Time to ‘Pass Over’ Easter

Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants. When you enter the land that the LORD will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony.  And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he  struck down the Egyptians.'” Then the people bowed down and worshiped. – Exodus 12:24-27 

As Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Easter this weekend, this year’s timing of almost a month between the Jewish Passover and the Christian Easter highlights the distance that the Church has drifted from her Biblical roots. The Church of the 1st century did not celebrate Easter, but followed the Biblical feast cycle, of which Passover is the first feast of each year. Ever since the 2nd century the the Church has been largely cut off from her Biblical roots and Christianity has drifted further and further away from the practices and lifestyle of the early Believers.

The Passover is the absolute foundation of the events that Easter remembers.  Passover is the story of the Israelites liberation from slavery in Egypt. Each family sacrificed a spotless lamb and applied its blood to the door posts of their houses. The Angel of Death passed through all of Egypt and slayed the first born sons. When the Angel saw the blood on the Israelites doors, he passed over the houses of the Jewish families and the first born Jewish boys were spared. Hence the name Passover. Even Pharaoh’s son was killed, prompting Pharaoh to stop testing God and he finally allowed Moses to lead the Israelites to freedom.

At Passover time approximately 1975 years ago, as the Jewish people were preparing to celebrate the festival, the Father in Heaven was also preparing a Passover of His own. As the Jews bought their lambs on the 10th day of the month of Nisan, God’s Lamb entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey, thus fulfilling the messianic prophecy in Zechariah 9:9. Christians celebrate this day as Palm Sunday. The people inspected their lambs for 4 days and then slayed them at 3 pm on Nisan 14th. At 3 pm on Nisan the 14th that year the Lamb of God bled to death on a cross at Calvary in Jerusalem.

It is very easy to see the unmistakable similarities between the Old Covenant original and the New Covenant fulfillment, which both occur at exactly the same time on the same date in the Hebrew calendar. The most important detail of the events of Nisan 14th, is that it was the blood of the family lamb that set the Israelites free from slavery in Egypt, and it is the blood of God’s Lamb, Yeshua, that sets us free from slavery to sin and from the wages of sin – DEATH. The other point is that if the ‘Passion’ week fulfills the Passover typology, then you cant have Palm Sunday and Good Friday because there is only 4 days between the 10th and 14th Nisan. I believe that Psalm Sunday is correct, but a Friday crucifixion is not as it would make it 6 days that Yeshua was inspected. I believe that Yeshua was crucified on Wednesday afternoon, and was placed in the tomb just before the Passover Sabbath began (that was not a Friday Sabbath). That is the only way Yeshua could have been in the grave for 3 days and 3 nights. And that is the only sign Yeshua gave the people that He was the Son of Man.  Please read Matthew 12:39 – 40.

If I am correct, then Christians have been remembering the wrong day since the Nicean Council in 325 AD. Also there is the issue of the name Easter. There is strong evidence that the word is related to Ishtar, an occultic goddess. Whether that is true or not, the sad fact is that because Easter is far removed from Passover, for most of the world the most sacrificial act ever committed has been reduced to nothing more than a public holiday which focuses on chocolate eggs and rabbits. For so many, the connection to  salvation and the promise of eternal life in the Kingdom of God through the death and resurrection of Yeshua, the Son of God and the Lamb of God has been lost. Wearing my evangelist hat, I believe that telling the Passover story, focusing on and explaining the power of the blood of the Lamb has much greater effect in reaching the lost in your families and friendship circles.

If 1900 years of this non-Jewish understanding of the Bible caused the Church to celebrate its important event – the New Covenant initiating crucifixion of the Son of God on the wrong day, then one must wonder “what else have we been doing wrong”?

*    Is the Sabbath Saturday or Sunday?
*    Are the Biblical Feasts still important for Christians?
*    Do the Ten Commandments still apply?
*    Did Yeshua come to abolish the Torah or to embody the Torah and demonstrate how to live in the Kingdom?

Generally, my messages focus on the relevance of the restoration of the Jewish people to their land and to the Messiah. However, I have realised for some time now that God is also in the process of restoring the Church to her Biblical roots. Each year more and more Christians celebrate the Biblical Sabbath, Passover, Shavuot (Pentecost) and the Feast of Tabernacles. Seems something is happening… God is preparing to re-establish His Kingdom on the Earth with His Son Yeshua, the Passover LAMB returning to Jerusalem as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, to sit on the Throne of David to be King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

This article originally appeared on Out of Zion Ministries, March 25, 2016.