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Episode: “First Fruits”
In this feast, “wave offerings”—two loaves of bread, representing the Church and the Chosen—are presented to the Lord for the new harvest season. The editor of the magazine Eretz (The Land) shared insights about the ancient similarities between modern Judaism and the present-day Church.
Series: “The Holy Days of Our Lord (2012)”
with Myles and Katharine Weiss
On location in Israel, we created this presentation of the holidays our Lord celebrated. Given to Moses on Mt. Sinai, these celebrations comprise one of the most fascinating studies of Biblical types and shadows. Since knowledge of these feasts seems to repose mainly with Jewish people, whether Messianic or other, we wanted to acquaint our large audience with this information. Few churches or seminaries teach what we take up in this series. Below are descriptions of each program.

Caption transcript for The Holy Days of Our Lord (2012): “First Fruits” (4/11)

  • 00:02 IT IS WRITTEN IN THE SCRIPTURES
  • 00:04 THAT WE SHOULD JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM THREE TIMES A YEAR.
  • 00:07 WE ARE GOING UP TO THE CITY OF GOD...
  • 00:10 TO JERUSALEM TO CELEBRATE.
  • 00:17 THE LORD TOLD THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL TO HONOR SEVEN HOLY CELEBRATIONS EACH YEAR
  • 00:22 INVOLVING THREE JOURNEYS TO JERUSALEM.
  • 00:24 EACH FESTIVAL WOULD BE UNIQUELY FULFILLED IN THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH.
  • 00:43 SHALOM AND WELCOME
  • 00:45 TO ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 00:46 I'M MYLES.
  • 00:47 THIS IS KATHARINE.
  • 00:48 AND WE ARE CONTINUING IN OUR SERIES
  • 00:49 "THE HOLY DAYS OF OUR LORD".
  • 00:52 ZOLA DID A WONDERFUL THING BEFORE HE WENT TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:55 HE MADE THIS SERIES ON ALL THE FEASTS OF THE LORD
  • 00:58 AND IT REALLY GIVES US AN IDEA OF GOD'S CALENDAR.
  • 01:00 LAST WEEK WE LEARNED ABOUT THE "FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD"
  • 01:04 AND WHAT FOLLOWS IS THE "FEAST OF FIRST FRUITS"
  • 01:07 AND THAT'S WHAT WE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT TODAY.
  • 01:08 AND I GREW UP CELEBRATING EASTER
  • 01:11 AND I HAD NO IDEA THAT IT WAS ACTUALLY "FIRST FRUITS"
  • 01:14 IS WHAT GOD CALLS IT IN HIS CALENDAR...
  • 01:16 NOT "ISHTAR" AFTER A PAGAN GOD.
  • 01:19 YES AND SO ZOLA'S GOING TO DO A WONDERFUL JOB
  • 01:22 OF EXPLAINING TO US HOW "FIRST FRUITS"
  • 01:24 IS ACTUALLY "RESURRECTION SUNDAY"
  • 01:26 AND LEADS TO THE BIRTH OF THE CHURCH 50 DAYS LATER.
  • 01:30 SO LET'S JOIN ZOLA ON LOCATION
  • 01:32 AS HE TELLS US ABOUT THE "FEAST OF FIRST FRUITS".
  • 01:37 THE LORD SAID TO MOSES,
  • 01:39 "SPEAK TO THE ISRAELITES AND SAY TO THEM,"
  • 01:42 "WHEN YOU ENTER THE LAND I AM GOING TO GIVE YOU AND YOU REAP THE HARVEST,"
  • 01:46 "BRING TO THE PRIEST A SHEAF OF THE FIRST GRAIN YOU HARVEST,"
  • 01:50 "THE FIRST FRUITS OF YOUR LABORS WHICH YOU HAVE SOWN IN THE FIELD."
  • 01:54 "BRING THE WHOLE TITHE INTO THE STOREHOUSE."
  • 01:57 "TEST ME IN THIS AND SEE IF I WILL NOT THROW OPEN THE FLOOD GATES OF HEAVEN"
  • 02:02 "AND POUR OUT SO MUCH BLESSING THAT YOU WILL NOT HAVE ROOM ENOUGH FOR IT."
  • 02:07 "THEN ALL THE NATIONS WILL CALL YOU BLESSED"
  • 02:10 "FOR YOURS WILL BE A DELIGHTFUL LAND," SAYS THE LORD.
  • 02:16 SHALOM, HELLO AGAIN.
  • 02:18 WELL WHY ARE WE IN A GRAVEYARD?
  • 02:19 WELL, WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT RESURRECTION TODAY.
  • 02:21 THERE IS A FEAST,
  • 02:23 ONE OF THE SEVEN DEDICATED SPECIFICALLY TO RESURRECTION.
  • 02:26 BEHIND ME YOU SEE TWO OF THE HOLY LAND CHURCHES.
  • 02:29 THAT'S THE MOUNT OF OLIVES.
  • 02:31 WE'RE ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES
  • 02:32 ACTUALLY THE INCLINE HERE,
  • 02:35 AND THE CHURCH UP ON THIS SIDE IS A ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
  • 02:38 WHERE THE LORD TRADITIONALLY WEPT OVER JERUSALEM AND SAID, "OH JERUSALEM, JERUSALEM."
  • 02:43 AND ON THE OTHER SIDE, TO MY RIGHT WITH THE GOLDEN TOPS IS THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH,
  • 02:51 AND THERE'S A ROMAN CATHOLIC BELOW AT THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE.
  • 02:55 YOU KNOW LEVITICUS 23:10 TELLS US ABOUT THE FESTIVAL OF FIRST FRUITS.
