Spoke 22 - Tav - Pentecost!
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were
all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as
of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of
them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other
tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Acts 2:1ff (SPoke 22, Cycle 2)
The Church was sealed with the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost following the Crucifixion of
the Lord. This is recorded In Acts on Spoke 22, thereby integrating
the structure of the Bible with one of the deepest truths of the Gospel. This is discussed on
pages 77-81 of the BW book, reproduced online in The Birth of the Church and the Consummation of the Jewish Age.
Pentecost is the Greek name for the Hebrew Feast of Weeks commanded in Exodus 34.22.
The name literally means fifty because it
was to be celebrated on the 50th day, after a "week of weeks" (50 = 7 x
7 + 1). In Hebrew it is called Chag Shavuot,
meaning Feast of Sevens or Weeks.
In the music scale, Pentecost corresponds to the seventh
octave above the tonic, where the Nth octave is of the form
N x 7 + 1:
|First Octave - New Beginnings:
||8 = 1 x 7 + 1
|Third Octave - Number of Spokes:
||22 = 3 x 7 + 1
|Seventh Octave - Pentecost:
||50 = 7 x 7 + 1
These three numbers are the first, third, and seventh octaves (cf. GR 137). This forms a strong link between
Spoke 22 where we find Acts and Pentecost and Spoke 8 where we find the Book of Ruth which is
the Megillah traditionally read by Jews on Pentecost (cf. Spoke 8 >
Rabinnic tradition teaches that Ruth married Boaz on Shavuot, which links this theme to the great theme
of Marriage found on Spoke 22 (cf. The Bride of Christ).
In general, the Number 8 is associated with New Beginnings, Entrance into the Covenant, Octave, and
so forth (cf. Meaning of the Number 8).
Pentecost is the ultimate "new beginning" when
God sealed His Church with His Holy Spirit. This theme forms the basis of the link between
0 and Acts (Thread 2). It also links strongly with the great theme of the
Seal of God that dominates Spoke 22.
In the Jewish tradition, Pentecost is the memorial for the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinia. The parallels
are striking. On Pentecost, God sealed the church with His Spirit, writing His Law on their hearts. Three
thousand were saved that day, just as three thousand died after the sin of the Godlen Calf
when the Law was orginally given. Note the appearance of the Number 3 - the Number of the Holy
Spirit - appears here on a grand scale (3000 = 3 x 1000).
The Number 8 becomes associated with the theme of
Resurrection through the fact that Christ was raised on the First/Eighth Day of the week. This link
was reiterated when He appearared to Doubting Thomas on
the Eighth Day after His resurrection. This then forms an essential part of a number of interweavings
between Spoke 8 and Spoke 22. The theme of Resurrection is maximized on Spoke
22 (cf. Universal Resurrection) which coheres with the
great theme of the resurrection at the End of Time.