of Messiah's First
Coming as the
the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
The Pharisees, the religious establishment of the time, knew very well what Jesus was talking about. They were well versed in the typology of the Messiah as the Bread of Heaven. They knew when He referred to Himself as the Bread of Heaven that He was claiming to be the promised Messiah, the Holy One of Israel. That is why they took up stones to stone Him.
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TO THE 7 FEASTS
THE SPRING FEASTS 1. THE PASSOVER 2. THE FEAST OF
3. THE FEAST OF
THE SUMMER FEAST 4. THE FEAST OF
THE FALL FEASTS OF ISRAEL 5. THE FEAST OF
6. THE DAY OF
7. THE FEAST OF
#2 THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREADThere are two scripture passages in which the Feast of Unleavened Bread is described.
ESTABLISHED BY YHVH-GOD AT SINAI.
They can be found in Exodus 12 and in Leviticus 23.
Leviticus 23 (NKJV [& GWF])
The Feasts of the LORD
1 And the LORD [YHVH] spoke to Moses, saying,2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them:
‘The feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations,
these are My feasts.The SabbathThe Holy Scriptures stipulate the duration of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. It is to last seven days.
3 'Six days shall work be done,
but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation.
You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.
The Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread
4 'These are the feasts of the LORD,
holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times.
5 On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the LORD’s Passover.
6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month
is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD;
seven days you must eat unleavened bread.
7 On the first day you shall have a holy convocation;
you shall do no customary work on it.
8 But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD for seven days.
The seventh day shall be a holy convocation;
you shall do no customary work on it.'"
THE MEANING OF THE "HIGH DAYS" IN THE FESTIVE SEASONSThe first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, (decreed in Leviticus 23 as Nisan 15), is a "high" day, a "holy convocation" or a "holy day", from which we get our word "holiday". This first day of Unleavened Bread is a "Sabbath". And so also is the seventh day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, (which is the 21st of Nisan). A Sabbath, whether it be a high holy consecrated Sabbath or the regular weekly (Saturday) Sabbath is a day in which no customary servile work was to be done. The Sabbath is to be a day consecrated to God. It is a time set aside for fellowship with Him. In the case of the high holy Sabbath days it is a time to gather with others to celebrate who YHVH-God is, to remember what He has already done in times past on that particular Hebrew calendar day, and then to consider prophetically the things the Holy One of Israel has said that He He will do in times to come on that same Hebrew calendar day.
THESE "HOLY DAYS" ARE NON-SATURDAY SABBATHS.
And what is the point of all this? Well as we have discovered, our God, unlike all the other Gods, is Someone who can be known by those who diligently seek Him. The Holy One of Israel is not one to leave us groping around in spiritual darkness, sidelined in existential Buddhist style mystic Christian contemplations of navels and other religious objects. Nor will He leave lost Gomer cut of from the Holy Scriptures in a religious fog of Augustinian allegorizations and Hellenistic humanistic Greek rationalizations of the Alexandrian school of interpretation of Holy Scripture. This neglect of the proper grammatical historical Berean method of interpretation led Lost Israel off into the Dark Ages and into those medieval forests haunted by witches, hobgoblins, and fairies.
The Light of Israel is shining among the heathen. And the God of Israel, as always, is up front with those who truly seek Him. And He is easy to deal with. His yoke is easy and His burden light. His words are "yea, yes", and "Amen, "so be it!" So the Seven Feasts of Israel are seven waypoints on a spiritual map. These are special days when Old Covenant and New Covenant issues come to a head. They are also a road map and a chart for Pilgrims on their way home. The Feasts of the Lord are seven waypoints in YHVH-God's cosmic agenda for the redemption, the Holy Spirit equipping, and the eventual perfection and glorification of all His covenant people at the climax of the age. His "ekklesia", His called our Congregation, are to become a single redeemed reunited undivided restored Elect.
So this matter of the Sabbath is not an onerous legalistic finger waving matter at all. It is a day in which we fellowship and celebrate with YHVH-God. The Sabbath was instituted by God as a time of joy, a time to pause from our work, recharge our batteries, and strengthen our faith in Him. God likes to camp out with His people. And what did YHVH-God, the sinless unleavened Bread of Heaven, say about the Sabbath when He came down into this leavened cosmos among us as Yeshua Hamashiach? He said,"The Sabbath is for man. And not man for the Sabbath.Dear saints, the Sabbath is a gift from God.
