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The History presented by Acts merged with Revelation
with excerpts from the Clementines,
Paul's Epistles, the historian Josephus,
and New Testament Apocrypha

© 2014,2015 by Dylan Stephens

You may also use the Vaticanus/Sinaiticus Verse Selector at the center top link on the main page.

It must be noted, first of all, that some sections of Revelation have been cut and pasted by the original compiler out of time sequence. They have been placed in their correct time positions in this work. The correct sequence is:
  • Forward - Rev 1:1-3 - writer: John Aquila
  • The brief review the years in sets of seven (2 BC to 48 AD) - Rev 8:2-11:19 - writer: James Niceta (These are displayed in their respective years.)
    (James Niceta is not specified by name like John, but certain clues can lead to him. He was a player in the Feeding of the Multitudes, but only featured in two Gospels Matthew and Mark, whereas John is featured in these plus John and Luke, which were written by Jesus. In his contribution to Revelation, he refers to Jesus crucifixion ("stars" smitten) in the same verse Fourth Angel - Rev 8:12 as ("sun" smitten) for John the Baptist in one verse Fifth Angel - Rev 09:11 on the Crucifixion portraying Jesus as Apollyon. Apparently, he considered Jesus' importance to be overrated in the same way that he considered the leadership of Herod Agrippa I unimportant. This caused Herod to excommunicate (kill) James with a sword. James' cynical view made him the best choice for the task of purging references of Simon Magus from the Gospel of John before it was canonized.)
  • The Bar Mitzvah of Jesus, the Rise of Simon Magus, and the Ascension - Rev 12:1-14:5 (6 AD to 33 AD) - writer: John Aquila
  • Letters to the Seven Churches and The Canonizing of the Gospels - Rev 1:4-8:1 (48 AD) - writer: John Aquila
  • (Gap 49-54 AD)
    (The Gap shows that after Revelation was canonized in 48 AD, it was assumed that God would find favor with their achievements and bring the kingdom of Heaven. By 55 AD, it was clear that the end of days had not been reached. John was high up in the Church, having ordained Paul as Archbishop in 55AD, and he probably would have turned over the continued writing to Tychicus, the younger brother of Timothy, the assigned crown prince to Agrippa II and Paul's favorite. Agrippa was the nominal High Priest, since Christianity had merged with the Herodian Church.)
    (Since there is a gap, if it were John Aquila continuing, he would have entered his name again, however it is unsigned. John would be 57 years old in 55 AD and 76 years old in 74 AD, but Irenaeus says John was alive in the times of Trajan (98AD -117AD), so this John is likely to be his son John II, who would have signed his name on the continuation of Revelation in 55AD since John III did sign his name to the next part of Revelation in 100AD.)
  • Nero's reign, the Fall of Jerusalem, to the Fall of Masada - Rev 14:6-19:17 (55 AD to 74 AD) - writer: Tychicus
  • (Gap 75-99 AD)
  • Marriage of Jesus III, birth of Jesus IV - Rev 20:1-22:17 (100 AD to 114 AD) - writer: John III, grandson of John Aquila and Priscilla.
  • Epilogue Rev 22:18-21 - writer: John III

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Introduction

We know very little about the history of the early Christian Church after the Crucifixion. One has to ask how it was possible to create a religion separate from the Jewish faith that inspired so many followers, willing to be martyred for its cause, and to have accomplished its universality in a mere three hundred years at Constantine's edict. This joining of the Acts of the Apostles and the Book of Revelation helps to shed more light on its phenomenal growth.

The Book of Revelation is also referred to as the Apocalypse which is supposed to foretell the disasters that will befall mankind, but the word apocalypse in Greek means "uncovering" and thus this word is meant merely to inform the reader that it is written as a ras-pesher. It is not a prophesy, but rather a consecutive history of real events disguised in symbols and metaphor to prevent its use as evidence by Rome against any of the characters described. Just as the writers of the Dead Sea Scrolls used pesher to interpret previous events in the Old Testament to describe their present, so do many misguided ministers today try to use passages in Revelation to support their vision for the end of the world and the entry of the chosen ones into Heaven. It is exactly this wishful thinking that led to the Fall of the Temple at Jerusalem in 70 AD and could destroy the whole Earth this time.

At the time of the Crucifixion there were many displaced Jews called the Diaspora and many Gentiles who were intrigued by the concept of one Supreme God. These people sent money back to support the temple in Jerusalem, some of which was diverted to the mirror image of Jerusalem at Qumran by the Dead Sea. Given this huge base of followers in the ten provinces, it could have been possible for the whole world to have become Jewish if it were not for the failed Zealot war, that destroyed Jerusalem, and the problem of circumcision.

The Dead Sea scrolls were discovered from 1946 -1956 in caves nearby the monastery at Qumran which had been occupied by a group of strict Essenes who abandoned it after an earthquake, which was interpreted as a message of God's displeasure with them. A more liberal group of Essenes had moved in prior to Jesus' birth. After the revolt of the Zealot Judas the Galilean in 6 AD, the monastery at Qumran became a convenient covert center of activities against Roman rule and a place to hide some of the money described in the Copper Scroll that was contributed by the Diaspora. It was ostensively only associated with peaceful activities.

The Essenes had the ethical principle that all people were equal (although only those in monastery were consider to be the elite of God). In March 6AD Simeon the Essene and Anna accept Jesus as an acolyte at Qumran (Jesus having turned twelve years old). In March 29AD Jesus at age 35 was baptized by John the Baptist. (Luke 03:23 "And Jesus himself was beginning to be about thirty years of age", the 30th year beginning at year at 1AD.) This marked the point at which Jesus left the monastery to teach and become betrothed to Mary Magdalene.

Although the Roman rule was often cruel and unfair, the Essenes, by their prophesies, believed that God would defeat them when He restored his kingdom on earth. ("Thy kingdom come"). This is what John the Baptist and Jesus taught. However, even among Jesus' allies were Zealots working to overthrow Roman rule by force if necessary. These were Simon Magus (Simon the Zealot/Canaanite), Theudas (Thaddeus) and Judas Iscariot. (These were certainly not disciples of Jesus as can be seen by their nicknames: Simon: "666", Theudas: "Gadarenes demonic" and Judas: "Satan".). The three other allies of Jesus were two Sadducee priests (humorously tax collectors): Jonathan Annas (James the son of Alphaeus-Ananas/Nathaniel) and Matthew (his younger brother) and one disinherited son of Herod the Great: Thomas (the father of Salome, the adopted daughter of Herod Antipas).

Jesus, did not criticize Herod, as John the Baptist did (which cost him "his head"), and Jesus, having advocated peace towards Rome in spite of being falsely accused and crucified, enabled Christianity to be the winner when Jerusalem fell. Paul solved the circumcision problem by making the case to the Council of Jerusalem in 46AD that it should not be a requirement.

After Jesus survived the Crucifixion, he followed the plan of Simon Magus to remain hidden and thus became more valuable as a symbol of the Resurrection than as a teacher, although he did teach through "visions" and his letters to the seven Churches. Working directly with Paul as his intellectual peer and as his father-in-law, since Paul was married to his daughter Phoebe (Damaris-Tamar), they developed Church doctrine. This family connection is the reason for the importance of Acts, in which Paul is featured. Acts was written as a diary of events initially by John Mark, the scribe of the Gospel of John dictated by Jesus and Simon Magus. However, when he left in the Schism of the Churches in 47AD, Cornelius took it over. Cornelius was the "centurion" who spoke at the Crucifixion and used a lancet to determine if Jesus is still alive and appears as an important Gentile who converted to Christianity in Acts. His Christian name was Luke and he helped Jesus write the Gospel of Luke.

The Book of Revelation is usually ignored except to quote some verses on the end of the world. These verses, taken out of context are really just benign metaphors that are exaggerated to build up the importance of the Church. For example the Four Horsemen are four priests riding out to convert followers using the newly created Four Gospels. "Death" is a metaphor for the power of excommunication using the Essene principle that death is exclusion from the monastery/Church such as Lazarus who was Simon Magus excommunicated. "Sword" is a metaphor for the angels barring Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden such as Peter raising a sword at Judas' betrayal, which also a symbol for excommunication. Luke, who helped Jesus write the Gospel of Luke, obviously has used the same metaphor of Herod killing James, the brother of John, with a sword. "Locusts" are the followers of John the Baptist because John the Baptist lived on locusts in the desert. The term '666' is the grade system in the monastery of Simon Magus, and so on. However, the real value comes in Revelation's ability to show the year 48 AD in September when the Gospels were canonized and to show the history of the Church after 62 AD when Acts stops with the execution of Peter and Paul.

There are other sources that are valuable in deciphering Acts and Revelation. These are the Clementine Books, Paul's Epistles, the History written by the historian Josephus, and New Testament Apocrypha. The Clementine Recognitions and Homilies were written by Pope Clement and are a treasure trove of information on debates between Peter and Simon Magus. Their adversarial relationship is shown in Acts as Ananias and Sapphira whom Peter appears to kill, yet two years later Ananias is still alive to baptize Paul. (This couple are Simon Magus (using the name of an important priest) and Helena (using the jewel sapphire which represents her high status as the consort of Simon Magus); "death" again meaning excommunication.)

The Books "Antiquities of the Jews" and the "War of the Jews" written by Josephus are important as he was born just four years after the Crucifixion and he served in the Zealot War. Because he betrayed his Zealot comrades by not committing suicide and then becoming friends with their conqueror Vespasian, he was ignored by Jews. Although obviously appeasing his benefactors the Emperor by saying that Titus tried to prevent the destruction of the Temple, his history is mostly correct and actually contains hidden material that reveals the identities of Philip and John Mark-Bartholomew and Helena-Salome-Martha-Paulina. (On this last person, Mary Magdalene's mother, see my book: Paulina's promise to her grandfather, Jesus.) Also valuable is Philo of Alexandria and Dio Cassius.

All Acts and Revelation verses relating to each event or theme are shown together in the same chronological order as in their book positions. These are enhanced by historical texts and apocrypha. By having the Acts and Revelation verses together, it is possible to get a more detailed description of the event or theme rather than relying on an multiple indexes and two markers, thus requiring at least three fingers marking these places! It is also possible to better decipher the obscure images of Revelation when measured by chronology,

The merging of Acts and Revelation has been made possible by the methods of of Pesher of Christ™ (this site) and Dr. Barbara Thiering's pesher technique, giving priority to the former. (Although the two methods have as their aim to determine possibly contradictory hidden meanings within the surface meanings, the Thiering assumption that the subject of pronouns are determined by previous names will not be used; instead the Pesher of Christ™ inductive reasoning will pay attention to strict grammar and translation with pronouns acting as expected.) Also used will be chronology as relates to other sources of which Josephus 'historical works are a great part, the allowance for multiple names for the same person, and modern findings. The basis of the Acts and Revelation will be Young's Literal Translation of the Holy Bible (1898), modified with strict adherence to unbiased translation. Young's version is often considered to be more accurate than the American Standard Version (1901). More modern versions could not be used as they are copyrighted and in some cases are more biased towards "consensus opinion" or theology. Much assistance on dates was obtained from the appendix of Dr. Thiering's book: "Jesus the Man", but some have been revised based on new knowledge and different inductive reasonings as she did also on her website, such as the death of James Niceta and Peter's imprisonment, and from my book Paulina's promise to her grandfather, Jesus.

Using the theory that Jerusalem in the plural form means Qumran (the Essene monastery near the Dead Sea where the Dead Scrolls have been found in nearby caves), all plural Jerusalems are shown as "Jerusalem (Qumran)". This theory, put forward by Dr. Barbara Thiering, has been checked for consistency by Inductive Reasoning on this site: Qumran as the mirror of Jerusalem. The implication of this is that Jesus operated in and around Qumran and that nearby hamlets of Ein Feshkha and Mazin took on the names of the places that dignitaries came from. Also see the Inductive Reasoning on this site: Traditional Jerusalem-centered Journeys of Jesus versus the Qumran-centered Journeys and also by a series of You Tube animations: All Jesus Journeys. Thus the Crucifixion and "Resurrection" took place at Qumran, not Jerusalem.

The base source for Acts is from Vaticanus and Revelation is from Codex Sinaiticus since it is missing from he former. The symbol ┬ indicates that a certain letter or set of letters is missing in this text when compared to other versions.

New Testament Apocrypha included as reasonably legitimate are: M.R. James Translations: Acts of Peter (includes Martyrdom); Acts of Paul (Paul and Thecla; Martyrdom), Acts of Barnabas, Acts of Philip, and Letters of Paul and Seneca.

Using the excellent work of Juan Hernandez, Jr on academia.edu, the translations have been adjusted from the text on the Codex Sinaiticus site, which contains the scanned document, with these variants indicted in bold. (This author, however, believes that Codex Sinaiticus came after the others, but the text shows it to be first, in particular that 'saints' are in Rev 1:1 and Rev 22:21 rather than 'servants'.)

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Index by Year

Acts and Revelation have been organized by year. Within the year headings, the highlights of that year are shown. Those that are underlined as links point to two separate biographies that will show in a second tab in their corresponding chronological place for:

St. Paul
Herod Agrippa I.
These two persons above are the backbone of Acts and need to be viewed as a whole especially because both are difficult to place by year.
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(The highlights of the years are shown in red.)
  • 2 BC - Jesus is five years old /Simeon announces the beginning of the Mission
  • The First Seven Years of the Mission 6-12 AD (First Angel - Ananus the Elder)
  • 6 AD - Jesus' Bar Mitzvah at 12 years old / The uprising of Judas the Galilean against Cyrenius taxation
  • The Second Seven Years of the Mission 13-19 AD (Second Angel - Eleazar Annas)
  • 13 AD - One Year before the death of Augustus Caesar in 14 AD when Tiberius becomes Emperor
  • The Third Seven Years of the Mission 20-26 AD (Third Angel - John the Baptist)
  • 20 AD - One Year after the Expulsion of the Jews from Rome by Tiberius: The Rise of Simon Magus
  • The Fourth Seven Years of the Mission 27-33 AD (Fourth Angel - Jonathan Annas)
  • 27 AD - Pontius Pilate in his second year as Prefect of Judea / John the Baptist is Pope/ The Rise of Simon Magus
  • 28 AD - John the Baptist has been Pope for two years
  • 27 AD - John the Baptist is deposed by Herod Antipas after the dance of Salome and killed in Machaerus prison by Herod Agrippa as a favor to Herodias
  • 33 AD - Herod Agrippa briefly tries Jesus in the Gospel of John/ The Crucifixion and "Resurrection" of Jesus in April / Daughter of Jesus and Mary Magdalene (Tamar-Phoebe) is born in September (She will marry St. Paul.>
  • The Fifth Seven Years of the Mission 34-40 AD (Fifth Angel - Theophilus Annas)
  • 34 AD - World Age 9 - Supposed to be the Restoration of the Priests and line of David Kings 3080-3150 Anno Mundi. The Pentecost
  • 35 AD - Mission moves to Caesarea Maritima
  • 36 AD - Herod Agrippa imprisoned by Tiberius due to Eutychus (John Mark) disclosing his words to Caligula against Tiberius / Jesus returns from the monastery to conceive a child / Paul, an acolyte beginning his preliminary entry to Qumran, seeing Vitellius and his troops, writes Pesher of Habakkuk / Seven Leaders Chosen
  • 37 AD - Tiberius dies and Caligula becomes Emperor / Caligula frees Herod Agrippa awarding him the lands of his uncle Philip / Stoning of Stephen (Jonathan Annas) / Alliance of Peter and Simon Magus against Agrippa who will return in 38 AD / Jesus's son Jesus Justus is born / Simon sends Philip to recruit Titus-Marsyas (Simon Magus is explicitly revealed) / Paul is blinded and Jesus speaks to him
  • 39 AD - Herod Antipas is stripped of his tetrarchy and it is given to King Herod Agrippa by Caligula
  • 40 AD - Agrippa is in Rome and attempts to stop Caligula from erecting his statue in the Jerusalem Temple / Paul graduates at Samekh as proselyte/ James (Aeneas), the brother of Jesus is made Bishop of Jerusalem
  • The Sixth Seven Years of the Mission 41- 47 (Sixth Angel - Matthew Annas)
  • 41 AD - Caligula is assassinated and Agrippa helps to negotiate the accession of Claudius thus he becomes King over all the territory that was Herod the Great's
  • 42 AD - Peter debates with Simon Magus at Caesarea, Tyre, Sidon, Beirut, Byblos, Tripolis, Aradus, and Laodicea (described in the Clementines, written by Clement, the younger brother of James and John)
  • 43 AD - Simon the Tanner in Joppa officiates at third marriage union wedding of Jesus and Mary Magdalene / Jesus introduces a major policy change to Peter to give uncircumcised Gentiles equal standing such as Luke (Cornelius) / Paul having continued his study at Tarsus, graduates as a bishop
  • 44 AD - Barnabas and Paul sent to Qumran to relieve the famine / King Herod Agrippa threatens the Church and is poisoned by Blastus under orders from Simon Magus / Jesus' second son is born / First Mission Journey of Barnabas with Paul starts and from Antioch / In Cyprus Paul reveals to Agrippa II (Sergius Paulus) that it was Simon Magus who poisoned his father / Jesus' letters to the seven Churches / Abortive crossing of the Jordan River by Theudas
  • 45 AD - First Mission Journey of Barnabas with Paul and John Mark by ship from Paphos, Cyprus, to Perga, Turkey / Mary Magdalene requests a divorce from Jesus thus John (Mark) leaving to Jerusalem (Qumran) / First Mission Journey of Barnabas with Paul to Antioch of Pisidia to Iconium, Lystra where Barnabas is called Zeus and Paul is called Hermes and Jesus' youngest brother Simon is initiated, to Derbe; then Retracing steps to Antioch of Pisidia.
  • 46 AD - Retracing steps to Pamphylia, then to Perga and Attalia, and sailing back to Antioch ending First Mission Journey / Council of Jerusalem allows the uncircumcised / Paul and Barnabas returning to Antioch with Jesus' other brothers Jude and Simon
  • 47 AD - Paul disagrees with Barnabas over taking John Mark on the proposed Second Missionary Journey / Barnabas and John Mark take their Mission Journey to Cyprus (Acts of Barnabas) / Paul leads Second Mission Journey with Simon-Silas / Paul Attends Timothy's Bar Mitzvah in Lystra
  • The Seventh Angel, about to Sound, will inaugurate the final seven years (48-54) of the Mission with the Gospels canonized under Matthew Annas
  • 48 AD - Paul continues Second Mission Journey with Simon-Silas in Phrygia and the region of Galatia Jesus' Letters to the Seven Churches / Coronation of Agrippa II / Purging Simon from the Gospel of John / Jesus the Lamb opens the Gospels /Canonizing the Gospels
  • 49 AD - In a Vision Luke tells Paul that Jesus needs him in Macedonia
  • 50 AD - Baptism of Lydia and betrothal to Jesus / Paul objects to Bernice's claim of leadership & Paul and Silas imprisoned
  • 51 AD - Paul and Silas continue their Second Mission Journey to Thessalonica / Christians expelled from Rome / Paul and Silas escape to Berea continuing their Second Mission / Birth Jesus' third son is announced by Paul / Paul departs by sea to Athens without Timothy and Silas to meet Damaris-Phoebe his bride / Paul meets Seneca in Athens giving his talk on the Unknown God; / Meets Damaris-Phoebe and agree to a March betrothal
  • 52 AD - Paul meets with Aquila and Priscilla who had returned from Rome / Jesus gives Tamar (Phoebe) in marriage to Paul and Paul begins 1.5 year betrothal / Paul is brought before Gallio
  • 53 AD - Paul as a Nazarite is shorn like a sheep preparing for sexual relations with Phoebe
  • 54 AD - Phoebe (three months pregnant in March) sails with Paul to Ephesus / Claudius dies and Nero is Emperor / Paul's first child 'Paulina' born in Ephesus. Departs to Caesarea then to Antioch ending his 2nd Mission Journey / Paul begins his Third Mission Journey in Galatia and Phrygia
  • Next Seven Years of the Mission 55-61 (Bringing Paul and Jesus to Rome)
  • 55 AD - Bernice and Agrippa II invite Nero to Bernice's house in Rome / Paul is ordained by John Aquila as the Archbishop of Ephesus for two years March 55
  • 56 AD - Agrippa II rejects the Zealots Simon Magus and Eleazar the grandson of Judas the Galilean
  • 57 AD - Paul renews marriage vows; sends Phoebe with Jesus and Peter to Rome / Jonathan (Sceva) who was the leader is excommunicated June 57 AD and murdered shortly after by Felix / Paul at 40 years old goes to Troas for the sexual part of marriage renewal with Phoebe, who had returned from Rome / Demetrius (the silversmith-Simon Magus) makes silver statuettes of Mary Magdalene to sell upon her death.
  • 58 AD - Apollos prophecies that this year 58 AD is the year of the Eschaton and prepares a demonstration of the "Walls of Jericho" / Paul in prison visits his second daughter / Paul having continued his mission, returns to Corinth as Phoebe to be there for Phoebe's three months pregnant / 25th anniversary of the Last Supper / John Mark (Eutychus) is reconciled with Paul / The group (including Phoebe) set by ship eastwards; Paul joins them at Assos / Paul resigns his ministry at Ephesus / Stopping in Tyre where Phoebe gets off; Paul is reminded that he is unclean / Stopping at Caesarea to visit Philip / Paul arrives in Jerusalem (Qumran) Ending his Third Mission Journey / Going from Qumran (Jerusalem) to Jerusalem, tests Simon-Silas in his Nazarite state to be married/ Paule enters the Temple with three Gentiles and is attacked and jailed / Jesus comforts him and promises that he will go to Rome / Paul's half sister's son warns him (Trophimus, son of Salome - sister nun) / Chief Captain arranges to send Paul to Caesarea under the procurator Felix's protection for his safety / A bribe is given to Felix so that Paul and see his daughter after her birth in September
  • 59 AD - Paul is in prison and Ananus the Younger is in Ephesus
  • 60 AD - Procurator Festus takes over for Felix and hears his case. He asks to be judged by Caesar / Festus and Agrippa II with Bernice listen to Paul's case / The ship departs for Rome with Paul, Peter, Luke with Jesus, and Felix/ Allowed to stop to pick up Phoebe and his two daughters in Sidon / Sailing to Myra, changing ship / Arrive at Fair Havens, Crete / Shipwrecked at Malta / Paul attacked by a Apollos (viper)
  • 61 AD - Plot to poison Nero / After three months, Paul sailed to Syracuse / Sailing to Rhegium, then Puteoli, then to Rome / Paul under house arrest in Rome
  • Next Seven Years of the Mission 62-68 (Nero's attack on Christians and the death of Peter and Paul)
  • 62 AD - James is murdered by Ananus the Younger
  • 63 AD - Felix acquitted by influence of Pallas, his brother and Paul is released; goes to Spain
  • 64 AD - The Great Fire at Rome July 18-19 / Nero Accuses the Christians of Setting the Fire Christians in Rome are killed by Nero (Antipas II and Timothy are dead) / Peter ordains Clement as Pope in his stead / The Martyrdom of Peter
  • 65 AD - Agrippa II and Bernice had been forced to move from Jerusalem / Seneca is accused in the plot against Nero and due to Paul's relationship with him, Paul is beheaded / Timothy is killed
  • 66 AD - Agrippa II replaces Matthew Annas with Matthias Annas II as high priest / The Great War begins in Judea
  • 67 AD - Vespasian and Titus invade Judea / Agrippa II declares his allegiance to Rome
  • 68 AD - Ananus the Younger is killed trying to take back the temple from the militants / Nero is forced to commit suicide
  • Next Seven Years of the Mission 69-75 (The Fall of Jerusalem and Masada, Death of Jesus, and the Betrothal of his son Jesus Justus)
  • 69 AD - Three Emperors fight to replace Nero as Vespasian begins the campaign against Judea
  • 70 AD - The Fall of Temple in Jerusalem is ignored (February – August)
  • 71 AD - Titus Returns to Rome Triumphant / Bernice's affair with Titus comes to light / The two Churches of Jesus and Simon Magus are forever divided
  • 72 AD - Betrothal of Jesus Justus (first son of Jesus) and his bride / Death of Jesus at age 78
  • 73 AD - Matthias, the son of Theophilus Annas serves as Priest-Pope
  • 74 AD - The Fall of Masada in March 74
  • 97 AD - Eastern factions still believe that they can defeat Rome
  • 100 AD - The Four Thousand Year Eschaton is abandoned
  • 106 AD - Pope Alexander is installed as Pope / Bernice dies and her Church is closed 106 AD
  • 111 AD - Betrothal of Jesus Justus' son (Jesus III) / Restructure of the Church
  • 112 AD - The New Jerusalem / Three month viable point for the baby Jesus IV

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11 BC - Herod Agrippa, the grandson of Herod the Great, is born. He one of the most influential persons up until 44AD, when he was poisoned by Simon Magus. Though not mentioned very much in the New Testament, and easily confused with other Herods, the Jewish historian Josephus chronicles his life in detail. In the New Testament, he is the one who killed John the Baptist, who briefly had Jesus at trial before the Crucifixion, and eventually became king over all the lands of his grandfather, threatening the early Christian Church. His grandfather, Herod the Great, becoming mad and believing that everyone was trying to kill him, executed his son Aristobulus, the father of Agrippa in 6 BC. Herod Agrippa at six years old in 5 BC was brought up with Drusus, Tiberius' favorite son, in Rome.
7 BC - Jesus is born at the Queen's house just south of Qumran in the adjoining section of the stable being treated as an illegitimate child because of Joseph's conjugal rape of Mary prior to the prescribed time in December for the consummation of their marriage under Essene law. (See section beginning with the Annunciation of Mary.)
5 BC Herod the Great dies and Tiberius becomes Emperor in 4 BC.
2 BC - Jesus is five years old /Simeon announces the beginning of the Mission
Using the first 7 plagues from Moses (8,9,10 are not used) repeated in four sets of seven quarters for total of 28 quarters = seven years.
(See Explanation for 6AD further on)
1st seven year
plague cycle
blood
Ex. 7:14–25
frogs
Ex. 7:25–8:11
gnats/lice
Ex. 8:16–19
flies
Ex. 8:20–32
cattle
Ex. 9:1–7
boils
Ex. 9:8–12
hail/fire
Ex. 9:13–35
firstMar 02BCJun 02BCSep 02BCJan 01BCMar 01BCJune 01BCSep 01BC
secondJan 01Mar 01Jun 01Sep 01Jan 02Mar 02Jun 02
thirdSep 02Jan 03Mar 03Jun 03Sep 03Jan 04Mar 04
fourthJun 04Sep 04Jan 05Mar 05Jun 05Sep 05Jan 06
Simeon announces the beginning of the Mission 2 BC

Rev 08:02 και ϊδον τουc επτα αγγελουc οι ενωπιον του θυ εcτηκαcιν και εδοθηcα αυτοιc επτα cαλπιγγεc
Rev 08:03 και αλλοc αγγελοc ηλθεν και εcταθη επι του θυcιαcτηριου εχων λιβανωτον χρυcου και εδοθη αυτω θυμιαματα πολλα ϊνα δωcει ταιc προcευχαιc των αγιω παντων επι το θυcιαcτηριον το χρυcουν ενωπιον του θρονου
Rev 08:04 και αναβη καπνοc των θυμιαματων ταιc προcευχαιc των αγιων εκ χιροc του αγγελου ενωπιον του θυ
Rev 08:05 και ειληφεν ο αγγελοc το λιβανωτον και εγεμιcεν αυτον εκ του πυροc του θυcιαcτηριου και εβαλεν ειc την γη και εγενοντο βροται και φωναι και αcτραπαι και cειcμοc
Rev 08:06 και οι επτα αγγελοι εχοντεc ταc επτα cαλπιγγαc ητοιμαcαν αυτουc ϊνα cαλπιcωcιν

Rev 08:02 and I saw the seven angels who before God have stood, and there were given to them seven trumpets.

Rev 08:03 And another angel did come, and he stood at the altar, having a golden censer, and there was given to him much perfume, that he may give [it] to the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar that [is] before the throne, Rev 08:04 and go up did the smoke of the perfumes to the prayers of the saints out of the hand of the angel, before God; Rev 08:05 and the angel took the censer, and did fill it out of the fire of the altar, and did cast [it] to the earth, and there came voices, and thunders, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

Rev 08:06 And the seven angels who are having the seven trumpets did prepare themselves that they may sound.

(James Niceta writes:)
Rev 08:02 and I saw the seven angels who before God have stood, and there were given to them seven trumpets.

Rev 08:03 And another angel did come, and he stood at the altar, having a golden censer, and there was given to him much perfume, that he may give [it] to the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar that [is] before the throne, Rev 08:04 and go up did the smoke of the perfumes to the prayers of the saints out of the hand of the angel, before God; Rev 08:05 and the angel took the censer, and did fill it out of the fire of the altar, and did cast [it] to the earth, and there came voices, and thunders, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

Rev 08:06 And the seventh angel who, having the seven trumpets, did prepare themselves that they may sound.

This was the year 2 BC and the angel was Simeon the Essene, who was the same angel who in 8 BC announced to Mary that she would have a son, is predicting that there would be seven times seven year periods before God would bring the Restoration predicted by Daniel. Each seventh year would be announced by a trumpet. The period between 2 BC and 5 AD was the zero point.
(For the importance of 2 BC - See Qumran World Ages.)

6 AD - Jesus' Bar Mitzvah at 12 years old / The uprising of Judas the Galilean against Cyrenius taxation
Using the first 7 plagues from Moses (8,9,10 are not used) repeated in four sets of seven quarters for total of 28 quarters = seven years.
(See Explanation for 6AD after this table)
2nd seven year
plague cycle
blood
Ex. 7:14–25
frogs
Ex. 7:25–8:11
gnats/lice
Ex. 8:16–19
flies
Ex. 8:20–32
cattle
Ex. 9:1–7
boils
Ex. 9:8–12
hail/fire
Ex. 9:13–35
firstMar 06
Rev 08:07
Jun 06Sep 06Jan 07Mar 07June 07Sep 07
Rev 08:07
secondJan 08Mar 08Jun 08Sep 08Jan 09Mar 09Jun 09
thirdSep 09Jan 10Mar 10Jun 10Sep 10Jan 11Mar 11
fourthJun 11Sep 11Jan 12Mar 12Jun 12Sep 12Jan 13
The First Seven Years of the Mission 6-12 AD (First Angel - Ananus the Elder)
Rev 08:07 και ο πρωτοc εcαλπιcεν και εγενετο χαλαζα και πυρ μεμιγμενον εν αιματι και εβληθη ειc τη γην και το τριτον τηc γηc κατεκαη και το τριτον των δενδρων κατεκαη και παc χορτοc χλωροc κατεκαη ·

Rev 08:07 and the first did sound, and there came hail and fire, mingled with blood, and it was cast to the land, and the third of the trees was burnt up, and all the green grass was burnt up.

(James Niceta writes:)
Rev 08:07a and the first did sound,

This is the first of seven angels introducing sets of seven years. Translators make a bad assumption to add the word angel because it specifically left out. Judas the Galilean, although he seemed like an angel at the time, ended up bringing false hope and the eventual destruction of the Temple in his creation of the Zealots. He took over the abandoned Essence monastery of Qumran and re-consecrated it under less strict Essene rules. It would be a place where funds for the campaigns could be kept. His revolt in 6 AD was specifically against the census and taxes of Cyrenius, but was meant to overthrow the rule by the Romans with God's promised help. (See Jesus' Bar Mitzvah in 6 AD)

(Antiquities of the Jews 18.1.6) But of the fourth sect of Jewish philosophy, Judas the Galilean was the author. These men agree in all other things with the Pharisaic notions; but they have an inviolable attachment to liberty, and say that God is to be their only Ruler and Lord. They also do not value dying any kinds of death, nor indeed do they heed the deaths of their relations and friends, nor can any such fear make them call any man lord. And since this immovable resolution of theirs is well known to a great many, I shall speak no further about that matter; nor am I afraid that any thing I have said of them should be disbelieved, but rather fear, that what I have said is beneath the resolution they show when they undergo pain. And it was in Gessius Florus's time that the nation began to grow mad with this distemper, who was our procurator, and who occasioned the Jews to go wild with it by the abuse of his authority, and to make them revolt from the Romans.

Rev 08:07band there came hail and fire, mingled with blood,

'Hail and fire mingled with blood' refers to the first and seventh plague of Moses against Pharaoh (Exodus chapters 7 to 12) and was part of a strategy of secret disruption by all the Jews in the Roman Empire. (See plague chart above.) It began in 2 BC with the dissatisfaction with Archelaus, who inherited Judea from his father Herod the Great, up until the fall of Jerusalem and Masada and then was reinstituted in 97 AD for the events leading up to the Bar Kokhba Revolt of 132 AD–136 AD.

The misguided belief of the Jews that God would deal with the Romans as He had with Pharaoh caused them to copy the first seven plagues rather than the total of ten so that they could have repeating sevens and they put them in sets of four seasons beginning in the Spring. These charts like the one above give support for the correct dating of Revelation by finding the word 'plague' and the words such as 'blood' and 'hail'. It also explains the strange appearance of these words. (Kudos to Dr. Barbara Thiering for discovering this.)

Rev 08:07cand it was cast to the land, and the third of the trees was burnt up, and all the green grass was burnt up.

The Zealot revolt caused Herod Archelaus the Ethnarch (the land) to be dethroned and the High Priest Joazar Boethus ('the trees') to be replaced by the Sadducee Ananus the Elder (the real first angel - angel is the Essene title for leader). He was High Priest from 6 to 15 AD. From the image of the 'green grass' we learn that Judas excluded the Gentiles ('the green grass') who were previously allowed a pseudo-Jewish identity under Herod the Great in the Diaspora (Jews living in foreign lands).

Gamaliel tells how Judas the Galilean rose up 6 AD
Acts 05:37 μετὰ του̃τον ἀνέστη Ἰούδας ὁ Γαλιλαι̃ος ἐν ται̃ς ἡμέραις τη̃ς ἀπογραφη̃ς καὶ ἀπέστησεν λαὸν ὀπίσω αὐτου̃· κἀκει̃νος ἀπώλετο, καὶ πάντες ὅσοι ἐπείθοντο αὐτῳ̃ διεσκορπίσθησαν.
Acts 05:37 'After this one rose up, Judas the Galilean, in the days of the enrollment, and drew away much people after him, and that one perished, and all, as many as were obeying him, were scattered;

The following was made as a reference by Gamaliel, but presented out of context with Theudas' crossing of the Jordan River:
Acts 05:37 'After this one rose up, Judas the Galilean, in the days of the enrollment, and drew away much people after him, and that one perished, and all, as many as were obeying him, were scattered;

(Antiquities of the Jews 18.1.1) Yet was there one Judas the Galilean, who, taking with him Sadduc (Theudus-Barabbas), a Pharisee, became zealous to draw them to a revolt, who both said that this taxation was no better than an introduction to slavery, and exhorted the nation to assert their liberty;
Mar 6AD Jesus' Bar Mitzvah is a symbolic birth (7BC -1 (no zero) + 6AD = 12 years old) )
Rev 12:01 και cημιον μεγα ωφθη εν τω ουνω γυνη περιβεβλημενη τον ηλιον και την cεληνην ϋποκατω των ποδων αυτηc και επι τηc κεφαληc αυτηc cτεφανοc αcτερων δωδεκα
Rev 12:02 και εν γαcτρι εχουcα και κραζει ωδινουcα και βαcανιζομενη τεκειν
Rev 12:03 κ(αι) ωφθη αλλο cημιον εν τω ουνω κ(αι) ϊδου δρακων πυρροc μεγαc εχων κεφαλαc επτα και κερατα δεκα και επι ταc κεφαλαc αυτου επτα διαδηματα
Rev 12:04 και η ουρα αυτου cυρι το τριτον των αcτερων το τριτο του ουρανου και εβαλεν αυτουc ειc την γην και ο δρακων εcτηκεν ενωπιον τηc γυναικοc τηc μελλουcηc τεκειν ϊνα οταν τεκη το τεκνον αυτηc καταφαγη
Rev 12:05 και ετεκεν ϋϊον αρρενα οc μελλει ποιμενιν παντα τα εθνη εν ραβδω cιδηρα και ηρπαγη το τεκνον αυτηc προc τον θν και προc τον θρονον αυτου
Rev 12:06 και η γυνη εφυγεν ειc την ερημον οπου εχι εκει τοπον ητοιμαcμενον απο του θυ ϊνα εκει τρεφουcιν αυτον ημεραc χιλιαc διακοcιαc εξηκοντα

Rev 12:01 And a great sign was seen in the heaven, a woman arrayed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars, Rev 12:02 and being with child she does cry out, travailing and pained to bring forth. (the twelve tribes of Israel under her husband as the descendant of King David) Rev 12:03 And there was seen another sign in the heaven, and, lo, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his head seven diadems, Rev 12:04 and his tail does draw the third of the stars of the heaven, and he did cast them to the earth; and the dragon did stand before the woman who is about to bring forth, that when she may bring forth, her child he may devour; Rev 12:05 and she brought forth a male child, who is about to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, and caught away was her child unto God and His throne, Rev 12:06 and the woman did flee to the wilderness, where she has a place made ready from God, that there they may nourish her -- days a thousand, two hundred, sixty.

(Antiquities of the Jews 18.2.1 "When Cyrenius had now disposed of Archelaus's money, and when the taxings were come to a conclusion, which were made in the thirty-seventh year of Caesar's victory over Antony at Actium, he deprived Joazar of the high priesthood, which dignity had been conferred on him by the multitude, and he appointed Ananus, the son of Seth, to be high priest." (This would be 6 AD by inclusive counting.)

(This section, assigned to John Aquila, beginning here at Rev 12:01 Jesus' Bar Mitzvah in 6 AD and ending at Rev 14:05 with the time Just prior to the Ascension in 33 AD. should have been the first section of Revelation, but instead Revelation starts with the year 48 AD with the Letters to the Seven Churches and the Canonizing the Gospels.)


(John Aquila writes:)
Rev 12:01 And a great sign was seen in the heaven (the church platform constructed at the Queen's house south of Qumran),

a woman arrayed with the sun (having the blessing of the presiding council),

and the moon under her feet (like Luna (Helena) Mary is female member of the council of thirty for the cycle of the moon being the one half as a female (29 and one half days See Triacontad),

and upon her head a crown of twelve stars (the twelve tribes of Israel under her husband as the descendant of King David),

James and John revered Mary as she was their Mother Superior because as Gentiles they were linked in status to females.
(Gospel of Philip GPhil 6) "When we were Hebrews, we were orphans and had only our mother, but when we became Christians, we had both father and mother."

Rev 12:02 and being with child she does cry out, travailing and pained to bring forth. (a metaphoric image for Jesus' Bar Mitzvah) Rev 12:03 And there was seen another sign in the heaven, and, lo, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his head seven diadems,

The High Priest Joazar Boethus still opposes Jesus as illegitimate. He is the head of the seven leaders based on the seven days in the week. He is also in charge of the ten provinces of the Diaspora.

Rev 12:04 and his tail does draw the third of the stars of the heaven, and he did cast them to the earth (His subordinate has been instructed by him not recognize the status of the celibate Gentiles.);

and the dragon did stand before the woman who is about to bring forth, that when she may bring forth, her child he may devour (excommunicate); Rev 12:05 and she brought forth a male child, who is about to rule all the nations with a rod of iron (an assured heredity: Isaiah 11:1-5),

and caught away was her child unto God and His throne,

Boethus is deposed and Ananus, the Sadducee is made High Priest - Sadducee title is 'God'. He recognizes Jesus as legitimate.

Rev 12:06 and the woman did flee to the wilderness, where she has a place made ready from God (Mary rushes to return to her convent at Mird before dark),

that there they may nourish her -- days a thousand, two hundred, sixty.

(The three and half years of Daniel: 3.5 years*360 (12 months of 30 day months) or 42 months. This is an expression to say that, as in the time of the Maccabean revolt, God will bring the for the restoration of the Jewish Kingdom.)

JOSEPHUS ANTIQUITIES OF THE JEWS 18.1.1: HOW CYRENIUS WAS SENT BY CAESAR TO MAKE A TAXATION OF SYRIA

And Judea; Concerning Judas of Galilee, and Concerning the Sects that were among the Jews: "Moreover, Cyrenius came himself into Judea, which was now added to the province of Syria, to take an account of their substance, and to dispose of Archelaus's money; but the Jews, although at the beginning they took the report of a taxation heinously, yet did they leave off any further opposition to it, by the persuasion of Joazar, who was the son of Boethus, and high priest Joazar Boethus; so they, being over-persuaded by Joazar's words, gave an account of their estates, without any dispute about it. Yet was there one Judas, a Gaulonite (Judas the Galilean), a Pharisee, became zealous to draw them to a revolt, who both said that this taxation was no better than an introduction to slavery, and exhorted the nation to assert their liberty; ... All sorts of misfortunes also sprang from these men, and the nation was infected with this doctrine to an incredible degree; one violent war came upon us after another, and we lost our friends which used to alleviate our pains; there were also very great robberies and murder of our principal men. Such were the consequences of this, that the customs of our fathers were altered, and such a change was made, as added a mighty weight toward bringing all to destruction, which these men occasioned by their thus conspiring together; for Judas and Zadok (Theudas), who excited a fourth philosophic sect (1. Pharisees, 2. Sadducees, 3. Essenes, 4. Zealots) among us, and had a great many followers ..."

Actually there was another sect called the Therapeuts, who were the "shepherds" of the Bethlehem story as they lived a nomadic life, using the imagery of Moses and Joshua. Zadok (Theudas) who joined with Judas the Galilean and is listed as the disciple Thaddeus was their leader. (Judas Iscariot replaced Judas the Galilean when he was killed.) Their center was in Alexandria, Egypt and so they called their area around Mird and Jordan "Egypt". This is where Joseph and Mary fled to, not the real Egypt. They looked forward to the day when God would bring the Restoration and that they would again be able to cross the River Jordan into the Promised Land. They introduced song and mystery plays into their services. See Philo: the Essenes and Therapeuts. The Christian Church modeled their abbey system on the Therapeuts and their monastic system on the Essenes.

The Sadducees, having set themselves up as priests and calling themselves "God" (similar to today's "Father"), were quite rich and learned. Early on, they found that it was much more profitable to align themselves with the Hasmonean kings and the Romans after them. It was their relaxed policy on the rules of the Torah and their emphasis on peace with Rome that placed them in cooperation with Jesus. Although Jesus believed that, as the David king, he could replace them as priests, it was really not until the Destruction of the Temple that they were eliminated from the Christian Church. At the Crucifixion, Jesus had to submit to the will of his superior, Jonathan Annas, a Sadducee, "saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but Thine, be done" (Luke 22:42) at the Garden of Gethsemane. Jonathan is listed as one of the disciples: James son of Alphaeus (son of the High Priest Annas) and in Acts is known as Stephen (stephanos is Greek for crown), he believing himself to be priest and king for which he was stoned (excommunicated) in 37AD. He was so popular that Christmas is also called the Feast of St. Stephen. With his real name James, he is often confused with James the younger brother of Jesus, who became the Bishop of Jerusalem in 40 AD. He is also the Nathanael in John 21:2 contrary to the consensus view. (Nathanael means "God has given" which is similar to Jonathan "gift of God". )

Mar 6AD Michael and his angels did war against the dragon
Rev 12:07 και εγενετο πολεμοc εν τω ουνω ο μιχαηλ και οι αγγελοι αυτου πολεμηcαι μετα του δρακοντοc και ο δρακων επολεμηcεν και οι αγγελοι αυτου
Rev 12:08 και ουκ ϊcχυcαν προc αυτον ουδε τοτε ευρεθη ετι εν τω ουνω
Rev 12:09 και εβληθη ο δρακω ο μεγαc οφιc ο αρχαιοc ο καλουμενοc διαβολοc ο cαταναc ο πλανων την οικουμενην ολην εβληθη ειc την γη και οι αγγελοι αυτου μετ αυτου εβληθηcαν
Rev 12:10 και ηκουcα φωνην μεγαλη εν τω ουνω λεγουcαν αρτι εγενετο η cωτηρια και η δυναμιc και η βαcιλια του θυ ημω και η εξουcια του χριcτου αυτου οτι εβληθη ο κατηγοροc των αδελφω ημων ο κατηγορων αυτων ενωπιον του θυ ημω ημεραc και νυκτοc
Rev 12:11 και ουτοι ενικηcαν αυτον δια το αιμα του αρνιου κ(αι) δια τον λογον τηc μαρτυριαc αυτω και ουκ ηγαπηcα την ψυχην αυτω αχρι θανατου
Rev 12:12 δια τουτο ευφρενεcθε ουνοι και οι κατοικουντεc εν αυτοιc ουαι ειc την γην και την θαλαccαν οτι κατεβη ο διαβολοc προc ϋμαc εχων θυμον ειδωc οτι ολιγον καιρον εχει
Rev 12:13 και οτε ειδεν ο δρακων οτι εβληθη ειc την γην εδωκεν την γυναικα ητιc ετεκεν το αρcενα
Rev 12:14 και εδοθηcαν τη γυναικι δυο πτερυγεc αετου του μεγαλου ϊνα πετηται ειc την ερημον ειc τοπον αυτηc οπου τρεφεται εκει και κερουc και ημιcου καιρου απο προcωπου του οφεωc
Rev 12:15 και εβαλεν ο οφιc εκ του cτοματοc αυτου οπιcω τηc γυναικοc ϋδωρ ωc ποταμον ϊνα αυτην ποταμοφορητο ποιηcη
Rev 12:16 και εβοηθηcεν η γη τη γυναικι και ηνοιξεν η γη το cτομα αυτηc και κατεπιε τον ποταμον ον εβαλεν ο δρακω εκ του cτοματοc αυτου
Rev 12:17 και ωργιcθη ο δρακων επι τη γυναικι και απηλθε πολεμον ποιηcαι μετα των επιλοιπων του cπερματοc αυτηc των τηρουντων ταc εντολαc του θυ και εχοντων την μαρτυριαν του θυ

Rev 12:07 And there came war in the heaven; Michael and his angels did war against the dragon, and the dragon did war, and his angels, Rev 12:08 and they did not prevail, nor was their place found any more in the heaven;

Rev 12:09 and the great dragon was cast forth -- the old serpent, who is called "Devil," and "the Satan,"who is leading astray the whole world -- he was cast forth to the earth, and his angels were cast forth with him.

Rev 12:10 And I heard a great voice saying in the heaven, 'Now did come the salvation, and the power, and the reign, of our God, and the authority of His Christ, because cast down was the accuser of our brethren, who is accusing them before our God day and night; Rev 12:11 and they did overcome him because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life -- unto death; Rev 12:12 because of this be glad, you heavens, and those in them who do tabernacle; woe to those inhabiting the land and the sea, because the Devil did go down unto you, having great wrath, having known that he has little time.'

Rev 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast forth to the earth, he pursued the woman who did bring forth the male, Rev 12:14 and there were given to the woman two wings of the great eagle, that she may fly to the wilderness, to her place, where she is nourished a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent; Rev 12:15 and the serpent did cast forth after the woman, out of his mouth, water as a river, that he may cause her to be carried away by the river, Rev 12:16 and the land did help the woman, and the land did open its mouth and did swallow up the river, that the dragon did cast forth out of his mouth; Rev 12:17 and the dragon was angry against the woman, and went away to make war with the rest of her seed, those keeping the commands of God, and having the testimony of Jesus Christ.

(John Aquila writes:)
Rev 12:07 And there came war in the heaven; Michael and his angels (Essenes were known as angels and the top position was 'Michael')

did war against the dragon (Joazar Boethus), and the dragon did war, and his angels, Rev 12:08 and they did not prevail, nor was their place found any more in the heaven;

Rev 12:09 and the great dragon was cast forth -- the old serpent, who is called "Devil," and "the Satan,"who is leading astray the whole world -- he was cast forth to the earth, and his angels were cast forth with him.

Rev 12:10 And I heard a great voice saying in the heaven, 'Now did come the salvation, and the power, and the reign, of our God, and the authority of His Christ, because cast down was the accuser of our brethren, who is accusing them before our God day and night; Rev 12:11 and they did overcome him because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life -- unto death;

Michael and his angels represent the Essenes who made war with the Pharisees.They were the first who had compassion for all men of the "earth" (the uncircumcised men as descendants of Adam) and women of the "sea" (the image derived from their monthly periods that needed to be cleansed in the sea and the mission established in Rome, across the sea, that would later become famous under Bernice, the twin sister of Agrippa II, ). However, common men and women were still outcastes to the Essenes until Jesus gave them rights to be members of the Church. The Essene principle is that normal existence is not life, but rather death; because life comes from membership in the Essene brotherhood.

Rev 12:12 because of this be glad, you heavens, and those in them who do tabernacle; woe (Refers to the Plague Attacks - 2nd seven year plague cycle beginning 6 AD) to those inhabiting the land and the sea, because the Devil did go down unto you, having great wrath, having known that he has little time.'

The Restoration by God is expected soon.

Rev 12:13 And when the dragon (Joazar Boethus) saw that he was cast forth to the earth, he pursued the woman who did bring forth the male,

Rev 12:14 and there were given to the woman two wings of the great eagle (Jonathan Annas helping her) that she may fly to the wilderness, to her place, where she is nourished a time, and times, and half a time from the face of the serpent;

The Sadducees were often depicted as the Eagles from the Ezekiel’s chariot vision as they remained at peace with Rome (the symbol of the insignia of the eagle) but also protected the Jews. Thus they flew back and forth from West to East. "A time, and times, and half a time" comes from the prophesies of Daniel where two and one-half years would align all calendars of the different Jewish sects and to the Roman calendar (a Sadducee goal).

Rev 12:15 and the serpent did cast forth after the woman, out of his mouth, water as a river, that he may cause her to be carried away by the river, Rev 12:16 and the land did help the woman, and the land did open its mouth and did swallow up the river, that the dragon did cast forth out of his mouth;

The Therapeuts (See Adoration of the Shepherds of the Bethlehem story) believed that like Joshua they would one day cross the Jordan River as God would give them the Promised Land, once again, in the expected Restoration. (See The disastrous crossing of the Jordan River by Theudas in 44 AD.) Mary lived in female monastery in their territory in the wilderness of Mird and would act the part of Miriam in the pageants of the crossing of the Red Sea that occurred during the flooding of the wadys.

Rev 12:17 and the dragon was angry against the woman, and went away to make war with the rest of her seed, those keeping the commands of God, and having the testimony of Jesus Christ.

The High Priests Pharisee Joazar and Caiaphas after him continued to attack the legitimacy of her child Jesus, claiming that her next son James was the true Messiah because James was conceived by the strict Essene rules that only allowed sexual relations from November to January for the purpose of continuing the kingly or priestly line. (See Jesus' illegitimate conception in June) Ironically, it is James' birthday that was used to date the "AD:Anno Domini" by the 6th century monk Dionysius Exiguus, so this claim clearly stuck, especially when James became Bishop of Jerusalem.

13 AD - One Year before the death of Augustus Caesar in 14 AD when Tiberius becomes Emperor
Using the first 7 plagues from Moses (8,9,10 are not used) repeated in four sets of seven quarters for total of 28 quarters = seven years.
(See Explanation for 6AD plague)
3rd seven year
plague cycle
blood
Ex. 7:14–25
frogs
Ex. 7:25–8:11
gnats/lice
Ex. 8:16–19
flies
Ex. 8:20–32
cattle
Ex. 9:1–7
boils
Ex. 9:8–12
hail/fire
Ex. 9:13–35
firstMar 13Jun 13Sep 13Jan 14Mar 14June 14Sep 14
secondJan 15Mar 15Jun 15Sep15Jan 16Mar 16Jun 16
thirdSep 16Jan 17Mar 17Jun 17Sep 17Jan 18Mar 18
fourthJun 18Sep 18Jan 19Mar 19Jun 19Sep 19Jan 20
The Second Seven Years of the Mission 13-19 AD (Second Angel - Eleazar Annas)
Rev 08:08 και ο δευτεροc εcαλπιcεν και ωc οροc μεγα πυρι καιομενον εβληθη ειc την θαλαccαν και εγενηθη το τριτον τηc θαλαccηc αιμα
Rev 08:09 και απεθανε το τριτο μεροc των κτιcματων των εν τη θαλαccη τα εχοντα ψυχην και το τριτον των πλοιων διεφθαρηcαν ·

Rev 08:08 And the second angel did sound, and as it were a great mountain with fire burning was cast into the sea, and the third of the sea became blood, Rev 08:09 and die did the third of the creatures that [are] in the sea, those having life, and the third of the ships were destroyed.

(James Niceta writes:)
Rev 08:08 And the second angel did sound, and as it were a great mountain with fire burning was cast into the sea, and the third of the sea became blood, Rev 08:09 and die did the third of the creatures that are in the sea, those having life, and the third of the ships were destroyed.

The year is 13 AD. In 14 AD the Emperor Augustus Caesar died and was replaced by Tiberius (the mountain falling into the sea). The High Priest Ananus was replaced by his oldest son Eleazar Annas who was the second angel (High Priest (16-17 AD). The mission in Tiber Island in Rome was a flourishing Jewish center for the Gentiles. One third of the Gentles were the monastics who used fermented wine (blood), one third, dying to their normal lives and gaining life by becoming members of the Church (following the symbolism of Noah they would be baptized in the sea and know as fish (creatures of the sea) - See Fishers of Men. However in 19 AD the Jews were expelled, because a Roman lady who inclined toward Judaism had thought that her gift would be for the temple instead of been used for other purposes. (Simon Magus was using the funds to support the Zealots back home.) The synagogues were closed, the vessels burned, and 4,000 Jewish youths were sent upon military service to Sardinia. (Expelled by Tiberius)

Paul is born in November 16AD. (A Sagittarius!)

20 AD - One Year after the Expulsion of the Jews from Rome by Tiberius
Using the first 7 plagues from Moses (8,9,10 are not used) repeated in four sets of seven quarters for total of 28 quarters = seven years.
(See Explanation for 6AD plague)
4th seven year
plague cycle
blood
Ex. 7:14–25
frogs
Ex. 7:25–8:11
gnats/lice
Ex. 8:16–19
flies
Ex. 8:20–32
cattle
Ex. 9:1–7
boils
Ex. 9:8–12
hail/fire
Ex. 9:13–35
firstMar 20Jun 20Sep 20Jan 21Mar 21June 21Sep 21
secondJan 22Mar 22Jun 22Sep 22Jan 23Mar 23Jun 23
thirdSep 23Jan 24Mar 24Jun 24Sep 24Jan 25Mar 25
fourthJun 25Sep 25Jan 26Mar 26Jun 26Sep 26Jan 27
The Third Seven Years of the Mission 20-26 AD (Third Angel - John the Baptist)
Rev 08:10 και ο τριτοc αγγελοc εcαλπιcεν και επεcεν εκ του ουνου αcτηρ μεγαc καιομενοc ωc λαμπαc και επεcεν επι το τριτον των ποταμων και επι ταc πηγαc των ϋδατων
Rev 08:11 και το ονομα του αcτεροc λεγεται αψινθιον και λεγεται και εγενετο το τριτον των ϋδατων ειc αψινθιον και πολλοι των ανων απεθανον εκ των υδατων οτι επικρανθηcαν

Rev 08:10 And the third angel did sound, and there fell out of the heaven a great star, burning as a lamp, and it did fall upon the third of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters, Rev 08:11 and the name of the star is called Wormwood, and the third of the waters does become wormwood, and many of the men did die of the waters, because they were made bitter.

(James Niceta writes:)
Rev 08:10 And the third angel did sound, and there fell out of the heaven a great star, burning as a lamp, and it did fall upon the third of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters,

In 20 AD John the Baptist is the third angel (27 years old, son of Zechariah, the Zadok Priest, and Elizabeth). Zechariah, had been murdered in 6 AD. The star that fell out of heaven was Jesus' father Joseph (the Bethlehem Star of David) who was killed in 23 AD (See Mary is a widow).

Rev 08:11 and the name of the star is called Wormwood, and the third of the waters does become wormwood, and many of the men did die of the waters, because they were made bitter.

The new rising star would be Simon Magus (being called poison because he would mastermind the poisoning of Agrippa I). He had been expelled from Rome being involved in the Tiber Island problem above in 19 AD. The rivers and the fountains were the initiates who were baptized in them. The implication is that Simon poisoned them with his teachings.

Also in 23 AD Tiberius' favorite son Drusus is poisoned and Tiberius sends away all those that remind him of his son including Herod Agrippa. It was in this year also that his mother Bernice died leaving Agrippa with less ability to avoid the financial consequences of his lavish life style. In 26 AD Tiberius retires to Capri instructing that he is not to be disturbed. Agrippa is forced to leave Rome deeply in debt. He becomes deeply depressed and considers suicide, but his wife Cypros sends a letter to Heriodias, his sister, and she gets her husband Herod Antipas to give him a job in Tiberias as commissioner of markets in 27 AD.

The Rise of Simon Magus
Rev 12:18 και εcταθη επι την αμμον τηc θαλαccηc
Rev 13:01 και ειδον εκ τηc θαλαccηc θηριον αναβαινον εχον κερατα δεκα και κεφαλαc επτα και επι των κερατων αυτων διαδηματα δεκα και επι ταc κεφαλαc αυτου ονομα βλαcφημιαc
Rev 13:02 και το θηριον ο ειδον ην ομοιον παρδαλι και οι ποδεc αυτου ωc αρκου και το cτομα αυτου ωc cτομα λεοντω και εδωκεν αυτω ┬ δρακων την δυναμιν αυτου και το θρονον αυτου και εξουcιαν μεγαλην
Rev 13:03 και μιαν εκ τω κεφαλων αυτου ωc εcφαγμενην ειc θανατον και η πληγη του θανατου θανατου εθεραπευθη και εθαυμαcεν ολη η γη οπιcω του θηριου
Rev 13:04 και προcεκυνηcα τω δρακοντι οτι εδωκεν την εξουcιαν τω θηριω και προcεκυνηcαν τω θηριω λεγοντεc τιc ομοιοc τω θηριω και τιc δυναται πολεμηcαι μετ αυτου
Rev 13:05 και εδοθη αυτω cτομα λαλουν μεγαλα και βλαcφημιαc και εδοθη αυτω ┬ ποιηcαι ο θελει μηναc τεccερακοντα δυο
Rev 13:06 και ηνοιξε το cτομα αυτου ειc βλαcφημιαc προc τον θν βλαcφημηcαι αυτον και την cκηνην αυτου ┬ τουc ε τω ουνω cκηνουτεc
Rev 13:07 και εδοθη αυτω ποιηcαι πολεμον μετα των αγιων και νικηcαι αυτουc και εδοθη αυτω εξουcιαν επι παcαν φυλην και λαον και γλωccα και εθνοc
Rev 13:08 και προcκυνηcουcιν αυτω παντεc οι κατοικουντεc επι τηc γηc ων ┬ γεγραπται τα ονοματα αυτω εν ┬ βιβλω τηc ζωηc του αρνιου του εcφαγμενου απο καταβοληc κοcμ(ου)
Rev 13:09 ει τιc εχει ουc ακουcατω ·
Rev 13:10 ει τιc ειc αιχμαλωcιαν ϋπαγει ει τιc εν μαχαιρα αποκτεινει δει αυτον εν μαχαιρα αποκτανθηναι ωδε εcτιν η ϋπομονη και υ η πιcτιc των αγιων
Rev 13:11 και ειδον αλλο θηριον αναβαινον εκ τηc γηc και ειχεν κερατα δυο ομοια αρνιω και ελαλει ωc δρακων
Rev 13:12 και την εξουcιαν του πρωτου θηριου παcαν ποιει ενωπιον αυτου και ποιει την γην και τουc εν αυτη κατοικουνταc προcκυνιν το θηριον το πρωτον ου εθεραπευθη η πληγη του θανατου αυτου
Rev 13:13 και ποιει cημια μεγαλα ϊνα και πυρ ποιη καταβαινειν εκ του ουνου ειc την γην ενωπιον των ανων
Rev 13:14 και πλανα τουc κατοικουνταc επι τηc γηc δια τα cημια α εδοθη αυτω ποιηcαι ενωπιον του θηριου λεγων τοιc κατοικουcιν επι τηc γηc και ποιηcαι εικονα τω θηριω ο εχει πληγηc τηc μαχαιρηc και εζηcεν
Rev 13:15 και εδοθη αυτω δουναι πνα τη εικονι του θηριου ινα και λαληcη η εικων του θηριου και ποιηcει οcοι αν μη προcκυνηcουcιν τη εικονι του θηριου αποκτανθωcιν
Rev 13:16 και ποιει πανταc τουc μικρουc και μεγαλουc και τουc πτωχουc και τουc πλουcιουc και τουc ελευθερουc και τουc δουλουc ϊνα δωcιν αυτω χαραγμα επι τηc χειροc αυτων τηc δεξιαc η επι το μετωπον αυτων
Rev 13:17 ┬ ϊνα μη τιc δυνηται αγοραcαι η πωληcαι ει μη ο εχων το χαραγμα του θηριου η το ονομα αυτου η το αριθμον του ονοματοc αυτου
Rev 13:18 ωδε η cοφια εcτιν ο εχων ουc ψηφιcατω τον αριθμο του θηριου αριθμοc γαρ ανου εcτιν εξακοcιαι εξηκοτα εξʼ ·

Rev 12:18 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, Rev 13:01and I saw out of the sea a beast coming up, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon its horns ten diadems, and upon its heads a name of evil speaking, Rev 13:02 and the beast that I saw was like to a leopard, and its feet as of a bear, and its mouth as the mouth of a lion, and the dragon did give to it his power, and his throne, and great authority. Rev 13:03 And I saw one of its heads as slain to death, and its deadly stroke was healed, and all the earth did wonder after the beast, Rev 13:04 and they did bow before the dragon who did give authority to the beast, and they did bow before the beast, saying, 'Who [is] like to the beast? who is able to war with it?'

Rev 13:05 And there was given to it a mouth speaking great things, and evil-speakings, and there was given to it authority to make war forty-two months, Rev 13:06 and it did open its mouth for evil-speaking toward God, to speak evil of His name, and of His tabernacle, and of those who in the heaven tabernacle, Rev 13:07 and there was given to it to make war with the saints, and to overcome them, and there was given to it authority over every tribe, and tongue, and nation. Rev 13:08 And bow before it shall all who are dwelling upon the land, whose names have not been written in the scroll of the life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Rev 13:09 If any one has an ear -- let him hear: Rev 13:10 if any one a captivity does gather, into captivity he does go away; if any one by sword does kill, it behooves him by sword to be killed; here is the endurance and the faith of the saints.

Rev 13:11 And I saw another beast coming up out of the land, and it had two horns, like a lamb, and it was speaking as a dragon, Rev 13:12 and all the authority of the first beast does it do before it, and it makes the land and those dwelling in it that they shall bow before the first beast, whose deadly stroke was healed, Rev 13:13 and it does great signs, that fire also it may make to come down from the heaven to the earth before men, Rev 13:14 and it leads astray those dwelling on the land, because of the signs that were given it to do before the beast, saying to those dwelling upon the land to make an image to the beast that has the stroke of the sword and did live, Rev 13:15 and there was given to it to give a spirit to the image of the beast, that also the image of the beast may speak, and [that] it may cause as many as shall not bow before the image of the beast, that they may be killed. Rev 13:16 And it makes all, the small, and the great, and the rich, and the poor, and the freemen, and the servants, that it may give to them a mark upon their right hand or upon their foreheads, Rev 13:17 and that no one may be able to buy, or to sell, except he who is having the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Rev 13:18 Here is the wisdom! He who is having the understanding, let him count the number of the beast, for the number of a man it is, and its number is 666.

(John Aquila writes:)
Rev 12:18 And I stood upon the sand of the sea,

James and John, illegitimate sons of Augustus Caesar' daughter Julia the Elder (also the wife of Tiberius), were secretly banished from Rome, captured by pirates, and purchased by Helena, who became the consort of Simon Magus. (See the Biographies in the Clementine Books). Having been brought to dry land (the "sand") they were part of the uncircumcised males that were classed with females (the "sea") and being young they were easily influenced by Simon Magus, but through the teachings of Ananus the Younger (See Zacchaeus in the Gospels and the Clementines.), they were brought over to accept Jesus' mission. Their full names were James Niceta and John Aquila. (John is writing this and also is shown with Paul in 52AD)

Rev 13:01and I saw out of the sea a beast coming up, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon its horns ten diadems, and upon its heads a name of evil speaking,

Simon Magus' organization, as he had created on Tiber Island in Rome before his expulsion by Tiberius, had seven ministers (See the use of seven for Church leaders: Seven Leaders Chosen in June 37 AD) and his mission to Rome was the tenth Province (eventually he would be head of them all as Pope).

Rev 13:02 and the beast that I saw was like to a leopard (supporting the Zealots - name of head of a Zealot military division such as Judas Iscariot, and its feet (the money jar for Church tithes at the feet) as of a bear (the Herods controlling the funds), and its mouth as the mouth of a lion (to speak on behalf of king), and the dragon (Caiaphas - the High Priest who followed Joazar Boethus in philosophy) did give to it his power, and his throne, and great authority.

Rev 13:03 And I saw one of its heads as slain to death, and its deadly stroke was healed (John the Baptist has been exceuted and replaced by Jesus) and all the earth did wonder after the beast, Rev 13:04 and they did bow before the dragon (Caiaphas) who did give authority to the beast, and they did bow before the beast, saying, 'Who is like to the beast? who is able to war with it?'

Rev 13:05 And there was given to it a mouth speaking great things, and evil-speakings, and there was given to it authority to make war forty-two months, (In other words until the Restoration: the three and half years of Daniel: 3.5 years*360 (12 months of 30 day months) or 42 months.)

Rev 13:06 and it did open its mouth for evil-speaking toward God, to speak evil of His name, and of His tabernacle, and of those who in the heaven tabernacle, Rev 13:07 and there was given to it to make war with the saints, and to overcome them, and there was given to it authority over every tribe (twelve tribes of Israel - Pharisees and Sadducees), and tongue ("speaking in tongues" - the Diaspora holding services in foreign languages. See Day of Pentecost), and nation (descendents of Herod the Great - for instance Bernice, great granddaughter of Herod). Rev 13:08 And bow before it shall all who are dwelling upon the land, whose names have not been written in the scroll of the life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (In the Schism of the Churches following the poisoning of Agrippa I in 47 AD, Simon Magus the beast was on the other side from the followers of Jesus.)

Rev 13:09 If any one has an ear -- let him hear: Rev 13:10 if any one a captivity does gather, into captivity he does go away (John the Baptist is put in prison by Herod Antipas in January 30AD and executed by Herod Agrippa) in November 31AD; if any one by sword does kill, it behooves him by sword to be killed (Agrippa I threatened to kill James by the sword and is poisoned by Simon Magus); here is the endurance and the faith of the saints.

Rev 13:11 And I saw another beast coming up out of the land, and it had two horns, like a lamb, (Simon Magus, the proverbial "wolf in sheep's clothing", having control over Jesus the Lamb and causing him to be be crucified with him and keeping him in seclusion afterwards) and it was speaking as a dragon (becoming Pope), Rev 13:12 and all the authority of the first beast does it do before it, and it makes the land and those dwelling in it that they shall bow before the first beast, whose deadly stroke was healed (Raising of Lazarus: Simon Magus), Rev 13:13 and it does great signs, that fire also it may make to come down from the heaven to the earth before men, Rev 13:14and it leads astray those dwelling on the land, because of the signs that were given it to do before the beast, saying to those dwelling upon the land to make an image to the beast that has the stroke of the sword (Simon Magus as Fourth Rider wielding the sword of excommunication:death) and did live (Demetrius (the silversmith-Simon Magus) makes silver statuettes of Mary Magdalene to sell upon her death.), Rev 13:15 and there was given to it to give a spirit to the image of the beast, that also the image of the beast may speak (See Simon's magic in the Clementines: "I can render statues animated, so that those who see, suppose that they are men. ")


Acts 08:09 "And a certain man, by name Simon, was before in the city using magic, and amazing the nation of Samaria, saying himself to be a certain great one, Acts 08:10 to whom they were all giving heed, from small unto great, saying, 'This one is the great power of God;' Acts 08:11 and they were giving heed to him, because of his having for a long time amazed them with deeds of magic.",
and that it may cause as many as shall not bow before the image of the beast, that they may be killed. (HerodAgrippa poisoned by Blastus under orders from Simon Magus)

Rev 13:16 And it makes all, the small, and the great, and the rich, and the poor, and the freemen, and the servants, that it may give to them a mark upon their right hand or upon their foreheads, Rev 13:17 and that no one may be able to buy, or to sell (Jesus only requires donations; Ananias (Simon Magus) demands tithes and is excommunicated by Peter), except he who is having the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Rev 13:18 Here is the wisdom! He who is having the understanding, let him count the number of the beast, for the number of a man it is, and its number is 666. (See Beast 666 is Simon Magus.)

Clementine Recollections R.2.7. SIMON MAGUS : HIS HISTORY. "This Simon's father was Antonius, and his mother Rachel. By nation he is a Samaritan, from a village of the Gettones; by profession a magician, yet exceedingly well trained in the Greek literature; desirous of glory, and boasting above all the human race, so that he wishes himself to be believed to be an exalted power, which is above God the Creator, and to be thought to be the Christ, and to be called the Standing One. And he uses this name as implying that he can never be dissolved, asserting that his flesh is so compacted by the power of his divinity, that it can endure to eternity. Hence, therefore, he is called the Standing One, as though he cannot fall by any corruption."

Clementine Homilies H.2.23. SIMON A DISCIPLE OF THE BAPTIST. "But that he came to deal with the doctrines of religion happened on this wise. There was one John, a day-baptist, who was also, according to the method of combination, the forerunner of our Lord Jesus; and as the Lord had twelve apostles, bearing the number of the twelve months of the sun, so also he, John, had thirty chief men, fulfilling the monthly reckoning of the moon, in which number was a certain woman called Helena, that not even this might be without a dispensational significance. For a woman, being half a man, made up the imperfect number of the triacontad; as also in the case of the moon, whose revolution does not make the complete course of the month. (Moon's phase (synodic) cycle repeats on average every 29.53 days, thus Helena was the 30th being a woman worth half of the value as a man by Jewish tradition.) (Tertullian Appendix: Triacontad of Aeons, which is made up in the Pleroma of an ogdoad, a decad, and a duodecad (8+10+12)=30) But of these thirty, the first and the most esteemed by John was Simon;"

27 AD - Pontius Pilate in his second year as Prefect of Judea / John the Baptist is Pope
Using the first 7 plagues from Moses (8,9,10 are not used) repeated in four sets of seven quarters for total of 28 quarters = seven years.
(See Explanation for 6AD plague)
5th seven year
plague cycle
blood
Ex. 7:14–25
frogs
Ex. 7:25–8:11
gnats/lice
Ex. 8:16–19
flies
Ex. 8:20–32
cattle
Ex. 9:1–7
boils
Ex. 9:8–12
hail/fire
Ex. 9:13–35
firstMar 27Jun 27Sep 27Jan 28Mar 28June 28Sep 28
secondJan 29Mar 29Jun 29Sep 29Jan 30Mar 30Jun 30
thirdSep 30Jan 31Mar 31Jun 31Sep 31Jan 32Mar 32
fourthJun 32Sep 32Jan 33Mar 33Jun 33Sep 33Jan 34
The Fourth Seven Years of the Mission 27-33 AD (Fourth Angel - Jonathan Annas)
Rev 08:12 και ο τεταρτοc αγγελοc εcαλπιcεν και επληγη το τριτον του ηλιου και το τριτον τηc cεληνηc και το τριτον των αcτερων ϊνα cκοτιcθη το τριτον αυτων και η ημερα μη φανη το τριτον αυτηc και η νυξ ομοιωc
Rev 08:13 και ειδο και ηκουcα αετου πετομενου μεcουρανηματι λεγοντοc φωνη μεγαλη · ουαι ουαι · ουαι · τουc κατοικουνταc επι τηc γηc εκ των λοιπων φωνων τηc cαλπιγγοc των τριων αγγελων των μελλοντων cαλπιζειν

Rev 08:12 And the fourth angel did sound, and smitten was the third of the sun, and the third of the moon, and the third of the stars, that darkened may be the third of them, and that the day may not shine -- the third of it, and the night in like manner.

Rev 08:13 And I saw, and I heard one angel, flying in the mid-heaven, saying with a great voice, 'Woe, woe, woe, to those dwelling upon the land from the rest of the voices of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound.'

(James Niceta writes:)
Rev 08:12 And the fourth angel (Jonathan Annas) did sound: smitten was the third of the sun - that darkened(John the Baptist imprisoned in January 30 by Herod Antipas) and the third of the moon - the day may not shine (Jonathan Annas acting in John the Baptist's place during his imprisonment reflecting the Sun's ligh), and the third of the stars - the night in like manner(David star: Jesus baptizing at night)

In 27 AD the fourth angel is Jonathan Annas who is aligned with John the Baptist in 28 AD (See Parable of the Good Samaritan). John the Baptist had become Pope in 26 AD. The "Sun smitten" is John the Baptist imprisoned in January 30 AD by Herod Antipas. The Moon (Jonathan Annas acting in John the Baptist's place during his imprisonment reflecting the Sun's light - See The Good Samaritan) is overpowered ("Moon" smitten) by the charisma of Simon Magus and in 31 AD (See John the Baptist is deposed "not beheaded" by Herod Antipas in September 31 AD) and then executed by Herod Agrippa, the brother of Herodias in November 31 AD. David star: Jesus baptizing at night ("Stars smitten"). ("Day may not shine") refers to Jesus following John as a "day-baptist" (Clementine Homilies H.2.23 shown previously). ("Night in a like manner") refers to the night training that Jesus also followed. (See Nicodemus-Theudas meets with Jesus at night and Secret Gospel of Mark.

Clementine Recollections R.2.8. SIMON MAGUS: HIS HISTORY "For after that John the Baptist was killed, as you yourself also know, when Dositheus had broached his heresy,'with thirty other chief disciples, and one woman, who was called Luna
(By comparison with Homilies, Luna is clearly another name for Helena.)
whence also these thirty appear to have been appointed with reference to the number of the days, according to the course of the moon this Simon, ambitious of evil glory, as we have said, goes to Dositheus, and pretending friendship, entreats him, that if any one of those thirty should die, he should straightway substitute him in room of the dead : for it was contrary to their rule either to exceed the fixed number, or to admit any one who was unknown, or not yet proved; whence also the rest, desiring to become worthy of the place and number, are eager in every way to please, according to the institutions of their sect, each one of those who aspire after admittance into the number, hoping that he may be deemed worthy to be put into the place of the deceased, when, as we have said, any one dies. Therefore Dositheus, being greatly urged by this man, introduced Simon when a vacancy occurred among the number. "

Clementine Recollections R.2.9 SIMON MAGUS: HIS PROFESSION. "But not long after he fell in love with that woman whom they call Luna; and he confided all things to us as his friends : how he was a magician, and how he loved Luna, and how, being desirous of glory, he was unwilling to enjoy her ingloriously, but that he was waiting patiently till he could enjoy her honorably; yet so if we also would conspire with him towards the accomplishment of his desires. And he promised that, as a reward of this service, he would cause us to be invested with the highest honors, and we should be believed by men to be gods; 'Only, however, on condition,'says he, 'that you confer the chief place upon me, Simon, who by magic art am able to show many signs and prodigies, by means of which either my glory or our sect may be established. For I am able to render myself invisible to those who wish to lay hold of me, and again to be visible when I am willing to be seen. If I wish to flee, I can dig through the mountains, and pass through rocks as if they were clay. If I should throw myself headlong from a lofty mountain, I should be borne unhurt to the earth, as if I were held up; when bound, I can loose myself, and bind those who had bound me; being shut up in prison, I can make the barriers open of their own accord; I can render statues animated, so that those who see suppose that they are men. I can make new trees suddenly spring up, and produce sprouts at once. I can throw myself into the fire, and not be burnt; I can change my countenance, so that I cannot be recognized; but I can show people that I have two faces. I shall change myself into a sheep or a goat; I shall make a beard to grow upon little boys; I shall ascend by flight into the air; I shall exhibit abundance of gold, and shall make and unmake kings. I shall be worshipped as God; I shall have divine honors publicly assigned to me, so that an image of me shall be set up, and I shall be worshipped and adored as God. And what need of more words? Whatever I wish, that I shall be able to do. For already I have achieved many things by way of experiment. In short,'says he, 'once when my mother Rachel ordered me to go to the field to reap, and I saw a sickle lying, I ordered it to go and reap; and it reaped ten times more than the others.
(Simon clearly excelled at bringing in new converts at an early age (reaping the harvest:
Samaritan Woman at the Well " - John 4:36);
the Fourth Rider on the Green Horse)

Lately, I produced many new sprouts from the earth, and made them bear leaves and produce fruit in a moment; and the nearest mountain I successfully bored through.' (Mount Gerizim: Samaritan holy mountain)."

Clementine Recollections R.2.10. SIMON MAGUS : HIS DECEPTION ''But when he spoke thus of the production of sprouts and the perforation of the mountain, I was confounded on this account, because he wished to deceive even us, in whom he seemed to place confidence; for we knew that those things had been from the days of our fathers, which he represented as having been done by himself lately. We then, although we heard these atrocities from him, and worse than these, yet we followed up his crimes, and suffered others to be deceived by him, telling also many lies on his behalf; and this before he did any of the things which he had promised, so that while as yet he had done nothing, he was by some thought to be God."

Clementine Recollections R.2.11. SIMON MAGUS, AT THE HEAD OF THE SECT OF DOSITHEUS. [Dositheus is credited as the founder of the Sadducee sect and his name is used here for the Sadducee Jonathan, son of the Annas. (See preface above)]
"Meantime, at the outset, as soon as he was reckoned among the thirty disciples of Dositheus, he began to depreciate Dositheus himself, saying that he did not teach purely or perfectly, and that this was the result not of ill intention, but of ignorance. But Dositheus, when he perceived that Simon was depreciating him, fearing lest his reputation among men might be obscured (for he himself was supposed to be the Standing One), moved with rage, when they met as usual at the school, seized a rod, and began to beat Simon; but suddenly the rod seemed to pass through his body, as if it had been smoke. On which Dositheus, being astonished, says to him, 'Tell me if thou art the Standing One, that I may adore thee.'And when Simon answered that he was, then Dositheus, perceiving that he- himself was not the Standing One, fell down and worshipped him, and gave up his own place as chief to Simon, ordering all the rank of thirty men to obey him; himself taking the inferior place which Simon formerly occupied. Not long after this he died."(excommunicated as Stephen)

The stars (Star of David) is Jesus in 33 AD being crucified and thus darkened. and then the hour of darkness during the day when he was on the cross and then followed by his burial in the night and then his Resurrection.

Rev 08:13 And I saw, and I heard one angel, flying in the mid-heaven, saying with a great voice, 'Woe, woe, woe, to those dwelling upon the land from the rest of the voices of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound.'

This angel is Jonathan Annas leaning towards the West then the East as the flying Eagle of Ezekiel (See Michael and his angels did war against the dragon) with authority ("great voice"). He emphasizing the importance of the Plague attacks ("woes"), which have been in existence since 2 BC. These are Woe1, Woe2, Woe3,

28 AD - John the Baptist has been Pope for two years

A description of John the Baptist in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Cairo-Damascus Document Chapter 1.5-16: And in the Age of Wrath ... they perceived their iniquity and recognized that they were guilty men, yet for twenty years they were like blind men groping for the way. And God observed their deeds, that they sought Him with a whole heart, and raised for them a Teacher of Righteousness to guide them in he way of His Heart. (6AD + 20)

In 30 AD Paul is 14 years old and begins studies with Gamaliel, grandson of Hillel, in Jerusalem.

33 AD - Herod Agrippa briefly tries Jesus in the Gospel of John / The "Ascension" of Jesus in April / Daughter of Jesus and Mary Magdalene (Tamar-Phoebe) is born in September (She will marry St. Paul.)
Just prior to the Ascension Jesus makes an appearance at the Cenacle Building on Mt. Zion June 33 AD
Rev 14:01 και ειδον κ(αι) ϊδου το αρνιον εcτοc επι το οροc cιων και μετ αυτου εκατον τεccερακοντα τεccαρεc χιλιαδεc εχουcαι το ονομα του και το ονομα του πρc αυτου γεγραμμενον επι των μετωπω αυτω
Rev 14:02 και ηκουcα φωνην εκ του ουρανου ωc φωνη ϋδατων πολλων και ωc φωνην βροντηc ┬ και η φωνη ην ηκουcα ωc κιθαρωδων κιθαριζοντων εν ταιc κιθαραιc αυτω
Rev 14:03 και αδουcιν ωδη καινην και ┬ ενωπιον του θρονου και ενωπιον τω των τεccαρων ζωων και ενωπιον των πρεcβυτερων και ουδειc εδυνατο μαθειν την ωδην ει μη αι εκατον τεccερακοτα μιαν χιλιαδεc οι ηγοραcμενοι απο τηc γηc
Rev 14:04 ουτοι ειcιν οι μετα γυναικων ουκ εμολυνθηcαν παρθενοι γαρ ειcιν ουτοι ακολουθουντεc τω αρνιω οπου α ϋπαγη ουτοι ηγοραcθηcαν απο των ανθρωπων απ αρχηc τω θω και εν τω αρνιω
Rev 14:05 και εν τω cτοματι αυτων ουχ ευρεθη ψευδοc αμωμοι γαρ ειcιν

Rev 14:01 And I saw, and lo, a Lamb having stood upon the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty-four thousands, having the name of his Father written upon their foreheads; Rev 14:02 and I heard a voice out of the heaven, as a voice of many waters, and as a voice of great thunder, and a voice I heard of harpers harping with their harps, Rev 14:03 and they sing, as it were, a new song before the throne, and before the four living creatures, and the elders, and no one was able to learn the song except the hundred forty-four thousands, who have been bought from the earth; Rev 14:04 these are they who with women were not defiled, for they are virgin; these are they who are following the Lamb whithersoever he may go; these were bought from among men -- a first-fruit to God and to the Lamb -- Rev 14:05 and in their mouth there was not found guile, for unblemished are they before the throne of God.

(John Aquila writes:)
Rev 14:01 And I saw, and lo, a Lamb (Jesus having been sacrificed like a Pascal lamb) having stood upon the mount Sion (the Cenacle building on Mount Zion), and with him an hundred forty-four thousands (the 12 provinces having 12,000 members), having the name of his Father written upon their foreheads; Rev 14:02 and I heard a voice out of the heaven (Jesus similar to John the Baptist "the voice crying in the wilderness" as an a Nazarite soon to be entering the monastery-heaven), as a voice of many waters (baptizing), and as a voice of great thunder (acting with authority), and a voice I heard of harpers harping with their harps (the Psalms played by David on his harp; Jesus being the descendent of David. Hymns with musical accompaniment were popularized by the Therapeuts. See Adoration by the Shepherds), Rev 14:03 and they sing, as it were, a new song before the throne, and before the four living creatures (Lion, Calf, Man, Eagle of Ezekiel 1:10), and the elders, and no one was able to learn the song except the hundred forty-four thousands,
who have been bought from the earth (those like Peter and Paul who were paid a salary who would teach it to them);
Rev 14:04 these are they who with women were not defiled, for they are virgin; these are they who are following the Lamb whithersoever he may go; these were bought from among men -- a first-fruit to God and to the Lamb -- Rev 14:05 and in their mouth there was not found guile, for unblemished are they before the throne of God. (those celibates following the monastic path of Jesus and John Mark.)

The Ascension June 33 AD
Acts 01:01 Τὸν μὲν πρω̃τον λόγον ἐποιησάμην περὶ πάντων, ὠ̃ Θεόφιλε, ὡ̃ν ἤρξατο ὁ Ἰησου̃ς ποιει̃ν τε καὶ διδάσκειν
Acts 01:02 ἄχρι ἡ̃ς ἡμέρας ἐντειλάμενος τοι̃ς ἀποστόλοις διὰ πνεύματος ἁγίου οὓς ἐξελέξατο ἀνελήμφθη·
Acts 01:03 οἱ̃ς καὶ παρέστησεν ἑαυτὸν ζω̃ντα μετὰ τὸ παθει̃ν αὐτὸν ἐν πολλοι̃ς τεκμηρίοις, δι'ἡμερω̃ν τεσσαράκοντα ὀπτανόμενος αὐτοι̃ς καὶ λέγων τὰ περὶ τη̃ς βασιλείας του̃ θεου̃.
Acts 01:04 καὶ συναλιζόμενος παρήγγειλεν αὐτοι̃ς ἀπὸ Ἰεροσολύμων μὴ χωρίζεσθαι, ἀλλὰ περιμένειν τὴν ἐπαγγελίαν του̃ πατρὸς ἣν ἠκούσατέ μου·
Acts 01:05 ὅτι Ἰωάννης μὲν ἐβάπτισεν ὕδατι, ὑμει̃ς δὲ ἐν πνεύματι βαπτισθήσεσθε ἁγίῳ οὐ μετὰ πολλὰς ταύτας ἡμέρας.
Acts 01:06 Οἱ μὲν οὐ̃ν συνελθόντες ἠρώτων αὐτὸν λέγοντες, Κύριε, εἰ ἐν τῳ̃ χρόνῳ τούτῳ ἀποκαθιστάνεις τὴν βασιλείαν τῳ̃ Ἰσραήλ;
Acts 01:07 εἰ̃πεν δὲ πρὸς αὐτούς, Οὐχ ὑμω̃ν ἐστιν γνω̃ναι χρόνους ἢ καιροὺς οὓς ὁ πατὴρ ἔθετο ἐν τῃ̃ ἰδίᾳ ἐξουσίᾳ·
Acts 01:08 ἀλλὰ λήμψεσθε δύναμιν ἐπελθόντος του̃ ἁγίου πνεύματος ἐφ'ὑμα̃ς, καὶ ἔσεσθέ μου μάρτυρες ἔν τε Ἰερουσαλὴμ καὶ ἐν πάσῃ τῃ̃ Ἰουδαίᾳ καὶ Σαμαρείᾳ καὶ ἕως ἐσχάτου τη̃ς γη̃ς.
Acts 01:09 καὶ ταυ̃τα εἰπὼν βλεπόντων αὐτω̃ν ἐπήρθη, καὶ νεφέλη ὑπέλαβεν αὐτὸν ἀπὸ τω̃ν ὀφθαλμω̃ν αὐτω̃ν.
Acts 01:10 καὶ ὡς ἀτενίζοντες ἠ̃σαν εἰς τὸν οὐρανὸν πορευομένου αὐτου̃, καὶ ἰδοὺ ἄνδρες δύο παρειστήκεισαν αὐτοι̃ς ἐν ἐσθήσεσι λευκαι̃ς,
Acts 01:11 οἳ καὶ εἰ̃παν, Ἄνδρες Γαλιλαι̃οι, τί ἑστήκατε βλέποντες εἰς τὸν οὐρανόν; οὑ̃τος ὁ Ἰησου̃ς ὁ ἀναλημφθεὶς ἀφ'ὑμω̃ν εἰς τὸν οὐρανὸν οὕτως ἐλεύσεται ὃν τρόπον ἐθεάσασθε αὐτὸν πορευόμενον εἰς τὸν οὐρανόν.

Acts 01:01 The former account, indeed, I made concerning all things, O Theophilus, that Jesus began both to do and to teach, Acts 01:02 till the day in which, having given command, through the Holy Spirit, to the apostles whom he did choose out, he was taken up, Acts 01:03 to whom also he did present himself alive after his suffering, in many certain proofs, through forty days being seen by them, and speaking the things concerning the reign of God.

