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Part 3 of 3

THESE CAN CAUSE YOU TO FALL

84-RELIGIOUS LEADERS

    Most people do not understand that many teachers, preachers, and rabbi are not going to enter heaven. These ministers of Satan look like they are of God. They themselves believe they are of God. Nevertheless, they are leading people to hell. It is written, Mt 23:13-BUT WOE UNTO YOU, SCRIBES AND PHARISEES, HYPOCRITES! FOR YE SHUT UP THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN AGAINST MEN: FOR YE NEITHER GO IN YOURSELVES, NEITHER SUFFER YE THEM THAT ARE ENTERING TO GO IN. Many religious leaders cause people to perish through their deceit.

85-BEWARE OF LEAVEN

    The false doctrine of the religious leaders causes many to fall. False doctrine is like yeast (or leaven); it grows and grows. In the church age we are currently living, false doctrine has become so embedded and interwoven in the teaching, that where truth and deceit begin and leave off, who can tell? It is written, Mk 8:14-21-NOW THE DISCIPLES HAD FORGOTTEN TO TAKE BREAD, NEITHER HAD THEY IN THE SHIP WITH THEM MORE THAN ONE LOAF. AND HE CHARGED THEM, SAYING, TAKE HEED, BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES, AND OF THE LEAVEN OF HEROD. AND THEY REASONED AMONG THEMSELVES, SAYING, IT IS BECAUSE WE HAVE NO BREAD. AND WHEN JESUS KNEW IT, HE SAITH UNTO THEM, WHY REASON YE, BECAUSE YE HAVE NO BREAD? PERCEIVE YE NOT YET, NEITHER UNDERSTAND? HAVE YE YOUR HEART YET HARDENED? HAVING EYES, SEE YE NOT? AND HAVING EARS, HEAR YE NOT? AND DO YE NOT REMEMBER? WHEN I BRAKE THE FIVE LOAVES AMONG FIVE THOUSAND, HOW MANY BASKETS FULL OF FRAGMENTS TOOK YE UP? THEY SAY UNTO HIM, TWELVE. AND WHEN THE SEVEN AMONG FOUR THOUSAND, HOW MANY BASKETS FULL OF FRAGMENTS TOOK YE UP? AND THEY SAID, SEVEN. AND HE SAID UNTO THEM, HOW IS IT THAT YE DO NOT UNDERSTAND? From the good doctrine that Jesus brought forth has come thousands of fragments; thousands of false doctrines have come from the good.
    Mt 16:6-12-THEN JESUS SAID UNTO THEM, TAKE HEED AND BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES AND OF THE SADDUCEES. AND THEY REASONED AMONG THEMSELVES, SAYING, IT IS BECAUSE WE HAVE TAKEN NO BREAD. WHICH WHEN JESUS PERCEIVED, HE SAID UNTO THEM, O YE OF LITTLE FAITH, WHY REASON YE AMONG YOURSELVES, BECAUSE YE HAVE BROUGHT NO BREAD? DO YE YET NOT UNDERSTAND, NEITHER REMEMBER THE FIVE LOAVES OF THE FIVE THOUSAND, AND HOW MANY BASKETS YE TOOK UP? NEITHER THE SEVEN LOAVES OF THE FOUR THOUSAND, AND HOW MANY BASKETS YE TOOK UP? HOW IS IT THAT YE DO NOT UNDERSTAND THAT I SPAKE IT NOT TO YOU CONCERNING BREAD, THAT YE SHOULD BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES AND OF THE SADDUCEES? THEN UNDERSTOOD THEY HOW THAT HE BADE THEM NOT BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN OF BREAD, BUT OF THE DOCTRINE OF THE PHARISEES AND OF THE SADDUCEES.
  
Lk 12:1-IN THE MEAN TIME, WHEN THERE WERE GATHERED TOGETHER AN INNUMERABLE MULTITUDE OF PEOPLE, INSOMUCH THAT THEY TRODE ONE UPON ANOTHER, HE BEGAN TO SAY UNTO HIS DISCIPLES FIRST OF ALL, BEWARE YE OF THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES, WHICH IS HYPOCRISY.

86-BEWARE OF THE SCRIBES

    Mk 12:38-AND HE SAID UNTO THEM IN HIS DOCTRINE, BEWARE OF THE SCRIBES, WHICH LOVE TO GO IN LONG CLOTHING, AND LOVE SALUTATIONS IN THE MARKET PLACES.
    Lk 20:46-BEWARE OF THE SCRIBES, WHICH DESIRE TO WALK IN LONG ROBES, AND LOVE GREETINGS IN THE MARKETS, AND THE HIGHEST SEATS IN THE SYNAGOGUES, AND THE CHIEF ROOMS AT FEASTS.

87-BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS

    Mt 7:15-BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS, WHICH COME TO YOU IN SHEEPíS CLOTHING, BUT INWARDLY THEY ARE RAVENING WOLVES.

88-BEWARE OF MEN

    Mt 10:17-BUT BEWARE OF MEN: FOR THEY WILL DELIVER YOU UP TO THE COUNCILS, AND THEY WILL SCOURGE YOU IN THEIR SYNAGOGUES.

BEWARE

89-THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS: THEY MAKE YOU TO PERISH

    Mt 23:15-WOE UNTO YOU, SCRIBES AND PHARISEES, HYPOCRITES! FOR YE COMPASS SEA AND LAND TO MAKE ONE PROSELYTE; AND WHEN HE IS MADE, YE MAKE HIM TWOFOLD MORE THE CHILD OF HELL THAN YOURSELVES.

