12. NO CESSATION WHILE THE WORK OF REVIVAL GOES ON
"And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon your servants and upon your handmaids in those days, will I pour out My Spirit."
Peter said on the day of Pentecost, that "this is that which was prophesied of the prophet Joel." So the early church began experiencing the early fulfillment of this prophecy. The outpouring of the Spirit began then, but the complete fulfillment of this verse will not occur until "all flesh" on the earth are filled with the blessed Holy Spirit. This will not be completely fulfilled until the millennial rule of Jesus. We are presently in the period between the beginning of the fulfillment of this prophecy, and the end and final perfect fulfillment of the prophecy.
Joel 2:28-29 was a fulfillment of the prayer of Moses as recorded in Numbers 11:29:
"...would God that all the Lord's people were prophets, and that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!"
The purpose of the Holy Spirit was to guide mankind to Jesus. We have currently many gifts that aid us in that goal. The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus, and we an be 'full of the Holy Spirit' to aid and be used in His goal of convicting sinners, bringing mankind to righteousness, and assuring them that there is a judgment.
I am NOT a CESSATIONIST now, but certain gifts will cease in the millennial time following the coming of Jesus.
1 Corinthians 13:8-10 (KJV)
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
Current cessationists try to use that verse to prove that now there should be no prophetic words, no gift of tongues, and no words of knowledge. They are wrong as can be... for the ONE Who is perfect has not yet come.
When He does, a part of the infilling of the Holy Spirit is done away, for we will not need a 'word of Knowledge', we will be living with Jesus Who knows all things, we will not need a message in tongues from God, we will be dwelling with Him, and He can speak Himself, instead of routing it from Him to the Holy Spirit to one with the gifts of tongues, to another with the interpretation. We can cut out some middle men. Words of prophetic encouragement will then cease too, for we have Jesus there, to speak directly to us.
So, part of the infilling is no longer necessary. 'Charity' never ceases... and the 'love' of the Spirit is long thought to be one of the fruit, but here it is listed in the gift category. There are gifts that endure, and the gift of love will abound in the millennium.
Of course, we are 'Spirit filled' in the millennium, we are saved, sanctified, eternally secure, in fellowship with the whole of the Trinity... and those blessings include being Spirit filled, and love is the most powerful gift. We will need 'love' to minister to those humans left on the earth, we will tell them about Jesus, the Holy Spirit will save them, fill them... and we and they, all of us will be filled with the Holy Spirit. Eternal security is not yet in place for them though, for at the end of the tribulation, some shall follow a 'loosed devil' and be destroyed by fire from God. Then we move to the new heaven and new earth. The Holy Spirit infilling continues for eternity, and the gift of charity, love.. enables us to teach and preach to the humans we rule and reign over...
While the 120 were awaiting the Spirit in the upper room in Jerusalem, the arrival of the Spirit occurred, and they began to speak in languages unknown to them about the wondrous Lord Jesus. The 120 soon became thousands, and now the Spirit-filled believers are numbered in the millions. Yet, this has not exhausted and completed the fulfillment of the prophecy of the outpouring of the Spirit. There will come a time, when all humans on the new earth, and all of us in our new glorified bodies too, will be full of the Holy Spirit.
Certain gifts will then cease... (oh my, that means I will be a 'cessationist', LOL) Now, we are not 'cessationist' and I will not be until I am standing with Jesus... and then only some of the gifts will 'fail', 'cease', be 'done away', for we will no longer need them. Some others will cease... like 'gift of healing', but then only because there will be no sickness, no more death...
Yet, the powerful Holy Spirit will still have a work, and we will still need His power to do it, and He will still infill us with Divine Power to do what we need to do in ruling and reigning over the new earth, new heavens.
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit began with the day of Pentecost revival. The Spirit continued to fill thirsty souls, but the revival waned through the "dark ages". Now, in the last century, we have seen a renewed move of the Spirit. The revival has begun. It will continue to increase until the "double portion" time just preceding the rapture of the church. Still, the full fulfillment of the prophecy in Joel will not have reached its apex. In the millennium, finally, "all flesh" will be filled with the Spirit.
Isaiah 32:15-18 (KJV)
15 Until the Spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest.
16 Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field.
17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.
18 And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;
Ezekiel 36:26-28 (KJV)
26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
Ezekiel 39:28-29 (KJV)
28 Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there.
29 Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.
Zechariah 12:10 (KJV)
10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
The "last days" revival began on the day of Pentecost, but it will not be completed until God has completely restored mankind to the place of fellowship Adam had with God before the fall in the garden. In the millennium, the revival will have reached its ultimate goal. Then, during the "day of Jehovah", those on the earth will have real peace, fellowship, and restoration to God. The Holy Spirit infilling will still be available, in fact, it will be universally accepted in the millennium and post millennial new earth time.
"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered; for in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance..."
Deliverance from sin and its horrible effects is the reason we need the baptism. Power for ministry is another reason... we will be delivered, we will be preaching 'deliverance' to those still in human bodies... we will need power to serve the Lord as rulers over these humans.
Jesus will, Himself, dwell in Jerusalem on Mount Zion. Grace will extend to all. Some gifts will no longer be needed, but some will. The gift often misconstrued as 'only a fruit', will be the most powerful gift... a gift of love.
Charity (love) never will cease, and we and the humans there will not have wars anymore, not have sin anymore, not have strife, lies, etc... for the two commandments of Jesus (love God supremely, love your neighbor as yourself) will be a gift of the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
We are still dabbling in the wonder of the Holy Spirit infilling, there is much more to come, there is adjustment to it when certain gifts are no longer needed, there is an unfolding of its supremity.