by Rev. Vince Finnegan on May 16, 2010
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Acts 2:1-4 The promise of the Father came on the day of Pentecost. Acts 1:4-8 − They were to wait until the gift came after Jesus ascended. Acts 2:32 and 33 − Jesus sent forth this gift.

Genesis 15 When God made a covenant with Abram, He received the sacrifice by fire provided from God firmly establishing the covenant with Abram.

Exodus 3:2 When God called Moses, fire appeared out of the midst of a bush.

Exodus 13: 21 and 21 In the wilderness, God provided by night for 40 years a pillar of fire signifying His presence.

Exodus 19:18 God appeared on Mount Sinai with fire.

Leviticus 9:23 The fire of God consumed the sacrifice when they dedicated the tabernacle.

Numbers 3:4 Nadab and Abihu died before the LORD when they offered strange fire before the LORD.

Judges 6:20 and 21 When Gideon was called, the fire of God consumed the offering with fire.

1Kings 18:38 Elijah's sacrifice was received by the fire from heaven.

2Chronicles 7:1-3 When Solomon dedicated the temple, the sacrifices were received by God with His fire from heaven.

When cutting a covenant like with Abraham and Mount Sinai, God did so with fire. Fire from heaven appeared when God called someone such as Moses and Gideon. The fire of God signified His presence with the people. At the dedication of the tabernacle and the temple, the sacrifice was accepted by fire from heaven. On Pentecost, the fire of God came down in a vision for one last time. On Pentecost, a new covenant went into full force. The apostles and the entire Church were called to carry out a new ministry. A new dwelling place of worship began on Pentecost because now the people make up the temple of God.

Acts 2:4 The fire never appeared again, but the tongues continues to this day. Clearly stated in Acts 10 and 19, believers spoke in tongues. In Acts 8 and 9, tongues is implied.

1Corinthians 12:1-11 Everyone who desires can speak in tongues.

1Corinthians 14:2, 14-18 It is a great way to bless God!

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