15: And you shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete:
16: Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and you shall offer a new meat offering unto YHWH.
17: Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto YHWH.
The Pharisaic system places the Firstfruits offering on the day after the first annual Sabbath during Unleavened Bread (thus always placing it on Nissan 16) and then counts forward always placing Shavuot on Sivan 6.
The Essene and Sadducean system places the Firstfruits offering on the day after the WEEKLY Sabbath that takes place during Unleavened Bread (thus always placing it on a Sunday) and counts forward always placing Shavuot on a Sunday as well.
One might ask, if the Pharisaic system is correct, why would the Torah not say simply that Shavuot is on the 6th of Sivan in the same form that it tells us on what days the other festivals are? The reason is because unlike the other festivals, Shavuot does not occur on a fixed day of the month.
There is a fatal flaw in the Pharisaic system. If you are counting seven Sabbaths, and you are counting from the 15th of Nissan as an annual sabbath, then would you not also
have to have counted the 21st of Nissan as a Sabbath? But then you would be counting seven Sabbaths, but six weeks... so the text can only be referring to the WEEKLY sabbath. If you start counting from the day after the WEKKLY Sabbath and are NOT counting annual Sabbaths, then and only then to you count seven sabbaths and seven weeks and then you would always end your count on a "Sunday". According to the Dead Sea Scrolls "THE TEMPLE SCROLL" that is how the Essenes counted it.
Finally if we follow the Essene system then Messiah, the firstfruits from the dead, was resurrected on the day of the firstfruits offering.
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