TWO PROPHETIC WORDS
Acts 2:17 “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.
Acts 15:16-17 “After this I will return
And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down;
I will rebuild its ruins,
And I will set it up; So that the rest of mankind may seek the LORD,
If you pay close attention, the Bible always tends to interpret and confirm itself.
In today’s verses we have two Old Testament prophecies that began to be fulfilled in the first century church. In the first prophesy from the Prophet Joel, Peter declares the beginning of fulfillment on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit began to be poured out on the multitudes gathered for the festival in Jerusalem. This was clearly the beginning of a new day that we would see spread all throughout the world during the time of the apostles. There have been seasons of continued outpourings throughout history. Today, we live at the end of that season. It seems as if the Lord has turned up the intensity of His outpourings as the end gets closer. We can trace the current world wide Holy Spirit outpourings to one common point of origin, the great Azusa Street outpouring of 1906.
This brings us to the second prophetic word in the book of Acts. The Apostle James quoted from the Prophet Amos in his discourse in Acts 15. James applied this word about the rebuilding of the tabernacle of David to the apostolic church planting ministry of the Apostle Paul. Paul’s ministry ushered in the second phase of God’s plan for the Holy Spirit to be poured out upon all flesh. In the Old Testament the Lord dwelt in a building or a tent, in the new He would reveal Himself in His Church, not in the building itself but in the gathering together of His sons and daughters from every ethnic group on earth.
This prophesy about theTabernacle of David is very significant in our day. The uniqueness of David’s tent was this, there was no veil of separation and God’s Shekinah Glory was there. In today’s church the veil of separation has been removed by the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. Through His blood we can all come into His presence. Secondly, the Lord intends His church today to be the place where the Shekinah Glory is welcome and present. This presence is what people need and long for, this presence is the uniqueness of Christianity. There are plenty of churches, mosques, temples, and synagogues in our world today. What would make any one of them stand out from all the rest? In the Old Testament the difference was the Glory in the temple. If we listen carefully to the prophesies in the book of Acts we will come to the same conclusion, the church is intended to be the place of His manifest presence.