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--Sharing our Saviour Yahushua the Messiah to the World!--
-Please Read this FIRST- On this site
we prefer to use the actual Name of our loving Heavenly Father as it was
written in the Word, and thus you will note that we will use the Four
Letter “Memorial Name” of
which is pronounced as YaHVaH or YaHWaH. In addition we will also
use our Heavenly Father’s attribute/title, which is Elohim rather
than “God,” which sadly is the name of a pagan god. In addition we
also love to use the actual and real Name of our beloved Messiah which
is - Yahushua or Yahshua in short, for
this is our Saviours original Hebrew Name as given to Him at birth in Lukas
- Luke 1:31. This was the only Name ever used when He was on the earth by His
family, disciples and His followers OVER THE centuries, even until today!
However, it was changed to a foreign name by the founder of the new
“pagan church of
When did the Resurrection
When did the Resurrection Occur?
Was it really on a Sunday?
The three levels of learning & understanding of the blessed Word of YaHVaH Elohim (the Lord God):
When we read and study the blessed Scriptures, the Word of YHVH Elohim as a believer in Yahushua the Messiah, we should keep the following three steps always in mind for they are a valuable guide and it will certainly provide us with guidance and illuminate the sheer beauty and the fullness of YHVH’s most blessed Word.
1. Who was YHVH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, speaking to?
2. When was it said?
3. How was His Word understood at the time it was spoken/given?
I do believe that these three points are most relevant to our understanding of 1. What the Almighty is saying at the time – 2. As well as what it means to us today - and 3. Especially to you and me right now!
“The WORD” of Life!
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim. He was with Elohim in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.” Yochanan - John 1:1-3.
What I am establishing here is that He who
is “the Word” is also the creator of “all
things” and it was He who spoke to Avraham - Abraham, Moshe
- Moses, Dovid - David, and all the prophets of
Thus, what I am making very clear to you at the outset regarding this is as follows: When our beloved Yahushua makes a statement as written in the Brit Chadashah, the New Covenant it comes with GREAT AUTHORITY and with POWER and NO man on the earth can possibly challenge or change it! And I do mean beloved at any time, for sadly it has been attempted and tried by so many so-called scholars for centuries, be it a pope, theologians, priests and pastors and a host of so-called teachers to this day! But, anyone who disputed our Saviour’s Word will always lose the battle as well end up in the grave, for “the wages of sin is death,” unless they repent in and through the blessed Name of Yahushua The Messiah!
You will soon discover that the basis of this study is based on a specific statement our beloved Saviour gave and as you read it, I ask that you read it slowly, carefully, but more-so prayerfully - and then read it again. When you have done that, I believe with all my heart that you will see that within the very heart of what our beloved Saviour said is really a rather simple truth and more so that He meant what He said! The Hebraic terminology He used would have been clearly understood during His day, although the statement, including Him being The Messiah, the Son of Elohim was obviously not accepted by the *disbelievers of Israel, just like today for Satan will keep eyes and hearts of the world darkened as long as he possibly can!
*Who were the unfaithful of
Well let me deal with the first of these statements;
for the second will be dealt with later in the study. If it is true that the
Judeans & Israelites rejected Yahushua The Messiah, how come we have four
Gospels that were written by those who were Judeans? For each of them were
Hebrews, although several of them had dual citizenship, like Shaul had, for he
was a Pharisee (Priest), yet also a Roman and Luke also had dual citizenship.
Thus they were all Judeans, which the word “Jewish” really means!
I find it simply unbelievable that hundreds of
millions of “christians” gather every year at “Easter”
atop a mountain or a hill, or in church throughout the world to observe what is
known as the “Dawn” or “
But beloved, what I am about to tell you in this study may well shock many, for our beloved Messiah, who is “the Word,” - “through Him all things were made” - His resurrection was NOT on a Sunday as is commonly believed! Now I am sure that I have your attention and that you are shocked! Believe me; the Word of YHVH Elohim backs this up 100%, as does Messiah’s statements!
The problem is this, sadly no one from all those millions of people, learned men, priests, popes, pastors, etc, etc, have ever really sought to check the Sanctified Word of YHVH Elohim and check when the resurrection really occurred. What the Word tells us, is simply astonishing, but, I can tell you right now, the greater church is and will not be listening and frankly it does not care! I pray beloved that you do!
However, whilst reading this study it may be likely that it is for the very first time in your life that you are reading the astounding facts of what really occurred during that eventful week when our blessed Messiah gave His life “freely!”
However, before I continue regarding the resurrection, let me cover a few other points that are rather important.
Did you realise that there is not one Scriptural commandment to celebrate the resurrection of our beloved Messiah? However, there are many commands to solemnly celebrate His death! But most in the “church,” their pastors and leaders are completely ignorant of this fact.
To the hundreds of millions of professing followers of ‘church’ traditions around the world it is “Easter” that is either the MOST important of all the “christian” holidays, or it could even be the second, that is after “Christmas,” and this feast was originally commenced by Simon the Samaritan who was 1. a Babylonian priest, 2. and a sorcerer (Acts chapter 8) and ‘christmas’ means ‘Mass for Christ.’ But the truth is that very few ‘christians’ have ever researched the origins of these two celebrations and they simply have no idea that both of these so-called ‘christian feasts’ are jam-packed with paganism and customs that are derived from the heathens who were SUN worshipers, and these festivals have no origins from the Word of YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, or our blessed Saviour, or the Apostles whatsoever. The plain historic truth is simple, these festivals originate some thousand years before our beloved Messiah walked on the earth and these festivals were always two of the most evil of Satan’s pagan festivals.
Yahushua The Messiah would never have allowed
His chosen Apostles to worship Him by using symbols of sex and fertility, such
as rabbits, eggs, mistletoe, trees, wreaths on doors, as well as holly and the
like. Certainly, our Saviour would have soundly condemned every one of these
hideous practices, especially the religious service conducted at
Let me first cover ‘christmas; which is based on utterly pagan customs and Elohim inspired Yirmyahu - Jeremiah to write, “Learn not the way of the heathen,” including when He described what would become the ‘christmas tree’ to Jeremiah.
“Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky (sun and moon worship), though the nations are terrified by them. For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter (fall).” Yirmyahu (Jeremiah) 10:2-4) NIV.
Make no mistake! The resurrection of Yahushua was a GREAT EVENT and His resurrection was the very cornerstone of the faith of the Apostles; the reason for their deep conviction and conversion; the wellspring of their courage in the face of martyrdom! It was the proof of Messiah’s resurrection that caused them to assemble in Jerusalem for that first great moment on “Shavuot,” also known as the “Feast of weeks” when YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, sent audible and visual evidence of His Ruach HaKodesh, His Sanctified (holy) Spirit upon His faithful servants which saw three thousand Hebrews saved!
Yet, for all the stupendous significance of the resurrection, there is not one Scripture in all of the Word that sets apart the DAY of the resurrection as a day to be appointed for worship.
