The church is in dire need of a fresh “third hour” manifestation before the world.
Acts 2:15 – For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
On that first Pentecost Sunday, just 40-days following the crucifixion of our Lord, we know a great deal about what happened, but there are still some things we don’t know. This much we DO know. The manifestation of Holy Ghost in and upon the 120 in the upper room, along with the sound of the arrival of Holy Ghost in Pentecostal measure, created quite a stir, that when noised abroad, caused quite a gathering (more than 3,000 people from at least 17 nations). And when that multitude came together, it appeared to them that the 120 from the upper room were indeed under the influence of what appeared to be “new wine.” But Peter corrected that assumption quickly, but I find his words interesting, to say the least. Read our Text for Today. Peter said, “these are not drunken, AS YE SUPPOSE….” Note, he did NOT say simply that “these are not drunken.” Rather he added the phrase, “AS YE SUPPOSE….” In other words, Peter acknowledged that they WERE DRUNKEN, but NOT with new wine, but rather with the influence of Holy Ghost.
Now read further. “…it [was] is but the third hour of the day.” That would have been about 9 AM. In America, this is the hour at which banks open for business, and many other businesses operate by that same starting time. We could say, Holy Ghost came on the scene at the beginning of business. We might even say He was waiting for the work day to begin, for that is precisely what He was doing. That has been His work from the very beginning. Read Genesis 1. Before Father ever spoke the words, “Light be,” Holy Ghost was present, waiting to manifest Himself in power at Father’s Word. In Genesis 1:2, before Father ever spoke, we read that Holy Ghost “moved upon the face of the waters.” The word “waters” is a prophetic type of peoples. On the day of Pentecost, Holy Ghost, Who is omnipresent, was indeed, already present. He was moving on the “face of the waters;” He was moving, not only ready to manifest Himself upon those in the upper room, but in drawing together the multitude in which the first 3,000 converts of the church stood. And when Peter came out, a newly minted child of God, an apostle of the Lamb, and spoke God’s Word, Holy Ghost acted on that Word just as He had Father’s in Genesis 1.
It’s time now for you and me to stand up, step forth, and speak boldly the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ. Holy Ghost still moves over the face of the waters. He still waits for the authority of God’s Word to issue forth. He still waits for the beginning of business for the church. He’s already here in fullness and power. He is simply waiting to manifest Himself in fullness and power. The church is now open for business.
Manna for Today – Acts 2:13-41; Acts 2:6; Ephesians 5:1-21