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By Pastor Jeff,
Acts 2:1-4, “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
The feast of Pentecost is the middle of three feast in which all the adult males were required to go to Jerusalem and occurs exactly 50 days after the Passover. This feast was to celebrate the first wheat harvest and the feast of Tabernacles which occurs 50 days after is the celebration of the harvest that the Lord had blessed them with. Up to this day the nation of Israel was still living under the law instituted by God through Moses. This was the true birth of the church in which the new covenant was given unto all mankind. This day was also predicted by Joel in which the Apostle Peter repeats on this day in Acts 2:16-21, “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will show 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: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
We notice that we had a partial fulfillment on that day for we have yet to see the signs in the heavens. Some people believe this event of the outpouring of the Holy Ghost speaking in tongues was just for that day, but why haven’t we seen the rest of it fulfilled? Peter answers that in Acts 2:39, “For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” This promise was not just for that day but for all! Many millions of people are receiving this outpouring even today and I hope you are one of them. Jesus is coming soon, He has spoken to us through prophecy many times and even tells us that He is coming “Very Soon”. With the nation of Israel returning to it’s homeland in 1948 the sand in the hourglass is emptying quickly.
Many of us believe Jesus will return in our lifetimes but even if He doesn’t there are so many benefits with receiving the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues, why would anyone not desire it. Luke 24:49, “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” John 14:26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” Romans 8:26-27, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” These are just a few of the benefits.
We are what I think is the most blessed generation in history, not because of the advances in technology, but because we are the ones that are going to see “all things fulfilled” There is only one thing holding our Lord form returning and that is found in James 5:7-8, “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.”
If you have not received, let this be the day!
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By Pastor Jeff,
James 5:7, says ” Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.” Rain has always been very important in growing crops from the time Noah and his family came out of the Ark until now.
Historically in Israel the former rain was in late October, early November which would occur shortly after planting to start the germination process. Without this spring rain, they would be no hope of harvesting a crop in the fall. Many times when the nation fell into sin God would withhold the rain as judgment such as Jeremiah 3:3, ” Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore’s forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed.”
We also are aware that the bible is not just talking about the physical but also the spiritual, Hosea 6:1-3, ” Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.” On the day of Pentecost as the Holy Spirit had been poured out upon the 120 we have others who have gathered wondering what had just happened so Peter stands up and quotes Joel 2:28-32, “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 handmaids in those days will I pour out 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” This is what we identify as the “Former Rain”as many received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost with speaking in other tongues in this beginning of the church.
Now the Latter Rain was also important for it would greatly enhance the crops right before harvest; we Apostolics’ look to the beginning of 1901 as a turning point as several people were gathered in a place called Stones Folly under the leadership of Charles Parham when the Holy Spirit was again poured out. It soon spread and in Los Angeles, California under William Seymour an outpouring soon began at 312 Azusa street in what we call as the “Former rain”. Pretty much every denomination has been affected by this pentecostal experience with estimates today of anywhere from 130 to 585 million people experiencing this phenomena!
But I want to look at another passage in Joel chapter 2:23, “Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.” Much of what we see in Joel has not come to pass for much of it talks to Jesus return to the nation of Israel during the endtimes. This passage of the rains being poured out in the same month I believe is referring to an outpouring that has not been seen yet. This will surpass both of these outpourings of the Holy Ghost that have already occurred. The time of the Gentile reign is fast approaching an end as God is getting ready to return to His people Israel. Let’s not wait for God is willing and able today to fill you with His precious gift of the Holy Ghost in Jesus name!
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“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.”
“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.”
“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”
We see in these scriptures that JESUS was preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom. We need to understand that the Kingdom of GOD is right here on earth. If you have the Holy Ghost you have all the power that JESUS displayed here on earth. We have the ability to heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, when we yield ourselves and are used by JESUS. HE is the one doing all of that. We are the earthen vessels HE is looking for.
You see in those scriptures that He healed ALL sickness and ALL diseases. Not just certain ones but every single sickness and every single disease. From colds to pneumonia to cancer to cuts and broken bones. Everyone got healed. People possessed of demons were set free.
