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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.
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):
"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.
"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.
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.
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?
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.