The Messianic Feast

This book is the result of studies that began after I graduated from bible college back in 1983. I was then accepted into the theology masters program, where fellow students and I began the year debating various biblical controversies. The most important of these was the question of whether or not the Last Supper was really the Jewish Passover, as has been handed down since the time of Roman Emperor Constantine, or whether the Messiah was actually crucified on the 14th day as the true Passover. Many commentators have claimed that the scriptures contradict one another, with the Gospel of John showing the Messiah crucified on the 14th day (the day commanded by God to sacrifice the Passover), and with Matthew, Mark, and Luke seeming to clearly show Jesus eating the Passover at the Last Supper.

The vast majority of bible commentators have believed that the Last Supper was the Passover, and we essentially ended that debate sharing this same belief, but major problems remained unanswered. Troubled by this controversy and believing that the original Greek scriptures were indeed anointed by God, I felt there had to be an answer for the seeming contradictions. So I continued studying this off and on over the next 17 years until I found the answers in the original Greek text (the chapter “The Three Major Greek Keys that Unlock the Gospels” in my book covers this in depth). Much to my amazement, it turned out that the answers had been there all along hidden in the rules of the Greek grammar, and a better understanding of these eventually caused all the various scriptures to harmonize on this subject.

However, these discoveries turned out to be only the beginning, for they then opened the door to consider what the Messiah really meant in his Last Supper parables. When viewed from within the first-century Jewish idioms in which the Messiah spoke, it becomes clear that he was not teaching a Communion ritual with unleavened bread as most Churches have inherited. Instead, his parables connect back to early Israelite history, including the three annual festivals as given to Moses and the communal meals in the Temple.

This in turn shows forth what God has planned for all of His people today. By reconnecting the Messiah’s Last Supper parables to the long Jewish history of a coming Messianic banquet or feast, amazing new truths have become clear. What we see is that God is calling us to partake of a feast, a spiritual feast wherein we truly share in His love.

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