Celebrating "FirstFruits"

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  1. Dr. Bob

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    Assume that tradition is correct and the events of Passion Week concluded with

    Slaying of Lamb, Friday afternoon
    Passover, Friday night and Saturday
    First Fruits (second day of Passover), Saturday night and Sunday

    parallel

    Crucifixion of Lamb of God, Friday afternoon
    Passover
    Resurrection (First Fruits) sometime Saturday night/Sunday morning

    Thoughts?
     
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    In Genesis 2:15-17 God told man concerning the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil "in the day you eat thereof you will surely die." Man and woman ate of the fruit; did they die that day? Amazingly, most people will say "No!" because Adam and Eve did not die physically after they ate the forbidden fruit. But this is not the whole story.

    Death means separation, not annihilation. And Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden the day they ate the fruit! Thus, ADAM AND EVE DIED SPIRITUALLY BECAUSE THEY WERE CAST OUT OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD! If Adam and Eve did not die the day they ate then Satan told the truth and God lied! God said you will die in the day you eat, Satan said you will not surely die, Genesis 3:1ff. Who told the truth to Adam and Eve? Unless one can find Adam and Eve physically dead in Genesis 2-3 then the death they died was spiritual and not physical!

    Now if we regain in Christ, in resurrection, what was lost in Adam, 1 Cor. 15:22, and if spiritual life, not physical, is what was lost, then physical resurrection is not what the Bible means by resurrection from the dead! Instead, the focus of Bible teaching about resurrection is the spiritual restoration of man from sin- death.

    The New Testament writers likened life under the Old Covenant to death, because all those under the Law were under the curse, Gal. 3:10f. Paul called the Old Testament the "ministration of death" because all it did was condemn; it could not justify, Romans 8:1-3. He spoke of his struggles under the Old Covenant; he spoke of his past death under it, and lamented "Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" Romans 7:9-24.

    Jesus' death and resurrection was the power for the final removal of that law that brought death, Eph. 2. But that Old Law could not fully pass until it was all fulfilled, Matthew 5:17-18; and until the New Covenant law of life in Christ was completely established, Gal. 3:21-29. This meant that there was a time of transition between the Old Law and the New; a time when those coming out from that Old Law were coming into life--thus they were being raised into resurrection life as firstfruits of the coming perfection in Christ.

    Our point is that when that Old Covenant of Death was completely taken away this is called the resurrection! This is what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:54-56. The resurrection would be when the Old Testament was fulfilled, vs. 54; it would be when "the law," which was "the strength of sin," was removed, vs. 56. More on all this later.

    The modern concept of a physical resurrection of human bodies is not consistent with scripture. It makes physical death the focus of God's threat in Eden, yet scripture denies this. The modern view denies the relationship of the Old Covenant to death and life-- spiritual life. It fails to take into consideration that man stands before God in relationship to Covenant. To live under a Ministration of Death was to be a body of death, Rom. 7:24; 8:8-10. To be delivered from that ministration of death was to be resurrected. This is the Biblical concept of resurrection.

    The New Testament believers were dying to the Old Law as they were baptized into Christ, Romans 6-7. The Law itself was not dead- -they were dying to the Law; "You have become dead to the law by the body of Christ" Rom. 7:4; "Christ is the end of the law to those who believe," Rom. 10:4. But the Law would pass when fulfilled and the Hebrew writer says it was at that time growing old and was ready to vanish away, Hebrews 8:13.

    Resurrection is deliverance from sin; sin-death; read Ephesians 2:1. This happens by faith in response to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Christ has "abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel" 2 Tim. 1:10. Those who would know the life that will never end, John 8:51, must enter the power of Jesus' death and resurrection to enjoy the salvation/resurrection purchased by Him. Jesus is the resurrection and the life. To have this life one must be in Christ through baptism for this is where one is joined to Christ's death and resurrection.
     
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    Dear Dr. Bob,

    This is a fascinating study. I'm not sure I have all the pieces but have begun to work on this topic of the 7 feasts of Israel of which the Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread and Firstfruits comprise the first three. Zola opened up the area in his little booklet called "The Seven Feasts of Israel" some twenty four years ago.

    Here is what I have been able to establish from scripture so far. As for the Fall Feasts well they have not yet been fulfilled. But a few clues emerge.

    http://endtimepilgrim.org/7feasts.htm

    Blessings,

    Gavin
     
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    Probably about 99% of those Israelites in the Bible were farmers by profession. They had a feast that they celebrated called the Feast of Firstfruits--what they would do is--

    The farmer would plant his crop of wheat or barley sometime in the winter. As the barley would "head up"--the farmers would watch their fields--they'd have their "eyes peeled"--watchin'--watchin', watchin' for that first head of barley to reach maturity--he would then single that very first head of mature barley out of the field--make his way over to that particular head--pluck it up--and then would make a beeline over to the temple for the dedication of the first fruits.

    The priest would take the shock of wheat--hold it in the air and would cry "FirstFruits! FirstFruits!" What they called the "FirstFruits" meant that the rest of the crop was guaranteed to follow!!

    Apply that to the spiritual realm where the precious Lord Jesus Christ rose from the grave and became our FirstFruits--In other words--His bodily resurrection guarantees mine! It guarantees that the rest of the resurrection is sure to follow!

    One day--the Lord Jesus Christ will return to the earth and will speak to my dust--and in my flesh I shall see Him!!! OOOOOHHHH, what glory!!!!!!! OOOOOOOHHHHHH, what shoutin'!!! Face to face!! With Jesus!!

    Your buddy,
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    How can Jesus be the First Fruit of the dead, when Enoch and Elijah went to Heaven before Jesus?
     
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    I could suppose just as Jesus is a Lamb slain before the foundations of the world, but Jesus raised the "firstfruits" on Ressurrection Day when those rose out of their graves and walked the streets. Those people had died, Jesus had died also, Enoch and Elijah were translated and did not die.
     
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    I agree to that, especially since it's laid out in scripture. So that would go on to say that Enoch and Elijah are not part of the first fruits?

    Also, the Bible says that all the world will see them raised form the dead, any input on how? Will the LORD show it as on a screen in the clouds or something? Maybe t.v. will be in every corner of the world then?
     
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