The God of Israel is a God of Celebration. On His Holy Days He performs His Wonders. The Feast of Pentcost is the fourth of the Seven Feasts of Israel. It is the Birthday of the Church. 50 days from the morrow after the sabbath after Passover is Shavuot or the Day of Pentecost. On the Day of Pentecost The God of Israel comes down to His people. This Day is a Holy Convocation. Pentecost is May 27, 2012.
In the process of revealing his plan of salvation for mankind, He established His Holy Days around the harvest seasons of the Middle East. Just as His people harvested their crops around these three festival seasons, God’s Holy Days show us how He is harvesting people for eternal life in His Kingdom. The Holy Days have meanings that build upon each other. Together they progressively reveal how God works with humanity.
Pentecost is also called the Feast of Weeks (seven weeks plus one day 50 in all) that are counted to determine when to celebrate this festival. In the New Testament, which was written in Greek, the festival is known as Pentecost, which means “fiftieth”. Among Jews, the most popular name for the festival is the Festival of Weeks, or Shavuot, in Hebrew. When celebrating this festival many Jewish people recall one of the greatest events in history, God’s revealing of the Law at Mount Sinai. And, of course, one of the greatest events in history was the miracle that occurred on the first Pentecost after The Resurrection when God poured out His Holy Spirit on 120 believers.
“And now, when the Day of Pentecost had finally come, they were with one accord, in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, and one sat upon each other. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in tongues (languages)as the Spirit gave them utterances.” At first, the people of Jerusalem who witnessed this miraculous event were astonished. They attributed the actions of the Christians to drunkenness.
The Apostle Peter, now filled with the Holy Spirit, boldly explained the event to the crowd this is the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy: “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh”. Peter explained how his listeners could also receive the Spirit. “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”. God used these miracles and Peter’s preaching to add 3000 people to His Church in one day. Jesus Christ is the First Fruits of many brethren, and Paul referred to the members of the church as those who have the First Fruits of the Spirit.
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