I’ve been on an exciting journey to understand the Biblical mysteries that have been sealed up until this time in history.
But you, Daniel, keep these words secret, and seal up the book until the time of the end. (Daniel 12:4)
I’ve found a key to unlock the mysteries and I want to share that key with you!
The key, I believe, is found in Leviticus 23. When we understand the Biblical festivals, it opens up revelation about end-time mysteries. The biblical term mystery refers to “a secret from the Lord.”
Your God is indeed the God of gods, the Lord of kings and a revealer of secrets. (Daniel 2:47)
There are mysteries that can only be understood by comprehending the Biblical festivals and the language and customs associated with each festival. These festivals were given to the Jewish people by God to teach on the First and Second Comings of our Messiah.
Jesus fulfilled the Spring festivals at His First Coming and He will fulfill the Fall festivals at His Second Coming.
God commanded the people, once they entered the Promised Land, to bring the firstfruits of their barley harvest as a wave offering before Him on that day. The people were forbidden to use any part of the harvest until after the firstfruits were offered to the Lord. Firstfruits were always the first and the best. When the Children of Israel entered the Promised Land, the manna ceased on the 16th day of Aviv. The day following, Aviv 17, they ate the firstfruits of the Promised Land. (Joshua 5:10-12)
Jesus was resurrected on that same date (Aviv 17).
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the FIRSTFRUITS of those who have fallen asleep. (1 Corinthians 15:20)
Since the Temple was destroyed in 70 CE, firstfruits sacrifices and offerings are no longer offered the same way they were in ancient times.
Historically on Aviv 17, the Children of Israel crossed the Red Sea after leaving Egypt. The Egyptian army went into the Red Sea to attack the Children of Israel, but God caused the waters to drown the army and Pharaoh. Therefore, the Children of Israel emerged alive on the 17th, the same date as the resurrection. (This is also the same date Haman was hung in the book of Esther. The power of the resurrection defeats the enemy!)
Before the Children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, they secured the remains of Joseph on Aviv 15. (Exodus 13:19-20) An interesting parallel is that Jesus had been placed in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea on Aviv 15. (Matthew 27:59-60)
And Joseph said to his brethren, “I am dying; but God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land to the land of which He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” Then Joseph took an oath from the Children of Israel, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.” (Genesis 50:24-25)
Why did Joseph ask them to take his bones with them? Hebrews 11 states that Joseph by faith had given the commandment that they take his bones when they left Egypt. I think he was looking forward to the resurrection. I believe he longed to be a part of that which was yet to come and he made provision to have his bones taken to the Promised Land because he saw what would take place in the future.
Following the resurrection of Jesus, the graves of many of the saints were opened and they went into the city and appeared to many people! When, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. (Matthew 27:51-53)
I wonder if Joseph was among those that were resurrected, along with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? (Abraham had secured his burial place in a cave a few miles south of Jerusalem before his death. According to Genesis 49:29-31, Abraham’s cave at Machpelah was where Abraham and Sarah were buried, along with Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob and Leah.)
What became of those who were resurrected at that time is a mystery.
Our faith is founded upon the foundational truth of the resurrection.
And if Jesus is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! (1 Corinthians 15:17)
We must believe in our hearts that Jesus has risen from the dead in order to obtain salvation.
If you confess with your mouth Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
HE IS RISEN. HE IS THE FIRSTFRUITS.