“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake." ~Matthew 24:9 NKJV~
Be prepared to pay the price. Jesus said, "pick up your cross and follow me". Our faith in Him and our ultimate reward comes with a price that we must be willing to pay, "even," as Jesus said, "unto death".
"And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold." ~Matthew 24:12 NKJV~
Lawlessness takes many forms, the most conspicuous being corruption in politics and among public servants. Jesus has suggested that many believers will succumb to the enticements of lawlessness due to their weakened or dying love, or faith -- indeed, we see the proof of this today all around us, from the smallest community to the federal government -- prophecy being fulfilled before our eyes.
"But he who endures to the end shall be saved." ~Matthew 24:13 NKJV~
"Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life." ~Revelation 2:10 NKJV~
Faithful -- God calls upon us to trust our eternal destiny to Him and His promises; for those faithful, even unto death, the promise remains that God will give the crown of life.