INTERSECTION OF THE FEAST OF FIRST FRUITS AND THE MESSIAH’S RESURRECTION

Barley Sheaf - Yom Ha Bikkirum

Today, there is a one in seven chance that that the Feast of First Fruits (i.e., Bikkurim) lands on the exact same day that Jesus Christ actually rose from he dead — the 17th of Nisan.

A friend messaged me and told me that he was still confused about the Feast of First Fruits (Bikkurim). I don’t blame him. It is not the most straight forward concept.

Scriptures that specifically speak about the celebration of the Feast of First Fruits are in Leviticus 23 and Deuteronomy 26:

“Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When you enter the land which I am going to give to you and reap its harvest, then you shall bring in the sheaf of the FIRST FRUITS of your harvest to the priest. He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD for you to be accepted; ONE THE DAY AFTER THE SABBATH the priest shall wave it. … It is to be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwelling places” (Leviticus 23:9-14 NASB).

“And it shall be, when you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, and you possess it and dwell in it, that you shall TAKE SOME OF THE FIRST OF ALL THE PRODUCE of the ground, which you shall bring from your land that the LORD your God is giving you, and PUT IT IN A BASKET AND GO TO THE PLACE WHERE THE LORD YOUR GOD CHOOSES TO MAKE HIS NAME ABIDE” (Deuteronomy 26:1-2 NKJV).

We know the timing of the Feast of First Fruits from Leviticus 23:11 is “on the day after the Sabbath.” We also know the Sabbath (i.e., seventh day) that the Lord is talking about is calculated from the previous section Leviticus 23:4-8. It’s the Sabbath which follow the Feast of the Lord called Passover (Pesach). This “day after the Sabbath” falls sometime during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

What can be confusing is that the actual day that Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ) raised from the dead has been documented to be the 17th of Nisan, and the year He was crucified the 17th of Nisan was also the Feast of First Fruits. To calculate Yeshua resurrection properly we need to count that Yeshua had to be in the ground 3 complete days and 3 complete nights (Matthew 12:40) as foretold in Jonah.

“Now Messiah has been raised from the dead, the First Fruit of those who sleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20).

Know that Passover is a set date that always falls on the 14th of Nisan. The Feast of Unleavened Bread is also a set time that runs from the 15th – 21st of Nisan. And the Feast of First Fruit in any given year is always the day that follows the 7th day sabbath during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The Biblical Calendar differs quite a bit from our present-day Gregorian Calendar. By the way, many people just include the Feast of Unleavened Bread with Passover and simply say that Passover is an 8-day festival.

Since Passover (14th of Nisan) can be any day of the week (Sunday-Saturday), we have seven possibilities for how Passover, the Feast of First Fruit, and the date of the Messiah’s actual resurrection can happen in any given year. Please remember that the Feast of Unleavened Bread is a 7-day feast and the Feast of First Fruits is the day that follows the Passover Sabbath in our calculations:

[1] If the 14th of Nisan (Passover) started at sundown on Monday (like this year), the Feast of First Fruit starts at sundown the following Saturday and goes through sundown on Sunday, but the actual day that marks His resurrection is still the 17th of Nisan, which began sundown on Thursday (04-17-14) this year.

[2] If the 14th of Nisan (Passover) starts at sundown on a Tuesday, the Feast of First Fruit would start at sundown the following Saturday and goes through sundown on Sunday, but the actual day that marks His resurrection is still the 17th of Nisan, which would begin sundown on Friday that year.

[3] If the 14th of Nisan (Passover) starts at sundown on a Wednesday, the Feast of First Fruit would start at sundown the following Saturday and goes through sundown on Sunday. THIS IS THE ONLY TIME WHEN THE FEAST OF FIRST FRUITS COINCIDES WITH THE ACTUAL DAY THAT MARKS HIS RESURRECTION — THE 17TH OF NISAN.

[4] If the 14th of Nisan (Passover) starts at sundown on a Thursday, the Feast of First Fruit would start at sundown the following Saturday and goes through sundown on Sunday while the actual day that marks His resurrection would begin Sunday at sundown, which would be the 17th of Nisan that year.

[5] If the 14th of Nisan (Passover) starts at sundown on a Friday, the Feast of First Fruit would start at sundown on Saturday and goes through sundown on Sunday while the actual day that marks His resurrection would begin Monday at sundown, which is would be the 17th of Nisan that year.

[6] If the 14th of Nisan (Passover) starts at sundown on a Saturday , the Feast of First Fruit would start at sundown on the following Saturday while the actual day that marks His resurrection would begin Tuesday at sundown, which would be the 17th of Nisan that year.

