(From “VISIONS BEYOND THE VEIL” by H.A. Baker)
Chapter III. A. SCRIPTURAL RESULTS OF THE OUTPOURING
That this outpouring of the Holy Spirit is from God can be clearly seen in that it exactly fulfills the prophecies in the Bible that foretell what resultswill follow outpourings of the Holy Spirit. We mention some of these results. One of these that was to accompany the work of the Holy Spirit and that was first manifest among us was a
Clear Assurance of Salvation
Through visions or other workings of the Holy Spirit, sin and the lost condition of each one was made so real that every ground of hope was banished unless the Lord in undeserved mercy would answer prayer for the lost and save him. Then the Holy Spirit made the wonderful salvation and grace of God as real as had been the lost condition. One after another soon came through to a clear “I know” experience of salvation. This made such a transformation in the lives and testimony of the Adullam family that there was no mistaking that the Home was made up of many who were
“Jesus answered and said unto him, verily, verily, I say unto you, Except one be born anew,
he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3
“You received the spirit of adoption by which we cry, Abba Father.
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.” Rom. 8:15, 16.
“Hereby we know that we abide in him and he in us,
because he has given us of his Spirit.” 1 John 4:13.
“He that believes on the Son of God has the witness in himself.” Gal. 4:6
The whole atmosphere of the place was changed. The joy unspeakable and full of glory came in until it bubbled over. As the boys were at their work in opening ground for a garden they praised the Lord so much that some of the boys in the neighborhood, mocking them said, “Praise the Lord,” whenever they met our boys. When one boy went into a store to buy nails, before he realized it he said, “Hallelujah! I want some nails.” The tribes boy has had a wonderful experience from the start. One day on his way to work he danced down the street in the joy of the Holy Spirit, praising the Lord somewhat like the style of Billy Bray. Being cleansed from sin and born again of the Holy Spirit and still seeking more and more of the Lord, the children were carried in these deeper things of God until over twenty of the Adullam people
Spoke in Other Tongues
as people did on the day of Pentecost; as they did when the Holy Spirit was poured forth at the House of Cornelius; as they did when they received the fullness of the Spirit at Ephesus; as the apostle Paul did; and as the Samaritan Christians undoubtedly did when they received the Holy Spirit in mysterious power and manifestation, so striking and wonderful that Simon wanted to buy it.
Although most of these Adullam people had never seen any such demonstrations, having been taught to seek the Lord for the Holy Spirit, they were not only rewarded with a great “joy unspeakable and full of glory” in their own hearts, but they got the “I know” satisfaction about the baptism of the Holy Spirit. They know they received it the same way the New Testament saints did in the beginning , as shown by the only five recorded passages of scripture just mentioned which tell how the apostles and first disciples received the Holy Spirit and what they did when they were fully immersed, or baptized, in the supernatural Spirit.
“And they were all(the one hundred and twenty) filled with the Holy Spirit,
and began to speak with other tonguesas the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:4.
“While Peter yet spoke these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all them that heard the word,
and they of the circumcision were amazed, as many as came with Peter,
because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Spirit:
For they heard them speak with tonguesand magnify God.” Acts 10:44-46.
“Paul having passed through the upper country came to Ephesus
and found certain disciples; and when Paul had laid his hands upon them,
the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.
And they were in all about twelve men.” Acts 19:1, 6, 7.
“Now when the apostles that were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John.
They laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.
Now when Simon saw, that through the laying on of hands the Holy Spirit was given
he offered them money, saying, Give me also this power,
that on whoever I lay my hands, he may receive the Holy Spirit.” Acts 8:14, 17-19.
“And Ananias departed and entered into the house, and laying hands on him said,
Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, who appeared to you in the way which you came,
has sent me, that you may receive your sight, and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 9:17, 18.
Having been “filled with the Holy Spirit” Paul said,
I thank God, I speak with tongues more than you all. 1 Cor. 14:18.
“Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation ...
and these signs shall accompany them that believe ...
In my name they shall cast out demons: they shall speak with new tongues.” Mark 16:17.
