The Acts of the Followers 1-4

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    1 [1-8]The earlier work I made for you, Theophilus, told of all that Yeshua began to do and teach, until the day in which the Christ was taken up, after the Christ, through the Holy Spirit, had told the followers, whom Yeshua had chosen, what to do: To whom also the Christ appeared alive after suffering death on the cross, by many unmistakable proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things concerning the realm of God: And being gathered together with them, the Christ said, Don’t leave from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of Yahweh God, who I am from. You’ve heard me say, John truly baptized with water; but you’ll be baptized with the Holy Spirit a few days from now. So when they had come together, they asked, saying, “Christ, will you now give Israel back again the realm of God?” But the Christ answered, “It isn’t for you to know the days or periods of time, which are all in the power of Yahweh God. But you’ll have power, after the Holy Spirit comes on you: and you’ll be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and even to the farthest parts of the world.

      [9-14] And when Yeshua had spoken this, even as they watched, the Christ was taken up in the sky, with a cloud blocking their sight. And as they kept on looking toward heaven as the Christ went up, two messengers stood by them in white clothing; Who said, “You people of Galilee, why are you standing here staring up into heaven? This same Yeshua, which has been taken up from you into heaven, will come again in the same way as you’ve seen the Christ go into heaven.” Then they came back to the city from the Mount of Olives, which is a Seventh Day’s walk from Jerusalem. And when they had come in, they went upstairs into an upper room, where Peter, James, John, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James, the child of Alphaeus, Simon, the Zealot, and Judas, the brother of James, were. They all came together with One heart, praying and making requests, along with the women, Mary, the mother of Yeshua, and with the other Christians.

     [15-26] And in those days Peter stood up in the middle of the followers, (about a hundred and twenty all together) saying, “Christians, this Word had to have been completed, which the Holy Spirit spoke by the mouth of David about Judas, who was the guide to those who took Yeshua. He was included in our number, and had taken part in this ministry.” (Now Judas bought a field with the profit of his sin; and falling headfirst, his body burst open, and all his insides fell out. And everyone who lives in Jerusalem knew this; so that field is called in their language, Aceldama, which means, Field of Blood.) “The Word says in the book of Psalms, Leave his home empty, and let no one live in it: and let someone else take up his work. So which of these others who have been with us all the time that Christ Yeshua went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John, to that same day that the Christ was taken up from us, must be set apart to be a witness with us of the Christ’s coming to life again?” So they chose two, Joseph, who is called Barsabas, who was nicknamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed, saying, “You, Christ, who knows the hearts of everyone, show us which of these two You’ve chosen, who will take part in the leadership of this ministry, from which Judas by sin fell, that he might go where he belonged. And they threw their lots to see who would be chosen; and the lot fell on Matthias; who was numbered along with the other eleven leaders.

    2 [1-13] And when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all in the same place together with One heart. And suddenly a loud noise from heaven, like a very strong wind, filled the whole house where they were sitting together. And they all saw what looked like split languages of fire, which came to rest on each of them. And everyone was filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them words. And many people were staying at Jerusalem, both Jews, and other dedicated people, from all over the world. Now when they heard the noise sound out, the crowd came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speaking in their own language. And everyone was amazed and wondered about it, saying to one another, “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galilaeans? So how do we hear them in our own languages, which came from where we were born? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, those who live in Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, Libya near Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and converts, Cretes and Arabians, we all hear them speak of the amazing things God has done in our own languages.” And everyone was amazed, and wondered, asking one another, “What does this mean?” Others mocking them said, “These people are drunk on new wine.”

     [14-21] But Peter, standing up with the eleven, spoke out, saying to them, You people of Judea, and all you that live at Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen carefully to My Words: because these people aren’t drunk, like you think. You can see it’s only nine o’clock in the morning. But this is what was spoken by the great preacher Joel; And in the last days, says God, I’ll pour out of My Spirit on all people: and your sons and your daughters will preach, and your young people will see visions, and your old people will dream dreams: And on My male and My female workers I’ll pour out of My Spirit in those days; and they’ll all preach: And I’ll show amazing things in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and smoky vapors: The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon will shine blood red, till that great and notable day of Yahweh God comes: And whoever will call on the Name of Yahweh God will be saved.

