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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

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