stirred up the whole crowd and laid hands on him,
28 crying out, “Men of Israel, help!
This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against
and this place;
and furthermore he also brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.”
29 (For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)
30 And all the city was disturbed; and the people ran together, seized Paul, and dragged him out of the temple; and immediately the doors were shut.
This persecution mob sounds familiar. Paul had experienced these before in Galatia, Macedonia, and Asia.
This persecution sounds very similar to the persecution in Ephesus. Remember how Demetrius convinced others that Paul was against his silversmiths and against his place, the Temple of Diana. Also remember when the Thessalonians gathered a mob and said to the city leaders that Psul was breaking their laws, “…and these are all acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king—Jesus.”
It doesn’t seem to matter if it was the Greeks or the Jews, they all thought Paul was against the people, their laws, and their place.
I believe this is a lesson to teach Christians how they may be persecuted. Christians are already being persecuted in India, China, and in Islamic countries. The themes of persecution are surely the same. How could persecution come to the West? Probably through the same themes.
People will think we are against them. When we stand for Biblical values, they will see it as we are oppressing them or hating them. But instead we are showing them the most love. We are concerned with their eternal life. We are not telling them hate speech, but we are giving them wonderful words of life.
Our laws are slowly being turned around so that unrighteousness is being made right and lawful. When we speak out and stand against sin, we will be seen as lawbreakers.
They will see us as intolerant. They will see us as trouble makers against their towns, cities, states, and countries. They will remove us from their place and put us in prisons. Christian organizations are reporting Christian imprisonments in China and North Korea. Could it happen in the West?
See below articles of current persecution around the world.
God bless. Bob