It is now time for Joshua, a direct disciple of Moses, to enter to the center of the stage of the history of the manifestation of God’s glory. In Joshua we read of great victories over epic battles.
Great signs and wonders followed God’s people as they finally entered the Promise Land. These events are followed by a long season of judges and prophets who were being established by God as leaders of Israel. Still, God was their King.
Again, when they humble themselves before God and serve Him alone, we see God’s manifested glory. On the other hand, when they turn their backs on God, they experience God’s judgment. Nothing has changed; it is the same today! Our pride and our humility are factors that determined our own story.
As we know, the children of Israel asked for a king; they wanted to be like everybody else. That is totally contrary to what we are called to be. We are a called to be holy and separated for the Lord.
The Bible tells in John 15:19 that “…we are not of this world.” Nevertheless, God in His mercy did not abandon the children of Israel; He gave them what they wanted. During those years we see great manifestations of God’s glory through great kings and prophets; yet sin finally takes the best out of God’s people.
Un-repented sin will always catch up with us. As we historically enter the book of Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament, we step into nearly four hundred years of silence. Israel has turned their backs on God; they have been practically destroyed as a nation and God’s judgment is falling upon them.
But it is not over, even as it seems as such…Jesus is about to take matters into His own hands; the glory of God is about to manifest like never before in the history of humanity. Paradoxically, Jesus himself makes a remarkable statement in John 14:12 as He stated:
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” (NKJV)
Jesus lives among us, is killed on a cross, is resurrected and is now sitting at the right hand of the Father; but He, as promised, leaves us a Counselor, the precious Holy Spirit.
In Acts chapter 2:1-13 we see something that the world has never seen before. It marks the beginning of this “thing” we call the church and is known as the Baptism of the Holy Spirit:
“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accordin one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 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, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?” Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.” (NKJV)
These verses mark the story of the beginning of what some like to call, the Apostolic Revival. As you read the book of Acts and the New Testament, you will see God’s glory all over the place. This time, it was not Jesus doing these miracles directly; this time it was Jesus releasing His power over common men and doing great signs, wonders and miracles through them in the midst of great persecution and hatred from the world. This time, it is Jesus manifesting His power through His Apostles.