|Counting to the Day of Pentecost|
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|Sunday, 25 October 2009 13:14|
Counting to the Day of Pentecost
There are seven Feasts of the LORD given to the Children of Israel. Three of the Feasts require all males to “appear before the LORD your God in the place which He chooses: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Tabernacles.” (Deut. 16:16) Here are the feasts of the LORD that are counted to the “Feast of Weeks” (Day of Pentecost)
The Apostles and the Early Christians observed Pentecost
The first appearance of the resurrected Christ to His disciples was on a Sunday.
“Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled , for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, ‘Peace be with you. Now when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.” (Jn. 20:19-210)
“to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which," He said, "you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." (Acts 1:3-5)
“Now when the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. . . . And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:1-4)
It is very easy for the Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ to count forty days from the day of the Lord’s resurrection and then count another ten days to make fifty days to the Day of Pentecost.
It can be shown that the apostles and the Early Christians counted to the Day of Pentecost from the day after the weekly Sabbath which is Sunday.
“When they asked him (Paul) to stay a longer time with them, he did not consent, but took leave of them, saying, ‘I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, God willing.’ And he sailed from Ephesus.” (Acts 18:20-21)
“But we sailed away from Philippi after the Days of Unleavened Bread, and in five days joined them at Troas, where we stayed seven days. Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.” (Acts 20:6-7)
“For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he would not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hurrying to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the Day of Pentecost.” (Acts 20:16)
St. Luke was the Church historian. In the whole book of Acts of the Apostles this is the only chapter in which the “Days of Unleavened Bread” and “the first day of the week” are interconnected and written in verses next to each other. Luke was also counting the number of days on what they were doing like “in five days joined them at Troas, where we stayed seven days.” One of the reasons why Luke mentioned “the first day of the week” is because it is the Day of Pentecost. Paul “was hurrying to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the Day of Pentecost.”
Counting Seven Weeks to the Day of Pentecost.
“You shall count seven weeks for yourself; begin to count the seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the grain. Then you shall keep the Feast of Weeks to the LORD your God with the tribute of a freewill offering from your hand, which you shall give as the LORD your God blesses you.” (Deut. 16:9-10)
Although there is no mention of any Sabbaths in these two verses but there is an implication that the count to Pentecost begins on a Sunday. The key phrase is “begin to count the seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the grain.” This means counting to the Day of Pentecost begins on the day when you start harvesting. The Children of Israel are forbidden to do any work on any Sabbath regardless of whether it is the weekly or the Annual Feasts such as the Passover or Unleavened Bread. They will not “put the sickle to the grain” during the “Days of the Unleavened Bread”. Using this method of counting it will have to be the First Day of the Week – Sunday when they “begin to count the seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the grain.” The result is the same as counting “from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering.” The biblical Day of Pentecost always falls on a Sunday.
May God bless you
This Research Article is the response of Paul Wong
Paul Wong is a Christian minister and the President of ARK International.
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