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END-TIME PROPHETS (Online Book) - Chapter 1



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9:07: What we’ll be discussing
12:30: The apostles were ‘agents of miracles’

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Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed – Revelation 6:11

Chapter 1: The Apostles Were ‘Agents of Miracles’

Note: This book was created from a series of sermons starting in November 2016 by Mr. Garrett. This book consists of 6 chapters reflecting the eight sermons published of the same title. This book is for convenience of having all eight sermons in one easy-to-read format and download. These sermons are on our YouTube channel - Owensboro Church of Jesus Christ - YouTube


‘now we see in a mirror, dimly’

I want to point out – the “end-time prophets” – the Two Witnesses, it is indeed in the realm of prophecy. And we’re told in the Book of Peter ‘that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation.’ And that prophecy must be interpreted by what other pages in the Bible say. “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little” - Isaiah 28:9-10. And you have to sort of glean it from all these different places and try to put it together. And, that is what we’re going to try to do. But like Paul said in 1st Corinthians 13 –It’s a good principle to keep in mind. Anytime you hear some man or woman that claims to be gifted with special knowledge, and they start to tell you that they know what’s going to happen, or you’ll see some of these television evangelists who actually say – and I hear this quite often on different “Sunday Morning Comedy Hour” shows – they will say, “Well, the Lord spoke to me,” or “the Lord showed this to me,” or “I heard a voice and it came from the Lord.” And you’ll hear those phrases quite a bit. And then they’ll go on and try and say, “this is gonna happen!”
     Keep in mind 1st Corinthians 13. Verse 9 – “For we know in part and we prophesy [or we preach] in part.” Meaning – not with total knowledge. Because none of us – no human being – is imbued with perfect complete total knowledge and understanding of the Word of God. He went on to say, verse 10 – “But when that which is perfect has come, …” – meaning Jesus Christ, His return and the establishment of the Kingdom of God. “ … then that which is in part will be done away.” Then our limited knowledge will be removed and replaced with total knowledge. Verse 11 – “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood [or, I reasoned] as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” Unfortunately, I know some men who have not put away childish things. And that’s something completely different, isn’t it!? He says in verse 12 - “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, …” And that’s so very important to keep in mind. Now, in our present human state, we see vague shapes – like someone who has a vision problem – they don’t see with crystal clarity. My mother – unfortunately – for the last twenty or thirty years of her life suffered from severe vision problems brought on by a horrible disease – known as histoplasmosis. And because of that, the last part of her life – a good third of her life – her vision was deeply restricted. And she could sort of vaguely see you. In fact, for her, she couldn’t see in the center part of her vision. And continuing, Paul says, “ … but then …” – remember verse 10 – “when that which is perfect has come,” when Jesus Christ returns, when we are resurrected from mortal to immortal with the establishment of the Kingdom of God “ … but then face to face. Now I know in part, …” – and that includes prophecy.
     If you get somebody saying, “This is exactly what’s gonna happen, and there’s no doubt about it!” be extremely leery! You’re probably hearing a con artist. You’re probably hearing a charlatan. You’re probably hearing somebody who’s attempting to get your money – by false means and false pretenses. Paul says, “Now I know in part, but then …” with the establishment of the Kingdom of God “ … I shall know just as I also am known.” Then will be complete knowledge. We – who are afforded the great gift of immortality and eternal life, and a complete total establishment of our spiritual bodies living on the same plane as God Almighty and Jesus Christ. Then we will know completely!
     We’re going to talk about these Scriptures, and we’re going to make the best sense we can out of them. And I’ll be the first to say – what I believe and teach today about these prophetic events – who knows, a week from now, a month from now, a year from now, a decade from now – maybe I will come to realize that I didn’t quite understand it as thoroughly as I thought I did. And I am perfectly willing to admit that. I have no problem admitting, “Whoops, that was a mistake.” Well, isn’t repentance just admitting that you made a mistake!? Shouldn’t that also apply to our biblical knowledge – if you find out, “Whoops, I didn’t understand that”? Now, I meet people who are not willing to even accept that their church teaching – that their church doctrine – could be wrong. And so you have all these different people – and I don’t care if you’re talking about the Catholics, or the Baptists, or the Methodists, or the Presbyterians, or the Mormons, no one will concede and say, “Whoops, I was wrong!” And the Intercontinental Church of God (ICG), bless their hearts, they are wedded with whatever Garner Ted Armstrong said. Now, Mr. Armstrong has been in the grave for sixteen years. And so, the understanding of the Bible should have progressed over the last sixteen years. But the ICG is stuck in a time warp. Their understanding is stuck in the year 2003. And I don’t see any indication that they’re going to break forward from that. Now, I tried to show them about the concepts of the New Covenant – when I gave a sermon entitled “Look To Jesus, Not Moses.” And friends, it was the last time I was ever invited back! And just a few weeks later, I was fired! “Sayōnara, get lost! We loved you, but now we hate you!” Well, what love – notice verse 13 – “And now abide faith, hope, love [godly love], these three [exist and are important principles]; but the greatest of these is love.” And I don’t think loving somebody on day one and hating them on day seven is love. Because love is eternal. If you say you love someone you’re supposed to say that with the idea that, “I love you eternally.” Well, God does. Jesus Christ does. But human beings – and the ones you really have to watch are the church people who say they love you. Because the people who one year are coming up to give you a hug, sometime down the road may come up to give you a hug and place a knife in your back. And that’s sadly the way it is. “It's a sad, sad situation” – to quote Elton John.

