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117: The Wave Offering and the Count to Pentecost

The Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Wave Sheaf Offering, although closely related; are two entirely different things and entirely different threads.

The Feast of Unleavened Bread uses the Calling Out and the Journey Out of Egypt and sin to represent the spiritually Called Out and the resurrection to spirit on the sixth day of Unleavened Bread as the sixth day ends and a millennial Sabbath of Rest with Pharaoh [Satan] removed.

The Wave Sheaf  begins the harvest IN Judea; AFTER they enter the land and begin the count of Sabbaths until Pentecost. There will be posts about Pentecost on that Feast Day.

The Wave Offering is a new and entirely separate example for our instruction; and pictures Jesus Christ, the very Lamb of God, being resurrected and ascending to God the Father “to be accepted FOR us”; as our High Priest and ONLY Mediator forever!

Notice here that the Wave Sheaf is to be offered only after they entered the land and began to cultivate [reap] the land.

Passover is about the sacrificial DEATH of the Lamb of God: and the Wave Offering is about the resurrection and ascension of the Lamb of God! 

The Wave Sheaf is a picture of  the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ to become the High Priest of the New Covenant; who had no sin and did not need to come out of Egypt!

Leviticus 23:10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: 23:11 And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.

The Wave Offering has to do with Jesus Christ as the first of many brethren and the beginning of the harvest of humanity.

The Wave Sheaf adds the incredible reality of a Messiah, sacrificed as the very Lamb of God on Passover; and reveals that he would be raised up to spirit in a resurrection; and then ascend to the Father to “be accepted FOR us” as the real and ultimate High Priest of a new and eternal Covenant.

The Wave Sheaf also reveals that this Messiah will be the FIRST of many brethren to also be raised up and ascend to God the Father to be accepted by him through that High Priest, Jesus Christ.

From the time that we offer the Wave Offering, we are to count seven Sabbaths and on the day AFTER that seventh Sabbath [the fiftieth day] is  a new and different Feast called “First Fruits,” or the “Feast of Weeks,” or “Pentecost”. 

Pentecost is the anniversary of the Mosaic Covenant and it is the official anniversary of the New Covenant gift of God’s Spirit; and it is on this day that the New Covenant will be expanded to include all flesh in the Kingdom of God!

The Wave Offering is about the resurrection and ascension of Christ and the official establishment of the High Priesthood and Kingship of Jesus Christ, as Intercessor and High Priest for the Called Out of the New Covenant!

THE WAVE OFFERING

In Luke 23:50, “There was a man named Joseph, a counselor; and he was a good man, and just: (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them); of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God. And this man begged the body of Jesus from Pilate”. 23:53, “He took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulcher that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. And that day which is the Passover day was the preparation day and the Sabbath drew on”. And the Sabbath that they are talking about is not the weekly Sabbath but the High Holy Day, the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Going back to Leviticus 23:5, we know that the fourteenth day of the first month is the Lord’s Passover, and the very next day, the fifteenth day, is the Feast of Unleavened Bread. 23:7, you shall have a holy convocation on this fifteenth day, which is the first day of the week of unleavened bread.

Passover The Preparation Day

We know that the Passover; is a kind of a preparation day for the High Holy Day, the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And even as the disciples of Christ were in a hurry to bury the body before the sunset and the beginning of this High Holy Day, in a hurry to bury the body lest they be working on the High Holy Day, and lest they be unclean for the High Holy Day, even so we should prepare for the High Holy Day.

We also know that the temple period  phrase “between the two evenings” cannot mean between 3 PM and sunset, as the sun declines; for the Jews themselves asked that these men be killed sometime AFTER 3 PM, lest they remain on the stake during the coming High Day. This modern Rabbinic notion that the Sabbath begins at sunset, But the Passover and first High Days somehow begin at 3 PM is absolute ridiculous nonsense. 

The term “between the two evenings’ refers to the period between sunset and full dark; or in modern terms twilight. 

John 19:31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

The Passover as a preparation day for the Feast of Unleavened Bread is entirely appropriate, for the Passover opened the way for the coming out of Egypt; and the Passover opens the way for us to begin to come out of sin.

The Passover is a day of repentance from sin, of acknowledging the sacrifice of Christ, of asking and seeking that that sacrifice be applied to us . It is a day of sincere repentant mourning for our sins and for the fact that our sins are the direct cause for the need of the death of the Lamb of God.

Nevertheless Passover is not a High Holy Day;  it is a preparation for the process of coming out of sin.

Sincere repentance is required before we can come out of sin, and the atonement for sin through the Passover sacrifice of Christ must be applied to us, before we can come out of sin.  And the Feast of Unleavened Bread pictures us putting leaven out of our bodies, our lives, and our homes, and that pictures putting sin out of our lives.

Even as Passover is a preparation day for first High Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread;  taking Passover is a preparation and the sacrifice of Christ is a preparation, for putting sin out of our lives.

 

The Only Sign: Three Days and Three Nights

Jesus died at about 3 in the afternoon on Passover day Wednesday 31 A.D. and the disciples were urgent to place him in the grave so they could rush home wash and prepare for the High Holy Day of the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread; because God had commanded that no work of any kind should be done on weekly Sabbaths or annual Holy Days.

They then rested on that Thursday annual High Day and on Friday went to market to buy spices for the body and those things needed for the weekly Sabbath. They rested on God’s commanded Friday sunset to Saturday sunset Sabbath and then very early Sunday morning they came to the grave with the spices to find that Jesus HAD ALREADY risen.

Jesus spent Wednesday night in the grave, and then Thursday day time and night, he then spent Friday day time and night and then Saturday day time until sunset.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights are three full nights. Thursday Friday and Saturday day times are three full periods of daylight. Together the periods of daylight and the darkness of nights add up to three full nights and three full days; fulfilling the sign that Jesus gave of his messiah-ship.

Matthew 12:38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.

12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Jesus was crucified on Passover day fulfilling the instructional allegory of the Egyptian Passover. He was buried that Wednesday afternoon and remained in the grave for three full nights and three full days fulfilling the prophecy of Christ and the sign of Jonah.

