Six of Christ’s Parables Show End-Time Calamity at 2nd Passover; High Destiny and Protection If We Watch
Summary: “As the days of Noah,” destruction came with Passover timing, but in the 2nd spring month. When five women missed the wedding, “watch…[it’s] like a man traveling to a far country.” This also fit a provision in the law for Passover in the 2nd month and this clue links Christ’s last two parables. Protection by watching is supported by six passages, but we misunderstand what it means. “He will make [us] ruler over all that He has” if we are watching when He knocks and open immediately. How do we do it?!
The two greatest motivators are fear of loss and high reward. Christ used both in connection with end-time events and His wedding parables, urging us to be ready by watching; what did He mean?
A misunderstanding of the word “watch” has side-tracked most Christians. They conclude that it means be aware, and everyone thinks they are aware. This leads to presumption. Watch comes from the Greek word, gregoreo, and it means to be awake. That’s how Christ used it on the eve of Passover when He said, “Watch with Me.”i
Note: Scripture references of italicized texts may be viewed below by clicking on the small Roman numeral by quote mark as above.
It would have been unfair of Christ, when speaking of His return 2000 years later, to tell us to be awake without giving us some indication of when to watch. We can’t be awake every night, but He gave us clues–we’ve just missed them.
Passover was the only night in the year that Israel was commanded to be awake. They were to eat the Passover lamb and leave nothing till morning.ii That night commemorates the greatest events in the Old and New Testaments. Christians understand that Christ fulfilled the sacrifices pointing to Passover, instituting in its place what we call the Lord’s Supper as emblems of a New Covenant.
They were instituted at Passover, an “appointed time,” [mo’ed is the Hebrew word in Leviticus 23:44 referring to “the feasts of the LORD,” but it was also used in Genesis 1:14 where mo’ed means “sacred times” (NIV) before sin and before ceremonial laws were given.
The Jerusalem Council didn’t mention keeping Passover or any of those annual Sabbaths because “the law of Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.”iii In other words, they would learn about those feast days designed to teach truths in the plan of redemption as they fellowshipped from week to week.
The apostle Paul kept Passover with Greek believers at Philippi and Corinth and told us to do so,iv and he said, “Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ.”v He criticized the Galatians for observingvi the law [the Greek word means to the minutest detail] to justify themselves, but this isn’t against our keeping the law as a standard to live by as we trust Christ for our salvation.
Paul saw the prophetic nature of the annual Sabbaths, saying they “are [not “were” as some modern translations imply their ending at the cross] shadows of things to come” and he said not to let anyone (like the Galatians) judge how we keep them.vii
We are living when we may expect to see what the things foreshadowed by those times. Christ said, “As the days of Lot” when destruction fell on Sodom for “parading” their sinviii and the U.S. has gay parades with marriages approved by the “Supreme Court” that also okayed murdering 57 million infants in the womb—worse than Egypt! So why shouldn’t we expect judgment? This nation has sinned against great light.
Returning to the concept of impending judgments that may fall at biblically “appointed times,” we see that God “executed judgment” at Passover.ix
This spring, Passover is marked with a “blood moon” and a solar eclipse marks the beginning of the biblical year two weeks earlier on March 20. Those events are an exact parallel to God’s designating the biblical New Year’s Day in Exodus 12:2 and Israel putting blood on their doorposts on the eve of Passover. The big question is, Will God execute judgment as He did in Egypt? Shrugging this off seems risky.
Doing so would mean unreadiness if judgment were to fall. Didn’t God promise, “The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the coming of the…day of the LORD.”x
This strong parallel to Egypt leads us to expect the possibility of Christ’s coming as Bridegroom, also. Why? Because God not only executed judgment then–He came as Bridegroom and took Israel to a covenant, later saying, “I am married to you.”xi What happened in Egypt is the basis of wedding parable imagery like the midnight cry, watching and having loins girded.xii Those phrases and Titus’ siege of Jerusalem give each of the wedding parables a Passover timing and suggest our need of protection then.
The Summary above says, six passages support protection by watching:
- “If you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief.”xiii
- “The day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman...[as came on Egypt at Passover as God’s firstborn was birthed] Therefore let us not sleep as others do, but let us watch.”xiv
- “If the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.”xv These first three passages support Christ’s coming as a thief if we do not watch—a serious loss of destiny as Luke 12:36,37,44 supports. The Bible explains itself. There is only one Old Testament text in the King James Bible for goodman. “the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey…and will come home at the yom kece. [full moon in some translations]” Passover comes on a full moon, but “long journey” fits a provision in the law of Numbers 9:10,11 for Passover in the 2nd spring month when travelers couldn’t return for 1st Passover. This clue fits the next three parables!
- When the evil servant begins to smite his fellow servants, “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins”xvi like “watch…” at the end of that example–
- When five virgins missed the wedding, Christ said, “Watch…For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country.”xvii This fits the clue in #3 above, but “watch” is also a conjunction for #6
- The man travelling into a far country was Christ. He would be taking a long journey. His return will surprise the slothful servant, but not the wise servants who know His return must conform to His law that He said was in effect “till heaven and earth pass away.”xviii
Christ fulfilled the sacrifices of Passover, but the imagery of marriage by covenant didn’t happen. The disciples took the cup of the New Covenant, but they failed to watch. They slept and fled. Had they prayed and witnessed for Him at the trial, they might have invited everyone to the tomb Sunday and Pentecost might have seen the whole nation repent and be blessed. If so, the world would be better now.
