“A Historic Pentecost 2020: You Will Receive Power”
May 16, 2020
I have been praying a lot about the upcoming Pentecost, knowing that this historic Passover season demands a historic Pentecost. The first Passover was followed by the historic law (and foundation of Old Covenant) being given supernaturally to Moses during the first Pentecost (meaning 50 days). Jesus, the fulfilment of the Passover Lamb, was followed 50 days later by the most historic Holy Spirit outpouring in Acts 2. This, too, was a fulfilment of the original Pentecost in that through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the revelation of the external tablets of the Law could now be etched onto the heart (Hebrews 8:10). This is now the essential foundation of the New Covenant—paid for and made available by Jesus, but built on empowerment by a baptism of the Holy Spirit.
A Huge Blue & Green Wave, a Big, White Ship & the End of Cynicism
Every time I begin to pray into Pentecost I see a huge, incoming blue and green tsunami wave. I then see a white ship with the word “LEADER” arise from the incoming wave. I am aware that it refers to LEADERSHIP. The 7 mountains are being vacated of criminals and a great leadership void is going to be filled by Holy Spirit-filled and empowered saints of God.
The colours spoke to me immediately. The blue speaks of revelation and the green speaks of provision. I believe that this Pentecost we will experience an outpouring of the Holy Spirit that rivals the original Acts 2 outpouring, and will change the face of the Church and of the whole world. We have never needed a huge Pentecost wave more, and it is coming.
As I repeatedly see this picture of a huge wave and this great white ship, I hear the words “This will end cynicism.” The wave is the tangible presence and power of the Holy Spirit coming in with great revelation and great provision. The supernatural nature of it all will be an eliminator of cynicism, which is the heart disease of our day. Raw, supernatural Holy Spirit power is the coming cure.
Acts 1:8 All Over Again
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
The disciples had been personally discipled by Jesus for three plus years. After His resurrection, Acts 1:3 tells us that He showed Himself to them through “many infallible proofs” for 40 days. You would think that would be enough to prepare you for ministry. Yet, Jesus made it clear to them that they were not ready for effective ministry. They were told to wait for POWER from the Holy Spirit to come upon them and only then could they be proper witnesses unto Him. These were Jesus’ last words to them before ascending into Heaven. They would go on to wait 10 days in an upper room for this supernatural POWER encounter with the Holy Spirit.
It is amazing to me that today, being empowered by the Holy Spirit has become optional for those called into ministry. Finances, speaking ability and social media skills are seen as much more key to successful ministry. Huge mega churches can now be the best known representatives of Jesus while having scarce evidence of the POWER of the Holy Spirit in their ministry.
This is all about to dramatically change. There is no need to criticize or tear down the inferior version of “ministry”—only a need to showcase the upgrade. The rest takes care of itself. Modelling the superior will always disempower the inferior. The abundance of powerless Christianity is not really the problem. The absence of POWERFUL Christianity is the problem.
1 Corinthians 4:20, “For the Kingdom of God does not consist in words but in POWER.”
A supernatural component is a must for it to be “Kingdom.” We have gotten far too comfortable with presenting a “kingdom” that comes only in words.
Wait for Power
It needs to be noted that Jesus, with His very last words on Earth, was specifically prioritizing their need for POWER. He did not say, “You will receive the Holy Spirit—and He will give you power.” He said, “You will receive POWER when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” He motivated them with their need for SUPERNATURAL POWER, and they knew what that meant.
Jesus had modelled power over demons, over sickness, over storms, over lack of wine, food, and taxes. The answer to every challenging situation they had found themselves in with Jesus was POWER. He always had it. They weren’t, perhaps, mature enough to know about the Holy Spirit being a Person, or about cultivating a personal relationship with Him—but then one day He trusts them with power. The instruction was “Yeah, you boys know all of My teachings, including the last 40 days as resurrected Messiah, speaking on the Kingdom of God, but I need you to have more than character and a teaching gift—you need POWER.”
The relational learning curve with the Holy Spirit would be progressive. At that moment what they needed was Kingdom—evidencing POWER—and they got it. We are in such a place today—more than most of us even come close to realizing.
Power or Love?
This question is often posed among Believers. Sometimes it is said in other ways. We might say, “Seek the Giver not the gifts.” We might point out 1 Corinthians 13, and say, “If I have not love it profits me nothing—and I miss something important.” That chapter starts out saying, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels…though I have the gift of prophecy…though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains…” etc., etc., because that was the post-Pentecost assumptive standard for “ministry.” There was never to be a juxtaposition of power vs. love. The standard was and IS that you should have this POWER, but it profits YOU nothing if you are not motivated by love. But other people DO profit from demonstrations of the supernatural power.
There never was a standard that powerless Christianity is okay as long as you have love. If it were so, Jesus would not have told them to go wait in an upper room for supernatural POWER. He would have just said, “Remember to be loving with people as I have showed you for 3 plus years.”
You see, people did not follow Jesus simply because He was loving. They followed Him because He had love-validating power. Atheists can be loving. New Agers can be loving. Buddhists can be loving. What separates the Gospel of Jesus from any other is the constant demonstration of supernatural POWER. The power proves the greatness of the love.
When Jesus sent out the 12 and then the 70 (or 72) in Luke 9:1 and 10:19, it says that He gave them POWER. Supernatural proof of His great love was the initial norm, and if you didn’t carry POWER you were not qualified as a messenger, no matter how silver-tongued you might be.
In the Gospel of the Kingdom, there is not just a highlighting of love, there is a highlighting of His supernatural power. It is not that power is greater than love, it is that power proves the greatness of the love. His love testifies of His power and His power testifies of His love. Even as the King and His Kingdom are inseparable so, too, are His love and His power inseparable.
