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BIBLE STUDY: Preparing For The Passover And The Days Of Unleavened Bread

The Bible says God starts off each New Year with the first new moon of Spring. It is soon followed by the Passover (on the 14th day of the first month), which represents the first phase of His Salvation Plan. The Passover is an annual memorial commanded by Jesus, in order to teach us that we can be forgiven of our sins, by our faith in the sacrifice of the Passover Lamb (Jesus Christ – John 1:29). All true worshippers of God will continue to keep it, exactly as instructed to by Christ Himself, as a Memorial of The Savior’s death and our own “Justification” before God; and exactly as all Christ Followers have done since Aviv 14, 31 A.D. (John 4:23-24 / Luke 6:46-49)!

The Origins of Spring Cleaning (Exodus 12:1-20):

I was raised by a mother who loved me very much, and meant only the best for me; but she was also very Biblically illiterate – which was amazing for a woman who was as intelligent as she was! I recall asking her once as a child, why we had “spring cleaning”, which was still widely practiced in the 1960’s America in which I grew up in. Her reply to me was, because back in the old days when they had wood and coal burning stoves, and the houses were closed up all winter long; everything got really dirty and sooty, so people would open up their homes, beat their rugs, and clean everything, as soon as Spring Time arrived!

Actually, the Truth of the matter is that an Unchanging God (Malachi 3:6 / Hebrews 13:8) instituted the Holy Days in the Garden of Eden (14 days after Day 4 of Creation Week – Genesis 1:14-19); to teach Adam and Eve, and their children; The Plan of God! Adam kept Passover, and so did his sons and daughters (Genesis 4:1-7, 5:4)! Noah, a Preacher of Righteousness, kept Passover before and after the Flood (2 Peter 2:5 / Psalm 119:172)! Abraham kept Passover long before the Resurrection (Genesis 18:14-20), and Abraham left Haran also after keeping Passover, just as the Hebrews did before leaving Egypt on exactly the same nights (Genesis 12:1-9 / Exodus 12:41)!

Did You Know…?

The Perfect Law of Liberty (James 1:25) has existed since Creation? Long before Egypt was; God’s Laws were in Full Force! The Ten Commandments and Holy Days are entirely different and separate from the ritualistic law of Moses, which was just a code of physical laws, NOT Spiritual Laws! www.onug.us

In 1 John 3:4 the Apostle John tells us, “Sin is the transgression of The Law!”

Romans 5:12-14 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (for until The Law, sin was in the world; but sin is not imputed when there is no Law. Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam to Moses,…)”

Leaven has ALWAYS been an analogy for sin, one which God has always used (Malachi 3:6 / Hebrews 13:8) to instruct those made in His image, to “put away” or to “clean out” from their lives (1 Corinthians 5:6 / Galatians 5:9). So if sin is the violation of God’s Law (1 John 3:4), and the wages of sin are death (Romans 6:23); God has always had a Way to show us how to negate sin – and that Way has ALWAYS BEEN Jesus Christ (John 1:29)!!! But the Grace given us is not, and has never been a license to keep on sinning (Romans 6:1-23)!!! And so; Christ teaches the putting away of sin BEFORE coming to be Justified (Acts 2:37-41). Spring Cleaning then, or the putting out of leaven; has always been God’s Way (in the Spring, because that’s when Passover is) of teaching us to clean out our TEMPLES (1 Corinthians 6:18-20)!!! We clean in the Spring, because that is when God’s says we are to Celebrate The Blood that Washes Away Sin – and Memorialize The Night of our Savior’s Betrayal and Death!!! www.onug.us

 

It was the Pope who officially changed the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian calendar on October 5, 1582 A.D (Daniel 7:25); most noticeably gone immediately were the Holy Days of God (Leviticus 23:1-44), replaced with pagan counterfeits that directly violate Deuteronomy 12:1-4, 28-32 and Jeremiah 10:1-16!!! But the tradition of Spring Cleaning, originally ordained by God; still lingers on throughout the world - although today, most have no idea why they still do it! For over 3,000 year the Iranian (Persian) Nowruz or “new day” tradition of “house shaking” or the total cleaning of furniture, drapes, and closets has survived! In 2003, the United Kingdom instituted “Spring Cleaning Week” with an official mission to “Inspire and educate the U.K. to Spring Clean not just their homes but their lives as well!”

For most of the earth today, God is officially gone from Spring Cleaning; and His Wisdom of Spiritual Leaven is now long since forgotten, in the deep recesses of antiquity! Only the very elect still carry on what Jesus Commands; and only the Saints still teach their children WHY they clean their homes before the Lord’s Passover (Matthew 7:13-14 / Proverbs 22:6)!!! I HOPE THAT NOW YOU TOO, WILL FOREVER PARTICIPATE IN THIS PHYSICAL EXERCISE; THAT PICTURES CLEANING SIN OUT OF YOUR PHYSICAL BODIES IN WHICH RESIDES GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT!!! www.onug.us

Return To Me, Says The Lord (Malachi 3:7)!!!

