How Come He ‘Added’ a Thirteenth One

​​ To the Flock?




 ​​​​ 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.


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.



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.



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.”



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?





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?












 ​​​​ In the first article​​ (3 Parts)​​ in this series, we learned that all reported healings and miracles – without exception – were​​ performed by God at the hands of, and the ministries of the apostles.

This remains a non-negotiable Biblical historical fact.

What I am now about to hold forth, should​​ already​​ have been the conclusion made by each and every reader of the first article: ​​ If it is so that Acts’ healings and miracles were performed by God at the​​ ministries of the apostles​​ and their helpers/church leaders/elders/, then we​​ must also conclude​​ firmly that, since we do not have any apostles or otherwise inspired personally chosen servants of God and Christ in our time, - healings and miracles​​ cannot possibly be performed in this dispensation of the church, the Body of Christ.

It has been, and it still is – a substantial misunderstanding inside of Christendom; the misconception of​​ God performing miracles​​ every now and then…even if a majority of Christians are convinced that we have no such apostolic authorities among us in our time.​​ The idea of God still performing miracles, but without any real apostle involved, is a collision – a crash!​​ 

There can be no doubt, compared to Biblical historic writings (Acts being one of those), that since we have no God-chosen​​ inspired​​ apostles among us, there is no possibility of God performing any kind of miraculous healings​​ and things pertaining to this.​​ 

In Acts period it took an apostle, one or several, to have God perform miraculous healings. It’s been proven already in my first article.

There are no proofs of regular private believers in Acts who eventually received a miracle/healing as an answer of his own​​ private​​ prayers. Not one.

All healings were done by God’s elect servants, the apostles.



There have always been lying and fraudulent preachers trying to convince the public of their ‘ministries’.

The well known ‘Azusa Street’​​ revival in 1906-1913, resulting in the start of the Pentecostal Movement.​​ Followed by a lot of same kind of fraud, such as ‘Latter Rain Movement’, The ‘Healing Movement’​​ (Oral Roberts, William Branham, T.L. Osborn, A.A. Allen and others)​​ in the 1950’s to late 1960’s,​​ -​​ followed by ‘Word of Faith’ the so-called ‘Prosperity Movement’, and​​ then​​ the Toronto Revival, and variables of this, until our time when we have the​​ infamous ‘New Apostolic Reformation’.​​ It has already gotten over twenty years old.​​ 

These (NAR) believers try to convince the world that they are God’s new​​ modern time​​ apostles, with the same power and miracles as the first apostles.

But we cannot see, after more than twenty years in business,​​ even​​ one singular​​ ‘miracle’ having taken place by any of those imposters.

It all started as C. Peter Wagner went along and declared that a​​ ‘New Apostolic Reformation’​​ had started – in 2001​​ if I remember right. He propagated among other things the so-called ‘Dominion Theology’ – that this movement and its ‘apostles’ had been given power and authority over all demonic spirituality and could​​ therefore​​ defeat Satan. Pastor Bill Johnson of Bethel Church, Reading, as well as Kenneth Copeland,​​ ‘Eagle Mountain Church’​​ Newark, Texas,​​ (disciple of Kenneth Hagin Sr.) and many other infamous faith-healers, now let their ministries be identified as a part of NAR.

Lying, and​​ fantasizing of themselves​​ as ‘God’s chosen apostles’ is not enough to make these real apostles. That is for sure. There hasn’t been one single miracle performed by any one of these, as I mentioned! Instead, they have made themselves look like a bunch of childish spiritual clowns.

I could not foretell to you what will​​ eventually be the next​​ new maniacal fabrication of any ‘movement’ coming on stage.​​ This craze​​ among certain believers seems​​ to​​ never​​ be​​ ending….but one day it will end.​​ 

In the meanwhile, let us not be deceived by such humanly fabricated ‘movements’ – but rather stand firm on God’s word as it was given to us by Paul the apostle to the Gentiles.​​ 

Especially by​​ his faith doctrine in​​ Ephesians and Colossians, the two arch-epistles to the Church dispensation.

Eph. 4:30 says, AMP Bible Web version,

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [but seek to please Him], by whom you were sealed​​ and​​ marked [branded as God’s own]​​ for the day of redemption​​ [the final deliverance from the consequences of sin].







What impression have I got of​​ Ethelbert William Bullinger,​​ the ‘Father’ of the modern ‘Acts-28’ Bible interpretation framework?

This question can only be asked as pure rhetorical in nature. Because I could only have genuine impressions of Dr. Bullinger if we both were alive and knew each​​ other well in life.​​ He died in 1913 at the age of seventy​​ five.

Our knowledge can only be had from what is written of him, and by him.​​ Some has written bad things of him, but many has appreciated his extensive Bible based works. Bullinger has not gone unnoticed in history!

Even if many a writer has done much work on Bullinger and his immense influence on how we should read the Holy Bible, these many writers are – as we speak – still writing. At least we can see this checking out Wikipedia TALK dept. ​​ I personally do not engage into working with the Wikipedia. But it is a very useful tool to gain knowledge in certain issues.

I went to the website for Bullinger’s books (ewbullingerbooks.com)​​ and zizzored this short info paragraph, which is a good starter for those who want to learn a bit regarding Bullinger, ​​​​ (editor has added photo of Kings College) -

Ethelbert William Bullinger was born December 15th in Canterbury, Kent, England. He was the youngest of five children of William and Mary (Bent) Bullinger. His family traced their ancestry back to Heinrich Bullinger, the Swiss Reformer, a covenant theologian. His father succeeded Zwingli in Zurich in December of 1531.

Being educated at King’s College, London, he was a recognized scholar in the field of biblical languages. The Archbishop of Canterbury granted him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 1881 in recognition of his biblical scholarship. After graduation, on October 15, 1861, he married Emma Dobson, thirteen years his​​ senior. Bullinger’s friends included well-known Zionist Dr. Theodor Herzl. This was a personal friendship, but accorded with Bullinger’s belief in a Biblical distinction between the Church and the Jewish People.

Dr. E W Bullinger believed in and taught the pretribulation, premillennial rapture. He is considered an untradispensationalist. This was because he taught that the gospels and Acts were under the dispensation of law. He further taught the church actually began at Paul’s ministry after Acts 28:28.

His three major works were:

As an interesting side note: Bullinger was also a practiced musician. As part of his support for the Breton Mission, he collected and harmonized several previously untranscribed Breton hymns on his visits to Trémel, Brittany.



It is to me evident that Bullinger’s influence can be compared to that of Elvis Presley! ​​ I heard it said​​ of Elvis, that he sold more records AFTER he died than when he still was alive. ​​​​ (I guess you understand this very dry joke?)

Bullinger has become more and more influential as a Bible teacher after his death. For believers in Christ have taken his writings serious and expanded upon these. I am one of them.​​ His ‘Companion Bible’ is available to all.

It is clear to all that Bullinger was​​ not perfect​​ or in any manner to be compared to any of the apostles of the Bible story. He was an Anglican clergyman, well respected, and much and well educated in languages in particular. Mainly Biblical Greek. Which caused the Archbishop of Canterbury​​ to honor him with the ​​​​ ‘Doctor of Divinity’ degree​​ in 1881.

E. W. Bullinger can be looked upon as one who ‘Opened the Gates’ for a fuller understanding of the Holy Bible.

He was the first known minister who held forth​​ in public​​ the​​ Bible truth, of Acts 28​​ as the boundary for when the Church dispensation started, and the dispensation of Law ended.



Bullinger, as told in Wikipedia, as well​​ as​​ here in the excerpt from the web, once taught that the Church would be ‘Raptured’ before the Great Tribulation (see 1 Thes. 4 ff). ​​ But I have come to another conclusion on the Rapture-issue: This scenario​​ could only be possible​​ if Jesus’ Second Advent occurred in Acts period. See my article on this, here on my website.​​ Rev. 20:4 dismisses the ‘Rapture’ entirely, for we only find​​ resurrection​​ mentioned of the saints to enter the millennial reign with Christ for a thousand years!​​  ​​ ​​​​ PHOTO: Me – portrait taken in 2017.

Likewise, I​​ disagree with Bullinger’s classification on the epistles of Paul.

He classified Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Titus, 1 Tim, and 2 Tim as written post-Acts, thus putting them as Church epistles for our time.

