October 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

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The Count To Pentecost - A Tutorial

What confusion this world is in! As I did research for this article, I came to realize as never before how much confusion there is about Pentecost and how to do as God says and “count” the days to Pentecost!

We are told in scripture there is a “simplicity in Christ” which I believe we should seek. That is in 2 Cor. 11:3:

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”

Yes there IS a SIMPLICITY when a person is IN Christ, and as most people know, in order to be IN CHRIST we have to have been CHOSEN by Christ (1 Pet. 2:9), and before that we have to be DRAWN by the Father to Jesus. (John 6:44, 45)

Not only that, but to be IN CHRIST we MUST have the MIND that was in Christ (Philipians 2:5), and THAT MIND IS THE HOLY SPIRIT!!

Once we are “in Christ” we can EXPECT to understand the scriptures in their spiritual simplicity! Paul tells us about this.

Rom. 8:5 “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.”

Luke also mentions this in Luke 8:9-10:

And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?”

“And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.”

Then Jesus begins to explain the parables to them in plain, SIMPLE language, and they understood.

So where do we begin this simplicity? We begin in the book of Leviticus.

Lev. 23:16 “Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat (meal) offering unto the LORD.”

 Here God tells us that the fiftieth day is on the morrow (the day after) the Sabbath.

Some people teach that the Sabbath mentioned here is an annual or High Sabbath. A feast day. However, if it were the SEVENTH annual Sabbath, that would be the Last Great Day, and Pentecost would then fall on the day after that. That would make Pentecost fall at the end of the fall harvest, BUT Pentecost is part of the spring harvest.

It is easy to see then that verse 16 is NOT talking about an ANNUAL Sabbath but IS talking about a weekly Sabbath day, so that Pentecost would fall on the First Day of the Week which in this society is called Sunday!

So how do we get to that day? We must COUNT 50 DAYS! But FROM where?

Lev. 23:15 “And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete:"

The Wave Sheaf was always offered just after the weekly Sabbath during the Days of Unleavened Bread.

We must BEGIN counting from the day after the weekly Sabbath and we must count THROUGH SEVEN WEEKLY SABBATHS. That makes FORTY-NINE days. The next day then is the Feast of Pentecost.

We begin counting with the first day of the week following the Sabbath that falls during the Days of Unleavened Bread.

Some have not sought the simplicity which is in Jesus Christ and confuse the issue with suppositions such as, "well if the first high Sabbath of the Feast of Unleavened bread falls upon a weekly Sabbath day, then we must start counting from the first day after the weekly Sabbath following the Days of Unleavened Bread."

NOT SO!

Even if the first Day of Unleavened Bread, which is a high annual Sabbath, falls upon the weekly Sabbath day during the days of unleavened bread, that weekly Sabbath day takes precedence for the beginning of the count to fifty days. There is NO scripture in the Bible which shows the count should be moved to a Sabbath after the days of unleavened bread! IT ALWAYS BEGINS WITH THE DAY THE WAVE SHEAF OFFERING IS MADE, and that is the day following the weekly Sabbath during the days of unleavened bread!

Verse 15 tells us that with our counting, SEVEN SABBATHS shall be COMPLETE! This too, of course, shows that we must begin our count with the day after the weekly Sabbath, the first day of the week, the day of the Wave Sheaf Offering. If we begin our count with the first day of the week, then the count will end at the completion of the seventh Sabbath, or SEVEN COMPLETE WEEKS!

That would be forty-nine days, and the “morrow after the seventh Sabbath” would be the FIFTIETH DAY, Pentecost, observed on the first day of the week, just as God commands in Lev. 23:16.

The previous observation shows why Pentecost is also called the "Feast of Weeks." Some have taught that this means seven 'weeks of days', which could make Pentecost fall upon any day of the week, but the fact that SEVEN SABBATHS must be complete shows the weeks are counted from the first day of the week through the seventh day of the week, COMPLETE WEEKS.

There is no getting around it, if we take God's Word as it IS written, then Pentecost MUST be observed on the FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK!

What does the symbolism of the Wave Sheaf Offering mean? What does Pentecost show us any way?

The Wave Sheaf Offering points to the death of Jesus the Christ being offered as a sacrifice for OUR SINS!!!

The observance of Pentecost points our minds to the First Resurrection at the return of Christ to set up His Kingdom on this earth. It also shows us WHO will be resurrected at Christ's return!

Lev. 23:16 “Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat (MEAL) offering unto the LORD.
17 Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD".
Rom. 8:23
"And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body."
1 Co 15:23
“But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming."
Jas. 1:18
"Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures (creation)."
Rev. 14:4
“These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb."

These verses plainly show us who will be resurrected at the return of Christ. One of the wave loaves represents “the dead in Christ” and one of the loaves represents those who are still ALIVE (in Christ) at His return.

The FIRSTFRUITS are all those in the FIRST resurrection.

1 Thes. 4:16 "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 "Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."

And of course, Zechariah 14 verse 4 shows that IN THAT DAY His feet shall stand upon the Mount of Olives, so we know that Jesus will continue His descent to earth, along with all those Firstfruits, and when He stands on the Mount of Olives events will begin to happen that will AMAZE the world!!

The LAW will begin to go forth from ZION, and EVERYONE will have to obey!! There will be no more time for resistance or disobedience!! Those who refuse to obey WILL be chastened!

Pentecost pictures that “better resurrection” mentioned in Heb. 11:35. This is talking about the FIRST resurrection!

And of course, if there is a first resurrection, there will be a SECOND!

We need to pray that we will be accepted into that better resurrection, the first one!

All of God's Holy Days picture the amazing Plan of God for the salvation of mankind! He has left NOTHING TO CHANCE! So OBSERVE the fiftieth day, the Day of Pentecost, which pictures the resurrection of those who in this life have been called and accepted by God to be pillars in the Temple and Kingdom of God when Jesus brings them to this earth!

That kingdom will be an everlasting one where all pain and suffering will cease. All tears will be dried and everything will be at peace!

That 1000 year reign of Christ will truly make this earth PARADISE!!!

Isn't THAT the world you would really RATHER live in? I know it is! God bless you all.

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