The Martyrdom of Stephen 2

The Martyrdom of Stephen 2

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Spiritual Wisdom

This is the second 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.

To go to the beginning, to the first post, please click here

Please either listen to the short audio clip above or read the notes below or both at the same time!

This morning we explore the spiritual wisdom of Stephen.

The seven brothers, including Stephen, who were chosen to provide for the widows, were known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom.

Acts 6:5  ‘They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, also Philip, Procurus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to their apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.’

Intense periods of tribulation sharpen the minds and the spiritual perspectives of everyone. The end-time persecution will be a time when foolish indulgences will be put aside and we will be deeply immersed in prayer and intercession.

The lukewarm complacent distractions of the church will be swept away.

Daniel 11:33  ‘Those who are wise will instruct many…’

In the end-times, God will raise up wise souls who will be able to console and instruct many people in these most difficult of times.

Stephen was a humble servant moving in the miraculous.

Acts 6:8  ‘Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, did great wonders and miraculous signs among the people.’

Likewise, the end-time Church will be moving deeply in the miraculous and many will be saved by the genuine signs and wonders that are ministered. However, this will only serve to arouse opposition towards the Church.

Tomorrow we explore the opposition of the religious authorities further.

Thank you for reading this!

  • Revelation 16:1 Painful Sores
    And so we enter into a grim and melancholy chapter. There is little cheer to be found here. Those who have taken the mark of the beast, hoping to find some form of reward or relief, and having surrendered their soul to the worship of the beast in some shape or form, now find themselves reaping a bitter harvest of ugly and painful sores. 
  • Revelation 15:8 Holiness
    Please click image and scroll down to see full picture. Once again, these precious verses remind us that God moves in heavenly righteousness. The seven angels are dressed in robes of perfect holiness and they carry the seven plagues that will purge and cleanse this corrupted world. The temple is filled with the glory of God as He brings perfect holiness and righteousness to bear down on this earth. 
  • Revelation 15:3 A Deeper Understanding
    Please click image to reaf full post and scroll down. If you struggle with the horror of Revelation then you are certainly not alone. The absolute horror reflects the weight of sin that has corrupted man to the core.  But as we embrace these sacred truths, they will bring us deeper, far deeper than ever before, into an understanding of the heart, into an understanding of the perfect holiness of God. 
  • Revelation 15:3 Moses and Jesus
    Please tap image to see full post The mention of both Moses and Jesus the Lamb in the same sentence strengthens the idea that Jesus will be the perfect Moses, who will deliver Israel, imprisoned or exiled by the antichrist and lead them victoriously back to Jerusalem. 
  • Revelation 15:1 Glass and Fire
    The bitterness of martyrdom gives way to eternal celebration. Their victory has always been dependent upon the strength that God provides and this is reflected in the harps given to them by God.  And what a glorious celebration. The enemy has been defeated and the bowls of wrath will bring this evil age to a conclusion. The joy of eternity awaits! 

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