Forty days after His resurrection, Jesus blesses His disciples and then is taken up to heaven where He sits at the right hand of God, bringing an end to the Gospel Era and launching us into the Church and Missions Eras.
Before Jesus went to be with His Father, He commanded His disciples not to depart from Jerusalem “but to wait for the Promise of the Father, ‘which,’ He said, ‘you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now… But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.’”
So the disciples return to Jerusalem and go into the upper room where they are staying. “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.”
Peter organizes the selection of another disciple to replace Judas the betrayer. “And they prayed and said, ‘You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.’ And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles.”
Ten days after Jesus’ ascension, on the day of Pentecost, “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. And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.” The people say, “we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” But some mock them by saying they are drunk.
Peter addresses the crowd, telling them that they are not drunk but that the Scriptures which were spoken by the prophet Joel have been fulfilled. “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy… And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Joel 2:28,32).
Peter explains that God has raised Jesus, whom they crucified, from the grave and has given His people the power of the Holy Spirit as He promised. These words cut to the heart of the people and they ask what they must do. “Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.’”
“Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them… So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”
Welcome to the Church Era! The church will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit. However, many are going to oppose the growth of the church as we will begin to see in tomorrow’s reading, so keep reading. (Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:1-2:47)
Creation Era (Gen 1:1-11:26) ✔️
Patriarch Era (Gen 11:27-50:26 and Job) ✔️
Exodus Era (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) ✔️
Conquest Era (Joshua) ✔️
Judges Era (Judges, Ruth) ✔️
Kingdom Era (1 & 2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles 1-9, 1 Kings 1-11, various Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon) ✔️
Divided Kingdom Era (2 Chronicles 10-36, 1 Kings 11-22, 2 Kings, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, and some of Jeremiah) ✔️
Captivity Era (the rest of Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel) ✔️
Return Era (Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi) ✔️
Silent Era (Inter-Testament period) ✔️
Gospel Era (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) ✔️
Church Era (Acts, the Epistles, Hebrews) up now!
Era to follow:
Missions & End Times/New Beginnings