new covenant passover
The Mystery of Melchizedek
We found out that Jesus Christ came to fulfill the prophecy of Melchizedek in the article “Who is Melchizedek”, the priest of God whom appeared in the Old Testament times. Exploring further into the characteristics of Melchizedek in the book of Hebrews, we can find a mystery about him.
This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace”. Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.Hebrews 7:1-3
About two thousand years ago when Jesus came as the high priest in the order of Melchizedek, there were some prophetical points about Melchizedek that were not completely fulfilled by Jesus:
- Without Father or Mother
- Without Genealogy
- Without beginning of days or end end of life
- Bread and Wine
i) ‘Without father or mother’
The Bible indicates that Melchizedek was “without father or mother”. However, is there anybody who is born without parents? In Jesus’ spiritual perspective, only those who do the will of God are regarded as parents or family members.
While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”Matthew 12:46-50
For Melchizedek to be “without father or mother” implies that Jesus must be born to parents who did not do the will of God nor have faith in God. However, Jesus was born of Joseph and Mary who were both believers. Thus, Jesus did not fulfill being ‘without father or mother’.
ii) ‘Without genealogy’
There is nobody on earth who does not belong to a genealogy³. In the Bible, genealogy refers to the genealogy of Israel. The genealogy of Jesus Christ can be found at the beginning of the book of Matthew since he was a descendant of Abraham.
³ A line of descent traced continuously from an ancestor
This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham: Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob… Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.Matthew 1:1-16
Jesus clearly belongs to the genealogy of Israel. However, Melchizedek is to be ‘without genealogy’. Thus, Jesus Christ cannot be said to be ‘without genealogy’.
iii) ‘Without beginning of days or end of life’
God the Almighty Creator is described as the only being who is without beginning of days or end of life. To be “without beginning of days or end of life” implies that the priest who comes in the order of Melchizedek must be God Himself. Jesus who came as the Christ is God Himself who brought out bread and wine and established the Passover for the forgiveness of sins.
However, he is neither ‘without father or mother’ nor ‘without genealogy’. This was why it was hard to explain Melchizedek in the time of the early church. In order to fulfill all the prophecies of Melchizedek, there are prophecies regarding the second coming of Jesus Christ.
The Second Coming of Jesus
so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.Hebrews 9:28
The Bible prophesies that Christ will appear a second time. When He comes again, He must fulfill all the prophetical points about Melchizedek – to be born of parents who are unbelievers and not to be listed in the Hebrew genealogy. As the high priest in the order of Melchizedek, he must present bread and wine to grant blessings, which is to establish the New Covenant Passover as Jesus did. The one who does this is none other that God Himself, who is ‘without beginning of days or end of life’.
The Passover of the new covenant which Jesus established was abolished in A.D. 325 (see Passover: Changed in History for more details). However, Christ Ahnsahnghong restored the truth of the Passover again in this age. The one who fulfilled the prophecy regarding Melchizedek completely is Christ Ahnsahnghong.
Christ Ahnsahnghong was born in Korea and is not listed in the genealogy of Israel. He was also born to parents who are unbelievers. Most distinctively, he brought the sign of Melchizedek, blessing with bread and wine — the Passover of the new covenant to bless mankind with the forgiveness of sins and eternal life.
Please receive the prophetical Melchizedek who appears in this last age. Come to the World Mission Society Church of God to keep the New Covenant Passover established by the prophetical Melchizedek, Christ Ahnsahnghong!Category Bible Study>Bible Study>Passover Passover: Loving God with All Your Heart, Soul and Mind
With All Your Heart, Soul and Mind
During the Han dynasty in China, there was a general named Li Guang, a master of archery. One evening, while passing through a forest, he saw a tiger sitting in a bush a little away from him. Sensing the danger, he drew an arrow, aimed, and shot at it. The arrow accurately struck the forehead of the tiger. Yet, it remained motionless. He carefully approached the tiger, only to realise that it was not a tiger but a huge rock in the shape of a tiger. One thing surprised him: how did the arrow get stuck in the rock? He moved backwards, shot his arrow again and again, but each time, the arrow just bounced off the rock. From this, came the ancient Chinese phrase “中石没鏃”, which means that if one focuses all his strength, there is nothing impossible for him.
