Hosea 6:1-3 “Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.”
You don’t have to wait for revival. It’s always His will that we be saved.
The time that we are in is the time of Pentecost. Recently, we celebrated Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost is one of the main feasts of Israel. They were told to present themselves at the temple in Jerusalem. The first feast was Passover, and 50 days later was Pentecost, then at the close of the season was the Feast of Tabernacles. Many times, people would come to Passover and stay until Pentecost.
Passover represents to us the blood and faith in Jesus and leaving the world behind to follow Jesus. They had to leave Egypt. The death angel passed over them. They walked out and left slavery. They went through the Red Sea, which represents baptism in water. Then, 50 days after they left Egypt, God spoke to them His law at Sinai.
They began to count the days, 7 weeks and 1 day. Pentecost literally means ‘counting’ and ‘fifty’. These are harvest feasts, but they have the feast first, then the harvest takes place. They thank the Lord for the harvest before they actually receive it. Jesus is the first fruits of the resurrection.
Notice, that Hosea uses the word ‘us’. We have the promise of the resurrection too. We too will be raised. This is a prophecy that He would be raised on the third day. Then, it tells us to follow on to know the Lord. The fifty days is waiting for that power to fall on them.
Jesus was resurrected on the third day, then he stayed 40 days. It was 43 days after Passover. He ascended into heaven. They waited for Pentecost. The Bible is very clear what they were doing while they waited. They returned to Jerusalem with great joy. They were continually in the temple praising and blessing God. They were actively praising and blessing God. That is the posture we always need to have, praising and blessing God as we look forward to that second coming.
When the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all there in one accord, praising God. They began to speak with tongues as the Holy Ghost fell on them.
‘In the last days, saith the Lord, I will pour my Spirit on ALL flesh (nations or nationalities).’
The devil fights the birth of a church and the growth of a new church because he knows that that church will be a soul saving station. If he can kill it at its birth, then there won’t be souls saved. Think about those babies that have been aborted today. It’s the same thing. 54 million infants have been aborted here in America. Pharaoh tried to get rid of the infants. So did Herod. That’s the devil’s business. The devil wasn’t dumb when it came to times that were prophesied. He can count. The devil knew that the Messiah was coming so he tried to get rid of the infants in Bethlehem, knowing that Messiah would be in that age. Through the Magi that showed up, Herod knew. They had seen the star. They knew the child had been born.
So, it is in this hour in which we live. The abortions we see are the devil trying to snuff out those whom God is raising up, laborers to seek and to save the lost. This is the hour of the endtime move of God. We can know that we are in the time and the season of the Lord.
The number 50 is used symbolically in Scripture to represent liberty. The Israelites celebrated a year of Jubilee during the 50th year. That was when the land was given back to the original owners of his descendants. If someone was put into slavery to pay off a debt, they were set free. All the credit was put back to zero. Your home was paid for, your car, all your debt.
Luke 4:17-21 “And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”
Jesus came to declare your year of Jubilee. Your debt of sin was paid in full. He set you free from sin and slavery!
The inheritance that we have lost, He came to give it back! That’s the year of Jubilee, the year of rejoicing. That’s that number 50. That’s the Day of Pentecost. The Spirit is still upon us to proclaim liberty to open the eyes of the blind to proclaim liberty. We can taste of His riches.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by: Evangelist Monty Showalter