Leviticus 23 Star Chart: Clockwise from when "the (Shekinah) Lord spake unto (Ophiuchus) Moses, saying, Speak unto the (Gemini) children of Israel, and (red radius) say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the (Shekinah) Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. Six days shall work be done" (23:1-3). That is six laps (6 x 360°). But "the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the Lord in all your (red radius) dwellings" is another lap (360°) making 2520°.

"These are the feasts of the (Shekinah) Lord, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons. In the fourteenth day of the first month (almost full moon) at even (sun on red radius horizon) is the Lord's (Aries) passover" (with Milky Way horseradish) (23:4-5). That is one lap (360°). "And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of (lunar white matzo) unleavened bread unto the (Shekinah) Lord: seven days ye must eat (lunar white matzos) unleavened bread" (23:6). That is seven laps (7 x 360° = 2520°).

"In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation (Ophiuchus, Hercules, Perseus, Cepheus & Gemini): ye shall do no servile work therein. But ye shall offer an offering made by (solar) fire unto the (Shekinah) Lord seven days (7 x 360° = 2520°): in the seventh day is an holy convocation (Ophiuchus, Hercules, Perseus, Cepheus & Gemini): ye shall do no servile work therein" (23:7-8).




FEASTS of the Lord

23:1 And the (Shekinah) Lord spake unto (Ophiuchus) Moses, saying,

2 Speak unto the (Gemini) children of Israel, and (red radius) say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the (Shekinah) Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.

3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the Lord in all your (red radius) dwellings.

4 These are the feasts of the (Shekinah) Lord, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.

5 In the fourteenth day of the first month (almost full moon) at even (sun on red radius horizon) is the Lord's (Aries) passover (with Milky Way horseradish).

6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of (lunar white matzos) unleavened bread unto the (Shekinah) Lord: seven days ye must eat (lunar white matzos) unleavened bread.

7 In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no (Perseus) servile work therein.

8 But ye shall offer an offering made by (solar) fire unto the (Shekinah) Lord seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no (Gemini) servile work therein.

9 And the (Shekinah) Lord spake unto (Ophiuchus) Moses, saying,

10 Speak unto the (Gemini) 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 (an omer, about 6 pints, of barley flour -- TLV) of your harvest unto the (Hercules) priest:

11 And he shall wave the sheaf before the (Shekinah) Lord, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath (Sunday) the (Hercules) priest shall wave it.

12 And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb (Aries) without blemish of the first year for a (solar) burnt offering unto the (Shekinah) Lord.

13 And the meat (meal) offering thereof shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil (two tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil -- TLV), an offering made by (solar) fire unto the Lord for a sweet savour: and the drink offering thereof shall be of wine, the fourth part of an hin.

14 And ye shall eat neither (solar golden) bread, nor parched corn (solar golden grain), nor (Milky Way) green (lunar) ears, until the selfsame day that ye have brought an offering unto your God: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

15 And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath (Sunday), from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering (an omer, about 6 pints, of barley flour -- TLV); seven sabbaths shall be complete:

16 Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat (meal) offering unto the (Shekinah) Lord.

17 Ye shall bring out of your habitations two (lunar) wave loaves of two tenth deals; they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with (lunar white) leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the (Shekinah) Lord.

18 And ye shall offer with the bread seven (Aries) lambs without blemish of the first year, and one young (Taurus) bullock, and two (Taurus) rams: they shall be for a (solar) burnt offering unto the (Shekinah) Lord, with their meat (meal) offering, and their drink offerings, even an offering made by (solar) fire, of (red radius) sweet savour unto the (Shekinah) Lord.

19 Then ye shall sacrifice one (Taurus) kid of the goats for a sin offering, and two (Aries) lambs of the first year for a (solar) sacrifice of peace offerings.

20 And the (Hercules) priest shall wave them with the (lunar) bread of the firstfruits for a wave offering before the (Shekinah) Lord, with the two (Aries) lambs: they shall be holy to the (Shekinah) Lord for the (Hercules) priest.

21 And ye shall (red radius) proclaim on the selfsame day, that it may be an holy convocation unto you: ye shall do no servile work therein: it shall be a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.

22 And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the (lunar) corners of thy (red radius) field when thou reapest, neither shalt thou gather any gleaning of thy harvest: thou shalt leave them unto the poor, and to the stranger: I am the (Shekinah) Lord your God.

