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Outpouring of the Spirit
to His ascension to heaven, what did Jesus tell His disciples to await?
"And, behold, I send the
promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until
ye be endued with power from on high." Luke 24:49.
did He say they would soon be baptized?
"For John truly baptized
with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many
days hence." Acts 1:5.
important work was this baptism to prepare them?
"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." Acts 1:8.
the outpouring of the Spirit, what preaching results followed?
"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? 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. 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. And with many other words did he testify
and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then
they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day
there were added unto them about three thousand souls." Acts
"And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought
among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch.
And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people
magnified them. And believers were the more added to the Lord,
multitudes both of men and women.)" Acts 5:12-14.
"And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples
multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests
were obedient to the faith." Acts 6:7.
persecution affect the preaching of the gospel?
"And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at
that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at
Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of
Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. And devout men carried Stephen to
his burial, and made great lamentation over him. As for Saul, he made
havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women
committed them to prison. Therefore they that were scattered abroad
went every where preaching the word." Acts 8:1-4.
Testament prophecy was fulfilled at the time of the outpouring of the
"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: For these are
not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But
this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 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: And on my servants
and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they
shall prophesy:" Acts 2:14-18. (See Joel
expressions in Joel's prophecy indicate a double fulfillment of this
"Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in
the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain
moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former
rain, and the latter rain in the first month." Joel 2:23. (See also Hosea 6:3.)
time of the latter rain, for what are we told to pray?
"Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the
latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them
showers of rain, to every one grass in the field." Zechariah 10:1.
How is the
closing gospel work under the outpouring of the Spirit described by John
"And after these things I saw another angel come
down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with
his glory." Revelation 18:1.
the message of this angel?
"And he cried mightily with a strong voice,
saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the
habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of
every unclean and hateful bird." Revelation 18:2.
Peter on the day of Pentecost tell his hearers to do?
"And with many other words did he testify and
exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation."
similar call and appeal will be made under the final outpouring of the
"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come
out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that
ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and
God hath remembered her iniquities." Revelation 18:4,5.