Transcript from show #293.
(Please note that the transcripts are written pretty well as they were delivered on air).
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This program today continues on the series covering the historical events that were going on in the time leading up to, during the Messiah's Visitation to this earth and just after.
In the last two programs we looked at the timing between 300 B.C. and 300 A.D. as a quick overview of the political activities taking place, and the 400 years between the Old and the New Testaments.
Then, last week, we looked at some of the philosophies that existed at that time, with the added example of Paul's visit to Athens where he confronted many staunch idolaters of such philosophies as existed in the time of Christ's visit. Today I will add some more details of during that time period.
First, let's listen to the opening music, prayer and worship time...
(Opening Music interlude on the live radio show)
Let us pray...
The Lord's Prayer...
Praise God Doxology...
So as I said at the top, in this program today, we'll look at some more details of these historical events going on at the time of Jesus, from a Bible study book I came across recently, and actually from 2 books -- this one I just mentioned plus another one that goes into a lot of details on ancient reasoning and beliefs that shaped the world of that time.
Since we have passed the time of Christ, c. 6 B.C. to 33 A.D., in the last program –
remember we read the last prayer of our Lord to God the Father, in the book of John, chapter 17, just before He was betrayed, tried and crucified, which was a prayer to God for Himself, His disciples and the Church...
It is interesting to note the many famous names of Emperors and leaders of the world during and after Christ's death and resurrection...
for example during our Lord's visit to this earth, we hear about Herod the Great, in the book of Matthew, Mark and Luke. But this Herod died in 4 B.C. when Jesus would have been about 2 years old.
Later in the Gospels, and early book of Acts, we read about the next Herod, Herod Agrippa I who died in 44 A.D. He was the grandson of Herod the Great. Then after that we have Herod Agrippa II who died in 100 A.D. He was the son of Herod Agrippa I and the last Herodian. Paul appeared before him in A.D. 60.
So in the book of Acts after Jesus had risen and ascended into the Heavens around 33 A.D., Herod Agrippa I, heard all about Jesus's fame, death and resurrection -- not from some event that had taken place eons ago, but right then in his life time!
This Herod would have even heard of the the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, in Acts chapter 2, the life of the followers of Christ, subsequent to this, the continuation of the many miraculous healings carried out by the apostles and disciples, the preaching of them to the Jews... and so on...
He would have heard of the great miracle that took place at the gate of the Temple one day, when Peter told this lame man to be healed.
For instance in Acts 3, Peter appeals to the Jews to repent: (and this would be just after Jesus' left this human habitation... it would be Peter's second great sermon, the first being his address at Pentecost in Acts 2.
This refers to the time when he, together with John went to the Temple at the hour of prayer and healed a lame man at the gate of the Temple. All the people saw it and witnessed this awesome healing miracle of that man who was known to be lame all these years. You can read the story in chapter 3 of the book of Acts from verses 1 to 11.)
So Peter here speaks and appeals specifically to a Jewish crowd and makes reference to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, referencing God's Son, Jesus Christ. Peter emphasizes the fact that this Son of God was not healed magically or naturally, but miraculously through the power of God that had been prophesied by the prophets of old.
Let's read it in Acts 3, vs. 12 – 26:
“12.And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? (referring to the resurrection).
v. 13.The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.
14.But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
15.And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
16.And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
v.17.And now, brethren, I wot(see) that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers.
18.But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
19.Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
(The word “refreshing” is the Greek word anapsyxis (an-aps'-ook-sis ) which means a “cooling off”, or “a respite”, a time of opportunity to repent, a time of preparation prior to when God will send Jesus Christ again – the time of the Church before the Rapture.)
v.20.And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
21.Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
22.For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.
23.And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.
24.Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.
25.Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
26.Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
Well, guess what happened to Peter and John after this preaching? We'll see that next.
