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Saturday, April 4 2015

Nisan 15: The First Day In The Tomb On 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"

Many Christian-professing people are aware that the sixth day of the week (known as "Friday" on the Roman calendar; see also How Did Rome Change True Time?) is the "preparation" day for the Sabbath - which was just as much Christian in ancient "Old Testament" times as it is today (see The Christian Ten Commandments).

The Preparation Day was specifically commanded at the time when the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see The Identity Of The LORD God) began providing manna to the Israelites in the wilderness of Sinai (see also Paul's Geography Lesson). Notice also, in Exodus 16 quoted below, 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 the LORD's Eternal Law did not begin or end at Mount Sinai:

The Tabernacle

"16:22 And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread [see 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.

16:24 And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade [see Israel In History and Prophecy: Moses]: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein. 16:25 And Moses said, Eat that to day; for to day is a sabbath unto the LORD: to day ye shall not find it in the field. 16:26 Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none.

16:27 And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none. 16:28 And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws? 16:29 See, for that the LORD hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. 16:30 So the people rested on the seventh day." (Exodus 16:22-30 KJV)

From that Preparation for the weekly Sabbath, many people incorrectly presume 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?].

15:38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom [see Why Was It Torn?]. 15:39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.

15:40 There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome [see The Kinsfolk Of Jesus Of Nazareth]; 15:41 (Who also, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered unto him;) and many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem.

15:42 And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, 15:43 Joseph of Arimathaea [see Joseph and Nicodemus: Making A Stand], an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus." (Mark 15:37-43 KJV)

The Crucifixion

As stated also 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.

23:47 Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.

23:48 And all the people that came together to that sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned. 23:49 And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things.

23:50 And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just: 23:51 (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God. 23:52 This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. 23:53 And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. 23:54 And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on." (Luke 23:44-54 KJV)

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 (see Nisan 14: The Day That The Messiah Was Crucified and Nisan 14: How Did The Messiah Observe His Last Passover?).

"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 [see also The Cross Of Christ, Or The Cross Of Men?] 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)

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):

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.
    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, 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; they 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 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 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 Unleavened Days Of Passover)

  • 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)

  • Christ 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 the Fact Finder question below).
    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 (again, see the Fact Finder question below).
    Matthew 28:1-10, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-18

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?
See Why Observe The True Sabbath? and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy; also The Cross Of Christ, Or The Cross Of Men?


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This Day In History, April 4

527: In Constantinople (named after Emperor Constantine; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), a gravely ill Justin crowned his nephew Justinian as co-emperor.

1147: The first historical record of Moscow (see also Gog and Magog).

Francis Drake 1284: Alfonso X, king of Castile and Leon, died at age 63. His reign was dominated by a costly and unpopular attempt to become German king, and thereby the Holy Roman emperor (the official title of which was "the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation"; see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). Although he was actually elected German king in 1257, the Pope refused to accept the election, and Alfonso spent years fruitlessly pursuing the matter (see Emperors and Popes).

1460: The University of Basle in Switzerland was established.

1507: Future Protestant reformer Martin Luther, age 21, was ordained a priest in the Roman Catholic Church. Although Luther later rejected the leadership of the Papacy (because of the immoral behavior of the pope at the time), he nevertheless kept practically all of the Church of Rome's antichrist doctrines, as do most of the "Protestant" churches to this day (e.g. see Why Observe The True Sabbath?).

1541: Ignatius of Loyola became the first superior-general of the Jesuits.

1581: English explorer and naval commander Frances Drake and his crew completed their circumnavigation of the world.

1687: James II ordered his Declaration of Indulgence read in church, allowing for full liberty of worship in England. It allowed peaceable meetings of nonconformists and forgave all penalties for ecclesiastical offenses.

1721: Sir Robert Walpole became the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, under King George I.

1812: In his belligerent provocations that led to his declaring the start of the War of 1812-1814 (in which his publicly-stated goal was to obliterate Canada as a nation and annex the Canadian people and territory into the U.S. by conquest), U.S. President James Madison enacted a ninety-day embargo on trade with Britain.

1905: An earthquake in Kangra India, killed 375,000 people.

1918: During the First World War, the Battle of The Somme ended (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).

1939: Faisal II became King of Iraq.

1944: During the Second World War, British troops captured Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

1949: 12 nations - the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Portugal - founded the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). West Germany, Greece, Turkey and Spain joined later.

1968: Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 39.

1975: Microsoft was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

1973: The World Trade Center in New York was officially dedicated.

1975: A U.S. Air Force C-5A Galaxy, transporting orphans out of the war zone that the U.S. created, crashed near Saigon, South Vietnam shortly after takeoff; 172 of the children died.

1983 The first launch of the space shuttle Challenger. It was in service for less than 3 years before exploding on January 28 1986 while attempting its tenth launch.

1984: U.S. President Ronald Reagan called for an international ban on chemical weapons (while declaring the U.S. exempt of any ban for reasons of "national security").

2002: The government of Angola signed an agreement with rebels to end the Angolan Civil War.


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