Sun To Darkness, Moon To Blood

The sun shall be spurned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord shall be saved. Acts 2:20-21

Peter references the prophecy from Joel to mark the Beginning of Jesus’ Church at Pentecost, yet the end-of-time portion of Joel’s prophecy is ahead of us which we will recognize and call on the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. When Jesus Christ was crucified there was a time of darkness for 3 hours but it was not what Joel predicts as the Day Of Our Lord.

Peter calls his listeners to think about Joel’s prophecy because the Day Of Pentecost is similar and it is a part of God’s Plan. Now it is up to us to bring others into Jesus’ Presence so that as the Day Of Our Lord comes, the end times, then they will know to call on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus God’s Son came to us showing us three things– miracles, wonders, and signs. We know that He is Messiah and our Lord. On Pentecost Jesus’ Holy Presence is put into believer’s hearts and minds by the gift of the Holy Spirit. With the Spirit of Truth (as Jesus calls the Spirit) you are led, fed, and held in right standing with God by the power of the Holy Spirit. Spirit continues with Jesus’ miracles, wonders, and signs in your life.

God Pours Out His Spirit

Peter said, “No, this was what was spoken by the prophet Joel: In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out 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.” Acts 2:16-17

Peter is stands, speaking to interpret God’s outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon believers of a multitude of languages. When tongues like of fire appear over their heads and they speak, and those watching hear those anointed by the Holy Spirit speak in their own languages then the onlookers do not understand. These onlookers need someone to tell them what is going on.

At times when we’re confused about things of faith or Scriptural understanding we need someone to tell us what God is doing. Prophesy, visions, and dreams are all included in Holy Spirit outpouring. When you experience these then tell another believer or believers in Jesus Christ and do not be afraid.

By the power of the Holy Spirit in your life things of God will be revealed to you. What a joy and how amazing our Heavenly Father is for us. God wants for us to be included not excluded from His activities in His Kingdom within believers. And the Holy Spirit has future information for you, fresh anointing of Spirit’s love, and you are fully involved in the Spirit’s showers of blessings.

God’s Marvelous Deeds of Power

— in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power. All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” Acts 2:12

As Holy Spirit speaks within your soul Spirit is so very personal and unique, fully engaged with your spirit– for Spirit is speaking oneness in who are as Christ’s disciples. Spirit is speaking our languages, speaking into our souls, speaking Spirit Truth. What does this mean?

Spirit is truly very powerful and mighty to speak God’s deeds with the fullness of Truth that is undergirded in love, joy, and peace of our Heavenly Father’s plentiful Love. God’s deeds of power are found in Jesus Christ. What does that mean?

Powerful is God your Heavenly Father, one with Jesus Resurrected and Spirit. When you are challenged or tempted by anyone or anything that would distance you from Christ you then shall call on the merciful and grace empowered Name of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Spirit then Jesus is amazingly swift; instantaneously responding. Look for God’s deeds of power in your life for these are through Jesus Christ present with you. Your right choices to do God’s will for the Kingdom and to witness to God’s marvelous deeds are all by the Spirit as Spirit transforms your personality, your goals, and your desires to be just like Jesus.

The Day Of Pentecost

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Acts 2:1-4

Jesus is Glorified by God again and this is the Glory which seals His Presence within us ! Remember back in our study of John when Jesus, referring to the Heavenly Father, said, “He will glorify Me, because He will take what is Mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:14). This day is His declaration, perpetual each day forward. In giving you the Holy Spirit you are able receive the declaration of all of Christ as the Holy Spirit seals you securely in Jesus Christ’s compassionate loving wonderful Presence.

The Holy Spirit within each of us is what makes us Christ’s Church united in Him. The Kingdom of God is within our hearts and minds. Now when the Holy Spirit first came on Pentecost there was a dramatic visual and auditory announcement through tongues as of fire and the violent wind. When the Holy Spirit comes to you it is an unmistakable moment of history in your life as Spirit transforms you to make within you the true connection to Jesus Christ. Sealed, Spirit refreshes you with Christ’s Presence continually. Holy Spirit praying is naturally now very personal, between you and Christ, and Holy Spirit continues to give you everything of Christ.

This day, Pentecost, is seven weeks after Jesus Christ arose from death. Believer’s Pentecost is rooted in the Jewish faith as the day that Moses was given the Law on Mount Sinai. This day of Pentecost’s fulfillment through the Holy Spirit in Acts 2 is honored in Church seven weeks after Easter Sunday,

Keep Your Faith From Failing

In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, “Friends, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus– for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” Acts 1:15

What deep grief the disciples experience from the fact that Judas, one of their own, betrayed Jesus into the hands of sinners. Yet Peter had listened closely as at the institution of Holy Communion Jesus had said, “satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31).

Similarly, Jesus Christ is praying for you (affirm in John 17) and gives you the charge to strengthen your brothers and sisters in Christ once you have turned back. Peter is strengthening others as he vigilantly describes Judas, who first tried to hang himself, spills his bodily fluids onto a piece of land bought with the pieces of silver given for His betrayal. Would that Judas would have turned back from denying Jesus as he remembered that there is no sin unredeemable in our souls except the total denial of Jesus’ Presence within us.

