The 7 Days of Unleavened Bread occurs immediately after Passover each year. Whereas Passover symbolized the fact that Jesus died for our sins, and we took Communion to symbolize our acceptance of His Sacrifice, the following 7 Days of Unleavened Bread represents the continued process of removing sin from our lives. Yes we were forgiven of our sins. We are saved. But all sin doesn't just disappear in one second. Some times, immediately upon prayer, baptism or communion, Jesus immediately removes a certain illness, sickness, affliction or spiritual bondage. But He never removes all temptation from our lives immediately upon salvation. We will be tempted and we will sin. We are not made perfect in one second. When we first get saved, we are spiritual babies. As we continue in our walk with Jesus, we continue to grow slowly over time. We will make mistakes and fall some times. We must continue our growth process and continue to learn our lessons and continue to come out of worldly ways and false doctrines. All of this is a process. It's a lifelong journey. So, the 7 Days of Unleavened Bread symbolizes that lifelong process of removing sin from our lives.
1 Cor. 5
:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:
:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
You see above that the Apostle Paul, a leader of the New Covenant Church, who preached hard against legalism and against following the old covenant, told us, the New Covenant Church to observe the feasts! But in a New Covenant mannerism.Lev.23
:14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. 15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. 16 And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you. 17 And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever. 18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even. 19 Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land. 20 Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.
In the days and hours before Passover, we must remove all leavening from our houses. Remove all food that has baking soda, leaven or leavening listed as ingredients. In the scriptures, "leaven/leavening" symbolizes sin. Sin puffs up. So we are learning to remove sin/leavening from our lives. As of sunset on Passover Day, all leavening must have been removed. You may have taken it to a storage unit, given it away or eaten it all up. Refrain from buying bread in the week before so that you will not have as much to remove or eat up before Passover evening. This is the origin of "Spring Cleaning". Some people like to clean between their couches, etc in an attempt to remove all crumbs which picture hidden sin in our lives. During the week, you will find something that you forget or that you did not realize had leavening listed as an ingredient. Again, this pictures hidden sin and the continual process of learning about what sin is and removing worldliness from our lives.
The First Day and the Last Day of the 7 days of Unleavened Bread are "High Holy Days". This means that they are commanded assemblies of worship, as well as commanded rest days. You can work during the other days in between the 1st and 7th days of this week long observance. On the First day of Unleavened Bread and 7th Day of Unleavened Bread, you are commanded to gather with other brothers and sisters who are following Jesus, who are not part of Babylon (false religious denominations). If you do not have a local congregation, you should try to travel to the nearest congregation in another city or state if necessary. We are instructed in the scriptures to save up a second tithe all year to provide financial funds for the annual commanded pilgrimages. The first tithe goes to God via the ministry or homeless, needy, hungry, naked, prisoners, widow, orphans, or your personal ministry of giving tracts/bibles, etc. You keep and save back the second tithe to fund your travel expenses, hotel cost, food, etc to observe all the annual Holy Days. The bible says that three times per year, that all the male head of households are to appear before the LORD & that they are not to appear empty handed. The three times per year is Passover/Unleavened Bread, Pentecost and Tabernacles. We are to keep all 7 annual Festivals. But with these three, we are commanded to travel if necessary to attend services and to bring a freewill offering of any amount. In our modern times, it should not be just the male head of household, but rather, any and all members of the household that are submissive/obedient to Jesus. If you cannot travel, such as if you have no income, then you may listen to our live broadcast of Holy Day Services via the internet or by telephone. In this way, you will be assembling with us and fulfilling the requirement to attend with others. However, it is advisable and strongly recommended that you make every effort to attend in person. However, Jesus understands, and we understand, that there are certain situations in which it is just impossible. Therefore, we do offer the internet and telephone broadcasts for your edification. Click Here for more information about our services that you may attend or listen via internet or telephone.
For the Days of Unleavened Bread, you need to fast from leavening beginning at sunset on the 14th day of the 1st month in The Creator's calendar (not the Roman or Islamic calendar), which is also the timing of taking Holy Communion on Passover day. You fast from leavening until sunset on the 21st day of the 1st month. (Exo.12:18) But you will rest from sunset on the 14th until sunrise 16th, and then again from sunrise on the 22nd. This is because all 24 hour days are sunrise to sunrise, but all commanded fasts are sunset to sunset. Therefore the fasting begins before the actual start of a commanded rest day so that the forbidden food is not in your stomach at the beginning of the High Holy Day. Therefore the fasting is more sincere, and you don't have your stomach full of the forbidden food at the beginning of the holy fast. But for the Days of Unleavened Bread, you are to fast only from leavening and leavened foods. You should not fast from all food for these days.
