– Acts 21:15 - 33
Question; Why did the Apostle
Paul enter the Temple willing to do a blood sacrifice to
show the Jews that he kept the law, when Jesus Christ had already
offered Himself as the final sacrifice to fulfill the law
and to end all blood sacrifices?!
First a little historical background…
Christ was crucified and resurrected in 32 A.D. or C.E.
chapter 21 is approximately 59 – 60 A.D.
-- half-brother to Jesus and ‘chief’ bishop or elder of the
Jerusalem "church" -- is killed by a mob, in 62
civil war -- Jew vs. Gentile -- was in 62 A.D.
Jewish wars began in 66 A.D.
Apostle Paul is executed at Rome in approximately 68 A.D.
General Titus with a Roman army decimated the Temple and Jerusalem
in 70 A.D.
As we can clearly see, at the time of Acts
chapter 21; Jerusalem is a quaking, smoking volcano!!
Before we can move on, let us quickly
review a couple of things to make certain that we are on the same
The book of Acts is a book of transition
from the Old Testament to the New Testament and it covers the
time period between the Gospels and the Epistles.
The book of Acts is mostly about showing
us HOW the Church grew from its initial existence, by giving us
the ‘illustrated history’ of its development.
Though the book of Acts was written
by Inspiration of the Holy Spirit and contains some good doctrine,
it is to be viewed as an historical book concerning some
of the ACTS, of some of the Apostles and elders in the transition
– whether right or wrong.
For irrefutable doctrine we must go
to the Epistles, not the book of Acts.
To help make sense of Acts chapter
21 and all the characters involved, we must begin at Acts chapter
4. Being very brief, we will pick-out specific instances that
increased the pressure on this city. We’ll do this so as to gain
empathy with Jerusalem, to help to understand what Paul happened
into. Which James and the others were dealing with, that ultimately
culminated in the complete destruction of the Temple and the resultant
Chapter 4 – Peter and John
were called before the Council, which included the high priest
and his entourage. A lame man had been healed in the Temple and
about 5,000 were Born-Again.
Verse 21 – "So when they
had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing
how they might punish them, because of the people: for
all men glorified God for that which was done."
The Council would have punished them
further, BUT – the majority of the people were not on the
Council’s side…at THAT time. (But they would work on it!!)
Chapter 5 – Many were Saved
and multitudes were healed. The high priest and his entourage
were filled with indignation and imprisoned the Apostles.
But the angel of the Lord let them
out of prison and told them to go and preach in the Temple.
When the Council assembled and summoned
the "prisoners", they found them NOT in the prison -
but in the Temple! So the Council sent officers to bring the Apostles
before the Council. THEN having heard them, decided to slay them!
BUT, the respected professor of the
Pharisees, Dr.Gamaliel (5:34) who had taught this Council their
heresies – stood up. He stated that they ought to let this go
for awhile to see if the work of the Apostles; be of man or of
God. To Gamaliel the Council agreed. So they then beat the Apostles
and ordered them again; to not speak in the name of Jesus
– then let them go.
Chapter 6 – at verse 7,
we find - "And the word of God increased; and the number
of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great
company of the priests were obedient to the faith."
Now… many priests are starting
to defect! And obviously when a priest defects – he takes many
of the congregation with him.
At verse 8, we see Alexandrians
and others disputing with Stephen. Then they "suborned"
(secretly paid) men to stir-up the people and say lies about Stephen’s
So then Stephen was brought before
the Council and liars were brought forth to testify against him.
But herein is the KEY to understanding the situation that
was developing in Jerusalem…
"And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth
not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place,
and the law: For we have heard him say, that this
Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall
change the customs which Moses delivered us."
Acts 6:13 - 14
While fitting these 2 verses into
the puzzle we call the book of Acts, we can safely come to the
You can have or keep the majority
of the people in Jerusalem unconcerned IF; you preach that Jesus
was the Messiah, within the confines of the Old Testament. But
woe to that man who challenges the superiority of Moses, Hebrews,
Israel, the Law, circumcision or the Temple!! (As we shall
see later, James had completely given in to this and seemed to
For the Hebrews at this time in
history had been born, bred, and breathed for centuries; that
they were a superior race – the chosen people of God Himself!
The religious reich had taught them that the law was superior
to all else, and that the breaking of it in any point could possibly
cost you Heaven itself.
