7:00 – 1. What is it?
It’s a do-over for people who couldn’t observe Passover when it happened 30 days ago.
God created it for those who were unclean due to touching a dead body and for those on a journey that kept them away from the temple.
It’s important this year with the Corona virus, quarantines and everyone out of their normal world, because we have all dealt with some sort of death and we are all on a different journey.
If you already had a Passover Seder last month, you don’t need to repeat it,
but it’s definitely a good time to pause and consider what God has to say to you in this moment.
Passover is so important; of all of the 7 Feasts of the Lord, it is the only one that has an automatic makeup date. Why?
The Feast of Unleavened Bread, which includes Passover and the Feast of Firstfruits, is all about our salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus (who was crucified as the Passover Lamb on Passover 2,000 years ago).
Three days later, on Firstfruits (which became Resurrection Day), you start working your way toward the next Feast (The Feast of Weeks). It’s called that because you count 7 weeks (or 50 days) until you arrive at Pentecost (which means 50).
It was a harvest festival until Jesus died and rose again. Then, on that Pentecost, the church was birthed when the Holy Spirit was poured out as a deposit or seal of what is to come for believers
There is always more than meets the eye when it comes to Feasts. If you look a little deeper, we are called the Bride of Christ, and we are waiting for our Groom to come and get us and for the wedding supper in heaven (which is the Passover meal).
So, there are physical things going on down here on earth, which relate to spiritual things that are going on right now in heaven.
Spiritually speaking, Passover is our betrothal to Jesus, and Pentecost is the wedding ring (but represents our actual wedding one day in heaven). So, those 50 days between Passover and Pentecost represent the end times.
And if the shadows and type picture is correct, sometime between these two feasts should be when the Groom comes to get His bride (the Rapture).
So, a feast ½ way between Passover and Pentecost would be very significant to the end times. And that Feast would be very important to instructing us how to live in the last days.
This little known and rarely observed feast is called Second Passover. It’s a bit of a forgotten feast because, unlike every other feast, it isn’t for everyone to observe. It’s a do-over only for those who missed out on observing Passover on the regular date.
You may be thinking of the Matthew 24 scripture that tells us about the rapture, “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.”
Humility is the most important reality when you talk about end times prophecy. Everyone has an opinion or two or three, but nobody knows the absolute exact details for sure.
Here is my observation, for what it’s worth:
What’s interesting about Pentecost is doesn’t have a designated day of the month when it occurs, which every other Feast day has.
Which is why you must count the Omer day by day from the Feast of Firstfruits till you get to 50 for Pentecost.
So, every year you can accurately say of Pentecost, “that day and hour no one knows”.
On the 4th days of creation, “God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons [appointed times], and for days and years.” God has a plan, and His plans always happen on appointed times (feast days).
Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit on Hanukkah in the winter. As an adult He did miracles at the Festival of Lights. He was born on Rosh Hashanah in the fall. He walked here 33 years tabernacling with us to fulfill Sukkot.
On Purim Jesus announced for the first time that “God was His Father, making Himself equal with God”. He announced that He was both the “Son of God, the “Son of Man and the Messiah the deliverer.
He healed the lame man at the Pool of Bethesda on Purim. He died on Passover. He rose on Firstfruits. He walked with his disciples during the counting of the Omer. He poured out the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.
He sits on the throne as the Passover Lamb. He greets John wearing the garbs the High Priest wore on The Day of Atonement. The second coming, the tribulation, the rapture, the judgment, our wedding and everything else He does in eternity will continue to connect to the feasts.
7:20 2. Time Keeps on Ticking
Today, we are going to journey back to the Exodus from Egypt, the full year the Israelites spent at Mt. Sinai, and the final year which included their journey into the promised land following the 40 years of wandering.
As we look at the Second Passover, we will journey to the tribulation to discover some insights you have probably never heard before on what is to come.
