I Will Pour Out My Spirit on Every Sort of Flesh

//I Will Pour Out My Spirit on Every Sort of Flesh

Saturday, June 11

You will receive power when the holy spirit comes upon you, and you will be witnesses of me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the most distant part of the earth.Acts 1:8.

The unseen power of the Kingdom message to change people has particularly been evident in countries where the Kingdom work is legally restricted. It is hard to know how far the message has reached in such countries, and we are often surprised by the results. Take Cuba, for example. The Kingdom message reached there in 1910, and Brother Russell visited Cuba in 1913. However, the progress was slow at first. What do we now see in Cuba? In 2013, there were over 96,000 publishers preaching the good news, and 229,726 attended the Memorial—that is 1 out of every 48 inhabitants of that island nation. Even in countries that are not under ban, the Kingdom message may have reached into areas where local Witnesses think that little witnessing can be done.

COMMENTARY

Jesus began training his followers to become preachers almost as soon as he embarked upon his own preaching campaign. First he sent out the twelve and gave them power to heal and to expel the demons. And right after that he designated seventy others and sent them out by twos to go to every city and village in all of Israel —announcing that the Kingdom of God had drawn near.

Although the disciples whom Jesus sent out were surely fired with the spirit of Jehovah, they did not then have a thorough understanding of the message with which they had been entrusted. That became painfully evident when Peter tried to dissuade Jesus from his sacrificial course, which resulted in the Lord turning his back to Peter and rebuking him as if he were the very mouthpiece of Satan, which he momentarily was in his ignorance.

The disciples just couldn’t put the pieces of the puzzle together. On the one hand Jesus sent them out as Kingdom proclaimers. Yet, privately he told them that he was going to be handed over to the older men and they were going to kill him. It just didn’t make any sense to them. How could the Kingdom be near at hand if the one whom they accepted as the Messiah was going to be killed? And even though they ultimately witnessed Christ resurrecting several individuals, such as the daughter of the presiding officer of a local synagogue and the widow’s only begotten son, as well as their friend, Lazarus, they couldn’t grasp that Jesus was going to be killed and resurrected. Even after his resurrection, up to the very moment Christ was levitated off the earth and ascended back to Heaven, the last question the apostles put to Jesus was, ‘Lord, are you restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?’ It was not until anointing spirit came upon them on Pentecost that their minds were fully opened to perceive the truth.

Bible Student on motorbike preaching the good newsJehovah’s Witnesses are in a similar position as the twelve and the seventy. From the very beginning of the Watchtower Society the emphasis has always been on preaching the Kingdom. Originally the Watchtower trained and sent out what were called colporteurs —the forerunner of pioneers today. Although banned in many countries modern Kingdom proclaimers have published the message around the globe in hundreds of languages. And remarkably, the message has been the same as that preached by the seventy: ‘The Kingdom of the Heavens has drawn near!’

Like the original disciples, though, the Bible Students and their successors, Jehovah’s Witnesses, have imagined that the Kingdom is going to instantly display itself. Actually, it is believed that the Kingdom has already come —that it has been ruling now for over a century!

It is simply beyond the grasp of Jehovah’s Witnesses presently to comprehend that the Kingdom did not begin ruling the world in 1914. Of course, the Watchtower continually reenforces the 1914 delusion by presenting the success of the worldwide preaching work as being attributable to the Kingdom having come to power.

WHEN IS THE SPIRIT POURED OUT?

But after the Pentecost outpouring the first century disciples also accomplished a great preaching campaign, did they not? Paul even stated that the good news had been preached in all the earth. And yet to whatever extent the word was actually preached and however many persons actually became believers back then, it all took place without Jesus having to assume the rulership of the world. And what is most remarkable, they accomplished it without any modern technology whatsoever! So, why ought Jehovah’s Witnesses assume that Christ cannot similarly direct a preaching campaign today prior to his becoming king of the world?

