The Feast of First Fruits.
Thou art My Son, This Day have I begotten Thee.
This Day was the
Birth of Christ Jesus, God's First Fruit
and Only Begotten Son,
and brought forth the Birth of His Ecclesia/Church.
have been in the past, and are now today, Christian and Messianic
scholars of history and scripture that have many controversies with the
Roman Church. Just one of the controversy's concerns December the
25th. This day was decreed by the political and spiritual
authority of Rome and the Roman Church, to be Christmas, the birthday of
Jesus Christ. The following is a well known historical fact, for
that day of December the 25th, within the Julian calendar, was Pagan
Roman's festival of Dies Natalis Solis Invicti,
the birthday of the Unconquered Sun that celebrated the Roman sun god
Jupiter with other cultic deities, such as Apollo and Diana.
However, the Church at Rome, having prostituted herself with the power
of political Rome, covered over the inconvenient historical pagan
holiday, with her menstruous napkin of soiled authority, and
conveniently sanitized the dark hole of Rome's many gods with
Christianity. The law and the events of time were changed to suit
the mingled politics of Rome with the harlotry of the Roman Church.
The prince of darkness continues to remain hidden within the whirlpool
hole of confusions, until he opens the pit and the Babylonian head of
evil is once again established for a short period of time. (See
Revelation 9 verse 1 thru 3.)
the many diligent students of the Word of God, we posit for your
edification, that Yahweh God had previously appointed in time a specific
Feast of Shavuot/ Pentecost, to be the birth of His only
Begotten Son. The Lord Jesus
Christ, was born of the seed of Woman/Ishshah,
to be the incarnate Son of Man, through the Word of the Holy Spirit of
the only Lord God Almighty. It would appear that the advent of
that one specific day has been in the light all of this time, but our
eyes of proud flesh have been blinded through Satanic deception to God's
Salvation day of rejoicing.
And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God
unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man
whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was
Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art
highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
Luke 1 verse 26 thru 28.)
many protesting scholars, when trying to use scripture to correct this
specific gross error of the Roman Church, have utilized several wrong
assumption written in the Gospel of Luke to justify their calculations
in the timing of the Lord's birth. A somewhat resent example is
presented by the Messianic scholars, who utilize Luke's Gospel chapter 1
verse 5 to try and establish their mathematical reference to the Feast
of Tabernacles: There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a
certain priest named Zacharias, of the
course of Abia, and his wife was of
daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. After the Babylonian
exile, the ancestral family of Zacharias was inserted into the 8th
course of Abia
(Abijah). Abijah of the house of Levi did not return from
the Babylonian exile, therefore the insertion of the family of Zacharias
into the priestly course. The Mathematics associated with the
Abijah course will not work in the course of time, for several reasons
that should become evident in the whole of the following apologetics.
To remove some of the confusion with the Almighty's creation of time, we
need to understand that God set the earth in lunar time. Up until
the days of
prior to the Babylonian era there were 12 months in the biblical
year of 360 days with 4 months that had been given names,
Cheshvan also called Bul.
Except for the
1st Month of Abib, the rest of the months were generally known or
called by their numerical position in the calendar year, such as the
second month, even though it had a secondary name of Ziv, or
the seventh month
with the secondary name of Ethanim. The days of
the week were all numbered sequentially in Hebrew, beginning with the
1st day of the week until the 7th day, with the 7th day being specially
called the Sabbath, a day of rest. Now with God's intervention in
space time, and His selling of the Jews into Babylonian captivity, time
had been changed and the original Jewish calendar was changed with the
months of the year now named after the recalculated Babylonian lunar
the present Jewish calendar, there are 5 Babylonian named months found
in the Septuagint; Nisan, Sivan, Elul, Kislev (Casleu),
and Adar, but they were generally qualified with a numerical month
associated with Israel's covenant past with the Creator of all things.
These 5 Babylonian named months were used by the authors of the
Babylonian exile, and then were utilized in the time of the Maccabeus.
The writings of the Hebrew prophets and the new Covenant writings are
completely absent of the named Babylonian months. In fact, in the
New Testament writings, only the 6th Month is written
specifically in the first chapter of Luke, with no other months
inscribed in the Gospel Scriptures.
believe with certainty that it is the 6th Month of the Jewish calendar
that the annunciation by the angel Gabriel was given to the virgin Mary.
