” And it shall come to pass afterward that I shall 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 My maidservants, I will pour out My Spirit in those days.” (Joel 2:28-29 NKJV)
Sunday, May 24th marks the Christian celebration of Pentecost. From Saturday, May 23rd (at sunset) until sundown May 24th, the Jewish celebration of Pentecost will be observed. This is a special year, because both observances are very rarely on the same day.
Nearly 2000 years ago, God poured out the Holy Spirit on the multitude who were in Jerusalem to celebrate the spring harvest. The apostle Peter, a Galilean, was speaking, yet everyone from many nations heard the powerful message in his/her native language.(Acts 2:1-47). Peter quoted a prophecy from Joel and the near fulfillment of this prophecy is what we celebrate as Pentecost. Tongues of fire rained down from Heaven filling the apostles and others in the upper room with the Holy Spirit.
Peter proved from the prophesies of Joel that this event would happen. He also showed that the one who was crucified and resurrected was indeed Jesus. (Psalms 16:8-11). The Word of God cut through the multitude and many cried out. Peter told them to repent and be baptized in the name of the Jesus Christ and 3,000 souls were added to God’s family. (Acts 2:37-40). These new believers followed in the doctrine and fellowship of the apostles. The power of the Lord revealed itself as the apostles performed signs and wonders. The growth of the church occurred on this Holy Day. Will it happen again?
Joel speaks of God providing both the former and latter rains. (Joel 2:23). This refers to the spring and fall rains needed for the seasonal harvests. The fall harvest is Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles. God works through His Holy Days, so expect a 2nd and even greater outpouring of the Spirit during this great celebration (which also is the fig harvest). In the next post, I will show how prophecy places this event shortly before the Return of our King. EJ