Matthew 24:9-14

Matthew 24:9–14 (ASV 1901)

9Then shall they deliver you up unto tribulation, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all the nations for my name’s sake. 10And then shall many stumble, and shall deliver up one another, and shall hate one another. 11And many false prophets shall arise, and shall lead many astray. 12And because iniquity shall be multiplied, the love of the many shall wax cold. 13But he that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved. 14And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a testimony unto all the nations; and then shall the end come.

Scripture Testimony Index stories for this passage

In 1900, Mr. Argento, an Italian missionary with the C.I.M. in Kwangchow was set on fire and left to die by the Boxers. And while his life was eventually spared, he lost his sight and suffered bodily harm. Yet even this close shave with death could not deter him, fired by his burden for unsaved souls; he was determined to to remain useful for God even as a blind man.
Dr. Dwan's decision to jettison idolatry and become a follower of Jesus did not go down well with his family and community at large. He became the target for mindless persecution, yet through it all he clung to his God - never flinching, never doubting.
For accepting Christ and daring to take a stand for him, a believer and his family were subjected to the most cruel forms of torture, starvation, exploitation, stigmatization and imprisonment.
Through a street chapel ministry and tea-shop conversations, the work of God was bearing fruit in a Chinese city. Many came to Christ and a few became successful preachers, although these gains also came with intense persecution.
A certain boy had a reputation for persecuting Christians. During a prayer meeting, Christians prayed for him and he gave his life to Christ. After that, he faced persecution himself and was under intense pressure to revert to his former religion. Yet even to the end of his short life, he never gave in.
Brother Yun, who was used to being beaten in China was faced with a different, more sinister kind of persecution in the West. He cried out to God for strength to forgive and move on.
When Japanese soldiers captured Hsi-Lien, they offered to spare his life and his family's if only he'll become their ammunition carrier. But Hsi-Lien was a Christian, so blatantly, he rejected their offer. And for his refusal to aid them, he was tied to a pole outside his home, and was jeered as his wife and three kids were heinously annihilated.
Alexander, a fourteen year old boy, paid the ultimate price, preferring that to having his father betray their brethren to spare his life.
In an attempt to break his resolve, Vanya was sent to Sverdlovsk for reeducation; there he had to endure the most heinous tortures. But through all of this, Vanya was not broken; instead, he asserted his believe in the supremacy of God's will over the will of his persecutors.
Vanya was sentenced to spend the night in freezing cold as punishment for his belief in Jesus, he turned the time into a prayer session and he was warm up till morning!