The Days of Unleavened Bread, which begin immediately after the Passover, on the 15th day of Aviv; represent the second phase of God’s Salvation Plan. After we are “Justified” by the Blood of Christ at Passover; God then “Sanctifies” us, or sets us apart and considers us Holy to Him! Although God has now set us apart for Holy use; our sinful human nature is still very much present inside us, and it resists and slows down the process of our conversion to holiness. God uses analogies: like leaving Egypt, and also sin as “leaven” (which puffs up), and His Command for us to only eat unleavened breads with our meals, for seven days; so we have a whole week every year to focus on, and remind us, that it will take TIME and EFFORT on our part, to become what God intends for us to be!!!

But, Praise God, Our Father is a “Hands On” God; and HE has assigned Christ to the job of finishing and perfecting our Salvation (Hebrews 2:6-18, 5:7-10, 12:1-3). Keeping God’s Holy Feast Days and Sabbaths each year, helps us grow with Christ’s guidance; into mature sons of The Living God (Hebrews 5:11-14), soon to be born again (Philippians 1:6)!                            

Passover is observed this year at sundown, on Sunday, April 09, 2017. The Days of Unleavened Bread begin at sundown, on Monday, April 10th. The Days of Unleavened Bread last for seven full days, and end on the Last Day of Unleavened Bread, which comes this year at sundown, Sunday April 16 through sundown Monday, April 17th, 2017. The first and the last days of this feast are Holy Days to God and to us!!! www.onug.us

Plan now to take these days off from work or school, in obedience to an Eternal Creator God! It is on, and during these Holy Days, that God Sanctifies us and reveals to us His Plans and His Truth (Psalm 111:10)!!!

 

The above chart shows the phases in a Biblical 30 day month. The last day of the month is not shown, as it is simply an old moon and we cannot see any light reflecting from it! Satan continues to do the opposite of what God’s Word says; and so today we call the opposite of a full moon (a completely dark moon), a “new moon” – but according to the Bible it is not! God’s years begin in Spring - not Winter; and God’s “New Moon” (and months) begin when the first visible sliver is observed by the human eye (Genesis 1:14-19).

For more information on how The Creator God keeps time, please go to www.onug.us and read:

BIBLE STUDY: How Does God Measure Time?

A Simple Question: “What day does Passover fall on this year?”

That’s kind of joke around here! You see the answer always is, in any year: “Passover is on the 14th day of Aviv!” God’s Holy Days, as recorded in His Scripture - DO NOT EVER change from year to year! They are ALWAYS kept in THEIR SEASON (Leviticus 23:4)!

But we should also know that God’s Lunar Holy Day calendar is not the same length as a Solar Calendar Year! Most countries in the world today, base their Civil Calendars on the Solar Calendar; and so God’s Holy Days seem to shift around from year to year – but that is NOT the case! Soon, Jesus will return to this earth, and the world will re-learn to measure time the way God does (Isaiah 66:23-24). But until then, let’s make sure we know WHEN and WHY we are preparing to keep His Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread!!!

Some Biblical background on the history of God’s Calendar:

The Holy Day Calendar that we use today is based on three astronomical phenomena:

1) The rotation of the Earth about its axis: one 24 hour day (John 11:9); 12 hours of “sunshine” and 12 hours of night.

2) The revolution of the moon around the Earth: one 30 day* month (Genesis 1:14-19 / Exodus 12:1-3). * On average the moon revolves around the Earth once every 29.5 days. God gave us months to help us calculate the “seasons”. The “new moon” according to God, and NOT according to this world; which is the first visible sliver of light, is for us to know the beginning of a month, and so we can correctly count the days of each month.

3) The revolution of the Earth about the sun: one solar year. This is always exact and very precise because it, and the heavens were designed by, made by, and are sustained by God! The Earth revolves around the sun once every 365.25 days; or once every 12.4 lunar months. These three phenomena are independent of each other; and there is NO direct correlation between them!

God intended for these three Divinely Created astronomical phenomena to give Him GLORY (Psalm 19:1-11 / Romans 1:18-23)! The big bang theory and the theory of evolution are lies from the devil himself, and inspire men to become vain in their own imaginations – thus inventing their own calendars, seasons, and time keeping systems (Daniel 7:25)!!! www.onug.us

 

Mankind today has mostly abandoned God in their civil calendars, in their societies, and they snuff at any correlation between the moon cycles and the months; arbitrarily setting, as they see fit, the length of months at 28, 30, or 31 days (Romans 1:22)! God’s people, however, will still use all three of these astronomical phenomena to reconcile “Signs (Holy Days: Exodus 31:12-18), and for seasons (Leviticus 23:4), and for days (Genesis 1:1, 4-5, 8, 14, 31, 2:1-3) and years (Leviticus 25:9-22 / Isaiah 61:1-4 / Luke 4:18-22)!!! www.onug.us

God’s new month begins when the first sliver of the new moon becomes visible after the dark of the moon. In ancient times, the new months were determined by physical observation. When people observed the new moon, they would then notify the Sanhedrin. When the Sanhedrin heard testimony from two independent, reliable eyewitnesses that the new moon occurred on a certain date, they would declare what was known in Jesus’ day as “the rosh chodesh” (or the first day of the new month); and also send out messengers to tell people in other camps and villages that the new month had begun (Deuteronomy 17:6, 19:15 / Matthew 18:16 / 2 Corinthians 13:1 / Revelation 11:3-4).

