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PETER SENT TO ROME

IS TOTAL NONSENSE!

JAN LILLEBY

 

 ​​​​ Have you read all my articles and books in which I show – by Biblical proof and quotations – how Jesus Christ sent, not Peter, but Paul out to places in the Empire?

Please feel free to send these articles/books to the Pope! He could need to learn that only Paul was the one God and Christ sent to give us Gentiles the Gospel.

Most Christians know that the Vatican always propagate Peter as the one whom the Pope has succeeded, and thus the papal seat in Rome was founded upon that heresy.

Sorry to have to correct all Catholics in this regard…but do not take offence. It is rather the other way around: You should be grateful for any Biblical correction coming your way.​​ For you do want to learn Biblical truth, yes?

If the office of the Pope should have propagated a​​ particular apostle​​ of Christ as his spiritual forefather, it would have to be Paul – the apostle to the Gentiles!

If you are a Catholic, or a representative of another denomination, holding Peter as an apostle to us Gentiles, - you will very well have to admit that Paul was the one who was sent out to us Gentiles in particular, not Peter. Just check the Bible.

WHERE DID PETER GO ACCORDING TO ACTS?

 

It is easily verifiable to learn where exactly Peter went during Acts.

Let us read Acts 5 and Acts 10-11 first, using AMP Bible Web version –

Acts 5:12-16,

At the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders (attesting miracles) were​​ continually​​ taking place among the people. And by common consent they all met together [at the temple] in [the covered porch called] Solomon’s portico.​​ 13But none of the rest [of the people, the non-believers] dared to associate with them; however, the people were holding them in high esteem​​ and​​ were speaking highly of them.​​ 14More​​ and​​ more believers in the Lord, crowds of men and women, were constantly being added to​​ their number,​​ 15to such an extent that they even carried their sick out into the streets and put them on cots and sleeping pads, so that when Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on one of them [with healing power].​​ 16And the people from the towns in the vicinity of Jerusalem were coming together, bringing the sick and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all being healed.

Acts 5 was around the year 30-31 CE, two years after Pentecost in Acts 2. And we still find not only Peter, but all the apostles of Christ right there at Jerusalem. Even more​​ so: They were preaching right​​ inside the very stronghold of Judaism, the Temple! And in doing so, the whole district around was influenced by their presence – bringing their sick and also people who were demon-possessed, and they all were cured. Even the​​ shadow of Peter, as he passed by these sick​​ ones, brought instant miraculous healing to them.

Acts 10-11 tells of Peter’s whereabouts; he had gone to Joppa (Jaffa) staying with Simon the tanner, right after his escape from his persecutors the Sanhedrin.

Acts 10:5, 6 -

“Now send men to Joppa and have them call for a man​​ named​​ Simon, who is also called Peter [and invite him here];​​ 6he is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.”

Conclusion: Peter was lodging in Simon the tanner’s house in Joppa. It was the year 36, eight years after Acts 2 and Pentecost.

It was an angel of the Lord who told Cornelius to send an escort to Simon’s house, to have Peter come to Caesarea to speak to him and his guests.

Acts 10:24, 25 –

“The next day Peter got up and left with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa went with him.​​ 25On the following day he [and the others] entered Caesarea. Cornelius was waiting for them, and had called together his relatives and close friends.” ​​ ​​​​ - ​​ (Historians figure about 40 people present)

Are we clear now of Peter’s whereabouts in the summer of 36 CE? It was at the very stronghold of the Roman Empire in Palestine, the seaport of Caesarea.​​ 

It was the town in which all the procurators mentioned in the Bible lived, together with a large contingent of soldiers, near 5000. Names like Pilate, Felix, Festus, and others had their office and home there. When Cornelius was a​​ captain (Centurion), he had procurator Pilate​​ as his superior officer. And the Emperor was Tiberius, who reigned from 14 to 37 CE.​​ 36 CE was the final year of Pilate as procurator there.