For all 7 days, you will need to pray more, read the bible more, and fast from all leavened food products. Fast from any bread grain product such as crackers, cereal, cakes and bread that has "leaven, leavening, yeast, eggs or baking soda" listed as an ingredient. In addition to fasting from leavening, you will need to eat unleavened bread all 7 days starting in the evening of Passover, the day before the 7 days of Unleavened Bread. We provide a recipe of how you can make your own special unleavened bread at home on the Passover article. You only need to eat at least one bite each day to remind you that it is a Holy Day unto Jesus, picturing His Sacrifice for us, and the ongoing process of removal of sin from our lives. If you want, you may take a sip of the Passover wine each day as a continued reminder of His Sacrifice for you, because of your sins. However, the daily wine is not commanded. Only the daily unleavened bread. Wine is only commanded on Passover day itself at sunset during Communion. The first night of Unleavened Bread, (that would be the night after Passover night) is called "The Night To Be Much Observed". It is a night of gathering together in celebration and remembrance of the departure of the Israelites from Egypt. It also reminds us of our spiritual departure from Babylon. This night is observed by gathering together in an agreed upon member's house for fellowship and feast including unleavened bread. It is a wonderful night!
Other than what is already described above, here are some recommended "do's and don'ts" of observing the 7 Days of Unleavened Bread: This list is for the first day and the last day of the 7 days of Unleavened Bread.
- Light a 7 candle Menorah or 7 candles every 7th Day, Sabbath, Fiesta, Holy Day and all 8 nights of Hanukkah. Lev.24, Rev.2
- Worship music. Sing.
- Read bible. Study bible.
- Bible games.
- Sit outside and enjoy God's Creation and relax.
- Short nap is acceptable but do not sleep the day away.
- Greeting cards for get well, praying for you, etc.
- Write missionaries.
Isa. 58 (NASB)
:13 "If because of the sabbath, you turn your foot From doing your own pleasure on My holy day, And call the sabbath a delight, the holy day of the LORD honorable, And honor it, desisting from your own ways, From seeking your own pleasure And speaking your own word, 14 Then you will take delight in the LORD, And I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; And I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
The purpose of this "do not do" list is to be a generalized guideline for people to consider for their choices of what to refrain from on The Sacred Days. It is not meant to be a concrete list for everyone. Again this is just a generalized list which will not be true for everyone. But I do believe it will be true for most people
Exodus 23:14-19 and Deut. 16:1-17 commands us to observe 3 annual pilgrimages at the Holy day seasons of Passover/Unleavened Bread, Pentecost and Tabernacles. Many people try to claim that we no longer need to do this because there is no longer a temple. But the scriptures are clear that the pilgrimages were commanded even when there was no temple. In fact, the context is also clear that the holy days/feasts should be kept at different locations, not just one. It was wherever "The LORD you God chooses", which is very clear that it wasn't just at the temple every year. God doesn't expect people in South America to travel to Jerusalem every year until Jesus returns, and then we will be required to do so, according to Zech. 14, but right now in our modern age, we are not required to travel yet to Jerusalem, but rather Jesus appoints different locations via the church ministers/pastors. Many people reject the commanded travel because of financial burden. But if we obey God and save our 2nd Tithes, we will have the money to keep the Commandments. Deut. 14:22-29 and Deut. 26 commands us to save our 2nd tithes for the purpose of the 3 annual pilgrimages. The 1st tithe should go to the work of the Kingdom such as ministry & church expenses and bibles & gospel tracts. The 3rd tithe is only every 3rd year out of each 7 year cycle. The 3rd tithe goes into funds to help orphans, widows and ministers. The 2nd tithe is not sent to the church, or other people. But rather the 2nd tithe is saved by each person/family an then used to pay for travel expenses, camping, food & other needs for the Holy Days. If your employment offers "vacation time", you should schedule your vacation time to be at the same time as the annual holy days. If your employment does not offer this benefit, you should still notify your employer in advance that you will be taking these days off of work due to religious holidays. In the USA, it is the law that employers give you time off of work of religious holidays. If you are a hard, dependable worker, your employer is not likely to give you any problems. Most people that fret about this issue, eventually learn that they worried for no reason. The annual commanded pilgrimages are a good reason to live in the same community/town as other true believers. Fellowship is extremely important, and it will be easier to travel only 30 minutes, up to 1/2 hours for the Holy days, rather than having to travel a thousand miles, 3 times per year. Many people try to claim that the holy days & related pilgrimages are no longer valid in the New Covenant time era. But that claim is proven wrong by several facts. The bible never says such. The apostles continued to keep all of the annual holy day & pilgrimages, even decades after the crucifixion. The apostle Paul continued to teach the observance of the holy day feasts. Even after Jesus returns, we will continue to keep the holy days. The bible is clear about all of this. We must push aside the traditional lawless doctrines of Babylonian false religions of mankind and obey Jesus. I Saw The Light Ministries hosts all 3 annual pilgrimages and all other annual holy days.
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