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Friday, April 14 2017
The Stolen Body Conspiracy
"When they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept ... So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day."
The prophesied Crucifixion (see David's View From The Cross and The Crucifixion) and death of the Messiah on Nisan 14 (see Why Did The Messiah Observe Passover On Nisan 14? and The Passover 'High Day' Sabbath) was a very public event. Just as everyone knew that He was innocent (see Innocent Blood), so too did everyone know that Jesus of Nazareth was truly dead.
"27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. 27:36 And sitting down they watched him there; 27:37 And set up over his head his accusation written, This Is Jesus The King Of The Jews.
The Messiah's burial, in a new tomb located in the rock quarry where the crucifixion itself happened, was also public. There was no denying that the Messiah was dead (see also Giving Up The Ghost and What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?). The Romans who executed Him would not have released His body if He were yet alive.
"19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
As the documented records plainly state, the Messiah was crucified and died on Nisan 14, the Preparation Day of the first day of Passover, also known as the First Day of Unleavened Bread (again, see The Passover 'High Day' Sabbath for a complete hour by hour chronology, as recorded in the Scriptures). The Messiah would remain dead in the Tomb for three days and three nights, from sunset at the beginning of Nisan 15, to sunset at the end of Nisan 17.
"19:38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. 19:39 And there came also Nicodemus [see Joseph and Nicodemus: Making A Stand and What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?], which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. 19:40 Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. 19:41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. 19:42 There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand." (John 19:38-42 KJV)
"Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day"
There were many witnesses of the Messiah's execution and death. There were also to be many witnesses of His being dead for the required "three days and three nights" (see The Jonah Prophecies). Ironically, the Roman troops who killed Him were also given the task of officially verifying that He was dead in His Tomb for that entire time. That was done at the behest of the corrupt religious council who continued to blaspheme the Messiah even after He was dead. The Tomb guard was posted from the first full day of His death, Nisan 15 ("the next day, that followed the day of the preparation") to the end of the third day, Nisan 17.
"27:62 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, 27:63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. 27:64 Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.
The Messiah was resurrected, exactly as He said that He would, after three days and three nights in the tomb (see the Fact Finder question below). When the women went to the tomb early on the first day of the week, the tomb was already empty (the resurrection occurred long before sunrise on the first day of the week - please carefully read the Fact Finder question below), but the large stone that sealed the entrance was still there because the Messiah had passed through it. The tomb was opened for witnesses to see in, not for Christ to get out. The Roman military guards also witnessed that it was no mere human that unsealed the tomb.
"28:1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
But what did the Romans do? They accepted bribes, from the Jewish ruling council, the very same people who paid Judas to betray Him, to say that someone stole the body, while they were asleep on guard duty. Their commander was also bribed to accept the lie and ignore the death penalty for soldiers who sleep while on guard duty. Lies and bribes, on top of more lies and bribes.
"28:11 Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and showed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.
Fact Finder: What day of the week was the Messiah truly resurrected? Do you want to base your Christianity on lies, or on Truth?
This Day In History, April 14
43 BC: The Battle of Forum Gallorum. Mark Antony (see also The Cleopatra Connection), while besieging one of Julius Caesar's assassins, Decimus Brutus, in Mutina (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars), defeated the forces of the consul Pansa, but was then defeated by the army of the other consul, Hirtius.
69: Vitellius, commander of the Roman armies of the Rhine, defeated Emperor Otho in the Battle of Bedriacum. Vitellius then seized the throne of Emperor.
70: The Siege of Jerusalem. Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, encircled the Jewish city with four Roman legions (see A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots and The Sieges Of Ariel - Past And Future).
193: Septimius Severus was proclaimed Emperor of Rome by the imperial army in Illyricum (in the Balkans).
1028: Henry (Heinrich) III, a son of Conrad, was chosen king of the Germans (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1205: The Battle of Adrianople was fought between the Bulgarians and the "Crusaders" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1471: Battle of Barnet. In the English Wars of The Roses, a momentous victory for the Yorkist king Edward IV over his Lancastrian opponents under the Earl of Warwick, the adherents of Henry VI. Warwick was killed and Edward IV resumed the throne.
1611: The first known use of the word "telescope" (from the ancient Greek words, tele, meaning far, and skopein, meaning to look) was recorded by the Greek mathematician Giovanni Demisiani in describing one of Galileo Galilei's instruments (see also Parabolic Prophecies).
1828: Noah Webster obtained a copyright for the first edition of his dictionary.
1849: Hungary declared itself independent of Austria with Louis Kossuth as its leader.
1865: Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at the Ford Theater in Washington, making hum one of numerous U.S. Presidents who have been shot. Lincoln died of the head wound the next day.
Ronald Reagan broke the so-called "year zero curse" in 1989 when he became the first U.S. President since 1840, who won a Presidential election in a year ending in a zero, to leave office alive (although not without incident - Reagan was also seriously wounded in an assassination attempt in March of 1981):
1980: Ronald Reagan
1871: Parliament passed a bill to create a uniform currency in Canada.
1894: The first public showing of Edison's kinetoscope (moving pictures).
1912: The Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland. The collision tore a 91 meter (300 foot) gash in the hull during the British ocean liner's maiden voyage, to New York City. The "unsinkable" ship sank a few hours later.
1931: In Spain, under pressure by Republican forces for his abdication, King Alfonso XIII left the country while refusing to abdicate; he never returned. General Francisco Franco later reinstated him as a Spanish citizen and restored his confiscated property, but he eventually abdicated his rights to his third son, Don Juan.
1945: The Imperial Palace in Tokyo was damaged by B-29 bombers.
1948: A flash of light was observed in the crater Plato on the moon (likely a large meteorite striking the surface).
1981: Completion of the first space shuttle flight, the Columbia.
1986: In retaliation for the April 5 bombing in West Berlin that killed two U.S. military men, U.S. President Ronald Reagan ordered a bombing raid against Libya that killed 60 civilians.
1994: In one of numerous "friendly fire" incidents of the war, two U.S. warplanes shot down 2 U.S. Army helicopters, killing 26 servicemen.
2010: A magnitude 6.9 earthquake in Yushu, Qinghai, China killed 2,700 people.