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The English word evening, defined as the time between sunset and darkness, is used to translate the original words of the Bible, the Hebrew word (pronounced) eh-reb and the Greek word (pronounced) op-see-os, both of which mean the same as the English word. Another English word, eventide, meaning the period of decreasing daylight from late afternoon until darkness, is used to describe the "two evenings" of each day (i.e. the first when the sun starts to decrease in the afternoon, the second at sunset) observed by the people of ancient Israel.

Christ Died At Eventide

Holy Bible Unlike the present Roman-imposed calendar system (see Pope Gregory's Calendar and Sun Day, Moon Day, Tiw's Day) which starts the day at midnight, throughout all of the Bible, right from the time of Creation, according to God's Word, the "day" began at evening:

"And there was evening and there was morning, one day" (Genesis 1:5 RSV)

"evening to evening shall you keep your Sabbath" (Leviticus 23:32 RSV)

After Jesus Christ died in late afternoon, i.e. during eventide (Matthew 27:46-50 says He died about the 9th hour of daylight, according to the ancient manner of time reckoning, which is about 3 pm on a modern-day clock) of the Preparation Day for the annual Sabbath (the Sabbath mentioned in the verses below refers to the annual Sabbath, Unleavened Bread, not the regular weekly Sabbath), Nicodemus and Joseph Of Arimathea hurried to get Him buried by sunset (it was spring, the time of equal-length daylight and darkness, so sunset would have been the equivalent of about 6 pm on a modern-day clock that day - less than 3 hours after He died) when the new "day" began:

"it was the day of Preparation, in order to prevent the bodies from remaining on the cross on the Sabbath ... Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him leave. So he came and took away his body. Nicodemus also ... came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds' weight."

"They took the body of Jesus, and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews."

"Now in the place where He was crucified [see Where Was Jesus Crucified?] there was a garden [see Garden of Gethsemane], and in the garden a new tomb [see The Garden Tomb] where no one had ever been laid. So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, as the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there." (John 19:31,38-42 RSV)

"Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud, and laid him in a rock-hewn tomb, where no one had ever yet been laid. It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning" (Luke 23:53-54 RSV)

Fact Finder: Where won't there be any more night?
Revelation 21:2-3,25 and 22:1-5
See also The City To Come and The Throne Of God, From Heaven To Earth

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