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Did Ancient Israelites QUALIFY Their Barley Fields?

Did Ancient Israelites QUALIFY Their Barley Fields?

“Did Ancient Israelites QUALIFY Their Barley Fields?” is segment 8 of the video series Establishing the Head of the Year. In this study we are going to ask the very rhetorical question: Did Ancient Israel Qualify Their Barley Fields? Or is that something that some modern Messianic search team has just completely made up?

We will show how some Messianic aviv barley search groups follow a false doctrine of qualifying their barley fields, and why this doctrine is wrong.

We will look at one Messianic calendar group in particular called Abib of God and several of the errors specific to their calendar. (We ask that you pray for them.) We will specifically talk about the following errors of this calendar group:

  1. Mixing elements of the Equinox Calendar, Roman-Gregorian Calendar, the Rabbinic Calendar, and the Karaite Calendar. (Syncretism)
  2. Misdefine aviv barley, which causes them to declare Rosh HaShanah late every year/barley season.
  3. Break Devarim (Deuteronomy) 4:2 and 12:32, adding/taking away from Scripture. (Intercalation)

Review: Establishing the Head of the Year

If you have not yet listened to or read the previous segments of Establishing the Head of the Year, we encourage you to refer to those studies, also. They offer a better, fuller understanding for how to correctly determine Rosh HaShanah (the head of the Hebrew Year), so that you and your family can know that you are observing Yahweh’s feasts at His appointed times.

Deuteronomy 16:9

Let’s Not Break Deuteronomy 16:9 explains that the barley in Israel ripens over about a two- or three-month period. And there are a lot of groups that want to wait for wait for the main crop to be ripe before they begin harvesting. The problem is that this leaves only two choices. Either the farmers with the earliest crop must lose their crops. Or they have to break Deuteronomy 16:9 by harvesting early (before Yom HaNafat HaOmer). In either case that is something we do not want to do.

For more on Deuteronomy 16:9, the false doctrine of Harvestable Fields, and why giving Yahweh the very first firstfruits on Yom HaNafat HaOmer (rather than a random omer from the middle of the harvest), please watch “Let’s Not Break Deuteronomy 16:9”, “The Error of Harvestable Fields”, and “First Fruits? or False Fruits?

Devarim (Deuteronomy) 16:9-10
9 “You shall count seven weeks for yourself;
begin to count the seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the [standing] grain.
10 Then you shall keep the Feast of Weeks to Yahweh your Elohim…”

Review: Aviv barley

In “Aviv Barley Simplified” we talked about how to qualify the aviv barley that we use to declare the head of the year (Rosh Hashana). And how this aviv barley needs to meet certain specifications in order to be considered aviv. The reason for this is after we declare Rosh Hashanah, 15 to 21 days later, that is when we are going to have to bring this Wave Sheaf to the priest. And it has to be at a certain state of development to meet certain characteristics, in order for us to hold the Wave Sheaf Offering.

In order to qualify as aviv (we qualify this as medium dough, Vayiqra/Levitiucs 2:15), we know that the barley has to be “tender, young, and green”. That is, as we saw earlier, the very definition of aviv barley in Strong’s Old Testament 24. We also know that it has to be ‘parchable’, meaning that you have to be able to roast it in fire (Vayiqra/Leviticus 2:14). And it has to be viable as seed in order to meet the patterns inherent in Yochanan/John 12:24 and also in Mattityahu/Matthew 27:52. (That is, it needs to be able to reproduce itself.)

We saw how some of the Messianic groups do not like that definition and seem to want to write their own definition. to know more about how to qualify barley correctly, in order to know when the correct time is for Rosh HaShanah, please refer to “Aviv Barley Simplified

Review: The Equinox Calendar

In “Where is the Equinox Commanded?” and “Where is Spring Commanded?“, we discussed in detail the errors of observing the Equinox/Equilux. For more on this topic, please see these studies.

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