  • 03:01 IT SAYS,
  • 03:15 AND HE GOES ON TO HONOR SUNDAY.
  • 03:24 THIS WAS A FESTIVAL OBVIOUSLY THEY COULDN'T DO OUT IN THE WILDERNESS
  • 03:28 BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE CROPS.
  • 03:29 WHY DID THEY GO DOWN TO EGYPT?
  • 03:31 THE LAND WAS IN FAMINE WHEN THEY LEFT.
  • 03:35 PROBABLY IN THE EXODUS THEY APPROACHED MOSES AND SAID, WHY ARE YOU TAKING US BACK THERE?
  • 03:39 ACCORDING TO MY GREAT-GREAT-GREAT GRANDFATHER OR WHATEVER,
  • 03:42 NOBODY COULD LIVE THERE.
  • 03:43 IT WAS DRY...
  • 03:45 THE HERDS WERE DYING.
  • 03:46 YOU COULDN'T PLANT...
  • 03:47 THERE WAS NO RAIN.
  • 03:48 WHY ARE WE GOING BACK TO A LAND LIKE THAT?
  • 03:50 WELL THE LAND HAS BEEN CHANGED.
  • 03:52 THAT'S WHY GOD SAYS HE WANTS A THANK OFFERING.
  • 03:54 HE HAD CHANGED THE LAND.
  • 03:56 WHEN THEY SENT THE SPIES IN,
  • 03:57 JOSHUA AND CALEB AT KADESH BARNEA,
  • 04:00 IT TOOK THE TWO MEN TO CARRY A BUNCH OF GRAPES AND THIS SORT OF THING.
  • 04:03 THE LAND WAS REALLY FERTILE.
  • 04:05 IT HAD BEEN CHANGED.
  • 04:07 IT WAS NOW A LAND OF PLENTY.
  • 04:09 THE THREE NEW HOLIDAYS OCCURRED DURING THE COUNTING FROM FIRST FRUITS OVER TO PENTECOST.
  • 04:16 THIS IS A PROBLEM BECAUSE THE CHRISTIANS COUNT FROM FIRST FRUITS AS SCRIPTURE SAYS.
  • 04:24 WHEN YOU COME TO THE FESTIVAL OF PENTECOST IT SAYS IN VERSE 15,
  • 04:38 WELL IT SAYS FROM THE DAY YOU BROUGHT THE SHEAF FOR THE WAVE OFFERING.
  • 04:41 WELL THAT'S FROM FIRST FRUITS.
  • 04:42 BUT THE JEWISH PEOPLE COUNT THE THING FROM THE SECOND DAY AFTER PASSOVER
  • 04:47 BECAUSE AT SOME POINT IN THEIR HISTORY THEY GOT RID OF THIS FEAST OF FIRST FRUITS.
  • 04:52 IT WAS SO OBVIOUS THAT THIS SUNDAY AFTER THE PASSOVER REPRESENTED THE RESURRECTION
  • 04:57 AND THAT THE LORD WAS RAISED ON THIS DAY.
  • 05:00 MY OWN THEORY IS THAT IN THE FIRST CENTURY THERE WAS SO MUCH POWERFUL WITNESSING
  • 05:05 BY MESSIANIC JEWS WALKING ONE WAY DOWN THE STREET ON FIRST FRUITS SUNDAY
  • 05:10 AND THE UNSAVED JEWS WALKING THE OTHER WAY
  • 05:13 AND THE MESSIANICS SAID TO THEM,
  • 05:14 "WELL THAT'S FOOLISH, YOU'RE STILL WAVING CROPS."
  • 05:16 "DON'T YOU KNOW A MAN WAS RESURRECTED AND GRAVES OPENED IN JERUSALEM?"
  • 05:20 "THAT'S THE POINT OF THE THING."
  • 05:21 "COME WITH US."
  • 05:22 "HEAR WHAT REALLY HAPPENED."
  • 05:23 AND THEY PROBABLY DID.
  • 05:25 AND THAT'S HOW PEOPLE ARE.
  • 05:27 THE RABBIS MUST HAVE SAT DOWN AND SAID,
  • 05:29 "THERE ARE TOO MANY CONVERTS,"
  • 05:31 "WE'VE GOT TO GET RID OF THE FEASTS",
  • 05:32 AND THEY GOT RID OF IT.
  • 05:34 PROBLEM...THE SCRIPTURE SAYS TO COUNT FROM FIRST FRUITS AND OVER TO PENTECOST.
  • 05:38 WHEN YOU GET OVER TO PENTECOST, SUNDAY IS HONORED AGAIN.
  • 05:54 SO THE COUNTING STARTS ON SUNDAY AT FIRST FRUITS,
  • 05:58 IT ENDS ON SUNDAY AT PENTECOST.
  • 06:00 BUT WHEN YOU THROW OUT FIRST FRUITS AND YOU PICK A DIFFERENT STARTING POINT
  • 06:04 IT WON'T END ON SUNDAY.
  • 06:05 OH ONE YEAR IN SEVEN IT MIGHT.
  • 06:07 THIS IS THE ANSWER TO WHY TO THE CHRISTIAN
  • 06:11 PENTECOST IS ALWAYS ON A SUNDAY IN MAY OR EARLY JUNE,
  • 06:14 THEN THE JEWISH PENTECOST IS MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, ANY DAY...
  • 06:18 THEY COUNT FROM A DIFFERENT POINT.
  • 06:21 WELL I CHECKED THAT OUT.
  • 06:22 I HAD THE MOST INTERESTING DISCUSSION WITH AN ORTHODOX FRIEND HERE IN JERUSALEM.
