The Passover

The most important ceremony observed by ancient Israel was the Passover, because it was a yearly reminder to the Israelites of their release from slavery in Egypt. Today, the Passover is the most important ceremony observed by the elect of God, because it is a yearly reminder of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for each individual's sins. Passover today also pictures the beginning of God's plan for the salvation of humanity. This study reveals many important details and insights about this observance that have been lost to past generations of Christians and it shows why it will be an important observance after Christ's return.

For ancient Israel the Passover was a very important event, which impacted their national existence as well as their daily lives for better or for worse depending on their attention to its observance. Although the celebration of the Passover had great significance to the nation of Israel, its significance was not limited to the ancient Israelites. Within the symbols, rituals, and prophetic meanings of this day, much knowledge about the Messiah and his mission for the redemption of humanity (past, present, and future) can be found.

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Almost 2,000 years ago, the Creator God came to earth and became the ultimate sacrifice for humanity. He suffered rejection by his own people and injustice at the hands of religious and civil authorities. He was the victim of political expediency and religious hypocrisy and he was murdered by those that professed to follow the law of God.

To the majority of people today, the observance of the Passover presents no problem because it simply does not exist to them. However, to those who have come to understand the importance of the annual festivals in relation to the plan of God for humanity, the Passover is an extremely important event that should be understood as well as observed.

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This study explores the many profound lessons that are taught through Jesus' prayer at Gethsemane and his trial, execution, and resurrection. Moreover, this study shows how these events affect all of humanity: past, present, and future.

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There is no doubt that the Israelites were commanded to observe the Passover forever throughout their generations, and that Jesus and his disciples observed the Passover. This study shows the reasons that there is still a need for the followers of Christ during this age to observe the Passover.

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Some people feel that Jesus Christ either died of heart failure or suffocated on the cross. However, if either of these beliefs are true, how is it possible to reconcile what Jesus said about his body and blood as he instituted the new rituals and symbols for the Passover and the prophecies that speak of his death? This study shows that Jesus did not die of heart failure or suffocation; he died from the loss of blood through the stab wound inflicted by the centurion and he died exactly as biblical prophecies had predicted.

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In his admonition and exhortation to the Corinthians about the proper way to observe the Passover and the festival of Unleavened Bread, the apostle Paul gives a very serious warning concerning the rituals of bread and wine. Without some understanding of the enormity of what Christ did through his sacrifice and the personal responsibility that each person bears for his death, it is difficult to understand the seriousness of the symbolism that is pictured in the bread and wine of the Passover. This study reveals much understanding into the symbols of bread and wine as they relate to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

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The Passover Season is a truly unique time of year for the followers of God the Father and Jesus Christ and it is without a doubt, the most important gathering of the children of God during this age of the church. Within the meaning of the washing of feet and consumption of the symbolic bread and wine are the keys that unlock the way to eternal life, immortality, and joy forever as a son of God. This study explores the attitude and preparation, that is necessary to observe the Passover properly.

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While speaking to a group of people who had sought him out after they heard that he fed thousands who had come to hear him speak, Jesus tells them that he is the food that comes from heaven that would give and sustain life. This study explains exactly what it means to symbolically eat the body and drink the blood of Jesus Christ.

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Although Pilate found Jesus innocent of all charges, he was still put to death. This study gives 12 reasons why the arrest, trial, conviction, and crucifixion of Jesus was illegal, without legal precedent, and a mockery of justice under Jewish law. However, this illegal trial did fulfill the prophecies about the condemnation of the Messiah by the covenant people.

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This study shows the sequence of events of the Exodus Passover and documents the sacred calendar date and the time of day that the ancient Israelites kept that Passover and all subsequent Passovers thereafter.

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This study documents the following:

    • There were two legal Passover observances in 30 A.D..
    • Jesus Christ and his disciples kept the first Passover and many of the spiritual leaders of the Jews kept the second.
    • Jesus fulfilled all of the prophetic symbolism concerning the sacrifice of the Messiah for the sins of humanity during the Passover season.
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A table of the dates and the sequence of events of the Exodus Passover.

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This study shows the process and progressive teachings of the sacrificial system that are a necessary part of understanding Christ's last Passover and the New Covenant rituals and symbolism that he instituted for his followers to observe.

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This study shows how a simple misunderstanding of one scripture forms the basis for the false teaching of the observance of a banquet on the evening of the Passover and the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread.

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Definitions and explanations of many Hebrew words that are important to the understanding of the scriptures that document the timing of the Passover observance.

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This study shows why the visual sighting of the new moon was extremely important for the Calendar Court's calculations of the beginning of the sacred month and why these sighting often affected the exact day or number of days that the Passover and the annual festivals were to be observed.

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This study examines the scriptures and events associated with the preparation day that is documented as the day on which Jesus was crucified. This study also establishes that the day on which Christ was crucified was the sixth day of the week--Friday. (4 pages)

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The Lift Offering during the Festival of Unleavened Bread was an extremely important prophetic ritual that symbolized Jesus as the atonement for the sins of humanity and acceptance of him by God the Father as very the first-fruits of humanity to obtain salvation. This study explains the fulfillment of this prophetic ritual.

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A list of the 12 Passover references in the Gospels, and their relationship to the Passover that Jesus and his disciples observed and the Passover that many of the Jews observed.

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A comparison of the traditional Passover meal of ancient Israel and the Passover meal that Jesus and his disciples ate, which shows the similarities between the two that proves that Jesus and his disciples did indeed observe the Passover ceremony including the traditional meal.

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This study shows biblical, historical, and astronomical data that document the year of Jesus' death to be 30 A.D..

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This study solves the mystery concerning Jesus' crucifixion on Friday and his resurrection after the Sabbath. This study includes eighteen references to Christ being in the tomb three days and nights.

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There has been much confusion about the sequence of events surrounding preparation of spices and the visits to Christ's tomb, because there seems to be no chronological order to the events as recorded in the gospel accounts. This study provides a plausible sequence of events by reviewing them in four segments: The time frame, Jesus' burial, the women's spice preparation, and the visits to the tomb.

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Guidelines for formal or private Passover observance.

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A list of information sources that support the biblical documentation that the Christian Passover is to be observed during the evening of the 14th day and the beginning of the 15th day of Nisan.

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