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BIBLE STUDY: The LORD’s Passover (Part 2) - Why do Christians still keep it today?

The LORD’s Passover (Part 2) Why Do Christians Still Keep It Today? (Observed this year at Sundown, Sunday, 09 April 2017)

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to Me: seeing thou hast forgotten the Law of Thy God, I will also forget thy children” (Hosea 4:6).

This study is continued from our Bible Study:

The LORD’s Passover (Part 1) Why Do Christians Still Keep It Today?

 

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God’s Word tells us that those of us who are chosen by Him, and are also obedient to Him; are destined to become “Priests” under Jesus Christ - and rule with Him, for a thousand years, at Christ’s Second Coming to this earth (Revelation 5:10, 20:4 & 6, 22:14)! This is a teaching that very few churches still teach to their members today! But why is that? The simple answer is… because MOST don’t know; nor do they care! They prefer the Greek mythology of floating off to heaven at death, in preference to God’s TRUTH! The MYTH and the LIE is simple; it is pervasive, it is easy, and it is lazy; but it is not God’s TRUTH!!!

What is a Priest?

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines a Priest as:

“One authorized to perform the sacred rites of a religion especially as a mediatory agent between humans and God”.

Exodus 40:1-38 / Number 18:1-7, 25:1-18 / Joshua 18:1-7. God intended for His Priests to teach the people How to worship God in Sprit and in Truth, to reconcile them to God, to atone for their sins through physical sacrifices that were intended to teach the people that sin MUST be paid for in blood; and that eventually Jesus would come to pay for ALL sin by His Blood, thereby ending physical sacrifices. God sent His Son as a High Priest in the Old Testament to teach us how to be at Peace with God, to avert God’s Anger; and likewise, God’s True Priest’s were to Follow the examples of worship set for them by God; and then Teach them to the people so that they would continue throughout time!!!

1 Chronicles 6:48-49 / Nehemiah 10:28-39 / Genesis 14:8-24 / Hebrews 5:1-14 / Psalm 110:1-7. Jesus Christ, Our High Priest, has taught us the ordinance of Passover since the Garden of Eden. Christ expects His Saints who will one day also be Priests, at His Second Coming; NOT to profane the Body and Blood of Christ as MOST Christian churches do today – on Sunday – on Easter – on Christmas – or whenever their Priests and Pastors choose to do so! They are sacrificing to DEVILS and they are PROVOKING THE LORD TO JEALOUSY (1 Corinthians 10:1-22)!!!

Remember How God took away the Priesthood from the Levities and from Aaron’s sons (Hosea 4:1-10)!!! God will also take away the Priesthood of Melchisedec from YOU and I, if we too fall away from keeping and teaching Worship of the Father – in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:23-24 / Hebrews 9:1-28)!!! Passover is not something we do often! It is something we do on the same night, each year, in which Christ was betrayed; a night always kept on the 14th day of the first month of God’s Year, which was ordained by God from the foundation of the world (1 Peter 1:13-21)!!! If we fall away from The TRUTH, once we have embraced it; there remains no longer any hope for us (Hebrews 6:1-8 / 2 Peter 2:17-22 / Daniel 12:2-3)!!! www.onug.us

Most Christians today have been indoctrinated into a very ancient Pagan belief, and they don’t even know it! Today, most Christians believe that if they simply “accept and confess” Christ as their Savior, that their mind or “soul” will go to heaven upon the death of their physical body, and that they will live forever in paradise with Jesus. But both Jesus and the Bible say this is NOT so (John 3:13 / Ecclesiastes 9:1-6)!!! No matter to them, because this false and pagan replacement theology even comes with two spectacular holidays that they absolutely love (the birthday celebration of Jesus in winter, and the resurrection day festival in springtime). The average Christian will live their entire lifetime believing in these pagan concepts; not once, ever devoting a single day of their lifespan to the pursuit of actually trying to prove, from Scripture, whether these things are so (1Thessalonians 5:21 / Isaiah 28:9-10 / Acts 17:11-12)!

We would do well to dust off the meaning of the Old English word, “Woe!” and research its application in our Bibles (Isaiah 5:11)! Jesus used the word 8 times in just the 23rd Chapter of Matthew alone! There are many, many warnings in Scripture, put there by God for His people; that should alert us to danger, just like the symbol of a skull and cross bones does on a bottle of poison! www.onug.us

Remember that stern warning from Hosea 4:6 which we opened with today! Let’s read it again! If we forget God’s Law; we will be rejected by Christ as His Priests, and God will forget our children, throughout their generations, because of our disobedience to the Law of God! Jesus Christ tells us the same in Revelation 22:15-19!!! www.onug.us

Allow me to ask you a pointed question as we begin our study of God’s Word today: “Does a True Worshipper of God The Father need to give up Christmas and Easter, and embrace The Lord’s Passover in their stead (John 4:21-24)? Jesus Christ predicted that True Worship of the True God would cease, and that people would worship what they did not know! But Jesus also showed us God was only interested in True Worship, and so Christ was sent to show us exactly what True Worship was, and STILL IS today!!!