In the Wave Offering section we will see that Jesus was resurrected right at sunset ending Saturday and beginning Sunday, at the very moment that the Wave Sheaf was cut from the earth.

He then rose up to heaven to be accepted by God the Father for us Sunday morning, before returning to the earth; just as the high priest lifted up and waved the unleavened bread made from the sheaf he had cut the evening before, to be accepted by God the Father as a prophetic symbol of accepting the resurrected Lamb of God the Bread of Life.

To deny any one of these proofs of the Messiah-ship of Jesus Christ [Hebrew: Yeshua] is to reject the Messiah-ship and sacrifice of Christ.

We know that Jesus died at about three in the afternoon on Passover, Wednesday 25 April 31 A.D.; and that he was buried before sunset so that the buriers could return home, wash and prepare for the High Day. 

We also know that Jesus said that he would be in the grave for three full days and three full nights. 

Have we made an assumption and jumped to a conclusion in translating the three days and nights into 72 hours?  by saying that he would be resurrected at the same time that he was buried?  

If he was buried at say six PM on Wednesday, then he would be resurrected at six PM on Saturday by the 72 hour method. 

But by the three literal days and nights method, his first night in the grave would begin at sunset ending Wednesday, and the third night would end at sunset ending Friday; with the days starting Thursday morning and ending at sunset on Saturday; with the resurrection immediately at the sunset of Saturday evening!

Three days and three nights means not simply an assumed 72 hours,  but three literal nights and three literal days!   Someone may say that this hour or two is nitpicking, but it does enhance our understanding. 

The first night began at sunset after he was buried, then the following periods of light and darkness ended just as the sun set on the weekly Sabbath; and Sunday began, to give three complete nights and three complete days. 

 

The Wave Offering

Leviticus 23:9, “And the Eternal spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf before the Eternal, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the Eternal.

The meat or grain offering thereof shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil, an offering made by fire unto the Eternal for a sweet savour,” a sweet odor to God, “and the drink offering thereof shall be of wine, the fourth part of an hin. And ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn [grain], nor green ears, until the selfsame day that ye have brought an offering unto your God: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings”.

Now particularly notice that 23:11, he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord to be accepted for you. This sheaf, which is being offered, which is being waved before God is to be accepted on behalf of the people. It is to be offered on the day after the Sabbath.

23:14, you shall not begin any harvest or eat anything of the new produce of the land until this is done. You may continue to eat of the old produce, what you have in stock and in store, but you may not eat anything of the new harvest. We may not begin the new harvest in Israel until the very first sheaf of the new harvest is presented to God, and this is done to be accepted for you.

Cutting and Offering the Wave Sheaf

Eidersheim has many Rabbinic errors, but some solid historical facts.  I have separated the wheat from the chaff and quoted some of the facts here.

In the evening of the Sabbath day during the Feast of ULB,  just as it was growing dark, a  throng followed delegates from the Sanhedrim outside the city and across the brook Kedron.  They came  amidst loud rejoicings, to a field across Kedron, which had been marked out for the purpose. 

The spring harvest could not be reaped until this ceremony was carried out. 

On the 14th of Nisan, Passover day, the spot whence the first sheaf was to be reaped had been marked out by delegates from the Sanhedrim, by tying together in bundles, while still standing, the barley that was to be cut down.  It was customary to choose for this purpose the sheltered Ashes-valley across Kedron, because of its proximity to the temple.

Although the law does not say where the grain must be reaped, after God placed his name in the temple; the reaping of the sheaf also took place in the temple area.   This indicates that our spring Aviv search should be confined to the area close to the temple and not in areas far away from Jerusalem.  As we insist that the new moon must be seen from Jerusalem so the Aviv barley should be in the immediate environs of Jerusalem for the setting of the new year.

When the time for cutting the sheaf had arrived, that is, on the evening of the Sabbath, just as the sun went down, three men, each with a sickle and basket, formally set to work.

In order to clearly bring out all that was distinctive in the ceremony, they first asked of the bystanders three times each of these questions: ‘Has the sun gone down?’ ‘With this sickle?’ ‘Into this basket?’ ‘On this Sabbath  and lastly, ‘Shall I reap?’ Having each time been answered in the affirmative, they cut down barley to the amount of one ephah, or ten omers, or three seahs, which is equal to about three pecks and three pints of our English measure.

The grain thus prepared was immediately taken to the temple and ground in a barley mill. According to some the flour was then always successfully passed through thirteen sieves, each finer than the other. 

The omer of flour was mixed with a ‘log,’ or very nearly three-fourths of a pint of oil, and a handful  of frankincense put upon it, then waved before the Lord, and a handful taken out and burned on the altar.

Recap

1.  The sheaf was marked out, as Christ was buried on Passover day.

2.  The sheaf was cut from the earth just at sunset ending the Sabbath and beginning Sunday the first day of the week.  At the same time that the sheaf was cut immediately after the Sabbath; Christ was resurrected to spirit from the physical.

3.  Jesus then waited for the Wave Offering to be lifted up, to ascend to the Father to be accepted for us as our High Priest 

 

Establishing the New Year

God set the new year in Egypt at the Passover month in which they came out.  Yes it was and is the same month [that is the same season of the year] that God established in Egypt, but later the command regarding the Wave Offering once they began to cultivate the land came into play and gave us a firm starting point from that time on. 

Originally there were 12 thirty day months in a solar year, this changed later and they had to begin to intercalate to keep the months in line with the solar year.

Early civilizations around the world used calendars with months of 30 days and years of 360 days. These calendars functioned well until sometime in the 8th century BC when suddenly it became necessary to change them. Then most civilizations around the world began to modify their calendars to allow for 5 extra days for the year and 6 fewer days for a lunar year of 12 full months; a modern lunar year is 354 days (12 months x 29.5 days).

The number of days in a year change was marked by the second King of Rome, Numa Pompilius, and by his Jewish contemporary, King Hezekiah. Later other civilizations adopted the new 365 day year as well. These events are often linked with the shadow on the sundial going back 10 degrees in the days of Hezekiah around 700-750 B.C.

