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Are Believers Commanded to Celebrate Passover on Nissan 15 Forever

It is so easy to under-read Passover in the Book of Exodus as a punishment on Pharaoh and all of his first born children plus his cattle for having put the Children of Israel into a slavery of hard rigour for hundreds of years, and secondly for refusing to let them leave Egypt to worship God in His mountain.  And pretty well that is cut and dried you might say.  God dealt Pharaoh and Egypt in general a pretty hard blow, they caved in and the Children of Israel went and worshipped their God in His mountain.  Besides which, that is Old Testament stuff and has all been done away with thanks to "our" salvation by faith in Jesus Christ.  

You see, by so describing the Passover judgment on Egypt and the subsequent exodus of Israel in the above manner , I have totally under-read and missed the very points that our Lord God had gone to pains to keep before our eyes - and yes even for us today in this modern world.

The whole account of Passover and the exodus is pure prophecy for an event that would occur some one thousand three hundred and one years into the future from that time, and in turn that event would be prophetic for another event to occur a further two and a half thousand years (according to Jewish wisdom) or so on from then again

The Passover and release of the Children of Israel is so important for all Christians because it graphically ties together the arduous life of Israel  as a fledgling nation under stress , their trust in a messiah and the mighty hand of God to lift them out of that world of slavery into a world where the Lord God became their "Immanuel" and resided with them in the wilderness initially and then in the Promised Land.

If that sounds familiar then it is because it speaks specifically of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour when he, the first born, took on the sin for all mankind and offered himself a sacrifice for the atonement of mankind's sin, but also released mankind to go and worship God in his mountain - and fifty days after his ascension to heaven God in Spirit came to dwell with mankind.

Now if that sounds familiar then it is because it speaks specifically of Jesus the Messiah returning to mankind to deliver all believers from the arduous world of sin and release them to worship God in his holy mountain - The New Jerusalem.

It gives me great pleasure to see this classic example of an event that is a trilogy on all planes of existence where God reaches down to his creation and lifts them up to his holy mountain.  If I may paraphrase scripture, God has said that if you do not believe what occurred in the past times, meaning the period of the Children of Israel being in slavery and how they were rescued out of that horrible world in which they had become trapped, then you "cannot" truly believe what will happen in the future.

The date of Passover and the exodus from Egypt occurred on Nissan 15 in the year 2448 of the Hebrew Calendar.  Jesus' ministry here on earth in the flesh abruptly ceased on Nissan 15 in 3789 of the Hebrew calendar.  And we can fully expect (ie take it to the bank - so to speak) that come time for all believers to be released from the bonds of this sinful world - it too will occur on Nissan 15.  But being prophetic, the exact year is only a discussion point.

This is why we see God saying to the Children of Israel (Note: they are in time and place believers back in that era) "You shall observe this day for ever" (Paraphrased by Ed.) That message is prophetic for us today - and for us tomorrow.

Exodus 12:14

And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.

So next time you are drawn into a discussion about the Old Testament and Passover in particular you might like to shine the light of God into that discussion.  If we choose to ignore the trials and tribulations of how God dealt with the early believers (Yes - the Hebrew peoples) then our belief is pretty shaky because it has no foundations.  And that you can take to the bank.

 

 

 

 

 

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