We interrupt this regularly scheduled series of blogs on the topic of tongues to share a possibility which may prove very important in the next few years.
I can’t conclusively prove what I’m about to propose. It’s mostly a conviction laid on me as I read about the first Passover. I’ll try to briefly duplicate the revelation as it came to me.
Up front: Passover has already had a prophetic fulfillment, when Jesus served as our Passover Lamb once for all, and His blood (if we accept it) protects us from the Destroyer. But as often happens with God’s prophecy, there can be more than one fulfillment. Example? Take Daniel’s prophecy about the abomination of desolation (Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11): it was fulfilled when Antiochus Epiphenes sacrificed a pig on the brazen altar of the Temple. AND YET Jesus referenced this very prophecy in Matthew 24:15/Mark 13:14 when warning of events that are clearly yet future. (In fact many of Daniel’s prophecies–particularly about the kings of the north and south–seem to suggest multiple fulfillments.)
In Exodus 12, God (through Moses) established Passover as a “lasting ordinance” (verses 14, 17) for ongoing generations of the Israelites. As I was reading the chapter, verse 11 jumped out at me:
This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the LORD’s Passover.
If you imagine yourself living in those times, this is how you would prepare yourself for the possibility that you must evacuate at a moment’s notice–possibly in the middle of your meal. Eat hastily, dressed for the outside weather/traveling, with your running shoes on, your GPS battery fully charged, your SUV’s gas tank filled, etc.
If you read Chapter 12 in its entirety, maybe you’ll notice that the Israelites did leave their homes after the firstborn were struck down, but it was at the urging and with the cooperation of their Egyptian neighbors. They took time to collect gold, silver and clothing before leaving Egypt (12:33-36). Sounds like an orderly evacuation, does it not? So far as we can tell from the text, the Israelites didn’t have to abandon their meal partially eaten and beat feet in a matter of seconds. They took the time to go door-to-door collecting charity from those they were leaving behind.
So why did the Lord tell them to prepare that way? Do the rituals He ordained serve no practical purpose? Or do they only partially fit some practical purpose?
What about the kosher diet and cleansing ordinances from the Torah–seems like all moot ceremonies after Luke 11:37-41, Galatians 2:14-15 and other scripture to some people, right? But while the Black Death was wreaking devastation on the people in Europe, the ghettos and other Jewish communities were mostly unaffected, because Orthodox Jews were careful to observe the ceremonial washing ordinances, and stuck to their strict diet codes.
In bringing this up, it is not my intention to cause controversy regarding New vs. Old Testament, or get into legalities. I merely mention this as an example of how some of these seemingly quaint customs the Lord ordained will actually protect those who faithfully practice them. There are plenty of other examples–circumcision on the 8th day, for instance (that’s when a baby boy’s immune system is at it’s strongest, modern medicine has discovered).
So why would God establish this lasting ordinance to eat the Passover meal in haste, ready to drop everything and bolt at a split second’s notice?
There is a day coming when such hasty action will be necessary for survival. It was prophesied by the Lord Jesus Himself. Remember that example I gave you above? Here it is, in context:
“So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.” –Matthew 24:15-21
Notice that this warning is addressed specifically to Israelis living in Judea (the “West Bank” in media Newspeak). The Temple will be built not far from this area. When the coming false messiah violates the covenant made with Israel (providing for this very Temple to be built in the first place), has the two witnesses killed and sets an image of himself up in the Holy of Holies to be worshiped, they need to get the blazes out of Dodge…and NOT go door-to-door asking for handouts from their neighbors, I would guess.
Suppose this fateful day occurs on Passover. The devout Israelis who don’t yet accept Jesus but nonetheless obey the Law as best they can, including the quaint customs about Passover, will be prepared and in a position to heed Jesus’ advice–which will save them from a time of tribulation far worse than the Holocaust of the National Socialists.
Wouldn’t that be just like God–to hide his survival evacuation plan for His people in plain sight for thousands of years so that the unfaithful who deem the custom too silly and antiquated will weed themselves out? I strongly suspect that this event called the abomination of desolation, which occurs in the middle of the 70th “seven” (“week” of years) prophesied by Daniel, and which marks the beginning of the three-and-one-half year Great Tribulation, will take place during Passover.
Revelation 12:6 is one of many places where this future bug-out is mentioned.
I’m not trying to establish what year this will happen, so this is not date-setting. This prophecy is at least 1,260 days/42 months/ time, times, and half a time away. But I feel utterly confident that it’s not too terribly far away.