Yahweh's Passover

With all glory to Yahweh and to our King, Yahshua Messiah, and with the understanding of Yahweh’s Holy Spirit, I dedicate this study to Yahweh and to the advancement of learning for the Saints of Yahweh to help grow into a Holy House of Yahweh.

One of the most misunderstood Feasts of Yahweh is the Feast of Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread. Because of the closeness of these Feasts and the misunderstandings of the hebrew words and their meanings it is easy to see why so many people have so many opinions on when the Passover is to be eaten, when the Feast of Unleavened Bread starts, and misunderstandings into combining these two Feasts into one Feast. In this study we will look at the scriptural facts. No commentaries, encyclopedias, or opinions of scholars to prove the subject. The source material will be the Holy Scriptures, Strong’s Concordance Dictionary, Gesenius Hebrew/Chaldee Lexicon and a Dictionary of the English language. Because we have a tendency to look at the scriptures with an English mindset we will attempt to use the Hebrew Dictionary and Lexicon exclusively and only use the English dictionary for added emphasis on the Hebrew. Should we reference any other source material it will only be to confirm what the scriptures have already confirmed.

In Exodus Chapter 12, Yahweh gives us a historical account of our forefathers, as they came out of Egpyt. The night that they were saved from the death malak is called the Feast of Passover, a Memorial night to remember, a joyful occasion. The next night they left Egypt is called the Feast of Unleavened Bread and this Feast is to be observed for seven days and is also a joyous occasion. Both of these Feasts are to be observed forever.

Exodus 12:14 “This day shall be a memorial remembrance; and you shall keep it as a Feast of Yahweh throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a Feast by an ordinance forever.”

Exodus 12:17 “You shall observe Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Therefore, you shall observe this day throughout your generations by an ordinance forever.”

PASSOVER, WHAT IS IT EXACTLY?

Most people do not understand what Passover is and because they don’t, it causes much confusion among many religions. For the body of believers this shouldn’t be a confusing subject when using the Holy Scriptures as the source of knowledge and history. Let’s read and see exactly what Passover is.

Exodus 12:11 And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is Yahweh’s Passover.”

Can it be any more obvious than what we just read? Passover is the eating of a Meal, which consisted of a lamb or a goat, without blemish, and it was to be under one year old, eaten with unleavened bread, and bitter herbs. This meal is a memorial remembrance for the children of Israyl, forever.

Exodus 12:5 “Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or the goats.

Now we read in the scriptures that the Passover had ordinances which were to be followed in order to eat the meal correctly and to remember this solemn event.
  • It was to be killed between the evening or twilight, on the 14th day
  • It was to be eaten that night
  • It was to be roasted in fire, with none of it’s bones broken
  • It was to be eaten with unleavened bread and bitter herbs

This was the ordinances for the eating of this meal. One of the biggest misunderstandings about this event is the time frame for it’s killing and eating. It is important to understand this time frame in order to understand the difference between Passover and Unleavened Bread. At this time I will not go into every aspect of the ordinances, as we are here to prove the correct time for Passover and show that it is a different feast from the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

BETWEEN THE TWO EVENINGS

When studying the Feast of Passover and it’s ordinances one must first understand Yahweh's timeline. In order to understand when the Passover lamb was to be killed, as well as when we are to observe this Feast, we have to understand the phrase “between the two evenings.” One of the most misunderstood defined words concerning Yahweh's Passover, is this word even and evening. It is misunderstood because we have two schools of thinking regarding the "between the evenings" as mentioned in the holy scriptures. One school of thought says that the lamb was sacrificed on the 14th, after the 13th day, between the two evenings, and the other school of thought, which will see originated in Babylon, says that the lambs were sacrificed between the evenings, on the 14th, which they say is between 3 and 6 pm on the daytime portion of the 14th day. Let's examine the scriptures and let the scriptures interpret the scriptures.

In Exodus 12:6  "And ye shall keep 4931 it up until the fourteenth 702 6240 day 3117 of the same month 2320: and the whole 3605 assembly 6951 of the congregation 5712 of Israel 3478 shall kill 7819 it in 996 the evening 6153."

The word In is #996 in Strong's Hebrew Concordance which means: interval, space between, from root word #995 which means: to distinguish, to separate, to be easily distinguished.
The word evening is #6153 in Strong's Hebrew Concordance which means: evening, between the two evenings, used to mark the time when the Passover lamb was killed.

Gesenius Hebrew Lexicon shows that this word means: between the two evenings; According to the word of the Karaites and Samaritans it is the time between sunset and deep twilight which is favoured by Deuteronomy 16:6 and Exodus 30:8. The Pharisees considered the time between the sun's began to descend, to be called the first evening and the second evening to be the real sunset, which would be between 12-6 p.m. The root word is #6150 and means: to set as the sun, to draw towards evening.

Websters Dictionary defines evening as: the latter part and close of the day and early part of the night, the period from sunset or the evening meal to bedtime.

There is a key scripture that is overlooked by most scholars and it is found in the book of wisdom called Proverbs. This scripture gives us a very definitive description of twilight and of what is commonly called the two evenings.

Proverbs 7:9 "In the twilight as evening was coming on, before the black and dark of night."

In Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary the word twilight is #5399 and means: the evening twilight.

The scripture shows that the twilight was a time when the evening was approaching, which would have been after sunset and before the black of night.

Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines twilight as: the light from the sky between full night and sunrise or between sunset and full night produced by diffusion of sunlight through the atmosphere and its dust; also : a time of twilight.

In Gesenius Hebrew Lexicons the definition of evening, the Karaites and Samaritans believed the Passover should be sacrificed at this time. Let us look at another scripture that showed an example of this word evening as used in another scripture.

Exodus 30:8 "He must burn incense again when he lights the lamps at evening so incense will burn regularly in front of Yahweh, a perpetual incense in front of Yahweh throughout your generations."

So are we to believe that it took the Priests from 12-6pm to light incense and candles to Yahweh? And why would they light the candles when it wasn’t going to be dark for several hours, if we are to believe the Pharisee way of thinking?

The phrase "between the two evenings", is found in the Scriptures in Ex. 16:12, 29:39,41, 30:8, Num. 28:4,8 apart from references to the Pesach (Passover, Ex. 12:6, Lev. 23:5, Num 9:3,5,11). It is used of the evening or as translated "at even", that is reckoned to the day just ending, and it is freqently opposed to an event in the morning of the same day [e.g., Num. 28:4]. The term 'between the two evenings' is used only of the evening at a certain time period, which the scripture indicates is when the sun is going down until dark. However, this term "between the two evenings" is not in the original scriptures but is added by translators and scribes of the Holy Scriptures who interpreted "at even" as between the two evenings. At Even in the Hebrew language is ben ha arbayim, meaning between the evenings or between sunset and dark. The Holy Scriptures confirm that ben ha arbayim means dusk, twilight.

Deuteronomy 16:6 "But only at the place Yahweh your Father chooses to place His name, There you must sacrifice the Passover at evening: at the going down of the sun: at the season you came out of Egypt."

Going down of the sun in the Hebrew is the word bow.

Bow is word #935 in Strong's Exhaustive Concordance Hebrew Dictionary and means: to go in, enter, come, go, come in. It means the sun as it goes down into the horizon.

The following verses illustrate the translation of the Hebrew word bow. These passages confirm that bow means at sunset or when the sun goes into the horizon, according to Brown, Driver and Briggs Hebrew Lexicon:

Genesis 15:12, the sun was about to set, and verse 17; when the sun set;
Genesis 28:11, the sun had set;
Exodus 17:12, until the sun set;
Exodus 22:26, before the sun sets;
Leviticus 22:7, as soon as the sun sets;
Deuteronomy 23:11, at sundown; 24:13, at sun down; 24:15, same day before the sun sets;
Yahshua 8:29, at sunset; 10:13, did not press on to set [hasted not to go down]; 10:27, at sunset;
Judges 19:14, the sun set;
II Samuyl 2:24, the sun was setting.

Ben Yehudah's English and Hebrew Dictionary, page 98, says dusk is English for the Hebrew phrase beyn-ha-arbayim.

J.H. Hertz, a Jewish commentator who edited the Pentateuch and Haftorah, translated between the two evenings as dusk, in Leviticus 23:5, Exodus 12:6, Numbers 9:1 and 11.
The Jewish Family Bible according to the Masoretic text (editors Rabbi Morris A. Gutstein, Ph.D., D.H.L. and Rabbi David Gravbart D.D., Ph.D.) translates between the two evenings as dusk.

Every English Dictionary define dusk as the time after sunset and before total darkness.
Oxford English Dictionary (OED): dusk = dark from the absence of light. The dark stage of twilight before it is quite dark at night; to become dim, grow dark.
Dusk is synonymous with twilight:

Oxford English Dictionary (OED): twilight = The light diffused by the reflection of the sun's rays from the atmosphere before sunrise and after sunset.

The Interpreter's Bible confirms that the Hebrew expression, ben-ha-arbayim has been reinterpreted by the Jews, revealing that the rabbinical teaching of from noon onward is a newer teaching. Notice: The usage of the time referring to that after sunset and before darkness is the older practice, page 919.

The Sadducees, who were in charge of temple worship, as well as the the Karaites, and Samaritans, observed Passover at sunset at the start of the 14th, not mid-afternoon of the 14th. The Pharisees later changed the Passover to the 15th, adding many other non-scriptural traditions the rabbinical Jews still follow today.

Now Yahshua Messiah was accused of being a Samaritan as it is written:

Yahchanan 8:48 “Did we rightly say that you are a Samaritan, and have a demon?”

Now Yahshua didn’t seem to object to be called a Samaritan, only that he did not have a demon.  The Samaritans kept the law according to the Torah, and history shows they followed it diligently, even until this present day! They built a House of Yahweh on Mount Gerizim, which they still hold sacred to this day and still sacrifice the Passover on the 14th day at twilight and eat it that night on the 14th day. This Mount Gerazim is the mountain on which the blessings were transferred to us, the Children of Israel. This day we are blessed and stand on Mount Gerazim, that is, if we follow the Laws of the Covenant. Now the Samaritans, also with the Karaites, and Sadducees, followed the teaching that Passover was on the 14th at dusk or twilight, according to the Law, and were different to the Pharisees teachings. Since we cannot find in the Law where Passover was on the 15th day, shouldn’t we accept the Law as it is written?

We see in the scriptures that Yahshua was not only represented as a Passover offering, but also a sin offering, Leviticus 16:21 (Day of Atonement), Ashes of the Red Heifer, Numbers 19:1-22 (Water of Purification from death) and many other offerings. But yet he wasn’t sacrificed on the Day of Atonement, nor was his body burned, with water added, Hyssop, and wool, and then sprinkled on the people. He also wasn’t under a year old when sacrificed as according to the ordinance of the Passover Lamb/Goat offering, nor was His body burned before morning. There are some who will say because Yahshua died on the 14th day, that we must kill a lamb at the same time that He died! But there is no Law that states that we are to do this. So shouldn’t we end any contentions with the Law, which is our Teacher, up to Messiah.
  
THE ORIGIN OF EVENING AND IT’S MEANING

In the beginning Yahweh created the heavens and the Earth and all that pertains to life. In Genesis he reveals to us what is evening, morning, light, and darkness.

Genesis 1:5 "And God 430 called 7121 the light 216 Day 3117, and the darkness 2822 he called 7121 Night 3915. And the evening 6153 and the morning 1242 were the first 259 day 3117."

In Strong's Hebrew Dictionary and Gesenius Lexicon of the Old Testament we find the following definitions of the above referenced words.

Light is word #216  and means: light of the day, light of the sun.
Day is word #3117 and means: the day (as opposed to night), the heat of the day; Websters Dictionary defines day as: the time of light between one night and the next.
Darkness is word #2822 and means: darkness; from #2821 and means: to be dark, to be surrounded by darkness.
Night is word #3915 and means: night as opposed to day; Websters Dictionary defines night as: the time from dusk to dawn when no sunlight is visible.
Evening is word #6153 and means: evening, at sunset; between the two evenings; Used as marking the space of time during when the Paschal lamb were slain.

Webster's Dictionary defines the word Sunset as: the apparent descent of the sun below the horizon; the time when the upper limb of the sun dissapears below the horizon as a result of the diurnal rotation of the Earth.

Morning is word #1242 and means: morning, daybreak, dawn, the breaking forth of light; Websters Dictionary defines morning as: a period of first development, the time from sunrise to noon; dawn.

From the above definitions we can see that there is a distinction between light/day, darkness/night, and evening/morning. The words that Yahweh places in His inspired Scriptures are there so that we can understand His Plan and how to keep and uphold His Laws.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Reverence Yahweh, and observe His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man."

The word Evening was placed from the beginning, in the scriptures, for Yahweh's people to understand when Yahweh's Passover lamb was to be sacrificed, as well as the time that the evening sacrifices were to be kept and the incense and lamps were to be lit. The definition of the word evening helps us to better understand Yahweh's laws and is placed there by Yahweh to show a distinction between day and night. Yahweh give us the word evening to make it clear when we are to uphold his ordinances and Law. This word is not left up to private interpretation. We must always let the scripture interpret the scripture.

With these facts in mind you can conclude that the lambs/goats were sacrificed between the setting of the sun and darkness. The scriptures leaves no doubt as to the time frame that Yahweh allowed for the Passover lamb to be killed. We must remember that the meal took place at night after the ordinances of the sacrifice were performed according to the Law.

Exodus 12:8 "Then they must eat the meat in that night: roasted in fire. With unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it."

There are many who will argue that we do not have to kill the lamb nor eat lamb/goat at Passover. However, there is no scripture to back up this theory or argument. If we do not eat lamb at the Passover Feast, then we are simply not keeping the Feast of Passover correctly, because Passover is a Feast meal that requires certain foods on the menu for the meal! There are those who say that Yahshua is the Passover lamb and by being this lamb/goat representation, he had to die at the same time the lamb/goat was killed. However, there is not any scriptures to back up this belief or theory, nor does Yahweh’s Law state that the Messiah had to die at the exact time of any sacrifice! There are those who will say that we must keep a Passover Seder meal and by doing this we are keeping Passover correctly. However, there is not any scriptures to show keeping a Seder meal is the proper Passover meal, in fact history shows this to be a rabbinical invention which comes from Hellenistic Greek/Roman pagan banquet festivals. Isn't it time for us to stop following our own personal beliefs, religious traditions, opinions of commentators, and the ways of the gods, and keep the Passover according to the pattern shown to Mosheh?

PASSOVER WAS ALWAYS ON THE 14TH DAY, NOT THE 15TH: THE WORD UNTIL IS VERY IMPORTANT IN UNDERSTANDING THIS ORDINANCE

By now you should have a clear understanding of the evening or between the two evenings. It was not a 3 to 6 hour period in the daylight hours, but a time of when the sun went down until complete darkness or night (approx. 1 ½ hours). Another key to understanding the Passover Feast is that it was always held on the 14th day. The Feast of Unleavened Bread was on the 15th day through the 21st day of the month of Abib.

Exodus 12:6 “Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same moon. Then the whole congregation of Israyl shall kill it at twilight.”

If you read the time frame of the lamb being taken until it was killed you will notice in Exodus 12:3 it was to be taken on the 10th day up until the 14th day. The word until as it is used here in Exodus 12:6  is not understood by most people and because of the lack of understanding in thinking the lamb was alive on the 14th day until the daylight hours.

The word until is defined as: up to the time of, (before) a specified time.

So we can see that it was to be kept up to the time of, or before the specified time of it’s killing. We have already seen that the lamb/goat was to be killed at twilight/dusk/evening. We find from this scripture that it was kept until it’s time of sacrifice. It was alive on the 14th, but not for very long, for as soon as the sun set, it was killed between the evenings/twilight.

Here is a list of other scriptures that give us the day of the Feast of Passover, a Feast meal unto Yahweh, which was always on the 14th day of the month of Abib.

Leviticus 23:5
Numbers 9:3,5,11
Numbers 28:16
Yahshua 5:10
II Chronicles 30:15,
II Chronicles 35:1
Ezrayah 6:19
Yechetzqyah 45:21

In Numbers 33:3, we are shown the time frame of when our forefathers left Egypt. There are words that give us more understanding on when Passover was eaten. Reading further we find:

Numbers 33:3 “And they set out from Ramses in the first moon, on the fifteenth day of the first moon; on the morrow after the Passover, the children of Israyl marched out boldly in the sight of the Egyptians.”

We find that the children of Israyl left Egypt on the morrow after the Passover meal was eaten. The key to understanding this is to know what the word morrow means.

The word morrow in Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary and Gesenius Lexicon is word #4283 and means: tomorrow, the next day, the morrow of that day;  it is from word #3279 which means: tomorrow about this time; afterwards in future time.

In Webster’s the word morrow is defined as: the following day; The time immediately subsequent to a particular event.

So we can see from the above definitions that the children of Israyl left Egypt the next day, immediately subsequent to a particular event or tomorrow! We know that they ate the Passover the night of the 14th and this verse shows that they left Egypt the next day subsequent to that event, which means they left on the 14th day. Had the Passover been on the 15th and they left on the 15th day, they would have been leaving on the 1st day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which was a Holy Convocation.

IS THE FEAST OF PASSOVER A SABBATH DAY?

Another misunderstood event about the Passover is the controversy of whether it is a Sabbath or not. If you look throughout the scriptures you cannot find one passage where the Passover is mentioned as a Sabbath. We find in the scriptures that it is a Holy Convocation, but nowhere does it mention that it is a Sabbath.

Leviticus 23:4,5 “These are the Feasts of Yahweh; his Holy Convocations, which you shall proclaim at their appointed seasons; On the fourteenth of the first moon, at even (twilight) is Yahweh’s Passover.”

Convocation in Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary and Gesenius Hebrew Lexicon is word #4744 and means: a calling together, an assembly called together, a sacred gathering.

So the Feast of Passover is a sacred calling together or gathering, where we assemble to partake in the Feast meal, which is Passover. Nowhere does is mention it as a Sabbath day, nor does it say we cannot do servile work, which was not to be done on the Sabbath. Since it is not in the Law we cannot add to it to make it fit our opinion.

We find that even the disciples thought that Yahdah Iscariot was going to purchase some things for the Feast of Unleavened Bread on the night he betrayed Yahshua after the Passover Meal or as they translate it in the KJV, a Supper, which was not a Sabbath day.

Yahchanan 13:29

We must remember that the Passover is a Feast Meal, unto Yahweh.

The word translated Passover is word #6453 and means: to eat the passover; to prepare the sacrifice of the passover.

The word supper, as used in Yahchanan 13:2,4 and in varous other places when describing the Meal that the Saviour and the Disciples ate, in Strong’s Greek Dictionary is word #1172 from #1173 and means: to sup; a formal meal usually held at evening; used of the Messiah’s Feast.

