(From: ACTS #20 - 11:27-12:25)
XIV. 11:27-12:25 SUPERNATURAL GUIDANCE AND INCREASE OF THE CHURCH
A. 11:27-30 SPIRIT LEADS IN FAMINE RELIEF
a. 11:27 Now in these :days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.
En TAUtais de tais heMErais kaTHELthon aPO 'Ie-ro-soLUmon proPHEtai eis An-tiOchei-an.
b. 11:28 AGABUS ACCURATELY PREDICTS FAMINE
a-naSTAS de heis ex auTON aNOma-ti Aga-bos eSEmai-nen diA tou PNEUma-tos liMON meGAlen
And one of them Agabus by name stood up andsignified by the Spirit that a great famine
MELlein Eses-thai eph' HOlen ten oi-kouMEnen : HEtis eGEne-to ePI KlauDIou
would be over all the inhabited earth: which came to pass in the daysof Claudius.
c. 11:29-30 CHURCH ACTS ON WORD OF THE SPIRIT
ton de ma-theTON, kaTHOS eu-poREI-TO tis HOri-san , HEka-stos auTON,
And the disciples, every one of them according to his ability,
eis di-a-koNIan  PEMpsai ka-toiKOUsin en teIouDAIa a-delPHOIS:
determined to send relief unto the brethren that dwelt in :Judea:
ho kai ePOIe-san, a-poSTEIlan-tes pros tous pres-buTErous  diA cheiROS BarNAba kai SAUlou.
30which also they did, sending itunto the elders by thehand of Barnabas and Saul.
a. 12:1 HEROD PERSECUTES THE CHURCH
Kat' eKEInon de ton kaiRON ePEba-len 'HeROdes ho ba-siLEUS
Now about that :season Herod the king
tas CHEIras kaKO-SAI ti-nas ton aPO tes ek-kleSIas.
put forth his :hands to harm certain :of the church.
b. 12:2 And he killed James the brother of John with thesword.
aNEIlen  de IA-ko-bon ton a-delPHON IoAnou maCHAIre.
c. 12:3a And seeing that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also.
iDON de HOti a-reSTON es-tin tois IouDAIois, proSEthe-to sul-laBEIN kai PEtron.
d. 12:3b And thosewere thedays of the unleavened loaves.
Esan de heMErai ton aZUmon .
e. 12:4 HEROD IMPRISONS PETER
hon kai piAsas , Ethe-to eis phu-laKEN ,
And when he had taken him, he put himin prison,
pa-raDOUS TESsar-sin te-traDIois stra-ti-oTON phuLASsein auTON;
anddelivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to guard him;
bouLOme-nos  meTA to PAScha  a-na-gaGEIN auTON to laO.
intending after the Passover to bring him forth to the people.
f. 12:5 THE CHURCH PRAYS FOR PETER
ho men oun PEtros e-teREIto en te phu-laKE:
:Peter therefore was kept in the prison:
pro-seuCHEde en ek-teNOS gi-noMEne huPO tes ek-kleSIas pros ton TheON peRI auTOU.
but prayer was made earnestly of the church unto :God for him.
g. 12:6 THE STATE OF PETER IN PRISON
HOte de Emel-len pro-sa-gaGEIN auTON ho HeROdes,
And when :Herod was about to bring him forth,
tenukTI eKEIne en ho PEtros koiMOme-nos me-taXU DUo stra-ti-oTON,
on that :night :Peter was sleeping between two soldiers,
de-deMEnos  haLUse-sin  duSIN: PHUlaKES  te pro tes THUras eTEroun ten phu-laKEN.
bound with two chains: and guards before the door kept the prison.
h. 12:7a THE LORD'S ANGEL ROUSES PETER
kai, iDOU, AGge-los KuRIou ePEste, kai phos Elam-psen en to oiKEma-ti :
And, lo, the Lord's angel stood by him, and a light shined in the cell:
paTAxas  de ten pleuRAN tou PEtrou, Egei-ren auTON, LEgon, A-NAsta en TAchei .
and he struck :Peter on the side, and awoke him, saying, Rise up quickly.
i. 12:7b And his :chains fell off from his:hands.
kai eXEpe-san auTOU hai haLUseis ek ton cheiRON.
j. 12:8a And the angel said unto him, Gird yourself, and bind on your :sandals.
