Outpouring of the Spirit
Promise of and
For what did Christ, just
before His ascension, tell His disciples to wait?
I am going to send
you what the Father has promised; but stay in the
city until you have been clothed from
on high. Luke 24:49.
With what did He say they
would be baptized?
For John baptized
with water, but in a few days you will
be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
Note John the
Baptist had foretold this baptism. I
baptize you with water for repentance. But after
me will come one who is more powerful than I,
whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will
baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
For what work was this
baptism to prepare them?
But you will
receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and
you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in
all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the
Results of Pentecost
What were some of the
results of the preaching of the gospel under the
outpouring of the Spirit?
When the people
heard this, they were cut to the heart and
said to Peter and the other apostles, Brother
what shall we do? Peter replied, Repent
and be baptized every one of you, in the name of
Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.
And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The promise is for you and your children and fort
all who are far off-for all whom the Lord our God
will call. With many other words he warned
them; and he pleaded with them, Save
yourselves from this corrupt generation.
Those who accepted his message were baptized, and
about three thousand were added to their
number that day. Acts 2: 37-41. The
apostles performed many miraculous signs and
wonders among the people. And all the believers
used to meet together in Solomons
Colonnade. No one else dared join them, even
though they were highly regarded by the people.
Nevertheless, more and more men and women
believed in the Lord and were added to their
number. Acts 5:12-14. So the word
of God spread. The number of disciples
increased rapidly, and a large number of priests
became obedient to the faith.
How did persecution affect the
preaching of the gospel?
On that day a great
persecution broke out against the church in
Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were
scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men
buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. But
Saul began to destroy the church. Going from
house to house, he dragged off men and women and
put them in prison. Those had been scattered
preached the word wherever they went.
has only had a tendency to extend and establish
the faith which it was designed to destroy
There is no lesson which men have been slow to
learn as that to oppose and persecute men is the
very way to confirm them in their opinions, and
to spread their doctrines. Dr.
Albert Barnes, on Acts 4:4.
A Latter-Day Outpouring
What prophecy was
fulfilled in the Pentecost outpouring of the
Spirit in the time of the apostles?
Then Peter stood up
with the Eleven, raise 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. Its 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, 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. Acts 2:14-18. (See Joel 2:
What expressions in the
prophecy of Joel seem to imply a double
fulfillment of this outpouring of the Spirit?
Be glad, O people of
Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has
given you autumn rains in righteousness. He
sends you abundant showers, both autumn and
spring rains, as before. Joel 2:23. (See also
Note In Palestine the
early rains prepare the soil for the seed sowing,
and the latter rains ripen the grain for the
harvest. So the early outpouring of the Spirit
prepared the world for the extensive sowing of
the gospel seed, and the final outpouring will
come to ripen the golden grain for the harvest of
the earth, which Christ says is, the end of
Revelation 14: 14, 15.)
For what are we told to pray
in the time of the latter rain?
Ask the Lord for
rain in the springtime; it is the Lord who
makes the storm clouds. He gives showers of rain
to men, and plants of the field to everyone.
Note Before the
apostles received the baptism of the Spirit in
the early rain on the day of Pentecost, they all
continued with one accord in prayer and
supplication. (Acts 1:14.) During this time
they confessed their faults, put away their
differences, ceased their selfish ambitions and
contentions for place and power, so that when the
time for the outpouring came, they were all
wit hone accord in one place, ready for its
reception. To be prepared for the final
outpouring of the Spirit, all sin and selfish
ambition must again be put away, and a like work
of grace wrought upon the hearts of Gods
The Call of Revelations
How is the closing gospel
work under the outpouring of the Spirit described
by the revelator?
After this I saw
another angel coming down from heaven. He had
great authority, and the earth was illuminated by
his splendor. Revelation 18:1.
What does the angel say?
With a mighty voice he
shouted: Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the
Great! She has become a home for demons and a
haunt for every evil spirit, a haunt for every
unclean and detestable bird. Verse 2.
Note The religious
world will have become a one-world government
during this time much like the same condition, as
was the Jewish nation after it had rejected
Christ at His first advent. (See 2 Timothy 3:
What did Peter on the day of
Pentecost tell the hearers to do?
With many other words
he warned them; and he pleaded with them, Save
yourselves from this corrupt generation.
What similar call and appeal
will be made under the final outpouring of the
Then I heard another
voice from heaven say: Come out of her
my people, so that you will not share in her
sins, so that you will not receive any of her
plagues; for her sins are plied up to heaven, and
God has remembered her crimes. Revelation
18: 4, 5.
Note A great work will be accomplished
under the final outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Many voices all over the earth will sound the
warning cry. The 144,000 servant- prophets will
be using signs and wonders to help those
believers who are honest in heart make the right
decision as at Pentecost, and thousands will be
converted in a day. Those who fail to heed this
final gospel call during the third and fourth
angels message, like the unbelieving Jews,
will be doomed to destruction and will have taken
up sides with Satan and have taken the mark of
the beast. After the seventh trumpet has sounded
in heaven, the last seven plagues will overtake
the wicked, as war, famine, death, and
destruction overtook the Jews, who, not believing
in Christ, failed to heed His call to flee, and
shut themselves up in Jerusalem to their doom.
Those who heed the call of the first, second, and
third angels message and believe and come
out of Babylon and separate themselves from the
wicked will be saved by Gods grace.