Pentecost: What actually happened?

This week, let’s attempt to exercise inference skills by asking ourselves, “Was there any prophesying when the Holy Spirit was poured out at Pentecost?” (See Acts 2)

In Acts 2:16-18, Peter pointed to the prophet Joel’s words, “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.”

But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: “And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams, even on my male servants and female servants. In those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy”.

Passage from Acts 2:16-18

It seems then, that prophesying is a/the sign when the Holy Spirit is poured out. So, this brings us back to our question, was there prophesying at Pentecost itself, when God poured out his Spirit? And if there was, what was the prophesying like?


To answer this, I encourage you to consider what prophesying was like in the Old Testament in passages such as:

  • Exodus 4:10-17
  • Exodus 7:1-2
  • 1 Chronicles 25:1-6
  • 1 Samuel 10:5-7
  • 1 Samuel 19:19-24
  • Ezra 6:14

Let’s think about it, see what inferences we can make and I’ll give my take on it next week. See you back here in a bit … 😊


This message is prepared by Pastor Mok Kok Hoong on 27 Jan 2021.

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