Saturday, March 31, 2018

Jesus’ Last Supper and Passover Feast


Overview

The ancient Israelites held the first Passover feast by scarifying a lamb in the evening, then roasting it and then eating it about midnight; therefore it was an all-night event.  They were a wake safety eating inside their homes with the lamb’s blood on their door posts and lintel while our Father in Heaven killed all the first born of the Egyptians.  The first born of the descendants of Jacob Israel lives were spared and our Father in Heaven took them for HIS possession.  The Pharaoh gave the Israelites their freedom to leave before the dawn of Unleavened bread and the Israelites left Ramesses Egypt on the date of Unleavened Bread.

 After careful study of the spring feasts I do not think these feasts were fulfilled entirely and the full fulfillment is yet to come when HIS people will be fully dealt with according to the laws of Moses.  The final fulfillment will occur at the spring and fall feasts.  Christ was the Passover lamb and did fulfill the laws that he planned to fulfill when he was here.


Since the beginning of time ourFather in Heaven established the week of 7 days and this cycle has never been broken.  Therefore, the Last Super will always be on Monday, Passover on Tuesday and Unleavened Bread begins on Wednesday.  The date of Jesus’ resurrection celebration is always celebrated on Sunday and today it is called Easter Sunday.  We look towards the east for HIS return to redeem HIS children.  Church pews are traditionally all facing towards the east.

For as the lightning cometh forth from the east, and is seen even unto the west; so shall be the coming of the Son of man.” ASV Matthew 24:27

The spring feast days are as follow:

·         Wednesday: The 1st day of the first month:  The Spring Festival & New Year’s Day
·         Friday: The 10th day of the first month:  Pick the lamb (make your meal plan)
·         Monday: The 13th day of the first month:  Jesus’ Last Supper
·         Tuesday: The 14th day of the first month:  The Passover Feast
·         Wednesday: The 15th day of the first month:  Unleavened Bread Feast & the redemptionof the first born.  A Holy assembly of Israel should be held.
·         Thursday: The 16th day of the first month:  Unleavened Bread Feast
·         Friday: The 17th day of the first month:  Unleavened Bread Feast
·         Saturday: The 18th day of the first month:  Unleavened Bread Feast & Sabbath Day
·         Sunday: The 19th day of the first month:  Unleavened Bread Feast, Mary finds Jesus’ tomb empty
·         Monday: The 20th day of the first month:  Unleavened Bread Feast
·         Tuesday: The 21th day of the first month:  Unleavened Bread Feast and a Holy assembly of Israel should be held.
·         Wednesday: The 22nd day of the first month:  Eat no grain (Lev 23:14)
·         Thursday: The 23rd day of the first month:  Eat no grain
·         Friday: The 24th day of the first month:  Eat no grain
·         Saturday: The 25th day of the first month:  Eat no grain & Sabbath Day
·         Sunday: The 26th day of the first month:  Feast of First Fruits (Wave Sheaf)
·         Thursday: The 14th day of the second month:  Make-up Passover Feast
·         Thursday: The 27th day of the second month:  Jesus’ Ascension Date
·         Sunday: The 15th day of the third month:  The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost)
The Gregorian current calendar dates for these feasts can be found on this page.

Passover

Jacob Israel’s descendant lived in Egypt for 430 years and eventually found themselves in bondage to the Egyptians Pharaoh.  Our Father in Heaven brought them plagues 9 times; however, the Pharaoh would still not let them Israelites leave.  So our Father in Heaven gave the Israelites the laws for the Passover and Unleavened Bread feasts that would the plan for obtaining the Israelites salvation.  This would give them the freedom to worship their Father in Heaven.
As part of their Passover dinner they were to eat unleavened bread.  Below is the definition of leaven from my 1913 Webster’s dictionary.


Leviticus chapter two explains the laws for grain offerings and states that all grain offerings must have salt in them:

And every gift of your sacrifice shall be seasoned with salt; omit not the salt of the covenant of the Lord from your sacrifices: on every gift of yours ye shall offer salt to the Lord your God.” Sep Lev 2:13 

The First Passover

The first Passover feast was in c. 1408 BC when our Father in Heaven took vengeance against the Egyptians and killed all of their first born children and livestock.  The children of Jacob Israel were saved since they were instructed to put the blood of the lamb on their side posts of their doors and on the lentil of their doors.  The blood around their door was a sign that they were descendants of Jacob Israel; therefore, our Father in Heaven would pass over their homes and not kill their first born children and livestock. 

Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, On the tenth of this month let them take each man a lamb according to the houses of their families, every man a lamb for his household. And if they be few in a household, so that there are not enough for the lamb, he shall take with himself his neighbour that lives near to him, --as to the number of souls, every one according to that which suffices him shall make a reckoning for the lamb. It shall be to you a lamb unblemished, a male of a year old: ye shall take it of the lambs and the kids. And it shall be kept by you till the fourteenth of this month, and all the multitude of the congregation of the children of Israel shall kill it toward evening. And they shall take of the blood, and shall put it on the two door-posts, and on the lintel, in the houses in which soever they shall eat them.  And they shall eat the flesh in this night roast with fire, and they shall eat unleavened bread with bitter herbs. Ye shall not eat of it raw nor sodden in water, but only roast with fire, the head with the feet and the appurtenances. Nothing shall be left of it till the morning, and a bone of it ye shall not break; but that which is left of it till the morning ye shall burn with fire. And thus shall ye eat it: your loins girded, and your sandals on your feet, and your staves in your hands, and ye shall eat it in haste. It is a passover to the Lord. and I will go throughout the land of Egypt in that night, and will smite every first-born in the land of Egypt both man and beast, and on all the gods of Egypt will I execute vengeance: I am the Lord. And the blood shall be for a sign to you on the houses in which ye are, and I will see the blood, and will protect you, and there shall not be on you the plague of destruction, when I smite in the land of Egypt. And this day shall be to you a memorial, and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord through all your generations; ye shall keep it a feast for a perpetual ordinance.” Sep Exo 12:3-14 

They were told to kill the lamb at evening meaning when the sun is in the west.  The Greek word for evening used here is ἑσπέρα(hespéra) meaning in the west.  The English word evening means the time of day between dusk and dark.



