This is the fifth in a series of seven posts based on Acts 6-7 and the martyrdom of Stephen, exploring if it is a foreshadow of end-time persecution for the Church.
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Close To Heaven
Stephen was being accused by the religious authorities for blasphemy. The crowd turned upon Stephen and they gathered their stones to kill him.
Stephen looked up, full of the Holy Spirit, and gazed into the eyes of Jesus. He was draped in the glory of the transcendent Lord and he knew no fear.
Acts 6:15 ‘All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.
In the very end-times, in the midst of the tribulation, the Church will draw so near to the court-rooms of heaven; the gap between heaven and earth will be so very thin and we will be bathed in God’s holy presence.
Acts 7:54 ‘When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look”, he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
It will be the same for the end-time Church.
Revelation 12:11 ‘They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.’
Our witness will become profound and this will cause the world to cover their ears and yell to drown out the sound of such an anointed gospel message.
Then the stones of persecution will begin to fly.
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