      [22-36] You people of Israel, hear these words; Yeshua of Nazareth, someone who lived among you and who was approved by God by the amazing and wonderful signs, which God did among you through Yeshua, as you yourselves also know: This person, being given by the unchangeable direction and foreknowledge of God, you’ve taken, and by evil hands have put to death on the cross:  Whom God has brought back to life, having been freed from the sufferings of death, because it wasn’t possible to be held by it. And David speaks about the Christ, saying, I saw the Christ before my face, who is always beside me, so that I wouldn’t be shaken: So my heart celebrated, and my voice was happy; and my body will also rest in hope: because you won’t leave my soul in hell, nor will you let your Holy One come to ruin. You’ve made known to me the ways of life; you’ll make me full of joy when you come. Everyone, let me speak to you freely of our ancestor David, who’s both dead and buried, and whose tomb is with us to today. David, being a great preacher, knew that God had sworn to him with a promise, that from One of his own descendants, the Christ would be raised up to sit on his throne; So knowing this, David spoke of the new life of Christ, that the Christ’s soul wasn’t left in hell, nor was the Christ’s body ruined. This Yeshua, God has brought back to life, in which we are all witnesses. So being lifted up on the right side of God, and having gotten the promise of the Holy Spirit from God, the Christ has poured it out upon us, which is what you now see and hear. David hasn’t gone up into the heavens: but said himself, Yahweh God said to my Christ, “Sit beside Me, until I put your enemies under your feet.” So let all the house of Israel know without a doubt, that God has made that same Yeshua, whom you’ve put to death, both Ruler and Christ.

     [37-40] Now when the people heard this, their hearts were greatly saddened, saying to Peter and to the rest of the followers, Christians, what should we do? Then Peter answered, Change your evil ways, and all of you be baptized in the Name of Yeshua the Christ for the forgiveness of sins and you’ll get the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is to you, and to your children, and to all who are to come, whoever Yahweh God will call. And with many other words, Peter talked to them and strongly encouraged them, saying, “Save yourselves from the evil of this people.”

     [41-47] Then those who gladly accepted his word were baptized: and this same day about three thousand souls were added to their numbers. And they faithfully kept in the followers’ teachings, breaking bread and praying in loving friendship. And every soul feared and wondered at many amazing things and signs that had happened by the followers. And everyone that believed had all things together in common; And sold their possessions and goods, and divided them out to everyone, as they had need. And continuing daily with One heart in the place of worship, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with happiness and undivided hearts, praising God, and having favor with all the people. And God gave to the church daily all who would be saved.

    3 [1-11] Now Peter and John went up together into the place of worship at the time of prayer, being three o’clock. And someone unable to walk from their mother’s womb was carried and laid daily at the gate of the place of worship which is called Beautiful, to ask for money of those who went in the place of worship; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the place of worship asked for a gift. And Peter, looking at him with John, said, “Look on us.” And he looked up to them, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “I don’t have any money; but what I have I give to you: In the Name of Yeshua the Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk.” And they took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and suddenly his feet and ankle bones were made strong. And jumping up, he stood up and walked, and came with them into the place of worship, walking, leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God: And they knew that it was the One who sat waiting for gifts at the Beautiful gate of the place of worship: and they were amazed and wondered at what had happened to him. And as the person who was unable to walk and was healed held Peter and John, all the people, who were greatly amazed, ran together to them in the porch that is called Solomon’s.

     [12-18] And when Peter saw it, he said to the people, “People of Israel, why are you so amazed at this? Why are you staring at us, as though by our own power or goodness we had made this person walk? The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our ancestors, has made Yeshua, God’s Christ, known; whom you gave up, and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to let the Christ go. But you denied the Holy and Godly One, and wanted a murderer to be freed to you instead; And you killed the One who has the power of life, which God has brought back to life from the dead; in which we’re all witnesses. And through faith in the Christ’s name, this person was made strong, whom you see and know: yes, the faith in the name of Yeshua, which is through the Christ has given this person complete healing in the presence of you all. And now, people, I understand that you did it in ignorance, as your rulers also did. But those things, which God had showed by the words of all the great preachers, that Christ would suffer, have now happened.

