Acts part two - is the fifth of 8 sections or modules of the New Testament.
This second part of a two part section covers mainly the Life of Paul and places some of the books he wrote in the order Paul, wrote them.

Next 43 Years of the Book of Acts, Acts 18:23

It is now March-April AD53, and we cover the next 43 YEARS of The Early Church starting with a trip of four years. After a seven months' rest, Paul started out again on the third missionary trip, which was to take him and his companions four years to complete. In next two to seven pictures we will cover the four year long missionary trip of Paul. Paul again visited a umber of places he had been before an some new ones also wrote a number of letters which we have in the Bible. The book of ACTS was written by Luke as History and covers 33 years. Luke wrote Acts about AD68.   Read more »

Next 4 years of the Book of Acts, Acts 18:23-21:18

Paul's third missionary trip lasted four years, which covers Acts 18:23 to Acts 21:18. During this time Paul wrote a number of letters to churches he had visited, including Galatians, Thessalonians, Corinthians and Romans. Paul during this time falls out with Mark and takes on Timothy to mentor him. Meets a lot of oppression. Paul in all his travels relied on the Holly Spirit and God in what he was do do next. Four years was a long time for one of Paul's missionary trips.   Read more »

Books Burn, Paul is in Ephesus, Acts 19:18-20

Those who practiced sorcery burnt their books because they wanted to get their lives right with God. They had no need for things from their old life, because to hold on to them would trip them up in their new life. All this happened as Paul traveled about under the power of the Holly Spirit Healing people. And the time some Jewish men who were driving out demons called on the name of Jesus who Paul preaches about and they got a rude shock. Interestingly it often a spiritual event that galvanizes people into action like the event below that galvanized the believers of Ephesus   Read more »

Look in a Mirror, Paul writes to the Corinthians, 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13

Paul talks about seeing God as a reflection but we eventually will see Him face to face. Mirrors were made out of polished brass. Paul here like else were in his letters says we only know now part of the picture but when we are taken home we will know the whole picture and see it as God sees it. 1st Corinthians was written by Paul in Ephesus May AD56 as his fourth letter.
Background Reading: And now I will show you the best way of all. 13:1 If I speak in the languages of humans and angels but have no love,   Read more »

Satan as an Angel of Light, Paul writes to the Corinthians, 2nd Corinthians 2:5-11

Paul talks about seeing God as a reflection but we eventually will see Him face to face. Mirrors were made out of polished brass. Paul here like else were in his letters says we only know now part of the picture but when we are taken home we will know the whole picture and see it as God sees it. 2nd Corinthians was written by Paul in Macedonia September-October AD56 as his fifth letter. Between Acts chapters 19 and 21.
Background Reading: 2:5 But if anyone has caused grief, he didn’t cause me any grief.   Read more »

Paul writes the book of Romans, Romans 1:1-17

Romans was written by Paul from Corinth December - February AD56-AD57 as his sixth letter and the seventh New Testament book written. Paul was thoroughly trained in Hebrew and Greek couture and thinking and was one of the great minds of human history. Paul wrote this letter near the end of his third trip. The letter is about righteous living:- that we are righteous only in Jesus the Messiah who is able to forgive sins. An interesting fact Paul writes that Israel is in God's plans and that has not changed and still applies today. Background Reading:   Read more »

Idol or the Golden Calf, Romans 1:18-25

Paul was writing to new Christians living in a non-Christian world. It was common to make graven images or idols. Paul may also have been thinking of the time when Aaron made the golden calf at Israel's request when they rebelled against God. God had forbidden His people to make molten idols. In Egypt people made molten idols to worship, so the Israelites asked Aaron to make one. Romans was written approximately AD57 and was Paul's sixth letter.   Read more »

Olive Tree, Romans 11:1-32

Olive tree - God's mercy on Israel. July AD59 - Romans 11:1-32 God's mercy on Israel and other nations. The other nations are grafted into Israel. Paul a Jewish Rabbi and believer in Jesus the Messiah was writing to Jewish believers and Gentiles who lived in Rome in Jesus a very important fact has God rejected the Jewish people who do not believe in the Messiah and Paul's answer is equivocally no. The Gentiles job is to make the non believing Jews envious and realize Jesus was the long awaited messiah this is Paul's augment that he is putting forward.   Read more »

Paul arrested and put in Chains, Acts 21:26-40

Paul placed in chains in Jerusalem. This was done by the Roman Commander Claudius Lysias - about AD57. The background to this event was that some Sadducees, one of the many groups of religious Jews, along with others, had it in for Paul who had left their ranks as a Pharisee and had gone over to this new group that they opposed. As the running battle continued, they found a way to make trouble. Paul had just come back to Jerusalem to present money at the temple.   Read more »

