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Episode: “Pentecost”
Zola explained that when Christ told His disciples to wait for the coming power of the Lord, the Jews were anticipating the celebration of Shavuot.
Series: “The Holy Days of Our Lord (2012)”
with Myles and Katharine Weiss
On location in Israel, we created this presentation of the holidays our Lord celebrated. Given to Moses on Mt. Sinai, these celebrations comprise one of the most fascinating studies of Biblical types and shadows. Since knowledge of these feasts seems to repose mainly with Jewish people, whether Messianic or other, we wanted to acquaint our large audience with this information. Few churches or seminaries teach what we take up in this series. Below are descriptions of each program.

Caption transcript for The Holy Days of Our Lord (2012): “Pentecost” (5/11)

  • 00:02 IT IS WRITTEN IN THE SCRIPTURES
  • 00:04 THAT WE SHOULD JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM THREE TIMES A YEAR.
  • 00:07 WE ARE GOING UP TO THE CITY OF GOD...
  • 00:10 TO JERUSALEM TO CELEBRATE.
  • 00:17 THE LORD TOLD THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL TO HONOR SEVEN HOLY CELEBRATIONS EACH YEAR
  • 00:22 INVOLVING THREE JOURNEYS TO JERUSALEM.
  • 00:24 EACH FESTIVAL WOULD BE UNIQUELY FULFILLED IN THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH.
  • 00:43 SHALOM AND WELCOME TO ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 00:46 I'M MYLES.
  • 00:47 THIS IS KATHARINE.
  • 00:48 AND WE ARE CONTINUING IN OUR SERIES
  • 00:49 "THE HOLY DAYS OF OUR LORD... SHADOWS OF THINGS TO COME"
  • 00:53 WE'RE AT THE TIME OF LOOKING AT PENTECOST
  • 00:55 OR SHAVUOT... THE FEAST OF WEEKS
  • 00:57 WHICH TAKES PLACES 50 DAYS AFTER THE FEAST OF FIRST FRUITS.
  • 01:01 IT'S WHERE THE CHURCH WAS BIRTHED...
  • 01:04 IT'S ON THE SOUTHERN STEPS
  • 01:06 AND JOSEPHUS, ONE OF THE HISTORIANS, EVEN QUOTES THAT THIS IS WHERE GAMALIEL TAUGHT...
  • 01:12 THIS IS WHERE PAUL TAUGHT...
  • 01:14 AND OBVIOUSLY THIS IS WHERE JESUS WALKED UP TO THE TEMPLE.
  • 01:17 SO THE SOUTHERN STEPS HAS SO MANY WONDERFUL MEANINGS FOR US
  • 01:20 AND IT'S WHERE THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS POURED OUT.
  • 01:22 RIGHT, AND ZOLA'S GOING TO DO A GREAT JOB OF TEACHING US ABOUT
  • 01:26 THE ACCURACY OF THE TIME THAT WE'RE IN...
  • 01:28 THE ACCURACY OF THE WAY THE FEAST WAS KEPT...
  • 01:30 HOW THE CHURCH WAS BIRTHED...
  • 01:32 IT'S AN AMAZING STUDY...
  • 01:33 YOU'RE GOING TO REALLY ENJOY THIS.
  • 01:35 WE WANT TO GO TO ZOLA NOW ON THE SOUTHERN STEPS OF THE TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM.
  • 01:44 THE LORD SAID TO MOSES,
  • 01:47 COUNT 50 DAYS TO THE DAY AFTER THE SEVENTH SABBATH.
  • 01:50 THEN YOU SHALL MAKE OFFERINGS UNTO THE LORD.
  • 01:54 BRING FROM YOUR DWELLINGS TWO WAVE LOAVES.
  • 01:57 THEY SHALL BE MADE OF FINE FLOUR AND BAKED WITH LEAVEN,
  • 02:00 ON THAT SAME DAY, YOU ARE TO PROCLAIM A SACRED ASSEMBLY AND DO NO REGULAR WORK.
  • 02:05 THIS IS TO BE A LASTING ORDINANCE FOR THE GENERATIONS TO COME WHEREVER YOU LIVE.
  • 02:14 WE'RE AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH!
  • 02:16 SHALOM, HELLO, AGAIN.
  • 02:17 THIS IS WHERE JESUS AND HIS DISCIPLES ENTERED THE TEMPLE.
  • 02:20 BEHIND ME IS A STAIRCASE, SOMEWHAT RESTORED.
  • 02:23 BUT IT IS AUTHENTIC.
  • 02:25 IT IS WHERE HE AND HIS DISCIPLES FIRST TOOK THEIR RITUAL BATHS.
  • 02:29 THERE ARE "MIKVAOT", OR "RITUAL BATHS" DOWN BELOW,
  • 02:33 CERTAINLY A SYMBOL OF BAPTISM
  • 02:35 AND THEN THEY WALKED UP THE STEPS,
  • 02:37 IN AND OUT OF THE HOLY GATES WHENEVER THEY VISITED THE TEMPLE.
  • 02:40 THIS WAS THE ENTRANCE FOR THE POOR PEOPLE AND THE PLAIN PEOPLE IN THE LAND.
  • 02:43 AND EXCEPT ON THE OCCASION WHERE HE RODE THE DONKEY DOWN FROM THE MOUNT OF OLIVES,
  • 02:47 OUR LORD USED THIS ENTRANCE TO THE TEMPLE.
  • 02:50 WELL, WE ARE HERE BECAUSE HERE IS WHERE THE HOLY SPIRIT CAME.
  • 02:53 THIS PROGRAM IS ABOUT PENTECOST, SHAVUOT, GOD'S POWER, THE SPIRIT AND THE LAW.
