UPDATES ADDED AT THE END OF THIS POST: 3/7/2020
The upcoming Holy Season may turn out to be the most important season of your life. The following information should help you to recognize, appreciate and rejoice in it.
Much of Christian society does not understand the Passover Season at all. Some have been conditioned to stay far away from anything “Jewish”.
I was very blessed that GOD submerged me in Jewish life for a short time. When I found Messianic Judaism I thought I had found where I belong. I was blessed to learn about all the symbolism in the Passover Seder that points to JESUS CHRIST. In truth, everything in the Hebrew Faith points to CHRIST!!
I soon learned that NO ONE HAS THE WHOLE TRUTH YET!!! The Chritians understand Grace, but have no clue about their roots and the true impact of what Jesus did for us. The Hebrews understand GOD the father but they are so under Rabbinical Law that they have no idea of GRACE. I saw all that some time ago. Since then GOD has been revealing to so much. Many people are hearing straight from GOD and eyes are opening.
I truly believe that we are very close to the time of the Great Tribulation. I am convinced that those of us who KNOW him and LOVE HIM and DO HIS WILL are about to RAPTURED OUT OF HERE. VERY SOON!
So, my prayer is that this post will help you prepare.
Begins sunset Friday, April 15, 2022
Ends evening Saturday, April 23, 2022
According to the Orthodox tradition, no work is permitted during the 2 first and 2 last days.
Leviticus 23 Holiday
March or April
Passover; Feast of Unleavened Bread; Wave Offering of First Fruits
And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.
3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings.
4 These are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.
5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord‘s passover.
FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD
6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the Lord: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.
7 In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
8 But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
Most people believe that Y’shua (Jesus) died on Passover and arose on Sunday. However, is this what the Scriptures prove? In order to get the whole picture one must piece together the information given in the gospels, coordinating this picture with the information in the Old Testament describing what was going on during the Passover season.
We know that Y’shua celebrated the Passover in obedience to the commandments to do so given in Leviticus 23, Exodus 12 and Numbers 28:16-25. He began the events leading to His death by celebrating this event for which He instructed His disciples to prepare:
And the disciples went out, and came to the city, and found it just as He (Y’shua) had told them; and they prepared the Passover. Mark 14:16
After eating the Passover meal (seder), Y’shua went to the Garden of Gethsemane with the disciples to pray. (Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:40-46)
And they came to a place named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here until I have prayed.” Mark 14:32
After praying, Y’shua was arrested, tried and on the cross by 9 a.m. the next day.
And having arrested Him, they led Him away, and brought Him to the house of the high priest… Luke 22:54
Now when morning had come, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Y’shua to put Him to death;
2 and they bound Him, and led Him away, and delivered Him up to Pilate. Matthew 27:1-2
And it was the third hour when they crucified Him. Mark 15:25
As most everyone knows, Messiah died, was buried and resurrected. The traditional teaching says that Y’shua died on Friday, the weekly Sabbath, (good Friday) and arose on the following Sunday. However, Y’shua, HIMSELF, said,
for just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. Matthew 12:40
Is it possible to get three days AND three nights from Friday to Sunday? No, it is not. Therefore, from Messiah’s own words we can see that this teaching cannot be correct. Therefore, exactly what did happen?
Leviticus 23 gives us the important and “missing” information in the traditional teaching. Because we have not bothered to put the New Testament account into its Old Testament framework, we have misunderstood and misconstrued the events of the Passover season in which Y’shua died and was resurrected. Therefore, to understand what happened, let’s look at this missing info.
5In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight (*when God says a new day begins) is Yahweh’s Passover.
6 ‘Then on the fifteenth day of the same month there is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to Yahweh; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread.
7 ‘On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work.
8 ‘But for seven days you shall present an offering by fire to Yahweh. On the seventh day is a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work.'” Leviticus 23:5-8 (*my commentary)
This passage tells us that the Passover is on the 14th and the Feast of Unleavened Bread begins the 15th; they are back-to-back. The first day (and the last day) of the Feast of Unleavened Bread is a Sabbath. This is a “special” Sabbath, also called a “high Sabbath”. Therefore, the Sabbath for which Y’shua had to be removed from the cross was the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, not the weekly Sabbath. (The weekly Sabbath does play a part in Y’shua’s timeline, which we will shortly see.) Unlike the weekly Sabbath that is every Friday night to Saturday night, this special Sabbath can fall on any day of the week.
Are there New Testament Scriptures that give us this information about this special Sabbath? Yes, there are:
52…this man (Joseph of Arimathea) went to Pilate and asked for the body
53 And he took it down and wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid Him in a
tomb cut into the rock, where no one had ever lain.
54 And it was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin. Luke 23:52-54
31 The Jews therefore, because it was the day of preparation, so that the
bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath
was a high day) John 19:31
42 Therefore on account of the Jewish day of preparation, because the
tomb was nearby, they laid Y’shua there. John 19:42
Passover is not a Sabbath. It is the day of preparation for the High Sabbath that is the first day of the (seven day) Feast of Unleavened Bread.¹ Y’shua died on Passover, but was removed from the cross before sunset, which began the High Sabbath, the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
7 ‘On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work.
On a Sabbath no work is done, therefore, the women could not prepare Y’shua’s body for burial. Y’shua was removed from the cross, wrapped in linen and placed in a tomb.
46 And Joseph bought a linen cloth, took Him down, wrapped Him in the linen cloth, and laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. Mark 15:46
Because of the encroaching High Sabbath, the linen wrapping was all that time allowed to be done for Y’shua. Under the torah (law) one could not buy or sell on a Sabbath.
As for the peoples of the land who bring wares or any grain on the Sabbath day to sell, we will not buy from them on the Sabbath or a holy day; Nehemiah 10:31
Therefore, the women could not obtain the necessary items to properly anoint His body and bury Y’shua. However, once the High Sabbath was over, the women could buy what they needed for this task.
And when the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. Mark 16:1
Since there were no food processors or machinery during the first century, this was a time consuming, laborious task. On the day after the High Sabbath, the women purchased the spices and spent the day preparing them to anoint Y’shua’s body. However, they were once again delayed, this time by the weekly Sabbath.
55 Now the women who had come with Him out of Galilee followed after,
and saw the tomb and how His body was laid.