First of several trials for Paul, Acts 22:30-23:11

First of Several Trials - Paul in front of the Sanhedrin About June 3rd AD57 - Acts 22:30-23:11 Paul's first trial was in front of the Sanhedrin. Paul was brought up a Pharisee and had been a member of the Jewish council called the Sanhedrin. Remember that Paul's background is that of a first century Rabbinical Jew. Some members of the Sanhedrin wanted to see Paul killed because he had become a strong member to an group of Jewish believers that they the Sanhedrin disagreed should exist because this group believed in Jesus and that Jesus had risen from the dead   Read more »

Paul before the High Priest Ananias and the Sanhedrin, Acts 23:1-23

High Priest Ananias AD57 - Acts 23:2 and 24:1 The high priest was the elected leader of the Jewish religious people. He was also the president of the Jewish council called The Sanhedrin Ananias in Hebrew means: Jah is gracious. Ananias and some of the other leaders of the Sanhedrin wanted to kill Paul but God had other ideas that included him going to Rome and pleading his case in front of the Caesar who at this time was Nero who ruled from 5AD4 to AD68.   Read more »

Second Trial for Paul this time before Felix, Acts 24:1-23

Thursday 9 June AD57 - Acts 24:1-23 Marcus Antonius Felix was the Roman Governor or Procurator of Judea. Caesarea was his political capital, and its seaport was called Sebastos. The area was under Roman rule. The ruling Caesar in Rome was Nero. Paul had come to Jerusalem to bring money to the Jewish and non-Jewish believers.   Read more »

Paul’s third trial in front of Felix, Acts 24:24-27

June AD57 - Acts 24:24-27 This was the second time in public that Paul had spoken before His Excellency Governor Marcus Antonius Felix. Felix and his Jewish wife had spoken to Paul a number of times in private hoping for bribes. It was a Roman Policy not to leave untried prisoners for your successor.
Background Reading: 22:24 Some days later, Felix arrived with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish.   Read more »

Paul’s fourth trial was in front of Festus, Acts 25:1-12

Paul's 4th Trial -July AD59 - Acts 25:1-12 In front of His Excellency Governor Porcius Festus, the Roman successor to Felix, and the Jewish leaders, Paul faces his fourth trial over what he believes. At least Paul was still alive. At this trial Paul appeal to Caesar. In this way Paul was saying he wanted to go be to tired in the highest court in the Roman Empire.
Background Reading: 25:1 Three days after Festus had arrived in the province, he went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem.   Read more »

Festus consults with King Herod Agrippa 2, Acts 25:13-22

King Agrippa II about to try Paul. AD58 - Acts 25:13-26:32 King Herod Agrippa II was the trial judge to whom Paul appealed when he stated that "as a Roman citizen I want to be tried in front of Caesar." King Agrippa II was the son of Herod Agrippa I who was the son of Aristobolus, the son of Herod the Great. Agrippa II was therefore the great-grandson of Herod the Great. King Agrippa 2nd. Agrippa in Hebrew means: one causing pain. He died in AD100.   Read more »

Paul before King Agrippa for his fifth trial, Acts 25:23-26:32

King Herod Agrippa 2nd reigned from AD49 to AD92. And was a great grandson of Herod the Great. His Excellency Governor Porcius Festus asked the advice of King Herod Agrippa 2nd and after heard Paul speak again. After they then spent time talking amongst themselves they came up with Paul could have been set free if Paul had not appealed to the Emperor or Caesar in Rome. Some of the Jewish leaders from Jerusalem who did not like Paul were still trying to have him killed. At this stage Paul had been in prison over two years.   Read more »

Paul, a prisoner, sails for Rome in chains, Acts 27:1-12

Paul still in chains 58AD - Acts 27:1-2 Paul was in prison in Caesarea and in chains for two years. The last trial was in front of King Herod Agrippa II, a great-grandson of King Herod the Great. Luke, the writer of the book of Acts, went with Paul to Rome. Chains stopped prisoners running away.
Background Reading: 27:1 When it was decided that we should sail to Italy, Paul and some other prisoners were transferred to a centurion named Julius, who belonged to the emperor’s division.   Read more »

Map, Paul sails for Rome and prison, Acts 27:1-12

Map - Jerusalem to Rome. Paul shipped to Rome - August AD59 - February AD60. Paul's trip as a prisoner is shown in this map [a map of the Mediterranean]. Maps of two of Paul's journeys plus one later on are shown here. Now after the Fast in the reading below means after the Day of Atonement which implies winter and strong winds are approaching.
Background Reading: 27:1 When it was decided that we should sail to Italy, Paul and some other prisoners were transferred   Read more »