  • 02:59 I SAY "SHAVUOT" IN HEBREW BECAUSE THAT MEANS "WEEKS",
  • 03:02 AND IT'S CALLED "THE FESTIVAL OF WEEKS" MANY TIMES...
  • 03:05 THAT'S SEVEN SEVENS.
  • 03:08 AND YOU CAN SEE WHY...
  • 03:09 IN VERSE 15 IT SAYS,
  • 03:27 THE LORD IS HONORING SUNDAY HERE.
  • 03:30 IN OUR LAST PROGRAM ON FIRSTFRUITS,
  • 03:32 I DISCUSSED HOW THE RABBIS GOT RID OF FIRSTFRUITS SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE
  • 03:38 BECAUSE IT WAS SO SYMBOLIC OF THE RESURRECTION.
  • 03:41 IT MUST HAVE CAUSED A LOT OF CONVERSIONS TO THE FAITH IN THE MESSIAH AND SO THEY OMITTED IT.
  • 03:46 IT HARDLY APPEARS ANYMORE ON THE JEWISH CALENDAR.
  • 03:49 BUT WHEN THEY DID THAT THOUGH AS I JUST READ, YOU'D HAVE TO START COUNTING FROM THAT DAY,
  • 03:55 THEY GOT THE COUNTING WRONG.
  • 03:56 THEY STARTED FROM THE SECOND DAY OF THE PASSOVER FESTIVAL
  • 03:59 AND THEY COUNT ANY DAY OF THE WEEK THAT IS 50 DAYS AFTER THAT.
  • 04:03 BUT IT WOULDN'T BE CORRECT
  • 04:05 BECAUSE AS I READ, PENTECOST HAS TO BE ON THE MORROW AFTER THE SABBATH OR ON SUNDAY.
  • 04:10 ANYHOW, THERE IS A LOT TO THIS HOLIDAY THAT THEY HAVE KIND OF CAKED ONTO IT
  • 04:15 BUT I LIKE THE IDEA OF THE SPIRIT.
  • 04:18 IN CHRISTIANITY A SIMILAR THING HAS HAPPENED.
  • 04:22 THEY DIDN'T LIKE THE IDEA OF THE HOLY SPIRIT COMING TO THE JEWISH TEMPLE
  • 04:25 SO THEY HAVE ALWAYS TAUGHT THAT IT CAME TO THE UPPER ROOM.
  • 04:29 THAT'S CRAZY.
  • 04:31 YOU CAN'T PUT 3000 PEOPLE TO THE UPPER ROOM.
  • 04:33 WE TAKE OUR TOURS THERE ALL OF THE TIME.
  • 04:35 IT SIMPLY WON'T HOLD THAT AMOUNT OF FOLKS FOR ONE THING.
  • 04:38 THERE IS ANOTHER THEORY THAT THE 120 WERE THERE
  • 04:41 AND THAT THEY RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT
  • 04:43 WHILE WALKING DOWN MOUNT ZION TOWARD THE TEMPLE SITE.
  • 04:46 IT JUST DOESN'T WORK.
  • 04:48 IT SAYS IN ACTS 2:16
  • 04:51 A MIGHTY ROARING WIND
  • 04:52 FILLED THE HOUSE WHERE THEY WERE SITTING.
  • 04:54 "HOUSE" IN JUDAISM PARLANCE THE "BAYIT" FOR THE WORD "HOUSE"
  • 04:59 IS "THE TEMPLE", THE HOUSE OF GOD.
  • 05:01 THE LORD SAID IN MATTHEW 23:39,
  • 05:03 "YOUR HOUSE IS LEFT UNTO YOU DESOLATE"
  • 05:06 AND THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT HE MEANT THE TEMPLE.
  • 05:08 NO, OF COURSE, THE HOLY SPIRIT CAME HERE.
  • 05:10 DON'T TRY TO MAKE IT LESS JEWISH.
  • 05:12 THIS IS GOING ON EVERYWHERE.
  • 05:14 OUR SEMINARIES WOULD LOVE IT.
  • 05:16 BUT IT WAS IN SOLOMON'S PORTICO
  • 05:19 WHICH RAN THE WHOLE LENGTH OF THAT SOUTHERN WALL YOU SEE BEHIND ME
  • 05:23 AND MORE THAN YOU CAN SEE WAY OVER PAST THIS TURKISH WALL THAT IS STICKING STRAIGHT UP.
  • 05:28 ALL THE WAY TO THE POWER PIT OF THE CORNER OF THE WESTERN SIDE THERE WAS AN AREA OF PILLARS
  • 05:33 WHERE PEOPLE MET OTHER FOLKS AT THE FEAST WHO CAME DOWN FROM THE NORTH
  • 05:37 OR PERHAPS JESUS MET LAZARUS FROM BETHANY OVER THE HILL HERE AT THAT PLACE.
  • 05:42 BUT ANYHOW, THAT IS WHERE THEY GOT TOGETHER.
  • 05:45 THAT IS WHERE THE 3000 WERE SAVED.
  • 05:47 THAT'S WHERE PETER PREACHED THE SERMON.
  • 05:49 THAT'S WHERE THE HOLY SPIRIT CAME.
  • 05:51 NOW, I SAID THE SPIRIT AND THE LAW
  • 05:53 BECAUSE THE RABBIS HAVE SAID THAT PENTECOST WAS THE TIME THAT THE LAW WAS GIVEN AT SINAI.
  • 06:00 IT'S POSSIBLE.
  • 06:02 IT MEANS THAT AFTER PASSOVER THEY JOURNEYED THE SEVEN WEEKS OR SO AND THEN CAME TO SINAI.
