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Thursday, 8 September 2011

FOT8 Waving the Sheaf of Firstfruits

I believe the Spiritual description of what has been happening at the cutting Edge of Christianity, and perhaps more so than anywhere from 2008 -2011 here online is this phrase taken from the Jewish Feast of Passover :Waving the Sheaf of Firstfuits.As Christians we have been retracing our steps to rediscover in a vibrant new way all that Christ accomplished for us in His Death and Resurrection, and this is changing the face of Christianity the whole world over, helped ofcourse by the global interactive nature of the internet.But first....a description of what the Feast is, and what it means for us as believers.



CHAPTER 4 - THE SHEAF OF FIRSTFRUITS
The waving of the Sheaf of Firstfruits before the Lord took place "on the morrow after the sabbath." Hence it would be on the sixteenth day of the first month. All the events, therefore in connection with the Feast of Unleavened Bread find their perfect fulfillment in the death and resurrection of Christ. The Passover event itself was on the fourteenth day of the first month, in the evening. That is the day of the crucifixion, which in the New Testament is called the Preparation, or the day before the sabbath. (See Mk. 15:42; Lk. 23:56). Then followed the days of Unleavened Bread, beginning on the fifteenth day, and continuing for seven days. Then on the sixteenth day, which was "the morrow after the sabbath" the Sheaf of Firstfruits was waved before the Lord.
It is clear from the New Testament that Christ rose "the third day." (Matt. 16:21; Lk. 23:54-56; 24:46), and according to the generally accepted terms of the day this was equivalent to saying he rose "after three days." (Matt. 27:63; Mk. 8:31). Therefore, to fulfill the type of the Old Testament, it is clear that Christ was crucified on the day of the Passover, the sabbath followed the next day, and the Sheaf of Firstfruits was waved before the Lord on the "morrow after the sabbath."

CHRIST, THE FIRSTFRUITS
Here we have a beautiful type, therefore, of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead on the "morrow after the sabbath." Mark tells us, "Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week..." (Mk. 16:9). It was the beginning of the harvest season, when the fields were beginning to show the first signs of a ripening harvest. Before there was any general harvest, however, one sheaf was garnered and waved before the Lord on the first day of the week, during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And therefore in the waving of that one sheaf, Israel would be reminded of the fact that soon a great harvest was to be gathered in.
Perhaps there was not a single person in the camp of Israel who saw anything more in that ordinance than the promise of a great harvest--but in type it spoke beautifully of "Christ, the firstfruits." (1 Cor. 15:20, 23). And just as assuredly as the one ripe sheaf testified to Israel that a great harvest was soon to be garnered, so surely did the resurrection of Christ testify to the fact that soon after that event there would be a great spiritual harvest of souls. And so there was! Thousands upon thousands came to know the Lord in the weeks that were to follow, when God sent forth the Holy Spirit and empowered His waiting disciples to preach the Gospel. Soon the revival spread to the Gentiles, and the apostle Paul was raised up to evangelize practically the whole Roman Empire.

