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Friday, April 29 2016
Completing The Unleavened Days Of Christian Passover
"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"
The first resurrection will occur on the day of the Messiah'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)
All of the rest of humanity will be subject to the second resurrection. 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 will also 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)
Passover's 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 29
711: During the Islamic conquest of Hispania (the Roman name for the Iberian Peninsula i.e. today Spain and Portugal), Moorish troops under Tariq ibn-Ziyad invaded Gibraltar (the "Crusades" were a centuries-long struggle between the followers of the Church of Rome and the followers of Muhammad; see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1289: Qala'un, the Sultan of Egypt, captured Tripoli (see also Libya In History And Prophecy).
1429: The fabled "Joan of Arc" entered Orleans, France, seven months into the siege of the city during the Hundred Years War.
1483: Gran Canaria, the main island of the Canary Islands, was conquered by the Kingdom of Castile.
1587: English warships under English explorer and naval commander Francis Drake sank at least 23 ships of the Spanish fleet in the Bay of Cádiz. The action became known as "Singeing the King of Spain's Beard."
1607: The first Church of England congregation in the New England colonies was established at Cape Henry, Virginia.
1628: Sweden and Denmark concluded a treaty for the defense of Stralsund, which brought Sweden into the Thirty Years War.
1661: The Chinese Ming dynasty occupied Taiwan.
1672: During the Franco-Dutch War, Louis XIV of France invaded the Netherlands.
1770: English explorer and naval commander James Cook arrived at and named Botany Bay, Australia.
1781: During the New England Revolutionary War, British and French ships clashed in the Battle of Fort Royal off the coast of Martinique. France supported the rebellion for the sole purpose of severing Britain's military connection to New England, which strengthened the military position of France's own colonies in North America (in Louisiana and eastern Canada). While France supported the New England rebellion, it hypocritically tolerated no "freedom" or independence in any of their own colonies.
1813: Rubber was patented.
1852: The first edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus was published.
1858: Austrian troops invaded Piedmont.
1881: State-incited pogroms against Jews in Russia began, resulting in major flight of Jews from Russia westwards. Some consider this date in Jewish history to be the most important since the Jewish expulsion from Spain in 1492. Of those emigrants, over 2,000,000 went to the U.S. alone, creating a powerful presence of Jews in the U.S. (New York City is today the largest Jewish-population city on earth; see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).
1913: The "zipper" was patented by Swedish engineer Gideon Sundback as a "separable fastener."
1916: After a siege of 143 days, the British surrendered Kut-el-Amara to the Turks.
1945: Closing events of the Second World War in Europe: the German army surrendered; Venice and Mestre were captured by the Allies; in Berlin, Adolf Hitler married his mistress Eva Braun just hours before they committed suicide (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1946: 28 former Japanese leaders were indicted by U.S. occupation forces in Tokyo for war crimes (that included the "water boarding" torture of prisoners) during the Second World War. Some were later executed.
1965: The Australian government announced that it would send troops to Vietnam.
1965: Malta became the 18th member of the Council of Europe.
1967: After refusing induction into the United States Army the day before (citing Muslim religious reasons), Muhammad Ali was stripped of his championship boxing title.
1972: In Burundi, the deposed King Ntare V was killed in an abortive coup.
1973: In a futile attempt to stop the Watergate criminal investigation from reaching him, President Richard Nixon requested resignations of two of his top political associates, H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman.
1975: At the end of the Vietnam War (a civil war between North and South that began when the border was imposed by France in the 1940s), the U.S. began evacuating U.S. citizens from Saigon prior to the North Vietnamese takeover and victory that brought about the re-unification of Vietnam as it had existed for centuries before French and U.S. interference.
1981: In England, Peter Sutcliffe admitted that he was the "Yorkshire Ripper."
1986: A fire at Los Angeles Public Library damaged or destroyed 400,000 books.
1992: Riots began in Los Angeles, California, after the acquittal of police officers charged with the beating of Rodney King. Over the next week, 53 people are killed and hundreds of buildings were burned.
2005: Syrian troops left Lebanon after 29 years of occupation.
2011: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Kate Middleton were married.