Theoretic love, devoid of supernatural presence or power, is easily reproducible by even deceivers. It is why Jesus said, “Wait for power.” This establishes the credibility of the love being exhibited. It is not about forgoing being loving. The disciples had already learned that foundation—but it was just a foundation. Now they needed the inherent and receive the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit upon them.
Definition of Dunamis Power
The Greek word used for power is “DUNAMIS,” and it is defined as “strength, power, ability, inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, the power and influence which belongs to riches and wealth, resources arising from numbers.” As you can see it is a loaded word that encompasses riches and resources as well.
In Acts 2:22 when Peter stood up to explain what all was happening with this outpouring of power, he essentially said, “Jesus was approved of God among you by DUNAMIS.” Acts 2:43 tells of the apostles performing MANY demonstrations of POWER that gave them the seal of credibility.
We hear way too many warnings today of “lying signs and wonders,” as if that is some kind of high priority, when our present reality is almost NO signs and wonders. A massive religious spirit is operational in “mainstream Christianity,” suffocating ANY signs and wonders and demonstrations of power, labelling it as “lying.”
I don’t think anyone who has NEVER operated in the supernatural has ANY right to warn of “lying signs and wonders.” Let that be the new standard. If you are warning of the false, you better be able to demonstrate the real. If not, at a minimum, you should be able to point to someone that you believe exhibits the “real” as some kind of proof you aren’t just a supernatural-power-of-God denier.
Power to Be Witnesses
The word “WITNESSES” is very relevant for this year 2020. The POWER is the ability to be WITNESSES. A witness is one who both SEES and SAYS. 2020 is associated with both as well. The Hebraic year of 5780, which we are currently in, is about the mouth, breath and speaking. 2020 is about seeing. It takes Holy Spirit POWER to both see and say. More than that, it is about supernatural SEEING and supernatural SAYING. The first is about dreams, visions and revelations. It is Caleb seeing “grapes” versus ten spies seeing “giants.” The second is about prophesying and decreeing. This Pentecost of 2020 is about a line being drawn in the sand—a line that we are to never retreat from in our supernatural seeing and speaking. It is a game-changing, nation-rattling anointing power.
Jerusalem, Samaria & the Uttermost Parts
The witnessing power is for Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the uttermost parts of the earth. JERUSALEM (“double peace and wellbeing”) represents your local city. JUDAEA (“He shall be praised”) represents your spiritual community/local church expression. SAMARIA (“watch mountain” and “guardianship”) represents the seven mountains of influence—Media, Education, Government, Arts/Entertainment, Religion, Economy, and Family—where we must now watch and guard from. We are the light of the world. UTTERMOST PARTS (“farthest or lowest”) represent the lowest, the last, the least and the farthest. The Kingdom encompasses all of these as it is both the answer for the micro and the macro. It is the POWER for the top of the mountains of influence and it is the POWER for the “least of these.”
Prophecy, Visions & Dreams
Peter stands up in Acts 2:14 and goes on to explain what has transpired with the “tongues of fire” that came on everyone. He quoted the prophet Joel, saying how in the last days sons and daughters will prophesy, young men will see visions, old men will dream dreams, male and female servants, or the underclass, will prophesy. From the “tongues of fire” and on, everything about that first Pentecost related to “seeing and saying” supernaturally.
This 2020 we get a great Pentecost wave to totally upgrade our relatively pitiful “seeing” and “saying.” A tsunami of power is coming—because no generation since the Acts 2 generation has needed it more. We face the biggest challenges with the greatest promises of rewards. The Holy Spirit is about to baptize us for this new Kingdom era.
Wait for It
Isaiah 40:31, “But they that WAIT upon the Lord shall renew their STRENGTH; they shall mount up with wings as the eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Even in the Old Testament “waiting” preceded power/strength. In this 2020 historical reset of the world there has been a lot of waiting. At any time—beginning Thursday evening, May 28, through Pentecost Sunday, May 31—we can expect a sound from Heaven like a mighty rushing wind that brings us the greatest baptism in the Holy Spirit since Acts 2.
Just as in Acts 2, not everyone will initially get baptized, but those who WAIT in an “upper room” posture will. This is an intentional posture of expectancy and a demand of your spirit, on the Holy Spirit, to be visited afresh-like never before. It is not a boring, passive waiting. Think of a restaurant waiter and his posture; he waits attentively for orders. He is not distracted with any other thing. His focus is singular. This is how we are to wait on the Lord, how we are to wait on the Holy Spirit. “Upper room” settings of being together in prayer, worship or silence are going to be invaded. It can happen while being together geographically, or it can happen while being together on social media.
The assignment of discipling nations that is before us cannot be accomplished without a fresh outpouring of power. Good plans are not enough. Good finances are not enough. Good unity is not even enough. Just as in the original Pentecost, we must wait for the supernatural empowering by the Holy Spirit to be seers and sayers (witnesses) of His Kingdom on Earth. Miracles are about to be common place—new kinds of miracles; miracles that repair and restore society; miracles that restore mountains; miracles that place nations back on their destiny track.
Of course, love always remains our priority, but the days of powerless “love” are about to be over. When the love of God crashes in, power comes with it. A tsunami wave of revelation is incoming. A tsunami wave of economic empowering is incoming. It is all going to be power-of-the-Holy-Spirit generated. Wait for it. Wait for it in an attentive, undistracted, must-have-it posture. If Jesus’ personal disciples needed it, you can be sure you do as well. The most important Pentecost since Acts 2 is about to come upon us.