This Sunday, May 19, we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday.
Pentecost was one of the seven Hebrew feasts established by God in the Torah. The first three, Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits, were celebrated in the Spring, coinciding with and picturing Christ’s death and resurrection. The final three, Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles were celebrated in the Fall and speak of the Second Coming of Christ. Pentecost was set on the seventh Sunday following the First Fruits feast, and also the seventh Sunday following Resurrection. The ancient feast was also known as the First of Harvest
(See Ex 23:16), and it was on Pentecost in 30 AD that the Holy Spirit came down in power to enable the Church to begin its Harvest of Believers.
The Star Bible memorializes Pentecost in the sixth chapter, Aquarius (The Water Pourer). The water of Aquarius is a Biblical symbol of the Holy Spirit, and the water of Aquarius is shown being poured into the related constellation Pisces Austranis (the Southern Fish). The fish is, of course is, one of the early symbols of the Church and the Fish of Pisces Austranis represents the Jewish Church at Pentecost in 30 AD, before the addition of the Gentile Fish to form the two Fish sign of the Church, Pieces. To make sure we get the message, the brightest star of both constellations is Formalhaut (The Mouth of the Fish), a reminder that the sign of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost was speaking with other tongues.
Aquarius and its associated constellations of Pisces Austranis (The Southern Fish), Pegasus (The Winged Horse), and Cygnus (The Swan) (See our Blog of 2/27/13 “Water and Fire”) rise after midnight and are visible in the East before dawn.
So if you are up early having your devotion on Pentecost Sunday, step outside and spend a little time with the Lord and His starry reminder of the infilling of the Holy Spirit and the Harvest of the Believers.