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Why the Fifty (50)-day Count to Pentecost?

holy templeWhat is the significance to the Eternal God of the number 50?

Based on what God revealed in scriptures, we can see that from His point of view, the highest equivalent worth and maximum valuation of a person is 50 shekels of silver.

Leviticus 27:2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, when a man shall make a singular vow, the persons shall be for the LORD by your estimation.

3 And your estimation shall be of the male from twenty years old even to sixty years old, even your estimation shall be fifty shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary.

4 And if it be a female, then your estimation shall be thirty shekels.

5 And if it be from five years old even to twenty years old, then your estimation shall be of the male twenty shekels, and for the female ten shekels.”

This implies that 50 is the symbolic number corresponding to the value or service a person can best give which God requires or deem necessary and fair enough to be served; when compared to others.

Tying this up to God’s people, 50 symbolize the highest attainable worth and spiritual growth a person achieves based on God’s judgment. Holds true when compared to the firstfruits harvest of the land. Firstfruits are always the prime, the choicest, the best most essential and eagerly awaited among the harvest of the field.

The same principle is true in regard to the output of the land and the slaves in Israel. These can be clearly seen from God’s law of the Jubilee year (the 50th).

The year of the Jubilee is a time when liberty is proclaimed throughout all the land and to all inhabitants. The 50th year marks the time when all the slaves of the people of Israel go back as free men to their own families and the land is given back to its original owner. It is a time for freedom, redemption and restoration.

It is the time when the land is given release and made to rest because it has served its best purpose and yielded its maximum output.

Leviticus 25:10 "And you shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee to you; and you shall return every man to his possession, and you shall return every man to his family.

11 A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be to you: you shall not sow; neither reap that which grows of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of your vine undressed.

12 For it is the jubilee; it shall be holy to you: you shall eat the increase thereof out of the field.

13 In the year of this jubilee you shall return every man to his possession."

Leviticus 27:24 "In the year of the jubilee the field shall return to him of whom it was bought, even to him to whom the possession of the land did belong."

Fifty (50) is also the age when a priest is released from the physical service in the temple and begins to serve mainly as overseers. 49 is equivalent to 7 times 7 which indicate doubly complete, with the number seven (7) meaning complete or perfect. It is understood that the priest has completed the physical services required of him and is ready to cope with a new and greater scope of responsibility.

A disciple (an apprentice or pupil) should associate the number 50 to the timetable, or period of training and learning to become a holy priest under Christ. That’s where the laws of the priesthood and tabernacle serve their purpose: to guide and educate God’s people on such matters.

Numbers 8:23 "And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

24 This is it that belongs to the Levites: from twenty and five years old and upward they shall go in to wait upon the service of the tabernacle of the congregation:

25 And from the age of fifty years they shall cease waiting upon the service thereof, and shall serve no more:

26 But shall minister with their brethren in the tabernacle of the congregation, to keep the charge, and shall do no service. Thus shall you do to the Levites touching their charge?"

God considered ancient Israel (a type of the ecclesia) a kingdom of priests.

Exodus 19:6 “And you shall be to me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”

Another area where the number 50 is significantly used is in the temple dimensions. The temple area consists of the inner court where the altar is located and where one gains entrance to the sanctuary and the holy of holies. The bigger outer court encompasses the inner court. The outer perimeter of the temple enclosing the outer and inner court measures five hundred cubits (50 x 10) on each of the four sides. The inner court of the temple is foursquare and measures 100 cubits (50 x 2) on each side.

 Ezekiel 40:44 “And without the inner gate were the chambers of the singers in the inner court, which was at the side of the north gate; and their prospect was toward the south: one at the side of the east gate having the prospect toward the north.

47 So he measured the court, an hundred cubits long, and an hundred cubits broad, foursquare; and the altar that was before the house.”

A measuring rod was given to Apostle John to measure God’s temple. He was told to measure only the inner court with the altar and those who worship there, but leave out the outer court which is reserved for the nations.

Nations of the world and the rest of mankind (not included in the first resurrection) will have their chance for salvation after the return of Christ (pictured by the seven days Feast of Ingathering or Tabernacles); God has apportioned their lot to occupy only the outer court of His temple.

Revelation 11:1 “And there was given me a reed likes to a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.

2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given to the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.”

These verses divulge the import and favor the Eternal bestows on His holy people (the firstfruits), whom He allotted a noble portion in the inner court of His temple. This revelation should prod each called out one to treat with gravity and esteem very highly his/her calling; because only a few have been given that rare chance to have access to the holy place; Affording one an opportunity for fellowship and a close personal relationship with Christ and the Father.

Only the priests are allowed inside the inner court because it is a holy place. Before the priests enter the holy place (inner court), they are to wear their priestly (holy) garments and take them off and put on their own clothes once they leave and got out to the outer court.

Ezekiel 42: 14 "When the priests enter therein, then shall they not go out of the holy place into the outer court, but there they shall lay their garments wherein they minister; for they are holy; and shall put on other garments, and shall approach to those things which are for the people.

15 Now when he had made an end of measuring the inner house, he brought me forth toward the gate whose prospect is toward the east, and measured it round about."

God considers the firstfruits (those destined to be in the first resurrection) as holy people and a royal priesthood.

1 Peter 2:9 "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light."

Revelation 20:6 "Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years."

Taking the right measure of God’s temple is tantamount to obtaining the right or equivalent number of worshippers in the inner court, since the temple of God’s Holy Spirit are the 'called out ones' (ecclesia) taken out of the old and new covenant.

Revelation 6:10 "And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, do you not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

11 And white robes were given to every one of them; and it was said to them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled."

I Corinthians 3:16 "Don’t you know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are."

The 100 cubits length (50 x 2) of the side of the foursquare inner court could likely correspond to the measure or symbolic number of priests from the two covenants which fill up or comprise the holy place. Two major covenants sum up what was basically made by God with Israel: the old and new covenants.

The number 50 which is identified with Pentecost can also refer to God’s pre-determined and designed measure in length (of time) for individual firstfruits to conform to the standards that will make or shape him/her up as part of God’s temple.

Thus, the count towards Pentecost should awaken ones senses to the dire need to examine the self whether one is growing to be a part of God’s holy temple.

I Peter 4:17 "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begins at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?"

Ephesians 2:19 "Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

21 In whom all the building fitly framed together grows to a holy temple in the Lord:

22 In whom you also are build together for a habitation of God through the Spirit."

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