I (and several other Bible teachers) classifies ONLY Ephesians and Colossians as Church epistles,​​ plus​​ the non-doctrinal one to Philemon. The four​​ others were written during​​ Acts, and are​​ thus​​ Acts-epistles. Only Ephesians and Colossians mention, ​​​​ A:​​ The Mystery revealed. ​​ B:​​ The abolishment of the Law of Moses. ​​​​ See my articles on this in my website. I have dealt with Philippians, Titus, and 1 & 2 Timothy in​​ separate​​ articles.

Had Bullinger been alive today, I would not have been surprised if he would​​ have​​ altered his views​​ on​​ his classification.​​ One can only speculate.



None of us are perfect in any way. We can fail in many things. But yet, there seem to me that God has made it so that​​ at least we get hold of the Biblical things WHICH COMES MOST IMPORTANT to a Christian believer.

It pays off to study the Bible, and to take in whatever​​ changes​​ one have to make accordingly.

I come from a spiritual background in the Pentecostal movement. I happened also, unfortunately, to sidestep into ‘Word of Faith’ spheres, but finally I got awakened when I discovered the importance of the ministry of the apostle Paul. First I came into Mid-Acts beliefs, but shortly after I discovered the Acts-28 interpretation frame, which to my mind is the​​ correct frame for interpreting​​ the Bible.​​ My website was started in 2004 as a result of this discovery of Bible truths.

E. W. Bullinger, ​​ a​​ former vicar in the Church of England under the Archbishop of Canterbury, in his time, opened the gates for greater and better understanding of the Bible. In particular, the​​ right division​​ of The New Testament scriptures.

Thank God for having given Bullinger such advice and insight in the Bible.












I​​ THINK I CAN TELL with considerable certainty, that when a regular Church member (eventually a sect/cult member) is facing the choice of either sticking​​ to the membership​​ or to rather follow the Word of God, the Holy Bible rightly divided, he most often fall into the wrong choice: Membership over the Bible truths! ​​ Am I too harsh here now? ​​ Hardly​​ so.

It is now 2023, and I started my website and teaching of ‘Acts-28’ beliefs in the winter of 2004 –​​ as I left my church membership behind, that of a typical ‘Word of Faith’ assembly in my hometown Tonsberg, Norway. I couldn’t go along anymore with all the heretic practices and teaching of that sect. Instead I was so fortunate as to come over some info on Acts-28 (via first the Mid-Acts beliefs), which I found so revealing and right that I took on a more thorough study in this Bible truth. The Church dispensation started NOT with Pentecost in Acts 2, but after the closing of the Book of Acts, 62-63 CE.

From that​​ time on, I used my website to​​ correcting heretical doctrine – and at the same instance​​ pointing to what the correct Bible truth would be. It is not enough just to say to someone: Hey, you are wrong! We must be so polite as to also tell them​​ what the right thing​​ would be. We act simply just like we read of ​​ Priscilla and Aquila in Acts 18:24-26 – guiding the fresh convert Apollos​​ in the understanding of Scripture, ​​​​ (AMP Bible​​ on the Web)

Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent​​ and​​ cultured man, and well versed in the [Hebrew] Scriptures.​​ 

25This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and being spiritually impassioned, he was speaking and teaching accurately the things about Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John;​​ 

26and he began to speak boldly​​ and​​ fearlessly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained more accurately to him the way of God [and the full story of the life of Christ].​​ 

27And when Apollos wanted to go across to Achaia (southern Greece), the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples, [urging them] to welcome him gladly. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who, through grace, had believed​​ and​​ had followed Jesus as Lord and Savior,​​ 

28for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public​​ discussions,​​ proving by the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed).

Notice:​​ The couple found it necessary to correct (guide him) Apollos​​ regarding what seemed to have been not a​​ big issue, namely the water baptism. Apollos​​ knew only of the ministry of John the Baptist. They did not condemn him for this lack of knowledge, but told him​​ the​​ full story of how things now were​​ in order and in God’s will.​​ ​​ This incident had two sides to it:​​ ONE:​​ Apollos​​ was corrected and kept ‘up to date’ on the Gospel in the time of Acts. ​​ TWO:​​ Apollos​​ (unlike most of modern times’ stubborn Christians) ACCEPTED THE CORRECTIONS, he did not object and started any dispute. He did exactly what God would want ALL CHRISTIANS to do, - which is​​ listening to sound Biblical instruction​​ and correction when that is in order.​​ And then go on with preaching/teaching – including this ‘New revelation’.​​ 

In the time of Acts, water baptism was in order to all believers in Christ – and the apostles carried on baptizing the converts accordingly. ​​ In our time, we have been​​ ‘updated and corrected’​​ by Paul, our apostle, to let go of the water rite. Now it is just ‘One baptism’ Eph. 4:5 – and it is no longer water baptism, but we are baptized into the death of Christ,​​ as we come to faith,​​ likened with circumcision​​ done not with human hand, but by God,​​ Col. 2:11-13,​​ 

In Him you were also circumcised with a​​ circumcision not made with hands, but by the [spiritual] circumcision of Christ in the stripping off of the body of the flesh [the sinful carnal nature],

​​ 12having been buried with Him in​​ baptism​​ and raised with Him [to a new life] through [your] faith in the working of God, [as displayed] when He raised Christ from the dead.​​ 

13When 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”.

This quotation is but a small portion of what Paul actually ‘corrected’ his present day believers with. It was no longer as it had been in Acts period, with water baptism and other issues, - because of changes in God’s rule of dispensations (Greek, oikonomia) such ordinances had been annulled in the same instance that God had annulled the Law of Moses with its commandments and ordinances, ​​ Col. 2:14. ​​ Christ had taken the entire Law with Him at the cross, crucifying it with Himself, and thus​​ blotting the Law out of existence. Only, it had been kept a secret in the time of Acts, but revealed to Paul post-Acts as he sat in jail in Rome 63 CE, writing Ephesians and Colossians.

Where do you have your loyalty…with the Word of God or with the membership you so helplessly stick to?

I chose to go with the Word of God, delivered to us Gentiles by God’s elect apostle for​​ us, Paul. He is our Headmaster at the Campus, he was ordained by Christ to tell us Gentiles what regards salvation by faith alone, no works.​​ Eph. 2:8, 9 is an essence of this salvation by faith, God’s unmerited favor,

For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God;

​​ 9not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast​​ or​​ take credit in any way [for his salvation].

Should we then resist the Pauline corrections of doctrine, or should we go with him and preach it accordingly?

The answer comes easy; of course we go with Paul,​​ …for crying out loud!!

We cannot keep on with Matthew, Mark, Luke and John ​​ - and with Acts. That was only for Israel in the time of the twelve apostles plus Paul, the thirteenth one. The cause was to have​​ Israel repent​​ and accept Jesus as Messiah so God​​ could send Him from heaven in their own life time. The millennial Kingdom in Israel was the focus of this early apostolic mission.




Here we come to the most bone shaking​​ spiritual earthquake​​ in Bible history:

Paul had the Law of Moses annulled, abolished, blotted out, littered…as he was given by God to reveal a hidden secret, like he tells in Eph. 2:14, 15; 3:1-9 and Col. 1:25, 26 – of which the abolishing of the Law was a part…AMP Bible,

For He Himself is our peace​​ and​​ our bond of unity. He who made both​​ groups—[Jews and Gentiles]—into​​ one body and broke down the barrier, the dividing wall [of spiritual antagonism between us],​​ 

15by​​ abolishing in His [own crucified] flesh​​ the hostility​​ caused by​​ the​​ Law with its commandments​​ contained​​ in ordinances​​ [which He satisfied]; so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thereby establishing peace.”

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.


In​​ this church​​ I was made a minister according to the stewardship which God entrusted to me for your sake, so that I might make the word of God fully known [among you]—​​ 

26that is,​​ the mystery which was hidden​​ [from angels and mankind] for ages and generations, but has now been revealed to His saints (God’s people).

Jesus let that Law of Moses be crucified on the cross with Him, but it was hidden from the believers in Acts period, but after Acts it was revealed to Paul as he sat in jail in Rome ​​ 62-63 CE. This is a non-negotiable Biblical fact, no less!