90-BEWARE, TAKE HEED

Beware of the traditions of men.
Beware of the Tribulation, lest you go into it.
Ref Phili 3:2-BEWARE OF DOGS.
Ref Phili 3:2-BEWARE OF EVIL WORKERS.
Ref Phili 3:2-BEWARE OF THE CONCISION.
Col 2:8-BEWARE LEST ANY MAN SPOIL YOU THROUGH PHILOSOPHY (which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ-NIV).
Col 2:8-BEWARE...of VAIN DECEIT.
Mk 13:33-TAKE YE HEED, WATCH AND PRAY.
Lk 12:15-BEWARE OF COVETOUSNESS.
2 Pe 3:16,17-Beware, the unstable twist Scriptures.
2 Pe 3:17-BEWARE, LEST you be LED AWAY WITH THE ERROR OF THE WICKED.
Mt 6:1-TAKE HEED...DO NOT YOUR ALMS...TO BE SEEN OF men.
Mt 18:10-TAKE HEED THAT you do not DESPISE...LITTLE ONES.
Mk 13:5-TAKE HEED LEST ANY MAN DECEIVE YOU.
Lk 21:8-TAKE HEED THAT YE BE NOT DECEIVED.
Mt 24:4-TAKE HEED THAT NO MAN DECEIVE YOU.
Gal 5:15-TAKE HEED THAT YE BE NOT CONSUMED ONE OF ANOTHER.
2 Pe 3:17-BEWARE LEST you...FALL.
Ro 11:21-TAKE HEED, LEST HE ALSO SPARE NOT THEE.
1 Cor 10:12-TAKE HEED LEST you FALL.
Heb 3:12-TAKE HEED...LEST THERE BE IN YOU...UNBELIEF.
Heb 3:12-TAKE HEED...LEST...you depart FROM THE LIVING GOD.
Lk 21:34-TAKE HEED...SURFEITING (overeating).
Lk 21:34-TAKE HEED...regarding the CARES OF THIS LIFE.
Lk 11:35 TAKE HEED...THAT THE LIGHT WHICH IS IN THEE BE NOT DARKNESS.
Mk 4:24-TAKE HEED WHAT YE HEAR.
Lk 8:18-TAKE HEED...HOW YE HEAR.
1 Tim 4:16-TAKE HEED...UNTO THE DOCTRINE; CONTINUE IN THEM.
1 Cor 3:10-TAKE HEED HOW you build.
Col 4:17-TAKE HEED TO THE MINISTRY you have RECEIVED.
Acts 20:28-TAKE HEED...FEED THE CHURCH OF GOD.
Lk 17:3-TAKE HEED...IF THY BROTHER TRESPASS AGAINST THEE, REBUKE HIM; but if he repents, FORGIVE HIM.
Mk 13:23-TAKE...HEED...I HAVE told you before.
Mk 13:9-TAKE HEED...THEY SHALL DELIVER YOU UP.
1 Cor 8:9-
TAKE HEED LEST...your LIBERTY... BECOME A STUMBLING BLOCK TO OTHERS.

91-AFRAID OR FEAR

    A born-again Christian may become afraid and begin to fall if he focuses on his circumstances and gets his eyes off Jesus, Who is his trust. It is written, Mt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hile Peterís eyes were on Jesus, he did not sink, but when he got his eyes off Jesus and on the situation at hand, he began to sink.

AFRAID OF WHAT MAY HAPPEN:

92-JESUS WAS NOT AFRAID

    Mk 14:36-AND HE (Jesus) SAID, ABBA, FATHER, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE UNTO THEE; TAKE AWAY THIS CUP FROM ME: NEVERTHELESS, NOT WHAT I WILL, BUT WHAT THOU WILT. Jesus obeyed His Father.
    Lk 22:41,42-AND HE WAS WITHDRAWN FROM THEM ABOUT A STONEíS CAST, AND KNEELED DOWN, AND PRAYED, SAYING, FATHER, IF THOU BE WILLING, REMOVE THIS CUP FROM ME: NEVERTHELESS, NOT MY WILL, BUT THINE, BE DONE.
    Mt 26:37,39-AND HE TOOK WITH HIM PETER AND THE TWO SONS OF ZEBEDEE, AND BEGAN TO BE SORROWFUL AND VERY HEAVY. AND HE WENT A LITTLE FURTHER, AND FELL ON HIS FACE, AND PRAYED, SAYING, O MY FATHER, IF IT BE POSSIBLE, LET THIS CUP PASS FROM ME: NEVERTHELESS, NOT AS I WILL, BUT AS THOU WILT.

93-THE DISCIPLES WERE AFRAID

    Even though the disciples were with Jesus, they were afraid. Nevertheless, their fear did not stop them. It is written, Mk 10:32-AND THEY WERE IN THE WAY GOING UP TO JERUSALEM; AND JESUS WENT BEFORE THEM: AND THEY WERE AMAZED; AND AS THEY FOLLOWED, THEY WERE AFRAID. AND HE TOOK AGAIN THE TWELVE, AND BEGAN TO TELL THEM WHAT THINGS SHOULD HAPPEN UNTO HIM.
    The unprofitable servant was afraid. His fear caused him to be unprofitable in serving God. It is written, Mt 25:26-AND I WAS AFRAID, AND WENT AND HID THY TALENT IN THE EARTH: LO, THERE THOU HAST THAT IS THINE. Ref Lk 19:21.