56 And they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. And on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, bringing the spices which they had prepared. Luke 23:55 – 24:1
Thus far, Y’shua has died, been placed in a tomb as the High Sabbath of the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread began. The women were forced to wait for that evening and day to pass. The next morning after the Sabbath when the shops were open, they purchased the spices and prepared them to anoint Y’shua’s body. They then had to rest for the weekly Sabbath to pass. Since there were no electric lights to enable them to work at night, they waited until morning on the first day of the week, Sunday, to go to the tomb to prepare His body. When they arrived, the tomb was empty. Does this mean that Y’shua arose on that day, or was tomb empty because He had already arisen?
To make all of these events fit, we can count backwards from the weekly Sabbath and figure out what evening Y’shua and the disciples had the Passover meal and what day He was crucified. The timeline of events would look like this:
Tuesday night – Passover Seder (meal), prayer in Gethsemane, arrested,
brought before the Jews
Wednesday morning – before Pilate, on the cross by 9 a.m., dead by 3 p.m.²
Day 1 – For Hebrews the day begins at sundown and ends at sundon the next day
Wednesday night – Y’shua in the tomb – first night, High Sabbath begins
Thursday – Y’shua in the tomb – first day, High Sabbath,
Thursday night – Y’shua in the tomb, second night, end of High Sabbath
Friday – Y’shua in the tomb, second day, spices bought & prepared
Friday night – Y’shua in the tomb, third night, weekly Sabbath begins
Saturday – Y’shua in the tomb third day, weekly Sabbath
HE IS RISEN!
Saturday Night – Y’shua NOT IN THE TOMB, End of weekly Sabbath
In order for Y’shua’s words to be fulfilled of three days AND three nights in the earth, He could not have spent a fourth night in the tomb! Therefore, sometime before sunset and the end of Saturday, Y’shua arose.
Would Y’shua’s resurrection on Sabbath violate torah (the “law’)? The torah instructs us to do no work on the Sabbath; could Y’shua rising from the dead be considered work? What did Y’shua say about this?
If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath. Matthew 12:11-12
This passage refers to healing on the Sabbath. Rising from the dead to bring eternal life to the world would certainly be a bigger “good” to do on the Sabbath!
Y’shua also told us:
For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” Matthew 12:8
(also Mark 2:28; Luke 6:5)
HE is Lord over the Sabbath, not the Sabbath lord over Him! As the Word of God (John 1:1-5), He was the author of the Sabbath commandments. Would the author’s writing have more authority than the author, Himself?
When the women arrived at the first opportunity to see what they had come to do, Y’shua had already arisen! He was gone. He did NOT rise on Sunday. He arose on Saturday, as the Lord of the Sabbath.
5 And the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I
know that you are looking for Y’shua who has been crucified.
6 “He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Matthew 28:5-6
(Also Matthew 28:1-6; Mark 16:2-7; Luke 24:1-3)
The tradition of Y’shua dying on “good Friday” and rising from the dead on Sunday has long been the justification of believers changing the seventh day Sabbath God instructed His people to keep, to Sunday, as the supposed “day He arose.” The question begs to be asked: where in Scripture does GOD give us permission to change His Sabbath to ANY day other than the day He ordained: the seventh day of the week?
Each reader will have to decide whether they will hold to the traditions they have been taught, or whether the Word of God will be their “bottom line” and ultimate guide. If the later is chosen, then that reader will have a choice to make: will they keep the Sabbath God ordained and has never changed³, or will they keep the Sabbath that men created?
The choice is yours: obey God or men.
THE SEASON OF PASSOVER/UNLEAVENED BREAD 2022
EASTER, ISHTAR, ASHTORETH: GODDESS OF FERTILITY & QUEEN OF HEAVEN
There are a lot of things that Easter is and there are things Easter is not. Easter is a goddess. Easter is a queen. Easter is real yet it is make belief scene. Easter is sanity yet requires a degree of insanity. Easter is recognition of Jesus’ death by name but Easter dishonors Jesus’ death in deeds and fame. Easter is poisonous yet Easter is good for you. These are all factual despite seemingly diverse views. WHAT? How comes? Here goes.
EASTER, ISHTAR or Ashtoreth which means goddess of fertility, has been a part of my life for more than five decades. As a child, my Easter kite was one of my most prized possession. (Lost a few friends and got several spankings because of kite flying). Sigh. Bun and cheese and fish. That was my dish during Easter. Of course, I was carted off to church on “Good” Friday as well as bright and early morning Easter Sunday.
Was a glorious time though. Easter. “Good” Friday and Easter Monday were public holidays so no school, or as I got older, no work. It was a lot of fun and frolic , if not careful you could eat until you get colic.
I don’t recall our doing any Easter eggs but then again, maybe I was too caught up in kites and bun and cheese to noticed. What I remembered though was that there were images of an unfortunate man, called Jesus Christ, severely battered and strung up on a cross. Not so sure what he did to deserve such a wretched death. He seemed okay to me. I heard stories he raised people from the dead, healed the sick and also fed multitudes. Not sure why you would kill someone for that.
Well, you could say Jesus was kind of out of order or rude to go into the church and turn over the tables and then whipped the money changers. Maybe it border on destruction of property and physical assault occasioning bodily harm, felonious at worst but still not worthy of death. Also, he was a bit over confident and his claims about being with god when the earth was made was a bit troubling if not arrogant, but still not enough reasons to kill him like that. Mentally disturbed. Maybe. Criminal. Come on.
The man on the cross had a “crown” of thorns on his head and this was the sad part about Easter, so I thought. I even use to wonder if this crucified man on the cross was being celebrated or tolerated. I was perplexed why they allow us kids to foster a liking for such savagery and even required us to wear the cross(es) around our necks and had them placed in our homes. Interestingly, theses cross(es) were sold to us too. (Marketing or trickery?)
My family tried to explain to me that this seemingly wretched man was indeed of royalty and was the son of god. (Wow, there and then went my ambitions for royalty). They explained that he came and bore our sins and by his death and blood we were healed and our sins paid for upon his resurrection, three days and three nights after his death. To show our appreciation of this death and resurrection we celebrate good Friday for his Death and Easter Sunday for his resurrection. Needless to say, my mathematically inclined family could not, to this day, determine how we get from Friday evening to Sunday morning to consist of three days and three nights.
