Unleavened Bread

An Important Reminder —How Leaven Pictures Sin By George M. Kackos

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God offers Christians vital lessons through the Days of Unleavened Bread. What do these days picture, and how can they help you lead a happier life?

The apostles were jolted! First, the sound of a violent windstorm filled the house where they were meeting. Then, almost before they had time to think, glowing flames of fire began leaping upon them. Continue reading…

The Feast of Unleavened Bread: Does It Begin the 14th, or 15th, Abib?

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The Feast of Unleavened Bread:

Does It Begin the 14th, or 15th, Abib?

Some figure PASSOVER should be taken on the 15th,instead of the 14th Abib — first month of the sacred calendar. And now comes the idea that the seven days of unleavened bread begin the 14th, instead of the 15th! This idea has arisen from an ignorance of the meaning of the word “even” and “evening,” and of the inspired original Hebrew for these words. In Exodus 12:6, “And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month; and the whole assembly of the congregation shall kill it in the evening.” The Hebrew word for “evening” is ereb, pronounced “eh’-reb,” derived from the Hebrew word for “arab” (aw-rab’), defined “dusk: and day, even (-ing, tide), night.” Or, arab meaning “to grow dusky, at sundown; or to be darkened.” It is a DUAL word. Literally there are TWO evenings combined in the word, and it may designate either, depending upon the way it is used. One evening is the late afternoon, before sunset — that is, in God’s reckoning, just prior to and leading to, the END of a day. The word is often used in the Old Testament to designate the CLOSE of a day at sunset. The other evening is the early night, after dark. In ancient times, the Hebrews, according to the technical information found in the commentaries, understood that this “evening” began when three stars became visible to the eye. Now there is a short period in BETWEEN these two “evenings” AFTER the sun had set and a new day actually began, which we call dusk, or twilight — the short time between sunset and dark. This short dusk period always occurs in the very BEGINNING of a day. In the New Testament, the Greek word is opsios. It is more clearly defined: “late afternoon, or nightfall.” It is derived from opse, defined: “late in the day; or, by extension, after the close of a day.” This is the word used in Matthew 28:1, “In the end of the Sabbath.” Here opse is translated “in the end of,” in the A.V., and in the American Revised as “Late on the Sabbath.” NOW — here is the important point for us to understand: In Exodus 12:6, quoted above, the Hebrew word ereb is combined with the Hebrew preposition meaning “BETWEEN.” The literal inspired Hebrew did not say “kill it AT ereb,” but “kill it BETWEEN ereb.” Or, as you will find in the MARGINAL REFERENCE in your Bible, “BETWEEN the two evenings.” The Jewish translation into the English language renders it “at DUSK.” Moffatt translates it “between sunset and dark.” The technical expositions of the “higher critics” shows this is the correct meaning of the inspired original Hebrew. The lamb was to be killed AFTER the sunset, and before dark — AFTER the first evening (late afternoon) had ended, AFTER a new day had begun, and BEFORE the second evening (early night) had begun. It was killed in the VERY BEGINNING MINUTES of the 14th day. Otherwise, if, as some believe, the lamb was killed during the late afternoon near the END of the 14th, then eaten after sunset on the 15th, then the OBSERVANCE of PASSOVER as an ordinance was the 15th, but Exodus 12, and Leviticus 23:5 and Numbers 28:16 all say the PASSOVER, as an ordinance, was IN the 14th, not after it. Now notice Leviticus 23:5-8. “IN the 14th day of the first month at even (margin, “between the two evenings” or dusk) is the Lord’s PASSOVER. And ON the 15th day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the Lord: SEVEN DAYS ye must eat unleavened bread.” NOTICE carefully! The PASSOVER and the FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD are two different, separate ordinances. The one ordinance, the PASSOVER, is IN the 14th day, at dusk, the very beginning of the day. The FEAST, lasting SEVEN DAYS, does not begin until 24 hours later, ON the 15th The seven days of unleavened bread do not begin on the 14th. They do not begin until the 15th. The two are SEPARATE ORDINANCES, commencing on different dates! Notice what Hebrew scholars say: ADAM CLARK commentary: “Ex. 12:15 — seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread. This has been considered as a distinct ordinance, and not essentially connected with the Passover. The Passover was to be observed on the 14th day of the first month; the Feast of Unleavened Bread began on the 15th and lasted seven days, the first and last of which were holy convocations.” CHAS. GORE, “A New Commentary on Holy Scriptures”: “Ex. 12:14-20: This Festival, originally intended to celebrate the beginning of harvest, was distinct from the Passover, though it followed it immediately.” The ONE VOLUME COMMENTARY: “I Cor. 5:7-8: (keep festival’ — i.e.,the festival of unleavened bread which followed the Passover.)” WESTMINSTER COMMENTARIES: “Ex. 12:14 — this day,’ i.e., the first of the seven days’ festival. The festival was quite distinct from the Passover, on which mazzath was eaten, though it immediately followed it. This is clearly shown by Lev. 23:5-6.” II Chronicles 35:17 shows the seven days of unleavened bread to be a festival SEPARATE from, and in addition to, the Passover” “And the children of Israel kept the passover at that time, and the feast of unleavened bread seven days.” Ezra kept the PASSOVER on the 14th. He did not kill it on the afternoon of 14th and keep the SERVICE on beginning of 15th — but KEPT THE SERVICE on the 14th — see Ezra 6:19. And then, AFTER THAT WAS OVER, they “kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy,” verse 22. The “feast of unleavened bread” are the days when NO LEAVEN is to be found in our houses. There are SEVEN of them, not eight. Those seven days constitute a Festival SEPARATE and in addition to, and following, beginning a day AFTER the PASSOVER. Passover does not last a whole DAY. Passover is “BETWEEN THE TWO EVENINGS” — at dusk, the very BEGINNING of the 14th. When the next morning comes, it is still the 14th all day, but it is no longer Passover — because the Passover was held the evening before, and is all over by morning. The DAY of the 14th is “the PREPARATION” — preparation FOR the FEAST which is to be eaten after sunset, 24 hours AFTER Passover! Numbers 28:16-17 is almost word for word the same as Leviticus 23:5-6. It, too, proves Passover and the seven day Feast are two separate ordinances. Now let’s begin with Exodus 23:14-19. Verse 18 is the disputed one. Verse 14: “This day — which day? It is a “memorial,” to be kept “a FEAST.” This, then, as all commentaries quoted show, is the 15th of the month. The Feast is for SEVEN DAYS. Verse 15: “Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread.” Notice,we are to eat unleavened bread only SEVEN, not eight days. The question, then, is do we put leaven out of homes on the 13th and actually STOP eating it from the beginning of the 14th,or dow e put it out on the PREPARATION day which is the 14th, nd stop eating it BEGINNING the 15th? When do we put leaven away? The very next words TELL US PLAINLY — listen! “even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses.” The leaven is not to be OUT of our houses until the FIRST of these seven days. Now is this the 14th? Verse 16: “And in the first day there shall be an HOLY CONVOCATION, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation.” The FIRST of these seven days is a SABBATH day. Notice! This SETTLES IT! The leaven is not to be out of our houses UNTIL the FIRST DAY of these seven — that is the day leaven is to be out of our houses, and THAT is also the annual SABBATH, and we know THAT is the 15th, and not the 14th! There are SEVEN days in which leaven is to be OUT. The first of these is a Sabbath. That is the 15th. The SEVENTH of those is a Sabbath — the 21st of the month. HOW PLAIN! Verse 17: “THIS DAY” — the annual Sabbath — the day leaven is to be OUT — is the day Israel went out of Egypt — the 15th, the morrow after the Passover. Verse 18: In the first month, on the 14th day of the month AT EVEN, ye shall eat unleavened bread, UNTIL the one and twentieth day of the month AT EVEN.” Here is the text which has confused some. Now here is does NOT say “BETWEEN ereb” — the original Hebrew is “AT ereb.” Now this same word is used all thru the Old and New Testaments (Greek equivalent in New), and in SOME places it means LATE AFTERNOON, in some it means END OF DAY, and in others it means EARLY NIGHT. But EVERYWHERE the term is used with “UNTIL” — that is “UNTIL the ereb” it means until the end of the LATE AFTERNOON. If they touched the carcass of an unclean animal they were unclean “UNTIL ereb” — exactly as unleavened bread is to be eaten “UNTIL ereb” or until the end of the LATE AFTERNOON (first of the two evenings) on the 21st Abib. See Leviticus 11:24, 25, 27, 28, 31, 32, 39, 40; and 15:5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 16 — ALL SAME HEBREW! Look at Judges 19:9 — “day draweth toward evening” or “toward ereb” — late afternoon toward END of that first of the two evenings, which ended the day. Now notice Leviticus 23:32. HERE IS THE TEXT WHICH TELLS EVERY SABBATH KEEPER WHEN TO START KEEPING THE SABBATH! “In the 9th day of the month AT EVEN, from even unto even,shall ye celebrate your SABBATH.” Now this is the day of Atonement, and we know it is celebrated the TENTH day of the seventh month, not the ninth. Yet it BEGINS the ninth day AT EVEN, and lasts UNTIL the tenth day AT EVEN. Here is exactly the same expression, the same original Hebrew! Here the ninth day AT EVEN means the CLOSE of the ninth day AT SUNSET, as that day ENDS. Notice Exodus 12:18, “On the 14th day of the month AT EVEN . . . UNTIL the 21st day AT EVEN.” The meaning is identically THE SAME. From the END of the 14th day at sunset, until the END of the 21st day AT SUNSET. The leaven, then, is not to be put out of our homes until the afternoon of the 14th, just before the HOLYDAY begins at sunset. In the New Testament the same expression is used in Luke 24:29, “it is TOWARD EVENING, and the day is far spent,” and again John 20:19, “The same day AT EVENING, being the first day of the week.” In both cases, it is LATE AFTERNOON, near END of the day, same as Exodus 12:18.]]>

