The Ascension
(Mark 16:19-20Acts 1:6-11

Luke 24

50When Jesus had led them out as far as Bethany, He lifted up His hands and blessed them. 51While He was blessing them, He left them and was carried up into heaven. 52And they worshiped Him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53praising God continually in the temple.

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In John 20, we read:

John 20:22  And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

Jesus performed this work upon 10 of the eleven disciples (Thomas was not present). Was this the moment that these ten men received the indwelling of the Spirit, as Christ promised to them in the Upper Room discourse? 

Apparently not for Jesus promised this next.

Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven

 Acts 1

1In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5For John baptized with a water, but in a few days you will be baptized with b the Holy Spirit.”

6Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

7He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

9After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

10They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

5 Responses to THE ASCENSION and the HOLY SPIRIT!

  1. Jacqueline says:

    We are really blessed to live in our time because the Holy Spirit can come on each of us, dwell with us.
    In Israel it came on certain ones then left but not on the entire individuals as persons but as a nation.
    For Example Samson, the Spirit came and went.
    David, however, is different, he is a type of Christ so the Spirit stayed with him.
    A great talk on this, Enjoy,

  2. Lee Anthony says:

    Yea I would certainly agree as the spirit is said to lead you into all truth by Yeshua and leads us, sometimes into a decision or in saying something we ourselves would not have said. We are told that when we are turned over to the courts and stand to be judged by men not to prepare what we will say cause in that very hour God by his spirit will give us the words as a testimony. (Luke 12:11-12) What is most interesting to me is the many statements in scripture that our body is now the temple. So Idol worship now is defilement of Gods sanctuary.
    We were not a temple before..
    2 Cor 6:16-18
    What agreement can there be between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God—as God said, “I will house myself in them, . . . and I will walk among you. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
    Therefore Adonai says, ” ‘Go out from their midst; separate yourselves; don’t even touch what is unclean. Then I myself will receive you.
     In fact, I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters.’ says Adonai-Tzva’ot.”

    To ALL,
    This is important for ALL of us now, the world is in an uproar and the spirit of the world, the spirit of Anti-Christ and the unholy spirit of the deceiver is at work. Our children are taught that tolerance of all things is o.k., against the law if they say certain things are wrong! Don’t misunderstand my words, the racism in the world is unacceptable, however there are things that even the modern church teaches that are important to understand… Intolerance Is sin now, Did Yeshua tolerate wrongdoing by the religious leaders? Should we allow active practicers of gross sin among us so tolerance is shown? Did Yeshua really teach come as you are? Repent 1st then offer sacrifice at the temple was how it was in the Law, repentance is Still required, Same thing….It has not changed… It will soon be difficult maybe even illegal for a minister or teacher to write or speak against wrongdoing even if we use The scriptures, More so if we do. God’s righteousness is soon to be bad in the eyes of the world, for those who have a spirit of fear it may be time to step down from the podium since WE Do not have a spirit of fear, When we speak against sin we will be hailed as hateful. While much of what is going on is not bad and is for good reason, WE must see the reality of what all of this will lead to, it will not stop at inequality for minorities or getting rid of crooked police, it will continue on and lead to war against all who a Truly proclaim Yeshua as Lord!

  3. jacqueline says:

    Jeff recently asked a very good question. Who is the Holy Spirit? How do we know we have it?
    The scriptures cited are loaded with clues.
    First, they reveal that not only was John a baptizer (immerse a solid in a liquid)but Jesus was also.

    1. Jesus baptized his followers in the Holy Spirit including his mother. They were to wait for this baptism, in Jerusalem.
    2. They saw him go up and he would be seen said the angel in the same way upon his return. Not an invisible return.
    3. They worshipped Him.
    4. He said they would receive Power when the Spirit came upon them and they would be witnesses for Jesus in all the earth.
    5. He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.
    And I would say this is for all of his witnesses and follows today. They can’t nor should they attempt to know this that is reserved for the FATHER ONLY.

    These verses have a lot about the Holy Spirit. Jeff would like a discussion on this.
    It is labeled the Ascension and the Holy Spirit because this special gift could only come after the Ascension.

    Can we open up the discussion on more about The gift: The Holy Spirit and I will tell Jeff the article is up.

    • Lee Anthony says:

      Holy spirit, my understanding (still a work in progress…) We are made in Gods image and as God has a spirit so do we, the breath of life is the spirit from God which gives us life (Gen 2:7) and when we die that spirit returns to god. (Eccl 12:7) God himself while being a Spirit and also being holy is not necessarily the Holy Spirit spoken of. Many throughout scripture have been given a portion of the spirit for different purposes, some say this is just an anointing and not the spirit as spoken between new and old testaments, examples when builders of the tabernacle were given spirit to know the trades (exo 31:1-3) Saul was given spirit and then later it was taken (1 Sam 16:14). David asked God not to take his spirit from him after his sins pertaining to bat-sheva (Pslm 51:12-13) The spirit of God seems to give us the more of the traits or abilities of God, it is the comforter, the spirit of truth, understanding, it guides, it leads, it shows us the true from the false, we are given gifts that we otherwise would not have had, as Yeshua healed and raised the dead through the spirit, it was God doing it, and Yes while Yeshua did things as well he always looked to his Father to do these things. The Apostles and even those in the body of the christ are able to do things according to the gifts of the spirit. We are now the temple and Gods spirit in us seems to be a part of Gods very essence in us until the day that God himself dwells with us in the new Jerusalem and until that day we will simply have the spirit which has written the law in our hearts and allows us to know right from wrong.

      In short to me the Holy spirit is part of Gods very essence, that which Yeshua himself was born of, that which only He and his Father are, aside from the spirit of God. Gods very life force which gives life to all else in this world including us though we have our own spirit it cannot exist without Gods spirit to give it life. All life is of this essence which is of God and without the spirit of God there is no life. God is spirit and his Holy spirit is of him and part of him but is not Him, he is much more than his spirit as we are much more than our spirit. Best I can do and this is what I have believed for some time and cant see it much differently from scripture.

      • jacqueline says:

        Lee, I am going to key in on one thing you have said that makes a lot of sense.
        Okay God gave us life and the spirit that goes back when we die. I see now how he can just connect to us His Spirit with His Given life force or Spirt that we already have. Like we have power in our homes. We can easily connect anything which already has a cord etc to it.
        Maybe just I understand what I mean but everybody can be moved to do whatever God wants by His Spirit. He even made Nebuchadnezzar think, look like and act as a beast and restore him. So much so that he wrote a chapter in the Bible about his experience of God power over taking him.
        The Spirit dies not speak audibly maybe but it connects4with your mind and tells you how to proceed.
        Just my take on it.

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