Death is the theme of Passover as we recall the plagues of Egypt and the Israelites miraculous deliverance by the Hand of God, as well as the death and resurrection of Jesus and our deliverance from sin.
But the theme of death doesn’t stop there. Thirty days later we run into this rather obscure feast called Second Passover (it begins tonight thru Friday night and some will celebrate it all the way thru Saturday night).
Exodus and Leviticus tells the story of the first year of their journey which includes Egypt to Sinai and the giving of the Law and the construction of the Tabernacle.
Numbers and Deuteronomy take us through the beginning of the second year when they refuse to enter the promised land.
There are only a few pages of scripture on the 40 years wandering in the desert. There is no record of their keeping this new covenant of Passover, and no record of them keeping the covenant of circumcision. Moses just quickly picks up writing again at the 40th year as the next generation gets ready to enter in.
The original Passover in Egypt was unique –
They had to put blood on the doorways because the death angel was coming. That only happened once, so putting blood on doorways is never repeated.
Some things only happened once, but when they happened was significant. After leaving Egypt, they crossed the Red Sea three days later (this happened on the day in history that Noah’s ark came to rest on the mountain after the flood.
It would become the Feast of Firstfruits and eventually the date Jesus rose again and walked out of the tomb. Of course, It’s also a picture of baptism. “How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:2-4
They spent weeks traveling to Mt. Sinai, and traveling would become part of their forever experience, as the Feast of Unleavened Bread and Pentecost would both become Pilgrimage Feasts as well as Sukkot, in which they would remember living in temporary shelters.
Leviticus 23 gives us a quick overview of Passover and the Feast of Firstfruits
“On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the Lord’s Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; Seven days you must eat unleavened bread.
On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it. But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord for seven days. The seventh day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it.’”
“When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. He shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.
Coming up we will look at Second Passover, even before it existed.
7:40 – 3. The First Unofficial Second Passover – before it existed
Let’s jump ahead to the time of Jesus. John 6 tells the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 (from fish and bread) around this time near the Passover when He felt compassion for the people. He sees us with compassion. He knows our needs. It’s not ironic when this happens. He also declares that He is God.
Now let’s go back to the Exodus. On the date that would become Second Passover one year later, they are 30 days down the road from Egypt they are hungry, and God gives them meat and bread
(Passover meal) but this time it’s Quail and manna:
“Moses also said, “You will know that it was the Lord when He gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the Lord.” The Lord said to Moses, “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’”
That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat.” Exodus 16:8,11-15
One Year Later at Mt. Sinai – It’s Passover and The First Official Second Passover –
Now the Lord spoke to Moses in the Wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying: 2 “Let the children of Israel keep the Passover at its appointed time…And they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month, at twilight, in the Wilderness of Sinai; according to all that the Lord commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did.
“Now there were certain men who were defiled by a human corpse, so that they could not keep the Passover on that day…Why are we restrained from presenting the offering of the Lord at its appointed time among the children of Israel?” “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites: ‘When any of you or your descendants are unclean because of a dead body or are away on a journey, they are still to celebrate the Lord’s Passover, but they are to do it on the fourteenth day of the second month at twilight. They are to eat the lamb, together with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.” Numbers 9
There are 7 Spring and Fall Feasts and all of them are special Sabbaths. Second Passover is the only feast that is not a special Sabbath day, but just an ordinary day. So, it’s set apart in a unique way – it’s different
Passover includes the Feast of Unleavened Bread with a week of fasting from leavened bread,
7 days represents life – living out the life or holy walk that Jesus has given to you
As we walk in Christ, “the Bread of Life,” we demonstrate a continuous keeping of this feast, “Therefore, let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” (I Cor. 5:8).
Second Passover is a great picture of real life, where death or pain and loss happens, and we all need a chance for hope and communion with God.
Those who appealed to Moses did not ask to be excused from Passover. They asked that they “not be restrained,” from encountering God just because His appointed time had found them spiritually indisposed. If you deal with death, it’s a Second chance.
