Jesus Foretells Wars and Persecution

Luke 21

10 Then he said to them, o "Nation will rise against nation, and p kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great q earthquakes, and in various places r famines and pestilences. And there will be s terrors and great t signs from heaven. 12 But before all this u they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to v the synagogues and w prisons, and you x will be brought before y kings and z governors for my name's sake. 13 a This will be your opportunity to bear witness. 14 Settle it therefore in your minds b not to meditate beforehand how to answer, 15 for c I will give you a mouth and d wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or e contradict. 16 You will be delivered up f even by parents and brothers 1 and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. 17 g You will be hated by all for my name's sake. 18 But h not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your i endurance you will gain your lives.

  1. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 15:6
    They were broken in pieces. Nation was crushed by nation and city by city, for God troubled them with every sort of distress.
    Revelation 6:4
    And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.
  2. Cross References
    Isaiah 19:2
    And I will stir up Egyptians against Egyptians, and they will fight, each against another and each against his neighbor, city against city, kingdom against kingdom.
  3. Cross References
    Revelation 6:12
    When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood.
  4. Cross References
    Acts 11:28
    And one of them named Agabus stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world (this took place in the days of Claudius).
    Revelation 6:8
    And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.
  5. Cross References
    Isaiah 19:17
    And the land of Judah will become a terror to the Egyptians. Everyone to whom it is mentioned will fear because of the purpose that the Lord of hosts has purposed against them.
  6. Cross References
    Luke 11:16
    While others, to test him, kept seeking from hi...
    Matthew 16:1
    And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to te...
    Mark 8:11
    The Pharisees came and began to argue with him,...
    Luke 21:25
    And there will be signs in sun and moon and sta...
    Revelation 12:1
    And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman cl...
    Revelation 12:3
    And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a ...
    Revelation 13:13
    It performs great signs, even making fire come ...
    Revelation 15:1
    Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and am...
  7. Cross References
    Luke 21:12 - 17
    But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name's sake.
    Matthew 10:17 - 22
    Beware of men, for they will deliver you over to courts and flog you in their synagogues.
  8. Cross References
    Acts 22:19
    And I said, 'Lord, they themselves know that in one synagogue after another I imprisoned and beat those who believed in you.
    Acts 26:11
    And I punished them often in all the synagogues and tried to make them blaspheme, and in raging fury against them I persecuted them even to foreign cities.
  9. Cross References
    Acts 4:3
    And they arrested them and put them in custody ...
    Acts 5:18
    They arrested the apostles and put them in the ...
    Acts 8:3
    But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering ...
    Acts 12:4
    And when he had seized him, he put him in priso...
    Acts 16:24
    Having received this order, he put them into th...
    Acts 24:27
    When two years had elapsed, Felix was succeeded...
    2 Corinthians 11:23
    Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one ...
  10. Cross References
    Acts 16:19
    But when her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers.
  11. Cross References
    Acts 27:24
    And he said, 'Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.
  12. Cross References
    Acts 17:6
    And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, "These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also.
    Acts 18:12
    But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him before the tribunal.
    Acts 24:1
    And after five days the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and a spokesman, one Tertullus. They laid before the governor their case against Paul.
    Acts 25:6
    After he stayed among them not more than eight or ten days, he went down to Caesarea. And the next day he took his seat on the tribunal and ordered Paul to be brought.
  13. Cross References
    Philippians 1:13 - 14
    So that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.
    Philippians 1:19
    For I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance.
  14. Cross References
    Luke 12:11
    And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say.
  15. Cross References
    Exodus 4:12
    Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.
    Jeremiah 1:9
    Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, "Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.
  16. Cross References
    Acts 6:10
    But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.
  17. Cross References
    Acts 4:14
    But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition.
  18. Cross References
    Luke 12:53
    They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.
    Matthew 10:35
    For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
  19. Cross References
    John 15:18 - 21
    If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.
    Luke 6:22
    Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man!
  20. Cross References
    Luke 21:16
    You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death.
    John 10:28
    I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
    1 Samuel 14:45
    Then the people said to Saul, "Shall Jonathan die, who has worked this great salvation in Israel? Far from it! As the Lord lives, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground, for he has worked with God this day." So the people ransomed Jonathan, so that he did not die.
  21. Cross References
    Romans 5:3
    More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance.
    Matthew 10:22
    And you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
    Matthew 24:13
    But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
    Hebrews 10:36
    For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.
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