Peter is speaking before Pentecost. They will choose Matthias as disciple and after Pentecost the Holy Spirit will instead choose Paul– to widely spread Christ’s Kingdom Good News of salvation and New Birth by the Spirit of Truth. Both disciple’s ministries are blessed by Christ. Undoubtedly, Love in Jesus Christ’s shall win in your life. To keep your faith from failing turn to the Holy Spirit yielding as Spirit takes you, shakes you, makes you better than you have to be for Christ. Stay Christ’s

Our Hearts Join In Christ’s Love

Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying… Acts 1:12-13

A little more than a half mile away from Jerusalem is Olivet, the Mount of Olives. Why does Dr. Luke write, ‘a sabbath day’s journey away’ when this distance may be walked in less than an hour? He crafts wording this way because there were several hundred thousand people camping outside of the city during Passover. Jesus was crucified on Passover and appeared to believers for 40 days after His Resurrection— Luke (author of Acts) is reminding us of this Holy time and our Passover Lamb Jesus.

After 40 days Jesus Christ ascends into heaven and two angels speak with the disciples to say how Christ will return to us from the throne of heaven. Then the 11 men disciples and the 7 women disciples return to the comforting Holiness of the upstairs room and there they pray in oneness, praise, and waiting.

Believers will never have this particular time of waiting again. This is a one-time event in all of history. Christ gives us the Holy Spirit at the first Pentecost then all the blessings from His Promise Of The Spirit flow continually into believers who say, “In the Name of Jesus Christ, come Holy Spirit. Thank you Jesus for anointing me with your Spirit of Truth.” The Holy Spirit is what makes us Christ’s Kingdom on earth, with our hearts joined in Christ’s love for us.

Jesus Goes Up To Heaven

When He had said this, as they were watching, He was lifted up, and a cloud took Him out of their sight. While He was going, and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. Acts 1:9-10

Before Jesus ascends into heaven His last words to you are, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes to you,” and “you will be My witnesses.” Using the Presence of Christ, speaking His Holy Name, enjoying the strength of the Holy Spirit within your heart and mind motivates you to witness. The blessings of witness are within prayer, purity, and believing that through Christ you can do all things in Him.

In our text, Jesus goes up to heaven then becomes our heart’s strength through the Holy Spirit. Oneness with Christ grips you in His love. Love is sourced from Holy Spirit power active within you. Jesus calls your strength the Spirit of Truth. Strength is in His Church who works together so that one day every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and Universal Savior.

Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior will return in the same way He left, at the same place. He will come riding on a cloud. Truth in prophecy from Zechariah 14:4, ‘On that day His feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives, which lies before Jerusalem on the East; and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from East to West by a very wide valley; so that one half of the Mount shall withdraw Northward, and the other half Southward.’

Wait For The Promise Of The Father

While staying with them, He ordered them. Not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” He said, “is what you have heard from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Acts 1:4-5

In our ‘Acts Of The Apostles’ Scriptures God’s Plan is launched when Jesus is truly and factually Resurrected from the dead then instructs the disciples to wait in Jerusalem, be baptized with the Holy Spirit, then spread the Spirit. This is Jesus’ commission to you personally and privately too, “Wait for the promise of the Father.” Jesus Christ Resurrected is your everything, giving His life to save you and through the power of the Holy Spirit He is victorious and magnificent in your life.

Look at the high spiritual level shown to us in Acts as truly Jesus Christ’s Resurrection is your central focus from Dr. Luke (author of Acts). Luke mentions 110 believers by name in Acts, and concentrates on Peter (chapters 1-7) then Paul (chapters 8-28). Jesus had promised the Holy Spirit in John 1:33, 7:37-39, 14:16-17, and 20:22. At Pentecost (Acts chapter 2) the Spirit is powerfully activated within believers. Every believer can be baptized with the Holy Spirit.

Old Reverend Robert Lee, Church of Scotland minister and professor of Biblical criticism at Edinburgh University, wrote in the 1800’s that the best title for Saint Luke’s book about the Apostles is, “The Acts of the Ascended and Glorified Lord.”. Lee said it best. Holy Spirit inspiration (deepening faith) by God’s Son who lived compassionately among us and who ignites faith within each and every believer through the power and influence of the Holy Spirit is given when you pray, “Come Holy Spirit, come and fill me to overflowing. I belong to Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. Come Holy Spirit, come.” Then wait.

Christ At The Charcoal Fire.

Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask Him, “Who are you?” Because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after He was raised from the dead. John 21:12-14

Gathered beside a charcoal fire with the wind off the sea as reminder that He will soon give the Wind of the Holy Spirit to His followers, Jesus breaks bread and then serves. Our Suffering Servant Lord Jesus Christ will feed them until they want no more food. He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” as He is true to His word. He hands each of them the cooked bread and the toasted fish and as His arms extend giving sustenance they plainly view the fresh marks of the nails which brutally pierced His Sacred flesh.

The memories of His death on the tree have not been erased. They remember well and so do we. Evil within humanity hung our Savior on the Cross. He took that evil onto Himself and vanquished it. Evil never had any power over Him then, now, and in time to come. Yet evil may have a hold on the hearts of men and women who have not yet His Power within them to overcome it. For when your faith in Him quickens, belief in Christ transforms your heart and you’ll find time and time again that the source of your strength is directly in Savior Jesus Christ’s heart as His arms extend to you.

Christ’s heart is compassion, Holy mercy, kindness, patience, pure love, and the charcoal fire of your hope each day. He never stops serving His believers as we learn more from Scriptures, rely on His Holy Spirit to guide, and commune with each other to place our hope in Him. Just as the embers of the fire will die out when moved away from the main fire, so our faith may falter. Choose your times to be with other Christians and share faith’s witness in hope. Make this a spiritual habit. Christ prepares a table before us near the charcoal fire and then He serves, giving faith.

Let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them. Psalm 5:11