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The Scriptures and First Fruits

Oct 9, 2012 by     4 Comments    Posted under: Uncategorized

There are so many “duh” moments once you begin to understand the Torah and then read the writings of the Disciples and Paul. The writings in your Bible begin to “POP” all over the place.

Have you ever encountered the thought that every time you see the word scriptures in your New Testament, its actually referring to the Torah or the writings of the prophets? After all, at the time the New Testament was being written, THERE WAS NO NEW TESTAMENT! What you had were only the Torah (first five books of the Bible) and the writings of the Prophets.

Actually there are three parts together called the TaNaKh

  • Torah (tor-AH) — The Law, also called the Pentateuch (Greek for “five books”)
  • Nebiim ( neh-veh-EEM) — The Prophets
  • Ketubim (keh-tu-VEEM) — The Writings

During the time of Yeshua/Jesus and the Disciples and Paul, that is ALL they had!

We live in these modern days where software programs allow us to do instant word searches of the Bible. Try sometime to do a word search on “Scriptures” in the New Testament and ponder for a bit on how that word is used throughout your results.

Let’s give a great example!

1 Corinthians 15:4
“And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the SCRIPTURES:”

What could this be referring to? Your first thought might be in Matthew 12:40 where Yeshua/Jesus himself gives the sign of Jonah. But at the time Paul’s letter was sent to the believers in Corinth, the Gospel of Matthew was not available and some scholars agree that it wasn’t even written yet. So Paul is not referring to Matthew 12:40.

So how can Paul state that He (Yeshua) rose again on the third day according to the scriptures? He GIVES us a BIG Clue just a few verses later.

1 Corinthians 15:20
But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the FIRSTFRUITS of them that slept.

This is why its SO important to understand and read the Torah before you can begin to understand the back of the book. First Fruits was the day during the Feast of Unleavened Bread where the 50 day count began toward the Feast of Pentecost (Shavuot) as stated in Leviticus 23:10-17

That is the SCRIPTURE Paul is referring to in 1 Corinthians 15:4. He can easily show that Yeshua/Jesus fulfilled the Spring Feasts of the Father given in the Torah by His death, burial and resurrection (first fruits). First Fruits being the day after the weekly Sabbath during the Feast of Unleavened Bread as started in the chart below.

Three days and three nights with our Messiah being raised on the day of First Fruits, beginning the count toward the Feast of Pentecost (Shavuot) 49 days later.

We really need to be careful when we read the back of the book without first reading and understanding the front of the book. Otherwise, our ability to Err can be greatly increased as our Messiah said Himself.

Matthew 22:29
“Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the SCRIPTURES, nor the power of God.”


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  • I wish this teaching was more widely known. Frankly I find it embarrassing when my Christian friends use these “proof texts”, which even remotely include the word “Scripture”, in order to validate the NT! Skeptics or people like me just simply point out that this is circular reasoning- one cannot prove the validity of a document from the texts within the same. There seems to be a lack of critical thinking amongst those who really, really need to authenticate the NT as “Scripture”. All their doctrines depend on it. For those of us who know Torah and the Prophets, there is no shame in saying, ‘Yep, the New Covenant writings are a glorified commentary of the Tanakh’ because that’s what it truly is. We know the NT magnifies the Tanakh with no contradictions: the gospels show how Yeshua is Messiah, and the epistles are answers to previous proposed questions from assemblies. In a way, we will never know the exact context of the epistles, since we only see half the conversation (in other words, we see the answers without the questions that were raised)! Now I believe that the NT is a gift, and useful for all time. In contrast, most Protestant doctrines come from obscure, out-of-context and often mistranslated passages from Rav Shaul- which again is only 50% of a conversation. Sadly, some of these doctrines contradict not only the Tanakh but Messiah as well. Another thing which disturbs me is that Bible study groups barely read the Tanakh anyway- I went almost two years in small group settings, without reading anything before Matthew! After 13 years of attending such studies in mainstream Protestant and Charismatic circles, I’m convinced that not only are many ignorant to this fact, they NEED it to be true as well.

  • Quick question: you said here that the Messiah was raised on the day of First Fruits (in the sentence just below your Easter Fraud chart)…which is the day after the weekly Sabbath (your sentence just above the Easter Fraud chart). So he was raised on the Sunday? Your chart has him raised on the Sabbath.
    I thought the First Fruits was the day he ascended, briefly (remember his words to Mary, “don’t touch me I have not yet ascended to my father”)
    Tad confused.
    Thanks for your great work though.

    • Yes Glenn! Remember that our day starts at midnight. For the first century Jew/Hebrew, Sunday started at sundown on what we call Saturday. Does that make sense?

  • Thanks for responding Zac.
    Yep, I realize the hours of the day are the opposite to what we in the west understand – theirs being the night hours coming first….the 24hr “day” starting at sunset.

    I’m not sure, but I don’t think you addressed my issue, or I am just way more thick-headed than I thought! 🙂

    I don’t get this:
    Quote: (Your first words just below the Easter Chart) “Three days and three nights with the Messiah being RAISED on the day of FIRST FRUITS.” (all capitals for emphasis – not yelling)
    Then…if we look to your Easter Fraud chart it has the word “RESURRECTED” pointing at just before sunset on Saturday (the weekly Sabbath). I also see the words “First Fruits” just below the word “Sunday” on the far right had circle.
    What I’m saying is your quote and your chart don’t seem to match with you saying he was raised ON First Fruits but your chart pointing to his resurrection on the DAY BEFORE First Fruits.

    Sorry to bug you with this,

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