|Acts 2 |
1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all of one accord in one place,
2 When suddenly a sound came from heaven like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
3 And what appeared to them, looked like cloven tongues of fire, and the fire rested upon each of them.1
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance. [The greek word for languages, "glwssaiv", is the same word used for tongues of fire in verse 3 .]
5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem, devout Jews from every nation under the heavens.
6 And when this was noise was heard outside, a multitude assembled together who were perplexed because every man heard them speak in his own language.
7 And they were all astonished and marveled, saying to one another, "Behold, are not all these who speak, Galileans?
8 How is it that we hear, every man, in our own tongue in which we were born?
9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
11 Cretes and Arabians, we hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God."
12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, "What does this mean?"
13 Others mockingly said, "These men are full of new wine."2
14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said to them, "You men of Judea, and all you who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to my words.3
15 For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.
16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel:4
17 'And it shall come to pass in the last days, said God, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all men; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;
22 You men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved by God to you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as you yourselves know —
23 This Jesus was delivered up according to the definite purpose and foreknowledge of God; and by wicked hands you crucified him and put out of the way;
24 Whom God has raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that he should be held by it.
25 For David speaks concerning him, 'I saw the Lord always before my face; because he is on my right hand, I will not be moved;
29 Men and brothers, let me freely speak to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that from the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
31 He saw this long before, and spoke of the resurrection of Christ, saying that his soul was not left in hell, and neither did his flesh see corruption.
32 Now God has raised up this Jesus, of which we all are witnesses.
33 Therefore he was exalted to the right hand of God, and received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, which he has poured out this day, which you now see and hear.
34 For David had not ascended into the heavens, but he said himself, 'The Lord said to my Lord, sit at my right hand,
36 Therefore let all the house of Israel assuredly know that God has made the same Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Christ."
37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brothers, what shall we do?"
38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for release from the bondage of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
40 And with many other words Peter testified and exhorted them, saying, "Save yourselves from this wicked generation."
41 Then those who gladly received his word, were baptized; and that same day about three thousand souls there were added to them.
42 They continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, including the breaking of bread and prayers.
43 And fear came upon every soul; and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
44 And all who believed were together, and had all things in common;
45 They sold their possessions and goods, and distributed the proceeds among all, as every man had a need.
46 And they continued daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and singleness of heart,
47 Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.6
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1 the fire rested upon each of them. This is the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the baptism of fire, the baptism that burns up the chaff, which is the sin in a man. John the Baptist said: I indeed baptize you with water to repentance; but he who comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to carry. He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire; whose winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor and gather his wheat into the barn; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. Mat 3:11-12. Jesus told them is Acts 1:5, For John truly baptized with water; but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from this time. The chaff that is burned up is the residual sin in a man that is burned up by the brightness of Jesus' appearance in the hearts of his purified disciples. 2 Thes 2:8. This is the one baptism needed: One Lord, one faith, one baptism, Eph 4:5. Mark! Unless all the sin has been destroyed in you, to the point that you do not sin, to the point that you have been raised by Christ to sit in the heavens in him, you have not received the baptism of the Holy Spirit; this baptism circumcises the heart, by plunging down sin and iniquity, and puts off the body of death and sins of the flesh so that we are without sin; "..baptized into Jesus Christ .. his death, buried with him by baptism into death, that they should walk in newness of life." To speak in tongues does not mean you have been baptized in the Holy Spirit.
Peter corroborates the same: And baptism, which is the figure of this, now saves us, (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 1 Peter 3:21. Note! The baptism Peter is speaking about, is the baptism of death, resulting in the resurrection of Jesus Christ within a man, when the new creature rises, and the old is dead.
At the same time the Holy Spirit was poured out on all mankind, but not in the baptism of fire. All mankind received a small measure of Holy Spirit, to aid them in hearing the word of the Lord from within their hearts. Neither was this the seal of the Holy Spirit, given only to those who are obedient; the seal being the down payment in earnest of the final baptism to come.
