The outpouring of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost can be categorized into three dimensions; The wind, the fire and the wine .All these were experienced in one visitation.
Acts 2:1-6 (KJV)
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
When the Spirit left its origin, it began like the sound of a mighty rushing wind but when it entered the room where 120 disciples of Christ had been waiting, it alighted as a tongue of fire and when it left the upper room, it was perceived as the new wine by religious folks. The men who saw the disciples speaking in an unknown tongue and labelled it as new wine were indeed right in their observation. it was indeed the new wine.
Let us take a look at these three colourful manifestations of the Spirit and their essence one after the other.
THE MIGHTY RUSHING WIND(The Breath of God)
That much talked about mighty rushing wind was actually the breath of God’s nostrils. God is a spirit and that spirit is a breath . The Holy Spirit is a personality and also a breath.(the breath of life)
Genesis 2:7 (KJV)
7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Here was God imparting himself ( his nature and life) into a man .
The presence of breath in a man is the very presence of God. When breath leaves you, God leaves you . Little wonders people die when breath leaves them.
The breath of God is a weapon ; it divided the red sea:
Exodus 15:8 (KJV)
8 And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together,the floods stood upright as an heap,
and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.
It was employed at creation :Psalms 33:6 (KJV)
6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made;
and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
By a single breath, the galaxies were created. Millions of them !
Before Jesus ascended to His father, He breathed on his disciples :
John 20:22 (KJV)
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
You can see that the Spirit is associated with breath .
Twice, the Spirit was imparted to the disciples ; one ,before Jesus ascended up on high and secondly on the day of Pentecost .
The first impartation he did on them by the breath of his mouth wasn’t accompanied by any manifestation typical of the Holy Spirit. When he said to his disciples “received the Holy ghost ” there was no tongue of fire neither was there any utterance but at Pentecost, we saw the accompanying manifestations ;wind, fire , tongues..etc.
Why? When Jesus breathed upon them, saying “receive the Holy Ghost “it was done while he was still on the earth but when he went up and sat on the right side of the father and breathe from that glorified position by the right side of the father into the upper room ,it was characterized by divers manifestations. The first time he breathes upon them was in the earth but the second time he breathe upon them was from his throne.
The sound of a mighty rushing wind was the breath from the mouth of the glorified Christ. Breathing has sound .
( this impartation of the Spirit had all along been scheduled in divine agenda as the aftermath of the glorification ceremony of Christ the conqueror of the grave in heaven:
John 7:38-39 (KJV)
38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
When the Spirit left heaven it’s movement began as a mighty rushing wind, but entered the upper room as balls of fire !
Why the transition from wind to fire?
The way the Holy Spirit came on Jesus at Jordan was not the way it came upon the disciples in the upper room. When he came on Jesus at Jordan, he came like a dove and rested on him:
Matthew 3:16 (KJV)
16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
Like a dove, the Holy spirit rested upon the lamb. He couldn’t have come upon Jesus like fire because he was sinless. There was no need for fire because there was nothing to purge or straighten in Jesus! But when he came upon the disciples (Peter , James and John) There was something to purge!
The fire came to purify and also to lighten up the torch of world evangelism!
when men received the outpouring of the Spirit and left the upper room, those who saw them praying and speaking in an unknown tongue mocked and said “
Acts 2:13 (KJV)
13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
It was indeed new wine.
before this new wine came, Jesus had preached about the old wine skin and the new wine skin.
Matthew 9:17 (KJV)
17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
It was a message he did in readiness of the outpouring of the new wine.
The old wine in reference was Judaism but the new wine was the new life in Christ.
It was a new thing God was birthing beyond Judaism so when it finally came, those bound in an era of religion struggled to receive or interpret it. Their old wine skin had not been treated to contain the pressure and the expressions of the new wine!
When Jesus turned water to wine at a marriage in Cana of Galilee, it was a message. He was demonstrating his mission. I came to institute the new. I came to fill human vessels with the new wine .The newness of life by my Spirit. He had to demonstrate it first with six clay water pots which represents man. Six is the number of man.
At creation, he breathed into a mould of clay and it began to live! He also placed all things under him that he made from the dust .
At the beginning of his gospel, he filled clay water pots with water and brought new wine out of them .
If we stand together ,we shall be blessed together .Everybody in the upper room received the tongues of fire ,everyone was baptized with the Holy Ghost and fire .There was no special qualification for receiving the Holy Spirit if only that you are in that room at that time, you will get baptized.
When the fire came, it met them on the seat.
Acts 2:2 (KJV)
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
They were not standing or praying, they were sitting. Have you ever considered that the first charismatic revival was borne on a seat? They were sitting when it came! What is the message here? Not by might, not by power but by my Spirit!
In fact the instructions Jesus gave them was “tarry “in Jerusalem.
Luke 24:49 (KJV)
49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
Tarry means wait. It wasn’t the prayers prayed earnestly by his disciples for ten days in the room that brought the Holy Spirit, He was on schedule after the glorification of CHRIST. The outpouring was the fruit of his glorification by his father. They were told just to tarry but they added prayers and supplication to it !
It was good but it was for them! The ten days spiritual exercise prepared them. when the Holy Spirit made that descent, it wasn’t during intense prayer session but during a time of relaxation. They were sitting. God doesn’t want any man to boast! We prayed hard and it came !
Furthermore, the tongues of fire sat upon each and every one of them:
Acts 2:3 (KJV)
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
It was a corporate visitation and also a personal visitation.If you are in the room at that time, tongues of fire will come upon your head and you will be baptized. If we stand together , we shall be blessed together.
Let us continue tomorrow.
We have seen the wind, the fire and the wine in the outpouring , we are going to hear the language of the outpouring :
Acts 2:6 (KJV)
6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
It wasn’t an outpouring without a language! Apart from the wind, fire and wine manifestations, It had a message which everyone could relate to .
Watch out for part 2 tomorrow.
Richard Femi Bolaji is an endtime prophet /teacher and a vessel of real Holy Ghost revival privileged to have ministered across major denominations of the body of Christ in Africa and other parts of the globe .
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