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The Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost)

Shavuot (Pentecost), is a Hebrew word meaning “weeks”. “Pentecost” is the Greek word for “50th”. After the Spring Feast of Passover/Unleavened Bread/Firstfruits you should count exactly fifty days from the last Passover and you will end up on Shavuot seven weeks later  according to the Hebrew calendar.

“From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the Lord. From wherever you live, bring two loaves made of two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour, baked with yeast, as a wave offering of firstfruits to the Lord.” – Leviticus 23:15-17

Shavuot, like so many other Jewish holidays began as an ancient agricultural festival, marking the end of the spring barley harvest and the beginning of the summer wheat harvest. All Israelite men were obligated to present themselves at the Temple in Jerusalem. Shavuotwas distinguished in ancient times by bringing firstfruits crop offerings to the Temple, marking the beginning of the summer wheat harvest.

The “Waving Ceremony”.

On the day of Shavuot (usually in May or early June), the priests offered two leavened loaves of wheat bread as firstfruits to the Lord. The waving of these two loaves and sacrifice of two lambs formed a “peace offering.” The priest waved them before the altar and set them aside for the priest’s festive meal eaten in the Temple. Pilgrim worshippers were instructed to offer freewill offerings and to rejoice before the LORD.

Why Two Loaves?

Each loaf contained about four pounds of flour (Lev. 23:17). According to Rabbinic teaching, each loaf was 7 x 4 handbreadths (28″ x 16″) and seven fingers wide (6″). The two loaves offered on Shavuot represents the Church of Jesus Christ which is “built upon the foundation of the apostles (New Testament believers) and the prophets (Old Testament believers). But just as these loaves contain leaven (yeast), so the Christian church isn’t yet perfected (1 John 1:8). Only Jesus Christ was perfect (Hebrews 4:15). The leaven may also illustrate the presence of “Tares” (weeds) (Matt.13:38) – false brethren living among both the Old and New Testament sanctified ones. The number two in the Bible is the number of WITNESS and TESTIMONY. Two witnesses establish a truth (Deut. 19:15; Matt. 18:19-20); The Ten Commandments were written on two stones (Ex. 31:18) and are fulfilled by two commandments of love (Matt. 22:34-40).

Rabbis Divert from the True Focus of Shavuot.

After the Jewish temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. by the iron fist of the Roman Empire, the Jewish people were defeated and dispersed all round the world and their homeland devastated.

Since the land was desolate worth nothing to harvest, the Jewish leaders (Sanhedrin) convened in A.D. 140 and decided to change the focus of Shavuot away from an agricultural festival.  In order to keep the holiday alive, the rabbis invented the false doctrine (still believed to this day) that Shavuot was the day that the Torah (Mosaic law) was given to Moses on Mount Sinai.  As a result, the focus of Shavuot was diverted from an agricultural feast to the commemoration of the Law and the birthday of Judaism.  The Bible never associates the Feast of Shavuot with Sinai! Unfortunately, this false man-made doctrine quickly caught on and has been practiced for centuries, although it has no biblical basis.

Pentecost-Shavuot Harvest

Pentecost – The celebration of the Summer Wheat Harvest and the birth of the Christian Church. Fifty days were carefully counted out and on the appointed day, two loaves of bread baked with leaven were waved aloft as an offering to the Lord. This is symbolic of the church being comprised of both Jews and Gentiles. On the day of Pentecost – directly following Christ’s ascension, the Holy Spirit was poured out on a large group of Jewish believers so that they would have the power to witness “to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

The New Testament Fulfillment of Shavuot (Day of Pentecost)

As recorded in the Bible (Acts chapter 1 and 2) that the New Testament Church was born. It was on the 50th day after the Feast of Passover/Unleavened Bread/Firstfruits that the apostles were praying together and the Holy Spirit descended on them. They received the “gift of tongues” – the ability to speak in other languages – and immediately began to preach about Jesus Christ the Messiah to Jewish people from all over the world who flocked to Jerusalem for the Feast of Shavuot. Christian Pentecost became not only a commemoration of the Holy Spirit’s visit but also marks the birth of Christianity – the uniting of both Jewish and Gentile believers in Jesus the Messiah.

