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And what group is this that are perishing, and why?
    They are the group that God hasn't made Christian yet. The closed minded individuals God has determined that still must suffer through the pains of life as their specific characters are formulated. These are the closed minded individuals-(1Corinthians 1:21,23,25; 2:14; 3:19; Acts 17:18,32; 1Corinthians 1:24)-having little or no interest in things spiritual. They are perishing because they don't yet have the life of the Son -John 5:37-40; 10:10; 20:31.

Proverbs 3:31 "Envy thou not the oppressor-(original Hebrew: 'a man of violence and/or unjust gain' )-and choose none of his ways." The last thing on an oppressor's mind is life after death -Job 15:20 "The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days-(or 'is pained daily' – but, being wicked, doesn't seek a way from it and learns to live with it)-and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor-(he always thinks in the now, seeing only his life as an immediate concern)."
    God looks after oppressors -Psalms 72:4. Oppression of others occurs because what they have is eagerly desired, looked to instead of to God, the Great Sustainer -Proverbs 28:16.

Christ in charge: Isaiah 11:9 "They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea."
Isaiah 9:6-7 "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given and the government shall be upon his shoulder and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth-(the Kingdom will start off on Earth clean)-even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this." 
    Zechariah 14:9 "And the LORD shall be king over all the earth. In that day shall there be one LORD and his name one." Not one of the associated events of Zechariah chapter 14 occurred at the first coming of Christ.

The world-shaking events of around 70 A.D.:
 From-What Happened in 70 A.D.?-by Edward E. Stevens
"No other persecution (including all the Roman ones) ever threatened the existence of Christ’s followers like this Jewish one did. Tertullian even said that the Roman persecutions helped the church grow (“seed of the Kingdom,” Apologies). Eusebius (Book II, chapter 25 and Book III, chapters 5-8) shows that the Jewish persecution was the real threat. And it was empire-wide. There were Jewish communities scattered all over the Roman empire, and Jews who had become Christians on that first Pentecost went back to their communities with the gospel. It didn’t take long for the Christians to make their presence and their difference known. A strong persecution immediately ensued. Paul’s letters and the book of Acts show this constant struggle going on. It got worse as time progressed. When it became known that Gentiles could be saved without circumcision and Law-keeping, and that the temple-sacrifices were no longer binding, the Jewish leaders were incensed. They would stop at nothing to put down this new “blasphemy”.
    "All that they stood for was being trampled under foot by the Christians. This was the persecution which ultimately escalated into the "great tribulation" in which several of the apostles were martyred and exiled. Josephus pinpoints its beginning in AD 63 when Festus died and Ananus II was installed as high priest. The Jews were without a Roman governor for three months. Ananus II took advantage of this opportunity to arrest "James and some of his companions." It was during this three and a half year "great tribulation" (c. A.D. 63-66) that James, Paul and Peter suffered martyrdom, and apostle John was exiled to the island of Patmos, where he wrote the book of Revelation. According to Peter who wrote at this very time, Satan had been released and was "prowling about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour" -1Peter 5:8. Peter knew that his martyrdom was imminent-(2Peter 1:14) since Satan was released and the tribulation was underway. This "tribulation" fell first on the Christians, (1Peter 4:17) and immediately provoked Christ to descend with His angels in A.D. 66 to begin the outpouring of wrath and judgment upon the Jewish nation for three and a half years (A.D. 66-70). In the opening chapter of Revelation, John says, "I, John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos, because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus".
    "In Matthew 24:22, Jesus says that unless that "tribulation”was stopped, none of the "elect" would have been left to tell the story! The destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 put a stop to this threat. It weakened the Jewish people so much that they couldn’t be a threat to the church any longer. They had to concern themselves with their own survival. And, it completely stopped the sacrifices. This was a tremendous help to the Christians. Revelation promised a speedy relief to all this. ....."


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