#1. ON WHAT DAY WAS CHRIST CRUCIFIED?
#2. ON WHAT DAY DID HE RESURRECT?
Saints of God, you may have been deceived for too long!
Friends, Christ did NOT die on Good Friday!
Brothers and Sisters, Christ did NOT rise on Sunday morning!
God warned, “And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity.” [Jeremiah 9:5]
Jesus also warned us to beware of deception (Matthew 24:4).
Study YOUR Bible very well and you will discover the truth. Jesus says the truth you know and live by shall set you free (John 8:32). Why is this knowledge important? Because it gives you an amazing victory in the Resurrection Power of Jesus Christ! By the way, I am not a Zionist, but a lover of the truth as found in God’s Holy Word.
Jesus foretold, “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” [Matthew 12:40]
What was the experience of Jonah?
“Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” [Jonah 1:17]
Not on Good Friday?
This brings us to the question, “Did Jesus Christ die on Friday and rose on Sunday morning?” If it was Friday, let us reason it out. Remember, He said He would be in the grave for three days and three nights. So we have:
Friday night, Saturday night…. no Sunday night = 2 nights (since He was already risen in the morning)
Saturday morning…. Sunday morning = 2 days (Friday daylight excluded because he was not buried until evening).
That’s not three days and three nights, it will only make Him a liar! And we know that it is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18).
Let us get into an understanding of the Jewish Days and Calendar.
“What does the Torah say? ‘It was evening and it was morning, one day.’ There, we can see that first 24-hour day began with night and ended with day, and it has been that way ever since,” says Rabbi Mendy Hecht.
Hebrew Lesson column writer, John J. Parsons gives us further insight: “The Hebrew day (yom) begins at sundown, when three stars become visible in the sky (the rabbis reasoned that the day begins at sunset based on the description of God’s activity in creation, ‘and the evening and the morning were the first day,’ Genesis 1:5). Evening is sometimes defined as the late afternoon, that is, between 3:00 pm to sundown.
“Since the Jewish day (yom) begins at sundown, you must remember that a Jewish holiday actually begins on the night before the day listed in a Jewish calendar. For example, Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) occurs on Nisan 27, which actually begins after sundown on the previous day. Thus a given Jewish holiday spans two days on our Gregorian calendar. Most Jewish calendars do not indicate the previous night as part of the holiday. Observance of a holiday begins at sundown on the day before it is listed on the calendar!” (http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Calendar/calendar.html)
Jesus Did NOT Resurrect on Sunday Morning?
The other thing that really makes Sunday morning implausible is that in the Jewish order of day, which is ‘the evening and the morning were the first day,’ Genesis 1:5). This means that Saturday evening and Sunday morning can only make a full day. But what does the Bible say about Jesus rising on Sunday morning?
“The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.”
This was definitely BEFORE sunrise! Then that reduces the days spent in the grave by another day because it was not a full day as it was not yet sunrise. Check your Bible very well, where does it say He rose on Sunday morning?
The closest references are Matthew 28:1 and Mark 16:9, “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.” We already have evidence that Mary visited the sepulchre before dawn and Jesus was already gone. But afterwards, Jesus appeared to her and this is about the account of His first appearance and not resurrection. He was already raised!
When compared with other Scriptures, it is certain that the verse should have rendered: “Now when Jesus was risen, early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.”
Matthew 28:1 makes this clearer, “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.” The Scripture says, “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week….” That means BEFORE Sunday morning.
When EXACTLY Did He Die?
For Jesus to spend three days and three nights in the grave, we need to know the day He died and calculate THREE evenings and mornings. So when exactly did He die?
This takes us back to the Jewish Calendar and order of things. There are usually weekly Sabbaths (or Shabbaths) and two annual Sabbaths – the Passover and Pentecost. The weekly Sabbath starts on Friday from sundown until sundown on Saturday.
With this background in mind, Christ was not crucified on any of the Sabbaths of this period either. How do we know this? Mark 16:1 showed us this as well.
“And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.”
