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Summary: A study of the book of Acts 19: 21 – 41

Acts 19: 21 – 41

It must be true; I heard it on TV

21 When these things were accomplished, Paul purposed in the Spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there, I must also see Rome.” 22 So he sent into Macedonia two of those who ministered to him, Timothy and Erastus, but he himself stayed in Asia for a time. 23 And about that time there arose a great commotion about the Way. 24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Diana, brought no small profit to the craftsmen. 25 He called them together with the workers of similar occupation, and said: “Men, you know that we have our prosperity by this trade. 26 Moreover you see and hear that not only at Ephesus, but throughout almost all Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away many people, saying that they are not gods which are made with hands. 27 So not only is this trade of ours in danger of falling into disrepute, but also the temple of the great goddess Diana may be despised and her magnificence destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worship.” 28 Now when they heard this, they were full of wrath and cried out, saying, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!” 29 So the whole city was filled with confusion, and rushed into the theater with one accord, having seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians, Paul’s travel companions. 30 And when Paul wanted to go in to the people, the disciples would not allow him. 31 Then some of the officials of Asia, who were his friends, sent to him pleading that he would not venture into the theater. 32 Some therefore cried one thing and some another, for the assembly was confused, and most of them did not know why they had come together. 33 And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander motioned with his hand, and wanted to make his defense to the people. 34 But when they found out that he was a Jew, all with one voice cried out for about two hours, “Great is Diana of the Ephesians!” 35 And when the city clerk had quieted the crowd, he said: “Men of Ephesus, what man is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is temple guardian of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Zeus? 36 Therefore, since these things cannot be denied, you ought to be quiet and do nothing rashly. 37 For you have brought these men here who are neither robbers of temples nor blasphemers of your goddess. 38 Therefore, if Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a case against anyone, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. Let them bring charges against one another. 39 But if you have any other inquiry to make, it shall be determined in the lawful assembly. 40 For we are in danger of being called in question for today’s uproar, there being no reason which we may give to account for this disorderly gathering.” 41 And when he had said these things, he dismissed the assembly.

In my prayers I have added not only prayers for our President but that our Precious Holy Lord will expose and eliminate the evil shadow government that is attempting to destroy this nation. This group is made up of evil men that are filthy rich and have nothing better to do then to use people for their main purpose of destroying this country. These same evil folks have been shrewd enough to buy the television and other media outlets to keep most Americans in the dark as to what is really going on in our country. In the Gospel of Matthew our Precious Lord Jesus informed us that in our lifetimes what we can expect is deceit. Unless you are an ostrich I think you are aware that you cannot believe what the news media dishes out. They do not give us the news. They manipulate what they want you to know. Being deceived doesn’t have anything to do with how smart you are.

Have you noticed the bombardment of the same stories of the media? Here is a test for you, pick out the same 3 major networks and write down as you channel surf what stories they are covering. I think you will find that pretty much all three are covering the same stories. When people keep hearing this information pretty soon they start to agree with the lies being forwarded. What we see is not new. This same deceit has been going on for thousands of years. We are going to see in this scripture how people are whipped up to riot because there are advised that their goddess Diana is being offended. In reality the truth is all about money. Those who made their livelihood felt that the new ‘Way’ would put them out of business so they wanted to snuff it out before that can possibly happen.

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