23 And the (Shekinah) Lord spake unto (Ophiuchus) Moses, saying,

24 Speak unto the (Gemini) children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the (black lunar crescent) month, shall ye have a sabbath (60°), a memorial of blowing of (lunar & solar bell-end red radius tube) trumpets, an holy convocation.

25 Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by (solar) fire unto the (Shekinah) Lord.

26 And the (Shekinah) Lord spake unto (Ophiuchus) Moses, saying,

27 Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls (fast), and offer an offering made by (solar) fire unto the (Shekinah) Lord.

28 And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the (Shekinah) Lord your God.

29 For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted (fast) in that same day, he shall be (Perseus) (red radius) cut off from among his (Gemini) people.

30 And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I (Perseus) (red radius) destroy from among his (Gemini) people.

31 Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your (red radius) dwellings.

32 It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls (fast): in the ninth day of the month at (sun on red radius horizon) even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.

33 And the (Shekinah) Lord spake unto (Ophiuchus) Moses, saying,

34 Speak unto the (Gemini) children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of (red radius) (Green Milky Way) tabernacles for seven days unto the (Shekinah) Lord.

35 On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

36 Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.

37 These are the feasts of the (Shekinah) Lord, which ye shall (red radius) proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by (solar) fire unto the (Shekinah) Lord, a (solar) burnt offering, and a meat (meal) offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day:

38 Beside the sabbaths of the Lord, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto the (Shekinah) Lord.

39 Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the (solar & lunar) fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the (Shekinah) Lord seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath.

40 And ye shall take you on the first day the (red radius) boughs of goodly trees, (green Milky Way) branches of palm trees, and the (green Milky Way) boughs of thick trees, and (red radius) willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days.

41 And ye shall keep it a feast unto the (Shekinah) Lord seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month.

42 Ye shall dwell in (red radius) booths seven days; all that are (Gemini) Israelites born shall dwell in (red radius) booths:

43 That your generations may know that I made the (Gemini) children of Israel to dwell in (red radius) booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the (Shekinah) Lord your God.

44 And (Ophiuchus) Moses declared unto the (Gemini) children of Israel the feasts of the (Shekinah) Lord.




The Wavesheaf Ritual -- A Prophecy of Christ

"And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 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: 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" (Lev. 23:9-11) -- SUNDAY.

Moses Was A Prophet

A SHEAF symbolizes a MAN (Gen. 37:76). You will notice that the "WAVE-SHEAF" was to be lifted up and waved toward heaven, as a symbol of something actually being transferred to heaven to be presented and accepted by the One who sits on the throne of the universe. The SHEAF had to be of the "first-fruits" -- the first of the harvest to be reaped. "And ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that ye have brought an OFFERING unto your God: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings" (verse 14). Why did the SHEAF have to be offered first -- before the rest of the harvest could be eaten? Because it represented Christ: "Christ [is] risen from the dead, and become the first-fruits of them that slept" (I Cor. 15:20). "Every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming" (verse 23). "Christ ... the first that should rise from the dead"; "that he might be the firstborn among many brethren"; "the firstborn from the dead"; "the first begotten" (Acts 26:23; Rom. 8:29; Col. 1:18; Heb. 1:6). He was CUT DOWN on Wednesday just before sunset (Dan. 9:27) and was resurrected on Saturday just before sunset. The WAVE SHEAF was CUT at the end of the Sabbath day just as our Lord was RAISED up from the tomb near the end of the Sabbath. But it was early the FIRST DAY of the week before Christ was "ACCEPTED FOR YOU" (LEV. 23:11) by the Father. Notice that it was very early the FIRST DAY of the week that Mary Magdalene was NOT ALLOWED TO TOUCH him because he had not yet ascended to the Father (John 20:17). But later that same day (Matt. 28:1) he had been accepted by the Father -- or offered like a MEAL OFFERING -- because we read in Matthew 28:9 that "they came and HELD HIM by the feet." The ritual was to be repeated each year as the harvest season arrived. It was closely tied in with the annual cycle of holy days which picture God's plan of His spiritual harvest.

"And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the SHEAF of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days [that is, until Pentecost, which means "fiftieth day"] .... [Then] 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.... And the priest shall wave ... the BREAD of the firstfruits for a wave offering before the Lord" (Lev. 23:15- 16,17,20).

Here is a time period -- represented by 50 days - to elapse after the MEAL OFFERING and acceptance of Christ, after which TWO LOAVES with LEAVEN become eligible to also be lifted and waved toward the heavens.

