In the Old Testament, this feast is known as Shavuot, Feast of Weeks or Feast of Pentecost. This feast is celebrated 50 days after the festival of first fruits. It’s primary aim is to thank God for the blessings of the harvest. It is 1 of 3 annual feasts (Feast of Unleavened Bread, Feast of Pentecost and Feast of Booths) whereby all males are required to make their pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

The word Pentecost means 50th. Day of Pentecost came upon the disciples of Jesus Christ on the 50th day, after the feast of first fruits when the Messiah is resurrected. [Acts 2:1-4] This feast marks the date where the church of Jesus Christ is born. The new beginnings of the “Church Age” where Jews and Gentiles can confess Jesus Christ as Lord.

The disciples were told to wait in Jerusalem for “what the Father had promised” [Acts 1:4]. They did not have long to wait. The coming of the Holy Spirit occurred on the next Jewish holiday when Jews from all over came to Jerusalem to celebrate Shavuot or the completion of the harvest season. It is on Shavuot that the disciples are transformed from fearful and timid men into mighty and courageous preachers of the Word.

This is the first record of massive salvation by the New Testament church. A literal fulfillment of Feast of Shavuot, where the people received the blessings of bountiful harvest. For on this day of Pentecost, 3000 Jews heard the gospel, believed and were baptized [Acts 2:38-41].

Refer to post #70 #71 #73 #74

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