Acts 11:1-3 places Peter back in Jerusalem,

“Now the apostles and the believers who were throughout Judea heard [with astonishment] that the Gentiles also had received​​ and​​ accepted the word of God [the message concerning salvation through Christ].​​ 2So when​​ Peter went up to Jerusalem, those of the circumcision [certain Jewish believers who followed the Law] took issue with him [for violating Jewish customs],​​ 3saying, “You went to uncircumcised men and [even] ate with them!”​​ (Editor’s emphasize)

Between the timespan of the year 30 when Peter was at Jerusalem in Acts 5, and the events around Peter’s travel to Joppa first and then down to Caesarea in 36 CE, we can find Peter inside Israel’s borders still. ​​ He had not taken off for Rome at all!

Acts 8:14-17 places​​ Peter, as well as John at Samaria,

When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that [the people of] Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.​​ 15They came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit;​​ 16for He had not yet fallen on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus [as His possession].​​ 17Then Peter and John laid their hands on them [one by one], and they received the Holy Spirit.

In the wake of Philip’s​​ successful​​ ministry at Samaria, they called for two of the most prominent apostles, Peter and John.​​ These new converts had seen Philip’s marvelous healings and miracles performed among them, and he wanted the apostles to come and minister to them for the filling in of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 9:1-32 introduce Saul (later called Paul) to us. A fierce persecutor still, after having witnessed the killing of Stephen (Acts 7)​​ – but Peter was continuing his ministry,​​ travelling to places inside Israel.​​ The new convert, Saul, was now back in his hometown Tarsus, because of the persecution against him. The apostles wanted to get Saul (Paul) out of harm’s way!

Acts 9:33-44 place Peter at Lydda and finally at Joppa –​​ after first​​ telling that Peter travelled THROUGOUT THE LAND…in other words, he went ‘high-and-low- and everywhere’ inside of Israel’s borders. But these two towns are mentioned in particular because of the astounding marvelous miracles which took place. The healing of the paralyzed believer Aeneas, resulting in Lydda’s​​ population turning to the Lord. And the even more astounding miracle in Joppa, as Peter raised the dead Tabitha up. This caused people at Joppa to turn to the Lord, like it had happened at Lydda.​​ 

Now as Peter was traveling throughout​​ the land,​​ he went down to [visit] the saints (God’s people) who lived at Lydda.​​ 34There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years and was paralyzed.​​ 35Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed.” Immediately Aeneas got up.​​ 36Then all who lived at Lydda and​​ the plain of​​ Sharon saw [what had happened to] him, and they turned to the Lord.​​ 

37Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha, (which translated​​ into Greek​​ means Dorcas). She was rich in acts of kindness and charity which she continually did.​​ 38During that time it happened that she became sick and died; and when they had washed her body, they laid it in an upstairs room.​​ 39Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Come to us without delay.”​​ 40So Peter got up [at once] and went with them. When he arrived, they brought him into the upstairs room; and all the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing [him] all the tunics and robes that Dorcas used to make while she was with them.​​ 41But Peter sent them all out [of the room] and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise!” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.​​ 42And he gave her his hand and helped her up; and then he called in the saints (God’s people) and the widows, and he presented her [to them] alive.​​ 43This became known all over Joppa, and many came to believe in the Lord [that is, to adhere to and trust in and rely on Jesus as Christ and Savior].​​ 44And so it was that Peter stayed in Joppa for many days with Simon, a tanner.

In Acts 11 we find that Barnabas went to Tarsus and brought Paul back with him to Antioch, and ministered to the assembly there together.

Notice how the Acts brings up Paul in a​​ gradually manner. In Acts 7 he was a witness to Stephen’s murder, in Acts 8 Paul was now engaged in a full war against the Messianic believers, casting them in jail for execution. In Acts 9 we find Paul being captured and converted by the Lord Himself, and thus into the care of the assembly at​​ Damascus Paul recovered and were​​ baptized; in Acts 10 Paul is not mentioned, but his​​ future audiences​​ were: Gentile proselytes. Peter and his visit to Cornelius’ house brought the Gentiles into New Testament scriptures as people who could be received by God, as saved.​​ But to Peter this was clearly a ‘One-Off’ – as he never changed his ministry to go to Gentiles. Only Paul was sent out to us Gentiles,​​ and the Bible proves this.

In Acts 12 we find Peter back again ‘in the saddle’ – and it was now the Passover at Jerusalem ​​ in the year 44 CE. Verses 1 to 19 are dramatically. Herod​​ Agrippa I was on a killing spree after having arrested a number of believers in the assembly at Jerusalem. He​​ killed James​​ with his sword, and shortly after he put Peter in jail (to be executed).

