We have had several people ask me for the dates of the upcoming Feast Days. Some of you may not need this explanation and can find the dates at the bottom of this post. Others, I have found, are just beginning and would like a more detailed explanation of these dates as they relate to the biblical dates. The following is a very simplistic explanation. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask for more clarification.
Since the New Moon was sighted the night of April 11th (days begin at sunset on the Hebrew calendar), that makes April 12th the first day of the new month (Abib in Hebrew) on the Roman calendar. Counting 14 days to Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) would put the evening of Wednesday, April 24th as the beginning of the 14th of Abib and Thursday, the 25th as the day part of the 14th. The Messiah (the true Lamb of The Almighty) had His meal with His disciples the evening part of the 14th (that time this year is Wednesday, April 24th after sunset). He was then betrayed that night, and the next day crucified at the same time the lambs would have been slaughtered during the day part of the 14th (that would be Thursday, April 25th before sunset). The 14th of Abib is the preparation day for the Passover.
The actual first pass-over of Exodus 12, has the children of Israel sacrificing the lambs late on the 14th day of Abib, putting the blood on their front door jams, and eating it that night, the beginning of the 15th (that time this year is Thursday, April 25th after sunset). At midnight, the death angel passed over the Israelites homes. The 15th day of the month is also the first day of unleavened bread which is a special feast day (See Leviticus 23) which starts Thursday night at sunset, April 25th and ends at sunset Friday, April 26th. The Feast of Unleavened Bread or (Chag HaMatzot in Hebrew) continues for an entire 7 days and on the the 7th day, we are commanded to hold a another feast to YHWH which would then be Wednesday, May 1st, at sunset to Thursday, May 2nd at sunset.
In summary, for simplicity, the dates according to the Roman Calendar of this years Festivals of YHWH (Lev 23) are as follows. Keep in mind the days on the Hebrew calendar (which is how we want to keep them), are from sunset to sunset.
Messiah’s Last Passover Meal : Wednesday night, April 24, 2013, after sunset (the 14th day, night portion)
Passover (Pesach) Preparation Day: Thursday, April 25th, 2013 (the 14th day, day portion)
Passover (Night To Be Observed): Thursday night, April 25th, 2013, after sunset (the 15th day, night portion)
First Day of Unleavened Bread: Friday, April 26th, 2013, starts at sunset night before, (the 15th day, whole day)
Seventh Day of Unleavened Bread, Thursday, May 2nd, 2013, starts at sunset night before, (the 21st day. whole day)
May you have a joyous Pesach Season Celebration!
Brother Mark Harris