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Thursday, April 6 2017
The Beginning Of The Passover Prophecy
"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 an ordinance for ever"
The true calendar was established by the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation) at the time of Creation, before humans were created ("1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years" Genesis 1:14 KJV). It is the LORD's Calendar. The people of Israel were merely the first to be formally instructed to reckon time according to the LORD's nature-based calendar (see also The New Moon Calendar.
"12:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 12:2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. 12:3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: 12:4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb." (Exodus 12:1-4 KJV)
The detailed commands were then given for the preparation of the Passover lamb - which was a prophetic portrayal of the Messiah (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: Setting The Stage Of Jerusalem).
"12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: 12:6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. 12:7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. 12:8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. 12:9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. 12:10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. 12:11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S passover.
The decrees were also given for the days of Passover, also known as the Days of Unleavened Bread (see Unleavened Bread: Why Observe The True Christian Holy Days? and the Fact Finder question below to understand why there were two Sabbaths during the week that the Messiah was crucified).
"12:14 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 an ordinance for ever. 12:15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. 12:16 And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.
The formal Levitical priesthood was established in the Sinai (see Paul's Resurrection Lesson) after the Exodus (see The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood). The lamb sacrifices at the time of the first Passover were done by the family elders of Israel (see What Did The Elders Of Israel Do?).
"12:21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover. 12:22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. 12:23 For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.
The final plague upon the obstinate Pharoah's kingdom was the death of the firstborn - which included the Pharaoh's own firstborn.
"12:29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.
The Pharaoh had been repeatedly warned and subjected to escalating plagues, but he refused the LORD's command to release the Israelites (see Bricks Without Straw, Who Created Jehovah?, The Waters Turned To Blood, Let My People Go, The Plagues Upon Crops And Livestock and Locusts and Darkness). With the death of the firstborn, the Pharaoh surrendered (long enough to let the people go - he would later pursue them with his army, with a further disaster brought upon himself).
"12:31 And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as ye have said. 12:32 Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also." (Exodus 12:31-32 KJV)
The people who held the Israelites as slaves were by then also eager to let the people go - along with "jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment" that provided payment for years of slave labor that the Israelites had provided to them (see What Did They Do In The Sinai With Their Egyptian Gold?).
"12:33 And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men.
The children and grandchildren of Jacob, the "Israelites," entered Egypt as a family of seventy people (see Genesis 46: The First Census Of Israel). Over four hundred years, they had grown into a nation of six hundred thousand adult men, plus women and children. The time that they left Egypt also fulfilled the prophecy that the LORD gave to Abraham, not only before the Israelites went to Egypt, but before any Israelites even existed (see The Exodus Prophecy).
"12:37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children.
Further teachings were then given to the Israelites for the keeping of the LORD's Passover.
"12:43 And the LORD said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the passover:
Fact Finder: What were the two Sabbaths of Passover week?
This Day In History, April 6
646 BC: The earliest total solar eclipse recorded by humans was made, by the Greeks (see also When Do Eclipses Happen On The Christian Holy Days? and The Sun In History And Prophecy).
46 BC: Julius Caesar (see also The Roman Republic and The Roman Empire) defeated Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Porcius Cato (Cato the Younger) at the battle of Thapsus (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
402: Alaric, chief of the Visigoths (a Germanic people), after invading Italy was defeated at Pollentia by Roman General Flavius Stilicho. The Germanic people eventually superseded the original the Roman Empire as the "Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1199: King Richard I (Richard the Lion-hearted) of England died at age 41 from an infected arrow wound (from a crossbow) that he suffered during the siege of the castle of Chaluz in France.
1250: During the Seventh Crusade (see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), the Ayyubids of Egypt captured King Louis IX of France at the Battle of Fariskur.
1320: Scots reaffirmed their independence with the Declaration of Arbroath.
1384: The Battle of Atoleiros, a Portuguese victory over the Castilians.
1385: John, the Master of the Order of Aviz, became king John I of Portugal.
1453: The Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Mehmed II ("Mehmed the Conqueror") began his siege of Constantinople (the city was named after the Roman Emperor Constantine; see also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy). The Ottoman Empire (centered in Turkey) occupied the land of Israel for centuries until it was liberated by British forces at the end of the First World War (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate and Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century).
1652: Dutch sailor Jan van Riebeeck established a resupply station that eventually became Cape Town, South Africa.
1663: King Charles II signed the Carolina Charter ("Carolina" is from Carolus, the Latin form of Charles).
1748: The ruins of Pompeii, Italy, were discovered. The ancient city was destroyed by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
1814: Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated in favor of his young son, but Russia, Prussia, Austria and Britain reject it; the French senate didn't recognize the child's title and called the Bourbon Louis XVIII to the throne instead. Napoleon then abdicated unconditionally and was sent into exile on the island of Elba.
1868: Mormon leader Brigham Young, 67, married his 27th, and last, wife. In all, his wives bore him 47 children.
1909: Robert Peary and Matthew Henson reached the North Pole.
1917: The U.S. declared war on Germany and entered the First World War (1914-1918).
1939: Britain signed a military alliance with Poland. The Second World War began a few months later, in September 1939, when Germany invaded Poland (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1965: The launch of "Early Bird," the first communications satellite in geosynchronous orbit i.e. with a counter-orbit of 24 hours so that it stays in the same position over the earth.
1998: Pakistan developed ballistic missiles for its nuclear arsenal.