What is the meaning of the statement of the Lord “I am the door of the sheep all who ever come before Me, are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them ” (John 10:7-8). Is it believable to say about all the prophets that came before Him that th
The Lord Christ, absolutely did not mean by this statement the prophets.
Here He talked about those who did not enter from the door by saying “I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber” (John 10:1), but the prophets had entered through the door and were sent by the heavenly Father.
Who are those thieves then?
They are those who came shortly before Christ, led people astray and Gamaliel talked about them.
When the chief priests brought the Apostles before them in the council, to judge them for their preaching the resurrection of the Lord, said to them “look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us” (Acts 5:28); “they took council to kill them” (Acts 5:33). Then one in the council stood up, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in respect by all the people and commanded them to put the apostles outside, and he said to the members of the council: “Take heed to yourselves what you intend to do regarding these men.”
For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody.
A number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was slain, and all who obeyed him were scattered and came to nothing.
After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census, and drew away many people after him. He also perished, and all who obeyed him were dispersed.
And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing, but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it lest you even be found to fight against God” (Acts 5:34-39).
About those as Theudas and Judas of Galilee, the Lord Christ said, they were thieves and robbers.
Those that came before Him and claimed to be somebody and drew away many people after them, were dispersed.
We can add to them, those false teachers who troubled the people with their teachings and Christ called them “blind guides” who had the keys of the kingdom, they did not enter and prevented others from entering. (Matt. 23:13-15).