Now Peter is caught too with Herod determined to put him to death. Peter did not need to be worried because Jesus had told him how he would die. Jesus had used the term, when you are "old" and Peter was not that old at this moment in time. Peter was fast asleep when the Angels came and tapped him and said "arise up quickly" and then his chains fell off. peter must have thought he was dreaming when the angel said follow me. Finally Peter realizes that this is not a dream and went into the city. The text reads, he came to himself.
We sing "It is no secret what God can do." We have notable Christians in prison in this world right now. One is in North Korea, another in Iran and another in Sudan. Can God still do the same today? Absolutely! I pray that God will step in and intervene on their behalf. However, James was allowed to be killed, while Peter was released and allowed to live. We must learn to trust God's sovereignty either way.