But God also adds mercy for those on a journey. The Second Passover brings Teshuvah. which is often translated as repentance,
but it is much more than changing behaviors or receiving forgiveness.
It’s the power to redefine the past and to make our failures powerless to control our future.
Teshuvah is an encounter with death that arouses a striving for life and awakens an unquenchable yearning for home. God restores us, not to brand new, but so that we are scarred and stronger. “Surely He took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:4-5
Israel wasn’t very faithful observing Passover.
Once they settled in the Promised Land they forgot and went hundreds of years without honoring God.
There’s only one reference to Second Passover. It was observed by Hezekiah about 800 years after they settled in the land.
2 Chronicles 30 “For the king and his leaders and all the assembly in Jerusalem had agreed to keep the Passover in the second month. For they could not keep it at the regular time, because a sufficient number of priests had not consecrated themselves, nor had the people gathered together at Jerusalem.”
They invited all of Israel to attend, but they did not get a great response:
“So the runners passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh, as far as Zebulun; but they laughed at them and mocked them. Nevertheless some from Asher, Manasseh, and Zebulun humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem. So there was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the time of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel, there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem.”
8:00 – 4. Prayer
8:15 – 5. Prodigals & Friends
The Prodigal Passover
In Luke 15 The Prodigal or Lost Son wants his inheritance and the Father gives it to him. Then the boy, “journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want…But when he came to himself, he said, I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’ “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion…Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”
The Second Passover is a shadow or picture of how God meets the prodigals who are on a journey away from Him and who were sons but are now dead to Him due to sin.
In a practical way, Second Passover was created because death doesn’t separate us from God And death doesn’t remove our responsibilities of Caring for the dead – Jesus also was making a way for those who cared for His body
After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of Jesus. And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews’ Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby. John 19:38-42
Neither is mentioned as attending the Last Supper Passover, which was a custom of the Galileans, so their caring for His body meant they could not eat the Passover meal that night.
And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the tomb. Matthew 27:61
And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses observed where He was laid. Mark 15:47
Neither of the women are mentioned as touching His body so they could still eat Passover that night, assuming they hadn’t eaten somewhere else the same night as the men.
There are some important lessons to glean from How God wants us to deal with Death
(Numbers 19 – Dead bodies)
Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying…‘Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring you a red heifer without blemish…take it outside the camp, and it shall be slaughtered before him; and Eleazar the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger, and sprinkle some of its blood seven times directly in front of the tabernacle of meeting. Then the heifer shall be burned in his sight: its hide, its flesh, its blood, and its offal [organs] shall be burned.
The priest shall be unclean until evening. And the one who burns it shall be unclean until evening. Then a man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and store them outside the camp in a clean place; and they shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for the water of purification; it is for purifying from sin…
‘He who touches the dead body of anyone shall be unclean seven days. He shall purify himself with the water on the third day and on the seventh day; then he will be clean.
The ashes of the Heifer “purify the contaminated and contaminate the pure”
What’s the lesson? Grace is powerful but grace is dangerous.
In the letters to the 7 churches in Revelation, Jesus warns them: “Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, teach and seduces My servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed to idols…I will give to every one of you according to your works.”
Also in Revelation it warns, “Certain men have crept in unnoticed…who turn the grace of our God into lewdness… defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of authority…these are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit”.
There are always ministers and pastors who live in secret sin or sometimes visible sin, and so teach that sin is OK. They say, “You don’t need to repent, because you are covered by grace.” That is a terrible lie.
We need each other and we need strong fellowship and iron to sharpen us. But we are accountable to grow strong in the Lord privately in the secret place.
Moses Meets with the Lord
“Moses took his tent and pitched it outside the camp, far from the camp, and called it the tabernacle of meeting. And it came to pass that everyone who sought the Lord went out to the tabernacle of meeting which was outside the camp.” Exodus 33:7
“We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat. For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.
Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.” Hebrews 13
8:30 – 6. Death or the Destroyer
We are going to look at who Death is – it’s the main focus of any Passover. And we are going to jump into the end times and the Great Tribulation as it relates to Passover.
Exodus 12:12-13 “On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.
But by verse 23 the Details shift. Exodus 12:23 NIV KJV NAS
When the LORD goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, He will see the blood on the top and sides of the door frame and will pass over that doorway, and He will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down/smite you. He will not permit his death angel to enter your house and strike you down.
1 Chr. 21 he is referred to as “the destroying angel”
When God sees the blood on the door-posts, He covers (or protects) those houses.
Death is a Living Spirit – not a thing
Death, as we know it, has temporary authority over all of creation, to rule over when it is appointed for them to encounter death.
In the garden sin and death first entered earth and robbed man of his covering of glory and introduced physical death to everyone,
the shedding of blood was a “covering” for sin. Righteousness became their clothing.
Jesus becomes our covering – Death is on a collision course with judgement,
1 Corinthians 15:20-26 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep…Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. For “He has put all things under His feet.”
Revelation 1:18 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever!
And I hold the keys of Death and Hades.
Revelation 6:8 Then I looked and saw a pale horse. Its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed close behind.
And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill by sword, by famine, by plague, and by the beasts of the earth.
Revelation 20 “And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever…The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.”
He is always coming to kill, steal, and destroyer. The destroyer is always present.
His agenda. To ascend the throne of God. Michael cast him down. But what is a throne? There is the literal one and He is enthroned on our praises.
So is Satan. Lies enthrone him. Sin enthrones him in our life until we are a demoniac. He’s after authority.
Christians are the highest authority on earth. We are light. He is drawn to it but can’t hold it anymore. He was cast out of the third heaven.
In dying and rising, Jesus placed Satan and death under our feet. The earth was His footstool so He has to make it our footstool too.
8:45 – 7. The Last Week
Second Passover and all of the Feasts of the Lord are some of the most important aspects of the Endtimes / Tribulation / Rapture
What is still to come?
Battle of Gog and Magog from Ezekiel 38-39 (invasion of Israel by coalition of neighbor countries)
The rise of the Beast, False Prophet, and Antichrist
The 3rd Temple will be built in Jerusalem
Tribulation and The Great Tribulation (split into 2 pieces)
The Battle of Armageddon
The Rapture and the Second Coming of Jesus
The Judgement and lots more
“Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks;” “The street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times. “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined.”
The prophet Daniel defined the length of the Tribulation as a period of 70 weeks of years (490 years). Sixty-nine of those weeks of years (483 years) would lead up to the death of the Messiah. And Jesus was crucified exactly 483 years after that prophecy – on Passover at the time of the sacrifice.
[The end of it shall be with a flood] the Roman destruction of Jerusalem happened in A.D. 70.
At this point the first half of the prophecy is done – 69 weeks have passed –
There is a pause for an undetermined period of time before the last week – It’s been 2,000 years.
Daniel 9 continues as the last week begins: “Then he shall confirm a covenant [treaty] with many for one week; “But in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.”
The final week of years will occur at the end of the age, this would be the time of the Great Tribulation with the Antichrist (right before the return of the Messiah).
Notice it is split in two pieces – each 3 ½ “days”.
First a covenant is signed between the nations and the Antichrist [Jesus predicted that the Jews would do this in John 5:43: “I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.]
The Antichrist breaks the covenant in the middle of the “week” and reveals himself and this is when the Mark of the Beast and the worst parts of the Great Tribulation begin and of course God begins pouring out His wrath. Many think this is where the rapture occurs.
But the question is “When is this?” I believe this is where Second Passover comes in.
I’ll show you why in just a bit.
Daniel reveals the time of the Tribulation to be a week of years or 7 years.