PEOPLE CAN MAKE YOU AFRAID

94-PETER FEARED AND DENIED JESUS

    People and circumstances can make a Christian afraid. It is written, Mt 26:58,69-75-BUT PETER FOLLOWED HIM AFAR OFF UNTO THE HIGH PRIESTíS PALACE, AND WENT IN, AND SAT WITH THE SERVANTS, TO SEE THE END. NOW PETER SAT WITHOUT IN THE PALACE: AND A DAMSEL CAME UNTO HIM, SAYING, THOU ALSO WAST WITH JESUS OF GALILEE. BUT HE DENIED BEFORE THEM ALL, SAYING, I KNOW NOT WHAT THOU SAYEST. AND WHEN HE WAS GONE OUT INTO THE PORCH, ANOTHER MAID SAW HIM, AND SAID UNTO THEM THAT WERE THERE, THIS FELLOW WAS ALSO WITH JESUS OF NAZARETH. AND AGAIN HE DENIED WITH AN OATH, I DO NOT KNOW THE MAN. AND AFTER A WHILE CAME UNTO HIM THEY THAT STOOD BY, AND SAID TO PETER, SURELY THOU ALSO ART ONE OF THEM; FOR THY SPEECH BEWRAYETH THEE. THEN BEGAN HE TO CURSE AND TO SWEAR, SAYING, I KNOW NOT THE MAN. AND IMMEDIATELY THE COCK CREW. AND PETER REMEMBERED THE WORD OF JESUS, WHICH SAID UNTO HIM, BEFORE THE COCK CROW, THOU SHALT DENY ME THRICE. AND HE WENT OUT, AND WEPT BITTERLY. Also ref Lk 22:55-62; Jn 18:16-18,25-27.

95-PARENTS AFRAID TO CONFESS JESUS

    The blind man had been healed. However, his mother and father feared to say it was Jesus, because they could be put out of the synagogue. Therefore, they said, "Ask him." It is written, Jn 9:20-22-HIS PARENTS ANSWERED THEM AND SAID, WE KNOW THAT THIS IS OUR SON, AND THAT HE WAS BORN BLIND: BUT BY WHAT MEANS HE NOW SEETH, WE KNOW NOT; OR WHO HATH OPENED HIS EYES, WE KNOW NOT: HE IS OF AGE; ASK HIM: HE SHALL SPEAK FOR HIMSELF. THESE WORDS SPAKE HIS PARENTS, BECAUSE THEY FEARED THE JEWS: FOR THE JEWS HAD AGREED ALREADY, THAT IF ANY MAN DID CONFESS THAT HE WAS CHRIST, HE SHOULD BE PUT OUT OF THE SYNAGOGUE.

96-NOT CONFESS BECAUSE OF FEAR

    Some people perish because they are afraid to confess Jesus. They deny Him because of fear. It is written, Jn 12:42,43-NEVERTHELESS AMONG THE CHIEF RULERS ALSO MANY BELIEVED ON HIM; BUT BECAUSE OF THE PHARISEES THEY DID NOT CONFESS HIM, LEST THEY SHOULD BE PUT OUT OF THE SYNAGOGUE: FOR THEY LOVED THE PRAISE OF MEN MORE THAN THE PRAISE OF GOD.

97-AFRAID TO ASK YOUR TEACHER

    The disciples did not understand what Jesus said. They were afraid to ask. It is written, Lk 9:45-BUT THEY UNDERSTOOD NOT THIS SAYING, AND IT WAS HID FROM THEM, THAT THEY PERCEIVED IT NOT: AND THEY FEARED TO ASK HIM OF THAT SAYING.
    Mk 9:31,32-FOR HE TAUGHT HIS DISCIPLES, AND SAID UNTO THEM, THE SON OF MAN IS DELIVERED INTO THE HANDS OF MEN, AND THEY SHALL KILL HIM; AND AFTER THAT HE IS KILLED, HE SHALL RISE THE THIRD DAY. BUT THEY UNDERSTOOD NOT THAT SAYING, AND WERE AFRAID TO ASK HIM.

DOUBTS: BORN-AGAIN PEOPLE

98-THE DISCIPLES: SOME DOUBTED

    Because of events that are happening, a person may have doubts. This sometimes may be due to a lack of understanding. It is written, Mt 28:17-AND WHEN THEY SAW HIM, THEY WORSHIPPED HIM: BUT SOME DOUBTED.
    Mt 28:16,17-THEN THE ELEVEN DISCIPLES WENT AWAY INTO GALILEE, INTO A MOUNTAIN WHERE JESUS HAD APPOINTED THEM. AND WHEN THEY SAW HIM, THEY WORSHIPPED HIM: BUT SOME DOUBTED.
    Jn 20:24,25-BUT THOMAS, ONE OF THE TWELVE, CALLED DIDYMUS, WAS NOT WITH THEM WHEN JESUS CAME. THE OTHER DISCIPLES THEREFORE SAID UNTO HIM, WE HAVE SEEN THE LORD. BUT HE SAID UNTO THEM, EXCEPT I SHALL SEE IN HIS HANDS THE PRINT OF THE NAILS, AND PUT MY FINGER INTO THE PRINT OF THE NAILS, AND THRUST MY HAND INTO HIS SIDE, I WILL NOT BELIEVE.

