The Last Supper: Did Yahushua (Jesus) Eat the Passover Lamb?

Did our Lord Yahushua (Jesus) partake of the eating of the passover lamb in the upper room during the night in which He was betrayed?

The Scriptures reveal the exact answer to this question, even though we are not told explicitly that Messiah ate the Passover lamb that night. Like many issues regarding the New Covenant Passover, this question is a ‘mystery’ that has been hidden in plain sight for us to find, and must be sought out in accordance with what God has told us:

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing [<01697> ‘a word; saying; matter’]: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter [<01697> ‘a word; saying; matter’].” (Proverbs 25:2)

Father has concealed the answer to our question, and He expects us to search out His words in Scripture to find the answer. In our approach to finding the answer in Scripture, here is what we will look for:

  1. Which night was it on the Biblical calendar?
  2. What do the Scriptures require on that particular night?
  3. Did Messiah obey the Scripture requirements for that night, or did He disobey?
  4. Conclusion

Let’s see what the Scriptures say.

Which night was it on the Biblical calendar?

As our starting reference, the apostle Paul confirms to us when Yahushua’s Last Supper occurred:

“For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread…” (1Corinthians 11:23)

In the above passage, the apostle Paul tells us that the Last Supper of Yahushua with His disciples occurred in the same night in which He was betrayed. Then we see the apostle Matthew tells us when He was betrayed:

“Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.” (Matthew 26:45)

In the above passage, we see that the hour of His betrayal occurred when the Son of man was taken into the hands of sinners. His betrayal occurred a few hours after Yahushua’s Last Supper with His disciples, before dawn on the day He was crucified. This is now the starting point for our search.

But before we begin our search, let’s first review the special task that Yahushua was given to accomplish on our behalf:

“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)

“…Christ our passover <3957> is sacrificed for us…” (1Corinthians 5:7b)

In the above passages, we first see John the Baptiser, in his role as a prophet (Luke 7:28), telling us that Yahushua is the “Lamb of God.” We then see the apostle Paul telling us that Messiah is our ‘Passover.’

We should be aware, that in some Scripture passages, the term ‘passover’ refers not to the day, event, or ceremony, but to the sacrificial lamb itself, such as in (Ex 12:21; 1Co 5:7).

Taken together, these verses tell us that Messiah is our ‘Passover lamb’ that God sent to earth to become our Passover sacrifice. This further tells us that Messiah was the sacrificial lamb to be sacrificed at Passover, on our behalf, according to God’s requirements stated in Scripture.

We recall that God’s original, stated purpose for the Passover sacrifice was to save His people from his judgments against Egypt (a prophetic picture of the world), to free His people from bondage, and then to lead them, by His Word, and His presence, out of Egypt and into the Promised Land (Exodus 6:6; Exodus 12:12).

This prophetic picture is rich in meaning for us. For it is the death, burial, and resurrection of Messiah, and the shedding of His blood, that saves His people from His judgments against the gods of this world, and sets His people free from bondage to sin. He then leads them by His Word, and His presence, out of the world system, and into the Promised Land.

We also recall from our studies, that the original Passover in Egypt was a “show-and-tell” event, a prophetic picture to instruct us today, in the details of how God sets His people free, redeeming them by His blood. We have seen throughout the Scriptures, that Messiah Himself was to be our Passover Lamb Sacrifice on our behalf.

From the above passages, we now know that Messiah, as the Passover Lamb, was sacrificed on the one particular day of the year day specified in Scripture — the day of Passover:

“These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons. 5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’S passover. 6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.” (Leviticus 23:4-6)

“And in the fourteenth day of the first month is the passover of the LORD. 17 And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten.” (Numbers 28:16-17)

So we see that Yahushua accomplished this task on the Biblical, 24-hour day in which the Passover sacrifice is to occur. It was the day of Passover, the 14th day of the first biblical month, and it occurred during the last night and day of Yahushua’s earthly ministry.

We must however, seek out other Scripture passages to confirm what we have seen thus far. But before we can sort this out, we must first ask, “What is a Biblical day, and what is a Biblical night?”

The Biblical Day

In the modern reckoning of time, a 24-hour day begins at midnight, and extends to midnight the next day. In the Biblical reckoning, however, a 24-hour day is reckoned from one sunset to the next sunset.

According to Scripture, a Biblical ‘day’ is defined just like the modern 24-hour day. In the Biblical reckoning however, there are always 12 hours in the day-time portion (John 11:9), and the remaining 12 hours make up the night portion, for a total of 24 hours. The summer hours are longer, and the winter hours are shorter, but by definition there are always 24 hours in a Biblical day.

One 24-hour day ends when the sun has fully set, and at that moment the 12-hour ‘night portion’ of the next 24-hour day begins. This understanding — of when the night and day portions of a Biblical day occur — is crucial in determining the correct day and time in which Biblical events are required to take place.

