Yes, Jesus died Friday Afternoon, Nisan 15 (Not Nisan 14)
Yes, the very next day was the weekly Saturday Sabbath, Nisan 16
Yes, Jesus rose from the dead on Sunday, Nisan 17 at Sunrise
3 Days and 3 Nights; Genesis 1:5, not 72 Hours

Genesis 1:5
 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night

How do you get Three Days and Three Nights From Good Friday Afternoon, to Easter Sunday Morning?

Matthew 12:40
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.

FORWARD

I began this study after hearing that very good question posed by the Herbert W Armstrong breakaway church, Living Church of God, by Roderick C Meridith.  It is widely known that the Herbert W Armstrong clan is not mainstream Christianity, and as such, they blame the Catholics for the teaching that Jesus died on Friday, and rose on Sunday.  In regards to the protestants, they regard that as nothing more than ignorant tradition taught by the Catholics, and not challenged.  In other words, we’ve always done it that way, so why change now?  I myself, being a protestant, do indeed believe that Catholicism is of pagan origin.  Most Catholics dismiss the sign of Jonah, concluding that the timeline is three days, with the first day and last day as partial days, and do not consider the word night in the sign of Jonah.  I also agree that the word Easter is not appropriate.  However, that being said, let’s move on.

The Herbert W Armstrong clan claims that it is flat out impossible to get three days and three nights from Good Friday Afternoon to Easter Sunday Morning.  They believe that Jesus rose from the dead sometime on Saturday Afternoon, finally showing himself on Sunday, so they subtract 72 hours from Saturday afternoon, and teach that Jesus died on the Cross on Wednesday afternoon.  This is how they compute three days and three nights.  But is this correct?  They use a statement that Jesus said, “Are there not twelve hours in the day” from John 11:9 as their basis for 72 hours.  But is this correct?  I think not.

In addition, they believe that Jesus died on Nisan 14.  I will debunk that notion as well in this blog.  They recognize that there was indeed a Sabbath Day the day following the death of Jesus, but they claim that this Special Sabbath was Nisan 15, the first day of the feast of Unleavened Bread.  I will show that Jesus died on Nisan 15, which is the first day of Passover, which is the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which is the High Day Sabbath Day for the first day of the Feast.  He was, after all, the sacrificial Passover Lamb.

Lastly, they preach that the day after this High Day Sabbath that the women prepared spices, as they could not do this during a Sabbath, and then that it was dark when the women arrived at the tomb on Sunday Morning, attempting to debunk that Jesus rose at sunrise. But was it really dark when the women got to the tomb?  We will delve into this as the first topic to cover.

But what I find even more interesting, is that people actually believe their claims, because no one can challenge three days and three nights when the conclusion is converted to hours, rather than light and dark.  I have to admit, that it sounds logical, based on the evidence that they provide.  But what they provide is an incomplete and inaccurate story.

One thing that we must know is that the Herbert W Armstrong clan adopts a belief from the 7th Day Adventists in the belief of soul sleep, that when you die, that is the end of the story until the resurrection.  In other words, when you die, the next conscious thought is the resurrection.  So, if you buy off on that, after Jesus died, then the next conscious thought that Jesus had was when he was resurrected from the dead in the tomb. They adopt this belief in part based on Ecclesiastes 9:5, such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses do.

In regards to Ecclesiastes 9:5, it is not discussing soul sleep.  It is discussing a corps.  If you see a dead man on the street, and you ask that dead man a question, he will not answer you.  Why?  Because the dead know nothing, the memory has left him.  He is not in his body (James 2:26).  He is elsewhere.  He is either with the Rich Man, or with Lazarus, along with King Saul and Samuel, in Abraham’s Bosom.  This was the place of REST.  The word sleep is in contrast to REST, not unconsciousness.  This rest is in the same concept of a VACATION.  When you are on vacation, you are resting from work, wide awake, enjoying yourself.  No one in Abraham’s bosom could be set free until Jesus paid for sin, reconciling man to God, setting the prisoners free, free from sin to be in heaven with God.  Sin separates God from man.  Thus, Abraham’s bosom does not exist anymore.

