Saturday, May 22, 2010

THE DAY OF PENTECOST

The great Israelite historian Josephus who lived during the time that Jesus walked the earth stated that in Jerusalem there lived 500,000 people. During the feast(s) of the Lord the number would increase to 2,500,000 people. This of course because the commandment of God instructed All males (and whomever else in your household who could make the trip) to meet at the place that the Lord chose to place His name at. Jerusalem is of course, that place.

"And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are MY feasts" (Leviticus 23:1-2).

The feast that is upon us is called the feast of first-fruits. Also called the feast of weeks, and yet more commonly called Pentecost.

   












In verse 10 the feast of weeks is first mentioned.
"... ye shall bring a sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the LORD (v.10-12). On the day after the Sabbath (after the first feast) the people brought their first-fruits to be accepted before the Lord.

In John 20 and Matthew 28 it is stated that by the time Mary got to the sepulcher very early Sunday morning (the first day of the week) Jesus was already gone. Being that Christ is our Passover (1Cor.5:7), and through His blood, leaven (sin) is removed from us. He resurrected the 'morrow after the Sabbath' as the 'First-Fruits' of eternal life.  In John 20:17 Jesus tells Mary not to touch Him until He goes to the Father. This is because as the First-Fruit he must be shown before the Lord and be accepted, just as the feast dictates.

"That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles" (Acts 26:23).

Now after the sheaf was waved before the Lord we are instructed to count:  "ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete:  Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD" (Leviticus 23:15-16).


THE 50TH DAY!
This is where the word Pentecost comes from.  
There is nothing spiritual about it, There is nothing holy about it.  
Pentecost = 50.

 The first Passover occurred while Israel was still captive in Egypt. The first feast of unleavend bread happened as the people where thrust out of Egypt (their dough not having enough time to rise in the morning thus called 'un-leavened bread'), and the first Pentecost happened 50 days later when Moses came down from Mt. Sinai with the two tablets of stone in his hand (10 commandments). And then some 1500 years later just as the law came on Pentecost, so did Jesus fulfil the law on Pentecost. 

I bet you x-mas could never be that deep

But our God, is a God of knowledge; so Pentecost goes deeper...


"And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years... And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family." (Leviticus 25:1-10). 
We have now went from the 50th day being special, to the 50th year being hallowed. 

I would like to take a moment to point out something that will happen when Jesus returns, in the year of Pentecost.



In Deuteronmy 16 we are instructed three times a year to be in Jerusalem.
Now when we approach Acts chapter 2 we will understand why the people are gathered together with one accord.
"And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?" (Acts 2:1-8

Nowhere did we see that they were 'tarrying for the holy ghost' like I was taught. Notice also that nowhere does it speak of Gentiles being anywhere near (the first Gentile came into the church in chapter 10). Everyone present was an Israelite; out of every nation under heaven. Everyone was there keeping the command that God gave to Moses. 

In Conclusion, Jesus Chirist the same yesterday, today, and forever. He became Passover on passover. Took away sin during the feast of unleavened bread. The Holy Spirit (sent by Jesus) came on Pentecost. There are 3 more Holy days to come before the year is over. And they likewise represent what Jesus will do at His second coming and His kingdom.

May the Lord add a blessing to the reading of His Word...


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