Post by John on Apr 22, 2021 7:14:41 GMT -5
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. Joel 2:28-29
There is a lot of confusion over this prophecy in Joel, as to when this will occur. The reason for the confusion is because this prophecy is sandwiched between a passage speaking of restoration to Israel, and followed by prophesies about the last days and "the great and terrible day of the LORD." The events spoken of in Joel 2:28-29 are not things that will take place after Israel returns as a nation, which we all know happened in 1948, but the events that take place in Joel 2:30-32 will take place after this event. I am going to prove this in just a moment, but I want to address something we are being told by many people who claim to be prophets.
There are many today who are saying that we have not seen this revival yet. We are being told this revival must happen before Jesus returns, and it must begin in Israel first, because of the scriptures that precede Joel 2:28-29. That is not true. What we see in Joel 2:28-29 kicked off the last days, but the last days have been happening for the past 2000 years. God does not look at things as we do. A thousand years is like a day with the Lord, so it should be no surprise that there would be a huge gap between Joel 2:29 and Joel 2:30. As I said, I can prove this is true. Let's turn in the Bible to the fulfillment of this prophecy in Acts 2. It is the day of Pentecost, and the Holy Spirit is poured out upon the people, starting in the upper room and then later on, kicking off a great revival. The people are amazed by what is happening, and Peter explains it.
But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell in Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens, I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy; Acts 2:14-18
Peter does not stop there, and he goes on to refer back to Joel and the rest of this prophecy about wonders in the heaven and on the earth. None of those things had yet occurred in Peter's day, but the things he mentioned in verses 14 through 18 are what Joel spoke of in Joel 2:29-30. The end times had begun, and this revival already took place. The rest of these events are yet to come, and we are not promised a second wave of these events, but we are warned of a great falling away before the return of the Lord.
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition. 2 Thessalonians 2:3
What we are hearing today by many is that Jesus is not going to come back for a church with spot or wrinkle, and so he will send this huge revival and there will come a quickening, and suddenly there will be a church like the one described in scripture, where there is no sin in the camp. I understand where people are coming up with this, but they are wrong. Jesus is not waiting on a time where we are perfect in the flesh. That day will never come. We are only made clean and without spot or wrinkle because of the blood of Jesus, not because we are able to walk without any sin in ourselves. Yes, we need to do our best to resist the devil, and God expects that of us, but to expect there will come a day where there will literally be no sin among Christians is wrong. We are made worthy because of Jesus and his death on the cross. Beware of these deceptions, and keep looking for the return of Christ. Nothing has to take place before he comes back. Be ready at all times. Nothing I said means there cannot be a revival. We have had revivals since Pentecost, but if you are waiting on a fulfillment of Joel's prophecy of an end times revival, that already occurred.