2 "we hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God." And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, "What does this mean?" Others mockingly said, "These men are full of new wine." The Pentecostal movement has now devolved into a circus of uncontrolled laughter, screaming, shouting, animal sounds, drunkenness, collapsing and unable to get up, people twitching and jerking spasmodically — everyone displaying a lack of self-control. Their drunkenness is supposedly from the Holy Spirit; they are often unable to say anything except mumble a few words, falling down frequently, and usually staggering around. They try to excuse their drunkenness with these verses in Acts, saying that Peter and the disciples were all drunk on the Spirit. There is difference between being in uncontrolled drunkenness and a controlled elation of joy. Peter and the disciples were in perfect control, speaking in the many of the languages of the dispersed Jews who had returned to Jerusalem. Their speech in all the different languages was recognizable. Peter then preached by the Holy Spirit and convinced 3000 men to become believers in Jesus Christ.
If Peter and the other disciples has been staggering around, falling down drunk, mumbling, like the Pentecostals do, he would have been totally ignored or stoned. The Pentecostals claimed justification for their uncontrolled behavior is without reason and shameful. The Pentecostals, trying to justify their Satanic behavior with this scripture, join with the mockers of the disciples who mockingly said: "These men are full of new wine."
Thus the Pentecostal leaders mock Pentecost as well as Peter and the disciples; to mock is to make someone or something look stupid by laughing at them, copying them, or saying something that is not kind; that is what the mockers did at Pentecost, calling Peter and the disciples drunk with new wine. Whatever the cause, drunkenness is the complete opposite of self-control, which is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, Gal 5:22-23. Drunkenness and revelry are not fruit of the Holy Spirit; they are fruit of the flesh and "those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God," Gal 5:19-21.
To be filled with the Spirit is have your thoughts, words, actions controlled by the Spirit; not drunkenness, revelry, foolishness, or uncontrolled laughter — all of which are fruits of the flesh and violate self-control, peace, and gentleness, which are fruits of the Holy Spirit. Regarding false prophets, Jesus told us: "you will know them by their fruits;" do not be misled. This movement, known as The Toronto Blessing, has services fueled by a strong delusion that fools people to think they are experiencing the power of God.
3 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said to them, 'You men of Judea, and all you who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to my words.' Peter spoke under control of the Holy Spirit, as did all those men and women at Pentecost; they even spoke in the languages (tongues) of the visiting Jews from other countries. As Jesus said: "He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but he who seeks the glory of the One who sent him, that man is true, and there is no unrighteousness in him." John 7:18.
The book, Pagan Christianity, reveals that sermons became a standard part of the Christianity's services when Greek orators began speaking in those services; Greek orators were masters of inflection, emotion, body language, expressions, tones, etc.; all designed to persuade the listeners. So presenting speeches became a standard part of the sects' staged services; the Word of the Lord describes the sects' services as theater. Today's Christian leaders dispute that sermons originated from Greek orators, pointing to this verse describing Peter preaching. But obviously Peter was not speaking from a prepared speech; all of the 120 men and women had been fasting and praying together as instructed, waiting on the Holy Spirit's baptism of fire. Peter did not speak from his carnal mind, it had been destroyed by the baptism of fire. After the baptism of fire Peter only spoke with words supplied by the Holy Spirit; like Jesus, Peter only spoke what he heard the Father tell him to say. John 12:49-50.
Adolph Hitler, regrettably the greatest orator of our time, was total theater. Someone speaking from the Holy Spirit will not be raising their voice up and down to make a point, no waving their hands, not making faces, not weaving their body, etc.; they will speak from a calm, self-controlled Holy Spirit.
4 This is that which was spoken of by the prophet Joel: it shall come to pass in the last days... The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. The day of the Lord came for Peter and the 120 disciples on Pentecost. The last days began with the resurrection of Jesus. The end of the world and the end times prophecies were fulfilled for the 120 disciples on Pentecost. The end of the world and the end times prophecies are an individual experience for the purified — washed — cleansed believer. From the Word of the Lord within: "We are now in the seventh day of the Lord's Kingdom."
