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During these next 4 days, after the triumphal entry and the choosing of a lamb, Jesus would spend His time in Jerusalem. It would be during the next four days that He would fulfill the next important part of the Passover feast.  According to Jewish tradition an unblemished lamb or goat, known as the “Paschal Lamb”, is to be set apart on Nisan 10, and slaughtered at dusk as Nisan 14 ends in preparation for the 15th of Nisan when it will be eaten after being roasted. Exodus 12:5-6 tells us: Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats.You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight.

During these 4 days after the choosing of the Lamb, Jesus would be inspected by all the authorities. From the 10th until the 14th day the political and religious leaders would question Him and look for any blemish that they could find until finally He would be found without spot and blemish as the Roman official Pilate would declare before the Jews, “I find no fault in Him.” (Luke 23:4) It would be during these 4 days of inspection and being found with blemish that Jesus would now become the lamb who would take away the sins of the world. Once and for all He would be prepared to become the final, perfect sacrifice that was slain for mankind!

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Christ risen? Indeed! An empty tomb? Not quite. The Passover week to Resurrection Sunday is the most amazing week in the entire calender to me and the sheer proof that we serve an amazing God who not only loves us, but is true to His plan.

But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying. (John 20:11-12)

Mary may not have found the risen LORD inside the tomb when she came on the third day, but what she did find was the most amazing sign of who Jesus was! He was the fulfillment of the Law! He was our Mercy Seat (Numbers 7:89; Heb 9:2-5)! He was the Ark of the Covenant, (the Word made flesh, John 1:14)! Turn to Exodus Chapter 25. God is giving instructions here on the building of the Ark of the Covenant. God dwelt in the tabernacle and His presence was between the Cherubim and it was there that He would meet Moses. Here is what Exodus 25:17-19 “You shall make a mercy seat of pure gold; two and a half cubits shall be its length and a cubit and a half its width. And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work you shall make them at the two ends of the mercy seat. Make one cherub at one end, and the other cherub at the other end; you shall make the cherubim at the two ends of it of one piece with the mercy seat.

My prayer this Resurrection Sunday is that you will fully understand God’s meaning for the tomb and why we can truly celebrate LIFE today!

Heb 9:11-12 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

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What does Passover have to do with the New Covenant you may be wondering. The truth is, there is no New Covenant without Passover! As Christians, I am saddened to see how we have fallen from the main feast that Christ asked us to continue to partake of in remembrance of Him. While the celebrating of Communion is such an important part of us in the body of Christ, (most importantly because Christ gave new meaning to the Passover elements), the Passover feast itself goes even deeper into the meaning and reminder of who Christ is and what He has done for us. I am going to take the next few days of Passover week to break down for us what we are watching unfold from both the Passover Meal and the last days of Jesus Christ here on earth.

Palm Sunday- As we celebrate Palm Sunday we are reminded of how it began with Jesus’ entry on the donkey into Jerusalem. This day, would have been the 10th day (according to the Jewish calendar). On this very day we must understand that the Old Testament practice of choosing a lamb for the Passover sacrifice and meal was taking place throughout the Jewish homes. At the exact same time, Jesus Himself would be riding into town among all of the Jewish families and presenting Himself as a lamb worthy for that sacrifice. As the crowds waved their palm branches and cried out with Hosanna’s, they were in a sense declaring Him to be a lamb that could cleanse them from their sins.

Tomorrow we will look at what is going on during these next few days and how Jesus is continuing to fulfill the Passover Feast so perfectly. We must remember that we serve a very perfect God and that NOTHING He establishes or does is by accident. There is perfect meaning behind all He has established!

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Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits,  and they are seven kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while. The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction. (Rev 17:9-11)

So the seven “heads” are seven literal kingdoms (symbolized in Scripture many times as mountains). The Scriptures go on to tell us that five have been, one is, and the other has not yet come. The final antichrist empire is symbolized through the beast though. But which kingdoms are we discussing here? When John wrote this book of Revelation, five kingdoms were past and the sixth was currently in power. After that empire another satanic empire would emerge. The seventh, (which would also become an eighth) as the Scriptures tell us. The seventh empire that ruled would one day revive itself into the final empire of the last days! Want to know who that empire is and what it means for us today? Follow along with us this week as we uncover this “mystery”.

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