“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on allÂ people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men willÂ see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”Â – (Acts 2:17)
So much hand wringing goes on to determine when the “last days”Â will occur. Yet the prophecy of Joel 2 begins to be fulfilled inÂ Acts 2. The events happening are the beginning of the “last days”!
Since the coming of the Holy Spirit that first Pentecost afterÂ Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, we have been in the lastÂ days. Jesus’ coming is near. He stands at the edge of history.
Since Jesus, we have stood at the “culmination of the ages” (Heb.Â 9:26) waiting for God’s final victory when he sends Jesus to returnÂ for us (1 Thess. 4:13-18). And the key to these last days? The HolyÂ Spirit — God’s presence within us, God’s presence for us, andÂ God’s assurance to us that we are part of his great victory.
TheÂ Holy Spirit didn’t come to a select few, to but to all who belongÂ to Jesus. No wonder old and young, men and women, have words fromÂ God to share and dreams from heaven to inspire!
Prayer : Almighty God, thank you for the coming of your Holy Spirit atÂ Pentecost. Thank you for sending your Spirit to me when I came toÂ Christ. Thank you for your abiding presence within me and assuranceÂ for me through your indwelling Spirit. I await, with the help ofÂ the Holy Spirit, the great victory that I know is coming in Christ.Â Thank you for this assured hope! In Jesus’ name I praise you! Amen.