May, 2018 Volume: 27, Issue: 06 
This article was first published on the Tikkun International website here on April 1st 2010, on the Revive Israel website here on March 28th 2018 and on the Kehila News website here on March 28th 2018.

The most important saying of the rabbis concerning Passover is that "in every generation, each person must see himself as if he came out of Egypt."

This is parallel to the New Covenant concept that each person must see himself as if he participated in the death and resurrection of Yeshua (Jesus). In fact, the meaning of immersion in water (baptism) is to participate vicariously in Yeshua's death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:4-5).

Why would the New Covenant choose immersion in water as its declaration of faith? In God's eyes, the exodus from Egypt and the resurrection of the Messiah are one and the same.

Both events took place at the same time:

Exodus 14:27 - "Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and the sea returned to its full depth before morning ..."

John 20:1 - "On the first day of the week, before morning, while it was still dark ..."

In the dark of the early morning of the third day after the Passover, the people of Israel finished passing through the waters of the Red Sea. At that same time, on the third day after the Passover, Yeshua rose from the dead and stepped out of the tomb leaving it empty.

The children of Israel symbolically were baptized in the waters of the Red Sea (1 Corinthians 10:2). And every baptized Christian is symbolically participating in the Passover of Israel (1 Corinthians 5:7). The waters of the Red Sea and the waters of Baptism are designed by God to be a parallel experience - both powerful and liberating. By the death and resurrection of Yeshua, every believer participates in his own personal liberation from bondage.

Passover and the End Times

Asher Intrater
Asher Intrater
Director - Tikkun International & Revive Israel

The rabbis also have a saying that "the last redemption will be like the first redemption." By this they mean that the coming of Messiah in the end times will be similar to the story of the Exodus from Egypt.

In Revelation: the Passover Key, Dan Juster describes many parallels between the book of Revelation and the book of Exodus. The two witnesses (Revelation 11) are parallel to Moses and Aaron. Pharaoh is parallel to the Antichrist. The plagues in the Tribulation are parallel to the plagues of the Exodus.

Israel remained in Egypt in the land of Goshen during the Ten Plagues. The Lord protected them. By that protection God demonstrated His holiness and power as a witness to the Egyptians. So will it be in the Tribulation: we will stand protected by God's grace as a witness of the truth of the gospel to the whole world. There will be "light in Goshen" (Exodus 8:23) in the midst of the darkness of this world.

Passover and Zionism

It is exciting to celebrate Passover in the modern restored State of Israel after 2,000 years of exile. The regathering of our people to the land of Israel is an even greater miracle than the Exodus itself.

Jeremiah 16:14 - "The days are coming that it shall no longer be said, 'The Lord lives who brought the children of Israel up from the land of Egypt,' but, 'The Lord lives who brought the children of Israel up from the lands of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them.' For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their forefathers."

What an incredible blessing we have to see these different levels of revelation and miracles working together into one plan!

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There have been comments to this article ...

7:40pm 03May18, Greg Bowlby: I learn something new every day.

7:22am 04May18, Valeria A Lemonache: Shalom from Brasil!! Blessed and amazing study ... so powerful and prophetic ...I do wait for God's mercy guide Jews to these perceptions.

7:31am 04May18, Byron Stinson: Love you brother. Thanks for all you bring to the knowledge of the bride. Why water baptism? "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters" (Gen 1:1-2). The spirit of God still hovers upon the waters of the earth. Case in point? Sit next to a body of water and just let your spirit feel HIS. Is it there? So when we are baptized our spirit is connected to the Holy Spirit and we are born again by spirit. It's real.

6:38am 05May18, Eleni Karakasidou: Wonderful insights that make you stand in awe and worship an awesome God who is always working out His plans in amazing and perfect ways.

4:32pm 10May18, Lynda Strutt: These Messianic parallels surely draw Gentile believers to Messianic Jews. I attend an Adventist church which meets on Sabbath and has lots to say about end times/Jacob's troubles.

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