“It will happen afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; and your sons and your daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams. Your young men will see visions.”
There are many in these days who love this verse and consider it to be applicable to the days in which we now live. We are at the end of the gospel era, and the Lord will return soon. God is going to pour out His Holy Spirit in the last days, in a special way that gives access into His mind and heart like no other. There are many who claim this place, but are patently false. There are many who want this place but are not willing to fulfil the criteria to possess it.
To be in tune with God requires holiness of life and a heart that is like the heart of God. The carping of our human desires has no hold on us and we live obedient lives unto the Lord. Many grasp for the name of “prophet” or “priest” but have no intention of practicing obedience or self-sacrifice. They use godless human means to feather their spiritual nest, set themselves up as women or men of God and dupe many into supporting them. We are all too gullible and forget the pictures we have been given in the Scripture of the “man of God.” They were upheld only by the grace of God and His power. They did not seek their own good but gave up all rights to comfort and acclaim in this sinful world. They were hated and hunted and put to death for their message and demeanour, but God highly exalted them.
Do we really want this? Am I prepared for that level of sacrifice and sanctification?
There are some who live like this, but they are not recognised nor acclaimed, but live for God in silence and ignominy. They do mighty deeds, but hidden from the glare of public scrutiny and the stultifying effects of celebrity. God has His women and men in every place and He is raising them to serve Him as He sees fit. He will empower them and give the strength they need and the required faith to serve Him. In these last days we need women and men who will sacrifice the right to recognition in this present evil age, and devote themselves to the Word of God and prayer. There are few who want this kind of acclaim from the Lord, but He will personally bless us if we give our lives to Him. We do not seek the publicity of the labels, but walk in humility and grace with God.
“But know this, that in the last days, grievous times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy… holding a form of godliness, but having denied its power.”
2 Timothy 3:1-2,5