The First Spring Festivals of the Lord - PASSOVER - UNLEAVENED BREAD and FIRSTFRUITS

The Coming KINGDOM of the LORD

As we are progressing through the "Church Age", the Lord God is rallying His people, the Church of the New Covenant and "Body of Christ". We can see more Christians gaining a better understanding of Old Testament origins and reconnecting with their Hebrew roots, as well as more people of the Jewish faith identifying with a Christ-based "messianic" belief and doctrine. All of these things are of course occurring intentionally and are according to the Lord's design, as we draw nearer to the end of this age in preparation for the coming Kingdom of our Lord here on Earth.

All these factors being held as evident, it is likewise important to reflect on the various elements we can learn from scripture in reference to the Lord's historical relationship with His people. By understanding these things better, we can more better serve our Lord God and perform His will in sharing this enlightenment with others.

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The PASSOVER FEAST

The Original PASSOVER - Historical Significance

Passover is the first of the seven annual feasts or “festivals” celebrated by the Jewish people and is considered to be Israel's foundational feast upon which the other six feasts that follow simply build upon. Passover or “Pesach”, marks the beginning of the Jewish religious year (Exodus 12:1) in the month of "Nisan" and is based on their lunar calendar, also coinciding with the growing season and spring harvest. Israel being an agricultural nation had their calendar established by God as such for this specific reason. All the events and practices of the Jewish people in biblical history (and later observed by the Gentile disciples that founded the early Christian church) likewise revolve around this same calendar.

While the Jewish people have celebrated the Passover Feast annually since the time of Moses, in reality, there was only one original Passover. That was the event that occurred more than 3500 years ago in Egypt. For more than 400 years prior to that time, the Jewish people had lived in Egypt. However, the time had come for God to fulfill His long-standing covenant with Abraham. The Lord had seen the affliction and suffering of His people in Egypt, had heard their cry for help, and had known their sorrows (Exodus 3:7-8). Now, He was now going to bring the people of Israel back to the "promised land" as He had ordained (Genesis 46:3-4; 50:24). Therefore, God raised up one man to deliver His chosen people; this man's name was Moses.

God had been manifesting a number of plagues on Egypt, which had been detailed and delivered through His faithful servant sent to Pharaoh. Each time it had been requested that Pharaoh let the Lord’s people go free. Each time Pharaoh changed his mind or reneged on their freedom. Finally as a last resort, a tenth and final plague would befall the Egyptians as judgment on their so-called "gods" or "deities" (Exodus 11:1). This plague would cause the death of all the firstborn children from each family living in Egypt (Exodus 11:4-6).

This marked the event when the people of Israel were instructed to sacrifice a lamb and have its blood applied to the lintel and each doorpost of the homes for the Hebrew families living there (Exodus 12:7). When this had been performed in faith and in obedience to God's command, that home would then be "passed over" by the Angel of Death who came later that same night to take the firstborn of every family (Exodus 12:13). This would be the last of ten plagues that the Lord God had sent against Egypt as retribution, while Moses was pleading with Pharaoh for the release of the Hebrew people held in bondage there.

Hence, the people of Israel were spared the fate of this final plague which afflicted the remaining families of Egypt by suffering this death and loss. This event was also a direct statement from God delivered through Moses and the Lord's message for Pharaoh to release the Jewish people from that land and their servitude to the Egyptians. Pharaoh finally submitted (with his own son having likewise died) and released the Jews (Exodus 12:31), though in his grief he still attempted to retaliate and chase after them during their exodus and subsequent crossing of the Red Sea (Exodus 14:5-9), where many of the pursuing Egyptians met their fateful demise (Exodus 14:23-28). The people of Israel then continued their trek into the lands of Mount Horeb and the Sinai peninsula.

This marked the beginning of Israel’s exodus from Egypt and their 40-year journey into the wilderness, where they would eventually be delivered to inherit their foretold promised land (Exodus 12:14-20), across the River Jordan into the land of Canaan. As a result, all subsequent observances of the Passover Feast and festival over the centuries that followed are memorials of that one faithful night when the children of Israel were spared.