  • 06:08 I'M NOT SO SURE.
  • 06:10 BUT ANYWAY IT'S NOT SCRIPTURAL.
  • 06:12 IT'S JUST SOMETHING THEY PUT ON THAT HOLIDAY
  • 06:14 AND I THINK BECAUSE IT'S A FESTIVAL OF HARVEST REALLY,
  • 06:17 IT'S THE BARLEY AND WHEAT HARVEST OF THE SPRING
  • 06:20 WHEN THEY COME OUT OF THE AGRARIAN SOCIETY
  • 06:23 AND THEY HAVE BECOME LESS FARMERS AND MORE TRADESMEN AND SO FORTH,
  • 06:26 THE HARVEST DIDN'T MAKE AS MUCH SENSE SO THEY SEEMED TO CHANGE IT TO SOMETHING ELSE.
  • 06:30 ANYWAY, THERE'S NO TRADITION OF THE LAW...
  • 06:32 THERE'S A TRADITION
  • 06:34 BUT THERE'S NO SCRIPTURAL SUPPORT FOR THE LAW BEING GIVEN AT SHAVUOT.
  • 06:37 THE GREEK WORD "PENTECOST" STANDS FOR "SHAVUOT"
  • 06:42 THE SEVEN WEEKS IN HEBREW.
  • 06:45 AND IT IS THE HARVEST THAT THEY DEPENDED ON ONCE THEY GOT TO THE LAND.
  • 06:50 SO IT WAS 41 YEARS AFTER THIS ANNOUNCEMENT,
  • 06:52 40 YEARS WANDERING AND ANOTHER YEAR TO HARVEST
  • 06:55 UNTIL THEY REALLY COULD CELEBRATE THIS.
  • 06:57 THE TRADITION IN JUDAISM IS IT TAKES SEVEN WEEKS BETWEEN PASSOVER AND PENTECOST
  • 07:02 TO COMPLETE THE WHEAT HARVEST.
  • 07:04 AND THE MODERN JEWS READ THE SCROLLS OF RUTH
  • 07:06 WHO SLEPT IN THE FIELDS OF BOAZ QUITE NEAR HERE OFF TO MY RIGHT AT BETHLEHEM.
  • 07:11 THE HARVEST TIME IS THE COUNTING OF THE OMER FROM FIRST FRUITS TO PENTECOST.
  • 07:17 BUT THEY HAVE IT WRONG.
  • 07:20 THEY COUNT FROM THE SECOND DAY OF PASSOVER.
  • 07:22 AND THEY DO A TIME OF MOURNING.
  • 07:25 THEY STAY UP ALL NIGHT
  • 07:28 BECAUSE THE JEWS THEY SAY FELL ASLEEP OUT THERE IN THE WILDERNESS
  • 07:32 WHEN MOSES CAME DOWN WITH THE LAW AND HE HAD TO WAKE THEM UP AND THIS SORT OF THING.
  • 07:36 ALL OF THAT IS WHAT THEY CALL IN YIDDISH, "BUBBA MEISAH" TALES,
  • 07:40 THEY'RE "GRANDMOTHER STORIES",
  • 07:42 THEY'RE THINGS THAT ARE MADE UP TO GIVE THE HOLIDAY A LITTLE BIT OF HYPE.
  • 07:47 BY THE WAY, WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF BUSY JERUSALEM...
  • 07:49 TOURIST BUSES GOING...
  • 07:50 PILGRIMS COMING
  • 07:52 AND WE JUST HAVE TO DO WHAT WE CAN DO AMONGST ALL OF THAT.
  • 07:55 THIS CITY HAS NEVER STOPPED
  • 07:56 NOT SINCE THE DAY THAT DAVID TOOK IT.
  • 07:58 BUT ANYHOW THIS TIME OF MOURNING...
  • 08:01 THEY HAVE A MOURNING DURING THAT SEVEN WEEKS
  • 08:05 AND THEN THEY STAY UP ALL NIGHT TO READ THE SCRIPTURES
  • 08:08 TO MAKE UP FOR THE JEWS THAT SLEPT THEY SAY.
  • 08:10 THEY EAT DAIRY FOOD AND NOT MEATS
  • 08:12 BECAUSE IT'S EASIER TO STAY AWAKE ON DAIRY FOOD RATHER THAN MEAT.
  • 08:16 ALL OF THIS I'M SAYING IS JEWISH TRADITION.
  • 08:18 NONE OF IT IS SCRIPTURAL.
  • 08:19 BUT SINCE WE'RE HERE TO SAY WHAT THEY DO,
  • 08:22 THAT'S WHAT THEY DO.
  • 08:23 THE CONFIRMATION OF CHILDREN IS ALSO DONE AT PENTECOST.
  • 08:29 I WAS CONFIRMED IN THE SUNDAY SCHOOL.
  • 08:30 BY THE WAY, EVERY NOW AND THEN, SOMEBODY WRITES IN AND SAYS,
  • 08:33 "DO YOU HAVE ANY RIGHT TO SPEAK ABOUT JUDAISM?"
  • 08:35 IT'S USUALLY A JEWISH PERSON.
  • 08:37 AND TIME AND AGAIN I REPEAT THAT I WAS 7 YEARS AT HEBREW SCHOOL,
  • 08:40 10 YEARS IN SUNDAY SCHOOL,
  • 08:42 BAR MITZVAH AND CONFIRMED,
  • 08:43 SANG IN THE SYNAGOGUE CHOIR,
  • 08:45 BECAME THE CONDUCTOR OF THE CHOIR AND SO ON.
