The Day of Pentecost is referenced in Acts 2:1-13. This event serves two purposes. First, to fulfill Jesus’ promise in John 14 to send a Holy Ghost as an advocate, counselor and helper of souls. Second, this spiritual power is designed to empower disciples to fulfill the Great Commission, Matthew 28:16-20. This initial day is celebrated every year in churches across the country and throughout the world. Yet, until recently, I overlooked the second Pentecost.
And Cornelius told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house, saying, ‘Send word to Joppa and have Simon, who is also called Peter, brought here; 14 he will bring a message to you by which you will be saved [and granted eternal life], you and all your household.’ 15 When I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as He did on us at the beginning [at Pentecost], Acts 11:13-15.
The second Pentecost is mentioned in Acts 10:34-48. Prior to this day, Peter received the same vision four different times. When this vision of unclean animals stood opposed to the Law of Moses, Peter rejected God’s initial message. According to Acts 10:13-15, this scene is repeated three more times before Peter finally changes his mind. When the Holy Spirit tells you to do something completely different from what you have been taught, changing your ways is hard. Yet, this spiritual tug of war between Peter and God set the stage for a second Pentecost.
Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He used to say, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17 So, if God gave Gentiles the same gift [equally] as He gave us after we accepted and believed and trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ [as Savior], who was I to interfere or stand in God’s way?” – Acts 11:16-17
Peter uses a rhetorical question in the passage above which convinced him step aside to allow the Holy Spirit to move and work. Unfortunately, one of the reasons why the Holy Spirit is not as visible in the United States as third world nations is spiritual interference. Modern apostles and disciples are standing in God’s way, blocking the Holy Spirit from being unleashed. Traces of the sinful nature, stubborn hearts and rebellion from biblical practices are to blame. Yet, is it possible for a third Pentecost, a modern movement of the Holy Spirit. The only thing missing is concerts of prayer which fueled America’s last great awakening. May biblical history serve as a blue print to inspire believers to follow in the footsteps of the church at Antioch, Acts 11:19-21.
by Jay Mankus