Passover celebration is upon us for 2021, and it’s time to take a look at what we can glean this year from Passover. You don’t have to be Jewish to celebrate Passover, or Pesach, as it has many applications to Jesus and what His life, death, and resurrection entail.
Understanding Passover, past, present, and future, will help us in the days ahead as we encounter the various end time forces seeking to keep us from our destiny and delay or prevent the return of the Greatest deliverer of all time, Jesus Christ.
We can learn and apply many things from the original Passover over 3,000 years ago, but I believe these five things are what the Lord is highlighting for now and the hour we live.
Deliverance From the House of Pharaoh
The house of Pharaoh had held the Children of Israel in bondage for four hundred and thirty years. God had promised Abraham that they would be slaves in and serve the nation that had enslaved them. Pharaoh is like a ‘god’ and is also considered synonymous with the nation of Egypt. To be a slave of Egypt was to be a slave of Pharaoh and his house or lineage.
Pharaoh is also an Anti-Christ type figure as he sought to keep the Children of Israel in bondage and prevent the nation from going out and worshiping the God of the Hebrews or Yahweh freely. Ultimately an Anti-Christ figure or any religion or system that not only opposes worship of Jesus or, in the case of the Hebrews, Yahweh, and seeks to prevent His followers from worshipping Him freely, is an Anti-Christ system.
Anti-Christ is a spirit that seeks to prevent or eradicate the worship of Jesus and God and draw that worship to himself. Pharaoh demanded worship since he was considered a ‘god.’
Later we see in Revelation 15:2 those who had come off victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name standing before the throne of God singing the song of Moses and of the lamb.
The song of Moses has to do with the victory that the Children of Israel gained over the House of Pharaoh and the slavery and bondage that accompanied it. The song of the lamb is the song of Jesus and how He has earned the victory over every Pharaoh spirit that seeks to keep us back. This also demonstrates the victorious church or ekklesia, which includes believers from the nations and Israel and the future victory over this world’s powers. But, mainly, it points to the future time where the saints of God will be victorious over the beast and the Babylonian system.
Do you realize that Jesus delivered you from the House of Pharaoh and the Anti-Christ spirit that tries to stop you from worshipping Jesus? The politicians and the so-called cancel culture and the like are trying to silence your worship. When we speak the truth according to the Word of who Jesus is and what He said, the world hates it. You are free and must never bow to any image, idol, or man. Be like the three Hebrew children in Daniel who would not bow to the Anti-Christ spirit and worship Nebedhunezzars golden image.
Passover means we are free.
Deliverance from the House of Slavery
As previously mentioned, the Children of Israel were slaves for over four hundred years. They came out of slavery and bondage but still had a mindset of slavery. If you have been in bondage to fear, anger, bitterness, addictions or doubt, unbelief, or any other demonic stronghold, you can be free thanks to the blood of Jesus. Like the Hebrews, you are saved, but your mind needs renewing.
The washing accomplishes this renewing of the mind with the water of the Word of God. BY studying the Word of God and declaring what it says about you and not your past or what your mind tells you, your mind becomes transformed. It is a process, but that is how we are to live. We walk by faith each day, studying, praying, and worshipping Him. This Passover, take the time to let the Holy Spirit show you all that Jesus has done for you and let Him show you what the Father says about you. That will liberate your mind. You are a son or daughter of God and not a slave.
Study the book of Galatians, particularly the last chapter. It describes the children of promise and the children of slavery. It’s time to identify with being a child of Promise in the Kingdom of God.
Deliverance To God Himself
If you are delivered from something, then you must be delivered to something. The mail carrier delivers your letter from you to its recipient. Likewise, a newborn child is delivered from its mother’s womb unto its mother’s arms.
When the Children of Israel were delivered from the House of Slavery or House of Pharaoh, they were delivered by Moses to God Himself.
Exodus 19:5 tells us that God brought them to Himself. He says that He bore them on eagle’s wings. It was God, not Moses, that delivered the Hebrews. Moses was the prophet, deliverer, and intercessor who stood as God’s mouthpiece and later stood in the breach for the nation. Moses led the way through the freshly parted sea over onto the dry ground. But Moses was just a bush that refused to be consumed in the desert. He was a vessel that wholly belonged to God.
Moses thus delivered God’s people to Him and not to the promised land. Yes, it is about the land, but first, they must become one with their maker.
Jesus also called twelve to be with Him, but of that number, He chose three and later one who would sit at His feet. Jesus has called us all to be with Him. This Passover, you need to take the time and realize the price that Jesus paid for you to be with Him.
The Holy Spirit has the job of preparing the bride for the bridegroom. God the Father had a whole nation for Himself, Jesus took twelve out of that nation to be with Him, and the Holy Spirit takes anyone from the nations or Israel who will say yes to Jesus and fellowshipping with the Spirit.
Deliverance From Sickness and Death To Healing and Life
One of the things that the New Covenant promises us is that we can have victory over sickness and disease through the cross and the blood of Jesus. Isaiah wrote that by His stripes, you were healed. The blood of Jesus is seen in the four cups of the Passover and the blood on the doorposts.
When the Death Angel passed over the houses marked by the blood, the Children of Israel were spared from death. The blood protected them from death in this case. The Passover table offers us an opportunity to fellowship with Jesus and what He did for us in suffering so that we can only have life eternal and enjoy it now.
Life in Jesus through the cross provides a victorious life here and now but also in eternity. Granted, we are still part of this world, and our bodies suffer sickness and will suffer. Nevertheless, there is healing and life as a result of faith in Christ. This Passover is a time to celebrate healing and life accomplished for us by Jesus.
Deliverance From Lack and Poverty to Being Fully Satisfied
The Children of Israel were slaves, and thus they lacked many essentials of life such as food, clothing, and shelter. The Hebrews received the bare minimum since they were slaves. They often grew their food, and they performed many tasks they were forced to perform for Pharaoh.
On one occasion, they were forced to make brick with no straw. Thus, their life was tough, and they built many of the structures of worship such as temples and pyramids, yet they were not allowed to have their own house of worship. They were cursed as it were, for the nations believed that a slave was a cursed individual, and as a nation of slaves, they were a cursed nation.
The Passover allows us to see an incredible transformation from lack to being blessed and fully satisfied. Not that God intended for them to live like the nobles of Egypt, but instead, God intended for them to be blessed and satisfied.
By being blessed, God met their needs by feeding them in the wilderness as a token of His provision. God was their supplier, not Pharaoh. Yet, we see them often complaining that they had it better in Egypt. This complaining came about since eating manna and quail was not part of their dietary regimen. They enjoyed leeks, garlic, and other spices and vegetables.
They failed to see that God’s intent was for them to depend on him rather than depend on what they could do for themselves. It was a new idea, but indeed they were blessed, and they were fully satisfied, but they didn’t know it. They had all that they needed in Yahweh. He was their source, and they would never lack again, so long as they obeyed His voice and His commands.
The invitation that the Father, the Son, and the Spirit of God extend to us today is to come out of agreement with the past and come into agreement with the provisions of blessings, healing, life, deliverance, and being heirs in our heavenly kingdom. God called the Children of Israel to be a ‘kingdom of priests to the nations around them. We are a kingdom of priests to all of the nations and non-believing Israel.
Celebrate with joy everything that Jesus has accomplished this Passover and this Resurrection day (aka Easter).