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THE FEASTS OF ISRAEL PT. 1 THE SPRING FEASTS LEVITICUS 23:4-14

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THE FEASTS OF ISRAEL
PART 1
THE SPRING FEASTS
LEVITICUS 23:4-14

            Please turn in your Bibles this morning to Leviticus chapter 23 as we begin a three-part study on the Feasts of Israel. You may be wondering why this is even important to us, but as you will see it is very important that we not only see what these feasts were about historically, but also their prophetic significance!

            With these seven feasts that God instructed the children of Israel to observe, three occurred in the springtime: The Feast of Passover, The Feast of Unleavened Bread, and The feast of Firstfruits. There was one feast that occurred in the summer: The Feast of Weeks or Pentecost.  And then there were three fall feasts: The Feast of Trumpets, The Day of Atonement, and The Feast of Tabernacles.

            Now some of you may not agree with me on this, but hear me out and then come to your own conclusion. I believe the Scriptures point to the fact that the first three feasts of Israel point to the first coming of Jesus Christ. The fourth feast points to the Church and what Christ has done to birth the Church, empower the Church. And then the last three feasts relate to the second coming of Jesus Christ.

            So far not too controversial, but let me change that.  I believe that the only feast that relates directly to the Church is the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost. The other six feasts relate to the nation of Israel and what God is doing with His people, the Jews. I realize that some of you have very strong feelings about the Feast of Trumpets being related to the Rapture of the Church, but as you will see, I don’t think it fits.  Hang in there, I am not saying you have to agree with me, but again, we will be seeing how the Church does not fit into those last three feasts but it does fit perfectly with the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost!

            My prayer as we finish up this study in a few weeks is that you would see the beautiful picture that the Holy Spirit is painting for us regarding the person and work of Jesus Christ in these feasts. Before we get to our text this morning, let me give you some insight to what this was all about from a Jewish perspective. In his book, Holiness To The LORD, Allen P. Ross wrote:

            Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread marked the beginning of Israel’s national feasts, commemorating both the deliverance from the bondage of Egypt and the first harvest of the year in the spring.  Although the new year was later set in the fall, when Passover was instituted, Nisan was the first month of the holy year (Exod. 12:20).

            The difference between the observance of the great feasts and the Sabbath is that Sabbath could be observed anywhere in the land, while the festivals required that the people travel to the sanctuary to appear together before the LORD. Legislating such a national gatherings had a number of purposes.

  1. A holy calendar reminded the people that time belonged to God – the week, the month, the year. In fact, the morning and evening oblations attested that the days were his as well.  So Israel was taught that every time, everything in time, belonged to the LORD.
  2. A calendar of agricultural festivals reminded them that all of nature belonged to God. They were supposed to acknowledge at each festival that the harvest was his.
  3. A seasonal calendar taught the people that God established times for re-creation. He set the pattern of the seasons with times for sowing and for harvesting, for labor and for rest (Eccles. 3:1-8). Each festival provided rest and rejuvenation for the land, the animals, and the people.
  4. Through the requirements of the holy calendar God established and maintained his people as a community of believers. Coming together at the festivals was an important part of the shaping of that community.
  5. Observing the calendar of festivals preserved Israel’s heritage.  Each of the festival times was connected to major events in the history of the nation, and by reliving those events the people preserved their national identity.
  6. The gatherings of the whole nation brought greater praise and glory to God.  These were the high points of the worship of Israel. Local gatherings were important to the communities, but the great gatherings invigorated the faith.
  7. The festivals in the year charted the essential aspects of God’s redemptive work. Year by year God’s saving acts were reenacted, beginning in the spring with the deliverance from bondage by the blood of the lamb, followed by the purging of corruption for a life of purity, the celebration of a new life given to God, and the guidance and instruction given to that life. At the end of the year came the summons to enter his presence, followed by the removal of all sin by full atonement, and then finally entering the fulfillment of the promises with great joy.

- Allen P. Ross, Holiness to The LORD, pp. 408-409

            Now, please keep in mind that the first four feasts Jesus fulfilled on the very day they occurred. He did not fulfill them a few days before or after these feasts, but on the very day! And thus, we must then come to the conclusion that the last three feasts, the fall feasts will also be fulfilled by Jesus on the very day they are celebrated and thus, it is important for us to know what they point to!  And we will look at this closely in our third study of these feasts.

