Jesus Foretells Wars and Persecution
j Then He said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
"And there will be great k earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.
l "But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and m prisons. n You will be brought before kings and rulers o for My name's sake.
"But p it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony.
q "Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer;
"for I will give you a mouth and wisdom r which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.
s "You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put t some of you to death.
"And u you will be hated by all for My name's sake.
v "But not a hair of your head shall be lost.
"By your patience possess your souls.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood.
But watch out for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues. You will be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them.
They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.
Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening.
And laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison.
So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover.
Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.
So the next day, when Agrippa and Bernice had come with great pomp, and had entered the auditorium with the commanders and the prominent men of the city, at Festus' command Paul was brought in.
1 Peter 2:13
Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake, whether to the king as supreme.
Philippians 1:12 - 14
But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel.
And not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.
2 Thessalonians 1:5
Which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer.
But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak.
But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.
Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say.
And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke.
For son dishonors father, Daughter rises against her mother, Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; A man's enemies are the men of his own household.
Now 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.
And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword.
And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.