We’re coming into the wonderful season of Passover and the Spring Feast Days. I personally love this time of year as I’ve seen the Lord move in powerful ways during these times.
Passover and the Spring Feast Days naturally coincide with encouraging our personal restoration. God meets us in special ways at His appointed times, and our faith becomes more of a reality. During this season, God often brings His peace to our deeper emptiness of heart. When we encounter Yeshua (Jesus) as He truly is, our lives will change.
I like to think of God’s set-apart times as the specific appointments He makes with us. He invites us to meet with Him. When we show up for the appointment, we find we are blessed in unique ways. Of course, we can approach God at other times, but His appointed times are special times with a special purpose He wants to share.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Spring Feast Days, the following is a brief exposition:
We can begin with the Hebrew month of Nisan. The month of Nisan starts off the Biblical New Year; it is called the first of months in Exodus 12:2. This is where God impresses Israel to keep and understand time because they are being delivered from slavery. This year, the first day of Nisan was on March 28th.
We can learn from the historical events that highlight Godly themes during the month of Nisan. The Book of Exodus records the powerful accounts of Israel’s release from Egypt. Supernatural miracles, judgments and deliverances take place along with redemption. The God of Israel displays His faithfulness and His power to liberate Israel from Egyptian slavery.
The exodus from Egypt took place during the month of Nisan. The Eve of Passover was when Israel was redeemed from the tenth plague – the firstborn’s destruction. This happened on the eve of Nisan 14. Nisan 14 commemorates God’s appointed time of Passover. This year, Passover is April 11th.
There are several other appointed times which take place during the Spring season. These include First Fruits, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, The Counting of the Omer and Pentecost. Each one is full of meaning. Their themes and patterns solidify continued fulfillments of deliverance, salvation, redemption and empowerment by the Holy Spirit.
Many years after Israel’s first exodus, Yeshua (Jesus) walked the earth and demonstrated several of these fulfillments. The term fulfill in Hebraic thought means to bring the Spirit, heart and the correct interpretation to something. In Greek thought, the tendency is to see a fulfilment as an end to something.
It’s interesting to note, that every Biblical Feast Day has continuing fulfillments. If we study them, we see they happen throughout history and in biblical patterns. These fulfillments can also be experienced individually.
As we approach the Day of Passover, we remember that Nisan 14 was the day Yeshua (Jesus) was crucified. Then at the end of the weekly Sabbath following Passover, Yeshua came alive from the dead (Matthew 28:1). His resurrection was a fulfillment of the Feast of First Fruits. First Fruits is sometimes called Resurrection Sunday today. First Fruits is a fascinating Feast Day to understand and brings great encouragement to believers.
There are many aspects to what our Messiah’s death and resurrection accomplished for us. The primary aspects were that He opened the way for us to have covenant with God, receive forgiveness from unrighteousness and become grafted in to Israel.
Today, more Christian believers are awakening to the power of Passover and how the fulfillments are continuing. The restoration of the Feast of Passover is a sign of the Spirit of Elijah being released in our time to restore all things. This prepares the way for the Lord’s second coming; similar to how John the Baptist carried the Spirit of Elijah to prepare the way for the Yeshua’s first coming.
In l Corinthians 5:8, Paul taught believers to keep the Passover Feast. Many years later, at the Council of Nicaea (325 AD), Constantine outlawed Passover. Unfortunately, the removal of Passover from Christianity has lasted for many years.
Today, the blessing of Passover is increasingly being restored to followers of Christ. As the fullness of God’s Word is being restored along with worship, we are seeing the beginnings of a prophetic company of people being released. The more we understand the links between the continuing fulfilments and the foundational ones in the Torah, the more our faith is solidified in Christ.
This is a special time of year where God meets with us and we remember our covenant with Yeshua (Jesus). When we celebrate the Passover Feast, we discover that the Holy Spirit does something deep within our hearts.
May you be blessed this Passover Season!