUT, GO OUT, YOU BLOODY MAN, AND MAN OF SIN.
    JESUS HAS RETURNED UPON YOU ALL THE BLOOD OF THE HOUSE OF SAUL, BECAUSE YOU HAVE REIGNED IN HIS STEAD; AND JESUS HAS GIVEN THE KINGDOM INTO THE HAND OF ABESSALOM YOUR SON: AND, BEHOLD, YOU ARE TAKEN IN YOUR MISCHIEF, BECAUSE YOU ARE A BLOODY MAN.”

1 Kings 18:17-18      AND IT CAME TO PASS WHEN AHAB SAW ELIU, THAT AHAB SAID TO ELIU (Elijah), “ARE YOU HE THAT PERVERTS JESRAEL?”
    AND ELIU (Elijah) SAID, “I DO NOT PERVERT JESRAEL; BUT IT IS YOU AND YOUR FATHER'S HOUSE, IN THAT YOU FORSAKE JESUS YOUR THEOS (The Alpha & Omega), AND YOU HAVE GONE AFTER BAALIM.

1 Kings 22:7-8, 18, 26-28      AND JOSAPHAT SAID TO THE KING OF JESRAEL, “IS THERE NOT HERE A PROPHET OF JESUS, THAT WE MAY INQUIRE OF JESUS BY HIM?”
    AND THE KING OF JESRAEL SAID TO JOSAPHAT, “THERE IS ONE MAN HERE FOR US TO INQUIRE OF JESUS BY; BUT I HATE HIM, FOR HE DOES NOT SPEAK GOOD OF ME, BUT ONLY EVIL; MICHAIAS SON OF JEMBLAA.” AND JOSAPHAT KING OF JUDAH SAID, “LET NOT THE KING SAY SO.”
    AND THE KING OF JESRAEL SAID TO JOSAPHAT KING OF JUDAH, “DID I NOT SAY TO YOU THAT THIS MAN DOES NOT PROPHESY GOOD TO ME, FOR HE SPEAKS NOTHING BUT EVIL?”
    AND THE KING OF JESRAEL SAID, “TAKE MICHAIAS, AND RETURN HIM TO SEMER THE KEEPER OF THE CITY;
    AND TELL JOAS THE KING'S SON TO PUT THIS FELLOW IN PRISON, AND TO FEED HIM WITH BREAD OF AFFLICTION AND WATER OF AFFLICTION UNTIL I RETURN IN PEACE.”
    AND MICHAIAS SAID, “IF YOU RETURN AT ALL IN PEACE, JESUS HAS NOT SPOKEN BY ME.”

2 Chronicles 24:20-22      AND THE SPIRIT OF THEOS (The Alpha & Omega) CAME UPON AZARIAS (Zechariah) THE SON OF JODAE THE PRIEST, AND HE STOOD UP ABOVE THE PEOPLE, AND SAID, “THUS SAITH JESUS, WHY DO YOU TRANSGRESS THE COMMANDMENTS OF JESUS? SO SHALL YOU NOT PROSPER; FOR YOU HAVE FORSAKEN JESUS, AND HE WILL FORSAKE YOU.”
    AND THEY CONSPIRED AGAINST HIM, AND STONED HIM BY COMMAND OF KING JOAS IN THE COURT OF JESUS' HOUSE.
    SO JOAS REMEMBERED NOT THE KINDNESS WHICH HIS FATHER JODAE HAD EXERCISED TOWARDS HIM, BUT KILLED HIS SON. AND AS HE DIED, HE SAID, “JESUS LOOK UPON IT, AND JUDGE.”

2 Chronicles 36:14-16      AND ALL THE GREAT MEN OF JUDAH, AND THE PRIESTS, AND THE PEOPLE OF THE LAND TRANSGRESSED ABUNDANTLY IN THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE HEATHEN, AND POLLUTED THE HOUSE OF JESUS WHICH WAS IN JERUSALEM.
    AND JESUS, THEOS (The Alpha & Omega) OF THEIR FATHERS SENT BY THE HAND OF HIS PROPHETS; RISING EARLY AND SENDING HIS MESSENGERS, FOR HE SPARED HIS PEOPLE, AND HIS SANCTUARY.
    NEVERTHELESS THEY SNEERED AT HIS MESSENGERS, AND REJECTED HIS WORDS, AND MOCKED HIS PROPHETS, UNTIL THE WRATH OF JESUS ROSE UP AGAINST HIS PEOPLE, UNTIL THERE WAS NO REMEDY.

Judith 8:25-27      MOREOVER LET US GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD OUR THEOS (The Alpha & Omega), WHICH TRIES US, EVEN AS HE DID OUR FATHERS.
    REMEMBER WHAT THINGS HE DID TO ABRAHAM, AND HOW HE TRIED ISAAC, AND WHAT HAPPENED TO JACOB IN MESOPOTAMIA OF SYRIA, WHEN HE KEPT THE SHEEP OF LABAN HIS MOTHER'S BROTHER.
    FOR HE HAS NOT TRIED US IN THE FIRE, AS HE DID THEM, FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THEIR HEARTS, NEITHER HAS HE TAKEN VENGEANCE ON US: BUT THE LORD DOES SCOURGE THEM THAT COME NEAR UNTO HIM, TO ADMONISH THEM.”

Esther 6:5-13      AND THE KING'S SERVANTS SAID, “BEHOLD, AMAN STANDS IN THE COURT.” AND THE KING SAID, “CALL HIM.”
    AND THE KING SAID TO AMAN, “WHAT SHALL I DO TO THE MAN WHOM I WANT TO HONOUR?” AND AMAN SAID WITHIN HIMSELF, “WHOM WOULD THE KING HONOUR BUT MYSELF?”
    AND HE SAID TO THE KING, “AS FOR THE MAN WHOM THE KING WANTS TO HONOUR,
    LET THE KING'S SERVANTS BRING THE ROBE OF FINE LINEN WHICH THE KING PUTS ON, AND THE HORSE ON WHICH THE KING RIDES,
    AND LET HIM GIVE IT TO ONE OF THE KING'S NOBLE FRIENDS, AND LET HIM ARRAY THE MAN WHOM THE KING LOVES; AND LET HIM MOUNT HIM ON THE HORSE, AND PROCLAIM THROUGH THE STREET OF THE CITY, SAYING, ‘THUS SHALL IT BE DONE TO EVERY MAN WHOM THE KING HONOURS.’”
    THEN THE KING SAID TO AMAN, “YOU HAVE SAID WELL: SO DO TO MARDOCHAEUS (Mordecai) THE JUDEAN, WHO WAITS IN THE PALACE, AND LET NOT A WORD OF WHAT YOU HAVE SPOKEN BE NEGLECTED.”
    SO AMAN TOOK THE ROBE AND THE HORSE, AND ARRAYED MARDOCHAEUS (Mordecai), AND MOUNTED HIM ON THE HORSE, AND WENT THROUGH THE STREET OF THE CITY, AND PROCLAIMED, SAYING, “THUS SHALL IT BE TO EVERY MAN WHOM THE KING WANTS TO HONOUR.”
    AND MARDOCHAEUS (Mordecai) RETURNED TO THE PALACE: BUT AMAN WENT HOME MOURNING, AND HAVING HIS HEAD COVERED.
    AND AMAN RELATED THE EVENTS THAT HAD BEFALLEN HIM TO ZOSARA HIS WIFE, AND TO HIS FRIENDS: AND HIS FRIENDS AND HIS WIFE SAID TO HIM, “IF MARDOCHAEUS (Mordecai) BE OF THE RACE OF THE JUDEANS, AND YOU HAVE BEGUN TO BE HUMBLED BEFORE HIM, YOU WILL ASSUREDLY FALL, AND YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WITHSTAND HIM, FOR THE LIVING THEOS (The Alpha & Omega) IS WITH HIM.”

