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Matt. 12:38 - 40    [38]Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.    [39]But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign;  and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:    [40]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.


     It is commonly assumed today, that Jesus was crucified on Friday, and that the resurrection occurred about sunrise on what we call Easter Sunday morning.   But the math for this based on the above verses simply doesn't add up!   Yet the Bible tells us to "prove" all things.   I was literally astounded by what the Bible has within itís pages as "proof" of this all important verse that tells us that Jesus was in the tomb for exactly "three days" and "three nights".

And here is how and what I discovered:

     As a young Christian, I first came across this verse in a weekly bible study that was held every Wednesday morning at 6:00 a.m. in a local restaurant during the mid-1970's.   The study included about 10 other "older" Christian men.   When I say "older" what I mean was that I was about 25 years old and everyone else in the study were 55+ years old.   Two of these men were local pastors of churches, the others were men that had been Christian for quite some time.   I felt very lucky as a new Christian and a young man to be included in this group.

     I need to note that this group, which lasted for years, became my foundation of my faith!   I learned more about Christianity from these men than from any other source, except for the Bible itself.   Today, to my knowledge, I'm the only one who has still not gone on to see our Lord and Savior in person!   I have no doubt that all of these men were indeed men "After God's Heart", men who lived "For their Lord" on a daily basis.

     We were studying the book of Matthew when the above verses came up.   ( Matt. 12:38-40 )   When I left that week's study I started to think about these particular verses over and over again since one of the men said, "These verses are some of the most important verses in the bible!   It's our Lord's proof that he was exactly who he said He was!"   If it was His "proof" then I needed to know everything about them ... I needed to be able to tell others about these verses and be able to explain them.

     As I thought about and studied these verses, of course, Good Friday and Easter came to mind and I started to do the math ... let's see ... hmmm ... Jesus was crucified on Friday around 3:00 pm ... and then he rose from the dead on Sunday morning.   So he was in His tomb Friday night, Saturday night ... wait a minute that's only two nights ... okay ... he was in his tomb Friday during the day, and Saturday during the day ... wait another minute ... that's only two days!   He said "three days and three nights", how does that work?   I decided to wait until the next weekly bible study and ask everyone there ... surely they would know the answer.

     At the next Wednesday Bible Study I asked the question just as soon as everyone was there noting that I couldn't do the math and make it come out right.   I few of them looked at the verse ... thought about it ... and then the answer that I got was ... "As a young Christian you have to realize that some things you simply have to accept by Faith.   Every question that you have can't always be answered."

     That answer wasn't what I wanted to hear ... but the Bible Study went on for years and I did learn alot about my Lord and about Christianity.   But that verse continued to plague me for years to come.   I studied it hard and continued to ask others about it that I met along my road to Christianity ... but never with any answers.

     Over many years I continued to read and study many books and articles on this subject.   And then I read one article on the internet where a pastor ( whose name I don't remember at this time ) noted that Jesus was crucified on a Wednesday instead of Friday.   I tried to contact that pastor without any luck.

     However .... if he was crucified on Wednesday ... Three days and three nights would have our Lord rising on Saturday?   The Bible tells us to "prove" all things.   And any "honest" individual will be literally astounded by what the Bible has within itís pages as "proof".

For proof there is but one dependable authority;  a sole historical record;  "Godís Holy Word", the Bible.


" There is no evidence based on Tradition "


     There were no eye-witnesses to the resurrection.   Even so-called "apostolic fathers" had no source of information save that record which is today available to us.

     Tradition, then, must be "dismissed".   Tradition, in fact is very often based on "fiction" rather than fact.

