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Paul's Passport

Although an Israelite (see Was Paul A Jew or a Benjamite?; also Are Levites 'Jews'?), the Pharisee Saul (see Was Paul Among Them?), later also known as the apostle Paul after his conversion (see Paul's Blindness Lesson), was a Roman citizen. Paul was born in Tarsus, in what is today southern Turkey, which was then within the political boundaries of the Roman Empire (see Ancient Empires - Rome).

In the verse quote below, notice that Paul says "I was free born" - which is not true, in the genuine political meaning of the word "free." The Romans called their sovereignty-crushing imperialism "freedom"; those born in Roman-occupied countries were either brainwashed from childhood, and/or intimidated later as adults, to parrot themselves as "free" (Paul was neither a coward nor a liar; we can be quite sure that he stated that Roman Christ-killing political fraud with contempt), while the Roman soldier bought his citizenship as a mercenary, meaning that he was from some area outside of the Roman empire (see the map below).

"22:25 And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned?

22:26 When the centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Roman.

22:27 Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman?

He said, Yea.

22:28 And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom.

And Paul said, But I was free born.

22:29 Then straightway they departed from him which should have examined him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after he knew that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him." (Acts 22:25-29 KJV)

"These have turned the world upside down ... contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another King, one Jesus"

One of the greatest ironies of Paul's ministry is that his imposed Roman citizenship enabled him to travel freely, over land, or from port to port aboard Roman ships, to preach The Gospel of The Kingdom of God that is going to destroy Rome (see The Coming World Dictator). The Romans eventually killed the prophet Paul because they came to view him as a political threat - which the Truth that he preached surely was i.e. "these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus."

Map Of The Roman Empire Until the LORD (i.e. Jesus Christ; see Acts 9:1-6) decided that Paul's work was done, Paul's Roman "passport" (i.e. his "right" to travel through all of the nations that the Romans occupied) enabled him to bring the Truth of Christ's coming Kingdom to thousands of people in his lifetime - and millions of people ever since, as we read about him in Acts (see the Fact Finder question below) and his epistles (see Paul's Bible Correspondence Course).

"17:2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days [see Christ's Sabbath] reasoned with them out of the scriptures, 17:3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead [see The Sleep Of Death, Resurrections and The Firstborn of Salvation]; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ. 17:4 And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.

17:5 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. 17:6 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; 17:7 Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus." (Acts 17:2-7 KJV)

Paul preached more than just "religion" because "Babylon" was and is as political ("kings of the earth have committed fornication with her"), as it is economic ("the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies"), as it is military ("these shall make war with the Lamb"), as it is religious. Christ's "come out of her my people" was speaking of all of it, as Christ plainly stated to John in the Book of Revelation, or "apocalypse" (i.e. Apocalypse means reveal-ation).

"17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 17:13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues [see The Origin Of Speaking In Tongues and Do You Speak In Tongues?]." (Revelation 17:12-15 KJV)

"18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues [see Plagues Of The Pharaohs: Past and Future]." (Revelation 18:2-4 KJV)

Paul taught the coming Kingdom of God as he "freely" traveled throughout Rome's doomed empire.

"6:15 Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 6:18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; 6:19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life." (1 Timothy 6:15-19 KJV)

Fact Finder: Where did Paul "freely" go during each of his major missionary journeys?
Paul's First Missionary Journey: Acts 13:1 to 15:35
Paul's Second Missionary Journey: Acts 15:36 to 18:22
Paul's Third Missionary Journey: Acts 18:23 to 21:17

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