ACTS (It's Time to ACT!)
32As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the Lord’s people who lived in Lydda (MEANS “STRIFE”—SHADOW PICTURE OF OUR COUNTRY TODAY). 33There he found a man named Aeneas (MEANS “TO PRAISE”), who was paralyzed (INACTIVE CHURCH) and had been bedridden for eight years (8 INDICATES OVERABUNDANCE OR CHURCH HAD BEEN INACTIVE WAY TOO LONG). 34“Aeneas (YOUR RECENT PRAISE HAS CAUGHT MY ATTENTION),” Peter (THE ROCK, FOUNDATION) said to him, “Jesus Christ heals you. Get up (ARISE—RISE UP IN INDIGNATION) and roll up your mat.” (ARISE AND GET MOVING—INACTIVITY IS NO LONGER AN OPTION) Immediately Aeneas got up. 35All those who lived in Lydda (THE LAND OF STRIFE) and Sharon (“THE PLAINS” MEANS THAT STIFF-NECKED TREES HAVE BEEN HEWN DOWN BY REPENTANCE AND GROUND IS NOW LEVELLED AND CLEARED READY FOR REPLANTING REPENTANT TREES LIKE ASH, EVERGREEN AND PALM. ALSO IS A SHADOW PICTURE OF JOHN THE BAPTIST (AGAIN REPENTANCE) LEVELING THE GROUND TO MAKE WAY FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD) saw him and turned to the Lord. (REPENTANCE)
36In Joppa (PLACE OF DEPARTURE FOR JONAH WHO DIDN’T WANT TO PREACH REPENTANCE BUT ULTIMATELY OBEYED GOD AND BROUGHT ABOUT REPENTANCE TO WICKED NINEVAH) there was a disciple named Tabitha (GRACEFUL GAZELLE: INDICATING SPEED. JUDGMENTS ARE COMING SPEEDILY AND REPENTANCE WILL COME ABOUT SPEEDILY) SHE HAS TWO NAMES: ONE IS HEBREW AND ONE IN GREEK TO INDICATE ISRAEL/AMERICA OR JEWS/GENTILE (in Greek her name is Dorcas (AGAIN MEANS GAZELLE/DOE=SOMEONE WHO IS BEAUTIFUL TO THE LORD “DOE-EYED”); she was always doing good and helping the poor (CHRISTIAN CHURCH IS KNOWN FOR DOING GOOD SOCIAL WORKS BUT WE HAVE BEEN LACKING HOLY SPIRIT POWER). 37About that time she became sick (APOSTATE) and died (LACK OF HOLY SPIRIT POWER HAS CAUSED THE SPIRIT TO LEAVE OUR CHURCH BODY), and her body was washed (WITH WATER BUT NEEDS TO BE ANOINTED WITH OIL) and placed in an upstairs room (UPPER ROOM INDICATES A PLACE WHERE WE AWAIT THE COMING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT). 38Lydda (STRIFE RIDDEN LOCATION) was near Joppa (A PORT WHERE WE CAN LAUNCH OFF INTO REPENTANCE AND TURN AROUND); so when the disciples heard that Peter (THE ROCK, OUR FOUNDATION) was in Lydda (STRIFE RIDDEN LOCATION), they sent two men (TWO WITNESSES IN THE NATURE OF JOHN THE BAPTIST AND ELIJAH—REPENTANCE AND HOLY SPIRIT WITNESSES) to him and urged him, “Please come at once!” (PRAYING FOR REPENTANCE—WE DESPERATELY NEED YOU NOW LORD!)
39Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows (INDICATING LACK OF A HUSBAND—DIVORCED FROM GOD) stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing (SPIRITUAL GARMENTS/GARMENTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS) that Dorcas had made while she was still with them (WHEN THE CHURCH STILL HAD THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT—PREVIOUS GREAT AWAKENINGS).
40Peter sent them all out of the room (SEPARATE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT MARRIED TO GOD—SEPARATE THE SHEEP FROM THE GOATS); then he got down on his knees (REPENTANCE) and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman (DEAD CHURCH), he said, “Tabitha (GAZELLE/SPEED—WILL HAPPEN QUICKLY), get up (ARISE).” She opened her eyes (SPIRITUAL EYES—SAW HER DEAD STATE), and seeing Peter (RECOGNIZING ONCE AGAIN THE ROCK OF HER FOUNDATION) she sat up (AROSE). 41He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. (JESUS WILL LIFT US UP). Then he called for the believers, especially the widows (SHOWED THOSE WHO WERE “GOOD” BUT NOT SPIRIT-FILLED WHAT AN ALIVE CHURCH LOOKS LIKE), and presented her to them alive. 42This became known all over Joppa (REPENTANCE LAUNCH), and many people believed in the Lord. 43Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon (TANNERS ARE UNCLEAN---THEY SKIN DEAD BODIES FOR A LIVING…IT IS A SMELLY NASTY PROFESSION AND THE JEWS STEERED CLEAR OF TANNERS---THEIR PROFESSION WAS REGARDED AS A NECESSARY FUNCTION BUT WITH HIGH DISTASTEFULNESS) HOWEVER, SKINNING OF DEAD BODIES AND CURING/BEATING THE SKINS TO PROVIDE NECESSARY CLOTHING IS AN IMPORTANT FUNCTION. SO THIS REPRESENTS STRIPPING OUR DEAD BODIES OF IMPURE OUTER GARMENTS, “BEATING” THEM INTO SUBMISSION SO THEY CAN BECOME USEFUL GARMENTS FOR US TO KEEP US “COVERED” WITH THE OUTER GARMENT OF HOLINESS DURING TIMES OF HARSH WEATHER (STRIFE). THE NAME SIMON MEANS: “HE HAS HEARD” OR “LISTENING”.
GOD IS LISTENING TO OUR PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION/REPENTANCE.