It is almost time for Pentecost!
WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2017 IS THE ANNUAL DAY OF PENTECOST
If you have been counting the Omer with me, you are realizing that the 49th day comes on Tuesday, and that means that Pentecost happens on Wednesday, May 31st.
Of course many churches in the area are celebrating Pentecost on Sunday. That is why they call it “Pentecost Sunday.” They won’t get to their full celebrations until June 4th, which is the Sunday following after the actual Day of Pentecost.
OUR CELEBRATION WILL BE VERY INTERESTING THIS YEAR
As I’ve already mentioned, we usually observe the actual Day of Pentecost at our house, since we keep Sabbath on Saturdays; but this year we get to celebrate in a very unusual fashion. My husband and I will be on the road celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. We will stop wherever we are at the time and celebrate the day!
A TIME OF SEASONAL FULLNESS
All of this fullness of life happening between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and right after Memorial Day is going to create an extra lot of festivity at the end of May and the first of June. What a blessing it is to be celebrating so many seasons of life all at once.
NO GIFT COULD BE GREATER
If I had to choose only one occasion to celebrate over all the others; I would have to choose The Day of Pentecost.
What greater gift was ever given than the blessing of God’s People with the receiving of God’s Holy Spirit? The only thing comparable or greater would be the gift of Christ who sacrificed His life for us to made this very special day possible.
THERE IS SO MUCH ANCIENT HISTORY BEHIND THIS DAY
This day has been celebrated by the faithful since ancient times.
The very first faithful did not even understand the full meaning of the day.
One concept runs through The Day of Pentecost for all generations the same; the concept of God’s provision and the fact that we should be thankful and offer praise to God for the abundance of life He has given to us.
LOOKING BACK AND LOOKING FORWARD
On the Day of Pentecost today, we offer up our thanks for the gift of God’s Holy Spirit living within us; making our lives rich and full.
In ancient times they offered thanks for God’s provision of the harvest that made their lives rich and full.
By the Day of Pentecost in ancient times; the people of God had been bringing early first-fruits offerings to God’s altar for seven weeks; starting right after Passover and continuing right up to the season of Pentecost. On this Day of Pentecost, they were to move on from the giving of the earlier barley harvest offerings and begin bringing the best and the first of the wheat offerings. This was known as latter first-fruits. It came to be called Pentecost.
The later first-fruits harvest was the time for the most cherished crops to be offered up to God in Thanksgiving; then the rest of the wheat could be happily consumed by the people in the meals at the tables of their daily lives.
THE PATTERN FROM THE DAYS OF NOAH
The pattern set in place actually goes all the way back to the days of Noah. He was very familiar with the offerings of Pentecost.
At the end of the flood God caused a great wind to blow over the earth and the waters receded. (Does that sound familiar? “It was like the sound of a mighty rushing wind.”)
Noah sent out three separate doves to see if the waters were low enough for his family to leave the ark.
THE PATTERN OF THE FIRST DOVE
The first dove returned with no place to rest it’s head; and Noah took it back into the boat.
This dove is symbolic of the people living without the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit.
THE PATTERN OF THE SECOND DOVE
The second dove Noah released returned in the evening with an olive branch within its beak.
This dove was symbolic of today’s Christians, living with a portion of God’s Holy Spirit residing within their hearts. The olive leaf represented food and nourishment for the spirit.
THE PATTERN OF THE THIRD DOVE
Noah waited seven days after the return of the second dove; and then he sent out the third one.
The third dove never returned.
This is symbolic of the day when God will give man immortality. It is a time when God will breathe the breath of eternal life into all of mankind who have followed Christ and they will live forever more inside God’s Kingdom. This will be the last flood; a complete pouring out (flooding) of God’s Spirit to mankind. On that day those who already contain a portion of God’s Holy Spirit will be completely filled up; and they will live forever in a world made new by God.
CHRIST’S CAREFUL CONCERN FOR HIS FOLLOWERS
Jesus knew after His Resurrection and Ascension that we would all feel lost without Him.
The Holy Spirit resolved that problem, connecting heaven and earth similar to Jacob’s ladder in the story of Jacob at Bethel. God’s Holy Spirit connects the Messiah and His Bride (The Church) even when they are separated by time and space.
LEARNING AND WAITING ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST
For fifty days in that time between Passover and Pentecost; God has been teaching us just like He taught our ancestors wandering in the wilderness.
The ancient harvest offerings were only physical in nature; but today those who are faithful observe the custom by bringing and offering the first and the best of their spiritual as well as physical offerings on the day of Pentecost.
PASSING THROUGH SEVEN WEEKS
From the day of our early first-fruits offerings and the beginning of the latter-first-fruits offering we have been counting through seven weeks; passing through seven holy Sabbaths, and trying to open our eyes wider to the will of God in our daily lives.
We’ve spent seven times seven days of counting while waiting for God’s appointed sacred time of Pentecost, or the day our Jewish brothers call “Shavuot.”
Each day of our counting we studied the attributes of God and attempted to apply His goodness to our own lives.
We sought after His holy traits and His holy character and imitated them as best we could. It was our own form and type of the journey of our ancestors through the wilderness.
OUR OWN PERSONAL JOURNEY THROUGH THE WILDERNESS OF THE WORLD
The whole time, we were listening for God’s voice, and remembering that HE IS GOD.
We pondered the fact that we came from dust of the ground and realized that we must depend solely on God for our sustenance and life.