“Now at that time Herod [Agrippa I] the king [of the Jews] arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to harm them.​​ 2And he had James the brother of John put to death with a sword;​​ 3and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to have Peter arrested as well. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread [the Passover week].​​ 4When he had seized Peter, he put him in prison, turning him over to four squads of soldiers of four each to guard him [in rotation throughout the night], planning after the Passover to bring him out before the people [for execution].​​ 5So Peter was kept in prison, but fervent​​ and​​ persistent prayer for him was being made to God by the church.​​ 

6The very night before Herod was to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries were in front of the door guarding the prison.​​ 7Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared [beside him] and a light shone in the cell. The angel struck Peter’s side and awakened him, saying, “Get up quickly!” And the chains fell off his hands.​​ 8The angel said to him, “Prepare yourself and strap on your sandals [to get ready for whatever may happen].” And he did so. Then the angel told him, “Put on your robe and follow me.”​​ 9And Peter went out following​​ the angel.​​ He did not realize that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.​​ 10When they had passed the first guard and the second, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city. Of its own accord it swung open for them; and they went out and went along one street, and at once the angel left him.​​ 11When Peter came to his senses, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel and has rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting [to do to me].”​​ 12When he realized what had happened, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, who was also called Mark, where many [believers] were gathered together and were praying​​ continually​​ [and had been praying all night].​​ 13When he knocked at the door of the gateway, a servant-girl named Rhoda came to answer.​​ 14Recognizing Peter’s voice, in her joy she failed to open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter was standing in front of the gateway.​​ 15They said to her, “You are out of your mind!” But she kept insisting that it was so. They kept saying, “It is his angel!”​​ 16But [meanwhile] Peter continued knocking; and when they opened​​ the door​​ and saw him, they were completely amazed.​​ 17But motioning to them with his hand to be quiet​​ and​​ listen, he described how the Lord had led him out of the prison. And he said, “Report these things to James and the brothers and sisters.” Then he left and went to another place.​​ 

18Now when day came, there was no small disturbance among the soldiers over what had become of Peter.​​ 19When Herod had searched for him and could not find him, he interrogated the guards and commanded that they be led away​​ to execution. Then he went down from Judea to Caesarea [Maritima] and spent some time there.

This places Peter – still NOT AT ROME – but first at Jerusalem, and finally at Caesarea. He spent some time there, it says. But we do not learn how long he stayed there. It was probably with believers who had heard Peter’s speech in the house of Cornelius several years earlier, as told in Acts 10 which was 36 CE.

(But we do not lose Peter yet! He pops up in Acts 15, as the apostles at Jerusalem had a conference regarding the Gentile proselytes​​ standing in relation to the Law of Moses.)

The gradual succession of Paul’s ministry as an apostle of Christ had at that time moved up​​ one notch: He went into his first mission travel abroad together with Barnabas and John Mark, landing first at Cyprus. But as he came back from that mission he went up to Jerusalem meeting with Peter and the other apostles.

Acts 15:1-12 is the very last time we learn of Peter and his whereabouts.

Again,​​ it was undeniably Jerusalem,​​ and it was the year of 48-50 CE ​​ (disputed), as it was Claudius Caesar Augustus ​​ holding the reign of the Empire.​​ He was emperor until 54 CE according to Roman history. The procurator at that time was Ventidius Cumanus. He was replaced in 52 CE by the known procurator from Paul’s encounters in Acts 23, the ‘fixer and money embezzler’ Marcus Antonius Felix.​​ See Acts 23:23-31 where we first meet Felix.

The Jerusalem Council of apostles, quote -

Some men came down from Judea and​​ began​​ teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised in accordance with the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”​​ 2Paul and Barnabas disagreed greatly and debated with them, so it was determined that Paul and Barnabas and some of the others from their group would go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders [and confer with them] concerning this issue.​​ 3So, after being supplied​​ and​​ sent on their way by the church, they went through both Phoenicia and Samaria telling in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and they brought great joy to all the believers.​​ 4When they arrived in Jerusalem, they were received warmly by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported to them all the things that God had accomplished through them.​​ 5But some from the sect of the Pharisees who had believed [in Jesus as the Messiah] stood up and said, “It is necessary to​​ circumcise the Gentile converts and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses.”​​ 

