Edition 133: September 9th 2012
The importance of Pentecost
News events and commentary:
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●Here is brilliant video clip by my friends at Debka Files on Iran’s latest ranting over Israel:
●Here is a beautiful video clip of Rabbi Shapira’s historic prayer:
●Israel’s security cabinet meets for marathon 10-hour session on Iran.
●Third US aircraft carrier, USS Stennis arrives in Persian Gulf near the Straits of Hormuz.
The importance of Pentecost:
We’re about to go into the period celebrating the three un-fulfilled Feasts of the Lord, beginning with The Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) on September 18th
It’s appropriate to deal now with the last of the fulfilled Feats, Pentecost. I will be sharing with you some amazing things about the last three Feats of the seven as we get to them.
The word Pentecost means fifty and is celebrated fifty days after Passover. It is one of the seven Feasts of the Lord. It is also called Shavuot.
Each of the seven Feasts of the Lord has a corresponding fulfilment in time and space. We’ve seen the fulfilment of four and now await the prophetic fulfilment of the last three. The seven Feasts are Passover, Unleavened Bread, First-fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles.
●The diagram / picture above explains it all.
As you can see, we’re now in the era of Pentecost, waiting for the next fulfilment – Trumpets.
The original story of the Feasts is laid out and recorded in Exodus 34:22, Leviticus 23:15-22, Deuteronomy 16:16 as well as in some other places.
The attack on Pentecost:
The Catholic Church has interfered with all of the Feasts of the Lord including Pentecost. In fact in Catholic tradition they’re called “the moveable feasts.”
According to them, the dates move each year depending on Easter, (not Passover) which itself is moveable. Easter was designed by the Catholics, so that it would never fall on the same day as Passover.
They did this to forever separate themselves and their church from anything of Jewish origin. As you well know, they also changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday for the same reason.
This must all be completely rejected, and replaced with the truth.
The true Church of the living God should participate in or at least identify with the Feast of the Lord.
Here are some examples of early church’s involvement with the Feasts. These are from the New Testament epistles, the main teaching for the church.
Acts 20:16 “Paul decided to sail past Ephesus so that he could be in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost.”
1 Corinthians 5:7-8 "Christ who is our Passover was sacrificed for us, therefore let us keep the feast..."
Acts 18:21 "I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem, but I will return again to you."
Acts 16:13; 20:6 "And on the Sabbath day we went out of the city to the riverside, where prayer was customarily made..."
1 Corinthians 16:8 "I will tarry in Ephesus until Pentecost."
True Biblical Pentecost has many amazing types, shadows and meanings that most people are not aware of. The messages of Pentecost are very important, especially if we want to maintain Godly balance in our spiritual lives.
We must see and understand that Pentecost points backwards in time and forward in time. It has a vital prophetic aspect to it as well.
Pentecost has a very important, deep personal application to each of our lives as believers also.
Here are some amazing facts of which few are aware.
●Fifty days after the Feast of Passover on Pentecost, God used Moses to bring the law (Torah) down from Mount Sinai. It was also fifty days after leaving Egypt (a type of the world.) This was when the 12 tribes were unified into one people.
●According to the tradition of many Rabbis, the writing of the law in stone happened on this day of Pentecost.
●Pentecost also becomes the spiritual birthday of the nation of Israel. That’s not the modern birthday, which is May 1948, but the original birthday. The sages of Israel all believe that Israel first became a nation under God at the giving of the law.
So, now we have two great ancient events marked by the day of Pentecost.
●The original birthday of Israel.
●The writing of the law in stone.
Now as we come into the church age, Pentecost takes on a whole new meaning.
Acts 2:1-4 “Now when the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place and suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. The there appeared to them divided tongues as of fire and one rested on each of them and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
Acts 2:17 “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophecy, your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams.”
Acts 11:26 “So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.”
Hebrews 8: 10 “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God and they shall be My people.”
