During Jesus’ earthly ministry He warned that during the latter days of the church age many deceivers including modern day Pharisees would rise up against the Christian Brotherhood and their Leader.
“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many…will hate one another.” Matthew 24:9-10
Regardless of the persecution aimed at the Brotherhood; the members will not, in fact cannot, defect or be proselytized.
“…And I give them (members of the Christian Brotherhood) eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.” John 10:28-30
All members of the Christian Brotherhood were recruited by God the Father at the foundation of the world. Members are prepared to give their lives to the cause and their Leader, but will continue to love those who want to kill them.
“…Yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.” John 16:2-3
The above passage describes succinctly the story of the Pharisee Saul.
“Now Saul (a Pharisee of the tribe of Benjamin) was consenting to his (Stephen’s) death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem.” Acts 8:1
God in His great mercy saved Saul, whose name was subsequently changed to Paul, and he served his Lord from the day he was converted. So there is hope for current day Pharisees if they would acknowledge and bow down to Christ.
The Christian Brotherhood is presently experiencing ‘Christophobia’ resulting in great persecution. The Brotherhood, however, is never to seek vengeance on their own. God has said plainly that He will take care of repayment in His timing.
“…since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power…” 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9
This great nation is presently experiencing great unrest. Perhaps it is time for our Christian president to enlighten not only Americans but all the world of the unfair persecution directed towards the Christian Brotherhood. He must surely realize that while such persecution may be politically correct it is not politically expedient. Perhaps also the newly appointed Secretary of State will address the United Nations and boldly proclaim that ‘Christophobia’ will no longer be tolerated.
According to the Bible the whole world will witness the ultimate victory of the Brotherhood when their leader who is also the King of the Jews returns to earth. At that time enemies of both the Brotherhood and national Israel will be soundly defeated.
And lastly, for those who still cling to the myth of separation of church and state, remember the title given Christ upon His return.
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS
After His resurrection, Jesus proclaimed the totality of His authority.
“And Jesus came and spoke to them (His disciples), saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.’” Matthew 28:18
The prophet Isaiah had previously likewise described the scope of authority of the returning Ruler.
“…Your eyes will see Jerusalem…a tabernacle that will not be taken down…But there the majestic LORD will be for us…for the LORD is our Judge, the LORD is our Lawgiver, the LORD is our King.” Isaiah 33:20-22
So even though members of the radical Christian Brotherhood will suffer great and increasing persecution during this age, the gates of hell cannot, and will not, prevail against them and they will dwell with Christ forever.