With her acceptance of Gabriel's Word, there was the conception within
her womb of the Son of Man/Adam by the Holy Spirit of Father God
Almighty. And Mary
said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy
Word. In this miracle of true Life, it was the Shekinah
Glory of the Almighty God that encompassed Mary to bring forth within
her womb, the miraculous conception of the Word of God, to be One with
true genetic seed of the Hebrew
Luke 1 verse 35.)
investigating all of the presented evidence, then perhaps we can come to
a needful common sense conclusion to the Truth of God's unfailing Word.
The following is a synopsis of the Jewish Calendar after Judah of
Israel's exile in Babylon. The Babylonian mathematicians
originally discovered this Lunar Calendar of months, but it is now known
| Days of the Month
|| God ordained 3 feast that
were to be kept forever by the children of Abraham:
23 verse 14.)
The Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Shavuot-Pentecost, and the Feast of Feast of
Nisan or Biblically named Abib or
Feast of Unleavened Bread with the full moon
Days of the month 30. Day 1 begins with the
End of March or beginning of April in the Julian calendar
Day 1 is the beginning
of the new ecclesiastical year for the Jew. Day 14 is the
preparation for the Passover with the Paschal Sacrifice.
Day 15 begins with a full moon, the First Day of the
Feast of Unleavened Bread
celebrated with the
Passover meal. Day 21
is the close of the Feast of Unleavened bread.
Iyar or Biblically named Ziv Second Month.
Days of the month 29.
Day 1 begins with the New Moon.
April-May in the Julian calendar:
Day 15 is the Second, or
little Passover. Day 18 is
Lag-le-Omer, or the 33rd day in Omer, i.e. from the presentation
of the first ripe sheaf offered on the 2nd day of the Passover
in the evening of the 16th of Nisan.
Biblically assigned 3rd Month.
Feast of Shavuot-Pentecost
May-June in the Julian calendar: Days of the month 30.
Day 1 begins with the New Moon.
Day 6, Shavuot is named for the end of God's declared Feast of 7
weeks, also known as the day of the Feast of First Fruits,
Leviticus 23 verse 10 thru 12 and Numbers 28
verse 26.) The wave offering of the first Omer
of the spring harvest of grains did not occur until Israel had
first entered into God's promised land and they had harvested
from the fields the already growing grains. That day of
the first fruit offering would have occurred on the morrow of
the Sabbath. So then, fifty days later, on the 6th
day of the 3rd Month, now known as Sivan, is when the two loaves
of leavened bread made of the first ripe wheat were waved. This
Day also commemorates the giving of the Law when Israel becomes
a Covenant Nation with God. The Hellenized Jews gave the Feast
Day the name of Pentecost that meant 50 days. We will also
show its significance beyond what is known, for
Jesus Christ the Word of God, and pre-incarnate Law Giver is
born the Son of Man/Adam on the 6th day of the Third
at the spring time birthing of the lambs. The
shepherd's, who were tending to their flocks in the night, saw
the glory of the Lord, and then heard the Angel of God say:
Fear not! For I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall
be for all people. For unto you is born
this day in the city of David a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2 verse 7 thru 20.)
God gave the world the Gift of His Son on this one same day of
Shavuot, and later the Only Begotten Son would give His Life for
that which was dead in sins and trespasses. Fifty days after
Jesus/Yeshua the Messiah's crucifixion death, burial and
resurrection, the Ecclesia/church of the Messiah was also
birthed by the Spirit of God with the first fruits of Christ
Spirit to His redeemed. (See
Romans 8 verse 22 thru 23 with Galatians 5
verse 22 thru 25.) So then three things
took place on the 6th day of Sivan/the 6th Month: 1. Israel was
birthed at Sinai: 2. On this one specified day of
spring, The Messiah of God was birthed as the Son of Man by the
Holy Spirit of God: 3. The Church/Ecclesia was birthed by the
same Holy Spirit of God that was conceived in Jesus/Yeshua and
raised Him from the dead.
As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Romans 8 verse 13 thru 14.)
Thamus. Biblically assigned 4th Month
Days of the month 29. Day 1 begins with the New Moon.
