The Passover of the New Covenant Through the AgesFebruary 2, 2024
Most Christians are familiar with the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. When we study the words of the bible we can clearly see God’s 6,000 year work of salvation for His children. These 6,000 years are broken into the age of the Father, the age of the Son, and the age of the Holy Spirit. Though there are many teachings in the bible, this time, we will understand the Passover of the New Covenant established by God through the ages.
The Age of the Father
One of the well known stories in the bible is of the Israelites who escaped slavery from Egypt by God’s mighty hand, through the 10 plagues. Very specifically, the 10th plague, the death of the firstborn, is what caused Pharaoh to release the Israelites in the end. What many people overlook is the ceremony the Israelites kept in order to escape the disastrous 10th plague.
Exodus 12:10-14 Eat it in haste; it is the LORD’s Passover… “This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD-a lasting ordinance.
The Israelites had been slaves in Egypt for about 400 years. Only after they kept the Passover were they able to be free from slavery in Egypt. However, who is the One who established the Passover? Moses? The Israelites? It was the LORD Jehovah Himself, God the Father. He instructed Moses on how to lead the Israelites to freedom through the power of the Passover. However, this Passover of the Old Covenant was but a shadow and copy of what was to come in the age of the Son.
The Age of the Son
The Old Testament was but a shadow of the things to come in the New Testament times. When Jesus came 2,000 years ago and died on the cross He became the ultimate sacrifice. The New Testament is the reality and the way in which God’s true children should follow to receive salvation. Jesus Christ, Whom is God Jehovah in the flesh, came teaching many things, but one teaching He eagerly desired to show His disciples was of the Passover, not of the old covenant but the New Covenant.
Luke 22: 14-15 “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.”
Luke 22: 19-20 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
The Israelites kept the Passover and were freed from physical slavery in Egypt, now we are to keep the Passover of the New Covenant to be freed from slavery to sin. The Passover of the New Covenant is a vital truth that sinners need to observe in order to receive forgiveness of sins, salvation, and enter the kingdom of Heaven. This is why God Himself came to this earth in the flesh and was sacrificed on the cross, to establish the Passover of the New Covenant. The early Church saints kept the Passover of the New Covenant during the apostolic age, however as the apostolic age came to an end, the enemy Satan had already planted falsehood into the world.
The Dark Ages
After the apostolic age, when all of Jesus apostles left the world, the teachings of God were changed by Satan. The Passover, the way to receive eternal life, was slowly being thrown to the ground by Satan. The evil one Satan, or the devil, despises the children of God. He will do anything with in his power to bring the children of God into the place of torment with him. Satan knew the Passover was the way for the children of God to receive the forgiveness of sins and eternal life thus he tried many times to abolish it. In fact, there are three different attempts shown through history. There was the 1st controversy of the Passover in 155 AD, where Anicetus (leader of the church in Rome) and Polycarp (taught directly by A. John) were unable to come to an agreement when the Passover of the New Covenant should be held. However, Polycarp being directly taught by apostle Paul knew the correct appointed time of the Passover, while the leaders in Rome were already being influenced by pagan customs. The 2nd controversy of the Passover in 197 AD, shows Victor (leader of the church in Rome) and Polycrates (bishop of Ephesus) coming to a disagreement on when the Passover should be held. Polycrates seeing the examples of the apostles understood the proper day to keep the Passover (the evening of the 14th day of the first month by the sacred calendar), however Victor tried to compel the churches to accept the Dominical rule keeping it on Sunday (Easter). The observance of the Passover of the New Covenant was not abolished until 325 AD, at the Council of Nicaea, when it was replaced with Easter, a practice not taught by Christ. The abolishment of the Passover meant the children of God could no longer receive the forgiveness of sins nor salvation. Does this mean God’s work of salvation for His children failed?
The Age of the Holy Spirit
Of course God allows all things to be done according to His pleasing will. Though the Passover was abolished in 325 AD, this did not mean it would be lost forever. God testified that He would bring back the way of salvation by coming in the flesh a second time.
Hebrews 9:28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many: and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
We can see that only God established the Passover throughout the ages. After 1,600 years, many have tried to bring back the teaching of the early Church but no one has ever been able to reestablish the Passover the New Covenant, no one except Christ Ahnsahnghong. In the age of the Father, God Jehovah Himself established the Passover for his people. In the age of the Son, God Jehovah came down to this earth in the flesh as Jesus Christ and established the Passover of the New Covenant by His sacrifice on the cross. Now, in the age of the Holy Spirit, God has come a second time in the flesh bearing a new name and bring salvation to those who have waited for Him. Let us all become children of God, receive the forgiveness of sins, and embrace the promise of salvation by keeping the Passover of the New Covenant.