So we see that Messiah was sent to earth to become a Passover sacrifice for us, on our behalf, which occurred on the Biblical day of Passover, the 14th day of the first Biblical month. Thus we know He was crucified on the 14th day of the first month, as required by Scripture.

But in order to dispel confusion, and to further understand the Biblical timeline, we must understand that this day has been given another name.

Preparation Day

According to Scripture, there is another name for the 14th day of the first month. Notice what the Scriptures tell us:

“And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!” (John 19:14)

The above passage describes a scene about the sixth hour [12 noon] in the ‘day’ portion of the 14th day of the first Biblical month, which is the day of Passover. Here we see this day is also called the ‘preparation day’ for the Passover. Let’s see why it was given this name.

“And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath…” (Mark 15:42)

The above passage describes the 14th day of the first Biblical month, which is the biblical day of Passover. Here we are told that the ‘preparation day’ is the day before a ‘Sabbath’ day. That is, it was the day before either a weekly Sabbath or an annual ‘high’ Sabbath (Lev 23:6-8). It is a day to prepare, so that no work, no buying or selling, no cooking would occur on a Sabbath day.

But which Sabbath day was meant here — a weekly sabbath or an annual ‘high’ Sabbath? Let’s see:

“Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover. (Luke 22:1)

The above passage tells us that the Feast of Unleavened, which occurs each year on the 15th day of the first Biblical month (Leviticus 23:6; Numbers 28:17), ‘is called the Passover.’ But the Scriptures tell us which day the Passover is to occur:

In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’S passover. 6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. (Leviticus 23:5-6)

“And in the fourteenth day of the first month is the passover of the LORD. 17 And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten.” (Numbers 28:16-17)

The above passages tell us that Yahuweh’s Passover is in the 14th day of the first Biblical month, and the Feast of Unleavened is on the 15th day. Yet Luke 22:1 tells us the Feast of Unleavened (on the 15th day) “is called” the Passover. Here we see vividly, that it is by tradition in Yahushua’s day [and in our day], that the 15th day of the first Biblical month is called ‘the Passover.’ For further study, see Passover: Seven Days or One Day?.

Having two different days being called by the name “Passover” illustrates the difference between the “Feasts of the Jews” and the “Feasts of Yahuweh.”

Brethren, the above is a prime example of how traditions and commandments of men conceal the truths of Yahuweh, and turn men away from the truth. The apostle Paul continues to warn us today:

“Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn [away] from the truth.” (Titus 1:14)

We should note, without going into detail, that the “Feasts of the Jews,” both in Yahushua’s day and in our day, were/are mixed with certain un-scriptural traditions. The Feasts of Yahuweh however, are based only on the Biblical calendar and Scripture (compare John 5:1, 6:4, 7:2; vs Lev 23:2, 4).

So we see that Yahushua was crucified on the day of Passover, the 14th day of the first month, which is the preparation day for the Feast of Unleavened, an annual Sabbath day that occurs on the 15th day of the first month.

The Biblical Night

As we have seen above, according to the Biblical reckoning, the 24-hour day begins at sunset with the 12-hour night portion, and continues with the 12-hour day portion until sunset the next day. We have also seen that Yahushua was crucified mid-day on the 14th day of the first month, the day of Passover. We now understand that the 14th day, the day of Passover, began at sunset the night before.

The apostle Paul makes reference to this beginning ‘night portion’ of the 14th day:

“For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread…” (1Corinthians 11:23)

In the above passage, we see that based on the Biblical reckoning of a 24-hour day, the ‘Last Supper’ occurred in the (beginning) night portion of the 14th day of the first Biblical month, the day of Passover. With this in mind, let’s now look at what is required on that particular night.

What do the Scriptures require on that particular night?

From the original Passover in Egypt, we see the words that the pre-incarnate Word of the LORD [Messiah himself] spoke to Moses:

“And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house…” (Exodus 12:3)

“And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. 7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. 8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. 10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.” (Exodus 12:6-10)

Then we see what Moses spoke to the people:

Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover. 22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason [‘cup’], and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. (Exodus 12:21-22)

We see in the above passage that the passover [sacrifice] is to be killed, and the blood of the lamb placed in a cup. Then the blood of the lamb is to be sprinkled on the door post of the houses that are to escape God’s judgment.

And the LORD said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof: (Exodus 12:43)

The above passage tells us that the passover [sacrifice] is to be eaten. We see also that strangers [those not part of God’s everlasting Covenant] may not eat of the Passover sacrifice. The Passover is only for His covenant people.