Such was Easter until I began working with the Library Service and got exposed to the world of reading and knowledge. Suffice to say, knowledge had me confused at first as I realized that many facts are fiction and many things seen as fiction are facts. Ignorance is not bliss and knowledge is not freedom missed.
Say, have you ever wondered what or who is Easter? When is Easter? Why is Easter? Is Easter real or make belief and just a figment of the imagination? Here is a possible, albeit, controversial if not heretical take on Easter based on literature and intuition. Read on and draw your own conclusion.
WHAT OR WHO IS EASTER?
As mentioned, Easter or Ishtar or Ashtoreth means “goddess of fertility”. In a nutshell, Easter is an attempt by our pastoral fore-parents to recognize and celebrate the fact that when Spring comes, nature comes back alive after the long cold dreary dark winter. Fertility reigns and new born life flourish. Animals reproduce and plants and birds strive. Such glorious things need to be encouraged and one way to do this is to have rites and festivals of appreciation.
Our ancestors realized that the Moon, Sun and Venus influenced their agricultural output so these created things became the creator and were worshipped as the source of life. The Winter Solstice was given to the Sun (male) and the Spring Equinox was given to the Moon and Venus (female) . Of course all forms of worship need priests and a power order. Hence the origin of Winter and Spring worship and by extension religion.
IS EASTER REAL?
As suggested, Ishtar or Easter is the incarnation of nature at the Spring Equinox into a goddess and is one of the earliest form of documented worship and control.
Yet, the question still abound: Is Easter or Ishtar real or make belief? She is as real and as make belief as how the names of the days of the weeks are real but make belief. In other words, Easter is based on real things but is not real.
Is Sunday or Monday or even Wednesday real? Depends. What is real is that every 24 hr we see a repetition of things and we call it a day. For example, in the Caribbean, the sun appears first in the East almost same time everyday after 24 hours. That is fact and real. However when we give a name to a particular batch of time of 24 hour as Sunday or Monday or Wednesday, that is make belief and imaginary.
In reality, there is a day but no such thing as Sunday or Monday unless we imagined it exist by painfully taking note of each 24 hours and giving it a name. Now a days, we use a calendar to help with the make belief and ensure we keep the counting right.
In short we create a world of make believe where we all agree that a particular 24 hour is designated by a name and every 7 day we call it a week and start all over again. We go froward then back, forward then backward. This imagination is called civilization and progress and result in what we now call mid life crisis. Why not every 8 day or 10 day or no day is a week?
Similarly, Easter is an imagination or confusing state of mind associated with the full moon. (Recall people are believed to go crazy near full moon). That is what happen at Easter. A bit of shrewdness, schizophrenia and truth encapsulate in stories called Myths and Legends. Myths and Legends are boasty words for lies and fiction.
These stories were created with a shrewd copying and explanation of real things with a special goal of warping and training minds for proselyting and deception. Developed from before the time of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, these myths and legends were used to justify power and claim to leadership. The Easter story is one of the first set of myths and legends developed to honour nature (Moon) and to set up power and control over mankind. It was the first type of religion.
THE FIRST EASTER
Easter started seven thousands of years before the birth of Christ but was first considered organized religion with the Nimrod and tower of Babel story from a biblical perspective. The yarn was first spun in Mesopotamia. It’s recognition and justification centred on the notion of Myths and Legends which are normally far fetched stories embodying some truth. Of course, different nations had their version of the “truth”.
According to these myths, Inanna, was the first name for the Spring Equinox deity as coined by the ancient Sumerian who called her goddess of love, beauty, sex, desire, fertility, war, combat, justice, and political power. She was also known as the Queen of Heaven. Later on, Inanna was worshipped by the Babylonians and Assyrians under the name Ishtar or Ashtoreth or Easter. She was associated with the planet Venus which as we know is the brightest “star” apart from the sun and moon.
In Greek Mythology she was called Aphrodite and her husband was Adonis or Dumuzid the Shepherd (later known as Tammuz). Ancient Egypt had her as Isis and her husband Osiris. Her most prominent symbols included the lion, and the eight pointed star.
So far, we have been looking at inanimate things surrounding religion and worship and the idea of Easter or Ishtar. Well, the plot thickened and this is where reality and imagination dove tail or become blurred.
WHO IS SEMIRAMIS?
Some literature state that Ishtar actually started out as the infamous Semiramis, the wife of Nimrod, of biblical fame who was an opponent to the Creator. The idea is that Nimrod started religion with the help of Semiramis. She influenced him to create a mystery religion based on the stars and zodiac. This polytheism (many gods) was to replace the Creator’s monotheism (one god). The place associated with this is Assyria and as such, most early myths began in Mesopotamia. As Assyria lost its world power status, Babylon simply adopt the concept with change of names. Persia, Greece and Rome did the same upon becoming world powers. The conqueror usurp the beliefs of the conquered.
For example Ishtar is akin to Venus (Rome), Aphrodite (Greek), and Isis (Egypt).
It is unclear how Nimrod died as in in the Book of Jasher it is said that Esau, son of Isaac killed him; while Josephus stated that Shem, the son of Noah, killed Nimrod. However, after his death, Nimrod body ascended into the heavens and became the sun god himself. A bit horrifying but here comes the romantic part.
Nimrod, the sun god, became rays of light and implanted his seed into his wife, Semiramis now a widow, and impregnate her.
Semiramis and Tammuz (Mother and child worship)
The myth further stated that the child was called Tammuz , son of the sun god. He was responsible for bringing light into the world and to fight darkness.
Can you guess when Tammuz was born? If you said at the Winter Solstice (December 22 – 25) you are correct. For those steeped in religious studies, you will recall that Invictus Sol (the unconquerable sun) was born on the shortest day of the year or the Saturnalia (December 22 -25) and we worship him today every December 25. That is Tammuz. Some customs called him Baal, or Mithra and more recently Jesus Christ, to legitimize its worship. An apple by any other name is still an apple though. Click here to See my blog on December 25 worship
As the myth would have it, Tammuz mother, Semiramis died and the gods looked favorably on her as she was the mother of the son of the sun god. She was sent back to earth as the Spring fertility goddess, Ashtoreth/Easter, always shown as a well endowed bare breasted queen of fertility. According to the myth, she emerged from a giant egg that landed in the Euphrates river at sunrise on the Sunday after the full moon after the Spring equinox.