Esther 9:19-27      ON THIS ACCOUNT THEN IT IS THAT THE JUDEANS DISPERSED IN EVERY FOREIGN LAND KEEP THE FOURTEENTH OF ADAR AS A HOLY DAY WITH JOY, SENDING PORTIONS EACH TO HIS NEIGHBOUR.
    AND MARDOCHAEUS (Mordecai) WROTE THESE THINGS IN A SCROLL, AND SENT THEM TO THE JUDEANS, AS MANY AS WERE IN THE KINGDOM OF ARTAXERXES, BOTH THEM THAT WERE NEAR AND THEM THAT WERE AFAR OFF,
    TO ESTABLISH THESE AS JOYFUL DAYS, AND TO KEEP THE FOURTEENTH AND FIFTEENTH OF ADAR;
    FOR ON THESE DAYS THE JUDEANS OBTAINED REST FROM THEIR ENEMIES; AND AS TO THE MONTH, WHICH WAS ADAR, IN WHICH A CHANGE WAS MADE FOR THEM, FROM MOURNING TO JOY, AND FROM SORROW TO A GOOD DAY, TO SPEND THE WHOLE OF IT IN GOOD DAYS OF FEASTING AND GLADNESS, SENDING PORTIONS TO THEIR FRIENDS, AND TO THE POOR.
    AND THE JUDEANS CONSENTED TO THIS ACCORDINGLY AS MARDOCHAEUS (Mordecai) WROTE TO THEM,
    SHOWING HOW AMAN THE SON OF AMADATHES THE MACEDONIAN FOUGHT AGAINST THEM, HOW HE MADE A DECREE AND CAST LOTS TO DESTROY THEM UTTERLY;
    ALSO HOW HE WENT IN TO THE KING, TELLING HIM TO HANG MARDOCHAEUS (Mordecai): BUT ALL THE CALAMITIES HE TRIED TO BRING UPON THE JUDEANS CAME UPON HIMSELF, AND HE WAS HANGED, AND HIS CHILDREN.
    THEREFORE THESE DAYS WERE CALLED PURIM, BECAUSE OF THE LOTS; FOR IN THEIR LANGUAGE THEY ARE CALLED PURIM, BECAUSE OF THE WORDS OF THIS LETTER, AND BECAUSE OF ALL THEY SUFFERED ON THIS ACCOUNT, AND ALL THAT HAPPENED TO THEM.
    AND MARDOCHAEUS (Mordecai) ESTABLISHED IT, AND THE JUDEANS TOOK UPON THEMSELVES, AND UPON THEIR SEED, AND UPON THOSE THAT WERE JOINED TO THEM TO OBSERVE IT, NEITHER WOULD THEY ON ANY ACCOUNT BEHAVE DIFFERENTLY: BUT THESE DAYS WERE TO BE A MEMORIAL KEPT IN EVERY GENERATION, AND CITY, AND FAMILY, AND PROVINCE.

1 Maccabees 1:56-58      AND WHEN THEY HAD RIPPED IN PIECES THE SCROLLS OF THE LAW WHICH THEY FOUND, THEY BURNT THEM WITH FIRE.
    AND WHOSOEVER WAS FOUND WITH ANY THE SCROLL OF THE TESTAMENT, OR IF ANY COMMITTED TO THE LAW, THE KING'S COMMAND WAS, THAT THEY SHOULD PUT HIM TO DEATH.
    THUS THEY DID BY THEIR AUTHORITY UNTO THE ISRAELITES EVERY MONTH, TO AS MANY AS WERE FOUND IN THE CITIES.

2 Maccabees 6:26-31      FOR THOUGH FOR THE PRESENT TIME I SHOULD BE DELIVERED FROM THE PUNISHMENT OF MEN: YET SHOULD I NOT ESCAPE THE HAND OF THE ALMIGHTY, NEITHER ALIVE, NOR DEAD.
    THEREFORE NOW, MANFULLY GIVING UP THIS LIFE, I WILL SHOW MYSELF WORTHY OF MY OLD AGE;
    AND LEAVE A NOTABLE EXAMPLE TO SUCH AS BE YOUNG TO DIE WILLINGLY AND COURAGEOUSLY FOR THE HONOURABLE AND HOLY LAWS.” AND WHEN HE HAD SAID THESE WORDS, IMMEDIATELY HE WENT TO THE TORMENT:
    THEY THAT LED HIM CHANGING THE GOOD WILL THEY BARE HIM A LITTLE BEFORE INTO HATRED, BECAUSE THE FORESAID SPEECHES PROCEEDED, AS THEY THOUGHT, FROM A DESPERATE MIND.
    BUT WHEN HE WAS READY TO DIE WITH STRIPES, HE GROANED, AND SAID, “IT IS MANIFEST UNTO THE LORD, THAT HAS THE HOLY KNOWLEDGE, THAT WHEREAS I MIGHT HAVE BEEN DELIVERED FROM DEATH, I NOW ENDURE SORE PAINS IN BODY BY BEING BEATEN: BUT IN SOUL AM WELL CONTENT TO SUFFER THESE THINGS, BECAUSE I FEAR HIM.”
    AND THUS THIS MAN DIED, LEAVING HIS DEATH FOR AN EXAMPLE OF A NOBLE COURAGE, AND A MEMORIAL OF VIRTUE, NOT ONLY UNTO YOUNG MEN, BUT UNTO ALL HIS NATION.

2 Maccabees 7:28-29      I BEG YOU, MY SON, LOOK UPON THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH, AND ALL THAT IS THEREIN, AND CONSIDER THAT THEOS (The Alpha & Omega) MADE THEM OF THINGS THAT WERE NOT; AND SO WAS MANKIND MADE LIKEWISE.
    FEAR NOT THIS TORMENTOR, BUT, BEING WORTHY OF YOUR BRETHREN, TAKE YOUR DEATH THAT I MAY RECEIVE YOU AGAIN IN MERCY WITH YOUR BRETHREN.”

4 Maccabees 1:10-11      FOR THEIR VIRTUES, THEN, IT IS RIGHT THAT I SHOULD COMMEND THOSE MEN WHO DIED WITH THEIR MOTHER AT THIS TIME IN BEHALF OF RECTITUDE; AND FOR THEIR HONOURS, I MAY COUNT THEM HAPPY.
    FOR THEY, WINNING ADMIRATION NOT ONLY FROM MEN IN GENERAL, BUT EVEN FROM THE PERSECUTORS, FOR THEIR MANLINESS AND ENDURANCE, BECAME THE MEANS OF THE DESTRUCTION OF THE TYRANNY AGAINST THEIR NATION, HAVING CONQUERED THE TYRANT BY THEIR ENDURANCE, SO THAT BY THEM THEIR COUNTRY WAS PURIFIED.

4 Maccabees 5:28-32      BUT YOU SHALL NOT HAVE THIS CAUSE OF LAUGHTER AGAINST ME;
    NOR WILL I TRANSGRESS THE SACRED OATHS OF MY FOREFATHERS TO KEEP THE LAW.
    NO, NOT IF YOU PLUCK OUT MY EYES, AND CONSUME MY INTERNAL PARTS.
    I AM NOT SO OLD, AND VOID OF MANLINESS, BUT THAT MY RATIONAL POWERS ARE YOUTHFUL IN DEFENSE OF MY DEVOTION (to God).
    NOW THEN; PREPARE YOUR WHEELS, AND KINDLE A FIERCER FLAME.

4 Maccabees 11:26-27      YOUR FIRE IS COLD TO US, YOUR CATAPELTS ARE PAINLESS, AND YOUR VIOLENCE HARMLESS.
    FOR THE GUARDS NOT OF A TYRANT BUT OF A DIVINE LAW ARE OUR DEFENDERS: THROUGH THIS WE KEEP OUR REASONING UNCONQUERED.”

4 Maccabees 16:21-23      AND THE RIGHTEOUS DANIEL WAS CAST UNTO THE LIONS; AND ANANIAS, AND AZARIAS, AND MISAEL, WERE SLUNG OUT INTO A FURNACE OF FIRE; YET THEY ENDURED THROUGH THEOS (The Alpha & Omega).
    YOU, THEN, HAVING THE SAME FAITH TOWARDS THEOS, DO NOT BE TROUBLED.
    FOR IT IS UNREASONABLE THAT THEY WHO KNOW DEVOTION (to God) SHOULD NOT STAND UP AGAINST TROUBLES.”

Job 2:10      BUT HE LOOKED ON HER, AND SAID TO HER, “YOU HAVE SPOKEN LIKE ONE OF THE FOOLISH WOMEN. IF WE HAVE RECEIVED GOOD THINGS OF THE HAND OF THE LORD, SHALL WE NOT ENDURE TROUBLESOME THINGS?” IN ALL THESE THINGS THAT HAPPENED TO HIM, JOB SINNED NOT AT ALL WITH HIS LIPS BEFORE THEOS (The Alpha & Omega).

Job 19:21-22      PITY ME, PITY ME, O FRIENDS; FOR IT IS THE HAND OF THE LORD THAT HAS TOUCHED ME.
    WHY DO YOU PERSECUTE ME AS ALSO THE LORD DOES, AND ARE NOT SATISFIED WITH MY FLESH?

Psalm 11:5      JESUS TRIES THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE UNGODLY: AND HE THAT LOVES UNRIGHTEOUSNESS HATES HIS OWN SOUL.