The Book of Revelation also lays out the time in two separate 42-month periods. Revelation 12:6 “Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
That same time element is repeated in the language of Daniel:
Revelation 12:13-14 “Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.
Revelation 13:5 – And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.
Daniel 9 tells us a bit about the middle of the week:
“And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.”
Jesus also used this language to describe the end:
Matthew 24:15-16 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
Those are the main scriptures but what do they mean?
How long is the Great Tribulation period: 7 years or just a matter of months? And does the rapture have something to do with Second Passover?
Humility is the most important reality when you talk about end times prophecy.Everyone has an opinion or two or three, but nobody knows the absolute exact details for sure, not even the angels.
Second Passover was created by God for a reason, and it has some unique features that might indicate that it is a significant part of the Great Tribulation. I am going to share some of those ideas today. But nobody knows for sure, especially me.
9:00 – 8. In the Days of Noah
Matthew 24:21-22 “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. “And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
Was Jesus saying that the final week or 7 years would be shortened? So is there a different time span?
There are 3 Different schools of thought on the tribulation period:
7 years, just 1 year, and also one view that the Tribulation is just 5-6 months.
The 1 year and 5-6 month perspectives are all based on Matthew 24 and lots of Old Testament perspectives
“But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Matthew 27:37
The flood waters of Noah’s time were abated, they ceased after one hundred and fifty days.” Genesis 8:3 [150 days is five months]
“And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.” Revelation 9:4-5
And we see the serpent cast a flood out of his mouth: Rev 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
Two floods and both are 5 months.
The flood ended on the date that would fall during the Feast of Unleavened Bread on Firstfruits and would also be Resurrection Day when Jesus rose from the grave.
The Rapture at Second Passover?
Notice also in Matthew 27 the description of what people are doing at the rapture:
“But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Matthew 27:37-41
Everything God has done, He has done on Feast Days, which are all special Sabbaths where work is forbidden.
He died on Passover, rose on First Fruits, poured out the Holy Spirit on the Feast of Weeks / Pentecost].
The only Feast Day that is not a declared Sabbath is Second Passover.
So, it would be a day people would be working, but it would also be a Feast Day.
The Regular Passover in both Egypt and Jerusalem included the deliverance of millions of people.
In Egypt it was the slaves. In Jerusalem, Jesus emptied Hades. So, it would make sense that if Jesus was delivering the Church into heaven, it would occur on a Passover. In this case a set aside Second Passover.
9:15 – 9. How Long Will The Tribulation Be?
Let’s look at the Hebrew language:
In Hebrew the word Week is shabuwa` shä·vü’·ah – It means:
- A period of seven (days, weeks, or years)
- Or The Feast of Weeks – which is 7 weeks and 1 day (50 days)
- Second Passover is around the half-way point (30 days)
In the book of Habakkuk, the prophet is waiting for the judgment for the nations.
Habakkuk 2:2-3 “Then YHWH replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time (Mo’ed); it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay”.
The Judgment was set apart to be on a Feast Day, a Mo’ed, an appointed time.
Lingering implies that the Feast in question is longer than 1 day.
There are 7 Feast days (Mo’ed) on the Hebrew calendar: 2 of them are 7-day Feasts: Unleavened Bread, and Sukkot (Tabernacles).
If you linger during Unleavened Bread, you will arrive at Second Passover. If you linger during Sukkot, you will arrive at the 7th day, which is followed by “the last great day” of the feast the 8th day.
The word used for a literal year in the Bible is `eth.
Daniel uses `eth whenever he speaks of years, except in Daniel 12, he describes the end coming in a time, times, and half a time (which would have equaled 3 ½ years in his earlier prophecy of weeks of years. But here we discover the word for a year (time) is “mow`ed”.
- at it shall be for a time מוֹעֵד mow`ed
- times מוֹעֵד mowed`im
- and an half חֵצִי chetsiy
- even to the time עֵת `eth
When God created the heavens He used the word mow`ed to describe the purpose of measuring time and seasons.