Acts 01:04 And being assembled together with them, he commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem (Qumran), but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, [said he,] 'You did hear of me; Acts 01:05 because John, indeed, baptized with water, and you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit -- after not many days.'

Acts 01:06 They, therefore, indeed, having come together, were questioning him, saying, 'Lord, do you at this time restore the reign to Israel?' Acts 01:07 and he said unto them, 'It is not yours to know times or seasons that the Father did appoint in His own authority; Acts 01:08 but you shall receive power at the coming of the Holy Spirit upon you, and you shall be witnesses to me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and unto the end of the earth.'

Acts 01:09 And these things having said -- they beholding -- he was taken up, and a cloud did receive him up from their sight; Acts 01:10 and as they were looking steadfastly to the heaven in his going on, then, lo, two men stood by them in white apparel, Acts 01:11 who also said, 'Men, Galileans, why do you stand gazing into the heaven? this Jesus who was received up from you into the heaven, shall so come in what manner you saw him going on to the heaven.'

Acts 01:01 The former account, indeed, I made concerning all things, O Theophilus, that Jesus began both to do and to teach (the Gospel of Luke which Luke wrote also), Acts 01:02 till the day in which, having given command, through the Holy Spirit, to the apostles whom he did choose out, he was taken up, Acts 01:03a to whom also he did present himself alive after his suffering, (Note that death is not mentioned) in many certain proofs, through forty days being seen by them, and speaking the things concerning the reign of God.

Acts 01:04 And being assembled together with them, he commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem (Qumran), but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, [said he,] 'You did hear of me; Acts 01:05 because John, indeed, baptized with water, and you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit -- after not many days.' (Jesus, being in monastery, will act through his assigned minister, most likely John Mark)

Acts 01:06 They, therefore, indeed, having come together, were questioning him, saying, 'Lord, do you at this time restore the reign to Israel?'"Acts 01:07 and he said unto them, 'It is not yours to know times or seasons that the Father did appoint in His own authority (The predicted Restoration did not occur and it would need to be recalculated); Acts 01:08 but you shall receive power at the coming of the Holy Spirit upon you, and you shall be witnesses to me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and unto the end of the earth.'

Acts 01:09 And these things having said -- they beholding -- he was taken up, and a cloud (the priest acting as a guide like the cloud that directed Moses - Exodus 13:21) did receive him up from their sight; Acts 01:10 and as they were looking steadfastly to the heaven in his going on, then, lo, two men (the second in the hierarchy: Jonathan Annas) stood by them in white apparel, Acts 01:11 who also said, 'Men, Galileans, why do you stand gazing into the heaven? this Jesus who was received up from you into the heaven, shall so come in what manner you saw him going on to the heaven.' (Jesus, wearing the white robe of an Essene priest.).

Luke dedicates Acts to Theophilus Ananas as he did for the Gospel of Luke. (See Annas Priests), which gives the date for its initial compilation as AD 37 to 41, however Acts was not completed until 61 AD as shown from the history of Paul in Rome from his Epistle to Timothy. (This would clearly imply an earlier date for the Gospel of Luke than the accepted 80 AD.)

Replacing Judas June 33 AD
Acts 01:12 Τότε ὑπέστρεψαν εἰς Ἰερουσαλὴμ ἀπὸ ὄρους του̃ καλουμένου Ἐλαιω̃νος, ὅ ἐστιν ἐγγὺς Ἰερουσαλὴμ σαββάτου ἔχον ὁδόν.
Acts 01:13 καὶ ὅτε εἰση̃λθον, εἰς τὸ ὑπερῳ̃ον ἀνέβησαν οὑ̃ ἠ̃σαν καταμένοντες, ὅ τε Πέτρος καὶ Ἰωάννης καὶ Ἰάκωβος καὶ Ἀνδρέας, Φίλιππος καὶ Θωμα̃ς, Βαρθολομαι̃ος καὶ Μαθθαι̃ος, Ἰάκωβος Ἁλφαίου καὶ Σίμων ὁ ζηλωτὴς καὶ Ἰούδας Ἰακώβου.
Acts 01:14 οὑ̃τοι πάντες ἠ̃σαν προσκαρτερου̃ντες ὁμοθυμαδὸν τῃ̃ προσευχῃ̃ σὺν γυναιξὶν καὶ Μαριὰμ τῃ̃ μητρὶ του̃ Ἰησου̃ καὶ τοι̃ς ἀδελφοι̃ς αὐτου̃.
Acts 01:15 Καὶ ἐν ται̃ς ἡμέραις ταύταις ἀναστὰς Πέτρος ἐν μέσῳ τω̃ν ἀδελφω̃ν εἰ̃πεν 1(ἠ̃ν τε ὄχλος ὀνομάτων ἐπὶ τὸ αὐτὸ ὡς ἑκατὸν εἴκοσἰ,
Acts 01:16 Ἄνδρες ἀδελφοί, ἔδει πληρωθη̃ναι τὴν γραφὴν ἣν προει̃πεν τὸ πνευ̃μα τὸ ἅγιον διὰ στόματος Δαυὶδ περὶ Ἰούδα του̃ γενομένου ὁδηγου̃ τοι̃ς συλλαβου̃σιν Ἰησου̃ν,
Acts 01:17 ὅτι κατηριθμημένος ἠ̃ν ἐν ἡμι̃ν καὶ ἔλαχεν τὸν κλη̃ρον τη̃ς διακονίας ταύτης.
Acts 01:18 Οὑ̃τος μὲν οὐ̃ν ἐκτήσατο χωρίον ἐκ μισθου̃ τη̃ς ἀδικίας, καὶ πρηνὴς γενόμενος ἐλάκησεν μέσος, καὶ ἐξεχύθη πάντα τὰ σπλάγχνα αὐτου̃.
Acts 01:19 καὶ γνωστὸν ἐγένετο πα̃σι τοι̃ς κατοικου̃σιν Ἰερουσαλήμ, ὥστε κληθη̃ναι τὸ χωρίον ἐκει̃νο τῃ̃ [ἰδίᾀ̃ διαλέκτῳ αὐτω̃ν Ἀκελδαμάχ, του̃τ'ἔστιν, Χωρίον Αἵματος.
Acts 01:20 Γέγραπται γὰρ ἐν βίβλῳ ψαλμω̃ν, Γενηθήτω ἡ ἔπαυλις αὐτου̃ ἔρημος καὶ μὴ ἔστω ὁ κατοικω̃ν ἐν αὐτῃ̃, καί, Τὴν ἐπισκοπὴν αὐτου̃ λαβέτω ἕτερος.
Acts 01:21 δει̃ οὐ̃ν τω̃ν συνελθόντων ἡμι̃ν ἀνδρω̃ν ἐν παντὶ χρόνῳ ᾡ̃ εἰση̃λθεν καὶ ἐξη̃λθεν ἐφ'ἡμα̃ς ὁ κύριος Ἰησου̃ς,
Acts 01:22 ἀρξάμενος ἀπὸ του̃ βαπτίσματος Ἰωάννου ἕως τη̃ς ἡμέρας ἡ̃ς ἀνελήμφθη ἀφ'ἡμω̃ν, μάρτυρα τη̃ς ἀναστάσεως αὐτου̃ σὺν ἡμι̃ν γενέσθαι ἕνα τούτων.
Acts 01:23 καὶ ἔστησαν δύο, Ἰωσὴφ τὸν καλούμενον Βαρσαββα̃ν, ὃς ἐπεκλήθη Ἰου̃στος, καὶ Μαθθίαν.
Acts 01:24 καὶ προσευξάμενοι εἰ̃παν, Σὺ κύριε, καρδιογνω̃στα πάντων, ἀνάδειξον ὃν ἐξελέξω ἐκ τούτων τω̃ν δύο ἕνα
Acts 01:25 λαβει̃ν τὸν τόπον τη̃ς διακονίας ταύτης καὶ ἀποστολη̃ς, ἀφ'ἡ̃ς παρέβη Ἰούδας πορευθη̃ναι εἰς τὸν τόπον τὸν ἴδιον.
Acts 01:26 καὶ ἔδωκαν κλήρους αὐτοι̃ς, καὶ ἔπεσεν ὁ κλη̃ρος ἐπὶ Μαθθίαν, καὶ συγκατεψηφίσθη μετὰ τω̃ν ἕνδεκα ἀποστόλων.

Acts 01:12 Then did they return to Jerusalem from the mount that is called of Olives, that is near Jerusalem, a sabbath's journey; Acts 01:13 and when they came in, they went up to the upper room, where were abiding both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James, of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas of James; Acts 01:14 these all were continuing with one accord in prayer and supplication, with women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

Acts 01:15 And in these days, Peter having risen up in the midst of the disciples, said, (the multitude also of the names at the same place was, as it were, an hundred and twenty,) Acts 01:16 'Men, brethren, it behoved this Writing that it be fulfilled that beforehand the Holy Spirit spake through the mouth of David, concerning Judas, who became guide to those who took Jesus, Acts 01:17 because he was numbered among us, and did receive the share in this ministration, Acts 01:18 this one, indeed, then, purchased a field out of the reward of unrighteousness, and falling headlong, burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed forth, Acts 01:19 and it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem, insomuch that that place is called, in their proper dialect, Aceldama, that is, field of blood,

Acts 01:20 for it has been written in the book of Psalms: "Let his lodging-place become desolate, and let no one be dwelling in it", and "his oversight let another take."

Acts 01:21 'It behooves, therefore, of the men who did go with us during all the time in which the Lord Jesus went in and went out among us, Acts 01:22 beginning from the baptism of John, unto the day in which he was received up from us, one of these to become with us a witness of his rising again.'

Acts 01:23 And they set two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias, Acts 01:24 and having prayed, they said, 'You, Lord, who are knowing the heart of all, show which one you did choose of these two Acts 01:25 to receive the share of this ministration and apostleship, from which Judas, by transgression, did fall, to go on to his proper place;' Acts 01:26 and they gave their lots, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

Acts 01:12 Then did they return to Jerusalem from the mount that is called of Olives, that is near Jerusalem, a sabbath's journey; Acts 01:13 and when they came in, they went up to the upper room, where were abiding both Peter, and James (Niceta), and John (Aquila), and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew (John Mark), and Matthew Annas, James, of Alphaeus (Alphaeus is his father High Priest Annas thus Jonathan Annas), and Simon the Zealot, and Judas of James (Theudas having filled in as Judas at the Last Supper and subordinate to Jonathan Annas); Acts 01:14 these all were continuing with one accord in prayer and supplication, with women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

Acts 01:15 And in these days, Peter having risen up in the midst of the disciples, said, (the multitude also of the names at the same place was, as it were, an hundred and twenty,)
Peter tells of the death of Judas Iscariot:
Acts 01:16 'Men, brethren, it behoved this Writing that it be fulfilled that beforehand the Holy Spirit spake through the mouth of David, concerning Judas, who became guide to those who took Jesus, Acts 01:17 because he was numbered among us, and did receive the share in this ministration, Acts 01:18 this one, indeed, then, purchased a field out of the reward of unrighteousness, and falling headlong, burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed forth, Acts 01:19 and it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem, insomuch that that place is called, in their proper dialect, Aceldama, that is, field of blood,

Although Judas Iscariot, as the third man on the cross who ridiculed Jesus, was rescued from the cross with only his legs broken and placed in the cave with Simon Magus, who also had survived, Judas was still a traitor and Simon had no intention to let him live. Theudus- Nicodemus, who had brought the potions to get rid of the poison that Jesus had taken on the cross, gave Judas a sedative and in the morning threw him over the cliff.

Acts 01:20a for it has been written in the book of Psalms: "Let his lodging-place become desolate, and let no one be dwelling in it," and "his oversight let another take."

The first quote of Peter is from Psalm 69:25. Rather than just this one verse implying "Let his lodging-place become desolate, and let no one be dwelling in it," it is quite likely that Peter recited the whole of Psalm 69 since it relates to Jesus as the Messiah (though imperfect) and especially verse Psalms 69:21 "They also gave me gall for my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink." This verse shows the poison that had been given to Jesus on the cross in exactly the same way as in the Gospels. One can surmise that when Acts was canonized, it was decided not to emphasize the fact that Jesus was poisoned on the cross as it would detract from his Messianic stature.

and Acts 01:20b "his oversight let another take."

The second quote quote of Peter is from Psalm 109:8. Rather than just this one verse implying "his oversight let another take", it is quite likely that Peter recited the whole of Psalm 109 since it tells of Jesus 'betrayal by more than just Judas. This needed to be swept under the rug if there was to be an peaceful coexistence with Caiaphas.

Acts 01:21 'It behooves, therefore, of the men who did go with us during all the time in which the Lord Jesus went in and went out among us, Acts 01:22 beginning from the baptism of John, unto the day in which he was received up from us, one of these to become with us a witness of his rising again.'

It is interesting to note that the witness needed to replace Judas had to have verified "Jesus' rising again", thus his "Ascension". Since most of the disciples slept through "Jesus 'first rising", with the exception of Peter, John Mark, and Theudas, it was the women who witnessed his "Resurrection" and thus actually played a more important role. However, the concept of Twelve was an Essene principle thus men only!

Acts 01:23 And they set two, Joseph called Barsabas
(James having the same last name as Judas (Jude)
(in Acts 15:22 "Then pleased it the apostles and elders with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabbas and Silas (Simon), chief men among the brethren:"),
(Note how all three brothers except James are here and it parallels: The names of Jesus 'brothers
and thus clearly a family name for their father Joseph, thus James the younger brother of Jesus)
,
who was surnamed Justus, (term for the crown prince)
and Matthias. (The Clementines say that Matthias is Barnabas and Barnabas is Joses the second brother of Jesus (Acts 4:36).

Acts 01:24 and having prayed, they said, 'You, Lord, who are knowing the heart of all, show which one you did choose of these two Acts 01:25 to receive the share of this ministration and apostleship, from which Judas, by transgression, did fall, to go on to his proper place;' Acts 01:26 and they gave their lots, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

The decision was then was between the two brothers of Jesus, but James (age 32), although the crown prince, is a Jewish Christian and was with Judas at the arrest in the Garden. However, James had relented when Jesus was crucified (apparently he never expected Jesus to be on the cross as he was not privy to the decision to substitute Jesus for Theudas-Barabbas) and helped by asking Pilate if Jesus could be removed from the cross in time to be revived in the cave. There his name is shown using his real name Joseph with "of Arimathea" to show his reconciliation with Jesus. He would be the the person called Cleopas in the Road to Emmaus when Jesus accepts his apology. For these reasons the next younger brother Joses-Matthias-Barnabas (age 25) was more acceptable.)

Peter heals (James) the lame man Sept 33 AD
Acts 03:01 Πέτρος δὲ καὶ Ἰωάννης ἀνέβαινον εἰς τὸ ἱερὸν ἐπὶ τὴν ὥραν τη̃ς προσευχη̃ς τὴν ἐνάτην.
Acts 03:02 καί τις ἀνὴρ χωλὸς ἐκ κοιλίας μητρὸς αὐτου̃ ὑπάρχων ἐβαστάζετο, ὃν ἐτίθουν καθ'ἡμέραν πρὸς τὴν θύραν του̃ ἱερου̃ τὴν λεγομένην Ὡραίαν του̃ αἰτει̃ν ἐλεημοσύνην παρὰ τω̃ν εἰσπορευομένων εἰς τὸ ἱερόν·
Acts 03:03 ὃς ἰδὼν Πέτρον καὶ Ἰωάννην μέλλοντας εἰσιέναι εἰς τὸ ἱερὸν ἠρώτα ἐλεημοσύνην [λαβει̃ν].
Acts 03:04 ἀτενίσας δὲ Πέτρος εἰς αὐτὸν σὺν τῳ̃ Ἰωάννῃ εἰ̃πεν, Βλέψον εἰς ἡμα̃ς.
Acts 03:05 ὁ δὲ ἐπει̃χεν αὐτοι̃ς προσδοκω̃ν τι παρ'αὐτω̃ν λαβει̃ν.
Acts 03:06 εἰ̃πεν δὲ Πέτρος, Ἀργύριον καὶ χρυσίον οὐχ ὑπάρχει μοι, ὃ δὲ ἔχω του̃τό σοι δίδωμι· ἐν τῳ̃ ὀνόματι Ἰησου̃ Χριστου̃ του̃ Ναζωραίου περιπάτει.
Acts 03:07 καὶ πιάσας αὐτὸν τη̃ς δεξια̃ς χειρὸς ἤγειρεν αὐτόν· παραχρη̃μα δὲ ἐστερεώθησαν αἱ βάσεις αὐτου̃ καὶ τὰ σφυδρά,
Acts 03:08 καὶ ἐξαλλόμενος ἔστη καὶ περιεπάτει, καὶ εἰση̃λθεν σὺν αὐτοι̃ς εἰς τὸ ἱερὸν περιπατω̃ν καὶ ἁλλόμενος καὶ αἰνω̃ν τὸν θεόν.
Acts 03:09 καὶ εἰ̃δεν πα̃ς ὁ λαὸς αὐτὸν περιπατου̃ντα καὶ αἰνου̃ντα τὸν θεόν,
Acts 03:10 ἐπεγίνωσκον δὲ αὐτὸν ὅτι αὐτὸς ἠ̃ν ὁ πρὸς τὴν ἐλεημοσύνην καθήμενος ἐπὶ τῃ̃ Ὡραίᾳ Πύλῃ του̃ ἱερου̃, καὶ ἐπλήσθησαν θάμβους καὶ ἐκστάσεως ἐπὶ τῳ̃ συμβεβηκότι αὐτῳ̃.
Acts 04:22 ἐτω̃ν γὰρ ἠ̃ν πλειόνων τεσσαράκοντα ὁ ἄνθρωπος ἐφ'ὃν γεγόνει τὸ σημει̃ον του̃το τη̃ς ἰάσεως.

Acts 03:01 And Peter and John were going up at the same time to the temple, at the hour of the prayer, the ninth [hour], Acts 03:02 and a certain man, being lame from the womb of his mother, was being carried, whom they were laying every day at the gate of the temple, called Beautiful, to ask a kindness from those entering into the temple, Acts 03:03 who, having seen Peter and John about to go into the temple, was begging to receive a kindness.

Acts 03:04 And Peter, having looked steadfastly toward him with John, said, 'Look toward us;' Acts 03:05 and he was giving heed to them, looking to receive something from them; Acts 03:06 and Peter said, 'Silver and gold I have none, but what I have, that I give to you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and be walking.'

Acts 03:07 And having seized him by the right hand, he raised [him] up, and presently his feet and ankles were strengthened, Acts 03:08 and springing up, he stood, and was walking, and did enter with them into the temple, walking and springing, and praising God; Acts 03:09 and all the people saw him walking and praising God, Acts 03:10 they were knowing him also that this it was who for a kindness was sitting at the Beautiful gate of the temple, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what has happened to him.

Acts 04:22 for above forty years of age was the man upon whom had been done this sign of the healing.

Acts 03:01 And Peter and John were going up at the same time to the temple, at the hour of the prayer, the ninth [hour],

John is John Mark (not John the brother of James). The two leaders of the Church were: Peter the leader of the abbey and John Mark the leader of the monastery. They both had run up to the tomb to see if Jesus had risen and brought him down out of the tomb.

Acts 03:02 and a certain man, being lame from the womb of his mother, was being carried, whom they were laying every day at the gate of the temple, called Beautiful, to ask a kindness from those entering into the temple, Acts 03:03 who, having seen Peter and John about to go into the temple, was begging to receive a kindness.

Beautiful gate is the name of the gate of the temple which led from the court of the Gentiles to the court of the women. It was of massive structure, and covered with plates of Corinthian brass.

Acts 03:04 And Peter, having looked steadfastly toward him with John, said, 'Look toward us;' Acts 03:05 and he was giving heed to them, looking to receive something from them; Acts 03:06 and Peter said, 'Silver and gold I have none, but what I have, that I give to you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and be walking.'

Acts 03:07 And having seized him by the right hand, he raised [him] up, and presently his feet and ankles were strengthened, Acts 03:08 and springing up, he stood, and was walking, and did enter with them into the temple, walking and springing, and praising God; Acts 03:09 and all the people saw him walking and praising God, Acts 03:10 they were knowing him also that this it was who for a kindness was sitting at the Beautiful gate of the temple, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what has happened to him.

Although James had reconciled with his brother Jesus (See Resurrection: Road to Emmaus appearance, his rejection as the replacement for Judas Iscariot had left him as a "lame man". Luke was following the plan of the Gospel of Luke, which he had written with Jesus, by pretending that issues of doctrine change would be presented as healings. The significance of gold and silver is to show that Peter is not offering James a position of leadership, but is willing to accept him into his Mission. James accepts this offer and eventually James will later become the Bishop of Jerusalem. (See Peter heals Aeneas (James) and makes James bishop of Jerusalem in 40 AD.)

Acts 04:22 for above forty years of age was the man upon whom had been done this sign of the healing.

This verse shows that the forty year prediction of the Crossing of the River Jordan into the Promised Land according to the Therapeuts had not come and would have to be recalculated. Jesus had already healed James before as the Impotent Man at the Pool of Bethesda . Then he had two years yet to go for 40 year prediction, now it had not come to pass with the updated prediction being 44 BC. (See the Abortive crossing of the Jordan River by Theudas 44 AD.) Here he is lame, thus accepted into Jesus' Church, whereas when impotent before, he had no standing, but in both cases, he needed to be carried (ridiculing him for his religiousness that requires him to be carried in a palanquin (royal stretcher) so as not to touch the ground contaminated by the Gentiles.) Peter was honoring Jesus' action of accepting James into the Church.

Peter's speech at the Temple; Announces Jesus' return at the Restoration expected in 36 AD. (This indicates the birth of a daughter (Tamar-Phoebe) because sexual relations are three years after a girl or six years after a boy.) Sept 33 AD
Acts 03:11 Κρατου̃ντος δὲ αὐτου̃ τὸν Πέτρον καὶ τὸν Ἰωάννην συνέδραμεν πα̃ς ὁ λαὸς πρὸς αὐτοὺς ἐπὶ τῃ̃ στοᾳ̃ τῃ̃ καλουμένῃ Σολομω̃ντος ἔκθαμβοι.
Acts 03:12 ἰδὼν δὲ ὁ Πέτρος ἀπεκρίνατο πρὸς τὸν λαόν, Ἄνδρες Ἰσραηλι̃ται, τί θαυμάζετε ἐπὶ τούτῳ, ἢ ἡμι̃ν τί ἀτενίζετε ὡς ἰδίᾳ δυνάμει ἢ εὐσεβείᾳ πεποιηκόσιν του̃ περιπατει̃ν αὐτόν;
Acts 03:13 ὁ θεὸς Ἀβραὰμ καὶ [ὁ θεὸς]Ἰσαὰκ καὶ [ὁ θεὸς]Ἰακώβ, ὁ θεὸς τω̃ν πατέρων ἡμω̃ν, ἐδόξασεν τὸν παι̃δα αὐτου̃ Ἰησου̃ν, ὃν ὑμει̃ς μὲν παρεδώκατε καὶ ἠρνήσασθε κατὰ πρόσωπον Πιλάτου, κρίναντος ἐκείνου ἀπολύειν·
Acts 03:14 ὑμει̃ς δὲ τὸν ἅγιον καὶ δίκαιον ἠρνήσασθε, καὶ ᾐτήσασθε ἄνδρα φονέα χαρισθη̃ναι ὑμι̃ν,
Acts 03:15 τὸν δὲ ἀρχηγὸν τη̃ς ζωη̃ς ἀπεκτείνατε, ὃν ὁ θεὸς ἤγειρεν ἐκ νεκρω̃ν, οὑ̃ ἡμει̃ς μάρτυρές ἐσμεν.
Acts 03:16 καὶ ἐπὶ τῃ̃ πίστει του̃ ὀνόματος αὐτου̃ του̃τον ὃν θεωρει̃τε καὶ οἴδατε ἐστερέωσεν τὸ ὄνομα αὐτου̃, καὶ ἡ πίστις ἡ δι'αὐτου̃ ἔδωκεν αὐτῳ̃ τὴν ὁλοκληρίαν ταύτην ἀπέναντι πάντων ὑμω̃ν.
Acts 03:17 καὶ νυ̃ν, ἀδελφοί, οἰ̃δα ὅτι κατὰ ἄγνοιαν ἐπράξατε, ὥσπερ καὶ οἱ ἄρχοντες ὑμω̃ν·
Acts 03:18 ὁ δὲ θεὸς ἃ προκατήγγειλεν διὰ στόματος πάντων τω̃ν προφητω̃ν παθει̃ν τὸν Χριστὸν αὐτου̃ ἐπλήρωσεν οὕτως.
Acts 03:19 μετανοήσατε οὐ̃ν καὶ ἐπιστρέψατε εἰς τὸ ἐξαλειφθη̃ναι ὑμω̃ν τὰς ἁμαρτίας,
Acts 03:20 ὅπως ἂν ἔλθωσιν καιροὶ ἀναψύξεως ἀπὸ προσώπου του̃ κυρίου καὶ ἀποστείλῃ τὸν προκεχειρισμένον ὑμι̃ν Χριστόν, Ἰησου̃ν,
Acts 03:21 ὃν δει̃ οὐρανὸν μὲν δέξασθαι ἄχρι χρόνων ἀποκαταστάσεως πάντων ὡ̃ν ἐλάλησεν ὁ θεὸς διὰ στόματος τω̃ν ἁγίων ἀπ'αἰω̃νος αὐτου̃ προφητω̃ν.
Acts 03:22 Μωῢση̃ς μὲν εἰ̃πεν ὅτι Προφήτην ὑμι̃ν ἀναστήσει κύριος ὁ θεὸς ὑμω̃ν ἐκ τω̃ν ἀδελφω̃ν ὑμω̃ν ὡς ἐμέ· αὐτου̃ ἀκούσεσθε κατὰ πάντα ὅσα ἂν λαλήσῃ πρὸς ὑμα̃ς.
Acts 03:23 ἔσται δὲ πα̃σα ψυχὴ ἥτις ἐὰν μὴ ἀκούσῃ του̃ προφήτου ἐκείνου ἐξολεθρευθήσεται ἐκ του̃ λαου̃.
Acts 03:24 καὶ πάντες δὲ οἱ προφη̃ται ἀπὸ Σαμουὴλ καὶ τω̃ν καθεξη̃ς ὅσοι ἐλάλησαν καὶ κατήγγειλαν τὰς ἡμέρας ταύτας.
Acts 03:25 ὑμει̃ς ἐστε οἱ υἱοὶ τω̃ν προφητω̃ν καὶ τη̃ς διαθήκης ἡ̃ς διέθετο ὁ θεὸς πρὸς τοὺς πατέρας ὑμω̃ν, λέγων πρὸς Ἀβραάμ, Καὶ ἐν τῳ̃ σπέρματί σου ἐνευλογηθήσονται πα̃σαι αἱ πατριαὶ τη̃ς γη̃ς.
Acts 03:26 ὑμι̃ν πρω̃τον ἀναστήσας ὁ θεὸς τὸν παι̃δα αὐτου̃ ἀπέστειλεν αὐτὸν εὐλογου̃ντα ὑμα̃ς ἐν τῳ̃ ἀποστρέφειν ἕκαστον ἀπὸ τω̃ν πονηριω̃ν ὑμω̃ν.

Acts 03:11 And at the lame man who was healed holding Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch called Solomon's -- greatly amazed, Acts 03:12 and Peter having seen, answered unto the people, 'Men, Israelites! why wonder you at this? or on us why look you so earnestly, as if by our own power or piety we have made him to walk?

Acts 03:13 'The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, did glorify His child Jesus, whom you delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, he having given judgment to release [him], Acts 03:14 and you the Holy and Righteous One did deny, and desired a man -- a murderer -- to be granted to you, Acts 03:15 and the Prince of the life you did kill, whom God did raise out of the dead, of which we are witnesses; Acts 03:16 and on the faith of his name, this one whom you see and have known, his name made strong, even the faith that [is] through him did give to him this perfect soundness before you all.

Acts 03:17 'And now, brethren, I have known that through ignorance you did [it], as also your rulers; Acts 03:18 and God, what things before He had declared through the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ should suffer, He did thus fulfill; Acts 03:19 reform you, therefore, and turn back, for your sins being blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, Acts 03:20 and He may send Jesus Christ who before has been preached to you, Acts 03:21 whom it behooves heaven, indeed, to receive till times of a restitution of all things, of which God spake through the mouth of all His holy prophets from the age.

Acts 03:22 'For Moses, indeed, unto the fathers said -- A prophet to you shall the Lord your God raise up out of your brethren, like to me; him shall you hear in all things, as many as he may speak unto you; Acts 03:23 and it shall be, every soul that may not hear that prophet shall be utterly destroyed out of the people; Acts 03:24 and also all the prophets from Samuel and those following in order, as many as spake, did also foretell of these days.

Acts 03:25 'You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant that God made unto our fathers, saying unto Abraham: And in your seed shall be blessed all the families of the earth; Acts 03:26 to you first, God, having raised up His child Jesus, did send him, blessing you, in the turning away of each one from your evil ways.'

Acts 03:11 And at the lame man who was healed holding Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch called Solomon's -- greatly amazed, Acts 03:12 and Peter having seen, answered unto the people, 'Men, Israelites! why wonder you at this? or on us why look you so earnestly, as if by our own power or piety we have made him to walk?

Peter give a speech at Solomon's Porch, which consisted of a cloister on the eastern side of the temple, and was traditional used as a place where doctors of the law met to hear and answer questions.

Acts 04:22 for above forty years of age was the man upon whom had been done this sign of the healing.

James was believing in the forty year Restoration, but it was overdue.

Acts 03:13 'The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, did glorify His child Jesus, whom you delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, he having given judgment to release [him], Acts 03:14 and you the Holy and Righteous One did deny, and desired a man -- a murderer -- to be granted to you,

Peter speaks there and sets the blame for Jesus' Crucifixion squarely on the ones who traded Jesus for Theudas, who was guilty of treason against Rome along with Simon Magus and Judas.

Acts 03:15 and the Prince of the life you did kill, whom God (Jonathan Annas) did raise out of the dead, of which we are witnesses;

The hidden meaning of this statement is that Jonathan Annas, a Sadducee being called "God", had raised Jesus from exclusion to a status acceptable for reentry back into the monastery that he had left three years prior for the purpose of conceiving a child.

Acts 03:16 and on the faith of his name, this one whom you see and have known, his name made strong, even the faith that [is] through him did give to him this perfect soundness before you all.

Jesus was called the Word in the Gospel of John. Peter is using the concept of Simon Magus that "Name" is the passive form of the "Word" and thus Jesus in the monastery will now act as a passive force in the mission.

Acts 03:17 'And now, brethren, I have known that through ignorance you did [it], as also your rulers; Acts 03:18 and God, what things before He had declared through the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ should suffer, He did thus fulfill; Acts 03:19 reform you, therefore, and turn back, for your sins being blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, Acts 03:20 and He may send Jesus Christ who before has been preached to you, Acts 03:21 whom it behooves heaven, indeed, to receive till times of a restitution of all things, of which God spake through the mouth of all His holy prophets from the age.

Here Peter expresses the hope that God will bring the Restoration in three more years and that Jesus, who is in heaven (the monastery), will return three years from the birth of his daughter to coincide with that event. (Jesus is allowed to try to for a child three years after the birth of a daughter or six years after the birth of a son.) In this way Peter is showing that Jesus 'first child is a girl born in 33 AD and that Jesus will return in 36 AD to try for a son.

Acts 03:22 'For Moses, indeed, unto the fathers said -- A prophet to you shall the Lord your God raise up out of your brethren, like to me; him shall you hear in all things, as many as he may speak unto you;

Peter is quoting from Deuteronomy 18:18 and implying that Jesus is that person who was promised.

Acts 03:23 and it shall be, every soul that may not hear that prophet shall be utterly destroyed out of the people; Acts 03:24 and also all the prophets from Samuel and those following in order, as many as spake, did also foretell of these days.

Acts 03:25 'You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant that God made unto our fathers, saying unto Abraham: And in your seed shall be blessed all the families of the earth; Acts 03:26 to you first, God, having raised up His child Jesus, did send him, blessing you, in the turning away of each one from your evil ways.'

In quoting from Genesis 22:15-18, Peter is comparing Jesus' experience on the cross to Abraham's sacrifice of his son Isaac. In both cases Jesus and Isaac were allowed to remain alive as a test of their commitment to God. In return God promises that all the Jews would be blessed.

Religious leaders arrest Peter and John Sept 33 AD
Acts 04:01 Λαλούντων δὲ αὐτω̃ν πρὸς τὸν λαὸν ἐπέστησαν αὐτοι̃ς οἱ ἱερει̃ς καὶ ὁ στρατηγὸς του̃ ἱερου̃ καὶ οἱ Σαδδουκαι̃οι,
Acts 04:02 διαπονούμενοι διὰ τὸ διδάσκειν αὐτοὺς τὸν λαὸν καὶ καταγγέλλειν ἐν τῳ̃ Ἰησου̃ τὴν ἀνάστασιν τὴν ἐκ νεκρω̃ν,
Acts 04:03 καὶ ἐπέβαλον αὐτοι̃ς τὰς χει̃ρας καὶ ἔθεντο εἰς τήρησιν εἰς τὴν αὔριον· ἠ̃ν γὰρ ἑσπέρα ἤδη.
Acts 04:04 πολλοὶ δὲ τω̃ν ἀκουσάντων τὸν λόγον ἐπίστευσαν, καὶ ἐγενήθη ἀριθμὸς τω̃ν ἀνδρω̃ν [ὡς] χιλιάδες πέντε.

Acts 04:01 And as they are speaking unto the people, there came to them the priests, and the magistrate of the temple, and the Sadducees -- Acts 04:02 being grieved because of their teaching the people, and preaching in Jesus the rising again out of the dead -- Acts 04:03 and they laid hands upon them, and did put them in custody unto the morrow, for it was evening already; Acts 04:04 and many of those hearing the word did believe, and the number of the men became, as it were, five thousand.

Acts 04:01 And as they are speaking unto the people, there came to them the priests, and the magistrate of the temple, and the Sadducees -- Acts 04:02 being grieved because of their teaching the people, and preaching in Jesus the rising again out of the dead --

Caiaphas was still High Priest and Annas his father-in-law opposed Jesus at his trial and we not going to allow Peter to tell people that Jesus would rise again.

Acts 04:03 and they laid hands upon them, and did put them in custody unto the morrow, for it was evening already; Acts 04:04 and many of those hearing the word did believe, and the number of the men became, as it were, five thousand.

Five thousand is a reference to Feeding the 5000 which created a Mission group made up of married men who could advance to the level of priests. This is something that Peter himself would accomplish. John the brother of James was the head of this mission as he was John Aquila married to Priscilla.

Peter’s speech to the Sanhedrin Sept 33 AD
Acts 04:05 Ἐγένετο δὲ ἐπὶ τὴν αὔριον συναχθη̃ναι αὐτω̃ν τοὺς ἄρχοντας καὶ τοὺς πρεσβυτέρους καὶ τοὺς γραμματει̃ς
Acts 04:06 (καὶ Ἅννας ὁ ἀρχιερεὺς καὶ Καϊάφας καὶ Ἰωάννης καὶ Ἀλέξανδρος καὶ ὅσοι ἠ̃σαν ἐκ γένους ἀρχιερατικοὐ̃)
Acts 04:07 καὶ στήσαντες αὐτοὺς ἐν τῳ̃ μέσῳ ἐπυνθάνοντο, Ἐν ποίᾳ δυνάμει ἢ ἐν ποίῳ ὀνόματι ἐποιήσατε του̃το ὑμει̃ς;
Acts 04:08 τότε Πέτρος πλησθεὶς πνεύματος ἁγίου εἰ̃πεν πρὸς αὐτούς, Ἄρχοντες του̃ λαου̃ καὶ πρεσβύτεροι,
Acts 04:09 εἰ ἡμει̃ς σήμερον ἀνακρινόμεθα ἐπὶ εὐεργεσίᾳ ἀνθρώπου ἀσθενου̃ς, ἐν τίνι οὑ̃τος σέσῳσται,
Acts 04:10 ἔστω πα̃σιν ὑμι̃ν καὶ παντὶ τῳ̃ λαῳ̃ Ἰσραὴλ ὅτι ἐν τῳ̃ ὀνόματι Ἰησου̃ Χριστου̃ του̃ Ναζωραίου, ὃν ὑμει̃ς ἐσταυρώσατε, ὃν ὁ θεὸς ἤγειρεν ἐκ νεκρω̃ν, ἐν τούτῳ οὑ̃τος παρέστηκεν ἐνώπιον ὑμω̃ν ὑγιής.
Acts 04:11 οὑ̃τός ἐστιν ὁ λίθος ὁ ἐξουθενηθεὶς ὑφ'ὑμω̃ν τω̃ν οἰκοδόμων, ὁ γενόμενος εἰς κεφαλὴν γωνίας.
Acts 04:12 καὶ οὐκ ἔστιν ἐν ἄλλῳ οὐδενὶ ἡ σωτηρία, οὐδὲ γὰρ ὄνομά ἐστιν ἕτερον ὑπὸ τὸν οὐρανὸν τὸ δεδομένον ἐν ἀνθρώποις ἐν ᾡ̃ δει̃ σωθη̃ναι ἡμα̃ς.
Acts 04:13 Θεωρου̃ντες δὲ τὴν του̃ Πέτρου παρρησίαν καὶ Ἰωάννου, καὶ καταλαβοόμενοι ὅτι ἄνθρωποι ἀγράμματοί εἰσιν καὶ ἰδιω̃ται, ἐθαύμαζον ἐπεγίνωσκόν τε αὐτοὺς ὅτι σὺν τῳ̃ Ἰησου̃ ἠ̃σαν·
Acts 04:14 τόν τε ἄνθρωπον βλέποντες σὺν αὐτοι̃ς ἑστω̃τα τὸν τεθεραπευμένον οὐδὲν εἰ̃χον ἀντειπει̃ν.
Acts 04:15 κελεύσαντες δὲ αὐτοὺς ἔξω του̃ συνεδρίου ἀπελθει̃ν συνέβαλλον πρὸς ἀλλήλους
Acts 04:16 λέγοντες, Τί ποιήσωμεν τοι̃ς ἀνθρώποις τούτοις; ὅτι μὲν γὰρ γνωστὸν σημει̃ον γέγονεν δι'αὐτω̃ν πα̃σιν τοι̃ς κατοικου̃σιν Ἰερουσαλὴμ φανερόν, καὶ οὐ δυνάμεθα ἀρνει̃σθαι·
Acts 04:17 ἀλλ'ἵνα μὴ ἐπὶ πλει̃ον διανεμηθῃ̃ εἰς τὸν λαόν, ἀπειλησώμεθα αὐτοι̃ς μηκέτι λαλει̃ν ἐπὶ τῳ̃ ὀνόματι τούτῳ μηδενὶ ἀνθρώπων.
Acts 04:18 καὶ καλέσαντες αὐτοὺς παρήγγειλαν τὸ καθόλου μὴ φθέγγεσθαι μηδὲ διδάσκειν ἐπὶ τῳ̃ ὀνόματι του̃ Ἰησου̃.
Acts 04:19 ὁ δὲ Πέτρος καὶ Ἰωάννης ἀποκριθέντες εἰ̃πον πρὸς αὐτούς, Εἰ δίκαιόν ἐστιν ἐνώπιον του̃ θεου̃ ὑμω̃ν ἀκούειν μα̃λλον ἢ του̃ θεου̃, κρίνατε,
Acts 04:20 οὐ δυνάμεθα γὰρ ἡμει̃ς ἃ εἴδαμεν καὶ ἠκούσαμεν μὴ λαλει̃ν.
Acts 04:21 οἱ δὲ προσαπειλησάμενοι ἀπέλυσαν αὐτούς, μηδὲν εὑρίσκοντες τὸ πω̃ς κολάσωνται αὐτούς, διὰ τὸν λαόν, ὅτι πάντες ἐδόξαζον τὸν θεὸν ἐπὶ τῳ̃ γεγονότι·

Acts 04:05 And it came to pass upon the morrow, there were gathered together of them the rulers, and elders, and scribes, to Jerusalem, Acts 04:06 and Annas the chief priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the chief priest, Acts 04:07 and having set them in the midst, they were inquiring, 'In what power, or in what name did you do this?'

Acts 04:08 Then Peter, having been filled with the Holy Spirit, said unto them: 'Rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, Acts 04:09 if we to-day are examined concerning the good deed to the ailing man, by whom he has been saved, Acts 04:10 be it known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you did crucify, whom God did raise out of the dead, in him has this one stood by before you whole.

Acts 04:11 'This is the stone that was set at nought by you -- the builders, that became head of a corner; Acts 04:12 and there is not salvation in any other, for there is no other name under the heaven that has been given among men, in which it behooves us to be saved.'

Acts 04:13 And beholding the openness of Peter and John, and having perceived that they are men unlettered and plebeian, they were wondering -- they were taking knowledge also of them that with Jesus they had been -- Acts 04:14 and seeing the man standing with them who has been healed, they had nothing to say against [it], Acts 04:15 and having commanded them to go away out of the Sanhedrin, they took counsel with one another, Acts 04:16 saying, 'What shall we do to these men? because that, indeed, a notable sign has been done through them, to all those dwelling in Jerusalem [is] manifest, and we are not able to deny [it]; Acts 04:17 but that it may spread no further toward the people, let us strictly threaten them no more to speak in this name to any man.'

Acts 04:18 And having called them, they charged them not to speak at all, nor to teach, in the name of Jesus, Acts 04:19 and Peter and John answering unto them said, 'Whether it is righteous before God to hearken to you rather than to God, judge you; Acts 04:20 for we cannot but speak what we did see and hear.'

Acts 04:21 And they having further threatened [them], let them go, finding nothing how they may punish them, because of the people, because all were glorifying God for that which has been done, Acts 04:22 for above forty years of age was the man upon whom had been done this sign of the healing.

Acts 04:05 And it came to pass upon the morrow, there were gathered together of them the rulers, and elders, and scribes, Acts 04:06 and Annas the chief priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the chief priest,

Luke makes the same error he did in Luke 03:02 when calls Annas the High Priest. Although Caiaphas is technically High Priest, he is married to the daughter of Annas, so Annas is still in joint control, having also been the previous High Priest. John is Jonathan Annas and Alexander is Theudas (this name was used for him as Alexander the son of Simon of Cyrene because the Therapeuts had their center in Alexandria.
It was therefore two against two in this decision: Annas, the previous High Priest, and Caiaphas, the High Priest, against Peter and John Mark and Jonathan Annas. the superior of Jesus, and Theudas, the leader of the Therapeuts for Peter and John.

Acts 04:07 and having set them in the midst, they were inquiring, 'In what power, or in what name did you do this?'

Acts 04:08 Then Peter, having been filled with the Holy Spirit, said unto them: 'Rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, Acts 04:09 if we to-day are examined concerning the good deed to the ailing man, by whom he has been saved, Acts 04:10 be it known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you did crucify, whom God did raise out of the dead, in him has this one stood by before you whole.

Acts 04:11 'This is the stone that was set at nought by you -- the builders, that became head of a corner;

This quote is from Psalm 118 which is used as a justification for Jesus being the Messiah (being third in the hierarchy on the right hand of God who is in the the center position while on the left hand is his levite). Jesus used this phrase in his parable The Vineyard - History of the Mission from the Pentecost to 62AD. Acts 04:12 and there is not salvation in any other, for there is no other name under the heaven that has been given among men, in which it behooves us to be saved.'

Acts 04:13 And beholding the openness of Peter and John, and having perceived that they are men unlettered and plebeian, they were wondering -- they were taking knowledge also of them that with Jesus they had been -- Acts 04:14 and seeing the man standing with them who has been healed, they had nothing to say against it, Acts 04:15 and having commanded them to go away out of the Sanhedrin, they took counsel with one another, Acts 04:16 saying, 'What shall we do to these men? because that, indeed, a notable sign has been done through them, to all those dwelling in Jerusalem is manifest, and we are not able to deny it; Acts 04:17 but that it may spread no further toward the people, let us strictly threaten them no more to speak in this name to any man.'

Acts 04:18 And having called them, they charged them not to speak at all, nor to teach, in the name of Jesus, Acts 04:19 and Peter and John answering unto them said, 'Whether it is righteous before God to hearken to you rather than to God, judge you; Acts 04:20 for we cannot but speak what we did see and hear.'

Acts 04:21 And they having further threatened them, let them go, finding nothing how they may punish them, because of the people, because all were glorifying God for that which has been done,

Annas and Caiaphas had manipulated James by promising to replace Jesus with him, but now he was against them because they tried to kill his brother, Jesus.
With Jesus having gone back to the monastery they had hoped that there would be no more trouble. Annas and Caiaphas having seen their attempt to kill Jesus had only made him more powerful, decided to let Peter and John Mark go with a warning not to speak or teach about Jesus, which they ignored.

Praying for boldness Sept 33 AD
Acts 04:23 Ἀπολυθέντες δὲ ἠ̃λθον πρὸς τοὺς ἰδίους καὶ ἀπήγγειλαν ὅσα πρὸς αὐτοὺς οἱ ἀρχιερει̃ς καὶ οἱ πρεσβύτεροι εἰ̃παν.
Acts 04:24 οἱ δὲ ἀκούσαντες ὁμοθυμαδὸν ἠ̃ραν φωνὴν πρὸς τὸν θεὸν καὶ εἰ̃παν, Δέσποτα, σὺ ὁ ποιήσας τὸν οὐρανὸν καὶ τὴν γη̃ν καὶ τὴν θάλασσαν καὶ πάντα τὰ ἐν αὐτοι̃ς,
Acts 04:25 ὁ του̃ πατρὸς ἡμω̃ν διὰ πνεύματος ἁγίου στόματος Δαυὶδ παιδός σου εἰπών, Ἰνατί ἐφρύαξαν ἔθνη καὶ λαοὶ ἐμελέτησαν κενά;
Acts 04:26 παρέστησαν οἱ βασιλει̃ς τη̃ς γη̃ς καὶ οἱ ἄρχοντες συνήχθησαν ἐπὶ τὸ αὐτὸ κατὰ του̃ κυρίου καὶ κατὰ του̃ Χριστου̃ αὐτου̃.
Acts 04:27 συνήχθησαν γὰρ ἐπ'ἀληθείας ἐν τῃ̃ πόλει ταύτῃ ἐπὶ τὸν ἅγιον παι̃δά σου Ἰησου̃ν, ὃν ἔχρισας, Ἡρῴδης τε καὶ Πόντιος Πιλα̃τος σὺν ἔθνεσιν καὶ λαοι̃ς Ἰσραήλ,
Acts 04:28 ποιη̃σαι ὅσα ἡ χείρ σου καὶ ἡ βουλή σου προώρισεν γενέσθαι.
Acts 04:29 καὶ τὰ νυ̃ν, κύριε, ἔπιδε ἐπὶ τὰς ἀπειλὰς αὐτω̃ν, καὶ δὸς τοι̃ς δούλοις σου μετὰ παρρησίας πάσης λαλει̃ν τὸν λόγον σου,
Acts 04:30 ἐν τῳ̃ τὴν χει̃ρά σου ἐκτείνειν σε εἰς ἴασιν καὶ σημει̃α καὶ τέρατα γίνεσθαι διὰ του̃ ὀνόματος του̃ ἁγίου παιδός σου Ἰησου̃.
Acts 04:31 καὶ δεηθέντων αὐτω̃ν ἐσαλεύθη ὁ τόπος ἐν ᾡ̃ ἠ̃σαν συνηγμένοι, καὶ ἐπλήσθησαν ἅπαντες του̃ ἁγίου πνεύματος, καὶ ἐλάλουν τὸν λόγον του̃ θεου̃ μετὰ παρρησίας.

Acts 04:23 And being let go, they went unto their own friends, and declared whatever the chief priests and the elders said unto them, Acts 04:24 and they having heard, with one accord did lift up the voice unto God, and said, 'Lord, you [art] God, who did make the heaven, and the earth, and the sea, and all that [are] in them, Acts 04:25 who, through the mouth of David your servant, did say, Why did nations rage, and peoples meditate vain things? Acts 04:26 the kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord and against His Christ; Acts 04:27 for gathered together of a truth against Your holy child Jesus, whom You did anoint, were both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with nations and peoples of Israel, Acts 04:28 to do whatever Your hand and Your counsel did determine before to come to pass.

Acts 04:29 'And now, Lord, look upon their threatenings, and grant to Your servants with all freedom to speak Your word, Acts 04:30 in the stretching forth of Your hand, for healing, and signs, and wonders, to come to pass through the name of Your holy child Jesus.'

Acts 04:31 And they having prayed, the place was shaken in which they were gathered together, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and were speaking the word of God with freedom,

Acts 04:23 And being let go, they went unto their own friends, and declared whatever the chief priests and the elders said unto them, Acts 04:24 and they having heard, with one accord did lift up the voice unto God, and said, 'Lord, you art God, who did make the heaven, and the earth, and the sea, and all that [are] in them, Acts 04:25 who, through the mouth of David your servant, did say, Why did nations rage, and peoples meditate vain things? Acts 04:26 the kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord and against His Christ;

This is an excerpt from Psalm 2 of David:
Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together
Against the Lord and against his anointed,
the rest is even as important an they must have sung the whole Psalm:
The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.
He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
"I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain."
I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:
He said to me, "You are my son; today I have become your father.
Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.
You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery."
Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling.
Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Acts 04:27 for gathered together of a truth against Your holy child Jesus, whom You did anoint, were both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with nations and peoples of Israel, Acts 04:28 to do whatever Your hand and Your counsel did determine before to come to pass.

Acts 04:29 'And now, Lord, look upon their threatenings, and grant to Your servants with all freedom to speak Your word, Acts 04:30 in the stretching forth of Your hand, for healing, and signs, and wonders, to come to pass through the name of Your holy child Jesus.'

Acts 04:31 And they having prayed, the place was shaken in which they were gathered together, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and were speaking the word of God with freedom,

Agrippa Goes to Rome:
Herod Antipas makes fun of Herod Agrippa and Agrippa goes to his friend Flaccus in 34 AD, but quarrels with him and begins a journey to Rome trying to borrow money from the disciple Philip, being freedman of Agrippa's mother Bernice, who under her will had become a retainer of Antonia, refuses him as he had already defrauded by him. (He is called 'Protos'- mistranslated by Whiston as Peter) - because he had this title as one of the Seven Church Leaders Chosen June 37 AD representing Sunday, the first day of the week.) Agrippa is detained by Herennius Capito for debts, but escapes to Alexandria asking Alexander the alabarch for the money. He will give it only to his wife Cypros, who returns home. He then writes to Tiberius at Capri asking to visit and is invited, but when news arrives about his debt Tiberius sends him away At this time Philip Herod dies and his kingdom of Trachonitis and Gaulanitis, and of the nation of the Bataneans has no heir. Finally, Agrippa succeeds in borrowing money from Antonia in 35 AD and Tiberius has him watch over his Tiberius Gemellus, son of Drusus, which results in a valuable friendship with Caligula who will become the next Emperor.
34 AD - World Age 9 - Supposed to be the Restoration of the Priests and line of David Kings 3080-3150 Anno Mundi. (See Qumran World Ages
The Pentecost
Using the first 7 plagues from Moses (8,9,10 are not used) repeated in four sets of seven quarters for total of 28 quarters = seven years.
(See Explanation for 6AD plague)
6th seven year
plague cycle
blood
Ex. 7:14–25
frogs
Ex. 7:25–8:11
gnats/lice
Ex. 8:16–19
flies
Ex. 8:20–32
cattle
Ex. 9:1–7
boils
Ex. 9:8–12
hail/fire
Ex. 9:13–35
firstMar 34Jun 34Sep 34Jan 35Mar 35June 35Sep 35
secondJan 36Mar 36Jun 36Sep 36Jan 37Mar 37Jun 37 War
thirdSep 37Jan 38Mar 38Jun 38Sep 38Jan 39Mar 39
fourthJun 39Sep 39Jan 40Mar 40Jun 40Sep 40Jan 41
The Fifth Seven Years of the Mission 34-40 AD (Fifth Angel - Theophilus Annas)
Rev 09:01 και ο πεμπτοc αγγελοc εcαλπιcεν και ειδον αcτεραc εκ του ουνου πεπτωκοταc ειc την γην και εδοθη αυτω η κλιc του φρεατοc τηc αβυccου
Rev 09:02 και ανεβη καπνοc επι του φρεατοc ωc καμινοc καμινου μεγαληc και εcκοτιcθη ο ηλιοc και ο αηρ εκ του καπνου ┬
Rev 09:03 ┬ εξηλθον ακριδεc ειc την γην και εδοθη αυτοιc εξουcια ωc εχουcιν εξουcιαν οι κορπιοι τηc γηc
Rev 09:04 και ερρεθη αυτοιc ινα μη αδικηcωcιν τον χορτον τηc γηc ουδε παν δενδρον ει μη τουc ανθρωπουc οιτινεc ουκ εχουcιν την cφραγιδα̣ του θυ επι των μετωπων
Rev 09:05 και εδοθη αυτοιc ϊνα μη αποκτινωcιν αυτουc αλλ ϊνα βαcανιcθηcονται μηναc πετε και ο βαcανιcμοc αυτων ωc βαcανιcμοc cκορπιου οταν πεcη ανον
Rev 09:06 και εν ταιc ημεραιc εκειναιc ζητηcουcι οι ανοι τον θανατον και ου μη ευρηcουcιν αυτον και επιθυμηcουcιν αποθανιν και φυγη ο θανατοc απ αυτων
Rev 09:07 και τα ομοιωματα των ακριδω ομοιοι ϊπποιc ητοιμαcμενοιc ειc πολεμον και επι ταc κεφαλαc αυτων ωc cτεφανοι ομοιοι χρυcω και τα προcωπα αυτων ωc προcωπα ανων
Rev 09:08 και ειχαν τριχαc ωc τριχαc γυναικων και οι οδοντεc αυτων ωc λεοτων ηcαν
Rev 09:09 και ειχο θωρακαc ωc θωρακαc cιδηρουc κ(αι) η φωνη των πτερυγων αυτων ωc φωνη αρματων ϊππων πολλων τρεχοντων ειc πολεμον
Rev 09:10 και εχουcιν ουραc ομοιοιc cκορπιοιc και κεντρα και εν ταιc ουραιc αυτων η εξουcια αυτων αδικηcαι τουc ανθρωπουc μηναc πεντε
Rev 09:11 εχουcιν εαυτων τον βαcιλεα τον αγγελον τηc αβυccου ω ονομα αυτω εβραϊcτι αβαδδων και εν τη ελληνιδι εχι ονομα απολλυων

Rev 09:01 And the fifth angel did sound, and I saw a star out of the heaven having fallen to the earth, and there was given to it the key of the pit of the abyss,

Rev 09:02 and he did open the pit of the abyss, and there came up a smoke out of the pit as smoke of a great furnace, and darkened was the sun and the air, from the smoke of the pit.

Rev 09:03 And out of the smoke came forth locusts to the earth, and there was given to them authority, as scorpions of the earth have authority,

Rev 09:04 and it was said to them that they may not injure the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but -- the men only who have not the seal of God upon their foreheads,

Rev 09:05 and it was given to them that they may not kill them, but that they may be tormented five months, and their torment [is] as the torment of a scorpion, when it may strike a man; Rev 09:06 and in those days shall men seek the death, and they shall not find it, and they shall desire to die, and the death shall flee from them.

Rev 09:07 And the likenesses of the locusts [are] like to horses made ready to battle, and upon their heads as crowns like gold, and their faces as faces of men, Rev 09:08 and they had hair as hair of women, and their teeth were as [those] of lions, Rev 09:09 and they had breastplates as breastplates of iron, and the noise of their wings [is] as the noise of chariots of many horses running to battle; Rev 09:10 and they have tails like to scorpions, and stings were in their tails; and their authority [is] to injure men five months;

Rev 09:11 and they have over them a king -- the angel of the abyss -- a name [is] to him in Hebrew, Abaddon, and in the Greek he has a name, Apollyon.

(James Niceta writes:)
Rev 09:01 And the fifth angel did sound, and I saw a star out of the heaven having fallen to the earth, and there was given to it the key of the pit of the abyss,

In 34 AD the Fifth Angel is Theophilus Annas (High Priest 37- 41 AD) . His older brother Jonathan Annas (High Priest 36-37) was discredited (See The Stoning of Stephen). Jesus (the Star fallen from Heaven) now has the keys to the pit - his Resurrection.

Rev 09:02 and he did open the pit of the abyss, and there came up a smoke out of the pit as smoke of a great furnace, and darkened was the sun and the air, from the smoke of the pit.

The magician's smoke (the lie about the Resurrection) allows Simon Magus (a Magus (magi) and an expert in magic to attract followers), to take over John the Baptist's position as Pope. (See the Clementine books of Pope Clement).

Rev 09:03 And out of the smoke came forth locusts to the earth, and there was given to them authority, as scorpions of the earth have authority,

The symbol of locusts is related to John the Baptist who originally lived on locusts in the wilderness of Mird as a Nazarite. A scorpion is synonymous with the Eagle, one of the four living creatures of Ezekiel that represent the mission: Eagle is Rome, Calf is Antioch, Lion is Alexandria, Man is Babylon. Thus Simon Magus, as Pope in John the Baptist's place, controls the western part of the mission.

Rev 09:04 and it was said to them that they may not injure the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but -- the men only who have not the seal of God upon their foreheads,

Simon accepts the Gentiles (the green grass symbol comes from "Jesus commanding the multitudes to recline upon the grass - See Feeding of the 5,000). Simon's symbol is the 'X' represents entry into the Church.

Rev 09:05 and it was given to them that they may not kill them, but that they may be tormented five months, and their torment is as the torment of a scorpion, when it may strike a man; Rev 09:06 and in those days shall men seek the death, and they shall not find it, and they shall desire to die, and the death shall flee from them. Rev 09:10 and they have tails like to scorpions, and stings were in their tails; and their authority is to injure men five months;

The period of initiation is for five months and requires death to the world (the scorpion's sting).

Rev 09:07 And the likenesses of the locusts are like to horses made ready to battle, and upon their heads as crowns like gold, and their faces as faces of men,

The disciples go out as living on locusts as John the Baptist, thus without 'scrip, bread, money, but shod with sandals, one coat, and on foot without a staff, relying on people's hospitality. (See Jesus sends out the twelve.) The horses are the priests on horseback as were the four horsemen of the Apocalyse in Revelation 6 who brought the four Gospels to the world. Their gold crowns symbolize authority, specifically Jonathan Annas also called Stephen (stephanos is Greek for crown).

Rev 09:08 and they had hair as hair of women, and their teeth were as those of lions, Rev 09:09 and they had breastplates as breastplates of iron, and the noise of their wings is as the noise of chariots of many horses running to battle;


Ezekiel 1:15-21 And I see the living creatures, and lo, one wheel is in the earth, near the living creatures, at its four faces. The appearance of the wheels and their works is as the color of beryl, and one likeness is to them four, and their appearances and their works are as it were the wheel in the midst of the wheel. On their four sides, in their going they go, they turn not round in their going. As to their rings, they are both high and fearful, and their rings [are] full of eyes round about them four. And in the going of the living creatures, the wheels go beside them, and in the living creatures being lifted up from off the earth, lifted up are the wheels. Whither the spirit is to go, they go, thither the spirit is to go, and the wheels are lifted up over-against them, for a living spirit is in the wheels. In their going, they go; and in their standing, they stand; and in their being lifted up from off the earth, lifted up are the wheels over-against them; for a living spirit is in the wheels.

Here are the symbols of Ezekiel: a Man, but with the hair of a women meaning that they are to exercise the compassion of females (women's hair). This is especially important since women were their best converts with the husband following after (i.e. Constantine of the Romans and Colvis of the Gauls). They are to have the courage of a Lion while being protected with a breastplate of iron representing the Ox and their wings are like Eagles. The chariot represents the many directions of the mission that are laid out as spokes on a wheel with these symbols a the four directions.

Rev 09:11 and they have over them a king -- the angel of the abyss -- a name is to him in Hebrew, Abaddon, and in the Greek he has a name, Apollyon.

Jesus is their King Abaddon, the angel who returned from death (the abyss) alive.

Pentecost June 34 AD
Acts 02:01 Καὶ ἐν τῳ̃ συμπληρου̃σθαι τὴν ἡμέραν τη̃ς πεντηκοστη̃ς ἠ̃σαν πάντες ὁμου̃ ἐπὶ τὸ αὐτό.
Acts 02:02 καὶ ἐγένετο ἄφνω ἐκ του̃ οὐρανου̃ ἠ̃χος ὥσπερ φερομένης πνοη̃ς βιαίας καὶ ἐπλήρωσεν ὅλον τὸν οἰ̃κον οὑ̃ ἠ̃σαν καθήμενοι·
Acts 02:03 καὶ ὤφθησαν αὐτοι̃ς διαμεριζόμεναι γλω̃σσαι ὡσεὶ πυρός, καὶ ἐκάθισεν ἐφ'ἕνα ἕκαστον αὐτω̃ν,
Acts 02:04 καὶ ἐπλήσθησαν πάντες πνεύματος ἁγίου, καὶ ἤρξαντο λαλει̃ν ἑτέραις γλώσσαις καθὼς τὸ πνευ̃μα ἐδίδου ἀποφθέγγεσθαι αὐτοι̃ς.
Acts 02:05 Ησαν δὲ ἐν Ἰερουσαλὴμ κατοικου̃ντες Ἰουδαι̃οι, ἄνδρες εὐλαβει̃ς ἀπὸ παντὸς ἔθνους τω̃ν ὑπὸ τὸν οὐρανόν·
Acts 02:06 γενομένης δὲ τη̃ς φωνη̃ς ταύτης συνη̃λθεν τὸ πλη̃θος καὶ συνεχύθη, ὅτι ἤκουον εἱ̃ς ἕκαστος τῃ̃ ἰδίᾳ διαλέκτῳ λαλούντων αὐτω̃ν.
Acts 02:07 ἐξίσταντο δὲ καὶ ἐθαύμαζον λέγοντες, Οὐχ ἰδοὺ ἅπαντες οὑ̃τοί εἰσιν οἱ λαλου̃ντες Γαλιλαι̃οι;
Acts 02:08 καὶ πω̃ς ἡμει̃ς ἀκούομεν ἕκαστος τῃ̃ ἰδίᾳ διαλέκτῳ ἡμω̃ν ἐν ᾑ̃ ἐγεννήθημεν;
Acts 02:09 Πάρθοι καὶ Μη̃δοι καὶ Ἐλαμι̃ται, καὶ οἱ κατοικου̃ντες τὴν Μεσοποταμίαν, Ἰουδαίαν τε καὶ Καππαδοκίαν, Πόντον καὶ τὴν Ἀσίαν,
Acts 02:10 Φρυγίαν τε καὶ Παμφυλίαν, Αἴγυπτον καὶ τὰ μέρη τη̃ς Λιβύης τη̃ς κατὰ Κυρήνην, καὶ οἱ ἐπιδημου̃ντες Ῥωμαι̃οι,
Acts 02:11 Ἰουδαι̃οί τε καὶ προσήλυτοι, Κρη̃τες καὶ Ἄραβες, ἀκούομεν λαλούντων αὐτω̃ν ται̃ς ἡμετέραις γλώσσαις τὰ μεγαλει̃α του̃ θεου̃.
Acts 02:12 ἐξίσταντο δὲ πάντες καὶ διηπόρουν, ἄλλος πρὸς ἄλλον λέγοντες, Τί θέλει του̃το εἰ̃ναι;

Acts 02:01 And in the day of the Pentecost being fulfilled, they were all with one accord at the same place, Acts 02:02 and there came suddenly out of the heaven a sound as of a bearing violent breath, and it filled all the house where they were sitting, Acts 02:03 and there appeared to them divided tongues, as it were of fire; it sat also upon each one of them, Acts 02:04 and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, according as the Spirit was giving them to declare.

Acts 02:05 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation of those under the heaven, Acts 02:06 and the rumor of this having come, the multitude came together, and was confounded, because they were each one hearing them speaking in his proper dialect, Acts 02:07 and they were all amazed, and did wonder, saying one unto another, 'Lo, are not all these who are speaking Galileans? Acts 02:08 and how do we hear, each in our proper dialect, in which we were born? Acts 02:09 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and those dwelling in Mesopotamia, in Judea also, and Cappadocia, Pontus, and Asia, Acts 02:10 Phrygia also, and Pamphylia, Egypt, and the parts of Libya, that [are] along Cyrene, and the strangers of Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Acts 02:11 Cretes and Arabians, we did hear them speaking in our tongues the great things of God.'

Acts 02:12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one unto another, 'What would this wish to be?'

Acts 02:01 And in the day of the Pentecost being fulfilled, they were all with one accord at the same place, Acts 02:02 and there came suddenly out of the heaven a sound as of a bearing violent breath, and it filled all the house where they were sitting, Acts 02:03 and there appeared to them divided tongues, as it were of fire; it sat also upon each one of them, Acts 02:04 and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, according as the Spirit was giving them to declare.

Acts 02:05 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation of those under the heaven, Acts 02:06 and the rumor of this having come, the multitude came together, and was confounded, because they were each one hearing them speaking in his proper dialect, Acts 02:07 and they were all amazed, and did wonder, saying one unto another, 'Lo, are not all these who are speaking Galileans? Acts 02:08 and how do we hear, each in our proper dialect, in which we were born? Acts 02:09 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and those dwelling in Mesopotamia, in Judea also, and Cappadocia, Pontus, and Asia, Acts 02:10 Phrygia also, and Pamphylia, Egypt, and the parts of Libya, that [are] along Cyrene, and the strangers of Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Acts 02:11 Cretes and Arabians, we did hear them speaking in our tongues the great things of God.'

Acts 02:12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one unto another, 'What would this wish to be?'

The Pentecost gathering has been traditionally thought to have occurred right after the "Resurrection" in 33 AD, but is more likely to have occurred at Pentecost in the next year 34 AD because this corresponds to start of Age 9 which was to be the Restoration of the Priests and line of David Kings (See Qumran World Ages). Logically, it would have taken a year to notify all the representatives of the Mission in foreign lands to arrange travel to Jerusalem. Clearly, the year 34 AD would have been the perfect time to reorganize the World Mission to recognize Jesus as the David King. Since Jesus would not be present (assumed to have died and gone to Heaven), he would direct the Mission through his representatives who would be acting in the role of the Holy Spirit (thus the importance of the Holy Spirit at this event.)

The World Mission could be laid out in a circle as Dr. Barbara Thiering has done:


Although the representative spoke different languages, their ability to communicate was not thanks to the Holy Spirit, but thanks to being conquered by the Romans as they all could have spoken Latin; or Greek thanks to being conquered by Alexander the Great; both languages are still used by the Church.

Peter's Speech at the Pentecost June 34 AD
Acts 02:13 ἕτεροι δὲ διαχλευάζοντες ἔλεγον ὅτι Γλεύκους μεμεστωμένοι εἰσίν.
Acts 02:14 Σταθεὶς δὲ ὁ Πέτρος σὺν τοι̃ς ἕνδεκα ἐπη̃ρεν τὴν φωνὴν αὐτου̃ καὶ ἀπεφθέγξατο αὐτοι̃ς, Ἄνδρες Ἰουδαι̃οι καὶ οἱ κατοικου̃ντες Ἰερουσαλὴμ πάντες, του̃το ὑμι̃ν γνωστὸν ἔστω καὶ ἐνωτίσασθε τὰ ῥήματά μου.
Acts 02:15 οὐ γὰρ ὡς ὑμει̃ς ὑπολαμβάνετε οὑ̃τοι μεθύουσιν, ἔστιν γὰρ ὥρα τρίτη τη̃ς ἡμέρας,
Acts 02:16 ἀλλὰ του̃τό ἐστιν τὸ εἰρημένον διὰ του̃ προφήτου Ἰωήλ,
Acts 02:17 Καὶ ἔσται ἐν ται̃ς ἐσχάταις ἡμέραις, λέγει ὁ θεός, ἐκχεω̃ ἀπὸ του̃ πνεύματός μου ἐπὶ πα̃σαν σάρκα, καὶ προφητεύσουσιν οἱ υἱοὶ ὑμω̃ν καὶ αἱ θυγατέρες ὑμω̃ν, καὶ οἱ νεανίσκοι ὑμω̃ν ὁράσεις ὄψονται, καὶ οἱ πρεσβύτεροι ὑμω̃ν ἐνυπνίοις ἐνυπνιασθήσονται·
Acts 02:18 καί γε ἐπὶ τοὺς δούλους μου καὶ ἐπὶ τὰς δούλας μου ἐν ται̃ς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις ἐκχεω̃ ἀπὸ του̃ πνεύματός μου, καὶ προφητεύσουσιν.
Acts 02:19 καὶ δώσω τέρατα ἐν τῳ̃ οὐρανῳ̃ ἄνω καὶ σημει̃α ἐπὶ τη̃ς γη̃ς κάτω, αἱ̃μα καὶ πυ̃ρ καὶ ἀτμίδα καπνου̃·
Acts 02:20 ὁ ἥλιος μεταστραφήσεται εἰς σκότος καὶ ἡ σελήνη εἰς αἱ̃μα πρὶν ἐλθει̃ν ἡμέραν κυρίου τὴν μεγάλην [καὶ ἐπιφανη̃].
Acts 02:21 καὶ ἔσται πα̃ς ὃς ἐὰν ἐπικαλέσηται τὸ ὄνομα κυρίου σωθήσεται.
Acts 02:22 Ἄνδρες Ἰσραηλι̃ται, ἀκούσατε τοὺς λόγους τούτους· Ἰησου̃ν τὸν Ναζωραι̃ον, ἄνδρα ἀποδεδειγμένον ἀπὸ του̃ θεου̃ εἰς ὑμα̃ς δυνάμεσι καὶ τέρασι καὶ σημείοις οἱ̃ς ἐποίησεν δι'αὐτου̃ ὁ θεὸς ἐν μέσῳ ὑμω̃ν, καθὼς αὐτοὶ οἴδατε,
Acts 02:23 του̃τον τῃ̃ ὡρισμένῃ βουλῃ̃ καὶ προγνώσει του̃ θεου̃ ἔκδοτον διὰ χειρὸς ἀνόμων προσπήξαντες ἀνείλατε,
Acts 02:24 ὃν ὁ θεὸς ἀνέστησεν λύσας τὰς ὠδι̃νας του̃ θανάτου, καθότι οὐκ ἠ̃ν δυνατὸν κρατει̃σθαι αὐτὸν ὑπ'αὐτου̃·
Acts 02:25 Δαυὶδ γὰρ λέγει εἰς αὐτόν, Προορώμην τὸν κύριον ἐνώπιόν μου διὰ παντός, ὅτι ἐκ δεξιω̃ν μού ἐστιν ἵνα μὴ σαλευθω̃.
Acts 02:26 διὰ του̃το ηὐφράνθη ἡ καρδία μου καὶ ἠγαλλιάσατο ἡ γλω̃σσά μου, ἔτι δὲ καὶ ἡ σάρξ μου κατασκηνώσει ἐπ'ἐλπίδι·
Acts 02:27 ὅτι οὐκ ἐγκαταλείψεις τὴν ψυχήν μου εἰς ᾅδην, οὐδὲ δώσεις τὸν ὅσιόν σου ἰδει̃ν διαφθοράν.
Acts 02:28 ἐγνώρισάς μοι ὁδοὺς ζωη̃ς, πληρώσεις με εὐφροσύνης μετὰ του̃ προσώπου σου.
Acts 02:29 Ἄνδρες ἀδελφοί, ἐξὸν εἰπει̃ν μετὰ παρρησίας πρὸς ὑμα̃ς περὶ του̃ πατριάρχου Δαυίδ, ὅτι καὶ ἐτελεύτησεν καὶ ἐτάφη καὶ τὸ μνη̃μα αὐτου̃ ἔστιν ἐν ἡμι̃ν ἄχρι τη̃ς ἡμέρας ταύτης·
Acts 02:30 προφήτης οὐ̃ν ὑπάρχων, καὶ εἰδὼς ὅτι ὅρκῳ ὤμοσεν αὐτῳ̃ ὁ θεὸς ἐκ καρπου̃ τη̃ς ὀσφύος αὐτου̃ καθίσαι ἐπὶ τὸν θρόνον αὐτου̃,
Acts 02:31 προϊδὼν ἐλάλησεν περὶ τη̃ς ἀναστάσεως του̃ Χριστου̃ ὅτι οὔτε ἐγκατελείφθη εἰς ᾅδην οὔτε ἡ σὰρξ αὐτου̃ εἰ̃δεν διαφθοράν.
Acts 02:32 του̃τον τὸν Ἰησου̃ν ἀνέστησεν ὁ θεός, οὑ̃ πάντες ἡμει̃ς ἐσμεν μάρτυρες.
Acts 02:33 τῃ̃ δεξιᾳ̃ οὐ̃ν του̃ θεου̃ ὑψωθεὶς τήν τε ἐπαγγελίαν του̃ πνεύματος του̃ ἁγίου λαβὼν παρὰ του̃ πατρὸς ἐξέχεεν του̃το ὃ ὑμει̃ς [καὶ] βλέπετε καὶ ἀκούετε.
Acts 02:34 οὐ γὰρ Δαυὶδ ἀνέβη εἰς τοὺς οὐρανούς, λέγει δὲ αὐτός, Εἰ̃πεν κύριος τῳ̃ κυρίῳ μου, Κάθου ἐκ δεξιω̃ν μου
Acts 02:35 ἕως ἂν θω̃ τοὺς ἐχθρούς σου ὑποπόδιον τω̃ν ποδω̃ν σου.
Acts 02:36 ἀσφαλω̃ς οὐ̃ν γινωσκέτω πα̃ς οἰ̃κος Ἰσραὴλ ὅτι καὶ κύριον αὐτὸν καὶ Χριστὸν ἐποίησεν ὁ θεός, του̃τον τὸν Ἰησου̃ν ὃν ὑμει̃ς ἐσταυρώσατε.

Acts 02:13 and others mocking said, -- 'They are full of new wine;' Acts 02:14 and Peter having stood up with the eleven, lifted up his voice and declared to them, 'Men, Jews! and all those dwelling in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and harken to my sayings, Acts 02:15 for these are not drunken, as you take it up, for it is the third hour of the day.

Acts 02:16 'But this is that which has been spoken through the prophet Joel: Acts 02:17 And it shall be in the last days, said God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; Acts 02:18 and also upon My men-servants, and upon My maid-servants, in those days, I will pour out of My Spirit, and they shall prophesy; Acts 02:19 and I will give wonders in the heaven above, and signs upon the earth beneath -- blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke, Acts 02:20 the sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the coming of the day of the Lord -- the great and illustrious; Acts 02:21 and it shall be, every one -- whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, he shall be saved.

Acts 02:22 'Men, Israelites! hear these words, Jesus the Nazarene, a man approved of God among you by mighty works, and wonders, and signs, that God did through him in the midst of you, according as also you yourselves have known; Acts 02:23 this one, by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, being given out, having taken by lawless hands, having crucified -- you did slay; Acts 02:24 whom God did raise up, having loosed the pains of the death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it, Acts 02:25 for David said in regard to him: I foresaw the Lord always before me -- because He is on my right hand -- that I may not be moved; Acts 02:26 because of this was my heart cheered, and my tongue was glad, and yet -- my flesh also shall rest on hope, Acts 02:27 because You will not leave my soul to Hades, nor will You give Your Kind One to see corruption; Acts 02:28 You did make known to me ways of life, You shall fill me with joy with Your countenance.

Acts 02:29 'Men, brethren! it is permitted to speak with freedom unto you concerning the patriarch David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is among us unto this day; Acts 02:30 a prophet, therefore, being, and knowing that with an oath God did swear to him, out of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, to raise up the Christ, to sit upon his throne, Acts 02:31 having foreseen, he did speak concerning the rising again of the Christ, that his soul was not left to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.

Acts 02:32 'This Jesus did God raise up, of which we are all witnesses; Acts 02:33 at the right hand then of God having been exalted -- also the promise of the Holy Spirit having received from the Father -- he was shedding forth this, which now you see and hear; Acts 02:34 for David did not go up to the heavens, and he said himself: The Lord said to my lord, Sit you at my right hand, Acts 02:35 till I make your foes your footstool; Acts 02:36 assuredly, therefore, let all the house of Israel know, that both Lord and Christ did God make him -- this Jesus whom you did crucify.'

Acts 02:13 and others mocking said, -- 'They are full of new wine;' Acts 02:14

And Peter having stood up with the eleven, lifted up his voice and declared to them, 'Men, Jews! and all those dwelling in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and harken to my sayings, Acts 02:15 for these are not drunken, as you take it up, for it is the third hour of the day.

The monastics were ridiculing the Diaspora because they were using fermented wine at the ceremony, whereas the monastics use new wine (unfermented wine). They also perform the ceremony at different times. These comments indicate that this gathering was not the the meeting of firm believers of Jesus' resurrection, but rather followers of a modified Judaism practiced by the Therapeuts in Diaspora.

Acts 02:16 'But this is that which has been spoken through the prophet Joel (Joel chapter 2 begins quote by Peter to justify Jesus):
Acts 02:17 And it shall be in the last days, said God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; Acts 02:18 and also upon My men-servants, and upon My maid-servants, in those days, I will pour out of My Spirit, and they shall prophesy; Acts 02:19 and I will give wonders in the heaven above, and signs upon the earth beneath (similar to Moses)-- blood (the Nile turning red as blood equals Jesus blood at the Crucifixion), and fire and vapor of smoke (the pillar of fire and cloud that protected them and hid them from the Pharaoh equals the success of saving Jesus from Pilate with the poison and 'smoke and mirrors', but secret to the crowd), Acts 02:20 the sun shall be turned to darkness (the hour of darkness at the Crucifixion), and the moon to blood (the partial lunar eclipse at dawn), before the coming of the day of the Lord -- the great and illustrious; Acts 02:21 and it shall be, every one -- whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, he shall be saved. (end quote by Peter)

Acts 02:22 'Men, Israelites! hear these words, Jesus the Nazarene, a man approved of God among you by mighty works, and wonders, and signs, that God did through him in the midst of you, according as also you yourselves have known; Acts 02:23 this one, by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, being given out, having taken by lawless hands, having crucified -- you did slay; Acts 02:24 whom God did raise up, having loosed the pains of the death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it,

Acts 02:25
For David said in regard to him (Psalm 16:8-11 begin quote by Peter):
I foresaw the Lord always before me -- because He is on my right hand -- that I may not be moved; Acts 02:26 because of this was my heart cheered, and my tongue was glad, and yet -- my flesh also shall rest on hope, Acts 02:27 because You will not leave my (spirit) soul to Hades, nor will You give your (eternal) soul to see decay; Acts 02:28 You did make known to me ways of life, You shall fill me with joy with Your countenance. (End quote by Peter. Missing is the last line: "with eternal pleasures at your right hand")

Acts 02:29 'Men, brethren! it is permitted to speak with freedom unto you concerning the patriarch David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is among us unto this day; Acts 02:30 a prophet, therefore, being, and knowing that with an oath God did swear to him, out of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, to raise up the Christ, to sit upon his throne, Acts 02:31 having foreseen, he did speak concerning the rising again of the Christ, that his soul was not left to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.

From the quote from Psalms (above) Peter confirms the Resurrection and the Ascension by saying that David, when he wrote it, had prophesied that his ancestor Jesus would escape the after-life and rise up to Heaven.

Acts 02:32 'This Jesus did God raise up, of which we are all witnesses; Acts 02:33 at the right hand then of God having been exalted -- also the promise of the Holy Spirit having received from the Father -- he was shedding forth this, which now you see and hear; Acts 02:34

for David did not go up to the heavens, and he said himself (Psalm 101:1 Begin quote):
The Lord said to my lord, Sit you at my right hand, Acts 02:35 till I make your foes your footstool; (End quote)

Acts 02:36 assuredly, therefore, let all the house of Israel know, that both Lord and Christ did God make him -- this Jesus whom you did crucify.'

Peter has given and amazingly studied speech. It would appear that "Lord" is a substitution for David King because "King" would be objected to by the Roman Emperor. As to proof of Jesus being the "Christ", it is proved by Peter's quotes, although there more convincing quotes that Peter could have chosen. None of the other eleven disciples are shown to have spoken which shows that Peter is now the leader.

Baptisms June 34 AD
Acts 02:37 Ἀκούσαντες δὲ κατενύγησαν τὴν καρδίαν, εἰ̃πόν τε πρὸς τὸν Πέτρον καὶ τοὺς λοιποὺς ἀποστόλους, Τί ποιήσωμεν, ἄνδρες ἀδελφοί;
Acts 02:38 Πέτρος δὲ πρὸς αὐτούς, Μετανοήσατε, καὶ βαπτισθήτω ἕκαστος ὑμω̃ν ἐπὶ τῳ̃ ὀνόματι Ἰησου̃ Χριστου̃ εἰς ἄφεσιν τω̃ν ἁμαρτιω̃ν ὑμω̃ν, καὶ λήμψεσθε τὴν δωρεὰν του̃ ἁγίου πνεύματος·
Acts 02:39 ὑμι̃ν γάρ ἐστιν ἡ ἐπαγγελία καὶ τοι̃ς τέκνοις ὑμω̃ν καὶ πα̃σιν τοι̃ς εἰς μακρὰν ὅσους ἂν προσκαλέσηται κύριος ὁ θεὸς ἡμω̃ν. Acts 02:40 ἑτέροις τε λόγοις πλείοσιν διεμαρτύρατο, καὶ παρεκάλει αὐτοὺς λέγων, Σώθητε ἀπὸ τη̃ς γενεα̃ς τη̃ς σκολια̃ς ταύτης.
Acts 02:41 οἱ μὲν οὐ̃ν ἀποδεξάμενοι τὸν λόγον αὐτου̃ ἐβαπτίσθησαν, καὶ προσετέθησαν ἐν τῃ̃ ἡμέρᾳ ἐκείνῃ ψυχαὶ ὡσεὶ τρισχίλιαι.
Acts 02:42 ἠ̃σαν δὲ προσκαρτερου̃ντες τῃ̃ διδαχῃ̃ τω̃ν ἀποστόλων καὶ τῃ̃ κοινωνίᾳ, τῃ̃ κλάσει του̃ ἄρτου καὶ ται̃ς προσευχαι̃ς.

Acts 02:37 And having heard, they were pricked to the heart; they say also to Peter, and to the rest of the apostles, 'What shall we do, men, brethren?' Acts 02:38 and Peter said unto them, 'Reform, and be baptized each of you on the name of Jesus Christ, to remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, Acts 02:39 for to you is the promise, and to your children, and to all those afar off, as many as the Lord our God shall call.'

Acts 02:40 Also with many more other words he was testifying and exhorting, saying, 'Be saved from this perverse generation;' Acts 02:41 then those, indeed, who did gladly receive his word were baptized, and there were added on that day, as it were, three thousand souls, Acts 02:42 and they were continuing steadfastly in the teaching of the apostles, and the fellowship, and the breaking of the bread, and the prayers.

Acts 02:37 And having heard, they were pricked to the heart; they say also to Peter, and to the rest of the apostles, 'What shall we do, men, brethren?' Acts 02:38 and Peter said unto them, 'Reform, and be baptized each of you on the name of Jesus Christ, to remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, Acts 02:39 for to you is the promise, and to your children, and to all those afar off, as many as the Lord our God shall call.'

Acts 02:40 Also with many more other words he was testifying and exhorting, saying, 'Be saved from this perverse generation;' Acts 02:41 then those, indeed, who did gladly receive his word were baptized, and there were added on that day, as it were, three thousand souls, Acts 02:42 and they were continuing steadfastly in the teaching of the apostles, and the fellowship, and the breaking of the bread, and the prayers.

Continuing Baptism as John the Baptist did, but this time in the name of Jesus Christ. This is part of the attempt of the disciples to convince the group to accept the precepts of Jesus, namely a modified Essene structure.

Sharing their goods June 34 AD
Acts 02:43 Ἐγίνετο δὲ πάσῃ ψυχῃ̃ φόβος, πολλά τε τέρατα καὶ σημει̃α διὰ τω̃ν ἀποστόλων ἐγίνετο.
Acts 02:44 πάντες δὲ οἱ πιστεύσαντες ἠ̃σαν ἐπὶ τὸ αὐτὸ καὶ εἰ̃χον ἅπαντα κοινά,
Acts 02:45 καὶ τὰ κτήματα καὶ τὰς ὑπάρξεις ἐπίπρασκον καὶ διεμέριζον αὐτὰ πα̃σιν καθότι ἄν τις χρείαν εἰ̃χεν·
Acts 02:46 καθ'ἡμέραν τε προσκαρτερου̃ντες ὁμοθυμαδὸν ἐν τῳ̃ ἱερῳ̃, κλω̃ντές τε κατ'οἰ̃κον ἄρτον, μετελάμβανον τροφη̃ς ἐν ἀγαλλιάσει καὶ ἀφελότητι καρδίας,
Acts 02:47 αἰνου̃ντες τὸν θεὸν καὶ ἔχοντες χάριν πρὸς ὅλον τὸν λαόν. ὁ δὲ κύριος προσετίθει τοὺς σῳζομένους καθ'ἡμέρον ἐπὶ τὸ αὐτό.
Acts 04:32 Του̃ δὲ πλήθους τω̃ν πιστευσάντων ἠ̃ν καρδία καὶ ψυχὴ μία, καὶ οὐδὲ εἱ̃ς τι τω̃ν ὑπαρχόντων αὐτῳ̃ ἔλεγεν ἴδιον εἰ̃ναι, ἀλλ'ἠ̃ν αὐτοι̃ς πάντα κοινά.
Acts 04:33 καὶ δυνάμει μεγάλῃ ἀπεδίδουν τὸ μαρτύριον οἱ ἀπόστολοι τη̃ς ἀναστάσεως του̃ κυρίου Ἰησου̃, χάρις τε μεγάλη ἠ̃ν ἐπὶ πάντας αὐτούς.
Acts 04:34 οὐδὲ γὰρ ἐνδεής τις ἠ̃ν ἐν αὐτοι̃ς· ὅσοι γὰρ κτήτορες χωρίων ἢ οἰκιω̃ν ὑπη̃ρχον, πωλου̃ντες ἔφερον τὰς τιμὰς τω̃ν πιπρασκομένων
Acts 04:35 καὶ ἐτίθουν παρὰ τοὺς πόδας τω̃ν ἀποστόλων· διεδίδετο δὲ ἑκάστῳ καθότι ἄν τις χρείαν εἰ̃χεν.

Acts 02:43 And fear came on every soul, many wonders also and signs were being done through the apostles, Acts 02:44 and all those believing were at the same place, and had all things common, Acts 02:45 and the possessions and the goods they were selling, and were parting them to all, according as any one had need.

Acts 02:46 Daily also continuing with one accord in the temple, breaking also at every house bread, they were partaking of food in gladness and simplicity of heart, Acts 02:47 praising God, and having favor with all the people, and the Lord was adding those being saved every day to the assembly.

Acts 04:32 and of the multitude of those who did believe the heart and the soul was one, and not one was saying that anything of the things he had was his own, but all things were to them in common.

Acts 04:33 And with great power were the apostles giving the testimony to the rising again of the Lord Jesus, great grace also was on them all, Acts 04:34 for there was not any one among them who did lack, for as many as were possessors of fields, or houses, selling [them], were bringing the prices of the thing sold, Acts 04:35 and were laying them at the feet of the apostles, and distribution was being made to each according as any one had need.

Acts 02:43 And fear came on every soul, many wonders also and signs were being done through the apostles, Acts 02:44 and all those believing were at the same place, and had all things common, Acts 02:45 and the possessions and the goods they were selling, and were parting them to all, according as any one had need.