Nowhere in the Bible, is it commanded that Christmas be the biggest, or the most solemn holiday in modern Christendom! Yet two billion “christians” today insist that they be allowed to celebrate the BIRTH OF THEIR KING!!! Jesus is the reason for the season, they say. Keep Christ in Christmas! Right?

Wrong!!! Throughout time, especially in the ancient world, birthday celebrations were a thing that PAGAN KINGS did; commanding their subjects to loyally follow them in observing that day, and HONOR THEM AS KING! Searching the Bible, you cannot find one example of a righteous person honoring their king on his birthday: Not God’s people, Not Jesus Christ, Not His Disciples, and certainly NOT Jesus’ Followers today (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Remember, Jesus Christ took the Kingdom away from King Solomon because Solomon kept Easter (Ashtoreth) and Christmas (Molech); even after Jesus personally appeared to him twice to tell him to “STOP IT!!!” (1 Kings 11:1-11)!!!

We speak often here about proving ALL things from Scripture (1 Thessalonians 5:21)!!! So let us do that here today!

Let me first say, that I do not believe that keeping someone’s birthday is sinful; nor is giving someone a gift on their birthday, nor is a cake, to honor them, if you feel led to. However, that said; we should not be conditioning ourselves or our children in the way of “Get” at the expense of “Give”. I grew up being taught to expect things for me, myself, and I - things that I wanted on my birthday. I also grew up keeping Christmas as Jesus’ birthday, but also expecting things for me on the King’s Birthday, and not for Him. People would always ask me, “What did you GET on your birthday?”, and, “What did you get for Christmas?”

If our purpose in raising our children, is to build Godly, Christ-like, loving, and giving kids, then we should rather be teaching our kids to GIVE, SERVE, to be HUMBLE, and have a reverence for the Holy Word of God, to LOVE others around them and bestow upon others more HONOR than we bestow upon ourselves! :o)

The Beginning of Birthdays: Was it with Jesus in Luke 2:4-20?

The Feast of Trumpets is one of the seven annual Holy Days of God which foreshadows the Coming of Christ in several fulfillments (Exodus 31:12-18 / Leviticus 23:23-25). The first Feast of Trumpets, Christ came as a Sign (one of the Signs of God - Luke 2:11-12). This baby or Sign was Good News of great joy, which SHALL (future tense) be to all people, because the Savior was born (Luke 2:10-11). Christ’s arrival is always with many angels, the next time with His Saints too (Luke 2:13 / Matthew 23:31-32 / 1 Samuel 2:10 / Zechariah 14:5 / Matthew 16:27, 19:28 / 1 Thessalonians 3:13, 4:16 / 2 Thessalonians 1:7 Hebrews 9:28 / Jude 1:14 / Revelation 1:7)! Jesus being born as a human, was not THE event; it merely was A SIGN, or a Holy Day indicator, of a future event (John 18:37). Celebrating Christ’s birthday hides the real Holy Day on which it occurred, and it also hides the meaning of what that Holy Day represents!!!

Cain was the Beginning of Birthdays!

Did you know that Eve’s first child (the first child ever born, and the first person ever to have a belly button!), Cain, was named “GET”? That’s what his name means. But why was that? Because Eve said, “I have GOTTEN (the past tense of “Get”) a man from the LORD!” (Genesis 4:1). That attitude of “getting” rather than “giving” was adopted by Cain, and festered and grew until Cain was so jealous and angry with his brother Abel (meaning breath or vapor), that he murdered him in the fields (Genesis 4:2-8)! God favored Abel because he obeyed the Voice of God and sacrificed acceptably before God (John 4:23-24 has always been in effect). Cain wanted to worship God his own way or “my way”… and that attitude has persisted on the earth ever since! Did you notice that Abel was sacrificing a Lamb (John 1:29) and Cain wanted to offer vegetables to God on Passover? God nor Jesus can change; they remain the same throughout time – and so does the ordinance of the Passover, which has always – and will always point people to their Savior and His Justifying, Redeeming, Cleansing Blood – on the 14th day of the first month of God’s New Year – in Spring (Leviticus 23:4-8)!!!

Don’t we teach our kids from childhood, “You can be whatever YOU want to be when you grow up!”? Instead, we should be instilling in them, “God has some great plans in store for you, and for your life, in the years ahead – if YOU draw close to Him and FOLLOW Him!” (Jeremiah 29:11-13 / Proverbs 3:1-12)!!!

