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Pentecost: Shavuot:
The Feast of First Fruits.

Thou art My Son, This Day have I begotten Thee.

This Day was the Birth of Christ Jesus, God's First Fruit and Only Begotten Son,
and also the Birth of His Ecclesia/Church.
 

There have been in the past, and are now today, Christian and Messianic scholars of history and scripture that have many controversies with the Roman Church.  Just one of the controversy's concerns December the 25th.  This day was decreed by the political and spiritual authority of Rome, to be Christmas, the birthday of Jesus Christ.  The following is a well known historical fact, for that day of December the 25th, in the Julian calendar, was Pagan Roman's festival of Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, the birthday of the Unconquered Sun that celebrated the Roman sun god Jupiter with other cultic deities, such as Apollo and Diana.  However, the Church at Rome, having prostituted herself with the power of political Rome, covered over the inconvenient historical pagan holiday, with her menstruous napkin of soiled authority, and conveniently sanitized with Christianity, the dark hole of Rome's many gods.  The law and the events of time were changed to suit the mingled politics of Rome with the harlotry of the Roman Church.  The prince of darkness continues to remain hidden within the whirlpool hole of confusions, until he opens the pit and the Babylonian head of evil is once again established for a short period of time.

For the many diligent students of the Word of God, we posit for your edification, the one specific appointed day, Shavuot being Pentecost, that God had previously set aside for the birth of His only Begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of Man, born of the seed of Woman/Ishshah, through the Word of the Holy Spirit of the only Lord God Almighty.  It would appear that the advent of that one specific day has been in the light all of this time, but our eyes of proud flesh have been blinded through Satanic deception to God's promised Salvation day of rejoicing

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. (See Mounce Luke 1 verse 26 thru 28.)

The many protesting scholars, when trying to use scripture to correct this specific gross error of the Roman Church, have utilized several wrong assumption in the Gospel of Luke to justify their calculations in the timing of the Lord's birth.  A somewhat resent example is presented by the Messianic scholars, who utilize Luke's Gospel chapter 1 verse 5 to try and establish their mathematical reference to the Feast of Tabernacles: There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia, and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.  After the Babylonian exile, the ancestral family of Zacharias was inserted into the 8th priestly course of Abia (Abijah), whose family of the house of Levi did not return from the Babylonian exile.  The Mathematics associated with the Abijah course will not work for several reasons in timing that should become evident in the following apologetics, with a better picture to be seen presently.

To remove some of the confusion with time, we need to understand that the present yearly Jewish calendar is in lunar months that came about at the time of the Babylonian dispersion of the Jews.  With God's intervention in space time, the original Jewish calendar was changed, with the months now named after the recalculated Babylonian lunar months.  Up until the days of King Hezekiah and Prior to the Babylonian era, in the Jewish Calendar there were 12 months in the biblical year of 360 days with 4 month that had given names, Abib, Ziv, Ethanim and Cheshvan also called BulExcept for the 1st Month of Abib, the rest of the months were generally known or called by their numerical position in the calendar year, such as the second month, even though it had a secondary name of Ziv, or the seventh month with the secondary name of Ethanim.  The days of the week were all numbered sequentially in Hebrew from the 1st day until the 7th day, with the 7th day being specially called the Sabbath.

In the present Jewish calendar, there are 5 Babylonian named months found in the Septuagint; Nisan, Sivan, Elul, Kislev (Casleu), and Adar, but they were generally qualified with a numerical month associated with Israel's covenant past with the Creator of all things.  These 5 Babylonian named months were used by the authors of the Babylonian exile, and then were utilized in the time of the Maccabeus.  The writings of the prophets and the new Covenant writings are completely absent of the named Babylonian months.  In fact in the New Testament writings, only the 6th Month is written specifically in the first chapter of Luke, with no other months inscribed in the Gospel Scriptures.  

We believe with certainty that it is the 6th Month of the Jewish calendar that the annunciation by the angel Gabriel was given to the virgin Mary.  With her acceptance of Gabriel's Word, there was the conception within her womb of the Son of Man/Adam by the Holy Spirit of His Father God Almighty. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy Word.  In this miracle of true Life, it was the Shekinah Glory of the Almighty God that encompassed Mary to bring forth within her womb, the miraculous conception of the Word of God, as One within the true genetic seed of the Hebrew virgin. (See Luke 1 verse 35.) 

