Tag: visions and dreams
Scripture reading for May 7th: Acts 2
The disciples obeyed their ascended Lord Jesus and waited in Jerusalem. “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like a blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” (Acts 2:1-4) Ten days after the ascension, on Pentecost morning, the promise was fulfilled. The Holy Spirit came like a rushing wind with tongues of fire and touched each person of the 120 who were waiting there. The immediate initial effect was speaking in other tongues.
When the sound came, a crowd gathered. Many were there in Jerusalem for the celebration from around the known world. They were perplexed when they heard these disciples speaking in their own languages and declaring the wonders of God! They asked “What does this mean?” (Acts 2:12) Some thought they were drunk!
“Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “. . .these men are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out My Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on My servants, both men and women, I will pour out My Spirit in those days and they will prophesy.”” (Acts 2:14-18) The ‘last days’ had arrived! Peter boldly declared the fulfillment of Joel’s prophesy! It was for all Jesus’ followers then and now!
We are living in the exciting times of the last days mentioned often in Scripture. These are days of great trials and troubles. Earthquakes and wars are common news. There are signs of the coming of the Lord in the news and we can feel an urgency in our hearts to be ready and help others get prepared. The greatest event of history is the coming of Jesus Christ as King of Kings and it could happen any day!
In the last week’s readings, the prophet Joel had much to say in his short book. He initially saw the destruction of the land by a swarm of locusts that represented the army of Assyria. Later, he was given a vision of the restoration of Israel after its destruction and judgment. The autumn rains would come and abundant showers would restore the parched and barren land. God would repay His people for the years that the locusts had eaten! (Joel 2:23-25)
This rain was really a picture of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Last days! (Joel 2:28-32) (Acts 2:16-21) God was planning a Holy Spirit outpouring that would cause men and women, young and old, Jew and Gentile to be filled with the Holy Spirit. They would prophesy, dream dreams and see visions. God would do miracles, signs and wonders and everyone who called on the name of the Lord would be saved! There would be a great deliverance for Jerusalem and Mount Zion.
We are living in these very days! There is deliverance for all who will call on the Name of Jesus Christ! We who know Him are filled with the Holy Spirit and have power to share the Gospel; the Lord can use us to bring healing and miraculous acts of His grace to those who are being witnessed to. Let’s allow the Lord to use us daily and expect Him to confirm His word with supernatural signs! We serve an awesome God! The best is yet to come!
In His Love,