What is not understood or even understandable presently, is that there is to be a second Pentecost —an ultimate outpouring of God’s indomitable holy spirit. That is not to imply that Jehovah’s Witnesses do not have the spirit in some measure or that some persons have not been anointed with holy spirit. Did not the seventy have God’s spirit upon them to cast out demons and cure the sick? Of course they did. But they did not have the full measure of it, which did not become available to them until after Jesus returned to the Father, as the context of the text today relates.

The prophecy of Joel is a window to the future – the immediate future! I suggest that you read the short Hebrew book. Think about it. Meditate upon it. Doing so, you will surely realize that Jehovah’s Witnesses have no understanding of its contents. Far from symbolizing Jehovah’s Witnesses, the locusts, caterpillar Mushroom cloud and the day of Jehovahand cockroach invasion represents the destructive army Jehovah will acquisition to wreck the world and bring the Watchtower’s preaching and disciple-making work to a sudden and jarring halt. It will serve as the precursor to the day of Jehovah and a shocking wake-up call to the spiritual drunkards.

In the aftermath of that unprecedented calamity and call to repentance, Joel 2:28-31 states: “After that I will pour out my spirit on every sort of flesh, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. And even on my male slaves and female slaves I will pour out my spirit in those days. And I will give wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the coming of the great and awe-inspiring day of Jehovah.”

(If you are feeling a bit mischievous, why not ask your local elders to explain why God apparently invites the embattled clergy to appeal to him for protection from his locust, as is implied by the Watchtower’s inchoate, yet long-held explanation of the prophecy of Joel. And if you are especially peevish request an elder to explain to you why God responds to the pleas of the clergy and destroys the “northerner,” driving the pests into the sea. Although they will not be able to provide an answer you might incite them to start thinking, which is no small feat.)

What is the setting and timeframe for this phenomenon? “After that” is in reference to the calamity wrought by the pestiferous invasion of the insect army of devourers, which in verse 20 Jehovah refers to collectively as “the northerner” —putting us in mind of the king of the north and the hordes in company with Gog and Magog from the “remotest parts of the north.”

Christ himself foretold such heavenly phenomena as the sun turning dark and the moon becoming as blood. Blood and fire and columns of smoke seems to be describing nuclear war. In that dark and desperate time Christ will step onto the world stage and revive God’s people with the spirit in such measure as has never been experienced by any people before. They will have a final witness to give to the world then. 

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2017-03-18T10:38:22+00:00 June 11th, 2016|Commentary|10 Comments
  • Bklyn Kevin

    Daniel 11:
    32 “And those who act wickedly against the covenant, he will lead into apostasy by means of smooth words. But the people who know their God will prevail and act effectively.
    33 And those having insight among the people will impart understanding to the many. And they will be made to stumble by sword and by flame, by captivity and by plundering, for some days.
    34 But when they are made to stumble, they will be given a little help; and many will join with them by means of smooth speech.

    Acts 2:
    1 Now while the day of the Festival of Pentecost was in progress, they were all together at the same place.
    2 Suddenly there was a noise from heaven, just like that of a rushing, stiff breeze, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
    3 And tongues as if of fire became visible to them and were distributed, and one came to rest on each one of them,
    4 and they all became filled with holy spirit and started to speak in different languages, just as the spirit enabled them to speak.

    40 “In the time of the end the king of the south will engage with him in a pushing, and against him the king of the north will storm with chariots and horsemen and many ships; and he will enter into the lands and sweep through like a flood.
    41 He will also enter into the land of the Decoration,

    Matthew 24:14
    And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

    Daniel 11:
    44 “But reports out of the east and out of the north will disturb him, and he will go out in a great rage to annihilate and to devote many to destruction.

    45 And he will plant his royal tents between the grand sea and the holy mountain of Decoration; and he will come all the way to his end, and there will be no helper for him.