Why Did Thousands of First-Century Jews Recognize Jesus Was Christ?

Christ was a chosen one -- chosen by the Father before the foundation of the world (I Peter 1: 19-20; Eph. 1:4; Rev. 13:8), chosen by the high priest and the leaders of the Jews (John 11:49-52), chosen by the people (Mark 11 :7-10). Out of all the barley which was then beginning to be reaped, not just any SHEAF carelessly grabbed on a Sunday morning could represent Him. Nor could just any SHEAF have represented the perfection that was our Savior. Christ's firstfruit had to be the best.

The Mishnah, a collection of Jewish law and traditions, describes the ceremony of cutting, preparing and waving the WAVE-SHEAF. Since the Mishnah is generally thought to have been put into writing only about A.D. 200, some of the information about events before the destruction of the Temple (A.D. 70) may not always be totally accurate. But the general picture of the WAVE-SHEAF ceremony is borne out by other sources and what we know of the situation at the time. Here is the traditional ceremony as handed down through the Mishnah:

"How was it done? The messengers of the court went out ... and bound the standing grain into sheaves so that it would be easy for cutting" (Menahoth 10,3).
Then the Mishna dramatically describes the cutting loose of the stalks of grain from the ground. Standing in the field, over the chosen and bound SHEAF, sickle in hand and surrounded by others who were there to make sure all was done exactly right, the priest asked: "Is the sun set?" They answered "Yes!" "Shall I reap?" And they answered, "Reap!" He then cut the bound grain.

Having chosen and eventually reaped the SHEAF, the priests went even further to make it a wholly suitable representation of Christ (though probably not themselves fully apprehending just what they were illustrating). What they obviously could not do while the grain was standing, they now did. "They used to PARCH it with FIRE.... They used to BEAT it with reeds and the stems of plants that the grains should NOT be CRUSHED [before the parching]" (Menahoth 10,4).

Surely here is more than a hint of the physical BEATING - scourging - Christ underwent at the hands of the Romans, yet done in the type carefully enough not to crush the grain. Why? Because NOT a bone of Him was to be BROKEN (Ex. 12:46; Num. 9: 12; Ps. 34:20; John 19:36). Then the grain was PARCHED, symbolic of the SCORCHING reception this world gave the Son of God through-out His entire human life, and especially in His final hours.

Then, as if this were not enough, the priests GROUND it to flour. They "put it in a grist-mill and took therefrom a tenth [of an ephah of flour] ·which was SIFTED through thirteen sieves ... they put in OIL, and the FRANKINCENSE thereof" (ibid.). Here again they pictured Christ's trials and testings (SIFTINGS), His Holy Spirit (the OIL), His prayers and the sweet savor to God of His holiness (FRANKINCENSE - Rev. 8:3). This MEAL OFFERING is what Paul referred to when he said, "If the DOUGH offered as first fruits is holy, so is the whole lump" (Rom. 11:16; RSV).

This was Christ's life and death represented by ritual. God didn't specify all these details in the Bible. But He brought it about that this ritual would clearly identify His Son, so that a tremendous witness was borne to the Jews concerning Jesus of Nazareth. The New Testament is in the Old concealed. The Old Testament is in the New revealed.

The Passover Identified Our Lord

When God gave the Israelites a law to kill and eat the Passover on the 14th day of Nisan (Exodus 12), he did not tell them to kill the lamb late in the afternoon and finally get it roasted to eat after the sundown beginning the 15th -- after the Passover day was ended. (Remember that a biblical day begins with a dark half, then concludes with a light half - see Leviticus 23:32; Genesis 1:5, 8, 13). He told them: "In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord's passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread" (Lev. 23:5-6).

The Jews for many centuries have made the eating of the lamb the same as the feast of unleavened bread (how can it be feast of "unleavened bread" when it is the feast of "Iamb"?). Thus they have confused the two festivals, making them one. But it is obvious, from Christ's own "last supper" example, that the original time to slay the lamb was early in the beginning of the 14th -- as Exodus 12:6 puts it, "between the two evenings" -- between sunset and darkness. As God of the Old Testament, Christ foreknew He would change the emblems of the Passover to the bread and wine, and He knew what day and hour He wanted it to occur.

