Several years ago, I was given a dream that amplified my understanding of the significance of those who are called firstfruits. The firstfruits are mentioned in a number of scriptures in the New Testament. We should look at some of these before I reveal more about the dream.
There are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, (being) the firstfruits unto Yahweh and to the Lamb.
This verse follows what we are told in the first verse of this chapter. In the first verse we are told that 144,000 beings are standing with the Lamb on Mount Sion. The King James Version tells us they have the name of their Father written in their foreheads.
However, when the Greek is examined for this verse it tells a different story. The text actually reads, “his name and his Father’s name.” The correct rendering of the Greek makes a significant difference. The name on their foreheads was not just the name of the Father, but a name that included the name of the Lamb and the Father of the lamb.
More can be learned about these 144,000 firstfruits by reading Revelation 20:4-6. Here we are told these firstfruits are resurrected when Messiah returns. They will reign 1,000 years with the Lamb and will be priests to Yahweh and the Messiah.
James 1:18: “We should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.” The “we” is referring to those who have repented, been baptized in the inherited name of YahwehShua, and are faithfully overcoming.
The apostle Paul knew the firstfruits that lived during his lifetime. He introduces us to the firstfruits who lived in Achaia. (Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16: 15)
This was a small town in a Roman province located in Greece. It is of interest that Paul also calls these firstfruits of Achaia saints. (2 Corinthians 1:1) This is also confirmation that the firstfruits are designated as saints. For example, in Jude 1:14 we are told that when Messiah returns he will be accompanied by 10,000 of his saints. We now know that the 144,000 firstfruits in Revelation 14:14 are also saints. This understanding explains why Messiah told us in Luke 12:32 that his flock was very small.
Christians are taught that when they die they will go to heaven or hell. However, scripture does not support this. Scripture compares death to sleep. Everyone that has died will be awakened. There will be two resurrections of the dead. The first will occur when Messiah returns. This will be the first resurrection. John tells us this about that resurrection in Revelation 20:6: “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, they shall be priests of Yahweh and of Messiah, and shall reign with him thousand years.”
When combining what we know about saints with the firstfruits, the 144,000 mentioned in Revelation 14, we learn that they are small in number as well as being with Messiah in the first resurrection. These firstfruits will be resurrected as spiritual beings. John tells us in 1 John 3:2 that they will see Messiah as he is in his spiritual state, and they shall be like him: spiritual beings without any further death to face.
What about the rest of mankind? After a thousand years, there is a second resurrection. All of mankind who are not firstfruits will be resurrected as physical human beings. They will then receive the Spirit of Yahweh and have a similar opportunity that the firstfruits enjoyed in this age. They will have Yahweh’s truth as well as an opportunity to be in Yahweh’s kingdom.
There will be many who will not take this opportunity to enter the kingdom. What will happen to them? They will be thrown into the Gehenna fire. However, they will not be left there for eternity. After a period of time, they will be resurrected from that fire and allowed to enter the new heaven and new earth. They will not live in the Kingdom, as will the firstfruits. The apostle John describes their circumstances in Revelation 22:15: “For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” Please note that not one human being is lost. Satan is not victorious. Everyone who died is resurrected and will live on the spiritual level with Yahweh in the new heaven and earth. Yahweh is all about love and mercy. He is not filled with hatred like man who is willing to teach eternal torture.
The first revelation I was given was the name of the Father and his family, Yahweh. I was raised in the Christian tradition and was familiar with its beliefs. I was taught that God is the creator and sustainer of all things, and the name I was taught for his son was Jesus.
However, several years ago I was driving on a major interstate highway and noticed a billboard that proclaimed that the name of the Creator is Yahweh. I had never encountered this information before. This experience was reinforced by my reading an advertisement later in a biblical archaeology magazine that proclaimed Yahweh as the name of the Creator.
I then contacted the organization that had placed the ad in the magazine. During my several years there, I learned more about Father Yahweh and His Son, Yahshua.
I left that organization after a dispute among the leadership ended in a very unsatisfactory resolution. I was cast adrift for about two weeks when, while searching the Internet, I was led to a website that proclaimed Yahweh’s name and a name for his Son I had never heard before, YahwehShua. This website declared that Yahshua was the prophetic or human name of the Messiah. However, Messiah had to inherit a new name after his death
I was introduced to Deuteronomy 29:20 that revealed that the man who was cursed and died had his name blotted out. In Galatians 3:13, we are told that Messiah became a curse for us. Messiah was the only human being who died in sin, was cursed, and therefore had his name blotted out. This stunned me as I had read and studied the Bible for many years and could not recall ever having seen that verse or any reference to the blotting out of a name.
