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Friday, March 29 2013

Nisan 18: I Ascend Unto My Father

"But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the Firstfruits of them that slept"

Nisan is the first month of the Biblical calendar. The Messiah was crucified during the afternoon of Nisan 14. His Body was placed in the Tomb just before sunset as Nisan 15 was about to begin. The mandatory "three days and three nights" in the Tomb were fulfilled on Nisan 15, 16 and 17. The resurrection happened exactly 72 hours later, in the last minutes of Nisan 17 - the seventh day of the week. The empty tomb and the risen Messiah were discovered very early the next morning on Nisan 18.

There were two Sabbaths that week - Nisan 15, the annual Sabbath of Passover, and then the regular weekly Sabbath. Each of the Sabbaths had a "preparation" day.

The actual series of events, as stated in the Holy Bible, for the two preparation days and for the two Sabbaths that particular Passover week. The un-Biblical names of Roman calendar days are also included to assist in understanding, keeping in mind that Biblical calendar days begin and end at sunset.

Tombs In The Rock Sunset Monday to sunset Tuesday (Nisan 13):

Sunset Tuesday to sunset Wednesday (Nisan 14):

  • The Messiah observed His Passover preparation (also known as "The Last Supper") with the apostles, Tuesday evening just after sunset (see Why Did The Messiah Observe Passover On Nisan 14?).
    Matthew 26:20-29, Mark 14:17-25, Luke 22:14-38, John chapters 13-17

  • At about 10 p.m. Tuesday evening, they went out and entered the Garden of Gethsemane where the Messiah prayed and was then arrested by the mob, led by the traitor Judas Iscariot (see The Traitor In History And Prophecy).
    Matthew 26:36-56, Mark 14:32-52, Luke 22:39-53, John 18:1-11

  • The Messiah was taken to the house of the Caiaphas, the high priest, and was held there from about 11 p.m. Tuesday to dawn Wednesday. Throughout the night, Jesus was brutalized and mocked by the religious council and their thugs (see Who Was Their Messiah?).
    Matthew 26:57-75, Mark 14:53-72, Luke 22:54-65, John 18:12-27

  • At daybreak Wednesday, Jesus was taken to Pontius Pilate who declared Him innocent of any wrongdoing. Pilate then sent Jesus to Herod Antipas, who happened to be in Jerusalem at the time (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Herodian Dynasty). During that same time, Judas tried to return his thirty silver coins to the Sanhedrin and then hung himself (see Did Judas Iscariot Repent?).
    Luke 22:66-71, Luke 23:1-7, Matthew 27:1-10

  • Herod Antipas, after listening to the accusations, also declared Jesus an innocent man, having done nothing deserving death. He then sent Him back to Pilate.
    Luke 23:6-15

  • Pilate again tried to have Jesus released, but eventually gave in to the frenzied mob. He released the murderer Barabbas (a direct parallel to the Satanic "escape goat of the Day of Atonement; see also Sending Away The Escapades Goat), and handed Jesus over to be crucified, knowing full well that Jesus of Nazareth was an innocent man, just as they all knew that He was innocent (see Innocent Blood).
    Luke 23:13-25

  • The Roman military (see Legions Of Men And Angels) then took charge of Jesus; those reptiles sadistically tortured and beat Him nearly to death through the morning on Wednesday and then took Him out of the city for the Crucifixion (see The Crucifixion and Crossing The T).
    Matthew 27:27-56, Mark 15:16-41, Luke 23:26-43, John 19:16-27

  • The death of the Lamb of God, about 3 p.m. Wednesday. His burial in the tomb (see Joseph and Nicodemus: Making A Stand) was just before sunset on Wednesday afternoon (see The Jonah Prophecies).
    Matthew 27:45-61, Mark 15:33-47, Luke 23:44-56, John 19:28-42

Sunset Wednesday to sunset Thursday (Nisan 15, First Day Of Unleavened Bread):

  • Christ in the tomb night and day 1 (see The Passover 'High Day' Sabbath)

