John and Doves,
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
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!
such, we need to be reminded that,
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],
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]!
"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.
goyim call April 24, 2011 "Easter."
Remember, God keeps His Feasts
Jean Stepnoski (18
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
With Love and Shalom,