Only FIVE YEARS EARLIER, in 58 CE at Jerusalem under the feast of ​​ Pentecost, Paul met with the leaders of the Jerusalem assembly. James, brother of Jesus, greeted him, and pointed out that all of the messianic believers kept the Law and the ordinances. Paul also, -​​ and to try to stagger bad rumors (that Paul told people to disregard the Law) they had him take the seven days rite of​​ Nazarite​​ wow​​ shaving his head and bringing offer to the temple, Acts 21:17-26,


When we arrived in Jerusalem, the brothers and sisters welcomed us gladly.​​ 

18On the next day Paul went with us to [see] James, and all the elders​​ of the church​​ were present.​​ 

19After greeting them, Paul​​ began​​ to give a detailed account of the things that God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.​​ 

20And when they heard it, they​​ began​​ glorifying​​ and​​ praising God; and they said to him,​​ “You see, brother, how many thousands of believers there are among the Jews, and they are all enthusiastic supporters of the Law [of Moses].​​ 

21Now they have been told about you, that you are teaching all the Jews who are​​ living​​ among the Gentiles to turn away from [the Law of] Moses, advising them not to circumcise their children or to live according to the [Mosaic] customs.​​ 

22What then should be done? They will certainly hear that you have arrived.​​ 

23Therefore do just what we tell you. We have four men who have taken a vow;​​ 

24take these men and purify yourself along with them, and pay their expenses [for the temple offerings] so that they may shave their heads. Then everyone will know that there is nothing to the things they have been told about you, but that​​ you yourself also follow and keep the Law.​​ 

25“But with regard to the Gentiles who have believed [in Christ], we have sent them a letter with our decision that they should abstain from meat sacrificed to idols and from [consuming] blood and from [the meat of] what has been strangled and from sexual immorality.”​​ 

26Then Paul took the [four] men, and the next day he purified himself along with them [by submitting to the ritual]. He went into the temple to give notice of [the time] when the days of purification [ending each vow] would be fulfilled and the usual offering could be presented on behalf of each one.

Should we stick to the ‘Old tradition and doctrine of the Law of Moses’ – or should we keep following Paul’s freshly revealed Bible truth: The Law is abolished, and salvation is now ONLY by faith in Christ, no works?


Had Priscilla and Aquila been confronted with this truth, I am a hundred percent certain that they would have kept up with Paul’s new faith doctrine, and left​​ the Acts-era behind. We have no written record of it, but I will bet that they did, if they were alive when Paul spread his free Grace Gospel in 63 – 66/67 CE.





All of those miraculous things which happened during Acts period and the​​ ministries of the​​ apostles​​ were given by Christ and the Holy Spirit while they​​ all were obeying the Law of Moses, as well as they also were under the New Covenant.​​ We cannot find any clue whatsoever, that these super-natural signs and wonders and healings operated AFTER that the Law of Moses was annulled.​​ In other words, these things were given to Israel only, and some proselytes. Never to the heathens/nations (Greek, ethnos).

So – consequently we know by this fact that Pentecost and modern times​​ ‘Pentecostalism’​​ and everything connected to this, is a total fake.​​ 

Pentecost was part of the Law, but went down with it when the Law was revealed as abolished on the cross.​​ That made it impossible that God could have sent a ‘Second New Pentecost’ at the Azusa Street revival in 1906-1913. That event is a lie of sorts, which the believers unfortunately followed at that time…as well as up until our time. It is tragic.

The only Bible doctrine we shall follow in our time, is that which Paul wrote in the epistles to the Ephesians and Colossians.

Only in these two epistles we can find the mention of ‘The Mystery’ and of the abolishment of the Law.​​ 








 ​​​​ Just think about it​​ – all the time from when God called and elected Abraham, up until He sent Moses to free the Hebrews in Egypt, and the following forty years in the Sinai wilderness. ​​ Think about…what?

Think about how God –​​ during all that time​​ – a span of around some 640​​ years,​​ plus​​ the time from Moses’ death until Christ –​​ 1407​​ years, plus the time passing as described in Book of Acts, around 34 years​​ (28-62 CE)….He did not send anyone to bring a salvation-message (gospel​​ if you like) out to us Gentiles.

God dealt only with Israel the entire time described. Including also a minority of casual proselytes. Israel had proselytes among them the entire time, but that never meant the Law of Moses was preached out into other nations than Israel.

God did​​ not​​ send Moses out to any Gentiles after having given him the commandments on Mt. Horeb. Moses did not go preaching ‘The good news’ of the commandments to other than the Hebrews tent-camping on the plains of Sinai.​​ These commandments and ordinances are​​ mentioned by Paul as ‘The ministry of death’ – so actually there was​​ no ‘good news’ connected to it (2 Cor. 3:7).

Maybe someone among you readers needs​​ a little help to comprehend this fact.

You see, the Law of Moses, from the day it was established it not only was a Law telling Israel what they should observe, and what they were not permitted by God to do and so forth. No, the Law actually created a ‘Wall of Partition’ between us Gentiles (Greek: ​​ Ethnos, meaning​​ nations, peoples in the world) and Israel. Thus Israel by that ‘wall’ created by the Law, was therefore also at​​ enmity​​ with the world outside. The Law actually expressed –​​ “Keep Out – Only Israelites are permitted here!”

This is a non-negotiable Biblical and historical fact.

Paul brought this fact into the light by writing, Eph. 2:14, 15, (AMP Bible) -

For He Himself are​​ our peace​​ and​​ our bond of unity. He who made both​​ groups—[Jews and Gentiles]—into​​ one body and​​ broke down the barrier, the dividing wall [of spiritual antagonism between us],​​ 15:​​ by abolishing in His [own crucified] flesh the hostility​​ caused by​​ the Law​​ with its commandments​​ contained​​ in ordinances [which He satisfied]; so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thereby establishing peace.

Can you imagine if Moses had left the camp one day, and rode into Egypt or Canaan or any other nation at that time, presenting his God given Law, shouted and hollered…Hey there! ​​ All you heathens and Gentiles…Hear ​​ the Word of the Lord, Jehovah the Creator of heaven and earth!! ​​ Behold, from this day on you must stop eating pork meat, and meat of ducks…because this is unclean food in the eyes of God!​​ And also you must keep the Sabbath or else you shall die!​​ And other typical ‘You cannot’ and ‘You​​ must’ commandments from the Law ?

You get the picture?

By this,​​ Moses would have caused his own death: Israel was in enmity with the world! ​​ This enmity was CAUSED BY THE LAW, says Paul.

What if Jesus had done this?

Can you imagine Jesus​​ riding out to the lands outside of Israel in the Empire, shouting:​​ Hello everybody! ​​ I am the God sent Messiah King of Israel, and I can save your souls eternally if you only will believe on Me!!

They would see Him as a regular Jew or Israelite, a person under that Law of Moses…an enemy. Because Jesus and His apostles​​ all lived and ministered under the Law.​​ Jesus was circumcised as an infant according to the Law of Moses (Luke 2:21).

Jesus Himself said of His ministry, Mat. 15:24 ​​ (AMP Bible) –

He answered, “I was commissioned by God​​ and​​ sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

The​​ ‘Wall of Partition’ existed in all the timeline of Jesus and His apostles as described in the four Gospels and Book of Acts.

But after Acts – namely found in Ephesians 2:14, 15, written in 63 CE, we find a​​ sensation:​​ The Law of Moses was no more! It was blotted out, abolished, littered, destroyed,​​ and​​ thrown into the​​ garbage-grinder.

It happened (like Paul wrote) as Jesus died on the cross. This was in 28 CE, but God kept this a​​ hidden secret​​ in all the years from 28 to 62 CE.

Image:​​ Moses smashing the tablets as he was​​ infuriated over the peoples’ idolatry. They would not follow God or Moses. This incident was a prophetic​​ foreshadowing of Jesus,​​ letting the Law become​​ crucified with Him on the cross. Jesus died because the Jewish people would​​ not​​ listen to God, as He sent them His Son, the Messiah! Those who think that the Law was not abolished (as Paul wrote in Eph. 2:14, 15) must re-think this. When the Lawmaker himself, Moses, in his time abolished it by smashing these tablets, then we know for sure that Jesus, Who is​​ above Moses in power, abolished it.​​ ​​ (Ex. 32:19).

Paul was told​​ directly by Jesus in divine vision​​ that this was so. Paul explains this in Eph. 3:1-9 and there is no doubt that Jesus revealed this to Paul directly.

The Law was intact in Acts period, and it​​ is proven solidly by giving us​​ incidents​​ in which we, by reading Acts, find that the believers KEPT THE LAW of Moses in those same years, 28-62.​​ Not even Peter or John had any knowledge of the Law having been abolished and crucified with Jesus already in the Passover 28 CE!

Paul went to the Synagogues​​ (on the Sabbath)​​ in the diaspora on regular basis, he kept the feasts, he had Timothy circumcised, he – at arrival in Jerusalem in 58 CE, went through the cleansing of the Jewish Nazirite by shaving his head and offering doves in the temple. He also wrote explicitly in Rom. 3:31 that the believers at this time still​​ kept the Law, ​​ (AMP Bible) –

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] ​​​​ Romans was written in 56-57 CE as Paul stayed in Ephesus.

