“And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy…” – Acts 2:17, ESV
This is a very interesting piece of scripture. In this context, Peter was explaining to the people of Jerusalem a situation that had taken place where the Holy Spirit had fallen among God’s people during the day of Pentecost.
At this time, Jesus had ascended into heaven and they were all waiting for the Holy Spirit to descend upon them as Jesus had promised.
When the Holy Spirit had descended upon God’s people, they began to speak in tongues of various languages; languages that the people of Jerusalem could understand as their own native languages. Because of this, others who heard thought the people were drunk. Peter then had to explain to them that the people were not drunk or incoherent, but that they were instead filled with the Holy Spirit.
Now I can remember the time and place when God poured out his Spirit on me. Many theologians and some Christians today believe that the only proof of a receiving of the Holy Spirit is if you start to speak in tongues. This is an interesting claim to make, one that I fell and believe limits God and his power. But this theory is relevant for a lot of people because of what took place during the time of the apostles. During that time, people did speak in tongues when the Spirit was given to them, so I can understand this logic. However, God has a way of doing something new. He will never contradict himself, but he will however pour out his Spirit among us in new and powerful ways.
A very prevalent example of this is the birth and the coming of Jesus Christ. In the time of Jesus Christ’s coming, many prophets had prophesied of his existence. The Jews believed in a Messiah to come, as preached about for many years before Christ came, however, they did not believe that Jesus was in fact the true Messiah. Thus came the division among those who believed in Jesus Christ and those who did not.
Even though God, through many prophets, foretold of Christ’s coming, the way in which he came surprised many of them. They did not expect to see Jesus the way they had previously come to know that they would see him. Because of this shaking of their theology, many rejected Christ as the Messiah, and we have come to know them to this day as the ones who crucified him.
But God, still to this day, is speaking of Christ’s coming. Through many prophets, preachers and teachers, God is pouring out his Spirit among men to shed light on the very present fact that Christ has risen and Christ will come again.
The real question here is, do you believe that? Do you believe that Christ will come again?
God has been using me to tell and to speak of the Gospel. That for those who believe and confess with their tongues that Jesus Christ is Lord, they shall receive forgiveness and new life in him. That they shall not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16). This is the real, true and only Gospel, as preached by the apostles.
So for those of us who do believe that Jesus Christ is Lord, the real question here is do we believe that Jesus Christ, whom we still talk about to this day, is coming back?
And the reasons for the prophets of old and the prophets of new to be preaching his name, and preaching about repentance and the forgiveness of sins, is not so you and I can still live a life of lawlessness and mild behavior; it is so you and I can receive the true gift of salvation and live a life spent with God through his Holy Spirit. This life that we live is not meant to be lived in foul nature, but to be lived in power and in truth.
The truth is:
Jesus Christ came, he died, was risen on the third day, and he will come again.
When God spoke through the prophet Joel when he spoke these words,
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,” – Joel 2:28, ESV
God was saying that his son was coming at a time and at a season all would not expect.
Look at the seasons; things are changing.
When God spoke these words through Joel, Joel himself didn’t know when the Lord would come. But God knew, and he used Joel and several other prophets to foretell of Jesus’s coming several years before he actually came.
“Therefore you must also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” – Matthew 24:44, ESV
Grace and peace fam.
God bless you.