Pentecost this year is Sunday 9th June observed seventh Sunday after Easter April 21st or Feast of weeks. Pentecost means 50 days in Greek. The Jews called it the Feast of Harvest or Feast of Weeks mentioned in Bible in Exodus 23, Exodus 24, Leviticus 16, Numbers 28, and Deuteronomy 16. It is celebrated beginning of early weeks of harvest. Israel two harvest’s yearly is during months of May and June so the final harvest in the Fall. Pentecost was the celebration of beginning of the early wheat harvest during the middle of the month of May or in early June. Festival celebrations take place before Pentecost as Passover, Unleavened Bread, Feast of Firstfruits celebrated during beginning of barley harvest. Pentecost is 50 days from Firstfruits begins barley harvest so celebrates beginnings of wheat harvest 50 days after Firstfruits is seven weeks, so is week of weeks or Feast of Harvest Shavout and Feast of Weeks.
Pentecost & Christianity
Pentecost in Christianity is observed on the seventh Sunday Easter Resurrection of Jesus. That day celebrates blessing of Holy Spirit upon Apostles and followers of Jesus Christ in Acts 2:1-31. On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit descended on apostles like fire. In Act 2:2 in Upper Room after Jesus ascended into heaven, Jesus’ followers gathered together pray and Holy Spirit “filled the whole house where they were sitting.” “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Tongues of fire seen on each head. This drew large crowds so Peter stood spoke about repentance and Gospel of Christ in Acts 2:14. Holy Spirit came so Church grew by 3,000 people in Acts 2:41. Christians celebrate Pentecost and people heard and understood own languages by disciples who didn’t speak those language some thought they were drunk. Peter preached to the crowds of thousands of people from all over the world who observed Pentecost passover holiday celebrations.
1. Holy Spirit Power filled the Church
People moved by Peter’s Sermon accept the Gospel Message so God added 3,000 new believers. Through this baptism of Holy Ghost and fire the apostles became anointed with knowledge and a greater understanding of the mysteries of the Gospel. Empowered and so imbued with CONFIDENCE in God preached to people of all nations and languages.”
2. Holy Spirit in Old Testament / Jesus.
Jesus promised the Holy Spirit in John 14:26 as the Helper for His people: “The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father sends in My Name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all I said to you.” This New Testament fulfills Old Testament prophecy in Joel 2:28-29. “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.”
3 History of Pentecost
Three things about Pentecost that will help you understand Acts 2.
1. Pentecost is a pilgrimage festival.
According to Jewish Law all the adult Jewish men come to Jerusalem to attend this celebration.
2. Pentecost was a holiday.
No work is done School and shops close
3. Celebrations in Law for Pentecost.
On Pentecost, the High Priest takes two loaves of freshly baked wheat bread to offer before the LORD. The wheat bread made from the newly harvested wheat. Pentecost time of Apostles was a great and grand harvest celebration. Streets of Jerusalem filled with thousands of pilgrims from every point of compass to celebrate goodness of God and bringing in of the wheat harvest. And thank God for Passover New Covenant in Christ for salvation of Jews and Gentiles. Harvest of firstfruits is the blessing and gift from God providing physical needs. And time God’s Word was given and Holy Spirit to reap fruits of righteousness. Pentecost is thanksgiving to God for Firstfruit/s Jesus who empowered the Holy Spirit in us to bear fruits of the Holy Spirit in Christ. The Holy Spirit helps us walk in God’s statutes and obey HIS Commands in Ezekiel 36:27.Also a speeding driver in Germany and America was saved from fines and €105 (£93) fine in Germany when an eagle and a snow-white dove interceded on their behalf. The driver was caught on speed cameras – but his identity was hidden by the bird’s wings spread in flight. A light-hearted police statement suggested that perhaps “it was no coincidence the Holy Spirit” intervened reference to the dove as a symbol of that aspect of God in Christianity. “We understand the sign and leave speeder in peace the officials in Viersen by the Germany’s western border, added: “We hope the protected speeder likewise understands this ‘hint from above’ and drives appropriately in the future.” The driver was travelling at 54km/h (34mph) on stretch of road with a 30km/h speed limit, police said. Since the car and not driver identified, he was probably spared the €105 fine “thanks to the feathered guardian angel with seemingly carefully spread wings.” The Viersen police added the dove should be fined for moving so fast in the restricted zone. “Since we do not know where it is to be on time for upcoming Christian Holy day of Pentecost, we will allow mercy over justice here too.”
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