I'm still learning about this. What do you guys and gals think? My impression is that although the Holy Spirit was active and at times empowered certain leaders (in terms of physical strength, prophecy, etc.) of His people prior to Jesus’ death and resurrection, He did not permanently empower all Christians with spiritual gifts until the day of Pentecost (Acts 1:8; 2:1-4). Other relevant passages are Numbers 11:29; Joel 2:28-32; John 7:39; 14:17; and 16:7. It is also my impression that the active work of the Holy Spirit was necessary in Old Testament days to counteract total depravity before a person could have faith whether our perspective comes from five-point Calvinism (regeneration), Arminianism (prevenient grace), or three-point Calvinism (special conviction). Let me know what you think.