#1: Day Of Pentecost - What
The day of Pentecost is a Jewish feast
(See Leviticus 23:15-22). This
particular Pentecost (Acts 2) was a
renewed hope in the literal kingdom on
earth. The apostles expected it!
Acts 1:6, the disciples asked Christ
concerning the kingdom as to its
conception. Christ did not rebuke them
for asking this question concerning the
kingdom. Actually, in
Christ had promised the apostles that
they would sit on twelve thrones (a
direct reference to the millennial
kingdom where the apostles will judge
Israel). Therefore, the apostles acted
quickly to appoint another apostle to
replace Judas (Acts 1:22), anticipating
the return of Christ to restore the
kingdom to Israel. The apostle Paul was
not the apostle that replaced Judas.
Paul's ministry was to the church and
had to do with the Body of Christ, not the
A renewed hope for the kingdom to begin
was also evidenced on the day of
Pentecost as seen in Peter's address.
You will note that Peter did not address
the Gentiles. He preached exclusively
the gospel of the kingdom to the Jews.
What happened on Pentecost was God's
introduction of the Kingdom to the Jews.
They rejected this offer. Thus, God
turned His efforts to evangelize the
world through the Church/ the Body of
Christ as noted in
Israel rejected the offer of the kingdom
on three separate occasions...
#1. They Rejected God the Father
when they killed John the Baptist.
#2. They Rejected God The Son
when they crucified Christ.
#3. They Rejected God The Holy
Spirit when they murdered Stephen.
Pentecost was an offer the Jews Refused.
God is not done with Israel (Romans
9,10). But for now, God is using the
Church to bring the Good News of
Salvation to the world. Israel will
assume this role in the tribulation
which will end with her acceptance of
Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Belanger
Question #2: "Dear Dr. Arthur Belanger:
Thank you for adding me to your e-mail
listing. In regards to a Question/Answer
on your website-- The Question
Why did the 120 speak with tongues
on the day of Pentecost?
Your answer was:
"In order that these unbelieving Jews
might hear the Gospel and be saved,
those 120 believers spoke with other
tongues as the Spirit gave them
utterance. Simply... they gave out the
Gospel in 18 different languages. Paul
tells us, Wherefore TONGUES ARE FOR A
SIGN, NOT TO THEM THAT BELIEVE, BUT TO
THEM THAT BELIEVE NOT (1 Corinthians. 14:22)."
You can correct me if I'm wrong, but I
have taught this Bible passage a
Acts 1:14-15 it tells us that 120
were in the Upper Room (......with the
women and Mary the mother of
it tells of the Holy Ghost that filled
them that were with one accord in one
place. I have always thought that the
"them" in Chapter 2 were the 11 Apostles
(verse 13 says "others mocking said,
These men are full of new wine). Notice
it doesn't say anything about the
"women" from which many Christians
believe women also were speaking in
I believe that the 120 (men and women)
that were in the Upper Room were praying
(but the Holy Ghost fell on men only in
Acts, Chapter 2). Of course, we might
not agree but we will not fall out over
Love in Christ, Bro. John L."
You are correct in that woman did not
speak in tongues on the Day of Pentecost. As a matter of
fact, there is no biblical record that
women spoke in tongues. You will need to note
1:15,16... It appears that the 120
that Peter addressed were all men
(vs.16a). Verses 15,16 are post events
of verses 13,14 (the upper room
fellowship with both men and women) where it would be highly
unlikely that you will have 120 people
in the same room... especially the upper
room that may have not been structurally
sound. It is clear that the men moved to
another location. It is latter mentioned
that they were in a house or a dwelling
(Acts 2:2) when the Holy Ghost appeared.
The events of Pentecost did not happen
in the upper-room. It happened at a time
shortly after their fellowship in the
upper-room and latter on after the
choosing of a replacement apostle which
only included the attention and
contribution of men.
We also see in
Acts 2:8 that the hearers
(unbelieving Jews) of the Word of God
observed that it was all men who were
speaking in tongues and in verse 13, the
hearers refer to these men as being
drunk. I believe the text speaks for
itself. There is not even the slightest
implication that women were
present with the men at the baptism of
the Holy Spirit on the Day Of Pentecost. The text and episode
leads us to believe that it was only men
present and filled with the Holy Spirit.
I hope this helps. Sincerely, Dr. Arthur
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