Realization of Prophetic Visions

By Philip Mark Ames

Persecution

Realizing its earthly confinement, the dragon began to persecute the woman who had given birth to the male Child This Occurred When Satanic thinking inspired earthly rulers to persecute those persons whose thoughts were obedient to God. First, King Herod Agrippa mistreated some of the Christians. He even executed the Apostle James with a sword (Acts 12:3-3). This James was the brother of John, the Apostle who received the Revelation. James was the first Apostle to die; his brother John was the last. Persecution of the Christians continued, as is borne out by the remainder of the book of Acts.

In the Revelation, Jesus told John that the Christians would be having ten days of tribulation. (Rev. 2:10, 11 These were the ten periods of Great persecution gated by the Roman Emperors, at the Dragon's behest. The first, under Nero, began in the year 67. The tenth, under Diocletian, began in the year 303. This last and worst persecution ended with an almost incredible event.

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