KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 25:7 ” And when he was come, the Jews which came down from Jerusalem stood round about, and laid many and grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove.”
In Luke 21:12 the Lord Jesus spoke about how his disciples would be treated before His coming. It reads, Luke 21:12 ” But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake”.
In Paul’s story these Jewish zealots left Jerusalem to go and accuse Paul so he would be killed. The bible said, they laid grievous charges against Paul, but they could not prove it. This is a demonstration of hatred. It is an antichrist spirit which started during the lifetime of our Master and is still in operation.
People under the spell of the spirit of antichrist have said all kinds of lies and abominable things about Jesus. The Frenchman Francois -Marie Arouet known also as Voltaire attacked Christianity so much and even said after his death there would be no bibles and Christianity would be extinct. Surprisingly his own house became a printing press for printing bibles after he died. John Lennon of Beatles fame said he was more popular than Jesus. This man was shot and killed by an unknown assailant.
In recent times some have attacked Christ by saying He was a myth. This is rather amazing. Which myth do you have the people spoken of to be in the story ,to be active people who came to testify of their participation in the story? Apostle Pater wrote 2 Peter 1:16 ” For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. “He said we were eye witnesses of His majesty on that holy mountain. This man died for what he saw, preached and defended. Jesus is never a myth but a man of history. It is the very spirit of the antichrist that has led men to ignorantly attack Him. Every attack or persecution of Christians is a direct attack on the person of Christ. (Acts 9:4)
This antichrist spirit has waged a relentless war by attacking Christians, giving some to lions, burning many at stake, burning bibles, raising abominable teachings, burning churches and what have you? In spite of all these Christianity remains the most populous faith on the earth now. There are about 2.4 billion professing Christians, followed by Islam 1.4 billion. The bible remains the most read book. This antichrist spirit is defeated and will forever be defeated. Dear reader, if you are not born again, then please accept Him today to partake of eternal life and escape eternal damnation. (Read Romans 10:9&10)
Jesus shall reign wherever the sun.
That His successive journeys run.
His kingdom stretches from shore to shore.
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.
Matthew 24:9 ” Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.”
John 8:37 ” I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you”.