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Feast Of First Fruits

The next festival is the Feast of First Fruits, celebrated on

the first Sunday (the day after the weekly Sabbath) after Nisan

15. This commemorates the day that the Israelites crossed the

dreadful Red Sea and came out alive on the other side, a “res-

urrected” people. Such an important day did not go unnoticed

by Christ. He descended into hell, and rose up alive on this

day—Christ was resurrected on the Feast of First Fruits.

This feast is also known as the Fruits of the Barley Harvest.

It is at this time that the Messiah, and others who had been

resurrected from the dead, were seen

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In the New Testament,

it is spoken of as the first fruits of the resurrection of the dead

(1 Cor. 15:20). Also, in prophecy yet remaining, Christ is de-

picted as the first fruits of all believers who will be resurrected;

and when He comes again, those who belong to Him will rise

again to be with Him (1 Cor. 15:23). There is every reason to

believe it will occur on this very day!

We see in the Book of James that the Jews are addressed in

this book, for they are the “twelve tribes scattered among the

nations.” James shows that the Jews who chose re-birth (be-

came “born again” believers) through the Word of Truth are a

firstfruits (James 1:18). Further, there appears to be a resurrec-

tion on the day of the Feast of First Fruits—in the middle of

the tribulation. Michael the Archangel is God’s warrior, for he

is seen warring with Satan in heaven during the middle of the

tribulation, and kicking him out (Rev. 12:6,7). Michael has

also been associated with resurrection, for he is shown to be


At the same time, many others also rose from the dead (Matthew 27:50,