Paul and the Snakebite a shore on Malta, Acts 28:1-6

Paul bitten by a snake Oct AD59 - Feb AD60 - Acts 28:1-10 They have just come ashore from a shipwreck were the ship was lost but every body survived. An angel of God told Paul every body would be saved. A poisonous snake attacks and bites him, but he suffers no ill effects, to the amazement of the onlookers. Even a poisonous snake could not stop Paul getting to Rome. The local islanders said Paul must have been a murder but when he did not die they said Paul must be a god. Later on Paul heals the father of a high official and cures the ills of all the sick islanders and   Read more »

Paul heals the people on the island of Malta, Acts 28:7-10

Paul heals the people of Malta Paul Heals - Oct AD59 - Feb AD60 - Acts 28:7-10 Paul is made welcome in Malta. The Islanders of Malta had see Paul bitten by a very poisonous snake and have no ill effects and live. He heals the father of a high official and cures the ills of all the sick islanders, then spends the winter with them.
Background Reading: 28:7 The governor of the island, whose name was Publius, owned estates in that part of the island.   Read more »

Paul still preaching is under house arrest – Rome, Acts 28:17-31

Paul under house arrest - Rome for the first time. February AD60 - March AD62, (First Roman imprisonment) Acts 28:17-31. Paul, now a prisoner in Rome, was put under house arrest. Later he could move about, but then was arrested again AD67-AD68 and put to death, an event still some 5-8 years away at this point. Paul had a number of meetings with the local Jews to explain to them and tried to convince them about Jesus from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets. Paul now a old man had a wonderful unhindered time as he preached the kingdom of God and   Read more »

Gospel of Luke, Luke 1:1-24:53

The Gospel of Luke is about what Jesus did and taught, and was written by Luke about AD61. Luke was the only writer that was not an eye witness, writing from information told him by the eyewitnesses and confirmed to him by God. Luke, who was a Greek, was a fully trained medical doctor and used the Greek way of researching and compiling the story of Jesus' life into the correct order of events. The book of Acts is the second book Luke wrote it is about what the early church did. These two books may have been written for Paul's defense in front of Nero Caesar.   Read more »

Roman Soldier, The Armour of God, Ephesians 6:10-20

Paul wrote Ephesians in Rome in AD60. This contains an appeal to be strong, and, with the assistance of the Spirit, to fight the power of evil. Paul near the end of Ephesians wrote the famous words about putting on the whole Armour of God. which is broken down below to in its seven base components:
1. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist. 2. With the breastplate of righteousness in place. 3. With your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 4. Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish   Read more »

Comeback, Paul’s plea for Onesiumus, Philemon 1:1-25

Paul wrote the book of Philemon about AD61. Paul may have been about 50-60 years old, a great old age for those times. Paul wrote a personal letter to a friend called Philemon about his runaway slave called Onesimus who now is a brother in Christ. PHILEMON the 8th letter by Paul and the 10th New Testament Book was written in AD61.
Background Reading: 1:1 From: Paul, a prisoner of the Messiah Jesus, and Timothy our brother.   Read more »

Epaphras took a letter to the city of Colosse, Colossians 4:7-18

Take a Letter AD61. Paul, who was under house arrest in Rome, wrote a letter we call today Colossians. The letter was delivered by a messenger, which was the custom in those days. COLOSSIANS, the 9th letter by Paul and the 11th New Testament Book, was written in AD61. Some of Paul's main points to the Colossians were: The supremacy of the Messiah, Rules for Holy Living and Rules for Christian Households.
Background Reading: 4:7 Tychicus will tell you everything that has happened to me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister,   Read more »

Run the race, Philippians 3:12-4:1

Run the Race - AD62. One of the themes in Philippians is running a race for the goal of the high calling of God in Jesus Christ. Paul sent Epaphroditus back with this letter. Epaphroditus had been very sick and the Philippian Christians were worried about him. PHILIPPIANS, the 10th book by Paul and the 12th New Testament Book, was written in AD62.
Background Reading: 3:12 It’s not that I have already reached this goal or have already become perfect. But I keep pursuing it,   Read more »

Map, Paul’s 5th trip which was after the book of Acts was written

Map of a possible fifth trip done by Paul. This is in the period after the end of Acts and before his death in AD67-AD68. Paul possibly went to Spain and back during his time under house arrest in Rome before his recall and death. Paul never stopped proclaiming the good news about God to those who would listen and also to those who would not. Paul in this time also wrote a number of letters that we now have in the Bible including Ephesians and Philemon. Paul may have done a fifth trip between his first and second times in the jail where he was to die.   Read more »

