2 “Until the day when He ascended, after He through the Holy Spirit had instructed and commanded the apostles (special messengers) whom He had chosen.
3 To them also He showed Himself alive after His passion (His suffering in the garden and on the cross) by [a series of] many convincing demonstrations [unquestionable evidences and infallible proofs], appearing to them during forty days and talking [to them] about the things of the kingdom of God.
4 And while being in their company and eating with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for what the Father had promised, Of which [He said] you have heard Me speak.
5 For John baptized with water, but not many days from now you shall be baptized with ([
a]placed in, introduced into) the Holy Spirit.
Journey with the Ark
Every generation has been given the measure of faith to believe beyond what they can see and the grace to hear the mysteries of the Kingdom. A door is open in heaven and they begin to ascend with hope and expectation that what God promised, He will fulfill. This remnant feels charged with the call to ‘search for him while He may be found,’ and finds themselves on a journey of discovery that compels them to navigate by the instruments of the Spirit. Everything that they have known up until this point is considered dung, in comparison to knowing Him, and they are not satisfied until they find Him. They travel to and fro, looking for him in the throngs of the people, only to find ‘business as usual,’ and the journey continues with reckless abandoned to satisfy the deep, that cries out to the depths of the heart of God.
The wilderness of solitude has become their friend and they learn obedience through the things they suffer; realizing that they will not take something that cost them nothing. Weariness and exhaustion settles in and their vulnerabilities are exposed, as the vultures circle over head, surveying the carnage of all those who did not make it to the end. But for those who held fast to the promise, the rain clouds formed in the distance. Could it be the promise that we have been waiting for? The skies grew dark and the clouds gathered overhead. Lightening preceded thunder and the resonance of His voice shook the earth. Droplets began to form and fell from the heavens like a deluge of refreshing. The famine has broken! The heavens responded to the earth and earth responded to the heavens and for those who have not obtained compassion, will have compassion and He will say to those, ‘who were not my people, You are my people, And they will say, ‘You are my God.’ Hosea 2:21,23
“Forget ye now the former things, and the things of the past; for Behold! I do a new thing, WILL you not perceive it? Rivers in the desert and streams in the wasteland to give drink to my people.” Isaiah 43:18 A new covenant, a new heart and a new name… The veil is torn, giving full access to His Presence, raising up the Tent of David, building a seat for Him to sit upon and tabernacle with us and us with Him. A habitation of holiness that is housed within each one of us, as we become the Ark of his Presence. The enemy is served his eviction notice, revoking his squatters rights and executing the Father’s last will and testament as mature sons/daughters.
Will You Not Tarry
Every generation has experienced a deep yearning to go beyond the veil and will not stop until they come through. The cross was never meant for us to camp out and grovel in our sin, but to find forgiveness and come through the cross to the other side of worship; to worship the Father in ‘Spirit and in Truth.’ The disciples experienced the mountaintops of triumph and the valley of despair, as hosannas filled the air, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” Not soon after, their Lord was beaten and crucified by the ones he came to save. It was “For the joy that was set before him, He endured the cross, despising its shame and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 He was crucified, buried and resurrected from the dead by the power of the Father and instructed his disciples for forty days before he ascended. The disciples were grief-stricken and like sheep without a shepherd. Acts 1 Then Jesus appears to them and tells them, “go to Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Father. You shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the very bounds of the earth. At that self-same moment, Jesus was lifted up into a cloud and carried away out of their sight.”
What does it mean to wait upon the Lord? To wait in hebrew means, ‘watching to expect with hope and patience, tarry, to quiet self, rest or to be still.’ When Jesus gave the instruction to ‘wait,’ it was an active stance, because their was an expected end. Jesus said, “It is better that I leave, because if i do not go away, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you [into close fellowship with you]; but if I go away, I will send Him to you [to be in close fellowship with you]. The Spirit of Truth will guide you into all truth and He will not speak of himself, but will tell you what he hears from the Father and announce it to you.” It was necessary for Jesus to leave, so that the same Spirit that dwelt in Him would dwell in them and instead of the disciples witnessing the works of Jesus, now they would be witnesses by the same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead, would dwell in them. They had a choice to ‘wait for the promise of the Father,’ and be a womb for his presence or remain in their grief and be a tomb that was shut up and barren.
A woman in her pregnancy is said to be expecting. She knows that in nine months, she will deliver a child. Her body goes through a metamorphasis, as her womb must become a safe habitation for this child to be formed and fashioned, in preparation for the moment of delivery. She begins to prepare a place of provision for the new addition and when delivery is eminent, she brings forth the promise that had been hidden, but living inside her womb, for an expected time and season. Isaiah 66:9 “Shall I bring to the moment of birth and not cause to bring forth? says the Lord. Shall I Who causes to bring forth shut the womb? says your God.”
