Monday, April 18 2011
The Sacrifice Of Nisan 14
After being abused and blasphemously mocked by the religious "authorities" (see The High Priest's Deal With The Devil and Why Did The Lawyers Hate The Messiah?) all through the night, they sent the bound Son of God to the Roman military governor, Pontius Pilate - another moral and ethical pervert.
"27:1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: 27:2 And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor." (Matthew 27:1-2 KJV)
As soon as The Messiah had been taken away, the traitor Judas slithered in to attempt to "repent" before the other unrepentant to God criminals. When they mocked him, Judas went out and hanged himself (see The Long Shadow Of Judas).
"27:3 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, 27:4 Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.
The Roman Satanic barbarians, Pilate, then Herod (see The Herods), then Pilate again, continued the torture of Jesus Christ that had been begun by the antichrist men on the religious council (see The Spirit of Antichrist and Anti-Zion Is Anti-Christ). They all then knowingly sentenced the absolutely innocent Son of God to be executed, while they knowingly released a man who was guilty of murder - a murderer just like themselves.
"27:15 Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. 27:16 And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. 27:17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ? 27:18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him." (Matthew 27:15-18 KJV)
"And, behold, the veil of the Temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom"
It was by then mid-morning. The Messiah was put into the hands of the brutal thugs of the Roman army - who continued the torture. There was only one courageous man there - Jesus of Nazareth. Anyone, past or present, who tortures and mocks a bound, blindfolded prisoner, without even the courage to do it except in a gang, is not a man, but a pitiful coward with the "courage" of a rabid rat.
"27:27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. 27:28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. 27:29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! 27:30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. 27:31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him." (Matthew 27:27-31 KJV)
The Prophet Of Galilee was then taken to the place of execution - at the same time that the Passover lambs were being sacrificed. Nisan 14 is the Preparation Day of Passover.
"19:16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified.
At the cross were Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary's sister and her son the apostle John ("19:25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister" John 19:25 KJV; see Aunt Mary) and Mary of Magdala.
"19:25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. 19:26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 19:27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home." (John 19:25-27 KJV)
The death of the Lamb of God came after 3:00 pm (as it would be called on a present-day clock, "the ninth" hour of daylight; see Hours Of The Day).
"27:45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
The Body of the Messiah was placed in the nearby tomb of Joseph of Arimathaea, "who also himself was Jesus' disciple."
"27:57 When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus' disciple: 27:58 He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. 27:59 And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 27:60 And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed." (Matthew 27:57-60 KJV)
Joseph of Arimathaea was assisted by a repentant Pharisee, Nicodemus (to whom was given the famous Born Again teaching and the also-famous "John 3:16" verse). They just got the burial done as the sun was about set, to begin the required "three days and three nights" in the Tomb (see the Fact Finder question below). The Christ's first night in the Tomb was that of Nisan 15.
"19:38 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. 19:39 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. 19:40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. 19:41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. 19:42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand." (John 19:38-42 KJV)
Fact Finder: As we have read in the Holy Scriptures, the Lamb of God was placed in the Tomb on the late afternoon of Nisan 14, just before sunset. When did His Resurrection happen?
This Day In History, April 18
1328: Holy Roman Emperor Louis IV ("Louis the Bavarian") deposed Pope John XXII in Rome in a quarrel over who had superior authority (see Emperors and Popes). Peter of Corbara was appointed anti-pope as Nicholas V (see Antipopes).
1689: British Chief Justice Judge George Jeffreys died in the Tower of London. He presided over the "Bloody Assizes" following the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685.
1834: William Lamb became Prime Minister of England.
1847: During the Mexican-American War (actually, the Mexican-US war; all people of the continents of North and South America are "Americans"; imagine, for example, if the people of Germany proclaimed themselves to be the "Europeans" - if you lived in one of the many other countries of Europe, what would you think of that?), U.S. forces under General Winfield Scott attacked Mexican forces under General Santa Anna at the battle of Cerro-Gordo.
1906: A powerful earthquake struck San Francisco (then a relatively small town). It killed more than 1,000 people and left over 200,000 people homeless.
1943: While traveling in a bomber, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the planner of the attack on Pearl Harbor, was killed after the plane was shot down by U.S. P-38 fighters.
1946: The League of Nations was dissolved. It was replaced by the United Nations.
1949: The passing of the Republic of Ireland Act.
1950: The first transatlantic jet flight.
1951: France, West Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg signed a treaty to establish the European Coal and Steel Community.
1954: Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser became the leader of Egypt.
1955: Albert Einstein, German-born scientist, died at age 76. He formulated the Theory of Relativity and won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921.
1974: A Washington court issued a subpoena on U.S. President Richard Nixon to produce tape recordings and other "cover-up" evidence demanded by prosecutors for their investigation of the Watergate crimes.
1996: Over 100 civilian refugees were killed by Israeli artillery that bombarded a UN compound in Qana, Lebanon.