It is prophesied in Joel that in the last days,
God would pour out His Spirit on ALL PEOPLES - not just
This began to happen at Pentecost commencing with
the Jews in Jerusalem and rapidly spreading to the Gentiles in the
From that time on, all men and women from every
Language, Tribe and Nation would have access to God by one Spirit, though
faith in Jesus Christ, The Son of God.
Jesus had previously commissioned the disciples to
preach the Gospel starting in Jerusalem, then Samaria and finally to the
ends of the Earth.
Salvation would be available to all who believe
the Gospel: First for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
It was no coincidence that Jesus
was Crucified during the Passover Feast. It was at this very time
that He chose to go up to Jerusalem; knowing what would happen.
Jews from every nation were in
Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover - A feast to commemorate the time when God
spared the lives of all
whose houses were covered by the blood of a Lamb - It was held on the 14
day of the first month of the Jewish calendar - Nissan (April).
On the day Jesus rose from the
grave, Jesus appeared to the disciples and told them not to leave
Jerusalem until they had received the gift of the Holy Spirit (50 days
Pentecost was the day that our
Lord chose to empower the believers with the Holy Spirit.
The Feast of Pentecost was to
commemorate the giving of the Law. It was held on the 6th day of the
third month - Sivan (June). It was precisely 50 days after the
On the Day of Pentecost, the Believers numbered a
hundred and twenty. They were gathered together. All of them were Jews
or converts to Judaism. (There were no Gentile Believers present at that
When God poured out his Spirit at
Pentecost, people were baptized and
filled with the Spirit. They were so overflowing with joy that
people thought they were drunk.
The Spirit enabled them to speak
in other tongues so they could understand each other in their own
Other signs of Baptism in the
Spirit included praising God and prophesying.
They had a common faith and a Godly vision.
The Church grew rapidly even though
they spoke different languages.
Philip took the Gospel to the Samaritans (who were
half Jew and half Gentile) but they could not receive the Spirit until
Peter and John went down from Jerusalem to confirm that the Gospel was not
just for Jews.
Subsequently, God Poured out his Spirit on the
Gentiles starting with Cornelius' House, much to the surprise of the
circumcised believers. They were Baptized in the Spirit simply by hearing
the message, before the disciples even had a chance to lay hands on them
or Baptize them in water!
Prior to this it had been against the Jewish Law
to associate with a Gentile, but now, the Gentiles had the Spirit of God
Paul was miraculously converted and chosen by God
to 'carry' His Name to the Gentiles and to the people of Israel.
The Church started with just 120
When the day of Pentecost came,
they were all together in one place.
Suddenly a sound like the blowing
of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they
They saw what seemed to be tongues
of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.
All of them were filled with
the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled
Now there were staying in Jerusalem
God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.
When they heard this sound, a
crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking
in his own language.
Utterly amazed, they asked: "Are
not all these men who are speaking Galileans?
Then how is it that each of us hears
them in his own native language?
Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents
of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and
the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome
(both Jews and converts to Judaism);
Cretans and Arabs--we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own
Amazed and perplexed, they asked
one another, "What does this mean?"
Some, however, made fun of them
and said, "They have had too much wine."
Then Peter stood up with the
Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: "Fellow Jews and all
of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully
to what I say.
These men are not drunk, as you
suppose. It's only nine in the morning!
No, this is what was spoken by
the prophet Joel:
"'In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men
and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.
I will show wonders in the heaven
above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of
And everyone who calls on the
name of the Lord will be saved.'