They also believe that the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus was a parable.  But Jesus never spoke in parables when the audience was his disciples only.  The story of the Rich Man and Lazarus was to his disciples only. The place of the Rich Man and Lazarus was in the Heart of the Earth, which a fixed gulf between the Rich man and Lazarus.

In order to show that the Rich man and Lazarus is not a parable, you must zipper the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.  When you zipper those gospels, you will see that the LAST conversation to the multitude, or Pharisees, was that of the topic of divorce.  The topic of the Rich man and Lazarus was NOT discussed to the multitude, or Pharisees.  After the topic of divorce to the multitude, Jesus and his disciples went into a house together…without the multitude, or Pharisees.  Once inside the house, the topic of divorce continued, only with Jesus and the disciples.  Then the next topic to the disciples only was the topic of the Rich Man and Lazarus, thus proving that the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus is not a parable, as Jesus did not speak in parables when his audience was his disciples only.

Matthew 13:10-11
And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

Mark 4:11
And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

Mark 4:34
But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.

Luke 8:10
And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables

The following link opens a PDF of an excel spreadsheet showing the partial zippered (page 4 of 5) gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.  The heavy bold indicates that a topic is in all three gospels, while the shaded indicates that a topic is in two of the three.  The x indicates that the topic is in that particular gospel at all.  Finally, hopefully, you will be able to determine that the story of The Rich Man and Lazarus was not a parable.

Click to Open Table

Finally, they believe that Jesus said that he would be in the “tomb” or “grave” for 72 hours, and it is at the moment that his body entered the tomb, or grave, that the countdown actually begins.  But, it must be noted, that the tomb, or grave, is many miles away from the heart of the earth, and that Jesus never said “tomb” or “grave”, nor did he say seventy two hours.  He said three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.  They claim that they get the seventy two hour scenario from John 11:9 when Jesus said, “are there not twelve hours in the day?”  But, during that time of the year, there is twelve hours of light during the day.  Jesus could not say that during, say, November, as there is less hours of light during the day.  If it were November, he would have asked, “are there not ten hours in the day?”

So, their timeline is as follows:

1.  Jesus ate the Passover meal, the Last Supper,  just after Wednesday began after sunset (Wednesday, Nisan 14)

2.  Jesus died on Wednesday Afternoon at about 3 P.M. (Wednesday, Nisan 14)

3.  Jesus buried in the tomb before 6:00 P.M Wednesday, Nisan 14., because after 6:00 PM begins Thursday, Nisan 15, the Feast of Unleavened Bread Sabbath (Annual High Day Sabbath).  The women could not prepare spices on a Sabbath.

4.  The women prepared spices AFTER the High Day Sabbath was over (Friday, Nisan 16)

Note:  The women and spices is extremely important to their claim, as it shows a break between Sabbath’s, which I will cover.

5.  Saturday Weekly Sabbath, Jesus rose from the dead sometime between 3 P.M to 6 P.M. (Saturday, Nisan 17)

6.  The women get to the tomb sometime early Sunday morning when it was dark (Sunday, Nisan 18)

7.  Jesus finally shows himself (Sunday, Nisan 18)

Their timeline is believable, if you study what they provide as evidence.  But they leave out evidences that refute their timeline.

Let’s look at all of this from a different perspective!

PART ONE

WAS IT REALLY DARK WHEN THE WOMEN GOT TO THE TOMB?

The women got to the tomb AFTER sunrise, not when it was dark

The first thing that I wish to cover, is the last thing that the teachers of the 72 hour doctrine discusses.  Hopefully, this will help in keeping you interested in reading the complete story.

Teachers of the 72 hour doctrine only reference John and Luke’s account.  They claim that Jesus rose from the dead sometime before sunrise because the women got to the tomb before sunrise, when it was yet dark.  Is that really the truth?  Let’s look!

1. DARK
John 20:1

“The first day of the week (SUNDAY) cometh Mary Magdalene EARLY, when it was yet DARK, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.”

2. EARLY IN THE MORNING (NO LONGER NIGHT.  If it were still night, delete the word “morning”)
Luke 24:1

“Now upon the first day of the week (SUNDAY), VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.”

If you were to only believe the evidence provided, you would be willing to believe that it was dark.  But what about the rest of the four gospels?  Why do they conveniently leave those accounts out?  Let’s look at those accounts.