            Also, these feasts centered upon the various harvest times, why? Because they were an agrarian society, they were farmers and worked the land all day, six days a week with their only day of rest being the Sabbath and these feasts times. Thus, for the most part they were celebrations where Jews would gather in Jerusalem to celebrate these times and thank the Lord for the blessings He has bestowed upon them and will bestow upon them.

            One last point before we get to our text this morning. In Exodus 23:14-17 the Lord tells the children of Israel, Three times you shall keep a feast to Me in the year: You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread (you shall eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month of Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt; none shall appear before Me empty); and the Feast of Harvest, the firstfruits of your labors which you have sown in the field; and the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you have gathered in the fruit of your labors from the field. Three times in the year all your males shall appear before the Lord God.

All the Jewish males who were 13 years old and up, that were able, were required to come to Jerusalem for these 3 feasts, once they got into in the land. These are the feasts:

  • FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD/PASSOVER: This included both Passover and the feast of Unleavened Bread. Passover occurred on the 14th of Nisan and then on the 15th of Nisan and running for 7 days began the feats of Unleavened Bread. This was a spring feast that occurred in March/April during the barley harvest and it celebrated their deliverance from their bondage in Egypt.
  • THE FEAST OF PENTECOST: This was also called the feast of Harvest or the feast of Firstfruits, which took place 50 days after Passover to commemorate the giving of the Law of Moses on Mount Sinai, which took place 50 days after they left Egypt. It was during the time of the wheat harvest. For us, the church was born on Pentecost.
  • THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES: Also called the feast of Ingathering and it occurred in September/October and was to commemorate the Israelites dwelling in tents for forty years in their wilderness journey!

With that as our background, let’s begin reading in Leviticus chapter 23, starting in verse 4 and see what the Lord has for us as we study the seven Feasts of Israel.

LEVITICUS 23:4-14

            The Feast of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread are sometimes used interchangeably for both feasts, but they are two separate feasts. The Feast of Passover took place on the 14th of Nisan and it was celebrated to commemorate Israel’s deliverance from Egypt. God instructed Moses and the children of Israel that each family was to slay a lamb and place the blood of that sacrifice upon the doors of their homes and the way He instructed them, the blood would form a cross, interestingly enough.  As they did this, the Lord told them that the Angel of Death would pass over their homes and if they didn’t obey the Lord, then judgment would come in the form of death to the firstborn of that family.

            Thus, this feast looked back historically to how God delivered His people from their bondage in Egypt by the sacrifice of the lamb.  But, this feast also looked ahead prophetically to the coming of the Messiah to shed His blood to free the people from their bondage of sin they are in.  And thus, as the blood of Jesus is applied to our lives the judgment of God passes over us!

            The Feast of Passover took place on the 14th of Nisan, as I have said and that corresponded to our March/April and it fell during the barley harvest. Now, in knowing historically what Passover is about, that the only deliverance from the Angel of Death was the shed blood of the lamb applied to the door of the home, it should point you to another who shed His blood for us. It was and is the only way the Angel of Death will pass over our lives, as the blood of Jesus is applied to the door of our heart, in a sense, by faith!

            Folks, I am not stretching this to fit Jesus into the picture. This is very clearly what the Scriptures teach us and the Holy Spirit was showing us in the Old Testament what God would do in the New Testament to save His people from their sin!

            Remember what John the Baptist said as he saw Jesus coming, “ . . . ‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’ John 1:29.  Don’t miss the point here. John is saying that Jesus, God incarnate, is THE sacrificial Lamb who did not come to cover our sins but to take them away completely!

            Paul picks up on this idea of Jesus being the Passover Lamb when he wrote back in I Corinthians 5:7, “ . . . For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.  He is our Passover Lamb and by receiving Him into our lives by faith, our sins have been forgiven. You see, the work is done, the gift is there for all to receive it, but not all appropriate that gift into their life by faith!

