Michael Colunga (21 Apr 2011)
"Exactly what day is the Feast of Firstfruits, 2011?  Easter, say I!!--response to Jean Stepnoski"

 
Hello, John and Doves,
 
A careful reading of Leviticus 23 reveals that among the seven Feasts of the LORD, while all of them are considered holy convocations [Moeds--v.37], there are only three days that are considered Sabbaths as well.  That is to say, while "no customary work [NKJV]" shall be done on the days laid out as "holy convocations [NKJV]," only the Day of Atonement plus the first and eighth days of the Feast of Tabernacles qualify as Sabbaths [Lev 23:27-32; 23:39], other than the weekly Sabbaths.  This works out to 10 Tishrei, 15 Tishrei, and 22 Tishrei.
 
Therefore, the "day after the Sabbath" regarding the date of the Feast of Firstfruits [Lev 23:10-11] must be the day after the weekly Sabbath.  Thus, the Feast of Firstfruits must always be on a Sunday in any given year.  The accuracy of the calendar at Aish.com [a non-Messianic Jewish site] and others like it has been attested to by the various events [including eclipses, earthquakes, etc.] that have recently occurred.  The thing is, God always works with what He has at hand--perfect or imperfect.
 
This is to say, if one of us went "round the bend," and started to go by our own calendar, dated from some [imagined] date of a million [Mars] years ago, would it matter to God's sovereign schedule?  Of course not!  Why, then, are we so concerned about knowing THE EXACT DATE OF TODAY?  It is just because we want our dearest LORD Jesus Christ, who anoints us with the oil of gladness [Psalm 45:7], to come for His Bride yesterday, if it were possible!
 
As such, we need to be reminded that,
    "For 1063 yet 2089 a little 3397 while 3745 3745, and he that shall come 2064 will come 2240, and 2532 will 5549 0 not 3756 tarry 5549."  Hebrews 10:37
 
Be thankful that we Doves, precious to each other and to God, do not know the hour of our LORD's coming.  If the enemy gets pushed all out of shape by being pressed for time [Revelation 12:12],
then we don't want to be here when we [and therefore the enemy finds out the day and the hour [for we will shout it from the rooftops]!
 
Well, "For What It's Worth" [Buffalo Springfield], the actual date of the Feast of Firstfruits, 2011,
according to Leviticus 23:10-11, is Nisan 20, which begins at sundown on Saturday, April 23, 2011.
The goyim call April 24, 2011 "Easter."
 
Remember, God keeps His Feasts religiously.
 
In HaShem,
Mike C.
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Jean Stepnoski (18 Apr 2011)
"Nisan 16"


Dear Doves,
      The date of Nisan 16 was the day the Pharisees believed was the Feast of First Fruits. It was the day after the High Holy Day Sabbath of Nisan 15, the first day of The Feast of Unleavened Bread. Were they wrong? Were the Messiah and the Sadducees correct in believing it was the day after the weekly Sabbath in the week of The Feast of Unleavened Bread? Then and now, there are the two Sabbaths in that week.
      The Hillel Calendar follows the traditions of the Pharisees as regards this issue. Is this calendar correct and binding for Nisan 16 as the correct choice for the Feast of First Fruits? It will be 4-19 to 20. It does not match the weekly Sabbath Day 7/ Day 1, when the Messiah/Christ was resurrected. Which of the day after Sabbaths might The Master honor this year, if we are into the season and month and week approaching The Blessed Hope? We shall see. Bless the Lord of His Harvest!
 
With Love and Shalom,
Jean