Shavuot is celebrated on June 5, 2022 (Sivan 6, 5994) all day, morning until night.
Shavuot (Feast of Weeks or Pentecost)
Shavuot is also known as Pentecost (the Greek word for Weeks), the Feast of Harvest (Exodus 23:16), and the firstfruits of wheat (Leviticus 23:17).
Beginning with Day of Firstfruits as day one, count out fifty days (seven full Sabbaths or weeks––Leviticus 23:15-16), and day forty-nine will be a Shabbat (Sabbath). Shavuot (or Pentecost) always falls the day after seven Sabbaths, fifty days after the Firstfruits of the barley harvest (Leviticus 23:15-16).
Then on the next day, the fiftieth day which always falls on the first day of the week (Sunday), is Shavuot (Leviticus 23:11). It states that the Priest shall wave a sheaf of the firstfruits of barley on the day after the Sabbath, following Pesach (Passover).
This is the Feast Yeshua’s disciples were celebrating in the Temple area in Acts 2:1-2. Acts 1:13 is speaking of an entirely different day from Pentecost––the Upper Room was an Inn or some place where the disciples were staying just before Pentecost. The Upper Room was not in the Temple and they were not in this Upper Room when the Spirit was poured out upon them. The disciples didn’t go to the Temple to celebrate Pentecost until Acts Chapter 2.
The First Shavuot
According to the Jewish Talmud, the very first Shavuot was when Yahweh married Israel on Mt. Sinai by the giving of the Torah, after having redeemed her from Egyptian bondage fifty days earlier.
However, Genesis 30:14 speaks of the wheat harvest, of which Shavuot represents. We must remember that these Feasts have been around since the beginning (since Adam and Eve). God’s people have always been people of harvests, which is where God’s Festivals originated.
This first Shavuot was later introduced as a symbol of the peace between the two divided houses of Israel, Judah and Ephraim, which is God’s promise to bring these two houses together again in the future (Ezekiel 37:15-24).
This was represented by two loaves of leavened wheat bread offered to Yahweh, and they are part of the offering on this Shavuot Holy day. Remember, at the first Shavuot, this separation of Judah and Ephraim had not happened yet.
The Temple services for Shavuot closely resembled those of Yom Bikkurim (Firstfruits), since both holy days were observed with firstfruit offerings. However, the firstfruit offering for Shavuot (Pentecost) is a little different, in that the offering is two loaves of wheat bread with leaven in them, as Yahweh commanded in Leviticus 23:17.
This demonstrates the completeness of the portion of God’s Covenant with Abraham to bless all the nations through him (Genesis 12:3); and that these two peoples will come together as one nation––One People in His Hand (Ezekiel 37:15-24). This will completely manifest at the end of this age.
The Two Loaves represent Yeshua’s betrothal to Restored Covenant Yisrael, that is not quite fully consummated. Bringing His bride (Israel) into the innermost chambers of our Father’s house (Paradise) as one in His Hand, will make all of God’s Appointed Seasons perfected.
The blood of the perfect Lamb of peace will unite the two as one blood-washed physical people called Yisrael (Ezekiel 37:19, 22 & Isaiah 44:5)––but this will not be manifested until all God’s people are in complete unity with each other and brought into the Father’s house (in Paradise).
This unity is all believers accepting Yeshua’s Torah as God’s true Word––bringing both Hebrews and grafted-in Hebrews together into One Body of Messiah and into one Way of belief through the same knowledge of God.
Even though the date of this first Shavuot is not in Scripture, the Talmudic account is somewhat true since Exodus 16:1 records that it was the 15th day of the second month (Zib/Iyyar) since they left Egypt at that point––this would have made this day 29 or 30. They are then given six days during which Yahweh could see if they will follow His Torah (Exodus 16:4), and in verse 19:1 it is the third month (Siban) since they came out of Egypt, and when they had finally arrived in the wilderness of Sinai. At this point Moses did not have the tablets yet.
Although Yahweh had already given the Israelites a little of His Torah before and during those six days (through Moses), in Exodus 24:4, Moses wrote down the whole Torah to tell the Israelites, when he went up the mountain the first time for forty days and forty nights (Exodus Chapters 25-31).
