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Peter The Political Prisoner
by Wayne Blank
(Note: the King James Version use of "Easter" in Acts 12:4 is a blatant mistranslation; the actual word written in the Holy Scriptures was Passover (as further proven by the reference to the Days of Unleavened Bread), as most other translations correctly render it e.g. "And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people" RSV)
"And his chains fell off from his hands"
Herod's (see The Herods) attack upon the Church was politically, not religiously, motivated. Unbelieving Jews opposed believing Jews (nearly all of the first Christians were Jews who never thought of starting a "new" religion - they simply recognized the long-awaited Messiah when He came) for religious reasons, but the Romans attacked the Church for political reasons. Why was the Church regarded as a very real political threat, just as it still is today? Why did Herod imprison Peter as a political prisoner? Because the true Gospel is about the coming Kingdom of God on earth that is going to conquer and abolish all of man's carnal, self-serving "Babylon" political systems (man's "Babylon" applies as much to politics as it does to religion). A new world is coming (see the Fact Finder question below).
Peter's Ministry, Peter's appointed time of service, was not yet complete, so The Lord sent an angel free Peter from a heavily-fortified Roman military prison where political prisoners were kept.
"Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him."
Fact Finder: How will Christ rule the world so that it will become a true paradise?