(Isaiah 49:12; Ezekiel 43:2; 47:1-8; Zechariah 6:12)
In the beginning of the 20th century, many believers in the West were hoping for a Pentecostal revival. The Bible prophesied that the second outpouring of the Holy Spirit would begin in the East.
In Jesus’s day, Zechariah 6:12 was translated as “Behold, a man whose name is the East! He shall build the temple of the Lord.”
Ezekiel said, “Behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the East. His voice was like the sound of many waters.”1Ezek 43:2 This is the sound of many waters we hear throughout the Book of Revelation, the sound of the end-time Sanctified Church.
In Chapter 47, Ezekiel described the water flowing on the right side, south of the altar, that became deeper and deeper as it moved east and south of Jerusalem.2Ezek 47:1-5 When we look at the world, it is easy to see where it is going. The first outpouring of the holy spirit was to the north and west of Jerusalem, and the final outpouring is to the east and south.
The apostle Peter said the gift of the Holy Spirit would be given to “as many as are far off.” He was quoting from Isaiah 49:12, which reads, “Surely these shall come from afar, Look! Those from the north and the west and these from the land of Sinim.” The outpouring of the holy spirit in the apostolic time was to the north and the west, but the end-time outpouring of the holy spirit is in “the land of Sinim,” which is normally interpreted as China.
In the apostolic age, the holy spirit led the apostles to Europe and prevented them from preaching in Asia. This was described in Acts 16:6, “Now, when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the holy spirit to preach the word in Asia.” This was the plan of God. The first preaching of the Gospel was to the north and west of Jerusalem. The Church of the end days will be from the East.