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The Reward

15 But the righteous live for evermore; their reward also is with the Lord, and the care of them is with the most High.
16 Therefore shall they receive a glorious kingdom, and a beautiful crown from the Lord’s hand: for with his right hand shall he cover them, and with his arm shall he protect them.
Quoting Psalms 2:9
Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
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Breakdown

Two-fold. Some of the elect men will have to die for this truth but they will be raised up first (1 Thessalonians 4:16). the souls of them that were beheaded... The apostles that were put to death 2000 years ago. had not worshipped the beast The Apostles didn't follow the Roman system in their lives before. neither had received his mark The Apostles will not be taking the chip in this life. The image represents the image of the Roman Empire e.g. its laws, legislation, architecture, etc (1 Maccabees 8:13-16). The Roman Empire has been reincarnated today as America.

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