The Israelites were instructed to put the blood of the lamb around their doors and then stay inside their homes until morning.  They were required to stay indoors for their safety since our Father in Heaven would be passing over the homes with the blood on the doors only. 

And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and having dipped it into some of the blood that is by the door, ye shall touch the lintel, and shall put it upon both door-posts, even of the blood which is by the door; but ye shall not go out every one from the door of his house till the morning. And the Lord shall pass by to smite the Egyptians, and shall see the blood upon the lintel, and upon both the door-posts; and the Lord shall pass by the door, and shall not suffer the destroyer to enter into your houses to smite you.” Sep Exo 12:22-23

Our Father in Heaven gave them further instructions saying that strangers of the children of Israel were not to eat the Passover feast.  Everyone that eats the Passover feast must be circumcised which is a sign they are keeping the Abrahamic covenant and that they are considered a clean person.  They were to stay in their house to eat this dinner and not break one bone of the lambs they sacrificed.

And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, This is the law of the passover: no stranger [αλλογενής (allogenís) -alien, foreigner] shall eat of it. And every slave or servant bought with money--him thou shalt circumcise, and then shall he eat of it. A sojourner or hireling shall not eat of it. In one house shall it be eaten, and ye shall not carry of the flesh out from the house; and a bone of it ye shall not break. All the congregation [σῠνᾰγωγή(sunagōgḗ), gathering, meeting, assembly] of the children of Israel shall keep it. And if any proselyte shall come to you to keep the passover to the Lord, thou shalt circumcise every male of him, and then shall he approach to sacrifice it, and he shall be even as the original inhabitant of the land; no uncircumcised person shall eat of it.” Sep Exo 12:43-48

First Passover Timeline

To summarize the events of the first Passover, here is a timeline of the events:

Note:  Passover is usually on April 3rd each year.   The sun sets about 7:35pm on that day.  They were to kill the lamb before dusk.

Below are instructions for roasting a lamb over an open fire; however I do understand that they must have had a way to roast whole lambs indoors since they were instructed to not go outside:

Passover in the Wilderness

The Children of Israel continued to keep the Passover while they were living in the wilderness.  Our Father in Heaven instructed the Levites (priests) to keep the Passover Feast:

These are the feasts to the Lord, holy convocations, which ye shall call in their seasons. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, between the evening times is the Lord’s passover.” Lev 23:4-5

In the second year in the, of the children of Israel living in the wilderness of Sina, our Father in Heaven told them to keep the Passover.  The time of day they were to keep the Passover was when the sun was going towards the west or evening on the 14th day of the 1st Month.

And the Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sina in the second year after they had gone forth from the land of Egypt, in the first month, saying,   Speak, and let the children of Israel keep the passover in its season. On the fourteenth day of the first month at [ προς (pros),towards] even [ἑσπέρα(hespéra), evening, west ], thou shalt keep it in its season; thou shalt keep it according to its law, and according to its ordinance. And Moses ordered the children of Israel to sacrifice the passover, on the fourteenth day of the first month in the wilderness of Sina, as the Lord appointed Moses, so the children of Israel did. And there came men who were unclean by reason of a dead body, and they were not able to keep the passover on that day; and they came before Moses and Aaron on that day. And those men said to Moses, We are unclean by reason of the dead body of a man: shall we therefore fail to offer the gift to the Lord in its season in the midst of the children of Israel? And Moses said to them, stand there, and I will hear what charge the Lord will give concerning you. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Whatever man shall be unclean by reason of a dead body, or on a journey far off, among you, or among your posterity; he shall then keep the passover to the Lord, in the second month, on the fourteenth day; in the evening they shall offer it, with unleavened bread and bitter herbs shall they eat it. They shall not leave of it until the morrow, and they shall not break a bone of it; they shall sacrifice it according to the ordinance of the passover. And whatsoever man shall be clean, and is not far off on a journey, and shall fail to keep the passover, that soul shall be cut off from his people, because he has not offered the gift to the Lord in its season: that man shall bear his iniquity. And if there should come to you a stranger in your land, and should keep the passover to the Lord, he shall keep it according to the law of the passover and according to its ordinance: there shall be one law for you, both for the stranger, and for the native of the land.” Sep Num 9:1-14



Above the Israelites were told that they must be considered clean for Passover and if they were not clean they must celebrate during the second month on the 14th day.  This is the only feast that has an alternative date for celebrating the feast and it further states that if an offering is not given for Passover that person will be cut-off from his people.  According to the Dead Sea Scrolls calendarfor the priestly courses the Levites (priests) always observed both Passover dates.  On the Passover date that Jesus was crucified on there is no mention of a Passover dinner that night and I believe it is because of this law that there could not have been one.  Jesus’ family would have been considered unclean due to a dead body.

This law also states that if an Israelite or their posterity is on a journey far off that they should keep the Passover feast in the second month fourteenth day at evening time.   The law below shows that the Israelites are now to have the 10 commandments, instead of the blood of the lamb, on their lintels and gates.  With all this in mind I have wondered if the second Passover feast will be fulfilled in some way when Jesus returns since the posterity (future generations) of Jacob Israel was not at the first passover.

Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God is one Lord. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy mind, and with all thy soul, and all thy strength. And these words, all that I command thee this day, shall be in thy heart and in thy soul. And thou shalt teach them to thy children, and thou shalt speak of them sitting in the house, and walking by the way, and lying down, and rising up. And thou shalt fasten them for a sign upon thy hand, and it shall be immoveable before thine eyes. And ye shall write them on the lintels of your houses and of your gates.” Sep Deu 6:4-9

The Israelites were given the Passover laws in the book of Deuteronomy where it is documented that they agreed to follow the all laws.  They were reminded that they left in haste and in the fulfillment of this law to come we should be ready also to leave in haste.  Here are the Passover laws they were given:


Observe the month of new corn, and thou shalt sacrifice the passover to the Lord thy God; because in the month of new corn thou camest out of Egypt by night. And thou shalt sacrifice the passover to the Lord thy God, sheep and oxen in the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to have his name called upon it. Thou shalt not eat leaven with it; seven days shalt thou eat unleavened bread with it, bread of affliction, because ye came forth out of Egypt in haste; that ye may remember the day of your coming forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of your life. Leaven shall not be seen with thee in all thy borders for seven days, and there shall not be left of the flesh which thou shalt sacrifice at even on the first day until the morning. thou shalt not have power to sacrifice the passover in any of the cities, which the Lord thy God gives thee. But in the place which the Lord thy God shall choose, to have his name called there, thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even [westbound] at the setting of the sun, at the time when thou camest out of Egypt. And thou shalt boil and roast and eat it in the place, which the Lord thy God shall choose; and thou shalt return in the morning, and go to thy house.” Sep Deu 16:1-7  



The English words even or descent (above) was translated from the Greek word δυσμάς (dusmé ) which means west bound.  According to biblehub.com it is Strong’s number 1424 and every time that word is used in the New Testament it was translated to the English word ‘west’.   Therefore, our Father is telling the Israelites to sacrifice the lamb when the sun is headed downward in the west.   After the sun hits ‘high noon’, it starts heading downward to its setting position in the west.  Therefore, I believe the instruction state to sacrifice the lamb in the afternoon on the 14th day of the first month in the afternoon.  I believe that they were able to sacrifice a lamb earlier in the day than the first Passover since a different Greek word is used in this verse.



In order for Jesus to be the Passover lamb he had to die when the sun was descending in the west on the 14th day on the first month in order to fulfill this prophecy.  According to the New Testament accounts of his crucifixion he died at 3:00pm, so we know that the Israelites must have left Ramesses, Egypt at about 3:00pm.

The account in Exodus tells us that they left their homes in a rush during the night.

And it came to pass at midnight that the Lord smote all the first-born in the land of Egypt, from the first-born of Pharao that sat on the throne, to the first-born of the captive-maid in the dungeon, and the first-born of all cattle. And Pharao rose up by night, and his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in all the land of Egypt, for there was not a house in which there was not one dead. And Pharao called Moses and Aaron by night, and said to them, Rise and depart from my people, both ye and the children of Israel. Go and serve the Lord your God, even as ye say. And take with you your sheep, and your oxen: bless me also, I pray you.” Sep Exo 12:29-32

The account of the Exodus in Numbers tells us that they left Ramesses, Egypt on the fifteenth day of the first month.  Therefore they must have left their homes at night, got some rest and then met in Ramesses. Then about 3:00pm in the afternoon they left Ramesses.

They departed from Ramesses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the day after the passover the children of Israel went forth with a high hand before all the Egyptians. And the Egyptians buried those that died of them, even all that the Lord smote, every first-born in the land of Egypt; also the Lord executed vengeance on their gods.” Num 33:3-4

Here I have revised the time line to include the new information of the First Passover feast and the Israelites leaving Egypt:



According to the law in Deuteronomy above I believe it is now stating that they can roast the lamb out doors and they can start the sacrifice of the lamb sometime after high noon on the 14th of the 1st month.




Prior to Passover they Purified Themselves

According to biblical law the Levites and the Priests performing the sacrifices were required to be fully cleansed:

Take the Levites out of the midst of the children of Israel, and thou shalt purify them. And thus shalt thou perform their purification: thou shalt sprinkle them with water of purification, and a razor shall come upon the whole of their body, and they shall wash their garments, and shall be clean. And they shall take one calf of the herd, and its meat-offering, fine flour mingled with oil: and thou shalt take a calf of a year old of the herd for a sin-offering. And thou shalt bring the Levites before the tabernacle of witness; and thou shalt assemble all the congregation of the sons of Israel. And thou shalt bring the Levites before the Lord; and the sons of Israel shall lay their hands upon the Levites. And Aaron shall separate the Levites for a gift before the Lord from the children of Israel: and they shall be prepared to perform the works of the Lord. And the Levites shall lay their hands on the heads of the calves; and thou shalt offer one for a sin-offering, and the other for a whole-burnt-offering to the Lord, to make atonement for them.” Sep Num 8:6-12

Recorded in Chronicles, at this Passover a number of the Israelites had not purified themselves prior to the feast and Ezekiel prayed for them since this was against the laws of Moses.

And Ezekias sent to all Israel and Juda, and wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasse, that they should come into the house of the Lord to Jerusalem, to keep the passover to the Lord God of Israel. For the king, and the princes, and all the congregation in Jerusalem, designed to keep the passover in the second month. For they could not keep it at that time, because a sufficient number of priest had not purified themselves, and the people was not gathered to Jerusalem.” Sep 2Ch 30:1-3 

And they stood at their post, according to their ordinance, according to the commandment of Moses the man of God: and the priests received the blood from the hand of the Levites. For a great part of the congregation was not sanctified; and the Levites were ready to kill the passover for every one who could not sanctify himself to the Lord. For the greatest part of the people of Ephraim, and Manasse, and Issachar, and Zabulon, had not purified themselves, but ate the passover contrary to the scripture. On this account also Ezekias prayed concerning them, saying, The good Lord be merciful with regard to every heart that sincerely seeks the Lord God of their fathers, and is not purified according to the purification of the sanctuary.” Sep 2 Ch 30:16-19

At the first Passover after they had been in captivity in Babylon they kept the Passover and that the priests and Levites were all purified.

And the children of the captivity kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the first month. For the priests and Levites were purified, all were clean to a man, and they slew the passover for all the children of the captivity, and for their brethren the priests, and for themselves. And the children of Israel ate the passover, even they that were of the captivity, and every one who separated himself to them from the uncleanness of the nations of the land, to seek the Lord God of Israel.” Ezr 6:19-21

Jesus’ Last Supper

On the 12th day of the first month Mary sister of Martha anoints Jesus by pouring oil on this head and wiped HIS feet with hair.  Christ means anointed one and Mary does know that Jesus is the Christ.

