Words and Unleavened Bread

By Jon Bowles

06 April 2004 (UB-1)

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In the previous sermon on tongue control, which I gave I don't know how many weeks ago now (not very long ago, just a week or so ago), I pointed out that "out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." And it really is: It's the case, as I pointed out, that you can actually see the repentance -- you can see the way in which our heart turns -- by looking at what comes out of our mouth. Sometimes, when we look at what comes out of our mouth, we think it hasn't turned as much as perhaps it should have turned. I know I certainly feel that. You can so often put your foot in it by opening your mouth.

I brought several points out regarding tongue control, and the most important one is that we don't go control our tongue by trying to control our tongue. Our tongue is controlled by the heart. Our tongue is controlled by the way our mind actually works. And I was talking about the repentance, and the way in which our hearts turn from dead works and turn to serve the living God; and we can see this turning through our words.

If we turn over to Daniel chapter 7, I just want to point out and show you how, in fact, words have an enormous bearing, even in end time events. There are going to be problems that come within Europe, and what is going to be driving it are words. The words of certain individuals are going to actually have a profound effect on the very history of the world itself. And here we see in Daniel chapter 7, it says in verse 1:

Daniel 7:1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters.

It goes down then, and in verse 7 it says:

Daniel 7:7-8 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast [This is the Roman Empire now.], dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was [different] diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. [Ten resurrections of this Roman Empire that were going to actually take place.] (8) I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots [There were three of the Roman Empire resurrections that were plucked up by the roots; and then along came the papacy, and then you had the subsequent Holy Roman Empire.]: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

So it was the things that were coming out of this horn's mouth that were things that really made the influence; and the symbolism is that the things that came out of the mouth of the papacy had enormous influence in the world, and it is yet to happen again. And it says:

Daniel 7:9-11 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit [So it's going to last right the way through to the end.], whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. (10) A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened. (11) I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spoke [Notice: It's the voice of the great words which the horn spoke.]: I behold even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.

It's because of what's coming out of this horn's mouth, because of this papacy's mouth and what was actually coming out of that mouth, that God is going to destroy that entire system.

Daniel 7:12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.

So it looks as if the other ones managed to survive a little bit longer than the Holy Roman Empire did.

Daniel 7:13-14 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. (14) And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

If we pick it up over in verse 23, it says:

Daniel 7:23-28 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be [different] from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. (24) And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be [different] from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. [So here we're looking at the way in which the papacy arises.] (25) And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. [So it was 1,260 years from Justinian all the way through to the death of Napoleon.] (26) But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. (27) And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. (28) [And it says this is] the end of the matter ...

And Daniel wondered at it, but he couldn't really understand it. It was just something that was really beyond him. He couldn't actually see it.

But here we find ourselves on a holy day, on the Day of Unleavened Bread -- the first Day of Unleavened Bread; and we are looking back in time to the vast majority of that prophecy. The vast majority is already fulfilled. We are looking to the tail end of that prophecy that will actually be fulfilled when again there'll be somebody from the papacy (from that area) who will rise up, speaking great words; and the world will go after them, and it will be the words that actually do that.

But it's going to be given -- the Kingdom eventually is going to be given -- into the hands of the saints of the most High. And the saints of the most High have got to, if you like, CHANGE the words of this world into the words of the very Kingdom and Sovereignty of God. It has a great deal to do with why we are here today at the first Day of Unleavened Bread. It's because of this. It's because of God's plan to replace the kingdoms of this world, and to change them -- completely just destroy them and replace them with something else.

I want to show you today in this sermon just how words themselves have an enormous part to play, an enormous part to play in the significance of unleavened bread, because it's the words of God and it's the laws of the very Kingdom of God that really Unleavened Bread has a great deal to be about.

There are three areas I want to go into.

PASSOVER FIRST (PLAY FROM 8:18)

So let's have a look at some scriptures in relation to this subject about how it's only possible after the Passover. Let's turn over to Hebrews and read a couple of scriptures over here in Hebrews that we read earlier on in certain sermons or Bible studies that we've had, and just recap and just hit the high spot of this subject regarding words.

Hebrews 6:1 Leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection [So here we're going to the basics. Here we're going to the foundational things.]; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God.

Now, I went into that quite a bit in a sermon not too long ago and tied it up with chapter 9. If you'll turn over to chapter 9, we see this repentance:

Hebrews 9:12-14 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (13) For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh: (14) How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works [which we've just seen in Hebrews 6] to serve the living God?

That's repentance. We turn from our dead works and we turn to serve the living God. So we are turning from the words of this world, and we're turning to the words of God. That is also an element within there. We find in I Corinthians 15 ... Again, I read this scripture as well in preceding sermons; but in I Corinthians 15 this scripture tells us ... In fact, the entirety of chapter 15 goes into the resurrection. It goes into the plan of God. But we can see how he starts it off. It says:

I Corinthians 15:1-2 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also you have received, and wherein you stand: (2) By which also you are saved, if you keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless you have believed in vain.

