Pentecost [Feast of the Firstfruits] or Whit Sunday?
The word Pentecost is found in the New Testament and comes from a Greek term which means “count fiftyâ or “fiftieth day.â In the Old Testament, however, this commanded feast was known by other names such as “Feast of Weeksâ [Exodus 34:22, Deuteronomy 16:10-11], “Feast of Harvestâ [Ex 23:16], “Day of Firstfruitsâ [Numbers 28:26]. The accurate method for arriving at the date for Pentecost can be found in Leviticus 23:9-21 – âcount fifty from the day after the Sabbath during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.â Pentecost is, therefore, always on a Sunday.
The Christian concept of Whit Sunday is indeed related to the idea of Pentecost and sometimes it falls on the accurate scriptural date. It is not acceptable, though, for the change of the name and for the changes in dates for its observance. It is for this reason that the original meaning of the Holy Day has been lost. There are different theories surrounding the etymology of the term Whitsunday, one of which is âwhitâ from âWhite Sunday,â deriving the name from the white garments worn by new converts to be baptized on that Sunday. The spiritual essence of the days has been replaced by secular traditional customs and in many countries âcultureâ supersedes spirituality.
If you know and love Yahshua, you will keep his commandments (1 John 2:1-6). Yahshua kept his Fatherâs commandments perfectly and His Apostles received power from on high on the Feast of Weeks when they were gathered together in one accord to observe Yahwehâs Feast Day. [Acts 2]. Every year the members of the Assemblies of Yahweh observe the Day of Pentecost as an annual Sabbath. On this day we remember the ratification of the covenant that Yahweh made with Israel [Ex 19 and 24] and at the same time we recommit ourselves to keep the covenant that we made with Yahweh.
We praise and thank Yahweh for empowering us with the Holy Spirit and we strive to nurture the spirit by being obedient to Yahweh. Our ultimate goal is to be the Firstfruits of Yahweh and to enter the Kingdom of Yahweh when Yahshua returns.
Think about these things and return to the fundamentals of the Biblical way of life.
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