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Did the Disciples Pray the Lord’s Prayer on Pentecost?

In Acts 2, we read of an incredible event – the Holy Spirit descending upon the disciples as they gathered in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. In the King James Version, we read:

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Verses 1 and 2, in particular, are revealing:   the disciples were all with one accord, after which the mighty wind rushed in, signaling the arrival of the Holy Spirit.

What were they doing with one accord, or in harmony, which must have been the right thing to do, for it created an environment conducive for the Holy Spirit to descend upon them?

Acts 1:14 tells us that the disciples were praying and asking for something earnestly and humbly:

14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

What exactly were they praying for? Were they praying for the Holy Spirit to come upon them? This seems unlikely since Jesus Christ already told them that the Holy Spirit would visit them, as we read in Act 1:4:

 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

One thing we can be sure about, given that John the Baptist emphasized repentance before the physical immersion in water  (Matthew 3:2).

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

The disciples were praying for forgiveness of sins, renewal and repentance, preparing themselves to be baptized with the Holy Spirit.

We showed in our book, via biblical mathematics, that the Lord’s Prayer indeed covers our justification and continual sanctification:

Theorem 6.5 The Lord’s Prayer, prayed daily at the (prescribed) times given in set D, presents our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.

Moreover, since the Lord’s Prayer is the only prayer taught to the disciples by Jesus Christ, we thus arrived at the following hypothesis:

Hypothesis:  The disciples were incessantly earnestly praying the Lord’s Prayer with one accord on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1).

Now, the original Greek text of Acts 2:1 has 74 Greek letters, and that of Acts 2:2, 94 Greek letters.  The sum is 168. Surprisingly, it is but the identifier of the Lord’s Prayer in the Gospel of Luke (using the Method of the Verse Identification developed in the book)!

Identifier of the Lord’s Prayer in Luke 11 is 168

Book

Chapter Verse Sum

42

11 2

55

42

11 3 56
42 11 4

57

 

168

There is no problem with incessant prayers and worship, for this is exactly what the 4 beasts and the 24 elders in Revelation 4:7-11 do:

And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
    who was and is and is to come!”

 

And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
    to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
    and by your will they existed and were created.”

 

It is surprising that the identifier of the two verses that contain praises to God  in Revelation 4 (verses 8 and 11) is 159, since the 159th number in base 9 is 186, whose digits are a permutation of the numeral 168.

According to S. E. Jones, in his book The Biblical Meaning of Numbers from One to Forty, the number 9 represents “divine visitation, which is God’s judgment in the life of the believer(s) by which the Holy Spirit trains them in obedience”  (page 9).   S. E. Jones goes on to write (page 10):

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It is the job of the Holy Spirit to help advise sinners who stand convicted by the law (Rom. 3:19) to find justification—that is, be pronounced not legally guilty. Jesus trained His disciples during His time of visitation. And then toward the end of His ministry, He spoke of “another Comforter” (John 14:16) that was yet to be given. The use of the term “another” indicates that Jesus Himself was a Comforter prior to the time when the Holy Spirit was given in Acts 2. In fact, at the beginning of His life, Simeon called Him “the consolation of Israel” (Luke 2:25). The word is paraklesis, the same word as the Comforter.

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The fact that the Lord’s Prayer may have the repetitive property of the praises  in Revelation 4:8-11, and may therefore be the incessant prayer in one of the greatest stories in the Bible – the story of the baptism of the frightened disciples with the Holy Spirit  on the day of Pentecost – is beyond comprehension!

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

In the Lord’s Prayer, we read in Matthew 6:13,

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

What is this “evil”?

In Romans 1: 24 – 32,  we have an answer (Easy-to-Read Version):

24 People wanted only to do evil. So God left them and let them go their sinful way. And so they became completely immoral and used their bodies in shameful ways with each other. 25 They traded the truth of God for a lie. They bowed down and worshiped the things God made instead of worshiping the God who made those things. He is the one who should be praised forever. Amen.

26 Because people did those things, God left them and let them do the shameful things they wanted to do. Women stopped having natural sex with men and started having sex with other women. 27 In the same way, men stopped having natural sex with women and began wanting each other all the time. Men did shameful things with other men, and in their bodies they received the punishment for those wrongs.

28 People did not think it was important to have a true knowledge of God. So God left them and allowed them to have their own worthless thinking. And so they do what they should not do. 29 They are filled with every kind of sin, evil, greed, and hatred. They are full of jealousy, murder, fighting, lying, and thinking the worst things about each other. They gossip 30 and say evil things about each other. They hate God. They are rude, proud, and brag about themselves. They invent ways of doing evil. They don’t obey their parents, 31 they are foolish, they don’t keep their promises, and they show no kindness or mercy to others. 32 They know God’s law says that anyone who lives like that should die. But they not only continue to do these things themselves, but they also encourage others who do them.