     [19-26] So change your evil ways, and turn back to God, that your sins can be forgiven, so that the times of refreshing will come from the presence of God; And God will send Yeshua the Christ, which to was preached to you: Whom heaven must keep until the time when everything will be made right, which God has spoken by the mouth of all the great holy preachers since the world began. The truth is, Moses said to the ancestors, Yahweh your God will raise up to you a great preacher out of your own people, like me; Listen to whatever is said to you by this One. Every soul, which won’t listen to that great preacher, will be completely separated from among the people. Yes, and all the great preachers from Samuel and those that follow after, whoever has spoken, has foretold of these days. You’re the children of the great preachers, and of the promised agreement which God made with our ancestors, saying to Abraham, and your descendant will bless all the families of the earth. God, having brought back Yeshua the Christ to life, sent the Christ to you first to bless you, by turning all of you away from your uncontrolled actions.”

    4 [1-4] And as they spoke to the people, the priests, and the leader of the place of worship, and those of the Religious sects, came on them, being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Yeshua the coming to life again from the dead. And they took them, and put them in a holding cell till the next day because it was now evening. But many of those who heard the Word believed; and the people numbered about five thousand.

     [5-12] And then the next day, their rulers, the elders, the religious leaders, Annas, the leading priest, Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and all those who were kin to the leading priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. And when they had put them in the middle, they asked, “Who gave you the power to do this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, answered, “You rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, If we’re being questioned today about the good thing we did to the helpless person, who was made well; Let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that it was by the Name of Yeshua the Christ of Nazareth, whom you put to death, and whom God raised from the dead, that this person stands here before you made completely well. This is the stone that was not chosen by you builders, which has now been chosen for the most important cornerstone. Nor can we be saved by any other because there’s no other name under heaven given to humanity, by which we can be saved.

     [13-22] Now when they saw that Peter and John had no fear, and realized that they were untaught and without knowledge, they were amazed and took note that they had been with Yeshua. And seeing the person who was healed standing with them, they couldn’t say anything against it. So they told them to leave the courtroom, and they talked among themselves, saying, “What are we going to do to these people? There’s no doubt that a notable miracle has been done by them. It’s plain to all who live in Jerusalem; and we can’t deny it. But so that it spread no further among the people, let’s strictly warn them not to speak to anyone in this name again. And they called them, and told them not to speak at all, nor teach in the Name of Yeshua. But Peter and John asked them, Which is right in the sight of God? To listen to you more than to God, you say. We can’t say anything but what we’ve seen and heard. So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people. And everyone praised God for what happened, because the person on whom this miracle of healing was done was more than forty years old.

     [23-30] And being let go, they went to their own company, and told all that the leading priests and elders had said. And when they heard that, they hollered out to God with One heart, saying, Christ, You are God, who has made heaven and earth, and the sea, and everything that is in them:  Who by the mouth of Your worker David has said, Why did the ungodly rage, and the people imagine meaningless things? The rulers of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against Yahweh God, and against God’s Christ. The truth is, both Herod, Pontius Pilate, the people of Israel, and all the other peoples were gathered together against Your Holy One Yeshua, whom You’ve anointed, to do whatever You decided was to be done. And now, Christ, listen their threatening: and help Your workers to speak Your word without fear. Let us be Your healing hands, let there be great signs, and let amazing things be done by the Name of Your Holy One Yeshua.

     [31-37] And when they had finished praying, the place where they were gathered together shook strongly; and everyone was filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the Word of God without fear. And all of those who believed were of One heart and of One soul: no one said that anything they had was their own; but they had all things together in common.  And the followers spoke with great power about the coming to life again of Christ Yeshua: and great grace was on them all. No one lacked anything among them because whoever had lands or homes sold them, and brought whatever they got from the things that were sold, and laid it down at the followers’ feet: and everyone was given according to their needs. And Joses, who by the followers was nicknamed Barnabas, which means “the child of comfort,” and Matthew, from the country of Cyprus, sold the land they owned, and brought the money, and laid it at the followers’ feet.

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