  • 06:26 I WANTED TO LOOK AT THE HEBREW SCRIPTURES
  • 06:28 AND WE GOT DOWN A HEBREW/ENGLISH BIBLE AND CHECKED OUT HOW THEY COULD GET OUT OF THIS,
  • 06:36 IN OTHER WORDS HOW THEY COULD COUNT FROM A DIFFERENT DAY.
  • 06:39 WHAT HAD HAPPENED WAS THE ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS HAVE BEEN ENGINEERED.
  • 06:43 IN VERSE 10 SABBATH IS CHANGED TO "DAY OF REST".
  • 06:47 WELL NOW YOU CAN APPLY THAT TO PASSOVER, TO UNLEAVENED BREAD,
  • 06:51 TO THE DAY AFTER UNLEAVENED BREAD IS THE DAY OF REST AND SO ON.
  • 06:54 THAT MODELED THAT ONE,
  • 06:56 AND IN VERSE 15, THE MORROW AFTER THE SABBATH,
  • 06:59 OR THE DAY AFTER SABBATH,
  • 07:01 WAS CHANGED TO THE DAY AFTER THE SEVENTH WEEK.
  • 07:04 SO IT ALLOWED FOR, IF YOU FOLLOW ME, A WRONG DAY.
  • 07:09 AND ALL THAT HAPPENED...
  • 07:10 WE LOOKED AT THE HEBREW VERSES...
  • 07:12 THEY BOTH SAY "SHABBAT"
  • 07:14 IN HEBREW - "SABBATH".
  • 07:15 BUT THEY CHANGED ONE TO DAY OF REST
  • 07:17 AND ONE TO THE DAY AFTER THE SEVENTH WEEK.
  • 07:20 IN OTHER WORDS THEY FIGURED OUT A DOCTRINE.
  • 07:21 THEY GOT RID OF A FEAST AND THEN ENGINEERED THE TORAH ITSELF.
  • 07:25 THEY CHANGED THE SCRIPTURE IN THE TRANSLATION
  • 07:28 SO THAT ENGLISH READING PEOPLE COULD BE SATISFIED WITH THE WAY THEY'RE DOING IT.
  • 07:32 THEY'RE NOT THE ONLY ONES.
  • 07:34 THE CHRISTIANS CHANGED "FIRST FRUITS" TO "EASTER"
  • 07:38 AND THAT'S A MIGHTY STRANGE ONE THERE.
  • 07:41 "FIRST FRUITS" IS THE NAME OF THIS SUNDAY AFTER PASSOVER.
  • 07:45 EASTER IS THE NAME OF THE BABYLONIAN GODDESS ISHTAR.
  • 07:48 I'VE TAUGHT THIS BEFORE IN OTHER CONTEXTS,
  • 07:50 BUT ISHTAR WAS A GODDESS OF FERTILITY.
  • 07:53 THAT'S DIFFERENT FROM RESURRECTION.
  • 07:54 THE BABYLONIANS HELD FERTILITY RITES EVERY SPRING.
  • 07:58 THEY PUT ON NEW OUTFITS BECAUSE THE TREES WERE PUTTING ON NEW CLOTHES.
  • 08:02 THEY WORSHIPPED THE THINGS IN NATURE THAT ARE FERTILE -
  • 08:05 THE RABBIT, THE EGGS...
  • 08:07 DOES ANY OF THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?
  • 08:09 WE HAVE TAKEN THE BABYLONIAN FESTIVAL
  • 08:11 AND SOMEHOW AMALGAMATED IT WITH THE RESURRECTION DAY OF THE LORD.
  • 08:15 THAT'S REALLY A MISTAKE
  • 08:17 WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT, AN EGG HUNT IS AN ATTEMPT AT PREGNANCY.
  • 08:21 IT'S A FERTILITY RITE.
  • 08:24 WE REALLY SHOULDN'T DO THAT.
  • 08:26 WE SHOULD CELEBRATE THE LORD'S RESURRECTION BUT NOT FERTILITY.
  • 08:28 FERTILITY IS CHEAP.
  • 08:30 EVERY LIVING THING IS FERTILE.
  • 08:31 IT'S RESURRECTION THAT YOU ONLY GET FROM JESUS CHRIST.
  • 08:35 YOU KNOW 1 CORINTHIANS 15:22 SAYS,
  • 08:49 WELL, IF HIS NUMBER IN THE RESURRECTION WAS ONE,
  • 08:52 HE'S THE FIRST FRUITS OF THEM THAT GOD CALLS FORTH.
  • 08:55 HE IS THE FIRST MAN PERMANENTLY RESURRECTED.
  • 08:58 WELL THEN IF THERE'S A ONE, THEN THERE'S A TWO AND A THREE AND A FOUR AND SO ON.
  • 09:02 IF THERE'S A FIRST FRUIT THERE'S A SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH, FIFTH...
  • 09:05 AND INDEED THOSE EARLY NUMBERS WERE TAKEN BY THE PEOPLE WHO CAME OUT OF THEIR GRAVES
  • 09:08 WHEN THE LORD WAS RESURRECTED IN JERUSALEM.
  • 09:11 MATTHEW 27:54 SAYS AT THE TIME OF HIS RESURRECTION
  • 09:15 GRAVES OPENED AND PEOPLE WERE WALKING ABOUT IN THE STREETS
  • 09:18 AND THAT PEOPLE KNEW WHAT A SHOCKING THING TO SEE
  • 09:20 A RELATIVE COME DOWN THE STREET YOU BURIED 10 YEARS BEFORE
  • 09:24 IN PERFECT CONDITION,
  • 09:26 RESURRECTED OBVIOUSLY.
  • 09:28 WELL IF THEY HAVE THE LOW NUMBERS
  • 09:30 WE HAVE THE HIGHER NUMBERS
  • 09:32 AND THERE'S A NUMBER FOR EVERYBODY IN THIS RESURRECTION.
