When most people hear the word “Pentecost”, they think, “Oh, no, restrictions!” They only wear dresses to the floor, no jewelry, no make up, and the women don’t cut their hair. This sounds like the restrictions are only for the women.
However, those are man-made rules and has nothing to do with what the Bible says is Pentecost. Pentecost is the fulfillment of the feast of Pentecost and every believer needs a vital relationship with the Holy Spirit.
Certain denominations give a much different view of Pentecostal, but not according to the Bible. But before we can answer the question of “Is the Holy Spirit Pentecostal? we need to answer some other questions first:
What is Pentecost?
Acts 2:1 – When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (Verse 2) And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as a rushing mighty wine, and it filled the house where they were sitting.
There were three major feasts in Israel, in the first, second, and third month. All were to gather in Jerusalem to celebrate these feasts. Passover represented when the angel of death passed over the children of Israel when they were in Egypt. Passover was the first major feast, then Pentecost, and then Tabernacle. Within those, there were seven feasts of Israel; within Passover, there are three feasts; within Tabernacle there are three feasts; and then they had the feast of Pentecost. Pentecost was held 50 days after Passover; and then Tabernacles; which includes the feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement.
Pentecost was the celebrating of the giving of the Law on Mt Sinai, 50 days after Passover. Pentecost means Pente; means 5; cost means to the tenth power. So, Pentecost means 50th.
But how many Christians think negatively when they hear the word “Pentecost?” People have made it to mean everything except what it means which is 50.
After Jesus’ resurrection, He walked the earth 40 days and then ascended. Ten days later is when they were gathered in the upper room on the Day of Pentecost – 50 days after Passover. Actually Pentecost came 50 days after Jesus resurrection. He was resurrected on Sunday the first day of the week.
Leviticus 23:15 – “And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. (Verse 16) Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the LORD.”
God knew that His Son would die on Passover and resurrect the day after the Sabbath (Saturday). But don’t start counting until the day “after” the Sabbath. So, it didn’t matter if Passover fell on Tue., Wed., or whatever day. God gave instructions to not count the 50 days until after the next Sabbath. He knew when the Holy Spirit would come, and it was to come on the “exact” 50th day. Our God is amazing!
What Happened At Pentecost?
Acts 2:5 – And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. (Verse 6) And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.
All these people who spoke different languages, from all over, heard and understood the wonderful works of God in one language. Pentecost is the blessed reversal of the cursed judgment of Babel. (Go back to Genesis if you are not familiar with the Tower of Babel.) This was a day that every tribe and culture was praising God and understood!
So, when the Law was given there was a loud noise, a cloud descended, there was fire, God wrote His law on tablets of stone, and on that day 3,000 people died.
On the Day of Pentecost, there was a loud noise, and there was fire, a cloud descended God wrote His law on men’s hearts, and 3,000 people were saved!
Is this not amazing how this all comes together? So, the Day of Pentecost is the fulfillment. When God gave the law, no one could keep it. But when the Holy Spirit comes, God’s standards are written on your heart. Jesus came to make us in right standing with God, because we couldn’t be right on our own. The Holy Spirit comes to empower us to live righteous.
Can I experience Pentecost?
Acts 2:3 – Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. (Divided tongues just means individual tongues.) (Verse 4) And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
To many people think “tongues” is a scary word. Tongues comes from the Greek word “Glossa,” which means language. Why in the world would anyone be afraid of that? There is no earthly reason why anyone should be afraid when someone says, “tongues.” It is a language. On that day, all these people that were gathered, heard the wonderful work of God in their own language.
Whatever upbringing you may have had in church about the Holy Spirit, and it made you afraid, there was something defiantly wrong with it. Don’t ever be afraid of what God has written!
You have to believe, by faith that there is a tongue of fire on your head also. We receive Jesus by faith so we receive the Holy Spirit by faith too! There were 120 people in the upper room. This baptism in the Holy Spirit wasn’t just for the 12 disciples. This was for everyone.
Acts 1:4 – And being assembled together with them, He (Jesus) commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father which, He said, “You have heard of Me; (Verse 5) for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” The Promise of the Holy Spirit. is the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
So after the Holy Spirit fell, Peter gets up and speaks, because the people asked what should they do. Peter answers: Acts 2:38 says, “Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sin and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Verse 39) For the promise is to you and to your children and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
All who are “afar off,” is me and you! We weren’t born during this time, however, we are included in this baptism of the Holy Spirit, which is the Promise.
Passover was fulfilled on the day Jesus died (a spotless lamb was slain for the sins of the people – Jesus). The the unleavened bread was taken out the morning after the Sabbath and would wave it before the Lord as a symbol of the first fruits harvest. (Jesus is coming out of the tomb as the symbol of the first fruits of the harvest to come.) Everything that was done lines up the way God intended.
So, can we receive Jesus as our spotless lamb that was slain for us, today? This is the argument against the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit,” which I might add is ridiculous. Too many have taught that it is not for us today, which makes no sense. They teach, because we weren’t alive back then, this is not for us today. We all can experience the fulfillment of Passover and so can each one experience Pentecost. Why one but not the other?
You can be filled with the Holy Spirit just as they were on the Day of Pentecost and don’t allow anyone to tell you otherwise. Yes, we receive the Holy Spirit when we are saved but think of it this way: Have you fully received Him who lives in you? There is a power that comes when we fully receive and accept being baptized with fire by the Holy spirit. Jesus will baptize you with fire to be a witness for the kingdom of God, only if you ask. Ask and receive, doubt and go without. You cannot truly make it in this world without the power of the Holy Spirit.
Let me add one more thing: this is not just a one time deal, it is continuously being filled with the Holy Spirit. And Yes, the Holy spirit is Pentecostal.