This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost, which actually occurs May 29-30th this year. But, what is so special about Pentecost? Last year I posted about it and I will include some of it here.
God has provided many signs to alert us to the times we are living in and not the least of these alerts are seven yearly feasts known as the Feasts of the Lord. They outline the plan of salvation and they also act as a prophetic calendar which are a rehearsal of God’s end time plan. It consists of 12 thirty-day months and every 13 years a 13th month is added. But this calendar is just the framework for seven yearly appointed times when God makes a special effort to meet with His people, those who have covenanted with Him. These appointed times are called The Feasts of the Lord. Four of them occur in the Spring of the year: Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Weeks (Pentecost). The last three occur in the Fall, in fact in the seventh month of the year; Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Tabernacles. These seven feasts remind God’s people of the most important aspects of our covenant with Him –
- Passover – we have failed to meet God’s standards and need a Redeemer to help us, One who is without sin who is willing to pay the price for our sin which is death.
- Unleavened bread – to walk in this covenant relationship we need to embrace God’s holiness and purge worldly sin from our lives.
- First Fruits – we must put God first in all that we do as our Redeemer did.
- Pentecost – we are to bear fruit for the Lord but we need a heavenly endowment of power to do it so, God will send a Comforter to be with us forever.
- Trumpets – we are watchmen for the lord and are always to be on alert against the enemy. God also warns us of His soon appearing to make sure we are ready.
- Day of Atonement – we need to remember there is a day of judgment coming and we are responsible to prepare our lives. Only we can do it through repentance and belief.
- Tabernacles – to remind us that God is faithful and He is coming to dwell with His people. He will rule on the earth for a thousand years to show all what God’s Rest looks and feels like.
Pentecost reminds us that the Lord expects a harvest. Just like a farmer who tills his fields and plants his seed in expectation of a harvest so, the Lord breaks up the fallow ground and plants His seed, which is the Word of God, in expectation of a harvest of souls. James uses this exact analogy about Pentecost –
“Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.” – James 5:7
On the Pentecost of Acts 2 the Holy Spirit was poured out on the faithful. It was the “former rain” that the prophet Joel talked about and it was given to launch the Church age. Peter preached what Joel had said –
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.
I will show wonders in heaven above And signs in the earth beneath Blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved.” – Acts 2:17-21
The heavenly signs had been given, there were four Blood Red Moons that occurred as Jesus was hanging on the cross at the previous Passover and an eclipse as the sun went dark when Jesus died on the cross.
Now we look to our times. In 2014 and 2015 these same Blood Red Moons appeared for only the 8th time since Jesus was crucified. But now, even more heavenly signs have been given as the sign of Revelation 12 has been fulfilled.
“Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.
And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.” – Rev. 12:1-4
This prophesy was fulfilled in 2016 and 2017 as Jupiter, the King Planet, entered the womb of the constellation Virgo. The sun was clothing her head and the moon was under her feet and the 12 stars (9 stars of Leo and 3 planets) were above her head. Jupiter went into retrograde motion in her womb for 42 weeks minus a day before leaving on September 23, 2017.
The constellation Draco (the red dragon) was above her with its tail covering 1/3 of the heavens and his mouth spewing out the Draconid meteor shower to the earth. And Jupiter begins its 7 year long trek to the Horns of Taurus. These signs are shown in the following video –
Remembering that the Feasts of the Lord are special times when the Lord speaks to His people and remembering that the year 2020 is a special year, the beginning of a new decade, what will Pentecost this year reveal to us? Will it begin the “latter rain” that Joel talked about?
“Be glad then, you children of Zion, And rejoice in the LORD your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, And He will cause the rain to come down for you— The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month.” – Joel 2:23
We need to pray for it as Zechariah said –
“Ask the LORD for rain In the time of the latter rain. The LORD will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, Grass in the field for everyone.” – Zec. 10:1
As we witness the wickedness of men growing worse and as we witness the “falling away” in the Church that Paul talked about with many Christians becoming ‘lukewarm’, we certainly need the “latter rain” of the Holy Spirit to be poured out upon us. We don’t deserve it but, we need it. This Pentecost let us all “ask the Lord for rain” and pray this will be the beginning of the latter rain of the Spirit for the final harvest of souls into the kingdom.