This detour of 2000 years may end where it began, on the night of Passover.
Our title says Six of Christ’s Parables Show End-Time Calamity at 2nd Passover, but only four of the six above are linked to a long journey supporting 2nd Passover. so here are two more:
- “As the days of Noah,” the Flood came with Passover timing, but in the 2nd month. Noah entered the ark on the 10th day—the same date that the sacrifice was selected later in Egypt.xix When people refused Noah’s invitation to be saved, they selected themselves for a [Passover] sacrifice.
- “As it was also in the days of Lot,”xx The only menu item mentioned for Lot’s guests was unleavened bread, a clue for Passover, time of judgment, but Lot’s guests had come on a long journey, stopping first to see Abraham. This also fits 2nd Passover.xxi
Christ gave 7 examples of unexpected events between His coming in glory in Matthew 24:30 and 25:31, inserting them as a warning to be ready. His parable of the fig tree also supports 2nd Passover “when summer is nigh”–summer isn’t nigh in April, but it is in May.
The 7th example is “two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left.”xxii Israelites didn’t work in the field until after the wave sheaf was offered at 1st Passover, This 7th clue could also support 2nd Passover.
So far, what we have been discussing is a cloud that comes with the silver lining. A period of judgment is impending for the whole world and “the time”xxiii of His judgment is announced in the message of Revelation 14.
How do we announce the time of judgment when we don’t know when it is? All of the above point to Passover or 2nd Passover as when God said, “I will execute judgment.”xxiv And the solar eclipse marking this biblical year on March 20 with the blood moon marking Passover two weeks later are signs that only God can give. We are at high risk to shrug this off as an amazing coincidence. Even secular Einstein recognized, “Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”
What’s in it for me? In addition to avoiding the serious loss in destiny suggested by the man without a wedding garment who was thrown into darkness with weeping and gnashing of teeth, there’s the highest possible reward for a full surrender and readiness to be used by Christ when He knocks–
“Be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately. “Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them. Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has.”xxv
To have this rich reward, wouldn’t it be worth the effort to stay awake at [2nd] Passover as the best of clues support? If we aren’t willing, maybe we don’t believe the offer. Don’t we believe in “righteousness by faith”?
Israel ate the Passover lamb and left nothing till morning. The spiritual application of this is to mentally chew–consider the closing scenes of the Lamb’s life, how He sweat blood and took a whipping that might truly kill us, and then fainted under the load of the cross, but He was nailed naked so that every effort to breath caused excruciating pain in His arms, all for you and me.
Is it too much to watch with Him? If He should “knock” and find us watching or praying as He said, we “may open unto Him immediately” by a full surrender to whatever plans He may have. If so, “He will make [us] ruler over all that He has.”xxvi
What’s the knock? The Bible explains itself. The only other place where Christ “knocked” was for a lukewarm church that ended in an earthquake circa 63 AD. Serious knock! The solar and lunar eclipse mark “the day of the Lord” in Joel 2:31 but verses 10,11 show an earthquake initiates the end-times, like “sudden destruction” in Paul’s statement (#2 above). This is also supported by Zephaniah 1:7,8–in the day of the Lord, God “will punish the king’s children…clothed with strange apparel.”xxvii This suggests no wedding garment, but aren’t we “the king’s children”? Verse 10 is about an earthquake: “a loud crashing from the hills.”
Christ’s girding Himself to serve us is also imagery from the Last Supper–Passover timing. This parable ends with “that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.…to whom much is given, from him much will be required.”xxviii
One thing required is telling others. In Matthew 22:2-6, the king sends his servants to bid others to the wedding. We must not let the ridicule in the text deter us from what He asks us to do. Matthew 25 and Luke 12 say to have lamps burning (for others to see the way).
New Testament Christians may not see how God took Israel to a covenant marriage.xxix They may be short of oil from the Old Testament olive tree in Zechariah 4, and they might think the wedding is about a rapture.
God gave Israel annual Sabbaths as rehearsals [mikvah] but when the Lamb of God came to Passover, they failed to recognize Him. We must do better and this spring is a rehearsal. We should invite everyone and open our churches around the world so that everyone knows a time of judgment may be impending.
The best of clues that we’ve considered points to 2nd Passover. When is that? The woman in Revelation 12 has the moon under her feet—a lunar understanding. The thin crescent of the new moon will be in the western sky after sunset on April 19. 2nd Passover is two weeks later when we should celebrate the New Covenant by communion on Sunday evening, May 3.
Why not invite the world to join us as we watch and pray, focusing on the closing scenes of Christ’s life. There are chapters accessible online of a non-denominational nature that may be useful to consider at http://www.whiteestate.org/books/da/da72.html We can intersperse them with prayer to be fully His in the end-time, claiming His promise to write His laws in our hearts. Such a prayer He can’t deny…
See you at the rehearsal—it just might turn out to be the wedding!
iMatthew 26:38-41, NKJV unless specified
ivActs 20:6; 1Corinthians 5:8
v1Corinthians 11:1, NIV
xiiExodus 12:5,6; Luke 12:35-37
xvMatthew 24:43, KJV
xxiiiRevelation 14:7, NLT