3.  DAWN
Matthew 28:1-2
“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.   
And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

4.  SUNRISE
Mark 16:2-4

“And VERY EARLY in the morning the first day of the week (SUNDAY), they came unto the sepulchre AT THE RISING OF THE SUN.  And they said among themselves, WHO SHALL ROLL US AWAY THE STONE from the door of the sepulchre?  And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away…”

Notice, if you will, the progression of time in each gospel.  All four gospels is indicating a progression, not an arrival.  Notice, if you will, that Mark 16:2 states “at the rising of the sun”.  That is sunrise!

At the point that they asked amongst themselves, in Mark 16:3, “Who shall roll away the stone…?”, it was SUNRISE, clearly showing that they were STILL on their journey to the tomb, and had not arrived at the tomb when it was dark.

It was dark when they began their journey, and while on the journey, sunrise happened, so that by the time that they got to the tomb, sunrise had already taken place.

When they got to the tomb, they noticed that the stone was already rolled away.  That being fact, then there would be no need, at the rising of the sun, to even ask amongst themselves, who shall roll away the stone.

This clearly shows that sunrise had already taken place before their arrival at the tomb, and that it was NOT dark when they “arrived” at the tomb.  We will cover when the women prepared the spices later, but this shows that John is discussing “going” to the tomb, and not “arriving” at the tomb.

Do you see how covertly that some leave out Mark and Matthew’s account?  Very convenient, isn’t it? This is one example of how stories get distorted, and believable by those who want you to believe something else happened.  And they put the nail in the coffin when they sarcastically state, “Check out your bibles if you don’t believe me!”  That is code word for “BELIEVE ME”, and “have enough faith that I know what I am talking about so that you don’t have to check up on me in the Bible.”

Have I got your attention to continue?  I hope so.

PART TWO

DOES PASSOVER BEGIN ON THE 14TH OR THE 15TH?

DOES THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD BEGIN THE SAME DAY, OR THE NEXT DAY?

WHAT ARE THE SPECIFIC DATES OF THE PASSOVER FEAST?

WHAT ARE THE SPECIFIC DATES OF THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD?

In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’s passover.
And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread…

If you read those two statements alone, it gives the illusion that Passover is on the 14th, and that the Feast of Unleavened Bread begins the following day on the 15th.  But that is just an illusion, as the rest of the story is left out.

Leviticus 23:5-8
In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’s passover.   And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.   In the first day ye shall have an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.   But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD seven days: in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

Exodus 12:18
In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.

Luke 22:1
Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.

Luke 22:1 indicates that the Feast of Passover is equated to the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and is not considered a separate feast, within a feast.  They are synonymous according to Luke.  Passover is a seven day feast, not a one day thing.  It begins on the 14th day of the first month at evening, and ends on the 21st day of the first month at evening.

According to Exodus, the feast of unleavened bread begins the same day that Passover begins in Leviticus 23.  How can that be if it is two separate feasts beginning on two different days?  The illusion is that Passover is a one day feast, and the feast of unleavened bread is a seven day feast, if you only rely on Leviticus 23.

In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’s passover.

In the following example, I will show that the above statement is not the 14th, but the 15th.  Let’s look at the exact wording of the Day of Atonement, also found in Leviticus 23.

Leviticus 23:27-32
27  Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.  28  And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God.  29  For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people.  30  And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people.  31  Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.  32  It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even,  shall ye celebrate your sabbath.

When is the Day of Atonement?
The 10th Day of the Seventh Month.

When does this begin?
ON the 9th Day AT sunset.

Verse 32 is discussing the 10th day, not the 9th day.  Carefully review the wording in verse 32.  Pay attention to the words, “AT” and “ON”.  On the ninth day indicates that sunset OF the ninth day has not taken place yet, which is why the word “AT” is used.  As soon as the word “AT” is used, in conjunction with the word “EVEN (evening, sunset)”, it is no longer the ninth day, but the tenth day.  The way that the Herbert W Armstrong clan does it, is that they think that the sunset is discussing the ninth day, instead of the tenth, because this is how they determine when Passover begins.  They think that Passover begins on the 14th instead of the 15th.

So if the 10th Day of the Month begins “ON” the ninth day “AT” evening, we can conclude that the 15th Day of the first month begins “ON” the 14th day of the first month “AT” evening.  Lets see this one on top of the other.