And so here is what is required of God’s people:

Let the children of Israel also keep the passover at his appointed season. (Numbers 9:2)

The above passage tells us the children of Israel [His covenant people] are to ‘keep’ [Heb. ‘asah’ Strong’s number <06213>, “do; execute; perform; prepare; observe; celebrate”] the Passover. And as a result, we see Messiah and His disciples preparing to keep the Passover:

Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover? 18 And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples. 19 And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover. (Matthew 26:17-19)

So we see Matthew’s account of Yahushua’s own words, that Yahushua would keep the Passover with His disciples, and that they made ready the Passover.

Beloved, let us be warned! There are many teachers today deceiving multitudes of Believers, teaching the man-made doctrine from Rome, that the ‘Last Supper’ was not a Passover meal, but some other type of supper. In the above passage however, and in others we will see below, Messiah plainly and explicitly tells us, that He will ‘keep’ and ‘eat’ the passover with His disciples.

We need only to choose whom we will believe — the many teachers and their deceptive doctrines, or the words of Messiah. This is an important point, for those who choose to follow Messiah — for those who choose to walk in His paths, to walk by His example, and to walk as He walked (1Peter 2:21; 1John 2:6).

The above passage also tells us, in agreement with Exodus 12:7, that the Passover is to be eaten not in a temple setting, but in a family setting, in the peoples’ own houses.

We also see in the above passage, that “to keep” the passover includes making ready the passover and eating the passover, in the required manner, as detailed in the Law [the ‘Torah’ — God’s instructions for His people]. The following passage gives us further insight into preparing, killing, and eating the Passover:

And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the passover? 13 And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him. 14 And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? 15 And he will shew you a large upper room furnished and prepared: there make ready for us. 16 And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover. (Mark 14:12-16)

Notice in the above passage, that the disciples were told to “make ready” the passover on the day in which the passover [sacrifice] is to be killed. It is important to note that Messiah did not give the disciples any instructions that would imply eliminating or ‘doing away with’ the killing and cooking of the Passover lamb.

From the above text and others in the Gospel accounts, we deduce that the disciples simply proceeded on the basis of their life-long experience of preparing for Passover, which included killing and preparing the Passover lamb, and making ready the rest of the Passover meal. Here is the account in Luke:

And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare <2090> us the passover, that we may eat. 9 And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare <2090>? (Luke 22:8-9)

And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? 12 And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready <2090>. 13 And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready <2090> the passover. 14 And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. (Luke 22:11-14)

In the above passage, we again see that Messiah tells us that He will eat the Passover meal with His disciples, which they are to make ready. Notice the Greek word for ‘make ready’ is Strong’s number <2090>, and is the same word for ‘prepare.’

We also see in the above passage, that they waited until “the hour was come” to sit down to the meal. This requirement of waiting until after sunset to eat the meal, is unique to Passover, which is to be eaten only “in ‘that’ night” [the 14th day] (Exodus 12:6-8), that is, at night (after sunset), but still within the specified 14th day, before sunset the next day. This tells us explicitly that the Passover meal is to be eaten in the night portion [the beginning] of the 14th day of the first month (Lev 23:5; Num 9:3).

Did Messiah obey the Scripture requirements for that night, or did He disobey?

With the above information in mind, let’s now look at further passages, to deduce whether Messiah did, or did not, eat the passover lamb in the upper room, during the night in which He was betrayed.

In all the above passages, we have seen that the Law (Torah) requires that the Children of Israel are to keep [do; observe; celebrate] the Passover at the time specified in Scripture. These include:

Passover Requirements from Exodus 12:

  • Prepare the Passover;
  • Kill the Passover lamb;
  • Place the blood of the lamb in a ‘bason’ (Heb. “bowl; cup”);
  • Sprinkle the blood of the lamb;
  • Cook the Passover lamb;
  • Eat the Passover lamb;
  • Do all of the above in the manner and time specified in Scripture.

So the question becomes, “Did Messiah disobey the Law?” Notice what the apostle John tells us:

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. (1John 3:4)

In the above passage, the apostle John tells us that sin is defined as “transgression of [disobedience to] the Law.” The Law [the Torah’] commands all Israel to keep the Passover (Deut 16:1), which we have seen includes preparing and eating the sacrificial lamb.

Thus to refrain from eating the Passover lamb in the prescribed manner and time, is to disobey The ‘Law’ [Torah], and would thus be a sin.

So the question becomes, “Did Messiah disobey the Law? Did Messiah disobey Torah? Did Messiah commit sin?”

Notice the following Scripture passages:

“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: (1Peter 2:21-22)

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)

We see from the above passages, that Messiah did not sin, and He was without sin. From the apostle John’s definition of sin, we know that Messiah did not transgress [disobey] the Torah.

Conclusion

We now know that while Messiah was alive, every moment, every day, even up to the moment of His death, Messiah did everything Scripture commands God’s people to do. And this includes observing all the moedim, all the appointed times [‘Feasts’], and especially the Passover, which includes eating the Passover lamb.