What we’ll be discussing

One of the most salient things about the end-time prophets – and we’re going to read this as we get into Matthew 10 – is a promise of future miracle-working power. The end-time prophets – I don’t know who they are and you don’t either. I don’t know how old they are. They could be forty years old right now, they could be sixty years old right now, or they could be eight years old right now. I don’t know – and nobody knows. Because nobody knows when the end of the age is coming. And if anyone tells you they do – WARNING, WARNING, WARNING! They are attempting to manipulate you. Jesus Christ says, “’ But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.’” And at that time when He said it, He didn’t even know. Now I have to surmise that at this point in time, God the Father has shared that with Jesus Christ. But again, we don’t know. Is the Kingdom of God three years away!? Probably not. Is it ten years away!? Possibly. Is it twenty years away!? Could be. Is it fifty years away!? Could be. Anyway, we don’t know the time. But we know it’s going to happen. The question is – when?
     The work of the end-time prophets has many different levels. One thing that they’re going to do is to provide a powerful witness to this world by being agents of miracles. God the Father and Jesus Christ are going to work through them to perform miracles the like of which the world has never seen before! The end-time prophets are also going to be deliverers of Messages to kings and governors and church leaders. The end-time prophets are also going to be – especially the Two Witnesses – the announcers on behalf of God Almighty and Jesus Christ of horrible plagues which will come upon the earth. The end-time prophets will also have the job – I believe, and we’ll be talking about this, and we can glean this information from the Book of Ezekiel – of going to different church groups who have been put into captivity when the United States of America completely falls. The Two Witnesses will also have the job of directly confronting the ‘two henchmen’ of Satan the devil. The Book of Revelation calls them the ‘beast’ and the ‘false prophet.’ So, these end-time prophets have a lot of different jobs. Again, in full disclosure, you will not find the phrase end-time prophets in the Bible. It’s a phrase that I created to help describe the things we read about in the Bible.

The apostles were ‘agents of miracles’

If you would turn to Acts 4. Verse 29 – now, keep in mind, what just happened – it’s a part of the story. The Book of Acts begins with the disciples being told – as Jesus Christ is being taken up into a cloud and disappears, they’re told in verse 11 of chapter 1 – “ … ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into the [sky – that’s what the word ‘heaven’ there means, the clouds, the atmosphere]? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into [the atmosphere], will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into [the atmosphere].’” And we’re told in verse 15 – ‘altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty’ at that departure. And then at the end of chapter 1, it talks about naming another disciple – because remember Judas obviously lost out. Judas Iscariot. So, they name another disciple, and his name is Matthias – verse 26. And, to the best of my knowledge, this is the first and the last time we read the name, Matthias. And then, chapter 2 begins with the Day of Pentecost. Where the disciples – soon to be called apostles – give testimony so powerful that the people in the crowd think – how can this be!? They must be drunk! They’re up there saying things they don’t even know what they’re saying! Well, they knew exactly what they were saying because God Almighty and Jesus Christ were speaking through them. And the people in the crowd – notice verse 6, chapter 2 – “ …because everyone heard them speak in his own language.” Verse 11 – “ … ‘we hear them speaking in our own [language] the wonderful works of God.’ 12) So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘Whatever could this mean?’ 13) Others mocking said, ‘They are full of new wine.’”
     Here’s the one thing – the disciples, and here mainly Peter, he wasn’t speaking in foreign languages. He was speaking in his native language – probably Aramaic. But all of the people in the crowd heard Peter speak in their language. So the miracle wasn’t what was coming out of Peter’s mouth, the miracle is in the hearing of the people who were in the crowd. And that is one thing that the people from the Pentecostal charismatic movement – I don’t think they’re being very honest with their parishioners about. And so you have some of these people – and I’ve gone through the television channels before and seen Jimmy Swaggart in the background babbling – and they’re babbling in some “unknown” tongue. No, it’s just babble. It’s just all for show. And, that’s not what occurred on the Day of Pentecost. The people heard them in their own language.
     Notice verse 22 – “’ Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know – 23) … you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death.” Well, Peter gives this powerful sermon, and we’re hearing parts of it, and verse 38 is maybe the most powerful part, where he says, “ … ‘Repent, …’ – be willing to change. Be ready to change – be wanting to change! “ … ‘and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39) For the PROMISE is … to all …’” – the promise is that eventually everyone would be given God’s Spirit unto all –

