And it shall come to pass afterward, [that] I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions
God has not only promised outward blessing, but he has also promised extraordinary inward spiritual blessings. God has promised that in the Last days He will pour out His Spirit upon all flesh. It is no longer about drops of the Spirit or a rationing as perhaps in the O.T. instead under the new covenant it is more of a “pouring”.
The Hebrew translation of the word “pour” means to anoint, cover, melt, or offer.
The word fleshon the other hand is translated to mean – body/person. When Joel talks about All flesh it is a reminder us that it will not be a “chosen or privileged few” such as the Judges and prophets of the Old Testament, but instead on everyoneof various backgrounds or social standing.
Isaiah 44:3 also speaks about this pouring of the Spirit. For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring
In Acts 2 we see where the Holy Spirit was poured out on the apostles on the day of Pentecost. Peter in explaining that they were not drunk with wine as some thought, but instead a fulfillment of what the prophet Joel spoke of.
Acts 2:16:17 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
The outpouring of the Spirit will result in our daughters prophesying, our old men dreaming and our young men having visions. There will be no distinction according to our sex or our age. This is reassuring to me, what about you? So many times we come across people in the body of Christ who will want to control this pouring of the Spirit by trying to say what a female in the body of Christ can and cannot do versus her male counterpart. There are also those who will want to silence our youth or push our older Christians aside as not being relevant.
We need to understand that it is not about them, instead it is about what the Holy Spirit is able to accomplish through them. We cannot limit the extent to which the Holy Spirit should function.