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Herod’s Official Story about Peter?

Peter's Escape

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After the death of James, Agrippa turned his attention toward Peter (Acts 12:3), the apparent leader of the Messianic movement in Jerusalem. Luke tells us that Agrippa realized that “the Jews” (read the powerful Annas family) were pleased with what he had done with John’s brother, James (Acts 12:1-3), and, being the man-pleaser that he was (see Antiquities 19.7.3),  Agrippa then made it his business to vex the Church of God and seized Peter, intending to execute him after the Passover feast days (Acts 12:3). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 10, 2012 in Herod Agrippa, Persecution


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Persecution Renewed Under Agrippa

Herod Agrippa, the father of King Agrippa of Acts 25 and 26, is mentioned by Luke as beginning the second phase of the official Jerusalem persecution against believing Jews. Claudius Caesar had made him king over all the lands of his grandfather, Herod the Great, in order to calm the unrest in Rome’s eastern frontier province of Syria, which included Judea. Caligula had recently brought Rome and Jerusalem to the brink of war, so the new emperor wanted to smooth over Rome’s relations with the Jews and did so by making Agrippa king of the Jews. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 8, 2012 in Agrippa, Persecution


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Between a Rock and a Hard Place!

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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When we come to Acts 5 we find the Church of God between a rock and a hard place, or nestled between the hidden enemy within (Ananias & “the others”) and the formidable enemy from without (Annas & the Jewish rulers). God struck down Ananias and Sapphira, giving “the others” pause to think over what they were planning to do. However, Annas struck out at the Apostles and imprisoned them, intending to have them slain (Acts 5:17-18, cp. v.33). Nevertheless, the power of God was with them, and no one could harm them for their time had not yet come (cp. John 7:30; 8:20; 21:18-19). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 5, 2011 in Kingdom of God


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The Persecution Under Agrippa I

Luke tells us in Acts 12:3 that Herod (Agrippa I) executed James, the son of Zebedee, with a sword. The problem is Luke never tells us why. He simply records the event. So, what prompted Herod to lift up his hand against certain disciples? Can we know? I don’t think it is possible to know with certainty, but I do believe we can come close to the truth by interpreting wisely some of what we find in Luke’s record. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 25, 2011 in Christianity, New Testament History, Religion


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Caligula and Antiochus Epiphanes


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I believe the reign of Caligula, emperor of Rome (37-41 AD), is underrated, as far as related events in the New Testament is concerned. Understanding what actually occurred in Jewish history at that time puts the persecution following the death of Stephen and what brought about its end (cf. Acts 9:31) in proper perspective.  There was a lot happening during these few years in Jewish history that remind me of the period of Antiochus Epiphanes who desecrated the Temple, which gave rise to the revolt of the Maccabees, cir. 168 BC. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on July 23, 2010 in Kingdom of God, Religion, Wrath of God


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Be Not Many Teachers

Mystery of Iniquity

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In the third chapter of his epistle, James gets down to the nitty-gritty. The empire-wide trial that had come upon the churches of God had to do with false doctrine spread by false teachers. This was an organized conspiracy begun by Annas, the high priest of Jerusalem, the very same who had Jesus crucified. It was a secret plan whereby he had planted false brethren throughout the Christian assemblies in Asia, Galatia and Greece (cf. Acts 5 and the Ananias and Sapphira incident). Paul knew about the plan, but, of course, was not privy to the identity of the false brethren. He told the churches in Greece that the conspiracy was already at work (2Thessalonians 2:7), but Paul’s presence among the churches in the area was enough to keep secret evil plan from gaining a strong foothold among them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 6, 2010 in New Testament History, Religion, spiritual warfare


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What is the Image to the Beast

Roman Triumphal arch panel copy from Beth Hate...
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In Revelation 13:11-18 a beast is revealed to us who looks like a lamb, a godly person, but he speaks like a dragon—i.e. he speaks like an enemy, a slanderer, one who speaks and acts deviously (cf. Revelation 12:9). In an earlier study, Who is the False Prophet?, I determined that this beast was Annas the Jewish high priest of the 1st century AD. It is difficult to understand, today, just how powerful Annas really was as far as first century AD Judaism was concerned. We are told that, as the second beast of Revelation 13:11, he was the executor or national leader of the first beast, apostate Jerusalem, and that beast’s power came from the dragon (Revelation 13:2).[1] Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on June 22, 2010 in Last Days


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The First Three Persecutions of the Church

The Persecution of the early Messianic Jews began with the stoning of Stephen in about 34 CE. Stephen had gotten into trouble by denying the need of the Temple. He showed in his testimony before the Sanhedrin in Acts 7 that God was mobile not stationary. He visited Abraham in Mesopotamia, Joseph in Egypt, Moses in Median, took care of Israel in the wilderness and only condescended to David to reside in a stationary Temple because of David’s heart request. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 18, 2010 in New Testament History, Religion


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