Psalm 69:4-12      THEY THAT HATE ME WITHOUT A CAUSE ARE MORE THAN THE HAIRS OF MY HEAD: MY ENEMIES THAT PERSECUTE ME UNRIGHTEOUSLY ARE STRENGTHENED: THEN I RESTORED THAT WHICH I TOOK NOT AWAY.
    O THEOS (The Alpha & Omega), YOU KNOW MY FOOLISHNESS; AND MY TRANSGRESSIONS ARE NOT HIDDEN FROM YOU.
    LET NOT THEM THAT WAIT ON YOU, O LORD OF ALL CREATION, BE ASHAMED ON MY ACCOUNT: LET NOT THEM THAT SEEK YOU, BE ASHAMED ON MY ACCOUNT, O THEOS OF JESRAEL.
    FOR I HAVE SUFFERED REPROACH FOR YOUR SAKE; SHAME HAS COVERED MY FACE.
    I BECAME FOREIGN TO MY BRETHREN, AND A STRANGER TO MY MOTHER'S CHILDREN.
    FOR THE ZEAL OF YOUR HOUSE HAS EATEN ME UP; AND THE REPROACHES OF THEM THAT REPROACHED YOU ARE FALLEN UPON ME.
    AND I BOWED DOWN MY SOUL WITH FASTING, AND THAT WAS MADE MY REPROACH.
    AND I PUT ON SACKCLOTH FOR MY COVERING; AND I BECAME A PROVERB TO THEM.
    THEY THAT SIT IN THE GATE TALKED AGAINST ME, AND THEY THAT DRANK WINE SANG AGAINST ME.

Psalm 105:17-19      HE SENT A MAN BEFORE THEM; JOSEPH WAS SOLD AS A SLAVE.
    THEY HURT HIS FEET WITH CHAINS; HIS SOUL PASSED INTO IRON,
    UNTIL THE TIME THAT HIS CAUSE CAME ON; THE WORD OF JESUS TRIED HIM AS FIRE.

Psalm 119:157, 161      MANY ARE THEY THAT PERSECUTE ME AND OPPRESS ME: BUT I HAVE NOT DECLINED FROM YOUR TESTIMONIES.
    PRINCES PERSECUTED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE, BUT MY HEART FEARED BECAUSE OF YOUR WORDS.

Psalm 120:6-7      MY SOUL HAS LONG BEEN A SOJOURNER;
    I WAS PEACEABLE AMONG THEM THAT HATED PEACE; WHEN I SPOKE TO THEM, THEY WARRED AGAINST ME WITHOUT A CAUSE.

Proverbs 17:3      AS SILVER AND GOLD ARE TRIED IN A FURNACE, SO ARE CHOICE HEARTS WITH JESUS.

Sirach 2:1-5      MY SON, IF YOU COME TO SERVE THE LORD, PREPARE YOUR SOUL FOR TEMPTATION.
    SET YOUR HEART ARIGHT, AND CONSTANTLY ENDURE, AND DO NOT BE RECKLESS IN TIME OF TROUBLE.
    CLEAVE UNTO HIM, AND DEPART NOT AWAY, THAT YOU MAY BE INCREASED AT YOUR LAST END.
    WHATSOEVER IS BROUGHT UPON YOU TAKE CHEERFULLY, AND BE PATIENT WHEN YOU ARE CHANGED TO A LOW ESTATE.
    FOR GOLD IS TRIED IN THE FIRE, AND ACCEPTABLE MEN IN THE FURNACE OF ADVERSITY.

Isaiah 13:11-12      AND I WILL COMMAND CALAMITIES FOR THE WHOLE WORLD, AND WILL VISIT THEIR SINS ON THE UNGODLY: AND I WILL DESTROY THE PRIDE OF TRANSGRESSORS, AND WILL BRING LOW THE PRIDE OF THE ARROGANT.
    AND THEY THAT ARE LEFT SHALL BE MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD TRIED IN THE FIRE; AND A MAN SHALL BE MORE PRECIOUS THAN THE STONE THAT IS IN SUPHIR.

Isaiah 40:29      HE GIVES STRENGTH TO THE HUNGRY, AND SORROW TO THEM THAT ARE NOT SUFFERING.

Isaiah 53:3-4      BUT HIS APPEARANCE WAS IGNOBLE, AND INFERIOR TO THAT OF THE CHILDREN OF MEN; HE WAS A MAN IN SUFFERING, AND ACQUAINTED WITH THE BEARING OF SICKNESS, FOR HIS FACE IS TURNED FROM US: HE WAS DISHONOURED, AND NOT ESTEEMED.
    HE BEARS OUR SINS, AND IS PAINED FOR US: YET WE ACCOUNTED HIM TO BE IN TROUBLE, AND IN SUFFERING, AND IN AFFLICTION.

Isaiah 53:10      JESUS WILLS TO CLEANSE US WITH HIS WOUNDS. IF YOU CAN GIVE AN OFFERING FOR SIN, YOUR SOUL SHALL SEE A LONG-LIVED SEED:

Isaiah 54:11-17      AFFLICTED AND OUTCAST YOU HAVE NOT BEEN COMFORTED: BEHOLD, I WILL PREPARE CARBUNCLE FOR YOUR STONES, AND SAPPHIRE FOR YOUR FOUNDATIONS;
    AND I WILL MAKE YOUR BATTLEMENTS JASPER, AND YOUR GATES CRYSTAL, AND YOUR BORDER PRECIOUS STONES.
    AND I WILL CAUSE ALL YOUR SONS TO BE TAUGHT OF THEOS (The Alpha & Omega), AND YOUR CHILDREN TO BE IN GREAT PEACE.
    AND YOU SHALL BE BUILT IN RIGHTEOUSNESS: ABSTAIN FROM INJUSTICE, AND YOU SHALL NOT FEAR; AND TREMBLING SHALL NOT COME NEAR YOU.
    BEHOLD, STRANGERS SHALL COME TO YOU BY ME, AND SHALL SOJOURN WITH YOU, AND SHALL RUN TO YOU FOR REFUGE.
    BEHOLD, I HAVE CREATED YOU, NOT AS THE COPPERSMITH BLOWING COALS, AND BRINGING OUT A VESSEL FIT FOR WORK; BUT I HAVE CREATED YOU, NOT FOR RUIN, THAT I SHOULD DESTROY YOU.
    EVERY WEAPON FORMED AGAINST YOU SHALL NOT PROSPER. AND EVERY VOICE that SHALL RISE UP AGAINST YOU IN CONDEMNATION, YOU SHALL OVERCOME AND CONDEMN ALL OF THEM. THERE IS AN INHERITANCE FOR THOSE WHO SERVE JESUS AND YOU SHALL BE MY RIGHTEOUS ONES,” SAITH JESUS.

Jeremiah 15:15      O LORD, REMEMBER ME, AND VISIT ME, AND VINDICATE ME BEFORE THEM THAT PERSECUTE ME; DO NOT BEAR LONG WITH THEM; KNOW HOW I HAVE MET WITH REPROACH FOR YOUR SAKE, FROM THOSE WHO REJECTED YOUR WORDS;

Jeremiah 17:18      LET THEM THAT PERSECUTE ME BE ASHAMED, BUT LET ME NOT BE ASHAMED: LET THEM BE ALARMED, BUT LET ME NOT BE ALARMED: BRING UPON THEM THE DAY OF CALAMITY, CRUSH THEM WITH DOUBLE DESTRUCTION.

Jeremiah 20:11      BUT JESUS WAS WITH ME AS A MIGHTY MAN OF WAR: THEREFORE THEY PERSECUTED ME, BUT COULD NOT PERCEIVE ANYTHING AGAINST ME; THEY WERE GREATLY SHAMED, FOR THEY PERCEIVED NOT THEIR DISGRACE, WHICH SHALL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

Jeremiah 38:1-6      AND SAPHANIAS THE SON OF NATHAN, AND GEDOLIAS THE SON OF PASCHOR, AND JOACHAL THE SON OF SEMELIAS, HEARD THE WORDS WHICH JEREMIAS SPOKE TO THE PEOPLE, SAYING,
    “THUS SAITH JESUS; ‘HE THAT REMAINS IN THIS CITY SHALL DIE BY THE SWORD, AND BY THE FAMINE: BUT HE THAT GOES OUT TO THE CHALDEANS SHALL LIVE; AND HIS SOUL SHALL BE GIVEN HIM FOR A FOUND TREASURE, AND HE SHALL LIVE.’
    FOR THUS SAITH JESUS; ‘THIS CITY SHALL CERTAINLY BE DELIVERED INTO THE HANDS OF THE MULTITUDES OF THE KING OF BABYLON, AND THEY SHALL TAKE IT.’
    AND THEY SAID TO THE KING, “LET THAT MAN, WE PRAY YOU, BE SLAIN, FOR HE WEAKENS THE HANDS OF THE FIGHTING MEN THAT ARE LEFT IN THE CITY, AND THE HANDS OF ALL THE PEOPLE, SPEAKING TO THEM ACCORDING TO THESE WORDS: FOR THIS MAN DOES NOT PROPHESY PEACE TO THIS PEOPLE, BUT EVIL.”
    THEN THE KING SAID, “BEHOLD, HE IS IN YOUR HANDS.” FOR THE KING COULD NOT RESIST THEM.
    AND THEY CAST HIM INTO THE DUNGEON OF MELCHIAS THE KING'S SON, WHICH WAS IN THE COURT OF THE PRISON; AND THEY LET HIM DOWN INTO THE PIT: AND THERE WAS NO WATER IN THE PIT, BUT MIRE: AND HE WAS IN THE MIRE.

