“You shall count seven full weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering. You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath. Then you shall present a grain offering of new grain to the Lord.” – Leviticus 23:15-16
“He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, ‘you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’ When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind.” – Acts 1:1-5; 2:1-2
I have written on many occasions that the 7 Biblical Feasts are not ‘Jewish Feasts’, but they are the Feasts of YHVH. He describes them as ‘His Appointed Times.” Every important New Testament event occurs on the relevant Feast day. We recently celebrated Pesach or Passover, which remembers the Israelites’ deliverance and exodus from slavery in Egypt, and is the precise foreshadow of the events leading up to the death and resurrection of Yeshua, with His precious blood confirming the New Covenant for Israel and for anyone else who receives the atoning power of the blood of the Lamb of GOD.
We are now in the 50 day period that the Jewish people call the ‘Counting of the Omer’ which leads up to the next Feast of YHVH – Shavuot or the Feast Weeks (1 week = 7 days – multiply 1 week x 1 week and you have 49 days leading into the 50th day). The Counting of the Omer begins on the day after the first Sabbath after the Passover. The Omer represents the first fruit of the grain harvest and it was at end of that Passover Sabbath that Yeshua rose from the dead, Himself becoming the First Fruit of resurrected man.
Forty days later, just before Yeshua returned to Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father, He instructed His disciple to remain in Jerusalem until they were filled with the Holy Spirit. (Ruach HaKodesh) They waited for another 10 days and as the 12 disciples were somewhere in the Temple compound (not in the upper room), there came that mighty rushing wind from Heaven and the 12 were baptised by tongues of fire, empowering them for apostolic ministry and changing their lives forever. Peter then stood up with the other 11 who had been hit by the Holy Spirit and he preached a very anointed message, and 3000 Jewish people were born again and they also received a portion of the Holy Spirit.
As I wrote above, the Omer is related to the grain harvest and we make our bread from grain. The Feast of Shavuot celebrates the giving of the Torah or the Word of God at Mount Sinai. As we read in John1:1, Yeshua is the Word become Flesh and He is also the Bread of Life. Now we should all begin to see and understand the relevance of the Feasts of the LORD, and if we are really hungry for more of GOD in our lives, we can celebrate and learn from the Feasts.
The key element is that we have the Word or the Bread of Life dwelling in us, however we must have the other key element which is as much of the Ruach HaKodesh or the Holy Spirit as possible dwelling inside of us.
So as the Jewish people are counting the Omer at this time, I want to encourage all of our ‘Grafted in to Israel’ (Romans 11:17) brothers and sisters in the nations, to be also counting down to the Day of Pentecost. I want to encourage you to fill your being with the Word (that means read the Bible) and pray everyday, maybe even fast, asking the Father to fill you afresh with the Ruach HaKodesh.
Let us be Counting the Omer along with the Jewish people and be praying that we all receive a life changing impartation on the day of Shavuot / Pentecost.
This article originally appeared on Out of Zion Ministries, May 12, 2017, and reposted with permission.