IT DIDNíT HAPPEN AT PENTECOST
I would like to request you to please read my posting entitled
"Jewish Pilgrim Festivals" in alt.religion.christian as to the background
of these festivals. It will make you realize that the speaking in tongues
mentioned in Act 2 did not happen at Pentecost but at the Festival of
Shelters in early October.
I raised the question of which of the three Jewish Pilgrim Festivals of
Pesah (Passover), Shavuot (Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost), and Sukkot
(Tabernacles) would you expect pilgrims from around the world to come to
Israel for the celebration because:
1. This will answer the question of when the speaking in tongues occurred;
2. It will prove that, Passover, when Jesus was crucified, was in August
and not in March or April; and
3. It will prove that Passover was migrating through the seasons.
Point 1 - Did the speaking in tongues by the believers occur at Pentecost?
It is in Acts 2 wherein it mentioned about the believers of Jesus being able
to speak in tongues. It mentioned about Jews from every country in the
world who were in Jerusalem at that time.
If you were a Jew at that time, would you bother to go to Jerusalem to
attend a one-day festival called Shavuot (Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost)?
This was in late May or early June. Or would you rather go to Jerusalem for
the joyous and festive eight-day celebration of Sukkot? This large
gathering of Jews when the apostles were able to speak in the tongues of
people from other lands must have happened during the festival of Sukkot.
And this happened in autumn, in early October when this festival is held, in
the month of Tishri.
Point 2 - When Jesus was crucified, as revealed by the Holy Spirit to us, it
was on August 17. He resurrected on August 20. And He was with the
apostles for 40 more days, after which He ascended to Heaven. This 40th day
falls on September 29. This date is in the month of Tishri, about the first
quarter of this Jewish month. The festival of Sukkot begins on the 15th of
Tishri, meaning early October in the Julian (and in the Gregorian) calendar.
Do you notice that this 15th of Tishri is just after the ascension of Jesus
to Heaven on September 29? It must have been the week in early October when
the believers were gathered and so were the Jews from different lands in
Jerusalem. Why? For the celebration of Sukkot! Therefore, the speaking in
tongues happened at the festival of Sukkot and not at the festival of
Shavuot, or Pentecost. This will then correct the Bible.
Point 3 - The next question is how could Passover be in August? It was
during Passover when Jesus was crucified. During those times, Passover
which is not an agriculture-related festival was migrating through the
seasons--from spring to winter to autumn to summer and back to spring. How
come? Because the religious calendar of the Jews had only twelve months
numbered from 1 to 12. It was purely lunar. It was the basis on their year
from the time of their exodus from Egypt during the 12th century BC. Twelve
lunations equals one year. They used this calendar even after adopting the
Babylonian calendar in 6th century BC. They continued to use this calendar
in concurrence with the Babylonian calendar. That is why the Jews have two
calendars--religious and civil. On the other hand, the civil calendar was
lunisolar which they adopted from the Babylonians after the fall of
Jerusalem causing the exile of the Israelites to Babylonia. It had a 13th
month every 3rd, 6th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 17th and 19th year in a 19-year
cycle. This intercalation of a 13th month caused the Passover which is in
the first month of the religious calendar to shift. And in the lunisolar
civil calendar, they set Shavuot (Sivan 6 and 7 - late May or early June)
and Sukkot (Tishri 15-22, second quarter of October) even though these are
religious festivals. Why? Because these festivals are season-related. They
couldn't migrate through the seasons.
This is all for now. Further explanations will be posted later. Your opinions on the matter are welcome to be heard.