We thus conclude that Messiah did not sin, by disobeying the requirements of the Law [the Torah]. From this we conclude that just as He told us He would do in the Gospel accounts, Messiah did indeed eat the Passover lamb with His disciples, during the night in which He was betrayed.

Application: The Significance of Passover for Gentile believers Today

We have seen from the Scriptures that “all” of the Children of Israel have been commanded to keep, and observe the Passover, as well as the appointed times and Sabbaths of Yahuweh.

But in order to properly understand how important these observances are to Gentile Believers today, we must “come out from among them” (2Co 6:17). That is, we must be willing to come out from among the many traditions and man-made doctrines that surround us, and be as the Bereans. We must read the Scriptures for ourselves, and then be obedient to what the Scriptures actually say (Acts 17:10-11).

The Passover Significance: An Overview of Scripture for the Reader’s own study

  • Yahushua Messiah said, “If you love me, keep MY commandments… He that loves me not, does not keep my sayings.” (John 14:15, 24);
  • Messiah was the pre-incarnate “Word of the LORD” who gave all the commandments to Moses (John 1:1, 14; Num 3:51, 15:31);
  • Messiah’s commandments include those He gave to Moses (John 5:47);
  • The commands to observe Passover are given to all of God’s covenant people, who are called “Children of Israel” and “My people Israel” (Numbers 9:2; Matthew 2:6; 1Co 5:8;);
  • As the apostle Paul explained, the “Children of Israel” now include all those grafted into the commonwealth (citizenship) of Israel by faith in Yahushua Messiah (Matthew 2:6; Romans 11:1-27; Ephesians 2:1-19);
  • The Blood of the New Covenant that Yahushua shed is the same Blood that ratifies one’s participation in the Everlasting Covenant (Mat 26:28; Mark 14:24; Hebrews 13.20);
  • When we participate in the Passover memorial meal, we are: 1) sprinkling the doorpost of our inward being, where the words of the Covenant are written; 2) ratifying our participation in the New/Everlasting Covenant; and 3) agreeing to its Covenant conditions, as if to say to the Bridegroom, “I do” (Exodus 31:16; Isaiah 8:16; Mat 7:23, 25:10; Eph 1:13, 4:30; 2Thess 2:7; 2Tim 2:19; Heb 9:19);
  • Some of the items included in the New/Everlasting Covenant are God’s Passover and His Sabbaths (Ex 31:13,16; Lev 19:3; 2Ki 23:21);
  • It is sin to transgress [disobey] the Law (the Torah). Thus we see Messiah, as well as the apostles Paul and John, warn us to stop sinning (Mat 7:23; 1John 3:4; 1Co 15:34; Eph 4:26; 1John 2:1);
  • We stop sinning, stop disobeying the Law, not out of fear of retribution, but because we love Yahushua Messiah, and desire to honour Him (Song 8:6; 1John 3:4; John 14:15; John 15:9; John 15:10; Romans 13:10; Eph 6:2; Romans 2:23);
  • Messiah did not transgress [disobey] the Torah: He did not commit sin (Hebrews 4:15; 1Pet 2:22);
  • Those who choose to follow Messiah, will follow in His footsteps. They learn to follow His example in all things, and learn to walk as He walked. They remember that Messiah observed the Passover and Yahuweh’s Sabbaths (1Peter 2:21; 1John 2:6).

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When Do We Eat the Passover Supper, According to Scripture?

One of the major Biblical practises being restored today is the celebration of the true Passover — that is, the celebration of Passover in the manner and timing that is according to all of Scripture.

For centuries the true Passover Celebration has been hidden, as part of the ‘Mystery of Messiah’ (Ephesians 3:4; Colossians 2:2, 4:3). And so instead of keeping the Passover celebration commanded in Scripture, both Christianity and Rabbinic Tradition have created a substitute or ‘counterfeit’ Passover celebration, to keep and practise in place of the true Passover:

  • Rome invented the ‘eucharist’ or ‘communion’ or ‘Lord’s Supper’ service, as a substitute for the Biblical Passover, then passed these along to her Protestant daughters, by way of the ‘Church Fathers.’ Today these man-made substitutes, having Biblical names but lacking Scriptural backing, continue to be taught in Seminaries and Bible Schools, carried into the churches by the seminary graduate Pastors and Ministers, and are widely practised by almost all of Christianity;
  • Rabbinic Tradition has created a “7-day Passover Feast” as a substitute for the 1-day Passover, giving the name ‘Passover’ to the 7-day Feast of Unleavened. There is both Scriptural and historical evidence for this man-made substitution, discussed below in this article.

Both of these ‘substitute’ Passover celebrations are what we might call counterfeit. And, like holding a counterfeit bank note or property deed, the practise of a counterfeit ‘Passover’ holds no value, and offers no reward.