Baruch 4:25      MY CHILDREN, SUFFER PATIENTLY THE WRATH THAT IS COME UPON YOU FROM THEOS (The Alpha & Omega): FOR YOUR ENEMY HAS PERSECUTED YOU; BUT SHORTLY YOU SHALL SEE HIS DESTRUCTION, AND SHALL TREAD UPON HIS NECK.

Susanna 1:41-44      THEN THE ASSEMBLY BELIEVED THEM AS THOSE THAT WERE THE ELDERS AND JUDGES OF THE PEOPLE! SO THEY CONDEMNED HER TO DEATH.
    THEN SUSANNA CRIED OUT WITH A LOUD VOICE, AND SAID, “O EVERLASTING THEOS (The Alpha & Omega), THAT KNOWS THE SECRETS, AND KNOWS ALL THINGS BEFORE THEY BE:
    YOU KNOW THAT THEY TESTIFIED AGAINST ME FALSELY, AND BEHOLD, I MUST DIE; WHEREAS I NEVER DID SUCH THINGS AS THESE MEN HAVE MALICIOUSLY INVENTED AGAINST ME!”
    AND THE LORD HEARD HER VOICE.

Daniel 3:27      THEN WERE ASSEMBLED THE SATRAPS, AND CAPTAINS, AND HEADS OF PROVINCES, AND THE ROYAL PRINCES; AND THEY SAW THE MEN, AND PERCEIVED THAT THE FIRE HAD NOT HAD POWER AGAINST THEIR BODIES, AND THE HAIR OF THEIR HEAD WAS NOT BURNT, AND THEIR COATS WERE NOT SCORCHED, NOR WAS THE SMELL OF FIRE UPON THEM.

Daniel 6:13-22      THEN THEY ANSWERED AND SAID BEFORE THE KING, “DANIEL OF THE SONS OF THE CAPTIVITY OF JUDEA, HAS NOT SUBMITTED TO YOUR DECREE; AND THREE TIMES IN THE DAY HE MAKES HIS REQUESTS OF HIS GOD.”
    THEN THE KING, WHEN HE HEARD THE SAYING, WAS MUCH GRIEVED FOR DANIEL AND HE GREATLY EXERTED HIMSELF FOR DANIEL TO DELIVER HIM: AND HE EXERTED HIMSELF UNTIL EVENING TO DELIVER HIM.
    THEN THOSE MEN SAID TO THE KING, “KNOW, O KING, THAT THE LAW OF THE MEDES AND PERSIANS IS THAT WE MUST NOT CHANGE ANY DECREE OF STATUTE WHICH THE KING SHALL MAKE.”
    THEN THE KING COMMANDED, AND THEY BROUGHT DANIEL, AND CAST HIM INTO THE DEN OF LIONS. BUT THE KING SAID TO DANIEL, “YOUR GOD WHOM YOU SERVE CONTINUALLY, HE WILL DELIVER YOU.”
    AND THEY BROUGHT A STONE, AND PUT IT ON THE MOUTH OF THE DEN; AND THE KING SEALED IT WITH HIS RING, AND WITH THE RING OF HIS NOBLES; THAT THE CASE MIGHT NOT BE ALTERED WITH REGARD TO DANIEL.
    AND THE KING DEPARTED TO HIS HOUSE, AND LAY DOWN FASTING, AND THEY BROUGHT HIM NO FOOD; AND HIS SLEEP DEPARTED FROM HIM. BUT GOD SHUT THE MOUTHS OF THE LIONS, AND THEY DID NOT HARM DANIEL.
    THEN THE KING AROSE VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING, AND CAME IN TO THE DEN OF LIONS.
    AND WHEN HE DREW NEAR TO THE DEN, HE CRIED WITH A LOUD VOICE, “DANIEL, SERVANT OF THE LIVING GOD, HAS YOUR GOD, WHOM YOU SERVE CONTINUALLY, BEEN ABLE TO DELIVER YOU FROM THE LION'S MOUTH?”
    AND DANIEL SAID TO THE KING, “O KING, LIVE FOREVER.
    MY GOD HAS SENT HIS MANISFESTATION, AND STOPPED THE LIONS' MOUTHS, AND THEY HAVE NOT HURT ME: FOR UPRIGHTNESS WAS FOUND IN ME BEFORE HIM; AND MOREOVER BEFORE YOU, O KING, I HAVE COMMITTED NO TRESPASS.”

Daniel 7:21      I BEHELD, AND THAT HORN MADE WAR WITH THE SAINTS, AND PREVAILED AGAINST THEM;

Zechariah 11:10-13      AND I WILL TAKE MY BEAUTIFUL STAFF, AND CAST IT AWAY, THAT I MAY BREAK MY COVENANT WHICH I MADE WITH ALL THE PEOPLE.
    AND IT SHALL BE BROKEN IN THAT DAY; AND THE CANAANITES, THE SHEEP THAT ARE KEPT FOR ME, SHALL KNOW THAT IT IS THE WORD OF JESUS.
    AND I WILL SAY TO THEM, ‘IF IT BE GOOD IN YOUR EYES, GIVE ME MY PRICE, OR REFUSE IT.’ AND THEY WEIGHED FOR MY PRICE THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER.”
    AND JESUS SAID TO ME, “DROP THEM INTO THE FURNACE, AND I WILL SEE IF IT IS GOOD METAL, AS I WAS PROVED FOR THEIR SAKES.” AND I TOOK THE THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER, AND CAST THEM INTO THE FURNACE IN THE HOUSE OF JESUS.

Zechariah 13:8-9      AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS, THAT IN ALL THE LAND,” SAITH JESUS, “TWO PARTS THEREOF SHALL BE CUT OFF AND PERISH; BUT THE THIRD SHALL BE LEFT THEREIN.
    AND I WILL BRING THE THIRD PART THROUGH THE FIRE, AND I WILL TRY THEM AS SILVER IS TRIED, AND I WILL PROVE THEM AS GOLD IS PROVED: THEY SHALL CALL UPON MY NAME, AND I WILL HEAR THEM, AND SAY, THIS IS MY PEOPLE: AND THEY SHALL SAY, JESUS IS MY THEOS (The Alpha & Omega).”

Malachi 3:1-3      “BEHOLD, I SEND FORTH MY MESSENGER, AND HE SHALL SURVEY THE WAY BEFORE ME: AND JESUS, WHOM YOU SEEK, SHALL SUDDENLY COME INTO HIS SANCTUARY, EVEN THE MESSENGER OF THE COVENANT, WHOM YOU TAKE PLEASURE IN: BEHOLD, HE IS COMING,” SAITH JESUS THE ALMIGHTY.
    AND WHO WILL ABIDE THE DAY OF HIS COMING? OR WHO WILL WITHSTAND AT HIS APPEARING? FOR HE IS COMING IN AS THE FIRE OF A FURNACE AND AS SOAP OF WASHING.
    HE SHALL SIT TO MELT AND PURIFY AS IT WERE SILVER, AND AS IT WERE GOLD: AND HE SHALL PURIFY THE SONS OF LEVI, AND REFINE THEM AS GOLD AND SILVER, AND THEY SHALL OFFER TO JESUS AN OFFERING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Wisdom 3:1-9      BUT THE SOULS OF THE RIGHTEOUS ARE IN THE HAND OF THEOS (The Alpha & Omega), AND THERE SHALL NO TORMENT TOUCH THEM.
    IN THE SIGHT OF THE UNWISE THEY SEEMED TO DIE: AND THEIR DEPARTURE IS TAKEN FOR MISERY,
    AND THEIR GOING FROM US TO BE UTTER DESTRUCTION: BUT THEY ARE IN PEACE.
    FOR THOUGH THEY BE PUNISHED IN THE SIGHT OF MEN, YET IS THEIR HOPE FULL OF IMMORTALITY.
    AND HAVING BEEN A LITTLE CHASTISED, THEY SHALL BE GREATLY REWARDED: FOR THEOS PROVED THEM, AND FOUND THEM WORTHY FOR HIMSELF.
    AS GOLD IN THE FURNACE HAS HE TRIED THEM, AND RECEIVED THEM AS A BURNT OFFERING.
    AND IN THE TIME OF THEIR VISITATION THEY SHALL SHINE, AND RUN TO AND FRO LIKE SPARKS AMONG THE STUBBLE.
    THEY SHALL JUDGE THE NATIONS, AND HAVE DOMINION OVER THE PEOPLE, AND THEIR LORD SHALL REIGN FOREVER.
    THEY THAT PUT THEIR TRUST IN HIM SHALL UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH: AND SUCH AS BE FAITHFUL IN LOVE SHALL ABIDE WITH HIM: FOR GRACE AND MERCY IS TO HIS SAINTS, AND HE CARES FOR HIS ELECT.

