THE FEASTS OF THE LORD:The Feast of Pentecost:
- Leviticus 23:15 (KJV)
- Leviticus 23:16 (KJV)
- Leviticus 23:17 (KJV)
- Leviticus 23:18 (KJV)
- Leviticus 23:19 (KJV)
- Leviticus 23:20 (KJV)
- Leviticus 23:21 (KJV)
The Feast of Pentecost represents the baptism of the Holy Spirit, as seen in Acts 2:1-4 when the disciples were baptized in the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues on the day of Pentecost: “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 children of Israel were commanded to count fifty days after the sheaf of the wave offering had been offered. They were then to offer a new meal offering unto the Lord. When we examine the meal offerings, we will find that there is a
distinct difference between this meal offering and the one that was to be offered in accordance with the instructions listed in Leviticus 2.
The latter was an offering of a voluntary nature; this, however, was a command. Furthermore, we read in Leviticus 2:11, “No meat offering, which ye shall bring unto the LORD,shall be made with leaven: for ye shall burn no leaven, nor any honey, in any offering of the LORD made by fire.”
The instructions for the meal offering in the Feast of Pentecost are given in Leviticus 23:17: “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.”
The major difference between the meal offerings was that while no leaven was to be offered in Leviticus 2, the two wave loaves were to be baked with leaven for the Feast of Pentecost. This can be explained by the purpose of the two
offerings. The meal offering of Leviticus 2 represents the Second Commandment, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” This must be the pure love of God without hypocrisy. However, the meal offering of the Feast of Pentecost is to reveal the hearts of those who celebrate this feast. Since Pentecost spiritually represents the outpouring of the Holy Spirit with the initial sign of speaking in other tongues, its meal offering has to reveal that the Spirit is poured out upon all flesh (Joel 2:28), and not simply upon those who are sanctified.
The Pentecost meal offering baked with leaven indicates that the experience of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is not to be associated with holiness. This is dealt with in the feasts of the seventh month, and in particular the Day of Atonement. We do not become holy the moment we are baptized in the Holy Spirit and begin to speak in other tongues. It takes a deep work of the Spirit of God in our lives to purify us of sin
and make us holy.
We notice that two wave loaves are to be offered, speaking of the fact that on the day of Pentecost through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, both Jews and Gentiles had access by one Spirit unto the Father (Eph. 2:18). These two loaves, of two tenth deals each, speak of the double portion of the Spirit that is poured out upon His Church. We are the Church of the Firstborn, which has the double portion (Heb. 12:23).
Seven lambs were to be offered up without blemish, symbolizing that this blessing was purchased by the completed sacrifice of the Lord upon Calvary. It was the promise of the Father in Isaiah 44:3: “For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring.” Jesus Commanded His disciples to wait for the fulfillment of this promise in Jerusalem, that they might receive power from on high (Acts 1:4,8).
The young bullock speaks of Christ’s wholehearted, voluntary offering of Himself so that we might obtain this blessing. The two rams speak of consecration that is needful on the part of the recipient of the blessing, since the blessing is given to those who obey (Acts 5:32).
The drink offerings were an hin of wine, which speaks of the joy of Jesus in performing this sacrifice and fulfilling the will of His Heavenly Father. Further offerings ordained are a kid of the goats for the sin offering to atone for our sin, fulfilled by the Lord. Two more lambs for the peace offerings were offered, which represent Christ bringing both Jew and Gentile into the presence of the Father.
The peace offering is an offering of unity between God and the brethren. This is called a holy convocation, signifying the awesome importance that the Father places upon the experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This feast was to be proclaimed forever, throughout all generations to confirm the words of Peter concerning the spiritual fulfillment of this feast, as we read in Acts 2:38-39: “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off,
even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”
It is very important for believers to experience the Pentecostal blessing. As seen in Acts 2:3, the first recorded outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost resulted in cloven tongues like fire coming upon the hundred and twenty assembled in the upper room. “And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.” The disciples were baptized with the Holy Ghost and with fire. This is exactly what John prophesied that the Lord would do: “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost,
and with fire” (Mt. 3:11). The baptism of the Holy Spirit is associated not only with the infilling of the Spirit, but also with fire.
Thus, the baptism of the Holy Spirit includes spiritual fire, which is a symbol of the Holy Spirit.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit was promised in the Old Testament. For any doctrine to be true, it must be able to be proven from the Old Testament as well as the New Testament. Ample proof that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a
gift from the Lord is seen in Isaiah 28:11-12, where the prophet says: “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.” Through the prophet Isaiah, the Lord clearly promises the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues. The Apostle Paul quotes this verse in First Corinthians 14:21 to confirm the authenticity of speaking in tongues. Yet, the prophet Isaiah also warned that many would not hear the
message, but would reject it.
