The communion is observed was instituted by YSHUA with His disciples. It is in fact, a mirror of a Passover meal. YSHUA explained what was about to happen to Him using the symbols of Passover that have been celebrated now for about 3500 years.
Grape juice should be served four times during the Passover meal. According to tradition, the four cups represent four expressions or the process of redemption. The first cup is called the cup of sanctification; the second is the cup of Instruction; the third is the cup of redemption; and the fourth is the cup of the kingdom/praise.
The bread we receive is the matzah used in Passover that is broken and without leaven/sin. It represents YSHUA’s body, broken for our healing and wholeness. YSHUA said, at this point: “Take and eat; this is My body” [Matthew 26:26].
4 Steps to Salvation
(1) Admit that you are a sinner. (2) Repent of your sins. (3) Believe that YSHUA died for your sins. (4) Go to YHWH in prayer, pray for pardon and invite YSHUA into your life as your savior and Master.
The Four Cups of the Seder/The 4 Cups of Communion
1) Admit that you are a sinner/ Recognize you are a slave (The First Cup: Rescue/Sanctification/Set Apart)
The First Cup: Rescue/Sanctification/Set Apart–“I will take you out of Egypt.”
Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” The Lost sheep of the House of Israel, or today called the Gentiles who accept Messiah as Savior
These are taken in remembrance of promises made by YHWH to His people in Exodus 6:6-7:6 “Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am YHWH, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your Elohim. Then you will know that I am YHWH your Elohim, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.”
For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to YHWH, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of Elohim is eternal life through YSHUA Messiah our Master.Romans 6:20-23
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.John 8:36
2) Repent of your sins/Recognize what sin is – INSTRUCTION Cup 2, Sinai, YHWH’s law
What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, “YOU SHALL NOT COVET.”Romans 7:7
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.1 John 3:4
The Second Cup: Deliverance/Instruction–“I will deliver you from (Egyptian) slavery.”
YHWH takes “Egypt out of them”—teaching them to think and live like free people instead of slaves ruled by a master. Jesus: Matthew 5:17 “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.
(3) Believe that YSHUA died for your sins/Redemption Cup 3 Partaking of His very essence
The Third Cup: Redemption: “I will redeem you with My power.”
John 1:12-13 “But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of YHWH. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from YHWH.”
Tradition says that when Jesus said “This cup is the new covenant in my blood which is poured out for you,” He was referring to the 3rd cup of the Passover, the Cup of Redemption. By His shed blood we can be redeemed from our bondage to sin, just as the Israelites were redeemed from their bondage to Egypt. He then said He wouldn’t drink wine again until the Kingdom had come.
But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.Matthew 15:24
Remember that at that time ye were without Messiah, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Messiah YSHUA, ye who once were far off have been brought nigh by the blood of Christ.Eph 2:11-12
Beleived to be the communion (3rd) cup, the third cup that YSHUA Raised as follows –
Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.1 Corinthians 11:28 ESV
For I received from the Master what I also delivered to you, that the Master YSHUA on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim Messiah’s death until he comes.1 Corinthians 11:23-26
(4) Go to YHWH in prayer, pray for pardon and invite YSHUA into your life as your savior and Master – The Fourth Cup: Restoration, or Completion, or Acceptance, also PRAISE HALLEL:
The Fourth Cup: Restoration, or Completion, or Acceptance, PRAISE HALLEL: “I will acquire you as My people and I will be your Elohim.”
John 19:28-30 “Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled,
YSHUA said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to YSHUA’s lips. When he had received the drink, YSHUA said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”
He had given His body and shed His blood. Phase one of the Kingdom, allowing us to receive a full pardon for our sins, had come. To fulfill the Scriptures, He took a final drink of wine. It represented the 4th Cup of the Passover, the Cup of Acceptance. It’s as if He was saying to all who would believe in Him, “I will take you as my people and I will be your Elohim.”
The 4th cup is also called the Hallel Cup Because we GIVE PRAISE—the Highest Praise Cup—a celebration cup, a time to rejoice cup, the Kingdom Party Cup. Psalms-113-118 – Hallel Psalms
John 1:14, 16 (MESSAGE) The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish…We all live off his generous bounty, gift after gift after gift…all this came through YSHUA, the Messiah.”
For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son…Col 1:13
What shall I render to YHWH For all His benefits toward me? I shall lift up the cup of salvation And call upon the name of YHWH.Ps. 116:12-13 (NASB)
Cup of Elijah the Prophet/ Learning our Ministry Mantle
- Explain the Elijah Mission in the latter days
“Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.Malachi 4:4-6
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of YHWH
: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.“ –
“The rabbis teach that Elijah will appear at some point in time (either three days or three years) before the advent of the Messiah. They anticipate that he will appear in Palestine and utter a lament over the devastation of the Holy Land. After Michael the Archangel blows his trumpet, Elijah will introduce the Messiah to the world. The Talmud claims that several wonders will accompany the coming of Elijah and the Messiah: (1) He will bring Moses back to life. (2) He will reveal the secret location of the three holy vessels that mysteriously disappeared: the Ark of the Covenant, the Flask of Manna and the container of sacred anointing oil. (3) He will carry the royal scepter of Judah which YHWH promised ‘shall not depart from Judah. . .until Shiloh come’ (Gen: 49:10). (4) He will transform the geography of the Holy Land, leveling the mountains.
