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When Moses received the law, some details were also handed down by word of mouth and example. The customs that the Jews perform while eating the Passover meal are not recorded in the Bible. But after looking at them you will realize that they are part of God's unwritten word.

Chametz (Leaven). The Passover season begins with the removal of leaven from their homes. Removing leaven represents submission of one's will to God so that one does not sin. They must stop eating leaven by the fourth hour after sunrise on Nisan 14. This is approximately 10 AM. At that time Jesus had been placed on the cross (9 AM). He had already made an end of sin in Gethsemane as required by the covenant.
"Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place. (Daniel 9: 24)
... but now once in the end of the world He has appeared in the world to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. (Hebrews 9: 26)

The First Exodus (The Meal And Its Meaning To The Jews).
After 400 years as slaves in Egypt, the people ate a meal (the seder) in haste before they left on the exodus to the Promised Land on the first Passover. The seder meal consists of four cups of wine, eating six symbolic items on the seder plate and three matzos on a separate plate. The symbols are based on their slavery and rescue from Egypt.

The Second Exodus (The Meal And Service After Christ).
The word "Seder" means order because of the feast which must be celebrated in a specific order. The Seder represents the order of events on the day of the crucifixion.
The Four Cups and the Middle Matzah
First Cup Second Cup Third Cup Fourth Cup
Freedom Deliverance Redemption Release
Gethsemane Carries Cross Middle Matzah Crucified Resurrection
Burden of SinsBondage of SinsOutstretched Arms Resurrection

After 400 months confined to the earth, Jesus was eaten as the Passover meal before He left on the exodus to heaven. When Christ died, the same symbols took on a more global meaning as He rescued the world from slavery to sin. Let us look at the entire service and see how Christ fulfilled the symbols of Passover. Pay attention to the hand washing and the blessings because they are also important.

The "Y" Fork And The Open Door
Jesus opened many doors. Now that death has been defeated and Jesus has the keys, the grave is now open. Death is no longer a one way street full of languishing prisoners. We have been paroled!
The door to heaven was opened, signalled by the tearing of the veil to the sanctuary. Now the children of earth can enter into heaven.
All these doors can only be available to us if we open the door to our heart. The Passover seder requires us to open this door in anticipation of the gift waiting for us. The Church of Laodicea is the church with Jesus knocking at the door ready to be invited to supper. The previous church, Philadelphia has an open door and the key to the door. So the door is open and Jesus is knocking. The Jews simply need to search for Him and find Him.
The DNA LadderFork Leading Strand (One Piece)
First Coming (First Generation) Jesus
Eloi
Jews
Open
Door
Wrath Poured Out on Christ
KadeishUrechatzFirst CupKarpas Yachatz Second CupZ'roa Maror, Charoset 2000
Years
TzafunThird CupAfikomanElijahFourth Cup
First Generation Rejected Christ Children Find the Afikomen
The DNA LadderSplit Lagging Strand (Broken Pieces)

Christ completed the Seder, but the Jews have not. The events after calling Elijah reflect the unfinished portions of the Plan of Salvation. The plan is not complete until Satan is dead and we are in the new earth.
Events Out Of Sequence? So far every detail has been in order except for this interpretation of Elijah's cup which seems to be out of sequence. According to this theory, He was dead during the third cup. But He was still alive on the cross when they thought that He was calling for Elijah. They made a mistake. This is because of the unique way in which this prophecy is being fulfilled. The mistake signalled the branching of the prophecy.
In DNA replication the DNA strand unwinds and partially splits, forming a "Y" fork. One strand (the "leading strand") is replicated continuously while the other (the "lagging strand") is replicated in broken pieces and glued together. Salvation is presented as a repair of our mutated genes and the recreation of a new person in the image of God.