After investigating all of the presented evidence, then perhaps we can come to a needful common sense conclusion to the Truth of God's unfailing Word.  The following is a synopsis of the Jewish Calendar after Judah of Israel's exile in Babylon.  The Babylonian mathematicians originally discovered this Lunar Calendar of months, but it is now known as the Metonic Cycle.

  1. Nisan or (Biblically named Abib the First Month). Spring Equinox, end of March or beginning of April: Days of the month 30. Day 1 begins with the New Moon. This day is the beginning of the new ecclesiastical year for the Jew.  Day 14 is the preparation for the Passover with the Paschal Sacrifice.  Day 15 begins with a full moon and is the First Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread taken with the Passover meal.  Day 16 is the Waving of the first ripe Omer (barley sheaves).  Day 21 is the close of the Feast of Unleavened bread and the Passover.
     

  2. Iyar or (Biblically named Ziv the Second Month). April-May: Days of the month 29. Day 1 begins with the New Moon.  Day 15 is the Second, or little Passover.  Day 18 is Lag-le-Omer, or the 33rd day in Omer, i.e. from the presentation of the first ripe sheaf offered on the 2nd day of the Passover in the evening of the 16th of Nisan.
     

  3. Sivan. (Biblically assigned the 3rd Month). May-June: Days of the month 30. Day 1 begins with the New Moon.  Day 6, Shavuot is the end of the Feast of 7 weeks that began one day after the wave offering of the the first Omer of spring barley that occurs on Abib/Nisan the 16th.  So then, fifty days later, on the 6th day of the 3rd Month now known as Sivan is when the two loaves of leavened bread made of the first ripe wheat were waved. This Day also commemorates the giving of the Law when Israel becomes a Covenant Nation with God. The Hellenized Jews gave the Feast Day the name of Pentecost that meant 50 days.  We will also show its absolute significance, for Jesus Christ the Word of God, and pre-incarnate Law Giver is born the Son of Man/Adam on the 6th day of the Third Month at the spring time birthing of the lambs.  The shepherd's, who were tending to their flocks in the night, saw the glory of the Lord, and then heard the Angel of God say: Fear not! For I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be for all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord(See Luke 2 verse 7 thru 20.)

    God gave the gift of His Son on this one same day of Shavuot/Pentecost to give His Life to that which was dead in sins and trespasses. Fifty days after Jesus/Yeshua the Messiah's crucifixion death and burial, the Ecclesia/church of the Messiah was also birthed, because of Christ's Holy resurrection, on this same day of the 6th day of the Third Month/Sivan.  So then three things took place on the 6th day of Sivan/the 6th Month: 1. Israel was birthed at Sinai:  2. The Messiah of God was birthed as the Son of Man by the Holy Spirit of God, on this one specified day of spring: 3. The Church/Ecclesia was birthed by the same Holy Spirit of God that was conceived in Jesus/Yeshua and raised Him from the dead.
     

  4. Thamus. (Biblically assigned the 4th Month) June-July: Days of the month 29. Day 1 begins with the New Moon.  Day 17. Fast; taking of Jerusalem on the 9th by Nebuchadnezzar (and on the 17th by Titus). If the 17th occur on a Sabbath, the Fast is kept on the day following.
     

  5. Ab (Biblically named Av the 5th Month)). July-August: Days of the month 30. Day 1 begins with the New Moon.  Day 9 is a Fast because of the destruction of the Temple that occurred 3 times on this  9th day of Av.
     

  6. Elul. (Biblically assigned the 6th month). August-September: Days of the month 29. Day 1 begins with the New Moon. We believe that Luke's Gospel account reveals that Jesus/Yeshua is conceived by the Spirit of God, in the beginning of the 6th month of Elul, and approximately 9 months later is born on the 6th day of the Third Month of Sivan by a virgin woman of Israel, named Mary.
     

  7. Tishri or (Biblically named Ethanim or the Seventh Month). Days of the month 30. September-October Beginning of the Jewish Civil Year with day 1 & 2 being a New Year's Feast. Day 3. Fast for the murder of Gedaliah. Day 10. Day of Atonement; Great Fast. Day 15 begins with a full moon and is the Feast of Tabernacles. Day 21. Close of the Feast. Day 22. Octave of the Feast of Tabernacles, and a High Sabbath. (In the Synagogues, on the 23rd, Feast on the annual completion of the Reading of the Law.)
     

