Passover, the Promise
for the First-born
CONT., page 4
TIME NOW FOR PASSOVER
Now that we have seen the crux of what is to be said here, let us examine some other revealing evidences to this.
First, it is most striking that despite the general awareness Christians today have regarding Passover, almost nothing is said regarding it in the teachings of Paul or any other New Testament writer. Though Passover is mentioned in the gospels and once in Acts, other than a brief mention in Hebrews 11:28 that Moses "kept the Passover," the only other time the word Passover is used is once by Paul, and that in such a way that is barely a theological statement at all. To the Corinthians who had among them a man who was having relations with his father's wife, Paul instructed them to remove him even as the leaven was removed from the Passover feast - "For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed" (1 Corinthians 5:7). That one small reference is the sum total of any theological discussion whatsoever as to any meaning or relevance of Passover.
Is this surprising to you? It certainly was to me, for the general thought is that it was Yahshua's sacrifice as the Passover lamb that effects our forgiveness of sins, yet this is NEVER ONCE argued in the Scriptures. Remarkably, outside of the gospels, Passover is a silent issue in the New Testament.
There are verses like that found in 1 Peter 1:19 that refer to "a lamb unblemished and spotless," but the death of a lamb was not limited to Passover. There were many sacrifices involving the use of spotless lambs that were specifically for the forgiveness of sins; but the fact is, the Passover lamb was never mentioned for such a purpose. And of all the writings in the New Testament regarding the forgiveness of sins, in not a single case is Passover ever mentioned or referenced. Again, the death of the Passover lamb was specifically for the purpose of preventing the death of the first-born, not at all for the forgiveness of sins. Thus passages like this one in 1 Peter could never have referred to the Passover lamb.
With the Passover death of Yahshua, why was it that the New Testament writers, including Paul, never wrote about Passover? Because they never understood its vital purpose, nor were they affected by its vital work. The death of Yahshua as the Passover lamb has its fulfillment in the second Remnant, and only now is the second Remnant present on this earth to tell others how this critical work is to be fulfilled. Never before has this been known, and never before could anything be written concerning it. We are seeing Yahweh's back, and only now are we seeing what He is doing per Passover.
In the writing on this web site titledPassover, we see that the Israelites left Egypt specifically on Passover, entered into a breach or wilderness period, and finally after forty years entered into the promised land specifically on Passover. This entire journey of the sons of Israel is nothing less than a foretelling account of the church. The church was delivered by the work of Yahshua on Passover, entered into the breach or wilderness period for forty Jubilees, and now in these present days is likewise poised to enter into the promised land by specifically a Passover work. This is the Passover work of the second Remnant. And as we have seen before, it is this promise-land-entering Passover work that is about to be fulfilled.
What further evidence do we have that the Passover work which has been breached is only now being fulfilled? There are two times in the New Testament in which the Passover is identified with specific timing. In Matthew 26:2 we read - "You know that after two days the Passover is coming," and in John 12:1 we read - "Jesus therefore six days before the Passover, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead." Both of these times are most interesting, and both confirm the fulfillment of a Passover work at this time.
When Yahshua initiated the Passover work with His death at Passover, who knew then that there would be a 2,000 year delay? But this is precisely what is testified in these words in Matthew - "You know that after two days the Passover is coming." This is precisely what has happened. Now after "two days," or 2,000 years, Passover is coming.
Likewise, "six days before the Passover" was a most telling period of time. It marked the beginning of man 6,000 years ago. Thus the "six days before Passover" identified the 120 Jubilee probation period associated with the kingdom beginning in the garden, and the "two days" identified the forty Jubilee delay period of the church associated with the forty years of wilderness wandering. So we find that both of these periods of time assigned to Passover are remarkably telling, with both consistently pointing to the long awaited present fulfillment of Passover for man!
Actually, there is a roundabout third evidence regarding this timing that is equally interesting and revealing. We find that it was specifically at a Passover that twelve year old Yahshua was brought to Jerusalem and remained there after His parents had begun their return journey home. Luke 2:44 tells us that they had traveled "a day's journey" before realizing His absence. So, a return trip to find Him would equally be a day's journey; thus they journeyed two days as well. But in verse 46 we read that He was not found until the third day. So they traveled two days, and found Him on the third, all of this being relevant to their Passover celebration.
This too is consistent with what we have seen already. "After two days," or even "six days before," imply the completion of these periods of time. When we see the vital significance of this per Yahweh's Jubilee periods, we understand why these periods of time must be completed. Thus it is in fact that the Passover Yahweh will perform is on the third or even seventh day, which in both cases places this Passover promised land work in the Millennial reign of Yahshua with His two-part Remnant. We therefore see that all three of these witnesses bear evidence to the same timing.
