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Thursday, April 13 2017
Nisan 18: Resurrected After Three Days And Three Nights
"But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the Firstfruits of them that slept ... Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her."
Nisan is the first month of the LORD's Calendar - that He declared at the time of Creation (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation).
The Messiah died in mid-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 (see Joseph and Nicodemus: Making A Stand). 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.
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.
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):
"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.
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.
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?
This Day In History
This Day In History, April 13
1059: In an attempt to remove the Papal-appointment power of the German Emperors (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation and Emperors and Popes), Pope Nicholas II decreed that future popes would be elected only by cardinals (see The Struggle For The Papacy; listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1111: German King Henry V was crowned Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1204: Constantinople fell to the Crusaders of the Fourth Crusade, temporarily crippling the Byzantine Empire (i.e. the east Roman Empire). Constantinople was named after the Roman Emperor Constantine, the inventor of the Church of Rome and most of its Babylonian/Roman doctrines (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1598: The Edict of Nantes was promulgated by Henry IV of France. It granted political rights and some degree of religious freedom to the French Huguenots. The edict remained in effect for 87 years.
1759: French forces defeated the European allies at the Battle of Bergen.
1829: The British Parliament granted freedom of religion to Catholics in Britain. The Catholics had been restricted because of their proclaimed loyalty to the Pope in Rome rather than their own country - including with numerous attempts to assassinate Kings and Queens of the United Kingdom at the behest of various Popes.
1849: The Hungarian Republic was proclaimed.
1861: After 34 hours of bombardment, Union-held Fort Sumter surrendered to the Confederate forces.
1913: An assassination attempt on King Alphonso XIII of Spain by an anarchist failed.
1953: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director Allen Dulles began the mind-control program "MKULTRA" that used unknowing U.S. and Canadian citizens and hospital patients as its test subjects. The criminal program included the use of illegal drugs (e.g. LSD), hypnosis, isolation and sensory deprivation, verbal and sexual abuse and torture. Many died from the heinous medical experiments that were equal in evil to anything done by Hitler's Nazi regime during the Second World War.
1959: A Vatican edict prohibited Roman Catholics from voting for communists.
1960: France became the 4th nation with atomic "weapons of mass destruction."
1960: The first navigational satellite was launched into Earth orbit.
1970: An oxygen tank exploded on Apollo 13, causing an abort of the moon landing and near loss of the crew.
1999: Dr. Jack Kevorkian was sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison for murder - the killing of a terminally ill man who wanted to commit suicide. He taped the killing which was shown on the CBS program 60 Minutes. Kevorkian claimed to have assisted over 130 deaths during the previous 10 years.