We saw a glimpse of the joy that was set before Jesus — His beloved children from every tribe, nation, and tongue redeemed by His blood, gathered in one heart. We gathered around the table that our Father prepared for us, and together, celebrated all that He has done for us!
Together we gathered:
- for 3 hours 40 minutes;
- with 100K+ devices joining the LIVE online event, with many more thousands watching the replay after
Palm Sunday – Online Event
Global Alignment of Passover and Last Supper
For years, God has been bringing us together into oneness as a Global family of faith with the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. We receive this vision from Yeshua’s prayer in John 17, that we would all be one in God’s love. We are experiencing the reality of the international ecclesia. It is a fellowship of faith, a koinonia and communion, that is growing exponentially both in quality and quantity, as our love for one another deepens.
We are also entering into a strategic alignment with covenantal relationships between Jews, Arabs and people from every nation and ethnic group. Such an array of global relationships could not have happened previously at any point in history.
We are now seeking to put this international fellowship in line with order of God’s historical covenants, biblical calendar and prophetic patterns. However, whenever we speak of Jewish roots, global alignment, holy days and so on, we must be careful, because one can easily get out of balance. Mistakes can be made on either side: trying to be too “Jewish” in our cultural orientation, or by rejecting the biblical significance in the Jewish feasts and symbols.
When we line up our Global communion with God’s covenant pattern, I believe there will be a release of great spiritual power. The correct alignment demands that we maintain the right balance.
Center horizontal line – global family, international communion, a line that goes out across the whole world. This is what we just did last week – over 120,000 devices connecting from 147 nations.
The place where the international communion and the Passover season intersect, is in the Last Supper. Was the Last Supper a communion service or a Passover seder? It was both! The Jewish community and the Christian community split – one went to communion, one went to a seder, and it lacks the combined power.
In order to put them together, the link pin is in the Last Supper – it is both totally a Jewish Passover, and totally a Christian Communion. It’s very important not to not miss this link pin between the international Ecclesia communion and the Passover covenant meal: the Last Supper of Yeshua and His disciples.
The Passover and the Communion come together in the Last Supper. The two become one, while maintaining their own identities. We desire to reconnect the Passover and the Communion after 2,000 years of separation. The Last Supper is the intersection. Understanding the Last Supper brings Communion and Passover into alignment.
We are not saying that Christians around the world must keep a fully Jewish Passover seder. However, we are saying the Passover is the origin and foundation of international Christian communion. We are asking Christians to re-align communion to its covenantal foundations in the Passover by understanding the Last Supper in its right context.
For the Jewish world, we are saying that the Passover finds its fulfillment is the Last Supper. The symbols of the Passover lamb, cups of wine, matzah, and so on – all have their full significance in Yeshua the Messiah. Without Yeshua, the Passover symbols lack their prophetic meaning.
The Last Supper is the fulfillment of the Passover; and the Last Supper is the foundation of the Communion. They have been split for 2,000 years. Now as the International Ecclesia, including Messianic Jews and Christians Arabs, we have an opportunity to pull these two great elements back together.
This is not just an issue of Christians going backwards in history to understand the Passover. When we understand our past, we can see where we are going in the future. It’s like a bow and arrow – pulling backwards is what aims and propels to shoot forward.
Communion is a supernatural spiritual experience. But when taken without its covenantal roots, it has no prophetic direction. When communion is lined up with Passover through the Last Supper, a vector is formed. Passover to Last Supper to Communion form coordinates on a line which points in a direction.
The meaning of Passover is past, present and future. Even the Rabbis teach that the celebration of Passover in not just to remember the past of Pharaoh and the Pyramids; it is to look forward to the fuller national redemption at the coming of Messiah. It contains the future of kingdom of Messiah.
Lining up the Christian Communion with its covenant origins in the Jewish Passover gets us ready for the events of the End Times. The Exodus story contains elements teaching us about the second coming of Yeshua.
The Passover had two parts: first, salvation by the blood of the Lamb, and then military victory at the Red Sea. Personal atonement was fulfilled at the first coming of Yeshua, total redemption will be fulfilled at the second. Lining up with God’s pattern points us in the right direction and prepares us the end times and the coming of Yeshua’s kingdom.