In the book, we proposed a method of identifying a verse. It is called the Method of Verse Identification.

METHOD OF VERSE IDENTIFICATION (MVI) Let Q be a set of verses in the Bible. An identifier I of Q is either (i) the total of the sum of book numbers, the sum of chapter numbers and the sum of verse numbers of all the verses in the set Q, or (ii) the total gematria (Hebrew and/or Greek) of the verses in Q.

Applying the MVI to Romans 1: 24 – 32, we have an astounding result: all the traits of the anti-Christ 666 are listed in the verses!

Book # Chapter# Verse# Sum
45 1 24 70
45 1 25 71
45 1 26 72
45 1 27 73
45 1 28 74
45 1 29 75
45 1 30 76
45 1 31 77
45 1 32 78
666 GRAND TOTAL

 

The Secret of The Narrow Door

One of the results established in the book via Biblical Mathematics is the following:

When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we are led by the Holy Spirit to become more like Jesus Christ.

This result establishes that praying the Lord’s Prayer is an act of acquiring holiness with the help of the Holy Spirit. Praying the Lord’s Prayer is how we can partake in sanctification.

Therefore it is the Holy Spirit that will guide us  through the Narrow Door of the Kingdom of God.

Indeed, we shall show here that we must have the Fruit of the Holy Spirit in order to enter the Narrow Door of the Kingdom of God.   In Galatians 5:22-23, the set of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit is S = {LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, BELIEF, MEEKNESS, SELF-CONTROL}.  Having these 9 elements of set S as Christian attributes will allow one to enter the Narrow Door, which is described in Luke 13:22 – 27 (ERV):

22 Jesus was teaching in every town and village. He continued to travel toward Jerusalem. 23 Someone said to him, “Lord, how many people will be saved? Only a few?”

Jesus said, 24 “The door to heaven is narrow. Try hard to enter it. Many people will want to enter there, but they will not be able to go in. 25 If a man locks the door of his house, you can stand outside and knock on the door, but he won’t open it. You can say, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you. Where did you come from?’ 26 Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you. You taught in the streets of our town.’ 27 Then he will say to you, ‘I don’t know you. Where did you come from? Get away from me! You are all people who do wrong!’

To have a sense of how difficult for sinful people to enter the Kingdom of God, in Luke 13:27, we read: “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’”.  The Greek gematria of Luke 13:27 can be shown to be 6,929. Interestingly, this corresponds to the verse Matthew 9:21, one of only two verses with the same gematria.   Matthew 9:21 refers to the woman who touched Jesus’ gown and got healed in the process: “For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.

In another interesting twist, the gematria of the set S, taken from the original Greek texts of Galatians 5:22-23.  is also 6,929.

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In conclusion therefore, with the Fruit of the Holy Spirit, we can be made “whole” – like the woman who touched Jesus’ garment in Matthew 9:21 – and avoid being rejected at the gate as depicted in Luke 13:27.

The Secret of the Narrow Door is the Fruit of the Holy Spirit!

About the Book

We developed and applied the methods of what we called “Biblical Mathematics” to answer two questions pertaining to Ephesians 2:8-9:

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.”

We asked two questions:

  • What is precisely the “faith” referred to in Ephesians 2: 8 – 9?
  • Given that one’s deed is not required to receive God’s gift of grace, how then does one say or proclaim this faith and to whom should one proclaim this faith?

The stunning result is that it is the Lord’s Prayer itself – taught by no sinful mortal but by Jesus himself – that is the proclamation of faith, and the faith is the belief in the fulfillment of the will of the Father in His Son.

But the most unexpected discovery is there is a prayer pattern of the Lord’s Prayer. If we pray the Lord’s Prayer 8 times per day, then the grace and peace of God is multiplied unto us by the power of the Holy Spirit.  In other words, we will experience peace in our lives, and the power of God in our lives – doors will be opened, and obstacles removed, and problems solved.

The times are 10.35am, 10.53am, 1.35pm, 1.53pm, 3.15pm, 3.51pm, 5.13pm, and 5.31pm, which include the permutations of the digits of the number 153 that appears in John 21:11.

In the book, we showed that these times represent the last 7 hours of Jesus’ life on the Cross at Calvary. And that Jesus died at 3.15pm and His side was pierced at 5.31pm –  results never known before in the Christian world.

So the Lord’s Prayer is not only a continual reminder of the Cross of Jesus Christ and the saving power of His blood, but it is also a means to partake in sanctification.

The final result though is totally unanticipated: the Lord’s Prayer is a covenant that Jesus Christ makes with those who believe in Him – it is the covenant of the Redeemer of Isaiah 59.