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Let us now consider the precise count of these seven complete sabbaths leading to Pentecost as they transpired following Yahshua’s crucifixion and resurrection.
We have noted that the Jews’ seventh-day sabbath during Unleavened Bread was the second chief sabbath when Yahshua resurrected from the grave. The following day, Sunday, would have been First Fruits where they had the wave sheaf offering. It is from that day onward that the Jews began the count to Pentecost. In Leviticus 23:15-16 we read:
You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering; there shall be seven complete sabbaths. You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh sabbath; then you shall present a new grain offering to Yahweh.
In the following calendar, you will see the accounting of these seven complete sabbaths, as well as the fulfillment of the fiftieth day of Pentecost. Also laid out here is Yahshua’s Passover crucifixion, the Jews’ Passover, the day the spices were bought, and Yahshua’s resurrection on the second chief sabbath.
Having said this though about the count to Pentecost, we should note that the Pharisees believed that the wave sheaf offering was the day after the Jews’ Passover, or always on the 16th. Whereas on the other hand, the Sadducees believed that the wave sheaf offering was after the seventh-day chief sabbath. Therefore, what you see below are both options. The number at the bottom left in parenthesis in each box is the count to Pentecost for the Sadducees. The number at the bottom right in parenthesis in each box is the count to Pentecost for the Pharisees. For both of these, the mark of a complete sabbath is indicated by the parenthetical number in bold.
The end result is that under the standard of the Sadducees, Pentecost was always on a Sunday. This is also, of course, the position of Christianity. On the other hand, for the Pharisees, Pentecost was never day-specific; but since the feasts were not tied to specific days of the week, including Passover, neither was Pentecost.
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This matter regarding whether the Pharisees were right or the Sadducees were right concerning counting the feast days is not necessarily the right question. As you might have discerned by now, the greater question is what the two prophesy? Certainly, both of them speak, for Yahweh obviously left the vagueness regarding some of these matters because He needed room to move things around. This is the complexity of prophecy.
But even so, obviously there could be only one day on which Pentecost actually occurred in 33 A.D., and prophetically, most likely it was the Sadducees Pentecost Sunday. Why would this be the case? Because of the feast’s testimony in relation to Christianity and their Sunday Sabbath.
While Passover was an unleavened barley-harvest feast, Pentecost was a leavened wheat-harvest feast. At Pentecost, the priest was to take two loaves of leavened bread and wave them before Yahweh. These two loaves clearly represented Christianity. Like these two loaves, Christianity is a leavened work, the same leaven that Yahshua said would leaven the three measures of meal – “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened” (Matthew 13:33).
Christianity was supposed to have received three loaves of leavened bread, three measures of meal, but their days have to be cut short to two, or to 2,000 years. This is revealed in many ways, but one of the clearest testimonies is regarding Saul. Of course Saul and Christianity are like darkness-first works. And it is not without significance that a Saul/Paul began this work in Antioch, a city founded by the family of Antiochus, who brought about the three-year abomination of desolation of the temple. In like testimony, if Yahweh did not cut this Saul/Paul Antioch work short, Christianity would indeed be 3,000 years of the abomination of the desolation of the kingdom of heaven. But as attested by King Saul, this will not take place.
We read in 1 Samuel 12:17 that Saul became king at Pentecost, the wheat harvest – “Is it not the wheat harvest today?” We also read in 1 Samuel 10:3-4 that Samuel told Saul that one of the signs that he would become king was that a man carrying three loaves of bread (undoubtedly leavened wheat bread) would give him two loaves, “which you will accept from their hand.” What could be a clearer testimony of Saul/Paul Christianity, which was supposed to receive three loaves, 3,000 years, of leavened wheat bread, but will be given two Pentecost loaves, or 2,000 years.