    • Beverly kenyon

      Hiya, Bklyn Kevin, I’ve read Brother Kings article twice now about the second Pentecost and after the cleansing of Jehovah’s people, they’re then going to get a good dousing of Jehovah’s Holy Spirit, (love how Brother King use the word dousing to describe that generous gift from God). My question is this, is it the remaining chosen ones who gets a dousing of Holy Spirit or is it ALL of Jehovah’s people that will then enable them to give a final witness? My brain is malfunctioning on this point!

      • Bklyn Kevin

        Joel 2:
        28 After that I will pour out my spirit on every sort of flesh, And your sons and your daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, And your young men will see visions.
        29 And even on my male slaves and female slaves I will pour out my spirit in those days.

        Both the anointed (sons and daughters) and non-anointed (menservants and maidservants) will receive the full measure of God’s holy spirit

        Excerpt from The Day of Jehovah Is Near!.
        Read more https://e-watchman.com/day-jehovah-near/

        After the fiery purge the faithful will experience a dousing by the Holy Spirit not experienced since the original outpouring of spirit on the day of Pentecost. The 2nd chapter of Joel foretells that
        both the anointed (sons and daughters) and non-anointed (menservants and maidservants) will receive the full measure of God’s holy spirit
        in order to accomplish the final phase of God’s work in the post- Watchtower period of the tribulation. Joel 2:28-29 foretells: “And after that it must occur that I shall pour out my spirit on every sort of flesh, and your sons and your daughters will certainly prophesy. As for your old men, dreams they will dream. As for your young men, visions they will see. And even on the menservants and on the maidservants in those days I shall pour out my spirit.”

        However, unlike the day of Pentecost when holy spirit begot the first sons of the kingdom, the outpouring of the holy spirit upon the sons and daughters during the day of Jehovah does not anoint them. That is because they will have already been anointed. The ultimate fulfillment of the prophecy has to do with the body of Christ becoming fully accepted into the kingdom, so that at that point, during the world’s darkest period, the chosen ones will shine as brightly as the sun in the kingdom of their heavenly Father. That event will mark the long- anticipated revealing of the sons of God.

        The prophesying inspired by that outpouring of spirit will no doubt have to do with heralding the authentic establishment of the kingdom – not in the manner that Jehovah’s Witnesses presently preach, but with spirit and power.

        The “visions they will see” will be the first-ever accurate understanding of the prophetic visions recorded in the Bible. But instead of offering the hope of salvation to the nations, Jehovah’s true witnesses will then “shout a war cry” – announcing to the nations that they must meet Jehovah “in the low plain of the decision, for the day of Jehovah is near in the low plain of the decision.” – Joel 3:14

        • Beverly kenyon

          Oh, to be a part of that! That’s beyond super amazing! That’s where I went wrong……menservants and maidservants! Got it! Once again Bklyn Kevin, I’m really appreciative of your help. Much thanks.

  • Burt Reynolds

    An inspiring prophesy. Particular to my attention was the blindness of the witnesses. I spoke with my sister yesterday after reading this and also discussed their forthcoming convention which I understand that many of you in the States have already had. My sisters convention is due in August. I told her about the order to shun even those who have simply fallen away. Ever the righteous person, she said she ‘would not shun me until she had seen it for hersel.’ Very comforting. Previously I had spoken with her about the Austriaian Royal Commission and how that it had even been denied by the governing body that the watchtower was the only channel that Jehovah uses. I told her of the abuse of children to which she replied ‘oh that’s alright now the governing body have dealt with that’ she is blind to the act itself and the wrecked lives of children, let alone the position of the governing body in it all. It’s really good to have found you all and the sense of truth and enlightenment, of, at long last, the knowledge and understanding. It will do much to my spiritual wellbeing as I await my sister’s irrational and led decision making as she wields the senseless and ill informed axe of the governing body upon me. I hope I can pen a spiritual revelation to her before the cut off point in August, rather than have Jehovah do it later! So glad to be with you out there. Best wishes to you all.