Matthew 2:12-20      AND HAVING BEEN WARNED IN A DREAM NOT TO RETURN TO HEROD, the Magi LEFT FOR THEIR OWN COUNTRY BY ANOTHER WAY.
    NOW WHEN THEY HAD GONE, BEHOLD, AN ANGEL OF THE LORD APPEARED TO JOSEPH IN A DREAM AND SAID, "GET UP! TAKE THE CHILD AND HIS MOTHER AND FLEE TO EGYPT, AND REMAIN THERE UNTIL I TELL YOU; FOR HEROD IS GOING TO SEARCH FOR THE CHILD TO DESTROY HIM."
    SO JOSEPH GOT UP AND TOOK THE CHILD AND HIS MOTHER WHILE IT WAS STILL NIGHT, AND DEPARTED INTO EGYPT.
    HE REMAINED THERE UNTIL THE DEATH OF HEROD. This was TO FULFILL WHAT HAD BEEN SPOKEN BY THE LORD THROUGH THE PROPHET: "OUT OF EGYPT I CALLED MY SON."
    THEN WHEN HEROD SAW THAT HE HAD BEEN TRICKED BY THE MAGI, HE BECAME VERY ENRAGED, AND SENT AND MURDERED ALL THE MALE CHILDREN WHO WERE IN BETHLEHEM AND ALL ITS VICINITY, FROM TWO YEARS OLD AND UNDER, ACCORDING TO THE TIME WHICH HE HAD DETERMINED FROM THE MAGI.
    THEN WHAT HAD BEEN SPOKEN THROUGH JEREMIAS THE PROPHET WAS FULFILLED:
    "A VOICE WAS HEARD IN RAMAH, CRYING AND GREAT MOURNING, RACHEL CRYING FOR HER CHILDREN; AND SHE REFUSED TO BE COMFORTED, BECAUSE THEY WERE NO MORE."
    BUT WHEN HEROD DIED, BEHOLD, AN ANGEL OF THE LORD APPEARED IN A DREAM TO JOSEPH IN EGYPT, AND SAID,
    "GET UP, TAKE THE CHILD AND HIS MOTHER, AND GO INTO THE LAND OF JESRAEL; FOR THOSE WHO SOUGHT THE CHILD'S LIFE ARE DEAD."

Matthew 5:10-12      BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN PERSECUTED FOR THE SAKE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.
    BLESSED ARE YOU WHEN PEOPLE INSULT YOU AND PERSECUTE YOU, AND FALSELY SAY ALL KINDS OF EVIL AGAINST YOU BECAUSE OF ME.
    REJOICE AND BE GLAD, FOR YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN IS GREAT; FOR IN THE SAME WAY THEY PERSECUTED THE PROPHETS WHO WERE BEFORE YOU.

Matthew 10:23-26      BUT WHENEVER THEY PERSECUTE YOU IN ONE CITY, FLEE TO THE NEXT; FOR I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, YOU WILL NOT FINISH going through THE CITIES OF JESRAEL UNTIL THE SON OF MANKIND COMES.
    A DISCIPLE IS NOT ABOVE HIS TEACHER, NOR A SLAVE ABOVE HIS MASTER.
    IT IS ENOUGH FOR THE DISCIPLE THAT HE BECOME LIKE HIS TEACHER, AND THE SLAVE LIKE HIS MASTER. IF THEY HAVE CALLED THE HEAD OF THE HOUSE BEELZEBUL, HOW MUCH MORE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD!
    THEREFORE DO NOT FEAR THEM, FOR THERE IS NOTHING CONCEALED THAT WILL NOT BE REVEALED, OR HIDDEN THAT WILL NOT BE KNOWN.

Matthew 14:3, 10      FOR WHEN HEROD HAD JOHN ARRESTED, HE BOUND HIM AND PUT HIM IN PRISON BECAUSE OF HERODIAS, THE WIFE OF HIS BROTHER PHILIP.
    HE SENT AND HAD JOHN BEHEADED IN THE PRISON.

Matthew 16:21      FROM THAT TIME JESUS BEGAN TO SHOW HIS DISCIPLES THAT HE MUST GO TO JERUSALEM, AND SUFFER MANY THINGS FROM THE ELDERS AND CHIEF PRIESTS AND SCRIBES, AND BE MURDERED, AND BE RAISED UP ON THE THIRD DAY.

Matthew 23:34-35      THEREFORE, BEHOLD, I AM SENDING YOU PROPHETS AND WISE MEN AND SCRIBES; SOME OF THEM YOU WILL KILL AND IMPALE, AND SOME OF THEM YOU WILL SCOURGE IN YOUR SYNAGOGUES, AND PERSECUTE FROM CITY TO CITY,
    SO THAT UPON YOU MAY FALL the guilt of ALL THE RIGHTEOUS BLOOD SHED ON EARTH, FROM THE BLOOD OF RIGHTEOUS ABEL TO THE BLOOD OF ZACHARIAS, THE SON OF BERECHIAS, WHOM YOU MURDERED BETWEEN THE TEMPLE AND THE ALTAR.

Matthew 24:9-13      THEN THEY WILL DELIVER YOU TO TRIBULATION, AND WILL MURDER YOU, AND YOU WILL BE HATED BY ALL NATIONS BECAUSE OF MY NAME.
    AT THAT TIME MANY WILL FALL AWAY AND WILL BETRAY ONE ANOTHER AND HATE ONE ANOTHER.
    MANY FALSE PROPHETS WILL ARISE AND WILL DECEIVE MANY.
    BECAUSE TRANSGRESSION OF THE LAW WILL INCREASE, MOST PEOPLE'S LOVE WILL GROW COLD."
    BUT THE one who ABIDES/ENDURES/PERSEVERES TO THE END, THAT PERSON WILL BE SAVED.

Matthew 27:39-43      AND THOSE PASSING BY WERE HURLING ABUSE AT HIM, WAGGING THEIR HEADS
    AND SAYING, "YOU WHO would DESTROY THE TEMPLE AND REBUILD IT IN THREE DAYS, SAVE YOURSELF! IF YOU ARE THE SON OF THEOS (The Alpha & Omega), COME DOWN FROM THE STAKE."
    IN THE SAME WAY THE CHIEF PRIESTS ALSO, ALONG WITH THE SCRIBES AND ELDERS, WERE MOCKING AND SAYING,
    "HE SAVED OTHERS; HE CANNOT SAVE HIMSELF. HE IS THE KING OF JESRAEL; LET HIM NOW COME DOWN FROM THE STAKE, AND WE WILL BELIEVE IN HIM.
    "HE TRUSTS IN THEOS; LET THEOS RESCUE Him NOW, IF HE DELIGHTS IN HIM; FOR HE SAID, 'I AM THE SON OF THEOS.'"

Mark 10:29-30      JESUS SAID, "I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, THERE IS NO ONE WHO HAS FORSAKEN HOUSE OR BROTHERS OR SISTERS OR MOTHER OR FATHER OR CHILDREN OR FARMS, FOR MY SAKE AND FOR THE GOSPEL'S SAKE,
    BUT THAT HE WILL RECEIVE A HUNDRED TIMES AS MUCH NOW IN THE PRESENT WORLD, HOUSES AND BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND MOTHERS AND CHILDREN AND FARMS, ALONG WITH PERSECUTIONS; AND IN THE WORLD TO COME, ETERNAL LIFE.