(By the way, that is how we set Easter dates. The Sunday after the full moon after March 21. Thus, Easter can be as early as March 22 or as late as April 25).
Semiramis, the queen of heaven, was “born again” as the goddess Easter (Ishtar/Ashtarte/Ashtoreth). To prove her divine authority, Semiramis, now Ashtoreth/Easter, changed a bird into an egg laying rabbit. Hence, decorated eggs and stories about rabbits are still part of today’s Easter ritual.
The Old Testament even referred to her. “The women were engaged in kneading dough and baking cakes of bread for the “Queen of Heaven” ” (Jeremiah 7:18). (Fertility, ability to have children, is important to a woman).
THE RITUALS AND FESTIVITIES OF EASTER
Cakes and buns: Our hot cross buns originated from the cakes which were baked and given as presents to Easter or the Queen of Heaven.
Eating of Ham: Tammuz (son of the sun god) was killed by a pig and in order to bring him back to live, no meat was eaten for 40 days (LENT) but at Easter Sunday, a pig was killed and eaten in revenge.
Fish eating on “Good” Friday: The fish symbol also represents the goddess of fertility and is considered as a woman’s vulva: the creator of life. The eating of fish on Fridays was a sacrament to the goddess also called Dagon.
Virgins sex: As the cult of Ishtar developed, the priests would take and impregnate young virgins on the altar of the goddess of fertility at sunrise on Easter Sunday.
Blood sacrifice: A year after impregnation, the priests of Easter would sacrifice these three-month old babies on the altar at the front of the sanctuary.
Easter eggs: The priest dyed Easter eggs in the blood of the sacrificed infants as eggs were great examples of the embodiment of fertility and life. (Recall the myth of how Semiramis came back to earth from a giant egg and then turned a bird into an egg laying rabbit).
You must be saying wow. You knew Easter was bloody but it was suppose to be the blood of Jesus, that was shed to save the sins of the world. Not the blood of infants.
WAS EASTER CREATED BEFORE JESUS CHRIST’S DEATH OR AFTER?
Until I was in my late teens, I honestly and fervently believed Easter was in recognition of Jesus’ death and resurrection. I began working with the Library Service and all that changed. In fact, I began to realize that Easter dishonored Jesus’s death.
The evidence show that the crucifixion of Jesus was only attached to Easter, 300 years after Jesus Christ died, under a political and ecclesiastical marriage of differences, initiated by Emperor Constantine of Rome to keep his subjects under rule. (Council of Nicea). In short, Easter predated Jesus by thousands of years so this negate the idea that Easter was being celebrated as the recognition of Jesus’s death and resurrection.
Interestingly, it should be noted that the new testament even mentioned Easter by name and being around at the time of Christ and the Peter, the disciple.
Acts 12: 4 state that 4 And when he (Herod) had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. (The Romans were already worhsipping Easter before Jesus was attached 300 years after).
Easter, is also mentioned in the Old Testament, in the time of the prophets such as Isaiah and Ezekiel, thousands of years before Jesus Christ was born. Ashtoreth/Easter is mentioned in the old testament and in every instance that it is mentioned, Jehovah, the god of the Hebrews/Isrealite is pretty much annoyed, and in vengeance mode. In short, Easter dishonoured the Creator and Jesus, his son.
Here are a few examples of Easter or the Queen of Heaven in the Old Testament in abominable associations. Proof that Easter was worshipped long before Christ born.
Ezek 8:14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD’S house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. (Lent)
2 Kings 23:13 And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile.
1 Kings 11:5-6. He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech the detestable god of the Ammonites. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of Yahweh; he did not follow Yahweh completely, as David his father had done.
1 Kings 11:33. I will do this (split the nation) because they have forsaken me and worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians…., , and have not walked in my ways, nor done what is right in my eyes, nor kept my statutes and laws as David, Solomon’s father did.
So the people of Israel removed the Baals and images of Ashtoreth. They served only Yahuwah. (1 Samuel 7:3,4)
The women were engaged in kneading dough and baking cakes of bread for the “Queen of Heaven” (Jeremiah 7:18).
Jeremiah 44: 15-18 sated that the people actually believed that because they stopped worshipping Easter or the Queen of Heaven they were suffering. Jeremiah think contrary. It was the worshipping of Easter that caused the calamity.
Jeremiah 44: 23 Jeremiah replied, It is because you made offerings and because you sinned against the Lord and did not obey the voice of the Lord or walk in his law and in his statutes and in his testimonies that this disaster has happened to you, as at this day.”
Again, from the information in the Old testament, common sense, though uncommon, would dictate that if Easter was being worshipped before Jesus was born then Easter is not the recognition of Jesus’s death? Most importantly, it must be noted that the Creator punished peoples who worshipped Easter with the intention to get powerful. These countries flourished for awhile but suffer, eventually. Assyria, Egypt, Jerusalem, Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Italy.
THE LOGIC OF EASTER AS RECOGNITION OF JESUS’s DEATH?
The logic of Easter as Jesus’s death and resurrection is erroneous. Recognizing “Good” Friday as Jesus’s death day and Easter Sunday as his day of resurrection needs a high level of make belief if not schizophrenic tendencies. If we were to believe the scriptures and Jesus Christ, then Jesus Christ must be dead for three days and three nights. “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” (Matthew 12:38-40).
By mathematics, Friday Night to Sunday morning was not, cannot and will not be three days and three nights. It is two nights and one day.
The big question then is: WHICH DAY DID CHRIST DIED?
Christ was actually killed or preferably, crucified at midday on a Wednesday and died by 3 pm that same Wednesday afternoon, the day before the High Sabbath that occurred on Thursday that year when Christ died.
If Jesus died at 3 pm, the day before the Sabbath, yet the day after this Sabbath, the bible said, the women went to get spices and prepared them and then went home and prepared for another upcoming Sabbath. It is obvious that we have two Sabbaths happening in one week and days apart instead of a week apart.
The Passover or High Sabbath was not the regular weekly Saturday Sabbath.
Indeed, many of us do not know that the Jews had annual Sabbaths. As a matter of fact, two extra annual Sabbaths called High Sabbaths are observed every year starting at Nissan 14 (March or April) in remembrance of the Exodus of the Israelite from the Egyptians under Moses’s leadership. As a result, there are two Sabbaths every year in a week in March/April.
