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Mar 16 16 9:13 PM

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I have to admit that my past as a jw,there were things about Christ...and the fulfilment of the law,was not really something we paid much attention to. We just accepted what the GB said. So there were many things about Christ and his fulfilling the law that were missed.

So after a bit of digging,i wanted to share some interesting points about the many aspects in which Christ and His ressurection fulfilled the law as the "Lamb". Which was needed,as the many as[pects about passover and surrounding festivals represented what He would do through His physical sacrifice. I know there are many other points,but here are some.

Jesus came to fulfill the prophecy of the Passover Lamb, to save from death everyone who spiritually applies His shed blood to their lives by accepting truth through Him,esp starting with Anointed.

The only day He ever allowed the people to hail Him as King was on the day we call Palm Sunday, which was the 10th day of the month. He did this to fulfill the selection process for the Passover Lamb.  When the officials told Him to rebuke His disciples, He said that if they became quiet, the very stones would cry out (Luke 19:40). For this was a day ordained in history. It was the day He officially presented Himself as Israel’s Messiah, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).

It was 483 years to the day from the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, spoken of by Daniel the Prophet (Daniel 9:25). Im not sure if this is true,but if correct shows the reconstruction of the Temple,would begin with Him as the "cornerstone". 

The next three days were filled with the most aggressive debate and confrontation with the officials in His entire ministry.  He was being inspected for any doctrinal spot or blemish that would disqualify Him as the Lamb of God. They found none, and finally no one dared ask Him any more questions. (Matt. 22:46) Isnt that interesting Christ did this to comply with how the passover Lamb was inspected for a period of time...and Christ was after presenting Himself as King.

 In Exodus 12:1-13, where the Passover was ordained, we learn what  that sequence was.  God told the Israelites to select a lamb on the 10th day of the month and inspect it for defects until the 14th. This means through the end of the 13th.

Therefore Passover, the 14th, was a Thursday.  The Feast of Unleavened bread began on Friday the 15th, Saturday the 16th was the weekly Sabbath, and Resurrection Morning was also a Sunday, the 17th, when the Feast of First Fruits was celebrated. 

The priest took the sheaf of grain and waved it before the altar of the Lord as a sample of the harvest. This was called the wave offering. 

At sunrise on the morning of the Feast of First Fruits in 32 AD, as the priests were waving the sheaf of grain before the altar, the women arrived at the Lord’s tomb to prepare His body for permanent burial. 

And right on schedule Christ rose from the grave, fulfilling the Feast of First Fruits. He is the First Fruits of them that slept, and His resurrection confirmed His victory over sin and death.But the tomb was empty. He had risen, the First Fruits of them that slept. (1 Cor. 15:20) Sunday night the 17th, night three, and sometime before sunrise Jesus rose from the tomb. Three days and three nights. When the women arrived at sunrise to anoint His body early in the morning, He was already gone.He had risen.  Being the Sunday after Passover, at the Jewish Temple it was Feast of First Fruits.  At the Empty Tomb it was Resurrection Morning.

Jesus as the High Priest of the New Covenant would then present the value of His sacrifice to His Father as the "wave offering". He WAS the first fruits of other Anointed to come.But He also supplied what was needed for the other first fruits to happen. The value of His sacrifice. At this time there are many Anointed dead in sin because of lies from the GB. They can be ressurected via Truth during this time period..thus part of the first ressurection. But Christ can supply the Truth to them so they can be ressurected,because the value of His sacrifice is extended to them.

Feast of Unleavened Bread symbolized a promise that the sin of man, represented by the leaven, would be completely taken away.This explains why Christ gave His 11 the unleavened bread during the memorial. He was promising them as the fulfillment of  "the Feast of Unleavened Bread",that His dying would take away their sins/"leaven".

For seven days beginning on Passover, the Israelites ate bread without yeast in celebration of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and in fact went to great lengths to rid their homes of any trace of leaven. This Feast symbolized a promise that the sin of man, represented by the leaven, would be completely taken away. Christ death fulfilled this one as well, for He’s the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world. (John 1:29) He did this,as far as the East is from the West. (Psalm 103:12)
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Mar 17 16 1:19 AM

"Yet according to the facts, Jesus both performed the first Memorial of his death, and died, the Jewish day (sundown to sundown), before the Passover began.
While Jesus hung there dying, the Passover lambs were being slaughtered for the sundown to come, which sundown would begin the new day of Nisan 14, and the beginning of the Jewish Passover. As Passover began, Jesus was already laid in his tomb."

If Jesus was to be the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world,He had to die on the same day as the other lambs were being killed. The day of preparation. Otherwise,He could not take the place of the lambs being killed...and substituting His sacrifice for the animals.

Killed as Gods lamb,on the same day as the other animals/lambs,enabled him to fulfill that part of the law...and do away with the animal sacrifices. The lambs being killed on "preparation day" enabled "Passover" to happen. His sacrifice enabled Him as the passover to happen.

