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Friday, April 6, 2018

Yom HaBikkuwriym, Day of First Fruits, Newsletter Abib 20/April 7th 2018

By Maria Merola אריאל 
© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, April 7th 2018
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Chag Sameach Yom HaBikkuriym!

Translation: Happy Festival of the Day of First Fruits!



Beloved of YaHuWaH, you wont want to miss this weeks Shabbat podcast, because we are going to be doing something different than our usual Towrah Portion reading.

Instead, we are going to study and discuss from the scriptures, the Feast of First Fruits, and it's connection to our Messiahs resurrection.

We will be answering all your questions related to Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, the timing of the resurrection, and more!

So please tune in, if you have any questions pertaining to the following topics:

1.) The Lunar Sabbath error, and how it has caused many to count 100 days rather than 50 days leading up to Shabuot/Pentecost.

See the blog: The Lunar Sabbath Controversy:


2.) Passover: Did Messiah eat the Passover Meal the night before he died? Do we eat the Passover Meal on the 14th or the 15th of Abib?

3.) Unleavened Bread: Does it begin on the evening of the 14th of Abib, or the evening of the 15th of Abib?

4.) Lent & Easter Sunday: What is Lent? Where did it originate? Does the name “Easter” come from the pagan goddess “Ishtar?” Did our Messiah resurrect on Sabbath before sundown, or on Sunday morning? And why is this important?

5.) Good Friday: Did our Messiah die on Good Friday? Why is this so important? How does Good Friday make our Messiah appear to be a false prophet? 

6.) First Fruits: The true resurrection day of our Messiah, and the beginning of the counting of the seven sabbaths leading up to Shabuot/Pentecost. Why does this matter?

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First Fruits Resurrection Day is coming this Ereb Shabbat, which is Saturday Evening going into Sunday! 

See this blog for greater understanding of the resurrection on Yom ha’Bikkuriym, aka Day of First-Fruits!

The Sabbath Resurrection: I will Raise Him Up on the Last Day! 

This coming Sabbath, April 7th, at sundown, is what is called THE FEAST OF FIRST FRUITS in Leviticus 23:9-14.

It is the self-same day of our Messiahs Resurrection, and immediately following that, the High Priest cut the first barley of the spring harvest.

The next day, during the morning sacrifice, he offered up the wave-sheaf offering as his FIRST FRUITS as soon as the sun went down.

Exactly When did our Messiah Resurrect from the Dead?

Was it on Sunday Morning? Or was it on the Sabbath Day?

You will be surprised to find out that the High Priest in the Temple harvested the first barley of the year immediately after our Messiah resurrected!

He then offered up the Wave Sheaf Offering of “First-Fruits” of the Barley the morning after our Messiah resurrected!

First Fruits Offering At Sundown or Sunrise?

There seems to be some question as to when the High Priest was to offer the wave sheaf offering in the Temple according to Leviticus 23:11:

“....And he shall wave the sheaf before YHWH, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.”

Yahuwshuwa Messiah acted as the Passover sacrifice, but when he resurrected he was the High Priest after the order of Melchizedek who was commanded to “wave” the first fruits offering of souls before YaHuWaH “on the morrow after the Sabbath.” 

Romiym (Romans) 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the FIRST FRUITS of the Ruwach/Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

1st Qorintiym (Corinthians) 15:20 But now is Mashiyach (Messiah) risen from the dead, and become the FIRST FRUITS of them that slept.

1st Qorintiym (Corinthians) 15:23 But every man in his own order: Mashiyach (Messiah) the FIRST FRUITS: afterward they that are Mashiyach’s at his coming.

Ya’aqob (James) 1:18 Of his own will he has begotten us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of FIRST FRUITS of his creatures.

The Hebrew word for “first fruits” is bikkuwr, and that is why it is called Yom Ha’Bikkuwriym,meaning  Day of the First-Fruits.

Our Mashiyach, Yahuwshuwa is our eternal High Priest after the order of Malkiy-Tzedeq (Melchizedek), and he himself offered up the first fruits of the souls that he redeemed in the lowest parts of the earth (Ephesians 4:8-10).

But when exactly did he do this? When was the High Priest scheduled to offer the “first fruits?” When was “the morrow after the Sabbath” to begin?

