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Passover Vs Easter And The Sign of Jonah

by Kenny Russell


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I am sharing from Matthew Chapter 12 where the Pharisees demand a sign. This happens right after Yeshua has healed a mute and blind boy and still the Pharisees are seeking to destroy Yeshua.

What does the sign of Jonah have to do with a pagan Queen and demons being cast out and returning?

Is Friday night to Sunday morning 3 days and 3 night? Why would this be important?

These are some of the questions we investigate in the scriptures this week.

Matthew 12 – The Sign of Jonah

38 Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.”

39 He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now something greater than Jonah is here.

Recorded Passover 2013

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12 thoughts on “Passover Vs Easter And The Sign of Jonah

  1. Kenny, although I am not Jewish and although I have no significant standing in the Christian community, I am, however, an author of a book entitled “Crucified on Passover”. I hope you don’t take offense at my comments and I want you to know that I certainly agree with a lot of what you have to say. However, I don’t think that you should be placing that much significance on the day of the week that Jesus died. A strong case can be made that Jesus did die on a Friday. Alternatively a case can be made, as you point out (based on Matthew 12:38-40), that Jesus died prior to Friday. However, I contend that regardless of the day of the week that Jesus made His supreme sacrifice this is relatively insignificant in comparison to what day this was relative to the ancient Hebrew calendar.

    Now we know that the ancient Hebrew calendar was divinely instituted based on Exodus chapter 12. The modern Jewish calendar is very complex and it was instituted about three and half centuries after the time of Jesus. The modern Jewish calendar is an approximation of the ancient Hebrew calendar which was observed by the Sanhedrin during the time of Jesus. Since it was instituted over 1600 years ago, the modern Jewish calendar has subsequently acquired several days of discrepancy with respect to the ancient Hebrew calendar.

    Although the ancient Hebrew calendar is understood by very few, it nonetheless is an extremely simple calendar to understand. It is, of course, based on the lunar cycle. In the days of Jesus, the Sanhedrin had two responsibilities with respect to the observation of this calendar. First of all, the Sanhedrin would officially declare the start of each new month with the occurrence of the new moon. Now Passover is observed on the evening of the 14th day of the first month. This is the time of the full moon and Passover is always commemorated at the time of the full moon. The Sanhedrin had a second responsibility regarding the observation of this calendar. It was regarded as imperative that Passover always occur at the time of the first full moon in spring. Since 12 lunar cycles are about 11 days short of a solar year, it was periodically necessary to append a 13th month to the prior year in the case where Passover would occur before the Vernal Equinox. The Sanhedrin would effectively reset or realign their calendar by appending a 13th month to the prior year about 7 times every 19 years. This was done to assure that Passover always occurred at the appropriate time.

    In a very real sense Passover is the cornerstone day of the only divinely instituted calendar. Passover determines when the first month occurs and the first month determines when the rest of the months occur.

    From the 18th and 19th chapters of John we can deduce that Jesus was crucified on the very day the Jewish people commemorated Passover. This day is the cornerstone day of the Hebrew calendar and it was to be commemorated by the Jewish people as an everlasting ordinance. The fact that Jesus died on this day was obviously not coincidence but rather was done according to God’s own plan! What a great inspiration it is to truly understand the ultimate significance of the Passover!

  2. We have inherited lies from our fathers who have inherited lies from their fathers, and so on, thank you Kenny and others who have been listening to the Ruach haCodesh and correcting the coarse! I remember loving Jesus as a child and then things got cold, the spark of truth was wrapped in junk. Yeshua has helped me clean the leaven out, with grace! The tradition is simply that, Truth is alive!
    Br’er Bill

  3. Kenny, its about that time again. It amazes me how we stick to tradition even when the proof is so evident. Im glad to see that you are forging ahead with the message of the truth.

    Im about to republish my paper on the subject. Im looking for some enlightement of a few, maybe many.


  4. After watching the video I at first was very touched and concerned about my own life concerning Easter and the so-called Christmas day. I pondered a lot over this as I was very confused about being confined by new laws and what if’s and worldly rules that me as born again child of Yeshua must adhere to. I believe to concentrate on anything else than Yeshua as my all in all, there is now no condemnation for those(me) who are in Christ Jesus. This new laws only bring new things and rules to focus on, and not Yeshua himself.
    Sorry brother I cannot go along with this. I very recently came out of the IC and struggle to get to grips with the organic functioning of the body , and really don’t need new laws and rules that only bring bondage. I am a new creation in Christ and NOTHING can separate me from His love.


    • JD, it is wrong to look at Yehovah’s instructions, His Torah, as “new laws and rules that only bring bondage.” The instructions in the Torah are not new – the Torah is His self-portrait, His very image, and we can only walk in His image as Yeshua did if we follow His instructions in the Torah. Yeshua kept the Torah perfectly. He never sinned. Are we not told in 1 John 2:6 to walk as Yeshua walked? “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” And Shaul says, in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Messiah.” How did Yeshua walk? He kept the Torah. Walking any other way is walking in the flesh and is sin, and Yeshua died to set us free from our bondage to sin so that we would be free to keep the Father’s commandments. You write about “no condemnation,” but read the whole verse. Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Messiah Yeshua, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” There is no condemnation only for those “who do not walk according to the flesh,” and the Spirit will never speak against the Torah. Never. When you keep the Torah you are focusing on Yeshua, because Yeshua is the Word made flesh, the living Torah. You cannot focus on Yeshua any better than by keeping the Torah and walking as Yeshua walked. John confirms we are to keep Torah in Revelation 12:17 “And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of Elohim (the Torah) and have the testimony of Yeshua Messiah” and Revelation 14:12 “Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of Elohim (the Torah) and the faith of Yeshua.” I could quote you hundreds of Scriptures confirming that we are to keep the Torah, but this is not the place to do it. We must cast off the brainwashing of “the Church.” I pray that Yehovah will give you a hunger and thirst for the truth and His Word and that you will search the Scriptures diligently until you find it. It is there. ct

  5. Kenny and Halay are awesome dynamic anointed people of
    God. I have known these wonderful people for many years. They are true believers. God bless you. I miss both of you. Bless the name of Jesus. All the glory goes to God.
    Shirley Davis
    Charlotte, NC
    Clinton, NC