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Tuesday, April 12 2016
Mark 16: Why Did They Find The Tomb Already Empty At Sunrise?
"Very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun ... Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: He is risen; He is not here"
The last chapter (keeping in mind that the Holy Scriptures were originally written without chapters or verse numbers; they were added much later, primarily by printers and publishers in Europe - "chapters" beginning around the 13th century and "verses" from about the 16th century) of Mark (see Mark: Was It John Mark?) is a very concise ("expressing much in few words") account of the events of the Messiah's Resurrection.
According to the Holy Scriptures, as attested by all four of the Gospel book writers, there was no "sunrise resurrection." The Word of God plainly states that the Tomb was already empty when the women arrived at sunrise (see the Fact Finder question below).
"16:1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
The "very great" stone that sealed the Tomb had been miraculously rolled away - not to let the Messiah out, but to allow the world to see that the risen Messiah could pass through the barriers of stone that were created by man (see The Sign Cover Up).
"16:4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.
There were no commas in the original Scriptures. Consider the great difference that the placement of a comma can make within identical words.
The first example says that Jesus rose, and then later appeared to Mary Magdalene:
Now when Jesus was risen, [comma] early the first day of the week he appeared first to Mary Magdalene.
The second example seems to say, is made to say, that the Messiah rose on the first day of the week and appeared to Mary Magdalene:
Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, [comma] he appeared first to Mary Magdalene.
But the Bible says that the Tomb was already empty at sunrise - so we know that the first example is the correct one. The translators placed the comma in this verse in the wrong place - the Bible itself testifies where the comma belongs.
"16:9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils." (Mark 16:9 KJV)
It was a joyous shock to the women - who were believers. They were astonished that it happened.
"16:10 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.
So too with others (see On The Way To Emmaus).
"16:12 After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.
Then, the risen Messiah appeared to the disciples ("disciple" means student) who were then given their commission as apostles ("apostle" means someone who is sent with authority of the one who sent them i.e. an ambassador).
"16:14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
"16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
Fact Finder: What was the annual Sabbath that was about to begin just as the Messiah's Body was placed in the Tomb?
This Day In History, April 12
238: After the end of the three Punic Wars between the budding empire of Rome and Carthage in north Africa from 264 BC to 146 BC, the Battle of Carthage between victorious Rome's own military. The forces of Gordian II were defeated by Numidian forces of Maximinus Thrax. Gordian II was killed in the battle and his father, Gordian I, committed suicide.
240: Shapur I became king of the Sasanian Empire - the last Iranian empire prior to the invention of the Islamic religion in the fifth century.
467: Anthemius was proclaimed Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.
1204: During the Fourth Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), Constantinople was taken from the Muslims by the Crusaders (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad). Constantinople was founded in 330 by the Roman Emperor Constantine, after whom the city is named (listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy). Centuries later, the city became the capital of the Ottoman Empire (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1606: King James of England (after whom the King James Bible is named) ordered a "Union Flag" combining the crosses of St. George of England and St. Andrew of Scotland. The origin of the Union Jack.
1654: The Ordinance of Union came into effect, uniting Ireland and Scotland with England.
1782: The British, under Admiral Sir George Rodney, won a naval victory in the West Indies over the French off Dominica.
1796: Napoleon's forces defeated the Austrian and Sardinian armies at the end of the Battle of Montenotte. It was Napoleon's first significant victory.
1861: The U.S. Civil War began when Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina.
1877: The United Kingdom annexed the Transvaal of South Africa.
1917: During the First World War, four divisions of the Canadian Army captured Vimy Ridge (France) from the German Sixth Army.
1928: The Bremen, a German Junkers W33, departed on the first successful transatlantic flight from east to west.
1945: U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt died at age 63. In his last weeks, he had reportedly turned "anti-Zionist" after a meeting with Arabian King Ibn Saud after the Yalta Conference. The "pro-Zionist" Presidential assistant, David Niles, later asserted: "There are serious doubts in my mind that Israel would have come into being if Roosevelt had lived" (Mr. Niles overestimated Roosevelt and the late-comers who became involved in what others had built - nothing or no one could stop the fulfillment of the prophecy of Judah's return; see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1955: The polio vaccine, which was developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, was declared safe and effective.
1955: Albert Einstein collapsed at home in Princeton, New Jersey from a ruptured aortic aneurysm; he died in hospital 3 days later.
1961: Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in outer space when he completed the first manned orbital flight aboard Vostok 1.
1981: The first U.S. space shuttle launch, the Columbia. The vehicle completed 27 missions before disintegrating during re-entry on its 28th flight, on February 1, 2003. Seven astronauts, including the first Israeli astronaut, were killed.
"3:27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it." (Proverbs 3:27 KJV)
1999: U.S. President Bill Clinton was cited for contempt of court for testifying "intentionally false statements" in a sexual harassment civil lawsuit.
2002: A 17 year old Palestinian (see Where Is Palestine?) female suicide bomber murdered 7 people and wounded 104 at Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda open-air market.