May Your House Pass Over into New Life!
This is a season of confusion and conflict. In the midst of this season, God is watching. Through the years, I have always tried to view the world I live in from God’s time and a Hebraic perspective. The Hebrew mind did not think of the passage of time as a medium unto itself, like the Greek mind. Our Western civilization views time like the Greeks. Hebrews identified the passage of time as the life cycle. The Hebrews saw man as participating in two time dimensions. One “age” of time was temporal—we were placed in nature and interact with the laws of science around us. The other dimension of time was an age to come.
In the Hebrew culture, life was defined by events related through relationship. In our culture, we like to feel time. We are constantly worried about having enough time. To the Hebrew, time was not an object or a thing. Hebrews could not lose time, but they could lose relationship and, therefore, not fully sum up the events that should have been equated with their finite life. If you think relationship, you regain the life concept that says that I am important and I am placed here on Earth to accomplish a full purpose. Our attitude should be to stay in relationship and define our life events around relationship until we have fully accomplished all that is being required of us in a relationship. If we don’t understand this concept of relationship, then we quit choosing whom we will serve each day. Our days are filled with how and what we will serve. This is what happened in the scenario with Martha and Mary (Luke 10). Mary sat at Jesus’s feet and developed a relationship with Him, while Martha was visibly distracted by all that needed to be done. Mary entered into the moment, whereas Martha occupied her day with activity.
This is the year of Ayin Bet, 5772 in the Hebrew calendar. What does that mean to us in a non-Hebraic culture? Ayin is the number 70. 70 means this is a season to break out of captivity. Ayin also means that it is a season of the “eye of God” overseeing the earth realm. Ayin also means a season of new wells springing forth. Therefore, God is watching how His people align with Him, see the way He sees, and dig new wells of revival. Bet is the number 2, and means container or house. Bet is also the word associated with oasis. Therefore, this year has to do with God watching for new wells to spring forth in the earth that will water our houses with His Spirit and break us out of old droughts. Therefore, Passover time in this year becomes most important for us to understand. Think about the concept of Passover … placing blood on the doorpost of your house so the enemy passes over you and you cross over into your promise.
Passover: God’s Plans for Freedom in Your House!
Biblically, one of the most important times of the year is known as Passover. Passover is a celebration of redemption and deliverance by the power of the blood. This feast celebrates Israel’s deliverance from Egypt but also our deliverance from Satan and sin by the blood of Jesus, our Passover Lamb. In Exodus 12 we read they were to take a lamb and
“ . . . kill it at twilight. And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. . . . It is the Lord’s Passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord” (Exod. 12:6–8, 11–12.)
When we understand the story of Passover, we can better overcome the demonic forces that hold us, as God’s children, in bondage. In the Book of Exodus, Israel was in slavery in Egypt. Egypt was a proud country, the most advanced and powerful nation in the world. It was known for magnificent architecture, great learning, and military might. As Exodus begins, we find that the Egyptians had held Israel under cruel oppression for four hundred years. The Israelites had been beaten, worked to death, and seen their children murdered.
The good news was, God had a plan for freedom. (God always has a plan for freedom!) As Israel cried out to God, He put His plan into action. To understand God’s plan for Israel, we need to understand what had happened in Egypt in the spiritual realm. Egypt was a land filled with temples and monuments built to honor false gods. The Egyptians worshiped those false gods and trusted in them for their prosperity and security. But false gods are nothing more than demons.
The Egyptians’ false worship actually created demonic structures over the land that held it in bondage. That’s what always happens. As idolatry and false worship enter a land, it forms demonic structures over the territory, which hold people in bondage. And it wasn’t just the Israelites who were held in bondage; the Egyptians also lived under the cruel oppression of those demonic powers. In any land that has no Christian or Word-based heritage, a level of darkness and oppression exists that we’ve never experienced in America. Even for those involved in idolatry, it’s not pleasant.
The land of Egypt was shrouded in that kind of darkness. Those demonic forces over Egypt created a sphere within which God’s people could be held captive. So before Israel could be freed, the demonic structures over the territory had to be removed. God did that in a series of power encounters with those demonic forces, which we call the plagues of Egypt. The plagues of Egypt were confrontations with the demonic religious structures of the land designed to break their power. The ten plagues were God’s ten-step program to freedom for Israel. God wants to set you free from the bondage of the enemy as well.
Why Passover Today?
So many have asked the simple question, Why Passover? In a world that is in one of the most historical seasons of realignment and change, God’s people must reorder their lives and cry again, “Let us go, that we may worship!” In Exodus 12:13–14 (NAS) we read: The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance.
Passover is a celebration designed by God. This feast and event was given to increase our faith and prepare us to enter in the fullness His blessing. Passover was commanded by God for the Jews in the Old Testament to teach them the importance of redemption by the blood. But it was also observed by Christians in the New Testament to remember and understand God’s redeeming work. The Bible tells us it is to be a permanent ordinance—a celebration for all time.
Many Christians don’t realize that Passover is just as much a New Testament feast as an Old Testament feast. It’s all through the New Testament. Jesus and the apostles all celebrated Passover. The original Lord’s Supper was a Passover meal. The apostles taught the Gentile churches to celebrate Passover. In 1 Corinthians, Paul wrote to a predominantly Gentile church and said, “Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate the feast” (1 Cor. 5:7–8, NAS). For hundreds of years, Passover was the most important yearly celebration in the early church.