Therefore the Son of man is also Lord of the Sabbath." (Mark 2:27)
He personally set it up for us. And He did it for our good!
THE FIRST AND THE SEVENTH DAYS OF THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREADThe first day of Unleavened Bread is the night following the twilight and the sunset of Passover and the following day until sunset. This Sabbath day or "high" day, the night and day after the Passover lambs are killed is day #1 of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Being a Sabbath it is a time set aside for sacred assembly, a holy convocation or a high holy day, a rest day devoted to the Holy One of Israel. The seventh day and the last day of the week long feast is also a Sabbath.
THESE ARE CONSECRATED HIGH HOLY DAYS OR SABBATHS.
This matter of certain holy days being referred to in scripture as a Sabbath is most important. Christians for the most part, even Biblical Christians are unaware of the importance of these special "high" days and that a Sabbath, a day sanctified and set aside for rest and for devotion to God, can be any day of the week. During the passion year the first day of Unleavened Bread, a Sabbath, happened to come on a Friday. Christians are still kept under an ecclesiastical fog about this. They think a Sabbath must always be the weekly Sabbath, a Saturday. But the fourth commandment also applies to these holy consecrated feast day Sabbaths as well."Remember the Sabbath day,Christians today are only just beginning to get a handle on this matter of the weekly Sabbath and the "high day" Sabbaths, the holy days. Many are beginning to see the vital importance of this as a blood covenant matter. Unfortunately they have been led to believe the standard medieval Christian teaching that the seventh day Sabbath is just a Jewish Saturday worship tradition and merely a matter of "the Law of Moses" which should no longer concern us as Christians. In this they are not being given the Biblical truth. The fourth commandment still stands. It was a statute given for as long as there are people on this earth. These Old Covenant matters are still important, even though the Church departed from them after the Neo-Platonist allegorizations of holy Scripture by Origen in the third century, the Church going to bed with the Roman Caesar Constantine at the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. and the anti-Throne of David (anti-Semitic) Replacement theology spawned by Augustine.
and keep it holy". - Exodus 20:8
It is true that as as matter of our personal righteousness and personal salvation before God), the Old Covenant is not the end of the journey of the saints. The national covenant is not all that God has for His people. The Old Covenant is lifted up, brought to completion, and perfected in and through the personal work of the Holy Spirit inside individuals. This is the New Covenant. But God's righteous rule, His Law, and the national covenant, the Old Covenant, has not been superseded and "done away with" as we have been told. Antinomian churchmen are misguided when they make such assertions. The Old Covenant that YHVH-God made with the nation of Israel is not killed by the New Covenant, the covenant He makes with individuals in the Congregation of Israel, (the Church). No, not at all. The Old Covenant with the nation of Israel is being lifted up and restored by the New Covenant. This is the covenant God personally establishes with individuals, with the people of His Congregation. And so God's righteous rule and Law will be, and is being, lifted up by God's Grace through faith in Yeshua Hamashiach, Israel's promised Sacrifice Lamb.
Jeremiah spoke of this inner work of the Law performed by Ruach Kadosh, the Holy Spirit, inside human hearts. He also spoke of YHVH-God's personal salvation coming to both houses of Israel here in Jeremiah 31:31-33.
So this matter of the Sabbath is not the burden it has been made out to be. Nor is this just so much "religion". It is a serendipity. And the joy of this discovery is only experienced by those who enter in. Because since the Garden, the times of righteous Abel, and the days of Enoch Yehoveh-God does indeed walk with men. And He does bring His personal salvation and His peace. The indwelling Messiah of Israel brings His Millennial Sabbath rest to to those who call upon Him. He is receiving such individuals right here on earth every day. And every Sabbath day and High Holy Day is still are still precious times of fellowship between the God of Israel and His covenant people.
