Revelation 1:9 (TEV) I am John, your brother, and as a follower of Jesus I am your partner in patiently enduring the suffering that comes to those who belong to his Kingdom. I was put on the island of Patmos because I had proclaimed God's word and the truth that Jesus revealed.
Psalm 11:2 (HCSB) For look, the wicked string the bow; they put the arrow on the bowstring to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart.
Matthew 5:11-12 (HCSB) 11 “You are blessed when they insult and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of Me. 12 Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Persecution often does in this life, what the last great day will do completely—separate the wheat from the tares. James Milner (d. 1721)