After departing Egypt and surviving the wilderness through supernatural acts of God (The parting of the Red Sea, manna from heaven, bitter water made drinkable, and the Lord defending the Israelites from attacks), the children of Israel finally arrived at Mount Sinai 50 days later.
“In the third month after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on the same day, they came to the Wilderness of Sinai” (Ex. 19:1).
The Israelites camped at the base of Mt. Sinai while Moses went up to speak to God.
God then told Moses to remind the people of all the amazing things God had done to “court” His people to reveal His love and His ability to take care of them as their “Groom.” He also told Moses to ask the people (nation of Israelites) if they would marry Him:
“Now, therefore, if you will indeed obey My VOICE, and keep My covenant, then you all be a special treasure to Me above all people, for the earth is Mine. You shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a HOLY NATION.” (Ex. 19:5,6).
This was a special invitation as a nation of people to accept the Lord as their God, King, Husband, Priest, and Provider. Upon their “Yes” response, their commitment in turn would be to honor God’s voice and obey Him. This union would open up heaven’s gates to prosper and bless a people, and a “promised” land where God would dwell with them.
The transaction of the prophetic word that had been given to Abraham declaring, “In you, all the nations of the earth shall be blessed” (Gal. 3:8) was about to consummate.
In short, this was God’s SET TIME that He was going to multiply His promise to Abraham, from an individual SEED promise to a “national” SEED promise. This is so key to understanding the significance of the Feast of Pentecost in the New Testament because the perfected blueprint went from fulfillment of God’s Covenant plan through an individual Seed (Christ) to a national Seed (CHRISTIAN NATION). Therefore, it was this SET TIME in the blueprint of God’s storyline that He conceived His corporate (national) promise.
In order to follow the trail of this courtship and why this is taking place at Mount Sinai, we need to go back to the “founder of our faith, Abraham” (Rom. 4:16). Abraham accepted by FAITH the things God spoke to him concerning establishing a covenant with him and his family. Abraham did not have to do anything to meet this requirement of being chosen except to have faith in what God said:
“No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make NATIONS of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant to be God to you and your descendants after you: (Gen. 17:5-7).
God originally made this promise in Gen. 12 with Abram. Years later, God changed his name from Abram (exalted father of a family), to Abraham (Father of many nations) because the covenant was going to extend past his immediate family. Abraham’s son Isaac would be the inheritor of this promise, as the Lord said, “In Isaac your SEED shall be called” (Heb. 11:18).
Isaac then begot Jacob, and Jacob had 12 sons who became known as the “Israelites.” The Israelites inherited that name because God also changed Jacob’s name to Israel, which translated means, “one who understands that God rules” (Gen. 28:34; 35:10).
Years later, over 2 million Israelites were at the base of Mt. Sinai, and God was about to unite them all into ONE NATION, giving them a blueprint to be a community that functioned together as God would instruct; in one rhythm and heartbeat so that the world could see their Groom; the “God of Abraham.”
God had also prophesied to Abraham in Gen. 15 that 430 years after the people were afflicted in Egypt, He would deliver them. This would then become the “sign” of when God would solidify His promise to Abraham to the national level.
“Then He said to Abram, “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs and will serve them and they will afflict them four hundred years” Gen. 15:13).
430 years later, the nation was gathered at Mt. Sinai, listening to God’s proposal, and accepting it “by faith” like their Father Abraham. God then instructed Moses to tell the people to “consecrate themselves,” for, in 3 days, God would descend from Mt. Sinai so they could hear (see) His voice.
“Then it came to pass, on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings, and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the SOUND of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled” (Ex. 19:16).”
When the trumpet sounded loud, the Israelites ran to the foot of the mountain to meet God. The Jewish scholars believe that the people actually “saw the voice of God” coming out in tongues of fire at Mt. Sinai.
“The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire” (Psalm 29:7).
The mixed multitude that came out of Egypt saw the tongues of fire and heard God’s voice in their own language. The translation of “seeing voices” came through as thunder and lightning:
“Now Mt. Sinai was completely in smoke because the Lord descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace and the whole mountain quaked greatly. And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and because louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice. Then the Lord came down upon Mt. Sinai, on the top of the mountain (Ex. 19:18-20).
Do you remember reading in the Book of Acts about the sound of the mighty rushing wind that came on the Day of Pentecost, in the upper room? This was the SAME day in God’s Hebrew Covenant Calendar, years later from the day they were at the base of Mt. Sinai, that Christ would begin this covenantal national blueprint.
CHRIST had instructed His disciples, as Moses did, to get ready and prepare themselves, and then wait:
“And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, which He said, you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you all be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now….But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you all be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:4-8).
SUDDENLY, the Holy Spirit came upon the 12 disciples, at the same SET TIME that Mt. Sinai had been filled with fire in the Old Testament. The people in Jerusalem, who had traveled from afar to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, were awakened to what was going on in the upper room and came to see the voice.
“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts. 2:1-4).
The Jews who had gathered in Jerusalem knew of a day when this would happen. This is because God had established His Covenant Calendar Blueprint to gather at His SET TIME when the Promises made to Abraham would be perfected. God used the Feasts schedule to prepare them, like a “dress rehearsal,” throughout the years between Mt. Sinai and the Day of Pentecost in the upper room:
“Count 50 days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord. You shall bring from your dwellings two waves loaves of two-tenths of an ephah. They shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven. They are the first fruits to the Lord” (Lev. 23:15-17).
God also used Jeremiah to prophesy of this Pentecost fulfillment:
“Behold, the days are coming says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah- not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand and lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord.
But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people” (Jer. 31:31-33; Heb. 10:16).
But the blueprint of the Feast of Pentecost would show us, through the understanding of its firstfruits wheat offering, that this fulfillment of Pentecost would ONLY be the beginning (deposit of guarantee) of the perfecting of the national marriage covenant promise God had made at Mt. Sinai.
If you study the Pentecost first fruits offering, it was the ONLY sacrifice that was offered and accepted with “leaven.” This offering symbolized believers in Christ today who are holy and acceptable through Christ’s sacrifice, but our sinful or “leavened” bodies have yet to been transformed.
“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself” (Phil. 3:20,21).
Therefore, we can REST knowing there is a day coming soon, during the fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles, that we believers will experience the FULL manifestation of this covenant of marriage. We will be able to stand in the presence of God in our glorified bodies, as well as stand before men as “sons of light.”