Pentecost: Hearts of Stone and Hearts of Flesh

Also see  “The Soul and the Holy Spirit” and “The Holy Spirit”.

On the Feast of Pentecost at Sinai the law was written on tables of stone, and in 31 A.D. the law of God was officially written on the hearts of flesh of the called out! 

In a near future Pentecost the law of God will be written on the hearts of all mankind then living. This will begin with the New Covenant with Israel and be extended to all humanity, as all mankind then living is grafted into spiritual Israel and the New Covenant.

Jeremiah 31:31    Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:

31:33  But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

Jeremiah was not alone for Ezekiel wrote a promise of God saying that after the tribulation:

Ezekiel 11:17   Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord God; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. 11:18 And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence.

11:19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: 11:20 That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

The Pentecost  of 31 A.D. was about the giving of the Holy Spirit to the called out in an official and public manner; writing the Word of God on the hearts of the called out and fulfilling the promise of the New Covenant. 

At a near future Pentecost the Holy Spirit of the New Covenant will be poured out on Israel and upon all flesh; extending the calling out to all mankind and writing the Word of God on the hearts of all mankind still living; establishing the Kingdom of God (Joel 2:27-28). 

We have become confused by considering ourselves first fruits and not understanding that those called during the millennium [after the resurrection to spirit] are also first fruits; for the seventh day is still part of the same week of first fruits! 

During the millennium humanity will be called out and God’s Spirit will be poured out on all flesh, writing the Word of God on their hearts and then being changed to spirit or destroyed for adamant sin at 100 years old; thus completing the full seven thousand year harvest of first fruits.  Then after the millennium comes the main harvest.  

Leviticus 23:16 unto the morrow after the seventh Sabbath, you shall number 50 days; and you shall offer a new offering. And you shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals; they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven.

Leaven is a type of sin.

Leaven in these two Pentecost loaves demonstrates the presence of sin, which requires an atonement, with a sin offering.

The two loaves picture an increase from the one loaf at Wave Offering, to two loaves at Pentecost. It wasn’t necessary to have hundreds or thousands or millions of loaves added to represent everybody. Instead two loaves gave the necessary  picture of increase.

23:21 and you shall proclaim on the selfsame day, [which is the 50th day, a Sunday;] that it may be a holy convocation unto you: you shall do no servile work therein. [the word servile means work of any kind] It shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.

The offering of these two loaves, the special lifting up and bringing back down of these two loaves, made with the leaven representing sin was to take place on the 50th day after the first unleavened wave loaf representing Christ was raised up fifty days previously.

Two loaves are offered, picturing INCREASE; they are to be made with leaven picturing some sin remaining, which is in turn covered by a sin offering. 

This offering does not picture the resurrection of the first fruits who have been called to God over the past 6,000 years.   

This offering and the Feast of Pentecost pictures;

  1. The formal establishment of the New Covenant, which happened on Pentecost in the first century as described in the book of Acts, and
  2. It pictures the expansion of the New Covenant to all of humanity then living with the pouring out of God’s Spirit on all flesh (Joel 2:28) on a future Pentecost to begin and fulfill the remaining seventh day [the 7th one thousand year] of the Spring Harvest of First Fruits called out since Abel. 

The Feast of Unleavened Bread is not just six days long, it is seven days long.  Yes, there is a resurrection to spirit at the end of the sixth day [at the end of 6,000 years], but the remainder of the first fruits harvest continues through the remaining 7th one thousand year millennium. 

  1. Pentecost pictures the pouring out of God’s Spirit on all flesh and the beginning of the Kingdom of God on the earth;  The formal beginning of the New Covenant in the first century, and
  2. The establishment of the kingdom of God over all the earth and the New Covenant being expanded to include all flesh after Messiah the Christ comes.

50 is the first day after 49;  49 being seven times seven is an absolutely complete period of time; with fifty picturing a NEW Beginning.

The 50th day then meant a new beginning for mankind and an increase of the people of God.

Now notice the atoning sin offering sacrifice which was offered in conjunction with both of these loaves. The people’s sins being represented by the leaven were covered by the sin offering made on behalf of both of the loaves.

There was an increase then in the family of God, an increase in the first fruits for it is written in Leviticus 23:17, the last line, “this is the first fruits unto the Lord.”

The two loaves represent an increase in the New Covenant calling and writing of the Word of God on the hearts of people, with the leaven within the loaves representing sin; for we must still overcome sin by the power of the Holy Spirit writing God’s Word on our hearts.