Our Part in God's Master Plan

MINISTUDY The Feast of Unleavened Bread — Our Part in God’s Master Plan   Prepared by Richard H. Sedliacik The Good News, March 1983   Last month we learned that the Passover, the first of God’s commanded annual festivals (Lev. 23), is the beginning, the very first step, in God’s great master plan of salvation for mankind. It was Jesus Christ, “our Passover” (I Cor. 5:7), who died for our past sins. But accepting Christ’s sacrifice to pay for our sins is not enough. Once we have repented of our sins and been forgiven by God, we must strive to forsake sin completely. We must come out of this world’s ways of sin (Rev. 18:4) — just as Israel left Egypt, a type of sin (Heb. 11:25-26) — and stay out. We must be putting all sin away from us. That is our part in God’s master plan. To help keep us in the knowledge of the second step in His plan, God gave His Church the annual Feast of Unleavened Bread. The observance of this Feast impresses upon us that we must strive not to return to the sins Christ paid for with His shed blood. Let’s understand.   1. What Feast did God command the Israelites to keep immediately after the Passover? Ex. 12:17, Lev. 23:6. Were they to keep the Feast just this one time? Ex. 12:17, 13:10. Notice that the Feast of Unleavened Bread was given by God before the people reached Mt. Sinai — before they even left the land of Egypt. It was also to be kept by all their succeeding generations forever.   2. For how many days is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to continue? Compare Exodus 12:15 with Exodus 34:18 and Numbers 28:16-17. Read also Deuteronomy 16:3-4. Were the first and seventh days set apart as “holy” days on which the people were to assemble themselves, much the same as they would on a weekly Sabbath day? Ex. 12:16, Lev. 23:3, 7-8. The first month of the Hebrew calendar, which God inspired the Jews to preserve for New Testament Christians today, was called Abib or Nisan in Hebrew. It corresponds to the time that will fall variously during the months of March and April of the Roman calendar today. The Feast of Unleavened Bread therefore begins on the 15th of Abib, immediately after the Passover. It continues for seven days until the 21st of Abib. Both the 15th and the 21st are special Sabbaths — annual “holy convocations” — days of rest and worship of God.   3. Were the Israelites to put all leaven and leavened food out of their homes and property during the seven Days of Unleavened Bread? Ex. 12:15, 13:7, Deut. 16:4. A leavening agent is any substance used to puff up — to produce fermentation, causing dough to rise. Yeast, baking soda and baking powder are leavening agents.   4. Is leaven clearly a symbol for sin? Matt. 16:6, 11-12, Luke 12:1, I Cor. 5:8. Leaven is often referred to in the Bible as a type of sin. Leaven puffs up, and so does sin. Unleavened bread is a flat bread that contains no leavening agent, and therefore typifies the absence of sin. And since 7 is God’s special number signifying completion or perfection, God wants His people to strive to put sin completely out of their lives.   5. Does God specifically command His people to eat unleavened bread during this Festival? Ex. 12:15, 19-20, Lev. 23:6. The Israelites were not merely to expunge all leavening and leavened foods from their property. That would have only symbolized putting away sin. They were commanded to eat unleavened bread during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. This act of eating unleavened bread symbolizes the opposite of sin — obedience to God.   6. Upon one’s repentance, Christ’s sacrifice blots out all his past sins. When Paul asked if we should continue in sin, what did he answer? Rom. 6:15-16. What was his apostolic command? Verses 11-13. Christ died so that we would not have to pay the penalty of eternal death (Rom. 6:23). Now God expects us to obey His law — to “unleaven” our lives. God does not want us to continue in sin, for Christ is not the minister of sin (Gal. 2:17).   7. Did Paul, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, say New Testament Christians should keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread? I Cor. 5:8. Here is a direct command to keep these Days of Unleavened Bread! Notice what Paul teaches New Testament Christians about becoming “unleavened.”   8. Were the Corinthians permitting a person who was openly practicing sin to fellowship with God’s Church? Verse 1.   9. Was this sin in their midst causing them to feel guilty, or was it rather causing them to become vain — to be “puffed up”? Verse 2. Did they think that they could be more forgiving and therefore more righteous than God by allowing this fornicator to remain in the Church? Same verse.   10. Paul, knowing that this sin was causing foolish members to swell with vanity and become puffed up, gave them specific instructions. What were those instructions? I Cor. 5:3-5.   11. Does the apostle Paul compare this sinning member to a little bit of leaven? Verse 6. Again, what is his instruction? Verses 7-8. Paul explains that just a small amount of leaven — a sinful person, by analogy — can cause the whole lump of dough — the whole Church, again by analogy — to become saturated with sin. Permitting sin to continue unabated and openly before all the congregation would, in time, have caused others to gradually let down and begin slipping back into former sins. Sin would thus spread in the lives of other Christians by the bad example of just one, as certainly as a little leavening in bread dough eventually causes the whole loaf to rise — to become puffed up. Paul therefore commanded the Corinthian church members to put out the sinful, spiritually “leavened” member of their congregation (verse 7) so the Church might be spiritually “unleavened.”   12. What did Paul say that clearly shows the Church was, at the moment he wrote, keeping the Feast of Unleavened Bread? Verse 7. Notice the words “since you truly are unleavened.” The apostle Paul was telling them to put out this spiritual leaven just as they had already put out all physical leaven in preparation for this Festival. They were to keep the Feast not only with unleavened flat bread, but with the spiritually “unleavened” attitude of sincerity and truth.   13. Was Moses faced with choosing between the licentious sins of Egypt and serving God? Heb. 11:24-26. Did this mean he would suffer with God’s people? Verse 25. Why was Moses willing to make such a choice? Verse 26. Moses knew that to inherit eternal life in God’s Kingdom he had to utterly forsake the ways of sin.   14. Does God want Christians to forsake this world’s ways of sin as Moses did? Rev. 18:4, Heb. 12:1-4. Are we to continually “strive” — to expend effort and energy — to put sin out of our lives as it crops up? Heb. 12:1, 4.   If we are to receive the gift of eternal life and become members of God’s Family, we must prove our willingness to obey God here and now by striving to get the spiritual leaven of sin out of our lives. This is our part in God’s great master plan, as pictured by the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Thus at this time every spring, we are to renew our resolve to live in harmony with God’s laws henceforth — to rededicate our lives to continual spiritual growth. But God knows that to overcome and obey Him we need His spiritual help. Therefore He promises to give us the power of His Holy Spirit. In the following Ministudy we’ll learn about the third festival, picturing the next step in God’s master plan for our spiritual creation. ]]>

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE PASSOVER AND FESTIVAL OF UNLEAVENED BREAD  

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE PASSOVER AND FESTIVAL OF UNLEAVENED BREAD

by Herbert W. Armstrong Good News March 1979

CREATION is the proof of the existence of God. Creation identifies God. The Sabbath is a weekly memorial of creation. A weekly reminder of God’s power to create. Therefore it identifies God to us — keeps us in the true memory and true worship of the true God. No other day but the SEVENTH DAY OF THE WEEK could have that great significance and MEANING. It was designed to keep us in the true worship of God.

The purpose of Holy Days

Now in like manner, God gave His Church seven annual Sabbaths. These Holy Days were given to keep God’s children in the true memory and worship of God by keeping us constantly in the understanding of God’s great plan of redemption. For these annual days picture the different epochs in the plan of redemption, mark the dispensations and picture their meaning. The whole story of the redemption of man was, in these feast days, to be reenacted year after year continually. They have vitally important symbolism and meaning. God purposed to impress the truths these high Sabbaths picture upon the minds of His children through ALL time, keeping His Church in the true understanding of HIS PLAN.

The Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread

Most churches teach that Christ finished the plan of redemption on the cross. But the very FIRST event in God’s great PLAN for man’s redemption was the death of Christ on the cross. We find the operation of this great sacrifice beginning in Eden, when God killed a lamb or goat, in order to COVER the nakedness (type of sin) of Adam and Eve with skins. We find it operating when Abel sacrificed a substitute lamb. And so the PASSOVER is theFIRST of these events picturing to God’s children year by year His great PLAN. Let us understand it. Egypt is a type of SIN. As God’s people Israel are today in “BABYLON,”and soon are to be delivered after God pours out His PLAGUES upon Babylon, so they once were in Egypt and were delivered after the pouring out of the plagues. And, as Rome has changed times and seasons and days, professing Christians have been deceived and have lost sight of true TIME and God’s DAYS, as well as the true WORSHIP of God. So it was with the children of Israel in Egypt. For years they had been in severe BONDAGE in Egypt -forced to work with taskmasters over them. There was no Bible – no written Word of God. They were not permitted to worship God as He had ordained. They were forced to work seven days a week. They had lost sight even of the true Sabbath – and that is why God REVEALED to them the Sabbath in the wilderness of Sin (Exodus 16). Just as Rome has changed times and seasons, so had Egypt.

