Hannah Nesher of Voice for Israel has shared some great articles with us on the last day of Passover and a Future Passover. Read her comments below and make sure to check out the PDF of her articles as well.
Article 1: A Future Passover – Messianic Hope
Article 2: Seudat Mashiach
Shalom Chaverim (friends),
Greetings from the Land of Israel as we prepare to observe yet another God-ordained day of rest and celebration. As we approach sundown this evening, we come to the last day of the Passover Festival. For this day, a special portion of Scripture is read, focusing on Pesach l’atid פסח לעתיד (a future Passover), which will be a new redemption and a new exodus. In this new exodus, the Jewish people will not be delivered from Egypt as in the past, but from all the lands of their dispersion, to be gathered into our own land. For a second time, the Lord will reach out His mighty hand and outstretched arm to deliver His people.
“In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the surviving remnant of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia,from Hamath and from the islands of the Mediterranean.” (Isaiah 11:11)
The prophet Isaiah gives this amazing promise of a future redemption for Israel. The in-gathering of the exiles of Israel has already begun, but in the future all the scattered people of Judah will come home from the four quarters of the earth. “He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; He will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth.” (Isaiah 11:12) Therefore, in the Diaspora, the last two days of Passover (in Israel the last day) are observed as a full ‘Yom Tov’ (Holy day of rest and assembly) in anticipation of this glorious future Passover.
The Prophet Jeremiah also spoke about this coming ‘greater exodus’ which will completely re-frame how we even refer to God Himself!
“However, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when it will no longer be said, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,’ but it will be said, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them. For I will restore them to the land I gave their ancestors.” (Jeremiah 16:14-15)
Jeremiah tells us that at first God will send fishermen to fish for His people in the nations, but after this time of grace, He will send hunters to hunt for them, to bring them out of the land of their exile to which they cling in false hopes of security and comfort. “But now I will send for many fishermen,” declares the LORD, “and they will catch them. After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks.” (Jeremiah 16:16)
I just posted a link to a news article about the Jews being forced to ‘register’ in the Ukraine. Surely the time is growing short for the fishermen to draw our people back to our homeland before the hunters begin to hunt for them.
As persecution increases, however, so does awareness of the Messiah among the Jewish people. It may be surprising to learn that the Chasidic Jews have even dedicated an extra day after Passover to honoring the Messiah to come. Outside the Land of Israel, in the Diaspora, the eighth day of Passover is also celebrated. This extra day, called Acharon shel Pesach, is devoted to the Messiah (‘Moshiach’ in Hebrew). The Torah readings for this day are Messianic Prophecies and the promise of the Messianic era.
Why did the founder of the Chasidic movement institute a custom dedicated to the Messiah? Just as the first days of Passover focus on Israel’s redemption from Egypt, explained the Baal Shem Tov, so too should the last days center upon the ultimate redemption that is to come. Therefore at the close of the holiday of Pesach (Passover), a festive meal is dedicated to the coming of the Messiah called Seudat Moshiach…..
I do hope and pray that the two attached Messianic Jewish teachings on the last day/s of Passover will be a blessing, encouragement and inspiration.
Thank you for standing with us and all Israel so faithfully in your prayers and your generous support. We love and appreciate you so much more than you will ever know. We stand amazed that we are still here in the Land, by God’s grace, and know that you are a significant participant in what God is doing in these last days. May you receive your full reward by the God of Israel under whose wings you have come to take refuge! (Ruth 2:12)
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Love (Ahava) & Shalom,
Hannah & family
P.S. Please keep my eldest son, Clayton, in prayer for refuah shleimah (complete healing). IN Yeshua’s name.