In spite of this, the entire “Sunday Vs Saturday” controversy is based on one single thing, and that is: the Roman church’s doctrine, which has been sadly adopted by the Roman catholic’s and all its harlot Protestants daughters and they clearly state that “Our Lord rose from the dead on the first day of the week” and sadly as we will learn in this study, they are all wrong! I cannot say it is a lie, for the truth is that they have been blinded by the tradition of man and Satan who have sought to distort the Word of truth right from the ancient time, especially during the evil reign of a man who never was even a christian of any kind, but was clearly recorded in the book of Acts chapter 8, who went to Rome and set up a new faith, that became the Simonian church, later the Roman catholic church, being Simon Magnus who became the first bishop of Rome! Shime’on - Peter never in his entire life actually set a foot in Rome, for he was the Apostle to the Hebrews and Shaul - Paul confirms that he never visited Rome in the Scriptures! Later came that evil Emperor Constantine and he was “a sun god worshipper” until the day on his death. It was he who changed the Sabbath day officially by law to a Sunday on March 7, 321 A.D., and he commanded the change with these evil words: “On the venerable day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed.” Later the Council of Laodicea was ordered by Constantine, to state that “Sunday was now officially the new Sabbath and that “christians shall not Judaize and be idle on Saturday, but shall work on that day.”
The “Little Flock” of the Faithful in Messiah know there is no command in the Word to observe Sunday, but misguided ‘christians’ led by their erroneous leaders will say they are doing it in “commemoration of the resurrection.” However, whoever told them that the resurrection was on a SUNday for it is not found in the Word, for you need to remember that it was a pagan Roman Emperor who ordered it to be kept on a day that is totally related to the sun god and it had nothing to do with our Saviour, who Constantine did not believe in anyway!
While there is not one single Scripture commanding the faithful in The Messiah (*Messianic believers – the “Little Flock” Lukas - Luke 12:32) to celebrate the moment or day of our Saviour’s resurrection, however, there are many direct commandments for us to observe, in solemn ceremony, His DEATH on that evil “stake.”
*Please Note: Rather than using the term “christian,” the faithful in Messiah, who uses the correct Scriptural Names of our Heavenly Father and The Messiah and continue keep the Scriptural Seventh Day Sabbath and the Feasts, prefer to be known as “Messianic believers,” but are known by the term that Messiah used being the “Little Flock.” Sadly the term ‘christian’ is completely unsuitable, and even if it was a wholesome and a good term, sadly these days it has lost all of its full meaning anyway, for christianity in general seems to have seemed to have strayed far too much from its original path! In so many churches, homosexuals are readily accepted, even serving as ministers/pastors and youth leaders, etc. Then there are woman priests and preachers in so many churches, which is against the Word of Elohim! There are churches that even conduct same sex marriages and allow divorced couples to remarry and I personally know of one person who has re married four times already and his wife also a christian is in her third marriage! Now, all the aforementioned is completely unscriptural and should be condemned! It is for these and other reasons we must stand apart as being servants of our loving Saviour!
Shaul of Tarsus - Paul wrote to the Gentile believers in Corinth,
“For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Yahushua the same night in which He was betrayed took bread: And when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, ‘Take, eat: this is My body, which is broken for you: do this in remembrance of Me. After the same manner He took the (third Passover) cup, when He had supped, saying, This cup is the Covenant of My blood: this do as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, you do show the Lord’s death till He come” (1 Corinthians 11:23-26) NIV.
This meal was not taken on the night of the actual Passover, but you might say that it was a pre-Passover meal held on the evening prior to the Passover, which was on the eve on the day known as the “Day of Preparation” when all of the faithful Children Israel would clean their homes from all leaven (representing sin). Thus, this was the fourteenth of Nissan (originally known as the month of Abib) and remember that the Hebrew day commenced in the evening at the appearance of the first star.
Why was the Passover Meal held a day early? Because, the fact is that our beloved, that - “Messiah, our Passover, was sacrificed for us” (1 Corinthians 5:7) the very next day, and He died at the very same time as all the Passover lambs were slain!
Thus, it would be on His last night with His Apostles that our Saviour Yahushua partook of the special Passover emblems and the wine and He gave His disciples a new and a significant meaning on the ancient emblems, for everything He came to do on the earth was about to be completed.
Thus, it is obvious that this special Passover meal had to be conducted 24 hours before the actual Feast that contains of wine, unleavened bread, bitter herbs and the Passover lamb is always eaten on the NIGHT of the Feast of Unleavened Bread/Passover, at the commencement of the fifteenth of Nisan. The lamb without spot and blemish (being a picture or a type of our blessed Messiah) was always killed in the afternoon of the fourteenth of Nissan.
However Yahushua on that special pre Passover evening changed certain Passover symbols showing His disciples the new significance of what the unleavened bread and wine meant prophetically and that the believers should uphold this meal each year at Passover. It is the meal that Shaul of Tarsus - Paul would much later refer to as “The Lord’s Main Meal” that is incorrectly translated by the churches as “supper” but if you check the Greek, it very clearly states the “Chief (or main) Meal.” To this day we the “Little Flock” of the faithful in Yahushua The Messiah continue to partake of this same Passover Meal annually on the actual Passover night, to this day and we remember and give thanks, that “Messiah, our Passover was sacrificed for us” but also that He did rise again and returned to be with the Father some 40 days later!
In ancient Israel, the roast lamb was eaten on the night of the Feast for those who are believers in Messiah will know that this symbolized prophetically - Yahushua the Messiah, the “Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” The lamb was slain by shedding its blood. The unleavened bread or the “bread of haste” that symbolized being “without sin.” These where types, or shadows that were pictures of our beloved Messiah. Once the reality had come; the very Son of Elohim was now about to become the sacrificial Lamb for the sins of all mankind, there was no further need for pictures or shadows, for He had come and fulfilled the prophecies! The prophecies led Him to that stake (the tree) upon which Messiah gave His life and died. Now, the Saviour of all mankind instituted a NEW meaning to the Passover ceremony each and every year.
Although the greater church, as with so many other things has changed the entire meaning of He who is “the Passover slain for us” and has turned it into a regular and in many ways and almost meaningless childish event, rather than recreating that very night when Messiah and His disciples came together.
When Messiah Yahushua instituted the new Passover meaning, He commanded His disciples, “For I have given you an example that you should do as I have done unto you!” (John 13:15).
For centuries, countless one in the churches have observed, what had been called, although incorrectly, as I have already explained, “The Lord’s Supper,” but the faithful in Yahushua The Messiah do this as Messiah instructed so clearly at the “Passover Meal” at Passover once every year. Now, does that mean we forget Him the rest of the year, I very much doubt it, but those Passover emblems are just what they are called, Passover emblems, but throughout the year we remember our beloved Saviour daily and praise Him and thank Him for what He has done for us!
