THE HARVEST OF LIVES: THE PROPHECY OF THE DIFFERENT RESURRECTIONS (Part 2)
The Resurrection of Christ and the Festival of Unfermented Cakes, The Harvest of Barley (in spring)
Jesus Christ died on the Nisan 14th (Jewish calendar month), like the Passover Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world: “See, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). Thus, death of Christ as sacrifice, on Nisan 14th of AD 33, was the prophetic fulfillment of the Passover, as the Apostle Paul, a specialist of the Mosaic Law, wrote under inspiration: “Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed” (1 Corinthians 5: 7).
On Nisan 16th, God raised his Son Jesus Christ on the third day: “God raised this one up on the third day and allowed him to become manifest” (Acts 10:40). What did the Law require on the same date of Nisan 16th? “Speak to the Israelites and tell them, ‘When you eventually come into the land that I am giving you and you have reaped its harvest, you must bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. And he will wave the sheaf back and forth before Jehovah to gain approval for you. The priest should wave it on the day after the Sabbath” (Leviticus 23: 10,11).
Interestingly, Jesus Christ died the day before a Sabbath, a Friday (John 19:31). On the Sabbath (Saturday), the second day, Christ was in the grave. “The day after the Sabbath” (Sunday), the third day, Jesus Christ has been resurrected (John 20: 1 “On the first day of the week” is Sunday in the Jewish calendar). Therefore, the “firstfruits” of the harvest represent the resurrection of Christ. And it is confirmed by the Apostle Paul, under inspiration: “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep in death” (1 Corinthians 15:20). This biblical text shows that the resurrection is a future “harvest” of humans brought back to life by God, through Christ: “the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep in death”.
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