Now because we have been conditioned to “think” like this world, when we begin to follow Scripture exactly, precisely; it can seem difficult, confusing, even frustrating - to the extent that we give up, and let “others” calculate for us God’s Holy Days! Don’t ever do this again! Remember 1 Thessalonians 5:21; we can figure it out because God says we can (Isaiah 28:9-10 / Matthew 13:52)!!! We just need to wean ourselves from our mother’s breast, and learn to chew on some of the real meat in God’s Scripture!!! Amen! www.onug.us

The problem most have with coming out of this world, and her neat and proper calendars and seasons; is that when we deal with God’s strictly lunar Holy Day Calendar, there are approximately 12.4 lunar months in every solar year!

So a twelve month lunar calendar is about 11 days shorter than a solar year, and a thirteen month lunar calendar would be about 19 days longer than a solar year! Are you pulling your hair out yet? Well, not to worry! God has this one… just wait and see! :o)

If we stayed with only a strictly lunar calendar, to calculate God’s Holy Days, the months would drift around the seasons! On a twelve month lunar calendar, the month of Aviv (Babylonian name: Nisan), which is supposed to occur in the Spring; it would occur 11 days earlier in every following year - eventually moving to a Winter, Fall, and a Summer occurrence, before returning to the Spring again! This cannot happen (Exodus 12:1-3). On a thirteen month lunar calendar, the same thing would happen, but in the other direction, and it would happen much faster! Again, not to worry! God has this! www.onug.us

To compensate for this drift, God uses a twelve month lunar calendar with an extra month occasionally added in! The month of Aviv (the first month of Spring) occurs 11 days earlier each year for two, and sometimes three years, then it jumps forward 30 days to balance out the drift. In ancient times (remember that Jesus had to keep the Passover on the right day, or He would have sinned – Luke 22:15-17 – and could not have qualified to be our Savior), this extra month was added by the observation of the Sanhedrin. Now Jesus had a lot to say against the religious teaches of His day; but Jesus confirmed their ability to righteously keep the Law (Matthew 5:19-20); and Jesus used this calendar system to CORRECTLY keep His Passover as an example for us today!!!

The Sanhedrin was a council of elders of the rabbinical courts, and was made up of two classes: a Great Sanhedrin (71 judges), and a Lesser Sanhedrin (23 judges). One of their jobs was to observe the weather conditions at the end of every twelve month lunar year. If the weather was still “winter weather”; meaning the crops, the livestock, and nature itself was not sufficiently advanced (“in the springtime the birdies sing!”) to be considered Spring; then the Sanhedrin inserted an addition month to make sure Pesach (Passover) would occur in the “Spring Time”.

This addition of a thirteenth month in any calendar year was known in Hebrew as a “Shanah Me-uberet”, literally translated as a “pregnant year”. Today we call these modified years “leap years” although we calculate them somewhat differently. Our ancient Hebrew forefathers followed God’s timekeeping instructions, as did the members of the First Century Church of God. They understood Passover was the “Chag he-Aviv” or The Festival of Spring; and Jesus Christ Himself validated this method by observing the evening of the 14th of Aviv as His Passover! Even though a month would be added here and there, as needed, the added month was never the month used to celebrate Passover in; The LORD’s Passover is always kept, in the first month of Spring, on the 14th day!!! www.onug.us

Singing The Psalms & Keeping The Holy Days!!!

The Book of Psalms in Hebrew is called “Tehillim” meaning “Praises”. In English we get the word from the Greek translation of “Psalmoi” which means Instrumental music (and by extension, the words accompanying that music)! Of the 150 Psalms, 116 of them have titles before them; and over a third of these are musical directions to the band “leader”, “choirmaster”, or are instructions to play the Psalm “with stringed instruments”!

Just as God uses music to worship Him (Revelation 5:9-10 / Psalm 33:3, 40:3, 98:1, 149:1, Isaiah 42:10); He uses music to help us remember how to realign His Lunar Holy Day Calendar with His Solar Year (and the Seasons)!!! A month is added to the 3rd, 6th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 17th, and 19th years of a nineteenth year cycle. Our current 19 year cycle began in the Hebrew year 5758 (or 1997 A.D.). If you are musically inclined, and I am not :o( , you can remember the pattern of pregnant or leap years by reference to the major scale:

Keyboard illustrating pattern of leap years

As you can see from the diagram above, for each whole step there are two regular years and a leap year; for each half-step there is one regular year and a leap year. Every 19 years there are 7 pregnant or leap years added to God’s Holy Day Calendar (in the third, sixth, eighth, eleventh, fourteenth, seventeenth and nineteenth years). The 12th (or last) Hebrew month is called “Adar”, but in a Hebrew leap year a 13th month is added called “Adar Sheni” (or the second Adar). www.onug.us

“Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding” (Psalm 47:6-7)!!!