The High Sabbaths don’t have to be on a Saturday as they are dates not days and can be any day of the week. They are celebrated to recognize the Passover and Israel’s miraculous exodus from Pharaoh’s Egypt.
Recall the Exodus story and the Passover? How Moses had a hard time convincing Pharaoh to let the Israelite go. Jehovah had to kill all first born in Egypt except those whose doors were marked with a Red Cross . Before, the slaughter, the Hebrews who had killed animals for the last meal in Egypt, use the blood to smear the posts of their houses and the Lord passed over them and none was killed. Exodus 11:4-5.
Hence the creation of the Passover and the two High Sabbaths which were required to be commemorated annually by the Israelite. Leviticus 23: 5 – 8.
As mentioned, these two holy convocation or High Sabbath sometimes fall in the same week of Easter and sometimes they do not. The year when Christ was killed, the week of Passover and the Feast of the Unleavened Bread (High Sabbath) fell on a Wednesday/Thursday with the next day, Friday evening being the start of the Saturday, normal Sabbath.
Summarily, the bible mentioned two Sabbaths during the week of Christ’s death. The annual High Sabbath which occurred the Wednesday evening Christ was killed and the weekly Saturday Sabbath, the evening he rose.
Still a bit fuzzy? Let’s use the Gospels as our guide to get a clear idea of the timeline for Christ’s death. By the way, remember that in Christ’s time, a day began at sun set or in the evening. Not at midnight as we now do in the West. So Saturday actually begins Friday evening and ends Saturday evening with Sunday beginning Saturday evening and finishing Sunday evening. Hope that helped.
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If the gospels are right that Christ fulfilled the prophecy and was dead for three days and three nights, it questions the premise on which Easter is currently associated with Christ’s death on a Friday afternoon.
EASTER: GODDESS BUT NOT CHRISTLIKE
Easter, goddess of fertility and queen of heaven, is one of the great deities of all times. It is a pastoral recognition of the Spring Equinox, and although a figment of the imagination, her incarnation is glorified in myths and legends and rites and rituals.
Whether real or imagined, she has influenced our lives in many ways. As a pastoral pagan entity, her followers have done some ignoble things that would make it despicable to associate Easter
with righteousness or with followers of Christ.
Spring Equinox worship, Venus planet deification, hot cross buns, bunny rabbits, eggs painting, and human sacrifices are not really noble and Christlike traits despite the association of Christ’s name to Easter.
Of course, stars and full moon worship at the spring equinox make for great fireside tales but borders on schizophrenia masked with arrogance and power battles when used to influence our lives. This is utter darkness compared with the bright light of righteousness.
In fact, any attempt to turn darkness into light by giving the rituals and practices of Easter acceptability by simply designating the activities as those for Christ, can be dubious if not deceptive. With the fact that Easter precedes Jesus, attempts to continue this make belief that Easter is in recognition of Jesus is fruitless.
Easter or Ishtar is great by herself, and if people
want to break the first of the ten commandments and worship her, it is okay. We have choices and if we choose to follow a multitude to do wrong: so be it.
The only noble thing is to let Easter and Jesus remain in separate camps so we can clearly without blinkers, see the things that are Caesar’s and the things that are Jesus Christ’s. That is the only way we can render to God the things that are God’s. Yeah. A clear understanding that Easter is now Christianity and that the real reason for the season is a battle between dark and light: Christianity/Easter the dark vs Jesus Christ teachings, the light.
THE WORD OF GOD, is not a book of fairy tales. It is not the work of men. It is the clear, precise LIVING WORD of GOD, inscribed by men over thousands of years, as they were inspired by the HOLY SPIRIT. And, YES, JONAH was SWALLOWED by a whale, lived in its belly for 3 days and was spit out. You can take that to the BANK!
JUST EXACTLY as Jonah was THREE DAYS in the whale’s belly… JESUS was THREE ENTIRE DAYS from sundown to sundown in the BELLY OF THE EARTH. Where SATAN dwells.
THIS SHOULD MAKE YOU DANCE!! Because He went to the Belly of the Earth and reclaimed the KEYS to the Kingdom, WE can be free!! FREE FROM THE BONDS of SIN and DEATH! Hallelujah!!!
We should be proud to shout this news from the rooftops. No matter who might find it to difficult to believe that a man can be swallowed by a whale and live to tell about it. OUR HEAVENLY FATHER CAN DO ANYTHING!!
Jesus is the BREAD of LIFE!!
The Following article is written from a Jewish perspective. It offers some excellent insight.
THE BREAD OF LIFE:
|John 6 and the Passover|
|by Doug Ward|
During His earthly ministry, Jesus Christ took full advantage of the opportunities afforded by the festival celebrations of Israel to explain His mission and demonstrate His Messiahship. The annual Holy Day seasons are rich with Messianic symbolism, and Jesus dramatically brought out the meanings of many festival types and symbols through his miracles and teachings.
A prime example of Jesus’ festival teaching is recorded in the sixth chapter of John’s gospel. John mentions that the events of this chapter occurred shortly before the Passover season (John 6:4), and the great significance of these events becomes apparent when we study them in the context of the Jewish Passover traditions of that era. In this article, I will describe some of those Passover traditions and show how Jesus used them to demonstrate clearly who He was and why He had come. Along the way, I will also discuss the literary structure of this remarkable chapter of Scripture, which seems to be designed for maximum impact on its original audience and may give us some clues about early Christian Passover celebrations.
|Walking on Water|
As Passover approached, the thoughts of the people of Galilee naturally turned to the miraculous events surrounding the first Passover, when God delivered the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt. The miracles of the Exodus included the plagues of Egypt; the crossing of the Red Sea and accompanying destruction of Pharaoh’s army; the pillar of a cloud and pillar of fire that led the Israelites on their journey; the manna God sent to feed them; and the water that came from a rock when Moses struck it with his rod. In the synagogue in Capernaum, where Jesus was teaching (John 6:59), these wonders were recounted each year during this time. All of them are celebrated, for example, in Psalm 78, which is quoted in John 6:31. (Jesus KNEW exactly which passages would be read in the scripture at the time of his visit because the Jews even to this day read through the scripture on a schedule that takes them through the year. Each Sabbath and each Holy Day has its assigned passage.)