THE CORN OF WHEAT MUST DIE
Jesus Himself testified, "Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit." (Jn. 12:24). Except He die, there could be no harvest. And the fact that He did die and rose again was positive proof that there would be a great and mighty harvest. "Christ the firstfruits..." And if He was "firstfruits," then certainly there must be a great harvest to follow His resurrection. This explains, in part, the strange reply that Jesus gave to Philip and Andrew when they told Him of certain Greeks who desired to see Him. Incidentally it was the Feast of the Passover, when these God-fearing Greeks had gathered to observe the Feast of the Jews. Jesus' only reply was: "Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit." In other words, in His present position He had no ministry for them, for He had nothing in common with them. He must first go down into death before He could mean anything to them. If and when His death was accomplished, then He would be able to minister life to all men, irrespective of race or nationality, in the great harvest that would follow His resurrection. That great harvest constitutes the Feast of Pentecost.
What Has a Sheaf of Corn To Do With Us? - Chris Welch
This is the first part of a series on YouTube by Francois DuToit.
It doesn't contain a single reference to the Sheaf waved on Easter morning . But , you see, it does...... The Biggest thing the world over, and certainly among the Christians I am associated with on Facebook is the rediscovery in the Spirit of the SHEAF. Many believers have been born again. Many have had a personal Pentecost - an inundation of the Spirit, then burned out. But perhaps THE biggest thing that has happened in God's worldwide church for a while, has almost crept in the backdoor, and certainly is a large part of the online buzz among Christians....but as it has been Spirit orchestrated, that is, not led by any one man or organisation, or wing of the church, it has not been easy for human pigeonholing.... BUT in the Spirit what the Church is (maybe belatedly) celebrating is the Easter Day Celebration, or Passover celebration of Waving the Sheaf. A large part of the Grace message is bound up right here. This is the distinctive that is now being shared widely here and in churches that are hearing the Spirit, and IS NOT being preached on in many of the former "hot" independent charismatic churches or denominational churches. What is the Significance? George above writes Jesus Himself testified, "Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit." (Jn. 12:24). Except He die, there could be no harvest. And the fact that He did die and rose again was positive proof that there would be a great and mighty harvest. "Christ the firstfruits..." And if He was "firstfruits," then certainly there must be a great harvest to follow His resurrection. I wrote a comment yesterday on Facebook to this passage
U are going to see me because I AM ALIVE & U are about to come alive.At that moment u will know absolutely that im in my Father, & u are in me, & im in u. John 14:20.msg.

Chris commented:
we take for granted some of these sayings, forgetting that Jesus was in the same life process we are.This is a staggering Word of faith considering when it was said...and the fact that Phillip and the others were still saying "Show us the Father".I've been musing on the fact that the resurrections Jesus performed by His Word of faith were Father-organised events for Him as "dry runs". It's one thing to face a body or grave and say "Rise Up" and "Come forth"...it's quite another to say that over your own life. "In 3 days I will raise the Temple".The other staggering feature is that His previous words of faith....as practice runs....were only RELOCATIONS,REHOUSING. When Christ's Temple was raised it was REHOUSED in something that had never before been seen on planet earth. A body that could walk through walls. A totally different Model No. of body! How's that!"


The fact that Jesus can now walk through walls is very significant for us. Because by the Spirit now it is easy for Him TO WALK INTO US , and RELOCATE there.

The Greatest Unspoken significance of waving the Sheaf is this...
There is NO REFERENCE to the First Adam here.
The First Adam was included in Christ's Body when He died.
========================================== At this point my finished blogpost got completely wiped from here when I finished at 3.30am. There is definitely purpose in this frustration. If I do my job right I want you to catch something and be very very excited. ========================================== This morning Colin Lagerwell posted some scriptures on the new creation in Mystery Revealed Group on Facebook.
Ecc 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time Gal 4:4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law
Rev 21:5 Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new" 2Co 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