Acts 02:46 Daily also continuing with one accord in the temple, breaking also at every house bread, they were partaking of food in gladness and simplicity of heart, Acts 02:47 praising God, and having favor with all the people, and the Lord was adding those being saved every day to the assembly.

Acts 04:32 and of the multitude of those who did believe the heart and the soul was one, and not one was saying that anything of the things he had was his own, but all things were to them in common.

Acts 04:33 And with great power (Simon Magus again in charge) were the apostles giving the testimony to the rising again of the Lord Jesus, great grace also was on them all, Acts 04:34 for there was not any one among them who did lack, for as many as were possessors of fields, or houses, selling [them], were bringing the prices of the thing sold, Acts 04:35 and were laying them at the feet of the apostles, and distribution was being made to each according as any one had need.

After sufficient time for study and practice, those who gained full membership could participate at the holy supper. Then all their property would be given up to share to all in common as was done in the Essene monastery.

EVERY GOOD MAN IS FREE (THE ESSENES) by Philo Judaeus of Alexandria (c. 20 BC – c. 50 AD)

Moreover Palestine and Syria too are not barren of exemplary wisdom and virtue, which countries no slight portion of that most populous nation of the Jews inhabits. There is a portion of those people called Essenes, in number something more than four thousand in my opinion, who derive their name from their piety, though not according to any accurate form of the Grecian dialect, because they are above all men devoted to the service of God, not sacrificing living animals, but studying rather to preserve their own minds in a state of holiness and purity.

These men, in the first place, live in villages, avoiding all cities on account of the habitual lawlessness of those who inhabit them, well knowing that such a moral disease is contracted from associations with wicked men, just as a real disease might be from an impure atmosphere, and that this would stamp an incurable evil on their souls. Of these men, some cultivating the earth, and others devoting themselves to those arts which are the result of peace, benefit both themselves and all those who come in contact with them, not storing up treasures of silver and of gold, nor acquiring vast sections of the earth out of a desire for ample revenues, but providing all things which are requisite for the natural purposes of life;

for they alone of almost all men having been originally poor and destitute, and that too rather from their own habits and ways of life than from any real deficiency of good fortune, are nevertheless accounted very rich, judging contentment and frugality to be great abundance, as in truth they are.

Among those men you will find no makers of arrows, or javelins, or swords, or helmets, or breastplates, or shields; no makers of arms or of military engines; no one, in short, attending to any employment whatever connected with war, or even to any of those occupations even in peace which are easily perverted to wicked purposes; for they are utterly ignorant of all traffic, and of all commercial dealings, and of all navigation, but they repudiate and keep aloof from everything which can possibly afford any inducement to covetousness;

and there is not a single slave among them, but they are all free, aiding one another with a reciprocal interchange of good offices; and they condemn masters, not only as unjust, inasmuch as they corrupt the very principle of equality, but likewise as impious, because they destroy the ordinances of nature, which generated them all equally, and brought them up like a mother, as if they were all legitimate brethren, not in name only, but in reality and truth. But in their view this natural relationship of all men to one another has been thrown into disorder by designing covetousness, continually wishing to surpass others in good fortune, and which has therefore engendered alienation instead of affection, and hatred instead of friendship;

and leaving the logical part of philosophy, as in no respect necessary for the acquisition of virtue, to the word-catchers, and the natural part, as being too sublime for human nature to master, to those who love to converse about high objects (except indeed so far as such a study takes in the contemplation of the existence of God and of the creation of the universe), they devote all their attention to the moral part of philosophy, using as instructors the laws of their country which it would have been impossible for the human mind to devise without divine inspiration.

Now these laws they are taught at other times, indeed, but most especially on the seventh day, for the seventh day is accounted sacred, on which they abstain from all other employments, and frequent the sacred places which are called synagogues, and there they sit according to their age in classes, the younger sitting under the elder, and listening with eager attention in becoming order.

Then one, indeed, takes up the holy volume and reads it, and another of the men of the greatest experience comes forward and explains what is not very intelligible, for a great many precepts are delivered in enigmatical modes of expression, and allegorically, as the old fashion was;

and thus the people are taught piety, and holiness, and justice, and economy, and the science of regulating the state, and the knowledge of such things as are naturally good, or bad, or indifferent, and to choose what is right and to avoid what is wrong, using a threefold variety of definitions, and rules, and criteria, namely, the love of God, and the love of virtue, and the love of mankind.

Accordingly, the sacred volumes present an infinite number of instances of the disposition devoted to the love of God, and of a continued and uninterrupted purity throughout the whole of life, of a careful avoidance of oaths and of falsehood, and of a strict adherence to the principle of looking on the Deity as the cause of everything which is good and of nothing which is evil. They also furnish us with many proofs of a love of virtue, such as abstinence from all covetousness of money, from ambition, from indulgence in pleasures, temperance, endurance, and also moderation, simplicity, good temper, the absence of pride, obedience to the laws, steadiness, and everything of that kind; and, lastly, they bring forward as proofs of the love of mankind, goodwill, equality beyond all power of description, and fellowship, about which it is not unreasonable to say a few words.

In the first place, then, there is no one who has a house so absolutely his own private property, that it does not in some sense also belong to every one: for besides that they all dwell together in companies, the house is open to all those of the same notions, who come to them from other quarters;

then there is one magazine among them all; their expenses are all in common; their garments belong to them all in common; their food is common, since they all eat in messes; for there is no other people among which you can find a common use of the same house, a common adoption of one mode of living, and a common use of the same table more thoroughly established in fact than among this tribe: and is not this very natural? For whatever they, after having been working during the day, receive for their wages, that they do not retain as their own, but bring it into the common stock, and give any advantage that is to be derived from it to all who desire to avail themselves of it;

and those who are sick are not neglected because they are unable to contribute to the common stock, inasmuch as the tribe have in their public stock a means of supplying their necessities and aiding their weakness, so that from their ample means they support them liberally and abundantly; and they cherish respect for their elders, and honor them and care for them, just as parents are honored and cared for by their lawful children: being supported by them in all abundance both by their personal exertions, and by innumerable contrivances.

Joses joins the mission June 34 AD
Acts 04:36 Ἰωσὴφ δὲ ὁ ἐπικληθεὶς Βαρναβα̃ς ἀπὸ τω̃ν ἀποστόλων, ὅ ἐστιν μεθερμηνευόμενον υἱὸς παρακλήσεως, Λευίτης, Κύπριος τῳ̃ γένει,
Acts 04:37 ὑπάρχοντος αὐτῳ̃ ἀγρου̃ πωλήσας ἤνεγκεν τὸ χρη̃μα καὶ ἔθηκεν παρὰ τοὺς πόδας τω̃ν ἀποστόλων.

Acts 04:36 And Joses, who was surnamed by the apostles Barnabas -- which is, having been interpreted, Son of Encouragement -- a Levite, of Cyprus by birth, Acts 04:37 a field being his, having sold [it], brought the money and laid [it] at the feet of the apostles.

Acts 04:36 And Joses ( Matthias - See Replacing Judas)
who was surnamed by the apostles Barnabas -- which is, having been interpreted, Son of Encouragement -- (Joses would then have the title of “Justus” from his older brother James after Jesus' death but rather was called Barnabas meaning “Son of Encouragement” as he was really still third in the David line and James kept his “Justus” title as Jesus was really still alive.)
a Levite (as the younger brother of Jesus, with James passed over, he is second to Peter, who represents Jesus),
of Cyprus by birth (this is quite possible since his father Joseph, being sent out as an apostle of the early Mission, could have been assigned to Cyprus and Mother Mary could have given birth to him in Cyprus. In any case he like John Mark were celibates with their center being a monastery in Cyprus so it could imply "by association".),
Acts 04:37 a field being his (symbolic of the field of blood of Judas Iscariot whom he replaced),
having sold [it], brought the money and laid [it] at the feet of the apostles. (Judas had sold himself for thirty pieces of silver. Joses symbolically reverses that sin by giving the money back to the Mission.)

35 AD - Mission moves to Caesarea Maritima
Ananias and Sapphira hold back money to the Church Sept 35 AD
Acts 05:01 Ἀνὴρ δέ τις Ἁνανίας ὀνόματι σὺν Σαπφείρῃ τῃ̃ γυναικὶ αὐτου̃ ἐπώλησεν κτη̃μα
Acts 05:02 καὶ ἐνοσφίσατο ἀπὸ τη̃ς τιμη̃ς, συνειδυίης καὶ τη̃ς γυναικός, καὶ ἐνέγκας μέρος τι παρὰ τοὺς πόδας τω̃ν ἀποστόλων ἔθηκεν.
Acts 05:03 εἰ̃πεν δὲ ὁ Πέτρος, Ἁνανία, διὰ τί ἐπλήρωσεν ὁ Σατανα̃ς τὴν καρδίαν σου ψεύσασθαί σε τὸ πνευ̃μα τὸ ἅγιον καὶ νοσφίσασθαι ἀπὸ τη̃ς τιμη̃ς του̃ χωρίου;
Acts 05:04 οὐχὶ μένον σοὶ ἔμενεν καὶ πραθὲν ἐν τῃ̃ σῃ̃ ἐξουσίᾳ ὑπη̃ρχεν; τί ὅτι ἔθου ἐν τῃ̃ καρδίᾳ σου τὸ πρα̃γμα του̃το; οὐκ ἐψεύσω ἀνθρώποις ἀλλὰ τῳ̃ θεῳ̃.
Acts 05:05 ἀκούων δὲ ὁ Ἁνανίας τοὺς λόγους τούτους πεσὼν ἐξέψυξεν· καὶ ἐγένετο φόβος μέγας ἐπὶ πάντας τοὺς ἀκούοντας.
Acts 05:06 ἀναστάντες δὲ οἱ νεώτεροι συνέστειλαν αὐτὸν καὶ ἐξενέγκαντες ἔθαψαν.
Acts 05:07 Ἐγένετο δὲ ὡς ὡρω̃ν τριω̃ν διάστημα καὶ ἡ γυνὴ αὐτου̃ μὴ εἰδυι̃α τὸ γεγονὸς εἰση̃λθεν.
Acts 05:08 ἀπεκρίθη δὲ πρὸς αὐτὴν Πέτρος, Εἰπέ μοι, εἰ τοσούτου τὸ χωρίον ἀπέδοσθε; ἡ δὲ εἰ̃πεν, Ναί, τοσούτου.
Acts 05:09 ὁ δὲ Πέτρος πρὸς αὐτήν, Τί ὅτι συνεφωνήθη ὑμι̃ν πειράσαι τὸ πνευ̃μα κυρίου; ἰδοὺ οἱ πόδες τω̃ν θαψάντων τὸν ἄνδρα σου ἐπὶ τῃ̃ θύρᾳ καὶ ἐξοίσουσίν σε.
Acts 05:10 ἔπεσεν δὲ παραχρη̃μα πρὸς τοὺς πόδας αὐτου̃ καὶ ἐξέψυξεν· εἰσελθόντες δὲ οἱ νεανίσκοι εὑ̃ρον αὐτὴν νεκράν, καὶ ἐξενέγκαντες ἔθαψαν πρὸς τὸν ἄνδρα αὐτη̃ς.
Acts 05:11 καὶ ἐγένετο φόβος μέγας ἐφ'ὅλην τὴν ἐκκλησίαν καὶ ἐπὶ πάντας τοὺς ἀκούοντας ταυ̃τα.

Acts 05:01 And a certain man, Ananias by name, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, Acts 05:02 and did keep back of the price -- his wife also knowing -- and having brought a certain part, at the feet of the apostles he laid [it].

Acts 05:03 And Peter said, 'Ananias, therefore did Satan fill your heart, for you to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back of the price of the place? Acts 05:04 while it remained, did it not remain yours? and having been sold, in your authority was it not? why [is] it that you did put in your heart this thing? you did not lie to men, but to God;' Acts 05:05 and Ananias hearing these words, having fallen down, did expire, and great fear came upon all who heard these things, Acts 05:06 and having risen, the younger men wound him up, and having carried forth, they buried [him].

Acts 05:07 And it came to pass, about three hours after, that his wife, not knowing what has happened, came in, Acts 05:08 and Peter answered her, 'Tell me if for so much you sold the place;'and she said, 'Yes, for so much.'

Acts 05:09 And Peter said unto her, 'How was it agreed by you, to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? lo, the feet of those who did bury your husband [are] at the door, and they shall carry you forth;' Acts 05:10 and she fell down presently at his feet, and expired, and the young men having come in, found her dead, and having carried forth, they buried [her] by her husband; Acts 05:11 and great fear came upon all the assembly, and upon all who heard these things.

The headquarters of the Mission had been moved to had been moved to Caesarea Maritima and Simon Magus had regained his power (Acts 04:33 "great power"). Simon Magus was the leader of Manasseh as Theudas was the leader of Ephraim. (These were the tribes of Joseph's sons each counted as one half.) He was a Samaritan (the rejected Jewish race) and Magian (from Zoroaster). His views were liberal such as exempting circumcision and he held Mount Gerizim to be more important than the Temple Mound in Jerusalem. (See Samaritan Woman at the Well where Helena recruits Jesus.) Because of these differences, the opposing faction of the Essenes still at Qumran, criticized this group (which included Jesus) in the Dead Sea Scroll:

PESHER ON NAHUM (4Q169
1:4-6 (Nahum 2:12) "The lion brings prey for his cubs, and strangles prey for his lionesses and he fills his cave with prey, and his den with torn prey."
And this Young Lion of Wrath (Pontius Pilate) strikes the Simple Ones of Ephraim by means of his great men (the force of Rome) and the men of his Council (the Sanhedrin). And he executes revenge on the seekers-of-smooth-things (Simon's Essene Mission) and hangs men alive from a tree (the Crucifixion), to perform an abomination which was not done in Israel since earlier times. He declares, 'Behold I am against you, says the Lord of Hosts.'

Jesus preferred to remain in the monastery out of the public eye, until he returned in 36 AD to try for a child again. Part of the reason for the move was to have more autonomy from the leaders in Jerusalem. There was also the fear of Herod Agrippa who had quit his subservient position with Herod Antipas his uncle and refinanced his debt to be in the good graces of Tiberius Caesar. He had already meddled at the Trial of Jesus before Herod Agrippa, where he became good friends with Pilate and his goal was to become King of Judea.

This strange event of two persons being killed by Peter for holding back Church money has to be metaphorical. Certainly the God that Jesus describes is not the vengeful God of the Jews, but rather a compassionate God. In fact it merely documents the falling out between Peter and Simon Magus over where the Church monies would be directed. Simon Magus used part the monies to finance the Zealots. A council was called and Peter called for the excommunication of Simon Magus (Ananias). It is significant to note that his consort Helena (Sapphira) was not excommunicated until a later hour when the Council session of the lower class Gentiles and women was held. These were a symbolic deaths, just as before when Simon Magus was excommunication as Lazarus (See the Raising of Lazarus. Clearly Ananias is not dead as he is the person who converts Paul in 40 AD.

Acts 05:01 And a certain man, Ananias (Simon Magus ridiculing the name of the High Priest Ananias) by name, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, Acts 05:02 and did keep back of the price -- his wife also knowing -- and having brought a certain part, at the feet of the apostles he laid [it].

To decipher the person Ananias it is necessary to look forward to the Conversion of Saul in 40AD where Jesus leaves the conversion and training of Paul to Ananias (who is clearly not dead). This implies that Ananias is an important person in the Mission, therefore Simon Magus.
Later on in June 45 AD
JOSEPHUS IN ANTIQUITIES 20.1.3
At the same time Helena, queen of Adiabene and her son Izates became converts to Judaism.
JOSEPHUS IN ANTIQUITIES 20.2.3&4
Now during the time when Izates resided at Charax Spasini, a certain Jewish merchant (code for missionary) named Ananias visited the king’s wives and taught them to worship God after the manner of the Jewish tradition. It was through their agency that he was brought to the notice of Izates, whom he similarly won over with the co-operation of the women.
When Izates was convinced that he needed to be circumcised by Eleazar, who came from Galilee, Ananias opposed the need of it. Given these issues it would appear that this Ananias was affiliated with Paul, whose position was that circumcision was not necessary. Again it would appear to Simon Magus.

To decipher the person Sapphira his wife it is significant that in The new abbey in Rev 21:19 "the foundations of the wall of the city with every precious stone have been adorned; the first foundation jasper; the second, sapphire". This shows that the sapphire is in second position which is what Simon Magus' consort Helena would be if Simon held the top position.

and thus

Acts 05:03 And Peter said, 'Ananias, therefore did Satan (the Zealots to whom he was sending Church money) fill your heart, for you to lie to the Holy Spirit (Jonathan Annas, Peter's superior as he was to Jesus), and to keep back of the price of the place? Acts 05:04 while it remained, did it not remain yours? and having been sold, in your authority was it not? why [is] it that you did put in your heart this thing? you did not lie to men, but to God;' Acts 05:05 and Ananias hearing these words, having fallen down, did expire, and great fear came upon all who heard these things, Acts 05:06 and having risen, the younger men wound him up, and having carried forth, they buried [him].

Acts 05:07 And it came to pass, about three hours after, that his wife, not knowing what has happened, came in, Acts 05:08 and Peter answered her, 'Tell me if for so much you sold the place;'and she said, 'Yes, for so much.'

Acts 05:09 And Peter said unto her, 'How was it agreed by you, to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? lo, the feet of those who did bury your husband [are] at the door, and they shall carry you forth;' Acts 05:10 and she fell down presently at his feet, and expired, and the young men having come in, found her dead, and having carried forth, they buried [her] by her husband; Acts 05:11 and great fear came upon all the assembly, and upon all who heard these things.

36 AD - Herod Agrippa imprisoned by Tiberius due to Eutychus (John Mark) disclosing his words to Caligula against Tiberius / Jesus returns from the monastery to conceive a child/ Paul, an acolyte beginning his preliminary entry to Qumran, seeing Vitellius and his troops, writes Pesher of Habakkuk / Seven Leaders Chosen
Preaching at Solomon's porch, arrest, and escape by an angel Sept 36 AD
Acts 05:12 Διὰ δὲ τω̃ν χειρω̃ν τω̃ν ἀποστόλων ἐγίνετο σημει̃α καὶ τέρατα πολλὰ ἐν τῳ̃ λαῳ̃· καὶ ἠ̃σαν ὁμοθυμαδὸν ἅπαντες ἐν τῃ̃ Στοᾳ̃ Σολομω̃ντος.
Acts 05:13 τω̃ν δὲ λοιπω̃ν οὐδεὶς ἐτόλμα κολλα̃σθαι αὐτοι̃ς, ἀλλ'ἐμεγάλυνεν αὐτοὺς ὁ λαός·
Acts 05:14 μα̃λλον δὲ προσετίθεντο πιστεύοντες τῳ̃ κυρίῳ πλήθη ἀνδρω̃ν τε καὶ γυναικω̃ν,
Acts 05:15 ὥστε καὶ εἰς τὰς πλατείας ἐκφέρειν τοὺς ἀσθενει̃ς καὶ τιθέναι ἐπὶ κλιναρίων καὶ κραβάττων, ἵνα ἐρχομένου Πέτρου κἂν ἡ σκιὰ ἐπισκιάσῃ τινὶ αὐτω̃ν.
Acts 05:16 συνήρχετο δὲ καὶ τὸ πλη̃θος τω̃ν πέριξ πόλεων Ἰερουσαλήμ, φέροντες ἀσθενει̃ς καὶ ὀχλουμένους ὑπὸ πνευμάτων ἀκαθάρτων, οἵτινες ἐθεραπεύοντο ἅπαντες.
Acts 05:17 Ἀναστὰς δὲ ὁ ἀρχιερεὺς καὶ πάντες οἱ σὺν αὐτῳ̃, ἡ οὐ̃σα αἵρεσις τω̃ν Σαδδουκαίων, ἐπλήσθησαν ζήλου
Acts 05:18 καὶ ἐπέβαλον τὰς χει̃ρας ἐπὶ τοὺς ἀποστόλους καὶ ἔθεντο αὐτοὺς ἐν τηρήσει δημοσίᾳ.
Acts 05:19 ἄγγελος δὲ κυρίου διὰ νυκτὸς ἤνοιξε τὰς θύρας τη̃ς φυλακη̃ς ἐξαγαγών τε αὐτοὺς εἰ̃πεν,
Acts 05:20 Πορεύεσθε καὶ σταθέντες λαλει̃τε ἐν τῳ̃ ἱερῳ̃ τῳ̃ λαῳ̃ πάντα τὰ ῥήματα τη̃ς ζωη̃ς ταύτης.
Acts 05:21 ἀκούσαντες δὲ εἰση̃λθον ὑπὸ τὸν ὄρθρον εἰς τὸ ἱερὸν καὶ ἐδίδασκον. Παραγενόμενος δὲ ὁ ἀρχιερεὺς καὶ οἱ σὺν αὐτῳ̃ συνεκάλεσαν τὸ συνέδριον καὶ πα̃σαν τὴν γερουσίαν τω̃ν υἱω̃ν Ἰσραήλ, καὶ ἀπέστειλαν εἰς τὸ δεσμωτήριον ἀχθη̃ναι αὐτούς.
Acts 05:22 οἱ δὲ παραγενόμενοι ὑπηρέται οὐχ εὑ̃ρον αὐτοὺς ἐν τῃ̃ φυλακῃ̃, ἀναστρέψαντες δὲ ἀπήγγειλαν
Acts 05:23 λέγοντες ὅτι Τὸ δεσμωτήριον εὕρομεν κεκλεισμένον ἐν πάσῃ ἀσφαλείᾳ καὶ τοὺς φύλακας ἑστω̃τας ἐπὶ τω̃ν θυρω̃ν, ἀνοίξαντες δὲ ἔσω, οὐδένα εὕρομεν.
Acts 05:24 ὡς δὲ ἤκουσαν τοὺς λόγους τούτους ὅ τε στρατηγὸς του̃ ἱερου̃ καὶ οἱ ἀρχιερει̃ς, διηπόρουν περὶ αὐτω̃ν τί ἂν γένοιτο του̃το.
Acts 05:25 παραγενόμενος δέ τις ἀπήγγειλεν αὐτοι̃ς ὅτι Ἰδοὺ οἱ ἄνδρες οὓς ἔθεσθε ἐν τῃ̃ φυλακῃ̃ εἰσὶν ἐν τῳ̃ ἱερῳ̃ ἑστω̃τες καὶ διδάσκοντες τὸν λαόν.

Acts 05:12 And through the hands of the apostles came many signs and wonders among the people, and they were with one accord all in the porch of Solomon; Acts 05:13 and of the rest no one was daring to join himself to them, but the people were magnifying them, Acts 05:14 (and the more were believers added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women,) Acts 05:15 so as into the broad places to bring forth the ailing, and to lay [them] upon couches and mats, that at the coming of Peter, even [his] shadow might overshadow some one of them; Acts 05:16 and there were coming together also the people of the cities round about to Jerusalem, bearing ailing persons, and those harassed by unclean spirits -- who were all healed.

Acts 05:17 And having risen, the chief priest, and all those with him -- being the sect of the Sadducees -- were filled with zeal, Acts 05:18 and laid their hands upon the apostles, and did put them in a public prison; Acts 05:19 and an angel of the Lord through the night opened the doors of the prison, having also brought them forth, he said, Acts 05:20 'Go on, and standing, speak in the temple to the people all the sayings of this life;' Acts 05:21 and having heard, they did enter at the dawn into the temple, and were teaching. And the chief priest having come, and those with him, they called together the Sanhedrin and all the senate of the sons of Israel, and they sent to the prison to have them brought, Acts 05:22 and the officers having come, did not find them in the prison, and having turned back, they told, Acts 05:23 saying -- 'The prison indeed we found shut in all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors, and having opened -- within we found no one.'

Acts 05:24 And as the priest, and the magistrate of the temple, and the chief priests, heard these words, they were doubting concerning them to what this would come; Acts 05:25 and coming near, a certain one told them, saying -- 'Lo, the men whom you did put in the prison are in the temple standing and teaching the people;'

Acts 05:12 And through the hands of the apostles came many signs and wonders among the people, and they were with one accord all in the porch of Solomon; Acts 05:13 and of the rest no one was daring to join himself to them, but the people were magnifying them, Acts 05:14 (and the more were believers added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women,) Acts 05:15 so as into the broad places to bring forth the ailing, and to lay [them] upon couches and mats, that at the coming of Peter, even [his] shadow might overshadow some one of them; Acts 05:16 and there were coming together also the people of the cities round about to Jerusalem, bearing ailing persons, and those harassed by unclean spirits -- who were all healed.

Acts 05:17 And having risen, the chief priest, and all those with him -- being the sect of the Sadducees -- were filled with zeal, Acts 05:18 and laid their hands upon the apostles, and did put them in a public prison; Acts 05:19 and an angel of the Lord through the night opened the doors of the prison, having also brought them forth, he said, Acts 05:20 'Go on, and standing, speak in the temple to the people all the sayings of this life;' Acts 05:21 and having heard, they did enter at the dawn into the temple, and were teaching. And the chief priest having come, and those with him, they called together the Sanhedrin and all the senate of the sons of Israel, and they sent to the prison to have them brought, Acts 05:22 and the officers having come, did not find them in the prison, and having turned back, they told, Acts 05:23 saying -- 'The prison indeed we found shut in all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors, and having opened -- within we found no one.'

Acts 05:24 And as the priest, and the magistrate of the temple, and the chief priests, heard these words, they were doubting concerning them to what this would come; Acts 05:25 and coming near, a certain one told them, saying -- 'Lo, the men whom you did put in the prison are in the temple standing and teaching the people;'

Acts 05:12 And through the hands of the apostles came many signs and wonders among the people, and they were with one accord all in the porch of Solomon; Acts 05:13 and of the rest no one was daring to join himself to them, but the people were magnifying them, Acts 05:14 (and the more were believers added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women,) Acts 05:15 so as into the broad places to bring forth the ailing, and to lay [them] upon couches and mats, that at the coming of Peter, even [his] shadow might overshadow some one of them; Acts 05:16 and there were coming together also the people of the cities round about to Jerusalem, bearing ailing persons, and those harassed by unclean spirits -- who were all healed.

Acts 05:17 And having risen, the chief priest (Jonathan Annas, was appointed High Priest in 46 AD and a Sadducee), and all those with him -- being the sect of the Sadducees -- were filled with zeal, Acts 05:18 and laid their hands upon the apostles, and did put them in a public prison; Acts 05:19 and an angel of the Lord (Jonathan Annas as High Priest would be an angel thus must be going against his father Annas who was High Priest 6-15 AD) through the night opened the doors of the prison, having also brought them forth, he said, Acts 05:20 'Go on, and standing, speak in the temple to the people all the sayings of this life;' Acts 05:21 and having heard, they did enter at the dawn into the temple, and were teaching. And the chief priest having come, and those with him, they called together the Sanhedrin and all the senate of the sons of Israel, and they sent to the prison to have them brought, Acts 05:22 and the officers having come, did not find them in the prison, and having turned back, they told, Acts 05:23 saying -- 'The prison indeed we found shut in all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors, and having opened -- within we found no one.'

Acts 05:24 And as the priest, and the magistrate of the temple, and the chief priests, heard these words, they were doubting concerning them to what this would come; Acts 05:25 and coming near, a certain one told them, saying -- 'Lo, the men whom you did put in the prison are in the temple standing and teaching the people;'

The apostles have been explicitly told not to preach about Jesus on the porch of Solomon again and have defied the instructions of the Sanhedrin. Apparently they were counting on having the support of the High Priest Jonathan. Caiaphas, a Pharisee, and the others in the Sanhedrin were not pleased by this. Next year they would excommunicate Jonathan using his name as Stephen.

Gamaliel comes to the rescue of the arrested apostles Sept 36 AD
Acts 05:26 τότε ἀπελθὼν ὁ στρατηγὸς σὺν τοι̃ς ὑπηρέταις ἠ̃γεν αὐτούς, οὐ μετὰ βίας, ἐφοβου̃ντο γὰρ τὸν λαόν, μὴ λιθασθω̃σιν.
Acts 05:27 Ἀγαγόντες δὲ αὐτούς ἔστησαν ἐν τῳ̃ συνεδρίῳ. καὶ ἐπηρώτησεν αὐτοὺς ὁ ἀρχιερεὺς
Acts 05:28 λέγων, Παραγγελίᾳ παρηγγείλαμεν ὑμι̃ν μὴ διδάσκειν ἐπὶ τῳ̃ ὀνόματι τούτῳ, καὶ ἰδοὺ πεπληρώκατε τὴν Ἰερουσαλὴμ τη̃ς διδαχη̃ς ὑμω̃ν, καὶ βούλεσθε ἐπαγαγει̃ν ἐφ'ἡμα̃ς τὸ αἱ̃μα του̃ ἀνθρώπου τούτου.
Acts 05:29 ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ Πέτρος καὶ οἱ ἀπόστολοι εἰ̃παν, Πειθαρχει̃ν δει̃ θεῳ̃ μα̃λλον ἢ ἀνθρώποις.
Acts 05:30 ὁ θεὸς τω̃ν πατέρων ἡμω̃ν ἤγειρεν Ἰησου̃ν, ὃν ὑμει̃ς διεχειρίσασθε κρεμάσαντες ἐπὶ ξύλου·
Acts 05:31 του̃τον ὁ θεὸς ἀρχηγὸν καὶ σωτη̃ρα ὕψωσεν τῃ̃ δεξιᾳ̃ αὐτου̃, δου̃ναι μετάνοιαν τῳ̃ Ἰσραὴλ καὶ ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιω̃ν.
Acts 05:32 καὶ ἡμει̃ς ἐσμεν μάρτυρες τω̃ν ῥημάτων τούτων, καὶ τὸ πνευ̃μα τὸ ἅγιον ὃ ἔδωκεν ὁ θεὸς τοι̃ς πειθαρχου̃σιν αὐτῳ̃.
Acts 05:33 Οἱ δὲ ἀκούσαντες διεπρίοντο καὶ ἐβουλεύοντο ἀνελει̃ν αὐτούς.
Acts 05:34 ἀναστὰς δέ τις ἐν τῳ̃ συνεδρίῳ Φαρισαι̃ος ὀνόματι Γαμαλιήλ, νομοδιδάσκαλος τίμιος παντὶ τῳ̃ λαῳ̃, ἐκέλευσεν ἔξω βραχὺ τοὺς ἀνθρώπους ποιη̃σαι,
Acts 05:35 εἰ̃πέν τε πρὸς αὐτούς, Ἄνδρες Ἰσραηλι̃ται, προσέχετε ἑαυτοι̃ς ἐπὶ τοι̃ς ἀνθρώποις τούτοις τί μέλλετε πράσσειν.
Acts 05:38 καὶ τὰ νυ̃ν λέγω ὑμι̃ν, ἀπόστητε ἀπὸ τω̃ν ἀνθρώπων τούτων καὶ ἄφετε αὐτούς· ὅτι ἐὰν ᾐ̃ ἐξ ἀνθρώπων ἡ βουλὴ αὕτη ἢ τὸ ἔργον του̃το, καταλυθήσεται·
Acts 05:39 εἰ δὲ ἐκ θεου̃ ἐστιν, οὐ δυνήσεσθε καταλυ̃σαι αὐτούς — μήποτε καὶ θεομάχοι εὑρεθη̃τε. ἐπείσθησαν δὲ αὐτῳ̃,
Acts 05:40 καὶ προσκαλεσάμενοι τοὺς ἀποστόλους δείραντες παρήγγειλαν μὴ λαλει̃ν ἐπὶ τῳ̃ ὀνόματι του̃ Ἰησου̃ καὶ ἀπέλυσαν.
Acts 05:41 Οἱ μὲν οὐ̃ν ἐπορεύοντο χαίροντες ἀπὸ προσώπου του̃ συνεδρίου ὅτι κατηξιώθησαν ὑπὲρ του̃ ὀνόματος ἀτιμασθη̃ναι·
Acts 05:42 πα̃σάν τε ἡμέραν ἐν τῳ̃ ἱερῳ̃ καὶ κατ'οἰ̃κον οὐκ ἐπαύοντο διδάσκοντες καὶ εὐαγγελιζόμενοι τὸν Χριστόν, Ἰησου̃ν.

Acts 05:26 then the magistrate having gone away with officers, brought them without violence, for they were fearing the people, lest they should be stoned; Acts 05:27 and having brought them, they set [them] in the Sanhedrin, and the chief priest questioned them, Acts 05:28 saying, 'Did not we strictly command you not to teach in this name? and lo, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring upon us the blood of this man.'

Acts 05:29 And Peter and the apostles answering, said, 'To obey God it behooves, rather than men; Acts 05:30 and the God of our fathers did raise up Jesus, whom you slew, having hanged upon a tree; Acts 05:31 this one God, a Prince and a Saviour, has exalted with His right hand, to give reformation to Israel, and forgiveness of sins; Acts 05:32 and we are His witnesses of these sayings, and the Holy Spirit also, whom God gave to those obeying him.'

Acts 05:33 And they having heard, were cut [to the heart], and were taking counsel to slay them, Acts 05:34 but a certain one, having risen up in the Sanhedrin -- a Pharisee, by name Gamaliel, a teacher of law honored by all the people -- commanded to put the apostles forth a little, Acts 05:35 and said unto them, 'Men, Israelites, take heed to yourselves about these men, what you are about to do,

Acts 05:36 for before these days rose up Theudas, saying, that himself was some one, to whom a number of men did join themselves, as it were four hundred, who was slain, and all, as many as were obeying him, were scattered, and came to nought.

Acts 05:37 'After this one rose up, Judas the Galilean, in the days of the enrollment, and drew away much people after him, and that one perished, and all, as many as were obeying him, were scattered;

Acts 05:38 and now I say to you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone, because if this counsel or this work may be of men, it will be overthrown, Acts 05:39 and if it be of God, you are not able to overthrow it, lest perhaps also you be found fighting against God.'

Acts 05:40 And to him they agreed, and having called near the apostles, having beaten [them], they commanded [them] not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go; Acts 05:41 they, indeed, then, departed from the presence of the Sanhedrin, rejoicing that for his name they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor, Acts 05:42 every day also in the temple, and in every house, they were not ceasing teaching and proclaiming good news -- Jesus the Christ.

Acts 05:26 then the magistrate having gone away with officers, brought them without violence, for they were fearing the people, lest they should be stoned; Acts 05:27 and having brought them, they set [them] in the Sanhedrin, and the chief priest questioned them, Acts 05:28 saying, 'Did not we strictly command you not to teach in this name? and lo, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring upon us the blood of this man.'

Acts 05:29 And Peter and the apostles answering, said, 'To obey God it behooves, rather than men; Acts 05:30 and the God of our fathers did raise up Jesus, whom you slew, having hanged upon a tree; (Reference to Jesus' return from celibate life in November for the conception of his second child with Mary Magdalene)Acts 05:31 this one God, a Prince and a Saviour, has exalted with His right hand, to give reformation to Israel, and forgiveness of sins; Acts 05:32 and we are His witnesses of these sayings, and the Holy Spirit also, whom God gave to those obeying him.'

Acts 05:33 And they having heard, were cut [to the heart], and were taking counsel to slay them,


Acts 05:34 but a certain one, having risen up in the Sanhedrin -- a Pharisee, by name Gamaliel, a teacher of law honored by all the people -- commanded to put the apostles forth a little,

Acts 05:35 and said unto them, 'Men, Israelites, take heed to yourselves about these men, what you are about to do,

Acts 05:36 for before these days rose up Theudas, saying, that himself was some one, to whom a number of men did join themselves, as it were four hundred, who was slain, and all, as many as were obeying him, were scattered, and came to nought. (See Abortive crossing of the Jordan River by Theudas 44 AD)

Acts 05:37 'After this one rose up, Judas the Galilean, in the days of the enrollment, and drew away much people after him, and that one perished, and all, as many as were obeying him, were scattered; (See Gamaliel tells how Judas the Galilean rose up 6 AD.) The pairing of these two characters is in the two verses is because Judas the Galilean and Theudas fought together against the taxation of Cyrenius in 6 AD. (Scholars already believe that Luke makes many mistakes such as placing the birth of Jesus in 6 AD, but it was his Bar Mitzvah - a symbolic birth.) Actually Luke's only mistake was combining two speeches of Gamaliel: the one here and the one that followed these two events: the Abortive crossing of the Jordan River by Theudas 44 AD and the The crucifixion of the sons of Judas the Galilean in 46 AD (note the connection to Judas the Galilean).


Acts 05:38 and now I say to you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone, because if this counsel or this work may be of men, it will be overthrown, Acts 05:39 and if it be of God, you are not able to overthrow it, lest perhaps also you be found fighting against God.'

Acts 05:40 And to him they agreed, and having called near the apostles, having beaten [them], they commanded [them] not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go; Acts 05:41 they, indeed, then, departed from the presence of the Sanhedrin, rejoicing that for his name they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor, Acts 05:42 every day also in the temple, and in every house, they were not ceasing teaching and proclaiming good news -- Jesus the Christ.

Gamaliel was the grandson of Hillel, who had advocated for the Golden Rule and probably compiled the content of the Sermon on the Mount. He would therefore be sympathetic towards the apostles who practiced non-violence as opposed to the armed conflict of the Zealots such as Judas the Galilean and his two sons. Although Theudas' crossing of the Jordan was to be a peaceful event, it was judged by the procurator Fadus to be an act of provocation against Rome. Ignoring the anachronism, Gamaliel's point is that the Sanhedrin should be more concerned with reigning in the Zealots and leave the apostles alone. (See Clementines: Gamaliel is secretly aligned with the Christians.)

Seven Church Leaders Chosen September 36 AD
Acts 06:01 Ἐν δὲ ται̃ς ἡμέραις ταύταις πληθυνόντων τω̃ν μαθητω̃ν ἐγένετο γογγυσμὸς τω̃ν Ἑλληνιστω̃ν πρὸς τοὺς Ἑβραίους, ὅτι παρεθεωρου̃ντο ἐν τῃ̃ διακονίᾳ τῃ̃ καθημερινῃ̃ αἱ χη̃ραι αὐτω̃ν.
Acts 06:02 προσκαλεσάμενοι δὲ οἱ δώδεκα τὸ πλη̃θος τω̃ν μαθητω̃ν εἰ̃παν, Οὐκ ἀρεστόν ἐστιν ἡμα̃ς καταλείψαντας τὸν λόγον του̃ θεου̃ διακονει̃ν τραπέζαις·
Acts 06:03 ἐπισκέψασθε δέ, ἀδελφοί, ἄνδρας ἐξ ὑμω̃ν μαρτυρουμένους ἑπτὰ πλήρεις πνεύματος καὶ σοφίας, οὓς καταστήσομεν ἐπὶ τη̃ς χρείας ταύτης·
Acts 06:04 ἡμει̃ς δὲ τῃ̃ προσευχῃ̃ καὶ τῃ̃ διακονίᾳ του̃ λόγου προσκαρτερήσομεν.
Acts 06:05 καὶ ἤρεσεν ὁ λόγος ἐνώπιον παντὸς του̃ πλήθους, καὶ ἐξελέξαντο Στέφανον, ἄνδρα πλήρης πίστεως καὶ πνεύματος ἁγίου, καὶ Φίλιππον καὶ Πρόχορον καὶ Νικάνορα καὶ Τίμωνα καὶ Παρμενα̃ν καὶ Νικόλαον προσήλυτον Ἀντιοχέα,
Acts 06:06 οὓς ἔστησαν ἐνώπιον τω̃ν ἀποστόλων, καὶ προσευξάμενοι ἐπέθηκαν αὐτοι̃ς τὰς χει̃ρας.

Acts 06:01 And in these days, the disciples multiplying, there came a murmuring of the Hellenists at the Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily ministration, Acts 06:02 and the twelve, having called near the multitude of the disciples, said, 'It is not pleasing that we, having left the word of God, do minister at tables; Acts 06:03 look out, therefore, brethren, seven men of you who are well testified of, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may set over this necessity, Acts 06:04 and we to prayer, and to the ministration of the word, will give ourselves continually.'

Acts 06:05 And the thing was pleasing before all the multitude, and they did choose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch, Acts 06:06 whom they did set before the apostles, and they, having prayed, laid on them [their] hands.

Acts 06:01 And in these days, the disciples multiplying, there came a murmuring of the Hellenists at the Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily ministration, Acts 06:02 and the twelve, having called near the multitude of the disciples, said, 'It is not pleasing that we, having left the word of God, do minister at tables;

In the Essene heiracrchy, celibate women (widows) were considered equal to non-circumcised men (Hellenists) and it made sense for them to have equal rights with them. The circumcised men (Hebrews) have even to this day banned females from having important roles as does ironically the Catholic Church today.

Next a structure of seven priests were elected to preside on each day of the week.

  1. Sabbath: "They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost (same as Jonathan Annas - James son of Alphaeus, one of the Twelve), and
  2. Sunday - Philip (one of the Twelve), and
  3. Monday - Prochorus, and
  4. Tuesday - Nicanor, and
  5. Wednesday - Timon, and
  6. Thursday - Parmenas, and
  7. Friday - Nicolaus a proselyte of Antioch (leader of the Seventh Church as his reward for poisoning Agrippa I)."

Acts 06:03 look out, therefore, brethren, seven men of you who are well testified of, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may set over this necessity, Acts 06:04 and we to prayer, and to the ministration of the word, will give ourselves continually.'

Acts 06:05 And the thing was pleasing before all the multitude, and they did choose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit

Stephen is Jonathan Annas in the primary position as High Priest. He uses the name Stephen to signify his new role in the highest position of the heiracrchy, having been assigned to the Sabbath, and the Greek word 'stephanas 'means crowned.

and Philip (the disciple), and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch (Nicolaus is a eunuch associated with Herod Agrippa and will be called Blastus when he poisons him), Acts 06:06 whom they did set before the apostles, and they, having prayed, laid on them [their] hands.

37 AD - Tiberius dies and Caligula becomes Emperor / Caligula frees Herod Agrippa awarding him the lands of his uncle Philip / Jesus's first son Jesus Justus is born / Stoning of Stephen (Jonathan Annas) / Alliance of Peter and Simon Magus against Agrippa who will return in 38 AD / Simon sends Philip to recruit Titus-Marsyas / Paul is blinded and Jesus speaks to him
Stephen's defense before the Sanhedrin and the move to Damascus March 37 AD
Acts 06:08 Στέφανος δὲ πλήρης χάριτος καὶ δυνάμεως ἐποίει τέρατα καὶ σημει̃α μεγάλα ἐν τῳ̃ λαῳ̃.
Acts 06:09 ἀνέστησαν δέ τινες τω̃ν ἐκ τη̃ς συναγωγη̃ς τη̃ς λεγομένης Λιβερτίνων καὶ Κυρηναίων καὶ Ἀλεξανδρέων καὶ τω̃ν ἀπὸ Κιλικίας καὶ Ἀσίας συζητου̃ντες τῳ̃ Στεφάνῳ,
Acts 06:10 καὶ οὐκ ἴσχυον ἀντιστη̃ναι τῃ̃ σοφίᾳ καὶ τῳ̃ πνεύματι ᾡ̃ ἐλάλει.
Acts 06:11 τότε ὑπέβαλον ἄνδρας λέγοντας ὅτι Ἀκηκόαμεν αὐτου̃ λαλου̃ντος ῥήματα βλάσφημα εἰς Μωῢση̃ν καὶ τὸν θεόν·
Acts 06:12 συνεκίνησάν τε τὸν λαὸν καὶ τοὺς πρεσβυτέρους καὶ τοὺς γραμματει̃ς, καὶ ἐπιστάντες συνήρπασαν αὐτὸν καὶ ἤγαγον εἰς τὸ συνέδριον,
Acts 06:13 ἔστησάν τε μάρτυρας ψευδει̃ς λέγοντας, Ὁ ἄνθρωπος οὑ̃τος οὐ παύεται λαλω̃ν ῥήματα κατὰ του̃ τόπου του̃ ἁγίου [τούτοὐ̃ καὶ του̃ νόμου·
Acts 06:14 ἀκηκόαμεν γὰρ αὐτου̃ λέγοντος ὅτι Ἰησου̃ς ὁ Ναζωραι̃ος οὑ̃τος καταλύσει τὸν τόπον του̃τον καὶ ἀλλάξει τὰ ἔθη ἃ παρέδωκεν ἡμι̃ν Μωῢση̃ς.
Acts 06:15 καὶ ἀτενίσαντες εἰς αὐτὸν πάντες οἱ καθεζόμενοι ἐν τῳ̃ συνεδρίῳ εἰ̃δον τὸ πρόσωπον αὐτου̃ ὡσεὶ πρόσωπον ἀγγέλου.
Acts 07:01 Εἰ̃πεν δὲ ὁ ἀρχιερεύς, Εἰ ταυ̃τα οὕτως ἔχει;
Acts 07:02 ὁ δὲ ἔφη, Ἄνδρες ἀδελφοὶ καὶ πατέρες, ἀκούσατε. Ὁ θεὸς τη̃ς δόξης ὤφθη τῳ̃ πατρὶ ἡμω̃ν Ἀβραὰμ ὄντι ἐν τῃ̃ Μεσοποταμίᾳ πρὶν ἢ κατοικη̃σαι αὐτὸν ἐν Χαρράν,
Acts 07:03 καὶ εἰ̃πεν πρὸς αὐτόν, Ἔξελθε ἐκ τη̃ς γη̃ς σου καὶ ἐκ τη̃ς συγγενείας σου, καὶ δευ̃ρο εἰς τὴν γη̃ν ἣν ἄν σοι δείξω.
Acts 07:04 τότε ἐξελθὼν ἐκ γη̃ς Χαλδαίων κατῴκησεν ἐν Χαρράν. κἀκει̃θεν μετὰ τὸ ἀποθανει̃ν τὸν πατέρα αὐτου̃ μετῴκισεν αὐτὸν εἰς τὴν γη̃ν ταύτην εἰς ἣν ὑμει̃ς νυ̃ν κατοικει̃τε,
Acts 07:05 καὶ οὐκ ἔδωκεν αὐτῳ̃ κληρονομίαν ἐν αὐτῃ̃ οὐδὲ βη̃μα ποδός, καὶ ἐπηγγείλατο δου̃ναι αὐτῳ̃ εἰς κατάσχεσιν αὐτὴν καὶ τῳ̃ σπέρματι αὐτου̃ μετ'αὐτόν, οὐκ ὄντος αὐτῳ̃ τέκνου.
Acts 07:06 ἐλάλησεν δὲ οὕτως ὁ θεὸς ὅτι ἔσται τὸ σπέρμα αὐτου̃ πάροικον ἐν γῃ̃ ἀλλοτρίᾳ, καὶ δουλώσουσιν αὐτὸ καὶ κακώσουσιν ἔτη τετρακόσια·
Acts 07:07 καὶ τὸ ἔθνος ᾡ̃ ἐὰν δουλεύσουσιν κρινω̃ ἐγώ, ὁ θεὸς εἰ̃πεν, καὶ μετὰ ταυ̃τα ἐξελεύσονται καὶ λατρεύσουσίν μοι ἐν τῳ̃ τόπῳ τούτῳ.
Acts 07:08 καὶ ἔδωκεν αὐτῳ̃ διαθήκην περιτομη̃ς· καὶ οὕτως ἐγέννησεν τὸν Ἰσαὰκ καὶ περιέτεμεν αὐτὸν τῃ̃ ἡμέρᾳ τῃ̃ ὀγδόῃ, καὶ Ἰσαὰκ τὸν Ἰακώβ, καὶ Ἰακὼβ τοὺς δώδεκα πατριάρχας.
Acts 07:09 Καὶ οἱ πατριάρχαι ζηλώσαντες τὸν Ἰωσὴφ ἀπέδοντο εἰς Αἴγυπτον· καὶ ἠ̃ν ὁ θεὸς μετ'αὐτου̃,
Acts 07:10 καὶ ἐξείλατο αὐτὸν ἐκ πασω̃ν τω̃ν θλίψεων αὐτου̃, καὶ ἔδωκεν αὐτῳ̃ χάριν καὶ σοφίαν ἐναντίον Φαραὼ βασιλέως Αἰγύπτου, καὶ κατέστησεν αὐτὸν ἡγούμενον ἐπ'Αἴγυπτον καὶ [ἐφ'] ὅλον τὸν οἰ̃κον αὐτου̃.
Acts 07:11 ἠ̃λθεν δὲ λιμὸς ἐφ'ὅλην τὴν Αἴγυπτον καὶ Χανάαν καὶ θλι̃ψις μεγάλη, καὶ οὐχ ηὕρισκον χορτάσματα οἱ πατέρες ἡμω̃ν.
Acts 07:12 ἀκούσας δὲ Ἰακὼβ ὄντα σιτία εἰς Αἴγυπτον ἐξαπέστειλεν τοὺς πατέρας ἡμω̃ν πρω̃τον·
Acts 07:13 καὶ ἐν τῳ̃ δευτέρῳ ἀνεγνωρίσθη Ἰωσὴφ τοι̃ς ἀδελφοι̃ς αὐτου̃, καὶ φανερὸν ἐγένετο τῳ̃ Φαραὼ τὸ γένος [του̃]Ἰωσήφ.
Acts 07:14 ἀποστείλας δὲ Ἰωσὴφ μετεκαλέσατο Ἰακὼβ τὸν πατέρα αὐτου̃ καὶ πα̃σαν τὴν συγγένειαν ἐν ψυχαι̃ς ἑβδομήκοντα πέντε,
Acts 07:15 καὶ κατέβη Ἰακὼβ εἰς Αἴγυπτον. καὶ ἐτελεύτησεν αὐτὸς καὶ οἱ πατέρες ἡμω̃ν,
Acts 07:16 καὶ μετετέθησαν εἰς Συχὲμ καὶ ἐτέθησαν ἐν τῳ̃ μνήματι ᾡ̃ ὠνήσατο Ἀβραὰμ τιμη̃ς ἀργυρίου παρὰ τω̃ν υἱω̃ν Ἑμμὼρ ἐν Συχέμ.
Acts 07:17 Καθὼς δὲ ἤγγιζεν ὁ χρόνος τη̃ς ἐπαγγελίας ἡ̃ς ὡμολόγησεν ὁ θεὸς τῳ̃ Ἀβραάμ, ηὔξησεν ὁ λαὸς καὶ ἐπληθύνθη ἐν Αἰγύπτῳ,
Acts 07:18 ἄχρι οὑ̃ ἀνέστη βασιλεὺς ἕτερος [ἐπ'Αἴγυπτον] ὃς οὐκ ᾔδει τὸν Ἰωσήφ.
Acts 07:19 οὑ̃τος κατασοφισάμενος τὸ γένος ἡμω̃ν ἐκάκωσεν τοὺς πατέρας του̃ ποιει̃ν τὰ βρέφη ἔκθετα αὐτω̃ν εἰς τὸ μὴ ζῳογονει̃σθαι.
Acts 07:20 ἐν ᾡ̃ καιρῳ̃ ἐγεννήθη Μωῢση̃ς, καὶ ἠ̃ν ἀστει̃ος τῳ̃ θεῳ̃· ὃς ἀνετράφη μη̃νας τρει̃ς ἐν τῳ̃ οἴκῳ του̃ πατρός·
Acts 07:21 ἐκτεθέντος δὲ αὐτου̃ ἀνείλατο αὐτὸν ἡ θυγάτηρ Φαραὼ καὶ ἀνεθρέψατο αὐτὸν ἑαυτῃ̃ εἰς υἱόν.
Acts 07:22 καὶ ἐπαιδεύθη Μωῢση̃ς [ἐν] πάσῃ σοφίᾳ Αἰγυπτίων, ἠ̃ν δὲ δυνατὸς ἐν λόγοις καὶ ἔργοις αὐτου̃.
Acts 07:23 Ὡς δὲ ἐπληρου̃το αὐτῳ̃ τεσσαρακονταετὴς χρόνος,ἀνέβη ἐπὶ τὴν καρδίαν αὐτου̃ ἐπισκέψασθαι τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς αὐτου̃ τοὺς υἱοὺς Ἰσραήλ.
Acts 07:24 καὶ ἰδών τινα ἀδικούμενον ἠμύνατο καὶ ἐποίησεν ἐκδίκησιν τῳ̃ καταπονουμένῳ πατάξας τὸν Αἰγύπτιον.
Acts 07:25 ἐνόμιζεν δὲ συνιέναι τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς αὐτου̃ ὅτι ὁ θεὸς διὰ χειρὸς αὐτου̃ δίδωσιν σωτηρίαν αὐτοι̃ς, οἱ δὲ οὐ συνη̃καν.
Acts 07:26 τῃ̃ τε ἐπιούσῃ ἡμέρᾳ ὤφθη αὐτοι̃ς μαχομένοις καὶ συνήλλασσεν αὐτοὺς εἰς εἰρήνην εἰπών, Ἄνδρες, ἀδελφοί ἐστε· ἱνατί ἀδικει̃τε ἀλλήλους;
Acts 07:27 ὁ δὲ ἀδικω̃ν τὸν πλησίον ἀπώσατο αὐτὸν εἰπών, Τίς σε κατέστησεν ἄρχοντα καὶ δικαστὴν ἐφ'ἡμω̃ν;
Acts 07:28 μὴ ἀνελει̃ν με σὺ θέλεις ὃν τρόπον ἀνει̃λες ἐχθὲς τὸν Αἰγύπτιον;
Acts 07:29 ἔφυγεν δὲ Μωῢση̃ς ἐν τῳ̃ λόγῳ τούτῳ, καὶ ἐγένετο πάροικος ἐν γῃ̃ Μαδιάμ, οὑ̃ ἐγέννησεν υἱοὺς δύο.
Acts 07:30 Καὶ πληρωθέντων ἐτω̃ν τεσσαράκοντα ὤφθη αὐτῳ̃ ἐν τῃ̃ ἐρήμῳ του̃ ὄρους Σινα̃ ἄγγελος ἐν φλογὶ πυρὸς βάτου.
Acts 07:31 ὁ δὲ Μωῢση̃ς ἰδὼν ἐθαύμαζεν τὸ ὅραμα· προσερχομένου δὲ αὐτου̃ κατανοη̃σαι ἐγένετο φωνὴ κυρίου,
Acts 07:32 Ἐγὼ ὁ θεὸς τω̃ν πατέρων σου, ὁ θεὸς Ἀβραὰμ καὶ Ἰσαὰκ καὶ Ἰακώβ. ἔντρομος δὲ γενόμενος Μωῢση̃ς οὐκ ἐτόλμα κατανοη̃σαι.
Acts 07:33 εἰ̃πεν δὲ αὐτῳ̃ ὁ κύριος, Λυ̃σον τὸ ὑπόδημα τω̃ν ποδω̃ν σου, ὁ γὰρ τόπος ἐφ'ᾡ̃ ἕστηκας γη̃ ἁγία ἐστίν.
Acts 07:34 ἰδὼν εἰ̃δον τὴν κάκωσιν του̃ λαου̃ μου του̃ ἐν Αἰγύπτῳ, καὶ του̃ στεναγμου̃ αὐτω̃ν ἤκουσα, καὶ κατέβην ἐξελέσθαι αὐτούς· καὶ νυ̃ν δευ̃ρο ἀποστείλω σε εἰς Αἴγυπτον.
Acts 07:35 Του̃τον τὸν Μωῢση̃ν, ὃν ἠρνήσαντο εἰπόντες, Τίς σε κατέστησεν ἄρχοντα καὶ δικαστήν; του̃τον ὁ θεὸς [καὶ] ἄρχοντα καὶ λυτρωτὴν ἀπέσταλκεν σὺν χειρὶ ἀγγέλου του̃ ὀφθέντος αὐτῳ̃ ἐν τῃ̃ βάτῳ.
Acts 07:36 οὑ̃τος ἐξήγαγεν αὐτοὺς ποιήσας τέρατα καὶ σημει̃α ἐν γῃ̃ Αἰγύπτῳ καὶ ἐν Ἐρυθρᾳ̃ Θαλάσσῃ καὶ ἐν τῃ̃ ἐρήμῳ ἔτη τεσσαράκοντα.
Acts 07:37 οὑ̃τός ἐστιν ὁ Μωῢση̃ς ὁ εἴπας τοι̃ς υἱοι̃ς Ἰσραήλ, Προφήτην ὑμι̃ν ἀναστήσει ὁ θεὸς ἐκ τω̃ν ἀδελφω̃ν ὑμω̃ν ὡς ἐμέ.
Acts 07:38 οὑ̃τός ἐστιν ὁ γενόμενος ἐν τῃ̃ ἐκκλησίᾳ ἐν τῃ̃ ἐρήμῳ μετὰ του̃ ἀγγέλου του̃ λαλου̃ντος αὐτῳ̃ ἐν τῳ̃ ὄρει Σινα̃ καὶ τω̃ν πατέρων ἡμω̃ν, ὃς ἐδέξατο λόγια ζω̃ντα δου̃ναι ἡμι̃ν,
Acts 07:39 ᾡ̃ οὐκ ἠθέλησαν ὑπήκοοι γενέσθαι οἱ πατέρες ἡμω̃ν ἀλλὰ ἀπώσαντο καὶ ἐστράφησαν ἐν ται̃ς καρδίαις αὐτω̃ν εἰς Αἴγυπτον,
Acts 07:40 εἰπόντες τῳ̃ Ἀαρών, Ποίησον ἡμι̃ν θεοὺς οἳ προπορεύσονται ἡμω̃ν· ὁ γὰρ Μωῢση̃ς οὑ̃τος, ὃς ἐξήγαγεν ἡμα̃ς ἐκ γη̃ς Αἰγύπτου, οὐκ οἴδαμεν τί ἐγένετο αὐτῳ̃.
Acts 07:41 καὶ ἐμοσχοποίησαν ἐν ται̃ς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις καὶ ἀνήγαγον θυσίαν τῳ̃ εἰδώλῳ, καὶ εὐφραίνοντο ἐν τοι̃ς ἔργοις τω̃ν χειρω̃ν αὐτω̃ν.
Acts 07:42 ἔστρεψεν δὲ ὁ θεὸς καὶ παρέδωκεν αὐτοὺς λατρεύειν τῃ̃ στρατιᾳ̃ του̃ οὐρανου̃, καθὼς γέγραπται ἐν βίβλῳ τω̃ν προφητω̃ν, Μὴ σφάγια καὶ θυσίας προσηνέγκατέ μοι ἔτη τεσσαράκοντα ἐν τῃ̃ ἐρήμῳ, οἰ̃κος Ἰσραήλ;
Acts 07:43 καὶ ἀνελάβετε τὴν σκηνὴν του̃ Μολὸχ καὶ τὸ ἄστρον του̃ θεου̃ [ὑμω̃ν]Ῥαιφάν, τοὺς τύπους οὓς ἐποιήσατε προσκυνει̃ν αὐτοι̃ς· καὶ μετοικιω̃ ὑμα̃ς ἐπέκεινα Βαβυλω̃νος.
Acts 07:44 Η σκηνὴ του̃ μαρτυρίου ἠ̃ν τοι̃ς πατράσιν ἡμω̃ν ἐν τῃ̃ ἐρήμῳ, καθὼς διετάξατο ὁ λαλω̃ν τῳ̃ Μωῢσῃ̃ ποιη̃σαι αὐτὴν κατὰ τὸν τύπον ὃν ἑωράκει,
Acts 07:45 ἣν καὶ εἰσήγαγον διαδεξάμενοι οἱ πατέρες ἡμω̃ν μετὰἸησου̃ ἐν τῃ̃ κατασχέσει τω̃ν ἐθνω̃ν ὡ̃ν ἐξω̃σεν ὁ θεὸς ἀπὸ προσώπου τω̃ν πατέρων ἡμω̃ν ἕως τω̃ν ἡμερω̃ν Δαυίδ,
Acts 07:46 ὃς εὑ̃ρεν χάριν ἐνώπιον του̃ θεου̃ καὶ ᾐτήσατο εὑρει̃ν σκήνωμα τῳ̃ οἴκῳ Ἰακώβ.
Acts 07:47 Σολομω̃ν δὲ οἰκοδόμησεν αὐτῳ̃ οἰ̃κον.
Acts 07:48 ἀλλ'οὐχ ὁ ὕψιστος ἐν χειροποιήτοις κατοικει̃· καθὼς ὁ προφήτης λέγει,
Acts 07:49 Ὁ οὐρανός μοι θρόνος, ἡ δὲ γη̃ ὑποπόδιον τω̃ν ποδω̃ν μου· ποι̃ον οἰ̃κον οἰκοδομήσετέ μοι, λέγει κύριος, ἢ τίς τόπος τη̃ς καταπαύσεώς μου;
Acts 07:50 οὐχὶ ἡ χείρ μου ἐποίησεν ταυ̃τα πάντα;
Acts 07:51 Σκληροτράχηλοι καὶ ἀπερίτμητοι καρδίαις καὶ τοι̃ς ὠσίν, ὑμει̃ς ἀεὶ τῳ̃ πνεύματι τῳ̃ ἁγίῳ ἀντιπίπτετε, ὡς οἱ πατέρες ὑμω̃ν καὶ ὑμει̃ς.
Acts 07:52 τίνα τω̃ν προφητω̃ν οὐκ ἐδίωξαν οἱ πατέρες ὑμω̃ν; καὶ ἀπέκτειναν τοὺς προκαταγγείλαντας περὶ τη̃ς ἐλεύσεως του̃ δικαίου οὑ̃ νυ̃ν ὑμει̃ς προδόται καὶ φονει̃ς ἐγένεσθε,
Acts 07:53 οἵτινες ἐλάβετε τὸν νόμον εἰς διαταγὰς ἀγγέλων, καὶ οὐκ ἐφυλάξατε.

Acts 06:08 And Stephen, full of faith and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people, Acts 06:09 and there arose certain of those of the synagogue, called of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia, and Asia, disputing with Stephen, Acts 06:10 and they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit with which he was speaking; Acts 06:11 then they suborned men, saying -- 'We have heard him speaking evil sayings in regard to Moses and God.'

Acts 06:12 They did stir up also the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and having come upon [him], they caught him, and brought [him] to the Sanhedrin; Acts 06:13 they set up also false witnesses, saying, 'This one does not cease to speak evil sayings against this holy place and the law, Acts 06:14 for we have heard him saying, That this Jesus the Nazarean shall overthrow this place, and shall change the customs that Moses delivered to us;' Acts 06:15 and gazing at him, all those sitting in the Sanhedrin saw his face as it were the face of an angel.

Acts 07:01 And the chief priest said, 'Are then these things so?' Acts 07:02 and he said, 'Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken: The God of the glory did appear to our father Abraham, being in Mesopotamia, before his dwelling in Haran, Acts 07:03 and He said to him, Go forth out of your land, and out of your kindred, and come to a land that I shall show you.

Acts 07:04 'Then having come forth out of the land of the Chaldeans, he dwelt in Haran, and from thence, after the death of his father, He did remove him to this land wherein you now dwell, Acts 07:05 and He gave him no inheritance in it, not even a footstep, and did promise to give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him -- he having no child.

Acts 07:06 'And God spake thus, That his seed shall be sojourning in a strange land, and they shall cause it to serve, and shall do it evil four hundred years, Acts 07:07 and the nation whom they shall serve I will judge, said God; and after these things they shall come forth and shall do Me service in this place.

Acts 07:08 'And He gave to him a covenant of circumcision, and so he begat Isaac, and did circumcise him on the eighth day, and Isaac [begat] Jacob, and Jacob -- the twelve patriarchs; Acts 07:09 and the patriarchs, having been moved with jealousy, sold Joseph to Egypt, and God was with him, Acts 07:10 and did deliver him out of all his tribulations, and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he did set him -- governor over Egypt and all his house.

Acts 07:11 'And there came a dearth upon all the land of Egypt and Canaan, and great tribulation, and our fathers were not finding sustenance, Acts 07:12 and Jacob having heard that there was corn in Egypt, sent forth our fathers a first time; Acts 07:13 and at the second time was Joseph made known to his brethren, and Joseph's kindred became manifest to Pharaoh, Acts 07:14 and Joseph having sent, did call for his father Jacob, and all his kindred -- with seventy and five souls -- Acts 07:15 and Jacob went down to Egypt, and died, himself and our fathers, Acts 07:16 and they were carried over into Sychem, and were laid in the tomb that Abraham bought for a price in money from the sons of Emmor, of Sychem.

Acts 07:17 'And according as the time of the promise was drawing near, which God did swear to Abraham, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt, Acts 07:18 till another king rose, who had not known Joseph; Acts 07:19 this one, having dealt subtilely with our kindred, did evil to our fathers, causing to expose their babes, that they might not live; Acts 07:20 in which time Moses was born, and he was fair to God, and he was brought up three months in the house of his father; Acts 07:21 and he having been exposed, the daughter of Pharaoh took him up, and did rear him to herself for a son; Acts 07:22 and Moses was taught in all wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was powerful in words and in works.

Acts 07:23 'And when forty years were fulfilled to him, it came upon his heart to look after his brethren, the sons of Israel; Acts 07:24 and having seen a certain one suffering injustice, he did defend, and did justice to the oppressed, having smitten the Egyptian; Acts 07:25 and he was supposing his brethren to understand that God through his hand does give salvation; and they did not understand.

Acts 07:26 'On the succeeding day, also, he showed himself to them as they are striving, and urged them to peace, saying, Men, brethren are you, therefore do you injustice to one another? Acts 07:27 and he who is doing injustice to the neighbor, did thrust him away, saying, Who set you a ruler and a judge over us? Acts 07:28 to kill me do you wish, as you did kill yesterday the Egyptian? Acts 07:29 'And Moses fled at this word, and became a sojourner in the land of Midian, where he begat two sons, Acts 07:30 and forty years having been fulfilled, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sinai an angel of the Lord, in a flame of fire of a bush, Acts 07:31 and Moses having seen did wonder at the sight; and he drawing near to behold, there came a voice of the Lord unto him, Acts 07:32 I [am] the God of your fathers; the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 'And Moses having become terrified, dared not behold, Acts 07:33 and the Lord said to him, Loose the sandal of your feet, for the place in which you hast stood is holy ground; Acts 07:34 seeing I have seen the affliction of My people that [is] in Egypt, and their groaning I did hear, and came down to deliver them; and now come, I will send you to Egypt.

Acts 07:35 'This Moses, whom they did refuse, saying, Who did set you a ruler and a judge? this one God a ruler and a redeemer did send, in the hand of an angel who appeared to him in the bush; Acts 07:36 this one did bring them forth, having done wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness forty years; Acts 07:37 this is the Moses who did say to the sons of Israel: A prophet to you shall the Lord your God raise up out of your brethren, like to me, him shall you hear.

Acts 07:38 'This is he who was in the assembly in the wilderness, with the angel who is speaking to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers who did receive the living oracles to give to us; Acts 07:39 to whom our fathers did not wish to become obedient, but did thrust away, and turned back in their hearts to Egypt, Acts 07:40 saying to Aaron, Make to us gods who shall go on before us, for this Moses, who brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, we have not known what has happened to him.

Acts 07:41 'And they made a calf in those days, and brought a sacrifice to the idol, and were rejoicing in the works of their hands, Acts 07:42 and God did turn, and did give them up to do service to the host of the heaven, according as it has been written in the scroll of the prophets: Slain beasts and sacrifices did you offer to Me forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel? Acts 07:43 and you took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan -- the figures that you made to bow before them, and I will remove your dwelling beyond Babylon.

Acts 07:44 'The tabernacle of the testimony was among our fathers in the wilderness, according as He did direct, who is speaking to Moses, to make it according to the figure that he had seen; Acts 07:45 which also our fathers having in succession received, did bring in with Joshua, into the possession of the nations whom God did drive out from the presence of our fathers, till the days of David, Acts 07:46 who found favor before God, and requested to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob; Acts 07:47 and Solomon built Him an house.

Acts 07:48 'But the Most High in sanctuaries made with hands does not dwell, according as the prophet said: Acts 07:49 The heaven [is] My throne, and the earth My footstool; what house will you build to Me? said the Lord, or what [is] the place of My rest? Acts 07:50 has not My hand made all these things? Acts 07:51 'You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and in ears! you do always the Holy Spirit resist; as your fathers -- also you; Acts 07:52 which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute? and they killed those who declared before about the coming of the Righteous One, of whom now you betrayers and murderers have become, Acts 07:53 who received the law by arrangement of angels, and did not keep [it].'

Acts 06:08 And Stephen, full of faith and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people, Acts 06:09 and there arose certain of those of the synagogue, called of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia, and Asia, disputing with Stephen, Acts 06:10 and they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit with which he was speaking; Acts 06:11 then they suborned men, saying -- 'We have heard him speaking evil sayings in regard to Moses and God.'

Acts 06:12 They did stir up also the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and having come upon [him], they caught him, and brought [him] to the Sanhedrin; Acts 06:13 they set up also false witnesses, saying, 'This one does not cease to speak evil sayings against this holy place and the law, Acts 06:14 for we have heard him saying, That this Jesus the Nazarean shall overthrow this place, and shall change the customs that Moses delivered to us;' Acts 06:15 and gazing at him, all those sitting in the Sanhedrin saw his face as it were the face of an angel.

The proof that Stephen is Jonathan Annas can be shown not only from the Greek stephanas meaning 'crown', thus supporting Jonathan's aspiration of being the Pope, but also that he had the "face of an angel", which is not to say he had an angelic countenance but that he is a person high up in the hierarchy (See Preaching at Solomon's porch, arrest, and escape by an angel Sept 36). Also, Stephen has the most important position of the Seven Leaders Chosen in June 37 AD. Thus Stephen cannot be a recent convert to Christianity as he is traditionally portrayed.

In his long speech Stephen's tone of superiority and disdain for those beneath him is clearly evident and confirmed by:
(1.) (Josephus Antiquities 20.8.5) "Felix also bore an ill-will to Jonathan, the high priest, because he frequently gave him admonitions about governing the Jewish affairs better than he did".
(2.) (Paul's Second Epistle to the Corinthians 12:7), Paul compares him to: "a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure"
(3.) (Josephus Jewish Wars 2.8.14) on the Sadducees"the behavior of the Sadducees one towards another is in some degree wild, and their conversation with those that are of their own party is as barbarous as if they were strangers to them."

What follows next is Jonathan Annas' justification at his trial before the Sanhedrin for his actions based on the groundwork set by previous Jewish scholars: Hillel and Menahem; the proselytizing by Jesus' grandfather Heli and the Therapeuts who followed Moses. Comparing Hillel with Abraham is not unprecedented as Wikipedia article on Hillel states "In the Midrash compilation Sifre (Deut. 357), the periods of Hillel's life are made parallel to those in the life of Moses. Both lived 120 years (Deut. 34:7), and at the age of forty Hillel went to the Land of Israel; forty years he spent in study; and the last third of his life he was the spiritual head of the Jewish people." Here Jonathan Annas compares Hillel to Abraham and then Menahem to Isaac. The comparison of Heli to Joseph has already occurred in the comparison of Jesus' genealogy for Joseph's father in Matt 01:16 and Luke 03:23. For the Therapeuts, the metaphoric comparison of their leader to Moses was their belief in their return to the Promised Land.

Hillel was born in Babylon c. 119BC and died 19BC (See 50 years in John 08:57 and one of the most important religious leaders in Jewish history. He is associated with the development of the Mishnah and the Talmud. Renowned within Judaism as a sage and scholar, he was the founder of the House of Hillel school for Tannaïm (Sages of the Mishnah) and the founder of a dynasty of Sages who stood at the head of the Jews living in the land of Israel until roughly the fifth century AD.

Acts 07:01 And the chief priest said, 'Are then these things so?' Acts 07:02 and he said, 'Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken: The God of the glory did appear to our father Abraham, being in Mesopotamia, before his dwelling in Haran, Acts 07:03 and He said to him, Go forth out of your land, and out of your kindred, and come to a land that I shall show you.

Acts 07:04 'Then having come forth out of the land of the Chaldeans, he dwelt in Haran, and from thence, after the death of his father, He did remove him to this land wherein you now dwell, Acts 07:05 and He gave him no inheritance in it, not even a footstep, and did promise to give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him -- he having no child.

Acts 07:06 'And God spake thus, That his seed shall be sojourning in a strange land, and they shall cause it to serve, and shall do it evil four hundred years, Acts 07:07 and the nation whom they shall serve I will judge, said God; and after these things they shall come forth and shall do Me service in this place.

Hillel as 'Abraham' had founded a Mission to the Diaspora in all lands preaching the Golden Rule. Menahem the Essene and was successor to Hillel as the 'Issac'. Menahem became an advisor to Herod the Great by successfully predicting that he would become King and that he would reign for twenty or even thirty or more years (Josephus Antiquities 15.10).

Acts 07:08 'And He gave to him a covenant of circumcision, and so he begat Isaac, and did circumcise him on the eighth day, and Isaac [begat] Jacob, and Jacob -- the twelve patriarchs; Acts 07:09 and the patriarchs, having been moved with jealousy, sold Joseph to Egypt, and God was with him, Acts 07:10 and did deliver him out of all his tribulations, and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he did set him -- governor over Egypt and all his house.

Heli as "Jacob" under Herod the Great was not allowed to be a King from the line of David, but was put in charge of the Mission to the Diaspora. In Mark's parable of the Sower to the Diaspora were referred to as corn and wheat defining three levels of study compared to corn: blade (outside knowledge), ear (the inner knowledge) and full ear (understanding).

Acts 07:11 'And there came a dearth upon all the land of Egypt and Canaan, and great tribulation, and our fathers were not finding sustenance, Acts 07:12 and Jacob having heard that there was corn in Egypt, sent forth our fathers a first time; Acts 07:13 and at the second time was Joseph made known to his brethren, and Joseph's kindred became manifest to Pharaoh, Acts 07:14 and Joseph having sent, did call for his father Jacob, and all his kindred -- with seventy and five souls -- Acts 07:15 and Jacob went down to Egypt, and died, himself and our fathers, Acts 07:16 and they were carried over into Sychem, and were laid in the tomb that Abraham bought for a price in money from the sons of Emmor, of Sychem.

Acts 07:17 'And according as the time of the promise was drawing near, which God did swear to Abraham, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt, Acts 07:18 till another king rose, who had not known Joseph; Acts 07:19 this one, having dealt subtilely with our kindred, did evil to our fathers, causing to expose their babes, that they might not live; Acts 07:20 in which time Moses was born, and he was fair to God, and he was brought up three months in the house of his father; Acts 07:21 and he having been exposed, the daughter of Pharaoh took him up, and did rear him to herself for a son; Acts 07:22 and Moses was taught in all wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was powerful in words and in works.

The Therapeuts had their headquarters in Alexandria and believed in forty year cycles, expecting to cross the Jordan River into the Promised Land in 44 AD (See Abortive crossing of the Jordan River by Theudas.

Acts 07:23 'And when forty years were fulfilled to him, it came upon his heart to look after his brethren, the sons of Israel; Acts 07:24 and having seen a certain one suffering injustice, he did defend, and did justice to the oppressed, having smitten the Egyptian; Acts 07:25 and he was supposing his brethren to understand that God through his hand does give salvation; and they did not understand.

Acts 07:26 'On the succeeding day, also, he showed himself to them as they are striving, and urged them to peace, saying, Men, brethren are you, therefore do you injustice to one another? Acts 07:27 and he who is doing injustice to the neighbor, did thrust him away, saying, Who set you a ruler and a judge over us? Acts 07:28 to kill me do you wish, as you did kill yesterday the Egyptian? Acts 07:29 'And Moses fled at this word, and became a sojourner in the land of Midian, where he begat two sons, Acts 07:30 and forty years having been fulfilled, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sinai an angel of the Lord, in a flame of fire of a bush, Acts 07:31 and Moses having seen did wonder at the sight; and he drawing near to behold, there came a voice of the Lord unto him, Acts 07:32 I [am] the God of your fathers; the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 'And Moses having become terrified, dared not behold, Acts 07:33 and the Lord said to him, Loose the sandal of your feet, for the place in which you hast stood is holy ground; Acts 07:34 seeing I have seen the affliction of My people that [is] in Egypt, and their groaning I did hear, and came down to deliver them; and now come, I will send you to Egypt.

Acts 07:35 'This Moses, whom they did refuse, saying, Who did set you a ruler and a judge? this one God a ruler and a redeemer did send, in the hand of an angel who appeared to him in the bush; Acts 07:36 this one did bring them forth, having done wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness forty years; Acts 07:37 this is the Moses who did say to the sons of Israel: A prophet to you shall the Lord your God raise up out of your brethren, like to me, him shall you hear.

Acts 07:38 'This is he who was in the assembly in the wilderness, with the angel who is speaking to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers who did receive the living oracles to give to us; Acts 07:39 to whom our fathers did not wish to become obedient, but did thrust away, and turned back in their hearts to Egypt, Acts 07:40 saying to Aaron, Make to us gods who shall go on before us, for this Moses, who brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, we have not known what has happened to him.

Acts 07:41 'And they made a calf in those days, and brought a sacrifice to the idol, and were rejoicing in the works of their hands, Acts 07:42 and God did turn, and did give them up to do service to the host of the heaven, according as it has been written in the scroll of the prophets: Slain beasts and sacrifices did you offer to Me forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel? Acts 07:43 and you took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan -- the figures that you made to bow before them, and I will remove your dwelling beyond Babylon.

Acts 07:44 'The tabernacle of the testimony was among our fathers in the wilderness, according as He did direct, who is speaking to Moses, to make it according to the figure that he had seen; Acts 07:45 which also our fathers having in succession received, did bring in with Joshua, into the possession of the nations whom God did drive out from the presence of our fathers, till the days of David, Acts 07:46 who found favor before God, and requested to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob; Acts 07:47 and Solomon built Him an house.

Jonathan ends his metaphoric history lesson and explains that God does not expect the Temple of Jerusalem to be the only place where God shows his presence. God allows his any Church or Temple in nay land to be his House. Then he criticizes his accusers for resisting the messages from those who hold the position of the Holy Spirit like himself or John the Baptist whom they killed or Jesus whom they crucified.

Acts 07:48 'But the Most High in sanctuaries made with hands does not dwell, according as the prophet said: Acts 07:49 The heaven [is] My throne, and the earth My footstool; what house will you build to Me? said the Lord, or what [is] the place of My rest? Acts 07:50 has not My hand made all these things? Acts 07:51 'You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and in ears! you do always the Holy Spirit resist; as your fathers -- also you; Acts 07:52 which of the prophets did not your fathers persecute? and they killed those who declared before about the coming of the Righteous One, of whom now you betrayers and murderers have become, Acts 07:53 who received the law by arrangement of angels, and did not keep [it].'

The Stoning of Stephen and Saul (Paul) persecution of the Church Spring Sept 37 AD
Acts 07:54 Ἀκούοντες δὲ ταυ̃τα διεπρίοντο ται̃ς καρδίαις αὐτω̃ν καὶ ἔβρυχον τοὺς ὀδόντας ἐπ'αὐτόν.
Acts 07:55 ὑπάρχων δὲ πλήρης πνεύματος ἁγίου ἀτενίσας εἰς τὸν οὐρανὸν εἰ̃δεν δόξαν θεου̃ καὶ Ἰησου̃ν ἑστω̃τα ἐκ δεξιω̃ν του̃ θεου̃,
Acts 07:56 καὶ εἰ̃πεν, Ἰδοὺ θεωρω̃ τοὺς οὐρανοὺς διηνοιγμένους καὶ τὸν υἱὸν του̃ ἀνθρώπου ἐκ δεξιω̃ν ἑστω̃τα του̃ θεου̃.
Acts 07:57 κράξαντες δὲ φωνῃ̃ μεγάλῃ συνέσχον τὰ ὠ̃τα αὐτω̃ν, καὶ ὥρμησαν ὁμοθυμαδὸν ἐπ'αὐτόν,
Acts 07:58 καὶ ἐκβαλόντες ἔξω τη̃ς πόλεως ἐλιθοβόλουν. καὶ οἱ μάρτυρες ἀπέθεντο τὰ ἱμάτια αὐτω̃ν παρὰ τοὺς πόδας νεανίου καλουμένου Σαύλου.
Acts 07:59 καὶ ἐλιθοβόλουν τὸν Στέφανον ἐπικαλούμενον καὶ λέγοντα, Κύριε Ἰησου̃, δέξαι τὸ πνευ̃μά μου.
Acts 07:60 θεὶς δὲ τὰ γόνατα ἔκραξεν φωνῃ̃ μεγάλῃ, Κύριε, μὴ στήσῃς αὐτοι̃ς ταύτην τὴν ἁμαρτίαν. καὶ του̃το εἰπὼν ἐκοιμήθη.
Acts 08:01 Σαυ̃λος δὲ ἠ̃ν συνευδοκω̃ν τῃ̃ ἀναιρέσει αὐτου̃. Ἐγένετο δὲ ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῃ̃ ἡμέρᾳ διωγμὸς μέγας ἐπὶ τὴν ἐκκλησίαν τὴν ἐν Ἰεροσολύμοις· πάντες δὲ διεσπάρησαν κατὰ τὰς χώρας τη̃ς Ἰουδαίας καὶ Σαμαρείας πλὴν τω̃ν ἀποστόλων.
Acts 08:02 συνεκόμισαν δὲ τὸν Στέφανον ἄνδρες εὐλαβει̃ς καὶ ἐποίησαν κοπετὸν μέγαν ἐπ'αὐτῳ̃.
Acts 08:03 Σαυ̃λος δὲ ἐλυμαίνετο τὴν ἐκκλησίαν κατὰ τοὺς οἴκους εἰσπορευόμενος, σύρων τε ἄνδρας καὶ γυναι̃κας παρεδίδου εἰς φυλακήν.
Acts 08:04 Οἱ μὲν οὐ̃ν διασπαρέντες διη̃λθον εὐαγγελιζόμενοι τὸν λόγον.
Acts 22:20 καὶ ὅτε ἐξεχύννετο τὸ αἱ̃μα Στεφάνου του̃ μάρτυρός σου, καὶ αὐτὸς ἤμην ἐφεστὼς καὶ συνευδοκω̃ν καὶ φυλάσσων τὰ ἱμάτια τω̃ν ἀναιρούντων αὐτόν.

Acts 07:54And hearing these things, they were cut to the hearts, and did gnash the teeth at him; Acts 07:55 and being full of the Holy Spirit, having looked steadfastly to the heaven, he saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, Acts 07:56 and he said, 'Lo, I see the heavens having been opened, and the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God.'

Acts 07:57 And they, having cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and did rush with one accord upon him, Acts 07:58 and having cast him forth outside of the city, they were stoning [him] -- and the witnesses did put down their garments at the feet of a young man called Saul (Acts 22:20 and when the blood of your witness Stephen was being poured forth, I also was standing by and assenting to his death, and keeping the garments of those putting him to death; )-- Acts 07:59 and they were stoning Stephen, calling and saying, 'Lord Jesus, receive my spirit;' Acts 07:60 and having bowed the knees, he cried with a loud voice, 'Lord, may you not lay to them this sin;'and this having said, he fell asleep.

Acts 08:01 And Saul was assenting to his death, and there came in that day a great persecution upon the assembly in Jerusalem (Qumran), all also were scattered abroad in the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles; Acts 08:02 and devout men carried away Stephen, and made great lamentation over him; Acts 08:03 and Saul was making havoc of the assembly, into every house entering, and haling men and women, was giving them up to prison; Acts 08:04 they then indeed, having been scattered, went abroad proclaiming good news -- the Word.

Acts 07:54And hearing these things, they were cut to the hearts, and did gnash the teeth at him; Acts 07:55 and being full of the Holy Spirit, having looked steadfastly to the heaven, he saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, Acts 07:56 and he said, 'Lo, I see the heavens having been opened, and the Son of Man standing on the right hand of God.'

Jonathan Annas (Stephen) taunts his accusers with an expression that implies that he is "God", as a title like "Father", and that Jesus is his Son as the the Son of Man at his right hand on the highest platform of any Church.

Acts 07:57 And they, having cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and did rush with one accord upon him, Acts 07:58 and having cast him forth outside of the city, they were stoning [him] -- and the witnesses did put down their garments at the feet of a young man called Saul ("young man" neanias aged 20 - Paul is still acolyte at age 20). Paul will retell this story at his arrest in Jerusalem: Paul speaks to the people July 58 AD Acts 22:20 and when the blood of your witness Stephen was being poured forth, I also was standing by and assenting to his death, and keeping the garments of those putting him to death; ) -- Acts 07:59 and they were stoning Stephen, calling and saying, 'Lord Jesus, receive my spirit;' Acts 07:60 and having bowed the knees, he cried with a loud voice, 'Lord, may you not lay to them this sin;'and this having said, he fell asleep.

Acts 08:01 And Saul was assenting to his death, and there came in that day a great persecution upon the assembly in Jerusalem (Qumran), all also were scattered abroad in the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles; Acts 08:02 and devout men carried away Stephen, and made great lamentation over him; Acts 08:03 and Saul was making havoc of the assembly, into every house entering, and haling men and women, was giving them up to prison; Acts 08:04 they then indeed, having been scattered, went abroad proclaiming good news -- the Word.

Jonathan was not killed, but merely excommunicated and removed as High Priest by Vitellius. It is significant that Saul, later called Paul as his Christian name, already dislikes Jonathan and assists in dissolving of Qumran which was 'Jerusalem' at the Crucifixion (being the plural form of Jerusalem). Thus Jonathan with his followers fled to Damascus in Syria where Simon Magus had moved his Church. He had done this to avoid Herod Agrippa, who had been made King of Judea by his friend Caligula who became Emperor in March 37AD on the death of Tiberius. In fact many of those who excommunicated Jonathan also fled to Damascus. It was they who wrote the Damascus Document and other Dead Sea Scroll pesharim. This meant that there were two rival parties in Damascus.

Jesus' first son Jesus Justus is born September 37 AD
Acts 06:07 Καὶ ὁ λόγος του̃ θεου̃ ηὔξανεν, καὶ ἐπληθύνετο ὁ ἀριθμὸς τω̃ν μαθητω̃ν ἐν Ἰερουσαλὴμ σφόδρα, πολύς τε ὄχλος τω̃ν ἱερέων ὑπήκουον τῃ̃ πίστει.

Acts 06:07 And the word of God did increase, and the number of the disciples did multiply in Jerusalem exceedingly; a great multitude also of the priests were obedient to the faith.

Acts 06:07 And the word of God did increase, and the number of the disciples did multiply in Jerusalem exceedingly; a great multitude also of the priests were obedient to the faith.

"In the beginning was the Word" (John 1:1). Thus "Word" is code for Jesus. If the "Word" increases it means a son. In the case of Jesus' first child Tamar-Phoebe, there was no indication other than Peter saying that Jesus would return in three years. (The rule is that the wait after a girl is three years and for a boy six years). Jesus' son will be called Jesus and as the crown prince, her will have the title of "Justus". (James the younger brother of Jesus had the position of crown prince prior to the birth of Jesus' son and thus has been know as James the Just. Jesus Justus is mentioned by Paul in Colossians 4:11. September was the same month that Phoebe was born having had the three month viable point of pregnancy point in March prior to the Crucifixion. Jesus had left the monastery in September 36 being allowed to have sexual relations 3 years after the birth of a girl (6 years after a boy).