There was a change in the number of days in a solar year and in the lunar month as well, in about the 8th century B.C.; which then necessitated the intercalation of a 13th month every so often to keep the lunar year in line with the seasons and the solar year, about the time of Hezekiah which after that would have been needed in the days of Jesus Christ and is still needed today. 

The Sanhedrin set the new moons at Jerusalem and also set the new year from Jerusalem.  They did not go searching across the nation looking for maturing barley but set the new year by the barley in the immediate vicinity of Jerusalem, where it would be cut when the nation was to gathered at Jerusalem for the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

God commanded that when Israel entered the land and began to cultivate the land,  that they should cut and bring the first sheaf of the spring barley harvest to present to God. 

This was to be a sheaf of their HARVEST, because of the meaning of this spring harvest as representing the early harvest of first fruits of the called out.  It is for this reason that this first sheaf was required to be from the HARVEST cultivated by Israel, and not from the harvests of the Canaanites  [which were symbolic of people not being faithful and submissive to God].  

Today many search for “wild barley.”   This is a somewhat confusing misnomer as today’s so called “wild barley” is descended from the ancient cultivated barley without the modern artificial genetic changes.  It is quite right to seek out this ancient barley for biblical purposes today.

Leviticus  23:10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye [the nation] shall bring a [one] sheaf of the firstfruits of your [the collective national harvest] harvest unto the priest: 11And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.

The term “ye shall” here does not mean that every individual should cut a sheaf to bring to the priest, but that ONE sheaf should be cut from the collective nation of Israel [who were all gathered at the tabernacle and later the temple] and brought to the priest; otherwise the priest would have to lift up thousands of sheaves and the symbology of one first sheaf beginning the whole harvest would be lost.  This was always understood by the priests and in no case was there ever more than ONE sheaf lifted up to God.

The first sheaf represented the acceptance of the resurrected Lamb of God, by God the Father, as the first of the harvest of the early harvest of first fruits.  This was  because there would be NO spiritual harvest and resurrection of men to spirit unless the First Sheaf, the Lamb of God, was first sacrificed for sin and then resurrected after a perfect sinless life and was lifted up to be accepted by God the Father as the ONLY Mediator, the ONLY Intercessor and a spiritual High Priest forever; to effect reconciliation between sinners and God the Father in heaven.

Leviticus 23;11  And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the [weekly] sabbath [the sheaf is to be lifted on the Sunday during the Feast of Unleavened Bread] the priest shall wave it. 

History tells us that Joshua took seven years to conquer the land and it took another seven years to divide the land to all the families of Israel by lot; and after that, when Israel began to cultivate the land a First Sheaf of the harvest was cut on the day after the Sabbath on a Sunday and was then waved before the LORD on that same Sunday. 

Israel did fall away many times, but when they kept the Word of God they always cut the Wave Sheaf at the very beginning of Sunday immediately after sunset ending the Sabbath  and processed the grain lifting it up to they LOIRD after the Morning Daily Sacrifice. 

The point is that the Wave Sheaf was not cut many miles away but was cut in the immediate vicinity of the tabernacle and waved on the same day that it was cut.  Later when the Ark was moved to the Temple Mount the ceremony and the cutting was also moved to Jerusalem, where God had chosen to dwell and to place his presence. 

God has commanded that all Israel assemble before him at Jerusalem for Passover and the ULB Feast.   That is the LAW and means that the sheaf must be cut at Jerusalem where  all the people are gathered; and anyone not gathered at Jerusalem is not keeping the commandments, therefore it is unlawful to cut the Wave Sheaf anywhere else. 

Deuteronomy 16:5 Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy gates, which the Lord thy God giveth thee: 16:6 But at the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place his name in,

Deuteronomy 16:16 Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles:

Today God is again working to focus the whole world on Jerusalem from which Christ will rule in the near future.

The Wave Sheaf must be cut at Jerusalem and therefore must be ripe at Jerusalem to begin the new year. 

Since Jerusalem at 2,500 feet in elevation is the highest place and is in the mountains it is the last place to ripen, meaning that the whole barley harvest will be ripe and ready to be harvested when the barley is ripe at Jerusalem. 

If the harvest was maturing, do you think that one would need to take many long days of searching  to find a small amount of anomalous maturing barley in two or three fields and then set the new year by those few abnormal plants;  while ALL of the barley everywhere else, was at least a month away  from maturing?  or would the barley be maturing widely and be easily found if the harvest was maturing?  

The ONLY God commanded law setting the new year is to cut and offer the Wave Offering barley sheaf to begin the harvest.

The whole nation is commanded to gather at Jerusalem from Passover through the next seven day Feast of ULB and the Sheaf would have to be cut at Jerusalem because that was where the people were gathered before God. 

When the barley was ripe at Jerusalem it would also be ripening across the whole land; quite different from taking a small bit of freak barley, which is well ahead of all the other barley growth; when the barley harvest itself would not be maturing for another month. 

Various people and groups have been carrying out Aviv searches for years.  Overall they have all done an excellent job and are now well experienced in judging the maturing barley. 

It is now time to take the Aviv search to the next level and stop searching for the minimum amount necessary to produce one sheaf for the Wave Offering while neglecting the state of the actual harvest.  

We need to realize that the Wave Sheaf is meant to be the first sheaf of a much larger harvest, and finding enough anomalous barley for one sheaf while the main harvest is at least a month away is not acceptable.  

We can waste much time, money and effort, traveling across the land to get a general impression of the readiness of the whole harvest, or we can follow the only correct way and accept God’s command that we are to go up to Jerusalem to keep Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and simply assess the barley in the immediate vicinity of Jerusalem where it would have to be cut, since all the people would be at that location [where it was invariably cut historically]. 

We also need to keep God’s commandment regarding the Wave Offering concerning the barley, without any extraneous matters like bird migrations or ripening figs [NOTE:  The incident of Jesus and the fig tree was where?  It was in Jerusalem!  Not Beer Sheva etc! and where did God command in the scriptures that we use this incident to set the new year?] distracting us from what God has commanded.