A few months ago I felt I received an apostolic key of legitimacy which meant I nolonger had to skulk around forever labelled as "nonconformist" or "not quite kosher", or worse still "mystic". This was the Two Goats Message Waving the Sheaf of Firstfruits is another such apostolic Key. Saints, when George Warnock was writing in 1951 the early Pentecostal movement was maturing into the Apostolic movement and the reemergence of the five fold gifts of ministry given to bring the Body to maturity.Ephesians 4. This cycle of revelation then penetrated the old stream churches in the following 40-60 years. The other thing that was happening was that the early pioneers of healing:Alexander Dowie, John G Lake and Smith Wigglesworth, then spawned a 1950s healing revival that George refers to in his introduction. This whole move expanded into what people term the Word of Faith movement.All these things come under the umbrella of the section of George's book that we are about to encounter known as the Pentecostal Revelation or the second significant Feast of Pentecost. But in Andrea Garzon's article - The Curtain we see that as we all trek inwardly along the Holy Place we come to an altar of Incense and a Curtain. Now saints, whereas Jesus has entered via the curtain of His flesh, IN OUR CONFUSION about WHO we were and WHO WE NOW have become, our Corporate experience of those facts ARE MUDDLED. Several Encounter Points On our way into the Presence of God , and remember I am speaking now of our corporate experience primarily, but ofcourse this is all bound up with us as individuals making the salvation of Jesus OURS, there were many points that we could have encountered the "slicing programme" introduced to the Garden of Eden after Adam fell. Guarding the Way into the Tree of Life were two cherubim with swords. This is related to spiritual circumcision of our hearts. This is also related to the scriptures in Hebrews 4 about the Sword of the Spirit. 12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
  • We could have met this circumcision at the start of our Christian life. Many do. At the first brazen altar recognition of Christ our Passover Lamb. It is here that the Goats message should have taken effect and is the clearest injunction yet that THIS gospel is the one that evangelists should be ministering and DONT.
  • We could have met heart circumcision as we went past the Laver of God's Word and experienced the baptism of water. and baptism into the Holy Spirit. And this is the message of Francois Du Toit's Mirror translation. For having received Jesus Spirit into our being the Laver experience, which remains continual, is us being washed with the Word. It is us Gazing IN A Mirror to see ourselves IN HIM. And gazing at our true selves in this way we are transformed from very glory to glory.
  • We could have met circumcision of heart in the combined ministry of candlestick and Bread served up in the Holy Place. The candlestick represents the Spirit anointings and giftings which are given to prepare and build up the Bride. The shewbread is the ministered Word coming from Spirit prepared servants raised up all over the world, some ministering just locally , others penetrating right deep across the whole Body of Christ.
  • Saints, But One Thing Remains Clear as we approach the Corporate Experience of Entering the Holy of Holies, of getting anywhere near the Final Summation of God's Purpose for The Body: there is absolutely NO WAY that anybody is going beyond the VEIL, or Past the Altar of Incense Uncircumcised
  • And that dear friends is what the current move is about. We are retracing our steps to the part of the Passover message we missed centuries ago. We are going back to the Feast part that nobody ever told you, and was certainly never laid in the Spirit when they were telling you about Jesus.
  • And that is what Waving the Sheaf of Firstfruits is!!!
May I introduce to you: Before I begin summarising the different Holy Spirit strands of what Waving the Sheaf of Firstfruits is I want to honour the Holy Spirit in sovereignly raising up the following gifts of Christ to the Body. And the amazing thing is they are all easily discoverable online. Off the top of my head two music ministries that are making the transition from old to new are Dave Bilbrough and Godfrey Birtill. A lot still aren't, and while they may be busy entertaining the troops, these guys seem to be sensing some of the transition that the Body is currently making.Mary Anne Rabe catches things God is saying, or that husband Andre is preaching and puts them into song. Facebook and blogs, as you will come to understand in this blogpost, has been all about Waving the Sheaf of Firstfruits: Francois DuToit working on the Mirror Translation and freely ministering across nations Andre Rabe began ministering full time this year and you can catch an evening at Paul and Fran Noble's Curves business here in Gosport. The Rabe's website is here www.hearhim.net Andre Ousterhuizen - New Paradigm Thinkers Paul Anderson Walsh and Steve McVey travel widely speaking on grace and the power of Christ's life in us. Paul has an article this month in Christianity magazine, and is often appearing on Premier Radio. He is currently working on a trilogy of books covering the same ground as this blog on spiritual maturity.You can hear his preaching here. Daniel Yordy has just begun to offer