99-JOHN THE BAPTIST HAD DOUBTS

    Lk 7:18-23-AND THE DISCIPLES OF JOHN SHEWED HIM OF ALL THESE THINGS. AND JOHN CALLING UNTO HIM TWO OF HIS DISCIPLES SENT THEM TO JESUS, SAYING, ART THOU HE THAT SHOULD COME? OR LOOK WE FOR ANOTHER? WHEN THE MEN WERE COME UNTO HIM, THEY SAID, JOHN BAPTIST HATH SENT US UNTO THEE, SAYING, ART THOU HE THAT SHOULD COME? OR LOOK WE FOR ANOTHER? AND IN THAT SAME HOUR HE CURED MANY OF THEIR INFIRMITIES AND PLAGUES, AND OF EVIL SPIRITS; AND UNTO MANY THAT WERE BLIND HE GAVE SIGHT. THEN JESUS ANSWERING SAID UNTO THEM, GO YOUR WAY, AND TELL JOHN WHAT THINGS YE HAVE SEEN AND HEARD; HOW THAT THE BLIND SEE, THE LAME WALK, THE LEPERS ARE CLEANSED, THE DEAF HEAR, THE DEAD ARE RAISED, TO THE POOR THE GOSPEL IS PREACHED. AND BLESSED IS HE, WHOSOEVER SHALL NOT BE OFFENDED IN ME. Also ref Mt 11:2-6.

100-MEETINGS AGAINST YOU

    As a follower of Jesus, there may be meetings held about you behind your back. These meetings may be on how to stop you from serving God, or how to overthrow your faith, or even how to kill you. It is written, Mk 3:6-AND THE PHARISEES WENT FORTH, AND STRAIGHTWAY TOOK COUNSEL WITH THE HERODIANS AGAINST HIM, HOW THEY MIGHT DESTROY HIM.
    Mt 27:1-WHEN THE MORNING WAS COME, ALL THE CHIEF PRIESTS AND ELDERS OF THE PEOPLE TOOK COUNSEL AGAINST JESUS TO PUT HIM TO DEATH.
    Mt 22:15-THEN WENT THE PHARISEES, AND TOOK COUNSEL HOW THEY MIGHT ENTANGLE HIM IN HIS TALK.
    Jn 11:53-THEN FROM THAT DAY FORTH THEY TOOK COUNSEL TOGETHER FOR TO PUT HIM TO DEATH.
    Mt 26:14-16-THEN ONE OF THE TWELVE, CALLED JUDAS ISCARIOT, WENT UNTO THE CHIEF PRIESTS, AND SAID UNTO THEM, WHAT WILL YE GIVE ME, AND I WILL DELIVER HIM UNTO YOU? AND THEY COVENANTED WITH HIM FOR THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER. AND FROM THAT TIME HE SOUGHT OPPORTUNITY TO BETRAY HIM.
    Mt 26:3-THEN ASSEMBLED TOGETHER THE CHIEF PRIESTS, AND THE SCRIBES, AND THE ELDERS OF THE PEOPLE, UNTO THE PALACE OF THE HIGH PRIEST, WHO WAS CALLED CAIAPHAS, AND CONSULTED THAT THEY MIGHT TAKE JESUS BY SUBTILTY, AND KILL HIM.
    Mt 12:14-THEN THE PHARISEES WENT OUT, AND HELD A COUNCIL AGAINST HIM, HOW THEY MIGHT DESTROY HIM.
    Mk 3:6-AND THE PHARISEES WENT FORTH, AND STRAIGHTWAY TOOK COUNSEL WITH THE HERODIANS AGAINST HIM, HOW THEY MIGHT DESTROY HIM.
    Mk 15:1-AND STRAIGHTWAY IN THE MORNING THE CHIEF PRIESTS HELD A CONSULTATION WITH THE ELDERS AND SCRIBES AND THE WHOLE COUNCIL, AND BOUND JESUS, AND CARRIED HIM AWAY, AND DELIVERED HIM TO PILATE.
    Jn 11:47-THEN GATHERED THE CHIEF PRIESTS AND THE PHARISEES A COUNCIL, AND SAID, WHAT DO WE? FOR THIS MAN DOETH MANY MIRACLES.
    Jn 11:53-THEN FROM THAT DAY FORTH THEY TOOK COUNSEL TOGETHER FOR TO PUT HIM TO DEATH.

101-PEOPLE MAY FORSAKE YOU

    As a follower of Jesus, you can expect that both professing Christians and other people will turn against you and forsake you. They may tell those who hate you, all about you, including what you do and how you do it, even as Judas forsook Jesus and betrayed Him. It is written, Jn 11:43-47-AND WHEN HE (Jesus) THUS HAD SPOKEN, HE CRIED WITH A LOUD VOICE, LAZARUS, COME FORTH. AND HE THAT WAS DEAD CAME FORTH, BOUND HAND AND FOOT WITH GRAVECLOTHES: AND HIS FACE WAS BOUND ABOUT WITH A NAPKIN. JESUS SAITH UNTO THEM, LOOSE HIM, AND LET HIM GO. THEN MANY OF THE JEWS WHICH CAME TO MARY, AND HAD SEEN THE THINGS WHICH JESUS DID, BELIEVED ON HIM. BUT SOME OF THEM WENT THEIR WAYS TO THE PHARISEES, AND TOLD THEM WHAT THINGS JESUS HAD DONE. THEN GATHERED THE CHIEF PRIESTS AND THE PHARISEES A COUNCIL, AND SAID, WHAT DO WE? FOR THIS MAN DOETH MANY MIRACLES.
    Mt 26:31-35-THEN SAITH JESUS UNTO THEM, ALL YE SHALL BE OFFENDED BECAUSE OF ME THIS NIGHT: FOR IT IS WRITTEN, I WILL SMITE THE SHEPHERD, AND THE SHEEP OF THE FLOCK SHALL BE SCATTERED ABROAD. BUT AFTER I AM RISEN AGAIN, I WILL GO BEFORE YOU INTO GALILEE; PETER ANSWERED AND SAID UNTO HIM, THOUGH ALL MEN SHALL BE OFFENDED BECAUSE OF THEE, YET WILL I NEVER BE OFFENDED. JESUS SAID UNTO HIM, VERILY I SAY UNTO THEE, THAT THIS NIGHT, BEFORE THE COCK CROW, THOU SHALT DENY ME THRICE. PETER SAID UNTO HIM, THOUGH I SHOULD DIE WITH THEE, YET WILL I NOT DENY THEE. LIKEWISE ALSO SAID ALL THE DISCIPLES.
    Mt 26:56-BUT ALL THIS WAS DONE, THAT THE SCRIPTURES OF THE PROPHETS MIGHT BE FULFILLED. THEN ALL THE DISCIPLES FORSOOK HIM, AND FLED.
    Mk 14:50-AND THEY ALL FORSOOK HIM, AND FLED.