We know that from at least the days of Ezra the priests were given a plot of land just outside the temple walls a few hundred yards away across the brook Kedron in the Ashes valley.  It was in the sheltered Ashes Valley that the priests cultivated a plot of land for the purpose of cutting a Wave Sheaf for the First Sheaf Offering on the first Sunday during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  

From God’s revival leader Ezra to the destruction of the temple in c 70 A.D. and throughout the physical life of Jesus Christ; the New Year was always set by the ripening barley in the Ashes valley just across the Kidron from the temple walls!  and Jesus Christ never questioned this or taught anything contrary, indeed he confirmed this method of setting the New Year by accepting it and observing the Festivals by this method throughout his physical life!  

Brethren, what was good for Jesus Christ is good for us!  He set an example that we should follow!

We are to begin the New Year when the barley is ready to ripen in the immediate vicinity of the temple in Jerusalem, regardless of the condition of the harvest in Beer Sheva or Sderot or anywhere else; just like Jesus Christ did! 

We are not to set the New Year by the state of the barley in Sderot or Nazareth or anywhere other than Jerusalem; for God has placed his name [temple, headquarters] at Jerusalem!

To emphasize this I want to show how the Wave Offering was actually conducted and demonstrate its meaning, which is lost when one uses a harvest from any area except Jerusalem.

Each Passover the priests would go to the Ashes Valley plot a few hundred yards from the temple and bind out a sheaf with cords, and in 31 A.D. they bound a sheaf just as Messiah was dying on the stake.  Then late on the Sabbath after Passover they would go to the Ashes valley plot and prepare to cut the sheaf.  

In 31 A.D. the First Sheaf was cut from the earth at the beginning of Sunday just after the Sabbath had ended and at the same time as Jesus Christ was resurrected and changed from flesh back to spirit. 

Then Jesus WAITED through until the Wave Offering was lifted up to be accepted by God the Father before he also ascended up to be accepted by God the Father.  This symbolism was perfect being designed by the Creator himself!  but the symbolism would be broken if teh sheaf were cut days before at some distant location and sent to the temple. 

The Wave Sheaf MUST be cut very close to the location where it is to be offered, for the symbolism to be properly fulfilled!  and since the New Year is set when the barley will be ripe enough to be cut for the Wave Offering; the New Year is to be set from Jerusalem. 

Micah 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

Quoting the Jewish historian Edersheim:

“On the 14th of Nisan, Passover day, the spot whence the first sheaf was to be reaped had been marked out by delegates from the Sanhedrim, by tying together in bundles, while still standing, the barley that was to be cut down.  It was customary to choose for this purpose the sheltered Ashes-valley across Kedron, because of its proximity to the temple.

When the time for cutting the sheaf had arrived, that is, on the evening of the Sabbath, just as the sun went down, three men, each with a sickle and basket, formally set to work.

In order to clearly bring out all that was distinctive in the ceremony, they first asked of the bystanders three times each of these questions: ‘Has the sun gone down?’ ‘With this sickle?’ ‘Into this basket?’ ‘On this Sabbath  and lastly, ‘Shall I reap?’ Having each time been answered in the affirmative, they cut down barley to the amount of one ephah, or ten omers, or three seahs, which is equal to about three pecks and three pints of our English measure.

The grain thus prepared was immediately taken to the temple [and parched and then] and  ground in a barley mill. According to some the flour was then always successfully passed through thirteen sieves, each finer than the other. 

The omer of flour was mixed with a ‘log,’ or very nearly three-fourths of a pint of oil, and a handful  of frankincense put upon it, then waved before the Lord [after the morning Daily sacrifice], and a handful taken out and burned on the altar.” 

The Ashes Valley is at the hghest elevation of cultivated land in Israel, and due to that circumstance the barley there is the last to ripen.  This means that when the barley is cut in the Ashes Valley by the priests, the barley harvest in all other areas will also be ripe and ready for harvest and that the national barley harvest can begin. 

On the other hand if one finds a few fields of ripening barley and cuts the First Sheaf from an isolated ripening field the national barley will not be at the ready for harvest after the Wave Sheaf is cut. 

During the tabernacle period there was no restriction on where the tabernacle was set up, the ark could be moved to any place in the land and in fact it was set up at Shiloh and later at Jerusalem.

There WAS a defacto restriction that the sheaf be cut and offered at the place where God’s tabernacle, later temple was; because God had commanded all Israel to appear before him at the seven day Feast during which the Sheaf was to be cut.

Once the temple was built, since it was not movable and God had placed his presence there; Jerusalem became a permanent place for the cutting and offering of the Wave Offering as well as all other offerings.

2 Chronicles 7:12 And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.

Edersheim’s statement that there was no restriction on the location of the Wave Sheaf cutting place is wrong, since he was looking for a specific command to cut at a certain place; and did not take into account the restriction that God had chosen Jerusalem and the temple there as His own, and that all sacrifices were to be made at the temple and nowhere else; and that all Israel was commanded to be gathered at the Temple for the full seven day Feast during which the Wave Sheaf was to be cut. 

The Wave Offering is included in the sacrifices as a commanded offering during the Feast of Unleavened Bread which was to be observed for seven days in the presence of God which in the temple period was AT JERUSALEM.

Deuteronomy 16:5 Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy gates, which the Lord thy God giveth thee: 16:6 But at the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place his name in,

Deuteronomy 16:16 Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles:

All Israel was gathered at Jerusalem for the seven day Feast of Unleavened Bread [and Passover day] during the temple period! Why? Because God’s House was there and they were appearing before God!

Therefore the Sheaf was cut at Jerusalem, [Where else could the sheaf be cut with all Israel gathered at the tabernacle or later at the temple at Jerusalem?] just as Jesus died and was resurrected at Jerusalem!

Deuteronomy 16:1 Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the Lord thy God: for in the month of Abib the Lord thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.

16:2 Thou shalt therefore sacrifice the passover unto the Lord thy God, of the flock and the herd, in the place which the Lord shall choose to place his name there.

16:3 Thou shalt eat no leavened bread with it; seven days shalt thou eat unleavened bread therewith, even the bread of affliction; for thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt in haste: that thou mayest remember the day when thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of thy life.

