The Outpoured Spirit
Jesse M. Hendley
Joel's Prophecy of the End of This World. (Joel 2:28)
Turn with me to Joel, the second chapter. I'm not going to try just now to consider this prophecy in all of its fullness. I have studied this passage, but there's only a portion of it that is in my heart, the portion regarding the Holy Spirit of God. I pray that we will look at this Scripture concerning what we believe is going to take place when this world comes to an end.
I'm not talking about the burning up of the heavens and the earth, but about the passing away of the present world-system at the return of Jesus. There is a sense in which the world will come to an end at His return. He is the Crushing Stone of Daniel and is going to grind all the kingdoms of earth into powder, and they are going to be banished away like the chaff from a summer threshing floor. That is the very Word of God. His Kingdom will fill the entire earth. That is going to be the end of the world in that sense. The present world-order is going to pass away and His order is going to take its place.
In Joel, chapter 2, verse 28, we read: "And it shall come to pass AFTERWARD, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaidens in those days will I pourout my spirit. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the Name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call." That passage has a great significance in the pouring out of the spirit of God.
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