We have already described Christianity’s substitute Passover in two articles, Communion: A Man-Made Substitute for the Biblical Passover, and Eating Things Sacrificed to Idols: A Warning to the Bride. We have also given detailed accounts of issues regarding the Biblical Passover in a number of short articles, as compiled in The New Covenant Passover: A Mystery.

Let us now focus our attention on the proper timing of the Biblical Passover Supper.

Today there is much confusion and division occurring today among Believers, as to when we are to eat the Passover Memorial Supper. How do we determine the proper time according to Scripture?

To answer this question, we must begin by looking in context of the bigger picture. We must first understand that Yahuweh has promised to bring about the restoration of all things (Isaiah 1:26, 58:12; Joel 2:25; Acts 3:21).

This Restoration began with Messiah’s first coming, and is rapidly accelerating today, just prior to Messiah’s return. Some of the hallmarks of Restoration include repentance, and preparing the Way of Messiah — by identifying and removing the stumbling-blocks that prevent men from walking with Messiah in the Way of Righteousness (Isaiah 40:3; 57:14; 62:10; Mal 3:1).

As part of this Restoration, Father is calling His people away from their own understanding, and out from the darkness of man-made traditions, and into the marvellous light of His Truth. This call to holiness [‘separation’] creates a separation [a division and disunity] among Believers, concerning what is Scriptural, and what is not.

As many can attest, there is great disunity and division among Believers today, not only in when to eat the Passover Supper, but in various other issues of tradition and practise, which separate and divide.

This division, however, is like the division that occurred in Gideon’s army of thirty-two thousand men (Judges 7:1-8). We recall that first the twenty-two thousand were divided from the army, with ten thousand remaining. Then the ten thousand were divided into two groups of 9700 and 300, based on how they drank the water. Notice it was Yahuweh Himself who instructed Gideon in order for this division to take place, but it was the actions of the men themselves that determined which group they would be a part of.

The division occurring today in the current Restoration is also of Yahuweh. In this division, those who ‘drink the water’ of the Word in one way, are being separated from those who ‘drink the water’ in a different way. Those who hold fast to Scripture alone, as revealed by the Spirit of Messiah, are being separated and divided from those who continue in man-made doctrines and Rabbinic Tradition. Father is seeking His own ‘army of 300’ as it were.

Those who seek the truths of Yahuweh through the Scriptures alone, must look to the Torah and to the Testimony (Isaiah 8:20). That is, they must find the ‘Torah basis’ of the issue in question, and must find the agreement with the Testimony of Messiah, the New Testament record of His words and examples, and those of His Disciples. It is only in this way that we can find the truth of an issue for ourselves, and not be turned aside by the many traditions and ‘doctrines of men’ that are put forth as Biblical truth today.

The same holds true for determining the proper time to eat the Passover Memorial meal. Father is restoring the proper timing of Passover today, which is identical to the timing of the original Passover in Egypt, and also identical to the Passover Yahushua observed. So in order to find that timing, we must find the Scriptural basis for the Passover, both in the Torah and in the Testimony.

The ‘Torah basis’ for the Passover is found in a number of places in the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings [the T-N-K, or ‘Tanak’]. The Torah accounts are plainly evident in most points, but are ‘hidden-in-plain-view’ in a few other points.

For example, as to the Torah account of the Passover, we are told that the Israelites in Egypt remained in their houses until morning (Ex 12:22; Ex 12:50), and that they left Egypt in the 15th day of the first month, at night (Num 33:3; Deut 16:1).

If the Israelites in Egypt killed the Passover lamb on the afternoon of the 14th, and then ate the lamb on the night of the 15th, as commonly practised today, they could not leave Egypt in the night of the 15th, yet still remain in their houses until the next morning of the 15th, as they were told to do.

If they had waited until the night of the 15th to sprinkle the blood on the doorposts, and then eat the lamb that same night of the 15th, they would have had no blood on the doorposts on the night of the 14th, and all their firstborn would have died — because Scripture tells us (Ex 12:12,23) that Yahuweh came through at midnight to smite all the firstborn, while the Israelites were still in their houses.

The only scenario that fits all Scripture, is for the Israelites to kill the lamb, sprinkle the blood, and eat the lamb, all on the night of the 14th [when all the firstborn of Egypt were being killed], while remaining in their houses until the next morning of the 14th. They would then spoil the Egyptians on the morning of the 14th, gather in Rameses on the afternoon of the 14th, and leave Egypt after sunset, the night of the 15th, according to Scripture.

And this brings us to the Testimony. The key that unlocks the few ‘hidden-in-plain-view’ parts of the Torah basis for Passover is the Testimony of Messiah — that is, the words and examples of Messiah and His Disciples regarding the Passover.

Messiah clearly tells us He will keep the Passover with His Disciples (Mat 26:17,18; Mark 14:14,16; Luke 22:11,13,15). By His words, and by His demonstration of keeping the Passover, Yahushua demonstrated and revealed to us the timing, and the many covenant issues, of the very important Passover Memorial Supper.