Passover only the start

And so, on delivering His people from Egypt (sin), God straightened them out as to TIME. And, as the BEGINNING of our salvation was wrought by Christ’s death on the cross, so God said,”THIS month [in the spring] shall be unto you the BEGINNING of months … “(Exodus 12:2). Some few keep the BEGINNING of this first Feast of salvation in observing Passover, but never go on to know the “depth of the riches” of God’s grace pictured by the following feasts! Christ is not only the author or beginner, but the FINISHER of our salvation! On the 10th day of this first month the Israelites were instructed to take a lamb without blemish. They kept it UNTIL — not after — the 14th day of the same first month, AT EVEN, at DUSK as the Jewish translation has it — between the two evenings, or between sunset and dark, when it was killed. This was IN, not AFTER the 14th day. They shed the blood of the lamb, picturing Christ’s sacrifice to come. They ate the flesh IN THAT NIGHT. At midnight the death angel came, but PASSED OVER every house where the BLOOD had been sprinkled. There are some very important details it is vital that we notice at this point. Perhaps we have not seen them before. It proves that the Passover shall be observed the 14th, not the 15th.

Passover 14th, not 15th

Notice Exodus 12, verse 6, they shall kill the lamb AT DUSK (Jewish official translation). Verse 8, they shall eat the flesh in that night – still the 14th. Verses 9 to 11 continue to describe how it shall be roasted and eaten — theTIME is still the same night – the 14th. Verse 12: “For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn” — still same night – 14th. Now notice carefully the paragraph beginning verse 21. Here are more detailed directions for striking the blood on the doorposts – the TIME this was done, as proved above, was the night part of the 14th. Notice carefully verse 22 ” . . . strike the lintel and the two sideposts with the blood that is in the basin; and NONE OF YOU SHALL GO OUT AT THE DOOR OF HIS HOUSE UNTIL THE MORNING.” Notice that carefully! NONE were permitted to leave their houses that night. They remained IN their houses UNTIL MORNING! They remained there all night! Now read on. Verse 29, at midnight (the 14th) the Lord smote the firstborn of Egypt. Verse 30, Pharaoh rose up in the night. This was, of course, after the death angel passed at midnight, and therefore, after midnight. He called for Moses and Aaron. This must have taken some time, but still the same night. Verse 33, the Egyptian people were urgent to get rid of the Israelites. Verse 35, the Israelites borrowed of the Egyptians silver and gold and clothing and spoiled the Egyptians. When? Surely this borrowing and spoiling of the Egyptians took several hours. The Israelites were forbidden to LEAVE THEIR HOUSES UNTIL MORNING — SO this spoiling and borrowing took place through the DAYTIME of the 14th day.

Exodus 24 hours after Passover

But — notice this highly important point – the Israelites did not GO OUT from the land of Egypt UNTIL THAT NIGHT — the 15th Nisan! Notice the paragraph composed of verses 41-42: ” . . . Even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the Lord WENT OUT from the land of Egypt. It is a NIGHT to be much observed unto the Lord for bringing them out of the land of Egypt: THIS IS THE NIGHT of the Lord to be observed … ” Which is the NIGHT to be observed? The NIGHT they came out of Egypt. They went OUT of Egypt, not during the daytime the 14th, but after that day had ENDED — after the sun had set the following NIGHT — on the 15th Abib! And THAT night, the 15th, is to be observed! The following verses, beginning verse 43, form a new paragraph and refer again to PASSOVER — the 14th day. Now, notice Deuteronomy 16:1. “Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the Eternal thy God: for in the month of Abib the Lord thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt BY NIGHT.” Notice it, they did not GO OUT of Egypt until NIGHT. And this night was the 15th, not the 14th. Further proof? Notice now Numbers 33:3. “And they DEPARTED from Rameses in the first month, ON THE FIFTEENTH DAY OF THE FIRST MONTH; ON THE MORROW AFTER THE PASSOVER the children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians.” There it is, in plain language. Now some believe that they killed the lamb between noon and sunset the 14th — about 3 p.m., near the END of the day – ate it that night, the 15th (claiming that is when the Passover was eaten, and when we should take it today) and then went on out of Egypt THAT SAME NIGHT. But this theory will not hold water, in view of ALL. these scriptures, and following through Exodus 12. The Israelites were not permitted to leave their houses that night after eating the lamb. They remained in their own houses – up in the land of Goshen – until daylight. Then they went to their Egyptian neighbors, and borrowed from them and spoiled them. There were millions of them. It took TIME to notify them. It took TIME to do all this. It could not have been done after midnight, when Pharaoh rose up, and still have gotten out of Egypt the same night. The Israelites were in their houses in Goshen ALL THAT NIGHT. Exodus 12:10 further proves this. Whatever remained of their roasted lamb uneaten UNTIL MORNING they were to burn with fire. That shows they stayed in their homes UNTIL MORNING. They did not LEAVE Egypt until after that day ended — after night fall again, during the NIGHT part of the 15th.

In, not after, 14th!

Now to connect one other vital point, turn to Numbers 28:16-17. … IN the fourteenth day [not AFTER it]. . . IS the PASSOVER of the Lord. And IN the FIFTEENTH day [not BEFORE it] of this month is THE FEAST: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten.” Leviticus 23:5-6 says the same thing. Notice the PASSOVER is not the 15th, but IN the 14th. IN it is not after it is past. And notice too, the FEAST mentioned here is not the 14th (though the Passover is elsewhere called a feast), but the FEAST DAY is the 15th. The SEVEN-DAY period begins the 15th. The 15th is the FIRST of the seven Days of Unleavened Bread. However, since leaven was put out of the houses during the 14th day, it came to be called one of the Days of Unleavened Bread by New Testament times, but when this is done EIGHT DAYS are included as Days of Unleavened Bread. The entire EIGHT-DAY period is, in New Testament usage, called by the name PASSOVER. But the SEVEN-DAY period begins the 15th, after the 14th, or Passover, has ended. The 14th day is the Passover. It is the first of God’s festivals. It is NOT the FEAST DAY mentioned here. In the 15th day is the FEAST. Let us get that distinction clearly in mind. It is the 15th that is the FEAST — the 14th is the PASSOVER. This FEAST day begins after PASSOVER has ended. Now with these facts well in mind,let us turn back to Exodus 12. Notice beginning verse 14. “And THIS DAY shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it A FEAST to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it A FEAST by ordinance FOREVER. Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread . . . And in the FIRST DAY there shall be AN HOLY CONVOCATION . . . to you” WHAT DAY is established as a MEMORIAL – not a shadow, a MEMORIAL — a FEAST – to be kept FOREVER? Notice, it is the day that is the FEAST — “Ye shall keep it a FEAST.” It is the day that is the FEAST DAY — the 15th Abib, not the 14th – not the Passover! This day is the FEAST DAY – a MEMORIAL, to be kept a Sabbath or holy convocation, FOREVER! SEVEN DAYS are included, and we have shown that the seven-day period begins the 15th, after Passover has passed. “In the fourteenth is the PASSOVER, but IN THE FIFTEENTH DAY is the FEAST – seven days.” Many have always believed the day here spoken of, and ordained for-ever, was the PASSOVER, or 14th. But it is not – it is the 15th day. Now this day — the 15th — is established a HOLY CONVOCATION. Look in the dictionary. A convocation is an assembly of the people where their presence is commanded, under power and authority. A holy convocation is a religious assembly, for purposes of worship. The weekly Sabbath is a holy convocation. So is Abib 15th. Our presence is COMMANDED, under God’s power and authority. But let us continue on. Notice, now, beginning verse 16: “And in the first day [of the seven, 15th Abib] there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day [21st Abib] there shall be an holy convocation to you . . . And ye shall observe the FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD; for IN THIS SELFSAME DAY [the 15th Abib] have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe THIS DAY [the 15th, not the 14th] in your generations by an ordinance FOREVER”(verses 16-17). There it is! Before the ceremonial law of Moses! The day established as a Sabbath or holy convocation forever is the Feast day, the selfsame day on which they WENT OUT of Egypt, and they went out on the 15th, not the 14th (Numbers 33:3). This day is a MEMORIAL, not a shadow of the cross. A memorial of DELIVERANCE from EGYPT, which pictures DELIVERANCE from SIN! To keep us constantly in the MEMORY of the great fact that, having had our sins FORGIVEN by Christ’s BLOOD (pictured by the 14th)we are not to stop there and REMAIN in sin, but to GO OUT away from sin! Why should we observe the 14th, picturing remission of PAST sins, and then we, COMMANDMENT-KEEPERS of ALL people, refuse to continue the Feast of Unleavened Bread, picturing the COMING OUT of sin — seven days of unleavened bread symbolizing and picturing COMPLETE putting away of sin or, in other words, THE KEEPING OF THE COMMANDMENTS! These FEAST DAYS picture the KEEPING OF THE COMMANDMENTS!

