Everlasting Kingdom: Unraveling the Bible’s Secrets

Did Yeshua’s (the Lord’s) Supper Replace the Passover?

Should You Celebrate Both Events?

Leavened Bread and Wine

[May 7, 2016: In 2006 I couldn’t find any information on the net resolving the centuries old controversies surrounding the chronology of the Last Supper in relation to Passover, so I wrote this. A few days ago a friend sent me a very nice video from 119 Ministries that goes right down the line, virtually point by point illustrating many of the points made in this chapter. Essentially no additional info was added in the hour+ presentation, but there are some very nice graphics of the timing, but they left out the most important part—“Do this in remembrance of Me!” So I checked online and saw many articles explaining the same timeline. Zachary Bauer reaches the same timeline in just a few minutes of video using just four points. I didn’t use the latter two, but they are good ones. You might start there.]

Back Next Chapter 2, Part 1 Preview: Did Yeshua (Jesus) abolish the Passover during His Last Supper before He suffered, or did He add tremendous additional solemnity to an already important historical event? Had He intended to cause a single jot or tittle to pass from the Torah (Law), wouldn’t He have said so? The situation is like the Sabbath issue—if He had intended to change the Sabbath from the 7th day to the 1st day, one of the basic 10 Commandments, wouldn’t He have mentioned it? The “Lord’s Supper” is spiritual preparation for the Passover! Tragically, most Christians “prepare” for various aberrations of the Passover, but don’t actually celebrate the Passover. Judaism, on the other hand, celebrates the Passover, but is not spiritually prepared because they reject the Lamb!

Yeshua’s Supper is all about Yeshua becoming our Passover. While He fulfilled all of the mysterious types portrayed in the Torah, the real story is found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, John etc. The Passover celebration (the next evening) is still primarily about the Exodus from Egypt—the book of Exodus. But the Passover of the near future will be about the little understood but literally earth shaking events associated with the Exodus from the North Country (Jeremiah 23:8)!

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1 Corinthians 5:7 Clean out your old leaven so that you can be a new batch of dough, as you are unleavened. The Messiah, our Passover, was offered in our place. —The Gabriel Bible

Has Passover changed?

Matthew 5:18 I am certain that until Heaven and Earth go away [2], not one yod [3] or one point [4] will ‘disappear’ from the Torah until everything comes to pass. [5]

 

[2] I saw a New Heaven and a New Earth, because the first Heaven and the first earth had gone... (Revelation 21:1) [3] “Yoth” is the smallest letter in both the Aramaic and Hebrew alphabets. “Biblical Greek” has no small letters. [4] “Point” is how the (Aramaic) Etheridge version renders this, as in a vowel point, serif or even, as in this case a dot! [5] The primary meaning of “ginomai” means “to come into existence”, it can also mean, “comes to pass”. That would be in agreement with Acts 3:21 in the original texts—the Aramaic.

It was not until during my thirty-fourth commemoration of the “Passover”, in 2006, that I realized that I had not—at least not technically—ever celebrated the Passover! As I read Ezekiel’s account (45:21) of the future Passover observance in the millennium—without mention of a “Lord’s Supper”, I suddenly realized that the original Passover will be intact even then! A flood of Bible verses started coming to mind. While I was aware of the inaccuracy of calling the Passover the “Lord’s Supper” or “communion” or “Eucharist”—because all of the symbols are different and the timing is different, I still held to the opinion that I had been taught that the Supper that Yeshua celebrated with His disciples somehow replaced the “Old Testament” Passover.

Jeremiah 31-34:31 The time is coming, says Yehovah [Jehovah], when I’ll enact a New marriage Covenant with the ‘household’ of Israel and the ‘household’ of Judah. 32 It won’t be like the marriage Covenant that I made with their ancestors during the time when I took them by the hand and led them out of the land of Egypt, since they broke My Covenant, tho I was their Husband, says Yehovah. 33 In this marriage Covenant that I’ll make with the ‘nation’ of Israel after those days, says Yehovah, I’ll put My Torah in the very seat of their thoughts and emotions, and I’ll write it into their minds [hearts]. I’ll be their Elohim [God], and they’ll be My people. 34 People will no longer teach their neighbors or their relatives, by asking, ‘Do you know Yehovah’ [the Lord], because they’ll all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says Yehovah. I’ll forgive their wickedness, and I’ll never again remember their sins.

I use the far less common term “Yeshua’s Supper”, instead of the “Lord’s Supper” or “communion”, because it doesn’t carry with it so many superfluous notions that have been added by others.

Interestingly, in the Greek based versions, the only reference to the “Lord’s Supper” says that the meal is NOT the “Lord’s Supper”, because of their carousing:

1 Corinthians 11:20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is NOT to eat the Lord’s supper. KJV

The Aramaic translates more like this:

1 Corinthians 11:20 When you gather together, you eat and drink inappropriately for the Messiah’s Day.

The merging of Passover and the “Lord’s Supper” traces back to the Catholic Church, if not further back:

“St. Augustine has said that Our Lord held himself in his own hands and commenced the sacrifice of the New Covenant Passover as He was transforming the old.”

“The understanding in the Catholic Church is that the gifts (bread and wine) are consecrated during the Words of Institution amid the Canon of the Mass. In the western or Latin Church, the consecration is emphasized as being the Divine action in and through the Words of Institution, by which verba a priest is said to act ‘in persona Christi’ (in the person of Christ) as the physical and personal instrument through which Christ is present and acting.”

But the Church of the East has always used leavened bread for the Lord’s Supper, distinguishing it from the Passover. For the first eight centuries everyone did:

“CATHOLIC SCHOLARS SAY THAT THE CHURCH OF ROME USED LEAVENED BREAD for the first 800 and more years.

“The change to unleavened bread in Rome took place towards the end of the first millennium.

“Fr. Joseph Jungman — in his The Mass of the Roman Rite — states that:

“In the West, various ordinances appeared from the ninth century on, all demanding the exclusive use of unleavened bread for the Eucharist. A growing solicitude for the Blessed Sacrament and a desire to employ only the best and whitest bread, along with various scriptural considerations — all favored this development.

