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Characters Mentioned in Early Times!

By David J. Smith
August 10, 2013

Simon Peter was called to become a disciple and Apostles of Jesus. He owned a ship for fishing that Jesus used to speak to a great multitude. Peter’s partners were James and John, brothers. They gave up everything and followed Jesus. As they came to one town, a man full of leprosy fell down at Jesus’ feet and asked to be healed. Jesus healed him. Jesus told him not to tell anyone but the priest. However, this event made Jesus famous. He even healed people by saying “your sins are forgiven you.” (Luke Chapter 5). Jesus also called the brother of Peter, Andrew. He called Philip and Bartholomew, Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes. He also called Judas, the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed Him. These were the men whom He called to become Apostles, except Judas Iscariot. (Luke 6). These all died in the work of taking the Gospel to nations around the Middle East, Britain, France, and Rome.

Also mentioned were Mary Magdalene and Martha. Another spoken of was Lazarus, who died but Jesus raised him from the dead. The three of them went on to do great works in France [Gaul] after the dispersion. They worked under the direction of Joseph of Arimathaea, Jesus’ great uncle. Joseph was very rich from mining for tin on the British Isles for the Roman army. He was the one who led the “Christian Underground” when the persecution of Christians began in earnest. He used his money and ships for the escape of many to the British Isles. He had become fast friends with the Silurian Kings on the Isle of Avalon – today called Glastonbury. Brenda and I visited Glastonbury in 2004 and saw the graves of King Arthur of the Knights of the Roundtable. We also saw the buildings erected on top of Mary the mother of Jesus’ grave and the old wattle church, the first above ground church in Christianity.

The Apostle Paul mentioned relatives, Andronicus and Junia, who spent time in prison together. Paul acknowledged they were converted before he was. He mentioned others of the Church at Rome, all in Romans 16. He named a relative called Herodion. Then Paul mentioned a half-brother named Rufus. He said his mother was also Rufus mother. Paul said that Lucius, Jason, and Sosip were of his kin. Timothy was his workfellow, not a kinsman. Paul lists the names of many of the Church in Rome. They had a safe haven right in the heart of the Beast – Rome. WHY? Because the British Silurian King had been betrayed by a relative in England. Seven members of the Royal British family had been in captivity in Rome. They lived in The Royal Palace of the British with full access to the British royal treasury. Caractacus was the king. He had two daughters. This is where the Apostles would come for safe haven under guise of night. Like Paul, others came to preach God’s Word, receive food and shelter before embarking on other trips to various cities and countries. This lasted for seven years, then they were released to go back to England.

With the backing of Joseph of Arimathaea and the Silurian Kings, the Apostles and others were sent out to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They preached the return of Christ and the establishment of the Kingdom on this earth. Those that believed were baptized. It was a glorious time in Biblical history.

Later on in the Dark Ages when the Roman Catholic Church crushed every movement that went against their doctrines, God raised up the Waldenses to carry on the work. “To the Waldenses was given the task of passing the light on to the Protestants of modern times and of penetrating the darkness of the world with glory of the true Bible doctrine. Through the Dark Ages the Waldensian heroes kept the faith which they had received from their fathers, EVEN FROM THE DAYS OF THE APOSTLES” (Truth Triumphant, p. 214-215).

The Waldenses and, anyone for that matter, who wanted to retain the purity of the faith was in great trouble and faced sure persecution. WHY? Let’s have Philip Schaff tell us from his great volumes on church history: “But the elevation of Christianity as the religion of the STATE [Roman] presents also an opposite aspect to our contemplation. It involved GREAT risk of degeneracy to the church. The Roman state, with its laws, institutions, and usages, was still deeply rooted in heathenism. The Christianizing of the state amounted therefore in great measure to a PAGANIZING and SECULARIZING of the church. THE WORLD OVERCAME THE CHURCH, AS MUCH AS THE CHURCH OVERCAME THE WORLD, AND THE TEMPORAL GAIN OF CHRISTIANITY WAS IN MANY RESPECTS CANCELLED BY SPIRITUAL LOSS. …” (History of the Christian Church, Vol. 3, p. 93).

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