On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit was poured out in fullness. This obviously implies that the operation of the Holy Spirit was different before this outpouring. Yes the Holy Spirit has always been here and He never changes, but His dealings with man changed.
At Pentecost two loaves of bread are offered to the Lord. This is the type of Jew and Gentile becoming one in Messiah.
Modern Pentecost becomes the symbol of many nations becoming one in Messiah.
Pentecost is also the first time believers now filled with the Spirit in a new way, are called Christians.
Pentecost marks the transition from the outward operation of the law to the inward operation of the law now written on our hearts.
Ancient Pentecost sees the writing of the law in stone and the birthday of Israel, while modern Pentecost sees the writing of the law on the hearts of believers. This becomes the birthday of the Church.
What a wonderful picture that is!
Collectively, this is the story of Pentecost:
●The law written in stone.
●The birthday of Israel.
●The law written on the hearts of believers.
●The birthday of the Church.
The New Covenant does not do away with or negate the Old, but it is the fulfilment of the Old, which is the “shadow” of the New.
The law still has a place in identifying sin and showing that nobody can keep it. It has not been done away with, but it has been fulfilled. We now operate by the grace of God in our hearts.
It is the Jews who come into the New Covenant and not the Gentiles who come into the Old.
This is very important for balance.
Colossians 2:16-17 “Therefore let no one judge you in food or drink or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.”
The above verse is very interesting. Today there are many who try their best to drag people back under the law. They get horribly bent out of shape and full of judgment when other don’t keep their laws, their way. Note that this verse says, “Let no one judge you in this.”
Some within the Messianic community of believers (of which I am one) wouldn’t say so in as many words, but they hate verses like the one above. They’ve gone overboard with the things of the Old Covenant at the expense of the New. They’re way off balance.
Of course many Messianic believers are well-balanced in truth.
There are many Messianic believers who are a wonderful, living testimony to the Jews. They reject the paganism in the church, participate in the Feasts, keep Shabbat and identify with the Hebraic nature of the church. These are the ones who make the Jews jealous! These are the ones fulfilling God’s call and plan now.
►If you haven’t yet done so, please watch this wonderful video clip. (It’s the same one above) It really demonstrates the true coming together of the Jew and Gentile believers in Messiah.
That’s so inspiring and powerful isn’t it?
If you’re a pastor reading this, and I know many do, you should seek the Lord to do something to identify yourselves with God’s new work with Israel.
The true Church is supposed to and must testify to the Jews that Yeshua is their Messiah. This is of vital prophetic importance and the very reason why the Church must maintain a Hebraic character and must shake off and destroy all Roman paganism in the church.
James 1:18 “Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of His truth, that we might be a kind of first-fruits of His creatures,”
Hebrews 8:6 “But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also a Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.
It is our responsibility as custodians of truth and as New Testament believers to participate in and identify with Pentecost in its true form. We are strip it of its Babylonian, occult, Catholic created anti-Semitic tradition and enthrone it in all its Biblical truth.
Pentecost must be part of the Biblical “great restoration.”
The need for balance:
If Satan can get us sidetracked into the ditch on either side of the road he has rendered us ineffective. Today there are strong forces out there trying to lead us off course.
Today we have many ancient spirits attacking the true church.
The Jebusite spirit often merges with the Jezebel spirit and the Nicolaitan spirit in attack.
The name Jebusite means the thresher. This spirit always tries to put down others and make them feel small, while subconsciously elevating themselves. The Jezebel spirit is essentially the spirit operating through women aimed at bringing down God’s work. (Please see edition 67 for more on the Jezebel spirit) The spirit of the Nicolaitans is the evil spirit hated by our Lord, that distinctly separates the clergy above the laity so that the people can be dominated and brought under their spell.
The church today is full of these spirits.
By the way there’s another very common evil spirit in the church today called the Amorite spirit. These were the mountain people and it relates to those obsessed with fame and superiority. These are the ones who look down on others who don’t meet their criteria. It’s a domineering spirit that exalts and elevates itself, demanding worship. Many church leaders are possessed with this spirit.
