If you have suffered a defeat, so did the enemy.  We alternate these vicissitudes among mankind so that Allah may know the true believers and choose martyrs from among you (Allah does not love the evil doers); and that Allah may test the faithful and annihilate the infidels.......

Al-I-Imran    The Imrans  3:140-141



No one dies unless Allah wills.  The term of every life is fixed.  He that desires the reward of this world shall have it, and he that desires the reward of the life to come shall have it also.  We will surely recompense the thankful.

Al-I-Imran    The Imrans  3:145


Those that fled their homes or were expelled from them, and those that suffer persecution for My sake and fought and were slain:  I shall forgive them their sins and admit them to gardens watered by running streams, as a recompense from Allah;  Allah dispenses the richest recompense.  

Al-I-Imran    The Imrans  3:195


Predestined Martyrdom

Say:  “Are you waiting for anything to befall us except victory or martyrdom?  We are waiting for Allah’s scourge to smite you, direct from Him or at our hands.  Wait if you will; we too are waiting.”

At-Touba    Repentance 9:52


True believers

Allah has purchased from the faithful their lives and worldly goods, and in return has promised them the Garden.  They will fight for the cause of Allah, they will slay and be slain.  Such is the true promise which He has made them in the Torah, the Gospel, and the Koran.  And who is more true to his pledge than Allah?  Rejoice then in the bargain you have made.  That is the supreme triumph.


Those that repent and those that serve and praise Him; those that fast and those that kneel and prostrate themselves;  those that enjoin justice, forbid evil, and observe the commandments of Allah shall be richly recompensed.  Proclaim the good tidings to the faithful.

Repentance 9:111  page 145


Judgment day

As for those who after persecution fled their homes and fought and remained constant to the last, your Lord will be forgiving and merciful to them on the day when every soul will come pleading for itself; when every soul will be requited for its deeds.  None shall be wronged.

The Bee 16:110   page 195



He that obeys Allah and the Apostle shall dwell with the prophets and the saints, the martyrs and the righteous men whom Allah has favored.  Gracious companions will be those.

Women 4:67  page 68


(For Koran’s whole work on war and martyrs read:

Al-I-Imran    The Imrans  3:138-195)

This is a declaration to mankind:  a guide and an admonition to the righteous.  Take heart and do not despair.  Have faith and you shall triumph.


If you have suffered a defeat, so did the enemy.  We alternate these vicissitudes among mankind so  that Allah may know the true believers and choose martyrs from among you (Allah does not love the evil doers);  and that Allah may test the faithful and annihilate the infidels.


Did you suppose that you would enter Paradise before Allah has proved the men who fought for Him and endured with fortitude?  You used to wish for death before you met it, and now you have seen what it is like.  Muhammad is no more than an apostle;:  other apostles have passed away before him.  If he die or be slain, will you recant?  He that recants will do no harm to Allah.  But Allah will recompense the thankful.


No one dies unless Allah wills.  The term of every life is fixed.  He that desires the reward of this world shall have it; and he that desires the reward of the life to come shall have it also.  We will surely recompense the thankful.


Many large armies have fought by the side of their prophet.  They were never daunted by what befell them on the path to Allah: they neither weakened nor cringed abjectly.  Allah loves the steadfast.  Their only words were:  “Lord, forgive us our sins and our excesses;  make us firm of foot and give us victory over the unbelievers.”  Therefore Allah gave them the reward of this life, and the glorious recompense of the life to come;  Allah loves the righteous.


Believers, if you yield to the infidels they will drag you back to unbelief and you will return headlong to perdition.  But Allah is your protector.  He is the best of helpers. 


We will put terror into the hearts of the unbelievers.  They serve other deities besides Allah for whom He has revealed no sanction.  The Fire shall be their home;  evil indeed is the dwelling of the evil doers.


Allah fulfilled His pledge to you when, by His leave, you defeated them.  But afterwards you courage failed you;  discord reigned among you and you disobeyed the Apostle after he had brought you within sight of what you wished for.  Some chose this world; others chose the world to come.  He allowed you to be defeated in order to test you.  But now He has forgiven you, for Allah is gracious to the faithful.


Remember how you fled in panic while the Apostle at your rear was calling out to you.  Therefore He paid you back with sorrow for every vexation.  [He has now forgiven you] so that you might not grieve for what you missed or what befell you.  Allah is cognizant of all your actions.


Then after sorrow, He let peace fall upon you – a sleep which overtook some, while others lay troubled by their own fancies, thinking unjust and foolish thoughts about Allah. 


They ask, “Have we any say ion the matter:?”


