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Penteco!

The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit & the Harvest of the First Fruit


What Is Pentecost? A holy feast that is celebrated during the third month of Sivan, 50 days AFTER the Passover Sivan falls within the secular months of May and June Pentecost is also referred to as the Feast of Harvest, Feast of Weeks or the Feast of the First Fruits The Feast of Pentecost points to the following: The time when Christ will pour the Holy Spirit upon his saints to prepare them for his coming during the last days The gathering together of the 144,000, a group of saints that are deemed the “first fruit” of God’s harvest or his people

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History Reveals... The children of Israel were commanded to bring a sheaf of the first fruits of their harvest to the priest, to be held until the first day of the week The priest would then wave the sheaf before the Lord so that he would accept them and bless them, which enabled them to officially begin their harvest Exactly 50 days after, on the Feast of Harvest, each family would bake 2 loaves of leavened bread with the flour of the first fruits and bring them to the priests to be offered and waved before the Lord

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History Reveals... Christ died on the Passover and ascended to His Father’s throne on the first day of the week He was seen of the apostles over a period of forty days After the 40 days were over, prior to ascending to the throne again, Christ instructed the apostles that they were to remain in Jerusalem because they were going to be baptized with the Holy Spirit

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Pentecost with the Apostles When the Pentecost arrived, the Holy Spirit fell on the apostles, giving them great faith, strength and the power to perform miracles They also had the ability to preach the gospel in all languages After the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles, it began to fall on others, causing them to repent and be baptized The Pentecost during the time of the apostles is highly prophetic, pointing to events that will occur in the last days

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Symbols of Pentecost Key Symbols

Spiritual Meaning

The first fruit of the harvest that Israel was required to offer unto the Lord

Represents our best effort that we bestow for the Lord as well as the 144,000, which is a special group of saints

2 loaves of leavened bread baked with the flour from the first fruit of their harvest

Represents the 144,000 that are divided into two groups of people (see class “The First Fruit”)

Leavening that Israel was instructed to use when making the bread

Represents the power of the Holy Spirit that causes the word of God to grow, increase & change people in a manner that a small amt. of leavening will do to bread

Priests that offered the loaves

Represents Jesus Christ who will offer us to God the Father

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Spiritual Significance As mentioned earlier, before Israel could begin their harvest they were required to wave a sheaf of the first fruits before God so that he would accept them, hence the name Feast of the First Fruits Spiritually, our first fruits represent our best effort How do we showcase our best effort?...by obeying God’s entire law, performing spiritual works and being willing to make sacrifices so that God remains first within our lives

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Spiritual Significance The first fruit of the harvest not only represents our best efforts but a special group of saints called the 144,000 (See class on “First Fruit”) During the time of harvest, the Lord will first BEGIN with the 144,000, pouring out his Holy Spirit upon them to prepare them for salvation When Pentecost is referred to as the Feast of Harvest, keep in mind that this specifically references the first fruit harvest or the gathering together of the 144,000

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Spiritual Significance We place special emphasis on the Holy Spirit during the Feast of Pentecost (See “Who Is the Holy Spirit”) The outpouring of the Holy Spirit will occur in the last days and will change God’s people on a spiritual and physical level (See the “Outpouring of the Holy Spirit”) This outpouring will NOT be a singular event

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Spiritual Significance The Holy Spirit will FIRST be poured upon the 144,000 just as it first came upon the apostles But this time the Holy Spirit will not only change their hearts and minds....it will also change their bodies to immortal After the 144,000 has been changed the Holy Spirit will then be poured out upon the rest of God’s people

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When Do We Celebrate Pentecost? To calculate the Day of Pentecost begin with Passover Within every week of Passover is the seventh day Sabbath We begin counting the “morrow after Sabbath,” which is Sunday Sunday is day number 1 Count 50 days The 50th day will again be Sunday This 50th day is Pentecost Note: you may also count 7 weeks with week 1 starting after the seventh day Sabbath within the week of Passover, hence the name Feast of Weeks This year Pentecost occurs on May 27, 2012

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How Do We Celebrate Pentecost? Pentecost, like every feast day, is a holy convocation This necessitates two holy days in a row, the seventh day Sabbath preceding Pentecost as well as the actual feast day that occurs on Sunday We decorate our church with the colors of fire including red, yellow and orange to symbolize the Holy Spirit Our ceremony includes songs of praise, prayer ceremony, hand washing & communion, testimonies & a wave loaf ceremony During the wave loaf ceremony each family in our church presents 2 leavened loaves that are to be waved by the minister with a prayer and blessing for each family

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Special Thanks To... This presentation was based on the class written by Evelyn Pointer entitled.... “Pentecost”

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Please Review the Following Scriptures Leviticus 23: 10-21

Joel 2: 23-32

Deuteronomy 16: 9-12

Isaiah Ch. 35

Revelation 7: 3-8

Isaiah 44: 1-5

Revelation 14: 1-4

Jeremiah 31: 31-34

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Questions? For questions regarding this presentation please contact us via email at info@householdofisrael.org or by phone at 219.949.9308 Feel free to visit our website @ www.householdofisrael.org

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Feast of Pentecost