The Messiah’s Feast meal that night was Yahweh’s memorial feast meal, called Passover, afterwards He instituted His Memorial Remembrance. Yahshua would never add or take away from Yahweh’s law, so there is not any way that the supper he ate would be called his feast. The translators have assumed this, not realizing or understanding that the meal eaten that night was the Passover meal, Yahweh’s Feast. Their misunderstanding causes them to call it Messiah’s Feast. The world places a lot of emphasis on this last supper, not even realizing that it was the Passover Meal, which is the Feast of Yahweh.

FACTS CONCERNING YAHSHUA MESSIAH AND THE PASSOVER

Let’s examine some myths and opinions of the Passover concerning Yahshua Messiah. There are many groups who think that Yahshua Messiah was the Passover lamb. We know that the scriptures state that Yahshua Messiah, was the ultimate sacrifice, however, we cannot find that he had to emulate every sacrifice and it’s timing as if the lamb emulated him. Otherwise he would have had to die on the Day of Atonement, as well as other times to fulfill the sacrificial times and ordinances. In fact, let us examine the theories that Yahshua Messiah was the Passover lamb/goat and compare it with the ordinance concerning the Passover lamb/goat.
  • The Passover sacrifice could be a lamb or goat and it had to be under a year old. Exodus 12:5  So if Yahshua Messiah had to fulfill this law exactly as it was writtten, then how could he be the Passover Lamb/Goat, when it is a fact that he was at least 33 years old when he died!
  • The Passover lamb/goat had to be burned up if any meat was left over that was not eaten. Exodus 12:10. It is a scriptural fact that Yahshua Messiah was left whole and intact after his death, so if he was the Passover Lamb/Goat, then his body should have been burned up and none left until morning!
  • The Passover lamb/goat was killed at twilight on the 14th day. Exodus 12:6 Yahshua Messiah died at the ninth hour or around that time. Matthithyah 27:46-50 So we can see here that Yahshua died on the daylight time of the 14th day, not at twilight, as the law commands.
  • The Passover lamb/goat was not a sin offering. Yahshua Messiah was a sin offering as we find in Romans 8:3.
  • There is no scripture that states Yahshua was to be killed at the same exact day and time the Passover lamb/goat was killed.
  • Many want to call Yahshua the Passover lamb, but you don’t hear anyone calling him the Passover Goat. Remember you could eat a lamb or a goat for Passover meal.
  • There is no scripture that states Yahshua Messiah was the Passover Lamb and had to fulfill it’s every ordinance. However, there are some who will use I Corinthians 5:7 in it’s mistranslation to justify this myth, which is the only scripture in volume 2, or commonly called the New Testament,that would indicate Yahshua’s body was the Passover lamb/goat. We will examine this scripture to get the true facts!


I CORINTHIANS 5:7 AND IT’S TRUE MEANING

Let us examine not only this particular scripture but the whole context of the chapter that this scripture was written in.

I Corinthians 5:7 "Purge out 1571 therefore 3767 the old 3820 leaven 2219, that 2443 ye may be 5600 a new 3501 lump 5445, as 2531 ye are 2075 unleavened 106. For 1063 even 2532 Christ 5547 our 2257 passover 3957 is sacrificed 2380 for 5228 us 2257"

The following definitions are from Strong's Greek Dictionary and Thayer's Greek Lexicon.

The word For is #1063 and means: for, truly therefore, as the case stands; a particle of affirmation and conclusion.
The word Even is #2532 and means: and, indeed; it connects single words or terms.
The word Christ is #5547 and means: annointed; a mind conformed to the mind of Yahshua Messiah.
The word Our is #2257 and means: our, we, us;
The word Passover is #3957 and means: 1) the paschal sacrifice (which was accustomed to be offered for the people's deliverance of old from Egypt)
2) the paschal lamb, i.e. the lamb the Israelites were accustomed to slay and eat on the fourteenth day of the month of Nisan (the first month of their year) in memory of the day on which their fathers, preparing to depart from Egypt, were bidden by God to slay and eat a lamb, and to sprinkle their door posts with its blood, that the destroying angel, seeing the blood, might pass over their dwellings; Christ crucified is likened to the slain paschal lamb 3) the paschal supper 4) the paschal feast, the feast of the Passover, extending from the 14th to the 20th day of the month Nisan.
The word Sacrificed is #2380 and means: 1) to sacrifice, immolate 2) to slay, kill a) of the paschal lamb 3) slaughter.
The word For is #5228 and means: in behalf of, for the sake of; for ones advantage or benefit;
The word Us is #2257 and means: our, we, us;

From these definitions we can see that those who have the mind of Yahshua Messiah, we, us, those who eat the Passover meal on the 14th day of the 1st month, will remove the leaven of carnal, lustful, desires of the fleshly man and put on the unleavened teachings of sincerity and truth of Yahweh’s righteous laws, and follow the righteous mind and example of Yahshua Messiah. The Passover sacrifice and meal, is a reminder of Yahweh passing over us and sparing us from death. Yahshua Messiah was represented by this ordinance of Passover, by becoming an sacrificial offering for us and paying the death penalty for our sins. However, this doesn’t make him to be required to die the same time as the Passover lamb. First, no animal could take away the sins of anyone, second, neither could a lamb take away the death penalty from sin. The Feasts are a shadow of the righteous things to come. When Yahshua came, he was the righteous one to come, of which the law spoke about. His death, saved us! Without Him, we cannot enter the Most Holy Place where Yahweh dwells, and cannot receive salvation, unless the Levitical Priesthood was in effect and we brought a sacrifice to the Priest in the flesh. We know that this is not in effect, therefore, we enter the Most Holy Place through Yahshua of the Order of Melchizedek. This is the blood covenant that was ratified with Abraham and the Promise given to him by Yahweh, of his Seed being our salvation, and becoming a Great Nation.

The lustful sins that the Apostle Shaul was expounding and addressing in the 5th chapter of 1st Corinthians, were sins that would make the Corinthians unworthy of the Kingdom of Yahweh and of partaking in the Passover meal, which was a reminder of Yahweh’s Sparing. Their sins separated them from Yahweh, which disqualified them from partaking in the Passover. That is what is meant by the law found in Numbers 9:10.

Numbers 9:10 “Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If any man of you or of your posterity shall be unclean by reason of a dead body, or [be] in a journey 1870 afar off 7350, yet he shall keep the passover unto the Yahweh.”

The word Journey is #1870 which means: a course; a journey; a way of life; a mode of worshipping Yahweh, religion; The Ancient Hebrew Lexicon by Jeff Benner shows this to mean: a road that is walked as well as the path of life.
The word Afar off is #7350 which means: remote, far, distant; arduous, difficult of a law which is difficult to obey. from #7368 which has the meaning of: to be afar off- often used of Yahweh as being far off from granting help; on the other hand from the law of Yahweh.

From the deeper meaning of these words, we can see that being on a journey indicates one who is not in unity with Yahweh and their way of life causes separation from Yahweh because of sin. We find this compared to being on a journey away from Yahweh. (This is the hebrew concrete thinking) This is compared to the uncleanness of a dead body which this scripture is revealing in the sentence as referencing both as uncleanness, showing these are things that cause separation from Yahweh in the physical and spiritual sense. When we are separated from Yahweh we are removed from him like being in uncleanness of a dead body. Isayah 59:1,2 shows this separation.

The Passover meal was a reminder of Yahweh sparing not only our forefathers, but us from death, which was caused by our sins. Judgment was given and rendered to the gods of Egypt (sin), thousands of years ago. The Egyptians paid this price with their first born sons. This sacrifice was a representation of the 1st born son of Yahweh, coming at a future time, who would be sacrificed for the sins of the whole world. Reading further in Corinthians we find the particular sins that the Apostle Shaul was correcting in the brethren of Corinth.

I Corinthians 5:1 “It is actually reported that there is sexual impurity among you, and such sexual impurity as is not even named among the gentiles, that a man has his own father’s wife!”

The Apostle Shaul goes on in this chapter to describe the sexual sins and foolish arrogant pride, comparing this to leaven and how it must be purged out of the body of Messiah. He was showing that those who have the mind of Yahshua, the body of Messiah, must glorify Yahweh in their body and spirit and in order for this Passover sacrifice to be done according to Yahweh’s way, they must put off these sins, which so easily entrapped them.

Many have taken I Corinthians 5:7 totally out of context to imply that the Apostle Shaul was stating that Yahshua was the Passover Sacrificial Lamb, and that we no longer have to keep and uphold Yahweh's Laws concerning the Feast of Passover.  Through the definition of the word translated Christ in the KJV, and not Jesus, as some have translated it, we see that it is referring to the character and mind of Yahshua, not the man himself. He was trying to get the Corinthians to understand that they must put on righteousness and be zealous for righteousness, and put off the illicit sexual practices that they were committing. He was telling them to put on the mindset of Yahshua who didn't allow unlawful lusts to rule his mind and life. The whole chapter of I Corinthians 5 is dealing with illicit sexual practices, unlawful lusts, and brothers who had not overcome this mentality.

Galatians 4:18,19  18- "Be righteous and be zealous for a righteous thing always; not just when I am with you." 19-"My children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until the character of Messiah is formed in you."

In I Corinthians 5:7, the word Sacrifice has the meaning of immolate which is a past particle of immolare which means: to sprinkle with meal before sacrificing.

Immolate means: to offer in sacrifice, to kill as a sacrificial victim, to kill or destroy often by fire. Yahshua established the law by being a burnt offering, sin offering, grain offering, an offering once and for all on our behalf and on behalf of the whole nation of Israyl. The offerings had to be without blemish, perfect, and of the finest quality. Yahshua was the perfect offering because He was without sin! If you read the Laws of the grain offerings and other offerings that the Priest presented before Yahweh you will find how they parallel Yahshua Messiah as the perfect offering. He upheld these laws and showed us by His example, of how they were kept according to the Melchitzedek Priesthood. He showed us the deeper aspect of these Laws.

One of the ordinances of the Passover was that a person had to be circumcised according to the Law. This meant physically, but most importantly, in heart and mind, just as many of the Apostle Shaul’s writings confer when talking about circumcision. Yahshua Messiah even warned of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees, who were physically circumcised, but not in heart and mind. Their leaven was unrighteous teachings, which cuts you off from Yahweh. One of these teachings of the Pharisees was that the Passover lamb/goat was sacrificed on the 14th day between 3-6 pm.

Mattithyah 16:6,12 “And Yahshua said to them: Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees; Then they understood that He did not caution them to beware of leaven in bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

The difference between the Sadducees and the Pharisees was that the Sadducees rejected the teachings of the Talmud and followed the written Law. Let me make it perfectly clear that this study is not siding with either of these groups, as Yahshua warned his disciples about teachings which were contrary to the law. They are referenced here to show their differences and to understand who was in charge of the Temple services and administration, and get an insight as to the religious climate during the times of Yahshua Messiah and the outlook on the Passover services and how they were viewed.

Yahshua kept the Laws of Yahweh and because he upheld them, he most certainly had to eat the Passover meal before he was hung on the stake, because he died on the 14th day at the ninth hour. Does this mean that by Him completing this Law,  that he did away with the Passover ordinances and now we aren't supposed to uphold Yahweh's Laws in these last days? By no means! On the contrary, he set an example for us to follow. When Yahshua told his Disciples to go and prepare for the Passover, as we read in Luke 22:8, he was instructing them to follow the Laws of Yahweh that we find in Exodus the 12th Chapter. It was these Laws and Ordinances they followed, as taught to them by Yahshua our Messiah. When we keep any Law of Yahweh we are completing these laws in our life. They make us complete. But by keeping them we don't do away with them. We repeat them over and over again, until we have kept them perfectly and by doing so we perfect our lives. By reading the scripture below you will find that the Apostles did as Yahshua instructed them by preparing the Passover so they could eat it. Since Yahshua kept all of Yahweh's laws we can be assured that He kept the ordinances of the Passover according to as is written in the Law. There is no evidence anywhere in the Holy Scriptures to indicate that Yahshua changed the Passover ordinances, or that He kept Passover different than what is written in the Law. One thing to keep in remembrance of the Passover was that Yahshua showed us the aspects of the law that most never see. That not only was the lamb an important aspect of Passover, but the unleavened bread which represented a sinless body and the drink offering which contained wine, representing the blood covenant, also was important and instituted by Yahshua on the night he was betrayed. He is our teacher and was sent to teach us to understand the laws and their meanings.

Passover was one of many sacrifices in the Law, that represented the true sacrifice to come. Yahweh has never been interested in sacrifices, but because of sin and trespasses, they were required to be restored to holiness. When our forefathers came out of Egypt, Yahweh never wanted sacrifice, he wanted obedience. The sacrifices of the 1st born of Egypt, were a result of Israyl’s disobedience. They had been ensnared into Godworship for over 400 years in Egypt. When Yahweh took them out, he required obedience, not sacrifice. However, then, just as now, carnality has power over those who will not submit to Yahshua Messiah, our perfect example of righteousness. He is the reflection of Yahweh, in the flesh.

Yeremyah 7:22-24For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them about burnt offerings or sacrifices in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt; But this one thing I commanded them, saying: Obey my voice, and I will be your Father, and you will be my people. And walk in all My ways that I have commanded you, so it may be will with you! But they did not obey, nor pay any attention; instead they walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward.”

Exodus 13:3 “And Mosheh said to the people; Remember this day in which you went out of Egypt, out of the house of Godworshippers; for by strength of hand Yahweh brought you out of it. No leavened bread shall be eaten.”

It has been scripturally proven that Passover was on the 14th at twilight, (between the evening) and that the Feast of Unleavened Bread was on the 15th day. Two separate events on two different days. Therefore, Yahshua Messiah who kept the law, had to eat the Passover meal, because we know from history that he died on the 14th day at the ninth hour and we know that he ate a Feast Meal/Supper, the night before he died, which was the Passover Meal. Remember nuclear war starts with plans and so did Yahshua’s death. The night he was betrayed, Passover night, the plans were finalized for his death, he was sacrificed for us that day! That night Yahweh brought judgment upon sin, once and for all, but it was the 1st born son of Yahweh that died for our sins!

Mattithyah 26:45 “Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.”

This is what Yahweh says to those who teach, if they don’t repent and remove the leaven of their teachings, which is scattering the sheep of Israyl, the holy ones of Yahweh.

Yeremyah 23:1Woe to the pastors who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture! says Yahweh. Therefore this is what Yahweh, the Father of Israyl, says against the Pastors who feed My people: You have scattered My flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them. Behold, I am going to visit you for the evil of your doings, says Yahweh: But I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; they will be fruitful and multiply. And I will set shepherds over them who will feed them; and they will fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither will they be lacking, says Yahweh. Therefore behold the days come, says Yahweh, they will no longer say; As surely as Yahweh lives Who brought up the children of Israyl out of the land of Egypt; But they will say; As surely as Yahweh lives Who brought up and led the seed of the House of Israyl out of the protected place, and from all countries where I had driven them; and they will dwell in their own land.”

As teachers we have to come into unity so we don’t scatter the flock with winds of doctrine. Let us reason together and come into unity.

THE PASSOVER SEDER, IS IT SCRIPTURAL?

As we have seen through Yahweh's Law, Yahweh's Feast of Passover must be kept forever. It is a memorial Feast of remembrance forever for Yahweh's people. The word forever means: without ever ending; eternally: to last forever. Yahweh shows us clearly that we must follow Him and not our own minds or traditions. Yahshua Messiah stated that we must follow the Laws of Yahweh and those who sit in Mosheh's office who are authorized to teach us. However, we must not follow their traditions. So it is important for Yahweh's Priests to teach according to the Law, not from peoples opinion or from Christian, Jewish or Moslem traditions.

Mattithyah (Matthew) 23:2-3  "2- Saying: The scribes and the Pharisees are appointed to Mosheh's office; teachers of Yahweh's law, 3-"Therefore, everything they tell you to observe, that obey and practice. But do not imitate their works; for they preach but they do not practice!"

Yahchanan Mark (Mark) 7:7-9  7- "But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrine the commandments of men, 8- "For laying aside the commandments of Yahweh, you hold the tradition of men!" 9-"Then He said to them: How well you reject the commandment of Yahweh, so that you may keep your own tradition!"

We can see from the scriptures in Yahshua's day, as well as today, there were those, who sat in Mosheh's office, who were following and teaching traditions, instead of Yahweh's laws. The people which included the Priests, Elders, Judges, Captains, etc... when taken into captivity into Babylon, had the Law of Yahweh removed from them. While they were in Babylon a new way of thinking was taught, a philosophical way of thinking, which brought about interpretations of the written Laws, a philosophical way of studying and learning. It was during this time period that Yahweh's laws were added to and taken away from, by opinions of scholars (Rabbi's) who were of the school of higher learning. When in captivity, traditions and teachings were created that eventually through hundreds of years, brought about a written book, that is called the Talmud. Reading the history from Wickipedia Encyclopedia online at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talmud, concerning the Talmud, we find the following history of this book.

The Talmud (Hebrew: תַּלְמוּד talmūd "instruction, learning", from a root lmd "teach, study") is a central text of mainstream Judaism, in the form of a record of rabbinic discussions pertaining to Jewish law, ethics, customs and history.
The Talmud has two components: the Mishnah (c. 200 CE), the first written compendium of Judaism's Oral Law; and the Gemara (c. 500 CE), a discussion of the Mishnah and related Tannaitic writings that often ventures onto other subjects and expounds broadly on the Tanakh.
Originally, Jewish scholarship was oral. Rabbis expounded and debated the law (the written law expressed in the Hebrew Bible) and discussed the Tanakh without the benefit of written works (other than the Biblical books themselves), though some may have made private notes (megillot setarim), for example of court decisions. This situation changed drastically, however, mainly as the result of the destruction of the Jewish commonwealth in the year 70 CE and the consequent upheaval of Jewish social and legal norms. As the Rabbis were required to face a new reality—mainly Judaism without a Temple (to serve as the center of teaching and study) and Judea without autonomy—there was a flurry of legal discourse and the old system of oral scholarship could not be maintained. It is during this period that Rabbinic discourse began to be recorded in writing.[1][2] The earliest recorded oral law may have been of the midrashic form, in which halakhic discussion is structured as exegeticalPentateuch. But an alternative form, organized by subject matter instead of by biblical verse, became dominant about the year 200 C.E., when Rabbi Judah haNasi redacted the Mishnah (משנה).
The Oral Law was far from monolithic, but varied among various schools. The most famous two were the School of Shammai and the School of Hillel. In general, all valid opinions, even the non-normative ones, were recorded in the Talmud.

Talmud Bavli (Babylonian Talmud)

The Talmud Bavli was transmitted orally for centuries prior to its compilation by Jewish scholars in Babylon about the 5th century CE.

