“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 Abraham Knew (Part 2)


As we  profess our faith in Christ, we must know that it will be tested, most likely against something near and dear to our hearts. Abraham, the father of our faith, encountered such a dilemma.  When he was 99 years old God made a covenant with him (of circumcision).  God changed Abram’s name to Abraham (the father of many nations) and with this change came a promise. Abraham’s barren wife Sarai would bear a son through which Abraham’s descendants would come. (Genesis 17). Imagine what Abraham felt when his greatest hope (a son whom nations would arise from) was put to the test. Yahweh told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac as a burnt offering to the Lord. This servant obeyed, saddled up his donkey and embarked on a journey to the land of Moriah with his son. What happened next was to the glory of God. On the third day of the journey, Abraham looked up and saw the place afar off. (Genesis 22:4) The Hebrew word for afar off (KJ translation) is Me rachowq (raw khoke) and has 2 meanings.

1) from a distance

2) time (peer into the future)

While the mount was definitely a distance away from the beleaguered father, it is the 2nd meaning that is of great significance. God gave Abraham a vision of the future and of the Almighty’s plan of salvation. We know this by harmonizing all relevant scriptures.Genesis 22:7-8 shows that Isaac wondered where the lamb for the offering was. Abraham answers by saying that God would provide the lamb. Yet in verse 13 a ram was caught in the thicket and was sacrificed as a burnt offering. Was Abraham wrong about the lamb?

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, ‘Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29 KJV)

” Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day; and he saw it, and was glad.” (John 8:56 KJV).

“By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, that in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.” (Hebrews 11:17-19 KJV).

When we put all the events of the sacrifice together, it paints a picture of Jesus’ journey (into Jerusalem on a donkey), crucifixion and resurrection. Abraham looked up on the 3rd day and he had Isaac carry the wood for the offering. Jesus carried his cross and rose on the 3rd day. The father of many nations was given the vision of the death and resurrection of his savior. That is why he was able to know God could raise Isaac. The revelation began with the blood and wine that Melchizedek offered and culminated in this journey to Mount Moriah. Abraham named the place Jehovah Jireh (the Lord provides/in the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.) Abraham’s patience and faith were rewarded with a look at the greatest sacrifice in the history of the world. -EJ