An excerpt from ENCOUNTER - Passionately Pursuing God's Manifest Presence
As Jesus’ disciples were waiting in the upper room to receive the promise of God's power in their lives, God revealed His presence as a great sound, like wind, and as flames of fire. Jesus had told them to wait in Jerusalem for “the Promise of the Father.” In the scriptures the word “Promise” has a capital “P,” because the promise was that God Himself would live in them by His Spirit. He was the Promise.
After waiting patiently for ten days for His presence, something happened:
"Suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." Acts 2:2-4
I find several things about their experience very intriguing. First, it was obvious to the disciples that the sound they heard came from heaven and was not caused by some natural phenomena. The only thing they could liken it to was a “rushing, mighty wind.” It must have been what audio technicians call white noise—many frequencies sounding simultaneously. It is the sound of intense wind, water, and fire.
This white noise was a sound from heaven. John the Revelator said. "I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. ....” Revelation 14:2-3 NKJV
John described the sound he heard from heaven as “the voice of many waters.” "I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!” Revelation 19:6 NKJV. Perhaps John heard the same sound heard in the upper room on the Day of Pentecost.
Secondly, those present in the upper room witnessed flames of fire. Divided flames rested on each of the disciples indicating God was with them. The presence of the Lord was both heard and seen that day. As a result of this supernatural presence of God, the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages and the days following did miracles.
Peter stood up and explained God’s presence and power quoting David, “I see that the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.” (Acts 2:25) During this covid-19 season you can be assured God’s manifest presence, as on Pentecost, is near you. Don’t be traumatized He is always with you. Then David said, “You will fill me with the joy of your presence.” (Acts 2:28). These words of David Peter spoke to those in Jerusalem. As at the original Pentecost God is speaking to you that in His presence is overflowing joy.
Sunday, May 31st, is the day we celebrate Pentecost. The promise of Pentecost is for you. He wants to show His revealed presence and power to you. He wants to fill you with His Spirit, His power, and the joy of His manifest presence. What miracles are you believing for this season?