Say to them: “All is in the hands of Allah.”


They conceal in their minds what they do not disclose to you.


They complain:  “Had we had any say in the matter, we should not have been slain here.”


Say to them, “Had you stayed in your homes, those of you who were destined to be slain would have gone to their graves nevertheless, for it was Allah’s will to test your faith  and courage.  Allah has knowledge of your innermost thoughts.”


Those of you who ran away on the day the two armies met must have been seduced by Satan on account of some evil they had done.  But now Allah has pardoned them;  Allah is forgiving and gracious.


Believers, do not follow the example of the infidels, who say of their brothers when they meet death abroad of in battle:  “Had they stayed with us they would not have died, nor would they have been killed.”  Allah will cause them to regret their words.  It is Allah who ordains life and death.  Allah has knowledge of all your actions.


If you should die or be slain in the cause of Allah, His forgiveness and His mercy would surely be better than all the riches they amass.  If you should die or be slain, before Allah shall you all be gathered.


It was thanks to Allah’s mercy that you dealt so leniently with them.  Had you been cruel or hard hearted, they would have surely deserted you.  Therefore pardon them and implore Allah to forgive them.  Take counsel with them in the conduct of affairs;  and when you are resolved, put your trust in Allah.  Allah loves those that are trustful.


If Allah helps you, none can overcome you.  If He abandons you, who then can help you?  Therefore in Allah let the faithful put their trust.


No prophet would rob his followers; for anyone that steals shall on the Day of Resurrection bring with him that which he has stolen.  Then shall every soul be paid what it has earned:  none shall be wronged.


Can the man who seeks to please Allah be compared to him who has incurred His wrath?  Hell shall be his home, evil is his fate.


Varied are the rewards of Allah.  Allah is cognizant of all their actions.


Allah has surely been gracious to the faithful in sending them an apostle of their own to declare to them His revelations, to purify them, and to instruct them in the Book and in wisdom, for before that they were in monstrous error.


When disaster befell you after you had yourselves inflicted losses twice as heavy, you exclaimed:  “Whose fault was that?”


Say to them:  “It was your own fault.  Allah has poser over all things.  The misfortune which befell you when the two armies met was ordained by Allah, so that He might know the true believers and know the hypocrites.” 


When they were told:  “Come, fight for the cause of Allah and defend yourselves,” they replied:  “If only we could fight, we would surely come with you.”


On that day they were nearer unbelief than faith.  Their words belied their intentions:  but Allah knew their secret thoughts.  Such were the men who, as they sat at home, said of their brothers:  “Had they listened to us, they would not have been slain.”


Say to them:  “Ward off death from yourselves, then, if what you say be true!”


Never think that those who were slain in the cause of Allah are dead.  They are alive, and well provided for by their Lord;  pleased with His gifts and rejoicing that those they left behind, who have not yet joined them, have nothing to fear or to regret; rejoicing in Allah’s grace and bounty.  Allah will not deny the faithful their reward.


As for the men who after their defeat answered the call of Allah and the Apostle, those of them that do what is right and keep from evil shall be richly recompensed.  They are those who, on being told:  “Your enemies have mustered a great force against you:  fear them,” grew more tenacious in their faith and replied:  “Allah’s help is all sufficient for us.  He is the best protector.” 


Thus did they earn Allah’s grace and bounty, and no harm befell them.  For they had striven to please Allah, and Allah’s bounty is infinite.


It is Satan that prompts men to fear his followers.  But have no fear of them.  Fear Me, if you are true believers.  Do not grieve for those that quickly renounce their faith.  In no way will they harm Allah.  Allah intends to give them no share in the hereafter.  Grievous punishment awaits them.


Those that barter their faith for unbelief will in no way harm Allah.  Woeful punishment awaits them. 


Let not the unbelievers think that We prolong their days for their own good.  We give them respite only so that they may commit more grievous sins.  Shameful punishment awaits them. 


It was not Allah’s aim to leave the faithful in their present plight, but only to separate the evil from the good.  Nor was Allah to reveal to you what is hidden.  But Allah chooses those of His apostles whom He will.  Therefore have faith in Allah and His apostles, for if you have faith and guard yourselves against evil, your recompense shall be rich indeed.


Never let those who hoard the wealth which Allah has bestowed on them out of His bounty think it good for them indeed it is an evil thing for them.  The riches they have hoarded shall become their fetters on the Day of Resurrection.  It is Allah who will inherit the heavens and the earth.  Allah is cognizant of all your actions.