The mixed multitude that came out of Egypt (Exodus 12:38) was the very purpose of God from the beginning – He is looking for a group of people. That mixed multitude will ultimately become the great multitude that no one can count (Revelation 7:9). God desires a “special people” and a royal priesthood (Exodus 19:5-6, I Peter 2:5, Revelation 1:6; 5:10) from every nation, tongue and tribe.
Jews, Arabs and every ethnic group are included in that “special people”. Every individual person and every ethnic group has an equal place in the family of God. As the international Ecclesia comes together in right alignment, there should be a tremendous release of power. God’s glorious purposes for all his children together will be revealed.
The Jews and the Arabs are the descendants of Abraham. They were the first two parts of the family of God, and in some ways become the last two parts to be restored. When these last two pieces – Arab and Jew – fall into place in the global family, the picture puzzle is complete.
Jews and Arabs were enemies in the Passover story. At communion, Jews and Arabs are reconciled by the blood of the Lamb, Yeshua. Now we can be partners, not enemies. The communion of the international ecclesia is rightly aligned when it is connected to the Passover by the Last Supper. The global family comes to its fulness when Jews and Arabs come into covenant partnership.
We believe these relationships, when joined together and rightly aligned, will release a great synergy of spiritual revival.
Cups of Wine
How many cups of wine are part of the Passover Seder? The Rabbis say there are either 4 or 5, related to the divine actions listed in Exodus 6:6-7.
- והוצאתי I will take you out from under suffering in Egypt
- והצלתי I will rescue you from slavery
- וגאלתי I will redeem you by great judgments
- ולקחתי I will take you to Myself as a people
- והבאתי I will bring you to the land
While there is no mention here of drinking wine, there certainly are 5 prophetic promises. Many commentators see that being taken as a people unto God is the greatest promise; and is repeated later in Exodus 19:5 (as well as I Peter 2:5, Revelation 1:6, 5:10).
Some Jewish traditions open a door for Elijah to come after the third cup. Some say that the fifth cup is fulfilled now that the Jewish people are back in the Land of Israel. Others say that the fifth cup should only be drunk at the coming of Messiah.
The earliest reference in Jewish literature to drinking wine at Passover that I am aware of is the New Covenant. All three of the synoptic gospels speak of Yeshua drinking the ceremonial wine with the disciples. Since this is the earliest Jewish source, it would be worth noticing how many cups are mentioned.
So, was it 4 or 5? Neither. Was it just 1 for the communion? No. What then? The most accurate detail is given in the gospel of Luke. The answer is 3!
The first cup is connected with the Passover meal.
Luke 22:17 – He took the cup, blessed, and said: “Take this and share it among yourselves.”
The second cup was right after the meal; that was the cup that Yeshua sanctified to remind us of His blood that would soon be shed on the cross.
Luke 22:20 – And also the cup after the meal, and said: “This cup is the new covenant in My blood that is shed for you.”
The first cup was during the meal and was blessed as part of the Passover celebration. The second cup mentioned here was right after the meal. That is the cup newly sanctified for the New Covenant. This “Last Supper” with Yeshua and His disciples was certainly a Passover meal. They celebrated all the aspects of the Passover; and then added another dimension. The meaning of the blood of the Paschal lamb comes to its fullness in Yeshua’s blood.
That’s two cups; where is the third? Third is not yet for us to drink, but we will drink it together with Yeshua in the Messianic kingdom to come:
Luke 22:18 – For I say unto you, from this time forth I will certainly not drink of the fruit of the vine until the coming of the kingdom of God.
There is a third cup. It is not for now but for the future. We do “not” drink it “until.” The third cup is a cup of hope and promise. Yeshua said He will return. He said the kingdom of God will come upon the earth. That kingdom is so real that we will drink together, eat together, celebrate together.
Will we celebrate the Jewish Passover or the Christian communion? That is a good question. Was the Last Supper a Christian communion or a Jewish seder? The answer is “both.” At that time there was no separation. In the future there will be no separation. All will be united in the kingdom of Messiah.
So, Passover has three dimensions: past, present and future. The past looks to the exodus from Egypt; the present reminds us of the atonement by the blood of Yeshua; the future reminds us of the coming of the kingdom of God on earth.
Let us remember that third cup mentioned in the gospel of Luke. We believe in the coming of the Messianic kingdom with international peace, economic prosperity, righteous government, and true worship – with its capital in Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:1-4; Micah 4:1-5; Revelation 20:1-6).
We do not drink the third cup now; we will in the future. It is our hope for a better world yet to come.