Hello Kathryn. It’s great to be discussing these awesome mysteries with you. Before I begin, let me firs thank you for enticing me to study God’s word from an Old Testament perspective. I’ve tried to convince Richard that we needed to start doing this. All I can say is, “Thank God for you” Kathryn. The Lord is certainly working within you, so much that last night I decided to view an old movie called “Joan of Arc”; an inspiring middle age woman from France who had visions of St. Catherine, and two others, since the age of 10. I’m not sure if you’ve ever seen or heard of Joan; if not, I’d recommend this awesomely inspiring story. I’m uncertain if the story of Joan is true, as Catholic tradition originally deemed her as a heretic. 500 years after her Martyrdom, she was venerated and pronounced as a Saint. Anyways, thinking of you inspired me to watch this movie, as I think of you as a very loving and devout woman of God, and I thank Him for your presence.
Now about Pentecost. I must admit that I’m still a student when it comes to Old Testament sacraments and rituals. All too often in our day, the New Testament Church tends to overlook the Jewish Holidays, festivals, ceremonies, feasts, sacraments, and celebrations. I admit that whenever I read the Old Testament, particularly Numbers, Deuteronomy, Exodus, and Judges, I tend to lose interest with all of the commands to do this, eat that, observe this, etc. Of course, I recognize that these were all pictures of what was to come.
What exactly is Pentecost? It’s a Greek word which means, “Fiftieth”. The Hebrews referred to the “Fiftieth” week as the “First Fruits” of the fall. Jesus is the “First of the Fruits” who appeared to God in order to deliver the promised Counselor; the Holy Spirit. This was fulfilled according to the account of Luke, when Pentecost had been “FULLY COMPLETED”, and the Apostles were all gathered together with Jews from devout nations all over, of which time the Holy Spirit landed upon them, and they began speaking in tongues. Thus, Pentecost in its actual meaning was fulfilled with the Apostles. Christ the first fruits, sent the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and those who became Christian (about 3,000 souls), and thus they became the First Fruits of the spiritual harvest. The “First Harvest” typified God reaping the “spiritual” harvest of souls who would “Repent and be Baptized” denoting their participating in the “First Resurrection” [See Revelation 21:1-6]. We who are baptized into Christ become the Spiritual Harvest of God through the work of the Holy Spirit.
Now the question remains, is Pentecost still applicable today? I’d say yes, but this depends on how you look at it. Pentecostal Charismatic teachers take this to the max by claiming that they do these such as healing the sick, speaking on tongues, and other miraculous ideas. I used to be a member of the First United Pentecostal Church. Let me just assure you that they are in error; grave error. To teach a 9 year old girl to babble with her lips, as though she were talking in a foreign language or tongue of God, is false. I myself was tricked into such foolishness that for a short time. I actually believed I was talking in tongues. Later I realized that what was coming out of my mouth was nothing more than what “I” chose to utter from my lips, but this by no means does babbling sounds mimic speaking in tongues; tongues was nothing more than a language, and NOT worthless sounds. I eventually abandoned this treacherous life style of searching for a miracle. Thus, in this sense, Pentecost no longer happens (Tongues, miracles, power of the Holy Spirit, etc.). But in another sense, Pentecost happens every day as more and more souls are included in the Spiritual Harvest of God.
The best person to discuss these things with you is certainly not me. I’d recommend Brother LES as he is very knowledgeable when it comes to the Old Testament rituals and sacraments. But I’m very thankful to be discussing these things with you.
In conclusion, I believe Pentecost was a first century fulfillment of the first century Church. We who are baptized into Christ, take part of the first resurrection, and have become the annual fruit harvest” of God through Jesus Christ our Lord. But the First Fruits were in my opinion, Jesus, the Apostles, and their disciples from all throughout Israel of the flesh. Gentiles, in my opinion, may have been included of those who were converted prior to 70AD, but this is my own opinion. May the Grace of God be with you all.
Last edited by TheForgiven; 03-07-2011 at 07:35 AM.
Israel is more than just a race; it is more than just a nation; it is the people of God, from faith, by faith, and only faith. Those who assemble in the name of Christ Jesus, embrance Israel because they are Israel