Remember the context of all of this is taking place just after the Lord ascended back into heaven, during the times of Herod Agrippa I, the grandson of Herod the Great, Augustus Caesar, Julius Caesar and all of the Roman government cohort that existed at that time
(Music interlude on the live radio show)
Alright, so what happened to Peter and John after this great preaching to the crowd?
Well they were arrested .. let's read that in chapter 4, vs 1 to 4:
1.And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them,
2.Being grieved (offended) that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
3.And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold (a place where they hold prisoners) unto the next day: for it was now eventide (evening).
4.Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand (5,000 !).
Then we read about the next morning when Peter is taken before the high priest:
Acts 4, v. 5 to 12:
5.And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes,
6.And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.
(Now we don't know who “John and Alexander” were – whether John is the one who was with Peter, and Alexander who was one of the company of the high priest... however, whoever they are, they were in the audience listening in to this questioning.)
v.7.And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?
8.Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
9.If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole;
10.Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even (that is) by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
11.This is the stone which was set at nought (despised) of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Wow, Peter is really laying it down to the “captive audience”, as he does every opportunity he gets to preach the awesome gospel message of Jesus Christ.
Which is what we ought to do by the way... never miss to cease the moment presented by God the Holy Spirit in our sharing and witnessing...
Let's continue on:
13.Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
14.And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.
The man who was healed was there too in the the great audience of all the people gathered at the gate – probably what was called a bema seat of judgment.
v.15.But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves,
(So the priests and captains, etc. Told the people to step aside while they discussed what they should do next.)
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.
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.
So the council decided they would ask Peter and John to stop spreading this message around. Let's listen:
v. 18.And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
19.But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
20.For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
21.So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done.
22.For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was showed.
I just love this passage of scripture right here. These big wigs couldn't do anything against Peter and John because the crowd were totally on the side of God's doing in the full sight of this grown man who had been totally, physically healed!
So what happened next? Wow, wait and see!
So after this, Peter and John were let go by the priests and religious lawyers and they returned to their fellow believers and told them all of what had happened.
Let's read this:
Acts 4, v. 23 to 30:
23.And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them.
24.And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:
25.Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things?
26.The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
27.For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
(Here is the next time that we hear the mention of Herod as we talked about earlier which is still in the time of Christ... this is still just after the resurrection and ascension of Christ... we hear also the mention of Pontius Pilate right here, in A.D. 33).
28.For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.
29.And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,
30.By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
And now, watch this... they had another Pentecost day all over again!
31.And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
32.And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
33.And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
34.Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,
35.And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.
36.And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,
37.Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.
And of course these last verses are something quite outside of what we could identify with here today... unless of course something like this would happen after the Rapture among those who will turn to God as a result of this great event that is yet to take place, as prophesied in the Word of God, in 1 and 2 Thessalonians, and other scriptures.
And then we read about the story of Ananias and Sapphira. The couple who lied about some possession the price of which they had kept from sharing with the rest of the believers, which you can read in chapter 5...
Then we read about many signs and wonders, as well as imprisonment of certain apostles who preached Jesus, then how the believers put systems into place to take care of the widows...
and within that same year of 33 A.D., we also read about the multiplication of the believers, and then in chapter 7, we hear about the terrible martyrdom of a wonderful Christian named Steven where Paul who was then called Saul had officiated.
Then we also hear about many other great stories of the saints preaching and spreading the Gospel, and in chapter 9 the great conversion of Saul into the Paul we know so much about today, who's letters have become prominent in the way Christians should live their lives.
And the next time we hear about Herod again is in chapter 12... which we will take a quick look at right after this...
Amazing... truly Amazing...
Alright, so with all that, I am out of time again... so next week, I'll pick up from here and continue on the historical events of the time just after Yeshuah had completed His mission of redemption for mankind by his death on the cross and the resurrection from the grave, then His ascension back to the glory He had prior at the right hand of God the Father...
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Before I dismiss the service today, I want to read to you the Blessing that was read to the people of God in Numbers 6:24-26 which is the benediction from God to you today:
“The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace."
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