Rome burns, 19 July AD64

The Great Fire of Rome in 19 July AD64 burnt many parts of Rome. Nero in Latin means: black was the ruling Caesar. This great fire spread quickly and burned for six days it was not the only large fire Rome was to have. Nero spent money from his own private funds to look after those who had their houses burnt and did not have food. Rome had at least two more major fires in time of Vitellius in AD69 and under Titus in AD80.
This event occurred after the book of Acts was written by Luke.   Read more »

Kiss of Love, 1 Peter 5:12-14

Kiss of Love -AD64 - 1 Peter. The Jewish way of greeting close friends was to hug and kiss them on the side of the face. Many Mediterranean countries still use this form of greeting even today for close friends and family. 1 Peter, the 14th New Testament book, was written by the apostle Peter in AD64. Remember the kiss of betrayal by Judas of Jesus in the Easter unit.
Background Reading: 5:12 Through Silvanus, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written this short letter to encourage you   Read more »

Scribe, Paul’s Letter To Titus, Titus 1:1-3:15

Paul uses a scribe to write the letter to Titus Paul used a scribe to dictate a letter to his friend Titus about June-September AD67. The use of scribes was common in those times as many people could not read or write – even learned people. Alternatively Paul may have used a scribe for all of his letters because he found it hard to write, for any number of reasons - his age (approximately 50 years old which was a good old age for those times), ills from his hard life such as damaged hands or eyesight, or a combination of both.   Read more »

Paul writes to Timothy a second time, 2nd Timothy 1:1-2:26

The book 2nd Timothy was written by Paul about AD67, as a letter to a young pastor called Timothy that Paul was mentoring. Paul wanted to give Timothy more instructions how to lead a church and be faithful to the true Christian teachings. Paul also asks Timothy to come and visit him and bring mark with him and please come before winter because during the winter months travel was very difficult because of the bad weather. This was Paul's 13th letter and possibility his last unless we ascribe the book of Hebrews to him as well.   Read more »

Victor’s Crown, 2nd Timothy 2:1-13

Paul wrote in this letter to Timothy, addressed as his beloved son, how to be a victor in Jesus. He wrote from Rome September-November AD67 while in prison for the second time in Rome. Also see Revelation 2:10 which is one reference out of twenty-one references to victors crown in scripture. A crown of plant materials were given to victors at athletic games and Paul uses this practice to tell us there is a victors crown for those that run the race of life to the end. The Victors crown is among Eight charges and Five faithful sayings Paul wrote to Timothy   Read more »

The book of Hebrews, Hebrews 1:1-14

The Book was written about AD67. This book was written to Hebrew Christians in Rome. This book may have been written by Paul but the authorship is not stated. This book has the famous Faith Chapter - chapter eleven that tells us about the Hebrew saints of faith.
Background Reading: 1:1 God, having spoken in former times in fragmentary and varied fashion to our forefathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by a Son whom he appointed to be the heir of everything and through whom he also made the universe.   Read more »

Moses leads God’s people, Hebrews 11:23-28

Moses leads God's people for forty years while they were in the desert waiting to go into the promised land. The book of Hebrews was written about AD67. It contains the faith chapter Hebrews chapter 11. One of the people talked about, because of his faith, is Moses. Moses was faithful to God so much so God called Moses his friend. Also Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible and often acted as the mediator between God and the people of Israel. MOSES 1525BC- 1404BC, Red Sea 1445BC, Tabernacle 1444BC.   Read more »>

Crossing the Red Sea, Hebrews 11:29

The event of the crossing of the Red Sea is history with Moses under God leading the people of Israel. By faith When Moses put his arm out at God's command, the waters of the Red Sea parted and were frozen in place on either side of some dry land. Moses crossed the sea in approx 1445BC with over 3 million people. When they had crossed safely over, the water came back drowning the chasing Egyptian armies. This was a continuation of miracles that God did as He brought His people the Israelites back to the land that He had promised them many centuries ago.   Read more »

Paul back in jail or prison again in Rome

Paul back in jail again in Rome - AD67-AD68 After the book of Acts written by Luke had been finished, Paul was still alive. Some say he went on a fifth trip to Spain. We will never know if he did or not until we get to heaven. In any event, Paul lived on for a number of years and was finally put back into prison and put to death about AD67-AD68. Paul did what His God asked him to do and even died doing the will of God. Paul had had an eventful life starting out against Jesus to being on of His greatest effectual evangelists.   Read more »

