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NIOC believes and keeps the Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread as one in the same. Luke 22:1: “Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.”

We see the Most High giving detail instructions on the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread in Exodus the 12th Chapter.
Exodus 12:17: “And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.”

Exodus 12:19: “Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land.” Verse 20: “Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.”

This the day we as a nation (Israel) were liberated. During the initial Passover, while we were still in Egypt, the Most High instructed Moses to tell the children of Israel to place the blood of a lamb over their door. The purpose for this is so our forefather would not be taken in the judgement (Exodus 12:12) that the Highest was about to pour out on Egypt. That night all who were not covered by the blood lost their first born. The blood was the protection and the foreshadowing of a more perfect sacrifice which was Yahawashi or who the world ignorantly calls Jesus Christ.  (Exodus 12:12-13, 21-23).

We are commanded to explain to our children about this mighty and powerful Independence Day that the Most High gave us.

Exodus 12:26: “And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?” Verse 27: “That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD’s Passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped.”

Passover is always kept in the Spring season which is the first month of Abib. The word Abib means “ear of corn” which refers to the spring season when corn sprouts.

Exodus 34:18: “The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, in the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib thou camest out from Egypt.”

Exodus 12:18: “In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.”

He also commanded us to observe the 1st and 7th as solemn Sabbath days. Exodus 12:16: “And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.”

It was also commanded that we take a lamb and sacrifice it for the Passover. Exodus 12:21: “Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the Passover.”

But now Christ has become that lamb without blemish for Israel. Through him we shall receive deliverance from our sins and bondage as our fathers did from Egypt. (1 Corinthians 5:7)

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