23: Exodus 12:21-23


365 Prophecies: Prophecy 23

The Messiah shall be the Passover Lamb.

Old Testament Prediction:

Exodus 12:21-23 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Pick out and take lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb. And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning.  For the LORD will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you.”

New Testament Fulfillment:

1 Corinthians 5:7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.


It is important in the discussion of the Old Testament prophecies that Jesus fulfilled to remember that these are not just words on pages or a computer screen. The Bible claims to be the eternal word of God and as such the words within have, as their origin, an intelligence from outside of time. These words have the power to bring a human being into everlasting life if the instructions are believed and followed. When we speak of Jesus being the Passover Lamb who takes away the sins of the world, we must remember that the intent by the Holy Spirit is that Jesus would become your Passover Lamb.

In this 23rd Old Testament Prophecy, Moses calls for the elders of Israel to Pick a Lamb for themselves. They were to choose of their own free will a lamb, and then place his blood upon their home in order to be saved. It was not enough to simply know what to do: They had to go out and take action themselves in order to be saved.

In the prophecy of the Passover Lamb, there is a requirement by God for us to personally take action. When we arrive at the New Testament, we find that in the fulfillment of Jesus being the Passover Lamb who removes our sins, we must personally partake of Him, taking His blood as the covering for our sins.

Salvation is very easy to obtain by any person who sincerely wants to be saved. It is also very difficult in that salvation does not occur in the life of the casual hearer who has no real desire to know Jesus deeply. There must be a purposeful movement of the heart into a place of honest repentance from sin and a desire to follow Jesus with all of our heart before salvation is realized.

God, through Moses, required the people to observe the Passover Lamb personally and do it forever.

Exodus 12:14 “So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.”

If a person wanted to be protected from God’s judgement, they needed to abide in the blood of the Lamb every day of their life until their life was concluded.

Exodus 12:24 And you shall observe this thing as an ordinance for you and your sons forever.

Jesus said that we must abide in Him until the end, if we truly want to be saved:

Matthew 24:13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

The fulfillment of this 23rd Old Testament Prophecy is found in 1 Corinthians 5:7:

1 Corinthians 5:7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.

In the same way that people from the Old Testament had to observe the Passover Lamb everyday of their lives by the confession of sin that allowed them to remain in fellowship with God, so also must we daily confess our sins and remain under the Blood of Jesus, our Passover Lamb, in order to maintain our fellowship with God.

1 John 1:5-10 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light (absence of sin) and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness (unconfessed sin) , we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light (daily confession) as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin (unwilling to daily confess sin), we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

Just as the children of Israel had to choose the Lamb, today, men and women must also choose Jesus of their own free will to be the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. It is by an honest and sincere acceptance of Jesus as our Passover Lamb that we experience the forgiveness of our sins and obtain eternal life.

Prophecy 23 is the Old Testament basis for why the Blood of Jesus Christ can cleanse us from all our sins and keep us in continual fellowship with God. It is foolish to try to approach God by any other method or means, since only the Blood of the spotless Lamb, Jesus Christ, has the power to cleanse us and make us perfect and ready for heaven.

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