Since the Exile to Babylonia in 586 BCE, there had been Jewish communities living in Babylonia as well as in Judea, as many of the captives never returned home. From then until the Talmudic period, the Babylonian Jewish population increased through natural growth as well as migration. The most important of the Jewish centres were Nehardea, Nisibis, Mahoza, Pumbeditha and Sura. It was no longer necessary for scholars to travel regularly to Israel to gather authentic traditions.
Talmud Bavli (the "Babylonian Talmud") comprises the Mishnah and the Babylonian Gemara, the latter representing the culmination of more than 300 years of analysis of the Mishnah in the Babylonian Academies. The foundations of this process of analysis were laid by Rab, a disciple of Rabbi Judah ha-Nasi. Tradition ascribes the compilation of the Babylonian Talmud in its present form to two Babylonian sages, Rav Ashi and Ravina. Ashi was president of the Sura Academy from 375 to 427 CE. The work begun by Ashi was completed by Ravina, who is traditionally regarded as the final Amoraic expounder. Accordingly, traditionalists argue that Ravina’s death in 499 CE is the latest possible date for the completion of the redaction of the Talmud. However, even on the most traditional view a few passages are regarded as the work of a group of rabbis who edited the Talmud after the end of the Amoraic period, known as the Saboraim or Rabbanan Savora'e (meaning "reasoners" or "considerers").
The question as to when the Gemara was finally put into its present form is not settled among modern scholars. Some, like Louis Jacobs, argue that the main body of the Gemara is not simple reportage of conversations, as it purports to be, but a highly elaborate structure contrived by the Saboraim, who must therefore be regarded as the real authors. On this view the text did not reach its final form until around 700. Some modern scholars use the term Stammaim (from the Hebrew Stam, meaning "closed", "vague" or "unattributed") for the authors of unattributed statements in the Gemara. (See eras within Jewish law.)

As we can see from this report, The Talmud came out of Babylon by Jewish leaders. It's way of teaching was prevalent during the times of Yahshua Messiah and the Apostles. It incorporated valid and non-normative opinions of leading Rabbis and this information was then recorded in the Talmud. Since many of the captives never returned home to the land of Israyl it was this book that gave them the information needed to interpret how to keep the laws of Yahweh which they compiled, over time, in the Babylonian Academies. It was after the destruction of the Temple or House of Yahweh in Jerusalem in 70 A.D., that the writings of the Talmud were recorded and followed extensively. The Temple being removed from Jewish life, and the 12 tribes scattered, gave the Jewish people hopelessness in a world dominated by stronger Gentiles Nations. The center place of worship for their faith was removed and without a Temple, spiritual life had changed for the Jewish people. It was the Talmud that gave them inspiration and emotional connection with God. Because the Temple no longer stood, the interpretation of the Laws took on a whole different meaning and the Laws that connected them to the Temple had to be replaced.  The Talmud became their Temple or their center of worship activity. We can see in these last days, the Laws of Yahweh have taken a back seat to the Talmud in modern Jewish life. It is the Talmud that is found in every religious Jews home, it is interpretations that are followed as Law. The interpretations of the Rabbi's is their Law. We will see how this way of thinking has affected The Feast of Passover and it's celebration in our world today. Remember the above referenced Mishnah, as we will find it's place of importance concerning the history of Seder later in this study.

So where did the Passover Seder come from?

Every year thousands of Jews all over the world celebrate the Feast of Passover. They spend lots of money to go to fancy hotels in exotic locations, and purchase certain articles traditionally required. It has become a multi-million dollar industry for those who cash in on the festival. But do our Jewish brothers today keep the Passover according to the Law as taught by Mosheh as recorded in the Holy Scriptures? The answer is No! In fact, there is very little of what is done at the Passover Seder Meal/Round that can be found in the scriptures.  We also find many worshipers of Yahweh doing the same thing, following a Passover Seder that is patterned after the Jewish Seder. So where did the origin of the Seder come from? How did it become an integral part of Jewish life? Is it a Holy event that Yahweh recognizes? And most importantly, should The people of Yahweh celebrate this event as our Jewish brothers, Assemblies, Messianic Jews, and others perform it?

Let's take a look at the origins of the Passover Seder.

The following article concerning the Passover Seder can be found at: http://judaism.about.com/od/passover/a/seder_golinkin.htm

I) Introduction

There is no question that the Seder, which is celebrated on the first night of Pesah or on the first two nights in the Diaspora – is the central ritual of the holiday of Passover. But what is the origin of the Seder and the Haggadah?

The Torah instructs us to slaughter the Korban Pesah, the paschal lamb, to eat it with matzot and marror, and to sprinkle some blood on the lintel and the two doorposts (Exodus 12:22 ff.) It also instructs the father to teach his son about the Exodus on Pesah (Exodus 12:26; 13:6, 14; Deut. 6:12 and cf. Exodus 10:2). (1) These mitzvot, however, are a far cry from the many rituals which we do at the Seder and from the literary forms which we recite in the Haggadah.

Furthermore, the Seder and the Haggadah are also missing from the Second Temple period descriptions of Pesah, including a papyrus from Elephantine (419 B.C.E.), the book of Jubilees (late second century B.C.E.), Philo (20 B.C.E.-50 C.E.), and Josephus. (2)

They are first mentioned in the Mishnah and Tosefta (Pesahim Chapter 10) which scholars date to either shortly before or shortly after the Destruction of the second temple in 70 C.E. (3) What is the source of the elaborate rituals and literary forms of the Seder and Haggadah?

In the first half of the twentieth century, Lewy, Baneth, Krauss, and Goldschmidt drew attention to the fact that the forms of the Seder are based on Graeco-Roman table manners and dietary habits. But the most detailed evidence of this borrowing was provided in 1957 when Siegfried Stein published “The Influence of Symposia Literature on the Literary Form of the Pesah Haggadah” in The Journal of Jewish Studies.(4) Since then, Stein’s basic thesis has been adopted with variations by various scholars who have written about the origins of the Seder. (5) Stein proved in a very convincing fashion that many of the Seder rituals and literary forms found in Mishnah and Tosefta Pesahim and in the Haggadah were borrowed from the Hellenistic banquet or symposium. Let us first compare the rituals.

II) The Seder Rituals and Vocabulary

Entrails
The “hero” of Mishnah Pesahim, Chapter 10, is the shamash, the servant, who mixed the wine with water and served it, brought in the matzah, hazeret and haroset, and more. According to the Tosefta (10:5), “the Shamash dipped the entrails [in salt water] and served the guests”, while “The Banquet” of Philoxenes of Cythera (5th-4th century B.C.E.) relates that “the slave set before us...sweetest morsel of entrails” (Stein, p. 28).

Reclining
According to the Mishnah (10:1), even a poor person may not eat on Erev Pesahuntil he reclines” on a couch. Athenaeus relates that in Homer’s time “men still feasted sitting, but gradually they slid from chairs to couches, taking as their ally relaxation and ease” (Stein, p. 17). Furthermore, according to the Talmud (Pesahim 108a), one must recline on one’s left arm while eating. This too was the practice at symposia as seen in many ancient illustrations. (6)

Many Cups of Wine
According to the Mishnah (10:1), a person must drink four cups of wine at the Seder. The Greeks too drank many cups of wine at the symposium. Antiphanes (4th century B.C.E.) said that one should honor the gods to the extent of three cups of wine (Stein, p. 17).

Hazeret
According to the Mishnah (10:3), the servant brings hazeret, which is lettuce (8), before his master, who dips it in salt water or other liquids until the main course is served. Indeed, the Talmud relates (Berakhot 57b = Avoda Zara 11a) that Rabbi Judah the Prince, who was very wealthy and well-versed in Hellenistic culture, ate hazeret all year long. Similarly, Athenaeus (ca. 200 C.E.), Rabbi Judah’s contemporary, mentions lettuce seven times in his “Learned Banquet”, an encyclopedic compilation about Greek and Roman food and drink (Stein, p. 16).

III) The Literary Forms of the Seder and the Haggadah

Stein (p. 18) explains that the literary forms of the Seder and Haggadah also echo those of the symposia:

Since Plato, a literary species, the so-called Symposia, had developed in which a description was given of a banquet held by a few learned men who had met at a friend’s house to discuss scientific, philosophical, ethical, aesthetical, grammatical, dietetic and religious themes over a glass, and very often over a barrel of wine, after they had dined together. Plutarch, one of the most famous contributors to [this] literature, summarizes earlier practice and theory in the following manner: “A symposium is a communion of serious and mirthful entertainment, discourse and actions.” It is meant to further “a deeper insight into those points that were debated at table, for the remembrance of those pleasures which arise from meat and drink is not genteel and short-lived…but the subjects of philosophical queries and discussions remain always fresh after they have been imparted…and they are relished by those who were absent as well as by those who were present at dinner”.

Let us now examine some of the Seder-Symposia literary parallels:

Easy Questions
According to the Mishnah (10:4), after the servant pours the second cup of wine, the son asks his father questions. But if the son does not have understanding, his father teaches him: “How different this night is from all other nights!”(10) The father then, according to the manuscripts of the Mishnah, asks or exclaims about three subjects: why do we dip twice, why do we eat only matzah, and why do we eat only roasted meat. (11)

Plutarch, a contemporary of the five Sages in the Haggadah who reclined in Bene Berak, says that the “questions [at a symposium] should be easy, the problems known, the interrogations plain and familiar, not intricate and dark, so that they may neither vex the unlearned nor frighten them…” (Stein, p.19). According to Gellius, the questions were not too serious; they may deal with a point touching an ancient history. Macrobius says that he who wishes to be a pleasant questioner should ask easy questions and be sure that the subject had been thoroughly studied by the other person.

Pesah, Matzah and Maror
According to the Mishnah (10:5), Rabban Gamliel said that one must explain “Pesah, Matzah and Maror” at the Seder and he proceeds to connect each term with a biblical verse. In the Talmud (Pesahim 116b), the Amora Rav (Israel and Babylon; d. 220 C.E.) said that the items must be lifted up when explaining them. Similarly, Macrobius relates in his Saturnalia: “Symmachus takes some nuts into his hands and asks Servius about the cause and origin of the variety of names given to them”. Servius and Gavius Bassus then give two different etymologies for the word juglans (walnut) (Stein, pp. 41-44).

Conclusion

What can we learn from all these parallels? The Jewish people throughout the generations did not live in a vacuum; it absorbed much from its surroundings. But it did not absorb blindly. The Sages absorbed the form of the symposium from the Hellenistic world, but drastically changed its content. The Greeks and Romans discussed love, beauty, food and drink at the symposium, while the Sages at the Seder discussed the Exodus from Egypt, the miracles of God and the greatness of the Redemption. The symposium was meant for the elite, while the Sages turned the Seder into an educational experience for the entire Jewish people.

Indeed, this pattern repeated itself throughout Jewish history. Various scholars have shown that the 13 Midot of Rabbi Yishmael and as well as the 32 Midot are based on exegetical methods borrowed from the Ancient Near East and the Hellenistic world. Rav Saadia Gaon and others were greatly influenced by the Muslim Qal’am, while Maimonides was greatly influenced by Aristotelianism. Medieval Jewish bible commentators were influenced by Christian exegetes, while the Tosafists were influenced the by Christian glossators.(12) In most of these cases, the rabbis borrowed the literary, legal or philosophical form of their contemporaries but totally changed the contents.

We are bombarded today by a host of outside influences from the Western world. May God give us the wisdom to selectively adopt some of their forms and to fill them with Jewish content as the Sages did at the Seder.

The following article was taken online at: http://failedmessiah.typepad.com/failed_messiahcom/2007/04/the_passover_se.html

The Passover Seder – A Banquet Of Greek, Not Jewish, Origin?

Yes, it is true. DovBear notes the stunning similarity between the Greek banquet known as a symposium and the Passover Seder. Few Jews realize the Seder is a rabbinic invention. The rabbis instituted the seder to standardize practice after the destruction of the Temple. The Haggadah is an outgrowth of that standardization. And the Seder mirrors a Greek Symposium in many ways. It also explains the term afikoman, as DovBear notes:

And also this:
We close each segment of the seder with a cup of wine. At the symposia the same custom was followed.
* Greeks and Romans both started their banquets with vegetables dipped in salt water, and charoset was a common dish (as implied in Pesachim 2:8 where it's suggested that charoset was served year round with flour)
In other words, the rabbis took a common secular practice, widely popular in the Hellenized world, and cleaned it up a bit, removing the raunch and using the order to tell the story of Passover.

So what is the Greek Symposium?

As we can see in the articles above the Passover Sedar has a stunning similarity between the Greek banquet known as the Symposium. The early Jewish Rabbi's absorbed ideas from the other influences around them, much as the Christians took on the pagan beliefs around them and consecrated them into what they considered Holy and now call Holidays. The sages and rabbis, with the destruction of the Temple in 70 C.E., absorbed the customs of the nations around them. With the Feast of Passover, they took their own traditions and created a Seder meal that in all it's form has nothing to do with the scriptural teachings of Passover. They borrowed Hellenistic teachings and created a ritual Seder meal banquet, that may seem fun to the applicant, but in all it's rituals, does not memorialize the Passover as the scriptures teach. From the traditional drinking of 4 to 5 cups of wine to the dipping of the lettuce in the salt water, we see parallels with Festivals of the Romans and Greeks. These pagan rituals even though borrowed and seemingly harmless, nonetheless have nothing to do with Yahweh's Laws. Without a Temple the Jews felt that they could not keep the Passover sacrifice correctly. However, when the children of Israyl were in Egypt for the Feast of Passover, there is no mention of a Temple building needed!

Continuing our study of the Greek Symposium we find the following information online at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symposium

Symposium originally referred to a drinking party (the Greek verb sympotein means "to drink together") but has since come to refer to any academic conference, or a style of university class characterized by an openly discursive format, rather than a lecture and question–answer format. The sympotic elegies of Theognis of Megara and two Socratic dialogues, Plato's Symposium and Xenophon's Symposium all describe symposia in the original sense.

Symposium as a social activity in antiquity

The Greek symposium was a key Hellenic social institution. It was a forum for men to debate, plot, boast, or simply to party with others. They were also frequently held to celebrate the introduction of young men into aristocratic society. Symposia were also held by aristocrats to celebrate other special occasions, such as victories in athletic and poetic contests.

Symposiasts could also compete in rhetorical contests, for which reason the term symposium has come to refer to any event where multiple speeches are made.
As with many other Greek customs, the framework of the symposium was adopted by the Romans under the name of comissatio. These revels also involved the drinking of assigned quantities of wine, and the oversight of a master of the ceremonies appointed for the occasion from among the guests.

A review of the similiarities in the Passover Seder and the Greek Symposium
  • Dipping the lettuce in the salt water
  • Reclining or leaning to one's side while drinking the cup of wine
  • Drinking the 4 cups of wine
  • The telling of stories within a main storyline
  • A communion of serious discourse and actions where each participant relays information that ties in the subjects of each person speaking into a central theme
  • Questioner asks easy question and is sure that the subject is studied or known by the other person
  • Customs of symposium and seder, such as the place settings to resemble a banquet i.e. flowers, table settings, etc...

We know that there is nothing wrong with drinking wine, eating a meal, telling stories, or asking questions. The problem with the Jewish Seder order is that it's origins and history show it to have no parallels with the scriptural Passover, instead borrowing rituals from Hellenistic Greek and Roman Pagan Banquet Celebrations. We also find in a further study of the origins of the Seder, that the Rabbi's substituted Yahweh's laws and instituted their own interpretations and traditions, which effectively did away with Yahweh's law and created a Pagan Influenced Seder tradition!

Reading more about the Passover Sedar as interpreted by the Mishnah, we find the following information at: http://www.keithhunt.com/Seder.html

A CLOSE STUDY, however, reveals that the laws of the Mishnah

INTRODUCED fundamental CHANGES. In the case of the Passover

ritual, the Mishnah reworks the domestic version of the Passover

observance, as described in Exodus 12 (before the establishment

of the Temple in Jerusalem). It TRANSFORMS what the BIBLE

describes as a DOMESTIC, sacrificial meal into a NON-sacrificial

SEDER. It does this EXTREMELY SUBTLY.


For example, it equates eating unleavened bread and bitter

herbs with the sacrifice, teaching that the unleavened bread and

bitter herbs comprise the festival's three essentials. Because

these two remain viable irrespective of the existence of a Temple

cult, the biblical rite can become independent of the sacrifice

(Alon, The Jews in Their Land, pp.261-265).


Moreover, by SUGGESTING that Jews outside the Temple in the

pre-70 period had a meal WITHOUT the Passover offering, it

creates a pre-70 precedent for the NEW protocol WITHOUT the

sacrifice. The Mishnah therefore writes as if the NEW rituals

were the STANDARD pre-70 practice - anachronistically reading

back into history rituals that had NOT YET been adopted. To

appreciate how this is done requires a close critical reading of

the texts.


But it is CLEAR that this in fact occurred. This REWORKING

of history, as it were, was undoubtedly intended to convince Jews

that they should believe or feel that what they were doing

pursuant to Mishnaic rules was religiously viable.


While the Mishnah speaks of eating the Passover offering,

the unleavened bread and bitter herbs, the latter two, as we have

noted, are equated with the sacrifice. Overcoming the sense of

the physical loss of the Passover offering is further developed

in the Mishnah's symbolic explanation for each of the foods:

As the Mishnah explains, the Passover offering is made

because the Lord passed over the houses of the Israelites, the

bitter herbs are eaten because the Egyptians embittered their

lives and the unleavened bread is eaten because the Lord redeemed

his people. NOTE the unleavened bread has REPLACED the Passover

sacrifice in conveying the notion of REDEMPTION. The text

continues: (on the post-Mishniac glosses to this passage and the

change in the sequence of C.1-3, see Bokser, Origins).


"Therefore we are obligated to give thanks, to praise, to

glorify, to crown, to exalt, to elevate the One who did for

us all these miracles and took us out of slavery to freedom,

and let us say before Him Hallelujah."


After the Roman destruction of the Temple, the Mishnah

restructured the biblical observance of Passover.


The holiday has taken on a NEW dimension, reaching back to

the pre-Temple perspective of Exodus 12, EMPHASIZING the MEAL as

a family gathering independent of any national cult. But the NEW

rite also deals with the hope of future redemption by channelling

it into the experience of the SEDER.

This pattern accords with a feature of rituals in general.

As historians of religion have noted, rituals are often designed

to respond to and overcome the contradictions of life. On the one

hand, the anxiety and disappointment caused by unachievable

ideals are temporarily eased by the experience of the ritual,

where one feels integrated with ones fellow celebrants and in

effect - at that moment - redeemed; on the other hand, a person

there receives a taste of the ideal so that he or she may try to

achieve it in daily life.