God Loves Us With All His Heart, Soul and Mind
God loves us with all His heart, focusing only on us and our salvation. There is nothing He cannot do to save us.
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.Luke 19:10
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.Hebrews 2:14-15
To seek and to save His lost children, God gave up all power and glory in heaven. Humbling Himself, He came as a man, being made lower than the angels (Hebrews 2:5-9), and willingly endured all kinds of pain and suffering for us.
Love God With All Your Heart, Soul and Mind
Jesus told us to love God with all our heart, soul and mind.
… Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.”Matthew 22:34-38
Why did Jesus tell us that loving God with a 100% love is the first commandment? It is because God first loved us in this way. When we put this commandment into practice, we can understand more how deep the love of God is.
How Can We Love God With All Our Hearts?
How can we love God fully? It may seem a little vague to us, especially since we are weak sinners who may set our minds more towards worldly desires (Romans 8:5-6). In the Bible, there is a good example of a man whom God acknowledged as one who loved God with all his heart, soul and mind. He is King Josiah.
Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the Lord as he did—with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with all the Law of Moses.2 Kings 23:25
King Josiah was given such a praise because he kept the Passover.
The king gave this order to all the people: “Celebrate the Passover to the Lord your God …” Neither in the days of the judges who led Israel nor in the days of the kings of Israel and the kings of Judah had any such Passover been observed …2 Kings 23:21-23
Thus, when we keep the Passover just as Josiah did, we can also receive the same testimony from God that we love God fully. When we look through the Bible, we can see that the Passover and the first commandment have an inseparable relationship.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength … Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.Deuteronomy 6:4-8
This observance (Passover) will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead …Exodus 13:8-9
God requested His people to tie the first commandment on their hands and bind it on their foreheads, and this goes the same for the Passover as well. Thus, the Passover itself is the first commandment.
How Does the Passover Lead Us to Love God Fully?
1) Passover Destroys Other gods
The first commandment among the Ten Commandments is as follows:
… You shall have no other gods before me.Exodus 20:3
If we are unable to distinguish who the true God is, we may unknowingly worship other gods and fail to love only God with all our hearts. The way to clearly recognise the true God is through the Passover.
… I will bring judgment on all the gods …Exodus 12:12
God designated the Passover as the day of judgment of other gods. When other gods are destroyed and ruled out, we can easily distinguish the true God, and thereby, come to serve only God and love Him fully. Throughout the history of Israel, whenever the Passover was kept, the spiritual eyes of the people were opened so they could destroy the idols they had served unknowingly until that time.
The king gave this order to all the people: “Celebrate the Passover to the Lord your God … Furthermore, Josiah got rid of the mediums and spiritists, the household gods, the idols and all the other detestable things seen in Judah and Jerusalem.2 Kings 23:21-24
Hezekiah … celebrate the Passover to the Lord …2 Chronicles 30:1
When all this had ended, the Israelites who were there went out to the towns of Judah, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. They destroyed the high places and the altars throughout Judah and Benjamin and in Ephraim and Manasseh …2 Chronicles 31:1
Truly, the Passover is the truth that enables us to serve and love only God with all our heart, by destroying other gods.
2) Passover Contains the Sacrifice of God
The Passover of the old covenant kept with the blood of lambs serves as a shadow (Hebrews 10:1). Through it, we cannot fulfil the first and greatest command Jesus told us. This is because we cannot fully realise the sacrifice of God with the sacrifice of animals. On the other hand, the Passover of the new covenant was established through God’s sacrifice (1 Corinthians 5:7). When we realise the sacrificial love of God, we can come to love Him with all our hearts. Therefore, let us cherish God’s love in our hearts by valuing the Passover and keeping it holy.Category Bible Study>Bible Study>Passover Passover: Plagues Pass Over
Currently, many methods to help us make predictions about the future exist. However, more often than not, we are still caught off guard.
