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 (also spelt as Nissan) and also called Abib (can be spelt as Aviv)- the MONTH OF MIRACLES as that was when YAH delivered our ancestors from Mitzrayim (a.k.a Egypt) over 3,000 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.
QUESTIONS TO PONDER UPON:
What is PASSOVER & FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD all about?
When do they take place?
Why do we have to observe them?
1 Corinthians 5:6-8 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
6 Your boasting is no good. Don’t you know that a little hametz leavens the whole batch of dough? 7 Get rid of the old hametz,[a] so you may be a new batch, just as you are unleavened—for Messiah, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Therefore let us celebrate the feast not with old hametz,[b] the hametz of malice and wickedness, but with unleavened bread—the matzah of sincerity and truth.
YAH’S Holy Moed Pesach (Festival of Passover) is coming up. Here are the dates for this year:
1st Passover Seder Night is: sun-down Friday 30th to sun-down Saturday 31st March 2018
2nd Passover Seder Night is: sun-down Saturday 31st March to sun-down Sunday 1st April 2018
The OMER COUNTING (Hebrew: HA SEFIRAT HA OMER) will commence on the second night of the Passover Seder.
The FIRST TWO and LAST TWO DAYS of PASSOVER are HIGH SABBATH HOLY DAYS during which NO WORK is to be performed but rather time is spent in YAH’S Presence as well as resting.
- The in-between days, called “CHOL HAMO’ED,” are Half Holy Days.
- Synagogue services include a special TORAH Reading and HALLEL Songss of Praise.
- A special KIDDUSH over the wine is recited on the Shabbat during PASSOVER.
The SEDER begins a WEEK OF CELEBRATION. Traditional Jews observe PASSOVER for EIGHT DAYS.
SEDURIM (plural for SEDER) are held on the FIRST TWO NIGHTS.
YAH’S (a.k.a ELOHIM meaning GOD) Festival of PASSOVER is a very special one and has something in common with YAH’S DAY OF ATONEMENT (a.k.a YOM KIPPUR) as it is all about DOING AWAY WITH SIN, killing sin and its power!!!
On both Feast Days, we think about:
- YAHUSHUA, our LORD who sacrificed HIS own life unto ABBA YAHUVEH (a.k.a YAHWEH) GOD, thereby ending all animal sacrifices unto ABBA YAHUVEH on behalf of mankind for the purpose of Redemption from sin and it’s power!
- The Mighty and PRECIOUS BLOOD of YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH
- The MERCY SEAT on the ARK OF THE COVENANT
- On PESACH, a LAMB was used however on YOM KIPPUR, two Goats (for the Children of Israel) and a bull (for the Priests) were used! Goats are in the same family of animals as lambs/sheep.
On PESACH, the solution to destroying the willpower to sin was/is given and on YOM KIPPUR, sin and it’s power are totally destroyed, killed and cast into the pits of hell the lake of fire where Satan and his fellow fallen angels dwell!!!
Praise Praise Praise Praise Praise Praise Praise Almighty YAH for this!!!
YAHUVEH ELOHIM commands us as follows concerning HIS Calendar (a.k.a Appointed Days/Set Times and Seasons):
Leviticus 23 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
23 Then Adonai spoke to Moses saying: 2 “Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, and tell them: These are the appointed moadim of Adonai, which you are to proclaim to be holy convocations—My moadim.
3 “Work may be done for six days, but the seventh day is a Shabbat of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You are to do no work—it is a Shabbatto Adonai in all your dwellings.
Pesach and Feast of Matzot
4 “These are the appointed feasts of Adonai, holy convocations which you are to proclaim in their appointed season. 5 During the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening, is Adonai’s Passover. 6 On the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Matzot to Adonai. For seven days you are to eat matzah. 7 On the first day you are to have a holy convocation and you should do no regular work. 8 Instead you are to present an offering made by fire to Adonai for seven days. On the seventh day is a holy convocation, when you are to do no regular work.”
Bikkurim and Shavuot
9 Adonai spoke to Moses saying: 10 “Speak to Bnei-Yisrael and tell them: When you have come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you are to bring the omer[a] of the firstfruits of your harvest to the kohen. 11 He is to wave the omer before Adonai, to be accepted for you. On the morrow after the Shabbat, the kohen is to wave it. 12 On the day when you wave the omer you are to offer a male lamb without blemish, one year old, as a burnt offering to Adonai. 13 The grain offering with it should be two tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil—an offering made by fire to Adonai for a soothing aroma. Its drink offering with it should be a quarter of a gallon[b] of wine. 14 You are not to eat bread, roasted grain, or fresh grain until this same day—until you have brought the offering of your God. It is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.
