In yesterday’s message, I talked about the prophesy found at the end of Malachi’s book. I did not mention Joel’s prophesy about the coming of the Holy Spirit, but Peter made mention of it when the Spirit came with a “might wind,” and really messed with peoples theology. Now I realize some of you will not accept what I am about to say, but some will, so I will address myself to them.
In all the wonderful things our Lord has done in the Earth since the beginning of His Church, I do not believe we have yet seen the glory and fullness of the Holy Spirit that Joel prophesied would come. I believe we have only experienced a few sprinkles. I am watching for the great “outpouring.” Yes, I admit that we have had a worldwide charismatic renewal and love that has brought many together. It has been an experience shared worldwide, but I argue it is simply a foretaste, of what is to come!
Our Lord will not allow anything to stand in the way of what He plans to do. The enemy is in for a big surprise. Just as it appears the church will be inundated by a satanic flood, the Spirit will raise up a standard. Read Isaiah 59. In the 19th verse we are told, “When the enemy comes in, like a flood the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight. For He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives.”
If you understand what that standard is, you will understand what the Lord is about to do. The standard is a Holy people, pure, undefiled, delivered from the corruption that is in the world. That standard is a new breed of sanctified Christians, who will shine out as lights in the midst of a wicked and perverse generation. It will not be just a renewal of love and praise, but a restoration of Holiness unto the Lord!
There will still be shouting and praise, but it will be the shout of victory over sin and compromise, fulfilling the purpose of the last outpouring: “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be delivered and saved . . .” (Joel 2:32). Delivered from what? From sin! From the spirit of the world!
We will not have the fullness of the Spirit’s outpouring until baptized people separate themselves completely from the worldly passions and desires; whose focus is on the Kingdom of Yehoveh; are seeking His Glory (instead of their own). We must emphasize separation and purity of heart. The purpose of the Spirit’s coming is to sanctify and prepare a people for the Lord’s return, a people without spot or wrinkle.
When the fullness of the Spirit’s outpouring comes on all flesh, conviction for sin will be everywhere. “He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). That is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit!
Tragically, too many speak with tongues, but then live like the devil. Sin was never uprooted in their lives and all they received was an experience of ecstasy. God blessed them just enough to call them into a deeper life of holiness and submission, but they stopped and began saying, “I’ve got the Holy Spirit.”
Oh, there is so much more! We give praises for the privilege of praying in an unknown tongue; it is my way of releasing all the pent-up praises to God in a communication beyond my understanding. Yes, yes. We know that you can speak with the “tongues of men and even angels, and without Love, you have received nothing.” But I say it goes even deeper than that! You are not truly baptized with the Holy Spirit until every hidden part of your soul has been exposed—and every sin confessed and forsaken. Yes, that may take years, but it will be years of faithful prayer; study and fellowship.
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