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Special Notes from the International Missions Conventions

Updated: Sep 22, 2021


Be Filled With The Spirit

The International Missions Convention - 2008

By Bishop Joseph White

I am going to use this today to mean “poured out” a term Joel spoke of. “Poured out” is a term that you’ll find in the second chapter of Acts. Poured out is a term that the Prophets and Peter used to indicate that it had now been given or made available to everyone. (Joel 2:28 & Acts 2:17-18)

Prophesying and tongues. The common sign in the O.T. that the people had the Spirit, was the Spirit would come upon them, or the Spirit would move upon them, and they would prophesy. And that is how the rest of the people knew that they had the Spirit. In the N.T. we prophesy, we keep that O.T. sign, and then the Lord gives us an additional sign. And this new additional sign was given to emphasize ” That the Spirit had been poured out” to all now. Because in the O.T. it was only given to certain designated ones. Everyone didn't have the Spirit. Poured out means: given to all. When the Spirit was first given (and this is going to be in the OT) from Genesis to Acts 2:1 the Spirit was given. The move of the Spirit in 2008 is the same as it was in the New Testament church as it was in the Old Testament church because the Spirit is the same and the Spirit always has been.

Now I’m over here in Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come (All that 120 of them in the first chapter) were all with one accord in one place (they were in the temple praying.) Acts 2:1 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven... A new thing, a sound. Well, we had signs in the Old Testament before: Thunder, lightning, miracles. And suddenly there came a sound; that’s why the Holy Ghost is not just mediocre. In the Old Testament, they would hear thunder, lightning, shouting, and praising, miracles, shouting in the camp. You know the Jews were emotional people: Earthquakes, temples renting, a bolt of lightning. And now all of a sudden look at here. Acts 2:2..and it filled all the house where they were sitting. All the house mean in the area of the temple called Solomon’s porch. Acts 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues (they actually saw these) like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them (it was up upon every body’s head) Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

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