These Chinese boys and girls were saved by the same Lord and baptized with the same Holy Spirit in the same way as the first disciples, for like them, they not only spoke with other tongues but also
Prophesied as the Spirit Gave them Utterance
No one present at the time has ever doubted that the Lord spoke to us by direct inspiration in the first days of the outpouring of the Spirit when he spoke through one of the smallest and humblest of the children. There was something about the voice, the penetrating power of those words, a heart-gripping power that cannot be described. We had never heard such a gripping voice from God in any sermon in all our days. We all knew we were hearing directly from the Lord. Quite a number of the Adullam people later spoke in prophecy, in-so-much that we marveled more and more at the miracles that were taking place as the Lord spoke the wonderful things of God, revealing His plans and purposes in picking the outcast “nothings” of the earth, who were recent beggar boys, to make them the mouthpieces of the living God, speaking through them by direct inspiration, edifying and building up this little group of simple blood-washed believers so recently saved out of hopeless physical and spiritual despair.
Another most striking result of the work of the Holy Spirit was the way in which, according to the Word, He fulfilled the promise that when He, the Comforter, came He would take of the things of Christ to show to His disciples and would show them “things to come.” “When he, the Spirit of truth is come, he shall guide you into all the truth ... and he shall declare unto you things that are to come... He shall glorify me: for he shall take of mine, and shall declare it unto you.” Jn. 16:13, 14
It seemed most wonderful how the Spirit revealed to these simple believers, who had only heard of the Bible for a few months, the things of Christ, His salvation, and the things of the future by
Visions of the Unseen Worlds
Many of these visions were given to several at the same time! Nearly all of the visions were seen by quite a number of persons. In many cases the children came to ask if the Bible said anything about certain things they had seen in vision. “And it shall be in the last days, says God, I will pour forth of my Spirit upon all flesh:... and your young men shall see visions.” Acts 2:17.
The visions, seen by even some of the smallest children six years of age, as well as by the older boys, were seen while they were under the Power of the Holy Spirit, not as a dream but as real life.
Some of the visions seen were: Christ tied to a post and scourged; Christ bleeding on the cross while scoffers looked on; the body of Christ taken from the cross, carried to the tomb, placed in the tomb, and the tomb closed; an angel opening the tomb and Christ's resurrection; His appearance to the women, to the disciples by the sea, and those in the upper room; the ascension of Christ and the descent of the two angels; heaven; detailed visions inside the New Jerusalem in heaven; angels; the redeemed; hell; the condition of the lost in hell; demons; the devil; the great tribulation and the things pertaining to saints and to the subjects of the beast during that time; the battle of Armageddon; the binding and imprisonment of Satan in the pit; the binding of the Anti-Christ; the devil cast out of heaven; the Great Supper of God and birds eating flesh of kings and captains of the earth; the coming of Christ with his angels; the sun and moon changed; heaven-quake and earth-quake and destruction that attended the coming of Christ; the resurrection of the righteous; the marriage supper of the Lamb in Paradise; detailed views of our mansions in heaven and other heavenly scenes.
The work of the Holy Spirit through visions as well as in the heart, created such a great interest in
that even the smaller children wanted to know if they could not stop studying “earthly books” and study the Bible only.
Since the unseen world became so real, it is no wonder that there was a change in the life of
Prayer and Praise
While not all the Adullam people spoke in other tongues, all except those who were so dull of mind to understand much of anything were anointed and filled with the Holy Spirit in a much greater measure than ever before, so that Adullam was often lifted up to heavenly places in Christ to joyfully praise and worship the King. Although there were times when a person almost wondered if these heavenly citizens would come “down to earth” again, there was no need to fear. This any one would have seen who could have been in one prayer meeting where boy after boy in real intercessory prayer pleaded with God for the lost, praying that God would use us all as real warriors for Him in this battle of righteousness. The experiences already related have made prayer more than a formality. All know now that our foes are spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places.
NOTE: Saturday July 31, 2010 in Redmond, Washington, some hundreds of people came together to celebrate the 50thAnniversary of the coming of Father Dennis Bennett as Rector to St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Seattle.
Like these little beggar boys in China around 1927, Father Bennett in California entered into the same experience. His real ministry however awaited his coming to Seattle in1960 to begin. But once here, literally tens of thousands entered into the Kingdom of God - because at 9:00 o'clock in the morning on Passover, Jesus was crucified on the Cross and died as the Son of man 6 hours later for your sins and mine. 50 days later at 9:00 o'clock in the morning, 120 disciples of Jesus had the Holy Spirit come upon them on the Day of Pentecost, followed by 3000 more following Peter's sermon of explanation.
God intends that what He did 2000 years ago, He wants to continue throughout the church age. The proof of this is these little Chines beggars at the Adullam Home, who went to heaven in groups by vision, and like Father Bennett, experienced the Holy Spirit and His gifts. As the latter loved to say - Just as you find that tongues come with shoes when you buy them, so “tongues” is part of the package when you receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit. J.A.W.