Acts 1:6-9 (ANIV)
6 So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
9 After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
TIME OF DAY:
Indeterminate… sunshine, from above.
Jesus, 11 of the 12 disciples: Simon/Peter, Andrew, James (son of Zebedee), John (son of Zebedee), Bartholomew/Nathaniel, James/Cleopas (son of Alphaeus), Matthew/Levi, Philip, Simon the zealot, Thaddeus/Judas (son of James), Thomas/Didymus.
NOTE: Judas Iscariot had hanged himself by this time.
Used Google Earth to get picture of scenery, from the Mount of Olives looking WSW. You can see the Dead Sea in the distance. Location = 31 deg 46’ 33.50” N 35 deg 15’ 01.98” E
There is a difference in the locations stated in Luke’s gospel (Bethany) when compared to that of Acts (Mount of Olives)…
Luke 24:50-52 (NLT)
Then Jesus led them to Bethany, and lifting his hands to heaven, he blessed them.
While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up to heaven.
They worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy.
Although Bethany is not far from the Mount of Olives!
Just a thought: What would you have done, if you were one of he disciples & Jesus was ascending into heaven before you… would you wave goodbye!? Originally I drew their upraised hands in worship, but adding the “whizz lines” I realised that they look like they are waving goodbye! But then again, perhaps some of them might well have done that very thing… and maybe we would have too?!
Just another thought… The scripture says that Jesus’ disciples were with him when He ascended. I have drawn the 12 disciples, but I could have included the various women who supported Jesus’ ministry as well, there could well have been other, unspecified disciples present as well.