Blood Stained Trail of PROMISE
No greater story has ever been told than that of mankind becoming contaminated by a depravity called “sin,” and finding themselves seemingly irretrievably lost. Upon earth’s stage, at the very moment their eternal future seemed dashed and formidably out of reach, an illustrious plan was implemented whereby mankind may be fully restored back to the Eternal Father Yahuah. With a staggering degree of conflict and resolution, this most epic story of all time portrays that it was none other than the slain LAMB that was appointed to create a bond between the sinner and their Savior that shall one day soon triumph over evil. It is this bond that shall never be broken again.
The word PASSOVER (Pasch) means diverse things to different people. To the Jews (Yahudahim) it is a reminder of the great Passover in Egypt when their first born males were spared from certain death, because of their strict obedience to Yahuah. To the Renewed Covenant (NT Brit Hadasha) believers it brings them to the foot of the cross/stake, the Crucifixion of their Messiah, the PROMISED LAMB, who provided a WAY UNTO LIFE ETERNAL for all mankind, but the choice was to be theirs.
For many today, who are coming into a fuller knowledge of Passover they may desire to know with certainty when Passover is, and how they might keep it kadosh (set-apart). To enhance our current understanding for a more complete and further developed picture of the true meaning of Passover, this article shall seek to follow the sequential and time honored blood stained trail that connects the events in Eden with each of the time stamped events of the Covenant with Abraham, the Exodus from Egypt, and finally the Crucifixion of our Messiah, the Shepherd/Lamb/Door and Melchizedek (Righteous King and Kohen).
By looking back and retracing the blood stained trail of time-centric events we can discover an almost lost, yet foundational significance of Passover’s sacrificial lamb. Its purpose was to keep the two part PROMISE ever before the people as a guarantee of the coming Messiah, and a guarantee of eternal life beyond the grave to all Yahuah’s obedient followers.
From the moment SIN originated in Eden, eternal death was the required and eternal destiny of all sinners. But through our Creator’s great love and compassion, a plan was established whereby the Eternal Father’s only Son, Yahusha the promised Messiah, would take upon Himself the penalty and consequences of that SIN for all sinners who trusted fully in them. Through this divine strategy the Messiah was to swap the sins of the whole world for His eternal life of Righteousness. Thus, He gave freely to all those who accepted His great gift, the promise of restoration and eternal life through confession and obedience. This is the true meaning of Passover’s blood stained trail of promise that led to the crucifixion of the Messiah and Passover’s ultimate fulfillment and guarantee of Eternal Life for confessing sinners.
Passover in Eden
The first recorded event relating to Passover was earth-shattering. It occurred in Eden on the specific date, when Adam and Eve fell from righteousness and ate the forbidden fruit. Next to the crucifixion of the Messiah, this was no doubt the most devastating event in history, as it changed the course of mankind, and it was to cost the life of the only Son of the ETERNAL YAHUAH ALAHIM (Elohim).
That very day, while yet in the garden, the first lamb was slain as the sign and promise of the WAY of escape from eternal damnation and death via the true LAMB who was to come to take away the sin of the world. The Creator then fashioned from the skins of this slain lamb, clothes for the fig leaf clad couple, as a promise that their redemption was to be worked out by their Creator, and not themselves, through His Son alone, Yahusha the Messiah (Genesis 3:21).
While the actual date is not provided in this Scriptural narrative, nor the name of Passover, these can be discovered by following the consistent and perpetual time-centric blood stained trail of Promise, in reverse. Begin with the date of the crucifixion, note the several recorded events during the time of the Kings of Israel and Judah, and continue to the Passover in Egypt, and all the way back to Abraham and the dark night when the covenant was made with him (Genesis 15:12-17). Each Passover event occurred on the 14th of the First Month in spring. After working through these events in reverse order we can now recognize more clearly the succession of Passover events in their actual time-centric order.