     There is a story of a pastorís wife who always cut the ham she was cooking in half.   It is said that the pastor watched this take place a number of times before asking his wife, ďWhy do you always cut the ham in half?Ē   After a moment of thought she reportedly explained that it was a family "tradition" which she had learned from her mother and was the best way to cook a ham.   Some time later when his mother-in-law was visiting, he asked her why she had always cut her ham in half before cooking it.   Her answer intrigued the pastor.  She said, ďWhy, the tradition was taught to me by my mother and it's the only way to truly cook a ham right.Ē   The wifeís grandmother was quite elderly when the pastor had the occasion to question her concerning the tradition.   Her answer was an education on the value of traditions.  The elderly lady responded, ďYoung man, my pan was not big enough to hold the ham without first cutting it in half back then!  That was the only reason I did it that way.Ē

Be very careful that you " don't confuse " tradition for fact.


What are the recorded facts:

     The doubting Pharisees were asking Jesus for a sign, a supernatural evidence in proof of His Messiahship.   And Jesus answered:

Matt. 12:39- 40    [39]But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign;  and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:    [40] 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.

     Did you notice that Jesus "repeated" the "length of time" that He would be in the tomb?  If necessary, re-read that Scripture, which was Jesusí answer!  Please observe that the "sign" He gave, the "proof of His Messiahship", was " not " the fact that He would rise again, but the "length of time" He would remain in the grave.  Yet, this one and only sign He gave is basically "rejected", scoffed at or "ignored" by most of Christendom.


Before reading further, let me pose these questions:

  1. Did Jesus know "what He was talking about"?

  2. Are you certain that Jesus was not "lying"?

  3. Are you sure that Jesus did not make a "mistake"?

     If you are not able to answer each and every one of the above questions with a ďresounding YesĒ, than you are "wasting your time reading on".   You had just as well pass this on to someone else who will appreciate it.

     If you do believe Jesus Christ knew exactly what would happen, then "read on".   You just might be "amazed" at what Godís word has to say concerning this subject.

     I would ask here that you set "traditions", "teachings, or any of "manís ideas" aside at this point.   "Always study Godís word seeking the "truth".   Never, under any circumstances attempt to make The Word of God " FIT " your beliefís.   What you believe should and "must agree" with His Word.   First ask the Holy Spirit to make clear Godís Word to you.   Above all, " do not " take this authorís writing as absolute authority.   Read for yourself what God has to say.


Now,
let us consider the tremendous importance,
the overwhelming significance,
of Jesus' statement.


     He expressly declared that the "only" sign He would give to "Prove" He was the Messiah was that He should be just "three days and three nights" in the rock-hewn sepulcher in "the heart of the earth."


The Significance of the Sign


     These Christ-rejecting Pharisees demanded proof.   Jesus offered but " one " evidence.   As has been previously stated that evidence was " not " the fact of the resurrection itself  --  it was the " length of time " He would repose in His grave, before being resurrected.

     Think what this means.   Jesus staked His claim to being your Savior and mine upon remaining " exactly three days " and " three nights " in the tomb.   If He remained just "three days" and "three nights" inside the earth as He claimed, He would " prove " Himself the Savior  --  if He failed in this sign, He must be rejected as an imposter!

     No wonder Satan has caused unbelievers to "scoff" at the story of Jonah and the "Whale!"   No wonder the Devil has set up a tradition that "denies" Jesus is the Messiah!


The Dilemma of the Higher Critics


     This "one and only" supernatural proof ever given by Jesus for His Messiahship has greatly bothered the commentators and the higher critics.   Their attempts to "explain away" this "sole proof" for Christ's divinity are "ludicrous" in the "extreme".   For explain this away they must, or their "Good Friday-Easter" tradition "collapses"!

     One commentator says, "Of course we know that Jesus was actually in the tomb only half as long as He thought He would be!"   Some expositors impose upon our credulity to the extent of asking us to believe that "in the Greek language, in which the New Testament was written, the expression 'three days and three nights' means three periods, either of day or of night!"   ( There are some other things that we shall look at later in the Greek language. )

Jesus, "they say",
was placed in the tomb shortly before sunset Friday,
and rose at sunrise Sunday morning

" two nights and one day "


The Bible Definition:

But the Bible definition of the duration of "nights and days" is actually very simple.

     Even these same, so called, higher critics "admit" that in the "Hebrew language", in which the book of Jonah was written, the expression "three days and three nights" means a period of "seventy-two" (72) hours, three twelve-hour days" and "three twelve-hour nights".