When the APOSTATE Roman church began to IMPOSE the ancient pagan custom related to the of god of IShTAR, who was worshipped in ancient times, by Simon the sorcerer, who was in fact the true founder of the Roman church and the very first Bishop/Pope of Rome, and later by Constantine (the “h” is silent, thus the pronunciation being “EASTER”), and it was Constantine who commanded christians to cease and desist from observing the Lord’s Supper on the actual Passover, but Praise be to Elohim, countless thousands of true faithful believers continued to do uphold it in defiance of this evil man and council of puppets, being the “Council of Nicaea.”
For centuries, the “Little Flock” of the faithful in Yahushua The Messiah who were also known as “The Protestor’s” and they continued to keep our Messiah’s commandments and *His example. But they were sought out and persecuted by means of hideous torture and murdered by the Roman catholic church as well as the Lutherans. In addition they continued to uphold the Passover for which they were hunted and killed for, by you already know who! And sadly the Lutherans were as wicked and cruel as the catholics! This difference between Passover and the pagan festival of Easter became known as the “Quartodeciman Controversy” and it is documented through many centuries of history; “Quartodeciman” simply means “Fourteenth.”
*“Messiah also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps” (1 Peter 2:21).
Thus, history proves that Elohim’s faithful continued to follow the Messiah’s commandments and they were the very same as the faithful Apostles who walked at His side continued to teach and they continued to observe our Saviours death at the Passover Meal and partook of the three cups of wine and ate the unleavened bread. But like everything, every item in the meal has a purpose and a specific meaning, for at the very beginning of the “Passover Seder” that is the service before the actual eating of the meal, or the sustenance to be eaten, there is a stack of Matzoth’s (unleavened bread) and one from the middle is removed and it is broken in half, it is wrapped in a linen cloth and placed under a pillow, or something in the room. This is the hidden bread that will be recovered after the meal has been eaten. The two cups of wine will be had, the first one is the cup of blessing, the second is the cup of teaching, hands will be washed before the eating of the unleavened bread, which is done with some bitter herbs, and some Matzah by it self. After the first part of the “Seder” is completed, the main meal is eaten and songs are sung and these are usually related to the Passover events. When the meal is finished, the table is cleared, and the Passover platter is returned, and the third cup is had this is the most important cup of the entire Passover meal, for it was here where Yahushua took the (third Passover) cup, and He said; “This cup is the Covenant of My blood: this do as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
Not at any time did the apostles or the faithful celebrate a sunrise service or the dawning of the first day of the week in “celebration of the resurrection.” For some reason the Greek translations seems to have reversed the wine and bread, for the wine is always drunk first, and the Matzah second, for there is a reason why the unleavened bread has to be last, for after you have eaten it, the taste has to be the last for the night and it has to linger! And Messiah had the youngest present, just like in a family home, one of the children would do so, retrieve the hidden Matzah and He would first pray as he would have done with the wine, and then He broke it in pieces and said; “Take, eat: this is My body, which is broken for you: do this in remembrance of Me.” Then they would have sung several Tehillim - Psalms that are known as “The Hallel.”
And believe it or nor, but, there was not a single coloured egg, or any little chicks or bunny rabbits in sight in our Saviour’s time or amongst the faithful in Him thereafter, for all of the faithful families in Messiah would gathered together in their homes or in larger groups if they were able to cater and follow Yahushua’s Passover just as He had instructed on that blessed “night He was betrayed,” every single year and not according to the pagan calendar, but by the Scriptural one, as was used by our Messiah and his Apostles, and of course all the Jewish people so as well today!
Unlike the Hebrew (Jewish) followers of Yahushua The Messiah, there were many people especially the Pharisees, just like so many professing “christians” today, who want to see a “supernatural sign from God” in order that our Saviour was the “official Biblical” Messiah. For you had to have the priestly approved “Messianic credentials” before you could possibly be accepted as being the Messiah. Talk about being totally ridiculous, the Pharisees were the absolute joke of the day!
This is how Mattityahu - Matthew recorded their wicked request:
“Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, ‘Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.’ But He answered and said to them, ‘An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and …
… no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.’” Mattityahu (Matt) 12:38-40.
Beloved, take very careful note what our beloved Saviour says in the second part here … “no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” You may ask what does that really mean, well if you really think about it, the continuation of the verse really does explains it, read and re-read it again!
This was a powerful sign that Yahushua gave to all of us, both then and to us today, but what I have found that the vast majority have sadly missed the point! And I do mean both amongst the faithful in Messiah and just about 100% of the ‘christian church.’ For what Yahushua really gave us was the precise LENGTH OF TIME that our beloved Messiah would be inside that tomb of Joseph of Arimathea!
Now think about what that really means! Our beloved Saviour was NOT saying that the SIGN of His Messiah-ship would be related to the resurrection, NO. Instead He said that it would be the length of the time He would be dead IN THE TOMB!”
Think and comprehend what He told us and do this without any preconceived ideas as given to the world by the ‘church’ and its ill taught teachers, but think instead as an individual who can read and understand THE most Sacred WORD and what our Messiah and Saviour said Himself!
Beloved, when you really think about it, in a way we were all born into some sort of a “Ready-Made World.” And the ready-made world has a system, including beliefs that has its preconceived ideologies and theologies, and if anyone dares to challenge any of these they are reprimanded, and even accused of all sorts of things. But, the problem lies with the traditions of what seem to be a ready-made ideology, for they seems to make everything that they believe as being perfect and absolutely right, and no one should dare to challenge it, for there will be powerful repercussions!
Well, I certainly received repercussions, when through a miracle I came to know my Saviour, my beloved Messiah Yahushua one night when I was all alone in my study in prayer and reading Daniel chapter 9, it is a very special story but too long for this study. However, considering my coming unto Him was only through the power of YaHVaH Elohim and Yahushua Himself, it was different then those who hear it from another person, etc, thus when I came out of my office back into the lounge, my beloved wife knew something had happened, for obviously I had been crying, and I told her the truth, but as we were orthodox Jews, she tore her dress, which is a sign of death, and I had died to her that very minute, as if I had become Hitler himself! I became the most hated man in the Jewish community in the country, for I had been one of its younger leaders with “so much promise.” I lost my job, all my friends, my money, my wife, in fact everything I ever had, although I was suddenly poor, yet I was rich, for I had The Messiah and the assurance of eternal life!
I knew that I could not be part of the church, or many of the Jewish Messianic’s for they continued to uphold most of the rabbinic, or man-made laws, which I completely oppose as Messiah and the Apostles did, for they are not from the Almighty, and those were the very laws that Shaul - Paul spoke out against and NOT the Sinai Laws! In the very same manner I stand against the pagan festivals of “Easter’ Being the goddess “IShTAR” and “Christmas” being the festival of the “Winter Solstice” and this has various pagan gods involved, thus both are the most evil pagan ritualistic festivals that originate from days long before our Saviour came to the earth! We must stand against all things that the Roman church has stolen and turned into the evil Roman Catholic church doctrine and is enforcing it throughout the globe. Remember that the Vatican is a nation and it has a capital, and they dare to call this country “the “Holy Land” which was shown so clearly only just recently when thousands of Catholics went to Rome for the canonisation of the Australian nun, Mary MacKillop, for on their bright yellow hats it said “Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.”