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The Days of Unleavened Bread

When the Israelites passed through the Red Sea, which was a type of baptism (1 Corinthians 10:1-4); they were symbolically washed and sanctified as a holy people to God! But they began to murmur and rebel against the LORD almost immediately! Why? Because they still had their slave mentality; they were not yet accustomed to providing for themselves. They were frightened and intimidated, and they were very outspoken in their desire to return to their former bondage in Egypt (Exodus 14:11-13 / Psalm 106:7 / Numbers 14:3-5 / Nehemiah 9:17)! Likewise, you and I can find it very easy to return to our old sinful habits and worldly ways of thinking! God commands us to keep the Days of Unleavened Bread each year, to remind us to continue to fight against sin, against the bondage to Satan's world, and against our own carnal nature - so that you and I can truly escape from Satan’s slavery with a high hand before God!

How does the Night To Be Much Observed, on which Christ would later eat His Passover with His Disciples, flow into the Days of Unleavened Bread (Exodus 12:40-42, 14:8-14 / Numbers 33:3-5)?

The slave nation of Israel, after 430 years was just granted its freedom; and it was a very new concept for them! As they left Egypt, they began to ponder what this new freedom through Moses would mean for them. Their anticipation and emotional highs must have been matched with great dread as each plague came upon the Egyptians. Then finally, they were free, and could walk away from the brickyards; their firstborn was alive, laughing and playing! They left Egypt with a high hand and plundered the very people who had treated them so harshly! The Night To Be Much Observed memorializes our own freedom from spiritual bondage. We left our own spiritual Egypt and the world behind us at Baptism, and in great hope and zeal, began our trek toward God's Kingdom! Each year we remember their history, and foreshadow our own history; as God prepares His Children for their promised land! Satan might send a different kind of Pharaoh’s chariots to try and force us back into slavery to this world; but our God who cannot change, will defend us, and defeat ANY enemy that comes after His Sanctified Heirs! www.onug.us

Why did God Command the Israelites to eat unleavened bread and put leaven out of their homes (Exodus 12:15-20, 39)?

God made sure Israel left Egypt with a great deal of urgency and haste. Likewise our departure from this world’s hold upon us should have equal urgency! God convicted the Pharaoh to let His people go, but only because he feared the consequences of further defying God! The Egyptians urged the Israelites to leave, before further devastation occurred; but God knew Egypt would not long tolerate the loss of her slaves, nor would they delay in seeking vengeance! The window of opportunity for escape would quickly close! They did not even have time to let their bread rise! Biblically speaking, leaven represents sin. Once we are converted, we must diligently endeavor to rid ourselves of sin and live God's pure way of life (1 Corinthians 5:7-8). Like the Israelites, we must flee from sin, lest it pursue and destroy us (Matthew 12:43-45). Once we are Justified and Sanctified before God, we cannot go backwards without devastating consequences (Hebrews 6:4-6, 8). God’s Feast of Unleavened bread reminds us each year that God can bring us out of bondage to any sins, and if we continue to reject our former lives; Christ will lead us on the path that will lead to eternal life at His return (Hebrews 6:9-12)!

How does sin puff one up, and how does leavening demonstrate the effect of sin in our lives (1 Corinthians 5:1-2, 6-13 / James 2:10)?

Just as a little leaven in bread, quickly spreads throughout the dough; one "little" sin can affect our whole being. As James points out, if we break one commandment, we are guilty of breaking the whole law. One sin begets another unless the chain is broken through repentance. The Corinthian congregation had serious problems with the sexual sins of incest (Leviticus 18:6-11), but instead of feeling terrible, people were "glorying" in it (or promoting it in the church). They did not comprehend the slavery imposed by such lifestyles and the alienation from God and man. They did not realize true liberty is in keeping the Law (and promoting IT too!); or learning to put away from us things (like leavening in bread or sin in our lives); so we can become as Christ-like as possible in our human flesh! www.onug.us

Can leaven in our bread, at this time of year, represent false doctrines as well? (Matthew 16:5-12 / 1 Corinthians 15:33-36)?

Jesus pointed out the error of the Pharisees' doctrines as a type of leaven which would lead men astray of the True Path. Paul advises the Corinthians to partake of the bread of sincerity and truth (1 Corinthians 5:8), and told us false doctrines (evil communications) would cause us to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to – leading to a derailment of the train from the tracks – or a puffing up ourselves (corrupt good manners)! True doctrine promotes sincerity, humility and obedience to the Sovereign of the Universe; which is the overall True Lesson of this festival of Unleavened Bread!

God’s True Church will reject the manmade Good Friday and Easter holidays; and will instead prepare themselves and their homes to keep The Lord’s Passover and The Days of Unleavened Bread! www.onug.us

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Passover Or Easter: Which One Does The Bible And Christ Command YOU To Choose?