  • 09:34 WE EVIDENTLY PROCEED IN RANKS IN THE ORDER WE WERE SAVED I PRESUME.
  • 09:39 THIS IS A WONDERFUL THING
  • 09:41 BECAUSE WHEN YOU GO INTO ONE OF THESE BUSY STORES AND THEY GIVE YOU A NUMBER,
  • 09:44 YOU KNOW THAT YOU'LL BE SERVED IN YOUR TURN.
  • 09:47 AND SO THAT'S HOW IT IS.
  • 09:49 IT SAYS, WHEREFORE COMFORT ONE ANOTHER WITH THESE WORDS.
  • 09:51 I THINK THAT SHOULD MAKE EVERYBODY QUITE COMFORTABLE.
  • 09:54 YOU WON'T BE FORGOTTEN IN THIS RESURRECTION.
  • 09:56 THE GOSPEL SAYS THE HAIRS OF YOUR HEAD ARE ALL NUMBERED.
  • 09:59 IT SAYS THE DEAD IN CHRIST WILL RISE FIRST.
  • 10:01 WELL OBVIOUSLY, THEY HAVE LOWER NUMBERS.
  • 10:04 NOW THESE GRAVES THAT OPENED UP, WHAT WAS THAT ABOUT?
  • 10:08 WELL IT WAS FIRST FRUITS AND JESUS HAD RESURRECTED IN THE MORNING AND HE OWED AN OFFERING.
  • 10:15 HE ALWAYS KEPT ALL THE LAW.
  • 10:17 WELL THE FARMERS WHO RAISED CROPS
  • 10:19 BROUGHT IN THE FIRST FRUITS OF THEIR EARTH AND SO FORTH TO THE TEMPLE TO BE WAVED.
  • 10:24 JESUS DOES NOT RAISE CROPS,
  • 10:26 JESUS RAISES PEOPLE.
  • 10:27 SO HE MUST HAVE RAISED A FEW AS HIS OFFERING ON THAT FIRST FRUITS SUNDAY.
  • 10:51 SHA'A'LU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 10:55 SHA'A'LU, SHA'A'LU SHALOM
  • 10:59 IN THE HOLY CITY OF JERUSALEM
  • 11:06 WE WILL PRAY FOR PEACE
  • 11:09 SHA'A'LU SHALOM
  • 11:19 HELLO, I'M WAYNE FOURNIER
  • 11:21 AND I WANT TO PERSONALLY INVITE YOU TO COME WITH US ON A TOUR OF THE HOLY LAND.
  • 11:26 WITH A ZOLA LEVITT TOUR YOU TRAVEL WITH MYLES AND KATHARINE WEISS
  • 11:30 PLUS YOU HAVE THE ADDED BENEFIT OF AN ISRAELI TOUR GUIDE WHO IS A FOLLOWER OF YESHUA.
  • 11:35 OUR FOUNDER ZOLA LEVITT ESTABLISHED THIS MINISTRY IN 1979.
  • 11:39 TODAY... WE CONTINUE TO BRING YOU THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL FROM A MESSIANIC PERSPECTIVE.
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  • 12:23 THANK YOU
  • 12:25 NOW LET'S GO BACK TO THE PROGRAM
  • 12:31 OUR LOCATION IS NEAR THE FAMOUS TEMPLE MOUNT IN JERUSALEM
  • 12:35 WHERE THE TRIBULATION TEMPLE AND THE GREAT MILLENNIAL TEMPLE WILL STAND.
  • 12:39 OF COURSE PEOPLE ARE BURIED HERE BECAUSE THEY WANT TO BE IN THE RESURRECTION.
  • 12:43 IT'S A GRAVEYARD.
  • 12:44 WE'RE TALKING ABOUT RESURRECTION
  • 12:46 AND THESE PEOPLE ARE BURIED HERE BECAUSE AFTER ALL
  • 12:48 ZECHARIAH 14:4 SAYS,
  • 12:50 HIS FEET WILL STAND THAT DAY UPON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES,
  • 12:52 WHICH IS NEXT TO JERUSALEM ON THE EAST.
  • 12:54 THAT IS WHERE WE ARE.
  • 12:56 THIS IS JUST EAST OF THE TEMPLE
  • 12:58 AND THE LORD WILL COME DOWN THE TOP OF THIS MOUNTAIN TO MY LEFT
  • 13:02 AND COME DOWN THIS WAY
  • 13:04 AND THESE PEOPLE WANT TO BE FIRST IN THE RESURRECTION
  • 13:07 AND MAYBE THEY WILL BE.
  • 13:09 YOU KNOW GOD CREATED MAN ON THE 6TH DAY
  • 13:12 AND ON THE 7TH DAY HE RESTED.
  • 13:14 THAT'S BASIC BIBLE.
  • 13:17 BUT WHEN WE CONSIDER JESUS DIED ON THE 6TH DAY, FRIDAY,
  • 13:21 AND ON THE 7TH DAY HE RESTED TOO...SATURDAY.
  • 13:25 BUT HE ROSE ON SUNDAY, THE 8TH DAY...THE FIRST DAY OF A NEW KIND OF CREATION.
  • 13:31 ADAM BROUGHT US DEATH.
  • 13:33 I MEAN AFTER THE DAYS OF CREATION
  • 13:35 HE STARTED OFF, HE SINNED, AND BROUGHT DEATH INTO THE WORLD.
  • 13:39 BUT JESUS BROUGHT RESURRECTION, THE CURE FOR DEATH.
