The Feast of Firstfruits
- YAHshua “the Firstfruits” Has Risen -
The incomparable miraculous resurrection of our Savior was the fulfillment of the third spring feast, the Feast of Firstfruits (Leviticus 23:9-14). Our Savior is the “sheaf of the first fruits of harvest” (Leviticus 23:10) presented before YAHveh, the Mighty One of the harvest. He rose as that "first fruit” — as that wave offering. As the Israelites were bringing in the spring harvest, the harvest of YAHveh could not be touched until the first fruits of it were offered to Him. YAHshua is “the firstfruits” of those to rise from the dead (1Corinthians 15:23) promising resurrection and eternal life to those who have come forth cleansed from sin in the Lamb’s blood. There will be a resurrection of all souls, “some to everlasting life but … others to disgrace and everlasting contempt (death)” (Daniel 12:2). YAHshua, our “first fruits”, is the fulfillment of YAHveh’s promise that there is hope for those who walk in His ways. When YAHshua the “first fruit” rose, He appeared to Miriam (Mary Magdalene) and said, “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father” (John 20:17 kjv). That first fruit offering could not be touched by humanity until it was waved before the Master of the harvest. YAHshua was waved in the presence of YAHveh declaring to all humanity that there is resurrection for all who believe. And there is resurrection for those who don’t believe. The truth will testify for and against.
“For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in YAHveh, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God” (1Peter 1:20-21). “If you confess with your mouth YAHshua as YAHveh (footnote nasb Study Bible states Lord here means YAHweh), and believe in your heart that YAHveh raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation” (Romans 10:9-10).
YAHshua said, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die” (John 11:25-26). Apostle Paul in speaking to those who have faith in the Passover Lamb’s cleansing blood encourages us with these words, “Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep (die), but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, … the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed” (1Corinthians 15:52). We will all have resurrected eternal holy bodies! With that said, it is important to understand that Easter, the commemoration of YAHshua’s resurrection, was the man made traditional replacement nullifying the reality and value of the celebration of Firstfruits. Sadly the name Easter and its modern celebration are derived from an unholy root of the pagan worship of the Babylonian fertility goddess Ishtar−Easter eggs and all!
We are not to be “unaware of the enemy’s schemes” (2 Corinthians 2:11). With one swipe of the hand, this man made tradition not only replaced the truth that the resurrection was the fulfillment of the Feast of Firstfruits; it also dramatically diminished and striped away the powerful reality of beholding our sacrificial Passover Lamb and the requirement for us to take very seriously our daily walk symbolized by the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Our holy walk is not to be a lip service of religious participation and rituals. It is to be a wholehearted sincere “godly sorrow that leads to true repentance” (1 Corinthians 7:10). True repentance is more than saying, “I am sorry;” it must be such a deep wholehearted sorrow over our sin that out of love for YAHshua we will humbly repent, thank Him for His sacrificial blood that covers our sins, and remember His words, “Go, and sin no more” (John 8:11). This wholehearted act of true repentance, with the blood of YAHshua cleansing us, and then our turning to righteousness leads to receiving the gift of eternal life instead of the deserved wages of sin—which is eternal death. The Almighty God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has not changed. He says, “you are to be holy to Me, for I YAHveh am holy (Leviticus 20:26 and 1Peter 1:16) and without holiness no one will see the Lord [YAHshua]” (Hebrews 12:14). Instead of the pure biblical importance of Passover, Unleavened Bread and Firstfruits we are left with the pagan goddess Ishtar’s translated name— “Easter,” a man-made date and man tainted commemoration in their place. This is a blatant example of the replacement of that which originated from YAHveh and is “holy to YAHveh” with that which originated with man. The early messianic believers determined their date for the celebration of the resurrection of YAHshua appropriately by the date of the biblical Passover and the following Feast of Firstfruits.
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- Redefining the Feasts of Israel Through the Ten Commandments -
Want to learn even more about the Biblical Feasts of Israel? Check out Terrye G. Seedman's book "Redefining the Feasts of Israel Through the Ten Commandments." The Holy Days pivot around the Ten Commandments, these were appointed times to meet with Him that would help them to walk by His spirit’s leading in these Commandments. Indeed, there would be no feasts if it was not for the Ten Commandments and the penalty of sin for not upholding them and there would be no need of Messiah. The Ten Commandments point us to Him and YAHshua the schoolmaster points us to the truth so we can walk in a way worthy of everything that He has taught us to be. “Not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (2 Corinthians 3:6) This book unlocks truths from Yahveh's divine Ten Commandments to redefine the true meaning and fulfillment of the holy Feasts of Israel. Simply, the divinely appointed times, the feast days, pivot around the blood on the altar of sacrifice—on the mercy seat, for the forgiveness of sin and sin points us back to the Commandments. Therefore every feast is exalting the Commandments of YAHveh, exalting our Lamb who came and died because we can’t uphold the Commandments without His help. They are inextricably linked. You can’t separate the feasts from the Commandments and you cannot separate the Lamb of God who is the ultimate fulfillment of the holy temple, priesthood, and the sacrificial system’s substitutionary sacrifice for our sin nature. Learn all of this and more in this powerful book about Yahveh's divine commandments and holy feasts.
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