After sunset today begins the celebration of Early First Fruits!
It is the day during the Passover Week that marks the actual Resurrection of Christ for those who have come to know Him as Messiah!
THE THIRD DAY
We have counted two days of the omer. (If you are unfamiliar with counting the omer you may wish to read this link: https://theinseasonlifestyle.com/seasons-coming-into-the-spring-holy-days-counting-the-omer-part-one/.) At sunset today we are coming into the exciting time of the third day. It was on the third day after the Passover that Christ arose from the grave.
Let us rejoice in our LORD’s Resurrection and celebrate the day of Early First Fruits.
Most of today’s churches are not aware of Early First Fruits; and most of them will not be celebrating the Resurrection until Sunday because it is a typical custom today to use the common calendar of our culture. This form of the calendar does not line up with the ancient calendar that God first set into motion when He began the process of time for mankind at the very foundation of the world.
At our house we have chosen to follow God’s original calendar and to celebrate The Resurrection on the day of Early First Fruits. There is much biblical evidence to support keeping this day as the day of the Resurrection of Christ.
THE MIRACLE OF THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
Tonight after sunset; when we recite the prayer for the counting of the omer, and we declare the third day from Passover; we will offer up our thanks to God for bringing us a Resurrected Savior. We will also thank God for giving us the hope of a sure resurrection for ourselves.
What miracle could be greater than this?
Our hearts are full of joy!
So what do we do on Sunday? Well; we simply continue to celebrate Resurrection!
Resurrection is proof that Christ was the Messiah, and it is perfectly fine to celebrate that fact 365 days of the year!
We do not participate in Good Friday services though. In the ancient way of keeping time the annual date of the crucifixion does not necessarily occur on a Friday, nor does the annual day of the Resurrection necessarily occur on a Sunday.
Passover is determined by the phases of the moon; and there are high Sabbaths that are proclaimed holy days (such as Passover) that occur on days different form the weekly Sabbath. These particular Sabbaths do not always occur on a Saturday.
So; you can see how confusing the keeping of time can be! Once you add in men’s erroneous calculations by keeping the days of the sun instead of the times of the moon that God used; you have even more calendar confusion.
Let’s just stay with what we know for certain. There are two days that we know have been kept accurately. They can be traced back in time.
One day that has been kept from ancient times until now by certain people is called The Day of Early First Fruits, which occurs 3 days after Passover. This date is always determined by the counting of the omer after Passover. It was the day the ancients brought the first portion of their barley crop to the priest as an offering to God.
Passover has been accurately kept by the ancients since the days of Christ and was observed even many, many years before Christ walked the earth. We simply count three days from The Passover (the time of the crucifixion) in order to determine the day of The Resurrection of Christ; the day we call Early First Fruits.
The simple practice of counting the omer makes finding this day on God’s calendar easy. It eliminates the ugly and confusing argument that Satan has thrown into the process of determining certain days on God’s calendar. That is probably one reason why God gave this system of counting to the ancient people. If you know the correct date for Passover; and you count the days of the offering of the omer; you can find your way around the calendar to determine all of the other Holy Days of the sacred year.
KEEPING PASSOVER PUTS ORDER INTO THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES
Don’t think we leave out the facts of the life and times of Jesus leading up to the crucifixion simply because we do not observe what men have come to call “Good Friday.” Absolutely not! We ARE Christians and we delight in remembering everything about the life and times of Jesus as He came to live among us. The days and experiences Jesus had leading up to the crucifixion and Resurrection are very significant to us.
We observe these very important facts around the times leading up to the death and burial of Christ during The Passover Seder. It all ties in beautifully. There is every opportunity to make every point that must be made in this annual observance. If you wish to know more about the Passover Seder click here: https://theinseasonlifestyle.com/seasons-passover/.
Passover just seems to be a very natural and appropriate time to discuss such events. We also talk about the types and shadows of such details. It was during Passover that The Lamb of God was sacrificed and the blood of the lamb was applied to the door posts of the doors of the homes of the people of God. Because the blood was applied at Passover The Angel of Death “passed over” their houses.
It is also noted at the Passover Seder that it was Christ who became our holy sacrifice. He was the only acceptable sacrifice. He became our Passover Lamb. We rejoice in the fact that His perfect blood now covers the spiritual doorposts of our hearts.
During the Passover Seder which we observed three nights ago; we noted all of the aspects that most churches like to teach on Good Friday. We covered the Exodus of Israel from Egypt, and the fact that God separated them out and began the early formation of what would eventually become the Church of today. Our discussions included the fact that God began at that time to form His Church by delivering those who believed in Christ as Messiah from the penalty of sin.