“Still, the new custom did not come into exclusive vogue until the middle of the eleventh century. Particularly in Rome it was not universally accepted till after the general infiltration of various usages from the North" [Rome itself, conservative as always, did not change to unleavened bread until a few decades after the schism.]— Joseph Jungman, The Mass of the Roman Rite, volume II, pages 33-34—Catholic Answers

So the origin of the Protestant usage of using unleavened bread at the Lord’s Supper, blending it with the Passover symbolism, is simply another example of their following the traditions of the Catholic Church, instead of relying on the Biblical example.

Does “breaking bread” mean eating unleavened bread? Actually the phrase was and still means to just share a meal—the bread is optional:

Jeremiah 16:7 In the first instance of “breaking bread” in the Bible, the word “bread” is assumed and added. It has to do with a funeral.

Lamentations 4:4 The next “breaking bread” has to do with feeding hungry childre.n

Luke 24:30,35 This one is at Yeshua’s Supper (a real meal, not tokens).

Acts 2:42 This time it was the continual shared meals among the disciples.

Acts 20:7,11 Same here and here.

1 Corinthians 10:16 Here is another instance of Yeshua’s Supper.

The point of this chapter and the next one is to differentiate “Yeshua’s Supper” from the Passover (an UNleavened event: Exodus 12:14-15), and to show that BOTH should be celebrated (observed)!

For reference sake, notice that in Luke 22:1 & 7 that the terms Unleavened Bread and Passover are frequently used interchangeably. The actual Passover zebak (sacrifice) took place just prior to the “seven days” in “preparation” for them, but the custom was to refer to the entire eight day period as Passover. We’ll soon see how eight days are involved.

Leviticus 23:5-8 Yehovah’s Passover begins at sunset on the fourteenth day of the first month. 6 On the fifteenth day of the same month [lunation] is Yehovah’s Feast of Unleavened Bread. For seven days you must eat unleavened bread. 7 On the first day you must hold a kadosh public assembly. You must not do any regular work. 8 For seven days you must present offerings to Yehovah made by fire. On the seventh day [Aviv 21] hold a kadosh public assembly. Don’t do any regular work.

There is a great debate over this simple passage. Long story short, the Passover lamb (whether a sheep or a goat, Exodus 12:5) was killed at the end of the 14th by sundown (Exodus 12:6), and then eaten after sundown (the 15th). This is where he terminology gets tricky. The 14th, when the lamb is killed is considered “The Day of Unleavened Bread”.

Luke 22:1 & 7 The Feast of Unleavened Bread that is called the Passover was approaching. ... 7 The Day of Unleavened Bread arrived when it was necessary to kill the Passover lamb.

Consider this passage from Exodus and then ask yourself if we can assume that Yeshua changed the Passover. Did He replace the Passover, or did he create a separate observance to explain the now contemporary significance of the Passover that He wouldn’t live to celebrate with His disciples?

Exodus 12:14 This day will serve as a memorial. You must celebrate it as a Pilgrimage Feast to Yehovah as a Pilgrimage Feast, a perpetual ordinance.

Yeshua became our Passover Lamb. Hours before His death on the cross, and minutes before His arrest, He carefully explained to the disciples the purpose of His death that was about to occur on the FOLLOWING EVENING—ON Passover! As usual, they didn’t grasp the seriousness of the events taking place before their very eyes. So He explained the certainty of His death at His last meal with His disciples, just prior to His death, telling them that the flesh of the Passover Lamb actually typified His slain body. Then, just hours after His resurrection, He explained the significance of His resurrection to them, because they hadn’t gotten that either. None of His followers awaited His resurrection at the garden tomb. Only His enemies “awaited” that event!

Note that the Passover lamb was eaten during the “Feast”, tho it was killed immediately prior to the Feast. The Passover lamb was killed on the 14th, tho it was not a part of the Feast Day, since it only pertains to the event that evening.

Exodus 34:25 You must not offer the blood of My ze’bak [sacrifice] with leavened bread, and none of the ‘meat’ of the Feast of the Passover can be kept until morning.

In ancient Israel a person would have been banished (at best) from the nation if they ate leavened bread during “Passover” (Feast of Unleavened Bread):

Exodus 12:15 ‘You must eat unleavened bread for seven days. On the first day [Preparation day] you must remove the leaven from your houses, because anyone who eats anything leavened from the first day until the seventh day will be ‘banished’ from Israel.

In Ezekiel’s prophecy, Passover and Unleavened Bread go together.

Ezekiel 45:21 On the fourteenth day of the first month the celebration of the Passover occurs, a feast lasting seven days when unleavened bread is eaten.

Because Yeshua’s Supper precedes the Passover, Yeshua served ordinary leavened bread!

Leavened Bread at Yeshua’s Supper!

When Yeshua said that He was “the Bread of Life” in John 6, He was referring (4 times) to ordinary leavened bread (Greek: artos, Aramaic: lakhma)!

John 6:51, 53-54 I’m the Bread [artos] of Life who has come down from Heaven, if anyone eats this bread they’ll live forever. The bread that I will give is My body, that I will give for the Life of the world.” ... 53 Yeshua told them, “I tell you with absolute certainty that unless you eat the body of the Human Son and drink His blood, you have no Life within you, 54 but anyone who eats My body and drinks My blood has eternal Life, and I’ll raise them from the dead on the Last Day.

There is a special term in Greek for unleavened bread. It is used 11 times in the Greek (“NT”) Texts. It’s called “azumos”, and it always specifies the bread commanded to be eaten during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

The Greek “artos” and the Aramaic “lakhma” consistently refer to leavened bread in connection to Yeshua’s Supper.

[2014: On a Google search I found a book that lists “50 reasons the Last Supper was not the Passover”. Scroll up a little to page 428.]

In the Hebrew Mats-tsaw’, “unleavened bread”, would have been sweet. However leavened bread is sour by comparison, because the yeast creates a fermented “sourdough bread”:

Further, in the Strong’s Hebrew and Greek lexicons (dictionaries) it emphasizes that unleavened bread is sweet. “Sweet” or “sweetness” is used three times in the definition!

