Sermon notes:

Acts 1:4-8

Jesus said not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for the gift that was promised.


Hebrews 8

God works with man within a specific time framework. Man cannot determine the appointed times for worship; God has already determined these times.  This is a key element missing from nominal Christianity today.


When does the count to Pentecost begin?

Why is this so important?

  • If the Apostles didn’t count properly, they would have missed it, and the scheduled receiving of the gift  of the holy spirit.


Leviticus 23:10-11, 15-16

10“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest.11He shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.

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.16Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord.


There are two Sabbath’s that occur around this time…. One is the First Day of Unleavened Bread, the other is the weekly Sabbath the occurs within Unleavened Bread.


After Which Sabbath Does the Count Towards Pentecost Begin?

Some believe the Sabbath referred to here is the First Day of Unleavened Bread (this is incorrect).  They follow today’s Jews in this belief. Using a Greek translation (3rd Century BC) of the Old Testament, which used the word “weeks” instead of the word “Sabbath”. But this is not a correct translation.

If we count 7 weeks, we can start at any day of the week.

While the Jews are God’s covenant people, we have to ensure that everything is corroborated by the scriptures and not deviated by their traditions.

Translators will translate within a context of their own understanding, but if they misunderstand, they will err.

We must go to the original scriptures as much as we can in order to understand (and still we can miss things).


Leviticus 23:10-16

Does the word mean “week” or “Sabbath”?

The original Hebrew writings prohibits the use of the word week to replace Sabbath because there is a separate word for week in Hebrew.  Throughout the Old Testament, it is clear in every instance that week and Sabbath are NOT interchangeable.

A week is any 7-day period, but the Sabbath is a specific day that God blessed.


Strong’s #7676: shabbath (pronounced shab-bawth’)

intensive from 7673; intermission, i.e (specifically) the Sabbath:–(+ every) sabbath.


Strong’s #7677: shabbathown (pronounced shab-baw-thone’)

from 7676; a sabbatism or special holiday:–rest, sabbath.



Strong’s #7620: shabuwa` (pronounced shaw-boo’-ah)

or shabuan {shaw-boo’-ah}; also (feminine) shbu.ah {sheb-oo-aw’}; properly, passive participle of 7650 as a denominative of 7651; literal, sevened, i.e. a week (specifically, of years):–seven, week.

Joshua 5:10-12

Some use this reference as an example that the count begins on the First Day of Unleavened Bread.

This high holy day fell on a weekly Sabbath. (It came at the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.


Acts 20:6-7

Example of Wave Sheaf Day coming towards the end of Unleavened Bread proves it couldn’t be the First Day of Unleavened Bread.


6But we sailed away from Philippi after the Days of Unleavened Bread, and in five days joined them at Troas, where we stayed seven days. 7Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.


“First Day of the week” is actually the first day of the Sabbaths (the Feast of Weeks).


Strong’s #3326: meta (pronounced met-ah’)

a primary preposition (often used adverbially); properly, denoting accompaniment; “amid” (local or causal); modified variously according to the case (genitive association, or accusative succession) with which it is joined; occupying an intermediate position between 575 or 1537 and 1519 or 4314; less intimate than 1722 and less close than 4862):–after(-ward), X that he again, against, among, X and, + follow, hence, hereafter, in, of, (up-)on, + our, X and setting, since, (un-)to, + together, when, with (+ -out). Often used in composition, in substantially the same relations of participation or proximity, and transfer or sequence.


When they left Philippi, it wasn’t after the Feast of Unleavened Bread, it was during. Strongs 3326


Where it says, 5 days — they went to Troas on Day 5 of the Days of Unleavened Bread.


Where you see 7 days, it was Day 7 of the Feast.


A Better translation:

“But we sailed away from Philippi after the start of Unleavened Bread, and joined them in Troas on Day 5 where we stayed until Day 7.”

In Acts 16, it explains that the reverse trip to Philippi from Troas also took them 2 days.


Just like Joshua 5, we see we have another double Sabbath, this is the first weekly Sabbath of the Days of Unleavened Bread.


Acts 20:16


Romans 3:1

Jews are a special people, but to this day have not accepted Christ; God has blinded them for a time.

The count to Pentecost begins on the weekly Sabbath that falls within the Days of Unleavened Bread.

Whether we are right or wrong, there is something that God calls Truth; we must hunger and thirst for His Truth. “My sheep know My voice.”