What does the Bible say about the future?
God’s pouring out a new Pentecost
The Church was born when 120 disciples were waiting and praying in unity in a secret upper room. Then they were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they overflowed with courage and power to tell the whole world about God. Language was no barrier. About 3,000 believers were added to their number on that day.
I envisage this history prophesies a great outpouring, which is beginning now. Right now, throughout the world, people are waiting in the secret place. God is reaching out to them through the internet. God is reaching into unreachable countries with the gospel, and with the Bible in their own native language. No government can stop people from receiving this great outpouring of God.
Acts 1:1 Dear Theophilus, I wrote in my previous book about everything that Jesus began both to do and teach 2until the day in which he was taken up. After this he’d given commandments through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he’d chosen. 3For forty days he’d presented himself to be alive after his crucifixion with many undeniable proofs, and he spoke about the things of the kingdom of God.
4As he was gathered with them, he commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, he says, you’ve heard from me. 5For John truly baptized with water but you’ll be baptized with the Holy Spirit in a few days.
6So when they’d come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you restore the kingdom to Israel again at this time?” 7Jesus said to them, “It’s not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father has kept under his authority. 8But you’ll receive power after the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you’ll be witnesses about me; in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and to the most distant parts of the Earth. 9When he’d said these things, while they were watching, he was taken up and disappeared into a cloud.
Today, through the internet, Christians are reaching into every part of the world with the good news, that through Jesus, we can have our sins covered to restore our relationship with God to intimacy. On that day of Pentecost, three thousand believers were added to the Church. On this current “day” of Pentecost, I’m believing for three thousand thousand thousand believers to be added to the Church. Yes, I’m believing for three billion people coming to believe in Jesus in the greatest revival before the harvest at the end of this age. Everyday Christians are reaching out to their friends, family, and strangers across the globe at a time where distance no longer matters.
Acts 2:1 On the morning of the day of Pentecost, they were all united in one place. 2Suddenly the sound of a rushing mighty wind came from Heaven, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Then tongues of fire appeared and separated, to rest on each of them. 4They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in foreign languages, as the Spirit empowered them.
5At that time, there were devout Jews in Jerusalem from every nation under Heaven. 6When they heard about this, a crowd gathered and were astonished, because every person heard them speak in their own language. 7They were all amazed and wondered, saying to each other, “Look, aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8How is it that everyone of us hears them speaking in our own dialect? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, people who live in Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Turkey, 10Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, and in the parts of Libya around Cyrene, foreigners from Rome, Jews and converts to Judaism, 11Cretans and Arabians. We all hear them speak about the wonderful works of God in our own languages.”
12They were all amazed, and couldn’t believe it, saying to each other, “What does this mean?” 13Others mockingly said, “These guys are drunk.”
14But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice, and said to them, “People of Judea, and everyone in Jerusalem, let this be known, and listen to my words. 15These guys can’t be drunk as you suppose because it’s only 9:00AM. 16This is what the prophet Joel spoke about, 17‘God says, “It’ll happen in the last days, I’ll pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. 18During those days I’ll pour out my Spirit on my servants, both men and women. They’ll prophesy 19and I’ll show miraculous signs in Heaven above, and in the Earth below, with blood, fire, and clouds of smoke. 20The Sun will be made dark, and the Moon like blood, before that great and significant day of the Lord comes. 21And so, whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”’”
For two thousand years, we’ve been living in the “day” of Pentecost described by Joel. Now we’re coming into a great “day” of Pentecost, when the gospel is witnessed in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria and in the most distant parts of the Earth.
On that day of Pentecost, it wasn’t just Peter or the eleven, but all the believers present, who flowed with the Holy Spirit and witnessed to foreigners from throughout the world, who happened to be in Jerusalem. From that day, each of those new believers reached out to others and the Church grew exponentially. These first believers were everyday people: fishermen, builders, shopkeepers, tent makers, government officials, and theologians. On this present “day” of Pentecost, everyday believers are being equipped and empowered to take the gospel to foreigners in their homes, right where they are, throughout the world.
I’m blown away that God is opening the doors to foreign countries for everyday believers like you and me. Through COVID’s lockdown, we’ve adapted to connecting with other people over the internet, and we’re becoming missionaries to multiple countries simultaneously, from the comfort of our own home. This is just incredible. We don’t need a theological degree or a great deal of knowledge. We can just get together on a video call to read scriptures with our foreign friends and family; and discuss our understandings and thoughts. When difficult questions come up, we can just get back to them later after spending time consulting God and trusted spiritual leaders. We’re not waiting for our church elders to commission us, because God has already commissioned us. It’s not for recognition of our peers, but God recognizes what’s done from the secret place.
I’m now wondering how to deal with some practical hands-off problems. TV evangelism has practiced the faith of the centurion, that authority knows no distance. Communion’s not really a problem, we can just grab some bread and juice to take together. But how do we baptize someone over the internet? Lol. Cool problem, eh! Remember God’s not uptight about how we follow him. Jesus said to the guy next to him, “Today you’ll be with me in Paradise”. He never took communion, nor was he baptized. It really doesn’t matter. I guess we can just tell our new brothers and sisters to baptize themselves in the shower “in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”. Maybe they can catch up at a later date with a “proper” baptism when they have a chance to get together with other believers. What’s more important is that they’re baptized with the Holy Spirit. He’s everywhere, so there’s absolutely no problem with that!!! All over the world, people are receiving the gospel and are being filled with the Holy Spirit even as they listen and believe in Jesus Christ, the Creator, who intercedes through offering himself as the sacrifice for our sins.
What an amazing time we live in. God is so good. Bring on the outpouring of Pentecost over the World.