“You can enter God’s kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way” (Matt 7:13, NLT). “And through your faith, God is protecting you by His power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. So be truly glad. There is a wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine.
“…The Lord has set apart the faithful for Himself…” (Pss 4:3, NRSV). “You belong exclusively to the Lord…” (Deut 14:2, TLB). “He will change you into a holy people…” (Deut 28:9, TLB); and “…the people who know their God shall be strong and do great things” (Dan 11:32, TLB). “Many shall be purified by great trials and persecutions…” (Dan 12:10, TLB); and “those with spiritual understanding will have a wide ministry of teaching...; but they will be in constant danger, many of them dying by fire and sword, or being jailed…” (Dan 11:33, TLB).