himself up for preaching engagements. Daniel had the privilege and suffering of being both recipient of and subjectee to early prototype Body Living and Ministry. If you like my material you will love Daniel. His website categorises all his teaching series. Rich and Linda Novek frequently featured in this blog , you can read an example here and look for Rich in the below index Ole Henrik is our local Norwegian...local in the sense of Europe and not the USA http://www.christasus.com/ Sylvia Pearce Also with regard to this blogpost her Two Deliverances at the Cross Page Prewitt - Alphabet Soup Fred Pruitt is also available to come and share Barbara Hughes is on Facebook, experienced in worship leading in Canada, she has recently experienced some big breakthroughs in her Christian life Nancy Gilmore is contactable online and you may be successful in getting her out to share Brian and Tandy Coatney are tucked away in Kentucky Norman Grubb now in glory, left a series of messages like the ones here David Heisler shares on Facebook in bitesized nuggets of gold Gary Sigler like myself has waited for decades for the right time to begin sharing widely.
Frank Viola at ptmin.org also runs a blog but at the moment is taking a sabbatical.He is hugely read in this current move and has written many books on Church Life, his most widely read being "Pagan Christianity" and "From Eternity To Here." You can subscribe to his newsletter which is how I just learned of his talk that has been touching many people. Most relevant to this post is Frank Viola's collaboration with Leonard Sweet about the Pre-eminence of Christ in their recent book "The Jesus Manifesto." Andrea Garzon - Quito ,Equador . She is on Facebook see this month's post on here "The Curtain" Jim Robbins runs the Good and Noble Heart community on Facebook Darin Hufford runs the Free Believer's Network on Facebook and is author of the "Misunderstood God" Mike Kapler and Joel Brueseke run a podcast called "Growing In Grace" What Has a Sheaf of Corn To Do With Us? continued .... So ask practically anyone in the above list about the Sheaf and they either wont be able to tell you, or will answer correctly that it is Christ. Well it is.....it really is, but first may I say this. All of us who are sharing on the net and some into churches and Christian events, didnt get to understand stuff or even arrive here on the net because of some secret initiation Club into the teachings of the Tabernacle or by means of human organisation. Why not? Well, let's turn thing thing round. How many people on the Day of Pentecost or Passover were clued up on these events? Well, I suppose being Jewish they knew the outer forms. None of them knew they were walking slap bang into the Prophetic fulfilment of the these events in Christ, and in the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:10 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. John3:6.....Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”[d]0
Then afterwards comes the articulation .....but by then it's almost too late....because leaven is added.
The Christ foundation that has been missing from our Christianity, from our evangelicalism, from our Pentecostalism is PRECISELY what the Spirit has been insisting on through all these ministries in the past years, and nowhere less so than on Facebook. So now, NOT just purely as unrelated Christian individuals, but now sovereignly from all parts of the globe, WE HAVE BEEN WAVING THE SHEAF. AS A CORPORATE MOVE. Waving the Sheaf is this. Only Christ Rose from the Dead as the FIRSTFRUITS of a new Creation. We rose IN HIM. But NOT apart from Him. Colin's scriptures above are key.
Rev 21:5 Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new" 2Co 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
The Sheaf IS NOT CHRIST AND US as two separate strands.THE SHEAF is one thing.It is as Graham Pulkingham used to preach - It is nolonger I that live
Colossians 3:3
3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Say this over and over
Christ , WHO IS MY LIFE.
Who are you?
At your spirit centre, Christ took the real you, the spirit innercore of you down with Him in His Body into death. Every last affiliation you had with the First Adam: the rebellious spirit of wrath , of error, condemnation sickness curse is now nolonger a relevance. Why? Because we are waving the SHEAF of the firstfruits of new creation. We are in Christ, and Christ has come in the Spirit to make His home in us, but here is the new distinctive - AS US, at our spirit centre, worked out through our unique God given souls and bodies.
Adam and Eve died at their spirit centre in an instant, but it was years before this manifested in their bodies ultimately as death, though they experienced shame and condemnation (the devil's own, by the way...it wasn't coming from God) on the same day in their souls.
When we realign with God's Spirit at our spirit centre by simply accepting by faith what Jesus did for us 2000 years ago, God's Spirit joins Himself to our spirit in experience but our souls acts and body look just the same. All this too works itself out from our spirit centre over time. To summarise so far, Waving the Sheaf of Firstfruits is
  1. recognising a totally New Creation
  2. Is a single Unity not a dual Unity, a single Union with Christ, Us in Him as a single Sheaf
  3. It has absolutely no reference to the Old Adam
