Category God’s Appointed Times

Yom Teruah: Feast of Trumpets


Pentecost in Acts vs. Shavuot in Exodus

WHAT DO THE GIVING OF LAW OF MOSES AND PENTECOST HAVE IN COMMON? Shavuot or Feast of Weeks is an annual celebration of the wheat harvest and the Law of Moses that occurs 50 days after First Fruits of the barley harvest (Leviticus 23: 9-17).  Pentecost is another name for Shavuot and is associated with the […]

Acts Chapter 1: The Ascension

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, […]

The Book of Ruth and Shavuot

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Book of Ruth?  Naomi and Ruth?  Ruth and Boaz?  Reading the Book of Ruth during Shavuot (a.k.a. Feast of Weeks and Pentecost) is a Jewish tradition.  Why?  The story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz occurs during the spring harvest.  You can find references […]

June 11-13, 2016, is Shavuot/Pentecost

Pentecost, Shavuot, and Feast of Weeks refer to the same Biblical feast day.  It’s one of God’s Appointed Times, spelled out in Leviticus 23.  To calculate the date of Pentecost, start with the counting of the Omer, which begins after the weekly Sabbath during Passover.  (Many believe that the count begins after the first day of […]

Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, First Fruits

Passover began on Nisan 14 on the Hebrew calendar.  On our Gregorian calendar, that was sundown Thursday, April 21, until sundown April 22.  The first day of Unleavened Bread began on Friday, Nisan 15 or April 22 at sundown.  If you think that’s confusing, you’re not alone.  The “sundown” part of the equation is confusing to those of  […]

Happy New Year!

Today (April 9) is Nisan 1, the beginning of the Biblical year.  Nisan 1 actually began yesterday at sundown because a day in God’s timing is from sundown to sundown.  (See Genesis 1: 5.)  Nissan is called “the first month” in Leviticus 23: 5.  The New Year is followed by Passover, the beginning of the Spring Feasts, on Nissan […]