And he's about to go into the entire subject of the resurrection and the way in which we are to be saved -- as it says, "every man in his own order" in verse 23. But it says in the beginning, it says:

I Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all [In other words, "Before we even start in this subject, first of all let's get one thing straight," he says.] that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.

So, we see, we've got to go into that initially. We've got to have the Passover. Without the Passover, the entire plan of God is of none effect. (And the Passover we took just a couple of nights ago.) But it then goes on. It moves on from that point. If you'll notice in verse 12, it says:

I Corinthians 15:12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?

It talks about how, if Christ is not risen, your faith is vain. It says in verse 17:

I Corinthians 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; you are yet in your sins.

So there's more to it than just the death of Christ to forgive sin. There's a rising of Christ as well; and that risen Christ should actually be living within each and every one of us, which is to do with Unleavened Bread. We'll go on and see how that fits in.

I Corinthians 15:19-25 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are all men most miserable. (20) But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruit of them that slept. [I don't believe it's plural in that case.] (21) For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. (22) For in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. (23) But every man in his own order [And here's the plan of God. It's "every man in his own order."]: Christ the firstfruit; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. (24) Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom of God, even the Father.

So there are those three sections, which there are. You have Christ who was resurrected. You then have the first resurrection; and then you go into the end ones, the second resurrection, when people will then be converted at that time and given their first chance.

Now the central point is: What is central to Unleavened Bread is this particular event that is the resurrection of Christ. And there's also another thing that is linked to Unleavened Bread, which we find over in Leviticus 23 -- because in Leviticus 23 there is something that occurred immediately after Christ was resurrected -- tied into the Days of Unleavened Bread that has profound significance when in light of what we just read in I Corinthians 15 about Christ being the firstfruit, being the very first one.

In Leviticus 23, it goes into the Sabbaths. It says,"These are my feasts," in verse 2. "Six days shall [you] work," and it talks about the Sabbath. It then goes into "these are the feasts of the [Eternal]," in verse 4.

Leviticus 23:4-7 ...holy convocations [Or gatherings, which is why we are here.], which you shall proclaim in their seasons. (5) In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the [Eternal's] Passover. [That we have kept.] (6) And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the [Eternal]: seven days you must eat unleavened bread. (7) In the first day you shall have an holy convocation [or gathering]: you shall do no servile work therein.

And that's the normal work that we do. It's no problem in preparing food. The preparation of food is excluded, and you can check that by tying it up with Exodus 12:16. If you put it in your notes, Exodus 12:16 shows you how food preparation is permissible.

Leviticus 23:8 But you shall offer an offering made by fire unto the [Eternal] seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation [or gathering]: you shall do no servile work therein [in that seventh day either].

Now that is in a week's time, from today.

Leviticus 23:9-11 And the [Eternal] spoke to Moses, saying, (10) Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When you be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits [Or the first of the firstfruits, or a handful.] of your harvest unto the priest: (11) And he shall wave the sheaf [or the handful] before the [Eternal], to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.

So here we're looking at this wave sheaf. This particular event took place on the morrow after the Sabbath -- that's the Sunday within the Days of Unleavened Bread. So we're looking at the Sunday that is within the Days of Unleavened Bread. And you then count 50 from that Sunday all the way through until we finally come to the day, on and including it is (50 "on and including"); and you come to another Sunday, which is the day of Pentecost.

And if you want to put in your notes John 20:17, you'll find that Christ had not ascended when Mary first saw Him. He told her not to touch Him because of that. And then in Matthew 28:9 they held Him by the feet. So He'd actually gone up to God and been presented, and then come back down again; and then He could be touched. But until that precise time, which is the time when the priest was offering the wave sheaf, nobody was to touch Him. He'd been resurrected, and He therefore had to go and approach the Father.

Leviticus 23:12-14 And you shall offer that day when you wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the [Eternal]. (13) And the meat offering thereof shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil ... unto the [Eternal] for a sweet savor ... (14) And [Notice.] you shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that you have brought an offering unto your God: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

Now, until Christ had actually been offered in that way -- became the wave sheaf, the clear tie-up ... You know, we aren't going to turn there, but Matthew 4:4 where it quotes the scripture that says "Man should not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God." And it says here that, until that wave sheaf was offered, you can't go ahead and really understand that word of God. You can't understand that word of God. And it led then:

Leviticus 23:15-17 And you shall count unto you from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven Sabbaths [or seven weeks] shall be complete: (16) Even unto the morrow after the seventh Sabbath shall you number fifty days; and you shall offer a new [food] offering unto the [Eternal]. (17) You shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven.

So here you are coming into the day of Pentecost, and these had leaven mixed up with them. So these had leaven within them. This is representing us! This is representing you and me, because we don't get rid of all sin. There's leaven still there, unlike Christ. We try. We try very, very hard. But these two loaves still have leaven there when they come to the final day of Pentecost.

But nevertheless, man shouldn't live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. That's the symbolism of bread that is being mentioned here. It's just interesting that Christ had to be offered first, to start this whole process going; and it was during these days -- during the Days of Unleavened Bread -- that began this whole process, that started the process going.

