MATTHEW 12:40: “For as Jonah was THREE DAYS and THREE NIGHTS in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be THREE DAYS and THREE NIGHTS in the heart of the earth.” Those are the actual words of Jesus Christ Himself, Who we safely can assume does not lie. Each day and night cycle above most likely involves a typical 24 hour period since no other verses indicate otherwise. Most Christians believe that Jesus was crucified and buried on a Friday and resurrected on a Sunday morning because that is what they have heard or read. Their denominations have taught them that Friday night and Saturday night somehow equal three nights, or that the Bible cannot always be taken literally, or use some other reason to explain away the above verses.
JESUS WAS BURIED ON A WEDNESDAY BEFORE SUNSET. HE WAS RESURRECTED ON A SATURDAY BEFORE SUNSET.
TWO, repeat, TWO Sabbaths occurred between the time Jesus died and the time He was resurrected. The first Sabbath, an annual high holy day, was the first day of the festival of Unleavened Bread. John 19:31: “Therefore because it was the Preparation Day (a Wednesday), that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath, (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate…….. ” John 19:42: “So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews’ Preparation Day,………” Luke 23:50,52-54: “…….. Joseph …….. 52 …….. asked for the body of Jesus …….. 53 …….. and laid it in a tomb …….. 54 That day was the Preparation, and the Sabbath drew near.” The Jews always called the day before a weekly Sabbath or before an annual high Sabbath in the annual festivals, the “Preparation Day.” Some Bibles place a small reference letter next to the word “high” in John 19:31 denoting that it was a high Sabbath day, the first day of the 7 day festival of Unleavened Bread, not just a regular weekly Sabbath. Verse 53 above shows that the body of Jesus was definitely placed in a tomb, a completed act, and verse 54 shows that the day the burial occurred on was the “Preparation Day,” a day that ALWAYS PRECEDED a Sabbath day and was separate from the Sabbath day. The remainder of verse 54 shows that the Sabbath day “drew near,” meaning that it had not yet arrived but was approaching. MARK 16:1: “Now when the Sabbath (the first Sabbath, occurring on a Thursday, which was an annual high Sabbath day, the first day of the 7 day annual festival of Unleavened Bread) was PAST, Mary Magdalene, Mary, …….. and Salome BOUGHT spices that they might come and anoint him.” If the Sabbath in the above verse had been a regular weekly Sabbath and the only Sabbath that occurred between the death and resurrection of Jesus, the women must have bought the spices on Sunday during daylight hours since Jewish shopkeepers usually do not re-open their shops to sell spices at night after Saturday evening’s sunset. That idea of course is very inconsistent with several verses including John 20:1 which tells us that Mary Magdalene went to His grave Sunday morning before sunrise to discover that Jesus had already risen, which would cancel the need to buy any anointing spices, so the women must have bought their spices on the FRIDAY following the Thursday Sabbath and rested the next day, the regular weekly Sabbath which began at Friday sunset and ended at sunset Saturday. Also, Luke 24:1 reveals that the women early Sunday morning, the first day of the week, brought the prepared spices, apparently bought previously, to the tomb.
Matthew 16:21: “…….. Jesus …….. must …….. suffer …….. and …….. be killed, and be raised again the THIRD day.” Biblical days always ended at sunset. If Jesus had been resurrected just ONE SECOND past sunset on that Saturday evening, He would have been resurrected on the FOURTH DAY, Sunday, which is not possible according to the Scriptures because they repeatedly specified the third day. Luke 23:56: “They rested on the Sabbath……..” Sometime after the last Sabbath was over at Saturday sunset Mary Magdalene went to Jesus Christ’s tomb early on the first day of the week Sunday, before sunrise. John 20:1: Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was STILL DARK, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.” Mary discovered that He Had ALREADY been resurrected (Matthew 28:1-6, Mark 16:2-6). Matthew 28:1: “Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.” In the previous verse in many Bibles the singular form of the word Sabbath is actually incorrect. “NOW AFTER THE SABBATHS, as the first day of the week began……..” in Matthew 28:1 is correct, which some translations show, including The Interlinear Bible by Jay P. Green, Alfred Marshall’s Parallel New Testament in Greek and English and Ferrar Fenton’s translation. The original Greek word is sabbaton, which is sabbath in the plural, which is additional verification that TWO Sabbaths elapsed between the time Jesus was buried and the time that Mary discovered that He was gone, or resurrected. Jesus was crucified on a Wednesday afternoon and placed or buried in an empty tomb by Joseph of Arimathea the same day BEFORE sunset. Matthew 12:40 says that Jesus would be “three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Jesus therefore must have been resurrected at around the same time three days and three nights later, which would have been on Saturday before sunset. He was in the tomb all of Wednesday night, all of Thursday night, and all of Friday night (3 nights). He was in the tomb a short period of time on Wednesday day, all of Thursday day, all of Friday day, and most of Saturday day (a total of 3 days when a small part of late Wednesday just before sunset is added). The Bible does not record anyone witnessing what happened to Jesus’ tomb during the daylight hours on that Saturday. He must have risen sometime Saturday during the daytime before Saturday sunset, to be consistent with the Scriptures, which was BEFORE anytime on Sunday! Mark 16:9 states in many Bible translations that Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, but a literal translation of the original Greek is as follows: “having risen And early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary ……..” The words “having risen” is a verb in the past tense, showing that Jesus had already been resurrected, at some unknown time, before He appeared to Mary early on Sunday morning. Also, since Mark 16:9 does not appear in some of the earliest manuscripts, there is much controversy among scholars even about the authenticity of those verses. Matthew 27:63: “…….. After three days I will rise” does not necessarily contradict other verses. The original Greek word for “After” is meta, Strong’s number 3326. The main, primary, or literal definition of meta is “amid, in the midst of, or with,” and “after” is only a secondary definition. To avoid awkwardness “after” apparently was chosen by most translators as the best translation. Also, “After three days” can be technically correct and still harmonize with the other verses because that period of time can fall within or on the third day. For example, if Jesus was laid in the tomb 20 minutes before sunset on Wednesday and resurrected 8 minutes before sunset Saturday, the elapsed time would actually be in excess of three days, or after three days since Jesus spent an extra 12 minutes in the tomb.
Summarizing, since Jesus, to conform to the above Scriptures verifying the following four events, 1) MUST have been buried BEFORE sunset on one of the weekdays, 2) MUST have been in the tomb exactly THREE (3) NIGHTS, and not a minute less than 3 full nights, (three full nights, excluding all of Saturday night because it was the night that His tomb was found empty and therefore not a full night), 3) MUST have been in the tomb exactly THREE DAYS, although not 3 full days since He was resurrected on the third day, and 4) MUST have risen on the THIRD, not SECOND or FOURTH DAY, He MUST have been buried on a WEDNESDAY (if He was buried on a Thursday He would have been in the tomb all of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, and if He was buried on a Friday He would have been in the tomb all of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night) and resurrected on a SATURDAY during the day time before sunset!
JESUS CHRIST THEREFORE WAS NEVER RESURRECTED ON SUNDAY OR EVEN ANYTIME EARLY SUNDAY MORNING!
Mainstream Christianity’s claim that Jesus was resurrected on a Sunday morning is a complete myth, and Easter, a 100% man made invention, Christendom’s most important day, involves a major deception, which is a reminder of the extent of the deception most people are living under in this premillenial age. It is also a reminder of the need to, as 1 Thessalonians 5:21 says: “Prove all things,” prove what others tell you before you believe them when it comes to critically important matters, especially eternal matters. Many people believe that refraining from work on Sundays honors Jesus because they thought He was resurrected on a Sunday morning. When they learn that He must have been resurrected on a Saturday, if they attach any credibility at all to the Bible, they should then realize that any support for resting on pagan Sundays COLLAPSES INSTANTLY! Peer pressure, job concerns, and fear of what other humans will think of them if they start resting on Saturdays, though, often take precedence over any fear of God or respect for His laws. When you research “Saturday resurrection” on the internet you will find that more and more people are finally learning that Jesus really did rise on a Saturday, and they are telling others about it, too. For a more complete, expanded discussion of the resurrection of Jesus Christ visit gnmagazine.org/issues/gn03/eastercommemorate, which in turn is linked to other sites that discuss the validity of a Saturday resurrection. Also, study what is said on thercg.org/books/crwno.
The Old Covenant itself was abolished after the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, not all of the separate and eternally beneficial, humane Mosaic laws. The animal and grain sacrificial laws and circumcision law were done away with, not all of the other Old Testament laws. Both the Old and New Testaments then become harmonious, and Jesus’ dire warning in Matthew 7:21-23, using the anomia word, about living apart from the Mosaic laws makes sense. The Old Testament promised only physical blessings for obedience, not the gifts of the Holy Spirit and immortality which the New Covenant now promises to those that obey all of the Lord’s laws that are still applicable today.
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