Now think about it; HOW do you
make logical sense with people like this?! It would be similar
to attempting to use logic to make sense of the equality of all
races, to a convention of white supremists about the black race,
prior to 1960!! You would NEVER have made it off the property
alive…and neither did Stephen (!)…
"Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped
their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him
out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid
down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was
Saul. And they stoned Stephen…"
Acts 7:57 - 59A
With Steven’s death, Satan gained
a measure of control. The Council had finally gotten the majority
on THEIR side. So now that they had their machine fired up and
running, they were going to plow under as much Christianity as
"And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that
time there was a great persecution against the church
which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered
abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except
the apostles. And devout men carried Stephen to his
burial, and made great lamentation over him. As for Saul,
he made havock of the church, entering into every
house, and haling men and women committed them to prison."
Acts 8:1 - 3
You can see just how absolutely
hardened these Hebrews were in their belief system, by what it
took for God Himself to bring Saul-Paul to the understanding of
In Acts chapter 9 as Saul–Paul
was on the road to Damascus (Syria), Jesus Christ had to supernaturally
come upon him in a very unique way. Jesus blinded him, driving
him face first to the ground. Then speaking DIRECTLY to him [in
Hebrew, Acts 26:14 – not Aramaic]. Jesus then made him to be blind
for 3 days… to break-down his pride and evaluate it all!
As we saw back in Acts 8:1, God protected
the Apostles at that time so Saul-Paul nor anyone else could get
at them. But then a few years after Paul had been Born-Again,
Paul came to Jerusalem from Antioch.
And as Paul was in town (Jerusalem)
with Barnabas to bring relief unto the brethren because of the
great dearth - which was prophecied by the prophet Agabus
(11:28). Herod killed the Apostle James, the brother of John with
So at this point, the rest of the
Apostles knew that God had lifted His hand of complete protection.
And that their time could be around the next corner.
Now that we have reviewed a few instances
in the book of Acts prior to chapter 21, we have an understanding
of the pressure that was brewing in the city of Jerusalem.
So let us now go and find out what
was going on with the Apostle Paul prior to his showing
up in the city of Jerusalem in Acts chapter 21.
We must begin at Acts 19:21, where
Paul decided to go to Jerusalem…
"After these things were ended, Paul purposed in
the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and
Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have
been there, I must also see Rome."
Here we see that "Paul purposed
in the spirit… to go to Jerusalem". Most
importantly notice that -- spirit -- is a small – s – NOT
a capital – S. Therefore it was Paul who decided this, NOT the
But to better understand what
was going on at this exact moment in Paul’s life, we must go to
the book of Romans; which Paul had written at this time...
"Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come
to you: for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be
brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat
filled with your company. But now I go unto Jerusalem to
minister unto the saints. For it hath pleased them of
Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for
the poor saints which are at Jerusalem ... When therefore
I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit,
I will come by you into Spain. And I am sure that, when
I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing
of the gospel of Christ. Now I beseech you, brethren, for
the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the
Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers
to God for me; That I may be delivered from them that do
not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have
for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints"
Romans 15: 24 - 31
We can see here very clearly what
factors entered into Paul’s decision to go to Jerusalem. He had
contributions from Achaia and Macedonia that he wanted to personally
deliver to Jerusalem.
Now let us go back to the book
of Acts to see the next mention of Jerusalem…
"For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because
he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it
were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of
Acts 20: 16
We see another factor, Paul wanted
to be there to celebrate Pentecost. But the next mention of Jerusalem
is extremely interesting…
"And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit
unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall
me there: Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every
city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me."
Acts 20:22 - 23
Notice that the word -- spirit
-- is another small – s, clearly meaning that it
is Paul’s spirit. But especially notice that God – the Holy Spirit
or in this case Holy Ghost, is beginning to warn Paul – not
to go! Paul has obviously convinced himself to go to Jerusalem.
I really believe that the reason His name - Holy Ghost - is used,
at least in this instance, is to very clearly differentiate the
Holy Spirit - from Paul's spirit.
Checking out the next mention
of Jerusalem is a real mind blower!
finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said
to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not
go up to Jerusalem."
NOTICE the word -- Spirit -- it
is a capital – S. This means it is the Holy Spirit,
NOT Paul’s spirit or even the spirit of any of the disciples there
at Tyre. God flat-out gave Paul a severe warning not
to go…yet Paul went anyway!
