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Passover 2020 Calendar

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Passover 2020 Calendar

Passover 2020 Calendar

Some of you are probably wondering why you are reading about Passover on a Christian website. Christians certainly do not sacrifice animals or dabble in blood sacrifice. However, Jesus Christ Became Our Passover Lamb, (1 Corinthians 5:7). We can learn a lot about what that means by understanding the original passover which Christ fulfilled.

Before we begin, I want to explain the calendar above, and how we arrive at the date of Passover.

As you will learn in this study, God told Moses Abib would be the beginning of months to the Israelites, (Exodus 12:2). God further explained on the 14th of Abib, the Israelites were to sacrifice a lamb for passover. So that means in order to identify the 14th of Abib, we have to reconcile the Hebrew date with our own calendar. It means we must identify when the first month begins.

Abib Occurs At Spring

The word “Abib” means,

To be tender; green, that is a young ear of grain; hence the name of the month Abib.

When do green ears begin to appear in grain?

Obviously, when all plants begin to bloom which occurs in Spring.

Further, Websters Dictionary 1828 tells us Abib

Begins at the spring equinox.

So we have a double witness to the fact that, the beginning of the monthAbib starts at the Spring Equinox which happens to be today, March 19th 2020.

Therefore, we count to the 14th day of Abib which is how we arrive at the date of April 2nd, 2020 for the date of Passover this year. On the evening of April 2nd, nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ would make the ultimate sacrifice for us being crucified so we could obtain Eternal Life. This fulfilled the passover of old, and nailed blood ordinances to the cross, (see: Colossians 2:14, Why Was Sacrifice Necessary To Forgive Sin?).

Understanding these facts, we can now begin our study.

A Passover Lesson

Just before the passover of old, the Israelites would take a lamb “without blemish, a male of the first year” and kill the lamb in the evening which is the final moments of the 14th of Abib, (Exodus 12:5-6). The Israelites were then to ‘take of the blood of the lamb, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat the lamb,’ (Exodus 12:7).

Exodus 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.

This was the night when the Israelites would become free from Egyptian bondage. This would begin their march toward their promised land. We see our Father calls this His passover.

Was the 14th of Abib passover?

Not quite.

What is important to understand is the Hebrew day goes from sunset to sunset. During the evening hours on the 14th of Abib which is the closing moments of the day, the passover lambs were to be killed. At sundown marked the end of the 14th and the beginning of the 15th of Abib.

So what happened that night, which was the beginning hours of the 15th of Abib? The same night the Israelites placed the blood of the lamb on and above their doorposts while they were eating the lamb?

Why is this event called, “passover” to begin with?

Please turn your Bible with me to,

Exodus 12:12
For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.

What about the blood of the lamb, why was it needed, and why was it placed on and above the doorposts?

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,(Exodus 12:13).

If you had prepared your passover lamb at the end of the 14th of Abib (evening) and placed the blood of the lamb on and over your doorposts, the LORD would passover your home which took place on the 15th of Abib (hours after the evening of the 14th of Abib).

One more verse to sum it up.

Exodus 12:23
For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.

During the opening hours on the 15th of Abib (during the night), our Father kept the destroyer who is Satan from killing the firstborn of the Israelites by passing over their homes, if they placed the blood of the lamb on and over their doorposts.

This is when the passover took place.

Today, we no longer perform these rituals as ‘Jesus Christ became our Passover Lamb’. As it is written, “worthy is the Lamb that was slain” for us when He died on the cross for our sins, (1 Corinthians 5:7, Revelation 5:12).

As we documented in our Bible Study, Jesus Christ Became Our Passover Lamb, the passover lambs of old were killed on the evening of the 14th of Abib. Jesus Christ fulfilling this passover was also sacrificed for us at this time. An amazing fulfillment of the passover of old.

As the Israelites were able to overcome the destroyer who is Satan with the blood of the lamb, we too are able to ‘overcome Satan with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot,’ (1 Peter 1:19, Revelation 12:11).

This year on the evening of April 2nd marks the moment in time when the passover lambs of old were killed (14th of Abib) and also marks the same moment in time when Jesus died in the flesh. That night, which begins the 15th of Abib marks Passover, “the High Holy Day” when the death angel was unleashed on Egypt and passed over those who had the blood of the lamb.

Considering what our world is facing today, Passover could not come at a better time. I encourage you to stay strong and focused on God, especially during the hour we now find ourselves in.

Our prayers are with you all.

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  1. JEANNETTE HUTCHINSON-MOUNSEY

    April 10, 2020 at 1:39 PM

    Today is April 10. It is Good Friday. This is the Passover weekend.
    I thought Passover was on April 2…. my birthday,
    Please help me to understand what is happening here with the dates.
    Thanks
    PS: Because of covid-19 my birthday celebration was cancelled.
    Let us all prayer earnestly that God will lift this pandemic from the world.

    • Jeannette, the mainstream passover is for jews.

      Christians typically celebrate “Easter” or “Resurrection Day” which is Sunday this year.

      We do not play rabbits and eggs over here, so we celebrate what I will call Christian Passover. Jews do not believe in Jesus Christ, so they still retain the sacrifices of old. Our Passover acknowledges that Jesus perished for our sins and became our Passover Lamb.

      Hey, its still your birthday right?

