It is important to see the full significance of the Feast of Passover. Too often Passover is considered fulfilled. Yes, Jesus was our Passover lamb. He died for us. But Passover goes deeper than just an initial entrance into salvation. We cannot read of the first Passover in Exodus without understanding that the blood on the doorposts to avert judgment was not the end of it. The lamb slain and eaten, and it’s blood sprinkled upon the doorposts, was but one of the rituals the Israelites were commanded to perform. The Passover was ultimately a deliverance out of Egypt. It opened the door to possess the Promised Land. It’s significant that the Passover came with judgment. There can be no possessing the Kingdom in this natural realm without the judgments of God. By possessing the Kingdom in the natural I mean seeing sons and all of creation loosed from futility.
We must understand where God’s people have lived up until this present hour. Since the time of Christ, and really, since the days of Abraham, we have been a displaced people, meaning we are in this world but not of it. We have walked with God in a spiritual relationship while the natural world has done it’s own thing, many times persecuting those walking with God. This has been the history of the church and the history of God’s people as a whole. During the last supper Jesus told the disciples something very significant.
35 And He said to them, “When I sent you out without money belt and bag and sandals, you did not lack anything, did you?” They said, “No, nothing.”
36 And He said to them, “But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one.
37 “For I tell you that this which is written must be fulfilled in Me, ‘AND HE WAS NUMBERED WITH TRANSGRESSORS’; for that which refers to Me has its fulfillment.”
38 They said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.” And He said to them, “It is enough.”
Verse 36 says, “…whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one.” What was Jesus implying here? It certainly wasn’t to go out and do physical violence. Mystically, Jesus was preparing the disciples to be thrust out into the world. They were going to have conflict. There would be spiritual warfare and there would be persecution, including martyrdom. In John 17 Jesus spoke of how the disciples were not of the world even as He was not of the world. In the days before His crucifixion He spoke to them that whatever the world did to Him, it would do to them as well. Hebrews chapter eleven speaks of those who lived and died in the faith.
37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated
38 (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground.
39 And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised,
40 because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.
Concerning Abraham, it is written:
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going.
9 By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise;
10 for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
Abraham lived as an alien, as in a foreign land. And so have all who have hungered for the fulfillment of God’s promises. This conflict of two realms does not last forever. The kingdoms of the world become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ. This is the revelation of the Passover. It is passing from one realm into another.
The teaching of the Feast of Tabernacles floods Christianity right now, especially in the circles that emphasize sonship. Everyone is looking forward to its fulfillment. But here is the thing: Tabernacles is ALREADY being fulfilled. Christ in you is the beginning. Yes, it will continue to expand, but what is not readily seen is that this fulfillment of the Passover is what opens the door to the completion of the Feast of Tabernacles in us. The commands of the first Passover were ones of action. “Now you shall eat it in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste—it is the LORD’S Passover.” These commands were not ones of passively waiting for God to do something. They were to move! There must be a Kingdom Passover. There must be a Passover that forever puts an end to the conflict of living in a hostile environment. This is the proclamation to Israel during that first Passover:
13 But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever.
14 “The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent.”
15 ¶ Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward.
“The Egyptians you see today you will never see them again forever.” This is to be our experience. The “Egyptians” of the Adamic realm, our flesh natures first, and then the spiritual atmosphere around us, comes under the judgments of God. There is no other way. We must do as God commanded in verse 15. “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward.” We must appropriate through faith this Kingdom Passover deliverance. It is not going to just fall on us. This is the essence of the message Faith or Fatalism, also found on this blog. We must all make the transition from passively waiting on God to actively taking our inheritance.
Jesus said something very important in the final Passover meal He ate with His disciples.
11 “And you shall say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”’
12 “And he will show you a large, furnished upper room; prepare it there.”
13 And they left and found everything just as He had told them; and they prepared the Passover.
14 When the hour had come, He reclined at the table, and the apostles with Him.
15 And He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;
16 for I say to you, I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”
Jesus said he earnestly desired to eat the Passover with them before He suffered. He then said, “For I say to you, I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” There is a manifestation of the Passover that is to be fulfilled. It must be entered into individually. We will all partake together, but we must enter in through the initiative of our own faith.