Shavuot

Shavuot 2017 begins in the evening of Tuesday, May 30, and ends in the evening of Wednesday, May 31

This day is a high sabbath.


What is Shavuot?

The feast of Shavuot—or better known by its popular Greek name, Pentecost—is by far one of the most spiritual and prophetic days on the Hebrew calendar.

Shavuot marks the end of the spring feasts. In biblical times, Shavuot also marked the beginning of the new agricultural season. It was called Chag HaKatzir, which means “The Harvest Holiday.” It is also known by the name, “The Feast of Weeks.”

According to Jewish tradition, it was during Shavuot when the God of Israel betrothed His people at Mount Sinai. Marriage vows were given when the people spoke as one, saying, “All the Lord has spoken, we will do” (Exodus 19:8). And the marriage contract, or ketubah, was written down in the form of the Torah. In the New Testament, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon Yeshua’s disciples also occurred on Shavuot (Acts 2). This festival therefore celebrates true, biblical worship. Indeed, God gave both the Truth of His Word (Torah) and His Spirit on Shavuot, thus enabling His people to worship in Spirit and Truth: “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and Truth” (John 4:24).