Sin being covered by the sin offering representing the sacrifice of Jesus Christ; we are then empowered to overcome all sin and to write the Word of God on our hearts  if we so desire, and if we follow the Spirit of God to learn and to keep the whole Word of God.

These two loaves represent the first fruits having sin, but having that sin atoned for and covered through the application of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Therefore the two loaves do not speak of the already resurrected chosen, but represent an increase in the first fruits when God’s Spirit is poured out on a still imperfect humanity at the establishment of the kingdom of God over all humanity on a future Feast of Pentecost.

Paul tells us: Colossians 2:16 let no man therefore judge or condemn you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come.

Paul tells us that Holy Days, New Moons and Sabbaths are shadows of things to come. They are prophetic in nature. There is going to be a fulfillment of these things.

Therefore we know that the wave offering was fulfilled by Jesus Christ on the literal Wave Offering day; and on the 50th day of Pentecost, there will be a fulfillment of the Feast of First fruits, extending the New Covenant to all humanity. 

This is to be a New Covenant with ISRAEL (Jer 31); which has not happened yet:  And this writing of God’s Word on the hearts of Israel, beings them into a SPIRITUAL New Covenant, and all mankind will be grafted into that Spiritual Israel, 

In the first century the Holy Spirit was given to the spiritually called out of both Jew and Gentile; and the Holy Spirit shall be poured out on all flesh (Joel 2:28); after the day of the Lord.

On that Feast of Pentecost there will be a substantial increase within the family of God as God’s Spirit of the New Covenant is poured out on all flesh (Joel 2:28); and God’s Word is written on the hearts of all humanity. 

We can now see how this is coming about, by turning to:

Acts 2

Acts 2 now goes directly to the Feast of Pentecost in 31 A.D.  All of the disciples had been waiting from Christ’s ascension to heaven on the fortieth day after his resurrection, for ten so days; coming to the fiftieth day after Christ’s resurrection on Wave Offering Sunday; which is the Feast of Weeks called Pentecost.

The twelve and many hundreds of other disciples and tens of thousands of  people that had been scattered abroad; came from across the known world to the Temple for Pentecost.

2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

The Holy Spirit is poured out on the disciples of Christ as a demonstration of God’s approval before all the Jews and as a partial demonstration of what would take place after the day of the Lord; when God’s Spirit will be poured out on ALL flesh (Joel 2:28).

2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Glossa: 2) a tongue a) the language or dialect used by a particular people distinct from that of other nations

2:5 And there were dwelling [staying for the Feast] at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

The tongues were the languages of men from the various nations, and not vain emotionally ecstatic babble.

2:6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

2:7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?  2:8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

The disciples spoke by God’s power, languages not native to themselves. 

2:9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 2:10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, 2:11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

These people were astonished and groping for an answer as to how this could be.

2:12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? 2:13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

Then Peter stands up and begins to preach

2:14 But Peter, standing up with the [the other 11 plus Peter meaning the whole 12 were present] eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them,

Peter’s sermon could well be an example of the sermons preached to people all over the earth as God’s Spirit is poured out on all flesh and the Kingdom of God is established by Jesus Christ and his bride on a near future Pentecost.

Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 2:15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour [9 am] of the day.

2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

2:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: 2:19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Let me ask:  Was 31 A.D. the “last days”?  Was God’s Spirit poured out on ALL flesh in 31 A.D.?   Did the heavenly signs quoted by Peter take place in 31 A.D.?    Was the day of the Lord in 31 A.D.?

NO!  However Peter by quoting Joel, was inspired to reveal that the events of 31 A.D. were a precursor of the events to come on the future day of the Lord and immediately afterwards; when the people would repentantly welcome the coming of Christ with his saints, and God’s Spirit would be poured out on all flesh on a future day of Pentecost!

The Feast of Pentecost was the start of the Theocracy of physical Israel at Sinai:  and IT WILL BE the beginning of the Theocracy of the Kingdom of God at Jerusalem!

The resurrection will come on the sixth day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread; to be followed by the marriage supper in heaven while the seven last plagues are poured out on the earth!  To be capped off by the coming of Christ with his saints to rule the earth in righteousness, and then the pouring out of God’s Spirit on all flesh when the very day of Pentecost comes! 

Brethren, Peter preached the true Gospel on that first century Feast of Pentecost, as it will be preached to all nations and peoples on a soon coming future Feast of Pentecost!!

