CONTRARY TO WHAT WE HAVE BEEN TOLD, THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL BE PRESENT DURING THE TRIBULATION PERIOD. THE OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL IN FACT COME TO A CLIMACTIC GRAND FINALE AT THE VERY END OF THIS PRESENT AGE.
Dear saints, we can and should be encouraged here. The last seven years of this age, and the Great Tribulation are not all gloom and doom as we have been told. And the wrath of God comes afterward and only on the wicked. Much of what we have been taught we must unlearn. We must align our beliefs with scripture and scripture alone. For example, the prophet Joel tells us that the Holy Spirit outpouring will come to a final glorious crescendo right at the end of the age. Can we believe what He is saying here? Joel saw this final climactic and glorious Pentecostal outpouring at the time of the salvation of Jerusalem at the Battle of Armageddon. He saw it in the time context of the 6th seal cosmic disturbances of a darkened sun and a a bloody moon. – Joel 2:28-32 Therefore we know that this magnificent revival will occur inside the 70th week and in fact will come to a climax at the end of the tribulation period. Just before the Day of the Lord opens up with wrath being poured out on the enemies of God’s covenant people we still see the Gospel at work.
This blow-out end-time revival will a re-visitation, even an eclipsing, of the Day of Pentecost. Back on that epic day 2,000 years ago our Apostle Peter made special reference to Joel’s prophecy and that epic final Holy Spirit outpouring. – Acts 2 Here is that scripture giving us some details of this magnificent story which is still out there in our future. Notice the embedded time reference in Joel’s prophecy as he mentions the darkened sun, the moon turning to blood, and the stars falling. These cosmic disturbances are also seen in the Olivet Discourse and Jesus Himself tags this final blaze of glory as coming “after the tribulation of those days”. He therefore places it in the time frame of the very last few days of this age. This is before the Day of the Lord opens up and the angels of wrath pluck up the wicked as tares for the fires.
28 “And it shall come to pass afterward
That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your old men shall dream dreams,
Your young men shall see visions.
29 And also on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
30 And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth:
Blood and fire and pillars of smoke.
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. Joel 2:28-30
Joel goes on to tell us that at the last possible moment, and just before God’s wrath falls on the wicked, the call will go out to all mankind one last time to repent and be saved.
32 And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved.
For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance,
As the Lord has said, Among the remnant whom the Lord calls.
– Joel 2:32 NKJV
This great revival at the end of this age was also prophesied by others. Hosea prophesied that after “two days”, (two millennia), God would revive Israel. Thus the Jewish nation will come to an epic national salvation. In the manner of the classic fireworks festival the Holy Spirit outpouring will climax in a grand finale at the very end of the seven years. This outpouring will not only see the salvation of the Jewish nation in Judah but will also empower the Church to complete the Great Commission. In this same late 70th week time period the “fullness of the gentiles”, the end-time harvest, will be brought in.
While all this is happening the heathen nations will be raging. And yes these will be awful times for many, this is true. But the covenant people of God will ‘rise and shine’, for their Light has come. -Isaiah 60 They will not be ducking and weaving away from the end-time witness. Nor will they be scurrying off like rats to hide as we see in those fictitious characters in the “Left Behind” novels. The Bride of Christ will be clothed in righteous glory of her Father, shining like the sun, radiant in splendor. And like a supernova, the end-time Elect will go out in a blaze of glory!