The Feasts have a very important type or parallel for us on our spiritual journey.
Pentecost symbolises the personal infilling of the Holy Spirit and a new dispensation in our walk with our Messiah.
As the children of Israel left Egypt behind and God killed the pursuing Pharaoh and his armies, so we leave the world behind and God’s cross “crucifies the world to us and us to it”. Now with the law transformed from stone to living word, written in our hearts and with the Holy Spirit now indwelling and leading us from within, we have power to go forward in glory.
Pentecost is not the end for the believer...there’s much more. After Pentecost comes Trumpets, the Atonement and Tabernacles.
In our walk with our saviour we must receive the full outpouring of the Spirit of God, to give us power to judge self, walk in holiness (Trumpets and Atonement) and then walk into a new and very real experience of dwelling with God (Tabernacles)
Like the Promised Land to Israel, so this is our Promised Land. It is to Tabernacle with the living God.
Pentecost equips us for a future too magnificent and glorious to imagine or contemplate! God is doing a wonderful thing in His people today, and we need to participate.
Pentecost prepares us for the presence of God.
1 Chronicles 16:27 “Honour and majesty are before him, strength and gladness are in His presence.
The gifts of the Spirit:
With the outpouring of the Spirit of God on Pentecost came the gifts of the Spirit as well.
The gifts of the Spirit are: ●The word of wisdom, ●The word of knowledge, ●Special faith, ●Healings, ●Miracles, ●Prophecy, ●Discerning of spirits, ●Tongues and ●Interpretation of tongues.
All are important, but in this day the revelatory gifts are absolutely essential in the believers life. The revelatory gifts are just that, they reveal and give insight into God’s will and plan. They include the gifts of wisdom, knowledge and discernment. If you reject them you are in grave danger of seeing things your way, the media’s way, and the world’s way.
If you come against them you are in grave danger of receiving the revelation of Satan! In this regard have a look at the verse below.
2 Thessalonians 2:9 “The coming of the lawless one (antichrist) is according to the working of Satan with all power signs and lying wonders.”
Yes, yes I know that the gifts have been greatly abused and turned into a circus performance by many, but don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.
In fact, I expect to see a big increase in the true gifts of the Spirit in the soon coming time.
Those who accept the Pentecostal experience will be affected in a similar way to the early disciples. Amazingly, right after the outpouring of the Spirit and infilling, they “returned to Jerusalem with great joy” There was no sorrow because of the death of Yeshua / Jesus.
Another powerful effect was that the disciples were filled with spiritual strength. They went out and fearlessly turned the world upside down.
Great joy and great strength go hand in hand, but what’s of major importance is that this is what is going to be needed more and more in these days.
Do you want to face what’s coming to this world in your own strength? Good luck if you do!
The power of Pentecost:
Pentecost delivers Spiritual power to us.
John 16:13 “When He the Spirit of truth has come, He will guide you into all truth...and show you things to come.”
The early Christians were distinctive in their rejection of the emperor of Rome and the influence of Rome on the church! It’s only after the church “lost its first love” that Rome the rapist of truth came in.
The word “church” is full of evil connotations. It has been infused with the occult and paganism. It is far from its original pure form. Over the last 2000 years the church has been poisoned by the Catholic Church and turned into an organisation foreign and, hostile to its own parents the Jews.
Evangelism to the Gentile nations of the world is important, but the conversion of the Jews is most important as their salvation is in association with the Second Coming.
The Catholic Church has been so successful in re-branding the Church with anti-Semitism that it is useless in relation to the evangelism of the Jews.
The Constantine Creed is by default the creed of the Catholic Church. Unfortunately there are many out there who call this the creed of all Christians. They are supreme liars. I reject their garbage and great lie.