This would be Paul’s 5th
recorded trip to Jerusalem. Then when he came to Caesarea, approximately
55 miles from Jerusalem (5 is the number of death, and by death
as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea
a certain prophet, named Agabus. And when he
was come unto us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his own
hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost,
So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth
this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the
Acts 21:10 – 11
I seem to remember back in the
Old Testament, a real familiar phrase, "Thus saith the Lord".
I also seem to remember that when that phrase was invoked by one
of God's prophets, great and terrible things were about to happen.
And woe to whosoever it was against, or went against it!!
The Holy Spirit sent Agabus to
Paul with a final warning. Paul is oblivious to the warnings
of the Holy Spirit, ever since he made up his own mind
to go to Jerusalem! It is very plain to see that it was NOT
God’s will for Paul to go to Jerusalem. Paul is not only resisting
God’s will, but he totally ignores it! WHY?!
Did Jesus Christ EVER sin when
he walked on this Earth? Absolutely NOT (!!), not even once!
Did King David or Moses ever sin? Yes they did, and God
has it written down in the Old Testament.
Did Peter or Paul ever sin? Yes,
and it is recorded in the New Testament – and Paul is on a roll
that won’t quit… till he is in chains.
Paul had this unshakable resolve
that HE had to go to Jerusalem. One of the reasons was his obvious
determination to deliver in person the contribution. I
would think that Paul could have given the contribution to Agabus
or Phillip to take to Jerusalem. Then Paul could have went on
to Rome, as God wanted him to.
Paul could have written a report of
all that the Lord Jesus Christ had accomplished through Paul’s
ministry throughout Europe and Asia. Paul could have sent this
report with them also…but no, on we go to Jerusalem!
the day following Paul went in with us unto James;
and all the elders were present.
when he had saluted them, he declared particularly
what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by
when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said
unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands
of Jews there are which believe; and they
are all zealous of the law:
are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews
which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying
that they ought not to circumcise their children,
neither to walk after the customs.
is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together:
for they will hear that thou art come.
Acts 21:18 - 22
Notice especially that verse
20 has not a period; "they glorified the Lord, and said
unto him,". You would think that they were going to say something
positive about what Paul had just declared unto them.
But no (!), they launched without a period or
break straight into a rebuke of Paul’s ministry to the Jews. I
would assume that James is the spokesman, for James is the only
name mentioned and he was also the one running things in Jerusalem.
So James turned immediately from
Paul’s missionary adventures and successes in world evangelism,
especially to the Gentiles -- to -- criticism that Paul did not
teach the Jews to continue to follow the customs and traditions
of the Elders. Including blood sacrifices, as we shall soon see.
James states directly to Paul,
"seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which
believe; and they are all zealous of the law…".
Since James was the chief bishop or elder in Jerusalem – WHAT
was he teaching these people and WHY?!
Then in verse 22 James
states, "What is it therefore?" This is a stern rebuke
at Paul which in today’s venacular would be, "What is it
with you (?), no wonder you are attacked everywhere you go!"
To get another glimpse of the
teaching of James, let us go briefly to the book of Galatians…
when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the
face, because he was to be blamed. For before that certain
came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but
when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself,
fearing them which were of the circumcision. And the other
Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas
also was carried away with their dissimulation. But when
I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the
truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all,
If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles,
and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles
to live as do the Jews?… I do not frustrate the grace of
God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is
dead in vain."
Galatians 2:11-14 and 21
Especially notice the words, "before
that certain came from James".
My take on this portion of Galatians
is that Peter believed same as Paul. Because if you remember the
vision that Peter had 3 consecutive times in Acts chapter 10,
then he immediately went to Caesarea to preach before the household
of Cornelius, the Roman Centurian. Then the Holy Ghost fell on
them and the door to the Gentiles was opened…
the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that
the Gentiles had also received the word of God. And
when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the
circumcision contended with him, Saying, Thou wentest
in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them. But Peter
rehearsed the matter from the beginning, and expounded it
by order unto them"
Acts 11:1 - 4
Peter had evidenced that he properly
understood the Word of God. But, I believe Peter was afraid word
would get back to James, and he didn't want to start something
by going against what was being taught in Jerusalem. Also, as
to these "believers" who had just come from Jerusalem; did Peter
not want to start sowing discord or destroy their faith?
