Published On: Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016

Understanding the Passover, the time of Jesus Christ’s death and the Day of First Fruits

The Passover meal is the eating of the roasted lambs and unleavened bread after sundown of the 14th, or the start of the 15th day of the month.  The barley from which the bread is made from must be from the previous year’s harvest, and not the current year’s harvest. What is called “the Last Supper”, was when Jesus sat with His 42 or more of disciples in a large room, but it was not the Passover meal.

Please read Matt 26:17-19 from the KJV

17 Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?

18 And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.

19 And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.

I declare this to be a copy error in translation, because it is wrong, and impossible. Jesus was on the cross and put in the tomb on the 14th, and the feast of unleavened bread would not start until later that day after sundown. That’s why it is wrong. They ate the “last supper” meal in the late afternoon of the 13th day, the day before Passover. Then, they went to the Mt. of Olives. Afterward, they went to a place called Gethsemane. But after sundown, which started the 14th day, Jesus was betrayed by Judas and taken by the temple guards.

The morning of the 14th day, at about nine o’clock, is when the high priest begins the six hours of sacrificing the thousands of lambs on the temple mount. This is the same space of time that Jesus was on the cross.  Yeshua was paraded around, tried, and convicted in the kangaroo court of the Sanhedrin, all through Tuesday night, and condemned by Pilate at about 8:30 Wednesday morning. The Sanhedrin wanted to hurry and kill Jesus before the Passover meal that evening.  They didn’t want to wait another week.

photo/Jesus Christ Messiah Origins cover

photo/Jesus Christ Messiah Origins cover

The Pharisees were in charge of the Sanhedrin, a seventy member ruling body of Israel.  Jesus had exposed them as wicked false teachers, which put their own doctrines and traditions into Jewish Law. The Sadducees were the chief priests in charge of the temple service, and the ones that perform the wave offerings of the first fruits.

When the disciples of Jesus were speaking of the Passover meal, they were expecting to eat it the next evening after the day of the Last Supper, which would have been the beginning of the 15th day, or the night of April 28th.  But instead of eating the Passover meal, the disciples were together in shock and lamentation over the hasty trial, death, and burial of Yeshua.

After bundling the sheathes of barley on the evening of Passover , when the other priests go back to the temple, the High Priest goes under the temple Mount into Mt. Moriah, and stays secluded, by himself, untouched by any other human, until Sunday morning, perhaps 10:00, when he begins offering the first fruits of the new year’s harvest to Yehovah. Near sunset of the weekly Sabbath, which is Saturday evening, the associates of the High Priest have walked across the Kidron Valley bridge again, and the bundles of barley are cut after sunset and carried to the temple to be parched in fire.

If Passover, or the 14th day is on the Sabbath or Saturday, the gathering of the barley is delayed seven days because the first fruits and the feast of unleavened bread cannot begin on the same day. Also, the priests cannot bind or cut the ten stocks of barley on the Sabbath, and there must be at least one day from marking the barley until cutting the barley. So they wait until the next day, which is the first day of the week, to bind the barley, and the High Priest stays in seclusion six days until the following Sunday.

In the case of Yeshua, when the earthquake split the rock where He was crucified, it also disrupted twenty-four graves in the cemetery at the Mt. of Olives. The priests would see the disrupted graves when they tied the 10 bundles of barley together. Jesus arose about 5:15 PM, two hours before sunset on Saturday, seventy-two hours after His burial. After sunset on that day, the priests would cut the barley and take them to the temple. However, after they left, the twenty-four elders rose from their “marked” graves, and followed the priests back into Jerusalem, where many people saw them.

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About the Author

- Herman Cummings is a computer data analyst, who used his training to analyze the written text of Genesis. On EasterSunday, in 1990, a lady stood up in Sunday School and asked the pastor “How can I teach my children about Adam & Eve, when all they are taught is evolution in school?”. The pastor could only say “Just believe the Bible”. That was of no help to the lady. So Herman Cummings began his research to resolve the issue, since the worlds of Creationism and Theology could not literally reconcile Genesis with scientific reality. After receiving the revelation of the first chapter from the Lord in December 1993, Herman Cummings became the world’s leading expert on the book of Genesis (Bereshit).


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