Mark 13:12-13      BROTHER WILL BETRAY BROTHER TO DEATH, AND A FATHER his CHILD; AND CHILDREN WILL RISE UP AGAINST PARENTS AND HAVE THEM PUT TO DEATH.
    YOU WILL BE HATED BY ALL BECAUSE OF MY NAME, BUT THE ONE WHO ENDURES TO THE END, HE WILL BE SAVED.

Luke 6:22-23      BLESSED ARE YOU WHEN PEOPLE HATE YOU, AND SET YOU APART, AND INSULT YOU, AND SCORN YOUR NAME AS EVIL, FOR THE SAKE OF THE SON OF MANKIND.
    BE GLAD IN THAT DAY AND LEAP for JOY, FOR BEHOLD, YOUR REWARD IS GREAT IN HEAVEN. FOR IN THE SAME WAY THEIR FOREFATHERS USED TO TREAT THE PROPHETS.

Luke 21:12-19      "BUT MORE IMPORTANT THAN ALL THESE THINGS, THEY WILL LAY THEIR HANDS ON YOU AND WILL PERSECUTE YOU, DELIVERING YOU TO THE SYNAGOGUES AND PRISONS, BRINGING YOU BEFORE KINGS AND GOVERNORS FOR MY NAME'S SAKE.
    "IT WILL LEAD TO AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUR TESTIMONY.
    "SO MAKE UP YOUR MINDS NOT TO PREMEDITATE YOUR VERBAL DEFENSE;
    FOR I WILL GIVE YOU UTTERANCE/ELEGANT SPEECH AND WISDOM WHICH NONE OF YOUR OPPONENTS WILL BE ABLE TO RESIST OR REFUTE.
    "BUT YOU WILL BE BETRAYED EVEN BY PARENTS AND BROTHERS AND RELATIVES AND FRIENDS, AND THEY WILL PUT SOME OF YOU TO DEATH,
    AND YOU WILL BE HATED BY ALL BECAUSE OF MY NAME.
    "YET NOT A HAIR OF YOUR HEAD WILL PERISH.
    "BY YOUR ENDURANCE YOU WILL GAIN YOUR LIVES.

John 17:15      I DO NOT ASK YOU TO TAKE THEM OUT OF THE WORLD, BUT TO KEEP THEM FROM THE EVIL.

Acts 5:27-29      WHEN THEY HAD BROUGHT THEM, THEY STOOD THEM BEFORE THE COUNCIL. THE HIGH PRIEST QUESTIONED THEM,
    SAYING, "WE GAVE YOU STRICT ORDERS NOT TO CONTINUE TEACHING IN THIS NAME, AND YET, YOU HAVE FILLED JERUSALEM WITH YOUR TEACHING AND INTEND TO BRING THIS PERSON'S BLOOD UPON US."

Acts 5:28-29      BUT PETER AND THE APOSTLES ANSWERED, "WE MUST OBEY THEOS (The Alpha & Omega) RATHER THAN HUMANS.

Acts 6:8-15      AND STEPHEN, FULL OF GRACE AND POWER, WAS PERFORMING GREAT WONDERS AND SIGNS AMONG THE PEOPLE.
    BUT SOME MEN FROM WHAT WAS CALLED THE SYNAGOGUE OF THE FREEDMEN, BOTH CYRENIANS AND ALEXANDRIANS; AND SOME FROM CILICIA AND ASIA, ROSE UP AND ARGUED WITH STEPHEN.
    BUT THEY WERE UNABLE TO COPE WITH THE WISDOM AND THE SPIRIT WITH WHICH HE WAS SPEAKING.
    THEN THEY SECRETLY INDUCED MEN TO SAY, "WE HAVE HEARD HIM SPEAK BLASPHEMOUS WORDS AGAINST MOSES AND THEOS."
    AND THEY STIRRED UP THE PEOPLE, THE ELDERS AND THE SCRIBES, AND THEY CAME UP TO HIM AND DRAGGED HIM AWAY AND BROUGHT HIM BEFORE THE SANHEDRIN COUNCIL.
    THEY PUT FORWARD FALSE WITNESSES WHO SAID, "THIS PERSON INCESSANTLY SPEAKS AGAINST THIS HOLY PLACE AND THE LAW;
    FOR WE HAVE HEARD HIM SAY THAT THIS NAZARENE, JESUS, WILL DESTROY THIS PLACE AND CHANGE THE CUSTOMS WHICH MOSES HANDED DOWN TO US."
    AND FIXING THEIR GAZE ON HIM, ALL WHO WERE SITTING IN THE COUNCIL SAW HIS FACE LIKE THE FACE OF AN ANGEL.

Acts 7:51-60      "YOU MEN WHO ARE STIFF NECKED AND UNCIRCUMCISED IN HEART AND EARS ARE ALWAYS RESISTING THE HOLY GHOST; YOU ARE DOING JUST AS YOUR FOREFATHERS DID.
    "WHICH ONE OF THE PROPHETS DID YOUR FOREFATHERS NOT PERSECUTE? THEY MURDERED THOSE WHO HAD PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED THE COMING OF THE RIGHTEOUS ONE, WHOSE BETRAYERS AND MURDERERS YOU HAVE NOW BECOME;
    YOU WHO RECEIVED THE LAW BY DISPOSITION OF ANGELS/MESSENGERS (the prophets), AND yet DID NOT KEEP IT."
    NOW WHEN THEY HEARD THIS, THEY WERE CUT TO THE QUICK, AND THEY GNASHED THEIR TEETH AT HIM.
    BUT BEING FULL OF THE HOLY GHOST, HE GAZED INTENTLY INTO HEAVEN AND SAW THE GLORY OF THEOS (The Alpha & Omega), AND JESUS STANDING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THEOS;
    AND HE SAID, "BEHOLD, I SEE THE HEAVENS OPENED UP AND THE SON OF MANKIND STANDING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THEOS."
    BUT THEY CRIED OUT WITH A LOUD VOICE, AND COVERED THEIR EARS AND RUSHED AT HIM WITH ONE IMPULSE.
    WHEN THEY HAD DRIVEN HIM OUT OF THE CITY, THEY began STONING him; AND THE WITNESSES LAID ASIDE THEIR ROBES AT THE FEET OF A YOUNG MAN NAMED SAULOS.
    THEY WENT ON STONING STEPHEN AS HE CALLED ON THE LORD AND SAID, "LORD JESUS, RECEIVE MY SPIRIT!"
    THEN FALLING ON HIS KNEES, HE CRIED OUT WITH A LOUD VOICE, "LORD, DO NOT HOLD THIS SIN AGAINST THEM!" HAVING SAID THIS, HE FELL ASLEEP.

Acts 9:1-6      NOW SAULOS, STILL BREATHING THREATS AND MURDER AGAINST THE DISCIPLES OF THE LORD, WENT TO THE HIGH PRIEST,
    AND ASKED FOR LETTERS FROM HIM TO THE SYNAGOGUES AT DAMASCUS, SO THAT IF HE FOUND ANY BELONGING TO THE WAY, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, HE MIGHT BRING THEM BOUND TO JERUSALEM.
    AS HE WAS TRAVELING, IT HAPPENED THAT HE WAS APPROACHING DAMASCUS, AND SUDDENLY A LIGHT FROM HEAVEN FLASHED AROUND HIM;
    AND HE FELL TO THE GROUND AND HEARD A VOICE SAYING TO HIM, "SAULOS, SAULOS, WHY ARE YOU PERSECUTING ME?"
    AND HE SAID, "WHO ARE YOU, LORD?" AND HE SAID, "I AM JESUS WHOM YOU ARE PERSECUTING,
    BUT GET UP AND ENTER THE CITY, AND IT WILL BE TOLD YOU WHAT YOU MUST DO."

Acts 12:1-2      NOW ABOUT THAT TIME HEROD THE KING LAID HANDS ON SOME WHO BELONGED TO THE CONGREGATION OF CALLED OUT ONES IN ORDER TO MISTREAT THEM.
    AND HE HAD JAMES THE BROTHER OF JOHN PUT TO DEATH WITH A SWORD.

