Persecution of the early Jewish Church by Jews?

Did it happen?

The modern day emphasis on the Jewish influence on Christianity and their historical connection has produced a cover up. It is now religiously and politically incorrect to refer to the following facts.

There is now the mistaken idea that Jews, in a racial context, are God's chosen people. The Apostle Paul wrote extensively on just who are accepted by God and he never ever said a certain race of people were God's chosen people. He explained that only those who were of promise, or who were of faith were ever accepted. Yes, the Hebrew people were especially blessed, but many of them died in the wilderness.

Following are verses predicting a persecution to come and others portray that persecution.

I have added this article here to portray a sound reason for early Christians to quit attending synagogues on the Seventh Day.  Many of these same verses and arguments can be found here.


Jesus' Prediction of Coming Persecution by their own people.

"You will be hated by all for my name sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. But when they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes" (Matthew 10:22-23)

Matt 23:31 So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of the sin of your forefathers! 33 "You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? 34 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. 35 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. (NIV)

Matt 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. 17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;

John 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. (KJV)

Acts 4-5 Peter and John brought before the Sanhedrin and beaten. Forbidden to preach Christ.

Acts 7 Stephen is stoned to death in the Temple, by the Jews, with Saul witnessing. .

Acts 8:1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. (KJV)

Acts 12:1f  "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 to seize Peter."

Acts 13:42-51 The Jewish persecution of Paul and his ministry was so acute that Paul shook the dust from his feet. This was a sign of assigning them to judgment.

Acts 14:2-5 The unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren. As a result, a violent assault was made on them.

Acts 14:19 The Jews roused the mob against Paul to the point that he was stoned and left for dead.

Acts 14:22 It is interesting that in the context of these persecutions, Paul wrote "We must through much tribulations, enter the kingdom." Many  make the Jewish resistance against the church minimal. Paul referred to it as "many tribulations" and linked it with entrance into the kingdom.

Acts 16 We find here, and in Acts 19, a persecution based primarily on financial issues. The young woman possessed with "Python" spirit, and the situation with Demetrius the Silversmith, were not "religious" persecutions at all. They were financially motivated.

Acts 17 We have already seen how the Jews were at the root of this persecution that drove Paul out of Thessalonica.

Acts 18 We have already seen the Jewish nature and instigation of this persecution. It is also of importance to realize that the Roman proconsul wanted no part in this persecution. At this juncture, the Romans could not care less about the Christians.

Acts 23-26 It was the Jews that threatened Paul's life and put him on trial that ultimately did take his life.

Acts 24:1 Five days later the high priest Ananias went down to Caesarea with some of the elders and a lawyer named Tertullus, and they brought their charges against Paul before the governor.

Acts 24:5 "We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect 6 and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him. 

1Thes 2:14 For you, brothers, became imitators of God's churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own countrymen the same things those churches suffered from the Jews, 15 who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to all men 16 in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last.

II Th 1:4 Therefore, among God's churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. 5 All this is evidence that God's judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. 6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 7 and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. 8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power 10 on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you. (NIV)

There are more verses, but this should show they were being persecuted, by both Jews and Gentiles. They were persecuted at times for being identified with the Jews, for the Jews rebelled against Rome while some of the Christians were still going to their synagogues.