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The Fir! Fruits


Introduction On the day of Pentecost the children of Israel had to bring two loaves of the first fruit of wheat harvest to present them to the Lord The first fruit has dual meanings: The best effort you make unto the Lord The 144,000 We will first discuss what it means to give our best effort to God

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Our Best Efforts Each and every one of us must bring our first fruit offering to the Lord That first fruit offering is our best effort unto the Lord & it begins with our hearts When you give your entire heart unto the Lord, you put him above all else What this means is that you will let nothing or anyone prevent you from obeying the laws of God because that is what he desires of you

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Matthew 6: 33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

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Deuteronomy 6: 4-5 “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might”

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Life Weighs Us Down Life can weigh us down including school, work, family, our health & appearance But none of these common aspects of your life can SAVE you Only God can save you, therefore, he comes BEFORE all of these things Remember to give God his due & he will take care of you...he will give you eternal life

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Good vs. Holy To distinguish between good & evil is a of course a must We must also be able to distinguish between good & holy, always choosing the holy things FIRST

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Example Visiting the sick on the Sabbath vs.

Worshiping the Lord at Church on Sabbath

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Good vs. Holy Visiting the sick on the Sabbath would be an example of a good deed Worshipping the Lord on the Sabbath would be considered HOLY and is a part of the 4th commandment of God Therefore, visiting the sick, should not come before your obligation to give reverence to God on his holy Sabbath

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Who Are the 144,000?

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144,000 The 144,000 are the first group of people to be prepared for deliverance during the time of the harvest They are all descendants of Israel that have been chosen by God 12,000 people from each of the tribes are chosen (Revelations 7: 1-8)

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Revelations 14: 1 & 4 “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. These 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 God and to the Lamb.”

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“They Are Virgins” Spiritually speaking, to be a virgin that’s not defiled by a woman means to NOT be corrupted with false doctrine & idolatry presented by the churches of this world There are a multitude of churches, rich, great, poor and small, each teaching various doctrines that intermingle God’s truth with their own traditions & beliefs

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Pure Doctrine One might wonder with so many different religions in this world how do you determine who is telling the truth and who is not Pure doctrine, the truth, is strictly measured according to God’s law, which includes the 10 commandments (Exodus 20: 1-17)

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“They Follow the Lamb” The word ‘follow’ can be defined as:

To accept the guidance, command, or leadership of To come or go after; proceed behind The 144,000 accepts Christ’s guidance & leadership by obeying his law & steering away from the false doctrine of this world These are individuals that know the truth & obey the laws in its entirety PRIOR to the 2nd coming of Christ During the 2nd coming of Christ, when the 144,000 has received the Holy Spirit, they will literally follow him wherever he goes

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A Sign For All to See When Christ gathers the 144,000 & pours upon them the Holy Spirit it will NOT be a secret but a sign of God’s glory The entire world will know that this group exists It will bring shock & dismay to the wicked but joy & hope to the children of God

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Special Thanks To... This presentation was based on the class written by Evelyn Pointer entitled.... “The First Fruits”

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First Fruits of God