“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,
Your young men shall see visions.
And also on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
“And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth:
Blood and fire and pillars 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 on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.
Does this sound familiar?
If so, you probably remember it from Peter in Acts 2 on Shavout (Pentecost), observed this past weekend.
This lays aside the argument that Old Testament scripture has no place in the New Testament.
Pentecost takes place after Passover, and in this case, the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus.
Although the early believers were all Hebrews, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on that Day empowered them as the church.
It wasn’t long before their numbers reached into the tens of thousands.
Does this mean the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is a one-time event?
Although it may not be accompanied by the sound of a rushing mighty wind and licks of fire on the top of the head, I believe the Holy Spirit still pours Himself into believers today.
Joel never experienced the fulfillment of his own prophecy but you can when you lend yourself wholly to the Lord Jesus Christ.