Eliane B (23 July 2011)
"To Marcus - Re: Keeping Watch"

 

In response to http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/july2011/marcus722.htm

Dear Marcus,

I watched your videos on YouTube and found them very interesting. Thank you so much!

As a matter of fact, the date I’m watching is the 29th of Tammuz and 1st of Av because I have reasons to believe that this is the correct date for Pentecost. See articles here: http://www.creationcalendar.com/, especially here: http://creationcalendar.com/CalendarIssue/17-FeastOfWeeks.pdf

Today I watched the video you mentioned on your last post and I have a comment about the timing of the ascension of the O.T. to Heaven. You said that the other Jewish people who were resurrected (“mass resurrection”) after the crucifixion ascended to Heaven with Jesus 40 days after the resurrection, on Ascension Day. I believe it was not so.  Those saints were presented in Heaven with Jesus on the very same day of the resurrection, on the first day of the week, the 16th of Nisan, the Feast of Firstfruits.

Below is an excerpt of one of Pastor Riley’s wonderful articles (“So Simple”), which I have taken the liberty of shortening a little. (The link for the complete and original article will be at the end, for those who wish to read it.) These paragraphs clarify the point I’m trying to explain in the above lines.

Love from YSIC,


Eliane

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The firstfruits offering was a “sheaf” (omer) of barley, the first grain ripe in Israel in the Spring of the year.  There was always some of this grain ripe by Passover.  This first ripe barley was gathered in from the field, and the grain was beaten out of the husks until there was an “omer” of barley.  The “omer” full of the first ripe barley was then brought to the priest officiating in the Tabernacle [later in the Temple].   

The Scriptures tell us that “on the morrow after the sabbathfollowing Passover, the priest would take this “omer” of barley into the Tabernacle, and standing before the veil which separated the holy place from the “holiest of all,” would lift up the “omer” of barley towards Heaven as high as he could reach, and would “wave the sheaf” [omer] vigorously back and forth before the veil to be accepted for you, 23:11. The Lord Himself called it a “wave offering” in Leviticus 23:15. 

Just as the Israelites sacrificed a lamb on that first Passover [and each Passover thereafter], so 1,517 years later the Lord Jesus Christ, “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world,” John 1:29, was sacrificed on Passover.

Three days after Christ was crucified, “on the morrow after the sabbathfollowing the Passover, the Lord Jesus Christ came forth from the tomb, triumphant over death, hell, and the grave, Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:1-6; Luke 24:1-7; John 20. 

On that same first day of the week, “the morrow after the sabbath,” the Scriptures state, “many bodies of the saints which slept arose,  And came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many,” Matthew 28:52-53.  These were the firstfruitsof the resurrection, which included Christ Himself, 1 Corinthians 15:20, all of which were foreshadowed by the “omer” of barley.      

According to John 20:1-18, on that glorious “first day of the week” when Christ arose, Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, “when it was yet dark,” and found the tomb empty.  She ran and told Peter and John and they came to the tomb and also found it empty.  Peter and John then left the tomb, but Mary remained at the tomb weeping. The Lord then appeared to her, identifying Himself, and saying to her, “Touch Me not; for I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and your God.” It is then obvious that at that specific time on that resurrection morning, the Lord had not yet ascended to the Father.     

However, according to Matthew 28:1-10, just a few hours later the Lord met “Mary Magdalene and the other Mary” as they were going to tell the other disciples what the angel had told them, “And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshiped Him.”  Folks, in that interval of time the Lord had ascended into Heaven itself [Hebrews 9:24], where He presented His blood to the Father, and also presented to the Father the firstfruits of them that slept,” all of which were received and accepted by the Father, and then the Lord returned to earth to meet the two Mary’s. 

It certainly appears that Christ and the firstfruitsaints were standing before the Father’s throne in Heaven that morning at the very same time that the Jewish priest was standing in the Temple waving the firstfruitsbarley offering before a veil that was standing wide open [Mark 15:38], clearly signifying that the way into Heaven itself was now open for all who will believe, Hebrews 10:19-20.   Remember that the Scriptures explicitly state that this offering was to be accepted for you.”  It is the blood of our risen Christ that makes the truly repentant believer “accepted” by the Heavenly Father, Ephesians 1:3-7.  

There are two things here I want you to notice.  First, it is obvious that the “wave offering” of the firstfruits of the “omer” of barley on “the morrow after the sabbathfollowing Passover clearly foreshadowed the resurrection of Christ and those firstfruits saints who came out of their graves after His resurrection.  Second, this observance marked the beginning of the barley harvest.   

The entire original article is here, for those who would like to read it : http://web.archive.org/web/20080706152246/http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/may2008/fmriley510.htm