10th Day Begins “ON” the 9th Day “AT” sunset.
15th Day Begins “ON” the 14th Day “AT” sunset.

Let’s reverse that:

“ON” the 9th day “AT” sunset begins the 10th day.
“ON” the 14th day “AT” sunset begins the 15th day.

Conclusion:
Passover is a seven day feast, known as the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  It is held from the 15th to the 21st of Nisan.  Passover does not begin on the 14th Day, as some teach.  It begins ON the 14th AT sunset, which is the 15th, not the 14th.

But, what about the wording of Leviticus 23 where it states, “And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread”?  Since Passover begins at the beginning of the 15th day, the feast of unleavened bread also begins at the beginning of the 15th day, according to Exodus 12, and they are both the same feast, according to Luke.

We have concluded that Passover is the seven day feast of unleavened bread with effective dates of Nisan 15 to Nisan 21.  That is seven days.  This also shows that the Passover lamb is killed ON THE 15th, NOT THE 14TH.  This also shows that Jesus died on the 15th, not the 14th.  This also shows that the lamb is killed on the first day of the feast of unleavened bread.  This also shows that the day that Jesus died was the HIGH DAY SABBATH.  This also shows that the following day was indeed a weekly sabbath, as these two sabbath days were side by side.  I will go into more detail in a moment.  I will also cover the preparation of the spices by the women, as well.  Again, Passover begins on the 15th, not the 14th.  The exact wording of the Day of Atonement in Leviticus 23:27-32 is the supporting evidence.

PART THREE

The Lamb is “killed” “BETWEEN THE EVE’S”

But when is “between the eves”?  Between the eves is the same as saying “twilight”.  Twilight begins AT SUNSET.  It is that period of time FROM sunset TO total darkness.  For short, we call this DUSK.  There is also another time FROM total darkness TO sunrise, which is also called “twilight”.  For short, we call this DAWN.

The following web site shows a calendar month with the specific times of sunset, sunrise, and the various twilight start and end times.  The start time is before sunrise, dawn.  The end time is after sunset, dusk.

http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/astronomy.html?n=110&month=3&year=2012&obj=sun&afl=-1&day=1

Conclusion, the Lamb is prepared AND killed ON THE 15th, not the 14th.  This includes Jesus as the Passover Lamb.  The PREPARATION begins at dusk, which is after sunset of the 14th (meaning the 15th), not before, not during any daylight hours (which would be the 14th).  The lamb is killed after dusk, not during any daylight hours.  Keep that in mind.  It must be after sunset when Jesus is killed, not daylight.  Are you beginning to see now?  Everything about the death of Jesus MUST MATCH that of the actual passover lamb.  It was dark when Jesus was killed, not light.  Please keep this in mind.  It is important to this whole subject, which is explained in part four.

PART FOUR

What is Night and Day?

Let’s, for a moment, get the notion out of our heads that a day is 24 hours, because night and day has nothing to do with “time”, but with light and dark.  Forget about hours altogether, because hours has absolutely nothing to do with Three Days and Three Nights.

Genesis 1:5
“And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night…”

If it is light outside, it is day. If it is dark outside, it is night.

Everything about the death of Jesus MUST MATCH that of the actual passover lamb.

Jesus died on Nisan 15 (see Part 2), and since Jesus died on Nisan 15, that means that the actual passover lamb was also killed on Nisan 15, not on Nisan 14 as many want you to believe.

Exodus 12:6 (This is the 15, not the 14th)
And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

This is at “between the eves”, or twilight.  Twilight begins “AT” sunset, which is why the word “evening” was used.  This is “dusk”.  The Strong’s Concordance confirms the word dusk.  The dictionary confirms that dusk is synonymous with the word twilight.

On the fourteenth day at sunset begins dusk of the 15th day.  Jesus was crucified on the 15th.  And, IT WAS AFTER SUNSET when Jesus was killed, too.  It was dark when Jesus was crucified, not light.

That darkness is counted, or as many use the word, “reckoned” as a night in the count of three days and three nights (Genesis 1:5).

PART FIVE

WHEN WAS JESUS CRUCIFIED?  9:00 AM OR 3:00 PM?

Mark 15:25
And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.