  8. Marcheshvan or (Biblically named Cheshvan, Bul, The 8th Month). October-November: Days of the month 29 or 30. Day 1 begins with the New Moon..
     

  9. Kislev (Casleu). (Biblically assigned the 9th Month) November-December: Days of the month 29 or 30. Days of the month 29. Day 1 begins with the New Moon.  Day 25 is the Feast of the Dedication of the Temple, or of Candles, lasting eight days, in remembrance of the Restoration of the Temple after the victory gained by Judas Maccabeus (BC 148) over the Syrians.
     

  10. Tebeth. (Biblically assigned the 10th Month) December-January: Days of the month 29. Day 1 begins with the New Moon. Day 10 is a Fast on account of the Siege of Jerusalem.
     

  11. Shebat. (Biblically assigned the 11th Month) January-February: Days of the month 30. Day 1 begins with the New Moon.
     

  12. Adar. (Biblically assigned the 12th Month) February-March: Days of the month 30. Day 1 begins with the New Moon. Day 13 is a Fast of Esther. If it falls on a Sabbath, kept on the Thursday preceding. Day 14. Purim, or Feast of Haman. Day 15. Purim Proper.

    The Jewish leap years has seven occurrence in a nineteen year cycle.  The 3rd, 6th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 17th, and 19th years are leap years in this cycle of nineteen years, and each leap year will have between 383 to 385 days to accommodate the inserted month of Adar I.  Within the nineteen year cycle, there would be the insertion of seven months that would bring the lunar year in step with the Julian calendar.  The lunar year had become 354 days 8 hours 48min 38sec, as compared to the Julian Calendar year of 365 and 1/4 days.  The Jewish calendar has 7 days in a week like the Julian or the latter Gregorian calendar, but now in the present Jewish lunar calendar there are 50.7 weeks in a regular year and 54.8 weeks in a leap year.  So then the Jewish calendar consists of either 12 or 13 months with either 29 or 30 days, and each normal lunar year can be 353, 354, 355 days long, with each leap year bring 383, 384 or 385 days long.
     

  13. Adar I.  February-March: is added after the month of Shevat (Shebat) and before the month of Adar in every leap year.  Days of the month 29. The month is also known as Adar Rishon or Adar Alef.

The present day Messianic scholars have thought that the temple service of the priest of the eighth course of Abijah, mentioned in the first chapter of Luke, is the key to the discovery of Christ's birth, but let's rightly evaluate that possibility.  In God's creation of the earth, sun and moon, we should understand that originally there would have been 360 days with 12 months and 51.429 weeks in the year of the Lord.  So it would have been in the time of David.   In the last days of  David's life, he apparently instructed that lots be cast to established the 24 courses of the Levitical priestly order of service to the Temple.  It should be obvious that each course would serve the house of the Lord twice in the year for a total of 48 weeks. (See 1st Chronicles 24 verse 1 thru 19.)  Each one of the 24 courses would serve from Sabbath evening to the beginning of the following Sabbath evening for 7 full days, then the next sequential course in rotation would take over.  On the Major feasts all of the 24 courses of the priesthood were to be present in the service of the temple.  On Passover (Pesach), the High Sabbath day of Abib/Nisan the 15th, there would be all 24 courses present for 7 days ending on a High Sabbath day; then on Pentecost the Third Month/Sivan the 6th there would be the 24 courses present for this one High Sabbath day; and then on the Feast of Tabernacles, the Seventh Month/Tishri on the 15th day, there would be all 24 courses present for 8 days, with the 1st day and the 8th day being High Sabbaths.  God had also declared the 1st and 10th days of the Seventh Month to be Sabbath days of rest.  With all the variables, perhaps originally the 24 courses could be set in fixed weekly times of service, year in and year out.  But the times of the year changed during Hezekiah's days, occurring during and continuing into the present time.  The Jewish calendar, being a copy of the Babylonian lunar calendar, is set to the Metonic Cycles: click Here

