Today as I was pondering on the upcoming Pentecost, I saw one phrase time and time again; The Day of Pentecost marked a turning point in the early church. This is exactly how I feel about THIS PARTICULAR Pentecost. I believe it marks a turning point for the church – I believe there will be a divine shift during this time.
Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Passover. Pentecost was originally an Old Testament festival, since the time of Josephus calculated as beginning on the fiftieth day after the beginning of Passover.
In the Christian calendar, it falls on the seventh Sunday after Easter. It was called the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), and in the Old Testament was originally an agricultural festival celebrating and giving thanks for the “first fruits” of the early spring harvest. (Lev 23, Exodus 23, 34).
While there are other references to Pentecost in the New Testament, it is most significant in Acts 2 and the familiar scene of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on those in the “upper room.” The New Testament writers associate the events of Acts 2 with Pentecost, and relate it to the prophecies of Joel 2 and promises of Jesus (Acts 1:8). In both, the emphasis is on an empowerment through the Holy Spirit.
I looked up some words in Acts 1:4 where it talked about waiting for the promise. In the Strong’s concordance it is defined at ‘waiting for the blessing’ and the time of Pentecost was defined as a time of grateful recognition of the COMPLETED HARVEST.
Jesus had said ‘don’t depart – whatever you do, don’t leave this place, the promised blessing is coming, the Father has promised it and He won’t and can’t lie.’
I believe He is saying the same thing to us today – ‘don’t depart from this place, this place of trusting and declaring and believing, the Father has promised you a blessing – THE BLESSING – in this season, it is time for it, wait for it, don’t depart.’
Many people sense the awesome season we are in and I believe it is peaking this weekend – as we begin to celebrate Pentecost, the time for the celebration of the completion of our harvest on all the seeds you have sown. Now, you may be thinking ‘I don’t see the completion of my harvest.’ God called those things that be not as though they were – we MUST do the same thing.
This time is also called the Day of the First Fruits. In the book of Exodus 19, when the first ‘Shavot’ took place, God revealed Himself in a new and powerful way…so much so that the mountains shook and supernatural events took place. This time called for a day of no work and a holy assembly. It was also the time to present your first fruit offering before the Lord. Most of all, it was a time to meet with God in a new and awesome way. This day is also referred to as the ‘appointed time.’ We too are living in an appointed time. God has been speaking all month, we are hearing the same message from dozens of ministers…GOD IS SPEAKING. Are we expecting?
In the book of Acts when Pentecost took place, the people who were expecting and waiting on God were immersed in the Holy Spirit, they were never the same again. The Holy Spirit came through like a mighty rushing wind, there was a roar and the appearance of fire – it forever changed all those who were present.
“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. “ Acts 2
Many people are giving their first fruit offerings during this time and spending holy, set apart time with God in prayer and worship. I believe there are times when the heavens are absolutely open and I believe this is one of them, one of God’s holy times. Seek His face this Pentecost. Wait on God. Wait on the Holy Spirit. Remind Him that He is no respecter of persons, if He showed up on the day of Pentecost in the New Testament in power then He will show up today for those who are watching and waiting. Expect His power to show up in your life. Expect a divine shift in your life this Pentecost! Expect to experience Him in unusual ways today.
This may be your turning point – Expect it!