We can glean some understanding of when this took place from the historical account in the Talmud:

As for when the High Priests were to offer the Wave Sheaf Offering, it is historically proven that it was offered at the close of the Sabbath at sundown. Though Scripture specifies the day the wave sheaf was to be cut, it gives no specific time of day to cut it. Jewish history from the Second Temple period gives an interesting insight.

The second-century Mishnah affirms that, when the Sadducees controlled the Temple, the sickle was put to the grain just as the sun was going down on the weekly Sabbath (Menahot 10:1-4, Jacob Neusner translation, pp. 753-754). The book, Biblical Calendars, states, “The Boethusians [Temple priests] reaped [the firstfruits sheaf] at the going out of the Sabbath” (p. 218. Additional information can be found in the section titled “Temple Service,” p. 280, as well as in The Temple: Its Ministry and Services by Alfred Edersheim, 1994, pp. 203-205). The New Testament’s silence on this Sadducean practice—along with its agreement with the ritual’s fulfillment in Messiah—must be construed as acceptance of its validity.

The priests began to make the first cutting right at the end of the Sabbath, continuing over into the first day of the week, when the bulk of the work would be done. The ritual, however, was not complete until the sheaf was offered (waved) before Elohiym the following morning, or more precisely, between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Some might object to the reaping of the sheaf in the closing minutes of the Sabbath because it is a day of rest when no work is to be done. After one understands the full reason for it, as well as Yahuwshuwa’s direct statement that a priest is blameless in the performance of his required duties (Matthew 12:5), any objections to the practice disappear.

The Conclusion:

Yahuwshuwa ha’Mashiyach resurrected at Havdalah (exiting the Sabbath).

Afterward, he went to the heavenly Temple as the High Priest to wave the “first fruits offering.”

However, it was not barley that he waved.

Instead, Yahuwshuwa waved before YaHuWaH, the souls of men as his first-fruits offering!

His resurrection on the seventh day of the week points us to the Sabbath Millennium when he will also resurrect his bride in the final wheat harvest at the last day!

Some are confused as to why we did not celebrate the resurrection of Messiah this past Sunday.

Here is the reason why:

In some years, Passover happens to fall on the 4th day of the week (Wednesday) as it did the year that Yahuwshuwa died in 30 C.E. This is primarily because the Hebrew Calendar is based on Lunar Cycles.

In those years where it duplicates 30 C.E., we have the same scenario of “three days and three nights” landing at the end of the weekly Sabbath on the 7th day of the week.

However, the Feast of First Fruits, (when our Messiah resurrected), does not always fall on the 18th of Abib (three days and three nights after Passover).

Our Messiah died on Passover/Pesach in the afternoon (3:00 p.m.) on the 14th of Abib, when the Passover Lamb is supposed to be killed “between the two evenings.”

He was buried that night before the sun went down, and his body was laid in the tomb by the 15th of Abib, which began the Feast of Unleavened Bread. We begin counting “three days and three nights” from the moment he drew his last breath.

If you count exactly 72 hours later (3 periods of 24 hours), he resurrected BEFORE the sun went down on the weekly Sabbath day, which was the 7th day of the week. Thus, he died on the 4th day of the week (what we today call Wednesday), and he resurrected on the 7th day of the week (Sabbath).

Matthew 28:1 confirms this:


“In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn [dusk] toward the first day of the week, came Miryam (Mary) Magdalene and the other Miryam (Mary) to see the sepulchre.”

The Greek word for “dawn” (ephiphosko) means “to draw on… the beginning of something, a mixture of light and darkness.”

It is equivalent to the Hebrew word “nesheph” which can mean either “dusk,” before sundown, or “dawn,” before sunrise.

So you see, the Greek word for “dawn” used in Matthew 28:1 can mean either dawn or dusk (twilight). The KJV translators thought this was on Sunday Morning, but it was at the end of the Sabbath as it began to grow dark. The new calendar date of the week began to “dawn” at the end of the weekly Sabbath (Saturday evening) before sundown.

The new calendar date changes at sundown according to Genesis 1:5.

In that year when our Messiah died, Passover fell on the 4th day of the week, but it does not always fall on the 4th day of the week.