15 “Then you are to count from the morrow after the Shabbat, from the day that you brought the omer[c] of the wave offering, seven complete Shabbatot. 16 Until the morrow after the seventh Shabbat you are to count fifty days,[d] and then present a new grain offering to Adonai. 17 You are to bring out of your houses two loaves of bread for a wave offering, made of two tenths of an ephah of fine flour. They are to be baked with hametz as firstfruits to Adonai. 18 You are to present, along with the bread, seven one-year-old lambs without blemish, one young bull, and two rams. They will become a burnt offering to Adonai, with their meal offering, and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to Adonai. 19 Also you are to offer one male goat for a sin offering and a pair of year-old male lambs for a sacrifice of fellowship offerings. 20 The kohen is to wave them with the bread of the firstfruits as a wave offering before Adonai, with the two lambs. They shall be holy to Adonai for the kohen. 21 You are to make a proclamation on the same day that there is to be a holy convocation, and you should do no regular work. This is a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.
22 “Now when you reap the harvest of your land, you are not to reap to the furthest corners of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Rather you are to leave them for the poor and for the outsider. I am Adonai your God.”
23 Adonai spoke to Moses saying: 24 “Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, saying: In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you are to have a Shabbat rest, a memorial of blowing (shofarot),[e] a holy convocation. 25 You are to do no regular work, and you are to present an offering made by fire to Adonai.”
26 Adonai spoke to Moses, saying: 27 “However, the tenth day of this seventh month is Yom Kippur,[f] a holy convocation to you, so you are to afflict yourselves. You are to bring an offering made by fire to Adonai. 28 You are not to do any kind of work on that set day, for it is Yom Kippur, to make atonement for you before Adonai your God. 29 For anyone who does not deny himself on that day must be cut off from his people. 30 Anyone who does any kind of work on that day, that person I will destroy from among his people. 31 You should do no kind of work. It is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 32 It is to be a Shabbat of solemn rest for you, and you are to humble your souls. On the ninth day of the month in the evening—from evening until evening—you are to keep your Shabbat.”
33 Adonai spoke to Moses saying: 34 “Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, and say, On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the Feast of Sukkot, for seven days to Adonai. [g] 35 On the first day there is to be a holy convocation—you are to do no laborious work. 36 For seven days you are to bring an offering by fire to Adonai. The eighth day will be a holy convocation to you, and you are to bring an offering by fire to Adonai. It is a solemn assembly—you should do no laborious work.
37 “These are the moadim of Adonai, which you are to proclaim to be holy convocations, to present an offering by fire to Adonai—a burnt offering, a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, each on its own day, 38 besides those of the Shabbatot of Adonai and besides your gifts, all your vows and all your freewill offerings which you give to Adonai.
39 “So on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruits of the land, you are to keep the Feast of Adonaifor seven days. The first day is to be a Shabbat rest, and the eighth day will also be a Shabbat rest. 40 On the first day you are to take choice fruit of trees, branches of palm trees,[h] boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook, and rejoice before Adonai your God for seven days. 41 You are to celebrate it as a festival to Adonai for seven days in the year. It is a statute forever throughout your generations—you are to celebrate it in the seventh month. 42 You are to live in sukkot for seven days. All the native-born in Israel are to live in sukkot, 43 so that your generations may know that I had Bnei-Yisrael to dwell in sukkot when I brought them out of the land of Egypt. I am Adonai your God.”
44 So Moses declared to Bnei-Yisrael the moadim of Adonai.
Video: Song – Pierced For Our Transgressions; Punished For Our Sins
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/Abib. ABIB means Spring.
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 (The Children of Israel freed from Egyptian slavery/bondage as well as YAHUSHUA crucified and buried as The Final Passover Lamb)
UNLEAVENED BREAD (YAHUSHUA buried)
FIRST FRUITS (YAHUSHUA resurrects)
THE PASSOVER ORIGINS
The PASSOVER story begins when Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and came to be an official in the court of the Egyptian Pharoah. Joseph’s advice saved the land from a great famine. When Joseph’s family came to Egypt in search for food, Pharoah invited them to stay. They lived in peace for many years and became known as Israelites.
