The church at Ephesus was very similar to the Pentecostal churches still standing strong today. We love the truth and are quick to defend ourselves against the false fire and questionable lifestyles. Here is our Lord’s correction of us, “I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast labored, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent” (Revelation 2:2-5). We are desperate to recover the fire of a mighty Baptism in the Spirit. When the fire is real, many will come to watch us burn and then come under conviction to experience that same joy and knowledge of the Lord.
The church of Laodicea certainly represents the multitudes of Pentecostals that no longer even want the Fire of Pentecost. These are the “made for television” churches that are rich and increased with goods. The Son of God that dictated these seven letters could not have described them better. Carefully read His words, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see” (Revelation 3:15-18). He stated clearly that this crowd is unprepared for His Rapture and will be spewed out into the Tribulation. They are part of the five virgins that had no oil (fire) in their vessels. He called them foolish.
My burden is to awake the great company of former Pentecostals. Many of them would still call themselves by that name, but it is only in name and not in reality. Spirit-filled saints of God are a threat to Satan. A godly believer that stands solid on the Word of God is already powerful. When they are clothed and totally given to the gifts and power of the Holy Ghost, they change the landscape where they live. All you need for proof is to read the Book of Acts. Those saints were no different from any other saints since that day except they were baptized in the Holy Ghost Fire.
Look at some of the truths that Jesus taught us about the results of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. In John chapter fourteen He begins to open their understanding of what would happen after His death and return to the Father, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father; 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” (John 14:12; 26).
Our understanding of the Baptism must be guided by Jesus Christ’s words. The results will be supernatural and we will again see multitudes converted. “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they believe not on me: Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of Judgment, because the prince of this world is judged” (St John 16:7-11). This is the Lord’s description of a church full of His Holy Spirit.
When He arose from the dead and was preparing to return to the Father, He did not leave any question about his command to the believers. Read carefully, “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:49).
They were to stay in Jerusalem until they were empowered for the task. Just before they saw Him go up into the clouds He added a strong statement, “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” (Acts 1:8).
Anyone that tries to do supernatural ministry without the supernatural anointing is going to fail. “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ” (I Corinthians 2:14-16). He closes that great statement with the promise that a Holy Ghost possessed person has the “mind of Christ.”
The Spirit of God is brooding over the saints of God and calling us back to a Baptism of Fire. Anyone that knows this truth, anyone that was raised by parents or grandparents that knew this truth, and, especially, anyone that has experienced this truth are grieving the Holy Ghost if they turn away. It is a dangerous thing to reject the Holy Ghost. If you reject Him and then grieve Him, you will soon blaspheme Him. There is a great company of individuals that are in grave danger.
When Apostle Paul warned the church in Hebrews about those that tasted this life-giving ministry but turned away, he declared the danger. He spoke of “seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame” (Hebrews 6:6b). No one can experience the joy and power of this Baptism in the Holy Ghost and then turn away without consequences.
The Spirit of God is calling us back to the Book of Acts and a Baptism of the Holy Ghost and Fire. The God of the Bible has promised a “Latter Rain” of His Spirit. I believe the “Latter Rain” will be as great as the Day of Pentecost. The Spirit said, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, 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 it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, 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 heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:17-21).
The Lord is actually waiting for this great day. He is patiently tarrying for the harvest that is coming. “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh” (James 5:7-8). You must be ready for the Rapture while you prepare for the outpouring of His mighty Holy Ghost. He will decide which comes first.
This author of this article is Pastor Joseph Chambers