PASSOVER FEAST Observance

The Lord God commanded that Passover be observed as a memorial feast and He also declared that it was always to be kept by observing a service in its honor (Exodus 12:14,25).

This feast and service were to incorporate three main symbolic foods: the slain young lamb (which symbolized purity) and it was to be roasted with fire portraying the judgment that would befall the lamb instead of that family’s own firstborn. Matzah (unleavened bread) was also included symbolizing the purity of the sacrifice since leaven (yeast), with its tendency to sour the bread, was often a symbol of sin or the "corruption" of the bread (I Corinthians 5:6-8). In addition, bitter herbs were to be eaten as a reminder of the suffering of the lamb (Exodus 12:8). The Passover Feast was also established so that each generation could faithfully remember the Exodus from Egypt and portray it in story telling during the meal (Exodus 12:26-27).

Before the coming of Christ, a somewhat traditionalized Passover Feast began to emerge and also be practiced amongst the Jewish people. The ritual Passover service was called the “Seder” which comes from the Hebrew word meaning "order." It prescribed the traditional service and order of the Scripture readings, prayers, symbolic foods, and Psalms to be used in the Passover service. The basic order of the Passover Seder today remains much as it was during the time of Christ even though the service continued to be embellished with more song and traditions throughout the Middle Ages.

In the Passover Seder, the components of the meal include the "Maror" (bitter herbs) which came to reflect the suffering or "bitter times" experienced by the Jews while in Egyptian bondage; the "Charoset", a pulverized fruit and nut mixture resembling "mud" reflecting the mortar used by the Jewish slaves in constructing the buildings of Egypt; the "Karpas", vegetables other than the bitter herbs (such as parsley or celery) which is dipped into salt water or vinegar, reflecting the tears shed by the Jews while in slavery; "Zeroa", the lamb (the Pesach sacrifice) which symbolized purity and an intimate relationship with the Lord, also reflecting the burnt offering sacrifice made at the temple tabernacle; "Beitzah", or a roasted egg which also reflected the temple sacrifice of a dove or young pigeon, which was symbolic of new life and the perpetuation of existence; and of course the "Matzah" (unleavened bread) which also reflected the haste by which the hebrews were forced to leave Egypt during the exodus, not allowing enough time for the bread to rise; and the four ceremonial cups of wine that represent the four expressions of deliverance promised by the Lord God (Exodus 6:6-7): "I will bring you out...", "I will deliver you...", "I will redeem you...", and "I will take you to me for a people."

Passover also marks the beginning of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, which lasts for one week, and incorporates the Passover Feast and Firstfruits offering into one group with common significance and importance.

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The Festival of UNLEAVENED BREAD

The following day after Passover, which would be the fifteenth of the Hebrew month of Nisan, God appointed another feast. This festival would last seven days was to be called the Feast of Unleavened Bread or “Hag HagMatzah” ("Matzah" being the name for Unleavened Bread). On the first night, and again on the seventh, there was to be a time of convocation (meeting) between God and man (Deuteronomy 16:3-8).

The Feast of Unleavened Bread is sometimes mistakenly referred to as Passover because only unleavened bread was eaten during these seven days immediately following the Passover Feast (Exodus 12:15-20; 13:6-8). The Feast of Unleavened Bread is however a separate festival as listed in (Leviticus 23) where all seven festivals of the Lord are mentioned together in chronological order. As previously mentioned, this set of spring harvest feasts including Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits, all occurring in the span of one week as one group of festivals having common significance.

Historical Significance

The Feast of Unleavened Bread reflected the fact that the Israelites had no time to put leaven in their bread before their hasty departure from Egypt at the time of their exodus (Exodus 23:15).

The weeklong festival was also connected to the barley harvest that was typical for that time and season (2 Kings 4:42).

This harvest time was ordained as one of the three main occasions during the year that the men of Israel were to honor God with their offerings (Deuteronomy 16:16).