The baptism in the Holy Spirit is a “refreshing.” It can cause the weary to find rest in their souls. It enables believers to express in another language the conflicts that are in their hearts and minds, and find release from them. Yet, many believers are taught to refuse the very remedy God has provided for their soul.
In Acts 1:4, just before His ascension to heaven, the Lord Jesus Christ gave His disciples specific instructions to wait in Jerusalem for “the promise of the Father.” What was this promise of the Father? Well, it goes back to Isaiah 44:3, where
God the Father made this promise to His Son Jesus: “For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing
upon thine offspring.”
The Father promised the Son that He would pour out His Spirit upon His seed. His seed are all those who believe and call themselves by His name. The Apostle Peter also referred to this “promise” of the Holy Spirit by God the Father in his sermon on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:33. “Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth
this, which ye now see and hear.”
Peter went on to say in Acts 2:39, “For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” This is also a very wonderful blessing for parents, for they have the privilege of passing on this experience to their children. The promise is unto our children as well as unto us. Praise the Lord for this special promise.
There is a third passage in the Old Testament in Joel 2:28 which also speaks of the experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit: “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” Peter quoted this verse in Acts 2:16-17 on the day of Pentecost,saying that the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the signs that accompany it are the fulfillment of the prophecy of Joel:
“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.” Thus, we have adequate confirmation that the baptism of the Holy Ghost was promised in the Old Testament, and that this promise was first realized on the day of Pentecost in Acts chapter 2.
The Lord Himself declared after His resurrection in Mark 16:17 that there are certain experiences that should follow a person’s conversion: “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues.” After we are born-again, we should be filled with the Holy Spirit, and then continue to speak in other tongues on a regular basis. This is something the Lord has provided for every believer. Therefore, to reject it is to
cut ourselves short of everything that God has ordained and purposed for our lives!
When was the baptism of the Holy Spirit first realized? The realization of the promise came during the Feast of Pentecost while the disciples were gathered in the upper room. Acts 2:1-4 records this outpouring of the Holy Spirit: “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.”
Because the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, speaking in tongues has been termed the “Pentecostal experience.” Since the beginning of the twentieth
century there has been a renewal of speaking in other tongues called the “Pentecostal movement.” Speaking in other tongues is a tremendous sign. It is the out rushing of the Spirit of God through the believer. All the
manifestations of the Spirit (such as prophecy, healing, and miracles) were demonstrated in the Old Testament in one form or another, except speaking in other tongues.
The Lord reserved this phenomena for the outpouring of the Spirit of God on the day of Pentecost to serve as an unmistakable sign that confirms that a person has received the baptism
of the Holy Spirit. What happened on the day of Pentecost had never happened before; God was doing a new thing.
There are basically three aspects of the manifestation of tongues:
(1) speaking in other tongues as the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit;
(2) speaking in tongues in our prayer life and worship;
and (3) the gift of tongues for the edification of the Church.
When we speak in tongues, we are:
(1) speaking unto Godand speaking the mysteries of God (1 Cor. 14:2);
(2) declaring the wonderful works of God (Acts 2:11);
(3) magnifying the Lord (Acts 10:46);
and (4) edifying our spirits and strengthening our inner man (1 Cor. 14:4, Rom. 8:26-27).
Speaking in tongues is a gift of the Holy Spirit, but there is also the human element involved. We have to do the speaking with our vocal chords. This is our part. However, the words are given by the Spirit. Acts 2:4 says, “They began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” The Holy Spirit wants to come into us and flow out through us. It is a good idea to start by praising the Lord and worshipping Him in our native language. Then by faith we yield our vocal chords unto the Lord and begin speaking in a new language. We do not have to think about what we say, or formulate the words in our minds because it is a language
that we cannot understand. The Holy Spirit bypasses our minds and intellect and speaks through us. We should not try to make up the words or copy someone else’s tongues. It is
as we speak by faith, that the Holy Spirit will give us the words.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is for every believer in every generation. It is for the Church of Christ today. We must not compromise on this issue. People cannot scripturally say that
speaking in other tongues is not for today. Peter said in Acts 2:38-39: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise [referring
to the baptism of the Holy Spirit] is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”
Peter clearly stated that speaking in other tongues was for his generation and for their children, and that it was also for all those “afar off.” Then he states that the baptism of the
Holy Spirit is for “as many as the Lord shall call.” This means that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for every believer in every generation. Christ declared in Mark 16:17, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they
cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues.” Therefore, you should be assured that this experience is for you as well!
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