2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: 2:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: 2:24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

2:25 For David speaketh concerning him, [a Davidic prophecy of Jesus Christ] I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: 2:26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: 2:27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 2:28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of [eternal] life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

Peter speaks of the resurrection of Christ

2:29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.

2:30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his [Christ’s] soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

2:32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

Peter proclaims that the things they had seen on that Pentecost were the evidence of the Holy Spirit falling on the sincerely repentant through the death and resurrection of Christ.

2:33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. 2:34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, 2:35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.

2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus [Hebrew: Yeshua], whom ye have crucified, both Lord [Adonai (Lord), the title given to Messiah] and Christ [Messiah,  Mashiach:  the Anointed One].

The people were taken aback by the flames and signs, and by the preaching of Peter were moved to repentance and asked what they should do.  Even so when Christ comes with his chosen elect and with many signs and wonders, people will be humbled and greatly impressed and ask what they should do to be saved.

2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

Did Peter say:  “Don’t worry Christ will overlook your sins” as long as you attend some corporate group?

Or did he proclaim:  Sincerely REPENT and sin no more?

The way to salvation is to believe the scriptures, repent and make a baptismal commitment to SIN NO MORE, and then the blood of Christ will be applied to you, blotting out sin and bringing the gift of forgiveness and the Holy Spirit!

2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God [God the Father] shall call.

This is only a condensed version of Peter’s sermon

2:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward [a) perverse, wicked b) unfair, surly, forward (stubborn, self-willed)] generation.

2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

On a future Pentecost these things will be expanded as all nations repent and welcome the establishment of the Kingdom of God; and God’s Spirit will be poured out upon all flesh so that even the wild animals are tamed (Isaiah 11).

2:42 And they [the disciples who remained at Jerusalem after Pentecost] continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

2:43 And fear [reverence for God the Father and Jesus Christ] came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the [power of God in the]  apostles.

In the coming Kingdom of God is to begin on Pentecost in the very near future, Jesus and his chosen elect who have been resurrected to spirit will do mighty miracles and the whole earth will turn to live by every Word of God. 

Revelation 20:1  And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 20:2  And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled:

Then the disciples believing that the end was close at hand, shared all that they had with one another.

Acts 2:44 And all that believed [in Jerusalem] were together, and had all things common; 2:45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

The disciples in Judea gathered to Jerusalem and the Temple, and with James the Lord’s brother, were UNITED IN ZEAL for LEARNING and  KEEPING the Word of God!

2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat [food] with gladness and singleness of heart, 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

These first century events are a prophetic allegory about God adding to his family when Christ comes by pouring out the Holy Spirit on all flesh after the day of the Lord is over and the Kingdom of God is established (Joel 2:28)

After Christ comes, on a future Feast of Pentecost God’s Spirit will be poured out on all flesh making even the wild beasts tame as they were originally at creation and the lion will lie down with the lamb and the child shall play on the hole of the serpent: b

All flesh, not just human beings but all creatures will be given a Spirit of peace and calmness: And the very nature of all creatures including man and the vicious beasts will be changed into a nature, a peaceable nature.

Satan will be removed and God’s Spirit is poured out on all flesh, and the Word of God will be written on the hearts of mankind according to Joel 2:28 and Jeremiah 31.

God will pour out his Spirit on all flesh and on that day the Kingdom of God will be established on the earth, ushering in a period of 1000 years of peace and prosperity unknown to mankind before that time.

A wonderful period; a Sabbath of rest for the people of God. In which all people shall be called out as the Millennial Sabbath first fruits, and have God’s Spirit poured out on them, and the Word of God written on their hearts instead of on tables of stone!

There shall be rest from Satan, rest from sin, rest from wickedness: And all people will enjoy and rejoice with their God, and the faithful shall be changed to spirit at the age of 100 years.  See our three article on the Millennium

The Mosaic Covenant, was entered into between God and Israel on the Feast of First Fruits, the Feast of Pentecost.  In that Covenant, the law of God was written on tables of Stone, and physical Israel having hearts of flint and not of flesh could not keep the word of God in its spirit and intent.

The first century pouring out of God’s Spirit was only a fore type of the spiritual New Covenant of Jeremiah 31 which will also begin on the Feast of Pentecost between God and physical Israel; into which all the Gentiles will be grafted. 

Just as those called out over the past 6,000 years have had to grapple with sin, so called out humanity in the millennium will have to overcome their own tendencies, which is why the loaves are made with leaven. 