[What is Leaven?]

Yet when Yeshua described the bread that He used at His Last Supper, He used the generic term “artos”, a word that is used 71 times for ordinary leavened bread in the Greek Testimony of Yeshua (New Testament), 25 additional times it’s ‘loaf’ or ‘loaves’ (have you ever seen a loaf of matzos?) and once it’s ‘meal’. Yeshua is the leavened (artos) Bread of Life (John 6:35)! Matthew, Mark and Luke all agree that the bread was artos. In every instance where they speak of the bread of Yeshua’s last supper they use the term for ordinary bread: artos. They never specify unleavened bread: adzumos. In this new institution Yeshua didn’t specify unleavened bread. So use what Yeshua did if you like. I prefer leavened bread, so as not to celebrate an “eighth day” of Unleavened Bread.

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However as soon as the Feast begins we must be eating UNleavened bread:

“Matzo has a special way it is made now. It has stripes that look like bruises and is pierced thru. The Rabbi's reason for this is to make the bread cook fast, from start to finish in 18 minutes actually. Eighteen minutes is supposedly the amount of time it takes to prepare and cook it in a manor that will keep all yeast out. What they don't seem to realize is that they have created the perfect symbolism that God initiated long ago.

“Jesus was beaten and bruised and pierced for our sins. He was and is the only sinless person on this planet and His body is represented by the matzo. Even in modern day Judaism they can't get away from God's plan of redemption: Link

“Artos” is the equivalent of “bread” in English. It does not specify if it is unleavened or leavened. When specificity is required “azumos” leaves no doubts.

Possibly there was a symbolic purpose for the use of ordinary (leavened) bread during Yeshua’s Supper, since He was about to take on Himself all of the sins of the world. But how could it be proved that unleavened bread was an issue during this meal, any more than it is an issue in the other 96 places it is used. However, leaven when used symbolically can represent sin, as in the Parable of the leaven!

Because there are four places where the KJV uses “shewbread” (a.k.a. “showbread” or better yet “show bread”) where the Greek word is still “artos”, I decided to see if show bread is ever referred to as unleavened—Scripturally. Of the 18 chapters in the Hebrew Scriptures where “show bread” is used, only one of them also contains the word “unleavened”, and this reference distinguishes “show bread” from “unleavened wafers”—wafers being defined as “thin cakes”: 1 Chronicles 23:29.

Hebrew, like Greek, has a distinct word for ordinary bread and another for leavened bread. I found that, contrary to numerous commentaries, the Bible never says that show bread is leavened. The Scriptures call it “lechem”—ordinary bread. The word for “unleavened bread” is “matzah”. Matzah is never used to describe show bread! If Yehovah had wanted show bread to be made of the lesser used unleavened bread, He certainly would have mentioned it. It’s astonishing how so many assumptions are routinely passed around as facts with near unanimity. Tradition. Tradition!

This is not a lone use of leavened bread. On the Day of Pentecost, Yehovah said:

Leviticus 23:17 Bring from your homes two loaves of bread, made of two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour, for a wave offering. Bake them with leavening, as the first harvest [firstfruits] for Yehovah. 18 Present with the bread seven perfectly sound one-year-old lambs, one young bull, and two rams as burnt offering to Yehovah, along with their grain offering, and their liquid offerings. They will be ze’bakim [sacrifices], a soothing aroma to Yehovah.

Historically, the Jews used both leavened bread and unleavened for show bread during different time periods. During the time of Josephus, a contemporary of the first century assembly (church) they used unleavened bread, tho in the Testimony of Yeshua (NT) Matthew (12:4), Mark (2:26), Luke (6:4) and Hebrews (9:2) call the show bread ordinary artos.

Both the “show bread” and the two loaves of bread used on Pentecost were double sized loaves of bread. An ordinary meal offering was half the size (Numbers 15:4-5). The two loaves of leavened bread used on Pentecost are the same size as the show bread loaves —“two tenths of an ephah” (Leviticus 23:17). Show bread is a loaf, nothing like a “cracker”. The Hebrew word “challah” is the same word used for the bread my wife often bakes for use on the Sabbath, the traditional loaf of leavened challah bread.

The Hebrew word challah, translated as cake or loaf, is used in Leviticus 24:5 to describe the twelve loaves of show bread that were arranged “in two rows, six in each row, on the pure gold table before Yehovah.”

The Real Passover?

Many (Sabbatarian) “Churches of God” teach that the Jews didn’t know when the Passover was in the first century—that they were celebrating the wrong day—and that Yeshua kept the “real” Passover with His disciples! They believe that when He was crucified, a day later, it was a false Jewish Passover! Yet for Israel, during the Exodus Passover, the Passover was prepared toward the end of the 14th of Aviv and was eaten early on the 15th. Yeshua’s Supper was eaten the evening prior to the Feast of Unleavened Bread, nearly 24 hours prior to that. These Churches of God find it more palatable to “move” the Passover date than to acknowledge the new institution!

Yeshua didn’t have a problem with the date when He was twelve. Perhaps the COG’s think He was too young to have known better:

Luke 2:41-42 His relatives went up to Jerusalem every year for the Feast of the Passover. 42 When He was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast as prescribed by the Torah.

During the Exodus Passover, the offering was prepared toward the end of the 14th of Aviv (Preparation Day) and was eaten on the 15th. Yeshua’s Supper was eaten the evening prior to the Feast of Unleavened Bread, nearly a full day prior to that. This misconception concerning the timing results in their using unleavened bread at Yeshua’s Supper, and that results in their insisting on being unleavened for part of eight days. Strangely, the Churches of God then eat leavened bread the next day until sundown!

Again noting the exact seven day duration of the Feast, also note that “the first day” is when you should get the leaven out. Upon first glance, it appears that a person should wait until the Feast has already begun: “the first day” before removing the leaven from their homes.