It appears that each Passover is recorded as a trail of events to reveal Yahuah’s continued great love and compassion for His children. While it is a known fact that the plan of Salvation was first implemented in Eden or even previous to Creation, some may have never connected Passover to the first lamb sacrifice 2,500 years previous to Israel’s Exodus from Egypt. With this in mind, it appears that according to this ground zero event in Eden, Passover was eternally fixed to the date of the 14th of the First Month in spring, as counted from the New Moon. All succeeding Passover events occurred upon the memorial of this staggering event, depicting the date of when sin originated in Eden. And most astonishing of all and central to its theme is that the promise, the remedy for sin’s removal via the Lamb, the eternal symbol of Yahusha the Messiah, was ordained from sin’s inception to occur upon the precise same day. Halleluyah!
This irresistible theme brought forth from Genesis to Revelation is evidence of mankind’s original sin and mankind’s great need of a Redeemer, Yahusha ha Mashiach (the Messiah).
Cain and Abel’s Passover Sacrifice
One generation after sin entered, the second significant Passover is recorded describing the event for which Cain and Abel were asked to bring a lamb sacrifice before Yahuah. Abel’s sacrifice was accepted by Yahuah, for he sought to enter in at the door of obedience and receive the promise. But Cain’s sacrifice of produce from his field of crops was rejected, because it was not the prescribed lamb of promise. Cain was jealous and angry and slew his brother for this. (Genesis 4:1-10) Here again no date is given, but it can be deduced in reverse from Passover’s blood stained trail of promise.
Abraham and the Passover Covenant
Approximately 2,100 years later, the third vital recorded Passover event occurred after Abraham was barakah (blessed) ברכה by Melchizedek, the Righteous King of Salem (Genesis 14:19). Sometime later, Yahuah made the covenant with Abraham on the dark night of the 14th of Aviv, when no moon was present, 430 years prior to Moses and Israel’s Exodus from Egypt, to the very day. (Genesis 15:12-18) This is a nail in a sure place that illustrates that the event of Passover’s 14th of Abib did not commence with the Exodus, but was foundational to the obedient followers of Yahuah since sin entered in Eden. No doubt all this time the sacrificing of a lamb had been a continual time-centric event that revealed all those who were Yahuah’s obedient followers upon the earth.
Thus, it appears that Yahuah had an obedient group of believers who perpetually kept Passover from the time of Adam until Noah, and through Shem until Abraham, then through Jacob, and his twelve sons. As Scripture reveals, it was through the covenant with Abraham that the promise was given that through Abraham’s seed the Messiah would come. This was the focus for which Abraham’s seed became the “Seed of Promise.” For Abraham’s seed passed through Isaac, his only son of promise, and then on to Jacob, who alone received the birthright of the Melchizedek order and the Promise of the true Passover Lamb, Yahusha the Messiah.
The children of Israel were the children of promise, who retained the last remnants of the physical blood line of the Melchizedek order. While it may have appeared that as a result of Israel’s captivity, the knowledge of Yahuah’s time-centric Passover and its Promise would be lost forever, they had it on good authority from Abraham that they would be released at the end of the 400 years of their sojourn in Egypt. The historical record testifies that Israel was to be in bondage to Egypt for the entire 400 years, and their entire sojourn in Egypt, which included their bondage would come to an end at the 430 year mark.
Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. Genesis 15:13
Israel’s Passover and Exodus from Egypt
Precisely 430 years later, to the very day (Exodus 12:41), the fourth momentous recorded Passover event occurred on the 14th of Aviv in Egypt illustrating that Yahuah would not allow His chosen people to remain captives or allow their purpose upon earth to be thwarted. This was at that time the tenth plague was poured out for the sake of Israel’s Exodus from Egypt and release from bondage. Only those who followed the detailed guidance given by Yahuah to locate the true full New Moon, were to have the correct count to the 14th day in which to sacrifice a lamb. Passover was both central to the count from the correct full New Moon, as well as the symbol of the great sacrifice to come of the Messiah. (Exodus 12:1-51).
