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Friday, April 10 2015
Unleavened Bread: Completing The Days Of Judgment
"For we must all appear before the Judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad"
There are two major resurrections of humanity coming. They will occur over 1,000 years apart, but nevertheless will be the same in fulfillment of purpose (see Strait And Straight and The Harvest Prophecies).
The first resurrection will happen on the day of Christ's return (see The Feast Of Trumpets: The First Christian Salvation Day). All of the LORD's true followers, throughout all of time, will be resurrected from the dead, or changed if alive that day, to spirit. Salvation will have happened for them because they were Judged during their lifetimes prior to Christ's return as righteous. They "put sin out of their lives" by repenting and overcoming - otherwise they would not be in the first resurrection to eternal life: "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power."
"5:9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." (2 Corinthians 5:9-10 KJV)
Those of the second resurrection be the same in what they will have to do - repent and overcome. They will be resurrected physical, at the end of the 1,000 years (see The Eighth Day: When Life Will Begin Again), to do what the others had the opportunity to do earlier. Then, if they live a repentant life, they too will be changed to spirit and eternal life.
"20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished." (Revelation 20:5 KJV)
The Christian Days Of Unleavened Bread
The Days of Unleavened Bread, also known as the Days of Passover (see our Calendar of Christ's True Holy Days and the Fact Finder question below), were commanded by "the LORD God" for the first Passover, at the time of the Exodus (see The First Passover). They run for seven days, during which "leaven" (symbolizing sin) is to be put out. The first and seventh days are Holy Days, annual Sabbaths. The first day of Unleavened Bread (see Nisan 15: The First Day In The Tomb On The Passover High Day) signifies the beginning of a life of repentance and overcoming, while the seventh day signifies the completion of the days of Judgment (see the Fact Finder question below).
"12:13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV)
Notice carefully that those who were delivered in the Exodus were required to apply the Passover to themselves by obeying the LORD. When they rebelled, the LORD put them to death, as an example to rebels for all time (see Why A Book Of Deuteronomy In The Bible?).
"10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
"Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us"
Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread (also known as the Days of Passover) were commanded by Jesus Christ as a single observance because they represent the Sacrifice of the Lamb of God and the required acceptance of His Sacrifice by obeying Him.
"5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
The Messiah didn't die for "sinners"; He died for repentant sinners (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).
"6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God." (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 KJV)
There was, and is, nothing wrong with eating things containing yeast at other times, but for the purpose of the Days of Unleavened Bread it was used as a symbol of sin. It was also sometimes used as a metaphor for Satanic pride and hypocrisy - those who are "puffed up" in such a way will not be granted salvation.
But notice how those who "unleaven" themselves will be "raised" up - not in mere carnality and vanity, but be "quickened" to eternal life in due time. Notice also that the Messiah gave the teaching within His teaching about Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread.
"6:48 I am that bread of life. 6:49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 6:50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
This Day In History, April 10
428: Nestorius became the Patriarch of Constantinople (the city was named after Constantine; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad). Among the teachings of Nestorius was his rejection of the Church of Rome's title of Theotokos ("Mother of God") for the Virgin Mary (see What Does The Bible Really Say About Mary?).
879: Louis III and Carloman II become co-reigning kings of the Western Franks..
1606: The Charter of the Virginia Company of London was established by Royal Charter by James I of England (after whom the King James Version of the Bible is named) with the purpose of establishing English colonial towns and settlements in the wilderness of North America. The English investment and development continued for about 170 years until the rebellion by a militant minority of the colonists against the laws, that were legislated by a majority of the democratically-elected Parliament, in the name of the King that represented the nation. It was that colonial work that established and built the cities and civilization where only wilderness existed before i.e. the elected Members of Parliament created the legislation that produced the development of the wilderness and the defense of it - not a "dictator king."
The United Empire Loyalists were patriotic conservatives (honest, hard-working, successful people of all walks of life i.e. farmers, merchants, tradesmen, educators) who moved to Canada from the New England colonies because they saw no need for a rebellion and were brutally persecuted by rebel forces. Totaling about 40% of the population of the New England colonies, they were later known as United Empire Loyalists. When the U.S. invaded Canada a few years later, in the War of 1812 (1812-1814), United Empire Loyalists and their adult children and grandchildren served among the British Army and Canadian militias that successfully defended Canada from U.S. annexation (the publicly-stated goal of U.S. President James Madison when he started the war).
A plaque in Hamilton, Ontario (as well as many others across Canada) commemorates the United Empire Loyalists:
"This monument is dedicated to the lasting memory of
1741: Frederick II of Prussia defeated Maria Theresa's forces at Mollwitz and conquered Silesia.
1809: Austria declared war on France.
1814: Napoleon was defeated by the British and Spanish at the Battle of Toulouse. It resulted in Napoleon's abdication and exile to Elba.
1858: The original "Big Ben" bell for the Palace of Westminster was cast.
1864: Archduke Maximilian of Austria took the throne of Mexico.
1875: The Northwest Mounted Police (which later was included in the formation of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the "Mounties") received government authorization to build a post that would later become the city of Calgary.
1912: The Titanic set off on its first, and only, voyage.
1919: Revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata was ambushed and killed by government troops in Mexico.
1922: The Genoa Conference opened to discuss the reconstruction of Europe after the First World War.
1932: In Germany, Paul von Hindenburg received 19 million votes in the presidential elections, beating, for the time being, Adolf Hitler's 13 million votes (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1938: In a referendum, 99.75% of Austrians voted for a merger with Germany (Adolf Hitler was born in Austria).
1941: During the Second World War, U.S. troops occupied Greenland to block German military control of the north Atlantic island.
1944: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), a British mini-submarine entered Bergen harbor in Norway and sank the German ship Barenfels.
1945: The Allies liberated the Nazi concentration camp, Buchenwald. It is estimated that nearly 57,000 people (mostly Jews) were killed in its gas chambers during its 8 year existence.
1963: The U.S. atomic submarine Thresher was lost in the Atlantic off Cape Cod; the 129 crew were lost.
1972: More than 50 countries signed a treaty outlawing the stockpiling of biological weapons. As might be expected, the countries that already had the greatest stockpiles of such weapons refused to sign the treaty.
1974: Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir resigned over differences within her Labor Party. She was succeeded by Yitzhak Rabin.
1980: Britain and Spain agreed to reopen the border between Gibraltar and Spain, closed in 1969.
1989: Intel announced the release of the 80486 processor.
2010: A Polish Air Force Tu-154 crashed near Smolensk, Russia. Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 other people aboard the aircraft were killed.