"The Rule" The Mid Acts Dilemma
How would you go about fixing a flat tire?
Simple. Put air in it and it is not flat anymore.
But what if it goes flat again?
You did not really fix the problem did you?
You saw the tire needed air so you aired it up, but it leaked out again,
so you aired it up again, it goes flat again, and you air it up again.
This is not fixing the problem. What you have to do is figure out why
the air is leaking out of the tire. In other words you have to look
for what is CAUSING the problem. It could be a puncture
in the tire itself, a cracked rim or even a leaky valve stem.
Once you search for what is CAUSING the problem and
find it, then you can fix it. The problem is the tire is flat. You cannot
fix the problem with the tire until you find out what is CAUSING
the problem, so finding what is CAUSING the problem
is the beginning of the solution to the problem.
There is a problem among grace believers and that problem is when the
body of Christ started. It’s not really a problem unless you let
it be a problem.
A fellow Grace preacher e-mailed me a while back. He is an Acts 9 believer
and he went to a bible conference. All the other preachers there were
Acts 13 believers. Because of this, he said that he was treated as a
Why did this happen?
Why would a brother treat another brother so rudely just because he
believes the body of Christ started a few years earlier?
I guarantee you that all of them in this present day teach that Christ
died and paid for sins and was buried and rose again and that you are
saved by grace through faith not of works lest any man should boast.
So what is the big deal?
According to our calendar, one preacher believes the body of Christ
started 1976 years ago, another preacher believes it started 1972 years
Is this worth treating your brethren rudely? Are you going to let a
disagreement on a starting time allow you to break fellowship with your
Now let’s turn this around. What if it were a conference where
the majority was Acts 9 preachers and an Acts 2 preacher showed up?
If you were an Acts 9 preacher would you treat them rudely? What about
any combination of believers?
This is childish nonsense. At the judgment seat of Christ there will
be no division among believers. We will all be as one. There will be
no Acts 2 believers or Acts 9 believers, or Baptists, or Methodists,
or dispensationalists, or theologians.
Paul said in 1st Corinthians 8,
“1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know
that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
2 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing
yet as he ought to know.”
Knowledge puffs up. Knowledge does not edify. Charity edifies.
NONE OF US know anything as we ought to know.
Treating your brethren rudely just because you think you know more than
them is simply foolishness.
In John 13 Jesus said,
“34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one
another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love
one to another.”
Please do not tell me that you are under grace and that you do not need
to love your brethren because I will not buy it and neither will Jesus
when you stand before him at the judgment seat of Christ.
I will have my fair share of problems at the judgment seat of Christ
but treating my brethren that disagree with me as an enemy, outcast
or reprobate will not be one of them.
This is what I mean by this mid-Acts dilemma causing a problem. It’s
only a problem if you allow it to be a problem. I’m an Acts 9
believer and I do not have any problem with my Acts 2, 9, 11, 13 or
28 brethren or any brethren for that matter. I do not treat them as
enemies, outcasts or reprobates and when I put on a bible conference
they are all welcome to attend and teach.
Call me weird or an oddball, but the Lord does not want division in
the body of Christ. Treating your brethren as a reprobate definitely
causes division. I can fellowship and discuss scripture with any believer
and have a wonderful time doing it.
Anyway, back to the division problem. Among mid-Acts believers, we have
Acts 9, Acts 11 and Acts 13 believers and maybe a few more different
Personally, it doesn’t matter to me which position you take. I
can fellowship with anyone that wants to fellowship with me. As long
as you are teaching that Christ died and paid for sins and that you
are saved by grace through faith during this dispensation of grace you
are OK in my book.
I would not have any problem teaching side by side with you at a bible
conference. Been there, done that.
But some brethren that are Acts 9 only want to fellowship with like-minded
Acts 9 believers. The same goes with Acts 2, 11, 13 or 28. They only
want to fellowship with like-minded believers. Once again, this just
causes division in the body of Christ.