Does that look like Israel behind them, No it is the Vatican in Rome!
“ … no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.”
It is hard to believe, but this truth has caused quite some controversy and there is has been end of devious circumventions as human reasoning, evasions, convoluted explanations and outright falsehoods continue among those so-called “higher critics” and those so-called great “christian theologians” and well sort of “scholars.”
The question is why? It is because they are steeped in the traditions of men. But it is more than just that, for it is Satan, and we must remember something that we have been so clearly been told, but simply seem to have been put aside, for many also have their reasons, BUT …
“Satan, who deceives the whole world.” Revelation 12:9.
And friend, how true that has proved to be, for even our beloved Saviour said so clearly that “the Gate” would be what?
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Mattityahu - Matthew 7:13-14.
Sadly the evil ones and traditionalists have clung to their fables that surround the traditions of the pagan “Easter,” and therefore they have willingly REJECTED the ONLY SIGN that our Saviour has given in HIS Word, which gave us 100% PROOF that He was in fact, the Son of Elohim! He who is The WORD, who was in the beginning, The WORD who was ELHOHIM, by who all things were made! THE MESSIAH!
None of these would-be scholars will admit they are rejecting their ‘christ!’ They will simply use every excuse and every argument, to get around the plain statement that our Saviour has given and without knowing it, and in doing so they will cling to a FALSE “Messiah” one who was created and named by Simon Paeter (the sorcerer from Samaria) and continue to reject the real Messiah of Nazareth whose actual Name is Yahushua, for sadly the world worships another, whose name is “Hey-Zeus,” and I may be wrong, but I know I am not, but it sounds more like a Greek god to me, but there is another Yahushua and he has a Book named after him, however,we tend to know him as Joshua. Thus here is the BIG question, why do two people from the blessed Scriptures with the identical Hebrew name, with both being recorded in the Greek with the identical Greek name “Isous”, end up with such different names. One, who is not the Messiah has a name that sounds very much like the original, whilst our Saviour ends up with a name that sounds more like the Greek god - Zeus! And then that same church changes the Passover truth’s into an “Ishtar festival,” with all of its pagan trimmings, and adds the equally pagan “Christmas.” Both of these feasts came about a thousand years or so before Yahushua was even born!
Thus the question is why do they do this? What reasons do they put forth to get around Messiah’s statements?
First, it is obvious that “Good Friday” to “Easter Sunday Morning” cannot fit into our Saviour’s simple statement that He would be in the tomb not only for “three days” but also for “three nights.” For, if He was entombed later on by that man-named day called “Good Friday” as you have been told by those theologians and scholars, then Friday sunset to Saturday sunset is one night and one day; Saturday sunset to Sunday sunrise adds just another night. Thus that makes just two full nights and one full day. Now, you would have to be completely without a brain to believe that this remotely measures up to 3 days and three nights, or am I the one who is thick in the head? Somehow I rather doubt that, for I do know that I have the Ruach HaKodesh, the Sanctified (holy) Spirit on my side, and it has been made very clear to me, after a great deal of prayer and reading His ever loving Word, that Messiah did spend the full period of time in the tomb just as he said in the sign He gave of Jonah! But the Roman catholic church knows it better, for they have He, the Pope, and he is “God on the earth” well so it says on his Babylonian crown, and he has the authority to change anything at his will, thus the pope is the all powerful one, he has more power than the Creator Himself, well so the Roman church seem to think! They continue to believe that their Jesus was buried on Friday and rose again on their beloved day of the Sun goddess, SUNday!
It certainly would not take a rocket scientist to figure out that something is very wrong with the reckoning that He died on Good Friday and rose again on a Sunday! Therefore if that is wrong, then surely we may also well find that many other things might well have been tampered with by that rather evil and in the past a murderous church of Rome, that remains filled with paganism and does not have the faith of the Apostles! The truth is, and it is well documented it was Rome who persecuted not only the true believers, but also the Jewish people!
However, there have been a number of so-called scholars/theologians have decided to use something called “tact,” and agreed on the following, that “Christ’s statement was based on a Greek idiom,” which meant only “part” of three days and “part” of three nights, or, in other words, just TWO nights, and ONE DAY! Thus, since they claim Messiah was buried on “Good Friday” just before sunset, He would have been in the tomb only all night Friday night (which is really not “Friday” at all, but “the Sabbath,” since the days began at sunset), all day “Saturday,” all night “Saturday night” and would have arisen at sunrise on “Easter Sunday Morning!” Now it finally makes sense, or does it?
But beloved the truth is this, Yahushua never spoke in Greek to His Apostles for they were Galileans, and the people round about only spoke the local Aramaic dialect of the day, but when in prayer and reading any of the Scriptural studies, that was ONLY ever done in the Hebrew language, just as it is done in every Orthodox Jewish Synagogue to this very day, and every Jew continues to say all of his blessings and prayers in Hebrew, not in the language of the country he lives in!
Also, Yahushua said specifically that He would be in the tomb “... AS JONAH WAS three days and three nights!” We need to remember that the Book of Jonah was written in HEBREW and certainly not in Greek or Aramaic! In addition, we must remember, that the only Scriptures that were in existence during the days of Messiah and the Apostles and for a long time thereafter was the Tanach, being the Hebrew Old Covenant! The first book of the Brit Chadashah, the New Covenant, the book containing Messiah’s words about the sign of Jonah, being the book of Matthew, was not written until many, many years later, and as we now know the Gospels were also written in Hebrew and they were only much later translated into Greek and sadly, many errors were made, for the translators had very little understanding of the actual Hebrew.
Thus, if we listen to those so-called “christian scholars” and your pastors and teachers, ask yourself this question - did Messiah not know the difference between a day and a night when He presented the ONLY SIGN that He would leave as a perpetual sign of His Divine origins; being His Messiah-ship, would He have used some terribly confusing language, something that the people who were listening to Him at that time did not understand? Was He attempting to confuse you and me today? The answer is very simple and it is NO!
Yahushua said, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walks in the day, he stumbles not, because he sees the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbles, because there is no light in him” Yochanan - John 11:9, 10.
Clearly, Yahushua stated there are twelve hours of daylight, and an equal time of darkness! At this occasion He was using a spiritual analogy, but it is absolutely PROVED that when Yahushua said “three DAYS” He meant three periods of twelve-hour daylight, and three periods of equal darkness, three days and “three NIGHTS!” There are not three periods of twelve hours of daylight between “Good Friday” at sunset and “Ishtar” (pronounced “Easter” today) Sunday morning! Instead, there are only TWELVE HOURS of daylight, ONE twelve-hour day, the day we call “Saturday!”
The so-called “higher critics” admit that Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for seventy-two hours. Yahushua said He would be in the tomb for the exact same amount of time! WHY?
