Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I am writing out of concern for the fact that many have written in to
your web site forums claiming the followers of Christ are "barley" who
will be raptured on the "Feast" of First Fruits. I believe this information
is erroneous and I can not find Scripture to support such conclusions.
Rather, the Word of God clearly shows:
John the Baptist Prophesied the Rapture of Christ's WHEAT:
"I baptize you with water for repentance, but One is coming after me
who is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to loose his sandal. He
Himself will baptize you with the Holy Spirit (Spirit filled believers)
and fire (those under His judgment). His winnowing fan (sickle) is in
His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor (Pentecost) and gather
HIS WHEAT. But the chaff He will burn up with fire that never goes out."
Jesus Christ identified Himself as A GRAIN OF WHEAT:
"Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at
the Feast (Passover). Then they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida
of Galilee, and asked him, saying, 'Sir, we wish to see Jesus.' Philip
came and told Andrew, and in turn Andrew and Philip told Jesus. But
Jesus answered them, saying 'The hour has come that the Son of Man
should be glorified. Most assuredly I say to you, unless a GRAIN OF
WHEAT falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone. But, if it
dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and
he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternity. If anyone serves
Me, let him follow Me; and where I AM, there My servant will be also.
If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor."
Likewise, the Scriptures clearly speak of three feast days which are
HOLY CONVOCATIONS unto the Lord. These are The Passover, The
Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Tabernacles. (Lev. 23:2)
Each is clearly represented in the 7 fold menorah that stood outside
the HOLY TEMPLE. Three candles represent Passover, Unleavened
Bread, and the Feast of First Fruits; the middle candle represents
Pentecost; and the other three represent Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur,
and the Feast of Tabernacles.
These holy days are linked to three harvest cycles: barley in the
spring, wheat in the summer, and grapes plus the four corners of the
field in the fall.
There is only ONE mention of barley in the NT and that is when Jesus
fed the multitude with 5 barley loaves and 2 fish. These 5 barley
loaves represent the five major covenants God made with man through
Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David. Barley clearly represented all
those under the law who died prior to Christ's death on the Cross.
Jesus had to die to fulfill the Law. This is why He said, "It is
finished!" before He gave up the Spirit. Therefore, He fulfilled
Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Feast of First Fruits. Jesus was
the First Fruit of the Dead. (2 Corinthians 15:20)
Wheat clearly represents Christians who are covered under the Blood of
Christ through His death on the Cross and who are sealed with the
Promise of the Holy Spirit. However, there are two kinds: soft wheat - those
living in obedience to the Holy Spirit; and hard wheat - those living in the flesh.
Born again, Spirit filled, Christians, both the Dead in Christ and those who are
Alive and Remain, make up the soft wheat who will meet the Lord in the clouds
before the Tribulation begins.
THESE ARE NO LONGER UNDER THE LAW BUT ARE UNDER THE SPIRIT.
"You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men. Clearly
you are an epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink but by the
Spirit of the Living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is,
of the heart." (2 Corinthians 3:2-3)
These Christians are not the "barley" that will be raptured on the Feast of First
Fruits as many contend on your forums. THESE ARE THE FIRST FRUITS OF
THE SPIRIT. As it clearly says in the Word: "Not only that, but we also who
have the First Fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves,
eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. (Romans 8:23)
The hard wheat, or hard hearted, carnal Christians will be left behind as they
must be crushed in a tribulum (Tribulation) to be rid of their hard outer shells
(the flesh) or endure until the end to be saved. (Galatians 5, Matthew 24:9, 13)
"And the Lord said, 'Simon! Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked to sift you as
WHEAT. But, I have prayed for you that your faith should not fail; and when you
have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren." (Luke 22:31-32)
WHEN WILL THE GRAVES BURST OPEN AND THE RAPTURE OF THE
CHURCH TAKE PLACE?
PENTECOST!! THE TIME OF THE SUMMER WHEAT HARVEST!