So then, we have a major problem after God extended the obit of the earth around the sun, that changed the length of the year from 360 days into 365 days.  The calculations using the 8th course of the priesthood of Abia to ascertain the birth of Jesus Christ, and or His coming again, would absolutely fail for a certainty, because there is now the inclusion of leap years, in the Jewish calendar.  The days in the year are now changed with the variableness of the days in a year going from 353, 354, 355 days long, with the adding of a month to the adjusting leap year, which now becomes either 383, 384 or 385 days long.   Please consider the following Biblical time line: From the time of Hezekiah and the miracle of the shadow of the sundial going back 10 degrees and the change in days, until Judah was taken away in bondage to Babylon, and then Judah's return from its exile in Babylon back into the promised land, and then until Zacharias' encounter with the angel proclaiming that Elizabeth would give birth, is approximately 700 years with maybe 258 leap years occurring during that period of time.  So then approximately 258 additional months would have been added to this time period, and the 24 courses of priestly service could not have continually revolved in sequence around God's corrupted era of lunar time.  It is impossible that the 24 disrupted courses of priestly service could follow an order of precision, from one specific week in a certain month of a year to the same week in that certain month in the next year, whether its a leap year or not.  Also of forgotten note, the course of Abijah would have served twice in each year, so then which additional week or month did Zacharias serve.  In the end of logic; the lots were originally cast in David's time, to show a rotation order of service of the priesthood in a 360 day year, but after the Babylonian exile it is impossible to specify a certain week for the 24 courses of temple service within the Babylonian Jewish lunar calendar.

Outside of the mathematical impossibilities, and yet suggest that the time of the Lord's birth is during the Feast of Tabernacles is highly questionable for the following reasons.  First the Lord Jesus/Yeshua is the First Fruit of Yahweh God Almighty, and not of the final ingathering harvest festival of Sukkot.  Neither is Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty in need of repentance, for He is The Almighty God, and is the God of Salvation, and from His Bosom Yahweh God gave His First Born Son, conceived by the Word of the Eternal God and born of the flesh of Man/Adam.  Jesus Christ gave Himself as the perfect offering for sin, and God the Father declares that Emanuel, God with us, would become the First Fruit of the Almighty's Eternal Word for the Salvation of man kind.

And the Word became Flesh. Thou art My Son, This Day have I begotten Thee.  The Day that Jesus/Yeshua is begotten of God, is a specific solitary day of God's Promise, and not within the 7 or 8 days of the Passover Feast of Unleavened Bread nor of the many days in the month of Tishri, beginning with Rosh Hashanah, and ending within the days of the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles.   Christ Jesus, the FirstFruit of God, knew no sin, but was made to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. (See 2nd Corinthians 5:21.) 

If our logic fails to convince the reader, then let us make our appeal to God's Holy Spirit, so as to rightly understand this one simplicity of written scripture.  Luke, in chapter one of his Gospel, gives simple clarity to the conception month of Jesus/Yeshua, for it is in the timeframe of the Jewish calendar that Almighty God appoints the one specific day of His decreed Feasts that signifies the birth of His Salvation Word of First Fruits.  Now, with simple mathematics, we can ascertain from Luke's written account of the conception, of when the Word of God impregnated the seed of the virgin WoMan Mary, and then look forward 9 months later to the day of the birth of the Messiah of God.

Confusion with the Sixth Month.

From the transliteration of the Greek into English, and without looking at the Greek particles, prepositions and contractions properly, a consensus view has been formed without challenge, teaching that Elizabeth in having hid her self 5 months in her pregnancy that the Angel Gabriel would have appeared to Mary at the beginning of the 6th months of Elizabeth's pregnancy.  Let's begin our investigation into God's Word that does not fail to deliver the Truth.

Luke 1 verse 10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.

Perhaps the stated whole multitude of the people would indicate a Jewish Feast Day, most probably the Passover Feast of Unleavened Bread.  The vast multitudes of the people of Israel would gather themselves together to celebrate the three great feast that God had commanded them to attend. We have eliminated the possibilities of God's feast days in Tishri with our rebuttal.

Luke 1 verse 24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, 25 Thus has the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein He looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.

When Elizabeth conceived and then knew from bodily signs she was pregnant, she began marking the months of her pregnancy.  In her Jewish mindset, she would have counted the first month of her pregnancy to be the beginning month no matter the day of her conception.  In other words, the conception could have taken place on any one of the days of the month, but nevertheless that month was the start of her concealment of her miraculous pregnancy. We further posit that the count would have begun in Nisan as the first month, and the concealment of her pregnancy continued until the 5th month, now known in the Jewish calendar as Ab.

