Day: January 4, 2020

REVIVAL

“So it will be afterward, I will pour out My Ruach on all flesh: your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Also on the male and the female servants will I pour out My spirit in those days.” (Joel 3:1-2)

The prophet Joel prophesied that God would pour out his Spirit in the last days. This has become commonly known as “revival”. The Apostles Peter referred to this prophecy from Joel when he preached his first sermon on Shavuot (Pentecost), after the Holy Spirit appeared on them as tongues of fire. Other revivals have occurred over the centuries, to include: The Great Awakenings in the 17th and 1800s, Welsh Revival in 1906, Azusa Street Revival, etc. 

Some people teach that the sealing of the 144,000 in Revelation 7 will lead to a great revival among the Jewish people. Today, believers in Yeshua are praying and crying out for revival as the world seems to be unraveling at a quickened pace. But no matter the gloom and darkness that seems to be spreading across the world, we must remember the words of Adonai. He says to us, “Rend your heart, not your garments, and turn to Adonai, your God. For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abundant in mercy, and relenting about the calamity due” (Joel 2:13).

Revival begins in the heart! God says, “turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, weeping and lamenting” (Joel 2:12). Yes, there will be revival—the word of God cannot be broken. And though this prophecy was fulfilled in part in the first century we have not yet seen its ultimate fulfillment. Yeshua said, “you will never see Me until you say, ‘Baruch ha-bab’shem Adonai. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’” (Luke 13:35)—not until we have rended our hearts and turn to God. 

Revival, yes! But not later. Let if be so now in your hearts and share the joy of the Lord with others. Let the fire that burns within you—the love of Messiah—spread like a wildfire in a dry, uninhabited grassland. That’s when we will experience revival!

GIFTED OR ANOINTED

“Put them on Aaron your brother and on his sons with him, and anoint them, consecrate them, and sanctify them, so that they may minister to Me as kohanim.” (Exodus 28:41)

Are you gifted, anointed, or both? Being gifted and being anointed are two different things, but they may work in conjunction. The Lord has blessed us with different types of gifts but how we use them have restrictions that are sometimes beyond our control. Being anointed carries with it an authority that is not inherent in being gifted. 

God instructed Moses to anoint Aaron and his sons to hold the office of kohanim (priests). This was the beginning of the priesthood and the ceremony future generations would perform to grant that same authority to priests to this day. Aaron and his sons could not minister before God before they were anointed (authorized) to do so.

Then Adonai spoke to Moses saying, See, I have called by name Bezalel son of Uri son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, understanding and knowledge in all kinds of craftsmanship, to make ingenious designs, to forge with gold, silver and bronze, as well as cutting stones for setting and carving wood, to work in all manner of craftsmanship.”” (Exodus 31:1-5)

Bezalel possessed the gifts necessary to design and build the items for the Tabernacle, which God instructed Moses to erect. Yet, Moses had to approve the work before Israel could erect the Tabernacle and before the priests could begin using any of the items. 

You and I have gifts that may be useful to our congregation and the ministry but the congregational leaders and elders have the authority to deny our participation. Being gifted doesn’t grant us automatic access. Aaron could not enter the Especially Holy Place before Moses anointed him to do the work of the High Priest. 

New Covenant believers in Yeshua (Jesus) are not restricted to do the work of a priest within the walls of churches and synagogues—”But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). The Great Commission requires us to minister wherever we are, at all times—”Go into all the world and proclaim the Good News to every creature” (Mark 16:15). And our anointing (authority) is the Holy Spirit, though Yeshua —”But you will receive power when the Ruach ha-Kodesh has come upon you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and through all Judah, and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

Are you gifted, anointed, or both? Be filled and subject yourself to the Holy Spirit and be put to action the gifts and authority of the Spirit of God. “Now there are various kinds of gifts, but the same RuachThere are various kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are various kinds of working, but the same God who works all things in all people. But to each person is given the manifestation of the Ruach for the benefit of all. But one and the same Ruach activates all these things, distributing to each person individually as He wills.” (1Corinthians 12:4-7, 12)