Birthdays in the Bible:

Nowhere in the entire Bible do we see the celebration of a birthday commanded, except twice; once in the Old Testament (Genesis 40:20-23), and once in the New Testament (Matthew 14:6-12) – and each is only to honor the king! Not the King of Righteousness (Hebrews 7:1-3 / Genesis 14:14-24 / Revelation 3:17-22 / Malachi 1:6-7); but a pagan king!

Did you notice that on both of the previous Biblical examples which God himself inspired to be recorded in Scripture; that the commanded observance of a king’s birthday, was 1) full of great pomp and ceremony toward a pagan, 2) directed worship away from God and to that king, 3) both were accompanied by death: a hanging, and a beheading, 4) both involved God’s True Prophets suffering grievously: Joseph languishing still in the prison, the chief butler forgetting his promise; and John the Baptist being beheaded, by a king who wanted his wife’s daughter to do an erotic dance for him (Matthew 11:4-12)! These are the ONLY two Biblical Examples of a king’s birthday party in all of Scripture! Yet so many ministers and pastors today, have absolutely no problem using actual dark pagan holidays, complete with lurid, and murderous origins, to hold a birthday party for Jesus!

Ancient Nile historians recorded this about Egyptian king Ptolemy V: “Ptolemy, the ever living, the beloved of Ptah, the son of the two Brother-Gods, was born on the 5th day of the month Dios, and this day was, in consequence, the beginning of great prosperity and happiness of all living men and women.” The pagan origin of birthdays was to honor your god-king on the day of their birth.

Origen of Alexandria, in 245 A.D., in a dissertation on the Book of Leviticus wrote: “None of the saints can be found who ever held a feast or a banquet upon his birthday, or rejoiced on the day when his son or daughter was born. But sinners rejoice and make merry on such days. For we find in the Old Testament that Pharaoh, king of Egypt, celebrated his birthday with a feast, and that Herod, in the New Testament did the same. But the saints not only neglect to mark the day of their birth with festivity, but also, filled with the Holy Spirit, they curse this day, after the example of Job and Jeremiah and David.”

Greek historian Herodotus, describing the festivals of the ancient Persians, wrote: “It is their custom to honor their birthdays above all other days: and on this day they furnish their table in a more plentiful manner than at other times. The rich produce an ox, a horse, a camel, and an ass, roasted whole in an oven; but the poor produce smaller cattle.”

Today the Satanists, or those who openly worship Lucifer as their god, hold their own birthdays as the MOST holy day of ALL the satanic festivals they keep; Halloween being a very close second (Jeremiah 10:1-5 / Leviticus 18:1-5 / Ecclesiastes 7:1)!

So let us honestly ask ourselves: “Would Jesus accept such a birthday honor from us, as celebrating Christmas (Deuteronomy 12:28-32)? No He would not! The same holds true for every other pagan holiday men keep! I hope now you have a much better understanding of why the early Church of God thought that the celebration of self was bad, and only worshiped God, His Way, and on His Holy Days!

Celebrating a child’s or a friend’s birthday is not evil; but when we consider that most in our society have kept, and expected others to keep, many birthday celebrations in honor of ourselves – and yet these same people, in most cases; have never celebrated even one Passover of the LORD thy God! We have put the cart before the horse, and majored in the minors!!! It is time to reorganize our priorities!

Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe?

We are being given a choice, to be obedient to our Creator God, or not! We can choose His Wisdom, or default to our own human logic, which is always ignorance! It is a simple choice to be Blessed by God; or to be Cursed by the Creator God Himself (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)!!! Those who accept God’s Calling, and choose to follow Christ’s personal example, and His very specific Commands, will be Blessed! They will prosper, and they will grow to produce much fruit (John 15:4-5); ALL of God’s tremendous promises will find them out, and their children after them, as well (Acts 2:39-40)!!!

Last week, we were left with a few questions to ponder regarding the LORD’s Passover…

1) How scrupulously do we observe the right day?

2) Do we even know which day that is?

3) Did it ever change?

4) Are we still teaching the Faith once delivered?

Let us again ask God to guide us in the understanding of His Truth: to show us, and teach us all the things God, The Father, gave unto Jesus to know (John 16:13-16 / 1 Corinthians 11:26).

In more recent times, Spanish-American philosopher, poet, and novelist: George Santayana (1863-1952 A.D.) is remembered for the saying, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”.  

I believe it would be prudent to heed both the warnings of Hosea and George! If you also agree, please join me in a little due diligence, as we dig through some old books, and begin to remember our forgotten Biblical past!

The Quartodeciman Passover Controversy:

The Quartodeciman Passover Controversy was a battle many Christians know nothing about today! It was a battle, in every sense of the word; and raged on for many long years! It was a battle to preserve and follow the examples of Jesus, and the Apostles, in the mainstream churches (Acts 2:42 & 44).

This controversy involved three events:

- The first was a controversy between Polycarp, the bishop of Smyrna, and Anicetus, the bishop of Rome, that occurred around the year 155 A.D.

