God Waits To Give Flood Times Of Mighty Revival
By Oswald J. Smith
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh” (Acts 2:17).
We are still living in the “last days.” This is the dispensation of the Holy Ghost. Pentecost was the birthday of the church. But if Peter could speak of Pentecost as the “last days,” then we are living in the “last hours” of the last days. This is Saturday night in the history of the church. It is the eleventh hour! Pentecost was the beginning of the “last days.” Our generation marks the approaching end of the last days. The “last hours” are upon us!
God has declared that in the “last days” He would pour out of His Spirit. That promise was partially fulfilled on the day of Pentecost. But it remains for us to see the final and complete fulfillment. Let me again remind you that this is still the dispensation of the Holy Spirit.
Have we Scripture to warrant the hope of another great outpouring of the Spirit of God as we enter the “last hours” of the last days of this age? I believe we have. It is my deep, deep conviction that God is waiting to pour out His Spirit once again, and that wherever He can find a people who will meet His conditions He will give flood tides of mighty revival. And this, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, is, I am convinced, the greatest need of the hour!
But is this outpouring for a select few? Is it only for spiritual leaders and for men alone? By no means. Thank God, His Word is absolutely clear and conclusive.
“I will pour out of My Spirit,” He declares, “upon all flesh.” Yes! Upon old flesh and young flesh, upon rich flesh and poor flesh, upon high flesh and low flesh – “all flesh.”
“And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy…and on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy.” Not only the men but the women; not only the old but the young; not only the high but the low. Daughters will prophesy and handmaidens as well.
All May Claim a Part
It is to be a great universal outpouring for all peoples everywhere. Anyone may seek it, any church expect it. This is the solution of all problems. Not money, but the outpoured Spirit. Not how to get the attention of the people, but how to secure the operation of the Holy Ghost. Not better preaching, but Holy Ghost preaching.
“I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh.” This, my brethren, is the greatest need of the hour!