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Peter's Declaration Concerning Christ's Resurrection (5 of 24)
Series: The Acts of the Apostles: A Verse-by-Verse Study
September 5, 2007
INTRODUCTION: In our lesson last week, we looked at Joel's prophecy concerning the latter days. The beginning of the fulfillment of this prophecy took place on the Day of Pentecost, 50 days following Passover and the crucifixion of Christ. IN (vs. 16), Peter declared, "But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel."
The disciples were gathered together in an upper room to pray, and as they were praying, the Bible says, "...there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting" (2:2). Then in (vs. 3), it says, "cloven tongues like as of fire" sat upon them. They were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues (foreign languages). As they began to declare the wonderful works of God, the Jews who had gathered there were surprised. The Bible says, "They were all amazed." They had never witnessed anything like this before.
In (vs. 14), Peter stood up and began to explain what was happening: this was the fulfillment of the of Joel's prophecy concerning the latter days. The latter days are the days from Pentecost to the end of the tribulation period and the coming of the Lord in judgment. Verse twenty refers to it as "...that great and notable day of the Lord."
Peter then gives some of the identifying characteristics of this time: prophesying, visions, dreams, and the filling of the Holy Spirit. In (vv 19, 20), there would be "...wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come."
Finally, in (vs. 21), he said, "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
In this evening's lesson, we will conti ...
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