     Now let me pose the following question:   "Why did Jesus bring up the account of Jonah and his journey in the belly of that great fish?" It is this authorís opinion, that by so doing, it made it "impossible" for anyone to "attempt" to explain the length of time spent in the grave as ďThree periods of timeĒ or any other time period!   To do so, one must realize that they "are calling Jesus a liar".   God knew what was going to happen concerning the Easter "tradition".   Yes, God in His wisdom, "set the stage" so that we must either believe "His word, or manís tradition".

Perhaps the reader should ask themself this question:

Which are " you " willing to stake " your " future on?

ďGodís " word " or manís " tradition "?

Notice this verse:

Jonah 1:17   And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights

     This, they admit was a period of seventy-two (72) hours.   And Jesus distinctly said that " AS " Jonah was three days and three nights in the great fish's belly, so "He would be the same length of time in His grave!"

     As Jonah was in the "grave" ( see Jonah 2:2 ) "seventy-two (72) hours", after which he was supernaturally resurrected by God, by being vomited up, to become a savior to the people of Ninevah upon proclaiming the warning to them, so should Jesus be "seventy-two (72) hours" in His grave, thereupon being resurrected by God to become the Savior of the world!

Did Jesus know how much time was in a "day" and in a "night"!   Jesus answers this by saying:

John 11:9   Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in a day?   If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.

     Notice also the bible definition of the expression, "the third day."   Text after text tells us that Jesus rose the " third " day.   See how the BIBLE defines the time required to fulfill " the third day ".

Genesis 1:4-5, 8, 13   [4]  And God saw the light, that it was good:   and God divided the light from the darkness.  [5]  And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night.   And the evening [darkness] and the morning [light] were the first day .....   [8]   And God called the firmament Heaven.   And the evening [darkness] and the morning [light] were the second day .....  [13]  And the evening [ now three periods of darkness called night -- three nights ] and the morning [ now three periods of light called day -- three days ] were the third day."

     Here we have the " only " bible definition which explains and counts up the amount of time involved in the expression in the bible of "the third day".   It includes "three dark periods" called "night", and "three light periods" called "day", three days and three nights, and Jesus said in John 11:9 above that they contained "twelve hours" for "each" period -- "a total of seventy-two (72) hours" !

" That ought to be conclusive! "

     Any seven-year old, near the end of the second grade, could figure it easily.   We should all praise God that His Word is so "plain and is revealed unto babes", and "hidden from the wise and prudent" !   It is this authorís opinion that the best way to understand Godís Word is to " admit that we donít know much, and rely on the Holy Spirit to teach us ".   Any understanding that one is given by the Holy Spirit through personal study will "never" conflict with "any" of Godís Word!


What Is Wrong ?


     What is wrong with these plain, simple words of Jesus?   "How" do these, so called, wise and prudent theologians know Jesus was crucified "Good Friday" and rose "Easter Sunday?"

     The simple answer is, they " do not " know it, for it is " not " true!   It is merely "tradition", a tradition we have been taught from childhood, and "carelessly assumed" was correct!   Jesus warns against making:

Mark 7:13   "Making the Word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered:   and many such like things do ye."

     We have examined two "scriptural" witnesses, in the books of Matthew and Jonah, both " setting the duration " of the body of Jesus in the tomb as " three days " and " three nights ", which the Scriptures plainly define as " seventy-two (72) hours of time ".   Now let us examine four other Scriptural witnesses that " prove " the same thing.

Mark 8:31   "And He began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again".

     ( Our young second grader can figure this one out )   If Jesus had been killed on Friday, and then after one day He had risen, the resurrection would have occurred on Saturday evening.   If after two days, it would have occurred Sunday evening, and if after three days, it would have occurred "Monday evening"!