Therefore, attesting to Christianity, the priest waved two loaves of leavened Pentecost wheat bread before Yahweh. But could that bread ascend to Him as a burnt offering? Not at all. It was leavened, and nothing with leaven could be offered to Yahweh as a burnt offering (Leviticus 2:11). Likewise, can any of the 2,000 years of leavened Christianity ascend to Yahweh in the first resurrection? Not at all. It is a work that remains in the hands of the priest and never ascends. As it is written in Zechariah 13:8, they are the “two parts” (once again, of three) that have been cut off from the kingdom here on earth and died.
Thus, it was entirely fitting for Pentecost to fall on Christianity’s Sunday sabbath, for they are a leavened work. Samuel likewise told Saul – “Then the Spirit of Yahweh will come upon you mightily, and you shall prophesy with them and be changed into another man” (1 Samuel 10:6). This is precisely what took place on the day of Pentecost, once again attesting to the premature Saul work of Christianity that was conceived in darkness. And they would remain in darkness for 2,000 years, just as Yahshua in His crescent-moon work forewarned – “night is coming when no one can work.”
So when will Christians ascend alive? Not for another 3,000 years. Those who are in the grave are legally obligated to being there for another 1,000 years, fulfilling the required three days and three nights for the body of Christ to be in the grave. And let us note here that if Christianity had received all three loaves of their leavened bread, all three measures of their leavened meal, then their sabbath would indeed have been precisely what they identify to be their sabbath – the eighth day.
But Yahweh cuts their days short to two by stacking the eighth day on the seventh day. (To see further evidence regarding this, read The Issue – II, page 12.) You will recall that in the beginning at creation, light was created on the first day. For the new heavens and new earth, that light was to have come on Christianity’s sabbath, the eighth day. But are they the light? Absolutely not! They are in fact the darkness that precedes the light. There is no way they can bring light, so Yahweh has to cut their three days short to two and effect the work on the Millennial sabbath that they were supposed to do, and therein would have failed. They would have suffered the same fate of death that Judah’s third son would have suffered if Tamar had been given to him. This is a perfect and complete representation of the church that is the seed of Judah (Romans 2:28-29, Hebrews 7:11-14). Likewise, after three hours of darkness while Yahshua was on the cross, He declared, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” This is precisely what would be the case if Christianity received another 1,000 years of darkness. But they will not. Thus we see:
So what then happens to Christianity after the Millennial reign? Let us see what Yahweh prophesies.
First, let us once again consider the days of Yahshua’s crucifixion:
By virtue of the Pharisees, First Fruits, with the wave sheaf offering, was also held to be on the day after the Jews’ Passover on the sixteenth. Again, the complexity, yet the wonder, of prophecy! Yahshua’s resurrection occurred the following day on the Jews’ sabbath. But let us now see what is testified regarding Passover and First Fruits upon entering into the promised land of the Millennial reign.
The sons of Israel’s crossing of the Jordan into the promised land following forty years of wilderness wanderings, was a remarkably clear testimony and foreshadowing of the church entering into the Millennial reign following forty Jubilee waiting periods of wilderness wanderings. Let us then see what was testified regarding Passover and First Fruits.
First, the sons of Israel crossed the Jordan on the tenth of the month, the day the Passover lamb was selected, the day Yahshua made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. If you stack the seventh month on the first month, this is also the day of Atonement, as well as Jubilee. Then they were circumcised, which was a requirement for eating Passover (Exodus 12:48). It can therefore be concluded that they would not have celebrated Passover in the wilderness, probably after the one mentioned in the first year after they entered into the wilderness (Leviticus 9:1-5). Another Passover is never mentioned until this one in the promised land, where in Joshua 5:10-12 we read concerning it:
While the sons of Israel camped at Gilgal they observed the Passover on the evening of the fourteenth day of the month on the desert plains of Jericho. On the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. The manna ceased on the day after they had eaten some of the produce of the land, so that the sons of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate some of the yield of the land of Canaan during that year.
On the fourteenth they observed Passover, on the fifteenth they ate the first fruits of the promised land, and on the sixteenth the manna ceased. Therefore, laying this out in the same format as the crucifixion during the same days of Passover, we see the following:
So what happened here? You will notice that they ate the first fruits of the promised land a day earlier. In fact, what this is showing is that upon entering into the promised land, First Fruits moves foreword one day. How can this be?
