Eight hundred years before the birth of Christ, prophet Joel said in Joel 2: 28-32; And it shall come to pass afterwards, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh;... your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions:
And also upon my servants and upon my handsmaid will I pour out in these days--pour out in those days my spirit.
And I will shew wonders in the heavens above and in the earth, blood,... fire, and pillars of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and... terrible day of the LORD shall come.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the Name of the LORD shall be delivered:... Acts 1:8:
But ye shall receive power, after this the Holy Ghost is come upon you:...
When you understand what it is, it is the Spirit of God dwelling in you to do the works of God.
WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?
John 14:18: "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you". Jesus was speaking here when he was to go back to the Father.
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".
The Holy Spirit is Jesus Himself coming down to the soul of the believer.
Galatians 4:6: "And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father".
WHY THE HOLY SPIRIT (Spirit of God)?
Jesus answered, verily, verily, I say unto thee, "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit" (John 3:5-6).
Ephesians 4:30 - "And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are SEALED unto the day of redemption".
Ephesians 1:13-14 - "In whom ye also [trusted], after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were SEALED with that Holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory".
When you are truly baptized with the Holy Ghost, you now have eternal security within your soul, and you have been accepted in the beloved and have been bought with a price by God through Jesus Christ. You are now complete in Him, a truly heaven-bound creature.
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE "SEAL" OF GOD, THAT MARKS A CHRISTIAN FOR RAPTURE.
BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (i.e. the HOLY GHOST)
How will the Holy Spirit mark a christian for rapture?
The baptism of the Holy Ghost is the indwelling of God's Spirit in the soul of a christian.
Baptism of the Holy Ghost is the third work of God's saving grace in a sinner's life. The salvation process follows this sequence:
- It begins with repentance, (i.e. accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour).
- Going through water baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ (for justification - the first stage of the new birth).
- Sanctification, which sets the individual for God's service, God cleansing him from sin and leading him to a life of holiness - the second stage of the new birth.
- The third stage of the new birth is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (for glorification [Romans 8:28-30]).
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the SEAL of God (Ephesians 4:30) indicating that God has already completed His work in the life of an individual, dressing him with Christ's robe of righteousness, and making him assured of the rapture.
The baptism of the Holy Ghost is Christ Himself dwelling in the individual person.
This promise of the Holy Ghost baptism is clearly laid out in Acts 2:38-39: "38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 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".
Romans 8:9 : "...If any man have NOT the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His."
DESCRIPTION OF THE HOLY GHOST
- [THE HOLY GHOST IS POWER]:
Acts 1:8 - "But ye shall receive "POWER", after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth".
- [THE HOLY GHOST IS THE COMFORTER]:
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".
- [THE HOLY GHOST IS THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH]:
John 16:13 - "Howbeit when He, the Spirit of "TRUTH", is come, He will GUIDE you into "ALL TRUTH" for He shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and He will SHEW you things to come".
- [THE HOLY GHOST IS THE SPIRIT OF REVELATION]:
1 Corinthians 2:10 - "But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God".
- [WE (TRUE BELIEVERS) ARE HIS TEMPLE]
I Corinthians 6:19-20 - "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's".
- [THE HOLY GHOST IS THE "OIL" THAT'S REQUIRED FOR THE RAPTURE]
Matthew 25:1-13 - "Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto TEN VIRGINS, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five [were] foolish. They that [were] foolish took their lamps, and took NO oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps...".
THE "GENERIC-NESS" OF THE HOLY GHOST
=> The HOLY SPIRIT IS POURED OUT UPON "ALL" FLESH (Both JUST AND UNJUST)
The Spirit quickens the flesh.
Joel 2:28-29 - "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".
The HOLY SPIRIT is POURED OUT UPON ALL FLESH (both upon the JUST AND the UNJUST), no exceptions. Everyone can feel the moving of the Spirit especially in the last days.
Just like rainfall, God sends the Holy Spirit to water all plant and animal life. It can fall upon the tares and the wheat, and both can shout halleluyah, but it does not change the seed at the core of the plant.
The Spirit only brings to manifestation what is it at the core, for every seed will bring forth of its kind (Genesis 1:11).
Matthew 7:20: Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Once plant life reaches its maturity during harvest time, they are known by their fruit. A son of God will manifest the life of God, while a son of perdition will manifest the works of Satan, and will come to full maturity also, by the same Holy Spirit anointing.
The Spirit can come out here and anoint you to do certain things, and you do it, but that doesn't mean you're saved. But think of it. Caiaphas prophesied (John 11:51). Judas cast out devils (Luke 10:17-19).
Christians can act like they're christians, and act and be ever so good at it, but that doesn't mean they're saved. That's exactly right.
The Spirit can be there, the real genuine Spirit. The Holy Spirit can anoint you; that still doesn't mean you're saved.
Matthew 5:45 - "...for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust".
Matthew 13:30 - "Let both grow together until the HARVEST: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the TARES, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the WHEAT into my barn".
Matthew 7:20 - "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them".
=> THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT (e.g. healing, speaking in tongues, miracles, etc) ARE NOT ASSURANCE THAT A MAN IS TRULY BAPTISED WITH THE HOLY GHOST
Though we believe in the spiritual gifts as stipulated in 1 Corinthians 12:
yet these gifts can be impersonated by the devil.
- (1) Prophesy
- (2) Word of Wisdom
- (3) Faith
- (4) Healing
- (5) Tongues
- (6) Interpretation of Tongues
- (7) Discernment
- (8) Word of Knowledge
- (9) Working of Miracles
There will be "false anointed ones" and "false christs" in the last days to impersonate and to deceive the very elect, if it were possible by using these gifts. Yes, they will be truly "anointed", but false at the core.
JUDAS was one of the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ. Judas preached along with them and healed the sick, and cast out devils. But Judas he had shown his true colors as the son of perdition when he sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver (Matthew 26:14-16; 47-50).
BALAAM was a prophet. But his true colors were manifested because of the love of money and popularity, he tried to curse Israel (Numbers 22).
JANNES AND JAMBRES were two magicians who withstood Moses by manifesting the same powers of turning their sticks into snakes in the sight of pharaoh (2 Timothy 3:8).
Therefore, miracles and signs are no true signs that one is a true servant of God. Even Lucifer himself was previously an "angel of light".
Matthew 7:21-23 - 21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Matthew 24:24 - For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
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