Christians who understand the cyclical nature of the prophecies, understand that the Elijah figure in the latter days will be a witness to the Messiah’s coming in a pattern not ulike that given during the ministry of John the Baptist. This Viewpoint is taken from an understanding of Revelations Chapter 11
Messiah had something interesting to say about Elijah and His ministry
And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead. And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.Mat 17:9-13
John fails to recognize that he is Elijah the Prophet
And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No. Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.John 1:19-28
And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Messiah, nor Elijah, neither that prophet? John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose. These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
John falters in faith regarding the Lamb of Yah he prophecied over YSHUA. A Connection to the sign-marks of the true Elijah figure to come.
And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to YSHUA, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. Then YSHUA answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.Luke 7 19:23
These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the MASTER of the earth. And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed. They have the power to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as often as they desire.Revelation 11:4-6
Did John the Baptist recognize his mantle that was upon him?
The Talmidim clear understanding of YSHUA’s words means that the prophecy concerning the coming of Elijah was not to be taken literally. Rather it would be fulfilled ‘spiritually’ … But what does that mean? The prophecy in Malachi isn’t telling us that literal Elijah would return to earth. It is telling us (confirmed by Jesus) that someone would come in the ‘spirit of Elijah’. In other words, they would come with the same mind and character of Elijah to warn the people of their sins. To turn the people to God and PREPARE them for the soon coming of the Lord Jesus. So the prophecy would be fulfilled in a spiritual way, rather than in a literal sense.
What of John the Baptists birth?
There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before YHWH, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of YHWH blameless. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before YHWH in the order of his course, According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Master. And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.Luke 1:5-17
And there appeared unto him an angel of the MASTER standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
For he shall be great in the sight of the MASTER, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Set-Apart Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Master their ELOHIM. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for YHWH.
Micah 5:2 But you, “O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past.”
And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand: and ye shall eat it in haste; it is יהוה passover.Exo 12:11
Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said to them, Draw out, and take you a lamb, according to your families, and kill the passover.Exo 12:21
That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of יהוה 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 worshiped.Exo 12:27
And יהוה said to Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the passover: there shall no stranger eat of it.Exo 12:43
And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to יהוה , let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat of it.Exo 12:48
Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven, neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left until the morning.Exo 34:25
“In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight, is יהוה Passover.”Leviticus23:5
Let the children of Israel also keep the passover at its appointed season.Num 9:2
And Moses spoke to the children of Israel, that they should keep the passover.Num 9:4
And they kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the first month at evening in the wilderness of Sinai: according to all that יהוה commanded Moses, so did the children of Israel.Num 9:5
And there were certain men, who were defiled by the dead body of a man, that they could not keep the passover on that day: and they came before Moses and before Aaron on that day:Num 9:6
Speak to the children of Israel, saying, If any man of you or of your posterity shall be unclean by reason of a dead body, or be in a journey afar off, yet he shall keep the passover to יהוה .Num 9:10
They shall leave none of it to the morning, nor break any bone of it: according to all the ordinances of the passoverthey shall keep it.Num 9:12
But the man that is clean, and is not in a journey, and forbeareth to keep the passover, even the same soul shall be cut off from among his people: because he brought not the offering of יהוה in its appointed season, that man shall bear his sin.
