“The sun will be turned into darkness…” Joel 2:31

The prophet who foretold that the sun would be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, Joel, (2:28-32) was speaking of the day of Pentecost (Acts 2). It was the prophecy of the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. This was the day that the covenant of Mt Zion would go into effect, and salvation and/or deliverance would be given to any who called out “in the name of the Lord.” This is exactly what happened at Pentecost in Acts 2. It is a mistake to pull verse 31 out of the Joel 2:28-32 context and apply it to an end time future when the apostle Peter said that Joel’s prophecy of God’s pouring out of the Holy Spirit was fulfilled right there at Pentecost, Acts chapter 2. It was called the “last days” (Acts 2:17) because it was the end of old covenant Judaism, see Hebrews 1:1-2, 1 Peter 1:20. The day of Pentecost,”the 50th day,” (Lev. 23:15-16) marked the beginning of the new covenant of Jesus Christ, (Heb. 8:13, 9:15-17, 10:9) on God’s divine calendar (Acts 1:7-8). On this day of Pentecost there were signs that accompanied the pouring out of the Holy Spirit; the sound of a mighty rushing wind, emblems of fire that sat upon the apostles heads, and the twelve spoke in tongues (foreign languages). Peter said, “this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel…” (Acts 2:16). He applied the entire Joel prophecy to the events that the crowd in Jerusalem had just witnessed, Acts 2:1-4. The apostle Peter preached the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The apostles were the witnesses of the Lord’s resurrection, and Peter, himself, held the keys of Christ’s church/kingdom which he was ready to open. Peter continued… Acts 2:33 “Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.” Which ye “now see and hear…” The imagery of the sun and moon’s eclipse signaled that the new covenant (Heb 9:15-17, Jer. 31:31-33) had begun. The old covenant (the law of Moses) given at Mt Sinai, 50 days after the Passover, led to 3,000 being put to death, Ex. 32:26-27), was nailed to the cross (Col. 2:14), but the new covenant (the law of Christ, given 50 days after Calvary, resulted in 3,000 being saved. They were saved by their obedience to the new covenant command of repenting and being baptized in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38) for the forgiveness of sins and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and being ADDED (Acts 2:41, 47) to the church. They were saved and delivered in the name of Jesus Christ, under His new covenant. This new covenant went into force from a new mountain, Mt Zion, in Jerusalem, Isaiah 2:2-3, Micah 4:1. The wonder in heaven was that the reign of Jesus on the throne was recognized on earth (Acts 2:34-35, Rev. 12:5-10), there was war in heaven, Satan and his “angels” (demons) were cast out (John 12:31-32), and the sign below the earth was that the Devil was hurled into the bottomless pit (Rev. 20:1-3). jcd

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