    • Kevin b

      This is a quote from JW.org.

      What if a person no longer preaches or attends your meetings? Do you view that person as having resigned?
      No, we do not. Resigning, or disassociating oneself, is different from becoming weak in faith. Often, those who for a time slow down or stop in their worship have not abandoned their faith but are suffering from discouragement. Rather than shunning such ones, we try to give them consolation and support. (1 Thessalonians 5:14; Jude 22) If the person wants help, congregation elders take the lead in providing spiritual assistance.—Galatians 6:1; 1 Peter 5:1-3.
      However, the elders are not authorized to coerce or pressure someone to remain as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Each person makes his own choice regarding religion. (Joshua 24:15) We believe that those who worship God must do so willingly, from the heart.—Psalm 110:3; Matthew 22:37.

      Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Shun Former Members of Their Religion?

      Those who were baptized as Jehovah’s Witnesses but no longer preach to others, perhaps even drifting away from association with fellow believers, are not shunned. In fact, we reach out to them and try to rekindle their spiritual interest.
      We do not automatically disfellowship someone who commits a serious sin. If, however, a baptized Witness makes a practice of breaking the Bible’s moral code and does not repent, he or she will be shunned or disfellowshipped. The Bible clearly states: ““Remove the wicked man from among yourselves.””—1 Corinthians 5:13.
      What of a man who is disfellowshipped but whose wife and children are still Jehovah’s Witnesses? The religious ties he had with his family change, but blood ties remain. The marriage relationship and normal family affections and dealings continue.
      Disfellowshipped individuals may attend our religious services. If they wish, they may also receive spiritual counsel from congregation elders. The goal is to help each individual once more to qualify to be one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Disfellowshipped people who reject improper conduct and demonstrate a sincere desire to live by the Bible’s standards are always welcome to become members of the congregation again.

      A lot of information at this years convention is in direct conflict with current information on JW.org. They instruction JWs at the convention how they want them to treat others in the organization. To onlookers looking to become a JW the information on JW.org says you don’t even shun family.
      This is one wicked, lying, and manipulating organization. The only way to get others to see the truth about this organization is to use their own information against them. Show all you can what you came across doing research on JW.org, and ask if they have seen it, or ask what are their thoughts on this information. Planting seeds is all we can really do at this point in time.

      • patri

        This conflicting information is what I was getting at to Burt in my comment re Freemasons compartmentalizing information between different levels.
        I agree that planting seeds from jw.org literature is one way to show those with the right heart to the light, but having tried myself on just a few occasions without the slightest success I’ve come to the conclusion that hate is the new love, up is down down is up, and lies are the new truth within the org. Information has now become an enigma, and a riddle so complex that ingenuity of mind is needed to ascertain the truth. Hearts seem to be out the window!

        • Kevin b

          I like how you put that. You’ve got two different views coming from the same source, (Watchtower) and the masses of JWs aren’t bothered by it. No questions asked, just blind obedience. The Branch has gotten them totally convinced that you can’t question their authority. The ignorance is amazing. It’s gonna be a happy day when the Watchtower is destroyed.

          • patri

            Fear has been used to dumb down the brothers. We’ve refused to conform to ridiculousness and finding this site we’ve not lost our way.
            Psalms assures us that God sees the words they spew from their lips and they say “who can hear us?” But we know Jehovah will soon deal with those who oppose him. I’m sad that all those who God desires to turn around are too afraid to do so.

            • Leighton Williams

              The events to go down in the immediate future will most assuredly be that instrument that will afford the opportunity for those that God does want to turn around to so…for at that time, during the reign of the 8th king of the last empire of man, ALL mankind will have to give an accounting of whose side they’re on, including JWs.

              When the present order is overturned, and the new tyrannical order that will demand allegiance on pain of death arises, each individual’s choice will reveal whose side he’s on, whether it is for Christ’s kingdom or for Satan’s.

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