“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10
Have you been persecuted for the sake of righteousness? Notice Jesus says “for the sake of righteousness”. He’s not saying anyone who’s ever been persecuted will get to Heaven. Those who are persecuted for doing Gods work will be the ones rewarded.
The original Greek word for “Persecute” is “ Dioko” which means to aggressively chase, hunt down, and overtake. We see Christian Persecution on a large scale today. ISIS has murdered and persecuted thousands to millions of Christians all over the world. But we should not live in fear, but take heart, because God knows your suffering and your reward will be the Kingdom of Heaven.
Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years Revelation 20:4
The Bible tells us “The Persecuted” will be resurrected and reign with the King of Kings, Lord Jesus Christ during the millennial reign. Just as Christ has overcome death, we shall also overcome. So don’t live in fear of your faith, be strong and courageous just as God has commanded us
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4
Satan’s time is limited on this Earth. Him and his followers will be looking to devour Gods people like a roaring Lion. However, there will be a day of Redemption. A day when sin and death will exist no more. Hold on during these days of persecution for yours is the King of Heaven in Jesus Name Amen