And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said,“you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:4-8)
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:1-4)
Revival Is Coming!
Ladies and gentlemen, revival is coming. If you don’t know it, you’re either it just hasn’t hit your local church yet or you’re at the wrong church! In His Word, God left us many promises. One of those promises, made through the Person of Christ, is the coming of the Holy Spirit.
For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call. (Acts 2:39)
We are those who are afar off, whom the Lord has called. We are those who have been grafted into the vine of Abraham (Romans 11) and who will come to sit at his table along with “Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 8:11). We have prayed to the Lord of the Harvest and asked for the nations as our inheritance and He has answered us (Matthew 9:38, Psalm 2:8). Yes, the promise is coming and is here! The air is thick with it. The very earth is crying out for the manifestation of the sons of God (Romans 8:19)! But something is missing. And that something is unity.
One Thing You Lack
The promises of God may be “yea and amen,” but they are also almost always conditional.
IF My people…will humble themselves and pray…THEN I will hear from heaven…and heal their land. (II Chronicles 7:14)
There’s no way around it. Jesus commanded His faithful to stay in Jerusalem and wait for the manifestation of the promise. He didn’t give them a time frame, He just said it would be “not many days from now.” Yet many of you recall that one day with the Lord is as 1,000 and 1,000 days is like one (II Peter 3:8). They had no indication of the timing because 1) that information belonged to the Father alone and 2) because leaving the people without a time frame truly revealed the most faithful and obedient among them.
Those who remained in the Upper Room per Jesus’ instructions were the crème de la crème of the faithful. Meanwhile, Peter came up with that he thought was a snazzy idea: casting lots to choose a new apostle to replace Judas. Kudos to Matthias for being part of the 120, but we never ever hear his name mentioned again in Scripture (Acts 1). Peter was well-intentioned, yet none of them knew that God had a very different person in mind to replace Judas as one of the greatest apostles in Scripture.
If there was any strife caused by this lot, we don’t know it. They either took it well or worked out all of their issues and entered into a true spirit of unity. And that’s when it happened!
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
The Father’s time had come and so did their unity. I don’t know which came first, the proverbial chicken or the egg. All I know is that the Spirit came, as promised, in power, with fire.
Now, over 2,000 years later, in this 11th hour, we are waiting. We have heard the promise, yet we are in strife. We’ve got many who are called, yet few who are chosen. We’ve got people who are arguing whether or not digital church is real church. We’ve got people boasting of the elevated holiness of home groups as opposed to than larger congregations. We’ve got people who are relying their logic and stifling the move of the Spirit in their life and church. We’ve got one faction thinking they’re better than another, all the while forgetting that Paul said the only good thing about factions is that they reveal who is and who is not of God (I Corinthians 11:19). What we decidedly do not have is unity. This is sad and foolish since the “commanded blessing” is on the united congregation.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Running down on the beard,
The beard of Aaron,
Running down on the edge of his garments.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
Descending upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the Lord commanded the blessing—
It was only when the whittled, weeded, and sifted out 120 entered into the commanded blessing that the Spirit came down and moved upon them, launching the first post-ascension revival. We too must reach this place.
As we enter into this Feast of God, may His unity be found among us. Only this spirit of unity that will cause us to ban together and get on one accord, so that nothing will be impossible for us and to God in the coming of this last and greatest revival! May the spirit of unity be found among us, not just on Pentecost, but ever onward!