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Thursday, May 16 2013
The Day After The Seventh Sabbath, Or Sivan 6?
"Even unto the morrow after the seventh Sabbath shall ye number fifty days"
Pentecost (also recorded in the Holy Scriptures as the Feast of First Fruits, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Harvest) is one of the genuine Christian Holy Days (see the calendar link in the Fact Finder question below) that were instituted by the LORD God (Who was later born as Jesus Christ; see The Kingdom Of The LORD God) after the Exodus. As with all of the other true Christian Holy Days, Pentecost has always been about Christianity.
"15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
Pentecost originated after the Exodus, after the first Passover.
"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea [see The Night Crossing and Why Through The Sea?]; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV)
Pentecost's connection to Passover and the Days of Passover/Unleavened Bread is evident in how the date of observing Pentecost is correctly determined i.e. counting 50 days (Pentecost in the original Greek actually means fifty count) from the day after the weekly Sabbath during the Days of Passover/Unleavened Bread - which means, according to the instructions from the LORD, that Pentecost is always observed on the first day of the week i.e. "seven sabbaths shall be complete ... unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days."
A fixed calendar date (i.e. Sivan 6, which can occur on any day of the week), or counting fifty days from the annual Sabbath of Passover (rather than the weekly Sabbath), do not meet the commandment to observe Pentecost on the day after the seventh weekly Sabbath (listen to our Sermon Pentecost, A Day Of Reckoning to understand how to correctly count Pentecost).
"23:15 And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: 23:16 Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD." (Leviticus 23:15-16 KJV)
The "birthday of the Church" Pentecost (as it has become popularly known), was observed on the fiftieth day after the weekly Sabbath-day resurrection of Jesus Christ. To deny the correct day of Pentecost is to deny the correct day of Christ's resurrection (see The Day Of Christ's Resurrection and Why Observe The True Sabbath?). Christ was and is the "first of the first fruits (listen to the Sermon What Happened Between Passover and Pentecost?).
"2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 2:4 And they were all filled with The Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues [see Do You Speak In Tongues?], as the Spirit gave them utterance." (Acts 2:1-4 KJV)
As stated in the verse quote above, the Holy Spirit of God is what makes people truly Christian and it's the Holy Spirit of God that "conceives" God's children until the time when they will be truly "born again" (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?).
"8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be [see Grace Into Licentiousness]. 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." (Romans 8:5-9 KJV)
Pentecost / the Feast of First Fruits celebrated the first harvest of the grain crop as a living Prophecy of the "first harvest" of humanity, the "first fruits of salvation" who will be "harvested" on the day of Christ's return (see The Feast Of Trumpets Prophecy; also Could Christ Return Tonight?):
"8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body." (Romans 8:23 KJV)
This Day In History, May 16
360 BC: Agesilaus, king of Sparta (399-360 BC), died at age 84. He commanded the Spartan army through most of the period of Spartan supremacy in Greece (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).
218: The Accession of Elagabalus, the 25th Roman emperor (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
1137: (day of month approximate) Adela, the daughter of William I ("William the Conqueror"), sister of Henry I, died at age 75. Adela was the mother of King Stephen, who inherited the English throne through her lineage.
1204: Baldwin IX, the Count of Flanders, was crowned the first Emperor of the Latin Empire.
1527: Florence re-established itself as a republic after the Florentines drove out the Medici.
1532: Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish conquistador who conquered the Inca Empire, landed with his troops on what is today the northern coast of Peru.
1568: Mary, Queen of Scots, fled to England after her defeat at Langsides, Glasgow.
1620: William Adams died at age 56. The English navigator and merchant adventurer is regarded by some historians as "the first Englishman in Japan."
1770: Marie Antoinette, at age 14, married 15 year old future King Louis XVI of France.
1879: The Treaty of Gandamak between Russia and England established the Afghan state.
1932: Japan's Premier Tsuyoshi Inukai was assassinated in Tokyo.
1941: The Parliament of Iceland ended a treaty with Denmark and proclaimed independence.
1943: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), British Lancaster bombers destroyed the Mohne and the Eder dams in Germany's industrial Ruhr basin using specially-developed "bouncing" bombs that skipped across the water like a thrown stone in order to strike the target from the side (as modern-day missiles can do).
1943: During the Second World War, the "Warsaw Uprising" in Poland ended. Thousands of Jews were killed in a fierce 4-week battle against the Nazi Waffen-SS (one of Adolf Hitler's "special forces" units; see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1961: Maj. Gen. Park Chung-hee staged a military coup in South Korea. He ruled until he was assassinated by his intelligence chief in 1979.
1980: 60 people were killed from an eruption of Mt. St. Helens in a remote area Washington State. Scientists estimated that the force of the eruption was 2500 times more powerful than the U.S. atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.
1988: The Soviet Army began leaving Afghanistan. The military "superpower" had occupied the country for eight and a half years, but left without being able to defeat the Afghan homeland defenders.
1991: Queen Elizabeth II addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress, becoming the first British monarch to do so.
1995: Japanese police arrested doomsday cult leader Shako Asahar in connection with the nerve-gas attack that killed 12 on Tokyo's subways two months earlier.