The apostle Paul then confirms for us which night the Passover meal is to occur, as he reminds us of Messiah’s example for us — that Messiah took the bread and the cup “in the same night in which he was betrayed…” (1Co 11:23-25).

But why is it, that many Believers continue to eat a ‘passover’ Supper on the night of the fifteenth, as part of the Feast of Unleavened, rather than the night of the fourteenth — as mandated by Torah, practised by Yahushua, and confirmed to us by the words of the apostle Paul?

Notice what the Encyclopaedia Judaica has to say about the origin of today’s practise of celebrating ‘passover’ as integral to and concurrent with the Feast of Unleavened:

“The [current] feast of Passover consists of two parts: The Passover ceremony and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Originally, both parts existed separately; but at the beginning of the exile they were combined… Passover was originally not a pilgrimage feast, but a domestic [home] ceremony consisting of the slaughtering and eating of the paschal animal.”
—(Encyclopaedia Judaica, Second Edition, Vol. 15, p. 680) [emphasis added].

In the above historical account, we see that the Passover was ‘lost’ when parts of it were combined with the Feast of Unleavened, at some point around the time of the exile.

Now notice the following Scripture passage:

The Lord was as an enemy: he hath swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all her palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds, and hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation. 6 And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a garden: he hath destroyed his places of the assembly: the LORD hath caused the solemn feasts [‘moadim’] and sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest. (Lamentations 2:5-6)

As we see in the above passage, Yahuweh Himself was the one who removed, destroyed, caused to be forgotten, the proper keeping of His moadim, His Feast-days.

And as it was in Yahushua’s day, so it is even today — that those who follow Rabbinic Tradition do not even celebrate the Biblical Passover held on the 14th day of the first month, but instead keep only the Feast of Unleavened on the fifteenth, calling it ‘Passover’ (Luke 22:1).

From the above Scripture passages and historical account, we can easily understand how even in Messiah’s day, the Passover had evolved, from the time of the exile to the present, into a ‘hybrid’ celebration, in which the Passover sacrifice was slaughtered on the 14th day, and then eaten at night after the start of the 15th, coinciding with the Feast of Unleavened.

As we have shown in The Mystery of Passover: Which Day-Truth or Tradition Part 5: Timing of Biblical Passover Meal Revealed By Comparing Torah Requirements, Passover and the Feast of Unleavened are actually, according to Scripture, two separate Feasts [‘chagim’], each with its own unique memorial and prophetic meaning — and that each feast has separate and unique requirements as to timing, location, sacrificial animal, and other details unique to each Feast.

We can also understand that because Messiah came to restore all things, by His being obedient to Torah in every way, He became the living example for His Disciples for all time. His example shows us how Passover [and the other moadim] are being restored even today to their rightful place, and to their rightful time of celebration, each in its own day, as appointed by our Abba Father (Lev 23:37), with each of the moadim in full agreement with the words of Torah.

It is thus Messiah’s words, and His example in all things, that we must hold as supreme, if we are to be a part of His restoration in this generation. For it is only by Messiah’s words, and by His examples, that we are able to discern the Truths of Torah from the traditions of men.

It is important to note that those following the timing according to Rabbinic tradition do not observe the Biblical Passover according to Messiah’s example and Paul’s instructions. Instead, tradition observes only the Feast of Unleavened in the night of the 15th, “which [by tradition] is called Passover” (Luke 22:1).

So, how do we determine the Biblical timing of Passover? There is very much to consider in the Tanak, but there are some New Testament passages that make it more clear.

First, we must understand that Messiah is looking for those who follow Him in all things. Nevertheless, there are many sincere Believers who find it difficult to understand and follow Messiah in the Passover.

Messiah tells us, and then demonstrates for us, that He held the Passover Memorial Meal with His disciples before He is to suffer (Luke 22:15). Those who follow Messiah will choose to eat the bread, and drink the cup, just as Messiah and His disciples did — the night before he suffered, the night before He was crucified.

But some Believers find this timing confusing.

For many Believers, Messiah’s words and actions do not seem to line up with their ‘perception’ of what the Torah teaches about this timing. Perhaps this is why the apostle Paul tells us, “You be followers of me, as I follow Messiah” (1Co 4:16, 11:1; Php 3:17). Paul is telling us that if we follow his words and life examples, we will be following Messiah according to Torah.

But who was the apostle Paul? First, he knew the Torah, and speaks to those who know Torah (Romans 7:1). Next, we see that Paul believed [was a ‘DO-er’ of] all the Torah and the Prophets (Acts 21:24; Acts 24:14), and he himself was a prophet (Acts 13:1). Paul was thus able to correlate Messiah’s words and actions with all the words of the Scriptures. Paul’s epistles are simply a prophetic commentary on practical Torah living.

