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"In this way the Jews of Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles"
(Bible Study Online Article Covers: Acts 11:27-30; 21:11-13)
The Unappreciated Prophet?
Here we have the record of Prophet Agabus in which it takes place during a time when Jerusalem did not hold God's prophets in high regard and they had been killing and abusing them.
The Scriptures will confirm that since they weren't being appreciated, they decided to leave and head to the church of Antioch.
Antioch at this time was the capitol of Syria, and was considered an awesome commercial center.
Biblical Prophets - Bible Study OnlineA Great City
There was also a reputation and title that was associated with this great capitol: "Antioch the Beautiful and the Golden." Understand that this is where the first gentile church was founded and the first time that Jesus followers were called, Christians.
It's during this time, that we learnt, that these prophets that had left Jerusalem; were now arriving at this great city hoping to be of some service to a flourishing church that was located within this great city.
Biblical Prophets - Bible Study OnlineBarnabas & Saul of Tarsus
The Scriptures would also inform us that Barnabas had invited Saul of Tarsus, to travel to Antioch and help with the new church.
Saul would accept the invite and he and Barnabas would serve God and that church for a full year; in which they meet and taught people in great multitudes about the wonderful name and ministry of Jesus Christ:
"Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch." (Acts 11:25-26)
Biblical Prophets - Bible Study OnlinePaul the Apostle -a.k.a- Saul of Tarsus
I would also like to point out, that Saul of Tarsus was the name of Paul the Apostle before his conversion. I'm pointing this out, because normally when people refer to Paul the Apostle as Saul of Tarsus, they're generally talking about Paul before his conversion to Christ.
But as you will find in this record, that Paul was still called Saul after he had been converted and was totally committed to the one true God. I would also like to point out, that officially, Saul will start going strictly by the name of Paul when he and Barnabas along with John Mark are recorded preaching their way through Cyprus:
"Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, You are a child of the devil and an enemy to everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord? (Acts 13:9-10)
Biblical Prophets - Bible Study OnlineThe First Prophecy
Now after some of God's prophets had arrived at Antioch, the Scriptures would inform us that one named Agabus stood up from out of the group and gave a prophecy concerning the Roman Empire?
He prophesied about how a great famine will strike the whole Roman Empire. Understand that at this time, the Roman Empire was considered to be the whole world in the eyes of Claudius Caesar. Interesting to note, that another world leader that came before Caesar, would also hold a similar view and made the same prideful claims; and his name was Alexander the Great.
As we move forward, we also learnt, that this prophecy came to pass in the second year during the reign of Claudius Caesar and continued a little past his fourth reigning year. Roman historians have made mention and confirmed this event; as well as Josephus a celebrated Jewish historian.
Biblical Prophets - Bible Study OnlineAgabus Travels From Judea -- Delivers A Message?
The Scriptures would now inform us about Agabus' second prophecy, which took place in Caesarea. This event happened after Agabus had traveled from Judea.
This prophecy would be directed towards Paul the Apostle, in which Agabus tells Paul about the bondage he will be placed in while in Jerusalem.
Agabus demonstrated this, by taking Paul's belt, and tied his own feet and hands: after doing this he said these words:
Biblical Prophets - Bible Study OnlineThe Second Prophecy
"The Holy Spirit says, 'In this way the Jews of Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.'"
After the crowd had heard this, they pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. But Paul answered, "Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus." (Acts 21:11-13)
But Paul would not be dissuaded and headed up to Jerusalem anyways and it was at that time that Agabus' prophecy would eventually come to pass.
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