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Saturday, June 4 2016

Acts 4: Why Did They Fear The Miracles?

"What do we? For this man doeth many miracles. If we let Him thus alone, all men will believe on Him"

The Messiah was assassinated by the religious "authorities" of Judah (see Why Was The South A Dangerous Place?) because of the miracles that backed up the Truth that He proclaimed. Rather than becoming joyous believers, they conspired "If we let Him thus alone, all men will believe on Him" (see The Religion And Politics Of The Messiah's Assassination). But even then, their effort to kill the Messiah provided the means of Salvation for all who choose not to die. Even Caiaphas, the High Priest who rejected the Messiah, realized it through his unbelief - a massive paradox.

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"11:47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. 11:48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.

11:49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, 11:50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.

11:51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; 11:52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. 11:53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death." (John 11:47-53 KJV)

Even after the Messiah rose from the dead - and the religious "authorities" who tried to cover it up knew that the Resurrection had happened (see The Sign Cover Up) - the same religious "authorities" had Peter and John arrested for doing the same Holy Spirit empowered miracles (see Rise Up And Walk).

In their defense, Peter and John quoted another prophecy by King David about those very unbelievers: "This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner" (Acts 4:11, below, of Psalm 118:22; see also Psalm 118: How Are The Dead Raised?).

"4:1 And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them, 4:2 Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 4:3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide. 4:4 Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.

4:5 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, 4:6 And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. 4:7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?

4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, 4:9 If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; 4:10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.

4:11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. 4:14 And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. 4:15 But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, 4:16 Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it. 4:17 But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name.

4:18 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. 4:19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. 4:20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

4:21 So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done. 4:22 For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was shewed." (Acts 4:1-22 KJV)

Ironically, "politics" is what got Peter and John arrested, but it was political pressure that got them released unharmed "because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done." Once again, another prophecy of King David was fulfilled: "Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. (Acts 4:25-26 below, of Psalm 2:1-2; see Psalm 2: The Messiah's Rod Of Iron and the Fact Finder question below).

"4:23 And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. 4:24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: 4:25 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said,

Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? 4:26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.

4:27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, 4:28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. 4:29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, 4:30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

4:31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. 4:34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, 4:35 And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.

4:36 And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, 4:37 Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet." (Acts 4:23-37 KJV)

Fact Finder: Which prophet was given to witness and record the Crucifixion of the Messiah through the Messiah's own eyes as He hung on the Cross?
See David's View From The Cross


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This Day In History, June 4

781 BC: The first documented solar eclipse was recorded, in China (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens? and When Do Eclipses Happen On The Christian Holy Days?).

1039: German King Henry III (Henry is the English version of Heinrich) became Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1411: King Charles VI granted a monopoly for the exclusive production of Roquefort cheese to the people of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon (an area of southern France).

Montgolfier Brothers 1584: Sir Walter Raleigh established the first English colony on Roanoke Island, old Virginia (now North Carolina; Raleigh, North Carolina is named after Sir Walter Raleigh).

1760: 22 ships carrying New England planters arrived in Nova Scotia to replace the Acadians. Many of the Acadians moved to the French colonies of Louisiana where they became known by the abbreviation "Cajuns."

1783: First flight: French brothers Etienne and Joseph Montgolfier made the first public flight of a hot-air balloon.

1792: Captain George Vancouver claimed Puget Sound for Britain.

1800: Construction of the original White House was completed. It was burned in August 1814 by British Marines during the War of 1812-14 in retaliation for the U.S. burning and looting of the Parliament Building in Toronto months before.

1831: The Belgian Congress proclaimed Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg as the first king of Belgium after the southern provinces split with the Netherlands.

1878: Under the terms of the Cyprus Convention, the Ottoman Empire ceded Cyprus to the United Kingdom (see also A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).

1920: The Treaty of Trianon. Signed after the First World War by Hungary and the allies (excluding U.S. and U.S.S.R.), it reduced Hungary by one third, and deprived it of access to the sea; it gave Transylvania, the East Banat, and other districts to Romania; Slovakia and Ruthenia to Czechoslovakia; Croatia, Slavonia and the West Banat to Yugoslavia; the Bergenland to Austria.

1928: Zhang Zuolin, the President of the Republic of China, was assassinated by Japanese agents.

1939: The MS St. Louis, a German ocean liner with 963 Jewish refugees aboard, was denied permission to land in Florida, after being turned away from Cuba. Forced to return to Europe, more than 200 of its passengers later died in Nazi concentration camps.

1940: The British completed the evacuation of 300,000 troops from Dunkirk. Prime Minister Winston Churchill made his famous speech to the House of Commons: "we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender..."

1941: Kaiser (the German form of Caesar) Wilhelm II, ninth king of Prussia and third German emperor from 1888-1918, died in exile in the Netherlands.

1942: The 3-day Battle of Midway, the turning point in the sea war in the Pacific during the Second World War, began. The Japanese lost 4 aircraft carriers, 1 cruiser and 248 aircraft, with a total of 3,057 killed; the U.S. lost 1 aircraft carrier, 1 cruiser and 150 aircraft, with a total of 307 killed.

1944: Rome fell to the Allied forces, becoming the first Axis (Berlin, Rome, Tokyo) capital to fall during the Second World War.

1961: At the Vienna summit, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev triggered the Berlin Crisis by threatening to sign a separate peace treaty with East Germany and ending U.S., British and French road access to East Berlin.

1986: Jonathan Pollard pleaded guilty to espionage for selling top secret U.S. military information to Israel.

1989: Hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square were killed by the Chinese army using tanks and machine guns.

1989: A natural gas explosion near Ufa, Russia, killed 575 people when two passenger trains passing each other threw sparks onto a leaking gas pipeline.

1998: Terry Nichols was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City. His co-conspirator, Timothy McVeigh, was sentenced to death.





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