Our souls, like the ancients, celebrated the giving of Torah; and we wrote more of its words inside our hearts as we waited on the day of God’s fulfillment and the giving of His Holy Spirit.
We pondered the fact that while in the wilderness God’s people had received the best ways to live directly from God the Father.
RECEIVING THE WAY TO MAKE TORAH WORK
In the Holy City of Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost after Jesus had Ascended into the Heavens; God’s people received the way to make Torah work inside their hearts; through God’s Holy Spirit living within.
These two precious wedding gifts of The Bride of Christ have been received and opened with thanksgiving!
With the progression of God’s appointed Holy Days from Passover to Pentecost; The Bride now has received salvation and a whole new supply of all she needs for sanctification.
WITNESSING THE REVERSAL OF BABEL
The gift of God’s Holy Spirit at Pentecost has reversed the damage that was done at the Tower of Babel. With the gift of tongues people who had always spoken different languages and never understood each other are now able to communicate with, love and understand one another.
The language of love from the heart of God is allowing God’s people to communicate like they have never communicated before. It will break down the divisions that Bable put up. The knowledge of The LORD will one day fill the earth.
In modern times some people wear red to remember the appearance of the flames of fire above the heads of the disciples of Jesus on the first day that this amazing blessing occurred.
Many also use the symbol of the dove for Pentecost because God’s people know (just like Noah knew) that a dove always returns for its mate, and it takes its mate back to their first home together.
When Noah released his dove from the ark; he knew it would be searching for their original home where they lived before the flood.
THE HEART OF MANKIND IS ALWAYS DESIRING TO GO BACK TO THE GARDEN OF EDEN; THE FIRST HOME WITH GOD
When God gave His Holy Spirit to mankind on the Day of Pentecost; God knew mankind would always be searching in his heart for his first home; the time in the garden when man lived with God in peace and abundance; before evil and sin covered the earth.
Like Noah’s dove searching for home and a place to land; God’s Holy Spirit is always searching for a place to land within our hearts. He will search and search until we find Him.
ENTERING INTO NEW LIFE AFTER BAPTISM
When God’s Holy Spirit takes up residence inside our hearts; we are cleansed and refreshed and renewed just as the earth after the flood in the days of Noah. We step out after our Baptism and we enter into a whole new way of life.
After the flood; the earth had to start anew with producing green growing things. It did not have an immediate offering to God for that year at early first-fruits.
We are like that new earth after we receive salvation and are baptised.
We are starting a whole new process of becoming fruitful. Good fruit takes time to grow. This “growing” time is the time of sanctification that one goes through in this life.
STAYING FAITHFUL, BEING PATIENT AND GROWING
The fifty days that we count every year from Passover till Pentecost remind us to stay faithful and be patient and keep growing.
They remind us to prepare and to keep pursuing the One we love with all our heart. We should never give up!
CHRIST WILL COME AGAIN
One day, like the dove’s mate waiting patiently in the ark of Noah, we will look up and see our Beloved coming in the clouds of glory.
He will be coming to tell us that our heavenly home has been prepared and it now ready. He will take us away with him.
LIKE A BRIDE WAITING ON A GROOM
The fourth, fifth and sixth weeks of the counting of the omer are huge growing times as we are approaching the end of waiting on the Day of Pentecost.
We begin to feel a sense of urgency.
The reality of our meditations sink in and we begin to act and think like a bride who is seeing the calendar days right before her wedding unfold.
She gets to begin to put more and more into practice from the things she has learned and planned for her Groom.
She knows in her heart that the time for thinking and planning are drawing to a close; she is much closer to reaching the time for DOING.
By the end of the seventh week of the waiting; it is exactly time to be responding to the One we love.
GO OUT OF THE ARK
And so it happened in the second month and the twenty-seventh day that God spoke to Noah and said “Go out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your son’s wives with you.”
God was giving them the gift of a clean, new world.
Jesus has given us a portion of such a gift called The Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is an engagement present that says “Keep this until I come for you. It is to remind you that I am close; and I am coming again! It is to help you to know that you have my heart at all times.”
A SPECIAL DELIVERY PACKAGE FOR THE BRIDE
So at the end of all the counting of the days Pentecost arrives like a special delivery wedding gift from our Groom in Heaven.
This day from God, one that He appointed and planned so long ago; is like an official invitation for mankind to leave the world and come inside the ark of Heaven where he will find rest with God forever.
The Messiah will be waiting (like Noah at the bow of the great ship); looking for and seeking the Bride.
KEEPING OUR TEMPORARY SHELTERS UNTIL THE WEDDING
When God’s Holy Spirit comes to live within us; our bodies become temporary shelters; little temples or tabernacles designed to house The Holy Spirit of God.
We take Him with us wherever we go.
A NEW BEGINNING FOR GOD’S CHURCH
With Pentecost accomplished, just like that new world that Noah’s family stepped into; a whole new beginning comes to God’s Church.
My favorite quote from the lips of Jesus can be applied here:
“I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW.”
Praise to Almighty God for The Sacred Appointed Day of Pentecost that draws us ever closer to our Father in Heaven.
NOTE TO THE READER: This is just one of many articles in this blog about God’s Holy Days. If you enjoyed reading this one; you might enjoy: https://theinseasonlifestyle.com/seasons-coming-into-the-spring-holy-days-counting-the-omer-part-three/, https://theinseasonlifestyle.com/seasons-coming-into-the-spring-holy-days-counting-the-omer-part-two/, https://theinseasonlifestyle.com/sacred-appointed-times-and-seasons/