Philip converts Simon Magus (Actually the reverse) Simon Magus is explicitly revealed Sept 37 AD
Acts 08:05 Φίλιππος δὲ κατελθὼν εἰς [τὴν] πόλιν τη̃ς Σαμαρείας ἐκήρυσσεν αὐτοι̃ς τὸν Χριστόν.
Acts 08:06 προσει̃χον δὲ οἱ ὄχλοι τοι̃ς λεγομένοις ὑπὸ του̃ Φιλίππου ὁμοθυμαδὸν ἐν τῳ̃ ἀκούειν αὐτοὺς καὶ βλέπειν τὰ σημει̃α ἃ ἐποίει·
Acts 08:07 πολλοὶ γὰρ τω̃ν ἐχόντων πνεύματα ἀκάθαρτα βοω̃ντα φωνῃ̃ μεγάλῃ ἐξήρχοντο, πολλοὶ δὲ παραλελυμένοι καὶ χωλοὶ ἐθεραπεύθησαν·
Acts 08:08 ἐγένετο δὲ πολλὴ χαρὰ ἐν τῃ̃ πόλει ἐκείνῃ.
Acts 08:09 Ἀνὴρ δέ τις ὀνόματι Σίμων προῢπη̃ρχεν ἐν τῃ̃ πόλει μαγεύων καὶ ἐξιστάνων τὸ ἔθνος τη̃ς Σαμαρείας, λέγων εἰ̃ναί τινα ἑαυτὸν μέγαν,
Acts 08:10 ᾡ̃ προσει̃χον πάντες ἀπὸ μικρου̃ ἕως μεγάλου λέγοντες, Οὑ̃τός ἐστιν ἡ δύναμις του̃ θεου̃ ἡ καλουμένη Μεγάλη.
Acts 08:11 προσει̃χον δὲ αὐτῳ̃ διὰ τὸ ἱκανῳ̃ χρόνῳ ται̃ς μαγείαις ἐξεστακέναι αὐτούς.
Acts 08:12 ὅτε δὲ ἐπίστευσαν τῳ̃ Φιλίππῳ εὐαγγελιζομένῳ περὶ τη̃ς βασιλείας του̃ θεου̃ καὶ του̃ ὀνόματος Ἰησου̃ Χριστου̃, ἐβαπτίζοντο ἄνδρες τε καὶ γυναι̃κες.
Acts 08:13 ὁ δὲ Σίμων καὶ αὐτὸς ἐπίστευσεν, καὶ βαπτισθεὶς ἠ̃ν προσκαρτερω̃ν τῳ̃ Φιλίππῳ, θεωρω̃ν τε σημει̃α καὶ δυνάμεις μεγάλας γινομένας ἐξίστατο.

Acts 08:05 And Philip having gone down to a city of Samaria, was preaching to them the Christ, Acts 08:06 the multitudes also were giving heed to the things spoken by Philip, with one accord, in their hearing and seeing the signs that he was doing, Acts 08:07 for unclean spirits came forth from many who were possessed, crying with a loud voice, and many who have been paralytic and lame were healed, Acts 08:08 and there was great joy in that city.

Acts 08:09 And a certain man, by name Simon, was before in the city using magic, and amazing the nation of Samaria, saying himself to be a certain great one, Acts 08:10 to whom they were all giving heed, from small unto great, saying, 'This one is the great power of God;' Acts 08:11 and they were giving heed to him, because of his having for a long time amazed them with deeds of magic.

Acts 08:12 And when they believed Philip, proclaiming good news, the things concerning the reign of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized both men and women; Acts 08:13 and Simon also himself did believe, and, having been baptized, he was continuing with Philip, beholding also signs and mighty acts being done, he was amazed.

Acts 08:05 And Philip having gone down to a city of Samaria, was preaching to them the Christ, Acts 08:06 the multitudes also were giving heed to the things spoken by Philip, with one accord, in their hearing and seeing the signs that he was doing, Acts 08:07 for unclean spirits came forth from many who were possessed, crying with a loud voice, and many who have been paralytic and lame were healed, Acts 08:08 and there was great joy in that city.

Acts 08:09 And a certain man, by name Simon, was before in the city using magic, and amazing the nation of Samaria, saying himself to be a certain great one, Acts 08:10 to whom they were all giving heed, from small unto great, saying, 'This one is the great power of God;' Acts 08:11 and they were giving heed to him, because of his having for a long time amazed them with deeds of magic.

Acts 08:12 And when they believed Philip, proclaiming good news, the things concerning the reign of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized both men and women; Acts 08:13 and Simon also himself did believe, and, having been baptized, he was continuing with Philip, beholding also signs and mighty acts being done, he was amazed.

Philip who was elected as one of Seven Leaders Chosen in June 37 AD was the one representing Sunday, showing that Jonathan Annas (Stephen) was his superior. As Jonathan Annas had gone to Antioch in Syria, he was in charge. The identity of the disciple Simon the Zealot/Canaanite is revealed here explicitly: Simon the Magician, Simon Magus having come from Samaria (See the Simon Magus in the Clementine books of Pope Clement). His title as "the Great Power of God" shows that he acknowledges Jonathan Annas as his superior as "God". Baptism means that both he and Philip would jointly be in charge as part of this new structure.

Baptism by the Holy Spirit and Simon Magus tries to buy position (simony) Agrippa who will return in 38 AD
Acts 08:14 Ἀκούσαντες δὲ οἱ ἐν Ἰεροσολύμοις ἀπόστολοι ὅτι δέδεκται ἡ Σαμάρεια τὸν λόγον του̃ θεου̃ ἀπέστειλαν πρὸς αὐτοὺς Πέτρον καὶ Ἰωάννην,
Acts 08:15 οἵτινες καταβάντες προσηύξαντο περὶ αὐτω̃ν ὅπως λάβωσιν πνευ̃μα ἅγιον·
Acts 08:16 οὐδέπω γὰρ ἠ̃ν ἐπ'οὐδενὶ αὐτω̃ν ἐπιπεπτωκός, μόνον δὲ βεβαπτισμένοι ὑπη̃ρχον εἰς τὸ ὄνομα του̃ κυρίου Ἰησου̃.
Acts 08:17 τότε ἐπετίθουν τὰς χει̃ρας ἐπ'αὐτούς, καὶ ἐλάμβανον πνευ̃μα ἅγιον.
Acts 08:18 ἰδὼν δὲ ὁ Σίμων ὅτι διὰ τη̃ς ἐπιθέσεως τω̃ν χειρω̃ν τω̃ν ἀποστόλων δίδοται τὸ πνευ̃μα, προσήνεγκεν αὐτοι̃ς χρήματα
Acts 08:19 λέγων, Δότε κἀμοὶ τὴν ἐξουσίαν ταύτην ἵνα ᾡ̃ ἐὰν ἐπιθω̃ τὰς χει̃ραςλαμβάνῃ πνευ̃μα ἅγιον.
Acts 08:20 Πέτρος δὲ εἰ̃πεν πρὸς αὐτόν, Τὸ ἀργύριόν σου σὺν σοὶ εἴη εἰς ἀπώλειαν, ὅτι τὴν δωρεὰν του̃ θεου̃ ἐνόμισας διὰ χρημάτων κτα̃σθαι.
Acts 08:21 οὐκ ἔστιν σοι μερὶς οὐδὲ κλη̃ρος ἐν τῳ̃ λόγῳ τούτῳ, ἡ γὰρ καρδία σου οὐκ ἔστιν εὐθει̃α ἔναντι του̃ θεου̃.
Acts 08:22 μετανόησον οὐ̃ν ἀπὸ τη̃ς κακίας σου ταύτης, καὶ δεήθητι του̃ κυρίου εἰ ἄρα ἀφεθήσεταί σοι ἡ ἐπίνοια τη̃ς καρδίας σου·
Acts 08:23 εἰς γὰρ χολὴν πικρίας καὶ σύνδεσμον ἀδικίας ὁρω̃ σε ὄντα.
Acts 08:24 ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ Σίμων εἰ̃πεν, Δεήθητε ὑμει̃ς ὑπὲρ ἐμου̃ πρὸς τὸν κύριον ὅπως μηδὲν ἐπέλθῃ ἐπ'ἐμὲ ὡ̃ν εἰρήκατε.
Acts 08:25 Οἱ μὲν οὐ̃ν διαμαρτυράμενοι καὶ λαλήσαντες τὸν λόγον του̃ κυρίου ὑπέστρεφον εἰς Ἰεροσόλυμα, πολλάς τε κώμας τω̃ν Σαμαριτω̃ν εὐηγγελίζοντο.

Acts 08:14 And the apostles in Jerusalem (Qumran) having heard that Samaria has received the word of God, did send unto them Peter and John, Acts 08:15 who having come down did pray concerning them, that they may receive the Holy Spirit, -- Acts 08:16 for as yet he was fallen upon none of them, and only they have been baptized -- to the name of the Lord Jesus; Acts 08:17 then were they laying hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Acts 08:18 And Simon, having beheld that through the laying on of the hands of the apostles, the Holy Spirit is given, brought before them money, Acts 08:19 saying, 'Give also to me this authority, that on whomsoever I may lay the hands, he may receive the Holy Spirit.'

Acts 08:20 And Peter said unto him, 'Your silver with you -- may it be to destruction! because the gift of God you did think to possess through money; Acts 08:21 you hast neither part nor lot in this thing, for your heart is not right before God; Acts 08:22 reform, therefore, from this your wickedness, and beseech God, if then the purpose of your heart may be forgiven you, Acts 08:23 for in the gall of bitterness, and bond of unrighteousness, I perceive you being.'

Acts 08:24 And Simon answering, said, 'Beseech you for me unto the Lord, that nothing may come upon me of the things you have spoken.'

Acts 08:25 They indeed, therefore, having testified fully, and spoken the word of the Lord, did turn back to Jerusalem (Qumran); in many villages also of the Samaritans they did proclaim good news.

Acts 08:14 And the apostles in Jerusalem (Qumran) having heard that Samaria has received the word of God, did send unto them Peter and John, Acts 08:15 who having come down did pray concerning them, that they may receive the Holy Spirit, --

The phrase "Samaria has received the word of God" means that Jesus (the word of God) had gone with Simon Magus (Samaria). Since Simon Magus was in Damascus, the apostles came there.

Acts 08:16 for as yet he was fallen upon none of them, and only they have been baptized -- to the name of the Lord Jesus; Acts 08:17 then were they laying hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

The apostles had adopted a new phrase for baptism to baptize in the name of the Holy Spirit instead of the name Jesus Christ . This was done to indicate that Jesus was now acting in the role of Holy Spirit (the third position).

Acts 08:18 And Simon, having beheld that through the laying on of the hands of the apostles, the Holy Spirit is given, brought before them money, Acts 08:19 saying, 'Give also to me this authority, that on whomsoever I may lay the hands, he may receive the Holy Spirit.'

Simon Magus, having just been revealed previously in Philip converts Simon Magus, as if he has just been converted, is now humorously criticizing Peter for not practicing his method of buying or selling of ecclesiastical privileges (something that has used many times in the Church as its Pope), which is named after him: "simony". He proposes to buy his way into the second position under Peter which is symbolized by silver. In this case Peter is much more controlled in his reply than when he Struck down dead Simon (Ananias) and his wife Helena (Sapphira) in 35 AD!

Acts 08:20 And Peter said unto him, 'Your silver with you -- may it be to destruction! because the gift of God you did think to possess through money; Acts 08:21 you hast neither part nor lot in this thing, for your heart is not right before God; Acts 08:22 reform, therefore, from this your wickedness, and beseech God, if then the purpose of your heart may be forgiven you, Acts 08:23 for in the gall of bitterness, and bond of unrighteousness, I perceive you being.'

Peter also chides him with the words "gall of bitterness" as he takes issue with Simon's pending "unrighteous" assassination of Agrippa by snake venom.

Acts 08:24 And Simon answering, said, 'Beseech you for me unto the Lord, that nothing may come upon me of the things you have spoken.'

Again Simon is humorously pretending that Peter is the direct voice to Jesus.

Acts 08:25 They indeed, therefore, having testified fully, and spoken the word of the Lord, did turn back to Jerusalem (Qumran); in many villages also of the Samaritans they did proclaim good news.

Those who visited have acknowledged their alliance with Jesus through Peter (the value of a common enemy: Agrippa) and return.

Philip is sent to an Ethiopian Sept 37 AD
Acts 08:26 Ἄγγελος δὲ κυρίου ἐλάλησεν πρὸς Φίλιππον λέγων, Ἀνάστηθι καὶ πορεύου κατὰ μεσημβρίαν ἐπὶ τὴν ὁδὸν τὴν καταβαίνουσαν ἀπὸἸερουσαλὴμ εἰς Γάζαν· αὕτη ἐστὶν ἔρημος.
Acts 08:27 καὶ ἀναστὰς ἐπορεύθη· καὶ ἰδοὺ ἀνὴρ Αἰθίοψ εὐνου̃χος δυνάστης Κανδάκης βασιλίσσης Αἰθιόπων, ὃς ἠ̃ν ἐπὶ πάσης τη̃ς γάζης αὐτη̃ς, ὃς ἐληλύθει προσκυνήσων εἰς Ἰερουσαλήμ,
Acts 08:28 ἠ̃ν τε ὑποστρέφων καὶ καθήμενος ἐπὶ του̃ ἅρματος αὐτου̃ καὶ ἀνεγίνωσκεν τὸν προφήτην Ἠσαΐαν.
Acts 08:29 εἰ̃πεν δὲ τὸ πνευ̃μα τῳ̃ Φιλίππῳ, Πρόσελθε καὶ κολλήθητι τῳ̃ ἅρματι τούτῳ.
Acts 08:30 προσδραμὼν δὲ ὁ Φίλιππος ἤκουσεν αὐτου̃ ἀναγινώσκοντος Ἠσα5αν τὸν προφήτην, καὶ εἰ̃πεν, ἌΑρά γε γινώσκεις ἃ ἀναγινώσκεις;
Acts 08:31 ὁ δὲ εἰ̃πεν, Πω̃ς γὰρ ἂν δυναίμην ἐὰν μή τις ὁδηγήσει με; παρεκάλεσέν τε τὸν Φίλιππον ἀναβάντα καθίσαι σὺν αὐτῳ̃.
Acts 08:32 ἡ δὲ περιοχὴ τη̃ς γραφη̃ς ἣν ἀνεγίνωσκεν ἠ̃ν αὕτη· Ὡς πρόβατον ἐπὶ σφαγὴν ἤχθη, καὶ ὡς ἀμνὸς ἐναντίον του̃ κείραντος αὐτὸν ἄφωνος, οὕτως οὐκ ἀνοίγει τὸ στόμα αὐτου̃.
Acts 08:33 Ἐν τῃ̃ ταπεινώσει ἡ κρίσις αὐτου̃ ἤρθη· τὴν γενεὰν αὐτου̃ τίς διηγήσεται; ὅτι αἴρεται ἀπὸ τη̃ς γη̃ς ἡ ζωὴ αὐτου̃.
Acts 08:34 Ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ εὐνου̃χος τῳ̃ Φιλίππῳ εἰ̃πεν, Δέομαί σου, περὶ τίνος ὁ προφήτης λέγει του̃το; περὶ ἑαυτου̃ ἢ περὶ ἑτέρου τινός;
Acts 08:35 ἀνοίξας δὲ ὁ Φίλιππος τὸ στόμα αὐτου̃ καὶ ἀρξάμενος ἀπὸ τη̃ς γραφη̃ς ταύτης εὐηγγελίσατο αὐτῳ̃ τὸν Ἰησου̃ν.
Acts 08:36 ὡς δὲ ἐπορεύοντο κατὰ τὴν ὁδόν, ἠ̃λθον ἐπί τι ὕδωρ, καί φησιν ὁ εὐνου̃χος, Ἰδοὺ ὕδωρ· τί κωλύει με βαπτισθη̃ναι;
Acts 08:37 Not in Vaticanus
Acts 08:38 καὶ ἐκέλευσεν στη̃ναι τὸ ἅρμα, καὶ κατέβησαν ἀμφότεροι εἰς τὸ ὕδωρ ὅ τε Φίλιππος καὶ ὁ εὐνου̃χος, καὶ ἐβάπτισεν αὐτόν.
Acts 08:39 ὅτε δὲ ἀνέβησαν ἐκ του̃ ὕδατος, πνευ̃μα κυρίου ἥρπασεν τὸν Φίλιππον, καὶ οὐκ εἰ̃δεν αὐτὸν οὐκέτι ὁ εὐνου̃χος· ἐπορεύετο γὰρ τὴν ὁδὸν αὐτου̃ χαίρων.
Acts 08:40 Φίλιππος δὲ εὑρέθη εἰς Ἄζωτον, καὶ διερχόμενος εὐηγγελίζετο τὰς πόλεις πάσας ἕως του̃ ἐλθει̃ν αὐτὸν εἰς Καισάρειαν.

Acts 08:26 And an angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, 'Arise, and go on toward the south, on the way that is going down from Jerusalem to Gaza,'-- this is desert.

Acts 08:27 And having arisen, he went on, and lo, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch, a man of rank, of Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who was over all her treasure, who had come to worship to Jerusalem; Acts 08:28 he was also returning, and is sitting on his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah.

Acts 08:29 And the Spirit said to Philip, 'Go near, and be joined to this chariot;' Acts 08:30 and Philip having run near, heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, 'Do you then know what you do read?' Acts 08:31 and he said, 'Why, how am I able, if some one may not guide me?' he called Philip also, having come up, to sit with him.

Acts 08:32 And the contents of the Writing that he was reading was this: 'As a sheep unto slaughter he was led, and as a lamb before his shearer dumb, so he does not open his mouth; Acts 08:33 in his humiliation his judgment was taken away, and his generation -- who shall declare? because taken from the earth is his life.'

Acts 08:34 And the eunuch answering Philip said, 'I pray you, about whom does the prophet say this? about himself, or about some other one?' Acts 08:35 and Philip having opened his mouth, and having begun from this Writing, proclaimed good news to him -- Jesus.

Acts 08:36 And as they were going on the way, they came upon a certain water, and the eunuch said, 'Lo, water; what does hinder me to be baptized?'

Acts 08:37 And Philip said, 'If you do believe out of all the heart, it is lawful;'and he answering said, 'I believe Jesus Christ to be the Son of God;'

Acts 08:38 and he commanded the chariot to stand still, and they both went down to the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him; Acts 08:39 and when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, and the eunuch saw him no more, for he was going on his Way rejoicing; Acts 08:40 and Philip was found at Azotus, and passing through, he was proclaiming good news to all the cities, till his coming to Caesarea.

Acts 08:26 And an angel of the Lord (Simon Magus) spake unto Philip, saying, 'Arise, and go on toward the south, on the way that is going down from Jerusalem to Gaza,'-- this is desert.

Acts 08:27 And having arisen, he went on, and lo, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch, a man of rank (Titus, the head of the group called Fish. It was he who was represented as Fish 2 in the five loaves in Feeding the 5000. Fish were the Gentiles that were part of the Noah symbology of his three sons of Shem led by Philip, Ham led by Titus, and Japheth who would be Luke.), of Candace the queen of the Ethiopians (Pliny (Nat. History, 7:29). His words are: "The edifices of the city were few; a woman reigned there of the name of Candace, which name had been transmitted to these queens for many years."), who was over all her treasure (the church fees), who had come to worship to Jerusalem; (Acts 08:28 he was also returning, and is sitting on his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah.

Acts 08:29 And the Spirit said to Philip, 'Go near, and be joined to this chariot;' Acts 08:30 and Philip having run near, heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, 'Do you then know what you do read?' Acts 08:31 and he said, 'Why, how am I able, if some one may not guide me?' he called Philip also, having come up, to sit with him.

The words from Isaiah are in code to ask Titus, who is a friend of Agrippa, to agree to be silent about the plot to assassinate King Agrippa.


Isaiah 53:7-8 "He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth."

Acts 08:32 And the contents of the Writing that he was reading was this: 'As a sheep unto slaughter he was led, and as a lamb before his shearer dumb, so he does not open his mouth; Acts 08:33 in his humiliation his judgment was taken away, and his generation -- who shall declare? because taken from the earth is his life.'

Acts 08:34 And the eunuch answering Philip said, 'I pray you, about whom does the prophet say this? about himself, or about some other one?' Acts 08:35 and Philip having opened his mouth, and having begun from this Writing, proclaimed good news to him -- Jesus.

The answer of 'Jesus' meant that the symbolic meaning would prevail and not 'Agrippa' who was he head the sheep (Nazarites).

Acts 08:36 And as they were going on "The Way" (This is the first use of Jesus' new teaching: (Matthew 7:14 Because Straight is the gate, and narrow is The Way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it), they came upon a certain water, and the eunuch said, 'Lo, water; what does hinder me to be baptized?'

Philip has offered to baptize Titus as a bishop if he agrees!

Acts 08:37 And Philip said, 'If you do believe out of all the heart, it is lawful;'and he answering said, 'I believe Jesus Christ to be the Son of God;'

This first use of "Son of God"in Acts is an addition as it is not in Sinaiticus or Vaticanus.

Acts 08:38 and he commanded the chariot to stand still (Philip is is 'Protos' - mistranslated by Whiston as Peter - and is mentioned with Marsyas (Titus) in Josephus Antiquities being quite wealthy, thus they would be using a chariot), and they both went down to the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him; Acts 08:39 and when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, and the eunuch saw him no more, for he was going on his Way rejoicing;

Titus will appear again in Paul's Epistles and most importantly as the tutor of Jesus' son Jesus Justus and in his own Epistle of Titus. Keeping quiet to Herod Agrippa, he will still remain close to Agrippa's son Agrippa II.

Acts 08:40 and Philip was found at Azotus, and passing through, he was proclaiming good news to all the cities, till his coming to Caesarea (Maritima).

Philip returns to Caesarea where he will be found in 58 AD when Paul stops at Philip's Church of virgin at position 5, Mary Magdalene.

Background of Paul's life
Acts 22:03 Ἐγώ εἰμι ἀνὴρ Ἰουδαι̃ος, γεγεννημένος ἐν Ταρσῳ̃ τη̃ς Κιλικίας, ἀνατεθραμμένος δὲ ἐν τῃ̃ πόλει ταύτῃ, παρὰ τοὺς πόδας Γαμαλιὴλ πεπαιδευμένος κατὰ ἀκρίβειαν του̃ πατρῴου νόμου, ζηλωτὴς ὑπάρχων του̃ θεου̃ καθὼς πάντες ὑμει̃ς ἐστε σήμερον·
Acts 26:04 Τὴν μὲν οὐ̃ν βίωσίν μου ἐκ νεότητος τὴν ἀπ'ἀρχη̃ς γενομένην ἐν τῳ̃ ἔθνει μου ἔν τε Ἰεροσολύμοις ἴσασι πάντες Ἰουδαι̃οι,
Acts 26:05 προγινώσκοντές με ἄνωθεν, ἐὰν θέλωσι μαρτυρει̃ν, ὅτι κατὰ τὴν ἀκριβεστάτην αἵρεσιν τη̃ς ἡμετέρας θρησκείας ἔζησα Φαρισαι̃ος.
Acts 22:03 'I, indeed, am a man, a Jew, having been born in Tarsus of Cilicia, and brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, having been taught according to the exactitude of a law of the fathers, being zealous of God, as all you are to-day.

Acts 26:04 'The manner of my life then, indeed, from youth -- which from the beginning was among my nation, in Jerusalem (Qumran) -- know do all the Jews, Acts 26:05 knowing me before from the first, (if they may be willing to testify,) that after the most exact sect of our worship, I lived a Pharisee;

-- Acts 22:03 'I, indeed, am a man, a Jew, having been born in Tarsus of Cilicia, and brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, having been trained up a child (paideúō from país) (aged 20), according to the exactitude of a law of the fathers (1QSa 1:8 - "At the age of 20 years he shall be enrolled, performing duties so as to be joined to the holy congregation, having remain celibate.") (See "young man"- neanias The Stoning of Stephen Acts 07:58), being zealous of God, as all you are to-day.

Paul's Epistle to the Philippians 3:4b-6 "If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless."

Acts 26:04 'The manner of my life then, indeed, from youth -- which from the beginning was among my nation, in Jerusalem (Qumran) -- know do all the Jews, Acts 26:05 knowing me before from the first, (if they may be willing to testify,) that after the most exact sect of our worship, I lived a Pharisee;

Paul is actually a Herodian, being the son of Herod Antipas, (Clue: "from the beginning was among my nation" where nation means "descendent of Herod the Great" (See Rev 13:07 where the phrase "tribe, tongue, and nation" is used. Also see Paul's step-sister) as such they observed many Jewish customs. Paul is using the same concept used with Jesus in Luke that birth is Bar Mitzvah and thus he merely studied in Tarsus and also for a brief time with Gamaliel, but he was really born in the Herod palace in Jerusalem which is the tribal area of Benjamin. Possibly he was not even circumcised, which would explain why he was chosen to recruit the Gentiles. His mother was a Nabataean princess and his grandfather Herod the Great was Idumaean.

Saul (Paul) On the Road to Damascus is blinded Autumn 37 AD
Acts 09:01 Ὁ δὲ Σαυ̃λος, ἔτι ἐμπνέων ἀπειλη̃ς καὶ φόνου εἰς τοὺς μαθητὰς του̃ κυρίου, προσελθὼν τῳ̃ ἀρχιερει̃
Acts 09:02 ᾐτήσατο παρ'αὐτου̃ ἐπιστολὰς εἰς Δαμασκὸν πρὸς τὰς συναγωγάς, ὅπως ἐάν τινας εὕρῃ τη̃ς ὁδου̃ ὄντας, ἄνδρας τε καὶ γυναι̃κας, δεδεμένους ἀγάγῃ εἰς Ἰερουσαλήμ.
Acts 09:03 ἐν δὲ τῳ̃ πορεύεσθαι ἐγένετο αὐτὸν ἐγγίζειν τῃ̃ Δαμασκῳ̃, ἐξαίφνης τε αὐτὸν περιήστραψεν φω̃ς ἐκ του̃ οὐρανου̃,
Acts 09:04 καὶ πεσὼν ἐπὶ τὴν γη̃ν ἤκουσεν φωνὴν λέγουσαν αὐτῳ̃, Σαοὺλ Σαούλ, τί με διώκεις;
Acts 09:05 εἰ̃πεν δέ, Τίς εἰ̃, κύριε; ὁ δέ, Ἐγώ εἰμι Ἰησου̃ς ὃν σὺ διώκεις·
Acts 09:06 ἀλλὰ ἀνάστηθι καὶ εἴσελθε εἰς τὴν πόλιν, καὶ λαληθήσεταί σοι ὅ τί σε δει̃ ποιει̃ν.
Acts 09:07 οἱ δὲ ἄνδρες οἱ συνοδεύοντες αὐτῳ̃ εἱστήκεισαν ἐνεοί, ἀκούοντες μὲν τη̃ς φωνη̃ς μηδένα δὲ θεωρου̃ντες.
Acts 09:08 ἠγέρθη δὲ Σαυ̃λος ἀπὸ τη̃ς γη̃ς, ἀνεῳγμένων δὲ τω̃ν ὀφθαλμω̃ν αὐτου̃ οὐδὲν ἔβλεπεν· χειραγωγου̃ντες δὲ αὐτὸν εἰσήγαγον εἰς Δαμασκόν.
Acts 09:09 καὶ ἠ̃ν ἡμέρας τρει̃ς μὴ βλέπων, καὶ οὐκ ἔφαγεν οὐδὲ ἔπιεν.
Acts 22:04 ὃς ταύτην τὴν ὁδὸν ἐδίωξα ἄχρι θανάτου, δεσμεύων καὶ παραδιδοὺς εἰς φυλακὰς ἄνδρας τε καὶ γυναι̃κας,
Acts 22:05 ὡς καὶ ὁ ἀρχιερεὺς μαρτυρει̃ μοι καὶ πα̃ν τὸ πρεσβυτέριον· παρ'ὡ̃ν καὶ ἐπιστολὰς δεξάμενος πρὸς τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς εἰς Δαμασκὸν ἐπορευόμην ἄξων καὶ τοὺς ἐκει̃σε ὄντας δεδεμένους εἰς Ἰερουσαλὴμ ἵνα τιμωρηθω̃σιν.
Acts 22:06 Ἐγένετο δέ μοι πορευομένῳ καὶ ἐγγίζοντι τῃ̃ Δαμασκῳ̃ περὶ μεσημβρίαν ἐξαίφνης ἐκ του̃ οὐρανου̃ περιαστράψαι φω̃ς ἱκανὸν περὶ ἐμέ,
Acts 22:07 ἔπεσά τε εἰς τὸ ἔδαφος καὶ ἤκουσα φωνη̃ς λεγούσης μοι, Σαοὺλ Σαούλ, τί με διώκεις;
Acts 22:08 ἐγὼ δὲ ἀπεκρίθην, Τίς εἰ̃, κύριε; εἰ̃πέν τε πρός με, Ἐγώ εἰμι Ἰησου̃ς ὁ Ναζωραι̃ος ὃν σὺ διώκεις.
Acts 22:09 οἱ δὲ σὺν ἐμοὶ ὄντες τὸ μὲν φω̃ς ἐθεάσαντο τὴν δὲ φωνὴν οὐκ ἤκουσαν του̃ λαλου̃ντός μοι.
Acts 22:10 εἰ̃πον δέ, Τί ποιήσω, κύριε; ὁ δὲ κύριος εἰ̃πεν πρός με, Ἀναστὰς πορεύου εἰς Δαμασκόν, κἀκει̃ σοι λαληθήσεται περὶ πάντων ὡ̃ν τέτακταί σοι ποιη̃σαι.
Acts 22:11 ὡς δὲ οὐκ ἐνέβλεπον ἀπὸ τη̃ς δόξης του̃ φωτὸς ἐκείνου, χειραγωγούμενος ὑπὸ τω̃ν συνόντων μοι ἠ̃λθον εἰς Δαμασκόν.
Acts 26:09 ἐγὼ μὲν οὐ̃ν ἔδοξα ἐμαυτῳ̃ πρὸς τὸ ὄνομα Ἰησου̃ του̃ Ναζωραίου δει̃ν πολλὰ ἐναντία πρα̃ξαι·
Acts 26:10 ὃ καὶ ἐποίησα ἐν Ἰεροσολύμοις, καὶ πολλούς τε τω̃ν ἁγίων ἐγὼ ἐν φυλακαι̃ς κατέκλεισα τὴν παρὰ τω̃ν ἀρχιερέων ἐξουσίαν λαβών, ἀναιρουμένων τε αὐτω̃ν κατήνεγκα ψη̃φον,
Acts 26:11 καὶ κατὰ πάσας τὰς συναγωγὰς πολλάκις τιμωρω̃ν αὐτοὺς ἠνάγκαζον βλασφημει̃ν, περισσω̃ς τε ἐμμαινόμενος αὐτοι̃ς ἐδίωκον ἕως καὶ εἰς τὰς ἔξω πόλεις.
Acts 26:12 Ἐν οἱ̃ς πορευόμενος εἰς τὴν Δαμασκὸν μετ'ἐξουσίας καὶ ἐπιτροπη̃ς τη̃ς τω̃ν ἀρχιερέων
Acts 26:13 ἡμέρας μέσης κατὰ τὴν ὁδὸν εἰ̃δον, βασιλευ̃, οὐρανόθεν ὑπὲρ τὴν λαμπρότητα του̃ ἡλίου περιλάμψαν με φω̃ς καὶ τοὺς σὺν ἐμοὶ πορευομένους·
Acts 26:14 πάντων τε καταπεσόντων ἡμω̃ν εἰς τὴν γη̃ν ἤκουσα φωνὴν λέγουσαν πρός με τῃ̃ Ἑβραΐδι διαλέκτῳ, Σαοὺλ Σαούλ, τί με διώκεις; σκληρόν σοι πρὸς κέντρα λακτίζειν.
Acts 26:15 ἐγὼ δὲ εἰ̃πα, Τίς εἰ̃, κύριε; ὁ δὲ κύριος εἰ̃πεν, Ἐγώ εἰμι Ἰησου̃ς ὃν σὺ διώκεις.
Acts 26:16 ἀλλὰ ἀνάστηθι καὶ στη̃θι ἐπὶ τοὺς πόδας σου· εἰς του̃το γὰρ ὤφθην σοι, προχειρίσασθαί σε ὑπηρέτην καὶ μάρτυρα ὡ̃ν τε εἰ̃δές με ὡ̃ν τε ὀφθήσομαί σοι,
Acts 26:17 ἐξαιρούμενός σε ἐκ του̃ λαου̃ καὶ ἐκ τω̃ν ἐθνω̃ν, εἰς οὓς ἐγὼ ἀποστέλλω σε
Acts 26:18 ἀνοι̃ξαι ὀφθαλμοὺς αὐτω̃ν, του̃ ἐπιστρέψαι ἀπὸ σκότους εἰς φω̃ς καὶ τη̃ς ἐξουσίας του̃ Σατανα̃ ἐπὶ τὸν θεόν, του̃ λαβει̃ναὐτοὺς ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιω̃ν καὶ κλη̃ρον ἐν τοι̃ς ἡγιασμένοις πίστει τῃ̃ εἰς ἐμέ.

Acts 09:01 And Saul, yet breathing of threatening and slaughter to the disciples of the Lord, having gone to the chief priest, Acts 09:02 did ask from him letters to Damascus, unto the synagogues, that if he may find any being of The Way, both men and women, he may bring them bound to Jerusalem.

Acts 09:03 And in the going, he came near to Damascus, and suddenly there shone round about him a light from the heaven, Acts 09:04 and having fallen upon the earth, he heard a voice saying to him, 'Saul, Saul, why me do you persecute?'

Acts 09:05 And he said, 'Who are you, Lord?'and the Lord said, 'I am Jesus whom you do persecute; hard for you at the pricks to kick;' Acts 09:06 trembling also, and astonished, he said, 'Lord, what do you wish me to do?'and the Lord [said] unto him, 'Arise, and enter into the city, and it shall be told you what it behooves you to do.'

Acts 09:07 And the men who are journeying with him stood speechless, hearing indeed the voice but seeing no one, Acts 09:08 and Saul arose from the earth, and his eyes having been opened, he beheld no one, and leading him by the hand they brought him to Damascus, Acts 09:09 and he was three days without seeing, and he did neither eat nor drink.


Extracted from Paul speech in Jerusalem to the crowds.

Acts 22:04 'And this way I persecuted unto death, binding and delivering up to prisons both men and women, Acts 22:05 as also the chief priest does testify to me, and all the eldership; from whom also having received letters unto the brethren, to Damascus, I was going on, to bring also those there bound to Jerusalem that they might be punished, Acts 22:06 and it came to pass, in my going on and coming near to Damascus, about noon, suddenly out of the heaven there shone a great light round about me, Acts 22:07 I fell also to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me, Saul, Saul, why me do you persecute?

Acts 22:08 'And I answered, Who are you, Lord? and he said unto me, I am Jesus the Nazarene whom you do persecute -- Acts 22:09 and they who are with me the light did see, and became afraid, and the voice they heard not of him who is speaking to me -- Acts 22:10 and I said, What shall I do, Lord? and the Lord said unto me, Having risen, go on to Damascus, and there it shall be told you concerning all things that have been appointed for you to do.

Acts 22:11 'And when I did not see from the glory of that light, being led by the hand by those who are with me, I came to Damascus,


Extracted from Paul speech before Agrippa and Bernice.

Acts 26:09 'I, indeed, therefore, thought with myself, that against the name of Jesus of Nazareth it behoved [me] many things to do, Acts 26:10 which also I did in Jerusalem (Qumran), and many of the saints I in prison did shut up, from the chief priests having received the authority; they also being put to death, I gave my vote against them, Acts 26:11 and in every synagogue, often punishing them, I was constraining [them] to speak evil, being also exceedingly mad against them, I was also persecuting [them] even unto strange cities.

Acts 26:12 'In which things, also, going on to Damascus -- with authority and commission from the chief priests -- Acts 26:13 at mid-day, I saw in the way, O king, out of heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me a light -- and those going on with me; Acts 26:14 and we all having fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew dialect, Saul, Saul, why me do you persecute? hard for you against pricks to kick!

Acts 26:15 'And I said, Who are you, Lord? and he said, I am Jesus whom you do persecute; Acts 26:16 but rise, and stand upon your feet, for for this I appeared to you, to appoint you an officer and a witness both of the things you did see, and of the things [in which] I will appear to you, Acts 26:17 delivering you from the people, and the nations, to whom now I send you, Acts 26:18 to open their eyes, to turn [them] from darkness to light, and [from] the authority of the Adversary unto God, for their receiving forgiveness of sins, and a lot among those having been sanctified, by faith that [is] toward me.

Acts 09:01 And Saul, yet breathing of threatening and slaughter to the disciples of the Lord, having gone to the chief priest, Acts 09:02 did ask from him letters to Damascus, unto the synagogues, that if he may find any being of The Way, both men and women, he may bring them bound to Jerusalem.

Acts 09:03 And in the going, he came near to Damascus, and suddenly there shone round about him a light from the heaven, Acts 09:04 and having fallen upon the earth, he heard a voice saying to him, 'Saul, Saul, why me do you persecute?'

Acts 09:05 And he said, 'Who are you, Lord?'and the Lord said, 'I am Jesus whom you do persecute; hard for you at the pricks to kick;' Acts 09:06 trembling also, and astonished, he said, 'Lord, what do you wish me to do?'and the Lord [said] unto him, 'Arise, and enter into the city, and it shall be told you what it behooves you to do.'

Acts 09:07 And the men who are journeying with him stood speechless, hearing indeed the voice but seeing no one, Acts 09:08 and Saul arose from the earth, and his eyes having been opened, he beheld no one, and leading him by the hand they brought him to Damascus, Acts 09:09 and he was three days without seeing, and he did neither eat nor drink.


Extracted from Paul speech in Jerusalem to the crowds.

Acts 22:04 'And this way I persecuted unto death, binding and delivering up to prisons both men and women, Acts 22:05 as also the chief priest does testify to me, and all the eldership; from whom also having received letters unto the brethren, to Damascus, I was going on, to bring also those there bound to Jerusalem that they might be punished, Acts 22:06 and it came to pass, in my going on and coming near to Damascus, about noon, suddenly out of the heaven there shone a great light round about me, Acts 22:07 I fell also to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me, Saul, Saul, why me do you persecute?

Acts 22:08 'And I answered, Who are you, Lord? and he said unto me, I am Jesus the Nazarene whom you do persecute -- Acts 22:09 and they who are with me the light did see, and became afraid, and the voice they heard not of him who is speaking to me -- Acts 22:10 and I said, What shall I do, Lord? and the Lord said unto me, Having risen, go on to Damascus, and there it shall be told you concerning all things that have been appointed for you to do.

Acts 22:11 'And when I did not see from the glory of that light, being led by the hand by those who are with me, I came to Damascus,

Acts 26:09 'I, indeed, therefore, thought with myself, that against the name of Jesus of Nazareth it behoved [me] many things to do, Acts 26:10 which also I did in Jerusalem (Qumran), and many of the saints I in prison did shut up, from the chief priests having received the authority; they also being put to death, I gave my vote against them, Acts 26:11 and in every synagogue, often punishing them, I was constraining [them] to speak evil, being also exceedingly mad against them, I was also persecuting [them] even unto strange cities.

Acts 26:12 'In which things, also, going on to Damascus -- with authority and commission from the chief priests -- Acts 26:13 at mid-day, I saw in the way, O king, out of heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me a light -- and those going on with me; Acts 26:14 and we all having fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew dialect, Saul, Saul, why me do you persecute? hard for you against pricks to kick!

Acts 26:15 'And I said, Who are you, Lord? and he said, I am Jesus whom you do persecute; Acts 26:16 but rise, and stand upon your feet, for for this I appeared to you, to appoint you an officer and a witness both of the things you did see, and of the things in which I will appear to you, Acts 26:17 delivering you from the people, and the nations, to whom now I send you, Acts 26:18 to open their eyes, to turn them from darkness to light, and [from] the authority of the Adversary unto God, for their receiving forgiveness of sins, and a lot among those having been sanctified, by faith that is toward me.


Saul may have had a directive to persecute those who have strayed from the path, but the description mimics the layout of the Church structure which contained a platform with a trap door that could be opened at midday to allow the sun to shine through. This structure can be seen in the healing in Capernaum by Jesus The paralytic, let down through the roof. (This story was a humorous portrayal of Jonathan Annas, the priest who would be on the platform as the priest above the congregation, showing that there were moveable roofs open to the sun.) The congregation were designated as the earth and the platform was heaven. Clearly, Jesus had come forward in front of the blinding light so as to be obscured as he is not supposed to be alive. He then spoke to Saul from the platform suggesting that he rethink his position.

From Acts 19:22 Paul use of "chronon" for his fortieth birthday and his marriage year, Paul gives the clue that he was born in November 16 AD so in this year 40 AD, he is 23 years old, the age at which he would enter into an Essene monastery to be educated and trained. This would indicate that his journey to Damascus might actually have been for the purpose of checking out Jesus' school before he "blindly" destroyed it. It is clear that his mentor Gamaliel would have advised him to not be so rash as to dismiss the school of "The Way".

Paul's Epistle to the Galatians 1:11-16
"I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being."

Paul is saying that Jesus "by revelation" since it is pretended that he died on the cross, but he really taught him directly.

Ananias (Simon Magus) cures Saul's sight and baptizes him Autumn 37 AD
Acts 09:10 Ην δέ τις μαθητὴς ἐν Δαμασκῳ̃ ὀνόματι Ἁνανίας, καὶ εἰ̃πεν πρὸς αὐτὸν ἐν ὁράματι ὁ κύριος, Ἁνανία. ὁ δὲ εἰ̃πεν, Ἰδοὺ ἐγώ, κύριε.
Acts 09:11 ὁ δὲ κύριος πρὸς αὐτόν, Ἀναστὰς πορεύθητι ἐπὶ τὴν ῥύμην τὴν καλουμένην Εὐθει̃αν καὶ ζήτησον ἐν οἰκίᾳ Ἰούδα Σαυ̃λον ὀνόματι Ταρσέα· ἰδοὺ γὰρ προσεύχεται,
Acts 09:12 καὶ εἰ̃δεν ἄνδρα [ἐν ὁράματἰ̃ Ἁνανίαν ὀνόματι εἰσελθόντα καὶ ἐπιθέντα αὐτῳ̃ [τὰς] χει̃ρας ὅπως ἀναβλέψῃ.
Acts 09:13 ἀπεκρίθη δὲ Ἁνανίας, Κύριε, ἤκουσα ἀπὸ πολλω̃ν περὶ του̃ ἀνδρὸς τούτου, ὅσα κακὰ τοι̃ς ἁγίοις σου ἐποίησεν ἐν Ἰερουσαλήμ·
Acts 09:14 καὶ ὡ̃δε ἔχει ἐξουσίαν παρὰ τω̃ν ἀρχιερέων δη̃σαι πάντας τοὺς ἐπικαλουμένους τὸ ὄνομά σου.
Acts 09:15 εἰ̃πεν δὲ πρὸς αὐτὸν ὁ κύριος, Πορεύου, ὅτι σκευ̃ος ἐκλογη̃ς ἐστίν μοι οὑ̃τος του̃ βαστάσαι τὸ ὄνομά μου ἐνώπιον ἐθνω̃ν τε καὶ βασιλέων υἱω̃ν τε Ἰσραήλ·
Acts 09:16 ἐγὼ γὰρ ὑποδείξω αὐτῳ̃ ὅσα δει̃ αὐτὸν ὑπὲρ του̃ ὀνόματός μου παθει̃ν.
Acts 09:17 Ἀπη̃λθεν δὲ Ἁνανίας καὶ εἰση̃λθεν εἰς τὴν οἰκίαν, καὶ ἐπιθεὶς ἐπ'αὐτὸν τὰς χει̃ρας εἰ̃πεν, Σαοὺλ ἀδελφέ, ὁ κύριος ἀπέσταλκέν με, Ἰησου̃ς ὁ ὀφθείς σοι ἐν τῃ̃ ὁδῳ̃ ᾑ̃ ἤρχου, ὅπως ἀναβλέψῃς καὶ πλησθῃ̃ς πνεύματος ἁγίου.
Acts 09:18 καὶ εὐθέως ἀπέπεσαν αὐτου̃ ἀπὸ τω̃ν ὀφθαλμω̃ν ὡς λεπίδες, ἀνέβλεψέν τε, καὶ ἀναστὰς ἐβαπτίσθη,
Acts 22:12 Ἁνανίας δέ τις, ἀνὴρ εὐλαβὴς κατὰ τὸν νόμον, μαρτυρούμενος ὑπὸ πάντων τω̃ν κατοικούντων Ἰουδαίων,
Acts 22:13 ἐλθὼν πρός με καὶ ἐπιστὰς εἰ̃πέν μοι, Σαοὺλ ἀδελφέ, ἀνάβλεψον· κἀγὼ αὐτῃ̃ τῃ̃ ὥρᾳ ἀνέβλεψα εἰς αὐτόν.
Acts 22:14 ὁ δὲ εἰ̃πεν, Ὁ θεὸς τω̃ν πατέρων ἡμω̃ν προεχειρίσατό σε γνω̃ναι τὸ θέλημα αὐτου̃ καὶ ἰδει̃ν τὸν δίκαιον καὶ ἀκου̃σαι φωνὴν ἐκ του̃ στόματος αὐτου̃,
Acts 22:15 ὅτι ἔσῃ μάρτυς αὐτῳ̃ πρὸς πάντας ἀνθρώπους ὡ̃ν ἑώρακας καὶ ἤκουσας.
Acts 22:16 καὶ νυ̃ν τί μέλλεις; ἀναστὰς βάπτισαι καὶ ἀπόλουσαι τὰς ἁμαρτίας σου ἐπικαλεσάμενος τὸ ὄνομα αὐτου̃.

Acts 09:10 And there was a certain disciple in Damascus, by name Ananias, and the Lord said unto him in a vision, 'Ananias;'and he said, 'Behold me, Lord;' Acts 09:11 and the Lord [said] unto him, 'Having risen, go on unto the street that is called Straight, and seek in the house of Judas, [one] by name Saul of Tarsus, for, lo, he does pray, Acts 09:12 and he saw in a vision a man, by name Ananias, coming in, and putting a hand on him, that he may see again.'

Acts 09:13 And Ananias answered, 'Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how many evils he did to Your saints in Jerusalem, Acts 09:14 and here he has authority from the chief priests, to bind all those calling on Your name.'

Acts 09:15 And the Lord said unto him, 'Be going on, because a choice vessel to Me is this one, to bear My name before nations and kings -- the sons also of Israel; Acts 09:16 for I will show him how many things it behooves him for My name to suffer.'

Acts 09:17 And Ananias went away, and did enter into the house, and having put upon him [his] hands, said, 'Saul, brother, the Lord has sent me -- Jesus who did appear to you in The Way in which you were coming -- that you may see again, and may be filled with the Holy Spirit.'

Acts 09:18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it were scales, he saw again also presently, and having risen, was baptized,

Extracted from Paul speech in Jerusalem to the crowds.

Acts 22:12 and a certain one, Ananias, a pious man according to the law, being testified to by all the Jews dwelling [there], Acts 22:13 having come unto me and stood by [me], said to me, Saul, brother, look up; and I the same hour did look up to him; Acts 22:14 and he said, The God of our fathers did choose you beforehand to know His will, and to see the Righteous One, and to hear a voice out of his mouth, Acts 22:15 because you shall be his witness unto all men of what you hast seen and heard; Acts 22:16 and now, why tarry you? having risen, baptize yourself, and wash away your sins, calling upon the name of the Lord.

Acts 09:10 And there was a certain disciple in Damascus, by name Ananias (Simon Magus - this is the name that he used previously in Ananias and Sapphira), and the Lord said unto him in a vision. (Obviously Jesus does not to speak to Simon in a vision as both he and Simon both survived the Crucifixion, however it is a nice effect.)

'Ananias;'and he said, 'Behold me, Lord;' Acts 09:11 and the Lord [said] unto him, 'Having risen, go on unto the street that is called Straight, and seek in the house of Judas
(Matthew 7:14 "Because Straight is the gate, and narrow is The Way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.")

(This Judas would be Apollos as the replacement for Theudas who also initiate an abortive reenactment of the Walls of Jericho (See Paul in Jerusalem accused of being a part of it). Theudas had taken this title of Judas after Judas Iscariot had left the Last Supper:
(John 14:22 "Judas said to him, (not the Iscariot) ..."

Paul refers to Apollos as one of the leaders that the Corinthians were fighting over
(1 Corinthians 1:12): "What I mean is that each one of you says, 'I belong to Paul,' or 'I belong to Apollos,' or 'I belong to Cephas (Peter),' or 'I belong to Christ.' He also is shown to be trained by Aquila and Priscilla.

for, lo, he does pray, Acts 09:12 and he saw in a vision a man, by name Ananias, coming in, and putting a hand on him, that he may see again.'

Acts 09:13 And Ananias answered, 'Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how many evils he did to Your saints in Jerusalem, Acts 09:14 and here he has authority from the chief priests, to bind all those calling on Your name.'

Simon questions the logic of Jesus bringing an enemy into their Church.

Acts 09:15 And the Lord said unto him, 'Be going on, because a choice vessel to Me is this one, to bear My name before nations and kings -- the sons also of Israel; Acts 09:16 for I will show him how many things it behooves him for My name to suffer.'

Jesus disagrees with Simon, as he knows Paul's credentials and feels that it is worth the chance. He had been tutored by Gamaliel, the grandson of Hillel, and would be sure to have an honored place with the Herods, as Gamaliel did, teaching their princes. One of these princes would be the son of Agrippa, Agrippa II, whose importance would be immense if his father was killed and Jesus would have known that Simon Magus was plotting his death. Paul's Herodian heritage gave him a solid background in Greek philosophy and could relate to the Gentiles. He also had a strong will. He was clearly the most driven compared to his six disciples: Peter, Andrew, James and John, Philip, and John Mark.

Acts 09:17 And Ananias went away, and did enter into the house, and having put upon him [his] hands, said, 'Saul, brother, the Lord has sent me -- Jesus who did appear to you in The Way in which you were coming -- that you may see again, and may be filled with the Holy Spirit.'

Acts 09:18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it were scales, he saw again also presently, and having risen, was baptized, The metaphor of being able to see is obviously referring to his schooling in "The Way" that would begin. (When Saul is baptized, he is given the name "Paul", but strangely Luke does not use it in Acts until later, perhaps because he distrusts Saul given his previous record of condemning the Way.)

Paul's First Epistle to Timothy 1:13
"Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief."

The following is extracted from Paul later speech in Jerusalem to the crowds:

Acts 22:12 and a certain one, Ananias, a pious man according to the law, being testified to by all the Jews dwelling [there], Acts 22:13 having come unto me and stood by [me], said to me, Saul, brother, look up; and I the same hour did look up to him; Acts 22:14 and he said, The God of our fathers did choose you beforehand to know His will, and to see the Righteous One, and to hear a voice out of his mouth, Acts 22:15 because you shall be his witness unto all men of what you hast seen and heard; Acts 22:16 and now, why tarry you? having risen, baptize yourself, and wash away your sins, calling upon the name of the Lord.

39 AD - Herod Antipas is stripped of his tetrarchy and it is given to King Herod Agrippa by Caligula
40 AD - Agrippa is in Rome and attempts to stop Caligula from erecting his statue in the Jerusalem Temple/ Paul graduates at Samekh as proselyte/ James (Aeneas), the brother of Jesus is made Bishop of Jerusalem
Paul, having graduated at Samekh as proselyte, with his zeal gets himself into trouble as he does so many times. (A classic Sagittarius!) He escapes to Jerusalem with Barnabas-Matthias. Then goes to Tarsus for study for the next three years
Acts 09:19 καὶ λαβὼν τροφὴν ἐνίσχυσεν. Ἐγένετο δὲ μετὰ τω̃ν ἐν Δαμασκῳ̃ μαθητω̃ν ἡμέρας τινάς,
Acts 09:20 καὶ εὐθέως ἐν ται̃ς συναγωγαι̃ς ἐκήρυσσεν τὸν Ἰησου̃ν ὅτι οὑ̃τός ἐστιν ὁ υἱὸς του̃ θεου̃.
Acts 09:21 ἐξίσταντο δὲ πάντες οἱ ἀκούοντες καὶ ἔλεγον, Οὐχ οὑ̃τός ἐστιν ὁ πορθήσας ἐν Ἰερουσαλὴμ τοὺς ἐπικαλουμένους τὸ ὄνομα του̃το, καὶ ὡ̃δε εἰς του̃το ἐληλύθει ἵνα δεδεμένους αὐτοὺς ἀγάγῃ ἐπὶ τοὺς ἀρχιερει̃ς;
Acts 09:22 Σαυ̃λος δὲ μα̃λλον ἐνεδυναμου̃το καὶ συνέχυννεν [τοὺς]Ἰουδαίους τοὺς κατοικου̃ντας ἐν Δαμασκῳ̃, συμβιβάζων ὅτι οὑ̃τός ἐστιν ὁ Χριστός.
Acts 09:23 Ὡς δὲ ἐπληρου̃ντο ἡμέραι ἱκαναί, συνεβουλεύσαντο οἱ Ἰουδαι̃οι ἀνελει̃ν αὐτόν·
Acts 09:24 ἐγνώσθη δὲ τῳ̃ Σαύλῳ ἡ ἐπιβουλὴ αὐτω̃ν. παρετηρου̃ντο δὲ καὶ τὰς πύλας ἡμέρας τε καὶ νυκτὸς ὅπως αὐτὸν ἀνέλωσιν·
Acts 09:25 λαβόντες δὲ οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτου̃ νυκτὸς διὰ του̃ τείχους καθη̃καν αὐτὸν χαλάσαντες ἐν σπυρίδι.
Acts 09:26 Παραγενόμενος δὲ εἰς Ἰερουσαλὴμ ἐπείραζεν κολλα̃σθαι τοι̃ς μαθηται̃ς· καὶ πάντες ἐφοβου̃ντο αὐτόν, μὴ πιστεύοντες ὅτι ἐστὶν μαθητής.
Acts 09:27 Βαρναβα̃ς δὲ ἐπιλαβόμενος αὐτὸν ἤγαγεν πρὸς τοὺς ἀποστόλους, καὶ διηγήσατο αὐτοι̃ς πω̃ς ἐν τῃ̃ ὁδῳ̃ εἰ̃δεν τὸν κύριον καὶ ὅτι ἐλάλησεν αὐτῳ̃, καὶ πω̃ς ἐν Δαμασκῳ̃ ἐπαρρησιάσατο ἐν τῳ̃ ὀνόματι Ἰησου̃.
Acts 09:28 καὶ ἠ̃ν μετ'αὐτω̃ν εἰσπορευόμενος καὶ ἐκπορευόμενος εἰς Ἰερουσαλήμ, παρρησιαζόμενος ἐν τῳ̃ ὀνόματι του̃ κυρίου,
Acts 09:29 ἐλάλει τε καὶ συνεζήτει πρὸς τοὺς Ἑλληνιστάς· οἱ δὲ ἐπεχείρουν ἀνελει̃ν αὐτόν.
Acts 09:30 ἐπιγνόντες δὲ οἱ ἀδελφοὶ κατήγαγον αὐτὸν εἰς Καισάρειαν καὶ ἐξαπέστειλαν αὐτὸν εἰς Ταρσόν.
Acts 22:17 Ἐγένετο δέ μοι ὑποστρέψαντι εἰς Ἰερουσαλὴμ καὶ προσευχομένου μου ἐν τῳ̃ ἱερῳ̃ γενέσθαι με ἐν ἐκστάσει
Acts 22:18 καὶ ἰδει̃ν αὐτὸν λέγοντά μοι, Σπευ̃σον καὶ ἔξελθε ἐν τάχει ἐξ Ἰερουσαλήμ, διότι οὐ παραδέξονταί σου μαρτυρίαν περὶ ἐμου̃.
Acts 22:19 κἀγὼ εἰ̃πον, Κύριε, αὐτοὶ ἐπίστανται ὅτι ἐγὼ ἤμην φυλακίζων καὶ δέρων κατὰ τὰς συναγωγὰς τοὺς πιστεύοντας ἐπὶ σέ·
Acts 22:21 καὶ εἰ̃πεν πρός με, Πορεύου, ὅτι ἐγὼ εἰς ἔθνη μακρὰν ἐξαποστελω̃ σε.

Acts 09:19 and having received nourishment, was strengthened, and Saul was with the disciples in Damascus certain days, Acts 09:20 and immediately in the synagogues he was preaching the Christ, that he is the Son of God.

Acts 09:21 And all those hearing were amazed, and said, 'Is not this he who laid waste in Jerusalem those calling on this name, and hither to this intent had come, that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?'

Acts 09:22 And Saul was still more strengthened, and he was confounding the Jews dwelling in Damascus, proving that this is the Christ.

Acts 09:23 And when many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel together to kill him, Acts 09:24 and their counsel against [him] was known to Saul; they were also watching the gates both day and night, that they may kill him, Acts 09:25 and the disciples having taken him, by night did let him down by the wall, letting down in a basket.

Acts 09:26 And Saul, having come to Jerusalem, did try to join himself to the disciples, and they were all afraid of him, not believing that he is a disciple, Acts 09:27 and Barnabas having taken him, brought [him] unto the apostles, and did declare to them how in The Way he saw the Lord, and that he spake to him, and how in Damascus he was speaking boldly in the name of Jesus.

Acts 09:28 And he was with them, coming in and going out in Jerusalem, Acts 09:29 and speaking boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, he was both speaking and disputing with the Hellenists, and they were taking in hand to kill him, Acts 09:30 and the brethren having known, brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.

Acts 22:17 'And it came to pass when I returned to Jerusalem, and while I was praying in the temple, I came into a trance, Acts 22:18 and I saw him saying to me, Haste and go forth in haste out of Jerusalem, because they will not receive your testimony concerning me; Acts 22:19 and I said, Lord, they -- they know that I was imprisoning and was scourging in every synagogue those believing on you; Acts 22:21 and he said unto me, Go, because to nations far off I will send you.'

Acts 09:19 and having received nourishment, was strengthened, and Saul was with the disciples in Damascus certain days, Acts 09:20 and immediately in the synagogues he was preaching the Christ, that he is the Son of God.

The general statement above does not imply that Paul's conversion was overnight, but rather it is saying that Paul undertook three years of study (nourishment) which was in Tarsus (see below).

The use of the phrase "preaching the Christ, that he is the Son of God" is supposed to be a reference to the Daniel's prediction of the coming of the Restoration with the arrival of 'the Son of Man" not "Son of God". Jesus quotes from the prophesy of Daniel 7:13-14 in the Trial of Jesus before Caiaphas (Mark 14:62) where Jesus said,"You shall see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of the power, and coming with the clouds, of the heaven."

Others has accused him of using the title "Son of God" either to deride him or from confusion, but he never referred to himself as "Son of God". The situation was caused by the problem that Jonathan Annas was in the position of "Man" being second to the High Priest representing God on earth, but he was also referred to as "God" as priests use the term "Father". As Paul had also disliked Jonathan (See), he decided to eliminate him and move Jesus up "Son of God". His use succeeded in erasing Jesus' own title of "Son of Man".

Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians 1:21-24
"For Jews ask for signs, Greeks seek after wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified; a stumbling block to Jews, and foolishness to Greeks, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God."

Clearly, Paul from the start is determined to simplify the message so the term "Son of God" is more direct just as he will continue to say that Christ died on the Cross and was Resurrected.

Acts 09:21 And all those hearing were amazed, and said, 'Is not this he who laid waste in Jerusalem those calling on this name, and hither to this intent had come, that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?'

Acts 09:22 And Saul was still more strengthened, and he was confounding the Jews dwelling in Damascus, proving that this is the Christ.

Acts 09:23 And when many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel together to kill him, Acts 09:24 and their counsel against [him] was known to Saul; they were also watching the gates both day and night, that they may kill him, Acts 09:25 and the disciples having taken him, by night did let him down by the wall, letting down in a basket.

Paul's Second Epistle to the Corinthians (11:32-33)
"In Damascus the governor under King Aretas (died in this year 40AD - this king's daughter was divorced by Herod Antipas starting a war between them) had the city of the Damascenes guarded in order to arrest me. But I was lowered in a basket from a window in the wall and slipped through his hands."

Obviously Paul was making a nuisance of himself trying to convince the ones that had sent him that Jesus was the one ordained by God and not them. They had enough of it decided to imprison him, but he made his escape over the wall.

Paul's Epistle to the Galatians (1:17-24) "I did not go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went into Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus. Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Cephas (Peter) and stayed with him fifteen days. I saw none of the other apostles—only James, the Lord’s brother. I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie. Then I went to Syria and Cilicia. I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. They only heard the report: 'The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.' And they praised God because of me."

Cairo Damascus Document CD 8:3-7
"The Princes of Judah have become like those who remove a boundary stone; Wrath (that is Rome) shall be poured out upon them ... They are all of them rebellious, for they have not departed from the way of traitors but have allowed in the ways of fornication and of evil wealth".

This diatribe must be against Paul and Barnabas (brother of Jesus), who left with him, at that time.

Acts 09:26 And Saul, having come to Jerusalem, did try to join himself to the disciples, and they were all afraid of him, not believing that he is a disciple, Acts 09:27 and Barnabas having taken him, brought [him] unto the apostles, and did declare to them how in The Way he saw the Lord, and that he spake to him, and how in Damascus he was speaking boldly in the name of Jesus.

Barnabas is Matthias, the twelfth disciple, chosen to replace Judas Iscariot, and the brother Joses of Jesus. He believed in Paul's abilities, but the others were wary considering the attack on Stephen (Jonathan Annas).

Paul's Epistle to the Galatians (1:18-20)"Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Peter and stayed with him fifteen days. I saw none of the other apostles--only James, the Lord's brother. I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie."

Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians (9:1-2; 15:3-11) "Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not the result of my work in the Lord? Even though I may not be an apostle to others, surely I am to you! For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them - yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed."

Acts 09:28 And he was with them, coming in and going out in Jerusalem, Acts 09:29 and speaking boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, he was both speaking and disputing with the Hellenists, and they were taking in hand to kill him, Acts 09:30 and the brethren having known, brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.

This would be the start of many times that Paul's zeal would get him in to trouble. It was decided to send him to the monastery in Tarsus for his further study.

Acts 22:17 'And it came to pass when I returned to Jerusalem, and while I was praying in the temple, I came into a trance, Acts 22:18 and I saw him saying to me, Haste and go forth in haste out of Jerusalem, because they will not receive your testimony concerning me; Acts 22:19 and I said, Lord, they -- they know that I was imprisoning and was scourging in every synagogue those believing on you; Acts 22:21 and he said unto me, Go, because to nations far off I will send you.'

Peter heals Aeneas (James) and makes James Bishop of Jerusalem 40 AD
Acts 09:31 Ἡ μὲν οὐ̃ν ἐκκλησία καθ'ὅλης τη̃ς Ἰουδαίας καὶ Γαλιλαίας καὶ Σαμαρείας εἰ̃χεν εἰρήνην, οἰκοδομουμένη καὶ πορευομένη τῳ̃ φόβῳ του̃ κυρίου, καὶ τῃ̃ παρακλήσει του̃ ἁγίου πνεύματος ἐπληθύνετο.
Acts 09:32 Ἐγένετο δὲ Πέτρον διερχόμενον διὰ πάντων κατελθει̃ν καὶ πρὸς τοὺς ἁγίους τοὺς κατοικου̃ντας Λύδδα.
Acts 09:33 εὑ̃ρεν δὲ ἐκει̃ ἄνθρωπόν τινα ὀνόματι Αἰνέαν ἐξ ἐτω̃ν ὀκτὼ κατακείμενον ἐπὶ κραβάττου, ὃς ἠ̃ν παραλελυμένος.
Acts 09:34 καὶ εἰ̃πεν αὐτῳ̃ ὁ Πέτρος, Αἰνέα, ἰα̃ταί σε Ἰησου̃ς Χριστός· ἀνάστηθι καὶ στρω̃σον σεαυτῳ̃. καὶ εὐθέως ἀνέστη.
Acts 09:35 καὶ τὸν Σαρω̃να, οἵτινες ἐπέστρεψαν ἐπὶ τὸν κύριον.

Acts 09:31 Then, indeed, the assemblies throughout all Judea, and Galilee, and Samaria, had peace, being built up, and, going on in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.

Acts 09:32 And it came to pass that Peter passing throughout all [quarters], came down also unto the saints who were dwelling at Lydda, Acts 09:33 and he found there a certain man, Aeneas by name -- for eight years laid upon a couch -- who was paralytic, Acts 09:34 and Peter said to him, 'Aeneas, heal you does Jesus the Christ; arise and spread for yourself;'and immediately he rose, Acts 09:35 and all those dwelling at Lydda, and Saron saw him, and did turn to the Lord.

Acts 09:31 Then, indeed, the assemblies throughout all Judea, and Galilee, and Samaria, had peace, being built up, and, going on in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.

Acts 09:32 And it came to pass that Peter passing throughout all [quarters], came down also unto the saints who were dwelling at Lydda, Acts 09:33 and he found there a certain man, Aeneas by name -- for eight years laid upon a couch -- who was paralytic, Acts 09:34 and Peter said to him, 'Aeneas, heal you does Jesus the Christ; arise and spread for yourself;'and immediately he rose, Acts 09:35 and all those dwelling at Lydda, and Saron saw him, and did turn to the Lord.

There is no doubt that this story relates to James, the brother of Jesus as it as this lame man has similar symptoms to March 31AD Impotent Man at the Pool of Bethesda and the Lame man healed by Peter Sept 33 AD. It had been approximately eight years since his his impotency had been healed by Jesus (31 AD + 8 =39 AD) and starting in the year 33 AD at age 32 when Peter accepted him in the Church he had begun his studies. Now Peter had been directed by Jesus to make James the Bishop of Jerusalem. James took the name Aeneas to indicate his rejection of strict Jewish practices in favor of the liberal ones that accept uncircumcised Gentiles, thus the name of the fabled founder of Rome.

The date of 40 AD is also supported by Recognitions of Clement 1:43. SUCCESS OF THE GOSPEL "We sought for a fitting opportunity, a week of years was completed from the passion of the Lord (7 years + AD 33 = AD 40), the Church of the Lord which was constituted in Jerusalem was most plentifully multiplied and grew, being governed with most righteous ordinances by James [the Just], who was ordained bishop in it by the Lord."

"For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James (April 33AD Resurrection: Road to Emmaus appearance (Cleopas is James) then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born. (1 Corinthians 15:3-8)

Hegesippus, who lived immediately after the apostles, gives the most accurate account in the fifth book of his Memoirs. He writes as follows: "James, the brother of the Lord, succeeded to the government of the Church in conjunction with the apostles. He has been called the Just by all from the time of our Saviour to the present day....He was holy from his mother's womb (Joseph and Mary followed the prescribed time for sexual relations as opposed to the conception of Jesus where many declared him illegitimate) ; and he drank no wine nor strong drink, nor did he eat flesh. No razor came upon his head; he did not anoint himself with oil, and he did not use the bath. He alone was permitted to enter into the holy place; for he wore not woolen but linen garments. And he was in the habit of entering alone into the temple, and was frequently found upon his knees begging forgiveness for the people, so that his knees became hard like those of a camel..." (Eusebius Church History II.23.5-6)

Peter heals Dorcas (Mother Mary) 40 AD
Acts 09:36 Ἐν Ἰόππῃ δέ τις ἠ̃ν μαθήτρια ὀνόματι Ταβιθά, ἣ διερμηνευομένη λέγεται Δορκάς· αὕτη ἠ̃ν πλήρης ἔργων ἀγαθω̃ν καὶ ἐλεημοσυνω̃ν ὡ̃ν ἐποίει.
Acts 09:37 ἐγένετο δὲ ἐν ται̃ς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις ἀσθενήσασαν αὐτὴν ἀποθανει̃ν· λούσαντες δὲ [αὐτὴν] ἔθηκαν ἐν ὑπερῴῳ.
Acts 09:38 ἐγγὺς δὲ οὔσης Λύδδας τῃ̃ Ἰόππῃ οἱ μαθηταὶ ἀκούσαντες ὅτι Πέτρος ἐστὶν ἐν αὐτῃ̃ ἀπέστειλαν δύο ἄνδρας πρὸς αὐτὸν παρακαλου̃ντες, Μὴ ὀκνήσῃς διελθει̃ν ἕως ἡμω̃ν.
Acts 09:39 ἀναστὰς δὲ Πέτρος συνη̃λθεν αὐτοι̃ς· ὃν παραγενόμενον ἀνήγαγον εἰς τὸ ὑπερῳ̃ον, καὶ παρέστησαν αὐτῳ̃ πα̃σαι αἱ χη̃ραι κλαίουσαι καὶ ἐπιδεικνύμεναι χιτω̃νας καὶ ἱμάτια ὅσα ἐποίει μετ'αὐτω̃ν οὐ̃σα ἡ Δορκάς.
Acts 09:40 ἐκβαλὼν δὲ ἔξω πάντας ὁ Πέτρος καὶ θεὶς τὰ γόνατα προσηύξατο, καὶ ἐπιστρέψας πρὸς τὸ σω̃μα εἰ̃πεν, Ταβιθά, ἀνάστηθι. ἡ δὲ ἤνοιξεν τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς αὐτη̃ς, καὶ ἰδου̃σα τὸν Πέτρον ἀνεκάθισεν.
Acts 09:41 δοὺς δὲ αὐτῃ̃ χει̃ρα ἀνέστησεν αὐτήν, φωνήσας δὲ τοὺς ἁγίους καὶ τὰς χήρας παρέστησεν αὐτὴν ζω̃σαν.
Acts 09:42 γνωστὸν δὲ ἐγένετο καθ'ὅλης [τη̃ς]Ἰόππης, καὶ ἐπίστευσαν πολλοὶ ἐπὶ τὸν κύριον.

Acts 09:36 And in Joppa there was a certain female disciple, by name Tabitha, (which interpreted, is called Dorcas,) this woman was full of good works and kind acts that she was doing; Acts 09:37 and it came to pass in those days she, having ailed, died, and having bathed her, they laid her in an upper chamber, Acts 09:38 and Lydda being near to Joppa, the disciples having heard that Peter is in that [place], sent two men unto him, calling on him not to delay to come through unto them.

Acts 09:39 And Peter having risen, went with them, whom having come, they brought into the upper chamber, and all the widows stood by him weeping, and showing coats and garments, as many as Dorcas was making while she was with them.

Acts 09:40 And Peter having put them all forth without, having bowed the knees, did pray, and having turned unto the body said, 'Tabitha, arise;'and she opened her eyes, and having seen Peter, she sat up, Acts 09:41 and having given her [his] hand, he lifted her up, and having called the saints and the widows, he presented her alive, Acts 09:42 and it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord;

Acts 09:36 And in Joppa there was a certain female disciple, by name Tabitha, (which interpreted, is called Dorcas,) this woman was full of good works and kind acts that she was doing; Acts 09:37 and it came to pass in those days she, having ailed, died, and having bathed her, they laid her in an upper chamber, Acts 09:38 and Lydda being near to Joppa, the disciples having heard that Peter is in that [place], sent two men unto him, calling on him not to delay to come through unto them.

Acts 09:39 And Peter having risen, went with them, whom having come, they brought into the upper chamber, and all the widows stood by him weeping, and showing coats and garments, as many as Dorcas was making while she was with them.

Acts 09:40 And Peter having put them all forth without, having bowed the knees, did pray, and having turned unto the body said, 'Tabitha, arise;'and she opened her eyes, and having seen Peter, she sat up, Acts 09:41 and having given her [his] hand, he lifted her up, and having called the saints and the widows, he presented her alive, Acts 09:42 and it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord;

Mary Mother of Jesus was wedded to Joseph in 8 BC at the age of (17 and a half) thus born in December 26 BC. In December 40 AD she would be 65 years old (26 BC -1 + 40AD = 65 years). She had become an ordinary widow when her husband Joseph was assassinated in 23 AD, but now she would be promoted to the revered Widow class, thus in a metaphoric sense dying to her widow state. She would now attain to the position of that Anna held. (See Mar 6AD Essenes: Simeon and Anna bless Jesus.) This position was of that "Sarah" (Abraham's wife, the mother of Isaac) Note that she was placed in the "upper chamber" (the higher platform of the church where the priests sat after "bathing her" the ritual bathing of Essenes entering the monastery. Her title before that was "Mary" as Miriam, a sister of "Moses" but her real name as shown here is Dorcas (Tabitha meaning gazelle). Joppa was the tribal territory of Dan from which Mary came and all were sad to see her leave for her higher duties. Being a sister in the monastery where wealth was shared, she had overseen the embroidery on the priests garments. (Since Jonathan Annas' personal title was "God" which people attributed to Jesus, Mary would now be "Holy Mother of God".)

41 AD - Caligula is assassinated and Agrippa helps to negotiate the accession of Claudius thus he becomes King over all the territory that was Herod the Great's
Using the first 7 plagues from Moses (8,9,10 are not used) repeated in four sets of seven quarters for total of 28 quarters = seven years.
(See Explanation for 6AD plague)
7th seven year
plague cycle
blood
Ex. 7:14–25
frogs
Ex. 7:25–8:11
gnats/lice
Ex. 8:16–19
flies
Ex. 8:20–32
cattle
Ex. 9:1–7
boils
Ex. 9:8–12
hail/fire
Ex. 9:13–35
first
Rev 09:18
Mar 41Jun 41Sep 41Jan 42Mar 42June 42Sep 42
secondJan 43Mar 43Jun 43Sep 43Jan 44Mar 44Jun 44
thirdSep 44Jan 45Mar 45Jun 45Sep 45Jan 46Mar 46
fourthJun 46Sep 46Jan 47Mar 47Jun 47Sep 47Jan 48
The Sixth Seven Years of the Mission 41- 47 (Sixth Angel - Matthew Annas)
Rev 09:12 ουαι ┬ μια απηλθεν ϊδου ερχεται ετι δυο ουαι μετα ταυτα
Rev 09:13 ο εκτοc αγγελοc εcαλπιcε και ηκουcα φωνη του θυcιαcτηριου του χρυcου του ενωπιον του θυ
Rev 09:14 λεγοντα τω εκτω αγγελω ο εχων την cαλπιγγα λυcον τουc τεccαρεc αγγελουc τουc δεδεμενουc επι τω ποταμω τω μεγαλω ευφρατη
Rev 09:15 και ελυθηcαν οι τεccαρεc αγγελοι ητοιμαcμενοι ειc την ωραν και μηνα και ενιαυτο ϊνα μη αποκτινωcιν το τριτον των ανων
Rev 09:16 και ο αριθμοc των cτρατευματων του ϊππικου δυο μυριαδων μυριαδαc ηκουcα τον αριθμον αυτων
Rev 09:17 και ουτωc ειδον τουc ϊππουc εν τη οραcει και τουc καθημενουc επανω αυτω εχονταc θωρακαc πυρινουc και ϋακινθινουc και θυωδειc και αι κεφαλαι των ϊππων ωc κεφαλαι λεοντων και εκ των cτοματων αυτω εκπορευεται πυρ και καπνοc και θιον
Rev 09:18 απο των πληγων τουτων απεκτανθηcαν το τριτον των ανων εκ του πυροc και του καπνου και του θειου του εκπορευομενου εκ των cτοματων αυτων
Rev 09:19 η γαρ εξουcια των ϊππων εν τω cτοματι αυτων εcτιν και εν ταιc ουραιc αυτω αι γαρ ουραι αυτων ομοιαι οφεcιν εχουcαc κεφαλαc και εν αυταιc αδικουcιν
Rev 09:20 και οι λοιποι των ανων οι ουκ απεκτανθηcαν εν ταιc πληγαιc αυτων ταυταιc ουδε μετενοηcα εκ των εργων τω χιρων αυτων ϊνα μη προcκυνηcουcι τα δαιμονια και τα ϊδωλα τα χρυcαια και τα αργυρα και τα χαλκεα και τα ξυλινα και τα λιθινα α ουτε βλεπειν δυνανται ουτε ακουειν ουτε περιπατει
Rev 09:21 και ου μετενοηcαν εκ των φωνων αυτων ουτε εκ των φαρμακω αυτων ουτε εκ τηc πονηριαc αυτων ουτε εκ των κλεμματων αυτων ·

Rev 09:12 The first woe did go forth, lo, there come yet two woes after these things.

Rev 09:13 And the sixth angel did sound, and I heard a voice out of the four horns of the altar of gold that is before God,

Rev 09:14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, 'Loose the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates;' Rev 09:15 and loosed were the four angels, who have been made ready for the hour, and day, and month, and year, that they may not (not is correct) kill the third of men;

Rev 09:16 and the number of the forces of the horsemen [is] two myriads of myriads, and I heard the number of them. Rev 09:17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and those sitting upon them, having breastplates of fire, and jacinth, and brimstone; and the heads of the horses [are] as heads of lions, and out of their mouths proceeds fire, and smoke, and brimstone; Rev 09:18 by these three were the third of men killed, from the fire, and from the smoke, and from the brimstone, that is proceeding out of their mouth, Rev 09:19 for their authorities are in their mouth, and in their tails, for their tails [are] like serpents, having heads, and with them they do injure.

Rev 09:20 And the rest of men, who were not killed in these plagues, neither did reform from the works of their hands, that they may not bow before the demons, and idols, those of gold, and those of silver, and those of brass, and those of stone, and those of wood, that are neither able to see, nor to hear, nor to walk, Rev 09:21 yea they did not reform from their murders, nor from their sorceries, nor from their whoredoms, nor from their thefts.

(James Niceta writes:)
Rev 09:12 The first woe did go forth (Refers to the Plague Attacks - 7th seven year plague cycle beginning 41AD) , lo, there come yet two woes after these things. 48AD and 55AD

Rev 09:13 And the sixth angel did sound, and I heard a voice out of the four horns of the altar of gold that is before God,

It was the year 41 AD and the Sixth Angel is Matthew Annas (High Priest 43 AD) and, since Agrippa I has been made King Herod by Caligula in 37 AD and he is given a position in front and thus higher status than the High Priest as in the days of Herod the Great.

Rev 09:14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, 'Loose the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates;' Rev 09:15 and loosed were the four angels, who have been made ready for the hour, and day, and month, and year, that they may not (not is correct) kill the third of men; (three divisions of mankind: priest. laity, and nonbelievers who are already dead or made dead by excommunication)

The Church has been broken into four factions: James, the brother of Jesus had taken the funds from Qumran to Damascus in Syria, to be out of reach of Agrippa I. This monastery in Damascus would be critical of Simon's monastery in Caesarea Maritima calling them "Seekers of Smooth Things" in their Damascus Document of the Dead Sea Scrolls. John Mark stayed on at the monastery of Qumran for Gentiles where fees were not required. Simon Magus was against Agrippa I so Theophilus Annas placed his younger brother, Angel 4, in charge a new Church in a Herod House in Caesarea Maritima. Matthew Annas would be High Priest in 43 AD. The area was considered in the territory of Babylon and therefore "The Great River Euphrates." ("To kill" is merely to have the power to excommunicate.)

The next passages are merely to inflate the importance of the mission to the West.

Rev 09:16 and the number of the forces of the horsemen (priests) are two myriads of myriads, and I heard the number of them. Rev 09:17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and those sitting upon them, having breastplates of fire, and jacinth, and brimstone (candles, the Holy Spirit - emblem at third position (Exodus 28:19), & accepted suffering); and the heads of the horses are as heads of lions (with the authority of kings: King Agrippa), and out of their mouths proceeds fire, and smoke, and brimstone (candles, incense, & accepted suffering); Rev 09:18 by these three were the third of men killed (three divisions of mankind: priest. laity, and nonbelievers who are already dead or made dead by excommunication), from the fire, and from the smoke, and from the brimstone, that is proceeding out of their mouth, Rev 09:19 for their authorities are in their mouth (preaching), and in their tails, for their tails [are] like serpents, having heads (power of excommunication like a scorpion sting brings death), and with them they do injure.

Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians 03:12 "Now if any one builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw --" 'Hay and straw' are wheat and barley of the Miracle of the Feeding the 4000/5000"

The next passages relate to the structure of Simon Magus' Church and are there to deride it.

Rev 09:20 And the rest of men, who were not killed (the opposing Church) in these plagues, neither did reform from the works of their hands, that they may not bow before the demons, and idols, those of gold, and those of silver, and those of brass, and those of stone, and those of wood, neither able to see, nor to hear, nor to walk,

Rev 09:21 yea they did not reform from their murders, nor from their sorceries, nor from their whoredoms, nor from their thefts.

  • 'murders and sorceries" = Simon Magus' illusions such as
  • Clementine Homilies H.2.30. Simon claims to have separated a soul from a human body
    "Then Simon said: "I am aware that you know that I separated a soul from a human body; but I know that you are ignorant that it is not the soul of the dead person that ministers to me, for it does not exist; but a certain demon works, pretending to be the soul."
    Clementine Homilies 2.30 32. Simon's amazing prodigies, witnessed by his ex-followers
    "Aquila having thus spoken, I Clement enquired: "What, then, are the prodigies that he works?" And they told me that he makes statues walk, and that he rolls himself on the fire, and is not burnt; and sometimes he flies; and he makes loaves of stones; he becomes a serpent; he transforms himself into a goat; he becomes two-faced; he changes himself into gold; he opens lockfast gates; he melts iron; at banquets he produces images of all way of forms. In his house he makes dishes be seen as born of themselves to wait on him, no bearers being seen. I wondered when I heard them speak thus; but many bore witness that they had been present, and had seen such things."
  • 'whoredom' = Bernice's affair with Titus
  • 'thefts' = Ananias and Sapphira holding back money to the Church

42 AD - Peter debates with Simon Magus at Caesarea, Tyre, Sidon, Beirut, Byblos, Tripolis, Aradus, and Laodicea
Clementine Recognitions and Homilies March 42 AD
See how the Clementines were constructed in the Clementines are as Important as Acts and the full text in ClementinesSource.

In 42 AD Peter (or at least the leaders of the Council) and Simon Magus were debating differences in doctrine between them. These debates in the Clementine Recognitions and Homilies are interwoven with a story of how the twins Niceta and Aquila (James and John, disciples of Jesus), who were originally called Faustinus and Faustus, were reunited with their mother and father (Faustus). In the story at one point Simon Magus turns into Faust and clearly this story was the basis for the play and opera about Faust being tempted by the devil. The heroine who is destroyed by Faust is clearly based on Helena, the consort of Simon Magus.

Recognitions III:75 shows that Ten Books were written on philosophical and religious matters that were to be sent to James. Although the receiver of this text was traditionally thought to be James, the younger brother of Jesus, the receiver is really Jonathan Annas, shown as the disciple of Jesus known as James, son of Alphaeus, who was really a Sadducee priest and the superior of Jesus.


The date of the Clementines can be derived to be 42 AD by the following excerpts:

Clementine Homilies H.II:17. FIRST THE WORSE, THEN THE BETTER.
"In like manner, the combination with respect to Elias (John the Baptist), which behoved to have come, has been willingly put off to another time, having determined to enjoy it conveniently hereafter. Wherefore, also, he (John the Baptist) who was among those born of woman came first; then he (Jesus) who was among the sons of men came second. It were possible, following this order, to perceive to what series Simon belongs, who came before me to the Gentiles, and to which I belong who have come after him,"

In this debate with Simon Magus, Peter is making the point the worse comes first before the good: John the Baptist before Jesus and then Simon Magus before Peter. He implies then that Simon Magus accepted the Gentiles before Jesus instructed Peter to do so.


R.VII:29. "NOTHING COMMON OR UNCLEAN."
"Therefore, when our mother (the mother of Niceta (James) and John (Aquila)) had risen from her sleep, Peter began to address her, saying : "I wish you to know, O woman, an observance of our religion. We worship one God, who made the world, and we keep His law, in which He commands us first of all to worship Him, and to reverence His name, to honor our parents, and to preserve chastity and uprightness. But this also we observe, not to have a common table with Gentiles, unless when they believe, and on the reception of the Truth are baptized, and consecrated by a certain threefold invocation of the blessed name; and then we eat with them. Otherwise, even if it were a father or a mother, or wife, or sons, or brothers, we cannot have a common table with them. Since, therefore, we do this for the special cause of religion, let it not seem hard to you that your son cannot eat with you, until you have the same judgment of the faith that he has."

Note the use of the word "Truth" as the name of the Church. This was used by Jesus at Trial of Jesus before Pilate: "What is truth?" in April 33AD

The selection of the year 42 AD for this time when Simon Magus and Peter would be vying for converts fits as at this point Peter is excluding Gentiles from eating with him. Jesus will change this next year, where Cornelius (Luke), the Gentile, will be allowed to dine with Jews.

43 AD - Jesus introduces a major policy change to Peter to give uncircumcised Gentiles equal standing such as Luke (Cornelius) / Paul having continued his study at Tarsus, graduates as a bishop
Simon the Tanner in Joppa officiates at third marriage union wedding of Jesus and Mary Magdalene June 43 AD
Acts 09:43 Ἐγένετο δὲ ἡμέρας ἱκανὰς μει̃ναι ἐν Ἰόππῃ παρά τινι Σίμωνι βυρσει̃.

Acts 09:43 and it came to pass, that he (Peter) remained many days in Joppa, with a certain one, Simon a tanner.

Acts 09:43 and it came to pass, that he (Peter) remained many days in Joppa, with a certain one, Simon a tanner.

Simon Magus is in Joppa by the sea next to Lydda where the convent of Mother Mary and Mary Magdalene were located. He is there to officiate at the third marriage union wedding of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, it being six years from the birth of Jesus Justus. As "tanner", he has taken the role that Judas took as a 'tester' when he was Tempted by Satan in the Wilderness for his Nazarite Vow before Marriage. Peter was there also.

