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March 28th, 2018

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Passover and Baptism

The most important saying of the rabbis concerning Passover is that “in every generation, each person must see himself as if he came out of Egypt.”

This is parallel to the New Covenant concept that each person must see himself as if he participated in the death and resurrection of Yeshua (Jesus). In fact, the meaning of immersion in water is to participate vicariously in Yeshua’s death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:4-5).

Why would the New Covenant choose immersion in water as its declaration of faith? In God’s eyes, the exodus from Egypt and the resurrection of the Messiah are one and the same event. Both events took place at the same time.

John 20:1 – “On the first day of the week, before morning, while it was still dark …”

Exodus 14:27 – “Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and the sea returned to its full depth before morning …”

At approximately 5:00 AM on the morning of the third day after the Passover, while it was still dark, the people of Israel passed through the waters of the Red Sea. At that exact hour, on the third day after the Passover, Yeshua rose from the dead and stepped out of the tomb.

The children of Israel symbolically were baptized in the waters of the Red Sea (1 Corinthians 10:2). And every baptized Christian is symbolically participating in the Passover of Israel (1 Corinthians 5:7). The waters of the Red Sea and the waters of Baptism are designed by God to be a parallel experience – both powerful and liberating. By the death and resurrection of Yeshua, every believer participates in his own personal liberation from Egypt.

Passover and the End Times

The rabbis also have a saying that “the last redemption will be like the first redemption.” By this they mean that the coming of Messiah in the end times will be similar to the story of the Exodus from Egypt.

In Revelation: the Passover Key, Dan Juster describes many parallels between the book of Revelation and the book of Exodus. The two witnesses (Revelation 11) are parallel to Moses and Aaron. Pharaoh is parallel to the Antichrist. The plagues in the Tribulation are parallel to the plagues of the Exodus.

Israel remained in Egypt in the land of Goshen during the Ten Plagues. The Lord protected them. By that protection God demonstrated His holiness and power as a witness to the Egyptians. So will it be in the Tribulation: we will stand protected by God’s grace as a witness of the truth of the gospel to the whole world. There will be “light in Goshen” (Exodus 8:23) in the midst of the darkness of this world.

Passover and Zionism

It is exciting to celebrate Passover in the modern restored State of Israel after 2,000 years of exile. The regathering of our people to the land of Israel is an even greater miracle than the Exodus itself.

Jeremiah 16:14 – “The days are coming that it shall no longer be said, ‘The Lord lives who brought the children of Israel up from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘The Lord lives who brought the children of Israel up from the lands of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them.’ For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their forefathers.”