In Acts 2:1-4, we read about the event when Yahoshua (Jesus) sent the Holy Spirit to the earth as He promised He would: “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” What is the significance of this event?
This event has its root in the Old Testament. The Feast of Pentecost is the third feast of Yahweh’s seven yearly appointed Feasts of the Lord (times set up from creation to carry out His plan, teach us about His Redemption Plan, get us to and learn about the coming Kingdom of God). On the 4th day of creation, God created the stars and the moon and the bodies of the firmament not only to provide light in the heavens and on the earth but also to serve as signs to indicate the appointed time to observe the Feasts of the Lord. These appointed times are synchronized with the start and end cycles of the agrarian seasons in Judea. “And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide between the day and the night and let them be for signs, and for appointed seasons and for days and years;’” (Genesis 1:14). When Yahweh instituted His feast days He called them Feasts of the Lord and created a calendar and procedure for their observance. “These are the Feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.” (Lev 23:4, 14, 21).
The significance of these feasts is found in their parallel to the spiritual harvests. The seven feasts are connected to the two yearly agrarian harvest cycles in Judea. The appointed time for the Feast of Pentecost marks the end of the spring harvest (a small harvest in contrast to the fall harvest). The end of the second agrarian harvest (the greater harvest) is the fall harvest coinciding with the final feast of the year, the Feast of Tabernacles. The Feast of Pentecost is also called the Feast of First Fruits. This small harvest (compared to the fall harvest) parallels God’s spiritual harvest at the appointed time of the first resurrection. The church was born on the Feast of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit (the spirit of truth) was poured out on the earth, as prophesied by the prophet Joel adding 3000 souls to the church,
Those who have been found worthy to be in the first resurrection are known as first fruits unto Christ (I Thessalonians 2:1, James 1:18, Revelations 14:4). The First Fruits harvest of the first resurrection is small because they will be serving in the Yahweh’s government under the leadership of Yahshua, over the masses; they will judge angels, judge the world, judge the twelve tribes of Israel (Matt. 19:28; I Cor. 6:2-3) and govern over cities (Luke 19:12-19); reign in the Kingdom of God as kings and priests (Rev. 5:10).
On the Feast of Pentecost, God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai. Christ was born, at the appointed time on the Feast of Trumpets on a weekly Sabbath, 5 B.C. He was crucified, at the appointed time on Passover; He was resurrected (on a weekly Sabbath); at the appointed time he sent the Holy Spirit on the Feast of Pentecost; at the appointed time he will return to the earth (?Feast of Trumpets?). He began his ministry on the Day of Atonement in 26 A.D in a Jubilee year according to the prophecy in Isaiah 61. On the day of Pentecost in that year, He entered into the synagogue and read from the scriptures ( Isa 61:1-2), proclaiming He is the anointed one of God to proclaim the gospel in the Jubilee year (acceptable year of the Lord) Luke 4:18. The Church was born at the appointed time on the Feast of Pentecost (day of Pentecost) when the Holy Spirit came.