By this process and in this way the Mishnah has REWORKED the

DOMESTIC observance described in Exodus 12 into something QUITE

DIFFERENT, making a sacrificial meal INTO a SEDER. This was done

in response to the religious crisis presented by the Temple's

destruction.

While the Mishnah nowhere CLAIMS it is TRANSFORMING the

earlier heritage, a CAREFUL reading of the text indicates that,

in FACT, it is.


The rabbis did their RESTRUCTURING in a manner that FIT

their NEED to demonstrate that Judaism could continue after the

destruction of the Temple, to show that the God of Israel still

related to Israel, and that Israel could still experience God and

find favor in God's eyes...


Yes, it was the Mishnah, which came out of Babylon, and it's writers who borrowed from the Greek Symposium and it's rituals, to create their own rituals which is now called Seder. One has to remember this was done over hundreds of years and was a compilation of writings and interpretations of Rabbi's who were trying to fill the gap left by the destruction of the Temple (House of Yahweh). However, had the Rabbi's just stuck to the Laws of Yahweh as given by Mosheh, instead of relying on their Talmudic writings, they would have seen that there is no ordinance of Yahweh that requires a Temple building in order to sacrifice the Passover lamb. The only articles shown in the scriptures that are needed would be an altar to kill the lamb/kid on and a basin to collect the blood. Today's altar would be a stove, bar-b-que pit or anyplace to cook the meat on.

Genesis 8:20
Genesis 12:7
Exodus 20:24
Exodus 24:6

Because the Jewish people borrowed customs from the Godworshiping nations and instituted them into the Feast of Yahweh, most assuredly Yahweh is not be pleased with His people following after the way of the heathens.

Yeremyah (Jeremiah) 10:2 "This is what Yahweh says: Do not learn the way; religious practices of the heathen; Gentile nations, and do not be deceived by the signs of heaven; though the heathen are decieved by them; using them to set their feasts."

Deuteronomy 12:30 "Be careful not to be ensnared into following them by asking about their gods, saying: How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do the same."

I Corinthians 11:20-22 "20- Threfore when you come together into one place, it is not to eat Yahshua's Memorial. 21- "For in eating, each one of you goes ahead without waiting for anyone else; one remains hungry, another is drunken. 22- "What! Do you have no houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the called out ones of Yahweh, and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you for this? I do not praise you."

The scriptures show us that our first fathers have sinned.

Isayah (Isaiah) 43:27 "Your first father sinned, and your interpreters broke my covenant and turned away from me in prayer; praying to gods instead."

Exodus 23:32 "You shall make no covenant with them nor with their gods."

The word covenant in Strong's Hebrew Dictionary is word #1285 and has one of the following meanings: covenant, an eating together or banquet; meat.

The keeping of Passover is part of the covenant relationship we the people enter into with Yahweh. When we keep the Ordinances and Laws that govern it properly, we enter into that Covenant agreement. As one of the definitions of covenant shows, we are eating together with Yahweh. When one looks at the Jewish Seder meal and the Covenant that is being renewed by them through the Greek Hellenistic traditions, it should be no wonder that Yahweh is not pleased with these Pagan rituals that are followed by so many today. Yahweh's Laws are forever and The People of Yahweh should perform the Passover Feast according to Yahweh's Laws, not traditions of men.

SECTION 2

THE GREEN EARS AND HOW WE SET THE FEAST

PASSOVER A FEAST TO YAHWEH THAT REMINDS US OF THE BLOOD COVENANT

Exodus 12:11 “And thus 3602 shall ye eat 398 it; [with] your loins 4975 girded 2296 , your shoes 5275 on your feet 7272, and your staff 4731 in your hand 3027; and ye shall eat 398 it in haste 2649: it [is] the LORD'S 3068 passover 6453.”

The word thus is #3602 which means: like this; in this manner.
The word eat is #398 which means: to eat, to take a meal.
The word loins is #4975 and means: lower part of your back; the idea of strength.
The word girded is #2296 and means: to gird oneself; bind on; Gird is defined as: To encircle with a belt or band. To fasten or secure. To summon up one's inner resources in preparation for action.
The word shoes is 5275 and means: a sandal; casting down a shoe upon a country, was symbolic of taking possession of it. from #5274 which means: to bolt a door; to bar; lock. to bind around the foot with straps.
The word feet is #7272 and means: foot; step; gait; pace; to be in the footsteps of Yahweh; from #7270 which means: to teach to walk.
The word staff is #4731 and means: rod, staff;
The word hand is #3027 and means: hand; strength; power; the hand of Yahweh.
The word haste is #2649 and means: trepidation; hurried flight; apprehension; to make haste.
The word Lord’s is #3068 and means: Yahweh’s.
The word Passover is #6453 and means: a sacrifice, sparing, immunity; the day of the Passover, the 14th of Abib, which was followed by seven days of unleavened bread.

The scripture with the definition has the meaning of: “And in this manner shall you eat and take this meal, with the idea of strength, fastened, summoning one’s inner resources in preparation for action, your taking possession of, locking the door, to be bound in the footsteps of Yahweh, who is teaching you to walk, and your staff in the hand of Yahweh, your strength and power; and you shall eat it in apprehension, a hurried flight, it is Yahweh’s Passover, a sacrificial meal, the day of sparing, immunity, on the 14th day of Abib, which was followed by seven days of unleavened bread.

The night that the Children of Israel ate the Passover meal, this is what they had to think about and the apprehension they faced, knowing they would be spared from death if they obeyed Yahweh. It is revealed in the story of the Exodus. They had been told that the death malak would pass through the land that night and strike down those who had not put the blood of the Passover sacrifice on the doorpost. They were also told to leave the land of Egypt by the command of Pharoah. Can you imagine the apprehension knowing that Yahweh would bring judgment on the gods of Egypt. Also they were told to leave and didn’t have time to even let their bread rise! They left their homes, property, and life as they knew it. They had to trust in Yahweh with all their heart, soul, and might.

The night of the Passover is Yahweh’s Memorial remembrance for us, the children of Israel. We are to remember that the Passover sacrifice, was Yahweh’s sparing and immunity for our forefathers, when he struck down the Egyptians. It is our sparing and immunity in this time period from death also as we have a fellowship meal with Yahweh. It is a reminder of the Blood Covenant we enter into! We don’t have to eat it in apprehension as they did, unless you are unworthy, but we need to remember the importance of Yahweh’s deliverance for His people. When Yahweh passed over the House of Yahweh, the firstborn sons of Israel were spared, through the shedding of innocent blood. Yahweh called us out of Egypt which is representative of sin, it is a spiritual Sodom.

Hosheyah 11:1 “When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called My Son out of Egypt.

Revelation 11:8 “And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt where also our Messiah was sacrificed.”

Just as our forefathers sacrificed the lamb/goat in Egypt, the Messiah was sacrificed in a place spiritually called Egypt.

Passover and Unleavened Bread According to Sighting of Green Ears

Yahweh’s Passover Memorial, is a Feast Meal which enters into Covenant relationship with Yahweh, and we remember it every year by partaking in the law and ordinance of this Feast which renews this Covenant relationship. It is a Feast and Binding Covenant renewed throughout our generations, by an ordinance forever.

The Feast of Passover is a Feast separate from the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The Feast of Unleavened Bread is for seven days. The Feast of Passover is a sacrificial meal eaten on the fourteenth night of Abib. We find the following in the book of the Law showing the difference between these two Feasts and how they are determined according to Yahweh’s Calendar.

Exodus 34:18 “The Feast of Unleavened Bread you shall keep. Seven days thou shall eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, in the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib you came out of Egypt.

The word Abib is #24 and means: an ear of corn; a green ear; from an unused root. The unused root is aleph, bet, bet which means: to produce fruit, especially the first and early fruit. To be verdant, to germinate. Verdant means: Green with vegetation; covered with green growth.
The word corn is #7054 and means: standing grain.
The word barley is #8184 and means: so called from it’s hairy ears.
Barley from the Free dictionary means: A grass in the genus Hordeum, native to temperate regions, having flowers in terminal, often long-awned spikes.

We look for the fresh, ears of corn, of the hairy eared, green, grassy plant, which is a standing grain. The question that should be asked by all, is what is barley? We can see from the Hebrew definition above that the word barley, is the name for a grassy grain with hairy ears. This plant grows wild and can be found in most nations throughout the earth. Let’s examine this scripture and see what Yahweh says.

Exodus 9:31 “And the flax 6594 and the barley 8184 was smitten 5221 : for the barley 8184 [was] in the ear 24, and the flax 6594 [was] bolled 1392.”

The word flax is #6594 and means: flax of the plant; cotton; linen.
The word barley is #8184 and means: barley, so called from it’s hairy ears; a grain grassy plant.
The word smitten is #5221 and means: strike, beat, smitten, stricken; to receive a blow.
The word ear is #24 and means: an ear of corn; a green ear.
The word bolled is #1392 and means: bud; calix, corolla of flowers;  
Calix means: cup.

So we can see that the plant that was in the ear, or tender green ear, was the hairy eared grassy, grain plant. The word barley is the word used to describe this plant! This is the plant we look for! A hairy, green eared, standing grain plant. Today, we call this plant, barley, just like in the times of old. We are to look for this described plant! It won’t be in the flower, it will be grown up, unlike the wheat and rye, which was not in the ear yet!

Exodus 9:32 “But the wheat and the rye were not smitten, for they were not grown up.”

So today, one must look for a green, grassy standing grain, that has hairs, and it must be in the ear. It must be grown up enough to be in it’s ear. This helps us to determine how to set the Feast Circuit. It is Yahweh’s Sacred New Year. So what is barley? Let us take a closer examination of this green, grassy, standing, grain plant.

According to Wikapedia we find the following information on this plant:

Barley is a cereal grain derived from the annual grass Hordeum vulgare. Barley has many uses. It serves as a major animal fodder, as a base malt for beer and certain distilled beverages, and as a component of various health foods. It is used in soups and stews, and in barley bread of various cultures. Like wheat and rye, barley contains gluten that makes it an unsuitable grain for consumption by those with celiac disease.

The Old English word for 'barley' was bære, which traces back to Proto-Indo-European and is cognate to the Latin word farina "flour". The direct ancestor of modern English barley in Old English was the derived adjective bærlic, meaning "of barley". The first citation of the form bærlic in the Oxford English Dictionary dates to around 966 AD, in the compound word bærlic-croft. The underived word bære survives in the north of Scotland as bere, and refers to a specific strain of six-row barley grown there. The word barn, which originally meant barley-house, is also rooted in these words.

Etymology, the study of word origins, is a very interesting area of language study. Throughout our life we use thousands of words never stopping to ponder their origins or relationships to other words. Words can often be traced back through time and other languages to discover their origins and original meanings. Our purpose here is show a common relationship between Hebrew and English words and their meanings. This area of study is what has become called "Edenics."

All languages are based on a root system where a common set of letters can be found in different words of similar meaning. For example the English words FoLiage, FLora and FLower all have a similar meaning and are derived from an ancient FL root which probably meant "plant." The Hebrew word for "grain" is בר (BR - bar). In English we have the words BaRley (a type of grain), BaRn (a place for storing grain) and BeeR (made from grains).  

Barley is a member of the grass family. It is a self-pollinating, diploid species with 14 chromosomes. The wild ancestor of domesticated barley, Hordeum vulgare subsp. spontaneum, is abundant in grasslands and woodlands throughout the Fertile Crescent and is abundant in disturbed habitats, roadsides and orchards. Outside this region, the wild barley is less common and is usually found in disturbed habitats.

HAIL AND THUNDER IN EGYPT DURING ABIB

Abib indicates a stage in the development of the barley crops. The word Abib is described as tender, green ear of standing grain, with hairy ears. This is clear from Exodus 9:31-32 which describes the devastation caused by the plague of hail:


Exodus 9:31 "And the flax and the barley were smitten, because the barley was Abib and the flax was bolled. And the wheat and the spelt were not smitten because they were not grown up."


The above passage relates that the barley crops were destroyed by the hail while the wheat and spelt were not damaged. The Hail that pounded Egypt was big enough to kill men, cattle and everything in the field. As a person who has worked in hail storms and who follows their destructive paths, I can say with professional experience, that it takes large hail at least baseball size and bigger to kill animals. We find the following information on hail:


Hailstorms have caused only a handful of deaths in the United States over the last 100 years or so; most of those killed were children. We have reports of one child dying from a hailstone strike in 1893 and another in 1928. A Texas farmer perished on account of hail in 1930, and babies had their skulls broken by balls of ice in 1979 and 1981. Adults do get hit, but they're less likely to perish from their injuries. "I got hit so hard I thought I was going to pass out," one Fort Worth, Texas, victim of "softball-sized" hail told the Associated Press in 1995. "I started running and got hit in the head. Blood was everywhere," said another.


Hailstone deaths in other countries are somewhat more common. A few years ago, the Chinese government reported that at least seven people in Zhengzhou died in a storm of "egg-sized" hail. Dozens more ended up in the hospital. In Bangladesh, a giant storm of "grapefruit-sized" hail killed almost a hundred people in 1986. Some of the stones weighed more than 2 pounds. An 1888 storm in India is said to have wiped out more than 1,600 animals.


Three factors contribute to making a hailstorm especially dangerous: the size of the stones, the frequency with which they fall, and the wind speed. The killer hailstorm in Zhengzhou didn't have very big stones, but fierce winds pushed them earthward at very high speeds. More frequent hail increases your likelihood of getting hit in the head or another vulnerable spot. (Size and frequency trade off as a general rule: The bigger the hailstones, the fewer of them there are.)


So we see three factors contribute to making a hailstorm dangerous:

  • size of the hailstones

  • frequency with which they fall

  • wind speed


In the story of the Exodus we find the following information about the hail, that is was very grievous.


Exodus 9:18,19 “Behold, tomorrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as has not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even until now. Send therefore now, and gather thy cattle, and all that thou hast in the field; for upon every man and beast which shall be found in the field, and shall not be brought home, the hail shall come down upon them, and they shall die.


The word grievous is #3515 and means: heavy, great; heavy; massive, abundant, numerous.


So we can see that the hail was heavy, great, massive, abundant, and numerous. There is no mention of high winds in the description of this plague, so the hail would most likely be at least baseball or bigger size to kill humans and animals. We find it also broke trees.


Exodus 9:25And the hail smote thoughout the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and hail smote every herb of the field, and broke every tree of the field.”


So if the hail was so large as to cause so much death and destruction, how is it the wheat and the rye was not destroyed, but the barley was destroyed? The key to this answer is in the scriptures.


Exodus 9:23 “And Mosheh stretched forth his hand toward heaven: and Yahweh sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and Yahweh rained hail upon the land of Egypt.”


The thunderstorms produced lightning, which in turn caused the fields to catch fire and burn the grains that were growing in the field. The barley was destroyed because it was green in it’s ear, and had ripened beyond the wheat and rye, and so it was destroyed by the hail and fire. There was nothing left to harvest from it because it didn’t recover to regrow. It was destroyed! But the wheat and rye, were not grown up.


Exodus 9:32 “But the wheat and the rye were not smitten: for they were not grown up.”


The word grown up is word #648 and means: late, of slow growth.


So we see that the wheat and the rye were not destroyed by the hail and fire! The reason being is that the wheat and rye were still young in their growth, they were not in the ear, so when the hail and fire came, they were able to regrow after the storm. The hail, nor the fire destroyed them. The barley on the other hand was destroyed by the hail and fire. The barley because it was in the ear, when the fire torched them, the ears most likely would pop like popcorn, which destroyed them, and the hail would have smashed them into the ground and they would not have been able to regrow, as they were in the latter stages of their growth. The flax was in the boll, which was in the flower stage, and would have been destroyed by the fire and the hail. Therefore the flax and barley were not able to recover. Yahweh in His infinite mercy didn’t destroy all the grains, as the wheat and rye were able to recover from the hail and fire and were left for food for the Egyptians.  


Parched Abib

We know from several passages that barley which is in the state of Abib has not completely ripened, but has ripened enough so that its seeds can be eaten parched in fire. Parched barley was a commonly eaten food in ancient Israel and is mentioned in numerous passages in the Hebrew Bible as either "Abib parched (Kalui) in fire" (Lev 2:14) or in the abbreviated form "parched (Kalui/ Kali)" Lev 23:14; Yahshua 5:11; 1Sam 17:17; 1Sam 25:18; 2Sam 17:28; Riiyyah (Ruth) 2:14.


While still early in its development, barley has not yet produced large enough and firm enough seeds to produce food through parching. This early in its development, when the "head" has just come out of the shaft, the seeds are not substantial enough to produce any food. At a later stage, the seeds have grown in size and have filled with liquid. At this point the seeds will shrivel up when parched and will only produce empty skins. Over time the liquid is replaced with dry material and when enough dry material has amassed the seeds will be able to yield "barley parched in fire".


The barley was ripened, enough to be destroyed as well as the flax. When we set Yahweh’s Feast Circuit for the year, we sight the green ears of corn, when it is in the ear, then we look for the next new moon, and then count to the fourteenth at evening, to kill the Passover lamb/goat. We then eat the Passover Meal that night. The next night at the fifteenth day at sunset, we keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days to Yahweh

THE FEAST OF PASSOVER AND UNLEAVENED BREAD

Let’s continue to read in Exodus about the first two Feasts that we keep in the month of Abib.

We find in the Law in Leviticus the 23rd chapter, that the Feast of Unleavened Bread is in the month of Abib, on the 15th day.

Leviticus 23:6 “And on the Fifteenth day of the same Moon is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to Yahweh; seven days you must eat unleavened bread.”

Exodus 34:18 “The Feast of Unleavened Bread you shall keep. Seven days thou shall eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, in the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib you came out of Egypt.

We then see when the Feast of Passover is to be kept in the same month of Abib but on the 14th day.

Leviticus 23:5In the Fourteenth of the first month at even is Yahweh’s Passover.”

Exodus 34:25 “And you must not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the Feast of the Passover be left unto morning.”

Two separate Feasts on two different days, on the same month of Abib. We see that the Feast of Passover was to be kept at a specific, set, appointed, time.

Numbers 28:16 “And in the Fourteenth day of the First Month, is the Passover of Yahweh.”

Numbers 9:2 “Let the children 1121 of Israel 3478 also keep 6213 the passover 6453 at his appointed season 4150.”

The word keep is #6213 and means: to do, to prepare, make an offering, to observe, celebrate; to appoint, to ordain, to institute; to be offered, to be observed.
The word appointed season is #4150 and means: appointed place, time, meeting; sacred season, set feast, appointed season; a set time; a point of time.

