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MatthewTuesday, Feb 20, 2018
The prophets say that the Messiah will initiate an era of world peace during which “the wolf will dwell with the lamb” and the nations will hammer their swords into plowshares. “Nation will not lift up sword against nation, and...Read This More from Matthew
The Roman government instituted a policy of arresting people suspected of faith in Messiah and interrogating them before a tribunal. If a suspected “Christian” disowned the name of Yeshua and bowed to an idol, the Roman authorities released him or her. If not, the disciple faced a death sentence.
Yeshua knew that the disciples and the generations to come after them would face times of intense persecution. At those times, it might seem as if God had lost control of events or forgotten about them. At times, tribulation or tragedy would be so great that it might appear as if God’s protection had failed.
The Pharisees disagreed about whether or not the wicked would participate in the resurrection, but Yeshua and the apostles taught that God will raise all human beings to face the final judgment. “There shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked” (Acts 24:15).
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