- The second, a far more heated controversy between Polycrates, the bishop of Ephesus; and Victor, the bishop of Rome, that broke out around 195 A.D.

- The third was the decree of Constantine following the Nicene Council in 325 A.D.

Scholars disagree about the controversy's details. They do agree, however, that its arguments revolved around whether the primary Christian spring festival (Exodus 12:11) should happen on Nisan 14 (the LORD’s Passover day: Leviticus 23:5 / Exodus 12:6-14 / Numbers 9:1- 5) or annually on a Sunday (the popular day favored by early Romanism, in amalgamation with the very ancient pagan spring festival, to the goddess of the spring. It was fixed on the Sunday immediately following the 14th day of the paschal moon [paschal – coming from a Hebrew word meaning "the passing over", or from the Aramaic word, "pasha" – meaning passover]. This pagan “holiday”, instituted to counterfeit God’s Holy Day; worshipped the queen of heaven or the sun god, at sunrise).

In time, the Quartodeciman Passover controversy became the issue of when to partake of the bread and wine; on every Sunday as the Catholics did, or annually on the fourteenth as the Quartodecimans (and the early Church of God) did.

History and most churches teach us little of these epic battles of long ago. Yet the Word of God still beckons us with its original strength and clarity! Can YOU hear it?

“These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth. What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it” (Deuteronomy 12:1 & 32).

The first fifteen Judaeo-Christian bishops who administered the Church of Jerusalem, up to 135 A.D., practiced the Quartodeciman (14th) Passover, basing themselves on a document known as the Apostolic Constitutions, which states:

"You shall not change the calculation of time, but you shall celebrate it at the same time as your brethren who came out from the circumcision. With them observe the Passover" (From Sabbath to Sunday, Chapter 5).

Was it only Jewish converts to Christianity that continued to keep the old tradition of Passover, which was eventually replaced in the new church by Easter? Not at all!

Jesus Christ said, "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter [petros], and upon this rock [Petra] I will build my church; and the gates of hell (the grave) shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). Jesus Christ was the Rock [Petra] of the Old Testament (1 Corinthians 10:4), and the Foundation of the New Testament Church! He said His Church would never die, and He would always remain its Leader (Matthew 28:20)!

That means the same Church of God, established on the Holy Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-47), was never destroyed, watered down, or replaced; but continued to grow, and proclaim the Truth, despite the best attempts at infiltration, and the most severe persecution Rome could dish out! Christ’s Church is alive and well today!

“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven (the knowledge of how to enter the Kingdom of God, or the way of life a Christian must live to achieve Salvation): and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:18-19).

King Constantine of Rome, who presided over the Council of Nice, attempted to commandeer the above scripture to pollute the True Church of God with the teachings, holidays, and practices of “Sun Worshippers”; and he tried to export their false doctrines to the known world. Constantine thought too highly of himself, and paid no attention to what the Author of Christianity had to say on the matter (see Matthew 5:18). Christ rebuked lawyers for hiding or suppressing these keys of knowledge (Luke 11:52); for doing the same thing Constantine would later do, and for hindering people who were learning how to enter God’s kingdom!

Does the Christian observance of Passover only point us backward to the accomplished events of Christ's death? To think so, is to absolutely deny the plain scriptural facts. Jesus has not observed His last Passover! If Christ will keep a future Passover with His Church, shouldn’t we also keep it each year until He returns? The answer from Scripture is “Yes” (Matthew 26:29 / 1 Corinthians 11:26)! Jesus will eat and drink it (His Passover – The LORD’s Passover) anew with His true followers in the Kingdom of God – or when Jesus returns to establish that Kingdom again upon the earth (Mark 14:25 / Luke 22:15-18)!!!

"With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the Kingdom of God" (Luke 22:15-18).

This latter passage is clear Biblical proof that Christ will eat the Passover, again with His true followers on earth, in the Kingdom of God, after His Triumphant Second Coming (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 / 1 Corinthians 15:12-58).

Also, not until then, and only after the Second Resurrection (Revelation 20:5, 12-13 / Ezekiel 37:1-28) will the Passover be totally fulfilled; currently, it has only been partially fulfilled! Passover also pictures a future event: our deliverance from eternal death and the marriage supper of the lamb (Revelation 19:9, 21:1-5).

Ancient Israel partook of the LORD’s Passover. Today, those who follow Christ (John 10:26-30), are likewise to partake of the Passover - to partake of Christ. This is a very critical matter of utmost importance to our spiritual survival!

That is why God instituted the Law in Numbers 9:6-13. When someone, who through no fault of their own, missed the Passover of the 14th day of the first month; they could then partake of it on the 14th day of the second month. It was that important to God (Note: And anything that important to God, must be stopped, sabotaged, or replaced by Satan. It is one of the precepts of the kingdom of darkness)!!!