Festival of Unleavened Bread - Observance and Spiritual Significance

One common Jewish family tradition in preparing for Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread was for the wife to thoroughly clean the house and then intentionally sprinkle leavened (with yeast) breadcrumbs throughout. Later the leaven were swept up and collectively burned outside.Another tradition is that the wife would perform the process as mentioned above, and then the father would take the children, along with a candle, a wooden spoon, a feather, and a piece of linen cloth, and search for the pieces of leavened bread. This act would typically be performed in the evening, and when the leaven is found, the father sets the candle down by the leaven and lays the wooden spoon next to it. The feather is then used to sweep the leaven onto the spoon. Without touching the leaven, the father then takes these items and wraps them inside the cloth, and casts them outside of the house. The next morning the articles would be gathered from the outside and then burned in a fire (typically at the synagogue).

In the Holy Scripture, leaven symbolizes error or evil (sinful actions) because it is the substance that causes the fermentation and souring of the bread (Matthew 16:6; Mark 8:15).

Christ stated: “Beware of the leaven” meaning beware the false doctrine of the Pharisees and the leaders of their time.

In the above practices, we are cleansing the leaven (sin) from our homes by sweeping it away. The spoon also represents the Messianic fulfillment by way of Christ dying on the cross (wood) and thus taking away our sins. The cloth would be His burial shroud and the burning of the articles is both representative of Christ’s decent into hell prior to His ascending into Heaven, and the symbolic ritual of purification through fire.

The apostle Paul also warned the Church at Corinth that:

“Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?”
(I Corinthians 5:6 KJV).

In this account, Paul was simply saying that if sin goes unchecked, it will permeate and infect everything and everyone around them.

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The FEAST of FIRSTFRUITS

The third feast of the spring occurs on the second day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Nisan 16) and is called the Feast of Firstfruits or “Bikkurim”. Barley, which is the first crop to be planted in winter, is beginning to ripen for its spring harvest. The first sheaf or “Firstfruits” of this harvest is then cut and, in a carefully prescribed ceremony, is presented to the Lord as an offering. The Lord’s acceptance of the Firstfruits is a pledge on His part and covenant for a full harvest to come (Leviticus 23:10-11).

Historical Significance

The Firstfruits offering is part of the Lord’s divine covenant. It was established to convey to Him the first yield of our increase and likewise bestow upon us His promise for provision and prosperity in the coming year (Proverbs 3:9-10).

In the early stages of the Christian church, major doctrinal errors began to creep into their teachings. Most notable, were some people at the Church in Corinth who had begun to spread the false Hellenistic belief called gnosticism. Gnosticism rejects the concept of a physical resurrection; therefore it rejects the physical resurrection of Christ. Fortunately, the apostle Paul addressed this issue in his letters to the Corinthians. The Gnostics said that there is no bodily resurrection, only immortality of the soul. Paul then responded, if there is no bodily resurrection, then Christ was not actually raised from the dead. The implications of the Gnostic’s statement would have had a devastating effect.

Paul corrected this situation when he issued a triumphant response to combat their erroneous statement in his first letter to the Corinthians (I Corinthians 15:12-20), thus clarifying that through His resurrection, Christ was the ordained "Firstfruits" of the church and therefore had established the New Covenant with the Lord God.

Firstfruits - Festival Observance and Spiritual Significance

Like the other spring festivals, the Feast of Firstfruits was established on the Jewish religious year, being based on the lunar calendar to coincide with their growing season and harvest on the 14th day of the Hebrew month Nisan. The Firstfruits offering was typically given as a type of "agricultural tithe" from the first part of the harvest by the Hebrews.

When the Lord God accepts the Firstfruits offering, it becomes the guarantee of His covenant that the rest of the season will indeed provide a bountiful harvest and be prosperous.

Today, in many modern observances, it has come to represent the Firstfruits of our increase (income) at the beginning of the year and is an offering to likewise request the Lord's blessing for a prosperous coming season in the year.

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Old Testament and Prophetic Significance of the Spring Festivals

There are some important points to be emphasized concerning all the Festivals of The Lord.