6The apostles and the elders came together to consider this matter.​​ 7After a long debate, Peter got up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the message of the gospel and believe.​​ 8And God, who knows​​ and​​ understands the heart, testified to them, giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us;​​ 9and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith [in Jesus].​​ 10Now then, why are you testing God by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we have been able to endure?​​ 11“But we believe that we are saved through the [precious, undeserved] grace of the Lord Jesus [which makes us free of the guilt of sin and grants us eternal life], in just the same way as they are.”​​ 

12All the people remained silent, and they listened [attentively] to Barnabas and Paul as they described all the signs and wonders (attesting miracles) that God had done through them among the Gentiles.​​ 

​​ We find nothing more regarding Peter and his whereabouts. But on notoriously​​ basis we find​​ him at Jerusalem, and not Rome, it is sound and safe to say that Peter never went to Rome,​​ supposedly​​ sent there by the Lord.

The papal church has​​ no proven historical facts​​ to claim that the Pope is a successor of Peter, as a representative for God and Christ.

Should God ever have chosen a modern ‘successor’ of an apostle of Christ, it would have to be​​ after​​ Paul – the​​ apostle to us Gentiles!

Peters known greeting to the believers in the provinces​​ of​​ Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia Minor and​​ Bithynia, - was an epistle written as he still stayed in Jerusalem, which he nick-named as ‘Babylon’.

He had obviously read the Revelation Book. He knew that Jerusalem was the Great Harlot Babylon. (1 Pet. 5:12-14). Thus he wrote,

By Silvanus, our faithful brother (as I consider him), I have written to you briefly, to counsel and testify that this is the true grace [the undeserved favor] of God. Stand firm in it!​​ 13She [the church] who is in Babylon,​​ chosen together with you, sends you greetings, and​​ so does​​ my son [in the faith], Mark.​​ 14Greet one another with a kiss of love.» (Editor’s emphasize).

It is also room for a​​ second thought​​ regarding Peter’s whereabouts, namely – he was at least staying within the land of Israel, and not abroad.

Notice, he refers to Silvanus as a mediator…one who wrote this epistle on Peter’s behalf, because Peter was hiding from his persecutors and would not tell where in Israel he lived. And Silvanus may have been the one living in Jerusalem, as well as Mark.

The ending conclusion remains: Peter never went to Rome. Paul was the one that Jesus Christ sent to Rome.

Jesus’ command to Paul was, Acts 23:11,

“On the following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Be brave; for as you have solemnly​​ and​​ faithfully witnessed about Me at Jerusalem, so you must also testify at Rome.”

Why was such words and command not reported in Acts​​ as spoken to Peter?

My answer is: Peter was apostle to Israel only, not to us Gentiles.

 

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IF JESUS SENT OUT HIS​​ 

TWELVE APOSTLES TO THE

ENTIRE WORLD:

How Come the Wall of Partition

Was Still Standing High?

PART II

JAN LILLEBY

 ​​​​ In the first part of this article-series I focused on the​​ contradiction​​ with Paul being sent out, in spite of the twelve apostles having been sent many years before Paul – presumably that the twelve really were sent out to Gentiles.

In this Part II – I shall focus on the other great​​ contradiction:​​ The wall of partition (which was the Law of Moses) was still standing high, when Jesus sent out His apostles, Acts 2 and on.​​ It contradicts the thought that the twelve apostles were sent to us Gentiles.

In Ephesians as well as Colossians we learn from Paul that the wall of partition had been torn down as Jesus Christ established the Body of Christ, the Church, also called ‘One new Man’ – Eph. 2:14, 15; Col. 2:15.

Paul’s reference to this is the crucifixion of Christ – as He took with Him the Law of Moses on the cross, and had the Law​​ blotted out, abolished, cast into the litter box forever.​​ Col. 2:13-15 is quite sternly saying,

“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (worldliness, manner of​​ life), God made you alive together with Christ, having [freely] forgiven us all our sins,​​ 14having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of legal demands [which were in force] against us and which were hostile to us. And this certificate He has set aside​​ and​​ completely removed by nailing it to the cross.​​ 15When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities [those supernatural forces of evil operating against us], He made a public example of them [exhibiting them as captives in His triumphal procession], having triumphed over them through the cross.”​​ (Editor’s emphasize)

Paul wrote Ephesians/Colossians in 63 CE according to most scholars, while he sat jailed in​​ Carcere Mamertino​​ jailhouse, in Rome. He was jailed a second time by Nero’s police guard. (It is​​ disputed​​ whether it could have been in 64-65 CE as a consequence of the great city fire​​ in Rome. Nero started a mass-arresting of suspects).