  • 08:47 SO, YES, I HAD THE COMPLETE JEWISH EDUCATION
  • 08:50 AND I KNOW THESE THINGS
  • 08:51 AND I KNOW THEY ARE GOING ON.
  • 08:53 BUT WHEN I CAME TO MESSIAH I BEGAN TO READ THE SCRIPTURES
  • 08:56 AND FOUND SOME OF THE THINGS THEY ARE DOING JUST AREN'T RIGHT
  • 09:00 AND SO I DRAW THOSE DISTINCTIONS FOR YOU EVERY TIME.
  • 09:03 BACK AFTER THIS
  • 09:22 ♪SHA'A'LU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM♪
  • 09:26 ♪SHA'A'LU, SHA'A'LU SHALOM♪
  • 09:30 ♪IN THE HOLY CITY OF JERUSALEM♪
  • 09:37 ♪WE WILL PRAY FOR PEACE SHA'A'LU SHALOM♪
  • 09:50 THAT'S ISRAEL.
  • 09:52 IT'S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL LAND.
  • 09:53 WE'D LOVE TO TAKE YOU THERE.
  • 09:55 MYLES AND I HAVE BEEN
  • 09:55 SO MANY TIMES
  • 09:57 AND IT'S OUR JOY
  • 09:58 TO SHARE THIS JEWEL WITH YOU
  • 09:59 RIGHT MYLES?
  • 10:00 I MEAN THERE'S NOTHING LIKE IT.
  • 10:01 IT'S REALLY TRUE.
  • 10:02 I'M ACTUALLY LOOKING FORWARD
  • 10:03 TO GOING AGAIN REALLY SOON.
  • 10:04 IT NEVER GETS OLD.
  • 10:06 NEVER
  • 10:07 THE BEST WAY TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH US
  • 10:08 IS THROUGH THE LEVITT LETTER.
  • 10:10 IT'S FREE TO YOU.
  • 10:11 JUST GET IN TOUCH WITH US
  • 10:12 AT LEVITT.COM OR 1-800-WONDERS
  • 10:14 AND WE'LL SEND IT TO YOU.
  • 10:15 THIS WEEK OUR OFFERINGS ARE
  • 10:17 "THE SPIRIT OF PENTECOST"...
  • 10:18 THE CD AND THE BOOKLET.
  • 10:21 THEY ARE TEACHINGS
  • 10:22 SIMILAR TO WHAT YOU'RE HEARING
  • 10:23 TODAY ON THIS SHOW
  • 10:24 AND SO WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU
  • 10:26 TO WRITE IN
  • 10:27 AND GET THOSE AS WELL.
  • 10:28 AND NOW BACK TO ZOLA.
  • 10:31 ABOVE THE SOUTHERN WALL OF THE TEMPLE, OVER ON THE OTHER SIDE,
  • 10:35 WAS SOLOMON'S PORTICO,
  • 10:37 A LONG SUCCESSION OF PILLARS,
  • 10:40 A SHADED AREA WHERE PEOPLE MET
  • 10:42 AND THAT IS WHERE I BELIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT CAME.
  • 10:46 NOT TO THE UPPER ROOM,
  • 10:47 BUT HERE TO THE JEWISH TEMPLE.
  • 10:48 NO POINT IN TRYING TO MOVE THE SPIRIT AWAY FROM THE JEWS.
  • 10:51 THE HOLY SPIRIT IS STILL SAVING JEWS EVERYDAY.
  • 10:53 AND THIS CHURCH...
  • 10:55 I HAVE OFTEN SAID THAT AMERICANS DON'T SEE THAT MANY JEWS IN THE CHURCH
  • 10:59 BUT I DID A STATISTICAL STUDY.
  • 11:00 JEWISH ADULTS OCCUR ONLY ONE IN EVERY 200 PEOPLE IN AMERICA
  • 11:04 AND AS I HAVE TRAVELED THE CHURCHES FOR NEARLY 30 YEARS
  • 11:07 I CAN TELL YOU THAT ONE OF EVERY 200 PEOPLE IN ANY GROUP OF CHURCHES IS JEWISH.
  • 11:13 THEY ARE EQUALLY SAVED, JEWS AND GENTILES.
  • 11:17 THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY...
  • 11:19 GOD HAS...
  • 11:20 IT'S NOT A SMALL REMNANT.
  • 11:21 IT'S SIMPLY A PER CAPITA STATISTIC.
  • 11:24 THERE ARE AS MANY JEWS PER CAPITA SAVED AS GENTILES IN THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH.
  • 11:27 AND THAT MAKES SENSE BECAUSE WHEN I LOOK BACK IN LEVITICUS 23
  • 11:31 I SEE A FASCINATING VERSE INVOLVED WITH PENTECOST
  • 11:35 WHICH IS ABOUT THE TWO WAVE LOAVES.
  • 11:53 WELL, WE COULD READ THAT CODE VERY EASILY.
  • 11:57 TALK ABOUT A BIBLE CODE
  • 11:58 THIS IS AN EASY ONE.
  • 12:00 THINGS BAKED WITH LEAVEN ARE SINFUL.
  • 12:02 SO THESE TWO LOAVES COULDN'T BE CHRIST AND THE SPIRIT...
  • 12:04 THEY ARE SINLESS.
  • 12:05 THESE ARE ORDINARY MEN,
  • 12:07 SINFUL MEN BAKED WITH LEAVEN.
  • 12:08 BUT IT SAYS THEY ARE FIRSTFRUITS UNTO THE LORD.
  • 12:11 SO THEY ARE RESURRECTED MEN,
  • 12:13 THE FIRSTFRUITS OF THEM WHO RISE.
  • 12:15 IN OTHER WORDS, THESE ARE CHRISTIANS.