Unless God specifically annuls His statutes, they are still binding on us today. Christ did not come to do away with the Passover Law but to fulfill the Passover Law!

”Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled.

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven”        – Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:17-19).

I thank God that He has revealed His Truth, and His plan for mankind to those who are called by His Name. I thank God for sending His Son to die for us while we were yet still sinners, and for blessing us with the awesome privilege of following Christ’s personal example - of exactly how and when we should keep a Holy annual memorial of our Savior’s death:

- Jesus told us to memorialize the woman each year, who anointed him for burial, whenever we preach the Gospel message at Passover (Matthew 26:1-13).

- Jesus showed us how to partake of the Body and the Blood of Christ (bread and wine) after supper (Luke 22:1-20 / Matthew 26:26-30).

- Jesus showed us when to partake of LORD’s Passover each year, on the 14th night of the first month of God’s calendar; the night our Savior was betrayed (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). We should have already eaten the Lord’s Supper “before” we take the Body and Blood of Christ; we should not be hungry, and we should not be drunk (1 Corinthians 11:20-22). God gave us a big Feast, Dinner, or Supper to eat first, on the night to be much observed; then the distinct Honor to eat His Flesh and drink His Blood.

- Jesus commanded us to wash each others’ feet, on this night, each year (John 13:1-17 / Matthew 28:19-20) with dire consequences for those who refuse to do so (John 13:8 & 10)!

Are we being obedient to Jesus Christ and following His example? Are His Words not still in effect for us today?

“These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth. What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it” (Deuteronomy 12:1 & 32).

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:19-20).

“And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to shew unto His servants the things which must shortly be done. Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book” (Revelation 22:6-7).

“Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city” (Revelation 22:14).

Notice these Words are meant for Christians in God’s Church (Assembly, Congregation, or Body of believers – the ekklesia [John 10:16]); and God’s warning below is also for those in that body!

“I Jesus have sent Mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches” (Revelation 22:16).

“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen” (Revelation 22:18-21).

Satan’s Bait And Switch For Christians:

Satan cannot stand the Awesome Victory that the LORD’s Passover truly represents for those in the Body of Christ! Today, the great dragon, that old serpent the devil, whom the Bible calls the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4); has deceived most who call themselves “Christians” into celebrating the fertility goddess of Ishtar or Easter instead of the Lord’s Victory, shortly after His Passover! These “pagan Christians” still preserve the ancient sun god tribute of a sunrise service, on the sun god day immediately following the True Passover; they put great energy into providing new born chicks, colored Easter eggs, and rabbits as trappings to this festival, and as gifts of candy to entice their children to adopt this ancient pagan rite with fondness and great joy (Proverbs 22:6)!!!

I grew up looking forward to Easter with much anticipation! It always meant lots of candy and chocolate, and my parents would always buy me a new Easter shirt, and my sister would always get a beautiful Easter dress! As a child I never understood the correlation between the resurrection of Jesus with sunrise, or with bunnies, eggs, and chocolate. But as an adult, when God opened my eyes, I stopped participating in these “abominations” before God (Deuteronomy 12:4, 28, 31). Now that you have eyes to see (John 13:16), what will YOU do?

Satan Confuses Even The Jews About The Passover:

Have you ever noticed the differences in Scripture, in which some call the Passover “the LORD’s Passover” (as in Exodus 12:11 / Leviticus 23:5 / Numbers 28:16) or “the Passover unto the LORD” (as in Numbers 9:10 / Deuteronomy 16:1 / 2 Kings 23:21 / 2 Chronicles 35:1); and then some but not all of the Scriptures in the New Testament, refer to the “the Jew’s Passover” (as in John 2:13, 11:55)? If you haven’t, then you, like most people in the world today, along with most of the Jews; have MISSED IT! :o)

Is the LORD’s Passover and the Jewish Passover both one and the same day?

Here’s a Biblical clue: (Luke 22:1) “Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.”

Why would John have made a reference to “the Jews’ Passover”? Who besides the Jews of Jesus time were actually keeping the Passover? Most of the House of Israel had been taken into captivity by this time in human history, and these lost tribes had already begun to lose their identity and to cease from keeping God’s Holy Days. The remnant of the Hebrews still living in Samaria, had by this time begun to be known under the dominant tribe name of Judah, and were called Jews. Yet for all practical purposes, they all kept the same days and customs of the Jewish temple priests. Sometimes, the entire Feast of Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread are called collectively, “The Passover” or “The Days of Unleavened Bread”. But this is not what I want you to “SEE” today.

Let’s look again at it: (Luke 22:1) “Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.” It is “called the Passover”, but it is not!!! The Lord’s Passover is on the fourteen day of the month beginning at sundown; the first day of Unleavened Bread began at sundown on the fifteenth day of the month (Exodus 12:1-21). The Passover lamb was to be killed after sundown on the 14th day, and eaten before the morning of the 14th.