Exodus 12:15 ‘You’ll eat unleavened bread for seven days. On the first day [Preparation day] you’ll remove the leaven from your houses, because anyone who eats anything leavened from the first day until the seventh day will be ‘banished’ from Israel.

On this “first day” work MUST be done. But now notice “the first day” mentioned again in the next verse!

Exodus 12:16 On the first day you must have a kadosh [holy] assembly, and on the seventh day another kadosh assembly. NO WORK will be done on those days, other than making your meals. That’s all you can do!

The “first day” in verse 15 is actually a reference to the Preparation Day. It’s the day when all of the WORK necessary for the First day of the Feast was done, especially slaying and preparing the Passover lamb for eating after sundown. So Preparation Day is the first day of the “Passover Season”, but not the first day of the Feast! More on this later.

Leviticus 23:5-6 Yehovah’s Passover begins at sunset on the fourteenth day of the first month. 6 On the fifteenth day of the same month [lunation] is Yehovah’s Feast of Unleavened Bread. For seven days you must eat unleavened bread.

Numbers 28:17 There is a Feast on the fifteenth day of this month. For seven days the bread you eat must be unleavened.

Twelve other Scriptures mention that Unleavened Bread lasts “seven days”! Had part of an eighth day been necessary, certainly we would have been instructed about it in one of the 13 accounts! Furthermore, the symbolism is different. In the Exodus Passover, unleavened bread and a lamb were used. While the lamb was slain late [not early] on the 14th of Aviv, it was eaten early on the 15th—the beginning of the First Feast Day of Unleavened Bread. The unleavened bread represented the hurried preparation that the bread was made in. Sadly, it parallels the hurried manner that Yeshua was killed in, prior to the Feast Day by the Jews, so as not to “defile” the day.

In the sect that I was a member of for many years, they explained that the “actual Old Testament Passover” took place during the time that Yeshua was explaining the symbols of the bread and the wine during His Last Supper. For years Yeshua’s enemies looked for an excuse to kill Him. Certainly if He had been observing a different Passover than the Jews, they would have had their issue!

While it is not a sin to use unleavened bread at Yeshua’s Supper, it is interesting that two billion people assume that it is essential!

Yeshua didn’t eat that final Passover with His disciples “by any means”!

What did Yeshua mean when He said to His disciples “I had really wanted to eat this Passover with you before I suffer”? Should we assume that He was saying that He wanted to celebrate this Supper with them, and that He was calling that Supper “this Passover” and that after that “last Passover supper” He would not celebrate another one for a long time? No, that is not what He meant. Just prior to His arrest, Yeshua clearly stated that He would not eat a Passover with them “by any means” until the Everlasting Kingdom is established!

Luke 22:13-16 They went and found it just as He had told them, and they got everything ready for the Passover. 14 When it was time to eat, Yeshua came and reclined at the table, along with His twelve envoys. 15 He told them, “I had really wanted to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 But I tell you, “From now on I WILL NOT BY ANY MEANS EAT IT until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of YHVH [Yehovah].”

The KJV says “I will not anymore eat thereof” instead of, “I will no longer BY ANY MEANS eat”.

The literal Greek wording is: “I say for to you that NEVER IN ANY WAY I eat of it, until when it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.” —The Interlinear Scriptures

Couldn’t it be that Yeshua simply meant that He wished that He could remain alive to celebrate this particularly crucial Passover with His disciples, as He had done all of His life? Did He want to BE the Passover or did He “earnestly desire” to eat it with His disciples? According to Mark, it is apparent that He had hoped for an alternative solution to atone for the sins of humanity. Had He actually eaten that Passover with them, it would have been because the alternative outcome that He had prayed for had occurred. Notice what He said even after the Supper:

Mark 14:35-36 He went on a little farther, and fell to the ground and prayed that if it were possible the hour could pass from Him. 36 He said, “Father, My Father! You can do anything. Cause this cup to pass from Me. Yet not My will, but Yours.”

Think about it. Would Yeshua have symbolically eaten His own flesh?

The fact that the disciples were all gathered together in an upper room in advance of the Passover in no way implies that they were preparing for an “early Passover celebration”. In fact every indication is that the room was reserved for not only the Preparation Day, but also for the entire Feast of Unleavened Bread. That would also explain why they were all assembled together on the eighth day following that fateful supper, in the same room. They were celebrating the Seventh Day of Unleavened Bread, according to the statute (Leviticus 23:8)!

John 20:18-28 Then Mary Magdalene went and told the disciples that she had seen the Master, and told them what He had said to her. 19 On the evening of the First of the Sabbaths, the disciples were meeting behind locked doors, because they were afraid of the Jews. Yeshua appeared standing among them and said, “Peace be with you”. 20 After saying this, He showed them His hands and His side. The disciples were elated when they saw the Master. 21 Yeshua said to them again, “Peace be with you. I’m sending you in the same way that My Father sent Me.” 22 After He said these things, He breathed on them and said, “Receive the kadosh [holy] spirit. 23 If you disregard anyone’s sins, their sins will be disregarded, but if you retain anyone’s sins, yours will also be retained.” 24 But Thomas, one of the twelve who was called the Twin, wasn’t with them when Yeshua came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen our Master”, but he replied, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my fingers into them, and touch His side with my hand, I won’t believe it.” 26 After eight days the disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Yeshua came in, even tho the doors were locked, and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you”. 27 Then He told Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at My hands, and reach out your hand and put it into My side, don’t be an unbeliever, be a believer!” 28 Thomas replied, “My Master and my Aloha [God]!

It should not be surprising that Yeshua made an appearance on the Seventh Day of Unleavened Bread. He actually appeared a total of 7 times following His resurrection—all on significant days. Four of those appearances were on the Wave Sheaf Day:

(1) to the women before appearing before His Father
(2) to the women after appearing before His Father
(3) on the road to Emmaus
(4) the same day in Jerusalem as evening approached.
(5) on the Seventh Day of Unleavened Bread when Thomas was there.
(6) in Galilee by the Sea of Tiberias on Pentecost
(7) on a mountain in Galilee on the Day of Pentecost

Many Bible versions would have you believe that the disciples were staying in their own homes during the Feast of Unleavened Bread:

I checked the NKJV; ASV; BBE; DBY; KJV; the WBS and the GBY, and they all say that they went to their “own home”; “homes” or “houses”.

