News Letter 5858-003
The 6th Year of the 4th Sabbatical Cycle The 3rd Tithe Year
The 27th year of the 120th Jubilee Cycle
The 12th day of the 1st month 5858 years after the creation of Adam
The 4th Sabbatical Cycle after the 119th Jubilee Cycle
The Sabbatical Cycle of Sword, Famines, and Pestilence
March 16, 2022
Shalom & Chag Sameach To the Royal Family of Yehovah,
Randy Cates and I have just returned back to our hostel in Jerusalem after an all-day search up the Jordan Valley. We joined Becca Biderman to look at one field most of the Barley searchers know just north of the military checkpoint on Hwy 90. We also found two other fields in Tel Teomim.
We then went all the way up to Poriya to look at the barley there. Well actually in the same field that was first to come out a couple of years ago, was just barely out of the boot. If we only examined this field then I would not be keeping Passover on March 18, 2022, but would have to do so next month because the barley just is nowhere close. But we did examine three other fields.
In our first field, north of the checkpoint on Hwy 90, we were having a lot of fun and we will have a video of this soon. I am just right now beat and can barely keep my eyes open.
After freezing here in Jerusalem for the past two days with rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow, I was wondering whether or not we would see anything at all in relation to Barley being Aviv. It is just plain cold here. And many areas got a fresh dumping of snow the day before on Tuesday, March 15.
But today March 16, 2022, Randy and I both got sunburns from the searching and were able to get rid of the heavier clothing.
The Field at the checkpoint had Barley that was firm and could be split with the nail and some that were not able to be split. And there was also barley in the worm stage. That is where it squishes out like a worm between your fingers.
We are looking for Barley that is firm enough to make into flower on wave sheaf day. I do not need barley for the first of the month. That is a Takanot. I need barley for one reason and one reason only. To make the Wave Offering on the morrow after the Sabbath during the Days of Unleavened Bread.
Mat 23:1 Then Jesus spoke to the crowd and to His disciples,
Mat 23:2 saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.
Mat 23:3 Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, observe and do. But do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do.
Mat 23:4 For they bind heavy and hard-to-carry burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders. But they will not move them with one of their fingers.
Therefore, all he says to you diligently do, but according to their reforms (takanot) and their precedents (ma’asim) do not do, because they talk but they do not do.
So a Takanot is reforming what Yehovah has said or creating precedents or traditions that break His Torah.
Some of the takanot that have now developed are that a field cannot be used for the barley search if it is too rocky, or too close to trees, or has clumps in it or ruts. Another takanot is that you can harvest the barley before Wave Sheaf Day and store it so that you do not lose your crop if it becomes ready before Wave Sheaf Day.
You cannot put the sickle to the grain and store it, with the expectation that you can begin to count the Omer one, two or three, weeks after cutting the barley. Deuteronomy 16:9 is clear on when you are to begin to count the Omer. You begin to count on the very same day you began to cut the Omer. That is supposed to be done on Wave Sheaf Day.
To declare you can cut the barley and store it before Wave Sheaf Day is a Takanot. What you are really doing is declaring you got it wrong and will not adjust your understanding.
Let me be very clear here. I am not attacking any of the people who do the searches. Devorah, Joel and Becca or anyone else who goes out in the land of Israel and checks it with their own hands and eyes. This is not an easy job to do and requires great dedication to do it on the behalf of all of us who depend on these reports in order to know when the Holy Days are to be kept. My greatest admiration to each and every one of them for doing this year in and year out.
But having said that, Takanots have been applied and this is wrong. Any field that produces barley is grown by the blessing of Yehovah. I will concede that under hydro lines or right beside roadways should not be used. (This too is a takanot).
We took two sheaves of barley from this first field just north of the military checkpoint. Before you say I stole it, understand that it is the Sabbatical Year according to the Jews. The land is supposed to be free for everyone to use. We do not agree with that and have proven it to begin next year in March 2023, but according to the laws of the land in Israel, it is now a Sabbatical year.
Our second field was in Tel Toemim further north on Hwy 90. I searched the entire north side of the field and found most of the barley was in the early stages of flowering. It was not ready to be Aviv. Randy and Becca had worked their way to the far south Eastern middle section and waved me to come over. The Barley there was flat on the ground due to the weight of the heads and the wind. The barley around here was standing and bowing slightly. The standing barley had worm and or soft dough. But the barley knocked to the ground was already shattering. You could see how the heads just fell away or they were already gone.
This area alone had enough barley to make an omer with more to come over the next 3 days. We then went to another field in Tel Teomim and the barley here was smaller and in the soft dough stage.
Based on the field just north of the checkpoint on why 90, I would declare wave sheaf day Sunday, March 20, 2022, after roasting the seeds.. But Randy Becca and myself all agree that the barley in the Tel Teomim field was now ready for Wave Sheaf Day.
Thursday after Sunset will be the foot-washing ceremony and the start of the Fast of the Firstborn. Friday evening will be the Passover meal and the first day of Unleavened Bread. You are commanded to eat unleavened bread for the entire 7 days of Unleavened Bread.
I wanted to give you all a good laugh for the day. Enjoy. Chag Sameach.
I have to say the Palestinian viper video almost knocked me off my chair with laughter!! Great job men!!
