4 5 6
23 24 25
26 27 28
Acts 1:1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that
Jesus began both to do and teach,
2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy
Spirit had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
The book of Acts links to Luke's Gospel
The book of Acts is written by Luke
Luke means Light Giver
3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many
infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the
things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
He = Jesus
Taken up = received up
Mark 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken
unto them, he was received up into heaven, and
sat on the right hand of God.
The Holy Spirit = Divine Power
Apostles whom He had chosen = chose out
Luke 6:13 And when it was day, he called unto
him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve,
whom also he named apostles
4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they
should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the
Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
Forty Days, the only reference to the period
between the Resurrection.
Forty days = during forty days = Christ shewed
himself to Apostles = teaching them
The only reference to the period between the
Resurrection and the Ascension
Christ shewed himself alive = Presented
Christ speaking of the things concerning to the
kingdom of God
Pertaining to = concerning
For 40 days after His crucifixion and
resurrection, Jesus showed Himself alive to
his disciples, and taught them of what was to
5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the
Holy Spirit not many days hence.
Jesus tells them = to wait for the promise
of the Father
They should not depart from Jerusalem
Luke 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise
of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city
of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from
50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and
he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.
They were not to depart from Jerusalem, but
instead, they were to wait in that city for the
promise of the Father, which was the arrival of
the Holy Spirit.
Here, He gives them very specific orders
You can start thinking prophetically, here, if
The time is coming when God's elect will be
delivered up to those trials described in Mark
13:9-11, and the Holy Spirit will fill us with
wisdom and God will speak through His very elect
The 7000 will bring the 144,000 and in time the
whole world, out of Babel.
In other words, just as the apostles were baptized with the Spirit to
speak God's Wisdom to the assembled crowds, so
shall we be in the final days of this flesh
6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying,
Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
You can start thinking prophetically, here, if
Just as the apostles were baptized with the
Holy Spirit to speak God's Wisdom to the
assembled crowds, so shall we be in the final
days of this flesh earth age.
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the
seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the
kingdom to Israel?
Restore again = establish or setup
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon
you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in
Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost
part of the earth.
It is not for you to know the times or the
Seasons = a set time
Power = authority
9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken
up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon
you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me
John 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear
witness of the Light, that all men through him
8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear
witness of that Light.
9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every
man that cometh into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made
by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and
his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them
gave he power to become the sons of
God, even to them that
believe on his name:
Witnesses = For a witness: with a view to bear
witness; not merely to be a witness.
That would be martur (martus, as in Act 1:8, 22)
This is marturia = a bearing witness
To bear witness - in order that he might bear
Martureo, a characteristic word of this Gospel
Unto Me = "Of Me", or "My" witnesses
Isaiah 43:10 Ye are my witnesses,
saith the Lord, and my servant
have chosen: that ye may know and
believe me, and understand that I am he: before
me there was no God formed, neither shall there
be after me.
11 I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there
is no saviour.
12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have
shewed, when there was no strange god among you:
therefore ye are my witnesses,
saith the Lord, that I am God.
Isaiah 44:8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have
not I told thee from that time, and have
declared it? ye are even my witnesses.
Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God;
I know not any.
10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold,
two men stood by them in white apparel;
He was taken up; and a cloud received Him =
Matthew 17:8 And when they had lifted up
their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.
Ascension of the Lord
A cloud, not a rain cloud of the earth, but
referring to the attendant angelic hosts.
Psalms 24:7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and
be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the
King of glory shall come in.
8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and
mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them
up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory
shall come in.
10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts,
he is the King of glory. Selah.
Psalms 47:5 God is gone up with a shout, the
Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into
heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall
so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
Two men stood by them in white apparel = these
Matthew 17:1 And after six days
Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother,
and bringeth them up into an high mountain
Matthew 17:2 And was transfigured before
them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his
raiment was white as the light.
Matthew 17:3 And, behold, there appeared
unto them Moses and Elijah talking with
Daniel 10:13 But the prince of the
kingdom of Persia withstood me one and
twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief
princes, came to help me; and I remained there
with the kings of Persia.
14 Now I am come to make thee understand
what shall befall thy people in the latter days:
for yet the vision is for many days.
15 And when he had spoken such words unto me, I
set my face toward the ground, and I became
16 And, behold, one like the similitude of the
sons of men touched my lips: then I opened my
mouth, and spake, and said unto him that stood
before me, O my lord, by the vision my sorrows
are turned upon me, and I have retained no
Daniel 10:21 But I will shew thee that which is
noted in the scripture of truth: and there is
none that holdeth with me in these things, but
Michael your prince.
We know from Daniel 12:1 that Michael will have
a great deal to do with delivering our people.
Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand
up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there
shall be a time of
trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same
time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that
shall be found written in the book.
