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Jun 10 2014

Pentecost and The Last Days

Pentecost and The Last Days
“…In the Last Days, I will pour out of My Spirit…”
                                                          (Acts 2:17)

The question that is on everyone’s mind these days is, “Are we living in the Last Days?” Well, regardless of the timeline of prophetic events; and every prognostication concerning the Lord’s return, the feast of Pentecost celebrated in the year that Jesus ascended provides a definite answer. “Yes! We are in the last days.” 

In order to understand the full ramifications of this particular Day of Pentecost, we need to understand what it meant to Israel throughout Biblical history. Most Christians today equate Pentecost with “speaking in tongues”. While this phenomenon did occur on this occasion, there are other important aspects to the significance of this feast that we need to understand. 

Pentecost was associated with several aspects of the life of every Israelite. It was known as the Feast of Firstfruits; the Feast of Ingathering or Harvest of the wheat crop. The manifestation of speaking in tongues provides another symbolic truth and an actual fact that is the reversal of something that happened in Genesis. I’ll get to that in a moment. 

Since Pentecost, the Firstfruits of redeemed mankind was offered to the Father (just as the ceremony called for through Israel’s history). Who was the Firstsfruit? Jesus, of course. He was the “firstfruit” from the dead. The church (all 120 believers in the Upper Room) was the firstfruit of the “wheat” harvest. Remember, the kingdom of heaven is like wheat sown in the field (Matt. 13). The Harvest has been continuing since this event for 2,000 years! Yes, that indicates that the Last Days began that long ago.  Pentecost also points to something God initiated in Genesis. He had given Adam and Eve the Dominion Mandate to “multiply, replenish the earth and subdue it…” However, mankind soon failed as indicated by the building of the Tower of Babel. Mankind wanted to make a “name for itself” so the Tower to reach the heavens was built. God was displeased; came down and “confused” the languages of the people. They then split up and formed communities wherein the same language was spoken.

On this particular Pentecost, the people heard the wonderful works of God spoken in their native languages! God REUNITED the languages of the world at that time! Isn’t it amazing how God, through Christ and the Spirit’s outpouring, inaugurated the completion of the Dominion Mandate once again? Now, the Great Commission is the new Dominion Mandate where we are to proclaim the wonderful works of God to the entire world. As a sign that the entire world is to be united in Christ, believers everywhere will “speak with other tongues” (Mark 16:17). The Last Adam succeeded where the first Adam failed!

Beloved, we are living in the greatest time the world has ever seen. This is Harvest time! It’s time to extend the Kingdom of God everywhere, bringing all the nations to the Lord. Let’s spend our lives, talents, gifts and treasure to be sure that this takes place. As we celebrate Pentecost Sunday this month, let’s ask the Lord to use us to win a lost world to Him; demonstrating the power of the Holy Spirit in the process!

In Jesus’ Name!

Pastor Damian