     Examine this text carefully.   You cannot, by "any" process of arithmetic, figure any less than a full seventy-two (72) hours, three days and three nights, in a resurrection which occurred three days " after " the crucifixion!   If Jesus was in the grave only from Friday sunset to Sunday sunrise, then this text too, must be " torn out " of your Bible or else you must " reject " Jesus Christ as your Savior!   If He rose after three days, it might have been " more " than seventy-two (72) hours, but it could not have been a second less!   "This author does not serve a "sloppy" God; but "One of precision".   I would hope that any readers would feel the same.

Mark 9:31   "... they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day."

     The duration expressed here must be between forty-eight ( 48 - two days would be 48 hours ) and seventy-two (72) hours.   It could not be one second past 72 hours, and Jesus still rise the third day.   And it could not be Friday sunset to Sunday sunrise, because that is only thirty-six (36) hours, carrying us into the middle of the second day, after He was killed.

     In Matthew 27:3 Jesus is quoted as saying, "after three days I will rise again."   This cannot possibly be figured as less than seventy-two (72) full hours.

     And in John 2:18-22, ďJesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.... But He spake of the temple of his body."   To be raised up in three days after being destroyed, or crucified and buried, could not be more than seventy-two (72) hours.

     If we are to accept all the "testimony" of the "bible", we "must" conclude that Jesus was "exactly three days" and "three nights," three full 24-hour days, seventy-two (72) hours in the grave or the "only" supernatural proof He gave must fail.


The Time Of Day Of The Resurrection


     Now notice carefully this fact:   In order to be "three" days" and "three nights," seventy-two (72) hours, in the tomb, our Lord had to be resurrected at "exactly" the "same time of day" that His body was buried in the tomb!

     As has been stated, "God is a God of precision.   That is a vital fact.

     If we can find the "time" of day of the "burial", then we have found the "time" of day of the "resurrection"!   If the burial, for instance, were at sunrise, then in order to be left an even three days and three nights in the tomb, the resurrection likewise had to occur at sunrise, three days later.   If the burial were at noon the resurrection was at noon.    If the burial were at sunset, the "resurrection" was at "sunset", three days later.

     Jesus cried on the cross soon after ďthe ninth hour" or "three o'clock" in the afternoon. ( Matt. 27:46-50;   Mark 15:34-37;   Luke 23:44-46 ).

     The crucifixion day was called "the preparation", or day before "the Sabbath".   ( Matt. 27:62;   Mark 15:42;   Luke 23:54 ).   This day "ended" at "sunset", according to Bible reckoning. ( Lev. 23:32 ).

     Yet Jesus was buried "before this same day ended, before sunset".   ( Matt. 27:57;   Luke 23:52-54;   John 19:42 ).   John adds, "There laid they Jesus, therefore, because of the Jews' preparation day".   According to the laws observed by the Jews all dead bodies must be buried before the beginning of a Sabbath or feast day.   Hence Jesus was buried "before" sunset on the "same day" He died.   He died shortly after 3 p.m.

     Therefore, notice carefully, the Burial of Christís body was in the "late afternoon"!   It was between 3 p.m. and sunset as these Scriptures prove.

     And since the resurrection had to occur at the "same time of day", three days later, the resurrection of Christís occurred, " not " at sunrise, but in the "late afternoon, near sunset"!   Startling as this fact may be, it is the "truth" straight from "Godís Word"!

     If Jesus rose at any other time of day, He could " not " have been three days and three nights in His grave.   If He rose at any other time of day, He " failed " to prove, by the "only sign He gave" that He was the true Messiah, the Son of the living Creator!   Either He rose near the " end " of a day near sunset, or else He is " not " the Christ!   He staked His claim on that "one and only sign"!

     So a time-honored " tradition " must be " shattered "!   Let us praise God for His Word, which has been "preserved" through the dark ages, so that the "true light" may now shine forth, if our hearts and minds are "willing" to receive it!   Praise His name!   Do you love the truth as it is revealed, or despise it and love the "traditions" you have heard!   "Whosoever despiseth the Word shall be destroyed!"   Let us say with David, "How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God!''


What Day Was the Resurrection?


     Now let us investigate " which " day of the week the " resurrection " occurred on!