“(And Mary was she that anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair: whose brother Lazarus was sick.)” DR John 11:2


Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, there came unto him a woman having an alabaster cruse of exceeding precious ointment, and she poured it upon his head, as he sat at meat. But when the disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. But Jesus perceiving it said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. For in that she poured this ointment upon my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, that also which this woman hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.” DR Mat 26:7-13



On the 13th day of the first month Peter and John were instructed to go to the city and find a man holding a pitcher of water and follow him to his house to get ready for Passover.  Jesus and the Apostles need to complete the necessary purification laws that evening so they could partake of Passover the next day.  Therefore they would need the vase or pitcher of water to prepare. 
There is a mis-translation in every bible stating that Passover was that day; however that is not correct since the word ‘come’ should be ‘to come’.  They were getting ready the day before Passover and later that night Jesus and the Apostles met them there for preparation.

And the day of unleavened [ἀζύμων (azumōn) unleavened,uncorrupted] bread came[ Ἦλθεν (ēlthen) 'to come'], on which the passover must be sacrificed. And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and make ready for us the passover, that we may eat. And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we make ready? And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house whereinto he goeth. And ye shall say unto the master of the house, The Teacher saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? And he will show you a large upper room furnished: there make ready. And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.” ASV Luke 22:7-13



Jesus Washed the Apostle’s Feet

Jesus’ washes the Apostle’s feet as part of the purification laws described above plus he is preparing them for the events that will occur the next day on Passover.




Jesus washes the apostle’s feet and has this conversation with Peter:

After that, he putteth water into a basin, and began to wash the feet of the disciples, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. He cometh therefore to Simon Peter. And Peter saith to him: Lord, dost thou wash my feet? Jesus answered, and said to him: What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter. Peter saith to him: Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him: If I wash thee not, thou shalt have no part with me. Simon Peter saith to him: Lord, not only my feet, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to him: He that is washed, needeth not but to wash his feet, but is clean wholly. And you are clean, but not all. For he knew who he was that would betray him; therefore he said: You are not all clean.” John 13:5-11

Jesus states Peter is not wholly clean since he will deny Jesus three times later that night:

Simon Peter saith to him: Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered: Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow hereafter. Peter saith to him: Why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thee. Jesus answered him: Wilt thou lay down thy life for me? Amen, amen I say to thee, the cock shall not crow, till thou deny me thrice.” John 13:36-38

Jesus’ Last Supper

At Jesus’ last supper he told HIS Apostles the following:

I say to you, he that believeth in me, the works that I do, he also shall do; and greater than these shall he do. Because I go to the Father: and whatsoever you shall ask the Father in my name, that will I do: that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you shall ask me any thing in my name, that I will do. If you love me, keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he shall give you another Paraclete, that he may abide with you for ever. The spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, nor knoweth him: but you shall know him; because he shall abide with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you.” John 14:12-18

Jesus said that if you believe HIM you will do HIS work.  So read HIS words and ask yourself whether you believe his words or do you believe the ‘traditions of men’?

Jesus said ‘if you love me, keep my commandments’.  There are 10 commandments that we are all very familiar with and there are the five books of Moses that explain how to keep these HIS commandments.  Therefore, HE is saying that he will answer your prayers if you follow the 10 commandments and the laws explaining these commandments.

Most importantly Jesus said he would return and not leave HIS people as orphans.


Christ told the Apostles that HE would leave with them the Holy Spirit to guide them.  On the following Pentecost, the Apostles and 3000 others were baptized and received the Holy Spirit to guide them.

But the Paraclete [assistant], the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, do I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid.” DR John 15:26-27

The word ‘Paraclete’ is translated in some bibles to the English word ‘comforter’, ‘helper’ or ‘advocate’.  The word Paraclete is two Greek words combined; πᾰρᾰ́(pará) meaning beside or near and κλητός(klētós) meaning called, invited, welcomed, or chosen.  The Holy Spirit is our comforter,helper, legal assistant and adviser.  The Holy Spirit is ‘called to aid’ us.

Communion & the Breaking of the Bread

Jesus did take bread with leaven and gave it to the disciples; however this is not where the tradition of taking communion on resurrection Sunday begins.  The tradition of communion at the Sunday service actually is based on the Unleavened Bread feast day law since HIS resurrection is celebrated during Unleavened Bread.

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it; and he gave to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took a cup, and gave thanks, and gave to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many unto remission of sins. But I say unto you, I shall not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom. And when they had sung a hymn, they went out unto the mount of Olives.”  DR Mat 26:26-30

 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; nothing leavened shall be seen with thee, neither shalt thou have leaven in all thy borders. And thou shalt tell thy son in that day, saying, Therefore the Lord dealt thus with me, as I was going out of Egypt. And it shall be to thee a sign upon thy hand and a memorial before thine eyes, that the law of the Lord may be in thy mouth, for with a strong hand the Lord God brought thee out of Egypt.” Sep Exo 13:7-9

The Apostle John tells us that our Father in Heaven was the Word; therefore Jesus also represents the Word.  When Jesus tells us to eat the bread, he is saying HE wants us to read HIS Word and digest it.  When we hold Unleavened Bread in our hand we are to remember the laws of Moses and following these laws keeps us out of bondage.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.” DR John 1:1

In the book of Revelation it is prophesized that we will take the book and read (eat it) and the bible would sound good to us; however it will also make us bitter since realize that we have not been told the truth on so many facts.

