"Pentecost" (1750s) - Painting by Joseph Ignaz Mildorfer (1719, 1775),
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest.
BibleSearchers Reflections – “At one moment in planetary time, the supernatural intersected with the natural. Oh, yes the tectonic plates beneath the substructure of the City of David had in the past experienced earthquakes and tremors in the subterranean structure of Mount Moriah, Mount Zion and the Mount of Olives. Never before in recorded history did the earthquakes with precision open the tombs of the dead built along base of the Mount of Olives.
Here in the Valley of Jehoshaphat were the most revered sites of the holy ones of Israel who wished that their remains would be located on the eastern slopes of the Mount of Olives. It was their desire that when they were resurrected they could visualize the coming of the Maschiah (Messiah) from the sides of the Mount of Olives as foretold by the prophets of old as He arrived coming on a celestial journey along the King’s Highway’s towards the revered site of the holy temple of Solomon.
Yet according to the Gospel stories, “many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised”. (Matthew 27:52) Though these bodies with their tombs cast open, and their corpses rose out of the ground by the uplift in the earthquake, they laid on the ground for three and a half days until Jesus was resurrected. There after the setting of the sun on Shabbat (Seventh-day Sabbath), the priests went to the fields in the Kidron Valley at the base of the Mount of Olives, to harvest the barley sheaves for the “Waving of the First Fruits”. In the twilight of the old day and the beginning of a new day and a new era, the earth began to tremble again and the ‘Son of God’ as the ‘son of man’ arose from the grave as the “first fruits of those that sleep”. The angelic hosts shouted forth with anthem of praise. “He is Risen!”
Here with the resurrection of Yehoshua, we also see a special resurrection, for the gospels state, “and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.” (Matthew 27:53) The tombs were raised by the tectonic uplift out of the earth yet the sleeping saints did not come out of the graves until they were called by their Lord and Master that they had worshipped in past ages in faith.
The cataclysms surrounding the death of the Prince of David, Yahshua, were only a backdrop to the drama that was being portrayed on Calvary. As the cycles of exile and redemption were portrayed over and over in the Holy Script, so also these cataclysms are a prophetic shadow picture of the return of the Maschiah (Messiah) in the clouds of glory and the catastrophic event that will proceed that glorious moment. This earthquake was also the beginning of omens that would haunt the high priests of Judea as they knew that their world along with their temple was about to end.
A Jubilee of days (fifty days) had passed since the gathering of the Barley sheaves outside the Temple of Herod as the priests were preparing for the First Day of the Waving of the Omer Barley Sheaves as the seven day Feast of Unleavened Bread began. Now fifty days later, the emissaries of the Jewish Messiah were again in the courts of the temple.
It was the early rain at the time of Pentecost that did arrive as “bolts of lightning” upon the disciples and followers of Yehoshua (Jesus). As Nazarene Jewish history would later attest in the “Omens” as documented by Josephus that would haunt Jerusalem. This was the last manifestation of the visible Divine Presence upon the Jewish people until forty years later after their entire city and their holy temple would vanish under the conflagration of destruction.
Acts 2:1-4 – “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
This was not the only time that the manifestation of the Holy Spirit was recorded as coming upon the Nazarene disciples of Yehoshua (Jesus). We also are witness to the testimony of Peter and John after they were released from the interrogation by the chief priests of the House on Ananus. They were reprimanded for healing a lame man on the temple premises. They were given the threat of harsh punishment if they again preached or spoke in the “Name” of Yehoshua (Jesus). The “boldness” of their preaching in the Name of Yehoshua was a national threat to the Jews in Judea in the minds of the Ananus and Caiphas, the high priests of Israel. Peter and John returned to the Synagogue in the Upper Room. There, they were debriefed by the rest of the apostles. Then suddenly in the midst of their prayers and supplications, the room was filled again with the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).
Forty years later, the “voice of the Lord” was heard by the Jewish rabbis that the catastrophic theological era of the disciples of Beit Shammai (School of the Sanhedrin Vice-President Shammai, would no longer be accepted as the “voice of God”. It was the Pharisee Shammai and his disciples who hated the Gentile world and formed Sanhedrin rulings to erect major social barriers between the Jews and the non-Jewish inhabitants of the world. After the destruction of the temple, the Sanhedrin rulings and the teachings of Rabbi Hillel the Elder would become the “voice of God” for the Torah sages and teachers and the accepted Torah rulings by the Almighty One of Israel.
We notice that the first manifestation of the Holy Spirit resulted in physical manifestations of cloven tongues of fire and speaking with other tongues. The second manifestation came differently; it empowered the apostles with special powers to stretch forth the hand of Yehoshua to heal, to produce signs and wonders, and to speak the “word of God with boldness”.
Acts 4:23-31 – “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, who by the mouth of Your servant David have said:
‘Why did the nations rage and the people plot vain things? The kings of the earth took their stand and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord and against His Messiah (Christ).’
