Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Perpetual Promise of Pentecost

Brothers, what shall we do? Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, everyone of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children, and for all who are afar off, all whom the Lord our God shall call.” Acts 2:37, 38

Pentecost and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was not meant only for the believers in the first century, as some would believe, but it remains in force throughout the entire church age. This revelation, prophesied by the prophet Joel in the Old Testament and explained by the Apostle Peter on the first Pentecost, still applies to all believers today—men and women, young and old in every nation, and through the perilous last days of human history. God is continuing to pour out His Spirit on “all flesh.”

Matthew 25:1-13 is the parable of the ten virgins, where Jesus exhorts the church to be spiritually wise as the day of His return draws near. The five wise virgins took plenty of oil with them but the five foolish virgins did not. Having a sufficiency of oil was the key to proper preparation. So will it be in the last days.

Old Testament writers spoke of the early and latter rains also called the spring and harvest rains. The early rains caused the seeds to germinate whereas the latter rain was necessary to bring the crops to maturity. The Bible says to “ask for the rain in the time of the latter rain so the Lord shall make bright clouds and give them showers of rain.” (Zech. 10:1) The Bible often uses the words rain and water to symbolize the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

If the first outpouring at Pentecost was like unto the early rain, then the great outpouring of the latter rain, is the harvest rain that will bring the witness of the Gospel to the whole world and will gather in the last of those who have been appointed to receive salvation.

I believe that the promise of Pentecost is for us today. My conviction is that Jesus is saving the best wine (Holy Spirit outpouring) until last, that is, the last generation. As  the church age began, so will it end - in a blaze of supernatural glory and power as we welcome the return of Jesus in the clouds of heaven!