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 on this day, God brought forth His First Fruit children with the Birth of His Ecclesia/Church.
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 and the Roman Church, to be Christmas, the birthday of
Jesus Christ. The following is a well known historical fact, for
that day of December the 25th, within 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 the dark hole of Rome's many gods with
Christianity. 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. (See
Revelation 9 verse 1 thru 3.)
the many diligent students of the Word of God, we posit for your
edification, that Yahweh God had previously appointed in time, the one specific
Feast day of Shavuot/ Pentecost, to be for the birth of His only
Begotten Son. The Lord Jesus
Christ, was born of the seed of Woman/Ishshah,
to be the incarnate Son of Man, through the Word of the Holy Spirit of
the only Lord Yahweh God Almighty. It would appear that the advent of
that one specific day in the Jewish Calendar of months, has been in the light all of this time, but our
eyes of proud flesh have been blinded through Satanic deception to God's
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.)
To remove some of the confusion with the Almighty's creation of time, we
need to understand that God set the days of the earth in lunar time. Up until
the days of
prior to the Babylonian era the Almighty God instituted 12 months in the biblical
year of 360 days, in which 4 months had been given names,
Cheshvan also called Bul.
Except for the
1st Month of Abib, the rest of the Jewish months were generally known or
called by their numerical position in the Jew's calendar year, such as the
second month, even though the second month had a secondary name of Ziv.
the seventh month
had the secondary name of Ethanim. The days of
the week were all sequentially numbered in Hebrew. As you know,
the simple order, began with the
1st day of the week until the 7th day, with only the 7th day having
a special name of the Sabbath, Yahweh God's assigned day of rest.
Now let us look to the significance of 2 timing events in history and
consider how they have altered time. The first is when at the
command of the Lord, Israel smote the nations of the kings of the
Amorites and the 5 kings with them. (See
Joshua 10 verse 12 thru 14.) Is it not written in the
book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven and did
not go down about a day. If the sun stood still for about a day then
the sun would have
ceased to move in the heavens for about a 24 hour period, therefore
measured time would haven been altered accordingly.
The second time occurred in the latter days of king Hezekiah's life.
declared in Scripture that Hezekiah lived his life according to the
directions of the Lord, and the Lord was well pleased with Hezekiah.. (See
2nd Kings 18 verse 3 thru 5.) The
Lord Yahweh blessed Hezekiah according to Hezekiah's goodness, but
nevertheless the days came when Hezekiah would be struck down by the
infected sickness of a boil, and the prophet Isaiah told Hezekiah that he would
would die. (See
2nd Kings 20 verse 3 thru 5.)
Hezekiah wept in prayer to Yahweh God, and Yahweh hearing Hezekiah's
prayer, sent Isaiah to Hezekiah to tell him the Word of the Lord and
that He would heal Hezekiah. (See
2nd Kings 20 verse 4 thru 6.)
The prophet Isaiah told king Hezekiah that he could choose a sign in a
sundial to proof that the Lord God would heal him. Hezekiah chose
that the sundial would go backward 15 degrees rather than to go 15
degrees forward. Almighty God moved the sundial 15 degrees
backward and backed up time accordingly. 15 years would be added
to Hezekiah's life, but there would be sever consequences. A
wicked son, named Manasseh, would be born during the extend life time of
Hezekiah, and would reign 55 years. (See
2nd Kings 21 verse 1 thru 2.) Lunar earth time had been changed in accordance with the earth's orbital expansion
around the sun.
After Hezekiah died it was about 85 years later that the Eternal God
would sell the corrupted Jews into Babylonian captivity. Following
the Jews captivity in Babylon their now corrupted lunar calendar would
be changed with the
months of the year now renamed and in accordance with the recalculated Babylonian lunar
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 Eternal 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 Hebrew 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. No other months, either
numbered or name are
inscribed in the Gospel Scriptures.
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 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, the Shekinah
Glory of the Almighty God would encompassed Mary to bring forth within
her womb, the miraculous conception of the Word of God, to be One with
true genetic seed of the Hebrew
virgin Mary. (See
Luke 1 verse 35.)
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
| Days of the Month
|| God ordained 3 feast that
were to be kept forever by the children of Abraham:
23 verse 14.)
The Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Shavuot-Pentecost, and the Feast of Feast of
Nisan or Biblically named Abib or
Feast of Unleavened Bread with the full moon
Days of the month 30. Day 1 begins with the
End of March or beginning of April in the Julian calendar
Day 1 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, the First Day of the
Feast of Unleavened Bread
celebrated with the
Passover meal. Day 21
is the close of the Feast of Unleavened bread.
Iyar or Biblically named Ziv Second Month.
Days of the month 29.
Day 1 begins with the New Moon.
April-May in the Julian calendar:
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.
Biblically assigned 3rd Month.
