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The Two Evenings Of The Day

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 In Late Afternoon

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 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day" (Genesis 1:5 KJV)

"from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your Sabbath" (Leviticus 23:32 KJV)

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; see Hours Of The Day) 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:

"The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day, for that Sabbath day was an high day [i.e. it was an annual Sabbath, Passover, not the regular weekly Sabbath]"

"And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes [see Shroud Of Turin: A Miraculous Fake?] with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden [see Garden of Gethsemane]; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand." (John 19:31,38-42 KJV)

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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