a) It is now used today in the sense of offering a
tithe. The firstfruits is the offering we make to the treasury from the
product of our labor. Google provides a wealth of information here.
b) Firstfruits of the Lamb
"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."
c) The law speak to firstfruits as well
when ye shall come into the land, and shall have planted all manner of
trees for food, then ye shall count the fruit thereof as uncircumcised:
three years shall it be as uncircumcised unto you: it shall not be eaten
of. But in the fourth year all the fruit thereof shall be holy to praise the Lord withal. And in the fifth year shall ye eat of the fruit thereof, that it may yield unto you the increase thereof: I am the Lord your God.
are the firstfruits in Rev 14? Most all agree they are 144,000 Jewish
men. They are actually virgin men. They are firstfruits, they are not to
be touched, that is they "were not defiled with women" in intercourse.
were not the spouse Paul spoke of in 1 Cor 7 who was more interested in
pleasing their spouse and less occupied with the things of God, rather
than virgins who are not concerned for the cares of their husbands but
rather the things of God.
These 144,000 are virgins and not Jewish. What Jewish are they?
The tribe of Judah makes up 12,000 of the ranks of these men. The other tribes are presumably unknown but many have speculated that early Europeans were settlers emerging from the Middle East, thus making many whites biblical Jews. There are also Africans which are Jewish. Linguists understand Amharic, a language of Ethiopians, to be a Semitic language and so presumably there could be a Semitic heritage in Ethiopia and other African regions. I think the 144,000 will be a blend of races but will they be Jewish in the sense we understand in the case of someone being of the tribe of Judah, ethnically Jewish? No.