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WHEN JESUS ATE THE PASSOVER MEAL

Have you ever wondered how Jesus ate the Passover meal the evening before the Passover lambs were killed?

People have asked me this question many times.

Here is my explanation – hope it helps clarify this timing of the story.

Passover in Exodus
Exodus 12:6-8 (Numb. 9:1-5; 28:16; Deut. 16:6)

  1. Kill on the 14th
  2. At twilight (between the evenings) – between sundown and sunset
  3. Eat that night as the 14th begins at evening
  4. The people were to kill the lamb in the evening and eat it that night

But in Jesus’ time they were sacrificing the Passover lamb late on the 14th (throughout the day) and eating the lamb that night on the 15th. Jesus kept the Passover according to God’s instructions in Exodus, but the Jews had not eaten their Passover lamb by the next morning on the daytime of the 14th. (John 18:28). By the time of Jesus, the Jews were sacrificing their Passover Lambs into the afternoon of the 14th and eating their Passover meal later that evening after sundown on the 15th. So they were eating the Passover a day later than God told them to in the Torah.

How It Changed From the 14th to the 15th

The Exodus Passover was like a home group meeting. This changed when Passover worship was centralized at the Temple and led by the priest and Levites who started sacrificing the Passover lambs at the Temple for the people instead of the head of the household sacrificing them at their home. Plus many of the people were ceremonially unclean so the priest and Levites took their place.

  1. King Hezekiah – 2 Chronicles 29:20-36; 30:5,17
    Called for the centralization of Passover at the Temple. This created a logistics problem because it was impossible for the priests and Levites to sacrifice so many Passover lambs between sundown and sunset on the 14th. As a result, killing the Passover lambs continued through the daytime of the 14th.
  2. King Josiah – 2 Chronicles 35 – same issue
  3. Ezra – Ezra 6:20 – same issue

Timing of Jesus

By the time of Jesus, in order to accommodate their centralized Passover celebration which extended throughout the 14th, they interpreted “at twilight or between the evenings,” to mean between 3-6 pm. So they are killing the Passover lambs at that time on the 14th and eating the Passover meal later in the evening which would be on the 15th. Jesus did not do this. He ate the Passover meal with His disciples on the 14th when it began at evening time.

There was always a remnant who kept the Torah according to God’s instructions. Jesus connected with one of His followers who killed his Passover lamb at twilight and provided it to Jesus for Him to eat with His disciples as the 14th begin in the evening. In God’s amazing timing, Jesus kept the Passover according to God’s instructions while, at the same time, was crucified at the time, still on the 14th, when the Passover lambs were killed in the centralized Passover celebration at the Temple. This is similar to what happened in the 4th century when Constantine replaced house churches with centralized worship in large basilicas led by professional religious leaders who replaced the father as priest of the home.

CHRISTIANS, HANUKKAH AND JESUS

HAPPY HANUKKAH TO ALL

Wishing everyone a happy Hanukkah
which begins Thursday evening December 10-18.

Hanukkah is definitely a holiday for both Jews and Christians
that we should celebrate together.

Christians may ask why should they be interested in Hanukkah? Let me give you five quick answers.

1. Without Hanukkah there would most likely be no Jews and no Jesus/Yeshua as they would have all been murdered or assimilated.

2. Jesus/Yeshua was may have been conceived by the Holy Spirit in Mary (Miriam) at Hanukkah.

3. Jesus-Yeshua celebrated Hanukkah called the Feast of Dedication in John 10.

4. Christians are grafted into the Jewish people and are part of the Commonwealth of Israel.

5. We often hear the phrase, “What would Jesus do?” He would celebrate Hanukkah. What do you think you should do?

Hag Hanukkah Sameach – Happy Holiday,
Richard and Peggy Booker

THE PILGRIMS AND THE FIRST THANKSGIVING

Dr. Richard Booker

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Of the 102 passengers on the Mayflower, only 53 survived the first winter. In the fall of 1621, they celebrated their survival and a successful harvest that we know of as the “First Thanksgiving.” Along with the Pilgrims, ninety Native Americans, including King Massasoit, came to the feast that lasted for three days. Ladies, can you imagine preparing for and feeding this many people for three days?

There are two descriptions of that first thanksgiving from eyewitness accounts, both written in King James English. The first is from Edward Winslow who writes:

“Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruits of our labors; they four in one day killed as much fowl, as with a little help beside, served the Company almost a week, at which time amongst other Recreations, we exercised our Arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five Deer, which they brought to the Plantation and bestowed on our Governor, and upon the Captain and others. And although it be not always so plentiful, as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.”