  • They were first given to the Hebrew (Jewish) nation of Israel by God as part of His direct covenant with them.
  • The festivals are based on the Jewish lunar (moon) calendar, which consists of approximately 354 days in a year.
  • They relate to both Israel’s spring and fall seasons as an agricultural nation.
  • The festivals represent the sequence, timing and significance of the major events of Christ’s redemptive career. They begin at Calvary where Jesus voluntarily laid down His life for the sins of mankind (symbolic of Passover) as “The Lamb of God”. They then end with the fall festivals (NOT LISTED HERE IN THIS SPECIFIC ARTICLE) when the Lord returns to establish His messianic Kingdom and the New Millennium Age at His second coming (represented by the Feast of Tabernacles).

The Lord God in His infinite wisdom designated these appointed festivals many hundreds of years in advance, conforming to the specific details in the coming life events of His Son the Messiah Jesus Christ (Yeshua). Since these festivals are clearly fulfilled in the Messiah, every creature is presented the unique opportunity to “meet” with God and receive His gracious blessings as a result.

There is a binding relationship between the true church and Israel even though both are distinct entities with diverse promises. Thanks to the Abrahamic, Davidic, and New Covenants, which God made with Israel, the blessings and benefits stemming from these festivals are not exclusive to the Jewish people but are extended to the Gentiles as well. It is through God’s original and unconditional covenant with Abraham that promised: “And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.” (Genesis 22:18)

Four of the seven festivals occur during the springtime (WE ARE COVERING THE 1st THREE IN THIS ARTICLE). These first four spring festivals being: PASSOVER, UNLEAVENED BREAD, FIRSTFRUITS, and later the Feast of PENTECOST. In the chronological history of the Bible the phrophetic correlation to these have already been fulfilled by Jesus Christ the Messiah as it is recorded in the New Testament.

PASSOVER

The original Passover's action of marking the wooden door of the Hebrew homes in Egypt with the blood of the lamb is prophetic of the Messiah's crucifixion, whereas Christ's blood was also laid out onto the wood of the cross. Another interestingly prophetic part of this sacrifice, was that the Hebrew people were instructed to "paint" the blood of the lamb onto the lintel first (the upper part of the door) moving downward and then continue the stroke to each door post from side to side (Exodus 12:22). This would have no clear meaning to the Jews at the time, but the action they had just performed made the sign of the cross that is commonly familiar in the Christian church today.

The Passover Feast and the later holy practice of using a lamb at the temple sacrifices, also prophetically reflects that Christ (the "Lamb of God") was to be the future sacrifice for all of our sins.

The Passover Feast itself is also prophetic as the primary background for understanding the events that would occur in the “upper room” at the historic “Last Supper” with Jesus Christ.

UNLEAVENED BREAD

This observance is prophetic of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, where during His trail and on the way to the cross, He was repeatedly beaten beyond any human measure, just as the grains are beaten and pulverized into a pulp by which flour and bread are made. Likewise, unleavened bread is not soured but pure, just as Christ was pure and without sin and He was also referred to as the "Bread of Life" (John 6:25-40).

Also, when Christ was crucified on the cross at Golgotha on the day of Passover, He was later buried in a newly hewn tomb donated by Joseph of Arimathea. However, unlike any other corpse, the body of Jesus (Yeshua) would not decay in the grave. There would be no decomposition of His body whatsoever during the three days of His death leading up to His resurrection. God the Father would not allow His Son Jesus to see corruption.

Therefore, the Festival of Unleavened Bread also speaks of sanctification as the physical properties of unleavened bread also compare with these facts. Jesus was set apart from all things. This prophetic symbol proclaims that Christ’s physical body would not experience the ravages of death while in the grave, for He was sanctified (set apart) by God the Father (Psalm 16:10; Acts 2:27).

