From: Marilyn AgeeRe: E. S. T.: "CHRISTIANS: BARLEY OR WHEAT? AND THE CORRECT TIMING OF THE RAPTURE!"Hi:I think both barley and wheat represent Christians. The barley harvest represents the wise virgins raptured as firstfruit in the First-Trump Rapture (maybe on Ascension Day, May 29, 2011). The wheat harvest represents the foolish virgins raptured in the Last-Trump Rapture (maybe Tishri 1, 5776, Sept. 14, 2015).Barley, harvested first, is easily separated from the chaff. It is winnowed, tossed up (i.e., raptured) in the wind so the chaff will blow off. Wheat, harvested later, is harder to separate from the chaff. It is threshed with a tribulum (i.e., the Tribulation) that is drug over it by oxen. Then the chaff can be separated from the wheat by being tossed up in the wind (i.e., raptured).Maybe the rest of the barley harvest, the Philadelphian Church and other overcomers, will follow Firstfruits by 40 days. It seems significant that the first omer of barley flour mixed with olive oil and frankincense was waved on Firstfruits, which was the last day the children of Israel were given Manna, bread from Heaven, Jos 5:12.Leviticus 2:1 says, "When anyone offers a grain offering to the LORD, his offering shall be of fine flour. And he shall pour oil on it, and put frankincense on it." (King James version used throughout unless otherwise noted.)We know the wave offerings can represent people, because the first omer of barley represented Christ.
I Corinthians 15:20-23 says, "But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the FIRSTFRUITS of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: CHRIST THE FIRSTFRUITS, AFTERWARD THOSE WHO ARE CHRIST'S AT HIS COMING."
This coming could be on Ascension Day. He went up on Ascension Day, and he is to come again in like manner. To me, Ascension Day seems more likely to be the day of the first Rapture than Pentecost, because the wheat harvest started on Pentecost. Ex 34:22 says, "And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest".
The omers of barley waved on the days that followed Firstfruits seem to have represent people who had cleansed themselves and washed their clothes. That fits Philadelphians. The Lord had no words of condemnation for them.
People can be a wave offering. The wave offering on Firstfruits represented Christ.
1Cor 15:20 says, "But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the FIRSTFRUITS of them that slept."
The Levites were a wave offering. Nu 8:21 (LITV) says, "And THE LEVITES cleansed themselves, and washed their garments. And Aaron waved them AS A WAVE OFFERING before Jehovah; and Aaron atoned for them, to cleanse them." (also in verses 11, 13, 15, 21).
"II Thess 2:13 (NRSV) says, "But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because GOD CHOSE YOU AS THE FIRST FRUITS for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth."
II Thess 2:12 (DRB) says, "But we ought to give thanks to God always for you, brethren, beloved of God, for that God hath chosen YOU FIRSTFRUITS unto salvation, in sanctification of the spirit and faith of the truth".
James 1:18 says, "Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be A KIND OF FIRSTFRUITS of his creatures."
Heb 12:22-24 says, "But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the FIRSTBORN (i.e., firstfruits), which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant".
Rom 8:29 says, "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the FIRSTBORN among many brethren."The second omer of barley flour mixed with olive oil, but not frankincense, is waved on the next day. The third omer of barley flour is waved on the third day, and so on for 40 days.Frankincense: "An ingredient used in making the perfume for the most holy place in the tabernacle (Exodus 30:34). It is a resinous substance derived from certain trees in the balsam family. Frankincense was one of the gifts presented to the child Jesus by the Magi (Matthew 2:11)" (Fausset's Bible Dictionary).
Ruth 1:22 says that Naomi and Ruth "came to Bethlehem in the BEGINNING OF BARLEY HARVEST." That was Firstfruits. Then the night that Ruth laid at Boaz' feet probably was the end of the barley harvest for Boaz was winnowing barley that night. That could have been 40 days after Firstfruits. Ruth went home in the morning.If Ruth represents the "barley" Christians, it just might be meaningful that Boaz gave her 6 measures of barley, not 7, for one represents Christ's resurrection. The 6 measures of barley can represent the 6th church, the Philadelphian Church, the ones to be raptured at the First-Trump Rapture, maybe on Ascension Day, the 40th day of waving an Omer of barley.Jesus is to come IN LIKE MANNER as he ascended on Ascension Day. If he comes for the Philadelphian Church on Ascension Day, that would be in like manner.Acts 1:9-11 says, "And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men (Moses and Elijah?) stood by them in white apparel; 11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so COME IN LIKE MANNER as ye have seen him go into heaven."The 144,000 are also firstfruits even though they will be caught up in the last Rapture. Rev 14:3,4 says, "the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. 4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are VIRGINS. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the FIRSTFRUITS unto God and to the Lamb."Will Moses and Elijah arrive on Earth as the barley harvest is caught up on Ascension Day?Rev 11:1-4 says, "And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, RISE, and measure the temple of God (we are the temple of the Holy Spirit), and the altar, and them that worship therein. 2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. 3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth." (Both Moses and Elijah stood before Jesus at the Transfiguration.)Wheat and tares. It seems that the wheat Christians will be raptured as the Day of God's Wrath begins (Rev 6:17; 7:14), and the tares will be burned later that same day.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." (Matthew 3:11-12)I'm so glad you quoted from some translation other than the KJV. I hadn't noticed that ptuon, translated "fan" in the KJV, actually means a WINNOWING FORK. That has to refer to the barley harvest. Barley is winnowed, wheat is threshed, grapes are trodden underfoot.Barley is thrown up in the air with a pitchfork so the wind can blow off the chaff. Wheat is harder to separate from the chaff, and is separated from the chaff with a tribulum, a sled drawn by oxen. They winnowed barley (i.e., the wise virgins caught up in the first Rapture) and threshed wheat (i.e., the foolish virgins caught up in the second Rapture).> > Every knee will then bow when Jesus sets His feet on the Mount of Olives on Yom Kippur.I think the Jubilee Year will be announced on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, but the first day of the Sacred, Regnal and Jubilee Year will be Nisan 1, 5776 (April 9, 2016). There are to be 7 months between the Day of God's Wrath and the Second Advent (Eze 39:12,13).