William Bradford was the governor of the Colony. He writes:

“They began now to gather in the small harvest they had, and to fit up their houses and dwellings against winter, being all well recovered in health and strength and had all things in good plenty. For as some were thus employed in affairs abroad, others were exercised in fishing, about cod and bass and other fish, of which they took good store, of which every family had their portion. All the summer there was no want; and now began to come in store of fowl, as winter approached, of which this place did abound when they came first (but afterward decreased by degrees). And besides waterfowl there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many, besides venison, etc. Besides, they had about a peck of meal a week to a person, or now since harvest, Indian corn to that proportion. Which made many afterwards write so largely of their plenty here to their friends in England, which were not feigned but true reports.”

There are some teachers and writers who claim that the Pilgrims stole land from the Native Americans and treated them harshly. This is not true. The Pilgrims and the Native Americans in their neighborhood signed a peace treaty of mutual respect and friendship that lasted fifty years. How many treaties do you know that last fifty years? It was only later that less honorable people from both sides violated the trust between the parties.

A Miracle of Survival

Of the original 102 Mayflower passengers, 29 were women. Eighteen were married, ten were children and one was single. Of the eighteen married women, fourteen died in the first winter leaving only four surviving married women. These were Mary Brewster, Susanna White, Elizabeth Hopkins, and Ellen Billington. Symbolically, America was born from the womb of these few godly women who had a Judeo-Christian, Hebraic faith and worldview. Think about it!

Bradford acknowledged the divine providence of God with these words, “Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things from nothing, and gives being to all thing that are; and, as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many, yea, in some sort to our whole nation; let the glorious name of Jehovah have all the praise.”

In 1650, Bradford writes, “Of these 100 or so of persons who came over first, more than half died in the first general sickness. Of those that remained, some were too old to have children. Nevertheless in those thirty years there have sprung up from that stock over 160 persons now living in this year 1650; and of the old stock itself, nearly thirty persons still survive. Let the Lord have the praise, Who is the High Preserver of men.”

LET US GIVE THANKS!

THE CHARGE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

While the world is celebrating Halloween on October 31, God was celebrating something so much more important that few Christians know about.

You see, it was October 31, 1917 that the Australian Light Horseman made a miraculous charge across open desert and captured the wells at Beersheba. Why did this charge change the world?

In World War I the British and her allies were trying to liberate the Holy Land (then called Palestine), from the Turks and their German allies. The problem was they had to go through Beersheba to get to Jerusalem. The British and her allies had to go through Beersheba because the water wells were at Beersheba. In World War I the military still used horses and horses need water. But the Turks were in control of Beersheba and had built fortified trenches to protect the city.

Without Beersheba, the British and her allies could not liberate the Holy Land, Israel would not be reborn, Jerusalem would not be liberated and prophecy not fulfilled.

After failing several times to take Beersheba, British and Australian commanders determined that they would make one last effort to attack Beersheba with the Fourth Light Horse Brigade. Australian Lieutenant-General Harry Chauvel gave the command. It was just before dark with just enough daylight to make the charge. If the charge failed, the outcome of the war could have been completely different. Failure was not an option.

The Light Horseman were mounted infantry. They always rode their horses a certain distance and then dismounted to charge their enemy by foot. This is what the Germans and Turks expected them to do. But not this time.

I don’t want to give away the story except to say that the Light Horseman did a maneuver they had never done which so surprised the Germans and the Turks, the Light Horseman were able to capture the wells at Beersheba. During the battle, of the 800 Light Horseman in the charge, 31 were killed, 36 wounded and 70 horses died.

The result of the victory was that was that the way to Jerusalem was open for General Allenby to liberate Jerusalem in December and drive the Germans and Turks from the Holy Land. This also made possible the implementation of the Balfour Declaration on November 2 giving British support for the rights of the Jewish people to establish a state in their ancient homeland. This victory at Beersheba is as significant as the liberation of Jerusalem in the six day war in 1967. Without it, Bible prophecy would not be fulfilled. The victory is being re-enacted each year in Israel to celebrate THE CHARGE THAT CHANGED THE WORLD.

There is a great movie about this event entitled, “The Light Horseman.” It won the Australian Academy Awards some years back. It is family friendly. You would be greatly blessed by watching this movie. I am sure you can order it through Amazon.

www.amazon.com/Lighthorsemen-Peter-Phelps/dp/B000CJ2E5I

It is a great way to learn about one of the most important event in God’s redemptive history for Israel and the world.