But alas, the fourth commandment has been forgotten by the lost sheep of the House of Israel. And they do not recognize, revere, and enter into the Sabbaths attached to the Spring Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Summer Feast of Pentecost, and the yet to unfold Fall Feasts of Israel. So most Christians today are missing out on these rich and inspiring spiritual venues. For those who draw near these special High Holy days are always attended by wonderful blessings from God.
The prophet Jeremiah lamented.Jeremiah 50But the days will come when the Lion of Judah will roar.
6 “ My people have been lost sheep.
Their shepherds have led them astray;
They have turned them away on the mountains.
They have gone from mountain to hill;
They have forgotten their resting place.
And the sons of God'will come trembling from the West'.Those languishing under the pagan gargoyles perched atop the cathedrals will hear the call.
With continual weeping they shall come,- Jer. 50:4-5
And seek the LORD their God.
5 They shall ask the way to Zion,
With their faces toward it,
Like the prodigal son they will awaken to their derelict state, and begin to wonder why they continue to eat the pods thrown out for the pigs.
And like the prophet Hosea's wife Gomer, who said, "I will return to my first husband", the awakening will surely come.
And like the Shulamite in the Song of Songs who waited and longed for her beloved
their hearts will be stirred into a great awakening when they hear a gentle knock at the door.
In those coming days of awe the Melo-HaGoyim, even a "fullness of nations" will respond to the call.
Pushed by Apocalyptic history they will get up and leave their structured comfort zone.
They will go out in search of the One they love, the One they have been missing all this time.
And they will find Him!
Because in all their wilderness wanderings He has been the pro-active One.
All along He has been calling out to them and wooing them.
And He is the One that in their heart of hearts they have really loved all the time.
Many will find Him, even in a time of weeping and in the midst of a concurrent Great Apostasy and a great End-Time Revival. In that day many of the ones who have been afar off will come to know the indwelling Messiah. In their initial contact most will see Him as their High Priest. But later they will come to know Him not only in His religious High Priestly role but also in His Kingdom political role. Because He will be returning to this earth not as the Suffering Servant but as the Conquering King, the King of Salem/Shalom, the Prince of Peace.
Our Messiah came the first time in His High Priestly role as the Suffering Servant. It is in this role that some of the rabbis refer to Messiah as "Meshiach ben Joseph". But when He comes again it will be clear to all who He is. He is Meshiach ben Judah, the returning Messiah, the King of Kings and Lord of lords, the Lion of the Royal Jewish Tribe of Judah. He is the One the European princes didn't want to hear about.
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But then during the 18th Century Frideric Handel wrote, "The Messiah".
He introduced it into western Christendom amidst great excitement and fanfare.
At the conclusion of this musical masterpiece something rare and wonderful happened.
The kings and princes of Europe all stood to their feet!
THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD AND ALL THE FEASTS ARE NOW BEING UNDERSTOOD.All of God's covenant people from both houses of Israel will come to know their Messiah as both Priest and King in the dual anointing of Melchizedek. Our Jewish brethren will come to experience His Sabbath beyond the precincts of the dominant Levitical priesthood. Under the Higher Priesthood of Melchizedek far more of them will come to worship YHVH-God at a higher more personal level than they have ever known. There in that communion, the Unleavened Bread of Heaven, striped, pierced, and hidden will be found again. And in the New Wine that Melchizedek shared with Abraham they will see the atoning blood of Israel's promised Sacrifice Lamb, their true Messiah.
THEY ARE A KEY TO THE GREAT REVIVAL PROMISED FOR THE LATTER DAYS.
The lost House of Israel in the West and beyond, will repent of their past sins, lawlessness, the jealousy, and bloodshed they have committed against their brothers and sister in the royal House of Judah. They will remember the Old Covenant their God made with a nation of 12 tribes, and the promise that the Elect and Chosen People were to be a "royal priesthood and a holy nation". They will discover their ultimate Pilgrim citizenship is in the Commonwealth of Israel. They will remember the Sabbaths of the Lord, not as a legalistic burden but as a joy to be embraced by Grace through faith. The High Holy Days will be remembered and studied and talked about. They will rediscover the ancient paths not under external compulsion but in the devotion the saints have always enjoyed as they walked with the God they love.