The Book of Jude

AD67-AD70 written some time after 2nd Peter. Jude warns his readers about false teachers. These teachers were also living sinful lives. Jude uses a number of Old testament people and events to back up his concerns including Cain, Baalam, Korah and Enoch. The book of Jude is with the letters of Peter, John and James near the back of the New Testament.
Background Reading: 1 From: Jude, a servant of Jesus the Messiah, and yet a brother of James. To: Those who have been called,   Read more »

Jerusalem is destroyed 2nd September AD70

The Temple of Jerusalem was destroyed by the Tenth Legion of the Roman Army. Under the command of Titus the son of Vespasian about 2nd September AD70. All the Christians had fled to Pella so none were killed in the onslaught and destruction of Jerusalem. In the process of capturing Jerusalem over one and a half million Jewish people died - men women and children. Because the temple caught fire and the gold ran into the stone work. Titus ordered the stone work pulled apart so the gold could be recovered.   Read more »

John on the Island of Patmos, Revelation 1:1-20

About AD95 John was a prisoner on Patmos because he was preaching about Jesus and that He had been raised from the dead. John had the visions described in the book of Revelation. The Island of Patmos is a volcanic, treeless, rocky island about 9km by 50 km or 6 by 30 miles. It is about 30km or 20 miles off the western coast of modern Turkey. From here John writes to the seven churches. It was where the Romans put the criminals they did not want to escape. It was a lonely, isolated place. However, far from dying (as probably expected) of loneliness, John had the company of   Read more »

Eight Characteristics of Jesus, Revelation 1:9-20

Eight-fold description of Jesus: 1. His body. 2. His Hair. 3. His Eyes. 4. His Feet. 5. His Voice. 6. His Right Hand. 7. His Mouth. 8. His Countenance.
Son of Man is one of the 34 titles given to Jesus in the book of Revelation. What does each description of the body depict? e.g. body, hair etc. Jesus is the Son of God. The sword out of the mouth of Jesus represents the word of God.
Background Reading: 1:9 I am John, your brother and partner in the oppression, kingdom, and patience that comes because of Jesus.   Read more »

The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, Revelation 21:1-21

The New Jerusalem where God's people will live. This city will be our Heavenly home. Jesus comes back to take his rightful place as king. Jesus reigns forever and so do his servants. Jesus is in control again.
Background Reading: 21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, because the first heaven and the first earth had disappeared, and the sea was gone. 2 I also saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband.   Read more »

Jesus Reigns, Revelation 22:3-5

Jesus reigns forever and so do his servants. Jesus is in control again. Notice the things that started in Genesis when Adam and Eve sinned are now no longer in force the curse and God's light is always present. See Revelation part two
Background Reading: 22:3 There will no longer be any curse. The throne of God and the lamb will be in the city. His servants will worship him 4 and see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 There will be no more night,   Read more »

AD96 the end of the book of Revelation and the continuation of the Christian church

he Early Church AD32 to AD96. Books covered are Acts to Revelation. This is the second part of a two part series THE EARLY CHURCH; which covered from AD53 to AD96, a total of 43 years. Both parts cover AD32 to AD96, a period of 64 years. Now the church of God is still alive and well. See below for some other options. Or look in the history books.   Read more »
Revelation part one or a look at Hebrews

Timeline for Acts part two

Timeline for Acts part two
Timeline for Acts part two
Timeline for Acts part two
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Background Information: Acts part two

BACKGROUND NOTES and STUDY MATERIAL PAGE to ask for and receive some the material that was used in preparing Acts part two.
A8572 Arrival in Rome Acts 28:15 about the end of February AD60.   Read more »
BACKGROUND NOTES and STUDY MATERIAL PAGE to ask for and receive some the material that was used in preparing Acts part two.
A8572 Arrival in Rome Acts 28:15 about the end of February AD60.   Read more »

Resources: Acts part two

Books: Chronological Aspects of the Life of Christ - Harold W. Hoehner - Zondervan 1977 Bibliotheca Sacra Volume 130 and 131, Doctoral Dissertation 1964 Revived 1972 Dallas Theological Seminary. He has written other books.
A Harmony of the Gospels and Analytical out line of the Harmony A T Robertson 1922 renewed 1950 Harper & Row Publishers. Synopsis of the Four Gospels Kurt Aland - United Bible Societies ISBN3-43805405-1 6th Ed 1983.   Read more »

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Acts part two - is the fifth of 8 sections or modules of the New Testament.
This second part of a two part section covers mainly the Life of Paul and places some of the books he wrote in the order he, Paul, wrote them.
Now let us move on to Revelation part one or the book of Hebrews chapter eleven.