Hence, First Fruit does not always fall on the 18th of Abib, which is 3 days after the 14th of Abib. This year, Passover fell on the 1st day of the week, rendering First Fruits on the following Sabbath at sundown.

First Fruits always falls on the first day of the week (Saturday after sundown into Sunday):

Wayyiqra (Levitcus) 23:11 And he shall wave the sheaf before YHWH, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.

Some people think that the “sabbath” that is being spoken of in the above verse, is the High Sabbath of Unleavened Bread. However, the Hebrew word for a “High Sabbath” is always “shabbatown.”

The Hebrew word for the weekly seventh day Sabbath is “shabbat.” In Leviticus 23:11, the word is “shabbat” not “shabbatown.”

This is the reason why the resurrection day is not always going to fall three days and three nights after Passover. We count the resurrection day on “First Fruits,” because that is the Feast that he resurrected on.

In the year that he died, First Fruits just happened to fall 3 days and 3 nights after Passover.

See these blog links below for better understanding:

Three Days & Three Nights in the Heart of the Earth: The Good Friday Myth:


Messiah is the First & the Last Passover:


The Word “Easter” in the King James Version of the Bible:

I’ve noticed that everyone wants to discredit the KJV Scriptures due to the fact that they use the word “Easter” instead of Passover (Pascha in Greek) in Acts 12:4.

However, if you read Acts 12:3-4 in CONTEXT, it becomes obvious WHY the KJV translators thought that this word should be “Easter.”

Here is an explanation of why the King James Translators used the word “Easter” in ONE ISOLATED place in the entire New Testament Scriptures:


The translators apparently thought that Herod arrested Keefa (Peter) during the days of Unleavened Bread, and was holding him until AFTER the days of Unleavened Bread, intending to kill him on Herod's favorite pagan holiday---Easter!

Dr. David Daniel’s explains in this article that the KJV translators did this on purpose. They deduced that if Keefa (Peter) was arrested during the days of Unleavened Bread, and then held until AFTER the days of Unleavened Bread, this could not have been on Passover, since Passover comes BEFORE the days of Unleavened Bread.

Their deduction was that Herod, (being a pagan), would have wanted to kill Keefa/Peter on his favorite pagan holiday, which is Easter.

Even though I think the KJV translators got it wrong, their motives were not to treat Passover and Easter as if they are the same thing!

They deduced that Passover came first on the 14th, and “Then were the days of Unleavened Bread” on the 15th of Abib (Acts 12:4).

If the KJV translators were bent on using the word “Easter” instead of “Passover,” then why didn’t they do so in EVERY OTHER PLACE where the word “Passover” appears in the scriptures?

Shabbat Shalom, family in Messiah!

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Weekly Towrah Portions & Feast Portions for the past two weeks:

Abib 13/March 31st 2018: Shemini/Eighth — שמיני

Towrah (Wayyiqra) Leviticus 9:1-11:47.

Nabiym (Prophets) Shemu’EL Beyt (2nd Samuel) 6:1-7:17.

Briyth Chadashah (Renewed Covenant) Mattityahuw (Matthew) 3:11-17.

April 1st 2018: Readings for the 1st Day of Chag Matzot (Feast of Unleavened Bread):

Towrah (Shemoth) Exodus 33:12 – 34:25.

Nabiym (Prophets) Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 44.

Briyth Chadashah (Renewed Covenant) (Chazown (Revelation) 15:1-4.

Abib 20/April 7th 2018: Tazria/ She will conceive — תזריע

Towrah (Wayyiqra) Leviticus 12:1-13:59.

Nabiym (Prophets) Melakiym Beyt (2nd Samuel) 4:42-5:19.

Briyth Chadashah (Renewed Covenant) Luqas (Luke) Luke 2:22-35.

Readings for the 7th day of Chag Matzot (Feast of Unleavened Bread), Abib 21/April 8th:

Towrah (Shemoth) Exodus 13:17- 15: 27; Bamidbar (Numbers) 28:19-25.

Nabiym (Prophets) Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 44.

Briyth Chadashah (Renewed Covenant) Revelation 1:4; Qorintiym Aleph (1st Corinthians) 10:1-4.

