festivals have been fulfilled, we can easily verify this reality, as
we will see below.
These festivals are known as convocations, which literally
mean rehearsals. This is a time when God explains, defines,
demonstrates, reinforces, and sets dates about His master plan
of redemption and restoration through the Messiah—for two
distinctly different earthly appearances.
THE SPRING FESTIVALS
Feast Of Passover
Passover, the first festival or feast, is celebrated on Nisan
14. It commemorates the time the Israelites were slaves in
Egypt, when God raised up a deliverer—Moses. Moses wanted
Pharaoh to let God’s people go for a three-day journey into the
desert, there to offer sacrifices to God (Exod. 3:18). After nine
plagues, the unconvinced Pharaoh needed one more! It was
then, on the 10th day of Nisan, that God instructed them to
take a lamb without spot or blemish, and to inspect it for four
days. On the 14th day they were to slay the lamb “in the even-
ing” (Exod 12:6). This should be translated in the Bible as “be-
tween the two evenings.” This would place the slaying of the
Passover Lamb between the minor and major evening obla-
tions, which ran from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m., or at 3:00
p.m., which was the ninth hour (the ninth hour of sunlight).
This is the same time of day during the Festival of Passover that
Christ died on the cross (Matt. 27:45-46).
Feast Of Unleavened Bread
Three hours later, at 6:00 p.m., the next Jewish day begins.
This is the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and as such, it becomes