The Next Installment
Since the birth of the ecclesia, we have needed fresh fire or the next installment of revelation to build upon the foundation already laid. Every move of God revealed a new attribute of his character to advance the Kingdom of God in the earth. Each new installment was appointed as a definite period or fixed years and seasons ( a critical niche in time), which the Father had set by His own choice and authority and personal power.
We are in that season of time. All of heaven is a buzz and leaning over the ballasts of heaven, waiting to see what it’s going to look like and how the Father will gather in the harvest at the end of the age. Myriads of angels are sent on assignment, as a flurry of anticipation fills the air, giving aid to those who are waiting for the promise of the Father, with eager expectation and disclosing of their son ship. Setting free creation from their bondage to decay and corruption and gain an entrance into the glorious freedom of God’s children. Roman 8:19-21
So are we waiting for another Pentecost? No, we are waiting for the next installment, to be endued from on high to be witnesses, according to the promise of the Father. There is a culmination of ‘all things summed up in Jesus Christ,’ merging the previous moves (spiritual awakening) with the next unfolding revelation of Truth that will set creation free from its bondage. We have come to a ‘fulness of time or watershed moment,’ that releases fully mature sons/daughters to legislate according to righteousness and justice. The emergence of the Lord’s champions will be seen and evident as they lift up the standard with solid resolve, and the authority of His word goes forth from their mouths like a two-edged sword and their decree will stand.
Preparation For Pentecost
I will end with a quote from Mario Murillo’s book, ‘Critical Mass.’
“A key similarity between revival and nuclear fission is a strange phenomenon that occurs right before the atom splits. The nucleus actually depresses. Scientists observe that the neutron bombardment, which seemed to be changing the nucleus, now shows no sign of reaching critical mass. Nothing seems to be happening.
That is also what happens right before a manifestation of God’s glory. The revival core will be praying and sensing a rising tide of power and expectancy. All of a sudden, you hit a brick wall. The power is gone. God’s presence seems to have lifted. Your prayers feel trapped in your mouth. A deep despair settles in. You feel physically drained.
This is the dark night of the soul. This is where every revival pioneer has been before you and now it’s your turn. It will take everything within you to keep moving. The sobering fact is that many who have reached the dark night of the soul have retreated. Eternity will reveal a long, sad history of revival near-misses.
At no other point does God express love more than when he allows this time of total emptiness. God risks being misunderstood. He face the potential of one of His children walking away frustrated and confused, but He believes the good it will produce is well worth the risk.
What do you do when this cloud of darkness settles on you?
Scientists respond to a depressed nucleus by intensifying the neutron beam, and resolve to do so until fission occurs. They commit to keep moving, not relying on any physical signs. That is precisely what we must do to see the end of this night.
If the prayer of the core continues during this dark night, their true motive surfaces. The only thing will hold us when the nucleus depresses is a pure heart of love for the lost and a true desire to see God glorified. God wisely observes that anyone who survives this night is rightfully suited to invade enemy territory.
It would seem that by this stage, God would know we have abandoned our sin. The issue, however, is something deeper; it deals with our ways. Our repentance has dealt with what we have done; now the purification focuses on what we are.
This is a test we must pass in order for us to inherit the promise. Here the issue is not right and wrong, but high and low purposes of living. Spiritual awakening is not simply getting rid of sin, it is giving God what he wants.
The time has come to pour out our best on God. Jesus said, “The poor you have with you always.” Good deeds are always available.”
America is spiritually dying because God has sales reps and not channels of His Glory. We feverishly do the right things, almost as a bribe to postpone the needed pouring out of ourselves on God as a living sacrifice.
Again, we must no longer see the bad things as barriers to revival (Pentecost), but the seemingly good..
We can’t dole out precious ointment to the poor in doses that don’t cure them or honor God. We must be poured out on God!
Spiritual awakening means that the faithful become fiery, the decent become dynamic, and the acceptable become excellent. But, most of all, we become disgusted with our evil, and totally dissatisfied with our good. We realize that now is the time to pull out all the stops. No program is sacred, no worthy project is worth enough. None of the ointment can be spared. It is revival or death!
As i said before, the nucleus of the atom depresses right before fission and in that lies another key parallel to revival… the nucleus explodes from that depressed condition. It does not split when it looks inflated and energetic but rather when it is shrunken and lifeless.” (end of quote)
This final installment or spiritual awakening is upon us and we must decide whether we will go ahead with, ‘business as usual,’ or wait for the promise of the Father to be endued (endowed), and equipped with great ability to be witnesses unto the ends of the earth. This is the inheritance of the saints and the all-surpassing greatness of His power, toward those who believe…
It’s time to prepare a place for his presence so that we can move from Pentecost (visitation) to Tabernacles (habitation)…
1. Sanctify yourself (purify, consecrate, set apart, prepare and keep holy)
2. Pray for a new anointing
3. Are their any believers in Pentecost?
Written by Shannon LaFreniere