7th Day of Passover – April 1, 2013
Biblical/Historical Events that took place on the 7th day of Passover:
The Israelites crossed the Red Sea
"He that believes in Me shall NEVER walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." The Israelites started to cross the Red Sea at night, and walked "in the light" throughout the night, while the Egyptians were in total darkness and could see nothing. This happened as the 7th day of Passover was starting. This is the night of March 31st and is still the true Feast of Firstfruits in the US.
Offering the Firstfruits
The Lord said to Moses,“Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest. He is to wave the sheaf before the Lord so it will be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath.
Sunday is always the correct day of the week for both Firstfruits and Pentecost, according to what the Lord told the Jewish people to do.
The true Firstfruits this year is March 31, 2013, Easter Sunday. It's the 6th day of Passover. The 7th day of Passover begins at sundown in Israel, which is still Easter Sunday and the Feast of Firstfruits in the US.
The Sudden Destruction of the Egyptians after the Israelites crossed over into the DESERT happened on the 7th day of Passover. We are given wings and taken to the DESERT to a "place prepared for us" for 1260 days. Jesus said, "I go to prepare a place for you so that where I am, you may be also."
'You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself." Exodus 19:4
"The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach." Revelation 12:14
"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." John 14:3
The walls of Jericho fell
The Sudden Destruction of Jericho took place on the 7th day of Passover. The Israelites began to take possession of their Promised Land on the 7th day of Passover, when the walls of Jericho fell and every man ASCENDED UP at the sound of the last trumpet. The Hebrew word there is “alah” and it can mean the following:
to go up, ascend, climb, depart, go up over, rise, to come up (before God), to be taken up, be brought up, be taken away, to be exalted, to bring up, cause to ascend or climb, cause to go up, take away, to offer, bring up (of gifts), to be carried away, be led up, to be taken up into, to be offered
And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war; and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do SIX DAYS. And seven priests shall bear before the ark (of the covenant) seven trumpets of ram’s horns: and the SEVENTH DAY ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and WHEN YE HEAR THE SOUND OF THE TRUMPET, all the people shall SHOUT WITH A GREAT SHOUT; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ASCEND UP every man straight before him” (Joshua 6:3-5).
And they utterly destroyed ALL that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword … And they BURNT the city with FIRE, and ALL that was therein” (Joshua 6:21-24).
Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’
“But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Matthew 22:1-7
1 Corinthians 15:52 “In a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the LAST TRUMPET. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”
In a Jewish wedding, the Bride will walk around the groom 7 times, again, a reenactment of the Battle of Jericho that took place on the 7th day of Passover. This is our Wedding Day.
God miraculously SAVED only “one house” of people out of the Jericho before its destruction. This heralds the “rapturous event of the righteous” of Christ’s house. “Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and ALL that are with her in her HOUSE” (Joshua 6:16).
Peter's miraculous escape from prison
Acts 12: It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread. After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.
So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.
The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.
Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.
Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.”
Other versions say: "And when Peter had come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord has sent his angel, and has delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews."
Exodus 14:13-14: Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Luke 21:36: “Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man."
Peter ESCAPED from prison on the 7th day of Passover. Herod was set to kill him on the day after Passover ended, but Peter miraculously escaped from prison on the 7th day of Passover when an angel came to rescue him. We are also living in a “prison” on earth, waiting for our redemption, longing to be with Jesus in our true heavenly home. We are strangers on the earth, deeply desiring to be set free to be with our Master and precious Savior. The angels are “harvesters” at the end of the age. They are the ones who take us to be with Jesus, just as they took Lot out of Sodom and just as they brought Peter out of prison. If the angels had not taken Lot out or rescued Peter, they would certainly have been killed. But just in time, they were brought out of the destruction that was coming, and brought to a place of safety.
Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed?
Genesis 19:3 gives a hint that points to Sodom and Gomorrah being destroyed during the Feast of Passover. There was no Passover at the time, but this verse points to a “festival” and “preparing unleavened bread”, both a clear reference to the future Passover festival. "But Lot kept urging them strongly, so they turned aside and entered his house. He prepared a festival and baked unleavened flat bread for them, and they ate." That very evening, again, at night, Lot left Sodom. The Sudden Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah happened at a time that, at the very least, resembled the future Passover festival. Luke 17:28-29 “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the DAY LOT LEFT SODOM, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.”
March 31 / April 1, 2013 Rapture? A look at the 7th day of Passover (parts 1-3)