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Is there a hidden message and blessing behind the number 50 on the Day of Pentecost?

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Pentecost is also known as Shavuot the “Feast of Weeks” which is celebrated 7 weeks after Passover (Pesach). The word Pentecost comes from the greek word pentēkostḗ ((from 4002 /pénte, "five") which means 50th referring to the fiftieth day after the Jewish festival of unleavened bread (Passover) which is the end of the barley harvest.

Shavuot ha-Omer begins the 2nd day after Passover which is a religious ceremony of counting of Shavuot every day until the 50th day is reached where Shavuot is celebrated. It is also traditionally celebrated the day the Torah was given on Mount Sinai.

The festival is found in New Testament scriptures Acts 2:1; 20:16; and 1 Corinthians 16; 8. It is first mentioned in Exodus 23:16 as “the feast of harvest” and again in Exodus 34:22 as “the day of first fruits” (Numbers 28:26). From the sixteenth of the month of Nisan (the second day of the Passover), seven complete weeks, i.e., forty-nine days were to be set aside, and this feast was held on the fiftieth day. The manner in which it was to be kept is described in Leviticus 23:15-19 ; Numbers 28:27-29 . Besides the sacrifices prescribed for the occasion, every one was to bring to the Lord his "tribute of a free-will offering" ( Deuteronomy 16:9-11 ). The purpose of this feast was to commemorate the completion of the grain harvest. Its distinguishing feature was the offering of "two leavened loaves" made from the new corn of the completed harvest, which, with two lambs, were waved before the Lord as a thank offering.

The day of Pentecost is also the celebrated day by Christians world wide in which the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles during Peter’s preaching in which thousands were saved and mirrors the day in which the Torah or law of Moses was given to the Israelites. One lead to condemnation and the other to life through Christ (Romans 5:20; 8:3-4; 7:7, 2 Corinthians 3:16-18, Galatians 3:19).

Therefore the number 50 in the New Testament symbolically represents the giving of God’s Holy Spirit. However, in the Old Testament 50 also represents liberation and freedom from captivity and prison. The 50th year is known as a Jubalee which is the 50th year following a cycle of 7 years. On the 50th year captives were set free, prisoners were freed, debt was forgiven, and it was a great time of celebration and joy.

This year, this May of 2018, Jerusalem is celebrating their 51st year annivsary in which Jerusalem was recaptured by Israel from Egypt and Jordan during the 6-day war of 1967. It is also Israel’s 70th anniversary of their re-establishment as a nation since 1948. Both numbers 70 and 50 represent a completion of a season. Interestingly this year, in this month of May, is also the time in which the New US Embassy in Jerusalem will be commenced and ceremonially opened. It symbolically represents the ownership of Jerusalem as the undivided eternal capital of the Jewish people.

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So what does all of this mean? There are no coincidences or accidents. Everything that happens when it happens is for a very specific and important reason. God is communicating to us the significance of the time we are living in in which He is beginning to bring His entire word into completion and fulfillment. This means this generation that we are living in is a very significant and important one, and may be the very last generation until the rapture and the 2nd coming of the Lord.

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