Read Acts 1:2-9.
Verse 3 says, He showed himself alive: being seen of them 40 days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
Go to I Corinthians 15:4-6.
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
5 and that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
6 after that he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
Verse 6 says, After that he was seen of 500 brethren at once.
Now back to Acts 1:4-8. This tells us that he gave them a command. He told them they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father.
He told them they would receive power after that the Holy Ghost came upon them.
In other words, Jesus said, "Wait here. I'll be right back."
There was a promise on the way.
What is the promise of the Father?
Joel spoke of it. He prophesied it. Didn't he? (Joel 2:28-32)
And when Peter preached on the day of Pentecost, he said, this is what the prophet Joel spoke of. (Acts 2:16)
A lot of people think the entire prophecy of Joel was fulfilled that day, but the day of Pentecost was the beginning of the fulfillment of that prophecy.
I don't want to spend a lot of time on the prophecy of Joel today. You can study that our for yourself.
I have been directed today to call our attention to a different part of this lesson.
Acts 1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
Ac 1:15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)
There were about 120 gathered there. Where were the rest of the 500 brethren?
Were they busy that day? Did they have something else they needed to do?
Did they stay home to mow grass or wax the car?
Whatever they were doing, wherever they were, they missed the special anointing that fell that day.
What is the difference between the 120 and the 500?
I Corinthians 15:6 tells the 500 were brethren. They were Christians.
The 120 had laid aside their own desires and had put their lives on a back burner so to speak. They determined to be where they were supposed to be to receive the blessing. They wanted to be in position to receive when the power was poured out.
Some people want the power, but they are not in a spiritual position to receive. Many times as Christians we are not where we need to be spiritually. If you get in the right place spiritually, you will be lead to the right place physically.
Let's look at Acts 2:18. And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
The word translated servants and handmaidens is a Greek word doulos. It is the same word used twice, once in masculine form and once in feminine form. It describes any person that chooses to be subservient to another out of love or respect.
It carries the idea of knighthood or even marriage. One who dedicates their life to another by choice. A person who serves of their own free will not by force or badgered into it.
Now that fact should cause the prophecy of Joel to take on a new meaning to you.
The point is this: the 120 obeyed the command of Jesus by choice. They were in position to receive the power.
We must be in position. We must be where we are called to be if we are to receive this end-time anointing.
It is time for the bride to get ready to face the groom.
Most of us got cleaned up for our wedding day.
God is not going to zap us with great anointing while we sit home and watch TV and wait to get a call from the pastor.
There is no point in God pouring out the gift of healing on you if you are not going to go and lay hands on anyone.
The anointing is offered to many who refuse, or won't get in position, or aren't faithful.
There is no point in God pouring out a music anointing on someone who won't go and minister in it.
It is time God's generals got into position.
Listen, a true soldier, when the call to arms comes, is ready. His weapons are in place. He doesn't have to search for them.
We need to quit waiting 'till Satan attacks and then say, "Boy, I need to fast and pray." "I need to get closer to God."
Friend, we are soldiers!
When someone needs deliverance, we need to be ready.
If Paul had decided not to go to Damascus, if he had decided to avoid Ananias, he would maybe have died blind and without the anointing of God in his life.
When Jesus sent the disciples into town to find the man with the pitcher, he didn't have a man walking back and forth all the time carrying a pitcher. There was an appointed time.
It was the same when he sent them after the colt.
I'll close with these questions.
When the prophecy of Joel and the prophecy of Isaiah chapter 60 are being fulfilled, and the glory of God is sweeping the earth, where will you be?
Will you be right in the middle of it laying hands on the sick preaching the gospel, working miracles by the power of God, or will you be home watching someone else do it on TV; or worse watching some worldly junk? Will you be somewhere with your feelings hurt, pouting, and miss the wave?
Turn to 2 Timothy 2:19-21.
2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
2ti 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
2ti 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
If a man therefore purge himself from these he shall be a vessel of honor.
You can be a vessel of honor and catch the wave.