Pro and Con 1500

Posted 7-6-09

Incoming e-mail, Re: THE LAST WORD

After all the arguments/ written ''explanations'' are OVER.........here is the bottom line..........

If Jesus was crucified on Nisan 13.........not a Holy Day.......never mentioned in All of Scripture as a Specific Day of observance........Then He was not the correct Passover Lamb.

That is the bottom line. You say He was killed on Nisan 13........by faulty reckoning that Nisan 13 is the ''day before the Passover '' which you say is Nisan 14.

I and others have carefully explained to you over and over again how that the lamb was killed on Nisan 14 not Nisan 13.

No amount of argument or debate can change that fact.

No response solicited since you seem to have made your stance on this in concrete and are unwilling to consider you are dead wrong.

How could you have studied so long and so much and not see this simple truth..........it is amazing.

Please........I have seen all of your convoluted arguments and I realize they are all dead wrong.

Have you considered the consequences of being wrong and not being willing to change when presented with the truth?

My reply

> > If Jesus was crucified on Nisan 13.........not a Holy Day.......never mentioned in All of Scripture as a Specific Day of observance........Then He was not the correct Passover Lamb.

> > You say He was killed on Nisan 13........by faulty reckoning that Nisan 13 is the ''day before the Passover '' which you say is Nisan 14.

I'm sorry. I must not be making it clear. Nisan 14 has to be Passover, because Scripture says so.

In Lev 23:5,6 (KJV), the Lord says,"In the FOURTEENTH day of the first month at even (the 14th starts at 6 PM on Nisan 13 and runs until 6 PM on Nisan 14) is the LORD'S PASSOVER. And on the FIFTEENTH day of the same month (from the even of Nisan 14 to the even of Nisan 15) is the FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD unto the LORD". There is no way that Passover can be on Nisan 15, or that Unleavened Bread can be on Nisan 14. That is very clear. The Lord didn't give us any leeway.

BOTH THE BIBLE AND JOSEPHUS SHOW THAT PASSOVER IS NISAN 14, UNLEAVENED BREAD IS NISAN 15, AND FIRSTFRUITS IS NISAN 16.

In Ant. III. X. 5, Josephus, a Jewish Pharisee, said, "In the month of Xanthicus, which is by us called NISAN, and is the beginning of our year, on the FOURTEENTH DAY of the lunar month, when the sun is in Aries (the Ram), (for in this month it was that we were delivered from bondage under the Egyptians,) the law ordained that we should every year slay that sacrifice which I before told you we slew when we came out of Egypt, and which was called the PASSOVER; and so we do celebrate this passover (on Nisan 14) in companies, leaving nothing of what we sacrifice till the day following (Nisan 15). The feast of UNLEAVENED BREAD succeeds that of the passover, and falls on the FIFTEENTH day of the month, and continues seven days (15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21, by inclusive reckoning), wherein they feed on unleavened bread; on every one of which days two bulls are killed, and one ram, and seven lambs. Now these lambs are entirely burnt, besides the kid of the goats which is added to all the rest, for sins; for it is intended as a feast for the priest on every one of those days. But on THE SECOND DAY OF UNLEAVENED BREAD, WHICH IS THE SIXTEENTH day of the month, they first partake of the fruits of the earth (on the Feast of Firstfruits), for before that day they do not touch them."

That is very clear too. Josephus agrees with the Bible. Nisan 14 is Passover. Nisan 15 is Unleavened Bread. Nisan 16 is Firstfruits.

Hebrew days run from even to even. The Passover, both "high day" and "sabbath", runs from the evening (6 PM) of Nisan 13 to the evening (6 PM) of Nisan 14.

For each Hebrew date, there are first 12 hours of night, of which midnight is the 6th hour. Then there are 12 hours of day, of which noon is the 6th hour.

The Lord gave us an example of how the Feasts, Annual Sabbaths, were to be kept. The Day of Atonement is kept from 6 PM the evening of Tishri 9 to 6 PM the evening of Tishri 10.

Lev 23:28,32 is clear. The Lord said,"it is a DAY OF ATONEMENT, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God....It shall be unto you a SABBATH of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the NINTH DAY OF THE MONTH AT EVEN (6 PM), FROM EVEN UNTO EVEN (from 6 PM on Tishri 9 to 6 PM on Tishri 10), SHALL YE CELEBRATE YOUR SABBATH." All feasts are Annual Sabbaths.

