The Acts of the Apostles, or even, The Acts of the Holy Spirit.

Writer:  Dr. Luke (Author of the Gospel of Luke).

Date of writing:  A.D. 65 (Several years before the destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70)

Theme: Transitional time between the dispensation of the Law and the dispensation of Grace. The beginning of the Church age (Which will continue until the Rapture of the Church). The events recorded in The Acts cover a period of 32 years.


In the book of Acts, Jesus is still offering the Kingdom to the nation of Israel.  If the nation accepts his Messiahship, he will return and set up his earthly kingdom.  This offer is extended to the nation until A.D. 70 and the destruction of the Temple.  After that time there will be no Temple for Jesus to set up his earthly throne. After A.D. 70, the offer is removed and it will take the Great Tribulation to break the stubborn will of the nation of Israel (Daniel 12:7), when at the end of that Time of Jacob’s Trouble (Jeremiah 30:7), the nation as a whole will believe and say “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord”(Matthew 23:39). Jesus will then return (His Second Coming) and set up his literal earthly reign, where he will be seated on the throne of his father David (2 Samuel 7:8-17; Isaiah 9:7; Luke 1:32) and will rule and reign on earth for one thousand years (Isaiah 2:1-4; Revelation 20:6). Therefore, in the book of Acts, the dispensations are transitioning and many of the acts are for the nation of Israel, pertaining to the Kingdom, and not for the Church, i.e., apostolic miracles (e.g., Acts 5:1-11; 5:15).

Keeping this proposition in mind; for forty days after his resurrection Jesus taught his disciples things pertaining to the kingdom of God (1:3). They asked him, “Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?”  His reply, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father hath put in his own power” (1:6,7).

For those using the King James Version, why is the phrase, “Holy Ghost” used? This may be of interest as the KJV helps the reader know how the Holy Spirit is being referenced in any given passage:

“The KJV New Testament uses Holy Ghost 90 times and “Holy Spirit” four times (Lk
11:13, Eph. 1:13, 4:30, 1 Thes. 4:8). The ghost terminology is always a reference to the third Person of the Trinity. The spirit terminology is a reference to the spirit of the Lord.”

Read Acts 1:1 – 3:26 


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