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There are many pictures in the scriptures that give us a glimpse of God’s plan for His Church in the end days. In the book of Acts we see King Herod arresting Peter and James. King Herod kills James on the Jewish Passover feast day, and to his surprise, it pleases the people of the city.

Acts 12:1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. V.2 And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. V.3 And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.)

The days of unleavened bread came immediately after the sacred day of Passover.

Numbers 28:16 And in the fourteenth day of the first month is the passover of the LORD. V.17 And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten. V.18 In the first day shall be an holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work therein.

Leviticus 23:5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord's passover. V.6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. V.7 In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. V.8 But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

With the success of killing James on the Passover, Herod planned to hold Peter till the Pagan holiday of "Feast of Ishtar," or as we know it, as Easter.

Acts 12:4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.

In the Greek, the word for Passover is "Pascha." It is used 29 times in the New Testament, but the "Feast of Ishtar" Herod was referring to is also called "Pascha." In the Greek, the word "Pascha" is used for both Passover and the "Feast of Ishtar." The New Testament translators were not in error when they called "Pascha" Easter in this instance because the Passover had clearly come and gone. The King was looking forward to the next holiday, Easter, called by the same Greek word. This gives credence to the King James Bible as being correct. Many critics say there must be a mistake. This shows absolutely no mistakes.

Acts 12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. V.6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.

Peter was being kept in prison while he awaited his fate that would surely be death, as was for James. The church was praying to God for Peter’s release, day and night, without ceasing. That is how prayer should be approached. It brings results. The two guards and the two chains give reference to the two days in God’s time -- the two thousand days being two days in God’s time for the church age. This is from the cross to the Rapture.

Acts 12:7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. V.8 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. V.9 And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision.

This event will no doubt catch even the most faithful of God’s people by surprise, even ones looking for that glorious hope
Titus speaks of.

This is a perfect picture for us of the Rapture. The angel said, "Arise up quickly."
The angel "raised him up."

1Corinthians 15:52 In a moment, in the TWINKLING of an EYE, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

The angel said, Cast thy garment about thee.

Matthew 22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a WEDDING GARMENT. V.12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a WEDDING GARMENT? And he was speechless.

As Peter leaves the confines of prison, we are told he passes through the first and second ward, and then the gate, or door, that leadeth into the city.

Acts 12:10 When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him. V.11 And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.

Paul was led past two heavens as he was caught up to the City of God.

2 Corinthians 12:2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the THIRD HEAVEN.

The next thing Peter does is go to the house of Mary. This is what we will do at the Rapture. As we are taken from the confines of this world, we will be given new garments and brought to the mansion Jesus has prepared for us in heaven for the marriage of the Lamb to the Church.

John 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. V.3 And if I go and PREPARE a PLACE for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Acts 12:12 And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.

As we are swept to the third heaven, we also will be met by our loved ones that have waited for us to come into the marriage. What time is it, folks? Is it almost Easter? Is Jesus going to meet us in the clouds soon? Do you have your garments ready? Have you been born again, washed in the blood? Don’t be caught like the five virgins that were complacent in their faith and Jesus left them behind. Give your complete life to Christ now. It will be worth it all.

God bless,

Doyle Reno

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