2:17 – Before and After
Five hundred tons (!) of weapons and ammunition, including 3,000 rockets and bombs, were apprehended by the elite Israeli navy commando unit 13 on the freight ship "Francop," sailing from Egypt toward Syria to be delivered to Hizballah. The weapons originated in Iran, and were camouflaged as normal merchandise.
The weapons were displayed to diplomats and the media in the Ashdod harbor. The capture proves without a doubt Israel's claim that the terrorists of Hamas and Hizballah are funded and equipped by Iran, and that they are all lying to the Western world and defying all international restrictions. Iranian and Syrian ministers immediately issued statements that there was no weapons shipment and that Israel had fabricated the whole event.
Finally the Jewish "terrorist" responsible for blowing up Amiel Ortiz, the Messianic Jewish teenager from Ariel, has been captured. He is Jacob Teitel, an American immigrant to Israel and a right wing religious fanatic. He confessed the murder of a young Palestinian cab driver and is suspected of several other attacks including homosexuals, Israeli policemen and a university professor.
Because of the number of accusations, the publicity concerning Amiel Ortiz has been lessened; however the other accusations put the attack on Amiel in the right perspective. Amiel is innocent and the attack was heinous. One major Hebrew newspaper published a thought provoking article, featuring a meeting between the Ortiz family and the family of the murdered Palestinian cab driver.
A joke going around Israel this week:
"Have you heard that Ahmadinejad is actually Jewish?"
Acts 2:17 – Before and After
Acts 2:17 is an amazing verse with great significance for the end times (it is a quote from Joel 2:28).
Shimon (Peter) preached this verse to the gathered crowd immediately after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost morning. He said that what they just experienced was the initial fulfillment of Joel's prophecy.
I believe that he quoted this verse immediately AFTER the outpouring because they had been meditating on the verse BEFORE the outpouring. He didn't quote this verse only to explain what had happened in retrospect. They had been quoting it in advance in order to cause it to happen.
This verse contains a key to world revival. As it was part of causing the outpouring immediately after the first coming of Yeshua, so will it be part of causing the outpouring immediately before the second coming.
Yeshua visited the disciples for 40 days after His resurrection and taught them (Acts 1:3). One of the verses He taught them was surely Joel 2:28. The 120 disciples were united in daily prayer before the fire fell on Shavuot morning (Acts 1:14, 2:1). Undoubtedly one of the verses they had been praying about, meditating on and proclaiming by faith was Joel's prophecy.
As the Holy Spirit led them to a revelation of the importance of this verse before its fulfillment in the first century, so is the Holy Spirit leading us to a revelation of its importance before its fulfillment in the twenty-first century.
That little Messianic community in Israel 2,000 years ago believed that scripture would be fulfilled in their day. They believed the Holy Spirit would fall on them in a way as to influence the whole world; that they would be part of bringing about the prophecies of the end times, leading up to the great and terrible day of the Lord.
Why can't we do the same?
In fact we should believe to do even more. We are closer to the time of the Second Coming than they were. We have more opportunity to influence the world and spark revival in the church than they did. We have more tools of communication and biblical education than they. If it worked for them, it will work for us.
Acts 2:17 is a prophecy about an international revival in the end times. The verse is more than a description. It is a prophecy that has the potential to make itself come to pass. It is a promise waiting to be redeemed. As Isaiah 53:5 ("By His stripes we are healed") contains the revelation for physical healing; so does Joel 2:28 ("I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh") contain the revelation for world revival.
All it lacks is a group of people to believe it, meditate on it, obey it, pray about it, proclaim it, and prophesy it. We're going for it. Won't you join us?
[Note: Joel, as a Hebrew prophet, saw this prophecy of revival in the context of God's promised destiny for Israel. The overall structure of the book of Joel has the following order: 1) destruction of the land because of sin, 2) prayer, fasting and repentance 3) restoration of the nation of Israel, 4) prophecy of spiritual revival, 5) coming of the Day of the Lord, 6) judgment on the nations that attack Israel, and 7) restoration of paradise on earth. The context in which the prophecy was given is the same context in which it will be fulfilled.]
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