The inference here is that the Jews were keeping a different feast than Jesus and His disciples were celebrating! Scripture is showing us, and we shall prove this in great detail next week; that the Jews had once again become so entrenched in the traditions of the elders (Matthew 15:1-9), that they had gotten all mixed up with the Feast of unleavened Bread, which is supposed to follow the Passover! The Jews in Jesus’ day were now keeping the Passover on the 15th day of the month, and combining it with the First Day of Unleavened Bread!

Palm Thursday (Zechariah 9:9 / Revelation 7:9-17)?

John 12:1 contrasts with John 2:13 and John 11:55 in that “the Passover” means the 14th of Aviv or Nissan, and “the Jew’s Passover” means the 15th; one day too late! Also if the Passover began on a Tuesday evening in the year Jesus died (crucified and dying at 3 pm on Wednesday), then John 12:1-8 is referring to an event that occurred on the previous Wednesday evening to the Crucifixion!

Let’s now read John 12:9-15. Verse 12 shows us that people were coming to Jerusalem before the actual Passover to purify themselves for the feast (John 11:55 and Luke 22:1 also show us this). These pre-feast goers, are who we are reading about in John 12:12-13. They had come early to the location of the feast, but the feast would not yet begin for a few more days!

This event is commonly called “Palm Sunday” in many churches today, however, it is Scripturally proven to be “Palm Thursday” as it happened on the 5th day of the week, six days before Christ would drag His cross through the city streets! The significance of this event is not that it is held on a Sunday, because it wasn’t (or Passion Sunday in the Catholic church, to burn the palms for next year’s Ash Wednesday), but that it fulfills one of Zechariah’s prophecies of the coming Messiah, and proves to us that JESUS IS LORD! We also can see there are always a few called in advance of the total fulfillment of Passover to purify themselves now, before the arrival of the King (1 Corinthians 15:23-26)!!! These are The Saints of the Most High God!

Let’s now briefly look at how the Jewish Passover deception came about:

In 2 Kings 17:23 we see that God, first permitted the northern Tribes of Israel to go into Assyrian captivity some 200 years before the Jews (Judah, Benjamin, Levi). God would then allow the Kingdom of Judah to fall into captivity during four separate deportations to Babylon (each designed to give Judah time to reflect and repent):

1) After the Battle of Carchemish, during the third year of the reign of Jeholakim (606-605 B.C. This was when Daniel, and his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were carried away by King Nebuchadnezzer (We know them more intimately by their assigned Chaldean names: Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, when we read about them in Daniel 1:3, 7-21).

2) The exile of King Jeconiah and his court, in the eighth year of King Nebuchadnezzer’s reign (597 B.C.).

3) King Jeconiah’s successor, King Zedekiah; was then carried away to Babylon with most of the people left in Judah, in King Nebuchadnezzer’s eighteenth year of reign (587 B.C.).

4) Finally, there was a gathering up of the remnant of the Jewish people and deportation, according to Babylonian records, in the twenty-third year of King Nebuchadnezzer’s reign (582 B.C.).

When the Babylonian Empire fell to the Persian king, Cyrus the Great in 538 B.C., he allowed the exiled Jews to begin to return home and start construction of the second temple in Jerusalem (Jeremiah 25:12-14).

This time, God did not allow Satan to completely hide the knowledge of God’s Sabbath and Holy Days, as he had in the Egyptian captivity. The best Satan could do was to have the returning Jews bring the Babylonian name for the first month of the year as “Nissan” to replace “Aviv”; and have the Jews combine The Lord’s Passover on the 14th day of the first month, with the First Day of Unleavened Bread on the 15th day of the first month. From this point on, for those who held to Judaism, the “Jewish Passover” (held on the 15th day) would now replace the LORD’S Passover (commanded to be held on the 14th day)!

Dinner or a Seder? They are not the same thing!!!

Once the Israelites were settled in Israel, and once the Second Temple was built in Jerusalem, the original sacrifice described in Exodus 12 changed dramatically! Passover then became one of the Jewish Pilgrimage festivals, and Israelites were expected to travel to Jerusalem to sacrifice a Passover lamb at the Temple during the afternoon of the 14th day; and then consume the Passover sacrifice once the sun had set and the festival had formally begun on the 15th (in essence this violated the Word of God, and had the effect of having the Jews now kill and eat the Passover on the WRONG DAY)! We can read about a celebration like this occurring during the reigns of King Hezekiah, and King Josiah (2 Chronicles 30 and 35).

As time passed, this un-scriptural practice continued to evolve. Eventually, a number of customs, recorded in rabbinic literature, began to accumulate around the meal, which became so highly ritualized that it was called “the Seder” (from the Hebrew word for “order”)!!! Tradition derailed the train; and although most Jews today break unleavened bread, serve wine, the diners recline, the story of the Exodus is retold, the significance of the unleavened bread, bitter herbs and wine is explained, and they sing hymns – they are not Keeping The LORD’s Passover, but the Jewish Passover instead, and they do this one day too late!

