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The Joel 2/Acts 2 Connection

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A basic series of questions concerning the End Times or last days is:

  • Are they yet to begin?
  • Are we in them now?
  • Are they already over?

The connection between Joel 2 and Acts 2 gives us the answer.

Let's start with the Old Testament book of Joel, which was written about 800 years before the birth of Jesus Christ.  Then Pentecost didn't happen until after Jesus' death and resurrection.

Joel lays the groundwork for us in search of the biblical answer to this series of questions...

Joel 2:28-32a

28 "It will come about after this
That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;
And your sons and daughters will prophesy,
Your old men will dream dreams,
Your young men will see visions.
29 Even on the male and female servants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days[What days?  Acts 2 will tell us.]

30 I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth,
Blood, fire and columns of smoke.
31 The sun will be turned into darkness
And the moon into blood
Before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.
32 And it will come about that whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Will be delivered..." [Thank You, Lord!]

Now fast forward approximately 800 years to the New Testament book of Acts.

You'll remember that Acts 2 records the day of Pentecost.  A loving and powerful day for the church!

The Holy Spirit came to indwell Christians and they began to speak in other tongues (languages).  The people around them didn't understand what was going on, so Peter stood and gave a very powerful and convicting teaching for us all...

Acts 2:16-21

16 "but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel:

17 'And it shall be in the last days,’ God says,
‘That I will pour forth of My Spirit on all mankind;
And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
And your young men shall see visions,
And your old men shall dream dreams;
18 Even on My bondslaves, both men and women,
I will in those days pour forth of My Spirit
And they shall prophesy.
19 And I will grant wonders in the sky above
And signs on the earth below,
Blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned into darkness
And the moon into blood,
Before the great and glorious day of the Lord shall come. [All four of these verses show some of the signs that will accompany the last days.]
21 And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'" [Jesus died on the cross and rose again from the dead, so that we can call on Him and be saved from our sin and its consequences!]

Peter is quoting Joel 2:28-32a and he is saying that this is the day that Joel 2 is being fulfilled.  Thus the last days began on the day of Pentecost in the first century A.D.!

Thus I greet you...

Welcome to the End Times!

If it helps you can look at this as the beginning of the End Times in general (vs. 17,18).  Then the more specific end of days events begin yet in our future (vs. 19,20).  But all through this time, if anyone calls on Jesus Christ for salvation from their sin they shall be saved! (v. 21)

As of this writing, all the End Times events displayed on the nav bar are yet in our future.  The end of the world hasn't happened yet...so, we are in the last days, yet those specific events are yet to come.

What an exciting and weighty time to be alive...we need the Holy Spirit and all that He brings us to be successful in our mission in these days.  Thank you Father for sending Him.  Thank You Holy Spirit for indwelling us specifically for these End Times.

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