This topical study on Pentecost – the birth, mandate and hope of the Church – was given by Pastor Barry Forder on 31st May 2020 (Pentecost 2020) as part of our family service.
Pentecost, the Feast of Harvest, had been celebrated by Jews for centuries, but then in A.D. 32, the year of the Resurrection of Jesus, the reason and purpose of this Jewish festival suddenly and dramatically saw the light of day. Just as Passover, The Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Feast of Firstfruits had, for over a millennium, concealed the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus – in a nutshell, the Christian gospel – the Jewish Feast of Harvest had concealed the unthinkable! An assembly of all people from all nations – Gentiles included – presented as a voluntary offering to God, refined and purified, of the firstfruits of the earth… The Church!
In this study, we look at the details contained in the Torah regarding this feast and see how they foretold the birth of the Church, the spiritual cleansing and purification of the Bride of Christ, her mandate to be witnesses, and the hope of the future gathering into His barn of the Church.
May you be blessed and encouraged by this study.