But now Paul on the other hand,
was NOT afraid of any quarrels having to do with Truth and the
Gospel. Paul rebuked Peter directly, and all those that followed
this dissimulation – indirectly. I am also certain that this rebuke
got back to James, and there had to have been discussion about
Let us take a brief moment here
to discuss the book of James…
Many or most people will say that
this same James - the half-brother of Jesus wrote the book of
James. But I firmly believe that James -the brother of John, wrote
Yes James was killed in Acts chapter
12, but that was several years after the Resurrection.
James was also part of Jesus’ inner circle of 3 (Peter, James,
and John) among the Apostles. And James definitely seems to have
been the 1st New Testament book that was written and circulated.
When you read the book of James, it fits the "sons of thunder"
(Mark 3:17) image of James - the brother of John. Rather than
the compromisings of this James,who is running things in Jerusalem.
We also know that Peter and John
had much significance upon the New Testament church, and I firmly
believe that James significance was the book of James.
So…going back to Acts chapter
21, WHY did not Paul rebuke James in a similar manner as he did
Then Paul should have left town
-- immediately -- and headed on to Rome, to where he was supposed
to be heading!
But this is why at the beginning
of this article, I started out by trying to give you a feel for
what it was like in Jerusalem at this time. It was a smoking,
The Civil War (Jew -vs- Gentile)
would begin in a couple years and James would be murdered by a
mob. Then 6 years from now the Jewish Wars would ‘officially’
begin. Then 4 years of the Jewish War would end with the Temple
decimated and Jerusalem destroyed.
Then the Edomites (Idumeans –
Mark 3:8) in the surrounding areas of Israel, would be allowed
to move in by the Roman government to occupy the land. This was
their reward for helping the Romans to dispense with their Jewish
thou didst rejoice at the inheritance of the house of
Israel, because it was desolate, so will I do unto thee:
thou shalt be desolate, O mount Seir, and all Idumea, even
all of it: and they shall know that I am the LORD."
Today, in the 21st
Century we know them as: the Palestinians. And yes, God has targeted
them for destruction.
Now back to Paul in the 1st
Therefore, WHY did Paul not
rebuke James to his face, and WHY did Paul not leave? Excellent
For one thing, it seems that real
Christians were intimidated by James – because he was the Lord’s
natural half-brother. They probably in their minds regarded him
as if he were Jesus in a symbolic sorta way. They may have also
in their minds been afraid that if they went against James, ‘big
brother’ might back him up. Remember previously that Peter went
against what he knew to be right in Antioch, for when "certain
came from James" - Peter cowered! Now here, Paul goes against
what he knows to be right!
I also personally believe that
Paul saw with his eyes, and felt with his heart, what it was all
coming down to in Jerusalem. Then as James had already said, "many
thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all
zealous of the law". These "believing Jews" were
fanatical about the Law, so how could Paul ever
straighten out the heresy of James and his thousands of compromisers?!
Paul may have thought of…
though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant
unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews
I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that
are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them
that are under the law; To them that are without law, as
without law, (being not without law to God, but under the
law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without
law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the
weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all
means save some."
I Corinthians 9:19 - 22
none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles,
nor to the church of God: Even as I please all men in all
things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many,
that they may be saved."
I Corinthians 10:32 - 33
Others could be; Romans 9:3-5,
Romans 11:14, Romans 14:12-21, etc.
But Paul would have been taking
these passages out of their proper context and application. But
Paul is just a man.
The most important thing to remember
here, is that Paul came to Jerusalem against the will of God.
THEREFORE, Paul was making any decisions that he made in Jerusalem
WITHOUT the leading of the Holy Spirit! Paul also had "quenched
the Spirit" (1 Thessalonians 5:19) therefore the Holy Spirit
The lesson the Holy Spirit is
teaching us here in the book of Acts is this; whenever
we venture outside the will of God, the decisions we make are
our own – NOT GOD’S! Another lesson is that you can not be
bold in the Word nor in the Lord, without the Holy Spirit
to give you that boldness (Acts 4:31). One can be brash and
obnoxious, but that just means that God is not with them.
No matter how spiritual one may
seem or how many times God may have used us; when the Holy
Spirit warns not to do something – we have got to listen and be
obedient, for disaster can happen around the very next corner.
