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10 Things You Should Know about Pentecost

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Pentecost Sunday falls this year on May 19. But many people, including Christians, may not know why the day is special or what is celebrated. Unlike Easter and Christmas, when colorful eggs, Easter bunnies, Christmas trees and Santa Claus are harbingers of the upcoming Christian holidays, there are no such social markers by secular society ahead of Pentecost. For those who need a quick and basic understanding of what Pentecost Sunday is, below is listed 10 things you should know about the holiday. 1. Pentecost Sunday marks the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles. 2. Pentecost Sunday occurs 50 days after Easter. 3. The Bible records the Pentecost in Acts 2:1-13. 4. Pentecost comes 10 days after the Ascension of Jesus Christ. 5. Pentecost is also known as "the birthday of the Church". 6. Pentecost fulfills Jesus' promise to send the "Counselor" and "Spirit of Truth" in John 16-5-15. 7. Pentecost launches the large-scale spreading of the Gospel after Jesus' ascension. Acts 2:41 records that after Peter spoke to the crowd after receiving the Holy Spirit, some 3,000 people were baptized. 8. The Pentecostal movement derives its name from the New Testament event in Acts 2. 9. Jews also celebrate Pentecost, but not for the same reason as Christians. The celebration by Jews of Pentecost is to observe God giving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai 50 days after the Exodus. The Pentecost in Jewish tradition takes place 50 days after Passover. 10. In Western Churches, Pentecost is usually represented with the color red, which symbolizes the fire of the Holy Spirit. Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/10-things-you-should-know- about-pentecost-sunday-96192/#etQlTm5kUysIg6F6.99

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1 Sarah R = "This article was written in 2013, when Pentecost fell on May 19th. For 2015, Pentecost Sunday is May 24th."
2 Sarah R = "See the story in Acts 2."
3 Sarah R = "Pentecost [N] [B] [H] [S]i.e., "fiftieth", found only in the New Testament ( Acts 2:1 ; 20:16 ; 1 Corinthians 16:8 ). The festival so named is first spoken of in Exodus 23:16 as "the feast of harvest," and again in Exodus 34:22 as "the day of the firstfruits" (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 reckoned, 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 noted in the Christian Church as the day on which the Spirit descended upon the apostles, and on which, under Peter's preaching, so many thousands were converted in Jerusalem ( Acts 2 ).- Easton's Bible Dictionary online"
4 Sarah R = "Called "Shavuot" in Hebrew. See articles:Shavuot and the Christian Significance of Jewish HolidaysShavuot, the Feast of Weeks"