Many Christian teachers have pointed out how Jesus fulfilled the Spring feasts of Israel: Passover, Firstfruits, and Pentecost – and in fact they were fulfilled on their precise dates on the Hebrew calendar. Many understand the symbolism of Passover, but fewer Christians know that Passover leads into (and is sometimes even called) the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
The Feast of Unleavened Bread lasts for seven days, and during that time the Israelites were commanded not to consume any food with leaven, nor even to have any leaven in their homes.
This is a feast whose meaning we need to recover. Leaven is often used as a symbol of sin in Scripture. Our lives (and homes) need to be free of sin, and while all the feasts point to Christ, the Feast of Unleavened Bread is one that we as believers live out. It symbolizes our life in Him, free from sin in all our dwellings, letting God make a diligent search through our homes for anything that offends Him or pulls us away from Him.
As Christian people reflect on Passover and Good Friday, let's remember that the Passover is meant to lead into a life without leaven as we walk into our inheritance.
I knew the killing was great but my eyes literally went wide open when I saw the headline saying that at least 147 have been killed at a Kenyan University by the Shabab jihadists.
This was a targeted killing of Christians. Christians were weeded out by their responses to questions, as on other occasions.
This is the face of jihad, a bloodlust that cannot be satisfied and can only be stopped by their running out of bullets or by being met with other bullets.
Yet in all this, Muslims are coming to Christ in droves, in the tens of thousands, fed up with that way of life and captivated by hearing the news of a loving God who wants to know them in a personal way.
At this Easter season we remember that the Cross and its message are more powerful than anything.
The Administration is either completely insane or else is deliberately trying to sabotage American and Israeli national security.
This reemphasizes to us the need for reading and memorizing the Scripture. The Hebrew word translated there as “hidden” there is a beautiful word; it means that you have stored up something, the way you would hide jewels or a treasure.
The effect of locking the Word in our hearts is that it will keep us from sinning against God. The Voice of the Holy Spirit in the Word will arise within us and give us strength against the enemy in the time of temptation. The more of the good treasure of the Word you have hidden within, the more you can imitate Christ, how He said, “It is written, it is written, it is written!”
All the common interpretations depend on viewing the restraint as something positive. It is not. The verb to restrain is katecho, which may just as easily mean "hold on." The Devil is holding on to his position of access into the heavenlies, until God sends Michael and his warrior angels to cast him down. (Revelation 12)
Think about it: the Devil is thrown down at the midpoint in great wrath because he knows his time is short. Why, as nearly all prophecy teachers say, would the Devil actually want the Antichrist to come forth? When he is compelled to bring the Antichrist forth in full manifestation, he will know that he has at most 3.5 years left before the physical return of Jesus Christ.
S. D. Gordon (1859-1936) #quotes
People like Mike Bickle and Joel Richardson fully expect to be on the Earth during the predations of the Antichrist which are prophesied to take place in the seven years before the return of Christ, and they fully expect to be persecuted along with the Jewish people.
Also, here's a news flash... Christians in every century have hoped to see Jewish people (or more accurately, more Jewish people) embrace Jesus as the Messiah. That is not going to stop. For Bible literalists, this is a matter of obedience to the command of Christ Himself, which is why Hagee has been criticized for making statements which seem to say that Jewish people do not need to have the Gospel preached to them.
The very title of the article seems to be an attempt to be cute, and ignores the complexities of a theology which Christians have been debating in-house for a long time, as Christian commentaries on the end times go back to the 3rd century A.D.
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