    
Everyone who has ever lived – and anyone who didn’t actively squeeze the Spirit of God out of themselves cf. Matthew 12:31-32; Ephesians 4:30 – will be given another chance to live. And so “ … ‘the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.’” Verse 41 – “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand [lives] were added to them.” Verse 47 – “praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”

Be sure to read for additional information Who Are the 144,000?.

Remember, God had a goal of 12,000 people from each of the twelve tribes of Israel – the 144,000. Many of those people were added to the rolls back in the 1st century A.D. At the present time, I don’t think there are that many people left that God is still adding to the Church. Which means – if you’re reading this book and it is somehow intriguing to you, stimulating to you, and creating curiosity within you, and you’re wanting to learn more – there’s a real good chance that Jesus Christ is attempting to open the door of knowledge to you and is allowing you to become one of these people that knows the truth of God! If you’re in this situation, PLEASE DON’T TURN YOUR BACK ON THIS OPPORTUNITY!
     Chapter 3 – “Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.” Now, that would be three o'clock. When they talk about in the Bible – six o’clock in the morning would be the first hour. The third hour is nine o’clock. The ninth hour is three o’clock in the afternoon by the way that we reckon time. Verse 2 – “And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple, which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple.” So, this is a man who is disabled. And, not in the same way – but with the same effect – like that beautiful young lady that I saw at a Pentatonix concert – who was without hips or legs. And the only thing this man could do to earn a living – to have money to feed himself and buy clothing – was to beg. Verse 3 – “who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms.” – an expression of soliciting money. Verse 4 – “And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, ‘Look at us.’” – and I’m sure he said it with a very distinct commanding voice. Verse 5 – “So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6) Then Peter said, ‘Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.’”
     Try to put yourself in this situation. And, we read our Bible and say, “Well, this happened one thousand, nine hundred and eighty-eight years ago! And we can’t even imagine what it was like then!” And it’s really hard in our “modern” society with our fancy gadgets, computers and television, and recording devices, and fancy cell phones, it’s hard to imagine what life was like back then. But just try to imagine that you’re a man who has been lame from birth, and the only way that you can survive is to beg for money. And you’re sitting on some sort of mat or pillow, and these two men – who at first you don’t notice, they’re just passing by – and you did your typical ‘alms for the poor’ routine. And then one of them with piercing eyes looks upon you and says, ‘Look at us!’ And then this piercing man says, ‘I don’t have any gold or silver coinage, but the one thing I do have which I can give to you is the knowledge of Jesus Christ and the blessing of Jesus Christ and a miracle from Jesus Christ!’ And then Peter says, “ … ‘rise up and walk.’” Try to put yourself in that man’s position.
     Peter put a hand down towards him – verse 7 – “And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.” – he had never walked before. Here’s a man whose legs had never worked – but because of a miracle from Jesus Christ – verse 8 – “So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them – walking, leaping, and praising God.” – sadly, I know some people in the ICG who are offended by that phrase, ‘praising God.’ Well, ‘that sounds too much like the Baptists,’ they claim. I’ll tell you, God Almighty and Jesus Christ are not ashamed of this phrase and had it inspirationally written in this Book – yeah! This man is PRAISING GOD and giving thanks to – probably - everyone in the neighborhood! He was probably hugging people, kissing, and high-fiving!
     Verse 9 – “And all the people saw him walking and praising God. 10) Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.”
     Try to put yourself in that scene! Here is a man that you know has been lame since birth – you’ve walked by him scores of times and possibly even ignored him. And, what was so distressful to me at that Pentatonix concert concerning this beautiful young lady, is the people who were standing in front of her were not aware enough to know that they were blocking her view as she sat in her wheelchair. At times I saw her get out her cell phone and begin looking at it – she was like in a forest of people. And you would have thought that somebody would have said, “Hey, make a little path here. Give this young girl a couple of feet to be able to see them on stage.” Yes, it’s easy to ignore people who have problems. And these people had probably ignored him many a time. Now, maybe on occasion, they might have reached into their pocket and had thrown him a shekel (one silver shekel was probably worth less than a U.S. dollar in today’s market) or a denarius (a Roman silver coin worth about 15 cents). But most of them had probably ignored him.
     Verse 11 – “Now as the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, …” – and I’ll bet he gave them the biggest bear hug that Peter and John had ever received! And, I’ll bet you that Peter – in the final moments of his life when he was facing execution – remembered the day there in Jerusalem when God’s Spirit was poured out, and that lame man, “and we spoke the words of Jesus, and this man was miraculously healed, the great bear hug he gave John and me!” I’m sure that Peter remembered that. And, it might have helped him buoy up his strength and faith. “ … all the people ran together to them in the porch which is called Solomon’s, greatly amazed. 12) So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people …”
