Pentecost Redux, Part 1

Pentecost

“…this is what was spoken of by the Prophet Joel, ‘In the last days I will pour out my Spirit on all people… I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ ” (Acts 2:16-17a, 19-21 NIV)

On the Feast of Pentecost, as Peter explained to the Jews what they were seeing and hearing, he offered an example of the near/far prophetic. Among the major rules for Bible interpretation is this: “Look for the near/far in prophecy.” (See Book Excerpts menu above, “Rules of Interpretation”).

Applying the rules, the only way the Apostle’s words, in Acts 2:16-21, are accurately understood necessitates viewing the Holy Spirit’s power on Jesus’ disciples as historical (near), yet prophetical as well. I argue the sign of tongues in Acts 2 is a shape, shadow or pattern of a future (far) last-days’ event. What Acts gives, particularly in Chapter 2, is a description of events as they unfolded, but also a preview of signs and wonders to come.

Charismatics and Pentecostals would argue that tongues-speaking reappeared more than a century ago, or since a famous meeting in 1903 on Los Angeles’ Azusa Street. I do not dispute the charismatic experiences of my fellow believers; I do contend, however, that any claim that what we have seen in recent times fulfills Joel’s prophecy lacks Biblical support.

For instance, with the tongues of the past, has there been blood, fire and billows of smoke? Some may say “Yes, they saw all that?” Okay, perhaps, but did witnesses see the sun turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord (Acts 2:20-21, cf. Joel 2:31)? Come let us reason together. The celestial signs associated with Christ’s return and the Day of the Lord have not been seen. We must conclude that the tongues we may have heard was something other than what the prophets, Joel and Peter, described.

The Acts 2 harvest of souls is a type of what we’ll see, but with a phenomenal twist.

Peter alerts God’s people who are living in the last days to prepare for another, greater in-gathering (Pentecost Redux) at the fall harvest. The Acts 2 harvest of souls is a type of what we’ll see, but with a phenomenal twist. In Acts, the Spirit fell like tongues of fire on the assembled Jewish disciples, but it was during the Spring harvest festival. Christ’s followers obediently waited in Jerusalem for the Father’s promise. When they received the Spirit (Acts 1:8), they uttered the languages of all nations (Acts 2:5), for we read every people group on earth was represented. Jewish witnesses to Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension were in that moment empowered and equipped to take the Gospel out from Jerusalem and all Judea to all nations (Matthew 28:18-20). Witnesses in the last days will be gathered from these nations (Matthew 24:14).

Speaking through the Prophet Joel, God said that in the last days his people will rejoice in the autumn rain. Abundant showers will produce full threshing floors (Joel 2:22-24). If we believe the Word, the next abundant in-gathering will be among all nations, but during the fall festival.

In Revelation 7:9, John’s eyes were opened to the harvest Joel spoke of and is about to happen.

In that one day, according to Acts 2:41, three-thousand Jews were completed. They believed the apostle’s Spirit-filled message about their Messiah, were baptized and, later, added to the number of Jewish disciples. In Revelation 7:9, John’s eyes were opened to the harvest Joel spoke of and is about to happen. Dressed in white and appearing like sun-ripened wheat, is an innumerable multitude. The multitude is made up of sons and daughters, old men and young men. They come from every nation, tribe, language and people, both men and women. What are they doing? It is the opposite of the first Pentecost. The nations (i.e. saved people living throughout the earth) are declaring the glories of God with one voice–and in one language! (Rev. 7:10, cf. Joel 2:25-27). It is evidence of Pentecost Redux.

In Part 2, we will provide a Scriptural-supported theory regarding what language is spoken around the Lamb’s throne. We will examine God’s purpose in a second Pentecost. We will see a bit of what it means to “Completed Christians”. Get ready!

3 Replies to “Pentecost Redux, Part 1

  1. What an excellent post! When a believer has an understanding of how God fulfills Israel’s Feast Days through Jesus, then deep insights like this will be the norm.
    Through our posts and 3 books. we have presented Biblical evidence to support the Rapture initiating the Day of the Lord’s Judgment on the ungodly. This event is a rescue of God’s people initiated with signs in the sun, moon and stars (Joel 2, Matthew 24, Rev. 6). The Trumpet call of God is a shout to gather the elect for a sacred assembly with Jesus in the clouds. The Rapture mirrors the Feast of Trumpets.

    So if the Rapture occurs during this festival (the 1st day of the 7th month of the Hebrew religious calendar) then we see the harmony of the great harvest that is around Jesus’ throne (Revelation 7:9) One of the Heavenly elders tells the apostle John that this multitude has come out of the Great Tribulation. Sukkot is the Feast of Tabernacles, which is also the Fall Harvest. It was meant for Israel to celebrate God dwelling among His people.

    We see this in Revelation 7:9 as the people of God are praising Jesus for saving them and they are waving Palm branches which becomes a fulfillment of what happened on Palm Sunday. At that time Jesus had to die
    as the Lamb of God so that we may have a chance at eternal life. Now He is back as the conquering king, the lion of Judah.

    Sukkot begins on the 15th day of the 7th month, which also supports scripture as the elect has just come out of the Great Tribulation. The feast days are a blueprint to foretell what will happen.

    1. Appreciate your expertise re: Israel’s Holy Days. Was there anything with which you disagreed?

      As I see it, the Spirit is poured out on all people in advance of the rapture, perhaps by a year or two. The power to make disciples of all nations will give impetus to the final push for global evangelization. Do you think this is what Peter meant by “hastening the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”?

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  2. I did not find anything that I disagreed with in your post. What I find interesting is that I believe the Feast of Tabernacles will be used several times in the 70th week. The Final Outpouring of the Spirit is one of these occasions. It is a Fall Harvest of Souls. I agree with you that it will occur before the antichrist and false prophet perform their pseudo signs and miracles. Why? Simple, Satan always mimics God. We see this in Exodus with Pharaoh’s magicians trying to match God’s 10 plagues. So it makes sense to believe many will come to Jesus and prophesy for God. Visions and dreams are used in places now where Bibles are restricted. Could we have a worldwide restriction of the Bible. I think yes!

    Satan will also try to match these signs and wonders through a false resurrection of the beast. John sees one of the apparent mortal wounds healed (in Revelation) and the world is in awe saying: “Who is like the Beast?”

    I never thought about this final outpouring being what Peter meant by “hastening the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.” However, God is patient so that all may not perish so when people become blessed with the outpouring of the Spirit, their job is to present the Good News. Peter did this at Pentecost. When this happens again, we will also see nations understanding the message in their own language.

    I will go one step further. I believe this outpouring of the Spirit is going to be the Power which emboldens the martyrs who will be beheaded by the beast. While not connected to the return of the 2 witnesses, I can see this outpouring happen shortly after the 2 witnesses arrive. Elijah is the forerunner to the Messiah, he will also be the forerunner to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

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