Shavuot or Pentecost (also known as the Feast of Weeks), is a Biblical holiday that occurs seven weeks after Passover and coincides with the wheat harvest in the Land of Israel (Lev 23:15-16). In Jewish tradition it commemorates the day God gave the Torah to the nation of Israel on Mount Sinai. For believers in Yeshua it is also the day that God gave the Holy Spirit to the disciples in Jerusalem, as Yeshua promised, after waiting and praying in one accord (Acts 1-2).
On All Flesh
In that moment, when the disciples and those gathered with them began to speak in tongues and to prophecy, the bewildered onlookers supposed them to be drunk. But Simon Peter received a revelation through the Holy Spirit that what they were experiencing was not only the fulfillment of Yeshua’s promise, but that it had already been foretold by the prophets of old.
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophecy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams.” (Joel 2:28)
While at that time the disciples believed that they would soon witness Yeshua’s return, we know that this was only the beginning of God’s end-time plans. And while we don’t know exactly where we are in that timeline, we believe that the world has yet to witness the complete fulfillment of Joel 2:28, a global outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all flesh.
Yet Another Prophetic Pattern
What led up to the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit, was a combination of the disciples gathering in one heart, extended prayer, and obedience to Yeshua’s command to wait in Jerusalem until they were “endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). We believe that in following this pattern of praying all night in one heart on Shavuot as they did, we will see the same results and be a part of seeing the fulfillment of one of the most exciting End Times prophecies. When they prayed in one accord in Jerusalem, the Holy Spirit was poured out in Jerusalem. When we pray in one accord around the world, we will see the Holy Spirit poured out in every nation of the world. We believe that this worldwide revival will follow the pattern of Acts 2 but will take place on a global scale and usher in the return of Yeshua.
Toward this goal, we host an annual all night prayer and fasting vigil at our ministry center at Yad Hashmonah. Local believers, prayer houses, congregational leaders and worship teams come from all over the country, as well as visitors from the nations, and prayer warriors tuning into our livestream broadcast across the globe. It is our desire to join together in unity and to seek God for the fulfillment of His long awaited promise.
We invite you to join us this Shavuot in person or through our livestream broadcast on June 11th from 10pm (Israel time) and continuing throughout the night. Each two-hour watch will cover different prayer topics, and will feature a different worship team and prayer leader from the local body. The majority of the evening will be conducted in Hebrew and one watch in Arabic. We will provide English translation for those attending the event and for those watching online.
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Our team hosts three major yearly events centered on three specific Biblical events that carry strong, prophetic end-time implications:
- The Fast of Esther, while not a mo’ed or “appointed time,” is taken from the book of Esther and is not only a clear illustration of the ongoing attempts of Satan to annihilate the Jewish people, but of what our response to such attacks should be as believers in Yeshua.
- The appointed time of Shavuot or Pentecost is better known as the day the Holy Spirit was poured out on the apostles as they waited in Jerusalem as instructed by Yeshua. In Simon Peter’s explanation of the event, he quotes one of Joel’s prophecies where the Lord says that He will pour out His Spirit “on all flesh.” The full scope of this prophecy has yet to be fulfilled therefore we continue to gather on this day in earnest expectation of its final and complete fulfillment in these last days.
- The appointed time of Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement contains many allusions to the ultimate salvation of the people of Israel in connection to the Second Coming of Yeshua. Historically, this was the day the high priest entered the holy of hollies to make blood atonement for the sins of Israel. Today it is a nationally recognized day of fasting observed by secular and religious Jews alike. As they fast and pray, hoping that their sins will be forgiven, we gather together to pray and prophesy that they would come to know and accept the only true and eternal atoning blood of Yeshua.