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2020/6/3 Pentecost—A Time for the Lord to Open Our Eyes

Updated: Jun 4, 2020

Ron Sawka Ministries

June 3, 2020; Sivan 11, 5780

“Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues” (Acts 2:3–4).

“Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” So he [Elijah] said, ‘You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you’” (2 Kings 2:9–10).

Pentecost—A Time for the Lord to Open Our Eyes

Each Pentecost, we can expect increase in revelation, in power, and in provision. Of course, God gives these at any moment throughout the year, but the times of the feasts are special. Someone explained that these appointed feasts were set in eternity as special times. They became known to us when God gave Israel His law, but we need to realize these existed long before then. This helps us understand why the Bible calls them a “statute forever” (Lev. 23:41). They are God’s appointed times of special meeting with His people to bless them. Let me repeat—God can—and does—bless us in every way and at any time. However, the feasts seem to be a time when the portals of heaven are opened and God’s blessing seems even more pronounced as we celebrate our covenant with Him. Thus we read, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts’” (Lev. 23:2).

The 120 people waiting on the Lord during the night of Pentecost had expectant hearts and the Holy Spirit was poured upon them. (Note: On Sunday night I was doing an English-Chinese Pentecost broadcast via Zoom, YouTube, and Facebook. Many people were watching and listening. But I was particularly blessed to see that there were 120 viewing live on my Facebook page alone, which seemed like a kind of prophetic confirmation. It was like we as God’s people had obeyed and were in proper position for Him to pour out upon us!)

During Pentecost in Acts 2, they received those three things: revelation, power, and provision. A short explanation should help us likewise receive! Several points are as follows:

1. Spiritual Eyes Opened—We know there were 120 tongues of fire on 120 heads. Even more amazing is that each one could see it. Likewise, we should expect that our spiritual eyes will be more opened than before. We will see the Holy Spirit working and will become part of it. Miracles will begin.

2. Prophetic Understanding of Scriptures—When the bystanders began to question and some began to mock, Peter received immediate understanding in his heart and explained this was the fulfillment of what Joel prophesied in Joel 2. We can properly expect our understanding of God’s written word to greatly grow and to keep increasing.

3. Understanding of What God Is Doing Here and Now—I hesitated to write #2 above because so many people immediately want to know about the future and the end times. That is not the point. God wants us to understand what He is doing right now in our circumstances. The 120 all understood they were being filled with the Holy Spirit. Likewise, I believe God wants us to know that 1) you are being more filled now than you were before, and 2) that He has implemented a massive time of shifting for the whole church so we can enter into unprecedented harvest.

4. Revelation Gives Faith to Obliterate Obstacles—Peter’s explanation was bold and faith-filled. He continued to explain this was all because of the death of Jesus. He boldly (and correctly) laid Jesus’s crucifixion at their feet. The anti-Christ, fearful atmosphere pervading Jerusalem was rolled away as thousands repented. Who would have expected just one day earlier that 3000 would be saved in a day and that Christians would be the talk of Jerusalem?

5. The More Our Spiritual Eyes Are Opened, the More We Will Find Ourselves Seizing Opportunities—Difficult situations will suddenly become springboards for miracles. Peter and John saw the lame man begging. They knew the risen Lord Jesus was with them. In His name, they grabbed the man’s hand and the power of God healed him, changed his life, and led to several more thousands being saved (Acts 3:1–4:4). Not every one of us will heal a lame man this week, but every one of us can “seize” someone in need of help, and the power of God will cause them to rise up!

6. Revelation Is Linked to Double Anointing—Elijah told Elisha, “If you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you [double anointing]” (2 Kings 2:10). Elisha’s eyes were opened. He saw and He received. This is why God wants us to have revelation. He wants our eyes to be opened so we press into Him to ask for and receive all He wants to give us.

7. Revelation Enables Us to Ask Boldly—When I wrote about Elisha and the double anointing just now, I felt the Holy Spirit remind me that it was Elijah that first asked Elisha, “What do you want?” And Elisha boldly asked for double anointing. He didn’t miss the opportunity. Neither did Peter and John, and neither will you or I. Because the Lord graciously fills us with His Spirit, our spiritual eyes are open. Our prayers and expectations change. What an incredible shift is beginning around the world now. God’s people everywhere are boldly asking for and expecting the Lord to do miracles through them.

Lord, we thank you for pouring out your Holy Spirit upon us this Pentecost. Help us daily to walk in more and more fullness. Thank You for opening our eyes so we can walk with You in humility and in Your power.

Numbers of Viewers and Listeners Increase

Pentecost is definitely a time of outpouring and increase. Amazingly, we are seeing great increase in the number of viewers and listeners to all of our broadcasts. Thank you for praying. I would ask that you keep on praying boldly and declaring that many, many would come into the kingdom of God at this time.

Thanks so much for praying!

Ron and Teddy.

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