Acts 2:1,2 ¶ When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
I have had sudden experiences with the Lord several times in my life. First was my salvation experience. In one sense you could say it took a long time; I had been on a search for the reality of God for about a year when I experienced my first “suddenly”. Christ came into my life on a summer night in 1973, suddenly everything in life began to change. Again in 1994 I had been praying for a visitation of the Spirit for a number of years. Suddenly the wind of God began to blow in our church. One day there was nothing and suddenly all of that changed. The very atmosphere became charged with God as He suddenly appeared in His house. Here is how Dick Mills describes this sudden aspect of our Christian life.
“Suddenly is a word ripe with possibilities of meaning. It has an air of spontaneity about it. In the Bible it is also translated: straightway, immediately, then and there, from that moment on, and in an instant. Suddenly is a word almost exclusive in concept to the Bible. There are not many places on the planet that offer changes that occur suddenly….. In 1890, A. B. Simpson, founder of the Missionary Alliance Church called his message, “The Four – Fold Gospel”. Aimee simple McPherson called it “The Foursquare Gospel”. Salvation is not an inch at a time incident. It very much has the suddenly factor involved in it. The Apostle Paul’s conversion showed us how instantaneous salvation is. Acts 9:3 states, “As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.” He fell to earth as Saul of Tarsus, and rose to his feet as Paul the Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. It happened that quickly.”
One of the foursquare doctrines that Sister Aimee preached was the sudden return of Jesus Christ. Paul said Jesus would appear in an atomic instant, in the twinkling of an eye. The signs of His soon appearing are all around us. Don’t be lulled to sleep by the apparent delay of His return, He will come suddenly, like a thief in the night. Make sure you are not sleeping because everything is about to change.