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Saturday, June 13 2016

Acts 12: Peter's Escape From Prison and The Death Of Herod Agrippa

"And, behold, the angel of the LORD came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands"

There are primarily four men named Herod in the Biblical record (see also A History Of Jerusalem: The Herodian Dynasty).

Herod Agrippa I murdered the apostle James, the brother of the apostle John, who were two of the twelve apostles (see Why Were The First Apostles Fishermen Instead Of Carpenters?). Herod then imprisoned the apostle Peter with the intent to kill him too (the "Easter" of Acts 12:4 in the King James Version should have been translated as Passover, as most other translations do, since that is the word, and the intended observance, that was originally written in the Scriptures).

It was not to be for Peter however. The LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) sent an angel to remove him from Herod's prison.

Catacombs

"12:1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. 12:2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

12:3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) 12:4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.

12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

12:6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. 12:7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.

12:8 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. 12:9 And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. 12:10 When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.

12:11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.

12:12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying. 12:13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda. 12:14 And when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate.

12:15 And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.

12:16 But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished. 12:17 But he, beckoning unto them with the hand to hold their peace, declared unto them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, Go shew these things unto James, and to the brethren. And he departed, and went into another place.

12:18 Now as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers, what was become of Peter. 12:19 And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that they should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and there abode." (Acts 12:1-19 KJV)

Herod's evil mouth finally finished him. One last blasphemy, and he was done.

"12:20 And Herod was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon: but they came with one accord to him, and, having made Blastus the king's chamberlain their friend, desired peace; because their country was nourished by the king's country.

12:21 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. 12:22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. 12:23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.

12:24 But the word of God grew and multiplied.

12:25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose surname was Mark." (Acts 12:20-25 KJV)

Fact Finder: What was the connection to Peter and John Mark?
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This Day In History, June 13

81: The Roman Emperor Titus (reigned 79-81) died at age 42. As a military commander before succeeding his father Vespasian, it was Titus who inflicted the prophesied destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 AD (see A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots and What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?).

122: Construction began of Hadrian's Wall in Britain during the time the island was under Roman occupation (see A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba). Named after the emperor Hadrian (reigned 117-138), parts of the 120 kilometer (75 mile) wall remain visible today.

Hadrian's Wall 313: The Edict of Milan, signed by Constantine the Great and co-emperor Valerius Licinius granted "religious freedom" throughout the Roman Empire i.e. the "freedom" to submit to Constantine's perverted version of Christianity, including worship on the Roman/Babylonian "Sun Day" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Why Observe The True Sabbath?; see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

1249: Alexander III was crowned as King of the Scots.

1321: Italian playwright Dante Alighieri died. His farce Divine Comedy was the inspiration for much of the Vatican's development of the doctrine of an ever-burning hell fire and the non-existent Purgatory.

1515: King Francis of France battled the Swiss army under Cardinal Matthias Schiner at Marignano in northern Italy.

1525: The monk Martin Luther married the nun Katharina von Bora, thereby violating the Church of Rome's celibacy rule. Luther became known as a protestant reformer, although he maintained most of the antichrist doctrines of Rome (e.g. Sunday; see Antichristians, Friends Of Jesus and Why Observe The True Sabbath?), as do most of the "Protestant" churches to this day.

1549: Pope Paul III ended the first session of the Council of Bologna.

1609: Henry Hudson entered what would later be named New York harbor and claimed the area for Holland.

1611: Fabricius discovered sunspots.

1625: King Charles I of England married Henrietta Maria, Princess of France.

1740: During the Siege of St. Augustine, Georgia (named after King George II) provincial governor James Oglethorpe began an attempt to take Spanish Florida for England.

1833: Robert Lyon, a law student, became the last (known) person to be killed in a duel in Ontario. He was killed by former friend (obviously) and fellow law student, John Wilson, who was acquitted of murder and later went on to become a Member of Parliament and a judge.

1871: A hurricane killed 300 people in Labrador.

1886: A fire devastated most of Vancouver, British Columbia.

1893: U.S. President Grover Cleveland underwent surgery to remove a large, cancerous portion of his jaw. The operation was not reported to the public until 1917, nine years after his death.

1898: The Yukon Territory of Canada was established, 2 years after the Klondike gold discovery. Dawson City was named the capital. During the goldrush, Dawson City was the largest city north of Seattle and west of Winnipeg.

1922: The highest recorded shade temperature, 58 degrees Celsius / 136 degrees Fahrenheit, was recorded at Al Aziziyah, Libya.

1934: Adolf Hitler (see Why Does Satan Love Liars? and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini met in Venice, Italy. Mussolini later described Hitler as "a silly little monkey" (see also Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?).

1942: During the Second World War, the German army began its all-out attack on Stalingrad against stiff Soviet resistance.

1944: During the Second World War, Germany launched its V-1 jet-powered bombing campaign on Britain that would kill 5,479 people and injure almost 16,000.

1971: The New York Times began publishing "The Pentagon Papers," a stolen collection of secret Vietnam War documents (a "Wikileaks" of that day). It was from that publication of embarrassing information that President Richard Nixon created the "plumbers," a group of White House operatives whose assigned task was to prevent further "leaks" - something that they disastrously failed to do when they committed the Watergate break-in that resulted in the fall of the Nixon presidency.

1978: Israeli forces withdrew from Lebanon (see also A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace and Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).

1983: Pioneer 10 became the first man-made object to leave the Solar System when it passes beyond the orbit of Neptune (the pagan-god name that scientists gave to the planet).

1997: A jury sentenced U.S. terrorist Timothy McVeigh to death for his part in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

2000: At the insistence of Pope John Paul II, the President of Italy pardoned Mehmet Ali Agca, 43, 19 years after shooting the pope in 1981. Agca was then returned to Turkey to complete a 10 year sentence for murder, of which he had served only 158 days before escaping.

2002: The U.S. withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in order to "legally" increase and further develop its arsenal of weapons of mass destruction - while demanding that others reduce their weapons of mass destruction inventory.

2007: The Al Askari Mosque in Iraq was bombed, as it was the previous year.

2010: A capsule of the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa, containing particles of the asteroid 25143 Itokawa, returned to Earth.





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