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Lesson 14 Hope of Israel Ministries BIBLE Correspondence Course 7

speaking peoples it was called “Pentecost.” to the New Testament Church! Until 300 years
The word “pentecost” refers specifically after the death of Yeshua the Messiah the Day of
to counting the fifty days that was PART of the Pentecost was commonly called the Day of
count from the Wave-Sheaf Offering, up to and Firstfruits.
including the Feast of Firstfruits or Weeks.
(Leviticus 23:15-16.) Counting Fifty Days
1. How long is the Feast of Firstfruits --
Pentecost -- to continue to be KEPT among What day of the week does the Day of
YEHOVAH’s people? Leviticus 23:14, 21. Pentecost fall on? Let’s be sure we understand
2. Should YEHOVAH’s people still be how Pentecost was to be counted.
KEEPING PENTECOST TODAY? Same 1. What day was it that Israel began their
verses. early spring harvest? Leviticus 23:10-11, 14.
3. Did the Messiah’s disciples know they COMMENT: The Wave-Sheaf Offer-
must appear before YEHOVAH God on the Day ing was to be made by the Levitical Priesthood.
of Firstfruits -- Pentecost? Acts 2:1-4. Did they Since there is no Levitical Priesthood today (it
think that YEHOVAH’s ANNUAL HOLY has been replaced by the Melchisedec
DAYS WERE DONE AWAY BY THE Priesthood of Yeshua the Messiah -- Hebrews
DEATH OF YESHUA THE MESSIAH? Same 7:12, 17) this ritual is not continued today.
verses. 2. What day of the week was the Wave
4. Did the apostles continue to KEEP Sheaf offered? Leviticus 23:11.
Pentecost after the crucifixion? Acts 20:16 and I COMMENT: The day of the
Corinthians 16:8. Wave-Sheaf Offering -- the day AFTER the
COMMENT: The last part of Acts weekly Sabbath AND the first day of
20:16 can be translated, “...if it were possible for Unleavened Bread (Nisan 15) -- is the day after
him TO CELEBRATE at Jerusalem, the Day of the Sabbath, that is, the First Day of the Week. It
Pentecost." Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, was should be noted here that the planetary names for
HURRYING to KEEP PENTECOST at the week -- as we use today -- were NOT used by
Jerusalem, 25 years after the Messiah’s the Old Testament Judeans or by the early New
crucifixion and ascension into heaven! Testament Judeans. They simply numbered the
5. By what other name does the Old days of the week -- 1st day, 2nd day, 3rd day, etc.
Testament refer to the Feast of Firstfruits The Sabbath mentioned in this verse
(Pentecost)? Deuteronomy 16:9-12. does refer to BOTH the FIRST annual Sabbath
6. What do Acts 13:14 and 16:13 tell us? of the Days of Unleavened Bread AND the
COMMENT: In Acts 13:14, the weekly Sabbath. This is because time was kept
“Sabbath day Paul kept in Antioch of Pisidia according to the LUNAR calendar -- NOT
should properly be translated, “day of WEEKS”! according to the solar calendar we use today!
In Acts 16:13, the Sabbath meeting held BOTH the weekly Sabbaths AND the annual
by the river in Macedonia was actually the High Days were calculated according to the
Again, the word, “Sabbath” should be translated Since the Biblical weeks are LUNAR in
“WEEKS” from the Greek word, “sabbaton,” nature, Pentecost can fall on different DAYS
which means either “sabbaths” or “weeks.” during the planetary week we observe today. It
The apostle Paul KEPT PENTECOST, will, however, ALWAYS FALL ON ONE OF
or the Feast of Weeks, with Gentile (Israelite) TWO DAYS OF THE FOURTH LUNAR
Christians in Asia Minor and Northern Greece MONTH (Tammuz).
years after YEHOVAH God sent His holy spirit 3. How many days were the Levites to

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