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Return to the Father's Heart
So the Earth Will Survive
Robert B. Scott

Return to the Father’s Heart

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Pentecost – Praise Produces Power!

 

Back-to-back Sabbaths Combine Praise and Power

 

 

Sermon by Gerald Budzinski (Notes by Robert Scott)
 
 
In 2009 we learned much new information about Pentecost. This is the only time in the year that two Sabbaths fall back to back on a regular basis. God has a purpose in this. God commanded a year of rest for the land on the 49th year of the Jubilee cycle. They were to eat from what grew naturally from the land that year and in God's ideal plan spend the year in thankfulness and praise for all that God had done for His people. This thanksgiving opened the door for the release of blessing on the 50th year, the year of Jubilee. God granted freedom from the bondage into which Satan had put people through debt. Slaves were set free and people returned to their properties.
 
The same cycle is repeated on Pentecost weekend. On the 49th day of the 50-day count from the “morrow after the Sabbath,” the weekly Sabbath during the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23), we keep a weekly Sabbath that becomes more special than a normal weekly Sabbath. We spend this weekly Sabbath, which becomes part of the Pentecost observance, in the sacrifice of thanksgiving and praise for all God has done for us and for all the believers throughout time. Since God inhabits the praise of His people (Ps. 22:3), He is drawn nearer by our praise. Praise releases the Governor of the earth, the Holy Spirit, to take control. This praise opens the door to the release, freedom, anointing, and restoration on the day of Pentecost. 
 
