Shavuot, meaning “weeks” in Hebrew (also known as Pentecost, meaning “fifty” in Greek) is an agricultural feast during which we give thanks to the Creator for the tangible blessings of our “harvests” during the year.
In 2017, Shavuot begins at sundown June 3, as referenced on the Astronomically and Agriculturally Corrected Biblical Hebrew Calendar.
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This Feast of the LORD was first instituted the day following a full 7 weeks (50 days) after the Passover, as the Israelites were camped at the foot of Mount Sinai.
When Did Shavuot Originate?
This was the day that the Almighty shouted his Torah (instructions) from heaven, accompanied by the spectacular sight of Mount Sinai enveloped with fire “to the midst of heaven” (Deut. 4:11).
Has Shavuot Been Fulfilled?
Centuries later, as the Messiah’s disciples were gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate Shavuot — the anniversary of the day the Israelites received the physical Torah (the “commandments”) — the spiritual aspect of the Torah (the Holy Spirit) was poured out.
“Tongues of fire” appeared above the heads of those gathered amidst a “rushing mighty wind” (Acts 2:2); the Hebrew word “ruach” (ROO-ahk) means both “wind” and “spirit.”
This was an undeniable statement from the Almighty that the Torah and the Spirit are one in Yeshua, the Living Torah.
As such, Shavuot is a prophetic and spiritual feast that reminds us of the blessings and gifts that come from our relationship with the Almighty. It is a reminder to act boldly, filled with his Spirit to do his will — to be, that is, servants of the Kingdom.