  • 12:19 AND HOW IS THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH DIVIDED IN TWO EQUAL PARTS?
  • 12:23 I JUST SAID IT.
  • 12:24 HALF IS JEWISH...
  • 12:26 THAT IS PER CAPITA...
  • 12:27 AND HALF IS GENTILE.
  • 12:28 THESE TWO LOAVES ARE OF EQUAL WEIGHT.
  • 12:30 TWO IS AN IMPORTANT NUMBER THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE.
  • 12:32 THERE ARE TWO WITNESSES.
  • 12:34 IT TAKES TWO TO ESTABLISH A TRUTH IN A JEWISH COURT.
  • 12:36 AND THE LAW HANGS ON TWO COMMANDMENTS, DOESN'T IT?
  • 12:40 THERE ARE ONLY TWO POSITIONS WITH GOD.
  • 12:43 YOU'RE SAVED OR YOU'RE LOST.
  • 12:45 AND THERE'S NOTHING IN BETWEEN.
  • 12:47 IN ANY CASE, THIS IS A FESTIVAL OF HARVEST
  • 12:51 AND JESUS USED THAT IMAGE TIME AND AGAIN.
  • 12:54 IN JOHN 12:23-25, FOR EXAMPLE,
  • 12:58 HE TALKS IN TERMS OF HARVEST AND HIS OWN MINISTRY.
  • 13:34 WOW, IT'S A BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL SENTIMENT
  • 13:36 WHICH HE GAVE IN TERMS OF A HARVEST.
  • 13:39 HE CAME FOR A HARVEST, RIGHT?
  • 13:41 AND ON FIRSTFRUITS AS WE POINTED OUT IN THE PROGRAM LAST WEEK,
  • 13:44 HE DID A LITTLE HARVEST OF HIS OWN.
  • 13:47 GRAVES OPENED
  • 13:48 AND THE PEOPLE WERE WALKING ABOUT IN JERUSALEM...
  • 13:50 WELL THAT WAS HIS OFFERING.
  • 13:51 THE DAY WAS THE SUNDAY AFTER PASSOVER,
  • 13:53 FIRSTFRUITS AMONG THE SEVEN FEASTS.
  • 13:56 NOW, THE JEWS GATHERED HERE AT THE PORTICO IN ACTS 2...
  • 14:01 YOU ALL KNOW THE STORY OF COURSE.
  • 14:03 THEY GATHERED TO DO THE FEAST OF PENTECOST
  • 14:07 AND THE DISCIPLES COULD EASILY COME IN HERE
  • 14:10 EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE AT THAT POINT SORT OF WANTED MEN.
  • 14:12 THEY COULD COME IN A CROWD OF HUNDRED OF THOUSANDS EVEN MILLIONS TO THE TEMPLE SITE...
  • 14:17 IT IS LIKE A GIGANTIC SUPER BOWL...
  • 14:19 CROWDS MOVING BACK AND FORTH...
  • 14:21 AND THEY WERE IN THERE.
  • 14:22 AND THEY FOUND THE SPIRIT.
  • 14:26 THEY WERE THE BEGINNING.
  • 14:28 WHEN THE CHURCH WAS BORN, THEY WERE IN EFFECT, THE FIRST MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH.
  • 14:32 YOU KNOW, THE FIRST MISSION OF THE CHURCH IS EVANGELISM.
  • 14:36 AND THEY WERE THE FIRST EVANGELISTS.
  • 14:38 LET'S LOOK AT THE PASSAGE IN ACTS 2.
  • 14:41 ITS SAYS,
  • 14:52 THE PENTECOST PAINTING IN DALLAS AT THE BIBLICAL ART CENTER,
  • 14:55 THIS MAGNIFICENT 124 FOOT LONG OIL PAINTING OF THE MIRACLE AT PENTECOST...
  • 15:01 I WROTE THE BOOK WITH THE ARTIST IN THE EARLY 70s WHEN HE PAINTED THE THING
  • 15:05 AND ASKED HIM WHY HE PAINTED IT THERE AT THE PORTICO.
  • 15:08 AND HE SAID, "THAT'S WHERE IT HAPPENED."
  • 15:10 HE ASKED THE RABBIS
  • 15:11 AND HE ASKED CHRISTIAN SCHOLARS.
  • 15:14 THE UPPER ROOM REALLY WON'T WASH OTHER THAN IN A LOCAL CHURCH.
  • 15:17 HE MUST HAVE COME HERE TO THE TEMPLE, WHERE JESUS CAME,
  • 15:21 WHERE ABRAHAM CAME TO SACRIFICE ISAAC,
  • 15:23 THE PLACE WHERE THE FATHER CHOSE IN GENESIS 22:2,
  • 15:27 "DON'T SACRIFICE IN ANY PLACE THOU SEEST BUT ONLY IN THE MOUNTAIN I TELL THEE OF."
  • 15:31 SO HERE WE ARE AT PENTECOST
  • 15:33 AND IT SAYS,
  • 15:48 I WANT TO MAKE THAT POINT.
  • 15:50 I ONCE HEARD A PREACHER SAY
  • 15:52 THE GENTILE NEVER HAD A CHANCE UNTIL PENTECOST.
  • 15:54 BUT THE GENTILE DIDN'T HAVE MUCH OF A CHANCE AT PENTECOST EITHER.
  • 15:57 WHO WOULD BE AT THE TEMPLE ON A JEWISH HOLIDAY BUT JEWS?
  • 16:00 AND IT'S OBVIOUS WHEN IT SAYS THEY WERE DWELLING AT JERUSALEM
  • 16:03 JEWS OUT OF EVERY NATION UNDER HEAVEN.