Acts 12:3-7      WHEN HE SAW THAT IT PLEASED THE JUDEANS, HE PROCEEDED TO ARREST PETER ALSO. NOW IT WAS DURING THE DAYS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD.
    WHEN HE HAD SEIZED HIM, HE PUT HIM IN PRISON, DELIVERING HIM TO FOUR SQUADS OF SOLDIERS TO GUARD HIM, INTENDING AFTER THE PASSOVER TO BRING HIM OUT BEFORE THE PEOPLE.
    SO PETER WAS KEPT IN THE PRISON, BUT PRAYER FOR HIM WAS BEING MADE FERVENTLY BY THE CONGREGATION OF CALLED OUT ONES TO THEOS (The Alpha & Omega).
    ON THE VERY NIGHT WHEN HEROD WAS ABOUT TO BRING HIM FORWARD, PETER WAS SLEEPING BETWEEN TWO SOLDIERS, BOUND WITH TWO CHAINS, AND GUARDS IN FRONT OF THE DOOR WERE WATCHING OVER THE PRISON.
    AND BEHOLD, AN ANGEL OF THE LORD SUDDENLY APPEARED AND A LIGHT SHONE IN THE CELL; AND HE STRUCK PETER'S SIDE AND WOKE HIM UP, SAYING, "GET UP QUICKLY." AND HIS CHAINS FELL OFF HIS HANDS.

Acts 13:50      BUT THE JUDEANS INCITED THE DEVOUT WOMEN OF PROMINENCE AND THE LEADING MEN OF THE CITY, AND INSTIGATED A PERSECUTION AGAINST PAULOS (Paul) AND BARNABAS, AND DROVE THEM OUT OF THEIR DISTRICT.

Romans 6:4-5      THEREFORE WE HAVE BEEN BURIED WITH HIM THROUGH IMMERSION/BAPTISM INTO DEATH, SO THAT AS CHRIST WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD THROUGH THE GLORY OF THE FATHER, SO WE TOO MIGHT WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE.
    FOR IF WE HAVE BECOME UNITED WITH Him IN THE LIKENESS OF HIS DEATH, CERTAINLY WE SHALL ALSO BE in the likeness OF HIS RESURRECTION,

Romans 8:16-18      THE SPIRIT HIMSELF TESTIFIES WITH OUR SPIRIT THAT WE ARE CHILDREN OF THEOS (The Alpha & Omega),
    AND IF CHILDREN, HEIRS ALSO, HEIRS OF THEOS AND FELLOW HEIRS WITH CHRIST, IF INDEED WE SUFFER WITH Him SO THAT WE MAY ALSO BE GLORIFIED with Him.
    FOR I CONSIDER THAT THE SUFFERINGS OF THIS PRESENT TIME ARE NOT WORTHY TO BE COMPARED WITH THE GLORY THAT IS TO BE REVEALED IN US!

Romans 8:34-39      WHO IS THE ONE WHO CONDEMNS? CHRIST JESUS IS HE WHO DIED, YES, RATHER WHO WAS RAISED, WHO IS AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THEOS (The Alpha & Omega), WHO ALSO INTERCEDES FOR US.
    WHO WILL SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF CHRIST? WILL TRIBULATION, OR DISTRESS, OR PERSECUTION, OR FAMINE, OR NAKEDNESS, OR PERIL, OR SWORD?
    JUST AS IT IS WRITTEN, "FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED."
    BUT IN ALL THESE THINGS WE OVERWHELMINGLY CONQUER THROUGH HIM WHO LOVED US.
    FOR I AM CONVINCED THAT NEITHER DEATH, NOR LIFE, NOR ANGELS, NOR PRINCIPALITIES, NOR THINGS PRESENT, NOR THINGS TO COME, NOR POWERS,
    NOR HEIGHT, NOR DEPTH, NOR ANY OTHER CREATED THING, WILL BE ABLE TO SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF THEOS, WHICH IS IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD.

1 Corinthians 4:12-13      AND WE TOIL, WORKING WITH OUR OWN HANDS; WHEN WE ARE SPOKEN AGAINST, WE BLESS; WHEN WE ARE PERSECUTED, WE ENDURE;
    WHEN WE ARE SLANDERED, WE TRY TO CONCILIATE; WE HAVE BECOME AS THE SCUM OF THE WORLD, THE DREGS OF ALL THINGS, even UNTIL NOW.

2 Corinthians 4:8-11      We are AFFLICTED IN EVERY WAY, BUT NOT CRUSHED; PERPLEXED, BUT NOT DESPAIRING;
    PERSECUTED, BUT NOT FORSAKEN; STRUCK DOWN, BUT NOT DESTROYED;
    ALWAYS CARRYING ABOUT IN THE BODY THE DYING OF JESUS, SO THAT THE LIFE OF JESUS ALSO MAY BE MANIFESTED IN OUR BODY.
    FOR WE WHO LIVE ARE CONSTANTLY BEING DELIVERED OVER TO DEATH FOR JESUS' SAKE, SO THAT THE LIFE OF JESUS ALSO MAY BE MANIFESTED IN OUR MORTAL FLESH.

Galatians 1:23-24      BUT ONLY, THEY KEPT HEARING, "HE WHO ONCE PERSECUTED US IS NOW PREACHING THE FAITH WHICH HE ONCE TRIED TO DESTROY."
    AND THEY WERE GLORIFYING THEOS (The Alpha & Omega) BECAUSE OF ME.

Galatians 4:29      BUT AS AT THAT TIME HE WHO WAS BORN ACCORDING TO THE FLESH PERSECUTED HIM who was born ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT, SO IT IS NOW ALSO.

Philippians 1:29      FOR TO YOU IT HAS BEEN GRANTED FOR CHRIST'S SAKE, NOT ONLY TO BELIEVE IN HIM, BUT ALSO TO SUFFER FOR HIS SAKE,

2 Timothy 2:3      SUFFER HARDSHIP WITH me, AS A GOOD SOLDIER OF CHRIST JESUS.

2 Timothy 2:8-9      REMEMBER JESUS, THE CHRIST, RISEN FROM THE DEAD, DESCENDANT OF DAVID, ACCORDING TO MY GOSPEL,
    FOR WHICH I SUFFER HARDSHIP EVEN TO IMPRISONMENT AS A CRIMINAL; BUT THE WORD OF THEOS (The Alpha & Omega) IS NOT IMPRISONED.

2 Timothy 2:12      IF WE ENDURE, WE WILL ALSO REIGN WITH HIM; IF WE DENY HIM, HE ALSO WILL DENY US;

2 Timothy 3:10-12      NOW YOU FOLLOWED MY TEACHING, CONDUCT, PURPOSE, FAITH, PATIENCE, LOVE, PERSEVERANCE,
    PERSECUTIONS, and SUFFERINGS, SUCH AS HAPPENED TO ME AT ANTIOCH, AT ICONIUM and AT LYSTRA; WHAT PERSECUTIONS I ENDURED, AND OUT OF THEM ALL THE LORD RESCUED ME!
    INDEED, ALL WHO DESIRE TO LIVE GODLY IN CHRIST JESUS WILL BE PERSECUTED.

Hebrews 2:18      FOR SINCE HE HIMSELF WAS TEMPTED IN THAT WHICH HE HAS SUFFERED, HE IS ABLE TO COME TO THE AID OF THOSE WHO ARE TEMPTED.

Hebrews 11:36-38      AND OTHERS EXPERIENCED MOCKINGS AND SCOURGINGS, YES, ALSO CHAINS AND IMPRISONMENT.
    THEY WERE STONED, THEY WERE SAWN IN TWO, THEY WERE TEMPTED, THEY WERE PUT TO DEATH WITH THE SWORD; THEY WENT ABOUT IN SHEEPSKINS, IN GOATSKINS, BEING DESTITUTE, AFFLICTED, ILL-TREATED
    OF WHOM THE WORLD WAS NOT WORTHY, WANDERING IN DESERTS AND MOUNTAINS AND CAVES AND HOLES IN THE GROUND.

1 Peter 1:7      SO THAT THE PROOF OF YOUR FAITH, MORE VALUABLE THAN GOLD WHICH IS PERISHABLE, EVEN THOUGH TESTED BY FIRE, MAY BE FOUND TO RESULT IN PRAISE AND GLORY AND HONOUR AT THE APPEARING OF JESUS, THE CHRIST;

1 Peter 2:21-24      FOR YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED FOR THIS PURPOSE, SINCE CHRIST ALSO SUFFERED FOR YOU, LEAVING YOU AN EXAMPLE FOR YOU TO FOLLOW IN HIS STEPS,
    WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH;
    AND WHILE BEING INSULTED, HE DID NOT INSULT IN RETURN; WHILE SUFFERING, HE UTTERED NO THREATS, BUT KEPT ENTRUSTING Himself TO HIM WHO JUDGES RIGHTEOUSLY;
    AND HE HIMSELF BORE OUR SINS IN HIS BODY ON THE TREE, SO THAT WE MIGHT DIE TO SIN AND LIVE TO RIGHTEOUSNESS; FOR BY HIS WOUNDS YOU WERE MADE WHOLE.