“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
Everything we know that’s in Heaven is for us right now and for every second of our lives. No suffering. No pain. No sickness. No diseases. No sadness. No depression or anxiety. We have victory over the enemy.
See, satan is the ruler of this world and he’s running it and he’s doing his best to destroy it and every one in it. Satan has his kingdom here because when you look around, you’ll see all the drugs, alcohol, abortions, murders, suicides, addictions, shame, abuse, fear, and lots of sins are made to look like they help us, like it’s no big deal, everyone else does it, be politically correct. I say we need to stand strong and be Spiritually correct. That’s why we need the Holy Ghost so we can defeat anything satan throws at us. We are not under satan’s rule, we belong to the KING of kings and the LORD of lords and HIS name is JESUS. The Holy Spirit that’s given to us has a lot to do with the Kingdom.
JESUS’ message for salvation when HE was among the people was to believe in HIM in order to be saved. JESUS explains to Nicodemus what is actually required, that we must be “born again.” We all gotta be born of the Water and of the Spirit to enter the Kingdom. We all come into the world first by a physical birth. In order to come into the Kingdom of GOD, we gotta have a spiritual birth.
Everything JESUS did, supported everything JESUS said.
This is GOD’s church so that means we are the community of the Kingdom of GOD. We need to tell people about JESUS and let the miracles happen because we serve a miracle-working GOD. As we show folks the power of the Spirit, we’ll see more coming to JESUS. We’re gonna see more people getting healed, being set free. Families will be restored. I’m claiming all of this because the Kingdom of GOD is here.
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I greet you all in the name of our LORD and Saviour JESUS CHRIST. I love JESUS. HE is the one who will give everyone true joy. Joy is different from being happy. Happiness always comes from an outside source or even something materialistic. Joy from JESUS is something very powerful because no matter what happens, you’ll have the joy of knowing JESUS will never leave you nor forsake you. HE will be there at the mention of HIS NAME.
Psalm 16:11 “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
When you receive the gift of the Holy Ghost your joy will come from down deep knowing you’ll be in heaven forever with JESUS. The Holy Ghost will get you through the valley, over the mountain and knock down walls we put up in our minds and in our hearts. If you have physical, emotional, or spiritual pain, none of it will follow you into heaven. JESUS will wipe away your tears and you will have a new body. There is no sadness, pain, worry, fear in heaven and that’s forever.
Acts 13:52 “And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.”
1 John 1:4 “And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”
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We recently turned our calendars from the year 2014 to the year 2015 and we look to this year being even a more awesome year for us at Janesville Apostolic Ministries and the Kingdom of God than any year before it. We believe a great number of souls will be added and with it a greater power of God.
Recently we at JAM received a prophetic word that just confirms this; we have been told that we have a “key”. As we look in the word of God we see many instances in which Jesus or the angels have keys to open doors. But we find Jesus giving the keys to Peter in Matthew 16:19, “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind in heaven.” Peter then in Acts 2:14-39 we find Peter using the keys to this Kingdom which have never been closed. Whenever anyone holds or has been given a “key” in the word of God, it is referring to the authority that this person or persons have been given.
And what are keys usually used for? ” Unlocking or locking doors! So the second part of the prophetic word is that there is a door, a very old-looking door, meaning it’s been closed for quite a long time. So the leaders of Janesville Apostolic Ministries have been given the authority to open this door. So what is behind it? Well that’s the very question that kept running through my mind, could it be “Great Faith”, the ability to perform greater miracles, and so on. But as I was pondering this one day, I heard the voice of our Lord Jesus Christ say “do not limit Me!” Many times Jesus can’t do the things He would like to do through us because in our finite minds we limit what He can and will do.
So we recently built a door, put a lock on it and placed it in front of our congregation to symbolize what the Lord was telling us. Let me tell you that the day we had set to do this, the presence of Jesus Christ was very heavy, it was like His Shekinah Glory was there to usher us into this new realm. We then unlocked, opened, walked through, and every person in the building followed us through in agreement to what God is about to do. Revelation 3:8, “I know thy works:behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.” We place no limits on what Jesus Christ wants to do in and through us and all the glory is HIS!