Christianity thinks that the end time is yet to occur, yet Peter in this verse has stated that the last days began at Pentecost; and John also spoke of the last days and last time being then in his letter: "Little children, it is the last time; and as you have heard that antichrist will come, even now many antichrists have come. By this we know that it is the last time." 1 John 2:18. The end of the world and the end times prophecies are an individual experience for the purified — washed — cleansed believer; and all that happens by bearing the cross daily, and dying daily; there is no other way to salvation.
5 For whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved. But Jesus said: Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the kingdom of heaven; but [only] he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Mat 7:21-23. So, a casual calling on the name of the Lord does absolutely no good. From the Word of the Lord within: "Call on the Lord with a pure heart. Pray only as you are told." Until you can hear what the Lord desires you to pray, sit and wait in humble silence, hopeful of eventually becoming righteous: able to pray, praise, worship, speak, and act perfectly according to the will of God, which brings pleasure, honor, and glory to God.
Flee youthful lusts; but aim at and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, in the company of others who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Tim 2:22. Note! the pure heart; without a pure heart you are like those described by Jesus as hypocrites: You hypocrites, Isaiah did correctly prophesy of you, saying, 'This people draws near to me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips; but their hearts are far from me.' Isa 29:13, Mat 15:7-8. Saved means to be delivered from all sins and be in a sinless state.
He [Jesus] became the Author and Source of eternal salvation to all those who give heed and obey Him. Heb 5:9. Think about it: the Jews killed the prophets thinking they were doing God a favor; they called on the name of the Lord regularly, but they killed his prophets. Joel 2:32 has the same scripture, and the Pharisees killed Jesus; they called on the name of the Lord every day, many times. Jesus even told us that religious people would kill his true disciples: Yes, the time is coming when whoever kills you will think that he is doing a service to God. John 16:2; and so the Baptists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, and Congregationalists killed 869 Quakers in the 17th Century, including hanging three men and a woman in Boston. The Roman Catholic priests and orders murdered 9,000,000 souls in the inquisitions of the Middle Ages. All of these murderers of those with a different religious opinion regularly went to worship services, prayed, were baptized, took "communion," fasted, and read their Bibles — obviously calling on the name of the Lord many times a day. NO! They were not saved, which is to be delivered from all sins and be in a sinless state.
This verse refers to Joel 2:28-32, and only applies to the remnant who have persisted to the end of carrying their inward cross of self-denial to purity, resulting in the appearance of the Lord in their hearts for final judgment and Jesus bringing salvation. Everyone passes through the fire on that great and terrible day of the Lord. The sun will have been darkened by the bright light of His coming, but then you are immersed in fire; at the last second, before you are totally consumed by the fire, in fear and hope you call on the name of the Lord, and he snatches you from the fire. We are to approach judgment with confidence and boldness — not falling on our face weeping and begging for forgiveness — nor does He want us to draw back in fear. We are to stand in confident, joyful expectation — even as we behold His fearful, awful presence. And as we are surrounded by fire, instead of running, we remain coinfident He will save us; and so He does save the remnant whom he has been purifying and cleansing, preparing them for his appearance. From the Word of the Lord within: "I will devour those who do not follow, and snatch the righteous from the fire."
This is the Day of the Lord, and even for the righteous who have been waiting, hoping, and expecting salvation, this day begins without joy and peace. The brightness of the light exposes all the remaining evil in you, which is sadness and sorrow; but that sorrow can be controlled if you focus on the light that is showing you your remaining sins, not worrying about what you might lose; and most important, never lose sight that this day will end in great joy, peace, salvation, seeing the Lord, heaing his voice for the first time, and entering the kingdom. It is the day of judgment, and you will recall other sins you had forgotten, plus you will listen to all your evil (non-edifying) ever words spoken, which you must not dwell on, by focusing on how you now are, and will be forever, far more pure. Remain confident that this is all in His control for your supreme benefit. The righteous knowing the terror of the Day of the Lord in themselves is witnessed by, (from his actual experience), kingdom-dwelling, early Quaker Francis Howgill:
"They who have not yet seen this day of the Lords vengeance in themselves, have never seen the day of salvation. The prophet cried out: 'Who may abide the day of His coming, and who shall stand when He appears?' And many have been eye-witnesses of the dreadful day-of the Lord, which has appeared in them, wherein all peace has been hidden from their eyes; and all who ever came to see that day of joy and gladness, first knew the terror and the terrible day of the Lord in themselves. Therefore said the apostle: 'We, knowing the terror of the Lord, persuade men.'"
