And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come (Matthew 24:14 – NKJV)
And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the remnant whom the Lord calls (Joel 2:28-32 -NKJV)
Ask the Lord for rain In the time of the latter rain. The Lord will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, Grass in the field for everyone (Zechariah 10:1 – NKJV).
The context of Matthew 24:14 is the seven years of Daniel commonly called the Tribulation period. In my blog yesterday I mentioned that we should be looking for some kind of peace treaty between Israel and some element of the Islamic nations there in the Middle East and Northern Africa. It could be soon if violence continues and something is needed to calm the growing uprisings.
That peace agreement may be the beginning of the last seven years before the Second Coming of Christ. It’s during this time period that a great moving of the Spirit was seen by the prophet Joel as you read about at the beginning of this article. Jesus mentions there in Matthew 24 that the gospel will be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations during this time.
We are in the beginning stages of another fresh move of the Holy Spirit throughout the earth. Let’s stop saying a moving of the Spirit is coming, let’s rather say, it’s here!
My prayer is that it catches here in America! It is already moving in other parts of the world! Zechariah 10 tells us to ask the Father for rain, or for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit during the latter rain. Israel had two main seasonal rains; one was for the harvest of grapes and olives; the other was for the grain harvest, it was the latter rain.
According to 1 Corinthians 14:1, we are to earnest covet or desire the manifestation of spiritual gift. These gifts are listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 and are: The word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, discerning of spirits, the gift of faith, working of miracles, gifts of healings, different kinds of tongues, interpretation of tongues, and the gift of prophecy.
Mark 16 tells us that works of power (signs) are to follow them that believe. When the early church began after the resurrection of Jesus, the disciples walked in a powerful anointing of the Holy Spirit. The sick were healed, the dead were raised, the blind were cured, the crippled were healed, the deaf were healed, and miracles were common. Peter’s shadow even healed folk as he walked by them (Acts 5). And, persecution was strong.
Here we are at the close of the church age. The last seven years of history before the return of Christ may be very close. During this time, at some point, the rapture of the church will occur, and we believers will be in heaven. And before the church goes to heaven in the rapture, this great, fresh moving of the Spirit will usher in a great harvest of souls for the kingdom of God! Yes, there will be persecution, not unlike there was with the first century church. But the Glory of God, His manifested tangible presence, will be on us to set people free.
Let’s get involved with longing in prayer for a this fresh move of the Spirit of God to grow stronger and stronger. And let’s prepare with prayer and consecration so God can use us to impart His life. Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising (Isaiah 60:1-3 – NKJV).