  4. And did I add, this is fantastic. Awesome.....but it gets better
Waving the Sheaf of our original Authenticity If it was just about Christ as some separate God performing a trick of resurrection to impress everybody and in so doing our sins get forgiven....well , it's hard to get too excited, apart from the fact that we are not hellbound, and are now reconciled back to God. But as we can see from the resurrection which was so underplayed. so low-key.....it clearly wasn't a circus performance trick or more people would have been invited to spectate on the first Easter morning. Hebrews is a fantastic book for opening up our salvation and making it clear it is not some Jewish religious salvation, it is about MORE THAN returning us to our original state before Adam sinned. It is so much more dynamic. Hebrews 6:19 says we have a hope as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast which enters within the veil. This anchor which is sure and steadfast.....REELS US IN. It is itself proactive as long as we remain in simple belief. It draws us in, so that we are like an arrow being sucked in towards the bulls eye. This is the difference between Christianity and dead letter Law. Here is Francois Du Toit's rendering of Hebrews 1:1-3 in the Mirror version: CHAPTER 1 1:1 Throughout ancient times God spoke in many fragments and glimpses of prophetic thought to our fathers. 1:2 Now, the sum total of his conversation with man has finally culminated in a son. He is the official heir of all things. He is, after all, the author of the ages. Jesus is what has been on the tip of the Father's tongue all along! (The revelation of man's redeemed sonship, as revealed in Jesus, is the crescendo of God’s conversation with man. Throughout the ages he has whispered his name in disguise to be revealed in the fulness of time as the greatest surprise. The exact image of God his very likeness, the authentic eternal thought became voice and was made flesh in us.) 1:3 We have our beginning and our being in him. He is the force of the universe, sustaining everything that exists by his eternal utterance! Jesus is the radiant and flawless expression of the person of God. He makes the glory (intent) of God visible and exemplifies the character and every attribute of God in human form. (Gen.1:26, 27) This powerful final utterance of God (the incarnation revealing mankind's sonship) is the vehicle that carries the weight of the universe. What he communicates is the central theme of everything that exists. The content of his message celebrates the fact that God took it upon himself to successfully cleanse and acquit mankind. Jesus is now his right hand of power, the executive authority seated in the boundless measure of his majesty. He occupies the highest seat of dominion to endorse man's innocence!. (“Having accomplished purification of sins, he sat down...”)You know in the Superman film where the bad Superman beats up the good Superman in a scrapyard, leaving him in the crusher..... Or other film formulas where things have just reached their lowest point... The music has all but ebbed away. There is a kind of silence. This happened in the last 400 years after the last bit of writing in the Old Testament. And it happens again in the 3 days that Jesus is in the tomb. As it happens, think of this period more in terms of a very thorough and complete KILLING. The utter abandonment and destruction of every last trace of the First Adam. Jesus didnt rush back. The Holy Spirit waited until every last trace of kicking, screaming, Adam fall completely silent..... Then comes the waving of the Sheaf of firstfruits, and Jesus walks out of the cave tomb as though nothing happened. Father's Sub text.... OK....now we can really start building. Nothing can be taken away from this salvation. It is not in man's hands that it can be tampered with. Now all the Father sees is Us in HIS SON. The original intention. All the Father designed us to be but to the MAX. And this is how we can be sure. The FIRST FRUIT. Jesus. The first off the Production Line.Both Francois DuToit and Andre Rabe explain this all so well. Download or read their materials. Or read this!!! Hebrews 9 2:9 But what is apparent is Jesus (but now God spoke to us in a son...Heb.1:1-3) Let us then consider him in such a way that we may clearly perceive what God is saying to mankind in him. In the death he suffered he descended for a brief moment below the lowest ranked angel in order to taste the death of the whole human race, and in doing so to fulfil the grace of God and be crowned again (as a man, representing all mankind) with glory and highly esteemed honour. 2:10 He now towers in conspicuous prominence far above all things. He is both their author and their conclusion. He now summons every son of his, through a perfected salvation, to his own glory. The extent of the suffering he bore is the measure of the perfection of the salvation over which he presides. ( prepo to tower, see also 7:26) 2:11 Because both he who carried out the act of rescue and those whom he rescued and restored to innocence originate from the same source; he proudly introduces them as members of his immediate family. 