Not abolished with old covenant

Observe that the Days of Unleavened Bread are a PERIOD, having two high-day SABBATHS. And this PERIOD is established FOREVER — while the Israelites were still in Egypt — before the ceremonial law of Moses had been given or written — before God even proposed the old covenant! What the law of Moses, or the old covenant, did not bring or institute, THEY CANNOT TAKE AWAY! In Fenton’s translation, the 16th verse is translated: “consequently KEEP THIS PERIOD AS AN EVER-LASTING INSTITUTION.” The whole period is included. This ALONE ought to prove that the HOLY DAYS — and the seven Days of Unleavened Bread — are binding today, and FOREVER! Now, if these texts apply to the 15th, not the 14th, as they assuredly do, and is here conclusively proved, then is the Passover established FOR-EVER? Indeed it is! But THESE texts above refer to the FEAST and not the PASSOVER. In the paragraph beginning Exodus 12:21 the PASSOVER is again referred to, and verse 24 establishes it FOREVER!

Purpose of Festival

But let us learn the full significance of this. WHY did God ordain these feast days? What was His great PURPOSE? Turn now to Exodus 13, verse 3: ” . . . Moses said unto the people, Remember THIS DAY, in which ye CAME OUT from Egypt … ” This was the 15th of Abib. Verse 6: “Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, and the seventh day shall be a FEAST unto the Eternal . . . This is done BECAUSE of that which the Eternal did [ a MEMORIAL] . . . and it shall be for a SIGN” — (miraculous PROOF of identity) — “unto thee upon thine hand, and for a MEMORIAL between thine eyes” — WHY? —”that the LORD’S LAW MAY BE IN THY MOUTH . . . Thou shalt therefore KEEP this ordinance … ” Oh, beloved brethren, do you see the wonderful meaning? Do you grasp the true significance of it all? Do you see God’s PURPOSE? The PASSOVER pictures the DEATH OF CHRIST for the remission of sins that are past. The accepting of His BLOOD does not forgive sins we SHALL commit — it does not give LICENSE to continue in sin — therefore WHEN we accept it, our sins are forgiven only up to that time — PAST SINS. But shall we stop there? Past sins forgiven. But we are still flesh beings. We still shall suffer temptations. Sin has held us in its clutch — we have been SLAVES to sin, in its power. And we are powerless to deliver ourselves from it! We have been in BONDAGE to sin. Let us understand the picture — the meaning.

Quitting sin utterly

To what extent shall we put away sin? Not partially, but COMPLETELY! And, as leaven is also a type of sin — leaven puffs up, and so does sin — and, as SEVEN is God’s number symbolizing COMPLETENESS, we are to follow the Passover with the seven Days of Unleavened Bread! The picture — the meaning — the symbolism, is not complete with Passover alone. Passover pictures the acceptance of Christ’s blood for the REMISSION of past sins. It pictures the CRUCIFIED — the DEAD — Christ. Shall we leave Christ hanging on the cross? The seven Days of UNLEAVENED BREAD, following Passover, picture to us the COMPLETE putting away of sin, the KEEPING of the Commandments — after past sins are forgiven. They picture the life and work of the RISEN CHRIST — who ascended to the throne of God where He is actively at work in our behalf as our HIGH PRIEST, cleansing us of sin — delivering us completely from its POWER! To observe Passover alone, and then fail to observe the seven Days of Unleavened Bread, means, in the symbolism, to accept Christ’s blood, and to continue on in sin — to say with the Sunday churches the LAW is done away, we are under grace, meaning license, to continue in sin! The seven Days of Unleavened Bread picture the keeping of the Commandments, which is another way of saying the putting away of sin. And, as Rome’s followers have the MARK of the BEAST in their right hand and forehead, so God’s true Church is to have these feast days, the first of which is a MEMORIAL picturing deliverance from sin, in OUR right hand and forehead, as God’s SIGN, in order that we shall KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. And since the forehead is the seat of the intellect and symbolizes ACCEPTANCE, and the right hand symbolizes WORK, we have this SIGN OF GOD thereby accepting this truth about the Holy Days and Days of Unleavened Bread, and by NOT WORKING on these Holy Days! Not only is the weekly Sabbath God’s SIGN (Exodus 31:12-17) but annual Sabbaths are SIGNS as well!

One incident

Just a personal reference showing how marvelously this ordinance pictures the PLAN OF REDEMPTION. It happened years ago at Eugene, Ore. As we assembled in holy convocation the last of these Sabbaths, 21st Abib, one sister mentioned she had found a half slice of leavened bread behind some things in her home, during the Days of Unleavened Bread. She had put it out of the house immediately. Another said she had found a can of baking powder half full, which she did not know she had. Another found a slice of bread and some yeast. All had put the leaven out as soon as discovered. How true to life is the picture! How often do we, after we think we have put away sin, discover hidden sins or habits we did not know we had — or thought we had overcome? They must be put away and overcome as soon as discovered.

The perfect picture

But let us notice the wonderful picture further. The children of Israel started out of Egypt, the night of the 15th Abib, as we must, of our own accord, start out of sin as soon as we accept the blood of Christ. They started out on their own power — and we must make the start of ourselves. But they did not get far until Pharaoh pursued after them. If Egypt is a type of sin, then surely Pharaoh must picture Satan, the army of Egypt Satan’s demons. While Israel was IN EGYPT they were Pharaoh’s slaves, helpless and powerless under his taskmasters — just as the sinner is in the power of the devil. But when Israel took the blood of the Lamb when God acted, and as a result of God’s act of the plague of the firstborn, Pharaoh released Israel. When we accept Christ’s blood, GOD ACTS, and the devil must release us. And, as the Israelites went out WITH A HIGH HAND (Numbers 33:3), probably in great exultation and elation over their deliverance from bondage, so does the newborn Christian start out his Christian life — up in the clouds of happiness and joy. But what happened? Exodus 14:5 — Pharaoh immediately began topursue after them with soldiers in 600 chariots. So the devil immediately pursues after the new-born child of God with his demons — and soon the new and inexperienced Christian finds he is down in the depths of discouragement and tempted to give up and quit. Notice, beginning verse 10 — as soon as the Israelites saw this great army pursuing them, they lost their courage. Fear came over them. They began to grumble and complain. They saw it was IMPOSSIBLE for them to get away from Pharaoh and his army, because he was too powerful for them. And they were helpless. So it is with us.

Our strength not sufficient!

But notice the message of God to them through Moses: ” . . Fear ye not, STAND STILL, and SEE THE SALVATION OF THE ETERNAL . . . for the Egyptians . . . ye shall see them again NO MORE for ever. THE ETERNAL SHALL FIGHT FOR YOU! . . . How wonderful! Helpless, we are told to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. He shall fight for us. We cannot conquer Satan, but He can. It is the risen Christ — our High Priest — who will cleanse us — sanctify us — deliver us — who said He would never leave us or forsake us! We cannot keep the Commandments in our own power and strength. But Christ IN US can keep them! We must rely on HIM, in faith. Notice verse 19. The angel who had gone before, showing the Israelites the way, now went behind them, getting between them and their enemy, protecting them. And then God parted the waters of the Red Sea. ” … and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left” (verse 23). In Isaiah 55:1 and John 7:37-39, the WATERS are a symbol of the HOLY SPIRIT. The LIVING WATERS,of God are a wall to us, on our right hand and on our left, guiding us in the true path, making the path, protecting us in it. But when Pharaoh and his army attempted to follow Israel in this divinely created path, these same waters completely COVERED THEM, as the Holy Spirit removes and covers our sins, and the Israelites SAW THEM NO MORE! What a wonderful picture!

No sacrifices originally

Thus we see, the FEAST of Unleavened Bread as well as the PASSOVER, was ordained and established FOREVER, PRIOR to the ceremonial law of Moses — PRIOR to the old covenant. Let us be consistent about this. Opponents tell us these are IN THE LAW OF MOSES. We reply they existed before the law of Moses, are carried over in the New Testament, and therefore are binding today. Notice especially, that originally there were NO SACRIFICES — no MEAT AND DRINK ordinances — held on these days. See Jeremiah 7:22-23. These days were not instituted FOR THE PURPOSE of the sacrifices as some have wrongly supposed. These Holy Days are not shadows — they are MEMORIALS, and twice called such. Where do we find such plain language calling the Sabbath a memorial? (See also Leviticus 23:24.) The Sabbath, too, existed BEFORE the law of Moses — was made HOLY UNTO THE LORD before the Mosaic law was given. When the law of Moses came, with its sacrificial ordinances, its meat and drink ordinances, then THESE SACRIFICES AND MEAT AND DRINK OFFERINGS WERE INSTITUTED, TEMPORARILY — until Christ — TO BE HELD, some daily, SOME ON THE WEEKLY SABBATH, AND SOME ON THE FIRST OF EACH MONTH AND SOME ON EACH OF THE ANNUAL HOLY DAYS. But, mark well this fact! Where we find these sacrifices and meat and drink offerings instituted on the Holy Days we find them also on the weekly Sabbath. The same chapters in the law of Moses adding them to the annual days ALSO ADD THEM TO THE WEEKLY DAYS. The argument that these sacrifices held on these days does away with the days APPLIES EQUALLY TO THE SABBATH! If this argument abolishes one, it abolishes also the other. The Sunday preachers argue that these sacrifices do away with the Sabbath. We deny it — why? The Sabbath existed BEFORE these sacrifices were added. THE SAME IS TRUE OF THE HOLY DAYS! They began, too, BEFORE the ritualistic law of Moses! This is SO PLAIN that none will deny it except those whose hearts are rebellious against Almighty God and His TRUTH!

