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“What Does This Mean?”

02 Apr

In Acts 2 we come to the day of Pentecost and Peter’s first sermon. On that day the Holy Spirit came and filled the disciples of Jesus, and they began speaking in tongues, so that whoever heard them understood what they were saying in their own native tongues. Those who witnessed this were astonished at what was occurring and asked: “What does this mean?” The text begins this way:

Acts 2:1-4 NASB When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. (2) And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. (3) And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. (4) And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.

What struck me as I was reading this was the phrase: “When the day of Pentecost had come…” I was reading this in the KJV which has it: “fully come” – the Greek word being sumpleroo (G4845) meaning “to fill completely” like the hold of a ship (Luke 8:23) or “to complete entirely, fulfill” as a period of time – this according to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon. I began to think of this and how it fit the Feast of Pentecost which is the Greek way of saying the Hebrew “Feast of Weeks.” It is figured from the day of the Wave Sheaf Offering which was done on the Sunday during the seven-day Passover festival one counted 7 weeks (or Sabbaths) plus one day (50 days) or as the Greeks say: “Pentecost” — the fiftieth day!

Peter spoke of the speaking in tongues as the fulfillment of prophecy found in Joel, but I also remembered another prophecy that seems to fit in a unique way that shows Jesus is the Christ. We call the “70 Weeks Prophecy” and it is found in Daniel 9:24-27. The final week of this prophecy (Daniel 9:27) concerns the ministry of Christ on earth and the first 3 ½ years of the ministry of the apostles. This week is further magnified in Daniel 12 where it is broken down into 1260 days [time (1-year) times (2-years) and a half a time (½ year) or 3 ½ years] in Daniel 12:7. This was the period of our Lord’s ministry as seen from two specific points within his ministry. The second half of the 70th week concerns the 1290 days (Daniel 12:11) and concerns the beginning years of the Gospel in Acts; but the 1335 days (Daniel 12:12) ties both the Lord’s ministry and that of the apostles together.

Jesus began his public ministry in Nazareth on the Feast of Trumpets, a Holy Day Sabbath and the Jewish New Year’s Day or the 1st day of the 7th month of the Jewish calendar. Jesus announced:

Luke 4:18-21 NASB “THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, (19) TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.” (20) And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. (21) And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

The 1335 days of Daniel 12 began with the Spirit of God upon Jesus and ended with the Spirit of God coming to rest on the disciples of Jesus on the Day of Pentecost 31 CE or when the “Feast of Weeks” was complete or fulfilled (Acts 2:1).

If you wish to see a graph showing how this works out on paper, you can find it HERE. May God bless all who read, and may he draw all who don’t know him to the understanding that Jesus is the Christ, to whom we all need to submit.

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Posted by on April 2, 2011 in Acts of the Apostles, Prophecy

 

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