The Second Passover
I will give men for you, and people for your life (Isa 43:3-4)
By Homer Kizer Ministries
The essence of Scriptural prophecy is that YAHUAH will restore Yisrael, that He will recover this chosen nation from the North Country and from all of the countries where He has driven the people of Yisrael. In this recovery, Yisrael’s exodus from Egypt will be forgotten (Jer 16:14–15; 23:7–8) as a remnant of the Qodesh (Set-Apart) nation leaves Assyria [the North Country] as Yisrael came up from the land of Egypt. (Isa 11:11–16)
As the Qodesh One of Yisrael gave Egypt as the ransom for Yisrael, His firstborn son (Ex 4:22), He will again give the lives of men in exchange for the life of Yisrael (Isa 43:3–4), now a nation circumcised of heart by RUACH (Spirit) (Rom 2:28-29; Col 2:11; Deut 30:6), a nation that was not before a nation or a people (1 Pet 2:9–10). As the Qodesh (Holy) One of Yisrael claimed the firstborn of Egypt, of men and of beasts, as His own to do with as He pleased; and as He required that Yisrael redeem its firstborn by a covering of blood on entryways into the houses of Yisrael; this Qodesh Holy (Set-Apart) of Yisrael will again claim the lives of firstborns when He redeems the spiritually circumcised nation from indwelling sin and death that continues to reside in the fleshly members of Yisrael … as He brought Yisrael up out of sin, He will bring Yisrael up out of death, what Assyria and the North Country represent.
Spiritual Yisrael’s recovery from death—the nation’s salvation—is of such greater importance than the ancient nation’s liberation from physical bondage to a physical Pharaoh that the exodus from Egypt will be forgotten.
The covenant of YAHUAH the Qodesh One of Yisrael made with Yisrael on the day He took the nation by the hand to bring it out of Egypt (Heb 8:9) was ratified with the death—the shedding of blood—of the firstborn of Egypt. This is the covenant that will be superseded by a new covenant, one that has the Torah (laws) of YAHUAH written on the hearts and minds of Yisrael, one that causes all to Know YAHUAH (v. 11). But a covenant is the distance between cuttings, between an initial shedding of blood and a shedding of blood that ends the covenant; thus, the covenant made between YAHUAH the Qoesh One of Yisrael and the fathers of the nation extends forward until the lives of the firstborn of this world are given as ransom for endtime Yisrael’s liberation from bondage to indwelling sin and death.
The seven end time years of tribulation are about Yisrael’s recovery from Death, the fourth horseman of the Apocalypse, the fourth beast of Daniel chapter seven, the spiritual king of the North. The Passover Lamb of YAHUAH, a lamb appropriate to the size of the household of YAHUAH, was slain at even when the present long spiritual night of waiting and watching began. But death angels have not yet passed over the world—humanity has lived through nearly six thousand years of recorded history that are, typologically, as the six hours Yisrael watched and waited in Egypt were. At the appropriate time, death angels will pass over all of the earth, slaying firstborns not covered by the blood of the Lamb of YAHUAH.
In the wilderness of Sinai when Yisrael was to eat the Passover lamb in the second year, certain men were defiled from touching a dead body. Moshe asked YAHUAH what should be done, and he received an answer: “If any one of you or of your descendants is unclean through touching a dead body, or is on a long journey, he shall still keep the Passover to YAHUAH. In the second month on the fourteenth day at twilight they shall keep it” (Num 9:10–11).
This makeup observation of the Passover is what has been traditionally identified as the second Passover. Thus, today, spiritually circumcised disciples keep the Passover observance by commemorating it at a meal on the evening of the 15 of Abib, a Night to be Much Observed. But if a person who should take the Passover in the first month is unable to do so, the person keeps the Passover in the second month such is the importance of covering sin with the blood of Messiah (Matt 26:28).
However, the importance of the second Passover does not begin or end with a makeup date for taking the Passover sacraments, for it is on this date when the lives of men will again be given as ransom for the liberation of now spiritually circumcised Yisrael in a manner foreshadowed by ancient Yisrael’s liberation from bondage to Pharaoh. It is on this date when Yisrael will be again tested by Sabbath observance (Ex 16:1–4). It will be on or about this date when a time as it was in the days of Noah, who in the six hundredth year of his life, on the 17th day of the second month (Gen 7:11), saw the flood come and sweep all away will begin that catches humanity unaware, this time being the Tribulation.
Edited by GWT