Feast of Shavuot-Pentecost
May-June in the Julian calendar: Days of the month 30.
Day 1 begins with the New Moon.
Day 6, Shavuot is named for the end of God's declared Feast of 7
weeks, also known as the day of the Feast of First Fruits,
Leviticus 23 verse 10 thru 12 and Numbers 28
verse 26.) The wave offering of the first Omer
of the spring harvest of grains did not occur until Israel had
first entered into God's promised land and they had harvested
from the fields the already growing grains. That day of
the first fruit offering would have occurred on the morrow of
the Sabbath. 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 significance beyond what is known; for
Jesus Christ the Word of God, and pre-incarnate Law Giver will
born the Son of Man/Adam on the 6th day of the Third
at the spring time birthing of the lambs. The
shepherd's, who were tending to their flocks in the night while
the ewes were giving birth to lambs, 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.)
God gave the world the Gift of His Son on this one same day of
Shavuot, and later the Only Begotten Son would give His Life for
that which was dead in sins and trespasses. Fifty days after
Jesus/Yeshua the Messiah's crucifixion death, burial and
resurrection, the Ecclesia/church of the Messiah was also
birthed by the Spirit of God with the first fruits of Christ
Spirit to His redeemed. (See
Romans 8 verse 22 thru 23 with Galatians 5
verse 22 thru 25.) So then three things
took place on the 6th day of Sivan/the 6th Month: 1. Israel was
birthed at Sinai: 2. On this one specified day of
spring, The Messiah of God was birthed as the Son of Man by the
Holy Spirit of God: 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.
As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Romans 8 verse 13 thru 14.)
Thamus. Biblically assigned 4th Month
Days of the month 29. Day 1 begins with the New Moon.
June-July in the Julian calendar:
Day 17. Is a Fast; with the 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
Biblically named Av the 5th Month.
Days of the month 30.
Day 1 begins with the New Moon.
July-August in the Julian calendar:
Day 9 Is a Fast because of
the destruction of the Temple that occurred 3 times on this 9th day of Av.
Biblically assigned the 6th month. (Note
Luke 1 verse 26.)
Days of the month 30 Day 1 begins with the New Moon. August-September
in the Julian calendar:
Luke's Gospel account reveals
that the angel Gabriel appears to Mary, a virgin woman of
Israel, in the beginning of the 6th month of Elul. Gabriel
announces to Mary that she will conceive a Son by the Spirit of God.
Mary agrees, and then approximately 9 months later, on the 6th day of
the Third Month of Sivan, Emanuel is born as God's first Born Son, Jesus
Christ, Yeshua haMashiach.
That specific day in time was established by God as a High
Sabbath, and is called the Feast of Weeks or First Fruits. In Hebrew
tradition, the 6th day is
also specified as 'Shavuot' but in Greek 'Pentecost'.
Tishri or Biblically named Ethanim or the Seventh
Feast of Tabernacles
Days of the month 30. September-October in the Julian
The 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 day of the Feast is 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.
October-November in the Julian calendar:
Biblically assigned the 9th Month
Days of the
month 29 or 30. Day 1 begins with the New Moon.
November-December in the Julian calendar
Day 25 is the Feast of the
Dedication of the Temple, known as Hanukkah or the Feast of
Candles, lasting eight days, in remembrance of the Restoration
of the Temple occurring after the victory gained by Judas Maccabeus (BC
148) over the Syrians.
Tebeth. Biblically assigned the 10th Month
Days of the month 29. Day 1 begins with the New Moon.
December-January in the Julian calendar:
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.
January-February in the Julian calendar:
Adar. (Biblically assigned the 12th Month)
Days of the month 30. Day 1 begins with the New Moon.
in the Julian calendar:
Day 13 is the 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.
Jewish Leap Year
The Jewish leap year has seven occurrences
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.
Adar I. February-March in the Julian calendar:
1 month added
Days of the month 29.
Is added after the month of Shevat (Shebat)
and before the month of Adar in every leap year.
The month is also known as Adar Rishon or
many protesting scholars, when they try to use scripture to correct this
specific gross error of the Roman Church, have utilized several wrong
assumptions that are written 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 try to establish their mathematical reference to the Feast
of Tabernacle to the Lord's Birth by utilizing Luke's Gospel chapter 1 verse 5. They
erroneous foundation from the following Scripture: 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
daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. We need to know that, after the Babylonian
exile, the ancestral family of Zacharias was inserted into the 8th
course of Abia
(Abijah). Abijah was of the house of Levi and did not return from
the Babylonian exile, therefore the family of Zacharias
was inserted into the priestly course. The Mathematics associated with the Abijah
priestly course will not work in the course of time. There are several reason that should become evident in the whole of the following apologetics.
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 or 51.429 weeks in the year of the Lord. So God's
yearly calendar for the earth would have been the same 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
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 3 Major feasts, all of the 24 courses of
the priesthood were to be present in the service of the temple.
the slaying of the
Passover, and on the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
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 day there would be the 24 courses present for this one
High Sabbath day.
Then on the required
Feast of Tabernacles, occurring on 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 of His High Sabbath days.
Originally, with out all the variables, 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
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.
As presented by well meaning Messianic believers, their explanation of the birth of the Lord's Christ
to have occurred on an unspecified day in the month of Tishri, is
If mathematical logic fails to convince the reader, then let us make our appeal to God's
Holy Spirit, so as to rightly understand the simplicity of written scripture.
Confusion with the Sixth Month.
In chapter one of his Gospel,
Luke gives simple clarity to the conception month of Jesus/Yeshua. Luke's
Gospel states that the angel Gabriel appeared to the virgin Mary in the sixth month.
God Almighty, in the beginning created time, and the named sixth month is
the timeframe of God's original Jewish calendar of lunar months and not that of the
calendar. Now, with simple mathematics, we can ascertain from Luke's
written account that the conception of the Word of God took place in the sixth
month (Elul) when the Shekinah Glory of the Holy Word of Father God Almighty impregnated the ovum seed of the virgin
woman Mary. After 9 months of gestation in Mary's womb, the Lamb of God
was born in the springtime with the birthing of the lambs, and was God's very
last Lamb, born on the 6th day of Shavuot,
the Feast Day of
The incarnate Man, Jesus the Christ of God, was born in God's perfect timing to
die in God's perfect timing: For on the 15th of Abib/Nisan during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
God's Passover Lamb, with His
crucifixion death and His resurrection into Life, the Son of Adam victoriously took away
the sins of the world.
Luke's story account in Chapter 1, begins by stating that both Zacharias and
Elisabeth throughout there age, were both righteous before the Lord, but had
never conceived a child.
It came to pass that while Zacharias executed the priest office before God in
the order of his course, according to the custom of the priest's office, his lot
was to burn incense with his entrance into the temple.
Luke 1 verse 10
And the whole multitude of the people were praying without
at the time of incense.
We would believe that Luke's stated 'whole multitude of the people
'would indicate a day conceived by the Jews to be of noteworthiness. If we consider that
Zacharias the priest served his priesthood course during the 12th month of Adar during the
Festival of Purim then the conception of John (the Baptist) in the womb of Elisabeth, would give credence
to the virgin Mary's conception by the Spirit of God in the
6th month of Elul, and then for Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God to be birthed 9 months later in the
spring of the High Feast Day that occurred on the 6th Day of the 3rd Month of Sivan,
the Feast of Shavuot. (Now review
Luke 1 verse 11 thru 14.)
verse 24 And after those days (of his ministration) his
(Zacharias) 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.
After Elizabeth had conceived and then knew within a
month that according to her bodily signs that she was
pregnant, she then began marking the months of her pregnancy. We posit that
would have begun in the 1st month of Nisan, perhaps on the 15th day, as the first month of her pregnancy, and
conceal her pregnancy until the 5th month, now
known in the Jewish calendar as Ab, the 5th month.
Luke 1 verse 26
And De (But, Moreover)
in the Sixth
Month (Elul) the angel
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.
Mary was a mature young woman who was true to her Hebraic virginity, and she was not a
child in her early teens to be taken advantaged of by the Eternal, as is slanderously taught by many of the pulpit.
Mary, the woman, conveys to the Angel Gabriel that she has had no physical
relation with any man. Then Gabriel reveals to Mary of how the Glory of the
Spirit of God shall encompass her and she shall conceive and bare the Son of the
Most High God. Gabriel then gives Mary a sign.
Luke 1 verse 36
behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she has also conceived a son in her old
age: and this
is the sixth month with her, who was
In Luke 1 verse 26, Scripture states
specifically that the angel Gabriel, was sent by God,
to appear to Mary
the Sixth Month. Gabriel is informing the
virgin Mary, of a confirming sign that her cousin Elizabeth, who was known to be
is now 6 months into her conception
of a son. Elizabeth is in the
sixth month of her pregnancy and Gabriel's annunciation is also the 6 month of the Jewish calendar
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 with her age, had now begun her 6th month of pregnancy. BEHOLD,
the Angel Gabriel is continuing to reveal 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 the sixth of Shavuot the Feast day of First
It would appear that after Gabriel, the messenger of God, had left
Mary, that Mary hurries to the house of Zacharias and Elisabeth to further
confirm the Truth of what she had heard concerning Elisabeth. Two things
are confirmed to Mary. We witness that after Mary's
greeting to Elisabeth that the pregnant Elisabeth proclaims with a loud voice to
her Hebrew cousin Mary:
Blessed is the FRUIT of thy womb: And Elisabeth acknowledges that Mary is the
mother of her Lord.
And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation
of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy
Ghost: and she spoke out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among
women, and blessed is the
FRUIT of thy womb. And whence is this
to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? And blessed is she
that believes: For there shall be a performance of those things which were told
her from the Lord. (See
Luke 1 verse 41 thru 45.)
Mary with inspiration speaks what is know as the
Magnificat. Obviously the FRUIT of Mary's womb is the
Incarnate First FRUIT Son of Yahweh God Almighty; and is the Promised Lamb of God's
Salvation, Who from before the foundation of the world, would take away the sins of the world.
Because of man's vanity, infused with confusion, what has not been so obvious, is that Yeshua/Jesus would be born on the Almighty's designated end day
of the spring time Feast of Weeks, called in Hebrew Shavuot and later know in Greek as Pentecost.
In the Jewish Calendar, and after their 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 12th Month of Adar within the Jewish
calendar. It would appear in God's timely intervention with the announcement of
Elisabeth's pregnancy, and 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
of the Lord Be it unto me according to thy Word. (See
Luke 1 verse 26 thru 38.) When the young
woman Mary acknowledged to the angel Gabriel that she was the handmade of the
Lord, she was declaring her faithful servanthood to the Word of Yahweh God
Almighty, and would have an understanding of the Hebrew heritage of her family
as was reported to Luke in his gospel
Chapter 3 verse 23 thru 38. Mary is the
Hebrew virgin woman that fulfils Isaiah's prophetic sign.
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 9
the womb of the Jewish virgin Mary, becoming the Son of Man/Adam. The
birth of God's Salvation for man-kind 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, during the eve at night, when 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.
2 verse 9 thru 14.)
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 same Day, in Greek we know as Pentecost,
would also be the day that God's Holy Spirit would give the birth to the
Ecclesia of God, as the First
Christ's Salvation seed. Pentecost
is the birthday of the Ecclesia of both the Jew and Gentile.
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 Jesus raised to Life
from the grave as the
First Born from the dead, and then with His
Resurrection Power by God's Holy Spirit of Life, Jesus brought forth out of their
graves, those 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 day of the 15th of Nissan, and then
shortly thereafter, the sun went down, becoming the evening of the
16th of Nissan. So then, on the second day of the Feast of Unleavened
Bread (the 16th of Nissan), the literal counting of day after day, would
continue until the Harvest
Festival ended 50 days later on the 6th day of the Third Month/Sivan. On
this day, the
high priest would now present to Holy God Almighty the wave offering of the two large baked loafs
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 day of the 3rd Month/Sivan. 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 of the 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's Blood of Jesus Christ, the First Born Son of God raised from the dead.
Our Faith, born within God's sacrifice of His sinless Son for our sin, and
believing we are secure with Jesus Christ's resurrection into the Life of His
Father God, would enable us to become the temple of the Holy Spirit of God,
and we, in Thanksgiving, would worship the Almighty, even daily, in the Spirit and
Truth of Jesus Christ.
To Israel, Shavuot is the 50th day that the nation of 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 God's
chosen ones in the will of God, until the future day when God's Promised Messiah
would be born of the genetic
seed of WoMan from Adam, becoming the
flesh of the original Adam/Man, and show us that as the incarnate Word of God in the flesh of
Man/Adam that Jesus is the only Way, the Truth, and the Life of man kind.
This celebrated day of the Third Month (Sivan) is also known in the Greek as Pentecost,
and this 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
One Holy Spirit of God would harvest the first fruit of the souls of Christ's
disciples, into the one Body of their risen Lord so that they may bring forth
worthy of Holy Lord God Almighty.
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
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.
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.]
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 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.
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.)
Chapter 5 of John's Gospel speaks of a Feast of the Jews, but does not
indicate which Feast it is associated with. However, John does
speak of one day and that being the Sabbath. Now is that day the
High Sabbath of Shavuot, where the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, is near the sheep
market and speaks of His Father God and the reason why the Son of God
has come in fulfillment of the Scriptures.
See also John chapter 6 and what is described as the Passover, but there
were no lambs to be slaughtered and then eaten, for in TRUTH this
was God's Feast of Unleavened Bread. The Lord Jesus Christ fed
5,000 men with a lad's 5 barley loaves and 2 small fishes. No
doubt the barley bread was unleavened, for the Jews were to celebrate this
God Ordained Feast for 7 days, while eating only unleavened bread.
The Eternal God's
sufficiency in His Feast is seen in the 12 full baskets that were left
over from the barley loaves. There is more than enough in God's Eternal Word: I AM the Bread of Life.
I AM the Living Bread, Which has come down from heaven: If any man eat
of this Bread, he shall live forever. For the Bread I give is My
Flesh; Declares the Living Bread of God. (Consider
Deuteronomy 18 verse 18 thru 19.)
we continue to travel in the Spirit, we hope that God's Holy Spirit 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