28 “And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
29 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
30 I will show wonders in the heavens
and on the earth,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
31 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
32 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved;
for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
there will be deliverance,
as the Lord has said,
even among the survivors
whom the Lord calls.
God’s people were oppressed and it sure didn’t look good. They were surrounded by enemies, such as the Assyrian or Babylonian armies of the North. They didn’t seem to have a purpose and were constantly crying out for relief. Luckily, most of the population isn’t living under the threat of war, but there are some regions in the world that have constant fighting. Calamities and natural disasters do happen as well in this day and age and when it strikes, your dreams are shattered.
God is trying to encourage his people to start dreaming again. Although they are wondering if they will live another week, God provides them with a new long-term plan of relief and rejoicing. This is the prophecy of Pentecost and how God would put his Spirit on His people. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. This announcement must have given them hope, but we are definitely fortunate to know about this hope instead of having to wait for centuries for it to happen.