For truly against Your holy Servant Yehoshua (Jesus), whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together to do whatever Your hand and your purpose determined before to be done. Now Lord, look on their threats and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching our Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the Name of Your holy Servant Jesus.’ And when they had prayed the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”
This text affirms clearly that the Jewish Rabbi Yehoshua was not killed by the Jews. Yehoshua (Jesus) was rather eliminated by a consortium of apostate Jewish rulers, Edomite globalists, Gentile oppressors, and corrupt leaders and elders of the “people of Israel”. “Herod” was a shadow picture of the future Shabbatean Jewish rulers of Sharon, Olmert, Peres, Barak, and even Netanyahu, the last of the Zionist rulers of Israel. Pilate was a shadow picture of Edom’s (Roman Empire’s) world control resurrected as the Sea Beast’s final imperial power before the arrival of the messiah. The “Gentiles” were a shadow picture of the future “Apostate Roman Christian Church” who sought to corrupt the Torah observant, Shabbat (Seventh-day Sabbath) worshippers, who celebrated the festivals of the Lord at the Temple of the Lord. These were the observant followers of their sage and Master, Yehoshua HaNotzri (Jesus the Nazarene), who lived His life “above the letter of the law”.
These “Gentiles” were also a shadow picture of the future Apostate Islam, who corrupted the world by the “Final Prophet” of the God of Israel, who also claimed to be the “Comforter” [Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit)] by the “False Prophet” of Mecca.
The “People of Israel” were shadow pictures of the future Shabbtean Jews who were followers of the “False Messiah” Shabbatai Zevi, Jacob Frank, the Dolmeh Islamic mystics, the messianic and millennial aspirants of the Illuminati, the Enlightened, the Masons, and the protégé of the of the ancient Knights Templars.
It was the same Apostle Peter, who still clung to the Jewish exclusiveness and sectarian isolation of the Pharisee disciples of Shammai who after his encounter with the household of the Roman Centurion Cornelius and after his dream of the “Sheet with Unclean Animals” that the Lord God commanded him to eat, came to a new reality of Divine Providence. Suddenly Peter had an epiphany. Redemption and Restoration of Israel was not to be only for the Jews. Redemption and Restoration was also the Lost Tribes of the House of Israel that had been scattered and lost in the nations of the earth, but even more so, also for the Righteous Gentiles who through “emuna” in the faith of the anointed Maschiach Yisra’el (messiah of Israel), Yehoshua (Jesus), the Sovereign Son of the Almighty One, would also have an inheritance in the kingdom to come.
Acts 10:34-43 (parts) – “Then Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Yehoshua HaMaschiach (Jesus Christ) – He is Lord of all – that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Yehoshua HaNotzri (Jesus the Nazarene) with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose form the dead…To Him all the prophets witness that, through His Name, whoever believed in Him will receive remission of sins.’”
It was this event and the testimony by Peter, the future Av Beis Din of the Nazarene Sanhedrin, that the God of Israel would accept all men, Jew and Gentile alike, for redemption and salvation. This would become a fundamental foundational belief of the Jewish Nazarenes in their halakhah (how to live the life of Torah). The message and power of the Name of Yehoshua (Jesus) would also be manifested in the lives of Righteous Gentile believers in the Jewish Messiah Yehoshua (Jesus Christ). These Gentiles would also be candidates for the empowerment of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) as they would testify in the mikveh immersion of baptism into water.
Acts 10:44-48 – “While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And those of the circumcision (orthodox Jews) who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered, ‘Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have? And he commanded them to be baptized in the Name of the Lord.”
With spiritual, symbolic, allegorical, and mystical insight, we can also experience a literal power of the Holy Spirit and see a literal coming of God’s messiah. Let those be sobered who consider that the coming of the Messiah will only be a spiritual manifestation without a visible literal event. Let the “spiritual Israelites” or “replacement theologians” also be sobered by the fact that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was a literal manifestation experienced by authentic Jewish Torah observant believers that was sealed by the testimony of sensory expression but reflected in symbolic and spiritual understanding.
Beware of those who believe that the prophetic Book of Revelation is only a prophecy of symbols or to be understood only by those with spiritual understanding (gnosis). The final events of this earth, as testified in the Book of Revelation will be seen, felt, and understood by even by the simplest of people, who with the perception of a child, can perceive goodness and evil. It will not be those who are rationalists, or those whose analytical minds float in the symbolic spheres of hidden understanding but those who can come to the Lord “as little children” who will have the “eyes that can see” and “ears that can hear”.
It was the followers of Yehoshua, prior to the formation of the Hebrew Nazarene Ecclesia (Acts Jerusalem Church) who experienced and literally saw and testified of the cloven tongues of fire at that Pentecost festival. With the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh), the “Last Days” would begin as an era of history was about to close on the national consciousness of the Jewish people. In a little over forty years after Pentecost, the collective symbols of the national and spiritual identity of the Jewish people would be destroyed; Jerusalem and the Temple of Herod. So also it will be, at the time of the end. Today those collective symbols of national and religious identity of Christians, Muslims, and Jews alike will be destroyed before a new era of the Messiah can come and herald the arrival of the ‘Kingdom of God.’”
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