And I went to the angel, saying unto him, that he should give me the book. And he said to me: Take the book, and eat it up: and it shall make thy belly bitter, but in thy mouth it shall be sweet as honey. And I took the book from the hand of the angel, and ate it up: and it was in my mouth, sweet as honey: and when I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.” DR Rev 10:9



Jesus’ Three Days and Three Nights in Tomb

Jesus was put in a tomb and rose after the third day and night was completed:

From that time Jesus began to shew to his disciples, that he must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the ancients and scribes and chief priests, and be put to death, and the third day rise again.” DR Mat 16:21

And when they abode together in Galilee, Jesus said to them: The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men: And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall rise again. And they were troubled exceedingly.” DR Mat 17:22-23

Saying: The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the ancients and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and the third day rise again.” DR Luke 9:22

And after they have scourged him, they will put him to death; and the third day he shall rise again.” DR Luke 18:33

Saying: The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” DR Luke 24:7

 And the multitudes running together, he began to say: This generation is a wicked generation: it asketh a sign, and a sign shall not be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. For as Jonas was a sign to the Ninivites; so shall the Son of man also be to this generation.” DR Luke 11:29-30


Sources:

Pilates Testimony

Picture below is part of Pontius Pilate’s testimony he gave regarding the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as published in 1838 in the North Carolina Standard newspaper.  Below is a link to read the full article.  The same testimony was published in many newspapers back in the early 1800s; below are just three places.
1838 news – North Carolina Standard
1845 news – The Evansville Journal
1857 news – True American out of Ohio



Exodus Events and Crucifixion Fulfillment

Below I have prepared a table showing the Passover laws and events and how Christ fulfilled these events. The current day calendar dates below are based on Jesus being crucified and dying on April 3rd, 33AD.  The events that occurred in 33AD also occur on the same dates in 2018.  

Lunar Calendar:  The new moon was March 17th at 10:00am.  Therefore a lunar Passover dinner would be on March 31st and end on April 1st at 6:00pm.  http://aa.usno.navy.mil/faq/docs/SpringPhenom.php On the Enoch & Dead Sea Scroll temple calendar this is the 28th day of the 12th Month which is a lunar cycle 3 on the temple calendar.

Solar Calendar:  The spring equinox in 33AD was on March 20th at 7:34am.  Therefore the solar Passover sacrifice would be required on the afternoon of April 3rd with the dinner to follow that night. http://data.giss.nasa.gov/ar5/srvernal.html   On the Enoch & Dead Sea Scroll temple calendar this is the 14th day of the 1st Month which was a lunar cycle 1 on the temple calendar.  This year, 2018, is a lunar cycle 3.  In 2019, Passover will be on April 4th and it will be a lunar cycle 1 calendar.

Bible Date
2018
Date
Laws of Moses
About 1408 BC
Jesus’ Fulfillment of the Laws of Moses the year of HIS crucifixion in 33AD
10th day
Friday
Mar 30th
Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, On the tenth of this month let them take each man a lamb according to the houses of their families, every man a lamb for his household.” Sep Exo 12:3
And Jesus entered into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of them that sold the doves; and he saith unto them, It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer: but ye make it a den of robbers.” Mat 21:11 (triggered the events leading to his crucifixion)
12th day
Sunday
Apr 1st

And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these words, he said unto his disciples, Ye know that after two days the passover cometh [on solar calendar], and the Son of man is delivered up to be crucified. Then were gathered together the chief priests, and the elders of the people, unto the court of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas; and they took counsel together that they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill him. But they said, Not during the feast [lunar calendar], lest a tumult arise among the people.” Mat 26:1
Also see Mark 14:1-2
Jesus anointed - ‘Christ’ means anointedthere came unto him a woman having an alabaster cruse of exceeding precious ointment, and she poured it upon his head, as he sat at meat.” Mat 26:7
13th Day – Preparation for the Passover by cleansing & purification & Jesus’ Last Supper
13th day
Monday
Apr 2nd
See the section above about the purification and cleansing laws required before feast days.
Cleansing & Preparation for Passover
And the day of unleavened [ἀζύμων (azumōn) unleavened, uncorrupted] bread came[ Ἦλθεν (ēlthen) 'to come'], on which the passover must be sacrificed. And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and make ready for us the passover, that we may eat. And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we make ready? And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house whereinto he goeth. And ye shall say unto the master of the house, The Teacher saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? And he will show you a large upper room furnished: there make ready. And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.” ASV Luke 22:7-13
Also see Mat 26:16-17; the word ‘day’ is inserted & should say Unleavened bread is ‘approaching’.  Mark 14:12 mistranslation issues:  the Disciples are asking where to go to prepare.
So when he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, and sat down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?” John 13:12
Late afternoon, sun in the west


Jesus’ Last Supper
Now when even was come, he was sitting at meat with the twelve disciples; and as they were eating, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.” Mat 26:20
Judas identified as the one to betray Jesus
Jesus therefore answereth, He it is, for whom I shall dip the sop [morsel of bread], and give it him. So when he had dipped the sop, he taketh and giveth it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. And after the sop, then entered Satan into him. Jesus therefore saith unto him, What thou doest, do quickly.” John 13:26  also see Mat 26:22-25
Evening


And as they were eating, Jesus took bread [ἄρτον (arton) loaf bread] and blessed, and brake it; and he gave to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took a cup, and gave thanks, and gave to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many unto remission of sins. But I say unto you, I shall not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.” Mat 26:26-29
Jesus is saying to take this corrupted bread with leaven and digest it.  John told us that our Father in Heaven, therefore Jesus, is ‘the word’ of the old Testament. (John 1:1-4, Rev 10:9)  The blood is the New Covent & remission of sins.  So digest HIS word & become pure.
Mat 26:26 & Mark 14:22 & Luke 22:19 Jesus broke leavened bread G740.  Note that they were not eating unleavened bread G106 like you are required to do at Passover.
 Jesus goes to pray & the Disciples keep falling asleep. Mat 26:36-46
About mid-night


Judas betrayed Jesus by identifying him with a kiss.
Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that is he: take him. And straightway he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, Rabbi; and kissed him. And Jesus said unto him, Friend, do that for which thou art come. Then they came and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.” Mat 26:48-50
14th day – Feast of Passover & Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
14th day at dawn, the sun is rising since the rooster crowed.
Tuesday
Apr 3rd
“It shall be to you a lamb unblemished, a male of a year old: ye shall take it of the lambs and the kids. And it shall be kept by you till the fourteenth of this month, and all the multitude of the congregation of the children of Israel shall kill it toward evening.” Exo 12:5-6 

And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.”  Mat 26:75
Now when morning was come, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. “ Mat 27:1
They lead Jesus therefore from Caiaphas into the Praetorium: and it was early; and they themselves entered not into the Praetorium, that they might not be defiled, but might eat the passover.” John 18:28
Now it was the Preparation of the passover: it was about the sixth hour [6:00am]. And he saith unto the Judeans, Behold, your King!”  John 19:14
Sun is in the west; towards evening