A Jewish Explanation of the Seder Plate:

On Pesach it is customary to use our most beautiful silver and dishes, remembering how G‑d freed us from Egypt and made us into a proud, Jewish Nation. At the head of the table is the beautiful Seder Plate. In Hebrew, we call it a “Ka’arah”. Before the Seder we arrange the Seder Plate by placing three whole Matzot in a cover or special compartment under the plate. Three matzot are placed on top of each other on a plate or napkin, and then covered. (Some also have the custom to separate the matzot from each other with interleaved plates, napkins, or the like.) The matzot are symbolic of the three castes of Jews: Priests, Levites, and Israelites. They also commemorate the three measures of fine flour that Abraham told Sarah to bake into matzah when they were visited by the three angels (Genesis 18:6). On a practical level, three matzot are needed so that when we break the middle matzah, we are still left with two whole ones to pronounce the hamotzi blessing (as required on Shabbat and holidays).

Then we arrange six items on top, each one reminding us of the Passover Story:

  1. A Roasted Bone

This reminds us of the Pesach offering we used to bring in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

  1. A hard-boiled Egg

This reminds us of the festival offering which was brought to the Holy Temple on Pesach.

  1. Horseradish Root

These bitter herbs symbolize the harsh suffering and bitter times we endured when we were slaves in Egypt.

  1. Charoset: A mixture of chopped apple, walnuts and red wine. Ground up together, Charoset resembles bricks and mortar, reminding us how hard we were forced to work when we were slaves in Egypt.
  2. Karpas: This can be a small slice of onion, boiled potato or sprigs of parsley. We dip the Karpas into salt water at the beginning of the Seder, representing the salty tears we cried when we were slaves.
  3. Chazeret: Romaine Lettuce

This is the second portion of bitter herbs which we eat during the Seder. This is eaten in a Matzah sandwich together with Maror.

TRADITION, TRADITION, AND MORE TRADITION!!!

As you can see, the previous has really nothing to do with How Jesus Instructed His Followers to Keep The Lord’s Passover until He Returns! This is the difference between the Jewish Passover (on the 15th day) and the Lord’s Passover (held the day before)! Where is the depth of Scriptural and Spiritual Understanding; or the Truth of the Gospel Plan of God, with which God’s Word has impressed us with so far, by reading His Word on this Sabbath?

Now YOU know the Scriptural difference between The LORD’s Passover and the Jewish Passover!!! Next week we will learn why God allowed this error in time keeping to occur; and we will also see how God used it for His Glory many years after!

Passover looks back on the Mighty Hand of God delivering His people from Egypt, and from their sins. Passover also was instituted by Christ, as an annual memorial of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God; for us to celebrate and partake of Him, throughout our generations until the second coming of Jesus Christ. Most importantly, Passover points us, each year on a day chosen by God, to the total fulfillment of the Kingdom of God on this earth! And this is still very much YET FUTURE IN FULFILLMENT!!!

Those who keep His Holy Days are sanctified / set apart, and marked with the Sign or God (Exodus 31:13 / Ezekiel 20:12)!!! Keeping it wrong or on an incorrect day is futile (Matthew 15:9 / Mark 7:7-13)!!!

”And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

Blessed are they that do His Commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the City” (Revelation 22:12-14).

We hope you will join us next week for The LORD’s Passover (Part 3): How Can I Know I Am Keeping It On The Correct Day?

- We will examine what some of the official publications of several mainstream denominations of Christian churches have to say about God’s Sabbath days; and compare their views to what we have studied over the last two weeks.

- We will look at why there is a split among Jews, Messianic Jews, and even Christians who keep still keep the Passover; some on the 14th of day of Aviv, and some on the 15th  day – and what the Bible says about when we are to keep this Holy Day of God.

- We will see that Jesus showed His Disciples (and us today) how to avoid any confusion on this issue!

The Passover supper was eaten on the 14th of Aviv!

Nisan 14

Nisan 15

Evening

Morning

Evening

Morning

Lamb slain (after 6 p.m.)

Supper eaten that night.

Firstborn of Israel passed over.

Remain in house until morning.

Gather their flocks and their herds and (all 2-3 million of them) travel from Goshen to Rameses.

Spoil the Egyptians.

Leave Egypt from Rameses on 15th.

Leave Egypt by night.

This approach accounts for all the mentioned Scriptures (see The LORD’s Passover: Part 3) and does so without any conflict.

Scripture really works!

 

 

When we graph out the events in Scripture, we can see there is no conflict between leaving Egypt on the night of the 15th, and staying in the house until the morning on the night they eat the Passover meal (the 14th), because the two events take place on two separate days; the meal (and remaining in the house) on the 14th, and leaving Egypt on the night of the 15th!