The very fact that Yahuah had to clarify His true New Moon in Exodus 12:1-3, verifies that the dark conjunction lunar phase, which was used as the New Moon by the Egyptians was incorrect, and we now know it missed the mark by 180 degrees. In order to sacrifice a lamb on the correct day and avoid the death of the first born, Israel must first restore the Creator’s Calendar and begin their count from the correct New Moon to the 14th day. Link to article – Restoring the Creator’s Calendar. Then they were to sacrifice a lamb according to the details laid out, being sure to place the blood on the two doorposts and lintel of their door into their homes. This was to be their two fold test of obedience that would preserve their lives that night, freeing them from their shackles of bondage and permitting them to proceed to the Promised Land by the strong arm of Yahuah.
1. They must first restore the Creator’s Calendar to begin on the full moon.
2. They must follow the details of the Lamb sacrifice.
3. Place the blood properly upon the lintel and door posts.
4. Roast and eat the Lamb according to the directions given.
On a side note: Although not mentioned in Scripture, if both the Egyptians and Israelites had followed the guidelines Yahuah gave to Moses, yet applied it to the Egyptian dark New Moon, they would have both made the sacrifice on an altogether wrong day. This may have been what actually occurred with the Egyptians. Their only chance of preserving their lives depended upon perfect obedience to Yahuah with regards to both TIME AND EVENT. In order for the Egyptians to get it right and preserve their lives, they would have had to acknowledge that their own calendar was DEAD WRONG. Then, instead they must count 14 days from the full New Moon model given Moses and Aaron, which we teach at this website is the full moon. Might this be a powerful lesson for us today, as we prepare for our release from captivity and journey to the Promised Land and the earth made new again? For evidence for a full New Moon, refer to article, Announcing an Official Paradigm Shift from One New Moon to Another.
It [Passover] shall be as a sign to you on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes that Yahuah’s TORAH (LAW) may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand Yahuah has brought you out of Egypt. You shall therefore keep this ordinance in its season (mo’edah) from year to year. Exodus 13:9-10
(Mo’edah #4150 מועדה = appointed time; appointed place; set feast; fixed time; an assembly.)
Counting from the correct full New Moon, from year to year, Passover is to be the sign on our hands and a memorial between our eyes. This is the only method by which the Torah (Commandments, Statutes, and Judgments) may be found in our mouths. And folks, if the Torah is not found in your mouth, neither will it be in your mind. If it is not in your mind, then you will not recognize the true LAMB, who comes as YAHUSHA Ha Mashiach and NOT as Jesus Christ. For this falsified name is one of the greatest counterfeits ever perpetrated upon unsuspecting mankind.
Joshua’s Passover at the Door of the Promised Land
Forty years later, to the very day that Yahuah led Moses and the people out of Egypt, the children of Israel entered the Promised Land and celebrated Passover on the 14th day of Aviv. This date of Aviv 14, fell consistently upon the sixth day of the lunar week each of those 40 years. (Joshua 5:10) Yet strikingly, this would occur approximately 1/7th of the time if the modern continuous weekly cycle had been in use. Joshua’s record illustrated Israel’s learned obedience after wondering in the wilderness those many years. Also highlighted is Israel’s obedience of keeping Passover as their DOOR into the Promised Land.
On this 14th day the Israelites gathered the morning manna for the very last time. They gathered a double portion, enough for that sixth day (the 14th of the lunar month) and for the next day, the Sabbath of the 15th. So, in addition to their sacrificed lambs, they ate manna at sunset according to Yahuah’s Passover requirements. And so it was, on the next day, for the Feast of Unleavened Bread, they ate the last of the manna they had gathered from the previous day, along with parched grain from the local fields. (Joshua 5:11) As a result, upon their entrance into the promised land, Passover, the 14th, marked the day that the manna was sent from above for the very last time.
This story of the manna in the wilderness revealed that both the count of the days of the month, and the cycling rhythm of the seventh-day Sabbaths were according to the count from the full New Moon that refreshed the week cycle each lunar month. Thus it was that for forty years in a row each Sabbath occurred consistently on the 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29 of each month. Refer to article, Three Months in a Row.
