Acts 21:7 – 14
We continued our voyage from Tyre and landed at Ptolemais, where we greeted the brothers and stayed with them for a day. Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea and stayed at the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the Seven. He had four unmarried daughters who had the gift of prophecy.
After we had been there a number of days, a prophet name Agabus came down from Judea. Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jews of Jerusalem will bind their owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles’ “.
When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”
The architecture, stairs leading up through an archway, guide our eyes through the narrative of this fresco. Agabus sits on the ground with his hands and feet bound with Paul’s belt, as he prophecies about Paul’s future imprisonment in Jerusalem. Paul and three companions stand to Agabus’ left. Paul says he must continue to Jerusalem, while his friends try to dissuade him from going. To their right, three women stand on the stairs. The one with the red and green garments appears to respond in surprise at the commotion below. The second looks at her, and the third points upward. Might these be three of the four daughters of Philip who prophecy also? Through the archway, we see a lone figure. Who is he? Some unrelated person in a street scene? One of the brothers in Caesarea? Someone spying on Paul? The story and painting leave this to our speculation.