     The first investigators, Mary Magdalene and her companions, came to the sepulcher on the first day of the week ( Sunday ) very early, while it was " yet dark ", as the sun was " beginning " to rise, at dawn ( Mark 16:2;   Luke 24:1;   John 20:1 ).

     Now here are the texts most people have " presumed " stated the resurrection was at sunrise Sunday morning.   However the Scripture does " not " state that at all!   When the women arrived, the tomb was " already " open!   At that time Sunday morning while it was yet dark, Jesus was " not " there!   Notice how the angel says "He is not here, but is risen!"   ( See Mark 16:6;   Luke 24:3;   John 20:2;   Matt. 28:5-6 )

     Jesus was "already" risen at "sunrise" Sunday morning!   Of course He was.   He rose from the grave in the "late afternoon", near sunset, "not" sunrise !   And since we know the resurrection was just "prior" to that Sunday morning, and that it occurred in the late "afternoon" of the day, we now may know the resurrection of Christís occurred "late Saturday afternoon".

     The Sabbath day ended at "sunset".   It was late on that day, "before" the "beginning" of the first day of the week.   It was " not " then, a Sunday resurrection at all.   It was a " Saturday " ( Sabbath ) resurrection!   Remember Jesus' statement to the woman of Canaan:

Matthew 15:24   "But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. "

     Jesus wanted to prove to the "lost sheep of the house of Israel" who he was.   What better day than the Sabbath itself to send a sign to the Jew's that he was exactly who he said he was.   And what better time of the year then passover itself.   Of course as we read on in the story of the woman of Canaan we also see that he also came for all mankind.


Did Jesus Fulfill His Sign:


     Now all this is based on the supposition that Jesus "did fulfill" His "only" sign of being "three days" and "three nights" in the grave.   All our evidence is based on the "claims of Jesus" before His crucifixion.   But some of the higher critics and doctors of divinity tell us that " Jesus made a mistake ", He was only in the tomb "half" as long as He "expected" to be.

     When I was young I was told very often to ďUse a little horse sense!Ē   With that in mind, let me ask a simple question.   "Would you seriously want to serve a God who was prone to making mistakes"?

     Now let us "forget" what those "higher critics" and "doctors of divinity" would have us believe and place our reliance on the " Holy Spirit ".   Let us look at the proof as to whether He did spend the " exact " amount of time in the grave He said He would.

     Notice that in Matt. 28:6, the angel of the lord gives this testimony, which we now present as evidence!   "He is not here: for He is risen, as He said". And He certainly did not rise "as He said" unless He rose at the "precise time" that "He had said"!   So we have the "proof" of the "angel of the Lord", recorded in the sacred Word of God that Jesus " did " fulfill His sign, He was "three days" and "three nights" in the earth;   He did rise late "Saturday afternoon", and " not " Sunday morning!

Another proof that Christ was in the grave the full length of time He expected to be is found in I Corinthians:

I Cor. 15:3-4   "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Jesus died for our sins according to the scriptures;   And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures"

     I believe that it is appropriate at this point to remind all that the ďScripturesĒ referred to in those verses, is "Gods Holy, and accurate Word."   If there is " any " part of it that one can not believe, then " none " of it could be believed.   This author believes "each and every word of God".   It has been said, ďGod said it, I believe it, and that settles it!Ē

Yes, His death and burial were according to the scriptures, not contrary to them.

     The "third day" following His Wednesday burial was the Sabbath;   "three full days" spent in the grave ended late "Saturday afternoon"just prior to sunset, " not " Sunday morning.


Which Day Was the Crucifixion ?


     It is not difficult now to determine the day on which Jesus was crucified.   Counting back three days from the Sabbath when He rose, we come to "Wednesday", the fourth or very middle day of the week.   Jesus was therefore crucified on "Wednesday", the middle day of the week, He died on the cross shortly after 3 pm that afternoon, was buried before sunset "Wednesday evening".   Now count the three days and three nights.   His body was in the grave Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, three nights.   It also was there through the daylight part of Thursday, Friday and Saturday, three days.   He rose Saturday, the Sabbath, late afternoon, shortly before sunset, at the "same time of day" that He was buried!   And Sunday morning at sunrise He was " not " there as the angel had said, He was " already " risen!

