THE FOURTH CUP
by Robin Neil
It is agreed by all of Christendom that the Passover was completely fulfilled by Yeshua Messiah, the Passover Lamb. We can see the Messiah in all of the Passover Seder. We see the Lamb of G-d, who taketh away the sins of the world, as John the Baptizer announced. We can see the parallels between the Passover in Egypt, when the Hebrews were ‘passed over' by the angel of Death that struck the first born of Egypt. If the blood of the lamb was on the doorposts, death did not come to that house.
It is not difficult to see the ultimate sacrifice of Yeshua, as the Passover Lamb. Those covered in His Blood are ‘passed over' from the second death. We have eternal life, if we are covered in the Blood of the Lamb. However, we sometimes forget, that after the Passover, came the Exodus. Then the years in the wilderness. G-d does not do things half way. All of the Passover will be fulfilled. There are many insights into the end times, that may be seen in the Exodus and the wanderings. Also, in the Passover Seder itself, we see a picture of deliverance. We also see something left undone. Here is what Yesuha said, at the Last Passover meal which Yeshua shared with His disciples, ( Matt 26:27-29)
v27 "Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, 'Drink from it, all of you.
v28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
v29 But I say to you, I will not drink of THIS fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with YOU in My Father's kingdom.'"
OK, If you are like me, you always thought He was talking about wine. That He would not partake again until His Coming with the Kingdom. In fact, many church doctrines embrace the notion that this was a condemnation of the use of wine entirely. Nothing could be further from the truth. Just what did Yeshua mean when He said "I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father's Kingdom"?
Consider this: In the Pesach/Passover Seder, which is what this was, (see Matt. 26:17) there are FOUR CUPS of wine. These four cups represent Exodus 6:6,7 :
"Therefore say to the children of Israel 'I am the LORD;
1. I will BRING YOU OUT from under the burdens of the Egyptians,
2. I will RESCUE you from their bondage, and
3. I will REDEEM YOU WITH AN OUTSTRETCHED ARM and with great judgments.
4. I will TAKE YOU AS MY PEOPLE, and I will be your G-d."
So, we see the four cups:
"and I will bring you out", 1st cup
"and I will rescue you", 2nd cup
"and I will redeem you", 3rd cup
"and I will take you..." 4th cup
The Messianic Rabbis say that it is the FOURTH CUP that Yeshua would not drink.
It is to be done in the Kingdom.
He brought us (household of G-d) out of the world (as a called out people) (1st cup).
Just as He brought Israel out of the Land of Egypt
He rescued us (household of G-d) from bondage to sin (second cup)
Just as He rescued Israel out of the bondage of slavery.
He redeemed us (household of G-d) with outstretched arms on the Cross (third cup).
Just as Moses redeemed the children of Israel, with outstretched arms.
But what of the FOURTH CUP?
In Exodus 6:7 we see the Fourth Cup..... "I will take you as My people (called out ones) and I will be your G-d."
To be sure, we can see that we are also ‘called out ones', just as is all of Israel. And by the Blood of Yesuha, we are grafted into the Household of G-d.
So Yeshua would not, at His last Passover Seder before His crucifixion, drink of the fourth cup. Why?
Yeshua Messiah tells us why in Matt 26:29 that He will not drink "THAT CUP....that fruit of the vine, UNTIL I TAKE YOU TO MY FATHER'S KINGDOM."
It is Yeshua's ‘unfinished business'....that drinking of the Fourth Cup. And it is a Promise we shall see fulfilled when He returns. At that time, His Father's Kingdom will be on Earth, as it is written:
v15 "Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Messiah, and He shall reign forever and forever".
And all of Israel .....
the complete Household of G-d....
shall be His People .....
and He shall be our G-d.
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