News and Updates
David Copeland · June 1, 2021
Newsletter · Volume: 21 Issue: 6
On Sunday May 23rd, the church around the world marked and celebrated Pentecost Sunday. Many people think when you mention the Feast of Pentecost, you are simply referring to some “dead feast of the Jews” that has no importance or relevance in the twenty-first century. But that is surely wrong thinking! While the symbolism of the Pentecost Feast WAS & IS fulfilled in Jesus Christ, it still carries some very powerful points I would like to briefly share this month.
1.First, the Day of Pentecost built bridges between the nations, genders, generations, and economic classes.
Keep in mind, the Jews were (& are) just as religious (& territorial) as anyone: they didn’t really believe any other nation could be saved except Jewish people. This sounds much the territorial mindset that prevails in the evangelical community in our day.
First it built a bridge with the nations. When you ready verses 5-12, you will see that all the nations of the known world in that day were touched with the Gospel.
Vs. 11 says “…we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”
Second, Pentecost built a bridge with the genders.
Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days SAITH GOD….I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
In Bible times (and still in many cultures) the sons received the inheritance from the fathers, but daughters were sold off to a husband. Still in many countries of the world a young man must pay a dowry to marry a girl. This dowry is spent by the father or in some cases shared with the sons. But when the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost, it began a movement that includes and blesses BOTH sons AND daughters. Or in other words,
“The Holy Ghost is an equal opportunity blesser!” Pentecost built a bridge that released a blessing that included BOTH sons & daughters
Next, Pentecost built a bridge with the generations.
“....and your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams:” There have always been “generation gaps” in humanity as long as there have been humans on the earth. But never more pronounced than it is in this generation.
I don’t want to be one of those old guys that younger people pray, “God move him out of the way so we can lead like it needs to be….” If it is true that our ceiling becomes the next generations floor, I pray that God will make my ceiling so high that the coming generation has to climb a ladder to get to it!!!
4.Pentecost built a bridge with different classes of society.
“18. And on my servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit and they shall prophesy….”
Critical race theory that is being promoted in schools across our country today, is an attempt by Satan to reclassify society and it’s people by race…..in essence reintroducing segregation, the very thing we have been trying to destroy for generations. Pentecost will destroy a slave mindset, a segregated mindset, a territorial mindset and will bring races, and genders and generations together connecting us as one nation and people, under God indivisible with liberty and justice for ALL. The ground really is level at the foot of the cross!
So, when the Holy Spirit was poured out….and IS poured out again, every segment of society gets blessed!! May God give us a fresh Pentecost, quickly!