Feast of Passover --Sunset April 10-17, 2017
This year's observance of the Feast of Passover starts at Sunset April 10th through the 17th.
Passover originates from the Hebrew word "Pesach," meaning to "leap over" or "pass over." Memorially speaking, Passover commemorates Yahweh’s deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt.
We are commanded to celebrate this memorial feast from generation to generation, and when our children ask what mean this service to us? We must say, It is the sacrifice of Yahweh's Passover, who delivered the first born of the Israelites in Egypt from the destroyer, when the Egyptians’ first born were destroyed. (See Exodus 12: vs. 12-16).
In Exodus 23: vs 14-16, we are commanded to keep three feasts unto Yahweh each year: (1) feast of unleavened bread (Passover); (2) feast of harvest (Pentecost); and (3) feast of ingathering (Tabernacle).
Passover was instituted the evening preceding the exodus from Egypt. This would have been the 14th day of ABIB according to lunar time, and April or March according to the Gregorian calendar (solar time). Yahshua observed the Passover the evening of the 14th. In Matthew 26 vs. 19-20, we read “And the disciples did as Yahshua had appointed them; and they made ready the Passover. Now when the evening was come, he sat down with the twelve. And as they did eat, He said, “Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.” In 1st Corinthians 11:24-26, we read "And when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said Take, eat; this is My body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me. After the same manner also He took the cup, when He had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in My blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show Yahshua's death till He come."
According to the scriptures and other well-known authorities, the holy men of old observed the Passover. Therefore, all who have elected to live according to the Word of Yahweh (the Holy Commandments) must observe this Feast as Yahweh commands.
In Exodus 12: vs. 14-16, Yahweh explicitly states, "And this day shall be unto you for a memorial, and ye shall keep it a feast to Yahweh throughout your generations: ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance (law) forever. Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day, ye shall put away leaven out of your houses for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day to the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. And on the first day, there shall be a Holy Convocation and on the seventh day, there shall be a Holy Convocation to you. No manner of work shall be done on these days, except that which every man must do to eat."
PREPARATION FOR THE PASSOVER
The Feast of Passover consists of three phases: (1) preparation of home and heart; (2) miniature immersion and taking the Body and Blood of Yahshua; and (3) feasting.
Members of the Assembly should thoroughly cleanse their homes prior to the start of this period and remove all food products containing manufactured leaven.
Prior to the Feast, all believers must examine themselves and make confessions of commission and omission. You must pray to Yahshua for forgiveness of any sins that you may have committed knowingly or unknowingly. Confession of sin is required because your heart must be free of sin. Miniature immersion and taking of the Body and Blood of Yahshua is performed the first day of Passover (ABIB 14-lunar time), which means sundown the night of Monday, April 10th (Gregorian time).
Miniature immersion and taking of the Body and Blood of Yahshua is mandatory for all members. Although only members that have been immersed in the name of Yahshua are allowed to participate in this part of the ceremony, visitors may observe. The next day, the daylight portion of Tuesday, April 11th, is a time of giving praise to Yahshua and a time of feasting and joyous conversation. The Feast of Passover service concludes on April 17th at sundown.
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