If we turn over to James chapter 1, we find here that what actually begets us -- what starts this process going within each and every one of us -- it says:

James 1:16-18 Do not err, my beloved brethren. (17) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. [He's completely and totally consistent.] (18) Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

So that word begets us. That starts the process going. We see that word. That word takes root; and it starts the very process going, which leads us to become (if you like) the firstfruits of God's creation. That's what we are here for. That's why we're here. That's why we've been called. We've been called to become teachers. We've been called to understand those words, because there's going to be ... In the world, there's going to be words coming out; and those words coming out (of the mouth of the beast and the false prophet and others as well) are going to have a profound effect in this world.

We have got to be different! When we look at the television set today, and we listen to the radio today, the words coming out of that radio and out of that television set are NOT our words. We've got to really understand that. We've got to realize that. We've got to have a difference. There's got to be a difference there, and we are begotten by (it says here) "the word of truth." As we'll come on and see, Christ brings out "Your word is truth." It's God's word that is truth. That is what's true. That begets us, and it starts this entire process going.

So, until Passover occurred (until we had our sins forgiven) and until there was a resurrection (which happened in the middle of the Days of Unleavened Bread), this process couldn't actually begin. So Unleavened Bread really is only possible after Passover, and this is why it is very much tied in.

COMING OUT OF EGYPT (PLAY FROM 21:23)

Going into the second point, which is probably the main point I want to deal with today: Unleavened Bread pictures coming out of Egypt. Turn over to Revelation chapter 13. Now I've pointed out many, many times that within Revelation you come up to chapter 11 and you're looking at a sequential story flow. You then get into Revelation 11:15, and the seventh angel sounded. So there you've got the last trump, and you then start the actual return of Christ. At that point, you have a confrontation between two systems. You have the Church, the true Church, which is mentioned chapter 12; and then you have the false church, or the false system, which is mentioned in chapter 13. You then pick up the story flow again with the 144,000 and go into the rest of Revelation, which then deals with the establishment of God's Kingdom.

But in Revelation 13 there is something that takes place here, and some warning that is given; and that warning you'll find here, and we find that the false prophet actually gives power, in verse 15:

Revelation 13:15-17 He had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. [So this is yet to actually occur, in our lifetime anyway.] (16) And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads [So, in what they do and in what they think. In their right hand and in their foreheads. And this mark, the mark of the beast ... ]: (17) And that no man might buy or sell, save he that he had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

So we see again this mark of the beast that is going to have an influence on trading. It is tied into the Sabbath command. The only commandment that you are looking at that is actually tied in there is the Sabbath command. But, you know, there's a bit more to this in light of Unleavened Bread. Turn over to Exodus 13, where we find Unleavened Bread specifically mentioned; and the verse I want to read first of all is to do with the firstborn. Remember, we are the firstfruits. We are the firstborn. Unleavened Bread begins because it's got the first of the firstfruits, who actually is resurrected in the middle of the Unleavened Bread; and you count from that through until you come to Pentecost. So when we are looking at Exodus 13:12, it says:

Exodus 13: 12-16 That you shall set apart unto the [Eternal] all that opens the matrix, and every firstling that comes of beast which you have; the males shall be the [Eternal's]. (13) And every firstling of an ass you shall redeem with a lamb; and if you will not redeem it, then you shall break his neck: and all the firstborn of man among your children shall you redeem. (14) And it shall be when your son asks you in time to come, saying, What is this? That you shall say unto him, By strength of hand the [Eternal] brought us out of Egypt, from the house of bondage: (15) And it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go, that the [Eternal] slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man, and the firstborn of beast: therefore I sacrifice to the [Eternal] all that opens the matrix, being males; but all the firstborn of my children I redeem. (16) And it shall be [for a sign, for a mark] for a token upon your hand, and for frontlets between your eyes ...

So here we are tying it into the firstborn. Now, we are the firstfruits. Christ was the first of the firstfruits, offered as a wave sheaf in the middle of Unleavened Bread; and tied to that is the next holy day season, which is Pentecost, which is the firstfruits. So the whole thing is all together. It is to do with the Church Age; and we are right now in that Church Age, because the Church Age is (the symbolism is) to do with preparing those firstfruits -- having those firstfruits ready to be teachers when we come to the Feast of Trumpets, when in fact Christ returns. And it says:

Exodus 13:16 This shall be for a token [or a sign] upon your hand, and for frontlets between your eyes: for by strength of hand the [Eternal] brought us forth out of Egypt [away from sin].

So this is very much, in that sense, a counteraction to the mark of the beast. The mark of the beast is on one side, and you've got this on the other; and these two are countering each other. And, remember, you're talking about this mark of the beast; and he's going to speak. What he's going to be saying, he's going to stop people from buying, from selling, from doing whatever he's doing. And here we also have, and it's linked into, coming out of Egypt. It's linked into coming out of Egypt -- this token, this mark.

Turn over to Deuteronomy chapter 6. (Let's see if I can keep everybody awake. I'll tell you what, we could open all the windows; and I think everybody would be awake, because it's quite cold out there today.) But Deuteronomy chapter 6, now here we have the first of all the commandments.

Remember Christ was asked, "What's the great commandment of the law?" And the law, as far as the Pharisees were concerned, presumably would have been the Ten Commandments; and they were looking for, you know, the greatest one. But He quoted this:

Deuteronomy 6:4-5 Hear, O Israel: The [Eternal] our God is one [Eternal]: (5) And you shall love the [Eternal] your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might.

It's interesting that this, again I've mentioned it before, it starts with the heart (which is the innermost being); and then it goes to all your soul (which is your physical being -- your hands, arms, legs, or whatever, what we do); and then all your might (whatever we control, away from us). So it's going from the heart out to whatever is being controlled. And it says:

Deuteronomy 6:6 And these words [Notice: these words.], which I command you this day, shall be in your heart.

That's where it starts. That's how this control begins. The word is in the heart, and from the heart it controls the body, and the body then has an effect out into the world. And the words are controlling the effect. That's what it's talking about.

Deuteronomy 6:6-8 And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart: (7) And you shall teach them diligently unto your children, and will talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up. [And this is how we should teach our children. We should teach them during normal life, as things arise. That's the way to teach children.] (8) And you will bind them for a sign [for a mark] upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.

Similar to the mark of the beast; but, again, what are these words doing? These are controlling our actions. What does the mark of the beast do? You cannot buy or sell unless you have the mark of the beast. They are both controlling. And here, again, we see this mark, this controlling mark that is there.

Now, we've got to come out of Egypt. We are to come out and away from Egypt. If we go back to Exodus chapter 12... What I strongly recommend you to do is put a marker in this area, or several if you've got them. But in Exodus 12, it starts off and says:

Exodus 12:1-4 And the [Eternal] spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, (2) This month shall be unto you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. (3) Speak you unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: (4) And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next unto his house [and so on].

The lamb will be without blemish (verse 5), a male. You take it from the sheep or the goats. You keep it until the fourteenth day, and you kill it between the two evenings (verse 6). Then they'll take of the blood, and they'll strike it on the two side posts on the upper door posts of the house, where they will eat it; and that's going to protect them then over the night. So here is the Passover. This is when the angel passed over the houses protected by that blood. And it says in verse 11:

Exodus 12:11-12 And thus shall you eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste: it is the [Eternal's] passover. (12) For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the [Eternal].

And we're coming into a time when this world also is going to be judged. There's going to be a phenomenal number of people that will die, a phenomenal number! The indication is at least 9 out of every 10 will die. At least! This is why it's the Great Tribulation. There's never been a time like it before. There will never be a time like it again. It's not the scale. It's not what is done. Sorry. It's not what is done. It is the scale. It is the scale of what's done. It will affect the entire earth. That's what we are looking at.

Exodus 12:13-16 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where you are [a sign]: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. (14) And this day shall be unto you for a memorial [and kept year by year]; and you will keep it a feast unto the [Eternal] throughout your generations; you shall keep it a feast [ordained] for ever. (15) Seven days shall you eat unleavened bread; even the first day you shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. (16) And in the first day there shall be a holy convocation [That's the day we're in today.], and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation [a holy gathering of people]unto you; no manner of work shall be done in them, [except] that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.

That's why I said it was to do with the preparation of food, which is permissible.

Exodus 12:17-23 And you shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt [Bringing them out of sin. There's the picture. It's coming out of this land of sin.]: therefore shall you observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever. (18) In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even. [That is, when the fourteenth day is finally ended -- at the even when it goes into the fifteenth.] (19) Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eats 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. (20) You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall you eat unleavened bread. (21) Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel [and he gave the instructions to them] ... (23) For the [Eternal] will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he sees the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the [Eternal] will pass over the door [which is where the word Passover comes from].

Exodus 12:26-27 When your children shall say unto you, What mean you by this service? (27) That you shall say, It is the sacrifice of the [Eternal's] passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses.

Exodus 12:29-30 And it came to pass, that at midnight the [Eternal] smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of the cattle. (30) And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead [the firstborn].

The whole of Egypt was really decimated by this. Now, we can see something similar happening over in Habakkuk. In Habakkuk 3, here is one of the blues. It says:

Habakkuk 3:1-3 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth [which is blues style]. (2) O [Eternal], I have heard your speech, and was afraid: O [Eternal], revive your work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. (3) God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.

So seeing the return of Christ and His coming down and His going a certain pathway. But in verse 11:

Habakkuk 3:11-14 The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of your arrows they went [In other words, the sun and the moon. In other words, the brightness of whatever it was that He used to destroy His enemies, it was so bright the sun and the moon disappeared effectively -- by the brightness.], and at the shining of your glittering spear. (12) You did march through the land in indignation, you did thresh the heathen in anger. (13) You went forth in the [rescue] of your people, even for the [rescue] of your anointed [That is, the Messiah.]; you wounded the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah. (14) You did strike through with his staves the head of the villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.

