MOSES PRAYED VERY prophetically during the time when the Israelites had come out of Egypt and were living in the wilderness. The Israelites had complained to Moses many times about their conditions. They complained they didn’t have any meat to eat—that all they had was manna. And Moses finally told God that leading these people was too much for him.
To help Moses, God told him to choose 70 elders and bring them to the tabernacle. There God would take some of the Spirit that was on Moses and put it on them so they could help lead the people. When this took place, all 70 elders began to prophesy, including two who had not come to the tabernacle. Here is what happened next.
27 And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp.
28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them.
Moses said to Joshua, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish all of God’s people were prophets, and that He would put His Spirit upon all of them!” (v. 29.) This was a prophetic prayer that wouldn’t be answered until the Day of Pentecost.
In God’s plan there was no gender gap, no age gap, no gap between slave and free, rich and poor, no racial gap. God said He would pour out His Spirit on all flesh.
A Blessing for All Creation
Later, in the Book of Joel, God gave us a prophetic promise concerning this wonderful blessing to come for all creation. God prophesied through Joel, “There’s coming a time when I’m going to pour out My Spirit—not just upon the preachers, the priests, or Moses, or prophets, or kings, but upon all flesh! Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy. Your young men shall see visions. Your old men shall dream dreams.” (See Joel 2:28–29.)
So in God’s plan there was no gender gap, no age gap, no gap between slave and free, rich and poor, no racial gap. God said He would pour out His Spirit on all flesh. And we see this promise beginning to be fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost.
1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
This was the beginning of the fulfillment of Moses’ prophetic prayer and Joel’s prophetic promise. The Spirit of God was being poured out upon all flesh.
God is no longer locked up in a box behind a curtain; He is living among His people. He’s made us His temple.
A Unique Privilege
Jesus said in John 10:4–5, “My sheep know My voice. They’ll not follow another.” In Romans 8:14 it is written, “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons [and daughters] of God.”
This is the unique privilege of every believer. No longer do we have to go to a priest and say, “Give me a word from the Lord.” Now, every believer can receive the power of the Holy Spirit and be led by Him. Each of us can hear from Heaven and get direction in our own spirit for what God has for our life.
Jesus told us that when the Holy Spirit comes, He will show us things to come and remind us of what He said. (See John 14:26; 16:13.) The Holy Spirit will direct our lives.
As the Apostle Peter said, we are all a royal priesthood unto God (1 Peter 2:9). The Lord has put His Spirit upon all His people, and God can communicate with all of us. This is the prophetic purpose of Pentecost. This is the significance of the Holy Spirit being poured out.
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