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Second Century Persecutions
(Revelation 1.17)
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"When I saw him (Jesus), I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said, 'Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.'" (Revelation 1.17)

Jesus Calms

Church of the TransfigurationAs the Roman government stepped up its second-century persecutions of Christians, the Apostle John in Revelation must have wondered if the church would die out altogether or whether it could survive. When Jesus appeared in glory and splendor, he reassured John, "Do not be afraid" for he and his fellow believers had access to God's strength to face these trials.

Do Not Be Afraid

Jesus Calms the StormWe find a number of other instances in the New Testament when Jesus says to his disciples, "Do not be afraid." On the notoriously rough Sea of Galilee when a combination of strong winds through the surrounding valleys resulted in a fierce storm, Jesus said to John and the other disciples "Do not be afraid." It was recorded in Matthew 14.27, "But Jesus immediately said to them, 'Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid.'"

The Holy I AM Name

MosesAt the Transfiguration of Jesus John was frightened by the presence of Moses and Elijah in an eerie cloud, he was afraid as they entered the cloud. Similarly, the soldiers in the Garden of Gethsemane literally "oil Press" at the foot of the Mount of Olives outside of Jerusalem fell down out of fear when Jesus spoke the holy "I am" name, but Jesus said in both cases, "Do not be afraid."

"Second Century Persecutions"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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