My Sons and Daughters shall Prophesy

"It will come about after this
that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;
And your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
Even on the male and female servants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days."
Joel 2:28-29

When you assemble

The cry from Moses' heart, "Would that all the Lord's people were prophets, that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!" (Numbers 11:29), is the expression of God's will for His people, a theme that we find again and again throughout Scripture. God announced remarkable things for the New Covenant. One of them is that He would pour out His Spirit on all mankind and that men and women would prophesy (Joel 2:28-29).

When the first believers were filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, Peter confirmed that this was what had been prophesied through the prophet Joel (Acts 2:16-18). The eleven disciples, along with "the women" (Acts 1:14), were devoted to prayer in the upper room, when the Holy Spirit came down and "they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance" (Acts 2:4).

In the Church that Jesus directs, to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:7). It is one and the same Spirit who works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills (1 Corinthians 12:11). The gifts of the Spirit belong to God and He distributes them as He wishes. They are not appointed by man. They flow from the only Head of the Church, Jesus Christ, and they are discerned by the Body of believers - those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. " … be subject to one another in the fear of Christ" (Ephesians 5:21) refers to just that - to accept and receive what is from Christ in a brother or a sister.

"What is the outcome then, brethren?" says Paul (1 Corinthians 14:26). "When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification" (same verse). "For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all may be exhorted" (same chapter, verse 31). Let us note right here that prophecy, the intent of God for His men and His women, is actually a form of teaching. And it is directed to the Church: "But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation. … but one who prophesies edifies the church" (1 Corinthians 14:3-4).