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Friday, April 6 2018
The Seventh Day Of Unleavened Bread: The Life Beyond Repentance
"I am the Way, the Truth, and the life: no man cometh unto The Father, but by Me ... 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 joyous resurrections of humanity coming. They will happen 1,000 years apart, but will be identical in purpose (see The Race Toward The Dawn Of The New World and Strait And Straight and The Harvest Prophecies).
The first resurrection will happen on the day of the Messiah's return (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The Return Of The Messiah and 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 later 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 A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The 1000 Years and 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 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.