In 2008, after the global financial crisis broke out, Queen Elizabeth asked the economists at the London School of Economics why they could not predict it. The economists honestly confessed, “Financial wizards were guilty of wishful thinking combined with hubris.”Though there are many experts who make detailed analyses, foretelling things which have yet to happen is easier said than done. Despite having resources to track the possible occurrences of disasters, sometimes things happen too quickly to be noticed. We can draw an example from the sudden explosion of a meteor above Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013. At that time, the meteor whizzed towards our earth, undetected.We cannot know what will happen in the future. Yet, we still need predictions. This is so that we can make preparations.
Warnings give us time to seek solutions which can cushion the negative effects of a catastrophe. However, it is often received unfavourably. This is because nobody likes bad news.
Nearing the end of World War II, before America detonated the two nuclear bombs which would later end the war, they dropped leaflets from airplanes, warning Japanese citizens of the impending calamity. Unfortunately, many ignored the warnings, and, until today, we can still see the effects of the incident still lingering.
Thus, it is important to have the wisdom to distinguish true warnings and to act upon it. There is a perfect prediction which God gave to us—it is the words of the Bible.
We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it …2 Peter 1:19
So far, all the prophecies in the Bible are being fulfilled without missing even the slightest one. We should not ignore the remaining prophecies which are to be fulfilled in our age.
For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.Matthew 24:21
The Bible foretells unprecedented plagues, and God warned us with the will to save us.
Can We Save Ourselves?
Today, we can see many news reports or articles about men seeking their own methods to escape plagues, such as building doomsday bunkers, seeking other habitable planets, hiding in nuclear submarines etc.
Regarding this, the Bible prophesied as follows:
Though they dig down to the depths below, … Though they climb up to the heavens above …Though they hide from my eyes at the bottom of the sea … I will keep my eye on themfor harm and not for good.Amos 9:2-4
Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the Lord’s wrath …Zephaniah 1:18
Instead of depending on temporary methods to hide from disasters, let us learn the true solution God taught us through the Bible.
The Seal of God
Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice …“Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.”Revelation 7:1-3
They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.Revelation 9:4
In our age, escaping from disasters fully depends on whether we received the seal of God. What is the seal of God?
Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man (Jesus) will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.John 6:27
God has put His seal on Jesus. In order to receive the seal (Jesus), we have to become one body with Him. Regarding this, He told us,
Jesus said to them, “… Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.”John 6:53-56
How can we eat Jesus’ flesh and drink His blood then?
… So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover … Jesus took bread … “… this is my body.” Then he took a cup …“… This is my blood of the covenant …”Matthew 26:17-19, 26-28
When we keep the Passover of the New Covenant, we can become one body with Jesus who is the seal, and thereby, be sealed for redemption from disasters.
Sealed As His Own
Now it is God who … set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.2 Corinthians 1:21-22
God sets His seal on us, marking us to be “His own”.
… “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze …”Isaiah 43:1-3
Through the seal of the Passover, God makes us His own children, promising to shield us from all disasters.
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.Psalm 91:7
God gave us predictions of impending disasters and showed us the sure way of protection. Let us have the wisdom to heed the warnings and to act upon it.Category Bible Study>Bible Study>Passover Passover: The Way to Eternal Life
Life is Precious
Life is precious. With life, comes vitality, hope, dreams, love… and even if we think we have not achieved any of these, at least we have chance. Without life, we are only left with gloom, despair, parting, and lastly, regret.
Throughout the ages, we have seen men in the long-standing pursuit of a long life. Even though the process of extending life may be painful, they still greatly desire it. However, till date, even the most powerful people can only tremble in the face of death. Then, is there no way to live forever?
Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood
… I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.John 10:10
About 2,000 years ago, Jesus came to give mankind eternal life. Then how will God grant this promise to us?
Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.John 6:53-54
Jesus told us to eat His flesh and to drink his blood in order to receive eternal life. Since He also emphasized that unless we do this, we have no life, this means that eating His flesh and drinking His blood is a sure route we must take to live forever. Then, how are we able to do this?
On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”…My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.Matthew 26:17-19
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.Matthew 26:26-28
The way to eat Jesus’ flesh and drink His blood is by celebrating the Passover of the New Covenant (Luke 22:7-20).
The Passover bread symbolizes His flesh, and the Passover wine, His blood. According to His promise, when we keep the Passover, we will be blessed with eternal life.