FIRSTFRUITS

Firstfruits is also prophetically symbolic of the time in the future when Jesus was to be crucified as the consumation of the New Covenant with the Lord. His triumphant defeat over death and victorious resurrection from the grave made Him the "Firstfruits" resurrection of the New Church. Although a number of people mentioned in the Bible were resurrected from the dead (including Jairus’ daughter and Lazarus), they simply died again in due time. Jesus on the other hand, was the first to be resurrected from death having been transfigured into a new glorified body and never to die again. He alone then became the “Firstfruits” of the New Covenant (I Corinthians 15:21-23).

His disciples likewise, in following Christ and observing His teachings, then also become the “fruit” of His new church in preparation for the coming Kingdom (James 1:18). This is also symbolically reflected in Christ's statement: "I am the true vine" (John 15), where He describes His disciples and new church as the branches thereof. We (those who are Saved) therefore become the yield and harvest of Christ’s Firstfruits offering on the cross at the time of the "reaping" ("Resurrection of the Saints") in the coming new "Kingdom Age" of the Lord (Revelations 14:14-16).

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The LAST SUPPER with CHRIST

This event is where Jesus Christ and His Apostles ate a final Passover meal together on the eve of His death. The "Last Supper" is responsible for the symbolism of the table in the current modern tradition of the "Lord’s Supper" (Communion), which includes the breaking of bread and drinking wine. The Lord Jesus Christ made His proclamation during the “Last Supper”:

“And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many." (Mark 14:22-24 KJV)

This portrayed the true meaning and purpose of the Messiah's coming and Jesus Christ's death, as Jesus (Yeshua) was also crucified during the Passover event. The unleavened bread ("Matzah"), which is typically similar in composition to a perforated cracker, once again prophetically refelcts the last hours of Christ. As He performed the communion with His disciples, the bread at the last supper was broken by Jesus, just as His body would be beaten and broken by His captors prior to the crucifixion. The perforations in the crisp bread also prophetically reflect the piercing wounds that Christ would receive as He was nailed to the cross and later when the Roman soldier perforated the Lord's body with a spear.

The wine that was consumed was symbolic of the "Blood of Christ". They drank the wine as a symbol of the confirmation of the New Covenant that was sealed by Jesus. Christ's blood was completely drained from His body by the time of His death on the cross. In the past, it was the blood of the sacrificial offerings that was poured on the altar of the holy tabernacle in the temple. Christ's blood was drained out onto the wood of the cross, just as it was prophetically represented in the original Passover by spreading the blood of the lamb onto the wooden door. This was the saving grace that spared the people of Israel from death. Likewise, Christ's blood being shed became the consecration of the Lord's grace by which all the church (the "Body of Christ") would be saved from eternal death.

As we can see, the events of the "Last Supper" and crucifixtion were the culmination of many previous prophecies and Old Testament practices that were prophetic in nature. In itself, the "Last Supper" also prophetically represents the remaining aspects of the Lord's plan for our salvation. It reflects future events concerning the second coming of Christ, the establishment of His Kingdom on Earth and the wedding supper of the "Lamb of God".

The RESURRECTION and Current PROPHECY Significance

The "Last Supper", crucifixtion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ are all key elements in the consumation of the New Covenant with the Lord God. These events set forth the New Covenant and established the New Church, the "Body of Christ" and marked the beginning of the new "Church Age" in which we currently live. They also lay down the framework for the remaining fall festivals while heavily foreshadowing and prophetically reflecting the events that are yet to come; thus completing the remaining elements of the Lord God's plan of salvation for His people and revealing the rest of the "mystery of God" to us all (Romans 16:25; 1 Corinthians 2:7; 1 Corinthians 15:51; Ephesians 1:9; Ephesians 3:3-9; Ephesians 6:19; Colossians 1:26-27; Colossians 2:2; Colossians 4:3; 1 Timothy 3:16; Revelation 10:7).

Christ's resurrection as the "Firstfruits" of the New Covenant and head of the church is a prophetic precursor to the "Resurrection of the Saints" at His second coming. His resurrection also reflects the "Firstfruits" sealed from the 144,000 of Israel, redeemed from the Earth during the "Great Tribulation" who are blameless and pure before God (Revelation 14:4). These are the souls who will stand singing before the Lord's throne in Heaven, then rejoining the other saints from the "Body of Christ" (the remaining "fruit" of the church) who are harvested during the "Great Reaping" of the Earth (Revelation 14:14-16), where we will then all experience the full resurrection and be transfigured into glorious new purified bodies (just as Christ was) to inherit the Kingdom of the Lord here on Earth.