June-July in the Julian calendar:
Day 17. Fast; taking of
Jerusalem on the 9th by Nebuchadnezzar (and on the 17th by
Titus). If the 17th occur on a Sabbath, the Fast is kept on the
Biblically named Av the 5th Month.
Days of the month 30.
Day 1 begins with the New Moon.
July-August in the Julian calendar:
Day 9 is a Fast because of
the destruction of the Temple that occurred 3 times on this 9th day of Av.
Biblically assigned the 6th month. (Note
Luke 1 verse 26.)
Days of the month 30 Day 1 begins with the New Moon. August-September
in the Julian calendar:
Luke's Gospel account reveals
that Jesus/Yeshua is conceived by the Spirit of God in the
beginning of the 6th month of Elul. Then approximately 9
months later, on the 6th day of the Third Month of Sivan,
Emanuel is born as God's first Born Son, Jesus Christ, Yeshua
haMashiach, by a virgin woman of Israel, named Mary.
That specific day in time was established by God as a High
Sabbath, and is called the Feast of Weeks. In Hebrew that day is
also called 'Shavuot' and in Greek 'Pentecost'.
Tishri or Biblically named Ethanim or the Seventh
Feast of Tabernacles
Days of the month 30. September-October in the Julian
The beginning of the Jewish Civil Year with day 1 & 2
being a New Year's Feast. Day 3. Fast for the murder of Gedaliah.
Day 10. Day of Atonement; Great Fast. Day 15 begins with a full
moon and is the Feast of Tabernacles. Day 21. Close of the
Feast. Day 22. Octave of the Feast of Tabernacles, and a High
Sabbath. (In the Synagogues, on the 23rd day of the Feast is the annual
completion of the Reading of the Law.)
Marcheshvan or Biblically named Cheshvan, Bul, The
Days of the month 29 or 30.
Day 1 begins with the New Moon.
October-November in the Julian calendar:
Biblically assigned the 9th Month
Days of the
month 29 or 30. Day 1 begins with the New Moon.
November-December in the Julian calendar
Day 25 is the Feast of the
Dedication of the Temple, known as Hanukkah or the Feast of
Candles, lasting eight days, in remembrance of the Restoration
of the Temple after the victory gained by Judas Maccabeus (BC
148) over the Syrians.
Tebeth. Biblically assigned the 10th Month
Days of the month 29. Day 1 begins with the New Moon.
December-January in the Julian calendar:
Day 10 is a Fast on account of
the Siege of Jerusalem.
Shebat. Biblically assigned the 11th Month
Days of the month 30.
Day 1 begins with the New Moon.
January-February in the Julian calendar:
Adar. (Biblically assigned the 12th Month)
Days of the month 30. Day 1 begins with the New Moon.
in the Julian calendar:
Day 13 is a Fast of Esther. If it
falls on a Sabbath, kept on the Thursday preceding. Day 14. Purim,
or Feast of Haman. Day 15. Purim Proper.
Jewish Leap Year
The Jewish leap years has seven occurrence
in a nineteen year cycle. The 3rd, 6th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 17th,
and 19th years are leap years in this cycle of nineteen years, and
each leap year will have between 383 to 385 days to accommodate the
inserted month of Adar I. Within the nineteen year cycle,
there would be the insertion of seven months that would bring the
lunar year in step with the Julian calendar. The lunar year
had become 354 days 8 hours 48min 38sec, as compared to the Julian
Calendar year of 365 and 1/4 days. The Jewish calendar has 7
days in a week like the Julian or the latter Gregorian calendar, but
now in the present Jewish lunar calendar there are 50.7 weeks in a
regular year and 54.8 weeks in a leap year. So then the Jewish
calendar consists of either 12 or 13 months with either 29 or 30
days, and each normal lunar year can be 353, 354, 355 days long,
with each leap year bring 383, 384 or 385 days long.
Adar I. February-March in the Julian calendar:
1 month added
Days of the month 29.
Is added after the month of Shevat (Shebat)
and before the month of Adar in every leap year.
The month is also known as Adar Rishon or
The present day Messianic scholars have thought
that the temple service of the priest of the eighth course of Abijah, mentioned
in the first chapter of Luke, is the key to the discovery of Christ's birth, but
let's rightly evaluate that possibility. In God's creation of the earth,
sun and moon, we should understand that originally there would have been
360 days with 12 months and 51.429 weeks in the year of the Lord. So God's
yearly calendar for the earth would have been the same in the time of David.
