By Apostle Aje Pelser, with notes from Gordon Lindsay.
Pentecost is a day that marks the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the Birth of the Christian Church. It is the 50th day from the first Passover Sabbath. 50 Days after Jesus became our Passover Lamb slain for the sins of mankind. It is also the 50th day after the presentation of the first sheaf of the Barley harvest in Israel. The Hebrew “feast of weeks” is a “day of first fruits.”
Exo 34:22 “And you shall observe the Feast of Weeks, of the first fruits of wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the year’s end.
Num. 28:26 ‘Also on the day of the first fruits, when you bring a new grain offering to the LORD at your Feast of Weeks, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work.
“The purpose of this feast was to commemorate the completion of the grain harvest. Its distinguishing feature was the offering of “two leavened loaves” made from the new corn of the completed harvest, which, with two lambs, were waved before the Lord as a thank offering.”
As Harvesters this should make a lot of sense to us! There are times of sowing and there are times of reaping the harvest. There is a time of Passover and sacrifice and then that grain of wheat that has fallen to the ground and died starts to live again and bear fruit, 30, 60 and 100 fold.
If we read about the day of Pentecost in the book of Acts, we can extract revelations that will release the fullness of the Holy Spirit experience.
Act 2:1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
Act 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
Act 2:3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.
Act 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Act 2:5 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven.
Act 2:6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.
Act 2:7 Then they were all amazed and marvelled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans?
Act 2:8 And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born?
Revelation 1: Wait before we Witness
Jesus told them to wait for the Holy Spirit to give them the power to become His witnesses to their region first and then to the ends of the earth. This was an active waiting because they would have searched the scriptures and meditated on the things Jesus had said, along with all that had happened in the 50 days since Jesus was crucified and rose form the dead.
Jesus had spoken to them about the kingdom of God and given them instructions and a great commission to go and make disciples of all nations. They must have been thinking, how on earth are we going to achieve that?
Revelation 2: Obedience to the Lord’s command
They obeyed what Jesus said and waited.
Revelation 3: Continue in the temple – praising and blessing God
When we are in a space in our lives that does not make sense, continue to frequent the presence of the Lord. Today we do not have a temple to go to we have a church. That is on the corporate level. But internally we are the temple of the Holy Spirit and He is always with us. The practise of the Presence of God within is at first a conscious decision and later becomes a way of life. I am with you always becomes a reality when we have a Pentecostal experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Revelation 4: The were all in Unity
They were together with one accord. Peter exhorts that we preserve the unity of faith. IN Hebrews we read about not neglecting the gathering of ourselves together.
There is something about gathering in unity that releases a fresh Pentecostal experience every time.
Revelation 5: A mighty Rushing Wind
When Ezekiel had a vision of the dry bones in the valley, he had to prophesy the breath of God into them:
Eze 37:4 Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!
Eze 37:5 Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.
Eze 37:6 I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.” ‘ ”
Eze 37:7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone.
Eze 37:8 Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them.
Eze 37:9 Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” ‘ ”
Eze 37:10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
Jesus also compares spirit filled believers with the wind:
Joh 3:8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Revelation 6: Fire
Johan had prophesied that Jesus would baptise with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Mat 3:12 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
It was a visible sign of a spiritual occurrence. Moses experienced the burning bush when he had his first encounter with I AM:
Exo 3:2 And the Angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.
Exo 3:3 Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”
Revelation 7: Speaking in Tongues
Tongues are a sign to unbelievers.
Tongues are combined with speaking the wonderful works of God.
There is a gift of tongues and a prayer language.
People of 17 nations heard the disciples speak in their language the wonderful works of God. Think United Nations where there are hundreds of delegates with someone interpreting what is being said into all the different languages of the world through their ear phones.
1 Corinthians 14:2, 4 tells about speaking in tongues:
1Co 14:2 For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.
It is apparent that the 120 disciples were not aware of the fact that they were speaking in other languages.
We also do not know how we ought to pray in stressful situations but the Holy Spirit intercedes through us “with groaning that cannot be uttered.” That deep groaning from the heart in petition prayers to the Lord goes beyond language and it is where deep calls unto deep. Romans 8:26.
Tongues are a prayer language that we pray by the Spirit as Jude 20 explains – “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.”
I have experienced God’s help to learn to speak English when we went to Australia on mission, through speaking in tongues and reading by English Bible out loud. There is something that is released in your brain when you turn on tongues by the Spirit of God. It frees the constraints of your mind and you take away the limits of your thinking and access a spiritual resource of mysteries that you could not access before. The gift of tongues and interoperation is another level of the Holy Spirit language. It is the same as saying sure all the scriptures are prophetic in nature, but the gift of prophecy highlights that specific scripture with interpretation for today for me.
Where the languages were confused at the tower of Babel in Genesis, the languages of the saints were brought to one I tongues and they presented clearly the wonderful works of God.
Revelation 8: Apostolic Perspective brought the crowd from attention to conviction.
Without Apostle Peter’s correction, the crowd would have mocked the very outpouring of the Holy Spirit in ignorance saying that the disciples were full of new wine. He adjusted their interpretation of spiritual things and through quoting accurate scripture with his new Holy Spirit new covenant perspective, he gave a powerful sermon explaining God’s dealings with man and the fulfillment of Prophet Joel’s prophecy given centuries before.
Peter spoke in the local language again. He applied scriptures to the situation like Jesus would and like we do now by the power of the Holy Spirit. He quoted the prophets and the Psalms and gave a clear exposition of the truth.
He clearly presented Jesus Christ as the Messiah and Savour of mankind. He gave accurate witness of the Lord Jesus Christ because he had waited on the Lord for the power from on high through the baptism and fullness of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.
Revelation 9: 3000 souls saved in the New Covenant versus 3000 killed with the old covenant
Peter had learnt how to fish men and drew in the net after an inspired sermon.
He preached repentance and offered the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The fire in the hearts of men convicted them and made them respond.
When Moses came down from the mountain and gave the people the Law of the Old Testament, 3000 idolaters were slain. When Apostle Peter emerged from the baptism of the Holy Spirit 3000 souls were saved and given a new Spirit life to live to God’s glory. That life would spread throughout the known world because all the pilgrims had come to Jerusalem from all 4 corners of the known world. God’s timing is perfect and the fullness of Pentecost was experienced.
The same principles apply today for those who wait on Him and the gift of His Holy Spirit which is available to all freely through believing in Jesus Name.
Repentance of sins, acceptance of Jesus’ Lordship and earnest waiting on the Lord prepares the heart to receive the baptism of water, Holy Spirit and fire.
Alter in the book of Acts people receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit when the apostles laid hands on them. In some cases when they spoke the Holy Spirit baptized them and even people from other nations to the astonishment of the initial Jewish believers. God had now made a house of prayer for all nations like Jesus said when He cleansed the temple. The Temple of Solomon had 120 priests offering service.
The New temple of the Church had 120 disciples waiting on the Lord in prayer.
The glory of the Lord filled the temple of Solomon so that the priests could not minister. The glory of the Lord filled the new temples of those who were saved so that they could minister and be His witnesses to the ends of the earth!
“Acts in Action”, Volume 1, by Gordon Lindsay, published by Christ for the Nations, Inc. Dallas Texas reprint 1990.
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