In Paul's second letter to Timothy, believed by many scholars to contain some his last recorded words, he makes a statement which is devastating to Paul's claim to apostleship:
2 Timothy 1:15 "This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me;"
At that time, the term "Asia" referred to the area of modern-day Turkey. This is confirmed in the Book of Revelation, written to the "seven churches in Asia" (Revelation 1:4).
Ephesus, of course, was a city where Saul/Paul had attempted to win converts (see Paul’s letter to the Ephesians).
The fact that many Israelites in Asia opposed Saul/Paul is corroborated in the book of Acts where men from Asia accuse Paul of teaching against the Law, and bringing an Ephesian friend into the temple:
Acts 21: 27-29 "And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him, Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place. (For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)"
Now, examine what Yahshua the Messiah says to the Church at Ephesus in Revelation Chapter 2:
Revelation 2:1-2 "Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars"
Stop and consider the significance of this. Saul/Paul, the self-proclaimed "apostle", admits ALL of those in Asia, including the Ephesians, had rejected him. Then Yahshua commends the Ephesians for rejecting false apostles! If you have ears to hear and eyes to see, are you seeing/hearing this? Could it be much more obvious?
Here are the facts, paraphrased:
Paul to the Ephesians: "I am an apostle of Yahshua"
The Ephesians to Paul: "No you're not."
Yahshua to the Ephesians: "Well done!"
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