It really is a simple question; but maybe one we should phrase differently for the Bible Illiterate Modern World in which we live. God Says:

"I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live!!!" (Deuteronomy 30:19).

So rephrasing our question, I ask you,

"A Bunny And Eggs At Sunrise, Or A Lamb And Blood At Sunset; Which Will YOU Choose This Year, And More Importantly - Do YOU Know Why You Will Choose As You Do?

When calling the disobedient, the sinner, the ignorant, or the outcast back to Harmony, Right Fellowship and True Worship; God inspired the Prophet Malachi to write His Instructions:

"Return unto Me, and I will Return unto you, saith the LORD of Hosts!!!" (Malachi 3:7).

Did you notice that we (you and I) have to go first; BEFORE God will Return to us? This is a very important concept to grasp (Psalm 111:10)! We have to actually OBEY God by Keeping His Commandments, BEFORE God grants us a Deep Understanding of WHY we are doing what He Commands us to do! In much the same way parents commands their child to wash their hands, and brush their teeth; we as children are required to Obey, long before we truly grasp the Wisdom contained in a parent's directive!!! www.onug.us

 

Will YOU Return to Worshipping God, Exactly The Way Jesus Christ Taught us to - in Word, and by His Personal Example (John 13:12-17)?

Copying Christ Is Exactly What It Sounds Like! Not Just Believing In Christ - Like The Demons Do (James 2:19), Trembling At His Name; Yet Remaining Disobedient To The Very Commands And Personal Examples Of Jesus!!! www.onug.us

Jesus Christ Commanded His followers to Memorialize the day of His death each year (Passover), by eating His Body and by drinking His Blood, and by Washing one another's feet (Luke 22:15-20 / John 13:1-17). Members of One Nation Under God Ministries are faithful to follow in Christ's footsteps, Copy His Example, and avoid participating in pagan alternatives to what the original Disciples DID, SAID, and TAUGHT (Acts 2:42,44,46-47)!!!

Jesus is LORD!!!

Have YOU NOT read Luke 6:46 and understood our Savior's Direct Question to YOU? Find out more about how the original Apostles worshipped God in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:22-26) by reading a new Bible Study every Saturday at www.onug.us.

This is a Great time to BEGIN!!!

Christians (True Christ Followers - and not just disobedient "believers") will be keeping Passover this year after sundown, on Sunday, 09 April 2017, according to Jesus Christ's Personal Instructions, God's Lunar / Solar Calendar, and the Biblical Examples of the First Century Church of God Apostles!

Each year we Show, Teach, and Prove to the Followers of Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:21 / Isaiah 28:9-10 / Galatians 1:1-12), HOW to begin to observe the New Testament Passover, just as Jesus showed His Church (or Body) how to keep it (Matthew 13:52 / John 6:52-54)!!! Jesus Christ Corrected the Religiously Educated Saul in his error - and he repented! Who are we not to do the same? www.onug.us

Passover (A Holy Day from God) Versus Easter (a holiday from the fallen angel, Lucifer)...

It is really all about whether you will be following Christ's Calendar or Caesar's this year!

Scripturally, God puts it this way:

"And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve The LORD!!!" (Joshua 24:15)!!! www.onug.us

Most who will be keeping Easter this year think they are honoring the resurrection of Christ; but are they?

"Ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names (i.e.: Easter) of them out of that place. Ye shall NOT do so unto the LORD your God!!!" (Deuteronomy 12:3-4).

Do you know the origin of the name "Easter"? Where in the Bible does Christ Command His Followers to worship at sunrise on the first day of the week to celebrate His Conquering of death? What Scriptures, if any, authorize the flower pageantry, bunnies, and baskets full of colored eggs? You had better know and be able to show by Scripture that Jesus Did The Same - in order to be Truly Copying Christ!!!

Did YOU Know...

That King Solomon Kept Easter and after being warned TWICE by Jesus Christ to STOP IT; God took away the kingdom because of it (1 Kings 11:1-11)!!! www.onug.us

 

 

Have you ever asked yourself, "Whose Teachings Will You Be Following This Year? There are 3 Popular Choices:

1) Christ's Passover (held at sunset on the 14th of Aviv, or 09 April 2017 this year),

2) The Jewish Passover (held at sundown on the 15th of Aviv - Remember the Jews moved the Passover back a day after leaving Babylonian captivity, allowing them in their confusion, to actually kill Christ on the True Passover Day - John 1:29), or

3) Easter (an ancient Pagan rite which the Catholic Church adopted and stamped with a "Jesus Sticker" - Deuteronomy 12:28:32); most of the sister churches which came out of the Catholic Church now also keep this ancient rite (Sunday, 16 April 2017)!!!

Have You Ever Really Asked Yourself, "Why Am I Celebrating The Day That I Do?" www.onug.us

Passover is the Creation of a Holy God Who Commanded humanity to observe that day, since 14 days after Day 4 of The Creation Week (Malachi 3:6 / Hebrews 13:8 / Genesis 1:14-19). God started His 7 day weekly cycle, Before He started His 30 day lunar month cycle; the weekly and monthly time keeping cycles run independently of each other!