YOU MAY BE BETRAYED BY A FRIEND:

102-JUDAS BETRAYED JESUS

    Mk 14:10,11-AND JUDAS ISCARIOT, ONE OF THE TWELVE, WENT UNTO THE CHIEF PRIESTS, TO BETRAY HIM (Jesus) UNTO THEM. AND WHEN THEY HEARD IT, THEY WERE GLAD AND PROMISED TO GIVE HIM MONEY. AND HE SOUGHT HOW HE MIGHT CONVENIENTLY BETRAY HIM.
    Lk 22:6-AND HE PROMISED, AND SOUGHT OPPORTUNITY TO BETRAY HIM UNTO THEM IN THE ABSENCE OF THE MULTITUDE.
    Jn 13:21-WHEN JESUS HAD THUS SAID, HE WAS TROUBLED IN SPIRIT, AND TESTIFIED, AND SAID, VERILY, VERILY, I SAY UNTO YOU, THAT ONE OF YOU SHALL BETRAY ME.
    Jn 6:64-BUT THERE ARE SOME OF YOU THAT BELIEVE NOT. FOR JESUS KNEW FROM THE BEGINNING WHO THEY WERE THAT BELIEVED NOT, AND WHO SHOULD BETRAY HIM.
    Jn 6:71-HE SPAKE OF JUDAS ISCARIOT THE SON OF SIMON: FOR HE IT WAS THAT SHOULD BETRAY HIM, BEING ONE OF THE TWELVE.
    Jn 13:2-AND SUPPER BEING ENDED, THE DEVIL HAVING NOW PUT INTO THE HEART OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, SIMONíS SON, TO BETRAY HIM.
    Also ref-Lk 22:4; Mt 26:16,21; Jn 12:4; 13:11.
    Ps 41:9-YEA, MINE OWN FAMILIAR FRIEND, IN WHOM I TRUSTED, WHICH DID EAT OF MY BREAD, HATH LIFTED UP HIS HEEL AGAINST ME.
    Lk 22:47,48-AND WHILE HE YET SPAKE, BEHOLD A MULTITUDE, AND HE THAT WAS CALLED JUDAS, ONE OF THE TWELVE, WENT BEFORE THEM, AND DREW NEAR UNTO JESUS TO KISS HIM. BUT JESUS SAID UNTO HIM, JUDAS, BETRAYEST THOU THE SON OF MAN WITH A KISS? Judas had brought the enemies of the cross to a secret location.

103-PEOPLE, INCLUDING FRIENDS, AND RELATIVES MAY BETRAY YOU

    From strangers, to born-again brethren, to the most trusted members of your household, these may betray you because you follow Jesus. They may accuse you and even lie about you. Mt 24:10-AND THEN SHALL MANY BE OFFENDED, AND SHALL BETRAY ONE ANOTHER, AND SHALL HATE ONE ANOTHER.
    Mt 10:36-AND A MANíS FOES SHALL BE THEY OF HIS OWN HOUSEHOLD.
    Mt 10:35-FOR I AM COME TO SET A MAN AT VARIANCE AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND THE DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND THE DAUGHTER IN LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER IN LAW.
    Mt 10:21,22-AND THE BROTHER SHALL DELIVER UP THE BROTHER TO DEATH, AND THE FATHER THE CHILD: AND THE CHILDREN SHALL RISE UP AGAINST THEIR PARENTS, AND CAUSE THEM TO BE PUT TO DEATH. AND YE SHALL BE HATED OF ALL MEN FOR MY NAMEíS SAKE: BUT HE THAT ENDURETH TO THE END SHALL BE SAVED.
    Lk 21:16-AND YE SHALL BE BETRAYED BOTH BY PARENTS, AND BRETHREN, AND KINSFOLKS, AND FRIENDS; AND SOME OF YOU SHALL THEY CAUSE TO BE PUT TO DEATH.
    Mk 13:12-NOW THE BROTHER SHALL BETRAY THE BROTHER TO DEATH, AND THE FATHER THE SON; AND CHILDREN SHALL RISE UP AGAINST THEIR PARENTS, AND SHALL CAUSE THEM TO BE PUT TO DEATH.