16:4 And there shall be no leavened bread seen with thee in all thy coast seven days; neither shall there any thing of the flesh, which thou sacrificedst the first day at even, remain all night until the morning.

16:5 Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy gates, which the Lord thy God giveth thee: 16:6 But at the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place his name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that thou camest forth out of Egypt.

16:7 And thou shalt roast and eat it in the place which the Lord thy God shall choose: and thou shalt turn in the morning, and go unto thy tents.

Then the Feast of Unleavened Bread also at the tabernacle and later at Jerusalem

16:8 Six days thou shalt eat unleavened bread: and on the seventh day shall be a solemn assembly to the Lord thy God: thou shalt do no work therein.

It is extremely obvious that the Sheaf was to be cut the same day that it was offered as was clearly done in the temple period [and approved of by Christ] and was commanded to be offered at the House of God at Jerusalem, when the whole nation was gathered there before God; and it was an offering being presented to God to be accepted by God. James

Incidental signs 

Things like greening trees, migrating birds and the equinox are indeed strong indicators of spring, but the only God commanded sign to set the first month is the Wave Sheaf Offering for which the barley must be ripe. 

 

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Let us turn then to John 20, The first day of the week, ”notice this is the first day of the week which is Sunday, and is not the day after the High Day. And notice back in Leviticus 23, the waved sheaf is to be offered on the first day of the week, the day after the Sabbath being Sunday.

Now John 20:1, “The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher, and seeth the stone being taken away from the sepulcher. And then she runs, and comes to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said unto them, they have taken away the Lord out of the sepulcher, and we know not where they have laid him.

Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulcher. So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulcher. And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulcher, and sees the linen clothes lying, and the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple, which came first, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew not the scripture that he must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again unto their own home”.

This was the early,  early morning of the first day of the week, Sunday; and He, Jesus Christ, was already risen!

He was not there. He had in fact already risen after being in the tomb exactly three days and three nights; beginning at the sunset ending Passover: and since that Passover was on a Wednesday, we can count beginning at sunset on Wednesday three complete days and nights to arrive at sunset ending the weekly Sabbath, Saturday evening, and beginning Sunday! 

Jesus Christ rose at the beginning of Sunday just at sunset ending Sabbath, and was already risen before the early morning!

John 20:10, “The disciples went away again unto their own home. But Mary stood without at the sepulcher weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked in and sees two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepiest thou? And she answered them, because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. And Jesus said unto her, Woman, why weepiest thou? Whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

Jesus then said unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and said unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master for she recognized His voice. And Jesus said unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, your Father; and unto my God, and unto your God. Now Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

Later

Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week”, this is still the same day, Sunday; “when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst of them and said, Peace unto you. And when he had so said, he showed them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord”.

20:21,Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father has sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said these things, he breathed on them, and said unto them, Receive ye the Holy Spirit.”

Jesus Christ fulfilled the wave offering, by being cut off from the earth [the physical] and resurrected to spirit at the time that the wave offering was being CUT from the ground,  immediately AFTER the Sabbath had ended!  And then waited until the morning when the grain was prepared; and as the Wave Offering was being lifted up by the high priest after the morning sacrifice, Christ ascended to the Father, 

I Corinthians 15:20, “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept”.

Christ is the first fruits and will be the first fruits of many brethren, many more still to be raised up in a future resurrection of the saints. And the next morning after His resurrection, at sunset, Jesus ascended to the Father at the time of the wave sheaf offering:

And later that same day, He came down and appeared in the midst of a crowd of disciples, a group of them,;showing that He had in fact ascended to the Father and brought back with Him the comforter, the Holy Spirit.

Now let’s go back to Leviticus 23:15, “And you shall count you from the day after the Sabbath”, that is the day Sunday, the first day of the week, “the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; you shall count seven complete Sabbaths: Even unto (49 days up to the beginning of the 50th day) the day after the seventh Sabbath shall ye number fifty days [the day AFTER the seventh Sabbath {Sunday} IS the fiftieth day]; and ye shall offer a new meat or grain offering unto the Eternal”. Now this day, this fiftieth day is the Feast of Pentecost.

This shows us that Jesus Christ was accepted for us, so that the spiritual harvest of first fruits could begin.

Jesus Christ was the first of the spiritual first fruits, the first fruit of many brethren. Now in Leviticus 23:11, “And he shall wave the sheaf before the Eternal, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf a he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the Eternal”.

Notice there is no sin offering being offered with the Wave Offering.  The sin offering for US was the sinless Passover sacrifice of Christ; who became sin for us, bearing our iniquities for us.

Here, only a burnt offering was being offered. A  burnt offering means that the animal was completely burned and consumed by the fire and the smoke arises. This pictures the ascending to heaven of a sweet smell, a sweet odor, a sweet savor to God showing that He found the service and sacrifice of this Lamb of God acceptable, desirable, and something pleasant; and this pictured the life, work, atoning sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Brethren, it is our purpose to become LIKE HIM; in our faithful service to our Father in heaven!

Here we have, through the sacrificial system, a picture of Christ as the Lamb of God, serving the Father, following the Father; and Christ as the wholesome bread of life for all God’s people, and being presented as the first fruits of many brethren, the beginning of the harvest of souls from this earth.

And through his service, was judged able to present himself as a perfect sacrifice for sin; he was made the ONLY High Priest and the ONLY Intercessor between men and God forever!

This is what the waved sheaf is all about!

To Recap

The Passover is about the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Passover Lamb slain from the foundations of the world; sacrificed for our sin, atoning for our sin, paying the penalty on behalf of the sincerely repentant, the penalty which we have earned because of our sins.

When we repent and turn from those sins, we can then be justified through the sacrifice of Christ, the Lamb of God, paying the penalty so that we can then go forward and put sin…

The Feast of Unleavened Bread pictures God calling out a people to put sin out of our lives, and empowering us to live a sinless life through the presence of the Spirit of the Father and the Spirit of Jesus Christ; the Holy Spirit of God.

Prophetically, Christ is putting out sin, out of the lives of all of His called out ones, from the very beginning, starting with Abel.