2:12 He says, "I will reveal your name to my brothers as being their own; this will fuel my praise in the ekklesia, where I will celebrate God in song." (This strongly recalls Joseph revealing himself to his brothers! Gen.54:1, Ps.22:22, in Hebrew, "I will inscribe (safar = enumerate, detail) your name in the core of my kindred"; tavek = to cut to the core, sever, bisect, a mathematical term which is the division of a given curve, figure, or interval into two equal parts, the one mirroring the other.) 2:13 "I will win his friendship again with trust." He says in another place, "I am surrounded by the children God has given me (I am one of them)." (While we were still hostile he reconciled us to himself.) 2:14 Being one with the children of God presupposes the fact that he died in a body exactly like theirs; being as fully human as we are, he is qualified to remove the dominion of death that was introduced as a result of Adam's fall. ((Had he done all this in a superhuman body the implications of his life, death and resurrection would be irrelevant.) diabolos, translated devil, literally, dia + ballo, through the fall, or as a result of the fall) 2:15 He delivered man from the lifelong dread of death. Death presents no further threat to man. 2:16 His mission was to rescue, not the angels, but the seed of Abraham from their peril. (Their death sentence.) 2:17 He was obliged to completely assimilate every detail of his brothers' humanity so that, in his position as Chief Priest, his compassion and integrity would prevail effectively over their sins, to reconcile them with God. Waving the Sheaf of OUR LIFE in GOD He Himself is at work in us to will and to work for His good pleasure. Hebrews 7 has so little been preached on. Most can count on one hand the amount they have heard on the subject of the Priesthood order of Melchizedek. It is anathema to religion. It is anathema to manmade ritual, and well-meaning programmes in churches. I once prophesied into Old Town baptist Church, Amersham UK to the newly converted youth. It was a call to follow the divine order of Melchisedek...probably put in less obtuse language. But you see such "freedom" slices straight into man's delicate pyramid of control and I was reprimanded for it, for what people hear is rebellion. In Acts 2 the new workings of the Holy Spirit as He built the first church were seen as f rebellion and disorderliness. Spirit order is disorder to religion. Hebrews 7 is about the radically different order of priesthood: One a set of rules administered by the Levites But what's this instead , a priest out of Judah?.....And an entire priesthood based on 7:16 "the power of an indestructible life." Steve McVey ministers on the power of that life, which is grace, being all we need to transform us, to grow us in the image of Christ. Waving the Sheaf of Our redeemed Humanity
How could I ever expect to be free if I am not free to be myself? Who else could I be if I am not me? Acknowledging my humanity as an asset, rather than a burden, is the key to a joyful life and a peaceful soul. Andrea Garzon
Fred Pruitt and Jim Robbins both minister on the fact we can trust our redeemed heart. Christ represents the whole of our life. He is in the WHOLE thing. This is what Graham Pulkingham meant all those years ago with the phrase and book "Celebrate the WHOLE of it". It began as a quiet grumble in the house church movement here in England as church leaders took sides. In particular John Noble, Nick Butterworth,Dave Bilbrough mentioned above, Maurice Smith were extremely frustrated that our salvation didnt actually visibly seem to work. People seemed unhappy. Everyone was familiar with gifts of the Spirit and the baptism in the Spirit, but in a day to day framework it didn't seem to make a scrap of difference. Some began to hear Norman Grubb on the fact that there is no independent self, and that Galations 2:20 says clearly "it is nolonger I but Christ". Norman felt impelled for decades to clarify the workings of the Spirit as expressed in the Word. And if his ministry could be summed up in the Spirit, it would be that he faced down a worldwide church that completely ignored this part of the Passover Feast and tugged it back from obscurity.... He forced the Church to begin waving the Sheaf of Firstfruits, this missing dynamo behind all the other Feasts. Waving The Sheaf of Substance In the Old Testament there are many forms of Offering to God. There is Oil. There is a special recipe of perfumed incense. But there is also the grain offering. Let's face it. Pentecostalism on its own, taken separately out of sequence from the other feasts is pretty meaningless. Darin Hufford particularly picks up on this in the Free Believer's Network, having been in a family that was in the pentecostal/charismatic arena. It's an endless round of praise and worship and gifts of the Spirit, followed by very incomplete teachings, largely with the twofold agenda of maintaining its own status quo and secondly bringing others into the same merry-go-round. Can you imagine the leaden dull weight of endless unfulfilled prophecies? Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick. Can you imagine the combined effect of a crowd of people in a room whose agenda is somewhat mixed. Somewhere in this mix is a desire to give glory to God in worship, but there is a large part that is similar to masturbation...just the desire for self-gratification, and a couldn't care less attitude as to whether the real Spirit of God turns up in any sort of meaningful way. This is then why we wave the sheaf of Firstfruits. We define to ourselves what God has already long accomplished. We focus afresh on God's actual crazy, romance for us. He is crazy about us. Relaying afresh a foundation of His unconditional love and grace gives substance to our walk every hour of every day. Meeting together is just a part of the whole deal. Waving the Sheaf As Our present Reality Both Rich Novek and Andre Rabe having been waving the Sheaf as Present Moment. God's primary description of Himself to Moses is I am. If we walk in the I am we are watching closely to see what God is up to now. Jesus said "I do only what I see my Father doing". This extract is by Andre Rabe What are the implications of what Jesus achieved for my present moment? So many people are so busy trying to figure out what it means for the future, that they completely miss the significance of this moment. These words of Jesus are as relevant today as when He first spoke them: “You hypocrites! You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but why do you not analyze this present time?” Luke 12:56 How many are caught up in prophesies and doctrines concerning the future, and ignoring … devaluing the significance of what Jesus provided for us. The gospel is not the good prediction, it is the good news! He has done it! Unless we understand the implications of what Jesus achieved for our present moment, our interpretation of what it means for the future will always be skewed … so start with the now of the finished work. … so lets do what Jesus suggested … let’s analyze this present time. At this very moment, your blameless innocence before God is not a goal … it is the reality of what Jesus achieved for you. At this very moment, God is not holding anything against you … in fact Heb 10:17 says “This is final: I have deleted the record of your sins and misdeeds. I no longer recall them.” At this very moment, God is as ready, as excited as He ever was, to overwhelm you with Himself. At this very moment, He is present, He is smiling and His eyes are burning with a passionate invitation to know Him intimately. If your beliefs, your doctrine, your revelations, your study of the scriptures, do not bring you into an awareness of Gods closeness … if they do not lead you to a place of interaction … intimacy … they are worthless at best. Many of us have heard messages where the emphasis is, ‘do, do, do’. When we discover the ‘done, done ,done’ of the gospel it enables us to enter a rest in which we cease from all our labours … all our efforts to please God. Did you know that Paul said: “I am no longer driven to impress God” Gal 2:19-21 MSG Waving the Sheaf as a Starter Flag for Unity 1 John 3:14 says "we know we have passed out of death unto life because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death." Unconditional love is our hallmark. Even the sheaf we wave is one of love. There are three feasts and through the progression of these, and also in the procession through the Tabernacle into the Holy of Holies we see the Body building itself up ever more in love. We maintain the Unity of the Spirit it says in Ephesians, until we reach the unity of the faith. The progression begins with Jesus as the first fruit sheaf, through the Firstfruit Harvest of Pentecost where this sheaf has now become a Body represented by 12 fragmented separate loaves, which finally becomes One piece of furniture in the Holiest Place - ONE THING IN GOD - containing both the Inworked Law and also the Living Word as expressed by the pot of manna. But as we found in the charismatic realms, we couldn't even build in any firm sense of unity while ever our own individual hearts were in disunity. As it says in Psalm 51 "Unite my heart to fear the Lord." And we cannot hope to establish a basis for ourselves if we don't WAVE THAT SHEAF. While we are depending on our own works. While we are failing to see our own authenticity in God's own imaginations before creation was even thought of. While we remain ignorant of just what Jesus won on our behalf.... We dont stand an ice cream's chance in the Sahara of seeing any unity...we are still in our own fragmentation. But waving that sheaf we are saying we are now one with Christ. It's more than Christ in me, as in two peas rattling around in a pod. No, it's Christ so fused to me, we are in Union. it is impossible to separate us out at spirit level. We are in fact empowered by Christ. We were always fashioned as containers, as vessels. But imagine the effect of many who have been consistent in their SHEAF WAVING, who( Heb 6:14 ) because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil..... Imagine a mature church oozing with this grace of love, between every race, agegroup, and between the two sexes.... and the world shall know them by their love. Haven't we "tried so hard" for decades.....and just now as many lie completely burnt out, God is speaking again His original intention which hasnt changed....it's just that we forgot the whole thing is in Christ alone. Isaac was in fact born to an elderly Sarah long after Abraham had given up naturally speaking....but inwardly he hoped against hope....and sure enough the promise was manifested.
So do you catch the way God has been using all different members to raise up this forgotten festival in the Church. Nobody seemingly knew what they were doing, and when George Warnock was writing the work had scarcely begun, so his paragraph was quite short.