Living Eternally in a Beautiful Place
The Bible describes the place where we will live forever—it is the kingdom of heaven.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”Revelation 21:4
On this earth, there is no perfect happiness. Even so, people greatly desire to live a long life.
What if we can not only live forever but also enjoy perfect happiness in eternity? How wonderful will that be?
Such blessings are given to those who have no more death, in other words, made immortal through the power of the Passover.
Since life is precious, the Passover is precious. Furthermore, this is not the only blessing promised through the Passover. Let us continue to understand about them one by one.Category Bible Study>Bible Study>Passover Passover: As Seen in the Old and New Testaments
The name “Passover” is a combination of the two words “pass” and “over”. What is it that passes over? We can understand this by looking at the origins of the Passover during the time of the exodus.
Old Covenant Passover
During the days of Jacob, the Hebrews moved into the land of Egypt which had abundant food despite the ongoing famine at that time. There, they were mistreated as slaves for four hundred years as prophesied (Genesis 15:13). They cried for emancipation, and finally, their cries reached heaven. God sent Moses the prophet to bring His people out of Egypt.
Moses boldly went to Pharoah and asked him to release the Israelites, but he refused repeatedly. God was enraged and brought upon the land of Egypt nine plagues: the plague of blood, of frogs, of hail … During every plague, the Pharoah could not endure the sufferings and promised to free the Israelites. However, once the plague ceased, his heart became hardened again and he broke his promise.
Finally, God decided to send the tenth plague – the killing of the firstborn. In order to protect the Israelites from this terrible calamity, God told them to keep the Passover.
The blood (of the Passover lamb) will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.Exodus 12:13
God commanded the Israelites to put the blood of the Passover lamb on the sides and tops of the doorframes of their houses. When the destroying angels saw this sign of God’s people, they passed over the houses without harming them. On the other hand, loud wailing resounded throughout the land of Egypt as all the firstborn, including the firstborn of Pharaoh, were killed. After this great disaster, Pharaoh finally permitted the Israelites to go.
Hence, the name “Passover” means “disasters pass over”. God commanded the Israelites to commemorate this day every year as a lasting ordinance (Exodus 12:1-14).
2) When it was kept
“This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year.Exodus 12:2
Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month … at twilight.Exodus 12:6
The Israelites first kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month a twilight. God also appointed this date as the time of the Passover under the law of Moses.
The Lord’s Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month.Leviticus 23:5
It is noteworthy that in today’s context, the commonly used Gregorian calendar, which originated in Rome, differs from the calendar used during the Biblical era. Hence, the date of the Passover does not correspond to 14 January in the Gregorian calendar.
3) How it was kept
… take a lamb … year-old males without defect …Exodus 12:3-5
Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast.Exodus 12:7-8
A lamb without defect was sacrificed for the Passover. Then, the Israelites ate its meat and painted its blood on their houses as the sign of protection from the disaster.
New Covenant Passover
In the final year of Jesus’ ministry, on the day of the Passover, Jesus sent two disciples to prepare for the feast.
Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”Luke 22:7
When evening came, He reclined at the table with the Twelve. That night was to be His last night on the earth.
And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.Luke 22:15
Jesus, who knows the end from the beginning, predicted His own death. Before leaving this earth, He eagerly wanted to establish the new covenant to give life to His children.
… This cup is the new covenant …Luke 22:20
Thus, He established the Passover of the new covenant. After this last supper, He was betrayed by one of His disciples and captured by the Roman soldiers. The very next day, He was crucified on the cross.
2) When it was kept
… when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”Mark 14:12
The date and time of the New Covenant Passover are the same as that of the Old Covenant, that is, the fourteenth day of the first month, at twilight.
3) How it was kept
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.Luke 22:19-20
Instead of sacrificing a lamb, Jesus kept the New Covenant Passover with bread and wine which symbolise His flesh and blood. That is because Jesus came as the reality of the Passover lamb.
… For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.1 Corinthians 5:7
The next day, Jesus was sacrificed on the cross to validate His promise given through the Passover. Thus when we keep this precious feast, we will surely receive all the blessings just as He promised.