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Monday, April 9 2012

Guarding The Secret Of The Tomb

The Crucifixion and death of the Messiah (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Coming Of The Messiah) on Nisan 14 (see Nisan 14: The Sacrifice Of The Lamb Of God) was a public spectacle. Just as everyone knew that He was innocent (see Innocent Blood), so too did everyone know that He was crucified (see also Christ Died For Repentant Sinners and The Cross Of Christ, Or The Cross Of Men?).

"27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. 27:36 And sitting down they watched him there; 27:37 And set up over his head his accusation written, This Is Jesus The King Of The Jews.

27:38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.

27:39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, 27:40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross [see also Crossing The T].

27:41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, 27:42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him." (Matthew 27:35-42 KJV)

The Crucifixion

Christ's burial, in a tomb located somewhere nearby in the rock quarry where the crucifixion happened, was also public. Everyone knew that He was dead (see Giving Up The Ghost and What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?). The Romans who executed Him would not have released His body if He were yet alive.

"19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

19:31 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,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 19:32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. 19:33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: 19:34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. 19:35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. 19:36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. 19:37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced." (John 19:30-37 KJV)

As the Holy Scriptures plainly state, He was crucified and died on Nisan 14, the Preparation Day of the first day of Passover, also known as the First Day of Unleavened Bread. The Messiah would remain dead in the Tomb for three days and three nights, from sunset at the beginning of Nisan 15, to sunset at the end of Nisan 17 (see The Two Sabbaths Of Passover Week).

"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 [see The Passed Over Pharisees and What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?], 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)

"Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day"

There were many witnesses of the Messiah's execution and death. There were also to be many witnesses of His being dead for the required "three days and three nights" (see The Jonah Prophecies). Ironically, the Roman troops who killed Him were also given the task of officially verifying that He was dead in His Tomb for that entire time. That was done at the behest of the corrupt religious council who continued to blaspheme the Messiah even after He was dead. The Tomb guard was posted from the first full day of His death, Nisan 15 ("the next day, that followed the day of the preparation") to the end of the third day, Nisan 17.

Golgatha

"27:62 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, 27:63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. 27:64 Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.

27:65 Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.

27:66 So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch." (Matthew 27:62-66 KJV)

The Messiah was resurrected, exactly as He said that He would, after three days and three nights in the tomb (see the Fact Finder question below). When the women went to the tomb early on the first day of the week, the tomb was already empty (the resurrection occurred long before sunrise on the first day of the week - please carefully read the Fact Finder question below), but the large stone that sealed the entrance was still there because Christ had passed through it. The tomb was opened for witnesses to see in, not for Christ to get out. The Roman military guards also witnessed that it was no mere human that unsealed the tomb.

"28:1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

28:2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. 28:3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: 28:4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men." (Matthew 28:1-4 KJV)

But what did the Romans do? They accepted bribes, from the same people who paid Judas to betray Him, to say that someone stole the body, while they were asleep on guard duty (an offense punishable by death). Their governor was also bribed to accept the lie. Lies and bribes, on top of more lies and bribes.

"28:11 Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and showed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.

28:12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, 28:13 Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. 28:14 And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.

28:15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day." (Matthew 28:11-15 KJV)

Fact Finder: What day of the week was the Messiah truly resurrected? Do you want to base your Christianity on lies, or on Truth?
See Why Observe The True Sabbath?


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This Day In History, April 9

193: Septimius Seversus was proclaimed emperor by the Roman army (see Legions Of Men And Angels and Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire) in Illyricum (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

1241: Mongol forces fought the Poles and the Germans at the Battle of Liegnitz.

1483: King Edward IV of England died.

1626: Francis Bacon, British lawyer, courtier, statesman, philosopher and writer died at age 65.

1682: Explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier de La Salle reached the mouth of the Mississippi River and claimed Louisiana for King Louis XIV of France (i.e. Louisiana is named after a King of France).

1770: English explorer James Cook sighted Botany Bay, Australia.

1747: Simon Fraser, the 12th baron Lovat Jacobite, became the last man in England to be executed by beheading.

1799: Sir Humphrey Davy discovered the anesthetic properties of nitrous oxide, ("laughing gas").

1869: The Hudson Bay Company ceded its territory to Canada.

1917: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the German-held Vimy Ridge (France) was taken by 4 divisions of Canadian troops after one of the fiercest battles of the war.

1921: The Russian-Polish War ended with the signing of the Riga Treaty.

1940: Germany invaded Norway and Denmark during the Second World War.

1945: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologian and anti-Nazi was executed in Flossenburg concentration camp. He was arrested in 1943 for his involvement in a plot to assassinate Hitler.

1948: 245 Arab men, women and children were killed by the Irgun (a "Zionist" paramilitary group; see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace) in a village close to Jerusalem called Deir Yassin. The murders resulted in tens of thousands of Arabs fleeing to the Arab-controlled West Bank, and into Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the Egyptian Gaza Strip. In retaliation, the Arabs murdered 77 Jewish doctors and nurses in a convoy on their way to Mount Scopus.

1969: The supersonic Concorde airliner made its maiden flight, from Bristol to Fairford in England.

1991: The date of Microsoft MS-DOS 5.0

1992: President Manuel Noriega of Panama was convicted of drug charges in a Miami court. Noriega was captured as a prisoner of war when the U.S. invaded Panama, however he was thereafter prosecuted by U.S. domestic law.

2005: Britain's Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles, his mistress of many years.





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