In the period of time between Christ’s death and His resurrection, there were two Sabbaths. The first one was the annual Sabbath on Nisan 15 (Passover Feast), and the second one was the weekly Sabbath that fell on Nisan 17. There was a day between those two Sabbaths in which the women went to buy spices to prepare the body of Christ (Mark 16:1). Please do not forget that they had to split the sacrifice of the animals over two days, on the first day the LAMBS would be slain, and on the following day the RAMS would be slain this was because of the sheer numbers of people.
John the apostle also informed us that Jesus was crucified at the preparation of the first Sabbath. He narrated:
“Since it was the day of Preparation, in order to prevent the bodies from hanging on the cross on the Sabbath–for that Sabbath was a very solemn and important one–the Jews requested Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken away.” [John 19:31AMP] But Jesus was already dead at the time of the evening sacrifice!
The nation of Israel would normally prepare for the Passover on Nisan 14. It was on this day that the lambs were taken to the priests and sacrificed. Then each family took the dead lamb to their respective homes and roasted it. The lamb was eaten that night (Nisan 15). Nothing was left over.
Remember each day starts at sundown. This festival was actually inaugurated in Egypt at the time of Moses (Exodus 12:11). For the present study, we would not look into the Second Annual Sabbath, which takes place at the time of Pentecost.
Now that we know that the three women had a small space of time between that annual Sabbath and weekly Sabbath to shop and get spices to anoint the body of Jesus. When was this day? It was the Friday morning, “when the Sabbath was past”.
“And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath.” [Mark 15:42, Luke 23:54] This was the record AFTER His death and just BEFORE His burial [See Mark 15:43-46].
This Sabbath was the Annual Sabbath, which was the Passover and the weekly Sabbath would follow with just a day in-between.
The clue we are left with of the day of His death was that “it was the preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath”. That day can only be Wednesday! Christ was crucified on a Good Wednesday (on the day Passover started) and not Friday as we have been misled to believe.
Mark 15:34 ninth hour…. which is three o’clock….
At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, eloi, lema sabachthani?”, which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” [Mark 15:34 ISV]
It’s the same time as the time of the evening sacrifice, it was the time He died; the exact hour of burial was irrelevant, it was the time of death that mattered; remember the other two thieves were not dead and they had to break their legs so they could die.
He was CRUCIFIED at the third hour (9AM), then it was from the ninth hour (3PM) when He died, that they started making preparations for His burial, it was never left till the morning. How do we know God would never allow His body to be left till the morning?
God commanded it, “You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the Passover be left to the morning.” [Exodus 34:25]
A lack of understanding about Jewish hours and the Roman hours can easily mislead the recorded times.
I have noted that many Bible scholars assumed or misinterpreted that He was crucified at 3PM and died at 9PM….. BIG mistake!
If we miss the interpretation of the 3rd hour or 9th hour, it will change things and make it look as if Christ spent 3nights and 4days.
The Scriptures gave us clue that He wasn’t buried at 3PM, because of all the protocols…. Joseph taking permission from Pilate, the certification that He was dead, the preparation of His Body according to Jewish customs, etc.; they took several hours before He was finally buried, so He was buried that night between 9-10PM that same day.
He Did Not Spend 4 Days In The Grave!
If Christ was crucified on Wednesday, why are we taught that He rose on Sunday morning? As proven above, since He predicted that He would spend three days and three nights, how then could He have risen on Sunday morning? That will take His time in the grave to FOUR days, by which time His body would have started decaying (Psalm 16:10, Acts 2:27).
Jesus NEVER said He would resurrect AFTER or BEFORE three days, it was His accusers (of the devil) who did. In Matthew 27:63, “Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.”
Jesus actually said IN three days. He was precise. “Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” [John 2:19, Matthew 12:40].
If He did not rise on the fourth day, when did He rise? Let us calculate it:
Wednesday night, Thursday night, Friday night = 3nights
Thursday morning, Friday morning, Saturday morning = 3days
He was resurrected on Saturday!
