Lora Shipley (14 Apr 2011)
"To Dru: Which day is Firstfruits"

 
Dear Dru,

Thank  you for your encouraging words regarding my  studies.... all glory to God!

You asked me if I had the date of this years Firstfruits on my calendar, and no I have no day mentioned on my website.. I guess I do not focus on a "day" but the feast. As to which day? Well boy isn't that the question! I will do my best to lay it out to you, and present why I settle in with the below dates... which appear to me to be the most Scripturally  accurate, based on which day Firstfruits should fall  on the Hebrew and the Gregorian calendar.

Passover: Eve April 19th ( Month 1 Day 14 , Lev. 23:5)
Feast of Firstfruits Falls on the day after the Sabbath, Lev 23:11 Which appear to be April 24

Here is a link for the calendar I use, I have found this to be the most accurate, in that they do not prefix the calendar dates as some Hebrew calendars do  ( I have found other Jewish calendar do not always match this calendar) I am very comfortable with the Karaite Korner,   http://www.karaite-korner.org/holiday_dates.shtml

The Karaite calendar has Passover falling on the  April 19th, which begins in the evening (sundown). The Feast of Firstfruits always fall on the day after the Sabbath the Karaite Calendar has this date on out Gregorian calendar for April 24. Lev.  23:11 And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.

 Always follow the scripture of Firstfruits falling on the day after the Sabbath, another words too,  " the morrow after the sabbath", rather then the date of the 16,17, or 18 ( these dates can vary some, and are not set as Passover is set with a fixed date. I have found that I can never settle on a specific date for Firstfruits...  Focus on the Feast Day.... which is the day or morrow after the Sabbath, this appears to be on April 24 for the Feast of Firstfruits.

Conservatively speaking, I would still begin the watch 3 days from Passover -Month 1 Day 14th/ April 19th Eve, Why? because the pattern is set for three days.. but he did rise from the grave on the Feast of Firstfruits.. which was the day after the Sabbath. This year the calendars do not line up with the 3 days from Passover, it has the Feast of Firstfruits being about 5 days from Passover.  So you see it is really hard to pick a particular day, so really no one will technically know the day or the hour... but  his coming is appointed to Month 1, and the patterns fits the Feast of Firstfruit!

The watch? My best is the 2nd or 3rd watch.. that is where there is a blessing given. If I were to pick a day I would say the day after the Sabbath, which is April 24 in the 2nd or 3rd watch, where there is given a blessing for those to watch at that hour.

But again, I will begin my watch personally, 3 days from Month 1 day 14.... which is Month 1 day 17/April 21 and 22...
 
Why I like the Karaite calendar:
The Karaite bases the calendar on the ripening of the barley to determine the new year, and then they set their calendar by the sighting of the new moon in Jerusalem,

On their site they post on a Gregorian Calendar, so just count the days from the sighting of the new moon to determine the Passover Month 1 Day 14, then to determine the Feast of Firstfruits by the day after the Sabbath.

I see some calendars starting the Omer Count on April 19 or 20th... but I am not going by those calendars... there are lots of "Jewish calendars", many can vary by a number of days, and some start the Omer count the day after Passover begins, Month 1 day 14.. so some have the Omer count happening on Month 1 day 15, I am not comfortable with these calendars.

His blessings to you  Dru and to all!

Lora


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Be the Bride!
Be the Loaf of Barley!

Lora Shipley


Please note, many of my studies have insights, I do not consider them doctrine; in many of  them I am asking the question, making comparisons and trying to put the pieces to the puzzle together. All  my studies are based on scripture and patterns that have been established in his word. I hope you are blessed.



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