The spring festivals of YHWH and their significance for 2012
The Festival of Unleavened Bread begins on the fifteenth day of the first month and ends on the twenty-first day of the first month (Ex 12:15-20).
15 Seven days YOU are to eat unfermented cakes. Yes, on the first day YOU are to take away sourdough from YOUR houses, because anyone eating what is leavened, from the first day down to the seventh, that soul must be cut off from
17 “‘And YOU must keep the festival of unfermented cakes, because on this very day I must bring YOUR armies out from the
You shall eat nothing leavened and you shall have no leaven within your dwellings. This festival lasts a complete seven days. The first and the last days being holy days upon which no work may be done.
8 However, let this one fact not be escaping YOUR notice, beloved ones, that one day is with YHWH as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. (2Peter3:8)
From righteous Abel through Noah, Moses, Elijah, Joshua, Daniel, Job, David and Isaiah to John, Paul and the thousands of others called to this way of the eternal God. The first day is holy because it marks the beginning of God's plan for humanity, His plan to qualify a people to be reborn as the spiritual children of God. For six thousand years the task continues. The seventh day is holy because it represents a millennium, a Sabbath of rest, in the presence of God.
On the sixth day,
Now I do not want YOU to be ignorant, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea 2 and all got baptized into Moses by means of the cloud and of the sea (1Corinthians10:1-2)
Baptism washes away sin, through Christ…
16 And now why are you delaying? Rise, get baptized and wash your sins away by your calling upon his name (Acts22:16),
9 So there remains a Sabbath resting for the people of God. (Hebrews4:9)
It has often been taught that
THE FESTIVAL OF FIRSTFRUITS
After passing through the
The second aspect is shown by the command that when they enter the land, they are not to begin the spring harvest or eat of any new crop until a sheaf of the new harvest has been presented to God…
10 “Speak to the sons of Israel, and you must say to them, ‘When YOU eventually come into the land that I am giving YOU, and YOU have reaped its harvest, YOU must also bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of YOUR harvest to the priest. 11 And he must wave the sheaf to and fro before Jehovah to gain approval for YOU. Directly the day after the sabbath the priest should wave it to and fro. 12 And on the day of YOUR having the sheaf waved to and fro YOU must render up a sound young ram, in its first year, for a burnt offering to Jehovah; 13 and as its grain offering two tenths of an e´phah of fine flour moistened with oil, as an offering made by fire to Jehovah, a restful odor; and as its drink offering a fourth of a hin of wine. 14 And YOU must eat no bread nor roasted grain nor new grain until this very day, until YOUR bringing the offering of YOUR God. It is a statute to time indefinite for YOUR generations in all places where YOU dwell.
15 “‘And YOU must count for yourselves from the day after the sabbath, from the day of YOUR bringing the sheaf of the wave offering, seven sabbaths. They should prove to be complete. 16 To the day after the seventh sabbath YOU should count, fifty days, and YOU must present a new grain offering to Jehovah. 17 Out of YOUR dwelling places YOU should bring two loaves as a wave offering. Of two tenths of an e´phah of fine flour they should prove to be. They should be baked leavened, as first ripe fruits to Jehovah. 18 And YOU must present along with the loaves seven sound male lambs, each a year old, and one young bull and two rams. They should serve as a burnt offering to Jehovah along with their grain offering and their drink offerings as an offering made by fire, of a restful odor to Jehovah. 19 And YOU must render up one kid of the goats as a sin offering and two male lambs, each a year old, as a communion sacrifice. 20 And the priest must wave them to and fro along with the loaves of the first ripe fruits, as a wave offering before Jehovah, along with the two male lambs. They should serve as something holy to Jehovah for the priest. 21 And YOU must make a proclamation on this very day; there will be a holy convention for yourselves. No sort of laborious work may YOU do. It is a statute to time indefinite in all YOUR dwelling places for YOUR generations. (Leviticus23:10-21).