These failings can happen to
the best of us; it happened to the Apostle Paul. And now it
therefore this that we say to thee: We have four
men which have a vow on them;
take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges
with them, that they may shave their heads: and all
may know that those things, whereof they were informed
concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself
also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.
touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written
and concluded that they observe no such thing, save
only that they keep themselves from things offered to
idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from
Acts 21:23 - 25
Here is further proof to condemn
the teachings of James. He already had 4 "believing"
Jews who were following the Old Testament Law in utilizing the
Old Testament priests in the Old Testament Temple! In 8 days
they would be involved in the performance of the blood sacrifices
of animals – one of which is a sin offering!!
To better understand what was
going on here, turn to the book of Numbers 6:1- 21. Read about
the law of the Nazarite vow.
Why Paul did not leave when he
was being asked to do this is beyond me. Except that the Holy
Spirit was being silent and not communicating to Paul, because
Paul had tuned Him out.
It seems that the other Apostles
had already left, for they are not mentioned directly or indirectly.
It just says in verse 18, "James; and all the elders were
present." No Peter, John, Apostles, etc. My guess is that
they had left James to his own devices. Jerusalem was in spiraling
In verse 27 we have a reference
to the Council at Jerusalem and the letter sent out by them to
the Gentiles, as found in Acts chapter 15. But that letter just
states in essence that they are not going to extend Hebrew/Jewish
rituals to Gentile believers.
But NOTHING was stated about the obsolescence
of the law, nor that Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of many
of those things. Especially not mentioned is that when
a Hebrew became Born-Again, that they were to stop ALL
participation in blood sacrifices.
When you study James, the man
who was half-brother to Jesus; it becomes obviously apparent that
James did NOT understand how the New Testament Church and the
Old Testament Hebrew Covenants were supposed to work or harmonize.
In fact it almost seems that he chooses to not understand their
Now things get REALLY ugly…
Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself
with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment
of the days of purification, until that an offering
should be offered for every one of them.
when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews
which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple,
stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him,
out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teacheth
all men every where against the people, and the law,
and this place: and further brought Greeks also into
the temple, and hath polluted this holy place.
they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus
an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought
into the temple.)
all the city was moved, and the people ran together:
and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple:
and forthwith the doors were shut.
as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto
the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was
in an uproar.
immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down
unto them: and when they saw the chief captain and the
soldiers, they left beating of Paul.
the chief captain came near, and took him, and commanded
him to be bound with two chains; and demanded who he
was, and what he had done.
Acts 21:26 - 33
UNFATHOMABLE – Paul follows
The lesson that the Holy Spirit
is teaching here is this; when man is not being obedient
to God - the Holy Spirit, he will THEN follow his flesh, and be
obedient to it. Or, he will follow another man or men -- who claim
to be spiritual, and some even have degrees -- but they are not
following the Holy Spirit either.
Jesus taught His disciples to
learn from and rely on the Holy Spirit, just as they
had learned from and relied on Him. If you have any doubt, go
back and read John, chapters 14 – 16 and Acts chapter 1.
The religious leaders of all stripes whom
Jesus had to fight and battle in His days on this Earth, now proudly
call themselves - Dr. These ego-centric Dr.'s are so full
of themselves that they have no use for the Holy Spirit. But since
He is mentioned in The Bible, they attempt to de-spiritualize
Him and will only give Him lip service. Same as Jesus said that
they did unto the Father...
Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by
your tradition. Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of
you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth,
and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from
me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines
the commandments of men."
15:6 - 9
This is why in this 21st century
we are so deeply enmeshed in this Age of Apostasy - also known
as the Biblical End-Times. Every group and denomination wants
to point fingers at everyone else, but it permeates the TBN crowd,
the World Council of Churches crowd, and even engulfs the "fundamental"
Today Satan rules and reigns in
the bible colleges and most all churches. But this was prophesied
by Jesus in the gospels and by Peter and Paul in the Epistles.
How did this happen?! It happened
when believers did as Paul had done here and ignored the Holy
Spirit as the Teacher. God does not fight for supremacy in people's
lives, but Satan and his demons do! When we quench the Holy Spirit
in our lives (as Paul did in going to Jerusalem), He goes silent
because we are not seeking His guidance. Today we have removed
the Holy Spirit from His office and replaced him with men holding
paper degrees from other men. God has been taken out of the loop!
The bible college motto is; Dr. So-n-So
said it, I believe it, and that settles it - End of discussion!