"And when THE DAY OF PENTECOST HAD FULLY COME they were ALL
WITH ONE ACCORD IN ONE PLACE." (Acts 2:1)
This is when the Holy Spirit was given and when the FIRST FRUITS OF THE
SPIRIT (the restrainer) will be removed. The Bible gives no other day
for every Spirit filled, born again believer to be in one place, of one
accord, on the same day as the rest of the Body of Christ other than on
Pentecost. This was true at the start of the Church and the Church is
raptured to Heaven. We will be in the same place (Heaven), of one
accord or like-minded in our incorruptible and immortal bodies and in
the Spirit.. on Pentecost!
To solidify this point, let's look at some other key details....
The middle candle on the menorah is symbolic of Pentecost. Have you
ever noticed that it stands higher than the other candles? Why?
CHRISTIANS ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD! But sadly, this candle is
ABOUT TO GO OUT.
And of even greater importance... the names of this Holy Day give our
departure day away!
Feast of Weeks (Lev. 23:15-22, Numbers 28:26-31, Daniel)
THE "DAY" OF THE FIRST FRUITS (Numbers 28:26-31)
Festival of Harvest (Tenach)
Feast of Revelation (Pentateuch)
Feast of Elevation (Tenach)
THE "DAY" OF PENTECOST (Acts 2:1)
The rapture of the Church on Pentecost is the fulfillment of the
prophetic Book of Ruth as the Gentile bride being rescued by her
Kinsmen Redeemer! (Book of Ruth)
Until the events of the graves bursting open and the rapture of the
living saints occur this HOLY CONVOCATION will not be fulfilled.
GRAPES AND THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE FIELD:
During the High Holy Days of the Fall, God's GRAPES OF WRATH
(unbelievers) will be thrown into the winepress of His wrath at
Armageddon which will take place on Rosh Hashanah.
"Then another angel came out of the Temple which is in Heaven, he also
having a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the alter, who
had power over fire. And he cried with a loud cry to him who had the
sharp sickle, saying, 'Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the
clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.' So
the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the
earth and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And
the winepress was trampled outside the city and blood came out of the
winepress, up to the horse's bridles, for one thousand six hundred
furlongs." (Rev 14:17-20)
Every knee will then bow when Jesus sets His feet on the Mount of
Olives on Yom Kippur. "Behold, He is coming with clouds and every eye
will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the
earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen." (Rev. 1:7)
He will send His angels to gather every survivor from the four corners
of the earth at the FEAST OF TABERNACLES. This will be the final
harvest before the Millennial Reign of Christ on the earth. "And then He
will send His angels and gather together His elect from the four winds,
from the farthest past of the earth to the farthest part of heaven."
(Mark 13:27) "And He will send His angels with a great sound of a
trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds,
from one end of heaven to the other. (Matthew 24:31)
With these events completed the High Holy Days of RH, YK, and FOT will
all be fulfilled as well.
So, in summary...
"For as in Adam all die (spiritually), even so in Christ all shall be
made alive. But each ONE in his own order: CHRIST, The First Fruits,
and afterward (after the 7 year Tribulation) those who are Christ's at
His (Second) Coming." (1 Corinthians 15:23)
Did you catch that?
CHRIST (at Passover); THE FIRST FRUITS (at Pentecost); and THOSE WHO
ARE CHRIST'S AT HIS COMING (at Feast of Tabernacles) just as He said,
"Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: The Feasts of the
Lord, which you shall proclaim to be HOLY CONVOCATIONS, these are MY
FEASTS!" (Leviticus 23:2)
I hope this clears up the confusion that's out there and you will post
this message on your boards. Too many people are being needlessly led
astray and will be sorely disappointed come Easter morning. But, take
heart! OUR BLESSED HOPE IS COMING! Pentecost is right around the corner
and the Counting of the Omer is our 50 DAY COUNTDOWN. Get right with
God now! Wait, Watch, Witness, Warn, and pray to be accounted Worthy!