The Passover sacrifice was to be prepared, observed, and offered at a specific set point of time! That time was between the evenings. Or between sunset and the complete dark of night! If you haven’t read our study on Passover and the meaning of between the two evenings, then email: kepha613@gmail.com or go to: http://www.bayithyahweh.org/Yahweh_s_Passover.html for a detailed explanation. It is important to know the time of the killing of the Passover sacrifice in order to know the time to keep the Passover Feast!

So what was the purpose of keeping the Passover, correctly, at it’s appointed season? Well we find in Numbers the reason for the importance of this Feast, how and why it was to be kept as it was ordained by Yahweh.

Numbers 9:3 “In the Fourteenth day of this month, at even, you shall keep it in its appointed season: according to all the rites of it, and according to all the ceremonies thereof, shall you keep it.”

The word rites is #2708 and means: that which is established or defined. Law, ordinance of the Passover.
The word ceremonies is #4941 and means: judgment, justice, ordinance; judgment, act of deciding a case, place, court, seat of judgment, process, procedure, litigation (before judges), case, cause (presented for judgment), sentence, decision (of judgment), execution (of judgment), time (of judgment).

We can see here that the Passover sacrificial meal had to be kept according to what was established or defined in Yahweh’s Laws concerning the ordinance of the Passover. According to the judgment, process, ordinance, procedure and time of judgment in regards to it’s keeping. So should we do anything outside of the Law concerning the Feast of Passover? Yahweh is clear on how we are to keep the Feast of Passover.

Why was it to be kept? Let’s continue on in Numbers the 9th chapter.

Numbers 9:7 “And those men said unto him, We are defiled by the dead body of a man: why then are we kept back, that we may not offer an offering of Yahweh at it’s appointed season among the children of Israel?”

Numbers 9:13But the man that is clean, and is not on a journey, and stops, ceases, and desists to keep the Passover, even the same soul shall be cut off from among his people: because he brought not the offering of Yahweh in his appointed season, that man shall bear his sin.”

Can it be any clearer? Who would want to be cut off from Yahweh? Every man had every opportunity to come into contact with Yahweh. Yahweh even made provision in this chapter to make sure that if a man and his family did not eat the Passover meal, then he was able to repeat it in the 2nd moon of Abib. It was that important and Yahweh made provision to make sure that no one was ever cut off from Yahweh. If man was only as merciful as our father Yahweh is! Passover is a Feast meal in the evening called, supper, and if not eaten according to it’s rites and executed timing, would not be Passover. If you notice if Passover were kept on the 15th, which would be the first day of Unleavened Bread, why wouldn’t Yahweh have told the children of Israel to also repeat the Feast of Unleavened Bread? There is no mention of the Feast of Unleavened Bread being repeated in the second moon, only the Feast of Passover! If anyone tells you that you don’t have to keep this Law of Yahweh, a Feast of Yahweh according to the scriptures, then quote this scripture to them!

Colossians 2:16 “Therefore, let no man condemn you for eating and drinking in the observance of a Feast day, or of a New Moon, or of the Sabbath days.”

There are some who will say you can’t drink at the Feast and will condemn you. There are others who will say that you can’t enjoy the Feast through eating and drinking. So if someone can’t contain their alcohol, why should I have to be penalized because of them? Do we have to throw out the baby with the bath water? Should we add to Yahweh’s Laws, just because some people get drunk? Or should we deal with each persons sins on an individual level? Well I think we can see that the Apostle Shaul had to deal with the same foolishness. He had to address those who would come to eat the Passover meal and use this Feast as an opportunity to be a glutton and drunkard. The Passover is a time to enjoy the meal that Yahweh has prepared for us, and then during the meal to remember Yahshua’s body and blood. His body was broken for us and his blood was shed for us.

I Corinthians 11:20,21,33,34 “When you come together therefore into one place, [this] is not to eat Yahweh’s Feast supper. For in eating, each one of you goes ahead without waiting for anyone else; one remains hungry, another is drunken. Therefore, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, so that you do not come together unto condemnation...”

The Feast of Passover is a time to not only eat, but to examine yourself! During the Passover supper, we remember Yahshua by eating the bread, and drinking the cup. The bread is a reminder of the body of Yahshua, not the eating of the lamb! The drinking of the cup is a reminder of the blood of the covenant of Yahshua’s death, whose blood was shed for many, not the shed blood of the lamb/goat!  We wash each others feet and yet Yahshua said that it was not understood at the time. Do you understand why you wash each others feet? What does it mean to wash the feet? Yahshua explained:

Yahchanan 13:15,16For I have given you an example, that you do as I have done for you. Truly, truly, I say to you: The servant is not greater than his ruler; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you understand these things, joyful are you when you do them.

We can see that we are not greater than Yahshua, nor is Yahshua greater than Yahweh. The Laws of rulership and headship, will always be in place in Yahweh’s Kingdom. Yahshua was showing that none of us is greater than Yahshua, nor is Yahshua greater than Yahweh! Just because he was sacrificed does not give Him rulership over Yahweh! We are all brothers and sisters in the faith. None of us is above the other, nor will any of us be above Yahshua in rulership! We should be willing to serve our brethren. We should have true brotherly love, not like some who only love their own, but we must be willing to love all of Yahweh’s creation. A truly righteous ruler serves his brethren, just as a father serves his wife and children. We as the righteous brethren should be willing to serve one another, in true love, as Yahshua showed! Let us keep the Feast of Yahweh with true love of the brethren.

PASSOVER ACCORDING TO YAHWEH’S LAWS

I have seen people cut off from Yahweh by ruthless men, who obviously don’t have the mercy of Yahweh and are themselves cut off from Yahweh by not allowing their brethren to keep the Law of Yahweh. There was nothing more unclean than a dead body and Yahweh in His Loving kindness, made sure that His children who had become unclean by a dead body, kept the Passover, it was that important to Yahweh! If the meal was not important, and it was just an ordinary meal, then why would Yahweh go into such detail in Numbers the 9th chapter and show that the Passover sacrifice had to be kept exactly, as in the 1st moon and on the same day of the moon, at the same precise time, as in the first moon!

Numbers 9:11The fourteenth day of the second month, at even they shall keep it, and eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. They shall leave none of it unto the morning, nor break any bone of it: according to all the ordinances of the Passover they shall keep it.”

Yahweh stated that every detail had to be followed, just like in the first moon:
  • It had to be killed between the two evenings, (sunset and before dark of night).
  • The lamb/goat had to be eaten with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.
  • They couldn’t break any bone of it.
  • They couldn’t leave any meat unto morning.
  • It had to be followed according to all the ordinances of the Passover.

Yet, there are some who will be stubborn and say that we don’t have to kill and eat a Passover lamb/goat, or it doesn’t have to be killed between the two evenings. They say we don’t have to follow the rites and ceremonies. Well as for me and my house we will follow Yahweh! Are we condemning anyone else. By no means! I think that each person has to follow Yahweh, by the understanding Yahweh has given to them. Who am I to judge? The Apostle Shaul said not to condemn anyone in the partaking of a Feast day. So I will follow his instructions at this time and let the scriptures do the teaching. This study is given to help you better understand the Laws concerning the Feast of Yahweh. At this time, I am sure Yahweh in His infinite wisdom and mercy will eventually give us full understanding to every one of us. At this time this is my understanding for my House of Yahweh. Until it is proved wrong with scripture, I have to follow what I believe to be right and correct for my House of Yahweh, which is myself and my family that Yahweh gave me. I believe that Yahweh will set the rest in order in due time!

Let’s examine more scriptures that shows the Feast of Passover, was separate from the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

II Chronicles 35:17 “And the children 1121 of Israel 3478 that were present 4672 kept 6213 the passover 6453 at that time 6256, and the feast 2282 of unleavened bread 4682 seven 7651 days 3117.”

The word time is #6256 and means: time, proper time, time of an event; a certain time; Time of evening.

So we can see that the Feast of Passover was kept at it’s proper time, which was killed between the two evenings and then eaten that night, that was the proper time! Then you had the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days, after the Feast of Passover was kept at it’s proper appointed time.

Ezrayah 6:19,20,22 “And the children of the captivity kept the Passover upon the fourteenth of the first month.  For the Priests and Levites were purified together, all of them were pure, and killed the Passover for all the children of the captivity, and for their brethren the Priests, and for themselves. And kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy: for Yahweh made them joyful, and turned the heart of the King of Assyria unto them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the House of Yahweh, the Mighty Judge of Israel.”

Notice the children of Israel kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first moon. They were pure! Let’s see what this means.

The word pure is #2889 and means: pure, clean, in a moral sense, purity; a pure heart.
Not only were they ceremonially clean, but the most important part of their purity, is they morally  examined themselves and kept the Passover with a pure heart. We find this emphasized by the Apostle Shaul in his letter to the Corinths.

I Corinthians 5:8 “Therefore, let us keep the Feast not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened of sincerity and truth.”

I Corinthians 11:20, 27 “When you come together therefore into one place, is it not to eat Yahweh’s Feast supper? Therefore, whoever will eat this bread and drink the cup of Yahshua, unworthily, will be guilty of the blood and body of Yahshua.

Psalm 75:8For in the hand, the strength of Yahweh [there is] a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring [them] out, [and] drink [them].”

Psalm 116:13I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of Yahweh.”

When drinking the cup that Yahshua said to drink from, Yahweh’s judgment begins with you, a House of Yahweh, each person individually. Yahweh judges by His Right Hand of Strength! This cup is a reminder of Yahweh’s Judgment upon the gods! Let us not become a god in any man’s or in Yahweh’s eyes! For Judgment begins at the House of Yahweh!

I Kepha 4:17 “For time is come that judgment must begin at the House of Yahweh: and it if first begin at us, what shall be the end of them who don’t obey the message of Yahweh?”

Yahshua Messiah understood the importance of the cup, it’s spiritual meaning and how we must be a part of the plan of Yahweh through the teaching of the Law of Yahweh. By drinking of this cup, we become servants to Yahweh, Yahshua, and to each other! Yahshua Messiah understood the Law, and even though some will say Yahshua instituted something new, Yahshua was just revealing the Plan of Yahweh, because He studied and understood Yahweh’s Law. He knew the plan of salvation, and what the cup represented. It showed Yahweh’s judgment upon the gods, and the significance in what is revealed by those who participated in it’s drinking. Yahweh is the one who examines the hearts and minds of his people! He is the Lawgiver and the Mighty Judge! Let’s look at a prophecy of this cup shown in the Law!

Genesis 44:16,17 “Yahdah said, What shall we say to my ruler? What can we say? How shall we clear ourselves? Yahweh has found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold, we [are] my rulers servants, both we, and [he] also with whom the cup is found. And he said, Yahweh forbid that I should do so: [but] the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant; and as for you, get you up in peace unto your father.
 
So on the night of the Feast of Passover, whoever drinks of this cup worthily, is the servant of Yahshua Messiah. Yahshua had the cup in His hand and was showing He was a servant of Yahweh and gave us example through His teaching of the Law! Yahshua when he drank of it, wasn’t drinking it to Himself, but to Yahweh, who He acknowledged as His Head. The Disciples drank it to show their Head was Yahshua. When we drink this cup, we show that Yahshua is our Head.

I Corinthians 11:3But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Messiah; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Messiah is Yahweh.

Ephesians 5:23 “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Messiah is the head of the called out ones of the Israelites: and He is the saviour of the body.”

We must be careful to not drink this cup unworthily and be guilty of the blood of Yahshua, who has given us entrance into the Blood Covenant! Yahweh judges us and brings judgment that night to find out who is righteous and who has iniquity!

Luke 22:20-23 “In the same way, with the meal he also took the cup saying: This cup represents the Covenant in My Blood, which is shed for you. But behold, the hand of the one who betrays Me is with Me at this table. And truly the Son of Man goes, just as it has been determined; but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed! Then they began to ask one another which of them it could be who would do this thing”

The word betrayed is #3860 and means: to give into the hands (of another)
2) to give over into (one's) power or use
a) to deliver to one something to keep, use, take care of, manage
b) to deliver up one to custody, to be judged, condemned, punished, scourged, tormented, put to death
c) to deliver up treacherously
1) by betrayal to cause one to be taken
2) to deliver one to be taught, moulded

As Sons and Daughters of Yahweh, we need to make sure that we don’t betray Yahshua. The Cup which represents the Blood Covenant is to be taken seriously. Yahshua will not be sacrificed twice for us! Let us not give ourselves into the hands of another! We are all brethren in one family. Let’s not rule over each other as some have done, and forget the Covenant of Yahweh. Rulership was established by Yahweh and on the night of Yahshua’s betrayal, the Passover night, Yahweh passed over the righteous firstborn sons of Yahweh. But one was found to be in iniquity and was judged by Yahweh! Yahshua was righteous and 11 of His Disciples, as well as many others were found to be righteous that night! Throughout the land that night, as it is every year at the Feast of Passover, Yahweh brings judgment and sees who are His, and who are a part of His Family.

I Corinthians 11:27-29I “Therefore, whoever will eat this bread and drink this cup of Yahshua, unworthily, will be guilty of the body and blood of Yahshua. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat bread, and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks unworthily, eats and drinks damnation to himself, not discerning the Messiah’s body.

That night, Passover night, Yahshua died by betrayal! Yahdah’s betrayal sealed Yahshua’s death! The Passover lamb was slain and eaten that night. Yahshua wasn’t the lamb, but was slain like a lamb. He ate the Passover lamb as He had done since a child, according to the Law. If He was the lamb, why would He have to eat Himself? He didn’t have any sin, so there would have been no need for Him to eat any Passover lamb. Yahshua Messiah kept the Law and understood the Law. He knew what the Law was patterned after. His betrayal by His brother in the faith, sealed his murder. Yahshua told us of betrayal and the seriousness of it by our own family of believers in Yahweh.

Luke 21:16 And you shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and [some] of you shall they cause to be put to death.”

Yahshua Messiah was betrayed by His friend and it caused Him to be put to death. We remember this event, the night of Passover while we eat the Passover meal, just as Yahshua did with His Disciples. This is Yahweh’s Memorial for us! That He sent His only begotten Son, that we might have life.

Yahchanan 3:16 “For Yahweh so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The word world is #2889 and means: an apt and harmonious arrangement or constitution, order, government.
2) ornament, decoration, adornment, i.e. the arrangement of the stars, 'the heavenly hosts', as the ornament of the heavens. 1 Pet. 3:3
3) the world, the universe
4) the circle of the earth, the earth
5) the inhabitants of the earth, men, the human family.

Yahweh loves a harmonious order of His government and the inhabitants of the earth, who are called into this government. Because He loves His creation, mankind, He allowed Yahshua to die, in order for us to have a part in this wonderful government, that He is showing us through His Laws of Love. We need to do our part by studying to show ourselves approved and examining the scriptures to make sure we do everything possible to please Yahweh. After all He did give us His Son, shouldn’t we be grateful by listening to and obeying His Words? We are His Stars, a heavenly host, striving to be part of a heavenly kingdom. Let’s not be unworthy before our maker.

Yahshua Messiah was the Star to shine bright before Yahweh. He was the burning fire!

Numbers 24:17 “I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not now: there shall come a Star out of Yaaqob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.”

Mattithyah 3:11 “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and [with] fire.

Let’s make sure we follow in the path of righteousness that is laid down for us to walk on. Yahweh is an all consuming fire, and His words. Let’s make sure we burn bright for Yahweh and not burned up!


THE ORDER OF THE FEAST OF PASSOVER

The Feast of Passover will be kept on the 14th day of the moon of Abib, killed between the evenings and eaten that night. Here are the steps taken to keep the Passover according to Yahweh’s Laws. We will let the scripture interpret the scripture. The first thing to be done will be the killing of the lamb between the evenings, which according to the scriptural definitions is after sunset and before total darkness.

Exodus 12:6,7 “Now you shall keep it up until the Fourteenth Day of the same Moon (Abib). Then the whole congregation of Israel shall kill it between the two evenings. Then they must eat the meat in that night; roasted in fire. With unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.”

The word bitter is #4844 from #4843 and means: bitter herbs, to be bitter, to be strong, to be enraged, strengthen.

Everything in Yahweh’s Laws points to a spiritual meaning. We know what the bread represents and we can see that the bitter herbs, are a reminder of the bitterness we all face when coming to the realization of what sin and following sin does to a persons life. Many are bitter when they find that they have been deceived by the church they have attended for most of their life. It causes much pain and the bitterness that is tasted, is nothing in comparison to anything one can feel in their life. A true believer, a child of Yahweh who takes salvation seriously, knows that when Yahweh brings judgment on the gods, a self examination is in order. As a man of Yahweh who has taken my faith in Yahweh seriously, I can attest to the bitterness I have tasted when confronted with the reality of deception. Your mind and body goes through so many emotions. I would compare it to the fact of the children of Israel coming out of bondage, they too, were deceived into following Pharoah and the ways of the gods. They must have had all kinds of emotions of bitterness when coming out of Egypt physically and spiritually. I can say honestly, that I now hate sin, and have been strengthened by Yahweh, through His Son, Yahshua, because of my bondage into sin. I chose to follow what I thought was righteousness, only to find out it was a mixture. And the man I thought who would bring me salvation, I realized was only a fleshly carnal man, with his own lusts and passions. After self examination, I can only blame myself for not studying to show myself approved! Their were emotions of bitterness at first when coming out of Egypt. But now, I thank Yahweh for His Mercy! As each of us must do! We are told that in these last days, it will no longer be the story of how Mosheh and our forefathers came out of Egypt, but of how we came out of darkness and deception in the place that we came to think was the House of Yahweh. We realized that fleshly man, can only find fleshly things, and will only receive the fleshly satisfaction in a fleshly mindset. But when we take on the spirit of Yahweh, by coming into unity with the true House of Yahweh, not built with hands, that moment, we see the True House of Yahweh. We see all along, we are the House of Yahweh, and it is this fleshly House that must put off corruptibility! It is this House of Yahweh, our body, that must become incorruptible!

I Corinthians 9:25 “And every man that strives for the struggle to obtain something, is self controlled in all things. Now they [do it] to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.”

I Corinthians 15:53-57For the corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible will have put on incorruption, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will be brought to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your sting? O Sheol; where is your victory? The sting of death is sin. The power over sin is the Law! And thanks be to Yahweh, Who gives us the victory, through our King, Yahshua Messiah.”

I never would have been able to put on the incorruptible man, had I not put off the mortal man. It took all the tests and trials that I went through in order to fully understand what the Apostle Shaul wrote above! I was still dead in my sins, when I thought salvation came through a fleshly man, who dangled a carrot in front of my nose. And I was obliged to follow that carrot and always trying to grab it, yet it was always out of reach! What the Law was powerless to do, Yahshua did for me!

Romans 8:3 “For what the Law was powerless to do, in that it was weakened by our sinful nature, Yahweh did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man, to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh: In order that the righteous requirements of the Law might be fully performed in us, who do not live according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”

Our brothers of the Hebrew faith, the Nation of Israel this day, keep the Laws, which have been handed down to them by their forefathers and they keep traditions of the law. They have the Torah, the Talmud, they are in the land given to our forefathers, they have their great rabbi’s teachings, yet they have not obtained perfection in the flesh. So I did what they did, trying to obtain perfection in the flesh, through a rabbi, who only taught Law, and after 25 years, I still did not put off the fleshly man. Now I tried, I kept the Law as taught to me, being obedient to a man. I obtained every position he could offer in his kingdom, yet I still was fleshly. So was the Law at fault in my attempt to obtain perfection? By no means! It was deception through teachings, that kept me from Messiah. You see, I was told that I was to accept a man, a teacher as my head, in the flesh.  It wasn’t until I found Yahshua that I could condemn sin in this flesh! For each of us, attempt to gain access into the Kingdom through the flesh. We believe in what we see, we feel the need for a teacher that we can see. This is the fleshly man! We were taught that! We were taught position! Hold fast to your position, when we should have been thinking about holding fast to what the Law was pointing us towards, Yahshua Messiah! He is our Head!

Yahchanan 11:25 “Yahshua said to her: I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he will live.”

If you understand the above scripture then you can understand Yahweh’s plan of salvation. If you choose to be in the Spirit, then you will understand what Yahshua spoke here to Martha! Yahshua is the resurrection and the life. I was resurrected by Yahshua, but I had to die first in the flesh. My death came at the hands of my teachers! Just as Yahshua’s death came at the hand of His teachers! I now have life, because I now believe in Yahshua as my teacher, my Head, my life. I now have life. We all will go through death in the flesh, we have to die in order to have life.

Yahchanan 11:26,27 “So all living and believing in Me, will never die. Do you believe this? She said to Him; Yes, Teacher. I believe that You are the Messiah, the Son of Yahweh, Who was to come into the world.”

All who are alive and believe in Yahshua will never die! Do you believe this? So will we die? How many times do we have die?

I Corinthians 15:31 “I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Messiah, Yahshua our master and owner, I die daily. Awake to righteousness and do not sin! For some of you do not have the knowledge of Yahweh; I speak this to your shame.”

Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

The word high is #2032 and means: existing in heaven, the bodies of the stars, the heavens of the clouds, the lower heavens, the heavenly temple or sanctuary.

We need to realize that we are not fighting physical fights, but against teachings, against powers, against the rulers of darkness, against spiritual wickedness that comes from heaven, the body of stars, a heavenly temple and sanctuary, that is within a physical sanctuary, a physical heaven, a lower heaven.

In Clyde, Texas like most cities on earth, I was at a high place, the mountain of Yahweh, a place that Yahweh established His Name at, or so I was told. It had fire and smoke, thunder and lightnings. I was afraid so I was told that I needed someone to intervene on my behalf, and I accepted that man, because of my unbelief. At the time I was afraid of being burned! I didn’t want to die! At that mountain I had to deal with principalities, powers, a man called ruler, who taught a mixture, a hidden one, who taught me of a heavenly Kingdom, while showing me a physical representation of what he says to be the heavenly kingdom. Now at the time I thought that this Kingdom presented to me, that this ruler showed me, was the representation of the heavenly kingdom. However, I was still in the flesh, limited by fleshly teachings. Because I was not in the Spirit, nor taught Spiritual teachings, I could not understand the Kingdom of heaven, nor perceive the warfare that would come at a later time. Now, after being kicked out of heaven, by the adversary, I thought at first that I was dead. And of course I had died. But I had to die in order to live! It was at that moment, the twinkling of an eye, that I was resurrected. Yes, at that moment, I realized that I had died, burned in order to be saved. I can recall driving away from the gate and going down the road, crying to Yahweh. Emotions of 25 years of service, sent down the road like a stranger and vagabond, I was burned by the fire and it hurt. But by the time I reached my house, just 5 minutes away, in the twinkling of an eye, I was transformed. I felt peace from on high. I realized that I had just transformed from the flesh and into the spirit. I cried out to Yahweh for help and He answered and told me in the spirit that he was taking me on another journey. Yes, I knew my testing was not over. In fact the warfare had just begun in order to gain the Kingdom of Yahweh. I realized at that moment that I was no longer a slave, but free! At first their was labor pains, but once I was delivered, the pain was gone. Now I felt, and see what was written in Ephesians as to the spiritual warfare that I am wrestling with. I now understand what I am doing for Messiah’s sake.

I Corinthians 15:52 “In 1722 a moment 823, in 1722 the twinkling 4493 of an eye 3788, at 1722 the last 2078 trump 4536: for 1063 the trumpet shall sound 4537 , and 2532 the dead 3498 shall be raised 1453 incorruptible 862, and 2532 we 2249 shall be changed 236 .”

The word moment is #823 and means: That cannot be cut in two, or divided; of a moment in time.
The word twinkling is #4493 and means: a throw, stroke, beat; a moment of time; to cast, throw down; to throw to the ground.
The word eye is #3788 and means: the eyes of the mind, the faculty of knowing.
The word last is #2078 and means: extreme, last in time or place.
The word trump is #4536 and means: a trumpet, which sounds at Yahweh’s command.
The word for is #1063 and means: truly, therefore as the case stands.
The word sound is #4537 and means: to sound a trumpet.
The word and is #2532 and means: and, also, indeed.
The word dead is #3498 and means: one that has breathed his last; spiritually dead.
The word raised is #1453 and means: to arouse, arouse from sleep;
The word incorruptible is #862 and means: uncorrupted, not liable to corruption or decay, imperishable; of things
The word we is #2249 and means: we
The word changed is #236 and means: to change, to exchange one thing for another, to transform.

This scripture through the definitions has the following meaning:
In a undivided moment of time, in the moment to throw down to the ground, of the eyes of the mind, the faculty of knowing at the extreme last time or place, a trumpet which sounds at Yahweh’s command, truly as the case stands, the trumpet shall sound indeed the spiritually dead, shall be aroused from sleep, uncorrupted also we, shall be transformed, to exchange one thing for another.”

This is what occurs to a person who has been transformed from the fleshly to the spiritual. They are awakened by the trumpet or Yahweh’s command, aroused from sleep, from being spiritually dead and brought to life. I was transformed and exchanged one thing for another. I put off the fleshly ruler and allowed Yahshua Messiah to be my head and ruler once again. I entered the blood covenant with Yahweh. I allowed Yahshua’s blood to cover my sins and transgressions. I asked the True Priest of Yahweh for forgiveness and confessed to Him my shortcomings. I placed all things into His hands. I bore the earthy, the flesh and realized that flesh and blood would not inherit the Kingdom of Yahweh. In fact, it would not inherit anything at the place where I had spent most of my life. So I had to walk away from everything, forsake everything that was precious to me, I had to put off the flesh in order to find the spirit and come into Covenant relationship with Yahweh.

I Corinthians 15:49 “And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.”

In order to come into Covenant with Yahweh, it had to be through blood. I had to let Yahshua be sacrificed for me. I thought I had done this many years ago, but I found myself being deceived into thinking that I needed a fleshly man to access the One Sent by Yahweh to offer me salvation. Once I had the veil of deception removed from me, I was then able to come into truth. How did Yahweh do this with me. Well when I left, I didn’t have a man over me, and I had to rely on the teachings of the Scriptures. I went to the book of Yahweh and kept my first Passover, according to what I read in the Scriptures, not by what a man taught me. Each year I have attempted to get it right. And each year, Yahweh recognized the intentions of my heart and mind. I believe this was Yahweh’s way of removing this veil from me. I feel it was His doing in my life. I now cry to Pharoah, let Yahweh’s people go! But Pharoah and his slaves, will have to go through the plagues, for Yahweh has hardened their hearts, just as mine once was.

So the Law was powerless to get me out of the flesh! It was not until I realized that I had to put off this fleshly body, and build the True House of Yahweh, not built with hands, only then did I come out of Egypt! So when we partake of the Passover, a Feast to Yahweh, will we talk only about our forefathers coming out of the flesh? Or should we not talk about our coming out of the flesh, out of our Egypt! In fact, this is a fulfilling of prophecy by the remnant of Yahweh that will take place this Feast of Passover! Yes, that’s right, no longer will we talk about how our fathers came out of Egypt, but we will talk about how Yahweh took us out in these last days from out of darkness and deception, out of a fleshly House built with hands.

Yeremyah 16:14,15 “Therefore, behold, the days come, says Yahweh; that it will no more be said: As surely as Yahweh lives Who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the Egypt! But, it will be said: As surely as Yahweh lives Who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the darkness, hidden, and obscure, and from all the lands that He had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.”

The fleshly Kingdom we were promised consisted of working or doing the work for a Kingdom. Who’s Kingdom? You have people who work in the fields, slaughterhouse, chicken coop, press room, sound room, mail room, cafeteria, etc...they work day and night, seven days a week, with no Sabbath rest. These people work diligently for a Kingdom, that is promised by a man, who promises them that this is the work of Yahweh. So I ask you, if you work in the flesh, as I did for 25 years, a diligent and faithful servant to another man’s work, will you inherit the Kingdom of Yahweh? I didn’t inherit the Kingdom of Yahweh. Yahweh did reveal to me what I would inherit, had I continued to stay in Clyde, Texas. The Prophet Yeremyah describes this inheritance of those whom Yahweh calls from the ends of the earth.

Yeremyah 16:19 “O Yahweh, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the 12 tribes of Israel shall come unto you from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and [things] wherein [there is] no profit.”

Of course when you don’t trust in this man fully, you can except to be kicked out! For 25 years of faithful service to the corporation, I received a hit the road jack, thanks, but no thanks, send off party! I actually got kicked out in the middle of the Feast of Yahweh! Their motto is, “we have used you for everything we could get out of you, and we don’t need you anymore.” I only see the corporation benefiting the man, who directs this corporation as he is the beneficiary of the fruits of all the labor of the slaves. This is the result of the fleshly work! Now, I had to be a part of Egypt, in order to hate Egypt! Am I bitter? Well was the children of Israel bitter as described in the law?

Exodus 1:14 “And they made 4843 0 their lives 2416 bitter 4843 with hard 7186 bondage 5656, in morter 2563, and in brick 3843, and in all manner of service 5656 in the field 7704: all their service 5656, wherein they made them serve 5647 , [was] with rigour 6531.”

The word made is #4843 and means: to be bitter, to be strong, strengthen.
The word lives is #2416 and means: life, sustenance of life, to cause to grow.
The word hard is #7186 and means: hard, difficult, severe.
The word bondage is #5656 and means: labor, work, of a servant or slave.
The word morter is #2563 and means: to be troubled, to be in turmoil,
The word brick is #3843 and means: to purge, to cleanse.
The word field is #7704 and means: field, land, empires of a king.
The word serve is #5647 and means: to serve, to work for another.
The word rigour is #6531 and means: oppression, tyranny.

So we can see this scripture has the meaning of:

And they were made to be bitter, their sustenance of life to cause to grow, to be bitter with hard, severe, labor as a servant and slave in trouble and turmoil, and to purge, and in all manner of labor as a slave in the land, to the empire of a king, all their work, wherein they made them to work for another, was with oppression and tyranny.”

Yes, it is easy to be bitter when you realize that you are a slave for a fleshly king, who can oppress you and you realize that something is wrong, but you have faith in that fleshly king. But even worse is you give your servitude and find out that you weren’t working for the Kingdom of Yahweh, but for the Kingdom of that man, with whom you will not receive reward nor an inheritance! All along you are working for a 501c3 church, which you are taught is an abomination. So our forefathers in Egypt suffered from the oppressive King, who had them building his kingdom. They might have been deceived just as many have been deceived today, in these extreme last days. Bitterness is an emotion that one will face when they realize that they have been lied by the person they trusted in the most! But everyone can overcome bitterness by putting off the old man, and putting on the likeness of Messiah, just like I am overcoming.

THE PASSOVER ORDER CONCERNING YAHSHUA’S BODY AND BLOOD COVENANT

During the eating of the Passover Meal, we will eat the bread, which represents Yahshua’s body.

Mattithyah 26:26 “And as they were eating, Yahshua took bread and gave thanks, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples, and said: Take, eat; this represents my body.”

We will also, during the course of the Passover Feast meal, drink the cup, in remembrance of the blood Covenant.

Mattithyah 26:27 “Then He took the cup and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying: Drink you, all of it. For this represents My blood of the renewed covenant, which is shed, for many, for the remission of sins.”

Yeremyah 31:31 “Behold the days are coming, says Yahweh: when I will renew My Covenant with the House of Israel and with the House of Yahdah; This Covenant, which I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand out of Egypt, will not be replaced; which Covenant they broke, although I was a husband to them says Yahweh. For this Covenant is the same Covenant that I will renew with the House of Israel: After those days, says Yahweh; I will put my Law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and I will be their Mighty Judge, and they will be my people.”

We are then told to wash the feet of our brethren, as Yahshua instructed.

Yahchanan 13:2And the Passover supper being ended...”

Yahchanan 13:4,5He got up from the Passover supper and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and tied it around himself. After that he poured water into a basin, and began to to wash the disciples feet, and to wipe them with the towel that he had tied around himself.”

The last order of the Feast of Passover is to sing a song. We see Yahshua’s example of how to keep this Passover Meal correctly and it’s conclusion. There is no leaning on your left side while you drink the cup, no dipping lettuce in salt water, no reading of Rabbinical/Talmudic recitals. NO GREEK/HELLENISTIC/ROMAN ORDER, that the Rabbi’s borrowed from Babylon!

Yahshua Messiah has laid down an example for the called out ones, who are under His Headship. Will we follow Yahshua Messiah?

Mattithyah 26:30 “And when they had sung a hymn, they went into the Mount of Olives.”

The word hymn is #5214 and means: to sing the praise of, sing hymns to; to sing a hymn, to sing; singing of paschal hymns these were Psalms 113 - 118 and 136, which the Jews called the "great Hallel"

The song that Yahshua and His Disciples sang was by definition, a song of paschal hymns. So if they were not celebrating the Feast of Passover, why would they sing Passover songs or sing at all? We need to realize that Yahshua kept the Laws of Yahweh. He never gave glory to Himself.
I have made it a point to remove the term Yahshua’s Memorial and call it what the scriptures call it, Yahweh’s Memorial. By honoring Yahweh, I do honor Yahshua until He comes!

I Corinthians 11:26 “For as often as you eat this bread (of affliction) and drink this cup (Yahweh’s judgment), you do show Yahshua’s death until He comes.”

May Yahweh bless you and keep you, Yahweh make His face shine upon you and be merciful to you! Yahweh lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

SECTION 3

Let’s continue our study into the Passover Feast Meal, a Covenant renewed each year with Yahweh and through His Son, Yahshua Messiah, into whom He has given all things. We stopped last week showing the Passover order and how Yahshua Messiah laid down an example of how we should keep it, and what it represents to the called out ones of Yahweh. This week we will start with the study with the meaning of Covenant, so we can better understand the importance of the Passover Supper and what it means to be in Covenant with Yahweh.

The word Covenant is used throughout the scriptures describing a binding contract or agreement between Yahweh, who is the maker of the Covenant, and to those whom Yahweh chose to be a part of this Covenant Agreement Relationship. This Covenant will never be broken by Yahweh and to assure us of this, He swore by Himself, knowing that mankind would fall short. He also made Covenant with our forefather in the faith, our brother, Abraham. Not everyone will understand the Covenant, for you must be willing to put off everything and sacrifice everything in order to follow Yahshua Messiah, and Yahweh must call you to His Son. Now that doesn’t mean that you will be poor or destitute, but we must be willing to prove to Yahweh that we will not let anything interfere with our relationship with Him. We enter into Covenant with Him, because we want to please Yahweh in all things that we do. It is not our choice if we are worthy to be a part of this Covenant, but Yahweh’s mercy in calling us into it. There is nothing in us that Yahweh needs, or that we could prove to impress Him. He does however, love us and wants US to be part of His family. Notice the examples of the righteous men of old whom Yahweh chose to be called to serve Him. From the beginning, we see that it was Yahweh who told His called out ones, that He would establish a Covenant relationship with them.

Covenant is word #1285 and means: covenant, alliance, pledge; a) between men, 1) treaty, alliance, league (man to man), 2) constitution, ordinance (monarch to subjects) 3) Meat.

The Free Dictionary defines Covenant as: A binding agreement; a compact. In the Bible, Yahweh’s promise to the human race.

The word constitution is defined as: The act or process of composing, setting up, or establishing. The system of fundamental laws and principles that prescribes the nature, functions, and limits of a government or another institution.

In order to understand this Covenant, we see that it is important to understand it is a system of fundamental laws and principles that prescribe the nature and function of Yahweh’s instituted government. It is Yahweh who established the Covenant, which is a governmental system. In this government Yahweh chose certain individuals to be a part of it. In order to enter into it, an alliance and pledge had to be made between Yahweh and those whom He chose.

Genesis 9:9 “And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you.”

The word after you is #310 and means: after the following part, behind (of place), hinder, afterwards (of time); a) as an adverb, 1) behind (of place), 2) afterwards (of time).

We find that this hebrew word phrase, meaning, afterwards in time, is used by Yahweh to show that this Covenant is not a one time Covenant, for one person, but to each one whom Yahweh calls out. The ones called and chosen, are given an opportunity to be part of this Great Covenant. I say Great, because it is Yahweh who made it, ratified it, and chose who would be a part of it! He is wise and only chooses those whom He knows will do their part to uphold the contract that is made between us and Him. He does not want anyone who will not be able to uphold their end of the Covenant. Otherwise the Contract is Dishonored, and is no longer a Covenant agreement.

Genesis 17:7And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a Mighty Judge unto you, and to thy seed after you.”

Please take notice that it is Yahweh who establishes the Covenant. He is the creator, the maker, the One choosing the body who enters it. His Covenant is laid down in writing so that there can be no misunderstanding. At first the Covenant was transmitted orally, but eventually it was written so that everyone could have it to read, in order to understand it fully.  

The Covenant that Yahweh made in order to be ratified required a sealing, an agreement. The shedding of blood, made it a blood Covenant, which was the Seal of the Covenant. The Law of Yahweh tells us that the life is in the blood. Therefore the Covenant that Yahweh created is a Covenant of Life.

Deuteronomy 12:23 “Only be sure that you eat not the blood: for the blood [is] the life; and you may not eat the life with the flesh.”

