Intellihub: “The “coming persecution of Christians” has already begun. It is already here. So why is the mainstream media in the United States almost totally silent about this phenomenon?”
Opinion: The early Church grew during persecution. In Acts 5:27-41, “The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. ‘Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.”
Peter’s response was “We must obey God rather than human beings!” to which the teachers of the law ordered them flogged.
The flagrum was a whip with a short handle and generally two or three long thick thongs, each weighted at some distance from their extremity with lead balls or mutton bones. In action, the thongs cut the skin, while the balls or bones created deep contusions.
Hebrew law was strict on this, limiting it to 40 lashes. The Pharisees, in order to make sure that they never broke the law, gave only 39.
Imagine the horror of 39 lashes. And after the flogging “The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.”
And the Church grew during persecution … and it will again.