In the Old Testament, the Israelites observed three "first fruits" feasts; Passover, the
Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Tabernacles. All three required all able-bodied Jewish males
to travel to Jerusalem to attend the feast and offer sacrifices.
Passover included thanksgiving for first fruits of the barley harvest. The Feast of
Weeks was in celebration of the first fruits of the wheat harvest, and
the Feast of Tabernacles involved offerings of the first fruits of the
olive and grape harvests. It is during the Feast of Weeks when Shavuot, the celebration of God giving Moses the ten commandments, is observed.
It was on the very same day during the Feast of Weeks, when Jewish men from all around the world were gathered in Jerusalem to reaffirm their commitment to the covenant made between Jehovah and Moses on Mount Sinai that the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles from Heaven, or Mount Zion, giving them tongues of fire and a promise of a New Covenant to all who believe (Acts 2:1-42).
Other correlations between the Old and New Testament Feasts include:
Passover - blood of the lamb covering our homes to protect us from the death angel.
Shavuot/Pentecost - the giving of God's laws to Moses and establishing Judaism, the people of God. The culmination of their redemption by the exiting of Egypt into the promised land.
Passover - the blood of Christ the lamb, covering our hearts, giving us the promise of eternal life.
Shavuot/Pentecost - the giving of God's Holy Spirit and establishing, through his grace, the Church. The culmination of our redemption by the rapture of his bride.
For Christians, the holiday of Shavuot is also linked to the New Testament prophecy of the Rapture of the Church, the doctrine that followers of Christ will be caught up and taken away before the Great Tribulation (I Thess. 4:17; John 14:3; I Cor. 15:51-52.) Shavuot marks the fulfillment of the Passover and culminates in the glorious rapture of our redemption.
The Scripture tells us that no one knows the day nor the hour, but there are clues about the conditions of the world before Christ's return. Dr. Elbert Peak, a preacher of prophecy from Abilene, Texas put it this way. "Sixty years ago when I first started preaching, you had to scratch around like a chicken to find one sign of the Lord's soon return." He paused for a moment and then added, "But today there are so many signs I'm no longer looking for them. Instead, I'm listening for a sound...the sound of a trumpet."
That was in 1990; 26 years ago. How many signs are there today?
Shhh....listen. Do you hear it? The Wedding Trumpet?
You've been invited. Are you ready to go?
Because He Lives,