Are we to commence once again the sacrificing of lambs for Passover and other festival occasions?

Question: With all the new focus on the Passover, I have had several questions.  As part of Yahuwah’s grand restoration in these end times, are we to commence once again the sacrificing of lambs for Passover and other festival occasions?

Answer: The Passover itself was to be both a memorial of the first Passover and a prophecy of the last Passover.  That last Passover was to be the most important event in human history.

Daniel informs us that only the sacrifices and oblations would cease at the cross:

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. (Daniel 9:27)

This was confirmed by Yahushua Who said, "For this is my blood of the new testament, [...covenant] which is shed for many for the remission of sins." (Matthew 26:28)

As a memorial, it was a yearly reminder to Israel of His providence during the night of the first Passover when the death angel passed over Israel, slaying the Egyptian firstborn.  As a prophecy, it depicted in detail the master plan of the Messiah who was to come to this fallen world, as the Lamb of Yahuwah to be slain for the sin of all mankind, past, present and future.  By His grace He took upon Himself our sin that He may place upon us His robe of righteousness. 

According to Scripture, the Passover sacrifice ended at the crucifixion of Christ. The Jewish leaders had not for the most part recognized Christ as the Messiah, and would have continued the sacrifices daily and yearly, had Yahuwah not intervened.  The curtain, dividing the Most Holy Place from the Holy Place, was torn from top to bottom by an unseen hand at the precise moment Christ our Savior cried out with a loud voice and died. 

[Yahushua], when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent . . .  Matthew 27:50-51

All is terror and confusion.  The priest is about to slay the victim; but the knife drops from his nerveless hand, and the lamb escapes.  Type has met anti type in the death of [Yahuwah’s] Son.  The great sacrifice has been made.  The way to the holiest is laid open.  A new and living way is prepared for all.  No longer need sinful, sorrowing humanity await the coming of the high priest.  Henceforth the Saviour was to officiate as priest and advocate in the heaven of heavens.  It was as if a living voice had spoken to the worshipers:  There is now an end to all sacrifices and offerings for sin.  The Son of [Yahuwah] is come according to His word, “Lo, I come (in the volume of the Book it is written of Me,) to do Thy will, O [Yahuwah].” “By His own blood” He entereth “in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”  Hebrews 9:12; 10:7

So what does this mean?  Christ fulfilled the Passover prophecy to the very detail, bringing to a close the need to sacrifice an innocent lamb for the forgiveness of sin.  Christ was the innocent lamb, slain from the foundation of the world. 

. . . The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Revelation 13:8 KJV

There are some today, Jews and others, who not recognizing that Christ fulfilled for all time the sacrifice for sin, continue to offer sacrifices.  Most of these have never recognized Christ as the promised Messiah.  It is in our recognizing the monumental task that He accomplished in His death that we honor Him as our living high priest in the heavenly sanctuary above, and look for His soon return as the King of Kings.

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, [Yahushua] the Son of [Yahuwah], let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16 KJV

Additional Comments:  It is our belief at WLC that each of the Holy Feast Days were prophecies to be  fulfill by Christ Yahushua.  Passover has been fulfilled by Christ’s death.  While this holy day is now to us in these last days a memorial of the first Passover in Egypt, more importantly it is at memorial of the sacrifice Christ paid for our sin debt, by laying down His life for us.  This is why it must still be kept minus the sacrifice, for the sin debt has been paid in full.

Unleavened bread was a memorial of Israel eating unleavened bread (manna) forty years. This holy yearly Sabbath commenced on the 15th of the month as the unleavened bread from heaven had been gathered in double quantities on the 14th and preserved for 48 hours over the Sabbath.  Christ was the true bread of life, without sin or leaven.  His most holy gift He gave mankind was in His death.  His Body was preserved over the 48 hours of the first day of unleavened bread.  This feast was perfectly fulfilled by Him, and should be kept holy as a memorial to that great event.

Pentecost was fulfilled as Christ’s ministry resumed in the courts above, changing from that of the Lamb, to the High Priest according to the order of Melchisedek.  The blessing of that heavenly event was shared with His faithful on earth on that great day of Pentecost, as Christ’s disciples received the gift of the Holy Spirit.  We are to keep it as a memorial of that great event of Christ passing from “the Lamb of [Yahuwah] who takes away the sin of the world,” to the work of our intercessor who stands before His Father forgiving sin and declaring, "My blood, My blood" for each of us who confess our sins.

The Fall Feasts have not been literally fulfilled by Christ yet, as these relate directly to His second coming.  But they will be oh so soon. 

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