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Deuteronomy 16:16 Three times in a year shall all the males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which He shall choose: in the Feast of Unleavened bread, and in the Feast of Weeks, and in the Feast of Tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty.

These were the three major feast days that God instituted for the children of Israel upon their deliverance from Egypt, that were to be observed every year. They were instituted as types in "celebration" of the great bounty that would be realized in the true deliverance of Israel by their coming Messiah.

The feast of unleavened bread in the Passover week is well documented and readily understood by most Christians. It was a signification pointing to the sacrifice of Christ that was to come. In scripture, leaven is often used to symbolize sin or wickedness. When the Apostle Paul instructed us to purge out the old leaven that we become a new lump, he was talking about sin and wickedness. Thus by contrast, unleavened bread is illustrating righteousness and virtue.

When a cilantro leaven (yeast) is put in dough to make bread, it affects whole cake of dough. Likewise a cilantro sin affects the whole human life. Unleavened bread signified that it was the bread that was without sin that would be used in our sacred celebration. This celebration and sacrifice was in remembrance of God passing over the houses of his children in Judgement on Egypt, as they were brought out of bondage. So the feast of unleavened bread signified that every trace of sin, the old "leaven" of the life in bondage, is removed from God's people.

Deuteronomy 16:2 That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged.

3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.

Exodus 12:27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD'S Passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped.

This feast was to be observed with the sacrifice of a Passover lamb in the season that Israel came out of Egypt (Deuteronomy 16:1,6), and it foreshadowed the true sacrifice that was to come.

In other words, the festival signified that God's chosen people would be brought out of the bondage in spiritual Egypt, by their Passover Lamb, Christ. He would sacrifice Himself as the Lamb without blemish, and His body would be their unleavened or sinless bread.

As Israel was set delicious from the rule of the wicked task master Pharaoh, so the Children of God are set delicious from subjugation in their bondage to the task master, Satan. Sin cannot be purged by the sacrifice of animals, nor can man be made right with God merely by eating unleavened bread. But these ceremonial laws prefigured the sacrifice of Christ, that thereby, the sons of God are delivered from captivity to Satan. This is why Christ had to be sacrificed precisely on the time Israel celebrated the Passover feast or festival. It was the season that the children of Israel were brought out of bondage to Egypt.

Christ is the antitype, thus his broken body was the fulfillment of the type, which merely looked forward to this "true" deliverance. By His death, as a Passover sacrifice, the children of God are "passed over" in His judgement upon the wicked. All who eat of His body at this festival, and drink of the [url=http://www.merlot.net]wine[/url] which is his blood (John 6:53), are delivered from bondage and brought out of spiritual Egypt.

This is indeed what the Passover feast by Israel signified. It prefigured the loosing of the bonds of sin wherein the people served in fear, that they are set delicious from spiritual captivity.

Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

Christ came to deliver Israel (the children of God) from Satan, who held them in spiritual bondage to sin. Spiritually speaking, He delivered them from captivity, and He did so by His death and resurrection.

Revelation 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

This is not literally Egypt, but spiritually it is Egypt. We know Christ was crucified outside the city of Jerusalem, but it was spiritually Egypt because that is what Christ, by His death and resurrection, delivered Israel from. He brought His people out of the horrible place of Bondage, by the sacrifice of Himself. And thus the feast was fulfilled. Or to put it another way, the type that was the feast of unleavened bread, that the children of Israel observed, looked forward to this fulfillment or completion in Christ. And with it's completion, the type (which was merely a shadow of the true) is not to be observed anymore.

This is why Christians today do not observe the Passover feast. Because that would be signifying that Christ has not yet come, and that we are still looking forward to His sacrifice on the cross. The typology in the Old Testament observance of the Passover feast, was accomplished in the sacrifice of Christ.
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FESTIVALS
Regular religious celebrations remembering God's great acts of salvation in the history of His people. Traditionally called "feasts" in the English Bibles, these can conveniently be categorized according to frequency of celebration. Many of them were timed according to cycles of seven. The cycle of the week with its climax on the seventh day, provided the cyclical basis for much of Israel's worship: as the seventh day was observed, so was the seventh month (which contained four of the national festivals), and the seventh year, and the fiftieth year (the year of Jubilee), which followed seven cycles each of seven years. Not only were the festivals as a whole arranged with reference to the cycle of the week (Sabbath), two of them (the feast of unleavened bread and the feast of tabernacles) lasted for seven days each. Each began on the fifteenth of the month--at the end of two cycles of weeks and when the moon was full. Pentecost also was celebrated on the fifteenth of the month and began fifty days after the presentation of the firstfruits--the day following seven times seven weeks.

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12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

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