  • 16:06 AND THEN IT SAYS,
  • 16:15 IT SHOULD BE STRESSED THAT THE TONGUES THEY WERE SPEAKING WERE NOT NONSENSE LANGUAGES.
  • 16:18 THEY WERE GREEK AND LATIN
  • 16:20 AND MACEDONIAN AND EGYPTIAN AND LIBYAN
  • 16:22 AND 16 COUNTRIES ARE NAMED HERE WHERE IT ENUMERATES WHERE THEY CAME FROM
  • 16:27 AND THOSE ARE THE LANGUAGES THEY SPOKE.
  • 16:29 AND OF COURSE THEY DIDN'T EVEN NEED AN INTERPRETER
  • 16:31 BECAUSE THE LISTENER HEARD IT, IT SAYS, IN HIS OWN LANGUAGE.
  • 16:35 SO THESE GALILEANS PREACHED THE GOSPEL.
  • 16:38 THE PENTECOSTAL POWER IS EVANGELISM...NOT MIRACLES.
  • 16:42 OFTEN PENTECOST IS REFERRED TO AS THE PLACE WHERE TONGUES BEGAN... AND IT IS
  • 16:46 BUT WHAT REALLY BEGAN WAS THE GREAT COMMISSION...
  • 16:51 THE WITNESSING,
  • 16:52 THE LEARNING THE LANGUAGES OF THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD
  • 16:54 AND GOING TO THEM AND TELLING THEM IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE THAT THEY CAN UNDERSTAND
  • 16:58 THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST...
  • 17:00 IT'S GOING ON EVERYWHERE.
  • 17:02 THAT IS THE WHOLE IDEA OF MISSIONS, YOU KNOW.
  • 17:06 ACTS 1:8 SAYS,
  • 17:19 THAT MUCH WE MIGHT HAVE EXPECTED.
  • 17:20 I MEAN, THE LORD WHEN HE FIRST CAME SAID TO THE DISCIPLES,
  • 17:23 "GO NOT INTO THE CITIES OF THE SAMARITANS OR THE GENTILES"
  • 17:26 "BECAUSE I'VE ONLY COME TO THE LOST SHEEP OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL."
  • 17:29 HE SENDS WITNESSES TO JERUSALEM AND JUDEA THAT WE EXPECT.
  • 17:32 BUT THEN HE SAID, "SAMARIA,"
  • 17:34 ...THEY MUST HAVE SAID "WELL THAT'S A CHANGE."
  • 17:37 AND THEN HE SAID, "AND UNTO THE UTTERMOST PART OF THE EARTH.
  • 17:41 BOY, IF WE TAKE THE GOSPEL OUT THERE TO THE UTTERMOST PART OF THE EARTH...
  • 17:45 MY GOODNESS, THAT'S A DIFFERENCE.
  • 17:49 BUT HE QUOTED JOEL,
  • 17:55 I HEARD IT SAID, "WHAT ABOUT THE SOULS IN THE HOLOCAUST?"
  • 17:58 WELL, I THINK WHEN YOU'RE GOING INTO A GAS CHAMBER YOU DO CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD.
  • 18:03 I DON'T KNOW...
  • 18:04 I HAVE TO CONTRAST IT WITH THE SCRIPTURE THAT SAYS
  • 18:06 NO NAME UNDER HEAVEN BUT JESUS BY WHICH MEN ARE SAVED.
  • 18:10 BUT WHEN WE GO OUT IN THE WORLD,
  • 18:12 WHEN WE TEACH PEOPLE THE GOSPEL,
  • 18:14 IT'S CLEAR THEY KNOW WHAT NAME TO CALL ON.
  • 18:16 THEY DON'T HAVE TO DEPEND ON SIMPLY SAYING,
  • 18:18 "OH GOD, HELP ME."
  • 18:20 THEY SAY, "LORD JESUS, FORGIVE ME."
  • 18:23 AND THAT IS SALVATION FOR SURE.
  • 18:25 I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE OTHER CASE BUT THAT IS SALVATION FOR SURE.
  • 18:28 EVERY CHRISTIAN IS TO BE A SOUL WINNER NOT A COMMITTEE MEMBER IF YOU KNOW WHAT I AM SAYING
  • 18:34 BUT A SOUL WINNER, A FAITHFUL WITNESS.
  • 18:36 GOD IN THE TRIBULATION WILL CALL ON 144,000 OF THE 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL
  • 18:41 AND HE WILL SEND THEM INTO THE WORLD.
  • 18:45 THAT IS A SPLENDID EXAMPLE OF WHAT GOD DOES WHEN IT'S UP TO HIM.
  • 18:48 HE CALLS OUT WITNESSES
  • 18:49 AND HE CALLS OUT JEWISH WITNESSES TO GO TO THE WHOLE WORLD.
  • 18:53 SO..."SHAVUOT"...
  • 18:55 WHAT DOES IT MEAN...PENTECOST?
  • 18:57 IT MEANS REVIVAL.
  • 18:58 THAT IS MOST INTENSIVELY WHAT IT MEANS.
  • 19:01 WE'RE TO GO TO THE WORLD.
  • 19:02 WE'RE TO LEARN THEIR LANGUAGES,
  • 19:04 WE'RE TO SPEAK TO THEM ABOUT THE GOSPEL AND WE'RE TO GET THEM SAVED.
  • 19:16 YOU KNOW, SEEING ZOLA
  • 19:17 ON THE SOUTHERN STEPS
  • 19:19 REMINDS ME AGAIN
  • 19:20 THAT THE ESSENCE OF PENTECOST
  • 19:21 IS THE BIRTH OF THE CHURCH
  • 19:22 AND THE POWER OF SALVATION...