What was Christianity…
has now become Churchianity. For if you do not blindly follow
or mindlessly parrot the teachings of the bible colleges
and give allegiance to their hierarchy; you will be
ridiculed, marginalized and/or blackballed!
the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove,
rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For
the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;
but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves
teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away
their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto
2 Timothy 4:2 - 4
And there are being introduced
newer man-made programs, such as Rick Warren’s "Purpose-Driven"®
Rick Warren’s "Purpose-Driven"®
Church is intended to syncretize the New Age teachings
with the Biblical church. In other words; he makes very good Biblical
statements, then follows them up with the subtle introduction
of New Age philosophy.
Rick Warren’s "Purpose-Driven"®
Life is intended to dumb-down ‘believers’ and make them
Biblically illiterate, so that they are pliable to New Age philosophy.
What had been called "New Age" is now being presented
as "New Gospel".
An amazing thing is happening in the
land, Jesus Christ is being ‘reinvented’ in front of our own eyes.
The architects and promoters of this "Purpose-Driven"®
new gospel and its new Christ are audaciously ignoring God’s True
Why? So that "Christians"
can be easily manipulated. This new age Churchianity is one of
the things that the Antichrist will take advantage of, when he
mounts the World’s stage!
through covetousness shall they with feigned words make
merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time
lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not."
2 Peter 2:3
But this is to be expected, when
man is following hard after other men. Seeking the adoration of
other men, to impress them…
marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called
you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you,
and would pervert the gospel of Christ."
Galatians 1:6 - 7
when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common
salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and
exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith
which was once delivered unto the saints."
But now, back to the 1st
Take note of verse 27,
"and when the seven days were almost ended".
Here is where God intervened, to keep Paul from the completion
of this abomination!
[I’m almost certain that Moses
would have wanted God to have stopped him from smacking that rock
the second time, which kept him out of the Promised Land (Numbers
20:7 - 12).]
Paul would have completed this
vow at the conclusion of the 7th day. Then the 8th
day would have been the abominable sacrifices.
Someone may point back at Acts
18:18 to say that Paul had done this before. The text does state
that Paul shaved his head, because he had a vow. But I firmly
believe that Paul did not do the sacrifice part. Also,
there is not a mention of offerings, priests, synagogue nor Temple.
At any rate, God cut things short
so that Paul could not complete what was now a ritual
at best and an abomination at worst! Then God, after allowing
Paul to be chastised (Hebrews 12:11), sends in the ‘cavalry’ to
So now Paul will go to
Rome, as was the Lord’s will in the first place. But, it will
be in chains.
Then, approximately two years
later (Acts 24:27) Paul leaves Caesarea "bound" for
Rome, and James is murdered by a mob.
Therefore Paul while in prison
in Rome, got a chance to contemplate all that he saw happening
in Jerusalem, Judea and throughout the Roman Empire. So after
Paul and the Holy Spirit got everything straightened out, the
Holy Spirit prompted Paul to write the book of Hebrews.
Maybe Paul did not sign it because he knew
as soon as certain others would see his signature, they would
immediately reject it. Or more likely, being so grieved and remorseful
that he had broken or would have broken so much that he
had written - his heart would not allow him to sign it. Sometimes
the best preaching, is that which we direct at ourselves under
the influence of the Holy Spirit.
of Italy salute you. Grace be with you all. Amen. Written
to the Hebrews from Italy by Timothy"
Hebrews 13:24b - 25 plus post-script
So…as to the Temple…Jerusalem…and Israel…
Ultimately, due to the deep-rooted
religious pride, along with the arrogance and stubbornness of
many or most of the 1st century Hebrews. It would seem
that no manner of presentation, of the absolute Truth of the Gospel
could pierce through to them, that they would properly understand.
So long, as the Temple and Jerusalem
still stood as symbols for Abraham, the circumcision, Moses and
Therefore God – the Father, as
Jesus had prophesied (Matthew 24:2) allowed the Temple and Jerusalem
to be destroyed. This by a Roman army, led by General Titus in
70 A.D. Some Israelites escaped (the Diaspora), but most either
were killed or captured and sold into slavery.
Israel as a nation was destroyed
from off the face of the earth in 70 A.D.
…Till May of the year 1948 (-this
also was prophesied).
Let this study in the book of Acts
sink in for awhile, then when you have time, read the book of
Galatians - your understanding of it will be much fuller!
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