Now, we know that people had God’s Spirit long before this. That people like Abel and Enoch and Elijah and Moses, all had God’s Spirit. And they were given that spirit by God in faith, that Jesus Christ would complete his mission and offer himself as a sacrifice.

The Lamb of God sacrificed from the foundations of the world, would be fulfilled and those called in faith that Christ would in fact complete the job of atoning for the sins of men. For it is only through repentance and turning away from sin that God’s Spirit will be given to men, for God’s Spirit is given only to those who obey God.

Acts 5:32 and we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Spirit, whom God hath given to those that obey him.

The Holy Spirit is only given to those who obey God.

And spiritual things are spiritually discerned: 1 Corinthians 2:14 the natural, normal, carnal man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for the things of God are foolishness unto them: neither can they know them or understand them, because such things are spiritually discerned.

We must have God’s Spirit in order to discern the things of God. And since we know that Moses and Elijah and Abel and Enoch and Noah, understood and discerned many of the things of God. We know that they had God’s Spirit.

God’s Spirit was given to them in faith, that Christ would fulfill this mission of being a sacrifice and of making atonement for the sins of men. By first living the perfect sinless life himself and then allowing himself to be killed for the sins of others.

Afterwards Jesus was raised up by God the Father and then ascended to God the Father in heaven to be accepted for us:  After which He came down, to demonstrate, and reveal to people that He had indeed been resurrected. Then He spent a few days with people after which he ascended back to the Father, where He ministers as our High Priest, our Intercessor and our Mediator; between us and God the Father. Thus allowing us to have access to God.

Jesus Christ is our High Priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek. That means He has established a new order [actually restored the original pre-Aaron Order] of the priesthood.

Jesus Christ has resumed his role as God’s High Priest, and as our High Priest, bringing before God the Father his own self, his own perfect sacrifice; as an effectual atonement for our sins and interceding between us and the Father so that we might be forgiven and made acceptable to God.  See our article on the Priesthood.

No, the ministry today are not some kind of New Covenant Levite, or some advanced, new age kind of Levite, or anything that is a part of the Mosaic Covenant; which was a Covenant of death, because it offered no spiritual salvation only physical blessings.

We are now under the priesthood of Melchizedek, the priesthood of Jesus Christ. He is our High Priest. Not Moses or Aaron.

Jesus Christ is our sacrifice for sin. Not some physical lambs, bullocks and goats. Jesus Christ was the perfect sacrifice. And having accomplished that perfect sacrifice was deemed worthy to become our High Priest, interceding and mediating with God the Father on our behalf.

Today, every person who is converted and has God’s Spirit, is in the process of having God’s Word written on their hearts, and in training to become priests under the High Priest. We are all training to become priests forever after the order of Melchizedek, under our High Priest Jesus Christ.

That is our calling, that is why the Scripture says, you shall become kings and priests for our God. You are going to become kings and priests that is your reward if you overcome. And you are to become priests forever after the order of Melchizedek under our High Priest, Jesus Christ.

This is the message of the Apostle Paul throughout the entire book of Hebrews. It is an explanation of a change, or the change, in the priesthood. From the priesthood of Aaron, back to the priesthood of Melchizedek. That’s what the book of Hebrews is all about.

Yes, there is a New Covenant. It is a Covenant as Paul writes in Hebrews, where God will place his law on our hearts and in our minds.

It is a Covenant where there is an efficacious atonement, a sacrifice for sin. Which actually does fulfill the need for a complete and total spiritual redemption and deliverance from sin. Allowing us then to turn away from our wickedness, to turn toward God, to start keeping his commandments. And in so doing, we can be filled with the Holy Spirit of God.

The Kingdom of God will be set up on the same Feast of Pentecost that the Mosaic theocracy was set up.

This new beginning is pictured by the Feast of Pentecost, the 50th day, being the first day after seven days times seven weeks.  It is a new beginning on this day, the Feast of First Fruits, the Feast of Pentecost, and there will be a new beginning on this earth and for mankind; with God’s Spirit being poured out on all flesh (Joel 2:28).

Yes, there will be a millennium of peace:  And that New Covenant of the writing of God’s  Word on our hearts will be extended and expanded to include all mankind on the Feast of First Fruits.

Zechariah 14:16   And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.

Zechariah 8:20    Thus saith the Lord of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: 8:21 And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts: I will go also.

8:22 Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord.

8:23 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew [a converted person], saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.

Even as a certain amount of God’s Spirit was poured out on a few people on that first century day of Pentecost, it will be poured out in fullness to all people on that same Feast of Pentecost, the same day of Pentecost in the future; after Satan is removed.