The cutting of the sheaf the pictures the RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ and the Waving of the Omer pictures C  hrist’s ASCENSION to the Fathe, and his presentation to the Father, and being accepted by the Father on our behalf; to be accepted for us as  the first sheaf of the whole harvest of first fruits, representing the whole harvest.

As Christ is accepted as the first fruits on our behalf, this also pictures the acceptance of the whole harvest of first fruits through him!  So that the whole harvest of first fruits could now be harvested, could be reaped, could be brought into the spiritual temple or family of God; so that the called out first fruits would now be acceptable to the Father through the agency and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and his mediation for us as our High Priest.

The first fruits being accepted by God through the acceptable sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ being lifted up and presented to the Father, and being accepted by Him; could return back to the earth, and breath out upon His disciples, and saying, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost”.

The Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit was given to Christ’s disciples on this very day of Wave Offering.  They were acceptable to God through Jesus Christ, because they were sincerely repentant; and they were now officially atoned for, and had the sacrifice of Jesus Christ covering them.

They could now become the literal dwelling place of God, the literal temple of God. The Holy Spirit was given on this day to these people to signify their acceptance through Jesus Christ, through the Holy One, Jesus Christ, and now our living sacrifice Jesus Christ.

In past ages the Holy Spirit was given to those called out by the Father in FAITH, that Jesus Christ would fulfill His mission, would present Himself as a sacrifice for the sins of the people, would be successful in living a perfect life, would be successful in atoning for sin.

He was accepted and pronounced successful on this day; and on this very day he was accepted by God the Father. And Jesus brought with Him the Comforter, and gave the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to His disciples as recorded in John 20:22.

The fact is,  IF Jesus Christ had failed on His mission, if He had not been accepted by the Father, then the first fruits, the called out ones, would also not be accepted because there would have been no atonement, no sacrifice for their sins.

The lifting up of the waived sheaf in Leviticus 23, pictured the lifting up of Jesus Christ to be accepted by the Father for us.  The Burnt Offering lamb being sacrificed, pictured Jesus Christ in service to God the Father, pouring Himself out in service to the Father, even to the point of pouring out His life. And as Jesus Christ was accepted by the Father, so the entire work and labor of Jesus Christ was accepted.

That work and labor being the first fruits for whom He had given Himself. And even as Jesus Christ poured Himself out wholly and completely, and absolutely in service to the Father, so it behooves us to follow His example, and live our lives in complete service to the Father, to Almighty God, to the ultimate ruler of the universe.

We are His servants which means we must do what He says. We must please our Father, we must keep His commandments, and do that which is pleasing in His sight, as His son Jesus Christ had done and ids doing. And in so doing we become the temple of the Holy Spirit, the temple of the living God.

When Christ entered Jerusalem six days before the coming Wednesday Passover in 31 A.D. [NO it was not on a Sunday!]  he was hailed as King by the people, then he taught on the Sabbath and observed the Passover after sunset Tuesday evening, dying on Wednesday afternoon and being resurrected after sunset ending the  Sabbath [Saturday]; he then WAITED until the time for the lifting of the Wave Sheaf ,to ascend to the Father to be accepted by him FOR US as our High Priest and ONLY Intercessor; The ONLY Mediator between humanity and the Father!

In the very near future Day of Pentecost Jesus Christ will again be hailed as King, ushering in a millennial Sabbath of rest.

In the very near future Christ will raise up his chosen saints out of the Sea of Death, at the end of the sixth day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread; just as he raised Israel up out of the Red Sea and gave them total victory over the god-king of this world! Then after the Wedding Feast in heaven Messiah will come with his chosen to rule the earth as King of kings pouring out God’s Spirit on all flesh on that Feast of Pentecost

What did we learn about the Wave Offering Sunday?

1.   That we should be looking for the Aviv barley in the vicinity of the temple. to begin the new year.

2.   That Christ meant what he said; and that he was in the grave for a literal three days and nights and not an assumed 72 hours.

3.   That Jesus Christ really was resurrected just as the sun set on the weekly Sabbath and therefore at the very first beginnings of Sunday.  This consistent with the cutting of the barley at that time, and the Wave Offering being lifted up later on that first day of the week as Jesus ascended to the Tather.  This in terms of a sunset to sunset day, and not a Roman midnight to midnight day.

4.   That the cutting of the sheaf from the earth did not refer to the death of Christ, but to his change from corruptible earthly flesh into incorruptible spirit.

Much has been learned in this past year and I have no doubt that much still remains to be learned and understood.  The life of the disciples of Christ should be filled with the thrill of learning and discovering the truth of God; not rejecting the truth for false traditions and the idolizing of men!

May God mightily bless all those who love him enough to love and keep the truth, for GOD’S WORD IS TRUTH!   May God bring to sincere repentance all those who stumble at his truth, preferring their own traditions! 

The Count to Pentecost 

We are NOT told to count weeks: We ARE told to count Sabbaths.  Once we OBEY Christ’s instructions and count Sabbaths instead of days most issues about the count disappear.

We are to count seven SABBATHS; and the next day, which is a Sunday, is the Feast of Pentecost.  From Moses to the second century ad, Pentecost was always observed on a Sunday.  It was only AFTER the destruction of the temple that modern Rabbinic Judaism; which was and is Hellenized Judaism; sought to change the calendar, and the Passover  and Pentecost dates and for one main purpose:  To discredit the preaching of Christ among the Jews.

Those who use the modern Rabbinic Calendar have bought into at least one part of this satanic deception.

The temple period Sadducees and the Mosaic Pharisees always kept a SUNDAY Pentecost;  it was the Hellenized Pharisees who reasoned to make the change to a fixed date.

The Mosaic Pharisees [who were largely confined to Judea after returning there with Ezra and Nehemiah] were destroyed in the first century Roman wars; leaving the Hellenic Pharisees largely of the Diaspora, controlling their apostate brand of Judaism, and only the true Ekklesia remaining with true religion.

Over the past 2,000 years,  the dispersion of the called out Ekklesia has resulted in losing Holy Days knowledge and observation, until they began to be restored at the end of the 19th and in the early 20th centuries.