Luke 1 verse 26 And De (But, Moreover) in the Sixth Month (Elul) the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

Luke 1 verse 36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she has also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 

In the above scripture Luke 1 verse 26, the transliterated first word "And" in the KJ version comes from the Greek word "de" [deh] and is a conjunction that is adversarial with a continuation of the following thought. Taken from the Blue Letter Bible: δέ dé, deh; a primary particle (adversative or continuative); with its English equivalents of "but", "and", "etc".:—"also", "and", "but", "moreover", "now". The difference may be seen if the Greek conjunction "de" becomes "but" or "moreover" or "now" rather than the English generic "and".  Unfortunately, because of the English word "and" verse 26 has been seen as a continuation of the 5 months of Elizabeth's concealment seen in Verse 24: But, notice in the sixth month there is a contrasting conjunction that is a distinguishing mark or change in contrast to Elizabeth's 5th month of concealment.  Obviously, the scripture in verse 26 does not read in the sixth month of Elizabeth hiding her self, when it is 5 months of hiding, but verse 26 is revealing a demarcation in a relevant change of time as it should be interpreted with the Greek conjunction "De"; (But, Moreover, Now) in the Sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin;.  If not for the moderating change of the conjunction  "De", then the Greek conjunction "kai" would have been more suitable as a transliterated "and" with a continuation of original thought as seen in the following ongoing passages. And Kai the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And Kai, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and kai bring forth a Son, and shalt call His Name Jesus.

Unfortunately, in the transliteration to English, it is hard to see the moderating distinction that is being made with the Greek expression "de". However in verse 29 we see the same use of the Greek conjunction "de" as the word is transliterated to "and".  And DE when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and kai cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. The adversarial conjunction "De" denotes Mary being troubled when she saw the angel and after hearing what he had said and then considered the meaning of his salutation.  A distinction is now being made when Mary first saw the angel and upon hearing his greeting.

Also please notice in the English transliteration of the Greek, the distinction between the words "in en" and "is este".  It is stated specifically in the Luke's Gospel, that the angel Gabriel, was sent by God, to appear to Mary in en the Sixth Month.  The matter of Elizabeth concealing her 5th month of pregnancy may be irrelevant in time, in contrast to Gabriel informing the virgin Mary, as a sign, that her cousin Elizabeth, who is known to be barren, is now 6 months into her conception of a son, and not fully 6 months pregnant.  Elizabeth has just begun the sixth month of her pregnancy because it is the 6 month of the Jewish calendar year. There is no precision of a day that would mark Elizabeth as being precisely 5 months pregnant. Thus the scripture reads: and after those days Elizabeth conceived and hid herself five months. The annunciation of Gabriel to Mary came first, in the 6th Month of the Jewish calendar year, and then the angel Gabriel reveals another impossibility, for the barren Elizabeth, even in her old age, had now begun her 6th month of pregnancy.  BEHOLD, the Angel Gabriel is continuing God's chosen revelation moment so as to confirm to Mary, God's Power "For with God nothing shall be impossible." (see Luke 1 verse 36 thru  38.) In the order of God's Word made the flesh of the Son of Man, Gabriel's Word is given in God's chronology of the 6th Month to bring forth precisely the one day of the birth of God's Salvation Word of Promise on Shavuot/Pentecost, and is not retroactive or subject to the miraculous event of the barren Elizabeth's unknown conception day.

In the Jewish Calendar, and after the return from Babylon, the Sixth Month would be known as the month of Elul.  It would logically appear that an unspecified day in the Sixth Jewish month is when the incarnation of Emanuel took place.   Simply counting backwards, the month of Elizabeth's beginning pregnancy would have been in the 1st Month of Abib/Nisan within the Jewish calendar.  It would appear in God's timely intervention with the announcement of Elisabeth's pregnancy, that with Zacharias being included in the order of Abijah, and his wife Elisabeth of the daughter's of Levi that they both were genetically pure in the stock of Jacob, known as Israel.  Perhaps of significance, is that the name Abijah of the eight course, means Jehovah is my Father.  John the Baptist, with the Spirit of Elijah, would be the forerunner in the proclamation of Jesus/Yeshua as the Christ of God. (See  Luke 7 verse 24 thru 29.)

So then, the annunciation of the coming Christ Child took place in the Sixth Month, the month of Elul, when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and said to her: Hail thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee; Blessed art thou among women.  Fear not Mary:  For thou has found favor with God, and behold, thou shall conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a Son, and shall call His Name Jesus.  He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest, and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David, and He shall reign over the house of Jacob (Israel) forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end.  And the virgin hearing the full decree of Gabriel said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord  Be it unto me according to thy Word.  (See Luke 1 verse 26 thru 38.)  Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His Name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7 verse 14.)

