This message indeed "seems dangerous:” to tyrants. The message is that, though God permits his witnesses to lose battles, He will win the war through their sacrifices. Herod could not exterminate God by killing all children under age two in Bethlehem; Henry II could not eliminate the people's faith by murdering their archbishop; the Soviet government built roads with stones from the churches they destroyed, and the people knelt by those roads to pray in the snow. In our own day, no government can definitively eliminate worship, because God and the people will find a way. This message is certainly dangerous to tyrants, but in the end, it is good news for tyrants, and for all of us: the love of God will prevail.