The Jewish mob had seized Paul in the temple and were "about to kill him." But hearing the uproar, the Roman chief captain "immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them." Acts 21: 31, 32. Again, when Paul was allowed to speak before the council, and uproar followed, "the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and take him by force from among them, and to bring' him into the castle." Acts 23: 10. The Roman soldiers, who had the apostle under surveillance and arrest, were his protectors.
During the World War , when feeling ran high, in one of the Countries of Eastern Europe a bishop and his priests summoned all the Seventh-day Adventists in one city to appear in the central church. The incident was related at the Autumn Council of 1920 by L. H. Christian. The bishop denounced the Adventists, and called them to line up in front of the church. "Get down on your knees," he commanded.
Simple peasant people, accustomed to obeying, they knelt-all except one woman, small of stature, but high of faith and Courage. She remained standing. "Now, confess !" thundered the bishop. It looked as if they might do it. But the little woman was moved to stand up for truth : "She ran to her husband, and seizing him by the shoulders, shouted, 'Is that man God ? Are we going to pray to a bishop? Have we been taught the truth to no effect? Then she said, 'In the name of the Lord, I command you, my brethren, every one to stand up.' They all got up and went back and took their seats.
"The bishop did not know what to do. The mob shouted that they would kill that little woman, and they were ready to tear her in pieces. Just then an officer came forward and said to the soldiers, 'Take your swords, and every one take a Seventh-day Adventist by the hand, and I will take that little woman.' All expected the Adventists to be killed, but they were surprised. Turning to the mayor, the officer said, 'You have a commission to protect the weak,' and to the bishop, 'You, bishop, were sent to preach the gospel.' Then he swung his sword and said, 'Clear the way and lead the Adventists home. If you ever molest the Seventh-day Adventists again, you will hear from me.'
"This meant much to that woman, and to the Adventists, and to the cause of God in that city. The church there is of good cheer and very active."
Again and again soldiers sent to arrest our brethren or report upon our meetings have turned into guards to repress attacks by enemies.