Prophetic Fulfillment

G-d established the Biblical holidays to teach his spiritual principles and prepare people for future events. Shavuot is no different.

The prophet Jeremiah spoke the following Word from the Lord:

“Here, the days are coming,” says Adonai, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Isra’el and with the house of Y'hudah.  It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers on the day I took them by their hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt; because they, for their part, violated my covenant, even though I, for my part, was a husband to them,” says Adonai. “For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Isra'el after those days,” says Adonai: “I will put my Torah within them and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will any of them teach his fellow community member or his brother, ‘Know Adonai’; for all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest; because I will forgive their wickednesses and remember their sins no more. (Jeremiah 31:30-33, Complete Jewish Bible)”

This prophecy was fulfilled by Yeshua’s death, which enabled the Spirit of G-d, sometimes called the Holy Spirit, to come dwell in us. Yeshua’s blood served as the final atoning sacrifice for our sin and iniquity, which allows us to come into direct relationship with G-d. A priest no longer needs to serve as the middleman between us and G-d. The Spirit can connect with our spirits and speak G-d’s Word and Truth in our lives. Yeshua explained this several times when speaking with his talmidim, or followers:

“If you love me, you will keep my commands; and I will ask the Father, and he will give you another comforting Counselor like me, the Spirit of Truth, to be with you forever. The world cannot receive him, because it neither sees nor knows him. You know him, because he is staying with you and will be united with you. (John 14:15-17, CJB)”

“But the Counselor, the Ruach HaKodesh, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything; that is, he will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14:26, CJB)”

But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I don't go away, the comforting Counselor will not come to you. However, if I do go, I will send him to you.

“When he comes, he will show that the world is wrong about sin, about righteousness and about judgment —about sin, in that people don't put their trust in me; about righteousness, in that I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me; about judgment, in that the ruler of this world has been judged.

“However, when the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own initiative but will say only what he hears. He will also announce to you the events of the future. He will glorify me, because he will receive from what is mine and announce it to you. (John 16:14, CJB)”

In Joel 2: 28-29 G-d also tells how he will “pour out my Spirit on all humanity,” so that “sons and daughters” will prophesy. This came to pass 10 days after Yeshua ascended into heaven when his followers had gathered in the Temple for the Shavuot prayer vigil. The Holy Spirit descended on the Messianic Believers, and they began speaking in other languages. One of the disciples, Peter, referred to the Joel verse to explain what had happened to bewildered bystanders. On this day, the nation with priests became a nation of priests.

The whole account can be read in the first two chapters of the book of Acts.

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