|THE LIFE OF PAUL PART 2
IN THE YEAR 52 Paul said farewell to the believers in Antioch and set off on his THIRD MISSIONARY TRIP
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Paul encouraged the believers in Derbe, Lystra, Iconium and Antioch. In the YEAR 53 Paul arrived in Ephesus.
Paul baptised the believers in Ephesus and when he laid hands on them, they spoke in new languages and prophesied.
For three months Paul preached in the synagogue.
Then he rented a school hall where he preached for two years.
It was during this period, that Bible scholars believe that Paul sailed from Ephesus to Corinth at least once.
God did special miracles through the hands of Paul.
Handkerchiefs were taken from him to those that were sick and God healed them.
Many people, who believed the message of Paul, brought their books of magic and burned them.
IT WAS IN THE YEAR 54 that Claudius was poisoned by his fourth wife Agrippina.
The fifth Roman Emperor was Nero Domitius.
Nero’s mother was Agrippina the wife of Claudius, so Claudius was Nero’s step father.
IN THE YEAR 55 while in Ephesus Paul wrote a letter to the BELIEVERS AT CORINTH
Paul gave the letter to Timothy and Erastus to deliver.
The preaching of Paul in Ephesus had affected the profits of the silversmiths
The people had stopped buying idols of the goddess Diana.
So the businessmen kidnapped some believers and there was a riot in the city.
So Paul travelled to Troas and began preaching there.
After Paul left Troas he wrote his SECOND LETTER TO THE CORINTHIAN BELIEVERS from either Philipi Thesalonica or Berea.
We know this because in the first chapter he tells them about the riot in Ephesus.
And in the second chapter he tells them about his preaching in Troas.
Paul eventually arrived in Corinth
Where he preached for three months.
In THE YEAR OF 56 at Corinth Paul wrote his letter to the believers in Rome
Phebe who was probably expelled from Rome by Claudius seven years earlier, delivered the letter.
The non believing Jews in Corinth conspired against Paul.
So Paul decided to take the long route to Jerusalem, travelling through Berea, Thessallonica, Phillipi and on to Troas.
One night while Paul was preaching in Troas, a man went to sleep, fell out of the window and died.
Paul embraced him and said to the people, “Don’t trouble yourselves, he is alive.”
As Paul travelled to Jerusalem, he met with the leaders of the Ephesian church.
Whilst praying they all wept before they took Paul to the Jerusalem ship.
Paul was attacked by the non believing Jews; “Get him he teaches against our religion.”
As they were about to kill Paul, the Roman commander intervened.
Paul was given permission to speak and as he gave his testimony the Jews started rioting again.
When the Captain discovered that Paul was a Roman citizen, he didn’t know what to do.
Paul was allowed to speak to the Jewish leaders, but they were divided. So Paul was re-arrested for his own safety.
The next day Paul’s nephew told the captain that forty of the Jews had planned to assassinate his uncle.
That night an escort of over four hundred soldiers, escorted Paul north to Caesarea.
Felix the governor and his wife sent for Paul, and as Paul shared his faith and the judgement to come, Felix trembled.
Two years passed, and IN THE YEAR OF 59 a new Governor called Festus was appointed.
The Jews asked for Paul to be tried in Jerusalem, because they had a plan to assassinate him on route.
But Paul was given permission to have his trial in Rome
Whilst under arrest, Paul shared his testimony with the rich and famous.
Eventually Paul and his escort of soldiers set sail for Rome.
During a terrible storm Paul told his shipmates, “God has told me that everyone will be saved.”
The next day the ship ran aground on Malta and everyone was saved.
While making a fire Paul was bitten by a deadly snake.
When Paul didn’t drop dead, the people thought he was a god.
Three months later IN THE YEAR 60, they left Malta PICTURE 51
And sailed to Rome.
Some of the Christians travelled from Rome to meet him.
Paul was placed under house arrest and many people came to hear about the Jewish Messiah.
Paul lived in the house for two years and many Jews from the synagogue came to hear him preach.
Paul wrote four letters from Rome. Firstly the letter to the believers at EPHESUS, secondly the letter to the believers at PHILIPPI,
thirdly the letter to the COLOSIAN believers.
Colossi was one hundred miles from Ephesus, the church was probably started during Paul’s three years with the Ephesians.
A runaway slave was delivering the Colossian letter. The last of Paul’s prison letters was to PHILEMON.
Paul personally knew Philemon, who was the master of the runaway slave.
IN THE YEAR OF 62 after five years in prison, Paul was released.
Paul wrote a letter to Timothy who was a leader in the Ephesian church. He told Timothy that he was again preaching;
In Philippi, Thessalonica, and Berea.
Paul also sailed to Crete with Titus who was with him in Corinth.
He had to leave Crete in a hurry, so Paul wrote TITUS a letter which today we have in the Bible.
Paul was re-arrested and expecting to be executed.
It was here that Paul wrote his last and most moving letter, known as 2nd TIMOTHY.
The great fire of Rome started on the 19th of July IN THE YEAR 64 and Christians were accused of arson.
Traditionally this is when Paul was arrested and executed by Nero, sometime between the fire.
And when Nero was forced to commit suicide on June 9th IN THE YEAR 68.
In the YEAR OF 66 the Jewish people started to revolt against Rome.
This was the start of the Jewish wars which would last for seven years.
Immediately after Nero’s suicide in 68, there was a violent power struggle, and in just one year there were four Emperors Nero
alba, Otho and Vitellius. However, they all suffered violent deaths.
DURING THE YEAR 69 the Roman general Vespasian, surrounded the city walls of Jerusalem, but cut short the attack and left for
Rome to become the new emperor.
Heeding the words of Jesus “when you see Jerusalem surrounded by an army get out.” The believers left.
Vespasian sent his son Titus, to Jerusalem to finish the siege.
IN MAY OF THE YEAR 70 in the middle of the seven year tribulation, Jerusalem was set alight and became a lake of fire.
The temple was destroyed and not one stone was left standing, just as Jesus said would happen.
The great seven year tribulation against the Jewish people ended IN THE YEAR 73 when around 15,000 Roman troops overcame
he mountain fortress at Masada in southern Israel.
With sacrifices finished, the abomination of desolation ended, the end times of the Old Covenant were complete.