Another part of the backdrop of the drama recorded in John 6 is the fact that Messianic expectations ran high in that era, particularly during the festival seasons. As had been promised in Deut. 18:15, 18, the Messiah would be a great prophet like Moses, one who would again deliver Israel, perform miracles, and bring truth from God.
With these things in mind, we can readily picture what Jesus’ disciples might have been thinking when He walked across the Sea of Galilee one night to join them in a boat there (John 6:17-21). Perhaps some of them remembered Ps. 77:19, a verse which was associated with God’s parting of the Red Sea:
“Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen.”(NIV)
Nearly fifteen centuries before, God had opened a path for His people, enabling the Israelites to cross the Red Sea on dry land. Now Jesus was making possible something even greater for His disciples: they, like Him, would be able to walk on the water itself (Matt. 14:28-31).
As He reached the boat, Jesus said, “It is I; be not afraid” (John 6:21). The words “It is I” are significant too. These same Greek words appear often in the gospel of John when Jesus is asserting His divinity, saying He is the great “I am” (e.g., John 8:58).
At the end of John 6, Peter says, “And we believe and are sure that thou art Christ, the son of the living God” (verse 69, KJV). Jesus’ miracle of walking on water was no doubt one of the pieces of evidence which led the disciples to this understanding (see Matt. 14:33), and certainly Jesus performed the miracle to emphasize for them the fact that He was indeed the promised Messiah.
|Feeding the Five Thousand|
Bread is one of the great symbols of the Passover season, and it is connected with the spring festival in various ways. First, of course, there is the unleavened bread that is eaten during this time. Second, there is an old tradition that Abraham’s three special visitors (Gen. 18) arrived just before the time of Passover, and that Abraham’s hospitality to them set a pattern later followed by God in His gracious dealings with Israel in the wilderness [2, pp. 16, 19]. As Abraham had water brought for the guests (Gen. 18:4), God gave the Israelites water from a rock; as Abraham served bread to them (verse 6), God fed Israel with manna (Bread From Heaven); and as Abraham escorted the visitors toward Sodom (verse 16), God accompanied His people in the pillar of a cloud and pillar of fire.
A third connection also involves manna. When Israel arrived in the Promised Land, the manna fell from heaven for the last time at Passover (Joshua 5:10-12). After that, according to one rabbinic tradition, the manna was to remain in heaven until the coming of the Messiah [2, p.19]. Since Joshua 5 was traditionally one of the synagogue readings for the spring festival, these things were probably fresh on the minds of the people whom Jesus taught in John 6.
Keeping in mind this background, let us now consider the implications of Jesus’ feeding of the 5000 (John 6:5-14). Here five barley loaves and two small fishes somehow provided enough food to fill the large and hungry crowd (vv. 9-12). The scene was reminiscent of the one described in Ps. 78:24-25:
“he rained down manna for the people to eat, he gave them the grain of heaven. Men ate the bread of angels; he sent them all the food they could eat.” (NIV)
Jesus’ feeding of the 5000 (John 6:5-14). In fact, there was more than enough food to satisfy the assembled throng–the remaining bread filled twelve baskets! (v. 13) By mentioning the amount left over, John seems to be stressing the fact that more bread remained at the end than had been distributed at the beginning.
Daube [1, p. 42-43] observes that the wording of Jesus’ instructions in v. 12 also supports the idea that all of the original bread was still there at the end. In instructing His disciples to pick up the leftover bread, Jesus says, “Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.” (v. 12) Notice that Jesus says “that nothing be lost” rather than “that none of the fragments be lost.” The implication of vv.12-13 is that all of the original bread-and then some-was left afterwards.
Think of the effect that these events must have had on the five thousand who were fed. Like the manna in the wilderness, the bread of Jesus’ miracle had provided enough for everyone. But this bread was even better than manna. Unlike the manna, which usually rotted if kept overnight (Ex. 16:19-20), the bread they had eaten seemed to be imperishable, with more left at the end than had been available at the beginning. Who could have provided such bread but the Messiah? Given the nature of Jesus’ miracle, it is no wonder that people proclaimed Him to be the “prophet like unto Moses” of Deut. 18 and wanted to make Him king right then and there (vv. 14-15).
|Bread for Three Ages|
The feeding of the five thousand was prefigured by other incidents in Israel’s history besides the giving of manna in the wilderness. One such incident is Elisha’s feeding of one hundred with just twenty loaves of barley bread from the spring harvest (2 Kings 4:42-44). In this case also there was some bread left over. Jesus’ miracle undoubtedly led many witnesses to conclude that they were in the presence of someone even greater than Elisha.
A less obvious type of the feeding of the five thousand is found in the second chapter of the book of Ruth. When Boaz provided Ruth with grain from the spring harvest, we read in Ruth 2:14 that “she did eat, and was sufficed, and left” (KJV). Daube [1, p. 46] points out that the three-part structure of this phrase parallels the description of Jesus’ miracle given in the Synoptic Gospels (Matt. 14:20; Luke 9:17; Mark 6:42-43). In both cases, someone was fed and had plenty to eat, and food was left over.
There were in those days a number of allegorical interpretations of the book of Ruth (see [1, pp. 46-51]), in which Ruth was seen as a type of her descendant David or of the Messiah, while Boaz was often viewed as a type of God. In some of these interpretations, the three-part phrase in Ruth 2:14 was seen as a prophecy of God’s blessings to His people in three different ages-the present, the time of the Messiah, and the world to come.
It is interesting to look at Jesus’ teaching in John 6 in light of these traditions. In John 6, Jesus contrasts three types of bread. First there is the manna, the miraculous bread of the Exodus. Second, we have the seemingly imperishable bread that fed the five thousand, provided by the Messiah. Third, Jesus emphasizes in the rest of this chapter that He Himself is an even greater kind of “bread.” By accepting Christ’s sacrifice through the Christian Passover or Eucharist, one could ingest this kind of bread and receive eternal life (vv. 32-57).
Daube [1, p. 50] also points out a further link between John 6 and Ruth 2. In John 6:27-29, Jesus tells His audience that the “work” God wants them to do is to believe on Him, the One sent by God. This passage is similar to Ruth 2:12, where Boaz blesses Ruth for actively placing her trust in the God of Israel.
