Question [Excerpt of letter from leader of large Messianic congregation]: Are you forbidding Gentile believers to celebrate Jesus, our Passover Lamb, in a Passover setting [Q&A 6/07;10/07]? It is one of the most beautiful things, and most prophetic, that the end-time church is rediscovering its heritage in Israel....In the Millennium all nations, both Jew and Gentile, will have to celebrate the Hebrew Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles-Zechariah:14:16-21). Are we not free to keep or not keep one day above the rest?
Response: You are saying that for Gentiles to keep the Jewish Passover is a truth lost to the church and now being restored in this "end-time." Yet the "Last Supper" was not the annual Jewish Passover in remembrance of Israel's deliverance but a new "Passover" feast for the church to keep "on the first day of the week" (Acts:20:7), in remembrance of the death, burial, and resurrection of "Christ our passover" (Lk 22:19; 1 Cor:5:7).
Exodus:12:14 commands ethnic Jews to keep the Passover "a feast by an ordinance forever." The fact that Jews alone keep the Passover is the great proof that they are the chosen people to whom the Promised Land was given for an everlasting possession: "When your children shall say...what mean ye by this service?...[Y]e shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord's passover...when he smote the Egyptians and delivered our houses" (vv. 26,27). No Gentile could say that to his children-reason enough for Gentiles not to keep this Jewish feast with its special meaning! This is specifically for the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and for no one else. So says the Bible.
Moreover, for Gentiles to keep this feast weakens its intended proof. Christians (whether Jews or Gentiles) celebrate "Christ our Passover" in the breaking of bread "on the first day of the week" (Acts:20:7), as did the early church. The Jewish believers also kept the Passover once a year as commanded.
The fact that all nations will be forced to keep Sukkot during the Millennium does not justify Gentiles keeping the Passover. Nor does it illustrate freedom to keep or not to keep one day above the rest. Nor does Romans 14 refer to the Passover.