» Tzafun: Finding The Hidden Afikoman. The Jews find this resurrected Christ at the same time that Elijah comes to instruct them. They ate the smaller half at the crucifixion and now the children, the final generation, have the larger half at the end of time.
We are living during the global Passover immediately before the time of Elijah's Cup and the fourth cup.
John the Baptist was never meant to be their Elijah because He died before the Messiah. According to the Seder, Elijah comes after the Messiah is buried under the charoset and when the children search for the Afikomen.
This is the era of the Afikoman. We will find Him, this divine God, when we search for Him with all our hearts.

Magid To Nirtzah: Telling The Story Of Jesus Christ.
In the future, the final generation must also honor and celebrate the Passover as given on Sinai.

The Messianic Age: The Three Cups Of Tabernacles
Exodus 6: 6-8 actually lists seven actions of God for the righteous. The first four are the traditional four cups of Passover which are endured during our captivity on earth. The last three begins with our new life with God.
Then I will take you for My people, and I will be your God, and you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the burden of the Egyptians. I will bring you to the Land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and I will give it to you for a possession. I am the Lord. (Exodus 6: 7-8)
Since Jesus is the object of the first four cups, then these least three cups are about Him.

  1. 5. Jesus is God Adoption ("I Will Be Your God"). This is when He reestablishes a physical relationship with us.
    Jesus, the One who redeemed us stretched out on the cross, is the Messiah and He is our God. Although this is said in the Passover ritual they do not take this as a separate cup. This cup is somehow linked to the fourth. They also did not accept Jesus as their God for 2000 years but they will recognize Him during a time of wrath according to Zechariah 12. So, Jesus will be recognized as God in a time of wrath and before the next cup - the rapture.
  2. 6. Promised Land New Home ("I Will Bring You To"). We are taken to the Land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Abraham was looking for something more than the land of Israel, the strange country.
    Home. By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (Hebrews 11: 8-10)
  3. 7. InheritanceInheritance ("I Will Give"). We will inherit the Promised Land.
    I AM The Lord. Jesus is saying that He is the "I AM" in the first exodus with Moses. He is the Lord God who brought them out of Egyptian slavery. He is the same one who made the covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. If you know the seder and the first four cups and recognize Jesus then these final verses prove that Jesus is God because they must also be about Him.
    You Will Know That I AM The Lord Your God. This is a promise and a prophecy that Israel will know Jesus as their God.
    They Did Not Listen To Moses. And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage. (Exodus 6: 9)
    They did not listen to Moses for fear of the Egyptians and for the bondage of slavery.
    They did not listen to Jesus for fear of the Romans and because of bondage to sin.

The Messianic Hope (The Fourth Cup)
Somehow, their traditions have an expectation of the Messiah at Passover. Jesus did come at Passover and He also said that John the Baptist was the Elijah who introduced Him to them.
In Zechariah 12, God says that the Holy Spirit will be poured out and that Israel would accept the Messiah that they rejected. Perhaps this will occur during a Passover when they are under siege by the other nations and another prophet like Elijah convinces them. Israel and the church of Laodicea recognize the Messiah who is knocking at the door. They will be taken up the heaven just as Elijah was taken alive to heaven.
When Israel recognizes their Messiah, they will recognize these two streams which opened at the crucifixion.
In that day a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and impurity. (Zechariah 13: 1)
The four cups merge Passover with Tabernacles as one great period of final deliverance which is repeated in the seven thunders. The first two thunders correspond to the call of Moses and the last five are the deliverance.
Passover Second
Coming
Tabernacles
1. Freedom Exodus 2. Deliverance Spirit Released 3. Jesus Wrath 3. Redemption Elijah Wrath on Wicked 4. Release 5. Adoption 6. Promised Land 7. Blessings
First Cup Second Cup Third Cup Fourth Cup Cups 5-7
Suffering Messiah Conquering Messiah Messianic Age
Guilty Justified Exchanged (Redeemed) and Judged Reconciled and Reunited
Out of Babylon Latter Rain Three Angel's Message Seven Last Plagues Resurrection, Rapture
Thunder Third Thunder
(Babylon Falls)
Thunder Fourth Thunder
(Latter Rain)
Thunder Fifth Thunder
(All Israel Responds)
Thunder Sixth Thunder
(Persecution)
Thunder Seventh Thunder
(Sabbath Rest)

In the perspective of some Jewish sages, Elijah's cup is the fifth cup and it is related to the Messianic age through the promise of Exodus 6: 8. However, this perspective is narrow. The Passover ritual is correct, the cup of Elijah is part of the third cup. The Messianic age begins here and continues until the seventh cup.