The Jewish rabbis have noted that many important events occurred on the day of Pentecost, and the Holy Spirit teaches us much about the meaning of the day and of the events that took place on this day. Pentecost was the day…
  1. Adam and Eve lost the glory of God and had to leave Eden. Pentecost is the time of restoration of God's glory to His people.
  2. Noah departed the ark and received the rainbow covenant.
  3. Jacob wrestled with God and received the name change to Israel and the blessing of being a believer in God and the power of God, as we are today. 
  4. Israel blessed and prophesied over the future of his sons in the last days (Genesis 48 and 49). He also adopted Joseph’ sons as his. This also prophesied the time when Gentiles would be adopted into the blessing of Abraham and Israel, a truth Jews do not want to share for fear many Jews would convert to Christianity because of this clear connection. 
  5. Day judges were called out and raised up to set Israel free from captivity.
  6. God gave the vision to David to build the temple.
  7. David charged Solomon to build the temple (I Chr. 28:9). David’s words in this verse have great import and prophetic significance. He did not speak of the God of Abraham but charged Solomon to “know the God of your father.”  In other words, “You need to be intimate with the Jesus I know, and you need to meditate and get full understanding of all the hidden meanings in all I wrote.” This was a command, a prophecy, and an anointing to know Jesus. Only the Holy Spirit can grant a willing mind and whole heart, so David was prophesying the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost to fill the temples of the Holy Spirit, the individual and collective body of believers. He charges Solomon to be an example to all believers through all time to seek the real Jesus with all their hearts. Believers in the last days will have to choose between the Beast power that will command worship and the real Jesus, who calls us to total devotion. Then David speaks of “My son Solomon, whom alone God has chosen…” This is a declaration for all time that it is God, not man, who draws and chooses people in the right timing. David is powerfully stating that Solomon is God’s anointed and all better refrain from hindering him in any way, or there will be consequences. God will back him up. Resisting him is resisting God. God alone chooses whom He desires and for His specific purposes. In saying that his son is young, he is emphasizing that Solomon is teachable and humble, but that God would teach him. By saying the temple was not for man but for God, David by his words was putting the Holy Spirit in charge of the building, just as we should allow Him the governorship of our bodies, the temples of God. What are we doing to take care of our temples? God's glory filled the temple to the point that the priest lay on the floor as dead men. Some reports said they did not move and were not even breathing for hours. Solomon gave a great, sacrificial offering (I Chr. 29:21). I Chronicles 29:9, 22-23 give the purpose of our Pentecost offering (Deut. 16:16). The extremely large offering that Solomon gave was “for all Israel” (I Chr. 29:21). Here is where the conceptual nature of the Hebrew language means so much more than the simple words we read in our translation. Israel signifies the believers – yes, even the believers in Jesus throughout all time! This offering was for the building of the temple of God. The church today is indeed the temple of God in which God dwells. The abundant blood spilled by all these sacrifices prefigured the blood of Jesus covering all those God would call to His temple, His church, in the future and all He had called in the past. That blood allowed the land on which it was shed to be called from that point on the Holy Land. The sins of the land had been covered by the blood of those sacrifices. More importantly, these sacrifices opened the door to all mankind to be accepted by God and become part of the new Zion, to be part of the Family of God forever. The people celebrated with great gladness (asher in Hebrew, a word for happiness and blessing), as we should on Pentecost (I Chr. 29:22). Everyone was touched by the Holy Spirit. The joy of Jesus was their strength that day. They expressed their thanks on the first Sabbath, declaring the greatness of God with the “sacrifice of thanksgiving” (Ps. 50:5,14), which released the power of the Holy Spirit on the next day, Pentecost. When we pour out our praises to God for all His great deeds for His people throughout time, our bodies and souls are filled with gladness. Solomon’s enormous, sacrificial offering earlier had moved God’s heart in a way few have ever moved Him (II Chr. 1:7-12). Jesus had to respond to that offering. He appeared to Solomon and asked him what he wanted Jesus to give him (verse 7). Wow! God appears to him and says, “What do you want? You name it, and you've got it!” God knew, of course, what was already in his heart to ask. But Jesus needed a declaration from Solomon himself. He had to speak it out. Solomon humbly asked for wisdom to bring glory to God so he could wisely lead the people. God gave him the wisdom and the greatest wealth of any man in history. He ruled 80% of the world for a period of unprecedented world peace for 40 years. After tithes and expenses on projects that astounded the world, Solomon was still worth 900 trillion dollars in today's currency equivalent! Solomon knew that God had given him leadership “over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth” (II Chron. 1:9). Not only was Solomon a type of Jesus, but also Solomon was thus prophesied to be a part of the ruling Family of God on earth with Jesus. Indeed, after many wanderings, Solomon finished his life with the realization that all that really counts is showing love and reverence to God by keeping His laws of love (Eccl. 12:13). With Jesus he will rule over all mankind (those cleansed by Jesus’ blood from the pollution of Satan and his forms such as the giants or nephilim) and all humankind, all of whom were formed out of the dust of the ground. The conceptual Hebrew includes that added meaning of the “dust of the earth.” God has also given us access to His great wisdom. We need to call for it to be activated in our lives so we can fulfill our great responsibilities now and later as kings and priests with Jesus. We then must be in thanksgiving for this gracious gift of wisdom and understanding so that this gift can increase in us. Pentecost is the day that empowers us as lieutenant governors over the earth under the direction of the Governor, the Holy Spirit. Solomon’s sacrifice of honor and release opened the door for Pentecost power. Our financial offering and especially our sacrifice of thanksgiving on the weekly Sabbath before Pentecost Sunday do the same. Pentecost establishes and commissions kings and priests to preach the gospel of the coming of the King and His Kingdom. We are called out to be leaders in the time of tribulation. We have a message to get out, the important message that Jesus is coming back – very soon. We are called to be winners, the head and not the tail, the salt and light of a world broken by darkness. Our sacrifice of praise commits Jesus to us, to give us even more than He gave to Solomon. The Holy Spirit was with Solomon; He is in us. Solomon’s offering and the sacrifice of praise of the people brought 40 years of peace prefiguring the Millennium. Our sacrifice of praise will bring about 1000 years of peace in a world ruled by Jesus along with us as His co-heirs. The number 50 of Pentecost signifies the full restoration and activation of blessings.
  8. The three Hebrew men refused to worship the image of the pagan king on the Sabbath before Pentecost (Daniel 3). They were rewarded with full rescue and restoration. They made a declaration that they would not compromise. Notice in verse 10 that the former head of praise and worship in heaven, Satan, used all kinds of music to bring about false worship, to drown out God’s voice so these men would have difficulty focusing on God. The king was filled with anger-rage and his face showed that he became demon-possessed (Dan.3:13,19). These three men made a powerful declaration of commitment to God no matter what (Dan. 3:16-18). The king's demons that saw the miracle of their rescue knew that the fourth man in the furnace was God Himself (3:25). The three men and the God they served received unusual favor thereafter and the men prospered greatly (3:30). They received the wealth of the wicked (Prov. 13:22) as a result of that Pentecost. 
  9. Daniel was thrown into the lion's den on Pentecost (Daniel 6). Daniel was one of three commissioners appointed by Darius the king. He was a man of integrity who could not be corrupted or bribed. The “extraordinary spirit” (6:3) he possessed was the Holy Spirit that was with him. The only accusation conspirators could bring against Daniel was in reference to the law of his God (6:5; I Pet. 4:15-16). Daniel made a declaration of faith on Pentecost demonstrated by his decision to pray despite an edict to the contrary that opened the door for Jesus to rescue him from the lions. Even the king prayed and fasted for Daniel. The time of tribulation is also compared to a fiery furnace of trial and testing (I Cor. 3:13). Christians will soon have a choice: worship Jesus or worship a rising beast power in Europe. Interestingly, God manifested His power at Pentecost in Acts 2 with tongues of fire. Fire is used as a symbol of testing, purification, and cleansing. Metals are purified by fire. The fire eliminates the impurities to leave only a pure metal. As we rest in Jesus on the Sabbath preceding Pentecost, resting in thankfulness, we can be sure to rest from the time of Great Tribulation. We can rest when trouble comes. We need not fear anything Satan can do because we rest in the arms of our God of love. Will we choose the purifying fire of God that burns out our bad habits and nonchalance, or will we have to go through the fiery trial of the Great Tribulation to prove our loyalty? The tongues of fire cleansed the early disciples. They began to make declarations with confidence, giving the sacrifice of praise despite persecution. The church thus grew and prospered.
  10. As the thanks and praise to Jesus released the power of Pentecost in these examples, so will that sacrifice of praise release God's power in these last days. The power of the Kingdom of God is released through Pentecost. Indeed, God's people will “volunteer freely” the sacrifice of praise and  worship in the day of the release of His power in this end time (Ps. 110:3).