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The Passover Connection

Last night, at sundown, Jewish families in Israel began celebrating a seven day Passover week also known as the Festival of Unleavened Bread.

Meanwhile Israeli security has gone on a heightened state of alert in anticipation that Palestinian militants will attempt to disrupt the celebration of this ancient holiday. My concern, however, is that a far greater destruction–that no one was looking for– has already occurred. At a cost that cannot be measured in human life and faith, the link between this Holiday Week and the events that showed its real meaning has, too often, been lost.

The Amazing Prophetic Story of Seven Holidays

According to Leviticus 23, the God of Israel instructed the Jewish people to honor an annual cycle of seven holidays. Three of these festivals occur during the Passover week. A fourth, The Feast of Weeks, which many of us know as Pentecost, occurs seven weeks later. Then after a period of about six months, the last three Holy days, the Day of Atonement, Feast of Trumpets and Feast of Tabernacles are grouped together in a couple of weeks of Fall Festivals. Let’s take another look at how the timing and symbolic significance of these holidays tell, in their own way, the greatest story ever told.

Passover Begins the Annual Cycle

Passover is the first of an annual cycle of Jewish holidays that begins every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Nisan. According to Leviticus 23:4-11. God made the lunar period which corresponds to our March-April to be the first month of every religious Jewish new year.

A Partially Fulfilled Calendar

Before the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D., Jewish families brought a young lamb or goat to be sacrificed at their Temple in Jerusalem on the afternoon of the 14th day of Nisan. That night they ate it together on the15th of Nisan which also was the beginning of the Festival of Unleavened Bread. At this symbolic Seder meal Jewish people remembered their supernatural deliverance from Egypt and the new life that followed. Then on the 16th day of Nisan, corresponding with the Feast of Firstfruits, or “waving of the Omer”, Jewish people began the Counting of the Omer, a nightly reminder of the approach of the holiday of Shavuot (also known as Feast of Weeks or Pentecost) 50 days later.

Here’s what I find so compelling. The first three festivals correspond to the holy Jewish week in which Jesus was crucified as the Lamb of God. The feasts of the 14th, 15th, and 16th of Nisan correspond to his death, burial and resurrection. Beginning on the 16th, Jewish Jewish families begin a daily countdown to the 4th festival of Pentecost. I also find that amazingly significant. On the holiday that Jewish people celebrate the giving of the Law at Sinai, the New Testament tells us Jesus sent his Spirit to bond into one body those who believe in him, and to give them the spiritual enablement to live by the heart and Spirit of the Law.

Three holidays remain unfulfilled. The sixth months between the Spring Feasts and Fall Feasts seem to correspond to the period of time that has elapsed prior to the fulfillment of the last 3 Jewish Holy Days. These last three seem to point to events that have not yet come to pass: The spiritual turning of Israel to their Messiah, his Return, and God finally living among His people.

What about you? Do you find the correspondence of this ancient cycle of seven Jewish holidays to the life, death, resurrection, and promised return of Jesus as compelling as I do?

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6 Responses to “The Passover Connection”

  1. newchristian9202005 says:

    I look forward to the last three coming to pass. Thank you for pointing that out. I find it very interesting that these two series of events correspond.

  2. dep7547 says:

    Praise God for pointing that out! Some years ago, when it was hotly debated about the idea that the year 2000 corresponded with the end of the sixth day of creation and that God was set to renew the world, I began researching this idea on my own. Here is what I came up with: If God rested on the seventh day, why were so many people counting on him to do his greatest work at a time which by the same logic would have corresponded with the seventh day? I then thought of the idea that according to the tradition of circumcision, a sanctifying of people to God occurs on the eighth day after birth and thought maybe there was more time before this great work would occur.

    My investigations into this matter led me to believe that the three remaining holidays may have corresponded to Jesus’ birth and ministry on earth. I guess because the timing of the Christmas holiday was said to be set at a time when shepherds would not have been in the fields with their flocks because the conditions would not have been right for grazing; the school of thought then was that Christ’s birth would have more likely coincided with the beginning of the autumn feasts. Of course, the day and the hour is known only by our heavenly father, but you have definitely shed some refreshing light on a new direction of hope for believers!

  3. berean4jesus says:

    Will all of Israel be saved or is that part of a false two-house theology?? Will there really be a pre-tribulation rapture or is he/she who endures to the end to be saved,as Jesus taught?? Just who are God’s people?? I’d like to hear what other people have to say about this!

  4. ChristopherBSC says:

    Thanks Holy Spirit for allowing Mart to begin to see the beauty and messianic meaning God has programmed into His set apart times.

    Notice that in Scripture,these are days that God has put on His “day planner” for ALL those who follow the God of Israel.

    Sadly,we have been taught that these are the Jewish Holidays alone.Those things are for them and since Jesus came we are new creations and don’t have to observe those things,even though Jesus and the twelve did.The temple destruction could not destroy the hidden beauty of these appointed times.

    We will be observing them in the new millenium,so wouldn’t it be prudent to know something about them beforehand?

    God has only ONE people,ONE Word,ONE seed,etc.Somewhere along the line someone decided that the Old Testament was for them(Jews only) and this New Testament is for us.The fact is,we owe everything to the Jewish people,who seem to be the only ones who have kept/guarded the LORD’s Scriptures and His day planner among other things.

    The adversary has from the beginning distorted the Truth.
    “Did God really say,’You are not to eat from any tree in the garden’?”

    When and who decided that the children don’t have to show up when the Father says to show up? Does the Father like having His day planner thrown out?Hmm.


  5. Hephzibah610 says:

    Oh my!!! It is so exciting! I have watched the “Holiday’s of God” series that RBC put out. It is amazing and stirring to know that God has given these prophetic holy-days to show us how He has/is/and will yet move on the earth! I only wish I understood it more fully…so that I could share it with others!

    Pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Christ-Messiah IS the Peace of Jerusalem!)

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