The term Pentecost comes from the Greek Πεντηκοστή (Pentēkostē) meaning "fiftieth". It refers to the festival celebrated on the fiftieth day after Passover, also known as the "Feast of Weeks" and the "Feast of 50 days" in rabbinic tradition.
The interval is still regarded as a religious season. The Pentecost is the only one of the three great feasts which is not mentioned as the memorial of events in the history of the Jews; but such a significance has been found in the fact that the law was given from Sinai on the fiftieth day after the deliverance from Egypt. Comp. Exod 12 and 19.
Pentecost was the celebration of the beginning of the early wheat harvest, which meant that Pentecost always fell sometime during the middle of the month of May or sometimes in early June. There were several festivals, celebrations, or observances that took place before Pentecost.
History of Pentecost – Peter’s First Sermon. The commotion surrounding Pentecost didn’t go unnoticed. Rumors started spreading through the streets of Jerusalem, and crowds started gathering in the area, just west of the temple complex. At some point, Peter moved to the front of the growing crowds with newfound boldness.
The meaning of Pentecost is God’s equipping His church with the power of His Spirit so that He will be glorified among the nations. The point of Pentecost is mission, and the goal of mission is that “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” (Hab. 2:14).
Pentecost: Pentecost, festival in the Christian church marking the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples and the beginning of the church’s global mission. It is celebrated on the Sunday that falls on the 50th day of Easter. Learn more about the significance and history of Pentecost.
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Pentecost is celebrated on the 50th day after Easter (if we count both Easter Sunday and Pentecost Sunday), and it supplants the Jewish feast of Pentecost, which took place 50 days after the Passover and celebrated the sealing of the Old Covenant on Mount Sinai.
Another aspect of the Day of Pentecost is the miraculous speaking in foreign tongues which enabled people from various language groups to understand the message of the apostles. In addition is the bold and incisive preaching of Peter to a Jewish audience.