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Wednesday, April 1 2015

Passover: The Days From Sacrifice To Resurrection

"Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment ... they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the Passover. ... 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"

The man-made traditions of the Church of Rome and the "Protestant" churches (their core doctrines are identical) have replaced the Messiah's actual Christian Passover with "Easter" - the ancient Babylonian idol festival that was later adopted by the sun-worshiping Romans (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

At the same time, the man-made traditions of Judaism (that originated after the Babylonian exile, along with the Pharisees and Sadducees; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism and Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism) have replaced the actual Christian meaning and purpose of Passover with a "Passover" that is limited to their religion. Despite their now being labeled as such by most people ("Christian" and Jewish), the LORD's genuine Holy Days, as originally and purely given, are not "Jewish Holy Days," nor is the Sabbath "the Jewish Sabbath." If they were, the people of Judaism wouldn't have failed to recognize the Messiah - from the Crucifixion to the present day.

Tombs In The Rock Those who follow the Word of God, rather than any man-made religious traditions for their Christianity, do not observe Passover like those who are yet ensnared in Roman Catholicism, Protestantism or Judaism. The LORD, Who was and is Jesus Christ (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The Christian Ten Commandments), declared how His Holy Days are to be observed. People are free to choose whether to obey Him, not how to obey Him.

The Holy Bible is very clear in specifying how and when to observe the LORD's true Holy Days (see The True Christian Holy Days) - without any man-made traditions that ignore or disobey Him.

The chronology below documents the actual series of events, as the Biblical calendar dates occurred on the days that week, as stated in the Holy Bible.

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.

Notice carefully also that the Messiah had observed "this Passover" on the evening of Nisan 14 ("I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer" Luke 22:15 KJV), while later, during the daylight part of Nisan 14, the High Priest wanted the Body off the Cross before sunset so that he could observe Passover at the regular time, after sunset on Nisan 15 (see also Who Was The Carpenter That Built The Cross?).

"18:28 Then led they Jesus from 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)

"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." (John 19:30-31 KJV)

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 (just as the Romans also used to do before they perverted their calendar; see also How Did Rome Change True Time?).

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 Sending Away The Escapades Goat; also Why Did They Want A Murderer Released Instead Of Jesus?), 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; the thugs 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

The Crucifixion

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.


"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, April 1

286: The accession of Maximian, Roman emperor 286-310 AD (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars, A History Of Jerusalem: The Herodian Dynasty, A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots and A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba).

325: Jin Chengdi, at age 4, succeeded his father Jin Mingdi as emperor of China's Jin Dynasty (see also Gog and Magog).

457: As the Roman Empire was collapsing, the Roman army proclaimed Majorian as emperor. The Roman Empire was superseded by Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

527: Byzantine Emperor Justin I declared his nephew Justinian I as co-ruler and successor to the throne.

1204: Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of France and England, died.

1564: All Fools Day (in France) is said to have originated when King Charles IX of France changed the calendar on this date. Before the adoption of the Gregorian Calendar (see Pope Gregory's Calendar; also The Antichrist Calendar), April 1 was observed as New Year's Day by cultures as varied as the Roman and the Hindu.

1578: English physician William Harvey discovered blood circulation.

1621: The first colonial treaty with "Indians" (early explorers thought that they had landed in India - and so erroneously named the native people "Indians") in North America was signed between Massasoit, chief of the Wampanoags, and English Pilgrims on behalf of James I at Strawberry Hill, Massachusetts.

1665: The Great Plague hit London (see also Leviticus 13: Bacteria).

1734: Canada's first lighthouse began operating, at Louisbourg, Nova Scotia.

1875: The Times of London was the first newspaper to print a daily weather chart.

1778: Oliver Pollock, a New Orleans businessman, reportedly created the dollar "$" sign.

British Military Cemetery In Jerusalem 1918: During the First World War (1914-1918; listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Force merged to form the Britain's Royal Air Force.

1920: The German Worker's Party changed its name to the National Socialist German Worker's Party - Nazi.

1924: Adolf Hitler was sentenced to 5 years in jail for high treason (a strange charge because Hitler was born in Austria, not Germany - his citizenship was settled only after he came to power and invaded Austria, declaring it part of Germany) after his failed 1923 putsch. He was released December 20 of the same year (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1924: The Royal Canadian Air Force was established.

1925: British statesman Arthur James Balfour dedicated Hebrew University on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration).

1933: The Nazi government ordered a boycott of businesses owned by Jews and seized their bank accounts (see also Hate Jews?).

1937: The new constitution providing separation of Burma from India went into effect.

1939: Francisco Franco declared the end of the Spanish Civil War.

1948: The Berlin blockade began when the Russians began checking all road and rail traffic between Berlin and the Western Zones. The Berlin Airlift began in response to the blockade.

1952: The "Big Bang" theory of creation was first published (see Creation: The Matter Of Energy; listen also to our Sermon The Creator of Cosmos).

1976: Apple Inc. was established by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne.

1979: Iran became an Islamic Republic by a 99% vote, officially overthrowing the Shah, a U.S.-backed dictator.

1997: Comet Hale-Bopp passed perihelion (the point in the orbit of a planet or comet where it is nearest to the sun).

1999: Nunavut was established as a Canadian territory, becoming a separate part of the Northwest Territories.

2001: A U.S. Navy spy plane collided with a Chinese fighter jet that was challenging it near the Chinese coast (imagine what would happen if a Chinese military aircraft flew the same way along the U.S. coast). The Chinese plane and pilot were lost, the U.S. plane made an emergency unauthorized landing on a nearby Chinese military base where the U.S. crew was taken into custody before being released almost 2 weeks later.



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