Do you know who else in the Bible actually kept the SAME Passover that Jesus did?

Adam kept Passover and so did his sons and daughters (Genesis 4:1-7). Noah kept Passover before and after the Flood (2 Peter 2:5 / Psalm 119:172 / Malachi 3:6). Abraham kept Passover long before the Resurrection (Genesis 18:14-20), and Abraham left Haran also after keeping Passover, just as the Hebrews did before leaving Egypt - on exactly the same nights (Genesis 12:1-9, 41)!!! www.onug.us

 

 

Jesus kept Passover, and He Personally Commanded His Church to continue this annual observance of His Death - until He Returns (John 13:1-17). Passover is One of the Shadows of yet to occur worldwide events (the Blood of Christ being Fully applied to the Whole World AFTER the Second Resurrection of the dead (Colossians 2:16-17 / Revelation 20:4-6)! www.onug.us

Paul warns us NOT to allow anyone to judge us in the keeping of God's True Holy Days (Leviticus 23:1-44), but - or except for - The Body or Church of Christ , which is Biblically defined by actually keeping those Same Holy Days (Exodus 31:12-18 / 1 John 2:3-6)!!!

Neither Christ nor God the Father can ever Change (Malachi 3:6 / Hebrews 13:8); so why would we think His Holy Days can do something God cannot? God's Holy Days are designed to teach an evil world God's Plan! The Church of God needs to be out there teaching this world to Return to observing Christ's Passover again (Matthew 28:20)!!!

Passover will be kept by Christ for 1100 years on this earth after His Return (Matthew 26:29); and ALL nations and ALL flesh will copy Him in this too (Isaiah 66:23-24 / Zechariah 14:16-19)!!! So says Jesus!!!

Let's Use Logic and Reason:

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith The LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool!!!" (Isaiah 1:18).

1) What if Caesar was wrong, and Jesus was right?

 

If The Lord's Passover (which was forever ordained to be kept on the 14th day of Aviv - the first month of God's New Year - in Spring, as the Bible instructs) will occurs this year at sundown, Sunday, 09 April 2017 (Leviticus 23:4-8 / Luke 22:10-20); then based on God's Lunar Calendar (Genesis 1:14-19), we can determine that Jesus actually DIED 1984 years ago on this coming Monday, April 10th, at exactly 3 pm (Mark 15:34-37), or 3 hours before sunset!!! www.onug.us

Jesus began His Ministry three and a half years earlier, according to Daniel 9:24-27, and must have begun in the fall, around September-October.

Remember, our modern society currently uses the Gregorian calendar (derived from Julius Caesar, then modified and implemented by Pope Gregory XIII in October 1582 A.D.) and it still has a 4 year error built into it that was never corrected!

2) If Jesus was right and Caesar was wrong (Matthew 12:38-40), then on Thursday, April 13, 2017, about 4:00 pm, would be exactly 1984 years to the hour, since the Resurrection, when Jesus Christ would have Risen from the dead (Matthew 28:1-10)!!! Easter Sunday is wrong; and violates so many of the Scriptures of A Holy and Righteous God!!!

God has instituted independently running weekly (sunset to sunset), monthly (30 day lunar cycles), and annual (solar) calendars that He expects us to learn, observe and follow (Luke 6:46). God is the Author of time; NOT Pope Gregory XIII and the Catholic church!!! Download our Bible Study: "Do You Know How God Measures Time?" to learn the Real Way Christ records and observes time!!! www.onug.us

3) If Jesus was right and Caesar was wrong, then those who really walk in Christ's footprints today would Study to Know, Prove, and Follow His example (John 4:23-24); and will partake of His flesh and drink His blood, this year on Sunday evening, 09 April 2017, as an annual Memorial of Christ's death until He Comes Again (John 6:44-71 / 1 Corinthians 11:23-34)!

Many today are Offended, that some still follow EXACTLY, Christ's teachings, and still keep His Holy Days; instead of the modern popular pagan holiday of Easter, on sun god day, at sun rise! Those who have left off following Christ to adopt human traditions over Scripture; have lost the Knowledge of God, according to the Apostle Paul! www.onug.us

4) If Jesus was right, and the Great Universal Church today is wrong; then Christ was risen on the Sabbath (Saturday) about 4 pm, "as He said" (Matthew 28:1-8) all those years ago!!! If Jesus told us all the TRUTH in Scripture - Then THREE Days and THREE nights after a 09 April 2017 Passover (with a Crucifixion and burial at about 4 pm on Monday, 10 April 2017), would make the day of Christ's Resurrection (Thursday, 13 April 2017) and NOT this coming Easter Sunday - which the world will celebrate on 16 April 2017!!! Never again allow Satan to deceive you or your family ever again (Revelation 12:9 / Daniel 7:25)!!!