The Conversion of Cornelius (Luke) and the New policy of accepting Gentiles June 43 AD
Acts 10:01 Ἀνὴρ δέ τις ἐν Καισαρείᾳ ὀνόματι Κορνήλιος, ἑκατοντάρχης ἐκ σπείρης τη̃ς καλουμένης Ἰταλικη̃ς,
Acts 10:02 εὐσεβὴς καὶ φοβούμενος τὸν θεὸν σὺν παντὶ τῳ̃ οἴκῳ αὐτου̃, ποιω̃ν ἐλεημοσύνας πολλὰς τῳ̃ λαῳ̃ καὶ δεόμενος του̃ θεου̃ διὰ παντός,
Acts 10:03 εἰ̃δεν ἐν ὁράματι φανερω̃ς ὡσεὶ περὶ ὥραν ἐνάτην τη̃ς ἡμέρας ἄγγελον του̃ θεου̃ εἰσελθόντα πρὸς αὐτὸν καὶ εἰπόντα αὐτῳ̃, Κορνήλιε.
Acts 10:04 ὁ δὲ ἀτενίσας αὐτῳ̃ καὶ ἔμφοβος γενόμενος εἰ̃πεν, Τί ἐστιν, κύριε; εἰ̃πεν δὲ αὐτῳ̃, Αἱ προσευχαί σου καὶ αἱ ἐλεημοσύναι σου ἀνέβησαν εἰς μνημόσυνον ἔμπροσθεν του̃ θεου̃.
Acts 10:05 καὶ νυ̃ν πέμψον ἄνδρας εἰς Ἰόππην καὶ μετάπεμψαι Σίμωνά τινα ὃς ἐπικαλει̃ται Πέτρος·
Acts 10:06 οὑ̃τος ξενίζεται παρά τινι Σίμωνι βυρσει̃, ᾡ̃ ἐστιν οἰκία παρὰ θάλασσαν.
Acts 10:07 ὡς δὲ ἀπη̃λθεν ὁ ἄγγελος ὁ λαλω̃ν αὐτῳ̃, φωνήσας δύο τω̃ν οἰκετω̃ν καὶ στρατιώτην εὐσεβη̃ τω̃ν προσκαρτερούντων αὐτῳ̃,
Acts 10:08 καὶ ἐξηγησάμενος ἅπαντα αὐτοι̃ς ἀπέστειλεν αὐτοὺς εἰς τὴν Ἰόππην.
Acts 10:09 Τῃ̃ δὲ ἐπαύριον ὁδοιπορούντων ἐκείνων καὶ τῃ̃ πόλει ἐγγιζόντων ἀνέβη Πέτρος ἐπὶ τὸ δω̃μα προσεύξασθαι περὶ ὥραν ἕκτην.
Acts 10:10 ἐγένετο δὲ πρόσπεινος καὶ ἤθελεν γεύσασθαι· παρασκευαζόντων δὲ αὐτω̃ν ἐγένετο ἐπ'αὐτὸν ἔκστασις,
Acts 10:11 καὶ θεωρει̃ τὸν οὐρανὸν ἀνεῳγμένον καὶ καταβαι̃νον σκευ̃ός τι ὡς ὀθόνην μεγάλην τέσσαρσιν ἀρχαι̃ς καθιέμενον ἐπὶ τη̃ς γη̃ς,
Acts 10:12 ἐν ᾡ̃ ὑπη̃ρχεν πάντα τὰ τετράποδα καὶ ἑρπετὰ τη̃ς γη̃ς καὶ πετεινὰ του̃ οὐρανου̃.
Acts 10:13 καὶ ἐγένετο φωνὴ πρὸς αὐτόν, Ἀναστάς, Πέτρε, θυ̃σον καὶ φάγε.
Acts 10:14 ὁ δὲ Πέτρος εἰ̃πεν, Μηδαμω̃ς, κύριε, ὅτι οὐδέποτε ἔφαγον πα̃ν κοινὸν καὶ ἀκάθαρτον.
Acts 10:15 καὶ φωνὴ πάλιν ἐκ δευτέρου πρὸς αὐτόν, Ἃ ὁ θεὸς ἐκαθάρισεν σὺ μὴ κοίνου.
Acts 10:16 του̃το δὲ ἐγένετο ἐπὶ τρίς, καὶ εὐθὺς ἀνελήμφθη τὸ σκευ̃ος εἰς τὸν οὐρανόν.
Acts 10:17 Ὡς δὲ ἐν ἑαυτῳ̃ διηπόρει ὁ Πέτρος τί ἂν εἴη τὸ ὅραμα ὃ εἰ̃δεν, ἰδοὺ οἱ ἄνδρες οἱ ἀπεσταλμένοι ὑπὸ του̃ Κορνηλίου διερωτήσαντες τὴν οἰκίαν του̃ Σίμωνος ἐπέστησαν ἐπὶ τὸν πυλω̃να,
Acts 10:18 καὶ φωνήσαντες ἐπυνθάνοντο εἰ Σίμων ὁ ἐπικαλούμενος Πέτρος ἐνθάδε ξενίζεται.
Acts 10:19 του̃ δὲ Πέτρου διενθυμουμένου περὶ του̃ ὁράματος εἰ̃πεν [αὐτω̃]ͅ τὸ πνευ̃μα, Ἰδοὺ ἄνδρες [δύο] ζητου̃σίν σε·
Acts 10:20 ἀλλὰ ἀναστὰς κατάβηθι καὶ πορεύου σὺν αὐτοι̃ς μηδὲν διακρινόμενος, ὅτι ἐγὼ ἀπέσταλκα αὐτούς.
Acts 10:21 καταβὰς δὲ Πέτρος πρὸς τοὺς ἄνδρας εἰ̃πεν, Ἰδοὺ ἐγώ εἰμι ὃν ζητει̃τε· τίς ἡ αἰτία δι'ἣν πάρεστε;
Acts 10:22 οἱ δὲ εἰ̃παν, Κορνήλιος ἑκατοντάρχης, ἀνὴρ δίκαιος καὶ φοβούμενος τὸν θεὸν μαρτυρούμενός τε ὑπὸ ὅλου του̃ ἔθνους τω̃ν Ἰουδαίων, ἐχρηματίσθη ὑπὸ ἀγγέλου ἁγίου μεταπέμψασθαί σε εἰς τὸν οἰ̃κον αὐτου̃ καὶ ἀκου̃σαι ῥήματα παρὰ σου̃.
Acts 10:23 εἰσκαλεσάμενος οὐ̃ν αὐτοὺς ἐξένισεν.Τῃ̃ δὲ ἐπαύριον ἀναστὰς ἐξη̃λθεν σὺν αὐτοι̃ς, καί τινες τω̃ν ἀδελφω̃ν τω̃ν ἀπὸ Ἰόππης συνη̃λθον αὐτῳ̃.
Acts 10:24 τῃ̃ δὲ ἐπαύριον εἰση̃λθεν εἰς τὴν Καισάρειαν· ὁ δὲ Κορνήλιος ἠ̃ν προσδοκω̃ν αὐτούς, συγκαλεσάμενος τοὺς συγγενει̃ς αὐτου̃ καὶ τοὺς ἀναγκαίους φίλους.
Acts 10:25 ὡς δὲ ἐγένετο του̃ εἰσελθει̃ν τὸν Πέτρον, συναντήσας αὐτῳ̃ ὁ Κορνήλιος πεσὼν ἐπὶ τοὺς πόδας προσεκύνησεν.
Acts 10:26 ὁ δὲ Πέτρος ἤγειρεν αὐτὸν λέγων, Ἀνάστηθι· καὶ ἐγὼ αὐτὸς ἄνθρωπός εἰμι.
Acts 10:27 καὶ συνομιλω̃ν αὐτῳ̃ εἰση̃λθεν, καὶ εὑρίσκει συνεληλυθότας πολλούς,
Acts 10:28 ἔφη τε πρὸς αὐτούς, Ὑμει̃ς ἐπίστασθε ὡς ἀθέμιτόν ἐστιν ἀνδρὶ Ἰουδαίῳ κολλα̃σθαι ἢ προσέρχεσθαι ἀλλοφύλῳ· κἀμοὶ ὁ θεὸς ἔδειξεν μηδένα κοινὸν ἢ ἀκάθαρτον λέγειν ἄνθρωπον·
Acts 10:29 διὸ καὶ ἀναντιρρήτως ἠ̃λθον μεταπεμφθείς. πυνθάνομαι οὐ̃ν τίνι λόγῳ μετεπέμψασθέ με;
Acts 10:30 καὶ ὁ Κορνήλιος ἔφη, Ἀπὸ τετάρτης ἡμέρας μέχρι ταύτης τη̃ς ὥρας ἤμην τὴν ἐνάτην προσευχόμενος ἐν τῳ̃ οἴκῳ μου, καὶ ἰδοὺ ἀνὴρ ἔστη ἐνώπιόν μου ἐν ἐσθη̃τι λαμπρᾳ̃
Acts 10:31 καὶ φησίν, Κορνήλιε, εἰσηκούσθη σου ἡ προσευχὴ καὶ αἱ ἐλεημοσύναι σου ἐμνήσθησαν ἐνώπιον του̃ θεου̃.
Acts 10:32 πέμψον οὐ̃ν εἰς Ἰόππην καὶ μετακάλεσαι Σίμωνα ὃς ἐπικαλει̃ται Πέτρος· οὑ̃τος ξενίζεται ἐν οἰκίᾳ Σίμωνος βυρσέως παρὰ θάλασσαν.
Acts 10:33 ἐξαυτη̃ς οὐ̃ν ἔπεμψα πρὸς σέ, σύ τε καλω̃ς ἐποίησας παραγενόμενος. νυ̃ν οὐ̃ν πάντες ἡμει̃ς ἐνώπιον του̃ θεου̃ πάρεσμεν ἀκου̃σαι πάντα τὰ προστεταγμένα σοι ὑπὸ του̃ κυρίου.
Acts 10:34 Ἀνοίξας δὲ Πέτρος τὸ στόμα εἰ̃πεν, Ἐπ'ἀληθείας καταλαμβάνομαι ὅτι οὐκ ἔστιν προσωπολήμπτης ὁ θεός,
Acts 10:35 ἀλλ'ἐν παντὶ ἔθνει ὁ φοβούμενος αὐτὸν καὶ ἐργαζόμενος δικαιοσύνην δεκτὸς αὐτῳ̃ ἐστιν.
Acts 10:36 τὸν λόγον [ὃν] ἀπέστειλεν τοι̃ς υἱοι̃ς Ἰσραὴλ εὐαγγελιζόμενος εἰρήνην διὰἸησου̃ Χριστου̃ — οὑ̃τός ἐστιν πάντων κύριος —
Acts 10:37 ὑμει̃ς οἴδατε, τὸ γενόμενον ῥη̃μα καθ'ὅλης τη̃ς Ἰουδαίας, ἀρξάμενος ἀπὸ τη̃ς Γαλιλαίας μετὰ τὸ βάπτισμα ὃ ἐκήρυξεν Ἰωάννης,
Acts 10:38 Ἰησου̃ν τὸν ἀπὸ Ναζαρέθ, ὡς ἔχρισεν αὐτὸν ὁ θεὸς πνεύματι ἁγίῳ καὶ δυνάμει, ὃς διη̃λθεν εὐεργετω̃ν καὶ ἰώμενος πάντας τοὺς καταδυναστευομένους ὑπὸ του̃ διαβόλου, ὅτι ὁ θεὸς ἠ̃ν μετ'αὐτου̃.
Acts 10:39 καὶ ἡμει̃ς μάρτυρες πάντων ὡ̃ν ἐποίησεν ἔν τε τῃ̃ χώρᾳ τω̃ν Ἰουδαίων καὶ Ἰερουσαλήμ· ὃν καὶ ἀνει̃λαν κρεμάσαντες ἐπὶ ξύλου.
Acts 10:40 του̃τον ὁ θεὸς ἤγειρεν τῃ̃ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ καὶ ἔδωκεν αὐτὸν ἐμφανη̃ γενέσθαι,
Acts 10:41 οὐ παντὶ τῳ̃ λαῳ̃ ἀλλὰ μάρτυσιν τοι̃ς προκεχειροτονημένοις ὑπὸ του̃ θεου̃, ἡμι̃ν, οἵτινες συνεφάγομεν καὶ συνεπίομεν αὐτῳ̃ μετὰ τὸ ἀναστη̃ναι αὐτὸν ἐκ νεκρω̃ν·
Acts 10:42 καὶ παρήγγειλεν ἡμι̃ν κηρύξαι τῳ̃ λαῳ̃ καὶ διαμαρτύρασθαι ὅτι οὑ̃τός ἐστιν ὁ ὡρισμένος ὑπὸ του̃ θεου̃ κριτὴς ζώντων καὶ νεκρω̃ν.
Acts 10:43 τούτῳ πάντες οἱ προφη̃ται μαρτυρου̃σιν, ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιω̃ν λαβει̃ν διὰ του̃ ὀνόματος αὐτου̃ πάντα τὸν πιστεύοντα εἰς αὐτόν.
Acts 10:44 Ἔτι λαλου̃ντος του̃ Πέτρου τὰ ῥήματα ταυ̃τα ἐπέπεσεν τὸ πνευ̃μα τὸ ἅγιον ἐπὶ πάντας τοὺς ἀκούοντας τὸν λόγον.
Acts 10:45 καὶ ἐξέστησαν οἱ ἐκ περιτομη̃ς πιστοὶ ὅσοι συνη̃λθαν τῳ̃ Πέτρῳ, ὅτι καὶ ἐπὶ τὰ ἔθνη ἡ δωρεὰ του̃ πνεύματος του̃ ἁγίου ἐκκέχυται·
Acts 10:46 ἤκουον γὰρ αὐτω̃ν λαλούντων γλώσσαις καὶ μεγαλυνόντων τὸν θεόν. τότε ἀπεκρίθη Πέτρος,
Acts 10:47 Μήτι τὸ ὕδωρ δύναται κωλυ̃σαίτις του̃ μὴ βαπτισθη̃ναι τούτους οἵτινες τὸ πνευ̃μα τὸ ἅγιον ἔλαβον ὡς καὶ ἡμει̃ς;
Acts 10:48 προσέταξεν δὲ αὐτοὺς ἐν τῳ̃ ὀνόματι Ἰησου̃ Χριστου̃ βαπτισθη̃ναι. τότε ἠρώτησαν αὐτὸν ἐπιμει̃ναι ἡμέρας τινάς.
Acts 11:01 Ἤκουσαν δὲ οἱ ἀπόστολοι καὶ οἱ ἀδελφοὶ οἱ ὄντες κατὰ τὴν Ἰουδαίαν ὅτι καὶ τὰ ἔθνη ἐδέξαντο τὸν λόγον του̃ θεου̃.
Acts 11:02 ὅτε δὲ ἀνέβη Πέτρος εἰς Ἰερουσαλήμ, διεκρίνοντο πρὸς αὐτὸν οἱ ἐκ περιτομη̃ς
Acts 11:03 λέγοντες ὅτι Εἰση̃λθες πρὸς ἄνδρας ἀκροβυστίαν ἔχοντας καὶ συνέφαγες αὐτοι̃ς.
Acts 11:04 ἀρξάμενος δὲ Πέτρος ἐξετίθετο αὐτοι̃ς καθεξη̃ς λέγων,
Acts 11:05 Ἐγὼ ἤμην ἐν πόλει Ἰόππῃ προσευχόμενος καὶ εἰ̃δον ἐν ἐκστάσει ὅραμα, καταβαι̃νον σκευ̃ός τι ὡς ὀθόνην μεγάλην τέσσαρσιν ἀρχαι̃ς καθιεμένην ἐκ του̃ οὐρανου̃, καὶ ἠ̃λθεν ἄχρι ἐμου̃·
Acts 11:06 εἰς ἣν ἀτενίσας κατενόουν καὶ εἰ̃δον τὰ τετράποδα τη̃ς γη̃ς καὶ τὰ θηρία καὶ τὰ ἑρπετὰ καὶ τὰ πετεινὰ του̃ οὐρανου̃.
Acts 11:07 ἤκουσα δὲ καὶ φωνη̃ς λεγούσης μοι, Ἀναστάς, Πέτρε, θυ̃σον καὶ φάγε.
Acts 11:08 εἰ̃πον δέ, Μηδαμω̃ς, κύριε, ὅτι κοινὸν ἢ ἀκάθαρτον οὐδέποτε εἰση̃λθεν εἰς τὸ στόμα μου.
Acts 11:09 ἀπεκρίθη δὲ φωνὴ ἐκ δευτέρου ἐκ του̃ οὐρανου̃, Ἃ ὁ θεὸς ἐκαθάρισεν σὺ μὴ κοίνου.
Acts 11:10 του̃το δὲ ἐγένετο ἐπὶ τρίς, καὶ ἀνεσπάσθη πάλιν ἅπαντα εἰς τὸν οὐρανόν.
Acts 11:11 καὶ ἰδοὺ ἐξαυτη̃ς τρει̃ς ἄνδρες ἐπέστησαν ἐπὶ τὴν οἰκίαν ἐν ᾑ̃ ἤμην, ἀπεσταλμένοι ἀπὸ Καισαρείας πρός με.
Acts 11:12 εἰ̃πεν δὲ τὸ πνευ̃μά μοι συνελθει̃ν αὐτοι̃ς μηδὲν διακρίναντα. ἠ̃λθον δὲ σὺν ἐμοὶ καὶ οἱ ἓξ ἀδελφοὶ οὑ̃τοι, καὶ εἰσήλθομεν εἰς τὸν οἰ̃κον του̃ ἀνδρός.
Acts 11:13 ἀπήγγειλεν δὲ ἡμι̃ν πω̃ς εἰ̃δεν τὸν ἄγγελον ἐν τῳ̃ οἴκῳ αὐτου̃ σταθέντα καὶ εἰπόντα, Ἀπόστειλον εἰς Ἰόππην καὶ μετάπεμψαι Σίμωνα τὸν ἐπικαλούμενον Πέτρον,
Acts 11:14 ὃς λαλήσει ῥήματα πρὸς σὲ ἐν οἱ̃ς σωθήσῃ σὺ καὶ πα̃ς ὁ οἰ̃κός σου.
Acts 11:15 ἐν δὲ τῳ̃ ἄρξασθαί με λαλει̃ν ἐπέπεσεν τὸ πνευ̃μα τὸ ἅγιον ἐπ'αὐτοὺς ὥσπερ καὶ ἐφ'ἡμα̃ς ἐν ἀρχῃ̃.
Acts 11:16 ἐμνήσθην δὲ του̃ ῥήματος του̃ κυρίου ὡς ἔλεγεν, Ἰωάννης μὲν ἐβάπτισεν ὕδατι, ὑμει̃ς δὲ βαπτισθήσεσθε ἐν πνεύματι ἁγίῳ.
Acts 11:17 εἰ οὐ̃ν τὴν ἴσην δωρεὰν ἔδωκεν αὐτοι̃ς ὁ θεὸς ὡς καὶ ἡμι̃ν πιστεύσασιν ἐπὶ τὸν κύριον Ἰησου̃ν Χριστόν, ἐγὼ τίς ἤμην δυνατὸς κωλυ̃σαι τὸν θεόν;
Acts 11:18 ἀκούσαντες δὲ ταυ̃τα ἡσύχασαν καὶ ἐδόξασαν τὸν θεὸν λέγοντες, Ἄρα καὶ τοι̃ς ἔθνεσιν ὁ θεὸς τὴν μετάνοιαν εἰς ζωὴν ἔδωκεν.

Peter is in Joppa with Jesus and Simon Magus (the tanner) Acts 9:43

Acts 10:01 And there was a certain man in Caesarea, by name Cornelius, a centurion from a band called Italian, Acts 10:02 pious, and fearing God with all his house, doing also many kind acts to the people, and beseeching God always, Acts 10:03 he saw in a vision manifestly, as it were the ninth hour of the day, an angel of God coming in unto him, and saying to him, 'Cornelius;' Acts 10:04 and he having looked earnestly on him, and becoming afraid, said, 'What is it, Lord?'And he said to him, 'Your prayers and your kind acts came up for a memorial before God, Acts 10:05 and now send men to Joppa, and send for a certain one Simon, who is surnamed Peter, Acts 10:06 this one does lodge with a certain Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea; this one shall speak to you what it behooves you to do.'

Acts 10:07 And when the angel who is speaking to Cornelius went away, having called two of his domestics, and a pious soldier of those waiting on him continually, Acts 10:08 and having declared to them all things, he sent them to Joppa.

Acts 10:09 And on the morrow, as these are proceeding on The Way, and are drawing near to the city, Peter went up upon the house-top to pray, about the sixth hour, Acts 10:10 and he became very hungry, and wished to eat; and they making ready, there fell upon him a trance, Acts 10:11 and he does behold the heaven opened, and descending unto him a certain vessel, as a great sheet, bound at the four corners, and let down upon the earth, Acts 10:12 in which were all the four-footed beasts of the earth, and the wild beasts, and the creeping things, and the fowls of the heaven, Acts 10:13 and there came a voice unto him: 'Having risen, Peter, slay and eat.'

Acts 10:14 And Peter said, 'Not so, Lord; because at no time did I eat anything common or unclean;' Acts 10:15 and [there is] a voice again a second time unto him: 'What God did cleanse, you, declare not you common;' Acts 10:16 and this was done thrice, and again was the vessel received up to the heaven.

Acts 10:17 And as Peter was perplexed in himself what the vision that he saw might be, then, lo, the men who have been sent from Cornelius, having made inquiry for the house of Simon, stood at the gate, Acts 10:18 and having called, they were asking if Simon, who is surnamed Peter, does lodge here?

Acts 10:19 And Peter thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, 'Lo, three men do seek you; Acts 10:20 but having risen, go down and go on with them, nothing doubting, because I have sent them;' Acts 10:21 and Peter having come down unto the men who have been sent from Cornelius unto him, said, 'Lo, I am he whom you seek, what [is] the cause for which you are present?'

Acts 10:22 And they said, 'Cornelius, a centurion, a man righteous and fearing God, well testified to, also, by all the nation of the Jews, was divinely warned by a holy angel to send for you, to his house, and to hear sayings from you.'

Acts 10:23 Having called them in, therefore, he lodged them, and on the morrow Peter went forth with them, and certain of the brethren from Joppa went with him, Acts 10:24 and on the morrow they did enter into Caesarea; and Cornelius was waiting for them, having called together his kindred and near friends, Acts 10:25 and as it came that Peter entered in, Cornelius having met him, having fallen at [his] feet, did bow before [him]; Acts 10:26 and Peter raised him, saying, 'Stand up; I also myself am a man;' Acts 10:27 and talking with him he went in, and does find many having come together.

Acts 10:28 And he said unto them, 'You know how it is unlawful for a man, a Jew, to keep company with, or to come unto, one of another race, but to me God did show to call no man common or unclean; Acts 10:29 therefore also without gainsaying I came, having been sent for; I ask, therefore, for what matter you did send for me?'

Acts 10:30 And Cornelius said, 'Four days ago till this hour, I was fasting, and [at] the ninth hour praying in my house, and, lo, a man stood before me in bright clothing, Acts 10:31 and he said, Cornelius, your prayer was heard, and your kind acts were remembered before God; Acts 10:32 send, therefore, to Joppa, and call for Simon, who is surnamed Peter; this one does lodge in the house of Simon a tanner, by the sea, who having come, shall speak to you; Acts 10:33 at once, therefore, I sent to you; you also did do well, having come; now, therefore, are we all before God present to hear all things that have been commanded you by God.'

Acts 10:34 And Peter having opened his mouth, said, 'Of a truth, I perceive that God is no respecter of persons, Acts 10:35 but in every nation he who is fearing Him, and is working righteousness, is acceptable to Him; Acts 10:36 the word that he sent to the sons of Israel, proclaiming good news -- peace through Jesus Christ (this one is Lord of all,) Acts 10:37 you -- you have known; -- the word that came throughout all Judea, having begun from Galilee, after the baptism that John preached; Acts 10:38 Jesus who [is] from Nazareth -- how God did anoint him with the Holy Spirit and power; who went through, doing good, and healing all those oppressed by the devil, because God was with him; Acts 10:39 and we -- we are witnesses of all things that he did, both in the country of the Jews, and in Jerusalem, -- whom they did slay, having hanged upon a tree.

Acts 10:40 'This one God did raise up the third day, and gave him to become manifest, Acts 10:41 not to all the people, but to witnesses, to those having been chosen before by God -- to us who did eat with [him], and did drink with him, after his rising out of the dead; Acts 10:42 and he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify fully that it is he who has been ordained by God judge of living and dead -- Acts 10:43 to this one do all the prophets testify, that through his name every one that is believing in him does receive remission of sins.'

Acts 10:44 While Peter is yet speaking these sayings, the Holy spirit fell upon all those hearing the word, Acts 10:45 and those of the circumcision believing were astonished -- as many as came with Peter -- because also upon the nations the gift of the Holy Spirit has been poured out, Acts 10:46 for they were hearing them speaking with tongues and magnifying God.

Acts 10:47 Then answered Peter, 'The water is any one able to forbid, that these may not be baptized, who the Holy Spirit did receive -- even as also we?' Acts 10:48 he commanded them also to be baptized in the name of the Lord; then they besought him to remain certain days.

Acts 11:01 And the apostles and the brethren who are in Judea heard that also the nations did receive the word of God, Acts 11:02 and when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those of the circumcision were contending with him, Acts 11:03 saying -- 'Unto men uncircumcised you did go in, and did eat with them!'

Acts 11:04 And Peter having begun, did expound to them in order saying, Acts 11:05 'I was in the city of Joppa praying, and I saw in a trance a vision, a certain vessel coming down, as a great sheet by four corners being let down out of the heaven, and it came unto me; Acts 11:06 at which having looked steadfastly, I was considering, and I saw the four-footed beasts of the earth, and the wild beasts, and the creeping things, and the fowls of heaven; Acts 11:07 and I heard a voice saying to me, Having risen, Peter, slay and eat; Acts 11:08 and I said, Not so, Lord; because anything common or unclean has at no time entered into my mouth; Acts 11:09 and a voice did answer me a second time out of the heaven, What God did cleanse, you -- declare not you common.

Acts 11:10 'And this happened thrice, and again was all drawn up to the heaven, Acts 11:11 and, lo, immediately, three men stood at the house in which I was, having been sent from Caesarea unto me, Acts 11:12 and the Spirit said to me to go with them, nothing doubting, and these six brethren also went with me, and we did enter into the house of the man, Acts 11:13 he declared also to us how he saw the angel in his house standing, and saying to him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, who is surnamed Peter, Acts 11:14 who shall speak sayings by which you shall be saved, you and all your house.

Acts 11:15 'And in my beginning to speak, the Holy Spirit did fall upon them, even as also upon us in the beginning, Acts 11:16 and I remembered the saying of the Lord, how he said, John indeed did baptize with water, and you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit; Acts 11:17 if then the equal gift God did give to them as also to us, having believed upon the Lord Jesus Christ, I -- how was I able to withstand God?'

Acts 11:18 And they, having heard these things, were silent, and were glorifying God, saying, 'Then, indeed, also to the nations did God give the reformation to life.'

Peter is in Joppa with Jesus and Simon Magus (the tanner) Acts 9:43

Acts 10:01 And there was a certain man in Caesarea, by name Cornelius, a Roman centurion.

Cornelius is the one who used a lancet to test if Jesus was dead on the cross and lied to Pilate that he was dead and guarded the tomb. In March 45 AD John Mark will leave Barnabas and Paul to go with Simon Magus and Mary Magdalene who is divorcing Jesus. At that time Cornelius will replace John Mark as Jesus' companion helper, taking the name Luke, as Jesus' physician.

Acts 10:02 pious, and fearing God with all his house, doing also many kind acts to the people, and beseeching God always, Acts 10:03 he saw in a vision manifestly, as it were the ninth hour of the day, an angel of God (This would be Matthew Annas, the High Priest, a Sadducee) coming in unto him, and saying to him, 'Cornelius;' Acts 10:04 and he having looked earnestly on him, and becoming afraid, said, 'What is it, Lord?'And he said to him, 'Your prayers and your kind acts came up for a memorial before God, Acts 10:05 and now send men to Joppa, and send for a certain one Simon, who is surnamed Peter, Acts 10:06 this one does lodge with a certain Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea; this one shall speak to you what it behooves you to do.'

Acts 10:07 And when the angel who is speaking to Cornelius went away, having called two of his domestics, and a pious soldier of those waiting on him continually, Acts 10:08 and having declared to them all things, he sent them to Joppa.

Acts 10:09 And on the morrow, as these are proceeding on The Way, and are drawing near to the city, Peter went up upon the house-top to pray, about the sixth hour, Acts 10:10 and he became very hungry, and wished to eat; and they making ready, there fell upon him a trance,

Peter is preparing the communion table and Jesus come on to the platform called heaven.

Acts 10:11 and he does behold the heaven opened, and descending unto him a certain vessel, as a great sheet, bound at the four corners, and let down upon the earth, Acts 10:12 in which were all the four-footed beasts of the earth, and the wild beasts, and the creeping things, and the fowls of the heaven, Acts 10:13 and there came a voice unto him: 'Having risen, Peter, slay and eat.'

Acts 10:14 And Peter said, 'Not so, Lord; because at no time did I eat anything common or unclean;'

Jesus has passed down a tablecloth with embroidered animals on to place on the table. Peter objects as these are unclean animals.

Acts 10:15 and [there is] a voice again a second time unto him: 'What God did cleanse, you, declare not you common;' Acts 10:16 and this was done thrice, and again was the vessel received up to the heaven.

The animals are those that Noah saved as a metaphor for the his three sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth being three groups of Gentiles called Fish 1, Fish 2 (present in Feeding the 5000), and Fish 3 represent their grades. They corresponded roughly to their geographic areas. Shem represented the Semites headed by Philip, Ham represented he Egyptians and Ethiopians head by Titus, and Japheth represented the Greeks and the Romans to be soon headed by James Niceta and later by Luke.

Acts 10:17 And as Peter was perplexed in himself what the vision that he saw might be, then, lo, the men who have been sent from Cornelius, having made inquiry for the house of Simon (Magus), stood at the gate, Acts 10:18 and having called, they were asking if Simon, who is surnamed Peter, does lodge here?

Acts 10:19 And Peter thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, 'Lo, three men do seek you; Acts 10:20 but having risen, go down and go on with them, nothing doubting, because I have sent them;' Acts 10:21 and Peter having come down unto the men who have been sent from Cornelius unto him, said, 'Lo, I am he whom you seek, what [is] the cause for which you are present?'

Acts 10:22 And they said, 'Cornelius, a centurion, a man righteous and fearing God, well testified to, also, by all the nation of the Jews, was divinely warned by a holy angel to send for you, to his house, and to hear sayings from you.'

Acts 10:23 Having called them in, therefore, he lodged them, and on the morrow Peter went forth with them, and certain of the brethren from Joppa went with him, Acts 10:24 and on the morrow they did enter into Caesarea;

Peter welcomes the three men from Cornelius and the next day they go by boat to Caesarea on instructions from Jesus.

and Cornelius was waiting for them, having called together his kindred and near friends, Acts 10:25 and as it came that Peter entered in, Cornelius having met him, having fallen at [his] feet, did bow before [him]; Acts 10:26 and Peter raised him, saying, 'Stand up; I also myself am a man;' Acts 10:27 and talking with him he went in, and does find many having come together.

Acts 10:28 And he said unto them, 'You know how it is unlawful for a man, a Jew, to keep company with, or to come unto, one of another race, but to me God did show to call no man common or unclean; Acts 10:29 therefore also without gainsaying I came, having been sent for; I ask, therefore, for what matter you did send for me?'

Cornelius tells his story of how the angel (Matthew Annas) stood before him.

Acts 10:30 And Cornelius said, 'Four days ago till this hour, I was fasting, and [at] the ninth hour praying in my house, and, lo, a man stood before me in bright clothing, Acts 10:31 and he said, Cornelius, your prayer was heard, and your kind acts were remembered before God; Acts 10:32 send, therefore, to Joppa, and call for Simon, who is surnamed Peter; this one does lodge in the house of Simon a tanner, by the sea, who having come, shall speak to you; Acts 10:33 at once, therefore, I sent to you; you also did do well, having come; now, therefore, are we all before God present to hear all things that have been commanded you by God.'

Peter tells the audience that Jesus was crucified and risen and that God intended this remission of sins to be for all nations and not just the Jews.

Acts 10:34 And Peter having opened his mouth, said, 'Of a truth, I perceive that God is no respecter of persons, Acts 10:35 but in every nation he who is fearing Him, and is working righteousness, is acceptable to Him; Acts 10:36 the word that he sent to the sons of Israel, proclaiming good news -- peace through Jesus Christ (this one is Lord of all,) Acts 10:37 you -- you have known; -- the word that came throughout all Judea, having begun from Galilee, after the baptism that John preached; Acts 10:38 Jesus who [is] from Nazareth -- how God did anoint him with the Holy Spirit and power; who went through, doing good, and healing all those oppressed by the devil, because God was with him; Acts 10:39 and we -- we are witnesses of all things that he did, both in the country of the Jews, and in Jerusalem, -- whom they did slay, having hanged upon a tree.

Acts 10:40 'This one God did raise up the third day, and gave him to become manifest, Acts 10:41 not to all the people, but to witnesses, to those having been chosen before by God -- to us who did eat with [him], and did drink with him, after his rising out of the dead; Acts 10:42 and he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify fully that it is he who has been ordained by God judge of living and dead -- Acts 10:43 to this one do all the prophets testify, that through his name every one that is believing in him does receive remission of sins.'

Acts 10:44 While Peter is yet speaking these sayings, the Holy spirit fell upon all those hearing the word, Acts 10:45 and those of the circumcision believing were astonished -- as many as came with Peter -- because also upon the nations the gift of the Holy Spirit has been poured out, Acts 10:46 for they were hearing them speaking with tongues and magnifying God.

Acts 10:47 Then answered Peter, 'The water is any one able to forbid, that these may not be baptized, who the Holy Spirit did receive -- even as also we?' Acts 10:48 he commanded them also to be baptized in the name of the Lord; then they besought him to remain certain days.

Acts 11:01 And the apostles and the brethren who are in Judea heard that also the nations did receive the word of God, Acts 11:02 and when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those of the circumcision were contending with him, Acts 11:03 saying -- 'Unto men uncircumcised you did go in, and did eat with them!'

Acts 11:04 And Peter having begun, did expound to them in order saying, Acts 11:05 'I was in the city of Joppa praying, and I saw in a trance a vision, a certain vessel coming down, as a great sheet by four corners being let down out of the heaven, and it came unto me; Acts 11:06 at which having looked steadfastly, I was considering, and I saw the four-footed beasts of the earth, and the wild beasts, and the creeping things, and the fowls of heaven; Acts 11:07 and I heard a voice saying to me, Having risen, Peter, slay and eat; Acts 11:08 and I said, Not so, Lord; because anything common or unclean has at no time entered into my mouth; Acts 11:09 and a voice did answer me a second time out of the heaven, What God did cleanse, you -- declare not you common.

Acts 11:10 'And this happened thrice, and again was all drawn up to the heaven, Acts 11:11 and, lo, immediately, three men stood at the house in which I was, having been sent from Caesarea unto me, Acts 11:12 and the Spirit said to me to go with them, nothing doubting, and these six brethren also went with me, and we did enter into the house of the man, Acts 11:13 he declared also to us how he saw the angel in his house standing, and saying to him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, who is surnamed Peter, Acts 11:14 who shall speak sayings by which you shall be saved, you and all your house.

Cornelius who is Luke, the writer of Acts, gets carried away declaring this to be like the Pentecost Gathering in June 34 AD

Acts 11:15 'And in my beginning to speak, the Holy Spirit did fall upon them, even as also upon us in the beginning, Acts 11:16 and I remembered the saying of the Lord, how he said, John indeed did baptize with water, and you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit; Acts 11:17 if then the equal gift God did give to them as also to us, having believed upon the Lord Jesus Christ, I -- how was I able to withstand God?'

Acts 11:18 And they, having heard these things, were silent, and were glorifying God, saying, 'Then, indeed, also to the nations did God give the reformation to life.'

Indeed this was an exciting time for the Gentiles, who would no longer be required to be Jewish and to be circumcised. Peter would give up eating separately from the Gentiles. Paul talked of how he criticized Peter in Galatians 2:11-16:
"When Cephas (Peter) came to Antioch, I (Paul) opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray. When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas (Peter) in front of them all, You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs? We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in[a] Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified."

Barnabas to sent to Antioch in Syria and collects Paul having continued his study at Tarsus, graduating as a bishop Dec 43 AD
Acts 11:19 Οἱ μὲν οὐ̃ν διασπαρέντες ἀπὸ τη̃ς θλίψεως τη̃ς γενομένης ἐπὶ Στεφάνῳ διη̃λθον ἕως Φοινίκης καὶ Κύπρου καὶ Ἀντιοχείας, μηδενὶ λαλου̃ντες τὸν λόγον εἰ μὴ μόνον Ἰουδαίοις.
Acts 11:20 ἠ̃σαν δέ τινες ἐξ αὐτω̃ν ἄνδρες Κύπριοι καὶ Κυρηναι̃οι, οἵτινες ἐλθόντες εἰς Ἀντιόχειαν ἐλάλουν καὶ πρὸς τοὺς Ἕλληνας, εὐαγγελιζόμενοι τὸν κύριον Ἰησου̃ν.
Acts 11:21 καὶ ἠ̃ν χεὶρ κυρίου μετ'αὐτω̃ν, πολύς τε ἀριθμὸς ὁ πιστεύσας ἐπέστρεψεν ἐπὶ τὸν κύριον.
Acts 11:22 ἠκούσθη δὲ ὁ λόγος εἰς τὰ ὠ̃τα τη̃ς ἐκκλησίας τη̃ς οὔσης ἐν Ἰερουσαλὴμ περὶ αὐτω̃ν, καὶ ἐξαπέστειλαν Βαρναβα̃ν ἕως Ἀντιοχείας·
Acts 11:23 ὃς παραγενόμενος καὶ ἰδὼν τὴν χάριν [τὴν] του̃ θεου̃ ἐχάρη καὶ παρεκάλει πάντας τῃ̃ προθέσει τῃ̃ καρδίας προσμένειν τῳ̃ κυρίῳ,
Acts 11:24 ὅτι ἠ̃ν ἀνὴρ ἀγαθὸς καὶ πλήρης πνεύματος ἁγίου καὶ πίστεως. καὶ προσετέθη ὄχλος ἱκανὸς τῳ̃ κυρίῳ.
Acts 11:25 ἐξη̃λθεν δὲ εἰς Ταρσὸν ἀναζητη̃σαι Σαυ̃λον,
Acts 11:26 καὶ εὑρὼν ἤγαγεν εἰς Ἀντιόχειαν. ἐγένετο δὲ αὐτοι̃ς καὶ ἐνιαυτὸν ὅλον συναχθη̃ναι ἐν τῃ̃ ἐκκλησίᾳ καὶ διδάξαι ὄχλον ἱκανόν, χρηματίσαι τε πρώτως ἐν Ἀντιοχείᾳ τοὺς μαθητὰς Χριστιανούς.

Acts 11:19 Those, indeed, therefore, having been scattered abroad, from the tribulation that came after Stephen, went through unto Phoenicia, and Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking the word to none except to Jews only; Acts 11:20 and there were certain of them men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who having entered into Antioch, were speaking unto the Hellenists, proclaiming good news -- the Lord Jesus, Acts 11:21 and the hand of the Lord was with them, a great number also, having believed, did turn unto the Lord.

Acts 11:22 And the account was heard in the ears of the assembly that [is] in Jerusalem concerning them, and they sent forth Barnabas to go through unto Antioch, Acts 11:23 who, having come, and having seen the grace of God, was glad, and was exhorting all with purpose of heart to cleave to the Lord, Acts 11:24 because he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit, and of faith, and a great multitude was added to the Lord.

Acts 11:25 And Barnabas went forth to Tarsus, to seek for Saul, Acts 11:26 and having found him, he brought him to Antioch, and it came to pass that they a whole year did assemble together in the assembly, and taught a great multitude, the disciples also were divinely called first in Antioch Christians.

Acts 11:19 Those, indeed, therefore, having been scattered abroad, from the tribulation that came after Stephen, went through unto Phoenicia, and Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking the word to none except to Jews only; Acts 11:20 and there were certain of them men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who having entered into Antioch, were speaking unto the Hellenists, proclaiming good news -- the Lord Jesus, Acts 11:21 and the hand of the Lord was with them,

"The hand of the Lord" was the son of Agrippa, Agrippa II, who was being tutored to be in the position of head of Jesus' Church. In Agrippa II and Bernice listen to Paul's case in June 60 AD he is already on board, but fearful of admitting it.

a great number also, having believed, did turn unto the Lord.

Paul's association with Agrippa II would allow Jesus' group to have two churches in the Herod houses where he lived: one in Caesarea Maritima and the other in Antioch of Syria. In Antioch they would call themselves Christians. This name would be acceptable to Peter who declared that Jesus was only the Christ and to the Sadducee Mathew, who would maintain his superiority to Jesus. It was is in Antioch and Ephesus that the Hellenists had their centers and it would be in Ephesus that the Gospels would be canonized. In Cyprus were the monastics under John Mark and Barnabas. In Caesarea Maritima were the Jewish Christians under Philip.

Acts 11:22 And the account was heard in the ears of the assembly that [is] in Jerusalem concerning them, and they sent forth Barnabas to go through unto Antioch of Syria, Acts 11:23 who, having come, and having seen the grace of God, was glad, and was exhorting all with purpose of heart to cleave to the Lord, Acts 11:24 because he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit, and of faith, and a great multitude was added to the Lord.

Acts 11:25 And Barnabas went forth to Tarsus, to seek for Saul, Acts 11:26 and having found him, he brought him to Antioch, and it came to pass that they a whole year did assemble together in the assembly, and taught a great multitude, the disciples also were divinely called first in Antioch of Syria Christians.

The group in Jerusalem sent Barnabas to represent them and he also went to Tarsus to bring Paul to Antioch in Syria.

44 AD - Barnabas and Paul sent to Qumran to relieve the famine / King Herod Agrippa threatens the Church and is poisoned by Blastus under orders from Simon Magus / Jesus' second son is born / First Mission Journey of Barnabas with Paul starts and from Antioch /
In Cyprus Paul reveals to Agrippa II (Sergius Paulus) that it was Simon Magus who poisoned his father / Jesus' letters to the seven Churches / Abortive crossing of the Jordan River by Theudas
Barnabas and Paul send to relieve the famine in Judea March 44 AD
Acts 11:27 Ἐν ταύταις δὲ ται̃ς ἡμέραις κατη̃λθον ἀπὸ Ἰεροσολύμων προφη̃ται εἰς Ἀντιόχειαν·
Acts 11:28 ἀναστὰς δὲ εἱ̃ς ἐξ αὐτω̃ν ὀνόματι Ἅγαβος ἐσήμανεν διὰ του̃ πνεύματος λιμὸν μεγάλην μέλλειν ἔσεσθαι ἐφ'ὅλην τὴν οἰκουμένην· ἥτις ἐγένετο ἐπὶ Κλαυδίου.
Acts 11:29 τω̃ν δὲ μαθητω̃ν καθὼς εὐπορει̃τό τις ὥρισαν ἕκαστος αὐτω̃ν εἰς διακονίαν πέμψαι τοι̃ς κατοικου̃σιν ἐν τῃ̃ Ἰουδαίᾳ ἀδελφοι̃ς·
Acts 11:30 ὃ καὶ ἐποίησαν ἀποστείλαντες πρὸς τοὺς πρεσβυτέρους διὰ χειρὸς Βαρναβα̃ καὶ Σαύλου.

Acts 11:27 And in those days there came from Jerusalem (Qumran) prophets to Antioch in Syria, Acts 11:28 and one of them, by name Agabus, having stood up, did signify through the Spirit a great dearth is about to be throughout all the world -- which also came to pass in the time of Claudius Caesar -- Acts 11:29 and the disciples, according as any one was prospering, determined each of them to send for ministration to the brethren dwelling in Judea, Acts 11:30 which also they did, having sent unto the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.

Acts 11:27 And in those days there came from Jerusalem (Qumran) prophets to Antioch in Syria, Acts 11:28 and one of them, by name Agabus (Matthew Annas) , having stood up, did signify through the Spirit (prophecy) a great dearth is about to be throughout all the world -- which also came to pass in the time of Claudius Caesar -- Acts 11:29 and the disciples, according as any one was prospering, determined each of them to send for ministration to the brethren dwelling in Judea, Acts 11:30 which also they did, having sent unto the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.

Although there is a famine at this time, being sent to Qumran to relieve the famine is basically a cover story for delivering the tithes from Antioch to Qumran (plural form of Jerusalem). This money will be used for the assassination of Agrippa I. Paul also uses this visit to confer privately with Peter concerning the abandonment of circumcise. He speaks of this visit in Galatians 2:1-10, which is often confused with the their visit to the Council of Jerusalem in 46 AD.

Paul's Epistle to the Galatians 2:1-10
"Then after fourteen years (referring back to the beginning of his studies with Gamaliel) I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and also took Titus with me. And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, lest by any means I might run, or had run, in vain. Yet not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage), to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you."
"But from those who seemed to be something—whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God shows personal favoritism to no man—for those who seemed to be something added nothing to me. But on the contrary, when they saw that the gospel for the uncircumcised had been committed to me, as the gospel for the circumcised was to Peter (for He who worked effectively in Peter for the apostleship to the circumcised also worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles), and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. They desired only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do".

Herod Agrippa kills (excommunicates) James, the brother of John March 44 AD
Acts 12:01 Κατ'ἐκει̃νον δὲ τὸν καιρὸν ἐπέβαλεν Ἡρῴδης ὁ βασιλεὺς τὰς χει̃ρας κακω̃σαί τινας τω̃ν ἀπὸ τη̃ς ἐκκλησίας.
Acts 12:02 ἀνει̃λεν δὲ Ἰάκωβον τὸν ἀδελφὸν Ἰωάννου μαχαίρῃ.

Acts 12:01 And about that time, Herod the king put forth his hands, to do evil to certain of those of the assembly, Acts 12:02 and he killed James, the brother of John, with the sword,

Acts 12:01 And about that time, Herod the king put forth his hands, to do evil to certain of those of the assembly, Acts 12:02 and he killed James, the brother of John, with the sword,

This is a strange statement as it does not give a reason why Herod Agrippa would kill James, the brother of John. James was in charge of the group Fish 3 - Japheth made up of Greeks and the Romans. The symbolism of a "sword" has occurred previously during The kiss of Judas and the arrest of Jesus where Peter drew his sword to cut off the ear of Malchus (James, the brother of Jesus).

Here it was symbolic of the Peter preventing James from taking his place as "ear" (the one would gave Jesus' words to the people). A real ear was not cut off. The sword in this case was symbolic of the Angel which blocked Adam and Eve's entry into the Garden of Eden. In Revelation the Second Rider and the Fourth Rider had swords and, since they were priests, it indicates their power to excommunicate. It must be assumed that Herod Agrippa merely excommunicated James perhaps due to his growing paranoia that he inherited from his grandfather Herod the Great. Also, it is significant that Herod Agrippa is carrying on the tradition from Herod the Great of being the nominal head of the Church thus demonstrating the necessity of his removal.

Herod Agrippa jails Peter; Freed by an angel (Matthew Annas) His ordination as Cardinal. March 44 AD
Acts 12:03 ἰδὼν δὲ ὅτι ἀρεστόν ἐστιν τοι̃ς Ἰουδαίοις προσέθετο συλλαβει̃ν καὶ Πέτρον 1(ἠ̃σαν δὲ ἡμέραι τω̃ν ἀζύμων),
Acts 12:04 ὃν καὶ πιάσας ἔθετο εἰς φυλακήν, παραδοὺς τέσσαρσιν τετραδίοις στρατιωτω̃ν φυλάσσειν αὐτόν, βουλόμενος μετὰ τὸ πάσχα ἀναγαγει̃ν αὐτὸν τῳ̃ λαῳ̃.
Acts 12:05 ὁ μὲν οὐ̃ν Πέτρος ἐτηρει̃το ἐν τῃ̃ φυλακῃ̃· προσευχὴ δὲ ἠ̃ν ἐκτενω̃ς γινομένη ὑπὸ τη̃ς ἐκκλησίας πρὸς τὸν θεὸν περὶ αὐτου̃.
Acts 12:06 Ὅτε δὲ ἤμελλεν προαγαγει̃ν αὐτὸν ὁ Ἡρῴδης, τῃ̃ νυκτὶ ἐκείνῃ ἠ̃ν ὁ Πέτρος κοιμώμενος μεταξὺ δύο στρατιωτω̃ν δεδεμένος ἁλύσεσιν δυσίν, φύλακές τε πρὸ τη̃ς θύρας ἐτήρουν τὴν φυλακήν.
Acts 12:07 καὶ ἰδοὺ ἄγγελος κυρίου ἐπέστη, καὶ φω̃ς ἔλαμψεν ἐν τῳ̃ οἰκήματι· πατάξας δὲ τὴν πλευρὰν του̃ Πέτρου ἤγειρεν αὐτὸν λέγων, Ἀνάστα ἐν τάχει. καὶ ἐξέπεσαν αὐτου̃ αἱ ἁλύσεις ἐκ τω̃ν χειρω̃ν.
Acts 12:08 εἰ̃πεν δὲ ὁ ἄγγελος πρὸς αὐτόν, Ζω̃σαι καὶ ὑπόδησαι τὰ σανδάλιά σου. ἐποίησεν δὲ οὕτως. καὶ λέγει αὐτῳ̃, Περιβαλου̃ τὸ ἱμάτιόν σου καὶ ἀκολούθει μοι.
Acts 12:09 καὶ ἐξελθὼν ἠκολούθει, καὶ οὐκ ᾔδει ὅτι ἀληθές ἐστιν τὸ γινόμενον διὰ του̃ ἀγγέλου, ἐδόκει δὲ ὅραμα βλέπειν.
Acts 12:10 διελθόντες δὲ πρώτην φυλακὴν καὶ δευτέραν ἠ̃λθαν ἐπὶ τὴν πύλην τὴν σιδηρα̃ν τὴν φέρουσαν εἰς τὴν πόλιν, ἥτις αὐτομάτη ἠνοίγη αὐτοι̃ς, καὶ ἐξελθόντες προη̃λθον ῥύμην μίαν, καὶ εὐθέως ἀπέστη ὁ ἄγγελος ἀπ'αὐτου̃.
Acts 12:11 καὶ ὁ Πέτρος ἐν ἑαυτῳ̃ γενόμενος εἰ̃πεν, Νυ̃ν οἰ̃δα ἀληθω̃ς ὅτι ἐξαπέστειλεν [ὁ] κύριος τὸν ἄγγελον αὐτου̃ καὶ ἐξείλατό με ἐκ χειρὸς Ἡρῴδου καὶ πάσης τη̃ς προσδοκίας του̃ λαου̃ τω̃ν Ἰουδαίων.

Acts 12:03 and having seen that it is pleasing to the Jews, he added to lay hold of Peter also -- and they were the days of the unleavened food -- Acts 12:04 whom also having seized, he did put in prison, having delivered [him] to four quaternions of soldiers to guard him, intending after the passover to bring him forth to the people.

Acts 12:05 Peter, therefore, indeed, was kept in the prison, and fervent prayer was being made by the assembly unto God for him, Acts 12:06 and when Herod was about to bring him forth, the same night was Peter sleeping between two soldiers, having been bound with two chains, guards also before the door were keeping the prison, Acts 12:07 and lo, an angel of the Lord stood by, and a light shone in the buildings, and having smitten Peter on the side, he raised him up, saying, 'Rise in haste,'and his chains fell from off [his] hands.

Acts 12:08 The angel also said to him, 'Gird yourself, and bind on your sandals;'and he did so; and he said to him, 'Put your garment round and be following me;' Acts 12:09 and having gone forth, he was following him, and he knew not that it is true that which is done through the angel, and was thinking he saw a vision, Acts 12:10 and having passed through a first ward, and a second, they came unto the iron gate that is leading to the city, which of its own accord did open to them, and having gone forth, they went on through one Street, and immediately the angel departed from him.

Acts 12:11 And Peter having come to himself, said, 'Now I have known of a truth that the Lord did sent forth His angel, and did deliver me out of the hand of Herod, and all the expectation of the people of the Jews;'

Simon Peter had criticized Herod Agrippa for "not living in a holy manner" (Josephus in his Antiquities' whitewashes the confrontation, but it is not in Herod Agrippa's nature to control his temper. His "small present" would be his deposing!) Using the metaphor similar to James, but this time of Jesus' Crucifixion trial, Agrippa clearly intends to publicly depose Peter. (The two chains are a metaphor for the chains that Tiberius placed on Agrippa when he was put in prison in Rome.) This situation happened to correspond with Peter's graduation as a bishop at Qumran and the two events are a composite.

Acts 12:03 and having seen that it is pleasing to the Jews, he added to lay hold of Peter also -- and they were the days of the unleavened food -- Acts 12:04 whom also having seized, he did put in prison, having delivered [him] to four quaternions of soldiers to guard him, intending after the passover to bring him forth to the people.

Acts 12:05 Peter, therefore, indeed, was kept in the prison, and fervent prayer was being made by the assembly unto God for him, Acts 12:06 and when Herod was about to bring him forth, the same night was Peter sleeping between two soldiers, having been bound with two chains, guards also before the door were keeping the prison,

Acts 12:07 and lo, an angel of the Lord stood by, and a light shone in the buildings, and having smitten Peter on the side, he raised him up, saying, 'Rise in haste,'and his chains fell from off his hands.

Acts 12:08 The angel also said to him, 'Gird yourself, and bind on your sandals;'and he did so; and he said to him, 'Put your garment round and be following me;' Acts 12:09 and having gone forth, he was following him, and he knew not that it is true that which is done through the angel, and was thinking he saw a vision,

Peter had been studying to become archbishop and Matthew Annas (the angel), having freed him, begins his graduation ceremony. He instructs him on how to dress as the leader of the missionaries rather than the priests in the monastery: not in bare feet, but sandals; not to be belt-less, but having a belt. He is struck on the side as a symbol of Jacob wresting with the angel in
Genesis 32:25 When the angel saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched.
Jacob's ladder represents the levels that one would graduate to
Genesis 32:12 And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it!

Acts 12:10 and having passed through a first ward, and a second, they came unto the iron gate that is leading to the city, which of its own accord did open to them, and having gone forth, they went on through one Street, and immediately the angel departed from him.

Here are described the levels from the highest to the lowest, back into the Street (The Way) that Peter had graduated through under the direction of Matthew Annas (the angel), sending him forth as a bishop.

Acts 12:11 And Peter having come to himself, said, 'Now I have known of a truth that the Lord did sent forth His angel, and did deliver me out of the hand of Herod, and all the expectation of the people of the Jews;

Peter was initially bound to Herod by his mother-in-law, Glaphyra, who was of the Herod family. Now that his wife was died, he could be trusted not to reveal the plot against Herod Agrippa.

Peter knocks and pregnant Rhoda (Mary Magdalene) answers - March 44 AD
Acts 12:12 συνιδών τε ἠ̃λθεν ἐπὶ τὴν οἰκίαν τη̃ς Μαρίας τη̃ς μητρὸς Ἰωάννου του̃ ἐπικαλουμένου Μάρκου, οὑ̃ ἠ̃σαν ἱκανοὶ συνηθροισμένοι καὶ προσευχόμενοι.
Acts 12:13 κρούσαντος δὲ αὐτου̃ τὴν θύραν του̃ πυλω̃νος προση̃λθεν παιδίσκη ὑπακου̃σαι ὀνόματι Ῥόδη·
Acts 12:14 καὶ ἐπιγνου̃σα τὴν φωνὴν του̃ Πέτρου ἀπὸ τη̃ς χαρα̃ς οὐκ ἤνοιξεν τὸν πυλω̃να, εἰσδραμου̃σα δὲ ἀπήγγειλεν ἑστάναι τὸν Πέτρον πρὸ του̃ πυλω̃νος.
Acts 12:15 οἱ δὲ πρὸς αὐτὴν εἰ̃παν, Μαίνῃ. ἡ δὲ διϊσχυρίζετο οὕτως ἔχειν. οἱ δὲ ἔλεγον, Ὁ ἄγγελός ἐστιν αὐτου̃.
Acts 12:16 ὁ δὲ Πέτρος ἐπέμενεν κρούων· ἀνοίξαντες δὲ εἰ̃δαν αὐτὸν καὶ ἐξέστησαν.
Acts 12:17 κατασείσας δὲ αὐτοι̃ς τῃ̃ χειρὶ σιγα̃ν διηγήσατο [αὐτοι̃ς] πω̃ς ὁ κύριος αὐτὸν ἐξήγαγεν ἐκ τη̃ς φυλακη̃ς, εἰ̃πέν τε, Ἀπαγγείλατε Ἰακώβῳ καὶ τοι̃ς ἀδελφοι̃ς ταυ̃τα. καὶ ἐξελθὼν ἐπορεύθη εἰς ἕτερον τόπον.
Acts 12:18 Γενομένης δὲ ἡμέρας ἠ̃ν τάραχος οὐκ ὀλίγος ἐν τοι̃ς στρατιώταις, τί ἄρα ὁ Πέτρος ἐγένετο.
Acts 12:19 Ἡρῴδης δὲ ἐπιζητήσας αὐτὸν καὶ μὴ εὑρὼν ἀνακρίνας τοὺς φύλακας ἐκέλευσεν ἀπαχθη̃ναι,

Acts 12:12 also, having considered, he came unto the house of Mary, the mother of John, who is surnamed Mark, where there were many thronged together and praying.

Acts 12:13 And Peter having knocked at the door of the porch, there came a damsel to hearken, by name Rhoda,

Acts 12:14 and having known the voice of Peter, from the joy she did not open the porch, but having run in, told of Peter standing before the porch, Acts 12:15 and they said unto her, 'You are mad;' and she was confidently affirming [it] to be so, and they said, 'It is his angel;' Acts 12:16 and Peter was continuing knocking, and having opened, they saw him, and were astonished, Acts 12:17 and having beckoned to them with the hand to be silent, he declared to them how the Lord brought him out of the prison, and he said, 'Declare to James and to the brethren these things;' and having gone forth, he went on to another place.

Acts 12:18 And day having come, there was not a little stir among the soldiers what then was become of Peter, Acts 12:19a and Herod having sought for him, and not having found, having examined the guards, did command [them] to be led away to punishment,

Acts 12:12 also, having considered, he came unto the house of Mary, the mother of John, who is surnamed Mark, where there were many thronged together and praying.

Finally, is revealed the last name of John who is also called Bartholomew. As Mother Superior, Mary is is John Mark's mother and it is the Church in Lydda.

Acts 12:13 And Peter having knocked at the door of the porch, there came a damsel to hearken, by name Rhoda,

Mary Magdalene answers the door. She is at the three month viable point of pregnancy. She is portrayed as Rhoda as she has informed Jesus that after the birth of her child that she will separate from him and go with John Mark over to Simon Magus. Cyprus and Rhodes were his territory.

Acts 12:14 and having known the voice of Peter, from the joy she did not open the porch, but having run in, told told of Peter standing before the porch, (and said, 'He is his angel;')

It is clear that this is Mary Magdalene because she knows Peter's voice and Jesus had returned last year to conceive his next child, being six years from the birth of his son Jesus Justus and the word 'joy' means hopefully a man child to be the second prince in the David line. The words "It is an angel" is what Mary told the others, thus she would not touch Peter because she was aware that, having just graduated, his status was now an angel and she was pregnant, thus unclean. The detractors of Mary Magdalene made it appear as if she were crazy.

Acts 12:15 and they said unto her, 'You are mad;' and she was confidently affirming it to be so, and they said, 'It is his angel;'Acts 12:16 and Peter was continuing knocking, and having opened, they saw him, and were astonished,

No one could believe that an uncircumcised Gentile like Peter could be an archbishop (equivalent to an angel by Gentile levels) so they called Mary Magdalene crazy. The addition to Vaticanus of this phrase indicates knowledge of the tradition of Essene graduates being called 'angels'.

Acts 12:17 and having beckoned to them with the hand to be silent, he declared to them how the Lord brought him out of the prison, and he said, 'Declare to James and to the brethren these things;' and having gone forth, he went on to another place.

"Declare unto James" is similar to Clementines: Clementines: Recognitions R.3.75: CONTENTS OF CLEMENT'S DISPATCHES TO JAMES. In the Clementines, Peter debated with Simon Magus in 42AD, who at that time were merely adversaries. However, this James, as in the Clementines, was not James, the brother of Jesus, also know as James the Just, but was James son of Alphaeus meaning James son of Annas, though better known as Jonathan Annas (Nathaniel).

"Declare unto James" was a way to tell Peter that the Schism of the Churches had begun in earnest with Mary Magdalene having announced to Jesus that she wants a divorce after the birth of their child. Since she and John Mark and Mother Mary have sided with Simon Magus, they are informing Peter that he needs to choose sides. He chooses Jesus' side: "He went on to another place". (This is also worded to show that Peter condones the assassination of Agrippa, but will hide out for now. Simon Peter will appear again at the Council of Jerusalem.)

Acts 12:18 And day having come, there was not a little stir among the soldiers what then was become of Peter, Acts 12:19a and Herod having sought for him, and not having found, having examined the guards, did command [them] to be led away to punishment,

Herod Agrippa is poisoned by Blastus under orders from Simon Magus Apr 44 AD
Acts 12:19b καὶ κατελθὼν ἀπὸ τη̃ς Ἰουδαίας εἰς Καισάρειαν διέτριβεν.
Acts 12:20 Ην δὲ θυμομαχω̃ν Τυρίοις καὶ Σιδωνίοις· ὁμοθυμαδὸν δὲ παρη̃σαν πρὸς αὐτόν, καὶ πείσαντες Βλάστον τὸν ἐπὶ του̃ κοιτω̃νος του̃ βασιλέως ᾐτου̃ντο εἰρήνην, διὰ τὸ τρέφεσθαι αὐτω̃ν τὴν χώραν ἀπὸ τη̃ς βασιλικη̃ς.
Acts 12:21 τακτῃ̃ δὲ ἡμέρᾳ ὁ Ἡρῴδης ἐνδυσάμενος ἐσθη̃τα βασιλικὴν [καὶ] καθίσας ἐπὶ του̃ βήματος ἐδημηγόρει πρὸς αὐτούς·
Acts 12:22 ὁ δὲ δη̃μος ἐπεφώνει, Θεου̃ φωνὴ καὶ οὐκ ἀνθρώπου.
Acts 12:23 κυρίου ἀνθ'ὡ̃ν οὐκ ἔδωκεν τὴν δόξαν τῳ̃ θεῳ̃, καὶ γενόμενος σκωληκόβρωτος ἐξέψυξεν.
Acts 12:19b (Herod Agrippa) having gone down from Judea to Caesarea, he was abiding [there].

Acts 12:20 And Herod was highly displeased with the Tyrians and Sidonians, and with one accord they came unto him, and having made a friend of Blastus, who [is] over the bed-chambers of the king, they were asking peace, because of their country being nourished from the king's; Acts 12:21 and on a set day, Herod having arrayed himself in kingly apparel, and having sat down upon the tribunal, was making an oration unto them, Acts 12:22 and the populace were shouting, 'The voice of a god, and not of a man;' Acts 12:23 and presently there smote him an angel of the Lord, because he did not give the glory to God, and having been eaten of worms, he expired.

Acts 12:19b (Herod Agrippa) having gone down from Judea to Caesarea, he was abiding [there].

Acts 12:20 And Herod was highly displeased with the Tyrians and Sidonians (Simon Magus from Phoenicia- Tyre and Sidon) (See the Canaanite/SyroPhoenician woman, Helena, consort of Simon Magus), and with one accord they came unto him, and having made a friend of Blastus (the eunuch, Nicolaus, one of the Seven Church Leaders , who [is] over the bed-chambers of the king, they were asking peace, because of their country being nourished from the king's;

Acts 12:21 and on a set day, Herod having arrayed himself in kingly apparel, and having sat down upon the tribunal, was making an oration unto them, Acts 12:22 and the populace

(Greek 'dēmos' - 'Demas' is name for Ananus the Younger, used by Paul in 2Timothy 6:10
"For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica")

were shouting, 'The voice of a god, and not of a man;'

(Herod Agrippa had deluded himself into thinking that he was divine like a Roman Emperor which would be an affront to the Emperor Claudius, certainly bringing retaliation against the Jews.)

Acts 12:23 and presently there smote him an angel of the Lord (Simon Magus), because he did not give the glory to God, and having been eaten of worms (poisoned), he expired.

See the detailed story from Josephus starting with the prophesy related to the owl to the description of his death.

Birth of Jesus' second son Sept 44 AD
Acts 12:24 Ὁ δὲ λόγος του̃ θεου̃ ηὔξανεν καὶ ἐπληθύνετο.

Acts 12:24 And the word of God did grow and did multiply,

Acts 12:24 And the word of God did grow and did multiply,

Jesus' second son is born (See Mary Magdalene (Rhoda) at three months pregnant (Possibly he will be known as Joseph of Arimathea in England)

Barnabas with Paul begins the First Mission Journey sailing from Antioch in Syria to Salamis in Cyprus Autumn 44 AD
Acts 12:25 Βαρναβα̃ς δὲ καὶ Σαυ̃λος ὑπέστρεψαν εἰς Ἰερουσαλὴμ πληρώσαντες τὴν διακονίαν, συμπαραλαβόντες Ἰωάννην τὸν ἐπικληθέντα Μα̃ρκον.
Acts 13:01 Ησαν δὲ ἐν Ἀντιοχείᾳ κατὰ τὴν οὐ̃σαν ἐκκλησίαν προφη̃ται καὶ διδάσκαλοι ὅ τε Βαρναβα̃ς καὶ Συμεὼν ὁ καλούμενος Νίγερ, καὶ Λούκιος ὁ Κυρηναι̃ος, Μαναήν τε Ἡρῴδου του̃ τετραάρχου σύντροφος καὶ Σαυ̃λος.
Acts 13:02 λειτουργούντων δὲ αὐτω̃ν τῳ̃ κυρίῳ καὶ νηστευόντων εἰ̃πεν τὸ πνευ̃μα τὸ ἅγιον, Ἀφορίσατε δή μοι τὸν Βαρναβα̃ν καὶ Σαυ̃λον εἰς τὸ ἔργον ὃ προσκέκλημαι αὐτούς.
Acts 13:03 τότε νηστεύσαντες καὶ προσευξάμενοι καὶ ἐπιθέντες τὰς χει̃ρας αὐτοι̃ς ἀπέλυσαν.
Acts 13:04 Αὐτοὶ μὲν οὐ̃ν ἐκπεμφθέντες ὑπὸ του̃ ἁγίου πνεύματος κατη̃λθον εἰς Σελεύκειαν, ἐκει̃θέν τε ἀπέπλευσαν εἰς Κύπρον,
Acts 13:05 καὶ γενόμενοι ἐν Σαλαμι̃νι κατήγγελλον τὸν λόγον του̃ θεου̃ ἐν ται̃ς συναγωγαι̃ς τω̃ν Ἰουδαίων· εἰ̃χον δὲ καὶ Ἰωάννην ὑπηρέτην.

Acts 12:25 and Barnabas and Saul returned to Jerusalem, having fulfilled the ministration, having taken also with [them] John, who was surnamed Mark.

Acts 13:01 And there were certain in Antioch in Syria, in the assembly there, prophets and teachers; both Barnabas, and Simeon who is called Niger, and Lucius the Cyrenian, Manaen also -- Herod the tetrarch's foster-brother -- and Saul; Acts 13:02 and in their ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, 'Separate you to me both Barnabas and Saul to the work to which I have called them,' Acts 13:03 then having fasted, and having prayed, and having laid the hands on them, they sent [them] away.

Acts 13:04 These, indeed, then, having been sent forth by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia, thence also they sailed to Cyprus, Acts 13:05 and having come unto Salamis, they declared the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews, and they had also John [as] a ministrant;

Acts 12:25 and Barnabas and Saul returned to Jerusalem from Jerusalem (Qumran),

(See plural of Jerusalem meaning Qumran explains problem of being in Jerusalem and then turning back into Jerusalem)

having fulfilled the ministration (Barnabas and Paul sent to relieve the famine in Judea March 44 AD), having taken also with [them] John, who was surnamed Mark. (John Mark-Bartholomew)

Acts 13:01 And there were certain in Antioch of Syria, in the assembly there, prophets and teachers;

  • both Barnabas (Joses, brother of Jesus),
  • and Simeon who is called Niger (Simon Peter, being a widower, he had graduated from the monastic school as an archbishop in a black robe),
  • and Lucius the Cyrenian (Luke, assigned to Cyrene, Libya, who will soon replace James Niceta as head of Japheth which represented the Greeks and the Romans),
  • Manaen
  • also Herod the tetrarch's foster-brother: and Saul;

The phrase "Herod the tetrarch's foster-brother" applies to Saul/Paul not Manaen. (A scribe's confusion led to adding the "and" which is here deleted.) Since it appears as "foster brother" in most translations, it must be a common use. This word is σύντροφος (suntrophos) coming from from 'sun' (with) and 'trephó' (to nourish) thus other translations say "one brought up with" but fail to acknowledge that Herod the Tetrarch precedes it, so " brought up with Herod the tetrarch" is not correct.

From Acts 23:16 when Paul was later a prisoner in Jerusalem, it can be surmised that Paul's step-sister is Salome, the daughter of Herodias, Herod Antipas the Tetrarch's wife. Luke has been purposefully vague, but since Herod Antipas is husband and uncle to Herodias so Paul (having the same grandfather as Herodias: Herod the Great) would be step-brother to Salome from Herod's side but also from Herodias' side have the same kinship level as Herodias to be her brother then brother-in-law to Herod Antipas!

Manaen is probably the close friend of King Herod Agrippa named Marsyas, a freedman of Agrippa who raised money for him (Antiquities 18.6.3 "because he knew not where else to get a livelihood, he thought to sail to Italy; but as he (Agrippa) was restrained from so doing by want of money, he desired Marsyas, who was his freed-man, to find some method for procuring him so much as he wanted for that purpose, by borrowing such a sum of some person or other."). He is called Titus in most places, as he took this name in the new Church. He is the leader of Ham which represented the Egyptians and Ethiopians. His importance is signified by Philip's effort to make him a bishop so as not to tip off Herod Agrippa to the poson plot. (See Philip is sent to an Ethiopian Dec 39 AD. ) He remained close to the royal family being the tutor of Jesus' son Jesus Justus .

Acts 13:02 and in their ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit (Jesus) said, 'Separate you to me both Barnabas and Saul to the work to which I have called them,' Acts 13:03 then having fasted, and having prayed, and having laid the hands on them, they sent [them] away.

Acts 13:04 These, indeed, then, having been sent forth by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia, thence also they sailed to Cyprus, Acts 13:05 and having come unto Salamis (in Cyprus), they declared the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews, and they had also John (Mark) as a ministrant;


Acts of Barnabas

Since from the descent of the presence of our Saviour Jesus Christ, the unwearied and benevolent and mighty Shepherd and Teacher and Physician, I beheld and saw the ineffable and holy and unspotted mystery of the Christians, who hold the hope in holiness, and who have been sealed; and since I have zealously served Him, I have deemed it necessary to give account of the mysteries which I have heard and seen.

I John, accompanying the holy apostles Barnabas and Paul, being formerly a servant of Cyrillus the high priest of Jupiter (a disguised position for servant of Herod Agrippa"), but now having received the gift of the Holy Spirit through Paul and Barnabas and Silas, who were worthy of the calling, and who baptized me in Iconium. After I was baptized, then, I saw a certain man standing clothed in white raiment (Jesus!); and he said to me: Be of good courage, John, for assuredly thy name shall be changed to Mark, and thy glory shall be proclaimed in all the world. And the darkness in thee has passed away from thee, and there has been given to thee understanding to know the mysteries of God.

John was first indicated as John Mark in Peter knocks at the door of the house of Mary, the mother of John, who is surnamed Mark in 44 AD, but it was not until now in Iconium that he was promoted to have a Roman name to symbolize his mission to the West like James Niceta and John Aquila.

And when I saw the vision, becoming greatly terrified, I went to the feet of Barnabas, and related to him the mysteries which I had seen and heard from that man. And the Apostle Paul was not by when I disclosed the mysteries. And Barnabas said to me: Tell no one the miracle which thou hast seen. For by me also this night the Lord stood, saying, Be of good courage: for as thou hast given thy life for my name to death and banishment from thy nation, thus also shalt thou be made perfect. Moreover, as for the servant who is with you, take him also with thyself; for he has certain mysteries. Now then, my child, keep to thyself the things which thou hast seen and heard; for a time will come for thee to reveal them.

And I, having been instructed in these things by him, remained in Jerusalem, and we came to Antioch in Syria; for there was there a holy man and a pious, who also entertained us, whose house also Paul had sanctified.

In Paphos Paul in front of Agrippa II (Sergius-Paulus) accuses Simon Magus (Elymas the Magian) of poisoning his father and was ejected. Autumn 44 AD
Acts 13:06 διελθόντες δὲ ὅλην τὴν νη̃σον ἄχρι Πάφου εὑ̃ρον ἄνδρα τινὰ μάγον ψευδοπροφήτην Ἰουδαι̃ον ᾡ̃ ὄνομα Βαριησου̃,
Acts 13:07 ὃς ἠ̃ν σὺν τῳ̃ ἀνθυπάτῳ Σεργίῳ Παύλῳ, ἀνδρὶ συνετῳ̃. οὑ̃τος προσκαλεσάμενος Βαρναβα̃ν καὶ Σαυ̃λον ἐπεζήτησεν ἀκου̃σαι τὸν λόγον του̃ θεου̃·
Acts 13:08 ἀνθίστατο δὲ αὐτοι̃ς Ἐλύμας ὁ μάγος, οὕτως γὰρ μεθερμηνεύεται τὸ ὄνομα αὐτου̃, ζητω̃ν διαστρέψαι τὸν ἀνθύπατον ἀπὸ τη̃ς πίστεως.
Acts 13:09 Σαυ̃λος δέ, ὁ καὶ Παυ̃λος, πλησθεὶς πνεύματος ἁγίου ἀτενίσας εἰς αὐτὸν
Acts 13:10 εἰ̃πεν, Ὦ πλήρης παντὸς δόλου καὶ πάσης ῥᾳδιουργίας, υἱὲ διαβόλου, ἐχθρὲ πάσης δικαιοσύνης, οὐ παύσῃ διαστρέφων τὰς ὁδοὺς [του̃] κυρίου τὰς εὐθείας;
Acts 13:11 καὶ νυ̃ν ἰδοὺ χεὶρ κυρίου ἐπὶ σέ, καὶ ἔσῃ τυφλὸς μὴ βλέπων τὸν ἥλιον ἄχρι καιρου̃. παραχρη̃μά τε ἔπεσεν ἐπ'αὐτὸν ἀχλὺς καὶ σκότος, καὶ περιάγων ἐζήτει χειραγωγούς.
Acts 13:12 τότε ἰδὼν ὁ ἀνθύπατος τὸ γεγονὸς ἐπίστευσεν ἐκπλησσόμενος ἐπὶ τῃ̃ διδαχῃ̃ του̃ κυρίου.

Acts 13:06 and having gone through the island unto Paphos, they found a certain Magian, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name [is] Bar-Jesus; Acts 13:07 who was with the proconsul Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man; this one having called for Barnabas and Saul, did desire to hear the word of God, Acts 13:08 and there withstood them Elymas the Magian -- for so is his name interpreted -- seeking to pervert the proconsul from the faith.

Acts 13:09 And Saul -- who also [is] Paul -- having been filled with the Holy Spirit, and having looked steadfastly on him, Acts 13:10 said, 'O full of all guile, and all profligacy, son of a devil, enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the right ways of the Lord? Acts 13:11 and now, lo, a hand of the Lord [is] upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a season;'and presently there fell upon him a mist and darkness, and he, going about, was seeking some to lead [him] by the hand; Acts 13:12 then the proconsul having seen what has come to pass, did believe, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.

Josephus Antiquities 19.9.2 Agrippa, the son of the deceased, was at Rome at this time, where he was being brought up at the court of Claudius Caesar. Caesar, on hearing of the death of Agrippa, and of the insults heaped upon him by the people of Sebaste and Caesarea, was grieved for him and angry at his ungrateful subjects. He had accordingly resolved to send the younger Cuspius Fadus is appointed procurator of Judaea, since Agrippa II is still a minor. Agrippa at once to take over the kingdom, wishing at the same time to maintain the sworn treaty with him. He was, however, dissuaded by those of his freedmen and friends who had great influence with him, who said that it was hazardous to entrust so important a kingdom to one who was quite young and had not even passed out of boyhood and who would find it impossible to sustain the cares of administration; even to a grown man, said they, a kingdom was a heavy responsibility. Caesar accordingly decided that their arguments were plausible. He therefore dispatched Cuspius Fadus as procurator of Judaea.

Acts 13:06 and having gone through the island unto Paphos, they found a certain Magian, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name is Bar-Jesus (Simon Magus under Jesus); Acts 13:07 who was with the proconsul Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man (Agrippa II being deemed by Claudius to be too young was given a proconsul position in Cyprus.There have been found two inscriptions linking Sergius Paulus to Christian places: Tiber Island - a stone placed by Claudius - and Pisidian Antioch. "Paulus" indicates that he is a student of Paul); this one having called for Barnabas and Saul, did desire to hear the word of God (Jesus was there), Acts 13:08 and there withstood them Elymas the Magian (Elymas means "Wise" in Arabic and stands from Simon Magus)-- for so is his name interpreted -- seeking to pervert the proconsul from the faith.

Acts 13:09 And Saul -- who also is Paul -- having been filled with the Holy Spirit (speaking for Jesus), and having looked steadfastly on him, Acts 13:10 said, 'O full of all guile, and all profligacy, son of a devil, enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the right ways of the Lord?

Paul reveals to Agrippa II that it was Simon Magus who poisoned his father.

Acts 13:11 and now, lo, a hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a season;'and presently there fell upon him a mist and darkness (Paul reduces him to the status of pre-initiate novice like Paul when he was blinded on the Road to Damascus.), and he, going about, was seeking some to lead [him] by the hand; Acts 13:12 then the proconsul having seen what has come to pass, did believe, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.

Agrippa II believed Paul and was astonished at the deceit of Simon Magus. Simon Magus was excommunicated again and replaced by the Magus Atomus who would later negotiate the marriage between Drusilla, the younger sister of Bernice, and the Procurator Felix. (See Josephus, Ant. 20, 142.)

Abortive crossing of the Jordan River by Theudas 44 AD
Acts 05:36 πρὸ γὰρ τούτων τω̃ν ἡμερω̃ν ἀνέστη Θευδα̃ς, λέγων εἰ̃ναί τινα ἑαυτόν, ᾡ̃ προσεκλίθη ἀνδρω̃ν ἀριθμὸς ὡς τετρακοσίων· ὃς ἀνῃρέθη, καὶ πάντες ὅσοι ἐπείθοντο αὐτῳ̃ διελύθησαν καὶ ἐγένοντο εἰς οὐδέν.

Acts 05:36 for before these days rose up Theudas, saying, that himself was some one, to whom a number of men did join themselves, as it were four hundred, who was slain, and all, as many as were obeying him, were scattered, and came to nought.

JOSEPHUS ANTIQUITIES BOOK 20.5:1 - THE FATE OF THE IMPOSTOR THEUDAS
During the period when Fadus was procurator of Judaea, a certain impostor named Theudas persuaded the majority of the masses to take up their possessions and to follow him to the Jordan River. He stated that he was a prophet and that at his command the river would be parted and would provide them an easy passage. With this talk he deceived many. Fadus, however, did not permit them to reap the fruit of their folly, but sent against them a squadron of cavalry. These fell upon them unexpectedly, slew many of them and took many prisoners. Theudas himself was captured, whereupon they cut off his head and brought it to Jerusalem. These, then, are the events that befell the Jews during the time that Cuspius Fadus was procurator (44 to c. 46).

Theudas was Barabbas, the leader of the Therapeuts, who had been traded for Jesus on the cross due to his old age, having been associated with Judas the Galilean's insurrection in 6 AD. The Therapeuts used the symbolism of Moses and Joshua in their ceremonies, believing that God would do the same for them against Rome. Apparently, their timetable was slightly different than that of Jesus, which James the brother of Jesus also followed (See Peter heals the lame man in Sept 33. Theudas decided that the time had come for God to support their actions and instead was met by the Roman soldiers and his own death. Jesus had tried to talk him out of these type of activities in 31 AD suggesting that God would act silently against the Romans. (See Nicodemus-Theudas meets with Jesus and Gadarenes demonic and the swine.)

Gamaliel used this event as one of his examples and the other Judas the Galilean's insurrection in 6 AD to illustrate activities leading to violence and death that the Sanhedrin should oppose, rather than spending time opposing the activities of the apostles whom Jesus had instructed to be peaceful. (See Gamaliel comes to the rescue of the arrested apostles Sept 36.) Luke had combined two speeches that Gamaliel made in 35 AD and 46 AD because they related to Judas the Galilean however here it was his sons:

JOSEPHUS ANTIQUITIES BOOK 20.5:2 - THE FATE OF THE SONS OF JUDAS THE GALILEAN Besides this, James and Simon, the sons of Judas the Galilean, were brought up for trial and, at the order of Alexander (procurator 46-48), were crucified. This was the Judah who, as I have explained above, had aroused the people to revolt against the Romans while Quirinius was taking the census in Judaea.
45 AD - First Mission Journey of Barnabas with Paul and John Mark by ship from Paphos, Cyprus, to Perga, Turkey / Mary Magdalene requests a divorce from Jesus thus John (Mark) leaving to Jerusalem (Qumran) / First Mission Journey of Barnabas with Paul to Antioch of Pisidia to Iconium, Lystra where Barnabas is called Zeus and Paul is called Hermes and Jesus' youngest brother Simon is initiated, to Derbe; then Retracing steps to Antioch of Pisidia.
Barnabas with Paul continues the First Mission Journey from Paphos, Cyprus, to Perga, Turkey; but John Mark leaves to minister to Mary Magdalene who has divorced Jesus. March 45 AD
Acts 13:13 Ἀναχθέντες δὲ ἀπὸ τη̃ς Πάφου οἱ περὶ Παυ̃λον ἠ̃λθον εἰς Πέργην τη̃ς Παμφυλίας· Ἰωάννης δὲ ἀποχωρήσας ἀπ'αὐτω̃ν ὑπέστρεψεν εἰς Ἰεροσόλυμα.

Acts 13:13 And those about Paul having set sail from Paphos, came to Perga of Pamphylia, and John having departed from them, did turn back to Jerusalem (Qumran),


Acts 13:13 And those about Paul having set sail from Paphos, came to Perga of Pamphylia, and John having departed from them, did turn back to Jerusalem (Qumran),

This is the most that can Acts has to say about Mary Magdalene's divorce of Jesus. John Mark, the disciple that Jesus loved, who was the stand-in for Mary Magdalene and also there as her chaperone, being a eunuch. At the Last Supper - The Seating is Reshuffled:And there was one of his disciples reclining (at meat) in the bosom of Jesus, whom Jesus was loving; (John 13:23). John Mark left with Mary Magdalene and after her death came back to Jesus as Eutychus. (See John Mark (Eutychus) is reconciled with Paul in 58 AD.)


The most important clue that Mary Magdalene asked for divorce was in the modifications of these rules in Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians. Prior to this Jesus had rejected the rules of Moses that allowed divorce under certain circumstances and had not allowed divorce except in the case of adultery. (See Jesus' statements on adultery.) His statement in Mark 10:11-12 was a major problem: "Whoever may put away his wife, and may marry another, does commit adultery against her and if a woman may put away her husband, and is married to another, she commits adultery." (It was exactly the former section that John the Baptist complained to Herod Antipas about, which got him beheaded. See "Beheading" of John the Baptist.) The implication was that Jesus would not be allowed to re-marry. Jesus instructs Paul in his Epistle to the Corinthians to add a statement: "if a wife separates, she is allowed to as long as she remains unmarried". Paul shows his disagreement by writing "not I, but the Lord":

(Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians 1:1-9)

1Cor 1:1 Paul, a called apostle of Jesus Christ, through the will of God, and Sosthenes the brother, 1Cor 1:2 to the assembly of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called saints, with all those calling upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place -- both theirs and ours: 1Cor 1:3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

1Cor 1:4 I give thanks to my God always concerning you for the grace of God that was given to you in Christ Jesus, 1Cor 1:5 that in every thing you were enriched in him, in all discourse and all knowledge, 1Cor 1:6 according as the testimony of the Christ was confirmed in you, 1Cor 1:7 so that you are not behind in any gift, waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 1Cor 1:8 who also shall confirm you unto the end -- unblamable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ; 1Cor 1:9 faithful [is] God, through whom you were called to the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

(Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians 7:1-17 Concerning Marriage)

1Cor 7:1 And concerning the things of which you wrote to me: good [it is] for a man not to touch a woman, 1Cor 7:2 and because of the whoredom let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her proper husband; 1Cor 7:3 to the wife let the husband the due benevolence render, and in like manner also the wife to the husband; 1Cor 7:4 the wife over her own body has not authority, but the husband; and, in like manner also, the husband over his own body has not authority, but the wife.

1Cor 7:5 Defraud not one another, except by consent for a time, that you may be free for fasting and prayer, and again may come together, that Satan may not tempt you because of your incontinence; 1Cor 7:6 and this I say by way of concurrence -- not of command, 1Cor 7:7 for I wish all men to be even as I myself [am]; but each his own gift has of God, one indeed thus, and one thus.

1Cor 7:8 And I say to the unmarried and to the widows: it is good for them if they may remain even as I [am];

Paul will remain celibate, but according to the relaxed Essene rules. He is not yet married to Jesus' daughter Phoebe and, when he is, he will only refer to her as his "yokefellow" in Philippians 4:3. (Apostolic_Constitutions Book 8:25 clearly shows yokefellow as marriage partner.) (See Dylan Stephens' book: He will have two daughters, the oldest was named Paulina.Paulina's promise to her grandfather, Jesus)

1Cor 7:9 and if they have not continence -- let them marry, for it is better to marry than to burn;

1Cor 7:10 and to the married I announce -- not I, but the Lord -- let not a wife separate from a husband: 1Cor 7:11 but and if she may separate, let her remain unmarried, or to the husband let her be reconciled, and let not a husband send away a wife.

Clearly Paul disagree on the justification for Jesus to remarry. Jesus instructs Paul to modify his on rule before his Crucifixion where he stated that "no marriage should be dissolved by the wife or husband except by adultery". He instructs Paul to say that, "if a wife separates, she is allowed to as long as she remains unmarried, but a husband is forbidden to desert his wife." This seems reasonable because a wife is dependent on a husband for financial support. (Note that Jesus has only modified the part that applies to his situation, continuing to disallow him to divorce Mary Magdalene because it was she who initiated it. He also holds open their reconciliation.)

The situation of Jesus and Mary Magdalene is a special one, because they are not really in a civil marriage, but are under the rules of the relaxed Essene rule for those of the line of David or the priestly lines where none of these factors apply since husband and wife live a celibate existence apart supported by their monasteries until the prescribed times for sexual intercourse for the purpose of conceiving an heir.

Josephus Wars 2.8.13 (retranslated): "There is yet another order of Essenes, who, while at one with the rest in their mode of life, customs and regulations, differ from them in their views on marriage. They think that those who decline to marry cut off the chief function of life - that of transmitting it - and furthermore that, were all to adopt the same view, the whole race would very quickly die out. They give their wives, however, a three month's probation, and only marry them after they have thrice undergone purification (no menstruation), in proof of fecundity (of pregnancy to term). But they do not accompany their wives when they are with child, as a demonstration that they do not marry out of regard to pleasure, but for the sake of posterity. Now the women go into the baths with some of their garments on, as the men do with somewhat girded about them."

The purpose of this relaxed Essene rule is to allow a prospective husband to find another wife if she miscarries or is barren without violating the rules of divorce because they are not married until three months after conception when a miscarriage is unlikely. Also, the husband and wife are only allowed to come together at prescribed times for the purpose of conceiving a child (in the winter months) after a betrothal period in the spring or three years after the birth of a daughter or six years after the birth of a son. The rest of the time, they are celibate. (Of course, the people would not understand this special exception and Paul even pretended to be celibate. The children of Jesus and Paul were kept secret for this reason and for their safety.)

Taken a step further, from this relaxed Essene rule, it could be construed that is the duty for a man of the line of David or the priestly lines to secure another wife, if she no longer wanted to be his vessel for conception. However, even the Essenes were outraged when Jesus married again to Lydia, for the Temple Scroll 57:17-18 states "He shall not take another wife in addition to (his first wife), for she alone shall be with him all the days of her life." There is no harm to Mary Magdalene as she has allowed him to do so. She would remain celibate and separate by default.

Paul gives his own opinion on divorce, which also offers a much better reasoning, using the technicality that Mary Magdalene had deserted their Church for that of Simon Magus and, though they were both "Christian", she was now "an unbelieving wife":

1Cor 7:12 And to the rest I speak -- not the Lord -- if any brother has a wife unbelieving, and she is pleased to dwell with him, let him not send her away; 1Cor 7:13 and a woman who has a husband unbelieving, and he is pleased to dwell with her, let her not send him away; 1Cor 7:14 for the unbelieving husband has been sanctified in the wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified in the husband; otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy.

1Cor 7:15 And, if the unbelieving does separate himself -- let him separate himself: the brother or the sister is not under servitude in such [cases], and in peace has God called us; 1Cor 7:16 for what, have you known, O wife, whether the husband you shalt save? or what, have you known, O husband, whether the wife you shalt save? 1Cor 7:17 if not, as God did distribute to each, as the Lord has called each -- so let him walk; and thus in all the assemblies do I direct:

Paul makes the case that Mary Magdalene, having left the Christian Church and having gone over to Simon Magus' Church, can be considered an unbeliever. As such she is free to go.

