|‘Blessed are the
Beheaded in Christ’ ….
|“For Herod feared
John, knowing that he was a just
and holy man, and he protected him. And when he
he was greatly perplexed, but he still liked to
listen to him”.. ref/Mark 6:20.
|From the above
Scripture, it is evident that the prophet John
was a just, holy and respected prisoner, and he
was a ‘burning and shining light’ in the place
‘Immediately the king sent an Executioner and
Commanded his head to be brought. And he went
and beheaded him in prison, brought his head on
a platter and gave it to the girl; and the girl
gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard
of it, they came and took away his corpse and
laid it in a tomb.’ ..ref/Mark 6:27-29 ..
What went wrong? How did the spiritual
teacher of the king so suddenly become a
headless body ready for burial?
The motivator behind this execution was the
Sexually Immoral Adulteress, Herodias, the wife
of the king’s brother, Philip. Read the
story for yourself. Herodias was cut that John
was bold enough to rebuke the king for
committing adultery with Herodias, a married
woman. Therefore, she found a way to take
Revenge on the Holy Prophet.
John set the benchmark
(as all true prophets do and are called to do)
which many of Christ Jesus’ disciples would
esteem to and follow, long after he was gone. It
has been said that in recorded history, more
Christians have been killed for ‘The Faith’ than
the number of deaths from all Wars put
What is clear is that there are Dark Forces
at work, aggressing hard against humanity,
professing Christians and Disciples of Christ
alike. Most of humanity in their ignorance (of
truth) think that we live in a ‘Material World’.
‘And the dragon was Enraged with the
woman, and he went to make war with the rest of
her offspring, who Keep the Commandments of God
and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.’ ..
The Devil and his kingdom are against Christ
Jesus and His followers, and they have been
under attack from the Devil’s Forces for
multiple centuries and it will run on until the
very end, Saint Paul fought this Fight to the
very end and we are to emulate such a Saint,if
we desire to be counted worthy of Messiah also …
ref/2 Timothy 4:7.
Brother Stephen is yet another example of
what we can expect at any given time in our
walk, that is if we are ‘Walking the Walk’ with
the Christ. ‘When they heard these things,
they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at
him with their teeth.
But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed
into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus
standing at the right hand of God and said,
“Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of
Man standing at the right hand of God!” Then
they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their
ears and ran at him with one accord; and they
cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the
witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of
a young man named Saul. And they stoned Stephen
as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord
Jesus, receive my spirit.”.. ref/Acts 7:54-59.
St. Stephen Sharply Rebuked the professing
Religious Sinners of his day, and you could say
that they over-reacted and took his words too
seriously. Perhaps they believed that what he
said was true. They were certainly Convicted but
obviously had ‘No Intentions’ of rectifying
their ways, hence,
get rid of him, then our problem is solved
and we can go on merrily as we will in our Sin.
And it won’t be any different in the Last Days
for the True Disciples of the Christ.
They certainly had an outburst of wrath and
hatred towards Stephen, and they killed him in
their fierce, Unrighteous anger. This can
unfortunately be the result when a Christian
rebukes a Sinner or a group of Sinners, a
Church. They take it to heart, and they unleash
their un-controlled wrath.
It was no different for Lot when he dwelt in
Sodom. The hordes of thugs surrounded his home,
demanding to have sex with two Angels, who
visited Lot’s home, but Lot rebuked them for
their immoral motives. Because Lot was so
judgmental/just in his view, the men all wanted
to kill him and would have done so if the Angels
did not intervene and punish the wicked men in
order to overthrow their plot.
Getting back to Herod .. ‘Now about that
time, Herod the king stretched out his hand to
harass some from the church. Then he killed
James, the brother of John with the sword. And
because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he
proceeded further to seize Peter also. Now it
was during the days of Unleavened Bread. So when
he had arrested him, he put him in prison and
delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep
him, intending to bring him before the people
after Passover.’ .. ref/Acts 12:1-4.
These days, there is significant debate over
the definition of harassment. However, the
above Scripture clearly shows what harassment
is. The king harassed the Church. St. James was
slain, and St. Peter was kept in a form of
maximum security prison.
Now make no mistake about it; Christ’s followers
are involved in a War, a Spiritual War…
And many in powerful positions have committed
war crimes against Christian soldiers. One
organisation which was guilty of this was the
once Super-Powerful, Nation ruling, Roman
Catholic Church, which Persecuted Protestant
Christians to death and was also the death
Instrument of the Crusades against the Muslim
world. This professing Church (RCC) has a
Bloody, Violent and Corrupt history to its name.
“For your merchants were the great men of
the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations
were deceived. And in her was found the blood of
prophets and saints and of all who were slain on
the earth.” ref: Revelation 18:23, 24.
There are several examples of Born-Again
believers who died for their faith in Christ.
Though not all of Jesus’ disciples have been
killed, multitudes have been, and many more
proselytes will be killed after conversion
during the upcoming Great Tribulation Period.
‘When he opened the fifth seal, I saw
under the altar the souls of those who had been
slain for the Word of God and for the Testimony
which they Held. And they cried with a loud
voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true,
until you Judge and Avenge our blood on those
who dwell on the earth?” Then a White Robe was
given to each of them; and it was said to them
that they should rest a little while longer,
until both the number of their Fellow Servants
and their Brethren, who would be killed as they
were, was completed.” .. ref/Revelation 6: 9-11.
According to Scripture, there is further death
toll to come in the long-term war against the
Saints. The Lord knows ahead of time what is
going to take place, and many active Christians
doing dangerous Ministerial works are aware that
their days are numbered. Nevertheless, they
should not lose heart because the work they do
also has its rewards, Eternal Rewards.
Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to
me, “Write, Blessed are the dead who die in the
Lord from now on, Yes, says the Spirit, that
they may rest from their labours, and their
works follow them.”.. ref/Revelation 14:13.
Indeed, the slain Saints and all dead saints who
continued believing/Obeying the Christ are
blessed because they now have permanent,
uninterrupted, eternal rest, and they have
finished their Ministerial works and have
fulfilled their Calling. Sound, quality,
un-broken sleep is sweet and the
fulfilment gained from finishing any important
job, task successfully, is priceless.
How much more the Call of God, Praise his Holy
And for a Saint’s labour to be seen and
appreciated as a lasting legacy long after they
are gone begets boldness and satisfaction to all
the Faithful. Many living saints today are
blessed by following their living example and by
learning from the lives of Great Biblical men
and woman of God who have set a straight path
before them. It’s a win-win situation for all
Biblically Committed Believers in Christ,
although the World sees it all as a waste of a
carnal life and foolishness.
So after all is said and done, can we honestly
say that after reading what we just read in this
article that the Local Church, the Disciples of
the Christ and the True Church at Large are a
peoples who live a fun life, with abundant
finances and consistent loving support from the
Government of the day and the Community they’re
me say, only if we are ‘Unfaithful to Jesus
And let us all remember that, All things work
together for Good for those who Love (obey) God,
and are Called according to His purpose..
Blessed are those who are found Faithful
by Messiah to …. The End.
T. E. Loftus ..