  • 13:42 WE NOW HAVE A DIFFERENT KIND OF SPIRITUAL SOCIETY, ONE IN WHICH WE CAN SURVIVE BY RESURRECTION,
  • 13:48 AND DO NOT HAVE TO BE PERMANENTLY SEPARATED FROM GOD,
  • 13:52 WHICH IS THE BIBLICAL DEFINITION OF DEATH, OR AT LEAST THE SECOND DEATH.
  • 13:57 SO ISRAEL, AS THE FIRST FRUITS WAS PLANNED TO BE RESURRECTED
  • 14:02 AND ALL THOSE WHO WILL BELIEVE IN ISRAEL
  • 14:04 AND WILL BE ADOPTED AND BELIEVE IN THE JEWISH MESSIAH.
  • 14:07 JEREMIAH 2:3 SAYS VERY SIMPLY,
  • 14:14 FARMER'S INCREASE IS CROPS.
  • 14:16 THE LORD'S INCREASE IS SOULS, RESURRECTED LIVES,
  • 14:21 AND ISRAEL IS THE TYPE OF THAT, THE BEGINNING OF THAT,
  • 14:24 THE CHOSEN-NESS OF ISRAEL GOES ON THROUGH THE CHURCH.
  • 14:27 THE HARVEST HAD REALLY BEGUN.
  • 14:30 AS A PRACTICAL MATTER THE FIRST FRUITS REMIND US OF THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT,
  • 14:36 OR AS CHRIST SAID, YOU'LL KNOW MY DISCIPLES BY THEIR FRUITS.
  • 14:40 THE BELIEVERS HAVE GOOD FRUITS
  • 14:43 AND THEY ARE DESCRIBED IN GALATIANS 5:22,
  • 14:46 THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT WHICH ACCOMPANY THE BELIEVERS,
  • 15:02 WE ALL HAVE GIFTS OF THESE WAYS OF LIVING WHEN WE COME TO THE LORD.
  • 15:09 WE JUST NEED TO USE THEM TO BE IN TOUCH WITH HIM.
  • 15:12 YOU KNOW NONE OF THE HARVEST COULD BE TOUCHED UNTIL THE FIRST FRUITS WERE OFFERED.
  • 15:18 AND THE KINGDOM CAN'T REALLY START UNTIL ALL SOULS,
  • 15:21 ALL THE REST OF THE RESURRECTION IS CALLED IN.
  • 15:25 THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH WILL BE ONE ADDITION TO THE KINGDOM.
  • 15:28 WELL THE ORIGINALS, OF COURSE, THE OLD TESTAMENT SAINTS,
  • 15:30 WHICH GOD IN HIS FORBEARANCE WILL SAVE IN THE END,
  • 15:34 ROMANS 3:25, BECAUSE THEIR SACRIFICES WERE MADE;
  • 15:39 THEY DEMONSTRATED THEIR FAITH,
  • 15:40 AND WHEN MESSIAH COMES HE LOOKS AT THEIR ACCOUNTS,
  • 15:42 SEES THEM FULFILLED, AND THEY ARE SAVED.
  • 15:45 THEN COMES THE CHURCH, THE BELIEVERS FROM PENTECOST TO THE RAPTURE.
  • 15:49 THEY OF COURSE GO TO HEAVEN TRANSLATED LIKE ENOCH AND ELIJAH,
  • 15:54 AND THEY TOO WILL GO TO THE KINGDOM.
  • 15:57 THEN THERE'S THE SHEEP FROM THE TRIBULATION PERIOD.
  • 16:00 EVEN JUST A 7 YEAR PERIOD, GOD IS SO CAREFUL.
  • 16:02 SCRIPTURE SAYS HE DOES NOT SUFFER ANY TO PERISH.
  • 16:05 HE WILL EXAMINE THE WHOLE WORLD
  • 16:07 AS TO WHETHER THEY WERE SHEEP OR GOATS IN THE TRIBULATION.
  • 16:11 OF COURSE THE TEST QUESTION IS MATTHEW 25:40,
  • 16:15 "INASMUCH AS YOU'VE DONE IT UNTO ONE OF THESE,"
  • 16:17 "THE LEAST OF MY BRETHREN,"
  • 16:19 "YOU'VE DONE IT UNTO ME."
  • 16:20 HOW DID YOU TREAT JESUS' BROTHERS
  • 16:22 MOST INTENSIVELY, THE 144,000 WHO ARE WITNESSING,
  • 16:26 THE 12,000 OF EACH OF THE 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL?
  • 16:29 WELL IN THE END THOSE, TOO, WILL BE RESURRECTED AND ADDED TO THE ONES I MENTIONED.
  • 16:35 FINALLY, ALL THE FIRST FRUITS ARE IN AND THE GRAND HARVEST OF THE KINGDOM CAN BE ENJOYED,
  • 16:42 AND THEN 1,000 YEARS OF BLISS AND THEN ON TO ETERNITY.
  • 16:55 WONDERFUL TEACHING FROM ZOLA ON "FIRST FRUITS"
  • 16:58 IN ORDER TO BETTER UNDERSTAND ALL THE FEASTS AT THE TIME OF JESUS,
  • 17:03 OUR PRODUCER KEN BERG HAD A CHANCE TO INTERVIEW THE EDITOR OF ERETZ MAGAZINE IN ISRAEL.
  • 17:09 SO LET'S GO TO THAT INTERVIEW RIGHT NOW.
  • 17:12 IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND JUDAISM IN THE TIME OF JESUS, IN THE FIRST CENTURY,
  • 17:16 YOU HAVE TO CUT THROUGH THIS VEIL.
  • 17:19 YOU HAVE TO CUT THROUGH THIS VEIL OF RABBINIC JUDAISM
  • 17:22 AND TRY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED BEFORE.
