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Friday, September 2, 2016

Pentecost - Why Did Peter Quote Joel's Prophecy?

Bible Questions Answered:
“Why did Peter quote the prophecy of Joel?...”
Lauren/ Tulsa Oklahoma U.S.A.

Bible Answer:

Bible Texts:

The spiritual revival, the spiritual refreshing that came on this day, certainly was a fulfillment of Joel's prophecy. And Joel's prophecy may also be true for the turning to The Lord during the coming tribulation time, as well!

At Pentecost:

This revival, this spiritual awakening was “not,” the worked up campaign of men, but of God's doing!

Acts 3:19 KJV
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of The Lord.

Revival comes, when in our repentance of sin, and longing for Gods grace, we enter The Presence Of The Lord.

Peter's explanation as to what and why things were happening, was Joel's prophecy.

Acts 2:17,18 KJV
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
18 And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

Joel 2:28,29 KJV
28 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:
29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out My Spirit.

Peter quoted from Joel's prophecy to call all to salvation through Jesus Christ.

Acts 2:21 KJV
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of The Lord shall be saved.

Joel 2:32 NLT
But everyone who calls on the name of The Lord will be saved..."

Recipe For Revival:

Deuteronomy 4:29 KJV
But if from thence thou shalt seek The Lord thy God, thou shalt find Him, if thou seek Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

II Chronicles 7:14 KJV
If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

II Chronicles 29:3-11 NLT (Hezekiah Reopens the Temple)
3 In the very first month of the first year of his reign, Hezekiah reopened the doors of the Temple of The Lord and repaired them.
4 He summoned the priests and Levites to meet him at the courtyard east of the Temple.
5 He said to them, “Listen to me, you Levites! Purify yourselves, and purify the Temple of The Lord, The God of your ancestors. Remove all the defiled things from the sanctuary.
6 Our ancestors were unfaithful and did what was evil in the sight of The Lord our God. They abandoned The Lord and His dwelling place; they turned their backs on Him.
7 They also shut the doors to the Temple’s entry room, and they snuffed out the lamps. They stopped burning incense and presenting burnt offerings at the sanctuary of
The God Of Israel.
8 “That is why The Lord’s anger has fallen upon Judah and Jerusalem. He has made them an object of dread, horror, and ridicule, as you can see with your own eyes.
9 Because of this, our fathers have been killed in battle, and our sons and daughters and wives have been captured.
10 But now I will make a covenant with The Lord, The God Of Israel, so that His fierce anger will turn away from us.
11 My sons, do not neglect your duties any longer! The Lord has chosen you to stand in His presence, to minister to Him, and to lead the people in worship and present offerings to Him.”

Psalm 34:15,18 KJV
15 The eyes of The Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry.
18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Psalm 51:17 KJV
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Psalm 80:7 KJV
Turn us again, O God of Hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

Psalm 85:6 KJV
Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

Proverbs 8:17 KJV
I love them that love Me; and those that seek Me early shall find Me.

Isaiah 55:6,7 KJV
6 Seek ye The Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near:
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto The Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.

Isaiah 66:2 KJV
" this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at My Word.

Jeremiah 3:22 NLT
My wayward children,” says The Lord, “come back to Me, and I will heal your wayward hearts.” “Yes, we’re coming,” the people reply, “for you are The Lord our God.

Jeremiah 29:12-14 KJV
12 Then shall ye call upon Me, and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and I will hearken unto you.
13 And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.
14 And I will be found of you, saith The Lord..."

Hosea 10:12 NLT
I said,‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek The Lord, that He may come and shower righteousness upon you.’

Joel 2:12,13 KJV
12 Therefore also now, saith The Lord, turn ye even to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto The Lord your God: for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth Him of the evil.
(He is eager to relent and not punish NLT)

Jonah 3:6-10 KJV
6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:
8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.
9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from His fierce anger, that we perish not?
10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that He had said that He would do unto them; and He did it not.

Habakkuk 3:2 NLT
I have heard all about you, Lord. I am filled with awe by your amazing works. In this time of our deep need, help us again as you did in years gone by. And in your anger, remember your mercy.

Zechariah 1:3 KJV
Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith The Lord Of Hosts; Turn ye unto Me, saith
The Lord Of Hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith The Lord Of Hosts.

Friends, let there be “no-doubt,” we need revival, renewal, and restoration.

I Corinthians 10:12 KJV
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

Hosea 10:12 KJV
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow (hard) ground: for it is time to seek The Lord, till He come and rain righteousness upon you.

II Corinthians 7:10 KJV
For Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.