“When I had returned
I was praying
In the Temple.
I fell into a trance.”
Ἐγένετο δέ μοι ὑποστρέψαντι εἰς Ἱερουσαλὴμ καὶ προσευχομένου μου ἐν τῷ ἱερῷ γενέσθαι με ἐν ἐκστάσει
The author of Acts indicated that Paul said that when he returned (Ἐγένετο δέ μοι ὑποστρέψαντι) to Jerusalem (εἰς Ἱερουσαλὴμ), he was praying (καὶ προσευχομένου μου) in the Temple (ἐν τῷ ἱερῷ). There he fell (γενέσθαι με) into a trance (ἐν ἐκστάσει). Paul did not mention his preaching in Damascus and his three year stay there as indicated in 9:19-25 and what he said in Galatians, chapter 1:17-18. This discourse here seems to imply that the incident in Damascus and his trip back to Jerusalem were very close to each other. In fact, Paul spent over three years in the Damascus area. Also, there was nothing about a trance or vision in the Temple, in the earlier story about his return to Jerusalem in chapter 9:26-30. However, Peter had somewhat of a similar experience in chapter 10:10, when he was in Joppa and got his vision about eating unclean foods. This trance of Paul led to a special communication with God. Have you ever had a special communication with God?