Many miracles & wonders were being done among the people through the witnesses (239).
For example, sick people were often carried out into the streets & placed on mats, because many had been healed just by Peter’s shadow falling on them when he passed by.
Crowds of people came in from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing those who were sick or who had evil spirits in them, and they were all healed.
The body of believers frequently met together in an area of the temple called Solomon’s Porch. Some people spoke highly of them but didn’t dare join them, for fear of being condemned by the Jewish religious authorities. However, many other men & women believed in God & began to follow Jesus as members of the body.
As a result, the High Priest & the Sadducees became extremely jealous of the witnesses, so they arrested all 12 of them all & put them in the public prison.
But that night an angel of God opened the prison gates & led the witnesses out! The angel told them, “Go into the temple, and teach the people about the new life they can have in Jesus.”
So at dawn the witnesses obediently entered the temple & started teaching about Jesus.
Meanwhile, the High Priest called all the Jewish elders for a full meeting of their council. Agents were sent to the prison to bring the 12 witnesses before them.
But when the agents didn’t find the witnesses in the prison, they returned to the Council with this report: “When we arrived at the jail, we found it locked up tight & all the guards on watch at the gates. But when we opened the gates, we found no one inside!”
(239) Acts 5:12-23