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Earth or Sky Signs?
March 27, 2021
[We are continually debating when the year begins and what is the sign or signs we are to look for. One of the least discussed is Shavot, the last of the grain feasts. But even this has tempers hot at times. So let us look at the sign or signs given for the wave sheaf.]
(Gen 1:14 KJV) And Almighty said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
[The sky signs are to mark the seasons which are spring, summer, fall, and winter. All are marked by the equinox s and the solstices.
Our days are marked by the sun and our years by the spring equinox.]
(Lev 23:1-2 KJV) And Yahweh spake unto Moses, saying, 23:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of Yahweh, which ye shall proclaim to be set-apart convocations, even these are My feasts.
(Lev 23:9-14 KJV) And Yahweh 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 first fruits of your harvest unto the priest: 23:11 And he shall wave the sheaf before Yahweh, 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 Yahweh. 23:13 And the meat offering thereof shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil, an offering made by fire unto Yahweh for a sweet savour: and the drink offering thereof shall be of wine, the fourth part of an hin. 23:14 And ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that ye have brought an offering unto your Almighty it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
[There is no sky sign for this observance, it is strictly earth, the harvest. Be the beginning of the year in good growing years or poor if there is a grain harvest they are to bring a wave sheaf to present before Yahweh.
When are they to bring it? When they reap the harvest! You are not to eat of the new harvest until the offering has been made. This is not a hand full or an arm full, it is when the entire field is ready to harvest.
Nothing is said to link this offering to Passover except its instructions follows those instructions. There certainly would have been a problem if they had stayed in Egypt for the harvest was destroyed. This offering was to be made in the land Yahweh gave them, not before.
These directions set up the timing of the next feast, which is a summer harvest.
The Sabbath spoken of is the weekly Sabbath therefore the sheaf would always be offered on the first day of the week.
These are the only instructions regarding the timing of this offering.]
(Lev 23:5-6 KJV) In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is Yahweh's passover. 23:6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto Yahweh: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.
[This feast is determined by the turn of the year. Although there is no mention of the equinox in scripture it is the sky sign for the turning of the year. There is no mention of an earth sign to set this feast. We know when the first Passover took place for we are given earth signs to tell us the time of the year. Egypt is south of Israel and would have an earlier harvest but the turn of the year is the same around the earth within a day.]
(Lev 23:15-22 KJV) 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: 23:16 Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto Yahweh. 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 first fruits unto Yahweh.23:18 And ye shall offer with the bread seven lambs without blemish of the first year, and one young bullock, and two rams: they shall be for a burnt offering unto Yahweh, with their meat offering, and their drink offerings, even an offering made by fire, of sweet savour unto Yahweh. 23:19 Then ye shall sacrifice one kid of the goats for a sin offering, and two lambs of the first year for a sacrifice of peace offerings. 23:20 And the priest shall wave them with the bread of the first fruits for a wave offering before Yahweh, with the two lambs: they shall be set-apart to Yahweh for the priest. 23:21 And ye shall proclaim on the selfsame day, that it may be an set-apart convocation unto you: ye shall do no servile work therein: it shall be a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughout your generations. 23:22 And when ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of the corners of thy 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 Yahweh your Almighty.
[If the wave sheaf is always offered on the first day of the week then the Sabbath spoken of would be the Sabbath preceding the wave sheaf offering. The offering would be day 1 of the count. Earth signs are the only way to set this feast because of the changeable cycles of the growing season. Sometimes early sometimes late, and sometimes there is no harvest. If Yahweh has not blessed with a harvest then where will be the thankful heart for this feast?]
(Exo 12:17 KJV) And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever. 12:18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.
(Lev 23:24 KJV) Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an set-apart convocation.
(Lev 23:27 KJV) Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an set-apart convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto Yahweh.
(Lev 23:34 KJV) Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto Yahweh.
(Lev 23:36 KJV) Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto Yahweh: on the eighth day shall be an set-apart convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto Yahweh: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.
[Passover, unleavened bread, trumpets, atonement, tabernacles and its eighth day are firmly set with the beginning of the year being set by a sky sign and each month set by a sky sign. Only shavuot, the feast of weeks, is dependent on earth signs. If we give up demanding that the wave sheaf offering is tied to the Passover and unleavened bread the deputes on the timing would disappear.
Surely there must be others who have seen this in the past, but I have been unable to find any evidence of it. The Christians have much to say about the manner for the count, but do not question the custom of tying the feast of unleavened to this feast.
All believers would be keeping shavuot as a seasonal feast. This would not change any other feasts for all the other feasts have a set time given by the number of the month and the number of the day within that month for each feast. The actual feast would always fall within the year so there would always be three major feasts each year. Shavuot would not be dependent on the beginning of the year.]
(Exo 23:17 KJV) Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Most High Yahweh.
[Because this follows the giving of the feasts it is reasonable to say it is the feasts that set their appearance in Jerusalem at the temple. For Passover/Unleavened Bread and Tabernacles they would all come at the same time, but for Shavuot it could be spread over several months as they would come at the time of their local harvest.
If we depend on sky signs for the beginning of the year and months and earth signs for the spring harvests most of the controversy would cease. The sky signs are the same the world around, earth signs are local.
Yahweh did not give Israel all the feasts in Egypt but tied their beginning to the entering into the promised land. With this understanding all the earth would be keeping the feasts without the need for communication.]
(Jos 5:10-12 KJV) And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho. 5:11 KJV) And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day. 5:12 And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.
[There is no mention of a wave sheaf offering tied to unleavened bread or otherwise for the Israelite's had not had a harvest that year but ate what the natives had harvested, therefore Shavuot might not have been kept the first year they were in the land.
I have been called to teach scripture, as it is written, such that a child could understand once they have a grasp on language. This seems that simple. Yahweh is not the author of confusion, the enemy is the source of all confusion.]
[A warning from Yahshua
(Mar 7:7-9 AFV) But in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men.' 7:8 For leaving the commandment of Almigty, you hold fast the tradition of men, such as the washing of pots and cups; and you practice many other things like this." 7:9 Then He said to them, "Full well do you reject the commandment of Almighty, so that you may observe your own tradition.]
Additional scriptures: Ex. 34.22, Num. 28.26, Deu. 16.10 & 16, 2Ch 8.13.