The Passover Feast and "Last Supper" are likewise prophetic precursors to the wedding feast of the "Bride of Christ" (His church and disciples) that will occur when we are joined with our Lord in His coming earthly Kingdom (Revelation 19:6-9). This will be the final Passover Feast, with the Messiah our Lord Jesus Christ attending at the head of the table, as God's plan for us all to be with Him eternally will have reached its purpose in the New Millennial Kingdom.

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The "Church Age" and the "BODY of CHRIST"

The observance of these festivals in our modern culture seems to always come under some debate over their significance in practice, especially being that the first four feasts (and the events they represent) have already been fulfilled by the first coming of Christ, His sacrificial death, resurrection and ascension into Heaven.

Christ's death was depicted in Passover; the fact that His body would not decay in the grave is seen in Unleavened Bread; His resurrection is symbolic in Firstfruits; and the advent beginning of the New Church is also illustrated through Pentecost.

The three fall festivals portray our future events that are to be associated with Christ’s second coming. The Festival of Trumpets depicts the the second resurrection, the rapture of the Church (both Jews and Gentiles) and reminds us of the upcoming judgment on all the nations. The Day of Atonement points to a great host of people who will be saved when they see Christ coming and atone through the benefits of His death. It also then reflects the judgment and separation that will befall all those who have sinned against our Lord’s will. The Feast of Tabernacles then tells of the day when the Son of God himself will dwell (tabernacle) amongst men and live on the Earth, wipe away every tear, and bring in the “Kingdom Age” of the new millennium, which our people have dreamed of since the beginning of recorded time.

It is amazing how the exact days of each of the spring festivals corresponded with the events in Christ’s life and how the fall festivals now symbolically and prophetically reflect the events yet to come. Only an omniscient God could have laid out such specific and detailed plans foretelling all of these events and their significance. The most incredible fact about these seven festivals is that fifteen hundred years before the birth of Jesus Christ, these feasts and events were foretelling the major redemptive works of His life and future coming Kingdom on Earth.

To renew a revival of the Holy Spirit into the church today, it be good to use every method and practice possible in revitalizing our congregations and glorifying the Lord God. But why is it, that we as the church and "Body of Christ" stumble over such simple things as doctrinal practices and religious observances? Wouldn't anything that serves to praise and honor our Lord God be deemed as appropriate by His followers? We should not become so wrapped up in the mere definition of religious practices that we lose sight of their intent and purpose as rooted in the Holy Scripture. Accordingly, this should not affect or diminish the manner in which we apply our praise and worship to the Lord God either.

It is true that our Lord Jesus Christ is the mediator of the New Covenant and His sacrifice has established a new freedom for the church that extends beyond the original Old Testament laws. As such, we are no longer bound by the terms of the former covenants as with the people of Israel specifically for our salvation and grace. But even though this is so, we should not use this as an excuse to negate the voluntary observance of these same traditions and practices. The Lord God gave His people the laws and customs of the Torah and Talmud originally as an example and basis of a wholesome way of life. They are mere healthy living practices that just make good sense and guaranteed the survival of His people in the world.

The church should therefore not be overly concerned with inadvertently breaching into the sphere of "legalism" to the extent that it shuns these observances or eliminates many of these customs altogether. Although we are no longer bound by the Old Testament Biblical laws and traditions that had originally mandated us to perform and participate in the festivals and feasts we have described in this article, neither is it wrong if we choose to observe them as additional ways of honoring the Lord God.