This was to be presented on the day after the Sabbath, which comes after the Passover. The Wave Sheaf Offering must be presented during the Festival of Unleavened Bread. If Passover happens to fall on a Sabbath, then the Wave Offering must be made on the first cay of Unleavened Bread, since the next, “day after the Sabbath”, one week later would fall outside the Festival of Unleavened Bread! After this first harvest sheaf was presented to God, seven Sabbaths were to be counted and the day AFTER the seventh Sabbath was proclaimed the Festival of Firstfruits. Seven Sabbaths are seven weeks or forty nine days. The next day, the fiftieth day, represents a new beginning, being the first day after seven cycles of seven! The wave sheaf begins the spring harvest and the festival of Firstfruits or Pentecost, celebrates an expansion or an increase. One sheaf was presented to God on “wave-sheaf-day”. Two leavened loaves were presented with a sin offering on the Festival of Firstfruits, the fiftieth day. The leaven shows imperfection while the sin offering covers and atones for this imperfection. Advancing from one to two loaves provides the inescapable element of addition or increase.
In fact, Jesus presented the value of his life, his soul, to God and symbolically ‘waved’ it before him Thus he became the first of the firstfruits and fulfilled the Jewish type.
Jesus said that if he did not complete His mission the comforter would not come…
Nevertheless, I am telling YOU the truth, It is for YOUR benefit I am going away. For if I do not go away, the helper will by no means come to YOU; but if I do go my way, I will send him to YOU(John 16:7)
It was absolutely necessary for Him to make atonement for sin and justify the faith of the Father in him or the plan would have ended, right there. Once He had been sacrificed and resurrected and had been presented to the Father, the plan for an atonement for sin was completed.
Christ's disciples were to remain in
28 “And after that it must occur that I shall pour out my spirit on every sort of flesh, and YOUR sons and YOUR daughters will certainly prophesy. As for YOUR old men, dreams they will dream. As for YOUR young men, visions they will see. 29 And even on the menservants and on the maidservants in those days I shall pour out my spirit. (Joel2:28)
But the fact that this quote appears again in the Holy Writings, in Acts 2:18 means, that there has to be an even greater fulfillment of those events in the future, yes a fulfillment of the words of Peter himself!
The engagement period for the saints ends with the resurrection and changing on the sixth day of Unleavened Bread. Made spirit, the marriage covenant with Christ is completed and they celebrate the wedding festival, after which they return with Christ to serve mankind on the Festival of Pentecost. Just as God publicly poured out His spirit upon those called and gave a physical foretaste of his coming Kingdom on the Festival of Pentecost, so he will pour out that same spirit and give a physical evidence of the reality of his Kingdom on the same festival. The New Covenant is a covenant for a kingdom. These Firstfruits are espoused to the lamb and are probably all sealed! On the Festival of Pentecost it will become obvious that they are now married to the Christ and have started to exercise authority as kings with him.
The wave sheaf beginning the spring harvest represented the resurrected Christ being accepted by the Father as the first of the harvest of souls. Pentecost pictures the expansion of the calling into the New Covenant to include his bride.
THE 1290 & 1335 DAYS
From the time that the abomination is set up, there shall be 1290 days, according to Daniel 12:11. Blessed is he that waits and arrives at the 1335 days according to Daniel 12:12. Those faithful who endured to the 1335th day are now happy or blessed, they will be save under the protection of the returned saints for the remaining 265 days making the total of the 1600 days of God’s wrath.
When the abomination that causes desolation is first set up, there shall be 1290 days until the resurrection of the saints of the New Covenant, forty-four days more will come up to the 1335th day. Daniel and his fellow saints will stand in their lot (receive their reward, responsibility, inheritance) 1335 days after the abomination has been set up and all with faith are blessed.
It is now great to see that the saints will stand for their lot, receive their inheritance, at the end of the days, that is on the 1335th day (on the 45th day after the completion of 1290 days). We know in faith that God's Word is precise.