Pentecost Proves the Sabbath

Pentecost Proves the Sabbath

by Kelly McDonald, Jr,

In Leviticus chapter 23, God revealed a series of celebrations to be observed throughout the year. One of them is called Pentecost. It also goes by other names such as the Feast of Harvest, the Feast of Weeks, and First fruits (of the wheat harvest). It is a unique festival in two aspects. Firstly, it is the only holy day that does not fall on a specific day of the Hebrew Calendar. Instead, we must calculate its timing. Secondly, we must know when the weekly Sabbath occurs.

The verses about this celebration are found in Leviticus chapter 23:15-22. We will look at a few of these verses: “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. 16 Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord…21 And you shall proclaim on the same day that it is a holy convocation to you. You shall do no customary work on it. It shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.” (NKJV)

Notice that Pentecost (Shavuot in Hebrew) is the day after the seventh weekly Sabbath from Unleavened Bread. This means Pentecost always occurs on the first day of the week. Any church body who celebrates Pentecost on Sunday is acknowledging that the true Sabbath is from Friday sunset through Saturday sunset. This includes the Catholic Church. Some of their authors and clergy have admitted this detail!

John Laux, an author of textbooks for Catholic schools, wrote: “If we consulted the Bible only, we should still have to keep holy the Sabbath Day, that is, Saturday, with the Jews, instead of Sunday…” (Laux, p 51).

John Gibbons, a Catholic Cardinal, wrote: “But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify” (Gibbons, pp 72-73).

The Catholic Church acknowledges the timing of the Biblical Sabbath. Any church that celebrates Pentecost on Sunday reflects the same belief. Pentecost proves the Sabbath.

Kelly McDonald, Jr, BSA President

Works Cited

Gibbons, James Cardinal. The Faith of Our Fathers. New York:
P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1917. pp 72-73.

Holy Bible. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Laux, John A. Course in Religion For Catholic High Schools and Academies. Part I. Chief Truths of the Faith. Benziger Brothers, Inc., 1932. p 51

One thought on “Pentecost Proves the Sabbath

  1. jennacar says:

    I think it’s hilarious how they dropped Passover, but adopted Shavuot/ “Pentecost” as though it was a new thing that year that happened. They wouldn’t ever admit that it’s the day upon which the Torah was given at Mt. Sinai–no. They let in the one “Jewish” (but not exclusively–as all tribes and a mixed multitude of gentiles was at Mt. Sinai) thing but only with their white-wash.

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