Thanks to Joshua Poore for his help.
- The beginning of the year is with the vernal equinox and the ripe abib.
Gen. 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
Jeremiah 31:35 Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night
Exo. 12: 1 And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying, 2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.
Deut. 16: 1 Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the Lord thy God: for in the month of Abib the Lord thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.
- The new month is determined by the moon. Thus the word chodesh is used synonymously for new moon and month in scripture.
- The new year begins this year with the 29th of March at evening making it the 1st day of the new year. The moon luminates at 1.8 % this night which is visible by the naked eye. Thus if we count at evening from the 29th at evening, the 14th day of the first month is then April 12th at evening.
Lev. 23: 5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord’s passover. 6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the Lord: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread. 7 In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. 8 But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
- Thus, the evening of the 12th – 13th at evening is a Sabbath and the evening of the 18th – 19th at evening is a Sabbath. Make sure you ask off for work. The 12th – 13th is not a normal Sabbath. Obviously cooking and the kindling of fire can be done. See also Matthew 27:62; Mark 15:42; Luke 23:54; John 19:14.
- And of course the 14th – 15th evenings is the weekly Sabbath.
- Peoples outside of Israel, the Levitical priesthood and the Temple were still commanded to observe the Passover even partaking of the Lamb.
Num. 9: 10 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If any man of you or of your posterity shall be unclean by reason of a dead body, or be in a journey afar off, yet he shall keep the passover unto the Lord. 11 The fourteenth day of the second month at even they shall keep it, and eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 12 They shall leave none of it unto the morning, nor break any bone of it: according to all the ordinances of the passover they shall keep it.
- The Passover is a memorial offering, not a sin offering so this sacrifice does not contradict the New Covenant or the book of Hebrews.
Exo. 12:13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. 14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.
- You can obtain kosher lamb here at this website: http://www.kolfoods.com and have it delivered to you. Make sure you purchase it in time to get it to your house before the 8th.
“Kosher for Passover/Pesach
All KOL Foods meat cuts (beef, lamb and poultry) and ground beef and lamb, as well as our broiled beef liver, are Kosher for Passover year-round and do not require special Pesach certification.”
- Get your Lamb before the 8th of April.
Exo. 12: 3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house.
The lamb has already been butchered for you so the rest of this passage has already been fulfilled.
- Remove all leaven from your houses and make final checks for leaven before the evening of the 12th.
Exo. 12: 15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.
Leaven is not yeast. It is fermented grain. Thus, no leavened bread, no grain alcohol or beer. You might want to also look through your cabinets and refrigerators for any vinegar or sauces that use grain fermentation to make their sauces.
- All leaven gone by around 5pm on the 12th…. Whatever might remain was traditionally burned around this time to destroy it.
- Obtain some unleavened bread and bitter herbs.
Exo. 12: 8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.
You can make your own unleavened bread or matzos or simply buy some Matzos at the grocery store. This is usually what I do. Horseradish is usually used for the bitter herbs.
- Prepare your fire pit or however you want to do this. You will need a fire to last for a number of hours so prepare your fireplace or fire-pit and buy plenty of wood and/or charcoal.
- You are to dress as if you are going on a journey with full traveling clothes and shoes and maybe your keys in your pocket to replace the staff.
Exo. 12: 11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord’s passover.
- At sunset, on the 12th right at the end of the day, roast your lamb over fire, remove the bones and anything that will not be eaten and burn it in the fire, (Exo. 12:10 ) and eat the meat quickly in haste (Exo. 12:11) with bitter herbs, unleavened bread and wine was the traditional drink which accompanied the meal.
- Do not go out of your dwelling at least until after midnight just as the Hebrews did not leave their dwelling until Pharaoh made them leave AFTER midnight.
- Eat ONLY unleavened products all week long until the evening of the 19th . Your unleavened product should consist of one of the five grains: Wheat, spelt, rye, oats, barley.
- I will host live event hangouts on the 13th and the 19th in the mornings for the commanded holy convocations.
This is my favorite feast of the year and the presence of the Holy Spirit is so close to us at this time. I can’t wait!