“And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out MY Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions and also on My menservants and on My maidservants, I will pour out My Spirit in those days.” (Joel 2:28-29 NKJV). 

Tomorrow marks the Christian celebration of Pentecost (50 days after the Resurrection of Jesus). Tonight at sundown, the Jewish celebration of Pentecost begins. (until sunset tomorrow) Due to the difference in the Hebrew calendar and the Gregorian calendar, the Jewish and Christian celebrations of Pentecost are usually on different days.

Nearly 2000 years ago, God poured out the Holy Spirit on the multitude who were in Jerusalem to celebrate the spring harvest and to offer to God their first fruits. The apostle Peter, a Galilean, was speaking, yet everyone from many nations heard God’s message in His and her own language. (Acts 2:1-47). Peter quoted a prophesy from Joel and the near fulfillment of this prophecy is what we celebrate as Pentecost. The outpouring of the Holy Sprit brought nearly 3000 people into God’s family. Signs and wonders were performed by the apostles. (verse 43). The Jewish faith recognizes the giving of the Law (Exodus 19-20) on Pentecost.

The seal of the Holy Spirit shows that we belong to Jesus, who has redeemed us from the Law. The Commandments reveal our sinful nature and show that all are in need of a savior. The growth of the Christian Church happened on this holy day. Will it happen again? Joel says so.

Joel speaks of God giving Israel both the former and latter rains. This refers to the spring and fall rains needed for the seasonal harvests. The fall Harvest is the Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles). Since God doesn’t change, we can expect a second and even greater harvest of believers during this Fall Holy Day. In the next post, I will show how this outpouring will occur within the final 7 years of this age and before the return of Jesus. EJ


What God Expects of from US.

Jesus gave up a life of Trinitarian fellowship with the Father and the Holy Spirit, in order to offer up His life as a sacrifice. None of us are good enough to earn eternal life. This payment was put upon the God who took on flesh and became man. His perfect life allowed the Father to offer His son up as an unblemished sacrifice. That one act of selfless love has given every person in world history the chance to enter God’s Eternal Kingdom.

Our job is to believe in Jesus’ perfect work on the cross and to repent of our sins. Jesus needs to be the Lord of every aspect of our lives. We also need to believe that He was resurrected from the dead because without that victory over death, we have no hope. This faith is not merely expressed in a prayer or one feel good moment of an altar call. It is manifest in our daily lives through our thoughts, words and actions. Attending church is not enough. The saints are a called out people who need to charge against Satan’s Kingdom.

The Holy Spirit must reign in our lives and the proof is in the fruits that our lives produce. If someone professes the Christian faith but is not advancing the kingdom, then it is correct to question if that person has saving faith or demon faith. God expects us to give freely of our time and resources to help others. We cannot keep silent when others around us are perishing. Even if God calls us to leave all our possessions behind, we must follow Jesus. Are you willing to bring the message of Salvation to others at the risk of losing everything? Jesus did. EJ