If Jesus had not let the Law of Moses be crucified with Him, then He could not have created the Church, the ‘One New Man’ – the Body of Christ.

As long as the Law was intact (28-62 CE ​​ the time of Acts) there was no Church body, the ‘One New Man’ – it would only be the​​ Jewish​​ Acts Body, with its signs, miracles, tongues, prophecy,​​ healings, and all what took place at that time. Peter raising Tabitha from the dead, Acts 9:36-43, - and Paul likewise bringing Euthycus back to life after he fell from the third floor hitting the hard brick street below, Acts 20:7-12. Or what of Paul casting out the demon of a fortune-telling woman, Acts 16:16-18…?  ​​​​ Such things have not been seen on earth ever since. Miracles cannot be found after Acts 28 and Paul’s healing of the sick at Malta.


It is said in Christendom​​ that the Church was born at Pentecost in Acts​​ 2.

This is not​​ possible.

I just showed you by exact Bible quotes above, how God kept the abolishment of the Law hidden from all, so that the entire time of Acts period was an era that only concerned the Kingdom-believers in Israel, including a minority of proselytes. The preaching was under the Law and​​ assisted​​ by the added New Covenant in the blood of Jesus. If Jewish believers failed and sinned, the Law could not pass any sentences of punishments, but their sins were forgiven by that New Covenant (Heb. 9:15; Acts 13:38, 39) – AMP Bible ​​ -

For this reason He is the Mediator​​ and​​ Negotiator of a new covenant [that is, an entirely new agreement uniting God and man], so that those who have been called [by God] may receive [the fulfillment of] the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has taken place [as the payment] which redeems them from the sins​​ committed​​ under the​​ obsolete​​ first covenant.

So let it be clearly known by you, brothers, that through Him forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you;​​ 39:​​ and 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.

.Even if Jesus let the Law of Moses be crucified with Him, God kept it hidden…and thus this action of God had not been applied in the entire time of Acts. The Church thus did not exist at all in Acts period. It came into existence the very day that Paul had his revelation of the Mystery, as we see in Eph. 3:1-9 – and the abolishing of the Law thus were​​ made effective.

The Church was (not born) –​​ created out of the two​​ – Jew and Gentiles – being made into ‘One New Man’! ​​ This is a non-negotiable fact, and it is a historical fact. The Church thus came forth in 63 CE as Paul announced his revelation in the epistle to the Ephesians.

It must have struck like a bomb in Jewish circles…the thought of the Law of Moses having been littered/blotted out/abolished!!


What we find is old prophesies fulfilled, and not a new dispensation.

Peter quoting Joel’s prophecy on the signs​​ etcetera, but no mention at all of any church in which Jew and Gentiles were made into one body, thus creating peace.

Pentecost was God’s ‘Kick-Off’ for the twelve apostles to Israel, to have them clothed in​​ power​​ from on high by the Holy Spirit, like Jesus had promised these twelve (Acts 1:​​ 4, 5​​ )​​ –​​ AMP Bible​​ - ​​ 

While being together​​ and​​ eating with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Of which,”​​ He said,​​ “you have heard Me speak.​​ 5:​​ For John baptized with water, but you will be baptized​​ and​​ empowered​​ and​​ united with the Holy Spirit, not long from now.”

The dispensation of the Church, the ‘One New Man’ -​​ did not come on the spiritual scene before Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles sent his free Grace Gospel out via his helpers, as he himself sat​​ jailed in Rome in his second jailing.

Since then we find that the Law of Moses must have been the basics for all​​ doctrine of faith in Acts era, we learn that God gave His miracles, healings, signs, wonders, casting out of demons,​​ raising of dead persons,​​ etcetera, only to believers such as those, and never to the Gentile world.​​ 

Reading Ephesians and Colossians reveals to us that there are no such power-gifts given the Church, the ‘One New Man’.​​ 

We have only one great sign: We are promised the heaven up above heaven as hope of salvation, and​​ not the​​ earthly Kingdom of God, like the 12​​ apostles and their believers had (Col. 3:1-4).

Eph. 4:30 points us to a certain day, coming​​ right up ahead, ​​ AMP Bible –

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [but seek to please Him], by whom you were sealed​​ and​​ marked [branded as God’s own] for the day of redemption [the final deliverance from the consequences of sin].






This article is a blend of excerpts from Grant’s website, a

newspaper article from Tampa Bay Times, and the​​ editor’s

comments to it all.


From the front page of Grant’s web site:

‘Miracle Revivals’

Make Plans to Attend a W.V. Grant Miracle Revival

For 40 years, the Lord has been "Reversing the Curse" Through Powerful W.V. Grant Statewide Miracle Crusades.

Many​​ are healed every night immediately after the Praise and Worship as Rev. W. V. Grant, through the Word of Knowledge, begins revealing the past, present, and future of hundreds; even interpreting dreams and visions. Through the Gift of Healing, Gift of Faith, and Gift of Miracles, he has been breaking canes, raising previously-crippled people out of their wheelchairs, and even seeing blind eyes healed and deaf ears opened! All glory, honor and credit are given to Jesus Christ. The greatest miracles are the hundreds of souls that have been saved by the blood of Jesus. Everyone is invited to his nightly services. Mondays through Fridays at 7 PM.

Check the Schedule below to see If Rev. Grant is in a city near you!



Editor’s Comments: Notice my​​ emphasize (below) on Grant’s advertisement for his ‘Miracle Revivals’? ​​ This seem to be an exact copy of what was exposed by James Randi in that Johnny Carson Show in the mid-eighties: Peter Popoff was caught ‘Red Handed’ as he pretended to be hearing from God, Who revealed to him details, names, types of sicknesses etcetera in Christian Campaigns; but it was his wife, Elisabeth, who read him all the details from Prayer-Cards which were filled in by the audiences at the entrance. She sat behind the stage,​​ hidden, and told Popoff over a radio transmitter. Real slick and void of conscience and responsibility, and no respect for God or Christ.

Check out the newspaper article below, reporting of​​ Grant calling their names, and names of their doctors and their illnesses!​​ 

As if this isn’t enough, we learn of Grant’s criminal past as a thief of money, so he could buy a 900 000 dollar home in Dallas.

Read on, and get educated of how certain charlatans are swindling their audiences by promising blessings and miracles, if they only keep on donating big.

What says the news papers?

Miracles, for a price

By​​ Twila Decker

Tampa Bay Times

Published Aug. 9, 1998|Updated Sept. 13, 2005

“They come in a drumbeat of misery: blind in one eye, eaten up with cancer, crippled on one​​ side, hard of hearing or just plain broken-hearted.

The sick and the desperate have been hobbling into Freedom Ministries Assembly of God church for the past four weeks, hoping to be touched by the man with the power - the man they've seen on TV.

They've​​ been coming nightly to this simple gray church on Martin Luther King Boulevard, aching to have the Dallas televangelist, who sings a bit like Elvis Presley, lay his hands on them and pray away their troubles.

With the help of "Dr. Je-Sus!," they believe,​​ the Rev. W.V. Grant Jr. can straighten their crooked legs, clear their clouded eyes, fill their rotted teeth, free their hexed souls - and even get their kinfolk out of jail.

"I couldn't cure a fly with a headache, a giraffe with a toothache," jokes Grant,​​ 53, telling the crowd the credit belongs to the man above. "Je-Sus heals!"

Grant astonishes people by​​ calling out their names and the names of their doctors and illnesses.​​ He promises that if they believe fervently enough they will be healed instantly and​​ permanently. (Editor’s emphasize)

Then comes the pitch. Give. Give big. Regardless of how much he collected the night before, Grant always says it was not enough.

"It hasn't been half what it should be," he says almost nightly at the Tampa revival, although he continues to extend his visit each week.

Grant takes checks, and he urges people that if they don't have money in their accounts, they should go ahead and write the check now and transfer the money from savings tomorrow or the next day. He says God knows if they honestly can't afford to give, and he warns that Satan often tries to talk people into being stingy.

"This is not a fly-by-night operation. We're on television and radio," he tells the crowd. "Not a dime of this goes into my pocket whatsoever.​​ I only get one love offering a month."

Grant is a non-denominational minister who was controversial even before he served time in prison for using non-profit, untaxed church donations to help buy a $900,000 home near Dallas and ordered by a federal judge​​ to report every penny he takes in to his probation officer.(Emphasized by editor)

The preacher, who says God gave him the power to heal when he was in his 20s, is traveling around the country, including recent stops in Tampa and Largo churches, promising miracles.

