May 29, 2009

Jews Celebrate Pentecost

By Jimmy DeYoung

Early Friday morning tens of thousands of Jewish worshipers went to the Western Wall in Jerusalem at the Temple Mount for their morning prayers in honor of the holy day of Shavuot, the Jewish feast day of Pentecost, the Feast of Weeks with many of them having spent the night engrossed in study of the Torah, the first five books of the Bible. This Jewish feast day has an agricultural connection in accordance with the Biblical command to bring the first fruits of the wheat harvest to the temple. But without a temple in Jerusalem, the emphasis has been on celebrating the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai some 3500 years ago - thus the all night study of the Bible.

Jimmy's Prophetic Prospective on the News

Even though the Jewish people celebrate Shavuot, the Feast of Pentecost, on the wrong day of the week, Jesus Christ has and will fulfill all all seven of the Jewish feasts on the right day - according to Bible prophecy.

God gave the seven Jewish feast days to the Jews before they had entered the Promised Land and He was very detailed with his instructions found in the Old Testament book of Leviticus 23. I mentioned that the Jews observe Pentecost, Shavuot, on the wrong day according to the command given in Leviticus 23. Leviticus 23:15-16 says that Pentecost should be observed on the day after the Sabbath, which would be Saturday, and in fact the seventh sabbath after the feast of Firstfruits which the Jews no longer observe. The feast should be celebrated on Sunday - not Friday.

It is interesting to note that Jesus was crucified on Passover, buried on Unleavened Bread, and He resurrected on Firstfruits, the first three Jewish feast days. Acts 2 says that the Day of Pentecost was when the Holy Spirit came upon the Church. Jesus actually fulfilled the first four Jewish feast days on the proper day called for in the Bible. Jesus the Messiah will come back to Earth on the Feast of Trumpets, go into the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement, and begin His reign during His Millenial Kingdom on the Feast of Tabernacles.

Jews celebrating the Feast of Pentecost is indeed a reminder that Bible prophecy will be fulfilled.

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