Last Days of Pentecost

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by Samuel D. Geroy

The last Sunday of May (27) was Pentecost Sunday. The celebration of the Feast of Pentecost in Israel (Leviticus 15:2) is an important one as this feast is one of the three big annual Festivals together with the Feasts of Passover and Tabernacles. It is celebrated fifty days after the Passover or seven complete weeks after that. It is also called Feast of Weeks (Exodus 34:22, Deuteronomy 16:10,16), Feast of Harvest (Exodus 23:16, Leviticus 23:15,16), and the Day of the First Fruits (Numbers 28:26, Leviticus 23:17). It concludes the harvest of the late grain and presents the first loaves from the new grain. This feast is essentially linked to Passover.

The offerings presented to the Lord are two loaves baked with yeast, seven male lambs that are one year old, one young bullock and two rams for burnt offerings, one male goat for a sin offering, two one year old lambs for a fellowship offering, two lambs for a wave offering before the Lord with the bread of first fruits as a sacred offering for the priest.

The people gather for an assembly that day and they do no regular work. This is the last ordinance for future Jews to follow wherever they live. It is important that they do not reap the very edges of the field or gather the gleanings of harvest. They must leave them for the poor and the aliens.

During the Day of Pentecost in Acts chapter 2 the believers gathered in some place in the temple precincts, probably an upper room. A sound of violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were. Tongues of fire came down and rested on each of them. Then the believers were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in new languages they have not learned before- Asia, Media, Rome, Crete, Arabia, Egypt, Cyrene. These were people from the Gentile gleanings.

In our time Pentecost is connected with the command to go into the world and preach the gospel (Matthew 28:19, 20). Looking at the Church of Jesus Christ in our day I feel strongly that we might be in the last days of the Age of Pentecost now. Therefore let us always be careful with what we do for the Lord because we might be doing that last service, winning that last soul, building that last church, doing that last assignment for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Even so come Lord Jesus.