     The crowd was starting to look upon Peter and John as if they were some kind of magicians or holy men. Peter immediately, sensing what was going through their minds says, “’ Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or [holiness] we had made this man walk? 13) The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified His Servant [His Son] Jesus, whom you delivered up and denied in the presence of Pilate when he was determined to let Him go. 14) But you denied the Holy One and the Just [One], and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15) and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which [you] are witnesses.’” – everyone in that crowd knew that Jesus Christ had been crucified to death – tortured to death. “’ And His name, …’” – and WHAT NAME IS THAT!? The name of JESUS!
     Jesus is His name – Christos is His title. Christ – meaning the Anointed One. Christ the Anointed One – but His name is Jesus!
     Which is why – again I fired up my computer – and went to the ‘Weekly Update’ to the so-called leader of the ICG down in Tyler, Texas, and once again (and I was sort of hoping that maybe something would have happened during the Feast that would have given him an epiphany and would have opened his eyes and allowed him to turn a new leaf) I was saddened to find not one mention of Jesus Christ. And, in over two years, I have not seen the name Jesus Christ in his articles.
     Verse 16 – “’ And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him [Jesus Christ] has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. 17) Yet now, brethren, I know that you did it in ignorance, as did also your rulers.’” – you didn’t know what you were doing. Verse 18 – “’ But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.’” – the Plan of God worked out! But now, for those of you who had a hand in His torture and in His death – verse 19 – “’ Repent …’” – just like he says in Acts 2:38 – “ … ‘therefore and be converted, …’”
     What does the word convert mean!? It means to be changed. It means to be changed from being human-oriented to being godly-oriented. Instead of having your life focused on just things of humanity, having your life focused on things of God the Father and Jesus Christ! And so the question we must all ask ourselves – how much of my life is focused on Jesus Christ, the Word of God, the Truth of God, and the Plan of God!?
     “ … ‘that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come …’” – that’s the SEVENTH TRUMP, the return of Jesus Christ, your change from mortal to immortal. “ … ‘from the presence of the Lord, 20) and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, 21) whom Heaven [here the third heaven] must receive until the times of restoration of all things [meaning the establishment of the Kingdom of God upon this earth at the blowing of the seventh trump at the return of Jesus Christ], which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.’” This is the one constant refrain from the prophets of God!
     The Kingdom of God will be established, and Jesus Christ will be your Savior and great High Priest – that is the Gospel. And the means by which your life is converted – we might call the New Covenant. That new contract with Jesus Christ.
     Verse 22 – “’ For Moses truly said to the fathers, ‘The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. 23) And it shall be that every [person] who will not hear that Prophet …’” – well, what about those who won’t even write or say His name!? “ … ‘shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’ 24) Yes, and all the prophets, from Samuel and those who [followed afterward], as many as have spoken, have also foretold these days. 25) You are [the children] of the prophets, …’” – meaning, the tribe of Israel. “ … ‘and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ 26) To you [Israelites, and to you people of Jerusalem who had an active hand in betraying Jesus Christ and demanding His death. To you people who are partly responsible for His blood] first, God, having raised up His [Son] Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities.’” – giving you a pathway to having your sins forgiven – which is the New Covenant.
     Chapter 4 – “Now as they [Peter and John] spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, 2) being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached [that through] Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 3) And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening.”
     Remember, this all started at 3 o’clock. And, this healing miracle and Peter and John talking about it – pointing the Way to Jesus Christ. And this took – probably – another three hours.
     The temple elite thought that they had destroyed Jesus, and they thought they had buried this religious movement – but they hadn’t. They did everything within their power to destroy them - but they hadn’t. Because now it’s starting to spread.
     Verse 4 – “However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.” – think about that! One man is healed – it in itself is a powerful miracle! But before the afternoon and the evening was over five thousand people had heard the story about Jesus Christ and had been saved – as we often hear that phrase! They heard the word and they believed the word! Verse 5 – “And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes, 6) as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. 7) And when they had set them [Peter and John] in the midst, they asked, ‘By what power or by what name have you done this?’”