Israel Recognizes The Messiah In The Breaking Of The Passover Bread
This story predicts that Israel will recognize the Messiah during a future Passover. After the resurrection, close to sunset, the two disciples on the road to Emmaus also recognized Him in the breaking of the bread. Jesus first showed them how the law and the prophets prophesied about Him. But it was after they ate that they recognized Him.

This means that the nation of Israel recognized the Messiah during a future Passover meal after the nation has been taught how the scriptures prophesied about Him. But it is at Passover time, when the bread is broken, during this third cup when they celebrate the symbols of Passover not just as their liberation from Egypt but as their coming liberation from earth to the Promised Land in the New Jerusalem. They will be seeing the meaning for the first time in this Passover celebration. Then everything will click in their minds at this time.

» Doubters and Unbelievers. With all the evidence there will still be unbelievers. Jesus dealt with the doubters by revealing Himself in the scriptures and by also showing them the holes in His hands and feet. We can show at least ten prophecies that demonstrate that the Messiah would have four holes in His body when He died.

» Roasted Lamb and Roasted Egg. These two items are on the seder plate but they are no longer eaten. The egg is a substitute for the other meat offering sacrificed at Passover. Since a temple no longer exists in Jerusalem sacrifices cannot be done. Both represent the death of Christ. At a funeral, eggs are the first things served to mourners. The roasted egg represents the death of the Seed that was promised to Eve as her Savior. The egg also represents the promise of new life or the resurrection available through the Seed. Even though they substituted a symbol and had to stop the sacrifices, yet the meaning has remained intact for 2000 years.

Obedient To The Commandments
He kept the commandments on the cross. The first four commandments and the four feasts are a picture of the great powers of God. These are symbolized by the four cups. Each cup is associated with a feast and a commandment.

  1. One God. He kept His role as the God who delivers from bondage. This time it is from slavery to sin.
    I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other Gods before Me. (Exodus 20: 2-3).
    First cup of Wine Freedom and Passover. This is the God of the Passover who can free us from all slavery.
  2. Worship Idols. He is the only image of God than can be worshipped (Colossians 1: 15). Yet He submitted Himself to death in obedience to God, without using His powers to free Himself.
    Second cup of Wine Deliverance and Shavout. This is the God who delivers His Holy Spirit, His law and His promises. He writes the law into our hearts so that we are delivered from the bondage of false gods, behaviors and associations.
  3. The Name of God. He had the name of God inscribed above His Head like a mezuzah. "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews". But He also suffered the wrath of God, or His judgments and punishments for three days.
    You shall not take the name of the Lord in vain, for the Lord will not leave Him unpunished who takes His name in vain. (Exodus 20: 7).
    Third cup of Wine Redemption and Judgment (Trumpets and Yom Kippur). This commandment is God's right to bless us as His children and to judge and punish those who reject His name. When He redeems us He gives us a name.
  4. The Sabbath Seal. He rested on the Sabbath while He was dead and buried. On the Sabbath, a seal was placed on the stone that was over His tomb. Within the Ten Commandments on the tables of stone is the Sabbath which is the sign and seal of God.
    Now on the next day, the day after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate. and said, "sir, we remember that when He was still alive the deceiver said, 'After three days I am to rise again' " therefore give orders for the grave to be made secure until the third day, otherwise the disciples may come and steal Him away and say to the people "He has risen from the dead", and the last deception will be worse than the first. And they went and made the grave secure and along with the guard they set a seal on the stone. (Matthew 27: 62-64, 66).
    Fourth cup of Wine Release and Tabernacles. This is the God who can take us out of the land of the dead to go and live with Him in a place where we can have a Sabbath rest.

