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Wednesday, April 4 2012
The Two Sabbaths Of Passover Week
Most Christian-professing people are aware that the sixth day of the week ("Friday" is the equivalent on the Roman calendar) is the "preparation" day for the Sabbath (which was just as much Christian in ancient "Old Testament" times as it is today; see Appearances Of The LORD God and The First Christian Church). That was specifically stated at the time when the LORD began providing manna to the Israelites in the wilderness of Sinai (notice also, here in Exodus 16, that the Sabbath was already commanded to be observed before they arrived at Mount Sinai, in Exodus 19 - another reason that the Commandment says "remember" the Sabbath Day, and that God's Eternal Law did not begin or end at Mount Sinai):
"16:22 And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread [see Manna In The Wilderness], two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation [see also What Did The Elders Of Israel Do?] came and told Moses. 16:23 And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.
It was from that Preparation for the weekly Sabbath that many people incorrectly assume that the Preparation Day for the Passover, as stated here in Mark ("the Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath"), was also a Friday, and that therefore the Messiah was Crucified on the sixth day of the week.
"15:37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost [see Giving Up The Ghost and What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?].
So too in Luke, "that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on":
"23:44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour [the sixth hour of daylight, which is about noon, while the ninth hour is about 3pm; see Hours Of The Day]. 23:45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. 23:46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
But notice carefully that the Sabbath that was about to begin when Christ died was "an high day" - Passover, not the regular weekly Sabbath.
"19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Further to that stated above, and even more plainly - the "high" Sabbath that was to begin at the end of the day when the Messiah was killed was the annual Holy Day/Sabbath of Passover, not the weekly Sabbath:
"18:28 Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas [see Annas And Caiaphas] unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover." (John 18:28 KJV)
The Messiah (see also A History Of Jerusalem: The Coming Of The Messiah) was sacrificed at the same time that the Passover lambs were sacrificed - on the Preparation day of the "high day" Sabbath - an annual Sabbath, or Holy Day, known as the first Day of Passover, or First Day of Unleavened Bread. There were two Preparation days that week, for the two Sabbaths - the annual Sabbath on Nisan 15, and the regular weekly seventh-day Sabbath.
The actual series of events, as stated in the Holy Bible, for the two preparation days for the two Sabbaths that particular Passover week (the names of Roman calendar days are also included to assist in understanding, keeping in mind that Biblical calendar days begin and end at sunset):
Sunset Monday to sunset Tuesday (Nisan 13)
Sunset Tuesday to sunset Wednesday (Nisan 14)
Sunset Wednesday to sunset Thursday (Nisan 15, First Day Of Unleavened Bread)
Sunset Thursday to sunset Friday (Nisan 16, Second Day of Unleavened Bread)
Sunset Friday to sunset Saturday (Nisan 17, Third Day of Unleavened Bread)
Sunset Saturday to sunset Sunday (Nisan 18, Fourth Day of Unleavened Bread)
Fact Finder: How did the Roman "Sun Day" come to be the counterfeit day of worship for millions of Roman Catholics and "Protestants"? What Roman Emperor declared that the Roman "Sun Day" was to be the official day of worship in his Kingdom?
This Day In History, April 4
527: In Constantinople, a gravely ill Justin crowned his nephew Justinian as co-emperor.
1147: The first historical record of Moscow.
1284: Alfonso X, king of Castile and Leon, died at age 63. His reign was dominated by a costly and unpopular attempt to become German king, and thereby the Holy Roman emperor (the official title of which was "the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation"; see The Holy Roman Empire). Although he was actually elected German king in 1257, the Pope refused to accept the election, and Alfonso spent years fruitlessly pursuing the matter (see Emperors and Popes).
1460: The University of Basle in Switzerland was established.
1507: Future Protestant reformer Martin Luther, age 21, was ordained a priest in the Roman Catholic Church. Although Luther later rejected the leadership of the Papacy (because of the immoral behavior of the pope at the time), he nevertheless kept practically all of the Church of Rome's antichrist doctrines, as do most of the "Protestant" churches to this day (e.g. see Why Observe The True Sabbath?).
1541: Ignatius of Loyola became the first superior-general of the Jesuits.
1581: English explorer and naval commander Frances Drake and his crew completed their circumnavigation of the world.
1687: James II ordered his Declaration of Indulgence read in church, allowing for full liberty of worship in England. It allowed peaceable meetings of nonconformists and forgave all penalties for ecclesiastical offenses.
1905: An earthquake in Kangra India, killed 375,000 people.
1918: During the First World War, the Battle of The Somme ended (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1939: Faisal II becomes King of Iraq.
1944: During the Second World War, British troops captured Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
1949: 12 nations - the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Portugal - founded the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). West Germany, Greece, Turkey and Spain joined later.
1968: Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 39.
1983 The first launch of the space shuttle Challenger. It was in service for less than 3 years before exploding on January 28 1986 while attempting its tenth launch.
2002: The government of Angola signed an agreement with rebels to end the Angolan Civil War.