Barnabas with Paul begins the First Mission Journey from Perga then to Antioch of Pisidia 45 AD
Acts 13:14 αὐτοὶ δὲ διελθόντες ἀπὸ τη̃ς Πέργης παρεγένοντο εἰς Ἀντιόχειαν τὴν Πισιδίαν, καὶ εἰσελθόντες εἰς τὴν συναγωγὴν τῃ̃ ἡμέρᾳ τω̃ν σαββάτων ἐκάθισαν.
Acts 13:15 μετὰ δὲ τὴν ἀνάγνωσιν του̃ νόμου καὶ τω̃ν προφητω̃ν ἀπέστειλαν οἱ ἀρχισυνάγωγοι πρὸς αὐτοὺς λέγοντες, Ἄνδρες ἀδελφοί, εἴ τίς ἐστιν ἐν ὑμι̃ν λόγος παρακλήσεως πρὸς τὸν λαόν, λέγετε.
Acts 13:16 ἀναστὰς δὲ Παυ̃λος καὶ κατασείσας τῃ̃ χειρὶ εἰ̃πεν· Ἄνδρες Ἰσραηλι̃ται καὶ οἱ φοβούμενοι τὸν θεόν, ἀκούσατε.
Acts 13:17 ὁ θεὸς του̃ λαου̃ τούτου Ἰσραὴλ ἐξελέξατο τοὺς πατέρας ἡμω̃ν, καὶ τὸν λαὸν ὕψωσεν ἐν τῃ̃ παροικίᾳ ἐν γῃ̃ Αἰγύπτου, καὶ μετὰ βραχίονος ὑψηλου̃ ἐξήγαγεν αὐτοὺς ἐξ αὐτη̃ς,
Acts 13:18 καὶ ὡς τεσσαρακονταετη̃ χρόνον ἐτροποφόρησεν αὐτοὺς ἐν τῃ̃ ἐρήμῳ,
Acts 13:19 καὶ καθελὼν ἔθνη ἑπτὰ ἐν γῃ̃ Χανάαν κατεκληρονόμησεν τὴν γη̃ν αὐτω̃ν
Acts 13:20 ὡς ἔτεσιν τετρακοσίοις καὶ πεντήκοντα. καὶ μετὰ ταυ̃τα ἔδωκεν κριτὰς ἕως Σαμουὴλ [του̃] προφήτου.
Acts 13:21 κἀκει̃θεν ᾐτήσαντο βασιλέα, καὶ ἔδωκεν αὐτοι̃ς ὁ θεὸς τὸν Σαοὺλ υἱὸν Κίς, ἄνδρα ἐκ φυλη̃ς Βενιαμείν, ἔτη τεσσαράκοντα.
Acts 13:22 καὶ μεταστήσας αὐτὸν ἤγειρεν τὸν Δαυὶδ αὐτοι̃ς εἰς βασιλέα, ᾡ̃ καὶ εἰ̃πεν μαρτυρήσας, Εὑ̃ρον Δαυὶδ τὸν του̃ Ἰεσσαί, ἄνδρα κατὰ τὴν καρδίαν μου, ὃς ποιήσει πάντα τὰ θελήματά μου.
Acts 13:23 τούτου ὁ θεὸς ἀπὸ του̃ σπέρματος κατ'ἐπαγγελίαν ἤγαγεν τῳ̃ Ἰσραὴλ σωτη̃ρα Ἰησου̃ν,
Acts 13:24 προκηρύξαντος Ἰωάννου πρὸ προσώπου τη̃ς εἰσόδου αὐτου̃ βάπτισμα μετανοίας παντὶ τῳ̃ λαῳ̃ Ἰσραήλ.
Acts 13:25 ὡς δὲ ἐπλήρου Ἰωάννης τὸν δρόμον, ἔλεγεν, Τί ἐμὲ ὑπονοει̃τε εἰ̃ναι; οὐκ εἰμὶ ἐγώ· ἀλλ'ἰδοὺ ἔρχεται μετ'ἐμὲ οὑ̃ οὐκ εἰμὶ ἄξιος τὸ ὑπόδημα τω̃ν ποδω̃ν λυ̃σαι.
Acts 13:26 Ἄνδρες ἀδελφοί, υἱοὶ γένους Ἀβραὰμ καὶ οἱ ἐν ὑμι̃ν φοβούμενοι τὸν θεόν, ἡμι̃ν ὁ λόγος τη̃ς σωτηρίας ταύτης ἐξαπεστάλη.
Acts 13:27 οἱ γὰρ κατοικου̃ντες ἐν Ἰερουσαλὴμ καὶ οἱ ἄρχοντες αὐτω̃ν του̃τον ἀγνοήσαντες καὶ τὰς φωνὰς τω̃ν προφητω̃ν τὰς κατὰ πα̃ν σάββατον ἀναγινωσκομένας κρίναντες ἐπλήρωσαν,
Acts 13:28 καὶ μηδεμίαν αἰτίαν θανάτου εὑρόντες ᾐτήσαντο Πιλα̃τον ἀναιρεθη̃ναι αὐτόν·
Acts 13:29 ὡς 1 δὲ ἐτέλεσαν πάντα τὰ περὶ αὐτου̃ γεγραμμένα, καθελόντες ἀπὸ του̃ ξύλου ἔθηκαν εἰς μνημει̃ον.
Acts 13:30 ὁ δὲ θεὸς ἤγειρεν αὐτὸν ἐκ νεκρω̃ν·
Acts 13:31 ὃς ὤφθη ἐπὶ ἡμέρας πλείους τοι̃ς συναναβα̃σιν αὐτῳ̃ ἀπὸ τη̃ς Γαλιλαίας εἰς Ἰερουσαλήμ, οἵτινες [νυ̃ν] εἰσιν μάρτυρες αὐτου̃ πρὸς τὸν λαόν.
Acts 13:32 καὶ ἡμει̃ς ὑμα̃ς εὐαγγελιζόμεθα τὴν πρὸς τοὺς πατέρας ἐπαγγελίαν γενομένην,
Acts 13:33 ὅτι ταύτην ὁ θεὸς ἐκπεπλήρωκεν τοι̃ς τέκνοις ἡμι̃ν ἀναστήσας Ἰησου̃ν, ὡς καὶ ἐν τῳ̃ ψαλμῳ̃ γέγραπται τῳ̃ δευτέρῳ, Υἱός μου εἰ̃ σύ, ἐγὼ σήμερον γεγέννηκά σε.
Acts 13:34 ὅτι δὲ ἀνέστησεν αὐτὸν ἐκ νεκρω̃ν μηκέτι μέλλοντα ὑποστρέφειν εἰς διαφθοράν, οὕτως εἴρηκεν ὅτι Δώσω ὑμι̃ν τὰ ὅσια Δαυὶδ τὰ πιστά.
Acts 13:35 διότι καὶ ἐν ἑτέρῳ λέγει, Οὐ δώσεις τὸν ὅσιόν σου ἰδει̃ν διαφθοράν.
Acts 13:36 Δαυὶδ μὲν γὰρ ἰδίᾳ γενεᾳ̃ ὑπηρετήσας τῃ̃ του̃ θεου̃ βουλῃ̃ ἐκοιμήθη καὶ προσετέθη πρὸς τοὺς πατέρας αὐτου̃ καὶ εἰ̃δεν διαφθοράν,
Acts 13:37 ὃν δὲ ὁ θεὸς ἤγειρεν οὐκ εἰ̃δεν διαφθοράν.
Acts 13:38 γνωστὸν οὐ̃ν ἔστω ὑμι̃ν, ἄνδρες ἀδελφοί, ὅτι διὰ τούτου ὑμι̃ν ἄφεσις ἁμαρτιω̃ν καταγγέλλεταἱ̃, καὶ] ἀπὸ πάντων ὡ̃ν οὐκ ἠδυνήθητε ἐν νόμῳ Μωῢσέως δικαιωθη̃ναι
Acts 13:39 ἐν τούτῳ πα̃ς ὁ πιστεύων δικαιου̃ται.
Acts 13:40 βλέπετε οὐ̃ν μὴ ἐπέλθῃ τὸ εἰρημένον ἐν τοι̃ς προφήταις,
Acts 13:41 1Ιδετε, οἱ καταφρονηταί, καὶ θαυμάσατε καὶ ἀφανίσθητε, ὅτι ἔργον ἐργάζομαι ἐγὼ ἐν ται̃ς ἡμέραις ὑμω̃ν, ἔργον ὃ οὐ μὴ πιστεύσητε ἐάν τις ἐκδιηγη̃ται ὑμι̃ν.
Acts 13:42 Ἐξιόντων δὲ αὐτω̃ν παρεκάλουν εἰς τὸ μεταξὺ σάββατον λαληθη̃ναι αὐτοι̃ς τὰ ῥήματα ταυ̃τα.
Acts 13:43 λυθείσης δὲ τη̃ς συναγωγη̃ς ἠκολούθησαν πολλοὶ τω̃ν Ἰουδαίων καὶ τω̃ν σεβομένων προσηλύτων τῳ̃ Παύλῳ καὶ τῳ̃ Βαρναβᾳ̃, οἵτινες προσλαλου̃ντες αὐτοι̃ς ἔπειθον αὐτοὺς προσμένειν τῃ̃ χάριτι του̃ θεου̃.
Acts 13:44 Τῳ̃ δὲ ἐρχομένῳ σαββάτῳ σχεδὸν πα̃σα ἡ πόλις συνήχθη ἀκου̃σαι τὸν λόγον του̃ κυρίου.
Acts 13:45 ἰδόντες δὲ οἱ Ἰουδαι̃οι τοὺς ὄχλους ἐπλήσθησαν ζήλου καὶ ἀντέλεγον τοι̃ς ὑπὸ Παύλου λαλουμένοις βλασφημου̃ντες.
Acts 13:46 παρρησιασάμενοί τε ὁ Παυ̃λος καὶ ὁ Βαρναβα̃ς εἰ̃παν, Ὑμι̃ν ἠ̃ν ἀναγκαι̃ον πρω̃τον λαληθη̃ναι τὸν λόγον του̃ θεου̃· ἐπειδὴ ἀπωθει̃σθε αὐτὸν καὶ οὐκ ἀξίους κρίνετε ἑαυτοὺς τη̃ς αἰωνίου ζωη̃ς, ἰδοὺ στρεφόμεθα εἰς τὰ ἔθνη.
Acts 13:47 οὕτως γὰρ ἐντέταλται ἡμι̃ν ὁ κύριος, Τέθεικά σε εἰς φω̃ς ἐθνω̃ν του̃ εἰ̃ναί σε εἰς σωτηρίαν ἕως ἐσχάτου τη̃ς γη̃ς.
Acts 13:48 ἀκούοντα δὲ τὰ ἔθνη ἔχαιρον καὶ ἐδόξαζον τὸν λόγον του̃ κυρίου, καὶ ἐπίστευσαν ὅσοι ἠ̃σαν τεταγμένοι εἰς ζωὴν αἰώνιον·
Acts 13:49 διεφέρετο δὲ ὁ λόγος του̃ κυρίου δι'ὅλης τη̃ς χώρας.
Acts 13:50 οἱ δὲ Ἰουδαι̃οι παρώτρυναν τὰς σεβομένας γυναι̃κας τὰς εὐσχήμονας καὶ τοὺς πρώτους τη̃ς πόλεως καὶ ἐπήγειραν διωγμὸν ἐπὶ τὸν Παυ̃λον καὶ Βαρναβα̃ν, καὶ ἐξέβαλον αὐτοὺς ἀπὸ τω̃ν ὁρίων αὐτω̃ν.

Acts 13:14 and they having gone through from Perga, came to Antioch of Pisidia, and having gone into the synagogue on the sabbath-day, they sat down, Acts 13:15 and after the reading of the law and of the prophets, the chief men of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, 'Men, brethren, if there be a word in you of exhortation unto the people -- say on.'

Acts 13:16 And Paul having risen, and having beckoned with the hand, said, 'Men, Israelites, and those fearing God, hearken: Acts 13:17 the God of this people Israel did choose our fathers, and the people He did exalt in their sojourning in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm did He bring them out of it; Acts 13:18 and about a period of forty years He did suffer their manners in the wilderness, Acts 13:19 and having destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He did divide by lot to them their land.

Acts 13:20 'And after these things, about four hundred and fifty years, He gave judges -- till Samuel the prophet; Acts 13:21 and thereafter they asked for a king, and God did give to them Saul, son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years; Acts 13:22 and having removed him, He did raise up to them David for king, to whom also having testified, he said, I found David, the [son] of Jesse, a man according to My heart, who shall do all My will.

Acts 13:23 'Of this one's seed God, according to promise, did raise to Israel a Saviour -- Jesus, Acts 13:24 John having first preached, before his coming, a baptism of reformation to all the people of Israel; Acts 13:25 and as John was fulfilling the course, he said, Whom me do you suppose to be? I am not [he], but, lo, he does come after me, of whom I am not worthy to loose the sandal of [his] feet.

Acts 13:26 'Men, brethren, sons of the race of Abraham, and those among you fearing God, to you was the word of this salvation sent, Acts 13:27 for those dwelling in Jerusalem, and their chiefs, this one not having known, also the voices of the prophets, which every sabbath are being read -- having judged [him] -- did fulfill, Acts 13:28 and no cause of death having found, they did ask of Pilate that he should be slain, Acts 13:29 and when they did complete all the things written about him, having taken [him] down from the tree, they laid him in a tomb; Acts 13:30 and God did raise him out of the dead, Acts 13:31 and he was seen for many days of those who did come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people.

Acts 13:32 'And we to you do proclaim good news -- that the promise made unto the fathers, Acts 13:33 God has in full completed this to us their children, having raised up Jesus, as also in the second Psalm it has been written, My Son you are -- I to-day have begotten you.

Acts 13:34 'And that He did raise him up out of the dead, no more to return to corruption, he has said thus -- I will give to you the faithful kindnesses of David; Acts 13:35 therefore also in another [place] he said, You shall not give Your kind One to see corruption, Acts 13:36 for David, indeed, his own generation having served by the will of God, did fall asleep, and was added unto his fathers, and saw corruption, Acts 13:37 but he whom God did raise up, did not see corruption.

Acts 13:38 'Let it therefore be known to you, men, brethren, that through this one to you is the forgiveness of sins declared, Acts 13:39 and from all things from which you were not able in the law of Moses to be declared righteous, in this one every one who is believing is declared righteous; Acts 13:40 see, therefore, it may not come upon you that has been spoken in the prophets: Acts 13:41 See, you despisers, and wonder, and perish, because a work I -- I do work in your days, a work in which you may not believe, though any one may declare [it] to you.'

Acts 13:42 And having gone forth out of the synagogue of the Jews, the nations were calling upon [them] that on the next sabbath these sayings may be spoken to them, Acts 13:43 and the synagogue having been dismissed, many of the Jews and of the devout proselytes did follow Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, were persuading them to remain in the grace of God.

Acts 13:44 And on the coming sabbath, almost all the city was gathered together to hear the word of God, Acts 13:45 and the Jews having seen the multitudes, were filled with zeal, and did contradict the things spoken by Paul -- contradicting and speaking evil.

Acts 13:46 And speaking boldly, Paul and Barnabas said, 'To you it was necessary that first the word of God be spoken, and seeing you do thrust it away, and do not judge yourselves worthy of the life age-during, lo, we do turn to the nations; Acts 13:47 for so has the Lord commanded us: I have set you for a light of nations -- for your being for salvation unto the end of the earth.'

Acts 13:48 And the nations hearing were glad, and were glorifying the word of the Lord, and did believe -- as many as were appointed to life age-during; Acts 13:49 and the word of the Lord was spread abroad through all the region.

Acts 13:50 And the Jews stirred up the devout and honorable women, and the first men of the city, and did raise persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and did put them out from their borders;

Acts 13:14 and they having gone through from Perga, came to Antioch of Pisidia, and having gone into the synagogue on the sabbath-day, they sat down, Acts 13:15 and after the reading of the law and of the prophets, the chief men of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, 'Men, brethren, if there be a word in you of exhortation unto the people -- say on.'

Acts 13:16 And Paul having risen, and having beckoned with the hand, said, 'Men, Israelites, and those fearing God, hearken: Acts 13:17 the God of this people Israel did choose our fathers, and the people He did exalt in their sojourning in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm did He bring them out of it; Acts 13:18 and about a period of forty years ('period' is Greek 'chronon' showing it equates to 40 years.) He did suffer their manners in the wilderness, Acts 13:19 and having destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He did divide by lot to them their land.

Acts 13:20 'And after these things, about four hundred and fifty years, He gave judges -- till Samuel the prophet; Acts 13:21 and thereafter they asked for a king, and God did give to them Saul, son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years; Acts 13:22 and having removed him, He did raise up to them David for king, to whom also having testified, he said, I found David, the [son] of Jesse, a man according to My heart, who shall do all My will.

Acts 13:23 'Of this one's seed God, according to promise, did raise to Israel a Saviour -- Jesus, Acts 13:24 John having first preached, before his coming, a baptism of reformation to all the people of Israel; Acts 13:25 and as John was fulfilling the course, he said, Whom me do you suppose to be? I am not [he], but, lo, he does come after me, of whom I am not worthy to loose the sandal of [his] feet.

Acts 13:26 'Men, brethren, sons of the race of Abraham, and those among you fearing God, to you was the word of this salvation sent, Acts 13:27 for those dwelling in Jerusalem, and their chiefs, this one not having known, also the voices of the prophets, which every sabbath are being read -- having judged [him] -- did fulfill, Acts 13:28 and no cause of death having found, they did ask of Pilate that he should be slain, Acts 13:29 and when they did complete all the things written about him, having taken [him] down from the tree, they laid him in a tomb; Acts 13:30 and God did raise him out of the dead, Acts 13:31 and he was seen for many days of those who did come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people.

Acts 13:32 'And we to you do proclaim good news -- that the promise made unto the fathers, Acts 13:33 God has in full completed this to us their children, having raised up Jesus, as also in the second Psalm it has been written, My Son you are -- I to-day have begotten you.

Acts 13:34 'And that He did raise him up out of the dead, no more to return to corruption, he has said thus -- I will give to you the faithful kindnesses of David; Acts 13:35 therefore also in another [place] he said, You shall not give Your kind One to see corruption, Acts 13:36 for David, indeed, his own generation having served by the will of God, did fall asleep, and was added unto his fathers, and saw corruption, Acts 13:37 but he whom God did raise up, did not see corruption.

Acts 13:38 'Let it therefore be known to you, men, brethren, that through this one to you is the forgiveness of sins declared, Acts 13:39 and from all things from which you were not able in the law of Moses to be declared righteous, in this one every one who is believing is declared righteous; Acts 13:40 see, therefore, it may not come upon you that has been spoken in the prophets: Acts 13:41 See, you despisers, and wonder, and perish, because a work I -- I do work in your days, a work in which you may not believe, though any one may declare [it] to you.'

Acts 13:42 And having gone forth out of the synagogue of the Jews, the nations were calling upon [them] that on the next sabbath these sayings may be spoken to them, Acts 13:43 and the synagogue having been dismissed, many of the Jews and of the devout proselytes did follow Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, were persuading them to remain in the grace of God.

Acts 13:44 And on the coming sabbath, almost all the city was gathered together to hear the word of God, Acts 13:45 and the Jews having seen the multitudes, were filled with zeal, and did contradict the things spoken by Paul -- contradicting and speaking evil.

Acts 13:46 And speaking boldly, Paul and Barnabas said, 'To you it was necessary that first the word of God be spoken, and seeing you do thrust it away, and do not judge yourselves worthy of the life age-during, lo, we do turn to the nations; Acts 13:47 for so has the Lord commanded us: I have set you for a light of nations -- for your being for salvation unto the end of the earth.'

Acts 13:48 And the nations hearing were glad, and were glorifying the word of the Lord, and did believe -- as many as were appointed to life age-during; Acts 13:49 and the word of the Lord was spread abroad through all the region.

Acts 13:50 And the Jews stirred up the devout and honorable women, and the first men of the city, and did raise persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and did put them out from their borders;

Barnabas with Paul begins the First Mission Journey from Antioch of Pisidia to Iconium March 45 AD
Acts 13:51 οἱ δὲ ἐκτιναξάμενοι τὸν κονιορτὸν τω̃ν ποδω̃ν ἐπ'αὐτοὺς ἠ̃λθον εἰς Ἰκόνιον,
Acts 13:52 οἵ τε μαθηταὶ ἐπληρου̃ντο χαρα̃ς καὶ πνεύματος ἁγίου.
Acts 14:01 Ἐγένετο δὲ ἐν Ἰκονίῳ κατὰ τὸ αὐτὸ εἰσελθει̃ναὐτοὺς εἰς τὴν συναγωγὴν τω̃ν Ἰουδαίων καὶ λαλη̃σαι οὕτως ὥστε πιστευ̃σαι Ἰουδαίων τε καὶ Ἑλλήνων πολὺ πλη̃θος.
Acts 14:02 οἱ δὲ ἀπειθήσαντες Ἰουδαι̃οι ἐπήγειραν καὶ ἐκάκωσαν τὰς ψυχὰς τω̃ν ἐθνω̃ν κατὰ τω̃ν ἀδελφω̃ν.
Acts 14:03 ἱκανὸν μὲν οὐ̃ν χρόνον διέτριψαν παρρησιαζόμενοι ἐπὶ τῳ̃ κυρίῳ τῳ̃ μαρτυρου̃ντι τῳ̃ λόγῳ τη̃ς χάριτος αὐτου̃, διδόντι σημει̃α καὶ τέρατα γίνεσθαι διὰ τω̃ν χειρω̃ν αὐτω̃ν.

Acts 13:51 and they having shaken off the dust of their feet against them, came to Iconium, Acts 13:52 and the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.

Acts 14:01 And it came to pass in Iconium, that they did enter together into the synagogue of the Jews, and spake, so that there believed both of Jews and Greeks a great multitude; Acts 14:02 and the unbelieving Jews did stir up and made evil the souls of the nations against the brethren; Acts 14:03 long time, indeed, therefore, did they abide speaking boldly in the Lord, who is testifying to the word of His grace, and granting signs and wonders to come to pass through their hands.

Acts 13:51 and they having shaken off the dust of their feet against them, came to Iconium, Acts 13:52 and the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.

Acts 14:01 And it came to pass in Iconium, that they did enter together into the synagogue of the Jews, and spake, so that there believed both of Jews and Greeks a great multitude; Acts 14:02 and the unbelieving Jews did stir up and made evil the souls of the nations against the brethren; Acts 14:03 long time, indeed, therefore, did they abide speaking boldly in the Lord, who is testifying to the word of His grace, and granting signs and wonders to come to pass through their hands.

ACTS OF PAUL - PAUL AND THECLA #1

This apocryphal story fits very well at this point to the flight of Paul and Barnabas from Antioch of Pisidia to Iconium. It shows a monastic version of Christianity which was thought to come later on, but actually, having been derived from the monastic Essenes as shown in the Dead Sea Scrolls, it really came first. (Ironically, it is the monastic version that Jesus followed except for the times that he emerged to the outside world to marry and have a child. Thus he followed the relaxed Essene doctrine that applied to Kings and High Priests being accused in the Dead Sea Scrolls of being one of "Seekers of Smooth Things". It is through Paul and Peter that he built an abbey structure for the masses.)

1 When Paul went up unto Iconium after he fled from Antioch of Pisidia , there journeyed with him Demas and Hermogenes the coppersmith,

It is Barnabas who is accompanying Paul on his First Journey. He is Joses, the brother of Jesus and Barnabas is his Christian name meaning "Son of Consolation". He is celibate and would have been the one who taught Thecla because Paul taught a relaxed Christian doctrine, although he supported celibate abstinence. (According to Acts 4:36 Barnabas was a Cypriot Jew, but this was merely the location of his monastic center.) These facts allow us to unravel the names of these two who accompanied Paul. Later on in Acts they would go to Lycaonia and be called 'gods': Barnabas as Zeus, and Paul as Hermes. Barnabas must be 'Demas' as the leader of the people being the crown prince to Jesus and the superior of Paul as Zeus to Hermes. (Paul would later call Ananus the Younger 'Demas' because he had been High Priest of the people.) Hermogenes being the "coppersmith" is used for the third position as the one who took care of the coppers being collected from the poor for admission to the Church, traditionally the Magian. This could be Atomus, but it could be Titus who accompanied Paul to Jerusalem.

which were full of hypocrisy, and flattered Paul as though they loved him. But Paul, looking only unto the goodness of Christ, did them no evil, but loved them well, so that he assayed to make sweet unto them all the oracles of the Lord, and of the teaching and the interpretation (of the Gospel) and of the birth and resurrection of the Beloved, and related unto them word by word all the great works of Christ, how they were revealed unto him.

2 And a certain man named Onesiphorus,

Onesiphorus was clearly the head of the Christian monastery in Iconium as Paul refers to him in his letter to Timothy in 62 AD:
(2 Timothy 1:16-18) "May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me; he was not ashamed of my chains, but when he arrived in Rome he searched for me eagerly and found me -- may the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that Day -- and you well know all the service he rendered at Ephesus."

when he heard that Paul was come to Iconium, went out with his children Simmias and Zeno and his wife Lectra to meet him, that he might receive him into his house: for Titus had told him what manner of man Paul was in appearance; for he had not seen him in the flesh, but only in the spirit.

3 And he went by the king's highway that leadeth unto Lystra and stood expecting him, and looked upon them that came, according to the description of Titus. And he saw Paul coming,

Description of Paul: a man little of stature, thin-haired upon the head, crooked in the legs, of good state of body, with eyebrows joining, and nose somewhat hooked, full of grace: for sometimes he appeared like a man, and sometimes he had the face of an angel.

4 And when Paul saw Onesiphorus he smiled, and Onesiphorus said: Hail, thou servant of the blessed God. And he said: Grace be with thee and with thine house.

But Demas and Hermogenes were envious, and stirred up their hypocrisy yet more, so that Demas said: Are we not servants of the Blessed, that thou did not salute us so?

Demas (Barnabas) is crown prince to Jesus so he is just saying it in jest. Apparently, he explains that he is Jesus' brother, thus the 'fruit of righteousness'.

And Onesiphorus said: I see not in you any fruit of righteousness, but if ye be such, come ye also into my house and refresh yourselves.

5 And when Paul entered into the house of Onesiphorus, there was great joy, and bowing of knees and breaking of bread, and the word of God concerning abstinence (or continence) and the resurrection; for Paul said:

Barnabas would have these words as they are the Beatitudes translated in monastic language.

  • Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
  • Blessed are they that keep the flesh chaste, for they shall become the temple of God.
  • Blessed are they that abstain (or the continent), for unto them shall God speak.
  • Blessed are they that have renounced this world, for they shall be well-pleasing unto God.
  • Blessed are they that possess their wives as though they had them not, for they shall inherit God.
  • Blessed are they that have the fear of God, for they shall become angels of God.
  • Blessed are they that tremble at the oracles of God, for they shall be comforted.
  • Blessed are they that receive the wisdom of Jesus Christ, for they shall be called sons of the Most High.
  • Blessed are they that have kept their baptism pure, for they shall rest with the Father and with the Son.
  • Blessed are they that have compassed the understanding of Jesus Christ, for they shall be in light.
  • Blessed are they that for love of God have departed from the fashion of this world, for they shall judge angels, and shall be blessed at the right hand of the Father.
  • Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy and shall not see the bitter day of judgement. Blessed are the bodies of the virgins, for they shall be well- pleasing unto God and shall not lose the reward of their continence (chastity), for the word of the Father shall be unto them a work of salvation in the day of his Son, and they shall have rest world Without end.

7 And as Paul was saying these things in the midst of the Church in the house of Onesiphorus, a certain virgin, Thecla, whose mother was Theocleia, which was betrothed to an husband, Thamyris, sat at the window hard by, and hearkened night and day unto the word concerning chastity which was spoken by Paul: and she stirred not from the window, but was pressed onward by faith, rejoicing exceedingly: and further, when she saw many women and virgins entering in to Paul, she also desired earnestly to be accounted worthy to stand before Paul's face and to hear the word of Christ; for she had not yet seen the appearance of Paul, but only heard his speech.

8 Now as she removed not from the window, her mother sent unto Thamyris, and he came with great joy as if he were already to take her to wife. Thamyris therefore said to Theocleia: "Where is my Thecla?" And Theocicia said: "I have a new tale to tell thee, Thamyris: for for three days and three nights Thecla arose not from the window, neither to eat nor to drink, but looking earnestly as it were upon a joyful spectacle, she so attendeth to a stranger who teacheth deceitful and various words, that I marvel how the great modesty of the maiden is so hardly beset."

9 "O Thamyris, this man does upset the whole city of the Iconians, and thy Thecla also, for all the women and the young men go in to him and are taught by him. You must, said he, fear one only God and live chastely. And my daughter, too, like a spider at the window, bound by his words, is held by a new desire and a fearful passion: for she hangeth upon the things that he speaketh, and the maiden is captured. But go thou to her and speak to her; for she is betrothed unto thee."

10 And Thamyris went to her, alike loving her and fearing because of her ecstasy, and said: "Thecla, my betrothed, why sittest thou thus? and what passion is it that holdeth thee in amaze; turn unto thy Thamyris and be ashamed." And her mother also said the same: "Thecla, why sittest thou thus, looking downward, and answering nothing, but as one stricken?" And they wept sore, Thamyris because he failed of a wife, and Theocleia of a child, and the maidservants of a mistress; there was, therefore, great confusion of mourning in the house. And while all this was so, Thecla turned not away, but paid heed to the speech of Paul.

11 But Thamyris leapt up and went forth into the street and watched them that went in to Paul and came out. And he saw two men striving bitterly with one another, and said to them: "Ye men, tell me who ye are, and who is he that is within with you, that maketh the souls of young men and maidens to err, deceiving them that there may be no marriages but they should live as they are. I promise therefore to give you much money if ye will tell me of him: for I am a chief man of the city."

12 And Demas and Hermogenes said unto him: "Who this man is, we know not; but he defraudeth the young men of wives and the maidens of husbands, saying: Ye have no resurrection otherwise, except ye continue chaste, and defile not the flesh but keep it pure."

Paul has stated in his epistles that celibacy is preferred, but, if not, then marriage is better than being single.

13 And Thamyris said to them: "Come, ye men, into mine house and refresh yourselves with me." And they went to a costly banquet and much wine and great wealth and a brilliant table. And Thamyris made them drink, for he loved Thecla and desired to take her to wife: and at the dinner Thamyris said: "Tell me, ye men, what is his teaching, that I also may know it: for I am not a little afflicted concerning Thecla because she so loveth the stranger, and I am defrauded of my marriage."

14 And Demas and Hermogenes said: "Bring him before Castelius the governor as one that persuades the multitudes with the new doctrine of the Christians; and so will he destroy him and thou shalt have thy wife Thecla. And we will teach thee of that resurrection which he asserts, that it is already come to pass in the children which we have, and we rise again when we have come to the knowledge of the true God."

In the spirt of the story, both Demas and Hermogenes suggest appealing to temporal authority, but certainly Barnabas and Paul would not have done so as they have the lash marks on their backs to prove that. These two are no just filling in as protagonists.

15 But when Thamyris heard this of them, he was filled with envy and wrath, and rose up early and went to the house of Onesiphorus with the rulers and officers and a great crowd with staves, saying unto Paul: "Thou hast destroyed the city of the Iconians and her that was espoused unto me, so that she will not have me: let us go unto Castelius the governor." And all the multitude said: "Away with the wizard, for he hath corrupted all our wives." And the multitude rose up together against him.

16 And Thamyris, standing before the judgement seat, cried aloud and said: "O proconsul, this is the man-we know not whence he is-who allows not maidens to marry: let him declare before thee wherefore he teacheth such things." And Demas and Hermogenes said to Thamyris: "Say thou that he is a Christian, and so wilt thou destroy him."

But the governor kept his mind steadfast and called Paul, saying unto him: "Who art thou, and what teachest thou? for it is no light accusation that these bring against thee."

17 And Paul lifted up his voice and said: "If I am this day examined what I teach, hearken, O proconsul. The living God, the God of vengeance, the jealous God, the God that hath need of nothing, but desires the salvation of men, hath sent me, that I may sever them from corruption and uncleanness and all pleasure and death, that they may sin no more. Wherefore God hath sent his own Child, whom I preach and teach that men should have hope in him who alone hath had compassion upon the world that was in error; that men may no more be under judgement but have faith and the fear of God and the knowledge of sobriety and the love of truth. If then I teach the things that have been revealed unto me of God, what wrong do I O proconsul?"

And the governor having heard that, commanded Paul to be bound and taken away to prison until he should have leisure to hear him more carefully.

18 But Thecla at night took off her bracelets and gave them to the doorkeeper, and when the door was opened for her she went into the prison, and gave the jailer a mirror of silver and so went in to Paul and sat by his feet and heard the wonderful works of God. And Paul feared not at all, but walked in the confidence of God: and her faith also was increased as she kissed his chains.

19 Now when Thecla was sought by her own people and by Thamyris, she was looked for through the streets as one lost; and one of the fellow-servants of the doorkeeper told that she went out by night. And they examined the doorkeeper and he told them that she was gone to the stranger unto the prison; and they went as he told them and found her as it were bound with him, in affection. And they went forth thence and gathered the multitude to them and showed it to the governor.

20 And he commanded Paul to be brought to the judgement seat; but Thecla rolled herself upon the place where Paul taught when he sat in the prison. And the governor commanded her also to be brought to the judgement seat, and she went exulting with joy.

And when Paul was brought the second time the people cried out more vehemently: "He is a sorcerer, away with him!" But the governor heard Paul gladly concerning the holy works of Christ: and he took counsel, and called Thecla and said: "Why wilt thou not marry Thamyris, according to the law of the Iconians?" but she stood looking earnestly upon Paul, and when she answered not, her mother Theocleia cried out, saying: "Burn the lawless one, burn her that is no bride in the midst of the theatre, that all the women which have been taught by this man may be afraid."

21 And the governor was greatly moved: and he scourged Paul and sent him out of the city, but Thecla he condemned to be burned. And straightway the governor arose and went to the theatre: and all the multitude went forth unto the dreadful spectacle.

But Thecla, as the lamb in the wilderness looks about for the shepherd, so sought for Paul: and she looked upon the multitude and saw the Lord sitting, like unto Paul, and said: "As if I were not able to endure, Paul is come to look upon me." And she earnestly paid heed to him: but he departed into the heavens.

Paul now fasting in the monastery, thus "having gone to heaven" not knowing what is happening to Thecla.

22 Now the boys and the maidens brought wood and hay to burn Thecla: and when she was brought in naked,
in a later section she is in a girdle - so clearly not naked
the governor wept and marvelled at the power that was in her. And they laid the wood, and the executioner bade her mount upon the pyre: and she, making the sign of the cross, went up upon the wood. And they lighted it, and though a great fire blazed forth, the fire took no hold on her; for God had compassion on her, and caused a sound under the earth, and a cloud
(The image of cloud is referring to the pillar of cloud that guided the Israelites out of Egypt, is used for the cardinal of the Church, thus this official has stopped the execution)
overshadowed her above, full of rain and hail, and all the vessel of it was poured out so that many were in peril of death, and the fire was quenched, and Thecla was preserved.

23 Now Paul was fasting with Onesiphorus and his wife and their children in an open sepulchre on the way whereby they go from Iconium to Daphne. And when many days were past, as they fasted, the boys said unto Paul: "We are hungry."

They are on a Nazarite retreat of six days , the wife is the Mother superior and the children are the initiates participating with him.


And they had not wherewith to buy bread, for Onesiphorus had left the goods of this world, and followed Paul with all his house.

But Paul took off his upper garment and said: Go, child, buy several loaves and bring them.

What follows is similar to the five loaves in the Feeding the 5000 and shows that Paul is promoting Onesiphorus.

And as the boy was buying, he saw his neighbor Thecla, and was astonished, and said: Thecla, whither goest thou? And she said: I seek Paul, for I was preserved from the fire. And the boy said: Come, I will bring thee unto him, for he mourns for thee and prays and fasts now these six days.

24 And when she came to the sepulchre unto Paul, who had bowed his knees and was praying and saying: "O Father of Christ, let not the fire take hold on Thecla, but spare her, for she is thine": she standing behind him cried out: "O Father that made heaven and earth, the Father of thy beloved child Jesus Christ, I bless thee for that thou hast preserved me from the fire, that I might see Paul."

And Paul arose and saw her and said: O God the knower of hearts, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, I bless thee that thou hast speedily accomplished that which I asked of thee, and hast hearkened unto me.

25 And there was much love within the sepulchre, for Paul rejoiced, and Onesiphorus, and all of them. And they had five loaves, and herbs, and water (and salt), and they rejoiced for the holy works of Christ.

And Thecla said unto Paul: "I will cut my hair round about and follow thee whithersoever thou goest. " But he said: "The time is ill-favored and thou art comely: beware lest another temptation take thee, worse than the first, and thou endure it not but play the coward."

Note how the female is still responsible for causing the man to rape her, though she must struggle to stop it!

And Thecla said: "Only give me the seal in Christ, and temptation shall not touch me". And Paul said: "Have patience, Thecla, and thou shalt receive the water."

The "water" is symbolic of the stage of entry of men into the monastery who wash in the cistern inside the walls of the monastery according to the Essene principles. She has a few years to go before that.

Barnabas with Paul continue the First Mission Journey from Iconium to Lycaonia, and Lystra March 45 AD
Acts 14:04 ἐσχίσθη δὲ τὸ πλη̃θος τη̃ς πόλεως, καὶ οἱ μὲν ἠ̃σαν σὺν τοι̃ς Ἰουδαίοις οἱ δὲ σὺν τοι̃ς ἀποστόλοις.
Acts 14:05 ὡς δὲ ἐγένετο ὁρμὴ τω̃ν ἐθνω̃ν τε καὶ Ἰουδαίων σὺν τοι̃ς ἄρχουσιν αὐτω̃ν ὑβρίσαι καὶ λιθοβολη̃σαι αὐτούς,
Acts 14:06 συνιδόντες κατέφυγον εἰς τὰς πόλεις τη̃ς Λυκαονίας Λύστραν καὶ Δέρβην καὶ τὴν περίχωρον,
Acts 14:07 κἀκει̃ εὐαγγελιζόμενοι ἠ̃σαν.

Acts 14:04 And the multitude of the city was divided, and some were with the Jews, and some with the apostles, Acts 14:05 and when there was a purpose both of the nations and of the Jews with their rulers to use [them] despitefully, and to stone them,

Acts 14:06 they having become aware, did flee to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra, and Derbe, and to the region round about, Acts 14:07 and there they were proclaiming good news.

Acts 14:04 And the multitude of the city was divided, and some were with the Jews, and some with the apostles, Acts 14:05 and when there was a purpose both of the nations and of the Jews with their rulers to use [them] despitefully, and to stone them,

According to the Acts of Paul and Thecla, the city is divided on the issue of celibacy and being threatened with stoning Paul and Barnabas flee to Lystra.

Acts 14:06 they having become aware, did flee to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra, and Derbe, and to the region round about, Acts 14:07 and there they were proclaiming good news.

Jesus' youngest brother Simon-Silas (lame man) is initiated at age 23 Sept 45
Acts 14:08 Καί τις ἀνὴρ ἀδύνατος ἐν Λύστροις τοι̃ς ποσὶν ἐκάθητο, χωλὸς ἐκ κοιλίας μητρὸς αὐτου̃, ὃς οὐδέποτε περιεπάτησεν.
Acts 14:09 οὑ̃τος ἤκουσεν του̃ Παύλου λαλου̃ντος· ὃς ἀτενίσας αὐτῳ̃ καὶ ἰδὼν ὅτι ἔχει πίστιν του̃ σωθη̃ναι
Acts 14:10 εἰ̃πεν μεγάλῃ φωνῃ̃, Ἀνάστηθι ἐπὶ τοὺς πόδας σου ὀρθός. καὶ ἥλατο καὶ περιεπάτει.

Acts 14:08 And a certain man in Lystra, impotent in the feet, was sitting, being lame from the womb of his mother -- who never had walked, Acts 14:09 this one was hearing Paul speaking, who, having steadfastly beheld him, and having seen that he has faith to be saved, Acts 14:10 said with a loud voice, 'Stand up on your feet upright;'and he was springing and walking,

Acts 14:08 And a certain man in Lystra, impotent in the feet, was sitting, being lame from the womb of his mother -- who never had walked, Acts 14:09 this one was hearing Paul speaking, who, having steadfastly beheld him, and having seen that he has faith to be saved, Acts 14:10 said with a loud voice, 'Stand up on your feet upright;'and he was springing and walking,

Jesus' youngest brother Simon-Silas (lame man) at the age of 23 has come to Lystra to join the monastery there and is initiated by Paul at age 23.

In Lystra Barnabas is called Zeus and Paul is called Hermes/ Paul is stoned but survives and they go to Derbe Sept 45
Acts 14:11 οἵ τε ὄχλοι ἰδόντες ὃ ἐποίησεν Παυ̃λος ἐπη̃ραν τὴν φωνὴν αὐτω̃ν Λυκαονιστὶ λέγοντες, Οἱ θεοὶ ὁμοιωθέντες ἀνθρώποις κατέβησαν πρὸς ἡμα̃ς·
Acts 14:12 ἐκάλουν τε τὸν Βαρναβα̃ν Δία, τὸν δὲ Παυ̃λον Ἑρμη̃ν, ἐπειδὴ αὐτὸς ἠ̃ν ὁ ἡγούμενος του̃ λόγου.
Acts 14:13 ὅ τε ἱερεὺς του̃ Διὸς του̃ ὄντος πρὸ τη̃ς πόλεως ταύρους καὶ στέμματα ἐπὶ τοὺς πυλω̃νας ἐνέγκας σὺν τοι̃ς ὄχλοις ἤθελεν θύειν.
Acts 14:14 ἀκούσαντες δὲ οἱ ἀπόστολοι Βαρναβα̃ς καὶ Παυ̃λος, διαρρήξαντες τὰ ἱμάτια αὐτω̃ν ἐξεπήδησαν εἰς τὸν ὄχλον, κράζοντες
Acts 14:15 καὶ λέγοντες, Ἄνδρες, τί ταυ̃τα ποιει̃τε; καὶ ἡμει̃ς ὁμοιοπαθει̃ς ἐσμεν ὑμι̃ν ἄνθρωποι, εὐαγγελιζόμενοι ὑμα̃ς ἀπὸ τούτων τω̃ν ματαίων ἐπιστρέφειν ἐπὶ θεὸν ζω̃ντα ὃς ἐποίησεν τὸν οὐρανὸν καὶ τὴν γη̃ν καὶ τὴν θάλασσαν καὶ πάντα τὰ ἐν αὐτοι̃ς·
Acts 14:16 ὃς ἐν ται̃ς παρῳχημέναις γενεαι̃ς εἴασεν πάντα τὰ ἔθνη πορεύεσθαι ται̃ς ὁδοι̃ς αὐτω̃ν·
Acts 14:17 καίτοι οὐκ ἀμάρτυρον αὑτὸν ἀφη̃κεν ἀγαθουργω̃ν, οὐρανόθεν ὑμι̃ν ὑετοὺς διδοὺς καὶ καιροὺς καρποφόρους, ἐμπιπλω̃ν τροφη̃ς καὶ εὐφροσύνης τὰς καρδίας ὑμω̃ν.
Acts 14:18 καὶ ταυ̃τα λέγοντες μόλις κατέπαυσαν τοὺς ὄχλους του̃ μὴ θύειν αὐτοι̃ς.
Acts 14:19 Ἐπη̃λθαν δὲ ἀπὸἈντιοχείας καὶ Ἰκονίου Ἰουδαι̃οι, καὶ πείσαντες τοὺς ὄχλους καὶ λιθάσαντες τὸν Παυ̃λον ἔσυρον ἔξω τη̃ς πόλεως, νομίζοντες αὐτὸν τεθνηκέναι.
Acts 14:20 κυκλωσάντων δὲ τω̃ν μαθητω̃ν αὐτὸν ἀναστὰς εἰση̃λθεν εἰς τὴν πόλιν. καὶ τῃ̃ ἐπαύριον ἐξη̃λθεν σὺν τῳ̃ Βαρναβᾳ̃ εἰς Δέρβην.

Acts 14:11 and the multitudes having seen what Paul did, did lift up their voice, in the speech of Lycaonia, saying, 'The gods, having become like men, did come down unto us;' Acts 14:12 they were calling also Barnabas Zeus, and Paul Hermes, since he was the leader in speaking.

Acts 14:13 And the priest of the Zeus that is before their city, oxen and garlands unto the porches having brought, with the multitudes did wish to sacrifice, Acts 14:14 and having heard, the apostles Barnabas and Paul, having rent their garments, did spring into the multitude, crying Acts 14:15 and saying, 'Men, why these things do you? and we are men like-affected with you, proclaiming good news to you, from these vanities to turn unto the living God, who made the heaven, and the earth, and the sea, and all the things in them; Acts 14:16 who in the past generations did suffer all the nations to go on in their ways, Acts 14:17 though, indeed, without witness He did not leave himself, doing good -- from heaven giving rains to us, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness;' Acts 14:18 and these things saying, scarcely did they restrain the multitudes from sacrificing to them.

Acts 14:19 And there came thither, from Antioch of Pisidia and Iconium, Jews, and they having persuaded the multitudes, and having stoned Paul, dragged him outside of the city, having supposed him to be dead; Acts 14:20 and the disciples having surrounded him, having risen he entered into the city, and on the morrow he went forth with Barnabas to Derbe.

Acts 14:11 and the multitudes having seen what Paul did, did lift up their voice, in the speech of Lycaonia, saying, 'The gods, having become like men, did come down unto us;' Acts 14:12 they were calling also Barnabas Zeus, and Paul Hermes, since he was the leader in speaking.

Acts 14:13 And the priest of the Zeus that is before their city, oxen and garlands unto the porches having brought, with the multitudes did wish to sacrifice, Acts 14:14 and having heard, the apostles Barnabas and Paul, having rent their garments, did spring into the multitude, crying Acts 14:15 and saying, 'Men, why these things do you? and we are men like-affected with you, proclaiming good news to you, from these vanities to turn unto the living God, who made the heaven, and the earth, and the sea, and all the things in them; Acts 14:16 who in the past generations did suffer all the nations to go on in their ways, Acts 14:17 though, indeed, without witness He did not leave himself, doing good -- from heaven giving rains to us, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness;' Acts 14:18 and these things saying, scarcely did they restrain the multitudes from sacrificing to them.

Acts 14:19 And there came thither, from Antioch of Pisidia and Iconium, Jews, and they having persuaded the multitudes, and having stoned Paul, dragged him outside of the city, having supposed him to be dead; Acts 14:20 and the disciples having surrounded him, having risen he entered into the city, and on the morrow he went forth with Barnabas to Derbe.

At Lystra, it appears that the previous evangelists used images of the people's gods as a means of converting the people. Barnabas was made Zeus and Paul was made Hermes. (Note that Barnabas is depicted a Zeus because he is the brother of Jesus, the King David, and Paul is Hermes because of his great speaking ability.) Both Barnabas and Paul found this concept repugnant and were evicted from the city. Paul was stoned, but survived and they go to Derbe.

46 AD - Retracing steps to Pamphylia, then to Perga and Attalia, and sailing back to Antioch ending First Mission Journey, Council of Jerusalem allows the uncircumcised / Paul and Barnabas returning to Antioch with Jesus' other brothers Jude and Simon
Paul retraces his First Mission Journey with Barnabas from Lystra to Iconium to Antioch of Pisidia to Perga then Attalia to Antioch in Syria March 46 AD
Acts 14:21 Εὐαγγελισάμενοί τε τὴν πόλιν ἐκείνην καὶ μαθητεύσαντες ἱκανοὺς ὑπέστρεψαν εἰς τὴν Λύστραν καὶ εἰς Ἰκόνιον καὶ εἰς Ἀντιόχειαν,
Acts 14:22 ἐπιστηρίζοντες τὰς ψυχὰς τω̃ν μαθητω̃ν, παρακαλου̃ντες ἐμμένειν τῃ̃ πίστει, καὶ ὅτι διὰ πολλω̃ν θλίψεων δει̃ ἡμα̃ς εἰσελθει̃ν εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν του̃ θεου̃.
Acts 14:23 χειροτονήσαντες δὲ αὐτοι̃ς κατ'ἐκκλησίαν πρεσβυτέρους προσευξάμενοι μετὰ νηστειω̃ν παρέθεντο αὐτοὺς τῳ̃ κυρίῳ εἰς ὃν πεπιστεύκεισαν.
Acts 14:24 καὶ διελθόντες τὴν Πισιδίαν ἠ̃λθον εἰς τὴν Παμφυλίαν,
Acts 14:25 καὶ λαλήσαντες ἐν Πέργῃ τὸν λόγον κατέβησαν εἰς Ἀττάλειαν.
Acts 14:26 κἀκει̃θεν ἀπέπλευσαν εἰς Ἀντιόχειαν, ὅθεν ἠ̃σαν παραδεδομένοι τῃ̃ χάριτι του̃ θεου̃ εἰς τὸ ἔργον ὃ ἐπλήρωσαν.
Acts 14:27 παραγενόμενοι δὲ καὶ συναγαγόντες τὴν ἐκκλησίαν ἀνήγγελλον ὅσα ἐποίησεν ὁ θεὸς μετ'αὐτω̃ν καὶ ὅτι ἤνοιξεν τοι̃ς ἔθνεσιν θύραν πίστεως.
Acts 14:28 διέτριβον δὲ χρόνον οὐκ ὀλίγον σὺν τοι̃ς μαθηται̃ς.

Acts 14:21 Having proclaimed good news also to that city, and having discipled many, they turned back to Lystra, and Iconium, and Antioch of Pisidia Paul and Barnabas, Acts 14:22 confirming the souls of the disciples, exhorting to remain in the faith, and that through many tribulations it behooves us to enter into the reign of God, Acts 14:23 and having appointed to them by vote elders in every assembly, having prayed with fastings, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

Acts 14:24 And having passed through Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia, Acts 14:25 and having spoken in Perga the word, they went down to Attalia, Acts 14:26 and thence did sail to Antioch, whence they had been given by the grace of God for the work that they fulfilled; Acts 14:27 and having come and gathered together the assembly, they declared as many things as God did with them, and that He did open to the nations a door of faith; Acts 14:28 and they abode there not a little time with the disciples.

Acts 14:21 Having proclaimed good news also to that city, and having discipled many, they turned back to Lystra, and Iconium, and Antioch of Pisidia , Acts 14:22 confirming the souls of the disciples, exhorting to remain in the faith, and that through many tribulations it behooves us to enter into the reign of God, Acts 14:23 and having appointed to them by vote elders in every assembly, having prayed with fastings, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

Acts 14:24 And having passed through Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia, Acts 14:25 and having spoken in Perga the word, they went down to Attalia, Acts 14:26 and thence did sail to Antioch of Syria, whence they had been given by the grace of God for the work that they fulfilled; Acts 14:27 and having come and gathered together the assembly, they declared as many things as God did with them, and that He did open to the nations a door of faith; Acts 14:28 and they abode there not a little time with the disciples.

Paul and Barnabas retraced their steps back through Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch in Pisidia. They went throughout Pisidia, Pamphylia, then to Perga, Attalia, and sailed back to Antioch in Syria where Paul ends his first journey. Thecla is

ACTS OF PAUL - PAUL AND THECLA #2

On passing back through Iconium Paul took Thecla with him to Antioch and shortly he will have to defend her chastity against a man called Alexander. (There is an Alexander, born into a wealthy Jewish family of Alexandria but abandoning or neglecting the Jewish religion, rose to become procurator of Judea (c. 46 – 48)). With the help of the mother superior Tryphaena, Thecla is entered into the nunnery as a bride of Jesus. In Acts the Jewish Christians of Antioch dispute with Paul about his principle of not requiring circumcision.

26 And Paul sent away Onesiphorus with all his house unto Iconium, and so took Thecla and entered into Antioch: and as they entered in, a certain Syriarch, Alexander by name, saw Thecla and was enamored of her, and would have bribed Paul with money and gifts. But Paul said: "I know not the woman of whom thou speaks, neither is she mine."

But as he was of great power, he himself embraced her in the highway; and she rebuffed him and sought after Paul and cried out bitterly, saying: "Force not the stranger, force not the handmaid of God. I am of the first of the Iconians, and because I would not marry Thamyris, I am cast out of the city." And she caught at Alexander and rent his cloak and took the wreath from his head and made him a mocking-stock.

Paul appears to be oblivious to the attempted rape and again Thecla must defend herself.

27 But he alike loving her and being ashamed of what had befallen him, brought her before the governor; and when she confessed that she had done this, he condemned her to the beasts;

Again the principle that women cause their rape!

But the women were greatly amazed, and cried out at the judgement seat: "An evil judgement, an impious judgement!" And Thecla asked of the governor that she might remain a virgin until she should fight the beasts; and a certain rich queen, Tryphaena by name, whose daughter had died, took her into her keeping, and had her for a consolation.

Tryphaena is clearly the Mother Superior and is referred to by Paul in his letter to the Romans:
(Romans 16:12) "Greet those workers in the Lord, Tryphaena and Tryphosa. Greet the beloved Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord."

28 Now when the beasts were led in procession, they bound her to a fierce lioness,

the symbol 'lion' is used to represent a king and thus a temporal queen will intervene on Thecla's behalf after being petitioned by the spiritual queen Tryphaena.

and the queen Tryphaena followed after her: but the lioness, when Thecla was set upon her, licked her feet, and all the people marvelled. Now the writing of her accusation was: 'Guilty of sacrilege.'And the women with their children cried out from above: "O God, an impious judgement cometh to pass in this city." And after the procession Tryphaena took her again. For her daughter Falconilla, which was dead, had said to her in a dream: "Mother, thou shalt take in my stead Thecla the stranger that is desolate, that she may pray for me and I be translated into the place of the righteous".

29 When therefore Tryphaena received her after the procession, she alike bewailed her because she was to fight the beasts on the morrow, and also, loving her closely as her own daughter Falconilla; and said: "Thecla, my second child, come, pray thou for my child that she may live for ever; for this have I seen in a dream." And she without delay lifted up her voice and said: "O my God, Son of the Most High that art in heaven, grant unto her according to her desire, that her daughter Faleonilla may live forever." And after she had said this, Tryphaena bewailed her, considering that so great beauty was to be cast unto the beasts.

30 And when it was dawn, Alexander came to take her-for it was he that was giving the games-saying: "The governor is set and the people trouble us: give me her that is to fight the beasts, that I may take her away." But Tryphaena cried aloud so that he fled away, saying: "A second mourning for my Falconilla cometh about in mine house, and there is none to help, neither child, for she is dead, nor kinsman, for I am a widow. O God of Thecla my child, help thou Thecla."

31 And the governor sent soldiers to fetch Thecla: and Tryphaena left her not, but herself took her hand and led her up, saying: "I did bring my daughter Falconilla unto the sepulchre; but thee, Thecla, do I bring to fight the beasts." And Thecla wept bitterly and groaned unto the Lord, saying: "Lord God in whom I believe, with whom I have taken refuge, that savedst me from the fire, reward thou Tryphaena who hath had pity on thine handmaid, and hath kept me pure."

32 There was therefore a tumult, and a voice of the beasts, and shouting of the people, and of the women which sat together, some saying: "Bring in the sacrilegious one!" and the women saying: "Away with the city for this unlawful deed! away with all us, thou proconsul! it is a bitter sight, an evil judgement! "

38 But Thecla, being taken out of the hand of Tryphaena, was stripped and a girdle put upon her, and was cast into the stadium: and lions and bears were set against her. And a fierce lioness running to her lay down at her feet, and the press of women cried aloud. And a bear ran upon her; but the lioness ran and met him, and tore the bear in sunder. And again a lion, trained against men, which was Alexander's, ran upon her, and the lioness wrestled with him and was slain along with him. And the women bewailed yet more, seeing that the lioness also that succored her was dead.

34 Then did they put in many beasts, while she stood and stretched out her hands and prayed. And when she had ended her prayer, she turned and saw a great tank full of water, and said: "Now is it time that I should wash myself. And she cast herself in, saying: In the name of Jesus Christ do I baptize myself on the last day." And all the women seeing it and all the people wept, saying: "Cast not thyself into the water:" so that even the governor wept that so great beauty should be devoured by seals. So, then, she cast herself into the water in the name of Jesus Christ; and the seals, seeing the light of a flash of fire, floated dead on the top of the water. And there was about her a cloud of fire, so that neither did the beasts touch her, nor was she seen to be naked.

The imagination of the story-teller has got the best of him as this is the part where Thecla is rescued and baptized into finally entered in the monastery. The seal is the "seal in Christ" which she asked from Paul earlier in the story

35 Now the women, when other more fearful beasts were put in, shrieked aloud, and some cast leaves, and others nard, others cassia, and some balsam, so that there was a multitude of odors;

"Nard' was used by Mary Magdalene in her wedding with Jesus and it image here is the concept of becoming "a bride of Christ".

(The next section is deleted as Thecla is now a nun and has the "seal of Christ" to protect her.)

38 And when the governor heard this, he commanded garments to be brought and said: Put on these garments. And she said: "He that clad me when I was naked among the beasts, the same in the day of judgement will clothe me with salvation." And she took the garments and put them on. And the governor forthwith issued out an act, saying: "I release unto you Thecla the godly, the servant of God." And all the women cried out with a loud voice and as with one mouth gave praise to God, saying: "One is the God who hath preserved Thecla: so that with their voice all the city shook."

39 And Tryphaena, when she was told the good tidings, met her with much people and embraced Thecla and said: "Now do I believe that the dead are raised up: now do I believe that my child liveth: come within, and I will make thee heir of all my substance." Thecla therefore went in with her and rested in her house eight days, teaching her the word of God, so that the more part of the maid-servants also believed, and there was great joy in the house.

Jesus Justus (great Joy) is 9; Jesus' daughter Tamar (Phoebe) is 12 June 46
Acts 15:03 Οἱ μὲν οὐ̃ν προπεμφθέντες ὑπὸ τη̃ς ἐκκλησίας διήρχοντο τήν τε Φοινίκην καὶ Σαμάρειαν ἐκδιηγούμενοι τὴν ἐπιστροφὴν τω̃ν ἐθνω̃ν, καὶ ἐποίουν χαρὰν μεγάλην πα̃σιν τοι̃ς ἀδελφοι̃ς.

Acts 15:03 they indeed, then, having been sent forward by the assembly, were passing through Phoenicia and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the nations, and they were causing great joy to all the brethren.

Acts 15:03 they indeed, then, having been sent forward by the assembly, were passing through Phoenicia and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the nations, and they were causing great joy to all the brethren.

"Great joy" is Jesus Justus now 9 years of and Jesus' daughter Tamar (Phoebe) coming of age at 12 in June. They are both in Samaria with Mary Magdalene. Paul, being a bishop, stopped there on his way to Jerusalem to perform her Bat Mitzvah as Jesus did for Mary Magdalene in 29 AD. (See Healing of the Menstruous Women (Helena) and of Jairus' (Judas') daughter (Mary Magdalene).) Being baptized, she takes the name Phoebe, the birth name of her grandmother (Helena). Paul is enamored with her and will ask Jesus for her hand in marriage when he returns.

Council of Jerusalem To resolve the issue of circumcision June 46 AD
Acts 15:01 Καί τινες κατελθόντες ἀπὸ τη̃ς Ἰουδαίας ἐδίδασκον τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς ὅτι Ἐὰν μὴ περιτμηθη̃τε τῳ̃ ἔθει τῳ̃ Μωῢσέως, οὐ δύνασθε σωθη̃ναι.
Acts 15:02 γενομένης δὲ στάσεως καὶ ζητήσεως οὐκ ὀλίγης τῳ̃ Παύλῳ καὶ τῳ̃ Βαρναβᾳ̃ πρὸς αὐτοὺς ἔταξαν ἀναβαίνειν Παυ̃λον καὶ Βαρναβα̃ν καί τινας ἄλλους ἐξ αὐτω̃ν πρὸς τοὺς ἀποστόλους καὶ πρεσβυτέρους εἰς Ἰερουσαλὴμ περὶ του̃ ζητήματος τούτου.
Acts 15:04 παραγενόμενοι δὲ εἰς Ἰερουσαλὴμ παρεδέχθησαν ἀπὸ τη̃ς ἐκκλησίας καὶ τω̃ν ἀποστόλων καὶ τω̃ν πρεσβυτέρων, ἀνήγγειλάν τε ὅσα ὁ θεὸς ἐποίησεν μετ'αὐτω̃ν.
Acts 15:05 ἐξανέστησαν δέ τινες τω̃ν ἀπὸ τη̃ς αἱρέσεως τω̃ν Φαρισαίων πεπιστευκότες, λέγοντες ὅτι δει̃ περιτέμνειν αὐτοὺς παραγγέλλειν τε τηρει̃ν τὸν νόμον Μωῢσέως.
Acts 15:06 Συνήχθησαν δὲ οἱ ἀπόστολοι καὶ οἱ πρεσβύτεροι ἰδει̃ν περὶ του̃ λόγου τούτου.
Acts 15:07 πολλη̃ς δὲ ζητήσεως γενομένης ἀναστὰς Πέτρος εἰ̃πεν πρὸς αὐτούς, Ἄνδρες ἀδελφοί, ὑμει̃ς ἐπίστασθε ὅτι ἀφ'ἡμερω̃ν ἀρχαίων ἐν ὑμι̃ν ἐξελέξατο ὁ θεὸς διὰ του̃ στόματός μου ἀκου̃σαι τὰ ἔθνη τὸν λόγον του̃ εὐαγγελίου καὶ πιστευ̃σαι·
Acts 15:08 καὶ ὁ καρδιογνώστης θεὸς ἐμαρτύρησεν αὐτοι̃ς δοὺς τὸ πνευ̃μα τὸ ἅγιον καθὼς καὶ ἡμι̃ν,
Acts 15:09 καὶ οὐθὲν διέκρινεν μεταξὺ ἡμω̃ν τε καὶ αὐτω̃ν, τῃ̃ πίστει καθαρίσας τὰς καρδίας αὐτω̃ν.
Acts 15:10 νυ̃ν οὐ̃ν τί πειράζετε τὸν θεόν, ἐπιθει̃ναι ζυγὸν ἐπὶ τὸν τράχηλον τω̃ν μαθητω̃ν ὃν οὔτε οἱ πατέρες ἡμω̃ν οὔτε ἡμει̃ς ἰσχύσαμεν βαστάσαι;
Acts 15:11 ἀλλὰ διὰ τη̃ς χάριτος του̃ κυρίου Ἰησου̃ πιστεύομεν σωθη̃ναι καθ'ὃν τρόπον κἀκει̃νοι.
Acts 15:12 Ἐσίγησεν δὲ πα̃ν τὸ πλη̃θος, καὶ ἤκουον Βαρναβα̃ καὶ Παύλου ἐξηγουμένων ὅσα ἐποίησεν ὁ θεὸς σημει̃α καὶ τέρατα ἐν τοι̃ς ἔθνεσιν δι'αὐτω̃ν.
Acts 15:13 Μετὰ δὲ τὸ σιγη̃σαι αὐτοὺς ἀπεκρίθη Ἰάκωβος λέγων, Ἄνδρες ἀδελφοί, ἀκούσατέ μου.
Acts 15:14 Συμεὼν ἐξηγήσατο καθὼς πρω̃τον ὁ θεὸς ἐπεσκέψατο λαβει̃ν ἐξ ἐθνω̃ν λαὸν τῳ̃ ὀνόματι αὐτου̃.
Acts 15:15 καὶ τούτῳ συμφωνου̃σιν οἱ λόγοι τω̃ν προφητω̃ν, καθὼς γέγραπται,
Acts 15:16 Μετὰ ταυ̃τα ἀναστρέψω καὶ ἀνοικοδομήσω τὴν σκηνὴν Δαυὶδ τὴν πεπτωκυι̃αν, καὶ τὰ κατεσκαμμένα αὐτη̃ς ἀνοικοδομήσω καὶ ἀνορθώσω αὐτήν,
Acts 15:17 ὅπως ἂν ἐκζητήσωσιν οἱ κατάλοιποι τω̃ν ἀνθρώπων τὸν κύριον, καὶ πάντα τὰ ἔθνη ἐφ'οὓς ἐπικέκληται τὸ ὄνομά μου ἐπ'αὐτούς, λέγει κύριος ποιω̃ν ταυ̃τα
Acts 15:18 γνωστὰ ἀπ'αἰω̃νος.
Acts 15:19 διὸ ἐγὼ κρίνω μὴ παρενοχλει̃ν τοι̃ς ἀπὸ τω̃ν ἐθνω̃ν ἐπιστρέφουσιν ἐπὶ τὸν θεόν,
Acts 15:20 ἀλλὰ ἐπιστει̃λαι αὐτοι̃ς του̃ ἀπέχεσθαι τω̃ν ἀλισγημάτων τω̃ν εἰδώλων καὶ τη̃ς πορνείας καὶ του̃ πνικτου̃ καὶ του̃ αἵματος·
Acts 15:21 Μωῢση̃ς γὰρ ἐκ γενεω̃ν ἀρχαίων κατὰ πόλιν τοὺς κηρύσσοντας αὐτὸν ἔχει ἐν ται̃ς συναγωγαι̃ς κατὰ πα̃ν σάββατον ἀναγινωσκόμενος.

Acts 15:01 And certain having come down from Judea, were teaching the brethren -- 'If you be not circumcised after the custom of Moses, you are not able to be saved;' Acts 15:02 there having been, therefore, not a little dissension and disputation to Paul and Barnabas with them, they arranged for Paul and Barnabas, and certain others of them, to go up unto the apostles and elders to Jerusalem about this question,

Acts 15:04 And having come to Jerusalem, they were received by the assembly, and the apostles, and the elders, they declared also as many things as God did with them; Acts 15:05 and there rose up certain of those of the sect of the Pharisees who believed, saying -- 'It behooves to circumcise them, to command them also to keep the law of Moses.'

Acts 15:06 And there were gathered together the apostles and the elders, to see about this matter, Acts 15:07 and there having been much disputing, Peter having risen up said unto them, 'Men, brethren, you know that from former days, God among us did make choice, through my mouth, for the nations to hear the word of the good news, and to believe; Acts 15:08 and the heart-knowing God did bare them testimony, having given to them the Holy Spirit, even as also to us, Acts 15:09 and did put no difference also between us and them, by the faith having purified their hearts; Acts 15:10 now, therefore, why do you tempt God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? Acts 15:11 but, through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, we believe to be saved, even as also they.'

Acts 15:12 And all the multitude did keep silence, and were hearkening to Barnabas and Paul, declaring as many signs and wonders as God did among the nations through them;

Acts 15:13 and after they are silent, James answered, saying, 'Men, brethren, hearken to me; Acts 15:14 Simeon did declare how at first God did look after to take out of the nations a people for His name, Acts 15:15 and to this agree the words of the prophets, as it has been written: Acts 15:16 After these things I will turn back, and I will build again the tabernacle of David, that is fallen down, and its ruins I will build again, and will set it upright -- Acts 15:17 that the residue of men may seek after the Lord, and all the nations, upon whom My name has been called, said the Lord, who is doing all these things. Acts 15:18 'Known from the ages to God are all His works; Acts 15:19 therefore I judge: not to trouble those who from the nations do turn back to God, Acts 15:20 but to write to them to abstain from the pollutions of the idols, and the whoredom, and the strangled thing; and the blood; Acts 15:21 for Moses from former generations in every city has those preaching him -- in the synagogues every sabbath being read.'

Acts 15:01 And certain having come down from Judea, were teaching the brethren -- 'If you be not circumcised after the custom of Moses, you are not able to be saved;' Acts 15:02 there having been, therefore, not a little dissension and disputation to Paul and Barnabas with them, they arranged for Paul and Barnabas, and certain others of them, to go up unto the apostles and elders to Jerusalem about this question,

Acts 15:04 And having come to Jerusalem, they were received by the assembly, and the apostles, and the elders, they declared also as many things as God did with them; Acts 15:05 and there rose up certain of those of the sect of the Pharisees who believed, saying -- 'It behooves to circumcise them, to command them also to keep the law of Moses.'

Paul and Barnabas had taught that circumcision was not necessary and this had aroused the ire of the Jewish Christians who were lead by James, the brother of Jesus and bishop of Jerusalem, so they were sent to Jerusalem to justify their actions. A council is held in June at Jerusalem to discuss circumcision.

Acts 15:06 And there were gathered together the apostles and the elders, to see about this matter, Acts 15:07 and there having been much disputing, Peter having risen up said unto them, 'Men, brethren, you know that from former days, God among us did make choice, through my mouth, for the nations to hear the word of the good news, and to believe; Acts 15:08 and the heart-knowing God did bare them testimony, having given to them the Holy Spirit, even as also to us, Acts 15:09 and did put no difference also between us and them, by the faith having purified their hearts; Acts 15:10 now, therefore, why do you tempt God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? Acts 15:11 but, through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, we believe to be saved, even as also they.'

Peter explains his position as "Ear" of Jesus (See Peter cuts off the ear of James). No doubt he tells of his "dream" related to making a the Gentile Cornelius an equal to a Jew. (Jesus introduces a major policy change to Peter to give uncircumcised Gentiles equal standing.)

Acts 15:12 And all the multitude did keep silence, and were hearkening to Barnabas and Paul, declaring as many signs and wonders as God did among the nations through them;

Paul and Barnabas tell of their get reception among the Gentiles on their first missionary journey. Certainly describing the perversions of the previous Jewish missionaries who had allowed idol worship (Barnabas is called Zeus and Paul is called Hermes and their retaliation when these missionaries felt that Barnabas and Paul had were impinging on their franchise.

Acts 15:13 and after they are silent, James (brother of Jesus and bishop of Jerusalem) answered, saying, 'Men, brethren, hearken to me; Acts 15:14 Simeon (Peter: Simeon who is called Niger) did declare how at first God did look after to take out of the nations a people for His name, Acts 15:15 and to this agree the words of the prophets, as it has been written: Acts 15:16 After these things I will turn back, and I will build again the tabernacle of David, that is fallen down, and its ruins I will build again, and will set it upright -- Acts 15:17 that the residue of men may seek after the Lord, and all the nations, upon whom My name has been called, said the Lord, who is doing all these things. Acts 15:18 'Known from the ages to God are all His works;

James supports the words of Jesus from Peter's "dream" and agrees that God, after he had saved the nation of Israel, intended to save all nations. This is the task that Jesus Christ has set us to accomplish.

Acts 15:19 therefore I judge: not to trouble those who from the nations do turn back to God, Acts 15:20 but to write to them to abstain from the pollutions of the idols, and the whoredom, and the strangled thing; and the blood; Acts 15:21 for Moses from former generations in every city has those preaching him -- in the synagogues every sabbath being read.'

James agrees to allow the followers to be uncircumcised provided that they abstain from idol worship (the situation that Barnabas and Paul had related), the Roman festivals that included sex, and the slaughtering and cutting of animals in blood sacrifices (the Essenes had stopped this practice).

A written statement is sent with Paul and the three younger brothers of Jesus: Joses-Barnabas, Jude, and Simon-Silas to Antioch Autumn 46 AD
Acts 15:22 Τότε ἔδοξε τοι̃ς ἀποστόλοις καὶ τοι̃ς πρεσβυτέροις σὺν ὅλῃ τῃ̃ ἐκκλησίᾳ ἐκλεξαμένους ἄνδρας ἐξ αὐτω̃ν πέμψαι εἰς Ἀντιόχειαν σὺν τῳ̃ Παύλῳ καὶ Βαρναβᾳ̃, Ἰούδαν τὸν καλούμενον Βαρσαββα̃ν καὶ Σίλαν, ἄνδρας ἡγουμένους ἐν τοι̃ς ἀδελφοι̃ς,
Acts 15:23 γράψαντες διὰ χειρὸς αὐτω̃ν, Οἱ ἀπόστολοι καὶ οἱ πρεσβύτεροι ἀδελφοὶ τοι̃ς κατὰ τὴν Ἀντιόχειαν καὶ Συρίαν καὶ Κιλικίαν ἀδελφοι̃ς τοι̃ς ἐξ ἐθνω̃ν χαίρειν.
Acts 15:24 Ἐπειδὴ ἠκούσαμεν ὅτι τινὲς ἐξ ἡμω̃ν [ἐξελθόντες] ἐτάραξαν ὑμα̃ς λόγοις ἀνασκευάζοντες τὰς ψυχὰς ὑμω̃ν, οἱ̃ς οὐ διεστειλάμεθα,
Acts 15:25 ἔδοξεν ἡμι̃ν γενομένοις ὁμοθυμαδὸν ἐκλεξαμένους ἄνδρας πέμψαι πρὸς ὑμα̃ς σὺν τοι̃ς ἀγαπητοι̃ς ἡμω̃ν Βαρναβᾳ̃ καὶ Παύλῳ,
Acts 15:26 ἀνθρώποις παραδεδωκόσι τὰς ψυχὰς αὐτω̃ν ὑπὲρ του̃ ὀνόματος του̃ κυρίου ἡμω̃ν Ἰησου̃ Χριστου̃.
Acts 15:27 ἀπεστάλκαμεν οὐ̃ν Ἰούδαν καὶ Σίλαν, καὶ αὐτοὺς διὰ λόγου ἀπαγγέλλοντας τὰ αὐτά.
Acts 15:28 ἔδοξεν γὰρ τῳ̃ πνεύματι τῳ̃ ἁγίῳ καὶ ἡμι̃ν μηδὲν πλέονἐπιτίθεσθαι ὑμι̃ν βάρος πλὴν τούτων τω̃ν ἐπάναγκες,
Acts 15:29 ἀπέχεσθαι εἰδωλοθύτων καὶ αἵματος καὶ πνικτω̃ν καὶ πορνείας· ἐξ ὡ̃ν διατηρου̃ντες ἑαυτοὺς εὐ̃ πράξετε. Ἔρρωσθε.
Acts 15:30 Οἱ μὲν οὐ̃ν ἀπολυθέντες κατη̃λθον εἰς Ἀντιόχειαν, καὶ συναγαγόντες τὸ πλη̃θος ἐπέδωκαν τὴν ἐπιστολήν·
Acts 15:31 ἀναγνόντες δὲ ἐχάρησαν ἐπὶ τῃ̃ παρακλήσει.
Acts 15:32 Ἰούδας τε καὶ Σίλας, καὶ αὐτοὶ προφη̃ται ὄντες, διὰ λόγου πολλου̃ παρεκάλεσαν τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς καὶ ἐπεστήριξαν·
Acts 15:33 ποιήσαντες δὲ χρόνον ἀπελύθησαν μετ'εἰρήνης ἀπὸ τω̃ν ἀδελφω̃ν πρὸς τοὺς ἀποστείλαντας αὐτούς.
Acts 15:34 Not in Vaticanus
Acts 15:35 Παυ̃λος δὲ καὶ Βαρναβα̃ς διέτριβον ἐν Ἀντιοχείᾳ διδάσκοντες καὶ εὐαγγελιζόμενοι μετὰ καὶ ἑτέρων πολλω̃ν τὸν λόγον του̃ κυρίου.

Acts 15:22 Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole assembly, chosen men out of themselves to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas -- Judas called Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren -- Acts 15:23 having written through their hand thus: 'The apostles, and the elders, and the brethren, to those in Antioch, and Syria, and Cilicia, brethren, who [are] of the nations, greeting; Acts 15:24 seeing we have heard that certain having gone forth from us did trouble you with words, subverting your souls, saying to be circumcised and to keep the law, to whom we did give no charge, Acts 15:25 it seemed good to us, having come together with one accord, chosen men to send unto you, with our beloved Barnabas and Paul -- Acts 15:26 men who have given up their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ -- Acts 15:27 we have sent, therefore, Judas and Silas, and they by word are telling the same things.

Acts 15:28 'For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, no more burden to lay upon you, except these necessary things: Acts 15:29 to abstain from things offered to idols, and blood, and a strangled thing, and whoredom; from which keeping yourselves, you shall do well; be strong!'

Acts 15:30 They then, indeed, having been let go, went to Antioch, and having brought the multitude together, did deliver the epistle, Acts 15:31 and they having read, did rejoice for the consolation; Acts 15:32 Judas also and Silas, being themselves also prophets, through much discourse did exhort the brethren, and confirm, Acts 15:33 and having passed some time, they were let go with peace from the brethren unto the apostles; Acts 15:34 and it seemed good to Silas to remain there still.

Acts 15:35 And Paul and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and proclaiming good news -- with many others also -- the word of the Lord;

Acts 15:22 Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole assembly, chosen men out of themselves to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas -- Judas called Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren --

All the brothers of Jesus have signed their name to this agreement to allow circumcision. They are on the Jewish Christian side: James the brother of Jesus and Jude, the third brother of Jesus. On the Christian side Joses (Barnabas), the second brother of Jesus, and Simon (Silas), the fourth brother of Jesus. Note that Jude is called Barsabbas which is the surname used for James ("Joseph called Barsabbas") in Replacing Judas in June 33 AD thus supporting the fact that they are brothers of Jesus.

Acts 15:23 having written through their hand thus: 'The apostles, and the elders, and the brethren, to those in Antioch, and Syria, and Cilicia, brethren, who [are] of the nations, greeting; Acts 15:24 seeing we have heard that certain having gone forth from us did trouble you with words, subverting your souls, saying to be circumcised and to keep the law, to whom we did give no charge, Acts 15:25 it seemed good to us, having come together with one accord, chosen men to send unto you, with our beloved Barnabas and Paul -- Acts 15:26 men who have given up their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ -- Acts 15:27 we have sent, therefore, Judas and Silas, and they by word are telling the same things.

Acts 15:28 'For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, no more burden to lay upon you, except these necessary things: Acts 15:29 to abstain from things offered to idols, and blood, and a strangled thing, and whoredom; from which keeping yourselves, you shall do well; be strong!'

Acts 15:30 They then, indeed, having been let go, went to Antioch, and having brought the multitude together, did deliver the epistle, Acts 15:31 and they having read, did rejoice for the consolation; Acts 15:32 Judas also and Silas, being themselves also prophets, through much discourse did exhort the brethren, and confirm, Acts 15:33 and having passed some time, they were let go with peace from the brethren unto the apostles; Acts 15:34 and it seemed good to Silas to remain there still.

Acts 15:35 And Paul and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and proclaiming good news -- with many others also -- the word of the Lord;

All three brothers bring the decree from Jerusalem to the people of Antioch and they rejoice. Simon stays with Paul in Antioch.

Simon-Silas, born in 22 AD. Silas derived from the Hebrew word sela (seh'-lah) meaning rock similar to " - Cephas" (rock) for Peter and "Oblias" (bulwark of the people - from Eusebius Church History II.23 quoting Hegesippus) for James the Just. (Psalm 18:2:"The LORD is my rock")
(Silvanus, mistaken for a small Roman deity, is a corruption from Silas in various letters of Paul, and 1Peter.) He is the Lame man who never walked: Healed by Paul (Acts 14:08-10)
Silas: Paul, Barnabas, Judas & Silas (Acts 15:22)
Silvanus: Faithful brother with Peter (1Peter 05:12)
Man 4 under a (Nazarite) vow: Simon-Silas married appears in Acts 21:23-24: He "shaved his head", meaning marrying, at the age of 36 in June 58 AD
(See The Five Brothers, sons of Mary)

47 AD - Paul disagrees with Barnabas over taking John Mark on the proposed Second Missionary Journey / Barnabas and John Mark take their Mission Journey to Cyprus (Acts of Barnabas) / Paul leads Second Mission Journey with Simon-Silas / Paul Attends Timothy's Bar Mitzvah in Lystra
Paul wants to begins a Second Mission Journey with Barnabas, but Barnabas wants to include John Mark and Paul does not agree to this June 47 AD
Acts 15:36 Μετὰ δέ τινας ἡμέρας εἰ̃πεν πρὸς Βαρναβα̃ν Παυ̃λος, Ἐπιστρέψαντες δὴ ἐπισκεψώμεθα τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς κατὰ πόλιν πα̃σαν ἐν αἱ̃ς κατηγγείλαμεν τὸν λόγον του̃ κυρίου, πω̃ς ἔχουσιν.
Acts 15:37 Βαρναβα̃ς δὲ ἐβούλετο συμπαραλαβει̃ν καὶ τὸν Ἰωάννην τὸν καλούμενον Μα̃ρκον·
Acts 15:38 Παυ̃λος δὲ ἠξίου τὸν ἀποστάντα ἀπ'αὐτω̃ν ἀπὸ Παμφυλίας καὶ μὴ συνελθόντα αὐτοι̃ς εἰς τὸ ἔργον μὴ συμπαραλαμβάνειν του̃τον.
Acts 15:39 ἐγένετο δὲ παροξυσμὸς ὥστε ἀποχωρισθη̃ναι αὐτοὺς ἀπ'ἀλλήλων, τόν τε Βαρναβα̃ν παραλαβόντα τὸν Μα̃ρκον ἐκπλευ̃σαι εἰς Κύπρον.

Acts 15:36 and after certain days, Paul said unto Barnabas, 'Having turned back again, we may look after our brethren, in every city in which we have preached the word of the Lord -- how they are.'

Acts 15:37 And Barnabas counseled to take with [them] John called Mark, Acts 15:38 and Paul was not thinking it good to take him with them who withdrew from them from Pamphylia, and did not go with them to the work; Acts 15:39a there came, therefore, a sharp contention, so that they were parted from one another, and Barnabas having taken Mark, did sail to Cyprus,

Acts 15:36 and after certain days, Paul said unto Barnabas, 'Having turned back again, we may look after our brethren, in every city in which we have preached the word of the Lord -- how they are.'

Acts 15:37 And Barnabas counseled to take with [them] John called Mark, Acts 15:38 and Paul was not thinking it good to take him with them who withdrew from them from Pamphylia, and did not go with them to the work; Acts 15:39a there came, therefore, a sharp contention, so that they were parted from one another,

Barnabas and Paul intend to begin a second mission, but Barnabas wants to take John Mark. Paul thinks that it is not a good idea to have John Mark, who sides with Mary Magdalene at the divorce. Barnabas who hears that Jesus is intending to marry again, decides to go to Cyprus with John Mark, which is in the territory of Simon Magus. (See Simon Magus (Elymas the Magian) with Agrippa II.)

Jesus' younger brother Simon (Christian name Silas) now accompanies Paul. It is a tearful breakup and Jesus intervenes to say that they need to what they think is right.

This scene is described in the Acts of Barnabas.


Acts of Barnabas

And I (John Mark) found Paul in bed in Antioch from the toil of the journey, who also seeing me, was exceedingly grieved on account of my delaying in Pamphylia. And Barnabas coming, encouraged him, and tasted bread, and he took a little of it. (Taking the sacrament.) And they preached the word of the Lord, and enlightened many of the Jews and Greeks. And I only attended to them, and was afraid of Paul to come near him, both because he held me as having spent much time in Pamphylia, and because he was quite enraged against me. And I gave repentance on my knees upon the earth to Paul, and he would not endure it. And when I remained for three Sabbaths in entreaty and prayer on my knees, I was unable to prevail upon him about myself; for his great grievance against me was on account of my keeping several parchments in Pamphylia.

This is an interesting insight into the anger of Paul when he protects of Jesus. The parchments must have been some documents related to the divorce of Jesus by Mary Magdalene.

And when it came to pass that they finished teaching in Antioch, on the first of the week they took counsel together to set out for the places of the East, and after that to go into Cyprus, and oversee all the churches in which they had spoken the word of God. And Barnabas entreated Paul to go first to Cyprus, and oversee his own in his village; and Lucius entreated him to take the oversight of his city Cyrene. And a vision was seen by Paul in sleep, that he should hasten to Jerusalem, because the brethren expected him there. But Barnabas urged that they should go to Cyprus, and pass the winter, and then that they should go to Jerusalem at the feast. Great contention, therefore, arose between them. And Barnabas urged me also to accompany them, on account of my being their servant from the beginning, and on account of my having served them in all Cyprus until they came to Perga of Pamphylia; and I there had remained many days. But Paul cried out against Barnabas, saying: It is impossible for him to go with us. And those who were with us there urged me also to accompany them, because there was a vow upon me to follow them to the end. So that Paul said to Barnabas: If thou wilt take John who also is surnamed Mark with thee, go another road; for he shall not come with us. And Barnabas coming to himself, said: The grace of God does not desert him who has once served the Gospel and journeyed with us. If, therefore, this be agreeable to thee, Father Paul, I take him and go. And he said: Go thou in the grace of Christ, and we in the power of the Spirit.

Therefore, bending their knees, they prayed to God. And Paul, groaning aloud, wept, and in like manner also Barnabas, saying to one another: It would have been good for us, as at first, so also at last, to work in common among men; but since it has thus seemed good to thee, Father Paul, pray for me that my labor may be made perfect to commendation: for thou knowest how I have served thee also to the grace of Christ that has been given to thee. For I go to Cyprus, and hasten to be made perfect; for I know that I shall no more see thy face, O Father Paul. And falling on the ground at his feet, he wept long. And Paul said to him: The Lord stood by me also this night, saying, Do not force Barnabas not to go to Cyprus, for there it has been prepared for him to enlighten many; and do thou also, in the grace that has been given to thee, go to Jerusalem to worship in the holy place, and there it shall be shown thee where thy martyrdom has been prepared. And we saluted one another, and Barnabas took me to himself.


Acts 15:39b and Barnabas having taken Mark, did sail to Cyprus,

Next is shown the rest of the Acts of Barnabas which is a quite reliable source on most accounts for the Mission in Cyprus, which was not included in Acts. John Mark, the scribe of the Gospel of John. demonstrates his writing ability.


Acts of Barnabas - The Journeyings and Martyrdom of St. Barnabas the Apostle

And having come down to Syrian Laodicea, we sought to cross to Cyprus; and having found a ship going to Cyprus, we embarked. And when we had set sail, the wind was found to be contrary. And we came to Corasium; and having gone down to the shore where there was a fountain, we rested there, showing ourselves to no one, that no one might know that Barnabas had separated from Paul. And having set sail from Corasium, we came to the regions of Isauria, and thence came to a certain island called Pityusa; and a storm having come on, we remained there three days; and a certain pious man entertained us, by name Euphemus, whom also Barnabas instructed in many things in the faith, with all his house.

And thence we sailed past the Aconesiae, and came to the city of Anemurium; and having gone into it, we found two Greeks. And coming to us, they asked whence and who we were. And Barnabas said to them: If you wish to know whence and who we are, throw away the clothing which you have, and I shall put on you clothing which never becomes soiled; for neither is there in it anything filthy, but it is altogether splendid. And being astonished at the saying, they asked us: What is that garment which you are going to give us? And Barnabas said to them: If you shall confess your sins, and submit yourselves to our Lord Jesus Christ, you shall receive that garment which is incorruptible for ever. And being pricked at heart by the Holy Spirit, they fell at his feet, entreating and saying: We beseech thee, father, give us that garment; for we believe in the living and true God whom thou proclaims. And leading them down to the fountain, he baptized them into the name of Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost. And they knew that they were clothed with power, and a holy robe. And having taken from me one robe, he put it on the one; and his own robe he put on the other. And they brought money to him, and straightway Barnabas distributed it to the poor. And from them also the sailors were able to gain many things.

And they having come down to the shore, he spoke to them the word of God; and he having blessed them, we saluted them, and went on board the ship. And the one of them who was named Stephanus wished to accompany us, and Barnabas did not permit him. And we, having gone across, sailed down to Cyprus by night; and having come to the place called Crommyacita, we found Timon and Ariston the temple servants, at whose house also we were entertained.