     It is significant that in Daniel's prophecy of the "Seventy weeks" ( Dan. 3:24-27 ), Jesus was to be cut off "in the midst of the week."   While this prophecy has the application of a day for a year, so that this 70th week became a literal seven years, Christís being "cut off" after three and a half years' ministry, as He was, yet it is significant that He was also "cut off" on the "middle day" of a "literal week"!


What Sabbath Followed the Crucifixion ?


     Now we come to an objection some may raise, yet it is also the very point which " proves " this truth!   Perhaps you have noticed that the Scriptures say the day " after " the crucifixion was a "Sabbath" ... "Hence, for centuries, people have blindly assumed the crucifixion was on Friday!

     Now we have shown by all four Gospels that the crucifixion day, Wednesday, was called "the Preparation Day."   The Preparation Day for the Sabbath.   But for " what Sabbath " !

     John's Gospel gives the definite answer:   "It was the preparation of the Passover."

John 19:14   "And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour:   and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!"

John 19:31   "The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day) ..."

     Just what is a "high day"!   Ask anyone that is Jewish!   He will tell you it is one of the " annual Holy days ", or feast days.   The Israelites observed "seven" of these every year, every one called " sabbaths " !   Annual Sabbaths, falling on certain annual calendar dates, and on "different days of the week" in different years, just like the Roman holidays now observed.   These Sabbaths might fall on Monday, on Thursday, or on Sunday.

     If you will read & notice the following texts, you will see these annual Holy days were all called Sabbath days:   Lev. 23:24;   Lev. 16:31;   Lev. 23:39;   Lev. 23:15;   Lev. 23:26-32.

Notice the words of Christ in Matthew:

Matthew 26:2   "Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified."

     And if you will follow through this chapter of "Matthew" you will see that Jesus was crucified on the "Passover"!

     And what was the "Passover"?   It was the ancient day of Israel commemorating their deliverance from Egypt, and picturing to them the crucifixion of Christ and their deliverance from sin.   In the twelfth chapter of Exodus you will find the story of the original Passover.   The children of Israel killed the lambs, and struck the blood over the door-posts and on the side-posts of their houses, and wherever the blood had thus been applied the death-angel "passed over" that house, sparing it from death.   Following the Passover, was a holy convocation or "annual Sabbath".

" Observe the dates ":

Num. 25:16-17   "And in the fourteenth day of the first month is the Passover of the LORD.   And in the fifteenth day of this month is the Feast."

     The Passover lamb, killed "every" year on the 14th of the first month called "Abib," was a type of Christ, the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world.   Christ Is our Passover, sacrificed for us. ( I Cor. 5:7 )

     Jesus was slain on the very "same" day the Passover lamb had been "slain" every year!   He was crucified on the "14th of Abib", the first Hebrew month of the year!   And this day, the "Passover", was "the day before", and called the "preparation" for, The Feast day, or annual "high day Sabbath", which occurred on the 15th of Abib.

     This "Sabbath" might occur on any day of the week.   Frequently it occurs, even today, and is observed by the Jews, on "Thursday".   The Jews observed this "high-day Sabbath" on "Thursday" ( as a matter of record ), in "1352" and in "1955, 1959" and "1962" and so on.

     And the " Word Of God " itself shows that in the year Jesus was crucified, the 14th of Abib, Passover day, that the day Jesus was crucified, was indeed "Wednesday".   And the annual "Sabbath" was "Thursday".   This was the Sabbath that "drew on" as Joseph of Arimathea hastened to bury the body of Jesus late that Wednesday afternoon.   There were "two separate Sabbaths" that week!


Do you believe that this can be proved
by the "Word Of God"?


