Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
The Bible truth of the "last generation" tells a great story of success in God's work. It will include the outpouring of the gift of the Holy Spirit in a full measure the world has not seen since the Day of Pentecost when Christ was ushered into His ministry as the world's High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary.
What did the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost include? Jesus has said that if He goes away, He will not leave us "orphans," but He will send us "another Comforter," whose first work will be to "convict of sin" (John 14:16; 16:8). What sin did the Holy Spirit convict the people of, at Pentecost? The awful, the terrible sin of crucifying the Son of God (Acts 2:36). There is no sin deeper, more horrible.
To the last generation of people on earth, the Lord will send the same Gift in His fullness--bringing a conviction of sin that goes deeper than He has ever gone with a "body" of God's people, since Pentecost. This outpouring of the Holy Spirit will be a fulfillment of Zechariah 12:10-14:
(1) The call to repentance will come first to the leadership of the church, "the house of David, ... the inhabitants of Jerusalem." (2) It will be "the spirit of grace and of supplication." No high-pressure "professional" calls for superficial responses; this will be "grass-roots" in that it will go directly to the lowest layers of consciousness. (3) It will be New Covenant in its spirit for it will be the "Spirit of grace."
(4) This means that it will be an exaltation of "Christ and Him crucified," not by a beautiful video, but by a clear heart-conviction of how contrary our character has been to that of Jesus. (5) Repentance will be the direct result. (6) But the fruit will bring glory to Christ, which will be the most glorious in all time.
May the Lord hasten the day!
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: December 8, 2007.
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