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INTRO: Next Sunday is the Christian Day of Pentecost. Since we are to have a guest speaker next Sunday I give this message for Pentecost today. I had worked on this for last year and am not sure why I missed preaching on that day. On the Jewish Calendar, Pentecost will be to morrow. We'll see why such differences of dates in this Message. Now this message is mostly informational and though you won't remember much of it, I trust it will answer some questions that you may have wondered about.
One of the rich studies of the Bible is the feasts God set out for Israel. We have just come past what we call Easter but which is actually…? Passover. In the Spring of the year Israel had three feasts; Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Frist-fruits.
All the feasts are prophetic in nature. Passover pictured the death of the Lamb of God; Unleavened Bread pictured the righteous walk that becomes possible because of the death of Christ, and Frist-fruits pictures the first-fruits of the resurrection. These three prophetic pictures have been fulfilled.
The last three feasts are the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Booths. Between those two sets of three feasts came the Feast of Pentecost and that is the day we will commemorate next Sunday.
We saw on Ascension Day that Jesus ascended 40 days after First-fruits. That leaves 10 days until Pentecost and that is what this message is about. Two years ago, I began to study a question regarding Pentecost as it relates to Sunday and that is the topic for this morning. The question is this: How do you determine what day Pentecost is, and what is the significance of the answer to Pentecost Sunday?