Now notice what else Paul tells us:

“For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.” (1Corinthians 11:23-25)

In the above passage, the apostle Paul reminds Believers that Messiah and His disciples held the Passover meal in “the same night” in which He was betrayed — in the night before He suffered, and before He was crucified. Although this timing is contrary to Rabbinic tradition today, this is the timing that the apostle Paul received from Messiah, and then passed down to us for our example, and for our instruction (1Corinthians 11:23a).

The restoring of the proper timing of Passover is just one of many examples we see today of the promised restoration of all things (Acts 3:21), the restoring of Biblical truths to their original purity in the lives of Believers, immediately prior to Messiah’s return.

Again, it is because we are undergoing the separation and division as a part of Father’s Restoration, that we see much confusion and division occurring today among Believers — between the many viewpoints on the one hand, and the one true Way on the other hand.

We must remember, that wherever we see turbulence, turmoil, and conflict, there is usually the Way of Truth nearby.

Our goal is to be separated into that ‘army of 300,’ the remnant group who are holding fast to walking in the Way of Truth — the lifestyle that is in agreement with all of Messiah’s words and life examples.

Let us also remember, however, that we are walking in the Way of Truth, only to the degree that we allow the words and life of Messiah to be lived out in our daily walk, when in agreement with all of Scripture.

So the question then becomes, “How can we follow the one true Way of Passover, instead of what we currently understand about Passover?”

The answer is simple! If we do not fully understand Messiah’s words, let us then endeavour to follow Paul’s words, and we will not be deceived!

Let us then eat the Passover Meal according to the words and example of Yahushua and the apostle Paul — in “the same night” in which Messiah was betrayed, the same night before He suffered — the night before He was crucified.

This is when we Eat the Passover Supper — According to Scripture.

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The Key to Knowing God: Keeping His Sabbaths

According to Scripture, God’s children cannot truly come to know Him, until they begin to observe His Sabbath days. This truth is first given to us as a specific commandment of the Everlasting (New) Covenant (Ex 21:12-16; Eze 20:12,20), and is then confirmed as a basic principle and given to us as a warning (1John 2:3-4).

In this short writing, we will examine this important truth of Scripture, and then test it to see whether the keeping of His sabbaths is a “salvational” issue or not. We will look at the Scriptures that reveal the commandment, the principle, and the warning.

The Commandment
As we look at the Scriptures, we will begin first with the foundation, where this truth is first mentioned as a command:

“Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep…” (Exodus 31:13a)

Before we examine this command, we must remind our Readers, that many precious, Born-again Believers today have not been taught who they are in Messiah Yahushua [Christ Jesus]. The apostle Paul tells us clearly that by faith in Messiah, we have been “grafted-in” to the commonwealth [citizenship] of Israel (Romans 11:13-24; Ephesians 2:12-13).

And because we have been grafted-in to the commonwealth of Israel, we are no longer “strangers” from the promises and provisions of the covenants made with Israel. All of the covenant details made with Israel now include those who are saved by faith, who have been redeemed by the blood of Yahushua.

Thus it is, that wherever we see the commands and promises made to the children of Israel, these commands and promises now apply to all who are in Messiah. And so it is, that the above command, as well as all the commands given to Israel, now apply to Born-again Believers today.

Let us continue.

“Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you” (Exodus 31:13)

“I am the LORD your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; 20 And hallow my sabbaths [keep them set-apart]; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God” (Ezekiel 20:19-20)

Now notice three important features of the above passages.

First, the sabbath days in the above passages are not some religion’s sabbath days, but these are “My” sabbath days. Many religions have their own sabbath days, and their own rules and restrictions for those days. But this passage addresses only Yahuwah’s sabbath days.

Second, notice that we are not told to keep the sabbath day, but sabbath days [plural]. The Scriptures tell us that the seventh day is the weekly sabbath day (Exodus 20:10-11), and there are also annual sabbath days of rest (Lev 23:1-44).

Third, In the above passages, we are told that the keeping of Yahuwah’s sabbaths is a sign “that you may know… Yahuwah, who is sanctifying you” [setting you apart for Himself].

This wording clearly reveals to us a principle, that the ‘keeping’ of Yahuwah’s sabbaths is a condition of knowing Him: if the condition of keeping is not met, then the knowing can not occur.

But is this a Biblical principle, to be seen elsewhere in Scripture? Let’s find out.

The Principle
In writing to Believers in Messiah, the apostle John gives us the basic principle:

“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments” (1John 2:3)

Here is the principle in the above passage. It is one of the big “if” verses in the New Testament. John is telling us that by this we know that we ‘know’ Him: if we keep his commandments.

Is this clear?