Now there is definitely a division problem among mid-Acts believers.
But what is causing the problem?
Many mid-Acts teachers have gotten together and discussed their different
views with each other but it was in vain and they have went their separate
ways. It’s like airing up the tire that keeps going flat. You
can air it up as many times as you want but you are wasting your time
because you think continuing to air it up will eventually fix the problem
but it is not. You have to look for what is causing the problem.
Let’s say you have an Acts 9 teacher and an Acts 13 teacher. They
both have their different views on when the body started. They can talk
back and forth with one another until they are blue in the face because
they have not been looking for what is CAUSING the
division problem between them.
If they never see what is causing the division problem, then the problem
will never be fixed. Finding the cause is the beginning of the solution
to the problem.
What is causing the problem is “the Rule”. Once again,
If you believe Peter’s gospel it puts you into the new covenant
church (kingdom church) and if you believe Paul’s gospel it puts
you into the one new man (the body of Christ). If Peter preaches to
you, you go into the new covenant church and if Paul preaches to you,
you go into the one new man.
Let’s say the Acts 9 preacher and the Acts 13 preacher both believe
that “the Rule” is correct. By taking this teaching they
both see that you have to have Paul’s gospel in order to get into
the body of Christ, so the body of Christ cannot start until the gospel
is preached and it cannot be preached until Paul gets it.
They both believe that Peter did not teach that Christ died and paid
for sins but rather that Christ died and paid for sins was exclusive
to only Paul.
So here is the division problem, if “the Rule” is correct,
then the body of Christ could not have began until Paul received the
gospel that Christ died and paid for sins.
So when did Paul receive this gospel?
Thus we have our problem.
The Acts 9 believers say that he got it in Acts 9 and the Acts 13 believers
say he got it in Acts 13.
The amazing thing about this problem is that you cannot prove anything
by the book of Acts because the book of Acts does not record anywhere
in it that Christ died and paid for sins. If you use just the book of
Acts, it’s all guesswork.
In a previous installment of “the Rule” titled, “the
Rule – The Gospels”, we covered this problem of when Paul
received that Christ died for sins in some detail, so we don’t
need to cover that again. But rather we will look at this problem from
a different approach.
If you have followed along in all the installments of “the Rule”,
then you should be able to see at least a few flaws in “the Rule’
thus far, namely that Peter and the apostles also taught that Christ
died and paid for sins.
One thing for sure that can clear up this division between Acts 9, 11,
and 13 brethren is to show that Cornelius was in the one new man. Many
Acts 9 believers DO NOT believe that Cornelius was in the one new man,
but if they eventually saw this, it would help confirm their belief
that the one new man started with the apostle Paul.
And of course, if an Acts 11 or 13 believer saw that Cornelius was in
the one new man, then they would understand that the one new man started
earlier than they previously thought. This would definitely clear up
some of our division problems.
As mentioned, we have already discussed about who received when Christ
died for sins. Now we are going to look at this mid-Acts problem from
a different point of view. We are going to look at this not from a “when
was the gospel given” point of view but rather a view based upon
timing, Daniel’s seventy weeks, the number of years and when the
dispensation of grace was given unto the Gentiles.
Here is the first question:
What caused the gap between Daniel’s 69th and 70th weeks?
What caused Daniel’s prophecy to stop?
In Daniel 9 it says,
“24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon
thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins,
and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting
righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint
the most Holy.”
So here in Daniel’s prophecy he gives a time frame in which God
will be dealing with his people. Just about every preacher knows that
Daniel’s seventieth week has not occurred yet and that the 69th
and 70th weeks have a gap in between them.
Once again, what caused this gap?
Let’s look at this chart of the 69th and 70th weeks without the
Here on this chart we have the beginning of the 69th week, which starts
with the 477th year of Daniels prophecy and goes all the way to the
490th year of the prophecy and there is no gap in between them.
