For Judaism, the real basis of the problem and great false teaching is this: Judaism claims to truly follow the God of Abraham, but doesn't observe Passover as God instructed in Leviticus 23, "In the fourteenth day of the first month at even (Heb. "between the evenings"-ben ha arbayim) is the Lord's Passover" (Lev. 23:4). Instead, Judaism observes Passover after the fourteenth day, on the beginning of the fifteenth, which is the first day of Unleavened Bread—a High Day—an annual Sabbath. But God clearly says it is to be observed in the fourteenth day.
If you keep Passover, when do you begin its observance? Does it begin before or after sunset of the 14th day of the first month? If you are one of those who starts this observance before sundown on the 14th, how much of your service is actually in the 14th and how much is in the 15th?
Of all people, those of Judaism, who keep the weekly seventh-day Sabbath, know when the Sabbath begins and when it ends.
They don't need a Rabbi to tell them what this command means because they have grown up with the knowledge of sunset to sunset in the counting of this Holy Day. There is one exception to this; some Rabbis teach a six p.m. to six p.m. observance for the Sabbath, regardless of when the sun sets, but even a child would understand that such reasoning is not obedience to God's instruction.
Any correctly kept Sabbath observance among those in Judaism is between the two evenings. The beginning of "even" is when the sun sets on the sixth day. The Sabbath begins at the very time of sunset and lasts until the following "even," which ends the seventh day. This is their own definition of "ben ha erbayim." However, they will not acknowledge it for the observance of Passover, but they do acknowledge it for the weekly Sabbath and annual Holy Days.
Passover is recognized as one of the holiest days in Judaism, but it is observed on the wrong day and not even in the way they are instructed. Those who follow Judaism have followed the false doctrines of their teachers. Most of them don't even know their history of how this change came about, moving the observance of Passover from the beginning of the evening on the fourteenth to the immediate period following the fourteenth, in the beginning of the evening on the fifteenth.
None of this is said as an attack on Jewish people, but it is said out of love that they might acknowledge their wrong ways, repent and truly turn to the one true God of all the earth—the true God of Abraham. Judaism has lost sight of God's true will and His spiritual promises because of their disobedience to God's instruction concerning the Passover observance.
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