God wrote the Ten Commandments and all of the laws, statutes and Commandments on the first set of tablets (Exodus 24:12), while Moses was up on the mountain. It had most likely been about seven sabbaths since Yahweh took the Israelites out of Egypt at this point. It was after this that Moses was called up the mountain for another 40 days and 40 nights, to receive the written Torah on the second set of stone tablets (verse 34:28). We don’t find out until Deuteronomy 31:26 that the copy of the Torah that was written by Moses, was set beside the Ark while the tablets were placed inside the Ark of the Covenant.
The Beginning of the Messianic Age
On Shavuot, God’s/Yeshua’s Spirit descended upon each believer, surrounded their spirits with His Spirit (just as He promised in John 14:16), and ushered in what has been called the church age by Christians.
What really happened was Hebrews from all over the (known) world gathered in Israel for God’s Appointed Feast of Shavuot (Acts 2:5) that happened every single year. Everyone there heard the sound of a rushing, mighty wind (that was God’s Spirit) as they worshipped in the Temple area (Acts 2:6). It was the beginning of the Messianic Age, and the 3,000 saved on that famed Shavuot day were all Hebrews. The Messianic age has been taking place during these last two thousand years.
Just as faithful Hebrews brought the firstfruits of their wheat harvest to the Temple on Shavuot, the 3,000 Hebrew believers in Yeshua on this day became the firstfruits harvest of the congregation of believers in Messiah Yeshua––firstfruits meaning without blemish, as in pure Hebrew blood––Yeshua gave His people the Power of His pure Blood on that day!
The writing of Torah on believer’s hearts would be, and has been, a gradual thing over the course of the next two thousand years.
Restoration of God’s Word
This last giving of the Restored Torah to Israel is what the Hebrew roots movement is all about. Not all of God’s people believed that second time at Pentecost. Those who believed in Yeshua as God had their eyes opened and saw the true Torah, as it is written (presently what Jews practice is not in the Torah––it is the Talmud they study and practice). It was up to them to teach the true Torah to the rest of God's people. I believe that God's Spirit did in fact already return on Shavuot/Pentecost––He will not be coming again.
Since the early 1970s, Yeshua has indeed been pouring out His Spirit on the Jews and they have been coming to know Him. In other words, its already been happening for over fifty years! This is true because when He came on Shavuot, God’s Spirit stayed here on Earth.
The Talmud is NOT a hedge around the Torah, nor is it the Torah either. The Talmud is a very Greek book full of Greek debates. Although it had not been written down yet, the oral Talmud is what Yeshua called the traditions of man, and it will be exposed for what it is––a book (or books) full of false Greek teachings having nothing to do with God’s Torah.
Celebrating Shavuot (Feast of Weeks or Pentecost)
This is a day of celebrating the giving of the Torah, as well as the Restoration of the Torah to God’s people two thousand years later. Yeshua gave His disciples His Power on this day––He already gave them His Spirit when He breathed on them in John 20:22.
What we are celebrating today is the Restoration of God’s Torah to His people, the Living Word written on our hearts––how to celebrate this day:
• Shavuot is celebrated with a day off from work. God originally anointed this day as an Appointed Time (solemn feast in some Bibles), and it is a day of celebration––Yeshua has come to restore His Word to His people, so celebrate with a day of lively praise and worship!
• Since giving is a form of worship, we should give of ourselves in some way to Yahweh, because believers are the firstfruits of wheat to Him.
• Baking two loaves of wheat bread and then waving them before God is a symbolic firstfruit offering of wheat. It is symbolic of the fact that the Restored Covenant Israel would be drawn out of both divided houses, both full of large amounts of leaven (born with a sinful nature). Israel was restored to God’s Covenant––His original Covenant of the Torah, also known as His Way (Genesis 18:19) on this day, as it will also be in the very near future.Read Deuteronomy 26:3, & 5-10 when offering the two loaves of wheat bread and fresh fruit of the season, possibly in a basket (Deuteronomy 26:4). Afterward you can serve them to your guests to be eaten. This is truly a firstfruit offering.
• Have a special meal and you can decide what kind of a meal to have by taking a look at the offerings for this day (Leviticus 23:15-21, Numbers 28:26-31 and Deuteronomy 16:9-12). You can choose from lamb or beef for your Shavuot meal according to the offerings.
• Read Leviticus 23:15-21, Numbers 28:26-31 & Deuteronomy 16:9-12 during the meal. You might want to have three different people read these passages, if you have guests.