And Timon was afflicted by much fever. And having laid our hands upon him, we straightway removed his fever, having called upon the name of the Lord Jesus. And Barnabas had received documents from Matthew, a book of the word of God, and a narrative of miracles and doctrines. This Barnabas laid upon the sick in each place that we came to, and it immediately made a cure of their sufferings.

And when we had come to Lapithus, and an idol festival being celebrated in the theatre, they did not allow us to go into the city, but we rested a little at the gate. And Timon, after he rose up from his disease, came with us. And having gone forth from Lapithus, we travelled through the mountains, and came to the city of Lampadistus, of which also Timon was a native; in addition to whom, having found also that Heracleius was there, we were entertained by him. He was of the city of Tamasus, and had come to visit his relations; and Barnabas, looking steadfastly at him, recognized him, having met with him formerly at Citium with Paul; to whom also the Holy Spirit was given at baptism, and he changed his name to Heracleides. And having ordained him bishop over Cyprus, and having confirmed the church in Tamasus, we left him in the house of his brethren that dwelt there.

Timon was one Seven Church Leaders Chosen in June 37 AD. His healing from disease is a metaphor for his conversion to the Christian Church symbolized by Matthew's gospel, which was in the process of being written.

And having crossed the mountain called Chionodes, we came to Old Paphos, and there found Rhodon, a temple servant, who also, having himself believed, accompanied us. And we met a certain Jew, by name Barjesus, coming from Paphos, who also recognized Barnabas, as having been formerly with Paul. He did not wish us to go into Paphos; but having turned away, we came to Curium.

Here is Bar-Jesus (Simon Magus under Jesus) actually often Jesus' superior, however he is now an adversary to the Christian Church because of the rift caused by Mary Magdalene's divorce and Simon Magus assassination of Agrippa I (Paul accused of him (Bar-Jesus, the sorcerer, of killing Agrippa II's father.)

And we found that a certain abominable race was being performed in the road near the city, where a multitude of women and men naked were performing the race. And there was great deception and error in that place. And Barnabas turning, rebuked it; and the western part fell, so that many were wounded, and many of them also died and the rest fled to the temple of Apollo, which was close at hand in the city called Curium And when we came near the temple, a great multitude of Jews who were there, having been put up to it by Barjesus, stood outside of the city, and did not allow us to go into the city; but we spent the evening under a tree near the city, and rested there.

This is the similar tactic that was used by original mission and by Simon Magus to absorb pagan rituals into the Church.

And on the following day, we came to a certain village where Aristoclianus dwelt. He being a leper, had been cleansed in Antioch, whom also Paul and Barnabas sealed to be a bishop, and sent to his village in Cyprus, because there were many Greeks there. And we were entertained in the cave by him in the mountain, and there we remained one day. And thence we came to Amathus and there was a great multitude of Greeks in the temple in the mountain, low women and men pouring libations. There also Barjesus, getting the start of us, gained over the nation of the Jews, and did not allow us to enter into the city; but a certain widow woman, eighty years old, being outside of the city, and she also not worshipping the idols, coming forward to us, took us into her house one hour. And when we came out we shook the dust off our feet over against that temple where the libation of the abominable took place.

And having gone out thence, we came through desert places, and Timon also accompanied us. And having come to Citium, and there being a great uproar there also in their hippodrome, having learned this, we came forth out of the city, having all shaken the dust off our feet; for no one received us, except that we rested one hour in the gate near the aqueduct.

And having set sail in a ship from Citium, we came to Salamis, and landed in the so-called islands, where there was a place full of idols; and there there took place high festivals and libations. And having found Heracleides there again, we instructed him to proclaim the Gospel of God, and to set up churches, and ministers in them. And having gone into Salamis, we came to the synagogue near the place called Biblia; and when we had gone into it, Barnabas, having unrolled the Gospel which he had received from Matthew his fellow-laborer, began to teach the Jews.

This is an amazing revelation as it shows the scholars to be absolutely wrong about when the Gospels were written. The timeframe of the Acts of Barnabas is clearly in the year 47 AD by connection to these events with Acts and it can be seen that he Gospel of Matthew is already completed!

And Barjesus, having arrived after two days, after not a few Jews had been instructed, was enraged, and brought together all the multitude of the Jews; and they having laid hold of Barnabas, wished to hand him over to Hypatius, the governor of Salamis. And having bound him to take him away to the governor, and a pious Jebusite, a kinsman of Nero,

Having come to Cyprus, the Jews, learning this, took Barnabas by night, and bound him with a rope by the neck; and having dragged him to the hippodrome from the synagogue, and having gone out of the city, standing round him, they burned him with fire, so that even his bones became dust. And straightway that night, having taken his dust, they cast it into a cloth; and having secured it with lead, they intended to throw it into the sea.

This a metaphor for Simon Magus (Bar-Jesus) excommunicating Barnabas from his rival Mission. Note that John Mark is not hurt because he is on his side with Mary Magdalene. However, it probably indicates that Nero has him killed probably at the time of Peter and Paul's deaths (64 - 65 AD). In fact he is mentioned in ACTS OF PAUL - THE MARTYRDOM 65 AD as been killed by fire by Nero.

But I, finding an opportunity in the night, and being able along with Timon and Rhodon to carry it. we came to a certain place, and having found a cave, put it down there, where the nation of the Jebusites formerly dwelt. And having found a secret place in it, we put it away, with the documents which he had received from Matthew. And it was the fourth hour of the night of the second of the week in June.

And when we were hid in the place, the Jews made no little search after us; and having almost found us, they pursued us as far as the village of the Ledrians; and we, having found there also a cave near the village, took refuge in it, and thus escaped them. And we were hid in the cave three days; and the Jews having gone away, we came forth and left the place by night. And taking with us Ariston and Rhodon, we came to the village of Limnes.

And having come to the shore, we found an Egyptian ship; and having embarked in it, we landed at Alexandria. And there I remained, teaching the brethren that came the word of the Lord, enlightening them, and preaching what I had been taught by the apostles of Christ, who also baptized me into the name of Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; who also changed my name to Mark in the water of baptism, by which also I hope to bring many to the glory of God through His grace; because to Him is due honor and everlasting glory.


Alexandria means that he stayed with the Therapeuts whose head quarters were there.

Amen.

Paul begins his Second Mission Journey with Simon-Silas from Antioch through Syria and Cilicia to Derbe and Lystra, June 47 AD
Acts 15:40 Παυ̃λος δὲ ἐπιλεξάμενος Σίλαν ἐξη̃λθεν παραδοθεὶς τῃ̃ χάριτι του̃ κυρίου ὑπὸ τω̃ν ἀδελφω̃ν,
Acts 15:41 διήρχετο δὲ τὴν Συρίαν καὶ τὴν Κιλικίαν ἐπιστηρίζων τὰς ἐκκλησίας.
Acts 15:40 and Paul having chosen Silas, went forth, having been given up to the grace of God by the brethren; Acts 15:41 and he went through Syria and Cilicia confirming the assemblies.

Acts 15:40 and Paul having chosen Silas, went forth, having been given up to the grace of God by the brethren; Acts 15:41 and he went through Syria and Cilicia confirming the assemblies.

Paul officiates at Timothy's 13th birthday Sept 47 AD
Acts 16:01 Κατήντησεν δὲ εἰς Δέρβην καὶ εἰς Λύστραν. καὶ ἰδοὺ μαθητής τις ἠ̃ν ἐκει̃ ὀνόματι Τιμόθεος, υἱὸς γυναικὸς Ἰουδαίας πιστη̃ς πατρὸς δὲ Ἕλληνος,
Acts 16:02 ὃς ἐμαρτυρει̃το ὑπὸ τω̃ν ἐν Λύστροις καὶ Ἰκονίῳ ἀδελφω̃ν.
Acts 16:03 του̃τον ἠθέλησεν ὁ Παυ̃λος σὺν αὐτῳ̃ ἐξελθει̃ν, καὶ λαβὼν περιέτεμεν αὐτὸν διὰ τοὺς Ἰουδαίους τοὺς ὄντας ἐν τοι̃ς τόποις ἐκείνοις, ᾔδεισαν γὰρ ἅπαντες τὸν πατέρα αὐτου̃ ὅτι Ἕλλην ὑπη̃ρχεν.

Acts 16:01 And he came to Derbe and Lystra, and lo, a certain disciple was there, by name Timothy son of a certain woman, a believing Jewess, but of a father, a Greek, Acts 16:02 who was well testified to by the brethren in Lystra and Iconium; Acts 16:03 this one did Paul wish to go forth with him, and having taken [him], he circumcised him, because of the Jews who are in those places, for they all knew his father -- that he was a Greek.

Acts 16:01 And he came to Derbe and Lystra, and lo, a certain disciple was there, by name Timothy (Timothy) son of a certain woman, a believing Jewess (Salome, daughter of Thomas and Herodias, adopted daughter of Herod Antipas. See the"Beheading" of John the Baptist), but of a father, a Greek (Aristobulus, the son of Herod of Chalcis thus technically from Idumea like his great grandfather Herod the Great, but now associated with the Greeks), Acts 16:02 who was well testified to by the brethren in Lystra and Iconium; Acts 16:03 this one did Paul wish to go forth with him, and having taken [him], he circumcised him (merely symbolic - See Jesus' symbolic circumcision), because of the Jews who are in those places, for they all knew his father -- that he was a Greek.

Paul officiates at Timothy's Bar Mitzvah.

48 AD - Paul continues Second Mission Journey with Simon-Silas in Phrygia and the region of Galatia Jesus' Letters to the Seven Churches / Coronation of Agrippa II / Purging Simon from the Gospel of John / Jesus the Lamb opens the Gospels /Canonizing the Gospels
Using the first 7 plagues from Moses (8,9,10 are not used) repeated in four sets of seven quarters for total of 28 quarters = seven years.
(See Explanation for 6AD plague)
8th seven year
plague cycle
blood
Ex. 7:14–25
frogs
Ex. 7:25–8:11
gnats/lice
Ex. 8:16–19
flies
Ex. 8:20–32
cattle
Ex. 9:1–7
boils
Ex. 9:8–12
hail/fire
Ex. 9:13–35
firstMar 48
Rev 11:06
Jun 48Sep 48Jan 49Mar 49June 49Sep 49
secondJan 50Mar 50Jun 50Sep 50Jan 51Mar 51Jun 51
thirdSep 51Jan 52Mar 52Jun 52Sep 52Jan 53Mar 53
fourthJun 53Sep 53Jan 54Mar 54Jun 54Sep 54Jan 55
Paul continues his Second Mission Journey with Simon-Silas from Lystra through Phrygia, Galatia, and Mysia to Troas March 48
Acts 16:04 ὡς δὲ διεπορεύοντο τὰς πόλεις, παρεδίδοσαν αὐτοι̃ς φυλάσσειν τὰ δόγματα τὰ κεκριμένα ὑπὸ τω̃ν ἀποστόλων καὶ πρεσβυτέρων τω̃ν ἐν Ἰεροσολύμοις.
Acts 16:05 αἱ μὲν οὐ̃ν ἐκκλησίαι ἐστερεου̃ντο τῃ̃ πίστει καὶ ἐπερίσσευον τῳ̃ ἀριθμῳ̃ καθ'ἡμέραν.
Acts 16:06 Διη̃λθον δὲ τὴν Φρυγίαν καὶ Γαλατικὴν χώραν, κωλυθέντες ὑπὸ του̃ ἁγίου πνεύματος λαλη̃σαι τὸν λόγον ἐν τῃ̃ Ἀσίᾳ·
Acts 16:07 ἐλθόντες δὲ κατὰ τὴν Μυσίαν ἐπείραζον εἰς τὴν Βιθυνίαν πορευθη̃ναι, καὶ οὐκ εἴασεν αὐτοὺς τὸ πνευ̃μα Ἰησου̃·
Acts 16:08 παρελθόντες δὲ τὴν Μυσίαν κατέβησαν εἰς Τρῳάδα.

Acts 16:04 And as they were going on through the cities, they were delivering to them the decrees to keep, that have been judged by the apostles and the elders who [are] in Jerusalem (Qumran), Acts 16:05 then, indeed, were the assemblies established in the faith, and were abounding in number every day; Acts 16:06 and having gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia, Acts 16:07 having gone toward Mysia, they were trying to go on toward Bithynia, and the Spirit did not suffer them, Acts 16:08 and having passed by Mysia, they came down to Troas.

Acts 16:04 And as they were going on through the cities, they were delivering to them the decrees to keep, that have been judged by the apostles and the elders who [are] in Jerusalem (Qumran), Acts 16:05 then, indeed, were the assemblies established in the faith, and were abounding in number every day; Acts 16:06 and having gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia, Acts 16:07 having gone toward Mysia, they were trying to go on toward Bithynia, and the Spirit did not suffer them, Acts 16:08 and having passed by Mysia, they came down to Troas.

Apparently, Jesus does not want Paul to go to Ephesus for the canonizing of the Gospels as there are still some factions who do not agree with Paul's teaching.

Jesus,who was living on Patmos, had been told of the great event in Ephesus where the Gospels would be canonized and that he would be the one allowed to open the Gospels. Feeling that he would now be able to actively lead the Church, he decided to accentuate his leadership qualities first with a powerful description of himself and then to act as a leader by dictating a letter to each of the Seven Churches. The year in which these letters were written, can be determined to be sometime after the death of Herod of Chalcis in 48 AD, Bernice's husband, when it was rumored that she was having an incestuous relationship with her twin brother Agrippa II, thus Jesus accuses her of licentious behavior. (See Jezebel in the letter to fourth Church at Thyatira.)
Rev 01:01 αποκαλυψιc ιυ χυ ην εδωκεν αυτω ο θc δειξαι τοιc αγιοιc αυτου α δει γε>νεcθαι εν ταχει και εcημανεν αποcτειλαc δια του αγγελου αυτου τω δουλω αυτου ϊωανει
Rev 01:02 οc εμαρτυρη>cεν τον λογον του θυ και την μαρτυριαν ιυ χυ οcα ϊδε
Rev 01:03 μακαριοc ο αναγινωcκων και οι α>κουοντεc τον λογον τηc προφητιαc και τηρουντεc τα εν αυτη γεγραμμενα ο γαρ καιροc εγγυc
Rev 01:04 ϊωανηc ταιc επτα εκκληcιαιc ταιc εν τη αcια χαριc υμιν και ειρηνη απο ο ων και ο ην και ο ερχομενοc και απο των επτα πνατων των ε>νωπιον του θρονου αυτου
Rev 01:05 και απο ιυ χυ ο μαρτυc ο πιcτοc ο πρωτοτοκοc τω νεκρων και ο αρχω των βαcειλειων τηc γηc ┬ αγαπωντι ημαc και λυcαντι ┬ εκ των αμαρτιων ημων εν τω αιματι αυτου
Rev 01:06 και εποιηcεν ημαc βαcιλεια ┬ ϊερειc τω θω και πρι αυτου αυτω η δοξα και το κρατοc ειc το αιωνα των αιωνω αμην ·
Rev 01:07 ϊδου ερχεται μετα των νεφελω και οψονται αυτον παρ οφθαλμοc και οιτινεc ┬ εξεκεντηcαν και κοψονται ┬ αυτον παcαι αι φυλαι τηc γηc ναι αμη
Rev 01:08 εγω ειμι το αλφα και εγω και το ω αρχη και τελοc λεγει κc ο θc ο ων και ο ην και ο ερχομενοc ο παντοκρατωρ
Rev 01:09 εγω ιανηc ο αδελφοc ϋμων και cυνκοινωνοc εν τη θλιψι και βαcιλεια και ϋπομονη ενι ιυ ┬ εγενομην εν τη νηcω τη καλουμενη πατμω δια τον λογο του θυ και δια την μαρτυριαν ιυ ┬

Rev 01:01 A revelation of Jesus Christ, that God gave to him, to show to his saints (Nestle-Aland has servants) what things it behooves to come to pass quickly; and he did signify [it], having sent through his angel to his servant John, Rev 01:02 who did testify the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ, as many things also as he did see.

Rev 01:03 Happy is he who is reading, and those hearing, the words of the prophecy, and keeping the things written in it -- for the time is near!

Rev 01:04 John to the seven assemblies that [are] in Asia: Grace to you, and peace, from Him who is, and who was, and who is coming, and from the Seven Spirits that are before His throne, Rev 01:05 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first-born out of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth; to him who did love us, and did bathe us from our sins in his blood, Rev 01:06 and did make us kings and priests to his God and Father, to him [is] the glory and the power to the ages of the ages! Amen.

Rev 01:07 Lo, he does come with the clouds, and see him shall every eye, even those who did pierce him, and wail because of him shall all the tribes of the land. Yes! Amen!

Rev 01:08 'I am the Alpha and the Omega, beginning and end', says the Lord, who is, and who was, and who is coming -- the Almighty.

Rev 01:09 I, John, who also [am] your brother, and fellow-partner in the tribulation, and in the reign and endurance, of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, because of the word of God, and because of the testimony of Jesus Christ;

(John Aquila writes:)
Rev 01:01 A revelation of Jesus Christ, that God gave to him, to show to the saints (other text has servants) what things it behooves to come to pass quickly; and he did signify [it], having sent through his angel (Matthew Annas)

Matthew Annas' older brother Jonathan Annas (Stephen) who was High Priest 36-37 AD had recommended his brother Matthew to be High Priest in 43 AD acknowledging the fact that his brother had much more tact that himself:
Josephus: Antiquities of the Jews 19.6.4
And now king Agrippa took the [high] priesthood away from Simon Cantheras, and put Jonathan, the son of Ananus, into it again, and owned that he was more worthy of that dignity than the other. But this was not a thing acceptable to him, to recover that his former dignity. So he refused it, and said, "O king! I rejoice in the honor that thou hast for me, and take it kindly that thou would give me such a dignity of thy own inclinations, although God hath judged that I am not at all worthy of the high priesthood. I am satisfied with having once put on the sacred garments; for I then put them on after a more holy manner than I should now receive them again. But if thou desires that a person more worthy than myself should have this honorable employment, give me leave to name thee such a one. I have a brother that is pure from all sin against God, and of all offenses against thyself; I recommend him to thee, as one that is fit for this dignity." So the king was pleased with these words of his, and passed by Jonathan, and, according to his brother's desire, bestowed the high priesthood upon Matthias.

After he was deposed, Matthew Annas, became the focal point for all the factions of the Church who accepted him as their superior even though they had other differences. Jesus had returned from the monastery for the Birth of his second son in September and, having been presented with Mary Magdalene's request for divorce, asked Matthew Annas for approval to allow him to stay outside of the monastery, to teach as the Holy Spirit, and to seek another wife. Matthew, being a Sadducee, gives his blessing.

to his servant John (Aquila), Rev 01:02 who did testify the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ, as many things also as he did see.

Jesus on the Island of Patmos composes a letter to each of the Seven Churches, written down by John Aquila. Each letter is placed in its hierarchical order like the Seven Leaders Chosen in June 37 AD. These letters became the beginning of the Book of Revelation which was to contain a raz-pesher style.

Rev 01:03 Happy is he who is reading, and those hearing, the words of the prophecy, and keeping the things written in it -- for the time is near!

Rev 01:04 John to the seven assemblies that [are] in Asia: Grace to you, and peace, from Him who is, and who was, and who is coming, and from the Seven Spirits that are before His throne, (reference to Matthew Annas - Spirit 7, the top position)
Rev 01:05 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first-born out of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth; to him who did love us, and did bathe us from our sins in his blood, Rev 01:06 and did make us kings and priests to his God and Father, to him [is] the glory and the power to the ages of the ages! Amen.

Rev 01:07 Lo, he does come with the clouds (reference to position 3, the position that Jesus held as Holy Spirit. See Trial of Jesus before Caiaphas (Mark 14:62) where Jesus said, "You shall see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of the power, and coming with the clouds, of the heaven.",

and see him shall every eye, even those who did pierce him, and wail because of him shall all the tribes of the land. Yes! Amen!

Rev 01:08 'I am the Alpha and the Omega, beginning and end', says the Lord, who is, and who was, and who is coming -- the Almighty.

Alpha to Omega are the graduation stages of Jesus' church with omega the last letter of the Greek alphabet replacing Tau, the last letter of the Hebrew. This is similar to Simon Magus' designations Samekh (60) Resh (200) Tau (400) = 660+6= 666. (See The Rise of Simon Magus

Rev 01:09 I, John, who also am your brother, and fellow-partner in the tribulation, and in the reign and endurance, of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, because of the word of God, and because of the testimony of Jesus Christ;

John is the brother of James Niceta, shown in the Clementines. His twin brother James had already summarized the years prior (2 BC to 48 AD) in sets of seven years in a raz-pesher format, which is substitutes metaphoric images to disguise the persons or places. These have been inserted here after "The seventh seal was opened" (Rev 8:1) from Rev 8:2 to the end of Chapter 11 at Rev 11:19, where John starts again with Jesus' Bar Mitzvah. (In this combined Acts and Revelation, I have inserted each in their correct time place.)

After writing the letters to the Seven Churches in first three chapters of Revelation (Rev 1.1-3:22) in Patmos in 48 AD, John Aquila and Jesus travel to Ephesus where John records the canonizing of the Four Gospels chapter four up to 8:1 (Rev 4:1-8:1). Then follows the insert by his brother James Niceta (Rev 8:2-11:19).

James Niceta had slighted Jesus in his history because he believed that Jesus was just a pawn of Simon Magus, giving him a mere mention in Rev 08:12 "third of the stars smitten" (See The Fourth Seven Years of the Mission 27-33 AD) and in Rev 9:11 "Jesus as King Abaddon, the angel who returned from death (the abyss) alive" (See The Fifth Seven Years of the Mission 34-40 AD). John Aquila rectifies this by adding a section after James' history on Jesus' Bar Mitzvah and the influence of Simon Magus (666). This is contained in chapter 12 up to 14:5 (Rev 12:1-14:5). (These have been inserted in their correct time place here in this combined Acts and Revelation.)

Nothing more is written in Revelation until 54 AD beginning with the reign of Nero. The writer is probably Tychicus. Paul had made him bishop replacing his older brother Timothy to help him in prison. ("But Tychicus I sent to Ephesus" (2Timothy 4:12). Proof that Timothy was bishop: "Unto Timothy, my true child in faith: Grace, mercy, peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. As I exhorted thee to tarry at Ephesus, when I was going into Macedonia, that thou might charge certain men not to teach a different doctrine" (1Timothy 1:2-3). Also Eusebius Church History shows Timothy as the bishop of Ephesus.)

Description of Jesus as the merging of Priest and King teaching the Seven Churches March 48AD
Rev 01:10 εγενομην εν πνι εν τη κυριακη ημερα και ηκουcα οπιcω μου φωνην μεγαλην ωc cαλπιγγοc
Rev 01:11 λεγουcηc ┬ γραψον ειc το βιβλιον ┬ πεμψον ταιc επτα εκκληcιαιc ειc εφεcον και ειc περγαμον και ειc θυατειρα και ειc ζμυρναν και ειc φιλαδελφια και ειc λαοδικιαν ┬
Rev 01:12 και επεcτρεψα βλεπιν την φωνην ητιc ελαλει μετ εμ(ου) και επιcτρεψαc ειδον επτα λυχνιαc χρυcαc
Rev 01:13 και μεcον των επτα λυχνιω ομοιον υν ανου ενδεδυμενον ποδηρη και περιεζωcμενον προc τοιc μαcθοιc ζωνην χρυcαν
Rev 01:14 η δε κεφαλη αυτου και αι τριχεc λευκαι ωc εριο λευκον ωc χιων και οι οφθαλμοι αυτου ωc φλοξ πυροc
Rev 01:15 και οι ποδεc αυτου ομοιοι χαλκολιβανω ωc εν καμινω πεπυρωμενω και η φωνη αυτου ωc φωνη ϋδατων πολλων
Rev 01:16 και ειχεν εν τη δεξια χειρι αυτου αcτεραc επτα και εκ του cτοματοc αυτου ρομφαια διcτομοc οξεια εκπορευομενη και η οψιc αυτου φαινει ωc ο ηλιοc εν τη δυναμει αυτου
Rev 01:17 και οτε ειδον αυτον επεcα ειc τουc ποδαc αυτου ωcι νεκροc και επεθηκε την δεξιαν αυτου ┬ επ εμε λεγων ┬ εγω ειμι ο πρωτοc και ο εcχατοc
Rev 01:18 ο ζων και εγενομην νεκροc και ιδου ζων ειμι ειc τουc αιωναc των αιωνων ┬ και εχω ταc κλειc του θανατου και του αδου

Rev 01:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's-day, and I heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, Rev 01:11 'I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last; and, what you do see, write in a scroll, and send to the seven assemblies that [are] in Asia; to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamon, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.'

Rev 01:12 And I did turn to see the voice that did speak with me, and having turned, I saw seven golden lamp-stands, Rev 01:13 and in the midst of the seven lamp-stands, [one] like to a son of man, clothed to the foot, and girt round at the breast with a golden girdle, Rev 01:14 and his head and hairs white, as if white wool -- as snow, and his eyes as a flame of fire; Rev 01:15 and his feet like to fine brass, as in a furnace having been fired, and his voice as a sound of many waters, Rev 01:16 and having in his right hand seven stars, and out of his mouth a sharp two-edged sword is proceeding, and his countenance [is] as the sun shining in its might.

Rev 01:17 And when I saw him, I did fall at his feet as dead, and he placed his right hand upon me, saying to me, 'Be not afraid; I am the First and the Last, Rev 01:18 and he who is living, and I did become dead, and, lo, I am living to the ages of the ages. Amen! and I have the keys of the Hades and of the death.

(John Aquila writes:)
Rev 01:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's-day, and I heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, Rev 01:11 'I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last; and, what you do see, write in a scroll, and send to the seven assemblies that [are] in Asia; to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamon, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.'

Rev 01:12 And I did turn to see the voice that did speak with me, and having turned, I saw seven golden lamp-stands, Rev 01:13 and in the midst of the seven lamp-stands, [one] like to a Son of Man (Daniel 7:13 In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a Son of Man,),

clothed to the foot (a long linen gown like a Zadokite priest as prescribed by Ezekiel 44:17: "When they enter the gates of the inner court, they shall wear linen garments; they shall have nothing of wool on them, while they minister at the gates of the inner court, and within.")

and girt round at the breast with a golden girdle, (Since a belt is not worn in the sanctuary it represent Jesus' position amongst the people

Rev 01:14 and his head and hairs white, as if white wool -- as snow, and his eyes as a flame of fire; (Like the Ancient of Days in Daniel 7:9 I kept looking Until thrones were set up, And the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was like white snow And the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames, Its wheels were a burning fire.)

Rev 01:15 and his feet like to fine brass, as in a furnace having been fired, (The money jar his feet not needing tithes of gold like Judas collected, but copper coins as freewill offerings)

and his voice as a sound of many waters, (Baptism)

Rev 01:16 and having in his right hand seven stars, (his son Jesus Justus 12 years old)

and out of his mouth a sharp two-edged sword is proceeding, (having authority over east and west)

and his countenance [is] as the sun shining in its might. (following the solar calendar)

Rev 01:17 And when I saw him, I did fall at his feet as dead, and he placed his right hand upon me, saying to me, 'Be not afraid; I am the First and the Last, Rev 01:18 and he who is living, and I did become dead, and, lo, I am living to the ages of the ages.

and I have the keys of the Hades and of the death. Amen!

Jesus tells them that as he overcame death, so shall they have true life by advancing up the grades of instruction of which he holds the key.

Jesus acknowledges the of the three important sets of seven: his son Jesus Justus (twelve years old), the seven leaders (angels) and the seven congregations (lampstands)
Rev 01:19 γραψον ουν α ειδεc και α ειcιν και α δει μελλειν γενεcθαι μετα ταυτα
Rev 01:20 το μυcτηριον των επτα αcτερων ουc ειδεc επι τηc δεξιαc μου κ(αι) ταc επτα λυχνιαc ταc χρυcαc οι επτα αcτερεc αγγελοι των επτα εκκληcιων και επτα λυχνιαι επτα εκκληcιαι ειcιν

Rev 01:19 'Write the things that you have seen, and the things that are, and the things that are about to come after these things;

Rev 01:20 the secret of the seven stars that you have seen upon my right hand, and the seven golden lamp-stands: the seven stars are angels of the seven assemblies, and the seven lamp-stands that you have seen are seven assemblies.

(John Aquila writes:)
Rev 01:19 'Write the things that you have seen, and the things that are, and the things that are about to come after these things;

Rev 01:20 the secret of the seven stars that you have seen upon my right hand, and the seven golden lamp-stands: the seven stars are angels of the seven assemblies, and the seven lamp-stands that you have seen are seven assemblies.

Jesus gives the definitions of the three important sets of seven:
1. his son Jesus Justus 12 years old in Sept 44 AD, his prince
2. the seven Gentile leaders (angels)
3. the seven assemblies (lampstands)

Letter to first Church at Ephesus March 48AD
Rev 02:01 τω αγγελω τηc εν εφεcω εκκληcιαc γραψον ταδε λεγει ο κρατων τουc επτα αcτεραc εν τη δεξια αυτου χειρι ο περιπατων εν μεcω των επτα λυχνιω των χρυcων
Rev 02:02 οιδα τα εργα cου και τον κοπον cου και τη υπομονην cου κ(αι) οτι ου δυνη βαcταcαι κακουc και επιραcαc τουc λεγονταc εαυτουc αποcτολουc ┬ και ουκ ειcιν και ευρεc αυτουc ψευδειc
Rev 02:03 και υπομονην εχιc και θλιψιc παcαc και εβαcταcαc δια το ονομα μου και ουκ εκοπιαcαc
Rev 02:04 αλλα εχω κατα cου οτι την αγαπην cου την πρωτην αφηκεc
Rev 02:05 μνημονευε ουν ποθε πεπτωκεc και μετανοηcον και τα πρωτα εργα ποιηcο ει δε μη ερχομαι cοι και κινηcω τη λυχνιαν cου εκ του τοπου αυτηc εα μη μετανοηcηc
Rev 02:06 αλλα τουτο εχειc οτι μιcειc τα εργα των νικολαϊτων α καγω μιcω
Rev 02:07 ο εχων ουc ακουcατω τι το πνα λεγει ταιc εκκληcιαιc τω νεικωντι δωcω φαγειν εκ του ξυλου τηc ζωηc ο εcτι εν ┬ τω παραδιcω του θυ

Rev 02:01 'To the angel of the Ephesian assembly write: These things says he who is holding the seven stars in his right hand, who is walking in the midst of the seven lamp-stands -- the golden:

Rev 02:02 I have known your works, and your labor, and your endurance, and that you are not able to bear evil ones, and that you have tried those saying themselves to be apostles and are not, and have found them liars, Rev 02:03 and you did bear, and have endurance, and because of my name have toiled, and have not been weary. Rev 02:04 'But I have against you: That your first love (agape) you did leave! Rev 02:05 remember, then, why you have fallen, and reform, and the first works do; and if not, I come to you quickly, and will remove your lamp-stand from its place -- if you may not reform; Rev 02:06 but this you have, that you do hate the works of the Nicolaitans, that I also hate. Rev 02:07 He who is having an ear -- let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies: To him who is overcoming -- I will give to him to eat of the tree of life that is in the midst of the paradise of God.

(John Aquila writes:)
Rev 02:01 'To the angel of the Ephesian assembly write: These things says he who is holding the seven stars in his right hand, who is walking in the midst of the seven lamp-stands -- the golden:

Rev 02:02 I have known your works, and your labor, and your endurance, and that you are not able to bear evil ones, and that you have tried those saying themselves to be apostles and are not, and have found them liars, Rev 02:03 and you did bear, and have endurance, and because of my name have toiled, and have not been weary. Rev 02:04 'But I have against you: That your first love (agape) you did leave! Rev 02:05 remember, then, why you have fallen, and reform, and the first works do; and if not, I come to you quickly, and will remove your lamp-stand from its place -- if you may not reform; Rev 02:06 but this you have, that you do hate the works of the Nicolaitans, that I also hate. Rev 02:07 He who is having an ear -- let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies: To him who is overcoming -- I will give to him to eat of the tree of life that is in the midst of the paradise of God.

With the reference of agape love, it suggests that the angel is Peter as bishop, having graduated, but still having a problem with "agape" love versus ordinary love ("philos") as he was in April 33AD Resurrection: Catch of 153 fish.

The "Nicolaitans" means those who follow Simon Magus because it was Nicolaus-Blastus who poisoned Agrippa I under the orders of Simon Magus.

Letter to second Church at Smyrna March 48AD
Rev 02:08 και τω αγγελω τηc ε ζμυρνη εκκληcιαc γραψο ταδε λεγει ο πρωτοc και ο εcχατοc οc εγενετο νεκροc και εζηcεν
Rev 02:09 οιδα cου τα εργα και την θλιψιν και την πτωχιαν αλλα πλουcιοc ει και την βλαcφημιαν την εκ των λεγοντων ϊουδαιων ειναι εαυτουc και ουκ ειcιν αλλα cυναγωγη του cατανα ┬
Rev 02:10 μηδεν φοβου α μελλειc παcχειν ϊδου μελλει βαλλει βαλιν εξ υμων ο διαβολοc ειc φυλακην ϊνα πιραcθηται και εξεται θλιψιν ημερων δεκα ┬ πιcτοc αχρι θανατου και δωcω cοι το cτεφανον τηc ζωηc
Rev 02:11 ο εχων ουc ακουcατω τι το πνα λεγει ταιc εκκληcιαιc ο νικω ου μη αδικηθη εκ του θανατου του δευτερου

Rev 02:08 'And to the angel of the assembly of the Smyrneans write: These things says the First and the Last, who did become dead and did live;

Rev 02:09 I have known your works, and tribulation, and poverty -- yet you are rich -- and the evil-speaking of those saying themselves to be Jews, and are not, but [are] a synagogue of the Adversary. Rev 02:10 'Be not afraid of the things that you are about to suffer; lo, the devil is about to cast of you to prison, that you may be tried, and you shall have tribulation ten days; become you faithful unto death, and I will give to you the crown of the life. Rev 02:11 He who is having an ear -- let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies: He who is overcoming may not be injured of the second death.

(John Aquila writes:)
Rev 02:08 'And to the angel of the assembly of the Smyrneans write: These things says the First and the Last, who did become dead and did live;

Rev 02:09 I have known your works, and tribulation, and poverty -- yet you are rich -- and the evil-speaking of those saying themselves to be Jews, and are not, but [are] a synagogue of the Adversary. Rev 02:10 'Be not afraid of the things that you are about to suffer; lo, the devil is about to cast of you to prison, that you may be tried, and you shall have tribulation ten days; become you faithful unto death, and I will give to you the crown of the life. Rev 02:11 He who is having an ear -- let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies: He who is overcoming may not be injured of the second death.

This letter would appear to be addressed to James Niceta who was promoted in Miracle of the Feeding the 4000" to lead the unmarried Gentiles. He practiced the Nazarite way and remained unmarried. There appears to be a dispute with those wishing to maintain their Jewish roots, specifically by observing the day of Atonement "10 days" (the 10th day of month VII (See Essene Solar Calendar). Jesus is saying that his crucifixion has atoned for all sins and there is no need for the Day of Atonement.

Letter to third Church at Pergamos March 48AD
Rev 02:12 και τω αγγελω τηc εν περγαμω εκκληcιαc γραψον ταδε λεγει ο εχων την ρομφαιαν την διcτομον την οξειαν
Rev 02:13 οιδα που κατοικειc οπου ο θρονοc του cατανα και κρατειc το ονομα cου και ουκ ηρνηcω την πιcτιν μου εν ταιc ημεραιc εν ταιc αντιπαc ο μαρτυc μου ο πιcτοc οc απεκταθη παρ υμιν οπου ο cαταναc κατοικει
Rev 02:14 αλλ εχω ┬ ολιγα οτι εχειc εκει κρατουνταc την διδαχην βαλααμʼ οc εδιδαcκεν ┬ βαλειν cκανδαλο ενωπιον των ϋϊων ϊcλʼ φαγειν ειδωλοθυτα και πορνευcαι
Rev 02:15 ουτωc εχειc και cυ κρατουνταc την διδαχην των νικολαϊτων ομοιωc
Rev 02:16 μετανοηcον ει δε μη ερχομαι cυ ταχυ και πολεμηcω μετ αυτων εν τη ρομφαια του cτοματοc μου
Rev 02:17 ο εχω ουc ακουcατω τι το πνα λεγι ταιc εκκληcιαιc τω νικωντι δωcω εκ του μαννα του κεκρυμμενου και ψηφον λευκην και επι τη ψηφον ονομα καινον γεγραμμενο ┬ ουδειc οιδεν ει μη ο λαμβανων

Rev 02:12 'And to the angel of the assembly in Pergamos write: These things says he who is having the sharp two-edged sword:

Rev 02:13 I have known your works, and where you do dwell -- where the throne of Satan [is] -- and you do hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith, even in the days in which Antipas [was] my faithful witness, who was put to death beside you, where Satan does dwell. Rev 02:14 'But I have against you a few things: That you have there those holding the teaching of Balaam, who did teach Balak to cast a stumbling-block before the sons of Israel, to eat idol-sacrifices, and to commit whoredom; Rev 02:15 so have you, even you, those holding the teaching of the Nicolaitans -- which thing I hate. Rev 02:16 'Reform! and if not, I come to you quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. Rev 02:17 He who is having an ear -- let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies: To him who is overcoming, I will give to him to eat from the hidden manna, and will give to him a white stone, and upon the stone a new name written, that no one knew except him who is receiving [it].

(John Aquila writes:)
Rev 02:13 I have known your works, and where you do dwell -- where the throne of Satan [is] -- and you do hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith, even in the days in which Antipas [was] my faithful witness, who was put to death beside you, where Satan does dwell. Rev 02:14 'But I have against you a few things: That you have there those holding the teaching of Balaam, who did teach Balak to cast a stumbling-block before the sons of Israel, to eat idol-sacrifices, and to commit whoredom; Rev 02:15 so have you, even you, those holding the teaching of the Nicolaitans -- which thing I hate. Rev 02:16 'Reform! and if not, I come to you quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. Rev 02:17 He who is having an ear -- let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies: To him who is overcoming, I will give to him to eat from the hidden manna, and will give to him a white stone, and upon the stone a new name written, that no one knew except him who is receiving [it].

One might have assumed that this letter could have been addressed to John Aquila, being the next after James, but in this case, John was the scribe of the letter with Jesus in Patmos. A much better choice is Clement, also referred to a Tertius, being the younger brother of James and John and, more importantly, associated with the Clementine Books, begun in 42 AD. These books attempted to redefine the new position of the coming Christian Church. (See Clementine Recognitions and Homilies above.

The first section about Antipas points to some tampering by someone familiar with Antipas the Bishop of Pergamon who was martyred in 92 AD by Roman emperor Domitian who succeeded Titus to the throne. Domitian emphasized connections with the chief deity Jupiter, restoring the Temple of Jupiter on the Capitoline Hill. Jupiter is called Balaam and his subject Balak is Domitian. Antipas was by tradition boiled on the altar of of a brazen bull.

The correct section begins with the need to disassociate from the teachings of Simon Magus (Nicolaitans) and the collecting of "white stones" which links it to some of the five visions, twelve mandates, and ten parables of The Shepherd of Hermes which was once very popular in the Church. What was clearly going on was a formulation of a new set of Commandants that would not be based on the vicious God of the Jews, but a loving God of Christ. For example a husband's obligation to take back an adulterous wife on her repentance instead of having her stoned. This rewriting of the laws was symbolized by the separation of the white stones (the square cornerstones to be used in Christian Church) from the black (the Jewish temple stones representing the all the Jewish laws) and the half black (the laws of Jewish Christians, in particular the requirement of circumcision).

Letter to fourth Church at Thyatira March 48AD
Rev 02:18 και τω αγγελω τηc εν θυατειροιc εκκληcιαc γραψον ταδε λεγει ο ϋϊοc του θυ ο εχων τουc οφθαλμουc αυτου ωc φλοξ πυροc κ(αι) οι ποδεc αυτου ομοιοι χαλκολιβανω ·
Rev 02:19 οιδα cου τα εργα και την αγαπην και την πιcτιν και ┬ την υπομονην και τα εργα cου τα εcχατα πλειονα τω πρωτων
Rev 02:20 αλλ εχω κατα cου πολυ οτι αφειc την γυναικα ϊαζαβελ η λεγουcα αυτην προφητειαν ειναι και διδαcκει και πλανα τουc εμουc δουλουc πορνευcαι και φαγειν ειδωλοθυτα
Rev 02:21 και εδωκα αυτη χρονο ϊνα μετανοηcη ┬ εκ τηc πορνιαc ταυτηc
Rev 02:22 ϊδου καλω αυτην ειc κλινην κ(αι) τουc μοιχευονταc μετ αυτηc ειc θλιψιν μεγαλην εαν μη μετανοηcουcιν εκ των εργων αυτηc
Rev 02:23 και τα τεκνα αυτηc αποκτενω εν θανατω και γνωcοται παcαι αι εκκληcιαι οτι εγω ειμι ο ερευνων νεφρουc και καρδιαc και δωcω υμιν εκαcτω κατα τα εργα ┬
Rev 02:24 υμιν δε λεγω τοιc εν λοιποιc τοιc εν θυατειροιc οcοι εχουcιν την διδαχην ταυτην οιτινεc ουκ εγνωcαν τα βαθη του cατανα ωc λεγουcιν ου βαλω εφ υμαc αλλο βαροc
Rev 02:25 πλη ο εχεται κρατηcαται αχρι ου αν ηξω
Rev 02:26 και ο νικων και ο τηρων αχρι τελοιc τα εργα μου δωcω αυτω εξουcιαν ┬ των εθνων
Rev 02:27 και ποιμανι αυτουc εν ραβδω cιδηρα ωc τα cκευη τα κεραμικα cυντριβεται
Rev 02:28 ωc καγω ειληφα παρα του πατροc μου και δωcω αυτω τον αcτερα το πρωϊνον ·
Rev 02:29 ο εχω ουc ακουcατω τι το πνα λεγι ταιc εκκληcιαιc ·

Rev 02:18 'And to the angel of the assembly of Thyatira write: These things says the Son of God, who is having his eyes as a flame of fire, and his feet like to fine brass;

Rev 02:19 I have known your works, and love, and ministration, and faith, and your endurance, and your works -- and the last [are] more than the first. Rev 02:20 'But I have against you a few things: That you do allow the woman Jezebel, who is calling herself a prophetess, to teach, and to lead astray, my servants to commit whoredom, and idol-sacrifices to eat;

This is Bernice, the twin sister of Agrippa II, whom we will see again with Lydia and Paul. (See is called a certain maid, having a spirit of Python. There Bernice begins to preach and Paul prevents her and gets arrested by Agrippa II.)

Rev 02:21 and I did give to her a time that she might reform from her whoredom, and she did not reform; Rev 02:22 lo, I will summon her to the couch (not cast her into a couch), and those committing adultery with her into great tribulation -- if they may not repent of their works, Rev 02:23 and her children I will kill in death, and know shall all the assemblies that I am he who is searching reins and hearts; and I will give to you -- to each -- according to your works. Rev 02:24 'And to you I say, and to the rest who are in Thyatira, as many as have not this teaching, and who did not know the depths of Satan, as they say; I will not put upon you other burden; Rev 02:25 but that which you have -- hold you, till I may come; Rev 02:26 and he who is overcoming, and who is keeping unto the end my works, I will give to him authority over the nations, Rev 02:27 and he shall rule them with a rod of iron -- as the vessels of the potter they shall be broken -- as I also have received from my Father; Rev 02:28 and I will give to him the morning star. Rev 02:29 He who is having an ear -- let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.

(John Aquila writes:)
Rev 02:18 'And to the angel of the assembly of Thyatira write: These things says the Son of God, who is having his eyes as a flame of fire, and his feet like to fine brass;

Rev 02:19 I have known your works, and love, and ministration, and faith, and your endurance, and your works -- and the last [are] more than the first. Rev 02:20 'But I have against you a few things: That you do allow the woman Jezebel, who is calling herself a prophetess, to teach, and to lead astray, my servants to commit whoredom, and idol-sacrifices to eat; Rev 02:21 and I did give to her a time that she might reform from her whoredom, and she did not reform; Rev 02:22 lo, I will summon her to the couch (not cast her into a couch), and those committing adultery with her into great tribulation -- if they may not repent of their works, Rev 02:23 and her children I will kill in death, and know shall all the assemblies that I am he who is searching reins and hearts; and I will give to you -- to each -- according to your works. Rev 02:24 'And to you I say, and to the rest who are in Thyatira, as many as have not this teaching, and who did not know the depths of Satan, as they say; I will not put upon you other burden; Rev 02:25 but that which you have -- hold you, till I may come; Rev 02:26 and he who is overcoming, and who is keeping unto the end my works, I will give to him authority over the nations, Rev 02:27 and he shall rule them with a rod of iron -- as the vessels of the potter they shall be broken -- as I also have received from my Father; Rev 02:28 and I will give to him the morning star. Rev 02:29 He who is having an ear -- let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.

This letter is to Lydia "the seller of purple" meaning bishop as bishops wore purple. She would become Jesus' second wife after the Mary Magdalene asked for divorce. (See Jesus marries Lydia in 50 AD below.) This church was a poor convent of nuns as indicated by the brass collection jar, in the opening description of Jesus, that would be for coppers.

Jesus is warning against the influence of Simon Magus through Bernice. Bernice has been married by her father, Herod Agrippa, to the son of an Egyptian alabarch at the age of 15, who died in the next year, and then to his brother Herod of Chalcis when she was 16 (Josephus Antiquities 19.9.1). Here she is thirty three, having given birth to two sons Berenicianus and Hyrcanus (Josephus, Antiquities 20.5,2). With her husband still alive, she had a significant influence and was aligned with Simon Magus as her husband was involved in the plot to assassinate her father. Jesus is using the image of Jezebel, the despised queen of the Jews, for her name because many woman in this convent are giving sexual favors in return for Church fees. Bernice was none for her licentious behaviors which she would atone for in Nazarite retreats. It was just prior to this year 48 AD, that here husband Herod of Chalcis died and she was rumored to have an incestuous relationship with her twin brother Agrippa II.

Josephus Antiquities 20.7.3 "But as for Bernice, she lived a widow a long while after the death of Herod [king of Chalcis], who was both her husband and her uncle; but when the report went that she had criminal conversation with her brother, [Agrippa, junior,] she persuaded Poleme, who was king of Cilicia, to be circumcised, and to marry her, as supposing that by this means she should prove those calumnies upon her to be false; and Poleme was prevailed upon, and that chiefly on account of her riches. Yet did not this matrimony endure long; but Bernice left Poleme, and, as was said, with impure intentions. So he forsook at once this matrimony, and the Jewish religion;"

There will be more of her in The Whore of Babylon - Bernice's affair with Titus comes to light June 70. (The "couch" mentioned is really a palanquin (royal stretcher) similar to that which Jonathan Annas used to so as not to touch the contaminated ground of the Gentiles (See the paralytic, let down through the roof). Jesus was always amused by this satiric metaphor and also used it against his brother James and now he gets to use it as a a bed for sex against Bernice!)

Letter to fifth Church at Sardis March 48AD
Rev 03:01 και τω αγγελω τηc ε cαρδεcιν εκκληcιαc γραψον ταδε λεγει ο εχων τα επτα πνατα του θυ και τουc επτα αcτεραc οιδα cου τα εργα οτι ονομα εχειc οτι ζηc και νεκροc ει
Rev 03:02 γινου εγρηγορων και cτηριξον τα λοιπα α εμελλον αποθανιν ου γαρ ευρηκα cου τα εργα πεπληρωμενα ενωπιον του θυ μου
Rev 03:03 μνημονευε πωc ειληφαc και ηκουcαc και τηρει και μετανοηcον εαν ουν μη μετανοηcηc ηξω επι cε ωc κλεπτηc και ου μη γνωcη οιαν ωραν ηξω επι cε
Rev 03:04 αλλα εχιc ολιγα ονοματα εν cαρδεcι α ουκ εμολυναν τα ϊματια αυτων και περιπατηcουcι μετ εμου εν λευκοιc οτι αξιοι ειcιν
Rev 03:05 ο νικων ουτωc περιβαλειται εν ιματιοιc λευκοιc και ου μη εξαλιψω το ονομα αυτου εκ τηc βιβλου τηc ζωηc και ομολογηcω το ονομα αυτου εμπροcθεν του πατροc μου και ενωπιον των αγγελων αυτου
Rev 03:06 ο εχων ουc ακουcατω τι το πνα λεγει ταιc εκκληcιαιc

Rev 03:01 And to the angel of the assembly in Sardis write:

These things says he who is having the Seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars: I have known your works, and that you have the name that you do live, and you are dead; Rev 03:02 become watching, and strengthen the rest of the things that are about to die, for I have not found your works fulfilled before God. Rev 03:03 'Remember, then, how you have received, and heard, and be keeping, and reform: if, then, you may not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you may not know what hour I will come upon you. Rev 03:04 You have a few names even in Sardis who did not defile their garments, and they shall walk with me in white, because they are worthy. Rev 03:05 He who is overcoming -- this one -- shall be arrayed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the scroll of the life, and I will confess his name before my Father, and before His angels. Rev 03:06 He who is having an ear -- let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.

(John Aquila writes:)
Rev 03:01 And to the angel of the assembly in Sardis write:

These things says he who is having the Seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars: I have known your works, and that you have the name that you do live, and you are dead; Rev 03:02 become watching, and strengthen the rest of the things that are about to die, for I have not found your works fulfilled before God. Rev 03:03 'Remember, then, how you have received, and heard, and be keeping, and reform: if, then, you may not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you may not know what hour I will come upon you. Rev 03:04 You have a few names even in Sardis who did not defile their garments, and they shall walk with me in white, because they are worthy. Rev 03:05 He who is overcoming -- this one -- shall be arrayed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the scroll of the life, and I will confess his name before my Father, and before His angels. Rev 03:06 He who is having an ear -- let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.

This letter is most likely to Ananus the Younger, son of Annas the High Priest who sent Jesus to be crucified. In the Zacchaeus in the Clementines it is shown that Peter made him bishop of Caesarea. In the Gospels Zacchaeus who climbs the Sycamore fig tree is a tax collector which is the humorous expression for Sadducee Priest. Being a Sadducee, like his brothers Jonathan and Matthew, he could be represented as the Seven Spirits. However, he had adopted the Christian faith and was an assistant to Paul under the name of Demas (the people): "For Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonians" (2 Timothy 4:10).

Here Jesus commends Ananus for not following the strict traditions of the Essences such as in the Temple Scroll 45:7-10, "a man who had a nocturnal emission was to go outside the monastery for 3 days, wash his garments, then return after sunset." In Herod's time, Matthias, the High Priest, would not officiate the next day because "in a dream, to have 'conversation' with his wife" (Josephus, Antiquities 17.6.4)

Letter to sixth Church at Philadelphia March 48AD
Rev 03:07 και τω αγγελω τηc εν φιλαδελφια εκκληcιαιc γραψον ταδε λεγει ο αληθινοc ο αγιοc ο εχων ┬ κλιν του δαδ και ανυγων και ουδιc κλιcει και κλειω και ουδιc ανυξει
Rev 03:08 οιδα τα εργα cου ϊδου δεδωκα ενωπιον cου θυραν ηνεωγμενην ην ουδειc δυναται κλειcαι οτι μικραν εχειc δυναμιν και ετηρηcαc μου τον λογον και ουκ ηρνηcω το ονομα μου
Rev 03:09 ϊδου δεδωκα εκ τηc cυναγωγηc του cατανα των λεγοντω εαυτουc ϊουδαιουc ειναι και ουκ ειcιν αλλα ψευδονται ϊδου ποιηcω αυτουc ϊνα ηξουcιν και προcκυνηcουcι ενωπιον των ποδων cου και γνωcη οτι εγω ηγαπηcα cε
Rev 03:10 οτι ετηρηcαc τον λογον τηc υπομονηc μου καγω cε εκ τηc ωραc του πιραcμου τηc μελλουcηc ερχεcθε επι τηc οικουμενηc οληc πιραcαι τουc κατοικουνταc επι τηc γηc
Rev 03:11 ερχομαι ταχυ κρατι ο εχιc ϊνα μηδιc λαβη το cτεφανον cου
Rev 03:12 ο νικων ποιηcω αυτω cτυλον ┬ τω ναω του θυ μου και εξω ου μη εξελθη και γραψω επ αυτον το ονομα του θυ μου και το ονομα τηc πολεωc του θυ μου τηc κενηc ϊηλμ η καταβαινουcα εκ του ουρανου απο του θυ μου και το ονομα μου το καινον
Rev 03:13 ┬ εχων ουc ακουcατω τι το πνα λεγι ταιc εκκληcιαιc ·

Rev 03:07 'And to the angel of the assembly in Philadelphia write:

These things says he who is holy, he who is true, he who is having the key of David, he who is opening and no one does shut, and he shuts and no one does open!

Rev 03:08 I have known your works; lo, I have set before you a door -- opened, and no one is able to shut it, because you have a little power, and did keep my word, and did not deny my name; Rev 03:09 lo, I make of the synagogue of the Adversary those saying themselves to be Jews, and are not, but do lie; lo, I will make them that they may come and bow before your feet, and may know that I loved you. Rev 03:10 'Because you did keep the word of my endurance, I also will keep you from the hour of the trial that is about to come upon all the world, to try those dwelling upon the earth. Rev 03:11 Lo, I come quickly, be holding fast that which you have, that no one may receive your crown. Rev 03:12 He who is overcoming -- I will make him a pillar in the sanctuary of my God, and without he may not go any more, and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, that does come down out of the heaven from my God -- also my new name. Rev 03:13 He who is having an ear -- let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.

(John Aquila writes:)
Rev 03:07 'And to the angel of the assembly in Philadelphia write:

These things says he who is holy, he who is true, he who is having the key of David, he who is opening and no one does shut, and he shuts and no one does open!

Rev 03:08 I have known your works; lo, I have set before you a door -- opened, and no one is able to shut it, because you have a little power, and did keep my word, and did not deny my name; Rev 03:09 lo, I make of the synagogue of the Adversary those saying themselves to be Jews, and are not, but do lie; lo, I will make them that they may come and bow before your feet, and may know that I loved you. Rev 03:10 'Because you did keep the word of my endurance, I also will keep you from the hour of the trial that is about to come upon all the world, to try those dwelling upon the earth. Rev 03:11 Lo, I come quickly, be holding fast that which you have, that no one may receive your crown. Rev 03:12 He who is overcoming -- I will make him a pillar in the sanctuary of my God, and without he may not go any more, and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, that does come down out of the heaven from my God -- also my new name. Rev 03:13 He who is having an ear -- let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.

The letter must be written to Jesus' brother James thanking him for no longer trying to replace him. He indicated that he would always have a door open to him. He was agreeable to letting James be in charge of those Christian Jews who insisted in keeping their Jewish customs. It was Matthew Annas who had brought these two on again-off again rivals together.

Letter to seventh Church at Laodicea March 48AD
Rev 03:14 και τω αγγελω τηc εν λαοδικια εκκληcιαc γραψο ταδε λεγει ο αμη και ο μαρτυc ο πιcτοc και ο αληθινοc και η αρχη τηc εκκληcιαc του θυ
Rev 03:15 οιδα cου τα εργα οτι ουτε ψυχροc ┬ ουτε ζεcτοc οφελοc ψυχροc ηc η ζεcτοc
Rev 03:16 οτι ουτωc χλιεροc ει και ουτε ζεcτροc ουτε ψυχροc ει παυcε του cτοματοc cου
Rev 03:17 οτι λεγειc πλουcιοc ειμι και πεπλουτηκα και ουδενοc χριαν εχω και ουκ οιδαc οτι ταλαιπωροc ει και ελεεινοc και πτωχοc και τυφλοc και γυμνοc
Rev 03:18 cυμβουλευω cοι αγοραcαι παρ εμου χρυcιον πεπυρωμενον εκ πυροc ϊνα πλουτηcηc και ϊματια λευκα ϊνα περιβαλη κ(αι) μη φανερωθη η αιcχυνη τηc γυμνοτητοc cου και κολλυριον ενχριcαι τουc οφθαλμουc cου ϊνα βλεπηc
Rev 03:19 εγω οcουc αν φιλω ελεγχω και παιδευω ζηλωcον ουν και μετανοηcον
Rev 03:20 ϊδου εcτηκα επι την θυραν και κρουω εαν τιc ακουcη τηc φωνηc μου και ανοιξω την θυραν και ειcελευcομαι προc αυτον και διπνηcω μετ αυτου και αυτοc μετ εμου
Rev 03:21 ο νικων δωcω αυτω καθιcαι μετ εμ(ου) εν τω θρονω μου ωc καγω ενικηcα και εκαθιcα μετα του πρc μου εν τω θρονω αυτου
Rev 03:22 ο εχων ουc ακουcατω τι το πνα λεγει ταιc εκκληcιαιc

Rev 03:14 'And to the angel of the assembly of the Laodiceans write: These things says the Amen, the witness -- the faithful and true -- the chief of the Church of God (not Creation of God meaning Son of God);

Rev 03:15 I have known your works, that neither cold are you nor hot; I would you were cold or hot. Rev 03:16 So -- because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to stop their mouths (not vomit you out of my mouth); Rev 03:17 because you say -- I am rich, and have grown rich, and have need of nothing, and have not known that you are the wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked, Rev 03:18 I counsel you to buy from me gold fired by fire, that you may be rich, and white garments that you may be arrayed, and the shame of your nakedness may not be manifest, and with eye-salve anoint your eyes, that you may see. Rev 03:19 'As many as I love, I do convict and chasten; be zealous, then, and reform; Rev 03:20 lo, I have stood at the door, and I knock; if any one may hear my voice, and I will open the door (not the person), I will come in unto him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Rev 03:21 He who is overcoming -- I will give to him to sit with me in my throne, as I also did overcome and did sit down with my Father in His throne. Rev 03:22 He who is having an ear -- let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.'

(John Aquila writes:)
Rev 03:14 'And to the angel of the assembly of the Laodiceans write: These things says the Amen, the witness -- the faithful and true -- the chief of the Church of God (not Creation of God meaning Son of God);

Rev 03:15 I have known your works, that neither cold are you nor hot; I would you were cold or hot. Rev 03:16 So -- because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to stop their mouths (not vomit you out of my mouth); Rev 03:17 because you say -- I am rich, and have grown rich, and have need of nothing, and have not known that you are the wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked, Rev 03:18 I counsel you to buy from me gold fired by fire, that you may be rich, and white garments that you may be arrayed, and the shame of your nakedness may not be manifest, and with eye-salve anoint your eyes, that you may see. Rev 03:19 'As many as I love, I do convict and chasten; be zealous, then, and reform; Rev 03:20 lo, I have stood at the door, and I knock; if any one may hear my voice, and I will open the door (not the person), I will come in unto him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Rev 03:21 He who is overcoming -- I will give to him to sit with me in my throne, as I also did overcome and did sit down with my Father in His throne. Rev 03:22 He who is having an ear -- let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.'

This letter was to Nicolaus-Blastus who was the last of Seven Leaders Chosen in June 37 AD. He was also the eunuch who poisoned Herod Agrippa. As such he was still close to Simon Magus, but changing sides, observing the Day of Atonement in colder days or in the warmer days observing Easter, the Christian atonement by Jesus; or charging fees and then allowing free offerings. Jesus is commanding him to stop siding with Simon Magus or be excommunicated.

The Coronation of Agrippa II at Ephesus May 48 AD
Rev 04:01 μετα ταυτα ϊδον κ(αι) ϊδου θυρα ηνεωγμενη εν τω ουνω και ιδου η φωνη η πρωτη ην ηκουcα ωc cαλπιγγοc λαλουcαν μετ εμου λεγων αναβα ωδε και διξω cοι α δι γενεcθαι μετα ταυτα
Rev 04:02 ευθεωc ┬ εγενομην εν πνι και ϊδου θρονοc εκειτο εν τω ουνω και ο επι τον θρονον καθημενοc
Rev 04:03 και ο καθημενοc ομοιοc οραcει λιθω ϊαcπιδι και cαρδιω και ϊερειc κυκλοθεν του θρονου ┬
Rev 04:04 ┬ θρονουc εικοcι τεccαρεc και πρεcβυτερουc καθημενουc περιβεβλημενουc εν λευκοιc και επι ταc κεφαλαc αυτων cτεφανουc χρυcεουc
Rev 04:05 και εκ του θρονου εκπορευονται αcτραπαι και φωναι και βρονται και επτα λαμπαδεc πυροc καιομεναι ενωπιον του θρονου ┬
Rev 04:06 ┬ ωc θαλαccα ϋαλινη ομοια κρυcταλλω και εν μεcω του θρονου και κυκλω του θρονου τεccαρα ζωα γεμοντα οφθαλμων ενπροcθεν και οπιcθε
Rev 04:07 και το ζωον το πρωτον ομοιον λεοντι και το δευτερον ζωον ομοιον μοcχω και το τριτον ζωον εχον το προcωπον ωc ομοιον ανθρωπω και το τεταρτον ζωον ομοιον αετω πετομενω
Rev 04:08 και τα τεccερα ζωα εν εκαcτο αυτων ειχον ανα πτερυγαc εξ κυκλοθεν και εcοθεν γεμουcιν οφθαλμω και αναπαυcιν ουχ εξοcαν ημεραc και νυκτοc λεγοντεc αγιοc · αγιοc · αγιοc · αγιοc · αγιοc · αγιοc ˙ αγιοc αγιοc κc ┬ θc παντοκρατωρ · ο ην και ο ων και ο ερχομενοc
Rev 04:09 και οταν δωcωcιν τα ζωα ┬ και τιμην και ευχαριcτιαν τω καθημενω επι τω θρονω τω ζωντι ειc τουc αιωναc των αιωνων αμην ·
Rev 04:10 και πεcουνται οι εικοcι τεccαρεc πρεcβυτεροι ενωπιον του καθημενου επι του θρονου και προcκυνηcουcιν τω ζωτι ειc τουc αιωναc των αιωνων · αμη και βαλλουcιν τουc cτεφανουc αυτω ενωπιον του θρονου εντεc
Rev 04:11 αξιοc ει κε ο κc και θc ημω λαβειν την δοξα και τιμην και την δυναμιν οτι cυ εκτιcαc τα παντα και δια το θελημα cου ηcαν και εκτιcθηcαν

Rev 04:01 After these things I saw, and lo, a door opened in the heaven, and the first voice that I heard [is] as of a trumpet speaking with me, saying, 'Come up hither, and I will show you what it behooves to come to pass after these things;' Rev 04:02 and immediately I was in the Spirit, and lo, a throne was set in the heaven, and upon the throne is [one] sitting, Rev 04:03 and He who is sitting was in sight like a stone, jasper and sardine: and a priest (not ἶρις: rainbow) was round the throne in sight like an emerald. Rev 04:04 And around the throne [are] thrones twenty and four, and upon the thrones I saw the twenty and four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and they had upon their heads crowns of gold; Rev 04:05 and out of the throne proceed do lightnings, and thunders, and voices; and seven lamps of fire are burning before the throne, which are the Seven Spirits of God, Rev 04:06 and before the throne [is] a sea of glass like to crystal.

And in the midst of the throne, and round the throne, [are] four living creatures, full of eyes before and behind; Rev 04:07 and the first living creature [is] like a lion, and the second living creature [is] like a calf, and the third living creature has the face as a man, and the fourth living creature [is] like an eagle flying. Rev 04:08 And the four living creatures, each by itself severally, had six wings, around and within [are] full of eyes, and rest they have not day and night, saying, 'Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was, and who is, and who is coming;' Rev 04:09 and when the living creatures do give glory, and honor, and thanks, to Him who is sitting upon the throne, who is living to the ages of the ages, Rev 04:10 fall down do the twenty and four elders before Him who is sitting upon the throne, and bow before Him who is living to the ages of the ages, and they cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Rev 04:11 'Worthy are You, O Lord, to receive the glory, and the honor, and the power, because You -- You did create the all things, and because of Your will are they, and they were created.'

(John Aquila writes:)

Rev 04:01 After these things I saw, and lo, a door opened in the heaven, and the first voice that I heard is as of a trumpet speaking with me, saying, 'Come up hither, and I will show you what it behooves to come to pass after these things;'

The upper platform of the church had trapdoor that was opened to let the light shine through.

Rev 04:02 and immediately I was in the Spirit, and lo, a throne was set in the heaven, and upon the throne is one sitting,

John was seated stage right of the the center throne as the witness to the coronation of Agrippa II


Ezekiel 1:26-28 And above the expanse that is over their head, as an appearance of a sapphire stone, is the likeness of a throne, and on the likeness of the throne a likeness, as the appearance of man upon it from above. And I see as the color of copper, as the appearance of fire within it round about, from the appearance of his loins and upward, and from the appearance of his loins and downward, I have seen as the appearance of fire, and brightness is to it round about. As the appearance of the bow that is in a cloud in a day of rain, so is the appearance of the brightness round about.

Rev 04:03 and He who is sitting was in sight like a stone, jasper and sardine: and a (not ἶρις: rainbow) was round the throne in sight like an emerald.

The abbey structure varies from the cathedral configuration from Rev 21:18-20, showing only the first three seats of the congregation (shown in red):

The arrangement of the pews was:
R153rd agate
emerald
1st jasper
jasper
2nd sapphire
sardion(carnelian)
R186th carnelian4th emerald5th onyx
R219th topaz7th chrysolite8th beryl
R2412th amethyst10th chrysoprase11th jacinth

Rev 04:04 And around the throne are thrones twenty and four, and upon the thrones I saw the twenty and four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and they had upon their heads crowns of gold;

The twenty-four elders are wearing gold crowns and therefore they must have been temporal kings rather than elders of the Church. There are twenty-four kings of Judah from King David:
Solomon, Rehoboam, Abijah, Asa, Jehoshaphat, Jehoram, Ahaziah, Athaliah, Jehoash, Amaziah, Uzziah,
Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, Manasseh, Amon, Josiah, Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jeconiah, Zedekiah (up to the destruction of the First Temple)
(Then from the reconstruction of the Second Temple by Herod) Herod, Agrippa I, Agrippa II (Archelaus was not a king). However, since they are wearing white garments and many were evil kings, it is clear that Agrippa II, the twenty-fourth king, is the one king sitting on the throne. He wears the white garment as Herod did because he holds the supreme position in the Church. From this it can be seen that this event is the Coronation of Agrippa.

By aligning with the Herod kingship, the Church gained security and separation from the Zealots, but denied Jesus the supreme position. He would have been denied this position anyway like the Transfiguration of Jesus where Jesus appears in the apparel of the high priest because with the exception of Herod, it was supposed to be filled by a descendant of Aaron, thus a Zadokite or a Levite. It would not be until 111 AD that Pope Alexander revises the Church

Rev 04:05a and out of the throne proceed do lightnings, and thunders, and voices;


Ezekiel 1:13,14 As to the likeness of the living creatures, their appearances are as coals of fire — burning as the appearance of lamps; it is going up and down between the living creatures, and brightness is to the fire, and out of the fire is going forth lightning. And the living creatures are running, and turning back, as the appearance of the flash.
Rev 04:05band seven lamps of fire are burning before the throne (menorah), which are the Seven Spirits of God Seven Church Leaders , Rev 04:06 and before the throne is a sea of glass like to crystal.


Ezekiel 1:22 And a likeness is over the heads of the living creatures of an expanse, as the color of the fearful ice-crystal, stretched out over their heads from above.

And in the midst of the throne, and round the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes before and behind; Rev 04:07 and the first living creature is like a lion, and the second living creature is like a calf, and the third living creature has the face as a man, and the fourth living creature is like an eagle flying. Rev 04:08a And the four living creatures, each by itself severally, had six wings, around and within are full of eyes,


Ezekiel 1:5-11And out of its midst is a likeness of four living creatures, and this is their appearance; a likeness of man is to them, and four faces are to each, and four wings are to each of them, and their feet are straight feet, and the sole of their feet is as a sole of a calf’s foot, and they are sparkling as the color of bright brass; and hands of man under their wings — on their four sides, and their faces and their wings — are to them four; joining one unto another are their wings, they turn not round in their going, each straight forward they go. As to the likeness of their faces, the face of a man, and the face of a lion, toward the right are to them four, and the face of an ox on the left are to them four, and the face of an eagle are to them four. And their faces and their wings are separate from above, to each are two joining together, and two are covering their bodies.

Rev 04:08b and rest they have not day and night, saying, 'Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was, and who is, and who is coming;' Rev 04:09 and when the living creatures do give glory, and honor, and thanks, to Him who is sitting upon the throne, who is living to the ages of the ages, Rev 04:10 fall down do the twenty and four elders before Him who is sitting upon the throne, and bow before Him who is living to the ages of the ages, and they cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Rev 04:11 'Worthy are You, O Lord, to receive the glory, and the honor, and the power, because You -- You did create the all things, and because of Your will are they, and they were created.'

Matthew Annas wants to have the Magian influences of Simon Magus removed from the Gospel of John before its release May 48 AD
Rev 10:01 και ειδον αλλον αγγελο ϊcχυρον καταβαινοντα εκ του ουνου περιβεβλημενο νεφελην και η θριξ επι τηc κεφαληc αυτου και το προcωπον αυτου ωc ο ηλιοc και οι ποδεc αυτου ωc cτυλοι πυροc
Rev 10:02 και εχων εν τη χειρι αυτου βιβλαριδιον ηνεωγμενον και εθηκε τον ποδα αυτου το δεξιον επι τηc θαλαccηc τον δε ευωνυμον επι τηc γηc
Rev 10:03 και εκραξεν φωνη μεγαλη ωcπερ λεων μυκατε και οτε εκραξεν ωc ελαληcαν ┬ επτα φωναι ταιc εαυτων φωναιc
Rev 10:04 και οcα ελαληcαν αι επτα βρονται εμελλον γραφει και ηκουcα φωνη εκ του ουνου λεγουcαν cφραγιcον οcα ελαληcαν αι επτα βρονται και μη αυτα γραψηc
Rev 10:05 και ο αγγελοc ον ειδον εcτωτα επι τηc θαλαccηc και επι τηc γηc ηρεν την χειρα αυτου την δεξιαν ειc τον ουρανον
Rev 10:06 και ωμοcε ┬ τω ζωντι ειc τουc αιωναc των αιωνω οc εκτιcεν τον ουνον και τα εν αυτω και την γην και τα εν αυτη ┬ οτι χρονοc ουκετι εcτιν
Rev 10:07 αλλ εν ταιc ημεραιc τηc φωνηc του αγγελου του εβδομου οταν μελλη cαλπιζειν και ετελεcθη το μυcτηριον του θυ ωc ευηγγελιcεν τουc εαυτου δουλουc και τουc προφηταc
Rev 10:08 και η φωνη ην ηκουcα εκ του ουνου παλι λαλουcαν μετ εμου και λεγουcαν υπαγε λαβε το βιβλαριδιον το ηνεωγμενον εν τη χειρι του αγγελου του εcτωτοc επι τηc ┬ γηc
Rev 10:09 και απηλθον προc το αγγελον λεγων αυτω δουναι μοι το βιβλιον και λεγει μοι λαβε αυτο και καταφαγε ┬ και πικρανι cου την κοιλιαν αλλα εν τω cτοματι cου εcται γλυκυ ωc μελι
Rev 10:10 και ελαβον το βιβλιον εκ τηc χειροc του αγγελου και κατεφαγον αυτο και ην εν τω cτοματι μου ωc μελει γλυκυ και οτε εφαγον αυτο εγεμιcθη η κοιλια μου ┬

Rev 10:01 And I saw another strong angel coming down out of the heaven, arrayed with a cloud, and (hair not ἶρις: rainbow) upon the head, and his face as the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire, Rev 10:02 and he had in his hand a little scroll opened, and he did place his right foot upon the sea, and the left upon the land, Rev 10:03 and he cried with a great voice, as a lion does roar, and when he cried, speak out did the seven thunders their voices; Rev 10:04 and when the seven thunders spake their voices, I was about to write, and I heard a voice out of the heaven saying to me, 'Seal the things that the seven thunders spake,'and, 'You may not write these things.' Rev 10:05 And the angel whom I saw standing upon the sea, and upon the land, did lift up his hand to the heaven, Rev 10:06 and did swear in Him who does live to the ages of the ages, who did create the heaven and the things in it, and the land and the things in it, and the sea and the things in it -- that time shall not be yet,

Rev 10:08 And the voice that I heard out of the heaven is again speaking with me, and saying, 'Go, take the little scroll that is open in the hand of the angel who has been standing upon the sea, and upon the land:' Rev 10:09 and I went away unto the angel, saying to him, 'Give me the little scroll;'and he said to me, 'Take, and eat it up, and it shall make your belly bitter, but in your mouth it shall be sweet -- as honey.' Rev 10:10 And I took the little scroll out of the hand of the angel, and did eat it up, and it was in my mouth as honey -- sweet, and when I did eat it -- my belly was made bitter;

(James Niceta writes:)
Rev 10:01 And I saw another strong angel coming down out of the heaven, arrayed with a cloud, and (hair not ἶρις: rainbow) upon the head, and his face as the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire, (Jesus because of the tie with Description of Jesus in Rev 01:13 where hair is white like a lamb) Rev 10:02 and he had in his hand a little scroll opened (Gospel of John), and he did place his right foot upon the sea, and the left upon the land (having studied in Rome at Tiber Island and the homeland), Rev 10:03 and he cried with a great voice, as a lion does roar (lion signifies a king), and when he cried, speak out did the seven thunders their voices (Matthew Annas speaks; Rev 10:04 and when the seven thunders spake their voices, I was about to write, and I heard a voice out of the heaven saying to me, 'Seal the things that the seven thunders spake,'and, 'You may not write these things.' Rev 10:05 And the angel whom I saw standing upon the sea, and upon the land, did lift up his hand to the heaven, Rev 10:06 and did swear in Him who does live to the ages of the ages, who did create the heaven and the things in it, and the land and the things in it, and the sea and the things in it -- that time shall not be yet,

Rev 10:08 And the voice that I heard out of the heaven is again speaking with me, and saying, 'Go, take the little scroll that is open in the hand of the angel who has been standing upon the sea, and upon the land:' Rev 10:09 and I went away unto the angel, saying to him, 'Give me the little scroll;'and he said to me, 'Take, and eat it up, and it shall make your belly bitter, but in your mouth it shall be sweet -- as honey.' Rev 10:10 And I took the little scroll out of the hand of the angel, and did eat it up, and it was in my mouth as honey -- sweet, and when I did eat it -- my belly was made bitter;

Jesus had finished his Gospel scribed by John Mark in the years following the Crucifixion with the guidance of Simon Magus. He brought the book to give to Matthew Annas, who Matthew Annas objects to the book because it give credit to Simon Magus and, now that he was in the rival party, his name needed to be removed. The words are "sweet as honey", but the presence of Simon Magus' influence was like the poison he had administered to Herod Agrippa.

It was given to James to fix it up. (The part of Revelation that he had written had slighted Jesus because he believed that Jesus was not necessary to the Mission.) He renamed Simon to Lazarus and removed all the other 'Simon's'. The proof of this is that are still are some references to Simon in the other three Gospels that have a different suffixes like like Simon the leper, Simon of Cyrene, Simon the Zealot, but none in John. However, he did leave the introduction in John that relied heavily on Simon's philosophy.

The Seventh Angel, about to Sound, will inaugurate the final seven years (48-54) of the Mission with the Gospesl canonized under Matthew Annas May 48 AD
Rev 10:07 αλλ εν ταιc ημεραιc τηc φωνηc του αγγελου του εβδομου οταν μελλη cαλπιζειν και ετελεcθη το μυcτηριον του θυ ωc ευηγγελιcεν τουc εαυτου δουλουc και τουc προφηταc
Rev 10:11 και λεγουcιν μοι δι cε παλιν προφητευcαι επι λαοιc και εθνεcιν και γλωccαιc και βαcιλευcιν πολλοιc

Rev 10:07 but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he may be about to sound, and the secret of God may be finished, as He did declare to His own servants, to the prophets.

Rev 10:11 and he said to me, 'It behooves you again to prophesy about peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings -- many.'

(James Niceta writes:)
Rev 10:07 but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he may be about to sound, and the secret of God may be finished, as He did declare to His own servants, to the prophets.

Rev 10:11 and he said to me, 'It behooves you again to prophesy about peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings -- many.'

  • peoples (members of the Church paying no dues, John the scribe for Jesus and Simon Magus) thus the Gospel of John.
  • nations (foreign countries of the uncircumcised taught by Paul in Acts; Luke the scribe of Jesus) thus the Gospel of Luke,
  • tongues (Peter was the spokesman for Jesus and Pentecost bishops, Mark was his scribe) thus the Gospel of Mark,
  • kings/tribes (like the Sadducee Jonathan Annas: Stephen: stephanos: crown; his brother Matthew, representing the twelve tribes) thus the Gospel of Matthew,

The Seventh Angel, about to sound, is 'the Lamb' (Jesus still alive) given the honorary position of canonizing the Four Gospels, now completed. Matthias Annas who began the project in 44 AD and also composed his own gospel was an expert at getting the different parties together.

Specification of the Cathedral in the image of Qumran May 48 AD
Rev 11:01 και εδοθη μοι καλαμοc ομοιοc ραβδω λεγει εγειρε και μετρηcον το ναον του θυ και το θυcιαcτηριον και τουc προcκυνουνταc εν αυτω
Rev 11:02 και τηc αυληc τηc εcωθε του λαου και εκβαλε εcω και μη αυτην μετρηcηc οτι εδοθη και τοιc εθνεcιν και την πολιν την αγιαν πατηcουcιν μηναc τεccερακοντα δυο
Rev 11:03 και δωcω τοιc δυcιν μαρτυcιν μου και προφητευcουcι ημεραc χιλιαc διακοcιαc εξηκοντα ┬ περιβεβλημενουc cακκουc
Rev 11:04 ουτοι ειcιν οι δυο ελαιαι και ┬ δυο λυχνιαι ενωπιον του κυ τηc γηc εcτωτεc
Rev 11:05 και ει τιc θελει αυτουc αδικηcαι πυρ εκπορευεται εκ του cτοματοc αυτων και κατεcθιει τουc εχθρουc αυτων και η τιc θεληcη αδικηcαι αυτουc ουτωc δι αυτον αποκτανθηναι
Rev 11:06 ουτοι εχουcιν εξουcιαν κλειcαι τον ουρανον ϊνα μη ϋετοc βρεχη ταc ημεραc τηc προφητιαc αυτων και εξουcιαν εχουcιν επι των ϋδατων cτρεφειν αυτα ειc αιμα ┬ παταξαι την γην εν παcη πληγη οcακιc εαν θεληcωcι
Rev 11:07 και οταν τελεcωcιν την μαρτυριαν αυτων το θηριον τοτε αναβαινον εκ τηc αβυccου ποιηcει μετ αυτων πολεμον και νικηcει αυτουc και αποκτενει αυτουc
Rev 11:08 και τα πτωματα αυτων ┬ επι τηc πλατιαc τηc πολεωc τηc μεγαληc ητιc καλειται πνικωc cοδομα ┬ και αιγυπτοc ˙ οπου και ο κc ┬ εc(τρ)ωθη
Rev 11:09 και βλεπουcιν εκ των φυλων κ(αι) λαων ┬ γλωccων και εθνων το πτωμα αυτων ημεραc τρειc και ημιcυ και τα πτωματα αυτω ουκ αφιουcιν τεθηναι ειc μνημα
Rev 11:10 και οι κατοικουντεc επι τηc γηc χαιρουcιν επ αυτοιc κ(αι) ευφραινονται κ(αι) δωρα πεμπουcιν αλληλοιc οτι ουτοι οι προφηται οι δυο εβαcανιcαν τουc κατοικουνταc επι τηc γηc
Rev 11:11 και μετα τριc ημεραc και ημιcου πνα ζωηc εκ του θυ ειcηλθε ειc αυτουc και εcτηcαν επι τουc ποδαc αυτων και φοβοc μεγαc επεcε επι τουc θεορουταc αυτουc
Rev 11:12 και ηκουcαν φωνηc μεγαληc εκ του ουνου λεγουcηc αυτοιc αναβατε ωδε και ανεβηcαν ειc τον ουνον εν τη νεφελη και εθεωρηcαν αυτουc οι εχθροι αυτων
Rev 11:13 και εν εκινη τη ωρα εγενετο cιcμοc μεγαc και το δεκατον τηc πολεωc επεcεν και απεκτανθηcα εν τω cιcμω ονοματα ανων χιλιαδεc επτα και οι λοιποι εν φοβω εγενοτο και εδωκαν δοξαν τω θω του ουρανου
Rev 11:14 η ουαι η δευτερα παρηλθεν · ϊδου ερχεται η ουαι η τριτη ταχυ

Rev 11:01 And there was given to me a reed like to a rod, and the angel stood, saying, 'Rise, and measure the sanctuary of God, and the altar, and those worshipping in it; Rev 11:02 and the court that is without the sanctuary leave out, and you may not measure it, because it was given to the nations, and the holy city they shall tread down forty-two months; Rev 11:03 and I will give to my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy days, a thousand, two hundred, sixty, arrayed with sackcloth.

Rev 11:04 These are the two olive [trees], and the two lamp-stands that before the God of the earth do stand; Rev 11:05 and if any one may will to injure them, fire does proceed out of their mouth, and does devour their enemies, and if any one may will to injure them, thus it behooves him to be killed. Rev 11:06 These have authority to shut the heaven, that it may not rain shall fall in the days of their prophecy, and authority they have over the waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the land with every plague, as often as they may will.

Rev 11:07 And when they may finish their testimony, the beast that is coming up out of the abyss shall make war with them, and overcome them, and kill them, Rev 11:08 and their dead bodies [are] upon the broad-place of the great city (that is called spiritually Sodom, and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified,) Rev 11:09 and they shall behold -- they of the peoples, and tribes, and tongues, and nations -- their dead bodies three days and a half, and their dead bodies they shall not allow to be put into tombs, Rev 11:10 and those dwelling upon the land shall rejoice over them, and shall make merry, and gifts they shall send to one another, because these -- the two prophets -- did torment those dwelling upon the land.'

Rev 11:11 And after the three days and a half, a spirit of life from God did enter into them, and they stood upon their feet, and great fear fell upon those beholding them, Rev 11:12 and they heard a great voice out of the heaven saying to them, 'Come up hither;'and they went up to the heaven in the cloud, and their enemies beheld them; Rev 11:13 and in that hour came a great earthquake, and the tenth of the city did fall, and killed in the earthquake were names of men -- seven thousands, and the rest became affrighted, and they gave glory to the God of the heaven.

Rev 11:14 The second woe did go forth, lo, the third woe does come quickly.

The two images of the Cathedral layout, also showing the Heavenly Man, follow.
Each square is a square cubit (18" x 18" to allow the space for one man seated)
(They are from Dr.Barbara Thiering which I did the graphics for):



Also 3D version

(James Niceta writes:)
Rev 11:01 And there was given to me a reed like to a rod (This measuring ruler, being holy like Aaron's rod, was a cubit long to measure each square, a cubit squared, with the sacred section of the cathedral itself measuring 12 cubits by 12 cubits), and the angel stood, saying, 'Rise, and measure the sanctuary of God, and the altar, and those worshipping in it; Rev 11:02 and the court that is without the sanctuary leave out, and you may not measure it, because it was given to the nations (It is of the temporal world of mankind.), and the holy city they shall tread down forty-two months (Same as the three and a half years of Daniel (The three and half years of Daniel: 3.5 years*360 (12 months of 30 day months) or 42 months. This is an expression to say that, as in the time of the Maccabean revolt, God will bring the for the restoration of the Jewish Kingdom.); Rev 11:03 and I will give to my two witnesses (Daniel and Ezekiel), and they shall prophesy days, a thousand, two hundred, sixty, arrayed with sackcloth.(1260/360=3.5 years)

Rev 11:04 These (two versions) are the two olive trees (monastics - who avoid oil on their body,) and the two lamp-stands (abbeys - menorahs) that before the God of the earth do stand; Rev 11:05 and if any one may will to injure them, fire does proceed out of their mouth, and does devour their enemies, and if any one may will to injure them, thus it behooves him to be killed. (Refers to the necessity of having killed Agrippa I, who threatened these two versions of Christian monastics and abbeys.)

Rev 11:06 These (Christian institutions) have authority to shut the heaven, that it may not rain shall fall in the days of their prophecy, and authority they have over the waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the land with every plague: the Plague Attacks, as often as they may will.

Rev 11:07 'And when they may finish their testimony (the effect of the plagues have reached their desired goal), the beast that is coming up out of the abyss (specifically Simon Magus who had engineered the assassination of Agrippa and who supports the Zealots financially, but in general all those who oppose Rome) shall make war with them, and overcome them, and kill them, Rev 11:08a and their dead bodies are upon the broad-place of the great city (Rome, the city that will suffer the same fate as Sodom and Gomorrah).

Rev 11:08b(that is called spiritually Sodom, and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified,) (Confirmation that Qumran on the Dead Sea of Sodom and Gomorrah is the spiritual Jerusalem - the plural form)

Rev 11:09 and they shall behold -- they of the peoples, and tribes, and tongues, and nations (the Christians - see The Seventh Angel, about to Sound) (removal of translator "--" because the martyred Christians will not die, but will survive as Jesus did in his "Resurrection:") their dead bodies three days and a half, and their dead bodies they shall not allow to be put into tombs, Rev 11:10 and those dwelling upon the land shall rejoice over them, and shall make merry, and gifts they shall send to one another, because these -- the two prophets -- did torment those dwelling upon the land (the Romans).' Rev 11:11 And after the three days and a half, a spirit of life from God did enter into them, and they stood upon their feet, and great fear fell upon those beholding them, Rev 11:12 and they heard a great voice out of the heaven saying to them, 'Come up hither;'and they went up to the heaven in the cloud, and their enemies beheld them; Rev 11:13 and in that hour came a great earthquake, and the tenth of the city (Rome is location 10 of the Mission) did fall, and killed in the earthquake were names of men -- seven thousands, and the rest became affrighted, and they gave glory to the God of the heaven. (those who are baptized will survive.)

Rev 11:14 The second woe did go forth, lo, the third woe does come quickly. (Refers to the Plague Attacks - 8th seven year plague cycle beginning 48AD and the next in 55 AD)

The Seventh Angel Sounds September 48 AD
Rev 11:15 και ο εβδομοc αγγελοc εcαλπιcεν και εγενετο φωναι μεγαλαι εν τω ουνω λεγουcαι εγενετο η βαcιλια του κοcμου του κυ ημων και του χυ αυτου και βαcιλευcει ειc τουc αιωναc των αιωνω αμην ·
Rev 11:16 και ┬ εικοcι τεccαρεc πρεcβυτεροι οι ενωπιον του θυ οι καθηνται επι τουc θρονουc αυτω και επεcαν επι τα προcωπα αυτων και προcεκυνηcαν τω θω
Rev 11:17 λεγοντεc ευχαριcτουμεν cοι κc ο θc ┬ παντοκρατωρ ο ων και ο ην και οτι ειληφαc τη δυναμιν cου την μεγαλην και εβαcιλευcαc
Rev 11:18 και τα εθνη ωργιcθη και ηλθε η οργη cου και ο κ(αι)ροc των νεκρων κριθηναι και δουναι τον μιcθον τοιc δουλοιc cου τοιc προφηταιc και τοιc αγιοιc και φοβουμενοιc το ονομα cου τουc μικρουc και τουc μεγαλουc και διαφθειραι τουc διαφθειρονταc τη γην
Rev 11:19 και ηνυγη ο ναοc του θυ εν τω ουρανω ανω και ω φθη η κιβωτοc τηc διαθηκηc του θυ ε τω ναω αυτου και εγενετο αcτραπαι και φωναι και βροται και cειcμοc και χαλαζα μεγαλη

Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel did sound, and there came great voices in the heaven, saying, 'The kingdoms of the world did become [those] of our Lord and of His Christ, and he shall reign to the ages of the ages!'

