What is this Wave Sheaf  Sunday thing?
Is that in the Bible?
Is it a Holy Day?
Is it to be kept forever?

Are any of the Holy Days to be kept forever?
By: J W,  2/2003 - 2007

 I was just thinking about it and doing a bit of looking in my bible when I came across an interesting question.  Should we pay any attention to this day?  Have we ever?

 Our understanding of the importance of the wave sheaf in relation to both Christís acceptance and the count to Pentecost should lead us to see that the gospel writers were establishing the exact day of Christís acceptance. This day was a Holy Day or Sabbath (High Day) used in the count to Pentecost since He (Christ) was not only the wave sheaf offering but He was also the beginning of the spiritual harvest.  (Hence first of the firstfruits) Jewish tradition could never accept the fact of Jesus Christ being the First of the First Fruits.

Lev 23:
Lev 23:9  And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Lev 23:10  "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest.

Lev 23:11  'He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.

Lev 23:12  'And you shall offer on that day, when you wave the sheaf, a male lamb of the first year, without blemish, as a burnt offering to the LORD.

Lev 23:13  'Its grain offering shall be two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to the LORD, for a sweet aroma; and its drink offering shall be of wine, one-fourth of a hin.

Lev 23:14  'You shall eat neither bread nor parched grain nor fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your God; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

John 20:16-19 absolutely proves which Sabbath during the Days of Unleavened Bread God intends us to use to determine Wave sheaf Sunday. These verses show that Jesus ascended to the Father to be accepted on the day following the weekly Sabbath. In the year Jesus was crucified, The Passover was on a Wednesday. He was still in the grave when the first day of Unleavened Bread, a Thursday Jewish Sabbath, passed by. He rose from the dead late on the weekly Sabbath and was "waved" before God for acceptance on the Sunday morning following the weekly Sabbath. The Pharisees and rabbinic Jewry were wrong in using the day after the first day of Unleavened Bread Sabbath. The Sadducees were correct in using the weekly Sabbath. Taken together, these factors point conclusively to the Wave sheaf day as being on a Sunday, the day following the weekly Sabbath within the Days of Unleavened Bread. 

The wave sheaf offering pictures the firstfruit of the first harvest of the year offered before God for His acceptance. Spiritually, it pictures Christóthe firstfruit of Godís first spiritual harvest of soulsóascending after His resurrection to be accepted before God as the offering for our forgiveness and as our High Priest, enabling Him to administer the Holy Spirit and mediate for us before God.

 The Jews, in most of their teaching and efforts negate and try to negate the importance of Jesus Christ.  So why wouldnít they try to negate the potential day after the weekly Sabbath, as we call it Waive sheaf Sunday.  Itís in the book.  And it is easy to understand that the Jewish traditions of men would not do anything with this special day.  It would make them admit in the symbolism that Jesus Christ was a first fruit. 

So one would conclude? The wave sheaf offering has a direct connection to Pentecost and nearly a direct one to Passover, but only an indirect one to Unleavened Bread. The harvest symbolism and the fact that from Wave sheaf Day begins the count that ends at Pentecost nearly detach the wave sheaf from Unleavened Bread but firmly attach it to Pentecost.  In other words, it is really a Pentecost ritual, not an Unleavened Bread ritual regardless of when it falls.  

Both the wave sheaf  day and Pentecost depict a harvest. One event introduces it, and the other ends it.  From the Wave sheaf Day, (Sunday) as stated in Lev. 23: is day one (Monday) of the count and Pentecost is day fifty. If Christ had not been resurrected (harvested), or His sacrifice not accepted, there would have been no Holy Spirit sent to mankind, no church and no reason for Pentecost to be observed by Christians because there would be no harvest of firstfruits.  There are two firstfruit Holy Days.  

Lev 23:15  'And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. 

Lev 23:15  'And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, (In other words, the day after the Sabbath is Sunday) from (Sunday) the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: (the day after Sunday is day one) seven Sabbaths shall be completed.

 What is the day after the Wave sheaf Sunday?  Simply that is Monday and Monday is Day (1) one in our count to 50.  Pentecost means count 50, not 49. 

It is easy for me to see how many people deny Christ in admitting that there is a special day commemorating this special day.  Especially in following the Jewish traditions.  These traditions are traditions of men and not the oracles, which are the scriptural texts. 

If you negate this special Wave sheaf day.  It is then easy to start the Pentecost count on the weekly Sabbath instead of the High Sabbath ending up on the Sunday Pentecost. 

So we see that this day is to be kept throughout the generations.  To me that means forever.  It also had special physical sacrifices at that time that were different from the Pentecost sacrifices teaching that it was not one and the same day. 

