MESSAGE FOR 12-04-2021
The book of Acts was written by Luke, who was inspired by The HOLY SPIRIT, the author of every word in The LORD’S Holy Word. Luke was not one of the original twelve apostles; however, he was a disciple of JESUS CHRIST. This book appears to be a follow up of the letter to Theophilus from the book of Luke chapter one.

The book of Acts provides us an exciting account of the beginning of the first century church. The true church is the Body of Christ and not a man-made, tax-exempt organization formed by men. Also remember that the church does NOT refer to a building. Have wisdom and be aware it is not enough for a person to say they “belong to a church”. Even those who worship Satan have their own “church”; therefore, it is important to distinguish the true church from all of the imposters. Saying that you know the bible very well or parts of it does not mean that you are saved and a member of the Body of Christ. Satan and his demons know the bible very well and believe that JESUS CHRIST is the SON Of GOD! Saying a “sinner’s prayer” is not enough either. It is about repenting, turning from your old ways, and committing your life to serve JESUS CHRIST.
The word Pentekoste, from the Greek, literally means “fiftieth” and is the yearly Jewish observance of the seventh week after Passover. This feast has been established since the times of the Old Testament and provides us insight into the perfect timing of ALMIGHTY GOD! In the book of Leviticus chapter twenty-three The LORD instructs Moses to speak to the Jewish people and proclaim His feasts throughout their generations.
Leviticus 23:4 These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.
Leviticus 23:5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’S passover.
Leviticus 23:6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.
Leviticus 23:15 And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete.
Leviticus 23:16 Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD.
The numbering of fifty days commemorates Pentecost and according to the perfect timing of The LORD GOD was the very day when His HOLY SPIRIT equipped the apostles to speak in tongues. LORD JESUS CHRIST suffered and died on the cross during the Passover and the apostles were filled with The HOLY SPIRIT, displaying the gift of speaking in tongues, fifty days after this took place.  
This has nothing to do with the man-made “religion” entitled Pentecostal who are a worldly denomination claiming this doctrine to be the basis of their belief. It is not based on the Word of ALMIGHTY GOD; therefore, it is a lie.
We continue with the account of the Body of Christ gathered together in one accord on the feast day of Pentecost, the reason why there were Jews dwelling in Jerusalem during that time out of every nation under heaven. The Jews from these different nations was a result of ALMIGHTY GOD scattering His people during the Old Testament. This is because they continued to turn away from Him by following the ways of the heathen and worship false gods.These devout men had journeyed to Jerusalem to observe the ancient feast of Pentecost according to the ordinance of ALMIGHTY GOD. The Body of Christ was in one accord, concerned with being obedient to ALMIGHTY GOD and lifting up JESUS CHRIST. This is the place we need to be in order to see a movement of The HOLY SPIRIT and is the reason why we do not see it within these man-made worldly “churches” today.
Many folks desire to be entertained by a concert (Hillsong) or a sideshow. People are relying on men and lifting them up instead of truly believing that The HOLY SPIRIT, the Comforter, is the only one who teaches us all things and provides us wisdom. Now the promise and prophesy of JESUS CHRIST that He spoke to His apostles is about to be fulfilled in this perfect time and place. In Acts 1:8 JESUS CHRIST STATES: But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
In the book of John 14:26 JESUS CHRIST STATES: But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. As the Body of Christ was gathered in one accord, suddenly there was a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind and filled the entire house where they were sitting. Then as we read in verse three: And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. Then the apostles were filled with The HOLY GHOST and equipped to speak in tongues.
Could you just imagine the reaction of the Jews who were present to observe the feast of Pentecost? These men from Galilee were able to communicate with them in their own tongue and they were amazed, as anyone would be. However, there are always scoffers in the crowd as we read in verse thirteen: Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. 
Just as there were mockers back then, there are countless mockers and scoffers today which includes so-called “church leaders” who teach that the gift of tongues from The HOLY SPIRIT ceased with the apostles. That is nothing but a lie from the father of lies, who is Satan, and these people allow themselves to be used to spread this garbage.
We read in 1Corinthinians that The LORD GOD provides to each member of the Body of Christ gifts according to His Divine Plan. In 1Corinthians 12:10-11 GOD’S WORD STATES: To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. 
I can testify to speaking in tongues from my own experience. I had been working as a caregiver and was assigned to an elderly woman in her nineties who lived with her son and daughter-in-law. I arrived at their house and the daughter-in-law acquainted herself and her mother-in-law with me. Then she announced that she was going to the airport to pick up some family members. When I realized it would be me and the woman alone in the house, I was concerned about communication because this woman was from India, only spoke her dialect, and did not understand any English. As the two of us sat in the living room, we smiled at one another quite a bit and I then prayed to The LORD GOD to equip me to communicate with this woman and share JESUS with her. Not long after my prayer, I began to speak to this woman in a language I did not understand. The woman looked very surprised and smiled even more and was answering me, in her language! We were having a conversation and I was completely amazed at this wonderful blessing from The HOLY SPIRIT! When the daughter-in-law returned, her mother-in-law spoke something to her and she smiled at me and said, “she told me that you speak her language”! PRAISE ALMIGHTY GOD AND THANK YOU, HOLY SPIRIT! 