This actually means that the act of Christ abolishing the Law​​ over​​ 30 years earlier, was kept a secret. Since we find that the Christ believers in Acts period​​ kept the Law – even Paul did so.​​ In other words, this act by Christ was a part of the Mystery revealed to Paul, ref. Eph. 3:3, 4.

THE TWELVE APOSTLES OPERATED ON

THE INSIDE OF THE WALL OF PARTITION

 

So here we have another piece of​​ hard evidence​​ that the twelve apostles operated only inside Israel. The wall of partition between Jews and Gentiles was still standing, throughout Acts period!​​ They operated when still the Law of Moses was in effect.

All the miracles, wonders, signs and the lot…were happening as the apostles preached to Israel on the​​ inside of that fence, that separating spiritual wall constituted by the Law of Moses.​​ This also means that the New Covenant was NOT replacing that Law in the time of Acts. It was laid ‘on top’ of the Law, so that the believers in Christ were forgiven their sins in cases where the Law would have them punished and condemned.​​ Check out Heb. 9:15.

Paul’s message to the Jews in the dispersion – namely at​​ Antioch in Pisidia, Acts 13:38, 39 – AMP Bible Web version –​​ tells of this very clearly,

So let it be clearly known by you, brothers, that through Him forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you;​​ 39and through Him everyone who believes [who acknowledges Jesus as Lord and Savior and follows Him] is justified​​ and​​ declared free of guilt from all things, from which you could not be justified​​ and​​ freed of guilt through the Law of Moses.

Rom. 3:31 may be the headline for the entire period of Acts, in matters of the Law,

Do we then nullify the Law by this faith [making the Law of no effect, overthrowing it]? Certainly not! On the contrary, we confirm​​ and​​ establish​​ and​​ uphold the Law [since it convicts us all of sin, pointing to the need for salvation].

They upheld​​ it​​ and lived according to the Law, and were blessed by the New Covenant’s over-rulings if sin were committed. Jesus died on the cross for them so that breaking the Law would not condemn them. They should for that reason confess their sins, ref. James 5:13-16,

Is anyone among you suffering? He must pray. Is anyone joyful? He is to sing praises [to God].​​ 14Is anyone among you sick? He must call for the elders (spiritual leaders) of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;​​ 15and the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.​​ 16Therefore,​​ confess your sins to one another​​ [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed​​ and​​ restored. The heartfelt​​ and​​ persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].​​ (Editor’s emphasize)

This is how it was in​​ the time of Acts and all the believers at that time, 28 – 63 CE. We can actually call this same time period for​​ ‘Messianic Israel’s life Behind the Wall’​​ – for it was not revealed to them by God that the wall was ‘killed’ at the cross when Jesus died Wednesday 28 April, in the year 28 CE.

It is​​ obvious​​ that Jesus could never have sent His twelve apostles out to us Gentiles in this time period.​​ The wall was to keep Jews from any fellowship with us Gentiles.​​ Comprende?

Was it not Jesus Who told His disciples NOT to go on the road out to the Gentiles? (Mat.10:5, 6).He told them to rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel!

It was the very same rules as it was during the time of Moses and the Hebrews at Sinai – we cannot find any clue of Moses going to the Gentile world commanding them to keep the Law! The Law was given them (Israel) to prevent idolatry such as seen with Gentiles. Comprende?​​ 

When we​​ really​​ search the Scriptures we are bound to find proof upon proof how it all went down,​​ before​​ God revealed His Mystery to Paul, as told in Ephesians and Colossians.

 

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IF JESUS SENT OUT HIS​​ 

TWELVE APOSTLES TO THE

ENTIRE WORLD:

How Come He ‘Added’ a Thirteenth One

​​ To the Flock?

 

JAN LILLEBY

 

 ​​​​ The question made in this headline is of course very rhetorical.

