February 21: God’s unique relationship with Israel

Prophesy of the Holy Spirit

One of the most famous and favorite prophesies God gave to Israel relates to the Holy Spirit.  The prophet Joel (time uncertain) described a time in the far distant future, but then Apostle Peter applied it to the Holy Spirit given on Shavuot (Pentecost) approximately 32 AD.  But at that time, the prophesy was only partially fulfilled, awaiting a time in the future for it’s total fulfillment.

Joel 2:28-32

“And it shall come to pass afterward

That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;

Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

Your old men shall dream dreams,

Your young men shall see visions.

And also on My menservants and on My maidservants

I will pour out My Spirit in those days.

 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth:

Blood and fire and pillars of smoke.

The sun shall be turned into darkness,

And the moon into blood,

Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.

And it shall come to pass

That whoever calls on the name of the Lord

Shall be saved.

For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance,

As the Lord has said,

Among the remnant whom the Lord calls.


Chiune “Sempo” Sugihara (杉原 千畝 Sugihara Chiune?) was a Japanese diplomat who served as Vice-Consul for the Empire of Japan in Lithuania. During World War II, he helped between 10,000 and 40,000 Jews leave the country by issuing transit visas so that they could travel to Japanese territory, risking his career and his family’s lives. The Jews who escaped were refugees from German-occupied Western Poland or Russian-occupied Eastern Poland, as well as residents of Lithuania.

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