104-SUMMARY OF WHO MAY BETRAY YOU

105-YOU MAY BE ARRESTED, HANDCUFFED, OR TIED UP

    A follower of Jesus may be arrested even as Jesus was arrested. Jesus had done no wrong, yet He was condemned and crucified. It is written, Mt 26:46,47,50,55,57-RISE, LET US BE GOING: BEHOLD, HE IS AT HAND THAT DOTH BETRAY ME. AND WHILE HE YET SPAKE, LO, JUDAS, ONE OF THE TWELVE, CAME, AND WITH HIM A GREAT MULTITUDE WITH SWORDS AND STAVES, FROM THE CHIEF PRIESTS AND ELDERS OF THE PEOPLE. AND JESUS SAID UNTO HIM, FRIEND, WHEREFORE ART THOU COME? THEN CAME THEY, AND LAID HANDS ON JESUS, AND TOOK HIM. IN THAT SAME HOUR SAID JESUS TO THE MULTITUDES, ARE YE COME OUT AS AGAINST A THIEF WITH SWORDS AND STAVES FOR TO TAKE ME? I SAT DAILY WITH YOU TEACHING IN THE TEMPLE, AND YE LAID NO HOLD ON ME. AND THEY THAT HAD LAID HOLD ON JESUS LED HIM AWAY TO CAIAPHAS THE HIGH PRIEST, WHERE THE SCRIBES AND THE ELDERS WERE ASSEMBLED.
    Mk 15:1-AND STRAIGHTWAY IN THE MORNING THE CHIEF PRIESTS HELD A CONSULTATION WITH THE ELDERS AND SCRIBES AND THE WHOLE COUNCIL, AND BOUND JESUS, AND CARRIED HIM AWAY, AND DELIVERED HIM TO PILATE. Ref Jn 18:12,24; Mt 27:2; Mk 14:46.
    John the Baptist had done no wrong. He testified the truth. For this he was condemned. It is written, Mt 14:3,4-FOR HEROD HAD LAID HOLD ON JOHN, AND BOUND HIM, AND PUT HIM IN PRISON FOR HERODIASí SAKE, HIS BROTHER PHILIPíS WIFE. FOR JOHN SAID UNTO HIM, IT IS NOT LAWFUL FOR THEE TO HAVE HER.

106-YOU MAY BE BROUGHT BEFORE COURTS OF LAW AND OFFICIALS

    A follower of Jesus may be brought before courts of law, or government officials, or others. They may be condemned even though they have done no wrong. It is written:
    Lk 21:12-BUT BEFORE ALL THESE, THEY SHALL LAY THEIR HANDS ON YOU, AND PERSECUTE YOU, DELIVERING YOU UP TO THE SYNAGOGUES, AND INTO PRISONS, BEING BROUGHT BEFORE KINGS AND RULERS FOR MY NAMEíS SAKE.
    Mt 10:17-19-BUT BEWARE OF MEN: FOR THEY WILL DELIVER YOU UP TO THE COUNCILS, AND THEY WILL SCOURGE YOU IN THEIR SYNAGOGUES; AND YE SHALL BE BROUGHT BEFORE GOVERNORS AND KINGS FOR MY SAKE, FOR A TESTIMONY AGAINST THEM AND THE GENTILES. BUT WHEN THEY DELIVER YOU UP, TAKE NO THOUGHT HOW OR WHAT YE SHALL SPEAK: FOR IT SHALL BE GIVEN YOU IN THAT SAME HOUR WHAT YE SHALL SPEAK.
    Mk 13:9-BUT TAKE HEED TO YOURSELVES: FOR THEY SHALL DELIVER YOU UP TO COUNCILS; AND IN THE SYNAGOGUES YE SHALL BE BEATEN: AND YE SHALL BE BROUGHT BEFORE RULERS AND KINGS FOR MY SAKE, FOR A TESTIMONY AGAINST THEM.
    Lk 12:11-AND WHEN THEY BRING YOU UNTO THE SYNAGOGUES, AND UNTO MAGISTRATES, AND POWERS, TAKE YE NO THOUGHT HOW OR WHAT THING YE SHALL ANSWER, OR WHAT YE SHALL SAY.

    Mk 10:33-SAYING, BEHOLD, WE GO UP TO JERUSALEM; AND THE SON OF MAN SHALL BE DELIVERED UNTO THE CHIEF PRIESTS, AND UNTO THE SCRIBES; AND THEY SHALL CONDEMN HIM TO DEATH, AND SHALL DELIVER HIM TO THE GENTILES.
    Mt 26:59-NOW THE CHIEF PRIESTS, AND ELDERS, AND ALL THE COUNCIL, SOUGHT FALSE WITNESS AGAINST JESUS, TO PUT HIM TO DEATH.
    Mt 26:57-AND THEY THAT HAD LAID HOLD ON JESUS LED HIM AWAY TO CAIAPHAS THE HIGH PRIEST, WHERE THE SCRIBES AND THE ELDERS WERE ASSEMBLED.
    Mt 27:2-AND WHEN THEY HAD BOUND HIM, THEY LED HIM AWAY, AND DELIVERED HIM TO PONTIUS PILATE THE GOVERNOR.
    Mt 27:11-AND JESUS STOOD BEFORE THE GOVERNOR: AND THE GOVERNOR ASKED HIM, SAYING, ART THOU THE KING OF THE JEWS? AND JESUS SAID UNTO HIM, THOU SAYEST.
    Lk 23:1-AND THE WHOLE MULTITUDE OF THEM AROSE, AND LED HIM (Jesus) UNTO PILATE.
    Jn 18:29-PILATE THEN WENT OUT UNTO THEM, AND SAID, WHAT ACCUSATION BRING YE AGAINST THIS MAN?
    Lk 23:7-AND AS SOON AS HE KNEW THAT HE BELONGED UNTO HERODíS JURISDICTION, HE SENT HIM TO HEROD, WHO HIMSELF ALSO WAS AT JERUSALEM AT THAT TIME.
    Lk 23:23-25-AND THEY WERE INSTANT WITH LOUD VOICES, REQUIRING THAT HE MIGHT BE CRUCIFIED. AND THE VOICES OF THEM AND OF THE CHIEF PRIESTS PREVAILED. AND PILATE GAVE SENTENCE THAT IT SHOULD BE AS THEY REQUIRED. AND HE RELEASED UNTO THEM HIM THAT FOR SEDITION AND MURDER WAS CAST INTO PRISON, WHOM THEY HAD DESIRED; BUT HE DELIVERED JESUS TO THEIR WILL.