Therefore He told the Israelites to slay the lamb in the evening, put its blood on the doorposts, roast and eat it and stay indoors till morning (Ex. 12:6-8, 22). Why? Because only those firstborn humans who were within such protected houses would be spared at midnight. The Lord would "pass over" that house -- at midnight, still in the first and dark half of the 24-hour -- and that "passing over" was to give that day - the 14th - its name, Passover (verses 12, 23, 29). If the death angel (representing the Lord Himself) had not "passed over" until the night part of the 15th, then that day -- the 15th -- would have been the Passover, and not the 14th. If they had slain and eaten the Passover lamb at the same time of day as the Jews later came to do, their firstborn would not have been spared!

The mistaken Jewish practice actually HELPED TO IDENTIFY our Lord as the true Passover LAMB. The Jews in Jesus' time were killing their LAMBS almost 24 hours late, perhaps about 3 p.m. on the afternoon of Nisan 14. In the later years (before Jerusalem and the second Temple were destroyed by the Romans), because of the sheer multitude of the LAMBS which were brought into the Temple courts for slaughter, the priests had to begin to kill them even as early as noon. This faulty practice actually caused the death of our Lord to COINCIDE with the Jews' slaughter of the Passover LAMBS. The sun became dark at this very time -- about noon -- as Christ was hung on the cross. He expired by about 3 p.m. (Luke 23:44- 46; Mark 15:33-34; Matt. 27:45-46). The time chosen by the Jews actually PICTURED the hour Christ our Passover LAMB did die. For unbelieving Jews, this was a convincing proof. It was a witness. It was enough.

Christians need to understand and keep the Passover ordinance after the example of Jesus at the beginning of. Nisan 14. It pictures forgiveness of sin by the blood of the LAMB so that death will not claim our lives. Christ let Himself be seized at midnight by a mob in Gethsemane so we would not have to die.

The Wavesheaf Identified Our Lord

In the time of Jesus the WAVE-SHEAF was offered on the Sunday during Passover week. This is clear since the priests -- who were mostly Sadducees -- were in charge of the Temple and all the Temple ceremony (Acts 4: 1-6; 5: 17). The timing and symbolism of this ceremony would have been overwhelming to those who knew the events of Jesus' DEATH and RESURRECTION.

The WAVE-SHEAF had been CHOSEN IN ADVANCE, as Christ was. It was TIED in a bundle, symbolizing his CAPTIVITY. It was CUT LOOSE from the ground just at sunset -- just the time at which Christ ROSE from the dead after three days and three nights in the tomb. The cutting of the grain symbolized Christ's actual RESURRECTION. Like the SHEAF now LOOSED from the soil, the RESURRECTED Christ became free from any physical dependence on air, water or sustenance that had TIED Him, as it has TIED all other humans, to this earth out of which we grow. Thus, in the ritual, Christ was SLAIN and RESURRECTED.

Finally the priests waved the FLOUR-OIL-FRANKINCENSE representing their mistreatment of the WAVE-SHEAF toward heaven and the Father. And in like manner as the OFFERING was raised and let down, Christ ascended to heaven to His Father, and returned on that same day (John 20: 17; Matt. 28:9).

The barley and wheat harvest continued from the day of the WAVE-SHEAF till Pentecost. It was a type of the spiritual HARVEST which has been underway in the Church ever since. But no more of it was waved till the fiftieth day. Then TWO WAVE LOAVES made of flour were brought out of the habitations of the people. The priest raised them, waved them toward heaven and lowered them. What of these TWO LOAVES? They represented the many additional firstfruits to be given eternal life from both Old Testament and New Testament periods (James 1:18; Rom. 16:5; Rev . 14:1-4). The LOAVES were baked with LEAVEN, which represented SIN (I Cor. 5:7), for all of us have sinned -- unlike Christ.

RAISING the LOAVES symbolizes our actual cutting loose from the earth, the end of our dependence on the physical. It symbolizes the RESURRECTION and ASCENTION into the air to meet Christ -- all one event. Some will yet be living at that time and will not be resurrected at all, but "changed in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye" (I Cor. 15:51-52; I Thess. 4: 13-18). But just as the priest RAISED the LOAVES up and let them DOWN, so shall WE all ASCEND into the clouds -- before later RETURNING to earth with Christ, as His feet stand in that day on the mount of Olives (Zech. 14:4).

The ritual of Leviticus 23, with all its added Mishnaic features, clearly describes and identifies Christ. No wonder that tens of thousands of first-century Jews -- the people who knew the most about Bible prophecies (and the Exodus and about Leviticus 23) -- believed. Too many coincidences had come to pass.

 


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