by Christina Farris
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?
13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:
26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.
29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.
36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
38 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.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. One of the biggest revivals of all time happen in scripture though it is the first revival of this magnitude, it is not the only revival after Christ ascension. Let me describe this event in a little more detail. First off the disciples were waiting for day of Pentecoste. Pentecost was the second great festival of three that occurred in Jerusalem, it was a celebration of the end of harvest and was seven weeks after Passover feast which was the celebration of the blood protection of lamb during the period of seven plagues in Egypt. The sign that death angel knew to pass by. Day of Pentecost is the celebration of the end of harvest how fitting for those resurrected on the day of Christ crucifixion. As Christians we celebrate this time period as reminder of the infilling of the Holy Spirit upon the believers in Jerusalem. Why take note of the harvest. God in his mercy and wisdom, I think desires to show us the resurrection celebration that was coming across the land of Israel. The harvest a symbol of the fruit being gather and ready to be used. God choose this day to help Israel understand the importance of what was taking place by the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples they began to speak the wonderful works of God in many languages and other fruits of the Spirit was being used as well. The biggest revival ever told was breaking out right in the middle of the harvest festival, one of the largest gathering of Jewish people of that day and time in Jerusalem. It would be a rekindle of the work of Christ teaching of the purpose Jesus came, of his death and resurrection to the Jewish people. Imagine the crowd. Imagine the powerment of the disciples by the Holy Spirit. They had patiently waited for the Holy Spirit to come before preaching the good news of Jesus. They did not only wait, but waited in the upper room. The only thing about this event that is not clear is did all hear from the windows of the upper room, or did Peter and this disciples hit the city streets. What ever happened Peter began to preach and when he was done three thousands souls were saved. Now the revival did not stop there, one can only imagine the next thing that occured was the apostles began to do all kinds of miracles and signs followed them also so much it caused a fear among the people. Imagine in one place that many prophets, teachers, preachers and signs and miracles following them. This is not just ten people this is a crowd. This is a huge crowd for the disciples to begin with.
This revival was a rekindling of the work of God in the witness of the resurrection, for with resurrection Jesus taught for forty days. First revival. The second is with the Holy Spirit. If we can just get the image of the greatest rekindle in the Bible we can understand it still in effect today. This is a revival that has rocked the ages. Has rocked the world and yet each generation must make a decision for Christ. Each generation must decide to make peace with God and receive Christ as Lord and Savior, to have peace. Peace can not come to any individual without receiving Christ as Lord and it is between God and man, not man and man. The revival between families is those reunions that everything is healed and delivered between two groups of people. This revival was healing of Jews that crucified Christ not knowing He was the promised Messiah. This healing revival was to bring God's people in. This revival would then spread to the Gentile nation.
Now If I heard about Pentecoste celebration in these terms as a youngster, it would of set me on fire in understanding that the greatest revival after the resurrection was for spiritual healing of the people. Can we only imagine our own salvation how it healed our soul when we first believed in Christ. Why then do we need a rekindle at times in our spiritual life. Truth is we do need rekindling from time to time, because of human distractions that get in the way of spreading the Gospel. The need to tend to things to care for our needs, not because God does not provide, it is because we have need to be able to make that adjustment from celebration and being able to be of common good on this earth. Christ promised the Holy Spirit after His ascent into heaven. Why a space of time, can imagine for a moment the brain activity of these events taking place. Our human minds can not take any great revival fully in. God does a work that we need that time to go wow. We need that time between revival and rekindling of faith. We need that time to grow and realize what God is doing. To look and see. We need that rekindle to keep us burning for Jesus, to keep the fire of the Holy Spirit moving across our land. Let it not cease, until the conviction of God's Spirit is upon the entire face of the earth and let it not stop until all generation have received Christ as Lord and Savior. No one keep stand in the fire constantly, wish we could, but right not it is impossible. Yet the Holy Spirit is with all believers all the time.
Dear Heavenly Father, send a rekindle of revival that will not cease until the day of Christ return. Prepare your ministers for time of rest and time of regrouping for these revivals to spread like wildfire. Send sweet rain of the Holy Spirit in abundance so the land is no longer parched with drought of lack of your word and power. Remind daily we are carrying the protection of the Holy Spirit the umbrella of faith. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Ephesians 1:12-14 KJV
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.