Please join us for a Word Watch from 12-13 May to commemorate Ascension Day

 

Worldwide, the Church commemorates four main feasts, three of which are Biblical Hebrew feasts fulfilled by Jesus as the Messiah. The first three of these Days of Remembrance are: the Crucifixion of Jesus (fulfilling the Hebrew feast of Passover: Lev.23:5), the Resurrection of Jesus (fulfilling the Hebrew feast of First Fruits: Lev.23:10-11) and Pentecost, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (fulfilling the Hebrew feast of Pentecost, fifty days: Lev.23:15-16). The fourth Christian Day of Remembrance is the Ascension of Jesus, forty days after His Resurrection. This event was not celebrated by a Hebrew feast and was not prophesied in the Old Testament, and only alluded to in Psalm 68:18.

A hundred and twenty disciples and followers of Jesus witnessed His Ascension, returned to Jerusalem and waited for ten days in the upper room for the promised outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. Although the day of Ascension was not prophesied in the Old Testament, it became a major focus of the Christian church. Something of tremendous importance took place in the heavens while ten days passed on the earth after Jesus’ Ascension: Jesus Christ passed through the heavens (Hebrews 4:14; 9:12), a heavenly court case was held and a search was made for someone worthy to take the scroll (Daniel 7:9-14; Revelation 5), and Jesus was enthroned at the right hand of the Father (Acts 2:33; 1 Peter 3:23; Hebrews 10:12).

The Ascension of Jesus is very important. It explains that Jesus is no longer on the earth, but is exalted in the presence of God the Father. It is from this position that He intercedes for us continually (Romans 8:34). It explains that the Holy Spirit is sent to earth to testify of Jesus and to prepare the Church for another event, the return of Jesus to reign on the earth (John 7:39; 1 Peter 1:12; Acts 1:11; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:28).

Ascension Day Word Watch
The Ascension Day Word Watch starts at 20:00 on 12 May and ends at 20:00 on 13 May. During the Word Watch we want to pray, read and proclaim the Word of God from three books of the Bible: Isaiah (who prophesied about the coming Messiah), Hebrews (that testifies of Jesus Christ as the exalted High Priest in the heavens), and Revelation (the glorification of Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God and the events that will unfold before He returns to the earth).

There are two ways to participate in the Word Watch:
1. Read all three books or parts thereof as an individual on the 12th and 13th of May.
2. Form or join a group that will read the books together during a period of 24 hours. Use the Word Watch roster. Create a Whatsapp or Telegram group. Each participant signs in when their hour to read begins, and signs out when they complete their hour. Click on the link below if you want to read with others on a Telegram Word Watch group. Choose your hour and simply read the scriptures of that hour aloud at your home. https://t.me/joinchat/tMmv-lpBBuwzZDJk

 

May the exalted Lord Jesus Christ be glorified!

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