And thank God, we have a copy of the Calendar of that Year that Christ was crucified. It was AD31. The date of the Passover – 15 Nisan was Thursday for that year. This only confirmed that Jesus died the previous day, 14 Nisan, Wednesday!
[* Jewish Calendar for AD31 Jewish Calendar AD 31 – The Calendar itself was acquired from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and according to them, they are accurate to the second. Please note that actual dates for the Sacrifice, the Passover Feast, these are important dates of the Calendar itself.]
Okay, there is still further evidence that Jesus was crucified on Wednesday 25 AD31. It’s in the Bible when God gave the command to Moses and Israel in Exodus and Leviticus.
Leviticus 23:5 In the fourteenth day of the first month between the evenings is Yahweh’s passover.
Leviticus 23:6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto Yahweh: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.
Leviticus 23:7 In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
Leviticus 23:8 But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto Yahweh seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.
Leviticus 23:5 fully seals the evidence of the day of His death, which was 14 Nisan (Wednesday from Calendar) and not 16 Nisan (Friday from Calendar) as we have been made to follow.
“Further, the prophet Daniel gave a prophecy he described as “seventy weeks” (Dan. 9:24-27). In this prophecy, the Messiah was foretold to be cut off “in the midst of the week.” Wednesday is literally the fourth, or middle day, of a seven-day week. So then, it was in the “midst of the week” that Christ was “cut off.” (It should be noted that this prophecy in Daniel was a foretelling of Christ also being “cut off” in the midst of His ministry—after 3 1/2 years [Fall A.D. 27 to Spring A.D. 31]—if the biblical application of “a day for a year” is properly applied to the seventieth week of that prophecy.)”, wrote David C. Pack. It was the very precise time in the history of time!
But at what time did He resurrect? We have one more clue from the Old Testament and it was during the time of Elijah on Mount Carmel.
God Demonstrated The Resurrection in The Old Testament
1Kings 18:29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.
1Kings 18:30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.
1Kings 18:31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:
1Kings 18:32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.
1Kings 18:33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.
1Kings 18:34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.
1Kings 18:35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.
1Kings 18:36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.
1Kings 18:37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
1Kings 18:38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
1Kings 18:39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.
Only God Could Do It!
“They said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.” [1Kings 18:39]
“And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.” [John 20:28]
All these are not coincidences, they are shreds of evidence of God’s Eternal Plan.
The sacrifice was burnt and taken out or disappeared at the exact time Jesus died on that Glorious Wednesday at 3pm! Then, true to His promise of three days and three nights, He rose on Saturday at 3pm precisely! Starting with Wednesday night, it was completed at the end of day on Saturday. Three days and three nights were fulfilled.
You say, “But they still had to roll away the tomb so He could come out of the grave.” No. He now had a body with which He could move effortlessly through time and space unhindered. Yes, because the timid, disheartened, depressed disciples needed to see that God had done what He promised to do!
“And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” [1 Corinthians 15:4].
Only God could have done it! Only He could have sent fire from heaven to consume the offering on the altar or raise the dead in the tomb – “The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.”
God The Father raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 10:9), Jesus raised Himself from the dead (John 2:19-21; John 10:17-18), and The Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 8:11).
Covered With Water – Three Times!
Why four barrels of water? For four days the Passover Lamb would be examined by the High Priest to make sure it was clean and worthy of sacrifice. For four days, before Jesus was sacrificed on the Cross, He was critically examined by the Priests, Herod, Pilate and the people and the conclusion was – no sin was found in Him. He was fully obedient to the Word (Luke 23:14-15, John 14:30).
“And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.” The whole altar was soaked with water to make sure, there was no strange fire or object, no compromise and no deception.
Why three times? Cleanliness comes through the examination by and obedience in the Word.
The water represented the mystery and authority of His Word – Genesis 1:1, Psalm 138:2, John 1:1-3, 1 John 5:7. The water was also meant to be like a seal – remember the tomb was sealed to make sure.
