The Count to Pentecost

The Count to Pentecost

 

 

We believe that the count to Pentecost that begins on the sixteenth of the first month ends on the fiftieth day. But some of the lunar Sabbatarians believe it’s a fifty-three-day count, and some of them believe it a one- hundred-three-day count.

Pentecost means fifty. So that settles the matter. But why are they saying fifty-three days or one-hundred-three-days?

If Pentecost is exactly fifty days from the first fruits (sixteenth of Abib), then this is the biggest blow to the lunar Sabbath theory! This will prove that the weeks are continuous, unbroken cycles uninterrupted by the new moon. That is why they had to come up with figures other than fifty days.

Here is the biblical passage that says how many days after the first fruits is the feast of Pentecost.

And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD. (Leviticus 23:15)

There is no disagreement between us and any of the lunar Sabbatarians as to when it starts. All are in agreement that it starts on the sixteenth of the first month. The difference is when it ends.

 

One-hundred-three-day count?

One of the lunar Sabbatarian camps says it is two counts to Pentecost while the other lunar Sabbath camp say it’s just one count, like we do. Let us first see if the two counts are true.

There are two parts or two counts that must be made before Pentecost can be “fully come.” In addition to the 7 Sabbaths complete, we need to add 50 days, not just add one day for a total of 50 days. (Troy Miller, “The Scriptural Count to Feast of Weeks when Pentecost really is ‘Fully Come,’” p. 1; accessed 12-8-13 at www.creationcalendar.com/CalendarIssue/17FeastOfWeeksSDA.pdf)

Let us look at the passage of scripture again, where they say we need to add the two counts:

And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD. (Leviticus 23:15)

In addition to the 7 Sabbaths complete, we need to add 50 days . . . (Miller, Ibid.)

That will be around one hundred days! What we are told in Leviticus 23:15 is that after seven Sabbaths complete (forty-nine days), the next day, the fiftieth day, is the feast; but what they are saying is after seven Sabbaths complete from the next day add fifty days to arrive at the feast.

This two-count theory can easily be proved wrong by comparing other passages of this same feast.

Moses, the same author of Leviticus, wrote Deuteronomy, as well. Here Moses uses the phrase “seven weeks” instead of the phrase “seven Sabbaths complete,” for they are the same length.

Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as thou beginnest to put the sickle to the corn. And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks unto the LORD thy God . . . (Deuteronomy 16:9, 10)

There is only one count—“seven weeks”—then comes the feast the next day which is the fiftieth day. So the book of Deuteronomy proves that there is only one count to the feast of weeks which in the New Testament is called Pentecost, meaning fifty days.