For the very important reason that to remain in the tomb for such a protracted period of time would remove any last vestige of doubt about whether Messiah had truly DIED or not! When Yahushua resurrected Lazarus, He was warned that Lazarus had been in the grave for four days and nights, and warned that there would be a terrible odour, for his body would have begun to decompose by this time!
Notice the account. Messiah had arrived at the tomb where Lazarus had been buried when “Yahushua said, Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, said unto him, Lord, by this time he stinks: for he has been dead for four days” Yochanan (John) 11:39).
All knew that Yahushua had been mercilessly, horribly beaten with a “scourge,” like a “cat o’ nine tails,” or a lash with bits of stone or metal woven into the tips! His flesh had been ripped and torn! Thus the Word of YaHVaH Elohim states …
“See, My servant will act wisely; He will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted. Just as there were many who were appalled at Him, His appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and His form marred beyond human likeness (so much so that He almost did not look human!), so will he sprinkle many nations, and kings will shut their mouths because of Him. For what they were not told, they will see, and what they have not heard, they will understand.” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 52:13-15.
In the moving prophecy about Messiah’s sufferings is also found in Tehillim - Psalms 22, where it says,
“My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and My tongue cleaves to My jaws; and You have brought Me into the dust of death. For dogs have compassed Me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed Me: they pierced My hands and my feet. I may tell (count) all My bones (they had flayed His flesh from His ribs!): they look and stare upon Me. They part My garments among them, and cast lots upon My vesture. But be not thou far from Me, O YHVH: O My strength, haste thee to help Me” Tehillim - Psalms 22:15- 19.
Before our beloved Saviour gave His life freely, for no man could take His life, Yochanan - John 19:34 states: “One of the soldiers pierced Yahushua’s side with a spear (fulfilling Zech12:10), … The man who saw it gave testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” The truth is normally the Romans would break the legs of those on the stake, but they did not do this with our Lord and Saviour, thus unknowingly they were fulfilling yet another prophecy from Tehillim – Psalm 34:20.
Beloved, the ABSOLUTE PROOF that Yahushua was the Messiah and the Son of Elohim He simply had to go into the “heart of the earth” for exactly “three days and three nights” or to be precise seventy-two hours! WHY - for Yahushua our beloved Messiah clearly stated this!
Yahushua the Messiah told His disciples that He would “rise the THIRD DAY!” Thus, the question should be quite simple; what is the Scriptural definition of the third day?
“And Elohim said, Let there be light: and there was light. And Elohim saw the light, that it was good: and Elohim divided the light from the darkness. And Elohim called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening (darkness) and the morning (light) were (together!) the first day (or One Day).” Bereshis (Genesis) 1:3-5).
The Hebrew word for “day” is “Yom”. It means a normal twenty-four hour day, but in the Hebrew Scriptural context as written and spoken by Yahushua it always commences at sunset, or at seeing the first star, with approximately twelve hours of darkness, and twelve hours of light, pending on the season.
Notice further Scriptural proof about the meaning of “days” as found in the Word available at the time when Messiah made His prediction from the book of Jonah. Esther asked all the Hebrews to fast for “three days.” Now notice what she said:
“‘Go, gather together all the Judeans who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.’ So Mordecai went away and carried out all of Esther's instructions. On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the king's hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance.” Esther 4:16-17 & 5:1.
Just as in Messiah’s day, the expression “on the third day”, which meant when the full period of three days and three nights had been completed!
I pray that you have understood the Scriptural definition of the meaning of the “three days and three nights” for the truth is that even a teenager would be able understand such a simple definition, yet all those so-called great ‘christian’ scholars and theologians have not been able to figure it out! You may ask, why? I am sorry to say, but the simple truth is that from the very beginning they were deceivers and they had a reason to change the meaning of the Word, for they had a desire to completely alter and remove anything that remotely seemed Hebraic from it! And it was simple as that for the god of the world is the one who rules over that evil Roman church them and now!
Yahushua had said, “After three days I will rise again!” When His Roman *executioners reminded their authorities of this statement, His tomb was not only sealed, but they placed an armed guard and made sure that they would remain there!
“The next day, the day after the Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. ‘Sir,’ they said, ‘we remember that while He was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, His disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that He has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.’ – ‘Take a guard,’ Pilate answered. ‘Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.’ So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.” Mattityahu (Matthew) 27:62-66.
Notice that statement carefully! It was the DAY AFTER THE PREPARATION, obviously most have mistakenly assumed that it was the weekly Sabbath (Saturday)! As you shall see, it was NOT the day before the weekly Sabbath, but “the preparation day” that occurred prior to an ANNUAL High Sabbath Day of “The Feast of Unleavened Bread” that commenced in that year on the Wednesday evening and all day Thursday, being the first day of the seven day Passover feast and the weekly Sabbath was on Saturday.
The so-called “higher critics” make little to no mention regarding the appeal by the priests to Pilate! WHY? Because they did not ask for the sepulchre to be made secure for just a day or two, but for the full “three days and three nights!” Therefore they obviously did not use some “Greek idiom” and that did not suit the translators! No, the priests, pastors, theologians and scholars past and present certainly will not give in and they will hold to their theory, for their ideology is “never ever give in, no matter if you are proved to be wrong, for it will cost you your job, your livelihood and your church.”
*Just a reminder: Although technically the Romans placed our Saviour on that tree to die, we should understand that it was entirely the absolute cruelty and the Romans who decided of their own mind to nail Yahushua to that horrid stake, for as we know from history all others were tied. Such evil things were never done or condoned by Israel or the Judeans. Indeed the sinful of the Judeans at the gathering earlier did say “Kill Him, kill Him”, etc, but they never evoked the scourging with the “cat of nine tails,” nor the manner the execution was carried out, for that was purely Roman! However, having made this clear, we should ask ourselves, in reality, who did kill our beloved Saviour?
“Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by Elohim, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and YHVH has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 53:4-6.
Thus beloved, as the prophet Yeshayahu - Isaiah foretold in chapter 53 Yahushua would be “A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Verse 3), and that He would lay down His life because of our “iniquity’s.”
But the question I will not ask is: “How do we really know that our Saviour was in that Tomb on a Wednesday night?”
There is a rather simple answer to that question, and best still your own Scriptures of YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, will be able to tell you this, although it does take a little understanding of Hebrew of those days and the discarding of the traditions of men and what has been taught for so long, for sadly it is wrong, as the Word will prove! Beloved, the tradition of man will hinder anyone, and that is just how the Satan likes it. But, we are to be over-comers and in the Name of Yahushua The Messiah we can overcome and learn His Word and Spirit and in truth!
Yahushua had also said, “Destroy this temple (referring to His body) and IN THREE DAYS I will raise it up ... But He spoke of the temple of His Body.” Yochanan - John 2:19-21.
Obviously, from several absolute proofs already given above, the expression “in three days” does NOT mean AFTER ONLY TWO DAYS, but during a part of the third day. No, it means “after three full (scriptural) days” as we have already seen, and I know that I could be accused of labouring the subject a little, but there are good reasons for this! The other truth is this. Remember that Moshe – Moses was commanded;
“Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man's need you shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month.” Shemos - Exodus 12:3-6.
