Great Famine

Great Famine in the World

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Great Famine
ACTS 11 COMMENTARY
Acts 11:25 Saul of Tarsus
Acts 11:26 Christian

Acts 11:27-30 Great Famine

Acts 12 Bible Study
ACTS 11:27-28  27 And in these days prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 Then one of them, named Agabus, stood up and showed by the Spirit that there was going to be a great famine throughout all the world, which also happened in the days of Claudius Caesar.

Did the prophecy about a "great famine" (Acts 11:27) come true?
Even secular sources mention this multi-year famine which affected the entire Roman world and lasted from 44 AD to 48 AD during Claudius' reign of 41 AD to 54 AD. The Roman historian Suetonius wrote that the famine was so great even in Rome that mobs abused Claudius Caesar - "When there was a scarcity of grain because of long-continued droughts, he was once stopped in the middle of the Forum by a mob and so pelted with abuse and at the same time with pieces of bread, that he was barely able to make his escape to the Palace by a back door; and after this experience he resorted to every possible means to bring grain to Rome, even in the winter season." (The Life of Claudius, Chapter 18)

ACTS 11:29-30  29 Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea. 30 This they also did, and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.

Why would the "brethren dwelling in Judea" (Acts 11:29) need more help during this famine than the brethren in Antioch?
At this time, the persecution of Christians was primarily by the Jewish authorities against those within their reach in Judea, who most likely lost their fields, property and homes before being imprisoned. The Roman persecution of Christians didn't start until 66 AD, so the church in Antioch at this time had more resources to share with their suffering Christian brothers and sisters in Judea.

Where are the churches of 'Judea' and 'Antioch' today?
Eighty percent of the world's Protestant wealth is in North America and most of it is spent on church buildings and social activities in the "Antioch" of North America instead of flowing to the starving, homeless and intensely persecuted Christians in the "Judea" of Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia. The right hand of the body of Christ continues to apply pedicure to the right foot while the left hand and foot remain bludgeoned and bleeding.

What will the Lord say to the right hand and foot?
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And He will put the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ “Then He will also say, to those on the left, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Truly I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into everlasting life.” (Matthew 25:31-46)

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