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Shabbat Shalom mishpachah & Chag Sameach Yom HaBikkuriym for the last day of Matzah!

With all the love of our Messiah, Yahuwshuwa,

Maria Merola Wold

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

There is Nothing “Good” About “Good Friday!”

By Maria Merola אריאל 
© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, March 2018
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Did you know that “Good Friday” and “Easter Sunday” are secretly celebrated in honor of  “The Queen of Heaven” which we were warned about in Jeremiah 7 & 44?

The day of the week “Friday” (Venerdi in Italian) was originally named after “Venus,” the goddess of love. She was also called “Ishtar” (Easter) in other ancient cultures. The word “Venerdi” is also where we derive the word “venerate” which means “to worship.”

Our Messiah was crucified on the 4th day of the week (what we call Wednesday), and he was in the heart of the earth for “three days and three nights” (Matthew 12:40). This means 72 hours, and then he resurrected on the seventh day of the week, the end of the Sabbath, which is why he declared that he was “Lord of the Sabbath!” (Mark 12:8).

The Roman Catholic Catechism falsely claims (without any biblical support) that “Mary participated in the crucifixion with Christ” and therefore, she also “resurrected” with him, which they call “The Assumption of Mary.”

They also call her the “Co-Redeemer, and Co-Mediator” with Christ, which is not supported by scripture what-so-ever! As a matter of fact, scripture declares that there is only ONE MEDIATOR:

1st Timothy 2:5 For there is one Elohiym, and one mediator between Elohiym and men, the man Mashiyach (Messiah), Yahuwshuwa (Joshua).

They teach that “Mary was born without original sin” and that she passed on her “divine nature to Jesus!”

This is the true essence of the “Spirit of Antichrist” as 1st John 4:3 says: “Every spirit that confesses NOT that Yahuwshuwa Messiah is come in the flesh, this is that spirit of Anti-Messiah (Antichrist).”

By denying that Mary was born with a sinful nature, Roman Catholicism teaches that it was necessary for her to be born sinless in order to pass on her sinless and divine nature to the Messiah!

This means that they deny that he came with a corruptible or a mortal body! In other words they teach that he did not come in the “mortal flesh” of a regular human being.

See the video by Ron Wyatt which explains that his humanity was passed on by his mother, but his divinity came only through his Heavenly Father:



In the 3rd Century, the Roman Emperor Constantine claimed that he had become a “Christian,”  but he outlawed the keeping of all Biblical Festivals (making them punishable by death), and he replaced them with Pagan Counterfeit holidays!

See the blog entitled: The Constantine Creed:


Emperor Constantine also renamed all the statues in the pagan temples to make them appear as “Christian Saints.” Hence, the statue of Venus holding her baby son “Sol Invictus” (The Invincible Sun) became “Mary holding baby Jesus.”

The Vatican teaches its members that Mary is “The Queen of Heaven” (just like the pagan goddess that was condemned by YaHuWaH in Jeremiah 7 & 44)!

The Vatican also teaches that “Mary is the Holy Spirit” and that she is the “Third Person of the Trinity.” This is the true origin of “The Doctrine of the Trinity!”

Evangelicals wrongly use the term “Trinity” to describe the “ONENESS” of the Father & the Son, meaning that YaHuWaH is ONE being with three offices or functions.

Once you understand the role of “Mary, Queen of Heaven” in the Roman Catholic Church, you will want to avoid “Good Friday & Easter” and repent that you ever participated in it!

See the blog below:

The Queen of Heaven: Why Does the Church Celebrate Easter?


The “Last Supper” & “Holy Communion” Exposed!

By Maria Merola אריאל 
© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, March 2018
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Beloved, there is no such thing as a “Last Supper” in any of the Gospel accounts!

Growing up as a child in a Roman Catholic Grade School, I was all too familiar with the images of Leonardo DaVinci’s “Last Supper” paintings which were strewn everywhere I went.


We were taught by the nuns that this event called “The Last Supper” was the institution of a BRAND NEW ORDINANCE called “HOLY COMMUNION,” where our Messiah offered up his body and blood in the form of a little round wafer and a cup of grape juice.

