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P a u l  t h e  A p o s t l e
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While at Jerusalem, at the feast of Pentecost, he was almost murdered by a Jewish mob in the temple..(see 'Temple, Herod's' if you have Easton's Bible Dictionary, available free in a Bible computer program for your own computer).Rescued from their violence by the Roman commandant, he was conveyed as a prisoner to Caesarea, where, from various causes, he was detained a prisoner for two years in Herod's praetorium.(judgement hall):.Acts 23:35.

"Paul was not kept in close confinement; he had at least the range of the barracks in which he was detained. There we can imagine him pacing the ramparts on the edge of the Mediterranean and gazing wistfully across the blue waters in the direction of Macedonia, Achaia and Ephesus, where his spiritual children were pining for him, or perhaps encountering dangers in which they sorely needed his presence. It was a mysterious providence which thus arrested his energies and condemned the ardent worker to inactivity; yet we can now see the reason for it. Paul was needing rest. After twenty years of incessant evangelization, he required leisure to garner the harvest of experience...During these two years he wrote nothing; it was a time of internal mental activity and silent progress." ...Stalker's.Life of St. Paul

At the end of these two years Felix was succeeded in the governorship of Palestine by.Porcius Festus, before whom the apostle was again heard. But judging it right at this crisis to claim the privilege of a Roman citizen, he appealed to the emperor:.Acts 25:11. Such an appeal could not be disregarded and Paul was at once sent on to Rome under the charge of one Julius, a centurion of the 'Augustan cohort'. After a long and perilous voyage, he at length reached the imperial city in the early spring, probably of 61 A.D. Here he was permitted to occupy his own rented house, under constant military custody. This privilege was accorded to him, no doubt, because he was a Roman citizen and as such could not be put into prison without a trial. The soldiers who kept guard over Paul were of course changed at frequent intervals and thus he had the opportunity of preaching the gospel to many of them during these."two whole years".and with the blessed result of spreading among the imperial guards and even in Caesar's household, an interest in the truth:.Philippians 1:12,13. His rooms were resorted to by many anxious inquirers, both Jews and Gentiles.(Acts 28:23,30,31).and thus his imprisonment."turned rather to the furtherance of the gospel".and his."hired.(rented).house".became the centre of a gracious influence which spread over the whole city. According to a Jewish tradition, his rented house was situated on the borders of the modern Ghetto, which has been the Jewish quarters in Rome from the time of Pompey to the present day. During this period the apostle wrote his epistles to the Colossians, Ephesians, Philippians, to Philemon and probably also to the Hebrews

This first imprisonment came at length to a close, Paul having been acquitted, probably because no witnesses appeared against him. Once more he set out on his missionary labours.(map), probably visiting western and eastern Europe and Asia Minor. During this period of freedom he wrote his First Epistle to Timothy and his Epistle to Titus.

The year of his release was signalized by the burning of Rome, which apparently, Nero saw fit to attribute to the Christians. A fierce persecution now broke out against the Christians. Paul was seized and once more conveyed to Rome a prisoner. During this imprisonment he probably wrote the Second Epistle to Timothy, the last he ever wrote. 

There can be little doubt that he appeared again at Nero's bar and this time the charge did not break down. In all history there is not a more startling illustration of the irony of human life than this scene of Paul at the bar of Nero. On the judgment seat, clad in the imperial purple, sat a man who, in a bad world, had attained the eminence of being the very worst and meanest being in it, a man stained with every crime, a man whose whole being was so steeped in every nameable and unnameable vice, that body and soul of him were, as some one said at the time, nothing but a compound of mud and blood and in the prisoner's dock stood the best man the world possessed at that time, his hair whitened with labours for the good of men and the glory of God.

The trial ended. Paul was condemned and delivered over to the executioner. He was led out of the city with a crowd of the lowest rabble at his heels. The fatal spot was reached. He knelt beside the block. The headsman's axe gleamed in the sun and fell and the head of the apostle of the world rolled down in the dust.(probably 66,67 or 68 A.D.), four years before the fall of Jerusalem.

Paul earlier endured other hardships:.Philippians 3:4-6; 2Timothy 4:17. Paul recalls his life of trials in getting the gospel out to others:.2Corinthians 11:23-30. The apostle Paul was not regarded highly by the established religious community back then, as they wanted him dead:.Acts 16:19-24; 24:5. What kind of religion was this that they thought this way? However, Paul's hardships made his dream much more alive:.1Corinthians 9:16,17.

The Creator is always with us through all of them. For more interesting events in Paul's life see Life And Epistles Of Paul, by Conneybeare and Houson, here.


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