Day 7: Welcome to the Last Days

Acts 2:14-21 :

But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spoke out to them, “You men of Judea, and all you who dwell at Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to my words. For these aren’t drunken, as you suppose, seeing it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what has been spoken through the prophet Joel:

‘It will be in the last days, says God,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh.
Your sons and your daughters will prophesy.
Your young men will see visions.
Your old men will dream dreams.
Yes, and on my servants and on my handmaidens in those days,
I will pour out my Spirit, and they will prophesy.
I will show wonders in the sky above,
and signs on the earth beneath;
blood, and fire, and billows of smoke.
The sun will be turned into darkness,
and the moon into blood,
before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes.
It will be, that whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

Here again we read an example of a leader taking the time to explain what is happening to those who don’t understand. People thought that the disciples were drunk, and Peter makes the effort to explain and reason with the people. Once again we see that God wants us to be ready with answers for those who have questions or misconceptions. Peter could have just ignored them but he explained instead.

Notice that Peter declares to everyone that the “last days” had come by quoting the Bible. Not all of this prophesy has come true yet, however. This tells me that you and I are still in the last days because there are more things in this prophesy that have yet to take place.

Government: This passage demonstrates why Christians tend to remove levels of human authority. Even though such levels do exist at times, we read here that the Holy Spirit doesn’t see things the way people often do. Notice that He comes and speaks directly to “sons and daughters”, “servants”, and “handmaidens.” Notice that children and women are given equal status to men. Notice the King of the Universe talks directly to slaves, bypassing all other authority in the middle.

Salvation: The greatest thing is that “whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” We don’t have to work to be saved, just call on the name of the Lord. By having faith in Jesus and the work that He did to save us, we can be saved. It doesn’t matter what our status is here on earth. The Holy Spirit can come into us and make us children of God and in doing that He brings us up to His status bypassing all those who prefer a high status on earth instead of heaven.