Acts 2:1-4 “And when the day of Pentecost was 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 all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
The house got the Holy Ghost first!
Acts 2:5-8 “And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?”
They were talking these tongues or languages these people were hearing.
Acts 2:13-18 “Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:”
The estimated year and day was the year 30AD, May 24. May 24, 2015, is perhaps the exact day of the year that the Holy Ghost first fell.
Pentecost is an experience that you have once that continues to happen throughout the rest of your life.
Lev 23:15-17 “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: Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD. Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals; they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD.”
Jews also celebrate Pentecost, but they don’t call it Pentecost. This is the day they celebrate to observe the giving of the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai.
Passover was celebrated before Pentecost. There had to be blood, saved by blood and water (through the Red Sea). They were freed from Egypt. They ate unleavened bread for this, symbolizing their hurry and their departure from the sin of Egypt.
After the Israelites escaped, Moses went to the top of Mt. Sinai and God wrote the Ten Commandments on tablets of stone. These were commandments, not suggestions, or ‘good ideas’. They were commands!
The English word ‘Pentecost’ is a transliteration which means ‘fifty,’ or ‘fiftieth day’.
Because it was 50, it was 7 Sabbaths from Passover, 49 days later, God said, ‘On the next day, you are to take bread and cook that with leaven. They were to wave those two loaves of bread. They were celebrating Moses bringing the law down to them from Mt. Sinai. This is also Festival of Weeks. This was the second great feast.
This day is especially significant to Christians because it is on this day the Holy Ghost was poured out. God is not a god of two religions. God is deep-rooted in symbolism and typology because He wants to get through to us something powerful and personal. He wants to make a covenant with us.
The Holy Ghost was poured out as a new covenant.
Pentecost was on a Sunday. No doubt.
The bread had leaven. Leaven is a symbol of sin. God wanted that extracted from His people for Passover.
Why leaven on Pentecost? God wanted to meet with sinners, to call souls to Himself. God poured out His Spirit on people with issues. The church began with leaven in their hands.
There is so much more to Pentecost than speaking in tongues.
Eze 11:19-20 “And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.”
Eze 36:26-27 “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.”
This is the prophecy that the pouring out of the Holy Ghost fulfills. Nothing was organized after Jesus died. After Jesus died and rose again, nobody did anything but wait.
Jer 31:31-34 “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
Jesus is the mediator of the New Covenant and the Old Covenant. The New Covenant is the law of God written on your heart. It is personal, individual.
In Moses’ time, 3000 died on the first Pentecost, the first giving of the law, because those Jews were not on the Lord’s side. Moses took a sword and with the Levites killed 3000 men.
On the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Ghost first was poured out, 3000 souls were added to that first church, filled with His Spirit.
John 7:37-39 “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)”
Jesus IS the well of Salvation!
Formula to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost:
Faith—You have to believe the Word.
Thirst—You have to want it.
Repent—You have admit your need for deliverance from sin.
Come to Jesus and DRINK. It’s for you, and your children, and all that are afar off. You will receive His Spirit!
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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