In the event we do not understand what John has just said, he continues with stronger language:

“He that saith, “I know him”, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1John 2:4)

Some will protest, saying the above passage refers to Messiah’s commandments, not Yahuwah’s commandments. Again, we must remind the Reader, that many precious, Born-again Believers today have not been taught the great significance of the fact that Messiah Yahushua is the WORD of Yahuwah [the Word of the LORD], the one who gave the commandments to Moses.

We recall that it was the WORD of Yahuwah that appeared to Abram [Abraham] (Genesis 15:1), and gave all the commandments to Moses (Numbers 15:31; 36:5, et al). It was the WORD of Yahuwah who also appeared to all the prophets (Isaiah 38:4; Jeremiah 1:4; Ezekiel 1:3; et al).

The apostle Paul then tells us (1Co 10:1-4) that it was the WORD of Yahuwah [the Rock] who accompanied the Israelites in their journey from Egypt, into the Promised Land.

So we see that it was the pre-incarnate Messiah Himself [the WORD of Yahuwah] who gave the commandments to Moses. This reminds us that all the commands of Torah [the Law of Moses] are the words, sayings, and commands of Messiah. And Messiah Himself tells us that His sayings are not His own, but are Father’s words (John 14:24).

Now let’s see the principle again, as we look at this passage again with this new understanding:

“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, “I know him”, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1John 2:3-4)

Here is the big “if” condition in the above passage:

If we, as Born-again Believers, observe Yahuwah’s sabbath days [which is one of the commandments of Moses, the commandments of Messiah], then we can come to know Him.

However, if we do not observe Yahuwah’s sabbath days [one of the commandments of Moses, the commandments of Messiah], then we can not come to know Him. And if we say we do know Him, but do not observe Yahuwah’s sabbath days [one of the commandments of Moses, the commandments of Messiah], then we are a liar — meaning we ‘think’ we know Him, but we do not really know Him.

At this point, there are some who will insist that all of our sins [including not keeping the sabbath days] are forgiven, and now all we need to do is ‘abide’ in Messiah.

Yes, this is true according to Scripture! But let us see what is required to ‘abide’ in Messiah:

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide <3306> [‘remain’] in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love” (John 15:10)

Here is another big “if” passage! According to Messiah, our ‘abiding’ in Him is not automatic, but is dependent on our ongoing willingness to keep His commandments — which we have seen includes the keeping of His sabbath days. But what else does the apostle John tell us?

“He that saith he abideth <3306> [‘remains’] in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked” (1John 2:6)

In the above passage, John tells us further that if we think we are ‘abiding’ in Messiah, we should be walking as Messiah walked.

How did Messiah walk?

He kept all of Father’s commandments.

If we are not willing to keep His sabbath days, and even all of His commandments, then perhaps we should question whether we truly love Messiah:

If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15)

But we have only been talking about observing certain days, in a Scriptural way. Is this really a serious or weightier matter of Scripture? Let’s try to find out, by looking next at the warning.

The Warning
The apostle John revealed to us not only the principle of keeping Mesiah’s commandments, but the warning to those who choose not keep His commandments:

“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without [outside the city] are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie” (Revelation 22:14-15)

In the above passage, we see two groups of people. The first group is allowed access to the Tree of Life, and is allowed to enter the City of the King, which is Jerusalem. These are they who are continuing to keep the King’s commandments.

The second group is not given access to the Tree of Life, and is not allowed to enter the City of the King. These are those who have chosen not to keep the King’s commandments.

Which of the above groups do we want to be in?

This is a warning for all Believers!

A New Covenant Issue
Perhaps some are still doubting, because they have been told by their Pastors and spiritual Leaders that keeping the sabbath is not a serious or ‘salvational’ issue, and certainly not a ‘New Covenant’ issue. But let’s see what the Scriptures tell us.

First, how serious a matter is it, if we choose not to keep Yahuwah’s sabbath days, which include His Feast Days? Notice what the Scriptures tell us:

“Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. 15 Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death” (Exodus 31:14-15)

From the above passage, we can see that whether or not we choose to keep Yahuwah’s sabbath days is a most serious issue.

But is this a salvation issue, i.e. a New Covenant issue? Let’s see.

“Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant…” (Hebrews 13:20)

In the above passage, we are reminded that in Scripture, the New Covenant in Yahushua’s blood has an official name: the Everlasting Covenant.

So if we want to see whether an issue is a ‘salvational’ issue or not, we need to seek out everything in Scripture that is an ‘Everlasting Covenant’ issue. Here is one item we find:

“Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual <05769> [everlasting; eternal] covenant“(Exodus 31:16)

So we see that keeping Yahuwah’s sabbath days is indeed a New [Everlasting] Covenant issue. And for those who have been redeemed by the blood of Yahushua, we see that it can become a serious issue, when we factor in what is required to abide [remain] in Messiah, who ‘is’ our Salvation.

From the Scriptures, we see that the Key to Knowing God is indeed Keeping His Sabbaths.

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