First, what day is Wednesday in the Millennial Calendar? It is the sabbath, which speaks of the Millennial sabbath rest. So first, let us add the color for the sabbath once again so you can see this.
Now, again we ask the question: How did Yahweh legally get First Fruits moved up one day so that it is now directly following the sabbath rest of Passover? What do you recall from the first two graphs where we looked at the eight days, or 8,000 years, of time? Yahweh has to stack the eighth day, which is actually the first day of the new week, on the seventh day, the sabbath. Therefore, what would this mean if the same is to be effected in the following crucifixion pattern?
Once again, the true first day, Thursday, the fifteenth, must be stacked on Wednesday, the fourteenth, the true sabbath. Or as we pointed out earlier, the contradicting accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John must harmonize as one. Prophecy is fulfilled! Thus we have:
Having done so, you can see that First Fruits takes its right place as testified when they crossed into the promised land – the Millennial reign. But, let us ask another very important and revealing question. What does this do to resurrection day? It now moves it forward to a place that is in keeping with what Christians also teach – an encompassing three-day period of Passover to resurrection, though still not a Sunday resurrection. The very teachings that Christianity falsely conclude regarding their cut-short two days for Yahshua’s death and resurrection, are, quite interestingly, the very pattern they will fulfill! Though they are wrong, they are right! Historically, they are wrong; but prophetically, they are in fact right. Let us now add another chart like unto the one we began with, but now showing the complete period of Christianity.
You will notice the same first two days of the church leading up to the Millennial sabbath rest – days 5 and 6. After these two days, there is the true sabbath where time has to be cut short and the eighth day stacked on the seventh day. After the sabbath, once again you will notice that days 9 and 10 are the two days of First Fruits and the resurrection. And also recall that day 10 is the day that the manna ceased, which will be addressed.
You can see that Christianity will finally gladly acknowledge a Saturday resurrection, for by virtue of the pattern of Yahshua’s resurrection to the Father, this is the legal day that the body of Christ will likewise ascend to the Father.
As noted in A Lesson From Intercession, page 7, days 5 and 6 are the Moses period of Christianity where they have died, and thereby equally fail to enter into the promised Millennial reign – being cut off from it by death (Zechariah 13:8). In contrast, days 9 and 10 are the fulfilling Elijah period where, in the end, they too will ascend alive. If you have questions regarding this, read the referenced writing. This will also be addressed later here as well.
So why does the manna cease on this tenth day? What was manna? It was the food of the wilderness experience. Therefore, we see that the wilderness will finally cease having its lingering effects on Christianity in the tenth day. The manna of the great and terrible wilderness will cease as they enter into immortal incorruptible bodies.
Let us note here that the wave sheaf offering has nothing to do with ascending into heaven, any more than waving the two loaves of leavened bread had anything to do with ascending. Christians like to teach this so as to add to their false Sunday resurrection. It is quite remarkable that it was on a Sunday that the wave sheaf offering of barley was waved before Yahweh; then seven complete sabbaths later, on a Sunday, the two loaves of leavened bread were waved before Yahweh. The count began by waving unleavened barley, and it ended by waving leavened wheat bread.
What does this speak to? It attests to what would take place in the 2,000 years of the church. Even as this count began with unleavened barley that could only be waved before Yahweh and not ascend to Him, so the church began with the barley first Remnant who, in like manner, could only be presented before Yahweh as an earth-bound work that could not ascend alive. And at the end of this 2,000 year period, still there is nothing that can ascend to Him. All that can be presented to Yahweh from Christianity are two loaves, or 2,000 years, of a now-leavened offering, leavened wheat bread. And it too, as a like earth-bound work, can only be waved before Him.
Once again, we see the marvels and the complexity of prophecy, the wonders of Yahweh’s incredible government and sovereign order in accomplishing His will and His plan.
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