Your Sons and Your Daughters will Prophecy
Joel 2:28 “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. 29 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. 30 I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 31 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. 32 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved;
If you’re preaching the very first sermon ever to the new ‘church’… what would you use as a sermon text. That was the ‘dilemma’ for Simon Peter. The Holy Spirit had just arrived in glorious splendor in the Upper Room. Pentecost— the beginning of the church age— was minutes old. And you were called upon to speak to the thousands of gathered onlookers, trying to figure out what just took place. The rushing wind, the flames of fire, the joyous explosion of unknown languages being spoken by unlearned common people— what is this all about!!
Of course, there is no New Testament ‘text’… because there is no ‘New Testament’. So Peter, undoubtedly led by the Holy Spirit, chooses a passage from the Prophet Joel to explain the ‘goings on’.
Friends… this is a new day. These people are not drunk… they are immerse in God’s Presence. The Spirit has come! Heaven is open! Son and daughter alike will ‘hear from God’ and share his Truth. Old men, you men, woman and children can now receive what Jesus died to give them: His Spirit poured out on all who will take.
That morning, more than three thousand people committed to be followers of Jesus.
Friends, the revival is coming. What began at Pentecost 2000 years ago is about to intensify. History reveals to us that every great revival begins with a unique and mighty move of God’s Spirit. The focus is mostly on the young. Signs and wonders begin to manifest. The heavenlies are stirred and shaken, bringing anxiety to those who know Him not and heart-pounding expectation to those who are longing for His Presence and Coming.
Are you excited, expectant? What happened at the church’s beginning will happen again at the end. Revival! Come Holy Spirit!!