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Who Makes Threats?
The English word "threat" originated from an old Anglo-Saxon and Germanic word which meant to thrust, with words that implied that a physical thrust of some sort would follow if the person being threatened did not obey and surrender to the bully. Regardless of outward appearance, bullies are always inwardly effeminate, while at the same time having hidden physical "shortcomings" and defects that they try to compensate for by "projecting" threats upon those who they perceive to be physically or psychologically weaker e.g. two of the greatest men of threats were Adolf Hitler and Napoleon Bonaparte; from documented medical evidence for both of them, using the actual medical terms, Hitler was monorchic (only one testicle), while Napoleon had a micropenis. Men who habitually make threats are revealing their impotence, whether physical or intellectual.
As found in the New Testament (interestingly, "threat" is found in the King James Version only in the New Testament, where the true people of God were threatened, never the ones doing the threatening), "threat" is used to translate two Greek words. The first, pronounced ap-il-lay, means to menace, to threaten. The other, pronounced pros-ap-il-lay, means to threaten more i.e. a repeated or more serious threat.
"And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto Thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak Thy Word"
As anyone who truthfully preaches God's Sacred Word soon discovers, threats become a constant experience. The threats don't come from atheists or people of other religions; they almost always come from deluded and deceived people who claim to be the people of the Messiah - in this day and age, from people who claim to be Christian, while ignoring and denying the Christ's own commands and teachings.
The Messiah was threatened through the entire time of His Ministry. The threats continued against Him even as they were killing Him. But what did He do about it, for now?
"2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously" (1 Peter 2:22-23 KJV)
When Peter and John preached the Truth, they were threatened to stop. They refused to be silenced.
"4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men [Note: Peter and John were not "ignorant men" - the men who were making the threats against them were the ones were were truly ignorant; the RSV correctly translates those Greek words as "common men" i.e Peter and John were not pompous religionists who were too full of themselves to let any Truth into their hearts], they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. 4:14 And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. 4:15 But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, 4:16 Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it. 4:17 But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.
When Peter and John were released, they prayed to God about the threats that were made toward them. What did the LORD do in reply?
"4:29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 4:30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
Fact Finder: Why do ignorant people make threats against the Word of God? What is it that makes them so Satanically hostile to God's Truth?