“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