On Passover we noted how Moses (in the story of the Exodus) depicted a symbolic picture of Christ coming to deliver His people from evil, death, bondage and destruction.
We used the beautiful elements of the Passover, which portrayed in their symbolic way the death and burial of Christ. We brought this out during the Passover service. We observed the matzoh which hid within the white linen napkins and we noted it was stripped and pierced, the same as Jesus. It was noted that the matzoh was leaven-free, which symbolized that Christ was perfect in every way. He lived a completely sinless life; and that is what qualified him to be a perfect offering to God.
We do not want to crucify and bury Christ again on the day that many have labeled Good Friday! That would be out-of-order! His Resurrection occurred three days after the Passover.
Do you know that the word “Seder” means “order?” It is by keeping a Seder meal, similar to the one which Jesus observed every year in His time on this earth and even with His disciples on the night before He was crucified; that we are able to come to this time that we believe to be the correct ordering of our days.
The Passover gives our life the order of God’s timing for everything. It points to and helps us to focus on God’s calendar instead of using the one made by men. By focusing on the correct date for Passover, we can come to our other days in a correct order. Not only does the Passover bring us salvation from death; it also gives us a positive reference point for the correct order of life!
THE BREAD OF LIFE AND THE RESURRECTION
Today (and all the rest of the year) we begin the joyful focus on the fact that Christ, The Bread of Life; was Resurrected from the grave; proving the resurrection power of God The Father, and proving that Christ was Our Messiah; the Savior of The World.
It is ironic, yet very profound; that this feast day first came into play as an ancient harvest festival held on the day that the people had always set aside to bring the first of their barley crop (the first harvest of the year) to the priest to waive before God as an offering of thanks for an abundant harvest.
Without even realizing it; they were proclaiming the coming of a Messiah who would begin a great harvest for God’s Kingdom. They did not even begin to enjoy any of the year’s harvest at their tables until this act of worship to honor God as provider had been performed.
Without knowing what they were doing with their barley harvest; they proclaimed Christ; the Risen Bread of Life. They brought to God of their first and their best. This ritual was kept annually, even all the way back to the days of Adam and Eve,. We know this from the story of Cain and Abel. In that old, old story we hear of how Abel brought his first and his best before God as an offering of first fruits. Noah also observed this day. Abraham also observed this day. The people of Israel all observed this day; and now we have come to observe this day our selves.
THE FULLNESS AND JOY OF RESURRECTION
Now we have come to know the fullness of this day in a greater way; in that on this same day, the very Son of God arose from the grave giving each of us the opportunity of eternal life with God The Father.
With the sacrifice of Christ the requirements of God’s Law have been fulfilled! Nothing else is required. Anything offered up to God from this point forward would not be from the keeping of the law; but it would be from the overflow of a joyful heart full of the pure offering that comes only from true love. This is the type of love that The Father has given to us; a precious and chesed love; a love that expects nothing in return.
From this point on, after the Resurrection of Christ; all offerings are love offerings and there is no more need for sacrificial offerings.
The original physical harvest celebration has now become much richer and full of deeper meaning. We now have an even more spiritual meaning than before. God has provided a Lamb! The Resurrection of Christ is positive proof that The Lamb is Worthy! The penalty and ransom for our sinful souls has been paid! All honor and power and glory belong to Him, as The Son of God. He arose on this day as the first of many who would become the harvest of souls for The Kingdom of God.
Christ was the first fruits of the harvest of mankind. He was the very first to obtain God’s resurrection power. He created the pathway and opened up the door for all of us to attain resurrection. Now, on this third day of the counting, we give our thanks to God for such a holy miracle.
THE IMPORTANCE OF NUMBERING OUR DAYS
We will continue with the counting of the days since the offering of the omer of barley was given, until we reach the 50th Day which is the Day of Pentecost. It will be on that day that we will focus on the miracle of the blessings of the later first fruits; the offering of the first fruits of the wheat harvest before God. This will be the time that we have come to call “Latter First Fruits,” or “Pentecost.” This will be the symbolic time of the harvest of the souls of mankind who have Christ and The Holy Spirit living within their hearts. It is the largest harvest and the latest harvest for The Kingdom of God.
On that 50th day we will follow in the footsteps of our Master, and we too will obtain Resurrection power! It is the gift that He told us to wait for. This is the fulfilling of the promise He made to us.
Today we joyfully celebrate that hope!
Today we honor our Bridegroom whom we call Messiah, for He is the One who has risen from the grave and has now ascended into heaven in order to prepare a place for us!
This day is to be a day of great celebration and joy!
HE IS RISEN!