Letís take a look at some honest Objections:

     Someone is sure to notice "Mark 16:9", thinking this text says the resurrection was on Sunday.   But if you read the whole sentence, it " does not say that at all ". The expression "was risen" is in the Greek "perfect tense".   What was Jesus' "status" early the first day of the week?   Does it say he "was rising" or that He "did rise" from the grave?   " NO ", early the first day of the week, at the time He appeared to Mary Magdalene, it states that He "WAS RISEN".   Of course He was!   "He had risen the late afternoon before", so naturally He "WAS RISEN" Sunday morning.   The text does " not " in any way refute the scores of other texts we have given.


Another passage that might confuse some, is in Luke:

Luke 24:21 "... and beside all this, today is the third day since these things were done."

     "These things" included " all the events " pertaining to the resurrection, the " seizing " of Jesus, " delivering " Him to be tried, the actual " crucifixion ", and, finally the " setting of the seal " and the " watch over the tomb " the following day, or Thursday.   Read & study verses 18-20, telling of "these things" and also Matt. 27:62-66.   "These things" were " not " completed until the watch was set, Thursday.   And the text says Sunday was the third day "since" these things were done.   "These things" were not done until Thursday, and Sunday truly was the "third day" since "Thursday".   But it was " not " the third day since " Friday ", so this text could not prove a Friday crucifixion.


" Godís final proof from His Word "


There is yet one final clinching proof of this amazing truth!

     A "vital text" proving that there were two "Sabbaths" in that week has been obscured by "almost every translation" into English.   Only "Ferrar Fenton's" version has this point correct.

     Turn to Matthew 28:1. In the common versions, including the KJV, it says, "In the end of the Sabbath," or in more correct English, "after the Sabbath."   Notice that both of these renderings use the " singular ", Sabbath.   But in the "original Greek" the word is in the " plural " .   Fenton renders it correctly by saying, "After the SABBATHS".   In a foot-note to this text, he says, "The Greek original is in the plural, Sabbaths."   The following is taken from ďThe Interliner Greek-English NEW TESTAMENT by The Reverend Alfred Marshall D.Litt. and The Reverend Prebendary J.B Phillips M.A.Ē

     "According to Mark 16:1, Mary Magdalene and her companions did not buy their spices to anoint the body of Jesus until " after " the Sabbath was past.   They could " not " prepare them until " after " this, yet " after " preparing the spices they " rested " the Sabbath day according to the commandment !   ( Luke 27:56 )."

Please compare these two texts very carefully !

     There is only " one " possible explanation:   After the "annual high-day Sabbath", the feast day of the days of unleavened bread, which was "Thursday", these women purchased and prepared their spices on "Friday", and then they "rested" on the "weekly Sabbath", Saturday, according to the Commandment !   ( Exodus 20:8-11 ).


A comparison of these two texts

" PROVES "

there were " two Sabbaths " that week, with "a day in between"

Otherwise, these texts "contradict" themselves !


     The truth concerning the crucifixion and the resurrection of Christ should be sweeping the world.   Thousands should be coming to see it!   This truth has been published in the Sunday School Times.   The Oxford University Press, in their "Companion" Bible, publish a table proving this truth of the Bible which has been so "stubbornly resisted" by so many.

     We should all praise God that though the "truths" of His Word became "trampled upon" and lost through the dark ages of "superstition", "apostasy", and "counterfeit doctrines", that the "original truth" has been carefully preserved in "The bible itself".   We can "study" to show ourselves approved unto God, and "seek out" and find these "long-hidden truths" in Godís Word, the bible.

     How wonderful it is to "study" Godís Word!   How precious is His word!   All the Truth has " not yet been discovered ".   Let us press on, and seek and find more and more!   Let us feed upon the pure Word of God!   Let us not reject the truths that the Holy Spirit reveals to us, or God will certainly reject us!   "Let us rejoice in it, with praise and thanksgiving!"

     Let me bring this study to a close by urging the reader to study these truths from the " only " true source, "Godís Word".   As you prayerfully read, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal Godís truths to you.   Please do " not " take anything this author has written for truth, until you "verify" it with "Godís Holy Word".

May God Bless You

     

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