Warren Wiersbe tells a story of when he was a young man preaching on the last days with all the events of prophecy clearly laid out and perfectly planned. At the end of the service an older gentleman came up to him and whispered in his ear, “I used to have the Lord’s … More
This passage brings us face to face with The Day of the Lord. In both the Old and New Testaments there is much that is not fully understood unless we know the basic principles underlying this time period. The Jews divided all time into two ages. There was The Present Age, which was utterly evil and doomed to destruction; there was The Age to Come, which would be the golden age of God. Between these two there was to be The Day of the Lord, which was to be the terrible birth pangs of the New Age. It would come suddenly like a thief in the night; it would be a day when the world would be shaken to its very foundations; it would be a day of judgment and of terror. All through the prophetic books of the Old Testament, and in much of the New Testament, are descriptions of that Day. Typical passages are Isaiah 2:12; 13:6; Amos 5:18; Zephaniah 1:7; Joel 2; 1 Thessalonians 5:2; and 2 Peter 3:10.
Spectators who listened to the Apostles speaking in other languages thought they had an explanation for what they were hearing (v. 14). They said,"These men are drunk with new wine.” That is wine that has just started the fermentation process and has double the amount of alcohol, as opposed to older wine. Peter told the crowd that the apostles couldn’t be drunk (v. 15). After all, it was only 9:00 in the morning. He went on to prove that Jesus was indeed the Messiah by quoting the prophet Joel (v. 16). Quoting the Scriptures allowed the Holy Spirit to do the speaking (vv. 17-21). All at once, in one place, in evident power, proclaiming the mighty works of God in the languages of the Gentile world, the Spirit was indeed poured out on men. At the Tower of Babel (in Genesis 11) man was praising himself, and God changed their languages. On the day of Pentecost man was praising God, and God miraculously helped the people to witness to people in their own native languages.
How important is fulfilled prophecy in my spiritual life? When I think about what God is going to do in the future I need to think about all He prophesied and fulfilled in the past.
But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: "'And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day. And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."'
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Acts 1:1-5Waiting for the Holy Spirit
Acts 1:6-11Commissioned to Witness Everywhere
Acts 1:12-14Unity In Prayer Among the Brethren
Acts 1:15-26Peter Leads The Prayer Meeting
Acts 2:1-13A Special Sign for the Early Church
Acts 2:14-21Peter Preaches On Prophecy
Acts 2:22-28Peter Proclaims Jesus’ Resurrection Power
Acts 2:29-36Four proofs of the Resurrection and Ascension
Acts 2:37-47Characteristics of the early Church
Acts 3:1-10A lame man healed
Acts 3:11-16Supernatural healing of the crippled man
Acts 3:17-26Peter’s Message of Repentance
Acts 4:1-12Early Church Persecuted for their Faith
Acts 4:13-22Boldness Brings Results
Acts 4:23-31Prayer Produces Unity
Acts 4:32-37Sharing Shows Brotherly-Love
Acts 5:1-11Ananias & Sapphira Hide the Truth & Suffer Consequences
Acts 5:12-16Effective Church Ministry
Acts 5:17-32Obedience to God and Man
Acts 5:33-42Gamaliel Convinces the Council – No Persecution