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Judeo-Christian Studies

Pesach Pilgrimage and Omer Offering to the G–d of Israel on the Temple Mount

On the third day of Pesach, 17th Nisan (Tuesday 10th April, 2001), The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement will hold their annual Pesach Pilgrimage to the Temple Mount and will bring the Omer offering (the first wheat from the fields of Israel. The offering will be cut from the fields of Israel and will be carried by the pilgrims as an offering to the G–d of Israel exactly as was done in the time of the First and Second Temples according to the Word of G–d in the Torah:
"And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the people of Israel, and say to them, When you come to the land which I give to you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest; And he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted for you; on the next day after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. And you shall offer that day when you wave the sheaf a male lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering to the Lord. And the meal offering of it shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to the Lord for a sweet savour; and the drink offering of it shall be of wine, the fourth part of a hin. And you shall eat nor bread, nor parched grain, nor green ears, until the same day that you have brought an offering to your God; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings." (Leviticus23:9-14)

"You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; nor shall the sacrifice of the Feast of the Passover be left to the morning. The first of the first fruits of your land you shall bring to the house of the Lord your God." (Exodus34:25,26a)

The pilgrimage to the Temple Mount on Israel's three pilgrim festivals were the most exciting events in the life of the people of Israel when they came to the hill of G–d and to the temple to meet the G–d of Israel and as He said, to see Him and to be seen by Him. During Pesach they brought the Pesach sacrifice from all the corners of the land of Israel and the omer, the first wheat from the fields, as an offering for the G–d of Israel as an offering before they started to eat the wheat or the fruits of the ground and the first of their flocks and herds. They did the same at the feasts of Shavuot and Tabernacles when they brought the first fruits of the ground and trees as an offering to G–d to thank Him for the blessings which He had poured out on them in their holy land. When all the people of Israel met on the Temple Mount and in Jerusalem during these pilgrimages they felt what G–d commanded them to be, the united nation of the G–d of Israel. It was one of the most unique events to see all the people of Israel walking on the fields of Israel and even from far places, carrying the offerings for G–d and with their faces towards the tm and Jerusalem, the city that they loved so much, and the temple on the hill which was for them their heart, soul and eternal focus for the one reason that the G–d of Israel dwelt there.

The Pesach sacrifice was, perhaps, the most important and exciting sacrifice throughout the history of Israel. It expressed the saving of Israel from Egypt by G–d and Israel becoming one nation, the nation of G–d. According to the Word of G–d in the Torah, this sacrifice was to be an eternal sacrifice. It was to be made by every individual or family on the evening of the 14th day of Nisan on the altar in the temple and be eaten in a special gathering and ceremony which is held by families or groups called a Seder. It had to eaten before midnight on the night of the Seder. It had to be eaten only on the Temple Mount or in Jerusalem. The Pesach Seder is celebrated in Israel until today as well as in all other Jewish communities all over the world. As the temple is still in ruins, each family places a piece of lamb or a chicken on the Seder plate as a memorial of the Pesach sacrifice and in order not to forget that it should soon be renewed in the rebuilt temple. Pesach is celebrated for 7 days. The first and last days are days of rest on which no work is allowed to be done. For the full period, nobody is allowed to eat leavened bread (chametz), only matzot exactly as G–d commanded Israel:

"And in the fourteenth day of the first month is the Passover of the Lord. And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast; seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten. In the first day shall be a holy gathering; you shall do no manner of labour in it; But you shall offer a sacrifice made by fire for a burnt offering to the Lord; two young bulls, and one ram, and seven lambs of the first year; they shall be to you without blemish; And their meal offering shall be of flour mixed with oil; three tenth measures shall you offer for a bull, and two tenth measures for a ram; A tenth measure shall you offer for every lamb, for the seven lambs. And one goat for a sin offering, to make an atonement for you. You shall offer these beside the burnt offering in the morning, which is for a continual burnt offering. After this ordinance you shall offer daily, throughout the seven days, the food of the sacrifice made by fire, of a sweet savour to the Lord; it shall be offered beside the continual burnt offering, and its drink offering. And on the seventh day you shall have a holy gathering; you shall do no labour." (Numbers 28:16-25)
The commandment of G–d in the Torah states very clearly:
"Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover to the Lord your God; for in the month of Abib the Lord your God brought you out of Egypt by night. You shall therefore sacrifice the Passover to the Lord your God, of the flock and the herd, in the place which the Lord shall choose to place his name there. You shall eat no leavened bread with it; seven days shall you eat unleavened bread with it, the bread of affliction; for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste; that you may remember the day when you came out of the land of Egypt all the days of your life. And there shall be no leavened bread seen with you in all your border seven days; neither shall there any thing of the meat, which you sacrificed the first day at the evening, remain all night until the morning. You may not sacrifice the Passover inside any of your gates, which the Lord your God gives you; But at the place which the Lord your God shall choose to place his name in, there you shall sacrifice the Passover at the evening, at the going down of the sun, in the season when you came out of Egypt. And you shall roast and eat it in the place which the Lord your God shall choose; and you shall turn in the morning, and go to your tents. Six days you shall eat unleavened bread; and on the seventh day shall be a solemn assembly to the Lord your God; you shall do no work in it." (Deuteronomy16:1-8)
In Jewish tradition, the month of Nisan is called the month of redemption. This tradition holds that Israel was redeemed in Nisan at Pesach and they will again be redeemed in Nisan at Pesach. Every year the Jewish people prayed and expected to be redeemed again in this month. Our prayers follow this month for a complete redemption of Israel, for the rebuilding of the temple and the coming of Mashiach ben David.