Had mankind not sinned there would not be a need for sacrifice. Since the Covenant is an alliance of life, the living are the ones who enter into this Covenant with Yahweh. Had mankind never sinned, Yahshua Messiah would have never had to die, nor would we have had to die! This is our reminder of our sins. We sacrifice Yahshua Messiah because of sin! But because Yahweh loved us, He put into His Covenant Plan, Laws that would govern us, to bring judgment, because of our sin. Through the Blood of the Covenant, we would receive reconciliation back to Him. He showed how we could be a part of His Covenant, which would bring us back to life. Because of sin, blood was required to be shed, in order to enter into this Covenant. Because Yahweh is merciful, He allowed mankind to use animals to remind them of sin, and prevent instant death for breaking the terms (Laws) of His Covenant. These animals didn’t take away the sin, but only allowed them to be back into remembrance with Him. Mankind had to bring animals time and time again, in order to be restored back into the Covenant relationship with Yahweh. In the Plan of Yahweh, He revealed to His children, a way to come back into unity with Him. They knew within His plan that one day, someone would come from their brothers who would be without sin, and in order to stop the cycle of always killing innocent animals and offering them daily for their sins, which reminded them of their sin and death, but never took away this death penalty, they strived for perfection. This brother who would come, would be perfect! Each one whom Yahweh called attempted to be perfect, always failing, and not knowing who or where in time He would arrive. They wrote about Him and each waited patiently for His day.

Hebrews 11:1,2,13,40 “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the men of old obtained a righteous report. All these died in the faith, no having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were convinced of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. Yahweh having provided some better thing for us: that they, without us, would not be made perfect.

These men, just like us, had faith in Yahweh’s promise. They trusted in the Covenant that He promised to them. However, they like us where cut off from Yahweh. The moment we sinned, we were cut off from the opportunity to enter the Covenant relationship with Yahweh! No matter how many animals we could sacrifice, we could never come into unity back with Yahweh. Once we broke the Covenant, we were outside the promise of the Covenant. So Yahweh because He knew that mankind would sin, and sin would cut mankind off from Yahweh, He made a provision in His Laws, that one day there would come one man from within their tribes, their brother, a man who would be perfect! He would be the perfect one who could enter into Covenant with Yahweh. He would enter where no man had ever gone before! He was able to do this because He had no sin! He also knew that because He obtained this Promise, that if He loved His brothers, those whom He had not seen, and those whom would come at a later time, He knew that if He wanted to have a family of brothers, that He would have to be sacrificed in order for them to be able to enter also into this Covenant. He knew that His blood would be required for the nation! He prepared for this, by trusting fully in Yahweh! He trusted Yahweh’s Laws, He trusted Yahweh’s promise of this Covenant, that He would have eternal life! He also knew that if He succeeded, He would be the High Priest, the Chief among His brothers. He understood that by being the first one perfected, He would receive the highest position within this government. He knew it was a righteous ruling government. He lived in the flesh and saw what fleshly governments had to offer. He saw everything that we see! He was tempted in every way, and saw that the lust of the flesh would not inherit this Kingdom! He also knew that if he gave into sin, that He would fail for Himself and His brothers who looked to Him to succeed for the whole nation!

I Corinthians 5:6 “Your arrogant pride is not righteous. Do you not know that a little leaven, leavens the whole batch?”

Romans 6:23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of Yahweh is eternal life through Yahshua Messiah.”

Yes, Yahshua Messiah, our brother, understood the importance of not sinning. Most importantly He knew that in the plan of Yahweh, a plan of salvation, a Covenant of Peace, a Covenant of Life Eternal, that if He failed, then He would let down so many that came before Him, and after Him.

So we were dead in our sins and trespasses, in this fleshly body! We were outside the promise of the Covenant!

Ephesians 2:1And to you, who were dead in your trespasses and sins.”

We could never enter into Covenant with Yahweh once we sinned. It doesn’t matter how much you attempt, to do anything! You could keep the Law all you want, but you would never be able to enter into the Promise of the Covenant, without the most important part of the Covenant! That’s right, you can keep the Laws and attempt to keep them perfectly, and if you have sinned, which we all have, except Yahshua Messiah, you would never be able to enter into the Covenant of Yahweh! It is that straightforward. Yahweh made it perfectly clear!

Exodus 19:5 “Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then you shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth [is] mine.”

Romans 3:23For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of Yahweh.”

What is the glory of Yahweh? To enter into Covenant with Him and receive eternal life in His Kingdom! We have all fallen short of it, except Yahshua Messiah! So will keeping the Law get me into the Kingdom, if I am not able to enter into Covenant with Yahweh? No way! So how do I come into Covenant with Yahweh?

Yahweh revealed through His Laws, that blood must be shed in order for life to continue. We see this every day when we eat. A cow, lamb, goat, or deer is killed/sacrificed so we can eat it’s meat which fills our bodies and gives life to this fleshly body. We take these animals and put them on the altar (bar-b-que pit, stove, or oven) and their death, brings us life. We plant grains, wheat, rye, barley, or oats, so we can have bread which must be harvested, and it is sacrificed in order that we can live. It brings nutritional value to our bodies and keeps this fleshly body alive. This is a scientific fact! But it is Yahweh’s scientific fact, not man’s. Yahweh has told us man does not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds through His Laws! Yahweh created the animals and grains for our benefit, so we could live. These are the Laws of life for our physical, fleshly body. Just as Yahweh gave us these Laws for the flesh, He also made provision for the spirit! Now as I just mentioned earlier, that if you have sinned, the Law, no matter how perfectly you keep it, will not bring eternal life or allow you to enter to be in the Blood Covenant relationship with Yahweh. Is this hard to accept? Let’s see what the Apostle Shaul said.

Romans 8:3For what the Law was powerless to do, in that is was weakened by our sinful nature, Yahweh did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man, to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh.”

Yahweh gave us His Laws, so we could become perfect, but our sinful nature prevented us from becoming perfect! And once we sinned, we had a death penalty hanging over our head, a bounty, a death sentence! When the death malak comes, whether you are young, old, whether it is by accident, or you die in bed in old age, once he comes, you pay the price for sin! So should we go on sinning? By no means, for how can we, who have died to sin, live in it any longer? So have you died to sin? You may ask how do I die to sin? This is the reason why we must understand the Covenant that Yahweh promised and upholds! If we do not die to sin, by putting off the sinful desires and lust of the flesh, which so easily entraps us, we will never understand the Blood Covenant Relationship. If we still think fleshly, how will we understand the things of the spirit? I speak this to your shame, brethren, because we have been given an opportunity by Yahweh to come into unity with Him! But how can we come into unity if we do not enter into Covenant? And how can we convene if we can’t agree on what day, what time, and how to eat a meal? Am I boasting in myself, no! I am boasting in Messiah who reveals all things to me, because I ask Him to. If you ask then He will reveal all things to you too!

The Covenant requires an agreement. Our process into Covenant starts with being called and entering a watery grave, called Baptism. Our baptism was not of men, by men, or for men, but unto Yahweh. We died with Yahshua in that watery grave. So why is it that we would want to be slaves unto each other? Why is is we think that we will find perfection seeking after things of the flesh? Why would you want to be the slave of a man? This is foolishness and an insult to the spirit of mercy!

When you were baptized, if it was to Yahweh, then you were sacrificed with Yahshua Messiah. Remember this was the first entrance into this Covenant, we had to go through that watery grave, this is part of the terms and conditions. This was our first entrance into the testing of our faith! Next we had to go into the wilderness, just like Yahshua Messiah. That wilderness was a different length of time for each person, according to their works. Mine was Pentecost 1987 to Tabernacles 2010. I was in the wilderness for 23 years. Satan tested me in every way to see if I would follow what was offered. Then came my deliverance. Yahweh brought me through the fire, and I was burned. Burned in order to be saved.

I Corinthians 3:15 “If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

You see, I found the name House of Yahweh, and thought that because I saw a name on this building that I would be saved. My epiphany was no different than Yaaqob Hawkins, Yisrayl Hawkins, or any Hawkins! I found the name of my family. It wasn’t owned by any fleshly man either! So next I went to the physical place and I heard the message that I must keep the Laws of Yahweh, and if I did, I would be saved. But after 23 years of being in this wilderness, at this physical House of Yahweh, I found out that I had not received salvation, and the fire of judgment from Yahweh’s Laws burned me! It was a horrible fire, it consumed me, caused much pain and grief! My work that I did for those 23 years, my dedication, my hard work, all burned up! Yet it was necessary in order for me to go to the next step and understand the Covenant Relationship with Yahweh. But in order to reach that, I had to find Yahshua Messiah! I had to recognize Him as my ruler, teacher, and Head. I thought that I was doing it at the physical House of Yahweh. But then I realized, or Yahweh revealed, that where I was at, was only a Christian Church, that was called the House of Yahweh. It was only a building! A 501c3 Federally supported Government Church. Not Yahweh’s govenment, not revealing Yahweh’s Covenant! I had been deceived into making Covenant with a church! So of course this work had to be burned up, it was not in Covenant with Yahweh! Yahweh’s Government is an everlasting government, it is a government with perfect ruling Laws. It cannot be destroyed, sued, and will never deceive! Now don’t get me wrong, the Laws of Yahweh, which are part of the terms and conditions, were not deceptive, it was the fleshly physical man who brought in deception! He used the name as a covering to hide his true intentions. Those intentions was to profit from those who came to this Christian Church, like all corporate 501c3 churches are established to do.

So I came through water and fire, but I had not entered the third part of the Covenant. The final testing! This testing was the hardest to understand! Because I had been in the flesh for so long, the spirit had not been seen, nor revealed to me. Had it been revealed sooner, I would not have known what it was. I wouldn’t have recognized it, because I was in the flesh. My understanding was not at a level to comprehend it! Besides I was afraid, scared, and thought I was safe where I was at, the teachings I learned seemed to comfort me in my ignorance! Ignorance was bliss! I did not want to go on the mountain of Yahweh, but was convinced that another had to talk to Yahweh for me! But Yahweh in His Infinite Mercy, called me from the fire, and I heard His voice. I wasn’t afraid anymore! The fire that burned me before, had no power over me now! I was set free, a son of Yahweh. The fire that burned me, purified me and allowed me to see clearly and clear my conscience!

Daniel 3:27 “Then the princes, governors, captains, and the King’s counselors gathered around, and saw that the fire did not have any power over the bodies of these men--the hair of their heads were not singed, their coats were not scorched, and even the smell of smoke did not come upon them.”

When I worshiped the god, I was burned, but when I repented and started worshiping Yahweh, acknowledging my Head, Yahshua Messiah, the fire had no power over me any more. I was no longer in deception and the fiery flame was of no effect. I came to realize the true, established House of Yahweh, (Yahshua Messiah, built without hands) revealed to me and showed me that I had to walk exactly as He walked. And by doing so, I became a living House of Yahweh. This House of Yahweh isn’t in the flesh anymore, but in the Spirit! The Spirit of Yahweh was given and accepted, Yahshua Messiah was acknowledged as my teacher, Head, and ruler. The Law become understandable for the first time in my life! I understood the terms and conditions!

So you may say what does this have to do with the Feast of Yahweh’s Passover? Very simple, the Passover Supper, the fellowship meal is part of the Blood Covenant. It is a Meal that you enter into Covenant Relationship through Yahshua Messiah, into Yahweh’s Kingdom. It is a Covenant made without hands! Only those who understand the terms and conditions of the Contract will enter into the Contract!

I Corinthians 12:3 “Wherefore on account of, I give to you to have thorough knowledge that no man speaking by the Spirit of Yahweh calls Yahshua; something that is devoted to Yahweh without hope of being redeemed, to be slain, and then doomed to destruction, and that no man can say that Yahshua is the Head, but by the Holy Spirit.

If you understand the above scripture, then you understand that if Yahshua died for me, and I acknowledge Him as My Head and Supreme Master/Teacher, that I am not doomed for destruction! This shows that I speak by the Spirit of Yahweh, because I acknowledge and know that His sacrifice has saved me! This proves to me, that I have Holy Spirit! I know that I am redeemed, by Yahshua’s blood, I know that I speak by Holy Spirit! I trust the every word of Yahweh, and place my full trust in Him, not any man! Men can go and say what they will, they can get on their pulpits and condemn me all day and night. They can talk about brethren, but the brethren and I, will prove them to be a liar! Yahshua will prove them to be a liar! They only condemn the Law, because they have become a Judge of the Law, by judging their brother! The Law will judge them and they will drink the cup of the Judgment of Yahweh! Their cup will be filled with grape juice, which is not a part of Yahshua, the Blood Covenant! No one proud will stand before Yahweh! The same sentence of judgment they use, will be used against them!

As we read last week, Yahshua Messiah taught us how to Keep the Passover Meal according to Yahweh’s Laws. This was no ordinary supper! It was Yahweh’s Feast Memorial Remembrance! It is our entrance into the Blood Covenant through our brother, Yahshua Messiah, and into Covenant with Yahweh our supreme, Sovereign, Head!

Let’s examine the importance and what a supper meal represents in a Covenant relationship.

The word Covenant is #1285 and means: Covenant, alliance, pledge; Covenant making, Covenant keeping, Covenant violation. It’s root word is #1262 which means: to eat, to consume, to give to eat; meat!

We can see that in order to be in Covenant, the root meaning is to eat, to consume, or give to eat. Yahweh’s Covenant is made between Himself, Yahshua, mankind and sealed by blood and ratified with a Covenant Meal!

Let’s examine other cultures to see the importance of supper, meals, banquets and dining in transacting business and sealing a Covenant.

The following information can be found online at: http://news.asianstudies.dk/2009/11/strictly-business-%E2%80%A6-and-pleasure/

The Chinese as well as the Japanese don’t seem to have any problems blending business with pleasure, on the contrary the pleasure part plays a crucial role in terms of business meetings and negotiations between two or more units/companies. Keeping this in mind I will be discussing the importance of the banquet, agenda, time and dress, dinning etiquette and reciprocation.
In the arena of the Chinese banquet hall many deals can be made or unmade. A banquet is a way of showing respect to one’s business partner(s), and is expected as a part of the business experience. These banquets are of most exquisite importance not only for sealing a deal but also for building relations and extending one’s network nationally as well as internationally. When attending one of these banquets one must know exactly how to dress and when one should arrive. Usually the higher rank you have the later you can come and of course one’s clothing is determined by one’s position in the unit/firm.

It is crucial to know the Chinese business way of dinning etiquette. One mistake could ruin the atmosphere under the whole banquet which usually lasts all night. Therefore it is vital to know the details of the way of Chinese business etiquettes if one wants to avoid embarrassment and awkwardness.

BIBLICAL MEALS PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN A COVENANT

First, let’s notice the importance that covenant meals played in ancient times. There are
many examples. In Gen 26:28-30, Isaac makes a water-rights covenant with the Philistine king, Abimelech. The covenant brought union, fellowship and peace between former enemies.
Immediately following the making of the covenant, they "made them a feast and they ate and
drank."  

Genesis 26:28,30 “And they said, We saw certainly that Yahweh was with you: and we said, Let there be now an oath between us, even between us and you, and let us make a covenant with you. And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink.”

The feast was a celebration of the covenant, symbolizing the new found peace between them—it was a fellowship meal. We see the same thing in Gen 31:44-54 between Laban and Yaaqob. After making a covenant together and offering a sacrifice to seal their covenant, Yaaqob "called his kinsmen to the meal," clearly to celebrate the covenant. We see similar examples of covenant meals between Yethro and Mosheh (Ex 18:12—eaten "before Yahweh"), between Israel and Gibeon (Yahshua 9:12-15), and between David and Abner (II Samuel 3:20). This all gives new meaning, to David's words in Psalms 23: "You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies." The "table" represents peace, union, fellowship, and reconciliation.

The most significant example of a covenant meal, however, is in Exodus 24, at the climax of
the sealing of the covenant between Yahweh and Israel. After Moses offered the sacrifice, sealing the covenant with the "blood of the covenant". Mosheh, the Elders, Aaron and his sons went into the presence of Yahweh on the mountain where they "beheld Yahweh and they ate and drank."  

Exodus 24:11 “And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw Yahweh, and did eat and drink.”

If we aren't careful, we might miss the significance of the words "and they ate and drank." This was a very important part of the covenant process. It was a celebration of the union between Israel and Yahweh, a union established by the Blood of the Covenant (i.e. by sacrifice). The sacrifice provided the reconciliation; the sharing of the meal celebrated the fellowship or communion between man and Yahweh. It was a spiritual feast. We see this same concept in the Levitical sacrifices outlined in the Law. The various sacrifices were to be eaten by the priests, (Ex 29:31-34; Lev 6:16, 26; 7:6; 8:31; 10:12-14) or, in the case of the peace offerings, by the worshipper (Lev 7:15-18) as a holy meal "before Yahweh." In fact, these "meals" were essential, not to be neglected. (Lev 10:16-20) They weren’t designed to simply fill their bellies, but to celebrate the union between man and Yahweh, a union made possible by sacrifice. They were joyous occasions—not solemn and quiet, but interactive and celebratory. The sacrifice was a time of solemn and perhaps even somber reflection. The meal that followed however, was a time of fellowship, celebration, praise, and rejoicing, though certainly with dignity.

The Significance of Fellowship Meals

While it is true that we have nearly lost the Biblical understanding of fellowship meals in our
modern society, there is one fellowship meal that many of us have regularly participated in
throughout most of our lives, i.e. the family dinner. Traditionally in America, the evening dinner
hour is a time for the whole family to gather around the table together and share a meal (sadly
even this is going by the wayside). But it is more than a meal. It's not simply about the food. It is about sharing our lives together each day. The meal provides an opportunity for fellowship. After everyone is scattered about throughout the day, we come back together around the table to reconnect, and in a sense, you might say, to celebrate our relationship.

The Chinese have a dinner tradition in which they all eat from the same plates placed at the center of the table, usually on a Lazy-Susan. This wonderful tradition makes the sharing even more intimate. All this touches on the concept of a fellowship meal. It goes beyond food; it goes beyond the mere physical. It is a sharing of our common, and even our spiritual relationship as a family.

The fellowship meal is very common throughout the pages of the Holy Scriptures. As previously mentioned, most of the sacrifices ordained in the Laws of Yahweh were followed by a meal celebrating the union brought about by the sacrifice. The "peace offerings" (Lev 7:15) and "freewill offerings" (Lev 7:16-17) especially emphasized the fellowship meal. The peace offering was to be partially burned, partially eaten by the priest and the rest eaten by the worshipper on that day or by the next day. It was a meal, with meat, bread and drink (Lev 7:11-14; Num 6:17; 15:1-12). It is a safe assumption that since the peace offering had to be eaten the same day and the freewill offering by the second day that this was taken home and shared with others. One does not eat a young bull by himself. It was a communal act involving Yahweh, the priests, the worshipper, and their families and friends. Nearly all other offerings (burnt offerings, sin offerings, etc.) had peace offerings associated with them, and thus the covenant fellowship meal. These meals had deep significance. They were not simply for the purpose of satisfying hunger. Nor were they simply social in purpose. They were for celebrating one's common relationship in union with Yahweh. They were eaten "before Yahweh your mighty judge." (Deut 12:7, 18; 14:23, 26; 15:20; 27:7;  Exodus 18:12)

The Passover Feast is one Fellowship Meal that is shown as a remembrance of the Blood Covenant between Yahweh and His people. This greatest of all the Fellowship meals or Feasts, was a celebration not only of the great deliverance of our forefathers out of Egypt, but of their new found relationship with Yahweh. The Passover Lamb/goat was a sacrifice representing their deliverance from death. The family was gathered together and the lamb eaten in a fellowship meal with deep spiritual significance. It was celebratory, joyful,interactive, and done in thepresence of Yahweh.

Purpose of Fellowship Meals

The purpose, mood and manner in which the Passover was eaten should be instructive for us. The Passover Meal is not only a fellowship meal (I Corinthians 10:16-17; 11:17-34), but is also a Covenant meal not unlike the one we read about in Exodus 24:11. In fact, when Yahshua ate His last Passover Meal with His Disciples, he used the very language of Exodus 24 in regard to the "blood of the covenant."

Mattithyah 26:28For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

Exodus 24:8 “And Mosheh took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the Covenant, which Yahweh has made with you concerning all these words.”

Yahshua further connected the Passover Meal/Supper to the ancient covenant meal tradition when he stated that he would partake of it with us, for the covenant meals were eaten in the very presence of Yahweh

Exodus 24:11 “And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw Yahweh, and did eat and drink.”

Exodus 18:12 “And Yethro, Mosheh’s father in law, took a burnt offering and sacrifices for Yahweh; and Aaron came and all the elders of Israel, to eat bread with Mosheh’s father in law before Yahweh.”

Like the covenant and fellowship meals going back Abraham’s time, the Passover Covenant Meal is the joyful celebration of the fellowship made possible by the sacrifice. One cannot really understand the true meaning and manner of the Passover meal apart from the long history of such celebratory meals. When you look at the Passover meal, for example, it should raise questions about the modern concept of the Christian Church’s Lord's Supper and the manner in which they partake of it. For example, should the Passover Supper, called Yahshua’s Memorial/Lord’s Supper by some churches be a formal, ritualistic, solemn, somber, and almost sad observance, with each person silently isolated in their own thoughts? Was it that way when Yahshua instituted it even as the apostles partook in the shadow of his death? (Luke 22:23) Is there anything in the entire so called, New Testament suggesting that it ought to be partaken in this manner? Were there any fellowship meals partaken of in such a manner in what is called the Old Testament? Was the Passover itself eaten in such a way?

I am not suggesting that there are not solemn moments to such an observance, especially when killing the lamb/goat to prepare for the meal. But what is the overall mood meant to be? Again, the Passover feast is very instructive to us. A seven-day feast followed it the next night. Have you ever been to a feast that was solemn and somber? (Except perhaps a wake, and even these are more lively and joyful than our modern concept of the Passover, called Yahshua’s Memorial.) Sorrow and mourning is accompanied by fasting, while eating and feasting is an expression of joy and celebration. (Ezrayah 8:10-12; Luke 9:33-34) The Feast of Tabernacles and Feast of Weeks were celebrated with great rejoicing. (Deut. 16.11, 14) So was the Feast of Unleavened Bread. (2 Chron 30:23-26) Here we see they had so much joy that they continued for a second week of feasting. The Passover was a time to "give thanks, to praise, to glorify, to honor, to exalt, to extol, and to bless Yahweh" It was not a funeral dirge. It was a celebration. Shouldn't this say something about the mood and the way in which we ought to partake of what is called Yahshua’s Memorial? Just think about it. Is it possible we have turned Yahshua’s Memorial into more of a ritual than a celebratory fellowship meal? Is there anything in the Bible to suggest that we're to eat Passover/Yahshua’s Memorial in the isolation of our thoughts rather than in interactive fellowship and communion? Yahshua’s Remembrance was part of the Passover Meal, not a separate event. Yahshua Messiah would never add to the Law of Yahweh and establish His own Feast or exalt Himself in any way! For us to think this is contrary to Yahweh’s Laws and Yahshua Messiah’s teachings!

Mattithyah 19:17 “But He said to him; Why do you question Me about righteousness? There is only One who is the standard of perfection, and that is Yahweh; so if you would enter into life, keep the commandments.

Mattithyah 5:17Do not even think that I have come to destroy the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to destroy them, but to establish them.”

A Ritual or A Sharing?

Is there anything in the scriptures to suggest that the Passover/Yahshua’s Memorial meal is meant to be a ritual in which we partake of a tiny sample of bread and juice as we sit silently in the isolation of our own thoughts? Or is the Passover/Yahshua’s Memorial meal meant to be an interactive meal shared in joyful and mutual celebration with Yahshua and with one another? And when I say "meal," I mean a true meal, a supper in the fullest sense of the word.

What does the Scriptures teach?

So far we have seen that there is a consistent pattern, beginning in the days of Abraham and
continuing through the time of Yahshua, of covenant/fellowship meals shared in by Yahweh’s people in celebration of covenants made or of reconciliation gained through sacrifices. These were full meals. They had spiritual significance, but were meals nonetheless. They were interactive, not individual. They were joyful, not somber and silent. The Passover is a great example. It was very interactive and joyful. This is seen both in Jewish accounts of the Passover meals and in the Biblical account of what is called by Christians as the "Last Supper" or by some Yahwist groups as “Yahshua’s Memorial”, during which Yahshua "instituted" His remembrance (Luke 22:14-38; Yahchanan 13-16). There was much discussion going on between Yahshua and his Apostles at this Passover supper. Wouldn't Yahshua’s example of how to keep the Passover Supper be a model for those to follow? In fact, Yahshua didn't exactly institute something wholly new here, but rather promised to continue what they were doing, though with new significance and meaning. Notice carefully what Yahshua said:

Luke 22:15,16 "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer, for I say to you, I will not anymore eat thereof until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of Yahweh."

What will he never again eat until it is fulfilled in the kingdom? The Passover. That is what
he says. And he is implying that he will not again eat it, the Passover, until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom. What is called by Christian churches as the Lord's supper, or Yahshua’s Memorial is called the new Covenant, Passover supper in the scriptures.

Obviously, the lamb is no longer needed as a blood sacrifice as a reminder of sin or it’s blood there to protect us from the death malak, since Yahshua Messiah, is our Blood sacrifice, and the one who protects us from the death penalty. Nonetheless, we eat the lamb/goat according to the Passover rites and ordinances in order to keep the Laws of Yahweh, as He gave them to us to keep, in order to fufill the obligations of the Covenant Fellowship Meal. Yahweh is the one who gives the ingredients required for the specific Passover Meal, who are we to tell Yahweh what to do, or what not to do? That doesn’t mean you can’t have other foods at Passover, Yahweh is just showing what is required to eat in order to fulfill the Blood Covenant Meal. The Meal is the ratification of the Covenant. Yahweh’s Passover Meal celebrated protection from the death of their firstborn and deliverance from Egyptian bondage, and was the Fellowship between Yahweh and His people. We celebrate deliverance from death and bondage due to sin, which Egypt represents. It is a meal to be shared in interactive celebration. It is not a ritual, but a meal of spiritual significance. It is a supper which we eat (1 Cor 11:20). It is done together, not alone, in celebration not in self-condemnation. When and where was this changed into a ritual that could not in any sense of the term be called a Passover supper? There is nothing in the scripture to suggest such a change.

The Passover Meal cannot be understood apart, from the hundreds of biblical examples of covenant meals and fellowship meals. These form the pattern upon which it is based. Yahshua directly connected the His last night with His Disciples to the Blood Covenant meal (such as the one in Exodus 24) and expounded upon the fellowship/covenant meal called the Passover Feast meal.

These were joyous, interactive, celebratory, fellowship meals. Is this how we eat what is called Yahshua’s Memorial today?

Yahweh’s Blood Covenant Renewed Through Meal

We know that the night Yahshua and His Disciples partook in the Passover Meal, He instituted a remembrance of Yahweh’s Headship, Yahweh’s Judgment, and the Blood Covenant Relationship of His Sacrifice, entering into Covenant, and through His teachings showing what the Passover Meal represented.

I Corinthians 11:23 “For I received of Yahweh that which I also delivered to you: That Yahshua Messiah the night in which He was betrayed took bread.”

The word took is #2983 and means: to take what is one's own, to take to one's self, to make one's own.

The night that Yahshua partook in the Covenant Meal, Passover, with His Disciples, He was betrayed by one of His own. The meal was a renewal of the Covenant, and those who partook of it with Him, renewed this Covenant Relationship with Yahweh, through Him. The sharing of the bread showed that Yahshua was taking unto Himself, to make His own. We are the ones that He took unto Himself, but not just us, but all those who came before us. His Disciples were in Covenant through this Meal, unto Yahshua and so are we if it is done according to the Scriptures! Those who were found worthy, that night, became a part of the Covenant, those who weren’t ate and drank damnation to themselves.

Yahdah, one of the twelve, partook of this Covenant and the cup of Yahweh’s judgment weighed his heart, examined his mind, and found him to be unworthy. He drank and broke bread unworthily. He was not able to come into Covenant with Yahweh, because he rejected the One Sent, Yahshua Messiah, whose blood ratified this Covenant. He tried to enter in through deception, which is not possible. Yahweh will not allow anyone to enter this Covenant agreement, unless they are in compliance with the terms and conditions.

I Corinthians 11:24 “And when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said: Take eat; this represents My body which is broken for you; this do in remembrance of Me.”

The lamb/goat that was sacrificed at Passover was a ratifying/renewing of the Blood Covenant Meal with Yahweh, through the Mediator, Yahshua, Yahweh’s annointed one. He was annointed for that purpose! This Meal was to be eaten year after year forever! Scripture shows that Yahshua went up year to year to Yerusalem to keep the Feast of Passover. The Passover Sacrifice represented the true sacrifice to come, Yahshua Messiah, but Yahshua’s death did not do away with the rites and ordinances of the Covenant, through the Laws of Yahweh. The blood of that animal didn’t bring salvation, but reminded us of who would bring salvation. This Covenant meal, along with the breaking of the bread and drinking of the cup, reminds us of our agreement, until the one who is our mediator, returns to eat it with us together!

Luke 22:15,16 "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer, for I say to you, I will not anymore eat thereof until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of Yahweh."  

I Corinthians 11:26For as often as you eat this bread, and drink this cup, you do show Yahshua’s death till he comes.”

We are reminded through this Covenant ratification, of Yahshua’s broken body, which was beaten/smitten for you, just as the barley was smitten in the field in Egypt! When He comes back we will eat it with Him! When He comes back we will be judged to see if we are worthy to enter His Kingdom. If we are not, the we will never eat it with Him again! If we are worthy then we will eat it with Him forever, as the Law states!

Exodus 12:14And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and you shall keep it a Feast to Yahweh throughout your generations, you shall keep it a Feast by an ordinance forever.”

The word memorial is #2146 and means: memorial, reminder, remembrance. A memorial sentence.

This day is a reminder of who it is who brings us Judgment and Salvation. It is a reminder of Yahweh who gave us His Only Begotten Son, Yahshua our Messiah. He is the Mediator of this Covenant, we will never be able to enter into Covenant without acknowledging Him as our Head. If we acknowledge anyone else other than what He had set in order through rulership, we will not be able to enter!

YAHDAH, THE BROTHER WHO BETRAYED!

Yahdah, who betrayed Yahshua rejected Yahshua as Head, he placed his trust in the temple authorities of the House of Yahweh and through Covenant acknowledged them as his authority. He was still in the flesh, looking for a fleshly Kingdom that would rule in the nation of Israel. He didn’t enter into the Covenant  with Yahweh’s Son worthily, because he didn’t understand the Covenant relationship through the Spirit.

Mattithyah 26:14,15 “Then one of the twelve, called Yahah Iscariot, went unto the Chief Priests, And said, What will you give me, and I will deliver Him unto you? And they Covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.”

Do you see who Yahdah made a Covenant with! He didn’t make it with Yahweh, even though He thought He was doing the right thing, after all he went to the Chief Priests, of the House of Yahweh, and made covenant with them to establish an agreement, that was ratified through him receiving money, and they receiving Yahshua. Yahdah could not worthily make a Covenant with Yahweh, and Yahshua, because he had already made Covenant with the fleshly Priests, who ruled the physical House of Yahweh, that was built with hands. He placed his trust in the flesh and not the spirit. He didn’t understand the plan of Yahweh’s salvation!

YAHSHUA BETRAYED BY HIS BROTHER!

Yahshua Messiah, trusted Yahweh and when He was doing His ministry, He surrounded Himself with those whom He could trust to do the work of Yahweh. Yahweh called them and gave them to Him. Now the scriptures are clear that He trusted or loved some of His disciples more than others. It did not mean He was a respecter of persons, it just showed that He knew some longer or they had proven to Him they were in unity with Yahweh and loved Him. Now anyone who runs a business or has to deal with the finances in a business, will most likely put the money and the handling of the affairs of their business with someone that they can trust. So why did Yahshua give Yahdah the responsibility of handling the money within the work that He was doing? Didn’t He know that this was the betrayer? What would make Yahshua trust Yahdah, more than all His other Disciples? If you had brothers and sisters in your family, and they entered into business with you, who would you put in trust of the finances and the handling of money? Would you put it with a stranger, a friend, or a relative, like a brother? I would say that most people would choose someone they grew up with, they loved, they would most likely choose their brother. They would trust their brother, because, after all he is family! I have seen this so many times in my life. I trusted my family, my sons to take care of my business, my affairs when I left Abilene, years ago. After all, who else could I trust! This way of thinking was no different with Yahshua Messiah. He placed the financial handling of His business with one whom He could trust, His brother, Yahdah called Iscariot! I will emphasize that this is my opinion, based on the scriptures given.

Yahshua Messiah was betrayed by his own brother, Yahdah, called Iscariot, who trusted in the flesh, who was deceived and did not believe in Yahweh’s Headship. He rejected his head! He was Yahshua’s older brother, and just like Cain betrayed Abel, Yahdah betrayed Yahshua, his brother!

Mattithyah 13:55 “Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Miriam? and His brethren, James, and Joseph, and Simon, and Judas.”

The word Judas is #2455 and means: an unknown ancestor of Yahshua Messiah; the half brother of Yahshua Messiah; Yahdah Iscariot who betrayed Yahshua.

The word Iscariot is #2469 and means: men of Kerioth. Of Hebrew origin from word #377 and #7149 which means: a great man; to show oneself; to happen, to befall, to make opportune,
The Online Free Dictionary defines opportune as: Occurring at a fitting or advantageous time.

So Yahdah (Judas) was a great man, who had authority, who showed himself as such, and took opportunity to make himself greater to those whom he trusted, at an advantageous time. What befell this man was that he showed his true intentions, according to the flesh. Yahdah even though he followed his brother, Yahshua Messiah, still trusted the Temple Authorities of the House of Yahweh, and in order prove his position, and standing with the Priests, he took the opportunity to betray his own brother, thinking that this was the righteous thing to do. The Temple authorities, of whom Yahdah, held high esteem among, most likely taught Yahdah that if he was in unity with the House of Yahweh, he had to show this loyalty by being loyal to the Priests, or Chief Priests who were in position in this fleshly House of Yahweh. Yahdah was torn between His loyalty to a long standing system, a fleshly House of Yahweh, a building built with hands, that he believed to be the ruling government of Yahweh. The teachings of His brother, Yahshua Messiah, was showing him and those who followed him, that the Kingdom of Yahweh, was not that physical building, that physical House of Yahweh on earth and it could not bring salvation. Maybe Yahdah was deceived into thinking that if he could turn over his brother to the Priests, and that Yahshua would be convinced, as he was, in this physical House of Yahweh. Scripture shows that he didn’t know that the Temple authorities would kill his brother, and after realizing the unrighteous thing that he had done, betraying his own brother and handing him over to be killed, Yahdah made an opportune to flee.  Most interpreters and scholars think everytime they see the word Iscariot, that it is speaking of Yahdah the one who betrayed Yahshua, but that is not the case. We find that the word Iscariot is used to describe a character, trait, or revealing, of what was occurring to an individual, as we find in this scripture in Yahchanan.

Yahchanan 14:22 “Judas 2455 saith 3004 unto him 846, not 3756 Iscariot 2469, Lord 2962, how 5101 is it 1096 that 3754 thou wilt 3195 manifest 1718 thyself 4572 unto us 2254, and 2532 not 3780 unto the world 2889?”

The word not is #3756 and means: no, not; in direct questions expecting an affirmative answer.
The word Iscariot is #2469 and means: men of Kerioth. Of Hebrew origin from word #377 and #7149 which means: a great man; to show oneself; to happen, to befall, to make opportune,
The Online Free Dictionary defines opportune as: Occurring at a fitting or advantageous time.
The word Lord is #2962 and means: master
The word how is #5101 and means: who, which, what; a certain one.
The word is it is #1096 and means: to become, to come into existence; to come to pass; to arise, appear in history, come upon the stage, of men appearing in public; to be made, finished, of miracles, to be performed, wrought; to become, be made
The word that is #3754 and means: that, because, since.
The word wilt is #3195 and means: to be about; to be on the point of doing or suffering something; to intend, have in mind, think to.
The word manifest is #1718 and means: to manifest, exhibit to view; to show one's self, come to view, appear, be manifest; to indicate, disclose, declare, make known
The word thyself is #4572 and means: thyself.
The word unto us is #2254 and means: us, we, our;
The word and is #2532 and means: and, also, indeed.
The word not is #3780 and means: not, by no means, not at all.
The word world is #2889 and means: an apt and harmonious arrangement or constitution, order, government; the world.

This scripture has the meaning of by it’s definitions: “Yahdah said unto Him, not in direct question expecting an affirmative answer, nor showing himself to be a great man, or to make opportune; master, who is to become upon the stage of men appearing in public, since you intend, have in mind, think to, manifest, exhibit to view, to show yourself, disclose and make known, thyself, unto us, also indeed, not, by no means unto the world, government?”

The word Iscariot is not the name of the person, but is only describing what they person was thinking, doing, or going to do. We must not let Christian/Judaic teachings from commentators influence our understanding of Yahweh’s plan. Scholars for thousands of years have been debating the interpretation of the scriptures and because they don’t have Holy Spirit, they will continue to debate the scriptures. We as true believers need to look at the scriptures with an open mind, asking Yahshua Messiah, our Master, Great One, and Teacher to instruct us. If we ask Him, with a true, believing, sincere, desire to understand, He will give this to us!

Yahchanan 16:23 “And in that day you shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you,