Ananias and Sapphira
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.