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Saturday, May 18 2013
The Harvests Of Salvation
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 18
332: Roman Emperor Constantine proclaimed free distribution of food to the people of the city that would be named after him, Constantinople (see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1152: Eleanor, duchess of Aquitaine and recently divorced from King Louis VII of France, married Henry Plantagenet (later Henry II of England) at Poitiers.
1291: The Sultan of Egypt and his son Ashraf took Acre, the last "Christian" stronghold in the "Holy Land" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1565: The Ottoman Siege of Malta began.
1592: The Tanaka Memorial, Hideyoshi's plan for Japanese world domination was published. It was revived 349 years later prior to the December 1941 attacks on British, Australian and U.S. bases and possessions all across the Pacific and southeast Asia.
1642: Montreal, Quebec was founded. Today, Montreal is the second-largest city in Canada, and the second-largest French-speaking city in the world (second only in population to Paris, France, although Montreal is larger in area).
1756: England declared war on France, thereby beginning the Seven Years' War.
1792: Russia invaded Poland.
1803: Britain declared war on France after Napoleon Bonaparte continued his interference in Italy and Switzerland.
1804: Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed Emperor of France.
1830: Edwin Budding of England signed an agreement for manufacture of his invention - the lawn mower.
1845: Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin set out from England to map the Northwest Passage through the Arctic. He and his men of the "Franklin Expedition" never returned.
1966: An attempted assassin was killed in an explosion in a third floor washroom of the Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa, only steps away from the public viewing gallery. He had apparently planned to throw the bomb into the Government assembly, thereby killing the Prime Minister and many other members of Parliament, but it detonated prematurely.
1974: India became the sixth nation with nuclear weapons when its first bomb was successfully exploded in the Rajasthan Desert.
1980: 60 people were killed from eruption of Mount St. Helens in a remote area of Washington State. Scientists estimated the force of the eruption to be 2,500 times more powerful than the U.S. atomic bomb that was used to incinerate Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.
1982: A jury in New York City convicted Sun Myung Moon, founder and leader of the Unification Church (the "Moonies") of tax evasion. He served 13 months in prison.
1990: A modified French TVG train set a new world rail speed record at 515 kilometers per hour (320 miles per hour).
2009: The Sri Lankan Civil War ended after nearly 26 years of conflict.