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The Power of Persecution in learning to live for Jesus
When Jesus is prophesying the impending destruction of Jerusalem, we can see a warning of the same sort given to us. There will be a day of judgment, and for those of us who are in Christ, we can celebrate the approaching kingdom of God. Be vigilant in prayer, and steadfast in your commitment, as the approaching kingdom will be marked by persecution and trials. But know, that as difficulties increase, that Christ will strengthen us through the Spirit, and empower us to be faithful witnesses for God.
Chapter 8 of Daniel was so graphic and traumatizing to Daniel that he fainted and was sick for days. Such was the nature of the suffering that was going to come upon God's people. This chapter deals with the history of the Jews leading up to the Massiah's coming. At the same time it has instruction for God's people of any age who will experience suffering in this world.
Chapter 7 of Daniel deals with Daniel's vision/dream of the 4 future world empires as seen in 4 beasts in his vision. This message deals with the role of prophecy in the Old Testament, in the Bible in general and in the life of believers today. It also examines what God wants to say to us today through prophecies given 2500 years ago.
Paul establishes his credentials to both the Jews and the Romans, but he subordinates them to the person of Jesus. His defense rests on the authority and identity of Christ and his mission.
Persecution is hard to nail down, and even harder to talk about. The biggest problem with persecution is that it does not ultimately take the form of ridicule or mistreatment over good behavior, but that it grows from an assumption that our behavior is actual immoral. Moral shifts in culture are what will ultimately lead to persecution.
At this turning point in Paul's life, he is arrested unjustly for a life of faithful ministry. And in spite of these circumstances, and in spite of any opposition we might endure in our lives as we serve, we are called to look to the Lord.
In John 15:18-16:4 we see that Jesus is preparing his disciples to be hated by the world. The truth is, a servant is not greater than his master and if the world persecutes Jesus, it will persecute those who follow him.
The first 4 churches of Revelation have a theme concerning the need to hold on to the truth originally given to the church. We must aim to hold on to the love and truth of the Gospel in every circumstance that we find ourselves.