Shavuot – The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost): The First Harvest unto the LORD

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When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. – Acts 2: 1- 4

Saturday evening is the eve of the next festival on the Biblical calendar, the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost in the New Covenant. Pentecost is Greek for 50 days, and we know that it was on that day that the Holy Spirit came down to Jerusalem in a very dramatic and powerful way. This day was the same date that Moses received the Torah on Mt. Sinai, 50 days after the Israelites crossed through the Red Sea and began their 40 year desert journey to the Promised Land of Israel. The Hebrew name of this festival is Shavuot.

Shavuot is the plural from the word shavua = week = 7 days (sheva). If we multiply shavua x shavua we get 49, which gives us some interesting timing.

As I have shared before, the major New Testament events occur precisely as a fulfillment of the Feasts of YHVH that He commanded His people to keep. The correlation between the original Shavuot – the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai in Exodus 19, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2, are amazing. In both case the event takes place 50 days after Passover. The Torah was given 50 days after the lambs were sacrificed at the original Passover, and the Holy Spirit came down on the 50th day after the Passover when the Lamb of God was sacrificed.

At both events the people were gathered to appear before God. At the original Shavuot the Israelites were camped at the bottom of the mountain. (Ex 19:2) At Shavuot in the year of the resurrection of Yeshua, we read “When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.” (Acts 2:1) Both events were accompanied by a loud noise and fire that came down from Heaven. “On the morning of the third day there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud trumpet blast.” (Ex 19:16) “And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind.” (Acts 2:2) “And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.” (Acts 2:3)

At both events God wrote His Torah by His Spirit. At Mt. Sinai God wrote the Torah on tablets of stone. “And he gave to Moses, when he had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.” (Ex 31:18) At Pentecost, God wrote the same Torah on the hearts of the 12 apostles. It was a fulfillment of the new covenant. “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts.” (Jer. 31:33)

There is one more amazing similarity between both events. At Mt. Sinai 3000 people died. (Exodus 32:28) On that day 3000 people fell. On the day of Pentecost, 3000 people were born again. It was the first harvest unto the Lord. All of the Feasts of the LORD are connected to the harvest cycle. Shavuot is a harvest Feast, celebrating the first harvest. “You shall count seven full weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering. You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath. Then you shall present a grain offering of new grain to the LORD.” (Lev 23:15-16)

The New Covenant fulfillment of Shavuot is also about the harvest. At the end of his Gospel message on the Day of Pentecost, Peter said, “‘Save yourselves from this crooked generation.’ So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.” (Ac 2:40-41)

As the Jewish people celebrate Shavuot this weekend, please pray with us that YHVH will continue to bring in the harvest of His Jewish people. Pray along with the Apostle Paul that one day ALL Israel will be saved. And please pray that YHVH will pour out a fresh and greater anointing of His Holy Spirit on the Messianic Jews in Israel and around the world. Lets also pray for a fresh outpouring on the entire Body of Messiah in the nations.

This article originally appeared on Out of Zion Ministries, June 10, 2016, and reposted with permission.