Years later, a new Pharoah came to rule. He did not remember Joseph and all he had done for the Egyptians. He saw that the Israelite population was growing, and feared that in a war they might side with the enemy.
So Pharoah made the Israelites slaves. He forced them to work hard building his cities and palaces. They knew neither peace not rest, only misery and pain.
To limit the population, Pharoah decreed that every baby born to an Israelite woman be drowned in the river.
Miriam, the baby’s sister, saw the princess rescue her brother and asked if she needed a bay nurser. The princess said yes. Miriam told her mother, and so it happened that Yocheved was able to care for her son and teach him about his people.
The princess named the baby Moses. In Hebrew, his name means “brought out of the water.”
Moses could have lived at the Pharoah’s palace forever, but he could not bear to watch the suffering of the Jewish slaves. He left Egypt and became a shepherd in a faraway land.
One day when Moses was taking care of his sheep, he saw a BURNING BUSH and heard YAH’S voice coming from the bush. YAH (a.k.a GOD) told Moses to go back to Egypt to free the Israelites and take them away from cruel Pharoah.
Moses returned to Egypt. He went to see Pharoah and told him, “Let my people go,” But Pharoah refused to listen to him.
YAH was angry with Pharoah and punished him ten times. These punishments were called plagues. Each punishment frightened Pharoah, and each time he promised to free the slaves. But he did not keep his word. Finally, after the last plague, the DEATH OF THE FIRST-BORN SONS of the Egyptians, Pharoah agreed to let the Israelites go.
The people got ready quickly. They didn’t have time to bake bread for their journey. Instead they put raw dough on their backs. The sun baked it into hard crackers called MATZAH. The Jewish people followed Moses to the banks of the sea.
Soon after Pharoah let the slaves leave, he changed his mind and ordered his army to bring them back. Pharoah’s soldiers caught up with the Israelites by the banks of the sea.
YAH told Moses to hold up his ROD/STAFF (which was also his walking stick). When he did, a strong wind parted the sea, and the people were able to walk across on dry land. The Egyptians came after them into the sea. Moses gain lifted his STAFF, and the waters rushed back, covering the Egyptians and their horses and chariots.
When the people were safely out of Egypt, Moses and his sister Miriam led them in songs of thanks to YAH.
WHAT IS PASSOVER LIKE TODAY?
The name PASSOVER (PESACH, in Hebrew) is taken from the story of the Exodus from Egypt. When Phariah refused Moses’ request to free the Jewish people, YAH brought plagues on the Egyptians.
During the Tenth Plague, YAH struck down the first-born sons of the Egyptians, but he Passed Over The Homes Of The Jews. That night Pharoah finally agreed to let the Jewish people go free. Thus, Passover is also called the TIME OF OUR FREEDOM!
Another name for PASSOVER is the:
HOLIDAY OF MATZAH.
The TORAH commands us to eat MATZAH, to recall how our ancestors had to leave Egypt in such a hurry that the dough for their bread did not have time to rise.
WHAT EXACTLY IS CHAMETZ?
The TORAH commands us to remove all Chametz from our homes during Passover as a reminder that the Jewish slaves had not time to let their dough rise in their hurry to leave Egypt.
CHAMETZ, THAT WHICH WE ARE FORBIDDEN TO EAT ON PASSOVER, IS A MIXTURE OF FLOUR AND WATER THAT HAS BEEN ALLOWED TO FERMENT OR TO RISE.
It also includes foods made from such a mixture, such as bread, rolls, cookies and pasta.
BEFORE PASSOVER, MANY JEWISH FAMILIES ENGAGE IN SPRING CLEANING.
- They scour the house from top to bottom to get rid of all chametz.
- They fill the cupboards with special Passover foods.
- Some families also take out special dishes, pots and pans used only on Passover.
Not only can’t we eat chametz during Passover, we should not own any!!! Thus traditionally Jews “sell” their chametz to non-Jews for the week of the holiday. They use a contract created by the rabbis for this purpose.
The rabbis say that chametz – dough that has been allowed to puff up – is a reminder of how we can get puffed up and self-important. Getting rid of chametz before Passover reminds us to think about getting rid of our false pride.
The FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD is usually observed for eight (8) days from the 14th day of the Month of Nisan.
Note that 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 YAH’S True 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!
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!
Important Information On How To Celebrate PASSOVER and The Feast Of UNLEAVENED BREAD:
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.
- (The first and last days 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, AMEN!
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.)
Other useful links in relation to PASSOVER: