Matthew 23: 34 – 39 (Gospel Reading for Feast of St Stephen on 26th December.
34 Therefore, behold, I send to you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and pursue from town to town,
35 so that there may come upon you all the righteous blood shed upon earth, from the righteous blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.
36 Amen, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.
The Lament over Jerusalem.
37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her young under her wings, but you were unwilling
38 Behold, your house will be abandoned, desolate.
39 I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”
Thoughts on St Stephen:
He was a deacon, to help the apostles with work helping the poor and the widows, etc. He was chosen because of his virtue. He spoke of Christ and His teachings. He was therefore, a threat to the Jewish Pharisees and Sadducees .
He was a threat to them and to their influence on the Jewish people. They hunted him down and stoned him to death. The murderers laid their cloaks at the feet of Saul – an ardent Jew.
The parallels to Christianity today are evident.
True Prophets who speak God’s Word are persecuted: this includes faithful priests and Bishops, who are persecuted, accused falsely and imprisoned; and also the faithful who dare to speak up and challenge the Church Hierarchy on issues of blasphemy and heresy; who dare to ask for Churches to be opened; who dare to ask for Holy Communion on the tongue. Some priests are in hiding, and the faithful are arrested for the crime of doing what Christians do – following their Faith.
Christians are a threat to the elite, and the masonic cults. Christians speak God’s Word and so challenge the power- hold off – the elite.
But we must forgive, as St Stephen did – even as Jesus forgave his persecutors, and pray for them – even as St Stephen did. Our Christian Faith then, may one day convert our persecutors, even as St Paul (Saul) was converted. Some of our enemies may one day, through our example and prayers, become one of Christ’s great disciples ( like Saul -St Paul- did.)
St Matthew’s Gospel and the Pharisees of today
Indeed, Jesus’ Words in St Matthew’s Gospel today (on the feast of St Stephen), “ , I send to you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and pursue from town to town…”
In fact, the most outspoken Archbishop is in hiding, but he still dares to speak out!
As a result Jesus laments over what will now happen: “ … Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you … your house will be abandoned, desolate.” (Matt. 23: 37)
The ‘stoning’ of true prophets is done in various ways, – ridicule, lies, false testimony, priests being sent for “re-education”, faithful priests dismissed from their parishes for daring to obey Church Teachings and promote it, for daring to defend Truth and Morals.
And we can see this happening – bit by bit, Christ’s true Teachings are being altered and abandoned. We have seen many examples since 2013. So too, will the Christian churches be empty of Divine content and true teachings. As a result Jesus laments over what will now happen: “ … Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you … your house will be abandoned, desolate.”
Only one thing is certain: God’s Mercy and Justice will prevail.!
Excerpt from Book of Truth Message 1075 (16 March 2014 @ 6:00pm) :
“…The Book of Truth was foretold to Daniel and then given in parts to John the Evangelist. Much of what is contained in the Book of Revelation is still to unfold….”
“..l.Just as the world was prepared for My First Coming, so also is it now being prepared for My Second Coming. To those who oppose Me, in My Efforts to save souls and who embrace My enemies, know this. You will never defeat the Power of God. You will never destroy the Word. You will never desecrate My Body and be allowed to stay standing.
When the prophecies, which are contained in the Book of Revelation, unfold, you must never despair, for be assured that the Love of God for His children means that He will deal with His enemies harshly and strive to bring all of His children, who recognise Me, His only Son, into His Divine Haven of Peace. And while the enemies of God will steal the souls of many, through a veneer of charm and deceit, many people will pour scorn on the True Word of God.
For those who are blessed with vision, fear not My enemies, but the Wrath of God, as it descends on those who try to steal the souls of those who are none the wiser as to what is taking place.
God’s Love is Almighty and His Allegiance to the survival of every person is infinite. But His Punishment upon His enemies is as fierce as it is final.
Excerpt of Message from God the Father about listening to the prophets ( 26 May 2013 @ 2:45pm) :
“…I send My prophets to remind you of My Infinite Love for every one of My precious children. I also send them to warn you of the obstacles, which will be placed before you by the evil one to take you away from Me. When I reveal these things, it is not to upset you, but to save you and to keep you from harm.
The Truth given to you in My Holy Book, the Bible, is there for you to see. Do not take it and create your own version, for it is not My Desire that you twist the Truth. I promised the world the Book of Truth and I never go back on My Holy Word. This I give you now, so that I can gather My children from the four corners of the Earth. My enemies will try to stop the spread of the contents in the Book of Truth. Do not allow them to distract you, as when this happens souls will be lost to Me.
Be thankful that I, your beloved Father, give you this great Gift, as you will need My Direction, especially now, as the antichrist will now be presented for the world to see. You will, through the Book of Truth, be shown how to protect your souls from the contamination he has planned to inflict upon the world. Every protection is being given to you to help save, not only your own souls, but the souls of billions. …”
See https://missionofsalvation.com/message-0804/ to read the complete message.