Allah has heard the words of those who said:  “Allah is poor, but we are rich.”  Their words We will record, and their slaying of the prophets unjustly.  We shall say:  “Taste now the torment of the Conflagration.  Here is the reward of your misdeeds.  Allah is not unjust to His servants.”


To those that declare:  “Allah has commanded us to believe in no apostle unless he brings down fire to consume an offering.”  say:  “Other apostles before me have come to you with veritable signs and worked the miracle you asked for.  Why did you slay them, if what you say be true?”


If they reject you, other apostles have been rejected before you, although they came with veritable signs, psalms, and light giving Scriptures.


Every soul shall taste death.  You shall receive your rewards only on the Day of Resurrection.  Whoever is spared the Fire and is admitted to Paradise will surely triumph; for the life of this world is nothing but a fleeting vanity.


You shall be sorely tried in the matter of your possessions and your persons, and will hear much that is hurtful from those who were given the Scriptures before you, and from pagans.  But if you endure with fortitude and guard yourselves against evil, you shall surely triumph.


When Allah made a covenant with those to whom the Scriptures were given He said:  “Proclaim these to mankind and do not suppress them.”  But they cast the Scriptures over their backs and sold them for a paltry price.  Evil was their bargain.


Never think that those who rejoice in their in their misdeeds and wish to be praised for what they have not done – never think they will escape the scourge,  A woeful punishment awaits them.


Allah has sovereignty over the heavens and the earth.  Allah has power over all things.


In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are signs for men of sense;  those that remember Allah when standing, sitting, and lying down, and reflect on the creation of the heavens and the earth, saying:  “Lord, You have not created this in vain.    Glory be to You!  Save us from the torment of the Fire.  Lord, those whom You will cast into the Fire you will put to eternal shame:  none will help the evil doers  Lord, we have heard someone calling to the true faith, saying:  “Believe in your Lord.   And we believed.  Lord forgive us our sins and remove from us our evil deeds and make us die with the righteous.  Lord, grant us what You promised through Your apostles, and do not hold us up to shame on the Day of Resurrection.  You never break Your promise


Their Lord answers them, saying:  “I will deny no man or woman among you the reward of their labors.  You are the offspring of one another.”


Those that fled their homes or were expelled from them, and those that suffered persecution for My sake and fought and were slain:  I will forgive them their sins and admit them to gardens watered by running streams, as a recompense from Allah;  Allah dispenses the richest recompense

Al-I-Imrans  The Imrans, 3:138-195


Romans 12:18-21    NKJV

18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. 20 Therefore


"If your enemy is hungry, feed him;

If he is thirsty, give him a drink;

For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head." 


21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


Matthew 10:28    NKJV

28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.


Matthew 16:25  NKJV

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 


Luke 17:33  NKJV

Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.  


Matthew 24:4-13    NKJV

4 And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

9 Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.


Mark 13:12-13    NKJV

12 Now brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 13 And you will be hated by all men for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.


Luke 11:49-50    NKJV

49 Therefore the wisdom of God also said, 'I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute,'


Luke 12:4-6    NKJV

4 "And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!


Acts 6:8-15    NKJV

8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia), disputing with Stephen. 10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke. 11 Then they secretly induced men to say, "We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God." 12 And they stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes; and they came upon him, seized him, and brought him to the council. 13 They also set up false witnesses who said, "This man does not cease to speak blasphemous words against this holy place and the law; 14 for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs which Moses delivered to us." 15 And all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face as the face of an angel.


Acts 7:1-60    NKJV

7:1 Then the high priest said, "Are these things so?"

2 And he said, "Brethren and fathers, listen: The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran, 3 and said to him, 'Get out of your country and from your relatives, and come to a land that I will show you.'  4 Then he came out of the land of the Chaldeans and dwelt in Haran. And from there, when his father was dead, He moved him to this land in which you now dwell. 5 And God gave him no inheritance in it, not even enough to set his foot on. But even when Abraham had no child, He promised to give it to him for a possession, and to his descendants after him. 6 But God spoke in this way: that his descendants would dwell in a foreign land, and that they would bring them into bondage and oppress them four hundred years. 7 'And the nation to whom they will be in bondage I will judge,' said God, 'and after that they shall come out and serve Me in this place.'  8 Then He gave him the covenant of circumcision; and so Abraham begot Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot the twelve patriarchs.

9 "And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him 10 and delivered him out of all his troubles, and gave him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house. 11 Now a famine and great trouble came over all the land of Egypt and Canaan, and our fathers found no sustenance. 12 But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first. 13 And the second time Joseph was made known to his brothers, and Joseph's family became known to the Pharaoh. 14 Then Joseph sent and called his father Jacob and all his relatives to him, seventy-five people. 15 So Jacob went down to Egypt; and he died, he and our fathers. 16 And they were carried back to Shechem and laid in the tomb that Abraham bought for a sum of money from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem.

17 "But when the time of the promise drew near which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt 18 till another king arose who did not know Joseph. 19 This man dealt treacherously with our people, and oppressed our forefathers, making them expose their babies, so that they might not live. 20 At this time Moses was born, and was well pleasing to God; and he was brought up in his father's house for three months. 21 But when he was set out, Pharaoh's daughter took him away and brought him up as her own son. 22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds. 23 Now when he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel. 24 And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended and avenged him who was oppressed, and struck down the Egyptian. 25 For he supposed that his brethren would have understood that God would deliver them by his hand, but they did not understand. 26 And the next day he appeared to two of them as they were fighting, and tried to reconcile them, saying, 'Men, you are brethren; why do you wrong one another?' 27 "But he who did his neighbor wrong pushed him away, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge over us?  28 'Do you want to kill me as you did the Egyptian yesterday?'  29 Then, at this saying, Moses fled and became a dweller in the land of Midian, where he had two sons. 30 And when forty years had passed, an Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire in a bush, in the wilderness of Mount Sinai. 31 When Moses saw it, he marveled at the sight; and as he drew near to observe, the voice of the Lord came to him, 32 saying, 'I am the God of your fathers--the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' And Moses trembled and dared not look. 33 'Then the LORD said to him, "Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.  34 "I have surely seen the oppression of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their groaning and have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you to Egypt." '  35 This Moses whom they rejected, saying, 'Who made you a ruler and a judge?' is the one God sent to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the Angel who appeared to him in the bush. 36 He brought them out, after he had shown wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness forty years.

37 "This is that Moses who said to the children of Israel, 'The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear.'  38 This is he who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the Angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers, the one who received the living oracles to give to us, 39 whom our fathers would not obey, but rejected. And in their hearts they turned back to Egypt, 40 saying to Aaron, 'Make us gods to go before us; as for this Moses who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.'  41 And they made a calf in those days, offered sacrifices to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands. 42 Then God turned and gave them up to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the Prophets:

'Did you offer Me slaughtered animals and sacrifices during forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel? 43 You also took up the tabernacle of Moloch, And the star of your god Remphan, Images which you made to worship; And I will carry you away beyond Babylon.' 

44 "Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as He appointed, instructing Moses to make it according to the pattern that he had seen, 45 which our fathers, having received it in turn, also brought with Joshua into the land possessed by the Gentiles, whom God drove out before the face of our fathers until the days of David, 46 who found favor before God and asked to find a dwelling for the God of Jacob. 47 But Solomon built Him a house. 48 However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says:

49 'Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. What house will you build for Me? says the LORD, Or what is the place of My rest?  50 Has My hand not made all these things?' 

51 "You stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you. 52 Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you now have become the betrayers and murderers, 53 who have received the law by the direction of angels and have not kept it."

54 When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth. 55 But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, 56 and said, "Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!" 57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord; 58 and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." 60 Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do not charge them with this sin." And when he had said this, he fell asleep.


Acts 22:20-21  NKJV

And when the blood of Your martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by consenting to his death, and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.'  "Then He said to me, 'Depart, for I will send you far from here to the Gentiles.' "  


Revelation 2:13-14  NKJV

"I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan's throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.  


Revelation 17:6  NKJV

I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.  


Revelation 6:9-11    NKJV

9 When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" 11 Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.


Revelation 12:7-17    NKJV

7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time."


13 Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. 14 But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. 15 So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. 16 But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. 17 And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.


Revelation 13    NKJV

13:1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. 4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?" 5 And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. 6 Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. 7 It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. 8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear. 10 He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.


11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.


Revelation 14:12-13    NKJV

12 Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. 13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, "Write: 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.' " "Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them."


Revelation 20:4-6    NKJV

4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.


Revelation 7:9-17    NKJV

9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" 11 All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying:

"Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen."

13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, "Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?" 14 And I said to him, "Sir, you know." So he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. 16 They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; 17 for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."


Revelation 21:3-7    NKJV

3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." 5 Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful." 6 And He said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. 7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.


Revelation 21:22-26    NKJV

22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. 24 And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. 25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). 26 And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it.


Revelation 22:1-5   NKJV

22:1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. 4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. 5 There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.


Revelation 22:12-17    NKJV

12 "And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last." 14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. 16 I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star." 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.