The Feast of Pentecost is much more than a picture of the start of the  New Testament church in 31 A.D. 

Pentecost is a memorial of the start of the Mosaic Covenant of stone; it is a memorial of the official beginning of the New Covenant of writing the Word of God on the hearts and circumcising the hearts of flesh of a few in 31 A.D., to turn their hearts of stone into hearts of flesh; by the dwelling of Christ in our hearts through the Holy Spirit.

Finally it is also prophetic, looking forward to the establishment of the New Covenant and and the Kingdom of God over all the earth, and the writing of the Word of God on the hearts of all flesh then living.

Over a thousand years after Sinai, in Jerusalem, on the Feast of First Fruits or Pentecost, the New Covenant of writing the law of God on the hearts of the called out through the gift of the Holy Spirit was officially confirmed with the public pouring out of God’s Spirit on a few who were called out to be first fruits of God’s New Covenant.

Later, at the end of the Great Tribulation, God’s Spirit will be poured out on all flesh, ushering in and establishing the Kingdom of God over all the earth, bringing in a 1,000 year long Sabbath, or millennium of peace, and extending the New Covenant to all humanity alive at that time.

Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward [after Christ comes], that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 2:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

Yes, friends, on the Feast of First Fruits in the wilderness of Sinai the law of God was written on tables of stone; and on a near future Pentecost the Word of God will be written on the hearts of humanity! 

Then the end of the Millennium will complete the period of the Spring Harvest, or the harvest of first fruits.

Later on in the fall, the Fall Festivals picture the resurrection and the bringing in of the main harvest, the great harvest of all who have lived and died never having known or understood anything regarding God. They will be resurrected and have their minds open, they will repent and be given God’s Spirit, and they will be reaped being brought into the Kingdom of God, into the family of God during the Feast of tabernacles main harvest of lives.

That is what the fall festivals are about. They are about the fall harvest. While the spring festivals are about the spring harvest, the early harvest, the first fruits harvest.

Pentecost is about the establishment of the Kingdom of God over all the earth; and that includes the calling out, repentance, and the gift of God’s Spirit to all flesh at that time!

The book of Ruth is an allegory, set in the Unleavened Bread to Pentecost period. Ruth being a Gentile or non Israelite and not a part of the Mosaic Covenant people, is a figure of those who will yet be called to be a part of the New Covenant and receive the Holy Spirit, which if it is fully followed will write the Word of God on their hearts

Boaz, was a type of Christ to whom the Gentiles would be married along with Israel.

The book of Ruth shows the Old Covenant being extended to Ruth, a Gentile; by her being grafted into Israel through her marriage to Boaz. 

This event in type, foreshadows all mankind being espoused to Jesus Christ (with the potential to overcome and be changed into Spirit, becoming a part of His bride), and grafted into the New Covenant which will be extended to all flesh at the establishment of the Kingdom of God on Pentecost when God’s Spirit is poured out on all flesh (Joel 2:28).

This event at Pentecost, brings all who are still alive being called into the New Covenant; into the spiritual New Covenant of espousal to Christ, and the establishment of the Kingdom of God over all the earth.

 

Warning

I must add a warning; even the gift of the Holy Spirit can be lost if we harden our hearts, as Israel did in the wilderness. 

At this time most of the brethren have by and large hardened their hearts to do what they think is right, departing from any zeal to live by every Word of God. 

If we are zealous to follow the false traditions of men and  have no zeal to learn and to keep the Word of God; how can the Holy Spirit then write God’s Word and law on our hearts?  We must be careful and diligent to love passionately and to keep the whole Word of God; which is how we follow the true Holy Spirit of God!

We must sincerely repent, circumcising our hardened hearts of stone, before the Holy Spirit can begin to write the Word of God on a new heart of flesh.

Deuteronomy 10:16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked [stubbornly self-willed]

Because the nations are not yet ready to sincerely repent and turn to God, God will remove his blessings and this world will go through a humbling trial of Great Tribulation. 

Then Messiah the Christ will come and remove the son of damnation Satan the devil, and he will deliver humanity from bondage to Satan and sin, circumcising the hearts and pouring out the Spirit of Life Eternal on all humanity, beginning with the restoration of all Israel  

Deuteronomy 30:1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath driven thee, 30:2 and shalt return unto the Lord thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul; 30:3 that then the Lord thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath scattered thee. 30:4 If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the Lord thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee: 30:5 and the Lord thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers. 30:6 And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.
 

