“I will pour out My Spirit in those days. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth.” Joel 2 : 28-30
In the times of the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit was only poured out to the prophets or certain people. When the Holy Spirit is poured out upon a person, something amazing happens. But during the time of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out massively upon all people.
This is what happened to the first churches during Pentecost. It is not in any other books – except the book of Acts – that it is written about the dynamics that happened in the marketplace after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. There were Paul, Priscilla and Aquila who were tentmakers, Luke who was a doctor, Lydia who was a garment maker, Dorcas who was a fashion designer, Simon who was a tanner and etc. The Holy Spirit filled them and through the network of professional and business people (Pro & Biz), in a short time 70% of the world at that time became followers of Jesus.
But unfortunately – history writes – 300 years after that, Christianity declined and the Church entered the dark ages. For centuries, the manifestation of Holy Spirt became very rare.
Afterwards, the Church experienced restoration. Ever since Martin Luther’s reformation, a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit occurred again in the beginning of the 20th century. This is the second Pentecost. In the marketplace, Jeremiah Lanphier –a merchant – led the prayer movement in the midst of work hours and a crisis at the time. So, a prayer movement took place in the places where revival was desired. In the year of 1906, in Azusa Street, a phenomenon of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit occurred while believers gathered together and prayed in a storage place. A spiritual awakening at that time was led by William Seymour; it spread all over the world and became a pioneer of the second Pentecost movement.
We are entering the third Pentecost. If the first and second Pentecost were so powerful, imagine the third. William Seymour prophesied around 100 years ago, “In a 100 years, the Holy Spirit will be poured out double portion!” He also saw that there will be a generation who will be used by the Lord to bring great harvest. Many of them will come from the marketplace. Start praying for the salvation of others. Connect with the community that has the same passion and be involved in the harvest of souls, because this will be the last and greatest wave. Welcome, the last and greatest revival! God bless.
Source: Article from GBI Gatot Subroto, Jakarta