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Ananias and Sapphira

Updated on December 17, 2009

Acts4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and one soul, neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was of his own; but they had all things common.

4:34 Neither was there any among them that lacked; for as many that were posessors of land or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, and laid them down at the apostles feet.

It is commonly agreed that Luke was the author of the book of Acts. Therefore, would most likely have been one of these apostles collecting the money that the people were bringing forward and donating to the common fund.

These verses have always stirred curiosity in my mind. Being a child of the sixties, I was reminded of the days of the communes that sprang up across America in the sixties. I did a Google search for ‘first century communes’ and found a Jewish sect called the Essen’s . This sect had disdain for the sacrilegious behavior of the Sadducees and Pharisees. They most commonly lived in a commune type communities out side of the cities for they believed that their faith would be contaminated by city life. Simon Peter was born of an Essen father, therefore he was most likely of this persuasion.

Could the apostles have been preparing to establish a commune community out away from Jerusalem?

Acts 8:1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem and they were all scattered abroad through out the regions of Judea and Samaria except the apostles.

This does sound as if all of the Christians had left Jerusalem after selling their property and giving that money to the common fund. Their proceeds were put in a common fund leading me to believe that the apostles did in fact move the believers out into some type of commune community. It seems that Peter was keeping his promise to Jesus in doing all that he knew to do in protecting Jesus’s sheep.

Matthew 24:15 “When ye therefore see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet stand in the Holy Place , then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains”. It seems as though Peter did not wait until the last day to have the Christians flee into the mountains.

This seems to be just one more piece of circumstantial evidence that the disciples believed that the great tribulation that Jesus spoke of was to come during that generation that THEY were living in.

I myself can see no reason that the Christians are all selling their homes and giving the proceeds to a community fund. The next thing that we hear is there being no Christians in Jerusalem. I can not see them giving everything away and then going out in the desert living in poverty. I believe that the people followed the common treasury. I also believe that the motivating factor in doing this was that they were expecting Christ to return (SOON) in that generation.

I believe that we have been deceived concerning Christ's second coming, and all of the other prophetic messages as well. If a person has been properly deceived; they will fight for that belief unto their last breath, never realizing the deception. Scripture tells us that this will happen.
I believe that this prophesy also has already been fulfilled. And we are living in the last days after Satan is released out of his prison (1000 years) and he is now gathering the kings of the earth for the Last Battle of the Lord.
May God bless us all and give us streinth and understanding in the days to come.


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    • Jerami profile image

      jerami 8 years ago from Houston tx

      @ outofstep99 Thank you for your comment. I agree with most everything you added. I was inspired to add the last paragrapt to this hub. Thanks and May God bless us all.

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      outastep99 8 years ago

      Yes, I believe it was Luke as he starts both books in the like manner:

      "It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus," Luke 1:3

      "The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach," Acts 1:1

      I agree...not something to get caught up....Good article though. I find it interesting that the Dead Sea Scrolls were from the Essenes of that area as well. As for communes... I, for one, do not believe that they could work no matter how noble our intentions because the heart of man is wicked, which is likely why the communes probably did not work out back then, nor in the 60s.

      The collection of money to spread throughout the church was good in heart and since there was no State welfare system for the widows, orphans and handi-capped, it really was the churches job to take care of them. When it was done that way, it worked because money would not get used and spread thin to a bureaucracy. Unfortunately, as a nation, we took that function away from the church and now force people to give unwillingly through taxation and the amount of waste is incredible. So by the time the poor and needy actually get the money, there is not much left to help them....By forcing people to give, the churches end up with less in their tithes and offerings and therefore can only afford to do much less than they would like. This nation has turned this function into a hodge-podge of tangled twisted Christmas lights that no one can unravel.

      The only society that will ever have true peace and absolute contentment is the one governed by the Messiah Himself after we are given our incorruptible, glorified resurrection bodies. I can't wait for mine...

      "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin." Romans 7:24-25

      Praise be to God!!!

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      jerami 8 years ago from Houston tx

      You are absolutely correct about the Luke the physciision;Thank you. I do wonder though about the whole commune thing and the absence of Christ followers in Jerusalem when Saul went out after them???

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      M Cassian 8 years ago from Central California, USA

      From my understanding, I believe that it was Doctor Luke who recorded the book of Acts. Not Peter. But again, not an issue to get lost in.