Repeat The Passover Time Line (Three Days and Nights)
Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Nissan 14 Nissan 15 (Sabbath) Nissan 16
Night 1 Day 1 Night 2 Day 2 Night 3 Day 3
Passover Garden Trial Cock CrowTrial -Crucifixion Buried in the Grave (Tomb) Resurrected
Roasted, Boiled and Chewed up Swallowed Vomited
The Seder and MatzahFirst CupKarpas Yachatz Second CupZ'roa Maror, Charoset Third CupAfikoman Fourth Cup
Innocent Lamb. (Suffering) Forty Four hours » 8 hours 36 hours No Sin
Sinful Goat. (Darkness) Forty Two hours » -- 6 hours 36 hours Light
(Dead and Buried) Forty hours » -----3 hours 36+1 hours Life
(Dead) Twenty Eight hours » -----3 hours 24+1 hours Revived Life
(Abandoned) Thirty Two hours » 8 hours 24 hours 12 hours Hosea 6: 1-2
Hosea 6: 1-2 Wounded 32 hours (Humanity Torn and Wounded) Revived Raised up
Leaven No Leaven
These timelines are also represented by the fabric coverings over the sanctuary and the coils in the tzitzit.

With this mountain of evidence about the symbols of Passover, how could we ever substitute Easter for this wonderful ceremony and how could we possibly believe that the feast was abolished and is for the Jews only?

The Easter Timeline
Mardi
Gras
Lent Holy Week ... Holy Spirit
Ash
Wednesday
1234 New Moon 5 Palm
Sunday
Full Moon Holy
Thursday
Good
Friday
Cross Easter
Sunday
Alive 50
Days
Pentecost
Sunday
Dove
5 Sundays Donkey Last Supper Crucifixion Resurrection Gifts
Christians changed the laws about time and celebrate Easter instead of Passover and Sunday instead of Sabbath.

Repeat Summary
In the last days, as the righteous formally begin their exodus, they also go through the motions of the Seder.
Step I understood the subtle difference in meaning of the four cups when I saw each phase as a package being shipped.

The Passover Seder is finally finished and we can rest for the night that lasts 1000 years.

Seder Exodus From Egypt Exodus From Earth
Ancient Israel JesusGlobal Israel
Kadeish Freedom from slavery in Egypt Jesus was brought out to the people God calls the righteous out of Babylon
Cup 1"I Will Bring Out"
»Urechatz Head of household washes his hands. No blessing is said Governor Pilate washes his hands but his actions are not blessed. He is still responsible
Karpas Simple food that was not bitter He did not drink the gall, myrrh and wine Simple food and tears of distress in the persecution and famine
»Salt Water Bitter tears Tears were his food
Yachatz Matzah The middle Matzah is broken Jesus is nailed, splitting His hands and feet. His divinity is separated from His humanity
MatzahMiddle Matzah The smaller half is put back between the two bread His humanity is left alone on the cross between the Father and the Spirit
MatzahAfikoman The larger half is wrapped and hidden Jesus' divinity is hiddenThe righteous are hidden
Magid The bread of affliction are uncovered as the story of slavery in Egypt is told and their deliverance through plagues Jesus carries the burden of the cross to Calvary We tell the story of Jesus using the Passover events and order as our model
Cup 2"I Will Deliver"
Motzi Matzo The three (2.5) bread are lifted up Christ is lifted up on the cross between the Father and the Spirit The Trinity is lifted up and honored in the eyes of the world
MatzahBottom Matzah This bottom bread is released and falls down towards the ground The Holy Spirit is released when He died The Holy Spirit stays with us because He was released to the earth
MatzahTop Matzah The top two are eaten quickly while leaning to the left The Father is chewed up with the Son as He leans to the left. He is taken down and buried quickly
MatzahMiddle Matzah
Maror These bitter herbs are dipped in Charoset and eaten The bitter experience of embalming His body and burying Him
Chazeret
Charoset Mortar for the bricks Spices and dirt for the embalming and burial
Koreich The bottom matzo, maror and z'roa eaten like a sandwich The Lamb of God is being eaten up and the Holy Spirit is being poured out before the body is taken down. The leg of lamb is the last piece of meat that is cut off when the carcass is cut up
Z'roa (Lamb)
Shulchan Orech The Passover meal is eaten
Cup 3"I Will Redeem" They were redeemed as the plagues killed the first born of Egypt and Moses stretches out His hands to part the waters that drowned Pharaoh's army Jesus, the first born Son of God, is afflicted on the cross with His arms stretched out suffering the wrath of God (like the seven last plagues). God stretches out His hands to part the heavens. The wicked are killed
Elijah's Cup They open the door and invite Elijah to eat the Seder with them God pours wrath on Christ God opens the heavens and pours wrath on the wicked
They thought that He was calling for Elijah when He said, "Eloi, Eloi, Lama sabacthani?"
Tzafun (Hidden Manna) They search for the hidden Afikoman God finds His hidden Son and pays a ransomThe righteous dead are found
Hallel Songs of praise Songs of victorySong of Moses and the Lamb
Cup 4"I Will Take" They went to the Promised LandJesus is Resurrected First Resurrection
Nirtzah Prayer for acceptance of the service and expressions of hope for the Messiah and possession of Jerusalem Went to Heaven to present the offering New Jerusalem