HOW SOME PEOPLE LOSE A WHOLE DAY IN THEIR THINKING

They think in terms of our days. To them, morning starts the day and evening ends the day. So, when the Bible mentions the evening, they automatically, and without realizing what they are doing, think of the end of that date instead of the beginning of that date. They skip the whole 24 hours in their thinking.

However, to the Jews, each day starts with evening and ends with evening. When in Egypt, if the Jews had waited until 6 PM on Nisan 15 to sacrifice their lamb and mark their doors with blood, their firstborn would have died at midnight on the 14th. They would have been one day too late. Nisan 14 began at 6 PM on Nisan 13, and midnight of the 14th was just 6 hours later. They only had 6 hours to roast the lamb and eat it before midnight.

THE SANHEDRIN COULD NOT MEET ON FEAST DAYS OR SABBATHS

Therefore, the Sanhedrin could have only met on Nisan 13. Three dates, Nisan 14,15 and 16, were all three feast days and Annual Sabbaths. That's why Nisan 14 was called a "high day" in the Bible. John 19:31says, "The Jews therefore, because IT WAS THE PREPARATION [i.e., Nisan 13], that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the SABBATH day [Nisan 14], (for THAT SABBATH DAY WAS AN HIGH DAY [i.e., both Passover and an Annual Sabbath], besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away."

The Sanhedrin met in the Hall of Hewn Stones in the Temple in Jerusalem every day EXCEPT FESTIVALS AND THE SABBATH. "According to Jewish law,[13] it is forbidden to convene a court of justice on a holy day, such as Pesach (Passover)," "Footnote 13 says. "Mishnayot Beitzah, chapter 5 Mishnah 2. This can also be found in the Talmud, tractate Beitzah, daf 36b". (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanhedrin)

"The Sanhedrin is never convened on Sabbaths, religious holidays and especially the passover which was the most important feast in the Jewish calender. This is clearly stated by the Misnah (Sanhedrin IV:1) and Maimonides (Hilkot Sanhedrin XI:2)" (http://www.shiachat.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=234950621).

THE PASSOVER WAS STILL FUTURE WHEN JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED ON NISAN 13

John 18:28 says, "Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment (thought to be by the rock in Fort Antonia, Josephus, Wars. V. 8): and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but THAT THEY MIGHT EAT THE PASSOVER" (after Nisan 14 began at 6 PM on Crucifixion Day).

Mt 26:4-5 (KJV) says, "And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him. But they said, NOT ON THE FEAST DAY (i.e., not on Nisan 14, Passover), lest there be an uproar among the people."

John 19:14 (KJV) says, "And IT WAS THE PREPARATION (Nisan 13) OF THE PASSOVER (Nisan 14), and about the sixth hour (9 AM, Roman time): and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!" Jesus was crucified soon afterward. Ex 12:6 (LITV) says, "And it shall be for you to keep UNTIL the fourteenth day of this month. And all the assembly of the congregation of Israel shall KILL IT BETWEEN THE EVENINGS" (about 3 PM).

The going down of the Sun is divided into two evenings, one from noon to 3 PM, the other from 3 to 6 PM. The minor evening oblation was from noon to 3 PM. The major evening oblation was from 3 to 6 PM. Between the evenings would be about 3 PM on Nisan 13. THUS, JESUS DIED AS THE PASSOVER LAMBS WERE DYING.

The word "until" is the Hebrew "ad." BDB Definition: as far as, even to, until, up to. Strong's: against, at, before. The lamb was to be kept up until the time when the Passover sacrifices were to be slain. That could be any time between the evenings, as early as 3 PM on Nisan 13 to as late as 6 PM when Nisan 14 began.

Jesus died about 3 PM as the Passover lambs were being slain at the Temple on the Preparation Day (Nisan 13) of the Passover (Nisan 14). His body was put in a stone tomb as many of the Passover lamb's bodies were being put in stone ovens to roast. The lambs had to be roasted and then eaten during the 6 hours between 6 PM Nisan 13 and midnight Nisan 14. At midnight, Nisan 15 was still 18 hours future.

> > Have you considered the consequences of being wrong and not being willing to change when presented with the truth?

After much study, from 1960 until now, I present the truth as I see it in Scripture to the best of my ability. What else is asked of us? I'm doing what I think is right. Have you ever considered that you might be wrong? Do you really study things like this, or do you just scan them, satisfied that you already know the truth and have no need of further study?

THE LAST SUPPER WAS AS NISAN 13 BEGAN, ONE DAY BEFORE THE PASSOVER, NISAN 14

This is not new. About 180 AD, Clement of Alexandria wrote, "Accordingly, in the years gone by, Jesus went to eat the passover sacrificed by the Jews, keeping the feast. But when he had preached He who was the Passover, the Lamb of God, led as a sheep to the slaughter, presently taught His disciples the mystery of the type on the THIRTEENTH DAY, on which also they inquired, "Where wilt Thou that we prepare for Thee to eat the passover?"

John 13:1-4 says, "Now BEFORE THE FEAST OF THE PASSOVER (i.e., on Nisan 13), when Jesus knew that his hour (hora, day, hour, instant, season, i.e., day of Nisan 13) was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. And SUPPER being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him; Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from SUPPER".

They were to eat unleavened bread on Preparation Day, on Passover and on the 7 days of Unleavened Bread. Mark 14:12 says, "And the first day of unleavened bread, WHEN THEY KILLED THE PASSOVER (i.e., on Nisan 13), his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the passover?"

Luke 22:1,7-15 says, "Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover....Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed (i.e., between 3 and 6 PM on Nisan 13). And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat. And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare? And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in. And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready. And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover. And when the hour (hora, day, hour, instant, season) was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this PASSOVER with you BEFORE I SUFFER."

Num 9:2,3 says, "Let the children of Israel also keep the PASSOVER at HIS appointed season. In the FOURTEENTH DAY of this month, AT EVEN (i.e., when Nisan 13 becomes Nisan 14), ye shall keep it in HIS appointed season".

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 says, "For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus ON THE SAME NIGHT IN WHICH HE WAS BETRAYED (i.e., at the beginning of Nisan 13) TOOK BREAD:and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me." In the same manner He also took the cup after SUPPER, saying, "This cup is the NEW COVENANT in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes." In this night and until 9 AM, Jesus would be taken prisioner and tried by the Sanhedrin and Pilate. After that, he would be put on the cross and then die around 3 PM, when the Passover lambs were being killed BETWEEN THE EVENINGS on Nisan 13. They had to be roasted and eaten before midnight on Nisan 14, when that day was only 6 hours old.

Jesus is the correct Passover lamb. He died as the Passover lambs were being killed, about 3 PM on Nisan 13. They had to be roasted and eaten by midnight, 6 hours after Nisan 14 started at 6 PM on Nisan 13.

May the Lord bless you with understanding of what the scriptures teach. Agape

His answer, Re: HIGH DAY SABBATHS

You say that Nisan 14 was the day of Passover and a High Day Sabbath.

This is not correct.

A High Day Sabbath was one on which no work could be done. ALSO, any day that was a High Day Sabbath REQUIRED THAT A SACRED ASSEMBLY OF THE PEOPLE BE DONE.

Nisan 14 did NOT.......repeat NOT ........that is......NOT.......require a ''sacred assembly'' on that day.

Here are the Days the Did require a Solomn assembly on per the scriptures including Lev 23.

1) The day of Nisan 15 which is also called the Passover, but is also the First day of Unleavened Bread.
2) The 7th day of Unl. Bread. see Lev.23:7-8.

(I have already explained to you that in one text that of Lev. 23:5 it seems to say that is the Passover day........but go back and see again......it says at evening is the ''Lord's Passover'' meaning when the Passover meal/ ie Jesus/ was slain.

3) The day of Pentecost required a sacred assembly.

4) The Feast of Trumpets.........same requirement of assemble

5) Atonement

6) first day of Fot

7) The last great day......which is the 8th day of the ''feast''.

THEREFORE, there are 7 AND ONLY 7 days that are High Day Sabbaths...........and Nisan 14 IS NOT ONE OF THEM.

A high day sabbath meant ''no work''........lest you die.

On any day that a ''holy convocation'' was to be held that was also a High Day Sabbath.

The Lamb ......the ''Lord's passover'' was slain and prepared on Nisan 14 which is the preparation of the passover meal. When nightfall came........the 15th started and was a High Day.

All scriptures attest to the above as accurate.

Jesus was the ''Lords' passover'' and He like the lambs was slain on Nisan 14............which is the ''preparation'' of the Passover lamb.

The Jews HAVE KNOWN THIS SINCE EXODUS.......JUST LIKE THEY KNOW WHICH DAY IS THE SABBATH.

Wake up.

My reply

> > there are 7 AND ONLY 7 days that are High Day Sabbaths...........and Nisan 14 IS NOT ONE OF THEM.

POINT ONE

Nisan 15 can't be both Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Nisan 15 is always "THE MORROW AFTER THE PASSOVER", Nisan 14.

POINT TWO

If you make Nisan 15 Passover, Nisan 16 would be Unleavened Bread, and Nisan 17 would be Firstfruits. Nisan 22 would be the last day of Unleavened Bread. That doesn't jibe with Scripture.

THE CORRECT ORDER AND THE MAUNDY THURSDAY CLUE THAT SETS THE DAY OF THE WEEK FOR THE FEASTS IN NISAN

"In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the name for the holy day is, in the Byzantine Rite, "Great and Holy Thursday" or "Holy Thursday", and in Western Rite Orthodoxy "Maundy Thursday'"
(http://www.answers.com/topic/maundy-thursday)

Nisan 13, Preparation of the Passover, MAUNDY THURSDAY (anniversary of institution of Communion by Jesus at the LAST SUPPER), also called Holy Thursday, Great Thursday, High Thursday, White Thursday, Communion Thursday, Crucifixion Day
Nisan 14, Passover, Good Friday
Nisan 15, first day of Unleavened Bread, Holy Saturday, day of the appearance of Holy Fire at the Church of the Sepulcher in Jerusalem
Nisan 16, second day of Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Sunday
Nisan 17, third day of Unleavened Bread, Monday
Nisan 18, fourth day of Unleavened Bread, Tuesday
Nisan 19, fifth day of Unleavened Bread, Wednesday
Nisan 20, sixth day of Unleavened Bread, Thursday
Nisan 21, seventh day of Unleavened Bread, Friday

POINT THREE

The reason the Jews have the date of Passover wrong is because they went by other calendars for some periods in their history. The Egyptian one started the day in the morning. The Julian started it at midnight. It was easy to miscalculate and skip one whole day in their thinking, just as it is today when we thinkin terms of the Gregorian Calendar. It is so easy to take the first "even" for the last "even" of a date and so skip one whole day in our thinking. If we are off when figuring the date of Firstfruits, we will also be off in figuring the date of Pentecost. Firstfruits is the first day of the Omer. The 50 days to Pentecost are figured using inclusive reckoning, because, like June 5-10 being counted as the Six-Day War, the 50 days to Pentecost are a block of time.

WHAT DOES SCRIPTURE, THE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY, SAY?

Nu 33:3 says, "they departed from Rameses in the first month, on the FIFTEENTH DAY of the first month; ON THE MORROW (Nisan 15) AFTER THE PASSOVER (Nisan 14) the children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians."

Lev 23:5,6 keeps the feast days straight. It says, "In the FOURTEENTH DAY OF THE FIRST MONTH AT EVEN (Nisan 14 begins at 6 PM on Nisan 13 and ends at 6 PM on Nisan 14) IS THE LORD'S PASSOVER. And on THE FIFTEENTH DAY OF THE SAME MONTH IS THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD." Nisan 15 starts at 6 PM on Nisan 14.

Mt 12:40 says, "as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." These were Thursday, Nisan 13 (day), Friday, Nisan 14, (day and night), Saturday, Nisan 15 (day and night), and Sunday, Nisan 16 (night).

DON'T LET "AT EVEN" TRIP YOU UP

Jewish days start AT EVEN, 6 pm on the previous day, and end AT EVEN (6 PM on the current day). If you think of the latter "even" when it is speaking about the former "even," you can skip a whole day in your thinking. Be sure you allow Nisan 14 to have it's full 24 hours. Also, keep in mind that Nisan 14's midnight is just 6 hours after it begins. The Israelites had to put the blood on their doors before midnight or their firstborn would have died at midnight on Nisan 14.

IN EGYPT, THEY WERE TO KEEP THE LAMB UNTIL PASSOVER, NOT PAST PASSOVER

In Egypt, they were to keep the lamb UNTIL PASSOVER arrived at 6 PM on Nisan 13, then kill it, roast it and eat it before midnight, the 6th hour of Nisan 14.

LATER, AT THE TEMPLE, THEY STARTED KILLING LAMBS BETWEEN THE EVENINGS ON THE PREPARATION OF THE PASSOVER, NISAN 13

Because of the large number of lambs to be killed at the Temple, they had to start BETWEEN THE EVENINGS. The first evening was between 12 noon and 3 PM on Nisan 13. The second evening was between 3 and 6 PM on Nisan 13).

At the Temple, they started killing Passover lambs about 3 PM on the Day of Preparation for the Passover, Nisan 13. As our Passover, Jesus died about 3 PM on the Preparation of the Passover.

Jewish days begin at 6 PM in the evening of the previous day and run from even to even. At 6 PM on Nisan 13, Nisan 14 begins. It lasts 24 hours, until 6 PM on Nisan 14 arrives, then it changes to Nisan 15.

> > On any day that a ''holy convocation'' was to be held that was also a High Day Sabbath.

I agree. John 19:31 says, "The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation (Nisan 13), that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day [a High Day, the Passover Sabbath, Nisan 14], (for that sabbath day was an HIGH DAY,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away."

ALL 7 FEASTS ARE HOLY CONVOCATIONS, ANNUAL SABBATHS

Lev 23:2 says, "the FEASTS of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be HOLY CONVOCATIONS".

Lev. 23:4 says, "These are the FEASTS of the LORD, even HOLY CONVOCATIONS".

Lev 23:37 says, "These are the FEASTS of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be HOLY CONVOCATIONS."

THE 7 FEASTS

1. Passover, Nisan 14
Lev 23:5 says, "In the FOURTEENTH DAY of the first month at even (6 PM on Nisan 13) is the LORD'S PASSOVER."

Num 28:16 says, "in the FOURTEENTH DAY of the first month is the PASSOVER of the LORD."

2. Unleavened Bread, Nisan 15

Lev 23:6 says, "on the FIFTEENTH DAY of the same month is the FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD".

3. Firstfruits, Nisan 16

Lev 23:11 says, "he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: ON THE MORROW (Nisan 16) AFTER THE SABBATH (Nisan 15, the Feast of Unleavened Bread) the priest shall wave it.

4. Pentecost, Sivan 6

Lev 23:16 says, "unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath (49th day) shall ye number fifty days".

5. Trumpets, Tishri 1

Lev 23:24 says, "In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a SABBATH, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an HOLY CONVOCATION."

6. Day of Atonement, Tishri 10

Lev 23:27 says of the "day of atonement: it shall be an HOLY CONVOCATION".

7. Tabernacles, Tishri 15

Lev 23:39 says, "in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: ON THE FIRST DAY SHALL BE A SABBATH, and ON THE EIGHTH DAY SHALL BE A SABBATH." Here, we can see that the feastal Sabbaths are not tied to the weekly Sabbath.

Num 29:12 says, "on the fifteenth day of the seventh month ye shall have an HOLY CONVOCATION; ye shall do no servile work, and ye shall keep a FEAST unto the LORD seven days'.

TWO EXTRA HOLY CONVOCATIONS

1. 7th day of Unleavened Bread

Ex 13:6 Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, and in the seventh day shall be a feast".

2. 8th day of Tabernacles
Lev 23:36 Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an HOLY CONVOCATION".

SATURDAY SABBATHS ARE HOLY CONVOCATIONS TOO

Lev 23:3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation".

THE PASSOVER IN EGYPT WAS ON NISAN 14

Ex 12:6 And ye shall keep it (the Passover lamb) up UNTIL (ad, as far as) THE FOURTEENTH day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening (i.e., at 6 PM, when Nisan 13 changes to Nisan 14).

They were to eat unleavened bread at Passover as well as the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Ex 12:7,8 says, "And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. And they shall eat the flesh in THAT NIGHT (actually in the first 6 hours of Nisan 14, between 6 PM and 12, midnight), roast with fire, and UNLEAVENED BREAD; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

Ex 12:10-12 says, "let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S PASSOVER. For I will pass through the land of Egypt THIS NIGHT (at the 6th hour, midnight, of Nisan 14), and will smite all the firstborn". Before the night of Nisan 14 was over, they had to hurry and pack their belongings.

During the 12-hour daylight portion of Nisan 14, they drove their flocks from their houses in Goshen to the city of Rameses. THEY LEFT RAMESES ON NISAN 15, which started 18 hours after Egypt's firstborn were killed on PASSOVER, at the 6th hour, midnight, of Nisan 14.

Ex 12:17 says, "observe the feast of unleavened bread (Nisan 15); for in this selfsame day (Nisan 15) have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.

Ex 12:18 In the first month, on the FOURTEENTH day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.

Ex 12:23 says, "the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians (at midnight on Nisan 14); and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you."

Ex 12:24 says, "YE SHALL OBSERVE THIS THING (the Passover on Nisan 14) FOR AN ORDINANCE TO THEE AND TO THY SONS FOR EVER."

Ex 12:25 says, "And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as he hath promised, that YE SHALL KEEP THIS SERVICE".

Ex 12:28 says, "And the children of Israel went away, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they."

ALAS, ISRAEL IS NOT KEEPING THE CORRECT PASSOVER TODAY

They keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread and call it Passover. Besides the calendar confusion, is it because Yeshua became the true Passover lamb, and they do not want to believe it?" According to Josephus, Nisan 14 was kept as Passover in the 1st century. In Ant. III. X. 5, he said, "THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD succeeds that of the passover (Nisan 14), and falls on the FIFTEENTH day of the month."

Ex 12:37 says, "And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children."

Ex 12:42,43 says, "It is a night to be much observed unto the LORD for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: THIS IS THAT NIGHT OF THE LORD TO BE OBSERVED OF ALL THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL IN THEIR GENERATIONS." And the LORD said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the PASSOVER".

THE ISRAELITES DEPARTED FROM RAMESES "ON THE MORROW (NISAN 15) AFTER THE PASSOVER" (NISAN 14)

Nu 33:3 says, "And they departed from Rameses in the first month, on the FIFTEENTH DAY of the first month; ON THE MORROW AFTER THE PASSOVER (Nisan 14) the children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians."

Of the Passover lamb, Ex 12:6 says, "ye shall keep it up until the FOURTEENTH day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening" (as Nisan 14 begins).

Of Nisan 13, John 18:28 says, "Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early (9 AM on Nisan 13); and they themselves went not into the judgment hall (i.e., in Fort Antonia), lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover" (on Nisan 14).

Mt 26:4-5 says, "And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him. But they said, NOT ON THE FEAST DAY, lest there be an uproar among the people." It is simple. Jesus was killed between the evenings on Nisan 13, because it was "not on the feast day" (Nisan 14).

Christendom has come to have their "Maundy Thursday" to commemorate Jesus' Last Supper, which was on Nisan 13, Thursday, April 6, 30 AD (Julian).

"The TRUE Reason WHY the Jews Rejected Christ"

by Herman L. Hoeh

http://home.sprynet.com/~pabco/jewsrej.htm

Why didn't the Jews understand the prophecies of Christ's first coming? Why weren't they ready to receive the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost? The answer will surprise you!...

After Ezra and Nehemiah

The Jews who returned under Ezra and Nehemiah correctly observed the festivals according to the law. They began each day at sunset. This custom continued until the Persian period of rule over Palestine ceased.