Sacrifices on weekly Sabbath

Let us notice,Numbers 28 and 29: First, the offerings by fire DAY BY DAY, the “morning-evening” sacrifice. Second, verses 9-10, burnt meat offerings and drink offerings every SABBATH. Third, verses 11-15, NEW MOONS. Then, verse 16, to end of chapter 28, the annual days. Now we know these MEAT AND DRINK offerings, by fire, were TYPICAL and were DONE AWAY. But are the seven week days DONE AWAY? Is the weekly SABBATH done away? Is the first day of each month DONE AWAY? Only in BABYLON — not in God’s sight. Neither are the annual HOLY DAYS OF THE LORD done away! The sacrifices were typical, and they came with the law of Moses, and they WENT with it. But the DAYS on which they were held were not typical, did not come with the law of Moses and did not go with it. The DAYS are binding FOREVER! As the Sabbath is a MEMORIAL, so are the Holy Days!

Commanded in New Testament

And now we wish to show a NEW TESTAMENT COMMAND — more plain, more direct, than any we can find for the weekly Sabbath — to keep these annual HOLY DAYS! Observe again Numbers 28:16-17: ” … IN the fourteenth day of the first month is the PASSOVER of the Lord. And IN the fifteenth day of this month is the FEAST: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten.” This FEAST was not the 14th, but the 15th. It was the PASSOVER, when the LAMB was killed, the 14th. The daylight part of the 14th was the PREPARATION for the FEAST. (Mat-thew 27:62; Mark 15:42; Luke 23:54; John 19:14.) (NOTE, in Jesus’ day the Jews celebrated their Passover one day late according to the tradition of the elders — John 18:28.) Let us get this point thoroughly established in our minds, for if this is true, as it is, THEN ALL OF THESE DAYS ARE STILL BINDING UPON US BY NEW TESTAMENT as well as Old Testament AUTHORITY! Notice Matthew 26:5: The Jews, conspiring to kill Jesus, said: ” . . . Not on the FEAST DAY, lest there be an uproar among the people.” They hastened so they could take and kill Him the day before the feast, or on the 14th Nisan. Mark 14:2 says the same thing. Now to establish that the Feast day was the day after the Passover Festival, and that it was the high-day Sabbath — the day AFTER Jesus was crucified, notice John 13:29: “For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag — was treasurer — Fenton, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the FEAST . . . ” This was at the Passover supper. They thought Jesus was sending Judas out to buy provisions to prepare for the FEAST. Surely this proved the FEAST was the following day — the 15th Nisan, as all these scriptures positively affirm. Now let us examine carefully I Corinthians 5:7-8. Churches have applied this to the PASSOVER. Notice it does not say, or apply to, PASSOVER at all. Let us willingly, prayerfully, study to see what it does say: ” … For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:Therefore LET US KEEP THE FEAST … ” Notice it. Because Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed, therefore let us of the NEW Testament dispensation — BECAUSE Christ has died — keep, WHAT? Notice it! NOT the Passover, which was on the 14th Nisan — but let us keep the FEAST — which was the 15th! The high-day Sabbath of John 19:31! The annual HOLY DAY. And, in a large sense, the FEAST included all seven of the Days of Unleavened Bread including the SECOND Holy Day or Sabbath on the 21st Nisan! We cannot escape this, if we are yielded to the Lord and the Wordof God! There it is, in plain language, in the New Testament! Because Christ was crucified, therefore let us keep the FEAST! The 14th was the Passover, but in the 15th day of this month is the FEAST! Let us no longer apply that to the Passover, for it SAYS “feast.”

Days of Unleavened Bread kept by Paul and New Testament Church

It is faithfully recorded in the New Testament that, during the period its history covers, the Church was keeping those days! In Acts 20:6, ” . . . we sailed away from Philippi AFTER THE DAYS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD. .. ” Paul and companions plainly had observed the Days of Unleavened Bread at Philippi. The Holy Spirit could never have inspired such words otherwise. Notice also Acts 12:3-4: “… Then were the days of unleavened bread . . . intending after PASSOVER [see Greek] to bring him forth to the people.” Could the Holy Spirit have inspired the direct affirmation, “Then WERE the days of unleavened bread” if those days had, in God’s sight; ceased to exist? Notice, it is not any blinded Judaizers, ignorant of what was abolished, making this statement — it is Almighty God saying it through inspiration of the Holy Spirit. This was YEARS after the crucifixion. The Days of Unleavened Bread still existed, or the Holy Spirit could not have inspired “Then WERE the days of unleavened bread.”]]>

MINISTUDY – The Feast of Unleavened Bread – Our Part in God's Master Plan

MINISTUDY The Feast of Unleavened Bread — Our Part in God’s Master Plan   Prepared by Richard H. Sedliacik The Good News, March 1983   Last month we learned that the Passover, the first of God’s commanded annual festivals (Lev. 23), is the beginning, the very first step, in God’s great master plan of salvation for mankind. It was Jesus Christ, “our Passover” (I Cor. 5:7), who died for our past sins. But accepting Christ’s sacrifice to pay for our sins is not enough. Once we have repented of our sins and been forgiven by God, we must strive to forsake sin completely. We must come out of this world’s ways of sin (Rev. 18:4) — just as Israel left Egypt, a type of sin (Heb. 11:25-26) — and stay out. We must be putting all sin away from us. That is our part in God’s master plan. To help keep us in the knowledge of the second step in His plan, God gave His Church the annual Feast of Unleavened Bread. The observance of this Feast impresses upon us that we must strive not to return to the sins Christ paid for with His shed blood. Let’s understand.   1. What Feast did God command the Israelites to keep immediately after the Passover? Ex. 12:17, Lev. 23:6. Were they to keep the Feast just this one time? Ex. 12:17, 13:10. Notice that the Feast of Unleavened Bread was given by God before the people reached Mt. Sinai — before they even left the land of Egypt. It was also to be kept by all their succeeding generations forever.   2. For how many days is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to continue? Compare Exodus 12:15 with Exodus 34:18 and Numbers 28:16-17. Read also Deuteronomy 16:3-4. Were the first and seventh days set apart as “holy” days on which the people were to assemble themselves, much the same as they would on a weekly Sabbath day? Ex. 12:16, Lev. 23:3, 7-8. The first month of the Hebrew calendar, which God inspired the Jews to preserve for New Testament Christians today, was called Abib or Nisan in Hebrew. It corresponds to the time that will fall variously during the months of March and April of the Roman calendar today. The Feast of Unleavened Bread therefore begins on the 15th of Abib, immediately after the Passover. It continues for seven days until the 21st of Abib. Both the 15th and the 21st are special Sabbaths — annual “holy convocations” — days of rest and worship of God.   3. Were the Israelites to put all leaven and leavened food out of their homes and property during the seven Days of Unleavened Bread? Ex. 12:15, 13:7, Deut. 16:4. A leavening agent is any substance used to puff up — to produce fermentation, causing dough to rise. Yeast, baking soda and baking powder are leavening agents.   4. Is leaven clearly a symbol for sin? Matt. 16:6, 11-12, Luke 12:1, I Cor. 5:8. Leaven is often referred to in the Bible as a type of sin. Leaven puffs up, and so does sin. Unleavened bread is a flat bread that contains no leavening agent, and therefore typifies the absence of sin. And since 7 is God’s special number signifying completion or perfection, God wants His people to strive to put sin completely out of their lives.   5. Does God specifically command His people to eat unleavened bread during this Festival? Ex. 12:15, 19-20, Lev. 23:6. The Israelites were not merely to expunge all leavening and leavened foods from their property. That would have only symbolized putting away sin. They were commanded to eat unleavened bread during the Feast of Unleavened Bread. This act of eating unleavened bread symbolizes the opposite of sin — obedience to God.   6. Upon one’s repentance, Christ’s sacrifice blots out all his past sins. When Paul asked if we should continue in sin, what did he answer? Rom. 6:15-16. What was his apostolic command? Verses 11-13. Christ died so that we would not have to pay the penalty of eternal death (Rom. 6:23). Now God expects us to obey His law — to “unleaven” our lives. God does not want us to continue in sin, for Christ is not the minister of sin (Gal. 2:17).   7. Did Paul, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, say New Testament Christians should keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread? I Cor. 5:8. Here is a direct command to keep these Days of Unleavened Bread! Notice what Paul teaches New Testament Christians about becoming “unleavened.”   8. Were the Corinthians permitting a person who was openly practicing sin to fellowship with God’s Church? Verse 1.   9. Was this sin in their midst causing them to feel guilty, or was it rather causing them to become vain — to be “puffed up”? Verse 2. Did they think that they could be more forgiving and therefore more righteous than God by allowing this fornicator to remain in the Church? Same verse.   10. Paul, knowing that this sin was causing foolish members to swell with vanity and become puffed up, gave them specific instructions. What were those instructions? I Cor. 5:3-5.   11. Does the apostle Paul compare this sinning member to a little bit of leaven? Verse 6. Again, what is his instruction? Verses 7-8. Paul explains that just a small amount of leaven — a sinful person, by analogy — can cause the whole lump of dough — the whole Church, again by analogy — to become saturated with sin. Permitting sin to continue unabated and openly before all the congregation would, in time, have caused others to gradually let down and begin slipping back into former sins. Sin would thus spread in the lives of other Christians by the bad example of just one, as certainly as a little leavening in bread dough eventually causes the whole loaf to rise — to become puffed up. Paul therefore commanded the Corinthian church members to put out the sinful, spiritually “leavened” member of their congregation (verse 7) so the Church might be spiritually “unleavened.”   12. What did Paul say that clearly shows the Church was, at the moment he wrote, keeping the Feast of Unleavened Bread? Verse 7. Notice the words “since you truly are unleavened.” The apostle Paul was telling them to put out this spiritual leaven just as they had already put out all physical leaven in preparation for this Festival. They were to keep the Feast not only with unleavened flat bread, but with the spiritually “unleavened” attitude of sincerity and truth.   13. Was Moses faced with choosing between the licentious sins of Egypt and serving God? Heb. 11:24-26. Did this mean he would suffer with God’s people? Verse 25. Why was Moses willing to make such a choice? Verse 26. Moses knew that to inherit eternal life in God’s Kingdom he had to utterly forsake the ways of sin.   14. Does God want Christians to forsake this world’s ways of sin as Moses did? Rev. 18:4, Heb. 12:1-4. Are we to continually “strive” — to expend effort and energy — to put sin out of our lives as it crops up? Heb. 12:1, 4.   If we are to receive the gift of eternal life and become members of God’s Family, we must prove our willingness to obey God here and now by striving to get the spiritual leaven of sin out of our lives. This is our part in God’s great master plan, as pictured by the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Thus at this time every spring, we are to renew our resolve to live in harmony with God’s laws henceforth — to rededicate our lives to continual spiritual growth. But God knows that to overcome and obey Him we need His spiritual help. Therefore He promises to give us the power of His Holy Spirit. In the following Ministudy we’ll learn about the third festival, picturing the next step in God’s master plan for our spiritual creation. ]]>

