In the book of Acts chapter 2 we read of the day the Church of the Lord began. Its very birth was steeped in the miraculous and supernatural. At its very core the church was a product of the supra-natural manifesting itself visibly!
To put it simply the church was born because of a spiritual invasion of the earth by the Kingdom of Heaven! God has never desired to change this. His church was always meant to be steeped in the mysterious, supernatural, awesome power of God’s own Spirit!
Acts 2 contains the blueprint to a secret. A divine pattern of what God is bringing back into our timeline. It has never been God’s intention to change this model. It has always been God’s desire to see this model operate in every generation. It has for various reasons (mostly because of our own agendas and “empire mentality” as opposed to pursuing God's Will with a Kingdom heart) that successive generations have become estranged from the pattern.
But the pattern of Acts 2 is this: THE WIND, THE FIRE AND THE WINE
There were successive and unique manifestations of God at the birth of the Church that we must now accept responsibility to steward and give birth to in our own generation and lifetime! Even if we don’t see it come to pass completely - we must be committed to certainly taste of it!
This speaks of the release of the BREATH OF GOD. This is the spirit of prophecy. The very same breath that God told Ezekiel to "call the winds" and prophesy into the dry bones in 'valley of death', and the bones rattled and rolled and shook and shuddered – and life came into them and they stood on their feet an exceedingly great army! This is the wind of the prophetic.
We must bring an illumination and get an understanding that the fullest expression of the prophet and a prophetic generation is not about giving or receiving personal words of prophesy but rather a corporate, united prophetic unction of proclamation, declaration and even rebuke into the heavenly realms.
It is this type of prophetic that is the precursor to what comes after. It is the herald to the thing everyone wants to see - the Apostolic Fire!
Right after the Wind blew, then came the Fire as an unusual manifestation of the supernatural! The Fire of the Spirit (as John the Baptist prophesied that Jesus would give to us) is the power of God that will cause the body of Christ to function in a dramatically different way to anything we have seen before!
THE NEW WINE!
The new wine of God is linked in the Book of Joel to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It is God’s full expression to humanity through His Spirit!
Wine is symbolic of the Holy Spirit and Jesus spoke of it in association with the moving of God (Matt 9:17) In the New Testament, the infilling of the Spirit is compared and contrasted to drinking wine! ‘And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit’ (Eph 5:18 KJVS, see also Acts 2:13)
What God has for us is distinctive for right now! It is a particular and peculiar anointing for this new era. It is a new wine from Heaven. And from what we see in the pattern, in the divine code and blueprint of an authentic New Testament church model - IT WILL NOT BE CONTAINED TO AN UPPER ROOM EXPERIENCE BUT IT WILL INVADE THE STREETS!