[7] If the 14th of Nisan (Passover) starts at sundown on a Sunday , the Feast of First Fruit would start at sundown on the following Saturday while the actual day that marks His resurrection would begin Wednesday at sundown, which would be the 17th of Nisan that year.

So HAPPY FIRST FRUITS today!!! I hope this helps!

All love,
Robin Main

www.sapphirethroneministries.com
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www.mysticmentoring.com

Written March 29, 2018 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main. Copyrighted – If you are going to copy this, please copy it right by giving attributions to this source.

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NOTE: We do know from Hebrew History that some major events besides the ultimate event of the resurrection of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ) happened on the First Fruits (Bikkurim) too:

* On First Fruits, Noah’s Ark came up out of the waters of death and rested safely on Mount Ararat.

* On First Fruits, God’s people passed through the parted waters of the Red Sea, and safely came up on the other side.

* On First Fruits, Jews were saved from certain death in Persia, and Haman — the enemy of God and His people — was hung on His own gallows.

• On First Fruits, Yeshua was resurrected, conquering death forever!

P.S. I shared this earlier, but want to re-iterate. I love simplicity! When something appears to not be simple in Scripture, there is always a reason. I have asked Him many times why He made His Biblical calendar complicated at times, like starting a Biblical month by the new moon or a floating date for the Feast of First Fruits. What I hear every time is that He wants us to not lean on our own understanding, but to look to Him the Creator of all things, including the way that He sets the marks of time for man.

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Other posts about Bikkurim:

FEAST OF FIRST FRUITS (BIKKURIM) – HISTORY OF SALVATION => https://sapphirethroneministries.wordpress.com/2018/03/29/feast-of-first-fruits-bikkurim-history-of-salvation/

CELEBRATE HIS RESURRECTION!!! => https://sapphirethroneministries.wordpress.com/2018/03/29/celebrate-his-resurrection/

INTERSECTION OF THE FEAST OF FIRST FRUITS AND THE MESSIAH’S RESURRECTION => https://sapphirethroneministries.wordpress.com/2018/03/29/intersection-of-the-feast-of-first-fruits-and-the-messiahs-resurrection/

MELCHIZEDEK’s RESTORATION OF RESURRECTION => https://sapphirethroneministries.wordpress.com/2018/03/29/melchizedeks-restoration-of-resurrection/

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Ascension Manual book => https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578188511

• Understanding the Order of Melchizedek: Complete Series book => https://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Order-Melchizedek-Robin-Main/dp/0998598240/

 MEL GEL Study Guide book => https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578188538/

• MEL GEL Study Guide: Volume 2 book => https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998598232/

• Set of Hebrew Living Letter Flash Cards => https://www.sapphirethroneministries.com/flashcards

• Blazing New Wine of Hanukkah: Bridal Restoration of DNA book => https://www.amazon.com/Blazing-New-Wine-Hanukkah-Understanding-ebook/dp/B010MHNZMK/

• SANTA-TIZING: What’s wrong with Christmas and how to clean it up book => https://www.amazon.com/SANTA-TIZING-Whats-wrong-Christmas-clean/dp/1607911159/ was written to fulfill a vow made to Yeshua’s face to tell the Christian Church that “Christmas will be the Golden Calf of America.” It took 10 years of full-time research, a golden scribe angel and the Spirit’s leading to unearthing His Truth in the sands of time. It covers every argument that you have ever heard about Christmas.

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CELEBRATE HIS RESURRECTION!!!

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Sundown tonight (04- 17-2014) marks the actual day in history that Yeshua (Jesus) rose from the dead – 17th of Nisan. It just so happened that on the year of His crucifixion, Yeshua’s resurrection happened on the Feast of First Fruits (Bikkurim), which is not always the case. Please allow me to explain.

Passover is an eternal feast set every year that always falls on the 14th day of the first month – Nisan (Aviv or Abib). The 14th of Nisan is the actual day in history that Yeshua died on the cross. If we count 3 days and 3 nights until His resurrection, we calculate that He rose from the dead on the 17th of Nisan.

I don’t always communicate clearly that the 17th of Nisan is not always the Feast of First Fruits. Due to Bikkurim fluctuating in that it’s the day after the weekly Sabbath after Passover according to Leviticus 23:11, the 17th of Nisan is not always the Feast of First Fruits. This year is a case in point. Passover (Pesach) began sundown Monday – April 14, 2014. If we count 3 complete days and nights, we come up with sundown tonight as the actual anniversary date for the Messiah Yeshua’s resurrection, but Bikkurim will not begin until sundown Saturday, April 19th.

