Monday, May 24, 2010
**In This Issue**
- The Feast of
- What Does the Bible Say About...?
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Reflections Newsletter from Reflect His Glory. RHG is a co-ministry
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The Feast of Pentecost
This past Wednesday,
May 19th, was the 6th of Sivan on the Hebrew
calendar, and Jewish people all over the world celebrated
Hag Ha Shavuot,
also known as the Feast of Weeks or as we know it, the Feast of
The Torah, which is comprised of the five books of Moses,
details seven feasts during the Hebrew calendar.
The first three feasts
are in the spring, in the month of Nisan:
The Feast of Unleavened Bread,
Feast of First Fruits.
These feasts are predictive of the First Coming of Christ
In between the spring and fall feasts, fifty days after the Feast of First
Fruits, there is the Feast of Pentecost. This
feast was celebrated last week, and it is also associated with the Church.
The Birth of the Church appears to be a fulfillment of the
Feast of Pentecost. What is of interest
is that this is the only feast, of the seven, in which leavened bread is
The last three feasts are in the fall, in the month of Tishri:
The Feast of Trumpets
The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)
The Feast of Tabernacles.
These three are associated with the
Second Coming of Christ Jesus.
The timing of the Feast of Pentecost is based on Leviticus 23:16 which points to
"the morrow after the seventh sabbath" (fifty days) after the Feast of First
Fruits. The Greek word
"the fiftieth day." Since the Passover
was on the 14th of Nisan, and there were three days to the Red Sea crossing,
then 46 days into the wilderness, and three days of Moses' preparation, this is
deemed to correspond to the 49 day interval between the Feast of First Fruits,
the 17th of Nisan, and the Feast of Pentecost, the 6th of Sivan.
The Feast of Pentecost is associated with the birth of Israel and
the giving of the Law in Exodus 19. It
is also called the Feast of Revelation. Another name for the Feast of Pentecost
Hag Ha Kazir,
The Feast of Harvest, since it is celebrated at the time of the "first harvest."
A study of the Feast of Pentecost is not complete without a review of the Book
of Ruth. The Jewish observance of the Feast of Weeks has always included the
reading of this particular book. It is
challenging to note the interesting parallels relating to the Church. This
elegant love story exemplifies the role of the
or kinsman-redeemer. As we examine
Boaz's role, we notice that he, in many ways, pre-figures our own
kinsman-redeemer, Christ Jesus. Through
his act of redemption, Boaz returns Naomi, a type of Israel, to her land, and
also takes Ruth, a Gentile, as his wife. This suggests a parallel with the
Church as the Gentile bride of the kinsman-redeemer.
The Feasts of Israel, set by God, are not only commemorative, in a historical
context, but are also prophetic of our Lord an d Savior.
What Does the Bible Say About...?
In this section of the
Reflections Newsletter we answer questions that have been asked.
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The question for this issue is, "Could
you discuss the church at Sardis, mentioned in the Book of Revelation?"
Sardis was a commercial and industrial city known for
textiles and jewelry. It was an inland city in the ancient kingdom of
Lydia, which is now the western-most section of the Asian portion of the modern
nation of Turkey. Croesus, the ruler of Lydia, is said to have minted the
world's first coins in Sardis. Lydia fell to Cyrus the Great of Persia in
546 BC. Like much of the Middle East, it then progressed through the hands
of the Greeks, and finally to the Romans, under whose control it was when John
wrote the Book of Revelation.
Sardis had lost most of its earlier notoriety by the early
days of the Christian church. An earthquake had destroyed the city in AD
17, but it was quickly rebuilt. Remains have been found in Sardis of
temples to the Greek gods Artemis and Zeus, and also of a Christian church that
is said to have been constructed before the fourth century AD.
In Revelation 3:1-6, the Lord Jesus criticized the church at
Sardis for being "dead", dull, lifeless, and empty. Without the energy and
spiritual vision necessary to grow, any church would stagnate and eventually
die. However, the Lord recognized that there was still a remnant of
strength in the church at Sardis. He enjoined them to "strengthen the
things that remain, that are ready to die" (Revelation 3:2). He did not
want them to be unprepared for Him when He returned (Revelation 3:3, also see 1
John 2:28). Christ Jesus offered them a three-point plan for achieving
this worthy goal:
how they were first transformed to
Christ Jesus, and get back to the
basics of New Testament
the truth, the only anchor for the
soul in changing times.
of apathy, become vigilant and
diligent in walking with God.
The Lord speaks here to the Godly
remnant of the church, still present among the
unbelievers who had crept in and become the dominant
force, thus leading to the churches dormancy.
For those who overcome, God promised them "white
raiment," the symbol of righteousness given to the
children of God. This theme is repeated in the
description of the Marriage of the Lamb, found in
**MEMORY VERSE OF THE
is my strength and song, and is
become my salvation.
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