A Larger Harvest.

The early summer harvest of Shavuot in Israel was a small harvest in comparison to the larger harvest that came in the autumn of each year. This has prophetic significance. Strange as it might seem to mainstream Christianity today, God is not trying to save the whole world right now. He has planned a far larger harvest of souls when Jesus returns. Those of us who are saved today are only part of the smaller harvest. When most people in this present evil age are traveling the broad road to destruction, we have been uniquely called to enter in by the narrow gate that leads to eternal life (Matthew 7:13-14) and make our calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:10).

God Pours Out His Holy Spirit.

As recorded in the Book of Acts chapter 2, that first day of Pentecost was the fulfillment of Jeremiah 31:31. God initiated a new covenant with the house of Israel that also included the Gentile people:

“The time is coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. “ (Jeremiah 31:31-33)

On that morning He poured out His Holy Spirit on all flesh, as He had foretold. And that promise is still available for you today; that if you will turn from your transgression and call upon the name of the Lord, you shall be saved.

–         Luis Josephus

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Question: When is the Feast of Pentecost (Shavuot) in 2014?

Answer: June 3

Note: The Jewish calendar date begins at sundown of the night beforehand.

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God’s Loving Care

“For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.” – Isaiah 61:11

As sure as the sun rises every day and the springtime refreshes the earth each year by the seeds that we sow into the ground, the day is coming when the Creator of heaven and earth, Yahovah God, will bring forth an everlasting harvest of righteous mankind from all the nations and peoples. They will give Him the Glory and thanksgiving and praise that He  alone deserves. They will also qualify to live in God’s eternal home where joy, rest and peace abide forever.

God is our heavenly Father.

He does not focus on our faults and shortcomings, but prefers to see the potential for good that He has implanted in each and every one of us. These divine seeds God has sown in such rich soil spring up freely, strongly, and constantly. As His redeemed children, He patiently prunes away our unproductive character traits and carefully cultivates the best parts that will yield the most good fruit.

One of the glorious attributes of the true God is that He regards the needs of all His creatures and things. Whether poor or rich, famous or obscure, we are never forgotten by our Heavenly Father. Jesus said that He remembers the falling sparrow, and hears the young ravens when they cry. Are you and I not of more worth than these?

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” – Matthew 10:29-31

“[Even] When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.” – Psalm 27:10

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” – 1 Peter 5:7

Becoming a Child of God.

We become a child of God by placing our trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of our lives so that our sins can be forgiven and removed and our spirits regenerated. God receives us into His family, one by one, by the dual process of (1) spiritual birth and (2) adoption into His family. Each one of us must therefore make a choice to belong to Him and to benefit from His covenant care and love.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a son or daughter of God, and enjoy the privilege and honor of becoming part of God’s family, click here. God loved you so much that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Messiah, so that all who believe, trust, and rely upon Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16).

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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One God, One Way

The Antichrist will unite all world religions into one and cause all who follow him to be condemed forever.

The Antichrist will unite all world religions into one and cause all who follow him to be condemed forever.

Years ago before I received Jesus as my Savior and Lord, I experimented with other religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, New Age Metaphysics, the Occult, and others. One of the common threads of all these false religions was the prevalent teaching that “All paths lead to God. It doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you believe in god.”  Nothing could be further from the truth; there is only ONE GOD and only ONE WAY to find Him – through Jesus Christ His Son.

When I became a Christian and began to closely study the Bible. I realized that I had been deceived for many years by these counterfeit religious ideologies that had claimed to show me the way to God. Even today, I often come across Muslims, for instance, who tell me, “You and I worship the same god. “Allah” is the same god as your Christian God.” I quickly correct them, “No He is not! The God of the Jews and Christians is not the same god you Muslims worship. The true God, Creator of the universe is not Allah, but Yahovah. You are worshipping a false god, I’m sorry to say.” Muslims usually get offended when they hear this, but the truth is often hard to swallow. Afterwards I always pray for their blinded eyes to be opened.