Haaa bet Joe didn’t know he could run so fast!!
What a privilege for you to see and touch the barley first hand! To be in the land; to join Rivkah and see the fields that she has so diligently monitored for us; to have her warn about vipers, haha!
Jo, you need to edit your last sentence last it causes confusion: “commanded to NOT eat leaven for . . .”
Be blessed, enjoy. Shalom.
Shalom Joseph and Randy.
Are you sure there were IN FACT any vipers there?
Yehovah’s blessings and direction over everything . . . be DONE!
Boy they do move quickly when when someone mentions snake in the grass but you are safe shalom Paul
Once again, I am very thankful for what you all and others have done in searching for the barley to confirm the proper timing of our firstfruits offering.
being a retired farmer. at harvest time we do this many a time. to check the readiness of the crop. time is of the essence while in the field it is at the mercy of the elements, it is imperative that i be gathered into the barn
That was a helpful comment Philip G. I have had questions with regards to the harvest and first fruits. Does anyone else have questions about this?
The Scriptures talks about the first fruits. I realise that it is important to know what the Hebrew says rather than just reading the English. I was wondering exactly what “first fruits” is. Is it the very first of the harvest? Is it the very best of the harvest? Back in the days of Yahushua (or Moshe) did they wait until all the barley was ripe and then harvest, or did they harvest some of it for the wavesheaf offering and then do the full harvest later?
I don’t know anything about harvesting grains/barley. I’m only just learning about the ripening of it via brother Joe. I know this is important and am willing to learn. I am glad that brother Joe is diligent to go and check out the barley. I just feel so confused because there are others out there not celebrating Pesach because they believe the barley is not ripe and they say that the whole field needs to be ripe for harvest. I know that we cannot go back for a sheaf that has been left in the field but I’m not sure that we cannot go back over the field to harvest if some has already been taking for a wave sheaf offering?
We have been keeping Pesach/Unleavened bread at this time because we are unsure and would rather err on the side of caution. Does anyone have any further input with regards to harvesting and first fruits?
I am new also, and err on the side of caution is exactly what I did but only somewhat. Times and Seasons being changed is a very dangerous act to commit not only to displace the time of Pesach especially since two High Holy Sabbaths unto the Lord our God is involved, but to put confusion in the minds of the remnant. I believe this is a test, whether it be done deliberate or not.
If you’ve ever gardened, you probably know that a plant, field, or tree, produces over a period of time. While growing tomatoes, peppers, etc…, if you wait until the last fruit has ripened, you will have many tomatoes or peppers rotted and wasted on the ground. Those first ones produced, are usually the choice fruits, the best ones. At the end of the plant’s production, sometimes it wouldn’t ripen, because it was too late in the season, so with the tomatoes, for example, we’d have a lot of green tomatoes to cook up, and the plant they were growing on would already be dead from the first frost. Some of those we’d set aside and wait and see if they would ripen, and they never would. They were green until they had to be tossed. These weren’t good fruits. I wouldn’t want to wait until the plant is nearing the end of it’s production to offer that fruit as first fruits. It’s not as good. It’s called first fruits for a reason, and yes, it means first to ripen, just as YHUH wants the first born that opens the womb of every female animal. My step-father grew hay, and he would have some fields ready for harvest before others. He would harvest a field when it was ready, only parts that were ready, with a small tractor, and get to the rest when it was ready. Sometimes it would take days or weeks to get it all and stored. The deer and other animals like rodents would eat what was missed or that fell to the ground, or what was ready early and not harvested in time. Poor people could have gathered some of that as well so that it didn’t all go to the wild animals, but nobody was so poor that they were willing to do that, or maybe just not our culture or custom to do that. It wasn’t done in a day. In recent years, farmers of grains who aren’t certified organic have been using herbicides and pesticides made by the likes of Round Up and Monsanto, that cause the fields to ripen more rapidly, and all at once, rather than over longer periods of time, a little here and a little there. It increases production, at the expense of our health, because farmers have more grain ready for harvest when they can harvest all at once with the big equipment, instead of a little here, and a little there, over a longer period of time, like when man would use smaller tractors, a team of oxen or horses, or just using sickles. If you’ve never gardened, try starting with a few plants in your window or on a back patio or something. Try not harvesting any until it’s obvious the plant is done producing, and see how much of what it has produced for you since it first started producing is still edible. Yah is not an elohim of waste. He says when you harvest, that which is on the corners of the field, and what you miss or drop is to be left for the poor and the animals. That is the opposite of wasteful. He wants it to be eaten by someone, but it needs to be edible, not rotten. He wasn’t saying once you harvest a sheaf of first fruits that you can’t harvest the bulk of it. We learn best by doing. Otherwise we can only lean on the supposed “expertise” of others. How many teachers of Torah do you know who have ever grown an entire field of anything, or harvested it with a sickle? They rely on “experts” if they have never done it themselves. How do you know they are not being lied to or misled or misleading you in order to push a doctrine. This is why, if you’re not familiar with agriculture, you should start learning on a small scale by doing it yourself. With the end times tribulation getting closer every day, droughts, empty shelves, inflation, wars, and supply chain issues, it’s a good time to start learning how to grow, harvest, and store your own food anyway.
Thank you for your post. Shalom!
I actually learned something from it.