By: Brandon T. Ward
Today, May 23rd 2014 at sun down Pentecost Day begins. What transpired on this day two thousand years ago was an example for what we will witness in the near future during the Tribulation of Satan. The word “Pentecost” is Strong’s word 4005 and it means “fiftieth”, being the fiftieth day from Passover. The Day when Christ was crucified, when Christ died for us so our sins could be washed away if we truly repent of them.
After the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ He continued to dwell on the earth and walked with the Apostles for forty days. He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but rather to wait for the promise of our Father. Christ then left the earth ascending into Heaven not to return until the Second Advent of which we currently await (Acts 1:1-4; 9-12). So what transpired on Pentecost Day? That is what we will discuss in this study, let us begin.
Before we start our Bible study, let us ask our Father for wisdom and understanding of His Word, in Jesus name amen.
Please turn your Bible with me and listen to the Words Christ spoke to the Apostles.
5 “For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.”
“Ghost” (Strong’s 4151) really is a bad translation, the Greek word is “pneuma” and it means “air” or “spirit”, whose spirit? God’s Spirit. Christ is stating the Holy Spirit would come upon the Apostles shortly after His ascension into Heaven.
8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
Christ is stating our Father’s Spirit will come upon the Apostles and through His Spirit they will be a witness of God before the entire earth. We should understand the events of Pentecost Day were an example of what will transpire in these last days. Let us continue.
1 “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.”
They were what? The Apostles were with one accord, meaning they were all of one mind and in one place prepared to fulfill the Words of Christ.
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.”
A what? A mighty wind that would bring about the promise Christ spoke of. In Revelation 7 we can read of another mighty wind, four in fact that are being held back until the sealing of The Twelve Tribes has been completed. When this sealing is completed these four winds will rush upon the earth initiating the final events of this age of flesh and the witnessing we will learn of shortly.
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.”
The Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit, God’s Spirit who gave them this gift.
This word “cloven” is Strong’s word 1266 meaning, “to partition or divide“. What are we partitioning? “Tongues” which is Strong’s word 1100 meaning, “a language.” We are not talking about babel speech or some secret language as we will learn shortly, the words spoken by the Apostles were understood by everyone. They spoke and the Holy Spirit caused that speech to be understood by everyone in attendance in their own native language.
Only our Father can accomplish a miracle like this, if we recall from Genesis 11:6-7 the people of the world were all of one language at one time. It was our Father who then confounded the languages of man to begin with so He can certainly remove that confusion if He so desires.
5 “And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.”
Jews which is to say Judeans, meaning those who are of the blood line of Judah or those residing in Judea claiming to be Jews.
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.”
No matter who was in attendance, a Russian speaking person, Japanese or Spanish it did not matter, they all heard the Apostles speak to them in their own language and they understood it. This is in fact the “cloven tongue,” one voice understood in every 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?”
The multitude was astounded as they understood the Apostles, in the very dialect of the town they were born in. This is going to be repeated in the near future when the Elect are delivered up.
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.”
There was no confusion, rather extreme clarity due to the gift 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.”
The multitude was essentially in shock, they were witnessing the power of God right before their eyes.
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.”
Peter is saying, it is not late enough in the day for anyone to be drunk.
16 “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;”
You can read of the account Peter is about to describe in Joel 2:28-31 which is prophecy yet future to us.
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:”
We are in the last days my friends, we are nearing the fulfillment of this prophecy which will take place during the Tribulation of Satan. The Elect will be delivered up before Satan to be a witness before the entire world as Christ spoke of in Acts 1:8 using the cloven tongues. We spoke of this subject in depth in “The Saints and Their Role in the Tribulation.”
The delivering up of God’s Elect can be documented in Luke 21:12-15, let us turn there for a moment.
12 “But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.”
This event occurs during the Tribulation of Satan, the time when he will claim to be Jesus Christ.
Why will the Elect be brought before Satan and the leaders of the world? For Christ’s sake. Just as He told us in Acts 1:8. This is a repeat of Pentecost Day my friends.
13 “And it shall turn to you for a testimony.”
What shall turn to you? The Holy Spirit.
14 “Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:”
When the Elect are brought before Satan, rulers and people of the world for a testimony they do not even think about what they will speak. Why?
15 “For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.”
God Himself will speak through the Elect, this is why they do not premeditate what they will speak because our Father will give them those words. In Acts 2 we read the events of Pentecost Day, how the Holy Spirit spoke through the Apostles and the multitude was astonished as they were able to hear the words in their own language even down to the dialect of the town they were born in.
The account of Pentecost Day was an example of things to come, an example for us in these end times. Christ was not just speaking to the Apostles in Acts 1:8, but to us today, those who live in the last days. He was speaking to His Elect. There is nothing new under the sun my friends, “the thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done,” (Ecclesiastes 1:9).
Let us turn back now to the book of Acts and the events of Pentecost Day.
21 “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
There are two reasons this event took place during Peter’s time. One was for the conversion we are about to read of. The other to document this is how the end will be. Let us continue to see what happened after the witnessing, after the Holy Spirit spoke through the Apostles.
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?”
When the multitude heard this they were extremely moved after the witnessing of the cloven tongues.
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.”
This statement by Peter does not mean everyone will have the gift of cloven tongues. Our Father has many promises and the promise Peter is referring to is eternal life. If you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is God’s Son, that He died and rose again you will be saved (John 3:16, Romans 10:9).
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.”
The promise of eternal life is to whomsoever will.
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.”
There were only 120 souls a part of the church before our Father filled the Apostles with His Holy Spirit which allowed them to speak with one voice in many languages all at the same time which was understood by the multitude. This witnessing led to the conversion of thousands.
In closing I say to you, when the Elect are delivered up before Satan and they witness, when the Holy Spirit speaks through them it will convert untold thousands of people instantly. They will recognize at that moment, in that instant they have been lied to and that Satan is in fact the antichrist. This is the message and lesson of Pentecost Day, one that will shortly be our reality.