Another insight that I learned from that website was that the Levitical high priest had the name of Yahweh on his forehead when he entered the holy of holies on Yom Kippurim. Since Messiah was the high priest of the order of Melchizedek, he too would have to have the name of Yahweh when he appeared before his Father after his death. This website declared that Messiah’s inherited name (Hebrews 1:4) to be YahwehShua, Yahweh Saviour. After learning more about the importance of the inherited name, I was baptized in the name of YahwehShua. Since my baptism, my understanding and dedication have greatly increased. The only way to become a firstfruit is to be baptized in the inherited name of YahwehShua. This is when you receive the down payment of Messiah’s Spirit that is needed to help you overcome.
The Scriptures are a great source of truth and joy. However, translations are often a hindrance to learning the truth. For example, I never heard of the name of Yahweh until late in life when I saw the billboard. Study revealed that the Hebrew, from which the King James Version was translated, declared Yahweh as the true name, not LORD. The key to salvation was hidden by poor translations. This is only the beginning. There are many truths hidden by poor translations.
Now, let me tell you more about the dream regarding the revelation of the firstfruits. I awoke one morning while attending a religious gathering with the understanding that the first verse in Genesis revealed the first mention of the firstfruits in the Scriptures. At first I thought that someone had taught me about this, but I could not remember who or when. After asking many people about this new understanding, I realized that there was no one there who had shared this information with me. I finally acknowledged that this information came by my dream.
I was raised to know the first verse in Genesis: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” However, my dream revealed that the Hebrew word, bereshith, from which the word beginning was translated, had an alternative meaning. The Strong’s number for this word was 7225. After study and prayer, it was made clear to me that the first verse of Genesis actually should read as: “For the sake of the firstfruits, Elohim created the heaven and earth.” The word translated as God was actually Elohim in the Hebrew language, which is a plural word meaning mighty ones.
This revelation led me to further study who the firstfruits are. This led me to Revelation 14 where more is revealed in verse 4 about the firstfruits. Since my encounter with Revelation 14, I knew that the number being called to the first resurrection would be small. The 144,000 mentioned in verse one was a very small number when compared to the billions of people who have and will be born. The firstfruits are very unique.
Another interesting fact that I learned during my study was that the rendering of Revelation 14:1 in the King James Version was not correct. Instead of, “having his Father’s name written in their foreheads” the Greek actually should be translated as, “His name and his Father’s name.”
The name on the foreheads of the firstfruits was not just the name of the Father, Yahweh, but of the Son as well. I have since learned more about the inherited name, YahwehShua. This inherited name has the full Tetragrammaton (yod, hey, waw, hey) that is the Father’s name. By adding Shua, savior, this combination is a name that belongs to both the Father and Son. It is this name of the Father and Son that is on the foreheads of the firstfruits.
The firstfruits are a creation that requires baptism in the shared name of the Father and Son. This name is the same name that Peter declared during Pentecost. Acts 2: 21 quotes Peter as saying: “And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call upon the name the Lord [Sovereign, the Messiah] shall be saved.”
Do you wish to be among the small flock of firstfruits? The first step is to be baptized in the name of YahwehShua. However, baptism is only the beginning. You must be obedient to the Commandments of Yahweh and overcome until the end.
Translations of the Bible must be read and studied carefully. For example, the word church, which is used throughout the New Testament, is a wrong translation. The Greek word is ekklesia, and means the called out ones. This has nothing to do with a building or an organization. It is a description of individuals who were called by Yahweh to become firstfruits.
The apostle John reveals in John 6:44 and 65 that, “no man can come unto me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him...” The Father selects the called out ones. This calling Is not based on knowledge, lineage, race, intelligence or desire. It is totally the prerogative of the Father. If this website is of interest, and you are reading this article, then perhaps you too are also being called.
You will not know this is your calling unless you pray to Yahweh for truth, study this website and the scriptures that are revealed, and contact us for guidance. Your intentions are not good enough. You must take the first step which is baptism in the name of YahwehShua.
You must consider what your desire truly is and whether you are willing to do whatever it takes. Do you wish to be a firstfruit in the first resurrection or just wait until the second resurrection? There is much to consider in taking this first step and preparing for baptism. We have been through this whole process ourselves and are available to assist you. We are the firstfruits of Messiah as well as the light of YahwehShua. What is YOUR next step?