So I conclude it is as much of a Holy Day as Pentecost is.



Another thought:

Have you ever noticed human natureís flexible and ingenious proclivity for creating exceptions for itself? It quickly slips into gear whenever one is confronted with a rule one finds onerous or a circumstance it finds itself uncomfortable with. Then one says to himself, "This doesnít apply to me."

The following is a list of the requirements God lays down for making the wave sheaf offering:

1. Exodus 23:14-19: The offerings had to be from their own labors and from fields that they had sown. When we factor this into the circumstances of Joshua 5, it becomes clear these offerings had to be firstfruits, not spoils. There is no room for an exception.

2. Leviticus 23:10: It had to be from their own land. This clarifies that, when they were in the wilderness, they were not making this offering.

3. Leviticus 23:14 and Deuteronomy 16:9: The sheaf was to be waved before both harvesting and eating the crop.

4. Leviticus 23:12-13: This particular burnt offering was to accompany the wave sheaf offering. It was an incomplete offering without it. There are no exceptions to this.

5. Leviticus 22:17-25: An offering cannot derive from a strangerís possessions, a principle that applies to all the national offerings, no exceptions. God always receives the best, no matter which offering is concerned. Please read Malachi 1:6-14.

6. Deuteronomy 12:4-14: The Israelites could not make the national offerings until the Tabernacle and brazen altar were in place. The Bible gives no exception for the events of Joshua 5. The Tabernacle was not in place in Shiloh until seven years later.


God has put the Bible together in such a way that man is incapable of technically arriving at a knowledge of the truth, Isaiah 28:7-13. Truth must be revealed to those simple enough to believe implicitly in faith, Matthew 11:25.

More than that, God said He would speak to us in a different language than Hebrew, Isaiah 28:11.  The truth in this age has been revealed in English, not Hebrew. Every mistake that has been made to this point has been based on an attempt to get back to those original languages and you and I are incapable of understanding them.  There are many difficulties in understanding an ancient language.  Classical Greek and Hebrew are vastly different from the modern usage.  No one, not even the scholars, have perfect knowledge of the Hebrew and Greek. When one begins to doubt and question the truths revealed in a simple language, the simple truth of God becomes clouded and lost.  

Sunday as the Wave sheaf Day was an entire day for the preparation and offering of the Wave sheaf.  Likewise, the Sunday following the seventh Sabbath was necessary to prepare for Pentecost.  I could not figure out how it was possible to do all that had to take place in the preparation for Pentecost without a Sunday in there.  Specifically, there had to be large wave loaves baked with leaven offered to the Eternal on Pentecost, Leviticus 23:17.  If you insist on a Sunday Pentecost, you're going to have to prepare on the Sabbath. That breaks the Sabbath law and produces death (see Exodus 16:23-30, and 35:2). So I concluded the change to Sunday must be wrong. 

Another reason why I believe in a Monday Pentecost is that God clearly delineates the order of salvation. Christ is the first of the firstfruits. How can you be the first of the firstfruits if you are just among others?  Wave sheaf Sunday is devoted solely to Christ. I Corinthians 15:22-23 tells us that Christ is the firstfruits of those resurrected from the dead, followed by those that are Christ's at His coming.  There is a difference between begotten Christians and Jesus Christ. 

Sunday is a Sadducees custom. And I don't follow the tradition of any Jewish sect, Matthew 15:1-9, 16:12.   God said in place after place in the Bible that in the last days there was going to be a departure from the truth.  Not growth into truth through progressive revelation.  First the truth was revealed, then it was departed from. See II Thessalonians 2:1-10,  II Timothy 3:1-17, II Peter 2:1-22 and the entirety of the Book of Jude

When I evaluated what was transpiring in the church, I saw that there was no problem with the doctrine we had held over the years. The problem was with certain individuals in the ministry. The problem was not with God in originally revealing the truth.  The problem was with men not living up to that truth. 

Fifty days must be completely counted. A day is counted when it is over, Genesis 1:5. Counting Pentecost is simple. It doesn't take great scholarship. Just like a year of your life is counted when it is over, such as when you are one year old, it is one year after your birth.

Let us get that point fixed plainly in mind. We count in order to determine which day is Pentecost. Can we COUNT? We count FROM a Sunday, always. The particular Sunday which follows the weekly Sabbath during the days of unleavened bread.

The morrow AFTER the Sabbath was Sunday April 24, 2005 -- the day on which the wave sheaf would have been waved.

Now we have the day to count FROM -- Sunday, April 24th. No one should get mixed up in counting 50 days FROM a definite day. (The first day..FROM..Sunday is not the same day, it is a Monday).  The 49th day is then Sunday June 12, 2005 and the 50th day is Monday June 13th.

