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When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.Suddenly a noise like a strong, blowing wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw something like flames of fire that were separated and stood over each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak different languages by the power the Holy Spirit was giving them. ~ Acts 2:1-4, NCV
The Feast of Pentecost (Shavu’ot) also is called the Feast of Harvest and the Feast of Weeks, the latter because, according to Old Testament Scriptures, this Jewish feast day was observed seven weeks after the offering of the barley-sheaf (cf. Leviticus 23:15-17; Deuteronomy 16:9-11). Thus, this feast day takes place on the 6th of Sivan, which God appoints as the date that comes exactly 50 days after the Feast of Firstfruits (50 days from the day the Temple priests waved the firstfruits of the barley harvest).
The Feast of Pentecost is the concluding festival of the grain harvest. This great feast also commemorates the giving of the Law (Torah) to Moses on Mt. Sinai, as well as celebrates the giving of the Holy Spirit to the Body of Christ (ekklesia or CHURCH). Moreover, it was on the Feast of Pentecost, nearly 2000 years ago, that the Holy Spirit, resembling 120 flames of fire, fell upon the same amount of disciples who were fellowshipping together in a Jerusalem Upper Room (cf. Acts 1:13-15; Acts 2:1-4).
Now, it is ironic that Father God, who is the Lord of the Harvest, chooses the Feast of Pentecost, the day when Jewish men and women from all of the world gather in Jerusalem to reaffirm their commitment to the Mosaic Covenant, to be the day He would send His Holy Spirit to establish a brand New Covenant—the Covenant of Christ, which is a marriage between Christ Jesus and redeemed believers. In other words, it is ironic that God chooses Pentecost to be the day His Holy Spirit would begin preparing the firstfruits of the redeemed individuals who would makeup God’s Kingdom to come—the day that blood-bought Jews and Gentiles, by the Grace of God, become God’s sons and daughters in the Household of Faith. But thank God He did!
HAVE A VERY HAPPY PENTECOST DAY, 2012!!!!
For additional information about Pentecost, please read my blog entries: The Day of Pentecost’s Tongues…; The Holy Spirit’s Baptism (Infilling) Transforms; and The Seal of the Holy Spirit IS Speaking in Tongues.