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A copy of the Book of Acts in the Turkish Archives at Constantinople carries one

In the late 1700's C.S. Sannini published, "Sannini's Travels in Turkey and

Greece." "...interleaved in it was a copy of a manuscript found in the Archives

of Constantinople, was presented to him by the Sultan Abdaul Achmet, which

manuscript proved to be the 29th chapter of the Book of Acts, showing the travels

of Paul into Spain and Britain. That Paul went into Spain is beyond question

because the Spanish Government recently issued Commemorative Stamps to celebrate

his landing in Spain. Therefore, without going into a long discussion as to the

authenticity of the manuscript, which can be proven beyond doubt, we present Acts

Chapter 29 here for your convenience, study and reference:

     "(1) And Paul, full of the blessings of Christ, and abounding in the spirit,

     departed out of Rome, determining to go into Spain, for he had a long time

     proposed to journey thitherward, and was minded also to go from thence to

     Britain. (2) For he had heard in Phoenicia that certain of the children of

     Israel, about the time of the Assyrian captivity, had escaped by sea to "The

     Isles afar off" as spoken by the Prophet Esdras and called by the

     Romans‑‑Britain. (3) And the Lord commanded the gospel to be preached far

     hence to the Gentiles, and to the lost sheep of the House of Israel [See

     Acts 9:15‑23]. (4) And no man hindered Paul; for he testified boldly of

     Jesus before the tribunes and among the people...he took with him certain of

     the brethren which abode with him at Rome, and they took shipping at Oatrium

     and having the winds fair, were brought safely into a haven of Spain. (5)

     And much people were gathered together from the towns and villages, and the

     hill country, for they had heard of the conversion of the Apostle...the many

     miracles which he had wrought. (6)...Paul preached mightily in Spain, and

     great multitudes believed and were converted, for they perceived he was an

    Apostle sent from God. (7)...they departed out of Spain, and Paul and his

     company finding a ship in Armorica sailing unto Britain, they remained

     therein, and passing along the south coast, they reached a port called

     Rephinus [A Roman name for Sandwich, in Kent. Which during olden times there

     was, still standing in Sandwich, an old house called the "House of the

     Apostles" and tradition has it that Paul was one of the Apostles]. (8) Now

     when it was voiced abroad that the Apostle had landed on their coast, great

     multitudes of the inhabitants met him, they treated Paul courteously and he

     entered in at the east gate of their city, and lodged in the house of an

     Hebrew and one of his own nation [Benjamin]. (9) And on the morrow he came

     and stood upon Mount Lud [Ludgate Hill and Broadway where St. Paul's

     Cathedral stands in London, England] and the people thronged at the gate,

     and assembled in the Broadway and he preached Christ unto them, and they

     believed the Word and the testimony of Jesus. (10) And at even the Holy

     Ghost fell upon Paul, and he prophesied, saying, Behold in the last days the

     God of Peace shall dwell in the cities, and the inhabitants thereof shall be

     numbered; and in the seventh numbering of the people their eyes shall be

     opened, and the glory of their inheritance shine forth before them. The

     nations shall come up to worship on the mount that testifieth of the

     patience and long suffering of a servant of the Lord. (11) And in the latter

     days new tidings of the Gospel shall issue forth out of Jerusalem, and the

     hearts of the people shall rejoice, and behold, fountains shall be opened,

     and there shall be no more plague. (12) In those days there shall be wars

     and rumors of war; and a king shall rise up, and his sword, shall be for the

     healing of the nations, and his peacemaking shall abide, and the glory of

     his kingdom a wonder among Princes. (13) And it came to pass that certain of

     the Druids came unto Paul privately, and showed by their rites and

     ceremonies they were descended from the Judahites which escaped from bondage

     in the land of Egypt, and the Apostle believed these things, and he gave

     them the kiss of peace. (14)...Paul abode in his lodging three months

     confirming in the faith and preaching Christ continually. (15) and after

     these things Paul and his brethren departed from Raphinus and sailed unto

     Atum in Gaul. (16) And Paul preached in the Roman garrison and among the

     people, exhorting all men to repent and confess their sins. (17) And there

     came to him certain of the Belgae to enquire of him of the new doctrine, and

     of the man Jesus; and Paul opened his heart unto them and told them all

     things that had befallen him, howbeit, that Christ Jesus came into the world

     to save sinners; and they departed pondering among themselves upon the

     things which they had heard. (18) And after much preaching and toil, Paul

     and his fellow labourers passed into Helvetia, and came to mount Pontius

     Pilate, where he who condemned the Lord Jesus dashed himself down headlong,

     and so miserably perished. (19)...immediately a torrent gushed out of the

     mountain and washed his body, broken in pieces, into a lake. (20) And Paul

     stretched forth his hands upon the waters, and prayed unto the Lord, saying,

     O Lord God, give a sign unto all nations that here Pontius Pilate which

     condemned thine only‑‑begotten Son, plunged down heading into the pit. (21)

     And while Paul was yet speaking, behold, there came a great earthquake, and

     the face of the waters was changed, and the form of the lake like unto the

     Son of Man hanging in an agony upon the Cross. (22) And a voice came out of

     heaven saying, Even Pilate hath escaped the wrath to come [second death] for

     he washed his hands before the multitude at the blood‑shedding of the Lord

     Jesus [Matthew 27:24]. (23) When, therefore, Paul and those that were with

     him saw the earthquake, and heard the voice of the angel, they glorified

     God, and were mightily strengthened in the spirit. (24) And they journeyed

     and came to Mount Julius where stood pillars, one on the right hand and one

     on the left hand, erected by Caesar Augustus. (25) And Paul, filled with the

     Holy Ghost, stood up between the two pillars, saying, Men and brethren,

     these stones which ye see this day shall testify of my journey hence; and

     verily I say, they shall remain until the outpouring of the spirit upon all

     nations, neither shall the way be hindered throughout all generations.  (26)

     And they went forth and came into Illtricum, intending to go by Macedonia

     into Asia, and grace was found in all the churches, and they prospered and

     had peace. Amen!"

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