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The reason I know this is because I am a Messianic with a full understanding of all the Jewish Feasts, and I have done my homework and have listened to the Holy Spirit, who has convicted me of the truth of my teaching here after much prayer and Scriptural study. What I have been shown is that Gentile Believers are as much a part of Israel as practicing Jews, but are not subject to keeping every aspect of the Sacrificial Law anymore since Yahshua is their Perfect sacrifice for sin, and no further sacrifices are needed.
Furthermore, I have been shown that the week between Palm Sunday and Pesach/Resurrection Sunday is the Christian expression of Passover Week, with Yahshua's Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem celebrated on Palm Sunday, at the start of that holy week (See Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44 and John 12:12-19). Likewise, the end of that week falls on the day that the Firstfruits Offering was made in the Temple, on the First Day of the Week or the day after the Regular Sabbath during Passover Week or the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which was a Sunday. As it says in Leviticus:
~ * ~ Leviticus 23:10-12 ~ * ~“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. 11 He shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath (i.e. after the Regular Sabbath during the Feast of Unleavened Bread, or the FIRST day of the week, which is Sunday) the priest shall wave it. 12 And you shall offer on that day, when you wave the sheaf, a male lamb of the first year, without blemish, as a burnt offering to the Lord.”In honoring Leviticus as prescribed on the Day of Firstfruits, Yahshua was the grain offering and the slain Lamb that was presented before His Father in God's Heavenly Temple on that very day. This is why Yahshua is called the Firstfruits of the Resurrection in Scripture. He rose up and ascended to His Father in relative secrecy on the same day that the Firstfruits Offering of the new Barley Harvest was made in the Temple. This is made clear by the following Scriptural facts:
When Mary Magdalene (aka Mary of Bethany) saw Yahshua in the Garden after His Resurrection, she did not see Him as glorified, but as the Gardener (John 20:15). So His Glory was hidden from her. He was not yet Glorified fully, or it was not yet visible because He had yet to ascend to Heaven on that very day to be presented before His Father in Heaven as the Firstfruits of the Resurrection, just as the firstfruits grain offering had to be offered in the Temple before the Most Holy Place:
~ * ~ 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 ~ * ~“But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.”As further proof of this, I offer you the following:
Yahshua went to see His disciples in the closed room near to evening on the same day of His Resurrection, but there is proof that this was after He had quietly ascended to Heaven as the Firstfruits and then returned. The clue that tells us this is found in the fact that, when He appeared to the disciples in the closed room, Yahshua told them to note that He had flesh and bones, and so He was not just an apparition (Parallel Luke 24:36-39 with John 20:19-20).
The apostles and disciples couldn't have known that Yahshua was not a ghost unless they had touched Him, and He wanted no one to touch Him until He ascended to Heaven. This is evident because He told Mary not to touch or cling to Him (as in an affectionate embrace) in the Garden where His Tomb was located:
~*~ John 20:17 ~*~ “Jesus (Yahshua) said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’”This significant passage of Scripture is frequently overlooked, but it truly should not be because it tells us that Yahshua ascended to Heaven twice, not just once before Pentecost or Shavuot! It therefore suggests the idea of not just one, but two Raptures. I will cover more on this a bit later.
Besides Yahshua's immediate post-resurrection ascension to Heaven and swift return that evening, of particular note here is Mary's presence during the moments immediately after Yahshua rose from the dead. I believe that the reason for this is because the Gospel of John presents Mary Magdalene as a picture of the True Church or Bride of Christ in this Garden scene, just as Yahshua's overlooked, practically secret ascension and return to the Earth on the day of the Firstfruits Offering is a picture of the Rapture. It's amazing how clear it all is when God opens our eyes, eh? In direct relation to this, it is interesting to note that Easter, also called PASCHA, PESACH (or Passover!) and Resurrection Sunday, usually always falls on the very same day that the Firstfruits Offering was made in the Temple to Yahweh in Jerusalem every year.
So Yahshua actually ascended to Heaven twice - once in relative secrecy just after His Resurrection on the day of Firstfruits and the official start date for the counting of the Omer, and once in the presence of all His disciples 40 days after His Resurrection, or 10 days before Pentecost or Shavuot (Acts 1:3, Acts 1:9-11). So this is a picture of Yahshua's Two Comings. He will come once in the Rapture at a time when few suspect it, which will be at a time of relative peace - like the quiet before a severe storm. Then He will RETURN at a time of complete chaos and widespread wickedness and lawlessness at the Battle of Armageddon. At the time of this THIRD COMING of Yahshua, He will come in full view of all, and without ambiguity or the failure of those watching to recognize His clear intent to conquer and subdue the wicked, and rescue the beleaguered redeemed among the Gentiles and the Jews still living on the Earth at that time (Revelation, Chapter 19).
In addition, Gentile believers practice Communion, a remembrance of Yahshua's Last Supper meal on Passover Eve, which is solemnly and frequently commemorated in all Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Churches. Furthermore, the Apostle Paul taught that Gentile Believers die with Christ through Baptism, and are symbolically crucifying their fleshly, worldly desire with Christ when they are baptized, and Yahshua died for our sins as God's perfect Passover Lamb. They therefore keep the Passover in Spirit throughout the year instead of just on the Jewish Passover.
This proves that all the Hebraic Roots teachings slamming Christianity and the celebration of Easter are being done deceitfully and erroneously through a faulty interpretation of Scripture. Please prayerfully consider this teaching, and study yourself approved by God through the study of His Word and the proper application of it rather than the erroneous view of it taken by the Judaizers in your midst.
This is a warning to all Gentile Believers to NOT listen to the Hebraic Roots proponents attacking your faith, which is not being done out of love, but contempt! It is clear from their constant and vicious assaults on traditional Christianity that they will not be satisfied until all Gentile Believers become complacent little Jews in worship as well as in the practical exercising of their faith.
Thus, rather than sharing their joy in knowing and loving Yahshua, they are aiming to completely destroy the freedom and liberty that Gentile Believers have always enjoyed under God’s Grace given through Christ. Be forewarned, and do not let the Judaizers destroy your joy in your traditional and holy celebrations.
Your Sister In Yahshua,
My Previous Teachings Showing
The Passover-Easter Connection:
April 7th, 2009:
Easter Not Pagan, But A Celebration of Firstfruits!
July 23rd, 2011
Why My Summer Lilies Are Important In Relation to the Rapture
October 4th, 2012:
The Prophetic Ties Between Yahshua’s
Fetal Development And The Jewish Feasts
March 18th, 2013:
Christ’s Last Passover Marks A Promise Of The Rapture!
March 24th, 2013:
A FASCINATING CONNECTION
BETWEEN CHANUKAH AND PASSOVER
May 19th, 2013
MY THEORY OF WHEN YAHSHUA ROSE FROM THE DEAD
NOTE ON GRAPHIC: The Graphic at the beginning of the article is a composite of an artist's painted depiction of Yahshua and a depiction of Yahshua's empty rock-cut garden tomb. It was created for inclusion with my article written on March 18th, 2013, as listed above.
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