While the world reeled from the global orders surrounding the Wuhan virus, those who attached themselves to the Biblical calendar celebrated Pesach. As commanded thousands of years ago in Egypt, this year’s Pesach found families gathered behind closed doors in their homes waiting for Elohim to reveal Himself. Glasses of wine were poured and shared and unleavened bread was broken to remember deliverance and redemption. Through Yeshua and his words at his final Pesach, the renewed marriage covenant between Elohim and His people became memorialized in this ‘appointed time.’
he 144,000 ‘Sons of Isra’el’ will be redeemed as firstfruits for Adonai and the Lamb. They are not redeemed from the nations of the world, but from the nation of Isra’el. Firstfruits alludes to the Feast of Firstfruits that will be followed by a great harvest resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:20). Whether these firstfruits are those who are raised from the dust to become a great army is not stated, but they are firstfruits for service to Adonai and Yeshua.
From a spiritual perspective, Tu B’shvat could be likened to Yeshua’s Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13. The seed of the message of the Kingdom falls on different soils creating a different root system. Some seeds are stolen, some take no root and wither up and die, others become choked out. Those seeds that fall on rich soil, take root and grow. As each year passes, the seed transforms into a fruit-bearing plant, being
At the moment of Yeshua’s death when the Temple veil was torn, Matthew gives ‘witness’ to the holy people raised from the dead. These ‘firstfruits’ were called out of their graves to bear ‘witness’ to the reality of the resurrection of the dead. What happened to these resurrected people as there is no further mention of them? They could not die again because “it is appointed for man to die once” (Hebrews 9:27). Peter, James and John had already witnessed the ‘cloud’ of Adonai’s glory around Yeshua, Elijah and Moshe on the mountain. Could it be that Elijah and Moshe appeared as the same ‘cloud’ of witnesses as the holy ones?