Now at this end time; more about the Holy Days is being restored!  We are told that at the end time all things are to be restored; which presupposes that many things have been lost.

From Moses to the temple’s destruction; Pentecost was always observed on a Sunday.

Leviticus 23:10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest:  11And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath [Sunday] the priest shall wave it

Leviticus 23:15 And ye 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:

Therefore we are to count seven weekly Sabbaths and then the next day [Sunday] is the Feast of Pentecost.

Since we are told that seven Sabbaths add up to 49 days; then the day after the seventh Sabbath is the fiftieth day!

It should be very clear that Pentecost can never be on a Monday:  Why not?  Because Monday is NOT a day after any Sabbath! 

The idea of a yearly Monday Pentecost was from Herbert Armstrong as he struggled to understand; but a Monday Pentecost was never observed annually by Israel or by the modern Rabbins either.  HWA was later persuaded to come around to the truth of the Biblical Sunday Pentecost.

Leviticus 23:16 Even unto the morrow after the seventh Sabbath  [NOT Week (Shavuah)] shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD.

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The Hellenic Apostate Rabbins Change Pentecost

In truth however, during the 2nd Temple times, when Jesus walked the earth, the Sadducees controlled the Temple and the calendar reckoning. This fact is verified by ancient documentation of the [Hellenic] Pharisees themselves!  They testify that up until after the first century, Pentecost was determined according to the Sadducean and Mosaic Pharisee method.

     In the Megillath Ta’anith, that is “Scroll of Fasting” (ca. 135 A.D.), it states that Nisan 8-22 are special commemorative days. What is the stated reason that these days were set apart?

  “The explanation of this holiday according to the Scholiast (a Mishnaic  commentator on the meaning of the days) is that it marked the triumph of  the [Hellenic] Pharisees over the Sadducees, in the famous controversy regarding the  date of Pentecost.” (Solomon Zeitlin, MEGILLAT TAANIT as a Source for  Jewish Chronology and History in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods.  Philadelphia.1922)

     According to Schwab (1897, reported in Burnaby, 1931, p. 263):

  “[This 15 day period, according to the Scholiast,] recalls the ordinance  of the [Hellenic] Pharisees that the Feast of Weeks – Pentecost – should be celebrated  on any day of the week, and not be restricted upon the first day of the week,  ‘the morrow of the Sabbath.’ The importance of this victory gained by the  [Hellenic] Pharisees over their opponents consisted in the principle that [Hellenic] tradition  is superior to the actual words of Scripture.

The direction on Lev. 23:16  is that the Feast should be on the fiftieth day counted from ‘the morrow  after the Sabbath’ during the Feast of ULB.  M. Schwab says ‘It must be believed that  for a certain time, under the Sadducees, the Feast of Pentecost had been  celebrated in conformity with their teaching, that is to say on the morrow  after the regular weekly Sabbath.’

The Commentator [in the “Scroll of Fasting”] says that  when the [Hellenic] Pharisees came into power [that is when the Romans destroyed the temple, the Saducees and the Mosaic Pharisees] they changed this day to the fiftieth  counted from the second day of the Passover.

In remembrance of their triumph  they celebrated all fifteen days, from Nisan 8 to 22, during which the debates [on the issue at the end of the first century] lasted.

It is further stated by the Commentator that the discussion on the  meaning of the Biblical expressions took place between R. Jochanan ben Zaccai,  R. Eliezer, R. Ismail, and R. Juda [i.e., between 70 A.D. and 100 A.D.].”  (Sherrard Beaumont Burnaby, Elements of the Jewish and Muhammadan  Calendars, London: George Bell & Sons, 1931, quoting M. Moise Schwab,   Megillath Ta’anith Actes du onzieme congres International des  Orientalistes; 1897, Quatrieme Section. pp. 199-259.)

     The Talmud also comments on this historical record:

  “…BECAUSE OF THE BOETHUSIANS WHO MAINTAINED THAT THE REAPING OF THE ‘OMER  WAS NOT TO TAKE PLACE AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE [FIRST DAY OF THE] FESTIVAL.  [But after the Sabbath during the Feast]

  GEMARA. Our Rabbis taught: ‘On the following days fasting, and on some of  them also mourning, is forbidden: From the first until the eighth day of  the month of Nisan, during which time the Daily Offering was established,  mourning is forbidden; …. ‘From the eighth of the same until the close  of the Festival [of ULB], during which time the date for the Feast of  Weeks was re-established [changed], fasting is forbidden’.

For the Boethusians  [Saducees] held that the Feast of Weeksmust always be  on the day after the [regular weekly] Sabbath. But R. Johanan b. Zakkai entered into discussion  with them saying, ‘Fools that you are! whence do you derive it??

Notice his technique of attacking them rather than proving his point from scripture?

Not one  of them was able to answer him, save one old man who commenced to babble  [this is a report from the Hellenic Pharisees; notice how they characterize anyone who disagrees with them.] (The old man said)  and said, ‘Moses our teacher was a great lover of Israel, and knowing full  well that the Feast of Weeks lasted only one day he therefore fixed it on  the day after the Sabbath so that Israel might enjoy themselves for two  successive days’. [R. Johanan b. Zakkai] then quoted to him the following  verse, ‘It is eleven days’ journey from Horeb unto Kadesh-Barnea by the way  of mount Seir. (Menachoth 65a, Soncino edition, Isidore Epstein, editor)

These [Hellenic] Pharisaic sources all concede that THEY changed the date for the Feast of Pentecost;  from the dating that was held by the Sadducean/Boethusian teachers [Temple priests] when the temple was still standing.

And, as Schwab noted, this change took place about the time of the destruction of the 2nd Temple.

Simply put, while the 2nd Temple stood during the 1st Century CE, Pentecost was observed according to the teaching of the Sadducees [priests].

It was by this method that all gathered in one accord to celebrate the Feast of Weeks/Pentecost in Acts 2. It was the method by which Jesus Himself observed Pentecost. Pentecost is always to be observed on the first day of the week!