For all believers, we are well aware that the Scripture above is the introduction to the Feast of Passover, where the lamb has the most important role, for it is called the “Passover lamb” and this “lamb without blemish”, or without sin is a picture, a prophecy of our loving Saviour Yahushua who came to the earth to be our “Messiah, our Passover (lamb) was sacrificed for us.” 1 Corinthians 5:7.
Thus, our Messiah Yahushua as we know entered Jerusalem on the Sunday, BEING THE first day of the week and he was there ON Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday a total of 4 days. I hear voices saying, “Now, we have got you, for that is not four days and four nights?” Obviously not, it was never meant to be, for … if you look a little more closely at the lamb in the year of the first Passover, it had to come into the household on the 10th.and it was to remain until the 14th.and that was four daylight days and not four 24 hour days, it was the same with our loving Master Yahushua The Messiah, for He arrived on the Sunday in Jerusalem being the 10th. Had His Pre Passover meal with His Apostles on Tuesday evening Nissan 14 and He died in the afternoon of that same Hebrew day - Nissan 14 at 3 pm, although we would call that the next day!
Can we know the time of day when Messiah was entombed? For if we can determine the time of day, all we need do is count seventy-two hours from that time to determine the exact time of the resurrection!
We have seen, from Messiah’s own words; from the Scriptural definition of the number of hours in a day; from The Hebrews’ (the priests) own fears and determination to set a watch for a full three days and nights over the tomb, for our beloved Messiah did NOT say He would be only TWO NIGHTS AND ONE DAY in the tomb, but THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS!
Anyone who refuses to accept this ONLY SIGN of Him being the true Messiah is in fact rejecting the real Messiah who is Yahushua of Nazareth and thus will accept a false “Messiah” who will be known by another name and who has been loosely based on Israel’s Messiah, but has been mixed with countless pagan mysteries and other deities as well as wicked festivals thrown in; in fact even a messiah with a pagan name that is directly derived from the Greek god, Zeus!
Now, notice what Markus - Mark wrote:
“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, and after three days He shall rise.” Markus - Mark 9:31.
The duration of time Messiah expressed could not be one second PAST 72 hours for Messiah to rise from the dead “after three days!” Therefore, it could not have been from Friday sunset to “Sunday” sunrise, which would be only 36 hours; two nights, and one day!
Messiah was quoted by the Hebrews (who were obviously speaking HEBREW, not in idiomatic Greek!) as having said, “After three days I will rise again!” Thus this cannot possibly be figured in less than 72 hours!
Yochanan - John wrote, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Judeans, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and will You tear it up in three days? But He spoke of the temple of His body. When therefore He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this unto them; and they believed the Scripture, and the Word which Yahushua had said.” Yochanan - John 2:19-22.
This conversation was in Hebrew; and certainly NOT in any kind of “Greek idiom!”
Unlike those rather unlearned “higher critics,” who are a product of a “Ready Made World” that is filled with preconceived ideas and traditions of men that do not agree with the blessed Word of Elohim! However, the Apostles KNEW and REMEMBERED exactly what Yahushua had said, and it was because of this and His many appearances to them after His resurrection that “they BELIEVED.”
Beloved in Messiah let me assure you that our Saviour was indeed in the tomb for 72 hours, EXACTLY!
Now, THINK about it For the resurrection to have been AT SUNRISE, as is generally believed, would have meant that the BURIAL also have had to be AT SUNRISE some 72 hours earlier, but we know that was not the case!! The Word clearly states that Messiah was NOT buried at sunrise, but just before SUNSET on the Nissan the 14th.called “the day of preparation,” for that evening was Passover (Unleavened Bread) Mattityahu - Matthew 27:62; Markus - Mark 15:42; Lukas - Luke 23:54.
It was around the “ninth hour” or at about three o’clock in the afternoon when Yahushua “cried out” loudly Mattityahu - Matthew 27:46-50; Markus - Mark 15:34-37; Lukas - Luke 23:44-46). The preparation day would end at sunset, according to Scriptural reckoning, Vayikra - Leviticus 23:32.
Joseph of Arimathea came to claim the body of Yahushua and accomplish the burial at some time after 3 PM, but before sunset on the “day of preparation” being the day before a High Sabbath of the Feast of Unleavened Bread/Passover!
“As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Yoseph, who had himself become a disciple of Yahushua. Going to Pilate, he asked for Yahushua’s body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Yoseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. Miriam - Mary Magdalene and the other Miriam - Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb. The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. ‘Sir,’ they said, ‘we remember that while He was still alive that deceiver said, 'After three days I will rise again.’” Mattityahu - Matthew 27:57-63.
Now notice the parallel account in Lukas - Luke’s chronology:
“This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Yahushua.
And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein no man had laid before.
And that day was the preparation, and the (High) Sabbath (Unleavened Bread/Passover) drew (was close by) on.
And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how His body was laid.
And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments, and rested the (High) Sabbath day according to the commandment” Luke 23:52-56.
The laws required the Hebrews to bury a dead body BEFORE A SABBATH DAY began! Therefore, haste was made to bury the Body of Yahushua BEFORE SUNSET on that preparation day. Yochanan - John wrote,
“There laid they Yahushua therefore because of the Judean’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.” Yochanan - John 19:42.
Yahushua the Messiah was buried before sunset on the same day He died, in a tomb very near to the “place of the skull”, which is also known as “Golgotha.” Since the burial of Yahushua the Messiah occurred some time after 3:00 P.M., and before sunset on the “preparation day,” it follows that He was resurrected at the very SAME TIME OF DAY exactly 72 hours later!
If Yahushua had been buried on a Friday, which is impossible Scripturally, as we will once again see, then He would have remained in the tomb all of Friday night, all of Saturday daytime and Saturday night, all of Sunday daytime and Sunday night, and He would have risen late in the afternoon of MONDAY!
We need to remember that Yahushua was placed into the tomb just before the commencement of the High Sabbath on the Wednesday. He certainly did not remain in the tomb until Monday, for clearly, the tomb was EMPTY long before that. We know that the women and the Apostles came to tomb “as it BEGAN TO DAWN toward the first day of the week!” In other words, it was very early on the First day, or what we now call these days as we now live according a pagan calendar, a SUNday morning.
We should understand that Sunday is named after the sun god and that is why the church changed it’s day of worship, from the Sabbath day as commanded on the Seventh Day (Friday evening and Saturday) by YaHVaH Elohim and upheld by our Saviour, His Apostles and the faithful in Him, to a pagan SUN – first day!
This had nothing to do, with our beloved Saviour being raised from the dead on a SUNday, for He was already Alive, in fact it was 72 hours after He was placed into the tomb, and then three days and three nights later late on the Sabbath toward the end, and thus He would have left the tomb late on the Sabbath, Saturday, for we know for a fact that He was already risen very early on the Sunday morning. Nowhere does it say that He rose on Sunday!