William Dewsbury, another kingdom-dwelling, early Quaker, also left a testimony of the terror in the Day of the Lord:
I was slain and baptized, and lay as a little child under his heavenly chastisements; as soon as ever my soul was brought to this, in my humiliation. Oh! then, the dreadful judgment was taken away, and the book of life was opened unto me, and the Lord spoke comfortably to me, 'I have loved you with an everlasting love;" and I was made a Christian through a day of vengeance, and of burning as an oven; and the haughtiness and pride of man in me was brought low.
Know you are going to die in the process and rejoice at the culmination of all your efforts to arrive at this moment. The body dies in this baptism of death, but the believer is raised (resurrected) with Christ and translated into the kingdom of God. Though raised with Christ to live in the heavens, they still walk the earth as a new creature together, in union with the Lord.
The following is from kingdom-dwelling, early-Quaker Stephen Crisp's The Necessity of a Holy Life, which gives us further first-hand knowledge of the baptism of fire:
There is no coming to obtain this baptism, but by sinking down into what will slay you, what will kill you. But there is such a shifting to save one's life, there are so many twistings and twinings of people to save their lives, that at last they lose them. But no one can ever find life that is eternal, but those who are willing to be given up to the dead, and submit to this baptism — that is, by the Holy Ghost and by fire. Only such come to life; they come to the resurrection. For you never knew any that died this death but that they rose again; it is as impossible for death to hold any one down that is buried in this baptism,* as it was impossible to hold Christ down, when he was in the grave. The same power that brought again our Lord Christ from the dead, the same power it is that quickens us, while we remain in these mortal bodies, after we have sustained this death and crucifixion, [on the inward cross of self-denial].
[* Your resurrection is very quick, and your burial is not in this physical world.]
Messages from the Word of the Lord within which apply to this day are:
As we are surrounded by the fire of His presence, we will call out in hope — we will say, "Save me Lord Jesus;" with confidence.
All others will be taken completely by surprise at his fearful appearance after their death. He is so pure and holy, they will instantly know they are hopelessly evil. He will cause them to panic and lose all reason — just wild, uncontrollable fear. See Howgill's description of what happens to those still sinning when they die.
6 And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. This clearly shows that being saved is not instantaneous with believing, baptizing, and joining the church; no, they were described as were being saved — as a process with an end in the future, at the death of their selfish spirit on the cross. This was the church of the Apostles; people were not saved instantly, even when the Apostles could lay hands on them and speak from the Spirit of God. Further evidence that being saved is not instant, but a process of carrying your cross is: For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Cor 1:18
Paul further shows that believing and salvation do not occur simultaneously in his letters to believers in the churches.
And Peter echoes the same message that salvation is not just believing or faith, rather salvation is the end of faith's obedient journey and requires growth:
Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
In that greatly rejoice though it is necessary to suffer a few griefs through various trials,
so that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes,
though it is tried with fire, might result in praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.
Though you have not seen him, you love him; though you do not see him now,
but believe in him, you rejoice with joy that is unspeakable and full of glory,
Receiving the end of your faith — the salvation of your souls. 1 Pet 1:5-9
As newborn babies, desire the sincere milk of the word, so that you may grow up to salvation, 1 Pet 2:2
Salvation occurs when you experience the grace of God (Christ) bring it to you, when Christ destroys the selfish spirit in you by the spirit in his mouth and by the brightness of his coming, when he crushes the head of Satan under your feet, [a personal experience with your feet and Christ], and when you enter union with Him.
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