            Folks, think about it. When the Jews were in Egypt, were they spared from the Angel of Death by loving the lamb?  Not at all!  What about by admiring the lamb?  No, that did not help them! What about caring for the lamb?  No, none of those things saved them from the Angel of Death. The blood had to be shed, the sacrifice made and that blood needed to then be applied to the doors of their homes!

            Thus, what was needed then is still needed today. You are not saved by loving the Lamb, admiring the Lamb, or even caring for the Lamb, but by applying His blood into your life by faith. Also, we are not saved by the example that Christ has given to us!  Christ being a great teacher does not save us!  But only by Christ being the substitute for our sins, that is what saves us or as Jesus said, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.  John 3:16-21.

            You see the picture is perfect. The picture is beautiful. Beginning on the 10th of Nisan and running for 5 days the lambs would be inspected for any spot or blemish that would disqualify them from being sacrificed.  Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the 10th of Nisan; we call it Palm Sunday, the day that was spoken of in the book of Daniel chapter 9, the exact day. And for the next 5 days Jesus was inspected by the religious leaders, the Jews, and the Roman authority and they found no spot or blemish in Him, He was and is the perfect sacrifice! Jesus had no fault in Him as Pilate said.

            In fact, that is what Peter tells us in I Peter 1:19-20, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.  In I Peter 2:22-24 Peter also tells us, ‘Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth’; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness — by whose stripes you were healed.  And in II Corinthians 5:21 Paul tells us, For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

            Not only that, but on Passover Jesus was slain, crucified on the cross of Calvary. The ultimate and final Passover Lamb was slain on the very day this feast was celebrated. A coincidence? No, that is not a kosher word; it was the plan of God from the foundation of the world!

            Alexander Maclaren makes these remarks about the feast and its implications to us. He wrote:

            In other words, the Passover is a gospel before the gospel. We are sometimes told that in its sacrificial ideas Christianity is still dressing itself in “Hebrew old clothes.” We believe, on the contrary, that the whole sacrificial system of Judaism had for its highest purpose to shadow forth the coming redemption. Christ is not spoke of as “our Passover,” because the Mosaic ritual had happened to have that ceremonial; but the Mosaic ritual had that ceremonial mainly because Christ is our Passover, and, by His blood shed on the cross and sprinkled on our consciences, does in spiritual reality that which the Jewish Passover only did in outward form. All other questions about the Old Testament, however interesting and hotly contested, are of secondary importance compared with this. Its chief purpose is to prophesy of Christ.

- Alexander Maclaren, Expositions on Holy Scripture, “The Book of Exodus,” p. 41

            Thus, as we look at the Feast of Passover we see the finished work of Jesus on the cross of Calvary as THE Lamb of God who sacrificed Himself for our sins.  In other words, God took our sins and poured them upon Jesus and He took the righteousness of Jesus and poured that upon us!  JESUS IS OUR PASSOVER LAMB!

Next, on the 15th of Nisan and running for seven days or the 15th through the 21st of Nisan was the Feast of Unleavened Bread. On the first and last day of this feast was a holy convocation. Keep in mind that leaven speaks of sin in the Scriptures and in this feast and the feast of Passover there is no leaven to be found. In fact, before this feast they will go through their homes and sweep away any leaven that is found!

            Prophetically speaking, many believe this is a picture of the church, of believers and how they are to walk in holiness, in purity. And that is very true and there are many Scriptures that tell us we need to walk in holiness, to be set apart for the Lord. In I Peter 4:1-5 Peter tells us, Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles — when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

            Also, in Ephesians 4:30-32 Paul tells us, And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” and of course, Peter reminds us in I Peter 1:13-16, Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.’

            All that is very true but I don’t believe that is what this feast is prophetically speaking of.  First of all the Church is not born until the Feast of Pentecost, so it would seem strange to call us to holiness when we are not even around yet!  Secondly, as good as we think we are, we still sin!  When we look at the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost it is a feast that includes leaven, why? There is leaven in this feast because the Church is filled with sinners in a practical sense. Yes, all our sins are forgiven in a positional sense, but we do still sin in a practical sense or our day-to-day lives. John picks up on this when he tells us in I John 1:8,If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  And, if you remember, the Feast of Unleavened Bread has no leaven it!

