Worship and Warfare, Part IX
And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days and they shall prophesy. Acts 2:17,18
Peter, just filled with the Spirit of God was beginning to preach to the multitudes outside the place where the disciples had been waiting on the Promise, speaking in tongues to those from other countries they were understanding in their own language. The presence of God had come down in torrents upon those who followed Jesus and now a mighty harvest was about to take place in their midst.
The prophecy of Joel had been fulfilled, the Spirit poured out, and the beginning of the end had come to pass! The last days had begun with the body of Christ being trained, equipped, filled and commissioned to go into all the world with the glorious gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. All authority over their enemies had been given to them, the power to heal the sick and raise the dead also, and the weapons of divine warfare and the armor of God made them a formidable force to be reckoned with.
The prophet Haggai, asking about the temple, once said, "Who is is left among you who saw this temple in its former glory? And how do you see it now? In comparison with it, is it not in your eyes as nothing?" I would ask the same question, compared to the first century church of sold out believers, filled with the Holy Spirit, performing signs, wonders and miracles and selling their possessions willingly to provide for their new brothers and sisters, how does it look to you now?
I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Acts 2:19-21
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin