Monday, May 2, 2016


In Acts 2:14-21, the Apostle Peter explained the unusual behavior of the Spirit-filled believers on the Day of Pentecost.  He quoted Joel, the Prophet, and described what was happening as being "in the last days" (v. 17).  While it is clear that the event taking place was the fulfillment of what Jesus had said would occur (Jn. 14:16-17; Acts 1:5), most of Joel's prophecy has yet to be fulfilled (Jn. 7:38-39;  Isa. 13:6-11; Ezek. 32:7; Mt. 24:29; etc.).  However, in Acts 2:21, Peter uses a phrase that, taken by itself, might be interpreted as something meant for only the last days.  That is certainly not the case, as mankind "calling upon the name of the Lord," was first mentioned at the time Seth's first son was born, and continues to be encouraged during this, the Church Age.  See:  
Genesis 4:26 - "And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD."
Genesis 13:4 - "Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD."
1 Kings 18:24 - "And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let Him be God.  And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken."
2 Kings 5:11 - "But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper."
Psalm 116:13 - "I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD."
Psalm 116:17 - "I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD."
Joel 2:32 - "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call."
Zephaniah 3:9 - "For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one consent."
Acts 22:16 - "And now why tarriest thou?  Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
Romans 10:13 - "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

Some might ask, what does "calling upon the name of the Lord" have to do with one's salvation?  First of all, the statement is clear from Romans 10:8-13.  By calling upon the name of the Lord, one is acknowledging that he has accepted the fact that God is both Master and Lord!  God, in sending His Son to die for us, has proven Himself to be worthy of both our praise, and our obedience!  He has earned our total devotion!

According to Peter's sermon, we have been in the "last days" for nearly 2000 years.
It should be obvious to all that our world has become totally wicked and "anti-Christ!"
Today, Jesus longs for all come to repentance (2 Pet. 3:9).  His return is at hand! 

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