The Church Age Begins on the Day of Pentecost

On the Day of Pentecost in 33 A.D., the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples in the upper room in Jerusalem. They then went out and preached the gospel to the Jews gathered at the Temple:

"41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common." (Acts 2:41-44)

As a result of the Holy Spirit speaking through the apostle Peter, three thousand people were saved from their sins. This was the first "church service" and they continued to worship together. Within a very short time the disciples again preached at the Temple to the dismay of the religious leaders:

"1 And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them, 2 Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3 And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide. 4 Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand." (Acts 4:1-4)

This then was the beginning of what some call the Church Age. From that time until the present, Christians have preached the gospel and billions have been saved. This age will continue until either the Rapture or the beginning of the Tribulation Period.

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