Christ dying on the right day as the lambs,enabled His sacrifice to fulfill the passover,which was based on the sacrifice. But it sacrifice had to happen on the right day. Preparation day as part of the law had to be fulfilled. Then Jesus had the legal right to be what followed:Passover.

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Mar 17 16 2:05 AM

Considering the fulfilling the Feast of First Fruits,are the next verses.

Mat 27:52
The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;
53 and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many.

This is the first time ive seen this verse! But what it appears to say is that after Jesus was resurrected,there were other "saints" raised as part of the Feast of First Fruits,showing that it had been fulfilled with Christ being the first...and others counted worthy. This means they must been raised in the same manner as Christ. Firstly in the spirit realm and then have the ability to be in the physical. Wow. Hope i got that right.

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Mar 18 16 8:14 PM

Thanks for this JD,​

Yes... Christ the passover lamb:  Look the "lamb of God"... Just as the other lambs were slaughtered that day..even while Jesus himself was being slaughtered...all this happed on the day of preparation. . ...   He was arrested at night after he had just had the evening meal with his apostles, put on trial, handed over to Pontius Pilate, scourged and put to death...taken down from the stake and laid in a tomb all before sunset of the next "day"...  Thanks for your thoughts posted here. Agape, Obe.

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Mar 19 16 3:25 PM

Another interesting point is that the Passover which started after jesus death,was 483 years from the prophecy in Daniel about the Temple being restored. 483 years divided by 7 equals 69 weeks.Daniel 9:25.

Christ as the cornerstone member of the "New Jerusalem" "Temple" made it possible for that temple to be "restored" by the spiritual Temple starting to be built. Christ dying when the lambs should be sacrificed was the date of the 483 years ending,when He was enabling the temple though His sacrifice,to begin restoration because the ransom being paid. Spiritual Israel now being that Temple, which the physical Temple foreshadowed. But He fulfilled the old temple ways via His ultimate sacrifice,so the New Spiritual Temple could begin its service through that sacrifice. Spiritual Israel as the "restoration" and fulfillment of the physical Temple began with Christ. But He also paved the way for the many other thousands of temple members to be added.

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Mar 28 16 7:05 AM

Thank you JD and Obadiah and thanks for bringing out the Feast of the Firstfruits and all the other info.  So appreciated.

Yes, we do know with his death the restoration process of the Temple began.  And yet, in the organization it lays in ruins.  Each “temple” member has lost sight of serving under their High Priest by choosing to serve men.  Instead of fixing one’s thoughts on Jesus, they are solely concentrated on the organization as their source of salvation.  In the “day of trial” in this current wilderness, the result of going astray under such false worship leads to the hardening of the heart and the inability to hear Christ’s call for repentance.  Heb 3:7-11

For these of God’s house, “it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,  if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.”  Heb 6:4-6

JD - Jesus as the High Priest of the New Covenant would then present the value of His sacrifice to His Father as the "wave offering". He WAS the first fruits of other Anointed to come. But He also supplied what was needed for the other first fruits to happen. The value of His sacrifice.

One of my sons, who has a depressing attitude (rightly so) about the conditions he sees in the world; has no hope of a renewal on the earth, but believes having such a hope is a futile one.  He had to agree that any candidate for presidential office no matter how “righteous” he appears, cannot change the overall conditions we see, yet he continues to follow him, holding on to his words as a possible source of relief in some way. When speaking to him about Christ, I mentioned that by placing value on life; our own, others, and each piece of creation no matter how intricate,the salvation in Christ gives us an undeniable and steadfast hope of everlasting life. But as those in the organization put faith in what they see, so does my son.  Putting faith in Christ whom we cannot see, takes great exertion and great faith.  John 20:29

“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,  where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” Heb 6:19,20

By anchoring our whole being on this hope, it is then we "see" the value of Jesus’ sacrifice; although for those in the “wilderness”, God’s Temple has gone astray from comprehending with spiritual vision this precious gift initially poured into each heart -

Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. “  Heb 3:12-14

With this recent memorial observance, perhaps many chosen ones, and many others will hear Christ’s voice, and not harden their hearts completely “as in the rebellion”.  Heb 3:15
The restoration of the Temple is a work in progress!  We see its ongoing results as those leaving the wilderness of devastation attest to. 

“For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.“  Heb 3:14

Each chosen heart that lies in ruins in the organization has a decision in front of them – to rebuild and renew their own heart in Christ, or allow it to become completely hardened and alienated from the source of life.

"And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises." Heb 6:11,12

I pray we all continue in this earnestness by safeguarding our valuable hope of salvation in our High Priest,The Anointed One.  I personally see also in those who visit here, solid proof of what valuing Christ's sacrifice can bring in one's life; we truly have a spiritual haven we share with one another.  I would love to hear how you are all doing.  Deborah, it was wonderful reading your short note!

Love to Pearl, Paulo, Obe, JD, Deborah, your son, Mickey, Daz (are you now a father to a girl?) Rus, Jessica, Modise, Andre, Julian, Berucha, Nanaof2, Miro144, and all of you who come by to visit. 

peely 

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