Main reference: Acts 7:51-53
Who persecutes and curses? Who receive persecution and curses? Why do they persecute and curse others? Whoever persecutes and curses do such work as they receive the spirit of persecution, and as they are driven by the will of that spirit. They persecute and curse people who receive God’s holy spirit. Why do they do that? The evil spirit persecutes the holy spirit because the holy spirit reveals the identity of the evil spirit. In addition, the evil spirit curses the holy spirit and even labels it as an evil spirit in order to cover up their identity.
The scriptures record that there is one and only God, the creator, and there is also Satan, one of the archangels who betrayed God although he was a created being. The war between these two spirits is the history of the 6,000 years of the history of the Bible. These two spirits have been working through the people who belong to each of them. It first started with the event of deception between the serpent and Eve.
God chose prophets to speak his word in order to save this world, which has been deceived by Satan. The Bible is the book that records the word they received. God allowed us to know the work of God and the work of Satan by looking at the word of the Bible. For the last 6,000 years, people have been born of the genes of Adam and Eve, the genes of good and evil, because they were deceived by the serpent, Satan, and they ate the fruit of good and evil. For this reason, everyone has good and evil, and people are the children of good and evil.
God the creator has been working to remove evil from people who have good and evil. He sowed God’s seed so that people would be born again of it. People can be truly born again when they are born again of God’s seed.
Satan, on the other hand, has been plagiarizing God’s work, proclaiming himself to be God. Just like Jesus in the New Testament, Satan, too, started to sow his own seed (Mt 13:24-30). Just as God planted his seed through Jesus, Satan planted Satan’s seed through the Pharisees. Satan proclaims himself to be God. He deceived people about his identity in such a way, and he planted his own seed to people and made them to be his own children. This is why John 17:3 uses the term, the only true God. In fact, the serpent himself was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and yet he masqueraded himself to be the tree of life that would not die. This was how the serpent deceived Eve. God’s true pastor, Jesus, referred to himself as the true vine.
God started his work with the true word, while Satan started with lies. As God and God’s pastors appear, Satan mobilizes his crowd and blindfolds people. They lie and persecute. Why do they conduct such actions? It is because their true identities will be revealed otherwise.
God’s commands in Matthew chapters 5 and 6 teach love and truth. Let us examine who the devil and his pastors are based on the scriptures below.
You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy spirit! Was there ever a prophet your fathers did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him—you who have received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it.
This is the testimony of Stephen.
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of the sin of your forefathers! You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. I tell you the truth, all this will come upon this generation.
This is the testimony of Jesus.
But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed. “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor. “Barabbas,” they answered. “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify him!” “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!” When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!” All the people answered, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!”
This is the testimony of Matthew—what he saw and heard at that time.
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.
This is the word of Jesus.
“All this I have told you so that you will not go astray. They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. I have told you this, so that when the time comes you will remember that I warned you. I did not tell you this at first because I was with you.
This is the word of Jesus.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and false say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
This is the word of Jesus.
He went on to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed. He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out. “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’ “But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. ‘This is the heir,’ they said. ‘Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. “What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When the people heard this, they said, “May this never be!”
This is also the word of Jesus.
Through the Bible references listed above, we have seen the results of persecution and the persecutors. Is today’s situation not the same?
Before the world of Jesus, there were Confucius, Siddhartha, and many pastors from Moses’ time in this world. The priests and elders killed Jesus and his disciples, as well as the old prophets. It is not wrong to say that the devil, who opposed God, was inside the corrupt pastors, who claimed to believe in God, rather than in non-believers.
The scriptures show that many people (chosen people) die one-third at a time at the time of Revelation’s fulfillment (Rv 8). Who kill them? What type of people does the devil enter into and work? According to the Bible, it is neither non-believers nor people from other religions. It is the corrupt pastors from the previous generation. For this reason, God prophesied to bring the corrupt era to an end and to create a new era. At that time when the new era is created, God destroys the tenants of the vineyard, which represent the previous pastors, and rents the vineyard to other tenants, just as prophesied in Luke 20 (Mt 21:33-41). He also promised that the kingdom of heaven would be taken away from them, and that it would be given to a people who would produce its fruit (Mt 21:43).
Revelation 21 records the era (world) that is passing away and the era (world) that is coming. Which era must we belong to in order to attain salvation? If one sees with eyes and hears with ears, and yet does not understand, can he receive salvation?
The person that all the saints on earth must meet now is the one who receives the food of heaven, manna, the white stone to judge, the iron scepter to rule all nations, and the one who sits on Jesus’ throne—the pastor whom God, heaven, and Jesus have descended upon (Rv 3:12, 21)—according to Revelation 2 and 3. This is the pastor whom God has promised. At the end times of religion, if one follows his own pastor, he will not attain salvation. It is only when one believes and follows the promised pastor, that he will gain salvation and heaven. This promised pastor is the one who overcomes who testifies about the fulfillment of the New Testament. People think that they will attain salvation and go to heaven, just by believing in the words of their own pastors and following them. They think such a way because they do not know the Bible and the will of God (Refer to Mt 22:29). God and the Bible, however, speak differently.
Look at Jesus at the first coming. Whoever followed their own pastors became the ones who opposed God and Jesus, but even if someone was a tax collector, he attained salvation because he followed the promised pastor (Mt 10:2-3; Lk 5:27-28; Lk 18:10-14).
All must realize that only by following the promised pastor at the second coming, will there be salvation for people. It is because God, heaven, and the food of eternal life all come upon the promised pastor. Will there be salvation in a place where there is no God and no food of eternal life? How can one say he does not understand this?
The end of the age is the time when one generation passes away. It is the time when a new era is created through the new promised pastor. No one can come to the Lord except through the pastor promised in the New Testament. Please look at Revelation 3:12 and 3:21 and understand this.