Why Should Christians Keep Passover?
Some call it legalism to advocate Passover over easter. I call it sensible because the way Christians celebrate the bread and wine of Communion or Eucharist does not reveal the following.

Law The Importance of Jewish Oral Tradition as A Testimony About Jesus Christ.
The Jews claim that some instructions from Mount Sinai were not written down in the Torah but were passed down as oral tradition. The Seder demonstrates the sacred origin of these traditions. The Torah only explains the timing of the Passover (Leviticus 23 and Exodus 12) and the eating of bitter herbs (Numbers 9: 11). It would have been impossible for us to link Exodus 6: 6 to the ceremonies without the oral tradition and to know about the three matzah and the four cups of wine and the various symbolic dippings which occurred in a precise order, reflecting the events at His death.
Yet, because this information was passed down in this manner, it is even greater proof that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah. In separating themselves from all things Jewish, the church, rejected this ceremony in favor of something less and reject all the ancient laws except tithing and some of the ten commandments. Oral tradition was not even considered as important. Yet look at this clear evidence passed down by the Jews for 3500 years.
They faithfully guarded the testimony about Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah) while they did not believe in Him, making it easier for them to accept Him when God opens their eyes. I pray that they will reject all Christian and Pagan contamination of their laws and feasts and instead to be a bright light to the Gentiles.

» Why "The Order"? Why is the ceremony called the "Seder" or the "Order"?
The amazing fact about this ceremony is that the individual items have symbolic meaning related to slavery in Egypt and the crucifixion. But the "Order" is not really related to the order of events in the exodus from Egypt. Instead, the "Order" finds its most comprehensive meaning in the sequence of events at the crucifixion.

Study to show yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.   2 Timothy 2: 15 Time: 100 minutes
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I learned none of this lesson from anyone except the Holy Spirit. I knew there were "4 cups" but I did not investigate what it means.
July 12-14, 2006. Holy Spirit reveals the symbols of the Passover Seder and the three cups of Tabernacles.
July 10-11 reveals the Sh'ma and five symbols of Judaism.
September 2007 - The proclamation and reaping, the Judas kiss. February 2008. Ruth and Boaz. July 2008. The Holy Spirit as Brother
September 13-22, 2007. Thanks to the Holy Spirit for revealing the timetable during the ten days of awe.
Most of this website was taught to me in the same way. He fills my mind with questions and answers. He tells me what historical information to read, then He explains it. He pours out volumes of data in seconds to me.
Judaism 101. URL: http://www.jewfaq.org/toc.htm
Passover Haggadah. URL: http://passover.matzohballsoup.com/haggadah.html