Now Peter stood up with the eleven and lifted up his voice to preach a HOLY SPIRIT filled message to each person in their own language. Peter makes it very clear that they are not drunken, and he shares the message of Joel, one of the prophets of ALMIGHTY GOD (Joel 2:28-32). The LORD GOD states that in the last days He will pour out His Spirit upon all flesh. Peter also confirms they are children of the day who walk in the true light of JESUS CHRIST and not drunken as those who are children of the night who walk in darkness. In the book of 1Thessalonians 5:7-8 GOD’S WORD STATES: For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 
The apostle Peter, filled with The HOLY SPIRIT, brought conviction to these men and they were pricked in their hearts. He shared through the prophecy of Joel the signs and wonders that will take place in the end times. These men were reminded of the powerful and life-changing earthly ministry of JESUS CHRIST who performed countless miracles, signs, and wonders as The LORD GOD did by Him in their midst. He also preached JESUS CHRIST to them as we read in verses twenty-three and twenty-four: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it. JESUS CHRIST is sinless, and this is why He shed His blood and died on the cross for the sins of the whole world. No grave could hold Him and when He arose from the dead on the third day through His glorious resurrection, sin and death were conquered. We read in Psalm 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. King David prophesied this Scripture in the Old Testament which testifies JESUS CHRIST would never be a prisoner to the grave because of His perfection.
When the Scripture states, “wilt not leave my soul in hell”, this does NOT mean hell fire, the place prepared for the devil and his angels, but describes the place of the dead.  
Peter reminds those he is preaching to that the patriarch David is dead and buried; however, JESUS CHRIST the only begotten SON Of GOD who came to this earth as a man within the lineage of the Jews, was raised up on the third day by ALMIGHTY GOD. JESUS was born within the Jewish tribe of Juda, the same tribe that David was from. These Jews from all nations were still adhering to the Old Testament law and lifting up one of their patriarchs, who was David. However, Peter reminds them that David did not ascend into the heavens but JESUS CHRIST did (Psalm 110:1 and Hebrews 1:13). We read in verse thirty-six: Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. 
Amen indeed, as we read in the book of Philippians 2:9-11 GOD’S WORD STATES: Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. These men were mightily convicted by The HOLY SPIRIT and said to Peter and the apostles in verse thirty-seven: “Men and brethren, what shall we do”? 
These men had come to the end of themselves and realized they needed to change in order to receive salvation. This is the place we all must come to in order to have true repentance. We read in verse thirty-eight: Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. In the book of Matthew 26:28 JESUS CHRIST STATES: For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Many so-called “religious leaders” do not preach the message of repentance, nor do they teach the significance of being baptized.
Just as Peter called these men to be baptized back then, so we are all called to be baptized once we are truly saved. JESUS CHRIST was baptized before He began His earthly ministry, and we need to follow His example of being fully immersed in the water. We are not saved by baptism; however, it is an outward sign of what is going on spiritually within us, that we are dying to ourselves and becoming new creatures in JESUS CHRIST. If baptism was not important The LORD GOD would not have included it in His Holy Word (Romans 6:3-4 and 1Corinthians 15:29). Those who were present and heard the apostle Peter preach his HOLY SPIRIT filled message gladly received the truth and were baptized. We read in verse forty-one: “and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls”. 
Amen, once JESUS CHRIST gave up the ghost and died on the cross, the veil in the temple was torn in twain (Matthew 27:51) which signifies that JESUS CHRIST fulfilled the Old Testament law and everyone is free to come to Him for salvation. The veil represents the Old Testament when only the Jews could receive atonement for their sins through the offering of sacrifices by the priests chosen by The LORD from the tribe of Levi. There was a veil that separated the mercy seat from the outer part of the temple and only the high priest could enter into that place. When JESUS CHRIST died on the cross, He became our High Priest and anyone else that calls themselves a priest (catholics) is a liar.
This is a wonderful example of the beginning of the growth of the true Church, the Body of Christ. We read that they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine, breaking bread, praying, had all things common, provided to each one as they had need. In verse forty-three GOD’S WORD STATES: And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. This is not worldly fear of torture which comes from Satan, but holy fear of respect and reverence for ALMIGHTY GOD to bring Him all the glory!
The Body of Christ continued daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house while being in a constant state of gratefulness to ALMIGHTY GOD and having singleness of heart. Also, they continually gave praise to The LORD GOD and had favour with all the people. During this time, The LORD GOD was adding to His Church daily as it began to grow mightily. This is what the true Body of Christ needs to return to folks! Cast out the apostates, hirelings, false prophets, preachers, etcetera who desire to lift themselves up, focus on their “prosperity gospel”, be concerned about their fourth private jet, and entertain the multitudes with their “feel-good messages” as they twist the Word of ALMIGHTY GOD.