Some claim that Jesus was crucified at 9:00 am, citing Mark 15:25, equating that crucifying means putting Jesus on the cross at 9 am.

But Jesus was not on the cross at 9 am, nor was he crucified at 9 am. Mark 15:25 states that it was the third hour, but people seem to assume that Mark was discussing the third hour of the day, which would be 9:00 am if he was, but he wasn’t.

He was discussing the third hour of the night, not the day. Darkness (NIGHT-Genesis 1:5) began at NOON. It was 3 pm, and they crucified him.

Mark 15:25 (Third hour of the night (3:00 P.M., not 9:00 A.M.))
And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.

Now, check out the following:

John 19:14-16 (The Sixth Hour of the DAY (About Noon, and he had NOT been crucified yet…”TO BE CRUCIFIED”.)
“And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified.”

Mark 15:25 cannot be the 3rd hour of the day (9 AM) because in John 19:14-16 it was noon and he hadn’t been crucified yet. At noon he was “TO BE” crucified. He had not even gotten on the cross yet, until about noon. And Jesus was crucified three hours later, the 3rd hour of DARKNESS, or, the third hour of the night.

And lastly, we must know that John was the spiritual speaker, and when John speaks of the “preparation of the Passover”, he was discussing Jesus as the Passover lamb, and not that of the actual lamb.

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!

That is discussing Jesus only.  He is the Lamb of God being prepared.  John is not discussing the preparation of the traditional Passover lamb for a meal.  He was discussing Jesus as the lamb being prepared.    John 19:14 gets many people confused about the Passover, thinking that it is Nissan 14, rather than the 15th.

PART SIX (a)

TIME RECKONING vs. LIGHT AND DARK RECKONING

Tons of people that have a problem with a Good Friday crucifixion do not even consider the darkness (noon to 3 pm) as a part of the “reckoning” of a night in the calculation of three days and three nights.

Time reckoning shows that the actual Passover lamb was killed AT about 6 pm, and Jesus was killed about 21 hours later at 3 pm. This is where the confusion comes in that Jesus ate the passover a day early. But BOTH OF THEM was killed ON Nisan 15, after sunset.

Based on the Law, days are “reckoned” as sunrise to sunset, and nights are “reckoned” as sunset to sunrise. This is in Genesis 1:5. If it is dark outside, it is night. If it is light outside, it is day. The number of hours in a day or night is completely and totally irrelevant.

Yes, Jesus did say, “are there not twelve hours in the day?”. He did say that. But lets look at how many hours of day “LIGHT” that there is during THAT TIME OF THE YEAR. Jesus could not say that during, say, November or December, as there is more hours of darkness during that time, especially if we are “reckoning” that there is 24 hours in a day.

But in the case of a literal three days and three nights, we are not discussing how many hours there is in a 24 hour day, or partial days.

Three Days and Three Nights
*Night #1. About 3:00pm Friday (PARTIAL NIGHT)
Day #1. 3:00pm (Sunrise) to Sunset Friday
Night #2. Sunset to Sunrise Saturday
Day #2. Sunrise to Sunset Saturday
Night #3. Sunset to Sunrise Sunday
**Day #3. Sunrise Sunday (PARTIAL DAY)

*Night Began at noon, by which legally ended the Feast of Unleavened Bread Sabbath.  Thus, the women had an opportunity to prepare spices before the next sunset which begins the weekly Sabbath.

**The women got to the tomb after sunrise, not when it was dark.

Notice that the timeline begins at the death of Jesus, not at the entrance of the body in the “tomb” or “grave”!!!  Likewise, the timeline ends at the moment of resurrection, not at the time of exiting the “tomb” or “grave”!!!

PART SIX (b)

 AFTER THREE DAYS

Matthew 27:63
Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.

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.

Out of all of the topics here, this is the most debated.  Some seem to thing that it must be 72 hours all due to the words “after three days”.

If we were to deduce that this is after the completion of 72 hours, then that would be the fourth day, not the third day.  Three Days has nothing to do with Three Days and Three Nights and neither of those has anything to do with Third Day.  Three different topics.  But the Herbert W Armstrong clan, and others, lump all of those words into the same definition, seventy two hours.

The following verses state that Jesus will rise the third day, not after the third day, meaning the fourth day:

Matthew 16:21
From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.

Matthew 17:23
And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again

Matthew 20:19
And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.

Mark 9:31
For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day.

Mark 10:34
And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again.

Luke 9:22
Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.

Luke 18:33
And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.

Luke 24:7
Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.

Luke 24:46
And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:

SUNDAY WAS THE THIRD DAY

Luke 24:1
Now upon the first day of the week

Luke 24:21
But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.

Sunday IS the THIRD DAY since WHAT THINGS WERE DONE?

Luke 24:19-20
And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.

Notice in Luke 24:21 that TODAY, being Sunday is the THIRD DAY since Jesus was crucified.  When did Jesus say that he would rise?  THE THIRD DAY.  Jesus was talking to the two on a journey to Emmaus ON THE THIRD DAY.  When did the third day begin?  At sunrise.  When does the third day end?  At sunset.

That means that Saturday was the second day, and Friday was the FIRST DAY.

BUT

I have been told that based on a Thursday crucifixion, that Friday is the first day, because Thursday cannot be counted as the first day. I was told that you cannot include the current day inclusively.  I retorted.

I used to be in the US Navy for many years.  My job in the US Navy was that of a payroll clerk.  The following is an example:

On Thursday I became entitled to hazardous duty pay, but I haven’t gotten paid yet.  Today is Sunday.  How many days worth of back pay am I entitled to?

His answer:  3

My answer:  4

All because he didn’t want to use an inclusive day, Thursday, I get shorted out one day pay.

I further told him that I was glad he were not MY pay clerk.

His response, “You should not try to understand scripture with worldly sailors logic.”  He continued to say that God has a different set of math laws than man does, which is why he referred to my logic as “worldly”.  Nice!  I always thought that math was universal, regardless of whether you believe in God or not.  His explanation was that since Thursday is not a whole complete 24 hour day, that Thursday cannot be counted inclusively.  Now, that is indeed a rule that I never heard before in all my days as a “worldly” payroll clerk.

To further explain his concept as to why we cannot include Thursday as an inclusive day, he presented me with 1 Kings 18:1, Luke 4:25, and James 5:17.

1 Kings 18:1
And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.

Luke 4:25
But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;

James 5:17
Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

His objective in providing me these three references was to prove that three and one half years is more than three years, and as such, three days can be more than 72 hours, hence, after three days.  To me, that just makes absolutely no mathematical sense whatsoever.  As a payroll clerk for 17 years, I am very well aware as to how numbers are read, and the related words associated with numbers, i.e., three, third, first, last, inclusive, etc.

First of all, 1 Kings 18:1 does not say three years.  It states “IN” the THIRD year.  He forgot the word “IN”.

This also relates to topic #2 above with the words “In”, “On”, and “At”.

IN the third year is INCLUSIVE, FROM the third year beginning, TO the third year ending.  That means that three and one half years is OUTSIDE  those parameters, not inside, which proves that the references that he provided has nothing to do with each other.

In the third day is anytime within the parameters AFTER the third day begins, but BEFORE the third day ends.

The witnesses on the road to Emmaus was IN the third day, the first day of the week.  Jesus said he would rise on the third day, which would be the first day of the week, not the seventh day.  After three days means AFTER THE THIRD DAY BEGINS, BUT BEFORE IT ENDS.

Secondly, the word “after” in regards to “after three days” is Strong’s Concordance Greek reference 3326, which is defined as:

a primary preposition (often used adverbially); properly, denoting accompaniment;
“amid” (local or causal); modified variously according to the case (genitive
association, or accusative succession) with which it is joined; occupying an
intermediate position between 575 or 1537 and 1519 or 4314; less intimate than 1722
and less close than 4862):–after(-ward), X that he again, against, among, X and,
+ follow, hence, hereafter, in, of, (up-)on, + our, X and setting, since, (un-)to,
+ together, when, with (+ -out). Often used in composition, in substantially
the same relations of participation or proximity, and transfer or sequence.

We agree that the definition of “after”, in this case, is succession.  But we disagree on the definition of succession as it relates to three days in the phrase “after three days”.  He still insists that this means after seventy two hours is completed.  However, I still have scripture to prove him wrong.

The following web site best describes the above definition:

http://www.olinrevelation.org/NewWebsite/MeaningOfMeta.htm

If Jesus was crucified on Thursday, then Thursday would be the FIRST DAY.  How do I prove this?