YOM KIPPUR IN THE TIME OF JESUS

September 28, 2020

by Dr. Richard Booker

According to the Talmud (Jewish oral traditions put in writing), the destruction of the Temple did not come as a total surprise to the Jewish people. The Talmud records four ominous events that occurred approximately forty years before the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD. These four events were a warning to the rabbis of the impending doom of the Temple. According to Jewish traditions, all four of the following signs came to pass as recorded in the Talmud (Yoma 39a, b). Here is what happened.

1. The Lot marked for the Lord did not come up in the right hand

In Leviticus 16, on the Day of Atonement, the High Priest was to present two goats before the LORD. He would then cast lots over the goats to determine which would be offered to the LORD and which would be led into the wilderness as the scapegoat. The goat on which the LORD’S lot fell was offered as a sin offering. (See Leviticus 16:5-10.)

The religious leaders considered it a good omen if the lot marked “for the LORD” was drawn by the priest in his right hand. But according to traditional Jewish writings, for forty years prior to the destruction of the temple, the lot “for the LORD” appeared in his left hand. This bad omen caused great fear of impending doom.

2. The scarlet thread tied to the door of the Temple on the Day of Atonement stopped turning white after the scapegoat had been cast over the cliff

Jewish tradition says that the High Priest tied a crimson wool thread around the horns of the scapegoat and sent him off into the wilderness accompanied by a priest. The priest was escorted for twelve miles to a designated place where he pushed the goat over a cliff bearing Israel’s sins. A portion of the crimson thread was attached to the door of the temple before the goat was sent into the wilderness. When the goat was pushed off the cliff and died, the thread on the door at the temple was said to turn from red to white. This was a divine sign to the people that God had accepted their sacrifice and their sins were forgiven.

This sign was based on Isaiah 1:18 which says, “ … though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.” Rabbinic writings tell us that for forty years prior to the destruction of the temple, the thread stopped turning white.

3. The westernmost light on the Temple candelabra would not burn was a bad omen that the light of the Temple was going to be diminished

Further signs of doom were that the western most light on the temple candelabra would not burn. This was a bad omen that the light of the temple was going to be distinguished.

4. The Temple doors would open by themselves

Furthermore, the temple doors would open by themselves. The rabbis saw this as a sign that the temple was going to be destroyed by fire as God’s judgment for their ungodliness. This was based on their understanding of Zechariah 11:1 which says, “Open your doors, O Lebanon, that fire may devour your cedars.”

The obvious significance of these signs is that they began to appear forty years prior to the destruction of the temple. This was when Jesus was crucified. It was a most dramatic way for God to demonstrate that Jesus was the ultimate human reality of the Day of Atonement. His death provided the once-and-for-all forgiveness for sin. “It is finished.” Thank you Lord for your love and mercy!

For more information on the Day of Atonement

and all the feasts, see Dr. Booker’s book,

Celebrating Jesus in the Biblical Feast

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Hag Shavuot Sameach

Happy Pentecost Dear Ones. As we celebrate Shavuot/Pentecost, let us take another look at where this event actually happened. What you are about to discover changes everything. It is much more powerful than you ever thought. ARE YOU READY?

Let me begin by asking you a question. Do you think that 120 people could get into a small upper room in the Old City of Jerusalem? Of course not. When we took our groups to Israel, we always went to the traditional site of the “Upper Room.” It was crowded with 50 people. Notice I said, “traditional site.”

Take a few minutes to read again Acts 2:1-4. Do you see any mention of an “upper room?’ No you do not. You do see in verse two the English word, “house.” Because of this translation, we have always been taught that the disciples were waiting for the Holy Spirit in an upper room of a house. NOT SO!

The Greek word that is translated as “house” is also translated as Temple. Now here is a Scripture you know well, “Then He [Jesus] went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it, saying to them, ‘It is written [Isaiah 56:7], My house is a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of thieves.’ And He was teaching daily in the temple [at Solomon’s Porch]. But the chief priests, the scribes and the leaders of the people sought to destroy Him, and were unable to do anything; for all the people were very attentive to Him (Luke 19:45-48).

Notice that Jesus referred to the temple as a house. Christians often call their church building, “The House of God.” Do you see my point? The “house” mention in Acts 2:2 is the Temple. Jesus was teaching at the Temple in the area called, “Solomon’s Porch.

Solomon’s Porch was a long covered promenade on the eastern side of the Temple grounds. It had double columns that were over 37 feet tall. This is where people gathered to hear a speech, where Jesus taught and debated with the religious leaders. This is also where the disciples gathered and taught and where Peter healed the lame man. (See John 10:22-23; Acts 3:11; Acts 5:12.) It was the community gathering spot on the Temple Mount.