In the last days of David's life, he apparently instructed that lots be
cast to established the 24
courses of the Levitical
priestly order of service to the Temple. It should be obvious that each
course would serve the house of the Lord twice in the year for a total of 48
1st Chronicles 24 verse 1 thru 19.)
Each one of the 24 courses would serve from Sabbath evening to the beginning of
the following Sabbath evening for 7 full days, then the next sequential course
in rotation would take over. On the Major feasts all of the 24 courses of
the priesthood were to be present in the service of the temple. Following
the slaying of the
Passover, and on the Feast of Unleavened Bread,
the High Sabbath day of Abib/Nisan the 15th, there would be all 24 courses
present for 7 days ending on a High Sabbath day. Then on Pentecost the
Third Month/Sivan the 6th there would be the 24 courses present for this one
High Sabbath day. And then on the required
Feast of Tabernacles, occurring on the Seventh
Month/Tishri on the 15th day, there would be all 24 courses present for 8 days,
with the 1st day and the 8th day being
High Sabbaths. God had also declared the
1st and 10th days of the Seventh Month
to be Sabbath days of rest. With all the variables, perhaps originally the
24 courses could be set in fixed weekly times of service, year in and year out.
But the times of the year changed during Hezekiah's days, occurring during and
continuing into the present time. The Jewish calendar, being a copy of the
Babylonian lunar calendar, is set to the Metonic Cycles: click
So then, we have a major problem after God extended the obit of the earth around
the sun, that changed the length of the year from 360 days into 365 days.
The calculations using the 8th course of the priesthood of Abia to ascertain the
birth of Jesus Christ, and or His coming again, would absolutely fail for a
certainty, because there is now the inclusion of
leap years, in the Jewish calendar. The days in the year are
now changed with the variableness of the days in a year going from 353, 354, 355
days long, with the adding of a month to the adjusting leap year, which now
becomes either 383, 384 or 385 days long. Please consider the
following Biblical time line: From the time of
Hezekiah and the miracle of the shadow of the
sundial going back 10 degrees and the change in days, until Judah was taken away
in bondage to Babylon, and then Judah's return from its exile in Babylon back
into the promised land, and then until Zacharias' encounter with the angel
proclaiming that Elizabeth would give birth, is approximately 700 years with
maybe 258 leap years occurring during that period of time. So then
approximately 258 additional months would have been added to this time period,
and the 24 courses of priestly service could not have continually revolved in
sequence around God's corrupted era of lunar time. It is impossible that
the 24 disrupted courses of priestly service could follow an order of precision,
from one specific week in a certain month of a year to the same week in that
certain month in the next year, whether its a leap year or not. Also of
forgotten note, the course of Abijah would have served twice in each year, so
then which additional week or month did Zacharias serve. In the end of
logic; the lots were originally cast in David's time, to show a rotation order
of service of the priesthood in a 360 day year, but after the Babylonian exile
it is impossible to specify a certain week for the 24 courses of temple service
within the Babylonian Jewish lunar calendar.
We have done our best to show the reader, of the mathematical impossibilities
pertaining to the birth of the Lord's Christ, occurring on an unspecified day in
the month of Tishri as presented by well meaning Messianic believers.
If our logic fails to convince the reader, then let us make our appeal to God's
Holy Spirit, so as to rightly understand the simplicity of written scripture.
Confusion with the Sixth Month.
Luke, in chapter one of his Gospel, gives simple clarity to the conception month
of Jesus/Yeshua, and it is stated to be the sixth month. The sixth month is in
the timeframe of the original Jewish calendar and not that of the Julian
calendar. Now, with simple mathematics, we can ascertain from Luke's
written account that the conception of the Christ of God took place in the sixth
month (Elul) when the Word of God impregnated the seed of the virgin Woman Mary,
and then we can look forward 9 months later to the day of Shavuot/The Feast of
Weeks/Pentecost for the birth of the Messiah of God.
Scripture transliterated into English says that Elizabeth hid her
self 5 months into her pregnancy.
