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Anticipation leading up to Shavuot/Pentecost

We are entering a period, a season, that is of tremendous prophetic importance to the entire Body of Messiah. Yet, many within the Body of Believers have little or no expectations that something significant is set to take place. This is largely because many followers of Yeshua (Jesus) have been blinded to this profound moment on G-D’s timeline, due to traditions established and handed down by those who came before us. The result of this blindness is that believers often miss out on the blessings and promises of G-D in their lives.

Those who believe in the writings of the New Testament are very familiar with what took place in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost. The Spirit of G-D was poured out on upon those in the Upper Room and the revival that followed that outpouring resulted in first 3000 and then 5000 people coming to faith in Yeshua as the Messiah of Israel. Yet, those same people that know the importance of the Day of Pentecost regularly do little more than mention the date in passing as a part of their weekly announcements. After all, they might say, “It was the experience and not the date that was important and we celebrate the experience of Pentecost and the outpouring of the Spirit of G-D every week, right?”

But, what if it was both the experience and the date? What if there is a prophetic connection that was established when G-D created the world and as Genesis 1:14 says, He established the lights in the heavens to establish the appointed times? What if it is G-D’s plan for believers to still spend the weeks between Passover and Pentecost counting the days and preparing for G-D to meet with us in a unique and supernatural way as He did on Mount Sinai and as He did in Jerusalem at the Temple? What would happen if we all took seriously G-D’s instructions to pay attention to these times and seasons and prepared our hearts with expectancy?

I know that the above paragraph contains a lot of “what ifs” and that some who are reading this may not see any of this as important, yet. It is my hope and prayer that by the end of the article the importance will come into focus.

The reason that I bring up these “what ifs” is that this year is unique in that the calendars of Judaism and Christianity all are aligned. The Pharisaic calendar, the Sadducean Calendar, and the Greco-Roman Calendar are all lined up so that all three groups will be celebrating Pesach (Passover) and Shavuot (Pentecost) on the same days. This year the three divergent groups, which normally are in disagreement about when to celebrate and are observing these Feasts of the L-RD on different days (sometimes as much as a month apart), are all going to be worshipping and celebrating on the same day.

With this in mind, and knowing that for the first time in many years everyone will be unified in celebration gathering together on May 20, 2018, I wonder what would happen if we all took seriously the concept of counting the days of preparation this year. What if we joined together as Messianic Jews and Christians in focused prayer for revival each day between Passover and Pentecost? What if we gathered together on Shavuot in unity with expectancy in our hearts, convinced that G-D in His infinite wisdom and planning knew that this year at this time we would all be in unity? What if we did this while knowing that the Scriptures teach us that when we are in unity, walls shake and chains break? I look forward to hearing the testimonies of miracles from those who will choose to step out of their comfort zones and traditions and joined together on this Appointed Time.

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Eric Tokajer
Eric Tokajer is author of With Me in Paradise, Transient Singularity, #ManWisdom, OY! How Did I Get Here?: Thirty-One Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before Entering Ministry, and Jesus is to Christianity as Pasta is to Italians.

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