As I thought about what is happening around us I felt the Lord saying to me, It may seem dark but a new day is dawning. Then I remembered the beginning of the early church. The early church was birthed in what seemed like a time of darkness for the disciples because their Teacher was about to leave them, but Jesus had told them to go to Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit (Read Acts 1:4-5). The Bible tells us that on the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit came upon them with power, Acts chapter 2.
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 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
In our Christian culture, we acknowledge the traditions of man instead of observing the Feast Days appointed by God. Because of this practice, our Christian faith has become lopsided, rather out of alignment with the Biblical practices. The beauty of Torah cannot be realized if we don’t look at the picture as a whole to acknowledge and celebrate God in the affairs of man.
We are one week away from celebrating Pentecost, and the Lord is saying, the time seems dark but after Pentecost, there will be a rebirth of the church. The church will go forth once more with power and authority.
You may ask, what am I talking about? As New Testament believers many of us do not understand that Pentecost was not a one-time occurrence when the Holy Spirit came and empowered the disciples as mentioned in the book of Acts. Pentecost as we know it is the “Feast of Weeks” also known as (Shavu’ot), which is the celebration of the Spring harvest and the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.
22 “And you shall observe the Feast of Weeks, of the first fruits of wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the year’s end. 23 “Three times in the year all your men shall appear before the Lord, the Lord God of Israel. Exodus 34:22-23
The Feast of Weeks/Pentecost occurs fifty days after Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Pentecost is one of the three feast days that were appointed by God which the men in Israel were to appear before Him. (Read Leviticus 23:15-23).
Here is what I want you to see. Tradition has taught us to celebrate Easter, Lent, and Christmas all of which have absolutely no biblical foundation for our faith and therefore cannot provide us with the promises and blessings that are associated with God’s appointed times of celebration. Those who celebrate the tradition of Easter have nothing to look forward to except the return of the Lord. However, for those who observe Passover as it was command by God, we can look forward to Pentecost where we can anticipate an outpouring, a time of refreshing, and renewal as we acknowledge God as the giver of all things.
In this time and season God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power love and of a sound mind. He wants His children to heed His commands and not conform to the religious practices of the tradition of man. Just as there was an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost when the early church was birthed and there was a harvest of three thousand souls, there awaits an outpouring for the church today, but only those who are waiting with expectation will receive of the Spirit of the Lord. God once again will use His people to turn the world up-side-down.
Are you ready for the outpouring?
I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Ezekiel 36:27