Did the apostate Jews personify SATAN/ THE DEVIL?
By Tuese Ahkiong
THE DEVIL THROWS THE SAINTS INTO PRISON
- The Apostate Jews were throwing Christians into jail
“‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of THOSE WHO SAY THAT THEY ARE JEWS AND ARE NOT, BUT ARE A SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN. 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, THE DEVIL IS ABOUT TO THROW SOME OF YOU INTO PRISON, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.’
**Those who said that they were Jews and are not were the apostate Jews who were essentially the synagogue of Satan. Paul, supports this in Romans 2 below.
For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. 29 BUT A JEW IS ONE INWARDLY, AND CIRCUMCISION IS A MATTER OF THE HEART, BY THE SPIRIT, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.
**A Jew is one inwardly who has place faith in Christ. The jew who did not place their faith in Christ were apostate.
Throughout the New Testament who do we see as the enemy of the church, the first persecutor of the church, the ones delivering the saints TO JAIL? The Apostate Jews.
YOU ARE OF YOUR FATHER THE DEVIL, AND YOUR WILL IS TO DO YOUR FATHER'S DESIRES. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
**Christ gives it to the apostate jews and tells them that they are of their father the devil.
But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and PRISONs, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name's sake.
**Yeshua predicts that His disciples/apostles will be put in prison.
The book of Acts gives several examples of the apostate Jews putting Christians in prison. Even Paul when he was Saul put many Christians in prison.
But THE HIGH PRIEST ROSE UP, AND ALL WHO WERE WITH HIM (THAT IS, THE PARTY OF THE SADDUCEES), and filled with jealousy 18 THEY ARRESTED THE APOSTLES AND PUT THEM IN THE PUBLIC PRISON. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the PRISON doors and brought them out, and said,
Now when THE CAPTAIN OF THE TEMPLE AND THE CHIEF PRIESTs heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them, wondering what this would come to. 25 And someone came and told them, “Look! THE MEN WHOM YOU PUT IN PRISON are standing in the temple and teaching the people.” 26 Then the captain with the officers went and brought them, but not by force, for they were afraid of being stoned by the people.
About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church. 2 He killed James the brother of John with the sword, 3 and when he saw that IT PLEASED THE JEWS, HE PROCEEDED TO ARREST PETER ALSO. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread. 4 AND WHEN HE HAD SEIZED HIM, HE PUT HIM IN PRISON, delivering him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people. 5 So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.
9 “I myself was convinced that I ought to do many things in opposing the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10 And I did so in Jerusalem. I NOT ONLY LOCKED UP MANY OF THE SAINTS IN PRISON AFTER RECEIVING AUTHORITY FROM THE CHIEF PRIESTS, BUT WHEN THEY WERE PUT TO DEATH I CAST MY VOTE AGAINST THEM. 11 And I punished them often in all the synagogues and tried to make them blaspheme, and in raging fury against them I persecuted them even to foreign cities.
After three days he called together the local leaders of THE JEWS, and when they had gathered, he said to them, “Brothers, though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, YET I WAS DELIVERED AS A PRISONER FROM JERUSALEM into the hands of the Romans.
The God of peace will soon crush SATAN under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
**How long is soon? Paul says Satan would SOON be crushed under the Roman Christians’ feet in the 1st century. What event in their lifetime would correspond to the crushing of Satan? Jerusalem was crushed in 70 A.D.
you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.
**Satan in this context were the Jews who would punish the man for his evil of sleeping with his father's wife.
So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.
**Paul's thorn in the flesh were the apostate Jews.
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