So the heads were being destroyed here -- the firstborn, the rulers. All the rulers of the land, when Christ returns as well, the indication is here from Habakkuk that these heads of the nations are going to be killed. They are going to be wiped out. So, again, let's face it. The firstborn tend to be the rulers, the leaders. That's the way it used to be in Egypt, and here we are seeing exactly the same thing happen when Christ returns -- that the rulers are going to be wiped out; and you then have a completely demoralized population.

If we go back to Psalm 110, which is quoted extensively when you go across to Hebrews. Hebrews just hits this psalm over and over and over again. I want you to notice in verse 6. It says:

Psalm 110:6 He shall judge among the [nations] ...

The psalm starts:

Psalm 110:1 The [Eternal] said to my Lord [The LORD said to my Lord], Sit you at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.

And it talks about "You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek" in verse 4. But verse 6:

Psalm 110:6 He shall judge among the[nations], he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.

It's not just wound. He will wipe them out! The heads of the countries will be, again, effectively removed. So we're looking at a nation that is going to be similar to Egypt, or the nations generally. Remember when we just read in Daniel, we saw the heads of the beasts; and we're looking at the final beast that was there. And that, in fact, is going to have the heads of the nations there completely removed. And if we go over to Revelation 14, it says:

Revelation 14:1 I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand ...

And it goes down into verse 4, and it says:

Revelation 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins.[These are spiritual virgins.] These are they which follow the Lamb wherever he goes.

And when I say "spiritual virgins" I'm talking about people who are not defiled with the words that are coming from this false system. Now that, again, those of you who were listening in this morning, do you remember what Mr. Armstrong said about the music from Dwight Armstrong; and how he was wanting to actually put in MORE hymns; and how in fact he wanted us to be singing the words of God within the Church. He brings this out quite clearly -- his direction, the way in which he was going. And that's why I've said before, and I'll say again, I am determined that we MUST have the words of God within the very Church of God. It says:

Revelation 14:4 They which were not defiled with women [They are not defiled with the Protestant songs, with the Catholic songs, with the Hindu songs, or anything else. And there is a defiling that takes place.]; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

So here we see the firstfruits redeemed. And it says, notice in verse 9:

Revelation 14:9-11 The third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship THE BEAST and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, (10) The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation ... (11) And the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.

There is a contrast between these words -- between the words of God and between the words of the beast power; and they are particularly of the religious system, and it's BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS. That's the way God looks at it. That's the way God looks at these Protestant ways, these Protestant thoughts, these Protestant words; and we've got to make sure that we do look at it in the same way. He's going to wipe out this entire system, this entire world's system.

If we go back now to Exodus 12, where you've got the markers ... In fact, if we look in Exodus 13:15 where we were reading before, it says:

Exodus 13:15 ... All the firstborn of my children I redeem.

So we are redeemed as firstfruits. Remember, we just read it over in Revelation, where is says "these are redeemed" being firstfruits of God. And it says here, "All the firstborn of my children I redeem," because these are the children of God.

What actually happened in Egypt at this time, put in your notes Psalm 106:11, not a single messenger came back from when the Egyptian army finally was destroyed. So not only were the firstborn wiped out, but you are now looking at the actual army themselves -- the army that came after Israel. According to Josephus, in "The Antiquities of the Jews," it says:

"The number that pursued after them was six hundred chariots, with fifty thousand horsemen, and two hundred thousand footmen, all armed."

This is according to Josephus and what was actually coming after them.

"They also seized on the passages by which they imagined the Hebrews might fly, shutting them up between inaccessible precipices and the sea; for there was [on each side] a [ridge of] mountains that terminated at the sea, which were impassable by reason of their roughness, and obstructed their flight; wherefore they there pressed upon the Hebrews with their army."

So this army came after Israel; and we find, however, that it was such a disaster to be Egypt (which was the major army at that time). And this beast power will be the major power at that time! Again, put in your notes I Samuel 30:13 where it talks about the Amalekite who actually had a slave that was an Egyptian. Now you'd never have that, you'd never find that. You'd find the Amalekite would be a slave of the Egyptian; but, no, he had an Egyptian as a slave.

And it talks again in ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­"Against Apion" by Josephus, and it says:

"There was a king of ours whose name was Timaus [at the time of the Exodus]. Under him it came to pass, I know not how, that God was averse to us, and there came, after a surprising manner, men of ignoble birth out of the eastern parts [Now, that was the Amalekites.], and had boldness enough to make an expedition into our country, and with ease subdued it by force, yet without our hazarding a battle with them."

So they were completely defenseless. They could not defend themselves. And the reason they couldn't defend themselves was because they were wiped out, completely wiped out! Their leaders had been completely removed. Their army had been completely destroyed. Not a single person was able to go back from it.