Of those I checked, only a couple of “literal” translations had an acceptable translation:

John 20:10 The disciples therefore went away again unto their own friends... YLT

Surprisingly, despite all of the copycatting, the Greek word translated as “homes” has absolutely nothing remotely to do with homes!

Again, it should read:

John 20:10 “went away Then again to themselves the disciples”. —The Interlinear (Green)

They were actually celebrating the entire Feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover) together, just as Yeshua had done as a child:

Luke 2:41-43 His relatives went up to Jerusalem every year for the Feast of the Passover. 42 When He was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast as prescribed by the Torah. 43 After staying the full number of days they returned, but the Child Yeshua remained in Jerusalem, and Joseph and His mother were unaware of it,

As the Passover event drew near, early on the 14th, Peter and John were preparing for a typical Passover!

Luke 22:7-13 The Day of Unleavened Bread arrived when it was necessary to offer the Passover lamb offering. 8 Yeshua sent Cephas and John, and told them, “Go and prepare the Passover for eating.” 9 They asked Him, “Where should we prepare for it?” 10 He told them, “When you enter the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water. Follow him into the house he enters. 12 Then he will show you a large furnished upper room. Make preparations there. 13 They went and found it just as He had told them, and they got everything ready for the Passover.

Notice that even while the Last Supper was taking place, the disciples understood that it was time to “prepare” for the Passover. They believed that Judas was still out buying “something necessary for the Feast” DURING the Supper, so the Feast Day certainly hadn’t started yet!

John 13:25-30 Then that disciple leaned on Yeshua’s chest, and asked Him, “Master, who is it?” 26 Yeshua answered, “He’s the one that I will give this bread to once I’ve dipped it.” Then Yeshua dipped the bread, and gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 27 After taking the bread, Satan entered into him, and Yeshua told him, “What you’re about to do, do quickly.” 28 But no one else at the table knew why He told him that. 29 Some of them thought that, since Judas had the money box, that Yeshua was telling him to buy what they needed for the Feast, or that he should give something to the poor. 30 Judas took the piece of bread and immediately left the house. It was night when he left.

John recounted that the Supper was before the Passover:

John 13:1-2 Before the Feast of the Passover, Yeshua knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world and return to His Father. He loved His own people who were in the world, and He loved them to the end. 2 During supper, Satan had already put the idea to betray Him into the mind of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

Believing that Judas was simply preparing for the Passover would have been a logical supposition. The Passover Feast was going to take place the following evening.

After all, all of Israel was preparing for the Passover—it was “Preparation Day”!

In fact all four references in the Testimony of Yeshua (NT) to Preparation Day refer to the day before the First Feast Day of Unleavened Bread (never to a weekly Sabbath)! If it were not the “real” Preparation, certainly Mark or John would have said so!

Mark 15:42-43 It was the evening of the Preparation Day that precedes the annual Sabbath, 43 Joseph of Arimathaea, a highly respected member of the Sanhedrin, who himself anticipated the Kingdom of YHVH, boldly went to Pilate and requested Yeshua’s body.

John 19:14 It was the Preparation Day for the Passover, and it was about the sixth hour [noon]. He told the Jews, “Look, your King”.

John 19:31 Because it was the Preparation Day, the Jews said, “These bodies must not remain all night on crosses, because the Sabbath was approaching and that particular Sabbath was a ‘special[megas] Day.” So they asked Pilate if they could break the legs of those crucified and take them down.

John 19:42 They put Yeshua in there since the Annual Sabbath was about to begin [2], and because the tomb was nearby.

[2] The Greek says, “because the Jews’ Preparation, which would mean the same thing if “Day was ending” is implied immediately afterward.

To recap, it is evident that all during the Preparation Day and right up until the Supper had begun, the disciples still didn’t grasp that Yeshua would be dead by the next evening! Had He been perfectly blunt about telling them, perhaps they would not have been able to cope with His final instructions. So He simply chose to allow them to prepare to eat the Passover Feast as usual. After they had gotten rid of the leaven in the room and made the other preparations, He then began to break the news to them, but obviously not in a way that was sufficiently disturbing to keep them awake! (Mark 14:37)

Preparing the Lamb

Preparing for the Passover involved roasting a lamb in the Temple.

2 Chronicles 35:4-6 Prepare yourselves by your paternal household divisions, according to the records of King David of Israel, and the records of his son Solomon. 5 Stand in the Kadosh Place according to the paternal household divisions of your relatives, the Israelite people, accompanied by a division of Levites with each paternal household. 6 Slaughter the Passover lambs, and purify yourselves, and prepare them for your relatives, according to the Word of Yehovah thru Moses.

In chapter 29, Part 2, I showed that “the Angel of the Lord” (The Messenger of Yehovah) in the Hebrew Scriptures is always the One who became Yeshua. With that in mind, it was Yeshua who called to Abraham from heaven and replaced his son Isaac with a ram!

Genesis 22:11-13 The Messenger of Yehovah called to him from heaven, “Abraham, Abraham!” He replied, “I’m here.” 12 He said, “Don’t lay a hand on the boy, or do anything to him, because now I know that you fear Elohim [Father], seeing that you haven’t withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” 13 Abraham ‘looked up’ and saw that behind him was a ram caught by his horns in the thicket! Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up as a burnt offering instead of his son.

The irony is that this same Yeshua later had to replace the Passover rams with Himself!

