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Tuesday, April 15 2014
The Passover High Day
"Because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath Day, for that Sabbath Say was an High Day"
Most Christian-professing people understand that the sixth day of the week (known as "Friday" on the Roman calendar; see also Sun Day, Moon Day, Tiw's Day) is the "preparation" day for the Sabbath (which was just as much Christian in ancient "Old Testament" times as it is today; see the Fact Finder question below). That was specifically stated at the time when the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) 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 Exodus 16: Manna and Quail], 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, as is incorrectly assumed by millions of people.
"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 idol-worship 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 15
769: The Church of Rome's Lateran Council (named after the Basilica in which it was held) condemned the Council of Hieria and anathematized its iconoclastic (opposing religious idols and images) rulings.
1071: Bari, the last Byzantine-held territory in southern Italy, was surrendered to Robert Guiscard.
1450: French forces under Comte de Clermont attacked 4,000 English troops under Sir Thomas Kyriel at the Battle of Formigny during the last stage of The Hundred Years War.
1632: George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore, died at age 52. The English statesman was directly involved in the founding of the North American province of "Mary Land" (named after the Roman Catholic idea of Mary), which later became the state of Maryland. A former member of the English House of Commons, Calvert gave up his seat in 1625 after he declared himself a Roman Catholic.
1715: The Pocotaligo Massacre set off the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.
1800: James Ross discovered the North Magnetic pole.
1859: The first steamboat began operating on the Red River, carrying freight and passengers between Fort Garry, now Winnipeg, Manitoba, and St. Paul, Minnesota.
1861: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to put down the insurrection that later became the U.S. Civil War.
1865: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln died after being shot at Ford's Theater in Washington the previous night.
Ronald Reagan broke the so-called "year zero curse" in 1989 when he became the first U.S. President since 1840, who won a Presidential election in a year ending in a zero, to leave office alive (although not without incident - Reagan was also seriously wounded in an assassination attempt in March of 1981):
1980: Ronald Reagan
1880: William Gladstone became the Prime Minister of Britain.
1912: The British ocean liner Titanic sank on its first voyage after colliding with an iceberg. 1,523 of the 2,200 passengers and crew were lost.
1917: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the British defeated the Germans at the Battle of Arras.
1923: Insulin became generally available for people suffering with diabetes.
1927: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 began. It was the most destructive river flood in U.S. history.
1938: Francisco Franco's forces captured Vinaroz in the Spanish Civil War.
1941: During the Second World War, the Belfast Blitz. Over 200 bombers of the German Luftwaffe bombed Belfast, Northern Ireland, killing 1,000 people.
1942: During the Second World War, the George Cross, Britain's highest accolade for civilian gallantry, was conferred on Malta by King George VI for bravery in withstanding Italian and German attacks.
1945: Near the end of the Second World War, the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp was liberated by British forces.
1949: Pope Pius XII issued his second encyclical on "Palestine," Redemptoris Nostri, urging Roman Catholics to exert every effort on behalf of a plan to make Jerusalem a corpus separatum - an "international city" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1952: The first flight of the Boeing B-52 bomber. Named after the year that it began flying (i.e. B-52 is from 1952), the B-52 is still in war service today (the crews are often just half of the age of the airplane).
1969: 30 military and CIA crew members were killed when North Korea shot down a U.S. electronic surveillance plane in the Sea of Japan. The Nixon administration chose not to retaliate against North Korea.
1997: Over 300 Islamic worshipers were killed and over 1,200 injured at a tent city on the plain outside Mecca. Most of the dead were Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. The fire destroyed an estimated 70,000 tents which they use for shelter in the final days of their Hajj.
1998: Cambodian "Khmer Rouge" leader Pol Pot died at age 73. He is reported to have been responsible for the deaths of up to 2 million people in the "killing fields."
2010: Volcanic ash from a volcano in Iceland caused airspace over Britain and much of Europe to be closed.