Rev 11:16 And the twenty and four elders, who before God are sitting upon their thrones, did fall upon their faces, and did bow before God, Rev 11:17 saying, 'We give thanks to You, O Lord God, the Almighty, who is, and who was, and who is coming, because You have taken Your great power and did reign; Rev 11:18 and the nations were angry, and Your anger did come, and the time of the dead, to be judged, and to give the reward to Your servants, to the prophets, and to the saints, and to those fearing Your name, to the small and to the great, and to destroy those who are destroying the land.'

Rev 11:19 And opened was the sanctuary of God in the heaven, and there was seen the ark of His covenant in His sanctuary, and there did come lightnings, and voices, and thunders, and an earthquake, and great hail.

(James Niceta writes:)

Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel did sound, and there came great voices in the heaven, saying, 'The kingdoms of the world did become [those] of our Lord and of His Christ, and he shall reign to the ages of the ages!'

Rev 11:16 And the twenty and four elders, who before God are sitting upon their thrones, did fall upon their faces, and did bow before God, Rev 11:17 saying, 'We give thanks to You, O Lord God, the Almighty, who is, and who was, and who is coming, because You have taken Your great power and did reign; Rev 11:18 and the nations were angry, and Your anger did come, and the time of the dead, to be judged, and to give the reward to Your servants, to the prophets, and to the saints, and to those fearing Your name, to the small and to the great, and to destroy those who are destroying the land.'

Rev 11:19 And opened was the sanctuary of God in the heaven, and there was seen the ark of His covenant in His sanctuary, and there did come lightnings, and voices, and thunders, and an earthquake, and great hail. (Refers to the Plague Attacks - 8th seven year plague cycle beginning 48AD

The Jesus the Lamb opens the Book on Atonement September 48 AD
Rev 05:01 και ειδον επι την δεξιαν του καθημενου επι του θρονου ┬ εμπροcθεν και οπιcθεν ┬ κατεcφραγιcμενον cφραγιcιν πτα
Rev 05:02 κ(αι) ειδον αγγελον κηρυccοντα ιcχυρο εν φωνη μεγαλη τιc αξιοc ανοιξε το βιβλιον και λυcαι ταc cφραγιδαc αυτου
Rev 05:03 και ουδειc εδυνατο εν τω ουνω ουτε επι τηc γηc ανοιξε το βιβλιον ουτε βλεπειν αυτο
Rev 05:04 και εκλααν πολυ οτι ουδειc αξιοc ευρεθηcεται ανοιξαι το βιβλιον ουτε βλεπειν αυτο
Rev 05:05 και ειc εκ των πρεcβυτερων λεγει μοι μη κλαιε ϊδου ενικηcε ο λεων εκ τηc φυληc ϊουδα η ριζα δαδ ανοιξαι το βιβλιον και λυcαι ταc επτα cφραγιδαc αυτου
Rev 05:06 και ειδον εν μεcω του θρονου και των τεccαρων ζωων και εν μεcω των πρεcβυτερων αρνιον εcτηκωc ωc εcφαγμενον εχων κερατα επτα και οφθαλμουc επτα οι ειcιν τα επτα πνατα του θυ απεcταλμενα ειc παcαν την γην
Rev 05:07 και ηλθεν και ειληφεν εκ τηc δεξιαc τηc καθημενου επι του θρονου
Rev 05:08 και οτε ελαβεν το βιβλιον τα τεccερα ζωα και οι εικοcι τεccαρεc πρεcβυτεροι επεcα ενωπιον του αρνιου εκαcτοc εχοντεc κιθαραν και φιαλαc χρυcεαc γεμουcαc θυμιαματων α ειcιν ┬ προcευχαι των αγιων
Rev 05:09 και αδουcιν ωδην καινην λεγοντεc αξιοc ει λαβιν το βιβλιον και ανοιξαι ταc cφραγιδαc αυτου οτι εcφαγηc και ηγοραcαc τω θω ημαc εν τω αιματι cου εκ παcηc φυληc και γλωccηc και λαου και εθνουc
Rev 05:10 και εποιηcαc αυτουc τω θω ημων βαcιλιαν και ϊερατειαν και βαcιλευcουcιν επι τηc γηc
Rev 05:11 και ειδον και ηκουcα ωc φωνην αγγελων πολλων κυκλω του θρονου και των ζωων και των πρεcβυτερων και ην ο αριθμοc αυτων μυριαδεc μυριαδω και χιλιαδεc χιλιαδων
Rev 05:12 λεγοντεc φωνη μεγαλη αξιον εcτιν το αρνιον το εcφαγμενον λαβιν την δυναμι και πλουτον και cοφιαν και ϊcχυν και τιμην και δοξαν και ευλογιαν
Rev 05:13 και παν κτιcμα το ε τω ουνω και επι τηc γηc και τα εν τη θαλαccη και τα εν αυτοιc παντα και ηκουcα λεγονταc τω καθημενω επι του θρονου και τω αρνιω η ευλογια και η τιμη και η δοξα παντοκρατοροc ειc τουc αιωναc των αιωνων ·
Rev 05:14 και τα τεccαρα ζωα ελεγον αμην και οι πρεcβυτεροι επεcαν και προcεκυνηcαν

Rev 05:01 And I saw upon the right hand of Him who is sitting upon the throne a scroll, written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals; Rev 05:02 and I saw a strong angel crying with a great voice, 'Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose the seals of it?' Rev 05:03 and no one was able in the heaven, nor upon the earth, (deleted: nor under the earth), to open the scroll, nor to behold it. Rev 05:04 And I was weeping much, because no one was found worthy to open and to read the scroll, nor to behold it, Rev 05:05 and one of the elders said to me, 'Weep not; lo, overcome did the Lion, who is of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, to open the scroll, and to loose the seven seals of it.

Rev 05:06 and I saw, and lo, in the midst of the throne, and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, a Lamb has stood as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the Seven Spirits of God, which are sent to all the earth, Rev 05:07 and he came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who is sitting upon the throne. Rev 05:08 And when he took the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, having each one harps and golden vials full of perfumes, which are the prayers of the saints, Rev 05:09 and they sing a new song, saying, 'Worthy are you to take the scroll, and to open the seals of it, because you were slain, and did redeem us to God in your blood, out of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation, Rev 05:10 and did make us to our God kings and priests, and we shall reign upon the earth.'

Rev 05:11 And I saw, and I heard the voice of many angels round the throne, and the living creatures, and the elders -- and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands -- Rev 05:12 saying with a great voice, 'Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive the power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing!' Rev 05:13 and every creature that is in the heaven, and in the earth, (deleted: nor under the earth), and the things that are upon the sea, and the all things in them, heard I saying, 'To Him who is sitting upon the throne, and to the Lamb, [is] the blessing, and the honor, and the glory of the Almighty (not "and the might") -- to the ages of the ages!' Rev 05:14 and the four living creatures said, 'Amen!'and the twenty-four elders fell down and they bow before Him who is living to the ages of the ages.

Rev 05:01 And I saw upon the right hand of Him (Agrippa II) who is sitting upon the throne a scroll, written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals; Rev 05:02 and I saw a strong angel (Matthew Annas) crying with a great voice, 'Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose the seals of it?' Rev 05:03 and no one was able in the heaven, nor upon the earth, (deleted: nor under the earth), to open the scroll, nor to behold it. Rev 05:04 And I was weeping much, because no one was found worthy to open and to read the scroll, nor to behold it,

John shows how strong the emotion (weeping) is while they await Agrippa's decision to accept Jesus as the as the honorary position of 'Melchizedek' (Psalms 110:4. The title had come about when David took over Jerusalem and with it the Melchizedek line of high priests. Genesis 14:18-20).

Rev 05:05 and one of the elders (Agrippa II)said to me, 'Weep not; lo, overcome did the Lion, who is of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, to open the scroll, and to loose the seven seals of it.

Rev 05:06 and I saw, and lo, in the midst of the throne, and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, a Lamb has stood as it had been slain,

It being the Day of Atonement, Agrippa declared that the blood that Jesus spilled on the Cross was equivalent to the sacrificial Lamb. His sacrifice would eliminate the need for Atonement for all Christians. (The Essenes have done away with blood sacrifice, but the image was retained until now.) Jesus got up and took the New Testament from Agrippa's right hand and everyone rejoiced in the celebration. Jesus himself felt vindicated from the Day of Atonement in 32 AD when he was laicised for appearing as Melchizedek dressed in white. (See Transfiguration of Jesus).

having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the Seven Spirits of God, which are sent to all the earth, Rev 05:07 and he came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him (Agrippa II) who is sitting upon the throne. Rev 05:08 And when he took the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, having each one harps and golden vials full of perfumes, which are the prayers of the saints, Rev 05:09 and they sing a new song, saying, 'Worthy are you to take the scroll, and to open the seals of it, because you were slain, and did redeem us to God in your blood, out of every tribe (Gospel of Matthew dedicated to the twelve tribes), and tongue (Gospel of Mark by Peter who was the spokesman for Jesus), and people (Gospel of Luke being Jesus' writing to include all Gentiles), and nation (Gospel of John representing the combination of abbey and monastery), Rev 05:10 and did make us to our God kings and priests (the connection between the Herodian Church and the Christian Church), and we shall reign upon the earth.' (This alliance would preserve the Church through Nero's persecution and the Fall of Jerusalem.)

Rev 05:11 And I saw, and I heard the voice of many angels round the throne, and the living creatures, and the elders -- and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands -- Rev 05:12 saying with a great voice, 'Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive the power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing !'

The seven ministers under the Lamb (Jesus) for the seven days of the week:

  1. Power (dunamis) - Atomus the Magus acting for Agrippa II
  2. Riches (ploutos) - Aristobulus, the father of Timothy, as assistant to Power
  3. Wisdom (sophia) - Salome the mother of Timothy
  4. Strength (ischys) - Jesus Justus acting for his father as Adam (who must work to survive outside of Eden)
  5. Honor (timé) - Timothy, the crown prince (His name being formed from 'timé' with its literal meaning: price; therefore the one who received the Herodian fees for initiation.) (Prior to this ceremony, Agrippa II, who was childless and possibly a homosexual, has adopted Timothy, age 13 - Paul officiates at Timothy's 13th birthday Sept 47 Bar Mitzvah under Paul in 47 AD, as his son following the pattern of the Roman Emperors. His mother and father are now relatives of the King Agrippa.)
  6. Glory (doxa) - Apollos as the 'Moses'; the Therapeut leader (replacing Theudas)
  7. Blessing (eulogia) - Matthew Annas as abbot
    1. Rev 05:13 and every creature that is in the heaven, and in the earth, (deleted: nor under the earth), and the things that are upon the sea, and the all things in them, heard I saying, 'To Him who is sitting upon the throne, and to the Lamb, [is] the blessing, and the honor, and the glory, of the Almighty (not "and the might") -- to the ages of the ages!' Rev 05:14 and the four living creatures said, 'Amen!'and the twenty-four elders fell down and they bow before Him who is living to the ages of the ages.

First Rider on the White Horse (Gospel of Matthew) September 48
Rev 06:01 και ϊδον οτε ηνυξεν το αρνιον μιαν εκ των επτα ┬ και ηκουcα ενοc ┬ των τεccαρω ζωων λεγοντων ωc φωνην βροντηc ερχου και ϊδε
Rev 06:02 και ειδον και ϊδου ϊπποc λευκοc και ο καθημενοc επ αυτον ο̣ εχων τοξον και εδοθη αυτω cτεφανοc και εξηλθεν νικων και ενικηcεν

Rev 06:01 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying, as it were a voice of thunder, 'Come and behold!' Rev 06:02 and I saw, and lo, a white horse, and he who is sitting upon it is having a bow, and there was given to him a crown, and he went forth overcoming, and that he may overcome.

(John Aquila writes:)
Rev 06:01 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying, as it were a voice of thunder, 'Come and behold!' Rev 06:02 and I saw, and lo, a white horse, and he who is sitting upon it is having a bow, and there was given to him a crown, and he went forth overcoming, and that he may overcome.

The Lamb is Jesus who breaks the seal on the book. Matthew Annas is presiding. The four living creatures are from Ezekiel chapter 1 having four faces, that of a man, a lion, an ox and an eagle. This is the canonizing of the Book of Matthew associated with the Winged Man (angel). White is symbolic of the white robe that was worn by the Sadducee Priest acting as God. Thus the horse, representing the priest who carries the Gospel of Matthew is white because it was written by the Sadducee Priest Matthew Annas. The crown is from his older brother Jonathan Annas who called himself Stephen (stephanos is Greek for crown). The bow is symbolic of Artemis, the goddess of Ephesus where the cathedral is located and also symbolic of Theudas the Chief Therapeut who called himself Nicodemus, derived from the word “to conquer”, therefore the spiritual war of non-violence.

Second Rider on the Red Horse (Gospel of Mark) September 48
Rev 06:03 και οτε ηνυξεν την cφραγιδα την δευτεραν ηκουcα του δευτερου ζωου λεγοντοc ερχου
Rev 06:04 και ϊδε και ϊδον και ϊδου εξηλθεν αλλοc ϊπποc πυρροc και τω καθημενω επ αυτον εδοθη αυτω λαβειν την ειρηνην εκ τηc γηc και εινα αλληλουc cφαξωcιν και εδοθη αυτω μαχαιρα μεγαλη

Rev 06:03 And when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, 'Come and behold!' Rev 06:04 and there went forth another horse -- red, and to him who is sitting upon it, there was given to him to take the peace from the land, and that one another they may slay, and there was given to him a great sword.

(John Aquila writes:)
Rev 06:03 And when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, 'Come and behold!' Rev 06:04 and there went forth another horse -- red, and to him who is sitting upon it, there was given to him to take the peace from the land, and that one another they may slay, and there was given to him a great sword.

The Lamb is Jesus who breaks the seal on the next book. Matthew Annas is presiding. The four living creatures are from Ezekiel chapter 1 having four faces, that of a man, a lion, an ox and an eagle. This is the canonizing of the Book of Mark associated with the Lion, the symbol of kingship. Red is symbolic of the red robes that were worn by the Cardinal acting for the "Son of Man". Thus the horse, representing the priest who carries the Gospel of Mark, is red because it was written by the Peter, Jesus' cardinal. The sword is symbolic of the angels at the Garden of Eden. Peter used this sword to defend his position as the Ear of Jesus against James. (See The kiss of Judas and the arrest of Jesus.)

Third Rider on the Black Horse (Gospel of Luke) September 48
Rev 06:05 και οτε ηνυξε την cφραγιδα την τριτην ηκουcα του τριτου ζωου λεγοντοc ερχου και ϊδε και ειδον και ϊδου ιπποc μελαc και ο καθημενοc επ αυτον εχων ζυγον εν τη χιρι αυτου
Rev 06:06 και ηκουcα ωc φωνην εν μεcω τω τεccαρων ζωων λεγουcαν χοινιξ cιτου δηναριου και τριc χοινικεc κριθω δηναριου και το ελαιον και τον οινον μη αδικηcηc

Rev 06:05 And when he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, 'Come and behold!'and I saw, and lo, a black horse, and he who is sitting upon it is having a balance in his hand, Rev 06:06 and I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, 'A measure of wheat for a denary, and three measures of barley for a denary,'and 'The oil and the wine you may not treat unjustly.'

(John Aquila writes:)
Rev 06:05 And when he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, 'Come and behold!'and I saw, and lo, a black horse, and he who is sitting upon it is having a balance in his hand, Rev 06:06 and I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, 'A measure of wheat for a denary, and three measures of barley for a denary,'and 'The oil and the wine you may not treat unjustly.'

The Lamb is Jesus who breaks the seal on the next book. Matthew Annas is presiding. The four living creatures are from first chapter of Ezekiel, having four faces, that of a man, a lion, an ox and an eagle. This is the canonizing of the Book of Luke associated with the Bull, the symbol of bearing the yoke of the monastic or Nazarite. (In Philippians 4:3 Paul refers to his wife Phoebe as his "yokefellow".) Black is symbolic of the black robes that were worn by the leader of the monastics. Thus the horse, representing the priest who carries the Gospel of Luke, is black because it was written by the Jesus, who lived as a monastic. The three groups are "wheat" for the 4000 celibate followers, "barley" for the 5000 married followers (See Miracle of the Feeding the 4000 and the 5000"), and oil and wine for the monastics who did not use oil or fermented wine (tending to be treated unjustly by the others) ("Oil they consider defiling" Josephus Antiquities 18.1 on the Essenes.)

Fourth Rider on the Green (pale) Horse (Gospel of John) September 48
Rev 06:07 και οτε ηνυξεν τη cφραγιδα την τεταρτην ηκουcα φωνην του τεταρτου ζωου λεγοντοc ερχου και ϊδε
Rev 06:08 και ϊδο και ϊδου ϊπποc χλωροc και ο καθημενοc επανω αυτου ονομα αυτω θανατοc και ο αδηc ηκολουθι αυτω και εδοθη αυτοιc εξουcια επι το τεταρτον τηc γηc αποκτειναι εν ρομφαια και λιμω και θανατω και υπο των θηριω τηc γηc

Rev 06:07 And when he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, 'Come and behold!' Rev 06:08 and I saw, and lo, a pale horse, and he who is sitting upon him -- his name is Death, and Hades does follow with him, and there was given to them authority to kill, (over the fourth part of the land,) with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and by the beasts of the land.

(John Aquila writes:)
Rev 06:07 And when he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, 'Come and behold!' Rev 06:08 and I saw, and lo, a pale horse, and he who is sitting upon him -- his name is Death, and Hades does follow with him, and there was given to them authority to kill, (over the fourth part of the land,) with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and by the beasts of the land.

The Lamb is Jesus who breaks the seal on the next book. Matthew Annas is presiding. The four living creatures are from Ezekiel chapter 1 having four faces, that of a man, a lion, an ox and an eagle. This is the canonizing of the Book of John associated with the Eagle also the zodiacal sign Scorpio, the symbol of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus. Green is symbolic of the tradition of Sower to the Diaspora that began with Jesus' grandfather Heli and was continued by Jesus, who wrote his book with the help of Simon Magus. Thus the horse, representing the priest who carries the Gospel of John, is green (changed to pale since no horse is green). Green is also representative of the time Jesus was out of the monastery for the conception of an heir with Mary Magdalene and the continued dynasty of David. This was when he taught the disciples in the Feeding of the Five thouand and the Four Thousand.

The indication of joint authorship is the symbols of "Death" (Simon Magus who had the power to excommunicate) and of "Hades" (Jesus being revived from that state between life and death in the Cave after the Crucifixion). The powers are: Sword (angels at the Garden of Eden), "Hunger" is the Nazarite practice that Jesus followed when out of monastery (Jesus tempted by Satan in the Wilderness), Death (excommunication), and "Wild Beasts" (Zealots that Simon Magus was still aligned with).

Fifth Seal (Gospel of Thomas) September 48
Rev 06:09 και οτε ηνοιξεν την cφραγιδαν την ειδον ϋποκατω του θυcιαcτηριου ταc ψυχαc των ανθρωπω των εcφαγμενω δια τον λογον του θυ και δια την μαρτυριαν και δια την μαρτυριαν ην εcχο
Rev 06:10 και εκραξαν φωνη μεγαλη λεγοντεc εωc ποτε ο δεcποτηc ο αγιοc και αληθινοc ου κρινειc κ(αι) εκδικηcειc το αιμα ημων εκ των κατοικουντων επι τηc γηc
Rev 06:11 και εδοθη αυτοιc εκαcτω cτολη λευκη και ερεθη αυτοιc ϊνα αναπαυcωνται επι χρονον μικρο εωc πληρωcωcι και οι cυνδουλοι αυτων και οι αδελφοι αυτων οι μελλοντεc αποκτεννεcθαι υπο αυτω ωc και αυτοι

Rev 06:09 And when he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony that they held, Rev 06:10 and they were crying with a great voice, saying, 'Till when, O Master, the Holy and the True, do You not judge and take vengeance of our blood from those dwelling upon the land?' Rev 06:11 And there was given to each one white robes, and it was said to them that they may rest themselves yet a little time, till may be fulfilled also their fellow-servants and their brethren, who are about to be killed -- even as they.

(John Aquila writes:)
Rev 06:09 And when he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony that they held, Rev 06:10 and they were crying with a great voice, saying, 'Till when, O Master, the Holy and the True, do You not judge and take vengeance of our blood from those dwelling upon the land?' Rev 06:11 And there was given to each one white robes, and it was said to them that they may rest themselves yet a little time, till may be fulfilled also their fellow-servants and their brethren, who are about to be killed -- even as they.

It is possible to conjecture that this fifth book is the Gospel of Thomas, which was found in the Nag Hammadi collections. Many of its sayings match the Gospels and others appear to be what Jesus would have said. The mention of white robes does appear to support a monastic existence as in Saying 75: Jesus said, "There are many standing at the door, but those who are alone will enter the bridal suite." or Saying 22: Jesus said to them, "When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter the (Father's) domain."

Sixth Seal (Gospel of Philip) September 48
Rev 06:12 και ειδον οτε ενυξεν την cφραγιδα τη εκτην και cιcμοc μεγαc εγενετο και ο ηλιοc μελαc εγενετο ωc cακκοc τριχινοc και η cεληνη ολη εγενετο ωc αιμα
Rev 06:13 και οι αcτερεc του ουνου επεcαν επι την γην ωc cυκη βαλλουcα τουc ολυθουc αυτηc απο ανεμου με μειγαλου cιομενη
Rev 06:14 και ο ουνοc απεχωριcθη ωc βιβλιον ελιccομενοc και παν οροc και βουνοc εκ των τοπων εκινηcαν
Rev 06:15 και οι βαcιλειc τηc γηc και οι μεγιcτανεc και οι χιλιαρχοι και οι πλουcιοι και ϊcχυροι και παc δουλοc ┬ εκρυψαν εαυτουc ειc τα cπηλεα και ειc ταc πετραc τω ορεων
Rev 06:16 και λεγουcι τοιc ορεcιν και ταιc πετραιc πεcεται εφ ημαc και κρυψεται ημαc απο προcωπου του καθημενου επι τω θρονω και επι τηc οργηc του αρνιου
Rev 06:17 οτι ηλθεν η ημερα η μεγαλη τηc οργηc αυτω και τιc δυναται cταθηναι

Rev 06:12 And I saw when he opened the sixth seal, and lo, a great earthquake came, and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood. Rev 06:13 And the stars of the heaven fell to the earth -- as a fig-tree does cast her winter figs, by a great wind being shaken -- Rev 06:14 and heaven departed as a scroll rolled up, and every mountain and island -- out of their places they were moved; Rev 06:15 and the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich, and the chiefs of thousands, and the mighty, and every servant, and every freeman, hid themselves in the dens, and in the rocks of the mountains, Rev 06:16 and they say to the mountains and to the rocks, 'Fall upon us, and hide us from the face of Him who is sitting upon the throne, and from the anger of the Lamb,' Rev 06:17 because come did the great day of His anger, and who is able to stand?

(John Aquila writes:)
Rev 06:12 And I saw when he opened the sixth seal, and lo, a great earthquake came, and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair (eclipse of the sun), and the moon became as blood (eclipse of the moon). Rev 06:13 And the stars of the heaven fell to the earth (meteors) (Matthew 24:29-31)-- as a fig-tree does cast her winter figs, by a great wind being shaken -- Rev 06:14 and heaven departed as a scroll rolled up Isaiah 34:4, and every mountain and island -- out of their places they were moved; Rev 06:15 and the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich, and the chiefs of thousands, and the mighty, and every servant, and every freeman, hid themselves in the dens, and in the rocks of the mountains, Rev 06:16 and they say to the mountains and to the rocks, 'Fall upon us, and hide us from the face of Him who is sitting upon the throne, and from the anger of the Lamb,' Rev 06:17 because come did the great day of His anger, and who is able to stand?

These references above are meant to be the Second Coming, That concept can be associated with the the Gospel of Philip with the Bridal Chamber of Jesus' parable of The Ten Virgins and Lamps. "The mysteries of truth are revealed, though in type and image. The bridal chamber, however, remains hidden. It is the holy in the holy. The veil at first concealed how God controlled the creation...If some belong to the order of the priesthood they will be able to go within the veil with the high priest....There is glory which surpasses glory. There is power which surpasses power. Therefore the perfect things have opened to us, together with the hidden things of truth. The Holies of the Holies were revealed, and the bridal chamber invited us in." ( 84, 20- 85, 21).

This Gospel also shows that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, which may be the reason for its suppression being found for the first time at Nag Hammadi. "There were three who always walked with the lord: Mary his mother and her sister and Magdalene, the one who was called his companion.... And the companion of the [Saviour was ] Mary Magdalene. [He loved] her more than [all] the disciples [and used to] kiss her [often] on her [mouth]. The rest of [the disciples] said to him, 'Why do you love her more than all of us?'The Saviour answered and said to them,'Why do I not love you like her? " (59, 6-12; 63, 32- 64, 5)

Opening the Seventh Seal (Revelation) September 48
Rev 08:01 και οτε ηνοιξεν την cφραγιδα την εβδομην εγενετο cιγη εν τω ουνω ωc ειμιωριον

Rev 08:01 And when he opens the seventh seal, there came silence in the heaven about half-an-hour,

(John Aquila writes:)
Rev 08:01 And when he opens the seventh seal, there came silence in the heaven about half-an-hour,

The last book canonized is Revelation which was followed by a silent prayer and then a review of the prophesies of Simon the Essene in 2 BC of the seven times seven year intervals with 48 AD being the start of the seventh set of seven years. (These prophecies are shown under their appropriate years).)

Numbering the followers of the new Christian Church (12,000 for each of the twelve provinces) September 48
Rev 07:01 και μετα τουτο ιδον δ αγγελουc εcτωταc επι ταc τεccαραc γωνιαc τηc γηc κρατουνταc τουc τεccαραc ανεμουc τηc γηc ινα μη πνευcη ανεμοc επι τηc γηc μητε επι τηc θαλαccηc μητε επι παν δενδρον
Rev 07:02 και ειδον αλλον αγγελον αναβαινοντα απο ανατοληc ηλιου εχοντα cφαγιδα θυ ζωντοc και εκραξεν φωνη μεγαλη τοιc τεccαρεc αγγελοιc οιc εδοθη αυτοιc αδικηcαι την γη και την θαλαccα
Rev 07:03 λεγων μη αδικηcεται την γην μηδε την θαλαccαν μηδε τα δενδρα αχριc cφραγιcωμεν τουc δουλουc του θυ ημων επι των μετωπων αυτων
Rev 07:04 και ηκουcαν τον αριθμον των εcφραγιcμενων εκατο τεccερακοντα χιλιαδεc εcφραγιcμενοι εκ παcηc φυληc ϋϊων ιcλ
Rev 07:05 εκ φυληc ϊουδα δωδεκα χιλιαδεc εcφραγιcμενοι εκ φυληc ρουβην δωδεκα χιλιαδεc
Rev 07:06 εκ φυληc αcηρ δωδεκα χιλιαδεc · εκ φυληc νεφθαλι δωδεκα χιλιαδεc εκ φυληc μαναccη δωδεκα χιλιαδεc
Rev 07:07 εκ φυληc λευει δωδεκα χειλιαδεc εκ φυληc ϊccαχαρ δωδεκα χιλιαδεc
Rev 07:08 εκ φυληc ζαβουλω δωδεκα χιλιαδεc εκ φυληc βενιαμι δωδεκα χειλιαδεc εκ φυληc ϊωcηφ δωδεκα χειλιαδεc εcφραγιcμενοι
Rev 07:09 μετα ταυτα ιδον και ϊδου οχλοc πολυc οc αριθμηcαι αυτο ουδιc εδυνατο εκ παντοc εθνουc και φυλων και λαων και γλωccων εcτωτεc ενωπιο του θρονου και ενωπιον του αρνιου περιβεβλημενουc cτολαc λευκαc και φοινικαc εν ταιc χερcιν αυτω
Rev 07:10 και κραζουcιν φωνη μεγαλη λεγοντεc η cωτηρια τω θω ημων ┬ επι τω θρονω και τω αρνιω ειc τουc αιωναc των αιωνων αμη
Rev 07:11 και παντεc ┬ αγγελοι ιcτηκιcαν κυκλω του θρονου και των πρεcβυτερων και των τεccαρω ζωων και επεcα ενωπιον του θρονου επι τα προcωπα αυτων και προcεκυνηcαν τω θω
Rev 07:12 λεγοντεc αμην η ευλογια και η δοξα και η cοφια και ┬ ευχαριcτια και η ιμη και η δυναμιc και η ϊcχυc τω θω ημων ειc τουc αιωναc των αιωνων αμην
Rev 07:13 και απεκριθη ειc τω πρεcβυτερων λεγων μοι ειc των πρεcβυτερων λεγων μοι ουτοι οι περιβεβλημενοι ταc τολαc ταc λευκαc τινεc ειcιν και ποθεν ηλθον
Rev 07:14 και ειρηκα αυτω κε μου cυ οιδαc και ειπεν ουτοι ειcιν οι ερχομενοι εκ τηc θλιψεωc τηc μεγαληc και επλυναν ταc cτολαc αυτων και ελευκαναν αυταc ε τω αιματι του αρνιου
Rev 07:15 δια τουτο ειcιν ενωπιον του θρονου του θυ και λατρευουcιν αυτω ημεραc και νυκτοc εν τω ναω αυτου και ο καθημενοc επι του θρονου γινωcκει αυτουc
Rev 07:16 ου πιναcουcιν ουδε διψαcουcιν ετι ουδε μη πεcη επ αυτουc ο ηλιοc ετι ουδε παν καυμα
Rev 07:17 οτι το αρνιον το ανα μεcον του θρονου ποιμανει αυτουc και οδηγηcει αυτουc επι ζωηc πηγαc ϋδατων και εξαλιψει ο θc παν δρακυον απο των οφθαλμων αυτων

Rev 07:01 And after these things I saw four angels, standing upon the four corners of the land, holding the four winds of the land, that the wind may not blow upon the land, nor upon the sea, nor upon any tree; Rev 07:02 and I saw another angel going up from the rising of the sun, having a seal of the living God, and he did cry with a great voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to injure the land and the sea, saying, Rev 07:03 'Do not injure the land, nor the sea, nor the trees, till we may seal the servants of our God upon their foreheads.'

Rev 07:04 And I heard the number of those sealed, (144 thousands were sealed out of all the tribes of the sons of Israel): Rev 07:05 of the tribe of Judah 12 thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Reuben 12 thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Gad 12 thousand were sealed; Rev 07:06 of the tribe of Asher 12 thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Naphtali 12 thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Manasseh 12 thousand were sealed; Rev 07:07 of the tribe of Simeon 12 thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Levi 12 thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Issachar 12 thousand were sealed; Rev 07:08 of the tribe of Zebulun 12 thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Joseph 12 thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Benjamin 12 thousand were sealed.

Rev 07:09 After these things I saw, and lo, a great multitude, which to number no one was able, out of all nations, and tribes, and peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne, and before the Lamb, arrayed in white robes, and palms in their hands, Rev 07:10 and crying with a great voice, saying, 'The salvation [is] to Him who is sitting upon the throne -- to our God, and to the Lamb!' Rev 07:11 And all the angels stood around the throne, and the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell upon their face, and bowed before God, Rev 07:12 saying, 'Amen! the blessing, and the glory, and the wisdom, and the thanksgiving, and the honor, and the power, and the strength, [are] to our God -- to the ages of the ages! Amen!'

Rev 07:13 And answer did one of the elders, saying to me, 'These, who have been arrayed with the white robes -- who are they, and why came they?' Rev 07:14 and I have said to him, 'Sir, you have known;'and he said to me, 'These are those who are coming out of the great tribulation, and they did wash their robes, and they made their robes white in the blood of the Lamb; Rev 07:15 because of this are they before the throne of God, and they do service to Him day and night in His sanctuary, and He who is sitting upon the throne shall tabernacle over them; Rev 07:16 they shall not hunger any more, nor may the sun fall upon them, nor any heat, Rev 07:17 because the Lamb that [is] in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters, and wipe away shall God every tear from their eyes.'

(John Aquila writes:)
Rev 07:01 And after these things I saw four angels, standing upon the four corners of the land, holding the four winds of the land, that the wind may not blow upon the land, nor upon the sea, nor upon any tree; Rev 07:02 and I saw another angel going up from the rising of the sun, having a seal of the living God, and he did cry with a great voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to injure the land and the sea, saying, Rev 07:03 'Do not injure the land, nor the sea, nor the trees, till we may seal the servants of our God upon their foreheads.'

Rev 07:04 And I heard the number of those sealed, (144 thousands were sealed out of all the tribes of the sons of Israel): Rev 07:05 of the tribe of Judah 12 thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Reuben 12 thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Gad 12 thousand were sealed; Rev 07:06 of the tribe of Asher 12 thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Naphtali 12 thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Manasseh 12 thousand were sealed; Rev 07:07 of the tribe of Simeon 12 thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Levi 12 thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Issachar 12 thousand were sealed; Rev 07:08 of the tribe of Zebulun 12 thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Joseph 12 thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Benjamin 12 thousand were sealed.

Rev 07:09 After these things I saw, and lo, a great multitude, which to number no one was able, out of all nations, and tribes, and peoples, and tongues

  • nations (foreign countries of the uncircumcised taught by Paul in Acts; Luke the scribe of Jesus) thus the Gospel of Luke
  • kings/tribes (like the Sadducee Jonathan Annas: Stephen: stephanos: crown; his brother Matthew, representing the twelve tribes) thus the Gospel of Matthew
  • peoples (members of the Church paying no dues, John the scribe for Jesus and Simon Magus) thus the Gospel of John
  • tongues (Peter was the spokesman for Jesus and Pentecost bishops, Mark was his scribe) thus the Gospel of Mark
    (standing before the throne, and before the Lamb, arrayed in white robes, and palms in their hands)

Rev 07:10 and crying with a great voice, saying, 'The salvation [is] to Him who is sitting upon the throne -- to our God, and to the Lamb!' Rev 07:11 And all the angels stood around the throne, and the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell upon their face, and bowed before God, Rev 07:12 saying, 'Amen! the blessing, and the glory, and the wisdom, and the thanksgiving, and the honor, and the power, and the strength, [are] to our God -- to the ages of the ages! Amen!'

Rev 07:13 And answer did one of the elders, saying to me, 'These, who have been arrayed with the white robes -- who are they, and why came they?' Rev 07:14 and I have said to him, 'Sir, you have known;'and he said to me, 'These are those who are coming out of the great tribulation, and they did wash their robes, and they made their robes white in the blood of the Lamb; Rev 07:15 because of this are they before the throne of God, and they do service to Him day and night in His sanctuary, and He who is sitting upon the throne shall tabernacle over them; Rev 07:16 they shall not hunger any more, nor may the sun fall upon them, nor any heat, Rev 07:17 because the Lamb that [is] in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters, and wipe away shall God every tear from their eyes.'

Numbering the followers of the new Christian Church (12,000 for each of the twelve provinces)

Dr. Barbara Thiering shows the changes that Revelation has made to the Temple Gates in the Dead Sea Scrolls:



49 AD - In a Vision Luke tells Paul that Jesus needs him in Macedonia
In a vision Paul is summoned by Luke that Jesus asked him to come to Philippi in Macedonia for the marriage of Jesus to a second wife Winter 49 AD 'we" from here means Luke and Paul.
Acts 16:09 καὶ ὅραμα διὰ[τη̃ς] νυκτὸς τῳ̃ Παύλῳ ὤφθη, ἀνὴρ Μακεδών τις ἠ̃ν ἑστὼς καὶ παρακαλω̃ν αὐτὸν καὶ λέγων, Διαβὰς εἰς Μακεδονίαν βοήθησον ἡμι̃ν.
Acts 16:10 ὡς δὲ τὸ ὅραμα εἰ̃δεν, εὐθέως ἐζητήσαμεν ἐξελθει̃ν εἰς Μακεδονίαν, συμβιβάζοντες ὅτι προσκέκληται ἡμα̃ς ὁ θεὸς εὐαγγελίσασθαι αὐτούς.
Acts 16:11 Ἀναχθέντες δὲ ἀπὸ Τρῳάδος εὐθυδρομήσαμεν εἰς Σαμοθρᾴκην, τῃ̃ δὲ ἐπιούσῃ εἰς Νέαν Πόλιν,
Acts 16:12 κἀκει̃θεν εἰς Φιλίππους, ἥτις ἐστὶν πρώτης μερίδος τη̃ς Μακεδονίας πόλις, κολωνία. ἠ̃μεν δὲ ἐν ταύτῃ τῃ̃ πόλει διατρίβοντες ἡμέρας τινάς.

Acts 16:09 And a vision through the night appeared to Paul -- a certain man of Macedonia was standing, calling upon him, and saying, 'Having passed through to Macedonia, help us;'-- Acts 16:10 and when he saw the vision, immediately we endeavored to go forth to Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord has called us to preach good news to them, Acts 16:11 having set sail, therefore, from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, on the morrow also to Neapolis, Acts 16:12 thence also to Philippi, which is a principal city of the part of Macedonia -- a colony. And we were in this city abiding certain days,

Acts 16:09 And a vision through the night appeared to Paul -- a certain man of Macedonia (Luke) was standing, calling upon him, and saying, 'Having passed through to Macedonia, help us;'--

This first use of 'us' by Luke means Luke together with Jesus and the use of 'vision' confirms this to be Jesus' message.

Acts 16:10 and when he saw the vision, immediately we (plural: meaning Luke acting on Jesus' behalf) endeavored to go forth to Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord has called us to preach good news to them

The 'Lord' is Jesus and preaching "good news" is a hint that Jesus needs to have Paul to come to baptize Lydia who will soon be his second wife.

Acts 16:11 having set sail, therefore, from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, on the morrow also to Neapolis, Acts 16:12 thence also to Philippi, which is a principal city of the part of Macedonia -- a colony. And we were in this city abiding certain days,

50 AD - Baptism of Lydia and betrothal to Jesus / Paul objects to Bernice's claim of leadership & Paul and Silas imprisoned
Betrothal of Lydia to Jesus in Philipi March 50 AD
Acts 16:13 τῃ̃ τε ἡμέρᾳ τω̃ν σαββάτων ἐξήλθομεν ἔξω τη̃ς πύλης παρὰ ποταμὸν οὑ̃ ἐνομίζομεν προσευχὴν εἰ̃ναι, καὶ καθίσαντες ἐλαλου̃μεν ται̃ς συνελθούσαις γυναιξίν.
Acts 16:14 καί τις γυνὴ ὀνόματι Λυδία, πορφυρόπωλις πόλεως Θυατίρων σεβομένη τὸν θεόν, ἤκουεν, ἡ̃ς ὁ κύριος διήνοιξεν τὴν καρδίαν προσέχειν τοι̃ς λαλουμένοις ὑπὸ του̃ Παύλου.
Acts 16:15 ὡς δὲ ἐβαπτίσθη καὶ ὁ οἰ̃κος αὐτη̃ς, παρεκάλεσεν λέγουσα, Εἰ κεκρίκατέ με πιστὴν τῳ̃ κυρίῳ εἰ̃ναι, εἰσελθόντες εἰς τὸν οἰ̃κόν μου μένετε· καὶ παρεβιάσατο ἡμα̃ς.

Acts 16:13 on the sabbath-day also we went forth outside of the city, by a river, where there used to be prayer, and having sat down, we were speaking to the women who came together, Acts 16:14 and a certain woman, by name Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, worshipping God, was hearing, whose heart the Lord did open to attend to the things spoken by Paul; Acts 16:15 and when she was baptized, and her household, she did call upon us, saying, 'If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, having entered into my house, remain;' and she constrained us.

Acts 16:13 on the sabbath-day also we went forth outside of the city, by a river, where there used to be prayer, and having sat down, we were speaking to the women who came together, Acts 16:14a and a certain woman, by name Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, worshipping God, was hearing,

Jesus was already acquainted with Lydia, having sent a letter to fourth Church at Thyatira in March 48AD. There he asked her not to allow Bernice into the church due to the allegations of incest with her twin brother Agrippa II. That she wore purple indicates that she was a bishop and the fact that she sold church positions shows that she was part of Simon Magus' Church (See when Simon tries to buy his promotion).

Acts 16:14b whose heart the Lord did open

(In the first part of the sentence "worshipping God (theos)" shows that "Lord (kurios)" is definitely Jesus. There is no reason to believe that her heart was closed and thus it is significant that Jesus opens her heart, thus they are to be betrothed.

Acts 16:14c to attend to the things spoken by Paul; (the preparation of baptism and the explanation of the Essene rules of marriage)

Acts 16:15 and when she was baptized, and her household, she did call upon us, saying, 'If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, having entered into my house, remain;' and she constrained us.

The word constrained (para-biazo) "by force" has the meaning "to constrain one by entreaties". It was used once before by Luke in Road to Emmaus when Jesus was constrained by Cleopas (James) and the unnamed person to stay for the holy supper ("Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him."). Thus Luke intends this aorist-verb to imply that there is a ritual that must be performed. In the Cleopas story the verb acts on the object him (auto), but in this case on the object us (hēmas) meaning Luke with Jesus. In this case it is the official act of betrothal to Jesus and Lydia that would be binding based on the three month viable point of pregnancy. The waiting period of six years after Birth of Jesus' second son Sept 44 AD and the divorce by Mary Magdalene having been completed (See Dispute that occurred with Paul wants to begins a Second Mission Journey with Barnabas who wants to to include John Mark June 47 AD).

There is almost a year gap in the the chronology, which is probably due to the fact that Jesus is out of monastery preparing for the purpose of having a child with Mary Magdalene resulting in his three year ministry. You can imagine that Paul is welcoming the chance to be taught directly by Jesus from the period of March until the winter when Jesus and Lydia retire for sexual relations. The silence on this matter would be the impossibility of saying that Paul's "vision" continued for months.

Bernice, the twin sister of Agrippa II begins to preach and Paul prevents her. Agrippa has him thrown in prison in Philippi October 50 AD
Acts 16:16 Ἐγένετο δὲ πορευομένων ἡμω̃ν εἰς τὴν προσευχὴν παιδίσκην τινὰ ἔχουσαν πνευ̃μα πύθωνα ὑπαντη̃σαι ἡμι̃ν, ἥτις ἐργασίαν πολλὴν παρει̃χεν τοι̃ς κυρίοις αὐτη̃ς μαντευομένη.
Acts 16:17 αὕτη κατακολουθου̃σα τῳ̃ Παύλῳ καὶ ἡμι̃ν ἔκραζεν λέγουσα, Οὑ̃τοι οἱ ἄνθρωποι δου̃λοι του̃ θεου̃ του̃ ὑψίστου εἰσίν, οἵτινες καταγγέλλουσιν ὑμι̃ν ὁδὸν σωτηρίας.
Acts 16:18 του̃το δὲ ἐποίει ἐπὶ πολλὰς ἡμέρας. διαπονηθεὶς δὲ Παυ̃λος καὶ ἐπιστρέψας τῳ̃ πνεύματι εἰ̃πεν, Παραγγέλλω σοι ἐν ὀνόματι Ἰησου̃ Χριστου̃ ἐξελθει̃ν ἀπ'αὐτη̃ς· καὶ ἐξη̃λθεν αὐτῃ̃ τῃ̃ ὥρᾳ.
Acts 16:19 ἰδόντες δὲ οἱ κύριοι αὐτη̃ς ὅτι ἐξη̃λθεν ἡ ἐλπὶς τη̃ς ἐργασίας αὐτω̃ν ἐπιλαβόμενοι τὸν Παυ̃λον καὶ τὸν Σίλαν εἵλκυσαν εἰς τὴν ἀγορὰν ἐπὶ τοὺς ἄρχοντας,
Acts 16:20 καὶ προσαγαγόντες αὐτοὺς τοι̃ς στρατηγοι̃ς εἰ̃παν, Οὑ̃τοι οἱ ἄνθρωποι ἐκταράσσουσιν ἡμω̃ν τὴν πόλιν Ἰουδαι̃οι ὑπάρχοντες,
Acts 16:21 καὶ καταγγέλλουσιν ἔθη ἃ οὐκ ἔξεστιν ἡμι̃ν παραδέχεσθαι οὐδὲ ποιει̃ν Ῥωμαίοις οὐ̃σιν.
Acts 16:22 καὶ συνεπέστη ὁ ὄχλος κατ'αὐτω̃ν, καὶ οἱ στρατηγοὶ περιρήξαντες αὐτω̃ν τὰ ἱμάτια ἐκέλευον ῥαβδίζειν,
Acts 16:23 πολλάς τε ἐπιθέντες αὐτοι̃ς πληγὰς ἔβαλον εἰς φυλακήν, παραγγείλαντες τῳ̃ δεσμοφύλακι ἀσφαλω̃ς τηρει̃ν αὐτούς·
Acts 16:24 ὃς παραγγελίαν τοιαύτην λαβὼν ἔβαλεν αὐτοὺς εἰς τὴν ἐσωτέραν φυλακὴν καὶ τοὺς πόδας ἠσφαλίσατο αὐτω̃ν εἰς τὸ ξύλον.

Acts 16:16 And it came to pass in our going on to prayer, a certain maid, having a spirit of Python, did meet us, who brought much employment to her masters by soothsaying, Acts 16:17 she having followed Paul and us, was crying, saying, 'These men are servants of the Most High God, who declare to us a way of salvation;' Acts 16:18 and this she was doing for many days, but Paul having been grieved, and having turned, said to the spirit, 'I command you, in the name of Jesus Christ, to come forth from her;' and it came forth the same hour.

Acts 16:19 And her masters having seen that the hope of their employment was gone, having caught Paul and Silas, drew [them] to the market-place, unto the rulers, Acts 16:20 and having brought them to the magistrates, they said, 'These men do exceedingly trouble our city, being Jews; Acts 16:21 and they proclaim customs that are not lawful for us to receive nor to do, being Romans.'

Acts 16:22 And the multitude rose up together against them, and the magistrates having torn their garments from them, were commanding to beat [them] with rods, Acts 16:23 many blows also having laid upon them, they cast them to prison, having given charge to the jailor to keep them safely, Acts 16:24 who such a charge having received, did put them to the inner prison, and their feet made fast in the stocks.

Acts 16:16 And it came to pass in our going on to prayer, a certain maid, having a spirit of Python (Bernice, the twin sister of Agrippa II), did meet us, who brought much employment to her masters by soothsaying (i.e. converting new members to the Church of Simon Magus and extracting fees), Acts 16:17 she having followed Paul and us, was crying, saying, 'These men are servants of the Most High God, who declare to us a way of salvation;' Acts 16:18 and this she was doing for many days, but Paul having been grieved, and having turned, said to the spirit, 'I command you, in the name of Jesus Christ, to come forth from her;' and it came forth the same hour.

Paul, always ready for confrontation, rejects Bernice's association with them and angers her brother Agrippa II and he and Silas are imprisoned.

Acts 16:19 And her masters having seen that the hope of their employment was gone, having caught Paul and Silas, drew [them] to the market-place, unto the rulers, Acts 16:20 and having brought them to the magistrates, they said, 'These men do exceedingly trouble our city, being Jews; Acts 16:21 and they proclaim customs that are not lawful for us to receive nor to do, being Romans.'

Acts 16:22 And the multitude rose up together against them, and the magistrates having torn their garments from them, were commanding to beat [them] with rods, Acts 16:23 many blows also having laid upon them, they cast them to prison, having given charge to the jailor to keep them safely, Acts 16:24 who such a charge having received, did put them to the inner prison, and their feet made fast in the stocks.

Paul and Simon-Silas are set free by Apollos head of Ephraim Magians (Theudas' nickname was Earthquake) and Ananus Annas (the youngest son of Annas, the Sadducee high priest shown as the jailor) Nov 50
Acts 16:25 Κατὰ δὲ τὸ μεσονύκτιον Παυ̃λος καὶ Σίλας προσευχόμενοι ὕμνουν τὸν θεόν, ἐπηκροω̃ντο δὲ αὐτω̃ν οἱ δέσμιοι·
Acts 16:26 ἄφνω δὲ σεισμὸς ἐγένετο μέγας ὥστε σαλευθη̃ναι τὰ θεμέλια του̃ δεσμωτηρίου, ἠνεῴχθησαν δὲ παραχρη̃μα αἱ θύραι πα̃σαι, καὶ πάντων τὰ δεσμὰ ἀνέθη.
Acts 16:27 ἔξυπνος δὲ γενόμενος ὁ δεσμοφύλαξ καὶ ἰδὼν ἀνεῳγμένας τὰς θύρας τη̃ς φυλακη̃ς, σπασάμενος [τὴν] μάχαιραν ἤμελλεν ἑαυτὸν ἀναιρει̃ν, νομίζων ἐκπεφευγέναι τοὺς δεσμίους.
Acts 16:28 ἐφώνησεν δὲ Παυ̃λος μεγάλῃ φωνῃ̃ λέγων, Μηδὲν πράξῃς σεαυτῳ̃ κακόν, ἅπαντες γάρ ἐσμεν ἐνθάδε.
Acts 16:29 αἰτήσας δὲ φω̃τα εἰσεπήδησεν, καὶ ἔντρομος γενόμενος προσέπεσεν τῳ̃ Παύλῳ καὶ [τω̃]ͅ Σίλᾳ,
Acts 16:30 καὶ προαγαγὼν αὐτοὺς ἔξω ἔφη, Κύριοι, τί με δει̃ ποιει̃ν ἵνα σωθω̃;
Acts 16:31 οἱ δὲ εἰ̃παν, Πίστευσον ἐπὶ τὸν κύριον Ἰησου̃ν, καὶ σωθήσῃ σὺ καὶ ὁ οἰ̃κός σου.
Acts 16:32 καὶ ἐλάλησαν αὐτῳ̃ τὸν λόγον του̃ κυρίου σὺν πα̃σιν τοι̃ς ἐν τῃ̃ οἰκίᾳ αὐτου̃.
Acts 16:33 καὶ παραλαβὼν αὐτοὺς ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῃ̃ ὥρᾳ τη̃ς νυκτὸς ἔλουσεν ἀπὸ τω̃ν πληγω̃ν, καὶ ἐβαπτίσθη αὐτὸς καὶ οἱ αὐτου̃ πάντες παραχρη̃μα,
Acts 16:34 ἀναγαγών τε αὐτοὺς εἰς τὸν οἰ̃κον παρέθηκεν τράπεζαν, καὶ ἠγαλλιάσατο πανοικεὶ πεπιστευκὼς τῳ̃ θεῳ̃.
Acts 16:35 Ἡμέρας δὲ γενομένης ἀπέστειλαν οἱ στρατηγοὶ τοὺς ῥαβδούχους λέγοντες, Ἀπόλυσον τοὺς ἀνθρώπους ἐκείνους.
Acts 16:36 ἀπήγγειλεν δὲ ὁ δεσμοφύλαξ τοὺς λόγους πρὸς τὸν Παυ̃λον, ὅτι Ἀπέσταλκαν οἱ στρατηγοὶ ἵνα ἀπολυθη̃τε· νυ̃ν οὐ̃ν ἐξελθόντες πορεύεσθε ἐν εἰρήνῃ.
Acts 16:37 ὁ δὲ Παυ̃λος ἔφη πρὸς αὐτούς, Δείραντες ἡμα̃ς δημοσίᾳ ἀκατακρίτους, ἀνθρώπους Ῥωμαίους ὑπάρχοντας, ἔβαλαν εἰς φυλακήν· καὶ νυ̃ν λάθρᾳ ἡμα̃ς ἐκβάλλουσιν; οὐ γάρ, ἀλλὰ ἐλθόντες αὐτοὶ ἡμα̃ς ἐξαγαγέτωσαν.
Acts 16:38 ἀπήγγειλαν δὲ τοι̃ς στρατηγοι̃ς οἱ ῥαβδου̃χοι τὰ ῥήματα ταυ̃τα. ἐφοβήθησαν δὲ ἀκούσαντες ὅτι Ῥωμαι̃οί εἰσιν,
Acts 16:39 καὶ ἐλθόντες παρεκάλεσαν αὐτούς, καὶ ἐξαγαγόντες ἠρώτων ἀπελθει̃ν ἀπὸ τη̃ς πόλεως.
Acts 16:40 ἐξελθόντες δὲ ἀπὸ τη̃ς φυλακη̃ς εἰση̃λθον πρὸς τὴν Λυδίαν, καὶ ἰδόντες παρεκάλεσαν τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς καὶ ἐξη̃λθαν.

Acts 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas praying, were singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were hearing them, Acts 16:26 and suddenly a great earthquake came, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken, opened also presently were all the doors, and of all -- the bands were loosed; Acts 16:27 and the jailor having come out of sleep, and having seen the doors of the prison open, having drawn a sword, was about to kill himself, supposing the prisoners to be fled, Acts 16:28 and Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, 'You may not do yourself any harm, for we are all here.'

Acts 16:29 And, having asked for a light, he sprang in, and trembling he fell down before Paul and Silas, Acts 16:30 and having brought them forth, said, 'Sirs, what must I do -- that I may be saved?' Acts 16:31 and they said, 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved -- you and your house;' Acts 16:32 and they spake to him the word of the Lord, and to all those in his household; Acts 16:33 and having taken them, in that hour of the night, he did bathe [them] from the blows, and was baptized, himself and all his presently, Acts 16:34 having brought them also into his house, he set food before [them], and was glad with all the household, he having believed in God.

Acts 16:35 And day having come, the magistrates sent the rod-bearers, saying, 'Let those men go;' Acts 16:36 and the jailor told these words unto Paul -- 'The magistrates have sent, that you may be let go; now, therefore, having gone forth go on in peace;' Acts 16:37 and Paul said to them, 'Having beaten us publicly un condemned -- men, Romans being -- they did cast [us] to prison, and now privately do they cast us forth! why no! but having come themselves, let them bring us forth.'

Acts 16:38 And the rod-bearers told to the magistrates these sayings, and they were afraid, having heard that they are Romans, Acts 16:39 and having come, they besought them, and having brought [them] forth, they were asking [them] to go forth from the city; Acts 16:40 and they, having gone forth out of the prison, entered into [the house of] Lydia, and having seen the brethren, they comforted them, and went forth.

Acts 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas praying, were singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were hearing them, Acts 16:26a and suddenly a great earthquake came

(Apollos, having taken Theudas nickname Earthquake - See April 33AD Resurrection: Theudas has rolled to stone and the cave is empty), along with his position as head of the Therapeuts, has interceded on their behalf with Agrippa II.

Acts 16:26b so that the foundations of the prison were shaken, opened also presently were all the doors, and of all -- the bands were loosed; Acts 16:27 and the jailor having come out of sleep, and having seen the doors of the prison open, having drawn a sword, was about to kill himself, supposing the prisoners to be fled, Acts 16:28 and Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, 'You may not do yourself any harm, for we are all here.'

Acts 16:29 And, having asked for a light, he sprang in, and trembling he fell down before Paul and Silas, Acts 16:30 and having brought them forth, said, 'Sirs, what must I do -- that I may be saved?' Acts 16:31 and they said, 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved -- you and your house;' Acts 16:32 and they spake to him the word of the Lord, and to all those in his household; Acts 16:33 and having taken them, in that hour of the night, he did bathe them from the blows, and was baptized, himself and all his presently, Acts 16:34 having brought them also into his house, he set food before them, and was glad with all the household, he having believed in God.

Luke has cleverly expanded the story by adding the conversion of Ananus the Younger as the "jailor". Ananus has associated with himself with the Herods being the one that shouted praise for Agrippa I at his poisoning in April 44 AD. He has now aligned himself with Paul in condemning Bernice, and they celebrate the holy supper together. The sword symbol represents Ananus' dissatisfaction with his Sadducee roots. (He will later assassinate James the brother of Jesusand lead an armed conflict against the Zealots who were holed up in the Temple.

Acts 16:35 And day having come, the magistrates sent the rod-bearers, saying, 'Let those men go;' Acts 16:36 and the jailor told these words unto Paul -- 'The magistrates have sent, that you may be let go; now, therefore, having gone forth go on in peace;' Acts 16:37 and Paul said to them, 'Having beaten us publicly un condemned -- men, Romans being -- they did cast [us] to prison, and now privately do they cast us forth! why no! but having come themselves, let them bring us forth.'

Acts 16:38 And the rod-bearers told to the magistrates these sayings, and they were afraid, having heard that they are Romans, Acts 16:39 and having come, they besought them, and having brought [them] forth, they were asking [them] to go forth from the city; Acts 16:40 and they, having gone forth out of the prison, entered into [the house of] Lydia, and having seen the brethren, they comforted them, and went forth.

Luke has purposefully hidden a direct reference to "they (Jesus and Luke, but obviously just Jesus) entering into Lydia" (not the translators added "house of"). This would event will occur in November of this same year 50 AD when Jesus (age 56) and Lydia will consummate their marriage.

51 AD - Paul and Silas continue their Second Mission Journey to Thessalonica / Christians expelled from Rome / Paul and Silas escape to Berea continuing their Second Mission / Birth Jesus' son is announced by Paul / Paul departs by sea to Athens without Timothy and Silas to meet Damaris-Phoebe his bride / Paul meets Seneca in Athens giving his talk on the Unknown God; / Meets Damaris-Phoebe and agree to a March betrothal
Paul continues his Second Mission Journey with Simon-Silas to from Philipi to Amphipolis, Apollonia, and Thessalonica, and Berea March -Sept 51
Acts 17:01 Διοδεύσαντες δὲ τὴν Ἀμφίπολιν καὶ τὴν Ἀπολλωνίαν ἠ̃λθον εἰς Θεσσαλονίκην, ὅπου ἠ̃ν συναγωγὴ τω̃ν Ἰουδαίων.
Acts 17:02 κατὰ δὲ τὸ εἰωθὸς τῳ̃ Παύλῳ εἰση̃λθεν πρὸς αὐτοὺς καὶ ἐπὶ σάββατα τρία διελέξατο αὐτοι̃ς ἀπὸ τω̃ν γραφω̃ν,
Acts 17:03 διανοίγων καὶ παρατιθέμενος ὅτι τὸν Χριστὸν ἔδει παθει̃ν καὶ ἀναστη̃ναι ἐκ νεκρω̃ν, καὶ ὅτι οὑ̃τός ἐστιν ὁ Χριστός, [ὁ]Ἰησου̃ς, ὃν ἐγὼκαταγγέλλω ὑμι̃ν.
Acts 17:04 καί τινες ἐξ αὐτω̃ν ἐπείσθησαν καὶ προσεκληρώθησαν τῳ̃ Παύλῳ καὶ τῳ̃ Σίλᾳ, τω̃ν τε σεβομένων Ἑλλήνων πλη̃θος πολὺ γυναικω̃ν τε τω̃ν πρώτων οὐκ ὀλίγαι.
Acts 17:05 Ζηλώσαντες δὲ οἱ Ἰουδαι̃οι καὶ προσλαβόμενοι τω̃ν ἀγοραίων ἄνδρας τινὰς πονηροὺς καὶ ὀχλοποιήσαντες ἐθορύβουν τὴν πόλιν, καὶ ἐπιοτάντες τῃ̃ οἰκίᾳ Ἰάσονος ἐζήτουν αὐτοὺς προαγαγει̃ν εἰς τὸν δη̃μον.
Acts 17:06 μὴ εὑρόντες δὲ αὐτοὺς ἔσυρον Ἰάσονα καί τινας ἀδελφοὺς ἐπὶ τοὺς πολιτάρχας, βοω̃ντες ὅτι Οἱ τὴν οἰκουμένην ἀναστατώσαντες οὑ̃τοι καὶ ἐνθάδε πάρεισιν,
Acts 17:07 οὓς ὑποδέδεκται Ἰάσων· καὶ οὑ̃τοι πάντες ἀπέναντι τω̃ν δογμάτων Καίσαρος πράσσουσι, βασιλέα ἕτερον λέγοντες εἰ̃ναι Ἰησου̃ν.
Acts 17:08 ἐτάραξαν δὲ τὸν ὄχλον καὶ τοὺς πολιτάρχας ἀκούοντας ταυ̃τα,
Acts 17:09 καὶ λαβόντες τὸ ἱκανὸν παρὰ του̃ Ἰάσονος καὶ τω̃ν λοιπω̃ν ἀπέλυσαν αὐτούς.
Acts 17:10 Οἱ δὲ ἀδελφοὶ εὐθέως διὰ νυκτὸς ἐξέπεμψαν τόν τε Παυ̃λον καὶ τὸν Σίλαν εἰς Βέροιαν, οἵτινες παραγενόμενοι εἰς τὴν συναγωγὴν τω̃ν Ἰουδαίων ἀπῄεσαν.
Acts 17:11 οὑ̃τοι δὲ ἠ̃σαν εὐγενέστεροι τω̃ν ἐν Θεσσαλονίκῃ, οἵτινες ἐδέξαντο τὸν λόγον μετὰ πάσης προθυμίας, καθ'ἡμέραν ἀνακρίνοντες τὰς γραφὰς εἰ ἔχοι ταυ̃τα οὕτως.
Acts 17:12 πολλοὶ μὲν οὐ̃ν ἐξ αὐτω̃ν ἐπίστευσαν, καὶ τω̃ν Ἑλληνίδων γυναικω̃ν τω̃ν εὐσχημόνων καὶ ἀνδρω̃ν οὐκ ὀλίγοι.

Acts 17:01 And having passed through Amphipolis, and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was the synagogue of the Jews, Acts 17:02 and according to the custom of Paul, he went in unto them, and for three sabbaths he was reasoning with them from the Writings, Acts 17:03 opening and alleging, 'That the Christ it behoved to suffer, and to rise again out of the dead, and that this is the Christ -- Jesus whom I proclaim to you.'

Acts 17:04 And certain of them did believe, and attached themselves to Paul and to Silas, also of the worshipping Greeks a great multitude, of the principal women also not a few.

Acts 17:05 And the unbelieving Jews, having been moved with envy, and having taken to them of the loungers certain evil men, and having made a crowd, were setting the city in an uproar; having assailed also the house of Jason, they were seeking them to bring [them] to the populace, Acts 17:06 and not having found them, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the city rulers, calling aloud -- 'These, having put the world in commotion, are also here present, Acts 17:07 whom Jason has received; and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying another to be king -- Jesus.'

Acts 17:08 And they troubled the multitude and the city rulers, hearing these things, Acts 17:09 and having taking security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.

Acts 17:10 And the brethren immediately, through the night, sent forth both Paul and Silas to Berea, who having come, went to the synagogue of the Jews; Acts 17:11 and these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, they received the word with all readiness of mind, every day examining the Writings whether those things were so; Acts 17:12 many, indeed, therefore, of them did believe, and of the honorable Greek women and men not a few.

Paul continues his Second Mission.

Acts 17:01 And having passed through Amphipolis, and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was the synagogue of the Jews, Acts 17:02 and according to the custom of Paul, he went in unto them, and for three sabbaths he was reasoning with them from the Writings, Acts 17:03 opening and alleging, 'That the Christ it behoved to suffer, and to rise again out of the dead, and that this is the Christ -- Jesus whom I proclaim to you.'

Acts 17:04 And certain of them did believe, and attached themselves to Paul and to Silas, also of the worshipping Greeks a great multitude, of the principal women also not a few.

Acts 17:05 And the unbelieving Jews, having been moved with envy, and having taken to them of the loungers certain evil men, and having made a crowd, were setting the city in an uproar; having assailed also the house of Jason (Atomus the Cypriot Magian), they were seeking them to bring [them] to the populace, Acts 17:06 and not having found them, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the city rulers, calling aloud -- 'These, having put the world in commotion, are also here present, Acts 17:07 whom Jason has received; and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying another to be king -- Jesus.'

Atomus is called "Jason" because the original mission to the Diaspora tried to incorporate pagan practices to aid their proselytizing. Jason was the substitute for Noah and the baptisms were done on the ocean where converts would swim to the boat and be blessed by the priest.

Acts 17:08 And they troubled the multitude and the city rulers, hearing these things, Acts 17:09 and having taking security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.

Acts 17:10 And the brethren immediately, through the night, sent forth both Paul and Silas to Berea, who having come, went to the synagogue of the Jews; Acts 17:11 and these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, they received the word with all readiness of mind, every day examining the Writings whether those things were so; Acts 17:12 many, indeed, therefore, of them did believe, and of the honorable Greek women and men not a few.

The town's people are not pleased with Agrippa II's incest rumors or the news of the Christian conversion of Lydia's Church and they were expelled from Thessalonica, moving on to Berea.

In Berea Paul announces that a son has been born to Jesus and Lydia Sept 51 AD
Acts 17:13 Ὡς δὲ ἔγνωσαν οἱ ἀπὸ τη̃ς Θεσσαλονίκης Ἰουδαι̃οι ὅτι καὶ ἐν τῃ̃ Βεροίᾳ κατηγγέλη ὑπὸ του̃ Παύλου ὁ λόγος του̃ θεου̃, ἠ̃λθον κἀκει̃ σαλεύοντες καὶ ταράσσοντες τοὺς ὄχλους.

Acts 17:13 And when the Jews from Thessalonica knew that also in Berea was the word of God declared by Paul, they came thither also, agitating the multitudes;

Acts 17:13 And when the Jews from Thessalonica knew that also in Berea was the word of God declared by Paul, they came thither also, agitating the multitudes;

In September, Lydia gives birth to a son as evidenced by the expression "word of God" (No notice is given for a girl.) Once Paul announces the birth, the people from Thessalonica come to Berea to continue their protest against Jesus and Silas.

Paul goes by himself by sea to Athens where he dialogues with Epicurean and of the Stoic philosophers Dec 51 AD
Acts 17:14 εὐθέως δὲ τότε τὸν Παυ̃λον ἐξαπέστειλαν οἱ ἀδελφοὶ πορεύεσθαι ἕως ἐπὶ τὴν θάλασσαν· ὑπέμεινάν τε ὅ τε Σίλας καὶ ὁ Τιμόθεος ἐκει̃.
Acts 17:15 οἱ δὲ καθιστάνοντες τὸν Παυ̃λον ἤγαγον ἕως Ἀθηνω̃ν, καὶ λαβόντες ἐντολὴν πρὸς τὸν Σίλαν καὶ τὸν Τιμόθεον ἵνα ὡς τάχιστα ἔλθωσιν πρὸς αὐτὸν ἐξῄεσαν.
Acts 17:16 Ἐν δὲ ται̃ς Ἀθήναις ἐκδεχομένου αὐτοὺς του̃ Παύλου, παρωξύνετο τὸ πνευ̃μα αὐτου̃ ἐν αὐτῳ̃ θεωρου̃ντος κατείδωλον οὐ̃σαν τὴν πόλιν.
Acts 17:17 διελέγετο μὲν οὐ̃ν ἐν τῃ̃ συναγωγῃ̃ τοι̃ς Ἰουδαίοις καὶ τοι̃ς σεβομένοις καὶ ἐν τῃ̃ ἀγορᾳ̃ κατὰ πα̃σαν ἡμέραν πρὸς τοὺς παρατυγχάνοντας.
Acts 17:18 τινὲς δὲ καὶ τω̃ν Ἐπικουρείων καὶ Στοϊκω̃ν φιλοσόφων συνέβαλλον αὐτῳ̃, καί τινες ἔλεγον, Τί ἂν θέλοι ὁ σπερμολόγος οὑ̃τος λέγειν; οἱ δέ, Ξένων δαιμονίων δοκει̃ καταγγελεὺς εἰ̃ναι· ὅτι τὸν Ἰησου̃ν καὶ τὴν ἀνάστασιν εὐηγγελίζετο.
Acts 17:19 ἐπιλαβόμενοί τε αὐτου̃ ἐπὶ τὸν Ἄρειον Πάγον ἤγαγον, λέγοντες, Δυνάμεθα γνω̃ναι τίς ἡ καινὴ αὕτη ἡ ὑπὸ σου̃ λαλουμένη διδαχή;
Acts 17:20 ξενίζοντα γάρ τινα εἰσφέρεις εἰς τὰς ἀκοὰς ἡμω̃ν· βουλόμεθα οὐ̃ν γνω̃ναι τίνα θέλει ταυ̃τα εἰ̃ναι.
Acts 17:21 Ἀθηναι̃οι δὲ πάντες καὶ οἱ ἐπιδημου̃ντες ξένοι εἰς οὐδὲν ἕτερον ηὐκαίρουν ἢ λέγειν τι ἢ ἀκούειν τι καινότερον.
Acts 17:22 Σταθεὶς δὲ [ὁ] Παυ̃λος ἐν μέσῳ του̃ Ἀρείου Πάγου ἔφη, Ἄνδρες Ἀθηναι̃οι, κατὰ πάντα ὡς δεισιδαιμονεστέρους ὑμα̃ς θεωρω̃·
Acts 17:23 διερχόμενος γὰρ καὶ ἀναθεωρω̃ν τὰ σεβάσματα ὑμω̃ν εὑ̃ρον καὶ βωμὸν ἐν ᾡ̃ ἐπεγέγραπτο, Ἀγνώστῳ θεῳ̃. ὃ οὐ̃ν ἀγνοου̃ντες εὐσεβει̃τε, του̃το ἐγὼ καταγγέλλω ὑμι̃ν.
Acts 17:24 ὁ θεὸς ὁ ποιήσας τὸν κόσμον καὶ πάντα τὰ ἐν αὐτῳ̃, οὑ̃τος οὐρανου̃ καὶ γη̃ς ὑπάρχων κύριος οὐκ ἐν χειροποιήτοις ναοι̃ς κατοικει̃
Acts 17:25 οὐδὲ ὑπὸ χειρω̃ν ἀνθρωπίνων θεραπεύεται προσδεόμενός τινος, αὐτὸς διδοὺς πα̃σι ζωὴν καὶ πνοὴν καὶ τὰ πάντα·
Acts 17:26 ἐποίησέν τε ἐξ ἑνὸς πα̃ν ἔθνος ἀνθρώπων κατοικει̃ν ἐπὶ παντὸς προσώπου τη̃ς γη̃ς, ὁρίσας προστεταγμένους καιροὺς καὶ τὰς ὁροθεσίας τη̃ς κατοικίας αὐτω̃ν,
Acts 17:27 ζητει̃ν τὸν θεὸν εἰ ἄρα γε ψηλαφήσειαν αὐτὸν καὶ εὕροιεν, καί γε οὐ μακρὰν ἀπὸ ἑνὸς ἑκάστου ἡμω̃ν ὑπάρχοντα.
Acts 17:28 Ἐν αὐτῳ̃ γὰρ ζω̃μεν καὶ κινούμεθα καὶ ἐσμέν, ὡς καί τινες τω̃ν καθ'ὑμα̃ς ποιητω̃ν εἰρήκασιν, Του̃ γὰρ καὶ γένος ἐσμέν.
Acts 17:29 γένος οὐ̃ν ὑπάρχοντες του̃ θεου̃ οὐκ ὀφείλομεν νομίζειν χρυσῳ̃ ἢ ἀργύρῳ ἢ λίθῳ, χαράγματι τέχνης καὶ ἐνθυμήσεως ἀνθρώπου, τὸ θει̃ον εἰ̃ναι ὅμοιον.
Acts 17:30 τοὺς μὲν οὐ̃ν χρόνους τη̃ς ἀγνοίας ὑπεριδὼν ὁ θεὸς τὰ νυ̃ν παραγγέλλει τοι̃ς ἀνθρώποις πάντας πανταχου̃ μετανοει̃ν,
Acts 17:31 καθότι ἔστησεν ἡμέραν ἐν ᾑ̃ μέλλει κρίνειν τὴν οἰκουμένην ἐν δικαιοσύνῃ ἐν ἀνδρὶ ᾡ̃ ὥρισεν, πίστιν παρασχὼν πα̃σιν ἀναστήσας αὐτὸν ἐκ νεκρω̃ν.
Acts 17:32 Ἀκούσαντες δὲ ἀνάστασιν νεκρω̃ν οἱ μὲν ἐχλεύαζον, οἱ δὲ εἰ̃παν, Ἀκουσόμεθά σου περὶ τούτου καὶ πάλιν.
Acts 17:33 οὕτως ὁ Παυ̃λος ἐξη̃λθεν ἐκ μέσου αὐτω̃ν.

Acts 17:14 and then immediately the brethren sent forth Paul, to go on as it were to the sea, but both Silas and Timothy were remaining there.

Acts 17:15 And those conducting Paul, brought him unto Athens, and having received a command unto Silas and Timothy that with all speed they may come unto him, they departed; Acts 17:16 and Paul waiting for them in Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, beholding the city wholly given to idolatry, Acts 17:17 therefore, indeed, he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the worshipping persons, and in the market-place every day with those who met with him.

Acts 17:18 And certain of the Epicurean and of the Stoic philosophers, were meeting together to see him, and some were saying, 'What would this babbler wish to say? 'and others, 'Of strange demons he does seem to be an announcer;'because Jesus and the rising again he did proclaim to them as good news, Acts 17:19 having also taken him, unto the Areopagus they brought [him], saying, 'Are we able to know what [is] this new teaching that is spoken by you, Acts 17:20 for certain strange things you do bring to our ears? we wish, then, to know what these things would wish to be;' Acts 17:21 and all Athenians, and the strangers sojourning, for nothing else were at leisure but to say something, and to hear some newer thing.

Acts 17:22 And Paul, having stood in the midst of the Areopagus, said, 'Men, Athenians, in all things I perceive you as over-religious; Acts 17:23 for passing through and contemplating your objects of worship, I found also an erection on which had been inscribed: To God -- unknown; whom, therefore -- not knowing -- you do worship, this One I announce to you.

Acts 17:24 'God, who did make the world, and all things in it, this One, of heaven and of earth being Lord, in temples made with hands does not dwell, Acts 17:25 neither by the hands of men is He served -- needing anything, He giving to all life, and breath, and all things; Acts 17:26 He made also of one blood every nation of men, to dwell upon all the face of the earth -- having ordained times before appointed, and the bounds of their dwellings -- Acts 17:27 to seek the Lord, if perhaps they did feel after Him and find, -- though, indeed, He is not far from each one of us, Acts 17:28 for in Him we live, and move, and are; as also certain of your poets have said: For of Him also we are offspring.

Acts 17:29 'Being, therefore, offspring of God, we ought not to think the Godhead to be like to gold, or silver, or stone, graving of art and device of man; Acts 17:30 the times, indeed, therefore, of the ignorance God having overlooked, does now command all men everywhere to reform, Acts 17:31 because He did set a day in which He is about to judge the world in righteousness, by a man whom He did ordain, having given assurance to all, having raised him out of the dead.'

Acts 17:32 And having heard of a rising again of the dead, some, indeed, were mocking, but others said, 'We will hear you again concerning this;' Acts 17:33 and so Paul went forth from the midst of them,

Acts 17:14 and then immediately the brethren sent forth Paul, to go on as it were to the sea, but both Silas and Timothy were remaining there.

Acts 17:15 And those conducting Paul, brought him unto Athens, and having received a command unto Silas and Timothy that with all speed they may come unto him, they departed;

(That Paul went to Athens without Silas or Timothy indicates that he is going for personal reasons, and, it says we in is probably with Luke and Jesus who joined him from Philippi. to meet with Jesus' daughter Tamar-Phoebe.)

Acts 17:16 and Paul waiting for them in Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, beholding the city wholly given to idolatry, Acts 17:17 therefore, indeed, he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the worshipping persons, and in the market-place every day with those who met with him.

Acts 17:18 And certain of the Epicurean and of the Stoic philosophers, were meeting together to see him, and some were saying, 'What would this babbler wish to say? 'and others, 'Of strange demons he does seem to be an announcer;'because Jesus and the rising again he did proclaim to them as good news, Acts 17:19 having also taken him, unto the Areopagus they brought him, saying, 'Are we able to know what is this new teaching that is spoken by you, Acts 17:20 for certain strange things you do bring to our ears? we wish, then, to know what these things would wish to be;' Acts 17:21 and all Athenians, and the strangers sojourning, for nothing else were at leisure but to say something, and to hear some newer thing.

Acts 17:22 And Paul, having stood in the midst of the Areopagus, said, 'Men, Athenians, in all things I perceive you as over-religious; Acts 17:23 for passing through and contemplating your objects of worship, I found also an erection on which had been inscribed: To God -- unknown; whom, therefore -- not knowing -- you do worship, this One I announce to you.

Acts 17:24 'God, who did make the world, and all things in it, this One, of heaven and of earth being Lord, in temples made with hands does not dwell, Acts 17:25 neither by the hands of men is He served -- needing anything, He giving to all life, and breath, and all things; Acts 17:26 He made also of one blood every nation of men, to dwell upon all the face of the earth -- having ordained times before appointed, and the bounds of their dwellings -- Acts 17:27 to seek the Lord, if perhaps they did feel after Him and find, -- though, indeed, He is not far from each one of us, Acts 17:28 for in Him we live, and move, and are; as also certain of your poets have said: For of Him also we are offspring.

Acts 17:29 'Being, therefore, offspring of God, we ought not to think the Godhead to be like to gold, or silver, or stone, graving of art and device of man; Acts 17:30 the times, indeed, therefore, of the ignorance God having overlooked, does now command all men everywhere to reform, Acts 17:31 because He did set a day in which He is about to judge the world in righteousness, by a man whom He did ordain, having given assurance to all, having raised him out of the dead.'

Acts 17:32 And having heard of a rising again of the dead, some, indeed, were mocking, but others said, 'We will hear you again concerning this;' Acts 17:33 and so Paul went forth from the midst of them,

Paul is in his glory being able to speak to such a distinguished audience. Most importantly, he would meet Seneca the Younger who was a Stoic philosopher and formed a friendship with him. Claudius' fourth wife Agrippina the Younger had Seneca recalled to Rome to tutor her son Nero, then 12 years old. On Claudius' death in 54 AD, she secured recognition of Nero and from 54-62 AD he acted as Nero's advisor. Seneca even shared one of Paul's letters with Nero. Unfortunately, this contributed to Paul's execution when Seneca fell out of favor with Nero.

Damaris (Tamar) meets Paul and they agree to a March betrothal Dec 51
Acts 17:34 τινὲς δὲ ἄνδρες κολληθέντες αὐτῳ̃ ἐπίστευσαν, ἐν οἱ̃ς καὶ Διονύσιος ὁ Ἀρεοπαγίτης καὶ γυνὴ ὀνόματι Δάμαρις καὶ ἕτεροι σὺν αὐτοι̃ς.

Acts 17:34 and certain men having cleaved to him, did believe, among whom [is] also Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman, by name Damaris, and others with them.

Acts 17:34a and certain men having cleaved to him, did believe, among whom is also Dionysius the Areopagite, (Ananus the Younger as wine taster of Agrippa II). The name of Dionysius the Areopagite' was successfully used as a pseudonym by Christian theologian and philosopher writing before 532, giving him great authority to spell out the orders of angels.

Paul clearly recognizes the seven orders of Angels: Angels, Archangels, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Dominions, Thrones, Cherubim and Seraphim.
(Ephesians 1:21) "That power (God's) is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule ('archēs': Power) and authority ('potestates'/'exousias': Principalities), wheels ('dynameōs': Power/Wheels/Virtues) and dominion ('kyriotētos'/'dominationes': Dominions), and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come."
(Colossians 1:16) "For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones ('thronoi': Thrones) or dominions ('kyriotētes': Dominions) or rulers ('archai': Powers) or authorities ('exousiai' Principalities) - all things have been created through Him and for Him."

Acts 17:34band a woman, by name Damaris (Tamar-Phoebe), and others with them (Luke and Jesus).

Tamar was the name of the virgin daughter of King David; its Greek form is Damaris. With Jesus, descendant of David, this would certainly be the name given to the daughter of Jesus and Mary Magdalene who was born in September 33 after the Crucifixion. She would take the name of Phoebe, her grandmother's real name before she took the name of Helena, being known also as Salome, Martha, and Luna (in the Helena in the Clementines). (See my book, "Paulina's promise to her grandfather, Jesus".)

52 AD - Paul meets with Aquila and Priscilla who had returned from Rome / Jesus gives Tamar (Phoebe) in marriage to Paul and Paul begins 1.5 year betrothal / Paul is brought before Gallio
Paul goes to Corinth to meet his chaperones John Aquila (Jesus' disciple) and his wife Priscilla Tamar is baptized as Phoebe March 52
Acts 18:01 Μετὰ ταυ̃τα χωρισθεὶς ἐκ τω̃ν Ἀθηνω̃ν ἠ̃λθεν εἰς Κόρινθον.
Acts 18:02 καὶ εὑρών τινα Ἰουδαι̃ον ὀνόματι Ἀκύλαν, Ποντικὸν τῳ̃ γένει, προσφάτως ἐληλυθότα ἀπὸ τη̃ς Ἰταλίας καὶ Πρίσκιλλαν γυναι̃κα αὐτου̃ διὰ τὸ διατεταχέναι Κλαύδιον χωρίζεσθαι πάντας τοὺς Ἰουδαίους ἀπὸ τη̃ς Ῥώμης, προση̃λθεν αὐτοι̃ς,
Acts 18:03 καὶ διὰ τὸ ὁμότεχνον εἰ̃ναι ἔμενεν παρ'αὐτοι̃ς καὶ ἠργάζετο· ἠ̃σαν γὰρ σκηνοποιοὶ τῃ̃ τέχνῃ.
Acts 18:04 διελέγετο δὲ ἐν τῃ̃ συναγωγῃ̃ κατὰ πα̃ν σάββατον, ἔπειθέν τε Ἰουδαίους καὶ Ἕλληνας.
Acts 18:05 Ὡς δὲ κατη̃λθον ἀπὸ τη̃ς Μακεδονίας ὅ τε Σίλας καὶ ὁ Τιμόθεος, συνείχετο τῳ̃ λόγῳ ὁ Παυ̃λος, διαμαρτυρόμενος τοι̃ς Ἰουδαίοις εἰ̃ναι τὸν Χριστόν, Ἰησου̃ν.
Acts 18:06 ἀντιτασσομένων δὲ αὐτω̃ν καὶ βλασφημούντων ἐκτιναξάμενος τὰ ἱμάτια εἰ̃πεν πρὸς αὐτούς, Τὸ αἱ̃μα ὑμω̃ν ἐπὶ τὴν κεφαλὴν ὑμω̃ν· καθαρὸς ἐγώ· ἀπὸ του̃ νυ̃ν εἰς τὰ ἔθνη πορεύσομαι.

Acts 18:01 And after these things, Paul having departed out of Athens, came to Corinth, Acts 18:02 and having found a certain Jew, by name Aquila, of Pontus by birth, lately come from Italy, and Priscilla his wife -- because of Claudius having directed all the Jews to depart out of Rome -- he came to them, Acts 18:03 and because of being of the same craft, he did remain with them, and was working, for they were tent-makers as to craft; Acts 18:04 and he was reasoning in the synagogue every sabbath, persuading both Jews and Greeks.

Acts 18:05 And when both Silas and Timotheus came down from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the Spirit, testifying fully to the Jews Jesus the Christ; Acts 18:06 and on their resisting and speaking evil, having shaken [his] garments, he said unto them, 'Your blood [is] upon your head -- I am clean; henceforth to the nations I will go on.'

Acts 18:01 And after these things, Paul having departed out of Athens, came to Corinth, Acts 18:02 and having found a certain Jew, by name Aquila, of Pontus by birth, lately come from Italy, and Priscilla his wife

Pontus was one of the areas of the mission, but it is purposefully misleading as it is more important that his name is Aquila meaning Eagle, the standard of the Romans. More importantly Aquila is in in John Aquila in the Clementines, whose brother is Niceta, both being illegitimate twins of the Emperor's family. Using their relationship to Simon Magus and to his consort Helena (Luna) who adopted them and who is called "wife of Zebedee" in the Gospels, it is clear that Zebedee is Simon Magus, making Niceta and Aquila into James and John. Taking this further, since Mary Magdalene is the natural daughter of Helena, James and John are step-uncles of Mary Magdalene's child Tamar-Phoebe. Therefore it is not surprising that Aquila and his wife Priscilla would become chaperones of Paul and Phoebe's betrothal. (It is John Aquila and James Niceta who would write the first half of Revelation.)


-- because of Claudius having directed all the Jews to depart out of Rome --

Suetonius, Life of Claudius, 25:4 "Since the Jews constantly made disturbances at the instigation of Chrestus, he expelled them from Rome." - Orosius Book 7.6 (known to be inaccurate: choosing 51 AD to match the statement below): "In the ninth year of his reign (49 AD), Claudius expelled the Jews from Rome.")


he came to them, Acts 18:03 and because of being of the same craft, he did remain with them, and was working, for they were tent-makers as to craft;

This is a humorous substitution of the fictitious "carpenter" that was pretended to be the profession of Jesus' father and now Paul and John are constructing movable houses. The truth is that they were paid a fee from the tithes of the Church, which should be obvious. Mark 6:8 "And Jesus commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse" does not mean that they were beggars. Herod the Great had already set up a system of fees in the Diaspora and it was by their work of preaching and baptizing that this Church income would be increased. This is the principle of the Feeding the 5000, the group of which John as a married man was the head of with James, who was single, being the head of the 4000.

Acts 18:04 and he (Paul) was reasoning in the synagogue every sabbath, persuading both Jews and Greeks.

Acts 18:05 And when both Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the Spirit, testifying fully to the Jews Jesus the Christ; Acts 18:06 and on their resisting and speaking evil, having shaken his garments, he said unto them, 'Your blood is upon your head -- I am clean; henceforth to the nations I will go on.'

With Timothy and Silas, Jesus (Spirit) had instructed Paul to preach to the Jewish Christians, but Paul was disgusted with them and resolved to only deal with the non-Jews (nations).

Jesus' son Jesus Justus is 15 and is to be tutored by Titus (thus the name Titius after his master) June 52
Acts 18:07 καὶ μεταβὰς ἐκει̃θεν εἰση̃λθεν εἰς οἰκίαν τινὸς ὀνόματι Τιτίου Ἰούστου σεβομένου τὸν θεόν, οὑ̃ ἡ οἰκία ἠ̃ν συνομορου̃σα τῃ̃ συναγωγῃ̃.
Acts 18:08 Κρίσπος δὲ ὁ ἀρχισυνάγωγος ἐπίστευσεν τῳ̃ κυρίῳ σὺν ὅλῳ τῳ̃ οἴκῳ αὐτου̃, καὶ πολλοὶ τω̃ν Κορινθίων ἀκούοντες ἐπίστευον καὶ ἐβαπτίζοντο.

Acts 18:07 And having departed thence, he went to the house of a certain one, by name Titius Justus, a worshipper of God, whose house was adjoining the synagogue,

Acts 18:08 and Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue did believe in the Lord with all his house, and many of the Corinthians hearing were believing, and they were being baptized.

Acts 18:07 And having departed thence, he went to the house of a certain one, by name Titius Justus, a worshipper of God, whose house was adjoining the synagogue,

From James the Just, we would expect the son of Jesus to be called Justus and Paul proves this by mentioning Jesus Justus in Colossians 4:11. However, the "Titius" title is confusing except that just as Agrippa II was Sergius Paulus. because he was being tutored by Paul, so is Jesus Justus at age 15 in 52 AD being tutored by Titus who Paul's companion.

Acts 18:08 and Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue did believe in the Lord with all his house, and many of the Corinthians hearing were believing, and they were being baptized.

In 1Corinthians 1:14 Paul says how he only baptized Crispus and Gaius i