Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Facts About the Passover

Six days before Jesus’ last Passover began – Thursday night in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper; as each day starts and ends at sunset. Therefore, His triumphal entry into Jerusalem COULD NOT have been on Sunday. Nor could it have been on God’s holy Sabbath, because the Pharisees and Sadducees would certainly have shouted down the breaking and strewing down of fronds and branches from trees on the road – to them that would have been breaking the Sabbath. This triumphal entry had to be on a Friday. It could not have been on a Sabbath – which today is called a Saturday.

In John chapter 12, on the 10th of Nisan, on the Sabbath, our Lord Jesus asked Father, “’ Father, glorify Your name.’” And a voice from heaven said, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.”

Now, the phrase meaning of the term Ben Ha Arbayim, truly means “between the two evenings.” And, Ba Erev means “sunset.”

So, in the context of Exodus chapter 16, it shows us that the people confronted Moses and Aaron on the Sabbath day. Since it was the holy Sabbath, God did not send quails until sunset – ending the holy Sabbath day. Recall, God had caused quails to come at evening and cover the ground of the camp, making it easy for the people to capture the quails, skin them, clean them, and roast them. So, therefore, in Exodus chapter 16, “And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, ‘I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel. Speak to them, saying, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, …” – at Ben Ha Arbayim – “between the two evenings.”

Therefore, the sequence of events conclusively proves that Ben Ha Arbayim (“between the two evenings”) immediately follows Ba Erev, or rather “sunset.”

Now, Jewish tradition – with its long shadows or its speculations that evening could run from one evening of one day to the evening of the next day is completely debunked by God’s living word in Exodus chapter 16. Truly, Ben Ha Arbayim is the period of time from sunset until dark – hence twilight.

Now, the timing of the death of our Lord Jesus Christ at the ninth hour goes clear back to the timing of Abraham’s sacrifice to the Lord God found in Genesis chapter 15. Notice, however, that Abraham, did not actually sacrifice the animals, “when the sun was going down” he fell asleep. And in Numbers 28:16, we find that at the tabernacle no Passover sacrifice was ever required of God. This was but a tradition of the Jews. And so, broad is their interpretation of “at evening,” that they run it from anywhere beginning at 1pm in the afternoon until sunset.

Truly, anyone who believes that the Jewish interpretation of “between the two evenings” as the actual definition, surely must be in the category commonly known as ignorant; as our Lord Jesus Christ calls them, “’ Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘ … in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments [the traditions] of men.’

So, the parallel between the covenant the Lord GOD made with Abraham, and in a dream, the Lord GOD relayed to Abraham that he would go to his fathers in peace at a good old age, and run that parallel with the last Passover of our Lord Jesus Christ, and there we find the correct timing for the crucifixion, death, and burial of our Lord.

Something to think about isn’t it!?

Our Lord Jesus Christ’s death relates directly with Genesis chapter 15, and that is for the spiritual seed that the Lord GOD described to Abraham – “’ Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.’” the Lord God asked Abraham. “So shall your descendants be.’” Truly, the ultimate glorification of the spiritual seed.

This is also verified in Daniel chapter 12, which shows us that “many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, … those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.”

Also, in Matthew chapter 13, our Lord Jesus Christ said, “ …’ the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.’

That is the correct timing for the death and burial of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Understand, the Passover lamb of Exodus chapter 12 – that was for the children of Israel, and the timing of that sacrifice DID NOT relate directly to the crucifixion and the death of our Lord Jesus Christ. They killed the Passover “between the two evenings” – that is right after sunset and before dark, twilight. Recall, put the blood on the side-post and the lentil to protect their firstborn from the death angel which would come at midnight. They were to be ready to leave and ate in great trepidation, not in haste. They were commanded, as we find in Exodus chapter 12, to stay in their houses until morning which is “boqer” – meaning “sunrise.” Because, before sunrise, it’s still dark – yet, it is light enough to see where you are going, but not light enough to necessarily distinguish the identity of anyone walking at a distance.

Passover was on the 14th of Nisan. Plain and simple. □

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