Pentecost – Waving the Firstfruits

 

Pentecost – Waving the Firstfruits     ~ Cupbearer7

There are three feasts which all the Israelite men were commanded to come up to Jerusalem for:  the Spring Feasts, (which includes the Feast of Unleavened bread), Pentecost, (also known as the Feast of Weeks)  and the Fall Feasts, (which includes the Feast of Tabernacles).

Deu 16:16  Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty:

There is a lot of information on the spiritual meanings of these three feasts.  I am only going to give an overview on the first two, and discuss the primary difference between the breads served, and their spiritual significance.

First of all, these feasts are meant for spiritual Israel to follow.  That does not mean they are Jewish feasts as many in the Christian church propose.  They are God’s feasts and meant for God’s people – mainly the bride.  The Spring Feasts speak of Yeshua’s first coming.  He was the Passover lamb, and his death actually occurred on Passover.  He also arose on the Feast of Firstfruits.  He was the “first fruit among many brethren”.  He was the

second Adam, a cherubim from God which this time proved that man could overcome Satan.  He came in a human body, made of the dust of the earth just like Adam did, only spiritually he had the capability of the full DNA phenotype of God, being born without sin.    The bread eaten during the Spring Feasts is unleavened.  There is no yeast, which signifies sin, or false doctrine.  If you look at the traditional Jewish Matzo bread, it is striped, pierced, and unleavened.  What a beautiful illustration of Yeshua, the sinless lamb, who was beaten with stripes for our sickness, and whose hands and feet were pierced for our sins.

That having been said, let us move to the Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost – named for the reason that it falls 50 days after Passover.  It is interesting to note, that the instructions for this feast are specifically to add yeast into the dough of the feast bread.   Seven times in Exodus and Leviticus are the instructions to make dough without leaven, and during the feast of unleaven bread if someone eats leaven they will be cut off from Israel.  Now, the eighth time that leaven is mentioned in the scriptures it is used in reference to the Feast of Weeks, and it is commanded to make the two wave loaves of bread with leaven.

Lev 23:17  Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD.

Why are they baked with leaven, and what do they signify?   Pentecost is the feast for the bride.  It is the release of the overcomers.  The days since Jesus’ sacrifice have been counted and completed.  The bride has made herself ready. She is the flour which has been beaten fine.  She passed her trial period.

I heard before that the number of 49 was considered by the rabbis to be the signature of God.  The instruction is to count seven week or 7 times 7 days.  It signifies the end of the journey where the overcomer has died to self, and become inscribed with the signature of God – the Torah.  In this dying to self she has become the Torah, the epistle written in flesh.  But just as Yeshua died, there was a resurrection day.  The instructions are to add one more.  The 50th day is the Jubilee.  It’s the day of freedom and resurrection.  It is the fire that Yeshua came to kindle.  It’s the full release of the Kingdom.

What about the leaven?  Leaven when resting in the bread causes the bread to puff up.  It causes pride, but it also causes “holes”.   The word for cake in the Hebrew is quite interesting.  It is challah, so named after the holes that occur in the rising.  The root word, chet, lamed  actually means, bore, hole or pain.   If leaven is sin, or false doctrine, it makes sense that the holes it makes cause pain.  Connected words also mean, sickness, infirmity, grief, and disease.  Below is part of the definition from, The Ancient Hebrew Lexicon by Jeff Benner.  Listed below you can find some related words which come from the same root of this word.

H2471      Hallah  (the root word from the Hebrew letters: chet, lamed)Strongs #2471: AHLB#: 1173-A (N1)A)     ac: Bore co: Hole ab: Pain: Anything that is bored through, perforated or drilled. Nf1) – Wall: What is bored through by the enemy to enter a city. [freq. 1] |kjv: bulwark| {str: 2430}   (We are that city that the enemy bores holes in ~j)    E)  ac: Sick co: Disease ab: ?: A spinning or piercing pain.

There is a duality in the meaning of this word though.  Actually most of the Hebrew words have duality.   One meaning referring to those in the light, and one for those walking in darkness.    The positive meaning brought forth in the word “challah” is:

Flute: An instrument with drilled holes. [freq. 6] |kjv: pipe|– Cake: As perforated. [freq. 14] |kjv: cake| {str: 2471}  Earring: An ornament that is put through a hole. [freq. 24] |kjv: ornament, jewel| {str: 2483J) ac: Twist co: Dance ab: ?: To twist and spin around from joy or pain as the drill.

 

So what does the leaven have to do with the bride?    All of us have been influenced by sin and false doctrine.  Either from ourselves or generational sins.  All of us have had  holes through which the enemy can enter and leave causing pain, sickness and disease.  We are that loaf of dough which has the leaven in it.

There is a difference though created by whether or not we are offered as the sacrifice of Yeshua, or by the world’s system.  This is shown in the story of the two sacrifices of Elijah and Ahab (1 Kings 18).  Elijah, representing Yeshua, takes his sacrifice and lays it upon the altar.  The word “lay” here means to deliver from carnality.  He then floods the sacrifice with water – symbolizing revelation.  In contrast, Ahab “lays” his sacrifice on the altar.  The word “lay” here means to assign to carnality.

The holes in Yeshua’s sacrifice become channels through which the breath of the Holy Spirit can flow.  They are the flute playing the explanations of the parables, or the revelations.  They are the holes which hold the golden ear rings which cause the person to spiritually hear.  They are the holes of the bread which when fully baked become the bread to feed the nations.

There is only one altar that can pull down the fire from God and consume the sacrifice.  The fire will not fall on the altar of carnality.  Ahab, representing the ruler of the religious system will never be able to produce life from his tree of good and evil.  The leaven in the holes will continue to decay the bread until it becomes sour, and then unfit for anything but to be thrown out.    In contrast the fire of God will fall upon the sacrifice that has been laid on Yeshua’s altar.  It is ready when it has been flooded with the four barrels of water(representing the four levels of teaching, one for each stream flowing from Eden).  The fire of God will set the sacrifice on fire and burn up every ounce of carnality that may be left.    It is death to self.  It is then that we become the only thing that is left to us.  Yeshua which has been inscribed and fully formed in us.  The leaven is burned up in the process, and we become a fully formed loaf with millions of holes through which the Holy Spirit can flow through.

Gal 4:19  My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,

At Pentecost the two loaves formed are waved.  It is a showing forth of the transformation of the bride.  It is showing the transition that has taken place.  It is the caterpillar/butterfly  which is emerging from it’s cocoon.  It is the first fruits which now can go forth and feed the nations.

Jb. 5-27-09

 

 

 

 

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