Within moments of Mary's acceptance, the Word of God was conceived within the Seed of the virgin WoMan, and the unleavened True Bread of heaven gestated in the womb of the Jewish virgin Mary, becoming the Son of Man/Adam.  The birth of the Salvation of mankind took place nine months later in the town of Bethlehem, the house of bread.  That time of His birth would be in the Third Jewish Month of late spring, (the month now called Sivan), when the shepherds were watching over their flocks, even at night, while the ewes were giving birth to their lambs.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.   And this shall be a sign unto you: You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying:  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2 verse 9 thru 14.)

The Lord [Yahweh]  has said unto Me, Thou art My Son; This Day have I begotten Thee.  This Day is a special Day that was decreed long ago by the Lord God Almighty, for it was to be the Day of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And This Day would also be the day of the birth of the First Fruits of Christ's Salvation seed, that in Greek we call Pentecost the birthday of the church. 

Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the Ghost.  And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,  and came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. (Matthew 27 verse 50 thru 53.)

Now with the Son of Man's resurrection, in the power of His Father God's Spirit of Holiness, the Lord Jesus Christ has become the Excellency of God's Firstfruits.  The Lord having been raised to Life from the grave as the First Born from the dead, then with His Resurrection Power of the Holy Spirit, brought forth out of their graves, the First Fruits of them, who were dead because of sin, and yet lived with faith in God's Promised Messiah. (See 1st Corinthians 15 verse 20 thru 22, and John 11 verse 25.)

From thence, the Risen Lord and Savior of mankind declared to His disciples, that there was to be that certain fruitful day of His previous Promise, when the One Holy Spirit of God would come, and be an abiding presence, within the heart of all of Christ's believing disciples. Behold I send the Promise of My Father upon you, but tarry in the city of Jerusalem, until you be endued with power from on High(See Luke 24 verse 46 thru 49.) That day of promise was fulfilled on the 6th day of the Third Month of Sivan, known in Hebrew as Shavuot, and was the one celebratory day that ended the Jewish harvest Festival of 7 Weeks. 

The Festival of Weeks had commenced soon after the last Pascal lamb was sacrificed on the 9th hour of the High Sabbath of the 15th of Nissan, and then shortly thereafter, when the sun was going down, becoming the evening of the 16th of Nissan.  At this time the high priest would present to God the wave offering of the first fruits of barley sheaves, also know as an Omer.  So then, on the second day of Passover (the 16th of Nissan), the literal counting of the Omer, day by day, began with the waving of the first fruits of barley sheaves.  The Harvest Festival ended 49 days later on the 6th day of the Third Month/Sivan, with the high priest now presenting to God the wave offering of the two large baked loafs of leavened wheat bread.  And you shall count unto you from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven Sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the morrow after the seventh Sabbath shall you number fifty days; and you shall offer a new grain offering unto the Lord. You shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals; they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven: They are the Firstfruits unto the Lord. (Leviticus 23:15 thru 17.)

Day in and day out within every year, there was to be only unleavened bread set before the Holy of Holies of Holy, Holy, Holy the Lord God Almighty, but on this one day of Pentecost there was a new grain offering with leaven (yeast) baked into the bread.  Christ Jesus, the Holy unleavened Bread of Heaven, was born the flesh of Man on this 6th day of 3rd Month/Sivan, and in His crucifixion death on the cross on Abib/Nisan the 15th, He was made to be the leaven of sin for us, that we leavened sinners, both Jew and Gentile alike, might be made in Jesus Christ's sinless resurrection, the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. 

The first fruits of the Christ's Ecclesia of sinners, were also birthed on that High Sabbath day of the 6th of the 3rd Month/Sivan the 6th.  Jesus/Yeshuah the Unleavened Bread of Heaven, was made to be our sin as the leavened bread, when He was crucified on the cross for our sakes, that henceforth, we might participate, perhaps even daily, in the Unleavened Bread that is One with the Spirit resurrected sinless Body of Christ Jesus.  Through total faith in Christ Jesus, the souls of our being, were given new birth by the Spirit of God, Who sealed us with the Holy Spirit Blood of Jesus Christ, the First Born of God raised from the dead.   Faith in God's sacrifice of His Son for our sin, and Jesus resurrection into a sinless life, would enable us to become the temple of the Holy Spirit of God, and we, in thanksgiving, would worship the Almighty, even daily, in Spirit and Truth. 

