Jean Stepnoski (8 Feb 2011)
"An Early and Unlikely Harvest of Barley"

Dear Doves,
      One of the curious facts about the month of Nisan  in days of old, also known as Abib or Aviv, had to do with the earliest harvesting of barley in Israel. It was not at First Passover or Unleavened Bread or with the Feast of Firstfruits and the beginning of Counting the Omer. It was earlier, an early and unlikely harvest. Rather than Nisan 14 or 15 or 17 or 18 it was Nisan 1. The barley was still very green and seemingly immature for harvest. The plants, stalks and heads of grain, were green. Yet the barley was in a state called abib or aviv. The grain was green yet with freckles  of amber or gold. It could be harvested, taken to the priests at The Temple, and roasted in a skillet over fire as a grain sacrifice. We are told that Adonai does not think as men think. If we are looking to the spiritual harvest of the  bride and body of Messiah/Christ, if it is at the time of barley harvest for Israel in 2011, we must look to the earliest and unlikely harvest date of Nisan 1 as the first possible date of the barley season and the barley harvest! It would be necessary to WATCH earlier than later, if the barley season is The Season of The Blessed Hope in 2011!  Nisan 1 will be around 4-5 in 2011, according to the Hillel calendar. Will the barley be found to be in abib/aviv a month earlier, to dispense with the additional month of Adar II? We shall see. Adar II, day 1, is less than one month from now.  May we eagerly await Him each day!
With Love and Shalom,