Hope To The End ............ Holidays

Jesus is our Afikomen

"Therefore let us keep the feast, not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth"  (1 Corinthians 5:7,8)


Counting of the
Omer begins Easter; Resurrection Sunday
40 days until Ascension Thursday 50 days until Pentecost

Exodus 12 http://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/Exd/Exd012.html#top

from Jerry Golden:
"Yeshua died on the Feast of Pessah, was buried on the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and rose on the Feast of First Fruits. Fifty days later the Holy Spirit was sent on the next Holiday in line Shavuot (Pentecost).

Passover is a meal celebrating the REDEMPTION of the individual through the blood atonement and death of Jesus Christ, our Passover Lamb, on Calvary.
This deliverance from sin is exemplified by the deliverance of the Hebrews from death (bondage to sin). The blood covering over the lintel and posts of the door to EACH INDIVIDUAL HOME typified the
blood covering of our confessed sins.

This feast is in contrast to
National redemption (when all Israel will be saved) as exemplified in
the Fall feast of Yom Kippur, where a
goat is slain, rather than a lamb.

We will begin with the Scripture account of the last night in Egypt when each Hebrew home was to be covered under the saving blood, so that the angel of death would PASS OVER them.
From there we will go to other articles on our Blood Redemption and the Passover Seder (meal).

1/2 hour
Video (Zola Leavitt)...last 10 minutes Spiritual application = Jesus
Scroll to "Passover Service"...Zola Leavitt

When I see the Blood, I will Pass Over thee

Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled all the Messianic prophecies

Passover in the Gospel of John

Greg Killian, Passover
The Hallel Psalms 113- 118 ... Psalms of Praise, recited during the Passover Meal
Why is Hallel split on Pesach night ( first 2+ last 4) ?
The Hallel shows us both the
past redemption and the future redemption. Thus, before the meal, we recite those parts of Hallel which pertain to the past (2) , and after the meal we recite those parts of the Hallel which pertain to the future.(4)"

Midrash Rabbah - "Thus: When Israel came forth out of Egypt (Ps. 113, 114, 1) is a reference to the past;
Not unto us, HaShem (Ps. 115) to the present generations; "

"I love that HaShem should hear (Ps. 116) to the days of the Messiah;
All nations compass me about (Ps. 117: 10) to the days of Gog and Magog;
Thou art my God, and I will give thanks unto Thee; Thou art my God, I will exalt Thee (Ps. 118: 28) to the future

Yeshua's fulfillment of the Passover schedule

Redemption http://www.betemunah.org/redemption.html Greg Killian

Passover Customs http://www.betemunah.org/pcustoms.html

Haggadah http://www.betemunah.org/haggada.html

Glen Penton's website
Passover : God's Plan to Remember http://beth-abraham.org/pesach.html
A Suburban Jewish Kid looks at Passover
http://beth-abraham.org/spesach.html Aharon

Eddie Chumney Hebraic Roots

Passover http://www.hebroots.com/heb_root.html#SevenFestivalsBook scroll to Ch. 3

Jews for Jesus:
Christ in the Passover
Why is this night different ?

Power in the Blood
Passover in the times of Jesus--- Daniel Wallace http://www.bible.org/page.asp?page_id=554

Yeshuat Yisrael http://web.archive.org/web/19990503164626/http://www.yeshuatyisrael.com/feasts.htm

Zola Updates : http://www.levitt.com

"Behold the ( Passover ) LAMB of God who takest away the sin of the world" John 1:29

The word "sin" is singular here ... THE sin of the world is UNBELIEF
(lack of TRUST in Yeshua's atoning blood).
Those that believe are saved. Those that do not believe are damned.
Mark 16:16

What works must we do?..
"This is the work of God, that ye BELIEVE on Him whom He has sent'.
John 6:29

When we confess our sins to God (not to priests) and seek to
change ( amend, turn away ) our course by the grace of God and by our willingness, then our sins are covered under the atoning Blood of Jesus Christ, shed at Calvary.

In order to appreciate the sacrifice that Christ made for us on the Cross, we need to understand that without His mercy and His blood, we could not be saved.

