Then he said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. 46 And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. 47 It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ 48 You are witnesses of all these things.
49 “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.” (Luke 24)
Pentecost falls on June 4th this year, marking the time the Holy Spirit descending like a fire upon the disciples anointing them with the promise of a counselor to guide them.
Through Pentecost we see the true meaning in the book of acts of how a mighty rushing wind passed over the people and they were filled with the holy spirit,suddenly those who were of every nation and language could hear every man in their own tongue!(Acts 2:1-8).
The brick and mortar churches many attend once a week for an hour is a far cry from the one true church Jesus taught His disciples that would be purchased by His shed blood!A church that would be built in three days.Simon Bar-jo’-na was the first to have this revealed to him from God the Father that he was the rock on which Jesus would build His church.(Matthew 16:15-19).
All of this is proof and celebration of a Risen Lord. The last, and the fulfillment of prophecy concerning the Messiah. Jesus fulfilled every prophecy about the Messiah, yet Christians today want to honor another God so badly they twist even this. We can’t write about this enough as God will not allow us to rest while so many are falling behind a beast.
Imagine what John experienced as he was given the visions from the end times. He knew that Christ’s church would grow, he knew that we would be persecuted, he knew we would be beheaded, he knew there was a terrible beast that would unite all foreign God’s and evil demonic doctrines, he knew God’s judgement would be exacted on an unbelieving world and that many would not repent, but actually run to the beast. Jesus knew that there would be those who Blaspheme the Holy Spirit. That’s why He showed Paul and even Peter how to come against this. He gave Paul the Armor of God, He told Peter that Satan had asked to sift His Soul but he would return.
Jesus didn’t leave us as orphans. Through Him power was sent from the Father in the Holy Spirit. Jesus didn’t leave us with the promise of another prophet, and he even warned that Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit would not be forgiven in this life or the next.
The Holy Spirit is spoken of by the prophets like Isaiah when God gave him the words of chastisement and told of Cyrus who would deliver them. In isaiah 48, verse 16:
Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord God, and his Spirit, hath sent me.
There is so much written in the Old and New Testament and the Torah about the Holy Spirit or the Shekinah. It starts in Genesis, breathing life into Adam. The word of God came to the Prophets through the Holy Spirit.
This is from the Jewish Encyclopedia:
Hence all creatures live only through the spirit given by God. In a more restricted sense, however, the spirit of God is not identical with this life-giving spirit. He pours out His own spirit upon all whom He has chosen to execute His will and behests, and this spirit imbues them with higher reason and powers, making them capable of heroic speech and action.
But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer was gathered after him.
And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me.
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:
29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
Again so much is written about the Holy Spirit there’s not enough room in this post.
Jesus fortold this Spirit would come after him to guide His church into truth just as God’s spirit was poured out on His chosen people Israel. Through Jesus we received this counselor as Jesus said.
Again we find so much heresy in the mixing of Christianity and Islam it’s deafening. There is no common ground here. None. Evangelicals and the Pope are changing doctrine to fit into a mixing of faiths. The Pope is heading to Egypt to mend ties and show respect to muslums. He is apologizing for Pope Benedict’s criticism of the persecution of Christians by Muslims in Egypt. Leaving Christians again vulnerable .
Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega period. We will end this here, with God’s warning about changing scripture.
13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
GLORY AND PRAISE TO THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT!
As Julia writes in “God Of The Daily Church”, Through the Holy Spirit God adds to his church DAILY those who through repentance are being saved and we find this truth in the book of Acts. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
By CJ and Julia
Credit to the Jewish Encyclopedia and Bible Hub and Wikipedia