In those trying and yet awesome days up ahead they will find their Messiah has been walking by their side.
When they pause to rest and He breaks the Bread of Life before them they will recognize Him.
The Prince of Peace will open their understanding and bring them into His shalom.
And in His serendipity He will lead them into His Sabbath rest.
THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREADBelow is a calendar of the spring feasts as they occurred during the passion year.
AND A HEBREW CALENDAR FOR THE PASSION YEAR
The calendar is based upon these well established Biblical facts.
1. Passover as we see from Leviticus 23 above, always comes on the 14th day of Nisan.
2. The resurrection of Messiah in passion week came on the the first day of the week, a Sunday. See these Scripture passages.
3. The Resurrection of Messiah is Biblically connected to Firstfruits in its timing and in its spirit. Messiah rose from the grave right on this feast day. In His rising He Himself became the firstfruits from the dead Thus He fulfilled the Feast of Firstfruits in the New Covenant. See 1Cor. 15:20-23
4. Jesus/Yeshua was three days and three nights in the grave.
See this scripture Matthew 12:40. 5. If we accept the Scripture showing Yeshua/Jesus was Israel's sacrifice Lamb and that he died on Passover, Nisan 14, and that He was three days and three nights in the grave and since 14 + 3 = 17 then Resurrection Day (Sunday) came on Nisan 17 of passion week. (In Biblical symbolism the number 17 is the number for the sons of God).
6. If Nisan 17 was the Resurrection Day, the Feast of Firstfruits and a Sunday
then the preceding day, Nisan 16, was a weekly (Saturday) Sabbath.
7. If Nisan 17 was the Resurrection Day, the Feast of Firstfruits, and a Sunday then going back two days we come to Nisan 15 which would have been a Friday. Nisan 15 was by definition the first day of Unleavened Bread. It too was a Sabbath, a high holy day of convocation. (See Lev. 23:6-7).
Thus we have Nisan 15 and Nisan 16 being back-to-back Sabbaths during Passover Week in the passion year.
8. If we count back three days and three nights from Firstfruits (Sunday) Resurrection day Nisan 17,
then we come to a Nisan 14 and a Passover crucifixion day of not Friday, but Thursday.
The calendar shows the Feast of Firstfruits, (marked in yellow), the day immediately following the weekly (Saturday) sabbath that follows Passover. It is always the first day of the week, a Sunday, a work day. Firstfruits is also the first day of the barley harvest and on this day the omer, the firstfruits of the barley harvest, are waived before the Lord. It is day#1 for "counting the fifty days of the omer".
The seven days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread are marked out in green. The Leviticus 23 passage above clearly stated that the first and the seventh days of this feast were to be holy convocations in which not regular servile work was to be done. These two days of the feast were to be high holy days, rest days, or sabbaths. Just like the regular weekly sabbath these sabbaths were to be days of rest from labor consecrated in the devotion to the YHVH-God.
Note also, as we count back three days from Firstfruits to Passover, that in the passion year the regular weekly (pagan name Saturday) sabbath of Passover was preceded by the special high holy day, that other divinely appointed sabbath, Nisan 15, the first day of the Feast of Unleavend Bread. So we have two back-to-back sabbaths. And the day before these two sabbaths, (the Friday Nisan 15 sabbath and Saturday Nisan 16 sabbath), came Passover, Nisan 14. This is the day when the sacrifice lambs were killed.
As we noted above, Firstruits is the first day of the barley harvest. It is our anchor day, day#1 for counting the out the fifty days of the omer. (See the numbers 1-50 marked in red). We start counting the days at Firstfruits which is day #1 and then 49 days later comes Day#50 and we have arrived at the summer feast, the Feast of Pentecost. This is another day of wonder and celebration in God. Pentecost is the birthday of the nation of Israel and also the birthday of Israel's wider Congregation.
