God is the One who chose the day of Passover on which to shed His Blood. The lamb represented the coming outpouring of God’s own Blood, as a peace offering for His Blood Covenant.
The phrases Passover of Yahweh (Yahweh shows as Lord in our Bibles) set this feast apart from the other Feasts, and it is referring to God’s original Blood Covenant.
Today, it is a meal of Lamb and bitter herbs offered to Yeshua in honor of His gift of Redemption. This meal is shared in reverence of Yahweh Yeshua, by a humbled, prostrate and willing servant.
The Passover of Yahweh is in fact the stand alone rite that God gave to Adam and Eve––this was the Original (Threshold) Blood Covenant that God gave to mankind. God continually refers to the Passover of Yahweh (Lord in our Bibles) in a manner suggesting that He expects His people to know of what He is speaking. It is God’s Pesach (Passover or crossover, as in crossing or passing over the Blood of Yeshua (Jesus) into Covenant with Yahweh God).
What most know as the Lord's Supper was actually Yeshua’s last Passover meal on Earth. It was a Feast that He and His disciples celebrated one day each year on Abib 14. When Yeshua said "Do this in remembrance of Me....” He was telling His disciples to remember Him whenever they came together for the Passover meal. Yeshua and all His followers (disciples) continued to celebrate all of God’s Feasts (Matthew 26:17, Mark 14:12, Luke 22:15, John 10:22, Acts 2:1, 18:21, 20:6, 1Corinthians 5:7-8), which are all eternal Commandments of God.
The ancient meaning for the Hebrew word Pesach: Pey means a beginning; Samech means support (as in God’s support); and Chet means a fence of protection, or separation.
Therefore Passover (Pesach) is the beginning of God’s Appointed Seasons each year, and it is the beginning of God separating His people, the ones He supports and protects. And this beginning also refers to the very beginning of time, when Yahweh gave Adam and Eve His Blood Covenant. Passover can be considered to be opening day for the Feasts of God.
Passover serves not only as an offering of the Covenant of peace, the use of hyssop also makes it the purification rite that separates God’s people from the rest of all mankind, causing them to become a separated people unto God––because of God’s Appointed Seasons.
Exodus 12:2 states the month of Abib (Nisan) is to be the beginning of God’s (Hebrew) months. Period. There is nothing in Scripture that states that the first day of Etanim (Tishri) is the Hebrew new year. Etanim is the seventh month.
Celebrating Pesach (Passover)
• This day of Pesach (Passover) is a celebration of God’s Blood Covenant, and is the true communion of Yeshua. It is to be celebrated only one day each year, on Abib 14.
• The actual day of Pesach is not a day off from work, so we can work on this day and have our meal at the end of the day.
• Based on Exodus 12:6, the Passover Lamb is to be killed at twilight on the 14th of Abib. In this particular verse the word neshef is used which means a breeze (in reference to when the evening breeze prevails on into the morning breeze, in which both of them the sky is dark). This is the very early morning, when Abib 14th begins. While it is not recommended that you actually kill a lamb, I felt this was important to know because the lamb is killed and then cooked (which took all day long).
• Verse 8 implies that the meal is eaten the same day that the Lamb is killed, but closer to midnight. Thus, the Passover meal is killed and eaten on Abib 14th.
• What seems to be a recurrence in all the verses concerning Passover, is that they all state we are to “eat the flesh of the lamb and bitter herbs.” Passover is a day of offering a meal of Lamb to Yeshua in remembrance of Him as the Lamb of God. A meal of Lamb steaks from the leg are the most tender and delicious, but you can eat any cut of the Lamb.
The only change Yeshua made was to ask that His disciples remember Him each time they came together for Yahweh’s Passover offering and meal.
The Spirit of God has revealed that the bitter herb spoken of in Scripture is hyssop. Hyssop was used in all of God’s purification rites for the Hebrews.
• God’s Passover also included this hyssop as a purification rite because Passover represents God’s Blood Covenant, which represents a separation unto God. The hyssop was dipped into the blood of the lamb and used to put the blood on the doorway and lintels on Passover in Exodus. A similar ritual is used in the purification rites (Leviticus 14:49-53).
The meal was eaten with the Hebrews fully dressed and packed, because they were to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice (Exodus 12:11). It would be proper, but not commanded, for believers too to be symbolically ready to leave at a moment’s notice while the Passover meal is eaten.
• During the meal, teach about the breaking of the bread representing Yeshua’s first coming. In the New Testament gospels we find Yeshua teaching throughout the Passover meal (Matthew 26:26-30 & John 13––Yeshua teaches throughout the whole meal, and afterward too).
• Verses that the children can be involved in reading, are Exodus 12:2-14 & 18-28.
•Breaking the Matsah bread, and sharing the Cup of the Covenant after the meal is in representation of Redemption in God’s Blood Covenant, and in remembrance of Yahweh’s sealing His Blood Covenant. A second prayer is to be said after the meal. When Yeshua broke the unleavened bread, He was saying “Hinneh! bo!” which means, “Lo! Behold! I have come!” (Psalm 40:7-9 & Hebrews 10:5-7).
There is absolutely nothing in Scripture that tells us to drink wine or juice (or blood) with our Festival or Sabbath meals, or even during communion pretending we are drinking the blood of Yeshua! Blood is used for atonement ONLY. In fact, Scripture strictly forbids the eating or drinking of blood (Leviticus 17:14). The wine represented God’s Blood Covenant––NOT Yeshua's Blood.
The Truth About Afikomen
The Afikomen was a Hebrew tradition, and is Not in Scripture. The word afikomen has nothing at all to do with the matsah, nor taking a piece of the bread and hiding it. This word and ritual has somehow been confused with matsah over the years, and is completely fabricated.
Matsot (Unleavened Bread)
Jewish tradition mixes Passover and Unleavened Bread together, and calls it "the eight days of Passover." However, there is nothing in Scripture that tells us to do this.
Matsah is eaten on Passover, as well as the seven days of Unleavened Bread. However, Passover is only ONE day, and Unleavened Bread (Matsot, the plural of Matsah) is seven days. They are two very distinct celebrations, but they are celebrated one after the other.
Unleavened Bread is the celebration that represents the Redemption of God's people, and Passover is the celebration of God's Blood Covenant. Mixing the two together has confused God's people and is causing them to remain in unbelief and exile, because they completely ignore the true reason for Unleavened Bread, and they really don't celebrate Matsot (Unleavened Bread).
They also do not acknowledge the real reason for Pesach (Passover) either. Please pray that God reveals this truth to the Jews soon.