|In the book of Leviticus, which Moses wrote, the Bible tells about Pentecost. Leviticus 23 & Acts 2 have details on this wonderful church service done once a year. On the day of Pentecost the disciples were gathered together praying when it sounded like a strong wind entered the room. There were tongues of fire seen on each head. The tongues were double tipped showing they could speak in other languages. They were accused of being drunk but they said it was 9 in the morning and people do not get drunk at that hour.|
|Inside the temple on the day of Pentecost, the candlestick was trimmed as usual at 9AM. Olive oil was placed in each bowl and the wicks were trimmed for the lamps to burn brightly. These lights were never allowed to go out all at once. There was always light in God's tent. The fire came from the holy fire which God had sent from heaven during the dedication sacrifice at the altar. This holy fire was the only fire to be used.|
|Seven lambs were brought and sacrificed on this day. The number seven is a perfect number.|
|Next two rams were sacrificed.
When Abraham was tested whether he loved God more than his beloved son Isaac, there was a ram seen caught in the bushes near by. The ram took Isaac's place on the altar. Jesus took our place. We deserve death for our sins but Jesus took the punishment for us. The ram shows Jesus open the way so we can live forever is we believe in Him.
|Then a goat was brought by leaders. Goats are defenders of of the flock. Jesus, our leader, defends all His people against Satan. He raises up a barrier so Satan cannot destroy our faith and courage as long as we keep our eyes on Jesus.|
|The bullock was the sacrifice the priests were to bring. A bullock is a strong male cow. They often used a bullock to plow their fields. This animal worked faithfully. Jesus worked faithfully for us. He was totally devoted to serving all the people. The priests were to be just like Jesus.|
|The usual daily things were also done on the day of Pentecost. The sin offerings were done, the shew bread was replaced and frankincense sprinkled on it. The incense was burned and the candles trimmed.|
first fruits off the garden were to e brought as an offering of thanks to
Two loaves of bread raised with yeast were to e waved before the curtain into the Most Holy Room. Yeast is a symbol of sin. On the event of the resurrection of Jesus, He raised many people that had lived many years before. These people went around telling the true stories to people in Jerusalem and around there. On day 43 they went to heaven with Jesus and were take in before the Father on day 50. They were represented by the two loaves of bread waved before the Most Holy room on day of Pentecost.
out pouring of the Holy Spirit had quite an impact on everyone present.
There was preaching in other languages. People from out of town heard the
messages in their own mother tongue.
There was a unity among people who normally would fight.
Fruits of the Spirit were seen. These are love, joy, peace, long suffering (patience), gentleness, meekness, temperance (living healthfully, taking good care of their bodies) and faith. (Galatians 5:22)
More fruits are: being generous and restraining evil tempers.
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Zechariah saw the same symbols with oil traveling down golden pipes from two olive trees. The bold was gold and held the oil. Seven candles burned from using this oil. The two olive trees are again discussed in Revelation 11:4. These trees are the witness of the old and New Testament parts of the Bible. Our hearts are like the bowls. If we have hard feelings in our hearts, there is no room for the information coming from the Bible. If we are free of hardness in our hearts and full of love, we will not be blind to truth. We will be bright lights to the world sharing truth.
As you study the stories on forgiveness in our web site: illustratedbible.com you will find you can become a gold bowl full of heavens oil. It is not by our might or our power that any good is done but by God the Holy Spirit. (Zech 4:6)