Almost everywhere I read or hear about the falling of YHWH’s Spirit on Pentecost they have the event taking place in the ‘upper room’. We have all been in a place where we fail to examine or give much thought to certain Scriptures. With any meticulous study of the ‘upper room’ verses it is clear to see how ridiculous is this belief. In fact, the disciples or members of the first Church in Yerushalem did not receive the Holy Spirit in that ‘upper room’. They were in the temple at the time of Pentecost, celebrating the Feast of Weeks (Shavuoth in Hebrew). This is easily seen from ACTS 1:13-15:
And when they were come in (from watching Yahshua ascend to Heaven), they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Yudas the brother of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Yahshua, and with His brethren.
That’s eleven disciples, Mary, the other women, and Yahshua’s brothers. It is highly unlikely that all these people squeezed into one room to pray no matter how close-knit the Church was in those days. Then in verse 15 Peter stands up among about 120 of them. Now we have upwards of 135 squeezed in there!
In chapter 2, verse one, they were all in one place celebrating Pentecost. Of course they would do this at the temple. For in verse 5 it speaks of devout Jews from every nation being present. There would never be Jews from every nation celebrating a festival in an upper room! No, these devout men were in Yerushalem for the Feast. Not only that but a multitude then descended on them at the fall of the Holy Spirit, for verse 2 says the wind filled the house–the temple. The people were confounded by the disciples speaking, not babble, but in EVERY different language represented.
That’s a lot of people. Peter speaks to all that dwell in Yerushalem. Definitely not the upper room! (Picture that in your mind for just a moment: all the people of Yerushalem–apparently it was several million at Feast times–in one room. The things some people believe!) Out of all those people, 3,000 were baptized and added to the Church that day. They all continued in the doctrine, fellowship, prayers, and breaking bread, which takes us to another deception in the modern Church, but we’ll cover it next post. Isn’t it nice to have a short one for a change? Maybe we can get to bed early. So by the time the sun shines in my face and wakes me at sunrise in the morning I have had enough sleep.