So even though Yeshua HaMachiach rose from the dead on the Feast of First Fruits in the first century being the first fruit of many brethren, the Feast of First Fruits in a given year is not necessary the actual day in history He rose from the dead.

I have asked Him many times why He made His calendar so complicated at times, like starting a Biblical month by the new moon or a floating date for the Feast of First Fruits. What I hear every time is that He wants us to not lean on our own understanding, but to look to Him the Creator of all things, including His setting the marks of time for man.

So HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY!!!!
Let’s celebrate RESURRECTION LIFE!!!!!!!

~ Robin Main

www.sapphirethroneministries.com
www.santa-tizing.com
www.mysticmentoring.com

Written April 17, 2014 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main Copyrighted – If you are going to copy this, please copy it right by giving attributions to this source.

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Other posts about Bikkurim:

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RESOURCES AVAILABLE:

Ascension Manual book => https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578188511

• Understanding the Order of Melchizedek: Complete Series book => https://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Order-Melchizedek-Robin-Main/dp/0998598240/

 MEL GEL Study Guide book => https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578188538/

• MEL GEL Study Guide: Volume 2 book => https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998598232/

• Set of Hebrew Living Letter Flash Cards => https://www.sapphirethroneministries.com/flashcards

• Blazing New Wine of Hanukkah: Bridal Restoration of DNA book => https://www.amazon.com/Blazing-New-Wine-Hanukkah-Understanding-ebook/dp/B010MHNZMK/

• SANTA-TIZING: What’s wrong with Christmas and how to clean it up book => https://www.amazon.com/SANTA-TIZING-Whats-wrong-Christmas-clean/dp/1607911159/ was written to fulfill a vow made to Yeshua’s face to tell the Christian Church that “Christmas will be the Golden Calf of America.” It took 10 years of full-time research, a golden scribe angel and the Spirit’s leading to unearthing His Truth in the sands of time. It covers every argument that you have ever heard about Christmas.

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TABERNACLES – HARVEST OF WINE & OIL

oil wine - Pariable of the Good Samaritan by Susan Minteer

There are three great harvest feasts in the Bible. The Feast of Tabernacles – Sukkot – is the third, final and biggest harvest season of Israel’s agricultural year.

During the annual harvest cycle, Is-real experiences a picture of the Lord as the God of increase. In the spring of the year at Passover, which is the first feast of the first month, an offering of first fruits of barley is waved before the Lord as a prophetic declaration that God will provide for the coming year. The First Fruits Offering was accompanied with a burnt offering of one male lamb (Leviticus 23:12). Significantly, the Feast of First Fruits (Bikkurim) is the literal day that Yeshua (Jesus) rose from the dead as the “firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29).

The second harvest feast in a Biblical Year is the wheat harvest of Pentecost fifty days later during the third month. Two loaves of bread are waved before the Lord accompanied with a sacrifice of seven lambs (Leviticus 23:17-18). Pentecost is the literal day when the Torah (first five books of the Bible) and the Holy Spirit in the upper room was given. This portrays where true worshippers worship the Father in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).

The third harvest ripens around the Feast of Tabernacles. This vital harvest in God’s Land produces the oil and wine. “Fullness” is connected to this harvest of grain, wine and oil as well as the heave offering – terumah (Numbers 18:27). Yeshua is our heave offering – a wholehearted contribution. The Body of Christ will follow the Head in all ways including the terumah. Our Beloved Messiah taught that the terumah offering that Moses gave in Numbers 18:25-31 was essentially a willing heart. Therefore, the congregation of the Living God is formed by having a willing heart or being wholehearted in having a heart to do the perfect will of the Father.

~ Robin Main

www.sapphirethroneministries.com
www.santa-tizing.com
www.mysticmentoring.com

Written September 30, 2015 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main. Copyrighted – If you are going to copy this, please copy it right by giving attributions to this source.

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Ascension Manual book => https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578188511

• Understanding the Order of Melchizedek: Complete Series book => https://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Order-Melchizedek-Robin-Main/dp/0998598240/

 MEL GEL Study Guide book => https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578188538/

• MEL GEL Study Guide: Volume 2 book => https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998598232/

• SANTA-TIZING: What’s wrong with Christmas and how to clean it up book => https://www.amazon.com/SANTA-TIZING-Whats-wrong-Christmas-clean/dp/1607911159/

• Set of Hebrew Living Letter Flash Cards => https://www.sapphirethroneministries.com/flashcards

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ART: “The Parable Of The Good Samaritan” by Susan Minteer
http://www.susanminteer.com/scripture.html

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WHY DOES EASTER FALL A MONTH BEFORE PASSOVER THIS YEAR?