The Holy Spirit fell on the disciples on the Temple Mount at Solomon’s Porch where thousands of Jewish pilgrims had come to celebrate Shavuot. They all saw and heard the mighty wind of God and tongues of fire. They rushed to Solomon’s Porch to see what was happening when Peter stood and gave His sermon. About three thousand gladly received Peter’s words, accepted Yeshua/Jesus as their Messiah, and walked down the southern steps of the Temple grounds and got baptized.

I have included two amazing pictures below to help you visualize where this all took place. It was a lot more powerful than we have always believed.

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THE SHAKING – A Poem about the End Times

From Dr. Booker:

Dear Friends:

On July 12, 2016 the Spirit of God came on me and gave me the following poem. I know it was God because I am not a poet. I have written 40 books, 15 college level Bible courses, and hundreds of articles but never a poem.

Furthermore, these words came to me in only a few minutes. I wrote them down just as they are. When I read the words, I was shocked to realize the poem is written in, what we call, Hebrew Parallelism, like in Proverbs where part B of the couplet clarifies Part A. This had to be from God.

Due to the difficulties we are all going through with the Corona virus, I wanted to release this poem to you to encourage you. Please share with all your contacts and make it go viral for the world to read.

Isaiah 26:3
Dr. Richard and Peggy Booker

THE SHAKING
A Poem about the End Times
by Dr. Richard Booker, July 12, 2016

Things that are must come to an end,
Before things that are better can begin.
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In time of trouble, will you stand or bend,
Fear not the future for God is a faithful friend.
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Everything we know is about to change,
But God’s not nervous, He’s forever the same.
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The world as we know is coming to an end,
But God has a plan, His kingdom is at hand.
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So pray as a watchman awake and alert,
Love one another and cause no hurt.
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Serve those around you without pretense,
Minister in the Spirit and don’t take offense.
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For soon we will hear the shofar blown,
Jesus is coming and it won’t be long.
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The Lion of Judah, Yeshua is His name,
To make us one with the Father is the reason He came.
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So let’s all get ready for the coming of the King,
The glory of God He is returning to bring.

HAPPY PURIM EVERYONE

This is the week when Jewish people from around the world celebrate the Fast of Esther and the holiday of Purim. Bible readers know this story from the book of Esther where Esther, (Hadassah is her Hebrew name) interceded before the king to spare the lives of her people. God gave Esther favor with the king and the Jews defeated their enemies.

While Christians think of Purim as a holiday for Jews, it is a special day Christians should also celebrate.

We read the decree in the book of Esther, “The Jews resolved and took upon themselves, their descendants and all who might join them that without fail, they would observe these two days in accordance with what was written in [this letter] and at the appointed time, every year; and that these days would be remembered and observed throughout every generation, every family, every province and every city; and that these days of Purim would never cease among the Jews or their memory be lost by their descendants” (Esther 9:27-28, Complete Jewish Bible).

Notice that the Scripture says, “all who might join them.” Millions of Christians around the world are realizing this part of the Scripture is talking about them.
Without Esther’s intercession, the Jews would have been destroyed, God’s covenant would have come to an end and there would be no Messiah. Since this was part of Jewish history, Jesus celebrated Purim as we learn in John 5:1. Since Jesus celebrated Purim, shouldn’t His followers do the same.

Christians should join with the Jewish people in celebrating Esther’s intercession and the victory of the Jewish people over Haman. There are many Haman’s in our world today. Christians can have the “Esther ministry” of intercession for the Jewish people while celebrating their historic victory as recorded in the book of Esther.

Christians – read the book of Esther, cheer Mordecai, boo Haman, ooh and aah Esther, sound your groggers and pray for God to give Israel victory over the Haman’s of the world who want to destroy her.

Happy Purim everyone.

Kirk Douglas

As many of you know, legendary actor, Kirk Douglas died at the age of 103. Those of us who are “Senior Citizens” grew up watching Kirk in the movies. Who can forget that incredible scene when the Romans were interrogating the followers of Spartacus and they all stood up and said, “I am Spartacus.”

What few know however, is that Kirk Douglas discovered his Jewish roots by reading the New Testament words of Jesus in Matthew 5. Kirk wrote in his book, Climbing the Mountain, “Some things that Jesus said made more sense in the context of Judaism than Christianity. Of all the things I read of him, the one that influenced me the most was this speech of Jesus recorded by the gospel writer of Matthew.”

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