The lesson on January 31, 2021 was part 3 of the "Acts - When and Why?" study. This week Wayne jumped right into the dating of Acts including the end with chapter 28. We were introduced to “Josephus Son of Mathias” who became “Flavius Josephus” in order that we may read some of his writings to establish key dates within the Acts period. There are three ways to establish Herod's death and Wayne takes us through all three. King Herod died in A.D. 44 and this synchronizes with Acts 12. We learned that the great fire that was in Rome was in July of A.D. 64. Wayne briefed us on the list of Roman Emperors. Well, at the end of Acts, it was written that Paul taught the kingdom of God from his own hired house, no man forbidding him. It the great fire in Rome was blamed on the Christians, the end of Acts had to be before A.D. 64. We learned in previous lessons that the Temple in Jerusalem was burned in A.D. 70. So given that we are establishing dates, when was The Mystery revealed through PAul given? In the lessons to come, Wayne will establish or falsify key dates in Acts. The scripture reading was from Acts 1:23-26 KJV
"23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, 25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. 26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles."