by Jerry Vines

Prelude to Pentecost
Dr. Jerry Vines
Acts 1:13-26

The opening twelve verses of this chapter give us the account of the last days of our Lord with the disciples. He then gathers them on the Mount of Olives and the Bible says He ascended back to heaven. The Lord Jesus Christ came to this earth, and for a period of 33 1/2 years worked and ministered and served, died on a cross, shed His blood for the sins of the whole world, was buried and resurrected, went back home. As they looked at the Lord Jesus ascending back to heave, two men in white apparel had said to them: ''Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.''

So in the thrill and the excitement of the truth that the Lord Jesus was going to come again, these disciples went back to the city of Jerusalem. In the remaining verses of this chapter, we are given the familiar account of the upper room prayer meeting. For ten days they gathered together in a prayer meeting. At the end of that ten days, the doors flung open and they went out into the city of Jerusalem to win countless thousands of people to the Lord Jesus Christ. All of us are familiar with the day of Pentecost. We know that Pentecost is recorded for us in the second chapter of the book of Acts. We know all the things that took place that day. It was the day when the fire of God fell upon believers. It was that day when the wind of God blew with freshness across the hearts and the spirits of those men. It was the day when the Spirit of God came down and occupied his new temple. We know all of those things about the day of Pentecost and we long that in our churches we have a Pentecostal experience once again. But we must not fail to recognize that you cannot have Pentecost until you have the circumstances that produce that Pentecost. You cannot have the power of Acts 2 until you have experienced the preparation of Ac ...

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