Chance (7 June 2011)
"What Peter says on Pentecost and his reference to Joel 2:28-31"

Hello 5 Doves, John,
The story of Pentecost:
If one reads about Pentecost in Acts 2, Peter is telling the people about what is happening and says this is what the prophet Joel spoke of  - Acts 2: 17-20  KJV  "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith G-d, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:  And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit: and they shall prophesy:  And I will shew wonders in the heavens above, and signs in the earth beneath: blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come."  It's obvious In reading Acts 2, that this isn't what is happening - Acts 2: 4 - "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance".
I have always thought that these people were preaching The Good Word to the bystanders, and that thy weren't prophesying or seeing visions or dreaming dreams, there were no wonders in the heaven or signs in the earth, the sun wasn't turned into darkness and the moon into blood; so why is Peter saying this?  Peter is empowered with the Holy Spirit at this time so he isn't 'lieing' to the people...could he be describing what will happen on a future Pentecost?  If this happens on a future Pentecost then when people read Acts 2 and he says this is what is prophesied by Joel it will make sense. (?)
Just a thought.  Always seemed odd to me that Peter would quote Joel when this obviously wasn't happening during that time period/during that day.
I think about this each time Pentecost rolls around and so decided to write to 5doves again about this.
I do believe we are not far from the Rapture and the start of the Tribulation.  I am watching and waiting with all of you. :)
I appreciate 5doves very much - praying the Lord blesses John, this site and all doves.  Thank you for your many wonderful letters!