  • On the First Day of Passover/Unleavened Bread, the annual Sabbath that many mistakenly believe refers to the weekly Sabbath because it is also a "day after Preparation Day," Pilate had guards posted at the tomb (see The Tomb Watchers).
    Matthew 27:62-66

Sunset Thursday to sunset Friday (Nisan 16, Second Day of Unleavened Bread):

  • The Messiah in the tomb night and day 2 (see God Alone).
    Matthew 12:40

Sunset Friday to sunset Saturday (Nisan 17, Third Day of Unleavened Bread):

  • Christ in the tomb night and day 3; The Resurrection was just before sunset on Saturday afternoon, exactly three days and three nights after He died (see also Why Observe The True Sabbath?).
    Matthew 12:40

Sunset Saturday to sunset Sunday (Nisan 18, Fourth Day of Unleavened Bread):

  • The empty (for nearly twelve hours, since just before sunset on Saturday) tomb was discovered by the women and the apostles long before sunrise on "Sunday" morning; the risen Christ spoke to Mary of Magdala.
    Matthew 28:1-10, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-18

"The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre"

The resurrection of the Messiah happened just before sunset on the previous afternoon, on the seventh day of the week. The resurrection of the Messiah was discovered early the next morning, while it was still dark, on the first day of the week.

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"20:1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. 20:2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved [see also What Did Peter and John See That Others Didn't?], and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

20:3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. 20:4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. 20:5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying [see also The Linen Of The Saints]; yet went he not in. 20:6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, 20:7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. 20:8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. 20:9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead." (John 20:1-9 KJV)

Mary of Magdala (see also The Cities Of Lake Galilee) remained. In doing so, Mary became the first human witness of the risen Messiah, and the first human to speak with the risen Messiah.

"20:10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. 20:11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, 20:12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

20:13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou?

She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. 20:14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

20:15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou?

She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

20:16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary.

She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

20:18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her." (John 20:10-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: What was the significance of the first full day of the Messiah's resurrection, Nisan 18, the day after the weekly Sabbath during the week of Passover/Unleavened Bread?
See Pentecost: Unto The Morrow After The Seventh Sabbath


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This Day In History, March 29

502: Burgundians King Gundobad proclaimed a new legal code (Lex Burgundionum) at Lyon. It unified the laws of the Gallo-Romans and the Burgundians.

1461: The bloodiest battle of the Wars of the Roses occurred near York. 35,000 Yorkists battled 40,000 Lancastrians to secure the English throne for Yorkist Edward IV.

1638: The first permanent European settlement in Delaware was established by Swedish Lutherans.

1778: English explorer James Cook landed at Vancouver Island. A year later, Cook was killed (and some reports say eaten) by natives in the islands of Hawaii, which Cook originally named the Sandwich Islands (after the Earl of Sandwich, a supporter of Cook's voyages).

1798: The Helvetic Republic, a government set up by the French directory in Switzerland from the ten cantons, was proclaimed.

1792: King Gustavus III of Sweden died of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin 2 weeks earlier.

1809: In Sweden, Gustavus IV was forced to abdicate after a number of military defeats against Denmark. He was succeeded by Charles XIII.

1848: For the first time in recorded history, Niagara Falls stopped flowing. An ice jam in the Niagara River above the rim of the falls caused the water to stop.

1867: The British North America Act established the Dominion of Canada comprising Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

1871: In London, Queen Victoria opened the Royal Albert Hall in memory of her late husband Prince Albert.

1867: The United States purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars.

1939: The Spanish Civil War ended in victory for Francisco Franco. Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini had aided Franco.

1941: During the Second World War, British warships sank 5 Italian warships off the Peloponnesus coast in The Mediterranean Sea.

1962: Cuba opened the trial of the "Bay of Pigs" invaders.

1975: President Anwar Sadat of Egypt declared that he would reopen the Suez Canal.

2004: The Republic of Ireland became the first country in the world to ban smoking in all workplaces, including restaurants and bars.


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