Passover is nearly upon us, and most people around the globe understand that this time of the year has deep significance for both Christians and Jews.
But this year I will be on particularly high alert throughout Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread and all the way to Pentecost. All throughout the Bible, big events often happened during God’s appointed times, and I believe that will also be true during this period of history. Of course I am not saying that any particular event will happen on any particular day, but what I am saying is that as we get deeper into the end times we should be watchful during the special days that God has specifically designated on His calendar.
Personally, I am going to be watching Israel very closely. There has been so much violence in Jerusalem lately, and Palestinian terror groups are calling on their followers to go to the Temple Mount on Friday for more protests…
Leaders of several Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip have called on Palestinians to converge on al-Aqsa Mosque compound (Temple Mount) on Friday to protect it against “provocations by Zionist criminals.” The call came after an emergency meeting of faction leaders on Wednesday evening in the office of Hamas’s Gaza leader, Yahya Sinwar, in Gaza City.
So why are they so upset?
Well, it turns out that there are rumors that someone may try to conduct a Passover sacrifice…
The meeting was held amid claims by Palestinians that “extremist Jews” were planning to conduct ritual sacrifices on Temple Mount during the Passover holiday.
It has been nearly 2,000 years since a Passover sacrifice was conducted on the Temple Mount, and so such a gesture would be extremely significant.
In fact, one Jewish group is reportedly offering cash rewards to anyone that attempts to conduct a Passover sacrifice on the Temple Mount…
Returning to the Mountain, a movement dedicated to “redeeming the Temple Mount,” on Monday posted a provocative announcement: “Making the Passover sacrifice where and when it was intended,” meaning, of course, on the Temple Mount, on the first evening of Passover. The poster continues: “You didn’t succeed? You were arrested – You won!” And the text explains: “In light of the Hamas threats and the police objection to let us make the Passover sacrifice in its due time in an approved manner – join the attempts to make the Passover sacrifice and receive a financial reward!” Here’s the rate card, according to the same poster: “You got busted? NIS 400 ($124); Busted with a lamb or baby goat? NIS 800 ($248); Succeeded in making the sacrifice? NIS 10,000 ($3,100).”
Even if nobody attempts a sacrifice, I anticipate that there will be more violence in Jerusalem in the coming days.
And I actually think that there is a very high probability that a major war will erupt in the Middle East this year.
Hopefully such a war will not erupt in the next few weeks, but the truth is that one could literally start at any time.
Meanwhile, I am also watching for any other events of special spiritual significance in the land of Israel.
As I noted above, major historic events often fall during God’s appointed times.
For example, for more than a thousand years in advance God held a “dress rehearsal” for the crucifixion of Jesus the Messiah every single year in the exact city where it would happen and on the exact day it would happen.
Every year, those that believed in the one true God would gather in Jerusalem for Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and they would conduct rituals which foreshadowed the death of Jesus on the cross.
Most people have heard that Jesus is “the Lamb of God”, but the vast majority of them don’t understand what that really means.
All the way back during the very first Passover, God had the people of Israel kill lambs and put the blood on their doorposts.
Why the doorposts?
Well, the truth is that it was prophetic.
Just think about it.
Even today, what material are most doorposts made from?
And where does wood come from?
Needless to say, it comes from a tree.
So during that very first Passover, God’s message to the people of Israel was that the blood of the lamb on the tree covered them from the wrath of God.
Does that sound familiar?
It should, because it is the message of the cross.
And the timing of the events of the crucifixion of Jesus very closely mirrored the timing of Jewish Passover rituals. The following comes from Skywatch TV…
Jesus was thoroughly examined by the Pharisees, Sadducees, and scribes for four days and found to be spotless (1 Peter 2:22), just as the Passover lamb for Seder was continuously examined for four days to ensure perfection before the sacrifice.
After the building of the temple, when the Jews would gather en masse, preparations took more time to complete, and all the Passover lambs would have to be gathered and tied to their altars at 9 o’clock in the morning in order for the families to assemble to sing the Psalms. Nine in the morning was the same time Jesus would be nailed to the cross.
In order for the lamb to be prepared in time for the feast, however, it needed to be slain at 3 o’clock in the afternoon—the same time of day Jesus died.
Isn’t that remarkable?
Just before the Passover when Jesus died, he delivered a long discourse on the end times that we can find in Matthew 24. In particular, I would like for you to pay attention to verses 6 through 8…
And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Jesus was describing the times just before He returns, and we are living in those times.
Are there wars and rumors of wars?
Oh yes, and things are about to intensify even more. In fact, the Biden administration just announced that it will be sending an additional 800 million dollars worth of weapons and ammunition to Ukraine…
Following a call with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President Joe Biden announced Wednesday his administration is authorizing an additional $800 million for weapons and ammunition for Ukraine, including artillery and armored personnel carriers, as it braces to defend itself from an expected new Russian offensive. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby walked reporters through the aid package in an afternoon press briefing, saying it includes “new capabilities that we have not provided to Ukraine.”
And the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the U.S. will “significantly expand the intelligence it is providing to Ukraine’s forces”…
The Biden administration is moving to significantly expand the intelligence it is providing to Ukraine’s forces so they can target Moscow’s military units in Russian-occupied Donbas and Crimea, part of a shift in U.S. support that also includes a new security assistance package with heavier weaponry.
We are getting ourselves more deeply involved in this conflict, and that is an extremely dangerous game to be playing.
Of course there are more major wars that could soon begin as well. As I have discussed previously, I believe that a major war in the Middle East will soon erupt, I believe that China will eventually decide to invade Taiwan, and I believe that North Korea is looking for an opportunity to invade South Korea.
Meanwhile, we are being warned that famines will soon be breaking out all over the globe. For much more on this, please see may recent article entitled “20 Facts About The Emerging Global Food Shortage That Should Chill You To The Core”.
And we are definitely living during a time of “pestilences” as well. China has just instituted some frightening new lockdowns because the number of COVID cases has spiked to a new all-time high in that nation, and the bird flu pandemic that has erupted in the United States has killed more than 28 million chickens and turkeys in just over two months.
We really are living in the end times, and things are going to get much, much worse than they are now in the months and years ahead.
But even in the midst of all the chaos and darkness, God is going to be doing amazing things.
So be watchful during Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread and Pentecost.
God’s calendar has always been prophetic all throughout human history, and we are living during extremely prophetic times.