5) If Jesus was right and is NOW alive, and Caesar was wrong and is now dead, then Jesus will re-teach a lost world about His True Holy Days and Sabbath Day when He Returns (Isaiah 66:23-24 / Zechariah 14:16-19); and Caesar will have to wait for the Second Resurrection in order to be able to do anything again under the sun (Ecclesiastes 9:1-10 / Revelation 20:5, 11-15 / Ezekiel 37:1-14)!

If neither God nor Jesus can change (Malachi 3:6/ Hebrews 13:8); then why are you keeping different worship days than those kept by Christ and the first century Church of God? Tradition over Scripture (Galatians 1:6-12)? www.onug.us

6) If Jesus was right, then this coming Easter Sunday (16 April 2017) is nothing at all special Biblically; but rather only to those who violate Deuteronomy 12:32!!! Christ's Followers will NOT participate in an ancient pagan sunrise festival, invented to worship the sun god, or a fertility goddess; even though the world today has slapped a Jesus label on it - and calls it holy (Deuteronomy 12:1-4,28-32)!!!

God's Church will observe Passover at sundown on 09 April 2017, just as Jesus instructs them to; and they will also be observing the Days of Unleavened Bread following (Exodus 12:42, 31:12-14 / Leviticus 23:1-8)!!! www.onug.us

7) Caesar's / Satan's way is quite Broad, Jesus' way is very narrow (Matthew 7:13-14). The whole world and Jesus will be watching which way you follow in the weeks ahead (Exodus 31:12-18). Choose wisely (Deuteronomy 30:19-20). Ask for directions if you're not sure!!! The Bible and the Personal Examples, Words, and Teachings of Jesus Christ will always steer you straight! Remember that we are here to help you too!!! www.onug.us

One Nation Under God Ministries, P.O. Box 111960, Naples, Florida 34108 U.S.A. Call us at: (239)353-1303

Whether you agree, or disagree; with the Scriptures listed above, YOU are still required to PROVE all things (1 Thessalonians 5:21)! Let us Help You Research Scripture, and to Copy Christ, as the First Century Church of God ALWAYS did!!!

We will be learning much about the Historical and Biblical foundations of the New Testament Passover every Saturday at www.onug.us. Join Us! You and your children will be so very glad that you did!!!

"Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world!!!" (John 1:29).

In Jesus Christ's Mighty Name,

- Pastor Bob Brown,                   One Nation Under God Ministries  www.onug.us

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Why does God’s True Church still keep these days? What is their spiritual significance for a “Modern 21st Century” Church of God Christian” (Exodus 13:8-10 / 1 Corinthians 5:1-13)?

Human nature has not changed! These days are a memorial to God's Law, and to His powerful deliverance of His people from Egypt (sin) and bondage (slavery to those sins). Paul explained this significance to the Corinthians, and as God did with the Israelites; he also attached a sense of urgency for them to cease from sinning (2 Corinthians 6:17)! Paul says we should not even keep company with a brother involved in flagrant sin; as their puffed up attitude in the face of other brothers and sisters, will leaven the whole loaf (congregation)! Also, by ridding our homes of leaven and leavened products (sin and things that encourage us to sin) each year as we approach this feast; we realize that overcoming sin is hard work, and takes lots and lots of effort!!!

Why are there seven days of Unleavened Bread, but only one day of each of Passover, Pentecost, Trumpets and Atonement (Exodus 12:19 / Hebrews 12:1 / 1 Corinthians 9:27; 10:12-13 / Romans 7:14-25)? www.onug.us

God knows that we tend to change slowly (sometimes that is an understatement with me!). He gives us seven days each year to concentrate on our duty to rid our lives of sin. Those acts that are God's responsibility, such as the sacrifice of one for all sin, the sending down of His Spirit, the resurrection of the dead, or the binding of Satan; God can accomplish all those things in ONE DAY!!! The part that involves mankind's participation, such as overcoming sin in our lives; well that requires much more time and attention!!! These seven Days of Unleavened Bread represent a period of “judgment” when man is required to overcome (it represents our lifetimes, after we are called and Baptized)! To us, overcoming a deep seated sin can seem to take an eternity! The obvious lesson for us, is that we must draw much closer to the Source of that POWER to overcome! And we WILL!!!

This world's Christianity has perverted Passover into Easter, and they have completely dismissed the Days of Unleavened Bread!!! They don’t see any need for such a silly old custom; but hopefully now YOU DO!!! What have they lost by avoiding these days (Revelation 3:12, 22:14-15 / Hebrews 6:4-6, 12:14-17)?

Most Christians today have LOST a vital step in their salvation: SANCTIFICATION (Luke 13:22-30)! God sets us aside for a lifetime of overcoming sin so that we might enter His Kingdom. By their "once saved, always saved" doctrine, worldly Christians deny the whole process of putting sin out of their lives. They believe that once they "accept Christ," their salvation is secure, that they cannot lose it - no matter what lifestyle they choose to live! This is in direct contradiction to God's Holy Word (read Hebrews Chapters 6 & 12 and prove this for yourself)!!! God has chosen to reveal to us, this Festival Of Unleavened Bread, so that we will overcome! So we will pursue Holiness! And so we WILL SECURE Eternal Life in His Kingdom (Revelation 22:10-16)!!!

