Today we here at Turning Point Tabernacle, along with many Christians around the world, celebrate what we have come to know as Pentecost Sunday. Since ancient times, this date has been celebrated by God’s people and it still marks an important date in the history of the modern church.
The word pentecost simply means fifty and is given by Moses to the fiftieth day after the sacrifice of the Passover lamb. This is the day that Moses gave the Torah (the Law) to the Israelite people. It is especially important to recognize this because this is also the day that men and women were “Born Again” through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Pentecost Sunday marks the birth of the Christian church and the outpouring of the Holy Ghost is still God’s way of adding to the Church today. This is in fulfillment of the prophetic word found in the book of Joel.
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 the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. 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, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.(Joel 2:28-32)
America saw a resurgence of that promise in the early 1900’s when the Azusa Street revival happened, again fulfilling the promise of God given by Peter on the first Day of Pentecost;
For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. (Acts 2:37-39)
Even still, in 2021, over 100 years since Azusa St. and over 2000 years since the first outpouring, you too can receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and experience the same sign given to the early Church, speaking in other tongues.
While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision(Jews) which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then answered Peter, “Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?” And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. (Act 10:44-48)
Pastor Alton Thornhill