Thanks for your words.
I believe that the birth of the Bride of Christ was made possible by the blood and water which poured from the side of our Lord's body, on the cross, just like Eve was taken from the side of Adam's body while he was sleeping.
'Ruth' appeared in the scene in the fields of 'Boaz' (the Kinsman Redeemer) in the beginning of the Barley harvest, which typifies the ground zero of the Church Age (barley harvest = Passover season, when Jesus died and resurrected). Redemption was possible only from that moment on. I Bride was conceived and began to work in the field. Then, the Church Age ends at the end of the Grain harvest (Barley + Wheat), which ends at the Feast of Weeks, Shavuot, Pentecost. Wheat seeds planted in Spring only get ripe in summer, by the end of July. According to the Department of Agriculture, Spring Wheat takes about 120 days to mature (which would take us to the end of the 4th Hebrew month).
Did you know that in Israel today, the Wheat harvested in the beginning of the 3rd month of Sivan (which would be waved and lifted up by the priest if there was still a Temple - which they don't do anymore) is from the seed planted in WINTER? This is totally contrary to what Scripture commands. The offer on the Feast of Firstfruits (barley) and on the Feast of Shavuot (barley and wheat) had to be from "new grain", that is, seed planted in the Spring of the same year. Leviticus 23 teaches a NEW meat offering NOT an OLD one, is to be brought to the Almighty from the wheat harvest. The blinded Jews bring an OLD meat offering for the traditional Pentecost in the month of Sivan. It's impossible to bring a new (wheat) meal offering in the beginning of Sivan. Wheat from NEW grain only gets ripe by the end of the 4th month.
Not only does Israel have winter and spring wheat but they also have winter and spring barley, oats, rye, etc.. Winter wheat is sown in the fall and harvested in the spring about two weeks after the winter Barley harvest. Spring wheat is sown in the spring and harvested in the summer about four months later and this is the harvest is found in Scripture for Pentecost wheat.
I believe that the Body of Christ is comprised of believers who are Barley and Wheat. On the final fulfillment of the Feast of Pentecost (Two Loaves of Bread being lifted UP to the Father, which I infer to be a Rapture, NOT the receiving of the Torah or the Holy Spirit), the Church age will be finished, and 'Ruth' will go the feet of the Kinsman Redeemer to be covered by his cloak and espoused by him. This meeting happened in the end of the barley and wheat harvest.
The book of Ruth is a spectacularly well designed picture of the Wedding of Christ with his (mostly gentile) Bride. There are no idle words in the book of Ruth. Nearly every word there is a nugget to be savored and seen with prophetic eyes. When the grain harvest is finished, then the following harvests are fruit harvests, not grain harvests anymore. All the Fall Feasts are fruit harvests, including Trumpets. I think that the Church Age will end with the Feast which marks the end of the Grain harvest, which is Pentecost. The Feast of Pentecost is the middle lamp of the Menorah, a dividing moment in time.
Concerning scholars with doctorate degrees in divinity, I admit that their studies may have excellent background and that many of those scholars are spirit filled born again Christians who deserve all respect and credit. We all certainly have a lot to learn from many of those studies and I truly enjoy reading them. The problem is that there are hundreds of DDs and several of them have different views, conflicting with one another, depending in their school of thought and their own interpretations. Certainly all of them support their ideas with pages and pages of erudite argumentation and scriptural references, everything seeming highly intellectual and right. There are even (unbelieving) Jewish Doctor in Divinity who could assure that the final fulfillment of Pentecost was the receiving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.
In Jesus’s times, the theological professors and DDs of the epoch were the Pharisees, and very few of them were able to discern that the Person that was in front of them was the One spoken of and pictured in all books of the Torah (Yeshua/Jesus, the Messiah), regardless of the prophecies, types and shadows He was fulfilling to the most minute detail. So we all are fallible and could make mistakes, even those who have a solid academic formation. Sometimes, the ones who are given the right understanding are ‘fishermen’, depending on who the Spirit wants to show truth. Of course the Spirit might reveal truth to DDs too.
To be honest with you, I think that after we get to Heaven and see the supreme majesty of the Throne of God and the indescribable Glory of our Lord Jesus Christ and the wonders of Heaven, anyone with a title like “Doctor in Divinity” will feel so ashamed and humbled by that immodest title that they will regret having even accepted it, when we humans, even after decades of study, have so limited knowledge of The Divinity while we're still in this flesh waiting for our Redemption. I think we are all "disciples". The meaning of "disciples" is "one who is learning", which I think is more suitable to all of us, even the PhDs.
Thank you for the references. Let’s agree to disagree!