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE PASSOVER AND FESTIVAL OF UNLEAVENED BREAD  

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE PASSOVER AND FESTIVAL OF UNLEAVENED BREAD

by Herbert W. Armstrong Good News March 1979

CREATION is the proof of the existence of God. Creation identifies God. The Sabbath is a weekly memorial of creation. A weekly reminder of God’s power to create. Therefore it identifies God to us — keeps us in the true memory and true worship of the true God. No other day but the SEVENTH DAY OF THE WEEK could have that great significance and MEANING. It was designed to keep us in the true worship of God.

The purpose of Holy Days

Now in like manner, God gave His Church seven annual Sabbaths. These Holy Days were given to keep God’s children in the true memory and worship of God by keeping us constantly in the understanding of God’s great plan of redemption. For these annual days picture the different epochs in the plan of redemption, mark the dispensations and picture their meaning. The whole story of the redemption of man was, in these feast days, to be reenacted year after year continually. They have vitally important symbolism and meaning. God purposed to impress the truths these high Sabbaths picture upon the minds of His children through ALL time, keeping His Church in the true understanding of HIS PLAN.

The Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread

Most churches teach that Christ finished the plan of redemption on the cross. But the very FIRST event in God’s great PLAN for man’s redemption was the death of Christ on the cross. We find the operation of this great sacrifice beginning in Eden, when God killed a lamb or goat, in order to COVER the nakedness (type of sin) of Adam and Eve with skins. We find it operating when Abel sacrificed a substitute lamb. And so the PASSOVER is theFIRST of these events picturing to God’s children year by year His great PLAN. Let us understand it. Egypt is a type of SIN. As God’s people Israel are today in “BABYLON,”and soon are to be delivered after God pours out His PLAGUES upon Babylon, so they once were in Egypt and were delivered after the pouring out of the plagues. And, as Rome has changed times and seasons and days, professing Christians have been deceived and have lost sight of true TIME and God’s DAYS, as well as the true WORSHIP of God. So it was with the children of Israel in Egypt. For years they had been in severe BONDAGE in Egypt -forced to work with taskmasters over them. There was no Bible – no written Word of God. They were not permitted to worship God as He had ordained. They were forced to work seven days a week. They had lost sight even of the true Sabbath – and that is why God REVEALED to them the Sabbath in the wilderness of Sin (Exodus 16). Just as Rome has changed times and seasons, so had Egypt.

Passover only the start

And so, on delivering His people from Egypt (sin), God straightened them out as to TIME. And, as the BEGINNING of our salvation was wrought by Christ’s death on the cross, so God said,”THIS month [in the spring] shall be unto you the BEGINNING of months … “(Exodus 12:2). Some few keep the BEGINNING of this first Feast of salvation in observing Passover, but never go on to know the “depth of the riches” of God’s grace pictured by the following feasts! Christ is not only the author or beginner, but the FINISHER of our salvation! On the 10th day of this first month the Israelites were instructed to take a lamb without blemish. They kept it UNTIL — not after — the 14th day of the same first month, AT EVEN, at DUSK as the Jewish translation has it — between the two evenings, or between sunset and dark, when it was killed. This was IN, not AFTER the 14th day. They shed the blood of the lamb, picturing Christ’s sacrifice to come. They ate the flesh IN THAT NIGHT. At midnight the death angel came, but PASSED OVER every house where the BLOOD had been sprinkled. There are some very important details it is vital that we notice at this point. Perhaps we have not seen them before. It proves that the Passover shall be observed the 14th, not the 15th.

Passover 14th, not 15th

Notice Exodus 12, verse 6, they shall kill the lamb AT DUSK (Jewish official translation). Verse 8, they shall eat the flesh in that night – still the 14th. Verses 9 to 11 continue to describe how it shall be roasted and eaten — theTIME is still the same night – the 14th. Verse 12: “For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn” — still same night – 14th. Now notice carefully the paragraph beginning verse 21. Here are more detailed directions for striking the blood on the doorposts – the TIME this was done, as proved above, was the night part of the 14th. Notice carefully verse 22 ” . . . strike the lintel and the two sideposts with the blood that is in the basin; and NONE OF YOU SHALL GO OUT AT THE DOOR OF HIS HOUSE UNTIL THE MORNING.” Notice that carefully! NONE were permitted to leave their houses that night. They remained IN their houses UNTIL MORNING! They remained there all night! Now read on. Verse 29, at midnight (the 14th) the Lord smote the firstborn of Egypt. Verse 30, Pharaoh rose up in the night. This was, of course, after the death angel passed at midnight, and therefore, after midnight. He called for Moses and Aaron. This must have taken some time, but still the same night. Verse 33, the Egyptian people were urgent to get rid of the Israelites. Verse 35, the Israelites borrowed of the Egyptians silver and gold and clothing and spoiled the Egyptians. When? Surely this borrowing and spoiling of the Egyptians took several hours. The Israelites were forbidden to LEAVE THEIR HOUSES UNTIL MORNING — SO this spoiling and borrowing took place through the DAYTIME of the 14th day.

Exodus 24 hours after Passover

But — notice this highly important point – the Israelites did not GO OUT from the land of Egypt UNTIL THAT NIGHT — the 15th Nisan! Notice the paragraph composed of verses 41-42: ” . . . Even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the Lord WENT OUT from the land of Egypt. It is a NIGHT to be much observed unto the Lord for bringing them out of the land of Egypt: THIS IS THE NIGHT of the Lord to be observed … ” Which is the NIGHT to be observed? The NIGHT they came out of Egypt. They went OUT of Egypt, not during the daytime the 14th, but after that day had ENDED — after the sun had set the following NIGHT — on the 15th Abib! And THAT night, the 15th, is to be observed! The following verses, beginning verse 43, form a new paragraph and refer again to PASSOVER — the 14th day. Now, notice Deuteronomy 16:1. “Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the Eternal thy God: for in the month of Abib the Lord thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt BY NIGHT.” Notice it, they did not GO OUT of Egypt until NIGHT. And this night was the 15th, not the 14th. Further proof? Notice now Numbers 33:3. “And they DEPARTED from Rameses in the first month, ON THE FIFTEENTH DAY OF THE FIRST MONTH; ON THE MORROW AFTER THE PASSOVER the children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians.” There it is, in plain language. Now some believe that they killed the lamb between noon and sunset the 14th — about 3 p.m., near the END of the day – ate it that night, the 15th (claiming that is when the Passover was eaten, and when we should take it today) and then went on out of Egypt THAT SAME NIGHT. But this theory will not hold water, in view of ALL. these scriptures, and following through Exodus 12. The Israelites were not permitted to leave their houses that night after eating the lamb. They remained in their own houses – up in the land of Goshen – until daylight. Then they went to their Egyptian neighbors, and borrowed from them and spoiled them. There were millions of them. It took TIME to notify them. It took TIME to do all this. It could not have been done after midnight, when Pharaoh rose up, and still have gotten out of Egypt the same night. The Israelites were in their houses in Goshen ALL THAT NIGHT. Exodus 12:10 further proves this. Whatever remained of their roasted lamb uneaten UNTIL MORNING they were to burn with fire. That shows they stayed in their homes UNTIL MORNING. They did not LEAVE Egypt until after that day ended — after night fall again, during the NIGHT part of the 15th.

In, not after, 14th!

