John Paul Jackson once prophesied that God was going to restore “the passion of Pentecost” to the Church through a massive outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
John G. Lake was told to pray for this when he had an angelic visitation in 1920. The angel took the Bible and opened to the book of Acts. He called attention to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, and then proceeded through the book pointing out the great and outstanding revelations and phenomena in it. Then the angel spoke these words:
“This is Pentecost as God gave it through the heart of Jesus. Strive for this. Contend for this. Teach the people to pray for this. For this, and this alone, will meet the necessity of the human heart, and this alone will have the power to overcome the forces of darkness.”
The Biblical Festival of Shavuot (Pentecost)
The date of the Giving of the Law in Exodus, and the date of Pentecost in Acts 2, were the same date. Both of these events took place on the Biblical festival of Shavuot about 1,500 years apart and the same phenomena happened at both.
After the Jews left Egypt, Moses was told by God to gather the Israelites together at Mount Sinai to receive the Torah. They were told to sanctify themselves for three days. The entire people (three million) heard God speak. He didn’t just appear to Moses and give him the Ten Commandments in private.
We are told in Exodus 19:16-19 that on the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick dark cloud over the mountain, and they heard a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone trembled as they stood at the foot of the mountain and the mountain shook.
We are told by Rabbi Hertz, in the authorized Daily Prayer Book, page 791, that the entire world heard the voice of God at Sinai. The Divine voice divided itself into the 70 tongues then spoken on the earth.
We are told by Rabbi Moshe Weissman, in his book The Midrash Says, that the children of Israel not only heard the Lord’s Voice, but they actually saw the sound waves as they emerged from the Lord’s mouth. They visualized them as a fiery substance.
In Acts 2, we read when the day of Pentecost came that they were all together in one accord when they heard the sound of a mighty rushing wind and saw what seemed like “tongues of fire.” They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and started speaking in other tongues. There were Jews from every nation and they all heard the sound in their own language.
Peter stood and prophesied this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. ~Acts 2:17-18
After Peter’s sermon, 3,000 were saved and baptized. After the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai, 3,000 were killed in a plague after forming a golden calf to worship while Moses was up on the mountain for 40 days.
He has made us competent as ministers of a New Covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. ~ 2 Corinthians 3:6
On Shavuot in ancient Israel, two loaves of bread were waved before the Lord and the book of Ruth was read. Ruth was a Gentile convert to Judaism and was the great-grandmother of King David who, according to Jewish tradition, was born on Shavuot, and died on Shavuot. It is believed that the two loaves represent the Jewish and Gentile believers in Messiah.
For He himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. ~Ephesians 2:14-16
A Solemn Warning
“A body that seeks a corporate Pentecost must go through a burning and a purging according to Matthew 3:11.” ~R Loren Sandford
I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. ~ Matthew 3:11
In the first century, Rabbi Akiva became the greatest rabbi of his generation with 24,000 students. He had 12,000 pairs of disciples and they all died between Passover and Shavuot from a God-sent plague. The reason given was because they did not treat each other with respect.
In 2002/2003, there were three conferences that were said to be a trilogy. At the first one, entitled “From Proclamation to Demonstration,” in Albany, Oregon, an angelic visitor appeared to Bob Jones with an important message for those seeking to witness creative miracles and the restoration of lost limbs and organs. The messenger emphasized that these signs and wonders would be demonstrated when “unity among the brethren” becomes reality. (Psalms 133) Unity is a more important issue to the Lord than most believers realize. If the Lord can find just a few who are willing to lay down their lives, plans, agendas, and ministries for their brothers and sisters He will transform cities and regions. It must be birthed in genuine love and fraternal affection. He pointed out that ambition among believers opens the door for suspicion; suspicion brings competition; and competition breeds division. When suspicion and competition are present, it will motivate leaders to discredit or undermine other leaders they feel threatened by. This kind of spirit cannot exist in the hearts of those to whom the Lord desires to release substantial spiritual power and authority. It will actually disqualify some if is not properly dealt with and submitted to the grace of God and the work of His Spirit.
Prior to the second conference in the trilogy series, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, entitled “Revelation Glory,” Bob Jones was given a clear vision. Paul Keith Davis said that he had never heard Bob as enthusiastic as he was in sharing this revelation. The vision began with him seeing a spiritual hourglass. He watched as the sand elapsed from the hourglass and it was clearly communicated that the time had now come for divine purposes to be established in the Pacific Northwest, “the land of beauty.” The Lord’s purpose was to establish BEAUTY and UNITY, but he also saw the enemy’s strategy. He saw “cyclone fences” that represented OFFENSES that would separate people.
The third conference in the series was in Shreveport, Louisiana, entitled “Restoring the Voice of Healing.” That was a term associated with the Latter Rain Revival. Years ago, I read a transcript from a meeting where Bob Jones said if we wanted to experience what they had in the Latter Rain Revival, the condition was Psalms 15. This passage of Scripture warns us not to cast a slur on our fellow man.
A Sign in the Heavens
In 2006, the same speakers returned to Coeur d’Alene (Bob Jones, Ray Hughes, Bobby Connor, Paul Keith Davis, Shawn Bolz, and Noel Alexander), along with the Albany and Shreveport pastors (Denny Cline and Timothy Carscadden) and we hosted an event we called “It’s Time, Releasing Apostolic Power.” At that event, Bob Jones prophesied that the heavens opened when a Native American man danced in full regalia to Jason Upton’s song “We are One in the Spirit.” He said there would be a sign in the heavens to confirm it. On PENTECOST weekend, a FIRE RAINBOW appeared that was so rare that it made international news.
This year Passover is from April 19-27, 2019. Shavuot (Pentecost) is 50 days later on June 9. (The time between these two festivals is called “the counting of the Omer.”) I encourage us to fast all negative talk and put away the “pointing of the finger,” as it tells us to do in Isaiah 58, so that our light and healing will come. Let’s purpose in our hearts to genuinely love and honor one another so that we can experience the PASSION AND POWER OF PENTECOST!