In fact, BOTH the Sadducees and the Mosaic Pharisees of Judea kept a Sunday Pentecost; and it was ONLY AFTER the destruction of the Mosaic Pharisees in the first century Roman wars that the Hellenic Pharisees were able to change the date, for the authority of Jerusalem was destroyed wit the destruction of the Temple and the Hellenized Pharisees took over Judaism.

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The command was to make a Wave Offering of the first fruits of the harvest to be accepted FOR US,  before beginning the reaping of the spring harvest.

This offering was to start, after they had conquered the land and divided it to their tribes and families for agriculture. It was considered that it was THEIR harvest which was to be used in the Wave Offering [which seems correct since it pictured the early harvest of God’s people, represented by Christ as the first of many], and that they were not to offer the produce of the Canaanites for this purpose.

When Israel crossed Jordan, they camped at Gilgal, while fighting to conquer the land for seven years; then they took another seven years to distribute the conquered land. It was after that that they set up the Tabernacle at Shiloh and began to offer the Wave Offering to count to Pentecost, and to count the cycles of the Jubilee.

Leviticus 23;11  And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.

This clearly states that the Wave Sheaf shall be presented on the day AFTER the Sabbath.

Leviticus 23:15 And ye 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:

This clearly states that you shall count seven Sabbaths from the day [beginning on] that the Wave Sheaf was presented.

The Sabbath is a cycle of sevens. When the Sabbath is completed, a new cycle begins, therefore the day AFTER a Sabbath is always the beginning of a new cycle and is representative of a new beginning. To make a count from the day after the High Day would NOT be counting “Sabbaths” [it would be counting Shavuah weeks] at all, and it would remove the whole concept of [counting] Sabbaths from the equation.

Leviticus 23:16 Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD.

Seven times seven is 49, and the day after the 49 would be the fiftieth day; a Jubilee of Days: Pentecost!

As the Jubilee is clearly the fiftieth year; Pentecost is the fiftieth day!

Pentecost comes on the day after the seventh weekly Sabbath and is the fiftieth day after the Wave Offering.

The Sabbath completes the cycle of seven and the day after the Sabbath is the first day of a new cycle. The cycle goes:  The Wave Offering takes place and then comes the first Sabbath after the Wave Offering, and then 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7: and then the day after the seventh Sabbath is Pentecost. 

The Sabbath cycle repeats itself;  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7: etc.  There is NO day zero anywhere in the cycles of the seventh day Sabbath!

Monday is not the day after any Sabbath!

Pentecost is the day after a Sabbath and therefore MUST be a Sunday; by the commandment; by its proper observance by the Mosaic Pharisees and Sadducees and Jesus Christ during the time of Christ;  and by the actual ascension of Christ on a Sunday Wave Offering day!

The count cannot begin with a Monday, since it MUST begin with the day after the Sabbath. To count Sunday as a “0″ would completely throw off the weekly Sabbath cycle of sevens. There is no place in the seven day Sabbath cycle for a zero. That is the mathematical error made by many. There is NO zero in a repeating cycle of seven, either at it start or at its end. The only zero in the cycle was the time before the Genesis creation began its first day.

We are to count from the day after the Sabbath, which would make Sunday, day one of the count. Creation started with day ONE; the week starts with day ONE, the Sabbath cycle begins with day One. Sunday is day ONE of the count! We are to count actual Sabbaths not days or weeks. The Feast of Pentecost is the Day AFTER the seventh: SABBATH!

We are commanded to count from the day after the Sabbath: seven Sabbaths. We are not commanded to count days but Sabbaths. The day AFTER the seventh Sabbath is Pentecost! The day AFTER the seventh Sabbath [after any Sabbath] is a Sunday and would be Pentecost. We are to count Sabbaths; not days and not weeks of days.

WHAT THE SCRIPTURES SAY

Leviticus 23:15 And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the Sabbath [Sunday], from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: 23:16 Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD. 23:17 Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals; they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD.

Clearly the scriptures say that the count begins on a Sunday, and that the count is inclusive; “ye shall count unto you from [beginning on] the morrow after the Sabbath” therefore Sunday is Day One of the count and not day “0″.

A zero is “nothing” and is not part of any count.  All counting within a closed repeating cycle begins with the number “one” and never with a zero. That is basic arithmetic.

Zero means nothingness and the creation account in Genesis does not begin with the day zero; it begins with the first day of the creative process and progresses to the end of the sixth day; after which the seventh day is a Sabbath.

For the Pentecost count, the Sabbath is the end of a week and the eighth day [Sunday] is the beginning of a new count of seven, just like every week in history. Counting seven Sabbaths totals 49 days; The 50th day or ANY day AFTER any Sabbath is always a Sunday and always the NEW BEGINNING!

Pentecost obviously pictures a “NEW BEGINNING” and therefore MUST fall on the day AFTER a Sabbath!

Pentecost is the fiftieth day after the Wave Offering! The Wave Offering pictures the Beginning of the harvest of first fruits with the acceptance of Jesus Christ as the first of the first fruits.

The Wave Offering consisted of a cake of Unleavened Bread; and on Pentecost TWO cakes of leavened bread are offered along with a sin offering.

Leviticus 23:16 Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD. 23:17 Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals; they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD.

The Unleavened Bread picturing Christ was made without leaven picturing the perfect sinlessness of Christ.

The Leavened Bread representing the first fruits is made WITH leaven, picturing the existence of sin being covered by the accompanying sin offering.

To find Pentecost we must first find Passover according to the calendar that God gave Moses.

Satan through the apostate Hellenized modern Rabbins, has perverted both the Biblical calendar and the Passover date.

We must then find the first Sunday during the Feast of Unleavened Bread; and offer the Wave Offering on the day AFTER a weekly Sabbath, which would be a Sunday!  At this time, because of circumstances,  we can only hold a service acknowledging this the Wave Offering].

NOTE:  The Wave Offering must be after Passover and inside the seven days of ULB.

Satan through the apostate Hellenized Modern Rabbins has perverted this simple basic instruction also.

After the Wave Offering is made on the first Sunday during the Feast  of Unleavened Bread; we are to move forward counting seven Sabbaths!

Then on the day AFTER the seventh SABBATH;  itis the Feast of Pentecost [on a Sunday]!

 

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