Then came the Greeks. New ideas began to be introduced. Judaism developed. It was a mixture of the Law of Moses and "Hellenism" -- as Greek culture introduced under Alexander the Great after 333 B.C. was called. The eleventh chapter of Daniel tells us of the history of the Jews in Palestine for the next three centuries. First, Palestine was to be under the control of the King of the South. The King of the South was the Ptolemaic line of Greek rulers in Egypt. The Egyptians -- under the rule of a Greek dynasty -- began to force their particular brand of Hellenism upon the Jews in Palestine. The Great Synagogue was disbanded. The Jews were forced to take up the ways of the heathen -- and that included CHANGING THE TIME WHEN THE DAY BEGINS. Any encyclopedia will reveal that the Egyptians began their days with SUNRISE, not sunset. They therefore commenced each day about 12 hours later than the time God appoints.

So notice what would happen to the celebration of the Passover.

Jews began to neglect the law. The majority soon began to celebrate Passover in accordance with the Egyptian measurement of time. They therefore had to change the time for celebrating the Passover to meet the new custom of reckoning a day from sunrise to sunrise. Originally the Passover was celebrated at sunset, beginning the 14th of Nisan. But according to Egyptian reckoning THAT SUNSET would not be the beginning of the 14th, but midday of the 13th lunar month!

By Egyptian reckoning the 14th of Nisan began at sunrise, 12 hours late! Midnight on the 14th had already been missed.

The dusk period "between two evenings" on the 14th OF AN EGYPTIAN DAY would therefore occur at the END of the 14th and the beginning of the 15th day of a month as God reckons time! When this pagan method of time reckoning was forced on the people, the Jews in Palestine began to celebrate the Passover at dusk on the middle of the 14th day OF THE EGYPTIAN MONTH, 24 hours too late. It was in reality the beginning of the 15th day as God reckons time!

And that is how the custom began of celebrating the Passover at sunset one day late....

"Pope Leo lived four centuries after the time of Jesus Christ. Here is what led up to his idea that Christ did not die on the true Passover. The Christian world was divided as to the date for Easter, which they had adopted from the pagans. Leo proposed to settle it. In so doing he wanted to stamp out the true passover altogether. To do so he had to make the Christian world believe that Jesus died on Nisan 15, not 14. "At the same time," declare Schaff and Wace on page 56 of "Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers," vol. xiv, "also was generally established, the opinion so little entertained by the ancient authorities of the Church -- one might even say, so strongly in contradiction to their teaching -- that Christ partook of the passover on the 14th of Nisan, that he died on the 15th (not on the 14th, as the ancients considered) ... In the letter we have just mentioned, Proterius of Alexandria openly admitted all these different points" -- and the Pope officially approved the contents of the letter about 440 A.D."

> > Nisan 14 did NOT.......repeat NOT ........that is......NOT.......require a ''sacred assembly'' on that day.

Lev 23:2 says, "the FEASTS of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be HOLY CONVOCATIONS".

Lev. 23:4 says, "These are the FEASTS of the LORD, even HOLY CONVOCATIONS".

Lev 23:37 says, "These are the FEASTS of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be HOLY CONVOCATIONS."

> > The Lamb ......the ''Lord's passover'' was slain and prepared on Nisan 14 which is the preparation of the passover meal. When nightfall came........the 15th started and was a High Day.

> > All scriptures attest to the above as accurate. John 19:14 says, "And it was the preparation of the passover (Nisan 13), and about the sixth hour (i.e., 9 AM Roman time): and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!" Jesus was crucified soon after this. When he died about 3 PM, it was still "the preparation of the passover."

Lev 23:5,6 keeps the feast days straight. It says, "In the FOURTEENTH DAY OF THE FIRST MONTH AT EVEN (Nisan 14 begins at 6 PM on Nisan 13 and ends at 6 PM on Nisan 14) IS THE LORD'S PASSOVER. And on THE FIFTEENTH DAY OF THE SAME MONTH IS THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD." Nisan 15 starts at 6 PM on Nisan 14.

> > Jesus was the ''Lords' passover'' and He like the lambs was slain on Nisan 14............which is the ''preparation'' of the Passover lamb.

Lev 23:5 says, "the FOURTEENTH DAY OF THE FIRST MONTH AT EVEN (the beginning of Nisan14) IS THE LORD'S PASSOVER." It lasts from 6 PM on Nisan 13 to 6 PM on Nisan 14.

With thousands of lambs to kill at the Temple, they started "between the evenings," about 3 PM on Nisan 13. Thus, Jesus died when the Passover lambs were being slain. Agape

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