Please do not hurry in reading this Teaching, but study it out. Hear it out. Take the time to listen, for it is important to know.
I have heard many say that The Church began for the first time on the Day of Pentecost or Acts 2.
They reason that this is the day The LORD first gave men The Holy Spirit.
The assumption that Acts 2 was the “coming of The Holy Spirit to indwell Believers” is not based upon fact in Scripture. There is another passage of Scripture which fully explains when The Holy Spirit was first given.
In John 20, after the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, Jesus did appear in The Upper Room with His Disciples, and it is important to know that: He did give them then The Holy Spirit.
Read it here:
“Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw The LORD.
Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.” John 20:19-23
Once when I was listening to The LORD talk to me, He asked me this question: “When it clearly says that: I gave my Disciples The Holy Spirit in the upper room after my Resurrection, then please explain what the Day of Pentecost was all about?”
It clearly was not the first mention of the coming or giving of My Spirit to My Believers in Acts 2, then what was The Day of Pentecost all about?
I tell you what it was about ... “Power to be witnesses!”
The power coming “upon them” was not the indwelling presence, but it was much, much more. More yet than the indwelling, it was special Gifting of more power.
The LORD did say that the Acts 2 “Pouring out upon all in the upper room” was most important, and I told them to not leave Jerusalem without that power! This is a serious mistake. Many have left out without Power.
Many today are teaching wrong doctrine about the Day of Pentecost, or The Baptism with The Holy Spirit, when they teach that the Baptism was the “Coming of the Spirit to Indwell Believers”.
Facts are important as to when The Church actually did begin.
It is concluded by many today that The Church began on The Day of Pentecost — and they base it upon their belief system that says “Pentecost was the day The Holy Spirit was given” — thus it must have been the beginning of the Church.
The Fact is.. The Church was already starred for sure when The LORD breathed upon them The Spirit, and said, “Receive you The Spirit,” — The Church was already in existence!
The Fact is without The Spirit — none are His.
See these verses:
“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not The Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the spirit is life, because of Rigorousness.
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” Romans 8:9-11
One then must understand that the giving or coming of The Holy Spirit is very important, and that if those who miss this Fact, do miss a lot in the Power to be Witnesses!
Could this not then be a main reason many Churches and Christians are missing the mark, and have gone astray, and the Church is on the sideline of its real purpose in the Earth?
So, did The Church of Jesus actually begin in The Upper Room when Jesus breathed upon them?
An Emphatic — No!
The beginning of The Church of Jesus did not begin with the Apostles, but began in the Old Testament with Abraham, who was given Promises of a coming day of Great Blessing.
To Abraham came the Promise that his seed would increase as the stars of heaven, and the blessing of Abraham was a Covenant which was Unconditional.
in other words, what God Promised Abraham was not based upon Abraham’s obedience — but upon God Himself!
Abraham was The Father of The Faith.
Is not the Church called in the Faith of the Father Abraham?
See these verses:
“He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through Faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.” Galatians 3:5-9
It is Fact then from Scripture, that Abraham [who is the Father of the Faith} received and understood the Gospel Message, and the Gospel Message is the only message given to save men, for Abraham saw Jesus coming…
The Fact is, there is no Salvation and there is no Church even, without Jesus, The Gospel Message.
There is no other Name whereby men must be saved. And God saw The Church way back then when He called Abraham.
So, Facts then must continue…
When Jesus Came forth into this World The Fact is — He came to His People — The Nation of Israel — to the Jewish People, in whom were invested all His Promises.
It is recorded that Jesus told His Disciples that the first ones whom Jesus came to, were The Jewish People.
In Romans 1:16 Paul writes,
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”
The Gospel is intended for all people. But, chronologically, The Gospel Message was first revealed to the Jewish People before it was revealed to the Gentiles (non-Jewish people).
The Jews are God’s chosen people (Deuteronomy 7:6–7). Through the Jews, God demonstrated His love and holiness to the world:
“Theirs is the adoption to sonship; the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah” Romans 9:4–5
It was through the seed of Abraham that “all peoples on earth will be blessed” (Acts 3:25; cf. Genesis 22:18; 26:4).
That promised blessing came through Jesus Christ, as explained in Galatians 3:16.
Jesus was born as a Jew under the Law, fulfilled the Jewish Law perfectly, and died as a once-for-all sacrifice on behalf of all who would put their faith in Him (Galatians 4:4–5; Hebrews 9:14–15, 23–28).
But the fact is, The Jews did not accept Jesus as their Messiah! This led Jesus to the Gentiles.
Now, the Jewish People have been blinded, because of their blindness, but the day is coming when A remnant of Israel will be saved…..
Yet.. Fact is also…. The Gentiles are grafted in branches — into the true olive tree [The Jewish People], and the day is coming when the branches which were broken off, will be grafted back in. into….. what? The same old Olive Tree!
The LORD told me we are Jewish for we are grafted in.
Much more could be said, but, it is enough to establish the Fact, that The Church began with Abraham and the Old Testament.
The First Apostles were Jewish! Not one Gentile was an original Apostle.
Remember, Paul even was Jewish, but was later called the Apostle to the Gentiles.
Why do these Facts matter?
The reason these Facts matter are many, for if there are two churches — #1 a Jewish Church and #2 a Gentile Church — then much end-time prophecy is misunderstood.
Many in the Old Testament did not understand the Mystery of The Church, which would include the Gentiles. (See Ephesians 2 and 3.)
The Church was not revealed to The Old Testament fathers, until after Jesus came and included them.
Many today make a mistake with Facts, when they say, The Church will taken out of the world before the Tribulation, because the Tribulation is only for the Jewish people!
They do not know that “It was hidden to them even and is a Mystery, that they are one man now.…”
See “Mystery of the Church,” Ephesians 3:1-9 ……. now read…
“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; and that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby,” Ephesians 2:13-16
Many are believing false facts about the coming of The Holy Spirit and the beginning of The Church.
Facts matter when based upon scripture.
Note: More Study is coming in this line of thought, to straighten out the misconceptions of Scripture and the wrong foundations of false belief systems which today lead many astray.
The End time Prophecy, must be understood in the Facts.
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I have posted this Teaching Word in Obedience to my Holy Spirit Teacher, and the Prophetic understanding given to me by Him.
I have seen into the beginning and the end of these Facts, and see them fundamental to the message of the End Time Days.
The Fact is, many are on a pathway of “False Belief Systems” and are walking in dangerous ways because they have missed the Way.
I challenge you to Study this out for yourself — and See the Facts.
~ Desert Prophet Ken Dewey
The light will shine in His glory… In the desert.
Evangelist/ Prophet/ Pastor Ken Dewey is the founder of “OUT OF THE DESERT MINISTRIES“ in Belen, New Mexico, USA.
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