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Saturday, May 26 2012
The Harvest Prophecies
The climate of the land of Israel permitted a series of produce harvests. Beginning in the spring, the barley harvest occurred in April-May, followed by, about seven weeks later, the wheat harvest in June-July. Months later, in September-October, came the autumn fruit harvest from the trees and vines.
The annual Biblical Holy Days were directly related to these harvests (see Calendar of Christ's Holy Days), not merely as seasonal celebrations, but because they also directly portrayed God's step-by-step plan of salvation for humanity - the entire purpose of the "church" (see also the Fact Finder question below).
Jesus Christ: The First Of The Firstfruits Raised From The Dead
"23:9 And the LORD [Who was Jesus Christ; see Appearances Of The LORD God] spake unto Moses, saying, 23:10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: 23:11 And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. 23:12 And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the LORD." (Leviticus 23:9-12 KJV)
"15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept [see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?]." (1 Corinthians 15:20 KJV)
The Firstfruits: The First Resurrection On The Day of Christ's Return
"16:8 Six days thou shalt eat unleavened bread: and on the seventh day shall be a solemn assembly to the LORD thy God: thou shalt do no work therein. 16:9 Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as thou beginnest to put the sickle to the corn. 16:10 And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks [i.e. Pentecost] unto the LORD thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of thine hand, which thou shalt give unto the LORD thy God, according as the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:" (Deuteronomy 16:8-10 KJV)
The fulfillment to come:
"1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures." (James 1:18 KJV)
The Later Harvest: After Christ's Return
"23:39 Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath. 23:40 And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days. 23:41 And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month." (Leviticus 23:39-41 KJV)
The fulfillment to come in the Kingdom of God:
"20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished." (Revelation 20:5 KJV)
Fact Finder: (a) How has the Church of God existed, from the time of Creation to the day of Christ's return? (b) How will the Church of God exist after Christ's return? (c) When will the Church of God become the Kingdom of God?
This Day In History, May 26
17: The Roman general Germanicus made his triumphant return to Rome after victories over some of the German tribes (that wasn't always the case; see Hermann).
735: The English historian and monk known as the Venerable Bede died.
946: King Edmund I of England died at age 25.
1135: Alfonso VII of Leon and Castile was crowned the Imperator Totius Hispaniae ("Emperor of all of Spain").
1232: Pope Gregory IX sent the first Inquisition "investigators" to Aragon in Spain.
1293: An earthquake in Japan killed about 30,000 people.
1328: William of Ockham was forced to flee from Avignon by Pope John XXII.
1521: The Edict of Worms (i.e. Worms is the English rendering of Vorms, a city in Germany) banned Martin Luther following his Papal excommunication in April.
1647: Alse Young was hanged in Hartford, Connecticut; she was the first woman to be executed as a witch in the "new world."
1670: A treaty was signed in secret in Dover, England, between Charles II and Louis XIV ending the hostilities between them.
1691: Jacob Leiser, leader of the popular uprising in support of William and Mary’s accession to the throne, was executed for treason.
1805: Napoleon Bonaparte was declared the King of Italy.
1879: Britain and Russia signed the Treaty of Gandamak; it established Afghanistan as an "independent" state (Russia invaded Afghanistan in the 1980s, Britain took part in the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001).
1896: The last czar of Russia, Nicholas II, was crowned.
1940: During the Second World War, the 10-day evacuation of Dunkirk began. It saved 300,000 allied soldiers from the German advance.
1970: The Russian Tupolev Tu-144 became the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound).
1983: A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck Japan; a tsunami followed, killing over 100 people and injuring thousands.
1986: The European Community adopted the European flag (gold stars on a blue background).
2004: U.S. Army veteran Terry Nichols was found guilty for his part of the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City that killed 161 people (it was the deadliest act of terrorism in the U.S. prior to the 9-11 attacks in New York and Washington).