And we're looking at a parallel then in the future. We are looking at this parallel. And, as I say, the words are vital because, you know, it talks about the ones that will be there (the 144,000); and they are virgins. They are not polluted with women. It talks about this little horn with stout words -- with all kinds of words in its mouth. And yet are we polluted? What kind of religion do we hold? It is this WORD? Or have we actually got a kind of composite, a polluted religion? Is it somewhat Protestant? Mr. Armstrong, again, constantly brought out: He said there's too much Protestantism in this Church. There's too much Protestantism in the Church, and there still is. There still is. All of us have been indoctrinated by it, every single last one of us; and we need to be able to recognize this.

Go back to Exodus again. (Let's have a look. I may not be able to get through all of this. We'll see how we go.)

Exodus 12:31-36 And he [Pharaoh] called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both you and the children of Israel; and go, serve the [Eternal], as you have said. (32) Also take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone; and bless me also. (33) And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men. (34) And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneading troughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders. (35) And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they [asked] of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment: (36) And the [Eternal] gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they ... [Basically, they spoiled them. They went ahead and gave ... ] unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians.

And they "journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men" besides the children. "And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle. And they baked unleavened cakes ... they were thrust out of Egypt"

Exodus 12:40-42 The sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years. (41) And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the [Eternal] went out from the land of Egypt. (42) It is a night to be much observed unto the [Eternal] for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the [Eternal] to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.

So we're looking here at the Night to be Much Observed, which we held last night. So last night we had the Night to be Observed, and it was the night that they actually went out of Egypt. The night before was the night that Christ implemented the Passover, and that night of the Passover was the night when the "pass over" occurred.

Again, I think just put in your notes John 13:27-29. We find that, in fact, Christ and the apostles were keeping Days of Unleavened Bread obviously. It talks about Judas Iscariot. The apostles thought that he'd been sent out to buy something for the feast, because they were going into the Days of Unleavened Bread. They were keeping the Passover on the night they kept it, and then they were going into the Days of Unleavened Bread. They felt that's why Judas Iscariot was being sent out, when he was. But here in Exodus 13:17 notice:

Exodus 13:17-19 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt: (18) But God lead the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea; and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt. (19) And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had [particularly] sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you; and you shall carry up my bones away hence with you.

So, you know, he remembered all these things that had been promised; and he, therefore, took the bones of Joseph with him.

Exodus 13:20-22 And they took their journey from Succoth, and encamped in Etham, in the edge of the wilderness. (21) And the [Eternal] went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: (22) He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.

So there was a light that was actually leading them at that particular time, within this time of the Days of Unleavened Bread. This is when this first occurred. This light led them through the night, and it changed into a pillar of cloud {1} by day and it led them during the day. If you turn over to John 1, notice what it says about the living Word of God, which is what we are looking at as far as Christ is concerned. It's the Word of God personified. Remember, the God that led them at that time was Jesus Christ. That was the One who was the God of the Old Testament. So it says:

John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) The same was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made by him: and without him was not any thing made that was made. (4) In him was life; and the life was the light of men. [That's what goes ahead and gives light to us.] (5) And the light shone in darkness; and the darkness [didn't grasp it].

That's literally what the word comprehend, if you go back to the original, means. The darkness couldn't grasp it, but the light was there; and we've got this light now, and we can understand it. We can grasp it. We can grasp hold of it. We can grasp it also in our minds because of the Spirit of God.

John 1:6-8 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. (7) The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. (8) He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

Now here was this living WORD -- this Word that was personified. Remember, Christ said man shouldn't live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. And He was led. He was actually ... That's what He lived by. He lived by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

John 1:9-11 That was the true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world. (10) He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him now. (11) He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

But, notice, He was that true Light; and that Christ -- that Word, that living Word -- is the Light. That's what gives us light. That leads us through ... If we come into a particular situation, we say: "Do we go this way, or do we go that way?" The light gives us the determination. Do I leave that television on, or do I switch that television off? Do I eat that pork pie, or don't I eat that pork pie? You know, that Light gives us the illumination. And on and on it goes. If you turn over to Isaiah chapter 8, it's the same Word that was there in the Old Testament as well; but the spiritual application was never really understood.

Isaiah 8:19-20 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? For the living to the dead? (20) To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

The Word gives light. Even Psalm 119 deals with that -- that the Word does give light. It allows us to see where we are going. Do we go this way, or do we go that way? Basically, we have a Word of God. This is the way marker, and it points. It says, "Right, that's the way marker." And you go down that way; and we make the decision, we make the discernment, accordingly. And it's the same thing, when you are looking back in Exodus 13, that they had this light by night that gave them the direction that they had to go. It allowed them to see which way they had to go.

If we turn over to I Thessalonians 5, here we are coming down to our days now. In the context of chapter 4 and the resurrection, it goes into chapter 5:

I Thessalonians 5:1-2 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. (2) For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.

And it goes into this section here, that the world as a whole will look upon it; and they will say, "Peace and safety." Then sudden destruction comes upon them. But then verse 4:

I Thessalonians 5:4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

Why? How is it that we know what is going to happen? Because of this WORD! That's all we've got. We know that when certain things occur on the world scene, that the Word has given us a way. And more than that, a word has specifically come to this end time through the observance of these holy days. So we can see the very plan of God, and we have therefore the structure; and we can see when things occur out in the world. There's a light there. There's a light that the world outside doesn't have, and yet the only reason we have that light is because of this Word.

