BIBLE PICKINS: ACTS

Jesus told his disciples that they should not leave Jerusalem; they should wait for the “promise of the Father.” They would be baptized with the Holy Ghost  “not many days hence.” They would be witnesses for Jesus in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria, “and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

Jesus, being God, surely would know that the uttermost reaches of the earth would never be reached by his apostles.

Jesus flew up into the sky and entered a cloud.

On the next Pentecost the Apostles heard a sound coming from heaven (cloud); it sounded like a mighty wind. “And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the spirit gave them utterance.”

Men from every nation under heaven (except, for example, Inuits, Narragansett Indians, and the Mbutis) were “all amazed and said to one another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans? And how we hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born.”

‘Speaking in tongues’ was not the ability to speak gibberish, like the Pentecostalists do,  but an actual ability for the apostles to speak in other languages so that they could spread the world to the uttermost reaches.

Peter got all fired up. He said: ” The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood before that great and notable day of the Lord come.”

A blood moon is a lunar tetrad: four consecutive lunar eclipses in a row. We have had two lunar tetrads this year: April 14-15 & October 7-8. Still no sign of Jesus.

Peter jumps from blood moons to bloodlines: “Men {and} brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he’s both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne.”

God: David, I promise that Jesus will be born from one of your descendents; so help me, Me.”

FAST FORWARD

The church was being persecuted. Believers were scattered everywhere. Saul, a real bad dude, entered every home searching for Christians. Every Christian Saul found was sent to prison. Hmm, maybe he wasn’t so bad after all.

Saul asked the high priests for permission to travel to Damascus to round up Christians. On his way to Damascus a beam of light from heaven (cloud) shown down on Saul. He fell to the ground. He heard someone say: “Saul, Saul, why peresecutest thou me?” Saul asked the voice who he was. The response: “I am Jesus whom thou perescutest. Arise, and go unto the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.”

Saul got baptized in Damascus, changes his name to Paul, and began a tremendous campaign to spread the good news about Jesus. There is no mention of anyone ordaining him an Apostle. He must have been an apostle wannabe.

“And there came thither [certain] Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people and, having stoned Paul, drew [him] out of the city, supposing he had been dead.”

Once his murderers left, Paul stood up and resumes preaching the good news.

James said: {15:29} That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and , from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication.

If the Christians had abstained from fornication like the good book says there’s be a lot less Christians around.

{19:11}And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul. {19:12} So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.”

I remember, back in the 80s on cable TV, some religious charlatans offered prayer cloths for a price. These prayer cloths would heal what ailed you.

Paul is imprisoned in Jerusalem, then sent to Rome where he was arrested for two years.

Paul’s legacy, thus far: anti-circumcision, pro-salvation, and pro-celibacy.

 

 

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About izziferreel

Freethinker. Drummer, Singer, Songwriter: The Third Eye, Blackbird13, The Avantguardians. Actor: Raving Maniacs, Feeding the Masses. Also produced, wrote and acted in my short film Lonelyman51. Writer: lyrics, radio drama, horror tales and social criticism.
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