Communion: A Man-Made Substitute for the Biblical Passover

For many years we have enjoyed having the Lord’s Supper, also called Communion.

Recently I had been reading the Gospel accounts of the Lord’s final week prior to His crucifixion. I noticed that in all the Biblical accounts, the Lord tells His Disciples to prepare the Passover meal, and that He will eat the Passover meal with them. We then see the Disciples sitting down to eat the Passover meal with the Lord, on the night before His crucifixion on the fourteenth of Abib [Nisan].

Uh-Oh! What is wrong with this scenario?

For years we have commonly called this meal the ‘Lord’s Supper’ and ‘Communion,’ but as I was reading these Scripture passages, the Heavenly Father opened my eyes to what the words of Scripture actually say. He revealed the fact that what I had been practicing and enjoying all these years as ‘Communion’ was not ordained by Scripture, but was simply a man-made substitute for the Biblcal Passover meal.

After being in shock for a number of days, I began to search the Scriptures to see whether this was true. We are called to be as the Bereans, and to search the Scriptures. We recall that the ‘Old Testament’ Scriptures were the only Scriptures the Bereans had in those days, as the New Testament writings had not yet been written.

What I found as I searched the Scriptures, was that in all the Old and New Testament writings, the Passover is one of eight Feasts (‘Appointed Times’) of the Lord (Leviticus 23:1-44) that all His people are commanded to keep.

As we read of the life of Yahushua (Jesus) in the Gospels, we can easily see that He kept the Biblical Feasts. Likewise we see that all His Disciples kept the Feasts. As Believers we are called to live as they did, as they are our example. This tells us that we too are to keep the Biblical Feasts! (See Philippians 3:17; 2Thessalonians 3:9; 1Peter 2:21; 1John 2:6.)

Throughout the Scriptures, we can see clearly that the ‘Last Supper’ was actually the annual Passover meal, which as Believers, we are enjoined to eat (Leviticus 23:5; Num 9:2,4; 1Co 5:7-8). Yahushua (Jesus) tells us that the required Unleavened Bread of Passover speaks of His body, and that the (third) cup of wine (Cup of Redemption) after the Passover meal speaks of His Blood, the Blood of the New Covenant (Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20).

Yahushua (Jesus) goes on to say that if we do not eat His Flesh, and drink His Blood (the Bread and the cup of Passover), we have no life within us (John 6:53); but that those who do eat His Flesh, and drink His Blood (the Bread and the Cup of Passover), dwell in Him, and have eternal life (John 6:54-56).

We must be reminded at this point, that our redemption does not depend on whether or not we keep the Passover Feast. Instead, our redemption depends only on our willingness to accept His Blood as our substitute sacrifice. Our keeping the Passover and other Feasts is simply an indicator of our willingness to walk in obedience to Him. Yahushua (Jesus) tells us that our love for Him is seen in our obedience to His Words (Exodus 20:6; Deuteronomy 5:10; John 14:15,21).

How did the modern-day Believers go astray from the doctrine and practice of the early Believers?

First, in the early days during the first few centuries, the doctrines and practices of the Believers were ‘ethnically cleansed’ of anything that appeared ‘Jewish’ (See Things Your Pastor Never Told You About the Early Church Fathers).

Second, certain parts and pieces of the early doctrines and practices were retained, and given new, man-made names and meanings devoid of any ‘Old Testament’ references. Thus much of what has been handed down, taught and practiced in today’s congregations is simply a mixture of man-made tradition along with a little Truth.

Indeed, during the history of the second and third century Believers, the practice of observing the Passover just as Messiah did sparked a great controversy. It was during this time that Rome began to persecute and excommunicate those who observed the Biblical Passover and Lord’s Supper at the time specified by the apostle Paul (1Co 11:23).

As the controversy grew against holding Passover on the night of the fourteenth of Abib rather than on the first day of the week, the Believers began to be labelled by Rome with the derogatory term Quartodecimans or “Fourteenthers.” For further study, see the Wikipedia article on the Christian Passover.

We are warned however, by the prophet Isaiah, by the apostle Paul, and by Messiah Himself, that a man-made ‘substitute’ for passover is considered the ‘table of devils,’ and is spiritual idolatry and fornication. For Scripture references, see the full-length article, Eating Things Sacrificed Unto Idols: A Warning to the Bride.

How should we then live?

The Heavenly Father is now sounding the Trumpet. He is awakening the Believers from their spiritual slumber. He is giving His people a choice. The cry is going forth again today, “Choose you this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15).

A remnant of Believers are reading the Scriptures for themselves. They are choosing to return to the Biblical basis of The Faith once delivered to the Saints (Jude 1:3).

Believers are beginning to find out for themselves how and when to keep the Biblical Passover, as well as the other Biblical Feasts ordained by our Heavenly Father (Leviticus 23:1-44).

Believers are choosing to cleanse themselves through their obedience to the Scriptures (1Peter 1:22; 1John 3:3).

Believers are removing from themselves all the spiritual abominations and uncleannesses, the idolatrous doctrines and practices found in most congregations today (See Related Articles below). They are cleansing themselves, that they might be found to be without spot or wrinkle when the Master returns (Ephesians 5:26-27).

Believers are preparing themselves, and making themselves ready (Revelation 19:7) — just as a Bride prepares for her soon-coming Bridegroom!

Related Articles:

  • Things Your Pastor Never Told You About the Early Church Fathers – A brief historical account of how the Biblical practices and celebrations of the Born-Again Believers were first outlawed, then snuffed-out, being replaced by man-made religious practices and celebrations
  • Eating Things Sacrificed Unto Idols: A Warning to the Bride – The Full-length article.
  • The New Covenant Passover: A Mystery – Full List of Passover Articles, with Descriptions and Links
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  • What Are the Ten Commandments? – Also called The Ten Words, these Scripture passages are shown in both Hebrew and English, enabling us to see for ourselves what these Commandments actually say. When we as New Covenant Believers understand whose words they are, we can better know how to respond to them.
  • Obeying Torah is Not About Salvation – Obedience to the Torah [Father’s House Rules for His family] is not about our redemption by Yahushua’s blood. Instead, it is Messiah’s New Testament instruction to all Born-again Believers in how to abide in Him, how to love Him, and how to walk as He walked.
  • Seven Biblical Guidelines for Studying the Bible: Using Scripture to Interpret the Scriptures – What is the source of our current understanding of the Bible? The pure Truths of Scripture are of highest importance — how we understand the Scriptures will affect our eternal condition! To avoid being deceived by man-made doctrines, we must not rely on Preachers, Teachers, Bible notes or commentaries. Instead we must study and understand the Bible for ourselves — not looking through the lenses of tradition or man-made Bible study methods — but relying only on what the Bible actually says about how to study and understand the Scriptures! Here are 7 Biblical Guidelines that show us the way!
  • Contending for The Faith – We are exhorted to contend, to fight to remain in The Faith that was originally given. Scripture shows what The Faith is, and shows why and how we must contend for The Faith. Overview of how the adversary attacks the foundation of The Faith, with examples of contending for The Faith.
  • The Wise and Foolish Virgins – Yahushua tells us why many today are not prepared.
  • The Wise and Foolish: According to Yahushua – Messiah tells us in clear and simple terms for our instruction, who the wise and foolish are today!
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Let Us Keep the New Covenant Passover

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"Messiah our Passover has been sacrificed for us, (1Co 5:7-8) therefore let us keep the Feast."

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