1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing,
because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received
it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which
effectually worketh also in you that believe
highlighted verses: 1 Thessalonians 2:14 For ye, brethren, became
followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for
ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they
have of the Jews: 1
Thes. 2:14 For ye, brethren, became followers
of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also
have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of
Do you remember in our first
study we learned that the word "Jew", which is "Ioudaios" in Greek, has
The first one means a person who
is a descendant of Judah.
The second one merely identifies
a person who is a resident of Judea.
In other words, just as a person
from Pennsylvania is called a Pennsylvanian, a person from Judea was called
a Jew, but that did not necessarily mean they were descendants of Judah.
Today, as in the time of Christ,
there are those "sons of Kain (Cain)", called Kenites in the Bible, who
claim to be descendents of Judah (Jews) but they are not!
The Jews Paul is speaking of are
the kenites, the bad figs.
Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their
own prophets, and have persecuted
us; and they please not God, and are contrary
to all men: 1
Thes. 2:15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus,
and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they
please not God, and are contrary to all men:
Nice people wouldn't you say?
They are murderers and persecutors
of Christians and God doesn't like it!
Jesus Christ really "gives it to
them" and exposes their MO's (Methods of Operation) in the 23rd chapter
of Matthew where He documents what we just said regarding the lineage of
Kayin first murdered Abel and his
offspring the Kayinites (Kenites) have continued in his evil spirit all
down through the ages.
Matthew 23:35 That
upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the
blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom
ye slew between the temple and the altar.
Today the kenites continue
telling Christians that they are God's chosen people.
They didn't fool Jesus Christ.
Do they have you fooled?
16Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved,
to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.
17 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in
presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face
with great desire.
18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and
again; but Satan hindered us.
19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not
even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
20 For ye are our glory and joy.
refers to the
Jews as they/their
own prophets andto
himself and the people of the Christian churches
as us. As
two seperate peoples; he and the Christians of Israelite descent; the Jews
from different ancestral descent.
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals. We pray that with the guidance of the Holy
Spirit, you accomplish both.