Also, let not the significance be lost that Joshua, whose very name is really pronounced as Yahusha and spelled as (#3091 יהושׁע), was a type and forerunner of the YAHUSHA ha Mashiach. Joshua was chosen to deliver Israel into the Promised Land, under the direction of Yahusha (#3091 יהושׁע) the Promised Messiah. Both the full New Moon that starts each month and the manna sent from above every morning also represented the Messiah, as the LIGHT OF TRUTH and the LIVING BREAD given freely to all. All who synchronize to this brilliant lunar phase and eat this bread, representing the Messiah, receive His Passover gift of the promise of eternal life, and will be inheritors of the Promised Land for all eternity with the Messiah. On Passover every year the moon is dark, and on that day there was even a solar eclipse, announcing the death of the Promised Messiah, the only begotten Son of Yahuah. For on that epic appointed day the Light of the world had died, and the Eternal Father mourned.
The Promised Lamb’s Passover Fulfillment
THE ULTIMATE PASSOVER, the Crucifixion of the Messiah approximately 1,500 years after the Exodus from Egypt, sealed the destiny of all those who claim its PROMISE and enter at the DOOR, whether past, present, or future. Passover, Aviv 14, A.D. 31, was the first of seven steps in the Messiah’s Salvation mechanism and remedy for sin as signified by the Feast Days. Yet, He would hold three specific roles. First as LAMB, second as Kohen (priest), and lastly as Victorious King. This was not the end of His work on behalf of sinners, for His words, “IT IS FINISHED,” marked the conclusion of this first step only. On that day, the epicenter of appointed time, the SHEPHERD BECAME THE LAMB. He became our Lamb sacrifice by laying down His life for the sins of all mankind.
As a result, all earthlings were given the freedom of choice to accept this great gift of pardon from sin and receive the promise of Salvation full and free. This Greatest Gift of all time was both central to the count from the correct full New Moon along with the event born of the PROMISE OF RESTORATION, as it was the fulfillment of a 4,000 year old GUARANTEE to His obedient followers since its beginning in Eden and also to the end of time. (Matthew 27:1-42)
“I am the DOOR. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” John 10:9
While this marvelous gift remains free to all who ENTER AT THE DOOR (the full New Moon), we can only receive pardon through confession of sin before YAHUAH, the Eternal Father, while upon the merits of the Shepherd Messiah turned Lamb. Only the sheep who hear His voice and enter at the correct gate (the full New Moon gate of Ezekiel 46:1) of the Master Shepherd are His sheep. These alone follow His voice to the gate/door on Aviv 1 (the full New Moon Day that marks the feet of Bethulah/Virgo) and count to the 14th day each year. Just as Israel had to reorient to the full New Moon in order to keep Passover on the correct dark conjunction moon day, so will all the Messiah’s true followers. These alone abide there in His sheepfold in full and complete loving obedience to all His commands as they follow their Shepherd/Lamb/Door/ and Melchizedek, whether soever He goes (Revelation 14:4). For the full New Moon representing our Messiah is the only DOOR/GATE of entrance unto the WAY OF SALVATION. He is the GATE/DOOR on Aviv 1, the LAMB sacrifice on Aviv 14, our Bread Salvation on Aviv 15, the PROMISE of ETERNAL LIFE on Aviv 16, so that you and I may have assurance of an ETERNAL FUTURE beyond the grave. This format identifies the only path of RESTORATION that commences in the EAST when the full New Moon arises. If we don’t enter at the EAST GATE, everything else will be futile.
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the DOOR, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.” John 10:1
Yahusha said to him, “I AM THE WAY, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6
In the ministerial work of the Messiah in the shamayim Temple above, the EAST GATE and Passover are followed by several more steps as outlined by the remainder of His set-apart Feast Days. THIS IS THE ONLY PATHWAY OF THE RIGHTEOUS UNTO SALVATION. There is no other WAY to receive pardon. We are to enter at the DOOR/GATE of the correct New Moon in the EAST by night to count 14 days to PASSOVER. It is only in this way that we may follow the LAMB, the TRUE MESSIAH, whither soever He goes. For this is the layout of His Temple, the blue print of the path of salvation. If we don’t enter at this time-centric DOOR that bears the promise, on that great day we are likely to hear those fateful words, “I NEVER KNEW YOU, DEPART FROM ME!”