107-FALSE WITNESSES MAY LIE AGAINST YOU

    When a Christian has to go to court or before other officials, false witnesses may rise up against him and accuse him of things he knows nothing about or they may distort facts. It is written, Mt 26:59-62-NOW THE CHIEF PRIESTS, AND ELDERS, AND ALL THE COUNCIL, SOUGHT FALSE WITNESS AGAINST JESUS, TO PUT HIM TO DEATH; BUT FOUND NONE: YEA, THOUGH MANY FALSE WITNESSES CAME, YET FOUND THEY NONE. AT THE LAST CAME TWO FALSE WITNESSES, AND SAID, THIS FELLOW SAID, I AM ABLE TO DESTROY THE TEMPLE OF GOD, AND TO BUILD IT IN THREE DAYS. AND THE HIGH PRIEST AROSE, AND SAID UNTO HIM, ANSWEREST THOU NOTHING? WHAT IS IT WHICH THESE WITNESS AGAINST THEE?
    Mt 27:12-AND WHEN HE WAS ACCUSED OF THE CHIEF PRIESTS AND ELDERS, HE ANSWERED NOTHING.
    Mk 15:3-AND THE CHIEF PRIESTS ACCUSED HIM OF MANY THINGS; BUT HE ANSWERED NOTHING.
    Lk 23:2-AND THEY BEGAN TO ACCUSE HIM, SAYING, WE FOUND THIS FELLOW PERVERTING THE NATION, AND FORBIDDING TO GIVE TRIBUTE TO CAESAR, SAYING THAT HE HIMSELF IS CHRIST A KING.

108-OFFICIALS MAY BRIBE PEOPLE TO LIE

    Certain people in important positions may bribe others to lie and testify against a born-again Christian. They may threaten people to lie about a born-again person, and if they refuse, they may even come against that person also. It is written, Mt 28:12-15-AND WHEN THEY WERE ASSEMBLED WITH THE ELDERS, AND HAD TAKEN COUNSEL, THEY GAVE LARGE MONEY UNTO THE SOLDIERS, SAYING, SAY YE, HIS DISCIPLES CAME BY NIGHT, AND STOLE HIM AWAY WHILE WE SLEPT. AND IF THIS COME TO THE GOVERNOR'S EARS, WE WILL PERSUADE HIM, AND SECURE YOU. SO THEY TOOK THE MONEY, AND DID AS THEY WERE TAUGHT: AND THIS SAYING IS COMMONLY REPORTED AMONG THE JEWS UNTIL THIS DAY.

109-JURIES MAY NOT BELIEVE THE TRUTH

    When a born-again Christian is tried, the jury may not believe the truth. It is written, Mt 26:63-66-BUT JESUS HELD HIS PEACE. AND THE HIGH PRIEST ANSWERED AND SAID UNTO HIM, I ADJURE THEE BY THE LIVING GOD, THAT THOU TELL US WHETHER THOU BE THE CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD. JESUS SAITH UNTO HIM, THOU HAST SAID: NEVERTHELESS I SAY UNTO YOU, HEREAFTER SHALL YE SEE THE SON OF MAN SITTING ON THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, AND COMING IN THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN. THEN THE HIGH PRIEST RENT HIS CLOTHES, SAYING, HE HATH SPOKEN BLASPHEMY; WHAT FURTHER NEED HAVE WE OF WITNESSES? BEHOLD, NOW YE HAVE HEARD HIS BLASPHEMY. WHAT THINK YE? THEY ANSWERED AND SAID, HE IS GUILTY OF DEATH.
    Jesus had told the truth, but He was condemned. He was not believed.

110-A BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIAN MAY BE BRUTALLY MISTREATED

    Born-again Christians may be brutally beaten, mocked and spit upon. It is written, Mt 26:67,68-THEN DID THEY SPIT IN HIS FACE, AND BUFFETED HIM; AND OTHERS SMOTE HIM WITH THE PALMS OF THEIR HANDS, SAYING, PROPHESY UNTO US, THOU CHRIST, WHO IS HE THAT SMOTE THEE?

111-A CHRISTIAN MAY BE PUT IN PRISON

    A born-again Christian may be put in prison. It is written, Mk 1:14-NOW AFTER THAT JOHN WAS PUT IN PRISON, JESUS CAME INTO GALILEE, PREACHING THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
    Lk 3:20-ADDED YET THIS ABOVE ALL, THAT HE SHUT UP JOHN IN PRISON.

