A Change in Operation
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: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. (Acts 2:16-18)
The last days began on the day of Pentecost, as recorded in chapter 2 of the book of Acts.
Peter explained to confused onlookers what was happening with these believers. From that day forward, God would deal with humanity differently than He ever had before.
In the Old Testament, only a few were anointed by God to prophesy, dream, and have regular visions. However, God said in the last days that He would pour out His Spirit on all men. Hearing and receiving from the Holy Spirit is no longer just for the spiritually elite or those operating in the fivefold ministry callings. Communication with the Holy Spirit is for every believer.
Under the Old Covenant, a man was allowed to "put out fleeces," which means asking God for a sign in the physical realm to verify His direction for their life. People still do this today, and tell God something like, "If you want me to do this, have a red car drive by at noon today." They want to determine the will of God through physical sight, hearing, smell, and touch; doing this gives your flesh dominance over your spirit.
Acts 2:17 says that God would put prophecies into the mouths of all His saints. He wants to see all His people dream dreams and see visions because God deals with man personally under the New Covenant in the last days. Thank God we live in these times and seasons and can hear God clearly as Spirit-led believers.
Practical Application – Spend significant time in silence during your prayer time, listening for God to speak to your heart. We often don't hear God simply because we haven't given serious time and effort to listen.
Romans 15:4; Hebrews 8:13