Notice Lukas - Luke’s account of the resurrection:
“Now upon the first day of the week (being a Hebrew he uses the Hebrew calendar and day system, for they knew no other), very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Yahushua. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, ‘Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen (note it being in the past tense; He had already risen!): remember how He spoke to you when He was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day will rise again.’” Lukas Luke 24:1-7.
It was in the pre-dawn darkness when Messiah’s followers first approached the empty tomb! It was not at sunrise! Notice Yochanan - John’s account:
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Miriam - Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Shime'on - Peter and the other disciple, the one Yahushua loved, and said, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put Him!’ So Shime’on and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Shime’on and reached the tomb first. He (the other disciple) bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Shime’on, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Yahushua’s head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Yahushua had to rise from the dead.)” Yochanan - John 20:1-9. Words in brackets were added by the author as a guide for clarity.
Since Messiah was buried late in the afternoon, at some time just prior to sunset on the “day of preparation” and since He plainly staked His claim to divine office; His very Messiah-ship, on the precise length of time He would be in the tomb, and since He HAD ALREADY RISEN prior to the time the disciples came to the empty tomb while it was dark, then Yahushua MUST have been placed in the tomb late in the afternoon on the Forth Day, being Wednesday!
Haven’t we read, time and again, that it was the “preparation” day? And isn’t the “preparation” day the day before the SABBATH? And this Sabbath was obviously not the weekly or a Saturday.
The answer is found in the fact that YaHVaH Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, as I have already indicated above, also instituted a number of Annual Sabbaths, or “high Sanctified Days,” all of these being a part of His picture of grand plan of Salvation. All these are clearly laid out in Leviticus 23, where the “The Feasts of YHVH” known to many as the “The Feasts of Israel” are clearly described. Notice what Elohim’s Word says about these blessed feast days:
“And YHVH spoke unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, concerning the feasts of YHVH, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are My feasts. Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, a holy convocation; you shall do no work therein: it is the Sabbath of YHVH in all your dwellings. These are the feasts of YHVH, even holy convocations, which you shall proclaim in their seasons. In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is YHVH’s Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto YHVH: seven days you must eat unleavened bread. In the first day you shall have a Sanctified (holy) convocation: you shall do no servile work therein.” Vayikra (Leviticus) 23:1-7.
On the 14th.the Passover lamb would be killed at 3 PM and it was also known as the day of preparation, getting rid of all leaven and ready to kill the lamb!. But the lamb would be eaten on that night, which would be on Nissan 15, the first night of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and being the High Sabbath.
This holy day could fall on whichever day of the week happened to be the fifteenth day of the month, whether or not it was the seventh day, or the weekly Sabbath. It was called one of Elohim’s “Sanctified convocation” and was celebrated as a special “high day” Sabbath.
Notice another example:
“Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets (the Shofar) a holy convocation.” Vayikra - Leviticus 23:24.
Regardless as to which day of the week upon which the first day of the seventh month fell; whether a Monday or a Thursday, it was called a “Sabbath!”
For centuries, Elohim’s TRUE believers, the “Little Flock” of the faithful in Yahushua The Messiah, observed the annual “Passover/Unleavened Bread” for Seven Days commencing with the same special meal as that our Lord and Saviour had with His Apostles having the Passover emblems, especially the wine and the Matzah (unleavened bread) for this is the most important event in the believer’s annual calendar, for Yahushua commanded for us to uphold this each year!
We will recall that our beloved Messiah received a horrible beating by the Romans in which His skin and flesh was flayed from His body! They mocked Him and placed a cloak on him and a crown that had sharp thorns that cut deep into His scull, thus blood pouring from His Head. These wicked Romans made Him carry that thick and very heavy timber stake across His shoulders up the Mount of Golgotha and when He was finally at the top having been beaten all the way to the top, He was nailed to it by His wrists and His feet. This was what Pontius Pilate had ordered, for the picture many have of him is completely false. Many seem to see him as a kindly man, who saw no evil in Yahushua, but believe me, this man was guilty of some of the greatest evils, below is a little more regarding this man;
“Pontius Pilate is known to have been a Roman governor of Judaea from about A.D. 26-36, which is a long tenure for a post that normally lasted only 1-3 years. But what is known of Pilate that he was an evil and a murderous prefect. Pilate seemed to have people placed on the stake for the sake of him being able to walk amongst them and gaze on their agonizing faces, for their crimes were mostly minimal. He was finally recalled because of his love for executions, and that only happened after he slaughtered thousands of Samaritan pilgrims, being just one of the many incidents of maladministration. Pilate's fate would have been decided under Caligula, since Tiberius had died before Pilate reached Rome. We do not really know what happened to Pilate other than that he was accused of treason, although it is written that Pilate was sent into exile and that he committed suicide and his body was tossed in the Tiber.” (Ancient Classic History).
As our beloved Saviour hang on that stake a time came that a spear was thrust into His side, but that did not kill Him. Yahushua gave His life at the very same moment that the High Priest was slaughtering the first “Passover lamb without blemish!”
From the time of the Exodus, this ceremony had been accomplished on the fourteenth of Nissan “at even,” meaning at 3 PM “at the going away of the sun.” The lamb was then roasted, and the Feast was eaten during the night of the fifteenth of Nissan. All this happened just as Elohim commanded Moshe in Shemos – Exodus 12:5 to 10.
Tragically millions of people who observe that pagan feast of Ishtar” that is pronounced as “Easter” are sadly ignorant of the events surrounding the death, burial, and resurrection of our beloved Messiah. For, they know NOTHING about the Seven Days of “Unleavened Bread” that immediately followed Messiah’s death and His burial! It is because of this, they do not know that the “Sabbath” which was the day after His death that caused the haste why He was buried, did in fact occur late on a Wednesday!
It was on that Wednesday evening and on that Thursday which was the first annual High Sabbath of that year; the first Feast day of “Unleavened Bread” after the Hebrews slaughtered the lambs and kids in the ancient Passover ceremony! The lambs and kids were slaughtered in the afternoon of the fourteenth of the first month!
Now, notice Yochanan’s - John’s eyewitness account of which day of the week it was when Messiah was slain:
“When Yahushua therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the spirit (exhaled; breathed His last). The Judeans therefore, because it was the (day of) preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the tree on the Sabbath day, (for that Sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.” Yochanan - John 19:30,31.
Of course! This high Sabbath was an annual Sabbath; the first day of Unleavened Bread! It was followed by the day we call these days, “Thursday night and Friday,” then “Friday night and Saturday,” being the weekly Sabbath!
Count back from the time of Messiah’s resurrection, late on the Saturday Sabbath afternoon, and you come back to late on Wednesday afternoon! And as we all know well by now, Wednesday was the “day of preparation” the day prior to the feast day that commenced on Wednesday night and continued during the day on Thursday being the fifteenth of Nisan, or Abib!