I Thessalonians 5:4-7 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. (5) You are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. (6) Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us [be alert] watch [The word "watch" means "be alert."] and be sober. (7) For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

Remember, it says that they are not defiled with women. And, you know, there's a drunkenness. It talks about the false church, and it talks about the cup of her fornication -- making the nations drunk with it. And, again, we've got to be careful about what we allow in our minds. Is it Protestantism, or is it truth? And there is a distinction. Protestantism is designed to destroy God's people. This is why I am so vociferous against this "Passion of Christ" [movie]. This "Passion of Christ" hasn't been designed for us. It's not been designed for God's people. It's been designed to destroy them, and we've got to be aware of that. We've got to make distinction between what we're seeing. We've got to be aware of that.

We are not defiled with women, and that's what happens. This false momma whore and all her harlot daughters are there to destroy us. It's the antithesis of the mark that we have. The mark of the beast is on one side, and the mark of God and the holy days -- and particularly the Days of Unleavened Bread, which are to do with the words of God (as we'll go ahead and we'll read it in just a minute).

I Thessalonians 5:6-7 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. (7) For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

And we are not of the night! We are of the day; and we should be able to see, because we are of the day.

GOD'S LAW IN OUR MOUTH (PLAY FROM 57:31)

So let's go into this final point then: The fact that Unleavened Bread not only pictures coming out of Egypt (You know, you've got to get away from this system, away from this Babylonish system and the whore that rides it. Get away from that completely.), but it also pictures putting God's law into our mouth. In Exodus chapter 13, it says:

Exodus 13:6-9 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and in the seventh day shall be a feast to the [Eternal]. (7) Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with you, neither shall there be leaven seen with you in all your quarters. (8) And you shall show your son in that day, saying, This is done because of that which the [Eternal] did unto me when I came forth out of Egypt. (9) And it shall be for a sign[Just the same as a mark of the beast. It shall be for a sign. What? The unleavened bread.] unto you upon your hand, and for a memorial between your eyes, that the [Eternal's] law may be in your mouth.

So what is the symbolism of Unleavened Bread? It is that the Eternal's law may be in our mouth. And what is it? It's the words. It counteracts the words that are coming out of the mother whore and all her daughters. She has nothing like that in there. This is:

Exodus 13:9 ... that the [Eternal's] law may be in your mouth: for with a strong hand has the [Eternal] brought you out of Egypt.

So we've got to get out of Egypt! Now, the very word "torah" -- which means law -- literally means a direction (a direction, an instruction). It actually comes from yara, which means to throw or to shoot. It's what you point at. The law, the torah, is pointing at something. It allows us to see the direction to go. It's the way. It's when you come to a decision (Do I go that way, or do I go that way?), the law is the way marker. It marks the way of God's mind. That's what it is. That's what it is for. And this law is for a sign -- a memorial between you eyes and a sign upon your hand -- that that law (this way marker, this pointer) "shall be in your mouth: for with a strong hand hath the [Eternal] brought you out [of the land] of Egypt." And that is the meaning of when you take unleavened bread these days. This is what we need to remember.

Now, this is why I say it is absolutely abominable to get that mixed up with Passover. Passover is for forgiveness of sin. Passover unleavened bread is physical sin. That has got to be dealt with first. It is sin of all kinds. Once that's been dealt with, you then come into Unleavened Bread when the first of the firstfruits was resurrected and was offered to God. And it said you are not to eat any corn or parched grain until that occurs. Then you can go ahead and eat it. And in that entire symbolism, you see unleavened bread -- and that was right in middle (3 ½ days from the beginning) ... It's a 7-day period, so it's smack in the middle of this Days of Unleavened Bread when that takes place. The beginning of this Church Age and going down to Pentecost -- all tied in together. This firstfruits, all tied in together with it. And the unleavened bread that we are eating in these days [of Unleavened Bread] is that the Eternal's law may be in our mouth.

When you take that unleavened bread, you're going to think "Look, it's way markers going in there." The way markers go in. We eat it. We digest it. It becomes into the most innermost being, the heart. And what do you have to do? You have to love God with heart, soul (which is nephesh, which is our body, what we do), and might (which is our influence, everything that's around that we influence). That's what it is all about. That's what these days are about.

Mr. Armstrong actually commented on this. It's up on the website, on the Get Back On Track. It's in "What You Should Know About Passover and Unleavened Bread." (I think it's a Good News article, isn't it? Yes, a Good News article.) It says:

" ... let us learn the full significance of this.[It refers to the festival.] ... This is done BECAUSE of that which the Eternal did. [And he quotes the verse here in Exodus 13. Then he says:]

The picture -- the meaning -- the symbolism, is not complete with Passover alone. Passover pictures the acceptance of Christ's blood for the REMISSION of past sins. It pictures the CRUCIFIED -- the DEAD -- Christ. Shall we leave Christ hanging on the cross?