There is no way for us to determine exactly what early Christian Paschal services were like, and it is not the point of this article to suggest that God requires us to closely imitate their liturgy. At the same time, growing numbers of Christians today do find it meaningful to gather for Christian Seders, and our study suggests that such a celebration could be designed readily around the text of John 6.
In this article, we have explored the Hebraic background of John 6. Such studies serve to bring our Savior’s words and actions into clear focus by exploring their full implications in their original historical context. With a deeper understanding of this remarkable chapter of the Bible, we can have a greater appreciation of the true Bread of Life during the Paschal season and throughout the year.
Source: David Daube, The New Testament and Rabbinic Judaism, The Athlone Press, University of London, 1956 (reprinted in 1994 by Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, Massachusetts).
4 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.spacer
What Are the Four Questions Asked During Passover Seder?
The Four Questions are an important part of the Passover seder that highlights the ways in which Passover customs and foods distinguish the holiday from other times of the year. They are traditionally recited by the youngest person at the table during the fifth part of the seder, though in some homes everyone reads them aloud together.
Although they are called “The Four Questions,” really this part of the seder is one question with four answers. The central question is: “Why is this night different from all other nights?” (In Hebrew: Ma nishtanah ha-laylah ha-ze mi kol ha-leylot.) Each of the four answers explains why something is done differently during Passover.
The Four Questions Asked During Seder
The Four Questions begin when the youngest person asks: “Why is this night different from all other nights?” The seder leader replies by asking what differences they notice. The youngest person then replies that there are four ways in which they notice a difference about Passover:
- On all other nights we eat bread or matzah, while on this night we eat only matzah. (For the ancient Hebrews, this unleavened bread was called the bread of haste as they were exiting Egypt they did not have time to let bread rise. But now we know that the Matzah is a picture of the Messiah who was without leaven/sin, received the stripes, pierced and broken for us.
- On all other nights we eat all kinds of vegetables and herbs, but on this night we have to eat bitter herbs.
- On all other nights we don’t dip our vegetables in salt water, but on this night we dip them twice.
- “On all other nights we eat meat which has been roasted, stewed, or boiled, but on this night we eat only roasted meat.” This original question referred to the practice of sacrificing the Paschal lamb at the Temple, a practice that ceased after the Temple’s destructionOn all other nights we eat while sitting upright, but on this night we eat reclining. Once the sacrificial system was abandoned the rabbis replaced the fourth question with one about reclining during the Passover seder.
As you can see, each of the “questions” refers to an aspect of what is on the Passover seder plate. Leavened bread is forbidden throughout the holiday, bitter herbs are eaten to remind us of the bitterness of slavery, and vegetables are dipped in salt water to remind us of the tears of slavery.
The Fourth Question
The fourth “question” refers to the ancient custom of eating while reclining on one elbow. It symbolizes the concept of freedom and refers to the idea that Jews would be able to have a celebratory meal while relaxing together and enjoying each others’ company. This question became part of The Four Questions after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E. (After the FULLFILMENT OF PASSOVER AND UNLEAVENED BREAD/AFTER THE SACRIFICE OF THE LAMB OF GOD ON THE CROSS) Originally the fourth question, mentioned in the Talmud (Mishnah Pesachim 10:4) was: “On all other nights we eat meat which has been roasted, stewed, or boiled, but on this night we eat only roasted meat.”
The afikomen is spelled אֲפִיקוֹמָן in Hebrew and pronounced ah-fi-co-men. It is a piece of matzah that is traditionally hidden during the Passover seder.
Breaking the Matzah and Hiding the Afikomen
There are three pieces of matzah used during a Passover Seder. During the fourth part of the seder (called Yachatz), the leader will break the middle of these three pieces in two. The smaller piece is returned to the seder table and the larger piece is set aside in a napkin or bag. This larger piece is called the afikomen, a word that comes from the Greek word for “dessert.” It is so called not because it is sweet, but because it is the last item of food eaten at the Passover seder meal.
Traditionally, after the afikomen is broken, it is hidden. Depending on the family, either the leader hides the afikomen during the meal or the children at the table “steal” the afikomen and hide it. Either way, the seder cannot be concluded until the afikomen is found and returned to the table so each guest can eat a piece of it. If the seder leader hid the afikomen the children at the table must search for it and bring it back. They receive a reward (usually candy, money or a small gift) when they bring it back to the table. Likewise, if the children “stole” the afikomen, the seder leader ransoms it back from them with a reward so that the seder can continue. For example, when the children find the hidden afikomen they would each receive a piece of chocolate in exchange for giving it back to the seder leader.
Purpose of the Afikomen
In ancient biblical times, the Passover sacrifice used to be the last thing consumed during the Passover seder during the First and Second Temple eras. The afikomen is a substitute for the Passover sacrifice according to the Mishnah in Pesahim 119a.
The Afikomen is wrapped in a linen napkin and hidden between the 1st and 3rd Matzo. This is a picture of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus (who was stripped, pierced, broken and Sacrificed for us) is hidden and one must seek him to find him. When they do He is their reward. He will remain hidden from those Jews who rejected him not to be recognized until He puts His foot on the Mt of Olives! He is also hidden from the gentiles who reject Him.)
Concluding the Seder
Once the Afikomen is returned, each guest receives a small portion at least the size of an olive. This is done after the meal and normal deserts have been eaten so that the last taste of the meal is matzah. After the afikomen is eaten, the Birkas haMazon (grace after meals) is recited and the Seder is concluded.espacer
The Symbolism of the Passover Matzah Points to Messiah
Part of the Passover Seder includes the matzah, in which three pieces are wrapped together — Three pieces of matzah, each in a separate section, yet joined into one. The rabbis call these three “a unity.” Some consider it a unity of the three patriarchs – Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Others consider it representative of the trinity—The Father, Son and Holy Spirit—Three in one.
The matzah is unleavened. Throughout the Scripture, leaven is a symbol of fermentation and corruption and is a symbol of sin. For example, in Leviticus 2:11 we read: No grain offering, which you bring to the Lord, shall be made with leaven, for you shall not offer up in smoke any leaven…as an offering by fire to the Lord. This offering was to be made without leaven as a symbol that it was holy before the Lord.
