The Pentecost of The 70
In the Old Testament there is an
episode of Pentecost recorded in the Book of Numbers.
Yahweh said to Moses:
Numbers 11:16-17 - Then the LORD said to
Moses, "Assemble for me seventy of the elders of
Israel, men you know for true elders and authorities
among the people, and bring them to the meeting
tent. When they are in place beside you, I will come
down and speak with you there. I will also take some
of the spirit that is on you and will bestow it on
them, that they may share the burden of the people
with you. You will then not have to bear it by
Moses gather them around the
Tent. The Lord came down in he cloud, and put some
of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the
elders, and when the spirit rested upon them, they
prophesied. But two men chosen, were left behind in
the Camp, they could not go to the Tent, and yet the
Spirit, at the same time, came to rest on then, and
they also prophesied in the Camp (Num.11:16-17,
Here Moses said some prophetic words:
"I wish that all the Lord's people were prophets and
that the Lord would bestow his spirit on them all!".
Num 11:26-30 - Now two men, one named Eldad
and the other Medad, were not in the gathering but
had been left in the camp. They too had been on the
list, but had not gone out to the tent; yet the
spirit came to rest on them also, and they
prophesied in the camp. So, when a young man quickly
told Moses, "Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the
camp," Joshua, son of Nun, who from his youth had
been Moses' aide, said, "Moses, my lord, stop them."
But Moses answered him, "Are you jealous for my
sake? Would that all the people of the LORD were
prophets! Would that the LORD might bestow his
spirit on them all!"
This wish was made a prophecy by Joel
(3:28-30), and it was fulfilled in the New Testament in
the Great Pentecost.
"This was what was spoken
through the prophet Joel: In the last days it will
be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit
upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters
shall prophecy, and your young men shall see
visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even
upon my slaves, both men an women, in those days I
will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophecy.
And I will show portents in the heavens above and
signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and a
cloud of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood, before the coming of the
Lord's great and glorious day. Then everyone who
calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved"
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