  • 19:24 THE GOSPEL GOING FORTH THROUGH THE NATIONS.
  • 19:26 THE GOSPEL HAS GONE ALL THE WAY AROUND THE WORLD TO THE WEST
  • 19:29 AND NOW IT'S RETURNING TO ISRAEL
  • 19:31 AND SO MANY NOW ARE CALLING UPON THE NAME OF YESHUA,
  • 19:33 IT'S AN AWESOME TIME.
  • 19:35 IN FACT, OUR PRODUCER, KEN BERG, WAS ABLE TO INTERVIEW A FOURTH GENERATION SABRA,
  • 19:39 BORN IN THE LAND, MESSIANIC BELIEVER
  • 19:41 WHO SPEAKS ABOUT HIS TIME OF COMING TO FAITH IN YESHUA, HA'MASHIACH.
  • 19:46 LET'S GO TO KEN IN THAT INTERVIEW
  • 19:49 AS I AM FOUR GENERATION JEWISH SABRA IN ISRAEL.
  • 19:54 THE STORY HAS TO BE BIG BUT I WILL MAKE IT SHORT.
  • 20:00 A SON OF A TRADITIONAL FAMILY
  • 20:05 WHO LEFT THE FAITH OF HIS FAMILY WHEN HE WAS 13 YEARS OLD
  • 20:11 BECAUSE HE COULDN'T SEE GOD IN FRONT OF HIM.
  • 20:15 AFTER 20 YEARS SOMEBODY WAS TELLING ME ABOUT JESUS.
  • 20:21 I SAID, "EVEN THOUGH THAT I'M NOT BELIEVING GOD,"
  • 20:27 "I DON'T WANT TO HEAR THE NAME OF JESUS BECAUSE I AM A JEW."
  • 20:31 BUT THE LORD WANTED SOMETHING ELSE
  • 20:37 AND I STILL HEARD ABOUT JESUS
  • 20:40 AND I WAS WILLING TO READ THE NEW TESTAMENT AS A HISTORY BOOK.
  • 20:45 WHEN I SAW THE NEW TESTAMENT
  • 20:49 AND ALSO IN THE BIBLE
  • 20:51 THE TRUTH ABOUT JESUS;
  • 20:53 IT'S LIKE A SHOCK TO ME.
  • 20:58 IT WAS A SHOCK TO ME
  • 20:59 AND I WANTED TO GO TO OPEN THE EYES OF MY PEOPLE, MY FRIENDS,
  • 21:05 AND SHOW THEM THE TRUTH,
  • 21:08 THAT THEY ARE SO BLIND BECAUSE OF THE TRADITION.
  • 21:14 IT'S A DIFFICULT DECISION, ISN'T IT, TO BECOME A BELIEVER?
  • 21:18 YES, BECAUSE YOU KNOW THAT THE FAMILY WILL COME AGAINST YOU
  • 21:24 ESPECIALLY IF YOU COME FROM A TRADITIONAL FAMILY.
  • 21:28 THEY TRY TO PUSH YOU OUT OF THE FAMILY.
  • 21:31 BUT YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAVE A NEW FAMILY...
  • 21:36 YOU HAVE A BIG FATHER... THAT HE WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU.
  • 21:40 AND YOUR EARTHLY FAMILY WILL WANT TO SEE YOU
  • 21:48 AND THEN YOU CAN SHARE WITH THEM.
  • 21:51 THERE ARE THOSE WHO WOULD SAY
  • 21:53 THAT YOU'RE EITHER A JEW OR YOU'RE A CHRISTIAN,
  • 21:56 YOU CAN'T BE BOTH.
  • 21:57 WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THOSE PEOPLE?
  • 21:59 I SAY TO THEM, I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU CALL ME.
  • 22:03 YOU CAN CALL ME A BUDDHIST,
  • 22:05 YOU CAN CALL ME CHRISTIAN,
  • 22:06 YOU CANNOT CALL ME NO JEW.
  • 22:09 FIRST, NOBODY CAN TAKE THE JEWISHNESS FROM ME.
  • 22:13 I WAS BORN INTO THE JEWISHNESS.
  • 22:16 BUT IF YOU KNOW THAT I BELIEVE IN JESUS,
  • 22:21 I DON'T CARE HOW YOU WILL CALL ME.
  • 22:24 ANYONE CAN BELIEVE IN JESUS, JEW OR GENTILE.
  • 22:29 SO NOBODY CAN COME AND BREAK THOSE WORDS
  • 22:35 BECAUSE JESUS IS FOR EVERYBODY.
  • 22:37 I BELIEVE THAT ALL WHO BELIEVE IN MY MESSIAH IS A REAL JEW...
  • 22:45 IS A COMPLETE JEW...PERFECT JEW.
  • 22:48 WE ARE STUDYING IN THE SERIES THAT WE ARE PRODUCING RIGHT NOW,
  • 22:51 THE FEASTS OF THE LORD MENTIONED IN LEVITICUS 23.
  • 22:55 DO YOU THINK THAT THEY STILL HAVE RELEVANCE TO US TODAY?
  • 22:58 OF COURSE
  • 23:01 YOU SEE, IF YOU KNOW THE FEASTS OF PASSOVER, "PESACH"
  • 23:07 THE STORY OF OUR LIBERATION FROM BONDAGE,
  • 23:12 I KNOW, EVERYBODY HAS TO KNOW,
  • 23:17 THAT THE PEOPLE ARE STILL UNDER BONDAGE TO THEIR SINS
  • 23:24 AND THEY NEED THIS LIBERATION FROM THE BONDAGE
  • 23:28 AND ONLY IF THEY WILL LOOK ON YESHUA, JESUS,
  • 23:35 THEY WILL BREAK THE BONDAGE.