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Chris Welch - 07000INTUNE said...

These have been very encouraging comments by email and Facebook.

Rich Novek:
Hi Chris,

Linda and I both want to thank you for your offer of help. I know this is way late, but Linda and I love you and appreciate your generousity. But I am working! Still wondering if this is where I will be for the long term, but grateful just the same.

I have been thinking all day about the article you wrote about the waving of the first sheath. The thing I have been looking at is in Psalm 126.

When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion,
We were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter
And our tongue with joyful shouting;
Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us;
We are glad.

Restore our captivity, O LORD,
As the streams in the South.
Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.
He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed,
Shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him. (Psalm 126:1-6)

I was thinking of what you wrote and making comparisons to this Psalm. Specifically, the verse that talks about "those who dream." The captive ones were dreaming, and it was only the joy of the dream that caused them to forget about their own captivity.

And then I was thinking of those who proclaim Christ IN us and as us! How long have we been dreaming of the day when the multitudes see as we see? How long have we been weeping, planting seed, and waiting for the joyful harvest season? And when the captive ones came back rejoicing, they were carrying their sheaves with them! They were carrying the first fruits of the coming harvest! A harvest of those who are already members of the body, but members who see the Different Gospel of doing FOR God, instead of the TRUE Gospel of Grace alone, through faith alone IN Christ alone!

The dream of everyone who ministers Life is the coming harvest! That is what we are doing here, planting seed for a future harvest! And your article reminded me of this passage.

So what do you think, are we who have been suffering and waiting, and patiently planting our seed, on the precipice of seeing our long awaited dream become reality? Just wondering what your thoughts were, bro? God bless!!
Daniel Yordy:
Chris,

I just read through your post on waving the first fruits - thanks for mentioning me.

But, wow, you really get it.

I don't say that condescendingly, but as a confirmation. I had thought God has put you as a point man, now I know He has.

The big thing is that you weave all of these brethren together into a dynamic whole whether WE think we are or not - and you weave us all into the dynamics of the actual fulfillment of the third feast.

Keep at it; you're insisting that we are all in the same move of God will make us all in the same move of God.

I've just been communicating with Bonnie concerning our desire to see a Third feast anointing in power in our lives and ministry. I know that this kind of anointing comes through an actual commitment to walk together. That's dicey, because walking together has always ended up being sectarian. How can we be committed and yet not sectarian? That is our great challenge.

She is connecting me with Rick Manis. He may be a key figure in all this; I am attempting to communicate with him to invite him here.

In Him,
Daniel