Now to connect one other vital point, turn to Numbers 28:16-17. … IN the fourteenth day [not AFTER it]. . . IS the PASSOVER of the Lord. And IN the FIFTEENTH day [not BEFORE it] of this month is THE FEAST: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten.” Leviticus 23:5-6 says the same thing. Notice the PASSOVER is not the 15th, but IN the 14th. IN it is not after it is past. And notice too, the FEAST mentioned here is not the 14th (though the Passover is elsewhere called a feast), but the FEAST DAY is the 15th. The SEVEN-DAY period begins the 15th. The 15th is the FIRST of the seven Days of Unleavened Bread. However, since leaven was put out of the houses during the 14th day, it came to be called one of the Days of Unleavened Bread by New Testament times, but when this is done EIGHT DAYS are included as Days of Unleavened Bread. The entire EIGHT-DAY period is, in New Testament usage, called by the name PASSOVER. But the SEVEN-DAY period begins the 15th, after the 14th, or Passover, has ended. The 14th day is the Passover. It is the first of God’s festivals. It is NOT the FEAST DAY mentioned here. In the 15th day is the FEAST. Let us get that distinction clearly in mind. It is the 15th that is the FEAST — the 14th is the PASSOVER. This FEAST day begins after PASSOVER has ended. Now with these facts well in mind,let us turn back to Exodus 12. Notice beginning verse 14. “And THIS DAY shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it A FEAST to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it A FEAST by ordinance FOREVER. Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread . . . And in the FIRST DAY there shall be AN HOLY CONVOCATION . . . to you” WHAT DAY is established as a MEMORIAL – not a shadow, a MEMORIAL — a FEAST – to be kept FOREVER? Notice, it is the day that is the FEAST — “Ye shall keep it a FEAST.” It is the day that is the FEAST DAY — the 15th Abib, not the 14th – not the Passover! This day is the FEAST DAY – a MEMORIAL, to be kept a Sabbath or holy convocation, FOREVER! SEVEN DAYS are included, and we have shown that the seven-day period begins the 15th, after Passover has passed. “In the fourteenth is the PASSOVER, but IN THE FIFTEENTH DAY is the FEAST – seven days.” Many have always believed the day here spoken of, and ordained for-ever, was the PASSOVER, or 14th. But it is not – it is the 15th day. Now this day — the 15th — is established a HOLY CONVOCATION. Look in the dictionary. A convocation is an assembly of the people where their presence is commanded, under power and authority. A holy convocation is a religious assembly, for purposes of worship. The weekly Sabbath is a holy convocation. So is Abib 15th. Our presence is COMMANDED, under God’s power and authority. But let us continue on. Notice, now, beginning verse 16: “And in the first day [of the seven, 15th Abib] there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day [21st Abib] there shall be an holy convocation to you . . . And ye shall observe the FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD; for IN THIS SELFSAME DAY [the 15th Abib] have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe THIS DAY [the 15th, not the 14th] in your generations by an ordinance FOREVER”(verses 16-17). There it is! Before the ceremonial law of Moses! The day established as a Sabbath or holy convocation forever is the Feast day, the selfsame day on which they WENT OUT of Egypt, and they went out on the 15th, not the 14th (Numbers 33:3). This day is a MEMORIAL, not a shadow of the cross. A memorial of DELIVERANCE from EGYPT, which pictures DELIVERANCE from SIN! To keep us constantly in the MEMORY of the great fact that, having had our sins FORGIVEN by Christ’s BLOOD (pictured by the 14th)we are not to stop there and REMAIN in sin, but to GO OUT away from sin! Why should we observe the 14th, picturing remission of PAST sins, and then we, COMMANDMENT-KEEPERS of ALL people, refuse to continue the Feast of Unleavened Bread, picturing the COMING OUT of sin — seven days of unleavened bread symbolizing and picturing COMPLETE putting away of sin or, in other words, THE KEEPING OF THE COMMANDMENTS! These FEAST DAYS picture the KEEPING OF THE COMMANDMENTS!

Not abolished with old covenant

Observe that the Days of Unleavened Bread are a PERIOD, having two high-day SABBATHS. And this PERIOD is established FOREVER — while the Israelites were still in Egypt — before the ceremonial law of Moses had been given or written — before God even proposed the old covenant! What the law of Moses, or the old covenant, did not bring or institute, THEY CANNOT TAKE AWAY! In Fenton’s translation, the 16th verse is translated: “consequently KEEP THIS PERIOD AS AN EVER-LASTING INSTITUTION.” The whole period is included. This ALONE ought to prove that the HOLY DAYS — and the seven Days of Unleavened Bread — are binding today, and FOREVER! Now, if these texts apply to the 15th, not the 14th, as they assuredly do, and is here conclusively proved, then is the Passover established FOR-EVER? Indeed it is! But THESE texts above refer to the FEAST and not the PASSOVER. In the paragraph beginning Exodus 12:21 the PASSOVER is again referred to, and verse 24 establishes it FOREVER!

Purpose of Festival

But let us learn the full significance of this. WHY did God ordain these feast days? What was His great PURPOSE? Turn now to Exodus 13, verse 3: ” . . . Moses said unto the people, Remember THIS DAY, in which ye CAME OUT from Egypt … ” This was the 15th of Abib. Verse 6: “Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, and the seventh day shall be a FEAST unto the Eternal . . . This is done BECAUSE of that which the Eternal did [ a MEMORIAL] . . . and it shall be for a SIGN” — (miraculous PROOF of identity) — “unto thee upon thine hand, and for a MEMORIAL between thine eyes” — WHY? —”that the LORD’S LAW MAY BE IN THY MOUTH . . . Thou shalt therefore KEEP this ordinance … ” Oh, beloved brethren, do you see the wonderful meaning? Do you grasp the true significance of it all? Do you see God’s PURPOSE? The PASSOVER pictures the DEATH OF CHRIST for the remission of sins that are past. The accepting of His BLOOD does not forgive sins we SHALL commit — it does not give LICENSE to continue in sin — therefore WHEN we accept it, our sins are forgiven only up to that time — PAST SINS. But shall we stop there? Past sins forgiven. But we are still flesh beings. We still shall suffer temptations. Sin has held us in its clutch — we have been SLAVES to sin, in its power. And we are powerless to deliver ourselves from it! We have been in BONDAGE to sin. Let us understand the picture — the meaning.

Quitting sin utterly

To what extent shall we put away sin? Not partially, but COMPLETELY! And, as leaven is also a type of sin — leaven puffs up, and so does sin — and, as SEVEN is God’s number symbolizing COMPLETENESS, we are to follow the Passover with the seven Days of Unleavened Bread! The picture — the meaning — the symbolism, is not complete with Passover alone. Passover pictures the acceptance of Christ’s blood for the REMISSION of past sins. It pictures the CRUCIFIED — the DEAD — Christ. Shall we leave Christ hanging on the cross? The seven Days of UNLEAVENED BREAD, following Passover, picture to us the COMPLETE putting away of sin, the KEEPING of the Commandments — after past sins are forgiven. They picture the life and work of the RISEN CHRIST — who ascended to the throne of God where He is actively at work in our behalf as our HIGH PRIEST, cleansing us of sin — delivering us completely from its POWER! To observe Passover alone, and then fail to observe the seven Days of Unleavened Bread, means, in the symbolism, to accept Christ’s blood, and to continue on in sin — to say with the Sunday churches the LAW is done away, we are under grace, meaning license, to continue in sin! The seven Days of Unleavened Bread picture the keeping of the Commandments, which is another way of saying the putting away of sin. And, as Rome’s followers have the MARK of the BEAST in their right hand and forehead, so God’s true Church is to have these feast days, the first of which is a MEMORIAL picturing deliverance from sin, in OUR right hand and forehead, as God’s SIGN, in order that we shall KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. And since the forehead is the seat of the intellect and symbolizes ACCEPTANCE, and the right hand symbolizes WORK, we have this SIGN OF GOD thereby accepting this truth about the Holy Days and Days of Unleavened Bread, and by NOT WORKING on these Holy Days! Not only is the weekly Sabbath God’s SIGN (Exodus 31:12-17) but annual Sabbaths are SIGNS as well!

One incident

Just a personal reference showing how marvelously this ordinance pictures the PLAN OF REDEMPTION. It happened years ago at Eugene, Ore. As we assembled in holy convocation the last of these Sabbaths, 21st Abib, one sister mentioned she had found a half slice of leavened bread behind some things in her home, during the Days of Unleavened Bread. She had put it out of the house immediately. Another said she had found a can of baking powder half full, which she did not know she had. Another found a slice of bread and some yeast. All had put the leaven out as soon as discovered. How true to life is the picture! How often do we, after we think we have put away sin, discover hidden sins or habits we did not know we had — or thought we had overcome? They must be put away and overcome as soon as discovered.

The perfect picture

But let us notice the wonderful picture further. The children of Israel started out of Egypt, the night of the 15th Abib, as we must, of our own accord, start out of sin as soon as we accept the blood of Christ. They started out on their own power — and we must make the start of ourselves. But they did not get far until Pharaoh pursued after them. If Egypt is a type of sin, then surely Pharaoh must picture Satan, the army of Egypt Satan’s demons. While Israel was IN EGYPT they were Pharaoh’s slaves, helpless and powerless under his taskmasters — just as the sinner is in the power of the devil. But when Israel took the blood of the Lamb when God acted, and as a result of God’s act of the plague of the firstborn, Pharaoh released Israel. When we accept Christ’s blood, GOD ACTS, and the devil must release us. And, as the Israelites went out WITH A HIGH HAND (Numbers 33:3), probably in great exultation and elation over their deliverance from bondage, so does the newborn Christian start out his Christian life — up in the clouds of happiness and joy. But what happened? Exodus 14:5 — Pharaoh immediately began topursue after them with soldiers in 600 chariots. So the devil immediately pursues after the new-born child of God with his demons — and soon the new and inexperienced Christian finds he is down in the depths of discouragement and tempted to give up and quit. Notice, beginning verse 10 — as soon as the Israelites saw this great army pursuing them, they lost their courage. Fear came over them. They began to grumble and complain. They saw it was IMPOSSIBLE for them to get away from Pharaoh and his army, because he was too powerful for them. And they were helpless. So it is with us.