In Dallas, thousands left his ministry after his arrest and widespread media reports criticized him for exaggerating the amount of money he spends feeding Haitian orphans to trying to make his followers think his home was devastated by a tornado.(Emphasized by editor)

But to the true believers at his revivals in Tampa, Grant is a man sent from God who performs miracles before their very eyes.

Rosa Rolle, a 52-year-old Tampa resident, is one of those believers. Rolle says she is so sure that Grant,​​ with God's help, healed her diabetes and high blood pressure a couple of weeks ago that she has quit taking her blood pressure medicine.

Rolle says Grant also healed her 77-year-old mother, who was deaf in her right ear, and her sister-in-law in Haines City, who had cancer.

"This is my first time being in his presence," says Rolle, who had seen Grant on a local television station before coming to his Tampa revival.

"You could feel the presence of the Lord there," she says. "He's just a mere (human), like I​​ am, but he is touched through the power of God. He healed me because I believe."

Dad was a preacher, too

Miracles are a family business.

His late father, W.V. Grant Sr., gave up his job as a butcher to travel the country, preaching at small-town tent revivals before settling in Dallas.

The elder Grant put his thoughts and sermons on paper, writing dozens of booklets on sin and salvation. His booklets warn against UFOs, demonic possessions and the devil's inhabiting the moon.

Grant still sells his father's​​ booklets at his revivals, including The Great Dictator - The Man Whose Number Is 666, I was a Cannibal, Men in Flying Saucers and Freedom from Evil Spirits.

Grant Jr. says his ministry is similar to his father's but a bit more modern.

The younger Grant said God awakened his healing gift about three decades ago in a California hotel. But to listen to him tell it, his life has been one miracle after another from the start.

Grant says that he weighed only 2 pounds at birth and that as a child he had eight major diseases, which he doesn't identify.

When he was 6, he says, his foot was cut "over halfway off in a freak accident. God miraculously healed me."

A year later, he says, he was hit by a semitrailer truck and "knocked hundreds of feet." God spoke to him then, he says, and again when he was a young adult in a dream. Those conversations led him, he says, to spread God's word and to heal the sick.

At his services, he even spreads the healing franchise, telling people at his revivals to bring olive oil to some​​ services so he can sprinkle in mustard seeds and awaken their gift to heal others.

For an extra $64, the cost of his Bible course, people can get a "license to preach," authenticated by a gold and purple diploma.

Asked whether his power is genuine, Jerry​​ Rosenberg, a follower in Jacksonville appointed by Grant to speak on his behalf for this story, responded:

"To those who believe, no explanation is necessary, and to those who do not believe, no explanation is possible."

Reaping millions, living well

One thing is certain: Until he ran afoul of the Internal Revenue Service a few years ago, the miracle business had been good to Grant.

Grant pastored a Dallas church, appeared on his own Christian television show, Dawn of a New Day, and ran a massive mail-order​​ ministry, with about 350,000 names, which he used to solicit prayer requests and donations.

When he wasn't preaching at his church or on TV, he was traveling the country, playing to packed auditoriums.

At its peak, the W.V. Grant Evangelistic Association​​ was generating an estimated $8-million a year and broadcasting on 93 TV stations across the nation.

Grant was so well known as a faith healer that actor Robert Duvall visited one of Grant's churches to prepare for the role of a troubled Pentecostal preacher in his recent movie, The Apostle.

In the 1980s Grant built Eagle's Nest Family Church on the outskirts of Dallas, big enough to seat more than 4,500 members. The 28-acre site included broadcast and printing facilities.

Grant also was living well. He and​​ his third wife, Brenda, bought a house near Thorntree Country Club, outside Dallas.

The gated property has a 7,000-square-foot house with six bedrooms, six full bathrooms, three fireplaces, three bars, a swimming pool and a pool house, according to records.(Emphasized by editor)

The Grants also owned another home in Dallas and a house in Breckenridge, Colo., and had two Ferraris and two Mercedeses registered in their names, according to records.

Critics emerge

As other televangelists, including Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Bakker, fell from grace in the late '80s and early '90s, critics began to question Grant's lifestyle and claims that he could cure everything from AIDS to breast cancer.

James Randi, a Fort Lauderdale magician and lecturer who has made it his business to "out quackery," dedicated a whole chapter to Grant in his book, The Faith-Healers, published in 1989.

Randi says Grant's claims of miracles are exaggerated by him and his followers, who want desperately to believe they are healed.

He says in his​​ book the revivals are similar to a play, with everyone in the service going along with it for fear of messing up the performance.

Randi says Grant uses tricks to make it seem he knows people's names and illnesses, and that the "leg-stretching trick," a common event at his revivals, is nothing more than an old carnival act. All Grant is doing, Randi says, is moving the heel of the person's shoe to make it appear to the audience that he stretched the person's leg.

"They don't use any reasoning," Randi says of​​ Grant's followers. "It is plain reaction. (Grant says) give me money for God and they say, yep, here we are, take our money."

The Trinity Foundation, a small Christian community in Dallas whose mission is to expose television evangelists it believes are frauds, also is a vocal critic of Grant's.

The group prints The Door, which it describes as the world's only religious satire magazine. Members spend days and nights and many Sundays watching Grant on television and in church.

The relationship between​​ Trinity's president, Ole Anthony, and Grant's followers is bitter.

The anointing of the sick, in which clergy may apply oil and pray for healing, is considered a sacrament in some churches around the world and is talked about in the Bible. Many churches offer healing services. But Anthony says the distinction between those services and Grant's is that he promises people immediate, lifelong cures one minute and puts out his hand for money the next.

"W.V. Grant is a bad carnie," Anthony says. "He's a carnival​​ pitchman using the name of God. He exploits the poorest, most desperate people in society for his personal gain."

Members of Trinity have gone as far as to rummage through Grant's trash, once finding a nude picture of Grant taken by his wife on a tropical​​ vacation and p rinting it in its magazine.

Anthony, meanwhile, has been taunted by Grant's followers, who call him "Ole, the Antichrist," and badgered with crank phone calls.

The news media, including Dateline NBC​​ and the Dallas Morning News, have questioned everything from Grant's promises of cures to his Haitian ministry, where he claims to support 64 orphanages and feed 3,000 orphans.

In 1993, a 50-year-old Dallas woman sued Grant for slander after she said he​​ called her a prostitute before his congregation, to which her husband belonged. Grant settled the lawsuit for an undisclosed amount.

A year later, one of Grant's national mailings that solicited prayer requests raised the ire of the Dallas Morning News.

The "Disaster-Gram," as Grant called it, appeared to be a photocopy of the newspaper's front-page coverage of tornado damage.

Grant had superimposed images of himself onto photographs of the devastation, making it look as though he was forlornly picking through uprooted trees. The headline underneath his photos read: "Tornado victims cope with trail of destruction."

In a letter accompanying the doctored photograph, Grant told people a twister had hit his "parsonage."

"Eleven people were killed in our neighborhood _ hundreds were injured. Maybe you saw it on your news . . .," he said in the letter.

According to the Dallas Morning News, the nearest tornado touched down a mile from Grant's house. The newspaper's executive editor called the mailing "an outrageous​​ fabrication."

Grant, who had a few trees damaged by the wind, later said he didn't think people would believe it was an actual copy of the newspaper and that he wasn't seeking donations.

IRS comes knocking

Not long after the "Disaster-Gram," IRS agents visited Grant. They wanted to know about $100,000 in unclaimed income that Grant had used as a down payment for his $900,000 house and how he had paid for another house, an investment property. By law, non-profit, untaxed church money cannot be used for personal property.

After the IRS visit, Grant and his wife went to see the man who sold him his home, a meeting federal agents secretly videotaped. "We just came over here hoping God would work a miracle," Grant tells the man on tape, according to court records.

"Unless we figure out something else, we're in a heap of trouble if we say we gave you $100,000 in cash, you know," he says on tape.

In 1996, Grant pleaded guilty to failing to report at least $375,000 in income from two of his tax-exempt church corporations, including the $100,000 he used for a down payment on his country club home. His wife, Brenda, pleaded guilty​​ to "misprison of a felon" _ knowing a crime had occurred and not notifying authorities.

But on the eve of their sentencing, both tried to change their pleas to not guilty.

U.S. District Judge Joe Kendall allowed Brenda Grant, who was not featured prominently on the videotape, to change her plea. But he refused to let her husband do the same. Instead, Kendall sentenced Grant to 16 months in federal prison. At trial, Brenda Grant was acquitted of all charges of wrongdoing.

