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Thursday, April 21 2016

What Really Happened At Passover?

"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"

Those who wisely base their Christianity upon the true and actual Word of God, as documented in the Holy Bible, find that the man-made traditions of the Church of Rome and the "Protestant" churches (their core doctrines are identical) have replaced the Messiah's genuine 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).

So too, 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 and their nation (see Leviticus 23: The True Christian Holy Days). Despite their now being labeled as such by most people ("Christian" and Jewish), the LORD's genuine Holy Days, as originally and purely given by Jesus Christ (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour), 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 - right from the time of the Crucifixion to the present day.

Judaism Those who humbly 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 (again, carefully 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 - 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 (see What Time Did Jesus Die?). 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 (see Why Did They Find The Tomb Already Empty At Sunrise?).

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; see How Did The Messiah Observe His Last Passover?), 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?).

Sundial 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.

An Empty Tomb

"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 21

753 BC: According to the historian Varro, Romulus and Remus founded the city of Rome on this date.

43 BC: Marcus Antonius was defeated by Octavian (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) near Modena, Italy.

1075: Alexander II, (Anselm of Lucca), pope 1061-1073, died. Although elected pope, the German court (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) nominated another man and Alexander was not recognized by the empire until 1064 (see Emperors and Popes).

1509: King Henry VII of England died. His accession to the throne in 1485 ended the Wars of the Roses between the houses of Lancaster and York.

1526: Mongol Emperor Babur annihilated the Indian army of Ibrahim Lodi.

1689: William III and Mary II were crowned joint king and queen of England, Scotland and Ireland.

1782: The city of Rattanakosin, now known as Bangkok, was founded on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke.

1809: Napoleon's army fought the Austrians at the Battle of Landshut in Germany.

1828: Noah Webster published the first U.S. dictionary. Popular myth and propaganda notwithstanding, the actual first English-language dictionary was published in England around 1600, over 200 years before Webster.

1836: Rebel forces under Sam Houston defeated the Mexican army under Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto, which led to the Texas secession from Mexico. A vast amount of territory was seized by the U.S. from Mexico during the wars of the 1800s (see the map).

1898: Two months after the sinking of the battleship Maine, the U.S. began a naval blockade of Cuba. It almost immediately captured a Spanish merchant vessel, the Buenaventura. The beginning of the Spanish-US War.

1914: The Ypiranga incident. A German arms shipment to Mexico was intercepted by the U.S. Navy near Veracruz.

1918: Manfred von Richthofen, Germany's top fighter ace in the First World War, was killed in action at age 26. Known as the "Red Baron," he shot down 80 (79 British, 1 Belgian) enemy aircraft. The Red Baron was shot down by a Canadian fighter pilot, Captain Roy Brown, over northern France.

Brown and the Red Baron
1926: Queen Elizabeth II was born in London.

1934: The so-called "Surgeon's Photograph," one of the most famous supposed photographs of the Loch Ness Monster, was published in the Daily Mail. In 1999, the picture was revealed to be a hoax - a toy submarine outfitted with a sea-serpent head.

1965: Sir Edward Appleton died at age 73. The British physicist was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1947 for his discovery of the Appleton Layer (which the scientific community named after him) of the ionosphere, which is a dependable reflector of radio waves.

1989: Tens of thousands of students and workers poured into Peking's Tiananmen Square in defiance of official warnings against anti-government protests.

1992: The first discoveries of extrasolar planets were announced by astronomers Alexander Wolszczan and Dale Frail.

1997: The cremated ashes of LSD user-loser Timothy Leary (who, hypocritically, was a psychologist who witnessed the horrendous damage that LSD did to people's minds; see also Seed-Bearing Plants: For Food Or For Folly?) and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry were launched into space in the world's first "space funeral."


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