When Was Jesus Crucified?

Jesus said, “JUST AS JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12: 40 NASB).

Most Gentile believers, including me, have been taught that Christ was crucified on Friday, put in the tomb before sundown, and raised from the dead before sunrise on the first day of the week (Sunday).  Here’s the problem.

Jesus indicated that He would be in the tomb three days and three nights  Do the math.  It doesn’t add up.  The key is in the Sabbath.  The regular Sabbath is from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.  But in Leviticus, you’ll find more than one Sabbath during Passover.  In fact, two”special” Sabbaths are observed in addition to the regular Sabbath.  (However, sometimes a special Sabbath falls on the regular Sabbath.)

In the first month on the fourteen day of the month [Nisan] at twilight is the LORD’s Passover.  Then on the fifteenth day of the same month there is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread.  On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work.  but for seven days you shall present an offering by fire to the LORD.  On the seventh day is a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work (Leviticus 23: 5-8 NASB).

English: The Last Supper of Jesus Christ
English: The Last Supper of Jesus Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m convinced that Christ was in the tomb three days and three nights.  To begin with, a day on the Hebrew calendar is from sundown to sundown (Genesis 1: 5), while a day on the Gregorian calendar is from midnight to midnight.  So the Last Supper/Passover meal was held after sundown (Tuesday on the Gregorian calendar; Wednesday on the Hebrew calendar.)   Jesus died on the cross at 3 p.m.  Wednesday.  He was placed in the tomb before sundown because the following day was a special Sabbath, the first day of the  Feast of Unleavened Bread.  Therefore, Christ was in the grave Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  He arose from the dead before dawn on the first day of the week (Sunday).  (For a timeline, click on http://www.centuryone.com).

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Who is the “Man of Sorrows” in Isaiah 53?

English: A scroll of the Book of Isaiah
English: A scroll of the Book of Isaiah (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath in him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation?  for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.  And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.  He shall se of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.  Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors (Isaiah 53: 3-12 KJV).

Who is this “man of sorrows” who “was wounded for our transgressions” and “bruised for our iniquities”  and “cut off” from “the land of the living?”  The answer is found in Acts 8: 26-35 (KJV).

And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.  And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias [Isaiah] the prophet.  Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.  And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?  And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me?  And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.  The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation?  for his life is taken from the earth.  And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this?  of himself, or of some other man?  Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

Jesus on the Cross
Jesus on the Cross (Photo credit: fa73)

Jewish Voice with Jonathan Bernis | Jewish Voice Ministries International

Jewish Voice with Jonathan Bernis | Jewish Voice Ministries International.

To watch Jonathan Bernis’ televised discussion of Passover and Yeshua (Jesus), our Passover Lamb, click on the above.

Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them ever man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house . . . Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. (Exodus 12: 3, 5a KJV)

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world (John 1: 29 KJV).

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessings (Revelation 5: 12 KJV).

Easter, Eostre, Resurrection Sunday

Easter postcard circa early 20th century
Easter postcard circa early 20th century (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It troubles me that every year Christians celebrate Easter.  Of course, I believe in celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, but the name “Easter” should give us a clue that something is terribly wrong.  For example, if you look up “Easter” in the Oxford Encyclopedic Dictionary, you will find that Easter is named after “Eostre,” the goddess of spring.  Why name the most important day on the Christian calendar after a pagan goddess?  Eostre’s feast day is the first Sunday after the full moon after the spring equinox, but Christ’s Resurrection occurred after Passover.  Easter sometimes (but not always) occurs before Passover.  Christ rose from the dead on First Fruits (see Leviticus 23) following Passover.

What about Easter egg hunts?  Sure, they’re fun; but what does that have to do with Christ’s Resurrection?  Absolutely nothing, but it has everything to do with the fertility goddess.  That’s why you see images of rabbits next to Isis.  Eostre, Ishtar, Isis, Astarte, and  Ashtoreth are the same fertility goddess dressed up in different disguises.

Can we honor God by Christianizing pagan holidays?  Obviously not.  God’s Word tells us that we are not to worship our God as the pagans worship their gods.

I am pleased that many churches have opted to use the term “Resurrection Day” instead of Easter.  That a start in the right direction.  God’s feasts are known as “God’s Appointed Times.”  Clearly “Easter” is not one of them.  First Fruits (Resurrection Day) is.

I know that Christians attending Easter services are thinking about Christ Resurrection, not Eostre.  Nevertheless, God wants us to know the truth.  Wiccan’s know.  It’s time the Body of Christ knew too.

In 325 A.D. at Nicea, Constantine changed the date of the Resurrection from First Fruits to Easter.  He changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday.  Before his alleged conversion to Christianity, he worshipped the sun-god.  Constantine is a controversial figure.  Did he ever become a Christian?  Or did he use Christianity for political purposes?  Was he anti-semitic?

To obey God, we cannot mix the sacred with the profane.

I AM 365 Names of God CD

I AM 365 Names of God CD.

If I could own but one CD, it would be this one: “I AM 365 Names of God,” with John Paul Jackson reciting the names of God as Graham Ord’s musical score plays in the background. I bought one CD to keep and one to share with others.

Anyone who is depressed, ill, or needs a spiritual jump start, will benefit from this CD.  It takes you from the mundane to the heavenly realm of Almighty God, who is all powerful.  His names and attributes remind us that He is all we need.

A Simple Test

DISCERNING WHAT IS FROM GOD AND WHAT IS NOT

“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.  Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as you were led.  Wherefore, I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost” (I Corinthians 12: 1-3 KJV).

 

The Second Coming and the Feast of Trumpets

King of King
King of King (Photo credit: Rex Morache)

The key to the Second Coming of Christ is in the Fall Feasts recorded in Leviticus 23.  Jesus fulfilled the Spring Feasts (Passover, First Fruits, and Pentecost) with His First Coming. The Fall Feasts (Trumpets, Yom Kippur, and Tabernacles) foreshadow His Second Coming.  The feasts are “convocations” or dress rehearsals.

We may not know “the day or the hour” (a Hebraic expression) of the Lord’s return, but we can know the season.  When the trumpet (shofar) of God sounds, the dead in Christ will rise (I Thessalonians 4: 16; I Corinthians 15: 52).  This is a reference to the Feast of Trumpets.  For more information about the Fall Feasts and the astrological signs that precede the Second Coming, watch Mark Blitz on Sid Roth’s “It’s Supernatural.”

The feast days are also explained on Psalm 119 Ministries, an in-depth Web site for Christians who want to explore the Word from a Hebraic perspective.  In Leviticus 23, the feasts are not called Jewish Feasts, but “God’s Appointed Times.”  We learn in Zechariah 14: 16 that ALL nations will celebrate the Feast of Booths (a.k.a. Tabernacles).

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