These are the feasts to the Lord, holy convocations, which ye shall call in their seasons. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, between the evening times is the Lord’s passover.” Lev 23:4-5


 “And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments among them, casting lots; and they sat and watched him there. And they set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JUDEANS.” Mat 27:35-36
He saved others; himself he cannot save. He is the King of Israel; let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe on him.” Mat 27:42
“And there was also a superscription written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JUDEANS.” Luke 23:38
Sun is in the west; towards evening

But in the place which the Lord thy God shall choose, to have his name called there, thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even at the setting of the sun, at the time when thou camest out of Egypt.” Deu 16:6 
And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and having dipped it into some of the blood that is by the door, ye shall touch the lintel, and shall put it upon both door-posts, even of the blood which is by the door; but ye shall not go out every one from the door of his house till the morning.” Exo 12:22 
Law for purifying houses:  And he shall take to purify the house two clean living birds, and cedar wood, and spun scarlet, and hyssop. And he shall slay one bird in an earthen vessel over running water. And he shall take the cedar wood, and the spun scarlet, and the hyssop, and the living bird; and shall dip it into the blood of the bird slain over running water, and with them he shall sprinkle the house seven times. Lev 14:49-51

Jesus says HIS last words at 3:00pm our time.
Now from the sixth hour [noon, Hebrew hour] there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour [3:00pm, Hebrew hour] . And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Mat 27:45-46
 “There was set there a vessel full of vinegar: so they put a sponge full of the vinegar upon hyssop, and brought it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up his spirit.” John 19:29  Also see Mat 27:48
And behold the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top even to the bottom, and the earth quaked, and the rocks were rent.”  Mat 27:51
For when every commandment of the law had been read by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, Saying: This is the blood of the testament, which God hath enjoined unto you. The tabernacle also and all the vessels of the ministry, in like manner, he sprinkled with blood. And almost all things, according to the law, are cleansed with blood: and without shedding of blood there is no remission.”  Heb 9:19-22
Night

And they shall eat the flesh in this night roast with fire, and they shall eat unleavened bread with bitter herbs.” Exo 12:8 
Beginning the fourteenth day of the first month, ye shall eat unleavened bread from evening, till the twenty-first day of the month, till evening.” Exo 12:18 
Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Whatever man shall be unclean by reason of a dead body, or on a journey far off, among you, or among your posterity; he shall then keep the passover to the Lord, in the second month, on the fourteenth day; in the evening they shall offer it, with unleavened bread and bitter herbs shall they eat it.” Num 9:10-11
Christ was the lamb that was sacrificed that day.  Therefore, HE fulfilled the passover requirements.

There is no mention of Jesus’ family or the Apostles eating Passover dinner that evening.  There is no mention of them sacrificing a lamb that day.  They could not sacrifice a lamb that day since they were unclean because of Jesus’ dead body.

We are to eat unleavened bread that evening to remember the law and that is a sign in our hand that we are remembering the law.  (Exo 13:9)  We are to eat bitter herbs to remember we were slaves in Egypt and it was a bitter experience.  We are also to remember the bitter experience that Christ had dying and providing redemption for HIS people. 
Sunset to Dawn

And it came to pass at midnight that the Lord smote all the first-born in the land of Egypt, from the first-born of Pharao that sat on the throne, to the first-born of the captive-maid in the dungeon, and the first-born of all cattle. And Pharao rose up by night, and his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in all the land of Egypt, for there was not a house in which there was not one dead.” Exo 12:29-30 
Thou shalt not eat leaven with it; seven days shalt thou eat unleavened bread with it, bread of affliction, because ye came forth out of Egypt in haste; that ye may remember the day of your coming forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of your life.” Deu 16:3 
Nothing shall be left of it till the morning, and a bone of it ye shall not break; but that which is left of it till the morning ye shall burn with fire.” Exo 12:10 
And Pharao called Moses and Aaron by night, and said to them, Rise and depart from my people, both ye and the children of Israel. Go and serve the Lord your God, even as ye say. And take with you your sheep, and your oxen: bless me also, I pray you.” Exo 12:31-32
And thou shalt boil and roast and eat it in the place, which the Lord thy God shall choose; and thou shalt return in the morning, and go to thy house.” Deu 16:7 
But after they were come to Jesus, when they saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers with a spear opened his side, and immediately there came out blood and water.” John 19:33-34
For these things were done, that the scripture might be fulfilled: You shall not break a bone of him. And again another scripture saith: They shall look on him whom they pierced.” John 19:36-37
And when it was evening, there came a certain rich man of Arimathea, named Joseph, who also himself was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate, and asked the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded that the body should be delivered. And Joseph taking the body, wrapped it up in a clean linen cloth. And laid it in his own new monument, which he had hewed out in a rock. And he rolled a great stone to the door of the monument, and went his way.“ Mat 27:57-60
And when he learned it of the centurion, he granted the corpse to Joseph. And he bought a linen cloth, and taking him down, wound him in the linen cloth, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of a rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid.” Mark 15:45-47
“And it was the day of the Parasceve [Preparation Day], and the Sabbath [cease, rest] drew on [beginning to dawn]. And the women that were come with him from Galilee, following after, saw the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And returning, they prepared spices and ointments; and on the sabbath day they rested, according to the commandment.”  Luke 23:54-56
They were in a hurry to have Jesus buried before the Feast of Unleavened bread began at dawn since the laws states they must go to their house. The Passover over feast   done correctly takes all night; therefore they were to go rest and then celebrate Unleavened Bread later that evening.
15th – Unleavened Bread Feast Begins – Jesus’ first day in the grave begins
15th day, at dawn in the morning
Wednesday
Apr 4th
Seven days ye shall eat unleavened bread, and from the first day ye shall utterly remove leaven from your houses: whoever shall eat leaven, that soul shall be utterly destroyed from Israel, from the first day until the seventh day. And the first day shall be called holy, and the seventh day shall be a holy convocation to you: ye shall do no servile work on them, only as many things as will necessarily be done by every soul, this only shall be done by you. And ye shall keep this commandment, for on this day will I bring out your force out of the land of Egypt; and ye shall make this day a perpetual ordinance for you throughout your generations.” Exo 12:15-17
And on the fifteenth day of this month is the feast of unleavened bread to the Lord; seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread. “ Lev 23:6 
They departed from Ramesses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the day after the passover the children of Israel went forth with a high hand before all the Egyptians. And the Egyptians buried those that died of them, even all that the Lord smote, every first-born in the land of Egypt; also the Lord executed vengeance on their gods.” Num 33:3-4
Jesus in tomb (Luk 24:46)


18th  day – During Unleavened Bread -  Jesus was Resurrected from the dead
18th day
Saturday, the Sabbath Day
Apr 7th

Jesus in tomb day 3 (Luk 24:46)
Jesus resurrected this date.
19th day – During the Unleavened Bread Feast – Tomb Found Empty
19th day
Just turning to dawn
Sunday, the 1st day of the week.
Apr 8th
And in the end [after] of the sabbath, when it began to dawn [sun rising] towards the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalen and the other Mary, to see the sepulchre. And behold there was a great earthquake. For an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and coming, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it. And his countenance was as lightning, and his raiment as snow. And for fear of him, the guards were struck with terror, and became as dead men. And the angel answering, said to the women: Fear not you; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.” Mat 28:1-5
Also see  Mark 16 & Luke 24 & John 20:1
The Saints were Redeemed that died under the Old Testament
And the graves were opened: and many bodies of the saints that had slept arose, and coming forth out of the tombs after his resurrection they entered into the holy city and appeared unto many.” Mat 27:53
And they rose up that very hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.” Luke 24:33-34
And he said unto them, These are my words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must needs be fulfilled, which are written in the law of Moses, and the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their mind, that they might understand the scriptures; and he said unto them, Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer, and rise again from the dead the third day; and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name unto all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. Ye are witnesses of these things.” Luke 24:44-48
I have documented all the events of the Exodus and partial fulfillment of Unleavened Bread on this page




Why did Jesus have to die?

Jesus had to die so that the Old Testament could be executed.  The Old and New Testament is a collection of laws, covenants (promises and agreements), and testimonies regarding the Will of our Father in Heaven.  A testament is a Will and legal document with witnesses stating how a person’s possessions will be disposed of after their death.  Therefore these testaments are legal documents that state how Adam and his descendants are to be disposed of after Jesus’ death and it is a binding contract.  In the New Testament Jesus becomes our legal arbitrator who we are to reconcile our sins with instead of reconciling them with the blood of goats and cows.  So Jesus had to die so HIS Will can be executed as stated in our bibles.  A person’s Will can never be executed while a person is still living.

But Christ, being come an high priest of the good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hand, that is, not of this creation: Neither by the blood of goats, or of calves, but by his own blood, entered once into the holies, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and of oxen, and the ashes of an heifer being sprinkled, sanctify such as are defiled, to the cleansing of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who by the Holy Ghost offered himself unspotted unto God, cleanse our conscience from dead works, to serve the living God? And therefore he is the mediator [a reconciler or arbitrator,guaranteeing the performance of all the terms] of the new testament: that by means of his death, for the redemption of those trangressions, which were under the former testament, they that are called may receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where there is a testament, the death of the testator must of necessity come in. For a testament is of force, after men are dead: otherwise it is as yet of no strength, whilst the testator liveth.” Heb 9:15-17

Below are the definitions of the words Testament, Will, and Covenant from my 1913 Webster’s Dictionary:






I Jesus have sent my angel, to testify to you these things in the churches [congregation or assembly; people called out ofthe world to HIM]. I am the root and stock of David, the bright and morning star.” DR Rev 22:16

Our Father in Heaven stated how HE wanted HIS chosen people disposed of in the Old Testament and will execute HIS Will soon.

New Covenant

Jesus fulfilled the prophecy in the book of Jeremiah that a new covenant would be made with the House of Israel and House of Juda.

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Juda: not according to the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day when I took hold of their hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; for they abode not in my covenant, and I disregarded them, saith the Lord. For this is my covenant which I will make with the house of Israel; after those days, saith the Lord, I will surely put my laws into their mind, and write them on their hearts; and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people. And they shall not at all teach every one his fellow citizen, and every one his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them: for I will be merciful to their iniquities, and their sins I will remember no more. Thus saith the Lord, who gives the sun for a light by day, the moon and the stars for a light by night, and makes a roaring in the sea, so that the waves thereof roar; the Lord Almighty is his name: if these ordinances cease from before me, saith the Lord, then shall the family of Israel cease to be a nation before me forever. Though the sky should be raised to a greater height, saith the Lord, and though the ground of the earth should be sunk lower beneath, yet I will not cast off the family of Israel, saith the Lord, for all that they have done.” Sep Jer 38:31-37 

The Apostle Paul confirms in the letter to the Hebrews that a new covenant was made with the House of Israel that would include Juda.  Therefore the new covenant was not made with a church building.

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel After those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, And on their heart also will I write them: And I will be to them a God, And they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his fellow-citizen, And every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: For all shall know me, From the least to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their iniquities, And their sins will I remember no more.” ASV Hebrew 8:10-12

Jesus’ Apostles & the Great Commission

Jesus called to HIS service twelve Apostles to be a witness of HIS and write the gospels.  They were called to do this work for Jesus ‘free of charge’.

Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him. These twelve Jesus sent forth, and charged them, saying, Go not into any way of the Gentiles, and enter not into any city of the Samaritans: but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons: freely ye received, freely give. Get you no gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses; no wallet for your journey, neither two coats, nor shoes, nor staff: for the laborer is worthy of his food. And into whatsoever city or village ye shall enter, search out who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go forth. And as ye enter into the house, salute it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, as ye go forth out of that house or that city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.” Matthew 10:2-5

These are the names and information about HIS chosen Apostles:



Martyred Saints

All of Jesus’ apostles were martyred except John.  Jesus did warn the Apostles that the truth they would be sharing with their kinsman would cause them to be hated and persecuted.  They were told to remember that Jesus would save them; meaning they would be rewarded in the resurrection.

Behold I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and simple as doves. But beware of men. For they will deliver you up in councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues. And you shall be brought before governors, and before kings for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the Gentiles: But when they shall deliver you up, take no thought how or what to speak: for it shall be given you in that hour what to speak. For it is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father that speaketh in you. The brother also shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the son: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and shall put them to death. And you shall be hated by all men for my name's sake: but he that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved.”  DR Mat 10:17-22

We must remember our reward comes when Jesus returns and we will be rewarded according to our deeds just like the Apostles will be. 

And he saith to me: Seal not the words of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. He that hurteth, let him hurt still: and he that is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is just, let him be justified still: and he that is holy, let him be sanctified still. Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to render to every man according to his works.” DR Rev 22:10-12

1880 news, “The Fate of the Apostles”, see column 4 https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn90069164/1880-03-23/ed-1/seq-1.pdf

Peter Crucified

Peter was crucified about 64AD upside down.


1919 news – The Pope presented President Wilson with an oil painting of St. Peter’s crucifixion https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86058226/1919-01-10/ed-1/seq-4.pdf   

St Andrew Crucified

It is said the St. Andrew was crucified on an x style cross in 69AD.  Below is part of a news article published in 1859.

St. James the Greater a Martyr

St. James the Greater, son of Zebedee was martyred in 44AD.  He was the first to be martyred.

St. Paul Beheaded

The Apostle Paul was beheaded.


The beheading of the apostle Paul
By Simon de Vos in c 1640 AD




Halos & Radiant Crosses



Early Israelites painted Jesus with a halo which is a crown of light rays or circle that surrounds a person’s head in art work.  The halo meant the person in the artwork was holy.  Christ is shown many times with the cross within his halo which is known today as the Celtic cross.  The Celtic cross was used as a staff to find direction similar to how we use a compass today; therefore the picture is stating that Jesus provides directions for us to live and follow.

Jesus spoke to them, saying: I am the light of the world: he that followeth me, walketh not in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Christ Jesus.” 2 Cor 4:6


The halo with a cross is also called a ‘sun cross’ and it is reflected in the pins below found in Switzerland. These are dated back to c. 2000 BC.  The sun cross represented time since they used the sun to tell time and for cardinal directions. 


The radiant crown or solar crown was worn by past emperors.  The radiant crown was also called a sun crown.


Therefore these halos and radiant crowns represent the light of true and that is why rulers (Kings) wore them.  They put the Halo and Cross on Jesus’ head because HE was the High Priest and King of Israel.

Prophecy

The gospel of John tells us there will be two resurrections.  I believe the resurrection of life will be fulfilled in the spring feasts and the resurrection of judgement will occur in the fall feasts.

And they that have done good things, shall come forth unto the resurrection of life; but they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment.” John 5:29

These verses indicate that Jesus will return in the spring:

But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send forth his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now from the fig tree learn her parable: when her branch is now become tender, and putteth forth its leaves [spring], ye know that the summer is nigh; even so ye also, when ye see all these things, know ye that he is nigh, even at the doors [laws/blood on door]. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all these things be accomplished. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”  Mat 24:29-35

Matthew goes on to tell us that one will be taken and the other not.  I believe the ones taken are the ones in the resurrection of life where the redeemed ones, who are living of Israel, will go rebuild the kingdom and then the others will be judged later at the fall feasts.

But of that day and hour knoweth no one, not even the angels of heaven, neither the Son, but the Father only. And as were the days of Noah, so shall be the coming of the Son of man. For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and they knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall be the coming of the Son of man. Then shall two men be in the field; one is taken, and one is left: two women shall be grinding at the mill; one is taken, and one is left.” Mat 24:36-41

It is the promise of the redeemed or ransomed people at Passover that represent who will be called to rebuild the kingdom.

Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of Jehovah; awake, as in the days of old, the generations of ancient times. Is it not thou that didst cut Rahab in pieces, that didst pierce the monster? Is it not thou that driedst up the sea, the waters of the great deep; that madest the depths of the sea a way for the redeemed to pass over? And the ransomed of Jehovah shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”  DR Isa 35:12
For behold, the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth, say ye to the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy Saviour has come to thee, having his reward and his work before his face. And one shall call them the holy people, the redeemed of the Lord: and thou shalt be called a city sought out, and not forsaken.” Sep Isa 62:11-12 

The Israelites in the resurrection of life will have their oil ready all the times.  Oil is not something you can purchase last minute.  The oil represents the ancient lamp stand that the Levites had to keep lite in the tabernacle every day to keep the Ark of the Covenant with the laws in the light at all times. Having oil means you have studied and know the law well and do your best to keep HIS laws and they do repent if they do make a mistake.  Those that do not know the laws of Moses will be the ones that Jesus will say to ‘I do not know you’.

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For the foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them: but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. Now while the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. But at midnight there is a cry, Behold, the bridegroom! Come ye forth to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are going out. But the wise answered, saying, Peradventure there will not be enough for us and you: go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went away to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage feast: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know not the day nor the hour.”  Mat 25:1-15

Conclusion

The book of Acts does confirm that the Ancient Israelites continued the feast of Passover after Jesus’ crucifixion.

And when he had apprehended him, he cast him into prison, delivering him to four files of soldiers to be kept, intending, after the pasch [Passover}, to bring him forth to the people.” Acts 12:4

The Apostle Paul told the Israelites in Corinth to continue celebrating the feast days and that Christ was our Passover Lamb.

Purge out the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, even as ye are unleavened. For our passover also hath been sacrificed, even Christ: wherefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” ASV 1 Cor 5:7-8

The only reason we have not been observing these feasts is due to the persecutions of the Christian Israelites.   Christians who celebrated the feast days were killed.  Let’s restore these feast days as stated in the laws of Moses except for the blood sacrifices for remission of sin since only Christ can cover over sin now. We must keep the Passover and remember that the full redemption of Israel has not occurred yet. Be listening for the trumpet call and do not forget to blow the trumpet at the start of all Feast Days!