  • 17:25 IT'S NOT EASY.
  • 17:26 IT'S LIKE GROPING IN THE DARK.
  • 17:28 YOU'RE TOUCHING LITTLE THINGS.
  • 17:29 REMEMBER, THE ONLY TRUE JEWISH SECTS THAT SURVIVED THE REBELLION,
  • 17:36 AND THE TALMUD SAYS THERE WERE 120 JEWISH SECTS DURING THE TIME THE TEMPLE WAS IN EXISTENCE,
  • 17:41 THE ONLY TWO THAT SURVIVED WERE CHRISTIANITY AND JUDAISM.
  • 17:45 THE ONLY TWO -
  • 17:46 RABBINIC JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY AFTER THE TEMPLE -
  • 17:49 WERE THE ONLY TWO JEWISH SECTS THAT SURVIVED THE REBELLION.
  • 17:53 WHERE ARE THE EBUNITES?
  • 17:54 WHERE ARE THE PHARISEES?
  • 17:56 WHERE ARE THE SADUCITES?
  • 17:58 WHERE ARE THE PEOPLE FROM QUMRAN, AND THE ESSENES?
  • 18:01 THEY'RE GONE!
  • 18:03 BUT THEY WERE THERE, AND THEY MADE UP JUDAISM.
  • 18:06 AND JUDAISM WAS A VERY LIVELY AND VERY FERVENT KIND OF RELIGION.
  • 18:12 THAT'S GONE.
  • 18:14 AND IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND THAT
  • 18:15 WE HAVE TO GROPE THROUGH THIS VEIL IN ORDER TO GET THERE.
  • 18:19 WE'RE DOING A SERIES ON THE FEASTS OF ISRAEL MENTIONED IN LEVITICUS 23.
  • 18:24 SO YOU'RE SAYING THAT THE FIRST CHRISTIANS, THE JEWISH CHRISTIANS,
  • 18:27 WOULD HAVE PRACTICED GOING UP TO JERUSALEM THREE TIMES A YEAR?
  • 18:31 THE FEASTS, MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE, WERE, I THINK,
  • 18:35 THE BETRAYAL OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THING OF JUDAISM
  • 18:39 WAS THE COMMUNITY,
  • 18:41 THE FEELING OF COMMUNITY,
  • 18:43 THE FEELING THAT YOU BELONG TO A GROUP THAT DOES THINGS TOGETHER,
  • 18:47 WHICH, BY THE WAY, WAS MISSING FROM THE ROMAN WORLD.
  • 18:50 I THINK IT'S ALSO MISSING FOR MANY PEOPLE TODAY...
  • 18:52 THAT FEELING OF COMMUNITY...
  • 18:54 WHO DO I BELONG TO?
  • 18:55 I DON'T ONLY BELONG TO A NATION...
  • 18:58 A NATION IS TOO ENORMOUS.
  • 19:00 I WANT TO BELONG TO A GROUP, TO NEIGHBORS, TO FRIENDS.
  • 19:03 THIS IS THE FIRST CENTURY
  • 19:05 AND IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS YOU'RE LOSING THIS WHOLE IDEA OF THE FEASTS AND THE FESTIVALS,
  • 19:10 WHICH WASN'T SOMETHING THAT WAS DONE AT HOME WITH YOUR FAMILY.
  • 19:15 IT WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS DONE IN YOUR COMMUNITY.
  • 19:18 THIS TOGETHERNESS IS WHAT MADE JUDAISM WHAT IT WAS LATER AS IT DEVELOPED
  • 19:25 AND WHAT MADE IT SO ATTRACTIVE TO EVERYBODY ELSE WHO WANTED TO BE A PART OF THIS.
  • 19:30 THEY WANT TO BE PART OF THIS BIG COMMUNITY.
  • 19:33 CAN YOU PINPOINT A TIME AND A PERSON RESPONSIBLE
  • 19:35 FOR THE SEPARATION OF CHRISTIANITY AND JUDAISM?
  • 19:39 CHRISTIANITY WAS DEVELOPING IN TWO WAYS:
  • 19:43 THERE WAS JEWISH CHRISTIANITY, CHRISTIANS WHO WERE JEWS,
  • 19:47 AND THEN THERE WAS GENTILE CHRISTIANITY.
  • 19:49 THE GENTILE CHRISTIANITY WERE THESE GENTILES WHO WANTED TO BE JEWS.
  • 19:55 THEY WERE CALLED "GOD FEARERS", LIKE CORNELIUS FROM CAESAREA.
  • 19:59 THEY WERE CALLED "GOD FEARERS".
  • 20:01 THEY LIKED THE IDEA OF COMMUNITY WITH JUDAISM.
  • 20:04 THEY LIKED THE IDEA OF A MESSIAH.
  • 20:06 THEY LIKED THE IDEA OF ONE GOD WHO WAS UNSEEN.
  • 20:09 YOU REMEMBER THE GOD OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE WAS THE EMPEROR.
  • 20:12 THE EMPEROR HAPPENED TO BE A LITTLE SMALL MIDGET WHO JUST MARRIED HIS HORSE.
  • 20:16 THIS IS GOD?
  • 20:17 THERE'S A BIG PROBLEM WITH THAT.
  • 20:19 SO THIS IDEA OF JUDAISM WORKED VERY WELL FOR THEM
  • 20:23 AND IT MADE SENSE.
  • 20:25 THEY DIDN'T LIKE THE EVERYDAY LITTLE NIT PICKING OF WHAT IT WAS ALL ABOUT.
