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.
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.
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
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
true words for Leviticus 23:5 are as follows:
fourteenth [day] of the first month at
even [is] the LORD'S passover." Lev 23:5
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.
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
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?
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
means two. In the third day means in the third day. Period.
End of story.
(16 Apr 2011)
DAYS' END AND BEGIN' AT SUNSET....."
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)
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
"Now when HE ROSE EARLY ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE
WEEK, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene.." (which is
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'
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!