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"Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth." (1 Corinthians 5:6-8 NKJ)
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In our opinion, it would seem that anything which brings praise to the Lord and furthers to honor and glorify His name are good things and are acceptable practices none-the-less. Therefore, the observance of any of the Festivals of the Lord should be welcomed as appropriate and worthy forms of worshipping God, in whom we owe everything to. Likewise, many of the other customs and practices of the ancient Hebrew people should be considered in the same manner as we reconnect with our spiritual roots and origin in the Holy Scriptures. These things can only serve to further empower us through the Holy Spirit and strengthen our relationship with the Lord God, while not at all diminishing the sanctification of our faith or reverent standing with Him -AMEN.

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Have a Happy Easter Season ("Pesach", "Hag HagMatzah" and "Bikkurim") and a Joyful Resurrection Celebration reflecting in the Lord God and Messiah Jesus Christ!

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COMMENTS - Tell Us What YOU Think (^VOTE Above^) 10 comments

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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Christ4ever: I Voted UP and Useful. Even though the reasons differ, Christians and Jews alike celebrate Passover.

I thought you might find it interesting to learn that it was reported to me of a movement in New York called "Jews for Jesus" that has started up and its followers are being persecuted for their beliefs. Here is hoping that this movement grows and expands gathering Jewish followers like a snowball rolling down hill.


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia Author

Amen Brother Dave and thanks for your visit - I also saw an article recently where messianic Jews were even being persecuted in the state of Israel itself, by the more traditional orthodox Jews claiming them as heretics.

In the last years of the "Church Age" we will see much more of this type of revival within the Christian church and Jewish synagogues. Unfortunately, the persecutions as you have described will become equally evident as the adversary to the Lord continues to poison the minds of others.

I pray for all of the saints, that they may remain strong in their faith through all of this - and also for the unbelievers and lost souls, who have yet come to an understanding of God and our Lord Jesus Christ, may they also see the way.

With the peace of the Lord... Rev.Ted


wehzo 5 years ago

Hi christ4ever,

Very good hub. I love the detailed information, and the photos are good too.

God Bless,


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia Author

@ wehzo - Thanks for stopping by and glad you have enjoyed the information. May many others reflect similar feelings and enjoy the grace of the Lord. With His peace and blessings... Rev.Ted


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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Greetings Rev. Beautiful hub of love. You are a gifted writer. I have linked out from my hubs, I pray many come over to visit. You brother keep riding the wings of the Eagle. U will Phil 4:`13. Thank you Lord for leading Chrits4ever to the hub pages. Praise God. In Christ, love ya your 'sista'

About 15 years ago I went to a passover meal at a church and it was quite fun. Glory to God.Your article reminded me of what we ate and why. Thank You. Another beautiful and up masterpiece. The Holy Spirit moves in you Rev Ted. He is risen Alleluia +++ thank you sweet Jesus.I have tears that so many continue to persecute Our Lord today.It hurts my heart. Just to think what He did for me a wretched sinner, for the World takes my breath away right now.

We live in an exciting time. I pray the true body of Christ continues to encourage and lift one another in these end times. We will! Phil 4:13


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olgakhumlo 5 years ago from Mira Road Mumbai India

Rev.Christ4forever,Well expounded truths!Our Church does celebrate the Feast of First Fruits. We all belong to the same family of Noah: Shem, Ham and Japheth,and yet we differ in our creed.It hurts!All the same, it thrills my heart when I read each one of your hubs and testimonies .

May God bless you all with exciting moments of Easter Celebration this week.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Loved this article! very informative. The biblical feasts more accurately explain and symbolize what Christ did and why He did it than the cultural traditions more often celebrated in the churches.

I so agree that we ought not observe them as a religious requirement but a voluntary remembrance and observance of what it really is all about.

Well written and explained.


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA

I'm bookmarking this hub, too! Awesome stuff!! What's been on my heart this past year is the fact that Christians are ignorantly and habitually following pagan, traditional observances all year long; not only should we STOP those things (i.e. Christmas trees, Santa, 'Easter' with bunnies and eggs, etc.) but we should think about observing the holy festivals of the LORD, in remembrance, thanksgiving, honor, praise and worship.

I look forward to the fourth feast hub (Pentecost) and the three that have yet to come (we should at LEAST be observing these, as they are not yet fulfilled!)