"I owed a debt I couldn't pay,
He paid a debt He didn't owe"

When we seek Our Lord in a personal relationship and understand our total indebtedness to Him, then we are living a new life. We are born anew.

"Thou art worthy to take the book (deed to planet earth),
and to open the seals thereof;
for thou wast slain,
and hast redeemed us to God
by thy Blood,
out of every kindred and tongue, and people and nation."
Rev. 5: 9

The first act of worship was this Passover Meal. It reinforces how importantly the love of God
in our home surpasses formal worship in the congregation. It was not congregational worship, or worship in an assembly of neighbors and friends.
It was
personal and individual in separate homes.
Worship at home is intimate and meditative. It is Real , making
application of doctrines and sermons.

God's plan of redemption began with a meal, Passover
and is commemorated with a meal....the Last Supper (
John 13 through 17) and
by our Holy Communion (
1 Corinthians 11:26 and 1 Corinthians 5:7).
And God's Church Age of Redemption will finalize with a meal, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (
Rev. 19:9)

For over 2000 years, the invitation to this grand banquet has continually been going out
(Matthew 22)

Why is Elijah expected to return at Passover ?

In Malachi 4:5 it says,
"Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD."
The Jewish Bible has three chapters of Malachi, so what we call Malachi 4:5...they call Malachi 3:23.

Each year at Passover, the Seder dinner table has a reserved setting for Elijah the prophet to return to earth at that time. After the four cups of the Seder dinner have been received, there is a fifth cup called the Cup of Elijah, received in expectation of his return.

We know that this is a Jewish custom or tradition. But how did this custom get started in the first place ?

Well each Sabbath day, there are certain prayers said and certain Bible verses read. The Jewish sages long ago had portioned out sections of the Torah for each Sabbath Day. This section per Sabbath is called the "haftarah".
The portion of Malachi 4 fell upon the Great Sabbath (Shabbat ha'Gadol) which is the Sabbath service preceding Passover.

Since every year the prophecy of Elijah's return was read and pondered just prior to the celebration of Passover, then it became customary to look for Elijah's return at Passover. Surely God seems to indicate so, since nothing occurs by accident in God's universe.

Here are some resources that explain more fully the reason why Elijah is looked for at each Passover.

From the Talmud  http://www.aish.com/holidays/passover/articles/cup_of_elijah.asp

At our home, we place TWO extra table settings for the two witnesses of Revelation Chapter Eleven.

We believe that those two witnesses are
Elijah and John the Revelator.

When Elijah returns at Passover, will that be considered "the midnight cry" of Matthew 25: 6 ?
It is something to consider.

JESUS is our Passover Lamb http://www.annieshomepage.com/passover.html

The Passover Meal (Annie)

The Appointed Times ; Tom Stewart

Saltshakers Messianic Community ...Steve Maltz www.saltshakers.com

What is "The Great Hallel ?" .... It is
Psalm 136, in praise of God's mercy

What are the Psalms of Ascent ( or Degrees) ?
Psalms 120-134.

What Psalm greatly praises
God's Holy Word the Bible (also called Torah or Law)?
Psalm 119.

Psalm 119 has the Hebrew alphabet contained within that very great Psalm.
It is acrostic, meaning that it is in Alphabetical order ( the Hebrew Alphabet ) ; It has 22 sections of 8 verses.

For Images of the 22 letters of the Hebrew Alphabet, please see Google "images"

Matzah Recipes

Unleavened Bread recipe:
In a bowl mix:
2 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/8 cup of oil or shortening
3/4 cup of warm water.

Mix well and turn out on floured board.

On floured board, knead the dough a little. Then take a small chunk of dough and roll out with a rolling pin (on well floured board) to about pancake size. Prick with a fork and place in a non-coated pan ( cast iron, or metal ) with high heat. Let bake for about a minute and a half, or until golden scorch signs appear. Turn the bread and cook about a minute more (both sides should have "scorch signs" on them.)

Then remove from heat and place on a rack to cool. When cooled, layer all cooked bread between strips of aluminum on a plate that can be used later in the oven to heat at meal time.

At meal time, reheat in oven for about 5 minutes at 200- 300 degrees.

Usually 2 pieces of bread per person is adequate.

Matzah Recipe