Exodus 13:6-7 tells us that only unleavened bread should be eaten at Passover. Since leaven is a symbol of sin, to begin the Passover season by eating only unleavened bread is symbolic of beginning a life free from sin. Jesus was our perfect example of this because he lived a sinless life.
When the Jewish people were leaving Egypt, God was about to give them His Torah which was to be their guide for holy living. It may be that this was to signify the start of their living lives separate from sin.
Paul wrote of this significance in the New Testament in 1 Corinthians 6:6-8: Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough? Clean out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Messiah our Passover has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the feast (Passover), not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
If we examine the matzah carefully, we see that not only is it unleavened, but it is pierced and striped. King David wrote prophetically of the Messiah in Psalm 22: For dogs have surrounded me; a band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet.
Zechariah also prophesied about what would be done to the Messiah when he wrote: And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a first-born (Zech 12:10).
Isaiah wrote prophetically of the coming Suffering Servant of Israel, the One would be not only sinless, but “pierced” and “striped.” But He was pierced through for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).
Jesus, the Messiah, was without sin, yet He was “striped” by way of the Roman whip, and “pierced” by nails through His hands and feet and by a spear in His side. It is not a coincidence that the central item of the Passover, the matzah, points to the One that Paul called “Messiah our Passover.” Each year, the matzah points to One who was sinless, striped, and pierced – the same One whom John the Baptist called “the Lamb of God” – the One whose sacrifice would bring redemption from the penalty of sin.
During the Passover meal, the father in the family breaks the middle matzah in two, places the smaller piece on top of the matzah cloth and wraps the larger piece, which is called the “afikomen,” in the clean, white linen cloth which is next to the matzah cloth. The Hebrew word “afikomen” is most likely derived from the Greek word “epikomos” which means “after a banquet,” or “dessert.”
Then, the children leave the room and while they are gone, the leader “buries” (hides) the afikomen, this wrapped piece of matzah, somewhere in the room. Then the children return. They are encouraged sometime during the meal to earnestly search for the “buried treasure” of unleavened bread which is striped and pierced, wrapped in cloth, buried, earnestly sought, and when discovered, found to be of great value. This clearly parallels the events surrounding the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.
There are many other components to the Passover Seder that point to Jesus Christ as Messiah. But just this one section with the afikomen clearly symbolizes Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
Jewish people around the world explain to their families every Passover about the afikomen and its symbolism. The entire Passover is pointing to Jesus Christ, who has already come as Messiah and fulfilled the symbolism. When we take communion, we read from 1 Corinthians 11:24: “And when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, Take, eat, this is My body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me.”
Passover is the reminder of a sinless sacrifice made on our behalf. When the afikomen is eaten at the conclusion of the meal, it is a reminder of the sacrificial lamb which was eaten. Consider the symbolism of the matzah: unleavened, striped, pierced, broken, wrapped in a white linen cloth, “buried,” diligently sought, with a reward going to the discoverer. Now, it is freely offered, but as with all free gifts, one must accept it – otherwise it cannot be enjoyed. (ONE MUST DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM)
THERE IS NO OTHER RELIGION IN THE WORLD THAT CAN OFFER A SINLESS SACRIFICE BECAUSE NO ONE ON EARTH IS WITHOUT SIN. NOT EVEN BRAND NEW BABIES. THEY ARE BORN INTO SIN.
NO OTHER RELIGION IN THE WORLD HAS A GOD OF LOVE, WHO OFFERS THEIR MOST PRECIOUS SON, TO PAY FOR A WORLD FULL OF SINNERS!
NO OTHER RELIGION IN THE WORLD CAN OFFER YOU FORGIVENESS OF YOUR SINS AND DELIVERANCE FROM SIN AND DEATH FOREVER!!
NO OTHER RELIGION IN THE WORLD CAN OFFER YOU ADOPTION INTO THE FAMILY OF THE CREATOR OF ALL THINGS!! THERE IS ONLY ONE CREATOR!
NO OTHER RELIGION IN THE WORLD OFFERS YOU ALL OF THIS AS A FREE GIFT! EVERY OTHER RELIGION IS ABOUT YOU WORKING YOUR WAY UP TO SOME KIND OF PARADISE OR TO SOME KIND OF GODLIKE STATE. BUT ALL THEIR GODS ARE FULL OF UNGODLY TRAITS AND EVIL WORKS. SO, DO YOU REALLY WANT TO BE LIKE THEM?
IF THAT IS YOUR CONSCIOUS DECISION. IF EVIL IS YOUR CHOICE… THEN YOU CANNOT BLAME THE CREATOR WHEN YOU JOIN THE FALLEN IN HELL.
So according to the scripture above… man can live on just bread. Bread in it’s true, natural and original form, contained everything we needed to survive. That is why in prisons of the past certain prisoners were only given bread and water. Ahh… there is that combination again. Jesus is the Bread of Life and HE is the Living Water. Which we have also covered above.
So, I believe that we have established the Jesus is the Bread of Life. He really is all we need and without him we are lost.
Since we know that bread is vital to life. We also know that GOD would not provide us with anything that is not good for us. BREAD is something that we should be eating to nourish our bodies and to help us to remember what JESUS is to us.
That is why Satan and his minions have worked so hard to convince you that BREAD is bad for you. You should avoid it because it has too many carbohydrates and it will make you fat, which is bad for your heart. Or, because it will raise your blood sugar. Now, suddenly everyone is gluten intolerant and MUST AVOID BREAD altogether.
HOGWASH!! The reason so many people are having issues with bread is because Bread today isn’t even bread. It does not taste, feel, or smell like it used to. I have no idea what they are putting in, taking our or creating artificially to make bread today. I can’t find a decent loaf of bread anywhere, except for Ezekiel Bread.
The did the same thing with salt many centuries back. They are doing it to all of our food. Vegetables, Milk, Meat. It is getting so bad that soon there will be no nourishment for our bodies. They want us to live on artificially created proteins, GMO vegetables, bugs and processed poop. God Help US!! GOD SAVE US!
Thankfully, we will soon see our savior face to face. The Rapture is real and it is coming soon. Maybe this year… Maybe in just a few weeks… Are you ready?
Shabbat, Nissan 1, 5782 / April 2, 2022 – Jewish Calendar …
12 And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying, 2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: 4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: 6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. 7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. 8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. 10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. 11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord‘s passover.
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