Observing the Passover
“Thus the sons of Israel who were present celebrated the Passover at that time, and the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days. There had not been celebrated a Passover like it in Israel since the days of Samuel the prophet; nor had any of the kings of Israel celebrated such a Passover as Josiah did with the priests, the Levites, all Judah and Israel who were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.” (2 Chronicles 35:17-18 NASB95)
Josiah the King, having had a revival of the Word of God, came back to a complete obedience to the Torah. This involved a cleansing of the temple as well as a cleansing of the heart. It also involved coming back to a correct observance of the Feasts of the Lord. In Josiah’s day, after revival, the people came together and celebrated the Passover in a manner that had not been observed since the days of Samuel over 400 years earlier! In this lengthy period of time the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread had become meaningless, the sacrificial lamb had been left unslain, and the heart of the matter had been forgotten.
In modern times, it has been nearly 2,000 years since the Jewish people have fully observed the Passover. Without a Temple, which was destroyed in AD 70 by the Romans, it is impossible to carry out the sacrificial system required in the Passover. For these thousands of years the Jews have concluded their Passover with the prayer, “next year, in Jerusalem!”
Since 1967 the Jews have been able to celebrate Passover in Jerusalem. However, they still do not have a Temple and are thus unable to sacrifice the Passover Lamb in the manner prescribed in the Law. The prayer, “Next year, in Jerusalem!” now has the meaning of praying for the rebuilding of the Temple.
Observant Jews are in a state of mind to rebuild the Temple. This state of mind is stronger than any time in the past 2,000 years. The forces toward rebuilding are monumental. The reconstruction of the Temple will open the door for the final days of mankind with the arrival of the Antichrist. The temporary mosque will be removed and the next Temple will be reconstructed. The end is near.
If you are a Gentile, you can have a Josiah-like reformation of your own worship. As you get back to church, get into the Word, or ask God to renew a right spirit in you, you will experience personal revival that may, as in Josiah’s day, spread beyond yourself and affect the entire community…or even nation!
In His Grace,
Dr. Randy White
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