For now we no longer need to prepare a lamb as ze’bakim [sacrifices]. Yet for Israelites AND THEIR NEIGHBORS living into the Kingdom of Elohim (God) they will apparently need remedial training. They must start from scratch:

Zechariah 14:15-21 A similar plague will strike the horses and mules, the camels and donkeys, and all the cattle in those camps. 16 Then everyone who is left behind [survives] from all the nations that ‘attacked’ Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, Yehovah the Commander, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. 17 When that time comes, if any of the clans of the earth won’t come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, Yehovah the Commander, there will be no rain for them. 18 If the people of Egypt don’t show up, they won’t get any rain. This is the plague that Yehovah will strike the nations with that don’t go up and celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. 19 This will be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of any other nation that doesn’t go up to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. 20 When that day comes it will say on the bells of the horses “Kadosh to Yehovah.” And the pots [for offerings] in Yehovah’s Temple will be like the bowls before the altar. 21 Yes, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah will be kadosh to Yehovah the Commander, and everyone who offers a ze’bak [sacrifice] will come and take one of them, and cook in them. When that day comes there will no longer be a Canaanite in Yehovah the ‘Warrior’ King’s Temple.

Ezekiel chapters 40 thru 48, nine fully prophetic chapters, describes the organizational structure of the coming Third Temple in the Kingdom of Elohim with no mention of a later cessation. Chapters 44-46, particularly pertain to the revived offerings. The context flows smoothly into chapter 47 with a detailed description of the “river of water of life” that John further described in Revelation 22:1-2. From there the prophecy ends with chapter 48 detailing the redistribution of the Middle East back into the hands of all of the tribes of Israel. But that is another story. For now I will simply point out some astonishing yet to be fulfilled prophecies concerning “My appointed Feasts” that most people wish could be interpreted as historic because it goes against their entire theology:

Ezekiel 44:1-24 Then he brought me back to the outer gate of the Kadosh Place that faces east, and it was shut. 2 Yehovah told me, “This gate must remain closed, it won’t be opened. No one will enter thru it, because Yehovah, the Elohim of Israel, has entered thru it, so it will remain shut. 3 As for the prince, he’ll sit there as leader eating food in Yehovah’s presence. He’ll come in thru the entrance hall and leave the same way.” 4 Then He brought me in thru the north gate to the front of the Temple. I looked around and saw the splendor of Yehovah filling the Temple of Yehovah, and I fell face down. 5 Yehovah told me, “Human son, carefully notice what you see with your eyes and hear with your ears, everything that I reveal to you about the statutes of the Temple of Yehovah, and all its laws. Particularly notice the entrance to the Temple and all the exits of the Temple. 6 Tell the rebellious ‘nation’ of Israel, ‘The Sovereign Yehovah says: O ‘nation’ of Israel, enough of all your abominations! 7 You’ve brought in foreigners, with uncircumcised minds and uncircumcised flesh into My Kadosh Place, violating the honor of My very Temple, by your offering My bread, the fat and the blood. You’ve broken My covenant, in addition to all your other abominations. 8 You haven’t carried out your duty regarding My kadosh things, instead you’ve put foreigners in charge of My Kadosh Place. 9 The Sovereign Yehovah says: No foreigner with an uncircumcised mindset and uncircumcised flesh will enter My Temple, including foreigners who live in Israel. 10 The Levites who strayed far from Me when Israel went astray, who strayed from Me prefering their idols, will bear the consequences of their sins. 11 Yet they’ll be ministers in My Kadosh Place, and have oversight at the gates of the Temple, and serve in the Temple. They’ll slay the burnt offering and zebakim for the people, and they’ll stand before them and serve them. 12 Because they served the people standing in front of their idols, and caused the ‘nation’ of Israel to ‘falter’, I’ve sworn that they’ll bear the consequences of their wickedness, declares the Sovereign Yehovah. 13 They are not to approach Me serving as My priests, or get near any of My kadosh things, or My most kadosh things. They must bear the shame of the abominations that they’ve committed. 14 Yet I will entrust them to perform the other duties of the Temple, all its maintenance work, and everything else that needs to be done there. 15 But the Levitical priests, the descendants of Zadok who continued to perform the duties of My Kadosh Place when the Israelites strayed from Me, will approach Me and serve Me, and stand in My presence and offer Me the fat and the blood, says the Sovereign Yehovah. 16 They alone can enter My Kadosh Place, approach My table to serve Me, and perform My requirements. 17 When they enter the gates of the inner courtyard, they must be wearing linen clothing. They must not wear wool clothing while serving within the gates of the inner courtyard or inside the Temple. 18 They must wear linen turbans on their heads, and linen undergarments around their waists, they must not wear anything that causes sweat. 19 When they go out to the outer court, the public outer court, they must take off the clothing that they served in, and lay them in the kadosh chambers, and wear other clothing, so that they don’t make anyone kadosh with their clothing. 20 They must not shave their heads or let their hair grow too long, but they must trim the hair on their heads. 21 The priests must never drink wine before entering the inner courtyard. 22 They must not marry widows or women who have been divorced, they can only marry virgins descended from the ‘nation’ of Israel, or a widow who is the widow of a priest. 23 They must teach My people the difference between kadosh things and what is common, and show them how to distinguish between the unclean and the clean. 24 In a dispute the priests will serve as judges, and they’ll adjudicate according to My ordinances. They’ll obey My Torah, and My statutes in all My appointed Feasts, and regard My Sabbaths.

Most people believe that the above is historic. I believe it to be cause and effect within our own generation.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch:

The “Lord’s Supper” or Yeshua’s Supper is spiritual Preparation for the Passover! Again, it’s tragic that Christians “prepare” for the Passover, but don’t actually celebrate the Passover, while Judaism, celebrates the Passover, spiritually unprepared because they reject the Lamb!

Yet unlike the Passover, Yeshua’s Supper is temporary in nature!

1 Corinthians 11:26 As often as you eat this bread and drink from this cup, you commemorate the death of our Master UNTIL He returns. [5]

[5] While the “Lord’s Supper” will not be commemorated after He returns, the Passover will be celebrated, as prophesied in Ezekiel 45:21, a millennial reign chapter, as will the Feast of Tabernacles, as prophesied in the very evident millennial chapter of Zechariah 14, verses 16-21 in particular.

