Response: The short answer is no. Christ is not referred to as the Righteous Barley, or the Righteous Blade of Grass, or the Righteous Cereal Grain. Christ - the Firstfruit - is referred to as a Branch… the Righteous Branch.
Here’s the long answer:
Firstfruits are a shadow of Christ… for Christ is the Firstfruit of the resurrection (1 Cor 15:20-23). Throughout the writings of Moses and the Prophets, the Creator and Author of the story uses a branch to represent Christ. That is why Christ is referred to as a Branch… the Righteous Branch (Jer 23:5, Jer 33:15, Isa 11:1, Zec 3:8, Zec 6:12).
Nowhere in the Scriptures is Christ referred to as the “Righteous Blade of Grass” or the “Righteous Cereal Grain”. Rather, Christ is referred to as a branch… of a tree… for men are as trees and are known by their fruit.
Even the very definition of firstfruits disqualifies barley. Here is the Strong’s entry for firstfruit (H1061):
From H1069; the first fruits of the crop: - first fruit (-ripe [figuratively), hasty fruit.
A primitive root; properly to burst the womb, that is, (causatively) bear or make early fruit (of woman or tree)
Sadly, Hebrew Roots’ teachers only take people back to the Hebraic root of the faith… which is Judaism. But the True Root is the root from the Branch of Jesse (Isa 11). This True Root was in the beginning, the middle and the end.
Please bear with me while I first explain which branch testifies of Christ - the Righteous Branch. Then we will return back to the subject of firstfruits… but really they are related… they are one.
The tree that the Creator chose to bear a faithful witness of the Righteous Branch is the sweet ALMOND tree. The two most powerful witnesses in Scripture of this fact are:
- the Golden Lampstand - budding and blossoming ALMOND branches which abide in a main, center, budding and blossoming ALMOND branch; each budding and blossoming ALMOND branch produces the fruit of light
- Aaron's Rod --a seemingly “dead” branch which “resurrected” into a branch which budded, blossomed and yielded ripening ALMONDS
Not only is the mystery of the golden lampstand revealed in the end (“the Lamb is the Lamp” - Rev 21:23), but also, Christ himself expounded the parable of the golden lampstand and explained how it testified of him (and those who faithfully abide in him) when proclaiming the following:
“I am the light of the world.’
“Ye are the light of the world.”
“I am the [Branch/Tree] and you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (Note that the Hebrew word for “vine”-H1612 can also be translated as “tree”.)
So, in both of these powerful parables, the Most High chose a budding and blossoming ALMOND branch to testify of Christ - the Righteous Branch. Not barley. Not an olive tree. He chose an ALMOND tree. How does the sweet ALMOND tree faithfully testify of Christ - the Righteous Branch and those who faithfully abide in him? Well, according to His own design, the Creator created the ALMOND tree to be the first of the fruit trees to awaken and blossom. Bees are required for pollinating the almond blossoms. If there are no bees...there will be little to no fruit. (Note the Hebrew word for bee is “deborah" H1692 which comes from the root word “debar” H1696 meaning word, command. If someone does not receive His word/command then they will not produce the fruit of righteousness, justice, mercy.) Upon pollination, firstfruits begin to emerge from the calyx resembling a flame of fire (just as the flames on the golden lampstand comes forth from the “calyx” bowls) and hastily grow over a course of approximately 6-8 weeks (similar to the “omer” count). These firstfruits are referred to as “green almonds”, nutlets, drupes. After approximately 6-8 weeks, a few of the firstfruits are harvested by hand (the first harvest). The other firstfruits remain on the branches so that the seed within may mature and grow firm. The flesh of the firstfruit withers in the summer heat (just like our fleshly desires are to wither through the heat of trials and tribulations). All that remains in the end is a single seed filled with golden oil (just like all that should remain in us is His word and His Spirit). In the seventh month after blossoming, the branches are beaten and shaken and the seed is gathered in (the second harvest-the ingathering). The seed produced by the sweet almond tree is among the healthiest “fruits” known to nourish man (just as the Word is the healthiest spiritual food to nourish us).
In the Scriptures, the reason why the detail of “budding and blossoming” ALMOND branches are significant in the case of the golden lampstand and Aaron’s rod is that “budding and blossoming” refers to “abib”. This is revealed in Song of Solomon. In Song of Solomon, someone goes down into an orchard of nuts to see the “abib” of the valley… whether the tree budded and the ALMOND trees blossomed. Note the word translated as “fruits” (H3) is the same as the word for “abib” (H24).
(Son Sol 6:11) I went down into the orchard of nuts to see the fruits (*ABIB* - H3 same as H24) of the valley, and to see whether the vine flourished, and the pomegranates [ALMOND TREES] budded.
So Song of Solomon preserves (somewhat) the Most High’s definition of “abib” and what they were looking to in order to determine the season “abib”... the season we were never to forget. They were looking to the branch... NOT to barley!
So with the understanding that the Most High chose a budding and blossoming (“abib”) ALMOND branch to serve as the faithful witness of Christ - the Righteous Branch - and with the understanding that “abib” refers to budding and blossoming ALMOND branches, let's return to the concept of “firstfruits”.