Luke 1 verse 23 thru 25.) Then scholars
erroneously assumed that the Angel Gabriel would have appeared to Mary at the
beginning of Elizabeth's 6th month of pregnancy. There can be a
consensus view on the Word of God, if we negate the confusion engendered in the
transliteration of the Greek into English, with the insertion of certain Greek
prepositions, particles and contractions, where their are none. Let's begin a
fuller investigation of the text of God's written Word that does not fail to
deliver the Truth.
Luke 1 verse 10
And the whole multitude of the people were praying without
at the time of incense.
Perhaps the stated whole multitude of the people
would indicate a Jewish Day of noteworthiness. John's (the Baptist)
conception in the womb of Elisabeth occurring in the 12th month of Adar with the
Festival of Purim would give credence with the virgin Mary's conception in the
6th month of Elul, and Christ, the Lamb of God's birth 9 months later in the
spring of the 3rd month of Sivan.
verse 24 And after those days (of his ministration) his
(Zacharias) wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five
months, saying, 25 Thus has
the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein He looked on me, to take away
my reproach among men.
When Elizabeth conceived and then knew, from bodily signs, she was
pregnant, she began marking the months of her pregnancy. In her
Jewish mindset, she would have counted the first month of her pregnancy
to be the beginning month no matter the day of her conception. In
other words, the conception could have taken place on any one of the
days of the month, but nevertheless that month was the start of her
concealment of her miraculous pregnancy. We further posit that the count
would have begun in Adar as the first month of her pregnancy, and the
concealment of her pregnancy would continue until the 5th month, now
known in the Jewish calendar as Ab, the 5th month.
Luke 1 verse 26
And De (But, Moreover)
in the Sixth
Month (Elul) the angel
sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin
espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's
name was Mary.
Mary was a mature young woman who was true to her Hebraic virginity, and not a
child in her early teens, as is slanderously taught by many of the pulpit.
Luke 1 verse 36
behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she has also conceived a son in her old
age: and this
is the sixth month with her, who was
In the above noted scripture Luke 1 verse 26, the transliterated
first word "And"
within the KJ version comes from the Greek conjunction word "de" [deh]
that appears to be a continuation leading up to the scripture in Luke 1 verse
36. As it is taken from the Blue Letter Bible:
dé, deh; a primary particle
(adversative or continuative); with its English equivalents of "but", "and",
"etc".:—"also", "and", "but", "moreover", "now". The difference in thought may
be seen to be definitive, if the Greek conjunction "de" becomes "but"
or "moreover" or "now" rather than the English generic "and".
Unfortunately, the beginning English word "And" verse 26
has been seen as a continuation of the 5 months of Elizabeth's concealment seen
in Verse 24: But, notice in the sixth month there is a contrasting
conjunction that is a distinguishing mark or change in contrast to Elizabeth's
5th month of concealment. Obviously, the scripture in verse 26 does not
read in the sixth month of Elizabeth hiding her self, when it is 5 months of
hiding, but verse 26 is revealing a demarcation in a relevant change of
time as it should be interpreted with the Greek conjunction "De"; (But,
Moreover, Now) in the Sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a
city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin;. If not for the
moderating change of the conjunction "De", then the Greek
would have been more suitable as a transliterated "and" with a
continuation of original thought as seen in the following ongoing passages. And
Kai the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for
thou hast found favour with God.
behold, thou shall conceive in thy womb,
kai bring forth a Son, and shall call His Name
Unfortunately, in the transliteration to English, it is hard to
see the moderating distinction that is being made with the Greek expression
"de". However in verse 29 we see the same use of the Greek conjunction "de"
as the word is transliterated to "and".
And DE when she
saw him, she was troubled at his saying,
kai cast in her mind what manner of salutation this
should be. The conjunction "De" denotes Mary being troubled when she saw the
angel and after hearing what he had said and then considered the meaning of his
salutation. A distinction is now being made when Mary first saw the angel
and upon hearing his greeting.