Man’s Final Passover Test
For the last nearly 2,000 years since the Crucifixion of the Messiah there have no doubt always been some obedient believers among men who have consistently kept the true Passover on the 14th of Aviv, as counted from the correct full New Moon. It seems a logical conclusion as Yahuah appeared to desire continuity even if among a small group of people, as evidenced by the eight saved in Noah’s Ark. Following the resurrection of our Messiah, these would have been the fearless men and women, the Natsarim or Quartodecimen, who amidst the perils and strife stood for truth in contrast to the falsified New Moons, and counterfeit calendars wielded by Rome and other nations. Neither were they swayed by the introduction of Easter to replace Passover, or the promotion of Christmas, and all the festivals of the sun cult, but remained unswervingly obedient to keeping the correct East Gate New Moon and Passover’s Promise central in their lives, as this is the entire theme of Scripture. Refer to article, Constantine’s Easter Controversy with the Obedient Quartodecimen.
This GREAT DOOR OF PROMISE will one day soon close forever. The final Passover upon earth will occur on the 14th of Aviv as counted from the correct full New Moon. By the Eternal’s standards, it is imperative for His obedient followers to get this right, because this will be His testing truth for all of those who seek the Promised Land, the eternal home with Yahusha, their Messiah/Shepherd/Lamb/Door/ and Melchizedek. By claiming His blood for our sins on Passover, at the correct time insures that all the succeeding New Moons, Sabbaths, and annual qodesh Feast Days will also be correct for the remainder of the year, which ultimately synchronize the obedient to the LAST GREAT DAY.
“When once the Master of the house has risen up and SHUT THE DOOR, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the DOOR, saying, Yahuah, Yahuah, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, or where you are from. Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you or where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of Yahuah, and yourselves thrust out. Luke 13:25-28
Only those who locate the correct full New Moon will find the true Passover date of the 14th, along with its corresponding DOOR OF SALVATION. Only those who seek to harmonize their lives and soul temples with that of Yahuah’s Temple in the shamayim (heavens) and the New Jerusalem, as His true and only sheepfold, will be prepared to dwell throughout eternity there. No other test will do, because the EAST GATE and 14 day count to Passover, with its sacrificial promise and time-centric date placement, has remained the tried and true test of obedience to Yahuah from the inception of sin in Eden, and will continue unto its sin’s full and complete removal.
Truly, these times of ignorance Yahuah Elohim overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent . . . Acts 17:30
The day is coming very soon when our Messiah/Shepherd/Lamb/Door/ and Melchizedek will arise and shut PASSOVER’S DOOR OF PROMISE, signifying the end of probation for mankind, and that the sealing of His flock is complete. THIS IS THE DOOR THAT NO MAN CAN OPEN OR SHUT EXCEPT THE LAMB. And once it is shut, it will never be opened again (Revelation 3:8). It is when PASSOVER’S DOOR OF PROMISE is finally shut that Yahuah shall declare:
“He who is unjust, let him be unjust still;
he who is filthy, let him be filthy still;
he who is righteous, let him be righteous still;
he who is qadosh (set-apart), let him be qadosh (set-apart) still.”
Hearing the Shepherd’s Call
Yahusha our Messiah’s last instructions to His Disciples in the upper room was with regard to how to keep Passover perpetually from that day forward, until His return, when He would keep it with them for all eternity.
For I say to you, “I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of Yahuah.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of Yahuah comes.” And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the Brit Hadasha (new covenant) in My blood, which is shed for you.” Luke 22:16-20
If the Messiah had intended for PASSOVER and its central PROMISE to be abolished the next day at the very moment of its fulfillment, none of His instruction given above would have been necessary. His statement, “I will no longer eat of it or drink of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of Yahuah,” illustrates that His followers were to continue celebrating Passover once per year on the 14th of the First Lunar Month, as counted from the full New Moon, until His return. By perpetually eating the bread and drinking the wine once each year on the 14th of Aviv, the PROMISE of a full restoration was to endure, as it could not be complete until His return. From the time of the Messiah’s death NO LAMBS are to be slain, for He became the LAMB once and for all time.