Mow`ed means a set feast, a feast season or an appointed time
Meaning that instead of literal years in his “weeks of years”, Daniel could be speaking of the Seven Feasts rather than 7 years. Every “time” word he uses speaks of a Feast Day. The Spring Feasts and Fall Feasts speak of His final judgment, just as they did His first coming.
For instance: If the end of the world occurs during the Fall Feasts then you would go back three and ½ feasts (instead of years) to find the middle of the Tribulation.
If the end of the Tribulation occurs at the end of the Feast of Tabernacles (on the last great day #8) then
1 Feast back is the 7 days of Sukkot
2 Feasts back is Atonement
3 Feasts back is Trumpets
Then we would go ½ back – which places you in the middle of [the 7 weeks of counting the Omer (50 days) between Shavuot (Pentecost) and First Fruits], and you are at Second Passover. This is 5 months or 150 days
The Year of the Lord
It’s also possible if the Lord is cutting short the original 7 years of the Tribulation, they would last one year, specifically the Year of the Lord.
For it is the day of the Lord’s vengeance, the year of recompense for the cause of Zion.
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God;
“I have trodden the winepress alone, and from the peoples no one was with Me.
For I have trodden them in My anger, and trampled them in My fury; their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, and I have stained all My robes. For the day of vengeance is in My heart, and the year of My redeemed has come.
9:30 – 10. Seek The Lord
This hour we are going to look up at the heavens and then take a good look at ourselves and the church.
“You shall count seven full weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering. You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath. Then you shall present a grain offering of new grain to the LORD. ” Leviticus 23
3,500 years ago the Lord commanded Israel to count the Omer (the Barley Harvest) beginning the day after the sabbath during Passover, they were to count 50 days to the Festival of Shavuot (Pentecost).
For most of the last 2000 years, the Jewish people had no homeland, and no harvest to count – yet they continued to count the Omer, counting a harvest that did not exist.
Then, about 130 years ago, as the Lord brought them back to their ancient homeland, the barley harvest was restored, so now the Omer is counted in Israel as it was in ancient times, with an actual harvest!
What is faith? Counting the days of a non-existent harvest, in expectation of a divine blessing. The days between Passover and Pentecost when we remember our salvation and the gift of the Holy Spirit, we give thanks for blessings we have yet to receive, in the expectation of victory, restoration, and a harvest of righteousness which is on the way for Shavuot, on May 28th.
This is a Unique Year with Interesting Feast Days
There was a supermoon in March during the holiday of Purim.
The largest supermoon of the year occurred during Passover.
A third supermoon occurs tonight on Second Passover
The next supermoon will arrive in time to begin Rosh Hashanah, the Hebrew New Year.
Last month it was the first Passover where the JEWISH people were confined to their homes since the night of the Exodus from Egypt at THE FIRST PASSOVER. Like 3,500 years ago in Egypt, we were all dealing with a plague that is killing many.
This plague is called corona or crown, because this season and year is all about Authority and crowns (Nezer)
There are several Hebrew words for crown. One is nezer (nay-zer). Nexer means crown, authority, and set apart
Everyone is being set apart (nezer ) or quarantined. This plague isn’t about a virus as much as it’s about changes crowns/authority.
Passover is always about crowns and authority. From slaves to chosen people in a promised land.
From a crown of thorns to seated at the right hand of God
Amos 5 tells us to, “Seek the Lord and live…He who made the Pleiades and Orion.”
The Constellation Taurus the Bull (Shur in Hebrew)
is one of the constellations that tell the complete story of the gospel. Shur” means “to return” or “to come back”.
It includes two star groups the Pleiades “gathering” and the Hyades “congregated”
The Pleiades are believed to be the 7 churches of Revelation in the Heavens.
On Saturday April 3rd (The 10th day of the first month – The day when the lamb is chosen for Passover) The Pleiades had The Bright Morning Star (Venus) in the midst of them.
