May 3, 2016
During this season of counting the omer, I’ve really been pouring through the Scriptures for buried treasure on this topic. Here’s one of the nuggets I discovered.
The biblical feasts all have a specific date attached to them, except one, Shavuot (also known as Pentecost). For example, Passover is to be celebrated on the 14th day of the first month (Aviv, or the Babylonian name of Nisan); The Feast of Unleavened Bread starts on the 15th day of the first month. In the seventh month of the biblical year, The Feast of Trumpets begins on the 1st day, Yom Kippur is on the 10th day, and the Feast of Tabernacles begins on the 15th day.
Why is Shavuot the exception? It does not have a specific date. You have to COUNT THE OMER to get to the date. Shavuot totally depends upon Passover! Then, the day of waving the sheaf offering before the Lord is the day after the Sabbath that follows Passover. Waving of the sheaf offering was Yeshua’s resurrection day, and the beginning of the first day of counting the omer. So, counting the omer determines the date of Shavuot. What’s the significance of this?
Shavuot, historically, was the day that Moses was given the Torah, and the day that the early believers were given the Spirit. There would be no Torah until the Israelites were delivered from bondage. Likewise, there would be no Spirit poured out until there were believers to receive it. Shavuot absolutely depends on Passover! And counting the omer is the way to Shavuot. Every word of Scripture is by design, and has a truth to be revealed.