POWER FOR THE HARVEST

power for the harvest
Acts 1:8 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.

Jesus told His disciples before He left to tarry in Jerusalem until they received power from on high Luke 24:49. He was talking about receiving the Holy Ghost in the experience of being filled with the Holy Ghost and speaking in other tongues or languages Acts 2:1-4. This experience is subsequent to salvation and is for all Believers to experience. We can be full of the Spirit by being full of the Word (John 6:63) and full of prayer (Acts 4:31), but that is not the same as being baptized with the Holy Ghost. When we get baptized in the Holy Ghost, we speak in tongues. The Bible evidence (five recorded instances) seems overwhelmingly clear that when one is initially baptized with the Holy Ghost they speak in tongues. Look at Acts 2:4; 8:14-19; 9:17; 10:44-46; 19:6, and you see that in three of the five instances, it is plainly stated they spoke in tongues (Acts 2,10,19). In the other two instances (Acts 8, 9) it is strongly implied.

It is significant to understand that Jesus made the focus of this experience on receiving the Holy Ghost and power not merely the supernatural speaking in other tongues. The initial outpouring of the Holy Ghost in Acts 2 also adds insight as to the purpose of this experience of power. It happened because the disciples were in Jerusalem, not just because Jesus told them to tarry there, but because of the feast of Pentecost. Three major feasts where every male had to appear in Jerusalem were Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. Pentecost was fifty days after Passover. If they understood Jesus as the final Passover Lamb and fulfillment of that feast, then Pentecost was next, and the coming of the Holy Ghost was a part of the fulfillment of that feast.

Do you know that the feast of Pentecost is also called the feast of Harvest? Exodus 23:16 says, “And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.” The Holy Ghost is the power to help us get the harvest in. He is a harvesting Holy Ghost.

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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