The nuns did not teach us that our Messiah was the Passover Lamb, slain for us (1st Corinthians 5:7). They did not tell us that he was the UNLEAVENED BREAD from heaven, symbolizing his sinless life (John 6:32-58).

There was no mention of the First Passover where Yisra’el (Israel) was delivered out of Egyptian Slavery. Neither was the connection made between that First Passover in Egypt to our Messiah who became that fulfillment of the Passover Lamb and delivered us from SLAVERY TO SIN!

And even now, within Messianic & Hebraic groups (just like the Catholic Church), people are still trying to separate our Messiah from the Passover Meal by claiming that he was only eating a LAST SUPPER!

Our Messiah was not giving us a brand new ordinance called “Holy Communion” when he said “As often as you do this, do this in IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME” (1st Corinthians 11:24-25; Luke 22:19).

Instead, he was repeating the commandment to remember what he did for us at the first Passover and what he was about to do for us in the Renewed Covenant Passover:

Exodus 13:3 “REMEMBER this day, in which you came out from Egypt...”

The Roman Church invented a brand new ordinance called “Holy Communion,” citing that this was a brand new commandment. But the Greek word “communion” (koinonia) simply means “fellowship.”

In 1st Corinthians 10:16, the Apostle Shaul (Paul) was not describing a “communion wafer.” He was talking about the fellowship or “partnership” we have with Messiah and his sacrifice when we partake of the “Cup of Blessing,” which is one of the four cups at a typical Jewish Seder Passover Meal!

By treating this meal as a separate ordinance, we are agreeing with the Vatican that this was not a Passover Meal, but instead it was called “Holy Communion” or the “The Last Supper!”

In Luke 22:15, our Messiah knew that he was going to suffer and die as the Passover Lamb the next day, and yet he told his disciples that he “desired to eat the Passover with them BEFORE HE SUFFERED.”

It was not as if his Passover Meal plans got derailed, or that he was caught off guard when he was arrested that night. He knew that he was going to eat a Passover Meal and then suffer the next day.

Listen to what he said:

Luke 22:15 “With desire I have desired to EAT THIS PASSOVER WITH YOU BEFORE I SUFFER.”

He knew he as about to suffer, so it is not as if he planned to eat it, but then his plans were derailed. 

This begs the question: “How could he believe that he could eat a Passover Meal with them, and then also become the Passover, all withing the same 24 hours? 

The answer is simple.

He knew that Exodus 12:6 commands that the lambs be killed “between the two evenings” or “between the two sunsets” on the 14th of Abib!

He knew that this commandment gave him the ability to do both “eat the Passover” and then “become the Passover” all within the same 24-hour period of the 14th of Abib!

Do you think that the disciples went to the Temple to eat a Passover Meal after watching the bloody, gruesome death of their Messiah?

I hardly think so!

As a matter of fact, the Apostle John was there at his crucifixion, but he was not at the Temple standing in line waiting to have his lamb slaughtered!

And what does the Towrah say about those who do not partake of the Passover Lamb?

It says that they shall be cut off from the Congregation of Yisra’el!

What conclusion can we come to?

The disciples had already eaten their Passover Meal the night before with their Messiah and then the next day, they witnessed him being killed as the Passover Lamb!

Imagine the compassion that he showed towards his disciples by allowing them to partake of a very intimate and private Passover with him, knowing full well that they would be grief-stricken the next day, and unable to keep their composure at the Temple with all those who had plotted their master’s murder!

Not to mention, the disciples were in danger of being arrested and killed themselves for being his followers! 

For both of these reasons, it is highly unlikely that they would have shown their faces at the Temple to eat the Passover on the 15th of Abib, while their Messiah was being buried!

I don’t know about you, but I would have been bawling my eyes out, and wailing in grief after having witnessed my beloved Messiah’s brutal torture. There is no way that I would have been able to eat a meal, much less keep quiet and act cheerful at the Temple, especially if I had caught just one glimpse of the High Priest Caiaphas, I would have wanted to lunge at him and rip his head off!

In First Century Jerusalem, there were TWO EVENINGS for slaughtering, because the Sadducees & Samaritans believed in eating the Passover Meal on the 14th of Abib, while the Pharisees ate the Passover on the 15th of Abib.