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I’ve had several people ask me why Easter is celebrated a month before Passover this year?

The church in Constantine’s day had a problem with the date of Easter due to their changing God’s set times and ways prescribed in Scripture. (See Daniel 7:25.) In Constantine’s effort to unify a divided empire, he forced the bishops at the Nicaea Council (325 AD) to resolve the Asian church difference in Easter from the Roman-African church, by declaring the Quartodeciman practice of the Asian church heretical..

Quartodeciman means the “fourteenth day.” The Asian Church in Constantine’s day lived by the Quartodecimen practice. They did as Jesus (Yeshua) and His first-century believers did, as defined in the Bible. They celebrated God’s perpetual (forever) holy feast of Passover (Pesach) on the 14th day of Nisan. Then they celebrated the Feast of First Fruits (Bikkurim) on the 17th of Nisan, which is the literal day that Yeshua rose from the dead.

Constantine’s practice of setting up a difference-obliterating universalism that swallowed up all religious distinctiveness in a triumphant religious man-based Christianity sided with the Roman-African practice of choosing the closest Sunday to the full-moon after the spring equinox as the day all Christian communities should celebrate Easter. Thus, Constantine and his compromising cohorts led the movement that no longer looked to Scripture as their last word. This was later affirmed by Pope Paul III when his council stipulated that Scripture be understood in light of Scripture.

Remember when Yeshua answered the Pharisees about why He did not walk in the tradition of the church elders, Yeshua declared: “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, bt their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men …’ He said to them, ‘ All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition. … making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.’” (Mark 7:6-9,13).

When Constantine’s Nicene Council declared the Quartodecimen practice heretical, they came against what God prescribed as perpetual in His eternal Word. The exact date that God establish His Passover Feast in order to call His people together at a certain time at a particular place in order to marry them was tweaked. Please note that Constantine was a sun god worshiper whose life showed no evidence of having accepted Christ’s salvation, and his setting the date of Easter the way he did and giving it the name “Easter” was done to include pagans, since the vernal equinox represents the rebirth of the sun. I go into all this in great depth in the Chapter 4 of my book SANTA-TIZING: What’s wrong with Christmas and how to clean it up =>http://www.amazon.com/SANTA-TIZING-Whats-wrong-Christmas-clean/dp/1607911159. You can google how most pagans believe that the Babylonian fertility goddess Ishtar/Semiramis is the reason behind Easter. There many good reasons to believe this since she was believed to be resurrected from the dead in the Spring, and her consort was a hare (rabbit). Her symbol was the egg, which is believed to be the reason eggs are given on Easter. And I don’t even want to think about how eggs were originally colored by the sacrificed blood of infant children.

Back to our basic question… basically, the reason Easter is celebrated a month before Passover in 2016 is Easter is celebrated the first Sunday after the full moon after the spring equinox (solar-based calendar) while Passover begins on the first full moon of Nisan, which comes from a lunar (moon) based calendar.

There’s much more to this, but I will stop here and refer you to my book SANTA-TIZING if you want to learn more.

RESOURCE: SANTA-TIZING: What’s wrong with Christmas and how to clean it up book => http://www.amazon.com/SANTA-TIZING-Whats-wrong-Christmas-clean/dp/1607911159.

~ Robin Main

www.sapphirethroneministries.com
www.santa-tizing.com
www.mysticmentoring.com

Written March 26, 2016 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main. Copyrighted – If you are going to copy this, please copy it right by giving attributions to this source.

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RESOURCES AVAILABLE:

Ascension Manual book => https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578188511

• Understanding the Order of Melchizedek: Complete Series book => https://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Order-Melchizedek-Robin-Main/dp/0998598240/

 MEL GEL Study Guide book => https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578188538/

• MEL GEL Study Guide: Volume 2 book => https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998598232/

• Set of Hebrew Living Letter Flash Cards => https://www.sapphirethroneministries.com/flashcards

• Blazing New Wine of Hanukkah: Bridal Restoration of DNA book => https://www.amazon.com/Blazing-New-Wine-Hanukkah-Understanding-ebook/dp/B010MHNZMK/

• SANTA-TIZING: What’s wrong with Christmas and how to clean it up book => https://www.amazon.com/SANTA-TIZING-Whats-wrong-Christmas-clean/dp/1607911159/

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