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PASSOVER: A 7 PART SERIES – INTRODUCTION

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THE PASSOVER: A SEVEN PART SERIES

THE PASSOVER – INTRODUCTION

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This is a seven (7) part series to help you understand the Biblical roots of the Passover. Also, to help you understand WHY and HOW the Passover being celebrated today is different from that given to Moses in the instructions by God in Exodus Chapter 12. HOW did the changes come about and WHY? You will have a deeper understanding and love for your LORD after this study!


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THE PASSOVER – INTRODUCTION

Passover for the Jewish year 5776 begins Friday evening, April 22nd, at sundown. Saturday, April 23rd, 2016, will be the first DAY of Passover. The Jewish day starts in the evening at sundown in accordance to the Holy Scriptures.

In the Tanakh (Old Testament) we read in the first book of the Torah: “And the evening and the morning were the first day.” [Genesis 1:4] Passover always begins on the 14th day of the Hebrew month of Nissan (remember … Hebrew days start at sundown). To help you more fully understand the significance of this wonderful Holy Feast we are presenting a seven (7) part series on the Passover, which starts at sundown April 22nd.

Actually, on the Jewish calendar of events the whole celebration involves eight days, because after the evening of Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread then continues for seven (7) more days. Therefore, both Orthodox and Messianic Jews will be celebrating from Friday evening at sundown (April 22nd through Saturday day, April 30th.)

There is to be NO leaven, or yeast cake (Hebrew “chametz”), in Jewish homes during this period according to the Torah. “Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eats that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land.” [Exodus 12:19] This year, the Hebrew Year 5776, the ending of the Feast of Unleavened Bread will be on Saturday evening, April 30th. “In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at evening.” [Exodus 12:18]

About 45 years ago the Lord directed me to go on an evangelistic trip from the West Coast to the East Coast (USA) and return. I packed five (5) bags and decided to walk two blocks to the nearest freeway interchange in Los Angeles and hitchhike to New York. He instructed me to travel strictly by faith and gave me the promise found in Jeremiah 33:3: “Call unto me, and I will answer you and show you GREAT and MIGHTY things you do not know about.” Within two hours of claiming the promise in Jeremiah 33:3 I had a ride to Philadelphia with two Jewish men. In Philadelphia two brothers of one of the men received Yeshua as their personal Messiah. Their sister loaned us a car in which we traveled to New York City and there I ministered to many wonderful Messianic Jews in Coney Island.

Such great MIRACLES happened on that trip, but one I treasure most was right before I returned to the West Coast. In Colorado I had the privilege of being directed by the Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) to an elderly lady about 80 years of age who was married to a Jewish believer, a Messianic Jew. In her home she provided me with lots of information that has helped me through the years to reach many, many Jewish people with the message of  Messiah. Her name was Hanna Wago and it is with great pleasure that I am sharing with you many of the things she taught me.

We are releasing the series, Passover: Part 1 to Part 7, during this Pasover season so you can teach others and then share with your friends each day through Passover [Pesach] and the feast of Unleavened Bread. I have edited in places, and also added some experiences and thoughts of my own. I trust it will be a blessing to many. You may want to print out this series to use for future reference or teaching. You are welcome to reprint the material(s) as long as they are used for FREE distribution.

Your friend and brother-in-Messiah, Prince Handley

P.S. – If you would like to celebrate the Passover Seder in your home, or with friends, I am including instructions below for setting the Passover table.

P.S.S. – Messiah Yeshua may have actually been crucified on Wednesday morning. Passover (Nisan “Aviv” 14 ) was on Thursday, that year, the Feast of Unleavened Bread began on Friday (seven day feast last to Nisan “Aviv” 21), and the regular weekday Sabbath was on Saturday. Jesus was crucified in the morning on Wednesday and placed in the tomb before 6 P.M. He arose from the grave sometime after 6 P.M. on Saturday, which would be early Sunday morning, the first day of the week, according to Jewish time-keeping. This explanation fits Jesus’ prophecy in Matthew 12:40 that He would be “three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

SETTING THE PASSOVER TABLE

Use a nice tablecloth, lace or white linen, and four (4) pretty gasses for center along with two (2) large plates.

At one end of the table, where the head of the family will be seated, place a cover dish with three (3) large matzo cakes, wrapped separately.

At the other end of the table (where there will be an empty chair) place the other large plate: for Elijah’s place. On this plate put a couple of pieces of matzo, and next to the plate a glass of wine. This glass is the fifth glass (in addition to the four that are filled with wine in the center. You may use red juice or grape juice if you prefer.

Two (2) medium plates: one on which to place a bone and the other on which to place broken pieces of matzo.

Four (4) small dishes: one for a mixture of grated apple and cinnamon to represent clay; one for an egg; one for salt water; and one for bitter herbs.

Two candles and candlesticks. (Have matches for lighting the candles.) Two pillows on which the head of the house will recline and between which the APHIKOMEN will be hidden (this will be explained in the newsletter series).

A wooden spoon into which leavened breadcrumbs are swept, and a feather brush. Also, a napkin into which the spoon, feather brush, and crumbs are wrapped for burning the next day. A white prayer cloth and white yarmulke (skullcap).


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