Please also click here to read about the “ELIJAH” of Malachi 4:5-6 as we always remember them during this FEAST!
We are currently in the Month of Nisan / Nissan – the month of Miracles as that was when YAH delivered our descendants from Mitzrayim / Egypt years ago. It is also the same month in which Haman’s judgement was executed. Haman was the villain in the PURIM story in the Book of Esther in the BIBLE.
What is PASSOVER & FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD all about?
When do they take place?
Why do we have to observe them?
It was on PASSOVER that YAHUSHUA our MASHIACH (a.k.a JESUS CHRIST / YESHUA) was crucified for our SINS (the SINS of mankind)!
UNLEAVENED BREAD (English)
HA MATZOT (Hebrew)
What is PASSOVER and UNLEAVENED BREAD all about?
PASSOVER (a.k.a PESACH) is usually celebrated on the 14th and 15th days of the Hebrew Month of Nisan / Nissan.
PASSOVER (a.k.a PESACH) is the first and second days at the beginning of the FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD. Therefore the FEAST OF PASSOVER is part of the FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD. Within the FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD, we celebrate THREE FEASTS namely:
- PASSOVER (YAHUSHUA crucified and died)
- UNLEAVENED BREAD (YAHUSHUA buried)
- FIRST FRUITS (YAHUSHUA resurrects)
The FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD is usually observed for seven (7) days from the 14th day of the Month of Nisan.
If YAHUSHUA was crucified and died on 14th Nisan, and HE stayed in the grave for 3 days, then HE definitely rose from the dead on 17th Nisan. At the time, YAHUSHUA died on a Wednesday and rose on Shabbat (Saturday).
The ladies that found the grave empty went there on Sunday morning (after Shabbat) and found that YAHUSHUA was no longer there.
During this FEAST / FESTIVAL OF YAHUVEH GOD, we celebrate two things namely:
- The DELIVERANCE OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL FROM MITZRAYIM (a.k.a Egypt)
- The DEATH, BURIAL, RESURRECTION OF OUR MESSIAH YAHUSHUA (a.k.a JESUS CHRIST / YESHUA)
It is a very special time of each year to CELEBRATE REDEMPTION FROM BOTH PHYSICAL and SPIRITUAL EGYPT / BONDAGE / SLAVERY!
In fact, as YAHUVEH GOD was delivering the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL from BONDAGE, HE changed HIS calendar slightly by making the month in which the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL were delivered from Egypt the FIRST MONTH OF THE YEAR thereby signifying NEW BIRTH!
What are the DATES for the PASSOVER celebration?
- PASSOVER 5777 /2017 – Outside of Israel, the dates are as follows: Monday 10th April to Wednesday 12th April
- FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD 5777 / 2017 – Outside of Israel, the Dates are as follows: Monday 10th April to Tuesday 18th April
- COUNTING THE OMER 5777 / 2017 – Outside of Israel, the Dates are as follows: Wednesday 12th April to Tuesday 30th May
- SHAVUOT / FEAST OF PENTECOST 5777 / 2017 – Outside of Israel, the Date is as follows: Tuesday 30th May evening to Wednesday 31st May evening
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON HOW TO CELEBRATE PASSOVER AND THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD:
Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, 2017 begins in the evening of Monday, 10 April and ends in the evening of Tuesday, 18 April outside of Israel. (It ends the evening before in Israel.) Passover Eve begins the evening of Sunday, 9 April and the very last search for leaven should be done that night. The first Passover seder meal is the evening/night of Monday, 10 April. The days of rest, “High Sabbaths” of Passover – outside Israel, are evening April 10th to evening April 12th, and evening April 16th to evening April 18th; inside Israel, this is evening to evening of April 10-11 & April 16-17. Note Jewish days run for about 24 hours from one sundown to another sundown, hence these holidays begin and end in the evening. (See more explained below.)
It is important that you prepare well beforehand so all leaven is removed from your household. If you share homes with unbelievers and it is not possible to remove the leaven from the entire home, remove it from your bedroom and do not eat leaven during the feast.
Hag HaMatzot or the Feast of Unleavened Bread, also called Pesach or Passover, each year begins the 15th of Nisan and lasts for 7 days in Israel, and traditionally, 8 days outside of Israel. See dates for this year on the Gregorian calendar above. (The first and last day/s of Passover are Yom Tov and may be called “High Sabbaths,” days of no work. Outside of Israel, traditionally, both the first two days and last two days of 8, that is days 1 & 2 and days 7 & 8, are days of rest. Inside Israel, this is only the first and last of 7 days, that is day 1 & 7. The intermediate days, falling in between, are called Chol HaMoed meaning ‘weekdays’ of the festival, and work may be done except on Shabbat.)
Erev Pesach or Passover Eve is the 14th of Nisan; this begins about 24 hours before Pesach, at nightfall, when we do the last search for leaven to be removed from our homes. The next morning, still Passover Eve, most of the final preparations for Passover are completed. The Korban Pesach or Passover Sacrifice was offered in the afternoon of 14 Nisan, and then later that evening, eaten on 15 Nisan. A Passover seder is traditionally held on the first two nights, at the start of 15 & 16 Nisan. In Israel, this is only the first night, 15 Nisan.
The morning of 16 Nisan (the morning after the High Shabbat of 15 Nisan), the firstfruits, the first sheaf/omer of the barley harvest, (Reshit Katsir literally Start of the Harvest), was waved and offered along with a male lamb as a burnt offering, and unleavened bread, oil and wine. This also starts the Sefirat HaOmer, Counting of the Omer, counting 7 weeks to Shavu’ot/Pentecost.
Happy soon coming Passover! We pray that you all will have a Passover filled with signs, wonders and miracles as in the times of old in YAHUSHUA’S NAME!
Exodus 12:6 And it shall be for you to keep until the fourteenth day of this month. And all the assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it between the evenings.
YAHUSHUA held an early seder with HIS disciples at the start of Passover Eve, that year a Tuesday. YAHUSHUA, as our KORBAN PESACH, died on Passover Eve in the afternoon, around 3 PM on 14 Nisan in the last daylight hours, that year a Wednesday, and was buried before nightfall, before 15 Nisan. HE was buried Passover Eve, just before the 1st Day of Passover. Reshit Katsir (Start of the Harvest), offered in the morning of the 2nd Day of Passover, marks the midpoint between YAHUSHUA’S burial and resurrection. As FIRSTFRUIT FROM AMONG THE DEAD, YAHUSHUA released the saints who died before HIM, from the captivity of the tomb (Eph 4:8-10; Matt 27:52-53; 1 Cor 15:20-23; Rev 1:5). Three days and nights after HIS burial, HE arose on 17 Nisan, that year a weekly Shabbat. HE arose on the 3rd Day of Passover, before it ended at nightfall. (Note Jewish days run from sundown to sundown, hence these holidays begin and end in the evening. The Jewish dates – the 14th of the Hebrew month of Nisan etc – are the same date every year on the Hebrew calendar, but can land of different days of the week – the same way that birthdays are always the same date of the month, but the day of the week changes from year to year.)