     Peter, who was by far the most bombastic, aggressive, and forward of all the disciples – verse 8 – “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, ‘Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: 9) If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, 10) let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, …” – and I’m sure that must of struck their nerves! Because remember, they’re trying to tell the story that Jesus wasn’t resurrected, someone just came and stole His body away. They even started a rumor to that effect. But they couldn’t stop the truth. Because the truth was greater than them! “ … ‘by Him this man stands here before you whole. 11) This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’
     Verse 12. And for you – all of you who think that spiritual leadership comes from someone who will not – or cannot – write or say the name Jesus Christ, and is apparently ashamed of it hear this – “’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must [ or can ] be saved.’
     Verse 13 – “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated …” – remember, Peter was a fisherman. They were “blue-collar” workers. They were not highly educated men. “ … and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized …” – they noticed and thought – how could these country bumpkins know all this!? How are they able to speak this way!? “ … And they realized that they had been with Jesus. Verse 14 – “And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.”
     The miracle of healing – that lame man – gave Peter and John complete authority to say, “We represent God.” And, keep in mind where we’re going with this book. The end-time prophets – and the final two, the Two Witnesses – they too will have these miraculous powers being granted unto them by Jesus Christ. So that they too will have authority – backed up by miracles. And, you can’t fake miracles – you can’t fake a man who was lame for thirty-eight years - and now he’s dancing around as if he is in a ballet! Leaping, walking, praising, jumping! That’s proof!
     Verse 15 – “But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, …” – they had to have a pow-wow – ‘What’s going on here!?’ Verse 16 – “saying, ‘What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.” And, I bet they wished they could have – but too many people had seen it! Remember, at least five thousand people had been converted that afternoon! And who knows how many more people were in the crowd that gathered!? They didn’t have smartphones and social websites – but they had word of mouth. And in those three hours, I’ll bet that spread all across Jerusalem – and many people said, “I gotta go see this!” And went to the temple and saw and heard and witnessed. Verse 17 – “’ But so that it spreads no further among the people, …’” – they’re saying, ‘We’ve got to stop this! We’ve got to do everything within our power to destroy those men!’ “ … ‘let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name.’
     Verse 18 – “So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.” – the sermon entitled “Look To Jesus, Not Moses” was killed and kept from being published. They didn’t want that Message heard. And then, when they discovered that I had reproduced the sermon and published it─ and it’s available to all on the internet, they had a conniption! Are you able to see a similar trait here between the temple elders in Jerusalem and the church elders of the ICG!?
      Verse 19 – “But Peter and John answered and said to them, ‘Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. 20) For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.’ 21) So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way of punishing them, because of the people, …” – they had too many people in what they (Peter and John) were doing. “ … ‘since they all glorified God for what had been done. 22) For the man was over forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed.”
     Verse 23 – “And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. 24) So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: ‘Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, 25) who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: ‘Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things? 26) The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the LORD and against His Christ.’
      And, that is yet to happen at the battle of Armageddon.
     Verse 27 – “’ For truly against Your holy [Son] Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod [Herod Antipas] and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together 28) to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done. 29) Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, …’”
      And that’s a prayer that I ask right now from Jesus Christ and God Almighty.
      Verse 30 – “ … ‘by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy [Son] Jesus.’ 31) And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. 32) Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one [mind]; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.” – they became so ecstatic, they just wanted to be a part of one mass family. Verse 33 – “And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.”
     That’s a marvelous account! And yes, this happened in approximately A.D. 31! And the Church of God then – the representatives of Jesus Christ, the Body of Christ – had twelve main spokesmen. We call them the apostles. And I believe that by that example that we might very well in the end-time – at the end of the age – have twelve people raised up and granted the mission and the job of representing the Word of God, the Truth of God, and the Plan of God – and of speaking boldly the truth of God! And in doing so also being given the gift of healing.
     The end-time prophets are going to shake the world like it’s never been shaken before! We’re going to read later in the Book of John where Jesus says of these people, ’the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do.’ And He raised people from the dead! I can’t imagine how exciting, thrilling and powerful, and amazing this is going to be!


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