In the Book of Acts, the apostle Luke writes, “in the first account, I composed about all the things Jesus started both to do and to teach, until the day that He was taken up, after He had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles.
“To these also by many positive proofs, He showed Himself alive after He had suffered, being seen by them through 40 days and telling the things about the kingdom of God.
“And while He was meeting with them, He gave them the orders: Do not withdraw from Jerusalem, but keep waiting for what the Father has promised, about which you heard from me, because John, indeed, baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days after this.
“Lord,” they asked, “are You restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?”
He answered: “It is not yours to know the time or season which the Father has placed in His own judgment, but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit arrives upon you, and you will be witnesses of me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the most distant parts of the earth.”
And after he had said these things, while they watched, He was lifted up and a cloud caught Him up from their vision. And as they were gazing into the sky, two men in white garments stood alongside them, and they said: “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus who was received up from you into the sky will come thus in the same manner as you have beheld him going into the sky.”
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