One final note on all of this that is particularly interesting. In the writing,The Raven, we saw that Satan has been the original covering cherub over the church. This place is to be replaced by the two-part covering cherubs seen over the ark of the covenant, or the two-part Remnant. There is something that is most striking about all of this. There are two times in the Bible in which birthdays are celebrated. The first is the birthday party of Pharaoh when he brought both the baker and the cupbearer before him (Genesis 40). The second is the birthday party of Herod when he brought John the Baptist before him, at least his head (Matthew 14:1-12). In both of these cases of Bible birthday parties, someone lost their head - the baker by hanging and John by the sword! Now can you imagine that this is coincidental? Hardly!
Let us put some more information together as well. In Matthew and Mark we find that in response to Yahshua receiving the word about John's death, He removed himself to a lonely place. It was to that place that a multitude of 5,000 followed Him and He fed them. When did all of this take place? John 6:4 tells us that it was at the time of Passover. Thus we see that John the Baptist was killed at the time of Passover.
But what makes this particularly striking is that John was the Elijah work. In truth the first Remnant should have been the Elijah work, but was not. Like Moses, they had to die and could not enter into the promised land until later. So who was it that killed the first Remnant? It was him who has the power of death - Satan, as stated in a literal translation of Hebrews 2:14. The death of the first Remnant meant the loss of the Head (they could not bring Yahshua's return), equally testified when Eli fell backward and broke his neck and died when the ark of the covenant presence of Yahweh fell into the hands of the enemy - Ichabod, the glory had departed! The fact was, when the first Remnant died, there was to be a long wait (2,000 years) before a return to the headship, the presence, of Yahshua - the return of the ark of the covenant presence of Yahweh.
Per the cupbearer and the baker, we find the testimony of not just one but both of the two-part Remnant. The second Remnant cupbearer was preserved alive, while the first Remnant baker lost his head. The limitation of this picture is that the one who killed the baker is also the one whom the cupbearer was preserved to serve. Some pictures have limited application, as all pictures are simply that - pictures with varying degrees of details or emphasis. Here we see some of those limitations.
But the strongest evidence as to who it was prophetically who killed these two Remnant witnesses is Herod. Herod is clearly a picture of Satan. Now, the most common point in both of these accounts is the fact that these telling events occurred on the occasion of a birthday party - the birthday of the one who had the power of death over each of these men. By these evidences, it can thus be concluded that Satan's "birthday" is at Passover. This would seem equally probable in that the Remnant that is established at Passover (its "birthday") and in the end is the fulfillment of Passover, replaces the one who has been the covering cherub over the church whose "birthday" was equally at Passover.
In conclusion on this, it is most telling that the second Remnant began in Passover, 2000. In May, 2000, all of a sudden a small number of people believed, and a "rib" was taken out of the body of Christ. This was the original "birthday" of the second Remnant. Fitting to its fulfillment, this Remnant work already has a Passover beginning. And insomuch that the Remnant is the Passover work begun by Yahshua 2,000 years ago, in its completion it is already set in motion to be a Passover fulfillment.
When this second Remnant work began in May, 2000, the first to make his confession as that Bride bears the same name of the one whom in death marked the termination of the first Remnant. While Stephen was stoned, ending the first Remnant, Stephen Manning was the first to confess, marking the beginning of the second Remnant. Thus we see the testimony that Yahweh is picking up where He left off. But equally true and equally attesting, even as Passover marked the beginning of what Yahshua would perform in establishing His kingdom upon this earth, so He has once again begun its final fulfillment on a Passover following the breach of Christianity - May, 2000. Once again, He picked up where He left off.
But also true, there are many who would despise this work because of its small beginnings (even though we are cautioned not to - Zechariah 4:10). During that eventful Passover when Yahshua performed His works necessary for the establishment of the church, following His resurrection He came among the huddled and fearful disciples and "breathed on them, and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit'" (John 20:22). At this act of Yahshua when clearly He imparted the Holy Spirit to His disciples, there was no rushing mighty wind, there were no tongues of fire, no 3,000 coming into the kingdom; only a gentle breath. I wonder what happened to them at that time? What did they feel? Was there any change in them? At the time of this small beginning in which Yahshua breathed on them, they could not have anticipated the mighty wind that would follow. Should this small beginning among them have been despised? No! It was a necessary prelude to that which would follow.
Equally, Yahshua has merely breathed upon us, and we too await the power we need in order to be effective in completing what has begun. This is the power that comes to effect the completion of the Passover work Yahshua began 2,000 years ago. We as the second Remnant will be the first to be born from above, and thus will fulfill the long awaited and much needed Passover promise of escaping death. We are now the fulfillment of Passover!
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