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You and I are in the most unusual spot of time since the beginning of all creation. With 6,000 years of human history behind us since the Garden of Eden, we now live in a sliver of time prior to the next 1,000 years—the millennial reign of the Champion of our salvation, our Lord Jesus.

Think about it. It will be the first time human beings have ever been in this earth without contact with Satan.

But the Bible clearly tells us that before the grand and glorious reign of Jesus in the earth, there will be seven years of tribulation. Jesus Himself said there has never been a time like the tribulation, and there never will be again.

Now, when people think of the tribulation, they often think of (Acts 2:17-19):
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke....
"Oh, no! Brother Copeland, you mean we're about to see blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke?"

That's right—we are. Actually, we are already seeing it.

But let's get this straight: The blood, fire and vapor of smoke in Acts 2 (and Joel 2) is not a reference to the wrath of God, as some have often mistaken it to be. No, this is not at all about the tribulation. This is referring to the end-time outpouring of God's Glory.

God spoke through the prophet and said, "I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh." He didn't say, I will pour out of my wrath upon all flesh.

God is not talking about destruction here. He is talking about the revelation of the blood of Jesus. He's talking about the fire of the Holy Spirit. He's talking about the smoke of His Glory, or the physical manifestation of the very presence of God among us!

Granted, up to now there have been many, many manifestations of God's presence in the earth, even way back in the Old Testament.

But God was limited in the manifestations of Himself in the earth because of Adam's disobedience, thereby handing over his God-given authority to Satan. From the time of Adam's sin, the devil has stood in God's face over this whole matter. But 2,000 years ago Jesus restored our authority, and now 2,000 years of gospel seed sown in the earth is about to explode with harvest in a most glorious way.

My friend, you and I have the privilege of being on this earth in a time when God is no longer limited. He will do whatever signs and wonders He wants to do, just as Joel prophesied and the Apostle Peter echoed.

These are the days of blood, fire and vapor of smoke—the time of intense outpouring of God's Glory. It's an exciting time for believers, certainly, but it is also a time in which we must know how to conduct our lives at every moment and in every situation.

Excerpt permission granted by
Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries

Author Biography

Kenneth Copeland
Web site: Kenneth Copeland Ministries
For the last 50 years Kenneth and Gloria Copeland have been passionately teaching Christians all over the world how to apply the principles of faith found in God’s WORD to their lives.

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