      Go bake a cupcake, and smack a candle right in the middle of that thing. Happy Birthday!

  2. Always time to fault… Never time to thank Brandon his work.
    There are other forms of help always with good Will.

  3. JEANNETTE HUTCHINSON-MOUNSEY

    April 1, 2020 at 12:30 AM

    April 2nd is my birthday. I feel very special this year.
    I will try to bake the Passover bread.
    Please offer a special prayer for me as I truly will like to serve God ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE,
    Thanks

    • Jeannette, you too? A little high five for us, a big high five for Jesus!

      You know, not only do we pray on this end of the screen for our readers, but our readers pray for our readers. Did you know that? I always receive emails from you folks telling me you are praying for us and all of you reading. Love it, love it, love it and thank you!

  4. Thank you so much for the calendar image – visuals are so much easier to figure things out at times!!

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    Ingredients:

    • 2 cups whole wheat flour
    • 1/2 cup white flour
    • 1 cup water
    • 1⁄8 cup olive oil
    • 1⁄8 cup honey
    • 1 teaspoon salt

    Directions:

    Roll the dough out to an 1/8 inch thick.
    Place the dough on a greased cookie sheet.
    Score the dough into 1 inch squares.
    Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes.
    In the first minutes of baking, prick bubbles that may form.

    (Serves: 8)

    • Spring started at 1150 pm where i am at on 19 march 2020. so the first full day after spring is from after noon on the 20th, why do i say noon. Because Jesus Christ was on the cross from “noon to 3pm, so i guess you could go from 3 pm when he was pierced. The other thing is when i read my bible passover is on the 14th day, so why do you celebrate it on the 15th day. sounds like the traditions of men teaching… Scripture says Exodus 12:6 and ye shall keep it up {UNTIL THE FOURTEENTH DAY} of the same month … shall kill it in the evening {i.e. 3pm the beginning of the day, take the blood, put it on the two side post and the upper door post…. and they shall eat it {THAT NIGHT} …. and ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth until morning , ye shall burn with fire…. In this years Passover because you started a day early, your Passover service is on the correct day….

      • Carl, where is the love? It is one thing to disagree with my work which I put out there for everyone to do. It is another to suggest anyone who disagrees with you teaches the “traditions of men”. Come on, very disrespectful.

        I pointed out numerous times in this study Abib 14 is Passover, I provided Scripture, God said it. Maybe you became confused when I said, “Was the 14th of Abib passover? Not quite.” However, I qualified that statement by explaining the passover of the death angel came on Abib 15. I was attempting to get the audience to understand the significance of this event and the date in which the lamb was sacrificed (closing hours of Abib 14), and when the destroyer passed over the homes (morning hours Abib 15). I also should not have placed the words “Passover 2020” under the 15th in my image. I was so focused on my thoughts of the death angel passing over and the High Holy Day I placed it on the 15th, (John 19:31).

        So for the record, as I said already, God’s Passover is on Abib 14th which is April 2nd. We made an announcement about this today and will have a Passover service on April 2nd.

        In my opinion, tracking the days can become confusing trying to reconcile our days with Hebrew days. Our days start at midnight, their days started at sunset, and the way things are worded in the Bible along this subject can be difficult at times.

        Hopefully, these quick notes will help bring some clarity.

        Luk 22:1 Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.

        The feast of unleavened bread is passover which is 14 Abib…

        Luk 22:7 Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed.

        Jesus never ate of the passover lamb, it was not yet time. This was the beginning hours of Abib 14 where Abib 13 ends, and Abib 14 begins. Jesus went to pray this night with the Disciples who fell asleep. Jesus was betrayed by Judas by night, taken captive by night, Peter denied Jesus thrice before dawn, still Abib 14.

        Luk 22:66 And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people and the chief priests and the scribes came together, and led him into their council, saying,

        As soon as the sun came up, the elders came together against Jesus. Jesus was crucified on this day Abib 14 before the close of the day, just hours before sunset, hours before Abib 14 closed, and Abib 15 started.

        Luk 23:44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.

        12pm to 3pm on Abib 14 darkness was over the land, 3 hours before Abib 14 ends and Abib 15 begins.

        Luk 23:46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

        Luk 23:54 And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.

        Jesus had now paved the way for the forgiveness of our sins. This was the preparation, Christ was sacrificed at the same time as the passover lambs of old. So the Hebrews had from around 3pm to 6pm to eat their passover lambs and place the blood over and on their door posts before the close of Passover, before the close of Abib 14 when the sun sets and Abib 15 begins, a night in which the destroyer came upon the land.

        The Sabbath being discussed would be Abib 15th, see Numbers 28:17.

        Joh 19:31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

        This proves hours after Jesus’ flesh body died on the cross, at sunset, began a new day. The Hebrew day transitioned from Abib 14 to Abib 15 at sunset. If it was still the same day, the next day could not have been the Sabbath Day. Meaning, Jesus died at the end of Abib 14, like the passover lambs of old, and was placed in the tomb before the beginning of Abib 15 at sunset, the night the destroyer killed the first born in Egypt.

        Also reference: Mark 14:12 -> and Matthew 26:17 ->

        In the end, we are all trying our best with the available information we have to pin point a holiday from thousands of years ago. Let’s try and unite over this instead of become divided over it. God knows our hearts, He knows we are all trying here.

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