What trying experience did Christ then foretell?
"For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor
ever shall be!' Verse 21.
NOTES - In paragraph 4 of his preface to his "Wars of the Jews," Josephus, referring to the
destruction of Jerusalem, says: "The misfortunes of all men, from the beginning of the world, if they be
compared to these of the Jews, are not so considerable." In this terrible calamity, the prophecy of Moses
recorded in Deut. 28:47-53 was literally fulfilled. He said: "Thou shall eat the fruit of your own body, the
flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, . . . in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith your enemies shall
distress thee." For an account of the fulfillment of this, see Josephus's "Wars of the Jews," book 6, chap. 3,
Following the destruction of Jerusalem came the persecution of the early Christians under the
pagan emperors during the first three centuries of the Christian era, that begun under Diocletian in AD.
303, and continuing for ten years (Rev. 2: 10), being the most bitter and extensive persecution of God's
people the world had yet witnessed. Following this came the still greater and more terrible persecution of
the saints during the long centuries of papal supremacy, foretold in Dan. 7: 25 and Rev. 12: 6. All these
tribulations occurred under either pagan or papal Rome.
In order to baptize the eunuch, where did Philip take him?
What witness does the true believer in Christ have that he is accepted of God?
By what means did Herod seek to destroy Christ?
What does the prophet Isaiah, speaking for God through this Spirit of Christ, call the seventhday Sabbath?
How was the faithfulness of this church commended?
What is to be their fate?
Is there danger of believers losing their hold on Christ?
Questions & Answers are from the book Bible Readings for the Home Circle