Bruce Warner (25 April 2011)

Dear Doves,

Luke 3:16-18
"John answered, saying to all, I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. HE WILL BAPTIZE YOU WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out his threshing floor, and GATHER (rapture) THE WHEAT (Bride/Church) INTO HIS BARN (heaven); but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire."

After we have been 'baptized with the Holy Spirit' (ie. re-born of Spirit) we become the 'Firstfruits of the Spirit' and are the Bride/Church and the 'wheat harvest' to be raptured to heaven.

Matthew 13:30
"Let both grow together until the harvest (rapture), and at the time of the harvest (rapture) I will say to the reapers, First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but GATHER (rapture) THE WHEAT (Bride/Church) INTO MY BARN."

At the time of the rapture the tares will be separated from the 'wheat who is the Bride/Church' which will be raptured to heaven.

Exodus 34:22-23 & 25
"And you shall observe the Feast of Weeks, of THE FIRSTFRUITS OF WHEAT HARVEST, and the Feast of Ingathering at years end. Three times in a year your men shall appear before the Lord, the Lord God of Israel.
(25)"YOU SHALL NOT OFFER THE BLOOD OF MY SACRIFICE WITH LEAVEN, nor shall the sacrifice of the Feast of Passover be left until morning."

The 'single-loaf' of Barley Bread baked without leaven from the 'Firstfruits of the barley harvest' offered by the priest during the Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread/Firstfruits is representative of Jesus who is the 'Firstfruits of the Dead'.

The 'two-loaves' of wheat bread baked with leaven from the 'Firstfruits of the wheat harvest' offered by the priest during the Feast of Weeks/Pentecost are representative of the 'dead in Christ' and the 'living in Christ' who are the 'Firstfruits of the Holy Spirit' who we were given on the Feast of Weeks/Pentecost.

Jesus is the unleavened, barley 'Bread of Life' and the 'Firstfruits of the dead'. The Bride/Church is the leavened, wheat bread and the  'Firstfruits of the Spirit'.

According to Your Word, come Lord Jesus!

Bruce Warner