Fire From The Lord Fell
At the ninth hour, the time of the evening sacrifice, Elijah prayed and then the fire from the Almighty God fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice.
The fire represented the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:2-3). This was exactly what happened to the body of Jesus Christ. The power of resurrection entered the Body of Christ and consummated God’s sacrifice on the altar (tomb). The Holy Spirit came into the dead Body of Jesus at the time of the evening sacrifice just like the dead body of that animal was absorbed/evacuated/taken away from death!
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”
[1 Corinthians 15:55]
Just as the Father answered Elijah and sent fire to take away the bullock from death, so did Him to the body of Jesus Christ by His Spirit (Romans 10:9; 8:11). This is a further prove of the mystery of the Godhead.
Lord said in Leviticus 23:8, “But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto Yahweh seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.”
The stones represent the heart of man, which is deceitful and desperately wicked. Only God can transform it (Romans 12:2), hence the need for the water (the rhema Word) to be poured on it.
The bullock and the shed blood is a life given over completely God, poured out in a willingly sacrifice to Him (spirit, soul and body), like the three Hebrew children (Daniel 3:16-18) or Hadassah (Esther 4:16).
Why Is This Vital To Know?
Most believers don’t live in willful sin. A professed believer whose lifestyle is no different from that seen on the street is doubtful to have any relationship with Christ. He finds it easy to fornicate, cheat, fight, steal or even kill. No, a born again Christian is not like that, if you are, you need to ask Christ to save you from sin.
Then another good percentage lives for self. They would rather indulge in the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and pride of life. They are self-serving, they hardly fast and spend time with God, they would rather stuff their ever-bulging stomach with all their tongue craves. They would rather spend hours on end watching television than spend one in prayer.
Then some live in agreement with the devil, through obedience to the traditions of men such as celebrations of Easter instead of Resurrection. They say it has Christ in it; they have forgotten that a man may sincerely offer a wrong sacrifice such as swine instead of clean lamb or offer vegetables instead of clean lamb.
“The occurrence of the term ‘Easter,’ as used in this only instance where the word is found in our common English Bible, is a mistranslation of the Greek word Pascha. The word Pascha should properly have been translated ‘Passover’ [Strong’s Bible Concordance, New Testament word #3957, Pascha—the festival of Passover]. It has been correctly translated Passover in most modern translations of the Bible. The corresponding word in the Hebrew Old Testament is Strong’s #6453, Pecach—also defined as Passover.” [source: Dawn Bible Students]
Goddess Ostara (Ishtar, also spelt, “Eostre”), for whom “Easter” is named is one of the Illuminati’s Human Sacrifice Nights. Easter is a shifting date using the common practice of Astrology; it is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first new moon after Ostara.
This date has nothing to do with the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ! Rather, this day in the pagan tradition celebrates the return of Semiramis into her reincarnated form of the Spring Goddess. The pagans even have an equivalent to the day Jesus died, it is the “Easter Friday”, and has historically been timed to be the third full moon from the start of the year.
We need to realize that this is nothing but a marriage of pagan Easter, the “Good Friday” and to Jesus’ death and resurrection. The Easter days are permanently fixed days of Friday and Sunday. But from the above, apart from the fact that Jesus did not die on a Friday, the correct day was 14 Nisan, which is flexible, in accordance to Jewish Calendar.
Easter is steeped in the Babylonian Mysteries, which is probably the single most evil idolatrous system ever invented by Satan!”
All throughout the prophetic Scriptures, we see God declaring His final judgment upon wicked Babylon! Yet, every year, preachers fervently arrange and celebrate the “Easter” as though it were Godly. Some Independent Baptist preachers have begun referring to this day celebrating Jesus’ resurrection as “Resurrection Sunday”, in order to separate the day from the pagan celebration.
The Babylonian goddess, Ishtar, is the one for whom Easter is named and celebrated; [“Pagan Traditions of Holidays” p. 9] in reality, she was Semiramis, wife of Nimrod, and the real founder of the Satanic Babylonian Mysteries. After Nimrod died, Semiramis created the legend that he was really her Divine Son born to her in a Virgin Birth. She is considered to be the co-founder of all occult religions, along with Nimrod.
