FIRST FRUITS and EASTER

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The Lord gave me the name First Fruits for my book on the day I first prayed about writing. I was aware of several places in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible where the term “first fruits” was used (ex. “You shall bring in the sheaf of the First Fruits of your harvest.” Leviticus 23:10b). Little did I know, however, what I would soon learn from Zola Levitt (see Zola Levitt Ministries, www.levitt.com) concerning the importance of first fruits in connection with our Savior.

The First Fruits Feast is always the Sunday following the week of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, held in the spring each year. This day has eventually become known as Easter among Christians. But what many do not realize is that the name Easter was derived from the Babylonian pagan goddess of fertility, “Ishtar”. Zola explains that “we miss a very important Biblical truth by not using the term ‘First Fruits’ as the name of this feast, because “first” implies a second, a third, and so on, and that is the real meaning of the feast. We do not merely celebrate the resurrection of the Lord on First Fruits (Easter), on which it indeed occurred, but even more so, the resurrection of the entire Church!”

In 1 Corinthians 15:23 (KJV) Paul states “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.” Zola continues, “Jesus celebrated the Sunday of the week of His crucifixion by rising from the dead. It was not some other day He chose but the very day of First Fruits … Jesus even presented His proper First Fruits offering to the Father. Graves were opened and dead people rose and were seen after His resurrection in Jerusalem. Matthew 27:53 (KJV). First Fruits was the last of the feasts that The Lord was seen personally fulfilling on earth.”

First Fruits, therefore, represents not only our gifts to God, but more importantly, His First Fruits Gift to us in the person of Jesus Christ—He is the Hope of our own resurrection!

 

Harvest America Invitation

Ice Cross on Water   Harvest America . . . Over 6300 decisions for Christ were made from the sea of attendees that flooded Cowboy Field during the invitation. God is at work! According to reports I have read from KCBI, 82,000 people were inside the stadium and thousands outside; there were also over 180,000 who attended other Harvest America host sites. Of those attending, over 18,000 professions of faith were made in person, and 1,042 professions of faith from the Webcast. It was viewed in 123 countries!

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Harvest America – For God & Country

 

Harvest Invitation               HARVEST AMERICA

A MASS OF HUMANITY WALKED ONTO THE DALLAS COYBOY STADIUM FIELD -from the highest seating levels to the lowest-to publicly declare their desire to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.

Harvest America was put on by Greg Laurie, a pastor and evangelist from California who has taken the baton from the Billy Graham Crusades, and is spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to America and well beyond our borders. The event was supported by over 70 churches in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex; Jack Graham, pastor at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, was Chairman of the event.

The event lasted over three hours, and opened with Christian Music Artists Switchfoot, Lecrae, Mercy Me and Chris Tomlin, followed by a message from Greg Laurie. It is very obvious he has been called by God to unapologetically share the gospel of Christ and His love for every individual, regardless of their color, class, age, education, socio-economic standing, male or female. Laurie is a gifted communicator and able to engage his audience with humor and compassion. He told his own story and then asked members of the audience to join him if they wanted to know the same Jesus that had saved him. This Jesus who could take a life with any amount of sin and sorrow, and turn that life into one of confidence in a better future here on earth, and life everlasting with the one and only Savior who died on a cruel cross for their sins and rose again, victorious over sin and the grave.

My sister, Bonnie Walker, and her friends Tiffany, Tupu and Justine drove up from San Antonio to attend the event with me. It brought us such joy to worship Our Savior with so many Christ-followers, and then to witness thousands who came flooding onto the field to join our faith in the One True God! How awesome is He!

Here are some pictures we took at Harvest America, and then at the JFK Memorial where we went to remember our nation the following day.

Five en route to Harvest

Off we go Harvest America! Susan-Tiff-Bonnie-Tupu-Justine.

Five cropped

Stopped to make a memory and barely made it inside before all seats were taken, with just under an hour until start time!

J T T & SBBW & SB Singing

Motorcade

 

 

 

 

 

THE NEXT DAY – Our visit to Dealy Plaza, the 6th Floor Book Depository and JFK Memorial. Scenes just before the assassination of our President brought back sad memories for Bonnie and me; our girlfriends not even born yet.

Yes, we have JOY in The Lord, and yet our nation is under attack from within and without by those who would destroy the very Judeo-Christian principles upon which our nation was founded. My prayer is that we would each do our part so that we may claim God’s Promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14 “IF MY PEOPLE, WHICH ARE CALLED BY MY NAME, SHALL HUMBLE THEMSELVES AND PRAY, AND SEEK MY FACE, AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS; THEN WILL I HEAR FROM HEAVEN, AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN, AND WILL HEAL THEIR LAND.”