Because Israel could not have been in two places at the same time (both in their houses while simultaneously leaving Egypt) on the night of the 15th, it seems that the question as to what night the Passover meal was eaten simply answers itself. Next week we will see that Jesus absolutely showed His Disciples which night was the correct night to partake of the Passover!

We also invite you to read the many articles and Bible Studies posted on our website, for more information on God’s Holy Days and The LORD’s Passover: www.onug.us

Until then, plan now to start keeping God’s Holy Days in obedience to Him! Keep The Passover with us this year!

If you are a baptized disciple of Jesus Christ, and a Member of One Nation Under God U.S.A., we invite you to keep the Passover Holy Day with us this year, as Jesus Christ himself instructed us to.

Location: Naples, Florida, U.S.A.

Date: Thursday, 21 April 2016. God commands us to use His Lunar / Solar calendar for His Holy Days (Genesis 1:14-19 / Luke 12:42-43 / Isaiah 66:23 / Leviticus 23:1-8); therefore you cannot post it on the imperfect Gregorian calendar, which was actually implemented to hide God’s True Holy Days from the people!!!

Our Fellowship begins at 7:00 pm / sunset is at 7:54 pm (times are according to current human clocks; God requires us to recognize sunset is ALWAYS at the 12th hour of the day or at 6 pm; but NOBODY follows God’s timekeeping system today as they should!!!).

Please contact us at (239) 353-1303 for more information. Then request your own FREE copy of God’s Holy Day Calendar from us (one is also attached to every Bible Study at www.onug.us)!

 

Our Father God and His Son, Jesus, love us so very much; and They have left us a Wonderful and Powerful inheritance (“And I appoint unto YOU a Kingdom, as My Father hath Appointed Me” Luke 22:29) - if we have the Faith to Receive That Inheritance, to Believe in it, to Speak it, and DO IT (Luke 6:46)!!!

May we all obey God, Keep Jesus Christ’s Passover; and LIVE!!!

The First Century Church of God is still alive and well; and we are still about our Father’s Business! We would like to Thank You for joining One Nation Under God Ministries (www.onug.us) today in the Study of God’s Word, and hope that you will continue on with us next week as we continue to prepare ourselves to partake of The LORD’s Passover!!! We so enjoyed having you study and fellowship with us!!! Please stay in touch!

In Jesus Christ’s Mighty Name, Peace!

                                                   - submitted by R. C. Brown III

 One Nation Under God U.S.A. Ministries               www.onug.us

 

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If you have never faithfully kept God’s seventh day Sabbath holy or God’s Holy Days, the way Jesus Christ did – in the flesh, and in the fellowship of other followers of the Son of Man (Hebrews 10:25); we invite you to obediently enter into God’s rest today, and to keep the Feasts of the LORD (Hebrews 4:1-11 / Leviticus 23:1-44)! Contact us to find out where we fellowship and worship God, in your area, on His Sabbath Days (Exodus 31:12-18). We would love to hear from you and help get you started!

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The Days of Unleavened Bread: which begin immediately after the Passover, on the 15th day of Aviv; represent the second phase of God’s Salvation Plan. After we are “Justified” by the Blood of Christ at Passover; God then “Sanctifies” us, or sets us apart and considers us Holy to Him! Although God has now set us apart for Holy use; our sinful human nature is still very much present inside us, and it resists and slows down the process of our conversion to holiness. God uses analogies: like leaving Egypt, and also sin as “leaven” (which puffs up), and His Command for us to only eat unleavened breads with our meals, for seven days; so we have a whole week every year to focus and remind us that it will take TIME and EFFORT on our part, to become what God intends for us to be!!!  But, Praise God, Our Father is a “Hands On” God; and HE has assigned Christ to the job of finishing and perfecting our Salvation (Hebrews 2:6-18, 5:7-10, 12:1-3). Keeping God’s Holy Feast Days and Sabbaths each year, helps us grow with Christ’s guidance; into mature sons of The Living God (Hebrews 5:11-14), soon to be born again!                            

(Passover is observed this year at Sundown, Thursday, April 21, 2016. The Days of Unleavened Bread begin at sundown, Friday April 22, this year, and end at sundown on Friday, April 29, 2016. The first and the last days of this feast are Holy Days to God and to us).

 

The above chart shows the phases in a Biblical 30 day month. The last day of the month is not shown, as it is simply an old moon and we cannot see any light reflecting from it! Satan continues to do the opposite of what God’s Word says; and so today we call the opposite of a full moon (a completely dark moon), a “new moon” – but according to the Bible it is not! God’s years begin in Spring - not Winter; and God’s “New Moon” (and months) begin when the first visible sliver is observed by the human eye (Genesis 1:14-19).

For more information on how The Creator God keeps time, please go to www.onug.us and read:

BIBLE STUDY: How Does God Measure Time?

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