The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement has renewed the Pesach sacrifice in the life of Israel over the last 3 years. As we could not perform this very holy sacrifice on the Temple Mount because of the situation, we decided in any case to perform it on a hill overlooking the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and to open a new era in the life of Israel and to take the first step for the sacrifice of the Pesach sacrifice in the place where it should be done according to the Word of G–d, on the Temple Mount. Every year we do our best to perform this sacrifice on the Temple Mount and only when we cannot perform it there do we hold in on the hill of Hannaniah where the high priest used to live in biblical times. We always remember the tradition which started after the destruction of the temple that once the Pesach sacrifice is again performed for the first time on the Temple Mount it will open the door for the complete redemption of the temple, the rebuilding of the temple and the coming of Mashiach ben David. It is not a mystical tradition but a very practical one. Its meaning is very clear: once Israel trusts in G–d and is emboldened to fulfil His expectations of her in these prophetic end-times in which we are now living, then the Temple Mount will be liberated by Israel, and with it, Jerusalem, the land and all the people of Israel. Israel's return in all faithfulness to the Temple Mount, the G–d of Israel and His values, will open a new era when all the enemies of Israel will be defeated and the land and people of Israel will be free. We trust and know in the Word of G–d that the destiny of Israel and even of all the world depends on and is connected to this holy hill of G–d where He dwells among His people, Israel. Even the desire of the enemies and the nations to take the promised land away from Israel will pass away. G–d says this to Israel very clearly in Exodus:

"For I will cast out the nations before you, and enlarge your borders; nor shall any man desire your land, when you shall go up to appear before the Lord your God thrice in the year." (Exodus34:24)
The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement have made every effort to perform the Pesach sacrifice this year on the Temple Mount. However, because of the situation in Israel the Israeli authorities have again not allowed us to do so on the Temple Mount. Again they showed their weakness and their fear of the Arabic reaction and the reaction of the great powers. But we shall never give up. We know and believe that it cannot be stopped for much longer and soon the gates of the Temple Mount will be open to the Pesach sacrifice and the rebuilding of the temple. nobody can prevent the godly process of the redemption of the people and land of Israel.

This year the 14th day of Nisan falls on Shabbat. For this reason that we cannot even perform the sacrifice outside the Temple Mount on the hill of Hannaniah. On a Shabbat the sacrifice can only be performed on the Temple Mount and in the temple.

In order not to miss this godly event, we decided to perform the Pesach sacrifice on the 14th day of the following month, Iyar (7th May). On the 15th day of Iyar, according to the commandment of G–d there is a second Pesach for those who could not observe it on the original date because he was unclean or on a journey:

"And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the people of Israel, saying, If any man of you or of your posterity shall be unclean because of a dead body, or is in a journey far away, he shall still keep the Passover to the Lord. The fourteenth day of the second month at evening they shall keep it, and eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs." (Number 9:9-11)
We hope and pray and will do our best to perform this sacrifice in Iyar on the Temple Mount.

As we said, on the 10th April at 9:30 AM The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement will march to the Temple Mount for the pilgrimage and to bring the omer as an offering to the G–d of Israel. We shall also pray the holiday prayers and swear faithfulness to the G–d of Israel, to His holy mountain, to Jerusalem and to the land of Israel. Our statement will be that we shall not allow the Temple Mount, the heart of the Israeli nation, to fall again. It will also be a march of sovereignty and loyalty with the blowing of shofars. We shall also demonstrate asking that the barbaric destruction of the holy remains of the First and Second Temples be immediately stopped and that they not be allowed to steal any of the remains from the holy temples. On the Temple Mount in front fo the G–d and people of Israel we shall renew the eternal covenant between G–d, Israel and the promised land. Then we shall march around the walls of the Temple Mount and blow the shofars exactly as Joshua ben Nun did at Jericho in order to bring down the walls of hatred against the G–d and people of Israel. We shall specially march to the Eastern Gate (Sha'ar haRachamim or Mercy Gate) where we shall demand of the Israeli Government that this holy gate be opened spiritually and physically and with it the way for Mashiach ben David, to purify the Temple Mount from the pagan presence and worship, to rebuild the temple and to fly the flag of the G–d and people of Israel over it. We shall state that we shall never move again from this most holy place of Israel.

This important, historic and exciting event will be an important step in the campaign of The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement for the rebuilding of the temple and for the fulfilment of G–d's prophetic end-time plans in the life of this generation. Nobody can prevent this historical godly march and soon we shall see the godly fulfilment. In G–d and His promises we trust!

Everyone in Israel and all over the world is called on to come and participate in this godly event. It will be a great privilege and blessing for everyone to have a part in this prophetic, godly, end-time event. Everybody is called on to assist and stand together with The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement in her historic, godly campaign and struggle to bring the G–d of Israel and His holy values to the centre of the life of Israel and all mankind in His rebuilt house.

We wish everyone Hag Sameach and a holiday of redemption and G–d's blessings upon Israel and all her wonderful friends all over the world and on all mankind.

Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement


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