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The Scofield Bible Commentary, by Cyrus Ingerson Scofield, [1917], at

Acts Chapter 1

Acts 1:4

act 1:4

being assembled

Or, eating with them.

ye have heard

Or, heard from me.

Acts 1:6

act 1:6

again the kingdom to Israel

For forty days, the risen Lord had been instructing the apostles "of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God," doubtless, according to His custom (Luk 24:27); (Luk 24:32); (Luk 24:44); (Luk 24:45) teaching them out of the Scriptures. One point was left untouched, namely, the time when He would restore the kingdom to Israel; hence the apostles' question. The answer was according to His repeated teaching; the time was God's secret. (Mat 24:36); (Mat 24:42); (Mat 24:44); (Mat 25:13); (Th1 5:1).


(See Scofield) - (Mat 3:2).

Acts 1:11

act 1:11


The two Advents -- Summary:

(1) The Old Testament foreview of the coming Messiah is in two aspects -- that of rejection and suffering (as, for example, in Isaiah 53), and that of earthly glory and power (as, for example, in Isaiah 11; Jeremiah 23, and Ezekiel 37). Often these two aspects blend in one passage (for example Psalm 2). The prophets themselves were perplexed by this seeming contradiction (Pe1 1:10); (Pe1 1:11). It was solved by partial fulfilment. In due time the Messiah, born of a virgin according to Isaiah, appeared among men and began His ministry by announcing the predicted kingdom as "at hand."

(See Scofield) - (Mat 4:17).

The rejection of King and kingdom followed.

(2) Thereupon the rejected King announced His approaching crucifixion, resurrection, departure, and return (Matthew 24, 25). (Mat 12:38-40); (Mat 16:1-4); (Mat 16:21); (Mat 16:27); (Luk 12:35-46); (Luk 17:20-36); (Luk 18:31-34); (Luk 19:12-27).

(3) He uttered predictions concerning the course of events between His departure and return (Mat 13:1-50); (Mat 16:18); (Mat 24:4-26).

(4) This promised return of Christ becomes a prominent theme in the Acts, Epistles, and Revelation.

Taken together, the New Testament teachings concerning the return of Jesus Christ may be summarized as follows:

(1) That return is an event, not a process, and is personal and corporeal (Mat 23:39); (Mat 24:30); (Mat 25:31); (Mar 14:62); (Luk 17:24); (Joh 14:3); (Act 1:11); (Phi 3:20); (Phi 3:21); (Th1 4:14-17).

(2) His coming has a threefold relation: to the church, to Israel, to the nations.

(a) To the church the descent of the Lord into the air to raise the sleeping and change the living saints is set forth as a constant expectation and hope (Mat 24:36); (Mat 24:44); (Mat 24:48-51); (Mat 25:13); (Co1 15:51); (Co1 15:52); (Phi 3:20); (Th1 1:10); (Th1 4:14-17); (Ti1 6:14); (Tit 2:13); (Rev 22:20).

(b) To Israel, the return of the Lord is predicted to accomplish the yet unfulfilled prophecies of her national regathering, conversion, and establishment in peace and power under the Davidic Covenant (Act 15:14-17) with (Zac 14:1-9).

See "Kingdom (Old Testament)" (Sa2 7:8-17).

(See Scofield) - (Zac 13:8); (Luk 1:31-33).

(See Scofield) - (Co1 15:24).

(c) To the Gentile nations, the return of Christ is predicted to bring the destruction of the present political world-system (Dan 2:34); (Dan 2:35),

(See Scofield) - (Rev 19:11),

the judgment of (Mat 25:31-46) followed by world-wide Gentile conversion and participation in the blessings of the kingdom; (Isa 2:2-4); (Isa 11:10); (Isa 60:3); (Zac 8:3); (Zac 8:20); (Zac 8:23); (Zac 14:16-21).

Acts 1:12

act 1:12


About 4854 feet.

Acts 1:13

act 1:13


The Zealot.

Acts 1:20

act 1:20


(Greek, "episkopē", "overseership").

See "elders".

(See Scofield) - (Tit 1:5).

Acts 1:25

act 1:25



(See Scofield) - (Rom 3:23).

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