Church History

Evolution of the Early Church (Part 4)

Today we will see part 4 of the video that shows why the early Sabbatarians were persecuted and killed. It is primarily about pagan symbolism that eventually came to be known as Christian. The video is not of very high quality but the content is good. If there is time we will continue reading from How the Cross Became a Sword.

 

As Iíve said before, none of this material is secret. However, you are not likely to hear about it in most main-stream churches. It is important for you to know these things as it explains much about the little flock Jesus talked about and how we can claim to be derived from the time of Christ but not from the Catholic Church. We are the little flock referred to in Luke 12:32.

 

*†† Luke 12:22-40 (NIV)1  " 22  Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23  Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24  Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 26  Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? 27  "Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29  And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30  For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31  But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. 32  "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33  Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 35  "Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36  like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37  It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 38  It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night. 39  But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40  You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him."

 

We are the remnant spoken of in Romans 11:5

*†† Romans 11:1-5 (NIV) 1  I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. 2  God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don't you know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah--how he appealed to God against Israel: 3  "Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me"? 4  And what was God's answer to him? "I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal." 5  So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.

 

We are those that hear the masterís voice.

*†† John 10:25-30 (NIV) 25  Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me, 26  but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27  My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. 29  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. 30  I and the Father are one."

 

We have refused to learn the ways of the pagans.

*†† Jeremiah 10:2-5 (NIV) 2  This is what the LORD says: "Do not learn the ways of the nations (KJV: Heathens) or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them. 3  For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. 4  They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter. 5  Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good."

 

The Bible is a series of stories about living and dying. Do you really believe that?

*†† John 11:23-26 (NIV) 23  Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." 24  Martha answered, "I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day." 25  Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26  and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"

 

Who will you fear?

*†† Matthew 10:27-28 (NIV) 27  What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. 28  Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Letís begin.