"And ye shall count unto you FROM the morrow after the Sabbath . . . seven Sabbaths (weeks) shall be complete, even unto the morrow after the seventh Sabbath (week) shall ye number FIFTY DAYS," Leviticus 23:15-16.

Those who have MIScounted Pentecost have done so through one or more of three errors. Error number one is assuming that the word "Sabbaths" means always and only SATURDAYS -- that is, seventh day of the week. Anyone who understands Hebrew knows the Hebrew word Sabbath, or "shabbaths" as it is in this text, has also the meaning of any PERIOD of seven days, or WEEKS. The Hebrew word "Sabbath" means "rest," "cessation," "holy day" -- as, for instance, all multiple (may be more than seven)  annual holy days are SABBATHS, and they are not SATURDAYS; it means also "seven" or period of seven days, or week, and it means also THE seventh DAY of each week.

The Moffatt translation settles it. Listen: "From the day after the Sabbath, the day you bring the sheaf of the waved offering, you shall count SEVEN FULL WEEKS." Not seven SATURDAYS -- seven full WEEKS. They are counted FROM a Sunday. Now if you count your FIRST week to the following SATURDAY, you do not count a FULL week, but only six days, and the instruction is plain -- seven FULL weeks FROM a Sunday, and seven FULL weeks from a Sunday brings you to a Sunday, seven weeks later. Then we count to the morrow AFTER that seventh full WEEK, or a MONDAY, making FIFTY DAYS from the Sunday where we began counting.

Now suppose this meant seven SATURDAYS, and to the morrow after the seventh Saturday. This would be ONLY 49 DAYS from the day we count from. It would not be COMPLETE, and the text explicitly commands us to count seven weeks COMPLETE, to a total of FIFTY DAYS from a Sunday. Notice, "FROM the morrow after the Sabbath . . . shall ye number FIFTY DAYS."

Those who count seven SATURDAYS instead of seven FULL WEEKS as the Bible says, are not counting FIFTY DAYS (Pentecost) but ONLY FORTY-NINE DAYS. And the 49th day is NOT Pentecost, and those who observe it, do NOT observe Pentecost, no matter how well-meaning their intentions, for PENTECOST means FIFTY-count; that is, COUNT FIFTY, not count 49! Now let us PROVE that this word "shabbath" as it is in the original Hebrew means WEEKS here, and not "Saturdays." The same identical Hebrew word is used in Leviticus 25:8, "And thou shalt number seven Sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven Sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years." There it is FIGURED OUT. It does not mean SATURDAYS -- it means PERIOD OF SEVEN -- seven TIMES SEVEN, and it figures to FORTY NINE.   Now, counting from Sunday, seven Sabbaths complete are FORTY-NINE days, and we count "even unto the morrow after the seventh Sabbath . . . FIFTY DAYS," and this is a MONDAY. If you count it seven SATURDAYS you do not have 49 days, but 48. Seven Saturdays after Sunday, brings you to Saturday, exactly 48 days. The text quoted above FIGURES it for us, and this expression figures out to FORTY-NINE, not forty-eight. Then we add one day to make it FIFTY. 

We are also instructed how to count Pentecost in Deuteronomy 16:9. "Seven WEEKS (not Saturdays) shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as thou beginnest to put the sickle to the corn.  And thou shalt keep the FEAST OF WEEKS unto the Lord thy God." Now here a DIFFERENT Hebrew word is used -- "shabuah," meaning "sevened," i.e., a WEEK. It is another derivation from the Hebrew "Shabbath." Here, even in the King James translation, we are told to count SEVEN WEEKS, not seven Saturdays, FROM the day the first sheaf was cut and waved -- from a Sunday.

So I conclude that we once kept it right, and then departed from that truth.  I also found out that this thinking was changed by the arguments of two individuals.  RMc & GTA.  From  1953 to 1961 we kept Monday Pentecost.  Then the doctrinal committee got with the Jews, who deny Christ to recount it their way.  I feel this is a mistake and they should have gotten it from the bible.  We should neither use the Sanhedrin, the Sadducees, the Encyclopedia Judaica,  the Karites, or Hillel in the proving  of scripture.  Traditions were highly criticized by Jesus.  I believe that Pentecost always falls on a Monday--following a complete fifty-day count from the Sabbath occurring within the Days of Unleavened Bread.   This day mentioned is what I understand as Wave sheaf Sunday.  This day that pictures Jesus Christ the first of the firstfruits.



March 13, 1961  RADIO CHURCH OF GOD