Passover 2 is Part two of the continuing series that explores the meaning, significance and the how to's of keeping the 7 day Festival (Pesach/Chag Matzot) described in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.
If you have not done so
Believers in general have forgotten about the importance of Passover and the days of Unleavened Bread and many do not feel it is necessary to keep it in this day and time; consequently they are missing out on the added blessings in their lives, families, churches and places of worship as a result of keeping these Holy Days of Yahweh (God).
Passover 2 reveals the Festivals in the Bible are in God's Holy Seasons of the year (three times in a year) mentioned in the Bible:
Exo 23:14 Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year.
Exo 23:15 Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:)
Exo 23:16 And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.
Exo 23:17 Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD.
Num 9:2 Let the children of Israel also keep the Passover at His appointed season.
Num 9:3 In the fourteenth day of this month, at even, ye shall keep it in His appointed season: according to all the rites of it, and according to all the ceremonies thereof, shall ye keep it.
You will notice the words used in Numbers 9:... "ye shall keep it in His appointed season:H4150
The Hebrew word used for appointed season is: mo-ed or mo adah meaning appointment. See below for additional information.
From: Strong's Concordance
מועדה מעד מועד
mô‛êd mô‛êd mô‛âdâh
mo-ade', mo-ade', mo-aw-daw'
From H3259; properly an appointment, that is, a fixed time or season; specifically a festival; conventionally a year; by implication, an assembly (as convened for a definite purpose); technically the congregation; by extension, the place of meeting; also a signal (as appointed beforehand): - appointed (sign, time), (place of, solemn) assembly, congregation, (set, solemn) feast, (appointed, due) season, solemn (-ity), synagogue, (set) time (appointed).
מועדה / מעד / מועד
mô‛êd / mô‛êd / mô‛âdâh
1) appointed place, appointed time, meeting
1a) appointed time
1a1) appointed time (general)
1a2) sacred season, set feast, appointed season
1b) appointed meeting
1c) appointed place
1d) appointed sign or signal
1e) tent of meeting
As you can see the word APPOINTMENT is repeated over and over again. So this is an appointment--an appointment with Yahweh (God). He has set an appointment with His people during these times of the year. Where are His people during His appointed times?" If the Creator and Sovereign Ruler of the universe makes an appointment with us, how important do you think that appointment is? Yahweh is waiting for us to come during these times of the year. Being in His presence is the greatest blessing of all. The portal to Heaven and His throne, is open wide for us at these times of the year. His eyes and focus is on us but is our focus on Him? Can you imagine the blessings that are missed during these times? As Yahweh has shared with us at the Messianic House of Prayer in one of His messages to us: "My appointed times do not require burdensome obligations....My set times bring joy and an opportunity for My presence to come, for My people to commune with Me."
The appointed times of the year are a blueprint for Yahweh's plan of salvation and redemption and the Kingdom of Heaven ultimately coming to this earth.
Rev 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Rev 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Rev 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Rev 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Rev 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
As we continue with Passover 2 we can see that this was one of the greatest deliverance events of the Bible. The events leading up to the Passover can be read in Exodus Chapters 1-11. The actual world shaking event is described in Exodus chapters 12,14,and 15. I urge you to read the whole account of the event so as to lay the foundation for a deeper understanding of what Passover is all about.
Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread was required to be kept for Israel as a nation of people. But as a believer today are we required to keep it? I want to ask you: Did Yahshua Ha Masheak (Jesus the Messiah) keep these days? And if He did are we as believers supposed to be following His example?
Let's look in the Bible to see what is said about it?
Mat_26:2 Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.
Mat_26:17 Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the Passover?
Mat_26:18 And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at thy house with my disciples.
Mat_26:19 And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the Passover.
The whole purpose for Yahshua (Jesus) coming to earth was to be the ULTIMATE sacrifice. He was the Lamb of Yahweh (God)--the Passover Lamb represented Him (Jesus) as our Great Deliverer from the bondage of iniquity and sin which leads to eternal death. With His sacrifice we have the opportunity to be redeemed back to Yahweh our Heavenly Father.
Joh 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
Rev_7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
Rev_15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
Rev_19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
Rev_21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
Rev_21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
Rev_22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
Rev_22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
The scriptures plainly show that Yahshua was crucified and nailed to the stake at the same time and on the same day that the Passover lamb was to be sacrificed every year.
Mat_26:2 Ye know that after two days is the feast of the Passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.
Mar 15:34 At three o'clock Jesus cried out with a loud shout, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why did you abandon me?"
Mar 15:35 Some of the people there heard him and said, "Listen, he is calling for Elijah!"
Mar 15:36 One of them ran up with a sponge, soaked it in cheap wine, and put it on the end of a stick. Then he held it up to Jesus' lips and said, "Wait! Let us see if Elijah is coming to bring him down from the cross!"
Mar 15:37 With a loud cry Jesus died.
Yahshua died on the stake around 3 pm the same time that the Passover lamb was to be sacrificed (killed) in preparation for Passover evening which was considered the beginning of the Sabbath. All the High Holy Days were considered a Sabbath in addition to the weekly Sabbath. We will continue exploring this in the continuing series: "What is Passover All About"
So Let's now recap:
1. Passover is the first Festival in the appointed seasons of Yahweh.
This is an appointment Yahweh has made with His people.
2. The appointed times of the year are a blueprint for Yahweh's plan of salvation and redemption and the Kingdom of Heaven ultimately coming to this earth.
3. The Passover Lamb Represents Yahshua The Messiah's crucifixion.
He is the "Lamb of God"
Contributing Author: Ahveekhy Ben BinahYah
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