Luke 13:32
And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

Notice the wording in the above.  TODAY is the FIRST DAY, then to morrow is the Second day, and the next day is the THIRD DAY.

TODAY, the current day,  is always counted as the FIRST DAY.

The Third Day is NOT “AFTER” the third days ENDS (that would be the FOURTH DAY), but AFTER the third DAY Begins, but BEFORE it ENDS.  SUNDAY WAS THE THIRD DAY as the witnesses proclaimed.  Friday was the first day, clearly showing that Jesus was crucified on Friday, the inclusive day.

No matter what time of the day an event takes place TODAY, TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY.

Luke 24:21
But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.

One more time:

Luke 13:32
And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS

*Night #1. About 3:00pm Friday (PARTIAL NIGHT)
Day #1. 3:00pm (Sunrise) to Sunset Friday
Night #2. Sunset to Sunrise Saturday
Day #2. Sunrise to Sunset Saturday
Night #3. Sunset to Sunrise Sunday
**Day #3. Sunrise Sunday (PARTIAL DAY)

In the above, there is three days and three nights, three days, “after” three days, and there is a first day, a second day, and a third day.  How much more do they want?  It is all there!  Remember, “after” three days is completed after the third “day” (Day #3 above) begins, not ends.  Yes, you can get three days and three nights from Good Friday to Easter Sunday.  How is it that they say that it is impossible?

Light and dark; sunset to sunrise, sunrise to sunset.  Hours is not a factor, and is totally irrelevant.  There is nothing in the Law pertaining to hours.  Everything is based on the sun setting or rising, and the new moon.  There is no looking at a wristwatch, or a clock to determine anything in any feast.  Moses was not given a Rolex.

PART SEVEN

GRAVE, TOMB, OR HEART OF THE EARTH

I find it necessary to include the following in this write up, as some actually think that Jesus said that he would be in the grave for three days and three nights.  He did not say that.  This is extremely important, as some believe that the countdown of three days and three nights begin at the moment that the body of Jesus entered the tomb, rather than at the point that Jesus died on the cross.  Heart of the Earth does not equate to “tomb”, or “grave”.  It is appointed unto man once to die, and then the judgment.  Jesus took our sins upon himself.  Sin is the separation of God.  Jesus said, My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me.  That indicates that Jesus took our sin at that point.  But sin is not judged while alive, sin is judged after death of the body, not when one is buried into the ground, or enters a tomb.

Jesus NEVER said that he would be in the “Grave” for three days and three nights.  Many seem to “covertly” use the word “Grave”, rather than the words that Jesus actually used.

Jesus actually said that he would be in the Heart of the Earth for three days and three nights.  The word heart means “core”.  Where is the core of an apple?  In the middle.  You will see that definition in the Strong’s Concordance.

Jesus was in the middle of the earth for three days and three nights.  That is not the earthly tomb.  Some believe in soul sleep, that when you die, that is the end of the story until the resurrection.  I don’t buy into that doctrine.  Yes, I know about Ecclesiastes 9:5, but that isn’t what that is interpreted as.  If you come across a dead man in the street, and you ask that dead man a question, he will not answer.  That is what that is describing.  The person is not in his body.  He is elsewhere, heaven or hell.

Some do not believe in an actual hell with demons, fire, and torment.  I do.

Note:  Read AND compare 2 Samuel 22:4-51 with Psalms 18:3-50.  They both say the same thing, except for one verse.

Then, compare the one verse:  compare 2 Samuel 22:8 with Psalm 18:7.

When that is complete, compare all this with Jonah Chapter 2.

The time frame begins, that is, counted upon the death of Jesus.  Not upon the entrance to an earthy tomb, called a grave, which Jesus never even used the word grave to begin with.  However, the word grave is a “spiritual” term of hell fire with demons and torment.  The Carnal would be an Earthly tomb.  Eternal life requires no grave.  But Jesus was going to death, in the heart of the earth, which began when he died on the cross.  Jesus had to go to the place of torment with demons and fire.  He had taken the sin of the world upon his shoulders, and that sin still needed judgement.  It is appointed unto men once to die…then after death is the judgment, not before death.  Keep that in mind.

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