Also please notice in the English transliteration of the Greek,
the distinction between the words "in - en" and "is - este". It is stated
specifically in Luke's Gospel, that the angel Gabriel, was sent by God,
to appear to Mary
the Sixth Month. The matter of Elizabeth concealing her 5th month
of pregnancy may be irrelevant in time, in contrast to Gabriel informing the
virgin Mary, as a sign, that her cousin Elizabeth, who is known to be
is now 6 months into her conception
of a son, and not fully 6 months pregnant. Elizabeth has just begun the
sixth month of her pregnancy because it is the 6 month of the Jewish calendar
year. There is no precision of a day that would mark Elizabeth as being
precisely 5 months pregnant. Thus the scripture reads: and after those days
Elizabeth conceived and hid herself five months. The annunciation of Gabriel
to Mary came first, in the 6th Month of the Jewish calendar year, and
then the angel Gabriel reveals another impossibility, for the barren Elizabeth,
even in her old age, had now begun her 6th month of pregnancy. BEHOLD,
the Angel Gabriel is continuing to reveal God's chosen revelation moment so as
to confirm to Mary, God's Power; "For with God nothing shall be impossible."
Luke 1 verse 36 thru 38.) In the
order of God's Word made the flesh of the Son of Man, Gabriel's Word is given in
God's chronology of the 6th Month to bring forth precisely the one day of the
birth of God's Salvation Word of Promise on Shavuot/Pentecost, and is not
retroactive or subject to the miraculous event of the barren Elizabeth's
seemingly unknown conception month.
However, we witness that Elisabeth proclaims with a loud voice to
her Hebrew cousin Mary:
Blessed is the FRUIT of thy womb: and acknowledges that Mary is the
mother of her Lord.
And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation
of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy
Ghost: and she spoke out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among
women, and blessed is the
FRUIT of thy womb. And whence is this
to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? (Luke
1 verse 41 thru 43.)
It should become obvious that the FRUIT of Mary's womb is the
Incarnate First FRUIT Son of Yahweh God Almighty; and is the Lamb of God's
Salvation, Yeshua/Jesus, Who would be born on the Almighty's designated end day
of the Feast of Weeks, called Shavuot in Hebrew or Pentecost in Greek.
In the Jewish Calendar, and after their return from Babylon, the Sixth
Month would be known as the month of Elul. It would logically appear that
an unspecified day in the Sixth Jewish month is when the incarnation of Emanuel
took place. Simply counting backwards, the month of Elizabeth's
beginning pregnancy would have been in the 12th Month of Adar within the Jewish
calendar. It would appear in God's timely intervention with the announcement of
Elisabeth's pregnancy, and with Zacharias being included in the order of
Abijah, and his wife Elisabeth of the daughter's of Levi that they both were
genetically pure in the stock of Jacob, known as Israel. Perhaps of
significance, is that the name Abijah of the eight course, means Jehovah is my
Father. John the Baptist, with the Spirit of Elijah, would be the
forerunner in the proclamation of Jesus/Yeshua as the Christ of God. (See
Luke 7 verse 24 thru 29.)
So then, the annunciation of the coming Christ Child took place in the Sixth
Month, the month of Elul, when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and said
to her: Hail thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee; Blessed art
thou among women. Fear not Mary: For thou has found favor with God,
and behold, thou shall conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a Son, and shall
call His Name Jesus. He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the
Highest, and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David,
and He shall reign over the house of Jacob (Israel) forever; and of His kingdom
there shall be no end. And the virgin hearing the full decree of
Gabriel said: Behold the
of the Lord Be it unto me according to thy Word. (See
Luke 1 verse 26 thru 38.) When the young
woman Mary acknowledged to the angel Gabriel that she was the handmade of the
Lord, she was declaring her faithful servanthood to the Word of Yahweh God
Almighty, and would have an understanding of the Hebrew heritage of her family
as was reported to Luke in his gospel
Chapter 3 verse 23 thru 38. Mary is the
Hebrew virgin that fulfils Isaiah's prophetic sign.
Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a
virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and
shall call His Name Immanuel. (Isaiah
7 verse 14.)
Within moments of Mary's acceptance, the Word of God was conceived within the
Seed of the virgin WoMan, and the unleavened True Bread of heaven gestated in
the womb of the Jewish virgin Mary, becoming the Son of Man/Adam. The
birth of the Salvation of man-kind took place nine months later in the town of
Bethlehem, the House of Bread. That time of His birth would be in the
Third Jewish Month of late spring, (the month now called Sivan), when the
shepherds were watching over their flocks, even at night, when the ewes were
giving birth to their lambs.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone
round about them, and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them,
Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to
all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,
which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: You shall
find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly
there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and
saying: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
2 verse 9 thru 14.)
has said unto Me, Thou art My Son; This Day have I begotten Thee.