  • 20:29 CHRISTIANITY ALLOWED THEM,
  • 20:33 PETER AND ESPECIALLY PAUL,
  • 20:35 ALLOWED THEM TO JOIN THIS IDEA OF GROUP,
  • 20:39 THIS IDEA OF TOGETHERNESS,
  • 20:40 THIS IDEA OF A MESSIAH,
  • 20:42 WITHOUT THE RIGMAROLE.
  • 20:44 AND THEY JOINED BY THE THOUSANDS.
  • 20:47 SUDDENLY YOU HAD THE JEWISH JEWS AND THE CHRISTIAN JEWS IN THE SAME SYNAGOGUE.
  • 20:55 NEXT TO THEM WERE THE GENTILE CHRISTIANS.
  • 20:58 THEY WERE ALL TOGETHER -
  • 21:00 THE SAME COMMUNITY...
  • 21:01 BUT THE GENTILE CHRISTIANS GREW... RAPIDLY,
  • 21:07 AND IN MANY PLACES LIKE ANTIOCH AND ALEXANDRIA,
  • 21:10 SUDDENLY THERE WERE MORE GENTILE CHRISTIANS THAN THERE WERE JEWS,
  • 21:15 THAN THERE WERE JEWISH CHRISTIANS.
  • 21:18 THEY BECAME THE BIGGER COMMUNITY.
  • 21:20 THEY WERE FULL OF THIS MESSIANIC FERVOR AND SO ON.
  • 21:24 AND JUDAISM WAS BEGINNING TO HAVE A PROBLEM.
  • 21:27 THEY WERE SAYING,
  • 21:28 THE RABBIS WERE SAYING,
  • 21:29 "IF WE ALLOW THIS INTO JUDAISM..."
  • 21:32 BECAUSE THEY WERE ALL JEWISH REMEMBER -
  • 21:34 "IF WE ALLOW THIS INTO JUDAISM,"
  • 21:36 "IF WE ALLOW THIS CHRISTIAN THING TO GO ON WITH THE GENTILES"
  • 21:39 "WE'RE GOING TO LOSE THE JEWISH IDENTITY THAT WE'RE TRYING TO KEEP."
  • 21:43 THIS HEATED ARGUMENT REACHES THE YEAR 140
  • 21:47 WHERE RABBI GAMALIEL II, WHO WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE ACADEMY,
  • 21:52 SAYS, "FROM NOW ON, IF YOU'RE CHRISTIAN, YOU'RE NOT JEWISH."
  • 21:58 "YOU HAVE TO MAKE A DECISION."
  • 22:00 "ARE YOU JEWISH OR ARE YOU CHRISTIAN?"
  • 22:02 THE GENTILES WERE OUT.
  • 22:03 THE JEWISH CHRISTIANS SLOWLY PETERED OUT BECAUSE THEY COULDN'T DO IT ANYMORE.
  • 22:07 THE CHURCH THAT SURVIVED WAS THE GENTILE CHURCH,
  • 22:11 WHICH WAS REJECTED.
  • 22:13 THEY WENT THROUGH THE BEGINNING WITH REJECTION.
  • 22:16 THEY HAD ANOTHER PROBLEM.
  • 22:17 THE MINUTE THE JEWS SAID THAT CHRISTIANS WERE NOT JEWISH
  • 22:21 THE CHRISTIANS SUDDENLY DIDN'T HAVE A RELIGION.
  • 22:23 THEY DIDN'T HAVE WHAT WAS CALLED IN THE ROMAN WORLD A "LEGAL" RELIGION.
  • 22:27 IT WAS ILLEGAL NOT TO HAVE A RELIGION.
  • 22:31 CHRISTIANITY WAS NOT A RELIGION... JUDAISM WAS.
  • 22:34 AS LONG AS YOU WERE JEWISH, EVEN AS A CHRISTIAN, YOU HAD A LEGAL RELIGION.
  • 22:39 BUT NOW YOU'RE NOT.
  • 22:40 AND WE HAVE LETTERS FROM VARIOUS ROMAN ADMINISTRATORS SAYING,
  • 22:44 "WHAT TO DO WITH THESE CHRISTIANS?"
  • 22:45 "DO WE PERSECUTE THEM?"
  • 22:47 THERE'S A VERY FAMOUS ANSWER FROM THE EMPEROR CLAUDIUS.
  • 22:49 HE SAYS, "IF YOU FIND THEM PERSECUTE THEM,"
  • 22:52 "BUT DON'T LOOK FOR THEM."
  • 22:54 YOU KNOW, "DON'T MAKE AN ISSUE OUT OF IT."
  • 22:56 IT'S SAD, IT'S UNFORTUNATE,
  • 22:57 BUT MANY CHRISTIANS AREN'T FAMILIAR WITH THEIR JEWISH ROOTS.
  • 23:00 WHEN I WROTE THE ARTICLE I USED THE TEXT OF THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT.
  • 23:07 THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT HAS NOTHING IN IT THAT COULD NOT BE READ TODAY IN A SYNAGOGUE.
  • 23:14 YOU COULD TAKE THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT AND READ IT IN A SYNAGOGUE
  • 23:18 AND ALL THE JEWS WOULD SAY, "AMEN"...
  • 23:22 BECAUSE THE BASIS IS THERE.
  • 23:27 WE BELIEVE IN THAT THE SAME AS EVERYBODY ELSE.
  • 23:30 THAT'S WHY I USED THAT...
  • 23:31 "BLESSED ARE THE PEACE MAKERS..."
  • 23:32 EVERYONE WOULD SAY, "YES, OK."
  • 23:34 BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • 23:35 BLESSED ARE THE PEACE MAKERS AND BLESSED ARE THE POOR,
  • 23:38 AND THIS AND THAT.
  • 23:39 DO YOU KNOW WHERE THAT COMES FROM?
  • 23:40 THAT COMES FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT!
