Simple question asked: Can we start the barley harvest before its Wavesheaf Offering takes place?
Simple answer: Absolutely not!
Why you might ask?
Short answer: To do so is to follow a fairy-tale/fable of Judaism.
Titus 1:13-14 This testimony is true, therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men who have turned from the truth. (If you do not know what that is talking about start understanding it with reading Mark 7:1-9)
More details you might ask?
Our Savior Jesus/Yeshua/Etc. (you chose the name and the spelling) is the Messiah/Christ who came in the flesh to fulfill the role of the Passover Lamb and the Wavesheaf Offering in the household of the Elohim, Fathers household.
As the Wavesheaf Offering, He is the First of the Firstfruits. Thus, none can be harvested before Him for He is the First. He is the One who has matured to the point that He can reproduce Himself spiritually in others. He is the epitome of the term Aviv. He was and is without blemish. We follow Him for we are of His body not the other way around. He was accepted on our behalf for our acceptance into the Marriage Covenant, once again not the other way around. To have that reality happen we follow Him as our Wavesheaf just like we follow Him as the Lamb of Fathers household.
Leviticus 23:10-11 Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: when you come into the land which I give to you, and dock off/cut off (#7114) [and have] beaten powder/flour (#7102), then you shall bring that sheaf/omer of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. He shall wave the sheaf/omer before Yehovah, to be accepted on your behalf/for your acceptance; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.
That is the perfect sequencing of the process and an accurate translation. How is it applied in the Calendar and what is the pattern of it taking place? You harvest the first of the firstfruit of grain and then you beat it out (winnow it) and grind it into flour and the High Priest waves it as a Wavesheaf Offering.
Deuteronomy 16:9-10 Count off seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain. Then celebrate the Festival of Weeks to Yehovah your Elohim by giving a freewill offering in proportion to the blessings Yehovah your Elohim has given you.
When did that take place? At the beginning of the harvest on the day after the weekly Sabbath (Wavesheaf Day on the first day of the week:Sunday) occurring during the 7 days of UB just like the preceding verses in chapter 16 clearly describe to us and just as they do in Leviticus 23. This is after the Passover of the 14th of Abib. Just imagine the chaos and confusion resulting from starting the count from, and by, starting the harvest prior to this Biblically declared day and methodology. Let’s take a guess. Say we start the docking off/cutting off, of the first of the firstfruits three weeks before Passover. We are to start our count from that day as Deuteronomy 16 instructs us. That would place the Feast of Weeks 3 weeks earlier than it is commanded to be kept as a moedim of Yehovah. That is the treachery in following the traditions and commands of teachers of Judaism. Do not be deceived. Do not let anyone steal your crown!
Exodus 23:19 The first of the firstfruits of your land you shall bring into the house of Yehovah your Elohim…
1 Corinthians 15:20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, has become the firstfruit of those who have did (in Him).
1 Corinthians 15:23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruit, afterward those of Christ’s at His coming.
Romans 8:28-30 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to a purpose (what’s the purpose?) For whom He foreknew, He also predestined, conformed to the image of His Son that He might be the Firstborn among many brethren. Also, whom He predestines, these He also calls; whom He calls, these He also justifies; and whom He justifies, these He also glorifies.
All this is a beautiful sequence of events which are patterned through the entirety of both Covenant scriptures and have a purpose to it. Yes, it all speaks to spiritual realities to come or which have already taken place like in: Jesus was Messiah in the flesh. He fulfilled the spiritual roles of being the Firstborn, as well as the Firstfruit. We follow in both categories, we do not proceed Him in them. Judaism rejects this Biblical fact for it rejects Him as Messiah having come in the flesh. John wrote about all of this extensively as a warning to us. Some have intense itching ears and take teachers to themselves from Judaism. Very bad mistake. That is not talking about having Jews as friends or family members. Quite the contrary. It is specifically tied to one of Judaism teaching its traditions and commandments to one called by Father. Unfortunately, it is one of the errors swarming and blowing through and around those who are drawn to the Abib Calendar and Paul forbids us to eat from that table and the reason why in Romans 11:7-10
What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks (as a people) but the elect/chosen (of Israel) have obtained it, and the rest were blinded. Just as it is written: God has given them a spirit of stupor, yes that they should not see and ears that they should not hear to this very day. And David says: Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a recompense to them. Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see, and bow down their back always.
We do not eat spiritual things from their table folks. Does that mean we hate and despise them? Certainly not, for as Paul tells us it is only until the fullness of the Gentiles come into the count. But in his summation, he instructs us in verse 28:
Of them, in regards to the gospel, they are enemies of us, but in regard to the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob).
Let’s let John tell us in his own words as he was inspired by Christ/Messiah to do so. Once again, I am only the messenger.
2 John 1:7-11 For many deceivers went out into the world who do not confess that Jesus is Christ/Messiah in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. (Yes, that’s correct, the biblical definition of one who is antichrist is one who does not believe that Jesus Christ was Messiah in the flesh. Pretty simple, eh!) Watch yourselves that we do not lose the things that we worked out, but that we may receive a full reward (that’s a cautionary warning which now gets spelled out so there is no excuse). Everyone transgressing in that doctrine of Christ (having come in the flesh as Messiah) does not have God! (No matter what they do or say, period). He who abides in that doctrine of Christ (Jesus having come in the flesh as such) has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bear this teaching (that Jesus was the Messiah in the flesh) do not receive that one into the house (that means their blasphemous teaching) and do not speak a rejoicing salutation to. For the one who rejoices in salutation to that one, shares in that one’s evil deeds.
That is a very serious declaration and instruction to the called of Father and members of the Body of Christ/Messiah.
Dear Brethren called by Father unto His Son, do not be so arrogant and careless as to violate this direct, plainly written, and understandable warning and command from our Messiah Himself, our Wavesheaf Offering who did so for our acceptance as Gentiles to Father. Taking on teachers of Judaism to instruct us about our Elohim and Their patterns in scripture is given a warning throughout the scriptures in both Marriage Covenants. Here is just one warning from Jeremiah and please understand it is written for our admonition here at the end of the age.
Jeremiah 3:8-10 Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel (Nation of, 10 tribes) had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah (the Nation of, consisting of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin and later Levi and who became the originators of the religion of Judaism) did not fear, but went and played the harlot also. So it came to pass, through her casual harlotry, that she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees. And yet for all of this, her treacherousness, sister Judah has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretense, says Yehovah.
We who are called of Father unto His Son have very strict rules and commands on this subject of taking a teacher of Judaism into our walk with Christ/Messiah.
For you guys reading this, you may not want to acknowledge your agreement with me on this clearly patterned doctrine in the terms and conditions of our acceptance into this Second Marriage Covenant. For you will be singled out as a “Jew hater” when nothing is further from the truth. I am declared to be antisemitic of all things. You can’t make this stuff up. I am a Semite, so how can I be antisemitic? Have you ever looked up the term antisemitic? It originated in the latter half of the 1800’s. A German Jew hater coined it. Judaism confiscated it and applied it to themselves to deflect from the fact it means anti-Jew. Take time to even look up what a Semite is. Once again, Judaism rewriting history as it so often does.
However, the truth cuts deep and there have been many who have transgressed in this indictment following their itching ears for countless reasons. It is our responsibility to follow the Lamb of Fathers household wherever He goes, not to be led by one of His deniers.
We all have choices to make! Please make them based on our Saviors instructions to us.
Our peace we give to you.