As we eat Unleavened Bread over the 7 days of this Feast; we should be giving God Praise and Thanks, for His revealed Truth of Unleavened Bread!!! Take it in. Relish it. Praise God for this Holy Feast in which we can learn so much – and even change so much – from year to year – in which we keep it!!! God has given us a Divine Tool so that we do not have to be “Filthy Still”!!! Thank God for the Spring Cleaning of Our Holy Temples!!! www.onug.us

God wants to hear and see His TRUTH, and His Love, in us; and even radiating out from us! Our Savior died on the cross, to redeem us from the curse! Let us embrace the Blessings that come from walking in His path, and that come from Worshipping the Father - in both Spirit and in TRUTH (John 4:23-24)!!!

Now that you have left this world (Egypt) and her ways (sin), I ask you to embrace the Kingdom of God and prepare yourself to help establish God’s Government on this earth! A great starting point before you part take of Passover is to KNOW what the Church that Jesus founded Believes in and practices! We invited you to read (at www.onug.us):

A Statement Of Faith And Of Our Beliefs: One Nation Under God Ministries

One Nation Under God Ministries believes that today, The True Church of God exists, in the words of Jesus, as many folds of sheep, scattered all around the world (John 10:16). Each fold can be recognized by the Sign of God (Exodus 31:12-18 / Leviticus 23:1-44) which they possess, and by their ability to both follow Christ’s example and discern His voice - from the voice of strangers (John 10:4-5).

“Behold, I come quickly; Blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this Book!” – Jesus Christ (Revelation 22:7).

As you clean your rooms, or your homes and your cars, your offices and your garages, over the next few weeks; let us ask God to help us examine ourselves with His Divine Eyes! Let us put effort and attention into becoming More Christ-Like this year, than last year! Let us Prepare ourselves now to come before Christ and partake of His Passover (1 Corinthians 11:27-32)!

If we ask this in Jesus’ Mighty Name; God will respond!!!

The First Century Church of God is still alive and well; and we are still about our Father’s Business! We would like to Thank You for joining One Nation Under God Ministries (www.onug.us) today in the Study of God’s Word, and hope that you will continue on with us next week as we prepare for The LORD’s Passover! We so enjoyed having you study and fellowship with us!!! Please stay in touch!

In Jesus Christ’s Mighty Name, Peace!

                                                   - submitted by R. C. Brown III

 One Nation Under God Ministries                         www.onug.us

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The sad state of affairs today is that the vast majority of Americans are Bible illiterates (Hosea 4:6). They simply have never read the book which they profess to regard as the “Word of God”. If we are to change this, we must begin using the Bible as our primary source of education, to learn about God and His teachings (Matthew 6:33).

If you have never faithfully kept God’s seventh day Sabbath holy or God’s Holy Days, the way Jesus Christ did – in the flesh, and in the fellowship of other followers of the Son of Man (Hebrews 10:25); we invite you to obediently enter into God’s rest today, and to keep the Feasts of the LORD (Hebrews 4:1-11 / Leviticus 23:1-44)! Contact us to find out where we fellowship and worship God, in your area, on His Sabbath Days (Exodus 31:12-18). We would love to hear from you and help get you started!

Join us on-line each Sabbath and Holy Day at www.onug.us where you can download our Bible Studies, or join us on facebook to listen in to our live webinar each week.

You may write to us at:

One Nation Under God Ministries

P.O. Box 111960

Naples, Florida 34108 U.S.A.

You can telephone us at: (239) 353 – 1303

Or e-Mail us at: one_nation_under_god_usa@msn.com

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”But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one” (John 10:26-30).

Christians must learn to read the Bible, interpret the scriptures according to Biblical principles (Isaiah 28:9-10, 13), and begin to apply the precepts they learn in their walk with God. Individual study is essential; coupled with fellowship times of group study, worship, and discussions of personal insights and observations.

We strive, each Saturday, to foster an open and welcoming atmosphere where Spirit led confirmation, clarification, questions, and correction can be made in the fellowship of other students of God’s Word.

One Nation Under God (www.onug.us) is working to unify the body of Christ in the worship of God the Father, in the way Jesus showed us to - in Spirit and in Truth! We strive to promote rediscovery of American History, and renew in current generations the Vision and the Covenant of our Founding Fathers.

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“And when He had called unto Him His twelve disciples, He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease… And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.  Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat”                     – Jesus Christ (Matthew 10:1, 7-10).

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We Pray Daily for all of you who come alongside us and continue to support this work; and we ask that you to join us in also Praying for all those around the world, to whom God’s Word will be sent - by our collective efforts! Please Pray with us; and Please Pray for us!

For those who wish to financially contribute to this Work, you may do so:

- Online at www.onug.us - just click the “Donate” button.

 - In the United States, checks and money orders may be made payable to: One Nation Under God Ministries

 - From outside the U.S.A., payments may be made to: The Church of One Nation Under God International, P.O. Box 111960, Naples, Florida 34108, U.S.A.

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