Note: In 2017, Passover is April 11th and Easter is April 16th.
THE PASSOVER SEDER and the Easter events share identical symbology. Jews and Christians are links in the same chain of mankind’s spiritual odyssey through this physical, third dimensional plane, the physical life form of Earth.
Pagan ceremonies of earlier civilizations and cultures which worshipped nature forces as part of Creative Energy as It expresses in all life forms likewise portray this same drama: the buds of spring burst with new life form out of the hardened earth, awakening from the deathlike sleep of winter.
Jesus, the Messiah of the Jews, foreseeing his own inevitable and long-prophesied passing over from the physical form in order to enter into the promised land (the eternal light-form or resurrected body, which is comprised of pure spiritual essence and energy), called together his disciples for the Last Supper to dramatize this initiation for them.
Jesus, the greatest rabbi (teacher) of parables and symbols, knew his personal demonstration had to be a reenactment of the Passover through the crucifixion–resurrection initiation. Just as our spiritual forebears en masse had enacted in dramatic sequence the freeing of the children of God from bondage to the physical plane, he had to prove man’s Sonship relationship with our eternal Father-Mother God.
The word seder [Hebrew for “order, arrangement”] denotes ritual; dramatic presentation. So, Jesus as the Messiah and as a master of symbology dramatized scene by scene that what takes place within the individual man is but a miniature replica of the events the sons of God (the chosen ones) played out for the entire race consciousness around fourteen hundred years earlier.
Ages of Progress
When Moses — who was a previous incarnation of Sananda/Jesus, the spiritual Prince and ruler of Earth planet — led the Israelites out of Egypt, mankind on Earth had left the Age of Taurus and had entered the Age of Aries. Taurus is the material body of sensuousness, as also is symbolized by Egypt. Aries is the meek lamb which must be led, and learns through mental application and intellectuality.
Moses himself protested unto God that he (the lamb) was too meek and mild to be heeded seriously by the powerful and willful Pharaoh of Egypt (ruler or lord over physical personality and self-will consciousness).
Then it took forty years of preparation and transition in the arid, seemingly unproductive desert before the Israelites (spiritual thoughts) could accept the commandments of God which lead inevitably into the promised land (spiritual consciousness).
Two thousand years ago when Jesus, fulfilling prophecies, enacted the crucifixion–resurrection ceremony, the race on this planet entered into the Piscean Age. This was a final step or sign in man’s zodiacal odyssey. His attempt to swim in two opposite directions (mortality versus immortality) would end in this period.
Once again the ages of man’s odyssey are transiting a symbolic interim period of forty years [1960–2000]. This is the Mark Age [age of marks and signs], the period of the Latter Days; also referred to as the cleansing or purification time, the last judgment, the Battle of Armageddon.
From out of the old, the new is born. Jesus knew this. It is the reason he performed the Seder rites for the twelve apostles at the Last Supper before submitting to his crucifixion–resurrection initiation.
From out of the Piscean struggle, mankind will enter as a united brotherhood into the Aquarian Age for the next two thousand years, following the completion of the symbolic forty-year program of the Latter Days, after the year 2000. In the Age of Aquarius the waters of the Holy Spirit (Jehovah in us, the Christ Self) pour down upon all on Earth equally. From this heavenly nourishment springs up new life form: spiritual ideas, inspirations, hopes and dedications for a new heaven upon a new Earth.
Therefore, during the Last Supper when Jesus gave his apostles the unleavened bread, saying, “This is my body; eat it in commemoration of me,” he knew that as part of the ritual Seder there are three pieces of matzos to be taken in memory of the three measures their ancestor and spiritual father Abraham had prepared for his three visitors [Genesis 18]. Metaphysically, these represent our three stages of consciousness: spiritual Self, conscious personality, and subconscious or soul memory.
When the Master bade them drink the wine of the Seder, “This is my blood,” it was part of the drama of the Paschal Lamb, whose blood or life force is consciously sought and accepted in four consecutive steps, and is taken during the Seder with four separate glasses of wine. These four steps must be taken to complete the preparations for transmuting the mortal consciousness and physical body into the resurrected Self and its light-body form.