Acts 10:30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I
was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth
hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man
stood before me in bright clothing,
John 20:12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the
other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
Heaven = the heaven (sing)
Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth,
as it is in heaven.
12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which
is from Jerusalem a Sabbath day's journey.
13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where
abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas,
Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes,
and Judas the brother of James.
14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with
the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven,
shall so come in like manner as
ye have seen him go into heaven
This same = this
So = in like manner
The descent, therefore, will be like the
Ascension, actual, literal, visible, unexpected,
save by those looking for Him, in the clouds of
heaven, and to the same place whence He
Zechariah 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the
mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of
Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the
west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain
shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
Events and Consequences
Christ will returns on Mount Olive
Upon the Mount of Olives, this precludes the
possibility of any reference to what is past.
No amount of "poetical imagery" can rob this
plain statement of the yet future literal
interpretation of this prophecy.
Valley between the northern and southern half of
7th vial is poured out (Revelation 16)
15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and
said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)
With one accord = with one mind
And Mary = The last mention of her, "at prayer".
16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled,
which the Holy Spirit by the mouth of David spake before concerning
Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.
Stood up = rose up
Disciples = brethren
An hundred and twenty = three forties. A
divinely appointed number during a period of
It was the number of Ezra's great synagogue
17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.
David = Peter asserts that = Psalms 69 was
written by David, and was the utterance of the
2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old
time by the will of man: but holy men of God
spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and
falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels
Part = the lot = five times in the Gospel, of
the lots cast for the Lord's garments.
19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that
field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The
field of blood.
20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be
desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another
Purchased = caused to be purchased
Field = Place, or holding place
Matthew 26:36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a
place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the
disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray
Rewards = pay = Sin pays its wages
Romans 6:23 For the
wages of sin is death; but the
gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The old church, more or less, used this
scripture to hold people to the church, teaching
hell and damnation, and not fully explaining the
gift, the free gift of God.
What Paul meant in these preceding chapters is
that as mortal men we would sin, but having died
with Christ in baptism or even in receiving the
baptism of the Holy Spirit, our faith holds true
when it comes from the heart, and the gift or
forgiveness is ours for the asking.
Temptations is always with
those still in the flesh, but Paul is saying,
when you stumble, don't turn away from Christ.
Ask Him to strengthen you; hide in His gracious
When you ask forgiveness and mean it from the
I assure you that is what
our Saviour will do for you.
Speaking on the third level to the elect, Paul
says a great deal here in a spiritual sense.
There's no way that you will serve Satan in the
last days as he appears in the very future, yet
beloved, more so than ever you will have to lean
on Jesus and ask Him to strengthen you.
Many will be deceived by Satan, as will be
covered in the 11th chapter, but there's no way
you will be deceived by Satan because you know
this man of sin will come first before Jesus
Paul means once you're raised to a higher level
of thinking, or resurrected if you would have it
so, you know these truths: who the false Christ
is, who his children are (Matthew 13, you can
identify his seed).
Once you're aware of this, there is no way you
can be turned back again to serving that man of
sin and be deceived by him, because you know it
will surely bring you death, a spiritual death.
Iniquity = wages of unrighteousness
2 Peter 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count
it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes,
sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
Burst asunder = Dr. Lightfoot (1602-75) writes =
"The devil, immediately after Judas had cast
back his money into the temple, caught him up
into the air, strangled him, threw him headlong,
and dashed him in pieces on the ground.
He refers to Tobit 3:8 and adds, That this was
know to all the dwellers at Jerusalem, argues
that it was no common and ordinary events, and
must be something more than hanging himself,
which was an accident not so very so very
unusual in that nation.
He was hanged, or strangled, instead of hanged
Matthew 27:5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and
went and hanged himself.
Gushed out = were poured out
21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that
the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was
taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his
Psalms 69:25 Let their habitation be desolate;
and let none dwell in their tents.
Habitation = farm, or country house
Desolate = desert = let the place he has thus
acquired become a wilderness.
23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed
Justus, and Matthias.
One = one of these
Be ordained to be = become
Resurrection = The resurrection is the great
subject of the Apostolic witness
32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of
all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,
25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which
Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.
Appointed = put forward, or nominated
Barsabas = Barsabbas
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 Barsabas,
and Silas, chief men among the brethren
26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and
he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
Take part = receive the lot
This ministry = this apostolic ministry
Roman 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the
faith among all nations, for his name:
Through faith in Christ comes all gifts of God, you
His own = same word as "proper = verse 19
Lots, lot = same word as "part" in verse 17
Luke 14:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first,
and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
Plan something and do it.
• Exactly 2520 years from the exile
of Benjamin, Iceland became an independent nation.
The first tribe to be
conquered by the Assyrians was Manasseh,
in 745 B.C. Exactly 2520 years later America became a nation on July 4, 1776.
• Study the book: Abrahamic Covenant,
(A study outline of the identity of God's people) By E. Raymond Capt
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