Jesus died on the cross the 14th day of the fist month of the 483rd
year of Daniels’ prophecy at about 3:00 in the afternoon. To see
why this is, you might want to read this article:
But something happened that caused the prophecy to cease. What caused
it to cease is that Israel fell and became Loammi not God’s people.
Here is an article about when Israel became Loammi:
When Israel fell, God opened the door to the Gentiles by giving them
the one new man and the dispensation of grace. Israel in part was blinded
and broken off of the good olive tree and the Gentiles were grafted
into the good olive tree.
This chart shows the 69th and 70th weeks with the gap between them caused
by the dispensation of grace given to the Gentiles which includes the
one new man:
This animation shows the 69th and 70th weeks closed together with no
gap, then the gap opens up and the dispensation of grace separates the
69th and 70th weeks and the one new man is given. This is when Israel
fell and were broken off of the good olive tree and the Gentiles were
grafted in as the animation shows. When the one new man is taken out
of the way, commonly known as the rapture, Israel will be grafted back
into the good olive tree and at this time Daniel’s prophecy can
So what we have here is that the prophecy stopped for
a reason and it will start back up for a reason and those reasons are
that the dispensation of grace was given unto the Gentiles and the dispensation
of grace shall be taken away.
Question time again.
When did God open the door to the Gentiles?
What caused Daniel’s prophecy to stop?
What will cause Daniel’s prophecy to start again?
When was Israel broken off of the good olive tree?
When were the Gentiles grafted into the good olive tree?
When did God cleanse the Gentiles?
When did the dispensation of grace begin?
When did God give the one new man?
Now what we have seen is that “the Rule” is what causes
the division problem. “The Rule” is an incorrect teaching
and it causes division in the body of Christ.
The division between the Acts 9, Acts 11 and Acts 13 preachers is when
Paul received his gospel. But there are many other factors that need
to be figured into this equation, not just when Paul received his gospel.
Let’s check out the time frame between Acts 9 and Acts 13 and
see how big of a period of time we are talking about.
We know for sure that Paul got saved on the road to Damascus. In Galatians
1 Paul says,
“15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my
mother's womb, and called me by his grace,
16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen;
immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before
me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode
with him fifteen days.
19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.
20 Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie
21 Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;”
So what we have here is Paul giving us a record that a minimum of 3
years passed from the time he got saved till the time he went to Syria
and Cilicia which is where the city of Tarsus is. More than likely it
was longer than this, but we know for sure it was a minimum of 3 years.
In Acts 9 it says,
“30 Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down
to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.”
This matches Galatians 1 where Paul says he went into the regions of
Syria and Cilicia. So Paul hung out in Tarsus for an unknown period
of time. In Acts 11 it says,
“25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:
26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came
to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church,
and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first
So here we have Barnabas finding Saul in Tarsus and he brought him to
Antioch. Here at Antioch they taught for a whole year. This brings us
to a minimum of 4 years passing since Paul got saved. Now let’s
move on to Acts 13,
“1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain
prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger,
and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod
the tetrarch, and Saul.
2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate
me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.”
Right here in verse 2 is where our Acts 13 brethren say that this is
when the one new man began, when the Holy Ghost separated Barnabas and
So from the scriptures we covered from the time of Paul’s conversion
to Acts 13 we saw a MINIMUM of at least 4 years that took place. We
know there was more, but we definitely see a minimum of 4 years.
So what we are going to do is take this Acts 13 position and put it
on a time chart and give it a minimum of 4 years between the time of
Paul’s conversion and Acts 13. Let’s say the dispensation
of grace and the one new man started in Acts 13 when the Holy Ghost
called out Barnabas and Saul. Let’s see it on a visual chart:
So what we have here is we have Daniel’s 69th week which ends
in the 483rd year, but we have go a minimum of 4 years more into Daniel’s
prophecy because God has not opened the door unto the Gentiles yet and
has not given the dispensation of grace unto the Gentiles yet. So what
we have to do is take 4 years of the 70th week and put it right after
the 483rd year of the 69th week. This presents a problem because it
only leaves 3 years left in Daniel’s prophecy and splits the 70th
week into two parts.