The New Covenant fulfillment of the Feast of Unleavened Bread was seen in the Passover of Christ's passion. Jesus/Yeshua was buried in the earth during in the fading daylight of Passover on the 14th of Nisan. He was hastily put in the tomb on the Passover and before sunset just in time before the beginning of the sabbath, not the weekly sabbath, but the sabbath of the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
Firstfruits, as we have seen is an important Feast day. It is intimately associated with Passover, (Nisan 14) and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, (Nisan 15-21). But Firstfruits is always on the first day of the week, a Sunday. It is one of two Feast days that do not come attached to any specific date on the Hebrew calendar. It is day #1 of the fifty days leading up to day #50, the Feast of Pentecost.
So Firstfruits and Pentecost are alike in that they are not tagged to the Hebrew calendar. The two feasts mark the beginning and end of the fifty days of the barley harvest. Just as the barley harvest ends the wheat harvest begins at Pentecost. So as we look at our calendar and that square block of seven weeks of seven days and count out the omer to one day beyond day #49 and get to day#50 we notice something else very interesting. Both the Feast of Firstfruits, (day#1) and the Feast of Pentecost, (day #50), occur on the same day of the week.
They both come on a Sunday.
THE SYMBOL OF LEAVEN AS WICKEDNESS.Leaven in the scriptures symbolizes sin.
From the Christian perspective, the picture is quite clear.
Jesus was the unleavened sinless Bread of Heaven.
His life was one of sinless perfection.
And His body was offered up to YHVH/God.
He was the acceptable and perfect sacrifice for sin.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread is also a calling to God's consecrated people.
They are exhorted to journey on with their Saviour in a walk of holiness.
In Christ we enter into a divine communion as we partake of the Unleavened Bread of God.
Through Him we let go of our selfism to enter into a new state of being.
We come into submission to YHVH/God in unpretentious sincerity and truth.
Here are the words of the Apostle Paul on the matter.
1 Corinthians 5When the Israelites left Egypt they left in haste. The bread they took with them was unleavened bread, baked in haste for a people who were on the move and preparing their victuals to travel. The Feast of Unleavened Bread commemorates the time when the Israelites left Egypt. Their next waypoint was the crossing at the Red Sea. They bread they took with them was not puffed up. It was baked without yeast. There simply was not time enough to allow the bread to rise.
7. Therefore purge out the old leaven,
that you may be a new lump,
since you truly are unleavened.
For indeed Christ, our Passover,
was sacrificed for us.
8. Therefore let us keep the feast,
not with old leaven,
nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
THE BREAD FROM HEAVENThe Bread from Heaven was seen in the earlier history of Israel.
The God of Israel provided manna in the wilderness for forty years.
And the heavenly food of provision was spoken of by the prophets.
The Bread of Heaven is seen repeatedly in the poetry of the Old Covenant.
But during the Passover of the Passion year YHVH-God personally demonstrated something more.
He defeated the gnostic powers, the trolls that block the Way between heaven and earth.
How did He do this?
The answer is quite simple.
The sinless Bread of Heaven was put in the grave.
But His body did not see decay of corruption.
He brought His heavenly perfection into this sinful world.
And by His incorruptible Life He defeated the powers of darkness.
And here is the Good News.
He brought salvation to sinful men.
Nehemiah 9:15 NKJVThe typology of Christ as the Bread of Heaven is in the Holy Scriptures.
"You gave them bread from heaven for their hunger,
And brought them water out of the rock for their thirst,
And told them to go in to possess the land
Which You had sworn to give them."
"... had rained down manna on them to eat,
And given them of the bread of heaven."
"The people asked, and He brought quail,
And satisfied them with the bread of heaven."
It is taught in the New Testament and in the very words of Jesus Himself.
Jesus Himself said that He was the "Bread sent from Heaven".
John 6:33 NKJV
"For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world."
"This is the bread which comes down from heaven,
that one may eat of it and not die."
I am the living bread which came down from heaven.
If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever;
and the bread that I shall give is My flesh,
which I shall give for the life of the world."
Jesus was the final and perfect sacrifice for sin.
He was the Suffering Servant spoken of by the prophet Isaiah.
(See Isaiah 53.
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His body, broken and humbled on the cross, was offered for our redemption.
He was buried just as the eve of the Feast of Unleavened Bread approached.
He was in the grave for the 15th of Nisan, according to the scriptures.
And thus Jesus Christ/Yeshua Hamashiach fulfilled the Feast of Unleavened Bread.