So we should be celebrating Yeshua’s Supper, followed by the Passover Feast the next evening that initiates the seven Feast of Unleavened Bread “UNTIL He returns”:

1 Corinthians 5:6-8 Your bragging isn’t good. Don’t you know that a little leaven leavens the whole batch of dough? 7 Clean out your old leaven so that you can be a new batch of dough, as you are unleavened. The Messiah, our Passover, was offered in our place. 8 So let’s celebrate the Feast, not with the old leaven or with the leaven of wickedness and bitterness, but with the unleavened bread of purity and dedication.

Yeshua couldn’t really be our Passover offering if He had been killed on the wrong day. If He had died at any other time He would not have been offered according to Yehovah’s plan—He would not have been offered as our Passover!

You are not to allow anyone to judge you concerning Father’s Feast Days. Today even “the body of Messiah” is not reliably competent, much of the time, to make sound judgments concerning the things of our Father. One thing is certain—the Feast Days have never been “shadows of” a near miss!

Colossians 2:16-17 So don’t allow anyone to pronounce judgments against you about eating and drinking, or about various aspects of the Feast days, new moons and Sabbaths 17 that foreshadow things in the future, except for the body of the Messiah [6].

[6] Virtually every version tampers with the simple text here that explains that only the true “body of the Messiah” has any business counseling you in regard to these Torah issues! Check an interlinear for the uncorrupted truth.

Yeshua is not our “Lord’s Supper” and He is not our Easter. If Passover had been phased out, Paul would have said so. Instead we see him verifying that Yeshua is still “our Passover”!

If your Bible mentions Easter then you are reading a King James version—specifically Acts 12:4. It is ludicrous to assume that King Herod stopped killing the kadishea (saints) long enough to celebrate Easter! The context in this disputed verse unmistakably shows that Herod was busy killing the kadishea! Only the KJV uses the word Easter, that should have been translated as “Passover” (Greek: Pascha), as it is in all 28 other passages. The James boys were under great pressure from the King to change a few things. It would however make perfect sense for Herod not to have wanted to offend the large Jewish population—it was his job to keep them peaceful under Roman control. That is why he gave them Yeshua, the “innocent man” to crucify. If anything, had Yeshua’s followers been celebrating Easter (they were not) there would have been even greater persecution on that day. Having religious strife between the Jews and Yeshua’s followers was not in the interest of the Roman occupation. That’s why the Roman soldiers were told to deny the resurrection! It is surprising the number of ‘websters’ trying to defend the KJV use of Easter!

It is a special opportunity for those of us who believe, but have not seen the many miracles that our predecessors did in the wilderness or during the days that Yeshua visibly walked the earth.

John 20:29-31 Yeshua told him, “Because you’ve seen Me you believe. Blessed are those who haven’t seen Me, and believe.” 30 Yeshua did many other miraculous signs in the presence of His disciples that aren’t recorded in this small book, 31 but these have been recorded so that you’ll believe that Yeshua is the Messiah, YHVH’s Son, and that by believing you’ll have eternal Life in His name.

“not My will”

We know that Yeshua wanted for that “cup” to be removed from Him, yet His prayer was: “not My will but Yours”. With that in mind, He had earnestly desired to eat the Passover with His disciples rather than BE the Passover. Even during the early part of the Preparation Day for the Passover, Yeshua was still optimistic that He would somehow be spared at the last second. Even as Judas was plotting to betray Him He still had hope. That all changed “when it was evening”. Father had undoubtedly spoken to Him only shortly before the “Lord’s Supper”. It was only then that He was able to say “most certainly”, or definitely, that He would be put to death.

Here is the chronology, from Mark’s account, moving from His having some hope that He would “eat” the Passover, until the evening when He knew that He “was” the Passover:

Mark 14:10-18 Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the high priests in order to betray Yeshua to them. 11 When they heard this they were thrilled, and they promised to pay him off. So he began looking for an opportunity to betray Him. 12 On the First Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Jews zebak the Passover, His disciples asked Him, “Where do You want us to go and prepare for You to eat the Passover?” 13 He sent two of His disciples and told them, “Go to the city, and you’ll meet a man carrying a water jug. Follow him. 14 When he goes into a house, tell the owner of the house that our Rabbi asks, ‘Where is My banquet room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples’? 15 Then he will show you a large room upstairs, furnished with seating and available. Make preparations for us there.” 16 His disciples left and went into the city, and found things just as He had told them, and they prepared the Passover. 17 When it was evening, He arrived with the twelve. 18 As they were eating, Yeshua said, “I am certain that one of you eating with Me will betray Me.”

In verse 14 it appears to me that Yeshua was deliberately being vague with His words concerning whether or not He would be there. Very shortly afterward there was no doubt—He was to be the Passover rather than eat it.

What About Matthew 26:18?

The following verse is a seeming contradiction. But there are two deliberate alterations in most English translations. These alterations are easy to verify using a lexicon of the Byzantine/Majority text base, such as Green’s The Interlinear Scriptures. However, the Alexandrian text base, generally more unreliable, also does not have Yeshua eating the Passover. These mistranslations are not a case of the translators choosing English terms that are not quite the equivalent of the Greek. They are falsifications—one a deletion and the other an addition!

Matthew 26:18 Say to him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; [omission] I will keep the Passover ‘at thy house’ [addition] with my disciples. KJV

There is a curse for omissions and additions!

Revelation 22:18-19 I testify to everyone who hears the words of prophecy in this small book [4a]: if anyone adds to them, YHVH will ADD to them the catastrophes [plagues] that are described in this small book [5]. 19 If anyone takes words out of the book containing this prophecy [4b], YHVH will TAKE AWAY their destiny from the Tree of Life and from the kadosh city described in this small book.

[4a,b] John repeatedly referred to “his” Book of Revelation as a little book. But “the book containing this prophecy” is the entire Testimony of Yeshua! [5] They’ll actually experience the Day of Yehovah, (the Day of the Lord)!

The first KJV “error” is the omission of the critical words “near thee” (Strong’s numbers 4314 and 4571). Young rendered this faithfully in his translation. Hold that thought. Here it is:

Matthew 26:18 ... and he said, Go away to the city, unto such a one, and say to him, The Teacher saith, My time is nigh; NEAR THEE I ‘keep’ [literally “institute”, 2d1:], the Passover, WITH MY disciples. Young’s Literal Translation.

