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February 20, 2021

The lesson on February 21, 2021 was part 5 of the “Acts – When and Why?” study.  This week Wayne worked on dating refinements, using the reference of “The sikarion” where Paul was mistakenly identified as “That Egyptian” in Acts 21:38 KJV where Josephus recorded the “sikarion” peaked during the time of Nero.  As we learn how the secular dates of the recorded history allows us to put dates when parts of Acts were written, this will provide the context for when other Acts period epistles were written. The importance of this exercise is to find out what doctrine was written to whom and more importantly compare that scripture that we revealed to us after Acts 28.  Wayne has almost authenticated the dating of when in Acts 1,2 (A.D 29-31) the date of the Crucifixion and of Pentecost.  Acts 3 to 11, 12, and 13-20 (A.D. 56 or A.D. 58) the date of Herod’s death.  Acts 21 to 27 (A.D. 56 or A.D. 58) the date of Paul’s arrest at Jerusalem.  Acts 28 (A.D. 59 or A.D. 61) the date of Paul’s arrival in Rome.  Finally, Acts 28 (A.D. 61 or A.D. 63) the date of the conclusion of the “two years”.  We saw a drawing of the Castel Antonia where Paul stood and addressed the people before he was taken to Ceaseria.  The scripture reading was from Acts 25:9-12 KJV

“9 But Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure, answered Paul, and said, Wilt thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me? 10 Then said Paul, I stand at Caesar’s judgment seat, where I ought to be judged: to the Jews have I done no wrong, as thou very well knowest. 11 For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar. 12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, Hast thou appealed unto Caesar? unto Caesar shalt thou go.”




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From the Study: Acts – When and Why?