  • 23:38 SO WE HAVE THE MISSION TO GO AND SHOW IT TO THEM.
  • 23:46 WE WERE TALKING BEFORE AND YOU MENTIONED THOSE THREE WORDS
  • 23:49 WHICH HAD SO MUCH MEANING TO YOU..."I'LL BE BACK."
  • 23:53 IT'S CONNECTED TO PASSOVER VERY, VERY MUCH.
  • 23:57 THERE IS ONE ITEM ON THE SEDER PLATE CALLED AN AFIKOMAN.
  • 24:04 AFIKOMAN IS NOT A HEBREW WORD;
  • 24:07 IT IS A GREEK WORD COMING FROM THE WORD AFIKOMANOS.
  • 24:14 WHEN I HEARD A FEW YEARS AGO THE MEANING OF THAT WORD...
  • 24:21 IT'S A VERY PRECIOUS BROTHER THAT SPOKE ABOUT IT
  • 24:27 AND HE SAID THAT THE MEANING IS "I WILL BE BACK."
  • 24:34 AND AS I LOVE ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGAR
  • 24:37 AND I LOVE HIS WORDS "I WILL BE BACK"
  • 24:41 I UNDERSTOOD EVERYTHING ABOUT PASSOVER
  • 24:45 BECAUSE OF THREE WORDS...
  • 24:48 "I'LL BE BACK."
  • 25:25 THAT'S ZOLA PLAYING THE MUSIC THAT HE LOVES SO MUCH, IN ISRAEL.
  • 25:29 AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PENTECOST THIS TIME THIS WEEK MYLES.
  • 25:31 TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT YOU KNOW AND WHAT GOD'S BIRTHED IN YOU THROUGH THIS.
  • 25:35 WELL THERE'S SUCH A PARALLEL
  • 25:37 BETWEEN THE OLD TESTAMENT AND THE NEW TESTAMENT
  • 25:39 ESPECIALLY DURING THE TIME OF SHAVUOT.
  • 25:41 THESE FEASTS OF WEEKS TOOK PLACE 50 DAYS AFTER FIRST FRUITS
  • 25:45 AND THERE'S AN AMAZING PARALLEL.
  • 25:46 TRADITIONALLY THE JEWISH PEOPLE BELIEVED
  • 25:48 THAT AT SINAI THE LAW WAS GIVEN.
  • 25:51 WELL EVERYONE WAS IN TOWN TO CELEBRATE SHAVUOT
  • 25:54 AND THE LAW WAS WRITTEN ON THE HEARTS OF THE FIRST CHURCH.
  • 25:57 AT SINAI THE FIRE CAME ON THE MOUNTAIN TOP.
  • 26:00 IN PENTECOST THE FIRE WAS ON THEIR HEADS LIKE TONGUES OF FIRE.
  • 26:04 IN SINAI THE 3,000 WERE SLAIN
  • 26:07 BECAUSE OF DISOBEDIENCE IN BUILDING THE GOLDEN CALF.
  • 26:10 AT PENTECOST 3,000 WERE BORN AGAIN
  • 26:12 WHEN PETER PREACHED FROM THE SOUTHERN STEPS.
  • 26:15 AND AT SINAI A NATION WAS CALLED IN A DAY
  • 26:18 JUST AS ON THE SOUTHERN STEPS AT PENTECOST THE NATION OF THE CHURCH WAS BORN.
  • 26:24 IT'S AN INCREDIBLE PARALLEL
  • 26:26 BETWEEN THE OLD TESTAMENT AND THE NEW TESTAMENT...
  • 26:28 SEAMLESS CONNECTION FOR US AS BELIEVERS
  • 26:31 THE WAY THAT GOD PROVIDES THIS SEAMLESS TRUTH FROM THE OLD TO THE NEW
  • 26:35 AND KEEPS ON GOING TODAY
  • 26:37 AND EVEN IN TODAY WHERE THE CHURCH HAS BEEN GROWING AROUND THE WORLD
  • 26:41 AND NOW IS ARISING IN ISRAEL AGAIN
  • 26:43 IN PREPARATION FOR THE NEXT FEAST.
  • 26:46 I BELIEVE THAT IF THE LORD KEEPS THE PATTERN
  • 26:49 THAT HE'S KEPT IN THE FIRST THREE FEASTS
  • 26:52 THAT ON THIS FOURTH FEAST
  • 26:53 THAT'S COMING UP NEXT WEEK ON OUR SHOW...
  • 26:55 WHO KNOWS WHEN WITH THE LORD THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS MAY BE
  • 26:59 THE TIME WHEN WE HEAR THAT TRUMPET PLAY
  • 27:01 AND WE SEE HIM APPEAR IN THE SKY.
  • 27:03 AND SO WE REALLY WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO BE WITH US NEXT WEEK.
  • 27:06 REMEMBER WE KEEP GOING
  • 27:07 THROUGH YOUR GIFTS AND DONATIONS
  • 27:09 SO PLEASE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT US
  • 27:11 SO WE CAN BRING YOU THESE GREAT PROGRAMS.
  • 27:12 UNTIL WE SEE YOU AGAIN WE WANT TO URGE YOU...
  • 27:15 SHAL'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM.
  • 27:18 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

Episodes in this series

  1. Overview
  2. Passover
  3. Unleavened Bread
  4. First Fruits
  5. Pentecost
  6. Trumpets
  7. Day of Atonement
  8. Tabernacles
  9. Purim / Hanukkah
  10. Sabbath
  11. Music

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