This Day is a special Day that was decreed long ago by the Lord God
Almighty, for it was to be the Day of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
And This same Day, in Greek we know as Pentecost,
would also be the day that God's Holy Spirit would give the birth of the First
Christ's Salvation seed to the Ecclesia.
The birthday of the Ecclesia presently called the church.
Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the Ghost.
And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to
the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves
were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came
out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the holy
city, and appeared unto many. (Matthew
27 verse 50 thru 53.)
Now with the Son of Man's resurrection, in the power of
His Father God's Spirit of Holiness, the Lord Jesus Christ has become the
Excellency of God's Firstfruits. The Lord Jesus having been raised to Life
from the grave as the
First Born from the dead, and then with His
Resurrection Power by God's Holy Spirit, Jesus brought forth out of their
graves, those who were dead because of sin, and yet lived with faith in
God's Promised Messiah. (See
1st Corinthians 15 verse 20 thru 22, and John 11 verse 25.)
From thence, the Risen Lord and Savior of mankind declared to His disciples,
that there was to be that certain fruitful day of His previous Promise, when the
One Holy Spirit of God would come, and be an abiding presence, within the heart
of all of Christ's believing disciples. Behold I send the Promise of My
Father upon you, but tarry in the city of Jerusalem, until you be endued with
power from on High. (See
Luke 24 verse 46 thru 49.)
That day of promise was fulfilled on the 6th day of the Third Month of Sivan,
known in Hebrew as Shavuot, and was the
one celebratory day that ended the Jewish harvest Festival of 7 Weeks.
The Festival of Weeks had commenced soon after the last Pascal lamb was
sacrificed on the 9th hour of the High Sabbath of the 15th of Nissan, and then
shortly thereafter, when the sun was going down, becoming the evening of the
16th of Nissan. So then, on the second day of the Feast of Unleavened
Bread (the 16th of Nissan), the literal counting, day by day, and the Harvest
Festival ended 50 days later on the 6th day of the Third Month/Sivan, with the
high priest now presenting to God the wave offering of the two large baked loafs
wheat bread. And you 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: Even unto the morrow after the seventh Sabbath shall you
number fifty days; and you shall offer a new grain offering unto the
Lord. You shall
bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals; they shall be
of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven: They are the Firstfruits
unto the Lord.
23:15 thru 17.)
Day in and day out within every year, there was to be only unleavened bread set
before the Holy of Holies of Holy, Holy, Holy the Lord God Almighty, but on this
one day of Pentecost there was a new grain offering with leaven (yeast) baked
into the bread. Christ Jesus, the Holy unleavened Bread of Heaven,
was born the flesh of Man on this 6th day of 3rd Month/Sivan, and in His
crucifixion death on the cross on Abib/Nisan the 15th, He was made to be the
leaven of sin for us, that we leavened sinners, both Jew and Gentile alike,
might be made in Jesus Christ's sinless resurrection, the righteousness of God
in Christ Jesus.
The first fruits of the Christ's Ecclesia of sinners, were also birthed on that
High Sabbath day of the 6th of the 3rd Month/Sivan the 6th. Jesus/Yeshuah
the Unleavened Bread of Heaven, was made to be our sin as the
leavened bread, when He was crucified on
the cross for our sakes, that henceforth, we might participate, perhaps even
daily, in the Unleavened Bread that is One with the Spirit resurrected sinless
Body of Christ Jesus. Through total faith in Christ Jesus, the souls of
our being, were given new birth by the Spirit of God, Who sealed us with the
Holy Spirit Blood of Jesus Christ, the First Born of God raised from the dead.
Faith in God's sacrifice of His Son for our sin, and Jesus resurrection into a
sinless life, would enable us to become the temple of the Holy Spirit of God,
and we, in thanksgiving, would worship the Almighty, even daily, in Spirit and
To Israel, Shavuot is the 50th day that Israel was delivered in the Passover,
and that significant day also celebrates when the Torah was given at Mount
Sinai. The church's understanding should be that the Torah was given by
the pre-incarnate Christ of God, to be Israel's school master, and to keep His
chosen ones in the will of God, until the future day when God's promised Messiah
would be born the
seed of a WoMan of Adam, becoming the
flesh of Adam, and show us that as the incarnate Word of God in the flesh of
Adam was the only Way, the Truth, and the Life of man kind.
This celebrated day of the Third Month is also known in the Greek as Pentecost,
and was the very same day that the Lord's first fruits of His Ecclesia was given
birth by God's Holy Spirit. And now on this Feast Day of the Lord, the
Holy Spirit of God harvested first fruit of the souls of His disciples, into the
one Body of their risen Lord so that they may bring forth fruit unto God.
For the Fruit, born of the Spirit of God, will manifest love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. Against
such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with
the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in
the Spirit [of His Grace].
5 verse 22 thru 25.) Therefore
I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to
present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to
God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed
this world, but be transformed by the renewing of [the spirit of]
your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good
and acceptable and perfect. (Romans
12 verse 1 thru 2.)
Many people on that day of Shavuot, upon hearing of the mighty rushing wind of
the Spirit, began to gather outside of the house of the disciples of the Lord.
Peter preached the Gospel to the gathered people, and on the words of
Peter, three thousand persons in Jerusalem believed in Jesus, Yeshuah their
Messiah, and were added to the Lord that very same harvest day of Shavuot.
Act 2 verse 14 thru 40.)
From Alfred Edersheim's Book,
The Temple: Its Ministry and Service.
To us the Day of Pentecost is, indeed, the Feast of Firstfruits, and that of
the giving of the better law, written not in tables of stone, but on the
fleshy tables of the [new] heart, with the Spirit of the living God. For, as
the worshippers were in the Temple, probably just as they were offering the
wave-lambs and the wave-bread, the multitude heard that sound from heaven,
as of a mighty rushing wind, which drew them to the house where the apostles
were gathered, there to hear every man in his own language the wonderful
works of God. And on that Pentecost day, from the harvest of firstfruits,
not less than three thousand souls added to the Church were presented as a
wave-offering to the Lord. [Now] the mighty rushing sound of the Presence
and Power of the Holy Ghost has gone forth into all the world. [My inserted
edits are bracketed, and with one ending sentence being left off.]
have I set My King upon My holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: The
Lord has said
unto Me, Thou art My Son; this day have I begotten Thee.
Psalm 2 verse 6 thru 8.)
And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the Promise which was
made unto the fathers, God has fulfilled the same unto us their
children, in that He has raised up Jesus
again; as it is also written in the
second psalm, Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee.
Acts 13 verse 26 thru 37.)
Please notice in the above scripture the word
again. In that the Promised Holy One of God would be the
first begotten of the Father from the genetic seed of the fathers, then
the Only Begotten of Holy Father God needed first to be born on
the earth of the seed of Abraham from that of God's creation of
Adam/Man. From the beginning, Jesus/Yeshua was the Word of the
Yahweh Father God, born of His Father's Spirit, and the Anointed
One would come in the flesh of Man as declared in Genesis 3, wherefore
Father God would raise up His Son in the Likeness of His Holiness.
And when they had fulfilled all that was written of Him, (Psalm 22,
Isaiah 53, etc.) they took Him down from the tree, and laid Him in
a sepulcher. But God raised Him from the dead. In the first
Adam, the Man of the earth, all die, but the last Adam/Man Christ Jesus
is from above and is a life giving Spirit, being One Spirit with His
Father the God of the living. Christ Jesus in not a born again
man, but Jesus/Yeshua is the First Born of His Father, Incarnately born
of His Father's Spirit. Jesus in fulfilling all righteousness was
water baptized by John, and when Jesus came out of the water: Lo, a
Voice from heaven, said: This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I AM well
pleased. Jesus conceived of His Father's Spirit, and born the
Son of Adam, would live His Life as the Last Adam/Man, in full accord
with the Salvation Will of His Holy Father God. Jesus said to the
doubter: If you have seen Me, then you have seen the Father.
Jesus is the very likeness of His Father and totally fulfilled His
Father's Word of Salvation, therefore it is written:
Thou shall not permit Thine Holy One to see corruption. (See
Psalm 16 verse 8 thru 11.)
we continue to travel in the Spirit, we hope that Holy God affords the
opportunity, for all of us to be led into a better understanding of
God's New Covenant through His Fountain of Living Water.
Robert Glenn Pratten