Here is the poisonous anti-Semitic, Jew hating, Catholic Constantine Creed:
“I renounce all customs rites legalisms unleavened breads and sacrifices of lambs by the Hebrews and all other feasts of the Hebrews including their prayers, aspirations, sanctifications fasts and new moons and Sabbaths, superstitions, hymns and prayers...absolutely everything Jewish...Furthermore any follower of the Jewish Messiah must be compelled to adopt a different set of rules
Throughout many editions on the website, I’ve quoted the so-called church fathers. They are all Jew haters. I’m constantly amazed at how these so called church fathers have been elevated. I’m also amazed at how their anti-Semitic statements are downplayed by the churches of today. I see you there, Satan.
Romans 11 speaks of Israel’s “hardening in part”, but I tell you the same is true for the church. It has hardened its heart to its roots in Israel, the Jews and Hebraic convocations.
The good news:
As this partial blindness in the spiritual eyes of the Jews will soon be over, so the same blindness in the church to the salvation of the Jews will also be over for many.
A part of the church will recognise that she is part of the commonwealth of Israel and not the commonwealth of Rome or any other.
This glorious God-fearing part of the church will root out, reject and have nothing to do with the church created by Rome, Calvin and Satan.
Only God can heal the bad blood between the Jew and the church. Only the shed Blood of Messiah can heal the rift.
The Jews will never accept the Catholic Church in any significant way, but they soon will accept their Jewish Messiah in spite of the fact that the Catholics have tried for so long to keep them out of the Church. In fact the Catholic Church aligned with Islam will again come against the Jews. (See my book, “The coming Holocaust.”)
The Blood of Messiah will soon heal and unite Israel with the true Church of the living God.
My friends, if you open your heart in all honesty to our Lord of great glory, He will lead you into many wonders. By the way, do you know that the original word for “wonder” is the same word translated “great surprise”?
It will be a lot more than a great surprise to many Christians when the Jews “look upon the one whom they have pierced” for salvation.
Will you be caught by a “great surprise”, or will you be ready to help and welcome in our lost brothers and sisters?
If God is leading you, you’re in for a wonderful surprise. If you go with the evil traditions of much of the church, you’re also in for a great surprise, but it won’t be wonderful!
This may shock you, but it’s the truth. Only remnant Israel will be saved and only the remnant church will be saved! Only the remnant of both will come together as one in the coming days.
Do you want to be part of this glorious remnant? I hope so. I most certainly do.
This is my own personal stand and that of this ministry, The Prophetic Scroll. I invite you to join me in this. You can make it your prayer or proclamation if our Lord wills.
●I will stand as a friend of and for the Jewish people, the undivided land of Israel, and the undivided city of Jerusalem.
●I will stand for the entire prophetic word in relation to Israel.
●I will stand for the true Church, Jewish and Gentile founded at Pentecost and centred in the New Testament epistles.
●I will stand for the true union of Gentile and Jewish believers as one in Messiah.
●I will forever reject and distance myself from the occult, pagan, practises and convocations introduced into the church by the Catholics and other orthodox churches.
●I affirm the truth and purity of the scriptures before Rome and her pagan gods defiled them.
●I stand with all believers who have a heart for what God is doing in these end days.
●I will tend my own heart nurturing it with the grace of our great God. I will set my heart after my Lord with everything in me.
It’s vitally important in these days to have a hunger for truth. If you open your heart and really ask our Lord to lead you into all truth, He will. But the key is to have an open heart. If you’re enslaved to the traditions of churchianty, don’t even bother.
Today you need to have a strong foundation built on the truth alone. A mixture of truth and error will always ultimately land you in trouble.
In these evil days there is only one way to deep personal peace. Holiness is the secret place of oceans of peace. It is only with God’s full truth and provision in Pentecost that we have power to walk in purity and holiness.
Ezekiel 38:18...”When Gog (Russia and Islamic nations)come against the land of Israel My fury will show in My face.”
Job 34:29 “When He gives quietness, who then can make trouble? When He hides His face, who can see Him, whether it is against a nation or a man alone?
Here’s a beautiful painting by Jean Restout done in 1750 representing Pentecost.
Shalom and grow in grace!