Our strength not sufficient!

But notice the message of God to them through Moses: ” . . Fear ye not, STAND STILL, and SEE THE SALVATION OF THE ETERNAL . . . for the Egyptians . . . ye shall see them again NO MORE for ever. THE ETERNAL SHALL FIGHT FOR YOU! . . . How wonderful! Helpless, we are told to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. He shall fight for us. We cannot conquer Satan, but He can. It is the risen Christ — our High Priest — who will cleanse us — sanctify us — deliver us — who said He would never leave us or forsake us! We cannot keep the Commandments in our own power and strength. But Christ IN US can keep them! We must rely on HIM, in faith. Notice verse 19. The angel who had gone before, showing the Israelites the way, now went behind them, getting between them and their enemy, protecting them. And then God parted the waters of the Red Sea. ” … and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left” (verse 23). In Isaiah 55:1 and John 7:37-39, the WATERS are a symbol of the HOLY SPIRIT. The LIVING WATERS,of God are a wall to us, on our right hand and on our left, guiding us in the true path, making the path, protecting us in it. But when Pharaoh and his army attempted to follow Israel in this divinely created path, these same waters completely COVERED THEM, as the Holy Spirit removes and covers our sins, and the Israelites SAW THEM NO MORE! What a wonderful picture!

No sacrifices originally

Thus we see, the FEAST of Unleavened Bread as well as the PASSOVER, was ordained and established FOREVER, PRIOR to the ceremonial law of Moses — PRIOR to the old covenant. Let us be consistent about this. Opponents tell us these are IN THE LAW OF MOSES. We reply they existed before the law of Moses, are carried over in the New Testament, and therefore are binding today. Notice especially, that originally there were NO SACRIFICES — no MEAT AND DRINK ordinances — held on these days. See Jeremiah 7:22-23. These days were not instituted FOR THE PURPOSE of the sacrifices as some have wrongly supposed. These Holy Days are not shadows — they are MEMORIALS, and twice called such. Where do we find such plain language calling the Sabbath a memorial? (See also Leviticus 23:24.) The Sabbath, too, existed BEFORE the law of Moses — was made HOLY UNTO THE LORD before the Mosaic law was given. When the law of Moses came, with its sacrificial ordinances, its meat and drink ordinances, then THESE SACRIFICES AND MEAT AND DRINK OFFERINGS WERE INSTITUTED, TEMPORARILY — until Christ — TO BE HELD, some daily, SOME ON THE WEEKLY SABBATH, AND SOME ON THE FIRST OF EACH MONTH AND SOME ON EACH OF THE ANNUAL HOLY DAYS. But, mark well this fact! Where we find these sacrifices and meat and drink offerings instituted on the Holy Days we find them also on the weekly Sabbath. The same chapters in the law of Moses adding them to the annual days ALSO ADD THEM TO THE WEEKLY DAYS. The argument that these sacrifices held on these days does away with the days APPLIES EQUALLY TO THE SABBATH! If this argument abolishes one, it abolishes also the other. The Sunday preachers argue that these sacrifices do away with the Sabbath. We deny it — why? The Sabbath existed BEFORE these sacrifices were added. THE SAME IS TRUE OF THE HOLY DAYS! They began, too, BEFORE the ritualistic law of Moses! This is SO PLAIN that none will deny it except those whose hearts are rebellious against Almighty God and His TRUTH!

Sacrifices on weekly Sabbath

Let us notice,Numbers 28 and 29: First, the offerings by fire DAY BY DAY, the “morning-evening” sacrifice. Second, verses 9-10, burnt meat offerings and drink offerings every SABBATH. Third, verses 11-15, NEW MOONS. Then, verse 16, to end of chapter 28, the annual days. Now we know these MEAT AND DRINK offerings, by fire, were TYPICAL and were DONE AWAY. But are the seven week days DONE AWAY? Is the weekly SABBATH done away? Is the first day of each month DONE AWAY? Only in BABYLON — not in God’s sight. Neither are the annual HOLY DAYS OF THE LORD done away! The sacrifices were typical, and they came with the law of Moses, and they WENT with it. But the DAYS on which they were held were not typical, did not come with the law of Moses and did not go with it. The DAYS are binding FOREVER! As the Sabbath is a MEMORIAL, so are the Holy Days!

Commanded in New Testament

And now we wish to show a NEW TESTAMENT COMMAND — more plain, more direct, than any we can find for the weekly Sabbath — to keep these annual HOLY DAYS! Observe again Numbers 28:16-17: ” … IN the fourteenth day of the first month is the PASSOVER of the Lord. And IN the fifteenth day of this month is the FEAST: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten.” This FEAST was not the 14th, but the 15th. It was the PASSOVER, when the LAMB was killed, the 14th. The daylight part of the 14th was the PREPARATION for the FEAST. (Mat-thew 27:62; Mark 15:42; Luke 23:54; John 19:14.) (NOTE, in Jesus’ day the Jews celebrated their Passover one day late according to the tradition of the elders — John 18:28.) Let us get this point thoroughly established in our minds, for if this is true, as it is, THEN ALL OF THESE DAYS ARE STILL BINDING UPON US BY NEW TESTAMENT as well as Old Testament AUTHORITY! Notice Matthew 26:5: The Jews, conspiring to kill Jesus, said: ” . . . Not on the FEAST DAY, lest there be an uproar among the people.” They hastened so they could take and kill Him the day before the feast, or on the 14th Nisan. Mark 14:2 says the same thing. Now to establish that the Feast day was the day after the Passover Festival, and that it was the high-day Sabbath — the day AFTER Jesus was crucified, notice John 13:29: “For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag — was treasurer — Fenton, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the FEAST . . . ” This was at the Passover supper. They thought Jesus was sending Judas out to buy provisions to prepare for the FEAST. Surely this proved the FEAST was the following day — the 15th Nisan, as all these scriptures positively affirm. Now let us examine carefully I Corinthians 5:7-8. Churches have applied this to the PASSOVER. Notice it does not say, or apply to, PASSOVER at all. Let us willingly, prayerfully, study to see what it does say: ” … For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:Therefore LET US KEEP THE FEAST … ” Notice it. Because Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed, therefore let us of the NEW Testament dispensation — BECAUSE Christ has died — keep, WHAT? Notice it! NOT the Passover, which was on the 14th Nisan — but let us keep the FEAST — which was the 15th! The high-day Sabbath of John 19:31! The annual HOLY DAY. And, in a large sense, the FEAST included all seven of the Days of Unleavened Bread including the SECOND Holy Day or Sabbath on the 21st Nisan! We cannot escape this, if we are yielded to the Lord and the Wordof God! There it is, in plain language, in the New Testament! Because Christ was crucified, therefore let us keep the FEAST! The 14th was the Passover, but in the 15th day of this month is the FEAST! Let us no longer apply that to the Passover, for it SAYS “feast.”

Days of Unleavened Bread kept by Paul and New Testament Church

It is faithfully recorded in the New Testament that, during the period its history covers, the Church was keeping those days! In Acts 20:6, ” . . . we sailed away from Philippi AFTER THE DAYS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD. .. ” Paul and companions plainly had observed the Days of Unleavened Bread at Philippi. The Holy Spirit could never have inspired such words otherwise. Notice also Acts 12:3-4: “… Then were the days of unleavened bread . . . intending after PASSOVER [see Greek] to bring him forth to the people.” Could the Holy Spirit have inspired the direct affirmation, “Then WERE the days of unleavened bread” if those days had, in God’s sight; ceased to exist? Notice, it is not any blinded Judaizers, ignorant of what was abolished, making this statement — it is Almighty God saying it through inspiration of the Holy Spirit. This was YEARS after the crucifixion. The Days of Unleavened Bread still existed, or the Holy Spirit could not have inspired “Then WERE the days of unleavened bread.”]]>

An Important Reminder —How Leaven Pictures Sin By George M. Kackos

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God offers Christians vital lessons through the Days of Unleavened Bread. What do these days picture, and how can they help you lead a happier life?

The apostles were jolted! First, the sound of a violent windstorm filled the house where they were meeting. Then, almost before they had time to think, glowing flames of fire began leaping upon them. Continue reading…

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE PASSOVER AND FESTIVAL OF UNLEAVENED BREAD by Herbert W. Armstrong

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CREATION is the proof of the existence of God. Creation identifies God. The Sabbath is a weekly memorial of creation. A weekly reminder of God’s power to create. Therefore it identifies God to us — keeps us in the true memory and true worship of the true God. No other day but the SEVENTH DAY OF THE WEEK could have that great significance and MEANING. It was designed to keep us in the true worship of God.

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THE SPRING HOLY DAYS | Youth Bible Lessons

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The YES program of the Worldwide Church of God produced a Youth Bible Lesson program to help the youth of the Church learn more about God and His Master Plan and how the Spring festivals picture it. From Levels Kindergarten to Level 9, each level has a lesson on the Spring Festivals: Passover, Days of Unleavened Bread and Pentecost. Below are picture each lesson from each stage group. Help you child learn more about God’s Word and why we keep God’s Holy Days today.
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