James 5:11 (KJV)
Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
We count them happy which endure.
The volume of verses supporting this passage are so numerous that I hesitate to begin to illustrate lest I find no place to end.
The gist of the thought is that those prophets who endured to the end are held in high esteem.
- Their testimony of faith is an encouragement to us.
- Their steadfastness in the face of trial and even death, is a blessing to those who are currently suffering for their faith.
We trust and believe that they are today and forever will be in a place of blessing beside the Lord
Jesus addresses this in the beatitudes.
The Apostles rested upon this in their hours of persecution.
The Word of God explains in Hebrews 12:11 (KJV)
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
While those who endure may not seem to be happy amid distress, afterward, thank God there is an eternal afterward, the fruit of such trouble is more precious than any amount of gold on earth.
 Matthew 5:10-12 (KJV)
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
 Acts 5:41 (KJV)
And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
 1 Peter 1:7 (KJV)
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
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