Outpouring of the Spirit
FOR what did Christ, just before His ascension, tell His disciples to
"And, behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you: but tarry ye
in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on
high." Luke 24:49.
With what did He say they would be baptized?
"Ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days
hence." Acts 1:5.
the Baptist had foretold this baptism. He said: "I indeed baptize you
with water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than
I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy
Ghost, and with fire." Matt. 3:11.
For what work was this baptism to prepare them?
"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon
you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in
all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."
What were some of the results of the preaching of the gospel under the
outpouring of the Spirit?
"Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and
said . . . Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them,
Repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for
the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. .
. . Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same
day there were added unto them about three thousand souls." Acts
2:37-41. "And by the hands of the apostles were many
signs and wonders wrought among the people; . . . and believers were
the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women."
Acts 5:12-14. "And the word of God increased; and the
number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great
company of the priests were obedient to the faith." Acts 6:7.
How did persecution affect the preaching of the gospel?
"And at that time there was a great persecution against the church
which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the
regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. . . . Therefore they
that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the word." Acts
has only had a tendency to extend and establish the faith which it was
designed to destroy. . . . There is no lesson which men have been so slow
to learn as that to oppose and persecute men is the very way to confirm
them in their opinions, and to spread their doctrines."-Dr.
Albert Barnes, on Acts 4:4.
What words of Peter seem to indicate another outpouring of the Spirit?
"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted
out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the
Lord." Acts 3:19.
What event does he speak of as immediately following these times of
"And He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached
unto you: whom the heaven must receive [Syriac, retain] until the times of
restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His
holy prophets since the world began." Verses 20,21.
this it seems evident that we may look for another outpouring of the
Spirit for a final proclamation of the gospel to all the world just before
Christ's second advent and the restitution of all things.
What prophecy was fulfilled in the Pentecostal outpouring of the Spirit in
the time of the apostles?
"But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and
said, . . . These are not drunken, as ye suppose, . . . but this is
that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass
in the last days, saith God, I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh: and
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see
visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: and on my servants and on my
handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit, and they shall
prophesy." Acts 2:14-18. See Joel 2:28,29.
What expressions in the prophecy of Joel seem to imply a double fulfillment
of this outpouring of the Spirit?
"Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God:
for He hath given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause
to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter
rain in the first month." Joel 2:23. See also Hosea 6:3.
Palestine the early rains prepare the soil for the seed sowing, and the
latter rains ripen the grain for the harvest. So the early outpouring of
the Spirit prepared the world for the extensive sowing of the gospel seed,
and the final outpouring will come to ripen the golden grain for the
harvest of the earth, which Christ says is "the end of the
world." Matt. 13:37-39; Rev. 14:14,15.
For what are we told to pray at this time?
"Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the
latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them
showers of rain to everyone grass in the field." Zech. 10:1.
the apostles received the baptism of the Spirit in the early rain on the
day of Pentecost, they all "continued with one accord in prayer and
supplication." Acts 1:14. During this time they confessed their
faults, put away their differences, ceased their selfish ambitions and
contentions for place and power, so that when the time for the outpouring
came, "they were all with one accord in one place," ready
for its reception. To be prepared for the final outpouring of the Spirit,
all sin and selfish ambition must again be put away, and a like work of
grace wrought upon the hearts of God's people.
How is the closing work of the gospel under the out pouring of the Spirit
described by the revelator?
"After these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having
great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory." Rev.
What does this angel say?
"And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the
great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils,
and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful
bird." Verse 2.
religious world will then be in much the same condition as was the
Jewish nation after it had rejected Christ at His first advent. See 2
What did Peter on the day of Pentecost tell his hearers to do?
"And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save
yourselves from this untoward generation." Acts 2:40.
What similar call and appeal will be made under the final outpouring of
"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her,
My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive
not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath
remembered her iniquities." Rev. 18:4,5.
great work will be accomplished in a short time under the final outpouring
of the Spirit. Many voices all over the earth will sound the warning cry.
Signs and wonders will be wrought by the believers, and, as at Pentecost,
thousands will be converted in a day.
Those who fail to heed this final gospel call, like the unbelieving Jews,
will be doomed to destruction. The seven last plagues will overtake them,
as war, famine, death, and destruction overtook the Jews, who, not
believing in Christ, failed to heed His call to flee, and shut themselves
up in Jerusalem to their doom. Those who heed the call, and separate
themselves from sin and from sinners, will be saved.
Let Thy bright beams arise,
Dispel the sorrow from our minds,
The darkness from our eyes.
all of sin,
Then lead to Jesus' blood,
And to our wondering view reveal
The mercies of our God.
Our doubts and fears remove,
And kindle in our breasts the flame
Of never-dying love.
to cleanse the heart,
To sanctify the soul,
To pour fresh life in every part,
And new-create the whole.
Our minds from bondage free;
Then shall we know, and praise, and love
The Father, Son, and Thee.
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