Jesus was the First-Fruit Offering

by Wes Bridel on May 18, 2009

in Israel

The following is an email our team received on April 11th from our team leader as we prepare for this coming mission trip back to “the Land” of Israel.  We leave in a couple of days for this trip, and I wanted to spend these next days sharing more about the Jewish roots of our Faith….

Bikkurim: The Feast of First Fruits

Bikkurim: The Feast of First Fruits

Shalom, Team

Here’s a devotional I’m going through that I thought was timely.

John 12:32  ‘When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.’

One of the foundational doctrines of the Messianic faith is the Resurrection of Yeshua. Many people appreciate the wonderful teachings of Yeshua. Some even acknowledge him as a great rabbi. Yet, it is his resurrection from the dead that sets him apart from any other person in history. We would expect such an important event to be foreshadowed in the Jewish Scriptures.

The Roman Church tried to create a picture of the resurrection by messianizing the pagan celebration of Istar (Easter), which is still observed. However there is a Biblical holy day which clearly foreshadows this triumph of Messiah’s life. In the Torah (the first 5 books of the Bible), we are told that on the day after the Sabbath during Passover week there is to be a special observance called Bikkurim (The Feast of First Fruits).

This holy day was to be a time of thanksgiving of the barley harvest, the first grain to ripen in Israel every spring. As part of the Temple ceremony, the priest was to take some of the barley, lift it up, and wave it to the L_RD in the sight of all the people (Lev.23:9-16). While this ceremony would turn people’s attention to the harvest aspect of the festival, Bikkurim was to also have a deeper, spiritual meaning.

This spiritual picture comes into focus when Yeshua tells his disciples that his body will be like the grain of barley that must die in order to produce more fruit. Yet he would also be lifted up in the resurrection and ‘waved’ before the people for all to see. No wonder many in Israel were drawn to Yeshua, the living Redeemer. Yeshua not only died on Passover, but he rose on Bikkurim in perfect fulfillment of the Torah. Have you celebrated the Risen One in your heart today?

Thought for the day: Today I will walk in the newness of life which Yeshua obtained for me by his death and resurrection.

Today is Nisan 18th of 5769 (the Hebrew calendar: April 12, 2009). We are in the in the Feast of Unleavened Bread and today is Bikkurim and we should celebrate our first fruit offer … Messiah Yeshua.

Faithfully in our Messiah
David

I want to invite you to pray for our team that is going there on this upcoming trip.  I am going to do my best to update this site daily to let you know what is going on.  They tend to work us really hard, so I can’t be sure I’ll always be able to do this, but I will do my best to.  Thanks for your support!

If you will be praying, we’d love it if you’d send us an email to wes@kingdomcallingadvisors.com.

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Allan Svensson 02.17.10 at 1:55 pm

Hi.
I found your Web Site by Google
And I wish you the best you can get,
the peace of God through Jesus Christ.

Welcome to visit my Site.
Allan Svensson, Sweden
http://www.algonet.se/~allan-sv/INDEX.HTM

In the time of the apostles any church did not exist, and
therefore the word “church” does not occur in the Bible.
Everywhere in your English Bible where you see the word
“church” it is a grave translation error. Also Matt. 16:18.
It ought to be “assembly”.

In the reality, the word “church” occurs not at all in the Bible.
I have five Bible translations in Swedish, (the oldest from
1703). Nowhere in these Bibles does the word “church”
(kyrka) occur. I have also a reference book where the New
Testament is translated word by word from Greek to Swedish.
Everywhere they translate the Greek word “ekklesia” to
församling (assembly).

Perhaps you want to raise the objection, there are many
bible translations in English which all have the word “church”.
This is a very stupid argument. A translation error does not
become better of repeating. A lie is a lie no matter how many
time it be repeated.

In Col. 1:18 (KJV) we can read: “And he (Christ) is the head
of the body, the church …” And in Eph. 5:23-24, “For the
husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of
the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the
church is subject unto Christ…”

This is a lie! The church is not subjected unto Christ. The
head of the Church is the pope, the black pope, and the devil.
The Bible translators do not make a difference between God’s
true people and Satan’s Church. From the Church’s deeds we
shall know the Church. Matt. 7:15-20. By their fruit we shall
recognize the false priesthood. The Catholic Church has
persecuted, tortured and murdered many millions of Christians.
This is a well-known fact. How could a good tree bear such
an evil fruit?

Why did the Bible translators use the same word “church” also
for God’s people, the Body of Christ? Why did not they see the
difference between the murderer and the victims for the
murderer? The first Christians were no church. Calling the
first Christians “the first church” is a grave insult against these
Christians. The Church is a mass murderer. The devil is the
real church father.

If we use the same name “church” on the murderer as on the
victims for the murderer, how then can we know what that
means when someone says “church”?

Right since the great falling away took place a very long
time ago and the first churches came into existence,
2 Thess. 2:3, God’s people have lived in slavery under
Satan’s churches and denominations. The churches have
all the time served the devil, but pretend to be God’s
servants and representatives. The churches have never
been any God’s assemblies or God’s temples. They have
already from their beginning been harlot beings. They
are born through religious fornication. People have
mixed God’s word with doctrines of evil spirits, and so
new churches appear.

Churches and denominations are Satan’s tools to hold control
over the Christians. The purpose of the churches is that with
false doctrine defend churches and denominations, and to hold
their members in religious slavery, and hinder them to
understand God’s word.

Rev. 18:4 is the most powerful revival message of the Lord
we can find in the Bible. Yet, this truth of the Bible has not
been preached among God’s people, and therefore the
Christians are entirely unprepared for Jesus’ coming. Only
few Christians have obeyed this command of the Lord to
come out of the great Babylon.

Just this is revival, that all God’s people become free from
all churches and denominations, the great Babylon. Many
preachers are speaking that Jesus shall come, but they do
nothing to prepare themselves.

None be saved by works of the law, Gal. 2:16,
and none be saved without works of faith. Matt. 7:21-23.

Prepare you to meet Jesus!
http://www.algonet.se/~allan-sv/PREPARE.HTM

Evil spirits in the churches
http://www.algonet.se/~allan-sv/SPIRITS.HTM

Why did the Pentecostal Revival take an end?
http://www.algonet.se/~allan-sv/CRISIS.HTM#end

What does hinder the Antichrist to appear?
What is the Restrainer?
http://www.algonet.se/~allan-sv/MESSAGE.HTM#Antichrist

Jesus cannot come today because God’s people are not ready
http://www.algonet.se/~allan-sv/TODAY.HTM

Wes Bridel 02.17.10 at 5:55 pm

Thanks for you comment Allan, I appreciate your coming over and contributing. God bless you. wes

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