God’s way is narrow. Jesus is the only way.

Yahovah God sent His only begotten Son into the world to be the sacrificial Pesach (Passover) Lamb that can take away our sins and reconcile us to the true and only God.

You can follow some other (false) god if you wish, but there is only one true way to God – through His Son Jesus Christ the Messiah. Jesus Himself declared, “…No man comes to the Father, but by Me.” (John 14:6). Perhaps you may think that is dogmatic and narrow. I have to admit that it is; but it’s also the truth. It’s the only kind of belief system that will bring you to God.

Now, you don’t have to follow the narrow road to salvation; you’re free to follow the broad road that most people are traveling to destruction. God allows you to reject the truth and believe anything you wish, or following any other (false) religion you prefer to His. God won’t stop you from making a mistake (that is where your free will comes in). But if you want to follow the only true way to God, you have to get on the right path or you’ll be lost. That’s just the way it is. Yahovah God has decreed that there is only one right way – through Jesus His Son.

We cannot be saved by our own good works either.

Performing good deeds and keeping the laws of God are always important, but they still cannot save us. They can never produce the absolute perfect righteousness that God requires. Only Jesus was sinless and perfect; His imputed righteousness through faith is what saves us.

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us” -Titus 3:5.

It is by “grace through faith in Jesus that we are saved. It is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” – Ephesians 2:8,9.

The minute you and I place our faith in Jesus’ substitionary death on our behalf, the way to God is open. It is the only way we can be saved.

Anyone can come.

Jesus invited everyone to come to salvation. He said, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.” – John 7:37. This is an all-inclusive invitation to all human beings. None are excluded except those who exclude themselves. The Lord Jesus gives only one condition: “If any man thirst.” If you’re thirsting for the truth and the only true God, He asks you to simply come to Him. He is the only One that can satisfy you.

Prayer of Salvation:

Pray this prayer right now with all sincerity….

“Lord Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God, the Messiah of both Jews and Gentiles. I believe that you sacrificed your life on the cross of Calvary to pay the penalty for my sins. I repent of my sins; please forgive me. Today, I receive you as my Savior and Lord. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to live my life for You, from this day forth, amen.”

If you prayed this prayer just now, please let us know. We want to rejoice with you and send you some free resources to help you grow in your new Christian faith. Simply contact us and provide your postal address where we can mail you the packet.

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For further reading:

Grant Jeffrey: “Could the future Antichrist claim to be the Christian Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, the Islamic Mahdi, the Buddhist Maitreya and the Hindu Kalki all at the same time? Could this be what happens when all of the major religions merge into the one world religion prophesied in the book of Revelation?”

http://signsofthelastdays.com/archives/will-the-messianic-expectations-of-all-major-world-religions-pave-the-way-for-antichrist


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El Shaddai

El Shaddai in Hebrew means “the Almighty” and powerful Yahovah God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob. He is the only One and True God, Creator and Lord of the universe. Worship Him today.

– Luis Yosefus

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Thanks to David Filcon’s translations of Hebrew terms: El Shaddai: God Almighty, El Elyon: The Most High God, na Adonai: O Lord, Erkahmka: we will love You.

El Shaddai

Written by Michael Card and John Thompson
Sung live byAmy Grant

 
El Shaddai, El Shaddai,
Erkamka na Adonai,
We will praise and lift You high,
El Shaddai.

Through the years You’ve made it clear,
That the time of Christ was near,
Though the people couldn’t see
What Messiah ought to be.
Though Your Word contained the plan,
They just could not understand
Your most awesome work was done
Through the frailty of Your Son.

View alternate music video with lyrics:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuXB1a3NBCw

View alternate music video in Spanish:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4BvkBPztkQ

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