Peter Preaches On Prophecy

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

Prophecy

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.

Application

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.

Acts 2:14-21 (English Standard Version)

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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