What Did the Lord Jesus Christ Say
About The Coptic Orthodox Church?
Deacon Victor Beshir
The only place that the Lord and the holy family lived in besides
The Lord almost spent more time in
The only church that our Lord Jesus talked about was the Coptic Orthodox
Church, which started in
Why does the Bible refer to
Why did the prophecy about the altar of the New
There are a lot of amazing
facts that need to be disclosed about
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I know that you are eager to hear what the Lord said about the Coptic Orthodox Church. But before we listen to what He said, we need to start the journey from its old sources in the:
The Old Testament:.
First we meet with: Joseph, son of
The life of Joseph, the son of
In addition, in the days of
the first Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; we have seen people making
many trips to
The spiritual food in the New Testament is our Lord
Jesus Christ, since He is the ‘Bread of Life’ (John ). Therefore,
Now, you can know one reason for why Joseph was a
symbol of Christ. Both Christ &
Joseph came to
Second, let us examine: Moses & The Exodus:
Again, Moses’ life is considered as a symbol of the Lord’s life. The Passover made by Moses, the Manna, crossing the Red Sea, and the exodus of the children of Israel, all were considered by the New Testament and the fathers of the church as prefigures of the salvation on the cross, of our spiritual life in Christ, and of the spiritual trip into the heavenly Jerusalem respectively.
As we all know, the word of
God is very accurate. If it refers to
Christ clearly makes the connection between eating manna and eating from the Eucharist when He says: “I am that Bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eats of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world (John -51).”
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was mentioned in the Bible 587 times, which indicates the importance
Therefore, to start a New Testament, a great spiritual power was needed to get rid of the idolatry center in Egypt and to restore Egypt to its first image as the spiritual ‘garden of the Lord’ and the spiritual feeder of the world.
According to the laws of Moses there should be only one
altar, and that altar was moved to
This verse is the only
place in the Old Testament that talks about another altar, the Christian
altar. This altar is in
As to the ‘Pillar at its border,’ this pillar could refer to St. Mark the Apostle, the founder of the Coptic Orthodox Church and the writer of the second gospel, or it could refer to the city of Alexandria, located at the Northern West border of Egypt, where the Coptic Church first started and is still called until today ‘The Church of Alexandria,’ or it could refer to this great ‘Alexandrian Theological School,’ where Bible Interpretation and Christian Theology first started and many great theologians of the early church graduated from.
At any rate, this prophecy of Isaiah foresaw the great spiritual role of the Christian Egypt and its church, the Coptic Orthodox Church, in an exclusive way that was never told of any other church in the world.
2- “Blessed is
This is a great blessing to the children of the Coptic
Church, one of a kind in the Bible. It
is uttered from the mouth of the Lord Himself.
This blessing is the yeast of life that started the Coptic Church and
kept it alive over the centuries to overcome waves of severe persecutions,
monstrous heresies, and the gates of hell.
This blessing made the Coptic Orthodox Church a very spiritual one,
which over the centuries presented a great number of saints, martyrs, teachers,
theologians, Bible interpreters, and faith defenders. In it also started the Christian Monasticism
by St. Anthony in the Fourth century.
Now, after harboring for a while in the Old Testament, let us move to:
The New Testament:
The Flight of The Holy Family (Jesus, Joseph & Virgin
King Herod, as it is recorded in the second chapter of
the gospel of Matthew, planned to kill Jesus when he was a child. The angel of the Lord ordered Joseph to take
the Virgin Mary and Jesus and flee to
How Saint Matthew Phrases the Flight of the Holy Family?
It is amazing that the Holy
Spirit uses almost the same words used in the Old Testament when He talked
about Moses and applied them here on the flight of our Lord into
heard of this matter, he sought to kill
Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh and dwelt
‘When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under’ (Matt 2:16)
‘An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Get up, take the Child and His mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” (Mat )
‘And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush (Exodus 3:2).
‘And the Lord said to Moses in
Median, "Go, return to
‘When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child's life are dead" (Matthew 2: 19,20).
‘Then Joseph got up, took the
child and his mother by night, and went to
It is very clear that the Holy
Spirit intentionally uses these parallel verses to draw our attention to the
common salvation in both stories. Moses returned to Egypt for the salvation of the children
of Israel, while Christ fled to
Happened During The Flight To
Instead of going through
details of the flight to
1- Again, Isaiah foretold the flight and described it in very precise words:
LORD is riding on a swift cloud and comes to
Saint Cyril the Great, a great
Egyptian theologian from the fifth century, views the swift cloud as the Virgin
Mary carrying Jesus and escaping to
2- Reviewing the history of the flight of the Holy Family, someone can easily conclude that there was a great mission behind the trip, which could be summarized in two aspects: destroying the worship of idols and planting seeds for churches.
3- Although anyone expects that the holy family would hide in one place in Egypt, however, to our amazement the Holy Family did not stay in one place but rather traveled all over Egypt from East to West and from North to South, covering most parts of Egypt.
The idols were destroyed in every place visited by the Holy
Family, as prophesized by Isaiah and witnessed by historians. Palladius, a historian from the Fourth
Century, went to
5- Sozomenus the historian mentioned in his ‘Ecclesiastical History, many incidents of breaking idols and one ‘concerning the tree Persis which was inhabited by a devil, and when Jesus passed by it, the devil fled away and the tree worshipped Christ and became a source of healing.’