Know this once and for all time’s sake that the Easter – the day of Ishtar – is celebrated widely among various cultures and religions on earth. See below:
1. Babylon – Ishtar (Easter) also called the Moon Goddess
2. Catholics – Virgin Mary (Queen of Heaven)
3. Chinese – Shingmoo
4. Druids – Virgo Paritura
5. Egypt – Isis
6. The Pagan Ephesians – Dianna
7. Etruscans – Nutria
8. Germans (Ancient) – Hertha
9. Greeks – Aphrodite/Ceres
10. India – Isi/Indrani
11. Ancient Jews – Ashtaroth (Queen of Heaven)
12. Krishna – Devaki
13. Rome – Venus/Fortuna
14. Scandinavians – Disa
15. Sumerians – Nana
[Excerpt: America’s Occult Holidays, Doc Marquis and Sam Pollard]
Someone once said, “The best way to destroy your enemy is to make him your friend.” This is one of the best strategies of the devil. The devil adds his leaven to the work of God and many believers, not only embrace it but are ready to die for it even when they can see that what they are engaged in not according to Scriptures.
The Devil is afraid that YOU will know the Truth and hence get set free…. Yes, your freedom depends on the truth you know and live by…. You can either decide against the traditions of men that erect an abomination before God today or stay with it. The real Passover celebration was stopped as a church practice by Constantinople in AD 325 (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Council_of_Nicaea). It was substituted with the ancient pagan Ishtar celebration! This substituted version pollutes and makes God’s people abhorrent – a little leaven leavens the whole lump.
A man offering a swine on the altar of sacrifice with a sincere heart is as abhorrent before God as one who offered grains.” (Genesis 4:5)
No Easter but Resurrection!
How would you know if you are celebrating Christ’s death and resurrection in truth and in spirit or at the altar of Baal? Very simple: Be flexible in moving with 14 Nisan and not the permanent Easter Friday. 14 Nisan changes every year. For example, in AD31 it was Wednesday. In 2012 it is Friday and 17 Nisan is Monday (Resurrection Day), but in 2013, 14 Nisan will be Monday and 17 Nisan will be Thursday. So, next year, 2013, would you still be celebrating with Easter Friday or Resurrection day?
Simon Dannie said, “Satan has blinded the Christians with a mask called ‘Easter’. Satan is happy because we don’t pronounce the word ‘resurrection’. We talk about a heathen goddess called Easter; we celebrate it. Who gets the glory? Wish you a happy Easter? Please say, “WISH YOU A HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY!’ It’s slap on Satan’s face!”
Charles Spurgeon said, “The greatest enemy to human souls is the self-righteous spirit which makes men look to themselves for salvation.”
Brethren, I hope that you won’t miss one of the key points of this article. Now that you know the differences, the myth, the lie, and the truth, what are you going to do about it, continue to celebrate with the Devil? Or repent and rejoice in the truth? Or would you hate me for telling you the truth?
But I will tell you a major reason behind this article: God wants to make your life full.
1 Corinthians 2:9 says it like this, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
He wants to fill your life with His fullness, use you greatly and reward you for it as well. He wants to increase and give you access to His untold riches. He wants you to live in this life as a victor over whom the kingdom of darkness has no power! Three things:
#1. God Wants To Manifest His Resurrection Power IN You (Philippians 3:10, Romans 6:5).
#2. God Wants You To Willingly Give Up Yourself IN Him (Romans 12:1-2, Mark 10:29).
#3. God Wants To Put His Life IN You (Mark 10:30, Luke 9:24, John 12:24).
It means giving up your SELF-ish life or any allegiance with the Devil and living wholly for Him.
I will not blame you if you don’t understand this because only the spiritual can understand it. Paul the apostle said it in 1 Corinthians 2:13-14:
“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
Saints Rejoice! He wants to Come Alive in You!