To Israel, Shavuot is the 50th day that Israel was delivered in the Passover, and that significant day also celebrates when the Torah was given at Mount Sinai.  The church's understanding should be that the Torah was given by the pre-incarnate Christ of God, to be Israel's school master, and to keep His chosen ones in the will of God, until the future day when God's promised Messiah would be born the seed of a WoMan of Adam, becoming the flesh of Adam, and show us that as the incarnate Word of God in the flesh of Adam was the only Way, the Truth, and the Life of man kind. 

This celebrated day of the Third Month is also known in the Greek as Pentecost, and was the very same day that the Lord's first fruits of His Ecclesia was given birth by God's Holy Spirit.  And now on this Feast Day of the Lord, the Holy Spirit of God harvested first fruit of the souls of His disciples, into the one Body of their risen Lord so that they may bring forth fruit unto God.  For the Fruit, born of the Spirit of God, will manifest love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.  Against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit [of His Grace]. (Galatians 5 verse 22 thru 25.) Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of [the spirit of] your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12 verse 1 thru 2.)

Many people on that day of Shavuot, upon hearing of the mighty rushing wind of the Spirit, began to gather outside of the house of the disciples of the Lord.  Peter preached the Gospel to the gathered people, and on the words of Peter, three thousand persons in Jerusalem believed in Jesus, Yeshuah their Messiah, and were added to the Lord that very same harvest day of Shavuot. (See Act 2 verse 14 thru 40.)

From Alfred Edersheim's Book, The Temple: Its Ministry and Service.

To us the Day of Pentecost is, indeed, the Feast of Firstfruits, and that of the giving of the better law, written not in tables of stone, but on the fleshy tables of the [new] heart, with the Spirit of the living God. For, as the worshippers were in the Temple, probably just as they were offering the wave-lambs and the wave-bread, the multitude heard that sound from heaven, as of a mighty rushing wind, which drew them to the house where the apostles were gathered, there to hear every man in his own language the wonderful works of God. And on that Pentecost day, from the harvest of firstfruits, not less than three thousand souls added to the Church were presented as a wave-offering to the Lord. [Now] the mighty rushing sound of the Presence and Power of the Holy Ghost has gone forth into all the world. [My inserted edits are bracketed, and with one ending sentence being left off.]

Yet have I set My King upon My holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: The Lord has said unto Me, Thou art My Son; this day have I begotten Thee.  (See Psalm 2 verse 6 thru 8.)

And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the Promise which was made unto the fathers, God has fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that He has raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee.  (See Acts 13 verse 26 thru 37.) Please notice in the above scripture the word again.  In that the Promised Holy One of God would be the first begotten of the Father from the genetic seed of the fathers, then the Only Begotten of Holy Father God needed first to be born on the earth of the seed of Abraham from that of God's creation of Adam/Man.  From the beginning, Jesus/Yeshua was the Word of the Yahweh Father God, born of His Father's Spirit,  and the Anointed One would come in the flesh of Man as declared in Genesis 3, wherefore Father God would raise up His Son in the Likeness of His Holiness.  And when they had fulfilled all that was written of Him, (Psalm 22, Isaiah 53, etc.) they took Him down from the tree, and laid Him in a sepulcher. But God raised Him from the dead.  In the first Adam, the Man of the earth, all die, but the last Adam/Man Christ Jesus is from above and is a life giving Spirit, being One Spirit with His Father the God of the living.  Christ Jesus in not a born again man, but Jesus/Yeshua is the First Born of His Father, Incarnately born of His Father's Spirit.  Jesus in fulfilling all righteousness was water baptized by John, and when Jesus came out of the water: Lo, a Voice from heaven, said: This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I AM well pleased.  Jesus conceived of His Father's Spirit, and born the Son of Adam, would live His Life as the Last Adam/Man, in full accord with the Salvation Will of His Holy Father God.  Jesus said to the doubter: If you have seen Me, then you have seen the Father. Jesus is the very likeness of His Father and totally fulfilled His Father's Word of Salvation, therefore it is written: Thou shall not permit Thine Holy One to see corruption. (See Psalm 16 verse 8 thru 11.)

As we continue to travel in the Spirit, we hope that Holy God affords the opportunity, for all of us to be led into a better understanding of God's New Covenant through His Fountain of Living Water.

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