The fire! The thunder! The awesome voice of the Almighty himself delivering the 10 commandments… and that was just the first Shavuot! On this same day in history, the mighty rushing wind of the Holy Spirit was given to Yeshua’s disciples in Jerusalem.
And today, we celebrate the anniversary of both as the inseparable bond between the Torah and the Spirit!
This page includes everything you need to celebrate Shavuot with your family, your friends, your congregation — everyone!
Why Is Rood’s Shavuot Later Than Everyone Else This Year?
Almost everyone celebrated Shavuot on June 12, 2016 this year — but Michael Rood has a different perspective, based on what happened to the calendar this year at Passover time. As noted on the Astronomically and Agriculturally Corrected Biblical Hebrew Calendar, Shavuot 2016 is noted on Sunday, June 19. In this video, Michael explains why he believes this is the correct date for this year (and 2015, too), specifically.
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 2016, Shavuot begins at sundown June 18, as referenced on the Astronomically and Agriculturally Corrected Biblical Hebrew Calendar.
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.
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.
What Does It Mean?
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.