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  1. You said: “Now, we know that people had God’s Spirit long before this. That people like Abel and Enoch and Elijah and Moses, all had God’s Spirit. And they were given that spirit by God in faith, that Jesus Christ would complete his mission and offer himself as a sacrifice.”
    What scriptures do you read that in?
    In John 7:39 it reads; “John 7:39 KJV
    [39] (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given ; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)”. The “Holy Spirit was not given” until AFTER Jesus died AND was glorified.
    The apostles were given the Holy Spirit by Jesus in John 20:20-22 KJV (AFTER His death)
    [20] And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. [21] Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. [22] And when he had said this, he breathed on them , and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:”
    Then on Pentecost in Acts 2:1-4 KJV
    [1] And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. [2] And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. [3] And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. [4] And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” I take this verse to mean that the Holy Spirit was stirred up within them and they were then able to speak in various languages, not receiving the Holy Spirit, since Jesus had already breathed into them the Holy Spirit. On Pentecost other believers too then received the Holy Spirit.
    Please explain. Thank you.

    Those without God’s Spirit cannot discern spiritual things for the natural mind is enmity against godliness. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of discernment between right and wrong, it is the Spirit of the knowledge of godliness, it is the Spirit of prophecy; therefore the prophets had God’s Spirit as is evidenced in the fact that Paul lists the names of ancient people (Hebrews 11) awaiting the resurrection to spirit which of necessity requires the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    David is promised the resurrection to eternal life at the coming of Christ therefore he had God’s Spirit. 2 Kings 2 is clearly referring to God’s Spirit which was on Elijah and Elisha, for no man has that kind of power and understanding. Joseph had God’s Spirit Gen 41:38. etc etc.

    John Baptist was full of the Holy Spirit from his mother’s womb Luke 1:15 and he was born months before Jesus was born.

    John 7:39 is referencing the fact that once Jesus was born the Holy Spirit was withheld during his life and ministry, UNTIL he had successfully completed that ministry. Nevertheless we are explicitly told that BEFORE the birth of Christ some people had been gifted with the Holy Spirit.

    Further Acts 2 refers to the disciples gather together at Pentecost and does not mean that the Spirit was not given to others previously as it was given to the Apostles in John 20 an dto John Baptist from his mother’s womb Luke 1:15.

    Please see the recent Holy Spirit articles as well as the Acts 1 and 2 studies and also do a concordance word study on the Spirit and the synonym Ghost.

    I hope this helps. James

  2. I thought you all might find this interesting. The Pentecost service which we had today (UCG) taught the same thing as you about Ruth representing the church and Boaz representing Christ. However, the minister also mentioned that we shouldn’t glean in more than one field–and explained it to mean that we should not listen to messages from other churches. He said he was only telling us the same thing the book of Ruth said [symbolically]. He then spoke about the work UCG was doing, and gave the numbers of coworkers and donors and unique visitors to the website. It was very much a sales pitch for UCG. I was surprised that no one else seemed to be shocked by any of it.

    Here is what I said about Ruth I have been teaching this for years now and I have noticed over the past year or more that they have been using a lot of my material but adding their own twists as you mention. Victor even said a few times that we should live by every word of God, but then said as taught by UCG for his twist. Of course they will not go near the Calendar, Festival meanings or the Sanctity of the Sabbath. James

  3. Hi James! What do you believe the 2 lambs that are waved with leavened bread represent?
    Lev 23:20 And the priest shall wave them with the bread of the firstfruits for a wave offering before the LORD, with the two lambs: they shall be holy to the LORD for the priest.

    A sin offering is to be made for the leaven representing sins in the two loaves and along with the sin offering are two lambs for a peace offering [one for each loaf]; representing that with sin atoned for, the sin is removed and the two are reconciled to and at peace with God the Father.

    The two loaves themselves represent an increase of the first fruits from a few called out over the first six thousand years, to include all humanity then living during the millennium. The leaven represents sin and the offerings represent that the way will be opened for ALL humanity then living to be reconciled to God and their sin will be atoned for, thus bringing peace between God the Father and humanity then living.

    23:19 Then ye shall sacrifice one kid of the goats for a sin offering [to cover sin as represented by the leaven], and two lambs of the first year for a sacrifice of peace offerings. 23:20 And the priest shall wave them with the bread of the firstfruits for a wave offering before the LORD, with the two lambs: they shall be holy to the LORD for the priest.

    James

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