The seven Days of UNLEAVENED BREAD, following Passover, picture to us the COMPLETE putting away of sin, the KEEPING of the Commandments -- after past sins are forgiven. [It's taking His commandments and putting them in our mouth.] They picture the life and work of the RISEN CHRIST -- who ascended to the throne of God where He is actively at work in our behalf as our HIGH PRIEST [So, again, we see that right in the middle with the wave sheaf. The start of that entire 50-day period.], cleansing us of sin -- delivering us completely from its POWER!

To observe Passover alone, and then fail to observe the seven Days of Unleavened Bread, means, in the symbolism, to accept Christ's blood, and to continue on in sin -- to say with the Sunday churches the LAW is done away, we are under grace, meaning license, to continue in sin!"

As I say, the Protestantism gets into us. And they [the 144,000] are NOT defiled with women. So we do need to make sure that that is the case. If we go on a little bit more, over to John chapter 17. This is the final prayer that Christ gave.

John 17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify your Son, that your Son also may glorify you.

So He starts praying to God. This is the final prayer before He goes out to Gethsemane, and then He prays the Father privately. But He says in verse 6:

John 17:6-9 I have manifested your name unto the men which you gave me out of the world: Yours they were, and you gave them me; and they have kept your word. ["They have kept Your word."That's the big difference.] (7) Now they have known that all things whatsoever you have given me are of you. (8) For I have given unto them the words which you gave me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from you, and they have believed that you did send me. (9) I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which you have given me; for they are yours.

So there's a distinction between these two groups. Not the world, but just for this particular group. If we go down to verse 14:

John 17:14-17 I have given them your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. (15) I pray not that you should take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil [one, who is the one behind all these things in the world, behind all this system of the world]. (16) They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. (17) Sanctify them [or set them apart] through your truth: your word is truth.

That is what makes the distinction. That is the thing, as we look at the unleavened bread at this present time, we can see there is a distinction. Final scripture, over in I Corinthians (We'll finish a little bit early today.) chapter 5 and verse 1. Now up to verse 1, all chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4 Paul reminds them that he is THEIR APOSTLE. He is the one that Christ used to lay the foundation. And they therefore need to listen to what he has to say. He finishes chapter 4. It says:

I Corinthians 4:18-21 Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you. (19) But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power. (20) For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. (21) What will you? Shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?

So he's warning them because he's about to have to make the decision.

I Corinthians 5:1-2 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. (2) And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that has done this deed might be taken away from among you.

If you notice where Paul was writing, which was ... Well, Ephesus is down just below Troy; and he wrote there; and he then sent the mail back across to Corinth. Now, presumably they sailed right across, straight across the water. I doubt that they would go right the way around. Now sometimes they would, depending upon how rough the water would be. But, if they sailed straight across, they could do that in virtually a day or two days; and you get straight across that area in a sailboat. So he took this. He wrote this. He knew what time of the year it was, and he was writing around the Days of Unleavened Bread.

I Corinthians 5:2-5 And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that has done this deed might be taken away from among you. (3) For I truly, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that has done this deed. (4) In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ [In other words, by His authority.], when you are gathered together, and my spirit [My thoughts, my authority is there.], with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, (5) to deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

In other words, you go ahead and you put him out of the Church. He was disfellowshipped because this kind of thing should not be within the Church.

I Corinthians 5:6-8 Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? (7) Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. [You are unleavened physically, but you need to go ahead and get unleavened spiritually as well.] For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us. (8) Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened [bread] of sincerity and truth.

And what is truth? "Your word is truth." That's what it's all about. That is the picture. When you take that bread during these days and you eat that unleavened bread, what you are doing is that you are putting the very way marker -- Your word, the sincerity, the truth -- in our mouth. And it gives the way. It tells us which way to go. When we come to a decision, what does God's Word say about it? God's Word gives us the way marker.

Now it doesn't give us all the spiritual insight. But that has got to go into our mouth. It's then going to be digested. It's going to get into the very heart and core, mixed with the very Holy Spirit (the water and the fluids of the Spirit); and that then comes out in loving God with heart, soul, and might and our neighbor as ourselves. And that is therefore the whole expression of the law. It's the way marker that we have.

Did I say "last scripture"? I did, didn't I? Well, can I put one more? I didn't notice this one. I didn't actually put the underline on this one. Matthew 12, just to finish. Just a reminder of how we started, because I did talk about the tongue -- what's coming out of our mouth. (Maybe I shouldn't really quote this one? Maybe I'm telling an untruth -- "This will be the last scripture." Anyway ... )

Matthew 12:33-34 Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by its fruit. (34) O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

From the abundance of God's heart, His words came. So the mouth of God spoke, and we have those way markers. We take those words; we put them in our mouths (unleavened bread); we digest them; and out of the abundance of our heart our mouth speaks. We can see whether we have turned. And this is really the Days of Unleavened Bread, and this process then takes us to the second season, which is the day of Pentecost -- which is a few weeks time (Seven weeks time, isn't it?) from now.


{1} Mr. Bowles said a pillar of fire by day, but meant pillar of cloud by day