The calendar proves that the only year in a sequence of years when the first day of Unleavened Bread fell on a Thursday was in 31 AD! But the so-called “scholars” WILL NOT ever choose 31 AD, even though it is the ONLY year in which all the parameters FIT!
Instead, they will choose the years 29, 30, 32 or 33, deliberately avoiding 31 AD!
A little simple research proves that Messiah was born in “4 BC” according to the flawed pagan and satanic inspired Roman calendar. He was exactly 33 1/2 when He was killed. He was thirty when His public ministry began. The prophecies stated He was to perform a seven-year ministry, and was to be “cut off in the middle of the week!” Thus, not only was He cut off in the exact middle of His seven year ministry, leaving another three and one half years to be fulfilled AFTER His second coming - See Yeshayahu – Isaiah 66:19-23, and He was also cut off in the middle of the week! And what day is the middle of the week? It is Wednesday.
The prophecy says;
“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” Daniel 9:27.
The sacrifices and oblations ceased for believers when Messiah rose from the dead, for now the reality which had cast the shadow had come. There was no longer any need for a “schoolmaster” to lead toward Messiah, for Messiah had now come in the flesh!
Messiah came to “confirm the covenant” by preaching repentance and salvation for three and one half years.
Notice what Dr. Bullinger says in his Appendix concerning the events surrounding the crucifixion:
“That Sabbath and the high day of John 19:31, was the ‘holy convocation,’ the first day of the feast, which quite overshadowed the ordinary weekly Sabbath ... this great Sabbath, having been mistaken from the earliest times for the weekly Sabbath, has led to all the confusion ... We have therefore the following facts furnished for our sure guidance:
1. The ‘high day’ of John 19:31 was the first day of the feast.
2. The ‘first day of the feast’ was on the 15th day of Nisan.
3. The 15th day of Nisan commenced at sunset on what we should call the 14th.
4. ‘Six days before the Passover’ [John 12:1] takes us back to the 9th day of Nisan.
5. After two days is the Passover’ [Matt. 26:2; Mark 14:1] takes us to the 13th day of Nisan.
6. ‘The first day of the week,’ was the day of the resurrection [Matt. 28:1, &c.], was from our Saturday sunset to our Sunday sunset. This fixes the days of the week, just as the above fix the days of the month, for,
7. Reckoning back from this, ‘three days and three nights’ [Matt. 12:40], we arrive at the day of the burial, which must have been before sunset, on the 14th of Nisan; i.e. before our Wednesday sunset.
“Therefore Wednesday, Nisan 14th [commencing on the Tuesday at sunset], was ‘the preparation day’, on which the crucifixion took place: for all four Gospels definitely say that this was the day on which the Lord was buried [before our Wednesday sunset], because it was the preparation [day] that the bodies should not remain on the cross [Greek: Stauro, meaning an upright pale] on the Sabbath day, ‘for that Sabbath day was a high day,’ and, therefore, not the ordinary seventh day, or weekly Sabbath. See John 19:31” (The Companion Bible, Bullinger, Appendix 156, p. 180).
It is because people have blindly assumed that the “preparation day” was a Friday that they thought Messiah was not buried until late on a Friday, and thus remained in the tomb only two nights and one daylight period!
Unless Yahushua the Messiah was in the tomb EXACTLY as long as He said he would be, you have no Saviour! Yahushua staked His claim on being the Messiah on being exactly three days and three nights in the tomb!
For centuries, because fallible men, many of whom were smitten with anti-Semitism, who desperately wanted to rid the apostate church of all things that were even remotely “Jewish,” claimed they were worshiping on SUNDAY in “honour of the resurrection!”
But, if you have been reading this very rather lengthy study (so sorry about that!) very carefully, you should already know the answer, for Messiah DID NOT RISE ON SUNDAY! The angels told the two Miriam’s – the Marys, “He is NOT HERE!” They said “HE IS RISEN!” The fact was, they did not use the present tense that He was just then “rising,” but the past tense, saying that He had (already) risen! There is simply no question about the days of the month, the days of the week, or the hours of those days in which these important events occurred!
Saul - Paul wrote;
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the Good News which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein you stand; By which also you are saved, if you keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless you have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Messiah 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: And that He was seen of Shime’on - Peter, then of the twelve: After that, He was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, He was seen of Ya’akov - James; then of all the Apostles. And last of all He was seen by me also, as of one born out of due time.” 1 Corinthians 15:1-8.
Shaul - Paul said “... according to the Scriptures.”
Thus, remember, the only “Scriptures” available during Shaul - Paul’s days was only the Tanach, the Old Covenant and thus he had to be including Messiah’s reference to Jonah, and the fact that he was exactly “three days and three nights” in the belly of the great whale, as well as referring to Messiah’s statements, which were so faithfully recorded by the Apostles and later written by them.
The Apostles believed because they saw the living proof, Yahushua The Messiah of Nazareth, now GLORIFIED; was able to appear and disappear at will; able to materialize within a room enclosed by stone walls! They were so CONVICTED by the proofs they saw that many of them were martyred for their faith! Men do not go willingly to their deaths by crucifixion, burning, or beheading because they believe in a hoax!
Now, notice one final proof! Only the Fenton’s translation of the English from the Greek takes note of the fact that the word for “Sabbath” in Mattityahu - Matthew 28:1 is in the plural! In a footnote to this text in his translation, he says, “The Greek original is in the plural; Sabbaths” for he was right, there were more than one Sabbath’s that week!
Yes, believe it or not, the simple truth was that the resurrection was NOT on a Sunday but at the very same time that Yahushua, our beloved Messiah was placed in that tomb, but 72 hours later and that was late in the afternoon, close to the “EREV” being the Hebrew for “EVE” or the “BEGINNING” of the FIRST DAY, but it was still on the Sabbath day, which happened to be the “Seventh Day” or as we know it - “Saturday”!
Yahushua Messiah commanded His Apostles and He commands US, today, to observe the Emblems of His DEATH each year (1 Corinthians 11:23-30).” He told His Apostles, “HAPPY are ye if ye do these things.”
Beloved the faithful in Him uphold Passover & Unleavened Bread annually as commanded by Yahushua The Messiah, our loving Saviour. But sadly, the greater harlot church has changed it into a weekly or even bi-weekly or a monthly ritual that is nowhere commanded and the pagan church of Rome, as usual took certain Scriptures out of context in order to justify its stand. Although Protestant churches have departed from the main part of the Roman meaning of the “communion” that Rome holds, but it has retained the whole ideal of the “Lord’s Supper” and worshipping on “the day of the Venerable sun.” For interest, the term “to take bread” together in a Middle Eastern idiom, or even in the Greek or Mediterranean regions, simply means “come. let us eat,” or “have a meal together!” It does not mean anything else! Thus again, it is an erroneous thought that has used this line of thinking!
I pray that this study, although somewhat repetitive, but that you will have gained much from it and now know the facts of this important time of our Saviour’s Death and resurrection! HalleluYAH.
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