Pentecost is also called the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Harvest.
Our 2022 celebration on God’s calendar begins on Monday 23rd March, or fifty days after Passover on March 3rd.
How did the Jews celebrate the Feast of Pentecost?
The Jews celebrated the Feast of Pentecost for eight days. On the first day of the feast, they went to the Temple of worship.
The priests waved special offerings to God because, in Heaven, the saints wave palm branches to God in worship.
The Feast of Pentecost was celebrated around the time that more of the crops bore. The produce was not a huge amount and was called the FIRSTFRUITS.
An abundance of produce would be evident during the Feast of Tabernacles, the last feast of the year.
Pentecost was a high time of joy and celebration in Israel. In the times of Christ, Jews from all around the world would come to Jerusalem to celebrate. They still do this today.
Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is God. He was present at the Creation in the beginning and created the Heaven and earth.
The Holy Spirit loves righteousness and hates sin. That is why He is called Holy.
We cannot see the Holy Spirit with our eyes. He lives in Heaven and in the hearts of everyone who has repented of sins and obeys the Word Of God.
The Holy Spirit comes to live in the hearts of every believer who confesses that Jesus is the Savior and who turns away from practicing sins.
God poured out His Holy Spirit during a very special Pentecost celebration
Something very very special took place on the first Pentecost after Jesus ascended to Heaven. God sent His Holy Spirit to fill His believers.
Jesus had told His followers to wait and pray for the Holy Spirit to come and fill them. He said this to them after He rose from the dead.
Jesus told His followers that the Holy Spirit would give them the power to tell others about Christ and to do miracles.
After seeing the Lord ascend up to Heaven, His followers obeyed and went to an upper room in a building in Jerusalem.
They were excited and prayed to God to pour out His Holy Spirit on them. It was Pentecost season and they started to pray ten days before the Day of Pentecost.
God sent His Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost
One hundred and twenty of Jesus’ followers waited and prayed in the upper room. They were excited and expectant because the Prophets had foretold that wonderful things would happen when God poured out His Holy Spirit in the earth.
As they prayed, they heard a sound coming from Heaven. It was the sound of a mighty, strong gale force wind. The wind came into the house where they were praying.
They were amazed, but something even more exciting was about to take place. Flames of fire looking like their tongues came from heaven and sat on each of their heads!
This meant that God’s Word would be like fire in their mouths when they preached.
God filled them with His Holy Ghost and they became overwhelmed with great joy. It felt as if God was right there with them.
The followers of Jesus were filled with great joy. They began to praise God very loudly. The room became filled with the noise of their rejoicing and people in the streets could hear them.
The Holy Spirit gave the disciples joy and new languages
The followers of the Lord felt as if they were drunk with the Presence of God. God was very, very present with them.
Their joy increased and they became overwhelmed with it.
The noise of rejoicing in the room escalated. People passing in the streets came in to investigate. They saw the rejoicing, and dancing.
The meeting took to the streets. Hundreds of Jews from other nations became amazed because they heard the Word of God preached in the languages of their nations.
God had given new languages to the believers even though they had never spoken them before. This was so convincing that they paid attention to the message about Jesus being their Savior.
Some of the onlookers began to mock and to say that the disciples were drunk. However, Peter got up and preached to them. Three thousand people believed in Jesus as their Savior and joined the church.
The Holy Spirit Comes At Pentecost bible verses
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.
And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven.
And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language.
And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?
Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome,
both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.”
And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”
But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine
God want to fill children with His Holy Spirit
God told a Prophet called Joel that children would prophesy when He pours out His Holy Spirit on them. This means that He would give them information about things they do not know anything about.
To be filled with the Holy Spirit means to be filled with the character and power of God.
It means to be strong and not afraid; to have the knowledge of God and to respect God.
All you need to do is to ask God and He will fill you.