And if a stranger shall sojourn among you, and will keep the passover to יהוה ; according to the ordinance of the passover, and according to the manner of it, so shall he do: ye shall have one ordinance both for the stranger, and for him that was born in the land.Num 9:14
And on the fourteenth day of the first month is the passover of יהוה .Num 28:16
And they departed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the morrow after the passover the children of Israel went out with a high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians.Num 33:3
Observe the month Abib, and keep the passover to יהוה thy אלהים: for in the month of Abib יהוה thy אלהים brought thee forth from Egypt by night.Deu 16:1
Thou shalt therefore sacrifice the passover to יהוה thy אלהים, of the flock and the herd, in the place which יהוה shall choose to place his name there.Deu 16:2
Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy gates, which יהוה thy אלהים giveth thee.Deu 16:5
But at the place which יהוה thy אלהים shall choose to place his name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passoverat evening, at the setting of the sun, at the time of thy departure from Egypt.Deu 16:6
And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at evening in the plains of Jericho.Jos 5:10
And they ate of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched cornin the same day.Jos 5:11
And the king commanded all the people, saying, Keep the passover to יהוה your אלהים , as it is written in the book of this covenant.2Ki 23:21
Surely there was not held such a passover from the days of the judges that judged Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Israel, nor of the kings of Judah.2Ki 23:22
But in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, in which this passover was held toיהוה in Jerusalem.2Ki 23:23
And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of יהוה at Jerusalem, to keep the passover to יהוה אלהים of Israel.2Ch 30:1
For the king had taken counsel, and his princes, and all the congregation in Jerusalem, to keep the passover in the second month.2Ch 30:2
So they established a decree to make proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beer-sheba even to Dan, that they should come to keep the passover to יהוה אלהים of Israel at Jerusalem: for they had not done it of a long time in the manner as it was written.2Ch 30:5
Then they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the second month: and the priests and the Levites were ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and brought in the burnt-offerings into the house of יהוה .2Ch 30:15
For a multitude of the people, even many of Ephraim, and Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet they ate the passover otherwise than it was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, The good אלהים pardon every one,2Ch 30:18
Moreover, Josiah kept a passover to יהוה in Jerusalem: and they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the first month.2Ch 35:1
So kill the passover, and sanctify yourselves, and prepare your brethren, that they may do according to the word of יהוה by the hand of Moses.2Ch 35:6
And Josiah gave to the people, of the flock, lambs and kids, all for the passover-offerings, for all that were present, to the number of thirty thousand, and three thousand bullocks: these were of the king’s substance.2Ch 35:7
And his princes gave willingly to the people, to the priests, and to the Levites: Hilkiah and Zechariah and Jehiel, rulers of the house of יהוה , gave to the priests for the passover-offerings two thousand and six hundred small cattle, and three hundred oxen.2Ch 35:8
Conaniah also, and Shemaiah, and Nethaneel, his brethren, and Hashabiah and Jehiel and Jozabad, chief of the Levites, gave to the Levites for passover-offerings five thousand small cattle, and five hundred oxen.2Ch 35:9
And they killed the passover, and the priests sprinkled the blood from their hands, and the Levites flayed them.2Ch 35:11
And they roasted the passover with fire according to the ordinance: but the other holy offerings they boiled in pots, and in caldrons, and in pans, and divided them speedily among all the people.2Ch 35:13
So all the service of יהוה was prepared the same day, to keep the passover, and to offer burnt-offerings upon the altar of יהוה , according to the commandment of king Josiah.2Ch 35:16
The children of Israel who were present kept the Passover at that time, and the feast of unleavened bread seven days. There was no Passover like that kept in Israel from the days of Samuel the prophet, nor did any of the kings of Israel keep such a Passover as Josiah kept, with the priests, the Levites, and all Judah and Israel who were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.2 Chron 35:17-18
In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah was this passover kept.2Ch 35:19
And the children of the captivity kept the passover upon the fourteenth day of the first month.Ezr 6:19
For the priests and the Levites were purified together, all of them were pure, and they killed the passover for all the children of the captivity, and for their brethren the priests, and for themselves.Ezr 6:20
In the first month, in the fourteenth day of the month, ye shall have the passover, a feast of seven days; unleavened bread shall be eaten.Eze 45:21
Ye know that after two days is the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.Mat 26:2
Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread, the disciples came to יהושע, saying to him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?Mat 26:17
And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say to him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.Mat 26:18
And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover.Mat 26:19
After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests, and the scribes, sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death.Mar 14:1
And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, his disciples said to him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare, that thou mayest eat the passover?Mar 14:12
And wherever he shall go in, say ye to the master of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guest-chamber, where I may eat the passover with my disciples?Mar 14:14
And his disciples went, and came into the city, and found as he had said to them: and they made ready the passover.Mar 14:16
Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.Luk 2:41
Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.Luk 22:1
Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed.Luk 22:7
And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare for us the passover, that we may eat.Luk 22:8
And ye shall say to the master of the house, The Master saith to thee, Where is the guest-chamber, where I may eat the passover with my disciples?Luk 22:11
And they went and found as he had said to them: and they made ready the passover.Luk 22:13
And he said to them, I have earnestly desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer.Luk 22:15
And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,Jhn 2:13
Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he performed.
And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.Jhn 6:4
And the Jews’ passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves.Jhn 11:55
Then Jesus, six days before the passover, came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.Jhn 12:1
Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.Jhn 13:1
Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment-hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover.Jhn 18:28
But ye have a custom that I should release to you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release to you the King of the Jews?Jhn 18:39
And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith to the Jews, Behold your King!Jhn 19:14
And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after the passover to bring him forth to the people.Act 12:4
Cleanse out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:1Co 5:7
Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the first-born should touch them.Heb 11:28
And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.Luk 19:44