I happen to sit with the answer to this…and thus I want your attention.

Some of you may have the view that the Great Commission in Mat. 28 is an order bestowed upon the twelve apostles, to go to the whole world, - which then would mean, going to us Gentiles​​ in the nations outside of Israel.​​ (I recommend to you my other substantial article on this topic, found in my web site).

In many articles, even in several of my books, I have thoroughly explained this narrative over and over again.

And this article is now​​ laid on top​​ of all of my earlier works in this topic.

Why?

I’ll tell you why: Because the average Christian believer out there has been misled by many factors, inherited heresies from a lot of sects and denominations, giving the erroneous impression that the Great Commission was for us Gentiles. So in this article, we shall turn it all up-side-down so you can understand even better how it all went down…the ministry of the twelve apostles.

Jesus​​ never told His twelve apostles​​ to go out into the entire Global world. He told them to go to Israel – and they did. Book of Acts has the full story of it and all the proof we need to get this right.

THE LOGICAL ORDER OF THINGS

 

It takes but just one singular verse from Acts to torpedo​​ the whole ‘Great Commission’​​ as if this was to send the twelve into the entire world:

Acts 9:15,  ​​​​ (AMP Bible web version) –

​​ But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is a [deliberately] chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name​​ before the Gentiles​​ and kings and the sons of Israel” ​​​​ (Editors emphasize)

Here we come to the crucial question, which none of us can escape: Why – on God’s green earth – should Jesus call Paul and send him out to us Gentiles, if He already had 12 (!) apostles working it? They had been ministering for 8-9 years already…and​​ all of a sudden – giving no particular explanation (Jesus did not mention the twelve in this narrative)​​ Jesus was adding an ‘extra apostle’ to this flock?!?

Can you see the contradiction in this?

If you cannot, then you are really out of it.​​ You need to​​ get ‘unlearned’ before you can get learned​​ - (a quote originally said by rev. Stuart Allen, the follower of Charles Welch). You have to get rid of your​​ twisted understanding​​ of how it all went down in the early days of the Gospel.

It is entirely illogical to add an extra apostle​​ to the existing twelve, - and on top of that, doing so this late​​ after​​ they were sent out in the year 28 CE, right after Pentecost in Acts 2.

So you see, the narrative of Jesus sending out His twelve apostles to the entire world, gets ‘shipwrecked’ already in Acts 9:15. It is totally impossible that God and Christ eventually should have sent out Paul, the thirteenth apostle, to the Gentiles, if that ministry already was covered by the twelve.​​ The ministry was already taken and in​​ full operation​​ by them.

There was​​ no need​​ to add Paul to the flock.

And, even more so: Paul was the​​ furious persecutor​​ of the Messianic church and he even saw to it that many of these believers were thrown in jail and executed.

Which raise another contradicting issue: Why – on God’s green earth – could not Jesus just grab hold of Paul​​ BEFORE HE STARTED HIS PERSECUTION?

Now Saul, still​​ breathing threats and murder against the disciples​​ of the Lord [and relentless in his search for believers], went to the high priest,​​ 2and he asked for letters [of authority] from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any men or women there belonging to the Way [believers, followers of Jesus the Messiah], men and women alike, he could arrest them​​ and​​ bring them bound [with chains] to Jerusalem.

Some may think that Jesus did this with Paul, and so could end the harsh persecution of the believers.

But this is not so. Jesus called him out so he should preach to the Jews, Gentiles, and kings. All in due time…a story we can successively follow all the way until Acts 28:31 when Luke stopped his historic accounts.

ONLY PETER HAD AN ENCOUNTER WITH GENTILES

 

When reading Acts 10, of Peter being sent to the house of Cornelius in Caesarea, the apostle denied that he ever had been in any kind of fellowship with an ‘unclean’ Gentile. In Jewry it was common to view Gentiles as unclean dogs, unworthy of God’s attention.​​ Most of us have read the incident which took place on top of the house of Simon the tanner, at Joppa – Peter was​​ persuaded​​ by God in a vision to go to Cornelius’ house to speak to Gentiles. He objected at first, but after three exchanges of visionary intervention by God, Peter said yes. Verses 9-16.

