Pesach (Passover): Back to Normal, New Normal, or Not?
One year ago, for the first time in 3,500 years since the Exodus from Egypt, the majority of the world’s population was forced to stay indoors to celebrate Pesach (Passover) with our families just as the Israelites did that fateful night in Egypt (Exodus 12:3). It was a not so subtle invitation from the Almighty for us to open our eyes to what was unfolding according to His Word, like a worldwide trumpet blast for all who have ears to hear. So, did He get our attention, or not? As we take a closer look at the ten judgments Adonai brought upon Egypt, we see that each one specifically targeted an Egyptian god just so Adonai could make clear the God of Israel is the One True God.
Many thought COVID-19 was bringing the idols and systems of traditional society to a screeching halt, just as the judgements on Egypt did, but what it really did was to expose to all the world the mechanisms of manipulation and the powers that be, once carefully hidden, now operating openly with impunity. The Egyptian system that had nearly stripped the divine identity away from the Israelites, that shackled and enslaved a people destined to be the light of the world, and would give birth to Yeshua the Messiah, were given the opportunity to shake off the oppressive and idolatrous paradigms and have hope once again for the nearly forgotten covenant Adonai made with Abraham, Issac, and Jacob. In case you have not noticed, that is not the case one year later, and the noose is tightening, not letting go. The giants in the land have risen, and they are challenging, taunting, and mocking like Goliath did to the armies and God of Israel.
TIMES AND PARADIGMS
As the beloved of Adonai, whose times and paradigms are we running according to now? For three hundred years after the death and resurrection of Yeshua, the Body of Messiah continued to run according to the Biblical Calendar, celebrating Shabbat from sundown Friday until sundown on Saturday. They celebrated the appointed Biblical feasts, celebrating Pesach (Passover) according to its fulfillment through Yeshua’s death on the cross and resurrection that the feast itself prophesied. They celebrated the Feast of Unleavened Bread that now represents the sinless Body of Yeshua that was broken for us, etc. Notice a pattern? Everything happens according to the Biblical Calendar, God’s timeline. So what happened? Why did it all fade away, and what calendar, or whose are we living according to now? If you haven’t guessed it already, it’s not Elohim’s.
AMBASSADORS AND GIANTS
“He will speak words against the Most High [God] and wear down the saints of the Most High, and he will intend to change the times and the law” (Daniel 7:25). Sound familiar? It has been happening since the Body of Messiah has existed, and this time is no different. In history, a famous saying comes to mind that a famous Japanese Admiral is remembered for saying after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor; “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” Except this time it is not just America, but the globe, and this time it is not a sleeping giant, but ambassadors of the Living God, the Author and Creator of the universe. What refreshing clarity, like the lifting of a demonic hypnosis from the Body of Messiah. The lethargic, and uncoordinated Body of Yeshua is regaining its balance, composure, awareness, purpose, and vision as we re-align to the Head, Yeshua, and let Him guide our every move.
RESURRECTION, ASCENSION, SHAVUOT
Pesach (Passover) will begin at twilight on Nissan 14th (March 27), and the Feast of Unleavened Bread which lasts 7 days will begin on Nissan 15th (March 28). However, we must also be aware of what comes next according to Scripture in the New Covenant. After Yeshua rose again on the third day Nissan 18 (March 30), He appeared to the disciples and others over a period of 40 days (Acts 1:3) then told them to wait for the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4), which came on Shavuot (Pentecost) 10 days later.
We know this because the celebration of Shavuot, also known as the Feast of Weeks takes place after the 49 days (7 Weeks) of the counting of the Omer which starts on the second night of Pesach (Leviticus 23:15-16). That’s right, they were celebrating an “Old Testament” Feast commemorating Moses receiving the Torah on Mount Sinai, but its redemptive purpose was revealed to them on that day when the Holy Spirit came. The counting of the Omer is important because it was the daily offering of the first fruits of the barley harvest, then after Shavuot (Pentecost) the first fruit of the wheat harvest. There is no longer a temple for offerings nor is it needed, but according to the Biblical Calendar, this is the time to give our first fruit offering, our tithe, unto the Most High as we feel led by the Holy Spirit, giving thanks for the successful harvest and harvest to come.
It was during the counting of the Omer that Yeshua appeared to the disciples several times talking to them about the Kingdom of Adonai (Acts 1:3). This time period lasts from the sunset of March 30th to nightfall on May 16th. For all of us, this period of time should be a special time with Yeshua, a time to ask about the Kingdom of God and how we are to live and teach the Kingdom. This time of intimacy and revelation is a key in the padlock of the door of the heart of the Father. Imagine being face to face with Yeshua multiples times as He reveals Himself through Scripture to you from Genesis to Revelation, then says wait there’s more, I need to petition the Father on your behalf to send an even greater gift, the Holy Spirit. What a period of awe it must have been for the disciples! 50 days straight of glory to glory, revelation to revelation, the secrets and mysteries of the Word and the age to come being revealed. This is our inheritance and birthright in Yeshua, and it is high time we live it out with great expectation and resurrection power.
Let My people go to worship Me in the wilderness (Exodus 7:16-18). That was the purpose of the judgments and the blood of the lamb on the doorposts. That was the purpose of the blood of Yeshua, so that neither death nor sin would separate us any longer from the Father, as Yeshua is the only way to the Father (John 14:6). The time when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit [from the heart, the inner self] and in truth; for the Father seeks such people to be His worshipers (John 23), is at hand and it is our great privilege to do so. We remember the reason for the blood. With our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit, we worship like the worshippers the Father has been looking for, like King David before the Ark of the Covenant, not aware of the eyes of others, but only the eyes of the Father in his joy and exaltation of the King of glory.
The Biblical calendar and clock are being reset while the world system attempts a reset of its own. The veil is being lifted and the choice is being given for us to behold and see Him in the fulness of time, or try to find our way back into chains and bondage. Let us see clearly the purpose for which these things are being allowed to happen in the season in which it is happening that we might heed the call of the King of glory to break away from legalism and tradition, fear and division, and enter into the power of the Kingdom rooted in the Word of God, His perfect love, and the Holy Spirit. There are giants in the land that need removing, and the Davids are rising up, a royal priesthood to represent the King of kings here and now. If you are reading this, that’s you! Let this Pesach (Passover) mark the beginning of a new season of victory, breakthrough, overcoming, and freedom in your identity in Yeshua and His promises over your life, and watch the giants be plucked from your path like dry grass by the mighty hand of the Great i Am. Adonai bless you and keep you!