Pour out your Spirit!

Amos spoke about a “famine … for hearing the words of the Lord,” a time when people “will go to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, but they will not find it” (Amos 8:11,12). The prophet Samuel was born into such a time: “And word from the Lord was rare in those days, visions were infrequent” (1 Sam. 3:1). Hosea as well proclaimed My people perish for lack of vision (Hos 4:6). That’s been the case in the American Church for some time. We’ve not earnestly desired prophetic gifts (1 Cor 12:31) and rejected the Word of the Lord, saying He doesn’t have plans for us, we’ll make our own. He doesn’t speak anymore. And so our people have cast off restraint for lack of revelation (Pro 28:17.) We’ve been caught up with the worldly culture of America, forsaking the things of God.

A shortage of revelation, understanding and prophetic words from the Lord is indeed a curse.
Daniel, on the other hand, spoke of a time when prophetic insight would increase:
But you, O Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book until the time of the end. Then many shall run to and fro and search anxiously through the Book, and knowledge of God’s purposes as revealed by His prophets shall be multiplied and become great (Dan. 12:4, AMP).
Without a doubt, we are blessed to live in a day as seen by Daniel. The increase of prophecy has indeed become great. The time of the spiritual son of Issachar, those who understands the times and, therefore, has knowledge of what we must do (see 1 Chron. 12:32).

I believe this is knit to the promise of Joel 2, which was not fully fulfilled in Acts 2. But a down-payment, for the context of the Joel 2 outpouring is the last days preceding Jesus’ return.

“And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
29 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days


This outpouring of the Spirit is an outpouring of the person of the Holy Spirit, we will be in His presence, hearing His council and seeing things of heaven. So currently I rejoice in the time of increase when there is not total Spirit famine. But I long for fullness of the outpouring to come. And know the promises of God require the intercession of man. So invite you to cry out with me for the outpouring on the American church and in our own lives, our own churches. Let’s not perish for lack of vision.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by lbolm on February 20, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Brandon,
    On the day of Pentacost, Peter declared “this is that which the prophet Joel spoke of”.
    If “this is that” and it was, then why are so many in the Body “waiting on the Outpouring of the Spirit”? God has already poured it out upon ALL flesh.
    The reason is, we walk by faith, not by sight.
    It is like a word of prophecy being given. It is spoken and is put into existence. When one walks into it, BAM, it comes to be!
    That is what I feel has happened with many when it comes to The Holy Spirit. It was poured out on Pentacost, but there are those who are walking around and haven’t “walked into it” yet.
    God never said in Scripture {NT} that He would take away His Spirit and send it again a second time. The only Second Coming will be when Jesus returns. My prayer isn’t for another outpouring, but rather,the people of God would walk right,smack, dab, into it BAM!!

    Love in Christ Jesus
    Jake

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  2. It would seem that Peter saw Joel’s prophesy fully fulfilled before his eyes, right there at Pentecost, however, the timing of the prophesy is actually the ‘last days’ right before the Lord’s return, where the moon will turn to blood and the sun will not give light. That is linked clearly to the prophesy of Revelation regarding the Lord’s Return. I.e. it didn’t happen at Pentecost.

    Many times OT prophets are prophesy about events later found in the book of revelation as related to the Lord’s coming, but have an initial fulfillment in part sooner to the date of the prophesy. The outpouring Joel spoke of is finding it’s final application now for most of the church hasn’t even believed in dreams and visions and prophesy for the past 2000 years, definitley not all flesh. So it really hasn’t been fully fulfilled yet.

    So it’s not that He’s going to take HS away, but it most Christians in their innermost man, but He’s completely dormant as we do not have faith to interact with Him. But the outpouring speaks of a time of the release of the Spirit on new believers (all flesh) that do not have a theology that limits their faith for God experiences, as well as ‘old men’ who see and expereince God in a way new to them.

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  3. Posted by lbolm on February 21, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    so from what you are saying what happened at Pentacost had nothing to do with Joel’s prophecy??
    That was just an outpouring of the Holy Spirit?

    What are you saying then?

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  4. The Day of Pentecost was the initial fulfillment, the final ultimate fulfillment is yet to come, as the timing of the prophesy is during Day of the Lord. There are many OT prophesies that were partially fulfilled in one instance, and then later come to pass in a fuller and clearer expression.

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