YaHuWaH in his eternal wisdom, designed the Passover to be killed BETWEEN THE EVENINGS or BETWEEN THE TWO SUNSETS on the 14th of Abib.

He did this ON PURPOSE so that in the future, our Messiah would first EAT THE PASSOVER and then also BECOME THE PASSOVER all on the 14th of Abib!

There are TWO EVENINGS on the 14th of Abib for slaughtering lambs because there are TWO HOUSES of Yisrae!

The reason this is so important, is because people are beginning to cast doubt on the validity of the Briyth Chadashah (New Testament), and many have left our Messiah because of this.

The main reason people are confused about this is because of the phrase “between the two evenings” (ben ha’erebiym).

If you look up the two words (between & evening), it literally means “between the two sunsets!”

This phrase is not limited to the time of the evening sacrifice from twelve noon until sundown, (although it can also mean that as well).

YaHuWaH designed Passover in the same way as he did Yom Kippur as it is “from evening to evening” (the evening of the 9th of Tishri into the 10th of Tishri).

YaHuWaH knew that in the future, they were going to need 24 hours (from sunset to sunset) on the 14th of Abib to slaughter thousands of lambs from those traveling to Jerusalem.

See the blog entitled:

Did Messiah Eat the Passover Before He Died?


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Did Our Messiah Observe Passover or the Last Supper?

By Maria Merola אריאל 
© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, March 2018
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Have you ever wondered why Modern-day Judaism observes the Feast of Passover & the Feast of Unleavened Bread as if they are just ONE FEAST?

If YaHuWaH commands us to keep SEVEN FEASTS, annually, why do so many behave as if there are only SIX FEASTS by combining Passover and Unleavened Bread into one feast on the night of the 15th of Abib?

During Passover Week, there are Three DISTINCT FEASTS on three SEPARATE NIGHTS:

1.) Pesach (Passover) on the night of the 14th of Abib/Nisan.
2.) Unleavened Bread (Matzah), on the 15th of Abib/Nisan.
3.) First-Fruits (Yom haBikkuriym) on the 1st day of the week following the Passover.

The historical truth is, the two feasts were kept on two separate and distinct nights, until after the Babylonian Captivity.

A Quote from “Yahweh’s Restoration Ministry” at their website confirms what I have been seeing in the scriptures since I first began celebrating Passover in 2004 all by myself.


“When the Jews returned from Babylon under Ezra, they first observed two days, the first for Passover and the second for the first day of the Feast [of Unleavened Bread]. But in a later shift, they merged Passover and Unleavened Bread.”

The article states in another section:

The Jews freely admit that the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread were at one time two separate festivals. However, following their return from Babylon, the two were merged into one observance, and Passover is now kept by Jews on Abib 15. That they kept Passover a day late is clear from John’s Evangel.

“Then led they Yahshua from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the Passover” (John 18:28).

The Encyclopedia Judaica admits that the Jews have fused the two observances and now keep Passover a day late on the 15th, observing it along with the first day of Unleavened Bread:

“The feast of Passover consists of two parts: the Passover ceremony, and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Originally, both parts existed separately; but at the beginning of the exile they were combined” (Vol. 13, “Passover,” p. 169).

“Yahweh’s Restoration Ministry” article ends here.

The Towrah makes it clear that we are commanded to celebrate each of these feasts distinctly on the 14th & the 15th (Passover & Unleavened Bread). The Feast of First-Fruits/Resurrection Day is to be kept on the day after the weekly Sabbath following the Passover. And finally, we are to observe the last night of Unleavened Bread on the 21st.

*Note: First-fruits does not always fall on the 18th of Abib, but it did fall on the 18th at the first Passover in Egypt and also at the last Passover of our Messiah.

Leviticus 23:9-16 says that the Feast of First-Fruits is to take place on the day after the WEEKLY SABBATH FOLLOWING PASSOVER.

Some people think that it means the HIGH SABBATH of Unleavened Bread. However, this is easily cleared up by knowing that the Hebrew word for the weekly Sabbath is “Shabbat” (#H7676 in the Strong’s Concordance).

And the annual high Sabbath is called “Shabbatown” (#H7677 in the Strong’s Concordance).

