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Outpouring of God’s Spirit

Joel 2:28 (ESV) … “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.”

On the day of Pentecost, Peter quoted this prophecy. “This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel,” he said, explaining to the assembled crowds in Jerusalem the remarkable phenomenon of speaking in tongues (Acts 2:16). The church was born that day, but what happened then was only a partial fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy, which is also clearly linked with “the great and the terrible day of the Lord” (2:31). The prophecy will be completely fulfilled during a revival after the rapture of the church.

The greatest spiritual revival of all time has not yet taken place. We learn about it in Revelation 7, which says that enormous multitudes will be saved as a result of the witness of the 144,000 Hebrew evangelists. These converts will not be in the church of course, but they will be in the kingdom. A fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit will energize this revival and there will probably be a fresh bestowal of the sign gifts. If so, the restored gift of tongues will be identical to the gift bestowed on the day of Pentecost, when all the people heard the gospel preached in their native languages and local dialects. Such speaking in tongues is a far cry from the modern phenomenon, which is unscriptural and a counterfeit.[1]

[1] Phillips, J. (2009). Exploring the Minor Prophets: An Expository Commentary (Joe 2:28–32). Kregel Publications; WORDsearch Corp.

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