Jean Stepnoski (18 Apr 2011)
"His Choice: Two Sabbaths, One Feast of First Fruits"

Dear Doves,
      The year the Master died was a convergence of Nisan 17/18 and The Feast of First Fruits, as He Resurrected when day 7 went to day 1 of the Scriptural Week. The time? It was likely on day 1 at twilight, 40-60 minutes after Shabbat sundown, at the time of the Havdalah. The Havdalah time combined both the ending of Day 7 and the beginning of Day 1 in that period of 40 to 60 minutes after technical sundown. Meanwhile, the priests went to the Field of Ashes near the Mount of Olives, harvested the first of the barley harvest, collected ten sheaves into a basket, and returned to the Temple in Jerusalem. Messiah/Christ became the Harvest of the First Fruits of the Resurrected, the first in the Exodus from Death!
      The year He died, the Omer Count began on the correct day according to The Scriptures and the Sadducees, of Day 7 going  to Day 1, going 50 days to Shavuot (Pentecost), another Day 7 going to Day 1 of the Scriptural Week. Look to The Master! He always followed The Scriptures, the correct calendar, the correct everything! If you begin the Omer Count, like the Pharisees, on Nisan 16, you would have Pentecost begin other than Day 1. Which was the correct Sabbath of the two to choose and apply for The Feast of First Fruits? It was either Nisan 16, the day after the High Holy Day Sabbath of that week, or it was the day after the weekly Shabbat, the Sabbath of day 7 of the Scriptural Week. One Sabbath or the other was chosen, then or now.
      The Master will come on a day that surprises many. The date of Nisan 19 to 20, the day after the weekly Shabbat during the days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, will be 4- 23 to 24. It will be Holy Saturday this year, but far more significantly will be the true Feast of First Fruits in 2011. The barley is ripening in the Jordan Valley and in fields all over Israel. THE HARVEST is near.
      The Master and the Sadducees were correct about the true dates for First Fruits and Shavuot (Pentecost) that year. The Pharisees were wrong. They took over the synagogues and the training schools after the Temple was destroyed on 70 AD. Rabbinical Judaism derives from traditions of the Pharisees.
      The Messiah/Christ did everything perfectly. The Lamb of Adonai, The Lamb of Lambs, He was without any blemish, defect, sin, or unrighteousness. He always followed and obeyed The Scriptures. Would He follow the correct Scriptural derived calendar? I am convinced He did so, always. Will He return for us soon in Nisan, the Month of Redemption? We shall see. Come quickly, Lord...
With Love and Shalom,