What Makes Passover So Important?
Derek Prince once said that the most powerful faith declaration for deliverance is this: “I am redeemed by the blood of the Lamb out of the hand of the enemy!” He said that if you can make that declaration in faith, and keep on making it, something will happen. You will be delivered from the power of the enemy. That’s really the message of Passover.
The Feast of Passover is a faith declaration that we are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb! It does something in us when we celebrate Passover. When we come together to remember God’s great works of redemption and declare the power of redemption in our lives today, it always does something!
Passover is very important to God. But the enemy resists the whole concept of Passover. The enemy has worked diligently to steal Passover away. The good news is, God is restoring Passover. But it is a battle. The battle for Passover is the battle for the blood. Satan wants to give us a bloodless religion, because a bloodless religion has no power. The power is in the blood.
There’s always a battle for Passover. We see it in church history. In the fourth century when the emperor Constantine tried to merge Christianity and paganism, it sounded like a good deal to many. He legalized Christianity so people could go to church without having to fear being thrown to the lions. Constantine didn’t mind Christians having a celebration of Jesus’s resurrection. But he did have an issue with Passover. He demanded that Christians not celebrate Jesus’s resurrection at the time of Passover. At the Council of Nicea (a.d. 325), he declared, “This irregularity [observing Passover] MUST be corrected!”
At the council of Nicea, Constantine outlawed Passover and directed that Christ’s death and resurrection be celebrated on “the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox,” a time associated with the spring festival of the pagan fertility goddess Ishtar, also known as Eastre! (That’s why in the church today we celebrate the resurrection at Easter instead of Passover.) Constantine’s goal was to remove Jesus from the context of Passover.
The Battle Continues!
Many in the church resisted Constantine’s edicts, so for many centuries after Constantine, the battle for Passover continued. In the sixth century, for example, Emperor Justinian sent the Roman armies throughout the empire to enforce the prohibition on Passover. In his attempt to wipe out the “heresy” of Passover, thousands of men, women, and children were brutally murdered. Entire cities were massacred for refusing to stop celebrating Passover. Pressured by the government, the Roman church joined in the attempts to stamp out Passover. Notice some of the decrees passed against Passover by various church councils:
- The Council of Antioch (a.d. 345)—“If any bishop, presbyter or deacon will dare, after this decree, to celebrate Passover, the council judges them to be anathema from the church. This council not only deposes them from ministry, but also any others who dare to communicate with them.” (The word anathema means “cursed.” The church actually pronounced a curse on Christians who would celebrate Passover.)
- The Council of Laodicea (a.d. 365)—“It is not permitted to receive festivals which are by Jews.”
- The Council of Agde, France (a.d. 506)—“Christians must not take part in Jewish festivals.”
- The Council of Toledo X (seventh century)—“Easter must be celebrated at the time set by the decree of Nicea.”
Passover is a Celebration of Messiah!
Satan hates Passover because Passover is the celebration of Jesus. When the church gave up Passover, it invented other celebrations of Jesus. That is how we shifted the timing of our celebration to Christmas and Easter. It’s not bad to celebrate Jesus on those other days (it’s always good to celebrate Jesus), but the celebration of Jesus that God gave us is called Passover. Celebrating Passover is celebrating Jesus. As the Passover Lamb, He shed His blood to redeem us from the enemy. When His blood is on the doorpost of your life, God delivers you from the destroyer. So if you understand Passover, you automatically understand what Jesus did. Passover is the Jesus celebration.
The more you understand Passover, the more you appreciate Jesus. If you don’t understand Passover, you’ll have a hard time fully understanding what Jesus did. As we celebrate Passover, we are declaring our faith in the power of His blood and His redemption. That’s why one of strangest things is that Christians all over the world have accepted Satan’s lie that Passover is not a Christian thing. Satan tries to steal away Passover because he knows the celebration of the blood releases power. When the celebration of Passover was stolen away, the power left, but when Passover is restored, the power returns.
The good news is, as I said before, God is restoring Passover today. All over the world churches are again celebrating Passover, and the power is returning. I invite you to celebrate the power of Jesus’s blood. We are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb out of the hand of the enemy. If you would like to know more about Passover and see suggestions for celebrating it, I recommend the book The Messianic Church Arising by Dr. Robert Heidler. You can also learn from my book on Time to Defeat the Devil which also has a chapter on “The Blood Key” and how Passover is the celebration of that key to abundant life.
In the year of the house, may your “house” cross over into all that God has planned for your future. May the power of all captivity that has held your house in the last season be broken. May you see your new oasis of life before you. May you gain new vision. May you cross over into the fullness of God’s promise for you personally, corporately, territorially, and for generations to come.
Dr. Charles D. “Chuck” Pierce has been used by God to intercede and mobilize prayer throughout the world. He is an ordained minister and serves as President of Glory of Zion International Ministries in Corinth, Texas. This ministry facilitates the vision of other apostolic ministries worldwide. Chuck is known for his accurate prophetic gifting which helps direct nations, cities, churches and individuals in understanding the times and seasons we live in. He also serves as President of Global Spheres, Inc., an apostolic ministry for apostolic, prophetic and intercessory leaders. Peter and Doris Wagner complete the leadership team of this new apostolic wineskin.
For more on Dr. Chuck Pierce please visit his website at http://www.gloryofzion.org.
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