EIpen de ho AGge-los pros auTON, ZOsai , kai huPOdesai  ta sanDAliA  sou.
k. 12:8b And he did so. ePOIesen de HOUtos.
l. 12:8c And he says to him, Throw your :garment about you, and follow me.
kai LEgei auTO, Pe-ri-baLOU  to hiMAtiON  sou, kai a-koLOUthei  moi.
m. 12:9 PETER OBEYS AS IN A VISION
kai e-xelTHON, e-koLOUthei; kai ouk Edei
And he went out, andfollowed; and he knew not
HOti a-leTHES es-tin to giNOme-non diA tou agGElou, eDOkei de HOra-ma  BLEpein.
that what was done through the angel was true, but thought he saw a vision.
n. 12:10 THE ANGEL LEADS PETER OUT OF PRISON AND DEPARTS
di-elTHONtes de PROten phu-laKEN  kai deuTEran,
And when they were past thefirst and second guard,
ELthan ePI ten PUlen ten si-deRAN ten PHErou-san eis ten POlin;
they came unto the iron :gate that leads into the city;
HEtis au-toMAte eNOIge  auTOIS: kai e-xelTHONtes, proELthon 'RUmen  MIan;
which opened to them of its own accord: and they went out, andwent on through one street;
kai euTHEos aPEste ho AGge-los ap' auTOU.
and straightway the angel departed from him.
o. 12:11 PETER REALIZES THE LORD'S DELIVERANCE
kai ho PEtros en he-auTE geNOme-nos, EIpen,
And when :Peter was come to himself, he said,
Nun OIda a-leTHOS, HOti e-xaPEstei-len ho KUri-ou ton AGge-lon auTOU
Now I know truly, that the Lord has sent forth his :angel
kai eXEIlaTO  me ek cheiROS HeROdou kai PAses tes pros-doKIas  tou laOU ton IouDAIon.
and delivered me out of Herod's hand and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.
p. 12:12 PETER GOES TO JOHN MARK'S HOME
su-niDON  te, ELthen ePI ten oiKIan
And when he had considered, he came to the house
tes MaRIas tes meTROS IoAnou tou e-pi-ka-louMEnou  MARkou;
of :Mary the mother of John :surnamed Mark;
hou Esan hi-kaNOI su-nethroisMEnoi  kai pro-seuCHOme-noi .
where many were gathered together and praying.
q. 12:13 And when he knocked at the door of the gate, a maid came to answer, Rhoda by name.
KROUsan-tos de auTOU ten THUran tou puLOnos, proSELthe paiDIske hu-paKOUsai, oNOma-ti 'ROde.
r. 12:14 RHODA ANNOUNCES PETER'S PRESENCE
kai e-pigNOUsa ten phoNEN tou PEtrou, aPO tes chaRAS ouk Enoi-xen ton puLOna, eis-draMOUsa de,
And when she recognized the voice of Peter, she opened not the gate for :joy, but ran in,
aPEGgei-len  heSTAnai ton PEtron pro tou puLOnos.
andreported that :Peter stood before the gate.
s. 12:15a And they said unto her, You are mad.
hoi de pros auTEN EIpan, MAIne.
t. 12:15b But she was confidently affirming it to be so.
hede di-i-schuRIze-to HOUtos Echein.
u. 12:15c And they said, It is his :angel. hoi d' Ele-gon, Ho AGge-los es-tin auTOU.
v. 12:16 But :Peter continued knocking: and when they opened, they saw him, and were amazed.
ho de PEtros ePEme-nen  KROUon: aNOIxan-tes de, EIdan auTON, kai eXEste-san .
w. 12:17a PETER RECOUNTS THE LORD'S DELIVERANCE
ka-taSEIsas  de auTOIS te cheiRI siGAN ,
But he, beckoning with the hand to be silent,
di-eGEsa-to  auTOIS pos ho KUri-os auTON eXEga-gen ek tes phu-laKES.
rehearsed to them how the Lord had brought him forth out of the prison.
x. 12:17b And he said, Report these thingsto James, and to the brethren.
EIpen te, A-pagGEIla-te IaKObo, kai tois a-delPHOIS tauTA.
y. 12:17c And he departed, andwent to another place.
kai e-xelTHON, e-poREUtheeis HEte-ron TOpon.
z. 12:18 Now when day came, no small stir was among the soldiers, What HAS become of:Peter!
Ge-noMEnes de heMEras, en TAra-chos ouk oLIgos en tois stra-tiOtais, ti Ara ho PEtros eGEne-to!
aa. 12:19a HEROD COMMANDS THE DEATH OF PETER'S GUARDS
HeROdes de e-pi-zeTEsas  auTON kai me heuRON,
And when Herod had sought for him and found himnot,
a-naKRInas  tous PHUla-kas, eKEleu-sen a-pachTHEnai .
he examined the guards, andcommanded that they be led away to death.
bb. 12:19b And he went down from :Judea to Caesarea, andtarried there.
kai ka-telTHON aPO tes IouDAIas eis ten KaiSAri-an, diEtri-ben.
2. 12:20-23 JUDGMENT ON A PROUD PERSECUTOR
a. 12:20 TYRE AND SIDON SEEK PEACE FROM HEROD
En de thu-mo-maCHON TuRIois kai Si-doNIois:
Now he was highly displeased with them of Tyre and Sidon:
ho-mo-thu-maDON  de paREsan pros auTON, kai,
and they came with one accord unto him, and,
PEIsan-tes  BLAston ton ePI tou koiTOnos  tou ba-siLEos, eTOUNto eiREnen,
having persuaded Blastus the chamberlain of the king, they asked forpeace,
diA to TREphes-thai  auTON ten CHOran  aPO tes ba-si-liKES .
because their :country was fed from the royal country.
b. 12:21 HEROD ADDRESSES THOSE OF TYRE AND SIDON
takTE de heMEra ho HeROdes en-duSAme-nos esTHEta  ba-si-liKEN ,
And upon a set day :Herod arrayed himself in royal apparel,
kaTHIsas ePI tou BEma-tos , e-de-meGOrei  pros auTOUS.
andsat on the throne, andmade an oration unto them.
c. 12:22 And the people shouted, God's voice, and not man's.
ho de DEmos e-pePHOnei, THEou phoNE, kai ouk anTHROpou.
d. 12:23 THE LORD'S ANGEL PUNISHES HEROD
pa-raCHREma  de ePAta-xen  auTON AGge-los KuRIou,
And immediately theLord's angel struck him,
anth' hon ouk Edo-ken ten DOxan to TheO: kai geNOme-nos skoleKObro-tos , eXEpsu-xen .
because he gave not :God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, andhe expired.
3. 12:24 But the word of the Lord grew and multiplied.
Ho de LOgos tou KuRIou EUxa-nen  kai e-pleTHUne-to .
C. 12:25 MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: SERVANTS RETURN
BarNAbas de kai SAUlos huPEstre-psan
And Barnabas and Saul returned
eis Ie-rou-saLEM pleROsan-tes  ten di-a-koNIan ,
when they had fulfilled theirministration Jerusalemward,
sun-pa-ra-laBONtes  IoAnen ton e-pi-kleTHENta MARkon.
having taken along John :surnamed Mark.
NOTE: (2010-03-11) - There are now less than 100 of the 260 NT chapters to complete this Interlinear Greek NT format for Laymen, to be printed. These notes which accompany each mailing will be eliminated at the time of printing, but will appear on our Website. The “Notes” are not inspired, and should not accompany the printing of the actual NT Interlinear text. Here is another of the reasons I believe the Lord is notleading for them to be printed along with the text. Let me illustrate this from my readng last night in “Oswald chambers: Abandoned to God” by David McCasland, Discovery House Publishers, 1993, pp. 87-88:
“Chambers' crisis of full surrender to God in 1901 profoundly altered his life. Some time after the experience, he spoke of it in a letter to a friend: - 'You ask a question about the baptism of the Holy Spirit - did I get there all at once or easily? No, I did not. Pride and the possession of the high esteem of my many Christian friends kept me out for long enough. But immediately I was willing to sacrifice all and put myself on the Altar, which is Jesus Himself, all was begun and done.
“Holiness is not an attainment at all, it is the gift of God, and the pietistic tendency is the introspection which makes me worship my own earnestness and not take the Lord seriously at all. It is a pious fraud that suits the natural man immensely. Hemakes holy, Hesanctifies, Hedoes it all. All I have to do is come as a spiritual pauper, not ashamed to beg, to let go of my right to myself and act on Romans 12:1-2. It is never 'Do, do, and you'll be' with the Lord, but 'Be, be, and I will do through you.' It is a case of 'hands up' and letting go, and then entire reliance on Him.'
“During the next five and a half years at Dunoon, Chambers developed into a powerful and much sought after preacher. To his gift of unique and forceful expression he added tactand compassion, qualities evidently lacking in his earlier years. Duncan MacGregor's son Easdale, a close friend and keen observer of Chambers, notes that Oswald's earlier sermons 'seemed to create a fear of God, in the sense of terror, in his hearers rather then of confidence and love.' One request to the principal for a preacher from the college concluded with a prohibition against Oswald: 'Dinna send us young lang-haired swearin' parson!'”
Yesterday I was reading from “One Church Many Tribes” by Richard Twiss, published by Regal Books, 2000, excerpts from pp. 191-197 - “In November 1996, in a remote part of the world, the sleepy and picturesque town of Rotorua, New Zealand, witnessed a turning point in modern Church history. The inaugural World Christian Gathering of Indigenous People (WCGIP) signaled the emergence of indigenous people as a critical factor in God's purposes for nations. I heard and saw there the advent of a new song of reconciliation for the Church coming from indigenous people. Centuries of pain resulting from rejection by their colonial brethren had given birth to a word of forgivenessand healingfor the Body of Christ.
“As I listened to the pain and observed the tears of grief and loss of indigenous people from generations of pain and rejection, one thing was evident: There was a glaring absence of bitterness and resentment. Any hearts that still questioned and harbored ill feelings were softened by deep-seated words of forgiveness, reconciliation and healing at the heart of what was said.
“Approximately 30 Native North Americans from the United States and Canada entered the sports center and slowly walked in a clockwise procession as a traditional-style grand entry, some wearing traditional regalia. We were accompanied by a David Ruis worship song entitled “Let the River Flow,” sung in part in the Saulteax language. In single file we marched and danced around the interior of the arena until we reached the center aisle in the back. I then called my blond-haired, blue-eyed wife to my side and, hand in hand, we led the delegation to the front as we danced a traditional friendship dance. Many told us later that just the sight of us dancing in a traditional way, as a cross-cultural couple, was living proof that reconciliation is possible in Jesus Christ. As we all stood facing the audience, we could see many were crying and rejoicing before the Lord.
“A report reached us the next day that five Maori people, including one who had been in prison, prayed to receive Jesus Christ because they were so deeply touched by our entrance, our music and our dance. One Maori brother said he began weeping when we entered and could not stop for the next hour because of the presence of God and the beauty of the Lord he saw in us. Later, an Aboriginal man from Australia shared his joy with us: When he saw us dancing, he had joined us and danced in the traditional style of his own tribe. He said it was the first time he had felt the liberty to do so as a Christian. He was released, blessed and affirmed by the Lord as he danced.
“A White brother spoke of being acutely aware of the fact that the treasure of indigenous people generally continues to be excluded from the Church and that, as a result, the church rarely has the benefit of “drinking from their wells.” The gathering made me realize more than ever before that this is a story the Church around the earth needs to hear and see.”
The lack of bitterness at this conference of 2000 people from 32 countries and 100 nations - for past mistreatment - has produced a spirit of Jesus that is opening doors of Evangelism in a special way for our First Nations People. I am committed as an Anglo White person to stand with them until like the 12 tribes of Israel, they like Benjamin who was nearly lost as a tribe to Israel (last chapters of the Book of Judges), may take their world place as one of the 12 cultural groups of our earth.
I want a deeper drinking from the wells of Oswald Chambers since 1901, and the World's Aboriginal peoples as manifested in 1996 in New Zealand. Then I trust that my “NOTES” following these Interlinear mailings, may take on more of the spirit above. J.A.W.
Addendum: The prophets of the OT, and John the Baptist and Jesus in the NT, prayed for those in office and authority; but at the same time spoke out openly and forcefully against abuses by those holding such office. A modern prophet and John the Baptist is Dr. David Barton, more of a historian than a Biblical speaker, but very famous for his knowledge of historical facts as well as Biblical truths.
DR. DAVID BARTON - ON OBAMA
Respect the Office? Yes. Respect the man in the Office? No, I am sorry to say.
I have noted that many elected officials, both Democrats and Republicans, called upon America to unite behind Obama. Well, I want to make it clear to all who will listen that I AM NOT uniting behind Obama!
I will respect the Office which he holds, and I will acknowledge his abilities as an orator and wordsmith and pray for him. BUT that is it. I have begun today to see what I can do to make sure that he is a one-term President!
Why am I doing this? it is because:
- I do not share Obama's vision or value system for America;
- I do not share his Abortion beliefs;
- I do not share his radical Marxist's concept of re-distributing wealth;
- I do not share his stated views on raising taxes on those who make $150,000+ (the ceiling has been changed three times since August);
- I do not share his view that America is Arrogant;
- I do not share his view that America is not a Christian Nation;
- I do not share his view that the military should be reduced by 25%;
- I do not share his view of amnesty and giving more to illegals than our American Citizens who need help;
- I do not share his views on homosexuality and his definition of marriage;
- I do not share his views that Radical Islam is our friend and Israel is our enemy who should give up any land;
- I do not share his spiritual beliefs (at least the ones he has made public);
- I do not share his Beliefs on how to re-work the healthcare system in America;
- I do not share his Strategic views of the Middle East; and
- I certainly do not share his plan to sit down with terrorist regimes such as Iran.
Bottom line: my America is vastly different from Obama's, and I have a higher obligation to my Country and my GOD to do what is Right!
For eight (8) years, the Liberals in our Society, led by numerous entertainers who would have no platform and no real credibility but for their celebrity status, have attacked President Bush, his family, and his spiritual beliefs!
They have not moved toward the center in their beliefs and their philosophies, and they never came together nor compromised their personal beliefs for the betterment of our Country!
They have portrayed my America as a land where everything is tolerated except being intolerant!
They have been a vocal and irreverent minority for years!
They have mocked and and attacked the very core values so important to the founding and growth of our Country!
They have made every effort to remove the name of GOD or Jesus Christ from our Society!
They have challenged capital punishment, the right to Bear firearms, and the most basic principles of our criminal code!
They have attacked one of the most fundamental of all Freedoms, the right of free speech!
Unite behind Obama? Never!!!
I am sure many of you who read this think that I am going overboard; but I refuse to retreat one more inch in favor of those whom I believe are the embodiment of Evil! PRESIDENT BUSH made many mistakes during his Presidency, and I am not sure how history will judge him. However, I believe that he weighed his decisions in light of the long established Judeo-Christian principles of our Founding Fathers!!!
Majority rules in America, and I will honor the concept; however, I will fight with all of my power to be a voice in opposition to Obama and his “goals for America.”
I am going to be a thorn in the side of those who, if left unchecked, will destroy our Country! Any more compromise is more defeat!
I pray that the results of this election will wake up many who have sat on the sidelines and allowed the Socialist-Marxist anti-GOD crowd to slowly change so much of what has been good in America!
“Error of Opinion may be tolerated where Reason is left free to combat it.” - Thomas Jefferson
GOD bless you and GOD bless our Country!!!
Thanks for your time; be safe. “In GOD We Trust”