Michael Colunga (19 Apr 2011)

Hello, John and Doves,
Brother John, I know that this post is hard hitting, but one must rightly divide the Word of Truth,
otherwise, all hope is lost.
Brother Bruce, it is a good idea that when you read the Word, that you understand the Word.
Don't make fundamental errors, like claiming that the Omer count starts on Firstfruits.  An omer is a means of measuring flour.  The last time I checked, a fruit is not a grain.
The counting of the Omer always starts on the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  The Feast of Unleavened Bread always starts on 15 Nisan.  Therefore, as in the calendar available at Aish.com, Shavuot is always on 6 Sivan.
However,the Feast of Firstfruits is always on the day after the Sabbath after Passover--that is, at most, the seventh day from Passover.  If Passover is itself on the even of a Sabbath, as it was in 33 A.D., then the Feast of Unleavened Bread is on the Sabbath (15 Nisan, 33 A.D., having begun at sundown on Friday, April 3, 33 A.D.).  Then the Feast of Firstfruits is on the first day of the week (Sunday, 16 Nisan, 33 A.D., for example).
The true words for Leviticus 23:5 are as follows:
    "In the fourteenth [day] of the first month at even [is] the LORD'S passover."  Lev 23:5  KJV
If someone substitutes "twilight" or "sunset" for "even," then they miss the whole point of Passover.
Passover is not, as some would have you believe, an entire day.
I seriously doubt that Moses [and therefore, the LORD] would have had the people of Israel lounge about for 24 hours, waiting for the Egyptian army to mow them down.  No, the Passover is but a moment.  In a moment, the first-born of the Egyptians were cut down, from Pharaoh to the lowest slave--and their animals--if they had not the blood of the lamb on the doorposts and lintel [of their hearts].  The Israelites were to wear clothes for traveling.  If they had an entire day for Passover, I am sure they could have found the time to change from their bath robes into khakis.  No, the Passover was from about 3 pm to about 6 pm.  The Jews traveled right after sundown by the light of a full moon.
Conclusion?  "Even" means around the time of sunset, before you can see three stars, that is, before the next day begins.  This scenario for the Exodus becomes the scenario of Passover--as well as for our day.  In other words, "even" means "eve."
No matter what schedule one dreams up for our LORD's death, burial, and resurrection, one binds oneself to that scenario.  If Jesus' resurrection was not until 72 hours, or so, after His death, then I've got news for you.  For every full day that Jesus did not rise, we have to wait one thousand years.  Doesn't that make you hope for a Friday, Saturday, Sunday scenario?
After all, it is written,
    "After two days 3117 will he revive 2421 us: in the third 7992 day 3117 he will raise us up 6965, and we shall live 2421 in his sight 6440."  Hosea 6:2
Two means two.  In the third day means in the third day.  Period.  End of story.
In HaShem,
Mike C.
Bruce Warner (16 Apr 2011)

Dear Doves,

Leviticus 23:5-8 (Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread)
(5) "The Lord's Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth of the first month". (Passover ends at sunset on the 14th and the Feast of Unleavened Bread begins on the same sunset.)
(6) "On the fifteenth day of that month the Lord's Feast of Unleavened Bread begins; for seven days you must eat bread made without yeast. On the first day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. For seven days present an offering made to the Lord by fire."

Leviticus 23:10 (Firstfruits)
"When you enter the land I am going to give you, and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest. He is to wave the sheaf before the Lord so it will be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the DAY AFTER THE SABBATH (which is Sunday/Firstfruits - the first day of the week).

Mark 16:9
"Now when HE ROSE EARLY ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene.." (which is Firstfruits/Sunday)

If the Passover/Crucifixion was on Wednesday (14th) then the following Sunday, "the first day of the week", was the 'fourth day -18th' following. If the Passover/Crucifixion was on Thursday (14th) then the following Sunday, "the first day of the week", was the 'third day -17th' following.

In either case, "He rose early on the first day of the week" which is Sunday/Firstfruits during the Feast of Unleavened Bread which is the ONLY Sunday during the seven-day Feast of Unleavened Bread and is the day the omer-count begins.  

Come Lord Jesus!

Bruce Warner