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David Herzog shares a great now word for this season of Passover that is upon us. Some may think the Passover Feast was just Old Testament, but not so. This feast is mentioned in the New Testament as the Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 5:7-8. The Amplified version explains it well, Purge (clean out) the old leaven that you may be fresh (new) dough, still uncontaminated [as you are], for Christ, our Passover [Lamb], has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with leaven of vice and malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened [bread] of purity (nobility, honor) and sincerity and [unadulterated] truth.
This is a great week to purge and cleanse of the old leaven in our hearts and receive the sacrifice of the Lamb and all He did for us through His Blood.
By the way, if you missed yesterday's word by Chuck Pierce and Robert Heidler, which gives an indepth look on Passover, you need to read it! Click here to read their word from yesterday.
Passover: Your Season for Breakthrough!
Seasonal Portal Opens During Passover
There is a promised open Heaven visitation and huge blessing during certain seasons of time on the calendar—which God has set up as divine rendezvous moments for us. Will we show up to this appointment/visitation with God?
God promised to visit His people during specific seasons of time known as the Feasts. God opened the heavens in both the Old and New Testament during these feasts (i.e. Passover, Pentecost etc). The same God of yesterday, today and forever will show up in the same and even greater way today, during these seasons, when we take the time out to worship and feast on Him, on purpose, during these divine appointments with God.
The fact that God will even restore in the last days the Feast of Tabernacles as He says in the book of Zechariah, points to the fact that these are seasons we can expect God to visit us. Jesus even told them to wait for the promises to be fulfilled after His departure in certain kairos seasons of time.
It appears that celebrating Passover was actually encouraged in the early Church with the revelation that Jesus fulfilled the Passover now being "the reason for the season." In 1 Corinthians 5:7-8, Paul tells the Corinthians: Christ our passover is sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven...but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Jesus, Himself, fulfills the meaning of this feast, being our Passover Lamb. He did not abolish it, but adds fresh meaning and glory to it. The glory of this seasonal portal can be opened as it was in the early Church. Even the apostles continued celebrating Passover as Jesus told them to continue it, and as often as you do this "do this in remembrance of Me." Some misunderstand 1 Corinthians 11:26 which says: "As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup," by interpreting it "take it as often as you wish." But it does not necessarily say that, though there is power in taking communion anytime.
It says "as often" as you observe it (Passover), "you do show the Lord's death till He come." Even Jesus commanded, "This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me" (verse 25). We do it in remembrance of the Lord's death—a memorial of His death and claim the blessings of His death and resurrection!
All throughout the Bible there is a supernatural exchange of things that took place when the people of God made it a point to honor the time and seasonal portal of Passover. Though we know that we can claim these blessings at anytime, the Bible does tell us to "keep the Feast (Passover)" as something extra special is to be released during this season. Just as the Feast of Pentecost was initiated by God with the ancient Israelites, we too, having been grafted in by faith in Jesus, are God's people and are invited to His party and feasts as they continue on in the New Testament with even greater glory and power released!
In fact, the disciples continued to celebrate Passover at the Feast of Pentecost as the Believers worshipped and prayed together, and the seasonal portal opened up again. There was nothing legalistic or religious about the day of Pentecost, just pure glory, love, power, authority, visitation and harvest! Sounds like a Holy Spirit party to me!
The Spirit of the Season
We have noticed every time we come together in a conference to worship the Lord during these seasons, the glory and power are extra powerful. The healings, miracles, clarity in hearing God, prophetic words, signs and wonders and overwhelming glory of God are always on a higher level than at other times of the year.
I had even noticed this in my early days of ministering as I spoke during these seasons, not knowing they were God's appointed seasonal portals. I was trying to figure out why every single year at the same season, the glory, power, blessing and harvest was so much stronger on Pentecost, Passover or other feasts. Then years later, God started to open my eyes as to why He showed up so powerfully during these seasons.
Now we purposely plan to have God visit us during these seasonal portals instead of accidentally bumping into the greater glory during these times. Often there is a knee-jerk reaction to Passover and from expecting God to move during the feasts out of fear of legalism. Yet there is nothing religious about asking God to visit you during His appointed time which He wrote about in His Word, and for us to expect the supernatural on a much higher level that attests to greater open Heaven encounters with God.
I believe that as born again Believers, we can walk in the "spirit" of the season, believing for an open Heaven and special blessing during this seasonal portal. There is a special open Heaven portal that we have noticed which opens up when we come together during Passover, worship Him, and give a special offering to the Lord. It's a time to search our own hearts of any hidden sin, asking God to forgive, cleanse and deliver us as we enter the next season. Some of the blessings that God promises in Exodus 23 are listed below:
1. God will assign an angel to you.
2. He'll be an enemy to your enemies.
3. He will give you prosperity.
4. He will take sickness away from you and your family.
5. He will give you a long life.
6. He will cause increase in your life.
7. He'll give a special year's blessing.
The past several years, besides coming before Him, worshipping and searching our hearts and celebrating with God's people, we have always given our biggest offerings during these seasonal portals. We have always been amazed at the greater glory, miracles and blessings that come as a result of our setting time aside to worship Him and give sacrificially to God! As you celebrate this seasonal portal, believe that the next 12 months of your life will drastically shift into greater realms of His Glory, Power and Blessing!
David Herzog Ministries
David Herzog is the founder of David Herzog Ministries and co-host of a weekly TV program called "The Glory Zone," which can be seen on Daystar and God.tv. David is a dynamic motivational speaker, author and television host who moves in unusual miracles, signs and wonders worldwide, equipping Believers to operate in the Glory and Power of God. His passion is to live in the Glory of God and to bring the Gospel to as many souls as possible in every nation of the world.
David and his wife Stephanie have ministered in crusades, conferences, revivals and outreaches all over the U.S., Canada, Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Central and South America, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, the Caribbean, the Arctic, Native American Reservations, several Middle Eastern nations and Israel. They have lived 12 years overseas ministering to the nations of the world, and have led 11 yearly tours/outreaches to Israel.