Peter’s denial of having ever been with Gentiles in his ministry (8-9 years after Pentecost in Acts 2) – is a clear and true statement from him that​​ he never went out into all the world preaching.​​ In other words: He and the twelve went only to Jews inside of Israel.​​ The Great Commission is one of the most mistranslated Bible passages in the entire Bible Canon! Almost every denomination holds to this passage as if the twelve were sent to us Gentiles!

Acts 11 testifies of Peter (and the brethren) that they continued as before Peter had this vision, - namely, they preached to JEWS ONLY.​​ Peter never changed his ministry – just because he went once to a Gentile.​​ Verse 19,

So then [since they were unaware of these developments] those who were scattered because of the persecution that occurred in connection with [the stoning of] Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, without telling the message [of salvation through Christ]​​ to anyone except Jews.”

GEOGRAPHY HAS A LOT TO SAY OF IT

 

Acts 5:12-16 says a lot of​​ where exactly​​ on the map​​ they spent these 8-9 years,

At the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders (attesting miracles) were​​ continually​​ taking place among the people.​​ And by common consent they all​​ met together [at the temple] in [the covered porch called] Solomon’s portico.​​ 13But none of the rest [of the people, the non-believers] dared to associate with them; however, the people were holding them in high esteem​​ and​​ were speaking highly of them.​​ 14More​​ and​​ more believers in the Lord, crowds of men and women, were constantly being added to​​ their number,​​ 15to such an extent that they even carried their sick out into the streets and put them on cots and sleeping pads, so that when Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on one of them [with healing power].​​ 16And the people from the towns in the vicinity of Jerusalem were coming together, bringing the sick and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all being healed.” ​​ (Editors emphasize)

Now, how is it that we read of the entire flock of apostles staying in Jerusalem – after 8 years of ministry, RIGHT THERE IN THE STRONGHOLD OF JUDAISM, THE TEMPLE, IN SOLOMON’S PORTICO?

And entirely in line with what we just read of Peter having preached to Gentiles in Caesarea: He WENT UP TO JERUSALEM TO REPORT TO THE BRETHREN AND THE APOSTLES, STILL STAYING THERE! (Acts 11:2).

How on God’s green earth could the twelve have been at ‘two places at the same time’?​​ We can only find them inside of Israel’s borders.

You see what I am telling?

THUS PAUL IS PROVEN TO HAVING BEEN

THE ONLY APOSTLE WHOM GOD

SENT OUT ESPECIALLY TO US GENTILES

 

Turning the usual heretic interpretations of the Great Commission topic, all around, we find that it cannot ever have been any kind of Gentile-mission performed by the twelve apostles, as if Jesus actually told them to go to us Gentiles. It is rendered impossible as we read and learn from Acts how these things really went down.

Vast majority of Christendom in the world, are in error regarding the Great Commission.

In the New Testament, we cannot find any direct​​ worldwide​​ mission to us Gentiles, before we get to Ephesians and Colossians!

Eph. 3:1-9 is the main ‘heralding’ of the international free Grace Gospel,

“For this reason [because I preach that you and believing Jews are joint heirs] I, Paul, am the prisoner of Christ Jesus​​ on behalf of you Gentiles—​​ 2assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was entrusted to me [to share with you] for your benefit;​​ 3and that by [divine] revelation the mystery was made known to me, as I have already written in brief.​​ 4By referring to this, when you read it you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,​​ 5which in other generations was not disclosed to mankind, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets by the [Holy] Spirit;​​ 6[it is this:] that the Gentiles are now joint heirs [with the Jews] and members of the same body, and joint partakers [sharing] in the [same divine] promise in Christ Jesus through [their faith in] the good news [of salvation].​​ 7Of this [gospel] I was made a minister by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of His power.​​ 8To me, [though I am] the very least of all the saints (God’s people), this grace [which is undeserved] was graciously given, to proclaim to the Gentiles the good news of the incomprehensible riches of Christ [that spiritual wealth which no one can fully understand],​​ 9and to make plain [to everyone] the plan of the mystery [regarding the uniting of believing Jews and Gentiles into one body] which [until now] was kept hidden through the ages in [the mind of] God who created all things.​​ (Editors emphasize)

You just read the real Gospel Commission, given to us by the real apostle to us Gentiles, Paul.

Isn’t it time for you to take this to heart and get things right in your life in the faith?

 

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