Summary: While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
Holy Spirit, Fall on Me
Acts 10:34-48 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord
of all:) 37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the
Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. 39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:
40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; 41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. 43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, 47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days. While peter yet spake these words,
the Holy Ghost fell on all them, which heard the word.
I want to draw your attention to one word in this verse (fell) that word has captured my attention.
The Holy Ghost fell on all them, which heard the word
First of all it tells me that what is happening is the work of the Holy Spirit. It tells me that the Holy Ghost is the initiator. It doesn’t say they jumped up and grabbed it, or they reached out and took hold of the Holy Ghost, It says (The Holy Ghost fell on them)
Secondly: That word “fell” means, to fall upon, rush or press upon, come suddenly upon, to come forcibly, to seize or take possession of. One definition even says: to strike, to hit. In other words, the Holy Ghost came in an undeniable, indisputable manner) It was a tangible, heavy, manifestation of the power of God.
They were visibly and physically affected, They felt it, and anyone present could see the effects of the Spirit.
As I read this scripture, my mind went to other places in the bible where the power of God fell.
1 Ch 21:26 David made an altar to the Lord and called upon the Lord and God answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar of burnt offering.
2 Ch 7:1 Solomon had made a great sacrifice to the Lord, when he had made an end of praying the fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices.
These were also undeniable indisputable, irrefutable visible tangible manifestations of the power of God.
Elijah squared off with Ahab and the false prophets of Baal on Mt Carmel. The false prophets and the Man of God Elijah came to an agreement. They would both build an altar and offer a sacrifice, but put no fire under it, and they would call on their respective gods, and the God that answered by fire he would be God.
The false prophets built their altar and laid the sacrifice on it and called on baal from morning till noon with no answer. Elijah mocked them, then they became violent and went into a frenzy and began to jump on the altar and cut themselves with knives
and lancets until the blood gushed out. They continued till the evening sacrifice, then, Elijah took over.
He repaired the altar that was broken, he put the wood in order, and put the sacrifice on the wood, then he had them pour 12 barrels of water on the sacrifice, he prayed, a 63 word prayer) And the bible says: Then the fire of the Lord “fell” and consumed the burnt sacrifice and the wood and the stones and the dust and licked up the water that was in the trench.