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It's Pentecost, But Not As We Know It!

WHAT IS THE DAY OF PENTECOST? If you were asked, ‘What was the Day of Pentecost? - you would be correct if you said it was the time when the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit. That was a specific and very important Pentecost, but that’s not the whole story.  The celebration of the Feast of Pentecost had been going on since the time of Moses. Pentecost, or in Hebrew ‘Shavuot’, was a harvest festival directly related to Passover, and also one of the three annual pilgrimage festivals when the people of Israel were commanded to go up to Jerusalem to present offerings at the Temple.

The Greek word ‘Pentecost’ means fifty and refers to the fifty days or seven weeks between the presentation of the first fruits of the barley harvest at Passover and then the later presentation of the wheat harvest, at the temple in Jerusalem.

“From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. Count off fifty days up to the day after the se…

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