Grant's spokesman, Rosenberg, says Brenda Grant's acquittal is proof that her husband would have gotten off if he had been allowed to go to trial.

But Judge Kendall saw it another way.

"Did you watch the same videotape I watched?" the judge asked Grant and his attorney during his sentencing hearing, according to news reports. "He's all over it, admitting he's guilty," the judge said.

"It's almost surreal, like you all are from another planet," Kendall told the Grants and their attorneys.

"If it's not the media's fault, or the U.S. attorney's office or the government's, or the probation office, could it be W.V. Grant's fault?"

Grant was fined $30,000 and ordered to repay the government $353,000. He was forced to sell his Breckenridge house and the Eagle's Nest Family Church facilities.

He sold the house for about $319,000 and the church for $3.2-million to T.D. Jakes, a popular evangelist who recently made headlines baptizing Dallas​​ Cowboys Emitt Smith and Deion Sanders at the church, now known as Potter's House Church.

Grant's spokesman says Grant is also in the process of selling his Dallas home. He makes no apologies for its size or price tag.

"What size would you like it to be?"​​ Rosenberg says. "Who dictates in America how large or how small a minister's home or anyone's home should be?"

Prison and probation

While he was in prison, Grant's congregation in Dallas dwindled from thousands to fewer than 200.

For a year, his small but​​ faithful flock followed Grant's wife and associate pastors from rented room to rented room for Sunday services.

After finishing his 13-month prison sentence last August, Grant rented a church in Dallas, now called the Church of Compassion. He also returned​​ to television with his show, buying air time on several Christian stations.

He appears locally on WCLF-Ch. 22 at 11 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, where he airs old tapes of his revivals and sells such things as healing cassette tapes and an escorted trip to​​ the Holy Land.

Grant remains on supervised release.

As part of his sentence, he and his wife must submit weekly financial reports to the U.S. Probation Office in Dallas, detailing how much money their ministry has collected.

Grant declined to release copies of his annual financial audits to the St. Petersburg Times. Rosenberg says Grant is making about $700 a week since his release and that his wife, who used to receive a salary, is working for free.

Grant, he says, is not a member of the Evangelical​​ Council for Financial Accountability, a Washington, D.C.-based group that the Rev. Billy Graham helped start in 1979. The group aims to make evangelists accountable to the public, including requiring its 850 members to release financial information to anyone who asks for it.

Rosenberg says Grant's four tax-exempt church corporations are audited annually. He says that Grant might one day try to join the group but that few evangelists are members.

As of June, the latest records available from the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, the couple still had four luxury vehicles registered in their names: two Mercedeses, a Ferrari and a Range Rover. Grant's spokesman insists that the Grants have gotten rid of the cars, although he says the vehicles might not have been taken out of their names yet.

"It is a well-known fact that automobiles are his hobby, like other men like to go hunting, golfing and fishing," Rosenberg says.

"He has never owned one of these automobiles. He has always made payments on them."

Rosenberg​​ also says that for months the Grants have been using "paper plates and plastic forks," waiting for their house to sell.

"We believe in forgiveness'

At a recent Sunday service at his Dallas church, Grant begged his congregation of about 150 to give donations, in addition to their tithes, so he could afford to pay the church rent, $5,000 a month.

In his sermon, he admonished them for being impatient with God - saying they are spoiled by "instant pudding" and "Santa Claus."

A few hours later Grant hopped on a​​ plane and flew to Tampa, where he promised instant cures for his expectant crowd.

During the second week of his Tampa revival, Grant told the congregation that he had "once been in federal prison for a year."

The revelation, news even to the church's pastor, didn't seem to quell the fervor of the crowd, which continued to clap, praise the Lord, hold hands and put money in the collection plate at Grant's prompting.

"Why should I be bothered?" said the Rev. Steve Austin, pastor of Freedom Ministries, which gets to keep the first of two offerings at each revival. Austin says Grant can stay as long as he wants. Grant decides week to week how long a revival will last.

"Whatever he did, we believe in forgiveness," Austin says. "A man in Christ is a new preacher.​​ Old things have passed away."

C.W. Goforth, pastor of Harvest Family Outreach Pentecostal Church in Largo, where Grant appeared for 20 weeks in the spring, did not return phone calls.

Goforth is a friend of Grant's and has been a guest preacher at his Dallas church for years, according to Grant's literature.

Those who believe they were healed by Grant's power in Largo and Tampa say his year behind bars shows that he is a kindred soul - a man who also has had to overcome adversity. It doesn't, they say, change the fact that they feel better.

"He stretched my leg. My left leg grew to the length of my right," said Larry Griffin, 48, who attended both the Largo and Tampa revivals to get help for a back injury.

Griffin says he is a former Texas police officer who​​ works at a Wal-Mart in Pinellas County. He says Grant has convinced him to become a minister.

Millie Barron, 71, of Tampa has gone to the Tampa revival every night, sitting in the second row so she can "see all the miracles that God is doing."

Barron, who​​ has had five strokes, said doctors have told her several times that she was near death. She believes that Grant has extended her life.

In Largo in April, she says, Grant gave her new blood, cured her of emphysema and a heart condition, and loosened her crippled leg. He has cured her of other problems in Tampa, she says, including gout and a backache.

Barron says she recently quit taking her heart medication, "but my husband will kill me if he finds out."

When she was healed in April, she says, Grant threw​​ her walker across the stage, but she's using it again just to please her doctor and family, who won't take her to church without it.

"I don't need it," she says. "Thank the good Lord."(Emphasized by editor)

Ernest Lockly, 71, is less sure of Grant's power​​ but he wants to believe.

A couple of weeks ago, Lockly was treated by Grant for glaucoma and for what Grant said was a "scar on his heart from surgery." Lockly says he never had heart surgery. "He got that part wrong."

During the service, Grant pronounced​​ Lockly healed for life, flung his glasses across the church and told him to run and touch the wall.

Lockly hobbled over.

"I ran up there as best I could. My eyes in the darkness . . . I didn't want to stumble over things. I can't see that well."

The next day, Lockly said he was wearing his glasses and trying his best to get around. "I feel somewhat better."

Lockly says he's skeptical of Grant - especially about his claims to lengthen legs. But he plans to visit again.

"I kind of think of the healing as a gradual thing."

Information from the Dallas Morning News and Times researcher Kitty Bennett was used in this report.

True disbeliever”  ​​ ​​ ​​​​ End of Tampa Bay Times’ article.


Here is another excerpts taken from Grant’s web site:

Dallas, TX,​​ Eagles Nest​​ Cathedral


Our Vision

“Eagle's Nest Cathedral is a healing center in the center of the United States, equidistant between the East and West Coasts. Hurting people fly into Dallas on a regular basis, and go home with powerful testimonies to God's healing power.

This Vision is to enlarge the television and radio ministry and magnify our mandate of feeding the hungry in Spirit, world-wide, and to continue to proclaim the Word of God to the masses, that "Jesus Saves, Jesus Heals, and Jesus Restores."


"Healing​​ the Hurting"

Not only do people, world-wide, in need of a miracle, fly into Dallas on a regular basis, and go home filled, healed and thrilled, but Reverend Grant has trained his church to reach out to the underprivileged of Dallas and around the world, and to the homeless and rejected of the Dallas Metroplex. Not a month passes that members from Eagle's Nest Cathedral do not go -- Brenda and W. V. Grant among them -- to the downtrodden in downtown Dallas, taking them hot food, blankets, coats, Bibles, purified water, backpacks, toiletries, etc., and the Word of God.

Who is W.V. Grant?

Reverend W. V. Grant is an internationally-renown pastor, evangelist, missionary, author, vocalist, and humanitarian.

His life is a series of one miracle after another.

Born​​ to Christian parents, Dr. and Mrs. W. V. Grant, Sr. of Dallas, Texas, he attended 84 different schools in 49 different states by the time he completed high school. Traveling with his mother and father, traveling itinerant evangelists, he was rarely in one​​ school any longer than a month (while his parents were conducting revivals in local churches). The traveling actually enhanced his education, as he "experienced" the various places.

