The Feast of First Fruits.
Thou art My Son, This Day have I begotten
This Day was the
Birth of Christ Jesus, God's First Fruit
and Only Begotten Son,
and also the Birth of His
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.
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
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.
Luke 1 verse 26 thru 28.)
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,
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
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,
Cheshvan also called Bul. Except 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
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.
the present Jewish calendar, there are 5 Babylonian
named months found in the Septuagint; Nisan, Sivan, Elul, Kislev (Casleu), and Adar,
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
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
true genetic seed of the Hebrew virgin. (See
Luke 1 verse 35.)
investigating all of the presented evidence, then perhaps we can come to a
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
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
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.
Iyar or (Biblically named Ziv the Second Month).
Days of the month 29. Day 1 begins with the New Moon. Day 15 is the Second, or
little Passover. Day 18
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.
Sivan. (Biblically assigned the 3rd Month).
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
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.
Luke 2 verse 7 thru 20.)
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.
Thamus. (Biblically assigned the 4th Month)
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.
Ab (Biblically named Av the 5th Month)).
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.
Elul. (Biblically assigned the 6th month).
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.
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.)
Marcheshvan or (Biblically named Cheshvan, Bul, The
Days of the month 29 or 30. Day 1 begins with the New Moon..
(Biblically assigned the 9th Month)
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
Tebeth. (Biblically assigned the 10th Month)
Days of the month 29. Day 1 begins with the New Moon. Day 10 is a Fast on account of the Siege of Jerusalem.
Shebat. (Biblically assigned the 11th Month)
Days of the month 30. Day 1 begins with the New Moon.
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
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,
each leap year bring 383, 384 or 385 days long.
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
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
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,
copy of the Babylonian lunar calendar, is set to the Metonic Cycles: click
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
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
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
Emanuel, God with us, would become the First Fruit of
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.
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.
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,
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
behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she has also conceived a son in her old age: and
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
continuation of the following thought. Taken from the Blue Letter Bible:
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
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.
behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb,
kai bring forth a Son, and shalt call His Name
Unfortunately, in the transliteration to English, it is hard to see the
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
And DE when she
saw him, she was troubled at his saying,
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
Also please notice in the English transliteration of the Greek, the distinction between the words "in en" and
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."
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,
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
conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His Name Immanuel. (Isaiah
7 verse 14.)
moments of Mary's acceptance, the Word of God was conceived within the Seed of the
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.)
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Shavuot is the 50th day that Israel was delivered in the Passover, and that
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
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].
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
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.
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
raised up Jesus
again; as it is also written in the
second psalm, Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee.
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.)
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.
Robert Glenn Pratten