Today as I was pondering on the upcoming Pentecost. This year Pentecost begins on Sunday, May 31st.
The Day of Pentecost marked a turning point in the early church.
I feel the same turning point excitement about this year’s Pentecost. I believe it marks a significant time for the Church. I further believe there will be a divine shift during this time.
Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Passover. It was originally an Old Testament festival, since the time of Josephus calculated as beginning on the fiftieth day after the beginning of Passover.
On 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. 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. It is related to the prophecies of Joel 2 and promises of Jesus (Acts 1:8). With the emphasis being on the empowerment through the Holy Spirit.
In Acts 1:4, it talks about waiting for the promise. However, the Strong’s Concordance says it in a different way. Interestingly, here it is defined as waiting for the blessing.
The time of Pentecost is also defined as a time of grateful recognition of the completed harvest.
Jesus instructed those who followed Him to not depart. He was, in fact, saying, “the promised blessing is coming…wait for it.”
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 soon to peak. It is time for the celebration of the completion of our harvest on every seed we have sown.
While many of us have not yet seen the completion of our harvest, I believe God is saying, “It is coming, it’s your season, wait for it.”
In the book of Exodus 19, when the first Shavuot took place, God revealed Himself in a new and powerful way. So much so that the mountains shook, and supernatural events took place.
I believe during this time we have a divine opportunity to meet with God in a new and awesome way. It is our appointed time.
Look around, I believe we are living in an appointed time. This is a time of great opportunity. The Bible says when darkness covers the earth, God’s glory will be seen even greater! We are in a time where His glory is about to be revealed all over the world. Are we expecting that? Or are we caught up in the darkness?
In the book of Acts when Pentecost took place, the people were expecting. They were waiting on God. Just as Jesus had said, they were immersed in the Holy Spirit, they were never the same again. The Holy Spirit came through like a mighty rushing wind. It altered the lives of those 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)
Let the excitement of this season capture your heart today. Set aside special time with God. Prepare Him a first fruit offering. There are holy times in God, and this is one of them.
Do not let go of your faith. What God promised you has not changed. Continue to trust Him. Wait on God. Wait on the Holy Spirit. If He showed up in the book of Acts on Pentecost, and He did, He has not changed. He will show up and show out for those who are seeking His face and expecting His blessing. Expect His power to explode in your life. Expect a divine shift! Expect to experience Him in unusual ways, for you and your entire family. I know I am. This just may be our turning point, friends, this time of waiting for the blessing!
Meditate on this:
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26