Earlier, we noted that the very definition of firstfruits disqualifies barley. But let's dig even deeper. Let's take a deeper look at the passage concerning the feast of firstfruits:
(Lev 23:10) Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest.
to dock off, that is, curtail
severed, that is, harvest (as reaped), the crop, the time, the reaper, or figuratively; also a limb (of a tree, or simply foliage): - bough, branch, harvest (man)
properly a heap, that is, a sheaf ; also an omer, as a dry measure: - omer, sheaf
the first, in place, time, order or rank (specifically a firstfruit): - beginning, chief (-est), first (-fruits, part, time), principal thing
(Lev 23:10 with definitions inserted)
Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall [dock off] the [limb of a tree] thereof, then ye shall bring a [heap] of the [firstfruits, principal thing] of your [limb of a tree] unto the priest.
Now regarding the firstfruits offering or “grain offering”. The passages in Leviticus 2 and 23 both use the word “corn” H1643 in KJV when referencing the “grain offering”. It is important to note that the Hebrew word for this is “geres” (גּרשׂ) which means grain, kernel. According to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, the word grain comes from the Latin word “granum” which means seed. Furthermore, according to Webster's 1828 Dictionary, less 200 years ago the word grain could refer to a single seed or hard seed of a plant. While today we may think of the word “grain” as it relates to “cereal grains”, not too long ago “grain” referred to a single seed or hard seed of a plant. Well, a tree is a plant... and the seed or “grain” of the ALMOND tree is an ALMOND.
So consider the following passage which relates to the “grain offering":
(Lev 2:14) And if thou offer a meat offering of thy firstfruits [H1061] unto the LORD, thou shalt offer for the meat offering of thy firstfruits [H1061] green ears of corn [H24] dried [H7033] by the fire, even corn beaten [H1643] out of full ears [H3759].
From H1069; the first fruits of the crop: - first fruit (-ripe [figuratively), hasty fruit.
***H1069 defines it as related to woman or tree ***
*** Note that the word “green” can also refer to flourish, blossom (see Webster 1828); Song of Solomon describes “abib” as budding and blossoming ALMOND trees ***
From an unused root (meaning to be tender); green, that is a young ear of grain; hence the name of the month Abib or Nisan: - Abib, ear, green ears of corn.
A primitive root; to toast, that is, scorch partially or slowly: - dried, loathsome, parch, roast.
From an unused root meaning to husk ; a kernel (collectively), that is, grain: - beaten corn.
From H3754; a planted field (garden, orchard, vineyard or park); by implication garden produce: - full (green) ears (of corn), fruitful field (place), plentiful (field).
(Lev 2:14 with definitions inserted)
And if thou offer a meat offering of thy [first fruit from the tree] unto the LORD, thou shalt offer for the meat offering of thy [budding and blossoming firstfruits from the tree] [toasted, roasted] by the fire, [seed] out of the [orchard].
And did you catch the last word in the passage? What has been erroneously translated as “corn beaten out of full ears” is actually “seed from the orchard”.
In Leviticus 23, the word translated as “fine flour” can also be translated as “meal”... as in ALMOND meal… or finely crushed ALMONDS.
This explanation may seem complicated to anyone reading this who is not familiar with the significance of the ALMOND tree in the kingdom of יהוה. Yet once people start to recognize how the Creator created the ALMOND tree to bear a faithful witness of the Righteous Branch and those who faithfully abide in him, the picture becomes more clear and focused. Not to mention the many other references to the almond tree:
- The place where Jacob saw the vision of the ladder he called Bethel which means “house of God”. Bethel was formerly known as Luz. In Arabic, the word “luz” means ALMONDS. So the place that Jacob called the house of God was a place associated with ALMOND trees.
- Among the list of “choice” foods that Jacob sent as a gift to Joseph was ALMONDS.
- In the story of Jacob and the speckled sheep, he placed branches in a trough. When the sheep beheld the branches, the sheep conceived… they bore fruit. Among the branches were ALMOND branches (translated as hazel branches).
- Mt. Sinai in Midian is also known as Jabal al Lawz which translates as “Mountain of Almonds”. This is where Moses was standing when he saw the “burning bush” and where he was when asked “What is that in your hand?”... to which he replied, “a branch”. That branch was called the “branch of God”.
- The tabernacle in the wilderness is actually a picture of the garden of Eden… an orchard of יהוה’s delight. (The word “eden" means delight.) In the midst of the tabernacle in the wilderness stood a tree of light… the golden lampstand… golden budding and blossoming almond branches. Surrounding the tabernacle and within the tabernacle were the house of Levi… who are represented by a branch which budded, blossomed and yielded ripening ALMONDS. Thus the tabernacle in the wilderness was as an ALMOND orchard in the wilderness. The priests were instructed to distinguish between the holy and the common, and between the unclean and the clean and to teach the people of Israel all the statutes of יהוה. The statutes of יהוה show us what is righteous and just and merciful in His eyes… the things in which He delights (Jer 9:24). Thus, the men surrounding and within the tabernacle (represented by ALMOND trees) were producing the fruit of righteousness, justice and mercy… the things in which יהוה delights.
- Jeremiah was shown a significant vision which included looking at a branch of an ALMOND tree.
- Nowhere in the Scriptures are the feasts of יהוה referred to as "spring" and "fall" feasts. NOWHERE! Referring to His feasts as “sprng and “fall” feasts is misleading, deceptive and contrary to what is written. Rather, the seasons of יהוה are "...seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night..." [Gen 8:22]. The almond tree follows this cycle. In fact, the cycle of the almond tree parallels the feasts of יהוה: the beginning of the year - abib - is the season when the ALMOND tree awakens and blossoms; the firstfruits hastily grow over a course of 6-8 weeks when there is a harvest of firstfruits; in the 7th month after blossoming, the branches are ready to be waved, beaten and shaken for the great ingathering of the seed.