  • 23:41 WHAT?HORROR! [LAUGHS]
  • 23:44 BUT PEOPLE CAN ACCEPT THAT.
  • 23:45 PEOPLE CAN ACCEPT THAT.
  • 23:47 OKAY, IT WON'T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT, BUT IT IS HAPPENING -
  • 23:50 AN UNDERSTANDING THAT THERE IS A COMMON BASE OF JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY
  • 23:57 AND THAT WHEN I LOOK AT JESUS
  • 23:59 AND WHEN A CHRISTIAN LOOKS AT JESUS,
  • 24:02 I DON'T HAVE TO ACCEPT THAT JESUS IS THE MESSIAH.
  • 24:09 BUT I CAN ACCEPT,
  • 24:11 AND THIS IS WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ME AND THE CHRISTIAN.
  • 24:15 THE CHRISTIAN SAYS JESUS IS THE MESSIAH...
  • 24:16 HE DIED AND HE WAS RESURRECTED AFTER THREE DAYS.
  • 24:20 I SAY, "I DON'T ACCEPT THAT."
  • 24:23 BUT I DO ACCEPT THAT THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS,
  • 24:28 OKAY, THE FACT THAT THERE IS SOMETHING MORE THAN EVERYDAY LIFE,
  • 24:32 THE FACT THAT THERE IS A REDEMPTION,
  • 24:34 THE FACT THAT WE HAVE TO LIVE OUR LIVES IN A CERTAIN SPIRITUAL WAY...
  • 24:40 THAT'S ACCEPTABLE.
  • 24:41 AND MOST JEWS CAN ACCEPT THAT.
  • 24:43 THERE WAS A POLL TAKEN IN ISRAEL AFTER THE VISIT OF THE POPE
  • 24:48 THAT SAID 75% OF ISRAELIS WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT CHRISTIANITY.
  • 24:53 IT'S SOMETHING NEW.
  • 24:54 THEY FEEL THEY DON'T KNOW
  • 24:55 AND THEY FEEL THEY WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE...
  • 24:58 WHICH IS INTERESTING...
  • 24:59 WHICH SHOWS THAT ACTUALLY ON THE PEOPLE TO PEOPLE LEVEL
  • 25:03 THERE'S A BEGINNING OF UNDERSTANDING
  • 25:05 THAT WE HAVE MORE COMMON ROOTS
  • 25:07 THAN WE HAVE DIFFERENCES.
  • 25:44 THAT'S ZOLA IN ISRAEL
  • 25:46 PLAYING THE MUSIC
  • 25:47 THAT HE PLAYS SO WELL
  • 25:48 AND TEACHING US ABOUT "FIRST FRUITS".
  • 25:50 "FIRST FRUITS" IS REALLY "RESURRECTION".
  • 25:53 IT'S REALLY ABOUT LIFE FROM THE DEAD.
  • 25:55 IT'S NOT ABOUT ISHTAR
  • 25:57 OR THE PAGAN HOLIDAY THAT WE'VE COME TO KNOW
  • 26:00 BUT IT'S ABOUT "FIRST FRUITS",
  • 26:01 THE RESURRECTION OF LIFE.
  • 26:02 IT REALLY IS
  • 26:03 ON THE HEBREW CALENDAR IT'S GOD'S TIMING,
  • 26:05 IT'S GOD'S FEAST
  • 26:07 AND ZOLA DOES A GREAT JOB OF EXPLAINING TO US ABOUT RESURRECTION LIFE,
  • 26:11 ABOUT "FIRST FRUITS'.
  • 26:12 JESUS WAS SINLESS AND HOLY
  • 26:15 AND SO WHEN HE PAID THE PRICE FOR YOUR SIN AND FOR MINE,
  • 26:18 WHEN HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD AND WENT TO HEAVEN,
  • 26:20 THE GRAVES OPENED IN JERUSALEM.
  • 26:22 IT'S AN INCREDIBLE STORY
  • 26:23 BUT TRUE.
  • 26:24 AND WE CAN FOLLOW HIM TO HEAVEN IF WE KNOW HIM...
  • 26:26 IF YOU KNOW HIM AS I DO...
  • 26:28 AS KATHARINE DOES.
  • 26:29 WE WANT TO IMPLORE THAT YOU WOULD GET TO KNOW YESHUA...
  • 26:32 GET TO KNOW HIM.
  • 26:33 ONE WAY TO KNOW HIM IS THROUGH HIS WORD
  • 26:35 AND WE WOULD LOVE TO HELP YOU.
  • 26:37 OUR OFFER THIS WEEK IS
  • 26:38 "DISCOVERING OUR JEWISH ROOTS".
  • 26:40 THIS IS A NINE CD SET
  • 26:42 AND IT WILL TEACH YOU
  • 26:43 ABOUT THE HEBREW ROOTS
  • 26:44 OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH...
  • 26:46 TEACH YOU ABOUT THE FEASTS...
  • 26:47 IT'S AN AMAZING STUDY
  • 26:48 THAT WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND
  • 26:49 EVERYTHING THAT YOU'RE SEEING
  • 26:51 IN THIS SERIES AND BEYOND.
  • 26:52 SO WE WANT TO OFFER THAT TO YOU THIS WEEK.
  • 26:54 UNTIL WE SEE YOU AGAIN WE WANT TO REMIND YOU
  • 26:58 SHAL'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM.
  • 27:01 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

Episodes in this series

  1. Overview
  2. Passover
  3. Unleavened Bread
  4. First Fruits
  5. Pentecost
  6. Trumpets
  7. Day of Atonement
  8. Tabernacles
  9. Purim / Hanukkah
  10. Sabbath
  11. Music

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