How long after Jesus´ ascension was the Festival of Pentecost?

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The ascension was the climax of Christ’s ministry on earth. It had been foretold by Jesus (John 6:62) and afterwards related by Peter (Acts 3:21), and also referred to by Paul (1 Tim. 3:16).

The Resurrection took place on the Feast of First Fruits. The Pentecost was seven weeks later. That’s why it’s sometimes named the Feast of Weeks. The dates of both were established by counting from the first Sabbath after Passover. The First Fruits was the first day after the Sabbath and Pentecost was the 50th day, so there were only 49 days between First Fruits and Pentecost.

According to Acts 1:3 Jesus‘ ascension to Heaven took place 40 days after His resurrection. That means Pentecost was 9 days later.

On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit fell upon the Christians in Jerusalem (Acts 2). During that time of the year, the Jews who came for the from every nation gathered together to worship and heard the gospel preached by the believers in Jesus. Every person understood the sermon in their own language as a result of God’s intervention. And they praised God saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?” (Acts 2:7-8). And the crowds were “cut to the heart” (Acts 2:37). And “they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41).

The day of Pentecost was the fulfillment of the words Jesus spoke to His disciples regarding the Holy Spirit of God “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8). It was a day of great mercy, when both Jew and Gentile were given the light. For God “desires all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).

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