            Well, then what does this mean, who is it speaking of?  Keep in mind that the first 3 feasts speak of the first coming of Jesus Christ. Thus, who is the sinless one? It is the Lamb of God who has come to take away the sins of the world. It is JESUS CHRIST!

            The sinless one who gave His life at 3 pm was placed in the tomb on the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Thus, JESUS IS THE SINLESS ONE. HE IS OUR UNLEAVENED BREAD!

The last feast we will be looking at this morning is The Feast of Firstfruits, which occurred on the day after the Sabbath or the first Sunday after Passover’s Sabbath. This feast was the celebration of the barley harvest, not the wheat harvest that took place in June or July.  And the idea here is that the firstfruits belonged to the Lord and as you gave to Him your best, it would ensure a bountiful harvest.  You see, putting God first and you won’t lose when you do that. He deserves our best. During this feast the priest would take the first sheaf of barley from the field and waved it as an offering before the Lord. Like I said, it was a token that the first and best belonged to the Lord and it was done before Israel reaped the harvest for themselves.

Now, how does this relate prophetically speaking? If Jesus was crucified on Thursday, The Feast of Passover. If He was placed in the tomb at the start of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Then The Feast of Firstfruits speaks of His resurrection from the grave, which coincidently occurred on Sunday morning!

The reason I said that Jesus was crucified on a Thursday, Passover that year, is because the Bible tells us that He was to be in the grave for three days and three nights. In Matthew 12:39-40 we are told, But He answered and said to them, ‘An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.’  Not only was the story of Jonah true and points to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but if it wasn’t, then the resurrection of Jesus is not true!

Also, after Jesus turned over the tables of the moneychangers, we are told in John 2:18-21, So the Jews answered and said to Him, ‘What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?’ Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ Then the Jews said, ‘It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?’ But He was speaking of the temple of His body. 

Now what is confusing is that it seems that the Scriptures teach that the next day after the crucifixion of Jesus was a Sabbath day, but that is not the case. Let me explain. Remember that the day after Passover the Feast of Unleavened Bread began, and remember on that first day of this feast it was a holy convocation. Thus, that Friday was a Sabbath or holy day and it was followed by the normal Sabbath on Saturday! Thus, Jesus was in the grave Thursday, Friday and Saturday and rose from the dead on that Sunday morning just as the Scriptures tell us.

Again, this points to the first coming of Jesus Christ, the Feast of Firstfruits. Paul, in I Corinthians 15:20-23 makes this point about Jesus being the firstfruits as He tells us, But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming.

Christ is the beginning, He was the firstfruits and there is coming a bountiful resurrection from the dead.  The word coming is PAROUSIA in the Greek and in general terms it speaks of a person’s appearance.  But when it is spoken of Christ, it relates to His second coming, as Matthew 24:27 tells us, For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

            Now for some, they have a hard time with Jesus being the firstfruits because we read in several instances in the Bible of people who were raised from the dead long before Jesus was!  So how could Jesus be the first?  Think about it for a minute, they died and were resurrected once again in their physical bodies that eventually died once again but Jesus was raised in glory, He received a new body that will never fade away and that is what we are waiting for in our own lives.

Thus the order is as follows: Jesus is the start; He is the firstfruits of the harvest that is coming.  Then there is the harvest of the saints which has an order:  From Pentecost till the Lord comes in the rapture all the dead and those who are alive will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air and receive our new bodies.  (I Thessalonians 4:16).  Next are those who come to Christ during the tribulation period and are martyred for their faith, they will receive their resurrected bodies at the end of the tribulation period.  (Revelation 20:4).  The Old Testament saints some feel will receive their resurrected bodies here at the end of the tribulation period while others feel it will be at the time of the rapture.  (Daniel 12:2).  Lastly, those who are born during the millennial kingdom and those who enter into the millennial kingdom after the tribulation, those who survive the tribulation period and are saved will get their resurrected bodies at the end of the kingdom age, after Satan’s short rebellion. There is an order!

