John: To the seven churches in the province of Asia. Grace and peace to you from the One who is, who was, and who is coming; from the seven spirits before His throne;
I know your tribulation and poverty, yet you are rich. [I know] the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.
Don't be afraid of what you are about to suffer. Look, the Devil is about to throw some of you into prison to test you, and you will have tribulation for 10 days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
I said to him, "Sir, you know." Then he told me: These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world."
strengthening the hearts of the disciples by encouraging them to continue in the faith, and by telling them, "It is necessary to pass through many troubles on our way into the kingdom of God."
and if children, also heirs-- heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ-- seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
For I think God has displayed us, the apostles, in last place, like men condemned to die: we have become a spectacle to the world and to angels and to men.
We are fools for Christ, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored!
Up to the present hour we are both hungry and thirsty; we are poorly clothed, roughly treated, homeless;
we labor, working with our own hands. When we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;
when we are slandered, we entreat. We are, even now, like the world's garbage, like the filth of all things.
It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because I have you in my heart, and you are all partners with me in grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and establishment of the gospel.
Still, you did well by sharing with me in my hardship.
So don't be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, or of me His prisoner. Instead, share in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God,
Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
To please the recruiter, no one serving as a soldier gets entangled in the concerns of everyday life.
Also, if anyone competes as an athlete, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
It is the hardworking farmer who ought to be the first to get a share of the crops.
Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
Keep in mind Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descended from David, according to my gospel.
For this I suffer, to the point of being bound like a criminal; but God's message is not bound.
This is why I endure all things for the elect: so that they also may obtain salvation, which is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.
This saying is trustworthy: For if we have died with Him, we will also live with Him;
if we endure, we will also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He will also deny us;
Because you have kept My command to endure, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is going to come over the whole world to test those who live on the earth.
If anyone is destined for captivity, into captivity he goes. If anyone is to be killed with a sword, with a sword he will be killed. Here is the endurance and the faith of the saints.
Here is the endurance of the saints, who keep the commandments of God and the faith in Jesus."
eternal life to those who by patiently doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;
but wrath and indignation to those who are self-seeking and disobey the truth, but are obeying unrighteousness;
And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance,
endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.
But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.
Therefore we ourselves boast about you among God's churches-- about your endurance and faith in all the persecutions and afflictions you endure.
It is a clear evidence of God's righteous judgment that you will be counted worthy of God's kingdom, for which you also are suffering,
May the Lord direct your hearts to God's love and Christ's endurance.
For you need endurance, so that after you have done God's will, you may receive what was promised.
Therefore, brothers, be patient until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth and is patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains.
You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, because the Lord's coming is near.
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who testified to God's word and to the testimony about Jesus Christ, in all he saw.
When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those slaughtered because of God's word and the testimony they had.
When they finish their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, conquer them, and kill them.
They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not love their lives in the face of death.
So the dragon was furious with the woman and left to wage war against the rest of her offspring-- those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony about Jesus.
Then I fell at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, "Don't do that! I am a fellow slave with you and your brothers who have the testimony about Jesus. Worship God, because the testimony about Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."