Pesach: Biblical Time Parallels
Pesach (Passover), The Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of First fruits, and the Feast of Weeks all began this week, and as we head into this Shabbat it is important we understand the importance of these days and how we have entered into an incredible Biblical cycle that has very real real world implications.
In Scripture this Shabbat, we take a thrillingly prophetic ride from Israel crossing the Red Sea (Exodus 13:17-15:26), to Ezekiel 37:1-14 that prophesied the modern day restoration of Israel, then onwards to the Song of Songs that describes the love between the Bride Groom and His Bride, and finally to the climax of what is to come in Revelation 15:1-4 when those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name will stand triumphantly with harp in hand singing the Song of Moses that was sang after Adonai delivered Israel from Pharaoh’s army at the Red Sea. Talk about a perfect journey from start to finish, from deliverance to deliverance until finally, the Bride of Yeshua worships before the throne of the Father triumphantly in heaven.
8 Days of Pesach
Why is Pesach celebrated for eight days when Scripture clearly states it is only seven days? The simple answer is The Feast of Unleavened Bread. It lasts for seven days, but begins the day after the Pesach Feast which means the eighth day after the Pesach feast there is also a celebration.
Timeline of Yeshua’s Death And Resurrection
How can we know exactly what day Yeshua died and rose again? If we do not understand the way the Bible counts a day, it is impossible to know, but when we understand that a day in the Bible starts at sundown and ends at the next sundown it becomes fairly straight forward. Yeshua was crucified and buried on what the Gospels of Mark, Luke, and John describe as the day of preparation, which would have been the day leading up to Shabbat in order to prepare everything so as not to have to work on that day. This means it would have been Friday during the day that Yeshua was crucified as Shabbat begins once the sun goes down on Friday, hence the reason Yeshua needed to be buried near where He was crucified so the there would be enough time to enter into Shabbat and do no work. It is the perfect picture of Pesach in Egypt when Moses instructed them to take a lamb or goat according to the size of their household before Pesach just as Yeshua was brought to be crucified before the beginning of Pesach.
See how clear and perfect the prophetic fulfilment of Pesach was through Yeshua, The Lamb that was slain? It is also clear that Yeshua rose on the third day, making the third day from sundown Sunday night to sundown Monday night meaning Yeshua would have risen during the day on Monday, which would have been on March 29th, 2021 instead of Easter Sunday which is celebrated a week later on April 4th this year. Easter was originally created by the Catholic Church to replace Pesach which was considered illegal to celebrate at the time because it was seen as Judaizing and therefor heresy.
The Feast of Weeks and the Feast of First Fruits
The Biblical cycle that we enter into when Pesach and the Feast of Unleavened bread begins is much bigger than most realize, because both the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of First Fruits are celebrated at the same time as well. The Feast of first fruits was to bring the first fruits of the harvest as an offering before Adonai, and is still for us as believers today an important time to tithe and thank Adonai for all that He has done and aloud us to prosper in the previous year, and the year to come so that we may continue sewing into His kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Then we have the Feast of weeks, where Adonai commanded the Israelites to begin counting 49 days, 7 Shabbats, and on the 50th day to have a holy convocation which is called Shavuot or Pentecost today.
During these 50 days the harvest was being collected, and during that time every farmer was also commanded by Adonai not to reap to the edges of their field, nor gather the gleaning of their harvest; because they were to leave them for the poor and for the stranger (Leviticus 23:22). It was during this time right now that for 40 days, Yeshua appeared to His disciples and ten days before Shavuot (Pentecost) is when He ascended to heaven to the right hand of the Father asking on our behalf to send the Holy Spirit which came on the 50th day. Each day of the 49 days was to be counted and an offering given to Adonai when the Temple was still standing, but now as we count the days, which is called the Counting of the Omer, we are counting our blessings just as Yeshua’s disciples when they had time with Yeshua face to face, and now time with the Holy Spirit. During these 49 days we remember and act on the last thing Yeshua said before His ascension. “But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.” Are you Yeshua’s witness?
Biblical Timeline Parallels
As we take a deeper dive into what this particular timeline shows us according to Scripture, we find that it is actually a miniature representation of Adonai’s clock in Years, speaking of the Shmita (Sabbatical) year and the Jubilee Year. Think of the Feast of Weeks and Shavuot as the second hand on a watch and the Shmita and Jubilee Year as the hour hand. The Shmita year happens every 7th year and after 7 Shmita years (49 years) the 50th year is a Jubilee Year. On the Shmita Year Adonai commanded the Israelites to let the land rest by not sewing or reaping any harvest and to let anything that grew on its own to be collected by the poor and strangers, similar to the command of Adonai for the Feast of Weeks to leave the edges of the field and the gleanings for the poor and strangers. It was also commanded for all debts to be forgiven on the Shmita Year.
Then comes the parallel between Shavuot, the 50th day, and the Jubilee, or 50th year. During the Jubilee year Adonai commanded the Israelites to free every slave and return all property to its original owner who owned it at the time of the last Jubilee Year. It was a total reset, a restoration of freedom and opportunity just as it had begun when Israel entered the Promised Land. The reset of freedom and opportunity that happened on Shavuot with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was resetting us all the way back to the Garden of Eden, a true reconnection with YHWH that had been lost for thousands of years. So are you taking this gift that has been thousands of years in the making seriously, or have you let it slip into a less honorable category? As we see the perfection and redemptive purpose of the timetable of the Most High, it is time we take it seriously, and be more aligned so that we can take advantage of and be more keenly aware of the infinite blessings we have received and how to walk them out fully for the glory of Adonai.
As we celebrate the end of Pesach this shabbat and the end of the Feast of Unleavened Bread that represents Yeshua’s sinless body being broken for us, let us do so with immense adoration with no angle other than to worship he King of kings and to give thanks for the endless list of gifts and blessings He has so graciously bestowed upon us as His sons and daughters, a royal priesthood, witnesses of Yeshua. As we continue on the path day by day giving thanks during these 49 days of the Feast of Weeks, let’s walk and talk with Yeshua just as He did with His disciples during this time, and to be just as intentional in building our relationship with the Holy Spirit while daily entering into the Holy of Holies by the blood of the Lamb.
What a privilege and an honor to be a a part of this generation who has the great task of continuing to pave the way for the return of the King of glory from the ends of the earth back to Jerusalem. Let us worship the King of Kings like we have never worshipped before this Shabbat, and may the glory of Adonai fall on countless households, in every nation. Adonai bless you and keep you!