Just two observations I have: 1) why do you refer to 'Second Resurrection' in your hub? Do you mean the firstfruit resurrection of Yeshua is the 'First Resurrection' and we who are His at His coming are resurrected as the 'Second Resurrection'? There is a first and second resurrection in Revelation (Rev 20:5), so this can cause some confusion to readers that wouldn't understand that. AND....why not change the word 'Easter' at the base of your hub to 'Pesach' (Passover)? In fact, the word 'Easter' should not even be in Acts 12:4 (KJV only), because the Greek word used is exactly the same word translated 'Passover' in all other NT passages (pascha).

Love the teaching, as this has been on my heart and I wanted to know more about HOW the feasts were celebrated! Thank you so much ~ God bless you!


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Hail everyone and thank you for your comments and observations on this Holy weekend!

@skye2day - Welcome sister Skye and as you said, I likewise pray that: "the true Body of Christ continues to encourage and lift others". I also always welcome your zeal for our Lord! Be blessed in Him always.

@olgakhumlo - Hello my sister Olga and thank you for the reminder that we all have those same ancestrial roots with Abraham and the survivors of the Great Flood with Noah. We are truly one people and blessed to be one church and "Body of Christ" for both Jews and Gentiles alike! I continue to pray for you and your family's mininstry to have the Lord's hand and protection always with you too.

@Tamarajo - Likewise Tamara and thanks for the review. If we all can help others with these understandings, the revival of the Holy Spirit in the church will be incredible as we further celebrate and glorify the Lord! Be blessed with His peace enduring.


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@Judah's Daughter - Hail sister Carrie, it is always a pleasure to hear from you! ...and don't even get me started on the secular (or Pagan) side of Easter Bunnies and Eggs, that's a whole other issue (requiring a separate Hub expose!) Likewise, I only used the term "Easter" (as you had noted) at the end for familiarity purposes, as most Christians only know this one term. Myself, for many years now, have called this time of celebration "Resurrection Day".

I wrote much of this info very late at night and have re-written some bits each time I read through it for better clarification. Thank you for noting the other points. Many people have referred to a "second resurrection" ("Resurrection of the Saints") coinciding with the Lord's "second coming", although this is technically incorrect by the literal definition. I have corrected that above.

More appropriately for the readers, there was Christ's original resurrection ("Firstfruits"). Then, as applicable to the "Church Age" and the "Body of Christ", there are a few other ascention and resurrection events pertaining to the saints and leading up to the "Second Coming" of the Messiah Jesus Christ, the "Lamb of God" (Rev. 5:6,8; 7:10,17; 14:4,10; 15:3; 19:9) and the "Lion of Judah" (Rev. 5:5).

There will be the initial "gathering of the saints" and their ascention (1 Thessalonians 4:15-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52), and the then sealing and ascention of the 144 thousand (Revelation 7:4-8; Rev. 14:1-4), then the resurrection of the 2 Witnesses (Rev. 11:11-12), and the other saints who come out of the "Great Tribulation" (Revelation 7:9-17), leading up to the "Harvest of the Earth" (Rev. 14:14-16), which is then the actual "1st RESURRECTION" (of the Saints) referred to in Revelation (Rev.20:4-5) = the culmination of ALL the saints mentioned above that were living at this time of the "Church Age" and through the "Great Tribulation", which scripture then declares: "They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years", when they will live with Chirst through the entire "Millennium Kingdom".

Therefore, the "2nd RESURRECTION" would literally and more appropriately refer to those saints who were already dead prior to the "Great Tribulation", who will then be raised to join wth the other "Kingdom Saints" after the 1000 years (Rev. 20:5), when we all stand before the "Great White Throne" along with the remaining souls (of the wicked), which is when the Lord God's final judgment takes place where the righteous and wicked are divided between the realms of eternal life with God (Kingdom of Heaven) and eternal death in the Lake of Fire, at the end of the "Kingdom Age" with Christ on Earth.

Thanks once again for your comments and suggestions as always. Be blessed and with His peace... Rev.Ted

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