            Thus, as the firstfruits of the resurrection harvest, Jesus Christ is now what one day His people will be.  Remember what Paul said in I Corinthians 15:50-58, Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed — in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’  ‘O Death, where is your sting?  O Hades, where is your victory?’ The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

            You see, flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God and thus, these bodies will be transformed, God is preparing for us new bodies for our spirit and soul to dwell in for eternity that will never fade away!  It is as Paul said in Philippians 3:20-21, For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

The Amplified Bible puts these verses like this, But we are citizens of the state (commonwealth, homeland) which is in heaven, and from it also we earnestly and patiently await [the coming of] the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [as] Savior, Who will transform and fashion anew the body of our humiliation to conform to and be like the body of His glory and majesty, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself.

            Also, in I John 3:1-3, John makes this same point by telling us, Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

            The Amplified Bible puts these verses like this, SEE WHAT [an incredible] quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! The reason that the world does not know (recognize, acknowledge) us is that it does not know (recognize, acknowledge) Him. Beloved, we are [even here and] now God's children; it is not yet disclosed (made clear) what we shall be [hereafter], but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall [as God's children] resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He [really] is. And everyone who has this hope [resting] on Him cleanses (purifies) himself just as He is pure (chaste, undefiled, guiltless).

            To put this into perspective, listen to this true story and you will see a glimpse of what will be taking place in our lives. We are told:

One day an assistant of the famous chemist Michael Faraday accidentally knocked a little silver cup into a beaker of very strong acid. In almost no time the silver object disappeared. The great chemist was summoned. He quickly put a certain chemical into the jar, and in a moment every particle of silver came together at the bottom. Removing the shapeless mass, he sent it to a silversmith, who recreated a cup that shone as bright as ever.

What Michael Faraday did in his laboratory is but a small picture of what our mighty God will do on resurrection day for all His saints. He will miraculously restore the bodies of all who have died in Christ. This is the mystery the apostle Paul spoke about in 1 Corinthians 15. He said that when Christ returns, the living saints will be changed in the twinkling of an eye, and the dead will be raised with incorruptible bodies. The apostle wrote, “.then shall be brought to pass the saying., Death is swallowed up in victory.” I like to think that Paul imagined hearing the triumphant voices of the saints on that great day. Those who do not die will be instantly changed, and will exclaim, “O death, where is thy sting?” Those who rise from the tomb in resurrection bodies will shout,:”O grave, where is thy victory?” What a marvelous picture of triumph! How the saints will radiate the glory of the Lord on resurrection day as they are changed into His perfect likeness!

In an age of doubt and skepticism, let us affirm with joyous confidence the words of the Apostles’ Creed: “I believe in the resurrection of the body!” - H.G.B.

- Our Daily Bread, Sunday, September 19

            What a glorious truth and what great hope and comfort it gives to us, knowing that since Jesus has been raised from the dead, so too will we one day!  JESUS CHRIST IS OUR FIRSTFRUITS OF WHAT IS TO COME – A BOUNTIFUL HARVEST OF SOULS!

What a beautiful picture the Holy Spirit has painted for us here. Jesus was crucified onTHE FEAST OF PASSOVER!  He was placed in the tomb on THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD! And Jesus rose from the dead on THE FEAST OF FIRSTFRUITS!

            Next week we will look at the summer feast or the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost. And as we will see, the focus here is the birth of the Church and it is, of course, related to Jesus Christ! As I close this morning, let me leave you with this to think about. We are told:

            Bismarck, speaking with Andrew White, our ambassador to Germany, said of immortality: “I do not doubt it, even for a moment. This life is too sad, too incomplete, to satisfy our highest aspirations and desires. It is meant to be a struggle to ennoble us. Can the struggle be in vain? I think not. Final perfection, I believe in, a perfection which God has in store for us.

- C. E. Macartney

            May we not lose sight or negate our Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ!  May we not lose sight or negate our perfect sacrifice, the sinless one, our Unleavened Bread, Jesus Christ! May we not lose sight or negate our Firstfruits, Jesus Christ!  You see, if you don’t appropriate the perfect, sinless sacrifice into your life, you will not enter into the resurrection of life but you will enter into the resurrection of death. A life that will be eternally separated from God in the Lake of Fire where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth for eternity!  Won’t you make Jesus your Passover Lamb, your Unleavened Bread, your Firstfruits, for He died for you so you can live with HIM!

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