112-A CHRISTIAN MAY BE KILLED

    Christians may be killed for doing Godís will. It is written, Mt 14:10-AND HE SENT, AND BEHEADED JOHN IN THE PRISON.
    Mk 12:1-8-AND HE BEGAN TO SPEAK UNTO THEM BY PARABLES. A CERTAIN MAN PLANTED A VINEYARD, AND SET A HEDGE ABOUT IT, AND DIGGED A PLACE FOR THE WINEVAT, AND BUILT A TOWER, AND LET IT OUT TO HUSBANDMEN, AND WENT INTO A FAR COUNTRY. AND AT THE SEASON HE SENT TO THE HUSBANDMEN A SERVANT, THAT HE MIGHT RECEIVE FROM THE HUSBANDMEN OF THE FRUIT OF THE VINEYARD. AND THEY CAUGHT HIM, AND BEAT HIM, AND SENT HIM AWAY EMPTY. AND AGAIN HE SENT UNTO THEM ANOTHER SERVANT; AND AT HIM THEY CAST STONES, AND WOUNDED HIM IN THE HEAD, AND SENT HIM AWAY SHAMEFULLY HANDLED. AND AGAIN HE SENT ANOTHER; AND HIM THEY KILLED, AND MANY OTHERS; BEATING SOME, AND KILLING SOME. HAVING YET THEREFORE ONE SON, HIS WELLBELOVED, HE SENT HIM ALSO LAST UNTO THEM, SAYING, THEY WILL REVERENCE MY SON. BUT THOSE HUSBANDMEN SAID AMONG THEMSELVES, THIS IS THE HEIR, COME, LET US KILL HIM, AND THE INHERITANCE SHALL BE OURS. AND THEY TOOK HIM, AND KILLED HIM, AND CAST HIM OUT OF THE VINEYARD.
    Mt 23:31-WHEREFORE YE BE WITNESSES UNTO YOURSELVES, THAT YE ARE THE CHILDREN OF THEM WHICH KILLED THE PROPHETS.
    Mt 23:34,35-WHEREFORE, BEHOLD, I SEND UNTO YOU PROPHETS, AND WISE MEN, AND SCRIBES: AND SOME OF THEM YE SHALL KILL AND CRUCIFY; AND SOME OF THEM SHALL YE SCOURGE IN YOUR SYNAGOGUES, AND PERSECUTE THEM FROM CITY TO CITY: THAT UPON YOU MAY COME ALL THE RIGHTEOUS BLOOD SHED UPON THE EARTH, FROM THE BLOOD OF RIGHTEOUS ABEL UNTO THE BLOOD OF ZECHARIAH SON OF BARACHIAS, WHOM YE SLEW BETWEEN THE TEMPLE AND THE ALTAR.
    Mt 24:9-THEN SHALL THEY DELIVER YOU UP TO BE AFFLICTED, AND SHALL KILL YOU: AND YE SHALL BE HATED OF ALL NATIONS FOR MY NAMEíS SAKE.
    Jn 16:2-THEY SHALL PUT YOU OUT OF THE SYNAGOGUES: YEA, THE TIME COMETH, THAT WHOSOEVER KILLETH YOU WILL THINK THAT HE DOETH GOD SERVICE.
    Lk 18:33-AND THEY SHALL SCOURGE HIM, AND PUT HIM TO DEATH; AND THE THIRD DAY HE SHALL RISE AGAIN.
    Mt 20:19-AND SHALL DELIVER HIM TO THE GENTILES TO MOCK, AND TO SCOURGE, AND TO CRUCIFY HIM: AND THE THIRD DAY HE SHALL RISE AGAIN.
    Mt 17:23-AND THEY SHALL KILL HIM, AND THE THIRD DAY HE SHALL BE RAISED AGAIN. AND THEY WERE EXCEEDING SORRY.
    Mt 27:35-AND THEY CRUCIFIED HIM, AND PARTED HIS GARMENTS, CASTING LOTS: THAT IT MIGHT BE FULFILLED WHICH WAS SPOKEN BY THE PROPHET, THEY PARTED MY GARMENTS AMONG THEM, AND UPON MY VESTURE DID THEY CAST LOTS.
    Mk 15:24-AND WHEN THEY HAD CRUCIFIED HIM, THEY PARTED HIS GARMENTS, CASTING LOTS UPON THEM, WHAT EVERY MAN SHOULD TAKE.
    Jn 19:18-WHERE THEY CRUCIFIED HIM, AND TWO OTHER WITH HIM, ON EITHER SIDE ONE, AND JESUS IN THE MIDST.

WHAT THEY MAY DO TO YOU PHYSICALLY:

113-THEY MAY SPIT ON YOU

Mt 26:67
Mt 27:30
Mk 14:65
Mk 10:34
Mk 15:19
Lk 18:32

114-THEY MAY SMITE OR BUFFET YOU

Mt 26:67
Mt 27:30
Lk 6:29
Mk 14:65
Jn 18:22
Jn 19:3

115-YOU MAY BE WHIPPED

Mt 10:17
Mt 23:34
Mt 27:26
Mt 20:19
Jn 19:1
Mk 10:34

116-YOU MAY BE BEATEN

Mt 21:33-35
Lk 20:10
Mk 13:9

117-YOU MAY BE STONED

Mt 21:33-35
Lk 13:34

118-THEY MAY TREAT YOU SPITEFULLY

Mt 22:2-6
Lk 18:32

119-THEY MAY STRIP YOU

Mt 27:28

120-THEY MAY PUT A CROWN OF THORNS ON YOUR HEAD

Mt 27:29
Mk 15:17
Jn 19:2

121-YOU MAY BE WOUNDED

Lk 20:12

122-YOU MAY BE BLINDFOLDED

Lk 22:64

123-YOU MAY HAVE YOUR SIDE PIERCED

Jn 19:34

124-YOU MAY SUFFER VIOLENCE

Mt 11:12

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