Revelation 22:16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
Is it a picture of Revelation 2 and 3 with Jesus talking to the 7 churches and saying what is about to happen.
Revelation 1 “I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me…In his right hand he held seven stars…The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches…
This conjunction happens in a minor way every year, and close up like this year every eight years.
But this year is 5780 and 80 in Hebrew is peh, the first part of Pesach (Passover).
That only happens every 200 years, so we won’t see it again in our lifetimes.
I shared in more detail last month the significance of the times we are living in this year.
For Second Passover, I want to look at the significance of what God might be saying to us right now. I will jump into Revelation next.
9:45 – 11. The 7 Churches (Part 1)
In Revelation, we see Jesus as the great High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary, walking among,
“the seven lampstands which…are the seven churches”. He had in His hand seven stars, which are “the angels of the seven churches”. Jesus, in His priestly position in the heavenly sanctuary, has the angels of the whole Church in His hand, not just of seven first-century churches in Asia Minor.
His judgments and counsel to each of the churches is important for us to understand.
Since Jesus ascended, He has been active as the High Priest interceding for us.
Jesus is dressed in “a garment down to the feet” which was the robe used by the priests in their daily ministration in the sanctuary. Jesus is walking among seven golden lampstands, which suggest the seven lamps that illuminated the Holy Place. This scene is part of the Day of Atonement in the Fall. Both the Day of Atonement and Passover were set apart for sacrifice for the sins of the people.
What happens next in Revelation?
It’s the Letters to the 7 Churches – us!
Are you in Ephesus:
“I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you cannot bear those who are evil, and you have tested them who say they are apostles, and are not, and have found them liars.
You are judging others correctly to help them and set them free.
Nevertheless I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you are fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come to you quickly, and will remove your candlestick out of its place, unless you repent.
In other words, without love you have no reason to exist.
But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. The Nicolaitans considered the soul and spirit important, not the deeds of the body. Jude described them as, “Certain men have crept in unnoticed…who turn the grace of our God into lewdness… defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of authority…these are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit”.
I will give to eat from the tree of life [real intimacy]. Hear and overcome!
Are you in Smyrna:
Fear none of those things which you shall suffer. Behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that you may be tested; and you shall have tribulation ten days. Be faithful to death, and I will give you the crown of life. [true authority / corona] Hear and overcome!
Are you in Pergamos:
You hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith…But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, … and the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which I hate.
Repent; or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.
To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name.
[He will give real knowledge and real love & acceptance]. Hear and overcome!
10:00 – 12. The 7 Churches (Part 2)
Are you in Thyatira:
I know your works, and love, and service, and faith, and your patience, and your works; and the last are more than the first. Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce My servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed to idols.
And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she did not repent. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to every one of you according to your works.
Jezebel calls herself a prophetess – these are ministers and pastors. They are teaching that sin is OK…You don’t need to repent. Because you are covered by grace.
Ezekiel 3:18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.
And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations and I will give him the morning star. [It’s the first star in the morning and evening – faithfulness]. Hear and overcome!
Are you in Sardis:
I know your works, that you have a name that you live, but you are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.
Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast, and repent.
If therefore you do not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.
You have a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. [Invitation to the wedding – dead people don’t marry]. Hear and overcome!
Are you in Philadelphia:
Because you have kept the word of My patience, I also will keep you from the hour of trial, which shall come upon the whole world, to test those that dwell on the earth. Behold, I am come quickly; hold fast which you have, so that no one takes your crown.
He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more.
I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”1 Corinthians 13:12 Hear and overcome!
Are you in Laodicea:
I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot; I would that you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth. Because you say, I am rich, and increased in goods, and have need of nothing; and do not know that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from Me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness may not appear; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten.…Therefore be zealous [or eager] and repent. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne. [Divine purpose] Hear and overcome!