6- As a result of the trip, the Egyptians knew deception of the devil and falseness of worshipping idols. The roots of idol worship were uprooted from the minds of the Egyptians, and that helped in destroying the idolatry influence on the rest of the world.
7- the historians mentioned that in every place welcomed the Holy Family, Christ blessed the place and prophesied that a church or a monastery would be built in the place. All these prophecies were fulfilled. These blessings were like seeds planted in those places and grew to be spiritual centers of the Christian faith.
8- Christ made
numerous miracles all over
Egyptians believed in Jesus as a divine child. The memories of the child helped many in accepting the Christian faith later on.
of the blessings of the flight of the Holy Family into
“Rejoice and exalt
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How much time did the Holy Family spend in
The family left
Coptic Synaxarium, under 24 Bashans (Coptic
month), says: ‘The Lord came to the
2- The Coptic book of Difnar, under 6 Hathor (Coptic month), says: ‘The Lord came with His mother and His pure apostles to this place where He escaped for three and a half years from Herod the king.’
In 1998, a small manuscript written in
Coptic was discovered and published in German.
The manuscript dated back to the fourth
century and contained the following: ‘The Holy Family stayed in
This means that The Lord Jesus
Christ stayed in
Summary of Jesus’ Life on earth:
years of JESUS’ life
what HE DID
planted seeds of churches, & did miracles.
7- 30 years
In one place, no recorded missionary work
31- 33 years
Great work all over Israel
The Lord lived in two countries only:
In Israel He dealt with Jews, who worship God, and familiar with the laws of Moses, and the prophets, and were waiting for the Messiah. In contrast, in Egypt He dealt with Gentiles who worshipped idols through the deception of the devil.
A Very Reliable Reference for the Flight To
As you know, apparitions of the departed saints and
prophets is mentioned in the Bible, we found one good example that illustrates
this fact in the apparition of Moses and Elijah to Jesus (Matthew 17:
1-8). They didn’t only appear to Him but
they also talked with Him and they were not seen by Jesus alone but by the
apostles too, while Moses was dead 1250 years before the birth of Jesus. This is what Jesus made very clear when He
says: “I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. God is
not the God of the dead, but of the living” (Matthew ). This dogma
explains well why all the saints in the early church were eager to depart from
this world to be with Christ.
“For to me,
to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will
mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard pressed between the two, having
a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more
needful for you (Philippians -24). If
Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church (376-403 AD), had heard many accounts of the
Holy Family flight to
What Happened in the Monastery of Saint Mary (Dair Al-Muharraq)?
Then, before leaving that place, the Savior says the following:
‘ The blessing of my good Father and the Holy Spirit will stay in this house forever. In this place a church will be built, and have a devoted altar to the Lord where people from everywhere will come and offer sacrifices and gifts. The angel of peace will bless every person who comes to this place and worships in sincerity. People in this place will stay in the Orthodox[hgby1] Faith until My second coming.”
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My dear friend, do you know who are the people who live now in this place?
They are the monks of the Monastery of Saint Mary (Dair Al-Muharraq), Coptic Orthodox monks, and the church that this monastery belongs to is the Coptic Orthodox Church. Then, this statement explicitly refers to the faith of the Coptic Orthodox Church. So, the Lord Himself says that the Coptic Orthodox Church has and it will continue to have the authentic faith until the second coming of our Lord.[hgby2]
What a powerful statement! A statement never said about any other church in the world.
Dear reader who is seeking the authentic faith in the Twenty-First century where there are thousands of Christian denominations, each claims to have the true faith, you have heard it from the mouth of the Lord Himself. Do I need to add any more to what the Lord said about the Coptic Orthodox Church? If it comes from Him, then this is the full truth, and in it there are full directions to everyone who listens.
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After this wonderful journey
from the Old Testament to the New Testament and to the history of
planted the seeds for establishing the Coptic Orthodox Church, which started in
distribution of wheat by the Egyptians to the hungry world by Joseph in the
past, it was repeated over and again in distributing the food of the deep
spirituality of the Coptic Church. It
happened, for example, when St. Anthony, an Egyptian hermit, started monasticism
The great altar of the Coptic Orthodox characterized with its deep spirituality and heavenly worship that attracted the whole world in the past & will attract more in the future.
Thanks to God for all the blessings He gave to the Coptic Orthodox Church, and for His promise that this church will keep the faith until His second coming, the faith ‘ which was once for all delivered to the saints’ (Jude 1:3).
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All the blessings
Search for the closest
Coptic Orthodox Church near you. To
experience the depth of its spirituality, before you join its Sunday worship,
ask to learn about the church. Once you
are ready, you will discover the
“And the Spirit and the bride say, come. And let him that heareth say, come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation ).
 Palladius, the
 Nicene & Post Nicene Fathers, Second Series, book 2, pages 342, 343
 The word ‘Legend’ is used to tell ‘a story of the life of a saint, or a collection of such stories,’ as explained by the New Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus of the English Language, 1993