Spring Feast #1 Celebrated on the 14th of Abib:

On the night of the 14th of Abib (Passover), we commemorate when the death angel PASSED OVER the homes of the Israelites in Egypt.


We also commemorate on the very same night of the 14th of Abib (Passover), when our Messiah caused us to PASS OVER from the BROKEN COVENANT into the RENEWED COVENANT (Jeremiah 31:31-33; Hebrews 8:8-10 & 10:16), as he held up the cup of wine and said the following words:

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 26:28 For this is my blood of the Renewed Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

*Note: This was NOT the last supper, this was a true rite of passage called Passover!


Spring Feast #2 Celebrated on the 15th of Abib:

On the night of the 15th of Abib (Unleavened Bread), we remember when Israel DEPARTED out of Egypt.


We also remember on the 15th of Abib (Unleavened Bread), that our Messiah DEPARTED after he died, and went to the lowest parts of the earth, and gave gifts unto men (see Ephesians 4:8-9). 

Exodus 12:42 refers to this night of the 15th of Abib as “A NIGHT TO BE MUCH OBSERVED.”

“It is a night to be much observed unto YHWH for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of YHWH to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.”

Spring Feast #3 Originally Celebrated on the 18th of Abib:

*Note: In the year that Israel crossed the Red Sea (after a 3-day journey from Egypt), and also in the year that our Messiah died, it happened to be three days after Unleavened Bread. However, First-Fruits does not always fall three days after Unleavened Bread. As previously explained, we are commanded to observe First-Fruits on the first day of the week following the weekly Sabbath that follows the Passover.

Three Days later, on the 18th of Abib, (First-Fruits), we remember that Israel CROSSED OVER from DEATH TO LIFE as they walked across the Yam Cuwph (Sea of Reeds) aka The Red Sea.


They first DESCENDED into the depths of the sea, and then they ASCENDED as they reached the other side to victory and life.

Three days later, on the 18th of Abib, (First-Fruits), we remember that our Messiah CROSSED OVER from DEATH TO LIFE as he TOOK THE KEYS OF DEATH & HELL AWAY FROM THE DEVIL, and then he ASCENDED to the throne in heaven where he presented before the Father, those souls who were his FIRST-FRUITS from among the dead.

Thus he resurrected, and caused others to resurrect with him (see Matthew 27:53-53, Romans 8:23; 16:6; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 4:8-9; Revelation 1:18).

Our Messiah first DESCENDED to the lowest parts of the earth, and then he also ASCENDED to the Father to present his wave sheaf offering of souls as his first-fruits!

One final thought, for those who are still confused:

The 14th of Abib (Passover) is a preparation day, indeed. However, the Feast of Unleavened Bread is inclusive of all eight days (the 14th of Abib through the 21st of Abib is eight days). The Passover Lamb Slaughter is a separate ordinance from the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The slaughter took place in Egypt at the beginning of the 14th---not at the end of the 14th.

YaHuWaH designed it to be “between the evenings” (or between the two sunsets on the 14th of Abib). In Hebrew the term is “beyn haerebiym (between the two evenings). 

Some people think that this term means “between the morning and evening sacrifice,” and indeed, it does mean this as well---in some cases. However, because of the events of the Exodus in Egypt, we have to conclude that this term “beyn haerebiym (between the evenings) means between the two sunsets on the 14th of Abib. Remember, there was no temple in Egypt, so there was no precedence yet for the “morning and evening sacrifice.”

Why did Yah design it to be this way? Because he knew that later on in history there would be Two Houses of Yisra’el, and they were going to have two evenings for slaughtering in 1st Century Jerusalem.

The Sadducees slaughtered their lambs on the evening of the 14th (just after the sun went down on the 13th). The Pharisees did it just before the sun went down on the 15th, the following evening.

Additionally, each family did a personal lamb slaughter at their homes on the night of the 14th, and then the following night of the 15th, they celebrated at the Temple and did a community Passover Meal.

Yahuwshuwa had to eat the Passover Meal the night before he died, otherwise he was in violation of the Towrah, and therefore unfit to be the sinless Lamb of Elohiym the next day!

See these two blogs below:

Did Messiah Eat the Passover Before He Died?

Messiah is the First & the Last Passover: