Dear Readers, Beloved of God,
It is my prayer that you have continued to be blessed by these teachings. We join again this evening, to delve into part four of this teaching, the beautiful picture of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the “church”. Not the church as pertains to four walls, but the church “built upon the rock” Jesus Christ, through the influence and power of His Holy Spirit! This church accepts “all who will come”, without the sins of “prejudice” and “religion”. The church I am talking about has its own sinless moral code, truth in doctrines, and observances of “tradition.” Our “High Priest” has personally called us to membership, paid our debts, shed His own blood to obtain our return love, and requires no gift be brought other than ourselves. He only asks that we be clothed in Righteousness, His Righteousness!
Before I begin, I would like to share something with my readers. I have had several comments on this teaching series that have been very humbling, but I wish to discuss one recurring theme that has appeared on most of the networks I publish. Several readers have commented about the lack of this kind of teaching in our churches today. I can’t say that this type of teaching doesn’t exist anymore, but my personal experience has seen a serious lack. In fact, I don’t recall a teaching such as this in any church I have been in! Well, those comments got me to thinking and “pondering” before the Lord. He laid this scripture on my heart:
“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”
(2 Timothy 4:2-5) NKJV
Beloved, how can I maintain an honest heart before God, hold on to the love I have for His church, and disagree that this is currently not happening in our time? I can’t and won’t before God almighty deny the truth of this scripture! I see as much “entertainment”, “manipulation”, “money-changing”, “politics” and lack of Christian love in our churches as I do in “the world!” In fact, our churches are nearly an exact mirror of the world. Jesus called us to separation, reaching, preaching, and teaching of His Word. When was it decided that the church needed to peddle the things of the world to encourage people to come or stay? God help us! Please forgive my “ranting” here; I am very passionate about the true church and its message. I promise we will move along to our study. In your thoughts before God, just consider what I have written above. It is of utmost importance that Christians not only sit under teachers, but they seek the truth in the scriptures for themselves!
The Feast of Pentecost:
Lord Jesus, I ask for Your Wisdom, Guidance, and teaching as You help me expound on the Feast of Pentecost. I also ask that you open the spiritual eyes and ears of those that read, and when they have finished can say that they have truly heard from God. Thank you Lord Jesus! Amen.
“And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord. You shall bring from your dwellings two wave loaves of two- tenths of an ephah. They shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven. They are the first-fruits to the Lord.”
(Leviticus 23:15-17) NKJV (Emphasis mine)
I intentionally emphasized the above scripture in bold. Those are some key phrases of our study. Pentecost or “Shavuot” in Hebrew was a feast ordained of God to celebrate the summer harvest in which many more crops would be available than at First Fruits. But, still not as many as would be forthcoming in the great fall harvest! The Feast of Pentecost is referred to by several different names, “The Feast of Weeks”, because it was to occur exactly fifty (50) days after Passover, “The Feast of Harvest”, and “Latter First Fruits”, because the feast occurred at the conclusion of the Passover.
The celebration has also been tied to the giving of the Ten Commandments and bears the name “Matin Torah” or “giving of the law”. Jews believe that this was exactly the same time that God gave the Torah to the people through Moses. Now, we have the picture of what the Feast of Pentecost was in the Old Testament, a time of celebration and acknowledgement by Israel, in thankfulness for the greater summer harvest from the rich and fertile land that God have given them.
Now comes the truly exciting part! Looking at the Feast of Pentecost as seen through the prophetic eyes of God in the New Testament! A bit of memory refresher is needed. Jesus was/is our “Passover Lamb” in which He dies a sacrificial death for us; He is our “Unleavened Bread”, the Bread of Life that was buried in the earth to guarantee “a greater harvest”, and our “First Fruits”, the acceptable, resurrected, ascended, and sinless sacrifice for OUR sins before God. We know that Jesus was an accepted offering on our behalf because after His resurrection, He ascended to God the Father and sprinkled His own Blood upon His alter and then returned to the earth.
What did Jesus do when He returned to the earth, after offering His Blood to the Father? Good question! After Jesus had risen from the grave He revealed Himself to Mary Magdalene and “the other” Mary. Mary Magdalene wanted to hold Jesus but He refused her saying, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.”
Why would Jesus refuse to let Mary hold Him? Because her touching Him would have “defiled” Him and He had not yet ascended to the Father! Jesus told Mary to go and tell His “brethren” of His rising, to meet Him in Galilee, and that He was ascending to the Father. It was between the time after Jesus spoke with Mary, and her meeting with the other disciples, that Jesus ascended to the Father. The disciples went into Galilee to the appointed mountain to meet with Jesus as He had instructed. Presumably this was the “Mount of Olives.” (Acts 1:12)
It was here that Jesus gave them and us, what is known as “The Great Commission.” “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
Jesus remained with the disciples for the next forty (40) days and instructed them pertaining to the Kingdom of God. At the end of the forty (40) days, Jesus told the disciples to go into Jerusalem and there tarry for the promise of the Father, the “Comforter” who was to come. It was at this time that Jesus ascended to the Father, not to return until “The Great Day of the Lord, His second coming. The disciples arrived in Jerusalem and entered an “upper room” where they were staying and prayed, all in one accord.
Our attention is now brought to the book of, The Acts of the Apostles chapter 2:
“When the Day of Pentecost had 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 the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance”
(Acts 2:1-4) NKJV
We learn here that the “Promise of the Father”, the Holy Spirit, came, just as He had promised. It was at this moment that the disciples, as it is with us today, were filled with power from on High and the momentous birth of the “church!” The Holy Spirit came on the exact day of the Feast of Pentecost! On this day, Pentecost, believers for the first time were permanently indwelled by the Holy Spirit and received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as Jesus had promised the day He ascended into heaven. Empowered by the Holy Spirit believers would spread out into Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the earth to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
As a result of this Holy Spirit empowerment and influence, Peter stood and boldly preached the Good News of the Kingdom, and three-thousand (3000) souls received the message and were that day added to the family of God! Three-thousand (3000) is exactly the number of souls killed on the day the law came down from Mount Sinai, because of the golden calf. “The letter kills, but the spirit gives life!” The Holy Spirit, third member of the Trinity, Jesus Christ in Spirit, in keeping with the celebration of the feast days, on the day of Pentecost brought a harvest offering as required by the Father, three-thousand (3000) souls! Praise God this is only a shadow of the harvest to come. Remember those that returned from the grave the day of Jesus’ resurrection? Those former grave dwellers again walked the streets as a shadow of the harvest offering of Pentecost, the Pentecost harvest is only a shadow of the even greater fall harvest to come! The Rapture of the Bride of Christ!
The Apostle Paul confirms this: “So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.” (Colossians 2:16-17) We have learned that the significance of the Feast of Pentecost is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, a harvest offering, with promise of an even greater fall harvest, and the time of the birth of the “church” age.
Do you remember that I provided some key phrases at the beginning of this teaching? I am now going to give you the symbolic definition of these phrases. Leviticus 23:17 records “fifty days”, “a new grain offering”, “two wave loaves” of two-tenths of an ephah, (equal weight) called first fruits, and “baked with leaven.”
Fifty days is the exact number of days between Passover and the Day (Feast) of Pentecost. A new grain offering represents the Holy Spirit of promise bringing empowerment to harvest souls (preaching the Gospel message around the world). The two wave loaves represent the Jew and Gentile of equal value to God, merged together to form the Bride of Christ, or The Church, and baked with leaven represents sinful man, Jew and Gentile alike.
Jesus was crucified on Passover, buried on Unleavened Bread, raised on First Fruits, and had sent the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.
We have not yet seen the fulfillment of feast number five. We remain under the orders of Pentecost, continuing the summer crop cultivation. We remain “workers in the field” until that day of the greater harvest marked by the next feast!
Beloved we have reached the end of our Pentecost study. I pray that God has revealed much concerning His son. It is my hope that you have thus far been drawn into a deeper relationship with your Lord. I must admit that this study series is not exhaustive by any stretch of the imagination. As I prepare for and write each study, I find myself receiving even more revelation concerning these feasts of mystery and prophetic value. I pray that you have been drawn in by these first four studies and will continue our journey together in the remaining parts of the series. Until we meet again may the blessings of God fill your lives in abundance!