First. The Lord (law of the universe) promises: I will take you out of bondage.
Second. The Lord promises: I will save you during the trials of pestilence and storm (disease, disharmony, all obstacles of the natural world).
Third. The Lord vows: I will free you from all bondage. (Once out of mortal bondage, and exploring spiritual truths, man is eternally free and nothing can hold him back again.)
Fourth. The Lord anoints you and takes you for His chosen one. (You are Christed, a living son of God, a chosen one because you yourself choose God; a living testament of the first commandment: There is only one God.)
During the Seder, moror, a bitter herb, is served to remind us of our slavery days in the land of Egypt. Each of us is trapped or enslaved by our mortal-body consciousness and our sensual desires until our spiritual Self leads us out of it. The spiritual or Christ Self, like Moses, is meek, mild, firm and determined, never discouraged.
Then a roasted egg is prepared for each one as a reminder that a new life form is ready to emerge from the broken and cracked shell of our old ways of thinking; or, as in the crucifixion ceremony, the resurrected light-body rises up from out of the cracked and broken physical form from which we have passed over.
At the end of the Seder, charoseth, a sweet concoction, is served. This is the promise of the sweetness of the freedom from the bondage of our mortal, sensual selves.
Centered on the Seder table is the roasted lamb bone. The age of the meek, mortal lamb must be burned away in order to make ready for the Messiah to come. The mastership of our spiritual Selves emerges from the ashes of the old form and body, our mortal personality.
In the past several thousand years since the Age of Aries, the Jewish Seder has been climaxed by the leader (oldest in the family) pouring an extra glass of wine, asking the youngest child (the future) to open the front door of the house (our body temple) in order to welcome the Messiah (the Christ Self) who is expected momentarily.
This final step in the Seder, as in the crucifixion–resurrection initiation, is to open the door of our hearts and minds and let the personal messiah (Jehovah within) enter in and take over our entire being. Our Sonship relationship with Father-Mother God rises up within us and takes command of all our thoughts, affairs and experiences for ever and ever.
Jesus, the king of the Jews, the long-expected Messiah, thus indicated this to his apostles at that last Seder supper. He impressed on them — and, through them, all mankind — that his impending crucifixion–resurrection initiation was parallel to the Israelites passing over from Egypt (bondage to the physical, mortal world) and entering into the promised land (the immortal form of the Christ Self which is the light body).
Prophecies of many faiths and peoples, Hebraic and Christian as well as others, remind us that the Messiah is to come to Earth a second time. Sananda, last incarnated as Jesus of Nazareth, will return to demonstrate again his eternal light-form which ascended two thousand years ago.
Meanwhile, we must cleanse and prepare during this symbolic forty-year period of the Latter Days, and lead man of Earth into the promised consciousness of the spiritual Self, in full power and control over all affairs of this physical dimension and expressions of Earth. So be it.
NADA-YOLANDA (1925–2005), cofounder and original channel-prophetess of Mark-Age, wrote this article from her own personal experience and growth in her recent life expression. She was born Pauline Sharpe of Jewish parentage in Brooklyn, New York.
From earliest childhood she was driven by a compelling urge to find her Teacher. Not until she was thirty was The Sermon on the Mount by Emmet Fox literally placed in her hands by unseen forces. Reading it in one sitting, she finally found peace. Her Teacher had appeared. Her search now was ended. Her spiritual unfoldment began immediately. The apostles began to appear in vision and write through her automatically. Their first instruction was, “You are to prepare for the Second Coming.” (See Nada-Yolanda’s Autobiography of a Prophet.)
This took some adjustment because of her childhood background and religious training. Thenceforth, when anyone questioned her mission for Jesus, she replied joyfully: “Why not? He was the greatest Jew who ever lived. He is the Messiah, the anointed one, the Christed son of God.”
Reprinted and revised from an article published in April 1973 in our then-periodical MAIN magazine.
Photos: (1) Christ at 33 by Heinrich Hofmann. (2) The Law Given on Mt. Sinai (to Moses) by C. F. Vos. (3) The Last Supper, artist unknown. (4) Nada-Yolanda, 1960, Mark-Age Archives.