His father, Reverend W. V. Grant, Sr. was renown in his own right, having​​ been with The Voice of Healing (now "Christ for the Nations"), with Reverend Gordon Lindsay, in 1952. Many noted Healing/Deliverance evangelists rose up from The Voice of Healing, including A.A. Allen, Jack Coe, Morris Cerullo, David Nunn, Alton Hayes, A.C. Valdez, and Velmer Gardner. Reverend Grant, Sr., a small man in stature, 5' 6", 150 pounds, was one of the most revered evangelists of The Voice of Healing and The Assemblies of God, for many years, founding several churches, and conducting state-wide healing crusades across the nation. He was featured in monthly publications, such as The Pentecostal Evangel, before starting his own magazine, "The Voice of Deliverance", which grew to a circulation of 2.6 million monthly, just before his untimely death, in​​ 1983, at the age of 69.

Reverend W. V. Grant, Sr. was probably best known as the most prolific Gospel writer ever. He wrote more books than any man who ever lived – 607 titles, with over 250 million books in print, in 37 different languages. He passed away, after 50 years in the ministry, and 20 years of pastoring the 1500-seat Soul's Harbor Church in Dallas, Texas.” ​​ End of excerpt from Grant’s web site.



The Trinity Foundation, opposing ministers like W.V. Grant

Ole Anthony, who​​ heads the Trinity Foundation, a Christian organization that tries to expose evangelists it believes are untruthful, calls W.V. Grant "a carnival pitchman using the name of God." Trinity has collected boxes of the faith healer's literature, including these​​ items sent by Grant to people on his national mailing list. Some of the mailings include items such as handkerchiefs and keys.


What to know before you give money

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, which the Rev. Billy Graham helped start in 1979 to help make evangelists more accountable to the public, offers the following tips to donors in its "Donors Bill of Rights:"

+ Know how an organization's money is being spent.

+ Know what the programs you support are accomplishing.

+ Know whether​​ the organization is complying with federal, state and municipal laws.

+ Designate your gifts for a particular project or restrict them to one.

+ Have access to information about the charity's finances and programs.

+ Visit offices and program sites to​​ talk personally with the staff.

+ Don't be pressured heavily into giving to any organization.

+ Know that the organization is well managed.

+ Know that there is a responsible governing board and who the board members are.

+ Know that all appeals for money​​ are truthful and accurate.


Conclusive comments on W.V. Grant’s ministry


Visiting his web site is like visiting a spiritual horror cabinet – for it spells out all of Grant’s heresies,​​ promising miracles, and what not. ​​ IMAGE: ​​ W.V. Grant Jr.

He is​​ clearly a full-blown trickster and con-man. He lies about his past, he has no respect for God’s Word, the Bible, which he twists and turns into his ‘tool’ so he can grab gullible believer’s money.

We actually see the same sort of ‘syndrome’ like we find with ‘Father & Son’ Osteen. John Osteen’s son took over his father’s ‘Gospel Kingdom’ in Houston, Texas, when his father died. He – like W.V. Grant Jr. – serves much of the same type of ‘gospel lies’ and miracle promises. Total heretic and a charlatan (see article on Osteen here in my site).

W.V. Grant lied about going to college for theology.

​​ James Randi writes, “Even Grant’s college degree is phony. He claims that he obtained it from ‘Midstates Bible College’ in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1972. He displays the diploma on his office wall. But Midstates wasn’t then and isn’t now registered with the Iowa Department of Public Instruction, as all parochial and public schools are required to be. It wasn’t recorded with the secretary of state’s office in Iowa as a corporation; nor was it listed in the county recorder’s office. It didn’t even show up in the telephone directory!”[7]​​ Grant claimed that he used his excessive money to give money to Haiti, but this never happened.[8]​​ The investigators at​​ Primetime​​ exposed faith healer W. V. Grant (see video here), discovering that his “ministry of miracles” were nothing more than old magician’s tricks.

Big mansions and swimming pools

They all are notorious​​ luxury-addicts, craving for huge properties and mansions, and bought with stolen money (taken most often from funds donated by church members and campaign supporters to the cause of spreading the Gospel). They all seem void of normal conscience and ethics, and they​​ ‘fit the Bill’ written in Eph. 5:5,​​ For be sure of this: no immoral, impure, or greedy person—for that one is [in effect] an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God [for such a person places a higher value on something other than God].

America has been ridden by tricksters and gospel frauds for decades, and I guess it’s not going to stop before Christ is taking His believers home (Eph. 4:30; Col. 3:1-4).

Peter Popoff had his radio transmitter ​​ - ​​ but

Guess what W.V. Grant may use!



You guessed right! A modern SmartPhone or iPhone can now be used, to make a Faith Healer seem genuinely sent by God.

All it takes is that one has to install all info given through Prayer-Cards into the phone. Then the preacher can have​​ his phone active on his pulpit shelf.​​ (Hidden from sight​​ to those people​​ down in the auditorium).​​ 

Notice: It demands though, that he has a ‘security’ person with him on stage, to keep others away from seeing that phone underneath the pulpit desk.

Strangely enough, I found an image of W.V. Grant at the pulpit in his Eagles Nest Cathedral, Dallas. And what do I observe? ​​ Right behind him, his back to the stage wall, a​​ tall African-American man stands watching. This is not a co-incident, folks.​​ See image here below. Who is that fella behind Grant…?

If investigators wants to have proof of this, they have to meet up with a force of 4-5 men, first grabbing hold of that ‘security’ person right behind the preacher, and at the same time blocking any possible way out of​​ there – to stop him from escaping with the SmartPhone.​​ So, folks, whenever you are so unfortunate to have gotten yourself inside a ‘Miracle Campaign’ like that of W.V. Grant and the like – you will from now on know how these tricksters lie to you, of​​ ‘God working His miraculous Word-of-Knowledge​​ to let the preacher know your name, your doctors name, what kind of illness you are suffering from, and other details. You see, like any other thieves and swindlers, he cares only to​​ grab your money,​​ so he can keep up his maniacal luxury-addiction.

I bet my most expensive tuxedo shirt that this​​ veteran trickster​​ probably will be able to smell such a force​​ on its way…even before they enter the premises!


But you​​ believers out there, you have a choice to get away from these frauds, and​​ quit supporting such liars and swindlers, some of which are previous jailbirds, even so presently also…its in-and-out-of-jail for several of these elements on a regular basis.

Take care and stay away from things which are not of God and Christ!









Whether​​ I am addressing​​ readers over in America, or readers here in Scandinavia – and Norway where I live – a majority of Christians believe that one day we shall be ‘raptured’ up into heaven, meeting Jesus Christ in the clouds – and He takes us into heaven. This originates from Paul’s teaching in 1 Thes. 4:13-18 ​​​​ (AMP),​​ 

Now we do not want you to be uninformed, believers, about those who are asleep [in death], so that you will not grieve [for them] as the others do who have no hope [beyond this present life].​​ 

14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again [as in fact He did], even so God [in this same way—by raising them from the dead] will bring with Him those [believers] who have fallen asleep in Jesus.​​ 

15For we say this to you by the Lord’s [own] word, that we who are still alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will in no way precede [into His presence] those [believers] who have fallen asleep [in death].​​ 16For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel and with the [blast of the] trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.​​ 

17Then we who are alive and remain [on the earth] will​​ simultaneously​​ be caught up (raptured) together with them [the resurrected ones] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord!​​ 

18Therefore comfort​​ and​​ encourage one another with these words [concerning our reunion with believers who have died].



The main reason,​​ for the error of teaching the rapture-doctrine of 1 Thes. 4:13-14 to the Church dispensation, is the fact that Paul wrote this to the PREVIOUS dispensation, years before God established what we now call Church, also called ‘One New Man’ in Eph. 2:14, 15.

The previous​​ oikonomia,​​ Greek for administration, dispensation,​​ was the time reported by Luke in his book​​ Acts of the Apostles.​​ A time when God had the apostles offer the (earthly) Kingdom of God to the nation. The background for this offer was that God demanded the​​ entire population to repent and accept Jesus as their Messiah, so He could​​ send Jesus down from heaven​​ to establish the prophesied millennial kingdom in their own time. It​​ never​​ was meant to happen in our time! ​​ Almost 2000 years later. No, this was meant to take place in the time of the apostles.​​ It is impossible to escape this Bible truth.

Peter spoke straight to the issue in Acts 3:19-21 ​​ (AMP),​​ 

So repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins] and return [to God—seek His purpose for your life], so that your sins may be wiped away [blotted out, completely erased], so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord [restoring you like a cool wind on a hot day];​​ 20and that He may​​ send [to you] Jesus, the Christ, who has been appointed for you,​​ 21whom heaven must keep until the time for the [complete] restoration of all things about which God promised through the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.