Certainly, the emphasis here, as it was twice stated, was to carry-on with keeping this solemn qadosh Feast Day event. The promise is then given that Yahusha the Messiah will not eat or drink of Passover again until the Kingdom of Yahuah comes, at His return. Thus, we discover that YAHUSHA will begin again the eating and drinking of Passover at the setting up of His Kingdom. From His death and resurrection and throughout His Eternal Kingdom no lambs will die for sin, for there will be no more death there, and sin will be a long lost thing of the past. Is there any question that Passover will be consistently and perpetually kept through all eternity according to the 14th of the First Month as counted from the full New Moon (the only lunar phase arising in the east in spring) as the GREATEST SIGN OF THE ETERNAL’S GREAT LOVE FOR HIS CHILDREN.
Passover for Eternity
For all of us who have lived these generations after our Messiah’s Passover blood ratification was complete, we remain under the prescription of His last words according to the Brit Hadasha (NT). No doubt, His foreknowledge was that in Himself the long promised and required sacrifice was to be met the next day, the 14th of Aviv.
Therefore, we are to continue to keep this most significant Feast of Passover on the 14th day, but not by sacrificing a lamb, for the LAMB OF PROMISE has already come. He was sacrificed for all sin, and He ratified the mandate in the Torah requiring death of the sinner, and then He rose again to new life. His being raised to life was the visible SIGN and GUARANTEE that His sacrifice and atonement was accepted, and mankind’s future was secured, and as promised they too would arise to new life. PRAISE YAHUSHA OUR MASHIACH!
Today, all these many years later only the Shepherd’s true flock continue to follow the yearly time prescriptive Passover as a memorial of these historical and set-apart time-centric events. By rehearsing it once each year we are called to ENTER AT THE DOOR and partake of the PASSOVER’S BLOOD STAINED TRAIL OF PROMISE, FOR THIS IS THE GREAT SIGN AND GUARANTEE OF A FUTURE BEYOND THE GRAVE.
NO FULL NEW MOON ARISING IN THE EAST,
NO DOOR/GATE TO ENTER INTO THE PATH/WAY.
NO 14TH DAY FROM THE FULL NEW MOON,
NO MESSIAH, NO SHEPHERD,
NO PASSOVER, NO PROMISE,
NO TORAH IN OUR MOUTH, AND
NO ETERNAL LIFE!
The pathway of forgiveness and restoration is only through the time-centric SPRING FULL NEW MOON DOOR/GATE. It appears that for those who pass this test of loyalty on earth, they will be celebrating Passover from year to year by eating the bread and drinking of the fruit of the vine along with their Messiah who redeemed them. Every year on the 14th, as counted from the full New Moon of the First Lunar Month in spring, through all eternity, Passover will be kept as a qadosh (set-apart) reminder of what our sin, which began in Eden, cost our loving and compassionate Creator, both the Eternal Father and Son.
IN THE END, because of the great bond between the Redeemer and His Redeemed, the qodesh (sanctified) FLOCK OF THE RIGHTEOUS REDEEMED will be rewarded with the contractual DEED of the Brit Hadasha (new covenant) to the qadosh city, the New Jerusalem, coming down from the shamayim to resettle upon the earth on the Mt. of Olives. It is then that the mighty YAHUSHA ha Mashiach/Shepherd/Lamb/Door/ and Melchizedek will be their long last eternal KING OF KINGS (Revelation 21:2). HALLELUYAH! What a day that will be.
For detailed information on which is the true New Moon of Scripture, refer to article: The Sun was Darkened from the Sixth to the Ninth Hour.
For details on when to commence the qadosh year of Scripture, refer to article: A Great Sign Appeared in the Shamayim.
For details on the difference between Easter and Passover, refer to article, Constantine’s Easter Controversy with the Obedient Quartodecimen.