Since the anniversary of Pentecost was just a few days ago, I thought this would be a good time to study the Book of Acts. Acts is a sequel to the Gospel of Luke, and Luke is the author of both. The recipient is “Theophilus.” In his Gospel, Luke puts the events of the life, death, and resurrection of Yeshua in order ( Luke 1: 1-4.).
The Book of Acts begins where the Gospel of Luke ends–with the Ascension of Yeshua into heaven. The author identifies the place of Ascension as the Mount of Olives in the village of Bethany, half a miles from Jerusalem (Luke 24: 50-53 and Acts 1: 12.) Today the Mount of Olives is a cemetery. At His Second Coming, the Messiah will return to the Mount of Olives and the dead will be raised.
In the first chapter of Acts, Luke notes that between the death of Yeshua and His Assension, Yeshua appeared to his disciples over a forty day period. In other words, he appeared to them repeatedly–almost up to the day of Shavuot or Pentecost.
According to Acts 1: 3-5 (GNT), Forty days after his death he appeared to them many times in ways that proved beyond doubt that he was alive. They saw him and he talked with them about the Kingdom of God. And when they came together, he gave them his order: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift I told you about, the gift my Father promised. John Baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
*Up next: The Baptism of the Holy Spirit