Thus we already, by reading these passages, learn that the doctrine of the ‘rapture’ was never meant for the dispensation of the Church, the ‘One New Man’ – but​​ only​​ for the Messianic believing Israel, the assemblies under the apostles. They were ministering under the Law of Moses as well as the New Covenant (Heb. 8-9). But as we come to Eph. 2:14, 15, we find that Christ had abolished the Law, by having it crucified with Him. This was kept back from the believers during Acts, but revealed to Paul after Acts had been closed, as we see in Eph. 2:14, 15. ​​ Christ died on the cross in 28 CE, but his abolishing of the Law​​ was​​ not revealed​​ to anyone at that time. Paul had it told him by Christ shortly before he wrote the epistle to the Ephesians in 63 CE.

The dispensation of the Church could not have started before Paul had the revelation of the ‘Mystery’ as seen in Eph. 3:1-9, Col. 1:25, 26. We clearly find that in Acts Jew and Gentiles was separated by the ‘Wall of Partition’ – which was the Law of Moses. The Law was intact​​ in​​ all the time of Acts (Rom. 3:31).

To sum it up: ​​ Paul’s doctrine of the rapture for believers in Acts period, was a ‘Fresh ware’ – it had a ‘Sell-by-date’ connected to the existence of Israel as a nation for God. In the very same instance as Israel fell away from God (as seen in Acts 28:25-28) – that ‘Sell-by-date’ had expired, and the whole doctrine going down together with the fallen nation.

This is why we​​ cannot find the rapture doctrine​​ in the two church epistles written after that fall, Ephesians and Colossians.




You know, the Acts believers under the leadership of the apostles of Christ, they had NOT the same hope of salvation as was given us, the Church, the ‘One New Man’ – for they had the prophesied/promised Kingdom of God in Israel as their hope. John the Baptist and Jesus in the four gospels used the expression​​ The kingdom of heaven,​​ as well as​​ The kingdom of Godwhich never was pointing to the heaven up above, but the earth down here: Israel’s Davidic kingdom should be restored to them. ​​ Acts 1:6, 7 tells us straight forward,

So when they had come together, they asked Him​​ repeatedly,​​ “Lord, are You at this time​​ reestablishing the kingdom​​ and​​ restoring it to Israel?”​​ ​​ 7:​​ He said to them, “It is not for you to know the times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority.”

The question of the disciples came because of the promise of the Holy Spirit, verse 5.

Jesus​​ did not deny​​ that a restoration of Israel would come, He just told them that they could not know the exact time for this event. ​​ Jesus knew that Israel would reject Him fully as a nation, and that judgment from God would consequently fall on them – just like we learn from history. The nation was destroyed in 70 CE by the Romans; but Jesus​​ foretold​​ of this destruction, He even cried over Jerusalem, knowing this destruction would come.

The​​ kingdom of God​​ for Israel,​​ was told Virgin Mary by Gabriel, Luke 1:26-33,​​ 

“Now in the sixth month [of Elizabeth’s pregnancy] the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth,​​ 27to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, a descendant of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.​​ 28And coming to her, the angel said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”​​ 29But she was greatly perplexed at what he said, and kept carefully considering what kind of greeting this was.​​ 30The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.​​ 31Listen carefully: you will conceive in your womb and give birth to a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.​​ 32He will be great​​ and​​ eminent and will be called the Son of the Most High;​​ and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;​​ 33and He will reign over the house of Jacob (Israel) forever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end.”

This was the calling for the Acts believers. The kingdom of God, with Jesus on His ‘father David’s throne, to reign over the house of Jacob (Israel) forever…

Can you find the Church dispensation in there? ​​ I certainly cannot. I can only find Israel there. Acts period was an epoch when God spoke to Israel only, plus a few proselytes. Peter as well as Paul preached to Israel in the time of Acts. Peter inside the land, while Paul was sent to the diaspora outside the land.

The Second Advent of Christ implies that He arrives Israel in the end time, and establish His throne on Zion. When Paul told of His coming he used a Greek word for this,​​ Parousia,​​ which means coming down to earth, being present on earth. It does not allow us to say that He will come down right above earth (in the clouds) – and​​ returning back to heaven from there. ​​ No, the​​ word​​ Parousia​​ is only describing a coming down to stay here.​​ Mernam-Webster dictionary says:

Greek, literally, presence, from​​ paront-, parōn, present participle of​​ pareinai​​ to be present, from​​ para-​​ +​​ einai​​ to be

Paul’s scenario in 1 Thes. 4 was: Jesus would come down, and on His reaching the altitude of the clouds He raptures the believers up to Himself,​​ landing them down with Him in Israel, eventually Jerusalem.​​ This is the correct understanding of that passage. It is a local happening, not a world-wide one. Paul taught of the present population of Israel, plus those from outside the land who had come to faith, and Christ would gather them by this rapture and bring all to Israel/Jerusalem by His power. Paul NEVER had in mind a world-wide operation involving millions and millions of people.​​ 2 Thes. 2:1 confirms this as well,

“But relative to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and our​​ gathering together to Him…” ​​ ​​​​ This coming (Parousia) is the very same as told in 1 Thes. 4. Jesus shall gather the believers, who shall all enter into the Kingdom of God on earth, with its capital Jerusalem.​​ They are not going up to heaven.

It has no relevance after the destruction of Israel in 70 CE.

Imagine what a total chaos it would turn into, if God raised all dead Christians from their graves, and took them up in the clouds with Christ together with​​ all the Christians who were alive on earth, landing this multitude in Israel? ​​ How can one find place/room for way over 1 billion believers to land in Israel?​​ The nation is only at the size of around 29 000 square kilometers.

Because it is entirely correct,​​ from Paul’s Greek texts, that Jesus will come from heaven to​​ stay here, and not turn around going right back to heaven.​​ Parousia​​ can only mean this narrative, - that of Jesus coming for to stay here.



This is fully in line with the fact that the Church dispensation did not exist before Paul wrote these two epistles in 63 CE as he sat jailed in Rome, the​​ Carcere Mamertino​​ jail house, under Nero’s rule.

Paul established this dispensation (oikonomia, Strongs 3622) as God revealed to him that Christ had ‘littered’ the Law. Thus creating the Church: The One New Man by​​ having Jew and Gentile made equal in the faith. No longer ‘Jews first, then Gentile’.




I can say to you that we will get to heaven. And it is told us in Col. 3:1-4. But be aware that this is not a situation which can be compared directly with the rapture found in 1 Thes. 4, ​​ (AMP)

“ 1:​​ Therefore if you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, sharing in His resurrection from the dead], keep seeking the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.​​ 2Set your mind​​ and​​ keep focused​​ habitually​​ on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value].​​ 3For you died [to this world], and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God.​​ 4When Christ, who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory”

We are promised to be appearing with Christ in glory. Such glory is not found here on earth. But up in the heavens above the heavens (Greek,​​ epiouranos).

The context here is already inside this passage: We are to keep our minds on heaven up above, and not on things here on earth! Can it be told clearer than this?

In other words, we shall be super-naturally​​ transferred​​ straight into heaven meeting Christ in His glory. Yes, it may give associations with the rapture – because we will then​​ disappear​​ from earth, so we can​​ appear​​ in heaven with Christ. What then of those who have died as Christians? ​​ These dead ones shall be raised up in heaven. Not as if God must ‘open graves on earth’ to take them up​​ from there. No, it will be a heavenly resurrection, and I presume it will happen in the same instance as God takes us into heaven. Think not vertical or horizontal. Think ‘Another dimension’ – we are taken into a heaven which is not a planet…it is a place​​ outside of the universe, above the universe.

It shall happen on the​​ very​​ same​​ calendar​​ day, like Paul told in Eph. 4:30:

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [but seek to please Him], by whom you were sealed​​ and​​ marked [branded as God’s own] for the​​ day of redemption​​ [the final deliverance from the consequences of sin].

See also my article here in my site,​​ Paul’s Teaching of A Coming Rapture Had A Sell-by-Date”.​​ ​​ There I have a more complete lecture in this disputed topic.

It is not logically if we think that Paul meant ‘Rapture’ by these words in Eph. 4:30. No resurrection on earth is mentioned. No ‘rapture up in clouds’ is mentioned. No sounding of a trumpet or a loud voice is mentioned. It has no elements in it matching 1 Thes. 4 and the rapture doctrine, as well as 1 Cor. 15.

Only the ‘One New Man’ – the Body of Christ to which He is the Head, has a salvation hope up in heaven. ​​ But the Acts body (Jews and proselytes) under the apostles had just the earthly Kingdom of God as their hope. It’s the​​ truth.