1 Peter 3:14, 17      BUT EVEN IF YOU SHOULD SUFFER FOR THE SAKE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, YOU ARE BLESSED. AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED,
    FOR IT IS BETTER, IF THEOS (The Alpha & Omega) SHOULD WILL IT SO, THAT YOU SUFFER FOR DOING WHAT IS RIGHT RATHER THAN FOR DOING WHAT IS WRONG.

1 Peter 4:12-14      BELOVED, DO NOT BE SURPRISED AT THE FIERY ORDEAL AMONG YOU, WHICH COMES UPON YOU FOR YOUR TESTING, AS THOUGH SOME STRANGE THING WERE HAPPENING TO YOU;
    BUT TO THE DEGREE THAT YOU SHARE THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST, KEEP ON REJOICING, SO THAT ALSO AT THE MANIFESTATION OF HIS GLORY YOU MAY REJOICE WITH EXCEEDING JOY.
    IF YOU ARE INSULTED FOR THE NAME OF CHRIST, YOU ARE BLESSED, BECAUSE THE SPIRIT OF GLORY AND OF THEOS (The Alpha & Omega) RESTS ON YOU.

Revelation 2:10      'DO NOT FEAR WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO SUFFER. BEHOLD, THE DEVIL IS ABOUT TO CAST SOME OF YOU INTO PRISON, SO THAT YOU WILL BE TESTED, AND YOU WILL HAVE TRIBULATION FOR TEN DAYS. BE FAITHFUL UNTIL DEATH, AND I WILL GIVE YOU THE CROWN OF LIFE.

Revelation 2:13      'I KNOW WHERE YOU DWELL, WHERE SATAN'S THRONE IS; AND YOU HOLD VERY TIGHT TO MY NAME, AND DID NOT DENY MY FAITH EVEN IN THE DAYS OF ANTIPAS, MY WITNESS, MY FAITHFUL ONE, WHO WAS MURDERED AMONG YOU, WHERE SATAN DWELLS.

Revelation 3:18-21      I ADVISE YOU TO BUY FROM ME GOLD REFINED BY FIRE SO THAT YOU MAY BECOME RICH, AND WHITE GARMENTS SO THAT YOU MAY CLOTHE YOURSELF, AND THE SHAME OF YOUR NAKEDNESS WILL NOT BE REVEALED; AND EYE SALVE TO ANOINT YOUR EYES SO THAT YOU MAY SEE.
    'THOSE WHOM I LOVE, I CONVICT AND DISCIPLINE; THEREFORE BE ZEALOUS AND REPENT.
    'BEHOLD, I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK; IF ANYONE HEARS MY VOICE AND OPENS THE DOOR, I WILL COME IN TO HIM AND WILL DINE WITH HIM, AND HE WITH ME.
    'HE WHO OVERCOMES, I WILL GRANT TO HIM TO SIT DOWN WITH ME ON MY THRONE, AS I ALSO OVERCAME AND SAT DOWN WITH MY FATHER ON HIS THRONE.

Revelation 6:9-11      WHEN THE LAMB BROKE THE FIFTH SEAL, I SAW UNDERNEATH THE ALTAR THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO HAD BEEN SLAIN BECAUSE OF THE WORD OF THE THEOS (Alpha & Omega), AND BECAUSE OF THE TESTIMONY WHICH THEY HAD MAINTAINED;
    AND THEY CRIED OUT WITH A LOUD VOICE, SAYING, "HOW LONG, O LORD, HOLY AND TRUE, WILL YOU REFRAIN FROM JUDGING AND AVENGING OUR BLOOD ON THOSE WHO DWELL ON THE EARTH?"
    AND THERE WAS GIVEN TO EACH OF THEM A WHITE ROBE; AND THEY WERE TOLD THAT THEY SHOULD REST FOR A LITTLE WHILE LONGER, UNTIL THEIR FELLOW SERVANTS AND THEIR BRETHREN WHO WERE TO BE MURDERED EVEN AS THEY HAD BEEN, WOULD BE COMPLETED ALSO.

Revelation 11:3-12      "EMPOWERING MY TWO WITNESSES AND THEY WILL PROPHESY FOR TWELVE HUNDRED AND SIXTY DAYS, CLOTHED IN SACKCLOTH."
    THESE ARE THE TWO OLIVE TREES AND THE TWO LAMP STANDS THAT STAND BEFORE THE LORD OF THE EARTH.
    AND IF ANYONE WANTS TO HARM THEM, FIRE FLOWS OUT OF THEIR MOUTH AND DEVOURS THEIR ENEMIES; SO IF ANYONE WANTS TO HARM THEM, HE MUST BE KILLED IN THIS WAY.
    THESE HAVE THE POWER TO SHUT UP THE SKY, SO THAT RAIN WILL NOT FALL DURING THE DAYS OF THEIR PROPHESYING; AND THEY HAVE POWER OVER THE WATERS TO TURN THEM INTO BLOOD, AND TO STRIKE THE EARTH WITH EVERY PLAGUE, AS OFTEN AS THEY DESIRE.
    WHEN THEY HAVE FINISHED THEIR TESTIMONY, THE EVIL BEAST THAT COMES UP OUT OF THE ABYSS/DEEP WILL MAKE WAR WITH THEM, AND OVERCOME THEM AND MURDER THEM.
    AND THEIR DEAD BODIES will lay IN THE STREET OF THE GREAT CITY WHICH SPIRITUALLY/SYMBOLICALLY IS CALLED SODOM AND EGYPT, WHERE ALSO THEIR LORD WAS IMPALED.
    THOSE FROM THE PEOPLES AND TRIBES AND LANGUAGES AND NATIONS will LOOK AT THEIR DEAD BODIES FOR THREE AND A HALF DAYS, AND WILL NOT PERMIT THEIR DEAD BODIES TO BE LAID IN A TOMB.
    AND THOSE WHO DWELL ON THE EARTH will REJOICE OVER THEM AND CELEBRATE; AND THEY WILL SEND GIFTS TO ONE ANOTHER, BECAUSE THESE TWO PROPHETS TORMENTED THOSE WHO DWELL ON THE EARTH.
    BUT AFTER THE THREE AND A HALF DAYS, THE BREATH OF LIFE FROM THE THEOS (Alpha & Omega) CAME INTO THEM, AND THEY STOOD ON THEIR FEET; AND GREAT FEAR FELL UPON THOSE WHO WERE WATCHING THEM.
    AND THEY HEARD A LOUD VOICE FROM HEAVEN SAYING TO THEM, "COME UP HERE." THEN THEY WENT UP INTO HEAVEN IN THE CLOUD, AND THEIR ENEMIES WATCHED THEM.

Revelation 12:3-6      THEN ANOTHER SIGN APPEARED IN THE SKY. AND BEHOLD, A GREAT RED DRAGON HAVING SEVEN HEADS AND TEN HORNS, AND ON HIS HEADS SEVEN CROWNS.
    AND HIS TAIL SWEPT AWAY A THIRD OF THE STARS OF HEAVEN AND THREW THEM TO THE EARTH. AND THE DRAGON STOOD BEFORE THE WOMAN WHO WAS ABOUT TO GIVE BIRTH, SO THAT WHEN SHE GAVE BIRTH HE MIGHT DEVOUR HER CHILD.
    AND SHE GAVE BIRTH TO A SON, A MALE, WHO IS TO RULE ALL THE NATIONS WITH A ROD OF IRON; AND HER CHILD WAS CAUGHT UP TO THE THEOS (Alpha & Omega) AND TO HIS THRONE.
    THEN THE WOMAN FLED INTO THE DESERT WHERE SHE HAD A PLACE PREPARED BY THE THEOS, SO THAT THERE SHE WOULD BE NOURISHED FOR ONE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY DAYS.

Revelation 12:13      AND WHEN THE DRAGON SAW THAT HE WAS THROWN DOWN TO THE EARTH, HE PERSECUTED THE WOMAN WHO GAVE BIRTH TO THE MALE.

Revelation 13:7      IT WAS ALSO GIVEN TO HIM TO MAKE WAR WITH THE SAINTS AND TO OVERCOME THEM, AND AUTHORITY OVER EVERY TRIBE AND PEOPLE AND TONGUE AND NATION WAS GIVEN TO HIM.

Revelation 14:13      AND I HEARD A VOICE FROM HEAVEN, SAYING, "WRITE, 'BLESSED ARE THE DEAD WHO DIE IN THE LORD FROM NOW ON!'" "YES," SAYS THE SPIRIT, "SO THAT THEY MAY REST FROM THEIR LABOURS, FOR THEIR WORKS FOLLOW WITH THEM."



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