But let’s go ahead and stop Daniel’s prophecy at the end
of the 69th week and look at it this way:
Now we have the prophecy stopping as it should but we have a minimum
4 year gap of unexplained time. It’s not Daniels prophecy, it’s
not the dispensation of grace, it’s not the mystery, it’s
not the one new man. What is it? It just doesn’t make sense and
it doesn’t line up with scripture.
If Israel fell at the end of the 69th week but the Gentiles were not
grafted in until a minimum of 4 years later, it just doesn’t make
sense. This means that the dispensation of grace DID NOT separate Daniel’s
69th and 70th weeks and if the dispensation of grace did not cause the
split, what did?
If the dispensation of grace did not cause the prophecy to stop at the
end of the 69th week, what did? The bible says in Romans 11,
“11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall?
God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the
Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.”
Israel fell at the end of the 69th week. This is what caused the prophecy
to stop. And it was through their fall that salvation came unto the
Gentiles. When Israel fell, God gave salvation unto the Gentiles.
In Acts 9 the Lord told Ananias,
“15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is
a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings,
and the children of Israel:”
In Acts 26 Paul is talking to King Agrippa about his conversion on the
road to Damascus and he said that Jesus told him:
“16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared
unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both
of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which
I will appear unto thee;
17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom
now I send thee,
18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and
from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness
of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that
is in me.”
So here we have the Lord Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus telling
Paul that he is going to send him to the Gentiles and right after this
he told Ananias that he is sending Paul to the Gentiles.
How could Jesus tell Paul in Acts 9 that he is sending him to the Gentiles
if he had not yet opened the door unto the Gentiles?
He could because he already opened it. In Acts 10 the Lord told Peter,
“15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time,
What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.”
The Lord was showing Peter that he cleansed the Gentiles. The Lord had
already opened the door unto the Gentiles in Acts 10 and Paul tells
us he did this by giving the one new man and the dispensation of grace.
Most Acts 11 or 13 believers believe in a pre-trib rapture. They believe
that when the one new man is taken up this ends the dispensation of
grace and Daniels prophecy resumes at this time and the seventieth week
They believe the taking of the one new man resumes the prophecy of the
seventieth week but they don’t believe the giving of the one new
man ends the 69th week, which does not make any sense.
The giving of the one new man is what made the prophecy split between
the 69th week and the 70th week. You cannot say the 69th week ends then
there is a minimum of 4 unexplained years then the one new man begins
then at the end the one new man is taken out of the way and the 70th
week immediately starts. God does everything decently and in order.
“The Rule” is what causes the mid-Acts problem.
“The Rule” will not allow people to see the flaw in the
split between the 69th week and the 70th week.
As we mentioned earlier, looking at the flaw in the split between the
69th week and the 70th week will allow mid-Acts brethren to see this
division problem from a whole new perspective.
Allowing Daniel’s prophecy to continue past the 69th week causes
some serious issues and takes away the years from the 7 year tribulation
Starting the dispensation of grace and the one new man a minimum of
4 years after the end of the 69th week leaves an unexplained gap of
time that scripturally makes no sense at all. If it is not prophecy
or mystery then what is it? It just doesn’t make sense.
This is our last installment to “The Rule”. As you can see,
“The Rule” causes many division problems in the body of
Christ. I do not know who made up “The Rule”, but I wish
they would not have because it has caused plenty of problems.
As we started out this study with the example of the flat tire, you
cannot fix the problem until you find out what is the cause of the problem.
Once you know the cause of the problem, then the problem can be fixed.
“The Rule” is the cause of many division problems in the
body of Christ but not all of them. But now realizing what the cause
to the problem is, we can overcome some of our division issues and work
towards unity as the Lord beseeches us to do in 1st Corinthians 1:10
“10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord
Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no
divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the
same mind and in the same judgment.”