The second KJV fabrication in Matthew 26:18 is the added words “at thy house”, it should simply read “with My disciples”!

Another house trick! This time another word was corrupted. Yeshua did NOT say He was going to celebrate the Passover at the man’s house! The word ‘se’ has nothing remotely to do with a “house”, but most Bibles leave it in, rather than break with tradition.

“Se” is translated as “thee” 178 times in the KJV, 16 times as “thou”, twice it was omitted, and once as the fraudulent “thy house”.

Incidentally, the Aramaic correctly says “with My disciples”.

Yeshua really did keep the Passover NEAR His followers, because nearby He was being slain as the Pascal Lamb! Notice that this is the only place in the Greek (NT) Texts where it says “keep the Passover”. Elsewhere it says “eat the Passover” but keeping the Passover is the terminology associated with a lamb being killed! The phrase is used thirteen times that way in the Hebrew Scriptures.

The text has been made to say that Yeshua would “keep” the Passover Feast with His disciples, but He didnt! He WAS the Passover, therefore He could not “eat” it! The NKJV, the ASV, the BBE, the DBY, the WBS and the GBY all have these alterations in them. Kids in school who all have the same bizarre wrong answer on a test are considered cheaters! Green’s Literal, a favorite of mine, is correct.

The translations of Mark and Luke also say “shall” or “will”, where “may” should be used.

Luke 22:11 ... Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the Passover with My disciples? KJV

The Greek omits the word “I” altogether, but assuming it should be there, then “shall” or “will” are also assumed. Since He still was not certain that an intervention would take place it should say, “where I may eat the Passover with My disciples”. That would allow for a degree of uncertainty.

The translators, believing that Yeshua kept a Passover (of some sort) “corrected” the Bible to reflect their own preconceived assumptions! A complete interlinear that gives a Strong’s number for every existing word is very helpful for we “Englishmen” to figure this out.

Also in the same context (verse 8) where it says: “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat.” The word “we” was added. “You” could just as easily have been implied. Yeshua could have specified exactly who was going to be at the Passover meal (should it take place) that He so strongly desired to attend, but He was not certain that He would be spared, so He was deliberately vague on the guest list!

Did ANY of the disciples actually participate in the Passover the following night, immediately after Yeshua was crucified? The event that centuries of practice runs had pictured, had just taken place right before their eyes! The Jews had hurriedly killed Yeshua so that His dead body would not mar their festivities, but which of the disciples would have even been thinking about a Passover meal after such a tragic murder?

Incidentally, even the Jews did not celebrate a Passover Seder that year. It wasnt invented yet!

Presumably they had all witnessed the crucifixion:

Luke 23:48-49 The entire crowd that had gathered to see this, beat their chests and left. 49 All of Yeshua’s acquaintances were standing at a distance, including the women who had accompanied Him from Galilee, and they witnessed these things.

I would like to elaborate more on the phrase “the First Day of Unleavened Bread”, this time from the Testimony of Yeshua instead of Exodus.

The disciples were confident that there would be a Passover as usual, so they asked:

Matthew 26:17 On the First Day of Unleavened Bread [Preparation Day] the disciples came to Yeshua and asked Him, “Where do You want us to make preparations for You to eat the Passover?”

Were they running late? Even the people I know who understand that killing the Passover precedes the Feast, continue to use “the First Day of Unleavened Bread” to describe the Feast Day of the 15th. However the context itself explains that the “First Day” is an alternate phrase for Preparation Day! It is the First Day of an eight day “season”—the last seven days of which are unleavened.

The parallel accounts also indicate the Preparation Day in the context by the use of the word “sacrifice”. Note that the disciples were making preparations for the Passover on the same day that the other Jews were. Again, the 1st day is the Preparation day, the day the Lamb is killed:

Mark 14:12 On the First Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Jews present the Passover ze’bak [sacrifice], His disciples asked Him, “Where do You want us to go and prepare for You to eat the Passover?”

The final reference to “the First Day of Unleavened Bread” also counts the Preparation day (for preparing the lamb, etc) as the First Day.

Luke 22:7 The Day of Unleavened Bread arrived when it was necessary to offer the Passover lamb offering.

If you think it’s strange that “the First Day of Unleavened Bread” is not the Feast Day, then this might be a similar surprise:

Here is what the KJV says:

Matthew 28:1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day [added word] of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. KJV

Now consider the more literal Greek from Young’s Literal Translation. J.N. Young was among the most objective translators:

Matthew 28:1 And on the eve of the sabbaths [Greek: sabbaton], at the dawn, toward the first of the sabbaths [mian sabbaton], came Mary the Magdalene, and the other Mary, to see the sepulchre ... YLT

“Sabbath” and “week” are the same Greek word—“sabbaton”. So which is it?

Here is how it is in the Gabriel Bible:

Matthew 28:1 After the Sabbaths [1], as the first of the Sabbaths [Gr. Sabbaton] was dawning, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to see the tomb.

[1] This would include the weekly Sabbath and the First (actual) Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.

Long story short, every time the Testimony says: “the First Day of the Week” it is really referring to the first day, counting from the Sabbath of the seven Sabbath long countdown toward Pentecost, as this link shows!

Those who take solace in “the first day of the week”, thinking that it is weekly Sunday worship should know that this wording clearly points to the true Sabbath and an approaching Feast Day!

Those who believe that Yeshua held a seder Haggadah don’t know that the haggadah only slowly evolved into the detailed event it is today during the middle ages:

“The metamorphosis of the Haggadah concluded in the late middle ages, aided by the invention of the Printing Press, which enabled the basic Ashkenazic version which had been endorsed by the Ari z’l to be accepted even in Sephardic communities. The text is based upon the Haggadah of Rav Amram Gaon, who headed the Babylonian Yeshiva of Sura between 856-876 CE. This text was endorsed by Rashi. Rav Amram’s Haggadah concluded with the after blessing on the fourth cup of wine. It did not include ‘Chasal Siddur Pesach’.”*

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